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)

Olay saves the day

IMG_0306.JPGSkincare has become one of my obsessions after hitting the big 30 and one of my latest purchases has been the Olay total effects 7 in one, eye transforming cream. This claims to be an all in one anti ageing eye treatment which delivers 7 skin benefits for around the eye area (with claims like this I thought it was worth a bash).

After using it for the last three weeks I am starting to believe the hype. The product retails on the Olay website for £14.99 but is currently on sale at Asda supermarkets for £8 which for an eye cream that works is pretty reasonable. Being honest it doesn’t come in any fancy packaging (just the normal Olay box) and the pot itself is just a sleek black lid and glass bottom.

When you open the jar it is full to the brim with product and the first thing I wasn’t expecting is the colour which is like a concealer, they didn’t specify on the box that you needed specific shades. Luckily after checking on their website you don’t as the cream becomes translucent once rubbed into skin, so my panic was quickly averted.

As I stated earlier I began to use the cream three weeks ago and I have really seen an improvement in my eye area.

Due to the cream being coloured as you start to tap it gently in you can see that it instantly gives you a more awake look clearing up any redness or dark circles.

It is also surprisingly moisturising without lying heavy on the eye and giving the weighted feeling. One of my biggest hates with eye cream is putting it on and feeling like I have covered my eyes in cement just to cover the cracks. Olay’s cream (thank you Jesus) does not do this and to add it also doesn’t make the under eye feel tight like I have had with some other creams.

Putting make up on top of this cream has not been a problem, I use foundation, concealer and powder and have not noticed any build up or cracking whilst using this. My make up applies as normal so I haven’t had to make any changes in order to accommodate the use of the eye cream.

Actual changes to my eye area have been welcomed, the under eye feels so smooth and nourished, the dreaded dark eye bags you get from having young children have improved dramatically and I feel that’s because the skin feels firmer and my undereye does not look as hooded. The cream also evening out my skin tone on the eye area helps here too.

You really wouldn’t know I have been using this product day and night for three weeks straight by looking in the jar! I have barley sunken the surface and when the bottle is 15ml I have realised just how long that is going to last me, so even if you didn’t manage to get it at sale price I still believe it is well worth the £14.99 RRP.

For me this product has really worked and I am really enjoying using it. I have seen improvements and I am really glad I have finally found an eye product I adore! It was becoming more of a nightmare than IT is to young children who shouldn’t watch it!

As always let me know your views in the comments or on twitter @KateL564 your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Bye for now.

Kate

Links

http://www.olay.co.uk

http://www.asda.com

 

 

Giving it some LA Splash

IMG_0298.JPGI have really wanted to do a review on the LA Splash liquid lips as I don’t think they are hyped up enough. Seriously their formula is great, the have a good range of colours and for such an affordable price you cannot go wrong with these babies.

My latest buy has been the lip couture waterproof liquid lip in the colour vindictive and I am in love. The colour itself may not be for everyone but they have many other options to choose from.

What I want to sing from the rooftop about is their formula! The colours are so pigmented it only takes one coat to have a full coverage lip. The product dries matte but it is not too quick drying that you can’t alter mistakes or make adjustments. There is no streaking when applying unlike other matte formulas I have used and once it has dried there is no flaking, no pain or sense of lips becoming chapped. It is honestly like velvet and so light on the lip. Plus when LA Splash says “waterproof” they mean waterproof, this would stay in place during a tsunami to the point where it’s differcult to get off (olive oil worked a charm and didn’t leave any stain).

Lets just take a moment to talk price, which is a mere £9.50 and many of their colours are currently on sale at beauty bay, I for one have stocked up! Cheaper then your average liquid lip and with the quality being this good I really do find these a bargain and they have fast become one of my main lip products.

Let me know if you have tried these out and love them or if they are not for you as always I’m so interested in what products work for some and not for others, comment below or tweet me @KateL564.

Kate

Links

http://www.beautybay.com

 

 

Tony Moly spree!

IMG_0278I have seen the Tony Moly sheet masks floating about online for while and have been dying to try them so I bought a bundle and whilst I was at it I ordered the panda dream eye stick (their packaging is too cute to resist). The masks are currently on sale at cultbeauty.co.uk for £5 a packet. One packet containing one sheet mask. The panda dream cooling eye stick is £12.50. Amazon have a bundle of eleven masks for £10.58 with prime delivery and beautyandseoul.co.uk have the masks at £2.50 each.

The mask I have used for this review is the Makegolli mask sheet skin purifying which claims to make uneven skin tone more radiant and glowing. So let’s try these things out!

This  particular mask is described  as a 3 layer pulp sheet with added aloe extract. The first thing you notice when removing from the packet is it is saturate with product. There is no strong smell of chemicals or fragrance which I like as I don’t like things smelling harsh that I then intend to put on my face. I’d fear taking it off and looking like Freddy Kruger. Anyway the smell is a clean smell but not overpowering.

The next part was a challenge, unfolding the mask as gently as I could to place on the face. I’m going to note that you really do have to be gentle with these, the sheet is so thin and saturate that if you go in with hulk hands they will rip right up. Once open the mask is easy to apply to the face and the positioning or the holes for eyes, nose etc are comfortable, as you pat down to ensure the placement of sheet you can feel the material tighten so you know the thing is not moving until you want it to.

During the relaxation period of 20-30 minutes the mask did not move which was really great, I was quite busy at the time making food for the Mr and myself so I was in a hot room and it stayed on. With three little ones and loads to do I don’t really have the time to lie whilst my mask takes effect, being able to wear this on the go was ideal and a plus for me.

Taking the mask off I experienced an immediate cooling sensation and as I massaged in the excess product my skin did feel like it became a lot tighter. On closer inspection I can see the redness in my cheeks has gone down a lot although there is some still visible on my nose, but the skin itself feels extremely hydrated and nice and firm which is an improvement.

To conclude on the mask! Are they fun, easy to use and give results? Yes they are and I would use them again although they are not up there with my favourites. Price wise I think they are fine, enjoyable and within the right price bracket. Their packaging is delightful and they are a fun product that gives results so I will give them a thumbs up.

On the other hand their panda dreams cooling eye stick is just not for me!! I do not get it!!

The box states that is is for use when under eye feels tired or dry for instant cooling… I will say yes it does give a cooling sensation but for me that was about it all did!

I was also not sure when to use it as I have never really experienced dry under eye, I assume that if you have experienced the dry under eye this may be for you. The product can be used throughout the day but placing it on top of concealer is not advised as it just made a mess of my face.

I don’t really know what else to say about this apart from the packaging being adorable. Please if anyone has mastered this stick and it really works for them let me know as I would be really interested to see if maybe I’m missing something whilst using it! Until then this is a big ass no in my book purely because it doesn’t seem to do anything apart from be cute looking.

Again big thank you for reading and as always if you have different opinions or other review ideas for me give me a comment or tweet me @KateL564

Kate

links

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk

http://www.beautyandseoul.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette re-stock

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Ready! Set! Go! The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette is set to be restocked on August 22nd (8am for the U.S. Which is 4pm here in Blighty) on the Morphe website, and if you are a fan of Jaclyn it is a total must have! Selling at $38.00 and $ 24.83 for shipping making a total of £48.50 in GBP the palette is a no questions asked YES for the superfan.

Having bought mine when they first launched I have had the time to really use the palette and dig deep with different looks. What I have found is buttery textures, exploding with pigmentation yet a really blendable formula that is easy to use even for the newest of make up lovers.

The palette itself is a sleek white box unlike the morphe originals which are black plastic which is nice as it gives the feeling of owning something special and different to their other products. Once open the colours you are met with range from mattes to shimmers, neutrals to darks and some added brights. The possibilities for looks on this palette are endless as there is so much choice which personally I think is great!! Saving you time from rummaging through numerous sets in order to create one look. It really is all there in one place for you.

The formula of the mattes is exquisite feeling deliciously creamy, you can really feel them melt onto the eye and glide smoothly as you blend. The shimmers are a bit more firm as expected but are not at all unplesant to work with, blending equally as well as the mattes (note: for shimmers I do use a damp brush to get placement of the product just right). One thing I feel is most apparent is you really do only have to be gentle when picking up shadow on your brush and it will be covered in glorious colour. A little really does go a long way which means the palette itself will last you a while before you hit the pans. There is a small amount of fall out powder after touching the shadows in the palette and as applying but no more then normal to other shadows.

Overall I do enjoy and rate this palette just due to the quality of shadow you are getting and the range of colours available to you. The price is a bit hefty as you may endure customs if posting to the U.K mine were £17.94 which was much appreciated 😩. If you love Jaclyn Hill then this is no doubt a yes but I also feel if your willing to push the boat out and want a palette in which you can create many different looks and for it to be your ‘ride or die’ this could be the one for you.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564 .

Bye for now,

Kate

links

http://www.morphe.com

 

The facial oil that saved my life!!

IMG_0263.JPGSo since my twenties have now come and gone and I grow ever closer to the mid thirties I have noticed changes in my skin. The years of abuse from sleeping in my make up (mainly after too many night out) have left my pores more visible and the moisture that I once took advantage of has all but evaporated. The skin left has been dull with dry patches and pores like rabbit burrows. I needed something to save me from this very bleak situation before it was too late… cue my saving grace Daniele de Winters facial oil!!

The Foret Precieuse clarifying facial oil does not come in cheap at £53.00 on the Daniele de Winter website and £66.00 on BeautyBay (it is currently on sale at Beauty Bay for around £20) and it was not particularly the first thing I wanted to blog about because of this, but this product is phenomenal!!

The oil comes in elegant packaging that is lovely for display if you are into that kind of thing. As you open the box you find the oil which has its own little circular cardboard base to ensure it is safe when placed back in the box. The bottle itself is sleek and quite weighted, but the first thing you will notice is the smell which is a strong lavender which despite what I have just said is not overpowering or off putting but relaxing and places me in the mindset of a spa.

So packaging and appearance done it was time to test! The first thing I noticed was there are no instructions available on or inside the box, but with a quick look online you can find them on their website (linked below). I placed drops of the oil on areas of my face and massaged for five minutes. At first it does feel a bit like I was covering myself in fish oil but after a minute once the product had had time to start soaking into the skin I could just feel how hydrating this was going to be for my face. Once I had toned, swilled and moisturised my face I was free to go on with my day. Throughout the day my face felt so nourished and soft a texture which I have not encountered for a while. It is now the day after and after washing my face last night and this morning I can still feel the texture change, the moisture and just general appearance of glowing skin.

The final verdict for this is although it is pricy, I do feel it is worth treating yourself  with. It is to be used two or three times a week depending on the skins personal needs and at a bottle size of 50ml I do believe you get a lot of bang for your buck (only a few drops around the face is needed for the product to work). In all honesty it has transformed my skin and given it the TLC it really needed, it will defiantly become one of my skincare staples.

Let me know if you have used the product and had the same or different experience as I’m always interested in others opinions when it comes to beauty.

Kate

links

http://www.beautybay.com

http://www.danieledewinter.co.uk