Friday, 30 June 2017

MAC Haul #4

I have a MAC haul today. I didn’t buy as much as last time, but I am happy with my purchases.

I got a small bottle of the Prep + Prime Fix+. It would have worked out less expensive for me to buy the full size bottle, but I just wanted to try it out and I wasn’t sure if I would use it very often so didn’t want to be stuck with a big bottle of it. I bought a Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond (bright rose-brown). I have seen these lipsticks online before and didn’t really know too much about them, but the packaging always caught my eye. I decided to pick one up and try it out. Lastly, I bought an Eye Shadow X 9 Palette in Burgundy Times Nine (Honey Lust, Poppyseed, Quarry, Antiqued, Embark, #Noir, Haux, Star Violet & Sketch). The shades just appealed to me and I don’t own very many eyeshadows from MAC. I wasn’t expecting the palette to be so small. Each eyeshadow is just 0.8g.
Honey Lust - bronze dipped peach (lustre)
Poppyseed - midtone mauvey nude (satin)
Quarry - soft muted plum brown (matte)
Antiqued - ash brown with bronze (veluxe pearl)
Embark - intense reddish brown (matte)
#Noir - deep black brown with gold pearls (velvet)
Haux - soft muted rosy brown (satin)
Star Violet - pinky brown plum (veluxe pearl)
Sketch - burgundy with red shimmer (velvet)

There was also an offer on the website, where if you spend £50 or more you get a FREE Vamplify Lipgloss. I got sent the shade It’s A Knock-Out (vibrant magenta). I believe this lipgloss may have been limited edition, so I am not too sure why they are just giving them away! The colour is stunning though. I also got another sample of the In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara (1g), like I get every time I order online.
I can’t wait to play with the palette and create some beautiful looks. I am hoping that nothing really exciting is released soon, make-up wise, because I have bought a lot this month!

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dior Addict IT-LASH Mascara

Back in May 2014, I received a birthday voucher through e-mail from FeelUnique.com. It was a gift from the website, as I am a loyal customer and it was my birthday. I searched the site and nothing took my fancy, until I saw this mascara! It is quite expensive and I thought it would be worth using the voucher for something I wouldn’t purchase for full price.

The tube packaging of this mascara is beautiful! It is made of black plastic and it has that distinctive Dior block design with the little silver nib (like the lipglosses). On the back of the tube, the brand name Dior has been stamped into the tune. On the front of the tube, the mascara name has been printed it silver lettering. To open the tube, your twist the little nib and pull and this reveals a small rubberised brush. The brush is barrel shaped with small spiky bristles. Dior calls it their elastomer brush because it is soft and should reach all your lashes, even the tiniest ones! The formula feels rich and creamy and looks pitch black! It comprises of a thickening wax and a clear gel base, to give your lashes a rich block colour look. You get 9ml of product in the tube and the shade I have is IT-BLACK (it also comes in purple, blue & pink).
This mascara is supposed to give your lashes amazing and instant volume and length. It should be very easy to apply and the effects should hold all day. Also, at the end of the night, it should be very easy to remove.

I love this mascara! It has my preferred flexi rubber type brush wand, which makes it very easy to apply to your top and bottom lashes. The formula dries really fast and it is not clumpy, which means it gives your lashes the instant effect and it holds all day. It is slightly lengthening and very voluminous. Taking it off is not a hassle, but I wouldn’t say it is noticeably easier to remove then previous mascaras I’ve tried. Overall this is a wonderful mascara and I love it, but you can definitely find less expensive alternatives that will give you a similar, if not the same effect.

Price - £25.50   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - FeelUnique.com, Sephora

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

I am reviewing some Jeffree Star Cosmetics products I recently picked up from BeautyBay.com. For those that don’t know, Jeffree Star is a Beauty YouTuber who has his own make-up brand. I have only recently become a fan and I can’t quite remember how! I like his make-up videos because they are honest and when he does tutorials it is like he is actually teaching you. I dislike the voiceover/quick cut edited tutorials most YouTubers create. He mostly uses really expensive high end products, but he is up front about it and it isn’t because he is snobby. I think he mentioned that he had some bad experiences with drugstore products when he first started out with make-up, so the higher end brands tended to be more quality made. As we all know, the quality of make-up has dramatically changed over the years, so he is gradually trying out more drugstore brands on his channel.

I have previously tried a Skin Frost™ in Peach Goddess. It was a good product, but it was wasted on me as I’m just not into highlighter, especially something that blinding! I prefer a more demure cream based highlighter if I actually decide to wear one. I gave it to my sister, who appreciates it a whole lot more than I did.

I decided to pick up Jeffree’s new palette (his version of a neutral palette) and one of his lipsticks. I liked the look of the first palette Beauty Killer™, but I knew I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of it as I am a neutral girl, but some of the shades are really appealing. I also tried to get a shade of lipstick that looked toned down, but still a pretty colour.
ANDROGYNY PALETTE
The packaging has a rectangular shape and is made of a hot pink leatherette material with a mock croc/repitle kind of pattern. It has the brand name and palette name printed in gold on the front and it has a gold border around the edges of the palette. On the back of the palette there is social media links printed in black. It has a magnetic open/close and once opened it reveals a mirror and the eyeshadows. The mirror has a card old fashioned rustic gold mirror design around it.
You get ten 2.5g eyeshadows in two different finishes; super matte and metallic. They also have the Jeffree Star logo pressed into the powder in the pans.
FROSTING - pale metallic gold
SAFE WORD - matte cool toned light brown
CHARM - warm matte burnt orange
DÉ JȦ VU - frosted antique brown with glitter
DOMINATRIX - warm matte chocolate brown
ANDROGYNY - matte plum/mauve purple hybrid
FETISH - deep metallic rusty red
MILITARY - matte military style green
POISON - matte teal green
SWALLOW - matte dark petrol blue

The eyeshadows should be extremely pigmented and the whole palette is vegan and cruelty free.
I really love this palette. I wasn’t sure I would get much use out of it, but the looks you can create are endless. The eyeshadows are all exceptionally pigmented and buttery. You do get a little fall out when you coat your make-up brush in the powders, but I get this with every powder eyeshadow I have ever tried, you simply tap the excess off. I still recommend a primer, no matter how pigmented an eyeshadow is. They all blend really well and I like the mixture of formulas. Another bonus is that the eyeshadow pans are slightly bigger than your average full sized eyeshadow, which means your favourite shade will last longer. I lover the packaging and my favourite shades are Frosting, Déjà Vu and Fetish. Overall I definitely recommend this palette.

Price - £40.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - JeffreeStarCosmetics.com, BeautyBay.com
LIP AMMUNITION™
The packaging is made of hot pink lightweight plastic and looks like a bullet. There is a mirrored rose gold tip on the cap. It also has gold printed detailing on it. You lift the cap off and then twist the base to reveal the lipstick.
I chose the shade Celebrity Skin, which is a soft neutral brown in a satin finish. There is also a Velour Liquid Lipstick available in the same shade. I love so many of the other shades, but realistically I wouldn’t wear them as I would be too scared too and I don’t think I could pull them off. I feel like you have to have the confidence in yourself, and well, I just don’t.
This lipstick should give you full coverage after one swipe, be extremely pigmented and smell of creamsicle ice-cream. This lipstick is also vegan and cruelty free.
It is a nice product and a nice shade, although I'm not sure it really suits me. The formula is very rich in pigment and it is smooth. It does have a scent which I can’t really describe and it isn’t really a scent that appeals to me. You do get full coverage after one swipe and there are a lot of colour options to choose from. I would recommend this lipstick.

Price - £16.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - JeffreeStarCosmetics.com, BeautyBay.com

Overall I have really enjoyed my experiences with this brand so far and I am looking forward to Jeffree’s new summer chrome collection which should be released very soon. Judging by some of the sneak peek pictures I have seen, the packaging looks rose gold and I can’t wait what he has created this time.

Friday, 14 April 2017

FeelUnique.com Haul #1

I went a little crazy last weekend and purchased quite a bit from FeelUnique! I buy stuff from there all of the time, but I don’t usually buy this much in one go.
I accidentally made my first ever NARS purchase. It popped up on the homepage and I just clicked it. It is the NARS NARSISSIST Unfiltered 2 Cheek Palette. It has six shades of pink toned shades for your cheeks and I am very excited to test them out. Plus the packaging is so sleek! I got two Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Mildew and Maui Wowie. I picked up three products from NYX; NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base and two NYX Slide On Pencils in Purple Blaze and Tropical Green. I also got The Vintage Cosmetic Company Slanted Tweezers in Rose Gold, because they are rose gold! Lastly, because I spent a certain amount of money I could get two free samples. I chose the Benefit they’re Real! Push-Up Liner and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom EDT.

I can’t wait to start using everything. Hopefully, nothing too appealing will be released beauty wise. I definitely don’t need to buy more!

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Serial Sampler #10

I recently received this sample with an online beauty order and I have heard of this product before. It was the packaging that caught my attention most.

It is Fresh Couture by MOSCHINO and it is a 1ml spritzer sample of the eau de toilette.
It contains a mixture notes such as; Bergamot, Raspberry, Peony, Ylang-Ylang, Ambroxan and Patchouli.

It is quite a strong scent for an EDT, but it is really nice and not overpowering. It smells similar to a scent I have tested before, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It doesn’t strike me as being your traditional female scent, so it is probably universal. I would class it as a deep musky floral scent. Overall, the bottle design is very original, sadly the scent is not. I definitely won’t be buying a full sized bottle as it doesn’t give me the WOW factor. I would recommend that you give it a sniff though!

You can buy it in 30ml (£35), 50ml (£50) and 100ml (£65) and it is available at places such as; Superdrug, Debenhams and Sephora.

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