I Heart Makeup Chocolate and Peaches Eyeshadow Palette review!

Hello everyone! The blog has been the last thing on my mind lately for several reasons, I won’t go into detail but a lot of bloggers know that if you need time for yourself you’ve got to just take it. Forcing yourself to blog only makes matters worse and turns the hobby into a massive chore (which I definitely don’t want!!!) I’m back today with an I Heart Makeup Chocolate and Peaches Eyeshadow Palette review!

So I Heart Makeup is an offshoot of Makeup Revolution, offering amazing budget makeup for everyone. Everyone knows that the eyeshadow in particular is amazing, they are so pigmented and are really easy to work with. What I love about the I Heart Makeup line is that it’s so fun and girly!

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review!

Hi everyone, I’ve had a week off from the blog, mainly because I haven’t been feeling too good. Everything seems to be getting on top of me at the moment but I’m back today sharing my thoughts on foundation with you in this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation review!

I couldn’t wait to try this foundation. I rarely get excited about a high end product, but this to me was like the answer to all my prayers! This Magic Foundation claims to provide “flawless, poreless, long lasting coverage” which definitely sounded like something I needed to try. On the Charlotte Tilbury website it tells you that it took five years to create this “miracle in a bottle foundation” which contains a supercharged Vitamin C which helps to not only cover all your imperfections, but it helps to reduce these over time with continued use.

The skin on my face is quite problematic I have really oily skin, dark circles around and under the eyes, enlarged pores and some patches of hyperpigmentation so for a foundation it is really important that I get full coverage. One of the selling points of this foundation was that it covers all that on it’s own, meaning there is no need for concealer.

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Everyday eyeshadow look on a budget!

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all planning an awesome weekend! Make sure you let me know what you’re up to! I don’t know about you but when you’re getting up at 5am and leaving for work at 6am, there isn’t much time for an extremely complicated makeup look! Today I thought I would share with you my simple everyday eyeshadow look on a budget, I wear some variation of this most days and it is easy to achieve in just 3 simple steps!

For this look, I used the Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Essential Mattes 2. I love this palette because it costs £4 in Superdrug and is extremely good value for what you get! These shadows have been raved about on beauty blogs everywhere, so you know how good they are, but I really recommend them also! They are so pigmented and so easy to work with, I have all of them in my collection! I like this one though because its an all matte palette and the shades are really easy to blend, especially if you’re a beginner and are looking to experiment! Now onto the steps for the eyeshadow look!

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Beauty buy of the month – Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Welcome to the first instalment of beauty buy of the month at The Plus Size of Life! I know I said this post would originally hit the blog on Friday, I couldn’t wait any longer! This new monthly feature is all about that one beauty product I have bought that I cannot get enough of! This month, it’s the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask!

I’ve made no secret on the blog about my struggle with my terrible oily skin. Day to day, I only use oil free moisturiser and makeup so as to not add to the problem. I literally go out of my way everyday to avoid adding excess moisture to my skin, to use products that diffuse the oil and to make my skin as matte as it can be to make my makeup last! The trouble with that is that at least once a month, I notice patches of my skin that are dry and flaky because there literally is no moisture left in my skin.

When this happens, it can be so frustrating because it’s hard to find the perfect balance, to get rid of the dry and flaky without adding to the problem of the oil! I was researching intensive moisture treatments to help me and came across the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask!

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Freedom Makeup Pro Blush and Highlight Palette review!

Hi all, I’m still in builder hell at mine, so for now my fashion posts have taken a back seat, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for beauty on the blog! Like any self respecting makeup addict, I love a good highlight! This Freedom Makeup Pro Blush and Highlight Palette review features the bronze and baked palette!

Since Freedom Makeup is one of Makeup Revolutions sister brands, I was so eager to get my hands on something when I saw that they sold it in my local Superdrug. I thought I would choose a blush palette, as I love the blush palettes from Makeup Revolution. I myself prefer a brown or light pink toned blusher when applying my makeup rather than something warmer and orangy pink, that is why I chose the bronze and baked palette.

In this palette you get a mixture of highlighter, blusher and bronzer. I’m assuming the lighter shades are highlighters and the darker shades are blushes, with two bronzers placed in the middle.

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NYX Matte Lipstick in Goal Digger review!

When it comes to darker shades of lipstick, I’m a bit of a newbie. I finally found one that I actually like on myself, it was so hard to choose but I decided to share my choice with you, it’s the NYX Matte Lipstick in Goal Digger!

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So NYX is everywhere at the moment, my local Boots now have a huge stand and where better to head for advice on the perfect dark lipstick for me than to the NYX counter. I went one lunch time and spoke to a wonderful and helpful lady. I just said I wanted a dark plum shade and she picked this out straight away. Not only did she choose off the top of her head, she made sure I liked it and then tested it out on me and expertly applied it to my lips! I did feel a little bit nervous because I have never worn anything as daring as this during the day let alone to work! I told her how nervous I was about wearing it and she gave me some great advice about how it was all in the confidence!

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Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner Review and 3 ways to rock it!

Lately I’ve been getting more and more daring with my makeup looks, stepping away from regular eyeshadow and trying something different. I discovered Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel liner recently and I’ve been using it religiously to add a touch of glam to some of my evening eye looks! Even better is that it is an absolute bargain beauty buy! I thought I would do a small review for you and show you my 3 favourite ways to wear it!

Firstly, glitter for life and not just for Christmas! I love adding it to my makeup looks all year round because I deserve to sparkle and shine! I have the Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in 3 Shades – 01 Glitz, 03 Funk and 09 Retro Chic.  I got 2 of them in Boots, but I picked up 09 Retro Chic in Poundland!

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These liners are particularly easy to work with, they come with an uber fine applicator and are basically just glitter contained in a super-fast drying clear gel! They are so easy to build up and can be worn alone or over the top of eyeshadow making it super simple to create the look you want! They last forever without needing to touch them up and seriously compliment any eye look you can think of. There is such an awesome range of colours, from classic golds and silvers all the way to daring blues and fuchsias, so there really is something for every occasion. Now onto the looks!

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I used 09 Retro Chic for this and I love how it stands out. I kept the lid bare, but you could add some definition to the crease with a medium brown shadow. Finish with lashings of black mascara or even your favourite falsies.

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Oval Makeup Brushes – worth the hype?

Maybe I’m a little late to the party with this post but If you’re into beauty and watching tutorials you will have seen some version of the oval makeup brushes somewhere. I have seen people rave about them and I have seen others call them a flop! Nevertheless, I was so excited when James bought me a set of them as a Christmas gift and I wanted to review them for you all!

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The set James bought for me is by a company called Rio and it’s the Essential Microfibre Cosmetic Brush Collection. The set claims to help you achieve a flawless, airbrushed complexion when applying liquid, powder and cream cosmetics. . In this set there are five brushes all different shapes and sizes, each brush is made up of tens of thousands of soft microfibers, all crafted with a special tapered tip which curve around the contours of the face

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Brush 1 – The Oval 8 Brush

This is the largest of the brushes and can be used for several things, including foundation, powder and contouring. I have used this for applying both liquid and powder foundation and the finished look is flawless. I love how easy this was to use to really buff the products into the skin and create a flawless finish. The fibres are so soft and they are really packed tight. I feel like I don’t use nearly as much foundation as I do with a blender now I use this brush and the finish created is so even. I think this is my favourite brush of them all.

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Party perfect lashes!

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For me, eyelashes are something that is an essential part of my night out makeup routine! Whether you’re new to lashes or a pro in this post you will find all the info you need to get party perfect lashes!

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If you’re new to lashes or you like the more natural look then these Kiss So Natural Iconic Lashes are perfect for you. What I love about the kiss lashes is that most of the styles have a lovely lash band which make them easy to apply, these are my go to lash when I have a really dramatic shadow look but I still want to make my eyes pop!

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Makeup Revolution hits and misses!

I adore Makeup Revolution, but sometimes the products are just not what I expected them to be like! With such a vast range to choose from, it can be hard to decide what to buy. So to give you an idea I thought I would share my Makeup Revolution hits and misses with you which contains my favourite products as well as some that for me just did not work!

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1. I love all the £4 eyeshadow palettes from Makeup Revolution, but my favourite of all of them has to be the Iconic 3. It is my go to palette for everyday looks and is so pigmented! I buy this often because I use it so much!

2. The Fortune Favours the Brave palette is a fairly recent buy of mine and boy was it worth it. The palette is something special and has some many gorgeous pigments in. It is perfect for the party season as there are some gorgeous marbled shadows to make your eyes really pop!

3. The first blush palette I bought  was the Golden Sugar and it is my all time fave. This is perfect for me as I have quite pale skin and don’t like anything too dark! I love how the blush and highlight shades compliment each other whichever ones you choose!

4. Being new to creating intense eye looks, I was looking for a crease brush that wouldn’t break the bank and this is the one I chose. I love love love it and use it every single day. 

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