BRANDS | GLOSSIER REVIEW

Since Glossier has been a brand that you can get so readily within the UK now, it's all I've heard anyone talk about. If you read my What I Got for Christmas post, you will have seen I was lucky enough to receive some of their products and I have been testing them since. 

I'm just going to go ahead and say it; even though I don't own many items from them, I definitely think the price is worth it and I would 100% order from them again. In fact, I'd love to try some more of their products.

Glossier Boy Brow and Phase 1 Kit Review | The Beauty is a Beast
Glossier is all about natural beauty, with skincare being the biggest essential to celebrate real girls and real beauty. It means that all of their products are kind to your skin and create a very subtle, natural look.

Glossier Boy Brow and Phase 1 Kit Review | The Beauty is a Beast

I decided to ask for the Phase 1 kit, which contains the priming moisturiser, a balm dotcom with a flavour of your choice - I picked up the Coconut flavoured one, and their best seller, the milk gelly cleanser. The kit contains full sized products and retails for £35, which means you save £8. Ry made a mistake with the order so I also got the Balm Dotcom in Cherry too and omg this smells amazing! I also asked for the Boy Brow because Emma from EmmasRectangle absolutely raves about this brow gel and I really wanted to try it. This is a little more on the pricey side and retails for £14, however, you can get this in some different sets if there is other stuff you want to try and it means you can save a little bit of money. 

Balm Dotcom | £10
This is a multi-purpose balm which can be used on your lips and skin, with the choice of 6 different flavours. The usage and formula remind me so much of Dr Lipp Nipple Balm and I'm pretty impressed, to be honest. This isn't a product I reach for a lot in general, but during winter when my lips are super chapped, it's a lifesaver.  

Priming Moisturiser | £18
This has pretty much become a staple in my skincare routine before applying makeup. The name is a little misleading as it's not priming in the sense of a normal primer which leaves behind a tacky feel. My skin always feels so soft after using this and I do find that my makeup sits on my skin so beautifully. The product claims to minimise the appearance of pores, which I can't say I've noticed. Because of the price, I wouldn't rush out to repurchase it but I definitely would be willing to buy it again.

Milk Gelly Cleanser | £15
Another best seller is the milk gelly cleanser; a face wash which can be used on a daily basis, helping to clean your face in the morning and remove your makeup on an evening. I love that this can be used on a wet or dry face, making it a pretty flexible product and I've loved having this in my skincare routine. I noticed that this product solely isn't good enough to remove all my day to day makeup, so I usually have to double cleanse to get rid of everything. However, I find this is a perfect way to start the morning as the cleanser is really gentle on the skin. The formula is unlike any other cleanser I have tried and this is definitely a must-have!

Boy Brow | £14
I have nothing but love for this product. I can't even see another brow product coming close to how much I love this brow gel. I'm pretty sure I will repurchase this from now until the end of time. Glossier says "All brow needs have been considered to create THE brow product: one to thicken, fill in, and groom brows into place" and this formula literally does all of this. Before I used Glossier, my go to was the L'Oreal Brow Plumper, but now I never even want to pick it up. The brush on the Boy Brow makes such an easy application and the shade brown matches my hair nicely!

What Glossier product do you love and that I should try next?




REVIEW | BARRY M CRUSHED JEWELS CREAM SHADOW COLLECTION

I've been raving about liquid eyeshadows a lot recently so when I saw that as part of the Barry M Spring Collection, they were launching their own version of these liquid eyeshadows I knew I had to try them. I've never really tried Barry M makeup, but I am a huge fan of their nail polishes. I know so many people love the brand because they're cruelty-free which is usually a rare find at the drugstore. If liquid/cream eyeshadows are going to be a beauty trend of 2018, I'm definitely on board. They're a lazy girls dream. I'm all for products which can speed up my makeup routine in a morning.

So they released 8 shades in the Crushed Jewel collection (how cute is that name though) and I picked up 5 of them. I didn't bother ordering the other three because they're not shades that I would usually go for so they would have just ended up going to waste.

Barry M Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow Collection | The Beauty is a Beast

Barry M Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow Collection | The Beauty is a Beast

I picked up the shades: Pillow Talk (a cool-toned gold), Cloud Nine (light pink), Fairytale (copper), Blissful (duochrome pink/purple toned shadow) and Dream Catcher (bronzed, muted purple). 

They retail at £4.99, which I think is pretty affordable and can be purchased from both Boots & Superdrug!
Barry M Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow Collection | The Beauty is a Beast

The shadows have a doe foot applicator which makes it super easy and quick to apply. The formula is very light-weight and pigmented. It dries fast and does not seem to budge or transfer throughout the day, which is perfect for a product like this.  Compared to some of the other cream eyeshadows I've tried, I would say this isn't as 'glitzy' compared to the likes of the Colourpop or Morphe versions, but I think this makes these shades perfect for throwing on with your everyday makeup looks.   

I love that it comes in 8 different shades as not many brands have brought out such a large range. The fact that they're from the drugstore too means that they're likely to be on offer regularly or you can even use your points towards them to treat yourself!

I found they blend with eyeshadows much easier than some of the others I have tried; I found the Colourpop Supernova shadows were difficult to blend afterwards, yet the Barry M cream shadows blend with ease and you never have to worry about fall out from the glitter as it's more of a foiled formula.

Yesterday, I did an extended wear test for  14 hours and my eye look still looked amazing at the end of the night. That's so impressive to me because I end up touching my eyes a lot through the day and the shadow looked almost as pigmented as it did when I put it on in the morning! That's definitely a winner for me.

Barry M Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow Collection | The Beauty is a Beast
Bottom to Top: Pillow Talk, Cloud Nine, Fairytale, Blissful and Dream Catcher

The ONLY downside that I seem to have found with these products which may be a deal breaker is that I get an irritated sensation until the product has dried down. At first, I thought it was maybe due to me applying it too close to my lash line but I've tested this theory a few times and I still feel this tingle. Sometimes it's not on both eyes but my friend Kat also has tested the Pillow Talk shade and she said she noticed the same feeling. I didn't think I had particularly sensitive eyes, but it is something to definitely be wary of if you're going to pick up these products.

That being said, it really hasn't put me the shadows and I still continue to wear them all the time!

Have you picked up any of the Crushed Jewels range? 


REVIEW | MULTI-MASKING WITH L'OREAL PARIS

Goodbye sheet masks, hello multi-masking! There's no doubt about it, sheet masks really created a storm in the beauty community during 2017 and I can't lie, I'm a huge fan of them. The lazy girl inside me thinks they're an absolutely great idea to give your skin some much needed TLC. I found them perfect for a quick hydration boost to my skin, but in general, I didn't see any lasting effects or improvement in my target areas.

Towards the end of last year, companies started to push the idea of multi-masking and I was definitely a sceptic. Why do I need to use multiple face masks? Are they just trying to get me to spend more money? Is it going to require a lot more effort to multi-mask?

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Multi-Masking | The Beauty is a Beast

I decided to give it a go and picked up two of the L'Oreal Pure Clay masks: Detoxing mask(grey tub) & the Blemish Rescue mask(blue tub). The L'Oreal range also contains a Glow mask (which I really want to try - for brightening and exfoliating), a Purity mask (purifying and mattifying) and a Bright (Illuminates and clarifies skin tone) face mask.

I picked up the detoxing mask because I have a lot of problems with visible pores, specifically in my T-Zone, but I found applying the mask all over my face tended to dry out my skin. I'm always prone to spots and blemishes around my jawline and temples which made me think the Blemish Rescue mask would be perfect as it helps clear your skin without drying you out. 

Another one of my skin concerns is the appearance of dull, tired skin. I'm really trying to embrace dewiness throughout 2018, including adding a lot of shimmery makeup items into my everyday routine. This is why I would like to try and incorporate the Glow mask into my face mask routine since this is designed for exfoliating and brightening.
L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Multi-Masking | The Beauty is a Beast

Detox mask: detoxifies and clarifies | £7.99
Blemish Rescue mask: Unclog blackheads, leaves skin fresh and clear | £7.99

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Multi-Masking | The Beauty is a Beast

Originally, I was incredibly put off the face masks as they are heavily perfumed.  I found the scent made my eyes water with the initial application every time. Although now I'm used to the scent, I'm pretty unphased by it. However, if you have sensitive skin you may want to be careful before you purchase multiple items and then realise the scent is too harsh for your skin. 

I love that I can see the Clay mask settling into all my pores as I really feel like it's unclogging them. I thought I'd find it a bit of a pain to apply two masks, but I've really been enjoying it and it's a routine I've actually been sticking to because I can see instant results. After multi-masking, the visibility of my pores through my makeup is significantly reduced and although I haven't seemed to notice a difference in my blemishes since using the masks, I always find my skin feels incredibly clean and soft after application. 

Even though the cost is initially more expensive as you're buying multiple face masks, you tend to use less product per application and therefore, you end up saving money in the long run.

I do love a good sheet mask, I'm a huge fan of the Sephora and Soap & Glory ones, but I'm definitely on board with the idea of multi-masking and I can really see the benefit of it and so can my skin!

Are you a fan of multi-masking? Let me know what your favourite face masks are so I can try some new ones out.



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FAVES | JANUARY 2018

I've not really done a favourites post in quite a long time, but I have recently collected a lot of new beauty products, especially over the Christmas period and I now have lots of goodies to share with you that I have been loving over the past few months.

January Favourites 2018 | The Beauty is a Beast

I'm not going to lie, I'm a nightmare for being lazy and just removing my makeup with baby wipes, however, I've been trying to take much better care of my skin lately and I've been loving the combination of the Magnitone Wipeout Cleansing Cloth with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser & the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser. 2018 is definitely the year to embrace double cleansing; cleansing just once does not get all the daily grime off your face. I really love that the cloth can be reused and all you need to do it pop it in the wash - I have two so I'm never without one!

I've not really been using much in term of skin care or body products but I can't put down my Sol De Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum, I'm absolutely in love with the scent of this product that it's making me want to splurge on a ridiculously priced shower gel just so I can smell like this all the time. Winter has been a killer lately with the dark mornings and nights, but I always feel so much better with a tan which is why the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk has been my best friend lately. It doesn't smell as appealing as the instant tan but builds up lovely on the skin and gives a nice healthy looking glow.
January Favourites 2018 | The Beauty is a Beast

This one comes as no surprise as I raved about it in my review, late 2017 but I haven't put down The Ordinary Coverage Foundation since I purchased it and already have a back up in my drawer as well. It's always a must-have in my travel makeup bag too! I won't bore you with why I love it all over again, but you can read my review here

The last few months have been all about the glow for me. I was sick of looking at my makeup after a day at work and just seeing tired, dull looking skin. After seeing so many people talk about different variations of shimmer bronzers, I decided to pick up the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in Golden Days and I haven't looked back. I pretty much apply it every day over my bronzer and it gives such a healthy glow to the skin. It stops my face looking matte and flat and now I'm 100% converted into a shimmer bronzer fan. I love to pair this look with a very natural, flattering highlight to help keep the skin looking perky, which is why I highly recommend the Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Dayglow.

January Favourites 2018 | The Beauty is a Beast


I try so many new pieces in terms of eyeshadow products so I could go on for ages about which have been my favourites, but the standouts have to be the Dose of Colors Baked Browns Eyeshadow Palette and the Morphe Liquid Eyeshadow in Copper. The Dose of Colors palette has such an incredibly creamy texture that makes them incredibly pigmented and easy to blend. I surprisingly love the fact that the palette contains only matte eyeshadows and the small design makes it perfect for travelling and creating a very quick look. I'm going to probably touch on cream eyeshadows a lot this year as I'm 100% converted but I absolutely love the formula of the Morphe Shadows and it pairs so perfectly the with Dose of Colors palette to take an everyday makeup look to a nighttime glam look!

Lastly, it wouldn't be a favourites post if I didn't include any nail polishes. Ever since I started to purchase KL Polish it's been the brand of polish that I'm always reaching for. My favourite shades are St Clair & Aquarius.

What has been your favourites for January 2018?



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SWATCHES | SIGMA WARM NEUTRALS VOLUME II PALETTE

I think if you've read any of my blog posts by now or follow me on social media, you'll notice I'm somewhat of a warm-toned eyeshadow palette fiend. No matter how many I have, I can always justify purchasing another one and yes, I'm still a sucker for the warm-tones hype. 

I don't know what it is but I'm like a magpie to gold, orange and pink shades. So when I was casually browsing the new in makeup section on ASOS (seriously, if you don't do this... you should start) I happened to come across this Sigma Warm Neutrals Volume II palette and I knew I had to have it. I decided to have some self-restraint and at least wait until they were offering 20% student discount and eventually that day arrived and I'm now the proud owner of my first Sigma product.
Sigma Warm Neutrals Volume II Palette | The Beauty is a Beast


The palette contains 12 shades with a mix of mattes and shimmers. Most of the shades in the palette are a very creamy texture, packed with pigment and incredibly easy to blend. There are two different types of shimmer shadow textures, the first being very creamy and the other is an incredibly tough texture which doesn't seem to be as pigmented.


Sigma Warm Neutrals Volume II Palette | The Beauty is a Beast

On first glance, the palette gives off a very basic warm toned vibe with the exception of Fool's Gold. However, the colour selection is actually what makes this a perfect palette for travelling. It contains a brown, orange and pink eye look, or you could even mix and match the colours together. It also contains a nice big mirror in the packaging which comes in super handy.
I love the fact the shades are suitable for most skin tones and you can easily create a subtle daytime or a glamorous evening look!


Sigma Warm Neutrals Volume II Palette | The Beauty is a Beast

L to R: Humble, Charmer, Beaming, Toasty, Bittersweet, Henna, Iconic, Rogue, Passion Fruit, Russet, After Hours, Fool's Gold.

Shade Breakdown:

Humble 
Warm White - Matte
Charmer 
Pale Pink - Shimmer
Beaming 
Pink with Gold tones - Shimmer
Toasty 
Golden Beige - Matte
Bittersweet 
Copper - Shimmer
Henna 
Soft Brown - Matte
Iconic 
Burgandy - Shimmer
Rogue 
Berry Red - Matte 
Passion Fruit 
Dusky Pink - Matte
Russet
Dark Purple with Gold tones - Shimmer
After Hours 
Smokey Brown - Matte
Fool's Gold 
Gunmetal with Gold tones - Shimmer

My favourite shades in the palette have to be: Bittersweet, Henna, Rogue and Fool's Gold.
What's your thoughts on this palette, is it a must-have?