SOSU Highlighter Kit – Day 5 Highlighter Week

Hi All,

Welcome back to day 5. Today we’re going to talk about the SOSU Highlighter Kit, I know I’ve featured this before but as one of my most used palettes I thought I’d have it as part of this week, and to compare to others in this mini series also.IMG_20171008_152326_395

Right, this retails for just under 30 Euro, which is a decent price for 6 shades. You get 6 shades in this palette, for a pale albino like myself, I can use 4 of these directly on my skin without too much colour problems and there are 2 darker shades for a deeper skin tone, which I can use when I fake tan, but I use them a lot on my eyes. I find this palette extremely versatile so for me I think it’s definitely worth the money.

This is best applied with a brush of your preference, depending on where you’re putting each shade will depend on what brush you choose, but I have tried all the shades with various brushes and I’ve never had a problem. I generally use a fan brush on my cheeks, if I use the peach shade I might use an angled cheek brush and use it as a blush topper. And on my eyes I use whatever brush I prefer at the time for whatever look I’m doing, and I’ll spritz my brush for a bit of an intense shimmer, the odd time I’ll do that for my cheeks too.

So I’m going to be honest I was extremely sceptical about this palette…. I got it when it went on pre sale and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised… There is a mixed opinion of Suzanne, but no matter your opinion, nobody can deny she makes very good make up products. I love these powders, they go on the skin so beautifully, they don’t emphasise any dryness or texture, they have quite an intense glow and it even builds amazingly if you wan’t a blinding highlight. IMG_20171008_152408_144

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Reason being, I love it, I reach for it so much and I travel with it… my mirror is smashed as a result but shit happens… The reason it’s not a 10 is the shade range, I’d love a palette that us pale skinned people can use every shade in with no mixing or hesitation etc. but the formula of this is amazing and its quite a versatile palete and I use it all on my eyes as well.

Ok so I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 6. As always any questions let me know, and check out my Instagram for more!!

 

Sinead xxx

 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Pearl – Day 4 Highlighter Week!

Hi All,

So I’m back today with a higher end highlighter, this is the Becca Highlighter in their palest shade Pearl, I do have another shade which is a limited edition shade in Prismatic Amethyst, that one is a pink duo chrome powder, which I’ll refer to a bit as well but I’m going to focus on Pearl, which is a white highlighter and looks very icy.IMG_20171012_151217_695

Ok so lets talk price, it is expensive… here in a Ireland and as well in the UK you can only get this on cult beauty and it retails for about 35 Euro… luckily I got both mine as presents from America. That is fairly expensive for a highlighter, but I’ve had both mine for ages and as you can see in the pictures there is barely a dent in mine.

These are best applied with a brush of your choice, they go on great with a fan or packer brush so it’s just up to you. I use Pearl as an inner corner highlight a lot as well, and I just spritz my brush and dab it on and it stays in place perfectly.

So basically I love this highlighter, pearl is more wearable on a day to day basis but I do use both quite a lot. These are pretty intense with the first application but they build so well. The formula in these is amazing, they seem to just meld into the skin so nicely, they do’t show up any sort of texture or dryness on the skin, which I know is a concern to a lot of people. I know there is a bit of controversy in regard to the formula when you go from shade to shade but these 2 for me are consistent and both are brilliant, I have swatched a few of the others and a couple may feel a tiny bit different but they’re darker shades that I couldn’t wear. They last so well on the skin for me, I never need to touch up, and I never use much product either.IMG_20171012_161257_477

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Reason being, I really don’t have much to complain when it comes to this product, I do thing the price point is a tiny bit high for the product, but it is brilliant. There are so many shades in this highlighter aswell so if anyone is looking to buy it I’d defenitely research what shade is best for your skin type.

Any questions, ask away, or find me on instagram for more!

Back tomorrow,

Sinead xxx

 

 

 

Boohoo Highlgiht Glow Palette – Day 3 Highlighter week!

Hi All,

So day 3 is a newer release, the Boohoo Highlight Glow Palette. It has 3 shades, a white shade which is actually a duo chrome shade. then a pale champagne shade and pink shade. IMG_20171008_151813_106

This palette retails for 8 Euro, but Boohoo always have reductions and promo codes, I got this for 5 Euro in the end. But at 8 Euro for 3 shades is pretty good.

This goes on best with a more dense highlighting brush, and if you want to build it up a bit more then a fan brush on top of that, I have found works nicest for an intense glow.

So… this palette is ok, it really isn’t something I’d reach for regularly. it swatches on the finger really intense, but then when you rub that on your skin it looks very pale and less intense. Each shade does look nice on the skin but you do really need to pack it on or if you wet your brush with some setting pray it goes on very intense and if I layer it it goes extremely glowy. But I don’t really like to work that hard for my highlight especially with a lot of other great affordable products out there as well. IMG_20171008_151855_813

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Reason being for this is as I said above you need to kind of work with this alot for a decent glow, but if you like a very subtle highlight you might like this, but it doesn’t last great on the skin either you need to kind of top it up a few times through out the day which I don’t find practical.

So any questions just ask! And take a look at the last couple days of Highlighter Week!

Back soon with the next highlight product… too many

Sinead xxx

 

PS So sorry for delay on this post, I must not have scheduled it for the right time!!

Soph X Makeup Revolution highlighter Palette – Day 2 Highlighter Week

Hi All,

Welcome to day 2, if you haven’t seen yesterday scroll on down and have a look.

Today we are going to talk about the Soph X Makeup Revolution Palette, if you don’t know who Soph is she is a Youtuber, Sophdoesnails, I have followed her since her channel was VERY small but she has now nearly 500K subscribers which is amazing!IMG_20171008_152254_092

So this gorgeous palette that has 8 shades and they range from pale to medium skin shades, so a lot of them work on my skin tone which is very very fair. There are 5 baked highlight shades and 3 normal powders, the baked highlighter shades definitely pack more of a punch in regard to glow, I like that there is a mix, because you can use the non baked for day time, but they are buildable to be a blinding highlight as well,

So this palette retails for 10 Euro!!! I think that is brilliant, that is 1 Euro and 25 Cent per highlighter, which is great value, plus they last really well on the skin and you don’t have to use much product even if you want a blinding glow so that’s brilliant.

IMG_20171008_152204_809So I’ve a few thoughts on this, the shade range is brilliant but the two lightest shades aren’t baked highlighters and I would have loved if one of them was baked, for me being so fair and the baked ones being quite a bit more metallic or wet looking on the skin would have just been good for super quick makeup and using less product to build. Buuut I do love the pale lilac and pink shades, a lot of people find these scary because they think it’s going to come out a bright colour on the skin but if you’re in any way fair or pale-ish the likes of these colours work really well as an icy looking highlight and there is no real purple or pink tinge to the skin. Also the darker shades are gorgeous too and I can kind of get away with them when I’m pale, but if I have a bit of fake tan on they’re gorgeous, but I’ve also been using them on my eyes and they are amazing, so play around with them and see what works for you, and for that price you may as well give it a go.

I have found all of these apply best with a brush, both a fan brush or more dense brush work really well for the face, and any of your favourite eye shadow brushes work on the eyes, and for a bit of a more intense look use your finger to pack a bit on to the eyelid or cupids bow.

Rating: 8 out of 10. 

Reasons for this is kind of what I have said above, I’d have preferred a baked highlighter for 1 of the 2 lightest shades. but overall I can’t complain much, it lasts pretty well on the skin and its quite a versatile palette.

So again I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 3 of highlighter week, as always any questions are welcome and check out my Instagram for more!

Back soon.

Sinead xxx

 

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle – Day 1 Highlighter Week

Hi All,

Welcome to Day 1 of highlighter week here on my blog!

Today I am going to be talking about Dandelion Twinkle from Benefit, this is marketed as a highlighting powder, for a delicate glow, which leads us to believe it is more subtle. It is a pale pink/nude colour which would be good for a lot of skin tones, and on my Albino skin it is light enough which is great.IMG_20171008_152015_528

This retails for 34 EURO!!! That is expensive,but if you have ever used any of the box blushers from benefit or their famous Hoola bronzer then you know they last a pretty long time, so its a relatively good price.

So I’ve a few thoughts on this, I will start to say I actually love this, and I was so Sceptical at first because when I swatched it, it was so subtle… Not usually what I like to be honest. So the first couple of uses I was just using it like a normal highlighter with a fan brush on the tops of the cheek bones etc. and I wasn’t impressed… then I kind of realised there is a slight film type layer on top of the highlighter and once that was removed it was a much more highlighted effect, less subtle, but you can still make it look subtle if you want it like that. it is definitely buildable.

IMG_20171008_151939_669So if you want this as a more intense highlighter, I use a fan brush, and layer it until I’ve reached my desired glow, but if you’re looking for that wet/metalic look, it will be hard with this highlighter, but it looks amazing on the skin, it is not chunky at all,  it’s more natural but it definitely packs a punch if layered. Now sometimes I will get a fluffy powder brush and over a very matte and flat foundation I will dust this over my face and it is beautiful, also if you want this just on a super natural day as a highlighter just use the same fluffy type brush but localise it to the high points of your face, so it is quite versatile.

Rating: 8 our of 10.

Reason for this rating is I wouldn’t use this for night time, it’s not quite buildable enough for an intense glow to go with a stronger contour and eye look, that’s just for me personally.

I will be back tomorrow with Day 2 of Highlighter week. If you have any more questions about this or anything else, comment below or find my on my Instagram 🙂

Sinead,

xxx

 

 

Little Update + Next week is exciting!

Hi All,

So I have clearly been very quiet on here for the last few weeks, and I have been a little quiet on my Instagram as well.

What have I been doing?… Well I’ve been moving, I haven’t moved very far but I have moved in with my boyfriend into a small space, so we have been painting, putting together furniture, decorating and getting settled for the last few weeks so my blog has had to take a back seat. But I am settled in now and loving it. It is nice and cosy and really great to have our own space.

There is an exciting week ahead on my blog though… from Monday the 9th of October for a full week, I am going to have a new highlighter review for every day!!! I am doing review on high end, on drugstore, subtle, blinding, powder, liquid. It is going to be so fun I love highlighter, after lipstick it is my favourite make up item. All of my reviews will be highlighters I’ve tried and used a lot so that I can give you a great insight on what you may want to buy… and it’s not TOO far from Xmas, maybe they can go on your Xmas list, for your or a friend 🙂

I hope you’re all looking forward to it and as always if you want anything reviewed or have any questions ask away. Also find my on Instagram, which is below, for a quicker response and even more posts.

Happy Weekend everyone.

Back on Monday 🙂

Sinead xxxx

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

Hi all,

So today I’m going to give you some of my thoughts on this NYX foundation. It launched earlier this year and everyone was talking about it, I thought I’d give it a go because the pales shade was so fair…. and it really is a perfect match for me, VERY fair, so that was a plus straight away.

I’ve used this a lot over the last few months and I have a solid grasp of my feelings on it. So… it says 1 drop is light coverage, 2 is medium and 3+ is full … now there is no way you could use only 3 drops even six isn’t going to give you full coverage, I definitely need to pack on some concealer if I wear this foundation alone. So if I put on this foundation I have found a brush is best, a beauty blender soaks up way too much product because it is so watery. I would say I use 6+ drops to cover my face and focus more product on my areas that need a bit more coverage, but I do need concealer with this, it doesn’t build enough to cover imperfections properly. The colour match is lovely, although it does oxidise slightly but not too much to be a problem or change the shade to being too dark on me. I do have an oily T-zone and this foundation just doesn’t last with it, I’ve tried my primers and setting sprays that normally work for me and my skin and they don’t help enough, it just doesn’t last the same. IMG_20170907_211833_153

The best way this works for me is as a mixer, some of my foundations that last really well on my skin are also my foundations that are a little too thick and a little too dark, so this water like consistency of this and the fact it is so pale works amazing with some of my heavy duty foundations and it hasn’t affected the staying power or finish of them on my skin to the point of me noticing. I actually use this a lot as a mixer so I don’t feel it was a waste to buy for me because it’s so versatile. The shade range in this foundation is pretty good too, it goes from very fair to quite a deep shade, so whether it suits your skin type and desired coverage needs or you need a shade to mix with some other foundations, you will definitely find a shade to suit you.

I would just advise anyone buying this to think about your skin type first, if you’re oily it may not last very long, and if you need a lot of coverage you’ll use a lot of product and probably still need a full coverage concealer, but if your skin is a bit drier and needs less coverage this could be amazing for you. But if you are looking for a lightener or darkener I’d maybe give these a go instead, I use this over some of my lighteners that I have been using for years.

I hope this has helped anyone interested and as always let me know if you’ve tried it or have any suggestions for me.

Back soon,

Sinead xx

SOSU by Suzanne Jackson – Hot Fire Palette – Brand New

Hi All,

So I got my hands on the first presale of the SOSU by Suzanne Jackson Hot Fire Eye Shadow Palette and it arrived at lunch time today! They are actually only having the launch party tonight and it isn’t in stores yet so I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. This is a First Impressions look at the palette and how it preforms for me on the eyes. IMG_20170823_175332_544

As we can see from the pictures here it is BEAUTIFUL, it is a warm toned palette and you can see from the varying shades you can do a simple day look or a super smokey night time look as well, I definitely think it’ll be a very versatile palette for me.

So I’ve played around with this and done two eye looks this afternoon and I have to say I actually love it, I thought after swatching a couple of shades that there would be a lot of fall out and it wouldn’t be very blendable but it really is. The matte shades blend so well and they are SUPER pigmented, then there are shimmery shades that are so gorgeous on the lid, they, as many other shadows go on a bit better with your finger or wetting a brush slightly, just for the shimmer to POP. And some of the shades have a slight sheen so they’re really nice to make a look have a little more depth, especially for day time.IMG_20170823_175124_641

This retails for just under 30 Euro for 12 shadows, so it is great value. I will be going more in depth on this in a later blog post but for the moment my first impression is… Go buy it immediately!

Back soon, and as always questions and suggestions are welcome!

Sinead 🙂 xx

 

Rimmel Insta Range

HI All,

I’m back with another review! Today it’s on a few products from the Rimmel Insta range that launched a while ago. I’ve been trying out the contour stick, setting powder and the concealing and colour correcting palette. I have far too many concealers and setting sprays to get through so I opted to just try these 3 products. IMG_20170822_113303_977

Contour Stick:

So I got this in the palest shade, obviously, which is just called light. The highlighter side of this is slightly too dark on me when I am at my palest but I can make it work. Recently I’ve been liking applying this on the high points of my face underneath my foundation to just give me a subtle glow, also applying it this way means you don’t need to worry too much about blending, but it does blend beautifully and it doesn’t affect other products I apply on top which is perfect. Now the contour side is a little bit on the warm side in colour but it can work as a day time contour pretty well, it does blend well but maybe not as well as my go to at the moment, which I reviewed here but I do like it, I find the best way to blend it is with a damp sponge because a brush can move it around too much and affect your foundation underneath, but once that done and you set your face it looks really nice and it lasts a good amount of time too. IMG_20170822_003946_514

Colour Correcting Palette:

I was really excited to try this, I do use at least one colour correcting product a day and these 3 shades are the only colour correcting colours I use. There is a peach to cancel out dark circles, then a green to cancel out redness and blemishes and lilac to brighten. I actually really enjoy this palette, the consistency is really light and smooth, maybe a tiny bit greasy but not enough to be a problem, and I have an oily T-zone but it hasn’t been a problem for me at all. These aren’t the most pigmented colour correcting concealers I’ve used but they do a pretty good job for me, and sometimes I really need them. Again once these are set on the face they last a pretty long time, and I always put the green on under foundation, but the peach and lilac work well for me on top of foundation but under concealer if needed.IMG_20170822_112927_244

Fix and Matte Powder:

well… I love this, as I’ve said I have an oily T-zone and I NEED to powder every day and I do top up if needed and I have been using only this for weeks now, I’m nearly hitting pan! I have always loved the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, but I think I have replaced it with this as my go to. It is very finely milled so it feels great on the skin, it is white in colour but doesn’t leave a white cast on your face which I find can be a problem and it keeps me matte for hours. Depending on the day I do need to top up but even when I do with this powder I don’t look cakey, it builds nicely. So this was the favourite for me and the most used out of the 3 products.

Hope you’re all having a lovely week, I’ll be back soon with another post! let me know if you want me to do anything specific and I’ll try my best.

Byeeeee,

Sinead 🙂 xx

The Ordinary Foundation

Hi All,

So we all know The Ordinary skincare has been all over social media in the last few months or so, and for good reason, I did a review on a couple products click here if you want to check it out. So when their foundation dropped a while ago I knew I wanted to try it. It was hard to get my hands on but I eventually found it, I got both formulas and tried them out for the last month or so.IMG_20170820_222907_837

Serum Foundation:

So me having Albinism I opted for the palest shade 1.0N. The serum foundation is marketed as a medium coverage light-weight foundation. I have to say I thought the colour would be perfect when I got it and swatched it, Also this formula of this one is really watery, I heard it splash around as soon as I picked up the bottle. For me personally I like a more full coverage foundation so I was kind of just trying this to see how it preformed and hoping it might be good for a “no makeup” day. After trying this a number of times my original thoughts about this were pretty spot on, the coverage is not enough for my personal preference but I did like it, if you have clear skin and just want something to balance your skin out then this would be brilliant, it went on really well, I did think a brush worked a little better and then I just finished it with a damp sponge so it looked as smooth as possible, that worked really well. The problem with this for me was it oxidised, It looked gorgeous going on and for a about a half hour after but then it probably got 1 to 2 shades darker, so for me this isn’t ideal but knowing this now I could definitely make it work. If you’re in any way oily I’d recommenced a good oil control primer because it won’t last a full day without it, but once I had a decent primer on it was a lot better and then spritz on a bit of oil control setting spray and you’re all set.IMG_20170820_223006_612

Coverage Foundation:

So this I was more excited about, I got the same shade in this 1.0N but I found when I swatched this one it was a tiny fraction paler, which I’m fine with, being so pale and all. This is marketed as a full coverage foundation without the heavy makeup look which in theory sounds amazing. This formula is thicker in consistency then the serum foundation which I prefer. I’ve tried this quite a bit in the last while, I found it goes on best with a brush and then finishing it with a damp sponge, like the serum foundation. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this foundation, the coverage is of course better then the serum foundation, but it is definitely not a full coverage foundation, I would class it as medium coverage and the serum as low coverage. For me it’s just not enough on a daily basis and it for sure wouldn’t be for night time… But I did love the finish of it, and with the right concealer/powder combo you can make this work if your’e like me and prefer more coverage. It does have similar problems to the serum foundation though, it oxidises slightly and if you get in any way oily you need to prevent that with primer and setting spray.

IMG_20170820_223050_830Over all I would use both of these over time, it wouldn’t be what I would gravitate towards on a daily basis but the finish is really nice and they both don’t have a foundation look to them on the skin which I love, they are so easy to blend and they last a decent length of time on the skin. Both Formulas have SPF 15 Protection which is helpful but I try use more of an SPF most days. I’d check them out if you’re looking for an affordable foundation and they’re vegan and cruelty free, which is a win win.

Anyone else tried this or have any tips to make it look even better?

Back soon,

Sinead 🙂 xxx