MUA Cosmetics Review

Today is an exciting day as I am doing my first ever beauty review! I want to bring you some of the best budget, mid range and luxury brands out there ranging from store own brand to MAC and Benefit products.

So for those who know me, they know I love to stick to the same beauty regime every single day! Currently in my make up collection I use the following:

Benefit – The Porefessional Primer

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Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation in Natural

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Rimmel London – Stay Matte Powder in Silky Beige

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Benefit – Boi-ing Concealer in 01

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Benefit – Hoola Bronzer

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Bourjois Paris Blusher – Rose Eclat

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Benefit – They’re Real Mascara

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Benefit – Bad Gal Liner Waterproof

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Topshop – Smokey Eye Palette in Golden Aura

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MAC Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V

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MAC Dazzleglass in Rags to Riches

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I absolutely love these products, but I’m also open to trying new ones and love mixing it up with lots of different brands (although I have been known to splurge quite heavily on Benefit cosmetics as you can probably tell from the list above!)

So this week I’m bringing you MakeUp Academy (MUA) Cosmetics. I found my products in Superdrug and they had an amazing 3 for 2 deal on for all cosmetics – get down there quick if you want to get involved! It’s an amazing offer! I bought a mixture of eyeshadows and primers, both of which are essentials in my beauty regime and also bought a new highlighter which I have pretty much fallen in love with! My reviews of all these products below with a Beautify or Bust review, letting you know my verdict. Let me know if you are loving or hating the MUA Cosmetics range and if you have any faves in the comments below.

MUA Pro-Base Smooth, Set & Prime – £5

Usually I use Benefit’s Porefessional and I absolutely adore it, so for me to step away for a moment was a difficult choice to make! I love the clear simple packaging of this product and I found the difference of it being in a pot rather than a tube interesting. It sits happily alongside those pricier products on the shelves and does a good job at providing a base for my makeup. However, I found I had to use quite a lot of the product to get an even base and my face still felt quite oily after using it. It certainly made my skin feel smooth though after using it.

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Verdict: BUST – I love the packaging of this product but not overly keen on the scent compared to my current Benefit product. I really like the smoothness of the product though on my skin so would probably use this for every day use however definitely prefer the product being in a tube rather than in a pot.

MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder – £4

Obviously, not being a make up pro when I first saw this powder I was slightly confused wondering why I would want to put a bright green and purple onto my face! This baked powder is beautiful and a wonderful addition to my make up collection. It feels so light on my skin too which is amazing!

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Verdict: BEAUTIFY – I love this product! It gave my skin a nice smooth, matte finish and reduced redness and blemishes. If I wanted to use a primer that was a powder instead of a cream I would definitely opt for this every time! In terms of using it as a concealer, I would most likely use an additional, although it did reduce redness I still needed to use an additional concealer to hide any additional blemishes!

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Iridescent Gold – £3

I saw this highighter on Ninkcompoop’s YouTube video review (go check out her videos – I’m addicted!) and literally fell in love with it to the point that I went out and bought it that same afternoon! The colour is absolutely gorgeous, a shimmery gold and the pattern on the powder is so pretty that I want to display it for all to see!

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Verdict: BEAUTIFY – Not having used a highlighter before, I absolutely fell in love with this product. I loved how it brightened up my face and my eyes and the sparkle it provided. I definitely recommend!

MUA Eyeshadow Pallette in Hall of Fame – £4

I absolutely love the colours on this pallette. A mixture of golds, creams, blush, warm browns and dark blues to create a smokey eye effect. This pallette contains some of MUA’s most popular shades ever and I love the flexibility to get creative with it.

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Verdict: BEAUTIFY – I absolutely love the range of colours available in this pallette, ranging from nudes and golds to blues and black with a touch of sparkle. This is one pallette that I think will last me a very long time!

MUA Merged Trio Eyeshadow in Theatrics – £2.50

Firstly I absolutely loved the name theatrics, this was closely followed by the amazing baked colours. They literally look like planets! It was difficult to choose which trio to go for as there were so many to choose from and they all looked amazing, however finally settled on a mix of purples and golds which I thought would be a perfect combination.

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Verdict: BEAUTIFY – I love the smokey eye effect this trio gave me and the additional sparkle in each eyeshadow. An amazing budget purchase and so pretty!

MUA Brow Define Tinted Brow Mascara in Dark Brown – £2

This product came in a couple of fab shades to choose from depending on how dark your brows are. It was easy to apply and the product went easily onto the eyebrow, brushing gently through. A perfect product for defining brows!

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Verdict: BUST – I can see how it would be a fab product, and it definitely does stay on and emphasises my eyebrows but as my brows are quite dark already I’m not sure this is the product for me. It made me look quite theatrically angry as the product was quite dark! I think I will be sticking to a powdered product in future.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from linked websites. MUA review images are my own.

Pretty & Petit visits London Fashion Weekend!

On February 28th 2015, I paid my first ever visit to London Fashion Weekend! I’ve always wanted to attend the event to see what it was like and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to this time round.

20150228_144345_resizedI met my friend at the entrance to Somerset House, home of the British Fashion Council, on the Strand and we ventured over the cobbles to the large marquee in the centre of the courtyard. This is one of the fabulous venues used over the course of London Fashion Week and is kept in place for London Fashion Weekend which is held for the general public to get a taster.

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First off we collected our limited edition tote bags with a beautiful print from Pringle of Scotland who are celebrating 200 years this year. The bags were filled with products such as Maybelline mascara, a sample of Lavazza coffee, some Garnier facial wipes, Hello Fashion Monthly magazine and much more! 20150228_162114_resized

There seemed to be a lot going on around the event including talks from industry professionals, the opportunity to shop designer labels and emerging talent and various catwalks to attend. There was also a fabulous prosecco bar and a Lavazza coffee shop to relax sore feet from too much retail therapy too!

We attended the Trend catwalk show which comprised of several collections focusing on key trends from The Outnet.com. The trends included Make it Monochrome, Shimmer & Shine, Hyper Florals and That Seventies Show.

I must admit, I haven’t been truly overwhelmed by any of these trends this season. I’m particularly not sure about the 70s trend – for me I just can’t deal with the suede aspect but I absolutely love the flares and I would wear these with a chunky heel. I’ve felt a bit as though retailers are trying to force us into embracing the trend this season and whilst I have seen a few flares and fringing around – no one has taken the plunge and full on embraced it just yet – perhaps everyone is waiting for the Summer? I’m not sure – either way, I’m not quite there yet! As for the other trends I’m a fan of anything floral so this is absolutely perfect. I’m looking forward to getting the florals out in pretty dresses and skirts once Spring has finally sprung! I love the idea of grown up metallics in the Shimmer & Shine collection and have already fallen in love with some chunky heeled sandals in metallic silver from Primark which I will be featuring on my blog very soon! Overall, it was a great insight into the trends of SS15 and it was great to see a spotlight on an online retailer sponsoring the show.

After the show we took a look round the “Shop the catwalk” section of the event which included a range of pieces taken from the catwalk. Some of my absolute favourite pieces are below, all are very unique and particularly stood out to me as one’s to watch!

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Did you attend London Fashion Weekend? I’d love to hear what you thought – would you attend next year?

See you on Thursday for a new featured business!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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