Thursday, 23 October 2014

Disappointing Products #2

Don't you hate being a beauty blogger and hating a product? I know I certainly do, I think because us girls write about this and we love it, every beauty product should be good but sometimes they just don't make the cut and this time, we're talking eyes and eyebrows.

Clarins Ombre Matte in Nude Beige, Taupe & Sparkle Grey* | These little pots were a beauty release I was so excited for. I'm not really that skilled in the eyeshadow department, I think I've just cracked a bronze smokey eye but that's about as far as my skills go so when they were released I jumped straight onto the bandwagon and couldn't wait to cut down my 20 minute eyeshadow application down to 5. These little pots are a creamy eyeshadow that turns into powder when applied on the lid and it's this aspect of them I really disliked, I found that when I applied the eyeshadow and let it dry, it looked chalky on my eyelid and there wasn't much colour payoff. I applied the shade Sparkle Grey and Nude Beige together and once they'd dried out, I literally looked like I had a black eye. I usually love Clarins and can't fault their other products, but this? Not so great.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil | Bit of a controversial dislike as this product is doing the rounds on blogs at the moment. This pencil is actually the old style brow pencil which has the felt tip style pen on the other end. I've heard this compared to the Anastasia Brow Whiz and I can't compare there but if it's anything like this, I'll give it a miss. I really couldn't get on with this product, the pencil is far too grey looking and quite solid so it's really hard to work an even colour through the brows. The felt tip? Absolutely awful, don't know about you girls but I try not to look like a 3 year old has applied my make up. The felt tip is literally like a colour crayon which distributes product in the most inconsistent way, making sparse then darker patches in my brows. Give me my Hourglass Brow Arch Pencil any day!

L'Oreal Super Liner | Another product where I really can't understand the hype. The formula of this product is terrible and while I was applying it, the pen would dry out leaving my eyeliner looking lumpy, messy and generally awful. The only thing I do like is it washes away in bits instead of smearing it all around my eye but you're lucky if you can get it looking consistent and dark enough.

Rimmel Brow This Way | I'm a tough girl to please in the brow department, I think it's purely because I have a routine of my Hourglass pencil and Maybelline Brow Drama and it just works, the Maybelline brow gel is actually on it's way out so I picked this up on a whim hoping it would be good. Wrong. It's a thick dark creamy gel which is on a small brush, apparently this is a dupe for Benefit's Gimme Brow but I can't compare. I've tried multiple times to brush this on my brows using minimal product, I've wiped the excess off the brush but the finished look more or less resembles slugs. It's just not for me and I'll be repurchasing the Maybelline Brow Drama.

Maxfactor Masterpiece Line & Define Eyeliner | And lastly, another terrible eyeliner. Thank goodness I'm not a liner girl the majority of the time, I'm very picky, but this really is just like the L'Oreal liner. It's very much the same in formula and on application it dries out half way so when it's being applied it just looks messy. Please leave your eyeliner recommendations below.

I hope I've mananged to stop you ladies buying some terrible products so save those pennies, an October favourites post and a newly released blush palette review will be up soon and they're products worth buying.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream

I love a good eye cream, it's a staple in my morning and evening skincare routine and as soon as I stop using one, I can immediately see the difference. I've tried a fair few eye creams in the past, ones claiming to banish all signs of fine lines and others purely dedicated to plumping out the eye area. Previously, the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream has been my holy grail eye cream and one I've not strayed from, until I tried the Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream. I picked this up in duty free in Skiathos, having not heard much about the product itself and only it's lighter counterpart, it was the word 'rich' that really drew me in and it's been a purchase I haven't regretted.

Now the product itself is a thick pink cream, very firm in the tub but as soon as it's worked between the fingers and applied on the skin, the product thins and blends in effortlessly. I find that all I need is a pea sized amount to moisturise both eyes, using my ring fingers to apply the cream round my eyes and orbital bone. Once applied onto the skin it sinks in really quickly which is something I love, it's perfect for those half 6 mornings when I'm rushing to apply my skincare and make up. It's not often I find a Clinique product that really agrees with my skin, I've tried their 3 step system and their cleansing balm and each time I've broken out so to say this works is a miracle.

This little pot of cream really packs a punch in the hydration department, after it's applied my eye area is soft, smooth and prepared for any concealer. I find this is a perfect base to use for under eye concealer, the concealer doesn't cake or crease after I've used this, which again gets a big thumbs up from me. My biggest make up pet peeve is when concealer creases under the eyes. In terms of how I'll look when I'm 50 with continuous use, only time will tell. It's a great step for us young ladies who are wanting to combat the first signs of ageing and add some moisture. The eye cream doesn't have any bold statements about anti ageing or correcting the eye area, it does what it says on the tin and delivers intense hydration.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Introduction to Reds

I wish I was a natural red lip wearer, some girls I watch on Youtube or follow on Instagram can pull off a red lip and I have serious lipstick envy. I'm a girl that will always stick to my nudes and peachy toned pinks but now Autumn is officially here and the dark lipstick is coming out, I'm slowing introducing a more varied colour range into my lipstick collection so by christmas, I'll have on my christmas jumper and a bright red lip.

To start of my future as a red lip wearer, I've eased myself in gently, starting with darker shades of pinks, orange toned reds and one dark red. My most worn out of the bunch is the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, this is a beautiful formula, very different to the other pencil offerings from Nars, this glides on the lips like a dream and gives a slightly glossy finish. The colour is very similar to MAC Please Me lipstick but I much prefer this for it's glossy finish, it's a soft muted rose shade with a slight hint of brown and red.

Like I said, I'm not the most confident when it comes to wearing dark lips but last Autumn when the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella came out and it was all over the bloggersphere, I knew I had to buy it. I wore it once and it's returned unloved to my make up collection but this year I plan to be wearing it all throughout winter. This is a beautiful blood red, and the formula is just incredible. I find that I apply this once and as it wears off it creates a stain on the lips, the colour can be built up depending on how deep you want the colour but I find a quick swipe straight from the bullet creates the perfect finish.

The next two are gems I've picked up from the high street, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 110 is my most loved but most neglected lipstick, I never really find an occasion to wear this but it's a truly beautiful colour. The matte formula lasts all day (or evening) and only really needs reapplying once. I always use a lip pencil with this and it's quite a bright colour, the formula stains the skin so to avoid the lipstick bleeding I definitely recommend a lip pencil. The colour is a orange based red which really suits all those pale girls like myself. The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Bewitching Coral is still very much classed within the pink shades but it's hint of red and orange means for me it's very much in the red category, this has been my transitional lipstick from my nudes.

I'm still very much a red lip newbie so if you have any recommendations of reds I should pick up, leave them below and lets see if by December I'm a convert... Well, we can hope can't we.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Favourites

At the beginning of September I came back from a wonderful holiday with my mum to Skiathos and we really enjoyed it, it was so refreshing to have a break from work, technology and just go back to basics. I think the pattern of my holiday was wake up, read, eat, read, swim, eat, read, sleep and repeat. I did have serious holiday blues when I came back but I soon got back into the swing of things, and we're actually talking about going back to the same place next year *counts down days*. Last weekend was my birthday and I turned 22, I was well and truly spoilt and had a wonderful day. I spent the time with my family, having a nice meal and wine and basically just being a bit civilised. Anyone else feel like they can't really face a club anymore? 22 going on 82. Anyway, lets get onto the good stuff...

Nars NARSissist Palette
This was probably the most lusted after palette of this year for me, I was desperate to get my hands on it but of course, anything thats limited edition sells out super fast and I never got my hands on it. I saw it floating around in various blog sales but never had the funds so when it came up again in Amy's blog sale, I snapped it up and it's been love ever since. The colours are neutral, the consistency is creamy and the lasting power... Well, lets just say it was still there at 10am.

MAC Hue Lipstick
An oldie but a goodie, this is my go-to nude, a lipstick I'll chose for any make up look or occasion. It's a my-lips-but-better-and-nuder shade without looking like you've coated your lips in concealer. The formula is moisturising and the vanilla scent makes so lovely putting it on your lips. This lippy is now a year old and it's still going strong.

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow
This is another gem I picked up from a blog sale. It was an eyeshadow that's been at the top of my to-buy list and I can't believe I haven't purchased it sooner. This eyeshadow gives the perfect amount of golden and pinky goodness, swept over the eye it works beautifully on it's own as a subtle hint of pink or layered with bronzes and golds. My favourite combo is to add Urban Decay's Half Baked and Nars' Fez for a golden smokey eye.

Rimmel Lasting Perfection Foundation
A foundation that really had been neglected up until September, I've been reaching for this on days where I've fancied more coverage than a tinted moisturiser but this isn't too heavy. What I really like about this foundation is the finish it gives, I really hate looking shiny and overly glowy at the moment but this gives the right amount of matte finish with a subtle hint of shimmer giving a natural sheen to the skin. The colour is a bit off because I'm tanned but mixed with a darker foundation the formula is just as good. It's amazing what you find at the back of a beauty addicts stash.

What products have you been loving during September?
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