Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2019 – Beauty/Skincare Edition

Christmas Gift Guide 2019

We are here already! November, it’s cold and dark outside, Christmas music plays and we get ready for the big day once again. If you were on my blog last year you’ll know I did blogmas for 24 days of December. This year I’ll be doing 12 days. To get you readily prepared I wanted to bring out a gift guide in November. So get your shopping bags and debit cards at the ready and let’s get into it!

 

Beauty

Anastasia Beverley Hills Soft Glam Palette. 

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This palette is packed full of neutrals and isn’t intimidating for someone just starting out in makeup. £46 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Nude Lipstick Set

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Once again, this is perfect for someone who wants variety with makeup and doesn’t want to be intimidated by bright, outlandish colours. £45 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

ME, MYSELF AND MMMMITCHELL PRESSED PIGMENT PALETTE

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This has every shade an aspiring mua needs, from soft glam looks to out of this world bright shades this palette is truly perfect. £30 Beauty Bay

 

BH Cosmetics Poolside Chic Brush Set

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No matter what level of artistry you’re at whether you’re a newbie or pro mua, everyone needs brushes. I recommend BH brushes, my collection is full of them and they last really long through washes. £21 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

Jeffree Star Northern Lights Highlight Palette

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This is so perfect for any skin tone, it has undertones that everyone likes such as golden, pink, iridescent and peachy. It would suit beginners or pro muas. £48 Beauty Bay

 

 

Skincare

When getting someone skincare gifts you’ll want to get them a set that caters to a variety of skin types, unless you know for certain that they have dry or oily then take the smart decision by getting a variety set.

 

Mario Badescu Spritz Set

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Perfect set for a skincare lover, it caters to all types of skin and I genuinely love this product as it works really well. £17 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-erade Kit £17 Beauty Bay

ptro0274f_3A set of face masks for all skin types! You cannot go wrong! It has five mini versions of best-selling masks.

 

 

 

 

 

Skin79 Animal Mask set

skse0055f_1A Korean skincare brand, this set is cheap and cheerful and would make a great stocking filler. Or you could even hand one mask to each of your friends. The masks all have different purposes and variety, ones calming, one is moisturizing and the other is brightening. £10 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

Tip: When trying to save money, as annoying as they are, sign up to email alerts from shops. They will let you know when there are flash sales on or black Friday, and sometimes there’s even

I am so excited for Christmas, like seriously excited. All my shopping is complete. I won’t be doing blogmas this year but I will be doing 12 days of Christmas style posts – Beth x

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DISCLAIMER: I own NONE of the photographs, in the past, these sites and companies have been kind enough to let me use their photos as long as I credit. All images belong to beautybay.com

Pennywise Glam Halloween Makeup Tutorial

IT is one of my favourite films, I love the original with Tim Curry! And I don’t mind the newest one, it’s a great film but has been done with more comedy in the storyline and character dialogue. But IT has taken the halloween scene by storm and is everyone’s go to halloween look. I’m here to show you how to do a glam Pennywise… but before I do, make sure to follow my Instagram @themakeupbybeth to see all of my halloween looks.

 

  • You’ll need:
  • Red lipstick or red face paint
  • Grey and black eyeshadow (jfc alien palette)
  • White face paint (optional if you wish to draw the balloons)
  • Red glitter for the eyeliner (optional once again)
  • Lashes (optional but recommended)

The time it takes is roughly 20 mins if you have already done your base makeup.

Using the trusty Alien Palette, you want to start blending a grey eyeshadow (tall grey ) all over your crease and just above the crease. After doing that you’ll want to take a black eyeshadow (black hole) and blend that just below the grey shadow just to give more depth and dimension.

For the Pennywise details you’ll want to take a red liquid lip and draw a slim elongated triangle above the brow and then a downward line from the under eye then curving to the lips. To get the red detailing I first went in with face paint but it wasn’t a deep enough red, instead I took a ABH liquid lip in American Doll.

If you don’t want to add the balloons you don’t have to, if you do then go for it! You’ll just have to add white string and highlights. I just used a white Snazaroo paint to do so.  Because I wanted to be a little extra I also went for a glitter liner with the NYX glitter in GL08. Apply lashes for an extra pop and you’re done.

If you wanna go the extra mile feel free to add a wig that’s not the conventional so a sleek red wig or one with glam, bouncy curls.

Here are the links to the products used in this tutorial:

Snazaroo Face Paint –  justmylook.co.uk

Nyx Glitter in GL08 – nyxcosmetics.co.uk

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette – beautybay.com

 

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently, my life has kind of been thrown upside down! Slowly getting back on track. If you wanna see more of my makeup looks for Halloween click the link to my Instagram. Take care – Beth x

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Glitter Cut Crease Makeup Tutorial – Blogmas Day 7

Christmas, time for the family get-togethers or the work Xmas party. You wanna look your best, so whatever the occasion this holiday season, I have created a beautiful glitter cut crease tutorial to make your eyes shine brighter than the tinsel on the tree 🎄

Step 1

Fill in the brows to your desired shape and thickness with whatever product suits you best. I am using a pomade from BH Cosmetics. Outline the brows with a concealer of your choice, I am using the Collection concealer in Extra Fair as a base for eyeshadow and blending it out. As it slightly oxidised I set my brow bone will the shade Starlight from the Belle Jordan Obsession palette.

Step 3

I started by taking the shade Pops which is a light orange/brown shade and stippling it into the crease. After stippling, I took a Zoeva Luxe Crease brush and blended it all out.

Step 4

I then took a darker brown shade from a BH palette and blended that below the first shade.

Step 5

Finessing the rest of the blending, I finally added the shade Lola from Belle’s palette which is a highly pigmented black. I used a Makeup Geek Defined Crease Brush to pack this below my two brown shadows.

Step 6

Then I am taking the Collection Glitter Liner, cutting the crease with it and then blending the black shadow back in with edge of the liner so it doesn’t look so harsh!

Step 7

Adding lashes by Glamify Beauty in the style Cheeky Flirt, then going in with an inner corner highlighter and I am all set.

Product List:

Brows -BH Studio Pro pomade in Caramel

Eyeshadow -Obsession Belle Jordan Palette

Glitter – Collection Glam Crystal Liner in Glitz

LashesGlamify Beauty in the style Cheeky Flirt

Highlighter – Obsession Committed Palette

Day 7, I hope you enjoyed, you can find this look over on my Instagram below. Take care – Beth x

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Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation Review

A photograph of this foundation launched and everyone went crazy. Sounds like a post apocalyptic mess but the new Revolution foundation had been announced and we all wanted to get our hands on it. I ran out to Superdrug and purchased the shade F1 which is a yellow undertone shade. This foundation claims to be full coverage and oh boy, is it!

The first impression of this foundation I got was that it needed to be blended quickly but I expected that after using the concealers. Powder seems to layer beautifully on top of it too. When I swirled my brush around on my cheeks no product came off and I was genuinely blown away on the first try.

I put it to the real test and wore it to work. I asked a select few of my colleagues how it looked and they all just said ‘nice’. So then I put my best friend on the spot and asked him what he genuinely thought. Did it look oily? How did my pores look? Did it look cakey?

He said it looked really light and my pores looked none existant! Success! A foundation that blurs the pores. After a few hours my impression started to go downhill, the foundation fell into my creases, not horrifically though. With a touch up it should be fine, oil started to form after about 3-4 hours too but that’s normal for me.

I cannot confirm or deny if it was this product that caused a reaction but after 3 days of using this foundation my skin has insanely broken out! I hope it isn’t this foundation because I do really like it.

The con to the foundation is that it’s heavily scented! Smells like the Wet N Wild Photo Finish and the Estee Lauder Double Wear. Quite a headache-inducing smell, for me anyway.

With all my reviews I would recommend you trying it for yourself, but I do really like this foundation and a price point of £9 you cannot really moan.

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Wet N Wild Review​

Wet N Wild landed in the UK last week so I placed an order with Beautybay as soon as it dropped. I bought 4 products altogether, 3 face items and 1 brush for packing on eyeshadow. Overall the brand seems very affordable, which if you’re like me and hate splurging with money then this brand is perfect. I picked the products that I knew the brand was mostly recognised for. So sit back and enjoy this review!

Photo Focus Face Primer Matte

Upon application, the primer was a lot more liquidy as I imagined to say it included silicone in its ingredients, disguised as polysilicon. Becuase it’s a matte primer the silicone obviously helps the product adhere to the skin and fight off any slick which could be in the form of liquids and oils. On the skin, it does decrease pore size which is great for me because mine appear quite large.

Now, oil control. The primer most definitely controls oils that my skin emits through the day but what I will say that when I applied it all over my face, my skin appeared flat i.e no definition. Because of the slight lack of definition from all over application, I just apply it to those areas that need no oil to be there so that’s my T zone.

Foundation

The shade does slightly oxidise, the colour selection on the Beautybay site isn’t great right now as there are only 6 shades to choose from. The shade I purchased was soft ivory and it goes on as a perfect match but does oxidise a tad bit, not horrendously though. I have been using the foundation for about a week now, it’s drying down demi-matte without a primer, I’ve been to work on those days I’ve worn it and oh boy has it stayed put! The coverage is also very buildable which is great for me as my coverage preference does change from day to day. Powders and liquids also sit nicely on top of this. On their US site, there are 20 shades in the foundation, going from porcelain to mahogany so I am hoping that as time goes on, Beautybay will get these shades.

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The shade is very similar to my everyday foundation from Maybelline 03 Superstay (left)

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

The highlighter is pigmented and stunning, but it’s way too dark for my skin tone. I knew how quickly people were going to snap up these highlighters so I picked the only option that was there. In all fairness to me, the photo displayed looked as though I’d be ok with this shade. I went out wearing this product and it was stripes of shadows, how embarrassing! The shades are not great selection so far on Beautybay’s site but the formula is great. My pan arrived from the retailer slightly smashed which I was pretty annoyed about but these things do happen. I can give a better review when they actually get a shade that will suit my pale skin!

Overall thoughts

My overall thoughts on the wet n wild products I have tried so far is that their formulas aren’t too bad it’s more of the shades available. I believe that beauty bay will extend as time goes on but for now I’ll probably have to buy a white mixer for the foundation. I’d definitely recommend Wet N Wild, it’s purse-friendly so whats not to like. In any review I do, I’ll always recommend to buy the product yourself and make up your own mind about formulas, longevity, etc. Remember that everything works differently for different people.

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Glossybox – August Edition

Hi everyone, so you may or may not know I have had 2 previous Glossyboxes and I stayed on the subscription list to see what August had in store for me as I had actually been enjoying the contents they were sending me, unlike Birchbox. Find my previous Glossybox reviews here.

So being on a subscription it was £10 for the month, which you can’t moan at. You do pay a small fee for postage too. Delivery is very quick, the order was dispatched on Monday the 6th and arrived on the 8th.

What I enjoy about Glossybox is that they theme every box each month, last month it was a beautiful deep sea theme and this month we have been blessed with pride edition in aid to support the LGBT Foundation.

The packaging is to die for! I feel like Glossy always is a little bit extra with their packaging and presentation, but beware, sometimes when companies make their packaging beautiful it takes our minds away from how bad the contents inside can actually be. Upon opening the box the products are wrapped up with a beautiful rainbow ribbon and there’s also a product description card included. From reading the card, the chosen products are there for you to wear to go out and celebrate pride. Paint the town rainbow!

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Products I received:

One thing to note before I tell you what I got, the August edition includes 6 FULL-SIZE products! Which I was shocked at as they usually just put minis/samples inside.

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Rimmel Ink Me Heart Stamp Tattoo (Full size) RRP £4.99

Rimmel Ink Me Sticker Tattoos (Full size)RRP £4.99

Victoria’s Secret Pink Sheet Mask (Full size) RRP £5

Trifle Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Jam (Full size)RRP £17.50

Kaleido Cosmetics Astrolight Highlighter (Full size)RRP £13

3INA Shadow Paint (Full size) RRP £8.95 

Total Value: £53.43

Pros – I will use 4/6 of the products in this box! I love how this edition is aimed more towards cosmetics than skincare or haircare. You must know how much I love makeup by now so I am pretty happy.

Cons – The shade in the highlight will not suit my pale skin tone but will make use as a liquid eyeshadow. I probably won’t reach for the cheek jam often either, but I am willing to give it a chance. Also, the tattoos from Rimmel is something I probably wouldn’t use either as I’m not going anywhere soon that would be good to wear these.

DISCLAIMER: Reading back this post I sound pro-Glossybox, sometimes I have been disappointed by subscription boxes. If you want to try them make sure you can afford the box in case you really don’t like it then you won’t be very bothered about wasting the £10. I said previously too that a subscription box is basically a lucky dip.

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Glossybox Review – July Edition

Here we go, round 2 with Glossybox. Let’s get ready to dive into this July subscription box.

I stayed on the auto-renew list on their site to give the box another go as last time with Glossybox I felt happy, but somewhat still deflated with the product choice. In the June edition, I have actually fallen in love specifically with a hair mask they included and I will be buying the full-size version of that. Which is a great outcome of having these boxes.

Delivery once again was straightforward, Glossybox states on their site that every box gets dispatched on the same day which is the 5th of every month. I received the box on the 7th of July which makes the delivery time 2 days.

They really blew this box out the water, literally. The sea-theme is utterly beautiful, I feel in the current market mermaid theme things are overdone but this has been presented so nicely. The blue/teal colour scheme makes me feel as though I’ve been transported to my favourite Portuguese beach and the waves are crashing next to me. Glossyboxes packaging is always great, it also is made of a much heavier duty cardboard which feels a little more luxurious. A card is included inside and it explains the products you received and their prices.

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Products I received

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Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion (mini), RRP £5.75 for full size

Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof Mascara (full size) -RRP £2.80

Inuwet Cheek Shell Brush (full size), RRP £13.20

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste (mini), RRP £10 for full size

Hawaiian Tropic Sun Lotion SPF 30 (mini sachet), RRP £14.99 for full size

Senhor Do Bonfim Hair Sea Spray  (full size), RRP £18

Total Value =  £38

Pros – I have used all of the products in this box. The box includes 3 more established brands which are Essence, Hawaiian Tropic and Palmers. The mascara is incredible, I was ready for another mascara as I was running out of my No7 one.  It feels a lot more personalised to me this time around, the toothpaste is another faveourite of mine, I’ve just had a tooth removed so my dental care has totally shifted. The toothpaste has definitely helped me, it helps stop the sensitivity I usually suffer with. The sun protection they included was useful as it’s been disgustingly hot in the UK. I’ve also fallen in love with the Shell Brush, it applies my primer well and also helps me sculpt the cheeks/apply the highlight.

Cons – The sizing of products or lack of sizing should I say leave me to assume they put more effort and money into the packaging. The total value was only £38 which is okay I guess, the Hawaiian Tropic sachet is a free sample you can get in a magazine. The most expensive product was the hair spray.

Would I repurchase? –  I was pleasantly surprised with this box I do believe I will stay on the auto-renew list, I’m excited to see what’s in store for next months box. Find Glossybox here

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Birchbox Review – July Edition

After receiving my June Birchbox I uploaded a review onto my blog and said maybe I’d consider repurchasing, so when I was sat at home the other day I received a package from the lovely courier lady and of course, it was the Birchbox I forgot to cancel! Silly me. I did end up repurchasing, “technically” anyway. So let’s go ahead and review July’s edition of Birchbox.

Once again I paid £10 for the box and then £2.95 P&P which brought this months total to £12.95.

I cannot really talk about how delivery time was and whether it was good or bad as I had totally forgotten I had carried on with my subscription but all I know is I received it last Saturday which would’ve been the 7th of July. On their website, it states that they ship boxes in the first week of the month so from that I’m guessing my delivery time wasn’t too long.

The packaging looks aesthetically pleasing with pastel watercolours and the logo is covered with a beautiful rose gold. My first complaint has to be about how light the box feels, the cardboard feels very cheap and non-durable. Unlike the Glossybox that feels weighty and sturdy. Inside the box, the products are left to roll around the cardboard, they are not supported by any bubble wrap or cushioning. There was also a booklet with product information inside.

Products I received – July Edition

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Manna Kadar Long Wear Powder, RRP £15

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick, RRP £12

What’s in it for me..? Shower Scrub, RRP £7

Klorane Makeup Remover, RRP £16

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, RRP £16

Total for this box = £66

Pros – Sorry to disappoint but the only pro about this box is that I maybe would use one product which is the shower scrub.

Cons –  I’d be using 1/5 of the products, I feel somewhat angry for wasting my money on this.

Would I repurchase? – Well, I let’s just start off by saying I have had 2 boxes now and I have given it a chance but honestly I would not recommend this subscription box. I’m kind of angry because I feel like I’ve just thrown my money at something pointless. I have since then cancelled my subscription box and would just advise against this purchase. But it is totally up to you.

UPDATE: So I reached out to Birchbox customer service to explain how poor these boxes have been lately, after 4 days of waiting for a response they finally responded saying they’d be happy to refund me if I sent back all boxes unused. I replied back to them stating that they send products smaller than sample size for you to try out so of course they’ll be used. It’s been 3 days since and I’ve had no reply. Don’t waste your money guys, seriously! The customer service kinda sucks too as well as the box service.

I hope this review has helped you make a decision whether you would like to purchase this subscription box or not. Check out my other reviews for June Birchbox and June Glossybox.

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Glossybox Review – June Edition

After my last subscription box review, I decided I wanted to give others on the market a try. I came across Glossybox through a google search and just decided to give it a go.

I clicked on the option for a 1-month subscription plan which basically means pay-as-you-go for per box that you have. So each month it’s £10 + £3.25 P&P. Which brings this month total for my Glossy box to £13.25, not a bad price to say Birchbox is £12.95 (inc P&P).

Delivery for the box was fairly quickly, I ordered it on the 29th of June and received the box on the 4th of July. Which meant I only waited 5 days for delivery but as we miss the post on a Sunday it was only 4 days in total. My Birchbox took a whole week to arrive so Glossybox already did better with their delivery compared to the other company.

The packaging was pretty simple but sleek and chic. The box feels weighty and the cardboard feels quite durable. Inside the products are laid out on black shredded paper along with a card showing you the contents and the theme, the theme for this Glossybox was French Riviera must-have products.

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Products I received – June Box

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Monu Skin Eye Cool Gel,  RRP £24.95

Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix, RRP £9.95

Noven Mystic black Deep Hair Mask, RRP £11.95

Wilkinson Sword f.a.b Razor,  RRP £12

Laritzy Cosmetics Shade Stix, RRP £18

Total value = £76.85

Pros – One of the things I do like is that on the website they have a beauty profile for you to fill in so they can tailor their product choices to you and your skin/hair/complexion type. It feels a very personal touch which means then you won’t really receive products that you’ll just give away to someone as you wouldn’t use them. I’ll use the razor as someone who shaves regualrly this was a great product to send my way, the hair mask was a good choice for me also as it’s purpose is to help dry and frizzy hair which is exactly what I have.

Cons – The product choice in this box only included 3 products I would use which include the razor, the hair mask and the eye cool gel but that’s about it. The Laritzy Shade Stix they sent is way too dark for my pale complexion. It’s orange on me as it’s for deep skin tones, it’s also warmed toned which is a no and for contour, I only use cool toned products.

Would I repurchase – I have seen some of their previous boxes and they were much better than this June edition so I think I’m going to stay on the subscription and review the next box for you as it could potentially change my mind. As all subscription boxes are more or less a glorified “lucky dip” then you’ll, of course, have products in there that you’ll love and hate.  Again, I am free to cancel at any time but I want to see the July box so stay tuned for that oneas I’ll post a review.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post, I’ll have a review coming up on July’s Glossybox and July’s Birchbox. If you haven’t already, then please check out my last review here.

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