Review: Soap & Glory The Mighty Contourer

Contouring has been a huge makeup trend over the past few years, with the likes of the Kardashians and Beyonce rocking super sharp faux-cheekbones. However, it’s super easy to end up with less of a shapely contour and more of a terracota line down your cheek.

Soap & Glory have launched a super cute little 3 in 1 contour kit designed to make the whole process a lot easier, which I decided to put to the test.

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In the compact, you have three cream products:

Darker shade to add definition in the hollows of the cheeks, along the hairline and under the jaw bone.

A highlight shade to lift and add light to under the eyes/tops of cheekbones and forehead.

Blush shade to add a flush of healthy colour and glow.

The compact comes with a small leaflet which has pictures and guidance of where to apply all the colours which would be fantastic for beginners!

I use the shade “Fair’s Fair” however in all honesty the contour colour would still be fantastic for medium skin tones also.

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Contour, blush and highlight shades on my fair skin.

I simply apply the products with my fingers, and then use a beauty blender to blend them out.

The contour colour is great as its not too warm yet not too cool. Its super blendable which makes it hard to go wrong with it, and it can be built up easily. The blush shade has actually become my firm favourite from the compact for adding a super healthy flush to my cheeks on a day to day basis. I was a bit sceptical about the highlight shade as I usually reach for a super shimmery shade however I did like the brightness this added to my skin.

Overall, I’m really impressed with the contour kit. Ive never tried a whole cream kit like this before from the drugstore and for the pricepoint I think it is great. As it’s so blendable, it’s also great for everyday use!

If you fancy winning a full size The Mighty Contourer in “Fair’s Fair” to try yourself, head over to my Instagram here to find out how!

You can buy The Mighty Contourer from Boots for £12.

What’s your favourite contour product?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All views are my own.

 

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Beauty Hacks You Need in Your Life #1

Whilst I am a massive makeup and beauty junkie, life can sometimes just get a little too busy with work, university and a social life to keep up to focus on perfecting my baked under eyes. Anything I can do to cut down on time and multitask, I will do! Here’s my top five beauty hacks which you need in your life:

Use conditioner as shaving cream

This is an oldie that I use all the time. Shaving foam can be expensive, and I’ve found certain ones can dry out my skin. Use up those conditioners that just aren’t cutting it for your hair instead. Conditioners give a close shave, whilst acting as a good lubricant and guideline for shaving. I use a cheap Alberto Balsalm one in the shower which you can pick up from most places for a mere £1. This is also great for cutting down on toiletries for travelling. Smooth and silky legs in an instant!

Use matte eyeshadow for your eyebrows

Trying to find a perfect match for your brow colour can be difficult, however the majority of us will own at least a few matte eyeshadows. Save yourself a pretty penny on buying eyebrow powders and use these for your brows instead! These are perfect for filing in your brows with, and can be mixed and matched according to how dark you prefer them. I often use the colour crave from Urban Decay Naked Basics for mines.

Apply dry shampoo before going to bed

We’ve all had days when our hair has definitely needed a wash but we just don’t have the time/can’t be bothered to do it. In steps the trusty dry shampoo with it’s amazing grease lifting properties and its not so amazing white residue that takes an age to brush out. Apply it before going to bed and tie your hair up to give it more time to absorb. You’ll have little to no white cast left in the morning!

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Apply a translucent powder to a glossy lip to mattify it

This ones fantastic to transform any glossy or satin finish lip colour you have in your collection. I particularly love doing this to red or deep berry tones to instantly give them a revamp without having to buy a matte alternative. I use a flat brush to pat a small amount onto the centre of my lips and move it outwards. This can also be added onto matte shades to intensify the colour.

Bake your under eyes with a translucent powder and damp beauty sponge

Translucent powder isn’t just for the face or the lips as seen in the above hack! This one’s a tip from Kim Kardashians very own makeup artist Mario. Apply your powder under your eyes with a damp sponge and leave it for a few minutes before sweeping it away. By using a damp sponge rather than a brush, it gives an amazing brightening effect and just settles nicely into the skin. Well, if it’s good enough for Kim K!

I loved writing this post and sharing some of my favourite beauty hacks to introduce into your routine. I’m thinking of possibly doing a series?

C x

What are your unusual beauty hacks?

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

How to: Creme Egg Easter Cheesecake (No Bake)

Every year, the minute Match rolls round I basically go into a Crème Egg induced food coma. They’re a seasonal thing, so really I’ve only got a few months to eat as many as I can, right?

Now I’m no chef, but I decided to try making a Crème Egg Cheesecake after reading my friend Josephine’s recipe here. I wanted to make a slightly larger offering, so I roped my best friend Abi and her 4 year old son Riley into it to (him mainly with the bribe of being able to lick the bowl and eat mini Crème eggs throughout…). It’s pretty simple and fun to get the kids involved!

Here’s an easy, no bake cheesecake perfect for any Easter parties or Easter weekend itself. You can of course adjust this accordingly if you want more filling/a thicker base or if you just want a tonne more crème eggs in it. I promise I won’t judge.

Ingredients:

  • 9″ Springboard tin (meaning the side unclips to remove the cheesecake. I got mines from Home Bargains for £2)
  • 80g digestive biscuits
  • 150g unsalted butter, melted
  • 560ml of double cream
  • 3 x 180g tubs full fat Philadelphia
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of Mini Crème Eggs
  • 3 normal Crème eggs

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Recipe:

  1. BASE: Place the digestives into bags and crush them until they reach a consistency you like. I prefer to leave it more chunky but you can roll them out until they’re like sand if you prefer.
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    We gave Riley his own little bag to crush too!

  2. Melt the butter in the microwave or hob, then add in the crushed biscuits and mix.
  3. Press this to the bottom of your tin
  4. TOPPING: Whip up your double cream until its fluffy and making peaks, but not to dense.IMG_1050
  5. Add your Philadelphia and vanilla extract to the cream and fold in
  6. Chop up the bag of mini crème eggs and add to the filling
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    Pop the eggs in the fridge before cutting to stop them being too runny.

  7. Spread the topping over the base and smooth
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    Neatness definitely isn’t key here!

  8. Stick in the fridge to set!

 

Allow the cheesecake to set for around 2/3 hours, and add your large Crème eggs to decorate.

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And tada! Not the neatest by any means but a surprisingly easy and fun recipe to get the kids involved with too. I don’t know what our little Easter Bunny enjoyed more, the actual cooking or the cheesecake afterwards!

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What’s your favourite Easter treat?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

How To: Fresh Smokey Eyes

One thing I absolutely love playing around with is new eyeshadow palettes. I mean, I definitely don’t need anymore, but somehow I always manage to find space in my drawer for yet another.


When I received the “Kick Into Neutral” palette from Soap & Glory, I was so excited as I already own one of their old quad palettes which I used to use to death. I’ve been using the palette to do an everyday light smokey eye, which I’ve been absolutely loving. If you’re new to smokey eyes or just unsure on how to do them, the amazing Rosanna has a fantastic video here which is so easy to follow.

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I applied the matte shade in “Cuddly Bare” in my crease as my transition shade. It’s a really lovely cool toned brown which would do with pretty much any of the other colours in the palette. I then applied the shade “Bright Spark” on the inner 3/4 of my eye, and finally I used a flatter shadow brush to pack on the shade “Mice-tro” on the outer 1/4 to deepen it up. 


The key to smokey eyes is blend, blend, blend. It doesn’t have to be a neat application as long as you blend it out. I use a Zoeva 231 and find it works a dream to blend the shadows out. I use the shade Cuddly Bare again to run over the crease and blend out the dark colour.

I then applied the Soap & Glory “Supercat” pen liner to create a wing. I used to be extremely loyal to this liner so already knew I really liked it. The liner nib is a nice size as it’s not too thick or thin. Pen liners are by far my favourite as I find them easiest to control.


Finally, I coated my lashes in some of the “Thick and Fast” mascara to finish the look.


Overall, I’m really impressed with the pigment and performance of the eyeshadows considering they are only £13 for 10 shadows. The colours “Rich Tea” (a gorgeous shimmery gold) and “Pink-a-little” are also so so pretty for daytime use. The shadows last all day and don’t budge.

Hope this tutorial was helpful! 

What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Is Soap and Glory “The Greatest Scrub Of All”?

If you’ve got dry, sensitive skin like me, trying a new face scrub is likely to be something you’re a little bit apprehensive about. A face scrub in my skin care routine is crucial to smooth over dry patches, but it must be gentle enough to not aggravate my eczema.

So, into my skincare routine walks Soap and Glory “The Greatest Scrub of All”. Bold claims straight away from the name, but I was initially sceptical due to previous bad and painful experiences with harsh scrubs. Sold as a “DIY micro-dermabrasion”,  the scrub contains salicylic acid, which is traditionally known to treat oily skin. However, it’s also fantastic for breaking down dead skin cells without actively having to “scrub” them away as it encourages natural skin turnover.

The scrub is for all skin types, and recommends using a pea-sized amount onto damp skin wherever your problem areas are (whether that be an oily nose to unclog pores or an area of flakey skin) for around 30 seconds.

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I was instantly drawn into the claim that the scrub gave “instant radiance”. I’ve been using this once or twice a week after using a cleanser in the evening, and following with moisturiser as directed.

The Results

Honestly, the face polish has become a firm favourite in my routine. The grains within the scrub are not too harsh and very finely milled within the polish itself, which means 30 seconds is perfect to give a good amount of exfoliation. It’s not too harsh for my skin and leaves it feeling soft and visibly more radiant. I stuck to using it once a week, sometimes twice if I had a particular problem area, and this worked great for me. If you have more oily skin, you possibly could use it more for a deeper clean.

Most amazingly, I have noticed a huge improvement on my facial milia. Due to my eczema, I have to use a heavy moisturiser to treat it which can cause the annoying tiny white bumps to appear around my eyes and under my cheeks. I, of course, don’t use the scrub on my eye area itself but those under and around the eye they are visibly reduced. Salicylic acid does = DIY microdermabrasion in this case!

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I’d definitely say the scrub lives up to its claims of being suitable for all skin types and giving instant radiance. It’s one that you can adapt to suit you based on how much you use and how frequent etc. Is it the Greatest Scrub of All? That’s for you to try the polish and answer!

You can buy The Greatest Scrub of all here for £9 for 150ml.

Do you use a face scrub in your skincare routine?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

Spring Clean: Wardrobe Edition

As the lighter nights roll in, it’s perfect time to insert some colour into your wardrobe and give it a spring shake-up. If you’re a bit of a clothes hoarder like me, it can be daunting to get rid of any old clothes. Here’s a few simple steps to take to spring clean the old and bring in the new (pastel coloured most likely) goodies!

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Clear out

Turn all your coat hangers to face one way in your wardrobe at the start of the month, and turn it the opposite way when hanging the clothes back up after wearing/washing etc. If come the end of the month your hanger hasn’t moved sides then you know you aren’t wearing it. Then comes the time to look at these items and decide if you will wear them within the next week, or it’s time for a clear out!

Have a clothes swap

Once you’ve delved through your wardrobe and decided which ones are no longer staying, why not get your girls round and do a clothes swap? Or, start an event at your University or at work to get a larger group together. This is a great way for someone to give your no longer used item some love and for you to find some great new pieces to revamp your Spring style. Don’t just leave it to clothes either, I bet there’s a few unused handbags you’ve been eyeing up from your colleagues too!

Donation

Donate your old clothing items to local charity shops or give them to someone who would get wear out of them. Local Facebook pages in your area are always a great place to post your donations and it’s really fantastic to be able to help someone in your local area. Charity shops rely on donations so please don’t hand in anything of poor or unwearable quality as it’s simply not worth the volunteers’ time to search through the stuff that should have been binned in the first place.

If you don’t have a local charity shop, try searching for Woman’s Aid or children’s charities in your area. Most of them are highly thankful for any donations.

Selling

If they items are new or have only been worn a few times, try sellingthem on websites like eBay & Depop to earn some cash. I personally prefer eBay just because its the most familiar and has an extra level of protection with PayPal.

The eBay app is also fantastic as it means you can take all the images of your items for sale and upload them from the one device, even on the go on your morning commute.

  • Good images are key as people are more likely to buy it. Take it in the daytime when the lighting levels are best if possible.
  • Timing is also a crucial factor in making sure your item sells. More people are active on eBay in the evenings in general, due to busy work life’s and studies during the day. Sunday is the best day for selling as most people are online.
  • Make sure the name of your item includes all the vital information, eg size, brand, condition, colour. This gives it better search engine optimisation, aka will pop up on Google for people searching for any of these terms.

I wrote an old post here all about how to utilise searching eBay effectively, which is great to search the page for new items. Or, treat yourself with your hard earned cash to these ASOS bits which are currently on my wish list.

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  1. Jumpsuit
  2. Jumper
  3. Jacket
  4. Cullotes

 

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  1. Leopard court Shoes
  2.  Frill Dress 
  3. Star print bag
  4. Stila Matte and Metals palette

And just in case you need a soundtrack to help you Spring Clean:

Music

Isn’t it amazing how a simple playlist can put us in the best mood ever? I use my Spotify app on a daily basis whether I’m in the car, on the train or tidying my room. Get yourself some motivation by making a fresh playlist with all your favourite songs. If you use Spotify, try the Monday Motivation,Throwback Thursday and Feelgood Friday playlists: instant happiness just when you need it! Ed Sheeran’s new album was also released this morning, the soundtrack to my future posts no doubt (whilst I sob onto my keyboard listening to Perfect and Supermarket Flowers)

Will you be Spring Cleaning your wardrobe this Spring?

C x

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Review: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Colour Correcting Sticks

I have only tried colour correcting makeup once before and results were more Fiona from Shrek than supermodel (green cheeks were NOT a good look). I was really excited to try Soap and Glory’s new Kick Ass range of colour correcting sticks to see if I could make them work.

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The packaging of the sticks is super cute, I really like how they’re colour coded so easy to find first thing in the morning through bleary eyes. They bullet shape means you can apply it straight to the skin without a brush or needing to dig any product out which is also a plus. I like to apply the concealers with my beauty blender, and it works great both wet or dry.

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There are 4 different sticks in the Kick Ass Range:

All is Calm: Anti Redness Concealer (green)

I apply this on my cheek area as it gets super red at times, especially if my eczema has flared up or my skin’s sensitive. The formulation is SO creamy, and blends in like an absolute dream. I was very sceptical as my previous experience with green colour correctors wasn’t great but I LOVE THIS. It is undetectable under makeup and I’ve reached for this everyday since I got it. Definitely my favourite from the range.

Fake Awake: Dark Circles Concealer (yellow)

I use this on my dark circles which I rock on a daily (thanks uni and work) and it really is fab for concealing and hiding dark circles. I do follow up with a concealer anyway as I’m pretty fair skinned this doesn’t “brighten” as much as I’d like it too but is great if you have a bit more tan.

 

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All Is Calm and Fake Awake applied.

 

Just Bright: Tired Skin Concealer (lilac)

This is the one of the four I was slightly unsure where to put it on my face. I decided on using it on my chin and around the sides of my face to be the best placement for brightening up and taking away an discoloration. I tried this under my eyes too and it did help to blur out the dark circles.

Super Blur: Imperfections Eraser (clear)

This one is such a good concept in my opinion.The idea is you place this over any imperfections to blur and smooth them out before makeup. The transparent “blend of wax and lightweight oils” sit so nicely on the skin. I had a patch of eczema right under my eye and I applied this on top after the green colour corrector and my makeup applied so much smoother over the top. This would be great if you have areas of large pores or spot prone skin also!

 

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(Please excuse the makeup free face!)

 

Overall I’m super impressed with the colour correcting range. I’ve used Fake Awake regularly since receiving it and Super Blur will always be kept on hand for any dry skin days. My stand out is definitely All Is Calm, I absolutely love it!

I’m doing a little giveaway over on my Instagram with an All is Calm and my favourite Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss in Nudestar up for grabs! Head over here to see how to win ❤.

The colour correctors are all linked above and are currently 3 for 2 on Boots.

Would you try colour correctors?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Spring Clean: Makeup Bag Edition

With Spring fast approaching, now is the perfect time to change up your makeup wardrobe. Clear out the old products you reach for in winter and give your makeup bag a freshen up for this season. Here’s the products I’ll be using to fake a glow and brighten my skin even if the weather hasn’t quite got the memo yet…

BASE:

Spring for me is all about a glowing completion and fresh looking skin. My favourite primer all year round is the Smashbox Hydrating Primer as it stops my dry skin becoming uncomfortable. If I want a serious glow, I apply a drop of the Sleek Barekiss Illuminator in Monaco over the top of the primer to add a touch of luminosity, or mix it in with my foundation. My go to glowy foundation is Nars Sheer Glow. I seriously cannot get enough of this and have ran through numerous bottles over the years. Finally, I have been loving the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer under my eyes to brighten and illuminate after a few too many late nights. I have also been trying out the Soap & Glory range of concealer and colour correcting products and so far I LOVE them. A review will be coming soon!

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FACE:

In Spring, I love swapping my usual pink blush for more peach tones. My holy grail in the warmer months is Soap & Glory Peach Party blush brick. This looks gorgeous on all skin tones and you can swirl your brush in all the colours or pick out the more bronze/peach tones dependant on your preference. For bronzer, I love using Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer in Golden Days to warm up my whole face. It’s not to warm, not too cool and has just a slight sheen to it to make the skin look so healthy. Seriously, if you are fairer skinned you need this in your life. Lastly, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish is such a beautiful highlighter sweeped over the tops of the cheekbones.

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EYES:

For brows, I’m swapping in the Soap & Glory Archery pencil for soft defined brows, and the shade dark chocolate is a perfect match for me. I’m continuing to use my favourite Maybelline falsies mascara and Urban Decay Naked Palette as I love wearing more warm/gold tones in the lighter months. The original palette is definitely my most used for daytime.

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My lip changes on a day to day basic depending on my outfit or mood. Recently I’ve been loving my Kylie lip kit in Candy K and my old fave Velvet Teddy by MAC.

I definitely recommend rummaging through your makeup collection and have a makeup bag reshuffle, you’re guaranteed to find something you used to love!

What products will you be swapping into your makeup bag this Spring?

C x

 

* Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

Soap & Glory Digital Glambassador Role

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As I spoke about in my previous post, Soap & Glory were recruiting a new set of digital ambassadors for their brand from universities up and down the country. And, I’m so excited to say that I’m the very first digital “Glambassador” for Glasgow Caledonian!

I travelled down to London last Wednesday to visit their head offices at Kings Cross, something which was hugely exciting for a little country bumpkin like myself. After a 5 and a half hour train journey, I was submersed in a sea of their signature cosmetics and skin care products as I learned all about the brand and the work I would be doing. The team of girls on board were so welcoming and informative about what they wanted from us and really gave us all we needed to know about our roles and the brand itself. Their passion for their roles and love for the brand really shone through making me even more excited to be part of the team. The other digital ambassadors from across the UK were absolutely lovely too and I loved spending time with them. It was my first solo trip to London and it certainly didn’t disappoint (I mean c’mon, LOOK at that amazing sunset from the S&G offices?!).

Over the next few months, I will be blogging for Soap & Glory on A Tartan Rose, something which I feel like I need to pinch myself after even just writing it. As a loyal fan for many years, I can’t wait to get started on this amazing opportunity.

What are your favourite Soap & Glory products?

C x

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£30 of free Makeup Revolution Products

Budget make-up, for the most part, is a complete hit or miss. Cheaper priced items tend to have lower pigmentation, chalky formulations and poor colour matches leaving shoppers to reach for the higher priced equivalents. However, one brand that is completely changing the face of budget make-up is Makeup Revolution and one I am a huge fan of.

They are currently running a fantastic offer online where if you spend £30, you receive £30 in makeup absolutely free. One product I’ve been lusting after since its release is their “Neutral vs New-trauls” palette, which is supposed to be a fantastic dupe for the LimeCrime Vice palette. Khila’s post here includes swatches of the colours and show how pigmented it is so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to place this order and get a few gifts for others too.

The products included are: 3 single eyeshadows in Go!, U Know U Want To and Envy.

Eye dust in Etiquette

Intense lip laquer in Nothing Like You and I

The One Blush Stick in Malibu (a matte bronze) and Pink

                            Pro Looks eyeshadow Palette in EatSleepMakeupRepeat with 15 individual shades

                       Salvation eyeshadow palette in Welcome to the Pleasuredome with 18 individual shades

I heart Makeup eyeshadow primer in Wow

The single eyeshadows and the eye shadow palettes have incredible pigmentation for the price and are something I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their collection or for makeup newbies. If the bold colours in the EatSleepRaveRepeat palette aren’t for you, they would be fantastic for Halloween/fancy dress looks or to gift to a friend. All of the products are very versatile and wearable, and could even be put away as birthday or Christmas gifts (yes, I know its September but it’s never too early to start planning!)

Offer is valid until the 1st of October and can be purchased from the Makeup Revolution website here.

Will you be placing a Makeup Revolution order, or have you tried any of their products?