Monthly Favourites | August

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It baffles me a great deal that we are already heading into September - how is that possible? It literally doesn't seem like 5 minutes since this year was beginning and now shops are already preparing for Christmas, it's just insane. Anyways, this month has been a good month for discovering new products - i went a little online shopping mad last month so I've been testing all those products out and i've found some new favourites.

Beauty Favourites:

Soap & Glory For Daily Youth 6 in 1 Moisture Lotion
I'm a big fan of Soap & Glory but I've never really tried their skincare range and I'm so glad i decided to pick this up because it is honestly one of the nicest face moisturisers i have ever used. It gives the skin a really nice lift and boost of energy. It's designed to protect, whilst hydrating and repairing the skin - it's really light and sinks into the skin really easily and it creates a really soft base ready for your make up. It also smells incredible.

Kiss A Fresh Look Blemish Balm
I've technically only had this for a week but I'm so impressed with it that I've worn it pretty much everyday since i got it and i just had to include it into this months favourites. It's part of Wilkinson's new 'Kiss' range and considering how cheap it is, it is pretty damn good. I've applied it with both my fingers and with the RT Expert Face Brush and i love the flawless finish you get from both, it just applies so nicely. It's quite a light coverage but i personally find that's enough for me - i layer concealer on top if i need any extra coverage on blemishes or under my eyes. I'm so impressed with this BB Cream - definitely one to check out if you're looking for something that is very budget friendly.

Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup
This is an old favourite of mine - in fact it's possible one of my all-time favourite lipsticks. This month its been one of the only lipsticks I've found myself gravitating towards. It's the one shade I'd recommend everyone to have in their make up collection as it's such a staple product. It's a perfect pink nude - it's ideal to wear for both everyday or for special occasions/evenings out. This is one lipstick i think i will always repurchase to have in my collection.

Kiss Lip Service Apricot Lip Scrub
I've been after a lip scrub for a while and whilst i love Lush's offerings i wanted a much cheaper alternative. This is another product from Wilkinson's 'Kiss' range and it's really nice, it works the same way as any lip scrub - you massage it into the lips to exfoliate and remove any dead skin and it leaves them feeling really soft. This one is apricot so it smells really nice and fruity.

Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
I had an absolute nightmare trying to get hold of this product but i have to say it was most definitely worth the wait. You only need the smallest amount of this and you massage it into your face and it literally just melts away your make up - it's made taking my make up off so much easier and i find myself being less lazy too, some nights i really can't be bothered so ill resort to just using micellar water or just a make up wipe but since using this i've made a conscious effort to remove my make up, even when I'm strolling in from a night out at silly o'clock in the morning I'll use this because it's just so easy and it literally takes me about a minute.

Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara*
This mascara really surprised me at how much i like it - i picked it up mainly because i was drawn to it because of the tube shaped packaging but it's actually really good; it makes my lashes look really full and volumised whilst adding length to them as well. I love how it makes my lashes look and i really like how the brush coats the lashes evenly and separates them. This mascara is also really cheap too.

Beyonce Heat The Mrs Carter Show World Tour Limited Edition
I'm not very good at describing scents at all; I'd say this is quite a floral scent but it has something extra in it that makes it different to the usual floral scents you find, it's almost a little musky but in a really good way. (Worst description ever) I'd honestly suggest going out and smelling it to get a better idea of what i mean as it really is a nice perfume. I picked this up on a complete whim as my other perfumes are starting to run really low and i don't want to use them fully up just yet and its been my go to scent this month - it's so nice and it has a lovely bottle too.

Magnifibres Brush on Lashes
This is one of those products that i wasn't so sure if i believed it would actually work well and at first it didn't but the more and more I've used it and experimented with it, and used it with different mascaras I've really grown to love it. I find you can achieve different results wit it depending on what mascara you use. It doesn't give me insanely long lashes but it does give me that extra volume and length that i can't get without false lashes. It's so easy to use and i really love how my lashes look after I've used it, this may just replace any need i ever have for false lashes - ill be doing a full review on this soon.

Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet
This is the very first blush I've ever tried from Bourjois and it definitely hasn't disappointed. It's a cream blush but to me it feels like it has a cream to powder kind of finish - which i actually really like. It's so easy to apply and it looks so nice and natural once blended out. It's a really pretty corally peach colour and I've really been loving wearing this especially because the colour pay off is quite subtle but it still gives a nice hint of colour to your make up look.

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Blogger/Youtuber Favourite:
This month's youtuber favourite is Becky CJ - if you follow Zoella you will have mostly definitely heard of her as Zoe raves about her quite a lot and it's no surprise as Becky CJ is honestly incredible. She has a really unique sound to her voice and one that i could easily listen to all day. She covers many songs on her youtube as well as posting originals so you get a nice mix, my personal favourite is Easy For You - i love everything about it from the music, to the lyrics to just the way it sounds. I'd honestly recommend checking her out because she is one talented gal!

Links: Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Non- Beauty Favourites:

My Week Off
By the time my week off work came around it was much need unfortunately it was over far too quickly for my liking. Either way, it was just so nice to be able to chill out, catch up with friends, have late nights and not worry about getting up early and it was just really nice to have some time off.

Drives
Me and my friends go for a lot of drives - we don't go anywhere in particular we just drive around, play music and sing along to the best and sometimes the cheesiest songs and it's just so nice. I really like being in a car and i find it quite relaxing.

Red Pepper Hummus
I am seriously addicted to this stuff - i love it with crackers, it's so tasty. Ive been trying other flavours of hummus out and nothing quite compares to the Red Pepper, its just so nice. Writing about it, is really making me want some but I've ran out!!

Becky CJ Following Me on Twitter
I've followed Becky CJ for ages and she's also my youtuber favourite this month and she followed me on twitter and i can't like i fangirled a lot.

Music Favourite:

Ed Sheeran - All of the Stars
This is one of the songs on The Fault in our Stars Soundtrack and it's so good. Ive just found myself listening to it on repeat, it has a really nice sound to it and I'm really like it at the moment.

Little Mix - Move
This is one of our go-to songs when we go for drives and it's so good to sing and dance along to. I think it's actually been out ages but its so good!

Un-favourite:

I've never included an un-favourite before but i thought it might be something i can include from time to time depending on whether i have an unfavourite. My unfavourite this month isn't actually a product or item; it's that my oldest friend Hannah is leaving for Australia on Saturday for 6 months (possibly longer) and whilst I'm insanely happy for her, she's been a big part of my life since i was 7 and I'm really going to miss her like crazy.

What are some things your have been loving or not loving this month?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Review | Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara

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Have you ever picked up a mascara just because the packaging really intrigued you? This is kind of what happened here with the Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara*, i really liked that the packaging was a squeezy tube - i don't really know why, because i think the design on it is a little gimmicky but the actual squeezy tube just really drew me in. It's a bit of a silly reason just judge something based on it's packaging but thankfully my curiosity paid off and this is actually a great mascara.

I really like the mascara wand - I'm not quite sure if it has a technical name or the right way to describe it but the website says it's a 'Five fold ball' wand so we'll go with that. I really like how the wand coats the lashes and separates them, it gives the appearance of much fuller lashes, this mascara is designed to give the lashes volume which it definitely does but it also adds length to the lashes too.

It's a really affordable mascara retailing at £2.50 which is so such a cheap price in comparison to other high street mascaras nowadays. For such a cheap price you would expect this to be terrible but you can achieve some amazing results with this mascara and i personally really like how it makes my lashes look.

The only negative i have about it is that I'd avoid layering up the mascara too much as it does start to give you spidery lashes so you do have to be a little careful with application - i tend to stick to one to two coats and I'm happy with the look that gives. On a whole i think this is a really great mascara; it doesn't flake off the lashes and it lasts really well/ I love the way it makes my lashes look much fuller and you really can't go wrong with the price of this.

Have you tried this mascara?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Summer Giveaway #4

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The brush in these photos is my own brush - yours is still in it's packaging!

This is my fourth and final giveaway for Summer and i really hope you have enjoyed these mini giveaways! My followers mean alot to me and i appreciate all readers of my blog and i always recognise the people who are regular readers and who comment on my posts frequently - it really means alot to me as my blog plays a big part in my love and it's something i thoroughly enjoy doing.

For my fourth giveaway, the prize is quite possibly my most favourite one! I'm giving away a Wilko 'Powder Me Up' Powder Brush - I'm a little smitten with this make up brush, it's so nice. It's a really large brush and the bristles are insanely soft and its great to apply your face powder with it - it's such a good affordable brush and i just love using mine so i know i had to get one to giveaway to one of you!

THE RULES:
1. You MUST be a follower of my blog
2. This giveaway is open internationally.
3. Open for ONE week only (ends 30th August 2014)
4. Follow the rafflecopter properly - I'm going to be quite strict in terms of moderating the entries, even down to the comments as I've noticed a lot of people don't actually comment anything to do with whats asked so if that happens it won't count as an entry (harsh, i know)
5. Any giveaway only accounts will be DISQUALIFIED - this is a giveaway for genuine readers.
6. If you are under 16 please get parents permission as if you win you will have to give me an address to post your prize too and i don't want either of us to get in trouble.
7. Winner will be contacted by twitter, if no response within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I really hope you enjoy this giveaway and best of luck!
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Review | So Susan Dual Brow Powder

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My collection of brow products is quite limited so i was very happy to see this So Susan Dual Brow Powder* in my July Love Me Beauty Box as I'm always keen to try more brow products and find the one that works the best for me.

The shades in this Dual Brow Powder looks quite terrifying in the pan - they are very pigmented but with a really light hand you can create really lovely looking brows. I use the dark brown shade on my brows as the medium brown is a little too orange toned for me so the darker brown suits my brows much better. Although, it's primarily a brow product i imagine you could probably use these as eyeshadows too.

I really like the packaging for this; it's really sturdy and sleek looking, the silver casing gives it that luxurious feel to it too. It's a really handy and compact size so you can keep it in your make up bag without taking up too much room. The little brush that comes with the little duo is actually a really good little brush and it works great but i like to apply it with the Wilko Eyeliner Brush as it's a thin angled brush which makes it nice and easy to apply and you can get a really good controlled application with it too.

I don't think this beats my HD Brow Palette but I've been enjoying using this; it's so easy to use and you can achieve really natural yet full looking brows with it. You can easily build this up and create much bolder eyebrows if you prefer that look. I personally prefer to keep my brows natural looking and just using brow products to fill in any sparse areas and make them look much more groomed and put together.

This is a little pricey at £11.95 but it is a cheaper alternative to likes of the HD Brows palette. This is a great product, good quality and i really like how easy it is to use and how natural it makes my brows look.

What's your favourite brow product?
Natalie xx

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Review | Heart & Home Mini Candles

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I absolutely love burning candles especially on an evening when I'm ready to wind down and relax. I recently used up my ESPA Restorative Candle and was in need of some new ones so when i was kindly offered to try some Heart & Home Mini Candles* there was no way i could refuse.

I received two Heart & Home Mini Candles in Jasmine Daydream and French Vanilla*, I love using mini candles as i find they're a great way to test out lots of different scents before you commit to buying a big jar candle. I always find with candles they can often smell different from when you first smell them to how they smell when burning so a mini candles are a good way to see if you like it first without spending a lot more money on a bigger sized candle first.

Jasmine Daydream, i think might be my favourite out of the two - it's quite a strong floral scent which isn't really something i like in candles but it's not as strong or as overpowering when it's burning, it's actually really relaxing and it smells a lot nicer.

French Vanilla is quite a sickly sweet scent - I love the scent of Vanilla but i always find vanilla scented candles to be quite sickly but I've not burned this one yet so if it's like the other candle were the scent isn't as strong when burning then i think this will be lovely.

I'm enjoying burning these candles at the moment; they burn down nicely and as i keep mentioning i love how the scent they give off is not as strong as they smell before burning but they still give off a really pleasant scent. These candles are made from a renewable and sustainable soy wax too which i think is amazing because they makes them really environmentally friendly.

There are four scents including French Vanilla, Jasmine Daydream, Lily of the Valley and Fresh Lime and they will be available to buy in a few weeks.

Whats you favourite candle?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Review | Make Up Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer

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If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that i love a good red lip. The latest addition to my collection is the Make Up Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in Keep Trying For You* I've mentioned Make Up Revolution on my blog a few times lately and I'm sure you've heard alot about them as they have literally exploded in the blogging world - if not, they are a relatively new brand that sell really good quality and affordable products.

I have the shade 'Keep Trying For You' which is a very bold true red shade so it's definitely not for people who like a subtle sheer lip as this is very very pigmented, you literally only need one sweep to achieve a full opaque lip. It has a doufat applicator which does help make it easy to apply but I'd recommend taking your time applying it as it's a very stubborn product to remove.

It's a very creamy product to apply so it glides nicely across the lips but i find it a little drying on my lips i dont know if thats because it's a matte formula or if its because my lips are a little dry at the moment but it's feel quite dry so your lips definitely require some some preparation beforehand because it will cling to any dry patches or cracks in the lip. I tend to use a lip scrub to create a smooth lip and then apply lip balm over to moisturise. I'd also recommend using a lip liner underneath as well to get a more defined lip.

The lasting power for this is very impressive once it's full dry, it lasts for about 6-8 hours before it starts to fade in colour and it also lasts pretty well through eating and drinking. I usually reapply my lip products throughout the day/evening but i wouldn't really recommend it too much with this as i find it doesn't layer up very well. I find it goes a bit gloopy and thick so I'd personally avoid reapplying it. I don't think the packaging is anything fancy; it's very simple with gold detailing but it works for the product and what it is.

This isn't my favourite red lip product - i think i may do a post on my most used red lip products - this is a nice product though and for £3 it's a great option for anyone of a budget or for someone who wants to try bolder lip shades without spending a fortune on them.

Have you tried the Make Up Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers? What do you think?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Review | Essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heatwave

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When i first saw this Essence Blush Up Powder in Heatwave* i just had to try it as i thought it looks like the perfect blush shade for spring/summer. Heatwave is an ombre shade going from Orange to Coral to Pink. It's actually a terrifying shade in the pan - it is so bright and definitely a product you need to apply with a light hand because it is way more pigmented than you think it's going to be so a little definitely goes a very long way.

It's a really lovely blush; it's good quality, has good colour pay off, it's long lasting and it gives a pop of colour to the cheeks. It's a really great product but i just don't love it as much as i thought i would when I'd first seen it but that's more my issue than it being anything to do with the product itself. I'm not too crazy about the packaging - i think it's quite plain and boring and i think they could have made it a bit more exciting but the casing is very sturdy which is good.

It is a nice blush; good quality and affordable but my high expectations have left me feeling a little disappointed as i just don't love it as much as i thought i would. Does anyone else do that? Think that they're gonna really love a product and then don't and not because there is anything wrong with the product or it that just me?

If you are someone who wants an insanely bright summery blush and want something budget friendly this might be the one for you!

Have you tried it?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Review | Old Wives Tail Hair Growth Oil Treatment

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Ever since i cute my hair short back in January I've been pining for my long hair back so when i was contacted by Old Wives Tail to see if I'd like to try one of their hair oils i jumped at the chance especially when i saw that they did one to help with hair growth which is the Melado Organic Hair Growth Oil Treatment*


This oil consists of 100% organic oils and is enriched in natural vitamins, anti-oxidants, proteins and melado. The combination of ingredients help restore shine and moisturise the hair back to good health which in turn stimulates and encourages hair growth. Their are two ways you can use this treatment; If your hair is in really bad condition and needs some extra love and attention - twice a week, you leave the oil massaged into your hair overnight whilst wrapped in a warm towel or once a week you can massage it into damp hair and leave on for an hour and then rinse out.

I prefer to do the latter but I've been leaving it on for longer than an hour mainly because i tend to catch up on youtube videos whilst its on my hair and i always lose track of time. The oil has a very natural/organic kind of scent - i don't know if that makes any sense whatsoever but it's actually quite nice and i find it really relaxing.

I've only use the oil a handful of times so i haven't seen any major results just yet but I have noticed that when i use this my hair feels nice after and it has a healthy shine. I also use a lot of heat on my hair so that it definitely going to affect the results, i plan on doing an update maybe in a months times so i can let you know if it has helped with hair growth.

I've been enjoying using this treatment on my hair - i always imagine oil treatments to be horrible and that they'd just leave your hair looking really greasy but that has definitely not been the case. I find this so relaxing to use and my hair feels much nicer after using it so I'm really looking forward to see whether it helps my hair grown

Have you tried any hair oils? Any product recommendations for helping hair growth?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Summer Giveaway #3

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I really hope you enjoyed last weeks giveaway - Be sure to keep an eye on your twitter to see if you are the lucky winner of the Essence products.

This week's giveaway is the Collection Work the Colour Lip Butter in Perfect Plum - I picked this up quite recently after hearing some good reviews and i decided to pick up another one to giveaway to one of you. I'm still in the process of testing this out but so far I'm really impressed. I featured it in a post quite recently that you can see here.

THE RULES:
1. You MUST be a follower of my blog
2. This giveaway is open internationally.
3. Open for ONE week only (ends 23rd August 2014)
4. Follow the rafflecopter properly - I'm going to be quite strict in terms of moderating the entries, even down to the comments as I've noticed a lot of people don't actually comment anything to do with whats asked so if that happens it won't count as an entry (harsh, i know)
5. If you are under 16 please get parents permission as if you win you will have to give me an address to post your prize too and i don't want either of us to get in trouble.
6. Winner will be contacted by twitter, if no response within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck and i hope you like this giveaway!
Natalie xx

Review | Real Techniques Modern Natural Make Up Kit

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I got super excited when i saw that Sam & Nic has released some palettes in their Real Techniques line and I'm actually really surprised that there has barely been any reviews of them, i thought they would have been a really popular topic on beauty blogs. The website that i ordered this from was an American one which actually put me off ordering for a while but one night when i was feeling rather sorry for myself, i decided to order it in an attempt to cheer myself up.

There are two palettes altogether and i picked up the Real Techniques Modern Natural Make Up Kit as i felt this range of colours was the one I'd get the most use out of. I was also really surprised at the price; i don't know why but i expected them to be quite expensive but they retail for $25.00 which converts to £14.90 and the shipping on the site was ridiculously cheap - altogether it cost me less than £16 and that is including the cost of the palette too.

The palette consist of 4 eyeshadows, a gel eyeliner, a blush, a highlighter and 2 lip glosses - a perfect on the go make up kit, its so handy having products combined especially for people who might travel alot because it's a real space saver and its much easier having everything all in one. Unfortunately, the packaging is quite bulky so it kind of lets it down. I also think the packaging is quite cheap looking, despite how nice it looks the plastic 'window' is quite weak and would easily be damaged so it's not very practical in that respect.

The eyeshadows are definitely the stand out part of this product; they are really nice quality. They have great colour pay off, blend together really nicely and they are last well without creasing (i do use an eye primer underneath) - i also really like the range of shades; they are really beautiful colours and it covers all bases for the perfect neutral eye look. It has a light beige/yellow tone shade to highlight the brow bone and inner corner, a shimmery taupe for all over the lid, a matte brown for the crease and a lovely chocolate brown with slight shimmer for the outer corner. They look so nice together and the very first time i used it i loved the way the eye look turned out.

To go compliment the eyeshadows their is a brown gel eyeliner - I've only used it a handful of times and it really lets the palette down. It has a really weak pigmentation and once applied it looks quite faint and almost like it's been watered down. It's not very easy to build the colour up either because when you apply it on top it just doesn't stick to it. It's really disappointing because i think the brown eyeliner would look so nice with the eyeshadows but this just is the quality i was expecting it to be.

The blush is a really pretty light pink shade that would compliment most make up looks because it's very light so it just gives a hint of colour to the cheeks without being overly noticeable (if that makes sense) this would be the perfect option to wear if you was going for a really heavy eye or lip look because it would still give you colour without making you look like a rag doll. The cream highlighter is equally as nice; it's feels really smooth and blends into the skin really nicely - it's applies quite lightly but i really like that because it just gives a really subtle healthy glow without looking too much like a disco ball. Like the blush, i think this would be a great option to use when you're going for a really heavy make up looks because its nice and subtle.

I don't really have much to say about the two lipglosses - they are alright lipgloss and don't have a sticky formula which is always a good thing but I'm just not interested in using them to be quite blunt. Don't get me wrong; they are nice lipglosses but I'm just don't find myself wanting to use them and i think I'd have preferred a different product in their place. The two shades you get are a soft pink with subtle shimmer running through and a shimmery golden brown. The both apply quite sheer with only a hint of the colour to them - if i was to use them, the only one that would probably get any use is the pink one as i don't really like the golden brown shade, its just not i could i would go for nor is it one i think I'd personally suit.

Some aspects are hit and miss but it still surprises me that it hasn't had that much coverage on blogs - i do have a couple of issues with it that I've mentioned above and it does really annoy me that they haven't give the shade's names but i love the eyeshadows in this palette and just those alone make this palette worth it for me as they are really good quality.

When i ordered this, this also sent me a little free gift which was a Real Techniques Pointed Liner Brush which you apparently can't buy anywhere else which i thought was really nice - i don't actually use this for liner, i use this for applying eyeshadow under the eyes because it's a really good size for that, like all Real Techniques brushes it's really good quality, really soft and easy to clean without ruining it.

Did you pick up one of the Real Techniques Palettes?
Natalie xx

Review | Essence CC Cream

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See this post here, to see what make up i'm wearing.
CC Creams have never been something that have really appealed to me so I've never really bothered to try them. Whilst i was at the Essence Launch i decided to pick one up the Essence All-In-One CC Cream* to try whilst i had the opportunity to do so.

Just to clarify, a CC Cream is a colour correcting base - similar to a BB cream but where BB Creams focus more on covering blemishes, CC Creams correct and even out your skin tone dealing with things like redness, hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and dark circles. The consistency of a CC Cream is very similar to a BB Cream. This CC Cream is very lightweight and it sinks into the skin without feeling heavy or looking cakey - something that i always look for in a base product.

I find it really easy to apply and blend out and it really does even out skin tone, i have a little redness on my chin and around my nose and this really does even out the skin tone and cover it up. This CC Cream has a slightly satin finish to it; i wouldn't say it leaves you looking dewy but it definitely gives the skin a slight healthy glow.

I was a little worried about the shade because i could only see the shade 'natural' but i decided to give it chance anyway and thankfully, it does actually suits my skin tone quite well. This product seems to only have the one shade which i think is very limiting. I tend to wear this CC cream on days I'm not doing much but i want an even skin tone and a little bit of coverage - It doesn't have an extremely high coverage but with a bit of concealer it's more than enough for me.

The Essence CC Cream is really good value for money retailing at £4.00 -it's a really great product and one that i recently featured in my 'Top 5 Foundations' post (here).

Have you tried a CC Cream before?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Top 5 | Bronzer & Contour Powder

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Studio 10 Face Definer | Benefit Hoola | Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer | Sleek Contour Kit | H&M Bronzer

Bronzer and Contour powder are products I've really gotten into using over the past year and in that time I've accumulated quite a few products. So continuing with my Top 5 Series; i thought I'd share with you my top 5 bronzer and contour powders - in no particular order:

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Studio 10 Visible Life Face Definer* | Review Here
I'm a little bit obsessed with the contour powder in this palette at the moment - I've talked about it a lot on my blog lately but it really is just the perfect contour powder and quite possibly the best one I've tried so far, maybe even holy grail material! It's slightly grey toned so it gives a more natural and realistic look to the face when contouring and defining the cheeks. It's so easy to use and it blends out really naturally, i can see results so quickly when i use this and i don't have to spend absolutely ages building it up. I have to admit i am seriously smitten with this product.

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Benefit Hoola
I really like Hoola because its a really natural looking bronzer and it's very versatile too - you can use this to give that all over sun kissed bronze look but because it's a matte bronzer it's also really good for contouring. This bronzer is more brown toned so it looks much nicer on and you don't need to worry about it looking muddy on the face, which is something that i always worry about when it comes to bronzers as i have quite fair skin. It's such an easy bronzer to apply and it blends out really well and looks natural too.

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Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzer | Review Here
Aka the Chocolate bronzer - I was very late to the bandwagon with this bronzer but it quickly became one of my favourites to use. It definitely has more of an orange tone to it than the others but it's not heavily pigmented so it look really nice when applied. The light orange tone really helps with getting that perfect golden bronze/sun kissed look but i also find you can use it to contour, it does have a slight shimmer to it so i apply it with a very light hand if I'm using it to add a bit of definition to the face. This bronzer also has a really lovely scent to it - people say it smells of chocolate but i don't smell that to me it has more of a tropical holiday kind of scent.

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Sleek Contour Kit in Light
This is the product i go back to time and time again especially for nights out. I have this in the shade light and it is actually quite scary looking in the pan because it looks so dark but it does apply a really colour. It's quite pigmented so i find a little bit goes a long way and i try to use a light hand when applying and i like to spend time blending it out and working it into the skin - i worry about it looking to harsh and it's easier to add and build up on it, than it is to take away. If you are someone that likes a heavy contour then this kit is definitely worth checking out. This also comes with a highlighter which i really like because i find it compliments the contour really well and it looks really lovely on a night out.

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H&M Bronzing Powder in Golden Tan | Review Here
My review of this is so old - excuse the quality. This was one of the very first bronzers i ever bought when i first started getting into make up and it was because of CosmeticsCharlotte72 as she always featured this in her videos. I've actually used this loads but because the pan is so big it looks like its barely been touched - this is the cheapest one out of them all and you definitely get your monies worth. It's a very light bronzer; again, perfect for that all over bronzed look - this is perfect for someone starting out in make up or someone who doesn't feel very confident applying bronzer because its so light but it's also very easy to build up without overdoing it and because it's a matte bronzer you can use it to contour as well.

Those are my top 5 Bronzers and Contour Powders - contouring in particular has because a big part of my make up and its also one of my favourite parts of my make up routine, i really enjoy applying it! It can make such a difference to your appearance especially for someone like me who has slightly chubby cheeks, it's a great way to add definition the face and fake the appearance of defined cheek bones.

What's your favourite bronzer or contour powder?
Natalie xx

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*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.