Monthly Archives: April 2016

Review: The Makeup Eraser

28 April 2016

eraser 2eraser 3eraserHola chappies! Does anyone else get sucked in by that shelf in Boots displaying the ‘new in’ products? Well, a few weeks ago I was languishing in the snail-pace queue of probably one of the very worst branches of Boots in London and noticed the infamous Makeup Eraser. For those of you unfamiliar with matters of overpriced pink cloths, the Makeup Eraser claims to remove all your makeup with just water. No cleanser, no oil, nada. Needless to say I was sceptical but I’ll give anything a try if it means simplifying my nightly routine.

On first impressions, the Makeup Eraser is very soft and fleecy. There doesn’t appear to be any magical properties to it, but you do have to wash it before first use (I ignored this instruction at first but got a lot of lint in my eyes, causing temporary blindness so I wouldn’t recommend skipping this step). Now, on a regular day I wear some kind of base product, concealer, brow pomade, eyehsadow, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara (non-waterproof) and lipstick – which is what I have on in the ‘before’ photo. So, as per the instructions, I soaked the Makeup Eraser with warm water and proceeded to wipe the makeup off my face. This is where the disappointment began.

The Makeup Eraser doesn’t seem to get fully wet, if you know what I mean? It almost feels like it’s coated in some kind of teflon or water repellent. It does eventually get wet but not soaked like a flannel would. Anyway, I carried on wiping my face and the base makeup came off easily enough, but the cloth REALLY struggled with my eye makeup. I had to really rub hard to get anything removed, thus tugging my skin. Things weren’t helped by the weird dry-but-wet texture of the cloth so it didn’t really glide. The makeup removal process was already taking way longer than I’d have liked so I called it a day. You can see from the’after’ photo that there’s still a copious amount of eyeliner around. In fairness, it removed my mascara pretty well so I’ll give it that.

Another issue I had was that I found the Makeup Eraser too soft. Personally I like the gentle abrasiveness of a cotton flannel to help my face feel really clean. My face just felt a bit grubby after using this, sadly. But, if you have sensitive skin you might like the softness.

The Makeup Eraser does wash extremely well, and you don’t get left with those murky stains that flannels get permanently riddled with. But, at £16.50, I was hoping for more than just an easy-to-clean cloth. It has since been relegated to my pile of flannels and I occasionally use it with a cleanser, but to be honest I almost always reach for a humble Asda flannel.

Apologies for being a Debbie Downer with this one, but do let me know if you like it or I’m just using it completely wrong. Surely I am?!

The Makeup Eraser is available at Boots and costs £16.50.

Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

27 April 2016

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Hello, friends! If you’re not sick of BB creams yet, then keep reading. This post might be especially helpful for those of you who struggle with finding a decent shade match when it comes to BB creams. Because, let’s face it – generally if you don’t fall in either a light or medium light category then BB creams are off limits. Enter Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, which comes in an impressive 8 shades so you’re much more likely to find a shade that doesn’t make you look like some weird waxwork figure. I opted for Medium/Dark which is a really good match for my NC42 skin.

It comes in a squeezy tube, and the formula is quite thick and smooth. I find that it works best on lightly moisturised skin and worked in with the fingers. I’d say the coverage is light and can be built up to medium – enough to even out my skin, partially conceal the darkness around my eyes, hide the fine lines on my forehead and generally make me look like I’ve caught a bit of healthy sunshine. It also keeps my skin feeling quite moist during the day which is quite the feat – most base products really dry out my skin. It’s probably worth noting if you have oily skin as you might find this a touch shiny as the day goes on.

As far as BB creams go, the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is one of the best I’ve tried, but then again I haven’t tried a great many due to the shade selections generally available. I’d be interested to know what others think of this as I hardly ever hear anyone talking about it.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream is available online and at Smashbox counters and costs £27.

March 2016 Favourites

11 April 2016

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Another month, another favourites post. This month has been pretty minimal in terms of makeup (again!) but I’ve been getting into BB creams more, thanks to the EXCELLENT moisturiser I’ve been using to get my dry skin to act like normal skin. So without further ado, let’s get a-cracking.

A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream 200ml, £10.50
This emollient cream is what dreams are made of if you suffer from dry, flaky skin (I don’t have sensitive skin but this is aimed at very sensitive, sore skin). My skin had been so dry this past winter, to the point where I couldn’t wear any foundation or BB creams without it going all rough and flaky on my forehead and cheeks. I had a sample of the A-Derma Exomega emollient which had been in my drawer for a couple of years and I took it on a weekend away, and as soon as I came back I had to order it in this monster size. It is literally the only cream that genuinely hydrates my skin for a full 24 hours, and it’s amazing on my lizard skin legs too (it can be used for face and body). E45 has nothing on this stuff, and I can see this being a forever repurchase. Definite holy grail status!

Origins Ginger Essence Sensuous Skin Scent 50ml, £32.50
If anyone has ever tried the Origins Ginger range (not to be confused with GinZing), you’ll understand just how intoxicating and addictive the scent is. I had the Ginger Rush body moisturiser already but I’d always be sad when the scent wore off. I recently discovered it’s available as a perfume, and I was straight down to John Lewis to brandish my credit card about. I’ve worn this every single day and can’t get enough. It’s gingery, fresh, zingy…just go and give it a whiff. It’s THE perfect spring/summer daytime scent. Granted, the scent doesn’t last super long on me, but I love this enough to keep it in my handbag for top-ups throughout the day.

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, £19
A new release from Smashbox and definitely not as gimmicky as you might first think. This silicon-based clear gel turns any lipstick (from a bullet, not so much liquids or glosses) into a matte formula – amazing. You simply apply your lipstick, then rub a little bit of this on top and you get an instant matte effect (as the name would suggest). You don’t get that dry matte feeling as your lipstick remains a creamy texture so it stays super comfortable. Look out for a review on this soon.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Medium/Dark, £27
It has been quite a month for Smashbox and I. Normally I don’t get on that well with BB creams as I find them quite drying. The Camera Ready BB Cream from Smashbox gives a more dewy finish which I love, and comes in a decent range of colours. The shade Medium/Dark matches my NC42 skin perfectly and it’s really easy to use. I usually just slap it on with my fingers and I’m good to go. I tend to pop on a bit of concealer under my eyes but I reckon I could get away with just this.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick Shade 11, £1
I am gobsmacked that this lipstick costs just one English pound! One! It’s creamy, pigmented (more so than a lot of MAC lipsticks) and it’s a great pinky nude for darker skintones (which are notoriously hard to find on the high street). I love this by itself or with the Smashbox Insta-Matte too for a different effect.

Have you tried any of these products? I feel like this month’s favourites are all unsung and underrated?!

Review: Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner

4 April 2016

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My relationship with eyeliner is quite complicated. On the one hand, I’m quite the fusspot when it comes to what I like but on the other, I will try anything once. I’m yet to find THE one and after trying the Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner, I am sadly no closer.

Frustratingly, there are many, many things that this eyeliner does right (for my preferences anyway). It’s one of those very thin brushes as oppose to a nib so you get fully flexible movement. Also, you can get a very fine flick close to the lashline which sometimes I find trickier with a pen eyeliner. The formula is very wet and glides on beautifully (much like the infamous Rimmel Glam’Eyes one, but slightly thicker) which I personally like as it gives you the kind of intensity that pens and gels can struggle with. It takes a few minutes to dry fully and this is where you need to be careful – one false movement and you are guaranteed with eyeliner on your upper eyelid. It dries to an almost matte finish which I love – it isn’t glossy but it isn’t as flat as the Rimmel one. The product also claims 48 hours of waterproof wear, which I honestly have to agree with. Once it’s on, it doesn’t budge until you remove it with an oil-based cleanser. I have gone to bed with this stuff on, woken up and not had to touch it up – it’s that good.

My issue with the Tattoo Me Eyeliner is the formula of the liquid while I work with it. It’s pretty gloopy, to be point that I had to wipe off the gooey strands (ew) before I get anywhere near my eyes. That I can deal with but the gloopiness means I always get this all over the tips of my lashes and it dries solid. Even if I frantically try to wipe it off my lashes, it acts almost as like a glue and fuses them together. I suspect it’s because of this glue-like formula that makes it so long wearing. Nonetheless, it’s annoying enough to make me reluctant to use it on a daily basis.

As you can tell I’m very much in two minds with the Seventeen Tattoo Me eyeliner. At the end of the day, a £4.99 eyeliner probably won’t be the best in the world but this comes SO close which is what’s so frustrating. Obviously this style of eyeliner isn’t for everyone and can be difficult to work with but if you do like wet, brush-on eyeliners, I’d definitely give this a go – who knows your application angle might be better than mine!

Seventeen Tattoo Me Eyeliner is available at Boots and costs £4.99.

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