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

 

Jeffree Star x Manny MUA Bundle

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I have been admiring these products since they were originally launched and missed out last time so there was no way I was going to miss out on this collab when it was released for a second time. Believe me it has not been easy!

My first order was for the bundle box which included the two liquid lipsticks and their new Uranus highlight so I paid for it and waited for the next day delivery, only to receive an email saying there was a problem with the order and they were now out of stock. I then had to re-order the items individually but could only get the original Eclipse highlighter as beauty bay did not carry Uranus as an individual.

After  all the chaos I have finally got the items and they are beautiful. I hate to be a lover of the packaging as all in all if the product doesn’t work it doesn’t matter how it looks in the box, but seriously the presentation on these is one of my favourite.

The boxing is a chequered matte black and holo black so when you move it in the light it glimmers, giving a look of twinkling stars in the sky (which is rather fitting with the planet theme). This packaging got me all excited to use the products.

I’m going to start with the Eclipse highlighter, as with all of his products it 100% vegan and cruelty free (no bunnies harmed here which is nice). For £25.50 you are getting 15g/0.53oz of product.

This is my first Jeffree Star highlighter and before buying I was told they were big and by god that is true. It is literally one of the biggest pans I have owned and it is full to the top with shimmering powder.

The highlight itself looks golden in the pan but upon use it gives a very pink shimmer that I like as I’m fair and golden highlights can look like a very shimmery bronzer on my cheekbones (not a good look to see).

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The formula is soft, creamy and lightweight so no problems there. It is also very blendable but it does need to be built up to achieve a blinding look. It is great for day to day and it doesn’t have to be built up too much for a stronger look.

I found that with a wet brush it gave a very intense look which is “what I like” (thank you Bruno). By doing this you really will be glowing to the point the stars themselves will wonder what they have been doing wrong. This shit is dramatic.

Price wise this isn’t the cheapest of highlighters out there but for myself I’d put it up with some of the best. It is just a dream to work with and the effect you can get with a damp brush has me sold. For me it out performs many of my other highlights which range from higher end to high street.

Moving on to the velour liquid lipsticks in “I’m Shook” and “Daddy” that retail for £16.00 each and you get 0.19fl oz/5.6ml of product.

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I bought these purely out of curiosity as I already own one of Jeffree’s Liquid lipsticks “drug lord” and I wasn’t a fan.

I’ll start with “I’m Shook” which is a burnt red/coral and it is highly surprising.

The colour is very strong and doesn’t streak, I didn’t have to go back and fill in gaps and it dried down nicely, lasting a good number of hours before needing touch ups.

The colour is stunning and very comfortable to wear although due to it being so bold I will be using this more for evening make up.

”Daddy” is my piece de resistance of the whole set. It’s a cool brown and can be used for day or night.

It applies the same as I’m Shook, giving enough colour off one swipe that you don’t need to go back and fill in gaps. Again it dried well and lasted a number of hours before re touch.

For both these liquid lips the applicator I found really easy to work with and gained great results without feeling the need to line my lips before hand.

As I whole I do love this launch it is extremely good quality and has been one of my favourite bundles I have bought in a while. It is pricey but really pretty, having products that can be used daily (this is how I justify it to myself). Again if your a Jeffree or Manny fan your going to want these in your collection and if your not I don’t believe you would feel let down by the products as they give great results.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564. Also if anyone knows any other colours from Jeffree’s line which are worth giving a try give me a shout.

Kate x

links

http://www.beautybay.com

 

 

 

 

 

Love for Lamora

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I have recently found myself in the dilemma of been inited for dinner at short notice and not having the time to wash my make up brushes (I did really think this was a drama!! Crazy I know). I decided to order new with fast delivery, but I also didn’t want to pay a packet for them as I do love my current ones and “I’m all about saving”.

I started looking on amazon and came across a brand called Lamora, they had received good reviews, were available on prime, and were a good price.

Against every fibre in my body I took the plunge and bought a eye blending brush set (£9.95) and an eyebrow brush set (£8.95) praying they weren’t going to be as dreadful as I was imagining!

The blending brush set contains four brushes consisting of a Tapered blender, all over shader, crease and soft blender so for the price of £9.95 it’s a pretty decent deal.

The eyebrow brush set contains three brushes which include a small shader, flat definer and a brow duo containing a angled brush and spoolie for £8.95, again that seems like a lot of brushes for the money so I wasn’t expecting the best of quality.

In all honesty when they arrived I was very surprised! The packaging is nice and simple and each brush comes individually wrapped inside.

I have heard that when you buy cheaper brushes they sometimes have a chemical smell and these don’t have this. They actually don’t smell at all which is pretty damn good as you don’t want to put something smelly near your eyes.

The handles are strong with the brushes firmly attached. Each brush has Lamora engraved with a number and description indicating how it is to be used, which is great for beginners but also handy when in a rush. They are a nice sleek black colour and look fine in my collection alongside other more expensive brushes.

The main surprise for me was the softness and how well they work. I expected them to be stiff and the hairs to be slightly rough but these are butter soft and do not pull or drag on the eyes. They pick up product really well and due to the softness they are easy to use when blending out product without a great effort.

The brush hairs are surprisingly strong and I didn’t have any loose hairs break free across my face when I was using them. They also held their shape well after use, no fraying or straggling hairs sticking out all over the place.

Sooo what I have learnt is don’t judge a brush by its price. I think sometime we feel we need to buy such expensive products in order to gain flawless results and it just goes to show that sometimes you can acheive as good results with products a bit more wallet friendly.

Let me know if you have tried these brushes or have alternatives that a purse pleasing that have become your favourites. As always comment below or tweet me @KateL564.

Kate x

Links

http://www.amazon.co.uk

 

E.L.F Making Me High Street Happy

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I believe I may have been living under a rock for the last ten years as I have never taken the time to try any E.L.F cosmetics.

Until NOW!!

I had recently been browsing their website and thought to myself I may as well try some of this stuff out, so I ordered a bundle of different things to try out.

1. E.L.F Brush Shampoo (£4.50) – A clear shampoo to be used with water to clean all your make up brushes.

For me this did some of the job, on fan brushes and brushes used for lighter products this worked a gem and cleaned them right up, but for eyeshadow brushes and blush or anything where you have used stronger colours it did not remove all the discolouration.

It has a neutral smell with no chemicals and is very gentle to the brush itself leaving it with a soft fluffy texture.

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2. E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation in Light Ivory (£7.50) – It is really surprising the range of foundation colours E.L.F has to offer for a high street brand. Normally I use a whitener to lighten my foundations but the Light Ivory was the perfect shade.

This formula is light and you really feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all. It blends smoothly and takes other products well.

Coverage is subtle, it’s a foundation I’d use for day to day wear when I don’t need something so full on. This would feel great when your on a good skin day as it enhances your skin more then covers the cracks. It has SPF 15 which is an added bonus when it’s such a high street price.

Recommendation wise, if you have good skin and want to show it off and if your not so into the full coverage look, this is definitely something to try out.

3. E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls (£5.00) – One thing I love in life is a bright ass highlight! As much as I wanted to love this (the colour in the pan looks so shiny) I just don’t.

The colour pay off is just not there and it is way too subtle for me, you can build the powder up to gain a stronger effect but this takes time and effort.

On the plus it has a really soft, creamy texture, blends well on the skin and creates little mess in the pan. Again like the foundation it is great for a subtle everyday look (I will be using mine as a body highlight).

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4. E.L.F Hydrating Face Primer (£7.50) – This is by far my favourite thing of the bundle! A clear liquid primer that has a gel like texture and feels extremely moisturising in a non greasy/oily way.

Considering this gives a matte finish it feels almost sticky on the skin (not Winnie the Pooh stuck in his honey jar sticky but tacky). I felt it gave a plump to my skin and made it feel super smooth.

Due to the texture it left on my skin once I added foundation it stayed in place all day. DID NOT MOVE!

For the price tag this is a great product that I will probably choose over my M.A.C primer and begin to use daily with or without make up.

5. E.L.F Lip Primer & Plumper (£4.50) – So this comes as a lip duo with one end of the stick being the primer and the other being the plumper and it is strange to say the least.

The primer is written on the box as a natural colour so I was assuming a light beige but no it is yellow. Yes LaLa Teletubbies yellow!

Despite the colour it isn’t bad and prepped my lips lovely before lip liner and lipstick. It helped create an even finish and prevented bleeding. I do advise exfoliating the lips before hand as if the skin is dry the primer will crack when applied, but I did like the effects of the primer side.

Here we get to the plumper side and I am about to sound like I need committing as it is really not going to make sense. As stated in the box the plumper is actually clear so we started well.

The smell is so strong “the husband” refused to come near me with it on. I think it’s aniseed smelling but I’m not sure. And despite my husbands repulsion, I love the smell (I think it’s a bit marmite for people love/hate).

Application became even more strange when I was expecting the product to tingle as with many other plumpers. No this thing feels like a wasps nest is living on your lips. It stings and don’t really feel there was much plumping going on but (and this may suggest something about my psyche) I love it but not for the faint hearted.

As I stated before I must have been living under a rock to have not tried E.L.F cosmetics before. They are great value for money and very fun to try. I have found some staple products and can’t wait to try more.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.

Kate x

Links

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Next level full coverage with Dermacol

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Recently I have been looking for a new foundation and whilst browsing online I came across a few reviews of the Dermacol Make-Up Cover foundation which complimented how well it had worked and how impressed they had been. Armed with that I popped onto Amazon and bought myself shade 207 for £12.99 and gave myself a little hallelujah for forking out for prime, pleased my new foundation would arrive next day.

I used this as soon as it arrived and have had mixed feelings ever since to the point where I am unsure whether I completely and utterly love it or if I hate it. Here’s why:

The packaging is fine just your typical box with brand name, ingredients list and a small paragraph of what to expect from the product. The foundation is in a toothpaste like tube and gold in colour with Dermacol written down the front. Once you unscrew the lid you have to pop the hygiene cap to release the foundation. Then your ready for usage.

First thing I noted was the shade (I bought 207), for me it looked a little darker then I was expecting. Not to the point that it was unusable but just not as light as I usually go for, being so pale I make Casper look like he’s been sunning it in the Med for a fortnight. But I powered through and gave it a try.

The next problematic thing for me was the formula is THICK.

It does state on the box to use a little and build to the effect you want but “good god” a little could fill all the cracks in Britain’s pavements. A pea sized dollop can really be used to cover your whole face, deleting redness, blemishes, dark circles, it even covered a scar on my forehead.

It was easy to blend considering the thickness you feel when you first apply and it is definitely full coverage. I am a full coverage girl but I have never had a foundation cover everything with such little effort (damp beauty blender).

At this point things started to improve and despite the thick consistency once blended it does not feel as heavy as cement on your skin. You can feel the coverage but it is not too over the top or uncomfortable. It also sits well on the skin, not caking but smooth, covering all pores with no build up.

Setting it with powder did not compromise the result of coverage or cause any build up. The foundation took to other products on top very well and with it being waterproof this does not move from your face all day (I found it differcult to get off and used facial oil to remove).

I did use blotting paper around my nose area during the day and re apply powder but that is just due to having a oily T-Zone and something I regularly have to do throughout the day with all my makeup.

Overall the result of this foundation are fantastic but be prepared for it to be FULL coverage, be prepared for it to be thick in consistency and be careful when choosing your shade. For me the results have been worth it, at £12.99 it is not a bank breaker, it does do what it says on the tin and the results are impressive.

Let me know if you’ve tried this out and love or hate it. Comment below or tweet @KateL564.

Next post will be mid week.

Kate

links

http://www.amazon.co.uk

 

Jouer x Jeffree Star

IMG_0368.JPGThe latest Jouer lip topper has been released and it being a colab with Jeffree Star it is everything you would expect from the beauty mogul. The name being sweet tooth, it being the brightest of pink in colour and absolutely loaded with glitter. It really is like tinsel for the mouth!

Retailing at £13.50 every penny from this product goes to the Los Angeles LGBT Centre with neither companies taking a dollar for themselves which is great to see and hopefully sets an example for other brands to follow suit.

Here in the U.K it is available on beauty bay (I love this as you avoid shipping and custom prices but still get a chance to buy the product same time as the U.S) elsewhere I believe it is the jouer website. For the price you are getting 5.9ml / 0.20 fl. oz. of the topper, it being the same size as Jouer’s other toppers such as skinny dip.

What makes this product special? The packaging is different from their previous with a shiny metallic pink for the box, pressed with the Jouer logo, Jeffree’s signature to the front and the Jeffree Star cosmetics logo to the side of the box. The screw top of the product is a new chrome pink again with the Jeffree Star on the top. It is Jouer’s first pink lip topper and Jeffree himself has stated that there is more glitter present in this lip formula then any other in the Jouer line. So this baby is going to make lips shine!!

The box states this can be used on its own or under your favourite lip colour so I will be trying with both. Above I have swatched the colour on its own on my hand, the second is under a nude and the third under a bright just to give an example of the look.

Upon unscrewing the lid the first thing to note is the smell and it is a sweet as candy (my husband referenced me smelling like a pic’n’mix), sniff it too long and you are bound to get a sugar rush. The applicator is fine, easy to use and glide the topper on without making any major mistakes.

The formula is really nice (This is my first Jouer lip topper and I will be getting more) it goes on incredibly easily and is very smooth. It feels very nourishing but not oily or slippy. One of the main things I liked is it is not at all sticky. I dread the feeling of my lips being stuck together when using a gloss or lip topper, but this gave no issues and was very light on the lip.

The colour on its own is very pigmented but subtle enough for day wear provided you don’t mind a bit of glitter.

My favourite look was to use it over a bright coloured liquid lip. Due to the formula being so smooth it really prevented my lips being dried out from the liquid lip underneath. It also held the brightness of the liquid lip colour whilst adding a dramatic shine to my lips. I felt like a my little pony being let free after living a life without rainbows and I loved it!! When adding this to an already bold lip this is drama so I do really think you have to be into that kind of look to fall for this particular topper.

Personally I do rate the product, it makes my lips feel lovely and smooth, it has great colour pay off and adds the extra shine on top of a coloured lip so it is right up my street.

If your a fan of Jeffree and it’s something you’d love to have in your collection snap it up but be prepared to shimmer more then a disco ball.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.

Kate

Links

http://www.beautybay.com

http://www.jouercosmetics.com

Tony Moly spree!

IMG_0278I have seen the Tony Moly sheet masks floating about online for while and have been dying to try them so I bought a bundle and whilst I was at it I ordered the panda dream eye stick (their packaging is too cute to resist). The masks are currently on sale at cultbeauty.co.uk for £5 a packet. One packet containing one sheet mask. The panda dream cooling eye stick is £12.50. Amazon have a bundle of eleven masks for £10.58 with prime delivery and beautyandseoul.co.uk have the masks at £2.50 each.

The mask I have used for this review is the Makegolli mask sheet skin purifying which claims to make uneven skin tone more radiant and glowing. So let’s try these things out!

This  particular mask is described  as a 3 layer pulp sheet with added aloe extract. The first thing you notice when removing from the packet is it is saturate with product. There is no strong smell of chemicals or fragrance which I like as I don’t like things smelling harsh that I then intend to put on my face. I’d fear taking it off and looking like Freddy Kruger. Anyway the smell is a clean smell but not overpowering.

The next part was a challenge, unfolding the mask as gently as I could to place on the face. I’m going to note that you really do have to be gentle with these, the sheet is so thin and saturate that if you go in with hulk hands they will rip right up. Once open the mask is easy to apply to the face and the positioning or the holes for eyes, nose etc are comfortable, as you pat down to ensure the placement of sheet you can feel the material tighten so you know the thing is not moving until you want it to.

During the relaxation period of 20-30 minutes the mask did not move which was really great, I was quite busy at the time making food for the Mr and myself so I was in a hot room and it stayed on. With three little ones and loads to do I don’t really have the time to lie whilst my mask takes effect, being able to wear this on the go was ideal and a plus for me.

Taking the mask off I experienced an immediate cooling sensation and as I massaged in the excess product my skin did feel like it became a lot tighter. On closer inspection I can see the redness in my cheeks has gone down a lot although there is some still visible on my nose, but the skin itself feels extremely hydrated and nice and firm which is an improvement.

To conclude on the mask! Are they fun, easy to use and give results? Yes they are and I would use them again although they are not up there with my favourites. Price wise I think they are fine, enjoyable and within the right price bracket. Their packaging is delightful and they are a fun product that gives results so I will give them a thumbs up.

On the other hand their panda dreams cooling eye stick is just not for me!! I do not get it!!

The box states that is is for use when under eye feels tired or dry for instant cooling… I will say yes it does give a cooling sensation but for me that was about it all did!

I was also not sure when to use it as I have never really experienced dry under eye, I assume that if you have experienced the dry under eye this may be for you. The product can be used throughout the day but placing it on top of concealer is not advised as it just made a mess of my face.

I don’t really know what else to say about this apart from the packaging being adorable. Please if anyone has mastered this stick and it really works for them let me know as I would be really interested to see if maybe I’m missing something whilst using it! Until then this is a big ass no in my book purely because it doesn’t seem to do anything apart from be cute looking.

Again big thank you for reading and as always if you have different opinions or other review ideas for me give me a comment or tweet me @KateL564

Kate

links

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk

http://www.beautyandseoul.co.uk

 

 

 

 

The facial oil that saved my life!!

IMG_0263.JPGSo since my twenties have now come and gone and I grow ever closer to the mid thirties I have noticed changes in my skin. The years of abuse from sleeping in my make up (mainly after too many night out) have left my pores more visible and the moisture that I once took advantage of has all but evaporated. The skin left has been dull with dry patches and pores like rabbit burrows. I needed something to save me from this very bleak situation before it was too late… cue my saving grace Daniele de Winters facial oil!!

The Foret Precieuse clarifying facial oil does not come in cheap at £53.00 on the Daniele de Winter website and £66.00 on BeautyBay (it is currently on sale at Beauty Bay for around £20) and it was not particularly the first thing I wanted to blog about because of this, but this product is phenomenal!!

The oil comes in elegant packaging that is lovely for display if you are into that kind of thing. As you open the box you find the oil which has its own little circular cardboard base to ensure it is safe when placed back in the box. The bottle itself is sleek and quite weighted, but the first thing you will notice is the smell which is a strong lavender which despite what I have just said is not overpowering or off putting but relaxing and places me in the mindset of a spa.

So packaging and appearance done it was time to test! The first thing I noticed was there are no instructions available on or inside the box, but with a quick look online you can find them on their website (linked below). I placed drops of the oil on areas of my face and massaged for five minutes. At first it does feel a bit like I was covering myself in fish oil but after a minute once the product had had time to start soaking into the skin I could just feel how hydrating this was going to be for my face. Once I had toned, swilled and moisturised my face I was free to go on with my day. Throughout the day my face felt so nourished and soft a texture which I have not encountered for a while. It is now the day after and after washing my face last night and this morning I can still feel the texture change, the moisture and just general appearance of glowing skin.

The final verdict for this is although it is pricy, I do feel it is worth treating yourself  with. It is to be used two or three times a week depending on the skins personal needs and at a bottle size of 50ml I do believe you get a lot of bang for your buck (only a few drops around the face is needed for the product to work). In all honesty it has transformed my skin and given it the TLC it really needed, it will defiantly become one of my skincare staples.

Let me know if you have used the product and had the same or different experience as I’m always interested in others opinions when it comes to beauty.

Kate

links

http://www.beautybay.com

http://www.danieledewinter.co.uk