Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Joan Collins Compact Duo Review

Hey beaut's!

You may have seen that back in April I tried out two of Joan Collins Divine Lips lipsticks and absolutely loved them, not only was the formula lush but the shades and the packaging where EVERYTHING and it definitely made me want to try more from Joan's makeup range. 
With the festival and holiday season coming up I thought it would be the perfect time to try  out the Joan Collins Compact Duo* - this is a 3-in-1 compact contains the Meticulous Pressed Powder and mini powder puff, a Divine Lips Lipstick in your chosen shade and the luxurious gold packaging comes complete with a well sized mirror within the flip up lid. As I just said before you do get to choose your own shade of lipstick when purchasing this compact, I love this because your not stuck with any ole shade of lipstick you might not like, also if you have other Divine Lips lipsticks in your collection they will also fit within the compact meaning you can switch between shades depending what shade you go for each day, genius!
The shade of lipstick I got within my compact is Crystal, this a the perfect, true red shade which I think would suit most complexions. As for the formula...it's stunning! To be honest I knew I'd love the formula because I love my other two lippies from Joan Collins, Crystal is so rich in pigmentation and completely opaque after one swipe, its super creamy and moisturising which is down to the added hyaluronic acid which really nourishes my lips. The lasting power is really good too considering it a creamy formula with a somewhat glossy sheen finish, however once the sheen has completely worn off I am left with slight stain on my lips by I don't mind that at all. The Meticulous Pressed Powder within the palette is perfect for any of those on the go touch ups, it instantly reduces shine and mattes down any areas that are more oily than others without feeling/looking heavy or cakey, it actually feel super silky smooth on the skin too which is nice.
Overall I bloody love this compact and the concept is brilliant too, if your looking for a good quality, travel friendly lippie and powder duo this holiday or festival season then I cant recommend this Joan Collins offering enough!

You can find the Joan Collins Compact Duo with and lipstick shade of your choice for £34.00 HERE or you can grab the compact by itself with just the Meticulous Pressed Powder within it for £16.00 HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Brush Works HD Miracle Silicone Oval Sponge Review

Hey beaut's!

Silicone sponges have been taking the beauty world by storm at the moment, everyone is so curious about them myself included so I knew it wouldn't be long before I had to try one out for myself. Brush Works actually have quite a few different variations of the silicone sponge to try, I have the Oval HD Miracle Silicone Sponge in Pink which I really like, I prefer this one to the completely clear ones you can get to be honest, that's my super girlie side coming out though hehe.
The Brush Works Oval HD Miracle Silicone Sponge* claims to speed up your daily makeup routine, giving you a flawless coverage as well as being more hygienic than a regular beauty sponge and doesnt waste product either..... So are the claims true??? Does it work??? Lets see... 
I have to admit this little silicone sponge certainly felt weird to use to begin with, to use the sponge I simply popped a pump of my foundation directly onto the sponge and then spread it around my face in a wiping motion, what I will say is that one pump was more than enough for my entire face so I definitely think over time I would save foundation if I used this sponge everyday. To get that flawless finish that the sponge claims to achieve you have to tap/bounce it over all areas where you've spread with foundation, this is pretty quick an easy to do however getting around the nose and eyes can be a little tricky, I like to squish the sponge in half to blend those areas and that technique works well for me. After the application process I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, my foundation did look pretty flawless, it wasn't heavy looking or cakey and had blended out really well. I can 100% agree theres no wastage of product because the sponge doesn't absorb anything and the spreading technique seems to make my foundation go further, its also super hygienic as it can be wiped/washed clean after every use so it's going to be so much better for the skin, and I feel like it would have a much longer life span than a beauty sponge which can go mouldy and gross.

Overall I'm actually quite surprised at how much I love this little silicone sponge because I thought this trend would be a fail for me but I love it, it's easy to use once you get used to the fact your using silicone and not sponge, it's easy to keep clean, saves me money in the long run because I don't go through as much foundation or concealer  as I used to and I love how hygienic it is, the silicone sponge gets a huge thumbs up from me that's for sure.

You can find the Brush Works HD Miracle Silicone Oval Sponge for £7.99 HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Benefit Ka-Brow! Review

Hey beaut's!

I'm really into doing my brows at the minute, I used to hate doing them but now I find it so satisfying getting them perfect and on point, no makeup look is complete without a pair of gorgeous brows after all hey he he. Whilst on this journey of loving my brows (yes it has been a journey lol) I've tried and tested so many products, but now I feel like I have a pretty good routine which I must admit mainly consists of Benefit products, but there was one brow product from Benefit that I hadn't tried but really wanted too and that was their Ka-Brow Cream-Gel. I didn't really want to commit to buying the full size Ka-Brow without giving the product a whirl first but luckily for me Feel Unique have a sample service that allowed me to get a pretty decent size sample to try and I thought I'd share my thoughts on it  today!
Benefit's Ka-Brow is cream-gel brow pomade which comes in a pot with a 'not half bad' built in brush which is super handy for when your on the go, and even though I have a deluxe size sample mine still had the brush attached which I thought was really good. I got the shade 1 which is the fairest of them all, it works well on my cool toned brows however I think shade 2 would be my exact match, but shade 1 still works fine for me. The formula itself is really nice and easy to work with, it creamy enough to blend well with my brows but still pigmented enough to do individual brush strokes creating natural looking brow hairs, it's also waterproof too which make it super long lasting without going hard to flakey, and I can confirm that once this stuff has set it isn't budging all day, I can promise you that!

All in all I'm so happy I finally got to try Benefit's Ka- Brow and I'll definitely be picking up the full size and maybe trying pomades from different brands too, I was always quite scared to use a pomade before, but since Ka-Brow was a such a hit for me I definitely want to dabble in some other. If your looking for a good, super long lasting, easy to use brow pomade beaut's I honestly cant recommend this bad boy enough!

You can find Benefit's Ka-Brow for £20.00 HERE.

nopin

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Review *New Packaging*

Hey beaut's!

If you've read my blog for a while now it wont come as a shock to you at how much I love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray because it's featured on my blog A LOT! But theres something a little different about my new bottle of All Nighter gorgeousness, yup the packaging has been given a cheeky face lift and I love it. Gone are the days where the old white packaging would have foundation prints and smudges all over it, now we have a gorgeous black and purple slightly rubberised bottle to play with which I think looks much better and is so chic.
The formula of the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray* is the exact same as it was in the previous packaging so don't be alarmed about that, it's still as gorgeous as ever. What I love about the All Nighter Setting Spray is that it really does make my makeup stay put for so much longer - I'm talking a good 12 hours (full working day) without any fading, caking, melting and some how it smooths out any makeup that might have set into my fine lines, this has always been a problem for me with my smile lines but when I use this setting spray I've noticed it never really happens at all. It's also super lightweight and cant be detected once it's on the skin, it never feels sticky or tacky and I never feel like I have a film layer over my makeup either which gives this lots of sparkly points from me. I'd also highly recommend this if you have problems with shine or oiliness throughout the day, although this isn't a mattifying product as such, I've noticed especially in the humid weather we've been having in the UK recently that I don't get shiny or have the slight oily look on my t-zone at all, this is probably down to the sprays clever temperature control technology which lowers the temperature of your makeup keeping it in tact for longer.
If you haven't tried the All Nighter Setting Spray yet then I'd highly recommend grabbing yourself a travel size bottle to try, it's such a quick and easy final set in your makeup application that makes all the difference, I bloody love this stuff! 

The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray can be found HERE in the travel size for £10.00 or full size for £23.50 . 

nopin

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Barry M NEW Molten Metal Nail Paint in Pink Ice Review

Hey beaut's!

Barry M recently added five new nail polish shades to their existing Molten Metal Collection and I couldn't wait to check them out seeing as I was such a big fan of the shade Copper Mine from last years collection. All five of the new shades are stunning and range from blue metallics to a bright gold and theres even a black metallic that's been thrown in for good measure, but there was one shade that stood out to me the most that I knew I just had to buy to try first which was Pink Ice.
Pink Ice is the most stunning metallic shade for Spring/Summer, it's a pinky-rose gold foil looking shade with silver shimmers that catch the light beautifully. The formula of Pink Ice is lovely, it applies evenly and smooth without any bubbling or streaking and dries super quickly too which is such a bonus as I hate waiting for nail polish to dry. Their are two things that really surprised me in a good way about this nail polish, the first being just how long it lasts on my nails with just two thin coats, it was honestly on my nails a good 4-5 days before I noticed some slight wear at the very end of my nails and I had no major chipping what so ever! The second was just how easy it was to remove, shimmery -metallic or glitter polishes are such a pain to remove usually but I honestly had no trouble what so ever with this.
Overall I really cant recommend the Barry M Molten Metal nail polishes enough, the quality is so good and the shade Pink Ice is just so pretty on the nails, I also love teaming it up with pastel pink nail polishes at the moment and using it as my accent nail polish colour, it looks lush!

Have you tried any of the new Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint shades beaut's? Which is your favourite? I'd love to know!

You can find Pink Ice along with the rest of the Molten Metal Nail Paint Collection for £3.99 HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Most Worn Shoes This Spring...So Far!

Hey beaut's!

Check me out doing another fashion related blog post, I put a footwear post up in March (here) and now I thought I'd do another one featuring two of my favourite pairs of shoes at the moment that basically haven't left my feet so far this Spring!

Of course I joined the Old Skool Vans club, well it would of been rude not too wouldn't it he he. I actually really needed a new pair of Vans, my white ones are pretty much dead and this old skool style was too nice to resist, they basically go with anything from skinny jeans, casual dresses and even casual skirts and shorts when it's warmer. My favourite way to wear these at the moment is actually to fold up my skinny jeans exposing quite a bit of ankle then whacking on a pair of little frilly ankle socks, they look super, super cute!

The other pair of shoes or should I say sandals I've been obsessed with wearing recently are these little gold beauties from Primark, they cost me a tiny £6.00 and honestly they are the most comfortable pair of sandals I've ever owned. The gold cross-over detail across the top of my foot is actually thick elastic so they move/bend with my foot and the fit of them is bang on for my little size 3 feet. I honestly cant recommend these enough, they've been perfect for the humid weather we've had in the UK this past week and they go with everything, oddly I always find that with gold sandals, they just match well with everything I wear.

What are your favourite shoes to wear at the moment beaut's? Are you rocking some Old Skool Van's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Barry M Colour Correcting Wand - Eradicates Dark Circles Review

Hey beaut's!

If theres one thing on my face that I really hate its my dark circles, I seem to have been cursed with them, no matter how much sleep I get I always wake up with that dreaded darkness under my eyes so a good coverage concealer in an essential for me to cover those bad boys up, however when I saw that Barry M now have a colour correcting wand specially designed to eradicates dark circles I just had to buy it to try.
Barry M's Colour Correcting Wand in the shade Yellow is a blendable cream which is to be applied before/underneath your makeup to help eradicate those pesky dark circles. The formula itself is creamy just like concealer and blends out beautifully with a beauty blender or concealer brush, it doesn't sit heavy under my eyes or go cakey which is something I was worried about, and I haven't experienced any creasing since layering this up with my other base makeup products either, woohoo. It terms of this actually doing what is says on the tin or should a say tube... well beaut's it works, I mean it's not a miracle worker that's going to make my darkness vanish never to be seen again (I wish), but it certainly does an amazing job at lessening the darkness around my eyes whilst also adding some slight coverage and really brightens up the eye area beyond belief too. If your like me and always use a very light concealer under your eyes to brighten and highlight then this little sunshine coloured stuff is what you need because it's sooooo good at brightening, I sometimes even mix it with my concealer too for mega brightness.

Overall I'm so happy this caught my eye in Superdrug because I love it and it works perfectly for me, anything that helps my darkness gets a huge thumbs up from me that's for sure. Barry M also have a Green corrector to neutralise redness and a Purple corrector to brighten certain areas of the skin, I don't suffer with redness so the Green one would be no use for me but I'm definitely going to give the Purple one a whirl next because I'm intrigued as to how it will brighten. But if your looking for something to help that darkness under your eyes I really cant recommend this enough, I love it!

Have you tried any of Barry M's  Colour Correcting Wands beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

You can find the Barry M Colour Correcting Wand for £4.49 each HERE.

nopin