I've been holding off buying any new beauty bits recently, and if you've seen my secret backup makeup stash you'll understand why. I've got so many bits & pieces hidden away waiting to be used, I really didn't need to buy these bits, but I felt I just had to have them... Treat yo'self right?

I've got quite a few mascaras in my makeup collection, but funnily (or not so funnily) enough they all seem to be running out at the exact same time. Does this happen to anyone else? It was complete perfect timing that I very luckily received the new Rimmel Volume Colourist mascara. I love drugstore mascaras, in fact the only higher end mascara I get on with is Benefits' They're Real, so I was super duper excited to try this.
I've used this mascara a few times now & I absolutely love how fluffy it makes my lashes look. I'm funny when it comes to my lashes, sometimes I like thick jet black spidery lashes & others I prefer more of a natural look which is exactly where this mascara comes into play. It's brilliant.

After mourning the loss of my ever faithful Solar Powder from Soap & Glory I was on the lookout for a new bronzer & something that rather surprisingly caught my eye was the Sunkissed Bronzing Pearls from B&M. Yes!.. You heard me. Good old B&M. Honesty, I need to do more shopping there because I managed to pick up some total bargains, not only makeup but hair care pieces too - It was brilliant!
Initially I was worried that the pearls would be too dark for my skin tone, but giving my face a light dusting with the product works perfectly. I like using the Brush Works Powder Brush with the bronzing pearls as it has quite a large surface area, ensuring the face is covered quickly and efficiently, which is exactly what I'm all about. These pearls have been a fab addition to my makeup collection & I'm pretty sure they're going to last me a long time.

Something I was mega excited to try was the Matte Me Up Lip Kits from Barry M. As soon as I saw them advertised I knew I had to give them a go, even more so with the popularity of the Kylie Lip Kits, I wanted to see how the cheaper alternative compared.
I've used the liner & liquid lipstick duo a few times since purchasing & I hate to say it, but I really don't like it. The liner works wonderfully, but the lipstick just doesn't work for me, it's a very liquidy liquid which for me is so difficult to apply. If it isn't on my teeth, it's halfway up my face & truth be told, it's just not worth the extra faf. Don't get me wrong, I've read some ace reviews about this product, but for me it doesn't quite work. I'd love to know if you think otherwise?

Not that I needed it in the slightest, but I also treated myself to a Barry M Lip Liner. I'm massively into nude/brown lips and when I saw this liner in the shade Toast I knew it'd make a welcome addition to my collection. You can't really go wrong with a product like this, especially for the price, I think I only paid around £3 for this liner, which is an absolute bargain!

Believe it or not, I didn't actually own a contour kit, that was up until about five days ago! Woop! I'm not too sure why that is really, because I do like to define my cheekbones, I just relied heavily on the bronzer, blush, highlight combination. How old school of me!
I picked up the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit in the shade light-medium & it's a game changer. The shades are quite ashy with a warm undertone which works absolutely perfectly with my skin tone. I've been using the kit every day since getting it & I love it, the only thing I don't like is the cardboard packaging. It's gotten so grubby already in the five days that I've had it, it makes me sad swishing my brush around in there, because I know I'm making it worse. First world problems or what?

Have you tried any of these products yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Especially if you disagree with me about the Barry M Lip Kits.



  1. Ah I am desperate to try the Barry m kits!! But I totally agree with you, you have to treat yourself every now and again!!
    Nicole xx

  2. I really want to try the Barry M lip kits, I'd get a kylie Jenner one but at the moment it would be a bit unkind to my bank account. I absolutely love that contour kit but I do agree about the cardboard packaging, they never look or stay nice and clean for long. Great post xx


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