Sunday, 31 July 2016
It comes with a standard doe foot applicator which can occasionally pick up a bit too much product but doesn't hinder how this applies. Opaque in one swipe, the applicator makes it easy to line the outside of the lips as well as filling them in at the same time. I'd advise turning the applicator over as you apply this so you get as much product off it as possible. The length of the wand is neither too small or too big and doesn't affect the application at all.
When you first apply this it does stay tacky on your lips for a few seconds but once you've applied it completely where you started is already dried down to it's matte finish. As it is a matte finish it can be drying on the lips but you can apply lip balm before or during wear and it won't affect how this sits on your lips. Transfer wise this is one of the better liquid lipsticks on the market. Whereas some liquid lipsticks flake off in chunks when you eat this doesn't budge. It may disappear from the corners of your mouth or the very inner part of your lip but you won't lose massive chunks from the lip line or anything like that. If it does transfer though reapplication can be tricky. Reapplication can be tricky with or without transfer though and it's a lot to with the finish of the lipstick. Because it is drying on the lips it can zap the last bits of moisture from your lips when you reapply it and it will appear darker and occasionally streaky where it's been layered. However if you're only planning on wearing it for a short period of time and don't plan on eating or drinking then you need not worry about reapplying.
Overall I like this lipstick and love the pop it gives my look when I wear it. It can be tricky to wear but all liquid lipsticks or even matte finish lipsticks can be tricky to wear especially for long periods of time. There is a huge range of colours so if Wicked isn't up your street, I'm sure there will be something in their collection that does.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? Do you have any liquid lipstick recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 28 July 2016
But let's start with nails as that's what they're best known for, it's what their stand consists of mostly and it's the one product I own the most of. Back when I was first introduced to Barry M five years ago there was only one range of nail paints. They were called their Classic Paints and had a whole host of stunning colours that has something unique over other brands. I have a whole host of these and still use them from time to time but over the years they've released an amazing ten different ranges of nail polishes and each time they've been better than the last release. I used to have a large collection of nail polishes but nowadays I only use Barry M and always recommend them to customers when they ask. And here's why.
Overall I love Barry M as a brand. They make good quality products at a brilliant price point which won't break your bank. There are a whole variety of other products there to try as well as the ones mentioned but it's a case of getting round to trying them. If you're into contour and highlight they have a fantastic range of products aimed at that and even have a good range of base products that work well on a variety of skin types. Anything purchased in the future from this brand will obviously appear on here and if the products are the same quality of the ones I've already tried then it's bound to be good reviews all over. If you're looking for a budget beauty brand that is brilliant quality and bang on trend then I highly recommend high tailing it down to your nearest Boots or Superdrug and checking out their Barry M stands.
Do you guys love Barry M as much as I do? Do you have a favourite product/s? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
When I first saw these on ReallyRee’s blog I knew I had to have them. I do like Loreal skincare and did wonder when they would step into the world of face masks. I thought it would be a long wait for these to appear in shops but it was only a couple of weeks and of course when I did spot them in Boots I didn’t just buy one, I brought all three. And damn are these masks are good.
Containing Koalin to help control any excess sebum or oil, Montmorillonite which aims to help draw out skins impurities and Ghassoul a clay to help clarify the skin and make the effects of other ingredients last longer on the skin. All in all, these three clays and the other ingredients in these masks help to purify, exfoliate and detox the skin to give skin a flawless feel.
The Detox Mask contains charcoal to really purify the skin and pull out dirt, grime or blemishes that may be lingering around. There is a chance that blemishes will appear after using this but that just means it works and afterwards your skin should be less blemish prone. This is the one I like the most and see myself getting a lot of use out of. As it dries down it really adheres to the skin and it feels more like it’s pulling everything from your skin. Definitely the mask for people with more problematic skin.
The Glow Mask contains Red Algae and is jammed packed with tiny exfoliating micro beads. When applied you can feel the beads scrubbing at your skin to help remove any dead skin that may be hanging around. When it sets down it doesn’t really do anything to aid exfoliation but it does work to give your skin a more radiant glowing complexion. And then when you remove with a wet flannel or muslin cloth you get the exfoliating action again as you wipe it away. I’d advise anyone with extremely sensitive skin to steer clear of this as the micro beads can be irritating and would probably make skin sore or cause a break out. Other skin types however would work perfectly well with this mask which is perfect if your skin needs a pick me up.
The Purity Mask contains Eucalyptus and works to mattify skin. This would be perfect for people with an oilier complexion, especially if you’ve got a long day. This is the only mask I haven’t gotten around to trying yet but the smell and the feel of it from playing with it on the back of my hand is good. I’m assuming this would also be very soothing for people who suffer from redness or rosacea. I’m alternating trialling masks between these and some Origins masks but this is definitely next on my list to try.
All three masks can be worn on their own or you can use each of them on the areas of skin that need them. So if you have an oily t-zone but texture on your jawline or cheeks then you can use the Purity Mask down the centre of your face and the Glow Mask on your cheeks. Both would work as effectively as if they were being used on their own, except they’re targeting different skin problems. All three can be used in conjunction with each other or on their own. If you’re not a fan of multi masking and only one thing skin wise you want to deal with then I’m sure one of these three will do the job.
My favourite part of these masks isn’t the ingredients, isn’t the stunning green packaging. It’s the fact they come in a pot. Tube masks and sachet masks can be a real pain but these are a dream to use. You can easily dip a finger in, spread where it needs to go and dip your finger in again without spreading any residue left on your fingers all over the packaging. It also gives these masks a fancier feel. The pot is made of a thick glass and each has a stunning metallic green lid. And when you open them up you’re greeted with a lid over the top to protect it from spilling everywhere if it happens to be other way than flat. It’s the small details but they give these masks a more luxurious feel for their budget friendly price tag.
At £7.99 a masks these are a lot less pricey than I thought they’d be and I have to say they’re a much higher quality than the price tag suggests. If you’re in the market for a new face mask that works wonders on your skin and doesn’t break the bank then I recommend trying these out. Loreal have really made a bang with this latest release.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? Or do you have a mask recommendation for me? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 24 July 2016
So that's it for my July Favourites. Whaty were your favourites this month? Do you have any recommendations for me to try in August. Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
These are a recent release from them and can be found in with the face masks. There are two in total and I've tried both. Each sachet contains one use and I find that there is enough in there for people with very long hair and people with short hair could probably get a couple of uses out of this. It's isn't the easiest to get out of the sachet and would be easier in a pot but you can actually get all of it out and aren't left with some in the bottom. I recommend putting it through your mid lengths to ends if you have mid length or long hair and obviously all over if you have shorter hair. Leave it in for 3-5 mintues, maybe longer if you're hairs in a bad condition and then was away like you would a shampoo or conditioner.
This deep conditioning mask is perfect for people who's hair needs a little bit of loving. Containing Manuka Honey and Abyssinian Oil, this mask will nourish and moisture hair leaving it feeling refreshed, replenished and easier to work with. I love putting this mask on at the end of a long day when I just a need a bit of TLC. It doesn't smell as good as some masks could smell but it's not that bad that you don't want to leave it on for it's allotted time. I like to leave this on for more than five mintues just so it can really go to work on my hair and afterwards my hair feels softer and a lot more manageable even if it's still a bit frizzy.
If frizz is your main concern they also do a frizz taming mask that I forgot to buy last time I was in there. It's brilliant for taming any flyaway hairs you may get from washing and hair looks a lot less frizzy and fluffy after each use. At £1.29 a sachet these are a brilliant budget option for your hair and they actually work. I'll definitely be stocking up next time I'm in Superdrug.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? I'd love to know in the comments.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
In the warmer months I'm a big believer of less is more. Not just with clothes but with make up and accesories as well. So on days when I'm just in shorts and a vest I like to give it a boost with some jewellery and there are so really cute pieces on the high street these days. My favourite piece at the moment is this necklace from Topshop. I prefer longer pendants over small dainty necklaces as they draw people's attention and add a pop to sometimes a basic outfit. This was in the sale and I picked it up for just £3. Another way to add something to an outfit or a look is midi rings. I have quite large fingers so standard rings look weird but midi rings seem elongated and thin my fingers out. My favourites at the moment are these really cute seashell inspired rings from H&M. They're dainty so they don't look too much on the finger but have enough detail to make people look again. Good places for midi rings are obviously H&M, River Island, New Look and Topshop. They're also quite inexpensive so they'll look nice without breaking the bank.
So that's it for my Key Pieces. There isn't a lot but as I said before less is more during the warmer months. I have to wear a lot for work on a daily basis so when I'm free I turn to these pieces which leave me feeling cool and comfortable.
What are your key pieces? Do you have recommendations? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
I haven't tried the rest of this range but from the two products I have tried I can imagine this range could be hit or miss. The Body Mist smells divine in small doses but personally is too much for everday wear. The bags in the collection are sweet but I can't justify buying them without a reason. However if you're a massive Zoella fan then I'm sure you're going to love this range. I personally have products I prefer and it maybe because I'm slightly older than her normal age democratic but it just hasn't grabbed me like I thought it would.
Have any of you tried this range? If so what did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
The box itself costs £20 but the goodies inside come to a whopping £84 together. And who can turn down an offer like that. I ordered Sunday morning and recieved this Thursday morning (the day I'm writing this). And this is how it comes. My first thought is on how pretty the design of the box is. It has a floral watercolour design on the box and the leaflet inside which is that stunning I'd consider giving one of these as a present.
At £20 this box is a steal and when you open it you'll see why. I'm very impressed not just with the choice of Origins products but with the size of them aswell. Each product is a decent size and two are even full size. If you can still get your hands on this box then I recommend you do it right away. It's a cheaper, easier way to try Origins as a brand if you've never tried them before. Keep your eyes peeled next month for a full indepth review of what I thought of each product. Until then if you have the box enjoy.
Have any of you recieved the box? What did you think? What product are you looking forward to trying the most? Let me know in the comments.
The formula of this product is the let down. I was confused when I read the words lipgloss and matt on the packaging and assumed that it was some kind of hybrid. No. It's not a hybrid, it doesn't dry down to a matte finish. It doesn't even dry down to a satin finish. It's a gloss. A shiny, sticky looking gloss that personally doesn't work with bright opaque colours. After applying this I allowed it a good ten minutes to set on my lips and even was nearly late for work as I gave it every chance to impress me. Yet it didn't. It stayed shiny and almost wet looking on the lips and made them feel sticky or tacky everytime you put them together or opened your mouth to speak. I unfortunately had to change my lipstick and was as I said very nearly late for work.
It reminds me a lot of the Loreal Matte Glosses that they released a few years ago that didn't even show an intention of drying to a matte finish. Unlike those, this disappointing product only cost £2 and whilst it may have been expected from such an inexpensive product, I do consider it a waste of money. If you're looking for a inexpensive liquid lipstick that is opaque, dries to a matte finish and comes in a range of colours then I'd highly recommend checking out the NYX Soft Matte Lipsticks.
Have any of you tried these? Or do you have a high street liquid lipstick recommendation? Let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
It did take me a bit longer to get my hands on the range than I'd have liked but when it was fully available in my local Marks and Spencers I was there (maybe blocking the stand) trying to decided what my first purchase was going to be. And to begin with I went with my go to beauty product and chose a lipstick. And then choosing which shade I wanted was hard, there are just too many beautiful ones.
These lipsticks are all cream lipsticks but instead of having that really high shine finish to them they set down to a sort of demi matte finish. It means they're comfortable to wear for long periods of time and are less likely to need a reapplication. In my experience these can be applied in the morning and can easily go without being touched up for a good five or six hours. I think a lot of it comes from the formula, demi matte finish, creamy formula as well as being moisturising on the lips. Huntington-Whiteley has created the perfect non matte, non glossy lip product which are not only a dream to wear but also look stunning in your collection.
Moving onto eyes and there is a whole host of products for these. She's released eye shadow quads, cream eye shadow sticks, liquid liners, pencil liners, two types of mascara and a brow pencil. Not being someone who's big on eyeshadow or liner I picked up a brow pencil and her InstaLash mascara. Let's start with the InstaLash Mascara. It comes in either brown or black and has a standard bristle brush. It doesn't have a fancy curve or a ridiculous amonut of bristles. It's a standard, tapered end bristle brush that fits nicely to the contour of the eye and gives instant volume and length to the lashes. It's a wet formula which means you have to be a bit more careful with it but personally I don't mind that because the results this mascara gives are better than some I've tried from other brands. And the same stands for the brow pencil. I got the Shade 1 as I like to use a lighter shade on my brows so they're not so out there. And this pencil is highly pigmented, comes with a spoolie and is soft and easy to apply. It doesn't scratch or break. It can be used to create light strokes or harder strokes and it'll still not look to over the top. The spoolie on the end is an added bonus and is thicker than standard so it really brushes through brows and help distribute product easily. If you're in the market for a brow pencil then I'd highly recommend checking this one out.
Overall I'm very pleased with this range. Sure there are products that I haven't brought because they're my cup of tea but the ones I have purchased have been definitely worth the money. They all have a luxuorious feel to them that makes them look more expensive than they actually are. With the lipsticks costing £14, concealer at £14, mascara at £15 and brow pencil at £10 these are just a bit pricier than your average high street store but are truly worth every penny. Sometimes you do have to pay out more for a higher quality and for the price points I don't think you can get a higher quality than you do with these products. Huntington-Whiteley has really surpassed herself with these products and I'm looking forward to seeing what else she may add to the collection in the future.
Have any of you tried this range? What did you think? Is there anything you'd like to see her release in the future? Let me know in the comments.