Monthly Archives: February 2015

Review: Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

19 February 2015

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With my wedding 9 days away and still no flowers ordered and music still not chosen, I did what any self-respecting bride-to-be would do and rummaged through my drawers (saucy) to see if there was anything new I could waste even more time playing with. The Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked palette is by no means new, and I don’t remember buying it but it was calling out to be used.

For £4, you get a very generous 12 shades in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes – perfect for the thrifty among us or if you’re experiencing a personal credit crunch and happen to be desperate for new eyeshadows. I’m absolutely pants at determining whether something is cool toned or warm toned, but despite its ‘hot smoked’ moniker I’d say it leans more towards the cooler end of the spectrum. There’s no mirror in this one which is inconvenient but for £4 you can’t afford to be a fusspot.

You can see from the photos that these eyeshadows swatch quite nicely. My expectations of the matte shades were low but I was pleasantly surprised. The darker shades were especially good. The texture is smooth and pretty much what we have come to expect from ol’ Makey Rev. I wouldn’t go as far as saying these are the most buttery I’ve ever tried but for the price I don’t think you can find much better.

I did a quick look using a few of the shades to get a better idea of how they’re like to work with and that’s when things went a bit wrong for me.

Here’s the thing, I have very dry skin and all the oil that’s in my face is annoyingly confined to my eyelids. As you can imagine, this conundrum makes eyeshadow tricky at the best of times and eyeball-poppingly frustrating at the worst of times. I didn’t use any primer as I wanted to get a true picture of the Hot Smoked’s performance. Also, I couldn’t be bothered. I found the eyeshadows applied a little patchily on my lids and it was difficult to get an even colour. I wouldn’t say pigmentation is an issue with these, I just couldn’t get an even wash of colour. Blending out the edges with a fluffy brush was relatively drama free which is a bonus.

I tried very hard not to get mascara on my eyelid but alas, my rubbish hand-eye co-ordination failed me. The finished look isn’t too bad but you can certainly see where the shadows didn’t apply properly in the centre of the lid (maybe I should’ve gone for the primer first). Colour wise, I don’t think it massively suits me, it all looks a bit cool and grey, so I think this is would suit blue or green-eyed ladies a lot better. On the plus side, I didn’t get much creasing and it stayed pretty decent for most of the work day. All in all, decent quality for the insane price but it’s not really for me so I’m out.

Has anyone else tried this? I want to try another one that suits me better – any recommendations?

Review: Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz

12 February 2015

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If you’re anything like me, you’d rather go naked than without your eyebrows. Unfortunately letting my jumbalayas loose comes with all sorts of legal issues so eyebrows it is. My main issue with my natural brows is the weird shortness of them in relation to my eyes. Also, my eyebrows are completely different to each other. I know they say that eyebrows are sisters and not twins but mine are more like second cousins twice-removed-in-law. I use eyebrow products to elongate the shape and fill in the sparse areas, be it pencil, shadow or wax.

Unless you’ve been living the life of a hermit you’ll probably have heard about the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It’s got a waxy tiny-nibbed pencil on one side (sorry about the shoddy shadowy photo!) and a spoolie brush on the other. Mine is in the shade ‘Ebony’ which you can see is an ashy dark brown rather than black (I believe Ebony is the darkest shade available which is just as well – I learned the hard way NEVER to use black products on your eyebrows even if they are black!). You can see that the colour match is pretty perfect, which is something that the Topshop Brow Pencil (review here) missed for me.

I’m going to be honest and say that the first time I used this, I was a bit disappointed. My eyebrows needed threading and were a bit messy, and I found that using the Brow Wiz made things even messier looking. Also, my foundation hadn’t set yet and my skin was a little slippery so the pigmentation didn’t come off all that well. I was genuinely baffled by the hype.

But then I got my eyebrows freshly threaded and tried Brow Wiz again on a dry face and everything changed. Because it’s not super pigmented, it means you can really go to town with shaping your brows without ending up looking like Helga from Hey Arnold. The teeny tiny nib makes drawing on hairs much easier and the colour match is the best I’ve ever come across.

Being a pencil, obviously it won’t last as long as Anastasia DipBrow but it still gives it a ruddy good go. I’ve worn this during my gym sessions and it’s held up well and hasn’t needed touching up. It’s also a lot quicker to get a decent result, and getting my eyebrows to look acceptable doesn’t take half as long as it does with other products.

I was going to repurchase my Topshop pencil but having got the hang of Brow Wiz, this is definitely taking its place. It’s just a shame it’s more than double the price!

All in all, I’m recommending Anastasia Brow Wiz with gusto, especially if you’re after a natural look (if you want a more sculpted look and have more time on your hands I’d go for the DipBrow). Just remember to make sure your base has completely dried before attempting to use it, and pluck any stray hairs that might be bringing your polished look down.

Brow products are notoriously hard to colour match online so if you happen to be in London, Blow Ltd in Covent Garden stocks a range of Anastasia products if you want to test them out in the flesh.

Has anyone else tried this? Did you need to give it a second chance too?

Anastasia Brow Wiz is available at Cult Beauty and Blow Ltd for £15.50

Mini US Beauty Haul

11 February 2015

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It’s always useful having a friend who regularly visits the US of A, mainly because of the stuff that we can’t get our greedy little hands on in the UK. So when my good friend went home to San Diego for Christmas I armed her with a small list and told her under no circumstances was she to come back without my products ;) I exercised a decent amount of self restraint and chose only three products – I hope you’re as excited as I am (actually I did want the Lorac palette too but it seemed to be impossible to get hold of – even her local Nordstrom stores have stopped stocking it. One day it will be mine).

Elizabeth & James Eau de Parfum Nirvana Black
I read the reviews and decided I needed this. My friend and I were live texting while she was at the Sephora in her local mall and sadly the rollerball twin pack that comes with both the white and black versions was sold out so I took the plunge with the black. And golly am I pleased with myself. It’s dark, sexy, mysterious, spicy and would pass as unisex – right up my street. This doesn’t even ship from Sephora to the UK so if you’re unable to get your hands on it, apparently Tom Ford Black Orchid is exactly the same. My fiancé did actually comment on how it reminded him of Tom Ford so it seems that for once, he was onto something.

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer Ivory (6)
I’ve heard talk of MUFE arriving to the UK in the next couple of months but I couldn’t be bothered waiting. I’m having a bit of a concealer moment and am forever on the lookout for something that will shield the unsuspecting public from my relentless dark circles. I’ve had a quick go with this on my hand, and my god is the coverage is intense.

Sephora Matte Lip Cream Always Red
Another hyped up product that I just had to try. I tried it for the first time for the purposes of this post (photo above) and it’s actually better than I expected. If you thought the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks were good, this trumps it hard. It’s super matte, absolutely not drying and actually makes my lips look less ‘line-y’. It also smells EXACTLY like the Stila Stay All Day liquid lipsticks (I reviewed the shade Patina here) A beautiful, true red that will look stunning on the very pale to the very darkest of skintones. I’m heading to Paris in a few weeks and the other colours of these are on the top of my list.

Has anyone else got any of these? I’ll be raiding Sephora in Paris so if anyone has any recommendations please give me a shout!

Review: L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-Fatigue Perk Up Cream

9 February 2015

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More often than not, I don’t have time to faff around with trowelling on foundation in the mornings so I’m always on the lookout for a quick-fix option. If you ever read my review on the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, you’ll know how much I love it, so I thought I’d try the L’Oreal version of a very similar product.

I’ll cut to the chase – it is extremely similar to the Garnier one but with one main difference. Whereas the Garnier cream has a yellow tone to it (which I like), the L’Oreal one is a lot more neutral/beige in colour. This will get a big ‘huzzah’ from a lot of women because the yellow thing just didn’t go down well with a lot of people. They both come out as thick-ish cream with tiny balls of pigment which burst when rubbed into the skin (this sentence makes me feel ill).

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-Fatigue Perk Up Cream looks and feels great on my skin. It give a little bit of coverage, makes my dark circles a bit less intense, evens out my skintone (making it less yellow) and gives my skin a healthy glow. I usually finish off my base with some under-eye concealer and the effects hang around for the whole day. I will say that I end up with a few rogue balls that get caught in my eyebrows so I sometimes have to comb those out but apart from that, it is a doddle to slap on. In my ‘full face’ photo, I have just this cream on and concealer under my eyes as my base – there is absolutely no foundation.

Again, like Garnier’s Miracle Skin Cream, L’Oreal Perk Up Cream comes with SPF 20 which I feel is enough for me, especially in the winter. I had a workout in the strangely hot sun yesterday after using Alpha-H Liquid Gold the night before for the first time – I did have fears that my face, that was in direct sunlight for an hour, would be burnt off, but I had the Perk Up Cream on which seems to have provided enough protection.

If you like the effects of the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream but find the colour a bit off, I’d really recommend L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-Fatigue Perk Up Cream. It does indeed perk up the skin and if you have decent skin already, you’ll probably be happy to leave the house with this as your base.

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Anti-Fatigue Perk Up Cream is on offer at the moment in Boots, available for the bargainous price of £7.99.

FOTD: Matte Neutral Eyes & Glowing Skin

2 February 2015

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COMPLEXION
Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer
L’Oreal True Match Foundation Golden Cappucino
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25
Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer

EYES
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Foxy, WOS, Naked 2 & Faint
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil Brown Copper
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black (review here)
Maybelline Big Eyes Liner Black & Nude
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Black

EYEBROWS
Topshop Brow Pencil Spike Brown (review here)
2 True Mascara Clear

LIPS
Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil Nude Perfection (review here)

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