MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal

Hey guys! This is my first blog post in a while, although it isn’t a difficult, in-depth one I’ve struggled to find the time to sit and write one! But now that I finally have, this is just a short and sweet review of the MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal range.

If you read my review on the Sleek Colour Corrector Palette back in November, you will know what my skin problems are! Bright red cheeks, large red spots, dark under eyes… the list seems to go on. For those of you who haven’t read it here is a little snippet as this review is going to link back to the Sleek Palette Review Post quite often:

“I’m not going to lie about the fact I have only recently discovered how amazing colour correcting is and now I can’t live without doing it on a daily basis. I suffer from really bad red cheeks – it isn’t a heat controlled thing, as a natural ginger I have naturally rosy cheeks, which I have always tried to cover with layer upon layer of foundation and powder.

As well as rosy cheeks I often break out in horrible, large red spots which as we all know aren’t easy to cover! I have always attempted to cover them in a bog standard porcelain concealer which in most cases just made my skin dry.”

Since reviewing the Sleek Palette in November I’ve been buying one on average every 6 weeks. Which isn’t necessarily a big problem as it is only £7.99… however, I was only buying a new one for the yellow and green compartment, all of the other colours were practically un touched.

I colour correct everyday. Because of how naturally red my cheeks are I need a green layer underneath my foundation to neutralise it, adding this green layer is a lot easier than building my foundation up layer by layer – resulting in a cakey finish!

The Barry M Flawless Colour Correcting Primer is a great product for this; another colour correcting product I will be reviewing soon!

Since reviewing the Sleek Palette I have been exploring different ranges and their colour correcting products. Here is one of the latest I have tried…

The MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal.

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Although the Barry M Colour Correcting Primer is great for an all over layer, it isn’t pigmented enough to fully neutralise dark red spots or dark under eye circles. However, the MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal products are great for concentrating on small areas that need the extra coverage. They are extremely thick and creamy! For a bargain of £2 each!

I always worry that cheap products won’t agree with my skin, I have Combination Skin which can sometimes make it a nightmare finding the right product. Products that won’t make my skin dry out but won’t enhance any oily patches, despite the low price tag this range is not low in quality. I think they’re great!

I use the green one on the extremely red areas on my cheeks and on large red spots, like I would a concealer. I use the yellow one for brightening my dark under eyes, although orange is the recommended colour for dark under eyes I find yellow compliments the rest of my skin better. I colour correct after I have primed: prime, colour correct, conceal then foundation! This ensures all of my spots and redness is covered well. But of course do it in whatever order is best for you.

The MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal range consists of four colours – yellow, green, peach and lilac. I have tried and tested the yellow and green because they target the areas I am most conscious about.

In comparison to the Sleek Palette, I think the product itself is on parr; despite the difference in price. You also get a lot more for your money with the MUA products. Unfortuntly Sleek doesn’t offer the colours featured in their palette in individual units, meaning that if you only use the yellow and green (for example) like myself, you won’t get many of it and a palette full of colours you wont use. So because of this I favour the MUA products a little more.

Swatch time! I have photographed both a natural light and flash swatch so you can really see how pigmented these little beauties are!

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So if you’re looking for an introductory product to colour correcting or looking for a cheaper alternative to a product you already use, I would definitely recommend these little gems from MUA. Not only are they a great price but they last a surprising amount of time, I was expecting them to be a monthly purchase but for their size they contain just enough – I do apply mine in small doses using a concealer brush!

For anyone that doesn’t really understand what different colours are for, the below graphic is great! Especially when you are looking for a solution to an area you may be self-conscious about and need to know what product to buy to hide these areas!
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I would love to know what colour correcting products you use! I will be featuring the Barry M Flawless Colour Correcting Primer soon on Sophie Loves Beauty x

Edible Personalised Christmas Present By CakeToppers

Although I primarily review beauty products I couldn’t not speak about the perfect gift this Christmas. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” better than something personalised… and edible!

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These gorgeous cupcakes are from www.CakeToppers.co.uk. They offer a huge range of personalised cupcakes, decorated with your own message, numbers, flowers, hearts, stars or pretty much anything you can dream up! From an amazing price of £5.95; including delivery! Continue reading “Edible Personalised Christmas Present By CakeToppers”

Christmas Decor Hacks

Christmas is fast approaching and I can’t wait to get the tree up, brighten the house up with Christmas lights, and spread festivity EVERYWHERE! Even the bathroom gets given a festive touch.

But we all know how expensive Christmas is and if you’re like me; you dread having to part with so much money for one day and plead for January payday. It can become so stressful making your pay check stretch. Which is why I hate splashing out on Christmas decor for it to sit in a box for 11 out of 12 months of the year. Why can’t we become DIY enthusiasts or savvy at Christmas and not splash out? I have put together some ideas that have inspired me to become more conscious of the price of decorations this Christmas… and in some cases, they are just plain genius! Continue reading “Christmas Decor Hacks”

Sleek Colour Corrector Palette

I’m not going to lie about the fact I have only recently discovered how amazing colour correcting is and now I can’t live without doing it on a daily basis. I suffer from really bad red cheeks – it isn’t a heat controlled thing, as a natural ginger I have naturally rosy cheeks, which I have always tried to cover with layer upon layer of foundation and powder.

As well as rosy cheeks I often break out in horrible, large red spots which as we all know aren’t easy to cover! I have always attempted to cover them in a bog standard porcelain concealer which in most cases just made my skin dry.

I am a massive fan of makeup videos on Instagram and Facebook, I could watch them endlessly. The more and more I watched the more I noticed colour correction being used and knew I needed to give it a try. Continue reading “Sleek Colour Corrector Palette”

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection

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I love Real Technique brushes! So when I first saw the metallic range I fell in love. But if I’m being honest I wasn’t willing to spend £18- £25 per brush on the new set. As beautiful as they were I knew I couldn’t get the entire range without having to splash out – because lets admit, they are too beautiful to just buy one.

Innocently, I took a trip to TK Maxx just to have a nosey; to be honest I never shop in TK Maxx but I am glad I spontaneously went in for a browse.

I stumbled across this Real Technique Bold Metals Collection with an RRP of £60, but the TK Maxx price of….. Continue reading “Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection”

The Ultimate Mac Nudes

Every girl should have their number one (or 5) go to lipstick… and I’m going to reveal mine! Mac Honeylove and Mac Velvet Teddy are both gorgeous nudes that create two different twists to a makeup look.

Nudes have been huge this season but there are so many variations that it is hard to find the perfect one. Nudes vary from coral peaches, “barely there” baby pinks and Continue reading “The Ultimate Mac Nudes”

My Lip Filler Experience

I have always wanted nice fuller lips – even before this whole “Kylie Jenner” lip obsession came in. It’s been something that’s made me very self conscious for a while, so I would constantly over draw my lip liner; which we all know looks CRAP! Before I was 18 (and legal to have lip filler) I vowed that as soon as I could I will book myself in and “just go for it”. But then I read into it more and the possible side effects and the procedure. I am PETRIFIED
Continue reading “My Lip Filler Experience”