May Beauty / Skincare Favourites!

This is quite exciting for me as it’s my first monthly favourites blog post! I have found many new things this month from reading other bloggers, and just trying new things Ive found in shops! I have probably purchased waaaay too much, if i’m honest, but at least I can now tell you all what is definitely worth buying! Im going to start with skincare and then go into makeup!


This month I’ve been absolutely loving Clinique’s Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. This stuff is just incredible. It starts as a thick balm, and you take a bit out of the tub and just apply it to your face. As you rub it on your skin it changes to a smooth oily texture and takes all your makeup off easily! My skin has been a lot better in terms of breakouts this month from using this product! The only negative I have for it is that it’s £21, and I’ve already used about two thirds of it! So, it is quite pricey, but I would 100% repurchase, regardless of the price.


My second skin care product has to be the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Velvety Soft Toner. I think this cost me about £3.50, so it was an absolute bargain! It smells lovely, and feels super soft on the skin. It’s just an affordable, nice to use product!


The last product in the skincare category has to be the Along Came Betty Pause for Thought Polish. This is an amazing face scrub that has really improved the appearance of my skin. Ive been using it for just over a month now, and I found it instantly made foundation go on smoother. It smells of apricots too, which is always a plus! It’s just a lovely product to use, and the refreshing smell really wakes you up in the morning! I got this from Tesco, and it was pretty affordable. I think it cost me about £3 roughly.



Right, now onto the cosmetics! Ive gone a bit crazy this month buying cosmetics, so I have some really great products to show you! Firstly, I am going to say it has to be the Benefit Sugarbomb blush. This product is simply beautiful. It is a shimmery blush, but I still think It looks great for daytime as well as in the evening. I purchased it for £23.50, which, yes, is quite expensive for a blusher. But, others who have used Benefit’s box blushers have always said they last for absolutely ages. This was my way of justifying the purchase, ha.


My next beauty favourite is going to have to be Lancome’s Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation. I did a review on this product, so I won’t go into it much. However, it is definitely worth the £28 (I think) that I paid for it. It’s a lovely, light foundation, and lasts for the whole day.


My next beauty favourite is going to be Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balms. I have two of the shades, in Elusive and Complex. Elusive is a beautiful baby pink, and Complex is a neutral, slightly coral shade. I don’t think I could pick a favourite out of these, so, I’ve just put both in! I find they are a bit drying obviously, because they are matte, but I put a thin layer of lip balm on underneath, and then one of these over the top, and it looks lovely. They are about £7.99 each from Boots – Bargain!


My last favourite is the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. This stuff is incredible. I can’t even describe how impressed I was when I tried this! I went to the Mac Store in Brighton, and the lovely make up assistant in there colour matched me to NW20. Apparently I don’t really have under eye circles, but it’s still great for a brightener, and doesn’t crease! I think this cost me £15, but I’ve been using it everyday for about a month and I haven’t used much at all, so it would last a while.


So thats it for this month’s favourites! Have you used any of these products? What have been your monthly favourites that you think I could try?

Thank you for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x


Iggy Azalea Inspired Makeup Tutorial!

Hi everyone! So, on my new Facebook Page ( I spoke about my desire to recreate a celebrity’s make-up style. I was requested to do Iggy Azalea, and I thought this was a very interesting choice! She’s very popular at the moment, and her makeup is quite unique.


It was this picture that I was inspired by the most, as I love her use of bold winged eyeliner, flawless pale skin, thin defined eyebrows and bright lips. So keep reading to find out how I achieved her look!

I started with the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer, as Iggy always has vibrant glowing skin beneath her foundation. I then went with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain, as this is the lightest shade I own and I felt it looked quite natural and vibrant like Iggy’s.


I then chose to use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair, and applied this underneath my eyes, on my blemishes, the middle lower part of my forehead and down my nose, to add a slight contoured affect. I then contoured my cheeks ever so slightly (Iggy doesn’t tend to do a huge amount of contouring) with the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing Powder, which I applied with a contouring brush. Iggy tends to use quite rosy red blush shades, so I chose the Estee Lauder Blusher, in 11 Nude Rose. I only applied this ever so slightly, as Iggy doesn’t use a lot.


I then applied my sleek highlighter from the Face Form Contour Kit, on the tops of my cheek bones, across my brow bone and cupids bow. Iggy’s eyebrows are quite thin but very defined, without being too dark in colour. My eyebrows are a lot darker then hers, so I couldn’t quite achieve this but I made mine smaller then I would usually, with a lower arch. I used Benefit’s Browzings in medium to get this affect.


Iggy doesn’t tend to wear a lot of eyeshadow, so I kept this quite simple. I used my Naked Palette for this look, patting Virgin (slightly shimmery off white) all over the lid, then patting Sin (pale shimmery pink) onto the edge of the lid, just for a slight colour. Iggy makes her look dramatic using thick winged eyeliner. So, I recreated this using the Max Factor Colour X-Pert Waterproof eyeliner. I then coated my top lashes twice with Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

Now, onto the lips! Iggy loves a dramatic lip effect, and so, I used my Max Factor Flipstick in the shade Boreal Mauve. I only used the slightly matter side, as this shade was brighter and suited Iggy’s style. I then took the Bourjois Rose Exclusif lipgloss and put a little bit on, to create some shine. This lipgloss is great as it starts clear and when applied it transforms into a pink shade depending on the natural pinkness of your lips!

So, here is the finished look! Im pretty happy with it, but my eye shape is quite difficult to apply thick winged eyeliner on, so this would probably have looked better on someone else! The dramatic lips really make the look though!



I hope you all liked it! Have any of you tried to recreate Iggy Azalea’s look? If so, tweet me a picture on my Twitter – – 🙂

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Thank you for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x






Night out make-up tutorial! Dramatic bronze/brown Smokey Eyes with Red Lips

Hi everyone!

I was so happy to see that everyone seemed to like my spring/summer inspired make-up tutorial, so, I decided I would do another one! I had a request to do a smokey eye, so I took that idea and did a bronze/brown dramatic smokey eye with bright red lips! This is a lot more eye makeup than I am usually used to (even when clubbing!) but I had so much fun doing it, and I think I will recreate this look myself for a night out sometime soon! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

So I started with the Bourjois Happy Light Primer, and used the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream on my problem areas. I then followed with the Happy Light Foundation, in shade Rose Vanilla. This foundation is one of my favourite drug store ones, as it had a lovely slightly dewey finish, and feels lovely on my skin. Next, i used Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer, on a few problem areas I have and underneath my eyes to brighten up my face.

I added the Benefit Sugarbomb (my favourite blush at the moment!) on the apples of my cheeks. Next, I applied the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing Powder, which was actually the first time I had used it, and I love it! It smells like chocolate, and has a lovely tone to it. I then touched up my eyebrows as usual with the Benefit Browzings in Medium. Finishing off my face makeup, I used the Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette, just to use the highlighter as this is just amazing! I added this to the tops of my cheek bones and on my cupid’s bow (the top line of your lip, just in the middle!).

Now, for the exciting part! The eyes! I chose to use my trusty Naked Palette by Urban Decay for this look, as I find you can create such beautiful smokey eyes with it! A lot of people have this too, so I felt it would be easier for you to recreate the look properly if I used it. I started with the matte brown colour Buck, which I simply patted onto the lid (leaving out a slight gap in the corner of my eyes, so that I didn’t darken that area too much). I then took this colour again, and used an angled brush to apply it under the eyes. So far, your eyes should look like this.


The lighting wasn’t great here, but I have used the same colour underneath the eye as I have on the lid! Next, I took the colour Smog, which is a shimmery dark bronze shade. I applied this through the crease, making sure to blend it thoroughly but again not right into the corner of the eye, as we will brighten this up at the end.


I then took the colour Hustle, which is the darkest shade I will be using, and put this onto the outer V, and blended slightly through the crease. This shade definitely made my green eyes pop! The last colour for eyeshadow was the shade Virgin, which is a highlighter. I applied this to the inner corners of my eyes and just on the brow bone.

I then used my Maybelline Gel Liner and took this on the top lash line, and gave it a slight winged eye effect. Next, I applied the Elizabeth Arden Smokey Black Eye Liner, on the bottom and top water line. The mascara I applied was the Max Factor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara, and I put this on my top and bottom lashes.

At first I wasn’t too sure what lip colour to go for with this look, but, as this was meant to be a dramatic look which was appropriate for nights out, I went for a red! I used Mac’s Amplified Vegas Volt. Here is the finished result! (I took pictures in both artificial and natural light, so you could see how it looks in both!)



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So, here it is! As I said, very over the top, but appropriate for nights out! If you aren’t a fan of bright lips, this look could look great with a shimmery nude lip too, like Mac’s Viva Glam V, or Faux!

I hope you enjoyed reading, and please comment below on what you think and if you tried to recreate this look!

Speak to you soon!


Little Miss Makeup x

Spring/Summer Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog is going to be something a little different, as I have decided to do a Spring/Summer inspired makeup tutorial. I wanted the look to be flawless, but simple and pretty, for everyday wear. This makeup look didn’t take me too long to do either, which is great if you are in a bit of a rush but still want to look like you have made an effort!


So, for starters I did my normal skincare routine (Scrub, cleaner, toner) and put some of the Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel on my face. This moisturiser is fantastic, as its non greasy and is extremely light. I waited for this to dry before applying a bit of the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer. As I still have some of my spot scars on my chin, I wanted to apply a bit of my Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream (Light) in that area to cover them up, as the foundation I’m going to be using has a light coverage. I then applied the Lancome Teint Miracle Bare Skin Perfection Foundation in the shade 02, with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This foundation is great as it’s so light on the skin, and doesn’t look like you are caked in makeup at all. After this, I applied the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation under my eyes to brighten up my face, and to completely conceal my spot scars. I just blended this in with my fingers. To finish off my face makeup, I applied the Benefit Sugarbomb Blush (This product is just beautiful!) with a Real Techniques Blusher brush and the Rimmel Stay Matte powder with a regular powder brush.


Now, onto the eye makeup! I have just recently purchased Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Eye Contour Kit, and really wanted to give this a go! I am SO glad that I did.



This palette comes with their under eye concealer, a base colour, contour colour and an eyeliner colour. It comes with a booklet of how to apply this makeup too which is fantastic! I started with applying the base shadow all over the lid, and into the crease, using their contour brush. I then used their liner brush to line underneath my eye with the contour colour. I didn’t want this too dark as it was a light daytime look, so i left out the darkest liner colour on the far right of the palette. I then took my Ecotools Airbrush Concealer brush to blend the contour shadow through the crease to make a nice soft look. I then applied my Rimmel Soft Kohl white eyeliner through my water line to brighten up my eyes. I chose the Lancome Hyponose Mascara Volume for todays look, as it lengthens my lashes perfectly but doesn’t make them too thick (despite the volume in the name!). For my eyebrows, I used Benefit’s Browzings kit in the colour medium. Now, for the lips! My favourite part! I went for a pale pinky nude on the lips as I wanted a natural, pretty colour. Mac Creme Cup was perfect for this! Here is the finished look!

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I wanted to show this look in artificial and natural light, as I think it looks great in both! I’m very happy with this Spring/Summer inspired look, and think this will be my ‘go-to’ daytime look in the future!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please comment below with pictures if you have recreated it as I’d love to see how it looks on you too!

Thanks for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x


Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Review / First Impression!

Hi everyone!

So my idea for todays blog was to carry out a review/first impression on Lancome’s Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation. I hadn’t actually ever used any of Lancome’s products, as I always found them a little out of my budget. However, since I’ve started buying brands like Benefit, Mac and Urban Decay, I felt like I should give Lancome’s foundation a go! Plus, they had an amazing free gift offer in Debenhams! Can’t go wrong really! I purchased this foundation for £28.50. It comes in 17 different shades, and I was matched to the shade 02.

This foundation claims to be skin perfecting, and recreates and boosts the skin’s luminosity. It claims to give a flawless finish and a luminosity as if you are ‘lit-from-within’.

Now, for starters, the packaging of this foundation is divine. It’s so glamourous, and feels like it should cost more then the £28.50 in my opinion, as I always think decent packaging can give the impression of good quality product. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump. I think what attracted me most to this foundation was the “Bare Skin” element. I like my foundations to feel light on the skin, rather than anything too heavy. I know this can sometimes mean not so great coverage, but, I like light to medium coverage foundations anyway.

To test out this product, I carried out my regular morning skin routine, and then used L’oreal’s Lumi Magique Primer to even out my skin, and give it a healthy glow. I then applied my regular Clinique CC cream, and then started to apply the foundation with a Real Techniques Buffing brush.

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I then used Benefit’s Sugarbomb blush and Rimmel Stay Matte powder. The eyeshadows that I have applied are from my Mac Palette. I used Woodwinked all over the lid,blended it through the crease and lined underneath my eye with it, and used Nylon to highlight my inner corners. I also used Rimmel’s Soft Kohl white eyeliner to brighten up my eyes. My mascara is also by Lancôme, and is their Hypnose Mascara! I finished off my look with Revlon’s Colourstay Matte Balm in Complex.

This foundation was great for my skin. It looked really natural compared to others I have tried, and didn’t give too dewey a finish, but definitely wasn’t matte either. It had the perfect balance of finish to it. I would definitely agree that it is a light to medium coverage, as it wouldn’t have covered my spot scars without me using the CC cream beforehand. But, if you are looking for a light, natural foundation, this is definitely the one guys!

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This picture here, was me, after a 9 hour shift at work! I think this is an incredible result (I changed my lipstick colour halfway through the day to Mac Hot Gossip). It’s obviously not perfect, but I am yet to find a foundation that can stay flawless from 11am to 9.30pm at night! My spot scars came through ever so slightly, but it was after having the foundation on for 10 hours in total, so that was to be expected.

I have to give this foundation a 9 out of 10. It is long lasting, controls oil throughout the day, looks natural and feels light. My face also looks a lot brighter and luminous than with other foundations. Thank you Lancome for making such a brilliant product! I will definitely be repurchasing this!

Have any of you tried this or any of Lancome’s other foundations? What did you think? Please comment below!

Thank you for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x


Mac, Benefit, Lancome and Drugstore Beauty Haul!

Hi everyone!

So basically, I went into Brighton on the hunt for a graduation ball dress, and whilst I was browsing around the shops, I accidentally fell into Mac, and spent too much money (oops!). On my little haul I also managed to find my way to Benefit, Lancome and Boots (triple oops!). I felt like I should share my new little purchases with you guys!


Ive been building up my Mac Pro Palette this year, which I have found so much fun! It might be pricey, but I love the fact that the palette is unique to you, and you will always use all the colours! Plus, it looks so professional in my eyes! Just to let you know, I did already have the palette and 3 shades. The other 5 however, are the ones I’ve just purchased!


The colours are as follows, top to bottom, left to right… Nylon, Jest, All That Glitters, Honesty, Woodwinked, Cranberry, Trax and Mulch! The ones in bold are the new additions. I also purchased the Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20, which I will be doing a first impression on for you soon!

Now, onto Benefit. I had a lovely makeover in Benefit, and purchased some products that were used on me. These were the Benefit Bad Gal Liner in brown, the Sugarbomb blusher and the Big Beautiful Eyes palette, which is stunning! With this purchase, I was able to get samples of both the Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector and Fakeup Concealer (Both of which I will be reviewing soon!).


I don’t usually purchase from Lancome (I’m not overly sure why, but I just haven’t tried their products!). But, me and my mum were extremely enticed by the excellent free gift they had at the moment in Debenhams, when you buy three products. So, I purchased one product, and mum purchased two, so that we could split the free gift! Excellent plan 😉

My product that I chose was the Teint Miracle Foundation, in shade 02 (Yet again, another product I can do a review on for you!). The free items that I got were their Hypnose Mascara (Small size), their blush in 021 Rose Paradis (beautiful bright shade of pink!), a small size of their Juicy Tubes lip gloss, their Galateis Douceur cleaning fluid and a Bi Facil non oily cleanser! I have never used high end cleansers before, so, it would be great to see what difference they make!


Lastly, I could’t possibly miss out Boots. They had a 3 for 2 offer on cosmetics, which I just had to take advantage of! I decided I really needed a white eyeliner in my life, especially as Summer is creeping up on us! So, I went for the Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner. Then I took a look at the Revlon section, and found a Colourburst Matte Balm that I LOVED! However, they didn’t have that one left (It was called Complex) and I was gutted. Instead, I got Elusive, which is a beautiful pink shade. Due to my love of these lip balms, I decided to try the Max Factor Colour Effect Flipstick, in the colour 15 Boreal Mauve. My last little purchase was the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I’ve never tried applying foundation using one of these sponges before, so would love to review this!


Wow… only after typing it all out have I realised how much I’ve actually brought! Sorry for the length of this… many a mini haul will be better next time ;p

Have you tried any of these products? Or have a Mac Pro palette? I’d love to know what colours you have!

Thanks for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation Review / First Impression!

Hi everyone!

I got a free sample of the Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation recently, and decided I would do a review/first impression of this product! I have heard very mixed reviews on this foundation, and personally, had never tried a Smashbox foundation, and so, didn’t really know what to expect!


You can buy this foundation for £27.50 from Boots for a 30 ml bottle, so, it’s fairly reasonable for a higher end foundation. It comes in 10 shades which is great, and I am going to be using shade Light 2. It states on the packaging that it is oil free and contains a SPF of 15, which is always a bonus!

Before using this product, I did my normal skincare routine, then followed by a primer. For this review, I used the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer, which i’m a bit obsessed with right now!

I then started to apply the foundation to my face, using the Real Techniques buffing brush. The first thought I had was that I wasn’t keen on the smell (I’m aware this doesn’t affect the product, but, just wasn’t pleasant when applying it!). I also noticed that I didn’t need to use a lot of product, which is a great bonus, as it spread very well and buffed into my skin brilliantly. One thing I would say, is don’t put dabs of the product onto different parts of your face before you buff, as it seems to set fairly quickly. I applied it by dabbing my brush into the sample pot and buffing each section of my face at a time, to allow for this.


It set fairly matte, which I’m not normally that keen on, however, this foundation still looked fairly natural on the skin. It does feel a bit heavy on your skin, even though I didn’t use much product at all. I would say the coverage is medium, as it has covered my spot scars better then other light to medium coverage foundations that I own.


At first I really wasn’t sure on this foundation, and was struggling to give it a mark out of 10. I like it because it looks great in pictures, it’s oil free, gives enough coverage for me to not use a CC cream too, and makes my skin look radiant. However, it feels quite heavy on my skin, and the finish is slightly too matte for me (personally, I prefer a more dewey finish). I will still give it a 7 out of 10 though, and I think I probably will repurchase, as it definitely has more positives then negatives!

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x



My Mac Lipstick Collection!

So basically, I’ve become a bit “Mac obsessed” this year, constantly on their website looking at their products, and going into their Brighton store or their concession at Selfridges.

Although I love everything I have tried so far (their primer, lipsticks, eye shadows, to name a few), I have found a favourite in their lipsticks, especially. I’ve never seen so many shades and finishes, and it’s exciting picking which ones to buy!

I’ve decided that because I love them so much, I will dedicate a whole blog about the ones I have! I wouldn’t be able to do a ‘favourites’ blog yet, due to only having ten (Yes, I know that is still a lot, but, I couldn’t pick favourites yet!).

When it comes to lipsticks, I never really have a “go to” shade. I constantly mix them up depending on my mood, and what I am going to do that day. Some days I love to wear nudes, whereas I also own bright reds, pinks, and plums.

Below, I have swatched the ones I own, and from left to right I will go through their names and finishes.


Vegas Volt – Amplified Cream

Craving – Amplified Cream

Plumful – Lustre

Hot Gossip – Cremesheen

Chatterbox – Amplified Cream

Please Me – Matte

Viva Glam V – Lustre

Faux – Satin

Crème Cup – Cremesheen

Pure Zen – Crèmesheen

As you can probably see, I quite like lipsticks with a sheen to them, rather than a matte finish. However, Please Me was too beautiful a shade for me to not buy it, even though it was a matte!

I often get asked whether Mac lipsticks are really worth their price (£15 in the UK). I feel I have to say yes. Of course, this is a lot to pay for a lipstick, but, I have tried many different brands of high street lipsticks in the past (Maybelline, L’Oreal, Rimmel, etc), and they have great shades, but they never tend to last on my lips. I always find that I end up looking like I’ve got a bright lip liner around my lips by the end of the night, which is never a good look!

Have you tried a high street brand of lipstick that has Mac’s staying power? Please comment below! I’d also love to know your favourite Mac lipsticks (I feel a Mac haul will be on its way soon, hehe).

Thanks for reading!


Little Miss Makeup x


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Review/First Impression!

Hi guys!

Today I’m going to be reviewing the Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream! I have heard great things about the CC creams, but had never owned one myself. I wasn’t entirely sure what they were used for, but since I read that they covered acne scars well I was very interested to see if this was true!

I just happened to be in Boots buying some Clinique Take the Day off Balm, when I saw they had a stand for their Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, which comes with a SPF 30. I purchased the colour ‘Light’, and it comes in 9 different shades.


I had quite high hopes for this CC cream, as I’ve recently had a bout of acne, which I think is down to uni stress. It has left me with a few scars which I’m quite self-conscious about, and so, will try anything to try and make them look not so visible!

One thing I absolutely LOVE about Clinique products is their packaging. They look so professional and high quality, and that, for me, makes me feel like it’s worth spending the money. This product cost £28, which, is a lot but you get a 40ml tube, which should last a while!


Now, I must say, this product is amazing! It feels so moisturising on my skin, and at the same time, covers about 90% of my blemish scars! This is without even using foundation! I feel that on “good skin days”, I could use this as a lighter option to a foundation, especially in the summer when you don’t want a full face of makeup (The added 30spf is great for this, too!).

Now I’m going to be brave… here is a picture of my problem area before any makeup has been applied! In order to show you just how great this product is, I feel I have to show you the comparison!


I know it’s not actually that bad, but, it still makes me quite self-conscious of my skin.

Here is the result after using the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream!


I am seriously impressed. I think this is a great result, and only a pea-sized amount was used to get this result. I will definitely be re-purchasing this item in the future, and am going to give it an amazing 9 out of 10! Well done Clinique, you’ve really hit the nail on the head with this product!

Have any of you purchased this product? Or tried any other CC creams? Comment down below if you have, and you’re experiences you’ve had!

Thanks for looking!


Little Miss Makeup x