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Review: Irresistible Me Silky Touch Hair Extensions

17 October 2016

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As some of you may be aware, I’m having a bit of a hair moment (which explains my recent high end hair products splurge). Does this happen to anyone else? Sometimes I’m obsessed with makeup, sometimes it’s clothes, sometimes skincare, but for now it’s been hair.

Anyway, for the last ten years or so I’ve dabbled in hair extensions. I’ve had sewn-in weaves before, as well as countless amounts of clip-ins. While I do love the way a weave makes you feel super glamorous and put-together even when you’ve just rolled out of bed, I do hate the high maintenance aspect of it. And when you’re lazy like me, that is a one-way road to greasy, matted roots. And that’s why clip-ins are so great – you get a similar effect but at the end of the night, you can take them out and carry on with your regular hair care routine.

I recently tried out the Silky Touch clip-ins from Irresistible Me*. They’re made from 100% remy human hair, and I chose mine in Natural Black in the 22″ length. If you’re like me and usually buy your hair from an actual store, you might be a bit concerned about the colour and texture match, which is why I loved the little test section of hair that is included in the box, which lets you try it against your own hair without opening the main pack. I must say, the colour was an absolutely perfect match for me, and the texture wasn’t too dissimilar to my own. My hair is very thick so sometimes I find some brands too fine for me – but these I can definitely work with. The ends are nicely tapered too so an even more natural effect. Even more handily, the hair comes in lots of differently-sized pieces – there’s a main 4-clip piece then a selection of 1-clip, 2-clip and 3-clip pieces so you can really customise your look and create the most natural effect.

As you can see, my natural hair isn’t exactly short, but the hair extensions add so much more volume and body, meaning extensions can still be useful if you’re less bothered about length. I think they look pretty natural – my husband commented my hair was looking nice but had no idea I was wearing extensions. I found them pretty comfy to wear all day but one thing I’d suggest is to keep a small paddle brush in your handbag. The ends did get a bit piecey throughout the day, but a quick brush through them every so often sorts them out. I got a little bit of shedding, but definitely no more than normal – I’ve had more expensive brands that have shedded a lot more.

All in all, I love the Irresistible Me hair extensions. And for the price, the quality can’t be faulted. I’d definitely recommend them, especially if you can’t be dealing with the trimming of shop-bought hair and sewing on the clips yourself.

Let me know what you think! Does anyone else ever dabble with hair clip-ins?

*Product sent for review

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.

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.

Review: Canmake Lasting Multi Eye Base

23 March 2016

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I’ve never really gotten into eye primers but recently I’ve been wearing more matte eyeshadows which I feel can be a bit wishy-washy without a decent base underneath. Also, I’m convinced that all the oil has been sucked from my face and migrated to my eyelids – 9 times out of 10, I end up with creasing half way through the day. So, I thought I’d finally give the Canmake Lasting Multi Eye Base a try, which I mentioned in my Hong Kong haul. In case you’re wondering what’s so ‘multi’ about it, it claims to hold eyeshadow in place, as well as eyeliner and eyebrow products. I can’t say I’ve tried it with eyebrow products as I generally use Anastasia DipBrow (review here), and that shizz can survive a nuclear war, with or without a primer.

Firstly, this primer is super thick. As in, you have to give the tube a big ol’ squeeze to get the product out. It comes out as a white paste-like substance and blends quite easily into an invisible finish. It’s very silicon-y and suitably tacky without being overly sticky. Because it’s so thick, less is definitely more otherwise you end up with a bit of an uneven base, and the excess crumbling off into little pieces. I’m also enjoying the tiny tube which takes up minimal space in my ridiculously bulging makeup bag.
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Canmake Lasting Multi Eye Base review
For swatch purposes, I used the Stolen Chocolate eyeshadow from the Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate palette, which is a dark brown matte shade. The texture of this is already quite nice but you can see the colour come alive over the primer. I wouldn’t say the texture changes, but the colour is richer, more vibrant and comes off a bit darker than how it looks in the pan. On the lids, the eyeshadow applies nicely and evenly over the primer – I used the shades One More Piece, Thank Friday and Pleasure Girl whose colour payoffs performed much better over the primer.
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I think where the Canmake eye primer really impressed me is how long it keeps eyeshadow looking flawless. The photo above was taken around 12 hours after application and there is no creasing, and things are looking pretty even – rather impressive I’d say!

The Canmake eye base has made me wonder why I didn’t get into eye primers before – it really is a must for eyeshadow wearers – whether you experience creasing, fading or just want eyeshadow (especially matte colours) to appear more pigmented.

Helpfully, I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for this primer but it was definitely less than the equivalent of £5. If you don’t happen to be travelling to the Far East any time soon, it is available from Amazon here.

Review: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

5 February 2016

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Hello friends, and apologies for the hiatus – I’m just back from my honeymoon (Hong Kong haul coming soon!). That, combined with moving house the very same week I left AND a lack of beauty motivation has resulted in a longer-than-expected break but I’m back now. I’ve not even unpacked all my makeup yet, but it’s a work in progress!

Because I’ve probably only trowelled foundation on my face maybe twice in the past two months, I’ve been reaching for easier, lazy-oaf-friendly options. Enter bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. I know everyone was raving about this last year and but let me say, it’s worth the hype. This is literally all I’ve been wearing for the past few months (obviously clothes too).

Described as a tinted hydrating gel cream, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue pretty much does what it says on the tin. It’s a tinted moisturiser, in a gel formula. The consistency reminds me of MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, but a bit lighter and a lot more hydrating, with less coverage. That being said, it does do a lovely job of evening out the skin and blurring imperfections. It’s packed with moisturising ingredients derived from olives, coconut and a whole load of other juicy-sounding additions. Plus it’s got SPF30, perfect if you’re too lazy to slap on a layer of sun cream every day. Can I just say, this is the first time I’ve come across a base makeup product that feels genuinely moisturising on the skin, which is a godsend if you have dry skin like I do.

Complexion Rescue comes in an impressive 10 shades, which is always helpful. As anyone darker than an olive shade can testify, these BB type products can be extremely hard to track down, so thank you bareMinerals for keeping us in mind (for reference, I use the shade Spice which is a perfect match for me).

If you look at the photos, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue doesn’t completely transform my skin (I’m fortunate enough to have skin that isn’t too problematic) but it does even things out and completely hides the fine lines that are starting to rear on my forehead.

So, to summarise. I bloody love this stuff. It does what it’s supposed to, moisturises, has SPF, comes in a squeezy tube and a decent colour range.

Do you love this magic gel as much as I do?

bareMinerals Complexion rescue is available at Boots for £26.

Review: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

19 November 2015

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Hello all!

As I write, I am in exercise-induced agony. I’ve been trying to tone/reduce my somewhat generous lady lumps and I’m certainly paying the price today. Nonetheless, my fingers are about the only thing that aren’t causing me grief every time they move so the blog must go on.

Anyway, you’re probably as weary as I am from hearing about theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer but I wanted to write a review before we are bombarded with yet another ‘must-have’ highlighter. In the grand scheme of things, I doubt a highlighter is ever a must-have. Obviously if the flat was on fire, I’d go for the cat, husband, photos and ABH DipBrow before saving any kind of highlighter but it wouldn’t be too far behind!

Mary-Lou-Manizer has probably been the most talked about highlighter of recent times, and with good reason. Finely milled, a universally flattering champagne tone, an ethereal glow without the glitter…it’s easy to see why the beauty world has gone bananas over it. Unhelpfully, the only other higher end highlighters I own are in different colours so it’s difficult to deduce whether Mary-Lou is favourable over something like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I would say that compared to Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Mary-Lou Manizer is less finely milled and leans more on the golden side of the the spectrum, but it also packs more of a punch.

I’ve been been opting to use Mary-Lou on the daily for the last few months – on my cheekbones, inner corners and sometimes if I’m feeling especially loose, as an eyeshadow – I generally haven’t looked twice at my Kevyn Aucoin. For a day time look, I sweep a light dusting on my cheek bones with a fan brush, and to ‘dial up the drama’ as they say, for the evening I just pile more on or layer it over a cream highlight. It blends out pretty easily, but because it’s so sheeny, you need to check it is really well blended on the edges.

One word of warning: theBalm suggest using it all over your face as a finishing powder which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for fear of being mistaken for a disco dancer but if that’s your prerogative then who am I to stop you?

Judging by how little product you need, I’m guessing Mary-Lou will last me approximately until the next ice age, so the £17.50 price tag is extremely reasonable.

Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

23 October 2015

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The hunt for the perfect mascara seems to be a never ending saga, so it was only natural I tried mascara of the moment, Maybelline Lash Sensational, which claims to lengthen and volumise lashes from root to tip.

Firstly, the plastic wand is pretty innovative, curved on one side, with the bristles varying in length. The short bristles help you get the tiny inner lashes and the longer ones are robust enough to get to your main lashes. So far so good. The curved wand also helps to give lashes a decent amount of curl – I didn’t curl my lashes in the photos above.

For me, Maybelline Lash Sensational doesn’t quite hit the mark in the volume department. Like, it’s fine but it’s not wow. This is probably due to the lightweight formula, which is pretty comfortable to wear. I just didn’t get that multiplied, layered look they were going on about.

One thing to note: when you remove this from your eyes, it doesn’t do that horrific panda-eye thing, it sort of flakes off – a bit like a tubing mascara – which is always welcome.

I’m not saying Lash Sensational is a bad mascara – it’s actually good, but I was expecting so much more. Nevertheless, I’ve been using it every day for work, but will usually opt for something else for night out.

All in all, a nice enough mascara for everyday use but I like my lashes really OTT so I probably won’t be repurchasing. Saying that, I’ve never really loved any Maybelline mascara so if you are a Maybelline die-hard fan this could very well be for you.

Maybelline Lash Sensational is available at Boots and costs £7.99

Review: Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade

1 October 2015

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If you’re sick to the gills of hearing “brow game strong” and “eyebrows on fleek” then you’re in good company. All I’m here to do is talk about good eyebrows without the infuriating lingo.

I’ve tried more eyebrow products than I care to think about it so naturally I had to try Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Pomade. I’ve had mine for a while but have only recently been using it on a daily basis since I ran out of my Anastasia Brow Wiz (review here) and haven’t gotten round to replacing it.

In case you didn’t know, DipBrow is a waxy pomade in quite a dry and pliable texture. The best way to describe it would be like a chocolate bar that’s been sitting out in the sun, minus the mess. I bought mine along with the Anastasia Mini Duo Brush #7, which has an angled brush on one end and a spooly on the other.

The Anastasia colour ranges are almost too good – I put off buying this as I was unsure which colour would suit me best – it could have been Chocolate, Dark Brown or Ebony. In the end, I tracked down where I could see it in the flesh (Blow Ltd, if you’re in London) and settled on Dark Brown. The colour match is quite frankly, perfect, for my almost-black eyebrows.

A little bit of this stuff goes a very long way – be warned. The easiest way I find to use it is to lightly outline my eyebrows, extending the tail slightly then brushing the product though, from top to bottom. Because it’s got quite a dry texture, your brush doesn’t end up slipping all over the shop when outlining, giving you a decent amount of control. It takes a bit of practice but these days I can do my eyebrows with DipBrow in a couple of minutes.

The stand out feature for me is the longevity. I’ve put this on in the morning, gone to work, then gone out, gone to bed, woken up the next day, haven’t washed my face and gone to work again (don’t judge) and my eyebrows have stayed perfect when the rest of me was a mess. If there was a nuclear blast, all that would be left is cockroaches and eyebrows.

Personally, I absolutely love Anastasia DipBrow but I’m generally an eyebrows kind of person. If you are too, then I would highly recommend you get your little paws on a pot if you want that perfect look you see on Instagram. If you’re not that bothered about eyebrows then I don’t think it’s a necessity – you’d probably be better suited to the equally brilliant but user-friendly Anastasia Brow Wiz (review here).

A few tips should you choose to proceed:

  • DO use the Anastasia #7 or #12 brush. The angled side is VERY thin and relatively stiff, giving you all the control you need
  • DO dust your brows with powder before starting if you’ve got your base on – things will be less slippery
  • DON’T load up your brush with too much product

Anastasia DipBrow is available online at Cult Beauty and in store at Blow Ltd and costs £15.

Review: Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara

7 May 2015

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seventeen falsifeye hd mascara reviewLast year, I was hovering around the Seventeen stand in Boots feeling self conscious about being at least a decade older than the target market when the Falsifeye HD mascara caught my eye. The apparently untouched before and after photos looked unbelievable so naturally in my basket the mascara went.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t bowled over by this mascara when I first used it. It’s got a plastic spiky wand and the forumla is on the drier side, and I felt like it wasn’t doing much for my lashes. At the time, I was drowning in new mascaras so I chucked it to the back of the drawer and didn’t use it for months.

However, recently I was after a natural look so thought I’d use it – I was astounded by the results. I have no idea if the formula changed (it’s by no means a ‘wet’ mascara) or if I was doing something different, but its lengthening and separating powers are amazing. There’s also barely any clumping so it’s great for the lower lashes too. It isn’t the most volumising but it layers well underneath volumising mascaras if that’s the look you’re going for.

If you’re after a budget friendly lengthening mascara, this is a great one to try (pretty sure Wayne Goss is a fan too).

Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara is available at Boots for £6.99.

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