Saturday, 30 June 2012

Liquid liner showdown!

Hi ladies

Today I will be going through my liquid liners (with a sneaky gel liner hiding inside) finishing up with a round up of my favourite ones!

Here they are...

Who needs this many liners?! I should add my ELF cream liner had fully dried out after having it for well over a year so I could not include it in this round up.  I was impressed when I first got it for what it's worth.


From left to right we have:

  • STUDIOMAKEUP line styler pen
  • L'oreal super liner carbon gloss
  • Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof liquid liner in perversion
  • Topshop liner
  • MUA extreme felt eyeliner
  • ELF liquid liner
  • Maybelline Gel liner 

Now for the swatches (in the same order as above)

Top: Flash
Middle:  Natural light
Bottom: After a bit of rubbing


I took individual pictures of each swatch but figured it was unnecessary. As I always say, why post 7 photos when one will do eh? (I lied, I've never said that before).


They ain't kidding when they say waterproof!The Urban Decay required some scrubbing.

Round up

None of them were particularly horrendous although as you can see the ELF liner completely rubbed off when I rubbed it a little. So that is easily the worst of the lot.

The Topshop liner is pretty old and is therefore not as pigmented as it once was I have to admit. The MUA one looks brown in the picture even though it's meant to be black and the same for the studiomakeup liner (which isn't as easily forgiven at £12 a pop).

The L'oreal one I've heard lots of rave reviews about and I see why. It is glossy and pigmented but the applicator is thicker than I'm use too so it's hard to get a thin line.

My favourite 2 liners are the Urban Decay (Holy Grail status) and the Maybelline gel liner. You might think I'm crazy considering how badly the latter played out in the rubbing test but in hindsight I may have rubbed too quickly. I've used this liner to do a winged look plenty of times and on my water line (not that i'm advocating that) and it's always done well. It's creamy and pigmented and considering others that own the Bobbi Brown and MAC gel liners have preferred the Maybelline, it's not a bad one to give a go.

Now onto my favourite...the Urban Decay! It really is pigmented and best of all doesn't budge. I have rubbed it quite vigorously and it's still perfect. On top of that, the applicator is INCREDIBLY thin. I haven't seen anything like it and I would thoroughly recommend it!

Summary

For once, you get what you pay for. The Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof liquid liner in perversion is ah-may-zing and at £14 it is the most pricey of the lot.

What's your favourite liquid liner ladies?

Till next time...Toodles! x

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Brand review - Sharing some MUA love!


Hi ladies

Today will be a quick brand review. I love MUA!  It can be found in Superdrug for uber cheap prices! The original range was a bargain at £1 and now most things are between £1 and £4 with most expensive things being the shadow palettes I believe. You may think for such cheap prices the quality would be rubbish but not at all as you can see in the swatches below! I've heard (from GemsMaquillage no less I believe) that they have a really good eye shadow primer too which I am yet to check out.

Aaaaanyhu time to check out what I own from the brand...

So here we have the lippie in Shade 11,  blusher in shade 3, clear mascara (well it was clear at one time) that I use to set my brows, extreme liner, single black shadow and the 2 palettes in poptastic & much raved about heaven & earth.



I love this lipstick. It is quite moisturising and a very natural colour. All for the bargainous price of £1, cheapER than chips ;)




I rarely use blushers but this one is extremely soft and again a nice natural colour. Again only for a quid!


A single black matt pigmented shadow. What is there not to like? I use this to set any black liquid/gel liners.


OK so I am not intending to join the circus any time soon and neither do I wear bright colours. So why oh why did I buy this poptastic palette do you ask? Well my silly thinking behind it was that these bright colours wouldn't come up so bright on my skintone but boy did I underestimate the pigment of MUA. So, I've had this palette up for swaps/sale for anyone that likes to experiment with bright colours.

I won't say much about this because everyone and their dog has raved about this palette. When I bought this I was deciding between this and the sleek neutral palettes but when I swatched it I found MUA creamier than what felt like a powdery sleek palette.

I found a few more things stashed away in my drawer ;)



I bought this as an inner corner highlight but as it's a single shadow I always forget to use it.

 I had to use this wet (just wiped my finger on a face wipe) because when dry they just go everywhere.

This is the only thing I'm not a fan of that I've tried from the range. I much prefer the collection 2000 glam crystals which aren't expensive either.

The future for MUA

I'm a fan of MUA on facebook and they have recently unveiled lots of new products. I was really tempted by the undressed palette which is meant to be a dupe of the Naked palette (which I also have) but I have too many shadows to justify any more! They also have the Going for Gold palette which is a gold based palette (no shiz sherlock) inspired by the Olympics. They also have 4 gel liners both of which are available online at http://www.muastore.co.uk/

Summary

I love MUA - simples.

What do you think of MUA ladies?

Till next time...Toodles! x


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

My teeny tiny MAC lipstick collection

Hi ladies

Here is my MAC lipstick collection, none of which I bought I should add. I originally got a set of 3 in a MAC to go collection as a present but only Plumful remains from that set. This will be a very photo heavy post.  Luckily I only have 3 MAC lipsticks, I couldn't imagine doing this for 20!I'll try not to ramble too much so off we go..

From left to right, Russian Red, 3-d and plumful


As you can see I have Russian Red, 3-D and Plumful. 



Russian Red - Matte



Although this can be drying as it is a Matte finish I pop on a bit of ELF lip balm underneath and the oily texture of that sorts the problem right out! I don't really wear bright colours but if ever I need a red lippie I have this to turn too.

3-D - Frost





I received this in a swap from the lovely Nardine from lipsticknhandbags who is an uber generous lady!If you have ever done a swap with her or even seen her amazing surprise boxes you'll know what I'm talking about. Anyway back to the lipstick,  3-D is a frost finish which isn't my favourite formula but it is a nice colour once applied. It isn't as pigmented as the other colours and the picture shows it a bit darker than it is in reality. It doesn't come out as it does in the bullet and is very different to anything else I own.

Plumful - Lustre


I saved my best till last. I absolutely love plumful! I have found that purple based lippies look good on my skin tone but I am sure this would love look lovely on most people. It is a lustre finish which means it is very moisturising but isn't the most pigmented so it takes a few swipes to get this colour.

So that's it, my 3 MAC lipsticks. I previously had Pretty Please and Hug me from the MAC to go collection but unfortunately both were too pale for my skin tone.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Till next time...Toodles! :) x










Monday, 25 June 2012

Follow me around...Oxford Street + Initial views of the new YSL touche eclat foundation.

Hi ladies,

Thought I would do something different today. I went with my lovely cousin to Oxford street today in search of a nice blouse for her graduation. Can you believe we couldn't find anything? She's not even being fussy yet we couldn't find a plain blouse anywhere We also wanted to try out the new YSL foundation so off to Oxford street we went. I also wanted a concealer to cover up my blemishes so tried out a few throughout the day. I found today that having a blog has made me even more curious to swatch and try out raved about make up items so I shall give you a run down of the products I swatched throughout the day...



First up in Primark I saw this 'Tangle Teezer' looking contraption. I really want a tangle teezer but can't get myself to invest in what is essentially a brush. Has anybody tried Primarks version?

Darn you missing bottles!

Next up are the new YSL touche eclat foundations. They have 27 shades altogether so quite a decent range which are split up into pink, yellow and golden tones. I got myself samples of 2 different shades (which they are handing out at the moment so give it a go ladies).  My initial opinion is that it would be great for dry skin as it feels very moisturising and light. It sort of reminds me of my HG product MAC face and body but maybe a tad more coverage. I'll have a more in depth review soon.

Samples in BD50 and BD60. I think a shade in between these 2 would have been perfect.

Few things I swatched/tested throughout the day...

  • MAC moisture cover concealer - I gave this a go today and NC30 matched quite well. It had decent coverage and felt moisturising but was undecided.
  • Estee lauder double wear concealer - I really liked this. It gave good coverage but felt quite light on my skin. They seem to have a stocking issue as the MUA said they had none in stock and were waiting to get some from the warehouse.
  • NARS pore minimising primer - I LOVED THIS! It was really hot today and throughout the day while fighting the crowds in Oxford Street I began sweating (Sorry ladies perspire) and my pores look huge when this happens. I put a bit of this on top and they shrunk immediately and I found it left the area really soft.
  • NARS sheer glow - I finally gave this a go and to be honest wasn't completely wowed. My closest match was syracuse which was quite a good match. I prefer the YSL at first glance.
  • Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Nougat - I really liked how this made my lips look but it was very sticky for the price.
I think that's everything...

After a completely tiring day we sat down for some lunch in Vapianos. I have heard a lot about this place but have never eaten there and was pleasantly surprised at how nice the place and food was.

Pizza Lovers United

Just give me pizza and nobody gets hurt

Death by chocolate





We had pasta arrabiata and a margherita  pizza, both of which were yummy. Everything is cooked before you which I thought was a really nice touch.

Was a lovely warm day.

Hope this post wasn't too random. I figured there was enough make up to justify it?

Are you going to try the new YSL foundation?

Till next time...Toodles! :) x

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Pucker up - Lip Balm collection and reviews.

Hi Ladies,

Today I'm going to go through my lip balm collection. I wouldn't consider myself a big collector like a certain Roberio that I know yet I seem to have amassed a fair few. Balms aren't the most glamorous of products I concede but it is quite the staple we all have because I'm telling you, crusty dry lips are NOT attractive.


So we shall work our way from left to right.


Blistex Intensive Moisturiser -  £2.59


This is perfect for the winter!It comes out as a white cream which took a bit of getting use too. I didn't use it in the day time but is perfect at night. Very creamy and moisturising.

Yes to Carrots Lip Butter


I've heard quite a bit about this brand on YouTube especially the make up remover wipes. The balm was fairly moisturising but I really disliked the scent. I'm not sure how to describe it but it may have something to do with the fact that it is All natural and 95% organic.

Burt's Bees replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil - £3.69


I love this balm! Super moisturising and it smells nice too. I already have a back up and it is something that would be in my list of 'Holy Grail' products as they say.

ELF therapeutic conditioning lip balm in Orange Creme - £1.50


One of the cheapest balms of the lot yet actually surprisingly good. It has quite a nice scent and this is what I turn too before applying lipstick as the somewhat oily feeling makes sure the lipstick does not settle into any lines.

The Body Shop balm in Guava - Individual pot lip balm is £2


I received this in an Easter swap from a certain Scoobs. It came in a set of 3 but so far I have only tried this one. It smells GORGEOUS and is lovely on the lips.

Lanolips 101 ointment - £11.22


As you can see this is just a sachet of the balm which made an appearance in the LIB box. It is 100% lanolin (yes that is in essence sheep grease but look beyond that) and is wonderfully moisturising. It can also be used on cuticles, dry skin and so on but I have only used it on my lips. I also have the tinted version which is also lovely.

I love...strawberries & milkshake - 99p


This smells nice and leaves a glossy look on the lips. However, despite being pink it is not tinted and although is fairly moisturising it wouldn't be my first choice. The top layer is quite hard but it softens after a few uses.

So that's it ladies, a round up of my lip balms.

Which is your favourite?

Till next time...Toodles! x


Its easy as 1, 2, 3 - Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser review

Hi Ladies,

This morning I'll be reviewing one of the many Hot Cloth Cleansers on the market, with this probably being one of the cheapest. Being superdrug' own brand that surely comes as no surprise. I was in fact surprised when I skedaddled over to the Superdrug website to carry out my extensive research for this blog post (the things I do for you) to find it was £5.99. That isn't particularly expensive for 200ml but I must have bought it at half price as I remember paying £3! (Can I get a baaargain).


The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth (which I'll be honest I lost on the first day, it now rests somewhere in the abyss of my abode). I remember it being adequate for the job for what it's worth. I use the cleanser as more of a traditional cleanser in order to remove mascara and general eye make up. I use to spend ages in my room scrubbing away with cotton pads with make up remover till I discovered the hot cloth cleanser which needless to say I love! It comes out as a thick white cream and breaks down any make up 'easy as 1, 2, 3' (see what I did there?)


I know the Daddy of Hot Cloth Cleansers is the much raved about Liz Earle and although I have that in my drawer waiting to be used, I am absolutely ecstatic with my Superdrug one for now. For one the Almond scent is amazing and secondly the formula is perfectly moisturising for my drying skin. I know those with sensitive skin love the Liz Earle but I don't have sensitive skin myself so I'm not really sure what else Lizzy can offer me. I'll report back when I've given it a go.


Anyway here are some extremely unattractive pictures of me removing my mascara last night. This was the Maybelline Colossal which I reviewed in my last post.


My eyes have really got to stop meeting you like this.

This is when I initially started rubbing onto my eyes.

The cleanser doing its thang and yes I did take this picture with my eyes closed LIKE A BOSS. One of my many talents.

I figured an 'after' picture was not needed because it would just show my makeupless eyes. All traces removed :)

Summary

I LOVE IT! Inexpensive and effective. Just my sort of product!

Have you ever tried this cleanser? Which is your favourite Hot Cloth Cleanser?

Till next time...Toodles! :)



Friday, 22 June 2012

A 'Colossal' Contender in the Mascara beauty ring + ELF mascara primer review

Hi ladies,

I took a bit of a break from blogging yesterday as I thought I was bombarding everyone with post after post. You know what they say 'Too much of a good thing...' is um spamming?

I posted a sneak preview of my lashes with the mascara on facebook and the lovely ladies over there loved the effect it gave and were all dying to know what the mystery mascara was but I left them in suspense so TA DAH... Today I'm coming at you with a review of the Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black and the ELF mascara primer while I'm at it.

The Maybelline mascara retails at £7.19 and is currently on a 3 for 2 offer in both Superdrug and Boots.

The ELF studio mascara primer retails at £3.75 (I just noticed ELF has increased their prices) and is available at http://eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~311.htm.

Maybelline Colossal Mascara



What they say

Up to 7x more volume in just 1 coat! Colossal brush, Colossal volume, Colossal impact. Discover the new Colossal mascara from Volum' Express, the world's no. 1 mascara brand**.The collagen enriched formula plumps your lash look for mega impact. Simple and quick to use: dip your Colossal brush and with this 1 coat of mascara generously charge your lashes for Colossal volume.





What I have to say




As you can see, it has quite a big wand. It got a bit clumpy at the end which I had to wipe off. People talk about wet and dry formulas but I'm not a mascara expert and this isn't particularly wet or dry. It can be quite difficult to work with big wands as it can touch your eyelid once you've finished all your shadow which can leave you feeling Hulk level anger!! 

I never believe the wild claims Mascara companies make so I have no idea whether it gave me 7x more volume but it did a very good job. On a side note WHY OH WHY do they put lash inserts when advertising their mascara? Surely, that just means they think alone the mascara is crap!? Aaaaaanyhu  I'll let the photos do the talking...*cue close up creepy eye photos* I should add that I made a complete noob mistake and forgot to apply any other make up hence all the darkness around my eyes.

Before

After

Guess which lashes have the mascara on them ladies. I know it's difficult but persevere, you can figure it out!


ELF mascara primer

What they say

Lengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!




What I say

I have never had a Mascara Primer before and was interested in them as the fibres that attach to the ends of the lashes could help my stumpy lashes appear longer. However, the other ones I had looked at were a bit too expensive so as usual I turned to ELF to provide me with a cheap alternative. When I applied the primer alone as you can see above it left my lashes a bit white but I didn't notice a huge improvement on the length of my lashes. I then applied the Colossal mascara on top and well instead, of yapping on here are some photos...





 



I then took a few photos comparing the lashes with the mascara alone and the other eye which had the ELF primer underneath.





Ok so how shall we do this...On YOUR left are the lashes without the primer. I personally prefer it as the lashes on the right with the primer seem to be a bit clumped together.

UPDATE
I applied it again this morning but decided to use one coat instead of lashings like I did above to give you a better idea.




Summary

In short, I am a fan of the mascara and if the reaction to the photo I posted on facebook is anything to go by others like it too. The primer on the other hand I'm not a huge fan of. I don't really have issues with mascara wearing off or crumbling but if you do maybe the primer would help with those issues?

What is your favourite mascara ladies and do you see the point of mascara primer?

Till next time...Toodles! x














Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Sigma brushes - Photos and review.

Hi Ladies

It seems I just can't get enough of blogging at the moment. I'm sure it's because it's all brand new to me at the minute but have no fear it will soon die down and I won't bombard you with post after post!

Tonight I present you with a review of my Sigma brushes. I bought them when the US sigma site was having free international shipping for Black Friday. It took forever and a day to come but considering it's free I for one won't be complaining.

Sigma brushes are hard to come by in the UK but websites such as http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/ and http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk have most of the Sigma range online although costing more than they would from the Sigma website directly.

I ordered 5 brushes. As you can see I keep them stored in brush guards so they maintain the shape.

Round top synthetic kabuki - F82



 I use this to apply my foundation. It's a really dense brush which really helps to buff in the foundation. I also have the ELF powder brush which I know is highly raved about and rightly so considering it's bargain price! The Sigma F82 does a similar job although it's not as big as the ELF, it is more dense.

Sigma angled top synthetic kabuki - F84





 This brush can also be used for foundation as it slots into all the little areas such as around the nose. However I use this for blush. I find that it can apply quite heavy handedly due to its density but as I already have a few foundation brushes I have no other use for this.

Blending brush - e40


 I bought this brush as a dupe to the MAC 224 to blend in under eye concealer. It shed like crazy when I first got it and after contacting Sigma they sent me out a replacement free of charge which I thought was amazing. The replacement also sheds when washing so I don't think it's the specific batch but just part and parcel of these brushes. It does an OK job at blending my concealer but I've found that I just prefer using my fingers so I use this to blend eye shadow sometimes.

Blending brush - e25


I have quite a few shadow blending brushes but this one was classed as a dupe for the MAC 217. Again this is a brush that sheds quite a bit and isn't the softest one I own but it does the job.

Small eye liner brush - E10


This brush is perfect to do a thin line with my gel liner. I prefer this to using the angled liner brushes and it's easier to use in my opinion although as it's smaller it takes longer to do a winged look (especially if you're a noob like me)













Summary

  • I think the first 2 synthetic brushes are dense and good quality. 
  • The 2 blending brushes shed and aren't the softest I own but they do the job. 
  • The liner brush is very different from others I've seen (it looks similar to the Louise Young liner brush) and it makes applying gel liner much easier.
When I bought these there were not many inexpensive brush alternatives. However, since then Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman has launched in Boots and I've heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone and their dog (insert cat, grandma, whatever tickles your pickle) . I've been tempted to give them a go but considering I barely use the brushes I have I really should stop myself and have been successful in keeping away.

I'm hoping to do a blog post on another set of brushes I got from the MAC Tartan collection so keep an eye out for that if you're interested.

Till next time...Toodles! :)