Thursday, 26 January 2012

Behind Blue Eyes...

This is a sort of FOTD/product review post... on everything BLUE. 

When I first started using make-up, I was obviously really oblivious to good and bad brands and a complete newbie at applying it (sweet mother of God, was it awful).
So I invested in very cheap brands from my local (ish) Superdrug... a notable one being 2true ( This is, however, a brand that stuck with me until now :)

My utterly most favourite coloured mascara is the 2true Instant Colour Mascara in Azure. I have since purchased other blue-ish mascaras e.g. Yves Saint Laurent Everlong Waterproof Mascara in #03 Blue and Urban Decay Big Fatty Coloured Mascara in Indigo. These will probably reviewed at a later stage.

My other two favourites are their Eyeliner Dazzlers in Shades 9 and 2 (I think those are the shades). These are very pretty glittery liquid eyeliners, but require quite a few coats for proper looks. I always layer them and usually wear them with blue-eye looks: silver on the bottom, blue on top. Works a wonder. :)  

FOTD (more like EyesOTD)

So, in conclusion, I do love some stuff from 2true and blue is one of my favourite eye looks, but don't over do it, especially for times like work or school! :)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

A few make-up removers

Yesterday I went to Superdrug to buy some make up remover because I ran out.
I own a few bottles of quite diverse stuff - each has its own purpose.

Usually, to remove eye make up I use the L'Oréal Gentle Eye Make-Up remover:
The formula is watery. I apply a generous amount to a cotton pad and use it to wipe my eyes.

The good: it is watery, and I also use it when I haven't got any make up on my eyes to wipe any muck or oil off before going to bed. It is quite refreshing and has a pleasant fragance.
It does not irritate my eyes and does not make them sting afterwards, so I would say it is suitable for sensitive eyes. 

The not-so-good: after trying out some other make-up removers, I realised that it really isn't good at what it does. When I don't have extremely light make up on (i.e. literally no eyeliner or mascara), it struggles to remove any of it! Especially khol and pencil eyeliners: it completely refuses to get rid of it. For that purpose, it has about the same effect as pure water.
Verdict: I actually realised that I only use this as eye "toner" i.e. a refreshing wipe before going to sleep. It is not very good at removing make up, but I would repurchase it as a necessity when I don't want to soap my eyes for no reason.
This usually costs £3.77 for 125mL in Superdrug, so it is a very cheap product and is worth owning.  

Yesterday, I bought Olay Eye Make Up Remover for normal/dry/combination skin. This was a new thing for me because it is a cream formula. The packaging is a tube and looks like an ordinary hand cream tube:
The instructions on the back were to "apply a small amount to fingertip and very gently massage the eyelids and lashes" and then remove with cotton wool. Yeah, that never happened. The formula was actually really creamy and I was not going to put it on my fingers - it would get under nails etc. 
So I put a generous amount on my hand, picked up some with a cotton disc and went to my eyes. 

The good: Pretty much everything. It was a pleasant surprise: I expected cream eye makeup removers to make me wash them off with water and I certainly didn't want that. The cream formula glides effortlessly on lids and doesn't tug like some liquid make up removers do. For instance, even if I have to rub my eyelashes to get rid of mascara, the cream lubricates the area and no pain is experienced. 
The removing quality is also good, it got rid of most of the make up on my eyes leaving small traces that I then removed with a liquid remover.         

The not-so-good: It stung a bit afterwards, in the inner corner of my eyes. I have experienced this with other removers, but I think this time it was because I didn't remove all of it with the cotton pad. Make sure you do! Verdict: for the ridiculous price of £1.25 (on sale), this thing is very much worth owning! I would recommend it, and will see how it goes from here (I might go off it...)   
 Another product that I picked up was the Garnier Fresh Essentials Eye Make-up Remover for normal to combination skin. The usual green Garnier bottle with a lime coloured liquid inside. 
The formula is similar to that of the L'Oréal remover and it does a pretty similar job. It is refreshing and has a pleasant smell, though not one I expected, seeing as for some reason I thought it would smell like something out of their Fructis range... I don't know. 

Verdict: Worth buying for the price (£1.50) as a refrshing eye toner, but make-up removal quality is so-so.
That's it for now... :)

First post...

So, after a long time of lazily browsing through beauty and make up blogs, I always wondered why is it that I don't have my own.
For one, I am very lazy. But also there is the element of it being a lonely page, even though I want to simply express my thoughts and review some products, it is always sad to have no page viewers.

If people do begin to read this, and in fact read this particular entry... well, I am a perfect cynic and a pessimist, nice to meet you :)
I created this blog to document some of my experiences and thoughts with various make up and beauty products, seeing as my collection is growing slowly but steadily.

Let's hope this idea works :)