8 Apr 2014

Unknown Territory

Urban Decay

I love to wear eyeliner, especially black eyeliner I feel a little odd without it on. My go to weapon of choice is liquid liner, I like the ease of a pen like nib and have mastered my flicks using this method but that was before I discovered this Urban Decay Supersaturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner*.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner

Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

What I like about this Cream Liner is that you can really smudge it out to create a sultry smokey eye look. I thought I’d struggle to get used to applying this, as I’m used to the pen nib and this is applied with an angled brush, but after a few shaky and heavy handed mishaps I got used to the ease at which this applies. It only takes a light hand as the formula is creamy and glides on with no dragging. Perversion is a deep intense black shade, the deep rich colour lasts all day and my gosh does it stay put once it has dried. This is heavy duty. It does take me a little longer to apply than my liquid liner but I think this has more staying power and it can be built up to a more dramatic look so if I have time I do like to use this.

I used the Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush, the brush is light and easy yo use, it is nicely angled to give ease of application and doesn’t pick up too much product at once which is good for achieving a more subtle look but you can use the brush to build up the product to make the line thicker and more dramatic. The brush is soft to the touch but the bristles are stiff enough to make sure the liner goes exactly where you want it. It’s easy to control how thick/thin the line is and they make a great team. The brush is made of synthetic bristles.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner

Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

This swatch is just one stroke of the brush, no rubbing or going over & over. It is very intense.

This eyeliner comes in a nice glass pot with a screw lid, its slim and travel friendly but you get a good amount of product in there & boy does a little bit go a long way! This is going to last me a very long time.

Urban Decay say ‘this features triple black pigments for the purest, deepest, most intense black colour’ and I have to say this is the most intense black eyeliner I have used to date. Its as black as night. (Now I am singing Rolling Stones). This eyeliner also contains nourishing Jojoba Oil which is moisturising and makes the liner creamy and easy to apply.

Do you use any of the Urban Decay Eyeliners? If so let me know which ones you would recommend.

Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner £16 and can be found in Debenhams, House of Fraser. Online at beautybay.com, lookfantastic.com and hqhair.com

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

24 Mar 2014

Mineral Earth Palette

Miss Sporty Quad

Miss Sporty Quad

You can buy this Miss Sporty Cat’s Eyes Palette Mineral Earth for £3.99 which is just a complete bargain, you get 4 good quality shadows. These are perfect for a gorgeous warm neutral smoky eye, or worn alone all over the lid which I have mostly been doing. All 4 colours have a slight frosting to them, nothing sparkly or overly shimmery but they do have a pretty light reflecting quality to them.

The lightest frosty white shade in the middle works as a wonderful inner corner highlight and can be built up to be quite intense and bright if you wish. Or I like to apply it quite subtle to the inner corner & also under my brow bone. The bottom peachy brown is beautiful and I often wear this on it’s own if I want a quick wash of colour.

The rusty brown shade is very similar to Mac Amber lights and thats one of my all time favourite eyeshadows. It’s quite a good dupe.  The dark brown is quite metallic finish but its a pretty brown with a burgundy undertone. This looks pretty in the crease to give a little definition.

These shadows do have a little fall out so I would say don’t pack too much colour on at once, slowly build it up. These have fantastic pigmentation and they apply nice and smooth for a budget brand also worn over a primer they will last all day/night.

Miss Sporty Swatches

I have been using this quad a lot since purchasing it last November and it is the only palette I have been taking away with me. It is so compact, the packaging is a little cheap but it is the exact same packaging as the Rimmel shadows and in my opinion the Miss Sporty shadows are much better quality. I know this is seen as a brand aimed at teenagers but I recommend having a look at their stand as I have also been using the Liquid Concealer and their So MattePerfect Stay Powder and I like them too. Budget friendly but great quality.

If you have any Miss Sporty recommendations them I’d love to hear them

11 Mar 2014

Mac Beluga Dupe

I have never done a dupe post before but when I spotted how similar these were I was quite excited. The price difference is crazy. In my collection I have quite a few cute Maybelline Mono Eyeshadows which I bought from the Poundshop a couple of years ago. I noticed shade 742 was almost identical to Mac’s Beluga shadow.

Mac Beluga Dupe

Beluga Dupe

The Maybelline Mono Shadow is almost identical to Mac’s Beluga. I’d say the Maybelline shadow is  slightly more pigmented but you do get a little fallout. They’re both a dark charcoal brown shade with shimmer running through them. I have to say I like the Maybelline one slightly more as I think it is easier to blend and you get better colour payoff, but as suspected the Mac Beluga lasts longer which you would expect from the price tag.

Mac describe Beluga as a dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl (with a Veluxe finish), I think in some lights both shadows look like they have a green undertone and a gold shimmer. Its very pretty.

Mac Eyeshadow Dupe

Dupe

Left – Maybelline 742 / Right – Mac Beluga

Dupe

Top – Maybelline 742 / Bottom – Mac Beluga

Mac Beluga is a Veluxe finish and I find it to be quite dry, not smooth on the eye, but the colour is pretty. With a primer it applies much easier and  the same goes for the Maybelline Mono shadow.

Beluga was part of the Indulge Collection so is no longer available but the Maybelline 742 is often available on eBay & Amazon. I have seen it a few times in the Poundshop as well. If you see it I urge you to buy it, you won’t have a shade like it in your collection.

Do you have either of these shadows in your collection? Or something similar?

7 Mar 2014

Time for a Treat

Beauty Purchases

I had some vouchers left over from Christmas & decided it was time I spent them. L’Oreal had 3 for 2 so I had to make the most of that offer. This is what I came home with.

Revlon Photoready Skinlights in 200 Pink Light £11.99 – This is a gorgeous pinky peach highlight. I have seen people use this as a primer all over their face, I think I will be using it on my cheekbones to highlight, it is very pretty. This will be nice for Spring & giving me a healthy glow.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Vanilla £9.99 – This is my first L’Oreal foundation and it took me ages to decide on my shade & I’m still not too sure I have the right one. I am sure I will make it work.

L’Oreal Color Rich Smoky Quad in Rose Memories £7.99 - Hello my perfect shades. These are so pretty and very me. They do all have shimmer in them so this won’t be everyones cup of tea, but I am in love with every shade. The packaging of this is slim and compact it looks and feels quite luxurious.

L'Oreal Quad in Rose Memories

L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black £6.99 – I’ve tried and loved many L’Oreal liquid liners and had to try this one. It has a super find nib and its very very black. I’m smitten, I like to wear eyeliner most days and often I go for a very fine cat flick and this is perfect for that job.

Rimmel Glam Eyes HD 5 Colour Eye Shadow in  022 Brixton Brown £6.99 – Purchased after reading Amy’s post I really liked all the colours & it’s the kind of colours I feel comfortable wearing , this Rimmel one isn’t as shimmery as the L’Oreal Quad & it has a matte shade in there too. Very nice palette indeed.

Rimmel Brixton Brown Glam Eyes Shadows

I bought two NYC polishes as they were on 2 for £2.40. I bought Raindrop which is a lovely pale blue colour & Blue Sky which is a gorgeous sea green shade. These are both perfect summer colours.

BarryM Gelly Hi-Shine in Passion Fruit £3.99 – This is such a bright bold red/pink shade. Its gorgeous & I am hoping as the weather gets a little nicer & warmer I can wear this on my toes. So pretty. I love these BarryM Gelly polishes.

Maybelline Color Show in Green With Envy £2.99 – This is a lovely mint green, I like these little Maybelline polishes and they have such a great selection of colours & some fun glitters too.

I also popped into LUSH & bought 2 things from their Easter range.

Easter LUSH treats

Bunny Bubble Bar  £3.25- How utterly cute is this little guy. I’m going to be a little sad to put him in my bath.

Fluffy Egg £2.95 – Very pink and cute. This smells so nice & relaxing.

So thats my mini haul. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products & keep your eyes peeled for reviews on all of these.

 

22 Feb 2014

Clinique Party Makeup

Clinique

Clinique Makeup

This beautiful Clinique Party Makeup Set* was kindly sent to me at Christmas & due to my dad being sick I wasn’t able to post about it. This set is no longer available but Clinique always have fantastic sets available and many of the products can be bought separately, plus it it too pretty not to be blogged about & shared with all of you.

Clinique Makeup Set

This set comes in a cute hot pink & orange pouch and inside you get,

Eyeshadow quad with the shades Limited Edition Pink, Hazy, Raspberry Beret, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black, Clinique Quickliner for eyes in 18 intense black honey, Clinique Chubby Stick in 09 Roundest Raspberry, Clinique All About Eyes Cream and a Pink Nail Polish.

Great party essentials!

The All About Eyes Cream 15ml – I applied under my eyes before applying my foundation & concealer. This felt cooling and left my under eyes smooth and hydrated.

Clinique Clinique Quad

I tend to shy away from pink eyeshadow but I have to say it worked really well with the brown shades. All four shadows are very pigmented, the pink colours had a little fall out but nothing that couldn’t be tidied up. The chocolate brown shade was my standout colour. These blended well & I am now a pink shadow convert. This is a gorgeous quad, the packaging is so sleek and perfect for travel. These eyeshadow quads are available in 8 different colour combinations.

The Clinique Quickliner is in a very dark brown shade and is so creamy it just glides on. I have quite crinkly eyelids & eyeliners tend to catch and drag but this one didn’t do that. It was easy to apply. I want to try a few more shades of these as I think they wear really well and I have been wearing this a lot on its own smoked out a little too.

Clinique Makeup

The High Impact mascara is good for achieving voluminous fanned out lashes. One coat isn’t very high impact you will have to build it up to achieve that. I put 3 coats on and found that worked well, I even liked this on my bottom lashes. This mascara will see you through the night without flaking or smudging.

Clinique Makeup

My favourite thing about this kit is the Chubby Stick Intense, I love the colour (roundest raspberry). Its a deep plummy pink, it feels nice on my lips not too drying. This has good staying power, I didn’t have to reapply this for a good couple of hours. It gives intensive long lasting colour, I have found my new favourite lip product.

There is also a really nice Pink nail polish in this kit too. There is no shade name on it but its a very rich raspberry pink shade, it goes perfectly with the chubby stick. I have never tried a Clinique nail polish before and liked the formula and the brush although this didn’t last too long on my nails it is great for a night out.

I’m by no way a makeup artist & I’m cringing at the photos but thats me and I like how the look came out. I followed the step by step card that came in the eyeshadow quad and I like how the colours look together. Thank you to my long suffering husband for playing photographer!

Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned or do you have any Clinique recommendations, especially Chubby Stick colours?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

21 Feb 2014

In My Makeup Bag Feb 2014

Makeup Bag Edit

As a complete makeup addict I like to change up the products I have in my makeup bag on quite a regular basis, I tend to rotate on a weekly basis. If I love something it tends to stick around a little longer. Im sharing with you the products I have been using these past two weeks.

Dr Jartt Water Fuse Beauty Balm – I bought it before Christmas and have been pretty much using it since. I don’t like to wear a full coverage base as I have quite a few freckles and I like them to show through, otherwise I look like I have no features. This BB Cream gives a very fresh & glowing light coverage. It evens out my skin tone & gives coverage enough to hide the redness around my nose. So I get a lovely natural looking base, this water based BB Cream is aimed at people with more Oily Skin (like me). So if you’re looking for a lightweight base which keeps oil at bay then this is for you. I bought this when it was 1/3 off in Boots.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder - I use this to give my face a slight sun kissed look & a hint of colour. It is a bronzing duo & like to swirl my brush to pick up both shade on my brush & sweep it across my cheeks, temples and down my nose. The lighter shade has a hint of shimmer while the darker of the two is matte.

Seventeen Phwoarr PaintI have been using this to conceal blemishes and to cover the redness around my nose. It works well for both & if i remember to powder the coverage lasts a good amount of time without having to touchup. This is quite a heavy duty concealer, I warm it up in between my fingers so it is easy to blend and that seems to do the trick. Its a handy concealer to pop in your handbag and the fact it has a little mirror in is perfect for checking its still in place & for applying lipstick! I have the shade Fair.

Makeup Bag

Inika Kohl Eyeliner 05 Black Caviar* – This is a lovely intense black eyeliner, it is very creamy and great to blend out for a smokey eye.

Miss Sporty Cat’s Eye Palette in Mineral Earth – This eyeshadow quad is forever in my makeup bag, it is perfect for achieving a pretty neutral eye & the lightest shade makes a pretty inner corner highlight. I urge you to try this, it’s amazing quality and very pretty. Its small and handy for travelling.

Miss Sporty Liquid ConcealerThis is another very budget friendly product, like most people I’m on the hunt for a concealer that does everything & more, sadly this isn’t my HG concealer but it is very creamy and hydrating, I have the shade Light & I use it under my eyes to brighten & make it appear that I’ve had 10 hours sleep. It does a pretty good job. I like it more than the Collection one (a lot more) as I find this blends better and is less drying. I have the shade 001 Light.

Makeup Bag

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara – This mascara makes my pathetic eyelashes look both long and thick, its a really long wearing mascara and I get no flaking throughout the day. Word of warning, don’t apply too much as your lashes will end up very crispy & spider like (unless thats your thing).

Wet n Wild Blush – Until I used this I wasn’t sure what shade suited my skin tone best & then I realised it was peach toned pinks. This Wet n Wild blush is called Pearlescent Pink and is subtle but so very pretty. It makes my complexion look alive and fresh. It gives my cheeks just enough colour. I adore it and have worn it almost everyday for a whole month. I’ve heard a few people compare this to NARS Deep Throat & I can see the resemblance. 

CarmexThe perfect winter lip balm. I go back to this time & time again.

Maybelline Brow DramaI like how this gives my eyebrows enough colour so they look neat & tidy but not overdone. This is more a day brow product as you aren’t able to get the full brow look using this. It also keeps my brows in place like a brow gel so you get colour & a setting product in one. I use my HD brow palette if I want a more dramatic brow look. I have the shade Medium Brown.

Pink leather pouch is from Zara & is meant to be a clutch bag, but I use it at a makeup bag.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

13 Feb 2014

Keeping it Simple

Lip Options

I love makeup but the one area I seem to shy away from is lipsticks, I don’t know why I just never seem to wear them & have a total of 4 in my current collection. I do however like to keep my lip products quite simple and I have got quite the collection of lipbalms and glosses. So here is a run down of the 7 I have been using the most.

EOS Organic Summer Fruit Lip Balm Sphere £5.95 – These lip balms seem to have quite a mixed reaction from people. I know many that think they don’t do much for your lips but I like them. They are easy to use & the packaging is quite fun. They come in a variety of flavours and keep my lips feeling hydrated. They’re handy to throw in your bag. They last for ages & never seem to go down. Great value for money.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter  £8 – This gives your lips a good wash of colour as well as being hydrating. These pots from Korres are delightful & I think they’re my most loved lip product. This Wild Rose shade gives your lips a lovely deep Berry colour. Its been my go to Autumn/Winter lip. These are quick and easy to apply no mirror needed, perfect for on the go. I have nothing at all bad to say about these.

Apivita Pomegranate Lip Care* £5.00 – This is so nice to use, its smooth and hydrating on the lips. It has a slight sweet scent and gives your lips just a hint of glossy colour. It feels like it is caring for your lips (if that makes any sense). It contains pomegranate oil and vitamins E, F and C and is 98% Natural. Apivita is sold in select Marks & Spencer shops now so keep your eyes peeled. These Lip balms come in 6 varieties.

Lip products I love

No7 BB Lips in Blink Pink £8.50 – I’ve spoke about this before & my tube is almost empty but this is one of my favourite lip products as it’s so easy to wear, the colour is pretty and flattering on my lips and the formula is hydrating and not sticky at all. They’re well worth picking up & they have 6 shades in total. I might have to buy Berry Rose next time. Do you have any of these?

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub £5.50 – I use this a couple of times a week just to keep my lips smooth and it takes off all the dry skin. Some days I really like the scent of this & other days I find it too sweet, I think I will try the Mint one next time. These pots last ages & mine hasn’t dried out, it is definitely a product I would recommend to a friend.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve £8.50 – I guess this is just like Vaseline in a cuter & bigger tin. I bought this from American Apparel & I like to use it in the morning when I am doing my skincare routine just to hydrate my lips. This tin is still looking good even though for the most part it lives at the bottom of a handbag. Just another great lip balm.

Lip products I love

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20*   This is my heavy duty lip balm, the big guns & it is what I reach for if my lips are dry or when I need something with a little more healing quality. This is a pot of very hydrating peach coloured lip balm (its colourless on the lips). I put this on last thing at night and wake up with what I would describe as soft kissable lips. I like that it has SPF 20 in as that means my lips are also protected against the sun, it can be easy to forget to apply an SPF to your lips. If you suffer from very dry lips or tend to get chapped lips during the winter this could be a great product for you.

Tell me what lip products yo have been using a lot over the winter.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

10 Feb 2014

January Treats

January Treats

A few products I purchased in January.

I always like to try different makeup removers and this L’Oreal Gentle Makeup Remover Eye one was on sale in Boots for £1.99 so I thought I would give it a whirl. Let me know If you’ve tried it?

These S&G products were buy one get one half price so I picked up Glow All Out & Solar Powder these are the first face powders I have bought from S&G and I bought them after reading lovely reviews on Amy’s blog SRSLYLOU. They look gorgeous and can’t wait to use them. I don’t own that many blush / bronzers so these are a welcomed addition to my collection.

Soap & Glory Face Powders

Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown – I normally use my HD Brow Palette to do my brows and I love that but I wanted to try this to see if it could be a quicker way of doing my brows. I have been using this for a week now & I really like it. Its like a mascara for your brows & gives me just enough colour & definition for day to day. Its not heavy and looks natural. So far so good. This comes in three shades Deep Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown.

Maybelline Brow Drama

Collection Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in Cotton Candy – I am very late to this party, I know that lots of bloggers love these. First off I noticed how good this smells, its sweet and I guess smells like cotton candy (thumbs up from me). The colour is a pretty wearable pink, and I have enjoyed wearing it, its not sticky and I would say that it isn’t overly glossy. I like the finish of it and how it wears on my lips. Now I have one I want to go back and get a few more shades. There are four shades to pick from Cotton Candy, Powder Puff, Fairy Cake and Angel Delight.

Collection Cream Puff

Have you been buying anything during January? Let me know what you have been loving.

4 Jan 2014

Grid of Skincare & Makeup #4

If you want to see my previous Grid Posts which I try to do every couple of months, they’re here & here

Skincare

This Bodhi Neroli Luce Face Oil is the first product I’ve tried from this brand, it came very highly recommended and so far after 2 weeks use I can say I really like it. It is very hydrating and keeps my skin balanced and it smells of summer. I want to try a few more things from them now!

ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask This is the mask I use on a Sunday night after a busy week, as it helps calm my skin and keeps excess oil at bay. It is a lovely mask and I’m glad I took the plunge and treated myself. I now look forward to relaxing on a Sunday night with it on.

If you’re looking for Organic skincare then U little Beauty* have you covered. Their enriching night cream* has helped brighten my complexion and keep my skin hydrated during these cold months.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover – This is one of my stand out products of 2013, it removes my eye makeup without needing to rub back and forth and so it is very gentle. It is alcohol free and doesn’t sting at all. I have heard lots of positive things about the rest of this Camomlile range & will be buying a few more things to try.

Grid of Skincare

The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is my slice of luxury, I love applying this at night when I need to wake up looking 100% and glowing. It’s my skin saviour. I never want this bottle to end and enjoy every single drop I use.

You know I love the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* & recommend it to almost everyone I meet. If you want to know more I have a full review of it here.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser in Pink Peony – I wish they’d open a shop in the UK so I could buy every single variety of these. I always have one in my handbag. they smell delicious and are small and so handy to have. Love them.

Grid of Makeup

No7 BB Lip – this is in a soft pink shade, it looks pretty and fresh on my lips. They don’t give much colour but are perfect for those day’s where you don’t want to apply much makeup but want to still look put together.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter – this is just utterly gorgeous. It is a pretty deep red / berry colour and the pigmentation is really good. It gives your lips colour & hydration. The perfect combination. I adore this colour.

Miss Sporty Cat Eyes Palette – I’m so pleased with this and have worn it so often over the past month. The colours are rich and apply evenly and pigmented. For the price this is well worth buying. I took this with me for a week in Scotland and used it everyday. This is my makeup find of 2014.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

1 Jan 2014

YOU BEAUTY DISCOVERY ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24

See what was behind the last five doors of my You Beauty Calendar* This has been so much fun and jam packed full of some incredible products. Some brands that I have used before and many that are new to me. I now have 23 products to try and review for you over the coming weeks. Did you have a beauty Advent this year, if so which one did you have?

Q The Fine Fragrance Body Spray

Behind door 20 was this Q Body Spray* – this smells so pretty and is perfect for having in your handbag. At first I thought it was a dry shampoo, but was pleased to discover it was a body spray. Q is a brand I have never heard of, I took this away with me over Christmas and found the scent lasted a long time considering it was a body spray. I was shocked at how reasonable this is & will be buying a few more. This is a full size product and costs £2.29

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil

Behind door 21 was this Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil* this is a lightweight dry oil which not only acts as a heat protectant but eliminates frizz, sounds ideal. It also can be used as a treatment to strengthen, soften and repair hair, this sounds like an all round product. This sample is 25ml. Full size is 125ml & costs £20.50

NEOM Hand Lotion

Behind door 22 was this lovely NEOM Moroccan Blush Rose Hand Cream I have used this hand cream before and love it. It smells grown up and luxurious. This is a welcomed addition to my winter skincare regime. I use so much hand cream over the winter months and will be leaving this one by my bedside. NEOM is such a luxurious brand and I’ve promised that in 2014 I will treat myself to one of their candles. This sample is 50ml. Full size is 75ml & costs £20.00.

Weleda Skin Food

Behind door 23 was this Weleda Skin Food. This is a cult product and is formulated with plant extracts to sooth, repair and nourish dry skin. This is ideal for this time of year. This sample is 10ml and the full size is 75ml for £8.95

Therapie Roques Oneil Himalayan Detox Salts

 

Behind the final door 24 was these Therapie Roques Oneil Himalayan Detox Salts – These are the perfect way to relax. They smell soothing and fresh. These salts have been formulated to combat insomnia and help balance energy flow. I am going to enjoy taking a relaxing bath with these. This sample is 100g. Full size is 400g & cost £35.00.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of the products in this Advent Calendar and will very much enjoy using them all. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas & wish you all the best for the New Year x

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

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