A couple of months ago I popped into Superdrug and accidentally drop a bomb of money on a few Revolution products. Having never used the brand before I bought a range of products to test… More
At the moment skincare has become the be all and end all to my life! Probably due to the fact I’ve hit my thirties and live in fear that I’m going to wake up one morning and my skin will resemble a Shar Pei (cute on the dog not on my face). As my fear is so rife I have decided to do my first products of the month around affordable skincare that is helping my face stay healthy and wrinkle free.
I’ve really changed my skincare routine in the last few months and it has really started to make a difference to the texture of my skin and helped prevent breakouts. After reading Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest I began to realise how important skincare is not just for prevention of wrinkles but due to skin being our biggest organ that is constantly exposed to the elements so it’s going to need some TLC and if you take the few minutes to get your routine in place your skin will most definitely thank you for it.
Upon Sali’s advice the first thing I have done is changed my everyday facial scrub to a cleansing milk. I have currently been using the Garnier Natural Rose water cleanser (linked down below) and at £3.50 for a 200ml bottle it has become a staple. The bottle is only currently half way through and I have been using it day and night for at least two months (if only other things lasted this long!)
Before I did not realise how other more soapy products had been dehydrating my face and stripping it of its natural oils. The poor thing must have been crying out for moisture like a man lost in the Sahara. Garnier’s cleansing milk is so much kinder and gentle to the skin whilst still leaving it feeling clean and make up free. My face generally feels softer, less tight and due to it being specifically for dry and sensitive skin I am also left with a lot less redness immediately after washing.
I have recently received a few compliment due to the improvement of my skin (I am prone to bad breakouts and get a lot of redness) and I do believe it is from changing the start of my skincare routine to a cleansing milk. Garnier’s is affordable and does the job well, you can literally see the dirt being removed from your face on the cotton pad! The rose water adds a nice scent that does not overpower of cause irritation to the face and my skin is left feeling clean and much softer then before. To date I have not had one breakout since I began using this months ago.
My second product of the month is a total bargain, so much so that I have bought four and have one in my bag, bedroom, car and bathroom. What is this fantastically cheap product?
Introducing Palmer’s cocoa butter lip balm that retails for an amazing £1.49 for 4g/15 oz. The smell of this lip balm is fantastic the cocoa is so strong you feel as if your lips have been dipped in chocolate. The butter like texture leaves lips feeling incredibly soft and moisturised without being sticky. As an added bonus the balm is also enriched with vitamin E and has a SPF of 15 so as well as keeping your lips kissable all day long your also being protected from the harmful sun rays and wrinkles (what’s not to like). This has helped during times when my lips have felt a bit chapped and sore, leaving my lips soothed.
My favourite lip balm brand is the EOS and I can say the Palmers’ is on an even keel and half the price, as I stated above I now have them littered around the house!
My next current favourite is an oldie but a goody the Nivea Aqua effect regenerating night cream. It’s a product I started using a few years ago which got lost in the pack of my ever growing cosmetics cabinet, it wasn’t until I saw it at Boots a couple of months ago that I snapped it up and reignited the love.
I am so thankful that my retinas stumbled upon this again as it is the thickest most intensely moisturising product I have ever used. It retails for £3.90 for 50ml and has the ability to last you a lifetime due to the amount you need to use as this cream is rich.
If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin then this night cream could be the one for you. I personally have dehydrated skin but I do tend to get an oily t-zone so I worried at first this would be to intense and bring me out in blemishes especially around the t-zone area. I was wrong! Ever night I massage this into my skin and neck and in the morning I wake up with the softest most plumped out skin I have had in years.
I’m not going to lie when you put it on at night it is a heavy cream that leaves you looking greased up but by morning your skin will be doing a Shangela “Halleloo”.
It is the most intense moisturising cream I have ever used, I am so glad I’ve found it again. My skin is the most hydrated it has ever been, it’s texture has changed and not one breakout, I could not sing the praises of this cream enough and for under £4.00 it’s fast becoming one of my ride or die products once again.
Last but not least on my current skincare faves for the month of March is the new Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcol black tissue mask (currently £1.99 at Superdrug linked below). This mask promises to be hydrating and pore – tightening which is something this girl needs. Enlarged pores have become the devil.
Very much like the skinactive moisture bomb it is a sheet mask only it is black in colour. It has a different smell to the moisture bomb and reminded me slightly of sea weed but if it’s going to shrink those pores it was worth a go.
The formula for this mask is very sticky even after the fifteen minutes setting time I was surprised with how much product was left on my face and the sheet itself (I rubbed the sheet over my face to help my skin soak up the excess). It is a very hydrating mask but the stickiness gives it a primer vibe which I was more surprised by then mad at.
Pore wise I don’t feel on first use it helped to minimise the appearance but when I used two a week for about three weeks I did begin to see a difference in areas where my pores are enlarged such as my nose and chin.
Overall as with the moisture bomb if you are looking for something penny saving with good hydration for the skin and if you are stocking up on a few to gain the pore minimising effect then this is a good product.
I can’t believe we are four months into 2018, let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 what your product for March were? Have you tried any of the above? if so did you love or hate them?
Until my next post.
http://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6OSw6fSt2gIVCrvtCh3TrQHiEAYYASABEgJEcvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds (Garnier Rose water cleanser – available on the three for two)
https://www.superdrug.com/Palmer%27s/Palmer%27s-Cocoa-Butter-Lip-Balm/p/379131?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-qudlvWt2gIVyLftCh0DpAWKEAQYASABEgKxZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COGjopj1rdoCFdWeGwodYFwOtw (Palmer cocoa lip balm – currently 25% off)
https://www.notino.co.uk/nivea/aqua-effect-regenerating-night-cream-for-normal-to-mixed-skin/?item=96189&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6enH6_Wt2gIV7BXTCh1pNgHwEAYYASABEgLjgfD_BwE (Nivea aqua effect regenerating night cream)
https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Face-Masks/Garnier-SkinActive-Charcoal-and-Algae-Hydrating-Sheet-Mask/p/754167?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Zyw_oGu2gIVyrvtCh3bPwheEAQYASABEgJN2vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPzeuoGCrtoCFUSMUQod0zMO7w (Garnier Skin Active pure charchoal black tissue mask)
We’ve all been there, it’s mid month there is another two weeks until pay day and the bank account is pretty bleak to say the least. There seems to be new products coming out left right and centre and sometimes money just will not stretch far enough for the little luxury product we’ve had our eye on, so in honour of our poor times I’ve looked up and tried some DIY skincare that are easy to achieve at home and cheap as chips to make (all sites used for ingredients are linked below).
I’ll start with a mint lip scrub that promises to exfoliate, nourish and most importantly for me plump up your lips.
You will need to find in your kitchen:
20g of brown sugar
20ml of olive oil
2-3 drops of peppermint oil (I got mine for 99p off amazon).
Mix them all together and you have yourself a home made lip scrub with the added satisfaction of making it yourself.
Honestly it’s not a very good looking scrub but the strong scent of peppermint mean your going to smell like a polo after use so it has its perks.
The scrub itself is very gentle whilst still giving you the exfoliation needed for smooth lips. It made mine feel a lot softer and the olive oil gave added moisture without leaving my lips greasy.
Plumping wise this was a let down, there was no tingling sensation or any change in the way my lips looked. I also used a lot more drops then the suggested three as I do like to go all out for a promise of fuller lips (without turning to the needle).
Overall the scrub works to exfoliate and gain smoother lips but if you wanted to achieve the plumping effect it may be best to try something else. This is cheap and easy to make and can be knocked up in about two minutes so if your looking for a quick, easy way to improve your lips when your strapped for cash this is effective.
Next up is a hand scrub that I found on a lovely little blog called living thenourishedlife. The author Elizabeth has many DIY recipes and other healthy tips for life. The homemade hand scrub promises soft hands and the things you will need are listed below.
1tbsp Coconut oil
2tbsp raw honey
1/4 cup of sea salt
1/4 cup of organic sugar
1tbsp of lemon juice
Once you’ve mixed them all together you have something that looks a lot better then the lip scrub, the smell is delicious, plus there is enough for around three applications depending on how generous you are with your usage and it can be kept in the fridge.
The scrub is very rich and thick, you can spend a good few minutes rubbing it into the skin without it being uncomfortable or harsh. I found the more you scrubbed this into your hands the stronger the smell became which was very relaxing and satisfying.
Once washed off my hands felt incredible, they were so soft and smooth. All traces of dry skin had been removed and the coconut oil had left my hands so nourished and moisturised. You can literally wash your hands about thirty times afterwards and they will still feel so soft thanks to the coconut oil.
This is definitely one I will be making over and over again! It’s just so easy to achieve and it really works. I’m going to be using it on both my hands and feet next time.
Last on the list of DIY projects has been the cocoa dream hydration mask, which is said to give a healthy glow and was found on the marie claire website (ingredients listed below)
1tbs cocoa powder
The hydration mask took a few minutes to make and it reminds me of something that falls out of my dog after he’s eaten a bone and yet smells like warm homemade brownies. This being said beware the kids/animals/husband may lick it off your face!
Application wise this is difficult, I used a foundation brush and due to the masks texture it goes on clumpy, which then becomes streaky and patchy as you try to even out but once you’ve got there it is a comfortable mask that does not irritate as it dries down.
As with the application the removal is messy! The overall effects of the mask seem to have been good. My redness has been reduced and my skin feels soft so I can see how over a period of use how this would give skin a glow.
Hydration wise I did not feel like there were any benefits. I would actually advise using a moisturiser straight after washing off as my skin felt very dry and tight.
Due to the reduction in the redness of my skin (I do get a lot of redness) I would try this again as it’s quick, cheap and easy without causing to much irritation. I will however have the moisturiser on standby for after removal.
So my DIY experience has been a bit hit and miss. All the products I have tried worked to a certain extent (the hand scrub being my favourite and most successful). I think it’s a great idea for poorer times to give yourself a little TLC and each product was so easy and quick to make plus there are so many more ideas available online you could try many different ones.
Let me know if you’ve made any of your own great product, has the process been easy? and did they work? You can comment below or chat to me on twitter @KateL564
Thank you for reading
https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/how-to/a2830/best-homemade-face-masks/ (Cocoa Dream Face-mask)
https://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/make-lip-scrub (Mint Lip Scrub)
https://livingthenourishedlife.com/want-to-get-soft-hands-try-my-homemade/ (Home Made Hand Scrub found on https://livingthenourishedlife.com/ by Elizabeth she offers many DIY recipes for beauty products and her blog is really worth taking a look at)
Today I’m going to be talking NARS natural radiant long wear foundation … try saying that with a mouth full of Malteasers. Now this is one hyped foundation with many feeling it’s the foundation of the year when we have only just seen the back of January. It is one product I simply had to get my hands on and test, is everything I’ve heard true?
Starting with the basics, NARS radiant long wear foundation retails at £35.00 for 1fl 0z. / 30ml which gave me a slight nose bleed but it is NARS so to be expected.
I have to give NARS a big congrats on their shade range as this foundation is available in a massive 33 shades ranging from very light to deep. The shade pictured is “Oslo” (light 1) which is the lightest shade of the range.
“A little advice if your going to order the foundation online and are worried about choosing your shade I used the NARS website to determine my shade and then bought from House of Fraser website as the shipping on NARS was slightly high (I will link both sites below).”
Last thing to note and its a biggie, NARS is promising the foundation has 16 hours worth of wear. Yes you read right 16 hours!!
Upon using I found that this foundation is very thin and liquidy which is very surprising considering the amount of coverage you gain, making it easy to build to the ideal look you want. Two pumps can be used to cover the whole face creating a blank canvass with all natural redness and dark spots covered. (below I have included a photo of the coverage achieved on my tattoo for an example)
Due to the texture being so thin it leaves a lightweight feel which I am all for as I do love being full coverage but hate the feeling of being weighed down by foundation.
I have to go back and compliment NARS once again on their shade range! I think this is the closest shade to my natural skin tone I have ever had and for me this is everything as I normally have to use a whitener to tone down other foundation shades. From looking at the whole range available it would be shocking to me if I heard someone was unable to find a shade that was right for them.
Speaking of the shade, once applied it does oxidise ever so slightly, the colour change is barley noticeable so I am not mad at it and I’ve used other foundations where the change has been way more dramatic and I’ve looked like a walking spray tan gone wrong.
The finish is beautiful, giving a smooth complexion and no caking. It is not a full matte product so it doesn’t dry down fully meaning you can actually raise an eyebrow without feeling your face is going to crack into a million pieces.
Saying this I did need to set with powder paying particular attention to my T-Zone area as I get oily here throughout the day, I did feel the foundation would just run off this area if not set right therefore achieving a look I was not going for.
The foundation worked well with other product and stayed in place without being stripped away or caking up throughout liquid concealer application and other powders on top. I was more then satisfied with the performance during the making up stages.
Leading me onto how long this lasts, can this go a full 16 hours??
Honestly I don’t know who would need a foundation on for 16 hours of the day but I do feel if set right with powder you will get a full working day or a night out with a flawless base and no need for touch ups. The product stays put, stays smooth and gave such a lovely coverage to my face I think its the best my skin has looked, it lasted as long as I needed and has become my go to foundation especially if I have a event, party or special occasion to attend.
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried the NARS natural radiant foundation and your thought. I have heard people say its the foundation of 2018 this early in the year!! I can also be found on twitter @KateL564 so come and join the blog chats and just general discussions.
Thank you for reading.
The Wunderbrow went viral some time ago, I always thought it was an Instagram craze that didn’t really work and something I wasn’t willing to spend my hard-earned money on. How has this changed for me and why have I had a sudden interest? The answer is my friends opinions, they are completely split down the middle. Some of them love the product feeling they cannot complete their brow routine without it and others saying they found it fiddley and hard to get to grips with. Me being me I had to get one and weigh in with my opinion.
Off I popped to Amazon to purchase this potentially amazing / potentially horrific brow gel for a sum of £19.95. I began to think the latter was about to come to life and I was setting myself up for a fail when I realised the Wunderbrow only offers five shades consisting of Auburn, blonde, black/brown, brunette and jet black. Comparing this to the twelve shades offered in the dip brow range from Anastasia Beverly Hills (£19), I wasn’t exactly filled with confidence that Wunderbrow was going to work out for me. Is it possible to cover many different shades of brown brow hair with just brunette as an option? Yet Wunderbrow does promise the “perfect brow in two minutes” and considering my current fifteen minutes or more routine it was worth a punt.
Next day it arrived and I became all the more baffled! Inside is 3g/ 0.15oz of the product, a spoolie and some instructions (which you may as well wipe your butt with but more on that later).
The confusion began when I opened the Wunderbrow and saw that the applicator is a lip gloss style paintbrush and I wondered how I was going to apply the product to the brows without A. making a very messy, not so sharp shape and B. gaining such perfect results in two minutes. This called for UNHELPFUL INSTRUCTION TIME!!
Well the instructions say to apply the applicator to the brows in light strokes to build the shape and effect you wish, the problem is the brush picks up so much product that even if you wipe off some it still too much and the brush is too thick to achieve any kind of shape without making a huge mess and which would be even considered respectable to wear outside. To continue with the instructions it then says to spoolie through and gain desired effect although the product takes nano seconds to dry down. The results being more slug then chic.
Once I had sacked off the instructions and gone it alone I found a much easier way to use, which actually allows you to step outside your front door without scaring the nation. I placed a blob of product on the back of my hand and used an eyebrow brush (M.A.C 263 £16.50 but any eyebrow brush will do) and carefully carved out the shape I wanted before beginning to fill in the sparse hairs. I used the spoolie throughout doing this and overall gained a much better look which to my surprise I really liked, More chic then slug.
The colour matched well to my natural brow colour especially when applied with the eyebrow brush as you have more control over the amount of product and accuracy of application and can build up to however bold you want to go. A quick dry down does mean you build up a good stain to your brows so the shape and colour will last up to two / three days before it begins to fade and it needs removing before you start to scare the public once more. Upon removal you will need to invest in an oil based remover which you will also need for the back of your hand if you choose to apply with the eyebrow brush.
So the big questions, do I use it? and would I purchase again?
I think hell has literally frozen over because my answer is YES! OK you are not going to get your perfect brow in two minutes but can you expect that from any brow product when we can be so fussy with how our brows look.
If you are looking for something that can be added to your normal routine that lasts a couple of days leaving you to continue your life without having to worry about a brow streaming down your face in the rain then I’d recommend trying this. It has become a vital part of doing my brows due to its staying power. It fills in sparse hairs well and as the gel dries it fixes the hairs into place preventing them from sticking upwards or wandering out of the desired shape.
Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the Wunderbrow, Does it work for you? or do you hate it? Have you found another way to use it? I’m also available on twitter @KateL564 so if you want to follow or comment me there your more then welcome. Big thank you for reading.
https://m.maccosmetics.co.uk/esearch?form_id=perlgem_search_form&search=Eyebrow+brush (M.A.C 263 eyebrow brush)
https://www.beautybay.com/makeup/anastasiabeverlyhills/dipbrowpomade/softbrown (ABH dipbrow pomade)
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It has recently been my birthday (remember remember the 5th of November) and the husband treated me to some treats off my ever growing beauty list!! This years consisted of the New Huda obsessions palette in warm brown and the contour & strobe lip set in trophy wife/ shameless, which retail at £25.00 for obsessions palette and £29.00 for lip set from cult beauty (linked below).
Starting with the lip contour & strobe set, you are getting a full size lip pencil 1.20g/0.04oz in your chosen shade plus a mini liquid matte and lip strobe, the matte being 1.9ml and the strobe being 2.0ml all confided in a massive pair of lips (tin) that will also be of your chosen colour. Honestly this is by far one of the best ways i have seen a lip kit packaged, it’s very fun and I can promise you will be placing the tin over your mouth whilst trying to take a selfie.
Product wise my favourite part of the kit is the lip pencil, it has a nicely shaped point and is super soft making it really easy to apply. There is no need to use loads of pressure pushing down and dragging across your lips like with some firmer lip liners so you definitely save yourself a minor injury and a chaffed lips.
Surprisingly due to the light pressure applied you still gain strong lines and bold colour pay off, it glide on, does not chap or feel dry and is one of the best liners I have used.
Moving on to the Matte liquid lip and if you have never used Huda Beauty before one thing I can say is the smell of her lip products are amazing, I’d say its a vanilla/coconut smell that put me very much in mind of the jouer x jeffree star collaboration lip topper. It’s very sweet but not overpowering.
Once your done getting high off the scent it applies like a dream, the applicator is a lovely shape so you can get in to all the corners and due to the lips being lined it is impossible to mess it up. It dried down completely in about sixty-second so you have plenty of time to perfect your application. As with the liner the colour pay off is strong and you only have to dip once to gain enough for a full lip with no streaks. Once dried there is no sticky feel but it doesn’t over dry your lips.
The lip strobe has the same incredible smell as the liquid matte whilst giving you enough shine to really glam up your look. It applies well as with the liquid matte although you may need to re-dip the applicator to cover the whole lip. The look is very reflective and great for evenings out although it does need re applying throughout as the lips stay wet so eating and drinking cause collateral damage.
Is it worth £29.00? I do feel it is value for money when you consider the price of the Huda full size products, the items are a high quality and are lovely to use, plus if your a sucker for packaging (as I am) it is eye catching.
The other item I snapped up was the obsessions eye shadow palette in warm brown which includes nine shade, eight of them being matte and one shimmer/foil. It’s a little fold up palette with mirror included, perfect for nights out as it is small enough to keep in your make up bag or evening bag.
The colours themselves consist of one neutral cream that can be used as a base or eyebrow highlight, seven other warm shades ranging from browns, reds, oranges, and purple tones. The pise de resistance is the shimmered gold which takes centre stage in the palette layout (I have swatched the colours below which start from the top left corner of palette).
The formula is very creamy and blendable with a good pigmentation, there is little to no fall out with the matte shades and only a little extra with the gold which is to be expected due to the glitter. From the colours available you can create many warm toned looks and really sparkle them up with the gold making it great for the current festive season.
Considering the price of the palette and how small it is to look at I am really surprised by how much I have enjoyed using it, but the quality in the shadows is just there so it makes blending and achieving looks effortless. I like how compact it is, making it easy to travel with, I like the mirror and its size (plenty big enough to use whilst doing your eyes on the go) and I love love love the gold colour. Like with the lip kit if you compare the price of Huda full size palettes with the content of these you are getting value for money.
As always let me know your thoughts! How do you feel about the pricing? Are these on your Christmas wish list? Comment down below or on twitter @KateL564. Thank you for reading.
https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/huda-beauty-warm-brown-obsessions-palette.html (Obsessions warm brown palette)
https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/huda-beauty-contour-and-strobe-lip-set.html (Lip contour & strobe kit)
The latest sheet masks I have come across are the Garnier Skin active Moisture Bomb tissues mask. These babies promise to be intensely hydrating, comfort and soothe skin giving a softer feel and hydration for a week and for £3.00 each from Boots they are worth a try as atm my skin is dry!!
To give a little insight to my current skin condition, I have recently had three birthday parties to attend and a wedding so my face has been abused by the make up gun with no real time for recovery so I am expecting a lot from these tissue masks in terms of soothing the tightness and blemishes I have developed, whilst providing enough moisture to make the Sahara feel like its in a tsunami.
To start obviously you need a clean dry face and then you just apply the sheet mask to the face and wait fifteen minutes (I will be leaving mine on for thirty minutes as I really don’t think I’ve mentioned how dry my skin currently is…)
First impressions, it is incredibly wet as with many other sheet masks I have used, I’m hoping this is a indicator to how much moisture will secrete into my skin.
Opening up the mask there is a blue film on the outside as a indicator of which side to apply to the face. I liked this as it lets you position the mask comfortably and gives the material more strength so that as you position the sheet does not rip and tear. Word of warning once you remove the blue film the sheet does in fact become very flimsy and adjusting became a delicate task so try and position it exactly right before removing the film.
Positioning wise it is easy to master with eye and mouth holes placed well and big enough to feel comfortable. The nose section has been stencilled out nicely and it really sculpt to the shape of your nose. From using other sheet masks I have had them rise up from the corners of my nose as I’ve pulled them into position on my cheek area so I do like how Garnier have made the nose section so user friendly. Smell wise the mask is non offensive, nothing chemically, but also no overpowering floral smell.
As stated earlier I left my mask on for thirty minutes and once removed I was left excess product on my face so with clean hands I just massaged it in and left it to soak into the skin. My face did have a sticky feeling for about an hour after using the mask (a bit “it rubs the lotion on it’s skin”) until the product had completely dried down. Again this is something I enjoyed as I felt my face was gaining the real hydration it needed.
Immediate changes in skin appearance were limited, the dry patches around the corners of my nose, cheeks and chin had disappeared but there was no changes to redness around my spotty areas. My skin did feel plumper and a lot more moisturised.
The morning after there are a lot more improvements to be seen!! My blemish areas are a lot less red and tight (no longer hurt and feel really soothed), they have also shrunk to half their size which can’t be anything other then pleasing. My skin feels super smooth and the dry patches are banished back to the depths of hell. There is a real improvement to my skin just by removing the redness and zapping the spot size I have clearer skin.
To gain a full week of hydration Garnier suggest that you use three tissue masks through the week which I will be doing as if it has given this much hydration and left my skin so soft after one application I can only think three will leave it in great condition.
Overall as a high street product and for £3.00 the hydrating tissue masks do the job. They are great if you have been overdoing it on the make up and your skin has become dull and dry as the moisturising is intense and gives the results you will need to regain your skins hydration.
Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 if you have used these and like or dislike them. As always suggestions to alternative products you have been using are always appreciated. If you’ve enjoyed this post give it a like or check out my page for other make up and beauty products.
After three weeks away from blogging as each of my children have come down with viruses, it is safe to say I am finally back on it and ready to indulge in as much make up and skincare as possible.
One of my most recent purchases has been two of the Smashbox always on liquid lipsticks. These are the first Smashbox products I’ve ever tried and I’m going to jump right in and say they are AMAZING.
The two colours I purchased are “some nerve” (purple) and “chill zone” (grey) both retailing at £19.00 each for 13fl. Oz/ 4ml from the Smashbox website. They have 20 shades to choose from in their always on liquid lip range so you will not be stuck for choice.
I bought these a few weeks ago so have had plenty of time to play around with them and test their 8 hour lasting claim and I am so in love with these, they are beyond good.
The applicator is very easy to use and due to its pointed edge you can get a really precise edge that does not bleed out, even with the two bold colours that I have chosen. There is also enough product on the applicator from one dunk to complete the whole lip without any gaps, runs or patches.
During application the liquid feels soft, smooth and is very light weight. It glides on easily and gives plenty of time to get you application perfect before it even starts to dry down to a matte finish.
The colours are extremely strong and pigmented, you definitely don’t have to “layer up” to gain a bold, even look, the product pretty much does this on one application. The colours themselves are lovely and the range really does have a vast choice (nudes, reds, purples and grey are all available).
Once the lipstick has dried down it is surprising how soft your lips still feel as other liquid mattes can be quite drying and heavy on the lip. The all day wear is very light and if it wasn’t for the bold colours it would be hard to tell there was anything on your lips from touch alone. There is no stickiness or cracking making it an all round pleasant product to wear.
To test out the 8 hour wear claim I used the grey one first thing in the morning and went about my day, drinking coffee, water (minus a straw), eating and just generally doing everyday things. These little babies last!!
After about two hours I was surprised by how good my lips were looking, the colour still going strong with no bleeding, cracking or crumbling. My lips still didn’t feel dried out and I was still rocking a good look lip wise.
Six hours in and things were still holding up. The colour was fading slightly but not in a way where it needed re applying or looked messy. The colour was just not as bold as it had been at the start of the day.
I removed the liquid lip before the full eight hours as I was removing all other make up at the time and the only way it would remove completely is with an oil based liquid.
Due to it having such staying power and being so bold in colour I was expecting my lips to stain slightly but they didn’t which is an added bonus.
Overall these are impressive! Price wise they are a mid range product and as you literally only need one swipe for a full coverage of colour they will take a while until your at empty bottle stage.
The range of colours available is great as there is a lot of choice and their easy application and staying power is a winner.
I will definitely be purchasing a few more from the range, whilst looking at other Smashbox products to try out.
Any thoughts on these let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564. Also any recommendations of other Smashbox products that have worked for you would be appreciated.
I have been admiring these products since they were originally launched and missed out last time so there was no way I was going to miss out on this collab when it was released for a second time. Believe me it has not been easy!
My first order was for the bundle box which included the two liquid lipsticks and their new Uranus highlight so I paid for it and waited for the next day delivery, only to receive an email saying there was a problem with the order and they were now out of stock. I then had to re-order the items individually but could only get the original Eclipse highlighter as beauty bay did not carry Uranus as an individual.
After all the chaos I have finally got the items and they are beautiful. I hate to be a lover of the packaging as all in all if the product doesn’t work it doesn’t matter how it looks in the box, but seriously the presentation on these is one of my favourite.
The boxing is a chequered matte black and holo black so when you move it in the light it glimmers, giving a look of twinkling stars in the sky (which is rather fitting with the planet theme). This packaging got me all excited to use the products.
I’m going to start with the Eclipse highlighter, as with all of his products it 100% vegan and cruelty free (no bunnies harmed here which is nice). For £25.50 you are getting 15g/0.53oz of product.
This is my first Jeffree Star highlighter and before buying I was told they were big and by god that is true. It is literally one of the biggest pans I have owned and it is full to the top with shimmering powder.
The highlight itself looks golden in the pan but upon use it gives a very pink shimmer that I like as I’m fair and golden highlights can look like a very shimmery bronzer on my cheekbones (not a good look to see).
The formula is soft, creamy and lightweight so no problems there. It is also very blendable but it does need to be built up to achieve a blinding look. It is great for day to day and it doesn’t have to be built up too much for a stronger look.
I found that with a wet brush it gave a very intense look which is “what I like” (thank you Bruno). By doing this you really will be glowing to the point the stars themselves will wonder what they have been doing wrong. This shit is dramatic.
Price wise this isn’t the cheapest of highlighters out there but for myself I’d put it up with some of the best. It is just a dream to work with and the effect you can get with a damp brush has me sold. For me it out performs many of my other highlights which range from higher end to high street.
Moving on to the velour liquid lipsticks in “I’m Shook” and “Daddy” that retail for £16.00 each and you get 0.19fl oz/5.6ml of product.
I bought these purely out of curiosity as I already own one of Jeffree’s Liquid lipsticks “drug lord” and I wasn’t a fan.
I’ll start with “I’m Shook” which is a burnt red/coral and it is highly surprising.
The colour is very strong and doesn’t streak, I didn’t have to go back and fill in gaps and it dried down nicely, lasting a good number of hours before needing touch ups.
The colour is stunning and very comfortable to wear although due to it being so bold I will be using this more for evening make up.
”Daddy” is my piece de resistance of the whole set. It’s a cool brown and can be used for day or night.
It applies the same as I’m Shook, giving enough colour off one swipe that you don’t need to go back and fill in gaps. Again it dried well and lasted a number of hours before re touch.
For both these liquid lips the applicator I found really easy to work with and gained great results without feeling the need to line my lips before hand.
As I whole I do love this launch it is extremely good quality and has been one of my favourite bundles I have bought in a while. It is pricey but really pretty, having products that can be used daily (this is how I justify it to myself). Again if your a Jeffree or Manny fan your going to want these in your collection and if your not I don’t believe you would feel let down by the products as they give great results.
Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564. Also if anyone knows any other colours from Jeffree’s line which are worth giving a try give me a shout.
I have recently found myself in the dilemma of been inited for dinner at short notice and not having the time to wash my make up brushes (I did really think this was a drama!! Crazy I know). I decided to order new with fast delivery, but I also didn’t want to pay a packet for them as I do love my current ones and “I’m all about saving”.
I started looking on amazon and came across a brand called Lamora, they had received good reviews, were available on prime, and were a good price.
Against every fibre in my body I took the plunge and bought a eye blending brush set (£9.95) and an eyebrow brush set (£8.95) praying they weren’t going to be as dreadful as I was imagining!
The blending brush set contains four brushes consisting of a Tapered blender, all over shader, crease and soft blender so for the price of £9.95 it’s a pretty decent deal.
The eyebrow brush set contains three brushes which include a small shader, flat definer and a brow duo containing a angled brush and spoolie for £8.95, again that seems like a lot of brushes for the money so I wasn’t expecting the best of quality.
In all honesty when they arrived I was very surprised! The packaging is nice and simple and each brush comes individually wrapped inside.
I have heard that when you buy cheaper brushes they sometimes have a chemical smell and these don’t have this. They actually don’t smell at all which is pretty damn good as you don’t want to put something smelly near your eyes.
The handles are strong with the brushes firmly attached. Each brush has Lamora engraved with a number and description indicating how it is to be used, which is great for beginners but also handy when in a rush. They are a nice sleek black colour and look fine in my collection alongside other more expensive brushes.
The main surprise for me was the softness and how well they work. I expected them to be stiff and the hairs to be slightly rough but these are butter soft and do not pull or drag on the eyes. They pick up product really well and due to the softness they are easy to use when blending out product without a great effort.
The brush hairs are surprisingly strong and I didn’t have any loose hairs break free across my face when I was using them. They also held their shape well after use, no fraying or straggling hairs sticking out all over the place.
Sooo what I have learnt is don’t judge a brush by its price. I think sometime we feel we need to buy such expensive products in order to gain flawless results and it just goes to show that sometimes you can acheive as good results with products a bit more wallet friendly.
Let me know if you have tried these brushes or have alternatives that a purse pleasing that have become your favourites. As always comment below or tweet me @KateL564.
I believe I may have been living under a rock for the last ten years as I have never taken the time to try any E.L.F cosmetics.
I had recently been browsing their website and thought to myself I may as well try some of this stuff out, so I ordered a bundle of different things to try out.
1. E.L.F Brush Shampoo (£4.50) – A clear shampoo to be used with water to clean all your make up brushes.
For me this did some of the job, on fan brushes and brushes used for lighter products this worked a gem and cleaned them right up, but for eyeshadow brushes and blush or anything where you have used stronger colours it did not remove all the discolouration.
It has a neutral smell with no chemicals and is very gentle to the brush itself leaving it with a soft fluffy texture.
2. E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation in Light Ivory (£7.50) – It is really surprising the range of foundation colours E.L.F has to offer for a high street brand. Normally I use a whitener to lighten my foundations but the Light Ivory was the perfect shade.
This formula is light and you really feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all. It blends smoothly and takes other products well.
Coverage is subtle, it’s a foundation I’d use for day to day wear when I don’t need something so full on. This would feel great when your on a good skin day as it enhances your skin more then covers the cracks. It has SPF 15 which is an added bonus when it’s such a high street price.
Recommendation wise, if you have good skin and want to show it off and if your not so into the full coverage look, this is definitely something to try out.
3. E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls (£5.00) – One thing I love in life is a bright ass highlight! As much as I wanted to love this (the colour in the pan looks so shiny) I just don’t.
The colour pay off is just not there and it is way too subtle for me, you can build the powder up to gain a stronger effect but this takes time and effort.
On the plus it has a really soft, creamy texture, blends well on the skin and creates little mess in the pan. Again like the foundation it is great for a subtle everyday look (I will be using mine as a body highlight).
4. E.L.F Hydrating Face Primer (£7.50) – This is by far my favourite thing of the bundle! A clear liquid primer that has a gel like texture and feels extremely moisturising in a non greasy/oily way.
Considering this gives a matte finish it feels almost sticky on the skin (not Winnie the Pooh stuck in his honey jar sticky but tacky). I felt it gave a plump to my skin and made it feel super smooth.
Due to the texture it left on my skin once I added foundation it stayed in place all day. DID NOT MOVE!
For the price tag this is a great product that I will probably choose over my M.A.C primer and begin to use daily with or without make up.
5. E.L.F Lip Primer & Plumper (£4.50) – So this comes as a lip duo with one end of the stick being the primer and the other being the plumper and it is strange to say the least.
The primer is written on the box as a natural colour so I was assuming a light beige but no it is yellow. Yes LaLa Teletubbies yellow!
Despite the colour it isn’t bad and prepped my lips lovely before lip liner and lipstick. It helped create an even finish and prevented bleeding. I do advise exfoliating the lips before hand as if the skin is dry the primer will crack when applied, but I did like the effects of the primer side.
Here we get to the plumper side and I am about to sound like I need committing as it is really not going to make sense. As stated in the box the plumper is actually clear so we started well.
The smell is so strong “the husband” refused to come near me with it on. I think it’s aniseed smelling but I’m not sure. And despite my husbands repulsion, I love the smell (I think it’s a bit marmite for people love/hate).
Application became even more strange when I was expecting the product to tingle as with many other plumpers. No this thing feels like a wasps nest is living on your lips. It stings and don’t really feel there was much plumping going on but (and this may suggest something about my psyche) I love it but not for the faint hearted.
As I stated before I must have been living under a rock to have not tried E.L.F cosmetics before. They are great value for money and very fun to try. I have found some staple products and can’t wait to try more.
Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.