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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Review and Photos

Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara
I don't know about you but mascara is certainly something I cannot live without. I also love testing out new ones, to see if they reach my high mascara criteria! The Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara has been on my wish list forever, but finally I picked this up last month to put it to the test, so here's my thoughts.
This retails for £6.99 for 9ml of product and comes in Blackest Black and Brown/Black.
The box that the mascara comes in is eye-catching and informative which is always helpful, as sometimes it's hard to know exactly what the mascara does when you only have a name to go by.
The brush itself is rubber and slightly flat with short fine bristles and for me this is my favourite type of wand to work with, as it really gets right into the root of the lash.
Upon application this mascara lengthened and separated my lashes a treat! It also built up nicely without the risk of clumps. However if you're like me and you enjoy layering different types of mascaras, this likewise makes a perfect 1st step base mascara to accompany a more thickening formula.
I was really impressed with the longevity as I had no transfer, flakiness or smudging. My lashes also stayed lifted throughout the day too.
Overall Thoughts
For me this mascara ticked all the boxes with regards to informative packaging, the way it performed, longevity and affordability. I also love the fact that it lengthened, defined and separated my lashes thanks to the amazingly shaped brush and perfect consistency.
So if you're after a lengthening mascara that is buildable and lasts, I honestly think this worth checking out, if mascara is your thing!
I award the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara 4.9 out of 5


Sunday, 16 October 2016

MUA Power Brow Review and Photos - Benefit Ka-Brow Dupe

MUA Luxe Power Brow
With brow pomades now starting to filter in to the mass market, I wanted to test out a few to see how they compared to my beloved Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Pomade. I found this cute little one from MUA and I'll be honest, the packaging sold it to me first, plus it also reminds me a lot of the new Benefit Ka-Brow but for way cheaper! So here's my thoughts.
The MUA Luxe Power Brow retails for an affordable £4 for 2.2g. It also comes in an impressive six shades and is available to buy directly from the MUA website or Superdrug. I picked this up in Mid Brown.
As I mentioned above the packaging sold this to me straight away because it's eye-catching and expensive looking. The pomade itself is surprisingly small and you don't get near as much product compared to the ABH Brow Pomade and Benefit Ka-Brow, but on the other hand I prefer this as it's also the perfect size for travel, plus it comes with a lovely angled brush too!
I must admit pomades are a bit trickier to apply than your regular brow pencil, but with a little practise you'll be a pomade expert in no time! I used the handy brush that came with this, but you can also use any kind of fine eyeliner or angled brush too if you prefer something with a longer handle. You can also use the lid to wipe of any excess product if you've picked up too much.

This glided on beautifully and the colour built up well in sparse areas, just be aware as it does set pretty quickly, so just make sure you're applying this in small sections to the brow. Overall I found this gel pigmented, creamy and a great colour match for my brows.
This does claim to be a long-wearing brow gel and that it was. For me this didn't budge all day which was great and having tested out many types of brow products, I have to say the pomade is by far my favourite longevity wise.
Overall Thoughts
This was such an impressive brow product for the price as it has the most gorgeous packaging, it's travel friendly and it's accessible. I also loved the fact this glided on beautifully and lasted so well throughout the day. Yes the pot is surprisingly minuet, but I actually preferred this as it's compact, portable and comes with a handy angled brush too. So if you've ever wanted to try a brow pomade but your budget can't quite stretch to some of the high end versions, then this a superb drugstore alternative.
I award the MUA Power Brow 4.8 out of 5

Friday, 14 October 2016

Maybelline Master Strobing Sticks Review & Photos - Nars The Multiple Dupes

Maybelline Highlighting Sticks
I'm a total fan of highlighters these days and anytime I see one, I'm instantly drawn to it like a magpie! Maybelline are the latest drugstore brand to release highlighters this time in a stick form and these actually remind me a lot of the iconic Nars Multiples, so here's my thoughts.
These retail for £5.99 each for 9g of product. The highlighter also comes in two shades, Light Iridescent which is suitable for paler skin tones and Medium Nude Glow, which is perfect for medium to darker skin tones.
100 Light Iridescent
200 Medium Nude Glow
I absolutely love the iridescent packaging and striking wording on these highlighters, as well as the easy to use twist up stick applicator which is great if your on the go.
As I mentioned above these are super to easy use and don't require a brush to apply. All you do is swipe the stick across anywhere you want to highlight and blend out with your fingers. Both are really creamy and versatile as you can use them pretty much anywhere on the face to add a subtle glow to the skin, you could even use them as an eyeshadow base too.
Because of the intense creaminess of these highlighters, they did tend to be a bit slippy on the face and so longevity wasn't the best. However my favourite way to wear these and ensure I got the longest wear was to set them with the Revolution Radiance Lights Palette.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I did love these because of the price, packaging and shade selection and for me I would defiantly use either shade depending on what look I was going for that day. These also give the perfect subtle glow and are tremendously versatile and portable if your on the go. Yes the longevity isn't the best and so I do recommend setting them with a subtle powder highlighter or if you prefer to wear them on their own just make sure you blend in well and have them to hand if you need to touch up throughout the day.
Having tried various forms of highlighters I have to say the powder versions are by far my favourite because of the intense pigmentation and longevity aspect. But if your prefer a subtle glow in an easy to use stick form, then these could be right up your strobing street, plus they are a great affordable alternative if you've always wanted to try the Nars Multiple.
I award the Maybelline Master Strobing Sticks 4.2 out of 5
*These were sent to me but as always all opinions are my own.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Beauty Blender Dupes & How to Use - A Beginners Guide

With so many make-up sponges to choose from nowadays it's hard to know which ones are right for you and how to use them properly. Now the Beauty Blender is my ultimate favourite foundation sponge, but over the past few years I have accumulated a fair few and some I've loved and others not so much. So here's the 411 on the make-up sponge, plus some affordable Beauty Blender Dupes too.
I like to call this the multi-tasker as it's good for applying most make-up products. It's also super soft to use and it expands considerably so you can cover large areas of the face quickly. I do find the pointy end a little too pointy for under the eye area, however it's perfect for getting in around the nose area.
Not only is this affordable, it's great for flawless foundation application and you can also use this to swipe and pat product onto the face too. This is still really soft, however comparing it to the diamond sponge, the diamond version is just that little bit softer, but both are equally as delicate, so just take care when cleaning these sponges as they can tear if your not careful.

Now although the Real Techniques sponge is really affordable, Primark also have their own even cheaper version! This looks identical to the Real Techniques one and it does actually do a great job at applying foundation, but it is slightly firmer and not as bouncy and I would say overall it just doesn't give you as flawless coverage compared to the Miracle Complexion Sponge and Beauty Blender.

Now these have become my holy grail sponges for applying concealer as they are super soft and bouncy and are perfect for using around the delicate eye area. You get two in a pack for £5.99 and again these are fantastic for a multitude of sins including, applying concealer, baking, wiping up mistakes and cleaning up under the eyes.

Speaking of holy grail sponges, this for me is the crème de le crème of make-up sponges, why I hear you ask?! It's firm but bouncy, durable, the shapes perfect and it can be used wet or dry, plus it helps give you the ultimate airbrushed finish.

This was actually one of the first sponges I ever bought and you've probably seen a lot very similar to this anyway. Texture wise this is a lot firmer and rougher but it's still nice and bouncy and it does apply foundation reasonable well when used damp. I cannot seem to find this particular sponge anymore but I have linked some other options instead here*.

Lastly I wanted to feature two high end sponges so you could see how these compare to the Beauty Blender which is around the same price. Again I've had these for years (way before the Beauty Blender phenomena) and both can be used damp to apply creams and liquids, they just don't expand. I love the shape of these MAC sponges as you can use them almost anywhere on the face, however they are quite firm and rouge in texture and honestly these are nowhere near as good as the Real Techniques Sponges and Beauty Blender!

Overall if you can stretch to the Beauty Blender then it's a life changer, but if you are on a budget I would recommend all three of the Real Techniques Sponges as they perform fantastically and you can't beat the price point and accessibility factor of these sponges.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Product Empties & Products I Regret Buying No14 - The good, the bad and the ugly!

Product Empties and Product Regrets
Although it makes me sad when I finish a product I've truly liked, it also gives me satisfaction knowing that I've finally got to the bottom and I can decide whether I would re-purchase that particular product again or not. So here's my round up from the last few months of what's hot and what's not!
1. Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel
Beauty Talk Podcast - Episode 9
2. Soap & Glory Sugar Scrub Body Scrub
3. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
5. Revlon Colorstay Foundation
8. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
9. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
11. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructer Conditioner
13. Tresemme Beauty Full Volume Conditioner and Shampoo
14. Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands, Stronger Nails Hand Cream*
16. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
17. L'Oreal Brow Artist Brow Pencil
18. L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Hippie Mascara
*This product was sent to me but all opinions are my own.

Maybelline SuperStay 7 Days Gel Nail Color Review & Photos - Metallic Silks

Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color - Metallic Silks
With the nail market now shifting over to 7 day wear nail polish that works and wears like a gel without the need for a light, we are now spoilt for choice from not only the premium brands but from the drugstore too.

Maybelline recently released three new metallic shades to their Super Stay Gel Nail Color collection which are perfectly on trend for the up and coming party season, so here's my thoughts.
These retail for a respectable £4.49 for 10ml of product and the new Metallic Silk additions consist of three shades including, Silver Satin, Golden Thread and Rose Veil.
The packaging is simple but striking with the title and colours doing all the talking. The brush itself has a short flat tip which makes the polish apply with ease.
These metallic shades are so opaque that you can get away with one coat if your short for time. I also love the fact these glide on effortlessly and streak free too.
Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in Silver Satin
Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in Golden Thread
Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in Rose Veil

The Super Stay range claims to last 7 days providing you use a top coat and for me I'm lucky if I get two days ample wear from a polish as my nails are not the best right now. However I have to say these performed amazingly as they wore so well throughout the week and I only got a few minor chips on day six and honestly I was so impressed considering these polishes are under £5!

Overall Thoughts
Overall these were a Super Stay hit! I loved the shades as they are totally on trend for the party season and the quality of these for the price makes them a perfect addition to any party look. But for me the one thing that stood out the most was the longevity aspect, I was so super impressed by this that I even wore the Rose Gold shade two weeks in a row as I knew I wouldn't have to worry about checking they hadn't chipped every 5 minutes! So if your budget won't quite stretch to a new top or dress for the party season, then why not treat yourself to a metallic nail polish instead to stand out from the crowd.

 I award the Maybelline SuperStay 7 Days Gel Metallic Silks Nail Color 4.8 out of 5
*These were sent to me but as always all opinions are me own.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

One Brand Drugstore Autumn Makeup Tutorial - Seventeen

Now that the nights are drawing in and it's getting a little crisper outside, it's defiantly safe to say I'm feeling the Autumn Vibes! Seventeen is a brand I've really been loving lately so I thought I would do a one brand tutorial using all Seventeen make-up to create my first Autumn look of the year. What's your favourite Autumn make-up products?
1. Seventeen Brows That! Palette
3. Seventeen Stay Time Foundation
6. Seventeen Eye Kohl in Mocha
10. Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara
*Some products were sent to me and the rest I bought myself, but as always all opinions are my own.  
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