Sunday, 26 February 2017

Oh K! Gold Dust Hydrogel Sheet Mask (Review)

 

A lot of sheet masks are much for muchness and when I unpacked this gooey option I thought it would be moisturising and relaxing, but nothing new. Looking at my skin afterwards I think there's something a little extra about this mask. The first thing I like is that this is split into two sections - one for cheeks, eyes and forehead, and one of the mouth and chin. Why does this matter? Well. I could really press this into the skin and it didn't move around or go in my eyes or the inside of my mouth which I've found a lot of others can be a pain because of.

Down to the treatment! It was cooling and really moisturising without leaving an oily residue. I wore this for about 20 minutes and I could do other things comfortably whilst wearing it! The radiance in my skin is definitely noticeable and my skin feels plumped, moisturised and is - though I hate the phrase - lit for within.

Korean skincare is blowing up in the U.K. Right now and I can see why - every treatment I've tested has been beautiful! I absolutely love this and I am definitely going to be repurchasing ASAP! Two thumbs way up!

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Blushing Beam (Review)



When I spotted this beauty in the airport last week it immediately reminded me of one of my favourite highlighters - Jefree Star Skin Frost in "Peach Goddess". Now, anyone who has tried any of Jefree Star's Skin Frosts will know just how intense and metallic they are. After the first swatch of the MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Blushing Beam I was immediately sold. The powder is very fine and it has a duo-chrome reflect of gold that peaks through the beautiful peachy pink colour. I still think that this is very similar to Peach Goddess but it's definitely more tame and toned down. More wearable I would say.

 

I do enjoy this powder but for the money, I'd definitely prefer the Jefree Star alternative. You live and you learn. I'm still glad I have this in my collection and I'll definitely get use of it. Pretty, shimmering peach goodness! I'd love some recommendations for other colours of MAC Skin Finish - the only other which I have seen which seems good is Lightscapade but I'm still torn!

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder (Review)

 

When it comes to loose setting powders I have a very tumultuous relationship. On the one hand, I love the staying power they give my make up but on the other hand, it is very difficult to find a powder that doesn't darken my foundation or make me look cakey.

In my relentless search for the perfect setting powder I stumbled upon the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder. I absolutely love NARS as a brand from the packaging to the products inside they seem to hit every nail on the head. This is precisely why it hurts me so much to say that this product just doesn't cut it for me. The powder is very soft and finely milled but it makes me feel like I look 10 years older. I think my dry(ish) skin combined with this powder is a bad mix. I would imagine that lots of people would love this but for me it just sits on the skin and doesn't add to the look I want.

I'm gutted that I don't enjoy this - but there are plenty more powders in the department store. The search continues...

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Monday, 6 February 2017

NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette (Review)



Early mornings, not enough sleep and skin as pale as mine result in the need to find a wonder corrector to bring some life back into my complexion. I've been on the hunt for a good peach corrector for years but nothing ever seems to sit right under my concealer - especially not the dry-as-f* Bobbi Brown offering! I've been teetering on the edge of buying the NYX Correcting palette for the longest time and after a very busy weekend this month I finally caved.

The peach in this palette is perfect for cancelling out the darkness under my eyes and because the formula is creamy but thin it sits so nicely under my concealer to hide the 5.30am alarm I'm working with! Surprisingly, the yellow is the show stopper for me - redness who? It brightens up my face and I've not gone a day without it since I first gave it a shot. 

As you can see from the photo, I have yet to delve in the more neutral shades in this palette but the bottom two make it more than worth the £10 price tag. These concealers are thin but really effective at cancelling out pigmentation and I'm head over heels! I can't speak highly enough about this palette and the full colour corrector palette is next on my list. NYX never seem to disappoint and now you can get them in boots I can't see any reason to choose a high end alternative.

Two massive thumbs up from me!


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Body Shop "Drops of Youth" Skincare (Review)



I am not really one to make resolutions, mostly because I am stubborn but also I think putting pressure on a new activity makes it 100x less likely to become a habit. Having said that I have made a conscious decision to get back into a real skincare routine. I'm 25 this year and if I'm honest my skin is temperamental at best right now! I knew when in search for the final peices to the puzzle that is my skincare regimen that I wanted an intensely moisturising cream and ideally a serum to ensure that said moisturiser was given the chance to work to the best of its ability.

In steps The Body Shop "Drops of Youth" collection - a one stop shop that ticks all of my boxes. The Drops of Youth "Youth Cream" feels rich and whipped in texture but not so thick that a jar lasts two seconds. It quenches the skin immediately and the results last until it is time to next apply. As for the serum, this is rather thick and though I do enjoy using it I'm not entirely convinced it is doing enough to warrant a repurchase. Perhaps it's a bit more of a grower in terms of becoming a staple.

All in all, I've been using this for about two weeks now and I am really enjoying the instant impact I am seeing to my skin. It looks and feels moisturised and my makeup is sitting better by the day! It also doesn't hurt that this set is under £40 for two full size products and is currently available with 40% off - that's £24 for an effective duo! Kudos to The Body Shop!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Kiko Cream Crush Eyeshadow (Review)

 
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Kiko as a brand really blew up a few years back but over the past few months I rarely read much about them. High quality, huge variety and great price points spring to mind when I think of the array of products they offer but let's get down to the review in hand.

The Kiko Cream Crush shadows are beautifully pigmented and can have a striking impact alone as well as when they are used as a base. Unlike many other cream formulas these maintain their pigment after blending and the colour translates from pot to eyelid.  I love these little gems, not least because the packaging is chic and portable. 

Kiko have regular big discount sales and even without any reduction these eye shadows don't break the bank at less than £10. Fuss free makeup that does what it should - you can't go wrong! 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The 411 | Liquid Liner


Ever since I started wearing make up, around seven years ago, I've been wearing liquid eyeliner in a cat eye shape. Consequently, I'm really good at it and I know the 411 on what makes a good liquid eyeliner. I've experimented quite a lot, more than is pictured, but these are just the ones in my collection right now, so I thought I'd let you know which are good and which to avoid like the plague - bit dramatic.

Before I really get into the post, I just wanna remind you all I have a giveaway running here for some House of Holland false nails :) Now back to business...

I want three things from a liquid eyeliner. 1. Deep opaque black ink. 2. Staying power (I have extremely sensitive, watery eyes so this is somewhat a tall order.) and finally, 3. Precision for the wing. Not too much to ask? Some of these products thought so.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick and Thin (£5.49) I can usually find something good about a product, that's not the case here. It's difficult to apply, not black enough, wipes of at the first sign of moisture and to add insult to injury, I hate the packaging, it looks so cheap.

Stila Stay All Day* (£13.00) The most expensive of this bunch and the latest one to be tested, but it is by no means overpriced. The nib is super thin which means you can get the thinnest line but also build it up, good stuff right there. It's got really good staying power, it really does stay all day and the finish is really black. Very impressed.

Eyeko Skinny (£12.00) This, is overpriced. I didn't pay for it admittedly, it was a magazine freebie. I'd probably be quite pissed off if I had though. The ink is black and this probably has the most precise nib which makes it all the more disappointing when less than two hours into wearing it the wing has miraculously disappeared. It's not a good look and it makes me not want to bother with this product.

L'Oreal Super Liner (£6.49) The best of the bunch, it gives you ultimate control because of the shape of the wand which is the perfect mix of a thick and thin felt tip nib, the ink is deep and glossy and it will not move until you come at it with some decent eye make up remover. It's the one.

Collection Fast Stroke (£2.50) The veteran of the bunch, and also the most purse friendly. I can't say a bad word about this. I used it for around £4 years everyday, I couldn't even tell you how many bottles I have bought over the years. It's pigmented, long lasting and it is really easy to get a quick, seamless flick with it. For the price, it's unrivalled.

L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim £6.99 More expensive than the other L'Oreal one but not even half as good, why's that L'Oreal? It doesn't hang around, that's it's fault. The rest of it is pretty decent, but I don't really know a circumstance where you wouldn't need your eyeliner to stay put. It disappointed me, for sure.

So that's my opinion on some liquid eyeliners, I should mention, all of these are felt tip liners, I never got on with the brush nibs aha! Hope this helped whether you're looking to get into liner, or just for another to add to the collection!