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NIP+FAB Foundation #Selfieready Skin. No Filter Required!

NIP+FAB is a brand that I’m pretty sure I have never used before.Primarily a skin care brand that recently launched a makeup line. To be honest I don’t know that I would have necessarily gone out of my way to pick up any of it just because I haven’t heard too much about it. But I noticed my local Superdrug had started stocking it the other day. How many of you can resist the inviting glow of a new makeup stand?

I’m pretty sure that every makeup addict has one particular product that they gravitate towards before all others. Mine has always been foundation. I think the search for the holy grail, although I declared it over with NARS Sheer Glow and then very recently Lancome Teint Idole 24hr has me stuck in a magpie habit when it comes to foundation.


NIP+FAB Is currently 1/3 off at Superdrug so I thought I’d give the foundation a go for £8.62. I got shade 20 (olive skin-yellow undertone) which appeared to be the most popular shade as the shelf was empty. Top Tip: go in the drawers under the stand if you can’t find your shade in a product, although frowned upon I’ve only been told off once for helping myself to hidden stock.


If you follow my Instagram or Twitter you might already know my thoughts on this! I’ve been totally obsessing over it! What with this plus the Naked Heat palette, it’s been a really exciting couple of weeks makeup wise for me!

What’s so good about it you ask? Where do I start?!?


A super teeny tiny little plastic squeezy bottle. It’s hard to believe that it contains 30ml of product but it does. There’s nothing fancy about it but I love that. It’s sleek and compact, perfectly portable and there’s no risk of the bottle breaking.

 NIP+FAB Foundation #Selfieready Skin No Filter Required 2


Because the Packaging is basically identical to MAC Face and Body, I found that I was totally expecting a dupe here and it was hard not to compare the two when I first applied it. In comparison, yes it’s similar. It’s a water based buildable coverage foundation. The formula of the NIP+FAB foundation is slightly thicker than Face and Body but it’s close as a dupe. I’ve used Face and Body for years and I personally prefer the NIP+FAB formula. I like that it has a little extra coverage and it gives you that reassuring grip so you know that it’s sticking around without being uncomfortable to wear and looking mask-like.



I like to apply the majority of my foundations with my fingers and then blend a little with a brush or a beauty blender to finish off. This foundation works well applied this way. The finish is said to be natural matte. I find it more of a semi-matte satin finish. The claims of a photoshopped complexion that guarantees ‘#nofilter status’ seems totally far fetched but it actually delivers!! I posted this very close up selfie on Instagram after the first time I used it. An iPhone image with no filter and no editing whatsoever! I applied a pea sized amount of product here and then around half that again and I found that to give me enough coverage so my skin still looked like skin (nose freckles etc.) I believe I could have added more without any problems had I wanted to build up to almost full coverage.

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#Nofilter 😱


Lasting power

A solid 8 hours. I kept an eye on how it wore throughout the day and it wasn’t budging. The finish stayed flawless even though it was a pretty hot day and I did a 2 hour trip in my air conditioning free car!

Shade Range

10 shades of foundation from pale to dark with various undertones. Plus 2 mixer shades.  A light and a dark which respectively alter the shade of foundation by half a shade with one drop.



Apparently not. Or at least not that I can find after a doing some research. It does contain Titanium Dioxide which causes the annoying ghost face when flash photography is used. However, it’s the last ingredient on the list so I’m presuming the quantity isn’t going to be enough to do this. I’m hoping that’s the case at least.


RRP £12.95. Not quite the cheapest in terms of drugstore foundation but absolutely worth every penny in my opinion.

Skin Suitability

I have a normal skin type which is a little dehydrated and prone to occasional dryness. I’ve a feeling that it could look cakey on an overly dry skin type. I used it on my Mum who has the same skin type with no primer/moisturiser (my Dad was asleep where Mum keeps her skincare and heaven forbid we wake the beast! ;)) Mixed with a little Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua to lighten the shade, the overall finish was beautiful. It did need a little extra blending though as it settled into lines and looked heavier than it would have had a moisturiser been applied first. Oily skinned ladies should get along just fine with it. Again if the skin is extremely oily maybe not so much and I’d advise prepping the skin and setting with an oil control finishing spray/powder.


NIP+FAB website students get a 15% discount and if it’s your first order you receive 4 free samples with your first purchase. Superdrug, as mentioned selected NIP+FAB makeup is currently 1/3 off.

NIP+FAB Foundation #Selfieready Skin No Filter Required

Overall thoughts?

I am trying to hold off declaring this my new holy grail as I’ve only used it twice and it was only the other week that I declared Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear as HG but I think it is just that! I am absolutely in love with it to the point that I’m going to stock up my professional makeup kit with every shade.It’s just that good!! So far, aside from the fact that it has no name (really annoying!!), I cannot find a fault. For me, it’s absolute perfection!!

Have you tried any of the NIP+FAB makeup line? Any favourites?


Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G ‘Penelope Pink’ Lipstick

I finally popped my Charlotte Tilbury cherry the other week! I know! ‘Forever behind the times’ should be tattooed on my forehead! I will be posting a haul on that soon. This afternoon I just have time to write a short post while Finn has a nap and the weather is lovely and stormy outside! I’m so Hygge right now! And I have no idea if I used that word in the correct way. (I’m leaving it there though without googling it) because it made me laugh! Basically, I’m cosy and in the mood to chat about my new lipstick.




Firstly, the packaging! Sleek, Classy, Rose Gold perfection which I really enjoy pulling out of my handbag for touch ups.

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look 5

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look and thoughts

So the latest edition to the Urban Decay Naked palette series was released online in Debenhams on Thursday. I had Siri remind me about it since I missed the pre-launch. The only Naked palettes that I already own are the Naked 2 basics and the original Naked (see here how well loved that bad boy has been!!) the 2 and 3 never really interested me and I have never gotten around to picking up the smoky which is the only other that caught my eye. That was until Urban Decay brought the Heat!!


Anyway, I ordered this on Debenhams and collected it yesterday afternoon. After purchasing a toy helicopter for Finn (which was a lengthy choosing process) she is finally home!

Of course, I could have done the decent thing and not swiped my finger into the most appealing shade ‘Lumbre’ before taking photographs. Clearly, I don’t have quite enough self-control. The others made it to the photo’s in one piece so I’m giving myself a pat on the back for that at least.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look 5

Urban Decay Naked Heat

 I was initially going to do a first impressions post but I feel like there are already plenty of those to choose from in the blogosphere right now. I wanted to have a proper play and put together a makeup look using as many shades as I could. And this what I came up with.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye makeup look


Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look

Shades used in order of application

‘Sauced’ ~ Through the crease

‘Dirty talk’~ Underneath ‘Sauced’ 2/3 through the crease

‘Scorched’~ Outer edge of the eye 1/3 of the way over the lid

‘En Fuego’ ~Blended through the top lash line and into the Outer ‘V’

‘Ember‘ ~Outer ‘V for a bit of extra depth and definition.

‘Lumbre’~ over the lid- I applied this with a wet brush and love the outcome!!

‘Ounce’~ Inner corner highlight

I also blended a bit of each of the shades under the lower lash line.

Other products used

Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Khol eyeliner ‘bedroom black’ (tight line and waterline)
MAC Soft ochre paint pot as a primer
Illamasqua translucent powder to set paint pot.

Mystery lashes that I found in my drawer. They could be Primark ones??

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look

I absolutely love this look! I love it more in real life as I’m currently using my iPhone to take blog pics it really doesn’t translate quite as well. 😫 also, I think I’m allergic to the eyeliner I used. You can probably tell that the outer corner of my eye is smudged. It wouldn’t stop watering.Annoying. Anyway, I know no one likes a whinger so moving on!

So I managed to get 7 out of the 12 shades onto my eyes!! For me, out of the colours that I used the stand out was ‘En Fuego’ (Matte Burgundy) which wasn’t a shade that stood out to me initially but it is just so pigmented and buttery soft it’s a dream shadow to blend with and what a beautiful colour!

‘En Fuego’ aside the other shades that I’m loving are, my initial fave ‘Lumbre’ and ‘Dirty Talk.’ The pale matte shades also didn’t disappoint even though I wasn’t initially that excited by them. They serve their purpose well in this palette.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eye Makeup Look

Urban Decay rarely disappoints when it comes to eyeshadow pigmentation and blend-ability and the Naked Heat is keeping the torch held high (pun totally intended.) The only shadow that I feel slightly disappointed in is ‘Ember.’ I just felt that its pigmentation didn’t pack as much of a punch as the other shades. I expected more from it especially because it looks so stunning in the pan. I’m now thinking that it may work better foiled. Edit– I was so wrong about this shade. It’s actually stunning! Maybe it didn’t work with the brush I was using at the time but the second time around (on a MAC 224) I find it beautiful!!

So I think I’ll leave it here because I feel like I’m transitioning into ‘review mode.’ I do have a lot of initial thoughts about the packaging etc but I want to give this palette a proper spin before I post a full review.

Urban Decay Naked heat available online now at Debenhams £39.50

I’d love to know, if you have this palette, what your favourite shades and looks to do with it are??


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