Amazing Shine Lashes

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What are they?

Excellent quality fake lashes made from 100% human hair.

 

The Review:

Having tried many other brands of eyelashes including Eyelure, Mac, Ardell and some other random ones I was keen to try these on the recommendation of the Pixiwoo sisters. They are make up artists and have their own very successful youtube channel.

I initially ordered about 5 pairs, a combination of the 747 L, 747 M and the 43 lashes. The 747 lashes are your bog standard naturally full, long lashes so I ordered 3 pairs of the medium length in this style and one of the long as well as the 43 lashes which are longer on the outer section to give that feathered cat-eye look.

I was already impressed with the fact that on basic lash styles you are given different lash lengths to choose from, something which I haven’t seen from any other brands. The 747 are available in Long, Medium, Small and on Amazon I even found Extra Small.

This brand offers a wide range of styles and lengths varying from shorter more natural lashes to very long, thick and even more costume designs that are brightly coloured. Having been testing them out and loving each of the styles I bought already, I have since ordered a wider range of styles for my collection.

The lash band is thin and clear as opposed to black, giving you the option of skipping any kind of liner as you don’t notice the lash band. This is something that I’m very pleased about as I often find covering the lash band on thicker, black bands of fake lashes a bit annoying but am unable to skip liner as I like the band hidden. Not only does the lash band go unnoticed, these lashes are very comfortable to wear. The only possible thing I can think of that would bother some people is that they don’t come with glue, however, you can buy a big tube of Duo Adhesive Lash Glue from amazon or beauty websites and that will last you ages and work a treat. Alternatively, Amazing Shine also sells lash glue in the tube or brush on for under £4. Bargain!

I haven’t experienced any watering  or irritation to my eyes near the corners where this would normally occur. All in all these are my go to lashes, for the price, comfort and range of styles, you really can’t beat these!

 

 

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Worth the Money?

These retail for £1.99 from Blush Cosmetics.com and are ridiculous value for money. I’d take these over the MAC ones any day! They are cheap, excellent quality and the most comfortable eyelashes I have tried! These are also readily available from Amazon, although depending on postage, a little more expensive.

 

http://www.blushcosmetics.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=amazing%20shine%20eyelashes

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup Foundation

What is it?


A light weight foundation perfect for the ‘no foundation’ foundation girl. Like a tinted moisturiser but better coverage.

 

The Review

I am the first to admit that I am a full face of make up kind of girl without the need for a full face of make up. I have good skin, no dark circles and only occasionally a small breakout generally in my t-zone where I am likely to get oily. I have combination skin – an oilier t-zone and dryer cheeks.

I had finally been convinced by a great make up artist I had been working with that I should change my foundation to a lighter one and so she recommended Estee Lauder.

What she had suggested was actually their tinted moisturiser, I, however was not completely comfortable with this idea and explained this to the lovely lady at the counter when I went in that weekend.

She suggested I try the invisible fluid makeup instead and actually did my whole face as I had brazenly gone in without a scrap of make up on.

I was very impressed with how good the foundation felt on my skin, how light it was and that it was ever so slightly mattifying without making my skin look dry or chalky.

After purchasing the foundation and playing around with it at home I found that I like to use a normal foundation brush to apply it or lately, the Real Techniques buffing brush for a nice even coverage.

The  base delivers a lightweight, slightly mattifying finish that evens out my skin beautifully without masking it.

The fluid formula reminds me of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua. The bottle needs a  thorough shake to mix the formula before application and contains a small  ball bearing to help with this.  Unlike the Chanel, and despite its mattifying features the Invisible Fluid Makeup gives my skin a brightness to it.

The wear on this foundation is good too, I didn’t have to use a tonne and it stayed put all day with it only waning a little around the sides of my nose .

I also loved the fact that unlike most of Estee Lauder’s products, this one is completely unscented which I was surprised at.

All in all this is a lovely foundation for people with fairly good skin, those who suffer with blemishes may not find the coverage is enough and I would imagine that this foundation is also less suited to those with dry skin due to the mattifying effects.

 

Worth the money?

I believe this retails for £27.00 so it is pricey but then it’s a premium brand. I do really rate it though if you like a more natural look without feeling a little bare with just a tinted moisturiser. I would totally repurchase this and have to say, I was definitely a full coverage kind of girl, but now, especially for summer when there’s a risk of your perfectly applied full coverage foundation sliding off your face, I’m in love with this foundation and think it’s well worth the investment.

This product can be found at most department stores and the official website:

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/products/643/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Face/Foundations/index.tmpl


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 🙂

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