Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer Review and Photos

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer has become a bit of a cult favourite ever since it launched back in 2013. This concealer claims to brighten dark circles and provide a full coverage application. I've nearly come to the end of my first tube of this, so I thought now would be a good time to give you my final thoughts on this concealer and whether I would buy again.
Price
This retails for £5.49 for 7ml of product, which is a great price for a drugstore concealer. It comes in four shades including Ivory, True Ivory, Classic Beige (the one I choose) and Soft Beige, which is not the best colour selection for a concealer as most of the shades look pretty light in comparison.
Packaging
The packaging is eye catching with an orange top to signify it comes from the Wake Me Up Collection. The applicator itself is a sponge tipped wand, which is not my favourite as it's so stiff and difficult to manoeuvre the product easily out of the tube and onto the delicate eye area. I also wasn't a fan of the applicator on the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in the end.
Application
Upon application the concealer has a medium, buildable coverage, that results in more of a dewy glow under eyes. This is, as it mentions on the packaging, a concealer for covering tiredness and thus creating a radiant finish to the under eyes and so if your after that kind of look then this may be perfect for you, but if your after more of a full coverage, creamy consistency concealer that covers not only the under eyes, but also redness, spots etc. then this probably wouldn't be for you.
Longevity
This lasted pretty well throughout the day and still gave me that dewy glow to my under eyes right through into the evening, which was nice.
Overall Thoughts
The Wake Me Up Concealer was affordable, luminescent and gave a lovely medium coverage under the eye area, for me personally though I do like a more of a full coverage concealer than can cover up not only eye bags, but anything on my face. I do think however this would be great to add over the top of your regular concealer, to give that extra glow and coverage, but I think overall this is aimed more at a younger audience who maybe doesn't need as much coverage and is after more of a glow to the skin rather than complete coverage.

I award the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer 3.5 out 5
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Friday, 27 May 2016

Primark PS Nail Range Review and Photos

Primark PS Love Your Nails Range
Primark is practically my go to place for anything these days, whether it's clothes, homeware, accessories, underwear, gadgets, you name it they've got it! Primark's nail range is also something I've always noticed when passing by, but truthfully I've never really had the desire to try out any of these products, I guess because they just seemed too cheap to be good! Luckily I recently did see a few things that caught my eye and I thought hey why not give them a go for the price, as really your not loosing that much if they don't turn out to be that good, so here's my thoughts.

Have you tried anything from the Primark Nails range? I'd love to know your thoughts too!
Price
I reviewed three products from the PS Love Your Nails range from Primark including the, Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray retailing for 80p, the Nail Polish Remover retailing for £1 and a Matte Nail Polish in Khaki retailing for £1.50. As you may have noticed, these are ridiculously cheap nail products comparing them to normal drugstore brands that stock similar items.
Packaging
All the packaging is fairly simple and mostly black with the PS nails logo printed on the front.
Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray - This comes in an aerosol can which I like, because this produces a fine, more even mist over the nail when using. The spray contains 50ml of product.
Nail Polish Remover Pot - The packaging on this is extremely similar to the Nails Inc. version which I talked about in my April Nail Favourites and so I do compare this version with the Nails Inc. one so you can get a feel for the quality and efficiency of both of the products side by side.
Matte Nail Polish - To look at the packaging is very similar to the Nails Inc. and Tanya Burr Bottles, but to me this did look the cheapest out of the three products I bought. The only difference on this polish is the cap doesn't come off to reveal a smaller cap underneath for easier application and so it does make it slightly awkward to hold when applying the polish. The brush is reminiscent of most drugstore brushes, with thick and short bristles.
Application
Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray - On the back of the can it advises to spray the mist around 12 inches away over the wet nail polish and wait 60 seconds for it to dry. This was actually really easy to use and helped make my top coat dry almost straight away, which was great if your short for time.
Nail Polish Remover Pot - While there was no instructions on the pot, this is pretty self explanatory on how to use, all you do is place each finger in separately and wiggle it about for a few seconds until the polish is fully removed. I did one hand with the Primark version and one with the Nails Inc. pot and although the Primark one did work fairly well, the Nails Inc. worked that little bit more efficiently when removing the polish completely.
 
Matte Nail Polish - Because of the top and the way the brush was placed, this did make it a little awkward to apply evenly, especially if you don't apply polish on a regular bases. I also found the formula, quite transparent to start with, but after two thick coats, this did end up looking really nice as well as it being touch dry within 5 minutes.
Longevity
Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray - I wanted to see how well this set over time and so I left it to dry completely until the next day. The results were relatively good, I just had a few tiny sheet marks on my nails from sleeping, but on the whole I was pretty impressed that it even dried my nail polish!
Matte Nail Polish - This lasted well for two days before it started to chip on most nails at the tips, so longevity on the matte formula wasn't the best, but I would like to try a non matte, crème formula with a top coat too, to see if this lasts any longer. I talk about this more in depth in my update video which you can find at 2.10 in my Nail Hacks video.
Overall Thoughts
I think quality wise you can see the difference between these cheaper Primark versions compared to some of the more expensive quick dry sprays, remover pots and matte nail polishes, but really these are perfect to keep in an emergency if you haven't got anything else to hand and you need to dry your nails fast or you've ran out of your regular polish remover.
 
With nails in general for me I think the most important products that are worth spending a bit more on are, a good base coat, cuticle oil and a non acetone remover to use on a regular bases, but overall I was quite surprised by how good all of the Primark Nail products were for the price and I think these are defiantly worth a look at if your a girl on a budget and you can't quite stretch to some of the premium branded nail products.
 
I award the Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray 4.5 out of 5
I award the Nail Polish Remover Pot 4.2 out of 5
I award the Matte Nail Polish 3 out of 5
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

John Frieda Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer Review & Photos

John Frieda Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer
Root touch up products have become big business recently and it's actually great to finally have a product available that fills the gap in-between colour re-growth or if you simply don't have time to colour your hair as frequently as you like.

A few months ago I reviewed the L'Oreal Magic Retouch Root Spray, so I thought it would be good to compare this with a powder version too. The John Frieda Root Blur Concealer stood out the most to me, so here's my thoughts.
Price
This Retails for £14.99 for 2.1g of product, which I do think is expensive, considering how much you pay for an at home hair colour, but hopefully this should last you.
The root concealer comes in four shades including,
- Platinum to Soft Gold
- Honey to Caramel
- Amber to Maple
- Chestnut to Espresso
Each shade has two colours in the compact, to use separately or to custom blend to match your exact hair colour.
Packaging
The powder actually comes in a nifty compact with a mirror and a brush, which is ideal for on the go touch-ups. The only thing that surprised me was how small the powders were inside such a big compact!
Application
To apply it advises on the box to use on already styled hair. As I mentioned above the two shades can be used together mixed or one after the other. I used the lighter shade first and then the dark on top. The darker shade for me gave me the best coverage on my lighter roots, as I tend to dye my hair darker than my true hair colour anyway.

At first I did find this awkward to apply to the root area round the back of my head as it's hard to see where your applying it, so if you can, get someone to help you with the back part. Overall this did cover my root area well, although it did take a lot longer to apply than the L'Oreal Spray version.
The shadows are pretty pigmented so I do advise doing this in a bathroom with a towel round you to avoid fallout onto your clothes. I also recommend using a large, well lit mirror when applying this, as it can be a little tricky trying to avoid getting it on the scalp area when you are doing this for the first time.

Longevity
This did last pretty well throughout the day, but just be aware if you do accidently touch the area it does come off on the fingers a little, like the spray version.
Overall Thoughts
The coverage and longevity were great on this and I did like how you could be more precise with the brush when applying it. I also loved the fact this came in a compact with a mirror as well as a brush as this is such a great idea if your out and about, or in an emergency if you simply don't have time to fully re-dye your roots again. However it is a shame this is a bit on the pricier side for such a small amount and so I would be interested to see how long this lasted it you were using it regularly in-between colouring. It would also be great to see a black shade to accommodate really dark shades of hair too.

Overall I did like this better than the spray version as it felt a little more comfortable than the L'Oreal one, but to be honest I think I would only use these root touch up products in an emergency as I just find although colouring your hair, a more time consuming, messy process, it just works better for me knowing, my roots are covered and I don't have to worry about transfer if I accidently touch my scalp.

I award the John Frieda Root Blur Concealer 4 out of 5
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Product Empties & Products I Regret Buying No12

Product Empties & Products I Regret Buying
So it's that time again to give my final thoughts on a whole load of product empties! This time around I've made it my mission to use up makeup that maybe I've previously put to one side for a while and others that I have constantly used, loved and would purchase again. So here's the round up of what's hot and what's not!
If you fancy checking out more Product Empties & Regrets videos I have a whole playlist over on my channel here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIvbE4oHj02si6n_s1qp8cTuWh1tt-xEp
Products mentioned:
- Ogx Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner
- Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Shampoo Mini
- Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Body Wash (Travel Size)
- Victoria's Secret PINK Shimmer Lotion
- Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub
- Elizabeth Arden Intensive Moisture Hand Treatment
- Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
- La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Gel Cream
- Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules
- Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer & Highlighter
- Maybelline FIT ME Concealer in 010
- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20
- NYX Eyebrow Marker in Deep
- Soap and Glory Archery Tint and Precision Pencil
- Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
- Benefit They're Real Mascara in Black
- Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes Mascara
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Rose Palette Review and Photos - Urban Decay Naked 3 Dupe

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Rose
I'm already a big fan of the Nude Bronze Eyes Uncovered Palette from Collection which I reviewed last year. So much to my excitement I recently discovered that Collection had just released a sixth palette to the range called Nude Rose. I actually got my hands on this a little earlier, as I won one of the new palette's over on twitter which was nice! So here's my thoughts on this beautiful looking new edition.
Price
This, as do the others in the Eyes Uncovered family retails for £3.99, which is amazing value for money for a six pan palette. The shades themselves are all shimmery shadows too.
Packaging
I mentioned this in my original review that the packaging and applicator included is not the most substantial, but on the whole it does the job of exposing the shadows on the front well, without having to open up the palette. The only thing that's different about this palette apart from the colours, is they don't have any names, just numbers which is a shame, as it's nice to have a name to refer to the shadow as.
Application
Upon application these apply like a dream just like the original palette. Each shade is beautifully pigmented and blends effortlessly onto the eyes, and despite the fact this is not a neutral palette, all six shades are still really wearable for day and night.
 Five out of the six shades are also virtually identical to five from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. The quality is also virtually on par with the Urban Decay ones too, so this is defiantly worth a look at if your budget won't quite stretch to the Urban Decay version. The lightest shade No1 is the only one that doesn't match any of the UD shades as it's quite a heavy shimmery shade, so this is best I think as an inner corner highlighter instead.
Longevity
Again just like the original palette, these shadows had amazing staying power and are even better with a primer.
Overall Thoughts
Overall this is another impressive palette release from Collection. These shadows are beautifully pigmented and have exceptional quality, which makes this palette as a whole a steal at only £3.99! Yes the packaging is a little cheap looking and the lightest shadow maybe could of been a matte shade, but on the whole if your looking for a total dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, then you have to go and check this out!
 
I award the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Rose Palette 4.8 out of 5

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