Garnier putting the BOMB in moisturising?

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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.

Links

http://www.boots.com/search/moisture+bomb+tissue

 

The best liquid lip from Smashbox

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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).

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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.

Kate x

links

https://m.smashbox.co.uk/product/18755/42295/whats-new/always-on-matte-liquid-lipstick#/shade/Dream_Huge

 

Jeffree Star x Manny MUA Bundle

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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).

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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.

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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.

Kate x

links

http://www.beautybay.com

 

 

 

 

 

Love for Lamora

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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.

Kate x

Links

http://www.amazon.co.uk

 

E.L.F Making Me High Street Happy

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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.

Until NOW!!

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.

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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).

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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.

Kate x

Links

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Next level full coverage with Dermacol

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Recently I have been looking for a new foundation and whilst browsing online I came across a few reviews of the Dermacol Make-Up Cover foundation which complimented how well it had worked and how impressed they had been. Armed with that I popped onto Amazon and bought myself shade 207 for £12.99 and gave myself a little hallelujah for forking out for prime, pleased my new foundation would arrive next day.

I used this as soon as it arrived and have had mixed feelings ever since to the point where I am unsure whether I completely and utterly love it or if I hate it. Here’s why:

The packaging is fine just your typical box with brand name, ingredients list and a small paragraph of what to expect from the product. The foundation is in a toothpaste like tube and gold in colour with Dermacol written down the front. Once you unscrew the lid you have to pop the hygiene cap to release the foundation. Then your ready for usage.

First thing I noted was the shade (I bought 207), for me it looked a little darker then I was expecting. Not to the point that it was unusable but just not as light as I usually go for, being so pale I make Casper look like he’s been sunning it in the Med for a fortnight. But I powered through and gave it a try.

The next problematic thing for me was the formula is THICK.

It does state on the box to use a little and build to the effect you want but “good god” a little could fill all the cracks in Britain’s pavements. A pea sized dollop can really be used to cover your whole face, deleting redness, blemishes, dark circles, it even covered a scar on my forehead.

It was easy to blend considering the thickness you feel when you first apply and it is definitely full coverage. I am a full coverage girl but I have never had a foundation cover everything with such little effort (damp beauty blender).

At this point things started to improve and despite the thick consistency once blended it does not feel as heavy as cement on your skin. You can feel the coverage but it is not too over the top or uncomfortable. It also sits well on the skin, not caking but smooth, covering all pores with no build up.

Setting it with powder did not compromise the result of coverage or cause any build up. The foundation took to other products on top very well and with it being waterproof this does not move from your face all day (I found it differcult to get off and used facial oil to remove).

I did use blotting paper around my nose area during the day and re apply powder but that is just due to having a oily T-Zone and something I regularly have to do throughout the day with all my makeup.

Overall the result of this foundation are fantastic but be prepared for it to be FULL coverage, be prepared for it to be thick in consistency and be careful when choosing your shade. For me the results have been worth it, at £12.99 it is not a bank breaker, it does do what it says on the tin and the results are impressive.

Let me know if you’ve tried this out and love or hate it. Comment below or tweet @KateL564.

Next post will be mid week.

Kate

links

http://www.amazon.co.uk

 

Repair The Hair

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Since the age of fifteen I have used and abused my hair, dying it every colour of the rainbow, using extensions and frying it to within a inch of its sorry life with straighteners.

During three pregnancies it only became worse with ends snapping off and it falling out by the handful. My poor follicles have been crying out for an eternity for some love and attention so it’s about time I heard them and gave my tresses the respect they deserved in hope they would forgive me.

Over the last few months I have bought a vast amount of shampoos and conditioners ranging in price from Wella SP repair (£11.50 for 250ml), Revlon professional be fabulous repair (£8.50 for 250ml) and Herbal Essences bio: renew repair (£4.50 for 400ml). Believe me the list really does go on.

It is the Herbal Essences that I will be talking about today, not because it is the most affordable but because the condition of my hair since using it has improved so much it has been shocking.

The bottle states the repair shampoo with argan oil of morocco helps “purify and protect against what your hair gets used to over time. Resulting in soft, free flowing hair”. To note I have been using this with the matching conditioner which states the same effects.

Problems I have been having before is my hair is so brittle due to being mistreated but also very fine that when I start using too many products, especially a conditioner, it can resemble the chip fat look within twenty four hours of washing. It becomes hard work trying to fit in washing it every night and dry shampoo’s have been a failure as they simply add to drying out my hair even more.

Herbal Essences bio: renew has been a gift from god!! Taking away the constant need to re wash my hair and giving it three days of happiness with a silky soft feel and healthy shine.

Due to the price I have been particularly impressed, I just didn’t think I would find something in such a low budget that actually improved the standard of my hair. And to the extent it has done so!

As I stated earlier from using this the last few weeks I can now go up to three days without the dire need to wash my hair again but the icing on the cake has been the condition in which my hair has improved.

The roots feel nourished and looked after, the ends are less brittle and appear smoother and the softness to my hair is something else. I genuinely do not believe my hair has felt this good in years, it has really given it a new lease of life, changing my views towards my hair from it being hard work to wanting to look after and protect it.

Let me know if you have tried this out and if it works for you or if it just isn’t your product. Also if you have any other recommendations on hair care products I’d love to hear them. Comment below or tweet @KateL564.

Kate

L’Oreal may never been the same again!

So I have recently bought a shed load of L’Oreal products that I have been trying out for the last few weeks and was going to post my reviews and opinions of  this evening, but in the light of their latest behaviours I have decided against this to instead sound off about their mistakes and why they should be ashamed of their handling of this situation.

If you haven’t already seen as recent as August 27th L’Oreal released their you tube video advertisement for their latest True Match foundation campaign which claims to have a matching shade for 98% of its consumers. In this video are influencers ranging from Cheryl Cole to Katie Piper. Amongst them is British Transgender DJ Munroe Bergdorf who during her individual clip champions L’Oreal for showing diversity and stating how hugely important that is for her whilst she does her “bit to break down barriers”.

Shortly after this campaign release the British Daily Mail newspaper (which has very right wing views) has done some digging and released an article based around views that Bergdorf had previously published on Facebook.

With comments such as “Most of y’all don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and deaths of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this shit”. These comments are not for the faint hearted but are true of our history. It would be foolish to think otherwise.

What became even more surprising is that L’Oreal have now released a statement indicating they have terminated contract with Bergdorf stating they “champion diversity. Comments by Munroe are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her”. Personally this was just shocking and has been handled so badly I can’t see the beauty chain recovering.

They could have used this as a platform to show how diverse they actually are as a company (instead of going against their own campaign), they could have empowered the freedom you have in your own thought and feelings and how we can overcome anything with the help of one another no matter their background, race or gender.

Instead they seemed to have tried to brush the issue under the carpet and as Munroe said “your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears”. It is such a shame that a company so large did not see how they could have really enforced the motto together=stronger to show great changes, proudness and strength but grew fearful of a strong woman’s views to their own demise.

I did not intend for this post to be so heavy but I felt if I continued with my original post I would be classing myself as ignorant which is not something I would ever wish to be.

Many thanks for taking the time to read.

Kate

 

Jouer x Jeffree Star

IMG_0368.JPGThe latest Jouer lip topper has been released and it being a colab with Jeffree Star it is everything you would expect from the beauty mogul. The name being sweet tooth, it being the brightest of pink in colour and absolutely loaded with glitter. It really is like tinsel for the mouth!

Retailing at £13.50 every penny from this product goes to the Los Angeles LGBT Centre with neither companies taking a dollar for themselves which is great to see and hopefully sets an example for other brands to follow suit.

Here in the U.K it is available on beauty bay (I love this as you avoid shipping and custom prices but still get a chance to buy the product same time as the U.S) elsewhere I believe it is the jouer website. For the price you are getting 5.9ml / 0.20 fl. oz. of the topper, it being the same size as Jouer’s other toppers such as skinny dip.

What makes this product special? The packaging is different from their previous with a shiny metallic pink for the box, pressed with the Jouer logo, Jeffree’s signature to the front and the Jeffree Star cosmetics logo to the side of the box. The screw top of the product is a new chrome pink again with the Jeffree Star on the top. It is Jouer’s first pink lip topper and Jeffree himself has stated that there is more glitter present in this lip formula then any other in the Jouer line. So this baby is going to make lips shine!!

The box states this can be used on its own or under your favourite lip colour so I will be trying with both. Above I have swatched the colour on its own on my hand, the second is under a nude and the third under a bright just to give an example of the look.

Upon unscrewing the lid the first thing to note is the smell and it is a sweet as candy (my husband referenced me smelling like a pic’n’mix), sniff it too long and you are bound to get a sugar rush. The applicator is fine, easy to use and glide the topper on without making any major mistakes.

The formula is really nice (This is my first Jouer lip topper and I will be getting more) it goes on incredibly easily and is very smooth. It feels very nourishing but not oily or slippy. One of the main things I liked is it is not at all sticky. I dread the feeling of my lips being stuck together when using a gloss or lip topper, but this gave no issues and was very light on the lip.

The colour on its own is very pigmented but subtle enough for day wear provided you don’t mind a bit of glitter.

My favourite look was to use it over a bright coloured liquid lip. Due to the formula being so smooth it really prevented my lips being dried out from the liquid lip underneath. It also held the brightness of the liquid lip colour whilst adding a dramatic shine to my lips. I felt like a my little pony being let free after living a life without rainbows and I loved it!! When adding this to an already bold lip this is drama so I do really think you have to be into that kind of look to fall for this particular topper.

Personally I do rate the product, it makes my lips feel lovely and smooth, it has great colour pay off and adds the extra shine on top of a coloured lip so it is right up my street.

If your a fan of Jeffree and it’s something you’d love to have in your collection snap it up but be prepared to shimmer more then a disco ball.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.

Kate

Links

http://www.beautybay.com

http://www.jouercosmetics.com

Pale women rejoice

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If like myself you are as pale as Casper on a good day and even the lightest of spray tans makes you resemble an Oompa Loompa than you may have struggled to find a bronzer that doesn’t make you look like you’ve been playing in a child’s mud bath. Until now… All hail Benefit and their Hoola Lite.

Retailing at around £24.50 (mine is from cult beauty) it is the same price as the Hoola original and your getting the same amount of product 8.0 grams but what your are also getting is a new shade of bronzer that will complement even the lightest of skin tones.

Bronzer has always been a differcult  product for me to get right, even ones that look particularly light in the pan go on to look orangey no matter how much I try to blend it into my natural skin tone. I’ve never gone ham with contouring as it can come off looking a bit drag due to the shadowing being too dark and it is just well “a bit much”.

To my surprise the Hoola Lite has overcome all this for me and since the day it has arrived it has become a permanent fixture in my make up bag that I am going to find hard to replace (not that I would want to).

So what you get for your hard earned cash is very similar to Benefits other bronzers and blushes. A firm cardboard box with an attached lid that you flip open. The inside contains a small square mirror and a little application brush which is ideal for using on the go.  I believe Benefit has kept the formula similar to the original Hoola as it applies like a dream, soft and blendable without the powdery feel or cakey look.

The colour it applies to the face is where I was shook! Being used as an everyday bronzer this is so light and natural, it really does give a glow that is not overpowering to the fairer skin types. My description colour wise would be sandy with more of a yellow to the lightest of brown undertone than others which have been quite deep/ darker brown .

Contour wise this has impressed! The powder is so easy to build up into a little bit of a deeper shade that I can finally get the look I have craved as previously even the lightest bronzing shades of contour palettes have just been too harsh.

To compliment the Hoola Lite (and because I am a sucker for buying matching products/sets) I also invested in the Hoola bronzing and contouring brush at £18.50. Okay it is not one of the cheapest brushes I own but like a summer romance it was to damn good looking to pass up. The handle is plastic covered in a shiny gold which has been carved out to look like bamboo (matching the Hoola Lite box) and the bristles are extremely soft and transform from a light brown to an ombré green. Upon using I do like the brush, it gives great blend due to the softness there is no tugging or scratching. The bristles are also very firmly glued in place there has been no trouble with loose hairs sticking to my face during application or coming apart during washing. I have used the brush a lot for applying my daily bronzer (Holla Lite) to the forehead, nose and jawline and feel I have not been left streaky or with bold lines but a sun kissed glow that is very complimentary to my skin tone.

To conclude this is one of the best bronzers I have used and has really helped accentuate my skin tone making it appear more flawless. It has given me more confidence by taking away the worries I had  before about looking orange and my bronzer generally being OTT! Honestly Hoola Lite is one of the best purchases I have made. The brush on the other hand although good and easy to use, is not a necessary the product can be applied with other brushes (have often used my Morphe M143 when using the bronzer) but is is a cute looking brush so if you were in the mood to spoil yourself! Price wise is to be expected for a Benefit product and as always the quality is there.

As always let me know in the comment section or on twitter @KateL564 your thoughts as they are much appreciated.

Until next time

Kate

links

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk

http://www.beauybay.com (Morphe brush)