When I asked you guys on Twitter whether I could do a ‘not worth the hype’ post containing 2 products, thankfully you all said yes!

I really enjoy reading these type of posts because I like to see two different opinions on a product, especially if I’m contemplating buying it! This is my first time writing one up though so be sure to let me know whether you’ve liked it.

 

NAKED 3 PALETTE 

When I first received this as a Christmas present a few years ago, I was ECSTATIC. Just look at all those pretty colours! I thought I would get SO much used out of it.

The first time I started applying it, I couldn’t get ANY colour pay-off from any of the shades. I even tried to use some of the darker colours since then, but have honestly been so unimpressed. There’s also loads of fall-out and it is so faint on the eye-lids that it might aswell not be there.

To say the palette is £40, my opinion on it is very underwhelming. I might try it again some time in the future just so it actually gets some use, but I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC FOUNDATION

This is another very unloved product in my collection.

It’s marketed as a full coverage foundation, but whenever I’ve worn it, it ‘sits’ on the skin and makes me look very doll-like. I’ve tried using just my hands and then a buffing brush, neither really made a difference.

It was very matte, and seemed to magnify problem areas that I had by flaking. I’m pretty sad about this because its an expensive purchase, but I can’t see myself loving it in the future either.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Since my last post ( http://natalieleanne.com/great-skincare-that-doesnt-break-the-bank/ )went down so well, I wanted to do a makeup version of it sharing all my budget buys in the beauty department.

 

PRIMER- L’OREAL LUMI MAGIQUE 

Truth be told, I haven’t tried that many primers in the drugstore, so I’m a little biased in this area. I love this one because it makes your skin look lit from within, and isn’t greasy. It just gives a nice glow, and I always find that makeup goes on SO smoothly afterwards.

 

CONCEALER- BOURJOIS RADIANCE REVEAL 

A few months ago I picked up the more ‘matte’ version of this concealer, but now I’m fully back on this lighter, brightening choice. It honestly makes you look like you’ve had so much more sleep than you actually have, and it lasts for ages too. Plus, it also blends in dreamily and doesn’t crease around my eye area at all.

 

FOUNDATIONS- BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX + L’OREAL CUSHION FOUNDATION

These are definitely my favourite two affordable foundations, and both offer that healthy natural looking glow. They are light to medium coverage, but don’t look cakey on the skin at all. I will most definitely be repurchasing both when I’ve used them all up!

 

BLUSH- RIMMEL IN ‘SANTA ROSE’ + MAX FACTOR PUFF BLUSH IN ‘LOVELY PINK’

The Rimmel blushes are such a good price (£4) and they last for ages. The one I have is called ‘santa rose’ in a lovely pretty blush colour. These are so underrated in the beauty world and I rarely hear about people mentioning them. I also adore the Max Factor puff blushes (there are some gorgeous colours in this range!) and they last for a really long time too. I can’t believe mine is still going after the amount of use its had.

 

SEVENTEEN CONTOUR PALETTE 

This is the only contour palette that I’ve used from the drugstore, but its very well loved in my collection. I have the light version and find the shades to be perfect for my skin tone, especially with the darker contour not looking ‘mucky’ as they sometimes do in these palettes. I feel like this is something that I’ve really enjoyed having, and it also has a great mirror in too if you want to take it on holiday or going away.

 

MAYBELLINE PUSH UP ANGEL MASCARA

I won’t harp on about it, we all know this is my FAVE mascara ever. It makes you look like you have eyelash extensions, and doesn’t go clumpy. So much so, I’ve run out of it now and going to repurchase another! See you at Boots… 😉

 

Do you have any affordable makeup favourites? Let me know- I feel in a spendy mood for some new beauty bits!

 

 

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Now that Summer’s *finally* rolled around, (well it has at the time of writing this anyway) I wanted to get out some new makeup products from my stash and fall back in love with them again.

The only new product here is the Benefit Ka’ Brow eyebrow product that I picked up fairly recently, and love! Its such a good colour for Blondes and definitely has a natural look to it. Even though it looks small, the pot has SO much product in and I can tell its doing to last me for quite some time. Its also pretty easy to use, despite what I orginally thought!

For foundation/base, I’ve fallen back in step with the Clinique foundation stick and a damp beauty blender. I haven’t used this pairing for ~aggggeeees~ but I’m definitely at least half way down the tube in terms of usage. I just swipe a few lines on my face and it blends in seamlessly. This way you can also stick to a much lighter coverage, or it builds easily if you want a bit more full coverage finish. It looks so natural and perfect for Summer I think. I’ve been using this with my Bourjois old favourite concealer for a bit of under-eye magic, whilst not being heavy in the slightest.

I’ve brought my L’oreal La Terra Glam Bronze back out, like I do every summer! I think the golden highlight-y colour just works perfect this time of year, and looks really pretty in the sun.

For my cheeks, I’ve been trying to use my Benefit Lolli-tint which is a purple/pink stain, for a ‘pop’ on the apples of my cheeks that always makes me look sooo much more awake and ready to face the day.

Lastly, I’ve fallen *back* in love with my fave ever eyeshadow palette from Smashbox, which is just incredible! It has the most perfect mix of shimmer and matte shades which compliment my skintone really well.

 

Have you shopped your stash recently and found any old favourites?

 

Even though sometimes the weather doesn’t play ball, we are still practically in summer. So I thought I’d show you a few current bodycare faves and the new thing I’ve been doing…

Lets start of with my current obsession. Well, thats a bit much actually. BUT I have been doing regular body brushing with this little guy (similar) above I picked up from The Body Shop, and it has made SUCH a difference to my bum and legs. Fo real. I really recommend picking one up if you fancy it, I honestly couldn’t believe the difference it made and how much firmer my skin was. Plus in the shower it literally takes a few minutes, which is perfect for lazy gals like me.

In terms of body wash, I either go in with my Soap & Glory (these little ones last so so long) or for a more natural pick, my Sukin body wash.

This Garnier fake tan mist is an old favourite for me, but I somehow still can’t manage to pull myself away and try a different kind. Its just so simple with the spray mist, and never really leaves any streaks. It also dries suuper quickly, meaning I go straight in with my body moisturiser from the Body Shop which leaves me smelling like strawberries. Sweet!

 

Do you have any recent body-care favourites that I need to hear about?

 

 

Clarin’s Daily Energiser Lovely Lip Balm- LIMITED EDITION 

I needed a new lip balm, and always find bullet form the best choice as they are so easy to apply. This is a lovely peach scent that isn’t too sickening, and smells of summer! Its in super cute packaging that does however feel a bit cheap as its ‘cardboard-y’, but I picked it up for only £12 so I can’t hold it against it too much. It leaves a nice moisturising balm on the lips that isn’t greasy, at all.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Cream *

I remember using a tester of this from a monthly mag soo long ago, but I knew from the get-go that this wouldn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts. It reminds me of my FAVOURITE (Lancome Hydra-Zen) as it’s a very similar formula. I really rate Clinique skincare and do think its worth the investment. But of course, testers are great to try out too as you know what your spending your pennies on!

 

Benefit Ka-Brow! in Blonde *

After finishing up my Soap & Glory Archery pencil (which lasted SO long by the way!) I wanted to pick up a higher end version to see if it compared. At first, I thought this was actually an extremely light colour, but with more use I’ve realised that its just because the others have practically been brown. After the second using, I am loving this! It is the most perfect ‘lazy girl’ brow product. And it doesn’t take me as long to do as I had thought, with it being in a pot and everything. Just a few quick sweeps (I’m not very precise with it) and I’m done.

 

 

Elemis Cleansing Balm *

I’m always on the look-out for cleansers and haven’t tried *that* many high end versions. I picked up this mini to give it a whirl, however the full size is very pricey and I’m not sure I would ever spend that much on something I wash away every day. I suppose price per use might make it better? Anyway, I digress, this is a lovely cleanser that reminds me of the Emma Hardie Cleansing balm, SOOO much! It feels luxury to use too, if that even makes sense?

 

Have you tried any of these products?

 

 

 

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