I ditched powder a few months ago now. It made my base look heavy, too matte and it gave me an all round cake-face – yack! My skin is still oily so I do get an oily area here and there by now I just mop it up with some blotting tissues and then dab some Almay Line Smoothing concealer on the area if needed to matte it down slightly. This week I’ve gone back to basics with my makeup, no eyeshadow here today, so let me tell you what I’ve had slapped on my face recently.

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The Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist nail polishes are seriously making me happy!! I don’t know why but I have a serious thing about blue nail polish and what could be better for Autumn than a gorgeous dark blue. I fell instantly in love with the Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist – Blue Royale. Autumnal perfection no? I am obsessed!!!

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Up until a month ago, I would have fully said that I was a MAC and Sigma girl when it came to makeup brushes. I used the Sigma F80 for my foundation, the MAC 224 for concealer, the MAC 109 for contouring, MAC 187 for blush, MAC 188 for highlight and the MAC 150 brush for powder which I’ve had for two years and it’s still going strong! That was until I went a bit crazy about a month ago now. I treated myself to two of the three Real Technique kits that are available. Currently my Real Techniques collection stands at the Setting Brush, the Fine Liner Brush, Core Collection and the Travel Essentials Set and although I may own the two sets there are just six that I reach for on a daily basis..

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When it comes to BB creams I’m not hugely experimental nor am I particularly that bothered. In more recent months I’ve been using the Pond’s BB cream, but I just didn’t really feel that it was potent enough. So two months ago I picked up the L’Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream and have been using it weekly (and usually on a Sunday) ever since, here’s the breakdown…

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Us blogger lot are a fickle bunch. When I first got into this blogging malarkey it was all about Maybelline, then I moved onto Faces, then had a successful dabble in Lakme (seriously love everything I’ve ever bought from them) and now my newest obsession people, is Revlon. Now I’m also currently lusting over some bits from L’Oreal and Rimmel but Revlon is dominating my makeup charts at the moment. It’s always been a brand that I have been intrigued by; their natural, neutral-toned ethos and lighter formulas have always caught my eye in Lifestyle. But it wasn’t until a month or two ago that I finally took the plunge and purchased the Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector and the Photoready Blush Palette in Neutral – both products that I love and have really enjoyed using. I’ve enjoyed using the two Revlon products so much that I have compiled a shopping list of future purchases…whoops!

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You might have noticed that this week I’ve tried a few new features on the blog. ‘The Weekend Post’ will be up every Sunday with my lazy-day beauty goings-on and Monday will now be the day that I inject a hit of style into this blog. Quite a few of you asked to see more content on events that I am lucky enough to be invited to, so I’ve vowed to lug my camera along in the evenings and bring you the latest pics and goss. One final thing is a weekly dose of ‘My Makeup’. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to what I put on my face, so ‘FOTDS’ are all a bit too regular for me, so I’ll be trying to shake my makeup routine up weekly and sharing the outcome every Wednesday. Phew, housekeeping out of the way – now on to the good stuff!

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swatches for revlon neutral dupe

I’m sure you are all bored of me raving on about Revlon’s Photoready Blush in Neutral by now, but a few of you asked for a more in-depth review and a comparison post, so here it goes. It’s fair to say that Neutral has pretty much been all that has adorned my apples since I brought it over a month ago now. Revlon are famed for their natural skin-like formulations in wearable colours and this blush fits exactly into that mould. A neutral blush with a nice amount of pink and a slight golden shimmer; it gives such a natural glow to the cheeks and stays around all day too. It was always one that caught my eye and I’m so glad I finally took the plunge and purchased it as I think it is my new favourite blush, especially when I look at it compared to my other neutral offerings.

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