Friday, 27 December 2013

|| e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer Review ||

After seeing someone on YouTube using this product and hearing them say how great it was as an under eye concealer I decided to try it out. I picked the shade Tan because I had purchased a stick concealer from e.l.f. in the same shade a while back and I thought that it would be light enough for under the eyes to give a brightening effect.

It comes in a squeezy tube which is great because it means that there's no mess when using it and you don't end up using too much product. Colour wise I felt that it was a bit lighter than the stick concealer but it still worked out great.

It has a thick creamy consistency and is easy to blend. I apply this using the Eco Tools concealer brush, the Real Techniques Deluxe crease brush or a beauty blending sponge, they all work amazingly with this concealer. It covers up my dark circles quite well and has great staying power, it tends to last the whole day if I set it with a powder. However, it does sometimes settle into fine lines under my eyes and crease but not always. Also, on some days when my under eyes are super dark I do have to use another concealer on top of it. But other than that I think that this is a great product and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

I hope this review helped you guys! Thank you so much for reading and let me know what you thought in the comments below :)

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

|| M.A.C Studio Sculpt Foundation Review ||

Before this foundation I had never really bought anything from MAC and the only reason I decided to try this foundation was because my cousin did my makeup and she used this foundation on me, I absolutely loved how it made my skin look and I decided that I really need to buy this.

So I popped over to my nearest MAC counter and had myself colour matched, I was matched to the shade NC44. I bought this foundation towards the beginning of 2013 (sometime in January) and I have been using this nearly everyday since. It is a medium to full coverage foundation, it really evens out your skintone and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. When I purchased this foundation, my skin was going through a dry phase and I had dry patches all over my cheeks and forehead and around my nose, when I applied this to my skin it did not cling to any of my dry patches, it smoothed over them and did not make them stand out. My favourite way to apply this foundation is either with the Real Techniques Buffing brush or the Expert face brush and lately I have been applying it using a beauty blending sponge.

I think that this foundation is perfect for anyone with dry/combination skin, but this past month my skin has gotten really oily especially around my t-zone and this foundation doesn't look so great anymore. It still applies the same way and makes my skin look really smooth but my face starts to look really oily within a couple of hours and I am constantly having to powder it.

So if you have dry skin I would definitely recommend this foundation but if you have oily skin I would suggest that you stay away from this and try something else. Personally I don't mind having to powder my face every couple of hours and I would definitely repurchase it.

I hope this review helped! Thank you for reading :) x

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

|| e.l.f. Baked Blusher - Rich Rose ||

This is another product that I picked up in the e.l.f sale and I've been using it for a couple of weeks now. Again when I added to this to my basket it was not with the intention of using it as a blush, I was hoping it would work as a nice sheer pinkish highlighter.

In the pan it appears to be a brownish colour with pinky/coral veining and a golden shimmer running through it. When swatched it is not as pigmented as Peachy Cheeky (which I reviewed here)but still gives an amazing glowy pink colour. And I do actually use this as a blush, usually on days when I don't want to add too much to my cheeks or if I'm keeping my make up quite simple. I apply it using the Real Techniques Contour brush or the e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush.

Swatched, not as pigmented as the other blush but still a very pretty colour
I also like to apply it on top of other blushers to give them a little something extra and I then add a highlight to my cheekbones since this shade is not quite as shimmery as Peachy Cheeky. But again this is an amazing shade and something that I use on a regular basis, a great buy and really inexpensive :)

I hope this review helped, let me know what you thought in the comments :)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

|| Sleek Matte V2 Palette - Review and Swatches ||

I am a huge fan of Sleek cosmetics and I absolutely love the quality of their eyeshadows and blushes. This was the first palette that I bought from Sleek and since then I have picked up two others in Storm and Vintage Romance and I also plan on picking up the Au Naturel palette and the Oh So Special palette.

The main reason that I bought this palette was because, the other palettes that I had contained mostly shimmers with only a few mattes thrown in, so I was on the hunt for a palette that contained a good amount of matte shades and that's when I came across the V2 palette, it was exactly what I was looking for.

The palette consists of twelve shades all matte, there are a couple of brown shades, a plum shade, some light highlight shades with a few brighter shades like the green and the purple thrown in.

The shadows are very pigmented as you can see from the image below. Most of then are quite easy to blend, with very little fall out. The exceptions being the dark blue shade and the black shade in the top row, these two colours are slightly more chalky and hard to blend and the black does have a lot of fall out.

Other than that this is a great palette which can be used to create some simple everyday looks and also some smokey night out looks. I sometimes use the dark brown shade in the bottom row to fill in my brows and it matches them perfectly.

Finger Swatched
This palette retails at £7.99 and can be purchased from Superdrug, the official Sleek Makeup website who offer international shipping, and I believe that Boots stock them also? though I'm not too sure about that.

I hope this review helped you! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a great day! :)

Thursday, 19 December 2013

|| e.l.f. Baked Blusher - Peachy Cheeky ||

So I while age ago I ordered some things off of e.l.f. cosmetics when they had a 50% sale on and did a haul post which you can find here. And I will be reviewing all the items I got, over the next few weeks. The first post is going to be a review of the Studio Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky.

When I was browsing the e.l.f. website I decided to add this blush to my basket, not to use as a blusher but to use as a highlighter to give my cheeks a nice glow since it would be a bit too light for my skin-tone to use as an actual blush. If you have a lighter skin-tone than me the you could probably get away with using it as a blusher.

In the pan it appears to be a light peachy/pink shade with brown veining running and a shimmer through it. On my skin it is a light peachy shade with golden shimmer running through it making it a perfect highlight shade. The pigmentation of the blush is great and it isn't too powdery/chalky. It's also really easy to blend. I've been reaching for this quite often to add a little bit of a glow to my cheeks. I prefer applying it using my fingers because I feel that the colour payoff is better that way, but it also looks great applied with a brush, I sometimes use the Real Techniques contour brush if I'm not using my fingers. The packaging could be a bit more study in my opinion but I think its a great product and for the price you couldn't really go wrong. This blush retails at £3.25 but I got it on sale for half price from the e.l.f. cosmetics website. If you don't already own this blush I think you should definitely give it a try!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Review +& Swatches

Today I have for you a review on Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette. The palette consists of 12 eye-shadows, one dual ended eye-shadow brush and a large mirror housed in some very sturdy metal casing. I think the packaging  is amazing, not only does it look great but it will also protect your shadows.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

|| Urban Decay Primer Potion - Review ||

Today I have for you a review on the Urban Decay Eye-shadow Primer Potion. Now I have extremely oily eyelids and every type of eye-shadow I have tried will crease on me, and I mean EVERY single type whether it be high end or drugstore.

I bought this primer when I brought my Naked 2 Palette and when I went into the store I didn't actually intend to buy it but the sales woman recommended it and I feel really guilty saying NO when they do that which is why I also own a foundation Primer from M.A.C that I very rarely use  -_- I really need to learn to say no sometimes.

But anyhoo, onto the review. The primer comes in a squeezy tube, which is great because it means that your are able to control how much product you squeeze out and I think the packaging is really cute!

Urban Decay claim that you will 'Get vibrant, crease-free colour that lasts over 24 hours' now I can't tell you whether it makes your eyeshadow last for a full 24hrs since I don't like wearing make-up for that many hours. But what I can say is that one, your shadows will not crease(atleast on mine they won't and that is saying something because my eyelids are crease central) and two it does make your shadows last for quite a long time, I think the longest amount of time that I have worn this is about 14 hours which to me is pretty amazing.

When squeezed out of tube the primer is a creamish sort of colour and once blended on to the lids it dries to a transparent finish. Which may not be great if you want to deepen up your eyeshadows but you could always use a dark gel liner/eyeshadow base for that purpose.

All in all I think this product is pretty great and I'm glad I purchased it because I use it on an everyday basis. I am however on the hunt for something that is just as good but not as expensive. If you guys have any suggestions please leave a comment below xx.

Take care xx

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

|| Clinique Superbalanced Foundation Review ||

Today I have for you a review on the Clinique Superbalanced foundation. This foundation has a medium to full coverage. I like the fact that it's buildable I can go as light or as heavy as I want and it doesn't make me look cakey, it also doesn't feel heavy on the face. Once I've applied it and let it set it drys so a slightly matte finish and I don't usually have to powder my face when I use this which I think is amazing since my t-zone can get very oily during the day.

This could have been the PERFECT foundation for me but, it does have one downside and that is; it makes me look really ashy/grey :( I can work around this by mixing in my M.A.C foundation, but it's not something I want to do everyday. If Clinique would expand their shade range for this foundation maybe something that is more warm I would definitely repurchase because I love the finish it gives.

Have you guys tried this? If you have what did you think of it?

Monday, 9 September 2013

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos

I am a little bit late on the band wagon with these since most beauty bloggers will have written about them in some way already. But I thought I'd add my two cents and tell you my opinion on these color tattoos.


Maybelline market these color tattoos as having a 24hr water resistant wear. One thing I can say about these is that their lasting power is amazing! Now I haven't worn these for a full 24 hrs since I don't usually keep my make up on for that long (and I doubt that any one else does either), the longest amount of time I have worn these is 14hrs (from 7am to 9pm - when I wake up and get ready for uni to when I get back at the end of the day) and I didn't experience any budging, creasing, fading or smudging thorughout the day - and my eyelids do get very oily so I was extremely pleased with how well these lasted.

The texture of these is really smooth and creamy and they glide on to the eyelids; can be applied with your fingertips or with a synthetic eyeshadow brush. The shades are very opaque and don't need much building up. I have had mine for quite a few months and they haven't dried up on me yet!

Uses: they can be used alone as an eyeshadow for a quick and simple look if you're running low on time or as a base for your powder eyeshadows to stick to and make them last longer. I have read in some beauty blogs that they can also be used as a cream eyeliner; now I haven't tried this out myself but it might be something you guys might want to try. When using these as an eyeshadow base one thing i would say is that if you want smooth blended edges then work with one eye at a time since they do dry quite quickly.

They come packaged in a heavy glass jar with a black screw on lid. The packaging is hefty and doesn't feel or look cheap. However, you do have to be careful when travelling with these since they are at risk of breaking.

 On and On Bronze

Permanent Taupe

Pink gold

MUA (Makeup Academy) Undressed Eyeshadow Palette | Swatches +& Review

The "Undressed" palette consists of 12 neutral shades with a few mattes and loads of shimmery/metallic shades.

This palette can be used to create a very soft and natural looking everyday eye look with a little bit of shimmer and if you're feeling a little bit brave you could always add a bit of extra definition using the darker shades that are included.

This palette can also be used to create a dark smokey eye for a night out/party using either the gunmetal colour (shade 12) or the black (shade 11) or both!! Whatever you're in the mood for.

The shades are all highly pigmented and blend beautifully. They last all day on the lids and do not tend to crease, however, I would recommend using a eyshadow primer for those of you who have very oily lids as some of the shades will crease. One thing I don't like about these eyeshadows is that they tend to have some fallout, but since that palette is so CHEAP compared to other palletes I can't really complain. Another downside of this palette is that it only has two matte shades (which doesn't bother me too much, but may matter to others)
The matte shades don't swatch very well but they are great on the eyelids for an everyday neutral look.

I think this palette is perfect for women who want to get into wearing makeup but are a little intimidated by brighter shades, and with a pricetag of only £4.00 you really can't go wrong with this palette. MUA products are available instore at Superdrug or online on the MUA website if you don't live in the UK, they ship internationally which is amazing :)
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