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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo
Maybelline Color Tattoo
Maybelline Color Tattoo
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Shadow in 'On and On Bronze' (£4.99)
So once again I've been slow and totally missed out on the 'next big thing' as it was happening! Instead I'm here writing a review nearly a year later than everyone else which seems totally pointless, but you know what? I'm gonna go ahead and do it anyway.

I chose On and On Bronze because I'm a fan of inoffensive neutrals all the way and some of the other available colours were - I'll say it - almost frighteningly bright. It's a gorgeous shimmery bronze which flatters most skin tones and blends really well on your eyelid as long as you move fast. It builds up well too, making it perfect for either a day or a night look depending on how much you shovel on.

So far the colour and texture are ticking all the boxes. The pot is also absolutely filled with product so you know it won't be running out anytime soon. But staying power? Let's just say I took the swatch photo yesterday, have showered and scrubbed my arm twice since and there's still a faint brown splodge left to see. However one quick swipe of makeup remover and it magically disappears! I really wish Maybelline had created a more wearable selection of colours in this range because you can bet I'd be the first person to head out and hoard them all!
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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

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revlon lip butter strawberry shortcake
Revlon Lip Butter in 'Strawberry Shortcake' (£7.99)
So another review of one of these lip butters can't hurt, can it? I must admit I wasn't desperate to buy one of these when all the hype came around because to me they always seemed like an overpriced tinted lip balm, but I popped into Boots the other day and these were on offer for £5 each so I picked up one of the lighter shades, Strawberry Shortcake, to finally see what all the fuss was about. I was very pleasantly surprised!

They are, in essence, still an overpriced tinted lip balm. But it's so much easier (and cleaner) having something in lipstick form rather than a pot. There's also a huge selection of colours while most tinted lip balms always end up being the same shade of dark, rosy pink. They have the same staying power - so not very long at all - but also the same nourishing, light texture and much more intense colour. The colour does build up really well very quickly, which I also wasn't expecting.

They're perfect for someone like me: dry lips, afraid of bold colour on an average day but still wanting something on the lips to 'finish' the look. I'm definitely going to try out some other colours next time I'm in Boots because I think my lipstick collection has enough baby pink in it for now!

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Benefit BADgal Lash vs. They're Real Mascara

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BADgal lash
benefit badgal lash they're real mascara
They're Real

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benefit badgal lash they're real mascara
BADgal lash (left) and They're Real (right)
Having received both of these mascaras for Christmas and what with both being extremely popular after their release, I thought it'd be interesting to make a little side-by-side of these Benefit bestsellers and see which one is worth the money. Overall? There's really not too much visible difference. BADgal retails at £16.50 while They're Real is a couple quid extra at £18.50. Again, not much difference.

Each mascara formulation and brush has its own pros and cons. BADgal lash has a brush which is softer and less prone to clumping, making application easier and quicker. It covers your lashes from root to tip, unlike They're Real, and it leaves your lashes looking thick but not too intense. Unfortunately BADgal doesn't have great staying power and can begin to crumble off after long wear.

They're Real, on the other hand, has incredible staying power but then this means it's also incredibly hard to take off. It requires a good long soak in eye makeup remover, and even then it's not completely off. It has a really intense black pigment and a wetter formula, meaning it's prone to marking your eyelid if you don't wait long enough before looking up. The brush also causes clumps quite easily but then it can also create amazingly thick lashes. The little orb at the end of the wand is also useful for the lower lashes.

So overall it seems like BADgal is best for daytime while They're Real can be saved for nights out thanks to its longevity and thick, intense appearance. I can't say which one I prefer, but I do know the  BADgal brush is the easiest I've ever used!

Have you tried these mascaras? Do you prefer one to the other?


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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Essie's Where's My Chauffeur

Essie 'Where's My Chauffeur'

Okay, okay, this is my last nail polish post in a while, I promise! I received this beauty for free with an order I recently placed from lookfantastic. 'Where's My Chauffeur' is part of Essie's Winter 2012 collection and as you can see it's a pretty bold shade. It's a bright turquoise which is heavy on the blue, meaning I'd call this more of a spring shade than a winter one. It looks great with an all black outfit but it's quite garish with anything else.

The application was smooth and easy even with their old-style, thin brush. It was quick drying and like most other Essie nail polish it's very chip resistant when I apply OPI's Rapidry top coat on top.
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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette size
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette swatches
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette swatches


Compared to the other Urban Decay Naked palette's, this one has been drastically under hyped. Perhaps this is because there are no shimmer shades or it simply isn't large enough to justify the hype - however I think this is a great little palette. No matter what age, what skin tone or what experience you have with makeup, this is going to be perfect for you for an 'everyday' face. The packaging is also MUCH more convenient than the bulky Naked palettes before it. It's literally half the size of my (well used) Naked 2 palette and perfect for an overnight stay or travelling.

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Moroccanoil vs. Argan Oil

Moroccanoil Treatment 100ml (£30.45)
Argan Oil Hair Treatment 100ml (£13)
Moroccanoil (left) and Argan Oil (right)
I finally jumped onto the Moroccanoil bandwagon. Everyone couldn't stop saying how fantastic, great and amazing it was so I gave in and spent the £30 on a hair oil. My purse is crying right now. However I already owned a little hair oil bought from Boots over a year ago which I'd depended on ever since. Not taking it to university was one of the biggest mistakes I've made! Not only does it de-frizz and smooth hair but it also reduces drying time dramatically (how does it do that?!).

So I thought it would be interesting to see how these two compare. Granted, Moroccanoil only came in the post this morning but I am already impressed. The texture is much lighter and the smell is gorgeous. The packaging is also much more sturdy and I won't be scared of it leaking if I take it with me anywhere because it has a twist-close pump, unlike the Argan Oil. However aside from the smell, texture and packaging, the overall effect is still the same. Both dramatically smooth and soften hair and make it much more manageable and healthy looking.

I'm yet to see the long term effects of the Moroccanoil, but overall I definitely prefer it. I can't justify its price though when there are other hair oils on the market for less than half the price which do nearly the same job. If you're on a budget I highly recommend the Argan Oil and if not I'd say splash out on the Moroccanoil instead. I don't know how I coped before hair oils because they really do make such a difference. Are there any others I should try or do you think they all have roughly the same effect?




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Monday, 7 January 2013

Essie's Muchi Muchi

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Essie Muchi Muchi

I really love this colour and I really love Essie nail polish - so it is such a shame for me to have to say how awful Muchi Muchi was to apply! In the photo I'm wearing FIVE coats and you can still see nail underneath! So many layers means it takes such a long time to dry and is very gloopy. Even while typing this blog post,my fingers are hitting the edges of the keyboard keys and getting little dents in the polish. 

I think this is a colour I'll save for when I have hours to apply the polish in lots and lots of very thin coats. On the plus side it makes my hand look tanned, which is a very mean feat with my ghostly fingers.

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No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream

No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream
No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream
No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream

I've always had a sore relationship with moisturisers because my skin is not the simplest combination around. I constantly battle between skincare for oily, combination and dry skin, trying to perfect the balance. Putting moisturiser on oily skin always feels backwards to me but I've been told again and again that it's 'absolutely necessary'!

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Friday, 4 January 2013

MAC Cream Colour Base


I bought MAC's Cream Colour Base in Pearl a long while ago but I still put it to good use, which shows how popular this little highlighter is with me. I used to use Benefit's High Beam but eventually gave up after I found it too difficult to rub and blend in over foundation. This, on the other hand, has a more creamy and less liquidy texture, making it far easier to apply and blend.
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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo
Maybelline Color Tattoo
Maybelline Color Tattoo
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24h Cream Gel Shadow in 'On and On Bronze' (£4.99)
So once again I've been slow and totally missed out on the 'next big thing' as it was happening! Instead I'm here writing a review nearly a year later than everyone else which seems totally pointless, but you know what? I'm gonna go ahead and do it anyway.

I chose On and On Bronze because I'm a fan of inoffensive neutrals all the way and some of the other available colours were - I'll say it - almost frighteningly bright. It's a gorgeous shimmery bronze which flatters most skin tones and blends really well on your eyelid as long as you move fast. It builds up well too, making it perfect for either a day or a night look depending on how much you shovel on.

So far the colour and texture are ticking all the boxes. The pot is also absolutely filled with product so you know it won't be running out anytime soon. But staying power? Let's just say I took the swatch photo yesterday, have showered and scrubbed my arm twice since and there's still a faint brown splodge left to see. However one quick swipe of makeup remover and it magically disappears! I really wish Maybelline had created a more wearable selection of colours in this range because you can bet I'd be the first person to head out and hoard them all!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

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revlon lip butter strawberry shortcake
Revlon Lip Butter in 'Strawberry Shortcake' (£7.99)
So another review of one of these lip butters can't hurt, can it? I must admit I wasn't desperate to buy one of these when all the hype came around because to me they always seemed like an overpriced tinted lip balm, but I popped into Boots the other day and these were on offer for £5 each so I picked up one of the lighter shades, Strawberry Shortcake, to finally see what all the fuss was about. I was very pleasantly surprised!

They are, in essence, still an overpriced tinted lip balm. But it's so much easier (and cleaner) having something in lipstick form rather than a pot. There's also a huge selection of colours while most tinted lip balms always end up being the same shade of dark, rosy pink. They have the same staying power - so not very long at all - but also the same nourishing, light texture and much more intense colour. The colour does build up really well very quickly, which I also wasn't expecting.

They're perfect for someone like me: dry lips, afraid of bold colour on an average day but still wanting something on the lips to 'finish' the look. I'm definitely going to try out some other colours next time I'm in Boots because I think my lipstick collection has enough baby pink in it for now!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Benefit BADgal Lash vs. They're Real Mascara

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benefit badgal lash they're real mascara
BADgal lash
benefit badgal lash they're real mascara
They're Real

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benefit badgal lash they're real mascara
BADgal lash (left) and They're Real (right)
Having received both of these mascaras for Christmas and what with both being extremely popular after their release, I thought it'd be interesting to make a little side-by-side of these Benefit bestsellers and see which one is worth the money. Overall? There's really not too much visible difference. BADgal retails at £16.50 while They're Real is a couple quid extra at £18.50. Again, not much difference.

Each mascara formulation and brush has its own pros and cons. BADgal lash has a brush which is softer and less prone to clumping, making application easier and quicker. It covers your lashes from root to tip, unlike They're Real, and it leaves your lashes looking thick but not too intense. Unfortunately BADgal doesn't have great staying power and can begin to crumble off after long wear.

They're Real, on the other hand, has incredible staying power but then this means it's also incredibly hard to take off. It requires a good long soak in eye makeup remover, and even then it's not completely off. It has a really intense black pigment and a wetter formula, meaning it's prone to marking your eyelid if you don't wait long enough before looking up. The brush also causes clumps quite easily but then it can also create amazingly thick lashes. The little orb at the end of the wand is also useful for the lower lashes.

So overall it seems like BADgal is best for daytime while They're Real can be saved for nights out thanks to its longevity and thick, intense appearance. I can't say which one I prefer, but I do know the  BADgal brush is the easiest I've ever used!

Have you tried these mascaras? Do you prefer one to the other?


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Essie's Where's My Chauffeur

Essie 'Where's My Chauffeur'

Okay, okay, this is my last nail polish post in a while, I promise! I received this beauty for free with an order I recently placed from lookfantastic. 'Where's My Chauffeur' is part of Essie's Winter 2012 collection and as you can see it's a pretty bold shade. It's a bright turquoise which is heavy on the blue, meaning I'd call this more of a spring shade than a winter one. It looks great with an all black outfit but it's quite garish with anything else.

The application was smooth and easy even with their old-style, thin brush. It was quick drying and like most other Essie nail polish it's very chip resistant when I apply OPI's Rapidry top coat on top.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette size
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette swatches
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette swatches


Compared to the other Urban Decay Naked palette's, this one has been drastically under hyped. Perhaps this is because there are no shimmer shades or it simply isn't large enough to justify the hype - however I think this is a great little palette. No matter what age, what skin tone or what experience you have with makeup, this is going to be perfect for you for an 'everyday' face. The packaging is also MUCH more convenient than the bulky Naked palettes before it. It's literally half the size of my (well used) Naked 2 palette and perfect for an overnight stay or travelling.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Moroccanoil vs. Argan Oil

Moroccanoil Treatment 100ml (£30.45)
Argan Oil Hair Treatment 100ml (£13)
Moroccanoil (left) and Argan Oil (right)
I finally jumped onto the Moroccanoil bandwagon. Everyone couldn't stop saying how fantastic, great and amazing it was so I gave in and spent the £30 on a hair oil. My purse is crying right now. However I already owned a little hair oil bought from Boots over a year ago which I'd depended on ever since. Not taking it to university was one of the biggest mistakes I've made! Not only does it de-frizz and smooth hair but it also reduces drying time dramatically (how does it do that?!).

So I thought it would be interesting to see how these two compare. Granted, Moroccanoil only came in the post this morning but I am already impressed. The texture is much lighter and the smell is gorgeous. The packaging is also much more sturdy and I won't be scared of it leaking if I take it with me anywhere because it has a twist-close pump, unlike the Argan Oil. However aside from the smell, texture and packaging, the overall effect is still the same. Both dramatically smooth and soften hair and make it much more manageable and healthy looking.

I'm yet to see the long term effects of the Moroccanoil, but overall I definitely prefer it. I can't justify its price though when there are other hair oils on the market for less than half the price which do nearly the same job. If you're on a budget I highly recommend the Argan Oil and if not I'd say splash out on the Moroccanoil instead. I don't know how I coped before hair oils because they really do make such a difference. Are there any others I should try or do you think they all have roughly the same effect?




Monday, 7 January 2013

Essie's Muchi Muchi

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Essie Muchi Muchi

I really love this colour and I really love Essie nail polish - so it is such a shame for me to have to say how awful Muchi Muchi was to apply! In the photo I'm wearing FIVE coats and you can still see nail underneath! So many layers means it takes such a long time to dry and is very gloopy. Even while typing this blog post,my fingers are hitting the edges of the keyboard keys and getting little dents in the polish. 

I think this is a colour I'll save for when I have hours to apply the polish in lots and lots of very thin coats. On the plus side it makes my hand look tanned, which is a very mean feat with my ghostly fingers.

No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream

No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream
No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream
No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream and Night Cream

I've always had a sore relationship with moisturisers because my skin is not the simplest combination around. I constantly battle between skincare for oily, combination and dry skin, trying to perfect the balance. Putting moisturiser on oily skin always feels backwards to me but I've been told again and again that it's 'absolutely necessary'!

Friday, 4 January 2013

MAC Cream Colour Base


I bought MAC's Cream Colour Base in Pearl a long while ago but I still put it to good use, which shows how popular this little highlighter is with me. I used to use Benefit's High Beam but eventually gave up after I found it too difficult to rub and blend in over foundation. This, on the other hand, has a more creamy and less liquidy texture, making it far easier to apply and blend.
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