Monday, September 15, 2014

Beauty Product Empties!

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Over the past couple of weeks I seem to have used up quite a few beauty bits which I thought I'd share with you. I love reading 'empties' posts as you get more of a full review as the person has used up the whole product, rather than just reading about somebody's first impressions. I'll get started with some body products..
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I finally finished up the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash (£6.50). I've had this since Christmas when I bought their big set of gifts (they bring one out every year) and although I loved the scent to start off with, because it's such a big bottle and took ages to use - near the end I did get a little sick of it. However, I did find the handy pump really useful in the shower, and I would definitely buy a S&G body wash again (they're one of my faves). I also used up another one of my Tanatomicals Instant Spray Tan in a Can (£6.99). I've talked about this before and it's my absolute favourite fake tan. It's a spray (obviously) which you don't really have to rub or blend in, so it dispenses a nice even application which isn't patchy - and so easy to apply! The colour is also more of a reddish tan which I think looks so much more natural, and actually looks like I've just been on holiday. It also doesn't go patchy when it fades and it lasts around 4-5 days looking strong. The only downfall with this one is that you only really get 2-3 full body applications per can, so this stuff does run out quite quickly (here's a picture of me wearing it).
The final body product is the Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower Gel (£2.29). These things smell AMAZING and they're so cheap! I've also used up a Lime one which was equally as delicious-smelling. These will always have a place in my bathroom, that's for sure!
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Now onto a couple of facial skincare products. I received a sample of the Urban Veda Daily Purifying Facial Wash (£7.99) in a beauty box and used was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I do have blemish-prone skin but my skin can be very dry, and so those blemishes are sometimes hard to treat. This product didn't dry out my skin too much (although be careful if you do have sensitive skin) and it kept my blemishes at bay. It also smelt lovely, and I would purchase the full size of this if my skin was playing up again. The Nip & Fab Anti-Blemish Gel (£9.95) is something that I rarely used but when I had that pesky spot which just wouldn't budge, I always cracked this out to work its wonders. I always find it hard to tell if an anti-spot product really works, or whether it goes away by itself, but I was always pleased with the results and carried on using this - so it must have done something?
The last product is an all time favourite and something I'm sure a lot of people have tried already - Blistex Intensive Moisturiser (£2.63). This is one of the only products that leave my lips feeling hydrated all day and when they're looking really bad (dry, flakey etc) this stuff is amazing! Buy some!
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Finally, I have a couple of products for the eyes which I have used up. I'll start with the two mascaras - Rimmel's Lash Accelerator Endless (£7.99) & Avon's Supershock Max (£10.00), both of which I love and which are repurchases. The Lash Accelerator Endless is more for lengthening and definition, and it has quite a thin brush which is really effective for doing so (especially lengthening). The Avon one on the other hand is the opposite and is amazing at building volume (and has a wand similiar to the Maxfactor False Lash Effect). Both brilliant mascaras, it just depends on the qualities you're looking for.
One of my favourite eyeliners which sadly ran out was the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (£14.00). If you like your eyeliner quite thin this is perfect for you. Even though you can build it up for a thicker look, the thin tip on this just makes winged eyeliner so easy and the colour is intense black. If you have watery eyes this is something in particular that you might like to try out, as it really does last all day.
The very last product is the MUA Eye Primer (£2.50). Athough MUA have no changed the packaging (and the name slightly) this is the most affordable eye primer on the highstreet which is accessible and WORKS. I definitely won't be paying big bucks for more expensive ones again.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Maybelline Intense Velvet Lip Pencils

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Alas, another lip product post. What can I say, I'm just obsessed at the moment and every new product I see I just can't stop thinking about - sad, I know. I actually went to check out the new Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Elixr's but wasn't actually thrilled at any of the shades, which is when I saw this babies (which I haven't seen that much hype about)? They have a pretty good colour range (although the Superdrug I was at didn't have any testers so I had to take a lucky dip), and they retail at just £4.99 which I thought was fantastic compared to some of the other highstreet brands...
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The first shade I picked up was 150 Fuchsia Desire (above), which caught my eye immediately. It's a gorgeous deep fuchsia, which is bright and powerful on the lips. The second, 420 In With Coral is also bright (a little brighter than it's showing up below), and is basically the shade of Costa Chic by Mac but without the frost finish - also a gorgeous shade.
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What I love about these lip pencils, is that they are so incredibly creamy. As a dry-lipped lady (uh huh, sexy) I'm always conscious about buying products like this as many I have tried just dry out the lips and make them look uneven and very unflattering. These are COMPLETELY different, and the chunky pencil shape just makes the application of them so easy (and it would be a great product to take for on-the-go touch ups). They last for a good couple of hours on the lips before they need a touch-up, and my lips don't feel uncomfortable because of the matte finish. 

Have you picked up any of these? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

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Another lip product to take bloggers by storm recently have been the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains (£7.99). There's just something about the packaging that drew me in and after many trips to Boots consisting of me hesitating to pick any up, I ended up buying Parisian Passion & London Posh.
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I've heard so many mixed reviews on these that I think it's just something I had to try for myself to make a decision. I picked up one neutral everyday colour and one bright/bold colour, as I heard the consistency is a little different between some of the shades (mine alike). Above I am wearing Parisian Passion, a gorgeous deep berry/purple shade which I know I'm going to adore during the winter months. The consistency of this one is much like a thick lipgloss, but it's not sticky or uncomfortable to wear whatsoever. It glides on fairly smoothly, and I think it needs a good two coats to look perfect (above I only applied one). This is definitely my favourite out of the two.
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The second shade - London Posh, is a lot different. I love the colour (although it is a little more shimmery than I would normally go for) as it's a warm nude and reminds me a lot of my favourite Mac Lipstick 'Shy Girl'. The consistency is also thick, but quite patchy and I find I have to rub it into my lips using my finger otherwise it doesn't look great. I've heard a few people say that the lighter shades are quite patchy on application, but if you have found this try warming it up with your finger as mentioned, and I found that I can wear it easily this way.

I think I would pick a couple more of these up (as they are currently on 3 for 2 in Boots) but I might stick with the brigher shades as these seem to be better consistency wise - although the pink/nude shade is tempting. I also found the darker shade to be more of a stain, whereas London Posh was just really a liquid lipstick. What do you think of these moisture stains? Yay.. or nay?