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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: 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: 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: Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush

7 December 2014

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If you read my eyeliner post a few months ago, you’ll know I swear by this winning duo. However, my liner life of late has been turned upside down with this purchase – the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush. Take a look. You might be thinking ‘Er…I think it’s broken, you blind old bat’ but its bent shape makes it unlike anything else I’ve ever used.

Getting a thin line close to my lash line has always been impossible. You know that eyeliner meme with the eyes not matching? That is literally my life. Doing my left eye is always a traumatic experience and I usually have to set aside 10 minutes of my makeup routine if I dare decide to wear winged liner.

I’d heard that using a bent eyeliner brush makes the winged liner process a bit less time-greedy and allows you to get a better view of what’s going on. Needless to say I was keen to get my hands on one. A few brands do a similar brush (Smashbox, Elf and Coastal Scents to name a few) but for me, Laura Mercier is the easiest brand to get hold of in real life…but also the most expensive. It did take me several attempts to get hold of this brush as most places were sold out but I finally tracked it down in Space NK in Battersea – it was the last one in the store so there seems to be some kind of national shortage. Or you could just cut to the chase and get it online – you won’t be disappointed.

The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush is made from synthetic fibres so it’s perfect for gel liners. I’m still using the Maybelline one (review here) every day and they are a match made in winged liner heaven. The handle is quite short too which you might feel will give you better control. I love that the tip is super fine and if you apply more pressure, you get a thicker line – ideal for creating the perfect outer flick. The bend in the brush somehow just works – I can’t explain it but it makes it impossible to mess up your eye look.

I’m LOVING life with this brush and get my eyeliner perfect in less than a minute. If you’ve ever struggled with eyeliner, I URGE you to pick this up. It will truly make the process a little less frustrating.

The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush is available at Space NK, Selfridges and other Laura Mercier stockists and costs £16.

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