Sunday, 20 April 2014

Current Favourites: Products I've been Loving lately!

You may have noticed, but over the last 6 months or so I've stopped doing monthly favourites. It's not that there haven't been products that I've loved - that would be absurd. More because I thought the posts were getting repetitive and rather predictable! I also got a bit bored of doing them to be blunt! However I've decided to show you some products that I've been loving lately - most of them long term loves that rarely get mentioned on my blog. I hope you enjoy! 

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - 31
(£9.99, Boots & Superdrug)
If you want something that covers over all your imperfections, but still feels really light on the skin, looks natural and not cakey and gives a subtle luminocity to the skin, this is for you! Generally I favour high coverage foundations as there's a lot of redness in my skin. So I usually use BB/CC Creams as a base under foundation. But this works amazingly on it's own. Highly recommended if you can a colour to match your skintone - there's only 4 shades! You can find my full review here - link.  

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation - Ivory
(£5.99, Boots & Superdrug)
It's a bold statement, but I have to say it. This is my favourite foundation of all time, it covers absolutely anything and everything on my skin, whilst giving an airbrush effect finish. You can't get better than that - until you see that it's cheap as well! As with all the products in this post, I would highly recommend this! You can read my full review here - link. 

Neve Cosmetics Magenta Sculpt Brush
(£11.50, CutECOsmetics)
I was lucky and managed to pick this up in a 50% off sale, so got this for a lot less. Like all my brushes this is made from synthetic hairs, with this one actually being vegan too. I've had a contour brush before, but never reached for it as much as I have been with this one. It applies my contour product of choice and also blends to make it look more natural. I haven't used it for highlighter yet, but I can imagine it would work well! 

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
(£5.99, Boots & Superdrug)
My mind is blown! This is seriously amazing and such an novel idea, I'd love to hear how they came up with this! As a self confessed lazy person, I hate to wash my brushes. Liner brushes especially as they need washing after pretty much every use! But this one is wipe clean! I do find that I need to dip into my gel liner a little more than with a standard brush, but if that's the only price I have to pay, then I'm happy! 

MUA Smokin Palette
I'll start by saying that the eyeliner that comes with this is not worth your time. The eyeshadows however are amazing! Very pigmented, easy to work with and stunning colours! The sole reason for me including palette is for the shades Ghost & Fantasy (middle top row). They make a gorgeous taupe smoky eye, which looks amazing next to my skintone - I've worn them so much they've got huge dips in the pans! I've never actually shown you the look, so let me know if you want to see it! 

Sleek Full Fat Lash Mascara*
(£6.99, Superdrug)
When it come to mascara I can get rather fussy, or as I like to say, I know what I like! For me to love them they have to be super volumising and preferably a tubing mascara. This ticks those boxes - although could do with being a bit more volumizing if I was going to be fussy. I would actually liken it very much to the Too Faced Lash Injection - although I couldn't say it was an exact dupe as I haven't had both at the same time to compare them side to side! You can see my full review here - link. 

ELF Baked Blush - Rich Rose
(£3.95, ELF's Website)
Have you noticed the lack of blush reviews on MidnightViolets recently? It's because I've been using this blush and nothing else - that is how deep my love runs! It has a corally bronze colour to it, with the beautiful glow that we've come to expect from a baked blush. This shade is quite subtle and goes with everything I've paired it with - my next video will be using it, so watch out for that! 

If you're in the UK like me, you've probably been disappointed by the weather today. I know I have! Being bank holiday weekend here, we have a 4 day weekend. I had lavish plans for picnics and carboots, but today it has been dingy, dark and raining, so the sofa it has been! How British of me to discus the weather! 

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: GOSH Prime 'n' Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder

You know me, ever the curious child! So a powder that is sold to also double up as a primer is pretty exciting thing for me. It's definitely something that sounds promising for travel - one less product to take and no liquid primer! That of course depends on whether it actually works, but that's what I'm here to tell you today, you'll have to read the review for that! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
Prime 'n' Set is a 2 in 1 face product that can be used as a primer and a setting powder. It comes in a plastic tub, complete with adjustable sifter. I tend to use the lid to swirl my brush in (Ecotools Bronzer Brush), but a saucer would work if you wanted something bigger. Inside is 7g of product, which comes in one shade, a whitish powder that sheers out to be translucent on the skin. The main ingredient is Oryza sativa powder AKA Rice powder - my Biology degree is at least useful for something! It is priced at £9.99 from Superdrug - although it's currently on offer for £7.99.

What did I think? 
I have to say, it did take a little getting used to using a powder as a primer. I don't think it's something that would suit those with dry skin, who would benefit from something more hydrating - I also found this GOSH one to cling to dry areas of skin. It does cover over my pores quite nicely with its finely milled formula. I've also been using this to set my foundation, where it mattifies nicely and creates a smoother finish to the surface of my skin. Despite my initial concerns I did actually find that this works at keeping my skin matte - it's worth noting though that I don't have the oiliest of skin! It does make sense though to have a powder based product to absorb excess oil though - I wonder if my other powders will do the job? I may try the ELF HD Powder as a primer, they seem similar! 

Click here to see the other products used in this look! 

The Good - Not just gimmicky, actually works, 2in1, reduces the appearance of pores, 7g product, adjustable sifter. 

The Not so Good - Not the cheapest, clings to dry patches, may look ashy on deeper skintones due to the white colour. 

Would I Repurchase? At the moment yes, but if the ELF HD Powder works the same as a primer I may reconsider.

Price & Availability - £9.99, Superdrug. 

Are you brave enough to go out of your comfort zone of liquid primers to try something a bit more powdery?! I must say, it did feel really weird at first, like I was doing my make-up backwards! I'm a convert though and especially during the summer I think this is going to be amazing! 

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Friday, 18 April 2014

On My Nails Lately! #1 FT. Sally Hansen, BarryM & Revlon

I wanted to find a way to show you lots of beautiful nail polish colours and designs, without making it boring for you guys.So I've decided I'm going to do a round-up every so often of what has been on my nails - hopefully this'll be more interesting than the standard NOTD just using one colour. This time there isn't really any designs or nail art going on, but I assure you it's coming! I hope you like my new way of showing nail polishes! 

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Textured Nail Colours - Sweetie (£6.99, Boots - I actually got this from Poundland!)
I got this for a mega bargain! I'm not sold on the colour though as on my skin it just looked 
like I had witch hands or something. Long lasting though!

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel - Ginger Melon (£6.49, Boots)
Loved the colour and shine this one, the scent wasn't really anything special though and it actually chipped rather quickly. 

2True Fast Dry Nail Polish - Shade 1 (£1.99, Superdrug)
BarryM Nail Paint - Birthday Superdrug (£2.99, Superdrug)  
2True are so under-rated, but their nail polishes are amazing an super cheap - lots of great colours too! This BarryM polish is also amazing, the pink colour to it is a little sheer, so it does need to be used over a similar coloured base - but the glitter in it is amazing. It also has a gorgeous and subtle blue duochrome to it. 

I don't usually wear pink nail polish that much, but it seems like I've taken a liking to it recently - I'm going to blame the sunshine! It's one of those colours that I look at and think is very pretty, but at the same time think looks very out of place on me! Is that just me or do you get that with certain colours?

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review + Swatches: Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream - Petal

Lip Creams are all the rage at the moment and I've tried a fair few. But this shade is definitely one of my favourites, it's such a gorgeous everyday shade that goes with everything! A lot of matte lip creams come in bright and vivid colours - which don't get me wrong, I love! But it's nice to see that Sleek is catering to everyones tastes with their colour range. Something that Sleek are very good at! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
So I said the colour range was good, there are 6 shades available in total, ranging from lovely nude shades like this all the way to bright peaches, pinks and reds. It seems like there's something for everyone! Each one is packaged in a very classy looking rectangular tube with a matte black lid. Inside there is 6ml of product, which is dispensed with the standard doe-foot applicator. These are available from Superdrug and selected Boots for a very reasonable £4.99 each. 

The Formula
The product applies to the lips as a liquid, the application is very easy and there is no stickiness or tackiness that I've experienced with other matte lip creams. After a couple of minutes it sets down on the lips to give a fully matte finish, where I find it stays for a good 5/6 hours, even through light eating and drinking. I do find that I get a little bit of wear on the inner part of my mouth, but as this is a subtle shade it's not really visible - but just something to be aware of if choosing a bright shade! I would't say that this is drying, but definitely not hydrating either, just neutral on that front I'd say! But I'm not prone to dry lips. 

Colour & Pigmentation 
You already know this is a matte finish product - it's in the title! But it's very matte, having no kind of sheen or shimmer to it at all. Even though it's very matte, I don't personally find it to make my lips look dry or wrinkly. The colour itself is a lighter yellow toned pink, very wearable - I've been wearing it all week at work, where it's latest well into the afternoon! The pigmentation is also very good, as you can hopefully see from the pictures of it on and the swatches! 

The Good - Pigmented, packaging, cheap, value, good choice of colours, lasts 5+ hours, not sticky or drying.

The Not so Good - Doesn't feel like there's anything on my lips - meaning I always want to reach for my tinted lipbalm which ruins the point of it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing! 

Would I Repurchase? This is my second one ;)

Price & Availability - £4.99, Superdrug & Sleeks Website 

The shops seem to be flooded with liquid lipsticks and matte lip creams at the moment. But I have to say the Collection ones which have been out for years still remain one of my favourites - you really need to try one if you haven't! And have a look at the Sleek ones whilst you're in there too ;) 

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