‘Glowing to the gods’ hmmmmm…. really?

GUESS WHOS BACK IN DA BUILDING? ITS MEEEEEEEEEEE 😀 I hope you didn’t miss me too much and I apologize for bring away for nearly 2 months. I don’t even know where to start guys like university assignments and exams took over, spending most of my time hauled up in the library or looked in my room revising. Then when I did get the slightest bit of time to myself it was consumed with business orders so what I’m trying to say guys is I didn’t even have a minute to spare for a block in 48 hours… I’M BACK WITH A BANG NOW, READY TO SHARE ALL MY FAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS, MY NOT SO FAVES AND COME ON YOU ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE A BARGAIN! SO I WILL BE SHOWING YOU GUYS ALOT OF DUPES AND SOME REALLY AFFORDABLE MAKEUP THAT’S BETTER THAN THE SO CALLED ‘BEST’. 

So I’m going to start this post of with my favourite highlighters (100% guarantee you they’ll blind your haters). 

Just a health and safety precautions guys- please wear sunglasses when viewing the swatches. Thank you x



Before I describe each one I’m going to upload photos of the swatches, so you guys know the shades. 


1. MAC- Retro speck 


So guys this is actually an eyeshadow which I use as a highlighter because of its luminous glow. 

Pros:

  • I bought this from Tk max guys for £7.99 (super cheap) compared to its original price. 
  • The formula is not chalky or ashy
  • Easy to work with  
  • I like the Golden goddess theme to it 
  • It’s not very glittery 
  • An amazing highlighter shade when going for a bronze or dewy makeup look

Cons:

  • I can only wear this highlighter when I’ve gone for a very brown golden look otherwise this colour does work with my skin tone as I’m x10 shades lighter lol. 


2. Ofra highlighter- Beverly Hills 

 

I always think highlighter pans like this Ofra one are a must!!! You have 6 colours in one ( 5 individual ones and then 1 when you mix them all). I have heard sooo many amazing things about ofra highlighters so I couldn’t help myself. 

Pros:

  • The formula is literally to die for. It’s the perfect formula for highlighters. It’s so buttery, smooth and silky 
  • I hate highlighters that are full of glitter, so thank the lord this is not 
  • I love the fact that it’s so versatile. I use the darkest shade as a very gently bronzer and I use all the shades on my eyelids 
  • The formula is super easy to blend on any type of skin and each colour matches different skin tone. So you can sleep happy knowing you’ve got a shade for you lol 

Cons: 

  • None 


3. Makeup obsessions highlighter – H112 lightning, H102 pearl, eyeshadow E109 champagne 


I was going to talk about these highlighters from Makeuo forever individually in a separate review post but truth be told I honestly couldn’t wait because these are my favorite drugstore highlighters in the drugstore highlighter world lol. I bet you can’t guess how much each pan was?!!…..£3 yes let me spell that out THREEEEE POUNDS from boots online. 

Pros

  • They are super super cheap
  • Soooooo pigmented guys. The pigmentation is unreal 
  • It’s not powdery or chalky
  • Has a really soft feel to it
  • Melts into the skin 
  • Not sparkly or glittery 
  • Really easy to work with
  • The variety of shades is so good 

Cons:

  • None


3. Kiko Milani summer 2.0 highlighting drops- golden shell 

The one one the left. 

This highlighter is different to the rest as it comes in a liquid form. I prefer a liquid highlighter than a powder form one, I guess that because I suffer from dry skin now and then so for me personally a liquid formula works better when I’m having my off days. 

Pros

  • The pigmentation and glow from this highlighter is immense 
  • It’s a beautiful golden shade, ideal for lightmedium to dark skin
  • It just glides on the skin and is easy to blend 
  • No glitter what’s so ever in this
  • It has a really nice silky smooth finish with an immense glow. 
  • It is so so so versatile. Sometimes I mix this in my foundation, other times I apply a powder highlighter on top to intensify the highlight even more 

Cons: 

  • Again I can’t wear this colour on a daily basis as it’s a very brozy shade so I can only wear it when I’m going for a very dark bronze look 


4. Kiko Milani eyeshadow 208


I feel like the powder solid version of the liquid highlight is an exact dupe. I can’t fault, like I said it’s the same as the liquid version. The only difference is that the highlight is even more intense in the 208 eyeshadow. 

So guys thats the end of my post on my highlighters so far. I might do one on highlighters I hate so stay tuned. Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Thank you so much for the love and support 
Iqra xxx

BarryM review 

Hey guys, hope you’re all good. I know I know I know you don’t need to tell me that’s I haven’t been up to date with my posts but I’ve just been soooooo busy for the past couple of weeks that I’m trying really hard to squeeze some time in for you girlies. 

I thought I would do a review on some products from an affordable drugstore brand called ‘BarryM’. Now guys I have heard such amazing things about this brand but I’ve never really had the chance to look into it or try any of their products up until now. If I’m honest guys when it comes to the base of my makeup such as the highlighting and contouring I do tend to use high end products for that because unfortunately I can’t find any drugs store products for continuing that meet my expectations. So when I saw these cute products from BarryM I couldn’t help myself and I’m pretty sure if you spend something like £7.99 on BarryM products they throw in a free ‘chisel cheeks contour kit’. So without further  ado guys I’m going to get straight into it. 

From superdrug I purchased:

  • Flawless chisel cheeks contour kit (for light to medium skin tones)
  • Flawless chisel cheeks contour cream kit
  • Matte me up lip kit (pose)

Flawless chisel cheeks contour kit

Pros: 

  • It feels really soft and buttery
  • Applies evenly to the skin without making it look patchy
  • The shades are really intense, so you only really need a little bit 
  • It is buildable 
  • Stay put all day 
  • Gives you a really chiseled look
  • It isn’t messy 

Cons:

  • Needs to be a better shade range as the colors are a tad on the dark side if you’re pale like me 

Chisel cheeks contour cream kit

Pros:

  • I love the shade range, it’s very Versatile 
  • The formula is super creamy and thick but not to thick, it’s just right
  • It is also builable 
  • When apply the contour cream it is not messy at all, it applies with precision 
  • Gives a beautiful subtle glow to the skin 
  • Amazing for people with dry skin 

Cons: none other than to make the pans abut thicker 

Matte me up lip kit (pose)

Pros:

  • I love the colour, it a beautiful pinky nude 
  • It last all day 
  • I can’t fault the lip liner, it’s so creamy and soft

Cons:

  • The actual liquid lipstick is way to drying on my lips 
  • Patchy, I had to apply it a good three times to get an even coat

(Top to bottom swatches ) chisel cheeks contour cream kit, chisel cheeks contour kit, matte me up lip kit
 
Below are photos of me wearing both contour kits. 

My favourite makeup brushes 

Using the right makeup brushes for your makeup is really important guys and it can make such a difference to your makeup! I am going to list my favourite brushes when doing my makeup. You don’t loads and loads of brushes you just need a few good ones. I switch up my brushes but like out of the 50+ brushes I own, these are the brushes that have never let me down: 


Foundation blending/ buffing brush:


  1. Zoeva 102/silk finish
  2. So eco finishing brush 
  3. Niko pro
  • Flawless finish 
  • No streaks
  • Individual hair bristles have never fallen out
  • Gentle on the skin 
  • Easy to use 
  • These brushes really help work the foundation into the skin 

Concelor brush/ highlight brush:


  1. Niko pro
  • The hairs on the brush are so fine and silky 
  • No creasing of concealer 
  • Flawless/ smooth finish 
  • Doesn’t drag the concelor 
  • Doesn’t waste product 
  • Really delicate to the under eye 
  • The right size for under eye highlight 


Contour brushes 


  1. Niko Pro
  2. Stilla 35
  • Shape/ angle of the brush is really good for a defined and sharp contour 
  • It’s very accurate 
  • Love the Niko pro brush for nose contour, it is so accurate 


Setting under eye 


  1. Morphe (there’s no number lol it came in a set)
  • Small brush
  • Perfect size for setting under eye
  • It doesn’t drag product
  • Delicate on the under eye
  • It’s amazing when dusting of excess powder under eye

Face powder brush

  1. Morphe


  • Easy to set face as it’s a big powder brush
  • Hair doesn’t fall of the brush
  • Gives a flawless finish after buffing in the powder 


Angled Contour powder brush 


  1. Eco tools angled face 
  • Defined contour 
  • Super easy to blend
  • Very soft 
  • Accurate angle to it 
  • Versatile as I like to use it for my nose also 

Blush brush

  1. bh cosmetics 108
  • Big sized brush 
  • Fluffy 
  • Doesn’t apply the powder on heavy
  • Give a natural flawless, flushed cheek look
  • Versatile as I sometime like to use it as a face powder brush 

Highlight brush


  1. Eco tools highlighting fan 
  • The right size, not too long and not too short
  • Soft
  • Picks ups a good amount of highlighter 
  • Again this is a accurate brush when placing highlight in the correct place