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I have a massive collection of lip balms. Like, seriously, I can't even count on two hands how many I own. This might seem ridiculous, trust me I know! But now it is coming into the winter months, I am using lipbalm multiple times everyday. So I am trying to curb my addiction and just use the ones I already own. Recently, I found my Carmex tube and I have fallen in love with it all over again. It costs £2.69 from Boots.
+ How does it look? +
The lip balm comes in a bright yellow tube with the Carmex logo on the front. The yellow tube contrasts with the bright red lid. I have the flavour strawberry, and so there is a small picture of strawberries on the tube too. I like the squeezy tube that it comes in because it means I can use the product to it's full potential and force the last little bits out of the tube.
+ Good Things +
There are lots of good things about this balm but my favourite is the smell. It smells so sweet and has such a concentrated strawberry smell. It is not the most natural scent, but I still love it. It reminds me of Calpol but much stronger, sugary strawberries. It also tastes sweet, which I much prefer to some of the more 'soapy' tasting lip balms. The look of this balm on my lips is really nice too, it gives a shiny look, almost like a clear gloss.
+ The Bad Things +
There aren't too many bad things about this product. There is menthol in it which does mean it tingles when it is on my lips. Sometimes, this irritates me, but when my lips are really dry I have to admit it is quite soothing. Another thing is that occasionally it crystallises on my lips and I find it feels a bit grainy. This is annoying but it doesn't effect how the balm works.
Overall, I really like this balm, it leaves my lips feeling hydrated, super soft and soothed. It is my favourite balm to use on my cracked lips as it restores them to full health.
I have been trying to bulk up my brush collection, so that I am able to reach for the right brush to match whatever beauty product I am using that day. This powder brush was £1.50 on the Elf website.
+ How does it look? +
This brush has a pearly white handle. It is chunky and has the Elf logo on the side of the handle. The top of the brush is thick with bristles, which I really like.
+ Good Things +
I really like the way this brush picks up powder/blusher products. It picks up a lot of the product, even in harder set powders it manages to gather a lot of the powder. It also has a lot of bristles which means it only takes seconds to cover my whole face. The handle is really easy to grip and hold onto. It is also a good length so that I can adjust the amount of pressure on my face depending on how I hold the brush. I think the main advantage about this product is the price. There aren't many places where you can get hold of brushes for £1.50. I haven't had any problems with this brush shedding it's bristles at all either which is awesome.
+ Bad Things +
The only bad thing I have to say about this brush is that the bristles are a little rough. I find that when I use cheaper, synthetic brushes like this one, the cut of the bristles can tend to be quite blunt. This means that sometimes it feels a little scratchy on my face. However, even though it isn't the softest brush I have ever used, for £1.50 I do think it is great value for money.
+ Verdict +
I would buy more of these brushes, I think the quality is good, but for my everyday brushes I prefer something softer so I normally keep these ones for my back ups. If you are looking for brushes on a budget then these are for you because of the price, but they are not as soft as I would have liked.
I picked up my eyelash curlers from the Elf website last time I filled a basket there. At £3.75 I didn't think these were too expensive and they came with a spare rubber curl strip so I thought that was very handy.
+ The Look +
These are pretty much bog standard curlers. They are silver and shiny, with black features on them, like the rubber strip that comes inside them and the little bits on the handles. The design seems to be good for me, it fits against my eye comfortably and doesn't pull on my lashes at all.
+ Does it function well? +
The short answer is yes. The design is comfortable, the rubber strip which is used to actually curl the lashes is replaceable, which is really very handy. It gives my eyelashes a nice, natural curl, when I do it right. I try to walk the curler up the lashes, instead of only clamping down at the base, which tends to make the lashes stick up into the air almost at a right angle! This eyelash curler manages to achieve a really good, even curl and is very comfortable and easy to use. Personally, I think many eyelash curlers are interchangeable because they all work in pretty much the same way. But I would recommend these ones because I have not had any bad experiences with them and for the price, they are really good quality.
+ Verdict +
Like I said, I would definitely buy them again. I keep them on hand all the time and I think they are gentle, but give a really great uplifting curl to the lashes.
As an avid make up lover, I am always watching beauty videos on the internet and this product was raved about. So like the an advertiser's dream, I went out in search of this product. I found it in Boots for £7.99. This did seem pricey to me but I had heard such good things about it that I had to buy it anyway. I swatched lots of colours on my hand and decided to go for the colour 'Honey' which is a wonderful dusky rose colour.
+ The Packaging +
Revlon is famous for its intricate packaging, from the Revlon lip butters right through to their range of stains. This particular product comes in a pencil like tube. It is in a colour which is supposed to represent the lip stain inside. The end of the tube is a silver colour, and this part is used to twist so more of the product comes out of the top. The cap fits snugly onto the top, so I don't worry about mess in my make-up drawer.
+ Advantages and Experience +
I really love this product. The colour 'honey' is really wearable for me and I use it nearly every day. Even when I go out in the evenings, this is really good because I can swipe a little lip gloss over the top and it makes my lips look really plump and full. The tip of this lip stick had a point, almost like a pencil shape, which means it is really easy to apply. So even though the product has the consistency of a lipstick overall, the first layer reminds me of a balm, it is a little more sheer, but then when you add more layers of the product, it becomes really build able and I find the colour payoff is awesome.
The balm stain, as Revlon has called it, goes on so smoothly and sits on my lips like a colourful, moisturising balm and has a slight sheen. Then when I have been wearing it for a while, the sheen wears off, but leaves behind this gorgeous flush of colour that lasts quite a long time. I make sure I exfoliate and moisturise my lips before I put it on and this means the stain lasts even longer and goes on really smoothly.
This product also has a wonderful scent. Now let me explain this, usually I am not a fan of minty smells and almost didn't buy this product because of the smell. But it has grown on me so much. Its like a sweet spearmint smell. I was worried that it would give that weird tingling sensation on my lips when I applied it, but was surprised to find that it doesn't do this for me. The smell also wears off quite quickly so it doesn't annoy me. I would say, don't be put off by the smell because as it wears away, it is such an insignificant part of this product. The staying power has been brilliant and I love the way it applies.
+ Disadvantages +
There aren't many disadvantages to this product. The only thing that I have found is that when the product starts to wear off, I find it leaves a darker colour stain on the outside of my lips. Obviously this is because I have been eating, drinking and talking etc. But it just means I have to notice this before it happens and reapply in those areas. I think this product is a little pricey, but sometimes you are able to pick Revlon products up on offers.
+ Verdict +
I'm really pleased with this product and hope to buy some other colours soon. I think these would be good for a huge range of skin tones because there are so many colours available. The balmy finish of this lip product feels so nourishing and not at all heavy like some lip sticks.
I love that I can create lots of different looks with this, intense by building up the colour and sheer by using only one layer. Really, its a good all rounder and I would definitely recommend it.
I recently bought a lot of products from Elf and I thought I would try out this new cover stick. It is basically a concealer, in a short, white, twist-up tube. When I use normal concealers I sometimes find them a little sheer and I was hoping for something a little more full coverage. This product costs £1.50 which I think is a complete bargain if the product is good. I bought this in the colour 'apricot beige'.
The texture of this concealer is a little different from what I am used to. It is very, very creamy for a stick concealer. I am much more used to the drying, almost chalky feel of a normal stick concealer. At first, I was worried about the texture. I thought that maybe because it was so creamy it would make my skin look greasy or cause me to break out in spots but I am happy to say that this had not happened.
However, there is a very strong orange fragrance to this concealer which did strike me as quite odd. However, it isn't an unpleasant scent and does wear off very quickly when applied to the face. I can't say I like this very much, it kind of puts me off and makes me feel like I shouldn't be putting it on my face. I can put up with it, but I wish the smell was absent or just toned down a little bit.
The concealer itself is very high coverage, which is exactly what I wanted from this product. However, it does crease quite easily. When I apply this to my under eye area and don't set it with a powder, I only get around an hours wear out of it before it starts to shift and crease. Now creasing is something I can't be doing with. I don't really want to have to reapply and always avoid it throughout the day. As much as I like the full coverage of this concealer, having to reapply it does put me off using it every day.
Overall, this product is cheap and cheerful really. The creamy consistency does mean that it needs setting with a translucent powder. If you don't mind that, and are looking for something more full coverage and very kind on your budget, then this might be one to try.
I don't think I would re buy it, but I will try and use this one up now that I have it.
Recently, I bought a whole load of items from Elf (Eyes Lips Face) in one big haul. They had an offer on at the time where you could spend a certain amount of money and get 30% off, plus free postage. As Elf's products are so cheap in the first place, this offer was really worth taking advantage of. I wanted to stock up my brush collection and the fan brush was first on my list. The fan brush that I purchased was £3.75 from their 'studio' range, but there is an Elf basic one I think that is around the £1.50 mark.
When I received this brush I couldn't wait to try it out. My main use for this brush is for applying blusher and bronzer and for feathering out contour lines on my cheeks. I have since found it is very useful for sweeping fallout from eye shadows off of my cheeks.
I have found this brush to be very good quality. A fan brush has a thin handle and splayed out bristles in a thin layer which means it gives a very subtle, natural look to the face. The shape of this brush also lends itself to shedding, but I have to say, I have had no problems whatsoever with this brush shedding. So well done to Elf!
Although the bristles are quite obviously synthetic, they feel very soft and they are not abrasive on my face, which I have found in the past with some cheaper brushes. I have had no trouble with cleaning and drying this brush either. To prevent breakouts and spread of bacteria around my face, I clean them often, just using a little warm water and mild baby shampoo sometimes. This brush dries quickly because of its sparse bristles and is still very soft, even after washing and drying.
I would say, at this price, you can't go wrong with this brush. The quality is a very good standard and I can see this brush being in my collection for a long time.
5 stars from me. I am very much a 'fan' of this brush.
I had missed this product when it first came out, but I managed to pick this up in Boots recently. It cost me around £5.00 and I got the colour 'In the Buff' which is a pale rose pink colour.
This is quite a unique product. It comes in a silver and white pen style tube, but the lid and the end of the tube are coloured plastic which are supposed to represent the colour of the stain inside. But the unique part is the applicator. It is like a felt tip on the end. The actual product is very thin in consistency and does remind me of ink. The chunky felt tip applicator does help to get a very precise look though which is really awesome. The smell of the stain is also quite pleasant its sweet and fruity.
However, unfortunately, these are the only good things I have to say about the product. I mean, I can only speak for the colour I have and the experience that I have had with it but I would not recommend it to anyone due to my experiences.
When I apply the stain, because of it's very thin texture it comes out very very patchy. I find it very difficult to achieve an even stain. This stain dries matte which is sometimes a nice effect, but it leaves me with a very tight feeling on my lips and even when I apply a gloss over the top I find my lips still don't feel right.
Like I said earlier, the finish on this is very patchy. I get some spots on my lips that are very dark and some bits almost look like there is no colour on there at all. I have tried to remedy this by exfoliating my lips with my home made sugar scrub before using this product as I felt that maybe dry spots on my lips were absorbing/catching more of the colour. This didn't work for me, it was still patchy/blotchy.
I am disappointed in this product, I felt like it had so much promise to become one of my favourite products, but instead, it has made me steer away from some of there lip products. I also wish I could stay that the staying power was good, but I feel it was average.
I am giving this product 2 stars, one for the colour and one for the applicator. I'm sad that I couldn't give it more, but I just didn't have a good experience with it. I'm sure, like most products other people will love this one, but I really didn't.
I haven't always used a primer when doing my makeup but as soon as I started using one under my foundation regularly, I was hooked. I was in Boots and had a voucher for some money off a Maybelline product. This primer was £8.99 at the time at original price, but I got a small amount off of this. However, I would like to say that I probably wouldn't buy this product again at full price, I would be more inclined to try a cheaper version to see if that worked as well as this one.
So, when I first tried this product, I wasn't sure about it. It comes in a very small (about half the size of my Dream Matte Mousse foundation pots) pot which is coloured in a very light shell pink. It has a screw top lid, which I like because it means it is handbag and makeup bag friendly. Inside, the product is clear in colour and has a silicone-based texture. It has the appearance and feel of a thick gel.
The product itself smooths on very easily and I usually use it mainly on my problem areas, like my T-zone, to keep my foundation in place better. A primer is supposed to prepare your skin before putting foundation on. This means there is a smooth canvas for you to work with and helps the makeup stay put for longer. This helps to curb peeling, rubbing off and creasing of my foundation, which in my opinion makes it worthwhile. It only adds a couple of seconds to my makeup routine in the morning, but adds hours to the staying power of my foundation.
The only bad thing I have to say about this product is that the price is quite high. Even though I like the effects of this product, I am running out of it pretty rapidly because I use it so often so I think I will probably try a cheaper version if I can find one. I am interested to see whether a cheaper one would work as well as this one does.
Overall, I think this is a fab product and if I ever get some more vouchers this will be the first product I buy, but otherwise, I think this is too expensive for me. So the price knocks off one star for me.
I am kind of addicted to blushes and always seem to go for peachy shades. When I saw this on the ELF (Eyes Lips Face) website, I added it to my basket without any hesitation. At the small price of £3.75 I couldn't see any reason why not to.
When I recieved this product through the post, it came packed in a nice black box which looked sophisticated and high end. The actual blush is in a matte black single blush palette. The palette has it's own little mirror at the top making it perfect for using on the go. I chose the colour 'Tickled Pink' which is a light pink colour, a little different to my usual peach tones, and has a slight shimmer to it, without making my face look like a glittery mess. The palette does not come with a brush, which I don't mind because I usually throw them away anyway, but if you don't have your own brushes and you would need one to apply this, I thought it would be handy to know.
I really like this product and enjoy using it. It is such a gorgeous colour and applies so brilliantly. It is such a natual flushing colour that I think it would work well on a wide range of skin tones.
Isn't it weird though that we girls spend so long covering up our natural redness, only to go and put it back on again?
The only drawback I have with this is that it is very powdery. When I rub my brush along the surface (which has the ELF logo imprinted on it) it is quite crumbly. I worry that this product is going to get used up quite quickly because of all the fallout. I am thinking about getting another one to replace this one if anything happens to it, thats how much I like it. The colour seems to go everywhere if you tip the product up too, because of it's powdery consistency, but if you don't tip it up then you're grand.
This blusher is so easily blendable though and you can deposit just enough colour to give a natural glow, or build it up to give a pop of colour.
I would definitely buy this again and I would recommend it to anyone. I have only removed one star for the slighlty iffy texture of this product. However, overall ELF has hit the nail on the head with this blusher and I think it will become a firm favourite in my make up bag.
Although this seems like quite a mundane product, I think it might just be my favourite of all time.
This product set me back £2.59 at my local Boots store, which I think is completely worth it. The pot seems quite small, but due to the texture of the product, it lasts for such a long time. I bought this product just before Christmas and I am not even halfway through, which is really surprising seeing as it goes everywhere with me in my handbag and I use it all the time!
The lip balm comes in a little silvery plastic pot with a screw top lid. Usually, I like the stick type balms more because I think they are more hygenic and I also think they are slightly more practical for everyday use, but I make exceptions for this one because I like it so much. I also like to use this product just before bed to give me the softest lips ever when I wake up in the morning.
The actual product itself is yellow in colour and has the texture of wax. It is quite hard in texture, but comes away easily with the heat in your finger. The scent is quite pleasant it is very sweet and a little minty. It has menthol in it, so it does make my lips tingle a little when I put it on. This bothered me at the beginning, but after a few uses, I felt that this wasn't a problem anymore and hardly noticed it.
I will definitely be buying this product again (if it ever runs out that is!) because it gives me the softest lips and I like the slight shine it gives when I wear it alone, or even under other lip products. I think it does a good job at keeping that horrible stinging sensation at bay, and banishes dry, patchy, peeling lips.
The price is wonderful considering the lasting power of this and I like the scent, feel and effects of this balm very much.
5 stars from me.
Amount - 125ml
Product Bottle Description - Enriched with Pro Vitamin, gently yet thoroughly removes eye make up. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
I recently ran out of my favourite make up remover wipes and when in the beauty isle, I picked up this product and thought I would give it a try instead.
The packaging is simple, but sleek at the same time. It comes in a small bottle which looks like a slim oval shape when looked at from above. It has a shiny white coloured cap, which flips up and clips back down into place. I like the fastening on this product actually, it seems very secure so I don't have t worry about leakages when I am storing it. The bottom of the bottle is made from a transparent blue plastic, so although the actual product has no colour (it just looks like water) you can see how much is remaining easily in the container. I find this handy for knowing when I need to re-purchase my beauty items.
I mainly use this product in the evening, when I am taking off my make-up from the day, but I have used it to gently cleanse my whole face before moisturising in the morning and I find it works great for that too. To use this, I soak a cotton pad with the liquid and gently wipe over my eyes with it.
HANDY TIP : When I am wearing waterproof mascara, this can sometimes be a massive pain to remove, so I soak the cotton pad like normal, but then I place it over my eye area and hold it there for 15 seconds before starting to wipe. I find that this helps give the product a chance to dissolve some of the mascara before you have to start tugging on your eyelid too much and it seems to come away a lot more easily once I have done this.
My opinion - I actually really like this product and the way it works. It smells very fresh and removes make up very well. I am not left with any residue on my face either, so I don't feel the need to rinse my skin after, and my eye area is never tacky, which I sometimes find can happen with other make up removers I have used. I have sensitive eyes and I don't have any irritation issues with this either. The price was around the £2.00 mark as I picked this up in a discount store and I think this is good value, even if I do use the product up quite quickly.
This product is perfect for removing eye make up and does what it says on the tin.
Can't go wrong with that, can you?
I didn't think I would ever give in and buy an eyelid primer as I had heard a tip from someone that concealer works just as well. However, although using my concealer as a base for my eye shadows was making them last longer, it was creasing really badly and I would check my appearance to find that there was no product on my eyelid, it had gone into big lines across my eye. So when I got my big ELF order, I decided I would give this a go. This product cost me £1.50, which I was very happy to pay, because even if I decided I didn't like it, it wouldn't matter too much.
The product comes in a slim tube with a black screw top lid. I got this in the colour 'Sheer' but there are other colours to choose from. I think most of them are pretty clear though so they won't affect the colour of the eye shadow you put on top. The lid holds the wand which is how you apply the product. It reminds me of the wand you get in a typical lip gloss or liquid concealer, with a slanted sponge applicator. The tube is see through so you can see the colour of the product, the colour I have actually looks very much like a liquid concealer. On the front of the tube it states that it is the ELF eyelid primer but it has no information to indicate how much product is in the tube.
I like to use this product on my upper and lower eyelids. I basically apply it wherever I will be applying my eye shadow. I brush it onto my skin directly using the provided wand. This is the easiest and most mess free way to apply this. I then blend the product out with my finger. The product provides a sticky base for eye shadow so it will have something to grip onto. In my experience using this product it does stop my eye shadow creasing and fading. Also the sheer colour helps to cover any imperfections on my eyelid such as small veins and helps the shadow come out in it's true colour.
This product is fast becoming something I use everyday. It is not something that is strictly necessary, but very handy and I would recommend trying it. Even though I don't have to use it every single day, it does save me time when it comes to having to touch up during the day. I really think this is a product worth having around, even if you won't use it all the time.
Recently, I made a big order on the Eyes, Lips, Face website. Overall, I spent just over £30 (as this meant I would be able to get free delivery)
A few of my purchases were complete impulse buys, and this was one of them. Sometimes, when I'm out and about, I find my make-up starts to slip a little, or my eyeshadow colours crease and smudge. This seemed like the answer to my prayers and at around £3.00 I added it to my cart.
The bottle is black, but see through so you can see how much liquid is in the bottle. The liquid is clear and thereis a spray pump on the bottle, so when the nozzle is pushed down it gives out a fine mist of the product. There is also a clear cap which clicks on over the top of the nozzle so it can be carried around without leaks. The bottle is small and rectangular and looks very sleek and professional. I really like the design of ELFs products, even though they are so cheap, they look very professional. First of all I want to say I will definitely be buying this again. The way you use this is you apply your make-up as normal and then you give the bottle a good shake before using. I hold the bottle around 15cm away from my face and spray the mist all over. I usually use two sprays to cover my whole face. Now when you first use this, it will make you panic. It makes your face feel very wet and you worry that you have ruined your make-up. But after 30 seconds, it dries completely. The spray has a lovely fresh cucumber scent that I really like.
This product works very well and keeps my make-up in place, even during a night out on the town. It makes all my make-up look more vibrant and makes it last even longer. I also feel like it hydrates my skin too, and this is something that makes me know I will be re-buying it. I have been very impressed with all my products from ELF especially this one.
I have an array of different colours from this nail polish brand and I have become a big fan over the last couple of months. For the purpose of this review, I will focus on the colour 'NP031 - Feeling Blue' which is a light blue coloured polish. The other main ones I use are 'NP131 - Purple Imperial' and 'NP146 - Jack Frost'. I purchased these polishes from Boots each time and they set me back £5.00 each. I think this is a very reasonable price.
The packaging - Each nail polish is in a clear jar, so it shows the exact colour of the product inside. The polish also has a white top and white writing on the front. The other thing I always judge a polish on is the brush. I don't tend to like the fuller brushes as I find they spread colour on to the skin around the nail bed, rather than right onto the nail. They are much less easy to control. The Model's Own nail varnishes have the perfect sized brushes. They aren't so thin that they seem as if they will leave brush lines when the polish dries but not too thick either. I love the way it is flexible enough to paint my nails perfectly.
The product itself - The nail polish has a really good consistency. It isn't too thick and spreads easily over the whole nail surface well without a base coat. The drying time of this product is also very good. I hate when I am unable to do anything after I have done my nails, but with this product, I only have to wait around for a minute for them to be touch dry and incredibly shiny too. I don't find that I need to use a topcoat, which cuts down on drying time massively too.
Overall, I will be buying this product again, I feel that it does live up to all my wishes concerning performance. The only niggle I do have is that with the blue colour, when it has not been used for a while, the colour splits slightly at the top, but a good shake sorts this out.
Last year for my birthday, my auntie gave me an overnight case (pink with leopard print lining!) full of little bits of make-up. I unwrapped numerous nail varnishes, pots of eye shadow and lip-glosses and was very happy with it all. Then when I came to use the case a couple of months later, I unzipped one of the pockets and another wrapped present rolled out! It was such a surprise and I was really happy when I opened it up...It was a large tube of Avon Mascara.
The packaging of the mascara is quite plain, the tube is all black with turquoise shiny writing on the side, which says the name. The best thing about this mascara is the brush. I struggle with mascaras usually because it is hard to find the balance between a non-clumpy one, but one that gives me separation and volume at the same time!
It is a large brush, bigger than one I would usually get for myself, but I actually really like it. It has hard, but flexible comb-like bristles which separate each eyelash, so instead of clumping together, they stand alone, and this makes the whole lash line look fuller and thicker. This is a massive bonus for me. I usually use only one coat of this mascara as it does really coat my eyelashes from top to bottom in one go, however if I wanted a really full on look, I know I could use two coats to achieve it.
The mascara itself lasts well, although I do tend to notice it becomes quite dry and flakes towards the end of the day. I have never had any problems with this smudging though and even when it gets wet it seems to have good staying power. I know I will be re-buying this product and I'm very glad I found it.
Better Late Than Never!