Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The 'Tag' Post!

Earlier this week the lovely Georgina from MakeUp-Pixi3 tagged me to answer some questions, so as this evening I'm stressing (slight overstatement) over getting the first draft of my dissertation written to hand in to my tutor tomorrow I thought I'd go with an easy blog post option! I'm actually very close to being done and as it's not due until tomorrow afternoon I thought I'd have a couple of hours break and get back to the dissertation after the #bbloggers chat over on twitter (8pm on Wednesdays and Sundays if you're ever interested in joining!) 

Here's the rules

1. Answer the 11 questions set.
2. Set 11 questions for the people you tag.
3. Mention the blog who tagged you.

Here's my questions to answer!

1.  If you could change 1 thing about yourself, what would it be?
I think I'd like to be more confident/less socially awkward. I kinda feel like I don't know what to say half the time and end up saying the wrong thing (which I usually don't even mean) or just something really stupid!

2.  If you could be anyone else for the day, who would it be?
Probably David Attenborough, but it'd have to be on a day when he's out discovering awesome places and animals! 

3.  What's your favourite thing about blogging?
There's so much, I'm not sure I can weed it down to one! But I love reading all the lovely comments you guys leave me - I'm actually thinking of making a scrapbook of them as they really cheer me up when I'm feeling sad. Is that weird? 

4.  What's your favourite hobby to do besides blogging?
I really like baking, but to be honest pretty much all I do at the moment is uni work, blog and sleep! 

5.  Do you have any pets? If not, what would you have if you could?
We do, we have two degu's (rodents) called Buffy and Willow - the boyfriend named them, not me! I also have a dog called Sham, but she lives with my mum :(  I used to be an aquarist so I'd love some fish oneday too! 

6.  What's been your favourite age to be and why?
I think I like the age I am the best (22) as I have the freedom to do what I want to do, whilst being old enough to hopefully have some respect in the big wide world. 

7.  What mobile phone do you have and do you like it?
I'm not sure what it's called, but it's a Nokia - possibly a Lumia? But it's touchscreen which I'm not too fond off, but pretty decent for using the internet, which I like! 

8.  What's your favourite brand of beauty product?
That's so hard! I may have to go with Sleek! But I also really like MUA and ELF, for value! 

9.  What's your favourite makeup brush make?
Another hard question! For eye brushes I like the MUA ones, but for face I prefer the Ecotools and Real Techniques brushes. 

10.  What's your idea of the perfect day?
A day off from uni work would be fun, but some of my best days over the last few years were when me and my boyfriend went on boat trips in Turkey, it was just so beautiful and relaxing. Yet still fun when we went jumping off of the roof into the sea! 

11.  Sum yourself up in 3 words.
Shy, Happy, Determined. 

The Questions I'm setting are... 

1. Why did you start your blog? 
2. What's your favourite lipstick? 
3. Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?
4. What's your favourite meal?
5. How did you come up with the name for your blog? 
6. Do you favour drugstore or highend products? 
7. What's your favourite film? 
8. Who is your biggest beauty idol? 
9. What's your current favourite skincare product?
10. If you could only drink one drink for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
11. And finally, name a few bloggers you're loving - share the love!

And I tag... 

YOU - Send me a link! 

I hope you liked this little 'about me' type post today and aside from the people I've tagged, I want to tag YOU, I'd love it you send me the lifes if you do it and I look forward to reading! Hannah 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Review + Swatches: MUA Pro Base Complexion Kit - Ivory

MUA have had some not so great comments from bloggers recently over their handling of the recent 50% off sale. I don't want to dwell too much on that though as I love their products and have never personally had any problems. But I want this review to be based purely on the product and not the company, so from now on, that's what it will be! 

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

The Basics
I've never seen something quite like this palette before - that being the reason I picked it up! The colour choice was pretty limited, with just 3 options available, all in light to medium shades. Having the pale skin that I do, I went for the lightest - Ivory. Inside each palette you get a cream to powder foundation, cream concealer and cream highlight. There's also a sponge and brush applicator, which aren't very useful and a mirror which is fine for on the go. This palette will set you back £6 for 16g of product. 

The Cream Foundation 
I've not really had much experience with cream foundations, but I'm always open to new ideas! This particular one is very yellow toned, but I find if blended and set with a powder it's not so bad. Talking of setting with a powder, I don't actually find this to have a particularly good cream to powder formula as it's supposed to be. The coverage was actually very good, but can be on the cakey side, which can worsen through the day unfortunately. 

The Cream Concealer 
This has a very similar texture and longevity as the foundation. I didn't mention it before, but both have quite a strong waxy scent to them, although this isn't too much of a problem on the skin. Strangely the concealer is a touch less yellow and also paler, but still by no means neutral toned! 

Wearing all three components of the palette.

The Cream Highlight
On me this is far too dark to be a highlight shade, but actually it does make a pretty nice blush. The colour is quite 'glowy' however once set with a powder, this is mostly lost. The colour is a pretty pale rose shade, which on my skintone makes me look nice and flushed (in a good way!). The longevity on this isn't wonderful, but it does have the nice creamy and emollient texture going for it! 

The Good - I love the concept, good coverage, cheap, usable mirror. 

The Not so Good - Cakey, very yellow toned, doesn't wear all day, smells, only 3 colour choices

Would I repurchase? Sorry, no. 

Price & Availability - £6 Superdrug & MUA's Website. 

For those that were curious on the brushes I've been using with this palette, I have found the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to give a really nice coverage and finish (when first applied anyway!). I know this wasn't the most positive review, but hopefully you can appreciate my honesty and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Review + Swatches: Famous Cosmetics Lip Addict - Pillow Talk

Famous Cosmetics is always a brand that I've walked past in Superdrug and never actually gone and had a look at. Infact that still remains true! But right towards the end of last year MUA had an offer where you got a few Famous Cosmetics bits with your order. I thought this was a little odd, but they have the same mother company (is that the correct term?), FB Beauty, so I guess it makes some kind of sense! 

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

The Basics 
As I have already said, Famous Cosmetics are avalilable from Superdrug, but they also have a website (link) which is currently having a 50% off sale! The normal price for one of these lipsticks is £4.99, but just £2.49 in the sale, which is not half bad! In total there are just 6 shades available, but the variety is pretty good considering. One thing that makes these stand out as a little different as they have a secret (well sort of!) compartment in the lid holding a 'balm' and teeeny mirror! 

The Formula
I'm going to get this bit out of the way first - the 'balm' in the lid is almost identical in ingredients and in performance, so I'll just talk the formula of the lipstick, whilst meaning the same thing for the balm! These do actually remind me of the MUA lipsticks, they have the same vanilla scent, although perhaps stronger here. They also share the same smooth and even texture that is very creamy. Creamy comes with benefits and disadvantages - it means it applies and looks nice whilst not drying the lips. But does mean the wear time is 2-3 hours


Colour & Pigmentation 
When I first saw this I half wrote it off as being far too warm toned and orange for me. But being the beauty blogger I am, I still wanted to test and photograph it for you, which I'm glad I did as actually it's not quite as bad as I thought! I'd say it's more of a slightly pink toned peach shade, it's also somewhat milky toned, but not overly, so not too pale. I would say this strongly pigmented shade would be more suited to those with warmer toned skin though! 

This is less pink than the pictures may suggest!

The Good - Cheap, pigmented, smells nice, applies smoothly, non-drying. 

The Not so Good - the balm isn't really anything different from the lipstick, short wear time. 

Would I repurchase? I wouldn't go out of my way too, but I'm not going to write it off! 

Price & Availability - £4.99, Superdrug. 

I'm not sure what to think of this lipstick, yes I like it, but the formula is very similar to MUA's and they cost £1! However if the colours right, £4.99 is still a good price to pay. Have you ever tried anything from the brand? What dis you think? Hannah 

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The Monday MakeUp Mix-Up #16

It's Monday and the start of a new week. Apart from being the start of the working week, it's also the day I play a little switch up with my make-up and go lucky dipping into my stash. This week I'm pretty happy with the products I've picked out, they don't completely match, but there's not horrible clashing of colours like there can be some weeks so hopefully the FOTD will be fun - check back Friday for that :) 

BarryM Dazzle Dust - 99
(£4.59, Boots & Superdrug)
If you live in the UK and haven't tried a Dazzle Dust, you need to get yourself to the shops and give them a swatch! They sell a huge variety of colours that can be used both wet or dry for shadow/liner/blush/highlight. Shade dependent of course! This particular one is a lovely blue toned purple with golden shimmer. Very nice!  

Fyrinnae Loose Shadow - Biker Chic
($2.25, Fyrinnaes Website) 
If you haven't heard of Fyrinnae before they are an Indie company that sell some beautiful eyeshadows - many of them rather unique. This particular shade is a very blue toned turquoise glitter held in a matte black base - it looks beautiful applied wet as a liner! Picking this up has made me lust over the website again, so many pretties! 

No7 Metallic Eyes Pencil - Copper 
(This shade was limited edition, but others available for £6.50, Boots)
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I have a small (large) obsession with this line of eyeliners. They apply really smoothly and just last on they eyes really nicely once set down. Infact I would say they are comparable to the Urban Decay 24/7 Liners, although I don't have any actual colour dupes! 

Accessorize Diamond Lipgloss - Starlet 
(£4, Superdrug)
Another product that formula wise is alright - it's pigmented, vanilla scented and non-sticky. But it does have a lot of glitter/shimmer in it, which again is not so much my cup of tea. Glitter on my eyes however is another thing!

 NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzing Powder - Bronze Gold
(£4.09, Superdrug)
Generally I quite like NYC, however this product, I really don't! The product is rather hard in the pan and rather orange toned as well. The next thing I'm going to say I don't like about it is completely my own fault for not noticing before buying, but this is also rather shimmery on the skin - which as I often use bronzers as contours is really not my cup of tea! 

What do you think of this weeks mix? I'm quite happy with it actually - even though there's a couple of products that aren't my favourites. Although after trying the lipgloss on my lips again I feel I need to give it more of a chance! Anyway as always thanks for reading and be sure to stop back later in the week to see my look using these products! Hannah 

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

NOTD: MUA Nail Quakes Swatched!

Towards the end of last year you may have seen me post about these crackle top coats from MUA. Well I finally got around to swatching them for you! My personal pet peeve is when people swatch nail polishes on paper, I really need to see them on the nails, so rest assured that is what I will do 99% of the time - the other 1% will be nail wheels when I want to show you loads at once! But today I have 5 fingers and 5 crackle polishes - perfect! 

The Basics 
In total there are 6 colours available, the one I don't have is a deep fuschia called Shockwave and each costing £2.99. But lets not talk about what I don't have, but what I do! Each one has a decent 10ml of product in, enough to last a good while! One thing worth noting is the small brush though!Along with these Nail Quakes, MUA also do some glitter crackle top coats, which I have some of too - so perhaps I will have to swatch them for you too? 

What did I think? 
When I applied these I put just one coat on over a base colour (Essie Too Buy or Not to Buy), and after around 4 days have had only very minimal chipping. 

Shiver - A bright coral toned candy pink - cream finish. 

Broken Arrow - A medium blue toned bright purple - metallic finish 

Quiver - A bright cobalt blue - cream finish. 

Shattered Ice - A stanadard silver polish - metallic finish. 

Jailbreak - Black as ice! - cream finish. 

My personal favourites? The black and purple - but there's something about that pink too! Which is strange as I'm really not usually a pink lover! Crackle polishes are a bit last year now, we're getting into the textured polishes for this year - which I can't wait to try! However I still have some space for the crackles! Hannah 

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Review + Swatches: Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner - Le Freak

Is it just me or do Collection (previously Collection 2000) have a thing for long names?! It seems like it anyway! But regardless of the name these liners have been a favourite of mine for some time now. Although I have recently rediscovered them after leaving them neglected for a little while - big mistake! And realised I had never properly shown you this gorgeous turquoise shade!

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

The Basics
Despite the slightly confusing name, these are basically glitter liners. They come packaged in liquid form (not gel as the name may suggest) with a reasonably firm brush applicator. Inside there's 6ml of product, which for £2.99, is a very good deal in my eyes! I tend to generally apply these over black liner to add a little bit of something to an otherwise 'normal' look. In total there are 14 colour choices - which I think I need more of! 

The Formula 
These a basically a liquid liner filled to the brim with bright glitter particles. They apply really nicely and evenly, which surprised me a little as I usually hate this style of applicator! As for longevity I find that these don't flake off, so no random glitter particles falling down my cheeks during the day - not that that is necessarily a bad look! One thing that's worth pointing out is that the base of this is tinted, and does stain when swatched - however when worn over black liner I had no problem. 

Colour & Finish 
The colour of the glitter in this is predominantly turquoise - leaning more towards being a green than blue. However there are a few pale blue and holographic shimmers thrown in there too just to make the colour more interesting and to give more texture. As already mentioned the base is tinted a matching colour which helps to make the colour stand out more. And the finish, of course, is glittery! 

The Good - high glitter concentation, lots of bright colours available, lasts on the eyes, cheap, value, 6ml of product. 

The Not so Good - Stains when swatched. 

Would I repurchase? More than likely yes, I have a couple :) 

Price & Availability - £2.99, Boots & Superdrug

I know it's not a new product today, but golden (or turquoise) oldies need a mention sometimes too! Talking of new things, have you seen the new Cover & Go Foundation Duo they have come out with? I'm intrigued! Anyway as always thanks for stopping by, Hannah 

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Review + Swatches: ELF Hypershine Lipgloss - Mauve

It's seems like such a long time since I've reviewed an ELF product, although I'm sure in reality it's probably only a few weeks! But I do have a bit of an obsession with the brand, and although the better products are generally from the studio line, I decided to pick up one of these lipglosses from the essential line last time I ordered as I was more than a little curious of what they were like! 

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

The Basics
Being part of the essentials line this lipgloss is a bargainous £1.50. However there is only 1.5g of product in the tube. But for the price, I think I can let that slide! These have a brush applicator to them, with a twist up mechanism that pushes the product into it. It tends to work pretty well, although perhaps not dispensing enough product at once - but that's much better than too much! In total there are 12 colours available

The Formula 
I'm not usually into sticky glosses, but sometimes I unfortunately come across them. This one being one of them. However this does have one bonus to it - sticky gloss usually last longer on the lips, with this one lasting 3-4 hours on me. Like most lipglosses this has no drying effect on the lips. 

Colour & Pigmentation
The colour of this is VERY sheer, which is alright sometimes, but generally for me I like some colour! In the tube this is a nudey mauve shade with some really subtle silver shimmer to it. However not much of this translates to the lips, but it does leave a nice gloss! 

The Good - cheap, lots of colours available. 

The Not so Good - On the sticky side, small amount of product, quite sheer. 

Would I repurchase? Probably not, it was too thick/sticky for my liking. 

Price & Availability - £1.50, ELF's Website. 

Sometimes I get writers block when it comes to writing this bit of the post! I hope you all have a really great weekend and remember to do at least one fun thing for yourself, even if it's just taking 5 extra minutes in the shower to give yourself a good body scrub! Thanks for stopping by, Hannah 

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FOTD: The MakeUp Mix-Up #15 AKA Fairy Dust

For the second week in a row I've had glitter to play with, which is definitely a win as there's no such thing as too much glitter in my eyes - well maybe! But I haven't got to that point yet! I also used my new MUA Foundation & Concealer that I posted about yesterday, I'm obviously not ready to review yet, but thought it'd be nice to show you it on! 

Primer - Benefit Porefessional
Foundation - MUA Pro Base Complexion Kit - Ivory (cream foundation)
Concealer - MUA Pro Base Complexion Kit - Ivory (cream concealer) 
Blush - ELF All Over Colour Stick - Pink Lemonade
Powder - 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder 

Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
Base - Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy 
Lid - BarryM Fine Glitter Dust - 4 & ELF MakeUp Lock & Seal 
Crease - Venomous Cosmetics Loose Shadow - Purple People Eater & Sleek Oh So Special Palette - Wrapped Up
Upper Lashline & Waterline - Collection Lasting Colour Cream Liner - Black 
Bottom Lasline - 17 Eyeliner - Onyx 
Browbone - Sleek Oh So Special Palette - Bow 
Inner Corner - The Body Sop A La Mode Palette - Minimalist White 
Mascara - 17 Va Va Voom & Magnifibres Brush On False Lashes*
Brows -  Sleek Brow Kit - Light 

Lipstick -  BeautyUK Lipstick - Gossip Girl 

The products I had to use! 

The look is a bit full on isn't it, I'm not gonna lie, I might put a subtler pink shade on before I go to uni! But for a night out I'd probably keep it like this! Anyway thanks everyone for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

* PR Sample - Full info available in the Disclaimer tab. 

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

An Introduction to MUA's New Face Products!

As you may know, this week MUA had a 50% off offer, which is a pretty amazing deal! Sadly the deal has finished now, but I did (naughtily) pick a few things up. As you may know, I'm currently on a no buy, but my lovely boyfriend was kind enough to get me these things, so I wasn't breaking it right? Anyway recently MUA released a whole bunch of face items, I don't have all of them, but I have most and wanted to get a little post up to show you what is available - but reviews will be appearing in the coming weeks! 

All prices listed are regular prices.

Pro Base Complexion Kit - Ivory (£6)
This little kit comes in 3 different shades (none going particularly dark), each one containing a cream to powder foundation, cream concealer and cream highlight. On first glance it seemed too deep/yellow toned. But I put it on this afternoon and actually once powdered it was fine. On the note of powdering, I didn't find that the foundation was cream to powder, just cream. 

Pro Base Complexion Kit

Pro Base Fixing Mist (£4)
This one didn't actually come in on my order, I already owned it. I have also done a full review on the product, which you can find here - link. But in short I actually really like it, the spray keeps my foundation looking nice all day and reduces oiliness that what usually appear towards the end of the day. All in all, a winner! 

Matte Perfect Primer (£4)
This primer is on the smaller side, having only 15ml in it. But to be honest if it's nice, then the value is still pretty good! I haven't used this yet, but I squirted a bit out and the product is tinted, much like the Benefit Porefessional and Too Faced Primed & Poreless - both of which I like, so I have high expectations for this! This MUA one is also silicone based, so should be great for those worried about large pores. 

Pro Base Fixing Mist + Matte Perfect Primer 

Hide & Conceal Cover Up Stick - New Formula (£1)
I haven't tried the old formula, so I'm not going to be able to tell you how this has changed. But I hope that after I've had a chance to test it I'll be able to tell you what I think about it. From swatching it seems alright, although I'm not convinced it has the best coverage. But we shall see! 

Hide & Concealer Cover Up Stick + Cover & Conceal Wand 

Cover & Conceal Wand - Ivory (£1.50)
I probably didn't need to buy another concealer, but it's one of those products that A) gets used and B) I'm always on the hunt for a brilliant one. Although I'm not sure the second excuse is valid as I have a few I'm obsessed with already! Again I'm not convinced on the coverage after swatching on my hand, but it hasn't made it to my face yet so I'm reserving judgement a little! 

Of the products here I think I'm most excited for the primer - I'm hoping it'll cure my craving for the two high end options I mentioned! But the face palette is also pretty exciting as I've never seen anything quite like it before! Have you tried anything from the new MUA face lines yet? Hannah 

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Review + Swatches: MUA Lipstick - Bare

I don't usually opt for nude lips, infact to be honest I'd go as far as to say they've scared me a little in the past! I'm slowly getting over the fear at the moment, enough to venture out and give some new shades a go! This particular one I picked up online without seeing it in person first (not the best idea I know!), but the price was so reasonable that I couldn't resist giving it a go! 

The Basics 
MUA are known for their bargain products, and this one doesn't fail to deliver on the quality either! Here you're getting 3.8g of lipstick for just £1. The packaging isn't particularly wonderful, but it does the job of protecting the product - you get what you pay for! The line is pretty varied, with 16 colour choices available, which embarrassingly I'm slowly acquiring!

Sorry it's used - my camera decided to delete the original pictures! 

The Formula 
Like all the MUA lipsticks I've tried these have a lovely smooth texture and apply perfectly nicely to the lips. The texture is not heavy on the lips, however I do find that after a couple of hours it can settle into the lips slightly. Overall the wear is around 3 hours on my lips - although eating pretty much removes it! So it's not the longest lasting, but for £1 and consider it's not drying on the lips, I'm pretty happy!

Colour & Pigmentation
For me this is right on the boundary of what I can get away with as far as nude lips are concerned. It's a proper nude, not the pink/brown jobs I usually go for! It does lean slightly on the warm site, but nothing a pale cool toned girl like me is going to hate! It's a very hard colour to describe, but hopefully the pictures are speaking for me here! As for finish it is neither matte not gloss, but siting somewhere inbetween, with some pretty good pigmentation!

The Good - pigmented, cheap, value, good colour range, not drying. 

The Not So Good - the longevity could be a little better.

Would I repurchase? For me this colour is pushing the limits a bit with a nude shade - but I have been out of the house with it on! But MUA Lipsticks, absolutely! 

Price & Availability - £1, Superdrug & MUA's Website 

I'm not usually a nude lip person, but after trying this I may just have to sway from my brighter colours sometimes! Anyway thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you soon :) 

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

NOTD: Essie To Buy Or Not Buy Nail Lacquer

I don't know what it is, but I seem to be drawn to lilac nail polishes like no other! I do really need to start resisting though as there's only so many lilac polishes one girl can need! Perhaps I ought to do some kind of comparison post an show you how the ones I have match up against eachother! Anyway shall we get on with this lilac shade! 

What did I think? 
This is a beautiful milky lilac shade, with just the right amount of colour in there to really make this purple pop! What makes this colour a little bit difference is that it has blue microshimmer in it, it's very subtle, but still pretty! The dry down time was a little longer than I've had before from Essie polishes, but they're nice and pigmented, with the pictures showing 2 coats and no to coat. 

I do think Essie polishes are quite pricey in the UK, but they do have some beautiful and slightly different colours. I haven't quite decided if they're worth the £7.99 they charge for them in Boots, but I think I'd probably pick one up as a treat if I couldn't resist the colour! Anyway thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

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