Essence : A First Impressions

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A recent trip to Wilko had me doing two things, one buying a lot of cute stationary and two taking a look at the essence make up range, buying a bulk of it to come home and engross myself in new products. I managed to get my hands on enough products to try a full face of Essence and here are my thought.

Essence soft touch mousse foundation £3.80

First thing to note is the shade range is minimal (there were only five at my local Wilko) Apart from this being completely the wrong shade the mousse texture is surprisingly nice, soft, smooth and applied well with my beauty blender. For me this is an very light coverage foundation which I would use on a “good skin day” and needed little coverage but a bit of a boost in glow. It struggled to cover pigmented areas of my skin and small blemishes but on clearer parts of my face it settled nicely.

Essence 16h long – lasting concealer £2.50

Again the shade range was not really as it should be since high street brands have really been upping their game with this recently.

Usually I apply my concealer around the areas of my face and blend afterwards but this was made slightly difficult as the formula dries quickly. Blending really became a task, the more I blended the more patchy it became and I was left with the areas where it had dried being more highlighted then others.

Essence Nude Faces eye shadow palette £4.00

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Inside are ten nude shades, five being matte and the other five metallic which for £4 is very reasonable.

Usage wise I found the eye shadows hard work! The mattes are very dusty and due to this have little colour payoff so you really have to build and blend up the colour which took a lot of time and effort. The metallic’s worked a lot better, although the formula was a lot more oily then other metallic’s I’ve used I didn’t have to work as hard as with the matte shades. Having the metallic shades available in the palette was how I held my eye look for the day together and made it a bit more bearable (Sorry).

Essence Lash Princess mascara £3.00

Before buying I had heard good things about Essence mascara and was hoping I’d love it.

The lash princess said to give lashes “sculpted volume” with a fanned out edge.

The applicator is curved which helped to grab and lift my lashes in one easy swoop and from root to tip. The wand was not saturated with product when I removed it which made coating even and not in the slightest bit clumpy. I really liked this mascara as I felt my lashes were given the boost they needed without being needing to curl, the dark colour and lack of clumping gave my lashes the illusion of great length. I was happy with how they turned out.

Essence Kajal pencil (£1.00)

I have been needing a white eyeliner and at £1.00 this is just what I was looking for. The colour is nice, the pencil is easy to use, soft, ensuring it glides on. It stayed on my waterline for a lot longer then I expected. Overall I will be continuing to use the pencil and I would even buy more in other shades.

Essence Matt Touch Blush £1.00

Has a nice range of colours available (the colour shown is 20 – berry me up), as with the matte eye shadows this does apply chalky and there will be a lot of dust. I also thought the colour was a lot brighter when applied to how it appeared in the pan which took me by surprise. Not one of my favourites or something I will be using again it was just to messy for a colour that I was not expecting.

Essence Holo Wow! stick £3.50

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Even as I write this I cannot make my mind up as to whether I love or hate this highlighting stick!

It’s a cream based highlighter with pink coloured undertones which glides on and blends out effortlessly whilst giving you an unbelievable reflective glow. I really, really like the effect but I can’t help feeling like I’ve crawled out of my eight year old niece’s make up box and transformed into a unicorn. It is safe to say I am just to old to use this product without looking like I am trying really hard to be current.

Essence Colour Boost liquid lipstick £2.80

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The liquid lip formula is thick and sticky, the colour is pretty but it applies streaky. As this is a vinyl effect the liquid does not dry down and therefore continuously has to be reapplied after eating and drinking etc. A little to high maintenance for me.

It is safe to say Essence has not really worked out for me although I will be holding on to the mascara and eyeliner I will be gifting the other items to my niece as she will love all the glitter and I think they are great products for her to start out with.

Let me know your thoughts on the Essence brand, have you found anything that works great for you? I’d love to know if anyone’s experience has been different to mine.

Next post will be Friday.

Kate x

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Can Lipstick Make You Happy? – The 5 Day Trial

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Coco Chanel once said “If your sad, add more lipstick and attack”

With this in mind I’ve set about wearing five different lipsticks throughout the week to see if it added to my all round sassy nature and could give me a boost in mood.

Monday – I start the week as I mean to go on with the YSL rouge volupte shine in number 4 (£28) which is a red. Unlike a lot of my bold in your face reds, this shade is very subtle its formula is so light and creamy it puts me in mind of a lip balm. This allows the colour to be very versatile as you can use it for a light splash of colour for a day look or it can be blotted and built up into a bolder night glam. The Packaging is one of the most glamorous lipsticks I own and these are great for dressing table display.

Mood Enhancing? – Yes I felt good about myself throughout the day and due to the pretty packaging re-applying the lipstick made me feel like I was having a special treat.

Tuesday – Due to the success of yesterday I decided to do a full face of make up today which allowed me to go a bit OTT with my lipstick choice. The chosen one is the Smashbox always on liquid lip in Chill Zone (£19.00) and the colour is a “go big or go home” bold grey. I chose this as I love the Smashbox formula, their applicator is really easy to use which for me is essential when using loud colours. When first applied this does feel slightly sticky and takes a little longer to dry down but once this is set I can promise you it’s good to go all day.

Mood Enhancing? – I think Coco may have been on to something, after feeling good about myself the Monday I’ve now advanced to a full face and a dramatic lip whilst feeling I can crush the balls of anyone who crosses me.

Wednesday – As a lover of Mean Girls I’ve stuck to the on Wednesday’s we wear pink moto and gone with the Ofra long lasting liquid lipstick in Bel Air (£11.00), a pink nude that is the most complimentary nude lip for my pale skin tone. Ofra has a really soft formula that glides on and feels so comfortable to apply, the liquid lip sets in about a minute and can feel a little drying to the lips. Throughout the day this did need reapplying although due to the shade being such a nice match to my skin tone this didn’t bother me to much.

Mood Enhancing? – I went for an all over more subtle look today but still felt pretty and put together, apart from one or two reapplications I liked being this low maintenance yet still feeling confident enough if I was to bump into someone I know I wasn’t going to run and hide.

Thursday – When playing with lipsticks I have a go to dramatic look I always love to do using M.A.C smoked purple (£17.50), after two days of liquid lipsticks it’s safe to say my lips need a rest and this is a bit kinder for them. The deep berry colour adds a bit more dimension then going for a solid black. As always with M.A.C lipsticks this is soft, creamy and glides on with strong colour pay off and a matte finish. Smoked purple gives the effects of a liquid lip without drying your lips out (this does need reapplying throughout the day, after eating/drink etc.).

Mood Enhancing? – When wearing this lipstick I get really nostalgic, it reminds me of loads of good times (my brothers wedding, date night at a very nice restaurant with my husband and so on). I can’t help but feel good when I wear this.

Friday – For the last day I have used one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas and that would be Jeffree Star velour liquid lip in I’m Shook (£16.00). I’m unsure if this particular shade is still available as I believe it was limited addition but there is a vast range of colours available from this brand. I need to purchase more of these as for a liquid lipstick they are the best, soft and smooth, quick setting and colour that does not budge. The velour liquid lip is also one of the only liquid lip where I don’t get transfer onto a glass or smudging, it is my one true love lipstick wise.

Mood Enhancing? – This is lipstick you can take on the world with! I felt happy and confident throughout the day and when you think it takes a minute or two to apply it’s all worth it.

Throughout the week I have really reignited what make up means to me and learnt that it can be an instant pick me up when your feeling a bit down or frustrated. I have also found that I use make up especially lipstick to show off my personality, one day I want to be bold and eye catching, others I want to be more natural and demure. I use make up for myself and to make myself feel good, as long as you are having fun you can cake and bake as much as you want whilst ruling your own world in heels, trainers or flats (whichever you prefer).

This has been a really interesting week discovering what make up does for me, Do you ever use make up as a mood booster? What are your favourite go to products that give instant thrills? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @katesbeautyhome as I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you enjoyed this post as always the next one will be on Tuesday.

Kate x

Beauteque Monthly – The Subscription Box With A Bit Of Everything

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to get a monthly subscription box but when looking into it I have become overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. They can come in very expensive sometime for only a few sample sized products.

I really wanted something more!

Recognising the struggle my sister in-law SJ (Her Instagram is @sjmorgan89 if you want cute pics of skincare and makeup) came to the rescue. She is a massive fan of Korean skincare, has great skin herself and is generally a woman in the know about everything. SJ suggested I take a look at the Beauteque monthly website as they offer different types of subscription boxes depending on what you are looking for. One being the ‘mask maven’ box for $13.00 / £9.90 a month and the other being their ‘beauty box’ for $22.00 / £16.75 per month with no twelve month contract and being able to cancel whenever you wanted.

Knowing I was going off a good recommendation I took the plunge and ordered the beauty box, I am currently going into my third month of receiving these goodies and have never looked back.

Each month is based around a theme (July’s being Deep Detox), inside your box are six full sized products that are relevant to the theme and can range from skincare, make up to nail polish and sleep masks. All the products are available as separates on the Beauteque website so if you find something you really love it is so easy to restock.

The Deep Detox box consisted of :

Jayeon Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($5.99 / £4.56) – When you first remove this sponge feels like a rock but once you leave to stand in water it puffs out and becomes a great exfoliating product. Due to the infusion of charcoal it really does help give your skin and intense clean whilst still being gentle and non abrasive.

Farm Stay Charcoal Pure Cleansing Foam ($11.99 / $9.13) 180ml – Use this with the sponge to achieve a deep clean. I have spot prone skin and when I first started using this cleanser I did get a breakout due to the detoxifying properties in the formula but after a few days this cleared up and my skin has stayed incredibly clear and blackhead free since.

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Carbonated Charcoal Clay Mask ($20.00 / £15.23) 100ml – I have really enjoyed this mask. The tub is huge and you really do not need a lot of product for application as the clay is quite thick. It comes with a small spatula to apply and as it develops on the skin it is very fun watching it bubble. The mask gave my skin a radiance and left it feeling very clean and clear.

Purederm Charcoal Design Nose Pore Strips ($5.99 / £4.56) six strips – I can’t go into to much detail about these as I haven’t had the time to use them. I can say they remind me a lot like the traditional nose strips only are larger in size so they cover a bigger surface area of the nose and surrounding cheek. They do have a pretty design on the strip which makes them nice to look at and has me dying to try them so hopefully I will get the time soon.

Vacci Royal Luminant Auto Eyebrow Pencil ($8.99 / £6.85) full sized – One end is the eyebrow pencil and to the other is a spoolie both with lids so good for travelling. The barrel of the pencil is a lot thicker to other brow pencils I have and made application surprisingly easier, the colour was a little lighter then I would normally choose but blended well. The pencil is very soft and you don’t have to be firm to build up colour. The eye pencil was a nice little make up token in the skincare based set.

Siero Surface Moisture Mask Pack ($4.99 / £3.80) – Each month you get a sheet mask pack which comes with three elements this particular one comes with a peeling gel, a vitamin booster and then the sheet mask itself. The three step masks’ have become a favourite at home treatment for me. It’s a quick and easy way to gain the luxury “at a spa” feel whilst helping the skin to regain lost moisture and giving it some TLC.

Three months in and I still look forward to what is going to be in my latest Beauteque box. I love that every product is full sized, due to this you really have the chance to try out and make sure it is working for you before committing to buying. The different themes each month add to the excitement as you are never sure what you are going to get but know that each product will be used. I am so glad SJ gave me the heads up with this subscription box as they are really enjoyable and the perfect thing I was looking for.

Do you have a subscription box you love? Are you completely and utterly overwhelmed when trying to find the right one for you? (there are so many out there now) Let me know your thought on where you stand with subscription boxes in the comments below or on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, the next will be up Friday.

Kate x

The Morphe Dare To Create 39A Is Back : Hot or Not? Review

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The Morphe 39A Dare to Create palette (£34) is back after being released as a limited edition last Christmas and with them now opening a store in London plus having a U.K based website it has never been so easy to purchase for us Brits. Not to mention this also means getting their latest releases and collaboration items the same time as the U.S.

For £34 pounds this palette contains 39 shadows so you are paying less then £1 per one, built up of seven large pan transition shades (these can also be used for contouring), eighteen mattes in various colours and fourteen shimmer/ metallic ranging from blues, greens, gold and pinks. For the price this is one large, hefty palette.

With all the colours you are also getting the new re – branded packaging which is a very sleek and stylish logo and a cardboard outer casing. It looks very nice compared to the cheaper plastic ones they had a year ago. The pans are also protected with the clear plastic covers that come in many eyes shadow palettes but what Morphe have done different then before is to place the shade names on this. I think this is a great addition as Morphe do sell individual shadows so if you hit pan on a particular shadow in the 39A you now know the name of it to purchase a new one.

I love how Morphe shadows perform! The 39A puts me in mind of the palette they collaborated on with Jaclyn Hill (performance wise). As with her palette the shadows themselves give a strong colour, even from lightly coating the brush whilst creating little to no mess. Their texture is soft and creamy not dry or flaky which makes them very easy to blend even if you were a complete novice to eye shadow.

If you are a beginner and looking for a brand that is reasonably priced but not lacking in quality, I would really give the Morphe website a look as they have loads available and their brush have become my go to.

There are many ways to create different looks with this palette due to your colour choice. The palette is laid out into sections with the seven larger pans along the centre row to build up the start of your eye look. To the top left are the brown colours where you could create a smokey eye or even a light understated day look. The top right holds purples, pinks, and reds whilst bottom left is many different shades of blues, leaving the bottom right for the greens and an always needed black. There is definitely enough choice to create a bold look and have you feeling glamorous.

For me this palette is a great investment for the Autumn / Winter months when all the party invites come out in force and you need a make up look that is going to make you feel your best. The shimmer shades just scream festivities so it would be easy to make your eyes the main event of your look during the Christmas period.

Overall I do really like the 39A and think it is great value for money due to the pure size of the palette and the quality of shadow you are receiving. I really enjoy using the Morphe brand in general and this is up there with my much loved Jaclyn Hill palette. I am now waiting patiently for the vault which is said to be released on August 14th.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings on the 39A. Did you buy it first time round? or considering getting it now? (spoil yourself!) Do you like Morphe as a brand and what do you think of their new look? Comment down below or find me on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Until Tuesday,

Kate x

Links

39A DARE TO CREATE ARTISTRY PALETTE

The Good, The bad and the Really Good! Latest Revolution Spree

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A couple of months ago I popped into Superdrug and accidentally drop a bomb of money on a few Revolution products. Having never used the brand before I bought a range of products to test out as I wanted to really see if there was something I liked as their prices are so affordable.

I’m going to start with the product everyone has raved about recently and that is the Conceal and Define concealer. The basics are, it is £4.00 for 4 grams/ 0.14 fl oz and has a large shade range of 16 colours available (if you can get your hands on them). The shade I purchased was C2 which is not as light as I normally go for but C1 was out of stock. There is a lot of hype around this stating it rivals the Tarte shape tape which will cost you £22.00.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks and it has become my favourite concealer, the coverage is amazing. I can wake up with the darkest of circles under my eyes and feel confident that this product will cover them with no trouble. The consistency is lightweight, it blends like a dream without lifting the foundation underneath and once set with powder will last throughout the day. I’ve also used this for a cut crease as the coverage is there and its very easy to apply/blend. For £4.00 it’s a total must have.

Another product in my over flowing basket was the Soph x ultra eye shadow palette (this is the first release as I now know she has creates another palette with revolution that has recently gone on sale). For £10.00 it has twenty for shade with colours ranging from neutrals, a few warm shades and a good few foils. To look at I do like the setup of the palette and feel you have the option to create many looks with the colours available.

The shadows have a nice texture that blends well although the neutrals I did have to build up to get desired effect as they were very light on my skin. In comparison the brighter shades need little building as the colours are very strong. The foils were not as bold as I would have liked, they definitely perform better when using a wet brush or your finger but I would have liked more pop!! I think this is on the right price point, not one of my favourite palettes but you can get a good look and due to it size it was the only palette I took on holidays.

As we are currently talking palettes I also bought the Blush Goddess palette because you know.. I am one (a goddess that is not a blush). This contains eight shades two peach toned blushes and two pink toned blushes with four highlight colours along the top row all for £6.00.

I have used this a couple of times and again it is not one of my favourites. The blush colours are very subtle which I don’t mind to much as I do prefer to build my blush rather than look like I’ve been attacked with Krusty the Clowns’ make up gun. The blush does sit on the skin well, the colours are nice looking and I was able to blend them well, I am just against the powder flying everywhere when you dip the brush in the pan. It’s not awful though and I will be using these blush shades again.

The four highlighter shades are lovely to look at in the pan but didn’t do much for me. The first two colours when used I find hard to tell any difference between them (I think one has a more purple undertone). and the other two are just not for my skin type. As with the blush I think they may have gone a bit OTT with the talc because you will go up in a puff of smoke when you use these minus the genie three wishes. Due to their texture I didn’t like the way the highlight was on my skin it added texture and that is not something I wish to be highlighting.

In comparison the liquid highlighter is something I have fallen in love with! I purchased the Champagne colour and it really is complimentary to my fair skin tone. The applicator is a pipette and one drop is enough to have you golden so the 1.8ml will last ages. This colour is particularly reflective, giving a nice glow that can be subtle or built up to shining beacon.

Due to this being so easy to apply and blend onto the skin it has made me think about just using a liquid highlighter for the foreseeable. At just £6.00 this is up there with the concealer, being an item I now use whenever I do my make up routine.

My last two products I bought were complete impulse buys, the retro luxe matte lip kit in Grandee (£6.00) because you can never have enough lip kits in your life and the luxury powder in banana (£5.00).

The Lip kit I have no complaints with although I cannot comment on the lip pencil as for some reason there wasn’t one present in the box.

Check your boxes before purchase people.

The liquid lipstick has an easy to use applicator which dispenses the colour to lips evenly and without being streaky. The dry down time is around one minute and it’s texture once dry is alike to many other matte liquid lips. It is not sticky in any way but will need reapplying throughout the day once eaten or drinking. Over all this is a nice matte liquid lip for £6.00 it does what it needs to and looks pretty when applied. When I need to be a bit tighter with my make up funds I would purchase some more colours.

Moving on to my second impulse buy the luxury powder in Banana, I could not tell you why I even bought this. Before even purchasing this I know Banana powders are to yellow for me and make make me look like I’ve been projectile vomiting for a week so this is entirely the wrong shade. I may have lost my mind with this one, when I open my make up drawer and see it I shake my head and ask myself, “What in the hell did I do!”

Usage wise it is a screw top and the only place to put your product when using is in the screw top so a big mess follows wherever this powder goes. The product applies well and is ideal for baking and catching eye shadow fall out. It brushes away easily and leaves a light veil of powder that would add nicely to concealer highlight if it was the correct shade. Throughout the day I do feel like this did build up in my pores ever so slightly and made them even more visible so it won’t be going down on my hit list or must haves but if you only needed your make up to last about three or four hours this could help with oil control.

To sum up the conceal and define is a holy grail and not to be ignored, the liquid highlighter is another favourite of mine and is great if you really want to glow your face up. The soph x eye shadow palette is a good option for the price range and has a lot of looks available from the colours, I will also be purchasing a few more colours in their retro luxe matte lip kit collection as again for the price they are worth it. Massive no’s have been the luxury powder and the blush palette as they are just to messy for me to deal with.

What are your thoughts and feelings on Revolution? I love a good high street brand but often find they can be hit or miss with certain items. Have you tried any of their other products not mentioned that I need to add to my drawers? Let me know in the comment section below. I also spend a lot of my days on twitter talking life, make up  and beauty so you can also find me there @Katesbeautyhome.

All products mentioned are linked down below.

Next post will be Friday.

Kate x

Links

Revolution Conceal and Define  – https://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Face/Concealer/Revolution-Conceal-and-Define-Concealer-C2/p/751533

Revolution Sophx Palette – https://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Eye-Makeup/Eye-Shadow/Revolution-Soph-X-Eyeshadow-Palette/p/743038?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-uTO482j3AIV1IbVCh2NgwhpEAkYASABEgKwlvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CIjYgOnNo9wCFWgD0wod_CgNVA

Revolution Liquid Highlighter  – https://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution-Liquid-Highlighters/Revolution-Liquid-Highlighter-Champagne/p/741511

Revolution Blush Palette – https://www.superdrug.com/B-Blusher-and-Bronzer/Revolution-Blush-Palette-Blush-Goddess/p/704808

Revolution Luxury Powder – https://www.superdrug.com/B-Contouring-and-Highlighting/Revolution-Luxury-Banana-Powder/p/716130

Revolution Matte lip kit  – https://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution-Retro-Luxe-Lip-Kits-Matte/Revolution-Retro-Luxe-Lip-Kits-Matte-Grandee/p/716634

Tarte Shape Tape – https://tartecosmetics.com/EU/en_GB/makeup/face/concealer/shape-tape-contour-concealer/836.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoKm3wsmj3AIVb7vtCh0sXgG0EAAYASAAEgJ5oPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Maybelline Tattoo Brow a must have in any brow addicts tool kit

After watching the advert for Maybelline’s Tattoo Brow I have been dying to try it but always got the fear of becoming Charlie Simpson from Busted (if you are to young to remember these I suggest you YouTube “year 3000” that’s my jam). When going on one of my many shopping sprees for new make up I finally purchased it on total impulse, here is what happened.

Product wise the Maybelline Tattoo brow will cost you £12.99 for 4.6 grams, the colour I have is medium brown but I believe it is available in three shades. Inside you get the product and instructions can be found on the side of the box. The dye can last up to three days and when I spend so much on brow tints I think this could be a great option.

When I said this was a brave impulse buy it becomes even more relevant when you open the product and see the brush you have to apply this with. For some reason I thought it would be an angled brush that would help with precision and even application but it is actually flat ended and saturated in a thick blackish liquid that resembles tar. The phrase “What the hell am I doing?” and “This could go horribly wrong!” spring to mind but on I go praying for the eyebrows of Cara Delevingne.

To begin I pluck away stray hairs and call upon my Anastasia brow stencils to lightly draw out the shape I wish to achieve (I am rubbish at drawing them on free hand, honestly I give myself a uni – brow). Once all this is done it is time to APPLY THE PRODUCT!!

Upon opening the tint itself does have a smell of dye but that is to be expected, it is not overpowering and personally I quite like the smell.

A word of advice if you are worried about a reaction to the product you can do a test on your arm or hand before using. The box does not state that you need to do this but as it is a dye and I’m a person that can have breakouts from certain products I did do this.

The flat edged brush that I was so worried about using earlier is surprisingly easy to use. The tint is quite thick and appears to grip the hairs as you use the brush so this helps with accuracy. It is not as messy as I thought and in all honesty I was able to get the shape I wanted in a matter of minutes without making mistakes.

Although the tint is thick in texture I did need to re – dip the brush in product a few times per eyebrow as you do need to ensure the layer is thick enough to peel off later.

The tint dries down quickly and is very lightweight, it doesn’t go hard or flaky like a face mask would so you are able to move and make expressions if you need to. This comes in very handy when your husband compares your new brows to Borat’s moustache.

Now we wait. In order to achieve a three day tint the product has to stay on for two hours so I suggest you catch up on your latest TV series, read a book or start writing your next blog post as it going to be a while. I don’t suggest you drink a bottle and a half of wine and forget you even put the product on, you will be guaranteed to get some strange looks the next day and Cara Delevingne you are not!

Anyway after a full two hours it is time to grab a pair of tweezers and gently peel away the tint for the big reveal of my new brows. I for one am more then anxious (I have the school run in the morning and do not wish to wear plasters over my brows).

Removal is extremely easy, The tweezers can successfully grasp the product from the inner corner of the brows and gently pull the product away without pulling any hairs or leaving and residue. I did get a little bit left under the brow but I removed this with a damp cotton bud and that did the trick.

The reveal has me amazed. I don’t know why I was so worried as the overall effect is a very natural and defined brow. The shape has stayed exactly as I wanted and my sparse hairs appear thicker and less bald. They really do look like I have had them done at my salon. The colour is no where near as dark as the tint you apply which I am thankful, it really does blend in well with my natural brow colour.

As the days go on the tint has lasted well, I’d say about for days before is completely gone. During this time I have used a oil based and milk based cleanser plus numerous other skincare products without worrying about if it’s getting in my brows. The colour also breaks down evenly, there were no extreme patches where it had come away in one area and was still in others.

The Maybelline brow tint is something I will be re- purchasing, I have already used it again after my first experience and gained the same results. It is just so easy to use and really does help out when you’ve been to busy to get to your latest eyebrow appointment.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings on this, have you tried this brow tint or others similar? Have you had fear of using it in case it goes horribly wrong? Give me a comment down below and I will get back to you or you can find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome as this is where I spend most of my life. Links are below for both the brow tint and the brow stencils.

Bye for now.

Kate x x

Links

Maybelline Tattoo Brow : https://www.superdrug.com/Maybelline/Maybelline-Tattoo-Gel-Eyebrow-Tint-Peel-Light-Brown/p/739515?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl7bV2K6a3AIV9zLTCh1ObgqkEAYYASABEgJC_PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPGZ4oPDmtwCFYhi0wod9eAEeA

Anastasia Brow Stencils (currently on sale at Beauty Bay) :  https://www.beautybay.com/makeup/anastasiabeverlyhills/eyebrowstencils/?ctyid=gb&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvPuGqMOa3AIVAzwbCh1TxwzmEAQYASABEgKBuPD_BwE

NARS are upping the foundation game in 2018

Today I’m going to be talking NARS natural radiant long wear foundation … try saying that with a mouth full of Malteasers. Now this is one hyped foundation with many feeling it’s the foundation of the year when we have only just seen the back of January. It is one product I simply had to get my hands on and test, is everything I’ve heard true?

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Starting with the basics, NARS radiant long wear foundation retails at £35.00 for 1fl 0z. / 30ml which gave me a slight nose bleed but it is NARS so to be expected.

I have to give NARS a big congrats on their shade range as this foundation is available in a massive 33 shades ranging from very light to deep. The shade pictured is “Oslo” (light 1) which is the lightest shade of the range.

“A little advice if your going to order the foundation online and are worried about choosing your shade I used the NARS website to determine my shade and then bought from House of Fraser website as the shipping on NARS was slightly high (I will link both sites below).”

Last thing to note and its a biggie, NARS is promising the foundation has 16 hours worth of wear. Yes you read right 16 hours!!

Upon using I found that this foundation is very thin and liquidy which is very surprising considering the amount of coverage you gain, making it easy to build to the ideal look you want. Two pumps can be used to cover the whole face creating a blank canvass with all natural redness and dark spots covered. (below I have included a photo of the coverage achieved on my tattoo for an example)

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Due to the texture being so thin it leaves a lightweight feel which I am all for as I do love being full coverage but hate the feeling of being weighed down by foundation.

I have to go back and compliment NARS once again on their shade range! I think this is the closest shade to my natural skin tone I have ever had and for me this is everything as I normally have to use a whitener to tone down other foundation shades. From looking at the whole range available it would be shocking to me if I heard someone was unable to find a shade that was right for them.

Speaking of the shade, once applied it does oxidise ever so slightly, the colour change is barley noticeable so I am not mad at it and I’ve used other foundations where the change has been way more dramatic and I’ve looked like a walking spray tan gone wrong.

The finish is beautiful, giving a smooth complexion and no caking. It is not a full matte product so it doesn’t dry down fully meaning you can actually raise an eyebrow without feeling your face is going to crack into a million pieces.

Saying this I did need to set with powder paying particular attention to my T-Zone area as I get oily here throughout the day, I did feel the foundation would just run off this area if not set right therefore achieving a look I was not going for.

The foundation worked well with other product and stayed in place without being stripped away or caking up throughout liquid concealer application and other powders on top. I was more then satisfied with the performance during the making up stages.

Leading me onto how long this lasts, can this go a full 16 hours??

Honestly I don’t know who would need a foundation on for 16 hours of the day but I do feel if set right with powder you will get a full working day or a night out with a flawless base and no need for touch ups.  The product stays put, stays smooth and gave such a lovely coverage to my face I think its the best my skin has looked, it lasted as long as I needed and has become my go to foundation especially if I have a event, party or special occasion to attend.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried the NARS natural radiant foundation and your thought. I have heard people say its the foundation of 2018 this early in the year!! I can also be found on twitter @KateL564 so come and join the blog chats and just general discussions.

Thank you for reading.

Kate

Links

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/beauty/nars-cosmetics-natural-radiant-longwear-foundation/d870227.pd#286025755,q=nars-foundation

https://narscosmetics.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-UK-Site/en_GB/Home-Show?cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-NRI_G_GBR_TM_EXACT_TM-_-nars&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Lzon4y02QIV7LDtCh3Y1ANAEAAYASAAEgInTvD_BwE#pairs

 

Putting the Wunder back into my brows

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The Wunderbrow went viral some time ago, I always thought it was an Instagram craze that didn’t really work and something I wasn’t willing to spend my hard-earned money on. How has this changed for me and why have I had a sudden interest? The answer is my friends opinions, they are completely split down the middle. Some of them love the product feeling they cannot complete their brow routine without it and others saying they found it fiddley and hard to get to grips with. Me being me I had to get one and weigh in with my opinion.

Off I popped to Amazon to purchase this potentially amazing / potentially horrific brow gel for a sum of £19.95. I began to think the latter was about to come to life and I was setting myself up for a fail when I realised the Wunderbrow only offers five shades consisting of Auburn, blonde, black/brown, brunette and jet black. Comparing this to the twelve shades offered in the dip brow range from Anastasia Beverly Hills (£19), I wasn’t exactly filled with confidence that Wunderbrow was going to work out for me. Is it possible to cover many different shades of brown brow hair with just brunette as an option? Yet Wunderbrow does promise the “perfect brow in two minutes” and considering my current fifteen minutes or more routine it was worth a punt.

Next day it arrived and I became all the more baffled! Inside is 3g/ 0.15oz of the product, a spoolie and some instructions (which you may as well wipe your butt with but more on that later).

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The confusion began when I opened the Wunderbrow and saw that the applicator is a lip gloss style paintbrush and I wondered how I was going to apply the product to the brows without A. making a very messy, not so sharp shape and B. gaining such perfect results in two minutes. This called for UNHELPFUL INSTRUCTION TIME!!

Well the instructions say to apply the applicator to the brows in light strokes to build the shape and effect you wish, the problem is the brush picks up so much product that even if you wipe off some it still too much and the brush is too thick to achieve any kind of shape without making a huge mess and which would be even considered respectable to wear outside. To continue with the instructions it then says to spoolie through and gain desired effect although the product takes nano seconds to dry down. The results being more slug then chic.

Once I had sacked off the instructions and gone it alone I found a much easier way to use, which actually allows you to step outside your front door without scaring the nation. I placed a blob of product on the back of my hand and used an eyebrow brush (M.A.C 263 £16.50 but any eyebrow brush will do) and carefully carved out the shape I wanted before beginning to fill in the sparse hairs. I used the spoolie throughout doing this and overall gained a much better look which to my surprise I really liked, More chic then slug.

The colour matched well to my natural brow colour especially when applied with the eyebrow brush as you have more control over the amount of product and accuracy of application and can build up to however bold you want to go. A quick dry down does mean you build up a good stain to your brows so the shape and colour will last up to two / three days before it begins to fade and it needs removing before you start to scare the public once more. Upon removal you will need to invest in an oil based remover which you will also need for the back of your hand if you choose to apply with the eyebrow brush.

So the big questions, do I use it? and would I purchase again?

I think hell has literally frozen over because my answer is YES! OK you are not going to get your perfect brow in two minutes but can you expect that from any brow product when we can be so fussy with how our brows look.

If you are looking for something that can be added to your normal routine that lasts a couple of days leaving you to continue your life without having to worry about a brow streaming down your face in the rain then I’d recommend trying this. It has become a vital part of doing my brows due to its staying power. It fills in sparse hairs well and as the gel dries it fixes the hairs into place preventing them from sticking upwards or wandering out of the desired shape.

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the Wunderbrow, Does it work for you? or do you hate it? Have you found another way to use it? I’m also available on twitter @KateL564 so if you want to follow or comment me there your more then  welcome. Big thank you for reading.

Kate

Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00UYY2GSQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1511949219&sr=8-1&keywords=wunderbrow+brunette&dpPl=1&dpID=51c2S2YKhHL&ref=plSrch (Wunder2)

https://m.maccosmetics.co.uk/esearch?form_id=perlgem_search_form&search=Eyebrow+brush (M.A.C 263 eyebrow brush)

https://www.beautybay.com/makeup/anastasiabeverlyhills/dipbrowpomade/softbrown (ABH dipbrow pomade)

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New Huda First Impressions

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It has recently been my birthday (remember remember the 5th of November) and the husband treated me to some treats off my ever growing beauty list!! This years consisted of the New Huda obsessions palette in warm brown and the contour & strobe lip set in trophy wife/ shameless, which retail at £25.00 for obsessions palette and £29.00 for lip set from cult beauty (linked below).

Starting with the lip contour & strobe set, you are getting a full size lip pencil 1.20g/0.04oz in your chosen shade plus a mini liquid matte and lip strobe, the matte being 1.9ml and the strobe being 2.0ml all confided in a massive pair of lips (tin) that will also be of your chosen colour. Honestly this is by far one of the best ways i have seen a lip kit packaged, it’s very fun and I can promise you will be placing the tin over your mouth whilst trying to take a selfie.

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Product wise my favourite part of the kit is the lip pencil, it has a nicely shaped point and is super soft making it really easy to apply. There is no need to use loads of pressure pushing down and dragging across your lips like with some firmer lip liners so you definitely save yourself a minor injury and a chaffed lips.

Surprisingly due to the light pressure applied you still gain strong lines and bold colour pay off, it glide on, does not chap or feel dry and is one of the best liners I have used.

Moving on to the Matte liquid lip and if you have never used Huda Beauty before one thing I can say is the smell of her lip products are amazing, I’d say its a vanilla/coconut smell that put me very much in mind of the jouer x jeffree star collaboration lip topper. It’s very sweet but not overpowering.

Once your done getting high off the scent it applies like a dream, the applicator is a lovely shape so you can get in to all the corners and due to the lips being lined it is impossible to mess it up. It dried down completely in about sixty-second so you have plenty of time to perfect your application. As with the liner the colour pay off is strong and you only have to dip once to gain enough for a full lip with no streaks. Once dried there is no sticky feel but it doesn’t over dry your lips.

The lip strobe has the same incredible smell as the liquid matte whilst giving you enough shine to really glam up your look. It applies well as with the liquid matte although you may need to re-dip the applicator to cover the whole lip. The look is very reflective and great for evenings out although it does need re applying throughout as the lips stay wet so eating and drinking cause collateral damage.

Is it worth £29.00? I do feel it is value for money when you consider the price of the Huda full size products, the items are a high quality and are lovely to use, plus if your a sucker for packaging (as I am) it is eye catching.

The other item I snapped up was the obsessions eye shadow palette in warm brown which includes nine shade, eight of them being matte and one shimmer/foil. It’s a little fold up palette with mirror included, perfect for nights out as it is small enough to keep in your make up bag or evening bag.

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The colours themselves consist of one neutral cream that can be used as a base or eyebrow highlight, seven other warm shades ranging from browns, reds, oranges, and purple tones. The pise de resistance is the shimmered gold which takes centre stage in the palette layout (I have swatched the colours below which start from the top left corner of palette).

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The formula is very creamy and blendable with a good pigmentation, there is little to no fall out with the matte shades and only a little extra with the gold which is to be expected due to the glitter. From the colours available you can create many warm toned looks and really sparkle them up with the gold making it great for the current festive season.

Considering the price of the palette and how small it is to look at I am really surprised by how much I have enjoyed using it, but the quality in the shadows is just there so it makes blending and achieving looks effortless. I like how compact it is, making it easy to travel with, I like the mirror and its size (plenty big enough to use whilst doing your eyes on the go) and I love love love the gold colour. Like with the lip kit if you compare the price of Huda full size palettes with the content of these you are getting value for money.

As always let me know your thoughts! How do you feel about the pricing? Are these on your Christmas wish list? Comment down below or on twitter @KateL564. Thank you for reading.

Links

https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/huda-beauty-warm-brown-obsessions-palette.html (Obsessions warm brown palette)

https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/huda-beauty-contour-and-strobe-lip-set.html (Lip contour & strobe kit)

 

The best liquid lip from Smashbox

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After three weeks away from blogging as each of my children have come down with viruses, it is safe to say I am finally back on it and ready to indulge in as much make up and skincare as possible.

One of my most recent purchases has been two of the Smashbox always on liquid lipsticks. These are the first Smashbox products I’ve ever tried and I’m going to jump right in and say they are AMAZING.

The two colours I purchased are “some nerve” (purple) and “chill zone” (grey) both retailing at £19.00 each for 13fl. Oz/ 4ml from the Smashbox website. They have 20 shades to choose from in their always on liquid lip range so you will not be stuck for choice.

I bought these a few weeks ago so have had plenty of time to play around with them and test their 8 hour lasting claim and I am so in love with these, they are beyond good.

The applicator is very easy to use and due to its pointed edge you can get a really precise edge that does not bleed out, even with the two bold colours that I have chosen. There is also enough product on the applicator from one dunk to complete the whole lip without any gaps, runs or patches.

During application the liquid feels soft, smooth and is very light weight. It glides on easily and gives plenty of time to get you application perfect before it even starts to dry down to a matte finish.

The colours are extremely strong and pigmented, you definitely don’t have to “layer up” to gain a bold, even look, the product pretty much does this on one application. The colours themselves are lovely and the range really does have a vast choice (nudes, reds, purples and grey are all available).

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Once the lipstick has dried down it is surprising how soft your lips still feel as other liquid mattes can be quite drying and heavy on the lip. The all day wear is very light and if it wasn’t for the bold colours it would be hard to tell there was anything on your lips from touch alone. There is no stickiness or cracking making it an all round pleasant product to wear.

To test out the 8 hour wear claim I used the grey one first thing in the morning and went about my day, drinking coffee, water (minus a straw), eating and just generally doing everyday things. These little babies last!!

After about two hours I was surprised by how good my lips were looking, the colour still going strong with no bleeding, cracking or crumbling. My lips still didn’t feel dried out and I was still rocking a good look lip wise.

Six hours in and things were still holding up. The colour was fading slightly but not in a way where it needed re applying or looked messy. The colour was just not as bold as it had been at the start of the day.

I removed the liquid lip before the full eight hours as I was removing all other make up at the time and the only way it would remove completely is with an oil based liquid.

Due to it having such staying power and being so bold in colour I was expecting my lips to stain slightly but they didn’t which is an added bonus.

Overall these are impressive! Price wise they are a mid range product and as you literally only need one swipe for a full coverage of colour they will take a while until your at empty bottle stage.

The range of colours available is great as there is a lot of choice and their easy application and staying power is a winner.

I will definitely be purchasing a few more from the range, whilst looking at other Smashbox products to try out.

Any thoughts on these let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564. Also any recommendations of other Smashbox products that have worked for you would be appreciated.

Kate x

links

https://m.smashbox.co.uk/product/18755/42295/whats-new/always-on-matte-liquid-lipstick#/shade/Dream_Huge