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Would you believe it took me 20 minutes to name this blog post?? Probably. It’s basically a big collection of new products I’ve been testing out and wanting to share my opinion on, and although it’s not exactly the most festive or seasonally appropriate of posts, I promise there will be Christmas props in there somewhere to maintain the festivity. Listen to Christmas songs as you read it.

I was a very lucky girl last month and received a Debenhams gift card at an event that I’d been reluctant to spend until Black Friday happened, and even then I struggled to know what to purchase. I swithered between using it on Christmas gifts or spending it on myself, but as so many lovely people informed me, you cannot spend a gift card on gifts for other people. So that’s that sorted. One of the things I went for was the Too Faced Born This Way foundatioon – I’d heard such good things about it and wanted to see for myself whether or not it lived up to the hype. I can definitively tell you that it absolutely does, this foundation is magical. It’s the tiniest bit too pale for me, I got the shade Snow, but the coverage is insane and it’s easy enough to bronze it up. There’s minimal oiliness by the end of the day, and my entire face still looks intact which completely bewildered me – I thought I knew what long-lasting was but I did not. My skin genuinely looks radiant and free from acne (when pigs fly) and it’s absolutely worth the money for it; I’d go as far as to say it’s my new high-end holy grail.

On the other end of the spectrum, with my gift card I also bought the NYX Total Control Drops foundation. I’m not so impressed with this one. I was intrigued when I first saw it on the Boots website but, for some reason, I’m a bit funny about buying foundations and just put it off for as long as I possibly can. But I took the plunge and ordered it – it is a perfect match for me, shade wise, so that’s not an issue. I just can’t get on with the formula whatsoever. Compared to Born This Way, this lasts about 5 minutes and clings to dry patches I didn’t even know I had. As a long-time oily skin sufferer, I have absolutely NO idea how to deal with dryness, especially with makeup. It just looks awful on me by the end of the day, which is such a shame. Although, I am a fan of high coverage foundations so I’m yet to try this with fewer drops, maybe when my skin clears up (when pigs fly).

The final thing I got on my gift card is the NYX Highlighter in Sunbeam and oh MY god. The glow from this highlighter, considering how cheap it is, is crazy. I’m not much of a liquid highlighter person but I’ve tried a few amazing ones recently and I genuinely think I’ve been converted. The pinky tone matches my skin perfectly and it blends in so well – I just use my finger – to leave a natural, but still very visible glow which is exactly what I look for in a highlighter. I want it to be obvious that I’m glowing to the high heavens but I don’t want it to not match my skin tone or anything. I’ll definitely be investing in more of these at some point, I think there’s only 4 shades you can get but they’re under £10 each and make this highlighter obsessed glowing weirdo very, very happy.

Onto more skincare based products to perfect my skin in order to get the best out of the makeup I’m putting on top of it – I was sent a few bits and pieces by Quest Personal Care by the brand Revenue. I’d never heard of the brand before and I love trying out new things for my skin; I got the Black Peel Off Mask and the 3-in-1 Scrub. I’m always very skeptical of 3-in-1 products – it somehow means, to me, that the product doesn’t work as well. I don’t know why my brain thinks this, but that’s what’s going on! I used this for the first time last week, as a scrub, and it completely cleared up the horrible, flaking spots (TMI) on my chin by the time I got out the shower. Shook doesn’t even begin to describe it. I’m yet to use it as a face mask but honestly, I have extremely high hopes for it considering how amazing it is when it’s only been on my face for a few minutes.

Speaking of face masks, the second Revenue product I was sent was the Black Peel Off Face Mask. I love peel off face masks, they don’t hurt me whatsoever so I’m convinced the people in those videos are absolutely faking it. You can literally feel this pulling everything out your skin – I always cleanse  straight away after taking my makeup on so I was starting with relatively clean skin anyway, which I think is better because then the face mask is getting rid of all the nasty stuff that your cleanser doesn’t get. It leaves my skin so, so soft, like baby’s butt soft, and peeling it off is just so satisfying. When it doesn’t catch on your nose ring, that is.

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