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The reasons behind my break from social media! 

I have some serious explaining to do! I know! 

I realise that I don’t share a lot of my personal life on the internet (I wish I could, maybe one day!) but I am going to open up about why I have been away for a while, not posting anything and also very quite on Instagram. 

If you have been following me or reading my blog since I started up, then you will know that I started doing this because I love makeup! It was as simple as that! I had for many years thought about doing this yearly, but life always seemed to get in the way! Unfortunately one day I suddenly became very ill and my whole life turned upside down! I found myself with a lot of time spare on my hands in hospital and I also wanted a distraction from my reality and what was happening to me, that is how The Makeup Junkie was created! 

I had a massive shock when I fell ill, I realised a lot of personal things about myself, and one of them was I was not happy with how my life and career was heading, I needed to make a change! I love makeup and trying makeup and also applying makeup on myself and others so it seemed very clear that this was what I needed to do! I wanted to share with the world my knowledge, my tips and tricks, amazing makeup that I’m obsessed with! I always for a long time have been advising friends and family on makeup, it’s my true passion and love in my life! 

I set up this blog and Instagram as way of connecting with other makeup lovers and also to spread my knowledge and wisdom! I have never been one of those girls with loads of friend and when I became poorly I found myself left alone, because I was no longer able to do the things I once used too, my so called friends didn’t want to know. I am very lucky though to have an amazing family who has helped me and supported me through everything! Very recently as well I have had to deal with the struggle of loosing my long thick brown hair, which was a traumatic time for me, but it has started to grow again so I’m slowly gaining confidence again!  

As my Instagram and blog started gaining followers and getting noticed it was so exciting for me because I never imaged having this much engament from this! I started to receive business emails from companies wanting to do promotions and affiliations etc, I thought at the time this is massive, such a privilege that little old me gets to work with companies involved with makeup! I was wrong, it wasn’t a privilege, I got into a lot of mess and arguments over posts and contracts, it was very messy. I regretted saying yes to a lot of deals. I never want to lie or miss lead my followers and I would ALWAYS only recommend products I love and have used. These companies wanted me to lie to my followers which was not acceptable to me. 

This is why I haven’t been active reacently, I have been very involved with this business and unfortunately my health is still not great. So I have come to the decision that I am going to re create my Instagram! Make a brand new account with no business deals or fuss like that, just pure MAKEUP! 

So anyway I had decided to reinvent myself, I’ve changed the style of my blog and I’m in the process of setting a new Instagram account up, which I’ll of course be following everyone who follows me now! Also I have purchased a good camera which means lots more photos and also videos!!! Super excited about this! Hopefully I’ll be able to do mini tutorials as well! So things are looking up for the future of The Makeup Junkie! 

I love you all so much! Stay gorgeous! 

The Makeup Junkie!



Review of Milk Makeups Blur Stick! 

I feel like it has been forever since I had done a review! Well it has been! It has just been a really busy couple of weeks and especially since it’s Easter/Spring break, I’ve been doing lots of things with the family, also it has took me a while to decide my full opinion on this product, I’ll explain everything! 

First of all I would like to tell you about where I purchased this from, since I live in the U.K. I struggle to get my hands on a lot of amazing cosmetics which are made and sold in the USA, however through social media I came across a website which stocks so many amazing USA brands and products! The website is – http://londonlovesbeauty.com  I would highly recommend checking their website out if you are looking for products which are not commonly found! 

Anyway on to the product it’s self! Milk Makeup is a cosmetics company from the USA, it states on their website all their products are cruelty free and are made with the best possibly ingredients. The company it’s self strive for uniqueness and believe in personal style being the ultimate form of self expression. If you want to read a little more about the brand, there is a dedicated page on their website- https://milkmakeup.com/us/   For me personally it is also great to find another brand that is cruelty free, because a personal goal of mine is to eventually only purchase products which are cruelty free! 

I have seen a lot on social media about Milk Makeup but not a lot of conversation about this particular product, I do know there is a numerous multi-purpose sticks in their range, but this one took my fancy the most. In my head I thought it would be a stick version of the Benefit Porefessional, and it does in fact act in a similar way by hiding pores and covering fine lines, but this was just my first initial thoughts. Okay, so this Blur Stick claims to be a face filter, it’s silicone free, a matte primer, minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines, works on all skin tones, oil free, non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores) and help makeup stay put. This is a lot of claims for one makeup product! I love that it’s silicone and oil free, this is making me think that it’ll be great for oily skin types, I do have dry to normal skin however I do have pores on my cheeks which I do like to hide or blue if I can and also I do have fine lines under my eyes and my smile lines I like to smooth out. 

When I first opened this Blur Stick it looked like a foundation, and I was a little worried because I am very pale so I didn’t want this to give off any colour, luckily for me it does not! I swiped this on the back of my hand and it is clear, but actually you don’t even feel like anything is on your face. This is good and also a bit of a pain, great because it’s not heavy on the face however I didn’t know how much to put on because it felt like nothing was on my face, but I warn you now don’t over use this product or you will not like it! I did this the first couple of times but I came to realise I was applying way to much! I recommend a swipe on the areas needed, not to continuesly go over and over because the product will build up and start to ball up, any foundation etc will apply funny! Other than this I do really love how this product makes my skin look, it gives an almost cover to my face that iliminates imperfections! I have wore this Blur Stick on it’s own and with makeup and I do love both ways but personally I prefer it more on it’s own because I think you do see more of a difference without makeup on. The only really down point of this product is you can’t be too heavy handed because it will drag on you skin which is not good for you skin so you do have to be gentle with it! 

I do think this is a very unique product, I haven’t seen anything like this before, the aim of the product, I have, but the style is very much their own. I would say this would be great for oily skin as it will matte the skin, as for makeup staying on longer I’m not sure, I didn’t find any difference but maybe another skin type may. The price of this product on their website is $36 I bought mine for £40. So this is up their in price, you do get 1oz of product and you hardly use any in one application compared to a cream or serum. So I guess it is a personal decision, weighing up the pros and cons, for me I think it is worth the money! 

I hope you enjoyed this review and also I would like to say and MASSIVE thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway, it is now closed and I will be announcing the winner tomorrow! Thank you for all the support and love! 





Listen up!! This is not a joke! I repeat! This is not a joke!! 

If you have Instagram go over to my page- themakeupjunkie1   and all the instruction to enter the giveaway is on Instagram, posted on the caption of the first post! (If reading this at a later date, it’s the post that has “2K giveaway” typed over the photo, also is the feature picture of this post.)

For my lovely blog readers, I want all of you’s to have a extra entry to the giveaway! Just because I love you all so much! Rules below- 

1. Must be following my blog 

2. Like this blog post

3. Comment in the comments section- “I want to win!” 

4. After all of this you will be entered!! 

So you can enter the giveaway this way if you don’t have Instagram or you can do this as an extra entry! I’m so excited to be doing this! 

Okay so the giveaway will end 17th April at 6:00pm GMT! I’ll be choosing the winner by a random generator! This giveaway will be INTERNATIONAL! Anyone that followers the rules can be entered into the giveaway! I’m doing this as a way to say thank you to all my followers and for the lovely support! I LOVE YOU ALL!! 




Review of Essence Prismatic Rainbow Highlighter! 

This is a new product from Essence which I spotted in my drugstore and I was SHOOK! I had to pick this up because it looks amazing and just calls unicorn, rainbow magic! As the growing trend in the makeup world is highlighting and also everything magical, this seems like a perfect on trend makeup product! The name of the highlighter is 10- Be A Unicorn! The price is £3.50 so very affordable for this magical product! Right let’s get into the review! 

This highlight will of course scare the life out of you! I mean who wouldn’t get scared of putting a rainbow highlighter on your cheeks?! There is two ways to go about this, I did try both ways! One of the ways you can use this is swirling all the colours together and the other is just using them separately. 

When you swirl together all of the fab rainbow colours I was super impressed to see that it actually gives a lovely golden glow and it is very wearable, in fact I have been using this a lot when I just want a subtle natural glow to my skin. This highlight is not beaming, like that’s the first thing you notice, it is more soft and a natural glow from within, which can be nice when you want a more natural makeup day. 

The other way you could use this for maybe a fancy dress, Halloween or if this is the look you want to go for, rock it! You can wear this highlight as different colours so it will look like a rainbow on your cheeks. If you can pull this rainbow look off I am very jealous of you! 

Overall I think this is an amazing fun product that it is possible to actually use and wear, of course it is just makeup, it washes off at the end of the day! I hope you enjoyed this review! Make sure you are followed to my Instagram because when I each 2K I’ll be doing a big giveaway which will be open internationally! Love you all! 




Primark Haul! Nothing Over £10! 

So today I just went for a casual look around the shops and I thought I would pop into Primark, I didn’t have anything specific  I wanted, just a little look. I ended up buying loads! But I must say nothing in this haul is over £10, so this is of course budget friendly!! 

The first thing I picked up was a new washing basket/bin, because the one I had was falling apart and the wires were coming out of it so I thought it was time to pick another one up and I really liked this one.  This cost £3.50 so an excellent buy! 

One of the many things I’m obsessed with are notebooks, I love them because I always like to write things down or ideas I have because my memory is terrible so I saw this one and it just called to me because it has a marble print on and the detailing is copper, my favourite!! This cost £2.50 and I normally get my notebooks from Paperchase and it’s a great shop but the items are more pricey so I love that this is a cheaper option! 

Okay so I’m obsessed with shoes, and in the summer I love wearing sandles and flip flops! I always like to have different options, this is just an excuse to buy shoes! These are so comfy and I don’t own any gold sandals at the moment so I had to pick them up and especially since they are only £6.00!

So as I said I love summer shoes and when I go on holiday, most of the time I live in flip flops so I always like to have lots on deck because numerous times they have broke on me, the toe part has snapped, another excuse to buy more shoes! These flip flops cost £2.00 each and are made from foam type material. 

I also picked up a fancier pair of flip flops for more going out occasions on holiday! I actually had a pair very similar to these from Marks and Spencer’s last year and I loved them, I wore them so much I made holes in the sole! They were more expensive than these, can’t remember what I paid for them but it was defiantly more than £4.00! 

I already have a pair of these slip on trainer style shoes, and so does my sister but we currently have them in a orange neon type colour, which is lovely! I just fancied picking up a more neutral pair because they are really comfortable and very affordable at £8.00! 

So I saw one of my friends post on Instagram a photo of some unicorn socks, and they were the style of socks that just cover your toes and heels. I loved them so much so I asked where she got them from and she said Primark, so this came to mind when I was in there but I never found those ones but I did find these and I loved them, reminded me on my childhood so I got them and for £2.50, you can’t go wrong! 

Okay so I have three sisters and at the moment the latest craze is unicorns, they do have me obsessed with unicorns as well! So when I went looking in the lounge wear department and saw this top, I just had to get it, for my sisters enjoyment and for my own! The top was only £6.00 and I’ll be wearing it around the house because I do basically live in lounge wear, I get told off all the time for this! 

Also in the lounge wear department this amazing set caught my eye, these were actually on a manikin along with a unicorn dressing gown but unfortunately they had none left in a large so I was disappointed in that but I still picked up this set because it’s just adorable and only £10! 

I love home decor! Sometimes in Primark they do get really good home things in for a good price so it is worth a look! Today I say these pillow cases and I just had to buy them! The unicorn obsession keeps on growing, as an excuse I thought well my sisters say over sometimes so they can enjoy these as well! 

For me personally Primark clothes are hit and miss, sometimes the stuff they have are not good quality and just don’t appeal to me. However today I did find some perfect holiday tops, and they are the type of material that will be easy to care for and for £4.00 each it was an amazing buy and perfect for the summer! There was lots of different patterns and colours which I loved because there has got to be something that would appeal to everyone in there, the style and cut of the top is also really flattery, it’s slightly longer at the back than the front.

The last item I pick up was some of these funny looking bobbles! To be completely honest I picked these up because they looked weird but also reminded me of my childhood and very 90’s looking, one pack is larger, the ones with black in and the others are smaller from the children’s section. For only a £1 each they are a good buy and I have found this style does not leave a mark/kink in your hair! 

I hope you liked this blog post, it’s a little different from my normal posts, so let me know if you like this or not! I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted this is just because I have been super busy but I have planned some really good reviews coming up! To keep updated and also to be involved in my 2K giveaway which will be happening very soon, follow my Instagram! Love you all! 




Review of Silicone Sponge! 

Yes you read the title correct! I am reviewing this social media craze, the Silicone Sponge! There is nothing fancy about this, it’s just a slice of Silicone which claims to apply foundation and concealer without wasting any product like the beauty sponge does. I can imagine how this does make sense, as the Silicone sponge does not require any water and would not absorb any product, however to a makeup artist or someone who appreciates how good their makeup looks, this may not be such a problem since the beauty sponge works very well. 

So first things first, when this came through the post I was very excited to try it out because I did have high hopes of this working out, the first thing I noticed was that the silicone sponge was a lot thinner than I imagined. I’m not sure if every silicone sponge is like this but mine was. The texture is very strange it kind of wrinkles when you push it together, it is just silicone! 

Now for application, I did of course use a trusted and loved foundation of mine which I know works well and applys normally great so I knew this was all just about the silicone sponge! I applied the foundation on the back of my hand and then took some on the silicone sponge and went in applying that way. First of all I tried patting the foundation around my face, this didn’t do a lot, it just stayed looking thick in one blob on my face. I then went to try and drag the product to attempt to blend it around my face but this didn’t work really because all it did was make marks in my foundation. This sponge makes applying and blending out foundation super hard! It should never be this difficult to apply foundation and get it to look lovely! I demonstrated on my sisters arm of how is dragged and made marks in the foundation and concealer instead of making it look smooth and flawless. 

Overall this seemed like such a good idea to save product and a cheaper option to beauty sponges but the fact is that it just does not apply foundation or concealer as well or as easy! This sponge just makes everything harder and I would much rather my beauty sponge soak up a little of my foundation than try to spend ages getting this silicone sponge to move and blend my foundation. This is just a soild pass from me and I would not recommend to any one!! Just invest in a beauty blender or a real techniques sponge and it will do the job amazingly and very quick! 

I hope you enjoyed this review and remember to go over to my Instagram and give me a follow because when I get to 2K I’ll be doing a big giveaway!! If you have any requests for reviews please leave a comment below! Love you all so much!! 




Review of Karity Eyeshadows! 

I had never heard anything about the brand Katity before, I first saw them in an article about how they  did not spend any money on adversiting and just noticed by word of mouth! This is a very different approach to how most brands and companies get their products out in the world and I do appreciate this because it shows that they want to but the best quality into the products themselves! (This is not sponsored.) 

I purchased myself nine shadows in a variety of finishes, matte, satin and metallic. The shade names are, Daisy Chain, Toosie, INDO, Super Freak, Muzzle, Tease, Mary Jane and Diva. The two satin shades are Daisy Chain and Toosie, the matte shades are INDO, Super Freak, Muzzle and Tease, the two metallics are Mary Jane and Diva. 

First of all the satin shades, as you can see by the picture of the swatches Daisy Chain does not really show up, which I was really disappointed with! I maybe though it was just the swatch and it would look really pretty on the eyes but I was wrong, it did not give off hardly any colour or shimmer, this one is a pass for me! Toosie on the other hand is gorgeous! It reminds me of Jaclyn Hills champagne pop as a eyeshadow, I love this shade and if sprayed with Fix+ it turns a metallic like foil and looks so pretty all over the lid or even as a highlight! 

The matte colours I got are all very neautral because I prefer to work with matte shades in my crease so on my skin tone I like to work with browns and warm oranges tones. All of these shades are gorgeous! They blend so smoothly and are very buttery and creamy, everything you can ask  for from a matte shadow! I really love these matey shadows and I have been using them nearly everyday since I have got them! 

The metallic shadows in my opinion are very special!! They are super pigmented and almost foil like which to me is everything I want a metallic shadow to be! I was totally blown away with these metallic shadows, I can’t say enough good things about these! The colour stays true all day doesn’t fade in anyway and also all of these shadows do not crease on me personally, I do wear an eyeprimer but I have found some lower quality shadows do create even with a primer however these do not! Another amazing thing about these is that they are really affordable so not matter what your budget may be I’m sure you’ll be able to find what you are looking for and also some of the shadows are supposed to be a dupe for MAC shadows, I’d love to test this out unfortunalty I don’t own any, but I may contact friends that do! 

Overall I’m obsessed with these shadows, when buying anything that you haven’t tried out or tested before you do run the risk of getting something you don’t like so I’m okay that only one of these shadows didn’t work out as well as the others! These eyeshadows get a massive thumbs up from me and I would highly recommend you check them out!! I hope you enjoyed this post, please go follow my Instagram for more daily updates and also I’m very close to my 2K giveaway!! 




Review of MAC Cosmetics Lavender Fix +!

MAC Cosmetics is a high end brand that brings out special collections and collaborations, over the years MAC is consantly changing and improving their products and packaging to move with the trend and also they have been sneaking up their prices! So anyway this newest collection is called “Work it out”, some of the special collections don’t really take my fancy however there was one item in this collection that made me buy this straight away! The Lavender Fix+, this is just because my favourite scent is lavender! 

The only thing I do not like about this product is that it’s not in the traditional 100ml bottle! They only sell the three scents, Lavender, Rose and Coconut in the 30ml bottle, which I would use very quickly! I did have a little worry about weather or not the scent would cause irritation but it has not, I have tried this out all over the face to set makeup but also to foil shadows and it performs exactly like the original Fix+! 

Overall I love this product so much!! I only wish they did this in a larger bottle! I mean it is a special item but I think if you are a big fan of these three scents it would be great for you! I did want to make this review shorter just because yesterday’s was a very lengthy post! I hope you enjoyed reading this review on MAC Cosmetics Lavender Fix+, if you have any suggestions of reviews or any comments please feel to let me know and also make sure to follow me on Instagram for more daily updates! 




First Impressions of the March Glossy Box UK!

I’ve been seeing a lot of these beauty boxes around social media a lot and I never used to think they were worth the money because you only got a few sample size items for a high price. When I looked into it I was proved wrong! In the UK they have different beauty subscription boxes to the US, I have watched some youtubers unbox their American beauty boxes such as Ipsy and Boxycharm and they seem to get a variety of beauty products for a lower price. So I checked out which beauty boxes I could receive in the UK, and the one that applied to me the most was Glossy Box, I do understand that they have a US box but their products are different inside.

Inside this months Glossy Box UK was a full size Oolution Eye love, a full size Sleek MakeUp Eye and Cheek Palette in All Day Soiree 030, a 20ml/0.68oz of ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close-up, a 20ml/0.67oz of Figs & Rouge Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream and lastly a 30ml/1oz of Schwarzkopf Professionla BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment. I unortuantly won’t be reviewing the Figs and Rouge day cream because I have tired this before and it did not agree with my skin and made me break out so I’ll be donating that one. Other than that this will be a first impressions of the other four products.

First of all I’ll start with the eye cream by Oolution. So this product claims to diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness and also it contains 100% natural ingredients. This product is also vegan, contains no palm oil and cruelty free. SO far this all sounds brill! The texture of this is a cream/lotion feel to it, there isn’t a very strong scent but it does have a slight smell, nothing in particular I could say it would be. The colour when comes out of the tube is white but when rubbed into the skin it becomes clear. It says you can use this product a night or on a morning, since I got it this morning I used it then. Normally on a morning I would use the Clinque Prep-Start Eye Cream. So as the product claims to “diminish dark circles” I’m not use if that means start away or over time but on first application it didn’t do a lot! I will give it this it did de-puff my eyes but nothing more than my other eye cream. It sank into the skin quickly which I thought was good because I felt like I could then just apply my makeup straight away without waiting for it to dry. Overall I will keep using this but I don’t think it would be worth the original price of £30! If you are in the market for a good eye cream I would recommend the Clinque Prep-Start Eye Cream because it does de-puff and also brighten the under eye!

Next on the list is the ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close-Up, which is claims to be a mask, moisturiser and primer in one. That just seems crazy to me! I can’t get my head around how one product could be all these three things, but I’m always intrigued to try new things! This product claims to plump, brightening, reduce redness, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and also leaving the skin radiant. That is a lot of claims! It is also reported that Victoria Beckham uses and loves this product, to me that doesn’t mean anything, but everyone is different! The product comes out of the tube white but when rubbed into the skin becomes clear, it’s very thick in consistency. This cream does have a scent and I really do not like it! It’s kind of floral but also smells of sun cream but a horrible one! When the cream is rubbed it it leaves a greasy texture, I don’t mind if a primer is tacky but this is not it just feels greasy on the face. I did not notice any plumping, firmness or basically any of the claims this product has and also I felt like my makeup was slipping about on top of it and making my foundation patchy! (I did use a foundation, powder and concealer I use and love on a daily basis and I know they work!) Overall I really do not like this product, I may try it once more but I don’t have high hopes, I’ll most likely donate this to a friend or family member for them to try.

The most exciting thing in the Glossy Box was this full size Sleek MakeUp Eye and Cheek palette! I already own a few Sleek products and y favourite is the Sleek Highlight Palette in Solsitce (if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know how much I love it!) SO I did have high hopes for this product even though I have never tried their shadows before I kinda just wanted it to be good! So this is supposed to provide all your colour essentials in one easy compact. This contains four shadows and two blushes. I do think these types of palettes are a really good idea for the everyday woman who doesn’t have a lot of time on the morning and maybe not a lot of space! So I opened up the compact and the first thing I see is this bright babydoll pink, in my head I’m think oh no! Anyway there is two warmer shadows, one a orange/peachy matte and the other a peach shimmer. The other two shadows are cooler tones, an icy shimmer and a cool toned brown. It does say on the packaging there is two blushes in this but to me there is one blush and one highlight because the other shade is a straight shimmer in a champagne colour, this is actually even nicer than the two blush ideas, I do think that needs to be mentioned on the packaging though. So I’ve said all the good things about this and that’s about it, now I did wear this all day today and I got to say there is much better out there! First of all when I was putting the shadows on I wasn’t that impressed with the pigment it was kind of just average to me, I think if you are a makeup collector you’ll already have these shades in your collection and to be honest all of them didn’t really work well together. In the end it did look pretty and girly but I thought I could have achieved this with any of my other palettes and I would not have worked as hard to blend which I had to with these shadows. The pink blush in this compact is terrible! It’s chalky it has glitter in it making it chunky and when on the face it won’t blend out and so hard to apply, also it kicked off so much powder, it was just not worth the bother! The other so called blush in this palette is also terrible, there is just no pigmentation and it’s very hard in the pan I did not like this at all! Overall this compact is a pass and to be honest I won’t be reaching for this and in my head I do think I may give this away to my sister who does like that natural girly look.

Lastly is the Brazilnut Pulp Treatment, I unfortunately have not had a try of this yet, just because I did want to get this first impressions up today since I have not posted in a while but I will tell you a bit about the product. SO The sample size comes in a jar and I was just expecting it to be like a thicker conditioner like most of the other hair treatments but surprisingly this one has gritty bits in, it feels very much like an exfoliate which is interesting. It smells really good, kind of a fresh scent but also like a spa! ON the back of my hand it has made my hand super soft so I’ll be interested to try this out and I’ll let you know on Instagram if this is any good or not so make sure you follow me there to find out more!

I hope you all enjoyed my First Impressions on the Glossy Box UK, this was my first box from there and to be honest I didn’t really enjoy most of the products but I guess I was just unlucky this time. It is a part of getting these beauty box subscriptions trying new different products that you wouldn’t normally get to either discover something you love or hate! I will have another episode of my series Splurge or Save up this week and it is a good one, little hint, it’s all about the glow!