10 Favourite products

Recently I have been experimenting with a few new makeup products that I have been pleasantly surprised with so I thought I would share them as I genuinely recommend them all.

1.Mac blot/pressed powder £21

Shade: Dark


This product is honestly amazing! I am prone to oily skin, no matter what primer I use. This product has been so so helpful as it fits into my makeup bag so I can apply on the go in seconds. It gives me the perfect matte finish but is also almost colourless so there is no issue of trying to perfectly match it to your foundation.

2.Morphe palette 35OM £22


So as difficult as this is to get your hands on in the UK, I purchased it from Beauty Bay for approximately £22 (I think).I went for the matte version as I usually buy a lot of shimmery loose pigments or shimmery eyeshadows and wanted a change. This palette is sooo pigmented it is unreal! The colours even show up on my skin without the use of an eyeshadow primer which is something that I usually have to use with every eyeshadow. The shades are easy to blend and it is possible to create so many different looks with just this palette alone so I highly recommend.

3. Morphe Brushes E23 £6.50 and M441 £5.50

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I bought these two brushes from Beauty Bay as there is no official Morphe site for the UK. I recommend any Morphe Brushes as they are such good quality and feel smooth on the skin. Both of these are great for blending and applying eyeshadows, as are any of the Morphe brushes that I have used. I am continuously impressed so I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for some affordable brushes.

4. L.A. Girl Pro.conceal £5

Shades : Toast and Warm honey

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I bought these from Beauty Bay too, and I use them to contour. I love Warm honey but I think that Toast is slightly darker than I would like; however the consistency is so easy to blend with my Beauty blender that I can usually manage to make it work. Next time I will go for a shade lighter though (possibly Toffee). They work well with a liquid foundation and do not look cakey at all. They are great value for money!

5. Lime Crime Velvetine £15 / Kylie cosmetics lip kit £23

Shades: Salem / True Brown K

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I have grouped these two together as Salem makes an amazing True Brown K dupe. I have been searching for dupes for the few Kylie lip kits that I have solely as I find them slightly drying but LOVE the colours. Whereas the Velvetines feel so good on your lips and are almost moisturising as they dry but are slightly patchy. I have recently begun using the two together as they make a good combination, (this is just a preference as they can both be worn on their own). I know that it can seem bit pricy to get both of them so if you would prefer to use just one I would suggest getting Salem as it is much cheaper and it can be a pain to order Kylie cosmetics into the UK.

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit £39

Kit: That Glow


So firstly I was super excited to hear that ABH had launched a UK website which is where this was purchased from. The colours are gorgeous and suit my skin tone so well. I was worried at first that ‘sunburst’, ‘bubbly’ and ‘dripping in gold’ would be better suited to a light skin tone but once I swatched them I was in love! They are all so pretty and I have even used a combination of colours sometimes just because I adore everything sparkly.

7. Mac Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

Shade : NC45


(sorry the quality of these pictures is poor as my camera died and had to use my phone)

I had previously always used liquid concealers but found that I was unable to achieve the coverage that I wanted. When I first tried this I was amazed with how well it worked for the dark circles under my eyes. Obviously it would not work as well with powder foundation but I use the Mac Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 foundation and both products work well together. So I would advise this product if you are looking to cover any blemishes or marks on your face.

8. AMC Pure Pigment eye

Shades: 63, 50

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These pigments were introduced to me by my friends and I have since bought several other shades as they are so pretty and as I said before I am obsessed with sparkles. These can even be mixed together to create different looks. It is very rare for me to create an eyeshadow look without using one of these.

9. Inglot Duraline


This is more of an accompaniment to the previous products, Inglot created this to transform any powder into a liquid. Obviously it is not for use on its own so I’m not sure if it counts as a makeup product? But it is great and does not ruin your look by being too oily. I think it can also be used to create a liquid eyeliner from eyeshadows as well so I will try that out soon.

Finally…

10. Ben Nye Final Seal

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I have only just bought this but I have been using it everyday that I wear makeup. It has a weird sensation at first as it tingles and feels almost like there is a layer of film over your skin, but this is just as it dries and is gone in a few seconds. Compared to any other setting spray that I have used it is ridiculously good and my makeup does not budge at all.

Thankyou so much for reading! I hope these brief reviews provide insight into products you may have already heard of, or introduce you to some that you have not 🙂

Jx

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Mixed girl tag!!

I’ve seen a lot of girls doing this tag and I thought it looked like a good idea so hope you enjoy my answers 🙂

1. what are you mixed with?

  • I am half Ghanaian and White British.

2. What ethnicity have you been mistaken for?

  • Randomly once, my dentist confused me with being Indian??? A lot of people I meet who are Ghanaian are often shocked that I am and have thought I was also possibly Indian or are confused generally about what I am mixed with. I honestly do NOT see it.

3. Is your hair curly or straight?

  • My hair is loveeeelyy and curly, but I do straighten it (with heat) sometimes.

4. Was coming from different backgrounds challenging growing up?

  • The most challenging thing was being able to identify with both sides of my family equally and not feeling guilty for embracing one side more than the other. I have always been closer with my white side of the family which meant that obviously growing up I felt out of touch with my Ghanaian roots. As I have gotten older, I’ve come to terms with the idea of not trying to specifically identify my traits as either black or white and just accepting that they are a mixture and that I do act white AND black… because I am both.

5. Which side do you embrace the most?

  • My White British side, purely because I live closer to this side of the family and have never been to Ghana.

6. Have you ever been teased for being different?

  • I cannot actually think of specific teasing, but sometimes there would be situations where people would say my white friends were prettier etc because they had long straight hair and lighter skin.When I was in school as a child, it was not necessarily ‘teasing’, just sometimes as a minority I would be excluded from games of ‘mums and dads’ purely because others said it would not look right for me to be in the family (in the game) . It was upsetting and mostly confused me that they said I could not be part of a white family considering the majority of my family was white anyway,haha.

7.Have you ever been ashamed for being multiracial?

  • I have never been ashamed of who I am, but sometimes I have considered that if I did not look this way perhaps things would be less of a struggle for me, but I feel the good outweighs the bad.

8. Do you feel being mixed race has its benefits?

  • I think it means that I have a  broader understanding of the world than someone from one culture and I get to experience things that a lot of my other friends have not. I always felt as though it made me special as a child. I continue to believe that and I think of myself and other mixed people as the symbol of unity around the world,it’s great!

9. What makes being multiracial a beautiful thing?

  • I think everything from the previous point summarises my views for this question. I also think that it is evident in my existence that it is not intrinsic for people of different races to hate each other. Unfortunately some individuals have failed to understand this which results in the conflict between races, but the beauty of people who have come together is shown in me 🙂

10. Any advice to someone who struggles with their multiracial identity?

  • Honestly, the only think I would say that I truly standby myself, is to spend time learning to love yourself. Not everyone is as appreciative as myself of cultures uniting and that was something I learnt growing up. Therefore, you have to love yourself and the others who look like you a lot more because not everyone feels this way. It is sooo hard, I’m not going to try and sugar coat it, because it can be tough to feel beautiful and special in a world that dictates that beauty is not what you are so therefore you have to spend a long time learning to be happy before you can feel confident in your own skin.

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Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you found it interesting!

Jx

Oval brushes.co.uk :(((

So recently, I convinced my boyfriend to buy me a set of oval brushes as I have seen sooo many bloggers on Instagram and YouTube raving about the Artis brush sets (which were a bit out of his budget). I searched for a cheaper alternative and my friend found a seemingly legit website ‘ovalbrushes.co.uk’ from Facebook and so I gave my boyfriend the link. The brushes were reduced from £100 to £25 which seemed too good to be true (it was) and he bought them. Four weeks later and we still have not heard from them or received any replies to our emails. We tried to call the number listed on the website which went straight to a dead line. I then returned to the Facebook page and read through comments and found several others who had been in similar situations and have come to the conclusion that the website itself was a SCAM which was such a disappointment!!

The main reason I wanted to write this post was to warn others, and solely because when I researched whether the website was legit the negative reviews were not obvious so I went ahead assuming it was a safe site, which it definitely is not.

I am going to continue to look for a decent set of oval brushes but with more caution this time.

J x