I loved putting together my skincare favourites so much that I decided to round up my top makeup picks too. I try new makeup all the time but these are the items that I kept reaching for and going back to time and time again, making them my makeup favourites of 2017.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil 

This is the brow pencil that changed my brow routine – I was a loyal powder girl before. It’s an ultra fine pencil so it’s great for a natural yet defined brow. If you prefer creating hair-like strokes as opposed to a ‘block’ brow, then this is a product you have to try. Benefit are the brand for brow products and I wrote about their collection here, so have a read if you’re looking to upgrade your brow routine.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation 

Every time I’m wearing this foundation, I get asked what it is. To me, that’s testament enough but if you want a full run through of my thoughts, I posted about it here. This is the only foundation I’ve ever found that’s full coverage, light on the skin, lasts all day and is less than a fiver! I wore this foundation for every night out and big event in 2017. It’s by far my favourite foundation of the year.

Tartelette Tease Palette

I went to Florida in March and picked this beauty up from the Sephora ‘aisle of doom’. I was hooked from the first use. The vanilla scent that hits you when you open the palette is beautiful and it really does feel like a treat to use. The shadows are so creamy for a powder that blending them is a joy. You get a good mix of mattes and shimmers, two light base shades as well as two darker shades (a chocolatey brown and a wine shade) which are perfect for lining the eyes or popping in the crease. This is a smaller version of the normal Tarte palettes which makes it perfect for travelling. It gets full marks from me.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder

I’ve recommended this bronzer to so many people. It’s the best matte bronzer for fair skin that I’ve ever tried. The compact is neat, well designed and comes with a handy mirror. The honeycomb press on the powder is super cute but more than that, the product is just epic. It’s only £14 and wears better than so many of the luxury alternatives. I’ve done a full review on it here, so if you’re unsure about needing this in your life, you’ll be convinced after a read of that.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Blue 

Blue mascara is one of my secret weapons of makeup. I’m all for making my eyes look as bright as possible, and my sleep pattern is shocking, so I take all the help I can get which means regularly reaching for this Benefit fave. It’s definitely the best one on the market. You get all the goodness of They’re Real mascara with the pros of using an intense blue colour around the eye. The colour works to whiten the whites of your eyes so if you’re tired and need a pick me up, blue mascara is well-worth trying.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick (Shades 630 and 645)

I’m really not sure what made me buy these lipsticks but it was a stroke of luck because they’re stunning! I didn’t wear any lipstick more than these all year. They’re beautiful nude shades and are so versatile. Whether I wanted a subtle lip with a smokey eye, something to balance out heavy liner or just fancied a lower-key look, I always found myself reaching for these. 645 is a pinky nude shade, whereas 630 has a slightly deeper mauve tone. The formula of them is my favourite type of lipstick; it’s creamy with a slight sheen but the pigmentation doesn’t suffer. I couldn’t recommend these shades and lipsticks enough, and they’re super affordable!

I’d love to know what you think of my makeup favourites of 2017. Were these any of your favourites too? Don’t forget to check out my skincare favourites from last year too – you can read it here.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

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There are many ‘pale girl problems’ when it comes to makeup, and finding the right bronzer can definitely be one of them. I regularly dismiss bronzers that are too orangey, or quite simply, make me look a bit dirty. If that sounds familiar, you need to try The Body Shop, Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder.

The Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder has quickly become my go-to product for a natural, sun-kissed look. It’s totally matte so if you’re looking for shimmer and sparkle, this won’t be for you. I wear the Honey Bronzer all over to warm up my complexion but it makes a great contour too!

I love that it’s genuinely difficult to go overboard with this bronzer, so it’s perfect for makeup beginners and ladies of all ages. That said, if you prefer a more obviously bronzed look, go up a shade – there are 6 to choose from. I wear shade 01 and it really is the most wearable, fuss-free bronzer I’ve ever tried.

It’s not even just the product itself that’s fab, the packing is super cute too! The Body Shop have gone for a lovely honeycomb detail on the pressed powder AND there’s a mirror in the slimline compact.

My inner pale girl squealed the first time I used this. The Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder is simple, it works and it’s truly universal. You can pick one up for £14.00 in any Body Shop store or online here. As with all Body Shop purchases, don’t forget to keep an eye out for their sales and 3 for 2 deals – they’re not to be missed.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

e.l.f Cosmetics seem to be everywhere I look at the moment and it’s bloody exciting! I’ve gone from having none of their collection to a rather healthy stash of products in about a month.

e.l.f pride themselves on offering luxury products at accessible prices. They’ve been around since 2004 in the States and are now a real household name and are stocked by the likes of Walgreens and Target. The products range from makeup to skincare and professional tools, and are all cruelty free. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It’s about to get better… Superdrug have announced that as of May 3rd, us Brits will be able to buy e.l.f from their website!!!! 

To whet your appetite for May 3rd, this is what my current e.l.f cosmetics collection looks like:

e.l.f Studio Matte Shadow, Brow & Liner palette
This is definitely a star product for me, so if you’re unsure where to start in there range then look no further. I’m a firm believer in the power of good brows and this palette offers so much choice, it’s impossible not to get on with. The formula of the powder is great, it’s not chalky at all, just highly pigmented and totally matte – nobody wants shimmery brows! The palette gives you great eyeshadow options too and the darker shades are lovely liners when applied with a hard angle or smudge brush… triple threat product alert! 

e.l.f Studio Bronzer in Golden Bronze
As a pale girl, I adore a multi-toned bronzer because it doesn’t commit me to a super tanned look straight from the off. The bronzing powder itself is creamy and not too shimmery but it does give your face dimension and a good glow. Unless you’re a highlighting addict, I’d go as far as saying you could skip your highlighter if you’re using this – 2 in 1! 

e.l.f Studio Corrective Concealer in ‘Erase & Conceal’
Colour correcting can be a bit of a mind field and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, which is exactly why I think this is must-have palette! You get four correctors in one compact so you can actually play about and find what works for you on different parts of your face. Cheaper creamy products for the eye area can be hit and miss but these are lightweight and sit comfortably on the skin and under cream, liquid and powder makeup. 

e.l.f Essential Lip Stain in ‘Berry’ and ‘Cherry’
I picked these up at Walmart for $2 each: bargain! I get on extremely well with the pen-like applicator, really like the fuss-free packaging and the staying power is rather impressive too. If you’re after a low maintenance lip product, try these – you don’t have to commit to regular top-ups and the shades are really vibrant and gorgeous.

e.l.f Studio Clay Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Smoked To Perfection’
I do love me a smokey eye and these purple toned metallic shadows are so pretty. I applaud e.l.f for including a double helping of the lightest shade; it’s always the first to go! Having a ‘makeup by numbers’ look in a palette is handy when you’re in a rush or feel a little less creative. The shadows are good, not great, but for a night out or a dinner the quality does what it needs to. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer as they can crease a little.

It’s safe to say my obsession with e.l.f will grow to monumental levels from next month but I refuse to feel guilty because the ratio of quality to price is so fantastic! I’d love to know your thoughts on this exciting beauty news. Are you an existing e.l.f fan or are you eagerly awaiting their UK arrival too? 

Sincerely, Sarah xx

There are no shortage of beauty related challenges and ‘tags’ for us bloggers and vloggers to try out. I first saw this £20 challenge years ago and now I’m finally getting into making videos I was desperate to give it a shot.

The aim of the challenge is, yes you’ve guessed it, to do your whole face of makeup with products that collectively cost £20 or less. I personally decided to exclude makeup brushes and tools so I could really give this a proper go and try out some new drugstore products. Here’s how I got on…

Here are all the products I picked up for the grand total of £18.99:

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – £7.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Eyebrow Pencil – £1.00
  • Rimmel, Kate Moss, Sculpting Palette – £6.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner in Jet Black – £1.00
  • Collection, Volumising Mascara in Ultra Black – £3.99
  • Makeup Revolution, Focus & Fix Concealer – £2.00
  • MUA Lipstick in shade 7 – £1.00

So what do you think? Did I do well for my money? I’d definitely say it was a mixed bag so let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoyed the video.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

cheekathon

If you’re a Benefit Cosmetics fan chances are you’ve used one of their boxed powders. In fact, I can probably take that further by guessing you’ve likely used and fallen in love with Hoola. Am I right? If not, what on earth have you been waiting for?!

It’s no surprise I’m a lover of all things Benefit so yes shock horror I’m back with another rave review, but seriously you’ll want to carry on reading this. The Benefit ‘Cheekathon’ palette gives you five of the most popular full-size boxed powders in one handy, neat palette. Along with swatches, here’s the run down of the options included and why you need this at the top of your wishlist…

What’s in the palette?

Dandelion
– One of the original Benefit box powders with a beautifully delicate, natural finish. This is such a wonderful and classic ‘English Rose’ type blush. 

Hoola – A matte bronzer and an absolute cult-favourite. Whether you’re looking for contour perfection or a light sun kissed look, this is the bronzer of dreams. 

Rockateur – A unique rose gold finish achieved by the baked, powder and cream textures for a bright finish. If you’re looking for a healthy glow and a flush on the right side of sexy, try this powder. 

Dallas – Another one of the Benefit oldies, Dallas is a deeper toned blush that’s great to add warmth to the cheeks. If you’re paler, you may want to apply with a fan brush or a very light hand when you’re trying this out. 

Coralista – A beautiful pink blush with a gold undertone that will flatter most skin tones. This is perfect for a light dusting over the apples of the cheeks or a stronger blushed look.

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The palette also includes one of the small square blush brushes which is fine for on the go but I’d recommend using your blusher brush of choice for everyday use. 

Things I love: The quality of Benefit powders has never been in question so to have such a great collection in one palette is nothing short of heaven. There really is something for everyone here and you can get so creative with the variety of colours and tones. 

Things I really love: I warn you, this sounds dopey but the floral smell when you open the palette is beautiful! It’s truly gorgeous. You’ll be itching to dip your brush in and get painting your face with these products. You also can’t overlook the exceptional value of this either; each box powder costs £23.50 and the palette with 5 full-sized powders costs £44.50 – you do the math!

Things I didn’t love: I wish I could travel with this more but obviously a palette containing 5 full sized powders is a little on the large side for your handbag. I’m also not a huge fan of the mini blush brush that Benefit include but you can’t knock the fact that it’s there – more handy in the individual boxes for on-the-go touch ups than in the palette though. I also have a huge and ongoing love of one of the other Benefit box powders, Sugarbomb, so I was a bit sad this wasn’t included but the warmth can be achieved through a combo of Dallas, Dandelion and Coralista. 

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Purchasing options: Buy directly from Benefit’s website or head to your local counter. As mentioned above, the palette will set you back £44.50 and boy, it’s worth every penny! 

Between the swatches, the beautiful packaging and the super high quality products, it’s safe to say I’m firmly flying the flat for camp ‘Cheekathon’.

Sincerely, Sarah xx