Why you need Makeup Revolution’s Golden Sugar Ultra Professional Blush Palette in your life

Makeup Revolution Blush Packaging
I want to just start by saying if you’ve not yet tried any Makeup Revolution products, where have you been!? You need to shimmy on down to Superdrug (or order online – but shimmying is fun too…) because they are FAB. Seriously, every product I’ve tried, I love, ’nuff said. The first item I picked up was a single blusher in the shade Now! and I legit wear it almost every day. I’m obsessed. So when I spotted the Golden Sugar Ultra Professional Blush Palette on the Makeup Revolution stand, I practically skipped off to the till.

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette Golden Sugar

Can we just take a moment to admire how beautiful the Golden Sugar Palette is? Every shade is just perfection. The baked texture of the shimmers looks stunning, especially with the darker veins of pigment running throughout. The palette is made up of eight shades, including a highlighter, a matte bronzer, shimmer bronzer and shimmer blushers. Seeing as the whole palette costs just £6, each shade is literally pennies. Bargain! I think it would be the perfect thing to take on holiday to avoid bringing stacks of different shades, there is enough in here to be getting on with and even to contour if that’s what floats your boat. The packaging is sleek and black and contains a huge mirror in the lid (again perfect for holidays when you might not have your usual makeup mirror).

Makeup Revolution Blush  Golden Sugar

The shades themselves are so beautiful and pure perfection for the summer thanks to the sunning warm tones, especially the bronzey ones – they will look fab with a suntan. Not only do you have highlighter, blusher and bronzer in this palette, all the shades can be worn as eye shadow too. I just love a multi-tasker!

Makeup Revolution Blush  Golden Sugar

You can see the beautiful shades swatched above and as you can see they are pretty pigmented. Some shades needed a little more work than others but the darker ones will only require a light hand for a decent colour pay-off. I prefer the two pinky shades as blusher, but I am obsessed with the bronze coloured shades for eye shadow so this palette is quickly becoming a firm favourite in my make up bag. For £6 you really can’t go wrong with this beauty, so it is well worth trying out in my opinion!

What Makeup Revolution products do you rate?

High end vs. high street : the paintpot edition

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Maybelline Colour Tattoo Permanent Taupe

I love a beauty bargain, but sometimes cheaper products are just too good to be true. There is nothing worse that the disappointment of your drugstore product not living up to its promises. So in the name of science (errrr not really but we can pretend…) I am putting two similar products to the test to find out if high end or high street comes out on top.Continue Reading . . .

Your summer Face Of The Day for less than £25

New Look Beauty Range
With summer well and truly here now, it is about time that I start thinking about saying goodbye to full coverage foundation and berry lipsticks and hello to dewy sun kissed skin. So when I was asked if I’d like to get involved with New Look’s beauty on a shoestring campaign I jumped at the chance to update my makeup bag for a summer look.

The challenge involves spending just £25 (or less) on the beauty goodies from New Look Pure Colour collection and creating a whole makeup look using just these products. I had a good look through the beauty section on the New Look website and decided to go for:

The Pure Colour Foundation pleasantly surprised me. Typically I am not a fan of drugstore and high street foundations because I feel I need a bit more coverage and longevity, so I was a little skeptical of New Look’s offering. However I was having a really good skin day with no blemishes (woohoo!) and so the light to medium coverage of this foundation was just perfect! In lieu of a concealer, I built up the foundation more on my weak spots – under my eyes, around my nose and my chin for a more even coverage.
The Pure Colour Foundation is quite dewy which is ideal for summer, but I have quite oily skin so like to set my foundation to prevent a makeup moving around my face situation – not a good look! So I used a powder brush to swish a small amount of the bronzer over my face for a more sun kissed look and mattify the foundation.
I love the Pure Colour Bronze Baked Bronzer, it isn’t too dark for those who have paler skin and it also has a small amount of shimmer to give your skin a youthful and radiant boost. The powder is picked up very easily by the brush, so make sure you gently dab and tap off any excess because a little goes a long way! The bronzer helped to give my pasty skin a little more colour so I felt less like a ghost, and ready to head out into the sunshine.
Then using my Real Techniques blush brush I picked up some product from the Pure Colour Pink Baked Blusher, again, a little goes a long way! And I buffed as small amount into my cheekbones. I love the shade of the blusher, it is really natural looking and so I think it would suit most skin tones. I only used a small amount of the blusher to avoid my base being overpowering next to my eyes and lips.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range
For the eyes I used a delicate wash of the bronzer across the lids and built it up more in the middle of the eyelid which really brought out the shimmer. Then I used the Pure Colour Mid Brown Baked Eye Shadow to create some definition in the crease for a bronzed summery look. The eye shadow is really pigmented and lasted all day, which for a budget product is very good in my books! I’d definitely try out some other shades and I hope they widen the product line.
Now I did cheat a little bit here because I added a little mascara! My lashes are really blonde, so without it they look see through. However when I go on holiday later in the year I am planning to get my lashes tinted, so as this would be a great holiday look I definitely haven’t cheated…. right?!
Last but not least, I used the Pure Colour Mid Pink Lip Liner to carefully line my lips and then I filled them in. I normally find liners quite drying, but this was pretty good! Staying power wasn’t amazing, but I typically do touch up my lips throughout the day so this didn’t bother me at all. Again, I hope they bring out more shades as for just £1.99 they are a bargain.
Overall I am really impressed with the New Look beauty range because of the good quality of the products for such a great price. I really recommend the Pure Colour products that I tried out, particularly if your makeup needs to be pocket money friendly. I have my eye on a few more of their products, including the highlighter and the eye shadows palettes.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range FOTD
What do you think of the New Look beauty range?

Why Soap and Glory’s Supercat liner doesn’t live up to the hype

Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner
So this is going to be a little controversial. I have seen this Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner all over the blogosphere for the last few months, and when I asked for recommendations for a new eyeliner in a bbloggers chat, numerous people recommended it to me. So naturally I assumed this was gong to be the greatest invention since MAC lipsticks and I picked one up to try out.

I tested one out on my hand in store and it seemed pretty good, I liked the felt tip nib and thought that application would be mess free, unlike some of my favourite gel based liners. So into the basket it went! I tried it out for work the very next morning, and as usual I went through the motions of my makeup routine, and after adding a delicate wash of eyeshadow, I reached for Supercat to create my go to flicks.
Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner
The first eye was ok. It wasn’t as black as I could have hoped for, but it was fairly easy to control the flick which is great for applying make up at the crack of dawn. But when I got to the second flick the colour was almost grey. Not the strong bold black that I wanted. I tried to go over the line a couple of times, and it did go a bit darker but it ended up bodging it slightly and it added an extra 5 minutes onto my routine – which is not great on a work day!

So the next morning I decided I would give it another go, I left the eyeshadow out this time to see if it made a difference. Just like last time, the first eye was ok, but by the second eye the colour was just as rubbish as the morning before. This is really frustrating because I expect eyeliner to be a solid colour and apply consistently. I have to come to the conclusion that the liner just can’t handle being applied on top of makeup, which is a shame as most people to wear a little something something underneath whether it is full on eyemakeup or just a touch of concealer.

Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner swatch

You can even see in the swatch above, that on bare skin the pigmentation is pretty naff with a fading toward the ends of the lines. For a shade called “carbon black extreme”, this just isn’t very black or extreme. Perhaps I have been spoiled by higher end liner, but for me, this just doesn’t hit the mark and I wont be continuing to use the Supercat eyeliner which is a shame as I had such high expectations for it.

What do you thing of Supercat? What eyeliner do you recommend?

The only lip liner you will ever need…

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil
It has been a while since I have posted any reviews here on Must Have Girl. I have been really busy at work and sometimes the last thing you feel like doing after a long day at work is planning blog posts and writing reviews. But now I am back and I will try to post as regularly as I can so I can get a bit of “me time” back into my life! So without further ado, today I am reviewing the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in the shade Ozone.

I am (like most of you I’m sure) a lover of lipstick. I love bright and bold colours the most and throughout autumn and winter I like to wear darker colours such as MAC Rebel. I find that these darker shades often feathers around my lip line – not good. I’d much rather have a crisp line of colour and the way to achieve this is with lip liner to prevent the colour bleeding. However, owning enough lip liners to match with every shade of lippy I own would kill off my bank balance rapidly, so I went in search of a solution.
When I found out that clear lip liners were a real thing I swear I could have jumped for joy. One lip liner that does it all? It has to be too good to be true right? So I decided I would have to test it out for myself, so I quickly ordered the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil and hovered by the letterbox for the postie to deliver it!.
 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil

The pencil glides on really smoothly with no tugging however I did find that it was slightly drying when applied to my whole lips. Even though it was quite drying, it did stop my lipstick from settling in the lines on my lips as much as it usually would which is great. The majority of times I use the pencil, I just use it on the outline of my lips to prevent feathering. I have tried it with several shades of lippy and it has worked wonders for all of them my lipstick has stayed on in a crisp line all day

The only thing that I don’t really like about this product is that you have to sharpen it. I much prefer twist up liners as it is faster, more convenient and less messy, but I like the formula so much it wouldn’t stop me from buying this liner again.

If you want to try out a clear liner too, you can get the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Ozone from Feel Unique for just £12.

Have you ever tried a clear lip liner? Which brand would you recommend?

How Vichy Dermablend foundation has improved my confidence

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I am usually quite reluctant to try out new foundations, I have been using MAC Studio Fix Fluid for years now as I love the buildable coverage. However I do find that for me, it can slightly exacerbate oil production and I regularly have to blot to avoid looking greasier than a chip pan. Whilst I have found some products that help reduce this, namely La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat moisturiser – I felt like an improvement could be made. So after reading lots of reviews I decided to try out Vichy Dermablend foundation.

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I know that I am a MAC NC15 so I used Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix to work out which shade I needed. If you have not used this tool before it is amazing. You can find hundreds of products on there so it really makes changing foundation easy as pie. So relying on the matrix I went with shade 15 Opal and I was pretty worried that it would be too dark. When I opened the tube I squeezed a tiny amount on the back of my hand and I was a little scared I’d look tangoed, but once I applied it to my face it blended in seamlessly and it is truly the perfect shade for me! I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff in the foundation and I have to say it applies like a dream.

I worked in thin layers and built up the product on areas that needed a little more attention. I found that it was so high coverage that I could use it like a concealer. I switched to my Royal and Langnickel concealer brush and applied a small amount around my eye area and it really improved the appearance of my awful dark circles. The product is quite creamy but has quite a matte finish – I felt like I didn’t need to use as much powder to set it.

If you have read some of my other reviews, you will know that I have previously suffered from bad skin, whilst my complexion has improved a lot over the last six months or so, I still struggle sometimes with my chin area. So the real test for this foundation was if it could conceal the redness and blemishes that I suffer from. I decided the best way to do this was to take before and after photos to see if the coverage is really all it has been cracked up to be. Now I feel a bit self-conscious about these photos as it is not something that I really want the world to see, but if it helps someone else with skin that isn’t perfect then that’s fine by me.

Before

No Make up - blemishes and redness on chin area
Please excuse the towel!!

After

Vichy Dermablend foundation after photo

As you can see in the after photo, the redness, pores and blemishes are much less visible and my skin tone looks even. I was thrilled with the result and I think that the level of coverage is great. I have worn this almost every day now since I bought it and my make up still looks good after a long say of work, my skin is less oily that it was before and I feel more confident. So in my books this is a winner and I will definitely repurchase when I run out.

If you are tempted to give Vichy Dermablend foundation a try, you can purchase it from Boots for £16 or from Feel Unique for £17.

Have you tried Vichy Dermablend before? What foundations to you recommend for high coverage?

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes review

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes front cover

Sali Hughes is one of my favourite beauty writers, so when I heard that she was writing Pretty Honest, I was very excited. On the day of release I traipsed around town looking in book shops for a copy to no avail! I eventually managed to track down a copy in a small WHSmith store. It was the last copy left and it has a scuff on the mirror handle on the front cover, some black marks on the edges and some indentations to the pages. But it doesn’t matter because I got the last one!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Brows

I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but the cover of Pretty Honest is beautifully simple. This is the type of book that was made to be displayed proudly on a coffee table. At the beginning of every chapter you will find a related photograph and quote which I have absolutely loved – The Jack Black quote above is probably my favourite!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Basic Kit

The book is perfect for any woman, no matter what stage in life you are, you will find a whole host of topics including advice about acne, botox, wedding makeup and post-baby beauty. While not every chapter is relevant to me right now, this is something that I will refer to later in life.

Whenever Sali is discussing a type of product, she makes recommendations of a range of brands who offer wonderful products for every skin type and need. She also includes a mixture of high end and budget brands so the advice really caters for everyone.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Beauty Icons

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it has been in my handbag every day so that I can have a quick read whilst on the bus or during my lunch hour. Several of my colleagues at work have asked me about the book as my nose was buried in it every lunchtime for a week and now they are buying copies too.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Beauty Resources

Whether you are brand new to skincare and makeup, or you are a pro beauty blogger, I think there is a lot to learn from this book. I have discovered exactly what I need for my skin type and colouring and what products I can chuck in the bin or save my money on – toner and eye cream, I’m looking at you! This is a wonderful and informative read and best of all because of Sali’s reputation as a beauty writer, I know that her advice is reliable and honest (hence the title!), so I cannot recommend this enough. You can get your copy from WHSmith or Waterstones for £22.