Favourite MUA Products

Favourite MUA Products

I have quite a few MUA products in my collection & I find that on a whole their products are very good value for money. They have a really good selection of makeup, brushes & eyelashes. I have rounded up my favourite products from them & thought I would share them with you. I’d love to know what products you would recommend from MUA.

Undress Me Too Palette £4

I have a few of the MUA 12 pan eyeshadow palettes but this is my most used & loved. It has 12 neutral shades in and has been compared to the Naked 2 Palette, I don’t own that palette so can’t say if it holds up as a dupe but I love this palette. The packaging might feel a little cheap and plastic but it is thin and easy to travel with.You get some good mattes and a mix of metallic finishes and shimmers. I have never used the black shade but it is SO pigmented (it scares me). Every time I use this palette I can’t believe how little it cost. For £4 everyone should own this palette.

Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder £3

This reminds me so much of the Mac In Extra Dimensions Collection. I bought this powder not expecting much and it turned out to be a really pretty light pink highlighter. A little goes a long way so don’t use too much of a heavy hand. I put a little on the tops of my cheeks. It really is very pretty and for £3 everyone should have it in their collection.

Bronze Shimmer Kisses £3

This reminds me of the Soap & Glory Solar Powder (which I LOVE). It has 4 colours to swirl your brush in for that perfect bronze glow. I have even been using the lightest colour for a brow and inner eye highlighter too & the colours also work well as eyeshadows. It is a multi use product in my opinion. Which makes them even better value for money.

MUA Powder Blushers

There are six of these to pick from & at £1 each they’re a bargain. I have four out of the six and I use them all the time. They are all pigmented, blend-able and really good quality. The packaging of these isn’t wonderful, don’t travel with them otherwise you will end up with more product in your makeup bag than in the pan! I have seen that MUA have released Whipped Cream Blushers & they look gorgeous too!

MUA Baked Trio Eyeshadow in Chocolate Box £2.50

These are really pretty metallic shadows that can be used wet or dry. They are pigmented and easy to blend. You get a bronze shade, purple toned taupe and a burnt orange. I like all three colours and even after having this in my collection and using it a fair amount I still haven’t made a dent in any other the shades, they’re going to last me a very long time. The packaging it a little bulky & cheap but I think they have repackaged it to be more compact.

MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balms* £2

These have been the newest addition to my MUA stash & I LOVE them. I have done a full review of them here. In a nutshell they’re hydrating, glossy & give your lips a pretty wash of colour ideal for the warmer months. These are part of MUA’s new Spring collection.

Let me know what your favourite MUA products are & if you’ve tried any of the ones I recommend.

** MUA are giving you 10% off your order www.muastore.co.uk Just use the code MUALTB10 when you checkout. Valid until 04/03/15 **

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Blogger Influenced Purchases

Blogger Influenced Purchases

I read so many blogs & I have purchased quite a few products over the past couple of years based upon reviews and recommendations from some of my favourite bloggers. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products that I discovered due to fellow bloggers.

Barbara Daily Longwear Cream Shadow Sticks – These are amazing and I discovered them thanks to Describe The Sky – I saw them on Vicki’s blog & rushed out that night to Tesco & bought 2 shades. I have done a full review of them here with swatches. These are better quality than my Bobbi Brown ones & thats saying something. They are beautiful and wear a really long time, they’re effortless to apply & the packaging looks luxurious & pretty. If you like to wear cream shadows then you need to get your hands on these.

Olivine Love & Roses Beauty Mist – I really like face mists and always have one on my desk. I use them to keep my skin hydrated, to refresh my makeup and I think the scent of this one in particular is quite soothing. I saw it on Sandra’s blog – Beauty Balm earlier this month & knew from the packaging alone that I needed it. The packaging is very Pinterest worthy, its a glass bottle with gorgeous font. It looks very pretty on my desk & I highly recommend trying it if you like to use a face mist.

Soap & Glory Love at First Blush – I spied this multi colour blush on Through Chelsea’s Eyes last year and thought it looked like a pretty Spring Blush & it so is. It offers great pigmentation as well as a pretty highlight. I like to swirl my brush and pick up a little of each colour & apply it lightly to my cheeks. They have updated the packaging since Chelsea bought her’s and it now comes in a much more durable plastic compact.

Bourjois Colorbrand Eye Crayon in Brun dadaiste – I have quite a collection of chubby crayons for eyes & when A Beauty Junkie in London blogged about these Bourjois ones being released I wanted them all (I still do) I limited myself to one just so I could see if they worked for me & they are really good. No creasing on my lids and the pigmentation is spot on. I will be heading back for more colours.

Pixi Lash Line InkLilly Melrose always used to blog about this & I have been through quite a few of these over the past couple of years. Its the perfect liner for achieving that super precise cat eye flick with no fuss or mess. The nib is long & thin and goes into a really fine tip that is sturdy but still has flexibility. It doesn’t drag on your lid and the liner goes on evenly and very black. I will always repurchase this.

Soap & Glory Solar PowderVivianna Does Makeup sold this to me after I saw it on her video last year. I’m so glad I have this in my collection now because I use it daily, I can’t even remember what bronzer I used to use before this came along. It gives a natural glow & it never looks orange or muddy. I LOVE it, I have hit pan on it & the rubbish (cheap) cardboard packaging is almost ready to give up the ghost so I am in need of a new one. If you’re quite pale then this is the perfect bronzer for you.

Revlon Photoready Skinlights PrimerKate from Ghostparties was my influence for purchasing this primer & Katie has the most gorgeous flawless skin so I just had to get it. This primer is great at giving the skin a subtle brightness, not shimmery but a peachy pink glow & I have worn this as a primer under my foundation or if I am going for more of a dewy look I mix a little with my foundation. This bottle is going to last me a long time as you need very little product. It is a great addition to my makeup routine & amazing at keeping my skin looking bright & healthy.

I’d love to know what products bloggers have inspired you to buy. I have quite a few more but I’m saving those for part 2.

Amsterdam Photo Diary Part 2

Amsterdam Canal Houses

Amsterdam Travel Photos

Lovely Cafe in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Church

Amsterdam Amstel Canal

Cheese in Amsterdam

Amsterdam the city of bikes

Amsterdam Cafe

Amsterdam The Netherlands

Amsterdam Gin & Tonic

Amsterdam House Boats

Canal Amsterdam

Blooms

Canal Houses in Amsterdam

Mid Morning Tea Break

I could walk up & down the canals in Amsterdam all day & night, they’re so pretty. The canal houses that line them are beautiful and historical. They are all different and are frozen in time, I love them. A few of them are open as museums & one of the best ones I have been in it the Museum Van Loon which has the cutest cafe in the garden where you can sit, relax & it feels like you’re in the countryside.

I’m embarrassed to say I have been to Amsterdam 3 times now & I am yet to ride a bike there, I am terrible at riding a bike & fear that I may cause myself an injury. I always joke to my husband that we should hire a tandem. I think next time we go I will have to hire a bike late at night when the streets are quite and I can practise.

Oh & if you have time you need to stop by the Poezenboot (Cat Boat). Its quite a site, especially if you are a cat lover & opposite the cat boat there is a cafe called Greenwoods that does the nicest breakfast

If you do visit the city you must go and have a walk around the streets & canals at night. The bridges are all lit with small lights & even the trees have fairy lights. It feels really romantic & magical.

To see part 1 of my Amsterdam photo diary click here

My Lip Crayon Collection

I love to see what other beauty bloggers have in their Muji Storage or just how they store their makeup in general. I am that person who can watch makeup collections on YouTube for hours. I don’t have a huge collection because I just don’t have the space to store it and I like to give products to friends & family that I don’t often use or that don’t work for me. So I thought over the next few weeks I would show you a peak at how I store my makeup & let you see the products I keep.

MUJI Makeup Storage

Today is what I like to call my lip crayons drawer, crayons are easily my favourite lip product I do have a few liquid lipsticks in there too. I like the packaging of lip crayons and how easy they are to apply. I also love that so many brands have released their own versions. The lip crayons in the top drawer are the ones I use most often and this cute 2 drawer Muji Storage is the perfect size & depth to keep them in.

Lip Crayons

Top Layer

No7 High Shine Lip Crayons - I have two of these in the shades Delicate Pink & Day Dreamer. They feel and look glossy on the lips. They don’t have much pigment but look pretty as an everyday lip colour, especially if you like minimal makeup. These are mini as they were a Christmas release.

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butters - I have two of these in the shades Vintage Rose & Perfect Plum. Both colours are pigmented and look so pretty on the lips. The plum shade is vibrant and the rose is a soft and elegant peachy pink. These are not overly glossy and don’t feel slippy or greasy on the lips. They wear really well on me & I think these are my favourite budget lip crayons.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense - This is in Roundest Raspberry & WOW does it pop a colour. Its very similar to the Collection Perfect Plum, just more glossy & long wearing. I think this shade is a limited edition colour but I know that Clinique have a great selection of these chubby sticks.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil - This is in the shade New Lover which is quite a complex but pretty shade. In some lights it looks like a dark pink & in other lights the shimmer comes through & it looks peach. It looks incredible and glossy on the lips. There is a definite shimmer to this pencil so I don’t wear it during the day but it is a pretty night lip look.

No7 BB Lips SPF15 - In Blink Pink. I have had this for quite a while now & love to use it in the warmer months, its the glossy sugary pink shade. Its quite pigmented for a gloss & I like that it has SPF 15. I keep meaning to buy more of these when I have my No7 vouchers. Let me know if you have any of these & what colours you would recommend.

Wet n Wild Lip Shimmer - In the shade 106 Spice. This has no shimmer in it, so the name is very misleading. It is a tinted lip balm (but has the pigmentation of a lipstick) & reminds me very much of the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. It is a deep mauve pink shade & if you build it up it can look quite red. I love this & for the price I wish I’d bought a couple more. I use this all the time & always forget how pigmented it is.

Origins Kiss-Zing Lip Crayon* – In the shade Rosemance. It’s a pretty creamy brown shade and it’s the ideal lip colour for when I want my makeup to look low key but still put together. It is a neutral easy to wear light brown shade which is also hydrating & nourishing for the lips. It has Meadowfoam Seed and Jojoba Oils with Mango Seed and Shea Butters, so jam packed full of beneficial ingredients to keep your lips healthy and smooth. These come in 6 pretty wearable shades, perfect for Spring / Summer.

These Kiss-Zing Lip Colours are a new release from Origins & I have done a full review Rosemance, so look out for that on the blog next week.

Bottom Layer

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - I have the shades Galaxy, Luna and Celestial. They’re glossy, pigmented and have great staying power. They can be quite messy and a little product goes a long way. I don’t wear Luna too much, it is a peachy orange shade and looks pretty in the warmer months. Celestial is a warm pink and is such an easy colour to wear. Its low key but very brightening and quite a nice Spring shade. Galaxy is my favourite of the three, mostly because I think plums / berry shades look better on me & Galaxy is a deep plum and might be more of a Autumn / Winter shade but I like to wear it all year round. It is glossy and pigmented but you can blot any of these with tissue to reduce the colour and they still look amazing.

Lord & Berry Twisticks* - In the shades Shut Up & Rock and Rose. Rock & Rose is a gorgeous bright girly pink. I was a little scared of this shade at first but it was so nice on. With my fair skin & dark hair this shade really popped, it stood out but in a good way. Shut Up is a gorgeous berry pink, It gives my lips the prettiest wash of colour. One coat is enough, no need to build it up as the colour payoff is so good. These are really good quality and are long wearing.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains – I have two of these in the shades Lovesick and Cherish Devotion. I wore these so much when I first bought them and must say since getting the Lord & Berry and Collection ones they haven’t had much love. Lovesick is a bright pink, its bold and very pigmented. Cherish Devotion is more of a baby pink and is very glossy. They both have that minty scent which I am not overly keen on but it doesn’t last too long. Revlon have such big range of lip crayons in all different colours & finishes. What are your favourite from their range?

P.S Love Lip Gloss Crayon - This is from Primark & doesn’t have a colour name but it is a glossy nude shade. It looks natural and pretty, the staying power isn’t wonderful but I don’t mind reapplying throughout the day. This has a sweet scent and I tend to wear this when I’m popping out & have very little makeup on, as its so subtle but makes my lips look even and glossy.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream - In Cotton Candy. The colour is a deep pink which applies evenly and creamy on the lips. It feels moisturising & it dries to a velvet matte finish. Despite this being a matte finish it doesn’t feel drying at all & wears off the lips evenly after a few hours. Its pretty, cheap & it smells so good! Thats 3 reasons you should buy it, if you haven’t already.

Let me know how you store your lip products & if you’ve tried any of the ones in this post.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.