Tuesday, 30 August 2016
If you're a fan of liquid lipsticks but don't know which ones are the best for high pigment colour that require little to no effort here's my top three. MAC's Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Dance With Me. It's a deep red shade that only requires one coat and dries down to a comfortable but long lasting finish. The same goes for Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. This is my personal favourite as it's that shade of red that you can wear all year round and with any look. Then there are the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. These are a lot thinner in consistency than most liquid lipsticks and a lot more comfortable to wear without budging. There are so many shades, I couldn't possibly name my favourite. However if you're not a fan of liquid lipsticks then try Urban Decay's Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood. Highly pigmented, opaque in one swipe, comfortable to wear and long lasting. And if red's not your shade then Revlon's Colorburst Balm in Sultry is a perfect neutral shade for a multitude of skintones. Easy to apply, non drying and long lasting, this is definitely a lot higher quality than it's £8 budget.
So that's it for my matte lips tips. Do you have any I've missed? Or do you have a matte lip product recommendation? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 28 August 2016
So that's it for my August Favourites. What have been your favourites this month? And are you as excited for Autumn as I am? Let me know in the comments.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
here. Expect to see more of both in the future.
So that's it for this ridiculously long empties post. Hopefully the next one won't be so long. I'd love to know what products you go through the most so let me know in the comments.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Overall these are good liners and for their £4.99 price point aren't ridiculously over priced for what they are. They can be patchy and hard to work with but when paired under a lipstick they work wonderfully to create a stunning lip look and help keep lipsticks in place. If you haven't tried these then I definitely suggest giving them a swatch when you're at a Gosh Stand next.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
It is one of the harder colours to pull off especially if you lack a tan but there are ways to still rock a white nail. Now a lot of white nail polishes are streaky, patchy and thin in formula. This takes away the pop effect white nails has and leaves them looking almost off colour and overall the look of the nails and your hand in general is not pretty. If the polish is a bad quality polish then your hands are going to look dirty and obviously your nails aren't going to look much better.
Polishes to avoid getting this look are the ones from Maybelline, Rimmel and the Barry M Classic Nail Paint in White. These are all very thin in formula which means they're harder to work with and will probably end up leaving nails look a little streaky in places even if you're sure you've covered everything. Slightly pricier nail polishes are the best way to go with White Nails as they have a thicker and better formula. If you don't want to pay the earth for a polish then Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine in Cotton. It's very thick in formula and doesn't go patchy or streaky no matter how thin a coat you apply. Two coats of this polish and you're in for bright white nails that will set off a tan or give nails a brilliant pop of colour without one.
However if pure white nails aren't your thing then you can still work this look by wearing shades that have a hint of a colour running through the white. Nails Inc did a whole range of shades that were white based but had hints of colour running through them. It was mainly pastel shades that still gave a nice pop of colour but it wasn't a stark white against the nail. Barry M's Rosehip and Essie's Fiji are two great examples of these polishes. Both are white based polishes but have pink running through them. They're very pale in colour and you need a good two maybe even three coats to get the colour to truly show through but they give that interesting pop to the nail but aren't stark and in your face.
And I know that it's coming to the end of the summer now but whilst the sun is still shining white nails is something I'd definitely give a go before the colder weather rolls in.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
As with this entire range of lipsticks they're very creamy and highly pigmented which makes application a dream but these latest releases seem to be even creamier and more pigmented. One swipe is enough for bold opaque colour that is matte in finish but not uncomfortable or drying on the lips. Easily the most comfortable lipsticks to wear all day long this also rarely need to be reapplied, even after eating and drinking. And if they do need reapplying then it's as easy as the intial application is. There is no chance of these clinging to dry or flaky patches and they won't look streaky or patchy in the slightest. They'll still be creamy, comfortable and opaque, giving a perfect bold lip.
If you're looking for new Autumn shades then I highly recommend checking out the entire range of Gosh Matte Lipsticks. There is a brilliant range of shades and for a brilliant purse friendly price you can rock a bold lip this Autumn. If you'd like to see the rest of the shades you can see them in my review here.
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Overall for the price point these aren't the worst liners on the market but personally I prefer the Primark liners which are the same price but a lot creamier in texture and less drying on the lips. I know some people may think Primark make up may be a bit down market but out of the two sets of liners I'd highly recommend checking the Primark ones out over these.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? What do you think of the new blog name? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
So that's it for my Top Ten All Time Favourite Lipsticks. All of these appear on me on a very regular basis and some of them whilst not having been worn yet this year will definitely be appearing in the upcoming seasons.
What are your favourite lipsticks? Are any of them the same as mine? Let me know in the comments.
Sunday, 14 August 2016
I was quite suprised by the products I didn't like and not really surprised by the ones I did like. The Vitazing was probably the most disappointing product in the box. It's said on the box it had sheer tint release. It's okay if you like your tint to be orange. I put this on one day as an alternative to foundation and had to take it almost immediately. Instead of blending with my skintone which I thought it would, it turned darker and darker the longer it was on my skin. It was like I'd dipped my face in a bowl of fake tan. A big no from me.
The Ginzing Peel Off Mask was also another disaapoinment for me. It took nearly the whole sample bottle to do the lower half of my face which doesn't bode well for the time it would take to get through a full sized bottle. It dried down and started to peel away from my face but when it come to actually peeling it off my face, it was an ordeal. Instead of coming off in one chunk or even longer strips it came of in tiny pieces that would have flaked off anyway. Peeling it off the skin also meant a lot of pinching the skin underneath and it ended up looking redder than it should of after a peel off mask. Definitely one to give a wide berth.
One of the products I liked was quite a surprise. The Maskimizer just seemed like a overly fancy water spray when the box first arrived but after a couple of uses the idea behind this product becomes very well known. This contains Marine Algae which works to add and retain moisture in the skin whilst you're wearing your mask of choice. It also helps adhere the mask to your skin and if you're a fan of charcoal based masks then this is also going to help with how deep this goes into pores and removes any impurities.
The Original Skin Mask and the Clear Improvements Pod were both firm favourites with me. I knew I'd like these both as I'm a fan of both retexturising masks and charcoal based masks. These are slightly more higher end than I'd normally pay out for but if you're skin doesn't agree to Glycolic Acid then the Original Skin Mask would probably worth the price tag. It's a retexturising mask so will aid with exfoliation and removing any texture from skin. Plus it contains Rose Clay which makes it smell absolutely divine.
Overall this is a good box, especially for people who haven't tried Origins as a brand before. However it's also a slightly risky box because not every mask agrees with every skin type. For example the Original Skin and the Ginzing Peel Off Mask may not agree with people with very sensitive skin. It's is though just trial and error when it comes to trying the products inside. Not everything is going to agree with everyone and that's one downside to this box, however at £20 a lot of people, myself included aren't particularly bothered if there's a product or two that don't work or agree with my skin type.
Have any of you tried these masks? What did you think? What ones are worth buying in full size? Let me know in the comments.
Friday, 12 August 2016
I managed to get my hands on their Hydro Matte Liquid Lipstick via Beauty Bay as was very impressed with both pricing and shipping. I chose the shade Immortal which looks like a bright red but is in fact a deeper more brick toned red. This is another of those reds that would look fantastic in a vintage make up look and really pops beautifully on girls of a fairer skintone. As it's a deeper red tone it's also perfect to wear all year round instead of just looking better during certain seasons.
This dries down fairly quickly on the lips and once it's dry then it doesn't budge. However because it's so stay put you can feel it on the lips and it does have the tendency to dry lips out. A bit of lip balm bopped gently in the centre of the lips should make this more comfortable to wear but even then this isn't the best lip product for wearing for long periods of time. If your lips are really dry or in a bad condition when this is first applied then it can flake and peel in patches leaving it looking uneven and streaky. When it comes to reapplication of this product it's best to wipe away as much as possible from what's left and then going in with a fresh coat. It will not only make the colour look fresher it'll also stop it from cracking or peeling from the lips when it dries down. A bio phase eye make up or lip product remover will remove this without leaving lips feeling sore or scrubbed at.
So that's it for Lip Product Week. I hope you all enjoyed it and hopefully it'll be back next year. However keep your eyes peeled the rest of this month as I've dedicated as many posts as possible to lip products. Feel free to leave me product recommendations or your thoughts on lip product week in the comments, I'd love to hear what you think.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
At the beginning of the week I said that the MUA Luxe Liquid Lipsticks were the most budget lipsticks for the week but then I found this new Primark lipstick tucked away in the corner of my new in box. And this is the most budget lip product of the entire week.
This is Primark's Super Matte Liquid Lipstick. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago when I was out shopping and was eager to give it a go. There are only four shades in total and none of them have shade names which is a bit of a pain. The one I picked up is this deep berry, purple toned shade which would have looked lovely in the upcoming seasons. And I said would have because unbeknown to me when I brought this it's full of glitter. And not just a small bit, I mean a whole lot of glitter which can't be hidden when this is on the lips. Once this has set down, it doesn't budge and especially with this shade you have a ridiculous glittery lip look that whilst looking good at a festival doesn't really suit well with everyday life. Because of this I wasn't going to put this on for the week, not wanting to really write a bunch of bad reviews during this particular week.
Once applied this dries down to a matte finish that you will feel on the lips but it's not that matte you feel there's no moisture left in your lips. A bit of lip balm popped underneath or gently over the top will help to keep lips moisturised while you wear this. If you eat anything remotely greasy or oily whilst wearing this then it will transfer and move around but you can easily reapply this. It may make your lips feel tight and dry but because of the high pigment in the shade it's more of a high maintenance product. Definitely brilliant if you've got a long night out that doesn't require eating.
Overall I'm impressed more by the red shade than the berry shade. There are lighter shades in the range but they both look like they wouldn't suit my skintone. When they say super matte they really do mean super matte and for such a budget price it's pretty impressive. It's unknown how long these will be in Primark so if you see one then I highly recommend picking one up.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
The Barry M Satin Finish Lipsticks are one of the newer ranges from Barry M. They started with a range of six shades and have recently added another five shades. And it was the five newer shades that have caught my eye. I picked the shade 175 which comes across as this plummy berry toned shade that is going to be stunning in the upcoming months.
The lipstick itself though is ever so slightly disappointing. It may be because I'm a big fan of matte lips that when it comes to non matte lipsticks I've even harder on them than I am on matte products. The intial swipe of application was extremely satisfying. It wasn't dry, there wasn't some sort of film on the top you needed to get rid of. No it was creamy, highly pigmented, opaque in one swipe and gliding easily across the lips. The colour pay off is amazing and if you're a satin or sheen finish lover than these are definitely for you. However for me, these aren't really up my street.
The initial swipe was nice and felt like it wouldn't budge on the lips but when it came to finishing the look and filling in my cupid's bow the problems showed themselves. It has too much slip to it which makes defining an upper lip hard. Personally I found that this meant everything slipped too much and I ended up with more outside of my lip line than actually on my lips. And that was with a lip liner.
Maybe without a lip liner this would have applied better and been less slippy but it was necessary to give a clear lip line. Without it this would have more than likely feathered or bled out of the lip line. As I say it may not work for me is because I am a big fan of matte lipsticks. And the non matte lipsticks I wear are more neutral in tone and easier to reapply or touch up than this one. If you're a fan of this lipsticks then check these out, under a fiver, highly pigmented and bang on trend for the upcoming colder seasons. They just weren't the right lipstick for me.
If you've had your eye on these for a while, don't let this dishearten you. Some products work better with others and this is one of those. It's not matte so I wasn't as comfortable with it as a product but if you don't like matte lip products then these will probably be right up your street. Even if you don't buy one, at least go and swatch them at your local Barry M stand.
Have any of you tried these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
The shade I picked up from this range is called Exotic and is a peach toned nude that looks almost terracotta in the tube depending on lighting. However when it's on the lips it has much more of a pink tone and dries down darker than when it's first applied. This is a brilliant colour for a variety of skintones as it looks different shades once dry. As a fairer toned girl I like how it looks and makes a statement when I wear it but I'm sure it'll like completely different on girls who have more olive and deeper skintones.
There's a theme to this week and it's products that do not budge when they've dried down. Sure, matte finish lipsticks can be uncomfortable to wear and can leave lips dry and somewhat flaky but they do not move. This can be applied at nine in the morning and still be going strong at four or five in the afternoon. Sure it may fade a little along the inner parts of your lips but from personal experience most lipsticks/lip products do this. It's a lot to do with when you talk, eat or drink. However straight on biting down on something will not take away massive chunks of this lipstick. It may fade slightly but it will not leave massive chunks of your lip visible where the lipstick should be.
Reapplication like with every long wearing liquid lipstick can be tricky as the drier your lips are the harder it is to get an even, smooth, flawless looking colour. A bit of lip balm about ten minutes before reapplying this colour should ease reapplication and give lips some of their lost moisture back. However there really isn't a lot that can be done to give lips the same look as when this was first applied. It's just how liquid lipsticks work and it's something I've personally had to learn to deal with to enjoy the long wearing matte finish.
If you've had your eye on some of the high end liquid lipsticks I'd say put them on a wishlist and check these out instead. They have twelve shades in total, mostly nude shades but with some deeper more interesting shades as well. They only cost £6.50 so two of these will still be cheaper than some of the higher end products that claim to do exactly the same thing. Even if you can't find a shade to suit you still check this out, you never know when a brand is going to expand their colour range.
Have any of you tried these? Did you like them? Do you have any colour recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.