Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 045 Romantic

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is really a lip stain and a balm in one formula that is in a chubby crayon pencil form. I actually really like chunky pencil type lip products as they're really easy to use and you can be precise, just like real colouring. This one doesn't need to be sharpened as it just twists up using the bottom silver part.

Romantic- Is a warm sheer red with a nice shine, it really reminds me of a less pigmented version of Revlon's Lip Butter in Candy Apple but leans warmer and slightly more brown toned. The product can easily be built up without it feeling heavy and feels very light on the lips. It smells of very light mint which is refreshing but not heavy and there's no taste.

As this is a stain and a balm, you do get the moisturising qualities but it's not as deeply hydrating as the lip butter as it's way too light. However it applies very evenly and the tip doesn't wear down too quickly so I guess this will last you for ages. As for the stain, once the balm is worn away there's a very subtle tint, not much but it's there and most importantly it's even! On me it lasts around two hours but without eating/drinking.. if you do, you'll be looking at the subtle stain.

Anyhow I really do like this stain/balm thing and in my opinion it's better than the separated balm and stain marker duo.
RRP is £7.99.
^Comparison of Candy Apple Lip Butter top and Romantic Balm Stain bottom.
Purchased at Superdrug

Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Blue Beast EOTD

~Products Used~

Base- Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mascara- L'Oreal Lash Architect 4D
Eyeliner- L'Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Pure Black, Rimmel Kohl Pencil 071 Pure White.
Eyeshadow- FrontCover Rainbow Eyes Palette (Blanc De Blanc, French Blue, Black Iris), Etude House Tear Drop Powder #1 Crystal White Tear

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Skin Therapy Nourishing Q10 Hand & Nail Cream

At the price of only 59p? It's truly incredible and it isn't just a basic hand & nail cream, this one has ingredients like Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Q10, PH Balanced and Paraben free which is something that you'd expect from a brand way over triple the price.

The packaging is very basic with a screw top tube instead of the normal flip top lid and contains 75ml of product. However  the cream itself is more of a lotion (which comes out as a pale pink like most hand and nail creams) as I think the consistency is far too thin to be a 'cream'.

Texture wise it's very thin and slightly water like and appears to be a tad sticky before it sinks in which isn't that bad as it sinks in fast. As for the scent it's very light delicate sweet floral smell and not really noticeable if you don't put your nose up to it. Moisturising it is but not for severely dry hands and nails but it's good enough for everyday and I've noticed since using this my nail growth is really good and there's not a broken nail yet which is rare for me.

I'll say it's a complete bargain at 59p how do they even make it this cheap? It's worth picking up at a trip to Wilkinsons and there's lots more skincare where this came from in this budget line.

Purchased at Wilkinsons

Monday, 20 August 2012

Colour Block EOTD

 ~Products Used~

Base- Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mascara- Jemma Kidd I-Glamour Volume 
Eyeliner- L'Oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner 01 Pure Black, Rimmel Kohl Pencil 071 Pure White, Barry M Kohl Pencil 23 Hot Pink
Eyeshadow- Sleek Acid Palette (Deep Pink, Neon Pink, Orange, White, Black), BeautyUK Eyeshadow Collection 1 (Light Blue, White).

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Barbara Daly Eye Liner Polish in Dramatic Black

Barbara Daly Eye Liner Polish is really just a gel liner but it caught my eye as it's packaged just like L'Oreal and Maybelline with the brush included. At £7.99 it's in the price range of the other brands so it's not a cheaper version, so high hopes were involved. Sadly I don't like it all and unfortunately for me it's the worst I have encountered in gel liners.

Eye Liner Polish comes packaged in a large chunky misty glass jar with an eye brush which I think isn't too bad, although it is quite square, blunt at the ends and slightly thicker than the normal eyeliner brushes. I find this brush trickier to use than most.

As the gel liner is called 'Dramatic Black' I was expecting a strong pigmented blackest black of liners. This one takes a lot of layers to a achieve a good enough usable black. What makes it more difficult is the fact that it has a sort of dry texture and it seems to hate working on top of eyeshadow and goes all stiff, this is the first time I've encountered a gel liner to work like this. I like gel liners to glide and take very little effort which really this does not. As for longevity, I didn't experience any smudging or disappearing so at least it's good for something.

In my opinion I'd suggest to save your pennies and look else wear, my favourite gel liner has to be L'Oreal Gel Intenza.

Purchased at Tesco

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Sleek i-Divine Original Eyeshadow Palette

I thought that I'd give this Sleek palette a review for the very reason as it's my most used palette and as you can tell there's pan showing through two of the shadows already. The purple is definitely my favourite in this palette and if it contained a frosty shimmery white, I think this palette would be complete. 

Sleek eyeshadow palettes contains 12 eyeshadows which all come in a matte plastic packaging with a mirror and double ended sponge applicator. The packaging is very sturdy although it's not something that you can chuck in a makeup bag as the shadows contained are very fragile I've had some crack on me and I've even bought a brand new palette to find that one of the shadows were already broken which made the palette a complete mess and of course one missing shade!

Despite everything all the shadows in the 'Original' palette are shimmery apart from the black that leans more matte and some are almost metallic. All are super pigmented, opaque, apply like butter and there's not one dud of a shadow. If you like colour and intense finishes I'd recommend this palette.
RRP is £6.49

Purchased at Superdrug

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Jemma Kidd Make Up School Stain Flush & Gloss Lip & Cheek Duo in 01 Ruby Tuesday

Got this little duo for a couple of quid on FragranceDirect. Many of Jemma Kidd products are still available on the website for a fraction of the RRP, this one was £22.00! I looked on Jemma Kidd's official website and it's still selling so it's not being discontinued?

Jemma Kidd lip and cheek duo comes in a fliptop black rubbery type packaging like NARS with a lip/cheek stain pan and a lipgloss on the bottom, complete with a mirror it's a nice little compact.

I find the stain which is a bitten deep red to be creamy, matte and smooth but it is hard to get an even finish on the lips even if you build up the product, for the cheeks I find it to be better as you have more of an area to blend and don't need as much pigmentation as the lips, although I hate using any cream/liquid for my cheeks as I feel it messes up my base.

The lipgloss which is a sheer jelly bright red, it's very glossy, non sticky, thick in texture and when applied with the stain you get a much more even finish but it drastically changes the longevity to as much as the wear on a cheaply made lipgloss and there's probably no point in wearing the stain alone for the longevity (which lasts a few hours) as it's patchy. I figure I'll be using the stain under lipstick to boost the wear. 

Both the stain and lipgloss appear to be unscented but to me the lipgloss kind of tastes a bit papery while the stain has no taste at all, how weird is that?

Overall I'm so glad that I never paid the RRP and in my opinion the product is very average with a lot of faults and I wouldn't ever consider a repurchase.

 ^Lipgloss +Stain
 ^Stain applied lightly and blended

 ^After using twice the lipgloss pan very visible

Purchased at FragranceDirect

Friday, 3 August 2012

Canmake Highlight Gradation 4 Colors Highlight in 01 White Gradation

Canmake is a very popular Japanese brand with a big range of different products. If you happen to live in Japan you get these a lot cheaper and equivalent to a drugstore price since of course Ebay will put up the prices.

This highlighter comes in clear fliptop lid packaging with a small flat brush which is really pointless as it's too thin and small but I'd like to point out that it's extremely soft!
Though the highlighter seems quite small it's big enough to swirl a medium sized powder brush about and the product goes a long way as it's not really powdery and there is no product fall out.

There are meant to be 4 different colours in the pan but really I think it just comes out all white to me and has a sheer finish that can be built up without caking or looking frosty. I find that you wouldn't get frost with this highlighter as it has the lightest pearl glow as it's mixed with matte but it does have a few micro sparkle particles which might put some off but I personally like it and it has a very delicate glowing pretty finish. 

Overall I would like there to be a little more 'frost' as this is a point in a highlighter for me but other than that I I do like the finish it gives and it makes me want to try more products from Canmake.

Purchased at Ebay