Tuesday, 25 March 2014

{Strictly Swatches} Revlon Photoready Cream Blushes in Charmed & Flushed.

Though Revlon's offering of a cream blush formula may seem small in range (only four colours to date), the shades themselves are wonderful to work with. Flushed appears as a hot pink which blends to a subtle rosy glow on the skin while Charmed leans deeper in tone and gives a moody but warm hint of colour.

Flushed can apply slightly patchy if blended incorrectly so using the right brush with these is essential, as with most cream products in the drugstore. ( I'd recommend a duo-fibre of some description.)



L - Flushed.
R - Charmed.
Swatched without a base.

x ~ x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Review : Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel.

Hey guys! Today I'm bringing you a review of a product I am absolutely loving at the moment. It's no surprise to my long-term followers that I love lip products - but this one is unlike anything I've ever used before. 

On with the review! 

Starting off (as we always do.) with packaging. The sleek, black tube is certainly appealing and definitely something I'd be proud to brandish during an evening out. Strangely enough, I actually really like the font they've chosen, along with the reflective coating on the words 'Gloss Ink',plastered on the side. 

On the underside, the colour name is clear and comes with a shade swatch, although this isn't entirely accurate. The applicator is a typical doe foot with a slightly more rounded tip for easy angles. The entire tube itself measures at little more than 8cm, so it's perfect for handbags! 

The product itself is a beauty. It's something I could only describe as a cross between a lip lacquer and a one-coat-wonder gloss stain!

 Application is smooth and opaque on the lips in one coat. Although the formula does feel sticky, it doesn't feel like it's going to move around all over my face. Once the ink is properly set, it won't budge easily. Through eating and drinking, I only had minor touch-ups to add after about 4-5 hours. When removing the gloss ink, there is some noticeable staining and pigmentation. 

What I love about this shade is how comfortable it feels. There's no tightness or major creasing issues,which means happier lips afterwards.

Swatched without lip primer.

So I'll definitely be going to pick some more of these up. Once again, Topshop have exceeded expectations and have gone above and beyond! I've got my eye on a lighter shade in the range, called 'Sugar Rush'.

Will you be picking any of these up? Have you tried them? If so, let me know in a comment! 

x ~ x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

{Strictly Swatches} Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet & MUA Luxe Velvet Lacquer in Reckless.

Although I've featured Lime Crime's offering of a lip lacquer on this blog before, I took the liberty of reviewing and comparing both products in a video on my channel and decided to add a swatch post to match! 

L - MUA Luxe in 'Reckless'
R - Lime Crime in 'Red Velvet'

MUA's appears to be ever so slightly more sheer than Lime Crime in one coat and though they are basically the same shade, LC's Red Velvet gives off a tad bit more 'tomato' in it's hue. For more information on these products, visit my Youtube channel - www.youtube.com/youe3 

x ~ x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Where Am I?

Hey guys,

It's been well over a month since I last posted. I thought I owed an explanation as to why I'm so absent most of the time. Quite frankly, I've never been quite as busy in life as I am now and that's crazy to me. Every day is a new challenge or event or job and I love it. Being more active in real life really does take its toll on internet interaction.

Although I cannot say whether I'll be posting this day or that, I will try to get a blog post up now and again if I'm able. At the moment,I'm even struggling to upload a video a week on my Youtube channel but I do want to thank you for your continuous, unwavering support. I love you all, each and every one. I couldn't ask for a more epic following.

x ~ x

Friday, 31 January 2014

Sleek Blush-By-3 Cream Blush Palette - Californ.I.A.

Sleek's offering of a cream blush palette is innovative and extremely travel friendly. Each pan contains an emollient cream blush,which are thin and buttery in consistency and last for around 6 hours on a combination skin. These would be perfect spring shades for 2014 but may compliment fairer skin tones the best. 

              L-R : OC, The Surf, Newport Peach.

L-R : OC, The Surf, Newport Peach.

Swatched without a base.

x ~ x

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

My Favourite Eyeshadow Highlight | models own Powder Eyeshadow in White Pearl.

I can't believe I've never spoken about this before,but it must have slipped under my radar. This beautiful little drugstore gem has been a firm favourite of mine for almost 3 years now and I know what you're thinking,it looks barely touched. That's because you need so little to get such a great payoff!

White Pearl is a shade I received when I visited The Clothes Show live in 2011. It came in a package of other products,y'know - one of those goody bag type things? 

It's a true pure white pearl colour with micro shimmer and absolutely no glitter chunks.It's smooth,easy to blend and compliments a universal range of eyeshadow looks. A definite staple in even the most basic of make-up kits!

I generally apply this to the inner corners of my eyes to draw light and brighten up the look. This colour also tends to make the whites of the eyes look even whiter,which is always a bonus.

Swatched without a primer.

If you can get your hands on it,go ahead and grab it! From what I have researched though,it may be difficult to find. I wish you the best of beauty luck in any hunt you may pursue.

x ~ x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Makeup Shake Up | Trying New Things.

When I started out the new year,I vowed to myself that I would begin branching out in makeup. The horribly honest truth of it is,that I simply forget to do so. But I must admit that I'm rather tired of being stuck in the same old rut of using the same things every day! Anyone else guilty too? 

To try and remedy this problem,I've decided to start a personal challenge to use more of the makeup that I already own (Sort of a 'shop my stash' kind of deal),as well as different brands,shades and textures of up and coming products that I may choose to purchase. 

So to begin,I've set up a 'swapping out' station on my desk,where I change up my everyday products each week. Here's a few of the first contenders -

Benefit Erase Paste - 01 Fair. ~ £19.50 

I've been on a slight concealer kick recently and have been meaning to pick this one up for absolutely ages. I haven't tested it out as extensively as I'd like,since I only purchased it around a week ago but from what I can tell,this one is creamy and blends very nicely indeed! The shade is much more pink than I imagined though that works to my advantage.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. ~ £7.99

I have had an addiction to the Nivea Daily Essentials primer for far too long! I thought it was about time I tried some new primers. When this one came to market,I knew it would generate buzz since it's rival is so much more expensive (Benefit Pore-Fessional,anyone?). Though it is similar in it's smooth texture to Benefit's offering,I find it to be a much lighter formula on the skin. My foundation seems to apply more evenly over it too. 

Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick - 'Beehive'. ~ £4.79

Though I stand by my claim of this lipstick being overpriced for what it is,I still like it a lot. The sheer lipstick offers me only a hint of colour but I must admit that I'm becoming more accustomed to wearing these types of products. Even if the hydration isn't out of this world - when I want a fresh makeup look,this will be a great lip product to go to! 

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick - 'Tantalizing Taupe'. ~ £6.99

Nude lipsticks are a scary place for me. Having naturally very pigmented lips can be both a blessing and a curse when choosing lipstick shades and nudes are the worst! I tend to go for very sheer nudes if any but this one is much more opaque than I'd normally pick up. I intend to use a gloss over the top to tame the look of concealer lips. Wish me luck,people of the internet - this is brand new territory for me,after all.

Topshop Eyeshadow Trio Palette - 'Orion'. ~ £12.00

Before I bought this palette,I had no idea that Topshop even made well pigmented eyeshadows. I'd seen a few blog posts about their four pan palettes and wanted to swatch them but alas,I was sucked in by the beauty of these shades. Each eyeshadow is rich and smooth whilst blending beautifully on the lids! What's more,I've never come across a taupey-brown shade quite like the one in this trio.

I hope that I'll get on well with all of these little beauties - let me know which new products you'll be introducing to your makeup routine!

x ~ x