Monday, 1 September 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Hello Beauty Junkies, so it was my birthday on the 30th August I turned 25! As a result I received some brilliant make up / beauty gifts from my fiancĂ© which means I can now finally get back to my reviews on my blog. For the past few months I have not had enough money to spend on make up - which is devastating. However, I am now back with plenty of new items which I hope to review in the next few months. 


The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette can be purchase from Debenhams for £37. It comes complete with the palette, a duo ended makeup brush and a free sample of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I currently only have the Urban Decay Naked palette - which is the original palette and contains a number of neutral shades in different finishes. I mainly used the light shades in this palette and loved the rose tones. Therefore I chose to jump straight to the Naked 3 and skip the Naked 2. I felt that the Naked 2 contained very similar colours to the Naked palette and I wanted something different. 

This palette contains 12 completely new shades of eyeshadows. All of these eyeshadows are in the rose gold family - which really appealed to me as these tones tend to suit my skin tone perfectly.

Packaging:
I absolutely love this packaging - it is practical and pretty! After struggling with the Naked palette whilst travelling for years (having to tie hair bands to the ends to stop the case coming open) finally I have a good palette which closes effectively and will travel well.

The case reminds me somewhat of a tin pencil case that you used to use at school - but it is beautiful. It has a deep rose tone case with a wavy design and gold lettering. Inside there is a huge mirror which will be perfect for travelling.

Eyeshadows:

Strange -  Matte creamy vanilla shade, perfect for highlighting and using in the inner corners of your eyes.
Dust - Glittery pale pink shade with silver glitter - this has very good pigmentation and is almost fairy like in shade :)
Burnout - Pearl light peachy pink tone.
Limit - Matte light neutral dusty rose colour, perfect for use in the crease.

Buzz - Glittery medium pink with purple undertones and silver glitter.
Trick - Glittery warm peachy copper with gold glitter.
Nooner - Matte medium dusty rose tone, another tone perfect for use in the crease.
Liar - Pearl warm brown with with frosted mauve overlay.




Factory - Pearl medium to deep brown.
Mugshot - Pearl medium taupe.
Darkside - Matte deep brown with slight pearl sheen.
Blackheart - Glittery blackened purple base with red glitters.







The Glittery shades are better when used wet - this shows the pigmentation at its fullest and helps to reduce the amount of fallout.

The pearl shades can also be used wet to highlight the pearlescent sheen.

The matte shade Limit and Nooner are both brilliant matte colours for use in the crease however, they do require building up.

Price:
I think the price of this palette is spot on for the amount of shades and the quality of eyeshadows that you receive. I also love the fact that the packaging feels more substantial for your money than the Naked palette and the large mirror and duo ended make up brush that comes with it makes it a bargain at £37.

Overall:
I absolutely love this Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and would recommend this to anyone who loves rose gold tone eyeshadows. It is the perfect addition to my eyeshadows and I have not stopped using this since I received it. If you would like 12 completely new Urban Decay shades all in the rose gold family and all of good quality then I would highly recommend this palette to you.

I have created numerous looks with this palette already and know that it will be used excessively. 

I like the fact that this palette comes complete with a duo ended make up brush and cant wait to use the free samples :) 

If you have any thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette or have your own review please feel free to link below so that I can see your opinions on the palette.

Thanks :)


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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Avon Eyeliner Review - Colour Trend Pencil Play Eyeliner, Supershock Gel Eyeliner & Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner

Today's review is on a small selection of Avon's eye liners including; a Colour Trend Pencil Play Eyeliner in White, a Supershock Gel Eyeliner in Plumful and a Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner in Emerald Glow. I chose these colours as I wanted something dark but not black to liner my bottom lashes. I often find that black looks a little too harsh on my eyes so wearing a pop of colour makes all the difference. I also wanted to purchase a white eyeliner to use in my waterline to open up my eyes and brighten this whole area!


So, first things first, price! The Colour Trend eyeliner is incredibly cheap and you can pick these up online or from your local Avon Representative for £3.00. For the other two ranges, the Supershock and Glimmerstick Diamonds eyeliners are £6. Which is still a very reasonably price for an eyeliner. 

Avon Colour Trend Eyeliner: White


This eyeliner promises to 'define your peepers without pulling or dragging' and boasts a 'super smooth formula'. I agree with this statement by Avon wholeheartedly these eyeliners are incredibly soft and smooth and glide onto my waterline or lower lash line with ease. I don't feel any pull whatsoever when applying and end up with a very bright white line. This is exactly what I was looking for with this product and it provides a very professional looking finish. For only £3 this eyeliner is a steal. I think I will be purchasing more of their colour range soon! 

With regards to staying power, this eyeliner will last for around 4-6 hours without any smudging! After this time it tends to start fading in the inner and outer corner of my waterline but is easy fixed with another quick application.

Value: 5/5
Longevity: 3/5
Colour Pay Off: 5/5
Formula: 4/5

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner: Plumful


This eyeliner is 'formulated with 20% liquid gel to smoothly create a flawless line everytime'. This eyeliner is definitely creamier than the Colour Trend versions. It glides on super smoothly and doesn't smudge throughout the day. I often find when wearing darker liners that by then end of the day everything has migrated onto my eye and into the outer corner. Which is not an attractive look. This eyeliner is very different. It has great staying power and once dry even  rubbing it with you finger does not shift the colour one little bit! It clings to your lash line perfectly.

Having said that it comes off easily with a normal eye makeup remover, so you get the best of both worlds. A liner that lasts all day long and does not hurt your eyes to remove. These eyeliners cost £6 each which is very reasonable for such a high quality liner.

Value: 5/5
Longevity: 5/5
Colour Pay Off: 5/5
Formula: 5/5

Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner: Emerald Glow


This eyeliner is slightly different in that it is a retractable liner which is self sharpening. I like this aspect as it cuts out on all the mess I create when sharpening eyeliners (I am extremely messy when it comes to this task!)
The formula is similar to the Supershock Eyeliner in consistency, it is very creamy and feels soft to apply. You can also wear this liner all day like the Supershock version, however I find that it does loose its vibrancy throughout the day.

The one huge selling point for me on these eyeliners though is the glimmer aspect. These liners include flecks of glitter which reflect in the light. I love this look, it provides a bit of extra depth to your eye makeup.

Value: 5/5
Longevity: 4/5
Colour Pay Off: 4/5
Formula 4/5

Overall:
I think you can clearly tell from the above reviews that the Supershock Gel Eyeliner is a stand out winner. It is great value for money, it lasts all day long with no smudging, the colour is incredibly pigmented and it has a lovely smooth and creamy consistency.

I am a huge fan of all of these eyeliners and will be purchasing more very shortly.

Let me know if you have first hand experience of these eyeliners as I love to hear your views.

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Elf Conditioning Lip Balm SPF15 in Peaceful Pink

 Hi Everyone,

Back today with a review on Elf's Conditioning Lip Balm with SPF15 in Peaceful Pink. When I was looking on Elf's website this Lip Balm really caught my eye, the packaging looked professional and sleek, the colour range was ideal for my tastes and the price sold me. These sell on the UK site for £3.95 which is a very reasonable price for a product that promises so much.




On their website they claim that this Lip Balm will provide a "sheer splash of colour that's super smooth, velvety soft and non sticky" they also state that the lip balms contain natural ingredients including Vitamin A & E to help condition dry, chapped lips. The fact that this product contains an SPF of 15 is highly beneficial to keep your lips safe in the summer months from harmful UV rays.

I am always on the look out for new natural looking lip shades, whether they be balms, lip gloss or lipsticks. I prefer the natural colours as I think they suit my complexion. This is why I chose the colour Peaceful Pink. This colour is a brighter natural tone baby pink. I like the fact that this lip balm is pigmented enough to show on my lips without looking unnatural. This is a huge selling point for me.




So first impressions: At first I wasn't very impressed with this lip balm. The consistency was really thick and hard - I couldn't seem to get any colour pay off from the lip balm - which as you can imagine was very frustrating. I had a look online and found that most peoples pot were much more liquid than mine. I tried to push a bit harder on the product and eventually managed to get some movement in the pot. I think this is a bit of a flaw as I was going to write the product off at this stage.

However, after persisting and trying this product again I can say that I am very impressed. The colour pay off is brilliant and it gives me the natural mid-baby pink tone that I was after. The colour is buildable and you only have to reapply every few hours. 

It does feel conditioning on the lips and is not sticky once applied. However, in the windy UK weather this will still cause your hair to stick to your lips. This almost seems inevitable in the UK anyway so I am happy to put up with this.

The bad point to this product which was one of the first things that drew me to it in the first place is the packaging. Being a pot it is very unhygienic and the shape makes it hard to get your finger in to apply this lip balm. I often find that I have a large clump of lip balm in my finger nail after I have applied this. Which is not ideal if you are out and about. 



Overall: I would highly recommend these lip balms and will be purchases more in the near future! I love the colour range available and feel that the sheer colour pay off is ideal for everyday wear. 

If you have experience of these Elf Conditioning Lip Balms with SPF15 please feel free to link your blog below or comment so that I can see your opinions on these :)

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Clarisonic Plus - Face and Body Sonic Cleaning System

Hi Everyone,

I have been neglecting this blog lately but life has been very hectic lately! However, tonight I am taking a break to share by latest review with you. This review will be on my Clarisonic Plus which is a face and body sonic cleansing system. Sounds rather drastic but I now swear by this little machine. Read on to find out why!



The Clarisonic "Uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, working with the skin's natural elasticity to thoroughly remove the impurities that come between you and smoother, softer, healthier looking skin." All of this sonic technology helps to remove 6x as much as cleansing alone, helps to reduce the appearance of pores, lines and wrinkles and cleanses so thoroughly that it helps your skin to absorb skin care products more effectively."



All of this and numerous reviews on You tube and various other media lead me to purchase by Clarisonic. There was the Clarisonic Mia, Plus and Pro to contend with but I went for the mid range Plus. I liked the fact that this system also included a body brush and a separate speed setting for when using this on your body. My pack came with a facial cleanser (sample size) and a body scrub. I have used both of this so don't have any photos to show - they were incredibly good quality, I haven't had the same effect with my current cleanser so you definitely get what you pay for with their skin care range.



The Clarisonic Pro has 3 speeds + a body setting, adjustable timer, charging cradle & a body brush head. The whole system is waterproof and rechargeable and all models come with a 2 year warranty if you buy direct from Clarisonic. These systems retail at £179. WOW - I know what your thinking this is an excessive amount to spend on a facial brush. But believe me if you purchase this you will not be disappointed!

How to Use:
Follow these simple steps to use your Clarisonic Plus effectively;

  • Wet your skin and your Clarisonic brush head with warm water
  • Apply cleanser to your brush head (you can apply directly to your face but I prefer this version)
  • Press On and gently move the brush in small circular motions
  • Start on your forehand, then nose/chin and lastly your cheeks
After my first use I noticed how soft, smooth and clean my skin felt. I honestly couldn't remember a time when it had felt so good before. Don't be fooled though to get the full effect of this new cleaning system takes a couple of months and unfortunately some purging of the skin. Resulting in a few week or so of spots, redness & oil production. Which often puts people off, but persevere and you will reap the rewards of softer, smoother cleaner skin.

Benefits of this product:
  • Smoother skin
  • More even skin tone
  • Less breakouts
  • Less visible pores
  • Brighter skin
I love this Clarisonic and highly recommend it even though it is a pricey product. It will change your skin care routine for the better. So if you have an experience of the Clarisonic Sonic Brush and would like to share feel free to link you blog or comment with your view below. I look forward to reading these and seeing what you all think too :)

Also any questions feel free to ask!

Hope you enjoyed this review and hopefully it wont be too long until the next one :)


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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Hello Beautiful People,

Today's review is on Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. I have been interested in the Baby range from Maybelline for a while, I'm sure you are well aware of the hype surrounding this new range! So needless to say I was excited about trying this out.

It is pretty obvious from the look of this item that it is a dupe for Benefits Porefessional, they both come in tube format and have a similar cute and brightly coloured design. The difference is in the price. Maybelline Baby Skin retails at £7.99 per 22ml whereas Benefit Porefessional retails for £24.50 per 22ml. They also have some ingredients in common; Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer & Silica.


Maybelline Baby Skin is described as a "Translucent gel primer which blurs the appearance of enlarged pores, lines and other imperfections to create a matt and flawless canvas for make-up to glide. The mattifying formula keeps the skin feeling and looking fresh with a baby soft feel, improving the staying power of your foundation while creating a look of a more refined and smoother skin texture".

Well I read this and was excited to try the product for myself. Firstly lets talk about the consistency of this primer. It is a gel silicone based primer and it gives a soft velvet type feel to the skin after application which I like a lot! I have also noticed that it has provided a mattifying affect to the oily areas of my skin.


I agree that the primer does make my make-up much easier to apply, my foundation and concealer glide on perfectly to my skin and still look exactly the same after hours of wear. I think over everything else this makes this affordable primer an absolute bargain at £7.99. 

In terms of minimising pores it does a good job as it disguises them with the use of silica to smooth the skin. However, it is not immaculate, so have realistic expectations when buying this and don't expect miracles.

So onto the Pros and Cons of Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Pros: 

  • Affordable
  • A little goes a long way
  • Smooth matt finish
  • Conceals large pores
  • Controls shine
  • Cute packaging
Cons:

  • Scent - it is unscented but smells slightly medicinal when applying, this doesn't last throughout the day though!
Overall:

I would definitely buy this primer again! For the price I am more than willing to put up with the smell and the lack of complete coverage. It is super cute and makes my skin feel so smooth. I have never applied make-up quite as easily as with this primer and it produces a matt look that lasts all day.

Comment and let me know your thoughts on Maybelline Baby Skin :)

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Maybelline Baby Lips Hydrate Review

Hello Everyone,

I have been excited to review the new Baby Lips lip balm by Maybelline and finally got round to going and picking one up from Boots. These cost £2.99 so are reasonably priced for lip balm. I brought this in hydrate as my lips have been getting quite dry over the past few months and I was drawn in by the SPF20!




I love this packaging it's really cute, I love the vibrant colours. The bullet style application makes it really easy to apply.

The ingredients in this lip balm are quite impressive, it contains; Shea Butter, Vitamin E, C & B5 & Centella Asiatica. All of these ingredients help to make the product super smooth and hydrating on my lips. The Centella Asiatica is a powerful herb from Asia used for its natural healing properties and it helps to stimulate the production on collagen type 1, which contains scar and wound healing properties.

Here are some before and after pictures to show the visible hydration on my lips after using Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate:


You can see the shine on my lips in the lower picture caused by the hydrating effects of this lip balm.

The lip balm has a gorgeous scent, it is a citrus scent and smells like a mixture of Haribo and Refreshers :) Heavenly.

I would say that this lip balm does not last as long as advertised. Maybelline say that the moisturising effects will last 8 hours, however, I find myself re-applying this every 2 hours or so. I don't necessarily see this as a negative.

Cons:
  • Reapplying often
  • Awkward packaging
Pros:
  • Price
  • Ingredients
  • Packaging
  • Hydrating qualities
  • Appearance of lips
  • SPF20
  • Scent
Overall: I would say that this lip balm is the ideal product for summer. The SPF20 is ideal for the hot weather. It is an extremely moisturising product, smells gorgeous and has super cute packaging. I would definitely buy this agian. In fact I may purchase a tinted one from this range!

Let me know of your experiences with these as I would love to hear :)