As soon as I heard news about this product in April, I got so excited, it seemed like an awesome product and it kind of seems similar to the famous cream bronzer from Chanel. However, it wasn’t going to released until June, I felt so disappointed, but now I have it :) so here is my review~
It comes in a sturdy plastic pot with a screw on lid. It feels very safe and would protect the product. The packaging it also sleek, lightweight and small in size, therefore making it very convenient to travel with. Moreover, for some reason, I really like the colour scheme of the brown and the pretty green, it’s just a nice extra detail :D
Unlike the Chanel cream bronzer, this product has more of a mousse texture, it feels very spongy and squishy x) I think the colour is great, there is only one shade, and Bourjois claims that it is a universal shade, I think this would work well for a wide range of different skin tones, but I don’t think the colour would show up on really dark skin. Personally, I think it doesn’t look orange or muddy on my skin at all, which is great :)
The product feels fluffy and lightweight, it blends in really easily into the skin and looks very seamless. It is marketed as a primer, however, I use it as a bronzer over my foundation & powder and it works really well. It gives a really nice subtle and natural bronzed look to the skin, also, because it is a primer, it glides on the skin very smoothly.
I’m not too sure how well the product works as a primer because I haven’t tried it, but I do apply contour powder over the primer because it gives a more defined look since the primer is very natural, and I have noticed that it has stayed on for a very long time.
On an everyday basis, I like to use this product under my cheek bones, on my forehead & my temples. But on days when I want to look more bronzed, then I would also apply some to my cheeks, chin and nose.
I definitely really recommend this product, I really like the overall results it gives. It would be perfect or those who don’t want to look to chiseled/contoured, and like a natural look. Although it isn’t really a dupe for the Chanel cream bronzer, but the way you can use them is quite similar, but don’t quote me for this since I don’t own the Chanel one “^__^ This can be purchased from Boots for £9.99
Finally, this ever so popular concealer recently came over the the UK stores, I have been dying to try this out since so many people love it. This concealer is generally known as the Instant Age Rewind Concealer, I don’t know why the name is different, but all is fine :) Previously I had absolutely no luck with concealers going under my eyes, it just would never look right, I don’t know if I just had really high expectations, or if they just simply didn’t work for me, well it doesn’t matter anymore as long as this product is here.
So, this concealer comes in a plastic tube which is quite sturdy. It has a twist up mechanism and the concealer comes out from the top, where there is a fuzzy sponge which I personally don’t mind. It can be seen as unhygienic, but I think it actually helps the application of the product.
I have the shade Light, which is great for my under eyes, it is a little bit lighter than my actual skin tone, but not too much. The formula feels really light on the skin, it’s also easily blendable and to apply. It has light/medium coverage, for me, it works really well because I don’t have really bad dark circles, so it probably won’t work as well for extreme dark circles. Furthermore, what I love about this concealer is that it doesn’t settle into lines under the eyes, or cake up, it almost seems undetectable on the skin, which is always a good thing.
To apply the product, I like to use the sponge directly on my under eyes and then I use my ring finger to pat & blend the concealer seamlessly into my skin. Also, I try to avoid to apply too much product, I personally find that for any product going under my eyes, if there’s too much, it’s not always a good look, so remember, less is more :)
I definitely highly recommend this concealer, I have been looking for the perfect one for a very long time, and I have finally found it! I would probably be classifying this concealer has a holy grail product until i’m brave enough to venture out to find a new one. This is available in Superdrug for £7.99, i’m not too sure about Boots, but it probably is.
I have been wanting to try Sleek blushes for a very long time, and I was thinking to purchase new blushes for the upcoming spring season, so I decided to check out this brand, and the colours in this palette just drew me in, and in the end, I purchased it, so here is my review on it :)
So the packaging is very simple and ‘sleek’ like the many other products from thee brand. It feels very sturdy and snaps tightly shut, which give me assurance that it’s not going to randomly open and break or something like that. On the inside, there is a huge mirror which is great for when you’re travelling.
As the name suggests, there are 3 different blushes in this palette, there are several different ones available, I picked up the one in #367 Lace which includes orangey red blushes. The first blush from the right is Crochet, which is a bright matte orange colour. The next is Guipure, which is a pinky-red with gold shimmer running through it. The last blush is Chantilly, which is a bright matte red-based pink colour. I personally prefer Crochet & Chantilly best, just because I love my mattes :)
These blushes are really pigmented, you only need a very light hand in order to apply them, I find that it is quite easy to go overboard with them and apply too much, but after a while, you will get used to it. These are also very smooth and easily blendable, which makes them easier to apply to the cheeks.
Overall, I absolutely love this blush palette, and it’s especially going to be great for travel because you have 3 blushes in 1! The colours are perfect for the spring and upcoming summer season :D I definitely would recommend this, and I need to purchase more of these because the other colours also look super pretty :) These palettes are available at Superdrug & the Sleek online store for £10 which is quite affordable, since you get 3 blushes!
I have heard so many great things about this lipstick line from Maybelline, this line was released quite a while ago in the US, but only released recently in the UK, however, I think there was only 4/5 colours from the whole line, which is kind of disappointing, but I picked up one shade, and here is my review on it :)
So the packaging is super pretty, it’s really simple and sleek. I love the pop of colour that the cap of the lipstick, makes it more spring/summer-esk. Like the typical lipstick, it has a twist up mechanism, where obviously, the lipstick bullet appears.
Onto the shade I purchased, #910 Shocking Coral, I was looking a really pretty coral lipstick, although I had heard people say that this colour is more of a pink than a coral, I still wanted to try it out anyway. And it’s true, instead of a coral, it seems more like a really bright neon pink. I am a bit slightly disappointed with the naming, but that’s fine by me.
This lipstick is so bright and pigmented, it glides onto my lips really smoothly and effortlessly. It isn’t an especially moisturising lipstick, but it still is moisturising and isn’t dry at all. If you do a flaky dry lips, this will cling onto those and accentuate it, but that’s the case for most lipsticks (in my opinion).
Since this is a really bold lip colour, and is definitely not a colour I would usually go for, but I decided to try it to get out of my comfort zone and to try something new for the season. However, i’m still not that used to wearing such a vibrant colour, so I either like to apply it thinly onto my lips with a lip brush, or dab it on with my fingers. This allows me to wear the pretty colour, but in a much more subtle way. Another great way I like to wear this is creating a gradient lip affect, concentrating the colour onto the centre of my lips and blending and fading it outwards.
Overall, I really like this lipstick, and I think it’s great for the spring and up-coming summer season since neons and bright lips are pretty big trends. Although i’m slightly disappointed that this wasn’t a coral lipstick, I still really like the colour (It was my fault for picking it up even though I knew it wasn’t coral anyways). Even though this is a bright colour, don’t hesitate to purchase it because there are many ways in which you can tone it down! Now I have to go on another hunt for a pretty orange coral lipstick, if you have any suggestions, please comment or message me! Thanks xx
I went over to Superdrug a few days ago and was thinking to purchase some new lip products for spring and summer :) I never really was a lip product lover, but I think i’m beginning to like them more and more now, so I decided to purchase these lip butters from Revlon which everybody loves, so here are my views on them~!
The packaging is so pretty, it doesn’t look or feel cheap, and just overall looks very nice. The lids are designed to be the same colour as the shade of the lip butter, and also, on the top, there’s a clear plastic bit, which makes it easier to identify which lip products are which and what colour they are. Furthermore, it also has quilted detailing on it, which makes it a bit more unique, and the product twists up like most lip products do.
I purchased the shades in #015 Tutti Frutti which is one of the original shades, and #027 Juicy Papaya, which is one of the shades that was released very recently for Spring 2013. Tutti Frutti is an orange colour, and Juicy Papaya is a peachy pink colour. Both of them don’t have any shimmer/glitter in them at all, a lot of the shades in the lip butter line have quite large chunks of shimmer in them, which i’m not really a great fan of.
I love the formula of these lip butters, they’re so moisturising and creamy, they glide onto my lips so smoothly. They are on the sheer side, which I like, because i’m not really a bold lipstick person, but these can also be quite buildable. I find that if your lips are a little dry, it looks fine, but if your lips are really dry and flakey, these lip butters would accentuate them. Although these don’t last extremely long on the lips, because they quite sheer, they can easily be touched up, even without mirror.
Overall, I absolutely love these products and I would definitely recommend them, especially if you aren’t a huge fan of bold opaque lips. I am definitely going to be purchasing more shades from this line! These can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug for £7.99, but they are now on offer in Superdrug for £5.99!
Holika Holika is a pretty well known korean cosmetics company, and here i will be reviewing their bb cream from the aqua petite jelly line!
First off, the packaging is adorable, the bb cream comes in a frosted matte glass jar which is in the shape of a jelly. cute. anyways, the glass jar has both positives and negatives, it can be seen as durable and not cheap looking, but it isn’t very convenient for travelling, and it may break if it’s dropped. Furthermore, when you twist off the cap, there’s a spatula attached to it, which is a nice and hygienic idea, i personally like it. There’s also a sponge that comes along with it, but i find that it absorbs a lot of product (even when dampened!)
The bb cream is so easy to apply and blend into the skin, it feels extremely light on , and the formula is very thin, but at the same time, it isn’t runny. In the jar, it actually looks like jelly, and if you shake it, the bb cream wobbles. The finish is semi-matte, and makes my skin feel like silk…(?) The bb cream can be sheered out to have a light coverage to even out the skin tone, but it can also have a medium coverage to hide redness and blemishes (not major blemishes though)
It wears pretty reasonably throughout the day, i have combination skin, after 3/4 hours, my t-zone starts to get oily, so i would have to blot, however, the bb cream doesn’t really wear off. By the end of the day, the bb cream is still there, but just isn’t as perfect as it was first applied. Despite the fact, most bb creams & foundations are like this on my skin.
Like typical asian bb creams, this bb cream only has two shades, which i would recommend for light-medium skintones, it probably won’t match fair skintones and those who are any darker than tanned skin. But this is a perfect match for me!
Since it’s a korean brand, it’s not widely available, i bought mine from ebay for no more than £10, which is a pretty good price.
Overall, i personally love this bb cream, although it has some downsides, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I would recommend this for normal and combination skintypes since the bb cream can slightly accentuate dryness on the skin, and may not wear for a long time on oily skin. And i don’t recommend this for those who have really fair skin or medium-dark skintones.
This mascara is from avon, which isn’t a brand that i have tried any products from, i got this free with a magazine a very long time ago (summer 2012)
The packaging is pretty standard, its black, sleek and simple. It has a plastic bristle wand which is curved, and i think the actual bristles are actually quite spiky, which can hurt if you’re not careful. I think that i personally like standard brush applicators better than plastic bristles.
Ok, so straight to the point, i don’t like this mascara at all, and it just didnt work for me. A main feature that i look for in a mascara is that it would hold my curl, as i have the typical short pointing down eyelashes, and this mascara didnt do that for me. See the results that i got from it for yourself :)
On the first coat, you can already tell that my curl has dropped a bit, but the overall performance wasn’t bad. however, instantly, on the second coat, my curl dropped and my lashes started to clump.
Overall this mascara didn’t work very well for me, and i wouldn’t recommend it, especially for those who have straight eyelashes like i do. however, it may work for those who already have pretty nice curled eyelashes, and just want a bit of definition.
These two eyeshadow palettes from the MUA Professional line, these are known to be dupes for the Urban Decay Naked & Naked 2 palettes, personally i dont own the urban decay palettes, but seeing online swatches, they are quite similar. In this post i will be doing a comparison of the two palettes.
The Undressed palette was released quite a while back sometime last year, and Undress Me Too was released a few weeks ago. The packaging is basically the same, other than the fact that one is black and the other is white. Also, the shades in the Undress Me Too palette have names, which the other older palettes didnt have, which i find quite nice.
As for the colours, Undressed is more warm toned, and only contains two matte colours, and the rest are shimmery. Whereas Undress Me Too has a mixture of both warm and cool tones shadows, but mainly cool toned, it contains three matte colours and the rest are shimmery.
Furthermore, i find that the shadows in Undress Me Too has improved and are slightly a bit better than Undressed, the shadows are more smooth and not as powdery.
This is the complimentary pressed powder that was released along with the revlon nearly naked foundation.
The powder comes in a white rectangular compact, which i personally think looks really nice and modern. A small mirror and a sponge is included inside, which makes it convenient to travel with.
I have the shade #02 Light, which i think is a good colour match for me. The powder is extremely smooth and almost feels creamy to the touch. It doesn’t look or feel powdery at all and just blends nicely into the skin. The powder has a bit of coverage, it glides onto my skin really nicely and sets my makeup into place. it also keeps my face shine/oil-free for most of the day!
I would definitely recommend this! one of the best powders i’ve tried, i would say it is one of my favourite :) its just so smooth and creamy-like and i love the fact that it isnt detectable on the skin. this is available in boots and superdrug for £7.99, i think i purchased mine for £5.99 when it was just released.
(i didnt purchase the complimentary liquid foundation, but i really want to purchase it soon!)
This is a mascara from the Japanese brand Majolica Majorca. I bought this mascara from sasa which is a hong kong based store. this mascara will be difficult to access if you do not live in asia, but im sure there are several online stores out there that would sell this product. (I generally think that asian mascaras work better on my typical straight stubby lashes)
I absolutely love the packaging for this product, its super adorable and the design is really detailed, it has a cute magical look to it, which i love. I quite like the applicator, it is the typical/standard mascara wand, it isnt too big or too small.
As you may be able to tell, the mascara does contain fibres. The mascara is very black and gives mostly length, and a teeny bit of volume. Also, the most important factor for a good mascara for me is that it holds my curl, which this one definitely does do!
I think many people may not like this mascara because it doesnt seem like it does much, but if you compare the before and after pictures, you can see the difference. i think this mascara gives a very natural look and doesnt look dramatic, which would be great for a “no makeup makeup look” See the results i get from it for yourself :D
I would definitely recommend this to those who like a natural look to your lashes, and dont want to make them look dramatic. it almost appears like you are not wearing any mascara at all, but there is a significant difference! However, it isnt that easily accessible and is slightly pricier than a standard drugstore mascara. (i dont remember the cost…)
As you all may know, i love my real techniques brushes, and I finally have this brush set in my hands! I have been wanting it for so long, so this is the set where the very popular buffing brush is… here are my thoughts on it :)
These brushes have orange metal handles which i think are fun :) the set comes with a panoramic case where there are elastic slots to fit your brushes in, and also includes extra slots for your other brushes! The case can fold up like a book, but you can also fold it horizontally and pull the toggle for the case to stand!
This brush set includes for brushes; from left - right, contour brush (great for contouring & highlighting, also good for detailed powder application), pointed foundation brush (good for blending out under-eye concealer, great for highlighting & detailed foundation application), detailer brush (great for spot concealing & applying lipstick), buffing brush (awesome at buffing out all products to be honest, foundation, powder & blending out blush and bronzer…very multi-purpose)
Similarly to the other real techniques brushes i’ve tried the bristles are super soft and havent shed at all! and the great thing i have noticed from the brushes is that they dry really quickly once you’ve washed them, which is always an awesome bonus!
I really recommend this brush set and definitely the other real techniques brushes i’ve tried! they are just absolutely amazing & of great quality :) this set was £21.99 from boots, really affordable compared to mac & sigma etc…
This is a compact from sleek that includes a contouring powder and a highlighting powder, i have it in light.
The compact is very sturdy, it includes a large mirror which is great for travelling. It is also very slim, which, again is great to travel around with and doesnt take up much space.
The contour powder is a perfect shade for my light/medium yellow under toned skin. It isnt too orange, or is it too brown, furthermore it is matte, therefore this powder is a great colour to contour my cheek bones. The highlighter is a shimmery pink colour, it is great for highlighting the high points of the face. Although i like this highlighter, you can see a bit of the shimmer on the face, which i dont like as much, i like highlighters that give a sheen, but i still would use this & think its pretty nice (im just picky)
The powders a very silky and smooth, they also blend it effortlessly onto the skin. As well as using these for contouring the face, its also great for a nice subtle eye look. you can use the highlighting colour on the brow bone, tear duct & all over the lid. and you can use the contour powder in the crease, so its kinda like a multi task product.
I definitely recommend this, and i think it will suit many skin tones, i think there are also two other shades available, which is great. Furthermore, this is very affordable, it can be purchased on the sleek online store and superdrug for £6.49
As you guys may know, i am trying to expand my brush collection, and how i absolutely love the real techniques brushes i own so far!
So this is the stippling brush, it has a pretty pink handle and has a flat bottom, which is great because i can stand on a flat top surface, but i find that it takes up a lot of space in my brush holder pots :( but thats alright… This brush is sold individually for £11.99 in boots, which is quite affordable compared to mac and sigma.
This brush is of such high quality! i’ve never tried a stippling brush before, and i thought they would be slightly spiky/prickly…but this is really soft! Also, the real techniques brushes dry really quickly compared to my other brushes after they’ve been washed.
This brush is great for applying foundation, i think that it is especially great for thicker & heavier coverage foundations because it sheers it out a bit. For example, for my revlon colorstay foundation, when i used my real techniques buffing brush, it made the foundation look dry and cakey, however this brush made the finish of the colorstay foundation really nice, and it didnt really take too much of the coverage away! in addition, i lot of people love this brush for cream & powder blushes too, i personally haven’t tested that out yet…
I highly recommend this brush and i think it’s really awesome!! definitely recommend to those who dont want to spend too much money on mac, sigma etc…
This product is from a Korean cosmetics brand called Lioele, this can be used as a makeup base or by itself as a bb cream.
The packaging is so cute and sleek. i love the colour combinations and just the whole look of it. Its great that it has a pump, i hate it when you have to pour product out of the bottle…(ehem…revlon colorstay ^^)
This product has 2 different shades, the one i have is #2 Natural Green, and the other is #1 Gorgeous Purple. And yes, its green, the product comes out as a light pistachio green colour, this is to counteract redness, and the purple colour is for brightening. However, once blended in, the product adapts to your skin tone (right swatch - blended out)
The formulation is very smooth and blendable, it really does counteract the redness on my face. but it is only light/medium coverage, it doesnt cover up my blemishes, maybe a little bit of scarring, its great for evening out the skin tone. Therefore, i really love to use this for a ‘no makeup makeup day’ or to use as a colour correcting base.
I definitely recommend this to those who like a light coverage, a natural look or those who have pretty much amazing skin. As this is a korean brand, it is quite difficult to purchase if you do not live in asia, however, you can purchase it from ebay for about £10, pretty affordable! ;D i will hopefully be trying out the purple on soon xP
This is a brand new eyeshadow palette that was launched today from MUA, when i saw the swatches of these beforehand, i instantly knew that i wanted to purchase it…and as you may know, i absolutely love the undressed palette
The packaging is the same as the other previous palettes, however, it is white, the previous ones were black. Also, MUA has finally decided to name their eyeshadows, although they’re not amazing names, it better than using plain old numbers :D Similarly to the other palettes, the product comes with a dual ended sponge tip applicator.
I personally think that MUA has improved their eyeshadow formulas a bit. These shadows feel more smooth and creamy than the previous, which were already pretty amazing. However, there are a few shades that aren’t as pigmented as the others, such as lavish & reveal, but overall, they are great quality.
As mentioned before, i instantly wanted to purchase this palette when i saw the swatches because it looks extremely similar to the urban decay naked 2 palette (although i dont own it) and the previous palette, undressed was a great dupe for the urban decay naked palette! I found a blogger who had compared the two here, although they’re not identical, they’re really similar!
I would definitely recommend this! especially for those who are on a budget, and really want to try out the urban decay naked 2 palette! Also this is super affordable, its available on the MUA online website and superdrug for only £4!!! bargain!!!