Review | Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder

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I think I have finally found a powder that can keep my combination skin matte all day, the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder. I picked up this powder initially as it is yellow toned so it should be good for keeping redness at bay throughout the day, however I was presently surprised when I first used it that it also kept the shiny areas of my face looking matte too. I have tried many powders over the years to attempt and keep my t-zone shine free. I wanted something that I could use to set my makeup and then also use to touch up throughout the day without my skin looking cakey. The Soap & Glory powder is perfect for this job, it feels light weight on the skin and it does not look cakey when touched up later in the day.

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Whilst the powder provides little coverage, the yellow pigments help to disguise any redness in the skin. This is ideal for me as my cheeks tend to have some redness in them. The powder suggests it is totally translucent, however I would not recommend this powder for darker skin tones as I feel it would leave an ashy look to the skin as I do not feel it is completely translucent.

Although the powder is pressed I want to highlight that when you dip your brush in the product it does pick up quite a bit of product so I would recommend tapping off the excess from your brush before applying it to your face. I prefer to apply this powder using a powder puff when I first apply my makeup and a duo fibre brush like the Duo Fibre Face Brush from Real Techniques to touch up or when I want a lighter application.

Overall I feel this is an excellent powder and what makes it even better is that it can be found at the drugstore.

The Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder retails for £12 and is available here.

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Wish List #4 | February 2015

Feb 15 Wish List

Another month means another Wish List from me. I am currently supposed to be on a semi spending ban but I am having a real problem sticking to it – I just can’t help myself. Here are the items I am trying to hold back from purchasing at the moment.

1. Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette 

I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a whole in the head. Meaning I don’t. However, I think this is the type of palette I am missing in my collection. One that is full of beautiful matte shades that I can incorporate into any look, from simple to smoky and day to night. The shades look perfect, it has a good mix of warm, cool and neutral shades that would compliment any eye look you are going for. I also love how they have included some mauve/purple shades in there so you can add a subtle hint of colour to a neutral look. The Tarte Tartlet Amazonian Clay Matte Palette retails for $44.

2. Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease

Since I very naughtily purchased the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour I have been itching to try another brush from this new collection. The 201 Pointed Crease is the only other brush that I cannot somewhat dupe in my collection. I think it will be perfect for deepening my crease, as I have hooded eyes I find smaller brushes are better for me for this job. I also think it will do a great job of blending out colour under my eyes. This might accidentally slip into my basket when I am next shopping, I do have a lot of Boots points to use so I am technically not spending any money – right? The Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease retails for £12.

3. Deep Steep Brown Sugar – Vanilla Bubble Bath

Doesn’t this just sound delicious! I am imaging it will create a really warming aroma when it is pour under running water. I know it is more on the expensive side for a bubble bath, but a girl has to have a luxury bath once in a while. The Deep Steep Brown Sugar Bubble Bath retails for £10.95 for 517ml.

4. The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force

I am really intrigued to read Fleur’s first book. It seems like she has put a lot of hard work and thought into writing it and I would love what tips and tricks she has included in each chapter. Her book covers everything from makeup to healthy lifestyle motivation. The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force will be released on 12th February and is currently retailing for £7.49 on Amazon.

5. Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes

I have seen this book raved about by YouTubers and bloggers alike and it has also popped up on my Instagram feed many times too. Although I love makeup and I enjoy being creative with my looks, I do have a 9-5 job that is focussed on the people I am working with as opposed to how I look. So I find myself wearing pretty simple makeup on a day to day basis. It will be great to read Sali’s tips and advice for how real women can make the most of makeup. Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes retails for £22 but is currently on sale for £10.04 on Amazon.

6. Everything Eyes: Professional Techniques, Essential Tools, Gorgeous Makeup Looks by Bobbi Brown

Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown is completely at the other end of the scale to Pretty Honest. Whilst it is aimed at everyone, it is more for people who want to learn more about professional makeup application and it gives examples of how to create classic looks and the tools you need to achieve the looks. I already own Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual which is great for those starting out with makeup or those who are looking to perfect their application, but I like how this book is specific to eye makeup as my eyes are the feature I like to be most creative with. Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown retails for £7.69 on Amazon.

What is on your Wish List? Are you currently on a spending ban, if so are you sticking to it or struggling like me? Let me know in the comments.

Wish List #3 | January 2015

Jan 15 Wish List

I thought I would make my first post of 2015 my January Wish List. A couple of the products on the list are new releases and the rest are either products I have been eyeing up for a while or they are products I have seen in some bloggers/vloggers favourite products of 2014 lists.

1. Real Techniques 300 Tapered Brush

Real Techniques have quickly become one of my favourite brush brands. The brushes are excellent quality and retail at an affordable price – they even rival my MAC brushes. So when news hit that they would be releasing a new line of brushes, aimed more at the professional, I was very keen to see what they had developed. I must admit I was a little shocked when I saw the price of the new brushes, but when I watched Sam and Nic’s video that introduced the brushes I understood why they were more expensive. I have already placed an order for the 301 Flat Contour Brush but I also like the look of the 300 Tapered Brush, I think it will be perfect for precise application of blush or highlighter. The Real Techniques 300 Tapered Brush retails for £24 and is available exclusively at Boots in the UK.

2. NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

When Christine from Temptalia posted a sneak peek of the NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette I knew that I wanted it. I didn’t even need to see any swatches to know that it was going to be amazing. Then when her review post went up it confimed that as soon as it was available in the UK I would be buying it. I have not tried any of the Dual Intensity shadows but I have heard great reviews of them and as this palette contains eight shadows in this formula it is a great opportunity to try them out. It has already been released on narscosmetics.com but as yet I haven’t not heard a UK release date. The NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette retails for $79 and is available here.

3. Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eyeshadow

This eyeshadow is very popular in the blogging community. I have seen in it a few of my favourite beauty bloggers channels (Vivianna Does Makeup, Ghostparties and Amelia Liana) and I think it just looks like a me kind of colour. I love a good neutral shade that I can throw on easily in the morning when I am rushing out the door. It is described as a cool medium dark brown with a golden sheen running through, it reminds me a little of MAC Patina. Although £23 is a pretty hefty price tag for one eyeshadow I can kind of justify it – just about –  if I use it regularly enough. Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eyeshadow retails for £23 and is available here.

4. Blank Canvas Cosmetics 6 Contour/Highlight Palette #1

I first heard about this contour kit when I was watching a tutorial from Sinéad of The Makeup Chair. Blank Canvas Cosmetics are an online based Irish beauty brand who aim to produce quality products at an affordable price. So far I have purchased one of their brushes and I must say I am very impressed and I am looking forward to trying more products from the company in the future. The Blank Canvas Cosmetics  6 Contour/Highlight Palette #1 retails for £11.64 and is available here.

5. Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

After I have had any kind of blemish I end up with a red/dark spot that last longer than the actual blemish did. It really bothers me as my skin can be clear in terms of active blemishes but then still look uneven and spotty due to the scars that are left behind. In an attempt to combat this I use quite a few brightening or complexion correcting products to help even out my skin tone. I spotted these when I was browsing Beauty Bay and thought they looked like they might work at combatting this issue. The Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads retail for £24.95 and are available here.

6. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac – Rose Gold

In my attempt to downsize my handbag I have been searching for one that can fit all my essentials (phone, keys, purse and a few bits of makeup) whilst still having room to hold an umbrella/camera/fiancé’s wallet if needed. In comes the Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC. I have seen this numerous times in other bloggers videos and it is just what I am looking for. What’s more, it even comes in black with rose gold hard wear now! I know it is on the pricier side, but I am willing to pay a bit more for a staple item that I will use time and time again. The Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC – Rose Gold retails for $195 and is available here.

I am on a bit of a spending ban at the moment as I grabbed lots of bargains in the Christmas sales so I think it will be a while before I purchase any of these items, except possibly the NARS palette as it just so beautiful and I know it is going to sell out fast.

Are there any new releases you are looking forward to? Or are there any products you have heard bloggers/vloggers raving about that you want to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you all a brilliant 2015,

Vanessa