Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Budget VS High End : HD Powders

I'm a cheapskate at heart. If I can save a few bob on anything, I really will go out of my way to make it happen. I've been a lover of the ELF High Definition Powder for a very long time, and when the Make Up Forever HD Powder landed on my lap, I had to compare them.

PRICE - Winner ELF

Like I said, generally for me, price is one of the most important factors - especially when it comes to makeup. Makeup really is just a luxury, and a girls gotta pay the bills.  On comparison, ELF wins by a mile here, at just £6.95 FOR 8g of product, Make Up Forever comes in at nearly 4 times as much! I'm a true believer in that the saying 'you get what you pay for' just isn't true when it comes to makeup products. You can get some really amazing pieces for peanuts.

I must say, I am a sucker for luxurious packaging. The Make Up Forever packaging, whilst simple, feels so much more luxurious. It's glossy and sleek, and the clear bottom helps you to see exactly how much product you have left. Inside, it dispenses just the prefect amount of powder too. However, I am judging this based on the mini size, I'm not too sure how the full size version differs. 
The ELF packaging is good, I just find it a little clumpy. I do feel like the lid spins off a little too easily for my liking, and that if I were to carry this around in my bag I do feel like I'd had a powder explosion. I also feel like it does dispense a little too much product too. 

PERFORMANCE - It's a Draw!

Now this category really is a toughie. Both work incredibly well at giving the face a soft focus glow. The powder is extremely finely milled in both, but I think the Makeup Forever is just that little bit finer and that little bit softer. I tend to use these on the days where I know I'll be out all day, or if I'm doing something a little bit fancy. If I'm looking for something to set and mattify my skin for a long amount of time, its the ELF option I reach for. I just find that this one last that little bit longer. The Make Up Forever HD Powder is prefect at setting areas such as my under eye - it stops any creasing or budging going on, but I find that it doesn't last as long on places like my T-ZONE. But on the flip side of that, if I were to get a little heavy handed with the ELF powder I could get a little cakey and ghostly looking. 

It really depends on whats more important to you. At the moment Its nice to have both options in my life. Would I depart with £22 of my hard earned cash for a full size of the Make Up Forever option? I'm really not sure. But the ELF High Definition Powder will ALWAYS be in my makeup stash!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Black Eyeliner Alternatives

Alternatives to black eyeliner

As a rather 'Pale Gail', I find it quite difficult to wear eyeliner that doesn't make me look like a goth gone wrong. Whilst black does look amazing on most people, on me it tends to dull my entire face, make my eyes look sleepier than they are and ultimately at some point I'll end up with panda eyes.

Because of this, I've been on the hunt for eyeliner alternatives - something to give my eyes an extra bit of 'WOW' but that isn't going to drown them out.

Here's what I came up with! 

If you're a regular reader of blogs, there's no way that you haven't heard of these pencils before. This one is double ended with a gorgeous blacker than black shade on the other side, but I'm all about Rockstar. This deep metallic smokey purple works amazingly well on my eyes. Dark enough to create a sexy smudged out look, but not too harsh against my pale skin. The formula is super creamy so you have the chance to blend it out if you really wanted - although a statement cat eye is gorgeous in this! The staying power is amazing too. The best of the bunch! Although, this is a pretty good bunch! 

I'm pretty gutted that I can't find you guys a link to this online - looks like it may have been discontinued! But this is another absolute stunner. Maybe a little bit drier and harder to work with than the Urban Decay liner, but nonetheless an amazing eyeliner. It's gorgeous plum colour is an interesting spin on a classic cat eye. It adds great definition a little something extra to your overall look. 

This is another amazing find - the brush, shade and staying power makes this an automatic repurchase in my eyes. For me, this dark brown shade is perfect. It takes what would be quite a dramatic look and tones it down to something that can be worn every day. The applicator brush makes it so so so easy to create a perfect cat eye flick with nearly no practice needed! LOVE IT! 

This is the most subtle out of the bunch, and creates gorgeous definition with a barely there feel. Taupe shades work wonders at doing this, you can create a gorgeous, yet natural eye makeup look every time you reach for it. For a drugstore eye liner, at £3.99, the staying power is great! And its super creamy and easy to work with. 

So there you have it. My favorite alternative eyeliners! Some for day, some for night.

Do you have any eyeliner recommendations for pale skins? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Options for a Winter Red...

If there's any time of year to be bold and go for the classic red lip, its winter time! Red is just perfect for this time of year, its classic, its sexy and I really think the right shade of red can make anyone look glamorous! 

Being the palest of the pale, I find it quite difficult to pull off a red without looking too much like a lady of the night, if you catch my drift. But these 4 options for me are a brilliant wearable red perfect for the festive season and for paler girls too! 

The quality of this lip lacquer is out of this world. A stunning deep berry red is perfect for darker haired girls and I think is definitely the most sexiest shade of the bunch. The formula is super thick and creamy, its super pigmented and sticks around all day. This would be perfect for a night out or if your going for a meal. Even after eating, maybe the glossiness has gone but your lips are still stained with the gorgeous deep colour. I can't rave about the Apocalips line enough! 

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Meritage 

This pencil is the most wearable of the bunch. This pencil is super hydrating and feels absolutely amazing on the lips, and the build able colour can go from 'my lips but better' to a gorgeous plumb / red shade. This is perfect for my particular skin and hair colour - I just love it. I wish that Bite Beauty was more freely available in the UK, because I'd definitely be snapping up more of these! I try to wear this as much as I can as a day colour, it's just perfect. 

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Color, Red-Dy or Not $2.99

This is another super easy to wear red - probably the brightest of the lot but still really easy on the lips. The balm formula makes it really easy to wear, and we all know how difficult it can be to wear lippie in the colder winter months. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared 

 This is the bravest of the lipstick and one I would only wear on a really good lip day, but wow is it amazing. This is a super bold matte red, which would be perfect for a Christmas party with a really simple and classy cat eye.  Super sexy and perfect for this time of year - but you've got to be brave to wear it!

Do you go for a red lip this time of year? Let me know what you use!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bargain Alert: Argan Oil Night Repair Serum

Argan Oil Night Repair Serum

I've been looking at ramping up my Skincare regime now winter has finally reared it's ugly head. My skin has turned dry and dull and in desperate need of an extra boost. At the moment I don't have the pennies to buy anything new really, but when I saw this on the shelf of my local B&M for no more than £2 I thought I might as well give it a go, and I was really pleasantly surprised! 

This little bottle of goodness is absolutely amazing for the price. It's comparable to the Caudalie SOS thirst quenching serum - it's not quite as moisturising but it does a pretty cracking job.

I use about 5-7 drops of this on my face of a night - I ususally rub it between my palms then pat into clean skin and let it sink in, It doesn't have the same amount of hydration as the Caudalie, but this does sink in really really well, and helps my night cream absorb faster too. 

The thing I really love about this is how fancy it feels. It's in a glass bottle which gives it a very high end touch, almost copying one of the well known night repair serums *coughs* Kiehls *coughs*. The little pipette is brilliant too. It means that you are really in control of the amount of product you use - I find it really hard to squirt too much. 

The consistency is quite silky, almost milky like and there's no tacky feeling to the skin after using this. 

But what you really want to know is - does it work? 

I found after day 1 of using this, my face in the morning seemed much more settled (mega hormonal breakouts ATM) there was less patchiness and I almost looked a little brighter, Absolutely amazed at the results from such a cheap product. Really didn't expect it. 

I've seen some hair care in this range too - I'm really considering giving them a go too!

Have you tried this? Or the high end counterparts? What do you think? 

Friday, December 12, 2014

So Maybelline, you have my attention.

Maybelline The Erase Review

Maybelline is a brand I haven't dabbled with much since my teenage years, but word in the blog world is they are becoming pretty darn good. I've recently read concealer and lipstick crayons from Maybelline and pretty close to that of Nars products. I've even read some people say that these products might even be better.,,

So Maybelline, you have my attention.

I haven't read too many posts surrounding this particular product, but when watching my favourite Youtuber - Estee from Essie Button -  I noticed her use this over and over and over again. 

I have a pretty big problem when it comes to eye bags. But the skin under my eyes is also quite dry and recently the regular heavy duty under eye concealer I normally turn too just wasn't working anymore. So having a browse in my local Boots, I thought I'd give this a whirl.

The applicator itself looks like it could get abit gross, it's not exactly the most hygienic. But to be honest, I only use this on my eye bags, so how much bacteria am I going to get on it? 

The applicator actually works amazingly well too, it helps to get the product right into fine lines, gives a really smooth and even application and doesn't tug the gentle skin under your eyes. It blends out seamlessly, (I actually use a Real Techniques Contour Brush for this) brightens and smooths out the whole under eye area and is a perfect match for my foundation. 

I love how corrective it is on my seriously blue areas under my eyes. It seems to stay put too, 
As I said in my last post, I have really sensitive eyes and I find it quite difficult for makeup on and around my eyes because they tend to water, but this stays even through the most watery of eyes. Brilliant!

I have my eyes set on the Colour Drama lip pencils next from Maybelline. 

Do you have any other Maybelline recommendations for me? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Not worth the hype? The Body Shop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover

This review is a real long time coming. I really didn't know how to go about this post. Over spring / summer every blogger and their dog seemed to be blogging about & loving this Gently eye makeup remover from the Body Shop. I really wanted to try it out, even though for me my Micellar water does a pretty fine job of removing my makeup, so I never actually got around to buying this, 

I was then lucky enough to win a competition to an event at The Body Shop in the Trafford Centre, and received a mini bottle in a goody bag. I gave it a go the night I got it, and unfortunately I really didn't see what all the fuss was about.

Especially the 'Gentle' claim it seems to make. I have really, really sensitive eyes, so maybe for some people this will be fine, but for a product that claims to be 'Gentle' on the skin to sting and leave me blind for the best part of 5 minutes, I really wasn't impressed. 

I also found that for full eye makeup removal, I needed to do abit of rubbing and even then it still didn't all come off. 

Just shows that some products don't work for everyone! I've literally not read a bad word about this product, but It just didn't work for me.

I haven't tried alot of the Body Shop Skin Care, but I would like to try more. 

What would you recommend?

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Favourite Dry Shampoo : Dry Bar Detox

I HATE IT when I fall in love with an expensive, hard to get hold of product, but that is exactly what's happened here. My dad picked me up this dry shampoo in a gift set when he went to America (you can see what I got here) and this was on of the things in the set, I didn't think that I'd use this much, I'm not a massive dry shampoo girl and my can of Batiste normally lasts months. Turns out I'm now a dry shampoo convert. 

First off, the smell of this is gorgeous. It's slightly musty and floral, and lingers around all day. This works absolutely amazingly on my fine fly away hair. A blast of this absorbs any excess oils and leave the hair feeling amazingly clean, bouncy and full. And this stuff really makes my styles last too. When using this, I can drag out a style for a good few days. You don't any white residue either - great for dark haired gals like me. 

I'm seriously considering purchasing the full size of this. If anyone out there knows where I can pick this up in the UK let me know!

Have you tried out anything else from Dry Bar? 

What else should I try?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

REVIEW : Korres Citrus Body Milk

This time of year, there's nothing I love more than to slap on as much body lotion as physically possible without having to sit around for too long waiting for it to sink in. 

I'm just so pretty darn lucky that as soon as my bottle of the beloved Korres Body Milk ran out, Birchbox sent me another.

This stuff is just amazing. It's not like your average lotion. The texture is somewhere inbetween a milk and a lotion, just thick enough to give you a good amount of nourishment but hardly any drying time. My legs especially drink this up. With ingredients like Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Aloe, it's no wonder my skin looks great. It leaves a glowy, evened out look to the skin, It's just great.

The subtle smell lingers on the skin for a good time too. I love it. I'm going to try more of this brand to see if their other stuff is just as good. 

Have you tried any Korres stuff? What should I try out? 

Monday, December 1, 2014

You look good today...

Last week, on one particular day, I received quite a few compliments. People said I looked good, rosy, happy and there was something different about me. And I HATED it. For some reason when I receive a compliment, be it about my hair or my new outfit, I immediately think "So they think I look shit the rest of the time" or "are they taking the piss?" I know I cant be the only one.

For some reason, young girls have a real issue with receiving compliments and we really shouldn't be, Someone has gone out of their way at that particular moment to say something nice about you - why do we immediately assume people are making fun of us? 

I've decided that from now on, any compliment I receive, instead of brushing it off I'm going to embrace it, After all, if something is taking the piss, you shouldn't really value that persons opinion about you anyway. 

This particular day, It was this combination that I was wearing that made me look good. I knew from the moment I slapped this on in the morning that I looked different. This simple combo somehow brightened my complexion AND my outlook on life that day. Who knew a pink lip balm could completely alter my mood. 

The ELF Powder blusher in Pink Passion is one of my all time favorites. Whilst it looks quite  a shocking in the pan, on the cheeks it gives a gorgeous flush of color - a real healthy glow. Adding the Pixi Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry to the mix really enhanced a health and happy glow. 

Nothing really drastic, just a simple yet stunning combo. 

This is something I'll be wearing much more from now on, cause hey, who doesn't like being told they look good? 

Well, it might take some getting used to, but I'll give it a go! 

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