So I took a bit of time out from blogging but now I’m back with loads more reviews and tutorials!
FIrst post will be within the week
Watch this space!
So I took a bit of time out from blogging but now I’m back with loads more reviews and tutorials!
FIrst post will be within the week
Watch this space!
Aj Bartlett, a consultant for Oriflame was a massive sweetheart and sent me a load of freebies to review for you. I am going to put them in order of my favourite to my least favourite and tell you my pro’s and con’s for each of these products, so lets get to it!
1# Coming in at first place is the Matte control foundation in ‘[Natural beige’ £9.95.
Pro’s: Full coverage
No shine in sight.
Lasts all day
Left my face feeling silky smooth all day.
I wish it was in a bigger bottle!
2# Lip crayon in ‘Electric red’ £8.95
Moisturized my lips
Glides on easily
Very bright and pigmented
Would prefer it if the colour twisted up but it needs to be sharpened
3# Eyeliner stylo in ‘Black’ £6.95
Really easy to use with its pen applicator
Dries within milliseconds!
Not very pigmented
Already running out after just over a week
4# Triple core lipstick in ‘Faith’ £10.95
3 in 1 Lipbalm, gloss and lipstick
Has vitamin e and avocado in the formula
Not pigmented enough.
5# Pure colour eyeshadow palette in ‘Nude/grey’ £12.95
A lot of workable colours
All colours have a grey undertone
Not all colours come out the way they lookj in the palette.
5# Professional foundation brush £7.95
I don’t really have any pro’s about this brush, its synthetic and leaves foundation streaky but i would use it for face painting or special fx.
A big thankyou to Aj Bartlett for her kindness it really is appreciated, if you would like to make an Oriflame order with Aj then please contact her on 07432158844 or add her on facebook.
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Banana powder has been raved about by makeup artists and enthusiasts especially after Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist revealed he uses it on her to set her under eye concealer, to get the super highlighted under eye. So after watching many YouTube videos I decided it was time I got my hands on some. I purchased mine from Ebay as that was the only place that I personally could find that sells it in the UK, I bought the 1.5oz pot and including p&p it came to around £12, you can purchase this also from Camera ready cosmetics although you do have to pay for shipping from America but I am pretty sure it works out the same price as what I paid for mine.
So Banana powder is a very finely milled translucent matte face powder that is yellow based and although is used for setting makeup it is also beautiful as a highlight, which I mainly use it for. I apply it with my beauty blender, I wet it first then apply it under my eyes, forehead and cheekbones, I apply about two layers of powder and it doesn’t look cakey or crease it just gives your skin a flawless, highlighted fresh finish.
It comes in different sizes and colours you can get it in either 1.50z, 3oz or 8oz and the colours come in Banana, Beige suede, buff and cameo.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone, there is nothing I dislike about this powder, it is just beautiful in every way and very cheap! What more could you want?
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M.a.c has recently re-released candy yum yum along side ‘moxie’ and ‘rocker’ as part of there most voted for favourites collection and it has been one hell of a struggle to get my hands on one as it has constantly been sold out but finally I managed to bag myself one.
Candy yum yum is a bright matte neon pink lipstick which all make up artists and make up junkies are going mad for and on photographs it looked like the perfect pink so I bought it. It arrived this morning and I’ve gotta be honest I wasn’t impressed with the colour as it is a lot more neon than i thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong it is an absolutely beautiful colour and I do recommend it, it just unfortunately is not a colour that I can pull off, anything too bright or neon makes me look like a clown. I love the feel of it on my lips and the finish, I love matte finishes for lipsticks. It cost £14 and there is free delivery on the M.a.c website until the 25th so go get yourself one before it sells out again!!
After I put it on I realised I already have a lipstick like this and that is Barry m’s lip paint in I think either shade 62 or 52, the sticker has fallen off so I cant be too sure but its definitely one of those shades and it only cost £4.49 and the colour is exactly the same, they are just different finishes, this one is more of a satin finish and has more of a creamy texture, where as candy yum yum is matte.
They are exactly the same colour so the only thing i can comment on that I prefer are the finishes so for that I do prefer candy yum yum. If you’re happy to spend £14 then go get yourself candy yum yum, if you’re desperate for candy yum yum but its a tad too pricey for you then go buy Barry m, you wont be able to tell the difference.
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Eyes using Naked 2 & Undress me too palette
So there was a lot of hype over this mascara so I had to buy it and It was very disappointing Benefit is a really good brand and everything else I have ever used has really impressed me so this was really surprising for me. The mascara retails at £19.50 which in my opinion is a bit steep but for what it could offer I decided to give it a go anyway.
Now, my eyelashes are just impossible, they’re really short and they never want to do what i want them to so that does play a part in the outcome of this mascara. I found the consistency really wet and because of that it took a long time to dry. My mascara usually takes me 5 minutes max to make them look half decent before I give up but with this mascara I literally took about an hour doing my lashes ( aint nobody got time for dat!) which is beyond ridiculous and the outcome was alright but nothing special, when after an hours use of this ‘amazing’ mascara I should of had them as long as a cows!
Something positive about this mascara is that i really liked the wand , I usually go for the proper brush as I don’t like the spiked brushes but this one was really nice, it was very bendy and has a little spiked ball on top, the kind of brush that should be good for separating lashes. But not in my case, my eyelashes were very clumped but they were ever so slightly longer. I did use it on my mum and my sister and it did work better on there lashes but still it was nothing to write home about.
Benefit claims ‘They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!’
No. Dramatic length and volume? No, unless clumping is what you call volume. Base to tip curl? Errrr a little bit. Lift? No. Long wearing? Yes! I had to get the mascara surgically removed with the amount I put on.
I don’t want to say the mascara is terrible because I know how bad my lashes are to work with, also I have not seen one single bad review about this mascara which makes me think that in some freak accident I am the only person to purchase this that has had a dodgy one, very unlikely, I know but still possible. Positive things about the mascara is, the wand is really nice, it was very black and bold and the slightest bit of lengthening. Negatives? wet, takes ages to dry, clumps and doesn’t do anything it really says it does.
So to wrap it up, in my opinion I wouldn’t buy it again and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, unless you’re eyelashes are already really long and are easy to work with then yeah i’d say go for it but if you’re blessed with super long lashes then any old mascara is going to do. I use Rimmel or Maybeline mascaras and they are perfect for me and I would recommend those makes to all of you. I do not intend or wish to be harsh in my reviews I am just being honest and giving my personal opinions and experiences with products, I do like Benefit as a brand and they’re other products but this mascara was just not for me and probably the worst thing I have ever used and it confuses me that it seems I am the only person to think this.
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So its my turn to be one of the 1432904923 bloggers and Youtubers that have done a review on these palettes and they’re undeniable similarity’s, although this wont be the first or last video or post you will see on this i just wanted to put my two cents in.
So as you can see from the photo there is pretty much no difference what so ever between palettes, the shades are the same, in the same order and lets face it the name isn’t that much different, MUA were clearly having a lazy day when they came up with this original palette….
The Naked 2 palette by Urban decay costs £36 and comes in a metal case with a mirror on the inside of the lid, it comes with a double ended karma eye brush which is for shadow and crease and a travel size lip junkie lipgloss in naked, which is a coraly pink colour. The colours range from pale to dark and from matte to shimmer. I personally love this palette, i never go too bright with my eye makeup and always keep it very neutral so this palette is perfect for me. You also don’t need to use a lot of product, a little definitely goes a long way and it is easily blend able If you can afford this palette then i do recommend it but what has the Undress me too palette got to offer?
This Mua palette costs only £3 and offers the same as the Urban decay, the colours are the same but in my opinion I think MUA is slightly more pigmented, the palette also ranges from pale to dark and matte to shimmer. So as far as the shadow itself goes, there really is no difference. It comes in a plastic case and has a double ended basic eye shadow applicator inside.
So which comes on top? What i think makes Naked 2 better than MUA is the packaging is a lot better and prettier, the brush is better by far, you get a free lipgloss and the shadows blend very easily. What i think makes MUA better than Naked 2 is the price which has to be my main reason and the colours are more pigmented. That is the only differences between the two. So what would you rather do spend £36 or £3? either way you’ll get exactly the same.
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2. Apply Strobe cream all over the face
3. Apply your foundation with your beauty blender
4. Apply your concealer where needed also to highlight apply on the chin, cupids bow, nose onto the forehead and cheekbones and set with powder.
5. Apply a bronzer with your stipple brush, I like to use a cream bronzer for this look and add a pea sized amount of moisturizer to it to add to the highlighted look.
6. Apply more Strobe cream to the chin,cupids bow, apples of cheeks up onto the cheekbones, the forehead above the arch of the eyebrows and a small amount on the nose and you’re done!
If you want to add some extra highlight, I recommend Illamasqua illuminators on the cheekbones and brow bones.
M.A.C Strobe cream/ Travel size £12.50 from M.A.C website
M.A.C Studio sculpt in shade NC30 £24 from M.A.C website
Illamasqua concealer in shade 135 £13 Illamasqua website
Chanel Soleil tan de chanel £30 from Debenhams
No 7 day cream from Boots, unsure of the price
Barbara Daly powder in shade Medium from Tesco, unsure of price
Illamasqua illuminator in shade Slay £13.50
Beauty blender £5 Tesco
Real techniques Stipple brush £11.99 from Boots
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My favourite makeup products to have has always been highlighters, anything that will give me the perfect dewy looking skin and I have used my fair share and haven’t always been happy with the out come until now! I recently purchased M.A.C’s strobe cream it is a moisturizer with vitamins , antioxidants and green tea that freshens up the skin it also has iridescent particles in it so it also works as a highlighter. It also comes as a liquid which I haven’t yet tried but from the description on M.A.C’s website it seems to be more so a highlighter rather than a moisturizer.
This is going to be a very short review because with this product I have absolutley nothing to complain about. As a moisturizer it is perfect, my skin is always left feeling silky smooth and flawless and all the ingredients are all amazing for your skin so expect healthier looking skin after a good amount of usage. Now as a highlighter, I really couldn’t ask for more my skin looks perfect and it gives me such a glow I am in love with this product, my makeup has never looked so good it gives so much dimension to the face rather than looking flat and dull. It does last through out the day but I do like to re apply it just because I love to exaggerate the highlight. This will be a product that I now will always buy and use every day, if i’m not wearing a full face of makeup then I just apply this and I feel so much better being bare faced.
I highly recommend this to everyone! Even if you don’t like the look of dewy skin then simply buy it as a moisturizer, either way you will not regret it, you get a lot for your money and in my opinion it is worth every penny!
Strobe cream/ Travel size 30ml £12.50
Strobe cream/ Full size 50ml £22.50
Highlight- Illamasqua concealer in shade 135 £13 Store website
Foundation- Illamasqua cream foundation in shade 200 £23 Store Website
Tools- Beauty blender £5 Tesco
Real techniques stippling brush £11.99 Boots
Large angle brush PRICELESS….. It was a gift
I usually use the Sleek contour palette but I just haven’t had time to buy a new one lately so that’s why it wasn’t featured in the pictorial but I highly recommend this product and if you’re looking for a contouring kit this is the one to go for, it only costs £6.50 and you can either buy it from selected Superdrug stores or online. In it you get your dark brown pressed powder for contouring and a shimmery highlight. I love highlighters and I do use them on a daily basis but I don’t use it as part of my contouring routine, instead I use concealer which I highly recommend you do as it also covers up imperfections and then I apply a highlighter over the top.
My next post will be a pictorial on how to achieve a highlighted dewy foundation and a review on my new favourite product!
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