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5 Life-Changing Products from the UK

By Adrienne, Scotland Contributor

Adrienne lives in Scotland, and she writes for The Sunday Girl, which is mostly beauty but with a little life thrown into the mix. She was born and bred in Scotland, still resides in a damp Scottish town, and jokes that she sees about three days of sunshine a year–but it’s a lovely place to live. She is currently attending university studying both English and French with hopes to become an English teacher.In her free time, she loves to shop and hang out with friends–and beauty blog when she can!


SleekMakeUp Original Palette

5 Life-Changing Products from the UK

I typed this post up with the though what local to me products do I reach for on an almost daily basis and what products would I wholeheartedly recommend without a second thought. Truth be told the list was rather large but I have scaled it back to just five must have products!

SleekMakeUp Original Palette (£6.49)

Most palettes come with a running theme, such as neutral, smoky, or brights but this 12-pan palette has nearly all the colors covered. The original palette has a vast array of shades from bright to neutral that will easily carry you from day to night all encased in a slim compact with a sizable mirror. Each eyeshadow is highly pigmented and mineral based. The black eyeshadow in this palette has to be one of the most pigmented I have ever stumbled across, and it can double up as an eyeliner if you apply it wet.  It’s the perfect eye palette to keep in your handbag for any occasion!

Gosh Lipstick (£6.49)

Gosh lipsticks are all highly pigmented, come in a variety of finishes, apply with ease, and wear comfortably throughout the day without drying out the lips.  I get around four hours of wear from each application, but I am a habitual re-applier so you may find you get longer from each application. Unlike some drugstore brands, these are not highly scented, which I know some may find offensive. My personal favorite shade by Gosh is Darling, as not only can it be worn as a nude milky lip shade, but I also find it works particularly well as a lip eraser if you apply, blot, and then apply your chosen lip color on top. Gosh are particularly good at launching limited edition shades for each season to coincide with runway trends. Another shade to look out for is Gosh Tropical Pink that looks just wonderful on all skin tones.

Accessorize Bronzer Duo (£6.00)

As you might have noticed, I like my products to work hard and have more than one use; anything that can double-up has my attention. Accessorize Bronzer Duos are baked bronzers that are very similar in texture and finish to MAC’s Mineralize Skinfnishes, only with a much reduced price tag.  These are branded as bronzers, one shade in the duo tends to be far too light to do any bronzing and is best suited as a highlighting product, which makes it a multi-tasking product. You can apply the light shade as a highlighter, the darker shade as a bronzer, or sweep both shades together. My personal favourite is the Laguna shade that consists of a pink-toned bronze shade combined with a champagne toned section.

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Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse and Lovechild

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse and Lovechild

This spring, Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) adds two new shades to the permanent range: Apocalypse (deep berry) and Lovechild (pale pink hue). I reviewed this formula here when it first debuted last year. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, provide opaque color, have a glossy shine, be moisturizing, and not feather.

  • Apocalypse is a deep, purple berry with a glossy shine and mostly opaque color. The color doesn’t apply evenly, so it can look a little patchy if you’re not careful and does settle into lip lines a bit. MAC Riveting Rose is similar but a touch redder. MAC Night Violet seems really close, too, but with less of a shine.
  • Lovechild is a light-medium pink with a subtle blue-base. It has opaque color coverage and applies evenly. MAC Dress It Up is a touch lighter and bluer-based. MAC Royal Azalea is much lighter. OCC Femme is several shades lighter. MAC Behave Yourself is slightly cooler-toned and doesn’t apply as evenly.

As you might expect, sharpening these can be an exercise in frustration, as you will waste product while sharpening and the creamy consistency means the product gets stuck in the sharpener and smears easily (so it doesn’t just cleanly lift from the sharpener).  This is the major downside to this formula (and it is a common problem with creamy pencil products).  Apocalypse wore for five hours with a subtle residual stain, while Lovechild wore for three hours.  I do find the formula to be moisturizing, opaque, and not have any bleeding/feathering issues.  Both of these have a healthy shine, though Lovechild has the highest shine–more like a gloss.

Apocalypse
Apocalypse
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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Teenage Beauty Madeline’s Beauty Must-Haves

By Madeline, Teen Beauty Contributor

Madeline is 17-years old and currently attends high school in southern California. She’s also lived in D.C. and a Connecticut suburb of NYC. She loves to read, write, as well as shop, travel, play golf, and spend time with her family and friends. She’s excited to go to college and hopes to attend university on the east coast. Despite living in California now, she feels like a New Yorker!

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Teenage Beauty Madeline’s Beauty Must-Haves

Perhaps I am reading too much into the matter, but knowing someone’s “must-haves” is sort of like a window into their soul. I think these types of posts are extremely helpful, not to mention interesting. Hopefully, you’ll learn a little more about me from my favorite products!

I love the fun, edgy clothes from Topshop, so when the company released a line of cosmetics, I was excited to test it out. By chance, I found the unique gel/cream formula of blush, which happened to be on sale at the time.  Aside from the adorable and characteristically British packaging, Topshop Blush in Crushed Berry ($12.00) has all the qualities of a “holy grail” product. The dark berry color gives a healthy natural-looking flush with a slight hint of reddish-pink. This color is great for everyday and goes with every look. In fact, this blush is everything I wanted Benefit Benetint to be. However, what I like most about this product is the consistency. The formula is described as a cream, though it feels like a light, almost-solidified gel, with great but not heavy pigmentation. If you haven’t checked out Topshop cosmetics, I would definitely recommend it next time you’re in New York, Chicago, or the UK.

Like most every other beauty lover, I am a big fan of all MAC’s bestseller shades. I love All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Sable, and the list goes on. However, I think MAC Soba Eyeshadow ($14.50) is one of the most underrated shadows offered by the brand. The golden-sand color is completely universal and works great all over the eyelid, as well as in the crease. In my go-to look, I pair Soba in the crease with All That Glitters on the lid for an easy and natural eye.

If I’m going to wear a powder blush, I almost always reach for Benefit Sugarbomb ($28.00). The combination of the four colors is natural and brightening. Another interesting fact about the Benefit Boxed Powders is that they all smell delicious. I’m not sure how they make a powder have such a delightful, yet subtle scent, but I’m certainly not complaining!

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #079

Happy Sunday!

How has your weekend been? I feel like I’ve been dragging all weekend, so I hope to get everything on my to-do list done today, even though some of it should have been finished yesterday!