A MAC Cosmetics Cinderella Beauty Powder Dupe? 

One of my favourite makeup products is my MAC Cinderella Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess. The soft powder is lightly tinted and possesses a delicate sheen. You can use it all over your face to create a beautiful luminous glow. It’s subtle yet very pretty and I can’t help but feel like a princess when I wear it. Due to it’s limited edition status, I use this very rarely as I hate the thought of it running out and not being able to buy a new one. How else would I get a princess glow then? 

I was browsing the Makeup Revolution stand in Superdrug the other day and could not quite resist their new highlight in Moon Glow Lights. This highlight is really subtle with lots of fine shimmer, meaning you can build it up as a strong highlight or gently apply it all over the face. It wasn’t until I was applying a more subtle, fresh faced makeup look that I realised Moon Glow’s similarities to Mystery Princess. 

When comparing the packaging, Mystery Princess is a hands down winner. It’s pale blue and shimmery just like Cinderella’s dress and it’s accented with gold. It even has a mirror! However when comparing the actual look of the product, Moon Glow is so much prettier. I almost want to put Moon Glow into the Mystery Princess packaging, now that would be gorgeous. 

If you look at the swatches above can you tell a difference? The left swatch is slightly lighter in colour and the right swatch has a slight pink hue. However these are really minimal and I can’t really tell the difference between the two. After posting this photo on Instagram, one comment suggested the right swatch was the high end product. When actually it’s Moon Glow! It really is an excellent illuminating powder. 

If you missed out on the MAC Cinderella launch and really wanted to get your hands on Mystery Princess, Moon Glow is a really good dupe. It’s also only £3, you can’t really go wrong. This product will definitely turn you into a glowing princess too. 

Have you got any other great Mac dupes you’d love to share? I’d love to know in the comments below. 

Emily Mae x 

Nügg Beauty: Intense Lip Boosting Mask 

If you’re a fan of liquid lipsticks you will know too well that if you have chapped and dry lips, it does not look good. You need a smooth base for application and with the colder weather approaching, your lips may need a little tlc. But have no fear, the Nügg Beauty Intense Lip Boosting Mask is here to help! 

I was very kindly sent a little package from Nügg Beauty which contained this lip mask. The packaging immediately stood out as it’s perfectly gold and shiny, adorned with ‘Nügg’ on the top. It’s absolutely beautiful and looks lovely on any bedside table or makeup station! 

Looks can be deceiving so let’s talk about the mask formula itself. It claims to nourish and hydrate the lips, resulting in a plumper, fresher, more kissable minty finish. I apply a generous amount of the mask to clean, makeup free lips and leave it on for about 20 minutes to dry. It contains Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to condition delicate skin and my lips feel so soft once I wipe the mask away. However the mask also produces a plumping effect which was completely unexpected! This is caused by a key ingredient: Liquorice Root Complex which causes your lips to look fuller. Not only that, it also diminishes the appearance of fine lines which is perfect for applying liquid lipstick. This will help reduce a ‘cracking’ appearance throughout the day. 

After using this mask, my makeup looks amazing. My lips look full and soft, liquid lipstick applies like a dream. The mask is also vegan and contains natural ingredients. Which means it doesn’t contain parabens or synthetic dyes. However due to it’s minty scent the mask does also tingle slightly which might be a negative for people with very sensitive skin. However it did not cause any irritation on my lips. 

I cannot recommend this mask enough, it does exactly what it claims to and makes my lips so soft. A definite staple to anyone’s skincare routine! If you want to get your hands on one, you can at Beauty Bay for £9.49. I would say you can get around 10 uses for it, which might seem on the pricey side but it does work so well. I tend to use mine once a week as well as my standard lip care routine and this keeps my lips really soft. For that reason I would definitely repurchase but I would love a larger sizes option as this would last longer. 

Have you tried this lip mask or do you need something to help your lips in the cold? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Emily Mae x 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by Nügg Beauty to try, however all thoughts are my own and 100% honest. I only recommend products I use personally and believe are quality products. 

The Autumn Tag 2016

It’s September and the weather is starting to change. Many of my friends and family are upset about this but I’m internally screaming as Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons. It’s not quite fully fledged Autumn yet but I found this tag over at MakeupSavvy and I could not help myself! 

1. Ok we’re talking coffee’s – what’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?

Ok, so an obvious choice is the beloved Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks. I really love pumpkin, I like using it in cooking and I certainly love it in my coffee. When these drinks are on sale, I know Autumn is coming and I get so excited. I’ve already had a couple this year! I also really love to drink a Chai Latte from Costa. They’re actually a lot nicer than the Starbucks version, they have a spicier taste. On a cool morning this certainly gives me the kick I need. 

2. Accessories – what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

I always go out in a scarf and I have a couple of favourites to choose from. On a particularly chilly day I have a giant scarf which is more like a blanket. It’s big, thick and cosy and always keeps me warm. I also have a few smaller scarfs and a skinny Ted Baker woollen one which looks very chic. Found it in a charity shop too! I also cannot go out without a pair of boots on. I particularly love wearing military style boots but also love a good Chelsea boot. I have some really nice heeled ones from last season which dresses up skinny jeans and a giant scarf perfectly! 

3. Music – what’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?

I wouldn’t say I listen to anything different other than The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack. I’ve been known to listen to it in the middle of summer though! 

4. Perfume – what’s your favourite scent for this time of year?

I tend to ditch the florals in the summer, bye Chanel Eau Tendre I’ll dig you out next year. Instead I love to wear Versace Woman, I’ve worn it every Autumn for the past 4 years so the scent brings back a lot of memories. I also really like food scents and have been enjoying the Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist. I’ve almost used up my first bottle, it’s a serious love! 

5. Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?

I am all about candles! I still have a Bath & Bodyworks Pumpkin Cupcake candle from last year to finish, you bet I’ll be burning it nonstop soon. I also love any food scents which remind me of baking. It always makes me feel warm and cosy! So the Village Candle Brownie Delight and Caramel Swirl will definitely have some love this season. 

6. What do you love most about Autumn?

Cool days, crunchy leaves, the colours of the trees, buying cosy jumpers and knitted tights, baking treats in the evening, burning candles, bonfire night, fireworks, coming home to a hot chilli in the slow cooker, hot chocolates, red lips, cold noses, Sunday morning cuddles in bed watching the rain and wind outside, festive items popping up in shops, scarves, blankets, cosy socks and pyjamas, Great British Bake Off, long hot baths, bath bombs, Lush’s Halloween and Christmas range, new hand creams, buying lip balms after you’ve lost the one you bought last week, big coats, winter bags, boots and layers. 

7. Favourite makeup look?

You cannot go wrong with a simple smoky eye with a berry lip and a little blush. 

8. What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?

This Autumn is an exciting one for me as I get to move into a flat with my boyfriend. I’m going to cosy the place up, have candles burning and prepare for our very first Christmas living together. I cannot wait to cook warm and hearty meals, have lazy mornings on our days off together all snuggled up watching TV, write blog posts together at either end of the sofa and in general just live with him. The mornings will be dark and cold, but we’ll be cosy together and I cannot wait. 

This tag is open to absolutely everyone, yes you reading this right now! Go on, get excited for Autumn with me and post your Autumn tag. Make sure you send me a link so I can have a good read! 

Emily Mae x 

Lush Cosmetics: Ylang Song Bombshell 

If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while now, you’ll know I absolutely love bath bombs. Something about a ballistic slowly fizzing across the hot water is just so relaxing. So when I visited Lush Oxford Street I absolutely had to come away with a bath bomb. I decided to buy the most relaxing ballistic in the store – Ylang Song Bombshell.

This Oxford Street exclusive looks fairly simple on the outside. It’s white shell decorated with a single flower might make it seem a little less attractive than the other wildly colourful and shimmering bombs on display. But you should never judge a bath bomb by it’s outside as it’s packed full of peony petals, yellow rose petals and purple everlasting flowers as well as a mystical green centre. 

Once you place Ylang Song Bombshell into hot water, it immediately releases it’s floral fragrance. The scent has an almost powdery quality to it, sweetened with Rose Absolute and Ylang Ylang Oil. What makes this ballistic so exquisite is the addition of Neroli Oil which is not only amazing for the skin but also possesses a very uplifting fragrance. If you want to create a home spa experience, this ballistic would be perfect. 

For £4.25, I think Ylang Song Bombshell is a beautiful bath bomb as it’s relaxing and it adds colour to the water without adding a tonne of shimmer. The petals are lovely and really easy to remove at the end of the bath, I really hate having to clean the tub afterwards! The fragrance is delicate yet relaxing and it softens the water and your skin beautifully. I could not recommend this bath bomb enough! 

Do you love a good bath bomb too? I’d love to know your favourite in the comments!

Emily Mae x

MUA: Enchanted & Enrapture Palettes 

Exquisite, beautiful and expensive. Those were the 3 words I thought the first time I saw these eyeshadow palettes. Not to mention a little familiar. With each shade merging into the other, each wave of shimmer delicately spilling over in a silky ombré effect; these eyeshadow palettes are insta ready and definitely look like an essential for anyone’s makeup collection. 

So what would you say if I told you these were MUA dupes for these Hourglass palettes and are only £6 each? The highstreet has done it again! Or has it? Let’s move onto the swatches. 

Enchanted is my favourite out of the 2 palettes. Each delicate, pink shade reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and frankly looks more stunning. The 2 darkest shades are quite pigmented but the lighter shades required a little more work to show up on my pale skin. Nevertheless the texture is as promised, beautifully silky and each shade blends easily. 

I wish I could say the same about Enrapture. I really wanted to like this palette, aesthetically this was my favourite out of the 2. I really like how the different shades merge together like smoke, I could not wait to create some darker, smoky looks! But unfortunately the colour payoff is far too much work than it’s worth. Each swatch required a lot of layering and after painstakingly applying then reapplying the darker shades, the chalkiness was off the scale. The shimmer was really inconsistent between shades and though the lighter colours are pretty, the dark shades completely let it down. I’m sorry MUA but this palette just doesn’t cut it, if you want a good palette to create a smoky eye other highstreet brands do it far better. I would definitely avoid this palette! 

Overall these palettes had so much potential. I feel like 2016 is the year of the dupe, where highstreet brands are pulling out the stops to create amazing high quality products to make us swoon. In a lot of cases they are getting it 100% right, but these palettes falled short of my expectations. 

If you want to try one of these palettes yourself I can only really recommend the Enchanted palette. The lighter shades might take some work, but the formula is soft and they will blend really nicely. In this case, and I really hate to say it, spend a little more and opt for the Hourglass palettes. 

Have you tried these palettes or have had your eye on them? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Emily Mae x