Christmas Day 2018 Makeup Look – Cruelty Free

I always like to pre-plan my hair, makeup and outfit ready for Christmas day as I always seem to be so busy and in a rush to get ready before all of the family come over at lunch time! I love reading posts like these so thought I’d share my own version. This makeup may change on the actual day but it is what I am planning on wearing! It definitely isn’t a look that I would wear everyday as you have to go slightly extra for Christmas:) 

Firstly, to prime my face, I will most likely use the Revolution Pro-Base spray. I love this and use it on an everyday basis after moisturising in the morning. It is very lightweight which I love as some primers can feel very sticky and heavy which you don’t want early in the morning! You simply use a few sprays and then you’re ready to apply your foundation. 

As for foundation, a current favourite combo of mine recently have been the Ordinary High Coverage foundation and the LA Girl PROCoverage foundation. When buying these on BeautyBay, unfortunately they came and were both the complete  wrong shades for me, the Ordinary being too light and LA Girl being too dark, so instead of wasting them, I tried mixing them together and once blended, I love how it looks. It gives a really glowy/dewy, full coverage look, however, as they are both build-able, it doesn’t need to be full coverage. I’m hoping that in the future, I will be able to get the correct shades in these but for now, I’m pleased with the result of them together. 

As for concealer, I will definitely be using my classics. These being the Revolution Conceal and Define in C4 and the Collection Lasting Perfection in fair 1. I use the Collection one under my eyes as this is where I need the most brightness and the Revolution one over spots and around my nose area. These concealers have never failed to impress me and I can see myself using them for such a long time. 

For powder, I have reasonably recently picked up the Collection Primed and Ready setting powder as for ages I used one from Rimmel (who aren’t cruelty free unfortunately). I love this powder as it sets everything so well and doesn’t make you have loads of flashback! 

For bronzer, I am obsessed with the Revolution Ultra Bronze and have been using it to death over the last few months yet it is still completely full. This bronzer is really build-able and I love that it doesn’t go patchy or cakey throughout the day. Its a gorgeous shade for my skin tone and one of my favourite bronzers that I have ever owned.  

As for highlighter/glow, PIXI recently sent me the most gorgeous palette in GildedBare Glow, it contains an array of white, pink and bronze highlights which can also be used as blush or to blend it all together which I’m obsessed with. It has an amazing concept and means you don’t have to spend time applying all individually. I tend to use the lighter end for my highlight and it gives a perfect glow which you can layer to become blinding. Thank you PIXI for sending me this to try out! 

For my eyes, I ALWAYS prime with the MUA Pro-Base that Ellie kindly gifted me last year, this is the best eye primer that I have ever used. Its super cheap and so much better than the high end ones that I have tried, this truly does keep your eye shadow in place for so much longer. 

Then, for eye shadow, I will mainly use the Soph X Revolution palette (the first one). I love this so much that I have already hit pan on a few of the shades. It has such a wide variety of shades which allows you to create many different looks which I love. However, this Christmas I will probably go for a classic brown and orange smoky eye and then to add a bit of sparkle, I will be using my PIXI Sweet Glow and mixing the shades Brilliante and Dulce as this creates a stunning, highly pigmented gold which goes perfect on the inner corners and makes it look like I’ve made a lot more effort! 

As for mascara, I have been loving the Too Faced Better Than Sex mini that Ellie kindly gifted me this year in our blogger swap! I can’t wait until my next pay day so that I can treat myself to the full sized version. Its got a great applicator which allows you to get to all of your lashes! 

For my lips, I will definitely be using the Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma which Ellie also gifted me this year in our blogger swap (she did very well haha). Its a gorgeous, dark toned pink/brown, it applies really well and is super long lasting which I love. 

Finally, to finish everything off.. I set everything with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray which sadly, I’m running out of but will definitely be getting another one when I can. Couldn’t recommend this product more, it makes so much of a difference and makes everything last so much longer. 

I’m so pleased that I have finally found loads of products that I love which are all cruelty free, I’m aware that a lot of the products are Revolution but they never let me down and they seem to always work well for me. I recommend all of the products mentioned so much as they work so well for me so hope they do for you aswell! 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope that you enjoyed. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you can follow me at @bethxkate

Beth X

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Christmas Gift Swap with Ellie

If you were following my blog a while ago, you may have seen that me and Ellie from TheDiaryofEllie did a blogger box swap where we each sent each other some of our favourite beauty items. This Christmas, we have decided to do it again, however, we upped the budget to around £25-£30 (which we both definitely didn’t stick too.. especially Ellie) and decided to not give it a theme so we could buy each other anything we wanted. 

In this post, you will be seeing all of the gifts that Ellie kindly gifted to me and on her blog she will be doing a post about what I got her! Click here to view Ellie’s version.. you won’t regret. 

When opening Ellie’s gift to me, she had numbered each of the gifts so that I knew what order to open them in. The first gift contained 3 gorgeous prints which are amazing quality and I can’t wait to frame them or use them within backgrounds of blog posts so keep an eye out for them. 

The next gift that I opened contained a little Winnie The Pooh trinket dish from Primark. This is so cute and I love little dishes like these to keep my jewellery and SD cards in. This would also make a really cute blog prop so look out for this in backgrounds aswell. 

The third gift that I opened contained a gorgeous, pink makeup bag with 3 cactus’ on it. Inside it also contained 3 little goodies. These being, a Colourpop lipstick, a mini better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced and a Revolution concealer that was the wrong shade for Ellie. I was so excited by the mascara and lipstick as I’ve wanted to try Colourpop for so long and have also seen so many amazing reviews about the mascara, if I like this then I will definitely be buying the full sized version! 

Ellie also kindly gifted me the Revolution Rose Gold mini palette, this looks absolutely gorgeous and I’m obsessed with Revolution. A full, in-depth review will be coming on this very soon so keep an eye out! 

The forth and final gift that I opened, was the biggest of them all and I actually can’t believe that Ellie actually got me this. She got me the Spectrum Mean Girls makeup bag and brush set!! I saw this on Twitter and was soooo desperate to get it for myself but couldn’t spend that much on myself so close to Christmas so I’m so grateful that Ellie got me this.. I almost cried when opening it haha! Spectrum are such a great company and I love my other brushes from them so I’m extremely excited to try these ones and how cute is the bag?? 

I’m so so thankful for all of the gifts that Ellie got me and still can’t believe the last one, I’m also so grateful for our friendship and can’t wait until the day we finally meetup! Thank you once again Ellie, I can’t wait to see what you thought of all of the gifts that I got you!

Thank you for reading, I hope that you enjoyed. If you would like to check Ellie’s version of this post, click here, I definitely recommend that you do and give her a follow. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you can find me at @bethxkate

Beth X 

Pumpkin Inspired Makeup Look – Collab with TheDiaryofEllie

As Halloween is quickly approaching, me and Ellie from TheDiaryofEllie decided to collaborate on a post where we each do a Halloween inspired makeup look. For my look I went with a pumpkin theme as I own a lot of orange eye shadows but don’t use them as much as I would like to. Remember to check out Ellie’s version of this post also by clicking here, her blog is amazing and I can’t wait to see the look that she comes up with.

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Testing Drugstore Mascaras (Cruelty Free)

I’ve been on the hunt for a while now, searching for a new favourite cruelty free mascara ever since deciding that I will now only be buying from cruelty free companies. My previous favourites had been the Benefit Roller Lash and the Maybelline Lash Sensation which I used every single day but after discovering that both Benefit and Maybelline test on animals, I will no longer purchase from them.

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Roller Lash VS Lash Sensation

Benefit’s Roller Lash and Maybelline’s Lash Sensational are two of the most loved and talked about mascaras ever, so today I have decided to put them to the test to see which one I prefer and whether you are better off spending more or less money (they have quite a price difference)!

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January Favourites 2018

This month I have found many new favourites which I have decided to share with you today incase you are in need of some inspiration on new products to try out! This post will feature many kinds of products from stationary, to makeup, to hair care…

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Are They Worth The Hype? ♡

There are so many products which you will constantly see floating around social media, being featured in many YouTube videos and all over your Instagram feed. As I saw these products being hyped about online I decided to get many of them myself with high expectations. Today I thought I would share with you my honest opinion of some of these products. Continue reading “Are They Worth The Hype? ♡”

Nu Colour Curling Mascara Review ♡

Who doesn’t love a mascara which makes your eyelashes look more defined and long? Finding a good mascara can be difficult, but after recently having been sent the Nu Colour Curling Mascara in Black I have been very impressed and decided to share my thoughts with you.

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