Bad Gal BANG Benefit Mascara… Worth It?

Hello my lovelies, how are you all? Sorry it’s been some time since my last post I’ve just been super busy with just life in general. I’m sure you’ve all heard that benefit has released a new mascara called Bad Gal BANG and everyone is absolutely hyped about it.

So me being me I just had to try this out. I’ve never actually tried a benefit mascara before so I have absolutely nothing to compare it to other than my L’oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara that I’ve had for a while now. Anyway onto my first impressions.

The price isn’t the most affordable but if you want to compare it to other high end mascaras I suppose it could be seen as one of the cheapest. This mascara retails for £21.50 which to me is super expensive for a mascara but if it’s worth the hype I’m definitely willing to spend the money.

The packaging is absolutely stunning, I mean lets be real, it looks amazing. The packaging is kind of a black matte feel with the name of the mascara in pink printed on the side. The lid of the mascara (is that what you call it?) is covered in black rubber studs which make the product look really high end. It feels luxurious and has some weight to the packaging. Definitely looks and feels high end, you’re getting what you paid for.

Now onto the mascara itself. I was hoping this mascara would live up to the hype, especially because of the price. My first impressions were that the mascara wasn’t any different to anything else I had tried before. UNTIL, I coated my eyelashes fully. And boy was I wrong thinking this was any old mascara. My eyelashes are typically thin and lifeless so I am always looking for a mascara that will give me volume and length. This mascara definitely delivered on both of those elements. The mascara is easily build able so you can apply a few coats without your lashes looking clumpy.

(Excuse the blood shot eyes, I’m very tired)

The one thing I love about this mascara is that it brings drama to your eyes, you can wear is with a natural makeup look or you can totally glam it up and create lots of volume for a night out. There is no need to wear fake eyelashes as your lashes will look incredible. Take this from a girl who has short and lifeless eyelashes.

My final thoughts on this mascara are that it’s an absolutely amazing product and definelty does what it claims to do although I’m yet to see if it lasts for 36 hours. However, I do realise this isn’t exactly a budget priced mascara which leaves me thinking it’s not an absolute nessectity and you don’t really need it in your makeup bag. If you do happen to have some money lying around or you want to spoil yourself then I’d definitely buy it, but it’s really not worth breaking the bank for.

For me this mascara gets a 4.5/5, so I would recommend this mascara, 100%.

Until next time,

K x


Everyday Make-Up Routine

Hello my Lovelies, sorry I’ve been totally MIA recently. I’m finally trying to get myself reorganised and back into blogging. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week so far, I’m so looking forward to the weekend.

I thought I would write a blog today about my everyday make-up routine. My make-up routine rarely changes but it has recently due to it being Christmas and my birthday not long ago I’ve invested in some new make-up products that I would love to share with you.

So for starters lets start with primer. I never usually stick to one primer, I’m always trying out new ones to find the perfect one for my skin type. For Christmas my brother bought me the Benefit Pore Fessional which you retails for around £27.50. You can purchase this from Boots and many other shops. The primer claims to minimize pores and I’m telling you now, it definitely does. It reduced my pores great and helped make my make-up stay put all day long.

As for foundation I use The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation for daily use. If you haven’t already read my first impressions blog post about this foundation then you can check it out here. This foundation is an absolute bargain, £6 for a foundation is just unbelievable and especially because the foundation is actually amazing. I purchased mine from ASOS but you can also purchase it from House of Fraser or Cult beauty for the same price.

For my eyebrows I like to use the Freedom Eye Brow Pomade in the shade Soft Brown. This eyebrow pomade is soooooo good! And did I mention that it only costs £2.50?! You can purchase this from pretty much anywhere online at a relatively cheap price. If you want to purchase it you can get it from Superdrug here.

For contour I use the Sleek Face Contour Kit in the shade Light. This retails for £6.99 in Superdrug as well, which you can purchase here.  As you can probably tell already I live for drugstore make-up, I won’t buy expensive products unless I totally think they’re worth it. This also comes with a beautiful highlight which gives a totally natural look.

The highlight I love to use on a daily basis is the Mary Lou Manizer. I have used this religiously for around 2 years now and I am yet to find another highlighter that can beat it. It retails for around £16-17 and you can purchase it online or in store from Debenhams.

For blush I have been using another present from my brother that I got for Christmas. This time it’s Rockateur by benefit which retails for £24.50 in Boots and other online and in-store retailers. It’s a perfect shade for my fair complexion and is sooo pigmented so a little goes a long way.

Next onto my favourite thing, eyeshadow. I usually switch between 3 different palettes when doing my eyeshadow but to keep this short and simple I’ll talk about the one I’ve used the most recently. I’ve been using the Make-up Revolution x Soph Palette pretty often when doing my makeup. There are so many beautiful shades in the palette that you can create a wide variety of eyeshadow looks. This palette only cots £10 which is an absolute bargain for how amazing the palette and shades inside are. I would totally recommend. You can purchase it here from Boots (definitely do it!)

Now onto Mascara. For mascara I’ve been using the L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll which retails for around £7.99 in drug stores. I’m not really a sucker for a really good mascara as I always use an eyelash curler so pretty much anything will do the job.

That pretty much concludes my everyday makeup routine in a very long winded blog post (sorry!) If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to wrote about or review then make sure you leave a comment down below.

Until next time,

K x

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Casual Eyeshadow Look Using Modern Renaissance Palette

Hello Lovelies, hope you’re all having a lovely day. Today I thought I’d share with you a little tutorial I created using my favourite palette of all time! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Morden Renaissance Palette.

This palette has been my holy grail go-to palette since February when I bought it in New York! I absolutely adore the colours inside. At first glance of the palette I never thought I’d be able to make the pink shades an everyday look but believe me you can.

This palette retails for around £43 which you can purchase from Cult Beauty and other beauty retailers. Yes it’s a little on the expensive side and it’s the most expensive palette I have ever owned. However, it is the best palette I have ever owned as well. The palette contains 14 shades, 11 matte and 3 of which are metallic. All of the eyeshadows are highly-pigmented and the palette definitely lives up to expectations.

Casual Eyeshadow Look

Even if I’m going to work or just going out to do a little bit of shopping I like to have a little bit of colour on my eyelids because I feel like it makes everything come together.

Now by all means I am definitely not a makeup artist so please forgive me if my application isn’t exactly the best. But this is the how I create my everyday eyeshadow look using the Modern Renaissance palette.

  1. So to start of with I like to put a tiny bit of concealer on my lid to blur out some visible veins and any other discolouration on my lids. I used the NYX Full Coverage Concealer which you can purchase from Boots in the link above for £6.
  2. Secondly I like to pop just a nude/white eyeshadow colour on as a base and set the concealer down. For this, I used the shade tempera from the Modern Renaissance palette (all shades from now on will be in this palette).
  3. Next I pick a transition shade to blend all the colours into. For this I used 2 shades, burnt orange and raw sienna which are absolutely beautiful shades. Pop these 2 in the crease and blend as you go.
  4. Now onto the colour, I am totally in love with the shade love letter it’s such a beautiful pink. I place this onto the outer v of my eye, blending it in towards the middle of my eyelid and into the crease.
  5. You could probably get away with stopping here if you were looking for something super plain and causal but me, I love a bit of glitter and shine. I like to add the shade Vermeer on the inner part of my eyelid. (from the middle towards the tear duct). My top tip for this part would be to apply the shade with your finger. Sounds crazy I know, why would you apply eyeshadow with your finger but trust me. The pigment is just insane. After applying this, give everything one last blend in.
  6. I don’t like to leave my lower lash line bare and plain for this look I mixed together love letter and burnt orange and popped that on my lower last line to bring the look together.
  7. Lastly, pop a bit of mascara on. I used L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara which you can purchase for around £8.

So this is the final look! It’s perfect for an everyday look and you can totally glam it up if you’re going out somewhere in the evening!

Let me know what you all think of this look!

See you next time with another blog post,

K x

£6 Foundation! Worth it?

Hello lovelies, I’m back with another ‘worth it?’ post. If you haven’t seen my last one, you can check it out here. I’m a bit late to the party but I know there’s been a lot of hype surrounding The Ordinary Coverage Foundation which you can purchase online.

I paid in total £6 for this foundation from ASOS. I know right, £6?? I thought the same, to be honest I wasn’t expecting much for £6 considering your average foundation retails from £10-13. On ASOS there are 13 shades to choose from, which is more shades than my current foundation has. (I think there are more shades available these are just the ones available from ASOS). I picked shade 1.0NS because I thought it was the closest to my skin colour and when it arrived I was definitely right, it was a great colour match. The foundation contains 1 Fl Oz which is pretty much the same as any other foundation, the bottle for the foundation is just more compact which personally is so much better.

The packaging looks pretty high-end. It comes in a small bottle which has a matte feel to it with a small black pump. The foundation doesn’t have a lid but the pump locks so you won’t be wasting any product. The bottle/container (whatever you want to call it) for the foundation is smaller than I thought it was going to be but I quite like it. It’s easy to travel with and super compact that you could just pop it in your bag if you ever need to top up.

So, what does the product do? This is the description off of the Cult Beauty website.

It’s caused a serious stir – and when you snap up The Ordinary’s Coverage Foundation (if you’re fast enough!) you’ll soon see why. Formulated from a unique combination of colour pigments suspended in the brand’s proprietary ‘spreadability system’, this full-coverage yet lightweight liquid foundation offers a smooth, perfected, semi-matte finish that lasts all day without settling into fine lines. For an ultra-natural result, it’s available in 21 versatile shades, ranging from very fair to very deep and each classified according to its undertone. ‘P’ shades stand for pink undertones, ‘R’ for red, ‘N’ for neutral and ‘Y’ for yellow, so you can easily identify your perfect match. And, as if you needed further convincing, the formula also offers SPF 15 mineral sun protection, to protect as it perfects your complexion.”

I put this to the test.

The coverage was very good. I mean it was amazing for £6. I firstly used 1 pump of the foundation and it covered my dark under eyes and my acne which is an absolute must for me in a foundation. The coverage is also very build able which is great, if you’re looking for a medium coverage one day but a very full one the next this foundation could be great for you.

The application was smooth, easy and it didn’t leave any patches. I used a beauty blender to apply it and I did find the sponge soaked up quite a bit of the foundation so I ended up using 2 pumps. Maybe it would have applied better with a brush? Anyway, the foundation applied smooth, blended out great and didn’t settle into fine lines which is exactly what it claims to do. The foundation itself dries semi-matte which for me is perfect because I have extremely dry skin so have a problem trying to find a foundation that doesn’t flake.

As for the wear it was amazing. The foundation never oxidized so I didn’t look orange by the end of the day which is a typical occurrence in some drug store foundations. The foundation still hadn’t settled into any fine lines and it didn’t look cakey by the end of the day at all. BUT, one thing it did do was cling to some patches on my skin where it was extremely dry. Not majorly but it definitely clung. It wasn’t half as bad as some foundation’s I’ve tried before on dry skin so I can already tell it would potentially be a favourite of mine.

I am really loving this foundation and I’m also loving the price. For £6 you can’t go wrong. Everyone needs this in their make-up bag, it’s so worth the money.

I think I’ve just found my new daily foundation. This is a 10/10.

Until next time,

K x


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Barry M Fall In Love Palette… Worth it?

It’s been a while since I last did a blog post due to being in London all weekend so my apologies. I’ve been making big changes to my blog and social media if you haven’t already noticed. I now have a brand new Instagram account which I will be uploading to (@livewithkatieblog).

Now onto my review, I’ve recently discovered the Barry M palette by another blogger off Instagram (I can’t remember her name, sorry!) Anyway,  I thought I’d invest in it to show you guys what it’s like. I purchased this palette from Boots. For £6.49 which I thought was an absolute bargain. You can also purchase it from pretty much any drug store or online; Superdrug, ASOS or Feel Unique. In the palette you get 10 matte shades some cool toned and some warm. These shades can create an awesome winter/autumn look which is the main reason why I purchased it.


The top two shades I found were not really pigmented as you can see in the picture above. HOWEVER, the rest of the shades I was extremely impressed by. They are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! Some of the colours I wouldn’t usually use but after trying them out you can create some really beautiful looks with them.

I wasn’t expecting much due to the fact it only cost not even £7 so I wouldn’t have been too bothered if it didn’t look amazing. The palette isn’t as good as something like the Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette which is my absolute favourite eye shadow palette of all time. But let’s be real it’s less than 3 quarters of the price of the Anastasia palette so it would never have been as good as that. But for it’s price it is amazing.

For £7 you can’t really go wrong and it’s a cute little palette to add to your collection. The palette is pretty small and compact so it’s so easy to carry around and use if you’re travelling as well. It also has a little compact mirror inside which isn’t something I would usually expect from a drugstore palette, this defiantly makes it look high end.

For me I would recommend this palette, it’s super cheap and you can create some beautiful autumn/winter eye shadow looks with it. This palette is definitely worth buying. I would rate this a 4/5 and would highly recommend buying it if you’re looking for a cheap eye shadow palette.

Let me know if you already have it or if you’re planning on buying it! What eye shadow look did you create?

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Until next time,

K x


Kat Von D Lolita Vs. Sleek Velvet Slipper… Is It A Good Dupe?

The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks aren’t exactly new to the makeup world but they are still extremely popular. They are on the more expensive side of things so getting your hands on one if you’re on a budget may not be appealing to you.

Luckily for you I have recently stumbled across a somewhat dupe for the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in the shade Lolita. Now let’s talk about the cost difference. The Kat Von D liquid lipstick retails for around £17 depending where you get it from, if you’re going to ship it from the US it will cost just a little bit more. However the sleek matte me lip cream in the shade Velvet Slipper only retails for £4.99 which is a huge price difference.

The packaging of the Sleek Matte Me lip cream is in fact very sleek, pun not intended. It is a small rectangular shaped plastic tube which does look very high end for it’s price. The packaging of Kat Von D’s Lolita is exactly what you expect for the price. A small tall tube which sliver roses printed onto the applicator lid and a band around the bottom of the tube with the traditional Kat Von D marking. Personally I love the packaging for the sleek one because it’s just so simple but a very nice design, basically it doesn’t look cheap. However the design for the Kat Von D one is beautiful, I love the roses printed on and it looks very high end, you’re getting what you’ve paid for.

The shades are pretty similar, although Lolita is slightly lighter. I am confident that sleek do have a slightly lighter shade which could be better matched. Both lipsticks were highly pigmented and had a very similar lovely, creamy consistency that guilds onto the lips. So in that department there really isn’t much difference.

kat von de vs sleek

When I first discovered the Sleek Matte Me lipsticks I didn’t really have much hope due to having bad experiences with drugstore liquid lipstick’s before. However, I was delightfully surprised when I applied the matte me lipstick. It went on smooth and easily and didn’t leave any patches on my lips. Compared to Kat Von D’s Lolita it was pretty much the same. Lolita is my all time favourite liquid lipstick, my holy grail and go to. The application was smooth and easy to apply even if you’re not using a lip liner.

The Matte Me lipstick was mainly transfer resistant, it didn’t smudge off or leave a lipstick mark on a glass when drinking but I did notice a few bit’s of purple when eating. This didn’t really bother me too much purely due to the fact it was only £5 after all. The Kat Von D lipstick didn’t budge at all, from experience of using it before it wouldn’t smudge from touching, drinking or eating. Only the natural wear and tear of a lipstick applied so I would just touch up every couple of hours (if I was wearing it all day). Both lipsticks seem to be doing their job, however, one is considerably less cost wise than the other. So I guess it’s down to you which one you go for.

I think Sleek Matte Me in Velvet Slipper is a really good dupe for Kat Von D Lolita. It’s a great drugstore alternative especially because it will save you a lot of money. However, if Lolita is in your budget I would highly recommend getting it, it is well worth the money, trust me. There’s no harm in getting both and trying them both our for yourself. You can never have enough lipsticks.

Until next time,

K x

Holy Grail Make Up Product of September

I’ve decided to make some sort of series as it seemed you guys liked my last make up related post which you can find here. So every month I will make some sort of post about what my favourite make-up products are at the moment.

My first holy grail make up product has to be my L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover foundation which I purchased about a 2 months ago. So, here’s what you need to know about it.

  • You can purchase it from any drug store that I’m aware of, including Superdrug and Boots.
  • It retails for £9.99
  • Comes in 6 shades
  • Full coverage claims to last up to 24 hours
  • Matte finish, lightweight foundation, transfer-free

I bought this foundation due to a recommendation from a family member back in July. This foundation claims to be full coverage and even claims to cover tattoos so I thought surely it will be able to cover a few blemishes, right? Well I can tell you now it was telling the truth. This foundation is SO GOOD. The coverage is amazing and it conceals any blemishes or redness on my face.

I chose the shade 10 Porcelain (because it was the lightest one) and it’s one of the first foundations from the drug store that have actually matched my skin. Because i’m so fair I find is extremely difficult to find a cheap and affordable brand that does a fair shade which doesn’t look orange on my skin. Considering the product only comes in 6 shades I was shocked to find that the lightest shade does in fact match my skin which for me is a huge deal.

The foundation blends extremely well and it is easy to apply more coats if need be.  It leaves a matte finish with zero shine which is a bonus for me as I have oily/combination skin. It blends well with any make-up tool really, I’ve tried a beauty blender and just your average brush and both left an even, full coverage, matte finish.

The coverage on this Foundation is amazing. It definitely does what it claims to do. I have bad acne and spots and this foundation covers them completely, I don’t even have to add concealer on top! I’m in love with this foundation.

The wear on the foundation is great from my experience. I wear a primer and setting spray on top of my make-up to help it hold in place and last all day so the wear result may not be the same for those who don’t. As for the 24 hours claim I am yet to test this, I don’t normally wear my make-up more than 7/8 hours, by the end my T zones (chin, forehead and around my nose) start to get a bit oily but I’ve had worse with other foundations. So for me this doesn’t bother me as I’m always carrying around a powder compact to block out the oils.

Would I Recommend This Product?

YES. For me the answer is plain and simple, this foundation is full coverage and covers all blemishes for an affordable price. Why wouldn’t you want to buy it?

The texture of the foundation is quite thick and creamy but surprisingly it is extremely lightweight and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy on your face.

I would 10/10 recommend this foundation, especially for those who have oily/combination skin and are looking for an affordable, full-coverage, lightweight foundation.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite make-up products are.

Until next time,

K x