Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review + Swatches: Essence Blush Up! Powder Blush - Heat Wave (10)

Sometimes you just see things and they are so pretty that it's almost impossible to leave them on the shelf. Especially at such a bargain price! Since buying this beauty I have worn it pretty much constantly so it's about time  shared some of my thoughts with you on it - if you didn't catch my huge Essence haul showing you just some of their many products available, then you can find it here - link. Nothing cost over £4 in my haul (palettes and all!), so definitely something to check out if you're on a budget! 

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

The Basics
The packaging on this is pretty simple side, but very sturdy - there'll be no worries about chucking this in my bag! In also like that it's clear so you can see the beauty that is within. With this beauty you get 8g of product, a good amount for a blush! I have it in 10 - Heat Wave, but there is also another shade available which has two different pinks in - but I couldn't resist the sunset! This is available from Wilkinsons for £3.50 (currently on 3for2). 

The Formula
For such a bargain price I've been really impressed with this. It's not silky soft to the touch, but my brush has no problem picking the blush up with my brush (I use a duo-fibre blush brush). It does take a little work to blend in, so if you're used to really good quality blushes this may frustrate you. I find that buffing a bit of powder over the top helps to make it look a bit more natural - from the blending and colour point of view! The longevity of this is fantastic, I put this on at 8am this morning and as I sit here typing at 8pm it is still visible, obviously not as strong, but colour is still visible.

See the full Essence Look here - link. 

Colour & Pigmentation
When I look at this I see three colours. We have quite a bright orange on the left hand side, which leads into a bright coral. Then on the right we have a bright, warm toned pink. All with a matte finish. I tend to just swirl my brush through the whole thing and get a pretty coral shade (which is what I'm wearing in the picture). If you want to use just the orange or pink, this is totally doable, you just need to use a smaller brush. The pigmentation is also very good, £3.50 well spent! 

The Good - Cheap, value, sturdy packaging, pigmented, long lasting, 3 shades in one. 

The Not so Good - Not the easiest to blend, texture is a little chalky. 

Price & Availability - £3.50, Wilkinsons.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

The Best of Understated Nail Polishes!

Finding the perfect nude nail polish isn't as hard as finding the perfect nude lipstick (that can be a nightmare!). But I still wouldn't say it was easy, some colours look really silly against my skintone - and I'm sure the same goes for other skintones. But I've found some corkers all under £5 that I wanted to pull together into one simple post to help you find your favourite too! I need to give a special mention to the BarryM Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee, which I love. It is currently on loan to my aunt, but you can find pictures of it on 
my nails here - link. 

Models Own Hyper Gel Nail Polish - Naked Glow (£5) - This is actually pretty similar to the BarryM Gelly Nail Paint (Lychee), I personally wouldn't say there's much between the two formulas either. Although there's certainly fans on both sides! This is a pale, creamy nude with no strong warmness to it. 

ELF Nail Polish - Desert Haze (£2.50) - This is slightly darker than the Models Own shade with a slightly more taupey feel too it. ELF's polishes do take a while to dry, but the colours are all very pretty! Worth your £2.50 anyway!

ELF Nail Polish - Nude (£2.50) A more peachy nude offering from ELF, this is pushing the limits for me, but if you have a deeper skintone I think this will look better on you! Like all of the polishes in todays post this has a cream finish. 

LOOK Beauty Nail Pop - Ghost (£2.50) I'm not sure what's happening to LOOK Beauty, they seem to have had everything on 50% sale for the last year! I have a feeling they're on their way out. However this medium toned mink/taupe shade is a complete must have, so snap it up whilst you can!

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Nail Color - Slick Slate (£4.44) - Quite a lot deeper than the other shades, but still a very subtle and understated colour. Plus I love this rather a lot so had to share its beauty with you! It's a deep purple toned taupe, great for autumn. 

I'm sure there's plenty of perfect nudes I haven't discovered yet - so I'd love to hear what your favourites are! I hope you liked my choices too :)

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review + Swatches: I ❤ MakeUp Lip Geek - Dare to be Different

I'm not going to say what my fiance though this was when he saw it sat on my make-up table, but if you have a vivid imagination you may be able to guess! Needless to say he was wrong, this is actually a lipstick! I ❤ MakeUp is the pride of MakeUp Revolution, it's a whole new line of products on the side -the packaging is a bit more outlandish. Generally I think it's aimed at a younger audience than myself, but I love the lipstick packaging and I think a lot of you will too. If you don't, just remember it's what's on the inside that counts ;) 

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

The Basics
Okay, so the packaging isn't for the people that like the simple or classy feel, but actually I love that it's metallic pink and purple. It certainly stands out in my make-up collection! Although a new release, there is an impressive 24 shades available, you can't complain at that at all. The colour selection is also really good, with a variety of reds, nudes, pinks and some corals too. These are available at a very reasonable £2.99* from the MakeUp Revolution Website. 

The Formula
Despite the bargain price the quality is pretty good, I shouldn't sounds surprised though, highstreet make-up really is quite good these days. Although there is of course and always will be the duds! This isn't one though with it's creamy texture that applies without a problem. Being super creamy does mean that it doesn't have the longest wear time, I find I get around 3 hours of wear - although it doesn't last too long through eating. I don't find that this is drying on the lips either, so can take you right through the winter months. 

Colour & Pigmentation
The finish of this is slightly glossy, but has no shimmer or glitter in it - a cream finish lipstick. The pigmentation is also pretty good. It's not anything mind blowing, but the colour is strong and won't go amiss. The colour is a subtle on, being a slightly deeper corally rose shade. 

The Good - Fun packaging, unscented, creamy, non-drying, 24 shades available, cheap, value. 

The Not so Good - Lasts 3 hours on the lips. 

Price & Availability - £2.99*, MakeUp Revolutions Website. 

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

On My Face! Glamous Look with Essence!

After showing you my ridiculous Essence Haul a few days ago I was far to eager to use all the new and exciting products. So I rounded them all up and tried to use as many of them as I could! I came up with this very wearable, slightly glamous look. It really doesn't look like I've used bargain make-up at all - all the Essence I used is under £4 each. Can't get better than that! 

Primer - Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer*
Foundation - DHC Q10 Liquid Foundation - Natural Ocher*
Powder - Essence Pure Skin Anti-Spot Compact Powder - 01 Beige
Blush - Essence Blush Up! Powder Blush - 10 Heat Wave
Highlight - Essence Sun Club all-in-one Bronzing Highlighter - 01 Sun Light

Base - Essence Eye Sorbet - 05 Illuminating Hazelnut
Lid & Crease - Essence 3D Eyeshadow - 09 Irresistible Chocolates 
Upper Lashline - Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen 
Lower Lashline - Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil - Brown
Browbone - Essence All About Nude Palette (top left)
Inner Corner - Essence Stays No Matter What Eye Pencil & Shadow - 07 Whipped White Frosting
Mascara - Essence ♥ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
Brows -  ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler - Light/Ivory

Gloss - Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss - Soft Nude

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