Friday, 30 November 2012

FOTD: The MakeUp Mix-Up #8

It's Face of the Day time again guys! I'm trying to go back to posting 2 posts a day as at the moment I just have so much to blog about! I think the key is removing distractions and it takes about the same time as writing one! So today my second post is going to be a FOTD using the 5 products I lucky dipped on Monday (post link) and have been trying to use this week!

Primer - Benefit Porefessional
Base -  Dr Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm
Foundation - Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation - 51
Blush - MUA Cream Blush - Bittersweet
Highlight -  Topshop Blush - Butterscotch
Powder - 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder


Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Base - Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Lid - Venomous Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadow - Not so Blue Over You
Crease - BeautyUK Eyeshadow and Eyeliner Collection - Smoke Screen - top middle and bottom right and left.
Browbone -  Urban Decay Vice Palette - Anonymous
Inner Corner - Fyrinnae Loose Eyeshadow - Winter Again
Upper Lashline & Waterline - Collection Lasting Colour Gel Liner - Black
Lower Lashline -  ELF Shimmer Eyeliner - Plum Passion
Mascara - Miss Sporty Pump Up Lash Mascara
Brows -  MUA Eyebrow Pencil - Blonde & Sleek Eyebrow Kit - Light (wax only)


Liptick - New CID Ultra-Long Wear Lip Colour - Pink Lace 
Lipgloss - Eyeko London Lips Lipgloss - Portobello

The Products I had to use! 

I love that lid colour! Now I just need to find a dupe as it was limited edition and I don't have a lot! I may have to go on a hunt! Anyway I really hope you enjoyed todays look and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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NOTD: Barbara Daly Razzle Dazzle Nail Polish Duo

It seems I can't even got to the supermarket without looking a make-up, I think I'm obsessed! I went to buy food and came home with nail polish. I also had a look at the Barbara Daly lipsticks and was rather tempted as they were smooth, pigmented and smelt amazing, but coming in at £9, I made myself resist! However this cute little duo was not something I couldn't pass up. 

The Basics 
This duo is available exclusively as Tesco and costs just £5, which considering that's the price of a single nail polish from them, it's a pretty good deal! It's a limited edition duo for Christmas, containing a normal nail varnish and a glitter top coat, each with 7ml of product. I couldn't decide which way to swatch them for you, so I decided pink with a glitter accent nail (it took a lot of  glitter coats!). But I think they'd also look great layered! 

What did I think? 
I was pretty impressed with the dry down time, quicker than a lot of brands I've tried anyway. The brush was quite cheap, but it did the job and didn't leave those horrible streaks! 

Razzle - This is the bright fuchsia, but strong red tones to it, it's a bright girly shade. I'm not quite sure if I like it though, pinks not really my colour! Two coats are shown in the picture. 

Dazzle - The real reason I bought this duo! This is a full on glitter shade, with tiny silver holographic sparkles, medium sized glitters in a variety of colours including blue, green and copper and there are also some larger hexagonal glitters too. 

Is it bad that I bought a duo just for the glitter polish? I have a bit of a thing for glitter nail polishes at the moment! Saying that I only have a handful, so if you have any favourites it'd be great to hear what you're loving! As always thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Review + Swatches: ELF Baked Eyeshadow - Burnt Plum

Here in the UK it tends to take a while to get the new ELF products up on the site. But recently we were blessed with a sprinkling of new products, including the baked eyeshadows. Now just to patiently wait for the many other things I have my eye on! But I did hear rumours of some new things coming over in the not so distant future, so we'll have to keep our fingers crossed that it's true! 

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

The Basics
This eyeshadow is part of the Studio line, coming in at £3.75 a pop. So not super cheap, but definitely reasonable. On the UK site we have 6 colour choices, all in pretty basic colours. There's no information on the amount of product, but it's going to be quite large - it's a big domed shadow! 

The Formula 
Being a baked product means that it can be used both wet and dry, but I personally only use it dry as it's too much of a faff to use it wet! The texture is silky soft and blends nicely. Although I wouldn't go as far as to say the blending is perfect! The longevity disappointed me a little though, I've been using it over a variety of primers to see if anything did the trick, but generally the shadow hits the creased stage at about 6 hours, but intensity stays good. 

Colour & Pigmentation 
Although this is called plum it's definitely not a word I'd use to describe it, there's no purple tones in there! There is however quite a few red tones in it on a brown base. The pigmentation is pretty good, but has the bonus of being able to be applied sheerer without it looking uneven. Just use a loose fluffy crease brush! The finish is the standard pearl one that we would expect from a baked shadow. 

If you were wondering, I'm wearing the new ELF 3in1 Mascara too! 

The Good - cheap, pigmented, great colour for autumn and winter, can be used wet and dry. 

The Not so Good - inaccurate name, could do with some more colour choices, it creases after 6 hours with a primer. 

Would I repurchase? Although I have some complaints, I probably would actually! 

Price & Availability - £3.75, ELF's Website. 

I'm actually very happy with this shade, strangely I don't have anything like it. And it actually suites me and goes with the season. I have a tutorial planned for this, but just need to hunt down a lipstick that matches the look and isn't discontinued! As always thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Review + Swatches: Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette

Thanks to the way ASOS works I actually managed to accidentally buy this palette, can you believe that? I wouldn't, but I promise it's true! Basically you have to put card details in before voucher codes, so when I hit enter to add the voucher code it actually put my order through. But I did actually want the palette so didn't have the heart to do anything about it! Plus it means I get to share the swatches etc with you guys! 

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

The Basics 
As I already said I bought this from ASOS for £33, which according to them is a saving of 832%, sounds pretty good when you put it like that! Inside you get 12 eyeshadows, each with 0.9g product, or 10.8g total. Also you get a fullsize (12ml) Lashgasm Mascara and a mini (5g) Shadow Insurance in the Candlelight shade. So although not cheap for the set, it's definitely good value! 

Lashgasm Mascara 
This mascara is new to me, but after loving their Lash Injection I had high hopes, however I haven't been too convinced with it. Although that wand looks like it should be great at separating the lashes, I actually found the formula to be really wet and leave my lashes looking rather clumpy! But it does give some good length, and applied over another mascara the volume can be good. And just so you know, it's quite easy to stab yourself in the eye with the wand! 

Shadow Insurance Candlelight 
The original shadow insurance is something I really like, so I was more than happy to try this. And I really like this, is sort of like a 2 in 1 product, a golden coloured cream eyeshadow, but a primer as well. It works really well too using this with the shadows in the set I got no creasing or colour fade when wearing the shadows all day long (10+ hours!). One thing to mention is that if you want your shadows to stay fully matte then you'll probably want to use a different primer! 

Shadow Review 
The majority of shadows in this palette, infact all but one have a really great quality. The mattes were especially impressive, probably the best matte shadows I've tried, super soft and easy to apply whilst still giving really nice pigmentation. The shimmer and metallic shades are also really great too. The colour selection is good, although I'm not sure I'd go as far as amazing as there's some similar shades, but well rounded and a good mix of textures! 

The colours...
Vanilla -  A great matte off white shade, that works great as a highlight on paler skins.

Cut the Cake - This is a demi-matte, grey toned lilac. It could do with a touch more pigmentation, but super silky soft and blendable nonetheless.

Framboise - This is a really pretty purple shade, think gunmetal and throw some strong greyed purple tones in there - metallic.

Coffee Bean - A rich medium-dark brown shade, a slight warm tone and again a matte finish.

... More colours ...
Peach Fuzz - A pearly matte warm nudey peach shade, with a small amount of golden microglitter - which doesn't fall down horribly!

Hot Cocoa - This shades not that true to pan, swatching a lot lighter to be more of a tan shade, with a pearly finish.

Candy Rose - A pale yellow toned pink, the same idea as Peach Fuzz, so again matte, but this time the microglitter is silver.

Lovey Dovey - Similar to Hot Cocoa, but a touch darker and this time with a metallic finish and leaning a touch bronzey.

... the rest! 

 Nude Beach - This is the dud shade of the palette, I'm afraid, it's rather gritty and doesn't apply that evenly.  However it's pretty champagne shade with golden glitter in it.

Cinnamon Sugar - A super pigmented metallic gold, it does lean slightly towards an antique gold shade, making it sit quite nicely in the natural look category.

Marzipan - I love marzipan, one of my favourite foods. The colour is a warm nude orange toned shade.

Licorice Latte - This is a very very deep brown, shade, infact pretty much black! The finish is matte, but it has golden microshimmer running through it to make it a bit more interesting!

The Good - good value, pretty packaging, matte shadows are the best I've tried! great longevity using  primer with shadows, good mix of textures. 

The Not so Good - the mascara is quite clumpy on me, I can see the velvet (on cardboard) packaging getting quite dirty! 

Would I repurchase? I wouldn't need more than one, but I may have to investigate whether they have any fully matte palettes! 

Price & Availability - £33, ASOS

Overall I think the palette is great quality, but there's something about the colour selection which just doesn't hit the mark for me. I just can't put my finger on it, but perhaps a little too warm toned for me? Anyway I hope you enjoyed reading this review and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Review: ELF 3-in-1 Mascara

Evening everyone! You may remember at the beginning of the month I posted a haul and showed you guys this new mascara from ELF? Well I've now had plenty of testing time and today have a review of it for you. Mascara can be one of those things that causes differing opinions, but to help you make an opinion on this one, I have quite long and curly lashes and generally look for something really black that gives good volume! 

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

The Basics
What attracted me to this product is the shape of the brush, it looks super similar to the Benefit They're Real Mascara one. But I'm far to stingy to fork out for a mascara at that price so decided to go with this one! The ELF mascara has a silicone brush, which usually I'm not so keen on, but actually this seems to work well. I can't see any info on how much products inside, but it's a pretty standard sized bottle coming in just the shade 'very black' on the UK site, for £3.75. 

What did I think? 
First off lets talk about this wand! It has a 'normal' part with smaller sized bristles and then at the tip of the wand be have a sphere with some bristles on too. It works really great for getting into the corners of the eye and making sure all the lashes are coated. I do find that the mascara gives a slight curl and length and also a bit of volume. Although not as much as I like. It is a really rich black mascara though, that I haven't found to smudge at all or make my lashes super clumpy. So although not amazing, it's alright. 

The Good - cheap, very black, doesn't smudge on me, not particularly clumpy, interesting and helpful brush! 

The Not so Good - didn't wow me in terms of length, volume or curl - but gave a nice naturally enhanced look. 

Would I repurchase? Probably not, but it's alright. 

Price & Availability - £3.75, ELF's Website

For those of you wondering, my too favourite mascaras are the Too Faced Lash Injection and 17 Peep Show. One being a lot cheaper than the other! And both unfortunately on their last legs! Feel free to share you're favourite, I'd love to hear! And I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Monday, 26 November 2012

The Monday MakeUp Mix-Up! #8

Week 8 already! The second half of this year has flow past at about the speed of the concord or a space shuttle, are they faster? Who knows?! But it is time to share with you the 5 products that have been randomly picked out of my stash to use this week! If you're new to my blog the aim of this feature is to get use out of all my make-up and challenge myself with my make-up, so expect to see a FOTD towards the end of the week using this all! 

BeautyUK Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Palette - Smoke Screen
(£3.99, Superdrug & BeautyUK's Website)
I'd actually forgotten about this palette - but I wish I hadn't as for one this has a deep grey gel liner. Very unusual at this price point. Although no the greatest quality. The eyeshadows however are really nice and great for a nice smoky eye - and not crazy coloured making my life easier for the FOTD!

Venomous Cosmetics Loose Shadow - Not so Blue Over You 
When I pulled this out I remember thinking that it was a colour that I had loved when I swatched it for the blog. The life of a beauty blogger doesn't leave masses of time to dwell on pretty colours though unfortunately. But I was right, this is a stunner, it's such a shame it's discontinued. A beautiful shimmery violet shade, I'm going to have fun playing with it! 

ELF Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil - Plum Passion
(£1.50, ELF's Website)
I'll be honest, these eyeliners from ELF aren't really a favourite of mine. But it is a nice colour, so I'm sure I can get it out to play this week and who knows, maybe I'll find a new favourite. Although I'm thinking it's unlikely! 

Topshop Cream Blush - Butterscotch
(£6, Topshop)
It's been forever since I've had a nosey around the Topshop make-up stands, overdue some may say! This blush is actually a highlight shade really, and best applied with a small stipple blush or you're fingers. It does look on the darker side, but if I remember correctly it applies fine on my skin! 

Eyeko London Lips Lipgloss - Portobello 
I didn't do too well picking items that were actually available to buy this week did I. I said before if this bugs you guys I'll discard (put back) dicontinued products in future and redip in the stash for something available! I never got a chance to review these glosses though as they discontinued about 2 weeks after I bought 3! But they are nice and glossy, infact very glossy! 

I'm seeing a purple smokey look this week, or we could go lilac and throw some mint green in there. I think it probably depends on how I'm feeling come Friday. Anyway, I'm rambling! Thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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NOTD: BarryM Nail Paint - Christmas Blue

As soon as I saw this I knew it had to be mine, I mean, how beautiful is that bottle! Another bonus is that Superdrug currently has 3for2 running across the make-up section, so I actually got this for free when I bought two other things! It will also be free when you spend £6 on the brand. I spent forever in there as they've recently refurbished my local Superdrug, it's much more exciting now! 

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

The Basics 
This is a limited edition shade only available from Superdrug and is selling at £3.99. We have the same packaging that we're used to from the brand, except the exciting lid - it sure makes me excited anyway, I'm a sucker for pretty packaging! Inside you'll get 10ml of product, and a happy face when you apply! There are 2 limited edition shades in Superdrug and 2 in Boots. This is a Superdrug one ;) 

What did I think? 
You've probably already gathered that I love this colour, but lets break it down. The finish is something I haven't come across before, and probably best described as a mottled metallic finish. In there we have this beautiful iced teal shade and a small amount of gold, which helps accentuate the molted effect. On the nails you're seeing just one coat (on the thicker side), which shows the pigmentation! The texture was on the thicker side as well, leading to the dry down time to be a little extended. 

Finally a BarryM Nail Paint I'm in love with! I was beginning to wonder what made everyone love the brand so much, but I think I may have just been unlucky until now as this is a true stunner! As always thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Review: MUA Professional Eye Primer

Today has not been a great day, for starters it's pouring with rain. The stress of uni and my dissertation seems to be the real downer at the moment, nothing seems to be going right, even though I spent at least 7 hours a day on reading and assignments. I was considering just curling up in bed and feeling sorry for myself, but trying to think positively I realised that wouldn't get me anywhere and so I'm going to write a small review for you to try and distract myself for a few minutes. And apologies for the moaning, it's just nice to vent sometimes!

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

The Basics

This primer comes housed in a black tube, with a doe-foot applicator - just like you'd find on a lipgloss. It's not my favourite packaging for a primer, but at £2.50 it does the job! Inside you get 7.5ml of product, which seems to be lasting well as I've been using it almost every single day since the summer - talk about a long testing time! Although I can't be sure how much is left as the tube is opaque. 

What did I think? 

I was actually really quite impressed with this primer. I've done tests wearing this on one eye and my beloved Too Faced Shadow Insurance on the other. And you really couldn't tell a difference between the look of a good eyeshadow at the end of the day. However there was a slight difference when using poorer quality eyeshadows. Although I will say the MUA primer is a tad greasier than more pricier alternatives, but definitely does the job and worth the price! 

The Good - cheap, value, decent amount of product, great alternative that works almost as well as the much more expensive options! It's been perfectly good enough for me since the summer! 

The Not so Good - not so fond of the doefoot applicator, doesn't work quite some good for poor quality shadows. 

Would I repurchase? I think I would, it's very good value! 

Who might like it? Those that want an eye primer on the cheap! 

Price & Availability - £2.50, Superdrug & MUA's Website. 

I have been considering doing a bit of an eye primer overview going through the ones I have and the benefits and potential drawbacks of each one. Do let me know if it's something you'd like to see, but it'll probably happen! As always thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Review: Glossybox November 2012

Every month once I've shown you whats in my Glossybox as well as the value of the products I like to give a mini review of each product. That way those that can't/don't get the subscription can read a little bit about my opinions on various products. So hopefully this is something that will be of interest to a variety of people. But do let me know if you hate this and if I get an overwhelming 'hate it' response than I'll give it the axe in future! This months theme was Stocking Stuffers - although I'm not 100% that reflects in the items! 

What's in this months box?
Ayuuri Indian Rose Face Cream (200ml)
Burberry Body Eau de Parfum (4.5ml)
Alison Claire Natural Beauty Mango Body Butter (50ml)
Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat (4ml) 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (13g)

Ayuuri Indian Rose Face Cream (200ml)

What they say? These Ayurvedic face creams moisturize your skin without leaving it feeling greasy. The beautiful Indian rose cream contains jasmine and aloe vera to keep the skin moist and protect it from aging elements. 

What do I think? At first I said that the size of this made me see it as more of a body lotion. And that still stands. But I do think it works quite nice on the face too - so maybe more multi purpose! It's probably too soon to say anything to strongly about the effects, but I don't seem to be having dry skin which I'm prone to at this time of year. Also a little goes a long way and sinks in nicely with a slightly fresh/floral scent. 

Ayuuri Indian Rose Face Cream

Burberry Body Eau de Parfum (4.5ml)

What they say? An effortlessly sensual, feminine fragrance with an eclectic combination of green absinthe, rose and cashmeran. 

What I think! As far as I was aware Absinthe was an alcoholic drink, I may be very wrong! Scent descriptions aren't my strong point. But according to this website (link) it has topnotes of peach, green absinthe and freesia. Personally I see it as a little sophisticated, but also nothing particularly special. 

Ayuuri Indian Rose Face Cream

Alison Claire Natural Beauty Mango Body Butter (50ml)

What they say? A delicious blend of organic mango and cocoa butters will leave your skin feeling wonderful. 

What I think! I love this product, definitely my favourite of the products in the box (although there is competition!). It has a beautiful scent, which considering I hate mangoes is pretty good going! The texture is great too, nice and moisturizing but light at the same time, lovely! 

Alison Claire Natural Beauty Mango Body Butter

Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat (4ml) 

What they say? 3 Nails Inc best sellers including traffic stopping brights and the award winning Caviar Top Coat.

What I think! So as you can see there was a choice of three colours and I got the topcoat. My second clear nail polish from Glossybox, I never get any of the fun colours! The polish is nice and although rose tinted applies clear to the nails, drying nice and quickly. Not particularly exciting, but certainly useful. 

Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (13g)

What they say? A unique rice-based powder that gently exfoliates skin, leaving it noticeably smoother and brighter. 

What I think! My second favourite product in the box! I've been lucky to receive Dermalogica the last two months and I'm unfortunately getting a taste for the rather pricey brand! This microexoliant is a powder product infused with rice enzymes. You mix with a little water and massage into the face. Despite the unusual format I got on with it really well and my face felt so clean after using!

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Overall I'm pretty happy with this months box, although it would be nice to see more make-up based items and less skincare! For those that were wondering this months box had a £23.22 value costing £12.95 (including postage), so not bad value for money, but on the lower side compared to other months. Thanks for stopping by, Hannah 

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