|February Edit: beauty to make your skin glow|
Happy 1st day of March my Queens! I can almost feel spring coming and it makes me so happy! February was a great month. Month of discoveries, new beginnings (hello new site and template!) and generally positive and awesome time!
I thought I'll start today with something I am extremely proud of and that is the revealing of BeautyDramaQueen.com. I have had my doubts and delayed this for months, but once it launched, I could not be happier. I am my own worst critic, so this needed to work on many levels. I knew what I wanted and decided to go with Pipdig, as it was recommended to me by my support group and truly members of a family: Dagmara and Siobhan. All the changes couldn't happen without you and Leanne supporting me along the way! I'm super grateful to you for everything! I'll link all the girls in the Friendly blogger section at the bottom of the post, so please give them a visit, stay a while and most definitely subscribe as they're not only great friends but bloody great bloggers!
Pipdig was a great choice and I love the template, I really like the main page where you can browse through few latest posts, see some in the top slider as well as easily follow my social media, search the blog for products and even quickly check out my Instagram! I like the white background, the clarity of the finished look and the ease of use it created. I think it looks modern and suits me and my aesthetics well. I have to be honest, I expected a slightly better help from Pipdig itself as the questions I've asked were answered but in a way, I couldn't apply it myself, so I had to resort to countless Google searches. If there was one complaint I have, it's that.
GLOWING SKIN EDIT
|All the glow getters you need this month|
February was a month of skincare discoveries and I honestly couldn't be happier with my skin right now. Dehydration is gone people, GONE! I am so pleased with how glowing my complexion is and it truly shows. I've been getting all the compliments lately and obviously there's a lot of factors that come into play here, but these few products have revolutionised my routine.
I can't stop singing praises to this little gem. Firstly the packaging, which I find super modern and I like the design. What makes the product in my opinion is airtight pump. You pay for the amazing ingredients, so you want to ensure they don't oxidise with time and constant air flow. Also there's the factor of keeping your skincare without any external factors like bacteria, which air pump protect from. Two pumps is enough for me to apply over my face and the neck. I have been applying it over my usual serum and before moisturiser. You could probably skip moisturiser but I love layering my dry skin with products, especially overnight as this product has been designed for. I discussed all the ingredients and the benefits of them in my previous post here, but I'll mention few again for the new readers. First of all Retinol aka Vit A is a tricky ingredient to do right. It is THE ONLY proven ingredient in terms of anti-ageing and it works at the deeper level of skin than most. Because of the strength of it, it can also be super drying. The genius behind Merumaya (looking at you Maleka!) understood that by combining it with super moisturising ingredients that work together with Retinol and not against it, you can produce a treatment that has all the anti-ageing benefits of retinol whilst keeping drying effects at bay. And it works. I have a dry skin and I have not experience any side effects. It works beautifully on me and on my few lines that I got, especially smile lines and around forehead. I'll give it 5* as I can't believe how good this is!
Lacura Caviar Illumination Day RPR £6.99 | POST
My little hero as of late, that's cheaper than a price of cocktail in Alchemist (new and awesome cocktail bar in the city centre of Birmingham, conveniently located 2 minutes away from where I work!). Lacura Caviar Illumination Day with SPF15 has become a staple in my morning routine. Using it for only few weeks, I saw extreme brightening resulting in glowing complexion. I have ranted about how much I love it already here, so please check out for more in-depth review. I really enjoy using it under a foundation and it works especially well under L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, which I don't use a primer with anymore as with Lacura moisturiser I have no need for it. These two work brilliantly together, giving me the best complexion to date. Not available online sadly and only in store in your local Aldi.
Masque Bar Brightening Sheet Mask RPR £9.99 for 3
I really love a good sheet mask and this one really surprised me. It gave my skin a super healthy glow, didn't break me out or dried my skin out. I found this to be a perfect mask before an event, a night out or if you'd like to treat your skin to a good mask. It's soaked in product and applies well on to the skin. I haven't found a sheet mask yet that will properly fit my face so I won't be showing you any pictures (I do so on my Snapchat, if you'd like to have a laugh, I always do a mini review on any sheet mask I try there and embarrass myself in the process - you'll love it! I think LOL). The ingredient list is not as impressive as my usual skincare picks but my skin didn't react badly to it, so I'll give it a pass. I will continue to use the remaining mask, as I genuinely like the the glow it gives me. Full list of ingredients can be found below.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Beta-Glucan, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arbutin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Silica, PEG-14M, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Erythritol, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Fragrance (Parfum).
This mask totally surprised me. I only had one so I can't comment on any long term effects but in terms of radiance, I haven't tested anything near this good. I was GLOWING. Yes, glowing to the moon and back. I was amazed how nourished and moisturised my skin felt and how radiant it was. The effects lasted for couple of days too! Shocked as this is fairly inexpensive and you can even get it currently on 3 for 2 sale in Boots. I wrote about it in more detail here, so for ingredient list plus active ingredients, go check out my haul post now.
|Forget dull complexion with these sheet masks|
I haven't really talked too much about it on a blog previously, I don't think (someone fact check me please) but I am so impressed with this little mist. It gives me a lovely glow within kinda look. It can be used as part of skincare or even on top of makeup. This fine mist is superb for setting powder formulas with and will give an instant glow to the skin. I love using it under and over makeup and on days when I'm hot and flustered, it comes handy. It's travel friendly enough so you can just put it in your bag and off you go. This illuminated mist is enriched with 13 natural oils, alongside ingredients such as propolis, aloe vera and fruit extract for the moisturising benefits. I find this helps my post cleansing redness as it not only refreshes but also calms my sensitive skin. It's a great all rounder and I highly recommend you try it. The full ingredients list can be found below.
Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Propolis Extract, Niacinamide, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Rose Flower Oil, Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation RPR £12.95 (eBay)
I didn't love it at first, I thought it was fine until I tried it over Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream. When I did, it was a love from the second sight. If I could only wear one foundation, it would be this one these days. As I embark on Shop My Stash challenge, where I change the products I use on a weekly basis, I can't really use it all the time sadly. It's sooooo good, I am not exaggerating. If you have dry and dehydrated skin, this foundation will change your life. For those of you wanting to try Becca foundation but doesn't fit your budget, give this one a go instead. It's not available in UK but I linked up to eBay seller I bought it from. Definitely one to watch.
Jaclyn Hill x Becca Champagne Pop RPR £32.00
I won this highlighter in an Insta Giveaway ages ago from a beautiful Ting (check out her blog here) and I was underwhelmed. Having already purchased Pearl, I found Champagne Pop to be too golden on me and visible. At that point I used firmer highlighter brushes, such as Sigma Pointed Highlight. I'm currently back to my love with either RT Setting Brush or Morphe Fan Brush, so I picked up Champagne Pop as part of my weekly S?hop My Stash and I fell in love. I don't know if my perception has changed but I adore how it looks now and I'm honestly as impressed as with Pearl. Saying that combination of two is just stunning. This highlighter will stay beautifully on your skin all day long, giving you the most beautiful glow. The formula is so finely milled, with no glitter in sight. Yes, it's super expensive but Becca Highlighters are definitely the best there is, so totally worth the splurge in my opinion. It will suit best fair to medium skin tones, but I can see darker complexions pulling it off nicely too. I'm thinking of doing my Becca Highlighter Collection post, so please let me know if this would be of interest to you.
Have you seen the new launch from Becca? Check out Becca Prismatic Amethyst now
Have you seen the new launch from Becca? Check out Becca Prismatic Amethyst now
|Mary-Lou Manizer & Champagne Pop|
I fell in love with Mary-Lou Manizer the moment I got it in my hands oh so long ago now. It truly started my love for highlighters. It's super intensive, light champagne shade with no glitter in sight. It gives the look of that perfectly polished complexion, so when I picked it up as part of my Shop My Stash, I fell in love with it again. I haven't used it in absolute ages because my highlighter collection is slightly out of hands but I'm sure not to forget about it for so long next time. If you're looking for a start up highlighter, I'd take a trip to Superdrug or Debenhams (currently on offer for £18 in Debenhams) to give this one a swatch.
SMOKEY EYE EDIT
If there was one look I wouldn't leave the house without, it's the smokey eye. I'd get up super early to perfect it and there's one palette that inspired me to it. I went for warm shades, sometimes even reds and I loved how they made my eyes pop, how well the eyeshadow lasted and framed my eyes during long days in the office.
I think I've sang my praises enough about Zoeva Matte Palette in the post I've done recently. It's by far one of my favourite launches of 2017 and I can imagine, this being considered for yearly faves. It's divine. I love the pigmentation, although it swatches funny. The transfer to the lid is incredible though and makes you forget the swatches. It blends beautifully, doesn't disappear from the lid and if Zoeva added a super pigmented off white and black it would be the perfect palette. I love my warm tones and mattes. As a hooded lip gel with grey eyes, shades as such bring out the colour of my eyes as well as hiding the hood of my eye slightly. It's available exclusively from Zoeva website and shipping is only £2.50 so well worth the shop! Sadly currently out of stock, but you can register your interest here.
|Smoke it out with Zoeva Matte Palette|
LIPSTICK HOARDER EDIT
By far the best formula Makeup Revolution came up with in terms of lippies that I've tried so far. It goes on super creamy and pigmented, doesn't dry my lips, although this is a personal preference as reviews are mixed here. I love the pinky nude shade, as it's my favourite kind of nude and lasts good 4-6 hours on me depending on what food I eat. I really have no complaints. If you remember Lip Lavas from MUR, which I wasn't;t the biggest fan of, Molten Chocolate, despite the similar design, has a totally different formula that stays put nicely. For £3.00 you really can't go wrong. Also available in Superdrug.
I've been quite vocal about my love for Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks and Rose Matter is one shade that I love to wear on the daily. It's a gorgeous rose shade which looks almost statement on my pale self but it will look much lighter on medium and darker complexions. I think the wear time is great, it doesn't overly dry my lips and it's one of those colours I can wear with any eye look. I have quite a few lippies in my collection, so if you'd like to see my opinion on all JS lippies I own, let me know and I'll happily do a Collection post. Back to the lip itself, I feel the formula is one of the best, as even if the lipticks wears off a little, there's absolutely zero problem to touch up during the day. Now widely available on Beauty Bay which makes me so happy. Also, who's waiting for the Adrogyny Palette launch? I can't wait!!! I love my Beauty Killer - POST - so I have high expectations of this one.
Sylveco 2in1 Scrub + Lip Balm RPR £4.50
Forget Lush Lip Scrubs when you're getting ready in the morning. They get so messy, although so delicious in the process. Sylveco Scrub Lip Balm is the answer to my prayers. When applied scrub will polish your lips and then by the time you finish with your eye and face makeup, the scrub will be gone and your lips beautifully moisturised. I really can't recommend it enough. Available soon at The Natural Skincare
|Glow from within to combat dry & dehydrated skin|
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