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ORIFLAME Freebies review!

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

Lightweight 

Left my face feeling silky smooth all day.

Con’s:

I wish it was in a bigger bottle!

2# Lip crayon in ‘Electric red’ £8.95

Pro’s:

High shine

Moisturized my lips

Glides on easily

Smells amazing

Very bright and pigmented

Con’s:

Would prefer it if the colour twisted up but it needs to be sharpened

3# Eyeliner stylo in ‘Black’ £6.95

Pro’s:

Really easy to use with its pen applicator

Dries within milliseconds!

Con’s:

Not very pigmented

Already running out after just over a week

4# Triple core lipstick in ‘Faith’ £10.95

Pro’s:

3 in 1 Lipbalm, gloss and lipstick

Moisturizing

Has vitamin e and avocado in the formula

Con’s:

Not pigmented enough.

5# Pure colour eyeshadow palette in ‘Nude/grey’ £12.95

Pro’s:

A lot of workable colours

Cons:

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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Going bananas over Ben Nye luxury banana powder!

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.

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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 Candy yum yum dupe

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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Lora Arellano Inspired featuring OMBRE LIP

Lora Arellano is a huge inspiration to me, her makeup skills are out of this world, flawless, beautiful and creative. Follow her on Instagram @loreleicakes to see beautiful looks daily

Eyes using Naked 2 & Undress me too palette

  1. Use a white or cream shadow as a base and apply it all over the lid. For this i used Foxy from Naked 2.
  2. Take a deep purple and blend it all across the lower lash line and then up through the crease blending it outwards into a subtle flick. I used Busted from Naked 2
  3. Take a gold highlighter or glitter and apply a small streak in the middle of the lower lash line. I used Illamasqua illuminator in Glimmer.
  4. Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a shimmery white or silver and blend a light brown through the rest of the lid. I used Verve from Naked 2 on the inner corner and a mixture of lavish and obsessed from the Undress me palette across the lid.
  5. Line the whole eye top and bottom and go out into a flick in the corner with a black liner. I used Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner for this.
  6. Finally apply fake eyelashes, coat your bottom lashes and the falsies with mascara. Then as a finishing touch darken the tail of your eyebrow with the gel liner. I used Red cherry lashes in DW and volume flash mascara from Rimmel

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  1. Line the lips with a deep brown. For this I didn’t use lip liner I used an eyebrow pencil from in the shade black/brown.
  2. Apply a mid tone purple lipstick. I used Mac lipstick in the shade Rebel.
  3. Take the lip liner and colour in the edges of the lips and blend in with the lipstick
  4. Finally take a highlighter on concealer and pat it in the center of the lips. I used Illamasqua concealer.

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Benefit They’re real! mascara REVIEW

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!’

  • 94% saw dramatic length & volume**
  • 90% saw base-to-tip curl**
  • 94% saw visible lift* 100% saw long-wearing results**
  • 100% saw long-wearing results*

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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Naked 2 vs Undress me too

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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Milly

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How to get dewy skin with M.A.C Strobe cream Pictorial

1. Before

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.

Products used

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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Milly xoxo

 

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MUA Pro brow kit review

I have used my fair share of eyebrow products, due to the fact my eyebrows are pretty much non existent so I was very happy and surprised when I found this product. I usually use Benefits brow-zings kit which is an amazing product but costs £22.50 so when I found the MUA pro brow palette for only £3.50 I was skeptical at first but i thought i’d give it a try as it was so cheap.

I was wary of MUA as its products are so cheap, as I am with any makeup that is super cheap I always tend to think its going to be bad quality but that is not the case with MUA, it is high quality makeup for completely affordable prices and I highly recommend there products to everyone.

In the kit you get 3 shades, a light brown, dark brown and a light pinky beige colour, you also get wax, a double ended angle brush and tweezers (see photo above, excuse the ‘muckyness’ this is a photo of my personal kit and i use it every day). The light brown and dark brown are to shade the brows, the pinky beige is to highlight the brow bone and the wax is to set the powder and tame your brows.

The browns are good pigmented colours and work well on the brows, the highlight colour in my opinion is terrible and I wouldn’t use it, instead use an actual highlighter such as high beam by benefit or a white eye shadow, the wax is also very good at doing its job. The tweezers are fine to use but the brush is rubbish and I would just throw it away, as i have and not use it, it will not do any good for your brows as the hairs are too loose and ‘bristley’

So in all this is an amazing product and if you were interested in a brow palette but cant afford, benefit, hd brows, urban decay etc i would say definitely go and buy this from either Superdrug or the online shop, its only £3.50 and will do the same job, the only cons are that the highlight is a terrible colour and the brush is just completely pointless, just buy a white eye shadow or highlighter and a angle brush and you’re ready to go, even after buying a highlighter and brush it will still of cost you less than an expensive palette but you’ll own a new eye shadow/ highlighter and angle brush as well.

Please see my next post for a pictorial on a How to, using the MUA pro brow kit.

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Limecrime velvetines review & dupe!

There has been a lot of hype over Limecrime’s new velvetine lipsticks which come in two shades, Suedeberry which is a coral colour and Red velvet which is a very deep red. For anyone that isn’t aware of velvetines, they are Limecrimes new lipsticks that go on like a lipgloss and dry completely matte. Everyone has been raving about them and they looked amazing so i had to buy one, which was a slight struggle because due to the popularity it had sold out everywhere. But eventually I managed to find myself one at Cocktailcosmetics.co.uk I purchased Suedeberry which including p&p came to about £16. So when it arrived i was super excited and couldn’t wait to put it on, the packaging was beautiful, the lipstick itself is quite small but I personally don’t mind so much. It’s easy to apply, drys fast and the colour is beautiful but you may need to apply a few layers to make the colour a bit more bolder. Now this lipstick claims to be long lasting but if you drink a lot of hot drinks like me then that will not be the case. After drinking a hot drink or eating food that is slightly greasy the lipstick will just smudge and wear away which i wasn’t happy about but i cant complain to much because the best way to remove this lipstick is with oil, so in a sense its doing its job but it doesn’t make it any less annoying when i have lipstick smudged all around my mouth and have to keep re-applying if i need to eat or drink.  I haven’t yet used a lipstick sealer over the top so it may stay put after that so i will have to let you all know. So in all the packaging, the colour, application and finish is beautiful and i would highly recommend the only thing as i said i don’t like is that for me it isn’t long lasting.

Now also when i put it on for the first time it reminded me of a lipstick that i already owned and that is Rimmel in Kiss me 140. The colour is pretty much identical if there is any difference in colour i would say Limecrime is a bit more pinky and the Rimmel is more orange. The finish is pretty much the same the Rimmel is a velvet finish like the Limecrime but Rimmel has the slightest bit of sheen. The price however is a fair bit different to Limecrime I purchased the lipstick for £6 and you can get it from most places, Superdrug, Boots, Savers etc. This also for me is extremely long lasting compared to Velvetines.

So if you don’t mind paying for Limecrime i would definitely recommend it it is a very beautiful lipstick but isn’t long lasting but if your’e looking for a cheaper lipstick that does the same then i would also highly recommend Rimmel its a lot cheaper, beautiful colour and long lasting.

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