Sunday, 16 December 2012

Review: Topshop Cream Blush in 'Head Over Heels'

Bonsoir, this is a review of another quick and pointless purchase that didn't involve much thinking on my part, which usually results in makeup tragedy (I tend to exaggerate).
Right after buying the MaxFactor creamy blush and realising I have no idea how to use it properly, I decided to buy another cream blush, because that makes so much sense. To be fair, my thinking was that this was lighter shade (a very pretty one indeed) and it felt creamier so I hoped it'd blend better. 
So here it is: 

The Topshop packaging is very cute. Minimalistic, sorta retro and very nice in your hands. In fact, I still keep the blush in it's original box because I like it so much :3 
The instructions on the back say "dot on cheeks and blend"... again, easier said than done. I really, really don't like doing that. I find that using fingers to blend anything but concealer on my face just feels... vulgar. When I blend this on my cheeks, it makes the red, so basically I can't tell where the blush is and where I've rubbed my cheeks raw. This spoils the whole look and the "naturality" of it just dies - I might as well just rub my cheeks vigorously for some colour, like in dem old dayz. 

The camera doesn't rally do the colour justice - it's a gorgeous peach-coral colour, you just want to eat it. Well, not really, but you get the idea. 
The consistency is much creamier than the MaxFactor Creamy Blush, i.e. it is more...'slippery'. Which means it blends better, much better, but not well enough for me, still. I honestly, honestly wish it was less pigmented. Crazy? Yeah. Reason being, if it was less pigmented, I would be able to layer it nicely to get the glow, but because it's so strong (see swatch above), it's so unmanageable for a cream blush rookie like me. I am yet to try this on a full face of makeup (where my stupid rosacea cheeks are neutralised by foundation), but I fear of blending with fingers in case I take all my foundation off. I do love my powder blushes. 

This hand swatch doesn't show the colour properly, it is much stronger 'IRL', especially on the cheeks. Overwhelmingly strong, especially combined with my natural redness. There is the tiniest, tiniest bit of sparkle in this, which makes me happy. I love golden sparkles!

In conclusion, I love the colour, love the packaging, love the texture and consistency, don't love the fact that it's pigmented or that I have to use fingers, don't love that it makes me looks like a drag queen, but would still thoroughly recommend to those blessed with an even skin tone and no fear of rubbing your cheeks raw! 
PS. this blush retails for £6 which isn't too bad for the size you get and the quality definitely surpasses my stigma against fashion-shops going into makeup lines. 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

MaxFactor Holiday Haul

Hey there :) I've been working 5 days a week lately and volunteering on the other two, so it's been pretty rough. I have stopped wearing makeup completely (Extremist me!) when going to work because I am just way too tired to take it off afterwards and it's not worth on my poor eyes. Alas, I digress. After my first salary I was itching to buy me a little something with my own money finally and I stumbled into Boots which was decorated from ceiling to floor with Xmas decs... ghastly. 
The Maxfactor promotion was a free gift with any purchase over £15. Sounds good huh - well, how bummed was I when the two items I got reached £14.98 and I couldn't get the gift and had to get a third item I didn't really want? yeah, pretty bummed I'd say. Nonetheless I bought these three:

L-R: MAX Effect Mini Nail Polish in 26 Cappuccino, Colour Elixir Lipstick in 36 Pearl Maron, Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in 09 Soft Murano

The blush is my first cream blush, and I've been meaning to try them because supposedly they give a "glowy, more natural" look on the cheeks. Er... yeah, it made it look natural, sure, i.e. so natural that it looked like I've been frost-bitten. It doesn't blend too well, and it might be doing it wrong, but it's so damn pigmented that I end up looking like a drag queen. I cannot work this. And for £6.99 it's a bit of a shame. If anyone could help me understand how to use it, I would be very grateful. For now, it's just lying in my draw sulking. 
The nail polish is the purchase that I made to make it over 15 pounds, and one that I am surprisingly happy with. All my polishes are sorta crazy colours and I realised I don't have any neutral grey-brown sorta ones, so off I went to choose it. Does it last? Well, not really. But for that one-two days it sure does looks pretty. Would recommend :)
Since buying my first Colour Elixir Lipstick in 825 Pink Brandy, I've been itching to get my hands on more MaxFactor lipsticks. The formula is beautifully creamy and luxurious and the packaging does very good things to me, it's gorgeous. Off I went and bought Pearl Maron, which is a shimmery blue-toned red, with a slight staining power. It doesn't overwhelm my face like most reds, and I just really like this. See below for swatches and pictures.

This is the gift that came in a pretty golden box - damn, I am a sucker for packaging...
     LR: Colour Elixir Lipstick in 655 Lilac Wine, MasterpieceMax Mascara, Glossfinity Mini Nail Polish in Angel Nails, Earth Spirits Eyeshadow in Terra Firma

So this is a pretty decent package. 
The lipstick is what drew me to the gift, realistically I can live without the other items but this... it's absolutely gorgeous. And as I've mentioned, I absolutely luuuuurve Maxfactor lipsticks, so woohoo! See below for swatches. 
The Masterpiece Max Mascara is a usual mini item in Maxfactor promos. I've had one of them before, it is decent but nothing spectacular, though I do remember really liking it last time I had it, for some reason.
Angel Nails is also a staple in MaxFactor gift sets an I already have one bottle, although it's labeled NailFinity not GlossFinity. Silly lying Maxfactor, it's exactly the same polish. I can't say I'm a huge fan on this, the shimmery peal quality doesn't transfer too well to the nails and I personally think it looks a bit cheap. Does it last 7 days? Oh please. 2 at most, then cue horrible chipping.
The single eyeshadow, Terra Firma, is a nice neutral brown which is matte-ish but more on the shimmery side... kind of... it's hard to explain. I haven't used this yet (makeup hiatus, remember?) but I have a feeling it won't stand out the endless dark browns I have in my medium-sized collection. 
 Now the good part, the swatches for the lipsticks:

 Notice the absolutely stunning gold shimmer in Lilac Wine compared to the normal shimmer in Pearl Maron. It was that golden shimmer that drew me to it like a moth to the flame. Gold sparkles all the way!!

 Left - Pearl Maron, Right - Lilac Wine.
My lips are such a f***ed-up shape I don't even bother to put the blog title on it because no one will steal these images :'( 
You get the picture though, they're both gorgeous colours which I would thoroughly recommend!

 A little hand swatch.

 In conclusion, I am very happy with my purchases and will be using all of these products, bar maybe the blush because it's just too red. When I was trying it on in the shop I thought it would be the most natural, compared to a coppery one which just looked like dirt on my hand. This upsets me greatly because it just looks atrocious on me and far, far from natural.  
I hope this has been helpful and see you in the next post 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Updates + Future posts

The purpose of this post is a little like a diary and a tickbox of all the things I have been thinking of posting but couldn't because... I've moved! It's not exciting, I personally don't get excited reading about blogger's troubles with moving, so I won't dwell on that. It does, however, mean that I have been buying things (even though I said I wouldn't after the October Haul!) and they're building up and I end up using them before taking pictures of the freshly-bought products (bad me). 
Secondly, I now officially have a job. Oh yeah. About time. Does this mean I will be splashing out my ~£130 a week on makeup??? I wish. Most, and I do mean about 97% of this money is going into my University fund for next year (fingers crossed), so not much of it is going to be used :( Some will though, and when it does, expect many reviews!
I have a few things I wanted to blog about that have been happening in my life to do with "beauty". First one being my weight loss. It's not as dramatic as some people's, i.e. I didn't miraculously go from a size 20 to a size 10, but all in all so far I've lost 18.4lb (that is ~1.3 stone or 8.2kg). For me, it is impressive and is something I never thought was possible. I am going to carry on with my plan (which I will make a separate post about) until I reach my desired weight (or more like desired body shape). 
Second major thing in my "beauty" world is me not wearing any makeup whatsoever when I go to work/out, especially eye-makeup. Reasons for this are numerous and, again, will be described in a separate post later on ;-)
 This is kind of a useless post in itself, isn't it? But it gives me an idea of what I want to mention, and so is pretty helpful. To cheer you up on this gloomy Wednesday, have a picture of a random puppy: 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

FOTD - Copper/Bronze

I never know what to name a FOTD - 'Ginger Madness', 'Copper Goddess'... *gag*. No. Basically this is a little smokey eye number I had on yesterday combined with false eyelashes, which I love but find quite a hassle. 

 Thing with false eyelashes is that I absolutely hate when they're visible - i.e. when the 'band' is visible on top of the eyeliner (or, god forbid, on an eyelid with no eyeliner). You have to have a very black eyeliner, and draw a line over the lashes, but I don't endorse the idea of spending 5-6 quid on a pair of eyelashes and ruining them for one day's wear... but I digress.
Products used: 

Nip+Fab Sheer Makeup Fix in Sheer
MUA Face Primer
Collection Last Perfection 16H Concealer in #1 Fair
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 35 Concealer in NW15
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in 52 Vanille
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (contour)
ELF Studio Blush in Mellow Mauve

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer
Maxfactor Earth Spirit Eyeshadow in Inca Bronze
Too Faced Glamour To Go - Glamour Edition (Dark Brown, Black and shimmery White shadows)
Barry M Blink Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
Benefit they're real mascara
Stila Major Lash mascara
Eyelure Naturalites eyelashes 070
ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 020 Lovesick

I liked this look, it worked out better than I expected in pictures. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Benefit 'they're Real' Mascara Review

In an older post from a couple of months ago, I issued a warning about fake benefit products on eBay - the one I was unfortunate to purchase was the, what I thought, the 'they're Real' mascara. I photographed the wand and showed how it reaaally isn't the real thing. See the post here.
After getting a refund card in Debenhams with £14.50 on there that I had to spend in the shop, well, my mind ran away to the makeup section, even though that October I had already bought a gazillion other makeup products. I was actually looking for a waterproof YSL mascara that is, considering my lack of luck, discontinued. Looking for mascaras to hold curl, I gave up because the elderly women at Dior and Chanel boutiques scare the c*** out of me and I feel they didn't really like me saying "nah this isn't good, bye" to them. Finally I turned to benefit with their massive-titted woman with the massive letter across her and bought the mascara without even trying it, that's how tired I was.

The packaging isn't all fabulous, but it's handy and  the tube is smaller than the usual long mascaras, thus a slightly shorter wand. It does feel like quality. 

 Above is 3 coats of the mascara on curled lashes. What I've noticed with this mascara is that it doesn't deposit black product on the upper waterline (which is something I want because it adds depth and definition to my tiny eyes), which is a negative for me. I guess that's the "natural" look but I don't like it. I find that I have to wear it with my Stila Major Lash Mascara because it does a fantabulastic job of getting that blackness on my waterline: 

As you can see - no curl. Almost none at all. Does it curl better than some other mascaras? Well, yes. It does have a tiny bit of an uplifting power over, say, Bourjois Elastic Mascara which just does absolutely nothing to my lashes (mind you, it's not a curling but a lengthening mascara, and it does a decent job at the latter). Overall, I do like how it makes my lashes look and feel - it has a random sort of rubbery feel to it. 
Is it really "smudge proof"? No. I asked the lady at the counter whether there will ever be a waterproof version and she said "it doesn't need to be, it's water resistant". Silly lady. It runs like the Niagara falls.
The brush has mixed feelings from me, even though it is this mascara's main selling point. See picture below. It's a plastic brush, something I love and hate. Love because it separates lashes, or at least tries to. Kind of. Are my lashes separated? Not really. First coat is fine, but after the second I have to use a clean mascara wand to try and fan my poor, miserable lashes out a bit. Does the famous ball-shaped spiky end work? Not for me. If you examine the picture below you will see that a tonne of product collects in the end of the brush (as it always does) and thus you have to work pretty hard to get it out, and even so, you will damage those spikes in the end. It is supposed to be used for the hard to reach lashes. Sure, I would use it, but the dollop of product that is in the ball puts me off the idea.
Why hate? Because it kills my poor eye skin. It hurts like a b****. I do not use this everyday and would not recommend it to others. The spikes scratch my waterline, they scratch my lash line, they scratch everything. For the result that I get, the pain isn't worth it. And actually, it is never worth it, ladies. Seriously. 

Have a silly picture of my face with the applied mascara and crazy hair. As you can see, it really doesn't do much for me and the dream of a larger eye helped by curlier lashes is lost on this mascara. Nonetheless I will continue using it as a day time mascara and throw it into my makeup bag, but it will be added to my "Meh" list of mascaras that have failed to become my holy grails. 
:) x 

PS I forgot to mention that I do not use this mascara on my bottom lashes because it clumps! Not as bad as some other mascaras (Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof Mascara, I'm looking at you) but still pretty bad, and I like my bottom lashes to just be coated thinly but be very black for definition, and for that, I use Stila Major Lash (♥).   

Friday, 9 November 2012

ELF 'Haul' Full Review

I mentioned in my October haul post that I will review the elf products that I purchased in detail, which I am going to do here. I finally succumbed to one of their offers which was getting a Halloween goody bag worth £10 when you spend £15. I desperately needed a replacement for my stipple brush (see below as to why!) and have been after the flat-top powder brush for ages, so I thought I might as well. 

The flat-top Studio powder Brush is densly packed and, like the stipple brush, is gorgeously soft. So soft. I just want to put it on my face and stroke it, because it is that soft. However, unfortunately, I was a tiny bit let down by this. Mainly because I was so hyped for it, expecting it to be out of this world, and it does look like it should be but, awkward confession, I don't know what to use it for. 
What I mean is that you're supposed to use it for powder (powder brush... genius) but it's good for both wet and dry products according to the elf website. Usually I would jump straight away to apply foundation with this but rather unfortunately, I've stopped using foundation altogether since about a month ago. I have also been opting for a non-full coverage look seeing as I got told by a few people (mainly family) that the cakey look is going a bit far, and I was upset looking in the mirror and seeing the full face of makeup. And in all honesty, I found my foundation goes everywhere and interferes with things such as putting clothes on (my poor black jumped will never live down the white powdery stains on the collar) and... others ;). And seeing as this brush is very dense, I don't apply powder with it because it would give a too full coverage! (Which is why I use my Stipple Brush to apply my face powder).
What about blush?
Again, because it picks up so much product I find that I get too much pigmented blush on my cheeks and this brush doesn't do blending very well. Hopefully when I do decide to wear foundation, this will come in handy... I say hope because I am totally in love with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and will be very, very reluctant to change it. 

On the left is my new Stipple Brush and on the right is the horror that is my filthy, overused old one. Do excuse the dirty colour, but it's going in the bin so there was no need to wash it (that what I tell myself). I was surprised, not to say pleasantly, when I saw the shorter handle of the new brush. I panicked for a split second thinking they sent me their new Small Stipple Brush but as you can see the fibre head is the same size. I have missed that luxurious beautiful soft feel of the stipple brush on my face seeing as my old one died when it was attacked by a hair dryer (see my Makeup Tools DON'Ts post for details) and has just become scratchy and coarse and just generally unpleasant. I decided I like the new handle because it makes the brush travel friendly! All in all, a beautiful brush that I would recommend to any one. I use this daily to apply my face powder because it gives me the exact right amount of coverage and avoid a cake face!

The Minty Gloss in New York is just... how do I even describe this. It's a diamond in the rough for me. If you know me, you know I hate lipgloss. Why? It's sticky. The feeling of sticky is compared in my mind to the feeling of being stabbed with a fork. It's that bad. I discovered the minty gloss some time ago when I was sent a Minty Gloss in Chicago in a goody bag. Since then, I've been hooked. It is the ONLY gloss that I will willingly put on my lips and wear out. It feels wonderful, not even a hint of stickiness and let me tell you, the smell and taste of this is something out of this world. I never believed in glosses that are supposed to freshen up your breath - I believe in this. It is a pleasant minty fragrance and it tastes sweet but not sickly and is just all around a pleasure to wear. The colour New York is surprisingly pigmented and transforms any colour into a slightly different hue, which I love. I want to buy all of them. Seriously. One little annoyance as you can see was the damaged packaging, but hey ho. I would highly recommend this to those who hate sticky glosses, and everyone else really.

I don't know where to start with the Eyebrow Stencil Kit because I have no idea what possessed me to buy it. I had to fill my cart up with another £1 to go over the £15 mark so I was browsing for something that cost £1.50. I want to hit myself - why didn't I buy the brightening eye colour??? They're brilliant! This was a waste of money for me. I didn't read the product description, and thought there were waxing stencils. They're not. They're supposedly to be used for an accurate filling of the brows. Well, I think thats a joke because the stencils all have mega fat ends and will making you look like this: 


...which is pretty much what I looked like when I applied these. An absolute waste of £1.50 (not a disaster) for me. I heard some people like these, good for you, you can have mine!

These three are what I received in my Halloween goody bag. My first reaction was literally: "Ah it's erm.... purple.". Yes. Everything is purple.
I was initially very scared of the Lip Balm SPF 15 in Plum because when I have purple on my lips (or any dark colour for that matter) I look like I have hypothermia. However, this is a lovely little product which I have grown to love. Maybe not necessarily in this colour, though putting the Minty Gloss in New York over it gives some very nice results. This balm comes in a very slim tube, and I would say it's probably the most professional looking and feeling elf product for me. It is surprisingly pigmented and I could easily get very dark purple lips if I wanted to. This excited me because that meant that the other balms were the same and because I loved the texture and the smell (it was minty again!) I had discovered a new favourite product. It feels lovely on the lips, I'd go as far as saying it's moisturising. Would recommend! 
Again, I was very wary of the Studio Single Eyeshadow in Raspberry Truffle because, well, purple eyelids are t.r.o.u.b.l.e. I made it work for me, a very light dollop of this without any other colour gave some colour to the lids and didn't make me look like a zombie, which was a plus. I found this eyeshadow difficult to blend, it simple refused to budge and it is very pigmented, so be very careful. All in all, I like this but I doubt I would go out of my way to repurchase it. 
A very disappointing product, which was kind of expected, is the Nail Polish in Party Purple. I am very much against elf nail polishes until convinced otherwise. I have 3 (this is the third) and I am disappointed with all of them. They chip horribly, the colour pay off is baaaad, the bottles are made badly (the lid on Party Purple won't twist to lock!) and I think there are just better polishes for a sslightly higher price out there. I personally think nail polishes are not elf's strongest point and I wouldn't buy them myself, though they will always put them in goody bags and that will always be how I get them. I wouldn't recommend this, or any other elf nail polish, to people unless they have a beast of a top coat and don't care about chips (the nail-related kind). 
So this is the end of my Godzilla of a review, I hope some of this has been helpful. There are no swatches which is stupid of me, but I might update with those letter (she says, dazed). 
:) x     

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Huge October Haul

So, it seems like I'm writing again! Though I'll be honest, I am not enjoying it much... yet. I've been rather busy moving into my new house (an actual house, compared to all the flats I've been living in all my life... so a change) and filling it for Ikea stuff from ceiling to floor... Ikea ♥.
This October I have collected an impressive amount of stuff ranging from make-up to skin products etc. I think I've photographed everything in here, aside some basic stuff like hand gel (which I love) and shower gel...
I'll admit that a LOT of the stuff is not stuff I need at all, in the slightest. I kind of outdid myself this month and spent a fortune. Main catalyst was my parents transferring around $400 in total into my bank account to go visit my boyfriend for "emergencies" e.g. train tickets that cost up to 127 pounds one way... but I digress. 

 Above is pretty much everything I bought bar hand creams and shower gels. The picture isn't very good but I will break down what everything is and why I thought I needed it... 

Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Pressed Powder - this was a whim buy because I definitely do not need another powder. Main reason behind buying this was that the rest of my powders bar my Bourjois one have quite the pink toned hue to them and coupled with a pink based foundation and concealer a rather unpleasant pink effect is achieved, so basically this powder avoids that as it is not actually translucent at all, it's a yellow base powder. It's nothing special, but worth buying for touch ups. It smells kinda cool too, but I really couldn't describe it.

MUA BB Cream, Lipgloss, Face Primer and Eyeshadow Trio - these will have their own little post later. This is my second purchase from MUA and I am generally quite pleased with these. Full review soon. 

Paul Mitchell SoftStyle Soft Spray - this was reduced to an amazing £3 at a local hairdressing salon so I jumped on it. Did I need it? No. What is it? It's a finishing spray - I find it is basically a light hold hairspray but not as sticky or volumising. Again, it's nothing spectacular but for 3 quid it does a nice enough job.

Redken 5th Avenue NYC Outshine Anti-frizz Polishing Milk - this was also £3 at the hair salon and having known the brand for a while I decided to give it a go. Anti-frizz products have been seeping into my collection lately though I'll admit none really work because I don't quite know how to use them (oh dear). I.e. I don't want them on dry hair because I always end up overdoing it and it ends up permanently "wet" and putting in damp hair never seems to work for me. This particular product is, once more, nothing special but has a big con for me. It smells fine on my hair, but 3 seconds after application my hands start to reek of... you'll never believe this... eyelash glue. Literally Eyelure eyelash glue. It's horrible. Seriously. Obviously I wash my hands after use, but it's not encouraging me to use the product! Did I notice shine? Not really I'm afraid. Did I see a reduction in frizz? Well, just as much as putting water on your hair. However, I will carry on using this to see if it's just me being a numpty with it. 

Benefit 'they're Real' Mascara - the most expensive single product of the lot. This will get it's own review soon.

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk - who has been looking up makeup tutorials and haven't heart of the Milk pencil? few, I assure you. This was bought on Amazon for a not very friendly price, not something I'd usually pay for a pencil. When it first arrived I was mega disappointed because it wasn't a wooden pencil and I had absolutely no idea how to sharpen it. I had to go and invest in a Bourjois Dual Sharpner from Boots to sharpen it and to my relief the plastic did sharpen okay. The product itself... well, I find it too creamy for my liking. If my primer doesn't go on too well (oh, it does that) i.e. it's a little chalky, this little pencil will amplify it 10 fold. I cover it with eyeshadow of course, but I just dont find this too pleasant to work with. Because of the creaminess I always seem to put too much on and so there is just too much white. Does it make the eyeshadows pop? Definitely. I would recommend this. Party season is a bit dead for me, so this is taking the back-seat because I use it for dramatic night-time looks and not during the day. It doesn't go on the waterline very well at all, though the colour is strong it doesn't last there and the pencil is way too big to get to the corners without painting your eyelashes white. 

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in 071 Pure White - I bought this to go on my waterline and inner corner and had hoped that it would be so horribly soft that it would stay in the waterline nice and creamy. I was wrong. The pigmentation isn't great and the pencil is hard-ish to poke my waterline with. It wasn't a big hit to  my purse, but I am not too happy with this. However, I don't think I will be investing in any white eyeliner in the future because this one will do and I don't use them much anyway.

Bionsen Remineralizing Eye Cream - I bought this in vain hope that the slightly higher price and a vaguely known brand name would make this a decent eye cream from TKmaxx. I was wrong. This is just... well, bad. It's runny, doesn't do anything for my eyes and the worst of all... it stinks. Unbearably. I can tolerate some bad smells if the product is good (e.g. Too Faced eyeshadow primer) but this is pushing it. This has gone straight into my unused makeup box and I return to my trusty Simple Soothing Eye Balm. 

Too Faced palettes: Smoky Eyes & Glamour To Go Dream Edition - these two will have their own review post but in short I hate the smoky eye one and love the glamour to go one.

Nip+Fab Sheer Makeup Fix - I like this. I do. I bought this as a primer, and because I like Nip+Fab a lot. Maybe it's the packaging. I find a little with this goes a long way and it does have a slight primer-like effect by making pores and lines look a bit smoother. Does it work like the Smashbox primer? No. And it's not meant to. It has healthy things in it and isn't really part of the "makeup" selection, it's more a skin product. It has a subtle, gentle fragrance and a completely non-sticky feel. Would recommend :)

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - my absolute holy grail product, I use this instead of foundation now (ha!) and get asked how I get my skin so perfect. I cannot stress enough how incredible this product is. This is my second tube and the first one has lasted me very well considering I use it to cover my whole face. Go out and buy it! Go go go!

ELF! - these will also get their own review very soon (tomorrow, maybe) and there is a lot to review. This was part of a spree online and I also got three products as part of a Halloween goodie bag (guess which?) which I have mixed feelings about... but that's all to come. 

I bought a bunch of other stuff like the St Ives Apricot Scrub that everyone is so mad about but I haven't actually had time to even use it at all, Norwegian Formula Hand & Nail cream and a tonne of Imperial Leather shower gels which I absolutely love. 

Phew, long post is long. I feel like I've left quite a lot of detail out because it's now past midnight and the post is long enough... the reviews I promised will come soon ish, and maybe I'll even do the other products I didn't mention I'd do a full review on.
This has been a big spending month so I'm gonna try to make November a makeup-free month (pretty sure I should be spending it on the new house anwyay... oops!) 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Thoughts / Mini blog rant...

I started this blog as a means of self-expression and also due to the growing size of my makeup collection. Having been looking though many beauty blogs, I was inspired to write my own.
Things aren't, however, as rosy as that. 
Even though I may say that this is a 'space which I use to express my opinions', there is also the element of readability. I am not someone who likes talking to walls and sometimes the lack of followers or page views gets me down far enough for me to stop posting. If I don't know whether people read this, it doesn't particularly encourage me to write.
Another thing which doesn't help is when I look at other people's blogs and the mad number of followers they have - with, arguably, mediocre content (at best). Call me a cynic (which I am) but I generally don't understand how or why they have so many people reading their posts.
It is no rare occurance to see shameless self-promotion in the comments sections of popular (or even unpopular) blogs where a usually daft comment is followed by the likes of "comment on my blog plz! xox". The thought of this makes me ill. I don't want to beg people to look at my blog - yet that seems to be the, I guess, only option to get noticed by other people. Most of my views come from people Googling some of the products in my FOTDs, which isn't very many (but very, very welcome nonetheless).  I have thought about posting such comments, but my pride won't let me.
Following the example of another blogger, I removed my followers count because to us, it seems that low number of followers = bad blog content. Though I can't really say my content is brilliant, as it is usually full of dislike for the product, although I do try to cover every aspect of it so that if I were a reader, my curiosity would be satisfied.
A little voice tells me that the more posts I do, the more likely it is people will find and read them. Then again, I'm in a bit of a slump at the moment (surprise!) and I am not inspired in the slightest - even though I have tonnes of new products to review.
Another aspect is taking photos. I seem to have absolutely no place in this darn (pardon my French) house where I could take a decent, quick photograph. I have no white surfaces! And no white surfaces shouldn't be the end of the world, but it seems to be. Wherever I take a picture, it looks grotesquely amateur and not something I would click when browsing Google Images. This is actually the major physical reason for my lack of motivation to post. 
To wrap up, I don't think anyone is actually going to read this (if you do, please do comment, it would be a blast), but I guess if this is my "space to think", I might as well use it.
I will try my best to make the blog more professional (somehow) and have my fingers crossed to be noticed! 

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Pro:Voke Touch Of Silver on Natural Hair - Part 2

I've been using the violet toning treatment for about 3 weeks now and, unfortunately, without much result. I don't actually know what I was hoping it would do - probably neutralise brassy tones, but of course, it's not a 'blondening' shampoo so I was a little delusional. 
My conclusion is that it doesn't really work on natural dark-ish blonde hair if you want it to go lighter and for it to bring out your natural highlights (if you have any). I will probably have people saying "that's not its purpose anyway!" which is fair enough, but it was worth a shot.
I did ntice after some washes that my blonde wasn't as golden - it turned a... greyer colour, a more dirty blonde, which I was really against. However, seeing as the change was completely insignificant, I didn't really mind. 
All in all, this is probably formulated to work on coloured hair more than anything, molecules binding to receptors etc... so I wouldn't recommend it on natural hair, unless its grey.

I guess you can see the grey-ish tones on the left. Even though I said 7 washes, it's probably more than that. I felt my hair did lose some shine. 
All in all, though the product wasn't exactly a waste of money at £2.03, it really didn't do much for my natural hair, so save yourself the trouble. 
 Hope this helps those wondering about natural hair!

Friday, 28 September 2012

FOTD - Liner Heavy + MaxFactor lipstick review

Following my cut-crease yesterday, I tried to go for a little more minimalistic look - the bold eyeliner and 'bare' lids. Also tried a new MaxFactor lipstick which I am in love with.

 My camera died so I had to use my phone, which turned out better than I expected. 
I used a dark blue sparkly shadow for the eyeliner. I don't use line sealers, just water and a paintbrush (an actual paintbrush, yes). Works like a charm.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 35 concealer in NW15
Lancome Teint Idole 24H foundation in 010
ELF Mineral foundation in Fair
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in #51Vanille
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
ELF HD powder

ELF Mineral Eyelid Primer in Sheer
Dior Travel Studio shadow (a completely matte skin colour shadow)
Dior Travel Studio shadow (shimmery white)
Front Cover shadow in Black Spark (liner)
MaxFactor 2000 Calorie mascara
Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof mascara

MaxFactor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 825 Pink Brandy (♥)

I really like this lipstick, which surprised me. I bought a Maybelline one some weeks ago, it was like any other I owned so I wasn't very happy. This one is a very pleasant surprise. The colour is absolutely gorgeous - I was looking for an orangey-pink colour (coral-ish) for aaages but never found anything with the right hue or formula, until this. For £7.99, which is a usual colour for a lipstick in a drugstore, you get a gorgeous tube. It looks uber classy - golden with the MaxFacotr logo etched on it. I am really happy with the packaging compared to others I know (Bourjois - eww). 
The formula is very creamy and lasts a long time, and doesn't transfer too much. The colour is absolutely gorgeous. 
Definitely recommend!  



Thursday, 27 September 2012

FOTD - Cut Crease

Cut creases are not something that works too well on me - I have hooded eyes and small lids. This means that the light part of the cut-crease is not rounded but more an oval shape which looks a little unsightly from some angles. Nonetheless, this didn't stop me. I decided to go for a neutral-ish look: 

Lancome Teint Idole 24H foundation in 010
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 35 concealer in NW15
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair
ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash
L'Oreal True Match Powder in D1/W1 Golden Ivory
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronezer 
PARISAX Beauty Blush 
ELF HD powder

ELF Mineral Eyelid Primer 
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Front Cover Eyeshadow in Moondust
Front Cover Pigment dust in Cloud Dancer
PARISAX Beauty shadows (dark browns)
Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof mascara 

Bourjois Sweet Kiss lipsticks in Rose Cachemire + Rose Paré

I kind of overdid my face this time, it was quite cakey in natural light, but I couldn't do much about it! 


Friday, 14 September 2012

ALERT! Fake Benefit products on EBAY

You might say "What did you expect from ebay?" but I fell into the trap that many others fell into.

I purchased a Benefit They're Real Mascara from a certain seller whom I won't mention, who claimed on the product name that it was "100% Genuine Benefit". Because I had a successful purchase just a day before on ebay (a No 7 mascara) I thought - might as well go for it. 

The package arrived in a grey plastic bag - when I opened it I found that the box package is 
a) flattened
b) dirty and looks used around the sides.

The second I saw the tube itself I knew something was wrong. The problem is that I've never really looked at the real mascara packaging in the authentic form, but quite a bit of experience with luxury makeup has led me to be on high alert immediately. 

The cap of the tube was bent! In the picture above you can see it leaning to the right - it's even more pronounced in person. The whole tube also felt really light and cheap. I couldn't say anything about the writing but you can just tell. 
Next, I decided to open the evil thing, and thing's didn't look any better...

Anyone who has seen the real benefit mascara, be it online or in store would immediately know that this is definitely NOT the right brush. The brush advertised has much longer bristles as well as a small "ball" of bristles on the tip. This brush is... well, just look at it. I didn't put that anywhere near my eye - the formula was runny and looked like molten play-doh.

The brush was also bent, and extremely flimsy - bending it would actually probably cause detachment from the wand.
I immediately put the wand back in the tube, and requested a refund on ebay. Because I was so annoyed by this, my request wasn't one of the most polite ones, but I felt very much tricked: especially by the "100% genuine" title. The price I paid was £7.99 instead of £18.50, which actually isn't that cheap - I requested to have my money back and brought it to the attention of the seller that the product was a fake. I sent the product back, having had to pay for the postage myself, and waited for about 5 days when I started getting a little agitated. I contacted the seller again and received my refund, after leaving negative feedback on the product. I requested a refund on the 3rd of September and got my money back on the 11th.  

I hope this warns some people not to make the same mistake because not all sellers are going to refund you, especially if you don't check out their returns policy beforehand or if you're a first time buyer. I was disappointed also because I wanted to try this mascara out but oh well - at least I didn't waste more money on a mascara! 
Please be aware of fake items on ebay, in fact, avoid them. If you are looking for a bargain, the chance of you finding an authentic product on ebay is very small. Apart form that, I love that website 


Thursday, 13 September 2012

SJP 'Lovely' Perfume ♥

There is only one way to describe this scent with a word; that word would indeed be Lovely.

I have been lusting after this perfume for god-knows-how-long. It was always a little too pricey for me, so I just sprayed it on a tester and went home to sniff if for a day or two. However, yesterday I went to Debenhams (in which, all fingers crossed, I will be working soon) and browsed the perfume section absent-mindlessly with a friend. I was just telling her about this particular perfume because I couldn't find it - how it is one of the best fragrances that I have ever smelt and even more surprising that it came from a celebrity (I have quite a stigma against perfumes released by celebrities to get even more money, ergh).
Then suddenly, I spot this little darling in the reduced section - I kind of expected a 25% reduction, something not very impressive... it was 50% off from £25 to £12.50 for 30ml. In about 30 seconds I was at the check out till and in 45, with the purchase in my bag. 

 I am not going to describe the scent - I always find it odd how people are like "Oh my gosh, it totally smells like PEONIES with some WOODEN UNDERTONES and a HINT OF ROSE WATER" and I'm like "What does that even smell like". 
But in short, it's a very girly smell, it's fresh but certainly smells perfume-y and I wouldn't say it smells like flowers.... (it would be awkward if it's supposed to). I really am not a fragance expert, but I highly suggest you check it out for yourself, because it's incredible.