Wednesday, 26 April 2017

5 Lip Liners Worth Bothering With

Lip Liners worth the Hassle - review and swatches

In all honesty - I'm lazy when it comes to lip liner. What a faff on. I'll only make the exception if it's really worth it - after all, we survived the whole of the 00's without them, right?! Lip liner was so out of vogue post-90's - I'm pretty sure Kylie Jenner's got a lot to do with this recent renaissance!

That being said - I'll make the exception for select occasions. Bold colours, bleeding lipsticks, and (very tame) overlining. 

First up - the nudes - MAC Soar and Charlotte Tilbury's iconic Pillow Talk. Similar in colour (Soar is slightly deeper and more rosy), with Soar having a firmer, more classic pencil texture; CT's offering has the best formulation on the market, in my opinion. Soft, a pleasure to apply, grippy, and super long lasting. Both of these are excellent - if you are a nude lip lover, they will cover many bases and compliment thousands of lipsticks. Both extend the wear of lipstick and prevent any bleeding. Lovely. 

5 Lip Liners Worth the Hassle
L-R MAC Soar, CT Pillow Talk, MAC Currant, MAC Stone, Beauty Pie Racy
The brights - MAC Currant, for all your vampy lip needs; and Beauty Pie's Racy. The Beauty Pie Wondergel Lip Liner is an absolute joy - very similar to Charlotte Tilbury's liner formula. It really packs a punch in the pigment department. I use both of these liners for red lips (see my red lip edit here) and for anything deep and bright.

And finally - MAC Stone. This was sold out for what felt like forever a few years ago, at the height of the overdrawing craze. If you wear cool tones regularly, or want to believeably overdraw the edges of your lips - this is the shade. It's a bit out there, but I'm amazed how much use I get out of this lip pencil.

What are your lip pencil faves?

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mizon Ultra Suboon Cream Review - Moisturiser for Oily Skin

Mizon Ultra Suboon Cream Review and Swatches

Even us oil-slicks need a decent moisturiser - but many's the time I've invested some serious dolla in a super-hyped moisturiser, only for it to be far too heavy for my skin type - helloooooo breakouts.

Thankfully, the world has caught on to the magic of Korean beauty products - many of which are designed with oily skin and humid climates in mind. Enter Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream.

Tricky to find (there are a few sellers on Amazon and Ebay), but this very straightforward, hyaluronic acid based moisturiser is a combination-oily skin's dream moisturiser. The formula is light, gel-like, and absorbs in a flash, with no sticky residue at all. Makeup sits beautifully on top, and this doesn't exacerbate the grease situation in the slightest - hooray!

Mizon Ultra Suboon Cream

I've been reaching for this in the past three months to pop on top of powerful serums, or on "nights off" from oils and acids, and I really love it. It's very gentle, completely inoffensive, and totally does the job. I'm sold.

Mizon Ultra Suboon Cream Swatch

Have you tried this moisturiser before?

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows - Worth The Hype?

Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows - Mesmerized, Charmed, Magic Act, Untamed

Makeup Geek are definitely up there in the affordable end of the beauty market. Many of their matte shadows are among my favourite eyeshadows ever, regardless of price point, and their blushes are absolutely lovely.

But what about their ultra-shiny foiled shadows? They've received some pretty major hype, and although still in the "reasonable" price point, they are considerably more expensive than the standard Makeup Geek shadows. Are they worth the hype?

In a word - yes. If you're in to sophisticated shine without glitter, and out of this world pigmentation, that is. The colours are beautiful - complex, ultra-saturated, and there's a good range of warm/cool/neutral/bright tones.

The formula is stunning - butter soft (I can barely believe it when I swatch these - below are one-swipe swatches with the lightest touch) but as a result there is a bit of a knack to getting the best out of the foiled formula. Application with fingers is definitely the way forward for maximum pigmentation - I find they will apply sparsely and patchily with a brush. If you have oily eyelids, use a glitter primer or really good eyeshadow primer, and apply a thin layer (honestly, with the pigmentation we're dealing with here, you don't need anything more!). 

Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows - Charmed, Mesmerized, Untamed, Magic Act.
Charmed, Mesmerized, Untamed, Magic Act

See? Absolutely stunning. If you're in to shimmer, you need to get on board with these bad lads. You won't be disappointed.

Have you tried any Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows? What did you think?

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Review

Oily? Visible pores? Want a speedy, lightweight foundation?

Look no further.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur is a complete dream of a product from the French pharmacy brand.  It's marketed as a skincare-base hybrid, and the packaging essentially indicates that this is a sunscreen above anything else, with an SPF of 20. Described as "instant oil absorbing cream mousse", this is a whipped (think Maybelline's moussey foundations), ultra lightweight, incredibly blurring BB cream. It's an Instagram filter in a tube.

If you find that products like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue don't have quite enough coverage, or are that bit too dewy - this may be a better option. It's very similar in coverage to the super-spendy Omorovicza BB, but about a zillionth of the price. It does require a little blending, especially as the colour range is pretty minimal (two shades! Argh!), but the blurring effect of this formula is really very impressive. Pores are easily disguised, and it really does even out the skintone. I don't find it to be cakey at all, and it plays well with powders and creams layered on top. The finish is a velvety-matte, with a degree of oil control - I would still use a decent powder on top, but I definitely don't have to touch up my base very often when wearing this BB cream. It is combination-oily friendly - but bear in mind that this is very siliconey, so if you don't like that feeling, don't invest!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Review

Overall - very impressed. If you can find your shade, this is a little bargain.

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