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I use a lot of Dazzle Dusts by Barry M but that's all I used to purchase. Recently I've explored a little and been quite disappointed- unfortunately, the lip paints fall in to this category. Offered in a huge array of colours, there really is a shade for everyone. Coupled with a regular 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug and you have a winner- or so I thought. Consistency wise these seem to be great when swatching and offer really vibrant and strong colour payoff. The consistency is not silky as such but not rough either, its a cross between the two and when swatching this works well because it enables the colour to stay on and the lip paints are quite creamy. If comparing to high end brands, I'd say the colour pay off is very comparable to Mac and Make Up For Ever lipsticks. However, when actually applying on the lip I have struggled. I find these intensely drying and this annoys me to no end as even when I use lip bases or vaseline mixed in, still nothing works. In addition, they don't stay on as long on your lips and I'm not sure why that is. Overall, I'm happy with the large range of colours but not very much with the drying factor of the lip paints or of the non staying power on me.
Having used some Gosh eyeshadow quads before I was drawn to this as the packaging seemed nice and there was a 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug, I thought what the heck?! So you get 30ml with this product which is fantastic as it's a standard foundation bottle size so would basically last you through your foundation and won't run out before. As the bottle is see through you know exactly how much you are using which is great. This is a pump bottle so no germs or anything which is good, also one pump is enough for the whole face so I like that you don't waste product with this. The texture of this primer reminds me of the smashbox primer and is very silky soft and colourless and provides a really nice velvety feel without any heaviness or oiliness. If you go in to a Superdrug and swatch this you will see how velvety it is, it's amazing. It provides a matt coverage and lays a good foundation for err, foundation! For drier skin types this may be an issue as it definitely will give a smooth surface but your dry patches will be emphasised. However, for oily skin types I'd have to say this is an absoloute must have. I have an oily t-zone and it soaked all the oil up right away and I was really impressed with the fact that this primer lasts, when you apply it it can seem a little tacky but this means that the primer will stay and won't budge. For the summer this can't be beaten (in my opinion) for giving long wear oil control as well as a good base. The only disadvantage I'd say is that at £12.00 I can't see myself buying this again as it's a bit pricey even for Gosh, but if you have oily skin I can see this fast becoming a staple. Overall, this is comparable to the high end Smashbox primer, gives a long wearing lovely finish and soaks up oil!
I recently purchased this to use as a highlighter for summer. Priced at £8.00 this is quite affordable and you get a sizeable pot for your money which is always good. The bronze colour seems very dark for paler complexions but let me assure you, this shade will suit everyone! The cream can be used in many ways but I have so far used it as a highlighter along my cheekbone to create a 'sunkissed' glow but also to create a tinted moisturiser by mixing a small amount with my moisturiser and this works better than the Chanel Bronze Universelle which I recently bought so that's really saying something. The product itself is a very creamy consistency which means it's a dream to apply and also blend in the skin so you won't be left with harsh lines or anything. Also, this is slightly shimmery but it is very light and doesn't make you look like you have glitter on. I've used it once as an eyeshadow base and I can't believe how well it worked- however, I do have sometimes dry skin so this may not work very well for oilier skin types. Overall this is an affordable product that is well formulated product with really good staying power and with a multitude of uses. Oh!- also forgot to mention, this is not orange, that's a really important thing to remember about this which is why I think it would suit all skin complexions so it really does deliver bronze colour as opposed to cheap orange tan colour! I have yet to have a bad encounter with this cream and it is exceptionally formulated so it gets 5 stars!
I bought this after being sucked in by the packaging of a few other Soap and Glory items. With it's pale pink and brownish black pencil, this product is comparable to an Anastasia eyebrown pencil I've seen in America. I used this for the first time last week and am extremely impressed. I used the pencil side first to shade my eyebrows and fill in sparse spots and I have to say the pencil did a good job. I have black hair but what I really like about this product is that the colour is not a pure harsh black and so provides a really natural looking colour not as harsh as some other plain black eyebrow pencils. I noticed straight away that this meant my eyebrows were groomed but it looked like they were naturally that way it honestly didn't look like I had just filled them. Also, the pencil side has a slightly waxy texture which means you grooom your brows as you go and this pencil was absoloutely fantastic in holding my brows in place all day which means no more brow gel! The highlighter side however, is not that great. It's nice for a very subtle effect if you use just a touch of it but it's also a little chalky in consistency and so say if you have dry eye area skin, this highlighter would basically highlight it! Not a great effect! I skip the highlighter side as it's useless for me, but I am really loving the pencil side, excellent colour pay off, really good waxy consistency with a natural colour which all work to give one great result with just one pencil! However, I've noticed that the pencil side also contains small particles of glitter- now this isn't a major problem as we are in glorious weather and a little shimmer doesn't hurt- however, come winter I'm sure I'd look very silly with small glitter particles through my brows, so I may need to keep this especially for summer use. I've had no problems with sharpening this pencil altough you do need to use a good sharp large sharpener to achieve a sharp point again. Overall I'd have to say Soap and Glory have hit the nail on the head with this one, and if just for a natural summer look, I'd happily re-purchase!
Oh Benefit! I bought this product after running out of my Too Faced shadow insurance and thought I'd see what other eye primers were out there. I was drawn to this due to it being a relatively new product from Benefit (i.e. a renowned brand) and as silly as it sounds, due to it's packaging. It retails at just over £19.00 at House of Fraser and as such is not cheap but the tube is a 10ml size and so it's not too bad. I have so far used it only about 6 times due to a number of factors. Now the first time I used this, I noticed straight away that you have to push the pump right down which means you can't take out less than a full pump of the primer which by the way for just about every eye shape in the world, is far too much! Therefore, you incur a lot of product wastage with this which makes you think what you paid £19.00 for. As a little goes a very long way, the wastage is a big issue for me and as it's a pump packaging it's not like you can put the product back- you have to throw it. The primer provides excellent coverage but it's also very thick and as such not easy to blend. Even when you use a small amount as the formulation is so thick you end up with a thicker than normal primer layer and this then makes eye make up application hard. When I tried to apply eyeshadow I found it hard because the eyeshadow wasn't sticking properly as the base was of course not smooth. When compared to products like Too Faced shadow insurance, this provides better coverage but much more of a heavier consistency product which just fails to work. Overall, I'm not impressed with this and can't see myself using this again as it's just a hassle, with too much wastage and a formulation you can't properly work with. I think Benefit tried to jump on the primer bandwagon with this one but they should have put more thought in to it. I have since re-purchased my Too Faced shadow insurance as well as Urban Decay's Primer Potion and this has just sat in my make up case un-touched. Overall I'm not impressed and would not recommend this to anyone.
Promising a false lash effect without clumping, this product drew me in as I wanted all the length and volume in false lashes but without actually using false lashes. Opthalmologically tested, it's perfect for contact lense wearers like myself which is something I always look out for. The wand is quite flexible, accompanied by a traditional style brush (as opposed to the rubber brushes more commonly used today) and curves very slightly and so due to this flexibility you can reach most lashes including the tiny ones fairly easily. For that reason, the brush is brilliant as you can reach all lashes to provide an even application. What I like is that the brush isn't too curved and it makes it very easy to reach all lashes evenly. I have to say though that although this product does give a very even, lengthy lash it does not give any volume and so unfortunately, does not live up to it's claims of giving a false lash effect. This mascara can easily last 12 hours (I tested it!) with one application and so is very long wearing though it isn't designed to be, so that's an additional benefit. However, if you reapply this you will definitely get a flaking effect and then will end up clumping your lashes so to avoid this, it's best not to reapply. Also, if you want to do more than one coat I find you have to work quickly whilst your first coat is still slightly wet to get the best results without clumping. I'd say this is an excellent lengthening mascara but that comes at the cost of no volume and therefore, not a false lash effect but definitely not bad for a mascara. Overall, I am loving this at the moment!
Quite an affordable lip fix cream, this is designed to basically moisturise lips and stop feathering of lipsticks/stains/glosses. However, I've found that this leaves lips with a very sticky effect and when you try to apply any lip product on top you get that 'scummy' look where dry skin comes off, which isn't a desired look for anyone! It doesn't prime lips at all and as such I'm not sure what this is supposed to do for lips even when not applying any product on top as it doesn't do anything apart from leave lips very dry. In addition, I did apply lipstick after using this and it did in fact feather, so obviously there's an issue with this product. It doesn't perform, is overpriced and I'd consider something as simple as Vaseline a better substitute. However, I must admit that when you use just lipgloss on top of this product it stays for hours (I tested it and had 6 hours of continuous wear!) and just doesn't budge which is brilliant and the only reason that I sometimes bring it out. For lipgloss alone it is a good product which really helps glosses stick on the lips but it does not help lipstick stay and nor does it help with feathering. Also, as lips get drier it obviously isn't moisturising. Generally, I wouldn't recommend this but if you have major problems with glosses staying, then it's a good product.
Having been quite sceptical of the whole cheap make up thing for a while, I was attracted to this duo because of the bronzer colour. Whilst I'm sure there are many comparable products, this seemed like just the right kind of bronze for my colouring. In addition, I wanted to see how it compared to Nars' duo as the packaging imitates Nars' line. In terms of a comparison against Nars' duo, the Elf one is much cheaper, doesn't have the rubbery black packaging and so doesn't get dirty and seems a little more mellow in terms of colouring. In addition, whilst the Nars duo is similiar in colouring, it is very different in staying power, by contrast, the Elf duo definitely requires touch ups and also the pink colour is far softer than the one in the Nars duo. If you like softer more natural looks then this is a great alternative to a more expensive benchmark but even otherwise, it's very cheap, hasn't made my skin break out, offers good buildable colour and is quite easy to blend (I found with the Nars Laguna colour that it's hard to blend). Overall this is a nice enough duo for anyone and for the price, it's completely worth it!
Retailing at £8-9 in most shops, Revlon's latest mascara offering promises volume and definition through a combined thickening brush and seperating comb. From the lash inserted ads we see, expectations are high! The first thing I noticed, aside from the very different brush obviously, is that for a mascara the tube is slightly thicker than normal. This isn't a problem, but with thicker tubes a lot of product is wasted as the brush doesn't always reach the sides where product is. Anyway, when I first opened this two things bothered me- 1) why after coming out is the brush so over coated with prodcut? and 2) why does the brush seem to get stuck in the tube before finally coming out? Very strange, but nothing extraordinary. When applying this for the first time, I had to laugh- there was definite seperation with the first coat but definite and disgusting clumping overload with the second coat. This isn't a mascara that delivers any volume or length- I'd like to think perhaps Revlon had to make huge research and development cuts which is why this was offered because I can't think of any excuse why they'd actually offer this to the market. Awful mascara- do not waste your money!
I experiment a lot with make up brushes so am reviewing my latest purchase. I stick to one or two brands for make up brushes, but have been venturing out lately. This eyeshadow brush is brilliant for two reasons. Firstly, the bristles are extremely soft and secondly it can be used in different ways. It isn't exactly cheap, but with Estee Lauder you always pay for quality and durability. This brush has a normal size handle and although it's a plastic material, it isn't the cheap type. The bristles are so soft that you can use this very well for blending shadow and also for spreading shadow over a larger area (ie all over the eye up to the brow bone). For denser packing of shadow though, I don't think this brush is very good and also, after a few washes, the bristles do seperate a lot so think of what you'd like to use it for before buying. Overall, I'd recommend this as it's got dual uses and although a bit expensive, it is worth it but it does loosen up after some washes.
I purchased this concealer when I was on the search for something for the under eye area and was given this along with the Bobbi Brown corrector.
Firstly, what I liked was the packaging, a nifty small compact with two products (a powder and a concealer) combined- excellent for taking around with me- or so I thought. When you open the powder section, what you tend to get is product falling out everywhere and wastage- not so great at all. The concealer is very smooth to go on, and covers very well but what I found was that the more you blend, the more you dilute the product so this can leave a heavy cakey finish which really isn't so great on anyone. For this reason, I don't know if I'd recommend this to someone with minor imperfections as the product is more suited to covering very very small or light imperfections. Another thing I noted was that their really isn't much longevity with this concealer- it isn't one that lasts all day long so I didn't like it. Initially, I had the opposite view of this, but with continued use, it really doesn't last. However, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to someone with minor imperfections simply for the smoothness of the concealer- it's a dream to work with I have to admit. The powder in my opinion, does nothing special apart from make a mess when the compartment is opened.
To be honest I'm sure you could find a better concealer for less than this one and I wouldn't recommend it unfortunately.
Miss Selfridge is a fantastic outlet selling excellent denim, fashion forward clothing and some lovely accessories as well as nightwear and lingerie. It's pretty much a one stop shop for every fashionista! I love that their pricing is great, they have a wide range of stock in at all times, they do student discounts and their sale stock is greatly reduced!
I discovered Miss Selfridge when I bought my own pair of jeans myself for the first time and I fell in love with the shop which became a regular favourite of mine. I find that most of their designs are hard to find in other shops, and normally, the quality is unparalelled so its definitely worth paying a bit more here than you would at a competitors outlet.
However, one issue I had with a pair of jeans and the zip breaking was a horrible encounter with their in-store customer services who decided that even with my receipt it wasn't an issue of interest to them (order number- 21434598). This experience in particular put me off shopping with them as they are happy to take orders which is great, but not to assist when things go wrong which didn't seem very fair given a manufacturing defect.
Overall though, I still love Miss Selfridge because of their dynamic store environments, their fashion forward thinking and their excellent pricing strategies. The one thing I'd recommend though is perhaps they should venture more in to nightwear (pjs, slippers etc)- I know I'd definitely purchase these if they were sold.
I've only been using this for a week and already feel it's good enough to write a review about. I bought this toner whilst I was trying to save money on skincare and toner was one item I thought I could spend less on. What appealed to me when purchasing this was the clean fresh scent and also the fact that it's specifically for combination skin (they do toners for various skin types).
Thid retails for just over £3 I think, which is very affordable. I use a small amount daily with cotton wool and it gives a fresh feel and also I've noticed it keeps the amount of shine on my face to an absoloute low which is brilliant. The best thing of all though- this isn't one of those toners that gives a tightened dry feel to the skin- it's hard to explain but its soothing whilst still being of a somewhat moisturising feel. Perhaps this is because of the alcohol free formula which also means that this toner wont irritate skin.
For a toner I think this is great due to its ability to reduce shine whilst retaining not stripping away moisture- definitely recommend this! In addition, I like that there's a lot of product so this lasts for some time. Also, the toner actually helps in giving skin a somewhat even appearance and creates a good base before either primer or foundation. The toner is lightly scented and is a welcome clean fresh smell, which is at times invigorating but not empowering.
Absoloutely love this compact. Whichever variation you purchase this in, you will find that there are multiple uses for it and its not just for the cheeks! I have used it as a cheek colour, eyeshadow and eyebrow highlight colour so although it may seem expensive, it's fantastic for the usage you get out of it- I have been using mine almost everyday for six months and there's still plenty left.
This compact delivers shimmer, not glitter which is brilliant as a little goes a long way but also you can really build up the amount of product (I like to go lighter in the day but more full on at night). The compact itself looks classy in any handbag and there's no danger of fallout with this as the compact closes tight so its perfect for toting around with you.
I love this because of the sheer but concentrated formula, meaning that it doesn't look or feel cakey or heavy and provides a lovely luminous healthy finish.
I colour my female relatives' hair frequently and as I'm asked to purchase the colour, I'm always spoilt for choice. Two things appeal to me about Clairol's Nice n easy range- 1) it's very affordable and even if you need two bottles (if you have long or thick hair) you don't spend too much 2) the colour range is brilliant and vast- there's definitely something for everyone. The first thing I like is how easy it is to mix and apply the colour- it's fool proof and easy for anyone to do. Secondly, I like the guarantee that Clairol give with this product which is a huge factor in me continuously purchasing Clairol over brands like L'oreal or Fructis. This colour (in every shade I've personally used anyway) covers greys perfectly! Honestly, I havn't come across a hair colour which achieves this so well. In addition, I don't think I've ever found this hair colour to be drying or too strong smelling- both important factors to consider when going for hair colours. The genius product though- that has to be the conditioner which comes with this colour. I LOVE it! This conditioner is a must for all coloured hair and smells gorgeous- used in conjunction with the colour it makes for a brilliant experience. I really like how Clairol colour never takes too long to take to the hair even when it's shades darker or lighter than what you are aiming for. The colour lasts very well for approximately 8 weeks and sometimes more, and for that durability alone, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this. I recommend this for ease of use and application, affordability and professional result- it's a winner every time!