WISHLIST | SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I'M DREAMING ABOUT..

Lately, I have been lusting over a lot of beauty products, but surprisingly - it's not actual makeup. In a strange turn of events, all of the items I've been pining for most revolve around skincare and creating the perfect base.  If you've read some of my previous posts, you might remember me saying I've never really been into skincare much, so this pretty much came as big shocker to me too. 
I'm not sure what it is about the current makeup releases, but nothing has had me excited for a while now and I can't remember the last time I just needed to have something or was suckered in by those new in Beauty Bay emails. 



I know this is over the top, but I currently have three different Moisturisers on my wishlist. The first one I have been pining over is Glam Glow 'Waterburst' Hydrating Glow Moisturiser £39 after I saw Rachel Leary raving over it on her Instagram story. I've been really into moving away from Matte products as I'm sick of my skin looking dull and tired. However, since the price tag is pretty hefty, I spotted a potential dupe from the drugstore - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser £12.99 but keep an eye out for it going on offer. I know both would be unnecessary but it would be interesting to see how the two compared.




The last moisturiser I've had my eye on is the Glow Juice Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser £35 because again, it's all about providing hydrated skin but does not contain oils (it's perfect for you oily skin gals!). I love that it has multiple benefits of using it because it means you'd be more likely to continue using it and seeing a greater impact of it on your skin. Another product on my wishlist due to another YouTuber is the Origins Original Skin Cooling Finishing Primer £26 because I love the fact it's both hydrating and pore refining at the same time. This feels like the perfect product for me and it's been a while since I fell in love with a new primer so I have pretty high hopes for it.




Another one of my problem areas is blemishes. It seems to be few and far between but when they land, they come with a vengeance and usually in a group. I've always been really impressed with Nip and Fab skincare, so when I saw they had a 'Teen Skin Fix' range which is all about aiming to clear your skin I knew I had to add it to my list. The things which peaked my interest were the Nip and Fab Teen Skin Fix Spot Zap £7.99 and the Nip and Fab Teen Skin Fix Blaster Wash Day £6.99. 


The last base product I've been lusting over is all about giving your skin that dewy glow. Recently, I have been loving applying my Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate underneath my foundation which is why I decided I need to expand out my collection and I'd love to try the INC.credible Brighten Up Gold Getter £10 which are brightening oil drops which leave your skin with a 'dewy, youthful glow'.


What's your ride or die base products which need to be on my list?#





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FIRST IMPRESSIONS | DIAMONDGELMAX

Recently, I was contacted by the lovely people at DiamondGelMax and asked if I wanted to try their innovative product - a portable 2 in 1 nail gel pen and UV light. I've always been into doing my nails but I rarely dabble with gel polish since I like to change the colour so often but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to try this out as it really peaked my interest in how it would work. 
Currently, the product is only stocked in two shades, Red Queen and Princess Pink. I chose the shade Red Queen as I thought I'd get more use out of it.

Okay, so lets quickly get to the only downside I found about the product. This product retails for £60 which is pretty expensive compared to other gel kits which you can pick up on the high street. I must say, I really did enjoy the flexibility of being able to have the kit wherever I wanted to use it and it's so compact for travelling if you're a fan of doing your nails on the go.  

DiamondGelMax - Red Queen First Impressions | The Beauty is a Beast

The kit comes in super cute packaging, with a lovely velvet box. Inside, there is the 2 in 1 nail pen with UV light, some wooden cuticle pushers and a nail file. I thought it was a little strange as normally a gel kit comes with lots of nail prep, but this kit is pretty minimal and easy to follow for any newbies.

DiamondGelMax - Red Queen First Impressions | The Beauty is a Beast
I was really nervous about the shape of the applicator as it was very pointed and nothing like you normally see in nail polish bottles but I found that actually for applying gel polish I found it to be incredibly precise and made the whole thing really easy. The UV light also comes with a battery which is always a plus when you're buying a kit like this. 
Normally, I find duo ended items to be small on either side making them not practical at all. However, both sides of the kit are big enough to make them easy to use and stops this from being a gimmick. 

The steps they give are: 
1. Apply thin layers to avoid clumping
2. Hold the UV light 3-5mm away from the nail and cure for 25-30 seconds. 
3. Repeat until you get the desired finish.

DiamondGelMax - Red Queen First Impressions | The Beauty is a Beast
Here's what my nails looked like after one layer. 

DiamondGelMax - Red Queen First Impressions | The Beauty is a Beast

I found the portable kit very handy, it meant that I could do my nails in the living room and didn't have to be near a plug to use the kit. Obviously, the ability to have it portable means that you can only cure one nail at a time and therefore, the application time is longer than if you were to use a normal gel kit. 

DiamondGelMax - Red Queen First Impressions | The Beauty is a Beast

It probably did take me longer than it may for others as I haven't done any gel applications in a long time, so for those of you who are a pro at gel applications could probably speed the whole process up.

DiamondGelMax - Red Queen First Impressions | The Beauty is a Beast

I found that I needed three layers to achieve the desired colour and excuse the application I ran out of lint-free wipes so as I tried to remove the sticky residue, I got cotton wool stuck on my nails.

Interestingly, the kit didn't come with a top coat either so it didn't usually high shine finish that I'm used too with nails. I decided to test the wear time without a top coat but for another application, I would definitely finish it off with a top coat. 

In the first couple of days, I saw a few little chips on the tips of my nails, but this definitely could have been down to not curing the edges properly because I found this to happen to most of my polishes. The only time this doesn't happen is when I get my nails done professionally.

It took 7 days before I got my first major chip on the nails so without a top coat I think the kit lasted pretty well. I knew the true test of if I loved this product would be how well the polish removes. Now I don't know if this was a fluke because of the thin layers but the gel was incredibly easy to remove. I didn't even have to soak my fingers in acetone, it peeled off nice and easy, leaving no red nail polish stains! One of the downsides of gel polish is the need to soak your fingers and spending so long trying to remove it. Knowing that I wouldn't have to do that will definitely make me reach for the product again.

What do you think of this 2 in 1 kit?




*This product was gifted to me, but all thoughts are my own.

SWATCHES | COLOURPOP GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT

As soon as I saw this palette released on social media, I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Usually, I tend to prefer the colourpop singles a lot more than their palettes but I had a really good feeling about this colour selection. Spoiler alert, of course, it's a warm-toned palette. I'm quite surprised that I've not really heard much hype about this palette if I'm honest.

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Palette Swatches | The Beauty is a Beast

I feel like I've waited for an absolute age for this palette because it took such a long time to get here and then I couldn't use it because I wanted to photograph it first and we all know the dark nights are not flattering for photos. But anyway, I eventually got round to photographing it and I couldn't be happier.

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Palette Swatches | The Beauty is a Beast

You'll notice with this launch, Colourpop has listened to their customers and put the shade names underneath each pan too, which makes it so much easier! The palette contains 12 shades and costs $16 which is super reasonably priced. There are 7 matte shades which range from oranges to pinks and 5 shimmery shades.

Colourpop's statement: "We’ll be frank, this is our favourite palette yet. Full of warm coppers and rich, romantic mauves, it complements multiple skin tones and satisfies all your moods"

Does that statement alone not make you want to go out and purchase the palette?
Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Palette Swatches | The Beauty is a Beast
L to R: Matter of Fact, Up Front, Straight Up, BS, Frank, Candid, Forthright, Downright, Truth Hurts, Be Blunt, TMI and Actually.

Not that I was expecting there to be, but this palette doesn't even have a dud shade. Personally, because all I wear on a daily basis is warm-toned shades, I find this palette to be perfect for travelling with since you can create an orange, mauve and brown based looks! The formula of the shimmers is quite different compared to some of their other shimmers; they're more metallic and chunky finish. 

I can't wait to have a play around with some of the darker shades in this palette and see what bold looks I can create.

Is this a palette you'd be tempted to pick up?





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?