Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Makeup Eraser DUPE: Cleanjoy Face Cloth



I’m not one to be drawn in by gimmicky products all that often and it’s not that often that beauty ‘innovations’ are all that innovative, but the makeup eraser really did catch my eye, but I wasn’t going to pay £15 for what ultimately is a piece of cloth. Enter Cleanjoy.


I picked up this slinky little number on Ebay (ADD LINK) for £1.62 and I am literally blown away by it! It’s made in Korea and there’s no surprise there, the Koreans are after all geniuses when it comes to skincare products.

This cloth works great with just water at removing pretty much all traces of makeup – even waterproof mascara, although I do like to give it a kick-start with some cleanser too.
It’s silky soft and smooth on the skin and gently lifts all traces of makeup.

It works because of the microfiber blend of hairs in the cloth. These are so fine and densely compact that they have a massive surface area and can get into all nooks and crannies of the face.

It requires very little effort to do a pretty good job which could ultimately save you lots of money on cleaners and makeup wipes in the longrun.

Its machine washable too – apparently it will last 1000 washes but I’ve not got that far yet! An absolute steal if you ask me! 

5 Beauty Myths that are absolute nonsense

The internet is both a marvelous and ridiculous thing. You can get information at a the click of a finger, but how do we know what information is true and what is a load of rubbish? Here are 5 beauty myths I’ve seen floating about the net that just aren’t true.


#1 “If you pluck a grey hair, 7 more will appear.”
What a load of drivel. If this were true, I’d get plucking away and have gloriously thick hair when it grows back! The reason people believe this to be true is because the hair in the surrounding area is likely to turn grey anyway – but nothing actually grows back in that hairs place. Anyway, grey is totally in at the moment, so don’t pluck, embrace the grays!



#2 – “Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker.”
Codswallop. Again, if this was true, I’d shave my head quicker than you could say ‘Britney Spears’. As it starts to grow back it might feel abit thicker, purely because of the angle you cut it at. Opt for a good quality razor, use a body scrub and go against the grain for a closer shave.



#3 – “If you leave your hair long enough, it will clean itself.”
You dirty, dirty bastards! Who even does this? After one car journey with a smoker, my hair is drenched in the smell of tobacco – but I’ll just leave it for months for the sake of saving a couple of quid on shampoo? No thanks! Not washing your hair will leave your hair looking greasy and could also lead to pretty horrible skin and scalp conditions. Don’t do it!


#4 – “Using Facial oil on oily skin will only make things worse.”
Poppycock! Oily skin is in need of hydration which is why it ends up over producing oil throughout the day. Oils will help balance oily skin in the long run – drink it up!



#5 –“Your hair gets used to your shampoo.”

This is one I’ve actually believed in myself – so I switch up my shampoo every couple of months. My hair feels lank and looks dull, but what I really should be doing is using a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of that feeling – it’s not the shampoos fault!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil

I’m so, so lazy when it comes to my eyebrows. Right now, I’m giving ugly betty a run for her money because tweezers haven’t come close to my brows for a good couple of weeks, so anything that perfects my eyebrows as quickly and easily as ‘Goof Proof’ claims gets my seal of approval. 


Benefit normally bring it when it comes to their eyebrow products, but I was definitely disappointed with this pencil for a number of reasons. 


First of all, I found the formula really hard to work with. I had to apply more pressure than I’m used to and felt like this dragged on my skin about abit too much. On the skin, it looked abit patchy, flakey and quite obvious, which wasn’t the look I was going for. 



I also found the applicator itself quite hard to work with too. At first glance, I thought it would work great – its narrow on one edge and thicker on the other, so in theory you could create small strokes with one side and fill in larger sections with the other but in practice it didn’t work like this. It felt clumsy and put product where I didn’t want it to go. 


The packaging is cute though… 


I was expecting so much from this, gutted!

Nivea Post Shave Balm: The Non-Primer everyone is using.

Primer is a step I always tend to skin, mainly out of pure laziness, but as the weather is so erratic in Manchester at the moment, it’s really something I need to start using on a daily basis. 


I’ve never really known what primer would work best for my skin – I’m quite oily in some places and dry in others and I can never really find one that works for me. That is, until now. 


My friend Lisa had originally told me about the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer and initially I thought she must be mad. A skincare product for men as a primer? No chance! But she was right.

 

The tiniest amount of this smoothed across the entire face helps create the perfect base ready for foundation. I find it mattifies in all the right places and doesn’t dry out my dehydrated areas either.


My skin almost feels tacky before foundation, a feeling I like when it comes to my primers. Tackiness says to me that it’s going to hold onto my foundation and not let go, which is exactly what it does!


My only gripe with this is the manly smell to it.  Sometimes I will get a whiff throughout the day. But I can get over that. 


For £3.52 you get 100ml of product, when the average drugstore primer is around £8 for 30ml. 


Its ridiculously good value for money, does an amazing job and will last me a really, really long time. 


If you’re looking for a new primer, I’d definitely recommend giving this one a go, or better still, steal some off your other half…

Flawless Foundation : L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation


I’d been wanting to get my hands on some cushion foundation for a while and was sooo excited to see that L’Oreal had taken inspiration from Korean brands and developed their own cushion foundation. 

 

The L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation (Wow, long name!) is one of the first to hit UK drug stores and is basically a sponge drenched in foundation housed within a sturdy little compact. 

 

But what’s the point in the cushion? Is it just another gimmick product? I thought that at first, but it really isn’t. 

 


I’m not too sure how it works, but this foundation is unlike any other I’ve tried. It’s lightweight yet you can build up a good coverage. It’s got a dewy finish but is also long lasting. But most importantly for me, it’s comfortable to wear on the skin. 

 

The cushion itself is said to make the overall formula of the foundation lighter and makes it almost impossible for you to cake on your foundation, #Winning! 

 

I don’t love the sponge that this compact comes with, instead I apply this using one of my beauty sponges and get an even, glowing finish to the skin. As I said earlier, it’s easy to build up coverage with this, but you can have it as natural as you want, too. It doesn’t settle into fine lines, bunch up around the nose or chin or cling to any dry patches. If anything, this formula is actually quite moisturising. 

 

You get much less product in the compact compared to your average foundation, but that’s OK, because you use much less product in each application, and there’s virtually no waste either! 

 

When your cushion seems to be running out slightly, just flip it over and a-voila! Loads more product for you to use. 

 

I hope the UK sees some more Korean influence in the drug store! 

 

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of Korean Cushion products from my friend who lives in Korea – Thanks Lisa! 

 

I’ll be reviewing them soon, watch this space! 

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

NYX Wonder Stick


NYX Wonder Stick in Light - £10 

 Only I'd get the hand of contouring as it starts to become an out of date trend! Typical! The latest trend seems to be non-touring or strobing - I'm not sure what Kim K is calling it but I'll keep an eye out! I've definitely not mastered a killer highlight yet, that's next on the agenda.

The only reason I've finally been able to master a contour is by using the NYX Wonder Stick. This little beauty is so simple and easy to use, you really can't go wrong.


The reason I've found it so hard to master contouring is down to my ghostly complexion. When the trend began, I found the products available in the drug store only catered for darker skin tones, leaving us pale girls with no options - or a muddy looking face.

I'd given up the search for quite a while, until I learned that you can now get NYX in the UK at Boots. The NYX Wonder Stick is pretty affordable at £10 - it's not a massive risk if you find it doesn't work for you.

I went for the 'Light' shade -  I think there's 3 in the range and this one works perfectly for me. (For reference I'm normally the palest shades in all drugstore foundations!)

The double ended stick comes with a dark contour shade and a light highlight shade and the packaging has a handy guide on where to place each shade on the face.

The consistency of each stick is buttery and creamy and it glides onto the skin really well. I put this intop of my foundation and it doesn't move my base around at all. I'll then blend out with my damp beauty blender to a perfect, powdery finish.

For me, this gives a really subtle contour, which I love. I don't think really dramatic contours suit pale skin tones, but each to their own!

It helps to give great definition and structure to the face, without being too obvious, especially along the sides of my nose.

If the idea of contouring appeals to you but you have no idea where to start, I'd definitely recommend this! It's foolproof!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Garnier Skin Active Oil Infused Range


Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water  £5.99
Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Wipes £3.26


Oils have become very popular over the past year or so, but I don’t actually have any oils in my skincare routine. I use the Camomile Balm Cleanser from the Body Shop that turn’s into an oil, but that’s about it. I don’t know why, because research shows that it’s not true, but when I hear the words ‘Facial Oil’ all I can think of is a grease ball mess on my face. It’s never been something I’ve wanted to dabble in, because I don’t want to make my already quite oily skin any worse. 

Then I saw that Garnier had released an ‘Oil Infused’ range of cleansing products and at the time I was in the market for a new Micellar water, so as they were on offer, I thought I’d give them a try. 

I know many of you will be internally tutting at my use of makeup wipes. They don’t get used that often, but sometimes, I just can’t be bothered with a full cleanse, so a quick swipe with the Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Wipes is better than nothing. To me, these feel just like normal cleansing wipes. No softer, no quicker to use, no more effective. They very slightly leave a feeling of something behind on the skin, but that’s definitely not a feeling I like. They do the job, but I’m not sure I saw any added skincare benefits.





Same goes for the Micellar Oil-Infused cleansing water. This two part solution is shook up to combine the Oil with the Micellar water, and aims to make that cleans even easier at breaking down waterproof makeup. I hated this. The oil got into my eyes and gave me blurred vision, stung a bit and clung around on my skin. I didn’t feel cleansed like I do with the original cleansing water. I can’t wait until I finish the bottle so I can go back to their original Micellar water (which I adore) because this just does not work for me. I’ve seen good reviews elsewhere so don’t just take my word for it, but if you have sensitive eyes, I’d give this one a miss.
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