Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Primark 'Outrageous Flirt' eye shadow + blusher

Well. It goes like this...
I was shopping in Primark for hair accessories and beach cover-up type things when I saw their line of 'make up'. I say it in inverted commas because I really didn't expect much. I picked up a cute-looking compact which was marked at £3 and thought I'd try it out.

So this is the packaging, I thought it looked quite cute and similar to benefit in some ways. Inside the product is divided into two sections - the first the 'blusher' and the second the 'eyeshadow'. The compact has a mirror inside which is always nice.

This is the blusher.. My initial thoughs were "ooooooh this is pretty" as all the colours look shimmery and sparkly. I do like the colours but I can't see this being a blusher I would use. It almost seems they should be eyeshadows - the white one does seem like a good highlight. I'm really not sure about the second colour but the others are pretty. Of course for £3 you can't complain and the colours aren't that pigmented but they ARE buildable.

This is how they are displayed in the packaging. (I really do think the packaging is cute)

Next is the eyeshadows..

Now to me these seem to be all different colours - a purple, a pink, a green and a white similar to the white on the blusher side.
But the thing is, they all come out the same off-white colour just in slightly different shades. I can't say I expected much from Primark makeup buuuut this is just bad.

So overall I do NOT think this is worth £3 e.l.f sell makeup for less which is better quality. I think Primark is getting more expensive and coming out with products which are of a lower quality from when the shop first opened. Don't get me wrong I love a bit of Primarni - all the jewellry, bags and accessories are great and also the occasional dress..but I think for now I will stay away from the makeup. I'd give this product a 6/10 and that's pretty generous - I do really like the packaging though ;)

favourite nail polish


Over the past year and a bit I have bought 3 bottles of this stuff and worn it every single day, without fail. It's soo pretty And it seems that it's subtle enough for teachers not to notice it - although this wont be a problem now as i've left school ><. Everyone always asks me what it is and i've always forgot the name so here it is..

Pretty huh? And.. that's only one coat! It's amazing it dries so quick and is so smooth and hardly chips at all. Its such a lovely pastel colour it goes with almost everything. I really didn't expect much for £2.99 but I could rave about it all day. It's beautiful :D It is, of course.. 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Parma Violet

Monday, 30 May 2011

favourite makeup brushes

heeeey guys!
so i'm gonna review my favourite makeup brushes (so far!)

First is the Mac 224 brush. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this brush! It's so soft and fluffy so it's the perfect blending brush and it helps you to create the perfect smokey eye. I couldn't get over how good it was when I first recieved it, it's probably my favourite brush right now. You can also pack on quite a lot of colour with this brush and it leaves a very polished and professional look to your eye makeup. Although this makeup brush is extremely expensive from £18-22 depending where you buy.

Next is the e.l.f (eyeslipsface.co.uk) eye makeup brush which only cost me £1.50 when I first started out doing makeup, and it's still in the same condition as when I purchased it. It's really good for packing on colour in a 'sweep across the lid' type of motion. It is also good for getting colour into the crease, however it's not too good at blending BUT this brush is amazing for £1.50 so I strongly recommend it.

The Ruby and Millie eye brush is also a favourite of mine. This is a very diverse brush as it can do many things - it is great at packing on colour as well as blending, crease colour and highlight below the brow. It's extremely soft and feels well made, similar to MAC brushes. I'm not sure how much it retails for as it was a gift but i'm thinking it was on the more expensive end of the scale. This is a good brush to have when starting out though as it has many uses.

Lastly is my beloved MAC 187 - this is my all-time favourite brush. ever! I use it for liquid foundation and i love it. It buffs the foundation into the skin perfectly leaving a flawless, airbrushed finish. It feels so sturdy in the hand and although it does shed quite a bit (this is normal for a dual-fibre brush) it feels very dense in the hand although not dense enough to be stiff - this brush is so soft on your skin it feels like you're having a facial. Again, because it is a MAC product it's very expensive and retails for £31.00 on the MAC uk website but I think it is sooooooo worth it as i'm now in love with it. It's amazing I would give it 10/10.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

soap and glory 'scentsationalism'

This has to be the most diverse set of scents i've ever smelt! They are body spray's, so not as strong as perfume but they smell SOOOOOOO good.

The first one, Glam-a-lot, (this is the 3rd one on the image) I would call the signiture soap and glory smell. It's very sweet and sugary and not what I would call a 'mature' scent. It's very summery and smells good as a quick spray before you go out the door. I liked this one so much I have re-purchased the 250ml bottle twice and used them both!

Next is the 'Mist you Madly' spray which is described as 'flirty and floral' however i don't find it very floral at all. It is more mature than the first scent and smells kinda spicy and is very strong once you first apply. After a few minutes the scent dies down and it is more pleasent but personally this one is a bit too strong for my liking.

The final one in the pack is 'Girligo' which is actually a spray-on body moisturiser. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ONE! It's the most gorgeous scent of candy and sugar but also really fruity! it's the consitancy of milk (and the colour!) but when sprayed onto the skin it moisturises very well. It also has a slight smell of suncream which is gorgeous for the summer. I think it's the perfect moisturiser in a very handy bottle. I love it!

Each of the bottles in the set are 100ml and they last a fair while, I think 2/3 of them are very much worth the £8.43 which they retail for. Also, they are the perfect size for your handbag!

(prices from boots.com)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

introducing lilac lil!

dun dun DUUUUUUN.

So I'm not far off 17 now (3 months and 19 days to be precise!) and I thought it's about time I introduced my baby! Not literal baby of course...but my little car :-)

I've had her for about 2 months now - my family decided to get it early as she was only £950, in EXCELLENT condition and hadn't done that many miles and they thought we wouldn't find another one in this lovely colour in such great condition again!

Also, the insurance for her is pretty cheap.
So without further ado here is my lovely little car lilac lil.

(the bottom photo is my own, and the topis off google images - i dont have a side photo of he, but she looks exactly like that!)

ELF everyday brights makeup palette


So this is my first blog post :-)
Today I'm going to be reviewing the ELF (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) everyday brights palette. I actually recieved this quite a while ago as a free gift from ELF, but I have only recently started using it!

The collection in question is this :

With 32 pc's it is a good collection to have. It has a wide range of colours which are pigmented fairly well (some better than others) but for the price you can't complain! I use this quite alot now, and I would highly recommend it - maybe not to those who have been doing makeup a long time, but for someone who is just starting out this is P E R F E C T. I found it really useful and it helped me realise which colours 'go together' and which don't, and the range of colours allows you to get very creative!

With this kit I managed to create this look :

I actually got the inspiration for this look from the eyeslipsface facebook page. I'm pretty proud of it as i'm a bit of a noob at makeup and just starting out! Overall I think this product is very good and the darker colours do have good pigmentation for the money. The product retails at £9.00 and you get a lot of product for your pound! ;)

I hope anyone reading enjoyed this post and more will follow! :)