06 December 2013
Whilst perusing the Superdrug website I clapped eyes on the Beauty UK Baked Blushes, which I'd not seen before both instore and online. There are four shades available; Pink, Rouge, Halo and Goddess costing just £3.99 each. The photo's are always a bit poor on the Superdrug website, so I wasn't entirely surely what they'd be like but I chose 'Halo' which looked like the palest, most wearable shade. When it arrived I was so impressed, I wish I'd got all four of she shades whilst they were on 3 for 2. I haven't tried anything from Beauty UK before, so I had no idea what to expect especially as their products aren't featured on blogs very often either.
The Beauty UK Baked Blushes are housed with cardboard slim, square boxes with a square mirror within the lid. The cardboard compact closes tight thanks to a magnet, similar to the packaging of Benefit's boxed powder. The Baked Blush contains 4.4g of product, which is really quite generous for less than £4. In true Baked product form, the blush is a domed metallic powder. Halo in the box looks like a very pale pink, with some bronze veining. Even though the packaging is made from cardboard, it still feels sturdy and strong enough to be used daily although I would have preferred plastic packaging which would be a touch more protective and hard-wearing. However considering the low price tag, I can completely overlook the packaging.
Firstly, I have to say that there is no way that this can be worn as a blush or even be called a blush. It doesn't impart any colour to the skin whatsoever. However it is the most beautiful highlighter, which a gorgeous shimmery finish. I never expected this Baked Blush from Beauty UK to be this stunning, it's genuinely on par with a MAC Mineralized Skinfinish.. at almost £18 cheaper! There is no unsightly, unforgiving glitter particles in sight.. just finely milled shimmer. On the skin, Halo is a very pale pink almost bordering on a light champagne shade which is so silky and smooth. I've tried highstreet baked blushers and highlighters and they're no where near as nice as this.. I'm completely blown away, it's such a stunning highlight. I use my Real Techniques Setting Brush to lightly dust it over the tops of my cheekbones and browbone. It also works beautifully when pressed onto the centre of the eyelid over any eyeshadow for extra sparkle.
For £3.99 there is no doubt that this is a fabulous bargain buy. I am so impressed with its quality and would love to get the other three shades to complete my Beauty UK Baked Blush collection.. such a fantastic find and I'd love to see if the other shades are as pretty as Halo.
05 December 2013
I am so excited to write this post.. but myself and Latasha who blogs over at Today I Adore have come together to do a killer collaboration - GIFTMAS. Giftmas will run from the 5th of December through to the 16th of December. The 16th of December is a VERY special day for me as it's going to be Miss Makeup Magpie's first birthday which I am so excited about. The last year has been incredible, and I seriously cannot thank you all enough for the support over the last 12 months. Miss Makeup Magpie has grown way beyond my wildest dreams, and I couldn't be happier. Thank you all so very much for following, commenting, subscribing and supporting my blog. Seeing as my blog birthday falls so closely to Christmas.. Latasha and I decided back in February that we wanted to do GIFTMAS where I can celebrate Miss Makeup Magpie's first birthday and Latasha has just celebrated Today I Adore's first birthday so we were able to have a joint birthday celebration with a festive advent theme. The next 12 days are going to be pretty amazing for you, and thanks to lots of planning we have 12 incredible giveaways coming your way.. one each day from now until the 16th of December including MAC, Stila, Illamasqua, Lime Crime, Real Techniques & MORE. So make sure you come back everyday til the 16th to enter each one, as you can enter them all!
Day one of GIFTMAS is a MAC Viva Glam I Matte Lipstick. MAC's Viva Glam I - the original, launched back in 1994 and has recently been relaunched. MAC Viva Glam I is described as being an 'intense brownish blue-red' which is the perfect universal shade for all skin tones, and has a matte finish. If you'd like to win this cult lipstick then please complete the steps below within the Rafflecopter form after reading the terms and conditions.
GOOD LUCK xxx
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All prizes have been bought by ourselves with our own money, unless stated. Throughout the 12 days of Giftmas there will be 12 separate giveaways with 12 separate prizes. Each of the giveaways will be open for one calendar month, with the winner being chosen at random by Rafflecopter during January. All giveaways are open internationally. If you are under 18, please obtain parental permission to enter. You must complete the mandatory steps within the Rafflecopter form, as a minimum to be entered into the giveaway. There are other additional entries you can complete to increase your chance of winning. Entries will be verified and checked with all false, duplicate or invalid entries being removed from the giveaway.