Review: Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara

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I don’t know if it just me but I am always looking for the perfect mascara, something which does everything in one. I’ve found several mascaras I like but I’ve not yet found one I truly love. With Revlon’s promise of an all in one mascara I simply could not resist. So how did I get on.

According to the Boots this mascara is described as: “Introducing the holy grail of mascaras, the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara features 5 lash transforming benefits leaving no lash behind, allowing you to achieve: Volume, Length, Definition, Lift, Intense Colour. It’s all about the brush: The revolutionary small but mighty Revlon Power Mini Brush has a hollow core, designed to maximise the amount of formula to the lashes, as well as a unique mini oval shape for easy application, which reaches and covers every lash to create an intense and unbelievable length lash look.”

I love that Revlon really simplified their mascara range, and you now know exactly what you are getting. I love this new flatter mascara tube, with the shape of the lid it’s so simple to unscrew and no more endless twisting even if you’ve got slippy hands.

The brush for this mascara is so small, initially I thought it was a little bit too small however I have ended up loving it. The small brush is amazing, the small size allows you to really work into the base of the lashes giving you a fuller voluminous looking lash easily. The small plastic bristles let you coat lashes in small areas at a time really making sure you coat each individual lash and you can really build it up.

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This is fast becoming my new favourite mascara, allowing you to have softer full lashes with one coat right up to big bold lashes once you’ve added a layer or too. It’s not too bad price wise, with it been £9.99 its definitely higher end of the high street prices but by no means expensive. Next time you need a mascara I would definitely give it a try.

What is your current favourite, drug store/high street mascara? Or just your favourite mascara I would love to know.

Gwen

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Review: P.S Pro Illuminating Primer

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I feel as though I am slowly getting back into the swing of things but it’s taken a while to just sit down and make myself write when there are so many other things that need doing. Still one of the best ways to get back into it is reviews, straight forward with a clear plan.

In 2016 I reviewed another Primark Primer, which I really enjoyed but once again I always have to be on the look our for another Primer. To mix things up in 2017 I felt like going for brightening my skin with an illuminating primer, so here is how I got on with the PS Pro Illuminating Primer which is a “Sheer illuminating base gives skin a natural glow”.

The box promises that the Illuminating Primer:

“Gives skin a natural glow without looking greasy. Creates a soft-focus appearance to veil the look of fine lines and pores. Preps the skin for a luminous flawless makeup application. Can also be applied over makeup as a liquid highlighter for normal/combination skin”

I have to say I love the look of the PS Pro range packaging the matte primer had a matte black squeeze tube while this one has a lovely white satin packaging, it’s just that thought into the outside looking smart and reflecting the packaging. In this case the packaging directly matches the product when you squeeze this onto the back of your hand the white cream has this sort of radiance to it, it is not quite glitter but you can see the illuminating products. This is not an instant wow my face is beautiful and illuminated but this adds a radiant glow to your face and looks great in the right light.

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Depending on the foundation you put over the top, you can see the illuminating properties underneath. Yet if you use a heavier coverage you cannot really tell and the primer offers minimal effect. If you want a true illuminating effect is beautiful over the top of foundation using a small amount just adds a glow to the skin, it’s a great long lasting highlight. So actually, if you want a lovely budget liquid highlighter I would totally recommend it.

So as a primer purely as a base, makeup does sit nicely on top of it but I did not feel as though it added longevity and in dry patches my makeup still broke up. This may be the time of year I have chosen to test this as my skin is dry at the moment. I feel as though other primers offer more with smooth skin finishes or a moisturising base.

Overall if you want a primer I’d say maybe look elsewhere but if you want a liquid highlight this is actually a great product and I would definitely pick it up. The PS Pro Illumination Primer is available from Primark for an affordable £5.00.

 

Gwen

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Review: PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation in 00 Porcelain

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Sorry guys this post was meant to be up yesterday but I was too busy playing Sims 4, they finally added toddlers in a free update on Thursday. As a long term Sims lover this was amazing and I did nothing but Sims, so naughty me ended up finalising the post yesterday night when the post was already meant to be live. But hey grab your coffee and start off your Monday morning right as you add things mentally to your shopping list.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that my all-time favourite foundation is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation but recently I have want to try something new and while perusing Primark I stumbled upon the PS Pro range and seeing how pale the foundations got I just couldn’t resist.

According to the packaging the PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation:

“Advanced formula provides all the benefits of mineral powders;

Contains silica, mica, magnesium, copper, zinc, kaolin, manganese and vitamins;

Smooths the appearance of skin imperfections and moisturises;

Provides excellent coverage with a natural finish and weightless feel;

With SPF 15 to protect the skin from the sun”

One of the things that surprised me was how pigmented and thick the foundation is, it’s definitely a full coverage foundation you cannot even slightly question it but this is definitely a longwearing foundation. At this point I slightly disagree with the weightless feel claim, it’s not weighty but it’s not heavy and cakey on the skin it just gives you that completely airbrush skin where you can hide all of your imperfections.

I’ve found the best way to apply this is with a flat bottomed brush, you need less product and it leave a nice natural and full coverage look. I found with a sponge part way through the morning the foundation would break up or it would apply funny. In fact I apply this foundation with the Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush which I reviewed earlier this week if you wish to check out the full post here.

The one downside is that I found that although the makeup itself is not drying when my skin seriously dried out about a week ago it was slightly patchy but after a few face mask, and some tlc it is now applying perfectly again. This is definitely more of a foundation for normal/combination skin.  Still I recommend checking it out wether you want a good budget option, want a nice pale option or just like trying out new foundation, I generally like the stuff I’ve found in the PS beauty range and cannot wait to try out some more in future.

The PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation is available for £4.00 from Primark, this range seems to have loads of colours as well as testers in store if you are curious to try.

Gwen

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Review: Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush

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For the past 18 months or so I have exclusively applied foundation with a sponge, but I wanted to mix it up and try something new. In the past I’ve tried a traditional foundation brush but often found they take too long to blend but I thought this flat top, would be interesting to try. The Kiko Milano website describes the brush as:

“Brush for applying liquid foundations. The special synthetic fibres are soft to the touch and ensure an even and effortless application. The flexible, durable bristles are highly effective at applying the product. The dome shape and quality of the bristles minimize product waste for a flawless result. The black polished aluminium handle gives the brush an elegant and professional appearance. The design is modern and practical, the ferrule lightweight and resistant.”

I really wasn’t sure what I’d think about it, as I love the finish my makeup sponge provides it’s just a pain to wash but I decided to just go for it and see what happens. I initially tried it with my all-time favourite foundation the L’Oréal True Match Foundation, I couldn’t believe the result my skin looked flawless and air brush. The key is to just keep blending and applying in circular motions until everything is even and there are no lines, it takes a few minutes but is well worth the effort my skin has never looked so smooth and even.

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I must say I feel as though application does take longer with the brush and for concealer I still prefer a sponge, but for an airbrushed perfect face without much though I do not see myself ditching the brush any time soon. With a constant motion, it definitely does not feel as though it takes longer. I’ve also noticed that I use less foundation, even with a wet sponge some always soaks in and although there will be some loss of product with the brush it cuts down the amount of product and provides a higher level of coverage. Now the True Match foundation is fairly thin, I’ve also tried it with the much more heavy duty PS Pro Mineralised Foundation (review coming Friday), and this brush still applies flawlessly in fact it proved to be the best form of application for this more heavy duty product.

The Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation brush officially retails at £16.90 but Kiko often have offers on and at the time of writing it is currently available on the website for £11.80, check it out here.

I definitely recommend checking out the Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush, I definitely will be using it every time I apply my makeup for the time being. I love the finish and it hasn’t failed me yet.

Gwen

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Review: Primark PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink

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For someone that a few months ago rarely wore lipstick I have gone completely lip product mad with posts recently, I think it’s just a new-found freedom of actually enjoying lipstick for once. I have been embracing the bold lip recently with the likes of the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copehagen and San Paulo, but I really wanted another everyday colour and while looking at Primark’s beauty section I stumbled across this beauty the PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink.

The foiled box makes in scream luxury or at least not budget beauty, but unfortunately this is where it stops. If done well the lipstick packaging would be amazing but its cheapness can make it seem more like it belongs at this sort of price point. The tube is design in such a way that you press the bottom and it pops out for you to use it, once you’ve applied it you simply click it back in and your lipstick is safe and secure with the lid not coming off in your back. Unfortunately most of the time I have to try a few times to get it to stay in, which is nothing more than a pain in the arse if I’m honest. This could of worked so well but unfortunately it feel short.

The actually product however is a completely different story, it’s a perfect every day pink that really can work with any makeup look with a little bit more to it than your standard nudey pink. This shade of pink is by no way ground breaking there is loads similar on the market it’s a case of finding a formula you love at a price point you are comfortable with at the end. The lipstick itself glides on easily, with a good level of pigment making a simple sweep over the lips all you need to look great. Its also surprising comfortable, the previous primark lipstick I’ve tried was a matte lipstick and although super pretty was very drying. With vitamin e in the formula, this lipstick is moisturising and comfortable meaning you can reapply to your heart content or wear day after day without sacrificing your lips.

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How does it last you ask? With my current stint into the matte lip creams, my heart sank slightly when it had somewhat faded after 3 hours but realistically this is how long I expect a standard lipstick to last especially at work where you are drinking or snacking ect. However transfer is minimal and it fades opposed to cracking off, leaving a pretty pink stain so you don’t necessarily have to put up with obvious wear. This means you do not need to worry about always reapplying, and you could even do a quick and simple no mirror application if you were worried. It layers well, athough you don’t need this for colour in initial application it layers up just was as application on clear lips so you don’t have to worry about patchiness.

I’ve actually fallen in love with this lipstick, its just a shame about the packaging. I’m in two minds to recommend it as it’s a beautiful, affordable and comfortable lipstick but the packaging is a bad finish. It just depends if you can deal with the bad design as it is only £3.00 after all, so maybe there is nothing to lose.

If your curious about other Primark Beauty items or the PS Pro range itself I’ve recently written a review of the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect which you can check out here. Well worth a quick read if you are into affordable beauty or Primark.

Gwen xx

 

 

Review: Primark PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect

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I am a self-confessed primer junkie, even when I find one that I love I always seem to always want to try the next time. The only exception is the Nivea Daily Express Hydration Primer which I repurchase on a regular basis as its an affordable moisturising primer. So as usual I was in Primark and check out the newish PS Pro makeup range, and when I saw a primer I found it hard to resist.

I’ve tried several items from Primarks Beauty Range in the past, which I have linked past posts at the end in case your interesting in knowing what else they offer and how it shapes up. Overall I have tended to have a number of successes, only one complete miss and a few that are just okay. So I had no hesitations in picking this up, they offer a number of primers in the new PS Pro range and I picked up the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect.

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The packaging is really stepped up on the pro range compared to the “standard” beauty items, the little cardboard boxes everything comes in and the attention to detail makes it feel more luxurious even though it’s all very affordable. The only thing that is slightly odd is the pristine white box with silver foiling to then have a black tube inside, I feel as though a black foiled box would of look a little more cohesive but it still looks attractive. Tube design

Initially I was apprehensive when I squeezed it out for the first time and it’s a nude colour, unsure if it would just look orange but as it worked into the skin it seemed to disappear not leaving any trace on the skin. It works into the skin easily making it feel smoother, half way between a silicon primer and a cream primer it leaves the skin feeling smoother although it doesn’t look a huge amount smoother or poreless.

Makeup sits well on top of it, laying smooth and flat making your face look smooth and perfect. I haven’t done a thorough longevity test unfortunately but the makeup lasts from getting ready for work in the morning, to after dinner in the evening looking almost as perfect as when you put it on so around 11/12 hours which I feel is more than enough time. I don’t know how it would shape up in a serious test but I’m genuinely impressed with how well it stands up.

Would I buy it again? Maybe but it’s not a stand out primer for me, sure it stands up well but so do a number of Primers out there on the high street these days. I recommend you check out Primark’s beauty range when you are in store as there are some real gems. If you are curious where to start you can see some more of my Primark PS Reviews on my blog whether you want a general overview of a range of products here (LINK), see an amazing matte lip colour here  or one of my favourite affordable eye shadow pallets here.

Gwen xx

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo

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Matte lips are always big this time of year and the longevity they provide is always a plus for when you want your makeup to last. If you’ve read my lipstick diaries you know I have been trying to push myself the past few months with lip colour, and after the success of my dabble with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copgenhagen (why not check out my review here) I decided to try another one from the range this time a pretty pink.

I must say I love the packaging, although its simple and there is nothing special I love the velvety matte sort of finish of the lid its nothing much but it makes the product feels like a little touch of luxury even though it isn’t really. I’m also so glad this is a doe foot applicator; it is easy to use and apply an even coat all over the lips. A thin coat with dry in about a minute, drying matte and dry while a thick coat with take two/three minutes to dry and leaves a slight tacky feeling that you won’t generally feel just mainly when you press you lips together.

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I love the finished look of a pretty matte pink lip, wearable and long lasting, I love the fact you just don’t have to think about it once it’s on its pretty much there for the long haul with the exception of food or drink. Drink its not so bad, just a little bit of fading in the centre of the mouth but this is pretty much expected. I have to say compared to the other NXY Lip Cream I own this fades easier and quicker with food, leaving only a very unflattering line around the edge or your mouth. Its light wearing strong lip liner and a pale lipstick, so if you want to wear this for a dinner date or lunch with friends I just recommend wearing something else unless you want to touch up.

This layers up nicely for reapplication purposes, you can reapply on top of what was there before and it looks perfectly fine. Although this is a drying product, because let’s face it what matte product isn’t drying it doesn’t split or stick to the dry areas of the lips it’s more of a comfort thing. Occasionally by the end of the day my lips start to feel uncomfortable and dry but 10 hours in, it’s a proper day wear just make sure you moisturise before and after to keep you lips happy and healthy.

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It’s a super pretty cover, offers longevity and I’m glad it’s part of my collection. I definitely recommend checking out the NXY Soft Matte Lip Creams as the availability and ease of trying in the UK increases, but if I had to pick one I’d go for the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen. The formula is slightly variable between products so I am not sure what others in this line shade up like, but some are better than others although none are awful.

Have you tried the NXY Soft Matte Lip Creams and if so what do you think? Have you tried NXY since the UK launch and what do you think of what’s on offer.

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Review: PS Love Primer Water

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Another day, another budget beauty item for when I want to dip my toes in the water but don’t want to part with my money, it’s also another opportunity to try out another Primark P.S product, which I haven’t found one product I haven’t liked yet Primark’s beauty range is well worth checking out there are some amazing products which are all affordable. You can check out some of my previous look at Primark’s beauty ranges by clicking the following links (P.S Love First Impression and Swatches, OTHER)

So today it’s time to take a at the P.S Love Primer Water, in the past I have always loved quick solutions when applying my makeup especially for day to day so a spray primer that is moisturising and extends the life of my makeup (or at least that’s the plan) has huge appeal.

The bottle itself is nothing special, simple and practical I feel like it could be prettier but for only £2.00 I can’t really complain it serves it purpose. The sprayer although it does not emit a super fine mist, like those that are higher end its not spotty and is a fairly decent mist spray too much though and it’ll your face will just feel wet. The one thing I wish is if the mist spready further as you do have to use a couple of sprays and it will cover your entire face. Then you wait a few minutes and it will dry fairly quickly and then you can get on with your makeup, it’s not as hydrating as a traditional moisturiser or moisturising primer but what do you expect it offers that little bit of moisturise but gives back speed and time. I am not convinced it extended the longevity of my makeup but it didn’t make it disappear any quicker, so all in all it probably works at least a bit. I’m not sold on this as a primer, I think it will be great it summer to freshen up, but it terms of priming there are much better products on the market.

Well at least priming in the traditional sense, I have found two great uses for the primer water. First is to use it to use on my blending sponge with foundation, without the real wetness of water itself it doesn’t sheer out or breakup the makeup too much. It’s so easy to use and keep with my makeup and use it when I need it, so it brings a huge amount of ease to my makeup routine. It’s also great for use with eyeshadows, a damp makeup brush can really pack a punch. As you can see from the swatches it provides a real ompf to some colours and making colours more vibrant or custom eyeliners. So, although I might not continue to use it for all the face there are many other uses for the primer water.

So is the PS Love Primer Water worth buying? If you are curious about primer waters, or fancy using it opposed to water with makeup application go ahead. Realistically at only £2.00 from Primark its not a lot of money. What have you got to lose.

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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been pushing myself to wear lipstick and push myself to wear stuff outside my makeup comfort zone, you can check out my journey so far in my Lipstick diaries (find the first part “A Love Hate Relationship”, and the follow up “Pushing the Boundaries”), and thank you for all the support on this journey. At some point, I decided to push myself in at the deep end and buy the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, so how did I find it.

I’ve heard mixed review about the lip cremes more for a hit and miss formula, but the colour was so beautiful I couldn’t resist. With NXY been a recent launch in the UK I ordered this from Feel Unique  (check out my haul here), but had never actually swatched it as the NXY counters in Boots are only just starting to stretch across the country. So, I went in a bit blind but was so happy to give it a go.

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I must say I love the packaging, although its simple and there is nothing special I love the velvety matte sort of finish of the lid its nothing much but it makes the product feels like a little touch of luxury even though it isn’t really. I’m also so glad this is a doe foot applicator; it is easy to use and apply an even coat all over the lips, As soon as I got it I had to swatch and play, it’s such a deep rich colour that you could wear a thin layer and make it more red or apply a slightly thicker coat and get a darker more vampy shade. Which I found to be a pleasant surprise, I never expected diversity with a product like this although how thick you apply it obviously makes a difference to the drying time. A thin coat with dry in about a minute, drying matte and dry while a thick coat with take two/three minutes to dry and leaves a slight tacky feeling that you won’t generally feel just mainly when you press you lips together.

So, the first day I wore it I went in at the deep end and wore it to work, if I didn’t I might never have done it and it was the best way to get some honest opinions. I work with a lovey group of girls, but they are also honest and will just bluntly let you know if something looks good or not. I was so please to get loads of complements on it. Wearing it to work also provided a good wear test, as you drink coffee, chat and eat lunch as well as the length of time you can wear as well as reapplication it is the perfect wear test as you must commit to the full work day.

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I must say it wears well, there is minimal transfer onto a mug when it dries and is definitely long lasting. The main place it wears off first is in the middle, this is mainly due to eating and drinking which is not unexpected if I used a straw and didn’t eat it could last hours. It also doesn’t crack so you’ve got no patchiness of unpleasant wear on the lips. I will say as the day wears long it starts to feel drying, I definitely couldn’t commit to matte everyday.

Overall this is a beautiful long lasting lipstick which I have fallen head over heels in love with, so much so that I now regret not going bold longer ago. Are there any other colours in the range you think I should try? Also let me know your favourite lip cremes or liquid lipsticks in the comments below.

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Review: Fleur De Force Luna Rose Eyeshadow Quad

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Youtuber products, they seem to be everywhere these days but are they any good? When I saw the Fleur De Force Luna Rose Eyeshadow Quad in the sale on Feel Unique it peaked my curiosity and I couldn’t resist trying it out. Fleur de Force’s youtuber at the time of writing has 1.4 million subscribers, not including her second channel with the majority of followers been female.

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I was initially surprised when the line was launched as the packaging seemed to not fit Fluer’s chic tastes and generally opinions on makeup packaging. However, the packaging is sturdy, well sized although with the clear lid, and gilded lettering I have to say it feels more like £5.00 than £7.00 not a huge difference but I feel as though more could be done to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I expected more I think but it’s not bad, I just feel like other brands at the price point offer more.

I love the colour choices in this palette beautiful warm neutrals, pretty shimmers and a good range to create a full look which can be as simple or as full on as you wish. The pale pink matte colour is great to blend out the crease, or as a brow bone highlight. The shimmer shades are to die for they are absolutely beautiful, especially the rose gold shade as I have nothing like it. The darkest shade is perfect to line, smoke and define. All in all, it have a good mix of colours for a quad and it can be fairly diverse in its uses.

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So how do the shades shape up! First and foremost, the pale matte pink shade, as mentioned earlier perfect for highlighting and blending out and it’s a creamy shade which blends and swatches nicely just adding a subtle touch of colour on the lid or a gentle highlight. The Rose Gold shade has to be my favourite, it feels super creamy and its well pigmented, it does crease up on the lid over the day with or without primer which is a shame as I really wanted it to work well. The second lighter shimmery shade is much more disappointing, when you swatch it it looks beautiful but when it comes to application it blends out to nothing so in order to get the look you want you’d have to pack it on which will create a lot of fall out. The worse shade in the palette is the final dark shade, it feels rough to swatch and the pigment is absent coming off lack lustre and pale. It really is a mixed bag and I expected a lot more from the palette, especially as a lot of affordable brands are cheaper and much better quality.

So what do I think overall? I’m so glad I picked this up on sale for only £2.00, I may love the colours but it’s of poor quality and I really expected more from Fleur de Force branded product. There are many brands with products at this price point which offer beautiful high quality products, so save your money and look elsewhere.

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