Got the glow? Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Review

With ABH recently launching their UK website, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to offer my insights on the highly coveted Moonchild glow kit. 

Prior to the launch of their UK sales website, I had been unable to get my mitts on the Moonchild highlighting palette. ABH was quite easily available on websites such as Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty, however they were often in limited supplies. But that is no longer an issue for us UK ABH fans!
Now on to the palette… The Moonchild glow kit offers an unusual collection of multipurpose powders, with their primary use being highlighters. ABH have a wide range of highlighting palettes and this is definitely the most unusual of the bunch, with a range of blue, green, yellow and pink tone shades. 

Top Row Swatches (L-R): Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe

Bottom Row Swatches (L-R): Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, Blue Moon

My initial impression of this palette was that it was more of a collector’s item rather than an everyday, do it all palette. However, after experimenting with this kit for a number of weeks, I feel my opinion had shifted somewhat. 

When used with a light hand, I feel that pretty much all the shades in the palette could be used on a day to day basis. Especially Pink Heart, Star and Blue Moon on lighter skin tones. The two I have found to be the least wearable on my skin tone would be Purple Horseshoe and Lucky Clover. However, they may work well on someone with a warmer or darker complexion to mine. 

Bottom line, if you’re a highlight addict like myself then you may want this unique item in your collection. On the other hand, if you’re more of a subtle, ‘glow from within’ type of person you may want to give this one a miss. 

The ABH Moonchild Glow Kit is priced at £39.00 and is available for purchase on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website 

http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk/glow-kit-moonchild/ABH01-18159.html

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My Beauty Resolutions 2017

One of my main New Years resolutions for 2017 is to take the time to do the things I enjoy and to write more about the things I love. Starting with my blog.
Having visited my blog this morning, with the intention of writing this post, I was horrified to discover that I have been awol for over a year! I literally don’t know where the time has gone, and now is the time to start afresh. My intention is to post much more regularly and to customise my blog to be exactly as I want it.

In light of this, I am kicking off the year with my list of beauty resolutions for 2017…

1. To streamline my makeup collection

Having been obsessed with makeup for many years, my collection is rather extensive and forever growing. I have been working on cutting down my hoards of makeup this last year after having introduced a new storage system. But I still feel I only use a fraction of the products I own, so my aim is to organise and streamline as best as possible.

2. To limit my makeup spending allowance

I’m definitely one for getting caught up in the hype of a new product release, cult products and blogger endorsed makeup. And with reference to resolution 1, I really don’t need anymore makeup. So this year I plan to really ask myself before purchasing anything ‘Lyndsey, do you really need this??’Because the chances are, I really don’t need that extra lipstick!

3. To perfect my skincare routine

Again this is something I have been working on over the last year. I’ve got a lot better at looking after my skin recently and getting every trace of makeup off my face at the end of the day. I think at the moment I have a few really good products that I know work for my skin, but I’m still looking for the perfect serum and eye cream. However, I do need to cut down on the amount of products I just have hanging around on my dressing table collecting dust. I need to let go and pass them on.

Do you have any New Years resolutions beauty related or otherwise? I’d love to hear your thoughts and any tips that you may have!


Happy new year beauty lovers!

Stila at TKMaxx Haul

Much to my delight, on recent shopping trip to TKMaxx, I noticed they had stocked up on a considerable amount of Stila makeup products. I probably spent a good half an hour sifting through all the products they had there, and I ended up leaving with some amazing bargains!

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The first thing I spotted was the Stay all day liquid lipstick in the shade Tesoro. I have a few of these liquid lipsticks already, which I have paid the full retail price of £16 for. I managed to pick Tesoro up at TKMaxx for an impressive £4.99!

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A product I had been eyeing up recently for its full price of £30, was the Eyes to the window of the soul palette. So when I saw it on the shelves of TKMaxx for only £12.99 I knew I had to have it.

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I also grabbed a gift box set called Shimmer all night, which I haven’t seen in the UK but I believe it was retailed in the US for $38. This box contains a full size Kitten lipgloss and eyeshadow, two full size smudge sticks in the shades Stingray and Damsel and a deluxe size convertible lip and cheek colour in the shade Peony. I think this box is fantastic value anyway but I managed to get it for the further discounted price of £9.99

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My final and probably most impressive bargain was the Magnificent Metals Foil eyeshadows. I have always fancied trying these but I just couldn’t justify the hefty £33.50 price tag for an eyeshadow I’ll probably only wear on the odd occasion. However, I spotted these in TKMaxx for just £3.99! I couldn’t resist, so I picked up three in the shades Metallic Lavender, Titanium and Metallic Lilac.

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For anyone looking to try out Stila makeup I would 100% recommend popping to your local TKMaxx to check on any products they may have there. Also with Christmas around the corner, these could make some fab gifts that your friends and family would love you for!

REVIEW: Max Factor Lipfinity Lipsticks

I spotted Max Factor’s new Lipfinity lipsticks on a recent shopping trip to my local Boots. I hadn’t heard anything about them previously, however when swatching the testers the creamy pigmented formula definitely appealed to me so I snapped up a few on the spot.

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L-R: Ever Sumptuous, Evermore Sublime, So Vivid

These lipsticks claim to last around 8 hours on the lips and come in a range of colours. Usually long lasting lipstick formulas tend to be of a matte consistency and can be a little drying on the lips. These lippies seemed to have a sheen to them though and were a bit more moisturising than your standard stay all day lipstick.

I picked up the shades So Vivid (a muted rosy red colour), Ever Sumptuous (a vibrant orange, while still being wearable) and Evermore Sublime (an everyday medium pink, perfect for work or school).

I really like the formula of these lipsticks as they are long lasting without being overly drying. I don’t know if they would last a full 8 hours without any top ups, but they do seem to last a long time. I also love the smell of these lipsticks. To me they smell like strawberry sweets, which I can’t get enough of! However, if you’re not a fan of sweet smells you may want to give these a miss.

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The only complaint I would have is the shape of the actual lipstick. The flat top makes it quite difficult to get a super neat edge to the lip line. However, after a few uses I’m sure it will mould to fit my lips, which will make application easier.

These lipsticks retail for £8.99, however Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all Max Factor products.

Day to Night Makeup

There are often times when I need my makeup to last all day and all night. Transitioning day makeup to night makeup can be simple with just a few additional products. So after a day in the office, spare five minutes to make your makeup cocktail hour ready!

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In the morning, I start by applying a primer to my face. This will make your base last longer and look fresher throughout the day. I like to use my Smashbox Primer Water. Unlike traditional primers this comes in a spray bottle form. This is great because you can also use it to set your finished makeup look.

Following this, it is important to apply a long-lasting foundation so it stays put all day. I used Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, followed by Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover any blemishes. To give the face a bit of colour, add your favourite blush or bronzer to your cheeks. I used Milani’s blush in Coral Cove.

When I want my eye makeup to last, I always make sure I apply an eye shadow primer. I like to use Mac Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre as it has a skin like colour that camouflages any redness on the eyelid, while making eye shadows last. On top of your primer apply your eye shadow. I used a soft rose gold colour on the lid, a medium brown in the crease and a cream colour on the brow bone. These shades were from The Balm’s Nude Tude palette.

I always fill in my brows as they are rather sparse, but (as with all the other steps) please feel free to skip this one if you are lucky enough to have full beautiful brows! I used MUA eye shadow in shade 19 on a small angled brush to fill in any gaps.

To finish off my day look I apply a nude lipstick or gloss. I used Nars Audacious lipstick in the shade Raquel.

For giving your makeup an extra something for the night, I start by spot concealing any areas that need an extra bit of coverage. Following this, I top up the blush I applied earlier on in the day and use a highlighter along the high points of my cheeks. I used MUA Highlighter in White Gold.

I then use a brow gel to set my brows in place and to give them a neater appearance. L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper is a good one to use as it adds a little bit of colour and fullness to brows. To give eyes extra definition, apply eyeliner to the top lash line. I like to use Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner, however if you don’t feel comfortable applying liquid eyeliner then use a pencil or dark eye shadow.

To complete my night makeup I use a bright colour lipstick. I feel like this always gives the impression you have put a lot of effort into your makeup without doing a lot! I used Revlon’s Colourburst Lacquer Balm in the shade Whimsical.

At Home Mini-Mani

When I want my nails to look their best, I do an at home mini manicure.This keeps my nails strong and healthy, while looking well groomed.

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I start off by cutting and filing my nails. You can use either clippers or scissors to cut your nails, whatever you feel more comfortable with. I am currently using clippers from the brand Ms Manicure. When my nails have been cut to the desired length I file them into shape.

There are a range of shapes you can achieve (especially if you have long nails) including square, oval or even cat claw. I tend to go for a ‘squoval’ shape (a combo of square and oval!) I have recently started using the S-File by Stylfile, an ‘S’ shaped nail file and buffer that curves naturally around the edge of your nail. This was designed by previous ‘The Apprentice’ winner and inventor Tom Pellereau.

I then follow up with a base coat. I always use a base coat, especially when using brightly coloured or dark nail varnishes. Not only does it stop your nails getting stained, but it also makes your manicure last longer. My favourites at the moment are Sally Hansen Double Duty (£4.99) and Maybelline’s Superstay Forever Strong in Crystal Clear (£4.49). These two are great as the double up as a base coat and top coat.

Now time for colour, I always apply at least two layers of my nail polish to get an opaque, even finish. You may be able to get away with applying one coat of a light, shimmery polish, but you want to avoid that wishy-washy look. My favourite nail polish ranges of the moment are Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine, Maybelline Superstay Forever Strong and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. They each have a good selection of colours available and last around a week on my nails without any major chipping. They also don’t break the bank!

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Try not to apply each layer too thickly, its best using thin layers of polish and build up the colour. Let each coat dry for a couple of minutes before applying the next, as this will mean they are less likely to smudge. Keep a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover to hand if you tend to be a little clumsy with your polish. This can be used to clean up any mistakes or polish that is on the skin around your nail.

When I’m happy with the way my nails look, I apply a top coat followed by Essence’s Express Dry Nail Oil. This has been a life saver when it comes to my nails. I always used to find that even hours after I thought my nails had dried I would end up having some kind of imprint or dent in my polish. However, this dries and sets your nails super quickly.

Do you have any nail polish recommendations?

Hair Favourites

There are a variety of hair care products and tools that I use on a regular basis to keep my hair healthy and styled. I often mix up the hairsprays and styling products I use, however there are a few things that I go back to time and time again.

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I always alternate the shampoos and conditioners I use as it is said to prevent hair from becoming dull and lifeless. I incorporate a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner into my routine at least once a week, as it keeps the hair fresh and removes the build up from the scalp and hair. The one I often use is from the Herbal Essence Naked range, as it’s really affordable and smells amazing. Sulphate free hair products are often highly priced, so it’s great to see a high street alternative.

I try not to wash my hair every day, as it strips the hair of its natural oils and can actually make your hair oilier in the long run. So dry shampoo is an absolute must have for me. I always use Batiste dry shampoo as it is really affordable and works really well at keeping hair fresh and bouncy. A tip for those of you with dark hair, you may notice that dry shampoo leaves a white cast on the hair. I recommend spraying dry shampoo on your roots before going to bed as it gives the hair a chance to absorb the product and also minimises any white marks!

Something I never thought I needed, but now I wouldn’t go with without, is my Tangle Teezer. These brushes claim to glide through tangles, prevent hair breakage and damage whilst encouraging the growth of shiny, healthy hair. This works on all sorts of hair, including wet hair, hair extensions and children’s hair. The standard brushes come in a huge variety of colours such as neon orange, leopard print and plain black. They also have travel brushes that are fab for carrying around in your hand bag. The standard brushes aren’t recommended for use while heat styling, however I have noticed Tangle Teezer have just released a range of styling brushes, yippee! You can pick up a Tangle Teezer at your local boots store for £10.99. It may seem a little steep for a hairbrush, but it’s well worth the investment!

When I’m not straightening my hair with my faithful GHD’s, I usually opt for some kind of curl. The Remington Pearl CI95 Curling Wand is by far the best curling device I have ever used. I have a large collection of tongs and wands all of which have a slightly different variation in the curl they produce, but this one is super long lasting. It is a conical wand, which means it tapers in towards the end of the wand, and it also doesn’t have a clip so you simply wrap your hair around the wand to create a curl. You do have to be careful not to burn yourself, which is why the wand includes a heat proof glove to protect your hands while curling. Depending on how you use this, it can create a variety of looks including beachy waves and vintage curls. The RRP for this wand is £25.99, but if you do a bit of shopping around you can get this for around £15 as it is often on offer, which I think is a seriously good deal. This wand is available in Boots, Argos, Debenhams and also Amazon.