3 July 2016

THE ONLY SETTING SPRAYS I NEED

Beeing an avid user of makeup setting sprays over the past years, I think I can confidently say that I have found the perfect duo that I will ever need in my makeup kit. Being a combination oily skin girl can make it difficult finding the perfect finish foundation which does the oil control but compromises on the glow but these are the answers to my problems and totally changed my life. I have given up my favourite MAC fix+ and also my Urban decay allnighter after discovering these which are also a more affordable option.

Most setting sprays I use are mattifying due to my oily prone skin type. However, having fallen in love with the on trend dewy glowy look, I find that this spray allows my skin to have the radiance without making it look greasy. The spray is just like any normal spray but when it is dried, you can see the difference compared with the just powdered face. It is very affordable and the size is good for on the go. I would probably try out the matte version of this soon and see how it compares. Definitley a must try for getting a subtle healthy glow without breaking the bank. 

I remembered when I first used this, I wasn't too keen on the actual spray itself.  I wouldn't describe it as a mist personally because it was quite a forceful spray which is a bit uncomfortable and heavy when using. When you leave this spray to set, my makeup is definitley set in place and leaves a nice matte finish to touch. This spray has made my makeup last throughout the whole day of my work shifts and I feel that on days when I do not use this, I can feel and see the difference. One thing to remember is to make sure that it is well shaken before applying or else it would make your foundation patchy which is not what we want. A must try for oily complexions and I can say that I prefer it over the Urban decay all nighter.

Have you tried any setting sprays? 
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12 May 2016

Brand Focus: NYX Cosmetics

NYX was a brand which I have been lusting over for quite some time as it was difficult to get hold of in the UK. However, I am now so happy they Selfridges and larger boots store now have these in stock! I managed to pick up a handful of product to try out and so far I have been impressed by them.

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21 April 2016

MY 13 HOUR SHIFT ESSENTIALS

Working as a nurse means that it is vital for me to find products that are long lasting throughout my tedious and somewhat draining shift without having to touch up. I find that these products have worked well for me and helped me look half decent after the long shift. 
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31 January 2016

Lip Liners by Kiko

I am always overwhelmed by the range of products that Kiko stores offer and I totally fall in love with their good quality products with such reasonable price tags. This store offers products that closely resemble some of those on the higher brand shelves which I love as I can get the same type of product for a fraction of the price. Recently I have fallen for the whole lip liner craze and matte lips therefore I wouldn't pass the Kiko store without making a purchase. To be very honest, I wanted all the colours and quite alot of the shades in the lip liner ranges were beautiful. However, I have to constrain myself and be good by picking out a couple of standout shades: A nude and a nice wearable pink colour.


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10 January 2016

A Few From Charlotte Tilbury

So for Christmas I got the amazing new Charlotte Tilbury Advent calender which I was so thrilled by. With that came with some lovely miniature products for me to try out before going ahead and puchasing the full size. Overall, I have been amazed by the quality of the products I've tested and the generous sized products definitley was worth the price of the advent calender. I will be sharing my reviews on all the products over the next couple weeks too so stay tuned for that.

[ Lip Magic ]
When I first heard that Charlotte Tilbury is releasing a lipstick, I instantly got really excited as anybody who knew me would know that I am a lipbalm fiend. However, packaged within a tiny pot was a product that I thought all in all was a thumbsdown for me. Not only was it not very hydrating, but it left a fine layer of the product on my lips which didn't really do much. I also dislike the design within the pot as I always feel that its unhygeinic to dip fingers in the pot each time to apply onto my lips. For the price of this, I do not think its worth it as I think that there are other brands out there that does a better job at moisturising.

[ NOCTURNAL CAT EYE SHADOW in On the Prowl ]
This eyeshadow feels amazing and swatches so well. This colour is described as an 'antique, pearl-flecked aubergine which compliments green eyes especially. The colour is very buildable and a few layers of this gave a multidimensional look to the eyes. It delivered a nice subtle shimmer that doesn't look over the top but catches the light nicely as you can see in the pictures. I do find that it is a little bit difficult to blend out compared to other eyeshadows I have but when used with a primer, it does make it a little easier. As a single eyeshadow, it is really good and has a really finely milled texture. However, I did find that it creased on my eyelids due to my long work hours and natural prone oily eyelids. Great product by Charlotte Tilbury but I feel that there are other better eyeshadows out there for the price. 

[ ROCK ‘N’ KOHL eyeliner in Supernova ]
This smokey plum shade eyeliner was beautiful in stores and when I swatched this in store I really adored the buttery texture of it and how long it lasted on the back of my hand. This mini I got from the advent calender did not dissapoint me at all as the colour was highly pigmented and the shimmer was perfect. It didn't smudge on me despite the tendency of my eyes to become watery throughout the day therefore I was more than impressed. A high quality long-lasting eyeliner which I would highly recommend and the colour range that do is great too. Only downside to this is that I am a contact lens wearer and sometimes the tiny specs of shimmer does tend to stick to my lens.
 
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Have you tried any products from Charlotte Tilbury?
 
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15 December 2015

My Thoughts on Freedom Makeup

The brand Freedom makeup is not only a new brand to me, but it grabbed my interest by how striking its similarity is to other more higher end brands out there on the market that does similar products....Yes I am talking about the Anastasia beverly hills products which I have always been tempted by. Packaging wise, I feel that the quality is great and very sturdy for the price which is great for on the go.  So in this post, I will summarise my first impressions of these products.



Pro Brow pomade taupe

This definitely is a product that resembles the Anastasia dipbrow pomade which I have been wanting to try. I tend to use this product for nights out as I find that it does look a bit heavy for day time use in my opinion. Pigmentation wise, this isn't the best and I find that the colour does change throughout the day. Not sure how it compares with the Anastasia dipbrow but for the price that I picked this up for, I can't really complain.



Duo Eyebrow powder Taupe

I really enjoyed using this eyebrow powder as it gives a very natural gradient look to the eyebrows. The two toned shades allows me to have a lighter shade at the front and a deeper shade on the ends of the brows to achieve more definition. There is quite a bit of fallout from the product and once again, the pigmentation isn't that great.



Pro highlight Diffused

Out of all the products here, this is the product that I was the most impressed with. I am now gradually trying out highlighting products and I think that this is the best product that I have in my collection. The product is easy to use and it doesn't accentuate my pores making them look larger than they are. I would describe the highlight as a cool toned shimmer without making your makeup look too over the top. Can see the glow on my skin and it really does make a difference to my makeup look giving me much more radiance. 


Pro cream strobe palette with brush

The most expensive product out of the lot but I have to say that it was the most dissapointing. The colour range in this palette is great and the brush that it comes with is of a satisfactory quality too. However, the product itself if not pigmented at all and I found myself layering these cream products so much. I have tried using my fingers, brushes and my beauty blender but it seems like these cream products just dissapear onto my skin. 


Pro contour shaped stick medium

The shading colour is a bit too warm for contouring in my opinion but its ok to use it as a base for other products on top. This product is easy to use and handy to take around for travelling. Once again, it lacked pigmentation which can be frustrating after having to reapply. I also found that it was quite hard to blend evenly. The lid cracked easily which made it no longer secure anymore so I had to be extra careful with it in my makeup bag.




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In conclusion, I think that I wouldn't make a purchase from Freedom makeup again. Although the prices are cheaper than the higher end brands, I think that the quality of the products definitley is a reflection of the pricing. The only products that I would consider myself buying more of are their wonderful highlighters which I have been loving these couple of months.

 

Have You tried any products by Freedom?

♥ Love Ying x

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