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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

18 Jul

The Comfort Zone palette has eight gorgeous neutral shades, which can be used alone or together.  The packaging is nothing amazing but what it lacks in this area it makes up for in the eyeshadows themselves and is also most likely away to keep the costs down. On the back of the packaging there is a nice little guide giving a few ideas as to where to apply the shadows.  I do quite like the fact that they have where to use each shadow stamped onto the shadow itself but this is just a guide and you can definitely experiment with them.

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

I find that they blend really well and that they all go perfectly with each other meaning you can create so many different looks with it.  Due to the formula being quite soft  I have found that there can sometimes be a little bit of fall out but this isn’t a huge deal for me as it can easily be cleaned away.  The colours are all highly pigmented even without primer as you can see from the swatches.

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

With primer the shadows tend to last about 5-6 hours before they start to fade and crease a little.  I really love this palette as its great for creating amazing shimmery day-time eyes  but also for creating more dramatic evening looks.  I don’t think the picture does justice as to how gorgeous and shimmery they are.  For some reason the second last shade doesn’t seem to be as pigmented in the picture as it is in real life.  I think this will definitely be coming on holiday with me when I go in August.

What do you think of the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette?  And what other Wet n Wild products do you recommend?

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My First Shellac Experience

13 Jul

I decided that I would document my first experience of Shellac.  I got these done at About You in Paisley.  There was a lot of colours to chose from and I finally decided on this gorgeous pink which has a blue/purple shimmer to it.  To start with your nails are shaped and a shellac base coat applied.  This is then cured with the UV light.  This is followed by two coats of colour, each of which is cure with the UV light.  And finally a shellac top coat is applied and cured under the UV light.  The nails are then wiped to remove any residue and your good to go!  This took about 30 mins which I think is great and there is no sitting about waiting for it to dry.

Shellac

I’m really interested to see how long this will last as I will be starting work in a hairdressers where I will be washing hair for two weeks.  I start work on day 5 of having had the Shellac done.  I also go to the farm everyday to feed Shug, ride him, brush him ect.  I was told by the nail technician that it usually last people around 10-15 days depending on what they’re doing.  Although she said that they might not last as long on me since I was going to be washing hair.

Day 3 – My nails are still perfect and beautifully shiny.  I haven’t been really careful with them just doing everything that I normally do.  I even managed to fall off Shug for the first time and not a chip on them.   I have been applying Superdrug’s Vitamin E Cuticle Oil as it seems quite similar to the Solar Oil.

Day 5 – First day working and nails still look amazing!

Day 7 – Really can’t believe how well they’re lasting considering I’m washing hair constantly at work and having to rinse out hair dye and perm lotion.

Day 9 – My first chip!  I have to admit though I’m surprised that they have lasted so well, the nail technician said that they might not last as well due to the chemicals.  I decided to file my nail down so that there was no more chip and put a little spot of clear nail varnish along the top.

Shellac

Day 10 – Not at work today but some how managed to get a chip one one of my thumb nails.

Day 13 – Nails still looking fine!

Day 14 – Got a chip on the other thumb nail today and my right index finger.  I feel they have lasted so well!

Day 15 – I decided to take them off today.  Over the course of the 15 days I have had a total of three chips!  I could probably leave them on longer if I wanter but you can start to see how much my nails have grown and I find that quite annoying to look at…so it was time to remove 😦

Removal – The nail technician said that I could go back in to get them taken off or she said I could take them off myself.  I decided to take them off myself.  To remove them she said that I should soak some cotton wool in acetone, place this on the nail and then wrap in tin foil and leave on for 10 minutes, after which the shellac should just flake off.  I did this but I found that I had to leave the acetone on for 15-20 minute.  There were a few bits that were a little stubborn and didn’t want to come off but I just used an orange stick to gently remove them and they came off fine.  I felt like by nails are in the same condition as they were when I first had the Shellac put on so I really don’t think they they will damage your nails.  I have found however that regular nail polish just doesn’t seem as nice and shiny as the Shellac does.  But I am definitely getting it done again before I go on holiday 🙂

 

Have you tried Shellac before?  What did you think of it, I’d love to know!

MUA Cream Blush in Dolly

15 Jun

I’ve started branch out and start trying some different blushes, and when I saw this I though I’d give it a go as I remembered seeing lots of bloggers talking about them when they were first released.  I decided to try out the shade Dolly as it looks quite different from my other blushes.

MUA Blush Dolly

MUA Blush Dolly

The packaging is nothing fancy, just a plastic case with a clear flip top lid; but then at only £2 you can’t really be fussy about packaging can you?  I do like the fact the the lid is clear meaning that you can easily find it if it’s in with other products.  There are six other colours in the range, so although slightly limited there is a chance that there will be one that you like.

MUA Blush Dolly

Dolly is a gorgeous peachy colour.  I find that it looks darker in the packaging than it does when it’s applied.  I’m still relatively new to cream blushes (this is only the second that I’ve tried so far) and compared to the Revlon Cream Blush I find that it feels thinner and is a little easier to blend if your just using your fingers.  I find that it applies really well and can be built up of you want a more stand out look.

MUA Blush Dolly

Swatched and blended

I find that this blush last surprisingly well, especially considering the price, I find that it tends to last around 5 hours before you start to notice it fading.  I think it would last longer and have a more matte finish if you used on of MUA’s powder blushes on top – as they have corresponding powder blushes if you wish to do this.

Overall I really like this and will definitely be buying more from the MUA Cream Blush.  I’d really recommend them and being only £2 from Superdrug of the MUA website you can definitely afford to buy multiple 🙂

I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on these if you’ve tried them and any blusher recommendations you have!  I really don’t have that many, I mean 7 is not a lot right?

If you fancy winning an MUA cream blush in Dolly along with some other prizes; then check out my giveaway  – Obviously it’s not this one; it’s a nice new unopened one 🙂

Sleek Storm Palette

26 May

Uni exams are finally all over, meaning that I’ll be able to blog more often as I won’t have loads of deadlines.  Anway I’d seen this palette a few time on other blogs and instagram and when I saw it after an exam, I decided that it could be like a reward (Any excuse to justify buying more make-up!).

This has quickly become one of my favourite palettes at the moment.  Out of the 12 shades only 3 are matte, so if your not a fan of shimmery eyeshadow then this probably isn’t for you.   The packaging is like all the Sleek i-divine shadow palettes, black casing with 12 eyeshadows and a large mirror.  On the outer box it also has some tips which I think is quite a nice touch.

Sleek Storm PaletteSleek Storm Palette

Sleek Storm Palette

I think that the colours in this palette a gorgeous and you can definitely create so many different looks.  I love how they all have names, and they’re all after different types of storms.

Sleek Storm Palette

Sleek Storm Palette

Sleek Storm PaletteSleek Storm Palette

They are all highly pigmented which is great and a little goes along way.  I find that with primer they last about 6 hours before I start to notice a little creasing, but you can fix this by just blending it a little and it looks fine again.  As with all the Sleek palettes that I’ve tried so far I find that they all blend together beautifully and that there are so many looks that you can create using this palette.   I will definitely be posting some of the looks that I create with this palette soon, so keep a look out 🙂

Here are the 12 shades swatched (without primer);

Sleek Storm Palette

Top row of palette

Sleek Storm Palette

Bottom row of palette

Overall I love this palette and would definitely recommend it if your looking for a palette to create both day and night looks.  Sleek i-divine palettes can be found on the Sleek website and at Superdrug for £7.99.

Have you tried the Sleek Storm palette?  Did you like it or do you prefer one of the other palettes?

Revlon Photoready Cream Blush – Coral Reef

20 Apr

I decided to give this a go as there was a three for two offer on Revlon products in Boots and I remember seeing lots of blogs talking about it last year.  Revlon photoready cream blushers come in three colours, Pinched, Charmed and Coral Reef.  I decided to go for Coral Reef.

Revlon Cream Blush Coral Reef

This is the first cream blush that I’ve tried and I wasn’t sure about it at first when I picked it up as it looks really bright in the tub.  It doesn’t apply as bright as this but I think if you wanted to make it really stand out  you could just apply more product.  I think that I’ll be using this a lot throughout the summer, it just seems like such a lovely bright summery colour.

Revlon Cream Blush Coral Reef

Revlon Cream Blush Coral Reef

To apply it I used my fingers and placed it where I wanted on my cheeks and the blended in with a brush.  Some people said that they liked to apply it using a stippling brush but I don’t have one of them and some people said that applying with fingers gives pretty much the same result.  I definitely think that the way that you apply it is just personal preference and that everyone will have a way that works best for them.

Revlon Cream Blush Coral Reef

I find that this lasts about 4-5 hours before fading, if you want it to last longer you could perhaps try using a powder on top of it.  I tried with different bases and it worked well on them all apart from BB cream (but I read a post somewhere – I feel bad that I can’t remember where I seen it as I don’t think it was a blogger that I follow) and if you apply a powder over your BB cream and then your cream blush then it should blend in okay.  I also found that this worked fine on just bare skin and that it didn’t settle into any pores.

I really like this and will definitely be trying some more cream blushers, if there is any that you recommend let me know!  Revlon Photoready Cream blush retails at £7.99.

 

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm – Vivacious

6 Apr

I loved the Revlon Balm Stains, so when they released these and the matte balms I just had to pick one up.  I decided to go for Vivacious which is a gorgeous bright pink/red shade.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Lacquer

These have similar packaging to the Balm Stains in that they are chubby pencils which twist at the bottom to release more product.  They also have the same minty scent that the Balm Stains do.  The difference in the packaging is that these have a super shiny casing.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Lacquer

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Lacquer

The Lacquer Balms contain shea, coconut and mango butters meaning that they help to moisturise and hydrate lips.  Vivacious is lovely and bright, I have to admit I was expecting the Lacquer Balms to be quite sheer but this isn’t the case for Vivacious (and according to the other swatches I’ve seen they are all quite pigmented).  I think that the colour could be used lightly for just a sheer wash of colour or built up for a slightly bolder look.  They are super shiny which I really like.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Lacquer

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Lacquer

As I expected though, due to being a bit like a colourful lip balm, they don’t last very long.  I found that Vivacious lasted about 4 hours before being need to be topped up, however if you eat or drink anything you will definitely have to reapply it.

I do like this Lacquer Balm but I have to admit that I much prefer lip products that last a little longer.  They cost £7.99 and can be bought from Boots and Superdrug.  Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on Revlon and Superdrug have £2 off the Lacquers and Matte Balms.

Have you tried the Revlon Lacquer Balms or the Matte Balms?  What did you think of them?

I’m also organising an international blogger swap, if your interested in taking part find out more info here.

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Foundation

31 Mar

This is the first matte foundation that I’ve tried in a while as last time I used one I found that it looked a little cakey and just looked awful.  But I’m pleased to say that this one is different!  It comes in 5 shades, Ivory, Nude, Beige, Sand and Tan.  Due to there being only 5 shades some may find it hard to find a shade that matches them.  I went for Nude which I feel matches me quite well as I felt that Ivory was just a little too pale.

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Foundation

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Foundation

The foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a pump making it easy to get the right amount of foundation out.  I love the bright pink writing on the bottle which I think makes it stand out from my other foundations.  It’s also oil free meaning that it’s great for anyone with oily skin.  The foundation contains moisturising ingredients meaning that it won’t dry out your skin.

I find that the formula is light and creamy and can be easily applied with fingers or a brush.  It doesn’t settle into pours or cling to any dry patches.  I find that this gives really good coverage, but you may need to use concealer on some blemishes.  I find that without primer it lasts about 5 hours before it starts to look a tiny bit shiny (but not much).  With primer I find that it lasts pretty much all day without looking shiny.

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Foundation

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Foundation

I really love this foundation and will definitely be buying it again.  If you want a good matte foundation that doesn’t have a huge price tag then I think this maybe for you.  It retails at £5.99 and can be purchased from the Barry M website, Boots and Superdrug.

Do you like matte foundations, if so what’s your favourite?  If you’ve tried Barry M’s Flawless Matte Finish Foundation what did you think of it? 🙂