Thursday, 22 May 2014

latest lip combos.

I kind of have a shopping addiction so by the second year of university I found a solution- I would only give in to my cravings once I finished my exams. And needless to say that time has come round again! The first shop I dived into was Mac of course and I picked up a few lip products. I normally just wear a lipstick or lip liner on its own but recently I've been obsessed with teaming up combinations. So I thought I'd share with you my two new favourites.


Nudes
I am constantly stalking Kylie Jenner's instagram as I am just loving what she is doing with her makeup this past year. She has really upped her game and I rarely check out the other sister's social media sites. I can't go anywhere without a bit of colour on my lips and Kylie is pretty much the same- she most frequently wears either a light brown or dark nude. So when I read that she actually wears Mac's Whirl lip liner I know I had to snap it up for myself. I would describe it as a nude with a dusty rose tine to it. For me this is the perfect nude down to a T! It is almost my lip colour but slightly more dark and I am just in love. This is quite similar to one that I purchased from Topshop a while back, but with this one it is a lot more matte. After what seemed like an hour, I finally chose the Velvet Teddy lipstick. This has a matte finish which is the reason why I chose this over some of the other ones that I swatched. I would say that it is sort of like a beige with pink undertones. Initially I was going to go for Myth but it was a satin finish and I knew in the long run I wouldn't use it as much. But if that is a consistency you'd prefer I would rather choose Myth over Velvet Teddy as it is closer to the colour. 







Darks
So if you're feeling like you want something a little more daring I would definitely try this next combination. Separately they are amazing anyway, but I love them together even if they are slightly different.  Nightmoth lip liner and Diva lipstick has been stuck in my handbag since I bought them both. Although the lip liner is a dark purple whereas the lipstick is an intense red wine colour I think they really work well. I personally don't like my lip liners and lipsticks to be exactly the same because I don't see the point. So I always like one to be darker/lighter than the other so that you get a little extra dimension. So with this I love how you get two different tones but they still compliment each other so well. Both are a matte finish also but Diva does wear off quicker than other Mac lipsticks. That's another reason why I think Nightmoth makes a nice base- not only doe it make both products last a lot longer but if the lipstick starts to come off at the end of the night than you are still left with the great colour underneath. I have been using this in the daytime with minimal eye makeup but then in the night I like to smudge some Kohl eyeliner to give a bit of a grunge look. 







So that's this weeks lip combinations that I'm probably going to be obsessed with the whole of this season. Leave a comment below if you've tried any of the products above, together or individually. Or if there is any others you think I should try!
Sunday, 18 May 2014

big beauty haul part II: ELF.

Like I mentioned in Part I of this beauty haul, ELF was featuring a special deal at the time that when you spend over £20 you receive a free gift set worth £20. So I thought it was essential to share a sneak peek of what the gift set includes. From what I can remember there were 3 categories you could have chosen from: a pastel collection, a vibrant collection and then a neutral collection. None of them really took my fancy so I just went for the neutrals as that was the safest bet. In total they gave 6 different products- a duo eye shadow cream, 2 lip glosses, a lipstick, an eye shadow and an eye primer. They aren't doing this deal any more, but I'm sure it'll come in handy if they ever do!



1) Duo Eye Shadow Cream (£1.95)
I wouldn't describe this as a cream for of a gloss as it's so sheer. In the pictures below I had to put three or four layers before I got any clear results. I have a feeling that this won't be to many peoples taste, and normally not my own, however I have a few ideas how to make the most out of it. On the runway, the latest trend right now is glossy lids. Loads of Instagramers have been uploading some amazing pictures of their own recreations of these looks. I think I will definitely have to give it a go with this product because the colours are actually quite nice. I would describe it as a brown with a purple undertone and a lavender. So if you dare to do the same this is a great way to start- especially with how cheap it is!








2) Mineral Eyeshadow (£3)
This mineral eyeshadow pigment is super soft and there is just enough in the pot. This wouldn't be a shade I'de normally go for, as it's a super shimmery light pink, but I was fairly surprised. It is quite pigmented and you don't need to use that much to get good results. I think the glitter is a little thick though, so this wouldn't be something I would apply on the brow bone as it would look too obvious- which I hate. However this would be great for the centre of the lids or even the tear ducts. For the price, the pigmentation is quite amazing actually- I've used quite expensive mineral eyeshadows before and they've been absolutely rubbish. But if you're in to this sort of product then definitely invest in a few of these.




3) Primer Eyeshadow (£2.50)
So anyone who knows me knows that I cannot live without my primer eyeshadows! Not only do they enhance your eyeshadow, but it's great to use on its own too- which I regularly do! So I was so excited when I saw that they included something similar. I was still really excited when I saw the colour- a deep coco with a bronze undertone. And then I used it- it's safe to say my excitement went just as quick as it came. The primer isn't so bad when you first apply it, in fact the pigmentation is pretty strong, but it is very hard to use. As soon as I went to touch it, it totally peels off to the point where my skin colour is so evident against it. I just don't get it. Why make a product that you can't eve touch without it coming totally off. Absolute waste! So do not buy!




4/5) Mineral Lipstick (£5) and Mineral Lip Gloss (£5)
I teamed these two up together as they are from the same range and compliment each other in colour- which I'm assuming is what they were trying to achieve. So I'll start with the product that is less worse than the other- the lipstick. It's a satin finish so already not my cup of tea. But I've tried Mac satin finish lipsticks and they are way more pigmented than this ELF one. I know what you are thinking "There's like a £10 difference between the two". But some of my favourite lipsticks are less than £5 and give better results than this one. But just when I thought it couldn't get any worse for me, I then put the lip gloss on. Oh my isn't this something else. Anyone who likes this I apologise for my harshness but this is not a lip gloss. This is wax in a tube. Literally. I applied it on my hand and I could have easily used this to get those extra bits of hair off. It has the most awful honey like texture and doesn't even smell that nice. I thought gloss was meant to be really smooth, but this product was totally resisting my lips it just wouldn't go on. And then once it was I couldn't get it off! I might sound extreme here but I'm telling you now, when out of wax, just apply a good helping of this and you are good to go!





6) Shimmer Lip Gloss (£2.95)
I'm not really a gloss person, I love my matte lipsticks. So you'd think I'd be disappointed to receive two different lip glosses from them. And normally I would have been, however after the previous one I'm actually quite relieved! Unlike the mineral lip gloss, this one has a thinner consistency which makes it much easier to apply. The shimmer was surprisingly subtle actually, which I loved, and added just enough glow to catch in camera photos. Don't expect much colour from it though (I had to apply many layers) but it would be great over pink, nude and even red lipsticks. It has a peach tint to it, so if you'd prefer to use it on its own that would be totally fine as well. Comparing the two lip glosses, it just proves that money isn't everything- don't expect amazing results just because you spend more.




I wasn't a fan of free gift sets before this one and I certainly am no fan of them now. I just think that there is not point spending a little extra to get something free when they are going to be of no use to me anyway. Altogether this set is worth over £20 like they promised (40p to be exact) but it might as well have been less. I truly believe that the ELF workers just packed in as many of the least popular products in here just to get rid of them. Don't get me wrong there are some things that I'll use from it, plus it was all free, but the bad products were just really bad! I think I'm just shocked by the mineral lip gloss to be honest- but don't think I'll be throwing it out, it'll come in handy for those days when I haven't got any wax! Leave a comment if you've experienced something similar or even totally disagree with me!
Friday, 16 May 2014

big beauty haul part I: ELF.

I'm back to what I do best! I had a lot of uni workload so I cut off blogging for a while but that clearly didn't stop my need to shop. Whilst I was up at 2am  revising (more like worrying about the slightest thought of my upcoming exams) I decided to calm myself with a bit of retail therapy. And the best kind more me is always the online type- quick, easy and no second guessing myself. That's when I stumbled upon the ELF page.

ELF has been out for quite a while now, and although the cheap prices are tempting, I've never found the need to buy anything from them. Not only have I read bad reviews, but online swatches haven't been that good quality so it is hard to tell. However I was watching some beauty videos on Shaaanxo and Shannon posted a huge ELF haul. She was really honest about a lot of the products and the quality was amazing- making the makeup very appealing. So I noted down some of the things that interested me most from her video and went onto their page. Not only did I find a few other items that I thought why not give a go, they were doing a special deal at the type. If you spent over £20 you received a free gift set worth £20. Now this sort of thing doesn't normally attract me to spend more than I need to, but seeing as I spent over that amount it was nice to get something extra anyway. So this is Part I of my purchases that didn't include the gift set (a few things are missing as I want to feature them on a different post). Part II is the free makeup I received along with my items. 



1) Complete Coverage Concealer (£3.95)
I guess it's time to rip off the band-aid with this one! Well when I initially saw this concealer palette, I thought it was a pretty good deal to try out. I got mine in the shade 'Light' so I could use it as a possible highlighter. But as soon as I got it out I knew there was a chance it would end up being disaster. Like the packaging, it smells very cheap- like children's play-makeup to be exact. However I thought I'd power through- my beloved House of Frazer dark lipstick that I constantly wear smells similar, but is a complete gem regardless. But nope, this was just a disaster! I really wanted this to work because the second shade is really close to Mac's yellow highlighter that is in there concealer palette. This has a horrible texture to it. It just feels like the type of thing you get in a children's play-makeup set. It comes on the skin very clumpy and then sets in all the worst parts of your face. I really did try to make this work, by trying it on different areas, but it wasn't happening. Urgh, I just hated this so much. I'd rather spend a bit extra on a Mac or Nars concealer palette to get better results. Just please do not even waste your time on this, save your pennies!






2) Studio Matte Lip Colour (£3.95)
Am I happy that these beauties have stumbled into my life. I've always heard of these studio lipsticks but have read really bad reviews on them- apparently they are really drying and don't compliment the lips. I could not disagree more! I got two different shades: 'Rich Red' which is the darkest shade out of the bunch so something I am used to and 'Praline' which is very similar to Mac's Whirl lip liner. Although these have matte finish, it is so easy to apply onto the lips. They feel so soft and last on quite well for the price. I don't know why my pictures didn't show off the colour well, but the red is seriously a bright, bright red! Very classic. And for any of you out there who is a fan of Kylie Jenner's lip makeup at the moment, Praline is a perfect way of achieving it but with the fraction of the price. I will definitely be stocking up on every colour I can get of these- and so should you! 






3) Baked Blush (£3.95)
This was the unexpected product. I've only just got into highlighters again and this looked quite nice in some of the pictures I've seen. I chose the lightest shade which is called 'Pinktastic'. If you've ever been on my Instagram, you'd know pinktastic is not what I'd describe my style as. However this is more of a pale pink, which is something I can definitely adapt to. I think this product has two sides to it. In pictures it comes across as amazing and the perfect glow. However in person you'll see that the glitter pigments are slightly too big and I find that they all separate from each other. So it can tend to look quite unflattering on the skin. But I guess if you just want something for your photos this will bring results. 






4) Lipstick (£1.95)
This was the cheapest product I bought during my little shopping spree. I was really excited to give these lipsticks a go because Shannon spoke about how pigmented they are. And for that little in price, I couldn't wait to try it out for myself. I bought three colours that Shannon spoke about on her channel- 'Fearless' (red), 'Classy' (pink with a purple undertone) and 'Sociable' (red with pink undertones). Overall these lipsticks are such good quality for the price. I would go as far to say that I get more colour from this than brands like L'oreal lipsticks. Fearless is by far my favourite because its a full on red, which is something I wear on a daily basis. Also it has a satin finish, so will be great over a lip liner. My problem with Classy, isn't that it is not wearable because I'm sure some people would love this, but its something I would have worn it secondary school. Its very similar to some of the NYX lipsticks I have, and probably has the same texture too. So great for people who like the type of Barbie look, but yeah not for me. I really do not like sociable which was really disappointing. The best thing about it was that smelt incredibly sweet- and for a candy lover like me, it's just heaven. That's where everything stops working. It's not that the colour is bad, it is I would a bright red with a pink undertone. But it has the most awful bits of silver glitter in it. And they are quite noticeable. So not elegant at all, more something I think someone a lot younger would wear. But hey, I guess I could always just smell it to get my moneys worth.  






So this was Part I of my late night ELF haul. I bought a few more items but like I said I'm saving it for some other ideas I have planned for you all. Part II is going to be me revealing what I received as part of the gift set. So stay tuned for more first impressions and swatches. If anyone has tried these products or any other ELF makeup, make sure you leave a comment below to share your own experiences.
 

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