Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadows

What are they?

These are vibrant, long lasting cream gel eyeshadows similar to MAC’s Paint Pots.

The Review

I bought 4 of the colours but will definitely be going back for more! These applied smoothly, blended easily and lasted all day. I would recommend applying the bulk of the colour with your finger or a synthetic flat eyeshadows brush. I sheered the colour out with a fluffy dome brush towards the edges but if you do this make sure you wash your brush as soon as you can afterwards to prevent the colour staining.

The colours I have are as follows:

40 – Permanent Taupe

 

05 – Bold Gold

 

20 – Turquoise Forever

 

15 – Endless Purple

I have recently become aware that although the colours are exactly the same, it seems that in the US at least the names of these shadows are different from here in the UK – something I findly slightly odd! Oh well! Makes no difference to how brilliant they are ūüôā

Although I only have 4 of these, I believe there are actually 10 colours available, all of which are gorgeous and brilliantly vibrant. These shadows are ideal as a base for powder shadows, just on their own or even as liner – I’ve been using the purple as one all week and am loving it!

These are a brilliant alternative to MAC’s¬†Paint Pots and are far cheaper, yay! The¬†packaging is great too, I like the screw top jar on these as it stops them drying out.

 

Here are the shades I have swatched: left to right : Permanent Taupe, Eternal Gold, Turquoise Forever and Endless Purple

 

Worth the Money?

I honestly can’t think of anything negative to say about these except maybe that they should bring out even more colours ūüôā These are ¬£4.99 and¬†available from Superdrug, Boots, most larger chain supermarkets and the official Maybelline website:

http://www.maybelline.com/

Urban Decay Naked Palette

What is it?

A gorgeous palette containing 12 neautral eyeshadows by Urban Decay.

The Review

This is a palette every make up fanatic needs (well – this or the Naked 2 palette – or both ūüėČ ). It’s full of a wide variety of neutral shades, both shimmery and matte and none of the usual chunky glitter that you run the risk of getting with some Urban Decay shadows. The shadows go on smoothly and blend very well.

This palette is perfect as a gift or for your average make up junkie and there are shades for a very natural look, summery bronze shades and of course some spectacular smokey ones too.

 

Worth the Money

Personally I feel like this¬†palette is quite pricey (it’s ¬£36 – ouch!)¬†but because of the quality of the shadows I would still say it’s definitely a good investment as there are a huge variety of looks that can be done with these colours.

This palette can be bought from some department stores and the official Urban Decay website:  http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

200ml bottle

What is it?

A gentle floral toner made with all natural ingredients.

 

The Review

If there’s one thing I’m a complete freak about it has to be taking care of my skin properly and this toner has become an absolute must have.

Not only does it smell yummy but it really does do what it says on the bottle. Place a few drops onto a cotton pad after cleansing and wipe over the face and neck to feel delightfully refreshed.

This toner closes pores¬†and removes any residue from cleansing without drying out my skin, in fact it actually leaves a thin veil of moisture on the skin from the vitamin E that’s in it – ¬†yay!

It is cool and brilliantly refreshing on the skin and does the job perfectly.

Worth the Money?

The 200ml bottle will set you back only ¬£12.50 and lasts ages so it’s a yes from me! As with all Liz Earle products this product comes in different sizes and is even available in a spray form for refreshing yourself on the go, amazing!

This product is available from some department stores and the official Liz Earle website:

 http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/instant-boost-skin-tonic.html?cmp=google_pbrand&kw=liz+earle+instant+boost+skin+tonic+e

Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes

What is it?

A highly pigmented eyeshadow palette that comes in several different colour ways and contains 12 eyeshadows. The one pictured above is called ‘Sunset’.

The Review

I was so impressed the first time I tried these eyeshadows that I now own four of these palettes! The colours are VERY pigmented, easy to blend and go on the skin really smoothly. The palette comes with 12 shadows and a double ended sponge applicator that sits in a smooth black case with a large mirror on the inside.

The majority of the shadows in each palette are shimmery with a couple of matte ones thrown in – you may be able to tell in the picture that the only matte in the Sunset palette is the black, this however doesn’t bother me in the slightest as they also do a natural palette.

The natural palette contains plenty of matte browns and soft neutral colours which is fantastic for every day use!

There are several palettes to choose from depending on what you’re looking for, some contain crazy acid brights and others are more neutral but there is definitely something for everyone.¬†

Worth the Money?

These palettes are ¬£6.49 each from Superdrug or Sleek’s official website so I firmly believe they are well worth the money – that’s not even ¬£1 per eyeshadow and the quality of these are amazing!

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/

Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask

Ok, so I will admit I have gone a bit crazy over Liz Earle products but as¬† full time model, my skin absolutely has to be in good condition and this is one of the many amazing products that I just can’t live without.

What is it?

This is a creamy brightening mask made from all natural ingredients that instantly brightens dull, tired skin.

The Review

On application this is a creamy white mask with a similar consistancy to the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with a pleasant and by no means overpowering scent. The mask does tingle a bit but I like it because this way I feel like it’s definitely doing something – and boy am I right!

I left it on for 5 minutes and promptly washed it off with a dampened muslin cloth (the kit comes with this) to reveal a beautifully fresh looking new me.

It left my skin soft and fresh faced and definitely gave me a glow. This mask is perfect for perking skin up in the morning or even as a quick ‘skin hangover’ fix after a night out.

Worth the Money?

It’s got to be a yes really hasn’t it?! Just ¬£14.25 will buy you the starter kit which comes with a muslin cloth and a 50ml pump bottle of this amazing stuff.

Obviously though there are various other sizes and also tubes available if you prefer this to a pump. Brilliant!

As with all Liz Earle products, this is available from some department stores or the website : http://uk.lizearle.com/

Top 10 Bright MAC Eyeshadows

Goldmine

This is a bright gold frosty shade ideal for a brighter look, this can be paired with greens or teals for a tropical look or with a medium/dark brown in the crease for a night time look.

Rule

This is a bright matt orange shade that works well with brons for an autumn look or if you’re feeling a bit bolder then you could go for a medium deep purple in the crease and outer corner for a bright dramatic effect.

Free To Be

This is a matt soft pink, suitable for a soft, girly daytime look or good for blending out brighter colours in the crease. You could even put Carbon in the outer corner for a a really bold look,

Creme de Violet

This is a pinkish, bright violet shade with a slight gold shimmer, this shadow is ideal to use when creating a purple smokey eye.

Hepcat

This shade is another lovely pinkish violet that would look lovely on brown eyes.

Humid

This is a deep true green colour goes well with browns for a semi neutral look.

Bitter

Tis is a vivid green with shimmer. This is basically just a great colour to have a play and experiment with, it may sound a bit odd but it looks very pretty pared with purples.

Aquadisiac

This is a gorgeous shimmery minty teal colour which is very pretty on its own blended out all over the lid.

Electric Eel

This is a very bright blue with subtle shimmer, I like to use this shade as a bright liner along the lash line or if you really like to stand out then you could pair it with Aquadisiac for a bit of a tropical look.

Atlantic Blue

This is a matt ,bright violet blue shade, this a a more cool toned blue and looks far less scary when paired with a taupe/brown colour.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

What is it?

This is a cream cleanser made from natural ingredients that promises to gently remove every day grime and make up from the face, including eye make up.

The Product

I ordered this product along with several others on the recommendation of a make up artist I was working with regularly. I had been using a cleansing milk and toner from Lancome and although that genuinely worked for me I needed something that was less expensive and just as effective.

As soon as my package arrived I was already impressed with the information booklet and Product Guide included, as well as this I also received a free 50ml sample of their Instant Boost Skin Tonic (a gentle floral toner) and everything was beautifully packaged in tissue paper.

The starter kit came with 100ml of the cream cleanser and 2 muslin cloths all in a pale blue zip up bag (very handy for storage and travel).

I have to say I expected big things from this cleanser and was not disappointed. I wear a full face of make up (although, a natural look) for work, unless i’m shooting and this includes waterproof mascara as I spend a lot of time on the tube. This cleanser took everything off first time.

The instructions say to cleanse once, pat dry and then cleanse again. I followed these instructions¬†and my face had no trace of make up whatsoever. Not to mention it didn’t irritate my skin or my eyes even when removing my eye make up.

I have been using this product for nearly¬†4 weeks now and¬†although I have fairly good, even skin anyway, even I can see a difference. I’m only 18 and so occasionally still get minor break outs of spots and these¬†have dramatically reduced in frequency and severity. My complexion is brighter and where I would normally have slight redness in the areas prone to break outs, these have completely disappeared!

 

Worth the money?

Yes! Every single penny. And so is the Skin Boost Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser! (but more on that later).

This is an absolute must have for me now and I love the fact that all the ingredients are natural and responsibly sourced. If you’re nervous about spending ¬£14.25 for the starter kit (100ml product and 2 cloths) then why not purchase the 30ml tube that comes with 1 muslin cloth for only ¬£5.50?

You could even check out their ‘Travel and Try Me’ kits ūüôā go on, I promise you won’t regret it!

The products mentioned can be purchased from Liz Earle’s official website http://uk.lizearle.com/

I Love You Liz Earle

 

The Company

Liz Earle prides itself on using natural ingredients harvested in a sustainable way and never tests on animals. It is also a British company ūüôā

My Experience

A make up artist recommended I try Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser as I had mentioned to her that I use Lancome cleansing milk and toner (which is rather expensive).

After having it confirmed that she uses it herself (and had amazing skin!) I ventured on to the website which I found very user friendly and easy to navigate. There is lots of information on which products are best for which skin type and the site is brilliant if you are new to a proper skincare regime and are unsure of which products to go for.

Each product has several different size options in the drop down box to choose from before adding it to your basket. These ranged from a year subscription or multi buy packs to starter kits and tester size versions of each product which I thought was brilliant. 

The first order I placed I thought I may as well try out some other products from the line. The products I ordered are as below:

  • Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter kit at ¬£14.95 which comes with 100ml of cleanser in a plastic bottle with pump and 2 muslin cloths
  • Gentle Face Exfoliator at ¬£13.50 for 70ml
  • Deep Cleansing Mask Starter Kit at ¬£14.00 which comes with 2 sponges

I chose the standard delivery option for £3.00 and my order arrived in about 3 days, far quicker than expected and everything was beautifully packaged in tissue paper with a pale blue sticker instead of tape.

Inside my box was also a Product Guide, a letter welcoming me to membership on the website and a hand signed thank you note for my order, so far I was very impressed!

Even better than this, I was also sent a free 50ml sample of the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (a lovely, gentle floral toner) which was so exciting!

The Products

I was so impressed with the products and service I received that I went ahead and made a second and then a third order … I have gone a little Liz Earle crazy but these are gentle, effective products that really do what they say on the bottle.

FULL REVIEW ON INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTS COMING SOON

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (combination/oily skin)

 

 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combination/Oily) in 150 Buff

 

 

What is it?

A natural, satin finish foundation with medium but very buildable coverage.

 

The Review

I am absolutely in love with this foundation!

Ok so I’m not new to it at all, I had just been trying other things recently and decided that seeing as I’m quite oily in my t-zone (especially as im on and off the tube all day for work) that as summer is approaching I cannot possibly continue to use my beloved Nars Sheer Glow.

Having used the full bottle the first time I purchased this foundation last year I decided to repurchase and having been wearing it for the last week or so, I can’t imagine why on earth I ever stopped.

This foundation comes in a HUGE variety of shades with both warm and cool tones (i’m¬†wearing 150 Buff and wear MAC NC15¬†fora reference) and is a good, affordable replacement for Mac’s Studio Fixing Fluid as it boasts many of the positive qualities affiliated with the well know foundation. It also comes in two types: normal/dry skin and combination/oily (i purchased the latter).

This foundation feels lightweight on the skin and I had forgotten just how well it covers despite this. I would say this is a medium coverage foundation but very buildable. Although a thin layer covered what it needed to, on application of a second think layer I personally found that I had no need for concealer at all!

This foundation wears well and gives a flawless, natural, satin finish for hours! I also found that even though my cheeks are quite dry, the combination/oily foundation kept my oily t-zone at bay (without any powder) for several hours without making my cheeks appear dry yay!

This foundation is easy to apply, just be aware that it dries quicker than most so you want to blend with a stippling brush or sponge (or whatever you prefer but I like those best) as you apply it.

 

 

Now, having said all this I do have a couple of points to make about the packaging…

Yes, the packaging is sleek and it does feel more expensive to have a screw top glass bottle but my issue with it is exactly that. It is a screw top glass bottle.

I can just about live with the glass bit as I have yet to experience a bottle smashing in my suitcase (I travel in and out of London every week for work) but the screw top is a bit of a pain.

As we all know, the danger with having no pump is that¬†at some point you may well¬†knock it over while the bottle is in use, not only that but it is a LIQUID foundation and comes out quite quickly and as with most liquids, is quite runny. This of course could get very messy and the outside of the neck of the bottle tends to get covered in foundation on a regular basis … a little unhygienic.

A pump would be much more efficient than our own unsteady hands at delivering the correct amount of foundation,

Worth the Money?

Despite the screw top? Absolutely! If you get that fed up with it decant it into something with a pump and your messy little problem is solved ūüôā

I purchased mine from Superdrug for £11.99 but it is also available at Boots and most large chain supermarkets.

Alternatively order it from Revlon’s official website http://www.revlon.co.uk/#/1

BeautyUK Pearl Eyeliners

What Are They?

 Long-lasting liquid eyeliners that come in 8 beautiful shades.

The Review:

These liners are easy to apply and last a very long time and with 8 colours to choose from there is something for everyone. There is a pointed felt tip type brush which makes application easy and accurate, however, these liners do apply quite wet so I found it best to apply where I wanted to, wait ten seconds and apply again to really get a vibrant colour.

The eyeliner lasted all day and¬†even the night as well! I also found it fairly difficult to take off with just a wipe which works with a lot of other eyeliners i’ve tried, however, to me this is a good thing as these liners i’m certain would be waterproof. To remove properly I found the best way was to put eye make up remover on a cotton¬†pad, place over the eye for a few seconds and then start to remove the liner.

Worth The Money?

At¬†¬£3.49 each these liquid liners are excellent value for money considering the range of colours available and the quality of the product. This product is available at Superdrug and BeautyUK’s website : http://www.beautyukcosmetics.com/