Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Essence 'Blush Up' Powder Blush - Pinky Flow

Essence Pinky Flow Blush
I have made it no secret that Essence is my new favourite, affordable brand, so it should come as no surprise that I love another one of there spectacular products.

Essence have a small range of ombre blushes, and not owning a multi-tonal product I snapped 'Pinky Flow' up instantly. The packaging is a clear perspex compact, very minimal and budget like all Essence products, but you have to look past the not too chic packaging and focus on the amazing quality product inside.

I love the idea of having three shades in one compact, and for someone who has never hit pan on a blush the ombre pattern entices me to use it on a daily basis. The colour pay off is good, but not comparable to a NARS blush, which is perfect for me as bright blushes intimidate me, and can make me look doll like against my fair skin. I understand that on deeper and warmer skin tones than mine the colour may get lost, but for fairer skin tones 'Pinky Flow' gives a subtle wash of peachy colour. 
The shade is a matte soft peach rather than pink as advertised, it gives the hint of colour to my cheeks which suits my easy-to-redden skin perfectly.
Swatch of Essence Pinky Flow Blush
L - R | Lightest shade | Brightest Shade | Shades Mixed

Unfortunately there are only two shades available in this gorgeous range, hopefully Essence will add more soon. I purchase 'Pinky Flow' through Wilkinsons online for £2.00, which is an absolute bargain! 

Have you tried either of the Blush Up! powder blushes by Essence?

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Monday, 24 August 2015

My 5 Most Repurchased Products

Here on Porcelain Queen I am always sharing with you my new favourite products, however I rarely share with you my ongoing favourites. So for the first time I will share with you my most consistently repurchased beauty products.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Light // £25
This is my old favourite primer, it is the one mattifying primer which I can actually rely on keep my skin looking soft and oil free. I have repurchased this time and time again, and begrudgingly endured several price increases.

Bobbi Brown Skin Stick Foundation // £29.50
I repurchased this only last weekend, it is my go to foundation and the one I wear to work 99% of the time. I find the buildable formula light yet pigmented. I know some stick foundations can be intimidating but this is such a beautiful foundation which gives my combination skin a perfect soft finish.

MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder // £20.50
I have never looked back since first purchasing this powder maybe around 2 years ago, I will never purchase another transparent powder again. It sets my concealer and T-zone firmly in place for hours and helps gives a blurred appearance to my skin.

YSL Shocking Mascara // £25
I absolutely hated this mascara when I first ever bought it, in fact I wrote a post about how disappointing I found it. However once this mascara thickens slightly it gives my lashes a jet black permed look which I love,

Urban Decay Deslick Makeup Setting Spray // £21
I will never use another makeup setting spray so long as I live, I've flirted and dabbled with other brands, but none compare to the setting power of Deslick.

I know all these products come with a hefty price tag, but 70% of these products are bought duty free. When I know someone's going abroad I ask them to pick me a few bits up, even if I wont need them for a few months, then I have my backups all ready to go.

What are your most consistently repurchased beauty products?

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Monday, 10 August 2015

NYX Conceal Correct & Contour Palette | First Impressions

NYX Conceal Correct & Contour Palette
A while ago I became extremely obsessed with cream products, and as soon as I saw the NYX Conceal, Correct and Contour palette all over my Instagram feed I knew I had to have it. I purchased mine through Beauty Joint for £7.75, however you can also purchase NYX from

I have had this sat in my dressing table patiently waiting to be used for months, but I don't want to start using it until I've finished using my Beauty UK contour palette as these products do have the tendency to dry out over time. 
NYX Conceal Correct & Contour Palette
There are three palettes available for fair, medium and deep skin tones, each palette holds six cream products designed to perfect your skin into a flawless and contoured canvas. Each palette has six different shades, the light palette, which is the one I purchased, has neutral shade, two yellow tones, two pinks and a cool taupe. You can also mix and match the shades to really create a perfect skin match.

I haven't read much about the palettes, I just saw them on Instagram and fell in love, so I am really excited to try it out. This seems like such a great palette for both everyday use and evening use. 

Have you tried this palette?

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