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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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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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! 


Scrub Love Hydrating Coconut Oil Body Scrub | Face and body scrub for dry skin

Who are ScrubLove?

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Scrub Love is a uses 100% natural ingredients in there products, and cater to all skin types with every scent imaginable from chocolate orange to cucumber + bamboo.


Whether you’re wanting to prolong your tan, or just leave you skin smooth and glowing, ScrubLove claims to make miracles happen.

A statement from ScrubLove:

We are ScrubLove, an organic, fairtrade, Rainforest-Alliance Approved, ethically sourced coffee-scrub skincare company proudly made in the UK.

We’ve done our research and only given you the good stuff to love on: argan, baobab, coconut, sweet almond, sweet orange, tea tree and peppermint oils are all in there. Plus, we’ve sourced only the most skin-lovin’ Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt and sugar to mix with our organic coffee.

I received the ‘Hydrating Coconut Oil Body Scrub in Coconut + Mango’ in my “mystery package” as part of my July Birchbox. Review here.


This scrub in particular scrub is available online at £12.95 for 200g of product.

The unusual packaging is what caught my eye first: a colourful sachet with a zig zag pattern and a resealable strip.

On the back of the packaging, this body scrub in particular is packed with:

  • Coconut flakes and coconut shell – two natural exfoliators
  • Mango butter – to hydrate the skin
  • Coconut sugar – full of antioxidants
  • Macadamia nut oil and coconut oil – smooths, softens and moisturises the skin

*Full ingredient list at the bottom of this page

Opening the package I was surprised at how sweet and intense the scent was. Personally I thought the smell was amazing but if that doesn’t sound like you then i’d suggest trying one of their other scents.

When I scooped a bit of the product out I was shocked at how loose and dry it was and thought this would be terrible for my dry skin.

However once you start to rub it in you really feel the oils start to work their magic and my skin was feeling incredible!

After i’d rinsed it off i felt like i’d been lathered in moisturiser as the oils had left a silky smooth feel.

I also tried this on my face and lips (it actually didn’t taste too terrible) where i really suffer with dry patches and afterwards I noticed a dramatic change.

The scrub kept my skin feeling like that for hours and I couldn’t keep my hands off my face all day!

Overall I can honestly say this is the best body scrub I’ve ever used – if you have dry to normal skin I would definitely recommend you add this to your skin care routine!





Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Powder,Mango Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Powder, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Flour, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Sugar, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Parfum