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Sunday, 29 May 2016

May Beauty Favourites

It's the end of another month so it's time to tell you about my favourite beauty products in May...

Hylamide Pore Delete is a pore blurring, mattifying product. It's a liquid that you pat on on top of your foundation and before powder. It's a bit strange to get used to and it took me a couple of tries to get it working well without removing any of my foundation (read more about getting the hang of it in my review here). Now I have the hang of it, though, it really does reduce the look of larger pores and mattify. Find it here for £18 with free delivery.

L'oreal Sexy Balm  in 'As If I' very quickly became a favourite. It's a tinted, balmly lip colour in a twist up chubby pencil type format. These are lovely and moisturising and convenient to apply on the go as the shades I chose can be slapped on without a mirror. See my review here and find them here for £4.99 (buy one get one half price).

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in 'Love Hangover' is something I'vee had for a few months but I have used it a lot this month. The warm pink-coral shade just says Spring/Summer to me. It is well pigmented but not so much that it makes it difficult to use and the packaging is beautiful as well. You can read my review here and find it here for £22.50 (currently 10% off).

Maybelline Super Stay nail polish in 'Red Hot Getaway' and 'Pink Volt' have been my go to nail colours this month. I currently have Pink Volt on both my fingers and toes. I just love bright pink and coral nail polishes in Spring and Summer and the formula of the superstay nail polishes is brilliant. They are long lasting and apply nicely. With some of them I can get away with 1 coat. Find them for £4.49 each via Superdrug here.

Orly Glosser top coat was something I saw recommended by Zoe from Mammafulzo and I must say I'm enjoying it. I've tried a few top coats lately and none of them have been quite right for one reason or another. This one does help my nail polish last longer than it would with other top coats and has a nice shiny finish. Find it here for £11.20.

What were your favourite beauty products this month?

Em x

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Review and Swatches: Makeup Revolution Smokey Palette

I came across Makeup Revolution's Smokey palette in Superdrug a couple of weeks ago and it's an obvious dupe of the Urban Decay Smoky palette (yes it's spelled differently, without the e). I think that Makeup Revolution make some great products for the price point but I do sometimes wonder how they get away with producing so many products that are so obviously designed to dupe things from more expensive brands. The Urban Decay version was something I liked the look of when it came out but I didn't think I'd get enough use out of the grey shades to justify the price tag (I tend to wear warmer tones during the day and only really go for a grey smokey eye for evening wear). As much as I love the quality of UD eye shadows, the smoky palette is pricey at £38.50, by comparison to the Revolution one, which cost me £6.

The packaging of the palette is sleek and black with gold writing. It feels like decent quality considering it cost £6 and I love the large mirror inside. I do wish, however, that there was some differentiation between their palettes on the front. The only way to tell which is which is by looking at the name on thee sticker on the back. If you have a few palettes from them like I do, it's slightly irritating.'s what's inside that counts! Inside are 12 eye shadows that are great quality, really smooth and pigmented. They're obviously not quite as good quality as the UD palette will be but they are just brilliant for £6. Even the mattes are nice and smooth and easy to work with, which is not always the case, especially with cheaper eye shadows. 

Also included is a double ended brush with a flat side for packing shadow onto the lid and a more round side that could be used for blending or putting colour into the crease. It's not the best quality brush and I would always use my own, but if you don't have brushes already, it is far better than those little sponge applicators that companies usually include in more budget friendly palettes.

Overall, I really do think this is a brilliant palette for a bargainous price. If like me, they are colours that you would only use every now and then, or you just don't want to spend a fortune on an eye shadow palette, I'd really recommend it.

Have you tried this palette or the Urban Decay version? What do you think?

Em x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Review: L'oreal Infallible Sexy Balm

The minute I set my eyes on the L'oreal Infallible Sexy Balms, I had a feeling I was going to like them. I'm not keen on the name I must say (is there any need to call them a 'sexy balm', L'oreal?) but the products themselves are just great.

Top: 102 Gossip; Bottom:103 As If I
Both of the shades I chose (102 Gossip and 103 As If I) are the Sheer variety. They also come in 'bold' shades, which have a lot more pigment. Personally I think this type of balmy product lends itself well to more natural/ neutral type shades and a sheer formula. If I'm going to wear a bold shade, I prefer something matte because I would be worried that anything with too much slip to it would end up smearing around my face (not a good look for anyone!). 

As you can see from the pictures below, Gossip is the lighter shade and it does slightly nude out my lips as it is lighter than my natural lip colour. As If I is more of a natural, 'my lips but better' type shade. Both shades are great for applying on the go. I have been applying them at my desk at work without even using a mirror.

You get a fair amount of product in these twist up chubby pencil type products. I was interested to twist them all the way up and see just how much you get because all too often there is less than you think. 

Top: 102 Gossip; Bottom:103 As If I
They are both very moistursing and glossy. I'm not quite sure why they have the word 'infallible' in the title because this type of product is obviously not going to last as well as a more dry, matte product would. They claim that they provide 12 hours of moisture which I think is a very big claim but what I will say is that after a couple of hours when the colour and gloss has worn off, my lips do still feel moisturised and in good condition. They remind me a lot of the Soap and Glory Gloss Sticks so if you like those, you will love these as well.

102 Gossip
Also like the Soap and Glory version, they have a slightly sweet, fruity taste/ scent but nothing too overpowering. Personally I don't mind a mild taste/ scent to lip products but I don't like anything too strong.

103 As If I
Overall, I really like these and they haven't left my handbag since I bought them a couple of weeks ago. They are £4.99 each, which I think is a good price for the quality of the product and how much you get. They are also currently buy one get one half price via Superdrug here so you could try two shades for £7.50.

Have you tried the L'oreal Infallible Sexy Balms? What do you think?

Em x

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Review: Hylamide Pore Delete

I recently bought Hylamide Pore Delete from the brand Deciem who advertise themselves as 'The Abnormal Beauty Company'. I thought it seemed like a really interesting product, especially because I have large pores on and around my nose (which is typical for oily skin). Some days it bothers me because I feel like they are noticeable and my skin doesn't look as smooth as it could with my makeup on. I figured this product was worth a go.

The product claims to mattify the skin, minimize pores and blur imperfections, which sounded brilliant. It is designed to mimic the results of photo retouching software (read more about the science here). The directions say to apply it either as a last step if using it as part of your skincare routine or if you're going to wear makeup, then you should apply by carefully patting on after foundation and before powder. I really wasn't sure how this would work, fearing that it would just rub my foundation off.

Does it work? Yes, definitely. It's actually pretty amazing to see my nose so poreless! Once I have applied my powder over the top, it really does look super smooth! The pore blurring effect lasts so much longer than any pore blurring primer I've ever tried (pretty much a whole 10 hour day). It's mattifying effect actually keeps my t zone from needing blotting/ powdering as quickly as usual, which is handy during a work day. Although I still blot and powder once in that time, the pore blurring effect stays. I find that most pore blurring primers make my skin look great to start with but after a couple of hours, the large pores on my nose start to reappear. This product is different!

However, there are just a couple of things to note about it.I will say that the first time I tried it, it did remove the foundation from my nose and I had to reapply my foundation. However, I have discovered that the secret is to use the tiniest amount, and I really do mean tiny. As in I put one drop of the liquid onto the back of my hand and tap two fingers into it then very gently tap onto the areas where I want to minimize pores and keep things matte. I might use more than one drop in the end but I find it best to begin with the smallest amount possible to avoid ruining my foundation. You can't rub it in or even pat more than absolutely necessary to apply it to your skin because it would remove bits of your foundation. It feels slightly tacky on the skin but dries very quickly to a super matte finish.

It also leaves a slight lightened effect from the white shade of the product. Once I have popped my powder over the top, you wouldn't know, butt bearing in mind that I'm fair skinned, I'm not sure how it would work for darker skin tones.

Would I use it every day? Well...I didn't think so but actually now I've got the hang of it, I have been because the extra step really doesn't take long considering the amazing and long lasting effect it has. 

Hylamide Pore Delete costs £18 and you can find it with free delivery here. Personally I think it's worth the price because you need to use so little of it each time that 30ml would last a long time, even if you use it on an everyday basis.

Do you have a favourite pore blurring product?

Em x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Primark Designer Inspired Sunglasses

Just a quick post today about my new favourite sunglasses! I found these babies in Primark recently for £3 each. I love getting my sunnies from there because I am one of those people who seems to break/ lose them much more often than I should, so I'm not prepared to spend a fortune on them.

I've also been admiring these Dior ones and Primark's ones are...erm...very designer inspired shall we say...only the Dior ones are £280 and up.

I picked up the black and baby pink versions as you can see. The baby pink ones have grey mirrored lenses and the colour of the frames makes them look really retro. My husband wasn't a fan of the pink but then he's not wearing them on his face is he?! haha. They also had them in a tortoiseshell frame with dark brown lenses.

What do you think?

Em x

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Review: Primark PS Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in 'Nude'

I went for wander around Primark last weekend and came across their Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayons. I've never really paid much attention to their makeup range before but shade 06 nude took my fancy and since it was only £2, into my basket it went. I figured I wasn't losing much if it turned out to be not much good.

However, I must say that I'm really impressed! Although it is reasonably matte, it is a very creamy matte and it's not totally flat and drying like matte lip products often can be. The texture is actually really lovely to wear and they apply so smoothly. It lasts pretty well then fades evenly-I'm not left with that ring around the edge of my lips that a lot of matte lip products seem to leave as they wear off.

Add to that the shade, and this really is such a lovely product for the price. I feel like it's a really flattering, darker nude/ 'my lips but better' shade on my skin tone but I could see it working equally as well on darker skin tones.

Have you tried any of the Primark makeup range? What do you think?

Em x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

April 2016 Beauty Favourites

I tried the L'oreal Extraordinary Clay hair care range (currently 3 for £10 here) this month and was really impressed! My hair gets oily at the roots quite quickly but this range gives me an extra day between washes. You can see my full review in my last post here.

I have really enjoyed Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Soothing Hydrating Lotion (currently £3.99 with £2 off here) this month. There's something quite comforting about the oat and milk scent and for a lotion I find it really moisturising. In my opinion it is as moisturising as some body butters I've tried, but in a lighter formula.

I have mentioned three different Estee Lauder lipsticks from the Pure Colour Envy line this month and I haven't stopped using them. The formulas are just lovely. They feel really creamy and the packaging is just amazingly high quality with a very satisfying magnetic click when you put the top on. My most worn of the three if I had to choose is the shade 'Impulsive', which is a lovely everyday pink. See my review and swatches here.

Clinique Cheek Pop blush in 'Pink Pop' (£17 with free P&P here)is another thing I picked up this month and I honestly haven't stopped using it since. It's such a lovely shade for Spring and I love the cheek pop blushes in general (I have a few shades). They have a flattering sheen on the skin, without being shimmery or just looks healthy, you know? They're also not too bad a price for a higher end brand.

For almost the whole of March, I used the Revlon 'Highlighting Palette' in Desert Bronze for bronzing/ contouring (it is matte so I'm not sure why it's called a highlighting palette). This month I have gone back to Benefit Hoola (£23.50 with free P&P here). which is, I think, my favourite bronzer as I keep coming back to it even when I try other things. The Revlon one is quite close and I mentioned it as a cheaper alternative in my March favourites, but I think Hoola blends just slightly better.

I had forgotten about my Nip and Fab Glycolic Serum (currently half price at £7.45 here), having been using other products with exfoliating properties (some still from Nip and Fab). I came across it in my skincare draw and went back to using it...oh my does this make my skin smooth. Over time it definitely makes my skintone more even looking/ helps to fade scarring from spots and I'm convinced it's made a fine line that was developing on my forehead look less prominent. Not bad, huh?!

What were your favourite beauty products in April?

Em x