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Monday, 22 August 2016

Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge Review & Photos

Real Techniques Bold Metals Miracle Diamond Sponge
Following on from my review on the new Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set, comes the brand new Miracle Diamond Sponge which is part of the premium Bold Metals Collection. This multi-tasking sponge has a very unique design, which defiantly makes it unlike anything I've ever used before, so here's my thoughts.
Price
This retails for £12 which is twice the price of the original Miracle Complexion Sponge, but as I mentioned above this is uniquely designed and it's also the newest member to the premium Bold Metals range.
Packaging
The packaging is stunning, totally on trend and the sponge is actually too nice to use! The box which the sponge comes in has lots of useful information, as well as some handy tips and tricks. I've also linked the Real Techniques video on how to use this sponge too. The sponge itself is shaped like a 900 carat diamond and has a beautiful and exclusive marble design, so no two sponges will ever be the same.
Application
This is a multi-tasking sponge that can be used wet or dry to apply, powders, creams, foundations, blusher or anything you like really. Each side can also be utilised in quite a few different ways to dab, spread or press products onto the skin. I actually used this sponge damp to press my foundation in the conventional way to create a flawless finish. I then used this to blend out my cream contour also.
This was relatively easy to use and I would say this sponge is a little bouncier than the Miracle Complexion Sponge. The pointy edge is great to get into the sides of the nose, but it's almost too pointy to blend in concealer around the eye area and so I would recommend using the top facets to dab in your concealer around the eye area.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I would say this does take a bit of getting used to, because of the uniquely defined edges on the sponge and I do think the pointy end maybe could be slightly rounded off to fit under the eyes more comfortably. But apart from that I do think this is a gorgeous looking, soft sponge, which is great to not only give you a flawless coverage, but to use with so many different products. This is also great if your travelling and you don't want to take as many brushes with you or your a busy mum who is short for time and you need to apply product quickly.

So if your after a sponge to apply foundation only, then you're probably better off using the original Miracle Complexion Sponge instead. But if you do want a sponge that can be used to multi-task or your a die-hard Real Techniques fan, who is partial to a bit of marble to add to your collection, then I would say go for it!

I award the Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge 4.4 out of 5
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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition Review & Photos

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
I've recently become a massive fan of the Soap and Glory Righteous Butter after listening to the Beauty Talk Podcast Episode 9 all about Bodycare, I think these girls made me want to buy everything and anything Soap & Glory! Yes I know I think I am probably the last one to The Righteuos Butter party, but hey better late than never!

Now if you watched any of my videos you'll know my holy grail body butters are the ones from the Body Shop, but these seem to get more expensive by the minute and I was desperate to find something that performed the same that was better value for money. The Soap and Glory Body Butter's are a great alternative as you get a generous 300ml of product for £10 and the newest edition to the butter family is the exciting Diamond Edition! So here's an overview on this rather sparkly new butter.
This butter actually retails for only £8 at the moment for the same amount of product as the original. The packaging is everything, as it's covered in a holographic wrapping, which for me makes it twice as more appealing! You also have a chance to win a real diamond, £5,000 cash or some Soap & Glory products too, all you need to do is rub off the top label at the bottom of the pot and visit the Soap & Glory Diamond Link here to see what you have won.
Although this is hard to see in the tub, this butter has a gorgeous silver based fine sparkle to it, which once applied to the skin makes your skin dazzle, especially in the direct sunlight. This also sinks into the skin more or less straight away leaving your skin feeling super smooth and soft. So if your a sparkly magpie just like me, then you'll adore this diamond edition butter!
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Seventeen WOW Concealer Review & Photos - YSL Touche Eclat Dupe

Seventeen Wow Concealer
Seventeen already stock a wonderful selection of concealers that cater for a variety of needs and one of the newest editions to the family is the WOW Concealer which is a highlighter and concealer in one. This actually caught my eye recently because not only does it have an eye catching name, I thought this looked identical to the YSL Touche Éclat Highlighter Pen! So of course I had to put this to the test to see if it really does perform as well as the YSL version and here's my thoughts.
Price
This retails for an affordable £4.99 compared to the YSL version which costs a whopping £25!! The concealer comes in Fair and Medium and contains 2.5ml of product.
Packaging
The packaging is beautiful and super lightweight which is perfect to pop in your bag for on the go touch ups. The concealer itself, just like the YSL one comes out of the small and precise brush tip when you click down on the button at the top of the pen.
Application
As I mentioned above the concealer comes out quickly and efficiently at the click of a button so that you can easily apply and blend this out with either the brush and the warmth of your ring finger or with a small fluffy brush like I did. The consistency is super lightweight, buildable and creamy, which makes it a dream to apply! I actually applied this to my under eyes, nose and chin area, but you could apply this anywhere you want to highlight.

Overall this is more of a highlighting product, especially if you opt for the lighter shade, but in addition to this, the concealer also erased my dark circles and redness in a flash which is always a bonus!
Longevity
I was really impressed with the longevity of this as it didn't budge at all throughout my very hot, humid day, it just stayed perfectly in place right up until I removed my make-up very late at night.
Overall Thoughts
Well this for me really does live up to it's name as the perfect highlighting WOW concealer! Back in the day I used to buy only the YSL Touche Éclat and nothing else, then came along a whole wealth of amazing drugstore concealers and I really never looked back. For me this Seventeen concealer speaks volumes over how we have come along way within the drugstore market as not only is this super affordable, it really is identical to YSL version, but without the silly price tag!

The shade selection isn't massive, but this is more of a highlighter with concealing properties, so I think the Fair and the Medium can adapt to most skin tones well. The consistency of the product is lightweight, buildable and an all round beauty for covering up those pesky dark circles and for that reason, I think this concealer is defiantly worth a look at if your after a good YSL dupe or your in need of some dark circle erasing!

I award the Seventeen WOW Concealer 4.7 out of 5
 
This product was sent to me.
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Monday, 15 August 2016

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi Review & Photos

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
I have to say NYX do the best selection of lip products within the drugstore and I've reviewed a fair few favourites so far. This week I have two NYX lip reviews for you guys, starting of with the Soft Matte Lip Cream, so here's my thoughts.
Price
Not only do these retail for an affordable £5.50, they come in an amazing 34 shades to choose from!
Packaging
Although the packaging is simple, the colours do all the talking because of the stunning shade selection available. The wand itself has a lovely sized doe foot applicator, that helps apply the lip cream with ease.
Application
This shade applied beautifully on the lips thanks to it's creamy, smooth texture. Now hese do have a quite a strong vanilla scent to them which I love, but I realise this is not to everyone's taste, so I would recommend smelling the tester before you buy if your sensitive to smells.
Longevity
Because of the matte formula, these are a tiny bit drying on the lips, so be sure to apply a moisturising lip balm when you start your make-up, so by the time you come to apply the lip cream, your lips will be well moisturised in advance.
 
The colour lasted well up until the early afternoon, but I did have to re-apply after lunch, so make sure you have it to hand for on the go touch ups. This shade had the tiniest bit of transfer which was good, but I can't personally speak for how this would be with the darker and brighter shades within the collection.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I loved this shade as it's such a pretty, wearable everyday colour to pop in your handbag. With regards to the collection as a whole, I think the price and colour selection is exceptional and these are a great product if you love the idea of a matte lipstick, but your prefer something a little softer and creamier. As I mentioned above I think NYX really can't do no wrong within the drugstore lip market, I just think their on trend collection, shade selection and affordability cannot be beaten.
 
I award the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 4.8 out of 5
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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara Review & Photos

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious
Having already reviewed the original Lash Sensational mascara from Maybelline, I was excited to find out there was a new formula to the Lash Sensational family, this time infused with an oil blend and modified brush shape, so here's my thoughts.
Price
This retails for £7.99 for 9.5ml of product which is reminiscent of most Maybelline mascara's. The Luscious Oil Blend comes in Very Black only.

Packaging
I love the packaging for this new formula, the black tube with pink metallic writing is gorgeous and totally appropriate for the title of this mascara. The original wand had a curved brush with shorter bristles on the inside and slightly longer ones on the outside of the curve. The new wand has the same shorter bristles, but this time all over a long triangle shaped, hollow brush.
Application
This mascara is a little wetter compared to the original because of the oil infusion, but it's not too wet that it drenches the lashes, it really just helps make the mascara easier to apply. Upon application, this mascara lengthens, thickens and separates the lashes wonderfully and I would say this actually lengthens the lashes even better than the original, thanks the new shaped brush. I absolutely loved the final results as it gave me instant length and thickness without the need for a eyelash curler or second mascara.
Longevity
This lasted really well right into the twilight hours without any smudging, flaking or transfer.
 
Overall Thoughts
Again this was another big hit for me and I think I actually like this a little bit more than the original because of the wetter formula and innovative shaped brush. This is another wonderful addition to the Maybelline mascara family and if your after a black mascara that lengthens and volumizes in one, then you're in luck as you don't often find a mascara that can do both for such a great price!
 
I award the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara 4.9 out of 5
 
This mascara was kindly sent to me.
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set Review & Photos

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Collection
Real Techniques have been smashing it lately with some exciting new brush set combinations, as well as a pretty exciting range of new face sponges too! I think I'm in the majority vote when I say I love the Real Techniques brushes because they are high quality, professional, affordable and accessible.

The Ultimate Base Collection is one of the newest editions to the line and although you've seen these brushes and sponge before, they've now been perfectly paired together to create as the title suggests, the Ultimate Base Set. Having never tired either of the brushes, I thought I'd share my thoughts on this new pairing.
Price
This retails for £20.99, which at first glance seems a lot, but if you break it down, the Expert Face Brush is usually £8.99, the Miracle Complexion Sponge is £5.99 for one and the Deluxe Concealer Brush is an exclusive brush to the set. So really this is a great price point for two best-sellers, a special concealer brush as well as a holder that has a lovely large mirror too.
Packaging
The box, brushes and sponge are all in the signature core collection orange shade, which is great for identifying each brush. As I mentioned above this also comes with a small brush holder too, which I personally wouldn't use as I couldn't fit all my brushes in there, but you do get a decent sized handy mirror included in the holder which is great for travel.
Application
The set consists of the Iconic Expert Face Brush, Miracle Complexion Sponge and a Deluxe Concealer Brush. Both the brushes and sponge help you to achieve an easy and flawless face base.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - This brush is a great for foundation application as the bristles are short, dense and soft, so it's easy for you to distribute the foundation easily all over the face.
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush - This is a wonderful shaped brush and the perfect size for blending concealer out under the eyes, chin, nose and forehead.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - I love this sponge for applying full coverage foundation especially, you can also use this damp or dry, but I personally think this is better damp for a more flawless coverage. My current preferred way to use this sponge is to apply my foundation with the expert face brush and conceal on top using the concealer brush, then to finish I just go over my base with the complexion sponge to ensure everything is even and flawless looking.
 
Overall Thoughts
This such a great collection of some of Real Techniques cult favourites and best sellers, it's also a great base starter kit for anyone starting out in make-up or if your a Real Technique Brush fanatic! I have the original core collection and while I did love this pack, I think this Ultimate Base Set has to be my favourite out of the two. So if you're after affordable and great quality face brushes, then I would defiantly recommend this set.
 
I award the Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set 4.8 out of 5
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Tanya Burr Matte Nail Polish Review & Photos

Tanya Burr Soft Pyjamas
A few months back Tanya Burr released her new Soft Luxe Collection consisting of two new eyeshadow palette's, three matte lip glosses and three matte nail polishes. I'm yet to get my hands on the palettes and lip glosses as they are always sold out, but just going by what I've seen visually so far, I think this collection has to be my favourite release.

I'm already a big fan of Tanya Burr's Nail Polish line, especially with the new re-vamped packaging and I did manage to get my hands on one of the nail polishes in Soft Pyjamas and while I have reviewed Tanya's Nail Polish's in full before, I won't give you an in-depth review like I usually do, but if you want to see any of the other Tanya Burr Nail Polish Reviews I have done I will link them here (Original Packaging) and here (New Packaging).
The Soft Luxe Matte Nail Polish line consists of three shades including,
New Chapter - a beautiful medium matte grey.
Soft Pyjamas - a gorgeous matte nude with a mauve undertone.
Piggy Bank - a delicate pale, matte pink.

The polishes retail for £5 for 9ml of product just like the core collection and the whole range is available from Superdrug and feelunique.com.
The quality of this matte polish is still on par with the original crème formula and for me this colour really does apply like a dream and dries matte within seconds. I also got about four days wear too, which is pretty good going for a matte polish.
Overall Soft Pyjamas is such a wearable, on trend shade and for the price you really can't go wrong. I will keep you updated when I get my hands on the rest of the collection, but for instant updates you can follow me on Snapchat - mintgreen7 and Instagram. Have you tried any of the new collection, I'd love to know your thoughts too?
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