ColourPop Haul and Review

Around this time last year, I wrote a post complaining about the fact that ColourPop don’t ship to the UK (#firstworldproblems). I was aware that there were ways of getting around this, but I was always too nervous to give it a go.  Every now and then I would Google different companies that ship to the UK, and would be put off by the high charges.

 

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I eventually decided to just go for it (helped along by the offer of twenty percent off the entire ColourPop website), and so then began the mammoth task of choosing between all the amazing looking products.

After staring at pictures of highlighters and blushers for what felt like hours, I eventually narrowed down my selection to a few eyeshadows, a blusher, an eyeliner and two highlighters.

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ColourPop Dreamcatcher

 

Being a highlighter addict, I was most looking forward to playing with Dreamcatcher and Smokin’ Whistles. I wasn’t disappointed when I swatched them initially – they really are gorgeous.  Dream Catcher is the more gold of the two; Smokin’ Whistles is almost white when applied, although it doesn’t look it in the pan.  If you aren’t familiar with ColourPop products, the formula is like nothing else I have ever used.  The highlighters are silky, and almost wet feeling, but they aren’t creamy on the skin.  It is really quite a bizarre texture.  They are springy in the pan, and as light as a feather to the touch.

 

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On the face though, the colour really doesn’t last and pretty much blend away to nothing. So disappointing for me, especially as Dream Catcher is absolutely stunning.

 

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The blusher – Trickery – on the other hand is just perfect.  In the pan it is pink and pretty, and on the skin it gives a gorgeous flush of colour.  It is subtle, and natural looking.  In fact, my favourite way to wear it is on days that I am pretending not to have any make-up on. ColourPop recommend that the best way to apply their blushers is with fingers, because of the unique formula. Trickery is a little different from the highlighters; it’s a bit drier and more powdery. Somewhere between a cream and a powder.

 

I was so keen to try the ColourPop eyeshadows, and reaallly struggled to control myself.  I could quite easily have ordered every single one. Five was the magic number on this occasion though, and I tried to get a range, while also choosing colours that would complement each other to some extent. The formula is just wow, and although some are more intense than others, they are all gorgeous, once you get the hang of applying them.

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Hanky Panky (above, right) is a really pretty matte taupe colour, that works beautifully as a crease colour. I wear a lot of browns, bronzes and golds on my eyes, and Hanky Panky is suitable for all varieties of browns.  Being matte, it is very wearable all over the lid too.

Probably my least favourite is Effect (above, left), not because I don’t like the deep teal colour, but because it wasn’t the best choice for me. My eyes are, annoyingly, very deep set, and wearing dark colours can make them disappear into my head. I still do it though, because I like to wear dark colours. Effect can be a little patchy, and needs some work to get it to look acceptable. I usually put it very lightly in the crease, blended to the lightest version of itself. It looks particularly stunning with Liberty (below) on the lid. Liberty is straight up Tin Man silver. I get so excited when I use Liberty, I could honestly just sit and look at it for hours at a time.

 

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Weenie (above, right)is the most gorgeous rose gold shimmery shade.  All the shades created by Kathleen Lights are gorgeous, but the first quad wasn’t available (Where The Light Is), so I just purchased Weenie. For now.

Get Lucky (above, left) is my ideal colour. My eyes are dark brown, and gold is probably my favourite eyeshadow shade to compliment them. Especially in the summer, with lots of bronzer and highlight.  It’s like I think I’m Jennifer Lopez or something.

 

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L-R; Liberty; Weenie; Get Lucky; Effect; Hanky Panky

Generally speaking, the eyeshadows are best applied with fingers, although I do use a brush for anything that needs blending out. The shimmery shades feel so unique to me; very cool to the touch and, like the highlighters, almost wet feeling. The matte colours are a little more like the traditional powder eyeshadow formulation.

 

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Lastly, I did also purchase a Crème Gel eyeliner. Get Paid is a bronze eyeliner, and is soft and glide-y. The Crème Gel Liners can be blended out, but this needs to be done quickly.  Like, seriously quickly. I like to do one eye at a time, because once this baby dries, it isn’t going anywhere. My favourite way to wear Get Paid is on the bottom lash line and waterline, with not much on the top lid.

 

I’m glad I finally satisfied my curiosity and purchased some ColourPop.  The formula is odd, but excellent.  I suspect if I had easy access to their products, I would own the whole collection very quickly.  The added cost of having to ship from the US to the UK made it a little too expensive for my liking.  Even with the generous discount, and ColourPop’s already very affordable prices.

If ColourPop ever decide to ship to the UK, I will be a very happy (and poor) bunny.

 

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – Second Impressions

When you have dry skin, applying make-up (particularly base products) becomes a bit of a battle.  For the last few months my skin has been drier than a cracker.  We’re talking dry patches, tightness and scales.  It’s been real ugly.  My usual favourite primer (Too Faced Hangover, if you’re interested) has not been cutting it.

 

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When I saw the new Photo Finish Primer Oil from Smashbox, I was very intrigued.  Initially I wondered how an oil could possibly be a good idea.  Surely it would be too heavy and disgusting to wear under make-up? (I use Almond oil sometimes as part of my skincare routine, but only at night, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to get away with wearing it under make-up).  I couldn’t leave it alone though, and had to have a little play when I was in Boots.  And then… I bought it.

 

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Surprisingly, this Primer Oil is not heavy or disgusting.  It’s much lighter than a normal oil, and it sinks into the skin like magic.  In fact, this is what made me part with 28 squid in the end. I put a generous amount on my hand when shopping, and by the time I had finished talking myself out of buying all the Smashbox it has disappeared. It had soaked in, with barely a trace.  Now, £28 won’t be a lot to some, but to me it kind of is a lot for one product. Especially when I really didn’t know anything about it.

 

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One drop of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil when first applied. It’s runny and has a thin consistency.

 

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This is the Primer Oil when rubbed in lightly

 

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This is the Primer Oil a minute or two after rubbing in.

 

Smashbox actually suggest that the Photo Finish Primer Oil should be used as part of your skincare routine, both morning and night.  I have simply used it as an extra step before applying make-up, because that’s when I need it most.  And I have to say, after using it a couple of times,  I am most impressed.  I apply it after cleansing, serum-ing and moisturising, and give it a couple of minutes to soak in.  That’s all it takes for the magic to happen. I should probably point out here that I like a dewy finish; matte is not my friend.

What I find I am left with, after using the oil, is a smooth, hydrated base for my foundation.  Dry patches be gone!  After such a long time of hating the way my skin looks with make-up on, it is so nice to not to cringe when I look in the mirror anymore.  Despite liking a dewy finish, I really don’t like a sticky, tacky feeling (who does though?).  When using the Smashbox oil, I find that it is the perfect amount of hydration.  Dew without the shine, if you will.

 

Of course, this is only my second impression, so I am hoping that there won’t be any nasty effects. My pores have a habit of becoming clogged when I overdo the moisturising products, so fingers crossed that this won’t happen with the Smashbox Primer Oil.  I’ll let you know how I get on after a few more uses – be sure to check back for updates.

 

 

 

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Shake it Baby!

I don’t recall where I first saw these intriguing new lip oils, but I do remember knowing that I had to have one.  Despite my best efforts, I am really not a lipstick fan.  I just can’t cope with the amount of effort that goes into finding a suitable shade, formula and finish. Not to mention all the lining, applying, checking and reapplying that goes on.  I will wear a nude lip occasionally, but that’s as far as it goes.  Lip oils, and tinted balms though? These I can get on board with.

 

 

 

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L-R: Lancôme Juicy Shakers Freedom of Peach; Mangoes Wild

 

There are fourteen shades of Juicy Shakers to choose from, and it – quite literally – took me three days to decide which one to buy.  I eventually opted for Freedom of Peach, and Mangoes Wild.   If you’re a regular reader, then you may know that I have been loving peach blushers recently, so Freedom of Peach seemed a no-brainer for me.  Mangoes wild is a sheer, pretty red.

 

 

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Being lip oils, the colours are sheer and subtle, and leave lips glossy but not sticky.  When left to their own devices, the liquid separates inside the tube, and they need to be given a good shake before applying.  The little sponge tip collects just enough product to cover the lips.  To get the best results, you then need to dab the applicator on the lips.  They can be built up to get a (slightly) more intense colour.  After the oil has soaked in/ been licked off, then the lips will be stained.  It probably goes without saying that – out of the two shades I own – Mangoes Wild leaves a more obvious stain behind.  Now, if you’re looking for anything more than a subtle wash of colour, then these won’t be for you, but on light make-up days, or when you just don’t fancy wearing ‘proper’ lipstick, they are perfect.

 

 

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L-R: Lancôme Juicy Shakers Freedom of Peach; Mangoes Wild

 

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L-R: Lancôme Juicy Shakers Freedom of Peach; Mangoes Wild

 

 

 

The scents are gorgeous and fruity, and are apparently individual to each Juicy Shaker.  I have extremely dry sensitive lips, and I am always nervous about trying any new lip products.  Even lip balms have been known to irritate, but I have absolutely no issue with the Juicy Shakers.  They do a fantastic job of leaving my lips feeling moisturised.

 

As much as I love the Lancôme Juicy Shakers, I can’t say that the formula is completely unique.  They are very similar to the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oils, which I also love.  The packaging is very different though, and it is strangely satisfying to give the tube a good shake, and watch the colour transform from an oily mess to a smooth beautiful gloss.  Get yours for £18 here.

 

What do you think? Have you tried a Juicy Shaker yet, do you plan to?

 

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New From Bourjois: City Radiance / Radiance Reveal

A few weeks ago, on a rare shopping trip, I picked up a couple of new releases from Bourjois.  The City Radiance Foundation, and the Radiance Reveal Concealer.  It’s taken me a little while to get my thoughts together, but I thought I would check back in and let you know how I got on with both products.

 

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The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer got my hopes up,  I’ll be honest.  I genuinely have about 30 concealers.  If you aren’t familiar with me and my ‘issues’ then I will fill you in.  I have super dark under-eye circles.  A mixture of not looking after myself properly, not having slept solidly for about 11 years (kids),  and genetics.  I am fairly sure that they have become worse over the last couple of years, probably due to ageing (although – strangely – this also coincides with the birth of my youngest, who was definitely sent to test me). Therefore, I am constantly searching for a concealer that will work on these panda eyes. To add to the torture of dark circles that can break through every concealer ever made, the skin under my eyes is as dry as, well, a very dry thing.  So, anyway, back to the Radiance Reveal concealer.  It seems – on first application – to be a creamy hydrating concealer.  It applies beautifully, and blends out nicely without dragging the skin.  The coverage is light to medium (no good for me, but that’s not the fault of the concealer), but the creases! Oh, the creases.  Even after setting with powder, I was left with skin like an elephants knee under my eyes.  I don’t think Radiance Reveal is a complete waste of time, it may well work for more oily skin types, and it does cover redness well.  It just isn’t a match for my darkness, sadly.

 

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One of my favourite foundations is from Bourjois (this one), and I was expecting more from the City Radiance Foundation.  Especially as it is described as a hydrating foundation.  Apparently, it has ‘an anti-pollution screen that reduces the presence of carbon particles on the skin, resulting in a fresh and luminous complexion’.  Firstly, the coverage is not what I would expect from a foundation, it is more of a BB cream in terms of flaw hiding properties.  It is very thin, and I could barely see it on my skin.  Except for the areas of my face that are dry.  There, the foundation clung on for dear life.  Suffice to say, this is not attractive, and not what I look for in a base.  Perhaps it would work better when mixed with a moisturiser – although this would hardly increase the coverage.  I will not be beaten though, and will probably try again in the summer, when my skin is less dry.

 

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So, while I can’t recommend either the Radiance Reveal Concealer, or the City Radiance Foundation for dry skin, it’s possible that they could work better on a different skin type.  I think the concealer could be great for someone with less of a problem with dark circles (and with normal skin under the eyes).  The foundation? I don’t know.  If you are looking for light coverage, and don’t have dry areas, then it could well work for you.  The SPF 30 is a plus, but I think I will stick to my BB cream for now.

 

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Why is it so Hard to Find a Good Mascara?

Mascara is one of my favourite things to buy.  I regularly get seduced by the pretty packaging, and the claims that my lashes will suddenly become long and full and fantabulous. I imagine that I will be talking to my 1 year old, I will blink and she will be wafted across the room by the force of the breeze created. So why doesn’t his happen?! Huh? Am I asking too much?

Anyway, I bought three mascaras in the last couple of months (yes, I have a problem, what of it?).  They are all high street, rather than high end, but do any of them perform what they claim? Let’s take a look.

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The Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara is a new offering from Maybelline.  It claims to give a false lash effect, with the ‘cup-shaped’ bristles.  These special bristles are designed to collect plenty of product, and then push up the lashes while also fanning them out.  I’ll be honest, I don’t hate this mascara, it does a reasonably good job of giving volume.  It didn’t lift my lashes though, and the brush is pretty evil.  The bristles are so pointy, I had to take a deep breath before I could bring myself to go anywhere near my eyeball with it.  The mascara itself is wetter than I would like, which unfortunately makes it too heavy to push the eyelashes up.  It’s also a bit clumpy; I know for some this would be a deal breaker.

 

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Revlon have a whole range of boring looking mascaras,  all offering some variation of length and/or volume.  After standing in front of the Revlon stand in Superdrug for approximately 2 hours, I went for the Super Length MascaraFirstly; The. Wand. Is. Huge.  It is massive, and bristly, and pokey.  I simply cannot apply this mascara without it getting in places it’s definitely not supposed to go.  I can’t pretend to be some sort of mascara applying pro, but to get it in your eyebrows is a bit ridiculous.  I could put up with that if it actually made a difference to my lashes, but it just doesn’t. After applying three layers, I do end up with slightly longer eyelashes.  The effect is nowhere near as dramatic as I would expect though.  I really cannot recommend this mascara.

 

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The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has been knocking around for ages, but it’s taken me a little while to try it out.  Of all my affordable mascaras, this is probably in my top three.  The wand is curved, which allows for a closer than usual application. This is useful for getting in nice and tight to the base of the lashes, and means you can really get some uplift.  As is common with Maybelline mascaras, the formula is a bit on the wet end of the spectrum.  It isn’t the worst I’ve ever used, but I prefer mascaras to be a little more dry, so that the layers can be built up without weighing down the lashes too much.

 

My mascara collection is growing steadily, and the majority are high street brands.  As much as I hate to admit it, my top two are high end.  It’s a tie between YSL and Nars, currently.  I balk at spending more than a tenner on a mascara, but with the amount that I own there is absolutely no logic to this method.  I think my plan for the future will be to be less impulsive and save up for a high end mascara that actually exceeds my expectations (if there is such a thing *sobs*)

 

Can you recommend any mascaras that thicken and lengthen?  Please let me know below!

 

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The Only Body Scrub You Will Ever Need

I can’t be the only person that just loves a good scrub.  There is not much that is more pleasing than sloughing off all that dead skin and yuck in the shower in the morning.  Over the years I have tried many, many body scrubs.  I always come back to one though: Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Oat Sugar and Shea Star Breakfast Scrub. 

 

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 What I adore about this scrub is that it is a good all-rounder.  I personally cannot abide a scrub that is weak and doesn’t do its job.  I am fortunate that I don’t have particularly sensitive skin on my body (except for when it comes to shaving my legs, but that’s a whole other struggle) so I can get away with a good scrubby scrub.  That is exactly what the Breakfast Scrub is; it has excellent little polishing bits (not a plastic microbead in sight) that take away the hard, dead, flaky skin that nobody wants.  It also manages to moisurise without being greasy or slimy.  That is probably one of my most hated things in life; a scrub that refuses to be washed off.  I’m not naming any names, but I happen to have one of those sitting in my bathroom at the moment.

I honestly think it is the perfect scrub, and I feel that I have tried enough to make this somewhat bold statement. If you haven’t tried it already, what are you waiting for? Go buy it! (here)

 

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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara

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I was very intrigued by the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara, when it came in my October Glossybox .  I will confess to having a little tiny obsession with finding the perfect mascara. I’ve mentioned it before, but I would really like to find a black mascara that thickens my lashes without giving me deadly spikes.  I also like them to stay curled, and ‘upright’. I have tried more than I should admit to (here and here are a couple, but I mention one in nearly every blog post; sorry, not sorry), and have multiple tubes on the go at all times.

So.  This Jelly Pong Pong mascara is supposed to continually curl lashes throughout the day.  Now this is not the time to get into a discussion about whether they mean continually or continuously, because I can’t say with certainty that it does either.

I have used this mascara a few times, and while being lovely, it certainly didn’t spontaneously curl my eyelashes.  However, ignoring my interpretation of Jelly Pong Pong’s claims, this is actually a really nice mascara.  It isn’t overly wet, but isn’t dry and clumpy either.  When I used eyelash curlers prior to applying, my eyelashes didn’t droop and straighten, which is a massive plus.  Despite being large and poky, the brush is fantastic for separating the lashes and giving lift.

If you want fairy lashes and don’t mind the high price (£17.95 here), then I would definitely recommend the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara.  Although it isn’t exactly what I have been looking for, it is pretty darned close, and I will definitely continue to use it.  Whether or not I will repurchase, I am not sure as £18 is a little more than I would like to pay.

 

Have you tried the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara? What is your holy grail mascara?

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Easy on the Eyes : A Book Review

Easy on the Eyes is a new book, written by make-up artist to the stars Lisa Potter Dixon, which showcases eye looks that can be created in 5, 15 and 30 minutes. I have never bought a make-up manual before, but thought I would give this one a go. Everything I know about make-up application, I have either picked up by simply experimenting, or – more recently – by watching YouTube.  I was hoping for lots of detail, with nice clear pictures and a decent amount of looks that I could butcher  recreate in my own time.

 

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The book itself starts with the basics; covering how to get the best possible base, how to perfect your brows and apply mascara like a pro.  There are also several pages dedicated to applying false lashes.  Then on to smoky eyes, eyeliner techniques and glittery intense looks.

What I do like about Easy on the Eyes are the clear, detailed pictures and easy to understand instructions.  Ms Potter Dixon is clearly very down to earth, and it comes across in the style of her writing – it’s almost like chatting with a friend. I would say, though, that this book is aimed at someone who perhaps is a beginner with make-up; I am certainly no expert, but I don’t feel that I have learned any new techniques as such.  That’s not to say I haven’t picked up a couple of little tips along the way, though.  For example, applying mascara to the lower lashes first, so as not to end up with black smudges along the upper lids.

I also like that it is broken down into different time frames; allowing the reader to choose based on the time available to them.  The more time you have, the more detailed the liner, for example.

I would have liked to see a little bit of variation in the looks that are created, most of the tutorials seem to be for a smoky eye.  In addition to this, I think perhaps Easy on the Eyes could have gone into more detail about different eye shapes and the techniques that suit them.  There are just a few lines of text about each eye shape, with an illustrated picture of the eye shape in question, but I think pictures of real eyes would be more helpful. What with the author being Benefit’s head make-up artist, the book is choc-full of their products, which may influence younger readers towards buying Benefit.  Obviously, this is fantastic for Benefit, but it does make the book feel more like one massive advert for the brand, rather than Lisa Potter Dixon’s talents.

 

Overall, Easy on the Eyes is an attractive book that would make a great gift for a young-ish girl (or boy!), or someone who is just starting out with make-up.  It is easy to read, and simple to follow, with techniques that can be adapted to suit the individual wearer.

 

Have you read Easy on the Eyes? Can you recommend any other books that detail make-up application?

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W7 Eyeshadow Palettes : Review

 

W7 In the Buff, In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

W7 is a brand that I have not had much experience with, but I have seen other reviews of their products recently.  The general consensus seems to be that their range is good quality and affordable, so I thought I would check them out.  They started in 2002, and have apparently been building gradually over the last 13 years.  Prices are reasonable, although I found them to be not particularly consistent across online stockists.  For example, the two palettes I have range from around £4 on Amazon, to £9.99 on the W7 website (which you can’t purchase from, incidentally).

The W7 In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 nude shades; 3 mattes and 9 shimmer shades.  The colours are typical nude colours; golds, browns and taupes.  It also has a matte black, which is a useful addition to any palette.  The colours are reasonably pigmented, although not intense (which allows the colour to be built up) and blend well.  I also found that they lasted well on my eyes – although admittedly I don’t usually have an issue with creasing or shadows relocating elsewhere on my face.  When buying eyeshadow palettes – which I do frequently – my main concern is whether I can create a complete look from it. I don’t want to have to rummage around in my collection to find complimentary colours, or a transition shade.  So it is pleasing to me that the In the Buff palette contains both light and dark colours, in shimmers and mattes.

 

W7 In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

 

W7 In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

 

The W7 In the Night Palette, on the other hand, contains only one matte as far as I can see (it’s black).  The colours are fab though; if you like smoky purples, pinks and heather/greys.  And shimmer.  Again, the colours are fairly pigmented, and easy to blend.

Unusually for an eyeshadow palette, they also both contain a decent brush.  It is double ended however, and has one of those useless sponges on the other end (why do they even bother – I always put these straight in the bin).  They also both come in a tin, rather than a plastic palette, which makes them sturdy, yet lightweight.  They remind me of the tin pencil cases we used to have at school, except these don’t have tippex graffiti on them.

 

W7 In the Night Eyedhadow Palette

 

W7 In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

Having looked at the website (here) I can see that the range is impressive, but the buying options seem limited, as I mentioned earlier.  I haven’t personally seen anything by W7 in an actual shop (as opposed to a virtual shop – my favourite kind).  I bought these both from Amazon, and didn’t pay more than £5 for either, which I think is pretty good value.

 

Have you ever tried anything by W7? Is it stocked in a store near you?

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H&M Beauty Collection – How Does it Shape Up?

A couple of months ago H&M launched an updated beauty range; they have offered makeup and body care products for a while now, but not on this scale.  Some of the previous items were impressive (blushers and brushes), and some (body sprays), well, not so much, so I was curious to see how the new offerings would shape up. I talked about some of the body care range here, and now it is time to discuss a few of the makeup items. In typical H&M style it is all very affordable, with prices starting from £1.99 for a makeup sponge, to £9.99 for eyshadow palettes.

 

 

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H&M Beauty Gossamer Lip Stain - Gauzy Mauve

 

I’m going to start with something I really didn’t like; H&M Gossamer Lip Stain in Gauzy Mauve. I was disappointed from the get go with this, I’m not sure if it is deliberate (as in they have added perfume/flavour) but this lip stain tastes vile. It is very hard with lip products, especially those of the liquid variety, not to end up with some of it in your mouth (or is that just me?). Usually I would choose no taste or scent for makeup – it just seems a bit wrong. I would have been prepared to overlook that in this case though, if it dried and that was it. This lip stain did dry, but that was not it. As soon as I had a drink, there it was, wet again. And slimy. Not characteristics I look for in a lip stain.  If you can get past that though, the colour is very pretty, especially for the upcoming Autumn days.

Staying with lip products for now, the next item I have is the Lip Primer. I have never tried a lip primer before; I usually just reach for good old fashioned lip balm to get my lips ready for lipstick. Unfortunately the H&M Lip Primer is so hard that it just drags painfully across the lips, depositing uneven white lumps. This then, obviously, looks pretty awful under lipstick.  I would not recommend this at all.  Unfortunately I couldn’t take a close up picture of it, because my youngest daughter decided to wind it up and smoosh the lid down – destroying the end.

 

 

H&M Beauty Lip Colour-to-Go - When in Rome

 

The Lip Colour-To-Go in When in Rome is a vast improvement.  This lipstick pencil has a soft creamy consistency, making it pleasant to apply. The colour lasted well, and it wasn’t drying on my sensitive lips.  I would certainly choose this formula over the liquid lipstick any day.

 

 

H&M Beauty Cover-up Concealer - Ivory

 

The Cover-up Concealer in Ivory was a very pleasant surprise. I have mentioned many a time that my dark circles are a force to be reckoned with. They want to be seen, dammit, and will show through even the thickest layer of concealer. I therefore wasn’t expecting too much from this one. In all honesty, no it doesn’t cover everything, but it offers decent – medium – coverage and it doesn’t dry out and cake on my dry skin. It also lasted fairly well throughout the day. I definitely think this concealer would work well for those lucky, genetically blessed people with not much to hide.

 

H&M Beauty Solar Flair Bronzing Powder - Sheer Tan

 

In the absence of any sun in the UK, bronzer is a must in order to actually look alive. This Solar Flair Bronzing Powder in Sheer Tan ticks all the boxes for me, it is warm and not muddy or glittery.  As the name suggests, it is an almost sheer colour, which can be built up to give a nice bronzy glow. It is also subtle enough that it’s not frightening to use (not like one other bronzer I could mention).  Most definitely a hit in my eyes, and it even comes close to rivalling my holy grail bronzer – The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder.

 

 

H&M Beauty Eye Colour Palette - Smoky Nudes

 

Now, on to the Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky Nudes. This is a lovely neutral palette, containing five soft matte colours, and four shimmers.  The colours are fantastic, if you are looking for a neutral colour selection, and the eyeshadows themsleves are blendable and very forgiving (if you are a bit heavy handed like me).  I think H&M could do with offering a little bit more choice (there are currently four palettes to choose from), with a bigger colour selection.

 

 

H&M Beauty Pure Velvet Cream Blusher - Dusty Rose

 

 

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is my favourite of all the H&M makeup range that I own. The Cream Blusher in Dusty Rose. I realise that the world is divided when it comes to cream blushers (I expect it is being debated in Parliament right now) but I am of the opinion that they are pretty great. I have yet to come across a cream blusher that interferes with the layer underneath, or that slides off during the day. Maybe I have just been lucky, or maybe they just work well with my skin type. For whatever reason though, I love cream blushers. And this one could well be my absolute favourite. I have not stopped wearing this blusher since I bought it. I love everything about it; the colour, the consistency, the longevity. Everything.   I find it is best applied with a stippling brush, rather than fingers. This helps it to go where it is needed, without disturbing anything else.

 

Overall, I find the H&M Beauty range very exciting.  The packaging is classy looking (although it is all plastic – so won’t impress everyone), and sturdy, and the products inside are – mostly – great.  I would definitely recommend a look next time you are passing a store – or browsing online.

 

Have you tried any of the H&M Beauty range? What did you think?

 

 

 

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