Friday, 30 September 2016

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara in Indecent Black

It's not often that I chop and change up my mascara but I have been doing it a lot lately in order to try out new ones and see whether the drugstore compares to that of the high end. I have a fair few favourite mascaras in my stash such as the too faced better than sex and maybelline lash sensational luscious mascara, but I have recently added another to my ever growing collection, the *Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara. I have been using it on and off for a couple of weeks now so I thought I would share my thoughts with you. 

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara Indecent Black

The Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara is the latest addition to 'The Falsies' range. At first I thought that it was a double ended mascara like the rimmel day 2 night mascara but I was in fact wrong. It is a mascara which is formulated to add some length and curl to the lashes as well as giving an extra boost of volume in order to give you the desired 'false lashes' look. Now that sounds all well and good. I cannot apply false lashes to save my life so I had high hopes for this. 

I have the mascara in Indecent Black, a very bold, glossy black. I love how a black mascara looks on the lashes as opposed to a brown mascara which would look a lot more natural. I love the drama that a black mascara brings to my somewhat stubby lashes. 
 
Within the mascara tube is your average sized plastic mascara wand with spiky cup shaped bristles which is said to help lift and curl the lashes upwards from the roots. The mascara is formulated with a styling wax which helps towards keeping the lashes lifted as well as keeping them in place. It applies wet but dries down to a lovely soft finish without my lashes feeling stiff and flakey which is such a good thing. I also found that the spiky cup shaped bristles make it easier to separate and fan out the lashes too with absolutely no clumping, even after a couple of coats of the mascara.

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara Indecent Black

If you're looking to achieve more of a natural finish rather than a dramatic falsies finish then perhaps this will work for you because it didn't do much in terms of adding volume to my lashes. It unfortunately didn't give me that wow factor that I always look for in a mascara, but it does give an awful lot of length, so it does tick that box. I do find that the length more than makes up for the lack of volume though. It also seemed to lack in respect of holding a curl too, in fact I think my lashes fall quite flat which is disappointing so eyelash curlers are a must.

Although it didn't seem to meet expectations regarding its volume and holding a curl it exceeded with its longevity. After a few hours of wear there was zero smudging, flaking or even smearing and transferring onto the lid. With some mascaras that can be a problem, especially with ones that aren't waterproof so I am impressed with this.

I know that it has a few negatives and positives but I do quite enjoy using this mascara. Lately I have been using it underneath another mascara so my lashes have both volume and length. I have the best of both worlds that way. 

You can purchase the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara in Indecent Black here from Superdrug for £7.99
  
Have you tried the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara?

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Face Oils

My skincare routine consists of two cleansers, a skin treatment for my acne, a moisturiser and most recently face oils. I was actually quite worried about trying face oils beforehand as I thought they would perhaps break me out even more and clog my pores, but that is said to be a myth. For the last couple of months I have been trying out three different face oils from Oils of Heaven alternatively and seeing how they react to my skin. I honestly have nothing but good things to say about them.

Before we get to the nitty gritty let's focus on the brand. It is a new discovery for me and I absolutely love their ethics. Oils of Heaven is a brand that scours the world to find the most effective beauty oils, sourcing them from small local suppliers in order to give the people within the community the best livelihood. It's wonderful and so admirable that a brand like this can make such a difference to others lives.

Oils of Heaven Face Oils

As I mentioned before I have been trialling three different facial oils, the *Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil, *Organic Rosehip Cell-Regenerating Face Oil and *Organic Moringa Anti-Oxidant Oil. They each come within a reasonably sized 30ml glass bottle containing a basic dropper applicator which makes it easier to apply the right amount to the face without going overboard. Each one of the oils have the exact same consistency and they also don't have any scent to them, so if you find that fragrance acts as an irritant to your skin then you'll perhaps enjoy these. You can apply them either once or twice a day but I prefer to use a facial oil within my skincare regime just before I pop off to bed. I don't think they are ideal to apply in the daytime before makeup application as they're not exactly light on the skin. They can look and feel a little oily on the skin but they sink into the skin rather quick leaving absolutely no residue come morning. Each one of them are so hydrating too which is positive for my skin when it's drying out this A/W.

The Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil of course contains Cacay oil, which is cold pressed from wild Cacay nuts harvested in the Columbian jungle. Oils of Heaven is the first to use Cacay oil as a facial oil. Studies show that it contains 50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of linoleic acid than argan oil as well as three times more retinol than rosehip oil. Now this all sounds rather promising and especially pleasant to the skin, especially if your aim is towards preventing aging. As a 22 year old I feel like preventing aging is so much better than treating it when you've already got to the point of having fine lines and wrinkles.

The Organic Rosehip Cell-Regenerating Face Oil is also cold pressed but from wild Rosehip seeds. If you're unsure of the history of Rosehip Oil then I'll give you the lowdown. It contains vitamin A and vitamin K, and is also rich in fatty acids such as linoleic acid, linolenic acid and oileic acid which play a huge part in regenerating tissue and healing scars and stretchmarks. I have stretchmarks on various areas on my body, especially my thighs and boobs since giving birth to Alfie. Stretchmarks aren't much of a big deal to me since they're a reminder of my amazing pregnancy journey I went on with Alfie but it's acne scarring that gets to me the most. I have had acne scarring for a while now and it dents my confidence but I feel that since I've started using this oil it has started to perhaps make them less noticeable. I love this.

Oils of Heaven Face Oils

And finally the Organic Moringa Anti-Oxidant Face Oil. Moringa Oil is rich in vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properies which help to heal a collective of skin concerns such as acne scarring and can also be used as a spot treatment too. The main benefit of it is to relieve the sign of aging. It is absolutely wonderful. 

I am happy to say that I am now fully converted to face oils. I have had absolutely no reaction to any of the facial oils which is a massive plus as that was my main concern because of my acne-prone skin. They have in fact added a massive boost of moisture and helped towards ridding my skin of dry patches and acne scarring. I love them! If you are looking for a new facial oil to try I highly recommend that you take a look at Oils of Heaven. 

You can purchase the Oils of Heaven Facial Oils here direct from the site. The prices are different across the three with the Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Oil being £39 compared to the others which are £19.


Have you tried the Ooh! Face Oils?








Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September Beauty Wishlist

There are so many exciting releases coming out lately and so my wishlist has been growing and growing since. I'm now on a spending ban to save money up for the upcoming birthdays and christmas. This time of the year is the most expensive. I have Alfies birthday and Christmas within days of each other, urgh. Why did he have to arrive so early? haha. It is seriously torture knowing that I have money that I can't spend but I've managed it for over a little while now. If I can do that, I can do anything right?. Anyway the whole purpose of this post was to show you what's on my awfully long wishlist. Let's get to it!

September Beauty Wishlist

This gorgeous collection of makeup brushes were only just released not so long ago. It includes a total of 12 brushes which are used for both the eyes and face. They come in the most beautiful shell shaped bag with a pearl metallic sheen with a rose gold chain. Each one of the brushes have accents of baby pink, dark pink and rose gold within them which is so 'me'. I need!

 My skin is in no way perfect. I have acne prone and combination skin which also has its fair share of scarring too, so when it comes down to foundation I really need a foundation that covers everything. I have seen this foundation everywhere, on youtube, blogs, etc. It is highly raved about. It is high coverage and looks like it has a gorgeous finish. Although it's a little pricey I still really want to try it out but I don't think it'd be one for everyday wear.

I'm not normally one for a vibrant and glitter packed eyeshadow palette but the Moondust Palette is just not one that I can pass up on. I really want to try and experiment with more colours and I seriously believe I would wear every single one of the eyeshadows in the palette. My favourites are Galaxy, Element and Magnetic. Urgh, I want this so much!

Sooo, Kat Von D Beauty is finally available in the UK, and I couldn't be more excited. I was literally counting down until the big day and as soon as they launched onto Debenhams I ordered a few things. See what I bought here. I only managed to pick up a few things but next on my list is the Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation. It's supposedly a high coverage foundation which is just what I need. The only thing that baffles me is the shade range. I have no idea what shade I would be as the whole range is quite extensive and there's not anywhere I can get colour matched, unless I spent the £££ to travel to London next month when it launches in stores. Nuh-uh, not happening.

Another from Kat Von D is the Lock-it Creme Concealer. I was going to purchase it when it was finally launched on Debenhams but I decided against it. I didnt want to spend too much. Again I would have no idea what shade to buy but I know I'd need two, one for covering my acne scarring and another for highlighting. It's claimed to be long lasting, creamy and transfer and water resistant. It sounds too good to be true. I don't want it, I need it!

I have seen many a youtuber and blogger rave about the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipsticks. There are so many beautiful shades within the range in matte and metallic finishes but there are at least three that I want, Papaye, Peche and Dulce De Leche. They are described as full coverage with 'pigment-rich colour that dries with a smooth, soft touch finish'. Oh they sound so dreamy.

I popped into Boots the other week but just for a browse and I found myself looking around the fragrance section. There are always so many scents being released at this time of the year. I spritzed a little of the Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming Eau de Parfum and I fell in love. It is the most wonderful floral scent mixed with a few juicy fruity notes to it. Oh, it is just divine. 

It's safe to say that I am highlighter obsessed. I've said this many times but I just can't control myself. Everytime I see a new highlighter I am instantly drawn to it like a magpie. The Urban Decay Highlighter in Sin is one that I need in my collection. It's a gorgeous champagne but looking at the swatches is nothing like any other highlighter I have within my collection. That's my excuse as to why I need it anyway.


What's on your wishlist this month?


 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

My Favourite Liquid Lipsticks

My two makeup obsessions lately are highlighters and liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks have been around for quite a while now and have since become a huge hit in the beauty industry. There's something about them that I seem to be attracted to. Maybe it's the promise of a matte lip and a highly pigmented, long lasting formula that I can't seem to get enough of. I have tried quite a few liquid lipsticks since they hit the shelves and I have decided to share with you my 7 favourites. Yes, 7! I did try to narrow it down to 5 but I just couldn't, there are too many. There is a mixture of high end and high street products so it's suitable for all budgets too.

Favourite Liquid Lipsticks

Starting with my favourite budget liquid lipstick, the Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Creams(£4.99). Although these are classed as lip creams I like to think that they are on par with liquid lipsticks as they give the exact same finish that any liquid lipstick does. There are many shades in the Matte Me range but there is one shade that I love and wear the most, Shabby Chic. It's a muted mauvey-pink, not too bright, nor dark, the perfect shade to wear in the daytime whatever the season. It is gorgeous. The formula applies quite creamy onto the lips but dries down to a matte finish, yet still feels very lightweight and comfortable too. A lip scrub is a must when applying these though as they can settle into the lines which isn't a very appealing look. I talk about the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams in more detail here.

I first found out about Gerard Cosmetics through Shaanxo via youtube when she was talking through her own collection of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks(£10.50). Upon the discovery of these liquid lipsticks I found myself swooning over one particular shade in the range, Serenity. It was out of stock for a while on Beauty Bay and as soon as it was restocked I purchased it and I'm so glad I did. It's a gorgeous warm pink nude with a slight brown tint to it. It applies wet to the lips and dries down to a semi-matte finish. It still has a slight creaminess to it which makes it all the more comfortable and easy to wear. It is quite hydrating and pigmented too, you only need one swipe and you'll find its fully opaque. The longevity is amazing too, there are no signs of it fading or cracking even after a couple of hours. I am looking to try out some new shades now. What should I go for next?

 I have a few Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks($20) in my collection at the moment but only one could make it into my favourites. It was between Pure Hollywood(a light-medium peach nude) or Lovely(a mauve-pink), but in the end I decided to choose Lovely. It's so wearable, the perfect daytime pink nude. It has a spongey applicator which makes application a dream and the tip of it allows you to be more neat and precise. The formula feels almost like a smooth whipped texture but dries down to a matte finish after a couple of minutes. After a drink or two and a greasy burger it does flake and wear off leaving a slight stain behind so I always need to make sure that I bring the lipstick with me for touchups. 

If you've seen my latest post about the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks(£16) then you'll know of my obsession with them(find post here). I went through a stage where these were the only lip products that I would wear. All of the others were left abandoned, and for good reason. Not only are they non-drying on the lips but it honestly doesn't feel like you have anything on your lips at all. The first time I tested them I was blown away by the longevity of them. After eating and drinking I expected them to fade away but the colour was just as pigmented and still very much in place. They last for so long! And the shade range, well it's fairly extensive. I have a total of 8 shades so far but my favourite is Celebrity Skin, a soft brown nude with a peachy undertone. I wasn't sure if it would suit me at first but it is surprisingly wearable. It's one to suit all skin tones.

Favourite Liquid Lipstick Swatches
Top to Bottom; Shabby Chic, Celebrity Skin, Nude-ist, Lovely, Bow N Arrow, Nude Flush, Serenity

  One that I haven't had as much wear out as the others but love just as much is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick(£8.99). I have two shades from this range but the one I love the most is Nude-ist, a brown toned nude. The formula is very kind on the lips with a velvety texture which is amazing! I would say it is more of a satin finish than a matte though as it has quite a creamy feel to it. I don't feel like I need to top it up after a few hours of wear which is always a good sign but it does tend to flake a little which is disappointing but that's the only negative I find in it.

Another from the drugstore is the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick(£6.99). I have the full range but as a lover of nude lipsticks my favourite was obviously going to be *Nude Flush, a pink nude. I've already talked about them fully here but I thought they deserved another mention as I don't feel like they get enough attention. They apply like a lipgloss but without the stickiness and you only need just one layer of it too. If you build it up too much it can appear slightly tacky. The applicator is slanted which makes it easier for you to be able to line and fill in the lips which is fab! They make my lips look quite juicy and plump too. If you want to find out more about them(with swatches) then take a look here

Lastly is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks(£16). These are a recent purchase
 but I love them already. I have just three at the moment but Bow N Arrow was always going to be the one that I reached for more. It's a light brown-medium nude with a completely matte finish. These seriously last on the lips for bloomin' ages. I was so surprised at the longevity when I first tried them but I suppose they're called everlasting liquid lipsticks for a reason right? I don't want to say too much about them as I will talk about them in more detail on the blog soon, but they are seriously worth purchasing, Bow N Arrow particularly.


Can you tell I love my nude lipsticks? What are your top favourite liquid lipsticks? I'd love to know!  



Monday, 26 September 2016

New In | Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation & Cushion Blush Subtil

As of a month or so ago I was so happy to receive some very exciting blogger mail from Lancome with their newest releases, the *Teint Idole Cushion Foundation and *Cushion Blush Subtil. The whole concept of a cushion foundation or blush is something that I am entirely new to but so many brands are jumping onto the bandwagon and creating their own spin on them. At first I didn't think I would get along with them as I'm used to the basic bottled liquid foundation and powder blush. I'm really not much of a fan of cream blush. 

Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil
Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil

The Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation(£30) is a full coverage foundation which is sealed within a cushion(or sponge). It comes with a puff which is then used to pick up the foundation from the cushion. You simply pat the puff down onto the cushion and the foundation then comes to the surface ready to be applied straight to the face. I was very unsure at first about applying the foundation with the puff but it surprisingly blends the foundation into the skin seamlessly, blurring out the pores and overall giving a gorgeous satin finish. Although the puff works well though I do like to blend it out more with my real techniques miracle complexion sponge just to make sure that it's all evened out. Unfortunately for me though I have the shade 015 Ivoire which is a little bit too dark for me. I feel that the first or second lightest shade in the range would've worked better for me as I have fair skin.

If I wanted to change up my shade or even replace it if I've run out then I can easily do so as it's refillable so you don't need to spend more money replacing it with another. The refill is just £19.50 as opposed to £30 which you would have to pay to buy another. 

Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation Ivoire Swatch, Cushion Blush Subtil Sparkling Framboise Swatch

Overall I absolutely love the Ultra Cushion Foundation. The packaging is so luxurious as always and also comes with a mirror which is ideal for travelling. I'm surprised that I got to grips with it quite quickly and I actually seem to prefer it over my usual foundation. It's just a shame about the colour match. It leaves my skin looking completely flawless, it's hydrating and it's longwearing too. I would apply it at around 9 in the morning and it will still be looking beautiful by 4 in the afternoon. 7 hours of wear is good, is it not? I'm so glad that I discovered it. I will undoubtedly be purchasing a refill in the correct shade soon. 

Now, onto the Cushion Blush Subtil(£28). I have the shade 024 Sparkling Framboise which is a vibrant corally-pink. It is exactly the same as the cushion foundation in terms of how you apply it. You can apply it with the puff that it comes with or simply use your fingers or a stippling brush to build up the intensity. I like to do the latter. It is so pigmented and blends in well, giving a beautiful natural dewy glow to the skin, especially if paired with the cushion foundation. I am surprised I actually liked it. It's not like a cream blush as it's thinner in consistency which makes it easier to blend. I have my eye on the shade Rose Limonade next. 

You can purchase the Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation here and the Cushion Blush Subtil here from Boots.


Have you tried the Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and/or the Cushion Blush Subtil yet? Let me know!





Saturday, 24 September 2016

Best Face Masks for Combination and Acne Prone Skin

My skin is always in dire need of some serious tlc. I always try to have at least two nights a week where I have my own pampering session, starting with a nice relaxing bubble bath with a lush bath bomb or two, my usual skin regime and a face mask or two(thank god for multi-masking!). I've even started painting my own nails too to give me an extra confidence boost.

Now, speaking of Face Masks, they are an absolute necessity for a pamper night. They help me with any skin concerns that I may have. I have combination and acne prone skin so anything that will help combat those are perfect for me. In fact I have five wonderful face masks to show you that do just that. If you have acne prone, or possibly combination skin like me then read on to find out my favourites.
 
Best Face Masks for Combination and Acne-Prone Skin
 
One of my favourite brands for face masks are undoubtedly Origins. They have a vast range of face masks dedicated to any skin concern, from ageing to dry and dehydrated skin, and of course acne prone skin. I actually have two different face masks to show you which you may or may not have heard about before. First up is the Clear Improvement Mask(£24). It includes bamboo charcoal and white china clay which works to draw out any impurities that lay beneath the surface of the skin and dissolves them. After use my pores are tightened and the next day my spots are visibly reduced with less redness. I talk about this face mask in more detail here
 
Another from Origins is the Out of Trouble Face Mask(£24). If I am having a reaaally bad skin day I always reach for this one. It smells minty fresh which I love, but that's down to the camphor within the mask which is known for its calming properties. It also includes the spot busting ingredient salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells too. I like to use a thin layer of this all over my face(avoiding the eyes) and neck and leave it to dry down for 10 minutes, then remove with a face cloth. My spots look less angry and calm and my complexion feels so smooth after using. I love this. 

My favourite to use in the autumn/winter seasons is the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask(£10). They have not long ago changed up the packaging on their skincare products so I have the older packaging, not that it makes any difference to the actual face mask itself. Anyway, it is a self-heating face mask which adds warmth to the face in order to deep cleanse and open up the pores to draw out all the daily dirt and grime. I apply a small amount to the face and leave it on for 5 minutes as suggested, or even 10 minutes sometimes. It makes my skin feel so rejuvenated and soft. For just 5 minutes of use it makes such a delightful difference to my skin.
 
And lastly is the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment49). It features many fab ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid to improve the skins texture and de-clog the pores. Although it may be a bit pricey, I personally think it's worth it. It smoothes out the skin, reduces breakouts and just feels really luxurious on the skin. If you get up close to a mirror after it's dried down after 10/15 minutes you can see the face mask doing its job. I cannot rave about it enough. I love it so much that I'm scared I will run out of it soon.  
 
Lastly is a face mask which is entirely new to me, the L'oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask(£7.99). I don't want to say too much about this as I have a review on all of the L'oreal Pure Clay Masks coming up very soon. It is made up of three different clays, combined with charcoal, which are designed to eliminate the impurities and dirt which contributes to acne. It is quite a creamy texture but you only need a small amount to see the benefits. It is quite like Glam Glow masks in a way as you can see in various places where your pores are being opened and the dirt being drawn out. Sounds disgusting but at least you know its doing its job. It is a fab price too, so if you're in dire straits of a new face mask which doesn't break the bank, this may be the one for you.
 
 
What are your favourite Face Masks for Combination/Acne-Prone Skin??
 
 


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