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Monday, 25 January 2016

Wet n Wild Colour Trio Eyeshadow Revews

Wet n Wild Colour Trio Eyeshadow Revews
I've wanted to try Wet n Wild eyeshadow trios for a while now after seeing them appear everywhere on youtube, especially walking on eggshells. So when I saw a bargain deal up on Ebay I grabbed these three: Walking on Eggshells, Silent Treatment and I Dream of Geenie.

Wet n Wild Colour Trio Eyeshadow Revews
The great thing about these palettes is that they take out the guesswork of finding complimentary shades, they're a whole look in one. They come clearly marked with which shade is for the browbone, crease and eyelid. This concept will be really useful for beginners, but also those who want a quick look or are still getting to grips with eyeshadow (like me!)

The colour trios come packaged in plastic cases which click shut at the base. The see through top lets you see the exact shade you're getting and you also get a little sponge applicator, as well as a mini brush which is ok but you're better off with a full sized eyeshadow brush.

Wet n Wild Walking On Eggshells
Walking On Eggshells
I was most excited about trying this trio as it seems like it's a firm favourite for a natural look. The browbone shade is a soft champagne colour that would work well as a highlighter too, I don't have any problems with the pigment of this shade but I do think it looks slightly powdery when swatched. The crease shade is a warm bronzey brown, however it has golden specks running through this so it won't be suitable for those who prefer a matte crease. The pigment of the shade is great though, it's very smooth and would be a good crease colour for many. The eyelid shade is a soft pearly light pink with a frosted finish, it does look shimmery in the swatches but there isn't any shimmer particles like there is in the other two shades.

However, it was a bit of a different story when I tried these on. First of all, the browbone highlight really needs to be built up to show on my medium skintone and even then it's mainly the glitter you get. The eyelid and crease shade also needed to be built up a bit and I was slightly worried the colours weren't layering well. To be fair I didn't use a primer underneath as I wanted to test them out on their own and a base would probably have helped. However, I did think the colours went well together and the crease shade is quite spot on for my skintone. The palette did however leave me wanting in some aspects which was a disappointment as it seems to be a cult product for many so I can't help feeling there's something wrong I'm doing! I'll just blame it on my lack of eyeshadow skills, it's like in my head I know what I need to do but it just doesn't turn out so well haha!

Wet n Wild Walking On Eggshells


Wet N Wild Silent Treatment

Silent Treatment
Silent treatment wasn't my first choice but after seeing swatches of this online I was also really looking forward to trying it out. You could say it's more of a deeper, evening look whereas Walking On Eggshells is a more subtle option. The browbone shade is a silvery pink, although it might as well not exist as there's no pigmentation to it and so it doesn't show up (just getting a swatch of it was difficult!). The crease shade is a soft greyish black with slight golden flecks running through it. The eyelid shade is the most pigmented of the trio, it's a lovely taupey purple and my favourite!

On the eyes again the browbone shade doesn't show up. The crease shade comes up as more of a gunmetal grey, again not as pigmented as the eyelid shade which is the most true to colour and actually shows up very well. Again, there is a slight disappointment with this palette too as you're only really getting two shades and for me the crease shade isn't that wearable. 

Wet N Wild Silent TreatmentWet N Wild I Dream Of Geenie

I Dream Of Geenie
I know what you're thinking, those are some vivid greens! They are indeed and I only picked up this palette as it came in a bundle with the two previous ones. The highlighter is a very shimmery silver with the slightest green tint to it. The crease shade is a lovely peacock green with more of an iridescent finish than shimmery. Lastly, the eyelid shade is a shimmery meadow green with golden specks running through it, it actually looks like a lovely colour rather than too garish as the swatch may suggest.

This trio felt a lot easier to apply compared to the other two as the shadows just felt that bit smoother, the pigmentation was also slightly better than the other two. The highlighter shade in this trio did show up but I'm not a fan of a strong glitter highlight. The crease and eyelid shade also showed up well but there can be a bit of fall out.

Wet N Wild I Dream Of Geenie


Wet n Wild Colour Trio Eyeshadow Revews

Overall, this is a product that has it's positives but also a few negatives in my eyes. The pigmentation of the highlighter shades is an issue in all the palettes (especially the first two) for me. Some of the shades are also not as true to how they look in the pan and lastly there's a bit too much shimmer going on for my liking, at one point I had glitter in my eyebrows! However, if you like trying out different products and you want to give these a go than I'd still recommend them as Walking in Eggshells is still a decent palette for a neutral look, the taupey purple in Silent Treatment is amazing and I Dream of Geenie is actually the better palette in terms of formulation out of the three.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What do you think of Wet n Wild palettes?


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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

When Brands Surprise You


Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Pink Pepper and Mint

I think it's amazing how we can interact with our favourite brands on social media, such as twitter, and what's even more amazing is when they throw in a personal touch that sort of throws you as it shows you're not just another customer but a valued fan. So this post is about a little surprise! Liz Earle were running a giveaway and although I didn't win, they messaged many people saying they would still love to send something for a person of our choice. So I of course nominated my Sister (because I'm kind like that haha), but no seriously she loves many products from Liz Earle and the hot cloth cleanser has always been her favourite. I thought it was a wonderful gesture and so I sent over my address not expecting much as I hadn't won the thing. So you can imagine my surprise when this landed through the doorbox, I was speechless for a good minute!

I honestly was not expecting a full size hot cloth cleanser, let alone an amazing limited edition one! I knew instantly my Sister would love this so I wrapped it up as one of her Christmas presents and she was delighted (although I did have to steal it for this photoshoot).

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Pink Pepper and Mint
So where to start? It comes in an lovely and extremely well thought out canister decorated with the limited edition flavour: pink pepper and mint. There's not much else I can say apart from the fact the packaging is probably one of the best ever, it portrays the theme well and it has that extra bit of special magic making it perfect for gifting purposes. Inside you'll find the hot cloth cleanser, as well as a muslin cloth.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Pink Pepper and Mint

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Pink Pepper and Mint

I'm sure by now you've all heard how great the Liz Earle Hot Cloth cleanser is and formula wise this limited edition is on par with the original. It's creamy consistency makes it perfect for massaging it into the skin and gently removing all makeup. The muslin cloth also makes light work of washing it off. The main difference between this limited edition cleanser and the original is the scent, it's heavenly! The pink pepper is most prevalent, with the mint offering a nice subtle refreshing aroma rather than an overly strong mint fragrance.

I'm still gobsmacked by the generosity of Liz Earle, thank you! It also looks like it was available to be purchased on their website around Christmas but it's no longer available. Overall, this is a brilliant edition of a much loved classic and if you could just smell it I'm sure you would fall in love with it too!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
I would love to hear about any amazing experiences you've had with brands!



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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Winter Polishes

Winter Polishes

I'm probably the last person you would have associated with the word 'bold' a few years ago, but fast forward to now (when I'm no longer a teenager *sobs*) deep colours, and especially vampy lips have soon started to become my new obsession. So it's only appropriate I pair them up with my favourite deeper nail polishes. Although for all the nail polishes I do covet, the truth is I'm a lazy bean who can rarely be bothered to paint her nails anymore. I might make that into a resolution this year: stop collecting and start wearing!

China Glaze 255 RAVISHING DAHLING

First up we have China Glaze 255 RAVISHING DAHLING. This is a really deep oxblood shade, however with one coat it comes up as quite a bright pink which I found very strange. 2 coats rectifies this and it's much more true to colour. It does have a tendency to look like a really deep red so you have to go in with a full layer if you want that bold look.

Rimmel I love Lasting Finish in 193 BLACK CHERRIES

Rimmel I love Lasting Finish in 193 BLACK CHERRIES is one I picked up in Poundland (here). This is a deep purple with a slight golden metallic sheen. With one layer this does look quite streaky as I found the formula a bit too dry, however with 2 layers you would never be able to tell and it looks fine. This was definitely a bargain purchase and whilst the formula isn't quite on par with the others I really like the way the shade turns out.

Butter London PITTER PATTER

Butter London isn't a brand I try out very much so this polish in PITTER PATTER was quite an unexpected addition. It's more of a vibrant purple, compared to the Rimmel offering which is very deep, but this one has slight golden specks in it. The formula is very smooth and easy to apply.

OPI Purple-iscious

OPI nail lacquer in Purple-iscious is more of a glittery top coat than a base shade for me. The pinky-purple shade has very fine glitter particles on the same colour running through it. However, they're perfectly intertwined within the polish so it doesn't have that crunchy feel or look that you can sometimes get with glittery top coats. It could be worn on it's own but you need atleast 2 coats as it isn't opaque in one.

OPI nail lacquer in MALAGA WINE

Now onto my favourite of the bunch: OPI nail lacquer in MALAGA WINE! I absolutely adore this shade, 2 winters ago this was all I wore! It's a very deep burgundy wine shade, although I'm a bit gutted that in the swatches it comes off as a very deep red. The formula of this is perfect, you can get full opaqueness in one swatch but I apply two to get the wine shade. What's even more amazing is that I still have most of it left and back when I got it I certainly wasn't as lazy with my nails as I am now!

Nails Inc Hanover Square

Lastly, Nails Inc Hanover Square was one of the polishes I picked up in a Glamour issue (here). I will admit that I don't find some of the Nails Inc formulas to be the best but I can't fault this one! One coat of this would probably be enough on it's own for the deep oxblood/maroon colour to come though. The formula was also very smooth and gave a lovely finish.

ONE COAT

TWO COATS

Winter Nail Polishes

Overall, with all of these polishes (apart from the Rimmel one I mentioned) I found the formula to be really good, the brushes were all decent sizes too so it didn't take ages to coat each nail and there weren't any streaks left behind either.


I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your favourite polishes?



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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Benefit They're Real Mascara VS W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara

Benefit They're Real Mascara VS W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara

I've enjoyed this sort of 'dupe series' (see here) where I got to test and write about the W7 dupes, but I've been especially looking forward to this post as I can actually do a straight up comparison with the Benefit Offering: They're Real Mascara!

First things first, I would never have known the W7 mascara was meant to be a dupe had it not been for the packaging. There's little difference between them apart from the slight colour change and the lettering. Although, there's always the argument whether it's right to copy another brand's packaging down to a t (to make it obvious I guess) or whether it would be better to market the product individually.
Benefit They're Real Mascara VS W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara
L TO R: W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES VS BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL 

To be honest, even looking at these pictures myself now I can easily get confused over which is which. However, I would say aesthetically the wands are practically the same, the only difference I could possibly pinpoint (and I'm really looking for one here) is that the oblong which has all the spikes coming off it is slightly thicker in the Benefit mascara.

They both have plastic comb wands with very sharp spikes! Although with the W7 Absolute Lashes* offering I wasn't as worried about the spikes as they don't feel as sharp as the They're Real mascara when applying (which is a good thing in my book).

Benefit They're Real Mascara VS W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara
 L TO R: W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES VS BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL 

Initially the formula of the W7 mascara was quite wet when I first applied it, although it seems to have dried down a bit after using it a few times and I would now say that it is infact a bit drier than the Benefit They're Real. The Benefit version feels quite wet and thus it's a bit more likely to clump for me and I have to spend a bit longer scraping excess product off (I do that for all mascaras I use).


One small gripe I have with both mascaras is that I find it hard to coat the smaller lashes in the inner corner as the spikes on the tips are still a bit too long (and sharp), and most of the time they are covered in product as you can see above.

Benefit They're Real Mascara VS W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara
 L TO R: W7 ABSOLUTE LASHES VS BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL 

After applying the first coat I was happy with the results from both mascaras, it's really easy to achieve long fluttery and separated lashes without any clumps. Although both mascaras lack a bit of volume but then again they're great for an everyday natural look.

When it came to applying the second layer I found it easier using the W7 mascara, the Benefit mascara made my lashes feel quite crunchy! It was also harder to separate the lashes using the Benefit mascara so a few of my lashes did clump together. Although the main question in mind for me is: did they give the enormous lengths? Well yes, my lashes were seriously long, however the Benefit mascara won the award for extreme lengths, the lashes were a bit longer using They're Real. However, they looked more natural, yet long, using W7 Absolute Lashes so that cinches it for me.



Overall, I found both mascaras great for everyday but I like the W7 version a bit more as it looks more natural in my opinion. Although I must admit that the pictures above have come out more focused on one side, yet I can still see where the Benefit mascara has clumped a bit whereas the lashes look a bit more fanned out using the W7 Absolute Lashes. I also think both mascaras gave an identical look when only one layer was applied, they are also quite jet black which is a great match for my eyebrows haha!

I would really recommend the W7 Absolute Lashes* as not only is it a VERY good dupe for the Benefit They're Real, but it has also won a place in my favourite mascaras. It's also as cheap as chips at £2.99 here so it's well worth checking out if you're looking for a new mascara.

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Would you give the W7 mascara a go or what do you think of dupes in general?


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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

An Overdue Post


So where to start? Basically some time ago in 2015 (I'm still getting used to the fact it's 2016!) I won a giveaway from Pink Frenzy's blog, however it was smackbang in the middle of my exams and before I knew it the year had past me by. Nevertheless, I couldn't not mention all the effort she went into so here I am with a quick (these are never really quick though are they) lowdown on the goodies.

First of all, the goodies came in this YSL makeup bag, seriously how cute is this! I love it and it would be perfect if I ever needed to travel overnight.


Then I got a whole heap of lip products which is always very exciting! The lipglosses above are by Makeup Revolution London. The clear one is called Free (a bit strange), then we have the bright barbie pink called Baby try and then finally the nudey pink called Not Naive. These are semi sheer with a very glossy finish.

The Cheeky lips stain by Oriflame Veryme can be used on both the lips and cheeks. In the tube it looks like a very deep purple however it gives the perfect vampy/just bitten look. It has a gel-liquid texture that means it can be built up unlike some tints that are too watery.



The packaging of these Kat Von D studded kiss lipsticks certainly threw me! I wasn't even sure these were lipsticks to begin with. Anyway I got the shades Lovecraft, a mauvey taupeand Agatha, a nude pink beige.


On my lips Lovecraft came off much lighter than I was expecting but I actually quite like it, plus I feel like I see so many people wearing variations of this colour so I'm glad I can try out the trend for myself. The formula of these lipsticks is matter than matte!



I also got to try some Makeup Revolution mono eyeshadows in the shades: Blow Your Whistle (a soft lilacy purple), Insomnia (a deep greyish purple with a lovely reflective sheen) and Base! (a really nice silvery gold with again a more reflective sheen rather than being shimmery). Base! would also double up as a very affordable highlighter!



I knew I would end up loving the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hr in 65 Pink Gold before I even tried it as it's the most beautiful shade, an iridescent metallic pink with a champagne gold sheen (it's a tough one to describe!).



I don't own many MAC products but I'll admit that I have swooned over their eye pigments, and if you asked me what shade I wanted then it would have been exactly this: Old Gold. It's a lovely sparkly classic gold, and you can't really go far wrong with the classics right? Plus you just need the tiniest bit of the pigment so I can see this lasting me forever.




I also got some Nivea face masks and the Makeup Revolution Amazing Curl mascra in Black Brown.

Lastly, a massive thanks to Pink Frenzy as I loved trying all of these products out.


I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried any of these products?

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