Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation Review!

Hi everyone!

Long time no speak… Sorry for the lack of posts lately but I have just been so busy it’s unreal! I really wanted to get back into blogging properly this year as I had kind of got out of the routine of it and I have purchased and received A LOT of makeup recently so I have a ton of different products to review and share with you all :).

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will know how much I absolutely love the Lancome Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation, so I decided for Christmas to ask for the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation and see how this compares!

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This foundation retails at around £29.50 and is available in 22 shades. I went for the shade o2. This foundation supposedly lasts for 24 hours (Not sure you would need that but hey!) and gives an even, flawless looking complexion without the need for touch ups. It’s meant to be easily blendable with a smooth finish.

My Opinion

Coverage – I would say it has a medium coverage, but you can build it up to be a full coverage if needed. I only applied one layer and got a decent coverage from this!

Application – It blends effortlessly – You need slightly more product then you usually would to apply it to your whole face but this isn’t really much of a problem.

Finish – The finish is natural – you don’t get the dewiness like you do with Teint Miracle and it sets well with just a little bit of powder on top.

Longevity – This foundation definitely did last all day. I didn’t go oily which I sometimes get with foundations around my T-Zone.

Overall, I really enjoyed using this foundation. I really want to test it for a night out to see if it really does combat oils, as so far it really has impressed me. This foundation gets a 9 out of 10 from me!

Have you tried Lancome foundations? What do you think of them? I would love to know about your experiences!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Little Miss Makeup x

 

 

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My Top Affordable and High End Perfumes!

Hi everyone – hope you are all well! It has only recently occurred to me that I’ve never blogged about one of my favourite beauty items – perfumes! I have always been a massive fan of perfumes, and always enjoy purchasing new ones to add to my collection of high end and affordable ones.

When it comes to perfume I like a variety of different scents, depending on the situation! So in this blog I’m going to go through all of my favourites and why I like them!

It’s quite hard to categorise perfumes into high end or drugstore as there are a few which I would say are borderline between cheap and expensive – so I will just put the rrp in the description for you so you can decide whether it fits into your budget!

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum 100ml – £82

This perfume is a recent addition to my favourites. It’s definitely one I would wear for evening occasions more then daytime but it’s still universal in that sense. It’s the most long lasting perfume I have ever used, so I would say although it’s expensive, it’s worth the money as you only need the tiniest amount and won’t need a top up in your bag!

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DKNY Be Delicious (Red) Eau De Parfum 100ml – £62 

I’ve loved this for years – it is a great adorable perfume that smells of Spring and Summer. It’s very sweet but not sickly! It’s got a very unique bottle in the shape of an apple which is cute too!

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Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche 100ml – £78

This perfume will always be my signature scent. I got this for Christmas when I was like 14 I think, and have been using it ever since – I think I’m on my 4th bottle?! It’s scent is so distinctive that I’ve had people come up to me on nights out asking me if I’m wearing Chanel! I always get compliments when I wear this and if I’m close to running out then I start to panic! It’s more of an evening scent but I call this my lucky perfume and always wear it if I’ve got a job interview or an important occasion as it makes me feel good 🙂

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Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy 50 ml – £30

This is the most underrated perfume! I get many compliments when I wear this, and people are always so surprised when I tell them that it’s Britney! It’s sweet but not as sweet as the regular Fantasy one, and I feel it’s great for both daytime and evening (I have completely ran out of this one and so could not photograph!).

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum 100ml – £96

I know that everyone absolutely loves this perfume. I think the scent is beautiful but I don’t find it the most long lasting out of my collection! That said, it smells delicious and it’s perfect for nights out! The bottle is also stunning and very luxurious!

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Prada Candy Florale 80ml – £72

This is another new addition to my collection. It is a very light Summery fragrance, which has a beautiful honey floral scent. I think this is great for daytime but also could be worn in the evening too, so it is very versatile! Another plus is that it lasts all day! I can spray this in the morning and genuinely still smell it on my wrist before I go to bed – Amazing!

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So what are your favourite perfumes? I would love to know!

Thank you for reading, speak to you all soon!

Little Miss Makeup x

Autumn Nails by Essie!

Hi everyone! How are you all?

This is a new kind of post for me as I’ve never blogged about a nail varnish before (mainly because my previous job never allowed me to wear nail varnish!?). So to make the most of my new freedom with being able to wear it, I thought I would blog about a beautiful Autumn shade called Jump On My Jumpsuit by Essie.

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This shade was hard to photograph and looks more pink in this photo, however, it is definitely more of a deeper red, which is portrayed better in the photo below.

There are many reasons why I love Essie nail varnishes;

  • The drying time is fantastic, and doesn’t seem to cause marks in the nails if you do it too close to bedtime like a lot of other brands!
  • The shade ranges are just incredible.
  • They are pigmented so only require one to two coats and don’t go streaky.
  • They last a fairly long time on the nails.

Essie nail varnishes are priced at £7.99 in Superdrug, which is more than your average drugstore varnish price, however you can get good deals when buy one get one half price is on!

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I have been wearing this shade for four days now and the first chip has only just appeared. For me, this is extremely good as my nails usually chip on the second day!

This picture shows the true colour of the nails, which I’m sure you will agree is very appropriate for this time of year 🙂

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What do you think of Essie nail varnishes? Do you have a favourite shade? Let me know your thoughts below in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Little Miss Makeup x

What I do to Relax after a Stressful Day!

We all have those days where you just want to get home, put some pyjamas on, have a glass of wine and just forget about everything that’s going on. When this happens to me, I have a few things that I like to do to relax, destress and just make myself feel better!

Read a Book – Nothing relaxes me more then reading a book. It actually makes me fall to sleep sometimes! I know not everyone likes reading books, but it’s definitely something that can help you to escape a stressful situation or something in your life that maybe just isn’t making you think very positively right now. Authors I love are Lindsey Kelk, Katie Price (I know, I know, but her books are VERY addictive!), Gillian Flynn and Sylvia Day.

Pampering – I don’t mean spending a fortune on going to a spa, or even going to a salon for treatments. You can pamper yourself on a budget very easily from home! I do this by running a bath, adding some sea salts and a Lush bath bomb to it, putting on a face mask and using a body scrub to massage. When I’ve come out I like to use Johnsons Baby Oil to make my skin lovely and smooth and then paint my nails.

Colour Therapy – This is something fairly new to me, and I know it won’t be everyones cup of tea but if you are creative person who loves stationary then this is definitely something you should try! You can grab yourself a colouring book and pens for a reasonable price and just spend the day colouring in and creating some beautiful pictures. It is SO relaxing!

Netflix – When I have a whole day to spend relaxing, I love getting into a new series! Netflix is great for binge series watching. Ones Im loving at the moment are Pretty Little Liars, Suits and Grey’s Anatomy! Disney films are also a great way to relax I find!

Exercise – It’s not always the first thing I turn to when I’m stressed but I find that when I exercise I completely relax and stop thinking about whatever it is that is stressing me out. Yoga and pilates are great for this, but I love just doing a high-intensity work out where I can just focus on the exercise and then it tires me out afterwards.

Music – I just love to put on a pair of headphones and discover new music on Spotify. My favourite albums at the moment are Selena Gomez Revival and Disclosure Caracal.

How do you de-stress? I’d love to hear your tips!

Thank you for reading,

Little Miss Makeup x

Glow from Within Makeup Look – Trying out New Products!

Hi guys – Hope you’re all well! I know my blog has been a bit quiet lately, and that is mainly due to getting a new job up in London which I am absolutely loving! I am now in the crazy/interesting/fascinating world of advertising and marketing for a brilliant company and I am just so happy. Now that I’m getting settled with the daily commute and have sorted out a schedule for my blog, there will be regular posts! I will be aiming for two a week 🙂

So today’s makeup tutorial isn’t one of my regular ones – This is more of a review as most products I have used are first impressions. I just thought it would be fun to create a look at the same time, which I hope you enjoy!

The look I wanted to create was a really brightening, dewey look. One that makes you look like you are ‘glowing from within’.

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Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer (Warm Apricot) – I really enjoyed this primer. It’s more of a moisturising primer but just makes your skin feel incredibly soft and it smells lovely, which is a bonus!

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Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation –  If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know this is one of my most used foundations. It gives a beautiful natural look and suited the look brilliantly.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer – This is a bloggers’ favourite. I had been meaning to try this out for god knows how long, and I finally got around to it! I couldn’t recommend this enough – It’s pigmented, easy to blend and comes in extremely practical packaging for application and travel.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Another of my ‘holy grails’ – I never really venture away from this powder as I know it works and it’s affordable! I only applied this on my t zone as I wanted my cheeks to glow.

Smashbox Shape Matters Palette – I recently purchased this palette for half price (£30) in Boots as it was their Star Gift, and boy am I pleased I did! This product has multiple uses; brows, face and eyes. I used the ‘Taupe’ shade for my eyebrows, as well as the bronzer, contour and highlight for my face. It is extremely pigmented – I would highly recommend, especially if you can find it for a bargain like I did!

Stila In The Garden Palette – This palette is very unique; it consists of a mixture of shimmers and mattes, in shades such as olive tones, bronze tones, and more dramatic shades such as a purple and a blue. I started with the shade Chinois (Matte white) all over the eye, followed by Nectar (matte beige) in the crease to help with blending. I then applied Honey (Shimmery gold/copper) onto the lid, and Sage (light shimmery green) through the crease. Lastly, I finished with Moss (Dark shimmery olive green) through the crease and also on the bottom lash line. This palette really did impress me with it’s beautiful easy to blend shades which looked stunning on the eyes.

Benefit Rollerlash – I actually ended up having to use this mascara as it was annoyingly the only one I brought with me on holiday! It is one of my most used but I wished I could have tried a new mascara for this look.

Nivea Lip Balm – I didn’t want to take the focus away from the dramatic eyes and due to being on holiday my lips were fairly dry, so therefore I just applied some of my Nivea Lip Balm in Raspberry.

And here is the final look!

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Have you tried any of these products? Or have you used any new products lately that you’d love to share with others? Please comment down below 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Speak to you all soon ❤

Little Miss Makeup x

Flawless by Sonya Baked Eyeshadow Quad Review!

Hi guys! How are you all? Today i’m blogging about a brand called Flawless by Sonya, which is fairly new to me. I did a bit of research before picking up a couple of their products, and was very impressed to see that their products are handcrafted in Italy, as well as being infused with Aloe which is very good for your skin. The product I will be reviewing today is the Baked Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Bronze. It retails at £30.50 and includes four stunning baked completely natural eyeshadows which give a beautiful shimmer to the eyes. In the pan the eyeshadows are absolutely beautiful, so I couldn’t help myself!

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The swatches below show how the colour comes off on the skin. The highlight shades were quite hard to pick up with the camera and definitely aren’t doing them justice. To the naked eye they are extremely shimmery and reflective.

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What Do I Think?

Considering the eyeshadows are made from completely natural ingredients, they are fantastic. If you have very sensitive skin and/or eyes then these would be a great option for you as they shouldn’t irritate, whereas some makeup brands on the market can.

Due to being baked, they don’t have a hugely impressive pigment, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look stunning. Especially for the daytime, it’s nice to go for a slightly softer more subtle eyeshadow look, which is where these shades really fit in. I found that the shades are very build-able so you can work them up to get the desired look.

The top two shades can be used as inner corner highlights, or to add just in the centre of the lid which can make your eyes appear bigger, wheres the bottom two shades are for adding more depth and warmth to the lid and/or outer V. The purple shade has a lovely pigment, and all the shades have a very soft finish and feel nice to apply to the skin, not powdery or chalky.

I would recommend purchasing (if you don’t own one already) a slightly warm tone matte shade to apply to the crease to improve blending and just finish the overall look.

Below are pictures of me wearing the bronze shade in the bottom left corner and the highlighter in the top left corner. I loved this as a natural pretty day time look.

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If you wish to purchase this eyeshadow quad then here is the link: https://www.foreverliving.com/retail/entry/Shop.do?store=GBR&language=en&distribID=440100702459

Thanks for reading guys! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and let me know below in the comments if you have used any Sonya products before!

Little Miss Makeup x

Hair and Makeup Tutorial – Dramatic Copper Eyeshadow with Soft Curls!

Hi everyone! So today’s blog is something a little different to my usual posts, a makeup AND hair tutorial! The focus of this look is the dramatic eyes and the soft curls in the hair, so I’m not going to be doing a step by step on my foundation, blusher etc. If you do want to know what products I used for that then please comment below and I’d be happy to answer!

Eye Makeup 

To achieve this look I only used my Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette, so if you have this then get it ready! I have included a photo of the palette with the shade names in this post, so you can see what the shades look like in the pan and this will help you to look through your collection and find good alternatives. img_0925 img_0935

For this look I started with the shade Truth, which I used as a base and applied this all over my lid and into my crease. This just helps to make all the shades stand out if you are planning on using bright colours.

I then took the shade Undone and just applied this through my crease quite lightly and blending out thoroughly – This will be our transition shade to help with blending the Copper shade later on.

The shade Sonic was then applied all over the lid, and through the crease. I packed this colour on as much as possible as I wanted it to be very bold and dramatic. I made sure to blend it out very well as it’s such a bright shade. I also lined under my eye with this shade.

Once I had packed on the Copper, I took the shade Defy just on the outer V and through the crease very lightly. This just gave some depth to the Copper so that it wasn’t all one shade.

Lastly, I used Last Sin to highlight my Inner corner to brighten up my eyes.

To line my upper lash line I used the Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner as this is my favourite at the moment. It doesn’t smudge and is SO easy to apply!

For Mascara I chose the Benefit Roller Lash. This is a great mascara if you are looking for length and volume but don’t want the clumpiness that comes with some mascaras.

To finish off the makeup look I went for Mac’s Creme Cup lipstick which is a light pink nude shade.

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Hair

The hair was actually pretty quick and easy to do. I parted my hair into a centre parting and then took my GHDs and added a few loose curls around the sides and back of my head, making sure to curl away from my face. I also curled each side of my fringe so that it looked like part of the main body of the hair. I then brushed through my hair to make the curls softer.

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Once my hair was curled, I took my go-to hair product right now, which is the Parlor By Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray. I sprayed this all over my hair (Not going right into the roots) whilst lifting my hair up to get to the underneath sections too. I then started scrunching my hair with my fingers just to give it a bit of body. I did this a few times and the end result gives you a lovely soft natural curled look.

Here is the finished look!

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I hope you guys like it! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more hair and makeup tutorials like this!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Little Miss Makeup x

Minimal Elegant Makeup Look featuring Winged Liner!

Hi girls – How are you all? I wanted to start with a little apology for not posting on here as much as I used to! This is mainly due to being extremely focused on my Youtube Channel ‘Little Miss Makeup’, but I need to find a balance somewhere between the two! I’m working on it, so please bare with me!

I decided I wanted to do a makeup tutorial on here as I feel like I haven’t done one in forever! The look I wanted to go for was something quite understated and feminine, and I definitely wanted to use winged liner as I’ve been getting back into it recently! Ive used a mixture of both high end and drugstore products so that hopefully this is suitable for everyone’s budgets, so let’s get started!

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Base

To prime my face I started with the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. My skin has been slightly dry lately so I always find this helps my foundation to blend in better and hide this! The foundation I chose was my favourite one right now, the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. For a drugstore foundation this is just excellent! It says it is full coverage, however I would say it is more of a medium. I’m not the sort of person who likes to wear a full coverage foundation, especially during the day time, so this works for me just perfectly. For the concealer I chose the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. For those of you who haven’t tried this product, where have you been?! It has got to be the best affordable concealer right now, as it’s coverage is excellent and it is literally so cheap! I powdered my T Zone with my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Bronzer, Blush and Highlight

Lately I’ve been reaching for my Benefit Hoola Bronzer tons, so I went for this and just lightly contoured my cheeks and added some warmth to the areas of my face which would catch the most sun, like my nose and forehead. For blush I went for the Benefit Sugarbomb, and I chose the Stila Kitten Highlighter in the light champagne shade to highlight the tops of my cheek bones and on my cupids bow.

Eyes

I went back to my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for today’s look, as it has some beautiful warm shades. I started with the shade White Chocolate (Satin/Matte white shade), and applied this all over my lid and crease as a base. I then went on to use Salted Caramel (Matte light brown with slight orange tones) and applied this through my crease with a fluffy brush, making sure to blend well. This just makes your crease look more defined, and brightens up your eyes as it’s a warm tone! I then took the shade Marzipan (Pearly light peach shade) and patted this all over my lid. I then took Cherry Cordial (Satin dark plum shade) and with a very soft hand, applied this onto my outer V area and through the crease, only into the middle. I blended this very well so that it didn’t look too dark or dramatic. I then highlighted my inner corners with Champagne Truffle (Shimmery Champagne shade) and the brow bone with White Chocolate that I used before.

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For my winged liner, I used the Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner. I absolutely love the applicator on this, as it’s so fine but the brush doesn’t separate, so you get that perfect thin dramatic line. It dries quite matte as well which I like. It also doesn’t smudge or rub off! Basically, it’s the perfect affordable liquid liner! For my waterline I used the Elizabeth Arden Black Eyeliner as I find this one lasts really well and doesn’t irritate my eyes too much. To finish off the eyes I treated myself to the Dior Show Blackout Mascara. This mascara looks great and volumous, but beware, if you have watery eyes like I do then it can smudge quite easily! I only wear it if I know I don’t need the makeup to be on for the whole day, as I just know it wouldn’t last.

To finish off this look, I chose my current favourite Mac Lipstick in the shade Brave. It’s a Satin red/pink shade which is extremely flattering and easy to wear! I feel like it doesn’t get enough hype in my opinion!

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So what do you think? Please leave a comment below with your opinion, and please send me pictures on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram if you try to re create this look!

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Thank you for reading!

Little Miss Makeup x

Foundations – Facts and Favourites including Drugstore/Affordable and High End!

Hi guys! I wanted to do another ‘Facts and Favourites’ blog post for you all as I love talking about my favourite products and little things I have learnt about makeup over the past couple of years! I find it strange now as I know so much about foundation, because, only a year and a half ago I knew literally nothing and would barely ever wear the stuff! This was definitely due to not knowing how to apply it and hated the feeling of foundations on my face. Now that I know how to apply it, and know which ones are comfortable on my skin, I am obsessed!

In this post I will be mentioning my favourite ones, both affordable and high end! I have gathered up quite a collection now of those which I love so I hope that you enjoy this blog!

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My Favourite Foundations

If you read my blog regularly, you will know how much I absolutely LOVE the Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation. This is absolutely incredible if you want a light to medium coverage, a dewey to natural finish and a great range of shades. This is my absolute ‘Holy Grail’ foundation and I have not yet found one which I prefer to wear!

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The next product is the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. This is quite similar to the Lancome Teint Miracle, but it has a slightly more natural finish, rather than dewey, and is a slightly lighter coverage. I love it for the same reasons as the previous foundation as it’s extremely light on the skin and has great staying power.

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In the affordable range, my favourite foundations are the Rimmel Wake Me Up and Rimmel Match Perfection. Wake Me Up has a beautiful dewey finish, and it makes your skin glow! It’s great for the Summer and also has a lovely scent to it. I would say it has a medium coverage as it covers the redness on my skin pretty well, but it’s not too full on. Match Perfection has a more natural finish, but a very similar coverage to Wake Me Up. I turn to this foundation usually for work because it lasts all day through my long shifts and still looks great by the end of them!

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Foundation Facts and Handy Tips!

In this section of the blog post I’m going to mention a few facts and handy tips which I have for you! I have made a ton of errors with foundation before, so I have had a lot to learn!

– When shopping for your foundation shade, it is important to match it to your body, rather than your face. I like to match it to the area just below my neck, because my face is always slightly lighter than my body. This is also helpful for people who fake tan, as it’s not always a good idea to fake tan your face!

– The type of application is key to getting the perfect look. For example, some bb creams and cream compact foundations apply best when using your hands, however other liquid foundation work best when using a buffing brush. It’s all about trial and error.

– What type of finish are you after? Matte? Satin? Dewey? Natural?

– What coverage are you looking for? High? Medium? Light?

– If you, like me, suffer from redness, using a medium to light coverage foundation can be a good option and then applying a light concealer to the areas with redness, such as Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. I find that high coverage foundations are only really necessary if you suffer from acne, acne scarring or if you just want a flawless face.

– Never apply a ton of foundation to cover up your blemishes, as this can start to look cakey. It is better to do thin layers and build it up carefully, and then use your concealer and set with a bit of powder. This looks a lot more natural.

– Don’t forget your T-zone! Setting your foundation with a light layer of powder on your T-zone area is very important. I don’t like to apply any to my cheeks during the day as I love the dewiness and natural highlight that it gives.

– Try before you buy! Especially with high end foundations, when you get colour matched, ask for a sample to take away before you purchase. This way, you can try it for a week or so and see how it reacts with your skin, whether it oxidises, how long it lasts, etc. The last thing you want is to spend £25 on a foundation for it to make your skin break out!

So there you have it guys! I hope this helps you to make an informed decision when you purchase your first or next foundation. If you have any other questions or any of your own tips then please comment below 🙂 Thanks very much for reading!

Little Miss Makeup x