Monday, 26 September 2016

Glowing On A Budget♥*

Liquid highlighters I adore; how about stick highlighters? I was mega intrigued by these three from Natural Collection* - a blush, bronze and highlight shade, although the blush and bronze shades could be used as highlighters on darker skin tones (and would look gorgeous!)

I was curious to how a stick highlighter would work. How do I apply it? How do I blend it? What if it looks unblended? No need to panic. They are pretty simple to apply, blend and glow with. I swipe some on my cheekbones then use the bottom of my damp beauty sponge (from Primark) to blend it out, look less harsh and help it look more natural. I wouldn't suggest using the bronzer colour for contouring on pale skin because its on the shimmery side and is slightly too warm toned too.

Coral Glow; this is such a beautiful pink and gives the appearance of "natural, flushed and rosy cheeks". It has a hint of shimmer through it which gives a healthy and radiant look. It has a creamy texture which blends effortlessly with a damp makeup sponge. A little goes a long way for this product (as with all the other sticks too) - it's super pigmented.

Rose Glow; Perhaps my favourite of the three. It is an absolutely stunning highlight shade which compliments my skin tone ever so well. It's a unique shade too - I don't have anything else like it. I noticed that it's quite a cool toned highlight also, definitely not on the gold side. Basically it's stunning, shimmery and you need it!

Copper Glow; I reckon it's more ideal for bronzing rather than contouring as it is more on the warm side. It gives a sunkissed glow to make you look as though you've just stepped off the plane after a holiday abroad for a week. Although it is quite shimmery so a little amount is all that's required - don't want to go Oompa Loompa style!

For £1.99, I don't see why these shouldn't be in your makeup collection. I know that some people wouldn't like these due to being quite shimmery but as I have said previously, a little goes a long way.

Have you tried these highlighting sticks? Did you like them?

*PR Sample

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Vivid Lipsticks♥

Lip products were my genuine weakness a few years ago. I couldn't contain myself in Boots or Superdrug - I was guaranteed to leave with at least a lipstick or two (or more!) The pretty packaging, stunning colours and incredible deals were constantly drawing me in. Within my lipstick obsession period, I happened to buy the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks. I was more than willing to try these after hearing about them everywhere.

I guess there must have been a special deal on that I got two - who can resist a tempting buy one get one half price deal?! I settled for 906 Hot Plum and 910 Shocking Coral. Both are ever so slightly out of my comfort zones and aren't ideal for day to day wear, but I make them work, somehow. They are bright and colourful but how could I resist injecting some colour to my makeup look?!

Hot Plum is possibly the brighter, more out-there of the two. The gorgeous colour must have caught my eye. I cannot even explain how vibrant and pigmented this is - honestly, the colour payoff is not even on the scale. The true colour is what you literally see in the bullet - now how often does that occur?! I wouldn't necessarily say it's best suited for any season - it looks fantastic in Autumn and Winter because it's bold but also Spring and Summer because it's bright and colourful.

Shocking Coral, in my opinion, isn't an overwhelming coral. Toned down, it's a beautiful orange-toned pink, but wore normally, it's a bright pink. It is much more wearable for everyday wear as pink tends to be easier to pull off. It doesn't require as much attention to application as Hot Plum as it isn't quite as bold. This is the lipstick out of the two that I am more inclined to using in the Spring and Summer as bright pinks are right up my alley.

These lipsticks as a whole are brilliant quality for their money. At £6.99 each, I find the pigmentation to be out of this world, the colour selection to be vast, the packaging to be sleek yet efficient and the application to be phenomenal. As they are creamy, they apply so well and don't feel drying on the lips at all. I do like when my makeup smells good (none of that chemical smell, no thank you), but these smell super sweet! 

I'm seriously thrilled and smitten with these lipsticks. At the price, I highly suggest you pick one (or two) up - you won't regret it!

Have you ever tried the Maybelline Color Sensational range? Any shades you recommend?


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Monday, 12 September 2016

Beautiful Brows On A Budget?♥*

There are thousands of brow products on the market nowadays, some more affordable than others. Course, you don't need the highend products for your brows to be perfect. Drugstore products work well enough for me, so I decided to put Natural Collection's Brow Products* to the test!

I used to adore brow pencils when I first got into the brow trend, then I just forgot about them. The Natural Collection Brow Pencils* have changed my view on them. I have both the light brown and medium brown - the light brown is ever so slightly too warm toned for my brows and the medium brown suits my brows much better. Both the pencils are pigmented and are easy to blend if needed. I find it extremely handy that the pencils come with a spoolie on the other end to help you achieve your desired brow shape.

I love the durability of brow kits - you have the wax and powder in one, so it's no surprise I couldn't wait to dive right into the Natural Collection Brow Kit*. Not only does it have a wax and powder, but it comes with a really handy brush and spoolie. The wax is uber pigmented - I was shocked and soon discovered that the smallest amount goes the longest way! Due to the wax being so pigmented, I only need a little bit of powder to fill in the rest of my brows. I use the brush that comes with it, and in actual fact, it's pretty compact and I like it!

Brow mascaras are super efficient for those days where you cannot be bothered with eyebrows - simply brush the product in and voila. Natural Collection's Brush On Brow Gel* is ideal because the wand is so small and precise, you won't be making any brow errors anytime soon. It also brushes on the right amount of product and doesn't go clumpy. It is available in two shades; medium brown and dark brown. The medium brown is quite warm toned whereas the dark brown is more on the cool toned side. For the price of £1.99, I do really recommend these.

It just goes to show that you can achieve beautiful brows whilst being on a budget! Natural Collection are a brand that prove this for sure.

Have you tried Natural Collection's brow range? What were your thoughts on it?

*PR Samples

Monday, 5 September 2016

July 2016 Nailbox♥*

Subscription boxes aren't something I've ever got into before. Sure, I think they're a great idea as you get to try various brands and products before going out and buying a full sized product. When nailbox got in touch about a subscription box dedicated to nail products, I was intrigued. Each month, they send out a themed box including three nail polishes and two nail accessories. I received the July 2016 Paradise themed box.

 Brushworks Toe Separators* - I used to own numerous toe separators a few years back and lost them all so these pink ones shall be replacing them. I don't tend to use toe separators as I rarely paint my toe nails (because nail polish seems to last for about six months on my toes, no clue how), but I do reckon that these may come in handy some how.

Nailberry Coconut Nail Balm* - I've never, ever tried a nail balm, so when I saw this, I was curious. With it being coconut, I knew it was off to a good start. I soon discovered that you only need a small amount as it is quite greasy. I do like the product but I often forget to use it before painting my nails or going to sleep, but if you're cuticle proud (which I need to become), get this!

Nails inc Soho Place Gel Effect Nail Polish Aqua* - Nail inc is one of those brands I always want to try but it's a little on the pricey side, so when I saw this beauty sitting looking at me when I opened the box, I was delighted. Not only delighted that it was nails inc, but delighted at what a beautiful shade it was too. During the Summer months, I like wearing bright colours on my nails, so this is right up my alley. It reminds me of the sea due to the pretty blue colour and lasts well on the nails.

Angelica Nail Polish in Snow White* - sometimes, I just paint my nails white as it looks sleek, and my reliable white is becoming gloopy, so I was fascinated by this. Although I could use it just as a nail polish, it would be more ideal for French manicures. It isn't gloopy, thankfully, and isn't too watery, therefore it is ideal for using as a block colour, or French tips.

True Brit Nail Polish in The Summer House* - I could not (and still can't) get over how stunning this nail polish was, and the bottle also. The colour is more on the nude side but it looks as thought there is shimmer throughout, but that makes the polish even more gorgeous! Personally, I love this nail polish because it is guaranteed to go with every outfit.

I feel that Nailbox is definitely a good idea, a nail subscription box is rare to come by so I like the idea of this one!

Have you tried Nailbox? 

*PR Samples

Monday, 29 August 2016

Revitalize Your Skin♥

Skincare is an area in which I sometimes slack in. Sometimes I'm 100% dedicated to it, whilst other times, I just don't bother at all. When I do bother, I love to buy new products, and if you love skincare, you will understand the excitement to try them out. Superdrug's Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist really caught my eye one day. I was curious, and for £2.99, I decided why not give it a shot?

 I had never tried anything of the sort before so I couldn't wait to try it out. I had heard about it through Twitter chats so when I saw it, I picked it up. It says that it's for normal to dry skin, and even though I have oily skin, that didn't stop me from trying it out. I enjoy using different vitamin products for my skin and I hadn't ever tried vitamin e before - shout out to Superdrug for having a whole vitamin e range! When I tried it the first time, I was shocked at how refreshed my skin felt!

I couldn't help but notice the scent it has. It smells like coconut, and reminds me so much of sun cream, which I have 0 objections to as I really like the scent of sun cream. I can notice the biggest impact when I use this on days where I am tired. It perks my skin up, hydrates it and makes me feel more awake. I use it twice a day - morning before my makeup so my skin has some hydration and evening after I've washed my face. As it's a mist, it's not sticky and isn't heavy on your skin.

I have to admit I have really enjoyed using this product. I couldn't say I've noticed a massive change in my skin - I feel that this is one of those products that are good to own but aren't necessary. With saying that, I do believe that it could work wonders on dry or super dehydrated skin! 

Oh a final bonus - it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and Superdrug are against testing on animals so it's a cruelty free product! 

Have you tried this toning mist? Anything from the vitamin e range that you recommend?

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Deciem Brands♥*

There's something ever so exciting about trying new brands, so you could imagine my reaction when I was contacted about testing Deceim brands. They have lots of different brands with different products, and I opted to be surprised with what I received.

Hylamide Matte 12 Primer* - I like to use primers to help prolong the length of time I wear my foundations, and I especially like primers for oily skin. This one claimed to block out any traces of visible oil for up to 12 hours, impressive. I applied to all my face, paying particular attention to my t-zone and ensuring to apply more there to help my foundation. I feel that the consistency is quite thick and isn't overly on the silicone side. Although I don't reckon it holds up for 12 hours, it does last for a few hours - around 4/5 - before I discover I need more powder.

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex* - I'm not the biggest lover of hand creams, however, I gave this one a bash. It smelt nice and leaves your hands feeling soft, however, I feel I couldn't use this product to it's full advantage because it's for a "youth complexion", and my hands are still relatively "young". For someone who wish to help their hands look younger, I believe that this would be ideal!

Have you ever tried any of these products?

*PR Samples

Monday, 22 August 2016

All About; Liquid Highlighters♥

Highlighters are incredible. I absolutely love how they finish off any makeup look, subtle or bold. Some days I like my highlight to be beaming and blind people, whilst other days I want just a soft and natural glow. Either way, I find that liquid highlighters come in brilliantly. You can use them as a base for your powder highlight, or use them on their own for a lighter glow. It's no surprise that I own a few, and they all work exceptionally well on pale skin.

Seventeen Skin Wow Primer; one word - wow. It really does live up to it's name. Although it's a highlighter, it can be used as a primer too - I've never used it as a primer as it would give a dewy look, and I don't think it would be a good look with my oily skin. With that aside, it truly is a gorgeous highlight. It's striking enough to use alone but used with a powder highlight, you'll be seen from outer space.

Rimmel Good to Glow in 003 Soho Glow; surprisingly, I've never wrote about this highlighter on my blog, no idea why because I love it. It's not as "pale" as the other ones - it has a darker glow to it. It gives a subtle glow which looks really natural. I reckon that with a tan, especially this summer, it will look gorgeous!

The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter; another pearly highlighter, with a slight pink undertone. It's definitely more on the subtle side as it doesn't have any glitter to it. If you're into the dewy look, I believe this highlighter would be ideal under your foundation as it wouldn't make you look too greasy. If I'm going for the "no makeup" makeup look, this would be my first choice because it looks so natural!

Freedom Pro Studio Strobing Cream*; one of the latest additions to my collection. I had heard a lot about mac's strobe cream, so when the Freedom one landed through my door, I couldn't wait to give it a bash (dupe alert maybe?!) First thing I noticed was that it has a nice, sweet scent, and this makes all the difference when applying. Even when you accidentally add to much, it doesn't look "too much" or "overdone" as it's super natural, yet glowy. Basically, it's fab.

Benefit High Beam; one of Benefit's most raved products, so I bet you could imagine the excitement to get my glow on. It's recommended that you dot abut three dots and blend, but I find it works better to stroke a little bit onto my cheekbones then blend, personal preference. It's a similar colour to The Body Shop one when you see them sitting together, but with a slightly more pink undertone. It's a gorgeous pearl shade, which is any pale girl's dream.

Liquid highlighters, in my opinion, are a product worth investing in. They make a difference to whether you're achieving the natural look or wanting to make your highlight pop once your powder highlight is on. Just get some, you need them!

Have you got any favourite liquid highlighters that I need to try out?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

A Brightening Concealer That Won't Break The Bank?♥*

Finding a brightening and highlighting concealer that works yet won't break the bank is tricky. You can either find one at a budget price that does nothing or pay out a fortune for one that isn't all the price tag seems to be. YSL Touche Éclat is raved about for being a brightening concealer yet is slightly on the pricey side. Ever heard of the Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer*? It's a game changer.

Often compared to the YSL concealer, but it's a fraction of the price. With similar gold packaging and claims to do the same job, I can see the similarities. Although I haven't tried the YSL one itself, I could imagine this being pretty similar nonetheless. Many don't like the packaging of the Seventeen one, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest - I think it looks more expensive than it actually is. How do I get the product out Jasmine? Easy. Just push the bottom of the pen and it will come out.

I found that the consistency is quite thin, which I have no objections to as it blends out like a dream. With it being so thin, I did worry it wouldn't give much coverage. Thankfully, I was wrong, and you can see the "brightening" effect. I use it under my eyes to highlight and conceal, as well as the tops of my cheekbones before my powder highlight. The only thing I found is that it has the tendency to crease under my eyes if not set, but set it with some powder and you're good to go.

For the price of £4.99, it's a fraction of the YSL one (£25). Although I cannot compare it to be a dupe due to not owning it, I still do recommend the Seventeen one to start with as it is a lovely day to day concealer.

Have you tried either of these concealers? Would you compare them to be dupes?

*PR samples

Monday, 15 August 2016

Using A Man's Beauty Product For Makeup?♥

I have finally jumped on the bandwagon with one of the most hyped beauty products. I snatched up the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm when I found it in Wilkos on sale for a whopping £2.45 (now returned to full price but is currently on sale in Superdrug). You may be wondering just why on Earth I have bought a man's beauty product let alone a post shave balm. Unless you've been living under a rock, you have most likely heard that this magic product works wonders as a primer for your makeup. Having oily skin, I bought it on a whim to give it a whirl.

I can't help but notice the manly smell this comes with, but I have no objections to this as I actually really like the scent! As it's for sensitive skin, the scent isn't overly powering meaning it shouldn't irritate sensitive skin. When you apply and begin to massage into the skin, you notice that the product begins to feel "tacky". This is because it contains glycerol - which is the prime ingredient in making the product "tacky".

Due to it becoming "tacky", this helps the foundation, bb cream etc to stick. It helps it effectively act as a primer, not to mention leaves your skin feeling soft. I like to apply a little more preferably on my t-zone as that's where I tend to get most oily. I have found that it helps my makeup to last longer. I've been using it a lot lately and have been enjoying my makeup lasting!

Have you tried this post shave balm as a primer? Or are you late on the bandwagon like I was?

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