Testing Academy of Colour makeup | Gin & tonic lip balm?!

Hey everyone!

I recently stumbled upon a makeup stand with a brand name that i’d never heard of before. After spotting a £4 eyeshadow quad and a gin and tonic lip balm I figured it would be a cool idea to try them out and put up a post on Beauty Dose!

The brand name is Academy of Colour and is stocked in Debenhams (and weirdly Matalan and Morrisons too?!).

I got 5 items from the nudes 3 collection (spending only £18.50) and aimed to make a bronze glam makeup look, here’s the result:

Find out how I created this look and what I thought of each item below!

Brow palette – £4

I feel like you can’t go wrong with a brow kit but I was impressed by this one. The kit comes with a lighter and darker powder and a dark wax, perfect for my dark hair. I think lighter brunettes might get away with the lighter colour but because it’s so warm toned I think blondes should stay clear.

I used the dark wax and my own brush (didn’t rate the eyebrow brush in the kit at all) and found it pretty easy to get the shape I like. Then I used the darker powder to set that into place.

Update: I’ve worn the brow products all day now and although it’s mainly stayed in place, the edges have faded slightly so the sharp look has completely gone and looked like it may have smudged a little!

Woke up like this eye-shadow palette – £4

The packaging is the strangest part because it’s literally just two foam blocks stuck together at one size. You might want to repot the shadows into your own palettes because I don’t see it lasting too long.

The shadows themselves are a regular size and the colours are what I’d go for a basic warm tone look. They did have a bit of kickback but I didn’t really mind as it didn’t budge on the eye when blending.

As you can see the colours are surprising really pigmented and so effortless to blend! I used the pale colour to set my concealer, the light brown for my transition colour and the dark orangey brown in the crease. Finished off with the shimmery purple on my lid.

The palette is definitely my favourite from the nudes 3 collection and something I’d find myself reaching for in the future!

Update: After wearing the eyeshadows all day (which has been really hot) the colours haven’t budged or faded at all!

Metallic eye pigment and eyeliner – £4

I felt what was missing was a highlight shade in this collection so I picked up the gold shimmer pigment to try to use it as a multi-function item. Initially I tried to add some gold on top of the shade on my lid for a pop of colour but it literally just fell straight off my face – need to try it out with glitter glue!

In the end I packed some on an eyeshadow brush, sprayed with some setting spray and added it to the inner corners. I did this again with a bigger brush and used it as a highlighter on my cheekbones and nose which turned out okay.

The gold liner was a good base for putting the pigment on top of, but lacked pigment on top of other colours. I ended up using it to line my waterline which didn’t really show up on camera but in person did give a slight hue of shimmer.

Gin and tonic lip balm – £2.50

As I’m using a matte liquid lipstick I felt some lip balm was needed. The first item I found that caught my eye in this collection was the gin and tonic lip balm.

The gin and tonic lip balm was the first item to catch my eye in the collection – you know were all obsessed with gin at the minute! – and I was really curious to what it would be like.


There is no scent of gin OR tonic at all, all I smell is bubblegum so I feel like this was just a cheap shot at jumping on the gin bandwagon. The actual balm isn’t anything to shout about either as it’s so solid it’s hard to get any out and on to your finger.

Matte lip kit – £4

The lip kit was the product I really didn’t get along with. First off, the lipstick colour weren’t remotely similar.. and not in an ombré kind of way. The liner was a pinky muave and the lipstick was a warm toned orangey-brown and just looked really strange together. Not only that but after half an hour there was literally 0 product left on my lips, despite the drying formula. Definitely would recommend the MUR lip kits which are similar in price and 10x better quality.

What did you think of Academy of Colour? Let me know in the comments!

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Glossybox Unboxing: March 2018 | Beauty Dose

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted – apologies for that! Im currently coming to the end of my final year at university and the last few weeks have been pretty intense.

However, my Glossybox has arrived and I had to post about it!

If you have read my blog in the past you may know that I was a subscriber of Birchbox, but Glossybox honestly just seemed like the better option so I made the switch!  (Days before Birchbox announced they had Bad Girl Bang in this months box – just my luck)

Anyway, this month’s edit marked the start of spring – and is absolutely beautiful

March 2018 edit

“Out with the old and in with the new. Hibernation is over, so let’s all blossom and bloom as Spring awakens!

We promise to shake up your beauty routine and give you a spring in your step! It’s time to refresh and revive…”

~ Your Glossybox Team x

This month’s packaging design was a simple and bright mix of pink, white and black. I almost didn’t want to unwrap it because it was so pretty! As you can tell, I had a lot of fun taking pictures of it…

Inside, I got 5 full size products claiming to be featuring “a magical recipe for beauty sleep and a skin perfecting serum”

MUDMASKY | Sleep Repair Renewal Nourishing Mask

According to Glossybox, this mask uses only fresh, raw, all-natural ingredients to hydrate, soothe and smoothe your skin.

I was expecting this product to be like any mud mask – thick and opaque – but actually it was a clear gel?!

According to the instructions, you put this mask on before bed and rinse it off in the morning, perfect if you don’t have time for a full on pamper session

I haven’t had chance to wear this overnight yet but I did wear it for the stated minimum of 5 hours, rinsed it off with warm water and my skin felt amazing!

ORYZA BEAUTY | Warm Nude Lipstick

These ORYZA lipticks RRP for £15.95 each so I was quite impressed that it was in my £10 Glossybox!

This one in particular is in the Velvet Ribbon lipstick range – velvety being the perfect word to describe how it feels on the lip!

Although I love the formula, the colour is a bit too warm/orangey for my skin tone, but paired with a brown or nude/pink lip liner, I can easily make it work.

Have a look at my top lipstick picks here

FIGS & ROUGE | Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD+

This stuff is so hjkjhjk good.

The Soft Focus Pore Perfect is a “weightless, matte serum designed to minimise the appearance of pores.”

I have naturally dry skin (find out your skin type here) so I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but it is amazing as a primer!

It comes out the tube quite watery but dries down quickly leaving a tacky base for your foundation – keeping it truly in place all day.

CAUDALIE VINOSOURCE | Moisturising Sorbet Cream

As I said earlier, I have dry skin so I’m always  happy to see a moisturiser!

There isn’t much I can say about this one as I found it a standard thick moisturiser – I find that with products like these I need to test them for a longer period of time to have a full opinion.


My favourite product this month! I usually reach for a bronzer rather than blush, but as we get into the warmer season I’ve been feeling it.

This was the product that I felt the Valentines edit was missing last month, so I was really keen to try it out. The fact that it can be used as a cheek and lip stain is another plus!

This product truly “glides on like silk” and takes no effort to blend, perfect whether you want a bold or more subtle look. It also has a slight shimmer, and leaves a lovely glow on your cheeks. Dreamy.

That’s what I got this month! If you subscribe to Glossybox, what did you get? Let me know in the comments…

Want more? Check out my last post: Valentines day makeup on a budget

How To Slay Valentines Day Makeup On A Budget |Drugstore + Full Coverage Makeup Look


Valentines day is just around the corner, so if you want to find some easily accessible cosmetics for your valentines makeup look then this post is for you! All the products used to create this look are all from the drugstore to save you some pennies.

This is part two of my valentines posts, In my last post I showed you some of my Valentines clothing picks, from a night on the town to a takeaway in-front the TV – check it out here

A full list of products used with links and prices is at the bottom of this post!

Links not affiliate.


My first step was to sort my non existent brows out! I always do this first so I have it marked out where to place my eye shadow and how far to blend it out. Today I tried out the Collection Brow Pomade for the first time, and to be totally honest I didn’t really like this! It was a little oily and because of that it lacked pigment – i’d recommend the Makeup Revolution one instead! Regardless I went over with a brown eye-shadow and they turned out fine.


As soon as I thought of Valentines I thought of this palette. The ColourPop Hi-Maintenance palette is one of my holy grails and they’re sooo cheap they had to make it in this post. I used a transition colour (light warm brown) from another palette, then used the pink to build up colour in my crease and began to blend it up and out further to create a smokey look. I then took the darkest colour (a darker pink with a slight purple hue) on a more defined brush and deepened up the outer corner and crease.

Now for the star of the show! This Max Factor Colour Precision Highlighter is the most gorgeous shimmery pink colour – looking back, I could have used this as a liquid highlighter too! I carved out my eyelid using some concealer and a precise brush, and then patted on the rose gold colour from the ColourPop palette. Then I coated the entire rose gold section of my eye with the liquid eyeshadow for a blinding pink shimmer.

I felt like this eye-shadow look was too dramatic to not have a winged eyeliner and lashes! For eyeliner I used the New Look Flick Dip Eyeliner and then coated my lashes with the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara.


Eylure lashes are my favourite and super accessible in most drugstores. These pair have fast became my go to, if you love a wispy and textured lash, these are for you!


Eyes are done and now it’s time to start on your base! I quickly primed using the NYX Angel Veil and then slapped on the Maybelline 24hr Foundation. Another first impression from this product, but I can definitely say it is suuuuper full coverage and lasts all day!

I concealed using the new cult favourite MUR Conceal and Define (dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape and only £4!) to brighten up my under eyes and used a darker shade to contour with. (I didn’t have a powder bronzer from the drugstore to show in this post – sorry! – but just for reference, I used the Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer in Sweet Tea).


I powdered my entire face using the Collection Lasting Perfection powder – which was a HUGE bargain for £3.99, it even comes with a compact case holding a mirror and sponge (also became a place where I store my lashes!).


I set my face with the NYX Dewy Finish setting spray before highlighter, to make it pop even more. NYX also do this setting spray in a matte finish if that’s what you prefer! For highlighter I used my all time favourite from ColourPop in shade Flexitarian.

Last but not least! I used everyday liquid lipstick from MUR in shade Bow Down. This lipstick actually comes in a kit with a lip-liner just like the Kylie Lip Kits, and is a great dupe!

Product Links

In order of use:
  • Collection Instant Brow Pomade – £3.99  Here
  • ColourPop High maintenance Eyeshadow Palette – $12 Here
  • Max Factor Colour Precision Eyeshadow (I used shade Icicle Rose) – £6.99 Here
  • New Look Flick Dip Eyeliner – £3.99 Here
  • Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – £10.50 Here
  • Eylure Enchanted Lashes – £5.95 Here
  • Maybelline 24hr Superstay Foundation – £9.99 Here
  • Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define – £4 Here
  • Collection Lasting Perfection powder – £3.99 Here
  • NYX Dewy Finish Setting spray – £7 Here
  • ColourPop Highlighter – $8 Here
  • Makeup Revolution Liquid lip kit in Bow Down – £6 Here




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Battle Of The Liquid Lipstick: Drugstore | The Best Of The Drugstore Series

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“I have too many lipsticks” – said no woman ever.

In fact, liquid lipsticks seem to have taken over the world in the last couple of years and I have to say, I’m into it.

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Like Elizabeth Taylor said:

“Put on some lipstick and pull yourself together!”

So if you want to save some $$ and still rock a bold lip, have a read of my favourite liquid lipsticks from the drugstore.

To start things off, here’s a swatch:

Makeup Revolution

Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Kits £6


Buy here

If you’re looking for a dupe for the Kylie Lip Kits, then this is the closest you’ll find in the drugstore. For just £6 you get 5.5ml of liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner (1g) which super creamy. My favourite colour is Bow Down, a beige nude (see picture).

The formula of this lipstick is unique compared to any other on this list as it’s super thin (almost watery) although still completely opaque! I find this dries in seconds – no smudges and non transfer! – and will not budge allll day (I had trouble getting the swatch off my arm!). Because of this, it can be slightly dry but if you moisturise your lips beforehand use the lip-liner underneath then it’s super comfortable to wear.

Makeup Revolution have expanded their line to have all finishes, from metallic to gloss, but their matte formula is my favourite!

NYX Lingerie £7


Buy here

Probably one of the most hyped up products from NYX, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Lingerie lipsticks if your a fan of nude!

This product is that thick and creamy that it applies like a regular bullet lipstick and is really comfortable on the lips. Despite this it does eventually dry down into a matte shade.

No transfer, no smudging and no fading, this one is a staple for anyone’s makeup collection!

Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Matte £7.99


Buy here

For bold colours, this is my absolute favourite product purely for it’s staying power. Even though I rub my lips together out of habit, I can confidently go out with this bold red lip knowing that it’s not going to fade. At all.

If you like a colourful lip or just want to try something different out, the shade range for this line is perfect.

I completely lost this baby for a couple of days and by the time I found it, it was too dark for photos! So here’s a picture of me wearing it instead:



L’oreal Infallible Matte Lip Paint £6.99


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L’Oreal are killing it with packaging of their Lip Paints! The purple squeezy tube and silver detailing is definitely what brought my attention to this product. The wand shape is also unique too as the dome shape fits the shape of your lip perfectly and makes application 10x easier.

Matte formulas are usually quite drying so I was surprised to find that this one is more of a mousse texture and doesn’t completely dry down so is definitely the most comfortable to wear in this entire list. The only problem with this is that is does transfer! You may need to reapply the colour throughout the day but the result is still beautiful.

Colourpop Metallic Lip $6/


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This is the cheapest option on the list, being just $6! However be careful of shipping and custom fees if you live outside of the US as this can really bump the price up.

Honestly, the only bad thing about this product is the packaging which is pretty cheap and wears off easily (as you can see by the picture mine has seen better days) but for the price of it you can’t really complain!

This shade is XX and is in the metallic range and looks ultra shiny and unique on the lips. The formula dries down completely but keeps its sheen and NO TRANSFER! Because of the shine, it can show the slight texture of your natural lips so if that bothers you this one may not be for you.

I haven’t tried the Kylie Jenner metallic lips however rumours are that these are made in the same factory, so definitely worth a try if you want to save some coin!

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick £8.49


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This one is pretty similar to the L’oreal Lip Paint, however it doesn’t dry down as a matte but more of a velvety sheen.

The Rouge shade range is just that: a collection of pinks and warm nudes for a more muted look.

The formula is super creamy and comfortable however does transfer and needs top ups throughout the day!

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks? Have you tried any of these? Let me know! 🙂

Natalie x

The brow product that lasts 3 days | Ft. Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel

After countless restocks, I finally got my hand on the latest Maybelline brow product – the Tattoo Brow Gel!

If you have no clue what product we’re talking about here, check out this video:

Maybelline claims that this gel formula:

  • Glides on effortlessly
  • Removes gently without pulling hairs out
  • Is transfer and smudge proof
  • Creates a natual look which lasts up to 3 days – gradually fading over time


I ordered my Brow Tattoo from Superdrug for £12.99, and once it arrived in the post, I noticed just how small the packaging was.

The tube is around the size of a ‘fun size’ lipgloss and has very little weight to it – containing just 4.6g of product. The instruction state to apply this gel generously to the eyebrow with each use, so I can’t imagine this product to last longer than 3-4 weeks (if used every 3 days).

The applicator was another surprising factor as i’d expected a brush tip similar to an eyebrow brush used for pomade or powder products – this applicator is quite a lot thicker than that so a second brush might be handy if you want to create a defined brow shape.


Maybelline offer the choice of wearing the gel for 20 minutes to overnight. To give myself an idea of what finish I wanted, I tested the product on my hand for 20 minutes. 

I wanted my brows to be way darker than it appeared on my hand (to match my dark hair) so I took the plunge and kept it on overnight!

The product was still perfectly intact one I woke up, and peeled off quick and easy – no eyebrow hairs were plucked!

I was so happy with the results and I didn’t have to touch them as I got ready for the day, here’s a picture of the results:

In review

  • Two days later and my brows have only faded very slightly!
  • I would recommend pairing the Maybelline brush with a more precise angled brush for a defined shape
  • The colour is very versatile as it can be left on for 20 minutes or overnight depending on what look you’re after.

What’s your favourite brow product? Will you be giving the brow tattoo a go? Let me know in the comments!