Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Hey everyone, I know it has been ages since I last posted and for that I am sorry, although really the biggest apology that I owe is to myself.

I spent a lot of time and effort setting up my blog and I loved writing and sharing my take on everything from fashion to foundation! A lot has changed in the past few months though, some of which I will share with you in my writing, but it was a perfect storm of life changing events and for a while I kind of lost myself without even realising. It’s funny how you don’t realise how something has changed until it gets back to normal. Like if you’ve ever lost your hearing because of a cold and then one day it suddenly comes back and you realise how amazing it is to hear properly again. That’s what happened to me recently and I realised I needed to stop being unmotivated and get my shine back again and here I am.

I realised as well since I was last here that even if I am not feeling great about myself and the way I look or do makeup or dress, there is always someone else out there who looks at you and thinks “wow I wish I could do that” and that really motivated me to not let those people down.

So here I am, pretty much the same old me but definitely a bit older and perhaps even a bit wiser now too. So what will I be talking about here now? Pretty much the same stuff from my favourite fashions, my go to make-up, real world weight loss struggles, image advice but most importantly this will be a place for me to come and be myself, so I hope you all like it  🙂

Lots of love, Leanne

Review: Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Ultra Blush Palette

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I have done any posts, let alone a review but instead of doing a review of something new I thought I would actually do a review of something I have owned for quite a while and that gets used daily by me! Apologies for the absence, I feel like I’m only just starting to formulate some kind of routine after starting my new job. I’m really having to make time to write and get online to post/edit so will be posting again but only once a week until I am completely settled 🙂 I’m trying though, honest!

It’s my blush palette from Makeup Revolution at Superdrug which I bought when the Makeup Revolution collection dropped at Superdrug and is still going strong. Obviously after such vigorous use I feel I’m pretty well equipped to review on it so I hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I love the product 🙂

So this product has 8 shades all for the price of £6! All have a lovely finish and vary from very lightly pigmented and sparkly to heavily pigmented which is ideal for the look you are going for. All are metal toned shades with hints of gold and silver. I find there are shades there for a more subtle bronzer, a super pumped up highlighter as well as a blush shade too so it really is multi-purpose and can be used day to night 🙂

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The palette (sans lid as I lost it) and the brush I use to apply my highlighter

If you don’t believe how much I have used this product check out the picture below which shows just how much I love the highlighter, how messy the palette has become with daily use and the fact that I lost the lid for the palette a while ago too 😦

My favourite of this collection is definitely the silver highlighter which although it looks really garish when blended can look really natural and is easily buildable. Second favourite is definitely the shimmery pink/purple blush!

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Darkest shade at bottom with highlighters on top (nearest wrist) Have lost the top of this palette so cannot remember their names, soz!

If you are unsure what palette to go for and want max versatility I would definitely go for this one, it is by far the best choice of shades of all the blush palettes I have from Makeup Revolution and for £6 how can you go wrong?

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Me with the highlighter and blush on. Giving a really natural sheen and cheek colour perfect for the day 🙂

So the key question would I buy it again and what is my rating? This gets 8 out of 10 for me and definitely will be repurchased if this palette ever runs out 🙂

What are your favourite palettes and highlighters? I would love to know so comment them below!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Product Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour

Hey everyone, me again! So I think I am going to have to keep my posts to once a week at the moment as I am seriously lacking any time currently, but I promise I am trying really hard to keep this all going for you as I love writing, talking about products and getting to do load of fun things with makeup and clothes 🙂

So today I decided to review a new product I purchased and put to the test yesterday for you which is the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour. I bought shade 605 HD Obsession which on the shelf looks like a shocking pink colour. It really caught my eye as being a standout and fun shade AND with it being matte as well made it a no brainer!

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So, I love matte lipsticks, but unfortunately they are often very flaky and drying which is why I like to try as many different brands as possible until I find one which I love. I recently purchased MACs Pink Plaid (review to come soon) but even that needs constant reapplying and still makes my lips flaky, which definitely isn’t a good look, so honestly I didn’t have high hopes for the Revlon lippy.

Firstly, I bought this from Superdrug on a 3 for 2 offer as well as getting a free gift set, so it was essentially free, although I think it usually retails at £7.99 so about half the price of a MAC lippy. Secondly, it is probably worth nothing that this isn’t a lipstick, but is instead a colour and applies more like a gloss or stain. Traditionally when I have used other liquid matte colours, I have found them to be really drying, and although they have lasted well, they make my lips feel chapped to high heaven so I try to avoid them (MUA – I’m deffo thinking of your products when I write this!)

Also worth mentioning is that if you find you love the formula, unfortunately it only comes in 8 colours, with at least 4 of them being pinks. The rande features very limited reds, nudes or browns which is a shame as they are definitely my fave shades normally!

Anyway, how did it apply I hear you ask? Very well actually! It applies quite lightly and the velvety applicator is perfectly shaped to help quickly apply colour without the need for lining and although it is a drier formula doesn’t dry the lips at all and helped to prevent any bleeding (although it did still smudge a bit) It is really easy to build to a strong all over colour. A bit of a shame though as the pink it applied is actually quite a lot duller than the package, however is still nice.

Now most lip colours like this will offer a guarantee about how long they are supposed to last but this one didn’t, which really should have been a bit of a giveaway! I applied it at about 8pm before going out, but after a few pre drinks of wine, had to apply before leaving the house to go out and had to reapply at least 4 times before coming home.

^ Applied (terrible quality picture as I think I have stained my camera lens and with friends before going out!)

All in all, it was a decent lip colour. It was easy to get off, didn’t leave my lips dry, applied nicely, but for the money I would definitely expect it to last a bit longer than it did and wish the shade had been a touch brighter.

Would I buy it again? Probably not to be honest but it was definitely worth a try. Do you guys have any matte lip shade recommendations?

My April Empties

Hey everyone,

So I am back to being completely unreliable at writing again, but I promise I have a good reason… I got offered a new job!

I haven’t started it yet, but prepping for the interview, prepping for my start date and of course celebrating have been taking up all of my (already not very) free time 🙂

I thought I would do a different post today (and continue to try to do this one regularly – I’m getting a diary any day now to be better organised!) which is all about the products I have used up in April, what I thought of them and whether I would be restocking them.

So lets jump right in…

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray

This is a product I first bought several months ago and have used a lot! I love the staying power it adds to my makeup without being heavy and I also love the way this dries. Other fixing sprays I have tried you can see on top of fixing powder as silver smudges however this dries completely invisible and will keep my makeup in place all day (although I can look a bit shiny by the end of the day) As soon as I was almost out of this product I decided it needed to be restocked, so I now have a full bottle ready to be used and will definitely be using this as one of my daily staples. I’m also thinking about purchasing the Makeup Revolution Spray Primer which comes in the black bottle to see how these two products work together. Have any of you already tried it? I’d love to know what you think in the comments below!

Simple Kind to Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On

This has been a twice daily staple in my skincare routine for almost a year so I was devastated when this ran out. I don’t tend to suffer from dark circles under my eyes, however I do get puffy undereyes especially when I am tired to using this eye roll on helped reduce the puffiness and also keep it at bay. I’ve been trying to repurchase this since it ran out a few weeks ago, but I cannot find a replacement for it in store so I’m probably going to have to order it online 😦 Either that, or I’ll look to branch out to another brand for something similar as I loved this one so much it really isn’t an option not to replace it, so let me know if you have any suggestions of other really effective brands or puffy eye bag treatments you use!

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

So my hair has been pretty dry recently, so when I went to Bulgaria where I knew the snow and sun would be taking it’s toll, I bought a bottle of this conditioner to deep nourish my hair (plus it’s the perfect size to travel with). I had never used it before but had heard good things so figured it was worth a try and I have to say I was beyond impressed. Not only did my hair feel amazing despite the conditions in Bulgaria, when I got back home, my long hair which desperately needed cutting felt shiny and smooth and people even commented on how healthy it was looking. But then it ran out 😦

I want to replace it so bad, but for it’s small size and it’s price per 100ml I just cannot justify this as being the conditioner I use all the time when I can get Tresemme conditioner for about half the price per 100ml. Maybe I am just being a cheapskate, but I think I’d rather wait until it was on offer to make it more cost effective. (So let me know if you do see it anywhere on offer as I will be straight there to stock up)

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Of the three empties I seem to have accumulated this month, one of them I immediately repurchased, one of them I cannot justify the cost and the other I cannot find, however I would definitely suggest giving them all a go as I cannot really fault them for how effective they are.

Hope you found this post interesting and useful! Make sure to let me know what some of your favourite products are or what your recent empties have included.

Don’t forget to like, share and comment on this post and also to follow me on Instagram for more regular updates 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation Review

Hey everyone,

It feels like it has been a while since I wrote a review so today I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation with comfort serum.

I picked this up after video hopping on Youtube and noticed a few people (including Zoella) talking about how this was one of their favourite daily wear foundations so I figured it was worth a try.

Now all you regular readers will know that I have become a bit of a Nars Foundation convert (read my review here), so I was extremely sceptical about trying a new foundation but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised and this has definitely become my everyday foundation due to its exceptional coverage and its exceptional price!

As I have mentioned before, I have really fair skin so finding a foundation with the right base colours to match my pale skin and not make me look too orange is really hard (especially in the middle of winter when I am in my new born fish phase of colour!) I ventured away from my usual shop and actually ended up getting this from Superdrug instead of Boots as there was an offer on for Rimmel products there but unfortunately they didn’t have their lightest colour (Ivory) so I settled with the next shade along which is called True Ivory (I have a feeling that in a hurry these names being so similar really could get a bit confusing) I was worried that it could potentially be too dark, but actually it matched really well and I am now wondering if I had picked up the Ivory colour that I would have just ended up looking like an extra from Twilight.

Again when I tried this foundation my skin was terrible thanks to a change in skin care products, however I found that this both covered my blemishes and allowed my skin to breath helping clear up my problems in double time! I was worried that this product being a silk finish may reduce the coverage but I was wrong… actually this looks fab with or without setting powder for a more natural finish without compromising on coverage like I have found in the past.

Even better is the fact that not only does this foundation come with a pump unlike the Nars Sheer Glow, but it also retails at £7.99 full price and is usually on offer and with a wide range of colours too, at that price you’d be silly not to give it a go if you are in the market for a new foundation.

Obviously I don’t know if this lasts 25 hours as I have never worn it for that long, however I did accidentally fall asleep with this on and woke up with it looking the same as it did when I went to sleep so I would say 25 hour lasting is probably pretty accurate 🙂

Some of the looks I have created using this foundation ^

So let’s do a little run down of the pros and cons in case you have forgotten…

Pros:

  • Applies so easily with a brush and blends for a flawless finish
  • Smells clean and fresh
  • Gives great coverage although requires some building
  • Easy to build for a fuller coverage look
  • Breathable and lightweight to wear
  • Doesn’t transfer!!!
  • Doesn’t get oily throughout the day
  • Great range of colours to choose from
  • Super affordable

Cons:

  • Does need building for a fuller look
  • Names of colours ae very similar which could get confusing if purchasing in a hurry

I have to admit that I hadn’t really used too many Rimmel products before this often sticking with other brands (both high street and slightly more high end) but this foundation has definitely opened my eyes to the quality of Rimmel London products and I already have my eyes on some other pieces I want to get my hands on! This has absolutely renewed my love of the high street products and for that I am giving this a Lifestyle for Less rating of 4 out of 5! I will absolutely be purchasing this and other Rimmel products in the future and am recommending this to everyone that has been asking too 🙂

I hope this review was helpful but don’t forget to let me know what your fave foundation is in the comments! Make sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter for more from me daily and to like, comment, share and subscribe if you enjoyed this post and you can also find me on snapchat @leannemerrill and @lifestyle4less 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Product review and comparison: Kiko Make-up Fixer vs MUA Make-up Fixing Mist

Hey everyone,

Its that time again for another entry and this is one which I have been planning for a while!

Today’s entry is all about 2 fixing sprays which I have purchased and used recently and how I found them so I hope you find this useful 🙂

For anyone reading this who isn’t familiar with fixing sprays, basically the product does exactly what it says on the tin! Once you’ve completely applied your make up you spray this product on top of your face and the idea is that it keeps your make up in place all day.

Kiko Makeup Fixer

So I bought this product a while back when I visited Westfield (the most amazing shopping centre ever maybe?!) and picked up my very first fixing spray ever.

Until I went to Westfield, I’d never been to a Kiko store before as there aren’t that many of them in the UK yet, however I loved it and honestly, think that Kiko offer products of a comparable quality to MAC but for a lot less of the cost. Anyway, aside from the Avene spray which I reviewed before (which is more of a moisturising spritz than a fixer) this was my first jaunt to becoming a more professional make up user/artist and has completely changed the way I get ready in the morning ever since!

First thing which I have to mention is that this is a gorgeous looking product. It comes in a black and white box and inside is an aerosol can in a brushed silver which is a perfect size for storing in your handbag on busy days and looks a lot more high end that it’s retail cost of £7.90 for 75ml! I guess for any of you at home who have tried to fix your make up in place before with hairspray (maybe this is just a performing arts thing?) you’ll know that probably the two most important qualities of a fixing spray are how well it holds your make up in place and whether or not you can see the spray. Hairspray provides a very shiny and sticky finish which can make you look really artificial, and the Avene spray doesn’t offer much hold on it’s own and can also leave small “spots” on the surface of your face (where the liquid dries after being sprayed!) so one of the best things about this product is that because it’s an aerosol it’s super easy to apply, and also means there is no sign of the spray on your face afterwards! In regards to it’s fixing power it is really good, even when used on it’s own without a primer!

Pros

– Attractive product and packaging

– Lightweight and small

– Aerosol based making it easy to apply

– Cannot be seen on top of make-up

– Good fixing power even without primer

– Doesn’t feel like a mask on your face

Cons

– Product smells very chemically due to aerosol application

– More expensive than competitors

– Doesn’t last very long

MUA Make-up Fixing Mist

In comparison to the Kiko product, this product definitely doesn’t offer the same first impression! The product looks cheap and cheerful but again is a nice size for carrying around with you during the day. It retails at £5 for 60ml (although when I bought mine from Superdrug I think this was on offer, so worked out a lot cheaper than this!) and is a liquid based fixing mist.

The product is so different to the Kiko spray, but actually is just as good! This product claims to hold your make-up in place for 8 hours and let me tell you it works pretty well! After a full day at work when using this product my face still looks fresh. It definitely holds better when paired with a good quality primer (I swear by Maybelline’s Baby Skin Primer) but I feel that this actually offers me more protection against shininess than the Kiko spray. This is also a very different application process due to it being liquid based. It’s definitely more difficult to apply as it’s a liquid and quite often ends up getting sprayed in your hair and making a bit of a mess (I probably wouldn’t spray this before doing my hair and getting dressed in the mornings) however, after a few goes of applying it definitely gets easier to apply and to make sure that you’ve covered your whole face well. It doesn’t really have a smell which I much preferred to the chemical smell of the Kiko product and despite the fact that it feels like a heavy liquid in the bottle, when on my face I couldn’t feel or see it at all!

Pros

– Cheap

– Lightweight and small

– Easy to get hold of on the high street

– Doesn’t leave your face feeling sticky or cakey

– Not visible once applied

– No odour so feels really refreshing

– Long lasting

Cons

– Not easy to apply at first

– Can be quite messy to apply

Comparison

Now one point I have to make very clear before I start my comparison is that I would definitely buy both products again, so if you are in the market for a fixing spray try either of them (or both!) however of the two I preferred the MUA Fixing Mist. The cost of this product is better and despite the fact that you get less in a bottle it last’s so much longer than the aerosol based Kiko spray as for some reason liquids tend to last longer! (the best comparison I can offer is the length of time a roll on deodorant lasts compared to a spray deodorant) Maybe it’s because none of the product is being wasted to make it an aerosol, but honestly for me the less times I have to restock a product in a year the better! I reckon this will last me ages as I’ve already had it for months and use it everyday so I really cannot complain about that at all, whereas the Kiko Spray only lasted about 6-8 weeks of daily use (which is still a good length of time I think!) To be honest, I just generally prefer this product. I like the fact it’s light and odourless and that I can pick it up easier from the shops that I can for the Kiko spray, however both are definitely worth a go 🙂

I give the Kiko Make-up Fixer 4/5 and the MUA Make-up Fixing spray 4.5/5 so it was a really close comparison!

I hope this post was helpful for you, especially if you’ve never tried either of these products before or have never tried a fixing spray! Let me know if you do fix your make-up in place after applying and if so what product you love to use to do so! And don’t forget to comment, like, share, subscribe and follow to show your support 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

My Makeup Story Tag

Hey everyone!

I’m feeling awful for neglecting you recently, and to be honest this post is nothing original, but it’s something so I hope you enjoy reading it – even if it is just for some more insight in to my and my life 🙂

I was tagged to do this by one of my favourites Becca over at Beck In a Blog (check her out here) Now, I’m sure I’ve said this about her before, but I discovered Becca when I first started blogging and ever since then she has both inspired and supported me with my blogging and is trully one of the most gorgeous and inspiring young bloggers I know of so please check out her posts and follow her as I’m sure you’ll love her as much as I do!


1- How old were you when you started makeup?
Forever really! One of my earliest makeup memories I have is of my mum doing my makeup when we were on holiday (in Menorca I think!) I was probably only about 5 but I remember her playing with my hair and putting winged eyeliner on me for fun and more than anything, I remember how beautiful and special I felt. I guess since then I’ve loved how it makes me feel! Throughout secondary school and all throughout my gymnastics career I’ve loved makeup, however it’s only really over the past year or so that I think I’ve actually got any good at knowing what looks work well!

2- How did you get into makeup?
Oops kind of answered this in the question above!! 🙂

3- What are some of your favourite brands?
I am definitely a high street queen! Some of my favourites are MUA, Maybelline and Rimmel 🙂 Can’t beat Kiko and MAC as well though if you want to treat yourself!

4- What does makeup mean to you?
It means I am ready to take on anything. I don’t t know why, but when I am all made up at the beginning of the day I feel more confident, composed and ready for anything that the day has to throw at me, so for me it’s the feeling of being put together, composure and determination as well as confidence (and a touch of sexiness!)

5- If you could only wear four products on your face, what would they be?
Foundation, mascara, eyeliner, brows (In my opinion eyes are the most important feature to play up and these 4 products would make emphasising the eyes look possible and finished)

6- What is your favourite thing about makeup?
I completely agree with Becca on this one, definitely self the self confidence it gives me but also the freedom I feel from makeup. I like expressing myself through something artistic like makeup.

7- What do you think about drugstores VS high end?
Like I said before, I am a high street super fan which is exactly why I started my blog, however, sometimes mid to high range brands do get a product just right that you really cannot find a good dupe for! (Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick for example) Most of the time though you are just paying for slightly different packaging or the brand name, as lots of these products are made in the same place (Sleek and Nars are perfect examples of this)  and then it’s really not worth it! Spend time researching the products you want and then try and find a good dupe, the extra time effort is definitely worth it financially! Also if anyone can help me find a good dupe for Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick then please let me know 😀

8- What is one piece of advice you could give to a beginner?
Blend your foundation properly! Use a brush to apply, find a good foundation (that doesn’t mean expensive – for example Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is one of my personal faves for everyday) and then blend all the way to the ears and under the chin, before using a stippling brush to even out the product and ensure you aren’t left with a patchy application or the appearance of a “mask of foundation!”

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Please don’t be “that” girl – just blend and stipple 🙂

9- What is one makeup trend you never understood?
I can’t really think of one to be honest – I guess it’s the same as answer 8! I’m not against much in the way of makeup looks as I firmly believe in whatever makes you happy and I’m pretty open to trying most looks once 🙂

10- What do you think of the beauty community on YouTube?
I love it – we feel like a family! There is so much hate on the Internet but I dont feel there is within the blogging community and that’s amazing. Anyone who takes the time to open themselves up to others doing something they love and are passionate about are true inspirations to me and the fact that some of the big name such as Patricia Bright, In the Frow and of course Zoella are becoming more and more “celebrity” can only be a good thing, because surely it’s better young people look up to them than bad role models who are only famous for having released a sex tape or being involved in some racy scandal!

That’s all from me – I nominate:

Dancing in Dior

Strange Made Me

Maria at Cat Eyes Red Lips

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this 🙂 Please feel free to answer this yourself if you did and let me know so I can read your answers! Also if you do know of any good dupes or want to add/ask anything then let me know in the comments!