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M.A.C Candy yum yum dupe

M.a.c has recently re-released candy yum yum along side ‘moxie’ and ‘rocker’ as part of there most voted for favourites collection and it has been one hell of a struggle to get my hands on one as it has constantly been sold out but finally I managed to bag myself one.

Candy yum yum is a bright matte neon pink lipstick which all make up artists and make up junkies are going mad for and on photographs it looked like the perfect pink so I bought it. It arrived this morning and I’ve gotta be honest I wasn’t impressed with the colour as it is a lot more neon than i thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong it is an absolutely beautiful colour and I do recommend it, it just unfortunately is not a colour that I can pull off, anything too bright or neon makes me look like a clown. I love the feel of it on my lips and the finish, I love matte finishes for lipsticks. It cost £14 and there is free delivery on the M.a.c website until the 25th so go get yourself one before it sells out again!!

After I put it on I realised I already have a lipstick like this and that is Barry m’s lip paint in I think either shade 62 or 52, the sticker has fallen off so I cant be too sure but its definitely one of those shades and it only cost £4.49 and the colour is exactly the same, they are just different finishes, this one is more of a satin finish and has more of a creamy texture, where as candy yum yum is matte.

They are exactly the same colour so the only thing i can comment on that I prefer are the finishes so for that I do prefer candy yum yum. If you’re happy to spend £14 then go get yourself candy yum yum, if you’re desperate for candy yum yum but its a tad too pricey for you then go buy Barry m, you wont be able to tell the difference.

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Lora Arellano Inspired featuring OMBRE LIP

Lora Arellano is a huge inspiration to me, her makeup skills are out of this world, flawless, beautiful and creative. Follow her on Instagram @loreleicakes to see beautiful looks daily

Eyes using Naked 2 & Undress me too palette

  1. Use a white or cream shadow as a base and apply it all over the lid. For this i used Foxy from Naked 2.
  2. Take a deep purple and blend it all across the lower lash line and then up through the crease blending it outwards into a subtle flick. I used Busted from Naked 2
  3. Take a gold highlighter or glitter and apply a small streak in the middle of the lower lash line. I used Illamasqua illuminator in Glimmer.
  4. Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a shimmery white or silver and blend a light brown through the rest of the lid. I used Verve from Naked 2 on the inner corner and a mixture of lavish and obsessed from the Undress me palette across the lid.
  5. Line the whole eye top and bottom and go out into a flick in the corner with a black liner. I used Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner for this.
  6. Finally apply fake eyelashes, coat your bottom lashes and the falsies with mascara. Then as a finishing touch darken the tail of your eyebrow with the gel liner. I used Red cherry lashes in DW and volume flash mascara from Rimmel

ImageOmbre Lips

  1. Line the lips with a deep brown. For this I didn’t use lip liner I used an eyebrow pencil from in the shade black/brown.
  2. Apply a mid tone purple lipstick. I used Mac lipstick in the shade Rebel.
  3. Take the lip liner and colour in the edges of the lips and blend in with the lipstick
  4. Finally take a highlighter on concealer and pat it in the center of the lips. I used Illamasqua concealer.

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Benefit They’re real! mascara REVIEW

So there was a lot of hype over this mascara so I had to buy it and It was very disappointing  Benefit is a really good brand and everything else I have ever used has really impressed me so this was really surprising for me. The mascara retails at £19.50 which in my opinion is a bit steep but for what it could offer I decided to give it a go anyway.

Now, my eyelashes are just impossible, they’re really short and they never want to do what i want them to so that does play a part in the outcome of this mascara. I found the consistency really wet and because of that it took a long time to dry. My mascara usually takes me 5 minutes max to make them look half decent before I give up but with this mascara I literally took about an hour doing my lashes ( aint nobody got time for dat!) which is beyond ridiculous and the outcome was alright but nothing special, when after an hours use of this ‘amazing’ mascara I should of had them as long as a cows!

Something positive about this mascara is that i really liked the wand , I usually go for the proper brush as I don’t like the spiked brushes but this one was really nice, it was very bendy and has a little spiked ball on top, the kind of brush that should be good for separating lashes. But not in my case, my eyelashes were very clumped but they were ever so slightly longer. I did use it on my mum and my sister and it did work better on there lashes but still it was nothing to write home about.

Benefit claims ‘They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!’

  • 94% saw dramatic length & volume**
  • 90% saw base-to-tip curl**
  • 94% saw visible lift* 100% saw long-wearing results**
  • 100% saw long-wearing results*

No. Dramatic length and volume? No, unless clumping is what you call volume. Base to tip curl? Errrr a little bit. Lift? No. Long wearing? Yes! I had to get the mascara surgically removed with the amount I put on.

I don’t want to say the mascara is terrible because I know how bad my lashes are to work with, also I have not seen one single bad review about this mascara which makes me think that in some freak accident I am the only person to purchase this that has had a dodgy one, very unlikely, I know but still possible. Positive things about the mascara is, the wand is really nice, it was very black and bold and the slightest bit of lengthening. Negatives? wet, takes ages to dry, clumps and doesn’t do anything it really says it does.

So to wrap it up, in my opinion I wouldn’t buy it again and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, unless you’re eyelashes are already really long and are easy to work with then yeah i’d say go for it but if you’re blessed with super long lashes then any old mascara is going to do. I use Rimmel or Maybeline mascaras and they are perfect for me and I would recommend those makes to all of you. I do not intend or wish to be harsh in my reviews I am just being honest and giving my personal opinions and experiences with products, I do like Benefit as a brand and they’re other products but this mascara was just not for me and probably the worst thing I have ever used and it confuses me that it seems I am the only person to think this.

Hope this has been helpful, Thanks for reading, Please follow, like, comment & share.

Milly xoxo

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Naked 2 vs Undress me too

So its my  turn to be one of the 1432904923 bloggers and Youtubers that have done a review on these palettes and they’re undeniable similarity’s, although this wont be the first or last video or post you will see on this i just wanted to put my two cents in.

So as you can see from the photo there is pretty much no difference what so ever between palettes, the shades are the same, in the same order and lets face it the name isn’t that much different, MUA were clearly having a lazy day when they came up with this original palette….

The Naked 2 palette by Urban decay costs £36 and comes in a metal case with a mirror on the inside of the lid, it comes with a double ended karma eye brush which is for shadow and crease and a travel size lip junkie lipgloss in naked, which is a coraly pink colour. The colours range from pale to dark and from matte to shimmer. I personally love this palette, i never go too bright with my eye makeup and always keep it very neutral so this palette is perfect for me. You also don’t need to use a lot of product, a little definitely goes a long way and it is easily blend able  If you can afford this palette then i do recommend it but what has the Undress me too palette got to offer?

This Mua palette costs only £3 and offers the same as the Urban decay, the colours are the same but in my opinion I think MUA is slightly more pigmented, the palette also ranges from pale to dark and matte to shimmer. So as far as the shadow itself goes, there really is no difference. It comes in a plastic case and has a double ended basic eye shadow applicator inside.

So which comes on top? What i think makes Naked 2 better than MUA is the packaging is a lot better and prettier, the brush is better by far, you get a free lipgloss and the shadows blend very easily. What i think makes MUA better than Naked 2 is the price which has to be my main reason and the colours are more pigmented. That is the only differences between the two. So what would you rather do spend £36 or £3? either way you’ll get exactly the same.

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How to get dewy skin with M.A.C Strobe cream Pictorial

1. Before

2. Apply Strobe cream all over the face

3. Apply your foundation with your beauty blender

4. Apply your concealer where needed also to highlight apply on the chin, cupids bow, nose onto the forehead and cheekbones and set with powder.

5. Apply a bronzer with your stipple brush, I like to use a cream bronzer for this look and add a pea sized amount of moisturizer to it to add to the highlighted look.

6. Apply more Strobe cream to the chin,cupids bow, apples of cheeks up onto the cheekbones, the forehead above the arch of the eyebrows and a small amount on the nose and you’re done!

If you want to add some extra highlight, I recommend Illamasqua illuminators on the cheekbones and brow bones.

Products used

M.A.C Strobe cream/ Travel size £12.50 from M.A.C website

M.A.C Studio sculpt in shade NC30 £24 from M.A.C website

Illamasqua concealer in shade 135 £13 Illamasqua website

Chanel Soleil tan de chanel £30 from Debenhams

No 7 day cream from Boots, unsure of the price

Barbara Daly powder in shade Medium from Tesco, unsure of price

Illamasqua illuminator in shade Slay £13.50

Beauty blender £5 Tesco

Real techniques Stipple brush £11.99 from Boots

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Milly xoxo


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Contour & Highlight Products

Contour- Dark brown blusher from Ruby Hammer palette £20 Debenhams

Highlight- Illamasqua concealer in shade 135 £13 Store website

Foundation- Illamasqua cream foundation in shade 200 £23 Store Website

Tools- Beauty blender £5 Tesco

Real techniques stippling brush £11.99 Boots

Large angle brush PRICELESS….. It was a gift

I usually use the Sleek contour palette but I just haven’t had time to buy a new one lately so that’s why it wasn’t featured in the pictorial but I highly recommend this product and if you’re looking for a contouring kit this is the one to go for, it only costs £6.50 and you can either buy it from selected Superdrug stores or online. In it you get your dark brown pressed powder for contouring and a shimmery highlight. I love highlighters and I do use them on a daily basis but I don’t use it as part of my contouring routine, instead I use concealer which I highly recommend you do as it also covers up imperfections and then I apply a highlighter over the top.

My next post will be a pictorial on how to achieve a highlighted dewy foundation and a review on my new favourite product!

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How to Contour & highlight pictorial

  1.  Before photo
  2. Contour using a large angle brush down the cheekbones, where the face sinks in the deepest, temples, under the jaw, beside the eyes and down the sides of the nose. Don’t worry about it being messy, it will be blended in later.
  3. Using a concealer, two shades lighter than your own skin, highlight under the eyes and along the cheekbone, down the bridge of the nose and up onto the forehead, the cupids bow ( above the lip), brow bone and your chin
  4. Using a stippling brush or foundation brush apply your foundation over the top blending all three products together.
  5. If you want more of a sharper contour then use a straight edge such as a ruler place it against your face for a guidline and apply more of the product, focusing more toward the hairline and blending down no further than half way down your cheek
  6. The finished look

Thank you for reading, to see what products I used and what products I recommend for contouring then please read my next post. Like, comment share and subscribe!

Muchos love!

P.s Sorry the photo is so small it wouldn’t upload any bigger!

Milly xoxo

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How to brows pictorial using MUA pro brow kit

  1. My natural brow
  2. Using the lighter brown and wax fill in your natural brow with an angled brush
  3. Eyebrow filled in
  4. Using the darker brown and wax use a fine point brush to draw a line all across the bottom of your brow and draw in the end of your brows to a sharppoint.
  5. Using the same brush blend the line upwards into your brow
  6. Using the angle brush again with the lighter brown and wax lightly draw back over the brow to soften the colour so they don’t look cartoony
  7. Apply concealer all across the bottom of the brow to neaten up and make the eyebrows look sharper
  8. To finish apply a highlighter or white eyeshadow to the brow bone
  9. Before and after
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MUA Pro brow kit review

I have used my fair share of eyebrow products, due to the fact my eyebrows are pretty much non existent so I was very happy and surprised when I found this product. I usually use Benefits brow-zings kit which is an amazing product but costs £22.50 so when I found the MUA pro brow palette for only £3.50 I was skeptical at first but i thought i’d give it a try as it was so cheap.

I was wary of MUA as its products are so cheap, as I am with any makeup that is super cheap I always tend to think its going to be bad quality but that is not the case with MUA, it is high quality makeup for completely affordable prices and I highly recommend there products to everyone.

In the kit you get 3 shades, a light brown, dark brown and a light pinky beige colour, you also get wax, a double ended angle brush and tweezers (see photo above, excuse the ‘muckyness’ this is a photo of my personal kit and i use it every day). The light brown and dark brown are to shade the brows, the pinky beige is to highlight the brow bone and the wax is to set the powder and tame your brows.

The browns are good pigmented colours and work well on the brows, the highlight colour in my opinion is terrible and I wouldn’t use it, instead use an actual highlighter such as high beam by benefit or a white eye shadow, the wax is also very good at doing its job. The tweezers are fine to use but the brush is rubbish and I would just throw it away, as i have and not use it, it will not do any good for your brows as the hairs are too loose and ‘bristley’

So in all this is an amazing product and if you were interested in a brow palette but cant afford, benefit, hd brows, urban decay etc i would say definitely go and buy this from either Superdrug or the online shop, its only £3.50 and will do the same job, the only cons are that the highlight is a terrible colour and the brush is just completely pointless, just buy a white eye shadow or highlighter and a angle brush and you’re ready to go, even after buying a highlighter and brush it will still of cost you less than an expensive palette but you’ll own a new eye shadow/ highlighter and angle brush as well.

Please see my next post for a pictorial on a How to, using the MUA pro brow kit.

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