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      17.08.2015 18:19
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      Advantages

      • " bristles are comfortable"
      • " easy to apply"
      • "Gloss like finish"

      Disadvantages

      • " lashes don't grow"
      • "Can smudge"

      Luscious mascara!

      I am a self confessed mascara junkie, I often have numerous different tubes on the go and am always on the lookout for something 'better'. The latest mascara that I have added to my collection and been trying out is that of the Revlon 'Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara'. Upon purchasing this mascara, I had not actually heard anything about it and only picked it due to when spending a certain amount on Revlon makeup you receive a free mascara, so I entirely had no idea what to expect from this mascara, other than the fact it was a mascara designed to both lengthen and plump/volimize the lashes. It also claims that is has a 'grow luscious' lash enhancing formula in it which is meant to work with your natural lash growth cycle to help them grow longer and healthier.


      ===~~Price and Availability~~===
      This mascara is currently placed at £9.99, though is also on offer at Boots stores. The Revlon range is currently on 3 for 2, this mascara is included in that deal as of 09/07/2015. I don't normally tend to spend over £8 on a high street mascara as personally I think there are many great mascaras that cost less than this on the market, so I was very interested to see whether I thought it was worth it's almost £10 price point.

      Alike many Revlon and high street branded make up this mascara is available in the likes of Boots and Superdrug, along with their online stores. Revlon products are not also being stocked in some pharmacies, along with the larger supermarket stores such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys.

      I actually really like the packaging of this mascara, though I know it won't be to everyone's taste. It has a metallic like finish to the bottle and is in shades of greens and teals, which I personally think looks quite pretty and is slight different to the normal black tubes. Nonetheless I know that some people would argue it looks childish and young, so it really is up to personal preference, and after all, it's what inside that counts!


      ===~~Applying the mascara / the brush~~===
      The wand itself is what I call a bristle brush; meaning that it is not a plastic brush. I personally usually prefer these styles of wands/brushes as I find they coat my eyelashes more evenly and find the mascara in general a whole lot easier to apply. The brush itself is fairly large and the bristles are all evenly distributed in length. Unlike some other mascaras there are no 'multi sides' to this brush where there are different bristles for different uses on either side of the brush. That being said the bristles to get slightly smaller as you get to the end of the wand, which allows for easier access when applying to inner and outer corner lashes.

      When applying the mascara the first thing that I noticed was it's consistency. It was fairly thick, but surprisingly was not so in a 'gloopy' was and in fact was very smooth to apply. The bristles are comfortable on my lash line and eye lashes and not at all spiky or uncomfortable when applying. The mascara seemed to evenly coat my lashes and never seemed to clump them when applied. Due to the fairly large size of the brush I found it easy to coat almost all my lashes with just one stroke of the wand. The smaller bristles were really great for making sure I had coated the inner lashes too, to make sure all my eyelashes were covered. Once thing I did notice about this mascara however, was that it is fairly 'wet' meaning that until the mascara has dried it is prone to smudging. I especially found this when applying to my bottom lashes as found it left little small dots underneath my eyes where my lashes had touched the skin there. Therefore I do find that I need to take a little more care when applying this mascara, that being said almost all the smudges were very easily removed after with just a cotton bud.

      I have found that I can easily apply 2-3 coats of this mascara to create me desired look without it clumping or looking spidery. I do find that when applying more coats it does take even longer to dry though, meaning that there is a higher risk of it smudging.


      ===~~Results~~===
      I was actually really pleasantly surprised with the results this mascara achieved. As previously mentioned, I have gone through many tubes of mascaras, very few of which I have/ will repurchase, but can honestly say I would repurchase this mascara. My eyelashes looked considerably lengthened and thicker, yet at the same time were defined, meaning that they were not all clumped together to form a few eyelashes. I also really liked the finish of this mascara, it was almost gloss like (I purchased mine in the black colour) and therefore stayed looking newly applied all day. The black colour was also a deep, rich black colour and was not the off black colour I have had previously with some mascaras.

      I found that once the mascara had set it stayed in place all day on my lashes with no smudging. It didn't begin to flake throughout the day and neither did it irritate my eyes. Some mascaras I find that I need to reapply throughout the day as it kind if wears if, but was pleased to find that this was not the case with this mascara. I have even worn it to the gym on several occasions and found that it did not smudge or flake here, despite the fact that is is not waterproof.

      Although I really love this mascara, I do not agree with the claim that is has helped my lashes to grow or appear thicker or healthier in anyway. I have been using this mascara for around 6-8 weeks news, in which time I think I would have noticed a difference if there was going to be one. Personally, I was not expecting it to do so anyway as I don't really believe that any mascara can do this, but it is the only real thing I can fault this mascara on.


      ===~~Overall~~===
      Overall I would definitely recommend this mascara as I have been fairly pleasantly surprised by it. I don't think I have tried any Revlon mascaras in the past (or at least not that I can remember!) and trying this one has definitely made me want to try out a few more! At £10 for a highstreet mascara, I do find it to be fairly expensive, though do believe that the quality and results this mascara achieved makes it worth paying the price for; it actually really reminds me of the YSL SHOCKING mascara in both formulation and results and that mascara costs in excess of £20!

      Overall, I would repurchase this mascara and have been very happy with the results, it just misses out on the five stars for me as it is still not quite the 'perfect' mascara for me, so I guess they hunt will continue!

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      17.08.2015 14:07
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      Advantages

      • " easy to clean"
      • " blend effortlessly"
      • " soft"
      • Affordable

      Disadvantages

      • "Some of the brushes aren't great for the purpose they are designed for"

      Core Collection!

      As mentioned in my previous review I have recently been investing in some new make up brushes, mainly being from the brand Real Techniques. Real techniques was originally a brand of make up brushes released by you tuber and make up artist Samantha Chapman and since having released a few of the original collections she has now teamed up with her sister Nic Chapman to bringing the newer range of brushes. This set is made up of four brushes and named the core collection and is essentially all the brushes you will need for foundation/face make up. The four brushes included are the detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush and contour brush. The set is also completed with a lightweight, small little carry case which you can simply slot all the brushes into.


      ===~~Price and Availability~~===
      This set normally retails between £20 and £24.99, currently costing £21.99 in Boots stores. I personally find this extremely good value for money considering you are getting four brushes in the set, making them a little over £5 each. There are also often offers on Real Techniques brushes such as that of 3 for 2, buy one get one half price, etc so sometimes it is worth looking around for these offers as it then makes the brushes an even better buy. It is currently at a 'sale' price of just £16.79 on feelunique.com, as of the 17/08/15.

      Alike most of the Real Techniques range these can be found in most Boots stores- I tend to find that the larger stores have a better range of the brushes though. Failing that they can be found online at Boots, Real Techniques online, Amazon, Look Fantastic, Feel Unique and many other online beauty suppliers.


      ===~~The Buffing Brush~~===
      This is by far my favourite brush in the collection and alone retails for around £10, making the set again seem even better value for money. A buffing brush is designed to apply foundation with, though can also be used for a primer, or anything you want to 'buff' into the skin. To the touch the bristles feel very soft and seemed to be quite densely compacted. The fact that the brushes are synthetic did not deter from the softness of the bristles in anyway whatsoever. The head of the brush itself is quite large, meaning that when in use it covers a fairly large area of the face at any one time.

      I tend to use liquid foundation on a daily basis, so that is what I used with this brush. I found that the brush moved across my face almost effortlessly and I never feels like the brush was dragging or that the bristles felt spikes or uneven on my face. Due to the brush it's,effect being quite large I found that I was able to do my make up extremely quickly, yet it still looked flawless. I was pleased to find that this brush really did blend in my foundation seamlessly and was found that there was no unevenness of brush marks left in my foundation. I have used this brush what seems like hundreds of times now and have never had any problems with it shedding any hair or any of the bristles splintering off into different directions. This brush really did help to give my skin that flawless finish as the brush really did buff the foundation into my skin, as the name would suggest. So although it achieved an almost perfect looking canvas for my make up, it still looked natural due to the fact the foundation had been blended in so well.

      My only slight gripe with this brush is that of the size of the brush, despite the fact that it allows me to do my make up so much quicker I do feel that it sometimes can swamp my face. I also work as a free lance make up artist and if I ever work in people with smaller heads I find this brush to almost be too large and is therefore not practical for everyone.


      ===~~Contour Brush~~===
      This is perhaps my next most favourite brush in the collection and I think is even my most used brush out of the four and is also one that I find to be of multi purpose. Again the bristles are every soft in this brush, yet the brush itself is much smaller than the last and has a slightly more tapered shape to it where some of the bristles are slightly shorter on the outside and longer on the inside creating a very slight dome shake. Despite this being named the contour brush, I actually really like to use this brush for powder to set me make up. I find that the brush allows me to pick up an adequate amount of powder to transfer for onto my face with minimal fallout. Due to the fact that the bristles are again quite tightly compacted it really allows me to push the powder into my skin to ensure that my make up is set. What I particularly like about this brush is due the the fact it is tapered I can use the very end of the brush, as the tip is slightly smaller to set my under eyes also. This is great as it means I do not need to interchange between brushes to set both my face and under eye make up.

      I have also used this as a contour brush, which it is designed to be used as. I find that the bristles feel incredibly soft when moving the brush across my cheekbone and feel that it really transfers the product well. The fact that the brush is slightly tapered means that it is much easier to apply just below the cheekbone and get a more clean cut, defining line rather than if the brush had a flat top. The only slight downside to the brush is that I find it quite hard to blend with, which I think is mainly due to the fact that the bristles are very dense. This means that if I should ever apply too much contour it is almost impossible to blend it out with this brush and I would have to use another brush to do so.


      ===~~Pointed Foundation Brush~~===
      Although this is my least favourite brush in the collection, I do still use it on an almost daily basis, just not for foundation. Personally, I find it almost impossible trying to apply foundation to this brush. I have used many a pointed foundation brushes in the past, but the size of this one (it is much smaller than most) makes it very impractical, and I also find that it does not move as smoothly across the face as the other brushes in the pack. I find that I can only cover a very small amount of the face at any one given time and find that the bristles are almost too densely compacted meaning that it does not move as smoother actress the face and although it doesn't pull at my skin, it does feel like it is slightly dragging when is use.

      This being said, I love this brush for applying highlighter with, or for concealing the under eyes. I find that the small size of this brush and the fact that it is flat makes it perfect for applying highlighter across the tops of the cheek bones. The fact that it is pointed also allows for greater control of where you liked the product to be, which I really like ask find most 'highlighter' brushes don't actually have this. Since using this brush multiply times I have found that it actually fairs much better with powder products to that of liquid products and since this I have actually found many uses for it. I find that when used in conjunction with powder products it does not drag at my skin and instead feels very smooth and silky in use.


      ===~~Detailer Brush~~===
      This is by far the smallest brush in the collection and as the name suggests is designed to add small detail to make up or for cleaning up any mistakes. The bristles on this brush are incredibly tightly compacted, making it a very sturdy brush and is by no means 'flexible'. The brush itself is flat in shape and is again slightly tapered towards the tip of the brush. I personally really like to use this brush for concealer, I find due to the size of the brush it allows for precision when trying to conceal any blemishes/redness and therefore means it is easy to apply the product directly to where you want it. The bristles in this brush do not feel as soft as on the previous brushes, which I think is mainly due to both the size of the brush and the fact that this brush pretty much remains in a fixed position.

      The size of this brush almost makes it great for cleaning up any mistakes I may have made; for example wonky winged eye liner is a dodgy lip line. I have also found it to be of use when applying highlighter to the brow bone or to the inner corner of the eye.


      The brushes all sit very comfortably in my hand, making the product even easier to apply when using these brushes. They are all of an orangey/gold slightly metallic colour and the arm is mainly metal. Although I am not a huge fan of the colour, I do find it makes a nice change to the usual black arms of most make up brushes and when mixed in with the other colours of the Real Techniques brushes actually looks very appealing. All the brushes also have a small black rubbery end to them, which again makes them very comfortable to hold and makes the chances of them slipping out of your hand very slim.

      This set of brushes also comes with a slim black case in which you can store all the brushes in. I like the idea of this and it does make it much easier to travel with the brushes when they are in the case, I just personally find it to be a little flimsy and not of the same quality as the brushes. It is also meant to be a stand in which you can display the brushes in and again I find that it is a little too flimsy/uneven to do this and I tend to find it just falls over when used in this way.



      ===~~The Wear of the Brushes~~===
      I think I have now owned these brushes for just over a year and am very pleasantly surprised to find that they are still as good as new. Due to the fact they are synthetic they are very easy to clean and any built up product is removed easily with a little soap and water. I have washed all of the brushes multiple times now and have found that the brushes still feel as soft as when first purchased and have had no problems with any splintering hairs or hairs falling out when applying make up. The only thing that I find is that if I leave it too long in between washing the brushes even once washed they can be left with a slight orangey stain (the tips of the brushes are usually white) nonetheless if I give them a thorough wash soon after I tend to find most of this 'stain' is removed.

      The only other thing I have found when washing these brushes is that the name of the brushes (which is written down the side of the brush) tends to rub off and on some of my brushes there is nothing left whatsoever. Although this is not a huge deal, I would have preferred it if the names have remained intact.


      ===~~Overall~~===
      Overall, I really love this set if brushes and think that the quality of the brushes for the price you are paying is excellent. Although I have not found all the brushes to be the best at which they are designed for, I have found other uses if not multiples uses, for them all and therefore there is not a brush in this set that I neglect or tend not to use. The fact that the brushes are still going strong after a year of use, even after using them in a daily basis and the fact they cost little more than £5 each really makes this a great set, which would be perfect for both a beginner or a make up artist.
      I love the fact that this set has pretty much all the brunches you need in it to create the perfect base for your make up and am looking forward to trying out more of the Real Techniques range!

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      12.08.2015 13:23
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      Advantages

      • " gloss finish"
      • " lovely colour"
      • " widely available"
      • Affordable

      Disadvantages

      • "Doesn't care long term fir lips"

      Baby lips!

      I had been wanting to try out the Maybelline 'Baby Lips' for a while, a lip balm that was very big in America and had not yet been release in the UK and although I could have purchased it online I did not really want to pay the upmarked price or the postage costs for an item that wasn't really a necessity. Therefore when they were introduced into the UK just over a year ago, I have tried four of the different 'flavours' from the range now and have to say that this one being 'Peach Kiss' is by far my favourite.


      ===~~Price and Availability~~===
      These lip balms are very affordable costing just £2.99 each and can often be found on offers such as 2 for £5, 3 for 2, etc. They are currently (as of 14/07/15) in and offer at Boots; which I believe to run across the entire Maybelline line of buy one item and get another half price.

      Alike all Maybelline products these lip balms are very widely available. They can be found in the likes of Boots, Superdrug, Sainsburys, Tesco (all large supermarkets) as well as many online retailers. There are six different variations available in the original Baby lips range them being; Cherry Me, Peach Kiss, Hydrate, Intensive, Pink Punch and Mint Fresh. Some of these lip balms are tinted and some of them are 'plain'. Peach Kiss is one of the tinted ones.

      One thing to point out is that on all the sides of the tubes it says for 'adult use only', I'm not too sure as to why this is as there aren't any extremely small parts and neither are there any ingredients which strike out to be any different to any other lip balms; my 7 and 9 year old cousins both own a few of these lip balms each and it has not caused any irritation to them and they both love them!


      ===~~Applying the Lip Balm~~===
      The first thing that I noticed about the this lip balm when I opened it was that of the scent, it is not at all overpowering, but is definitely noticeable. It does smell of peaches to some extent, but I find it to be more of a synthetic peach smell to that of a fresh, natural one. Nonetheless, I really like the smell, it is light and sweet and is just enough for an everyday lip balm. The scent does wear of quite quickly once applied, so even if you are not a fan of the smell it is not one that lingers at all.

      In the tube the lip balm looks a dark nude peach colour with ever so slight glitter/ shimmer in it. To apply I simply took of the lid and turned the base of the lip balm a little in order to get easier access to the balm. The first thing that I noticed when actually applying the lip balm was how incredibly smooth and silky it felt. It was as if it it was melting on me the minute it came into contact with my lips it was that smooth. Despite this it did not feel at as sticky of thick on the lips and was in fact quite the opposite as it felt very lightweight. I found that when just one coat was applied the colour was a very sheer, barely there nude colour, which I actually really liked if I just wanted a wash of colour over my lips. Nonetheless the colour could easily be built up to a slightly more pigmented shade when applying more coats and even when doing this I was pleased to find it still felt incredibly lightweight and non sticky.


      ===~~Results~~===
      I really love the way that this lip balm looks on my lips. The colour is not at all over powering and at first I had thought it looked a little too dark for me in the tube, but once applied it is a much softer, peachy shade. It actually reminds me a little of 'Shy Girl' by MAC but in a ill balm form. I like the fact that the colour can be worn both sheer or built up a little so the colour becomes a little more prominent. I have also worn this both under or over lipsticks and find that due to this being a very 'nude' like shade it works really well, especially when applied over baby pinks as it gives them a slightly more mature look.

      The finish of this is very much gloss like and the slight shimmer/glitter in this really adds to them and gives your lips a slightly more plumped look. I particularly like the fact that the glitter is so fine it doesn't actually look like I have a glittery lip balm on my lips and neither can I feel the grains of glitter on my lips.

      This lip balm also feels incredibly soft and light weight to wear; therefore is incredibly comfortable on the lips. I feel that my lips feel plump and moisturised when wearing this lip balm, though feel like it doesn't really do anything in the long term for the care of my lips. I definitely do not see this lip back soothing cracked lips and neither to I see it providing intense hydration to dry lips, nonetheless it is a lovely 'quick fix' on the go product for when you want a bit of immediate hydration and softness.

      This is a product that I find I need to reapply throughout the day, that being said I do find this with almost every lip balm I have tried. I find it lasts a good couple of hours on the lips before they begin to feel like I need to apply more. Due to it being tinted I do find that once it has worn off my lips it leaves an ever so, ever so slightly peachy stain to my lips, which I actually really like!


      ===~~Overall~~===
      Overall I really love this balm! As previously mentioned this is my favourite from the range, that being said I do love them all and think it is mainly due to the fact that's prefer both the scent and colour of this one. It provides good short term relief from moderately dry lips, whilst leaving them looking healthy with a soft peach tint and gloss finish. The packaging is one of those click too lids and I have never found that it has popped open or become loose, despite the fact I just throw this ill balm into the bottom of my bag on most days!

      The packaging is slightly young with it being purple with peach bubble writing on it, though I do find that even this doesn't bother me! I actually find it to be quite fun and unique compared to other lip balms on the market as they can all look a bit 'samey'. I also find that due to the purple colour I find it much easier to spot in the bottom of my bag!

      I would definitely recommend this lip balm and it gets five stars from me as I am honestly finding it hard to fault it. It would not be ideal for the soothing of extremely dry lips, then again I do not think it was designed for this, so if you are on the lookout for a fun, affordable lip balm that leaves your lips feeling both soft and with a lovely sheen of colour then this could just be the one for you!

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      12.08.2015 13:20
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      Advantages

      • "Leaves skin glowy"

      Disadvantages

      • "Foundation doesn't last longer"
      • "Doesn't combat fine lines"
      • Expensive

      Prime time!

      I have never been that into primers, be that I'm too lazy for that extra step when it comes to make up or the fact that I don't notice all that much if a difference when I use one opposed to when I don't. Nonetheless I have tried spout a few different primers, ranging from highstreet to high end and the latest one that I have tries out is this one by BareMinerals being there Prime Time brightening foundation primer. They have a few different primers in their 'prime time' range for different types of skin, for example neutralising for red or uneven skin tone, etc. I opted for the brightening one as I do tend to get quite skin and I sometimes find that my skin can look a little too dull or 'matte' so was hoping that this primer would help to combat this.

      The primer claims that is is enriched with minerals and antioxidants to help brighten the complexion and extend the wear of your foundation, whilst combating fine lines, larger pores, dry patches and excess oil. It also states that it is suitable for all skin types.


      ===~~Price and Availability~~===
      This is definitely one of the more expensive primers that I have tried out, costing £22 for 30ml. I have sometimes seen it a little cheaper on the likes of Feel Unique and other online beauty stores like this. Feel unique actually had an offer in once where you reviewed this primer, the foundation, an eyeshadow, eyeliner, blusher, lipgloss and brush for just £40 so it is definitely worth looking around, especially if you are a fan if the brand in general or are wanting to try out more of the brand.

      This primer is available in online at the Bare Escentuals store and is also available at BareMinerals stands which can be found in most larger department stores such as that of Debenhams and House of Fraser. As previously mentioned they can also be found in the likes of feel unique and other online beauty retailers.


      ===~~Applying the Primer~~===
      What I particularly like about this primer is that it comes in a pump like bottle, which means not only does the bottle remain much cleaner looking, but also allows for a little more control as to how much product you are using. The instructions for use are to simply apply a thin layer over the face after skin care and that less is more and therefore I applied the primer as directed. The primer itself is a beige like nude colour (fairly similar to that of porefessional by Benefit) yet is not as solid in texture and although it is not runny, neither is it firm or cream like.

      The primer does feel incredibly smooth to the touch, even silk like which can make it sometimes feel greasy, but in no way is it oily. I tend to start from the middle of my face and then blend out when applying primer, so this is exactly how I applied this one. I chose to apply this with just my fingers and found that it glided across my face and was extremely easy to blend out. Due to it being extremely lightweight it seemed to blend out into almost nothing and in no way did it feel heavy or tacky; my skin didn't feel any different to it had done once I had applied my moisturiser.

      The one thing I did notice when applying this primer is that it had lots of very tiny gold, nude and pink toned primers, which I guess were to add to the brightening effect. Despite the fact that the glitter particles were very fine, I did find this mean that I couldn't really wear this primer alone with no foundation on top (which I have done in the past with other primers) mainly due to the fact that I felt my face looked too sparkly and if is stepped into direct sunlight my head just seemed to turn into a giant disco ball! Nonetheless my skin felt super soft and silky to the touch once I have applied this primer and it almost felt like I had a layer of velvet on my skin. I couldn't really tell when wearing this primer alone as to whether it helped to fill any fine lines or minimise pores as I don't tend to normally notice these until I have applied foundation anyway.


      ===~~Results~~===
      One thing I did find with this primer was that my foundation was incredibly easy to apply to the skin once this had been applied. It blended out on my skin both effortlessly and seamlessly which I think was mainly due to the smooth and silk like texture of this primer. I have used both liquid and powder foundations over the top of this primer and have found them both to blend out just as easy.

      Once my foundation had been applied and had set on my skin, I did notice that I looked a lot more glowy than normal; my skin no longer looked dull or dry and instead looked healthy and radiant. I was pleased to find that once foundation had been applied over the top of this primer that the glitter particles were almost non detectable and instead just a healthy glow showed through the foundation. I did find that in particularly sunny days my skin colour look slightly 'sparkly', though again this was only slightly so and in general my skin just looked really glowy.

      Personally I didn't notice too much of a difference to any fine line I have when wearing this primer, although it did not exaggerate any, I also don't think that it really combatted the appearance of any. I found that it did do a slightly better job when it came to pores though. I tend to really notice these when I'm wearing foundation, however with this primer applied I found them far less noticeable and it seemed to have given my skin a much smoother look in general.

      As far as increasing the longevity of my foundation goes, I don't really feel the primer did anything to help this. Although it didn't hinder it in anyway, I found that I needed to touch up my foundation around the same amount of times I would had I not been wearing a primer and found that the foundation lasted the same 7/8 hours on my skin as it would have normally done without a primer.


      ===~~Overall~~===
      Overall, I really sit on the fence with this primer. I love the fact that it gives me glowy, radiant, healthy looking skin but as an actual primer I don't think it fairs too well. It doesn't help with the longevity if my foundation and neither does it fill in any fine lines, which I would expect most primers to do. I actually feel that it works better as a highlighter than it does as a primer, though feel I have also used much more affordable highlighters that do a better job.
      Although I love the feel of this on my skin and the effect it has on skin, the fact that it doesn't really work as a primer has left me undecided as to whether I would recommend this primer.

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      12.01.2015 18:53
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      Advantages

      • " nice colour"
      • " creamy texture"
      • " widely available"
      • Affordable

      Disadvantages

      • " can feel during after prolonged wear"
      • "Stain is not as intense as I would have liked"

      Revlon balm stain!

      After trying out a number of the Revlon Lip Butters and really liking them, when the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stains were released I figured I just had to try them. I liked the idea of these as they seemed similar to that of the Lip Butters in that they have been infused with a balm, but the fact that they also 'stain' the lips which hopefully means they last longer on the lips than that of the Lip Butters. I have tried lip stains in the past, though have always found them to be quite drying and not too comfortable to wear so I was intrigued to see how moisturising and balm like this would feel on the lips and how the pigmentation would fair.


      ===~~Price and Availability~~===
      These lip balm stains cost £7.99, so are reasonably affordable and can often be found on offers such as 3 for 2. As of writing this (12/01/15) there is currently an offer on boots in which where you spend £20 on more on selected cosmetics (these being included) you get a free Essie nail varnish which RRP around the £7 mark.

      As with most highstreet branded make up these lip stains are available from the likes of Boots, Superdrug, some larger supermarkets and Lloyds pharmacies.

      As far as I am aware there are six of seven shades available. I found at least three of them (the pink shades) to be very similar in colour and actually found it very hard to choose between them. Other than the pinks, there are also some more daring colours in this collection such as an orange and deep purple/ brown colour. I would have liked to seen a few more shades on offer, or even for the pinks to be a little more differentiated in shades as there weren't many colours on offer, nonetheless the colour that I finally decided upon was Cherish Devotion; a candy baby pink colour with some very slight lavender tones to it.

      The balm stain itself looks like a large child's crayon and the bullet is shaped to replicate this to; very similar to that of Clinique's chubby sticks and is most likely Revlon's own version at a fraction of the price. The colour of the packaging matches that of the colour of the stain so it is very easy to find when searching through your make up bag and you know what colour you shall be applying.


      ===~~Applying the Balm Stain~~===
      When I opened this balm stain the first thing I was greeted by was the scent, which I was very pleasantly surprised by. Unlike most lip products that either have a fruity or candy like scent, this balm stain smelled very menthol and like mint. I am a huge fan of things that smell like mint so I really enjoyed this, it wasn't too overpowering and instead was clean and fresh. This scent did linger for a little while on the lips once applied, so although I really enjoyed this, if you are not a fan of mint scents then I doubt this will be one for you.

      I chose to apply the balm stain straight from the bullet as to me it seemed the most obvious way to apply it. The bullet itself gets narrower to the top, coming in at a rounded point which is great for precision near the Cupid's bow area and the rounded edged of the bullet is great for applying directly onto the lips. At first I did find the balm stain a little stubborn to apply and was not as creamy as I had expected, especially after having previously used the Revlon lip butters. Nonetheless I found that as the balm stain warmed up a little on my lips it soon became a lot smoother to apply and began to create the creamy texture I had been expecting.

      I found the consistency of this balm stain to actually be much thicker than I had expected (especially after having only ever used liquid lip stains in the past) and was actually a lot thicker than most lipsticks I had owned, so did feel a little heavy on the lips. Despite this it was very easy to blend into my lips and due to the high pigmentation of the balm stain I found that one coat was enough to get full, even coverage.

      The only slight gripe I have when applying this is that the more you use it, the more you lose the slight 'point' to the end of the balm stain which means you lose the precision when applying to the Cupid's bow area and lining your lips. Due to it being a twist mechanism as well (you twist the bottom for more product to come up) there is no way of sharpening this product either to make that point appear again. Having said this, the twist mechanism is very handy for in you go as you don't have to worry about having to sharpen it or having to take a sharpener with you!


      ===~~Results~~===
      Personally, I found that the first few times I applied this I found it to look a little caky on the lips, which I think is mainly due to the thick texture of this balm stain, which led me to dabbing off the excess. I don't think I was being particularly heavy handed when applying this product, I just wasn't used to its consistency. That being said I can now apply it fine without it looking caky or need or needing to dab off any excess, even when I am in a rush. I was please to find that although at times in can appear a little caky, it never sank in to any of the lines/ cracks in my lips and therefore did not exaggerate these. If my lips were particularly cracked or I was suffering from a cold I did sometimes find it could crease a little at the cracks on my lips, other than that my lips had a very smooth appearance when wearing this.

      I find that it gives me even coverage across the lips and the fact that one coat does this means that despite the slightly thick texture, it actually feels light in the lips. Although it is no where near as moisturising in the lips as that of the lip butters, it still feels creamy in the lips and is not at all drying. It's original appearance to me actually looks much more like a lipstick than that of a lip stain, as in the past I have not been able to feel lip stains on my lips, whereas this very much feels like I am wearing a lipstick. It even has a very slight shine when first applied, not like the shine of a lip gloss, but that shine of a lip balm and therefore again reminded me of a lipstick and not of a stain.

      The colour I had chosen itself I was very pleased with. It was very true to how I had expected it to be be and was a soft, yet bright candy pink colour. I found that once on the lips the lavender tones were not as apparent, which I was actually really pleased about as I am not overly keen on them. The only thing I disliked about the colour is that I found I couldn't really wear it in the winter, I found it just didn't compliment pale skin at all and washed me out and made me look a little ill.

      Throughout the day as the lip stain began to wear, it did become much more like a stain on the lips. It lost the thick and creamy texture it had had to begin with and instead felt like there was nothing on my lips, yet I was still left with a stain of colour. It was nowhere near as vivid a stain as I had expected and was nowhere near as pigmented as it had been when it had first been applied. Instead I was left with a very soft, pale looking lip colour; although this was still very pretty and looked lovely on the lips I was actually hoping that it would 'stain' to the colour it had been when first applied. This being said, I was pleased to find that the stain left an even coverage in my lips that did not look patchy or like it had worn in some colours more than others.

      I found that the stain lasted pretty much all day on my lips (I try not to wear make up for more than 8-10 hours per day) and throughout this time only began to fade slightly at the very centre of my lips. If I had wanted to reapply to get the original colour intensity then I could have easily had done this too, but was still pleased to find that the final stain colour did last all day. I find that once it has set in its balm like state then it is transfer resistant and does not come off on sides of glasses/food/kissing etc, though this not the case when it has first been applied. As mentioned, it did lose it's balm and creamy like texture and although it was not uncomfortable to wear, I did find that after 4 or so hours it did feel a little drying on the lips and felt like I needed to apply a lip balm over the top.


      ===~~Overall~~===
      Overall I cannot say that I am particularly impressed by this balm stain, but neither do I hate it. I really like the fact it lasts all day on my lips so I don't need to constantly reapply, yet would have liked the intensity of the stain to be a little more and the same colour as when originally applied. I also don't like the fact that it becomes harder to apply with each use as you lose in the precious in in the shape of the bullet; this is particularly difficult if you are in a rush or on the go. It's not an item that I shall be rushing out to buy again, yet neither is it an item that I will throw out. I will continue to use it until it's all gone, though it is definitely not a product that I shall be reaching for on a daily basis and am very much indifferent as to it being in my collection or not. Due to this I am undecided in whether I would recommend it, it is by no means a bad product, it just failed to meet the expectations I had for it.

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        11.01.2015 20:30
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        Advantages

        • " lasts a long time"
        • "Affordable gorgeous shade"

        Disadvantages

        • "Can feel a little sticky at first"

        A lipgloss I'll be wearing 'Non Stop'

        As mentioned in my previous review, over the last year or so I have accumulated many, many lip products, too many in fact, yet one of my firm favourites is this one by Rimmel. This one in particular is from their 'Stay Glossy' range which claims it is a shine lipgloss that can last for up to six hours. Through the tube is looks like a pale nude pink colour with some slight gold shimmer/ glitter in it. This is one if my favourite shades to wear as I feel like it can be worn over any colour and in the past I have even worn it over a bright red lip.


        ===~~Price and Availability~~===
        Alike most Rimmel products it is very affordable due to it being a highstreet make up item. In most places it costs around £6, costing £6.29 in Boots. It can often be found on offers such as 3 for 2, or I have even seen one where when you spend so much on Rimmel products (say £12) you actually receive one of these lip glosses for free.

        As with most Rimmel make up items, this lipgloss is available from the likes of Boots, Superdrug, Sainsburys and Lloyds pharmacies. It is also available at all of their online stores and can also be found in the likes of beauty bay and feel unique.


        ===~~Applying the lipgloss~~===
        The first thing that I noticed about this lipgloss, as I do with most lip glosses is that of the scent. I was pleasantly surprised by the scent, it is not at all over powering and instead is a very clean scent with slight hints of vanilla. It does not have a sweet or 'fake candy' like scent as many lip glosses do and for that reason it is actually one of my favourite scents for a lip gloss. Nonetheless I find that the scent does fade very quickly and does not last at all once on the lips, though I find this doesn't bother me either.

        This lipgloss has a small soft sponge applicator on the end if the wand. The sponge applicator has a slight curve in it, which I actually really like as I find that it tends to fit to the shape of your lips a little better and makes it easier to apply. I find that the lip gloss can sometimes collect a little in this curve, though due to the curve itself being very slight I find that it doesn't collect too much and instead, is just the right amount.

        To apply the lipgloss felt incredibly smooth and light, it does have an ever so slight 'stickiness' to it, though I find that most 'long lasting' lip glosses do. I do not find it uncomfortable to wear on the lips because if this after a while I actually find that the stickiness tends to wear off. I find that just applying the lipgloss once over my lips gives enough coverage so that I don't have to keep going over it.


        ===~~Results~~===
        I was really pleased with the results of this lip gloss, especially the shade. It was a very soft pretty pink colour, which wash actually not too pigmented and slightly sheer meaning that it looks great worn alone or over the top of lipsticks and the likes of. It was neither too candy pink and neither was it too pale lavender pink shade and instead it was the perfect medium. I also really liked the soft gold shimmer running through; I am normally not a huge fan of glittery or shimmery lip glosses as I sometimes find them a little gritty feeling on the the lips, though due to it being so fine in huge lip gloss I could not feel it on the lips and instead actually found it to be creamy in texture on the lips. I also liked the fact that the shimmer running through the gloss was gold in colour and not your typical silver or blue/white and found that the gold complimented the pale nude pink shade very well.

        The lip gloss is indeed very shiny and I think the glitter particles add to this, meaning that when it hits the lips it really does look very pretty on the lips. Due to the high shine if the lips it also makes your lips look a little plumper and fuller, without it actually being a plumping lip gloss. I find it works particularly well like this when it is just worn in the centre of the lips over a lipstick (due to it being a fairly pale pink you can even get away with applying it over a red!) as this really adds a fullness to the lips as the high shine adds a highlight to the centre of the lips.

        As it for lasting six hours in the lips, I do not really agree with this. I do believe it lasts for a fairly long time, especially with it being a gloss, though I do not believe it lasts anywhere near the six hours as claimed. I tend to find it lasts around two hours before I need to reapply, which to me is still a very decent amount of time as with other brands I feel like I am constantly reapplying every ten minutes or so. I actually find it fairs better when worn over the top of a lipstick as this almost works as a base for the lip gloss to stick to. I find that when worn alone the lipgloss fades to a very natural looking soft pink colour on the lips, which again looks very pretty. I find the lipgloss very comfortable on my lips for the period of time that I am wearing it and after the original slight stickiness of the gloss wears off I actually find fairly creamy and almost moisturising to wear. I find that after having worn this lip gloss my lips are not left feeling dry and instead feel fairly soft.


        ===~~Overall~~===
        Overall, I am very impressed with this lip gloss, I am completely in love with the colour and love the fact that it can be worn alone or over the top of a lipstick. Although it does not last the six hours as claimed, I find that it still outlasts many of the other lip glosses that I own and the fact it is available at a very affordable price means that I shall continue to repurchase it. I like the fact that although it originally has a slight stickiness to it, it is actually incredibly light on the lips and actually begins to feel moisturising. There are eight different shades available in this 'Stay Glossy' range; ranging from pale nude pinks such as this one to more vibrant oranges and reds and I am very much looking forward to trying a few others. If you a fan of pink shades then I would definitely recommend this lip gloss for you, or even if you are just looking for a lip gloss to apply over lipstick and apply a little shine.

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        11.01.2015 14:45
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        Advantages

        • " true red colour"
        • " lasts a long time"
        • Affordable

        Disadvantages

        • " no shine"
        • " too much product comes out"
        • "Hard to apply"

        Doesn't quite live up to the name 'Big Bang'

        I am currently working as a free lance make up artist and to me one of the most important things when completing a look is that of the lips, this can be something as simple as finishing off with a pale nude or pink to adding something more intense such as a vibrant red or purple. Due to this I seem to have accumulated stacks of lip products ranging from balms to stains to glosses to lipsticks, though the most recent one I have added to my collection (despite it being out a couple of years) is that of a Rimmel Apocalips. The idea behind this lip product by Rimmel is that it is meant to have both the intensity and lasting power of a lipstick, yet have the shine of a lip lacquer. (There is also a matte range now available). They are also me at to feel creamy and comfortable to wear, I picked up two shades, one being Stellar and the other shade that I shall be basing this review on 'Big Bang'; a vibrant red shade.


        ===~~Price and Availability ~~===
        These lip lacquers are normally priced between £6-£7, costing £6.49 in Boots. This being said, the brand Rimmel is often on offer such as 3 for 2 or buy so much and get a free gift worth so much free, so you can often pick them up a little cheaper.

        Alike most highstreet brand make up, these can be purchased from the likes of Boots and Superdug. I have also noticed that my larger Sainsburys and Asda stores also stock Rimmel products and have also noticed them at some Lloyds pharmacies, as well as many online stockists so they are very widely available. I think there are around twelve shades on offer and they range from pale mauve sand nudes to more intense purples and reds, so if the colour Big Bang doesn't take your fancy, there may be another that does!


        ===~~Applying the product~~===
        The first thing I noticed when applying this lip lacquer was actually the scent and I must say, I am not a fan of it. Although I wouldn't go as far as saying I dislike it, it is definitely not what I was expecting and is not what I would have liked. It is a fairly intense slightly fruity/floral scent - it vaguely reminds me of YSL lipsticks, however is much more overpowering. Luckily I found that the scent didn't last long at all and once I had applied it to my lips I could barely smell it any longer.

        This lip lacquer has a small, slightly pointed sponge applicator. There is also a hole in the middle of this which collects the product so you have enough to apply to your lips without having to keep putting the applicator in the tube. In actual fact I found this hole in the sponge that collected the product made it very hard to apply the lip lacquer. I have found that it actually stores too much of the product so when first applied to the lips you are left with a big blob of it to blend out, which with a colour such as Big Bang any slight mishap is very apparent due to the intensity of the colour. Unfortunately I have found that even when trying to wipe off some of the excess product on the side of the tube, I am still left with too much when it actually comes to applying. Due to this I find it extremely difficult to keep the product within the lines of my lips and therefore find it hard to keep it looking neat. I virtually find it impossible to apply it without a lip liner and even then I still sometimes struggle to keep it looking crisp and neat.

        Despite this, the lip lacquer itself was incredibly soft and creamy and almost had a velvet like texture and because of this I found it easy to blend across the lips. The colour does come out extremely pigmented and it is a true bright red, however I do find it almost 'sets' on your lips and for this reason I do find myself having to work fairly quick with it to ensure the lips are fully covered before it does set.

        I have now got used to this product and do find it a little easier to apply and have actually found the best way is to simply use a lip brush in order to get the desired amount of the product. That being said, I definitely own similar products to this lip lacquer which are far easier to apply and for this reason I am fairly disappointed in the application for this product.


        ===~~Results~~===
        Despite being disappointed with the application for this product, I really did like the way it looked on my lips. It was a true, bright red apple colour and was extremely pigmented and intense, as claimed. It did not look patchy at all on my lips and instead looked incredibly even, despite the great difficulty I had had in applying it. As previously mentioned I found that it almost set on my lips, meanings that once applied it doe not smudge or move; I was particularly impressed with this with it being a red lip lacquer as any slight smudge is very noticeable with a red lip colour. In all honestly, I do not believe it to have the shine of a gloss, it was a little shiny to begin with, however I found that this was very quick to wear off and I was left with neither a matte nor shiny red lip. This didn't bother me too much as I actually preferred the way it looked once the shine had worn off, nonetheless if you are looking for a high shine red colour than this is not the one.

        I have found this to be a very long lasting lip product and it stays on my lips for a good four/ five hours before I feel the need to reapply. During this time it just seems to fade and leaves a red stain on your lips and I have also been happy to wear it like this as well as I find that it fades evenly and doesn't look patchy.

        It feels very comfortable on the lips and is not sticky at all like a gloss would be. I have found that the creamy texture of this lip lacquer doesn't last for too long on this lips, but was pleased to find that it doesn't become drying on the lips either.


        ===~~Overall~~===
        Overall I really sit in the fence with this lip lacquer. I really like the way it looks on my lips and the fact that it is long lasting, though the amount of time it does actually take me to apply it and go over it in order to make it look prefect I do wonder whether it is all worth it. The fact that it is affordable and often on offer means that I may be tempted to buy another one, though it is not a product I know that I definitely want to repurchase. I also feel that it is not completely what it advertises to be, in that the shine of this lip lacquer only lasts for a minimal time I find and although I did actually like the end results, it is still a little disappointing. I have also found all the difficulties I have had with this shade with the other shade I purchase, Stellar. I am not sure whether this may be due to the fact that they are both extremely intense and vivid colours and therefore do take a little longer to apply and the nudes and pinks in this line. I am a little disappointed in this product, though cannot say that I hate it and for that reason I am undecided as to whether I would recommend it.

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      • Benefit Brow Zings / Make Up / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        07.01.2015 21:32
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        Advantages

        • " comes in handy compact"
        • " defines brows"
        • "Looks natural"

        Disadvantages

        • Price

        It's a Brow thing!

        I am one of those girls that love doing my eyebrows and have gone through many different products in order to achieve what I believe to be the perfect brow. I hate the harshly drawn on look with the squared off ends and prefer to follow my natural brown line and use the product just to fill in and ever so slightly shape where I needed. Though this sounds fairly easy to do I have been through countless products trying to achieve this, finding eyebrow pencils often look to harsh and 'drawn on' and gels can often leave my eyebrows looking to thick and can even smear and not stay set throughout the day. This all changed however when I finally found my number one eyebrow palette, Benefit Brow Zings.


        ===~~Price and Availability~~===
        This eye brown set it by no means cheap and actually costs more than most of my foundations costing £24.50. I had my eyebrows done at the Benefit bar and it was then that I fell in love with how my brows looked after having them done and it was only because of this that I could justify spending the money. Of course, there are also more expensive brow kits on the market, yet there are also many at a fraction of the price!

        Alike most Benefit products, this Brow Zing palette can be found at Benefit counters; these are often found within larger department stores. There are also some independent Benefit stores and these sets can also be purchased on line from the likes of ASOS and feel unique.


        ===~~The packaging/what do you get~~===
        The packaging has been slightly updated since the photo shown and it not comes in a little square compact. It is black with 'brow zings' written all over the lid. What I like about it is that the material is a little shiny meaning it is very easy to clean and wipe down as often I find make up items can get very dirty.

        When you open the compact you are greeted with a mirror on the inside of the lid; it is a handy little mirror to do make up touch ups on the go, though personally find it too small to actually do my eye brows with. Then there are two compartments where there is a wax on the left hand side and a powder on the right and then there is a slot underneath this whether you receive a miniature pair of tweezers, small blending brush and small hard angled brush.

        The kit is available in three shades; light, medium and deep. I have very dark hair and olive skin so found that the 'deep' one suited me the best.


        ===~~Applying the product~~===
        To apply this product you use the wax to define and shape your brows and the the powder to further sharpen up and set the look. The hard angle brush is designed for use with the wax and then the blending brush with the powder. I have used the brushes this set has come with ever since I purchased it, which is very unusual for me but I really do love them. They are very small so can be a little hard to come to grips with at first, though once you get used to them I feel that the results you can achieve with them are great. The wax is of a fairly hard consistency and is no way gel like, which I had actually expected. Nonetheless I found that the brush picked it up well and it transferred well onto my eyebrows. Like previously mentioned, I follow my natural brow shape and found that was very easy to do so with this wax. It seemed to warm up slightly once it came into contact with my skin and this meant it was smooth to apply. Despite this it wasn't too creamy, like some I have used in the past have been and this made it much easier to create a crisp and defined line.

        Once I was happy with how the wax looked on my eyebrow I then moved on to using the powder. The first thing I noticed about the powder was how dense and pigmented it was and it was by no means chalky. I applied this over where I had applied the wax, though left the front of my brows as I feel this gives a more natural look. The powder was very easy to apply and did not drag in anyway, which I thought it may have done due to the fact it was being applied over a wax. I was pleased to find that it was just as pigmented when applying it to my brows, yet was still easy to apply so it looked natural and should I have applied too much it was also very simple to blend out.


        ===~~Results~~===
        I am really impressed with this little palette and love the results I get with it. My brows look tidy and defined, yet do not look harsh or like I have caterpillars or any other unwanted animal above my eyelids! Admittedly, it did take me a few goes to work out how to achieve the best results and I find that small, fast strokes work best for me and seem to be the most natural looking. I find that applying the powder over the wax really sets it in place and definitely prolongs the wear of it. Luckily, I have had no problems with the wax or powder smudging or smearing throughout the day and find it really does last.

        If I am in a rush or am just feeling a little lazy that day (sadly, this is more often than not!) I find that I can also use the powder alone and this also fills in the sparse areas of my brows and leaves them looking much more shapely, though not quite as defined as when used in conjunction with the wax.

        Despite the long lasting power of this product, I have found that it can be easily removed at the end of the day with a little bit of cleanser or eye make up remover and find that it does not leave any kind of 'stain' as more brow pens and gels I have used have done in the past.


        ===~~The tweezers~~===
        As mentioned, this set comes with a miniature pair of tweezers which I have used a couple of times. They are a small silver pair with a slanted edge and although these are good for plucking out the odd hair on the go, I would not pluck my eyebrows with these. I find that due to the size they are a little fiddly to use also also find that they do not grasp the hair as well as my normal pair of tweezers, nonetheless they are a handy pair of tweezers to have on the go and are a nice added extra to the palette.



        ===~~Overall~~===
        Overall, I would definitely recommend this product since having started using it over a year ago now I have not used anything on my brows and cannot imagine doing to either. I love the fact I can get a really good eyebrow shape with this yet it really defined, yet is still natural looking and doesn't look over the top in any way. I still find the almost £25 price tag a little hard to justify for this small product, however I do also believe that eyebrows are one of the most important features as they frame your face and at the end of the day we all want good brows! I am also using the same kit I purchased over a year ago, so this does make it a little better value for money. I have found that the wax side in mine has gone down much quicker than the side of powder, yet I still have over half left in each section so can see this lasting me a while yet!
        I think I will continue to use this product for my brows unless I accidentally happen to stumble upon something I prefer, which will be highly unlikely and for that reason I really would recommend it! If you are wanting to try this but still a little unsure I would also recommend popping into one of the Benefit counters and getting them to do your eye brows for you and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it as I did.

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        • Benefit Brow Zings / Make Up / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          07.01.2015 21:31
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          Advantages

          • " comes in handy compact"
          • " defines brows"
          • "Looks natural"

          Disadvantages

          • Price

          It's a Brow thing!

          I am one of those girls that love doing my eyebrows and have gone through many different products in order to achieve what I believe to be the perfect brow. I hate the harshly drawn on look with the squared off ends and prefer to follow my natural brown line and use the product just to fill in and ever so slightly shape where I needed. Though this sounds fairly easy to do I have been through countless products trying to achieve this, finding eyebrow pencils often look to harsh and 'drawn on' and gels can often leave my eyebrows looking to thick and can even smear and not stay set throughout the day. This all changed however when I finally found my number one eyebrow palette, Benefit Brow Zings.


          ===~~Price and Availability~~===
          This eye brown set it by no means cheap and actually costs more than most of my foundations costing £24.50. I had my eyebrows done at the Benefit bar and it was then that I fell in love with how my brows looked after having them done and it was only because of this that I could justify spending the money. Of course, there are also more expensive brow kits on the market, yet there are also many at a fraction of the price!

          Alike most Benefit products, this Brow Zing palette can be found at Benefit counters; these are often found within larger department stores. There are also some independent Benefit stores and these sets can also be purchased on line from the likes of ASOS and feel unique.


          ===~~The packaging/what do you get~~===
          The packaging has been slightly updated since the photo shown and it not comes in a little square compact. It is black with 'brow zings' written all over the lid. What I like about it is that the material is a little shiny meaning it is very easy to clean and wipe down as often I find make up items can get very dirty.

          When you open the compact you are greeted with a mirror on the inside of the lid; it is a handy little mirror to do make up touch ups on the go, though personally find it too small to actually do my eye brows with. Then there are two compartments where there is a wax on the left hand side and a powder on the right and then there is a slot underneath this whether you receive a miniature pair of tweezers, small blending brush and small hard angled brush.

          The kit is available in three shades; light, medium and deep. I have very dark hair and olive skin so found that the 'deep' one suited me the best.


          ===~~Applying the product~~===
          To apply this product you use the wax to define and shape your brows and the the powder to further sharpen up and set the look. The hard angle brush is designed for use with the wax and then the blending brush with the powder. I have used the brushes this set has come with ever since I purchased it, which is very unusual for me but I really do love them. They are very small so can be a little hard to come to grips with at first, though once you get used to them I feel that the results you can achieve with them are great. The wax is of a fairly hard consistency and is no way gel like, which I had actually expected. Nonetheless I found that the brush picked it up well and it transferred well onto my eyebrows. Like previously mentioned, I follow my natural brow shape and found that was very easy to do so with this wax. It seemed to warm up slightly once it came into contact with my skin and this meant it was smooth to apply. Despite this it wasn't too creamy, like some I have used in the past have been and this made it much easier to create a crisp and defined line.

          Once I was happy with how the wax looked on my eyebrow I then moved on to using the powder. The first thing I noticed about the powder was how dense and pigmented it was and it was by no means chalky. I applied this over where I had applied the wax, though left the front of my brows as I feel this gives a more natural look. The powder was very easy to apply and did not drag in anyway, which I thought it may have done due to the fact it was being applied over a wax. I was pleased to find that it was just as pigmented when applying it to my brows, yet was still easy to apply so it looked natural and should I have applied too much it was also very simple to blend out.


          ===~~Results~~===
          I am really impressed with this little palette and love the results I get with it. My brows look tidy and defined, yet do not look harsh or like I have caterpillars or any other unwanted animal above my eyelids! Admittedly, it did take me a few goes to work out how to achieve the best results and I find that small, fast strokes work best for me and seem to be the most natural looking. I find that applying the powder over the wax really sets it in place and definitely prolongs the wear of it. Luckily, I have had no problems with the wax or powder smudging or smearing throughout the day and find it really does last.

          If I am in a rush or am just feeling a little lazy that day (sadly, this is more often than not!) I find that I can also use the powder alone and this also fills in the sparse areas of my brows and leaves them looking much more shapely, though not quite as defined as when used in conjunction with the wax.

          Despite the long lasting power of this product, I have found that it can be easily removed at the end of the day with a little bit of cleanser or eye make up remover and find that it does not leave any kind of 'stain' as more brow pens and gels I have used have done in the past.


          ===~~The tweezers~~===
          As mentioned, this set comes with a miniature pair of tweezers which I have used a couple of times. They are a small silver pair with a slanted edge and although these are good for plucking out the odd hair on the go, I would not pluck my eyebrows with these. I find that due to the size they are a little fiddly to use also also find that they do not grasp the hair as well as my normal pair of tweezers, nonetheless they are a handy pair of tweezers to have on the go and are a nice added extra to the palette.



          ===~~Overall~~===
          Overall, I would definitely recommend this product since having started using it over a year ago now I have not used anything on my brows and cannot imagine doing to either. I love the fact I can get a really good eyebrow shape with this yet it really defined, yet is still natural looking and doesn't look over the top in any way. I still find the almost £25 price tag a little hard to justify for this small product, however I do also believe that eyebrows are one of the most important features as they frame your face and at the end of the day we all want good brows! I am also using the same kit I purchased over a year ago, so this does make it a little better value for money. I have found that the wax side in mine has gone down much quicker than the side of powder, yet I still have over half left in each section so can see this lasting me a while yet!
          I think I will continue to use this product for my brows unless I accidentally happen to stumble upon something I prefer, which will be highly unlikely and for that reason I really would recommend it! If you are wanting to try this but still a little unsure I would also recommend popping into one of the Benefit counters and getting them to do your eye brows for you and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it as I did.

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          06.01.2015 14:06
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          • "12 different shades"
          • "Buttery eye shadow texture"
          • "High quality"

          Disadvantages

          • "Can get fallout "

          I strongly suggest you get Naked 2....

          I have owned the Original Naked Palette for years and despite being completely in love with it I have never taken the plunge and purchased the Naked 2, until now. I have been lusting after this palette for a couple of years now and upon receiving Debenhams vouchers for Christmas I decided to get myself one.


          ===~~What is it?~~===
          Urban Decay have produced a 'Naked' range within their line which consists of mainly more natural looking pinks, taupes, browns and greys. Within this range their are lipglosses, concealers, beauty balms, etc, though perhaps their most well known and prestige product is their Naked Palettes. These are palettes that consist of twelve eyeshadows, often ranging from a light cream/white colour to a more intense brown/black colour and the Naked 2 palette is no different. So essentially it is an eyeshadow palette claiming to be filled with '12 pigment rich taupe and greige neutral eyeshadows.


          ===~~Cost and Availability ~~===
          This palette costs £37 so although this does seem quite steep, when looking at other 'high end' brand palettes I actually find this one to be priced fairly reasonably. There are also 12 different shades in this palette which places them around £3 each which I actually think is a very fair price to pay. Alongside this you also receive one of their double ended good karma eyeshadow brushes and sample of four of their different eye shadow primer potions.

          Alike most Urban Decay products the Naked 2 palettes can be purchased from Debenhams, House of Fraser, Urban Decay and most large department stores with a beauty section. I have also often seen them on the likes of feel unique. I tend to find that these are not often on offer, however everyone now and then Debenhams do have 10-15% off beauty products and you can also collect beauty card points there.


          ===~~The Packaging~~===
          To me, the packaging looks fairly old school in that it in in a metal tin and therefore both the shape and material remind me of an old school pencil case. The metal tin itself seems to be fairly sturdy and it opens and closes securely which I particularly like as I think should I drop it it will remain close, hopefully meaning the eyeshadows won't smash. This is unlike the original naked palette which I find on occasions when I have accidentally dropped it the lid has opened.

          Despite it looking fairly old school to me, the simplistic design in a light champagne/beige colour makes it also look modern. When you open the palette you are greeted by a large mirror at the top, followed but the 12 eyeshadows underneath and then a small slot for where the brush is stored.


          ===~~The Shades~~===
          As previously mentioned there are 12 shades within this palette ranging from matte finishes to glitter and metallic sheens. Although some of the shades so look slightly alike in colour, once applied they look very different so countless different looks can be created with this palette.

          Foxy;
          A light, creamy off white matte shade. I find this particularly useful for highlighting the brow bone on the inner tear duct as it is not too intense. It is also perfect for an all over wash of colour over the eyelid if you are in a rush, or also works well to create a light, natural looking smoky eye,


          Half baked;
          This shade is also in the original Naked Palette and it is a true metallic gold colour. Just recently I have started as a freelance make up artist and have found this shade to suit many different skin tones, despite what may be originally thought. I love using this shade for a pop of colour at the inner corner of a the eye when doing a dark smoky eye, or as an all over colour when doing a bronze smoky eye.


          Booty Call;
          This is an extremely light frosty champagne colour. It is ever so slightly silver in colour with some slight pink tones to it. Personally, I find this colour the hardest to work with as I am not a fan of frosty eyeshadows nonetheless I have found due to its light frosty finish it can really make your eye colour pop in contrast.


          Chopper;
          This is perhaps one of my favourite shades in the palette and is a gold/bronze colour with glitter in it. What I particularly like about this is that the glitter is very fine so it does not irritate my eyes in anyway, as some glitter eyeshadows have done in the past. Despite this the glitter particles in it are very reflective which gives the eyeshadow a slightly sparkly look which is great for a bit of evening glamour and the bronze tones in the eyeshadow means it looks great in the summer as it compliments a tan- although a bronzed colour just as easily be used to cheat this look!


          Tease;
          This is the second matte shade in the palette and is a grey toned brown/taupe colour. This shade is great for when you want a little definition an depth through the crease, yet is not talk dark that it cannot be worn on a daily basis. This shade is also great for just running lightly through the bottom lash line when doing a simple winged eyeliner look as I find it gives a little definition to your bottom lashes and your eye shape.


          Snakebite;
          This is a true bronze shade. This shade has a metallic finish to it and when it hits certain lights can also look slightly gold toned. I particularly like this shade when doing a bronzed look and find it really warms up my skin tone and creates a really nice bronze smoky eye, yet due to the fact that there is no glitter in it it is not too intense.


          Suspect;
          This is a light champagne gold colour. Again, it has a shimmery metallic finish to it and works well to creat soft, slightly glamorous eyeshadow looks. I find that I can wear this shade on a daily basis and it is not too much due to the fact it is fairly light and not too obnoxious.


          Pistol;
          As the name suggests, this is a slightly gun metal tones grey. It has silver reflect particles in it which makes it great for creating the original grey/black smoky eye. Despite saying that it is probably one of my least favourite shades in the palette, though this is only due to the fact I find grey eyeshadows tend not to suit my skin tone.


          Verve;
          This is a true icy silver colour. Again, I find this shade a little hard to wear, though again I think this may just be down to personal preference. Nonetheless I find it works really well as a highlight colour at the inner corners of the eye. Also looks great when applied lightly to your Cupid's bow or on top of red lipstick at the centre of the lips as can make your lips look slightly more plump.


          YDK;
          At first glance this looks very similar to the shade 'chopper', however once applied it is very obvious that they are different. This is a lot less copper toned than Chopper and has no glitter in it. It is a soft warm bronze colour with a metallic finish that works particularly well on blue eyes as it really makes them pop.


          Busted;
          This is one of the darkest shades in the palette and is a deep brown colour with a slight metallic finish. What I really like about this shade is that it has some slight mauve tones in it which means it does not look completely flat on the eye. This works well as an all over colour when blended isn't correctly and also works well blended through he crease to add some definition there.


          Blackout;
          This is the final shade in the palette and is also the final matte shade. As the name would suggest, it is a matte black. This works great as a crease colour for lots of dramatic definition, or what I also like to do is to too mix it with a little bit if water and use it as an eyeliner.


          ===~~How do the eyeshadows apply/what do they look like on?~~===
          I am thoroughly impressed with how well these eyeshadows apply. They are of a silky, buttery consistency which means they glide effortlessly over the eye and are in no way chalky or powdery. Due to the silky texture of these eyeshadows they are very easy to blend, meaning that you are left with no harsh lines. I do find that I sometimes can get a little fallout with these eyeshadows, especially the more glittery ones such as Chopper, however do find this can wiped away easily afterwards or simply applying with a tissue underneath my eye can avoid this. I was please to find that all the eye shadows were extremely pigmented and transferred very well from the palette to my eye lid.

          What I particularly like with this palette is the endless amount of different looks I can create with this palette. I can go for something as simple as using one shade as a wash of colour all over my eye lids to a full on glamorous and for this reason I really do think there is something for everyone in this palette.


          ===~~The brush~~===
          I am also very pleased with the quality of the brush that comes with this palette, admittedly although it is not quite as soft as some other brushes I use, it nonetheless does the job required of it. At one end it a small, flat brush which I find really great for packing the colour onto the eye and I find that when using this end of the brush I get minimal fallout. The other is it a slightly domed shaped brush, which is much fluffier which makes it great for popping colours through the crease of the eye and also for blending eye shadow. I have also washed this brush a couple of times now and have found that it has come up as good as new everything and I have not had any problems with the hairs shedding or the likes of that.


          ===~~The Primer Potion~~===
          As mentioned, you get four small free samples of their primer potion in Original, Eden, Sin and Anti-Aging and I cannot recommend these enough. I do. It have particularly oily eyes however I can often find that my eyeshadow can wear off throughout the day or find that it can begin to look unrest or sink into my crease and for them reasons is really is a life saver. I find that it really prolongs the wear of my eye shadow and really keeps it in place. I find this particularly useful when on holidays in hot climates or going out at night as this ifs often when the appearance of my make up can deteriorate, yet when I use this it really is locked in place.

          It does not feel greasy or oily to apply and is in fact very smooth and light. One thing I would say is that a little goes a very long way and often I have made the mistake of applying too much and when I have done this it can feel a little sticky and heavy on the eye.


          ===~~Overall~~===
          Overall, as you have probably already guessed by now I am utterly in love with this palette and am unsure as to why I took so long in purchasing it! There is also a Naked 3 palette which I cannot wait to buy now! I really cannot recommend this palette enough and really do believe there is something in there to suit anyone's tastes. The eye shadows are all of a high quality and extremely pigmented and due to the fact I only need to use a little amount each time I can really see me this lasting me a while. I have had my original Naked Palette for around two/three years now (which I know is probably not the most hygienic!) and despite using it on a daily basis it is still going strong, so really do think you get good value for money! Despite how much I love it, I would say that the original is still my favourite, that does not mean that I could recommend this palette any less though!

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            23.07.2014 19:47
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            Advantages

            • "Good coverage "
            • Cheap
            • "Long lasting"

            Disadvantages

            • "Can feel heavy"

            Lasting perfection!

            I use concealer on a daily basis, whether it is to cover up under eye circles or to hide imperfections and to me it is one of the most important steps in my make up so I like to know I have a good concealer on which will not only cover what I'd like it to, but also to last throughout the day. In summer time I often just wear concealer alone without any foundation so it is also essential to me that it has good coverage, yet still must be lightweight on the skin otherwise for me this defeats the point of not using a foundation. The latest concealer that I have tried out is this Collection one, which is mainly due to the fact it is very affordable and it also has a big hype surrounding it in the 'beauty world'.

            It also claims to be 16 hour wear, which although I never wear my make up for that long, I was intrigued about as I was really looking for a long lasting concealer. Alongside this it claims to be water resistant and transfer proof.


            ===~~Price and Availability~~===
            As previously mentioned, this concealer is very affordable costing just £4.19. The great thing about this brand is that I also find it is often on offer, whether that be 3 for 2 or buy two products and get one free. Of course if you enough points on your Boots or Superdrug cards then you can also purchase it with these.

            Like most Collection items, this is available in the likes of Boots and Superdrug and I have now also seen it being stocked in the likes of a few local pharmacists and have also seen it in a few of the larger Asda stores. Failing to find it in store, it is also available on these shops online retailers.


            ===~~Shade Selection~~===
            There isn't a very large shade selection for this range and as far as I am aware there are just four different shades available. These being fair, cool medium, warm medium and dark. I tend to find I alternate between the cool medium and warm medium depending on the time of the year and can sometimes get away with the fair shade to highlight under my eyes. I definitely feel there could be more shades available as I feel they are all aimed at fairly pale skin tones and there isn't really anything on offer for darker skin tones, as even the one named 'dark' is not all that dark and sometimes even I can get away with that one if I have been on holiday.


            ===~~Applying the concealer~~===
            This concealer comes in a small tube with a screw top lid which when unscrewed reveals a sponge application, much like that of a lip gloss. I have used this a few times to apply the concealer and find that it does a good job of dispersing the concealer and does pick up a decent amount, however find that it is almost impossible to blend the concealer in with and tends to just spread it. I also don't really like the idea of applying this over a blemish and then putting the applicator back into the product as then you will be contaminating all of the concealer, so if you wish to apply this over spots/blemishes I would highly recommend popping some of it onto the back of your hand and then go from there with the product.

            The concealer has a fairly thick consistency to it and I didn't notice this when applying it and found that to begin with it did feel a little heavy on the skin. Once blended out I found that it did feel a little lighter, though definitely felt noticeable on the skin and did not feel like there was nothing there. I also found that it worked much better when I applied a little and then built up the desired coverage as found this way it felt slightly less heavy.

            I used this to apply both to cover any dark circles and to cover blemishes on my skin and found that when doing so it blended out very well and due to the creamy consistency was very easy to do so. I have blended out this concealer with both my fingers and a brush on multiple occasions and found that either do a very good job. Personally, I would actually recommend using your fingers to blend it in as I find this warms up the product a little more which makes it extremely easy to blend in and also find that I am sometimes left with brush strokes when applying it that way due to its thick consistency.

            I find that a little goes a really long way, which is most likely due to the thick consistency and therefore often find myself needing way less than originally anticipated. Due to this I find that I only need a few dots of it to cover my whole face on days when I don't want to wear foundation and to me this feels a lot lighter on my skin than wearing a few pumps of foundation. Due to this I can also see it lasting me a very long time.


            ===~~Results~~===
            I have to say I am very impressed with this concealer, especially considering it's price. It really does have very high coverage and for me covers everything I would want it to. When used under the eyes I find that it cancels out any dark or purple tones leaving my eyes looking much more awake. I wouldn't necessarily say it highlights under the eyes as this is not really what this concealer is for, but does do an amazing job to hide any dark circles before applying a highlighter on top. I have found that I can do this and do not find it to look cakey. This being said, I have found that it does crease slightly under the eyes, even when setting it with a powder. This is after a good four hours or so where and doesn't personally bother me, though is worth keeping in mind.

            I also find that it conceals imperfections, spots and blemishes just as well and cancels out red tones just as well as it does purple tones. Although I would not say it conceals them to the point to which there is nothing there, it does do a good job at disguising any and the 'stand out' less. The one thing that this concealer covers very well is any scars or dark spots. I find that the thick consistency and the amazing coverage works really well on these problem areas and would say that they are virtually unnoticeable on these problem areas. I would recommend making sure your skin is well moisturised before applying this concealer as I do find it does tend to cling and draw attention to any dry patched on the skin.

            The only slightly downside I have found to this concealer is that sometimes the colour can look a little orange, I especially find this when applying warm medium and sometimes find it is not the most natural looking colour. I have also found that these concealers do tend to oxidise a little on the skin and do get a little darker, so again, I would keep this in mind when selecting a shade.

            This does last an extremely long time on the skin and other than the slight creasing under my eyes, I do not find myself needing to touch it up at all. I am unaware as to whether it in fact last 16 hours as I never wear my make up for that long, the longest I have makeup on for is around ten hours and find that it fairs up very well in that time. Despite its thick consistency I do not find it to be too heavy on my skin and actually find that it sits comfortably on my skin, though this is not to say that I do not notice it being there. I find that is can sometimes become a little bit oily looking after around 8 hours of wear, especially in the summer months, though find this is quickly fixed with a little powder or some blotting paper. I would not say that it is completely transfer proof, but I find this with most make up products anyway and have found it to withstand water well up to a certain degree.


            ===~~Overall~~===
            Overall, I have been very impressed with this make up item and would definitely recommend it. It is not without its faults, as most make up items are, such as the fact it can sometimes look a little orangey and the fact a larger shade selection is definitely needed. I really like the high coverage of this concealer as it really does conceal everything I would want it to, it would be nicer if it was a little less thick in consistency, though again this is just me being picky. Due to the price I cannot really fault it and can definitely see myself going back to this concealer countless times as it is a new staple in my make up bag.



            Just a little side note- the writing on the tube rubs off extremely easily and this can often leave it looking messy and a little grubby so if you are one of those people who like their make up items in pristine condition or for them to look neat and tidy then this may not be the one for you!

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              22.07.2014 15:53
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              • "Blend able "
              • "Not orange "
              • "Looks natural "

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              • Brush

              Benefit Hoola!

              Admittedly, I wear a bronzer all year round, whether this is to add a little colour to my face or to contour, though in summer I really like to up my bronzing a little, especially as my body seems to tan naturally far more than my face does. Personally I prefer my bronzers to be a matte finish rather than the shimmery ones as I believe this gives them a more natural look and then they can also double up as a contouring product. Due to this reason I decided to give Benefit''s Hoola a go as this is one of there matte bronzing powders, it has also been the UK''s number one bronzing product for the last five years!


              ===~~Price and Availability~~===
              Due to this being a slightly higher end make up product it is certainly not cheap costing £23.50 and admittedly I was a little dubious about spending this on a bronzer, though after having read many positive reviews I was pretty sure I was going to love it.
              You can sometimes find Benefit products on offer, such as buy 2 items and receive one free, or buy 2 items and receive 10% discount, etc. Debenhams also often hold weekends or months when you can receive extra point on your beauty card when buying make up items, including Benefit.

              Alongside most Benefit products this is available in larger department stores such as that of House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis, etc. It is also available from independent Benefit stores, along with all the online stores. You can sometimes pick up Benefit items on places such as eBay, however Benefit fakes are often all sold on here so it is worth doing your research and making sure that the seller is trusted.

              One of the things that I really love about Benefit is there packaging. All of there blushes/bronzers come in cute little boxes which when opened there is a mirror in the lid (which is not the best quality and is too small to apply make up in etc but is handy nonetheless) and a small brush which can be used to apply the product.


              ===~~Applying the product~~===
              As previously mentioned, this bronzer does come complete with its own brush, this is a very small, narrow brush which has virtually no handle. I have tried applying with this brush, though have to say I do not like it. I have found that it picks up a good amount of product and does transfer it to the face, though find it has a fairly scratchy texture to it which makes it hard to blend the bronzer out. Due to it being quite flat it also makes it hard to apply to the cheeks and you can sometimes be left with just a ''stripe'' of colour as it''s very hard to blend it. I also found that due to it having almost no handle it sat very uncomfortably in my hand and couldn''t get the right grasp on it, which may be why I was a little heavy handed when applying the product this way.

              I have also tried applying this with my own brush and have found this so much easier. When applying the bronzer it has a really soft and light texture to it, which means it is actually very easy to blend in; when using the right brush! I have however found that it is also very easy to pick up too much of the product in which case the bronzer can look very unnatural and to dark. I have found that simply tapping off any excess can easily avoid this though. This bronzer is also very buildable which means you can simply apply it very lightly all over the face for the natural sun kissed look and also build it up in certain areas to contour the face, like just below the cheekbones. I really like the fact that I can do this with just one product. I have found that even when building up the bronzer like this it does not become cakey or unnatural looking, which I think it mainly due to it being such a fine powder.

              Despite it being a fairly fine powder I was pleased to find that this bronzer had virtually no fallout when applying and therefore the product went exactly where I would have liked it to go. As previously mentioned, because it is very blend able if it had had any fallout it would have been very easy to fix.


              ===~~Results~~===
              I was very pleased with the results of this bronzer, perhaps the thing that I was most impressed with was the colour. Alike most people I have a fear of bronzers being too orange and shimmery or too grey toned which can look ashy on the face, though found that this bronzer was somewhere in the middle in where it was a natural looking ''brown'' colour. Even when built up in the likes of contouring I was pleased to find that it did not look muddy on the cheeks and instead looked like a natural shadow.

              I have found that this bronzer stays in place all day, even in this hot weather, which I particularly like as I don''t need to worry about it sliding down my face. Despite it being a matte shade I was also pleased to find that it didn''t look flat on my face and instead added a little definition and shape; especially when used to contour. I do sometimes add a shimmery bronzer on top of this just over the cheekbones for days when I fancy a little shimmer and have found that even when applying the two products on top of one another it does not become cakey looking.


              ===~~Overall~~===
              Overall I am really impressed with this bronzer and can see me continuing to purchase it. Nars Laguna had been my favourite bronzer for a long time before this, but seeing as this one is a little cheaper and is ''more matte'' I can see this one becoming my new favourite very soon! It is definitely still a pricey bronzer costing just over £20, though I do think this is justified a little in both the quality of the bronzer and also the fact that a little really does go a long way so can see it lasting me a long time. I have had mine for around 3 months now and have only made a little dent in it!

              The only downside to this bronzer would really be the brush that comes with it as I do think for the price you are paying the quality could have been a little better and the bristles colour have been a little softer. Nonetheless if you are not relying on this to apply the bronzer with then it doesn''t really matter a such.

              If you are looking for a natural looking bronzer you can wear on a daily basis, not only to bronze all over the skin, but also to contour then I really would recommend this product and if you can still not justify the price I think it is definitely worth popping on a birthday or Christmas wish list!

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              21.07.2014 12:30
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              • "No fallout"
              • Cheap

              Disadvantages

              • "Everything else"

              Not so Glam Eyes!

              Recently I have really been liking Rimmel as a brand and think they have released some very good quality make up items in the last year so when I went to Boots recently I tried to pick up a few things I have never tried before from their brand to test them out. One if these being a mono eyeshadow from their Glam Eyes range. I actually chose a colour I would not normally go for, mainly because I wanted a bit of a change and wanted to create a navy smokey eye and therefore the colour I selected was number 53; Celestial Blue.


              ===~~Price and Availability~~===
              These eye shadows are fairly affordable, costing just £4.49 each; you also get a decent amount of eye shadow for this price I was pleased to see. They are currently in offer at Boots (21/07/2014) in which where you buy one you can get another half price.

              Alike most Rimmel products they are available at all the stores you''''d normally expect to find it, these being the likes of Superdrug and Boots, larger supermarkets such as Sainsburys as well as many online retailers and some local chemists. Apparently you can also sometimes pick these up in the £1 shop, though some of these are rumoured to be out of date make up products, so if you can I would recommend trying to find/check the date on them.

              These eye shadows come in their own plastic cases in which the top three quarters is the eye shadow and the rest is a small slot in which a sponge double ended applicator sits. Although I don''''t often use these applicators, I do like them when they are included as I often find they are great for touch ups throughout the day and have many other uses.


              ===~~Colour Range~~===
              I was actually quite impressed with the colour range available as there was almost twenty different shades to choose from, going from more natural beiges and taupe''''s, to intense purples, blues and blacks. Although I had picked a rather intense blue shade, I had also wished there were a few more natural shades to wear on a day to day basis, though this may defeat the purpose of them being Glam''''Eyes Eye shadows.


              ===~~Applying the Eye shadow~~===
              As I have just mentioned, I very rarely use the sponge applicators that eye shadows come with, though for the purpose of this review I did give it a go and as expected it was very poor. I did find that the sponge picked up ample enough product but when then going to transfer it to the eye there was almost no colour payoff and the eye shadow itself seemed very chalky across the eyelid. The sponge also felt fairly ''''cheap'''' and was quite scratchy when applying it to my eyelid so wasn''''t all that pleasant to use. This didn''''t really phase me too much as I had not originally intended to use this form of application, though if you are, I would keep this in mind when purchasing.

              I then went onto apply it with a brush, which is how I apply all my eye shadows. I was pleased to find that again my brush picked up a good amount of the product and was even more pleased to see that there was little or no fallout when I went on to apply it across my eyelid. Having said this, I was extremely disappointed to see that the eye shadow was just not applying to my eyelid, it just seemed to be a very sheer, washed out blue colour which actually made me look a little ill. The eye shadow was very chalky which meant it was almost impossible to try and build up the colour to intensify it and even if I managed to do so I found that it looked patchy across my eye, where in some areas the colour was more intense then others.

              I have also tried both primers underneath the eye shadow and also wetting the eye shadow a little to try and make it slightly creamier in colour to no joy; personally I found it almost impossible to apply evenly. I have tried to pack on the eye shadow with my finger as well as I find this can often transfer a lot of colour onto the lid, again with no joy.


              ===~~Results~~===
              It is fair to say that I was extremely unimpressed with the results of this eye shadow. I did actually end up removing it all and starting again with a different brand of eye shadow. This is mainly due to the fact that it looked like a five year old had applied my make up, it was very uneven, looked chalky, was virtually impossible to blend and achieve a smoky eye with. The fact that I had chosen a blue shade also didn''''t really help matters as it made me look ill, especially as the shade was nowhere near as intense as I wanted so was very washed out and did not help matters at all. A friend of mine had actually purchased the bronze shade at the same time and upon asking her she said that she had found it extremely hard to apply.

              I cannot comment on how well this lasts throughout the day as mine really wasn''''t on for all that long, though I can only imagine it looking worse throughout the day. I have now applied this eye shadow on a few different occasions just to see whether it was just me having an ''''off day'''' but each time have achieved the same results.


              ===~~Overall~~===
              Overall, it is fair to say I was extremely disappointed in this product, especially due to the fact I am a huge fan of the Rimmel brand. The are only a few positives I can think of, though I am struggling with this,the fact it had no fallout, they are affordable and often on offer and wide colour selection for a highstreet brand, other than that I find the quality of this eye shadow to be extremely poor and these positives definitely do not make up for it. For me, this eye shadow definitely failed to achieve ''''Glam Eyes'''' and for that reason I would not recommend it.

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            • Benefit High Beam / Make Up / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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              17.07.2014 12:25
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              Advantages

              • " gorgeous finish and colour"
              • " catches the light"
              • "leaves skin looking healthy with a glow"

              Disadvantages

              • " brush applicator it comes with is usless"
              • pricey

              I''m Beaming!

              Over the years I have dabbled in many different brands of make up, however nowadays I tend to stick to the ones I know and like, so upon receiving a bottle of Benefit ''''High Beam'''' for my birthday I was very much delighted. Admittedly, I had not tried too many Benefit products before receiving this, however the ones I had tried I had loved and have always been drawn in by Benefits packaging and display.


              ==~~What is it?~~==
              Benefit High Beam is a liquid (though I use this term fairly loosely as the product itself is fairly thick) highlighter, essentially used to highlight the cheekbones, nose, cupids bow or anywhere you''''d like to stand out a bit more and catch the light. Benefit actually describe it as a ''''Luminescent complexion highlighter''''.

              It is fairly pink in tone and has a pearl like finish to it; Sun Beam is also available which is much more bronzy toned highlighter.


              ==~~Price and Availability~~==
              This is by no means a cheap beauty product, costing £19.50 per 15 ml (average sized bottle). It can sometimes also be purchased in ''''sample'''' style sizes in which you get 4ml of product; though these are still sometimes priced around the £9 mark! Benefit products are not often in any sort of offer so the majority of the time you did have to end up paying this full price, though having said that Boots are currently doing an offer in which when you buy two Benefit products you receive a free gift. (17/07/2014.)

              High Beam is fairly widely available to buy, all Benefit counters will stock it as it is one of their number one items. You can find the likes of Benefit counters in most large department stores, such as; Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, etc. Some of the larger Boots stores also stock Benefit, as well as being able to find Benefit High Beam at many online retailers.


              ==~~Applying the product~~==
              The product itself comes in a nail varnish like bottle, with a screw top lid and a brush to apply. I tend to find that the brush actually collects far too much product than what I need, so I tend to wipe the amount I would like off on the back of my hand and then continue to apply with my fingers. I have tried applying with the brush also, though tend to find this just spreads the product around my face and does not actually blend it in; so would definitely recommend using a brush or fingers to apply. As I have previously mentioned, the product is fairly thick on consistency which means it did feel fairly heavy when I first started to apply it to my skin. I was actually expecting it to be slightly greasy in texture, but was pleased to find it wasn''''t.

              As I blended out the product I noticed it becoming more lightweight and once completely blended in I could not feel it at all on my cheeks and actually had a powder like finish in that it was not greasy or shiny looking at all, which I have had with some other highlighters. This being said, when I have used too much product in the past it can be very greasy and almost sticky feeling on the skin, so I would recommend starting of by just using a little and then building it up to the desired amount. The product itself is very easy to blend into the skin and feels silky and smooth whilst doing so. I have found the best way for me to apply the product is with my fingers as the warmth from them warms up the product meaning it is very smooth to blend and does so a little more flawlessly. I have also found that when applying with a brush, you can be left with brush strokes in the make up and it can be a little harder to blend in, sometimes resulting in the look of a ''''stripe'''' of product across the cheek bone.


              ==~~Results~~==
              I really love the results I get with this highlighter, it really does catch the light and draws attention to any high points on the face. I also really like the shade of this product; it is neither too pink tone or too white/cream toned, which means it looks slightly more ''''natural'''' and is not too obvious. The finish of it is luminescent as describes and really does add a glow to the cheeks. There are pieces of glitter in this highlighter, however, they are so fine that is almost looks like a soft shimmer, I really like this as it avoids that ''''disco ball'''' look you can sometimes get if there is too much glitter in a product.

              What I really liked about this highlighter is that it looked good both in daylight/natural lighting and synthetic lighting and therefore if I applied it indoors I did not need to worry about going outdoors with it on and it looking too obvious or obnoxious. It stayed in place all day and does not become greasy or oily looking on the skin and just leaves a nice looking glow. It can be a little dewy looking, though if you do not like this look you can simply pop a little translucent powder over the top. I have found that this product is best applied directly after applying a foundation and works best over ''''liquid products'''' and then if you wish to you can then powder over the top. I have found that when I have powdered and then apply this over the top it does not blend as well and becomes ''''chunky'''' looking and cakey throughout the day and does not look as natural.

              Although this could be used as an everyday product, I personally prefer to save it for something special or nights out etc. I think it really glams up an evening look and can sometimes look a little too much for a daytime look, in which I tend to normally lean towards a powder highlighter.



              ==~~Results~~==
              Overall, I have been really impressed with this product. I like the fact that it stays in place all day and does not need touching up and does not become oily looking throughout the day. I am also really impressed with the shade of this highlighter and can see it suiting many different skin tones. Although I still believe it to be very price at almost £20 I can see this lasting me a very long time as a little really does go a long way and I am even thinking about buying Sun Beam for the summer months now after having loved this product so much! I really would recommend this product and also think it makes a lovely gift for a make up enthusiast as it is something you would not always think of buying yourself and is an easy way to really glamourize a make up look!

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              12.03.2014 17:15
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              Not quite my true match!

              As a self confessed beauty addict I am always on the look out for new products to try; whether these be new releases or just beauty products I have not tried yet. One of my utmost favourite things to try out is foundations, hence whey I am reviewing a foundation today. Personally, I tend to opt for quite high coverage foundations that still have a skin like look and texture to them and are not too heavy. This can sometimes be a little difficult to find as I often find that high coverage foundations can sometimes feel heavy or greasy on the skin or can become cakey looking with general wear throughout the day. The latest foundation I decided to put through its paces was the L'oreal true match foundation.


              ==~~The Claims~~==

              This foundation claims to give outstanding coverage without caking, while being a natural looking, skin-true formula which does not lead tide marks. Personally I think if you do buy a foundation in the wrong colour, especially if it is more than one shade too pale or too dark then of course you are going to be left with a tide mark, so I believe this claim to be a little false.


              ==~~Price and Availibility~~==
              In most places this foundation costs £9.99, which I find to be a fairly affordable price for a drugstore foundation. Although of course there are far more inexpensive ones on the market, even at highstreet prices some are much pricier so believe it to sit fairly mid range. They are also often on offer, such as the 3 for 2 offer that is currently on in Boots, or sometime have money off.

              I find these foundations to be fairly widely available. They can be purchased from the usual Boots or Superdrug and also the likes of eBay, Feel Unique and Amazon. There are currently 23 different shades available for this foundation, however the downside is that I find my local Boots (which is a large store) does not stock all the shade and seems to stock between 12 and 15 different shades. They are all available on the website, though unless you know which shade you are going to be, then this could be a little hard to decipher your shade.


              ==~~Applying the foundation~~==
              The first thing I noticed about this foundation was that it had a pump. I personally prefer foundations with a pump as I find them way easier that pouring foundation onto the back of your hand or scooping it out of a pot. I also find the foundation itself keeps a little cleaner this way. In one pump you get a decent amount and is all I tend to usually need and sometimes go for just a half pump on days when I just want a little coverage in certain areas. This is a reasonably runny liquid foundation and personally I had actually expected it to be a little thicker in consistency. As I always do with my foundations, I used a brush to apply it and was very pleased to find how it both felt lightweight and non greasy to apply. The consistency is extremely easy to work with, making it very easy to blend into the skin. I also don't find that it sets to fast, meaning I really get time it work the foundation into the skin to make it look as natural as possible.

              It's light and silky like texture really makes the foundation a dream to work with, also allowing it to be easily blendable. The foundation itself is quite pigmented, meaning that a little does go a long way and often I do find myself pumping out a little too much. I tend to find after one coat of my foundation my skin looks much more even, smoother and altogether more flawless. I find that it covers my under eye circles and any redness extremely well, however, wherever I have a little scarring I do feel the need to go back over with either a little more foundation or some concealer as I find this foundation does not cover blue or purple tones all that well.


              ==~~Results~~==
              I really like how this foundation looks in my skin. I find that it sets to a semi-matte finish, which I personally tend to find is the most natural and flattering finish. I do set my foundation with powder, however this is just to prolong the wear of my make up. As previously mentioned this foundation does feel very lightweight on the skin and often does not feel like I am wearing make up, which I really enjoy. I find that throughout the day it does not necessarily get greasy, but I do get a little shiny through my t-zone, so I do feel the need to touch up with a little powder. I was also pleased to find that this did not make the makeup look cakey. As far as a tide mark goes, I do believe this is all down to whether or not you select the right shade for you, as sometimes I feel like the foundation is a little too dark for me and have to blend down my neck and other days I feel it matches my skin perfectly.


              ==~~Overall~~==
              Overall I have been really impressed with the quality of this foundation, I like how it makes my skin look much perfected whilst still having a natural finish to it. I do not quite believe this foundation to be of 'perfect coverage' or even that of high coverage, though it is definitely buildable to that of a desired coverage. Although I am not quite convinced this is my 'perfect foundation' (although I am not altogether that convinced it exists) I would be more than happy to repurchase this foundation and therefore am awarding it four stars.

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