Saturday, 31 March 2012

Review + Swatches: 17 Blush & Glow - In Bloom

Last week I reviewed the other new Blush & Go from 17 which had a more peachy shade to it. This other new one I have to share with you today has a more pinky colour to it - more my cup of tea. But I'll put a link here for the peachy one if it's more your thing! But before I bore you, this is available from Boots for £3.99

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




The Basics
The Blush & Go line is actually one of my favourites from 17. Each one has two different coloured cheek products, some two blushes and some a blush and highlight. In my most recent review of Peachy I complained that I preferred it when they had a highlight, but actually I think I may have to take that back. As this one has very different colours/finishes I think it's actually pretty awesome. There have been two new shade releases, but I don't know how much product they have - I can't find the info anywhere, sorry! 




The Formula 
This isn't a luxurious product, but actually the formula is pretty good. It's not chalky and has a soft (although not silky soft!) texture to it. The blending is alright, not perfect, but not awful either, but I can get the look I want with it. The longevity of this one is slightly better than the other shade I reviewed, for whatever reasons. I'm not sure why! But I can get about 5/6 hours wear from it, you may well get more though as my cheeks don't like blush! 



   

The Colours & Pigmentation
These have a good pigmentation to them, I wouldn't go as far as saying it's intense, but sometimes that's nice as you can apply easily without risking the clown look!
 
a - This is a pale matte bubbglegum pink. It's not pale enough to use as a highlight, but works well as a blush on paler skin. 

b -  This is a bit different from the average blush in my collection. It's a pale pinky berry with very slight coral tones adding some warmth. It doesn't have a shimmer to it, but has a  really pretty golden glow. 

Mixed -  When used mixed this has a slighly paler and more pink shade than the berry, but still has that beautiful golden glow. 

In the picture below I am wearing both sides mixed together. But I'm also wearing both shades on the eyes as a spring pink eyeshadow :) And sorry about the rubbish picture, my cameras turning awful!


 
 The Good - cheap, bargain! nice packaging, the darker shade is really pretty, 5-6 hours wear (not bad for me!), soft, 3 (mixed) blushes in one.

The Not so Good - could be some improvement on blending - not bad though.

Would I repurchase? Yup they're great little products for me.

Who might like it? Those that don't mind forgoing a little bit of quality (still good!) for the great price. Also great for travel having three blushes in one.

The Bottom Line -  I personally really like this, but if you're a girl of luxury you may not be so excited! 


Soooo sleeeeeepy! I think it's bedtime for me, time to get some zzzz. But if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me and thanks for stopping by. Night night, H :) 

Friday, 30 March 2012

Top Picks: March 2012 Favourites - with video!

It's March already, madness! But it's great because at last the weathers starting to get warmer, I'm wearing shorts without tights today, it really must be warm! But anyway this post isn't about my wardrobe haha. It's about the things I've been using a lot over the last month, some new things and some old loves I've rediscovered or found new uses for. So a mixed bag this month! 




This Months Favourites - 
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation 
  • Collection 2000 Multiplier Mascara 
  • ELF Cream Eyeliner - Metallic Olive 
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk 
  • ELF Studio Blush Brush 



Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation 
I've been using this a lot this month, not just for testing for my review, but also because I genuinely really like it. It's gives a very very good coverage, which I need sometimes. I wouldn't say it's perfect, but I am very impressed with it and will continue to use it when I want a fuller coverage. 

Price & Availability - Boots & Superdrug, £5.99


Collection 2000 Multiplier Mascara 
This ones a new release from the brand and after seeing the brush and the claims I had to give it a go. It has a really great wand which perfectly seperates the lashes, giving a stunning definition. It does need a LOT of layers to get the volume. But if you have the patience it will look amazing. One of my subscribers even asked if I had falsies on when I wore this in a look! 

Price & Availability - Boots & Superdrug, £4.99 






NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk 
This is a great little pencil to have in you're collection. It works well as a base to make the colours on top look bolder. But also works well as an inner corner highlight. But what I've been using this for recently is on my waterline for some spring freshness. And it actually has some pretty decent staying power there! 

Price & Availability - I got it from this Ebay seller for £2-3.


ELF Cream Eyeliner - Metallic Olive 
I don't like all of these liners but this one is a really pretty bronzey colour, with some fab pigmentation. But actually recently I've been using this as a base more than a liner. It looks really great with a gold over the top, infact I'll be doing a tutorial next week using it like that, so stay tuned if you're intrigued. 

Price & Availability - ELF's website, £3.50. 


   

ELF Studio Blush Brush 
I mentioned this brush yesterday as part of my ELF favourites, but I wanted to add it in here too as it's awesome! It's quite on the small side, which makes it good for using in lots of places, but it's a perfect size to add some colour to the apples of the cheek. And I love that it has Taklon bristles! 

Price & Availability - ELF's website, £3.50







Thanks for stopping by to read/listen to my current favourite products. I'd love to hear what you've been loving recently too, anything the same as me? 

But anyway thanks for stopping by to hear what little old me has to say, I really appreciate it, H :) 

Thursday, 29 March 2012

FOTD: Spring Fling

The spring has well and truley sprung in the UK. And I've just started to get my happy spring vibe going. So pulled out some peachy colours - something I don't really wear much! I also didn't want to do a black waterline like I usually do and instead opted for a for fresh white colour. But anyway I hope you enjoy the look - it is a bit brighter in real life, I am really considering investing in a new camera. 





PRODUCTS USED
Face 
Primer - Witch Anti Blemish Skin Clearing Primer
Concealer - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair
Foundation - Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation - 51 Light Vanilla 
Powder - 17 Instant Glow Bronzing Powder - Light Bronze 
Blush - Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush
Bronzer -  Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer 
 

Eyes
Brows -  MUA Eyebrow Pencil - Blonde & MUA Clear Mascara 
Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
Lid - Sleek Paraguaya Palette - Cameo & Persimmon (mixed) 
Crease - ELF Brightening Eye Colour - Glam (Bright Pink) & MUA Matte Eyeshadow - 18
Deepen Crease - Sleek Bad Girl Palette - Rebel 
Highlight - Sleek Au Naturel Palette - Nougat 
Inner Corner/Waterline -  NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk 
Upper Lashline -  BeautyUK Pearl Eyeliner - Sorceress
Lower Lashline - No7 Metallic Eyes Pencil - Smoky Purple 
Mascara - 17 Va Va Voom & Collection 2000 Multiplier
 

Lips  
Lipstick - ELF Matte Lip Colour - Natural 
Gloss - BeautyUK Lip Lust - Cocktail





I keep saying it now-a-days, but I'm really liking this lip combo, it's a perfect corally pink nude for spring! But I'm really liking the peach/purple combo on the eyes too it's so fresh, which is helped by using all matte shades. I'm definitely a matte convert recently! 

But anyway I hope you enjoyed the look, but if you have any questions on anything used then don't hesitate to ask me! but mostly thanks for stopping by, H :)  

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Top Picks: My Favourite ELF Products - with Video!

This is something I promised to get up for you quite a while ago, but you know, life gets in the way of the fun things sometimes. But I've spent some time planning this and filming for it over the last week or so and it's finally ready to show you. I haven't shown everything I like, but just the ones I like the best because otherwise this post would go on for miles! But anyway I hope you enjoy the post! 




Mineral Foundation SPF15 - Fair (£3.50)
I actually use this as a powder over my foundation not as foundation itself as it doesn't give enough coverage for me. But if you have good skin it'll be enough on it's own. It has a really beautiful natural finish to it without being powdery. It's so good I don't actually have that much left - I must really get around to getting a full review up for it! 

Studio Cream Blush (£6.50) 
This is one of the more pricey ELF products, but it's a pretty much faultless product. It has a more moussey cream finish and sets to a powdery finish on the face, which again looks very natural. The Flirt colour is a beautiful subtle pink and Seductress is a flushed berry colour - great for the colder months! I'm really tempted by Temptress! My review of Seductress can be found here.


 

Natural Radiance Blusher - Glow (£1.50) 
Very cheap, but it still has a good pigmentation to it. The texture isn't the nicest, but it'll still look nice on the cheeks. It's not a colour I'd usually go for being a golden shimmery peach. But actually it goes really well with greens and I do find myself picking it up a fair amount! 


Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (£3.50)
As you can see I've hit pan on the bronzer side of this - a sure sign I love it! It does have some shimmer in the pan, but it doesn't really transfer to the face much which means it can be used to contour as well. It's also not too deep or orange so great for pale people like me. The blush isn't bad either! Full review here




Eyelid Primer (£1.50)
I'm not going to sit here and tell you this is as good as Too Faced Shadow Insurance, for a start the packaging isn't as practical, it is close though. But I do actually prefer this to Urban Decay's Primer Potion as I find eyeshadows blend better over it better. It might not quite meet the mark of Too Faced, but with the substantial price difference it's definitely worth it! 

Mineral Eyeshadow - Elegant (£3.00)
This is a loose shadow, so can be a little messy to use - fallout! But this is a beautiful golden ivory with a shimmer to it. It's very versatile as it's great for the inner corner, cheek highlight or a subtle all over lid colour. It does work better over a sticky base - the Cream Eyeshadow ELF does are a good one :) 


   
  

Brightening Eye Colour Quads (£1.50)
I have a fair few of these but Brownstone and Day 2 Night are my favourite ones. There is a bit of inconsistency in quality and pigmentation, but overall these two work well if you consider the price. But as you can see they really have a good pigmentation. A review of Brownstone can be found here and Day 2 Night here


 


Luscious Liquid Lipstick - Strawberry (£1.50)
This is more of a pigmented gloss than a lipstick. So if we forget the name this is really nice. Not that sticky and with a nice subtle minty scent. This shade is a coral toned red and was the lip product I first used to steer myself towards being comfortable with a red lip. I'd totally recommend it for anyone with my colouring. 


Mineral Moisturizing Lip Tint - Berry (£3.50)
This has a similar finish and feel to the lipsticks, but has a more compact packaging. And also very moisturizing so a great little pigmented product to carry around with you. I do have a full review with lip swatches etc, which you can find here


   


Mineral Lipstick - Barely Bitten (£3.50)
I've had this for ages now, but still pick it up now and again. They have a really nice texture to them, pretty much just like a balm, but with lots of colour! I do actually like all the colours I have of these, but just picked out one to show you here. You can read my full review and see my other shades here.


   


Blending Eye Brush (£1.50)
This doesn't look like it would be that good a brush as it does seem a little flimsy and doesn't have the best cut to it. But actually it works really really well for blending in the crease. So well infact that this is the only brush I have more than one of! 


Eyeshadow "C" Brush (£3.50)
This is part of the studio range as all the black brushes are and have Taklon (synthetic) bristles. I've had this brush for getting on for 2 years now and it has completely keepen it's shape. It's nothing overly special, just a practical and quality eyeshadow brush. 


     

Blush Brush (£3.50)
This is a recent addition to my brush collection, but has fast become a part of my everyday routine. It is a very small brush, but actually that just means you can have more precision and makes the brush more versatile. Oh and vegan too! 


Stipple Brush (£3.50)
This is the brush I like to use with the Cream Blush above - they're a match made in heaven. But apart from being good with cream products it's also great for using with really pigmented blushes such as the Sleek ones as it doesn't pick up as much product. 

Powder Brush (£3.50) 
Although this is a powder brush it's actually my favourite for liquid foundation. I use it like I would a stipple brush, but as it's a lot more densely  packed it gives a better coverage. But also a really nice flawless finish. This is a brush that I use pretty much every single day! And talk about loads!


     


I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite ELF products, there are a lot of other things I like, but I had to set a limit somewhere! And also I obviously haven't tried everything from them so just because I haven't mentioned anything doesn't mean to say it's not good! 

But feel free to suggest you're favourite things from ELF as I feel an order coming on sometime soon! And as always if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me. Thanks for stopping by, H :)   

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Review + Swatches: Barry M Glossy Tube Lip Gloss

I haven't included the name of this gloss in the title as it's not written on the packaging anywhere and I'm not 100% on it. After looking on the website I think that it's called Passion Pink (11), but there's always a chance I'm wrong. But I'm pretty sure there weren't any similarly coloured ones on the stand, so hopefully the pictures will help you hunt this shade down. It is available from Boots & Superdrug for £3.99.

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





The Basics
This lipgloss tube from BarryM comes in 12 different colour choices each containing a very reasonable 10ml of product. These come in the typical squeezy lipgloss tubes with a plastic applicator of a nice size and shape to dispense the product. It does have a very strong sweet candy type scent, which I personally love, but I understand it's not too everyones taste! 





The Formula 
These have a slighty thicker consistency to them, but are non-sticky on the lips. You can feel it on the lips though and taste it's candy scent! I do find that it's not the longest lasting, getting just over 2 hours wear from it, but the non-sticky glosses tend not too last as long in my experience. But I've had no problems with these drying my lips out, infact they feel rather soft once this has worn off! 





The Colour & Pigmentation 
In the tube this looks like a bright ever so slightly coraled hot pink. But it's actually a pretty sheer gloss so doesn't look as scary once on! It is mainly shimmer free, but there is a very subtle amount of pink shimmer to it that you can't really notice once on! The finish is very glossy though, leaning towards the wet look! Which makes this really great over a lipstick! 





The Good - cheap, lots of product, really glossy, great for over lipstick or as a sheer colour alone, not sticky, non-drying.

The Not so Good - some might not like the strong scent (I love it!), nothing special colourwise, lasts around 2 hours.

Would I repurchase? Possibly, based on the fact I like the formula, but there'd have to be a really pretty colour as there's only so many sheer glosses a girl can justify!

Who might like it? Those looking for a nice and simple sheer gloss. And a sweet tooth might help with the scent!

The Bottom Line - I'm really loving this gloss and have used it loads, the colours nothing special, but the formula/scent is amazing!    



So overall I'm really liking this gloss, it's perfect for everyday wear. And is something I can see myself reaching for a lot during the Spring/Summer. Ooo that's an idea! Would anybody like to see my favourite Spring lip colours/products? I'll see if I can get anything up if you do! But anyway thanks for stopping by, H :)

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Review: Collection 2000 Multiplier Mascara

I wasn't originally going to get this new mascara, but once I'd seen the beautiful black and gold packaging and the description I was sold. By description I mean the packaging blurb! It's described as a 'Volume & Definition Mascara' both things I look for in my mascaras! Anyway this is available for a bargainous £4.99! 

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




The Basics 
This mascara comes in a slightly larger than average black tube with gold detail. Like a fair amount of other Collection 2000 things I have, this does have a bit of an issue with the writing rubbing off. But it's what's inside that counts! It has a plastic wand, covered in loads of tiny little 'bristles'. It also comes with 8ml of product in the shade Ultra Black. I don't think there's any other colour options. 


 

What do I think of this mascara? 
I really like how it lengthens and defines my lashes whilst giving them some volume. Although it does take quite a lot of layers to give the beautiful (If I say so myself) lashes you see below. Which does frustrate me a little as I know it can be an amazing mascara if I have the time/patience! But this does bring around another bonus - it makes a good natural looking mascara that separates the lashes perfectly. I find that the look of it lasts pretty well through the day, but can smudge a little underneath. It's also easy to remove, as it's not waterproof. 







The Good - cheap, really black, nice brush, really defining, doesn't clump with layering, can give a lot of volume if layered a lot.

The Not so Good - does take a lot of layers to get the volume - could do with more product on wand, writing rubs off packaging.

Would I repurchase? Probably yes, It's pretty versatile being able to give natural and defined or voluptuous lashes all from one mascara!

Who might like this? A lot of people as it's a mascara of many uses! 

The Bottom Line - Amazing if you have patience! 

Apologies for a lack of a picture of my bare lashes. As I tried to upload it I reached my upload limited. Which is a bit of a disaster, I think I can pay to have more storage for pictures. So I may have to look into how much it costs. I really hope it's not too expensive as blogging is my passion and I look forward to coming home to blog for you all everyday! It's the highlight!

I'll keep you updated on the goings on, promise! H :)   

Friday, 23 March 2012

Review + Swatches: 17 Blush & Glow - Peachy

This Spring 17 has released a lot of exciting new products a few of which I've purchased and will be reviewing in the coming weeks. But first up is this blush in Peachy. But coming up I have the other new blush in 'In Bloom' and some of their new lip stains - so pigmented, loving so far! This is available from Boots for £3.99. 

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




The Basics 
This paricular blush contains two different shades of blush, one much more shimmery than the other. But previous shades have had a blush and a highlight in them, which I personally preferred. The packaging has a clear lid which makes them easy to find in your stash, which is nice. I can never find any information about how much product these have in them which is a shame, but I have a fair old dip in my other one without hitting pan! 





The Formula 
The texture of this is nice and soft, but also well pressed so that it doesn't fling up a load of powder each time you use it. There is a little bit though, but nothing major! I find they're alright to apply, not the easiest to blend, but nothing horrible either, mediocre! As for longevity I was a little disappointed as I only get an average of around 4 hours wear from it. Although you may get a little longer as my cheeks aren't the biggest blush fan! 






Colours & Pigmentation
I really like the pigmentation in these, it's not intense, but actually sometimes that's nice as it can make application easier. I have labelled the sides a and b, but obviously this will change depending on which way up you're holding the blush! 

A - This is the more shimmery side of the duo with a pinky peach colour. It has a lot of golden shimmer running through it. 

B -  This side is not as shimmery and has a rosey pink colour, which leans slightly peach. It has a pearly/matte finish to it, but also has a very slight amount of golden shimmer in it. 


In the picture below I'm wearing both sides of this blush mixed together on my cheeks. The rest of the products are listed here.


 


The Good - Cheap, packaging, two different finishes, really nice colour for spring, pigmentation makes it easy to apply. 

The Not so Good - can be awkward to get at just one colour, would have been nice to have a highlight like the old Blush & Go shades.

Would I repurchase? I guess it's colour dependent. I wasn't completely wowed by this, I preferred the older versions with a highlight.

Who might like it? Those that like to have a variety of finishes to travel with or in similar shades together. This is practical!

The Bottom Line - Not bad at all for the price, a few minor moans, but I'm hard to please haha! 

I'll be getting a review up of the other new blush in the not too distant future, possibly in about a week - I need testing time! But in short it's more pink! 

But anyway if you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact me. And thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed the review, H :)   

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Swatches: Venomous Cosmetics Loose Shadows

It's been a while since I've done any Indie swatches for you all so as I only had time for a quick post today I thought I'd show you these three bright loose shadows from Venomous Cosmetics. I have them in sample size, which cost $1, a full size will set you back just $5.50. I've also created a look with all three which I've included at the bottom :) You can buy from Venomous Cosmetics here. 





The Colours! 
As you can see these are lovely and pigmented, which is helped along the way with Fyrinnaes Pixie Epoxy used as a base. The descriptions in 'commas' are taken directly from the site :) 

Blue Ringed Octopus - 'Bright medium blue shimmer'   I mostly agree with this, it's a beautiful blue, but the shimmer is very understated and is more closer to matte, only having a slight pearliness. 

Boomslang - 'Sea green' This is a bright green teal it again has a slight pearliness to it, which shows better in the second swatch pictures. 

 Eyelash Viper - 'Medium Yellow Shimmer' Again I wouldn't really call this a shimmer, it has a similar finish to the two other shades. Colour wise this is a bright yellow with slight orange hints. 




In the look I have used Eyelash Viper on the inner corner, Boomslang on the lid and Blue-Ringed Octopus with a matte black in the crease. For all other products check out my FOTD post for this look here! 
 





Are you liking the brights? I do! They're great for Spring. The suns out and I'm in a great mood and feeling the bright colours! Talking of Spring has anybody seen the new 'Spring has Sprung' Collection from Venomous Cosmetics. It is times like this I wish I had money in my paypal! Might have to give it a miss :( 

But anyway if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me. And I hope you're enjoying the sun. Thanks, H :)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Grab a Bargain! Bourjois at Superdrug - Flower Power!

Just a short one from me today about a mega bargain I managed to pick up at Superdrug yesterday. I just couldn't resist! I don't know how long the offer is on for, but select Bourjois is on offer at 2 for £13. But the best bit is that it includes the new Flower Power Foundation and Primer - something I've been lusting after for a bit. I'll be honest and say I've only used these once now, but they're nice so far. Not as dewy as the Healthy Mix and the included sponge is just annoying! 




The Maths! 
Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation -  £11.99 
Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer -  £10.99 
Price for both without Deal - £22.98
Saving with the deal - £9.98

So definitely a good deal! I'm always tempted by Bourjois but find their products are more on the expensive side of the highstreet, so pretty much only get things on offer! 

I will be getting reviews of both of these things up, hopefully sooner rather than later! And I hope you found this quick post helpful, H :) 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Review + Swatches: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation

Not too long ago I reviewed and loved the Lasting Perfection Concealer and still continue to use it pretty much everyday. So on the back of that success I decided to get the Foundation from the line as well! I picked up the one in 2 - Ivory assuming it was the same shade I have in the Concealer. But I actually have the concealer in 1 - Fair. I (maybe) stupidly thought Ivory would be lighter than Fair, but that's not the case! The shade match is still pretty good, a slight touch too dark, but perfectly fine to wear once powdered. 

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




The Basics
This foundation costs a pretty cheap £5.99 for 30ml of product. It actually comes in a glass pump bottle which makes it feel a bit more expensive, but doesn't make it very practical for travel - imagine the mess that would make if it smashed! It is oil free and contains a pretty good SPF20 in it. I'm all for sun protection in my foundation! This is available in 6 shades, going fairly pale, but not much on the more tanned range of the scale. 


 


The Claims - My Thoughts 
All claims have come straight from the back of the bottle :) 
'Fresh appearance for upto 16 hours' - This has a matte finish to it, which I don't usually associate with fresh, but actually this will last on the skin for the day (with primer/powder) but you will get some loss of coverage and a bit of oiliness showing through. 

'Flawless Coverage' - It's not 100% flawless on my skin, but I can imagine it is on a lot of peoples. It has the best coverage I've had in a foundation! 

'Anti-Transfer' - Not gonna lie, I don't agree with this! If I rub my face with my sleeve lightly, I get a pale foundation mark rubbing off! Only a layer seems to transfer though and what's sunk in stays. 






My Overall Thoughts 
I do really like the coverage of this foundation and that it still looks pretty reasonable by the end of the day without touch-ups. I do find that it is very easy to apply too much and give a cakey finish. But for me using just under a pumps worth on an ELF Studio Powder Brush works well. It does take a while to sink in though, so you'll probably want to do you're eyes before putting anything else on your face. I also find that it works a lot better when set with a powder. But overall for £5.99 I really like it for when I want a lot of coverage. 

Below I am wearing this foundation, powdered with the ELF Mineral Foundation (pretty sheer). 

  

The Good - SPF20, pump bottle, 30ml product, really really good coverage, will last a full day at work (coverage wise, I will get a slight bit of oiliness).

The Not so Good - Glass bottle makes it unpractical for travel, isn't anti-transfer like it claims, takes a while to sink in, can look cakey sometimes.

Would I repurchase? Yes, this is my foundation with the best coverage, something that's definitely handy to have!

Who might like it? Those that are looking for a high coverage matte foundation - I have covered pretty much anything I needed to with this and it's matching concealer. 

The Bottom Line - Great coverage, can be a little tricky to work with, but tends to look a bit better later in the day.


All in all I do really like this foundations coverage but the finish isn't my favourite, I prefer something a bit more dewy. I get the feeling that some people will agree with me that a matte finish isn't the most flattering on them, but oilier people might like them a bit more. But anyway if you have any further questions/comments then don't hesitate to contact me. 

Thanks for stopping by, it makes my day! H :) 
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