Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A growing collection of Revlon matte and lacquer balms (shameless, elusive and demure)

So much love for these so I decided to buy two more matte balms that I had been lusting after and one lacquer balm finally which is beautiful!

From left to right is shameless, a gorgeous deep purple that reminds me of mac's heroine. Next is elusive, such a beautiful slightly darker dusty pink. Lastly a lacquer balm in the shade demure which is think is the most perfect name it really is demure and a lovely every day shade just to add that extra bit of summin' summin' to your make up look, I think it would be perfect over other lipsticks too.

I had been searching for shameless for agessss as at £7.99 it's quite a bit cheaper than a mac lipsticks. All Revlon balms are £7.99 but there are always deals on them to just check boots or superdrug ect to get the best deal.

The formula is so on point. The matte balms have a great staying power and actually I was impressed with the lacquer balm too, it obviously doesn't last as long but it fades evenly into a nice light stain so you don't get any embarrassing lipstick fading moments!

If you have been umm and ahhing about whether to join the bandwagon on these seriously do. They are up there with the best lip release of 2014 for me, Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipsticks coming in joint as Revlon has a better shade range but I do like how the Bourjois lipsticks apply just slightly over Revlon's but the velvet lipsticks are liquid and Revlon's are crayons so two different kettle of fish.

Basically what are you waiting for, at least try one! I also love the minty scent mmhmm - Amy x

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Monday, 21 April 2014

The beauty scenario tag

I haven't done a tag in yonks and when I was tagged by the lovely leanne from nailsandteapots I thought why not! Apparently this was introduced by lily pebbles, love that women, she has impeccable style!

1. You have to get rid of all of your foundations and only keep one high end and one drugstore. Which do you keep?
well the only high end foundation I have is the Bobbi Brown BB cream so I'll have to say that one hah and for drugstore omg so hard I think for right now it would have to be the, actually I can't pick one so I'm gunna cheat! The Bourjois healthy mix serum and the L'Oréal nude eau de teint.

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?
Ignore it cause I just always avoid anything that could potentially be awkward so yah.

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up lipstick. Which one do you go for?
Mac ruby woo, I literally feel like a film star when I put that baby on!

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. How would you do your hair and make up differently?
Tell myself to lay off the eyeliner. I was one of those teens in nearly all black with hints of neon, skinny jeans, band tee's and into Hawthorne Heights and yeah, full on! Oh and that hair covering 3/4 off my face is never a good look lol.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut but they hear wrong and give you a pixie hair cut. Do you a) smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum crying hysterically or b) cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) complain to the manager demanding a refund?
HAHAH this literally happened the other day. Well not to the extreme of a pixie crop but it was a lot shorter than I expected. In the girls defense I did say chop off all the dead bits so clearly it was deader than I thought but now I really like it and have had SO many compliments about it. I think because I had had about 8-10 inches off it was just a big shock but I love it now. After all that gabble probably A but I wouldn't cry or call my mum to be honest I'd just be like dang.

6. Your friend surprises you with a four day city break and you have one hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your make up bag?
Naked 2, I have naked 3 but I think naked 2 is a better all rounder as naked 3 is quite pinky toned.

7. Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the beauty product you really hope is safe?
All of it... If someone stole anything of mine I'd be really pissed. I notice when my sister has 'borrowed' a nail varnish and I have over 200 hahah.

8. You friend borrows and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) just pretend you hadn't noticed b) ask them to repurchase it or c) do the same to something of theirs?
I hate confrontation so I would have to choose A and just fester, be really angry and just never let them borrow anything again. This probably sounds stupid but if they were a good friend they'd of already brought you a replacement or at least apologised and gave a crap. 

This was such a good tag, some tough questions actually for it being a beauty tag. I tag anyone that wants to join in! this may be lazy but its nearly 1am guys and sometimes I read a tag and I'm like damn I want to do that but feel like I need to be tagged which is stupid but whatever now you all are weyyyy! late night babbling I apologise - Amy x

Disappointing products with a couple that may surprise!

 I've said a couple of times I have this post coming and here it is! It's not often I buy a product and end up not liking it as I do my research ect and when I do I tend not to feel that strongly to say, I'll kind of just 'get through it' and use the product up haha these, well bar the brush, I just cannot use at all which is a massive annoyance and shame! I've tried to love these products for a good while now but I just can't okay!

First up is said brush, It's my first mac brush  I got from a blog sale. It's the mac 219 but it's a limited edition version, I did look it up but I can't remember gah. I also can't remember how much I paid, so helpful, I think it was £5 so I'm not gunna cry about it! Anyway the brush itself is lovely, not the softest but it is the perfect shape for bronzer for my face but the shredding my god the shredding. I have real techniques brushes which literally don't shred but this boy does it shred and it's not the best picking brush bits off yo face! but alas it isn't completely unusable either.

Next up is the revlon waterproof lash potion mascara. I love how this mascara makes my lashes look and I'm positive if I had gotten the normal one it would of been fine but the waterproof nope no not at all. It makes my lashes super dry and yukky like they feel they may just break off in my hands and when my lashes feel like this it makes me want to just pick all the mascara off which then leads to my lashes actually coming off which is bad, very bad! I would probably give the normal version a chance but I've brought a couple since I am a lot happier with so maybe in the future.

Then it's a No7 stay perfect lip colour in coral rose. Normally the formula of these are great, great application and staying power but this one just isn't like that at all. It looks super patchy on and just slides about. The colour is beautiful so it's a real shame. 

This one may shock but it's the L'Oréal true match foundation. The colour is perfect for me but my skin just hates this stuff. I have dryness on my cheeks and forehead and this stuff literally acts like a beacon for it! I've tried lathering hydraluron on, exfoliating and my skin just does not like this stuff at all. I had such high hopes for this stuff so I'm pretty bummed!

Next up is the infamous peaches and clean from soap and glory. This didn't do it for me at all. It made my skin tingle which for me is never a good sign and I just didn't think it did a good job of getting my make-up off at all. I think I'm a bit allergic to soap and glory stuff as I had an allergic reaction to a soap and glory foundation so I'm a little weary but I love the hand maid, hand food and archery for my brows. I also recently got the orangasm body wash so I'll see how my skin reacts to that. It smells so good wah.

This next product REALLY disappointed me like ouch my face after I used it. It's a face mask from No7 called a pore vacuum mask and it's one you are mean't to peel off. I think it took me about half an hour to get the bloody thing off and my skin was red raw and was burning from having to tug so hard to get the damn thing off so I saw zero benefits and pain so yeah I'd give that one a miss!

Finally another product that may surprise is the Charles Worthington texturising spray. Again a product I had high hopes for but for me it just feels like I've sprayed hair spray on my hair and it feels really crusty, leaves a trace and doesn't give that much volume for me. There is nothing worse than spraying a product to improve your hair and it completely ruining it but hey maybe I was unlucky and it's a duff bottle!

What a depressing post haha but I always prefer to read a variety of reviews and if someone hasn't enjoyed a product and I can relate to their skin/hair type then that's helpful for me so maybe this will help someone else! Any products that have disappointed you recently? - Amy x

Friday, 18 April 2014

Recent nail looks using my new purchases featuring Maybelline's new bleached neons nail varnish

For this mani I used the nail varnish as pictured. The new barry m birthday polish for superdrug is AMAZING, it is so so beautiful. I also really love the maybelline bleached neons, the pink is called tropink and the yellow with a hint of orange is called sunflare, they stand out a lot more than this image shows, perfect for spring/summer to add a pop of colour and the formula is really good, as you can see application is super smooth. The formula is that good I want the other two! In case you are wondering the new bourjois instant dry drops really do work, I'm so glad I got them!

For this mani I used the maybelline colour show nailvarnish in bare it all and the new barry m top coat from the aquarium collection. I also used hole punch strengtheners to create the half moons choosing not to paint my nails fully before hand as I really like how the negative space designs look so this was a simple introduction to that.

Next up I used the collection nail varnish I got as a gift with purchase called peacock green and the other new barry m top coat from the aquarium collection. I absolutely love the new barry m collection it's so striking and the top coats really add something to any nail polish.

Where do you look for inspiration for nail art/looks! I love browsing instagram! - Amy x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

They see me haulin': blusher, nail varnish, mascara, liner, lip stuff - the lot! with swatches.

From left to right we have the two new top coats from barrym's aquarium range, the new barry m hi-shine shade in huckleberry, the new barry m birthday polish for superdrugs 50th, maybelline colour show in bare it all, maybelline street artist in urban, maybelline bleached neons in sunflare, maybelline bleached neons in tropink and a collection work the colour freebie from buying a mascara. No complaints which these I love them all and have a nail post coming up with images to show how I've used most of these.

I had to finally get the Rimmel stay matte powder, I used to use this when I was younger and with the summer and 'glistening' skin coming up I definitely needed this! I got this from boots.

I wanted to find a blusher similar to Benefit's coralista and I think I've found it in sleek's life's a peach. It is such a gorgeous colour, slightly darker than coralista but that's not a bad thing. You can see a swatch in the picture to the side. I got this from tesco for £4.50

My chin seems to hate me at the moment so I had to get an emergency spot stick! I got this from boots.

I wanted to try a new mascara and this one had a great review in a magazine I'd read for being the best for volume and I have to agree, it reminds me of a far cheaper version of the max factor false lash effect mascara. I got this from superdrug.

Last but by no means least I got the collection glam crystals in shake it up. I found this beauty in tesco and it was randomly only either 89p or 69p and the other's were full price so I'm guessing it was a pricing error but yay for me! I didn't have high hopes as it was so cheap but this looks amazing on the eyes and isn't just glitter the gel is tinted as well so it really stands out. You can see a swatch in the picture above!

Obviously I've brought more lip products! I only just noticed that I'd already included the colorsensational shine gloss before but I've brought a fair amount in the last month and couldn't keep track oops but yes I'm still loving it.

Left to right swatch wise we have the L'Oréal glam shine stain in 400 from tesco, the colorsensational shine gloss in cashmere rose from wilkos, Rimmel kate matte lipstick in 101 and collection deluxe lipstick in speakeasy from tesco.

I've really gotten into glosses recently and pink lip colours. It's like I've done a 360 on the 'old me' as I'm definitely embracing my more girly side.

I love the formula of the kate matte lipsticks, the maybelline and L'Oréal glosses aren't sticky which is what I look for in a lipstick and the collection lipstick in speakeasy is the more gorgeous pink.

When I get near to a deadline and I'm freaking out I tend to shop which is super bad but it makes me feel better for all of five minutes haha and it's always good to find a bargain! I've had my final prints done and put them into frames and I'm really happy with them, bar the one I bent putting it in said frame and need to re-order - oops! Any one else stressed from deadlines?! How do you deal with it, help me! - Amy x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

REVIEW: some of the Rita Ora collection for Rimmel

This collection for me was definitely a mixed bag for me. I absolutely love the colour rush balms and one of the new shades make me blush is just beautiful as you can see above. The balms have great pigmentation and feel really lovely on the lips and there is a really nice shade range.

The nail varnishes on the other hand were not what I was expecting. I haven't used the 60 seconds Rimmel nail varnish for quite some time but have always read favourable reviews. When I'd swatched the pink shade, loose your lingerie, It seemed as if the formula was really good, opaque in two coats and the swatch I did on one of my nails lasted really well as previously said in my mini hail review. However after sitting down to use both the loose your lingerie and the mint shade breakfast in bed, the polish applied really gloopy and wasn't nice to work with at all. I love the shades, they are beautiful, but the formula I don't know the jury's out. I am gunna give it another go as when I went back to do another swatch again for this above pictures the formula wasn't gloopy at all. I think it may of been that I had my fan on whilst I was painting my nails and it made it dry quicker than it should of?  I don't know but I hope it was just a fluke.

Overall I love the colour rush balms but not too sure on the polish but the shade range is pretty good for a celebrity collection and are really on trend like the lovely lady Rita Ora herself. - Amy x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

REVIEW: Bourjois rouge edition velvet

Swatch: top is nude-ist and bottom is grand-cru. I am in love with this formula. It's like the Revlon matte balms in finish, a lovely matte but not drying. The thing that makes these that bit better is that the colour application is a lot more even. The two I got were exclusive colours for littlewoods, I'd swatched away in superdrugs/boots as obviously they are cheaper but I preferred these so in my online basket they went! 

Nude-ist is the most beautiful colour, the swatches really don't do the colours justice. It's a lot more of a stronger colour in person, a beautiful mauvey dusty pink that really gives a make-up look that little bit extra.

Grand-cru is such a lovely deep red, again this is a colour you really need to see in person. It has a pink undertone and ahhh it will be the most perfect evening out colour to really get your make-up to stand out. 

These babies don't budge, well when you eat the biggest burger you've ever seen a bit wears off but hey come on that's not bad! it feels as if you haven't got any lip product on at all. Bourjois are just on point right now. I have a little haul coming of other Bourjois goodies I've got, in fact I've been shopping a lot so expect a fair few reviews - oops! 

If you are thinking well I have the Revlon matte balms do I really need these? Yes, yes you do. The colour applies a lot more evenly and their red's are too die for. - Amy x