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After reading many glowing reviews on the Mac Fix + spray, I decided to give it a shot. Priced at £11 for 100ml, it did seem very pricey for what was essentially water with some added vitamins and nutrients.
The packaging is as it is with most Mac products, very simplistic but also very stylish. The Fix + spray comes in a clear bottle with Mac printed in black along the top and Fix + and some other details printed on the bottom of the bottle. On the back we are told that it is a skin refresher/finishing mist in English, French, Italian and Spanish along with an address for Mac. Fix + comes boxed in a white cardboard box, with the ingredients listed on it and MAC embossed all over the box. It looks very expensive and stylish. I would list the ingredients here but I binned the box!
The spray mechanism on the bottle is very sturdy and feels of a great quality. You are able to put the spray into a locked position so that you can throw it in your bag and not have to worry about it spilling.
The smell of the product is lovely, I personally love it. The Mac website informs me that it is a blend of "Green Tea, Camomile, and Cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energising scent of Sugi". I have no idea what Sugi is or what it adds to the product, a quick search on Google tells me that it is a Japanese tree? I don't know. Anyway, I can definitely smell the cucumber and camomile, the scent is very refreshing and clean.
I had never tried Mac skincare before this but I love the cosmetics they produce so though this would be equally as lovely. The main advertised use of this is as a setting spray for your makeup. It is meant to hold your makeup in place when you lightly spritz it on your face. I hold the bottle about 30cm from my face and spray once with a very fine mist being dispensed. There are sometimes however some larger particles which are dispensed, but blending it in with a clean brush usually removes any large droplets from my face.
The Fix + spray doesn't irritate my skin at all and I have never heard of it irritating skin. My skin seems to drink up this spray as it feels very soft and smooth after a quick spritz of Fix +, this must be due to the vitamins and nutrients in the spray.
Fix + can be used for so many different things; from setting makeup to being used as a toner on clean skin but also used to dampen sponges to enable a smoother foundation application. The spray can also be used with loose eye shadow pigments to give a foiled effect. Spray a bit directly onto the eye shadow brush, dip into the pigment and it will give a much more vibrant effect on the eye.
I mainly use it to set my makeup and to remove that cakey look which usually accompanies many powder products. It gives a lovely luminous, dewy finish to the skin and stops products from looking cakey on the face which I suffer from quite a bit since I have quite oily skin but dry patches around my cheeks so product tends to cake up on the drier areas. The Fix + gets rid of the cakeyness. I usually spritz some Fix + on then lightly pat it in with a clean duo fibre brush rather than having it sitting on my skin.
I occasionally use it as a toner after cleansing my face. This allows the vitamins and nutrients contained in the spray to really get into my skin. This spray is lovely to use after a day of sitting in the sunshine when your skin may feel a little tight from the sun. A few sprays of Fix + alleviates that tight feeling and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
Overall I really like the Fix + spray from Mac, it has set a good standard with my expectations for the rest of the skincare line by the company. The price of this spray is a bit off-putting but I personally think it is worth it since you don't use that much every time you spray it.
I loved the original L'oreal Telescopic mascara so thought the new Telescopic Explosion mascara would be as good. With a wand similar to that of the Givenchy Phenomen'eyes, I was intrigued to find a drugstore alternative to the much more expensive Givenchy mascara that I wanted but couldn't justify spending £20 odd on mascara. Priced at just under £10, this mascara seemed to be the perfect alternative!
The wand isn't what we all immediately think of when we think of mascara wands. This one is a globed shaped spiky ball at the end of a plastic stick. The bristles are very flexible and there are longer and shorter bristles to make coating every lash that bit easier. Still, the mascara promised me lashes that blew me away! The small ball shaped applicator should make it easier to grab every lash and apply mascara, especially those lashes at the outer and inner corners of my eye.
The packaging is red and black and shaped like a telescope. I am told that this mascara will give me "fanned out lashes and a spectacular look". I do really like the packaging of the telescopic mascaras; the original was shaped the same too. The packaging is thinner at the top than it is at the bottom and the colour makes it easy to find amongst your makeup.
The wand itself is very flimsy and thin, shoving it back into the tube when you are in a rush is a big no-no since it could probably snap if you were rough enough. The spherical ball is no bigger than my pinky nail, so the size does make it very easy to reach those tiny lashes at each corner.
Upon removing the wand from the tube, I am met with the applicator and the bottom half of the wand both coated in mascara. I don't feel like enough mascara is removed when pulling the wand from the tube. I had to wipe the applicator a few times on the side of the tube to remove some excess otherwise clumps would appear on my lashes. The wand is very long and thin which left me feeling that I didn't have much control over the applicator, whereas the similar Givenchy mascara has a very short, thick wand which gives more control with application.
When applying the mascara, I found it very runny and took a long time to dry, which meant looking up would leave me with black marks on my eyelids. Since the wand picks up a lot of mascara, if I touched the wand to my lashes by accident, when trying to catch my inner eyelashes with the applicator, I was left with huge clumps of mascara on my lashes. I then had to use a spare mascara wand to comb through my lashes to get rid of the clumps. This is not something I would expect to have to do if I was in a hurry. It is just too time consuming.
When I didn't mistakenly catch my lashes with the wand, I was still left with horrible spiky lashes after using this mascara. It looked awful, really awful. I just don't think this mascara delivers the spectacular look I was promised and the applicator is a cheap copy of a higher end mascara. I would like to try the Givenchy Phenomen'eyes mascara simply to compare the two.
I usually love L'oreal mascaras, but on this occasion I was left disappointed and out of pocket!
ELF is a brand which is slowly becoming better known, with a vast range of cosmetics available and prices starting at just £1.50 per product, it would be rude to not order every now and then!
With a recent order from ELF, I decided to try out some of the slightly more expensive Studio line. The majority of the products in this range from ELF are only £1.50. The packaging of this line is much more expensive looking compared to the cheaper standard range. Still a bargain at £3.50 per item though!
On this occasion I tried the Bronzer in the shade Golden, the other shades available are warm and cool. Each bronzer comes with four complimentary shades which you can blend all together with a brush or mix and match the shades to get a shade which you like. The individual bronzer colours are big enough so you could use them alone without having to worry about picking up any of the other colours. The packaging is very sleek and feels sturdy in the hand, it has the same packaging as Nars products do, minus the rubberised feeling. This may be a deliberate attempt on the part of ELF to promote their products as products of better quality without the high end price tag. The product comes packaged with a large mirror in the lid which is great for when you are on the go and don't have a mirror to hand. The writing on the packaging is minimal, simply with e.l.f and Golden Bronzer printed in the middle in white.
You get a whopping 12.3 grams of product, compared with a MAC bronzer which weighs in at only 10 grams, you are getting more product for a hell of a lot less cash!
Now I do like bronzers but always struggle to find one which doesn't give that muddy or orange look. I am always quite dubious when shopping online since I don't like not seeing the product in the flesh. But I am glad I took a chance on this bronzer.
The four colours are lovely and blend together beautifully to give a bronzed glow without looking tangoed. In the Golden bronzer the colours are all shimmery so a light hand is needed but mixed together, they give a lovely peachy but bronzed colour. It is very smooth and soft which makes for easier blending.
I could try and describe the four shades included in the palette but I wouldn't do it justice, they range from a very light peachy shade to a more dark bronze shade, with a golden shade and deeper warm peach shade in between. The bottom left, darkest colour has ELF imprinted into the powder just in case you forget what brand you are using! Haha
I use this bronzer with a small powder brush, swirling it in all four colours and tapping off any excess on the brush so it doesn't look cakey. I blend this around my temples and underneath my cheekbones to give a more contoured and shaped look to my face. The bronzer blends so effortlessly and looks very natural, but also gives a lovely glow to the face.
ELF is only available online, from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk, with regular free delivery codes (Delivery is free when you spend over £30) and offers! It is easy to get a lot of products for next to nothing. :)
Overall I love this bronzer and will repurchase when I run out. For the bargain price, you could even afford to have one in every shade for just over £10!
I dye my hair very regularly with a standard box dye and love that just coloured look, where the colour is fresh and vibrant. Usually, this is usually gone after a few washes, leaving my hair looking a bit drab.
So while browsing around Superdrug, I came across the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect range of shampoo and conditioner. In this review, I will be focusing on the shampoo. This product promised to 'prolong and accentuate colour radiance' which was pretty much what I was looking for so it went straight in my basket.
This range is very readily available in most supermarkets, Boots & Superdrug, priced at around £2-3, it isn't the cheapest shampoo on the market. There are usually promotions on this range, I got this particular shampoo for half price in Superdrug at around £1.50 for the larger bottle available.
The packaging is standard to the rest of the available shampoo products available from L'Oreal, quite simple but also stylish. The colour protect range is all packaged in red which makes them very easily identifiable in the shop, if you are repurchasing, you can just look for the colour rather than having to read the bottles.
So, onto the product itself. The directions given by L'Oreal are pretty much standard to what other shampoo products give so I won't bore you with telling you how to wash your hair! Upon squeezing some shampoo out onto my hand, I was met with a liquid of a quite runny consistency. Not what I was really expecting from a shampoo, but nevertheless I persevered. The product lathers up really nicely and a small amount goes a long way. I love the smell of this shampoo; it is really fresh and smells clean. This scent does linger for a good day or two after blow drying and I love getting a whiff of my hair. After rinsing, I followed with the conditioner from the same range which smells the same.
After blow drying and straightening my hair, I was left with silky smooth hair which looked so healthy and clean. Despite all this, I wouldn't say that the product particularly prolonged the colour of my hair. While it does leave my hair feeling sleek, the colour was no more vibrant than if I had used a shampoo which wasn't targeted at coloured hair.
Overall, I love the shampoo itself and the results it delivers, however it doesn't live up to the promise of prolonging and accentuating my colour. This shampoo is one of the best I have used to give that 'just from the salon' healthy feeling, but I don't use this product alone to protect the colour in my hair. I now have to use a separate conditioner to protect the colour in my hair.
I recently acquired a few of these Dazzle Me! Eye dusts from Boots, priced at under £3 for a small plastic jar. My favourite colour is definitely Enchanted - a soft dark brown colour with gold shimmer.
The packaging is very simple with a small clear plastic tub topped off with a silver lid stating "Collection 2000 Dazzle Me!" on the top in metallic blue print. There is a good range of colours available at the Collection 2000 display, from greens and blues to purples and greys. That said, there isn't as many to choose from as Barry M Dazzle Dusts. This is the only drawback for the Collection 2000 pigments is the range of colours. There are only around 12 shades to choose from but these are a good array of colours.
Upon opening the small jar you are met with a small sifter which stops too much product from spilling out should you drop them on the floor. I usually just tip the jar upside down with the lid on, give it a little tap or two then open the lid again (the right way up!!) and there is more than enough to use for one application within the sifter. I can find getting the product back into the jar through the sifter a bit of a pain however. At present I have a huge amount on top of the sifter which I cannot get back in the jar for love or money.
The pigments can be used for anything. I mainly use mine for my eyes but they can be used for blushers (pink toned ones obviously) or mixed in with a clear nail varnish for a different nail shade.
The Collection 2000 pigments are very finely milled and apply to the eye very smoothly. The pigment looks gorgeous if it is packed on to get a real bright colour or just a light sweep for a more toned down look.
I usually apply these with a dry brush but they can be applied wet for a more metallic finish. When applying them wet, I tend to lightly dip my eye shadow brush into the pigment then tap off any excess to avoid any fallout onto my face. The brown shade (Enchanted) is gorgeous when applied wet, changing to a darker brown and more metallic shade.
I highly recommend using a cream base on the eye prior to using loose shadows as they are renowned for fallout onto the cheek if there is nothing for them to stick to. With a base, these pigments last all day and well into the night but without one, I find they are gone by mid afternoon (having said that I do have oily eyelids so this is a factor!).
I have had these pigments for a good few months, maybe more and I seem to have used the tiniest amount. I am about 1cm down the jar! I don't use these daily but quite often so they do last a long time.
The Barry M Dazzle Dusts are a much smaller container and they do cost a little more so you are getting a real bargain with the Collection 2000 equivalents! If you do want some really bright colours or a wider selection of colours, then head to Barry M.
I personally love these pigments and would like the rest of the shades available! At such a cheap price you won't break the bank! The colour selection could be better but it will do for me!
After being pleasantly surprised by the Sleek Ink Pot Gel Liners (already reviewed), I was curious to try one of the Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes which I had heard so much about on the internet. Priced at under £5 in selected Superdrug stores (I say selected as a lot of people have trouble getting hold of Sleek products), I thought this was a complete bargain for 12 mineral based eye shadows.
The packaging is gorgeous and sleek - of course! A black matte finish plastic casing with Sleek written across the top. The packaging is very sturdy and the clasp at the front is very secure. I have no worries when I put it in my makeup bag that I will end up with eye shadow everywhere.
The mirror in the lid is huge and fills the whole lid. Perfect for those on the go and want a good selection of eye shadows and a good, large mirror to put them on in! A double ended sponge tip applicator is also included but I always end up binning these in favour of my brushes.
The palette doesn't look anything like the picture above. There are two rows of eye shadows each consisting of six shadows with the sponge tip applicator along the bottom.
Onto the shadows themselves. I have the Storm palette which includes a variety of colours. This is the most neutral out of the palettes I saw on this visit to Superdrug. There are mainly browns, beiges, pinks, a green and a blue shade. A matte black eye shadow is also included in the palette.
The colour comes out exactly as it is in the palette. I was so surprised at how pigmented these shadows were for such a cheap price!
You get a good amount of eyeshadow for the price, each eyeshadow is 1.1 grams. The Storm palette is perfect for creating a smoky eye, the matte black in the palette is the shadow I have used most (believe it or not!!). I use the Sleek palette almost every day and the black eyeshadow is the only one where I can see the metal pan beneath.
Most of the shadows in the palette are quite shimmery and have some glitter to them; there are only three matte shades in the Storm palette out of 12. I don't mind the shimmer at all so this didn't put me off at all. The Storm palette has to be my favourite out of the other two which are available - The Original and Chaos. Chaos has more bright colours rather than neutrals whereas The Original seems to be a mixture of the two others, with some bright colours and some more neutrals.
The Storm palette is perfect for creating a smoky eye, the matte black in the palette is the shadow I have used most (believe it or not!!).
The colour lasts for a good while alone but with an eye shadow base they last well on into the evening. The colours blend so well together making it look seamless. With the right knack and technique you could create something that looks like a professional had done it for you!
These eye shadows apply like velvet; there is no chalkiness to them and almost no fallout upon application.
The eye shadows are very easy to remove and no hard rubbing is needed to get them off. I just use a makeup wipe or eye makeup remover on a cotton pad.
If you can't tell already, I absolutely adore this palette and from the two Sleek products I have, these seem to be a very good brand. I have no doubt about buying other products from Sleek in the future.
Over the past few months, I have slowly developed an addiction with the MAC brand of makeup. Don't get me wrong, it is an expensive addiction, but they keep stepping up their game with each product I buy! After acquiring the foundation and blusher (already reviewed) I looked into eye shadows. It can be quite overwhelming when standing at the MAC counter looking at what can only be a HUGE array of colours and finishes. From the brightest whites to bright almost neon blues, every colour you could ever want will be there!
I finally decided upon the shade Satin Taupe. MAC describes this as a "taupe brown with a silvery bronze shimmer". This particular shade is a frost finish which is an iridescent finish to the shadow.
MAC also stocks a variety of different finishes from satin to matte and lustre. I don't know the difference between them all but I am sure a quick Google search you give you the answer!
The packaging is as standard with most MAC products, simple yet elegant, in a black circular compact with a clear window so the product is easily visible and identifiable. The shadows are available in a pan only form, where you don't get the outer casing so if you have a MAC palette the pan will slip easily into the palette. The eye shadows with the casing are £11 and without it is £8.50 so it may be more cost effective to get the palette.
While you do only get 1.5g of product, the eye shadows will last a long time! I use Satin Taupe most days and after using it for around three weeks or so, it doesn't even look like I have made a dent in the surface of the eyeshadow.
MAC is available on the internet at www.maccosmetics.co.uk or in selected Debenhams and House of Fraser stores. MAC also has boutiques dotted around the country but I have yet to visit one.
So back onto the eyeshadow! I usually use a simple eyeshadow brush with this eyeshadow to apply onto my lid and then blend the edges. The shadow is so pigmented and comes out practically the same as it is in the pan! (With the Urban Decay Primer Potion I have recently reviewed as a base it looks beautiful). This particular shade can be used alone for a simple neutral look or as part of a lovely brown smoky eye! When applying the shadow to my lid alone with no base, I can get some tiny creases on my lid. This may be because I have quite oily lids. But with a base they stay put all day and look as vibrant as when I first applied them!
The texture of the eye shadow is very smooth and it applies so evenly to the lid. The colour can be applied lightly or built up for more colour vibrancy! The eye shadows blend perfectly together with other shadows and you could create so many gorgeous eye shadow looks with a select few of MAC shadows.
I am yet to try any of the brighter shades from MAC but I am hoping that they will be of a similar standard to Satin Taupe. From other reviews I have read on here, the brighter shades are also amazing! When I do get a brighter one, I shall update this review and let you all know!
My wish list of MAC shadows is getting bigger every week and what with the new collections MAC keep releasing my bank balance is going to be hit hard!
I recently got a miniature version of the Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) in an eyeshadow set from the same brand. Urban Decay is an American brand which is renowned for its quirkiness and bright colours. After reading about UDPP and the reviews surrounding it, I finally gave in and bought an entire palette!
The UDPP comes in such cute packaging and it defiantly warrants the name 'potion'. The curvy light purple bottle is so sweet and looks lovely in your makeup bag. The applicator is similar to that of a lip gloss or liquid concealer. I can see that getting the last bits out of the bottle due to the odd shape! But it looks pretty!
The larger full size is £11 in Boots, which may seem a bit steep but a little goes a long way so it will probably last you a good while! I have had the small tube for just over a month now and it shows no signs of giving up yet!
There is no scent at all to the product that I can detect so it is perfect for those of you that may have sensitivity to scented products.
On removing the applicator from the tube the product is a light beige colour which looks like concealer. The UDPP is quite thin however as I said before you do only need a tiny bit. I tend to dap a bit on my ring finger then apply to my lid and lower lash line. It seems to even out my eyelids and covers any darkness on my eyelids.
Urban Decay claims that this potion gives colour vibrancy, long lasting and absolutely no creasing! I will admit I was dubious that the UDPP will live up to these claims, but I was happy to give it a shot! I have tried many different products which claim to offer no creasing with eye shadows, but none comes anywhere near as close as UDPP! The colour vibrancy is ASTOUNDING! The eyeshadow comes out exactly (and I mean exactly) as it is in the pot. The Urban Decay eye shadows are pretty pigmented on their own but with UDPP as a base, the colours are SUPER SUPER bright! There is definitely no creasing when I use this product. Most eye shadows do crease on my eyelids as they are quite oily, but my eye shadow lasts all day and most of the evening with this product!
I really don't know how it does it and keeps my eye shadow there all day, but I am not complaining! I LOVE IT! After using eye shadows alone and then with the UDPP, I can really see the difference in vibrancy and colour payoff.
Once the miniature trial size has run out, I will have no doubt about purchasing the full size. It has to be one of the best products I have ever used and finally a product that does what it says it would do!
I have recently bought a new blusher from MAC. I only have one other MAC product which is a foundation - that is super good so I thought the blusher would be equally as good! I was not disappointed.
I visited my local MAC counter and stood ogling the huge selection of blushers for a good 20 minutes! There were two or three that caught my eye, but I finally decided on Fleur Power which is a Satin finish. This shade is a pink/coral colour which looks a little dark in the pan but upon applying it blends out to a gorgeous light pink. It gives a light sheen to the face but not over the top! Just the right amount! The texture is as with any blusher but it is much smoother than many other blushers I have tried in the past. It goes on this smooth too so it doesn't leave that horrible cakey feeling we all hate! The wash of colour lasts all day on my cheeks and I haven't had to re-apply yet. Most other blushers I have had from drugstore brands are normally nowhere to be seen by mid afternoon. But this MAC blusher easily lasts into the evening.
The packaging, as with all MAC products, looks so stylish in simple black with clear window and MAC written across the top. The packaging is very sturdy, although being black gets dirty very easily (maybe I'm just messy!).
I usually apply this blusher with an ELF blusher brush on the apples of my cheeks and I love the natural rosy look it gives me!
MAC have so many different shades of blusher, I believe anyone of any skin tone would be able to find one that suits them. Most MAC makeup artists at the shop will be more than willing to help you pick.
Although the blushers are a bit on the pricey side at £16 each, you get 6g of product. If you have a MAC palette however, you can get a refill pan alone with no exterior packaging for £13.
I have had a fair few blushers but I can honestly say I wouldn't want to use another brand now. I have used this blusher everyday since I got it and love it more with every use.
Soap & Glory are a range I have been a fan of for a while now. I think a lot of the reason why I like it is the cute packaging. Many of the Soap & Glory products have some funny quotes on them or something along those lines. This moisturising mist was the same - the box it came in said that "sensible men have been driven to dizziness" by this mist. The packaging is reminiscent of the 50's ish era with a very retro feel to it. I love the packaging personally - the Soap & Glory products all look so cute lined up in the bathroom!
So with the packaging out of the way, I threw this in the basket at Boots, costing £6 (plus advantage card points). It comes in a 250ml off white bottle which isn't transparent yet you are still able to see the amount of product remaining very easily. I am told from the back of the bottle that the product isn't tested on animals - another plus! The bottle comes complete with a spray pump which makes dispensing the product very easy. It normally takes around three or four sprays to cover my whole arm.
I usually use this after a shower or bath (as directed on the packaging) and lightly misting it over damp skin then rubbing in until it is all absorbed.
The moisturising mist itself is very pale white although it is very watery. Despite this, the product sinks into the skin so nicely without leaving a greasy residue behind. The consistency reminds me of cheap spray on sun lotion, where you have to rub it in pretty quick to stop it running everywhere. If you spray this on from a distance (10-15cm) the product remains a light mist on your skin rather than a pool of liquid.
This product claims to leaves skin "temptingly fragrant" which I can say it definitely does! It leaves the skin soft with a noticeable scent. This scent seems to run in the Soap and Glory range as other products I have smell the same. It is a very, very sweet scent. I can smell oranges, strawberries and it is almost a bit peachy. It's very fruity but still not too overpowering. When I first smelt it, I was instantly reminded of Miss Dior Cherie perfume. This perfume is one of may all time favourites so to find a moisturiser that smelt pretty much the same was a nice surprise. This product is perfect for summer since it is such a sweet, fruity smell.
The smell lasts for a good few hours and even sometimes when I get up in the morning, having applied it the night before, I can still smell it on my skin.
I have found that the moisturising mist does make my skin softer, but not as much as other moisturisers I have used in the past, such as Palmers Cocoa Butter. The smell is what does it for me. It is a very light and easy product to use. I personally only use it on my arms and occasionally on my legs but I think if I was to use it everywhere, the bottle wouldn't last too long.
I like this product a lot but I have used better moisturisers, although none have smelt this good!
Most people have heard of Benefit Cosmetics, a San Francisco based company that is known for their great products and quirky packaging. This Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow is no different!
I recently picked this cream shadow up after hearing a lot about them being the perfect base for eyeshadow. I have it in the colour 'My Date's My Brother' which is a light pink with a good amount of gold shimmer through it. It does sound a bit of a tacky colour but once it is applied it looks lovely. Although the pink colour that the product is in the jar doesn't stay pink on the eyelid. Yet this doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad thing as the Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow can be used as a base for any eyeshadow. This colour is also perfect to use a highlighting colour for under the brow since it is quite sheer. The eyeshadow can also be used as a liner with an angled liner brush, I won't be using this one as a liner as the colour is just so neutral and it wouldn't really show up.
The packaging for this product is super cute. It comes in a black and white box with a little circular window. Through this window you can see a little card which has a picture of a Barbie doll kind of looking thing - just look on the Benefit website and you will see what I mean. The jar itself is quite big, yet the product inside isn't quite so big. You get 4.5 grams of product, which doesn't sound like a lot but you don't need to use a lot on each eyelid, so I think this product will last a while. The lid is black with some cute white doves on the top with Benefit written across the top.
The product itself lasts pretty well. I tried some out on the back of my hand when I got it and it was still there a good 10 hours later. Although I suppose my hand is different to my eyelid.
I used my ring finger to apply the shadow, sweeping it gently across my eyelid, up to my crease.
The colour can be applied lightly or can be built up. The directions included in the box say to leave one layer to dry then reapply to build up the colour.
In terms of staying power on my eyelid, I find it really does last for a good 7-8 hours. It is perfect as an eyeshadow base and makes the eyeshadow applied on top really stand out and makes it more vibrant. I use a base for my eyeshadow to give it something to adhere to, rather than my bare eyelid, which are usually quite oily. The product doesn't crease at all (well I expected that due to the name). Eyeshadows applied to my bare eyelid crease a LOT, which drives me crazy, but with this underneath I am crease free! I don't usually use this shadow alone since it is quite a neutral colour, but is perfect if that is the look I am going for!
The texture of the product is very light and applies so smoothly. It is like any other cream eyeshadow but is a very airy texture which makes it so easy to apply.
If you think how much you would pay for a separate eyeshadow, eyeshadow base and liner, this product is well worth the £14 that I paid. This product may seem like a hefty initial outlay for the small amount of product you are getting but the product will not only last a long time but it does three things in one! It is perfect for summer and those who have limited space in their makeup bag.
The Sleek Inkpot Get Liners are a product I had had my eye on for a while before I bought them. I found these in Superdrug and had seen them compared endlessly to the MAC and Bobbi Brown equivalents. Being a student, I find myself not being able to afford many higher end brands, so I opted for the Sleek Ink Pot instead. If I remember correctly, the Ink Pot was under £4 so much cheaper than the MAC and Bobbi Brown versions. I have two of the Ink Pots - one in Dominatrix which is a jet black and Stone Cold which is a dark blue-grey. Honestly, when I was in Superdrug I thought Stone Cold was a slate grey so was a bit disappointed when it had a blue tinge to it, yet the colour is slowly growing on me. Stone Cold is much more muted and perfect for wearing during the day when a full heavy black liner may be a bit much for some people. Personally, I don't mind wearing black liner during the day.
The packaging for the Ink Pot is super cute. The pot itself is pretty small but this will last you a long time. The black lid is your typical screw off lid and has Ink Pot written across it in baby pink. The rest is a frosty glass jar. Sleek Ink Pots come with a tiny little eye liner brush which would be perfect to use if it wasn't so tiny! I use an angled liner brush (which if anyone wants to know I got at HobbyCraft!!!) and although this new brush works perfectly for me, the little included brush may work for you!
The gel liner itself is a solid block of colour that looks pretty hard but once you have picked some up with your eyeliner brush it becomes....well....like a gel! The liner is highly pigmented and in particular the black (Dominatrix) is as black as black can be! It applies to the eyelid very smoothly and you really don't need much to line your upper lash line. I can see the Sleek Ink Pot lasting me for more than a year; I have had it for around 6 months now. Although I don't use it every day, I have made a pretty tiny dent in the gel liner. The Sleek Ink Pot doesn't dry up like a similar gel liner I have does.
Sleek claim that the gel liner is a 'long lasting and waterproof' liner and I can safely say that they are true to their word. The liner lasts all day and it doesn't crack along my eyelid. I have only used one gel liner before which was an Avon one. In comparison, the Sleek Ink Pot overtakes Avon easily in terms of staying power.
The Sleek Ink Pots can be a bit difficult to remove from your lid since they are waterproof, yet a specific eye make up remover does the job for me. There are a lot of colours available in the Ink Pot range (pink, blue, orange, yellow), you can look at the colours available on the website below.
I understand that some people have had trouble hunting down the Sleek range of makeup - I don't have the same problem and I can find it in most of the Superdrug stores local to me. A full list of stockists is available on the sleek website www.sleekmakeup.com.
I would definitely say that this is the best gel liner I have used and will repurchase the black one once I have run out of my current one. The purple Ink Pot looks gorgeous too (it is called Purple Rain) and I might have to pick this one up next time I am in Superdrug!
I recommend these Sleek Ink Pots no end and for the low price, even if you find they are not for you, you haven't spent a small fortune as you may have done with a higher end brand.
I have been a fan of the whole Aussie range for a good while now. I used to always buy the small sachets of the 3 Minute Miracle to use every week for a deep condition for my heavily heat treated hair. These sachets cost around a pound each so I decided to invest the £5 or so in the big 250ml bottle, which has worked out much cheaper in the long run. I must have used the 3 Minute Miracle at least 5 or 6 times already and still have over half of the bottle left. The reconstructor is for damaged hair and I thought this was the perfect choice for me since I religiously straighten my hair most days and have a fair few split ends.
The bottle is a good size for the price and I can see it lasting for at least another few months. Thepackaging looks exactly like the above picture so I won't bother going into describing what it looks like.
All of the Aussie range of hair products smells absolutely gorgeous and the smell really lasts for the whole day. The 3 Minute Miracle contains Australian Balm Mint which you can pick up in the scent yet it smells very sweet and fruity. Some may not like this, but I personally love the smell.
The bottle tells you to apply it after shampooing/conditioning and to leave on for three minutes or more. The product itself is a light peachy colour and is very thick so a little goes a long way. I use around a 10p piece size which covers all of my hair (my hair is just above my shoulders). I usually clip my hair up once applying the 3 Minute Miracle and leave it on for around 10 minutes.
The only thing I don't like about this product is the dispenser. The product comes stood on the lid which does make it easier to get the product out. Yet once you pull the small sticker that is covering the whole, you are left with a plastic sucky thing (the only way I can describe it is similar to one of the sports drinks bottles where you can open the lid and tip it upside down and nothing will spill). You have to give it a good squeeze to get the product out onto your hand & if you have wet hands, this is near on impossible. But other than that the packaging is pretty good.
After rinsing with warm water and then cold water (this is to seal my hair follicles so it doesn't become so greasy and gives a shine), my hair felt gorgeous and soft. I usually blow dry my hair so after doing this I could really smell the product on my hair. My hair smells just like the 3 Minute Miracle itself. On running my fingers through my hair, it feels noticeable smoother and not as dry at the ends (yes, my split ends are still there!!!), but definitely softer. It is easier to manage and when I straighten my hair, it looks glossy and smooth.
This product is amazing in my opinion and the smell stays with me all day - it is so refreshing to catch a whiff of my hair when the wind blows!!! For the price I think it is a complete steal and is more economical than buying the little sachets. There are usually offers on in many supermarkets such as 2 for £5/£6. Most supermarkets stock it as do Boots/Superdrug etc.
This product will be in the bathroom for the foreseeable future, the results are gorgeous for such a cheap price. I think the whole bottle should last me about 6 months or even more. Everything about the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is lovely! It really is a Miracle in a little bottle! Thumbs up from me!
I picked this mascara up in Boots before Christmas (2008) for around £7-8 when it first came out. I was sucked in by the adverts and thought I would give it a shot.
The packaging is very sleek and smart looking. It is black with gold bold print writing up the side, it looks very smart in your makeup bag. I checked boots.com and the current price is £9.78, so I saved around a pound or so. The mascara is available in both waterproof and non waterproof. I have the former.
I have the mascara in black and the adverts promised "up to twelve times more impact". I find this very hard to believe. The wand itself is pretty big and is tapered to the end. It kind of looks like a bottle or hourglass shape. My first impressions were that the wand had lots of bristles and was very closely packed. I thought this would be perfect to separate my lashes and get every single one covered with product.
When I first used the mascara, upon pulling the wand out of the tube I was met with a mascara of a quite sticky and very runny consistency. When applied to my lashes, it didn't separate my lashes at all and just clumped. It left my lashes very thick and did lengthen them but nowhere near the "12 times more impact promised"!! The wand seems to pick up too much product from the tube too. When I do use this mascara, I have to scrape off the excess on the side of the tube opening!
If you, like me, apply a few coats of mascara, this mascara really is not the one for you. Applying more than one coat of this mascara will leave you with horrible clumped together lashes, although they will look marginally longer. When I use the mascara, I can feel it on my lashes which drives me mad during the day, my lashes just felt very heavy and weighed down. I have used a LOT of mascaras yet this has to be one of the worst. The product also never seems to dry, don't try looking up with this mascara on or you will be left with mascara on your upper eyelid. The product stays very sticky and damp on my lashes. I want a mascara that dries pretty much straight away, not one that stays wet!
It is also very difficult to get off, even having the non waterproof one. I had to use at least two makeup removing wipes as well as a specific eye makeup remover. Even after all that, I woke up to find mascara under my eyes.
I am normally a huge fan of L'Oreal make up but this mascara has to be one of their worst products. With quite a high price tag (just under £10), you could definitely get a much better mascara for your money. It definitely doesn't do what it claims to do.
I was looking for a new deep brown eye shadow a few months ago and after finding none that caught my eye in the usual places, I headed into Poundland. I saw a collection of "Famous Brands" cosmetics as it is called in Poundland at the end of an aisle in the store.
I have the EyeGlide in the colour Mocha - which as said before is a dark brown colour. The tube is a thin but quite long, deep brown colour with a rounded end. Pulling the lid off, you are met with a slanted sponge applicator which is quite stiff so applying the product is pretty easy. It is a cream eye shadow which comes up out of the applicator tip when you twist the tube.
The colour Mocha is quite a dark brown with some shimmers through it but not too many. The texture is very creamy and covers very well. With one sweep of the EyeGlide, it covers my whole eye lid. The applicator blends the eye shadow/cream in well and doesn't need any blending since the sponge applicator does it for you! It applies extremely evenly and doesn't leave any horrible clumps or blobs of cream on the lid.
In terms of staying power, the EyeGlide stays put pretty much all day. I usually get a tiny bit of creasing around the crease on my lid, but this has happened with other cream eye shadows I have had. Although, a tiny rub with my finger and the crease line is blended out again. I have dark brown eyes and find that this product goes perfectly with a little eyeliner and mascara.
There is no smell at all to the EyeGlide so would be suitable for those with eyes that are easily irritated by fragrances in products. The EyeGlide is great for those ladies who are in a rush in the mornings as you eye makeup can be applied in a flash with one sweep of the EyeGlide.
I haven't seen this product in Boots recently, yet I know they used to sell it in store so it is worth a look. I am sure that this product will be available somewhere or other (or if all else fails - check Ebay). This product only cost me a pound (since I did buy it in Poundland!) and in my opinion is definitely worth it. I would have been happy to pay more for it but was extremely happy to get it for a pound!
I love this product (if you hadn't already guessed) and it will be a staple in my makeup collection for the next few months.