collection cosmetics#facethedaycollection face

I recently got my mitts on the Collection #FaceTheDay palette*, amongst some of the brands other best bits and thought what better way to test them out that to shove them all on my face in one go, wear it for a day and see how I feel. In the above images I am wearing entirely Collection Cosmetics aside from my brows which are Sleek’s Brow Kit in Light.

I started off with the Collection Colour Match Foundation in the shade 1 Porcelain*, followed by the Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 2 Cool Medium*. Following this I filled in my brows before using the eyeshadow shades in the #FaceTheDay palette* to create an everyday smokey look, using the darkest shade to define my lashline and add a subtle wing. I then applied one coat of the Collection Waterproof Volumising Mascara* before using the Bronze shade from #FaceTheDay to contour my face. I then used the blush shade from the palette before swiping on the Speedy Highlight stick* and topping with the highlight shade from the palette for an extra glow. I finished the look with Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in 21 Rosewood*.

Application: I used a beauty blender to apply both the foundation and concealer, as I find that this gives the most natural finish while still making the most out of the coverage offering. I used the lightest shade in the foundation range and it was a little too dark on me, and I didn’t notice it working to match my skintone as the name suggests. Despite this it did blend in well and look fairly uniform across my face. The concealer is a product which I know and love and so I again applied this with a beauty blender over dark circles and redness. The eyeshadows had reasonable pigment and little/no falldown however I did find them to have chunks of glitter as opposed to being buttery and shimmery. The bronze shade was too orange for contouring and instead I had to blend it around the outside of my face for warmth. The blush and highlight products we’re all pleasant to apply and had good pigment. The lipstick was creamy and glided over any dry flaky patches.

Overall Look: The overall look was nice and something which I felt comfortable with, I would’ve liked a more cool toned bronzer to sculpt the face however this is probably personal preference and not something which affected the look too much. My favourite parts were the highlight stick and the lipstick, which is a pinky brown nude which somehow manages to be unlike anything else in my collection.

Signs of Wear: Throughout the day the pigment of the eyeshadow disintegrated and the foundation and concealers oxidized on the skin and started to look shiny – this could, however, be down to me not setting them for the purpose of this post. The mascara didn’t smudge and the blush and highlight stayed put however once the foundation oxidized the bronzer shade was undetectable. The lipstick budged after eating.

I do think that Collection offers cosmetics which are fantastic quality considering the price point however I do think they should cater for a more varied skin-tone and perhaps create a #FaceTheDay palette for Light, Medium and Dark skins as opposed to one shade fits all. This is a look that I would wear again and I will no doubt use some of the products on an everyday basis, particularly the mascara which offers great volume with just one coat.

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best budget concealersBase products are something I have a real love hate relationship with, I love when I find a good one, but I hate the trial and error process and wish that my base would just look perfect every single day. To perfect it I use a mixture of high end and high street products, the latter of which I want to share with you today. I always prefer sharing more budget friendly products on here to ensure that what I recommend is accessible to a varied audience. (Though we all know in no time at all I’ll be raving about a new high end hero! Oops..)

Moving on… I love a good concealer. And by a good concealer I mean a creamy, full coverage concealer with a lightweight feel and cake free texture. I’m hard to please and to remain in my stash a concealer has to tick all of the boxes. I do opt for something targeted at the under-eye area, as dark shadows are my nemesis and blemishes tend to be something I just smear whatever over.

Everybody and their third cousin loves the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (which I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned on here… eh?) and for good reason. We don’t all sing from the same hymn sheet for a lot of products but this one is a real people pleaser in terms of its coverage, longevity (though I’m yet to test it’s 16hr claims) and formula. Shade 2 is a salmony shade perfect for correcting blue tones under the eyes and it’s thick enough to cover up while not setting into a crusty cakey mess.

The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is a firm favourite of mine and one I know a few of my friends love too. It’s lightweight while still packing a punch in terms of coverage and contains kind to the eyes anti aging ingredients to prevent the product from settling into any fine lines meaning it’s crease free. The applicator is super soft around the delicate area too meaning you can shove on a shed load.

Finally the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer is a new one over on these shores and one I’ve seen a fair few raves over by some of my American faves. This is probably the highest coverage of this tempting trio while being a little thinner in consistency than my collection fave. One to try if you suffer a few pesky blemishes.

Have you got a favourite concealer? Post your recommendations below or tweet me @abgldwsn


KIKO is a brand which I often get excited about the concept of, but until now have never actually purchased anything from there due to the busy stores and the fact that most of the time I’m at a busy city centre store with my boyfriend moaning for me to hurry up. Boys just don’t understand. I popped into the new store in Brighton recently and spent a good while browsing, despite my boyfriends moans and sighs. The stores are exceptionally well laid out and make choosing the right product for you very simple. Testers are clearly labeled and products to purchase sit neatly behind in high end style black boxes.

KIKO is known as a drugstore brand, with an unbeatable price point considering the fantastic quality of their products. Their eyeshadows are pigmented, lipsticks creamy and their base products come in a plethora of shades and formulas to suit anyone.

While I could’ve purchased one of everything, I decided to dip my toes into the KIKO pool and pick up one of their concealers. Concealers and I have a bit of a thing and on this occasion I opted for the KIKO Full Coverage Concealer. This concealer claims to be full coverage and that’s it; no empty promises of longevity, consistency or miracles, just a concealer which covers… I like it.

I picked up the shade 02, which is a neutral toned shade making it perfect for both under eye camouflaging and blemish covering. The product packs a punch in terms of coverage, making my unsightly dark circles barely noticeable, as well as covering redness and blemishes. While being one of the most full coverage concealers I’ve ever tried, this one isn’t thick, isn’t overly creamy and also isn’t drying. It doesn’t crease on me and is generally a great all rounder.

The product comes housed in a sleek black compact, with the same textured packaging as that of NARS which makes it feel much more expensive than the mere £7.50 which I paid. It has a mirror inside which magnifies making it perfect for travel, on the go touchups and pinpoint concealing.

Have you tried this? What else should I try from KIKO?

   Here’s the thing I have really bad dark circles under my eyes, so much so that I feel obliged to retweet every single “the bags under my eyes are Chanel” tweet that I see just so everyone knows that I am fully aware my undereyes look like I got on the wrong side of the world boxing champion.

I’m quite lucky in that I don’t get many spots *touches wood* and so when I buy a concealer it’s always for the old undereyes rather than something targeted at blemishes. I have never bought a high end concealer *pats self on back* and with the bunch pictured above i’m yet to feel the need to venture out or to spend more money. The British high street is coming on leaps and bounds in terms of cosmetics meaning that I can look semi decent and have a good dinner in my tum both at the same time! Result.

My Corrector of choice comes in the shape of the Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer pot. This perfectly packaged product comes compete with a salmony toned corrector for under the eyes, a yellow one for any redness or blemishes and a transparent setting powder to keep all of your handy work in place. The concealers are creamy, whilst being stiff enough to stay put and do a good job of hiding any sins while the powder does a great job of preventing creases or any around the nose shine.

To go on top of that (seriously, girl gotta layer) I use the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser for Eyes. This has a funny foam applicator which you twist the product onto before swiping under the eyes. The applicator might look gross but I think it’s brilliant for the under eyes as it’s soft, meaning you aren’t applying too much pressure to such a sensitive area. The anti aging (approaching 20/going grey) effect is a fantastic aid for under eyes as it doesn’t settle into any fine lines meaning again it’s less likely to crease or gather. A thumbs up from me.

Finally the L’Oreal The Concealer is my go to for not so bad under eye days and for any unwelcome additions to the skin. This is the most yellow based out of my trio so does a grand job at counteracting redness or dark spots and is great for highlighting.

So that’s my pick of the budget bunch. Do you have a favourite concealer?

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Now if there’s one place I have no willpower, it’s the aisles of Boots and Superdrug. Their special offers and consistent new releases keep me coming back for more and I cant help but leave with a heavy carrier bag and a much lighter purse.

I do think that the drugstore has some good competitors for high end gems and I love taking home a bag full of new goodies to try, especially when I haven’t broken the bank too much in the process.

On a recent trip I was reasonably restrained and only picked up five products, all of which were new to me and ones which I hadn’t tried before so trying them out was particularly exciting and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you…

First in my basket were the two Maybelline products which were on a two for £10 offer in Superdrug. I picked up the Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black and the Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige (ooh leather). I have tried a fair few of the original Colour Tattoo’s from Maybelline but the new leather effect interested me and the colour Creamy Beige was right up my street. I am more than impressed with it. It goes on smoothly just like the original formula and is easily applied with fingers, the consistency is slightly different and I can’t quite put my finger on it but I think it may be slightly matte in finish and is slightly creamier to the touch. The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black also gets a thumbs up from me, just as every other Maybelline mascara does. It’s thickening, volumising and gives that false lash effect which we all covet. The colour, again, is slightly matte and is very black.

Next to make it’s way into my mitts was the L’Oreal True Match Concealer from the well loved True Match range which claims to hold the perfect match for every skintone with – now, I don’t think this is possible however the shade 2 ‘Vanilla’ is a perfect match for me and it is a good concealer for both under eyes and for blemishes or redness.

Finally were two of Superdrug’s own brand ‘Naturally Radiant’ skincare items which were on a ‘better than half price’ offer, meaning I got the pair for less than six pounds. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser – a creamy cleanser which comes with a muslin cloth, and the Glycolic Peel – a gel which you leave on over night which renews and refines the skins surface using Glycolic Acid and AHA’s. Both products have impressed me so far, the cleanser melts down makeup with ease and is easy to remove with the provided muslin cloth however if you had particularly sensitive skin i’d recommend a flannel which would be less abrasive.  The glycolic peel did exactly what it said and refined the texture of my skin meaning I woke up with plump, smooth skin without the dry, flaky patches that I had previously.

Overall, a successful trip to the drugstore resulting in lots of new loves and fantastic product in my collection.

What are your favourite drugstore items?