Thursday, 26 May 2016

Spring Lip Picks 2016

It's only as I type up this post I realise that while I very rarely wear lipgloss, all four of my favourite Spring lip products are glosses. Look at me stepping out of my comfort zone, eh? I'm just enjoying something a little lighter on the lips as the weather gets (sort of) slightly warmer because I'm pretty sure that lipstick makes your mouth sweat right? Nope, just me then....
(L-R) L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire in Rose Symphony,  MAC Cremesheen Glass in Loud & Lovely, Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist.

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire this gloss is a blogger's dream when it comes to the packaging - shiny and gold! It's an orangey-pink shade which I wouldn't normally go for but it looks really pretty when applied and brightens up my makeup for Spring. The formula is slightly on the thick side for me and the applicator is what I can only describe as fluffy which can make application a little messy. I always need to clean up the edges. Nothing too major though, I'm still a big fan of these.

MAC Cremesheen Glass I feel so girly and feminine when I wear this bubblegum pink gloss, it's gorgeous. I tend to wear this if I go out as it's glamorous and adds a little extra something to your makeup look. It feels so comfortable to wear, it's not sticky or drying in the slightest. It's more long lasting than a lot of lip glosses I've tried, however, you will need to keep this in your handbag so you can reapply every now and then throughout the day.

Rimmel Apocalips I can't stop wearing this gloss, it's probably the one that I am most impressed with out of the four - it's so wearable and suits so many different looks, it's not drying and it's long lasting. I also really like the applicator as it has a little groove around the edge that seems to fit the shape of your lips. So pretty much the whole package. I definitely need to purchase some more of these!

Bourjois Velvet Lipstick I'll get the negative out of the way first - I've seen quite a few bloggers comment that these matte lipsticks aren't drying on the lips but that isn't the case for me, I find them so drying so I was a little bit disappointed about that! However, I do love the way these look as they do give a velvet effect on the lips which is a little different and the dusky pink colour is just beautiful and perfect for Spring.

What are you current favourite lipsticks? Do you prefer lipstick or lip gloss?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

So, it seems that I've taken an accidental blogging break and I'm not overly sure why. I guess it's a mixture of working long hours and feeling a little bit lack lustre and uninspired with blogging recently. I'm not one to put pressure on myself to blog though so it hasn't been a huge problem for me, I apologise if you all missed my presence greatly ;) I'm back though with my new favourite product that I've constantly been reaching for: the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette.
(L-R) Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Pure Ganache, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, Delicate Acidity, Infusion, Beans are White

What I am most impressed with is that Zoeva have clearly spent a lot of time thinking these shades through in terms of what compliments another at the same time as including a great variety. Unlike most eye shadow palettes I purchase, there isn't a shade among these that I haven't used.

The pigmentation is incredible and also buildable if you are looking for a really intense eye look. My favourite combination is Bitter Start as a base colour, Substitute for Love blended as the transition shade, Warm Notes packed on the outer corner of the eye and Delicate Acidity to deepen the crease. 
I have also found that the staying power of these shadows is brilliant - when I went out the other night, my eye makeup pretty much looked the same when I came in even after 1 or 2 glasses of wine too many. Considering this palette was a mere £18, I really wasn't expecting it to stand up against it's high end rivals but it does and I use it more than my Naked Palette.

The only minor complaint I have with this palette is that the fallout is insane. I'd strongly recommend applying your eyeshadow before your foundation as you'll only end up having to reapply it again. It also means that the packaging is constantly covered in shadow fallout too - I like my palettes to be pristine but hey, I'm sure I'll live!

Have you tried the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette? What is your favourite shade?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Boots Haul: 10 Products Under £10

I'm the first to admit I'm a bit of a makeup snob and I always justify expensive products by telling myself that you 'get what you pay for'. So much so that I almost purchased a moisturiser for £110 - I'm totally out of control. I'd say I have more money than sense but I have neither the money nor the sense. So, I set myself a little challenge to purchase a full face of make up with each product costing no more than £10. Obviously headed straight to Boots....
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer £9.99
Seriously impressed with this primer - I've never come across a drugstore base with a consistency that works well with my skin, usually they're way too sticky or really drying there's no in between. I can only describe the consistency as a watered down melted marshmallow, in a good way (how amazing are my descriptions of beauty products?!). It felt so smooth to apply and a little bit goes a long way. It created a lovely even base for my makeup and it stayed put until the end of the working day. This has gone straight into my daily makeup bag.

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Ivory £3.99
Completely guessed my shade with this one and surprisingly, it was a great match for me! I'm pale and opted for Ivory which is very similar to MAC NC15. I didn't love this foundation because I much prefer full coverage but can you really be that negative about a foundation for £3.99? This would be great for a light coverage, daily work foundation and I'll definitely still get some use out of it for those 'no makeup' makeup kinda days.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light £5.99
I'd seen so much hype surrounding this concealer so I was excited to try it but I disappointed myself because I opted for the wrong shade. I was really impressed with the creamy formula and it covered my blemishes really well but I couldn't test it as an under eye/highlighting product because it was way too dark for me. If you're pale like me I'd recommend going for the 'Fair' shade rather than the 'Light' one.

Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Willow £1.99
A little bit of creativity went into my highlighter - while I was having a look around for an eyeshadow, I spotted this little glowing, shimmery little beauty that I could double up as an inner corner eyeshadow and a highlighter. The photo doesn't do this justice at all as it's so pigmented and gives an amazing cool toned, silvery glow. Absolute bargain for £1.99 too.

Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit £6.49
I'm a bit on the fence with this product because it's aimed at all skin tones on the light-medium spectrum and neither of the shades worked well with my skin tone. The first thing I would say is go easy on the brush swirling, you really do just need a little bit. I gave my brush a generous swirl and woah this contour is pigmented, I ended up blending it out for a good 20 minutes after applying way too much (maybe slight exaggeration but y'know). I only used the middle shade and even then my cheekbones were left looking a little muddy.

Seventeen Blush Powder in Damson Wine £2.99
I wasn't fond of this blusher really - out of all of the products this was the only one that I could tell was actually cheap. It was too shimmery for me and it didn't blend out easily which left me with overly rosy cheeks because the product was too concentrated in one area. I like a natural blush and I didn't get that from this one!

Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in Hot Chocolate £8.00
I just love this brow product! It's saved me from brow despair after my Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz ran out last week. The brush is great for combing through the brows initially and the precision from the actual product is amazing. Eyebrows definitely on fleek with this.

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette £7.99
I'm not going to go into too much detail about this palette because I wanted to write a separate post with a review and swatches. So, for now I'll just say 12 gorgeous shades in Rose Gold packaging for £7.99. Yes, I'll have some of that, thank you.

Sleek MakeUp Lethal Length Mascara £6.99
The name of this mascara really drew me in because who doesn't want 'lethal length' lashes but unfortunately this product didn't quite live up to it's name for me. It's not horrendous but I didn't notice any volume in my lashes whatsoever and it was pretty clumpy as the product was a little to thick. Thumbs down from me on this one I'm afraid.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt £6.50
Definitely one of the best products among my Boots haul and I've been so impressed with NYX as a brand recently. The shade is absolutely stunning and the formula is incredible - it's not sticky or drying in the slightest like other matte lipsticks I've tried out. I'll definitely be adding several more of these to my collection.

All in all, a bit of a mixture of drugstore gems and others that didn't work so well for me but a full face of makeup for a total of  £57.93 is not something to grumble about!

What are your favourite drugstore products? Have you tried any of the products in this post? What did you think of them?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Products for Dry Lips

I suffer pretty badly with dry, cracked lips throughout Winter/Spring to the point where they start to bleed (attractive) and I've tried an abundance of products to try and solve the problem. Some have been absolutely rubbish and made the problem even worse than it was previously, others have been great so I thought I'd share them with you all. (I'm nice like that, you see).

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Just the best product for dry lips ever, it really is my saviour when I'm having a really bad time with cracked lips. It has many uses but I mainly lather this on my lips before I go to bed to let it soak in and work it's hydrating magic. My lips always look noticeably better after I've used this for a good few days.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Mint Fresh
These are perfect to carry around in your handbag to keep your lips hydrated regularly. They do claim that they hydrate for up to 8 hours but I'm not sure I agree with that statement as I find I have to apply it a fair few times throughout the day. You can't really complain for £2.99 though, they're so handy and the flavours are lovely. The mint one that I own is really refreshing and I'd love to try Pink Punch as that has a hint of colour too.

Avène Cold Cream
The consistency of this product is similar to the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream it's a thick, rich cream rather than a balm. It's more like a lipgloss - I do find it a little bit sticky for my liking but it's so good for rehydrating your lips so I can forgive that. It contains sucralfate which is a skin repairing agent apparently and it really works for me.

Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Balm
This is a new edition to my collection and it's really impressed me (you all know I'm a bit addicted to Neal's Yard products at the minute). I haven't been disappointed by anything yet. It's main ingredients are cocoa butter and beeswax, so yummy. It's got quite a matte feel to it which I like because it's not sticky and soaks in quickly. Like the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, it has multiple uses and can be used on any dry skin patches.

Dr Paw Paw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm
I'm really late to the party when it comes to Dr Paw Paw. I'd seen lots of hype surrounding it but I was a bit sceptical that people were raving so much about a lip balm. I received this in a Love Me Beauty Box which I have reviewed here. I agree with the hype - it isn't life changing but it's a really good product and is so nourishing on the lips.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite products for dry lips?