7 Products You Have to Try from ColourPop


ColourPop is annoyingly difficult to get hold of in the UK (find out about my shipping method and experience here) so if you’re placing an order, you want it to be worth the effort! Their huge range is a little intimidating so I thought I’d pick out 7 products I really recommend checking out if you’re placing an order. If you get a customs charge; I promise these products are worth it!

ColourPop are a relatively new brand and I believe they’ve only been going for a couple of years. Their products are really affordable so I’d still argue that they’re well worth shipping to the UK because even with the associated costs you’re still only paying drugstore-equivalent prices. The packaging is pretty cute for the price as well, though I do find the writing tends to wear of the products quite quickly. The quality has never truly disappointed me in all honesty; even when I’ve ordered online and the colour hasn’t quite been what I’d expected, I couldn’t fault their formulas. The vast majority of ColourPop's products are in cream form, however it's a really unusual texture that feels bouncy and almost mousse-like.

Cheek Shock Highlighter in Dream Catcher | $8 | I really love this product because it's so pigmented and not at all greasy. It has a light, almost fluffy cream texture that just blends out beautifully on the skin. The colour itself is a light, bright gold, however what makes this really special is the pinky-peach iridescent sheen. I honestly don't own anything like this and it looks beautiful but still nice and natural on the tops of the cheekbones. It's nothing too glittery but gives a dewy finish without the shine.

Cheek Shock Blush in Between the Sheets | $8 | This is an almost cream-to-matte formula that's so pigmented and not shiny or dewy at all. This blusher has a completely matte look and gives such a natural flush of colour to the cheeks. I just use my fingers with this (as I do with the highlighters and eyeshadows) and it can be applied in just a few seconds. It's a sort of light pinky-mauvey-beige shade that's perfect for everyday wear. It doesn't fade away or go greasy or patchy throughout the day either.

ColourPop Cheek Shock Bronzer in Carry On | $8 | The ColourPop bronzers really are the hidden gem from the range because I really don't hear as much about them as the rest of their products. They're honestly fantastic! The texture is just so easy to work with; it blends out effortlessly and gives the most natural colour to the skin. It has a similar formula to the blush because it isn't at all slippery in texture and doesn't wear away patchily. The shade I've picked here is Carry On, though their range is vast and I'm sure there's something in there for almost any skin tone. This one has a completely matte finish and is a warm-toned medium brown colour.

Super Shock Eyeshadow in Sunset Blvd | $5 | This is just one of my all-time favourite single eyeshadows; it's stunning as a wash of colour across the lid on those low-maintenance days. The cream formula means it can be applied with my fingers in literally a couple of swipes. It has a Pearlised finish, which means it has a really subtle sheen to it. The colour itself is hard to describe but I'm going to go with bronze-gold-nude. Again, there's no greasiness and this applies beautifully. It lasts so well on my lids without fading or creasing all day long.

Super Shock Eyeshadow in La La | $5 | This one has an Ultra Metallic finish, so it's seriously pigmented and dewy-looking on the lids; think foiled eyeshadow in cream form. Again it has the same longevity and ease of application. You can wear it across the lid to look like you put in more effort than you really did or you can do a nude eye look and just press this into the centre of the lid to make it pop.

Matte Lippie Stix in Brink | $5 | Although this is billed as 'matte', I'd consider it to be a satin finish as it does still have that creaminess to the formula and sheen to the finish (side-note: ColourPop now have a Matte X range, which is more of a true matte formula). It's so pigmented and I totally love the shade; it's sort of like all my favourite nude lipsticks rolled into one! I'd describe it as a mid-toned warm brown nude with mauve undertones. It isn't as long-wearing as a true matte lipstick however it really does feel very comfortable to wear.


Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park | $6 | I personally find the Ultra Matte Lips too drying, so when the Satin formula was released, I was all over it! I think that Echo Park has become my favourite shade; it's a gorgeous warm-toned peach-brown nude. I wasn't sure if this would suit my skin tone when I was searching online for swatches, however it turned out to be perfect. The formula has amazing colour payoff but is so comfortable and non-drying on the lips. It's also still really long-lasting! Not *quite* as durable as the true matte liquid lipsticks by ColourPop but it's well worth it to have a less dry feel.



Have you tried ColourPop? What are your favourite products from them or which do you want to try?



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June Favourites


June has been an epically spendy month so there are a lot of favourites! At the same time I feel like I’ve hardly got round to using some of the products I’ve bought this month so they may even crop up in July’s run-down.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent | £50

This is one of those fragrances that was so familiar to me when I sprayed it in Duty Free despite the fact I've never actually owned it myself. It honestly is the warm coconut-y vanilla-y scent of summer in a bottle. Even just the packaging is so beautiful and summery!


I really wish this formula wore a little bit better because it’s absolutely beautiful when first applied. I’ve never tried a stick foundation because I’ve always associated them with being really thick and creamy in texture. However this is so light and natural; think of it as your skin but better. It’s hard to describe the finish because it’s not ‘wet’ or dewy but it isn’t matte. It looks so radiant and even when I’m not using it all over my face it’s perfect for throwing in my bag for touch-ups. By some fluke the shade Grandest Golden Neutral is absolutely perfect on me too.


I’m kicking myself for not getting more of these brushes because I love the #55 for light foundations and this is another amazing addition to my collection. The bristles are longer and more flexible than a buffing brush but are tightly-packed enough to work on blemishes. It’s amazing to apply the product to any problem areas, to conceal redness or uneven skin tone, and also to blend concealer out naturally and seamlessly under the eyes.


This is such an unusual highlighter and is completely different to anything else in my collection. It’s quite hard to show in swatches but it looks a light gold shade on first appearances, however when it catches the light you can see the iridescent tones. It has a really subtle metallic peachy-pink sheen to it. The product is pigmented and not at all greasy or glittery. I just dab it over the top of my cheekbones and blend it out with my fingers.


The colour of this is a little bit like what Dream Catcher is at a glance: a very light gold. This is obviously a powder formula however and has a really dewy, glowing finish. It has a really beautiful look on the skin and I’m really glad I took the plunge and picked this up because I’ve been using it almost every day.


It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Tarte blushes because I usually find matte formulas difficult to blend and that they cling to dry patches or wear away unevenly, however their's doesn’t at all! It also has a shimmer shade in there, along with the 3 mattes. My favourite shade is the lilac-pink Love because it’s suitable for everyday wear however has this gorgeous vibrancy to it that really brings my face to life. I was a little concerned that the quality wouldn’t be the same as the individual blushes, however my fears were totally unfounded!


I tried my first ColourPop bronzer a couple of months back and was so impressed with the formula, however I think I may have found a shade that surpasses Bronze Me! First, let’s talk formula: it’s a cream product but ColourPop are amazing at producing formulas that are pigmented and non-greasy. It just applies so smoothly (I like to use a synthetic brush) and gives the most natural warmth to the face.


I’ve pretty much been alternating between the ColourPop and this. I’m not usually much of a bronzer fan as they’re often not the right kind of shade for me so I’m amazed to have one in my favourites, let alone two! This is one of the best powder formulas I’ve tried, as it blends out so easily and doesn’t look patchy or uneven on my skin. The shade is just spot on; it’s not orange but gives my skin some warmth. It just looks so natural and can be applied in seconds with a large powder brush.


This is an amazing cream eyeshadow formula that’s got incredible longevity. I really like the fact it comes in a tube and it’s actually really easy to control how much product comes out. It looks quite dewy on the lids but dries down quickly to the most insanely crease-proof finish ever! The colour is a deep, chocolate-y brown with a subtle golden shimmer running through it.


This is a sort of foiled pressed cream pigment. It’s quite hard to describe the texture but it has the amazing pigmentation and a super-dewy finish. This is a gorgeous coppery-rose gold shade that looks amazing all over the lid on its own or as a base for an evening look. It’s amazingly long-lasting and doesn’t crease  on my oily eyelids.


I’m seriously obsessed with Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows so it’s killing me that they don’t have a UK stockist! Next time I do a Sephora order though (which won’t be for a very long time), I will definitely be getting some more. I love the colour payoff, the texture is the perfect balance of being easy to blend but still having that longevity and impact on the eyelids. This is just my perfect plum-toned quad: Glisten is a nude-bronze with rose gold undertones, Red Earth is a pinky-brown matte, Truffle is a deep brown-burgundy with a subtle shimmer and Deep Plum is a matte.


I’m a little bit addicted to applying and re-applying this product because it just feels so amazing on the lips! I’ve never been one for glosses but this has such a non-sticky finish that you get that same look without the annoyance, as well as an amazing lip care product. It’s so nourishing and is amazing for those low-maintenance makeup days.


I finally got my first ever Tom Ford lipstick! It is just a lipstick at the end of the day but it is a fantastic formula. It’s a really nice rosy shade that can work for the day or evening. It has a smooth, creamy formula that’s very pigmented but also has a slight sheen. I was pleasantly surprised at how long this lasted and even when it does fade, it leaves a very even stain.


I feel like I’ve barely worn anything else this month because it’s been all about this shade, which is saying a lot when your lipstick stash is as extensive as mine! I really love the Ultra Satin formula as it still gives a semi-matte finish without being really drying like the Ultra Mattes. It isn’t quite as long-lasting but I can still get a good 4-6 hours of wear out of it. I also love how opaque the colour is. It’s a sort of warm peachy-brown nude that seems to look different on everyone from online swatches! I was actually concerned it’d be too light on my skin tone but it turns out it's a perfect everyday colour.


I think this moisturiser has officially overtaken the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boost Gel as my favourite for summer! It has such a light texture that practically melts into the skin, providing pure hydration. I have combination skin, so it definitely needs moisture but anything heavy or rich just sits on the surface and makes me look greasy! If you suffer from similar issues then I definitely recommend trying this.


God, this shampoo is extortionate but god, it’s good! The bottle seems to be lasting me well so I think this may be a repurchase (with a discount code, obviously). It just gives my hair this amazing, healthy shine and it’s never looked better. I’ve tried products before that make my hair look healthier and stronger but never to this degree! I honestly didn’t think my hair could ever look so nourished.


What do you think of my favourites this month and what were some of yours?





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The Travel Beauty Edit


There’s just something so cute about travel minis! Even though they aren’t always the best value, I can never resist them. These are some of my favourite travel beauty essentials that I definitely recommend checking out if you’re off away over summer.

Skincare


This is a fantastic little set as you get a little waterproof pouch with a zip (which is the perfect size for storing your skincare products) as well as three mini products and a cleansing brush. I have to say I don’t use my Clarisonic much these days as I’m not sure a bristled brush is what my skin needs at the moment, so trying a silicone brush definitely appealed to me. This has several different settings so you can decide how intense you want your cleanse to be and it’s really gentle on my skin. I’ve definitely noticed a difference when using this; I usually have at least one big spot somewhere on my face! However impressively over the 6-ish weeks I’ve been using this I’ve noticed my skin is so much clearer. I’ve been using this 3-4 times a week so if I’m away for more than a few days it’s well worth packing and when I don't, I can definitely see a difference!

The little minis are also really handy for travelling. The Soothing Cleansing Gel is perfect to use with the brush; it foams up a little bit but doesn’t strip or dry out my skin at all (perhaps because it doesn’t contain soap). The Crystal Polish is a physical exfoliant however it also has this oil-like base. I like to use something like this on problem areas like around my nose where a chemical exfoliant isn’t quite enough but the rest of my face doesn’t need anything too intense. Although it’s a proper scrub, it doesn’t rub my skin red and the oil base means it isn’t too abrasive and doesn’t leave my skin feeling uncomfortable afterwards. Finally you get the Skin Repair Moisturiser, which is a night light cream that’s hydrating enough without suffocating my skin. I tend to prefer a gel or water based moisturiser for the summer months but this really works as a night cream on me. The products are very gentle and fragrance-free so are well worth checking out if you have quite sensitive skin.


This is my all-time favourite cleanser so I picked up a little set pretty much just to get a mini of it! The full size packaging is quite bulky so it’s well worth having this. It has the exact same hygienic pump to dispense the product, which is great. I love the clay formula as it helps clear blemishes and reduce oiliness without being drying at all.


I actually got a mini of this for Christmas, which I finished ages ago and have been re-filling with product from my full-sized pot for travelling ever since. It’s just the most luxurious, beautiful formula on the skin and smells amazing. It’s very gentle but removes even the most stubborn black waterproof eye makeup. It doesn’t leave excess greasiness on my skin and is amazing when used with a flannel or muslin cloth.


This is my favourite micellar water, it’s just annoying that you can’t take the lid off and re-fill the smaller bottle because it is quite pricey for what it is! After I use the Emma Hardie, this makes sure every scrap of makeup from all the awkward places to reach with a balm is removed. It’s so gentle even on my sensitive eyes too.


This has become one of my favourite skincare products so of course I have to pack a mini when I go away. I use this in place of a toner to refresh and hydrate my skin. It’s also amazingly cooling if you’re relaxing in the sun.


I must admit that I picked these up because they were just so cute! You only get a few pads in this but they’re included in the Superdrug 3 for 2 travel mini mix and match, so I thought: why not? I’ve tried these a couple of times in the morning when I’ve been travelling and just needed a quick and easy cleanse as well as a glow boost. They make my skin look a lot fresher and healthier as well as being really convenient because the pads are already soaked in the product.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner Mini | £15.50 for full size

This was actually a free gift because I spent too much money on BeautyBay! I always hang on to free samples for when I travel and I recently tried this and was pretty impressed. It’s another acid toning product but I do actually find this more effective. I’m wondering if it might come close to my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic because it gives that immediate radiant skin.


I love rosehip to nourish my skin and improve its overall look, texture and quality. This little mini is perfect for travelling and I feel like this oil just does it all for me so I can easily go away and just take this to use every night.


If you find your skin gets dried out when you fly then you need this in your life! You only have to use a tiny amount to get the results with this so even the mini will last you for ages. I apply it before bed and by morning my skin looks plumper and more hydrated. (Apologies that I managed to miss this out of my photo - d'oh!)

Body, Haircare etc.

Primark Travel Bottle Set | £1 

These are just a must when minis are too expensive or you can’t find one for your favourite product and just don’t want to be without it! I always pick up a little selection; you get a couple of sizes in your classic squeeze bottle as well as screw top pots and a pump bottle. You also get a little funnel in the set and you can use the clear bag they come in to separate out your liquids in your hand luggage.


This is a foaming cream-based shower gel and even a mini seems to last me forever! It comes in the Original Pink set, which is a sort of floral-powdery-but-slightly-fruity scent.


This is the body butter that needs no introduction! It’s in the Original Pink fragrance again and has such a light texture on the skin but delivers amazing hydration, especially on my dry legs.


This is my favourite hand cream and I literally have one in almost all the handbags I use on a daily basis! It’s lightweight enough to apply during the day without feeling greasy or sticky, however it leaves my hands feeling so nice and soft.


Hand gels all do the same thing really, so I always get one with a nice scent. This is Original Pink again because it’s nice to match the scent to my hand cream.


They do actually make proper minis of Jo Malone scents but personally I find the 30ml bottles fine to travel with. The packaging isn’t too fragile and it’s very small and light. I absolutely love this floral fragrance at the moment; it’s perfect for summer and you can just throw it in your bag to top up during the day.


This is such an easy product to carry around in your bag so it’s always the one I pack when I travel. It’s moisturising but not too heavy and you can easily apply lip colours on top of it. I really like the Summer Fruits scent at the moment and the shape makes it so quick and easy to apply the product.


This is such a great little all-in-one product; it not only takes care of oily roots but also gives a nice bit of lift and volume. What really makes this special to me is how fine and light the powder is, making it almost entirely traceless in my hair.

Makeup


I really recommend the Urban Decay minis because this literally half the amount of product of the full size for half the price, so you’re not paying disproportionately for the convenience of a mini. This is my favourite, can’t-live-without eye primer that ensures I get intense pigmentation from my eyeshadows and that they last all day without creasing or fading.


This is an absolute must for me in summer because it helps keep my face shine free and everything in place for that bit longer. If you’ve tried the full size of this product, you’ll know how large and bulky it is so for me this is an essential mini.


This is a little pricey however I did get one as a reward in Sephora so I thought I’d use it! This is a natural, everyday mascara that’s not going to give you loads of volume but is beautifully lengthening and gives impressive curl.


This is just the perfect way to see what the Tom Ford lipstick hype is all about without breaking the bank quite so much! This is so good for travelling as the pigmented, creamy rose colour works for day or evening and is going to be flattering for so many people. I think if you just kept this permanently in your handbag, if you forgot to get a lipstick or ran out of time in the morning, it will probably go with whatever makeup you’re wearing.

What are your favourite minis and travel essentials?




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