Lipstick Diaries: A Love Hate Relationship

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If you’ve followed my blog or even my Instagram for any period of time you may have noticed I’m not the most adventurous with lipstick, I love swatching an looking at all the beautiful colours but I lack confidence.

So no matter how much I swatch and try I feel completely ridiculous and paranoid wearing lipstick especially if it is out of my neutral comfort zone. There are numerous days I won’t even bother with lipstick just because I find it easier so I have made the decision to work on my feelings towards lipstick. I don’t want to change simply so I can buy and wear more makeup, it’s simply because I want to feel more confident in my own skin. I love makeup and I love playing with it so why does lipstick worry me so much? So even if after all of this even if I still don’t love lipstick as much as other products and I don’t always reach for it I just want to be confident and happy.

So starting this week I am ramping up my makeup and embracing or at least trying to embrace it so wish me luck. I will update this regularly and maybe the end of this year or 2017 for that matter can be the year of the lipstick for me.

Let me know in the comments your tips for feeling confident in makeup and what are your tricks and tips for rocking a bold lip.

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June Favourites

June Favourites ft rimmel, ck, kiko and maybelline

How on earth are we halfway through 2016 already, it seems like no time since I was writing my 2015 favourites. So we are back round to my monthly favourites in the blink of an eye, its insane really. Speaking of favourites if you would like to see my top 5 palettes which I did earlier this month, check it out here.

So we start off with something I was not necessarily sure about when I initially purchased it, the Maybelline New York Color Show Blush Em! The colour pay off wasn’t what I wanted but actually when I gave it a second chance by putting it in my makeup bag to force me to retry it I found myself in love with it. This blush gives me a super pretty, subtle flush of the cheek and it is perfect in the summer.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory and Maybelline Color Show Blush Em!

Although the English weather has been pretty variable this month I have been trying to get into the summer spirit with lighter more dewy makeup, many of these can be seen in my “What’s in My Makeup Bag”. There is one product though which I feel though never gets enough praise the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer, it’s a perfect brightening under eye concealer and I always repurchase it.

Pixi by Petra Mesmerising Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz and Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201

I’m definitely on a pretty pink thing and I attempt to embrace summer and for the past two weeks I’ve been intensely in love with these two items. I have loved creating a subtle pastel pink look with the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe and building it up with the Pixi by Petra Mesmerising Minerals Palette in Plum Quartz. I love creating a pretty pink look that is summery, delicate and natural.

Calvin Klien Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Bubble Gum and Shades of Pink

Finally a more summary lip option, I’m finally back into light and glossy summery lips so I have two lip glosses I have been reaching for this month the Calvin Klien Ultimate Edge Lip Glosses in Shades of Pink and Bubble Gum. I am loving a simple no effort gloss, bubble gum is simply a gloss so I can add it to whatever I am wearing or just rock the subtle all natural gloss and glowing look. Shades of Pink however, it a deeper pink which is nice as it add a touch of colour but isn’t overly powerful making it more of a pretty in pink look. I keep these in my bag and it’s so easy to touch up over the course of the day.

So those are my June favourites, what have you been loving this month let me know in the comments.

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September Favourites

September Favourites

Wow September has been a crazy month, finding a new job, graduation and busy weekends it feels as though I have barely had time to think. I’ve also started decluttering especially my makeup, although a post won’t be on that for a while as I’m taking my time and I’m doing the if I don’t use it in the next few weeks its going and retrying products in case I’ve change my opinion. Also I’ve been loving some bits that I got in a feel unique order but I’m saving them for a combined September/October haul, this will also give me more time to really see how much I love them.

September Beauty Faves ft Nivea and L'OReal

So first up is something I may of mentioned before but with graduation and feeling more into doing more with my eyeshadow this month I’ve been loving the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I’ve mentioned before I buy the travel size, which is great I’ve been using it almost daily since last November/December time and it’s still going strong. It just stops eyeshadow creasing and helps makeup stay all day just really clinging on to the eyeshadow plus it’s not so tacky that you can’t blend like with other primers. This is hands down the best thing ever and if you only try one thing from Urban Decay try the Primer Potion.

My day to day makeup has been getting lazy with the weather turning colder, and some mornings still being murky and dark when I wake up I haven’t been feeling my makeup much this month. I’ve been much bigger on doing my lips this month as most the time with my eyes I sweep a touch of Urban Decay Burnout on the lid and nothing more. My go to lips have been a mixture of two lip products together, first up the P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, which you can see my review of it here. Then I put the Purminerals Lip Gloss in Twilight over the top which lightens the lip gloss adding a touch of pink and a slight sheen. It kind of creates the typical your lips but better shade and I love the colour and finish it gives.

With the autumn weather it’s time to start switching from pretty pastels to some deeper tones to fit the weather, so out comes my favourite sort of nail varnishes are coming out the deeper and darker purples. The main one I have been loving is the L’oreal Paris Color Rich Nail Varnish in Vivid Purple, it is such a nice deep and warm purple, perfect for this time of year and it is just so damn pretty. Also how good does it feel to finally be able to pick out some more autumnal makeup and products.

I brought a new face wash back in August wanting to switch from my citrus face was to something that cleans and adds moisture as the weather gets colder. So for the last few weeks I’ve been using the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Creamy Cleansing Face Wash, which really leaves my face feeling clean and moisturised opposed to being stripped. There’s not much too it but it’s been a really nice addition to the skincare routine.

Taylors Green Tea

Finally to end with a non-beauty favourite and it’s another green tear this time a slightly posher one the Taylors of Harrogate Green Tea with Strawberry and Vanilla. Its £2.00 for 20 which isn’t bad and they are all elegantly individually wrapped so ideal to pop a few in my bag for work etc. It’s really sweet, refreshing and it is the nicest green tea I have tried so far.

So what have you been loving this September, have you made the change over to Autumnal Makeup or are you holding on to summer?

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Collective August Haul

Collective August Haul

I really liked doing this for July and as I didn’t pick up that much over August this one again seemed like a nice little idea. So this is what I brought over the course of August there is a bit of something from everywhere.


Superdrug ft Nivea and Makeup Revolution

Superdrug

Although I am not on a no spend streak I am making a conscious effort to only buy what I need, and if you’ve read my blog at any point especially from the beginning I absolutely  love the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer. I needed new one at lucky for me it was better than half price for £2.44 at Superdrug. I have been looking for the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in C01 Ultra Fair for absolutely ages and I finally managed to pick it up. I’m hoping to put it up against the Sleek Face Form palette soon, also if it’s a dud its £3.50 so I have nothing to loose.


Primark ft PS love

Primark

I managed to stop myself buying more clothes that I don’t actually need, showing some clear restraint clearly. I have been wearing pumps and heels daily for work so I needed pop socks. I hate paying loads for them and managed to pick up 3 Pairs of Supersoft Shoe Liners (£2.50) great socks and so inexpensive.

I picked up the P.S. Love Makeup Brush Cleanser (£2.00) for my mum, I use the good ol baby shampoo method but my never remembers to keep up with it and she doesn’t wear a huge amount of makeup. So I thought I’d make up the whole process simpler for her as the brush cleanser method is so easy. I’ve tried it with my brushes just to show her how to use it etc. and it’s really good so if you want an affordable brush cleanser keep an eye out for it. If you have read my August Favourites you will already have seen these, the Primark Natural Point False Nails (£1.00) are amazing. The pointed shape means they catch less, and I think they look so nice I even painted over the top and these looked amazing. I think I will pick up more and I hope they do this shape in other patterns.

Completely random but I picked up the Metalic tattoos (£1.50), which aren’t actually matalic but I thought they looked cute although I’ll probably save them for next year’s festival season. Also as I have anxiety when travelling I used to write on myself positive sayings and I think these might do the same thing just something to focus on. Finally from Primark was a complete impulse at the till buy but it was something I actually needed which was the P.S. Love Anti-bac Hand Gel, I have one in my car, one on my desk where I do my makeup and a final one in my hand bag. This one was only £0.60, so I can’t really go wrong with.


Poundland ft Calvin Klein

Poundland

I love Poundland for looking at brand named makeup for £1.00. First up are two Calvin Kline Lip-glosses, I’m not usually one for pot lip glosses but these look so cute in the pot and aren’t colours that I have as much in my collection. Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Bubblegum looks like a baby pink but it is simply a sheer was of gloss so it is a great staple in my collection either to have as a normal plain gloss or add to make a matte lip glossy. While the second one, Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Shades of Pink, is more of a berry pink and is a nice sheer wash which I definitely feel more for the autumn.

poundland ft eyelure

You know when you buy something that is a bargain without ever been sure if you will ever use it but the offer is too much to resist, well I picked up a set of Eyelure Double Lashes. I haven’t got on with false eyelashes in the past but I’ve never tried eyelure but they are always well rated and the price was too much to pass up. I’m sure if I don’t get on with them one of my friends will happily take them off me.

Finally I picked up a hand pack, my hands have been feeling dry lately and I love the foot packs, I’ve tried a few hand packs in the past. I haven’t tried the Tea Tree and Peppermint Hand Pack before but I love the foot pack version. These are super convenient to as they come as plastic gloves you can still do everything while wearing them, so I can take the time out to blog.


B&M

I went into B&M for something else and came out with the Dove Soft Feel Deodorant (£0.99), it was a good price and I’m so not fussy about what deodorant I use. I thought I would switch over to the roller ball type as apparently they work much better, no harm in trying.


Asda

I popped into Asda near my work to pick up lunch and as I needed a few bits I perused the health and beauty isles as they sometimes can have some really great offers. My current face wash is almost out and I was curious to try something new so I picked up the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash for only £2.00 on offer, I love Nivea products they are usually great for my skin. It is the version for dry skin, and as I have combination dry I didn’t see the harm in picking this one. I also visited my sister for the weekend and I didn’t want to just use face wipes as I knew I was going to do some major eye makeup. I love my Ganier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, so picked up the travel version at only £1.00 it’s also great as once it’s done I could top up with my big bottle, I doubt I will but it’s possible. (sorry for the lack of photo)


tesco ft wilkinsons

Tesco

The last few bits of August I picked up at Tesco while getting gorceries. I usually prefer the large oval baby cotton pads or boots double faced cotton pads but as I really needed some more I picked up the Tesco Everyday Value 80 Cotton Pads (£0.55), if they are dud it doesn’t matter and I’ll use them for removing nail varnish. Speaking of removing nail varnish I also got the Tesco Beauty Nail Polish Remover (£1.20), I just grab whatever’s available for nail varnish remover when I need it and this ones not bad.

I brought some cheap Tesco razors which were a bit crap so went to look at getting some new ones when I saw the Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Papaya and Pearl Complex Razors down at half price for £2.74. You get the ones with Aloe Vera and thought these were interesting and Wilkinson’s razors are usually really good.


So those are the bits I picked up over August, did you guys pick up any good buys over August?

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Faces of the Week: Part Two

So here is part two of my weeks’ worth of faces/makeup looks, with some variation I hope. It is more variation than I’d usually do in my zombie like morning state, and I just pick up the same things in the same order. It is the weekends where I like to mix things up that little bit more but it can depend on what I’m doing. On Saturday I went out for lunch with some friends so in order to make it an even week I thought it might be nice to round the week off.


thursday make ft urban decay, rimmel, sleek, bareminerals

Thursday

Thursday from the get go was not a good picture day with no time and bad lighting I get stuck with a god damn awful picture but I can’t really take one at the end of the day. So we had to make do with a bad angle and everything.

So I’m starting strong with the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer which I’ve only just started using this week but I am really getting a feel for it and definitely enjoying it, not sure it beats the fix and perfect primer by Rimmel London but it’s very good. I then did my faithful trick of mixing my slightly too light Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain and my Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory. This gives me a much better colour and using it with a damped P.S. Love Egg Makeup Sponge, this just makes everything look simple and effortlessly. To cover up my spots I used the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain, while hiding my every growing dark circles with Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory.

I felt like doing a bit more with my makeup, breaking out my Sleek Face Form Kit in Light for the first time this week, I love using it but cannot always be bothered with the effort. I only did a light touch of contouring with focus on the cheeks, and a small dabble of highlight which is mainly on the cheeks. Instead of using the blush within the palette I used my BareMinerals Lumminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry a beautiful pinky rose which just mixed it up slightly more and make it all more less shimmery which I wasn’t feeling. In any areas which needed setting I just used a light dusting of the bareMinerals Mineral Veil which is just perfect and leaves your skin looking amazing.

A bit of a high end makeup eye, although my Urban Decay Primer Potion is something I use daily and would never be without. I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, instead of doing something wow I used the matte shades to make an understated look as its for work I didn’t really want too much. Using Burnout as my all over the lid shade and adding a touch of definition with Nooner in the outer corner and in the crease. I used Strange in the inner corner just to open my eye up a little bit and used Blackheart as an eyeliner using a slanted brush. I do think Blackheart was a little harsh for this look and I would have been better using Darkside as the eyeliner but you live and learn and that’s what makeup is all about. Then once again I finished it up with my bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, which despite is narrow brush which I normally don’t go for it really works at opening it up as you can really get in there.

I just wore a nice neutral pick lip gloss, just to keep things simple using my Purminerals Lip Gloss in Twilight. Also as this came in a set it is such a good size to put in a purse or a handbag and this is by far my favourite one in the set as it is so wearable with every single look.


Fridays Makeup ft rimmel, MUA, Urban Decay

Friday

By Friday I had somewhat given up doing a simple look and just grabbing a lot of my go to items, its Friday after all where you are more focused on the weekend than the Friday at work.

A bit repetitive but I really wanted to get a good feel of the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer, pairing this again with my L’Oreal True Match Foundation is Rosy Ivory and I think I need to repurchase this foundation properly. My lasting finish foundation is great but I don’t always want something that heavy but I don’t know if I want to try something new or not, beauty blogger problems. Then just back on my duo concealers again, I am thinking of simplifying to a duo use once again but for now I’m still using the Rimmel London Lasting Finish and Wake Me up Concealers.

This day I wanted a light glow more than anything so I just used my stippling brush to dab on a little bit of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Cream in 001 Touch of Peach, which just adds a small hint of shimmery glow rather than any sort of colour to the skin. I then mixed it up a bit using my MUA Pressed Powder is Shade 01, not my favourite as the colour is sometimes a bit off yet this day it seemed to work.

I feel like I’ve been fairly repetitive with my makeup choices this week, although I have slightly varied the looks as once again I found myself reaching for my No7 Mini Eyeshadow Palette and the BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara. Yet I did manage to mix up the lips reaching one of my pricier items, I love my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volutpe Shine in 7 Rose Infinite I really ought to use it more as I am so scared to use it and waste it willy nilly. Overall it wasn’t a bad look though.


Saturdays makeup ft urban decay, bodyshop, collection

Saturday

On Saturday I went out for lunch with a few friends from home, as well all celebrated graduating University and starting the next chapter in each of our lives. People who I have been through school with since reception and it’s interesting to see how far we’ve all come and all the different directions we’ve taken.

So I started with all faithful Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer a deeply hydrating primer which really refreshes my face and keeps my skin now. Then in my drier patches or those where my makeup simply disappears I also used the bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, which is an amazing primer but as I only have a super small bottle I try to save it for special occasions or when I really need it. I really mixed it up today finally reaching for my Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Foundation in 102 Natural Ivory, I’m really not as keen on it as my other foundations and it takes a lot of work as it tends to look cakey and drying. By using a damp egg shaped sponge and a lot of blending but you can get a really nice look, but I won’t repurchase.

The for concealers and setting I used the same ol, same ol a mixture of Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain and Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory.

Back to my always trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I don’t think I will ever replace with another brand but its lasted me well over 6 months and shows no signs of finishing. I created my eye look used the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette basic the look around the more orangey shade Trick, I’m really pleased with how it ended up. Then to finish up I just used lashings of bareMinerals Flawless Defination Mascara, which gives my eyelashes a really voluminous and defined look.

On the lips I using probably my favourite lipstick of this year in the form of Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08, I just think it works for so many occasions and seasons. Definitely an inexpensive makeup collection staple. To amp it up a bit I used the bareMinerals Shimmer Glaze in Diamond Glaze to add beautifully glossy full lips, it has a lip plumping element in this lip gloss which tingles for quite a bit but doesn’t hurt as much as other ones and I like the finished look.


So that was my week in makeup looks, what are your go to products? Also what is your work makeup like, do you put the effort in or are you always reaching for the same products, let me know in the comments below.

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I just don’t get it? Products, brands and thinks I’ll never under stand the hype for . . .

PicMonkey CollageThere are some things I will never understand the hype for and being part of the blogging world it is harder and harder not to get caught up in the hype. Over the years I’ve got caught up in the hyper for certain products, brands or like doing certain things and here are things that others seemed to love that I simply don’t understand.

 LUSH

This is half I don’t get the hype and half the fact I’m allergic to half to products. Just a little note I’m allergic to lavender oil, and a few other essential oils which most of the products contain so I’d swell up, have the hives and if the lavender oil is evaporated into the air it starts to restrict my breathing (sad times). On the other hand, I think a lot of the products are overpriced. In addition to that the shop stinks it is just too much overpowering fragrance and I just find the whole experience patronising.

I’ve also run into issues with when I explain to staff at stores my allergy problem they get exasperated when I ask what is in products when it’s not clear. I waited until they were doing nothing and asked them, I’ve worked it retail I know when to ask for help. If I don’t know what is in it I’m not going to buy it allergies are hell I don’t want a swollen face ect. so I am just not going to give them the time at the moment.

 Soap and Glory

I have nothing against soap and glory and I love the bath and shower stuff I just can’t seem to get on with the make up line, none of it seems to work for me. Especially the concealer or eye-shadow primer they are simply awful. My thing here it that they are over hyped or they simply don’t work for me but I guess they work for some people. I love the body stuff though so its no biggie.

 Red Lips

You may already know a I’m not a like person instead favouring eyes but red lip stick does not suit me and I’ve seen it on a lot of people that it does not suit although they may not of found there correct colour like me. There is just a expectation that girls should wear a red lip sometimes or own a red lipstick which is stupid. Wear it if you want to, leave it if you don’t and don’t get forced into it. Also please make sure if you want to wear a bright lip just make sure it suits.

Benefits Packaging

Is it just me or is most of the Benefit packaging cheap and tacky for the price? With a similar price point to that of YSL, Dior ect but with cardboard packaging and gimmicky ideas it just doesn’t seem worth the money. I have liked several things I have tried but I don’t find that it is worth the money and I rather spend it or urban decay or YSL. This is a personal preference, and some of the products are good, some excellent but the packaging just doesn’t do it for me it simply makes it look cheap and tacky and I have no desire to give it pride of place on my dresser. For me if I choose to splurge Benefit it will sit in my stash but the tacky packaging will remain hidden.

The Crazy world of BB, CC and DD creams

With all of Blemish Balms, Colour Correcting and Daily Defence creams its hard to know exactly what everything it meant to do and if they really do anything different at all. I cannot simply keep up give me a tinted moisturiser with a mixture of foundation levels of coverage and concelears and I’m happy. Maybe one day I’ll find one I’ll like but I haven’t yet and my biggest problem is shade selection, I’m so pale that these things will never be in my shade so prehaps that is my issue with them I’ll never know.

Lash Primer

 Maybe this is one of those don’t knock it until you try it kinda things but I’m not sure this is actually worth it. Just layer up your current mascara or something as surely that is exactly the same thing. Surely putting on two layers of your current mascara is better as you have no white showing if you miss a bit ect. I don’t see much point but maybe this is something I should try first . . .

So there is a much of things I feel are over rated or just don’t get, what do you think is over hyped? Let me know in the comments below.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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What I got for my birthday . . .

Hi guys, if you didn’t know I turned 21 over the weekend exciting I know. For the day me, my boyfriend, my best friend and her boyfriend went to London Zoo as I’m a big kid inside. As I’m currently at university I don’t get all the family gifts and as I don’t know what I want my parents put my birthday money to one side for when I decide what I want. So if I want something more expensive and nice in a few months they’ll get it for me rather than wasting it now. Saying that I was still spoilt by my boyfriend and besties ect. so here we go.

ZSL London Zoo

LOTR inspired art

My first gift from my boyfriend was the ZSL London Zoo tickets, because his amazing and it was a great day out. He also brought me a beautiful piece of LOTR Inspired artwork which I had spied on etsy a while back. The piece is based on the final chapter of Lord of the Rings: Return on the King as the elves leave middle earth. I love Tolkens world, both the books and the films and I think this is such a beautiful piece with it actually made from the pages of the book, mine are the pages from the battle of the shire.purminerals, ciate & rimmel

Next up is what my best friend at uni got me and I honestly wasn’t expecting anything we were just going to do something together as its both of our 21sts at the weekend. Anyway she brought me Purminerals Holiday Elements set, which is a really cute little set with three looks, and a little travel thing so great for touch ups or going away. I’m excited to try it out as I’ve never tried any purminerals make up before. Then she got me two Ciate Paint Pots in Members Only and Doll Face which are incredibly pretty and great nude go to colours. And finally as she knows I’ve developed an obsession with east end snob by rimmel she picked me up a back up one.swarvoski tennis bracelet

My sister spoilt me this year buying my a Swarovski Tennis Bracelet, its a beautiful piece and I’m so glad to finally have this as an addition to my collection as I’m all for just a few well made piece.

LOTR mug & Chocolate controller

white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes

My best friend from back home brought me a Tolken Inspired Mug, which just adds to my expanding Tolken collection and you can never really have enough mugs. She also brought me a chocolate controller as I said me and my boyfriend need a second controller for his Xbox One, this one is so much better and finally she made some beautiful raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes nomnomnom! Oh and I got malibu.

21st themed gifts

My boyfriends family brought me some lovely 21st themed pieces, starting with a lovely 21st frame which I am filling with a picture from the day. I also got the lovely wooden 21 which I am slowly getting people to sign which is an adorable ideal to remember the occasion.

Hello Kitty Food and Drink

My parents tend to give me money so I am yet to spend that however, my mum every year get me a bunch of jokey presents. She always gets me Hello Kitty stuff without fail, for Christmas I got got Hello Kitty salt and pepper shakers. For my birthday I received a Hello Kitty Pomegranate Iced Tea which I don’t want to drink and have to throw  the can away, as well as an adorable Hello Kitty Cupcake Set. finally She brought me a cute little bear with a 21 badge of course.

So that what I got for my birthday and I am truly thankful for everything I have received and I even have more money to spend which I probably will go on a shopping spree over easter.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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Primark Beauty Products: Review and Swatches

primark make up review and swatches

So as you may of seen last week in my primark haul, I purchased a load of there beauty range called P.s. Love although I couldn’t try as much as I wanted as the range was limited at the store I visited so I may do a part two some time soon.

Also I cannot seem to find the names of these of them although they all have a code on the product starting with a PS so I will try my best to describe the colour and write this code at the end. 

P.S Love single eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Single: £1.00

I only picked up one single as it was simply a choice between this colour I got and a white so I thought I’d get most used out of this. Its a warm champagne taupe kinda colour, very natural, the swatch is similar to how it works on the lid and it adds a shimmery wash of colour. The high amount of shimmer I am more likely to use this for an evening look but its a good basic colour to have in the collection.

It is slightly chalky though and you need to ensure you tap the brush on you’ll end up with it all over your face and you do have to build it up to get the colour the same as it is in the pan. I think the singles at this price point like MUA and Make Up Gallery can be variable, some are amazing and some are awful. This is sort of middle of the road, you won’t loose out by purchasing it but there are definitely better options out there.

The packaging is simple and actually feels robust as it has the satisfying click and it does not just open on a whim. The pan is a great size and you  get a good amount of of product which I’m happy about, no one could ever be disappointed with how much you get. Finally there is a small mirror in the lid, not a practical size for application but its a nice touch and I appreciate the thought to include it. The single I tried is PS2994.

P.S Love Lift and Curl Mascara

Lift & Curl Mascara: £2.00

I really wanted to try a Mascara but had no idea where to start so I picked the lift and curl mascara simply because purple is my favourite colour, logic I know. The brush of one long side and one short side similar is becoming more and more popular these days which is great as I am thoroughly enjoying. This brush type really does create the curl and I absolutely love it, this didn’t quite match up to Benefits Roller Lash mascara but I’m loving the curl it creates and for only £2.00 it is worth checking out.

P.S. Love eyeliner duo

Eyeliner and Pencil Sharpener (2pack): £1.00

There were several different colour options but I went for the practical of a nude and white for neutral eyes and pretending I’m not tired. These swatched beautifully and I couldn’t wait to use them only problem was when I actually did. On the water line or the lid for that matter it resulted in not product transfer and no change in appearance which is a shame. Inexpensive but not worth picking up, pay a little bit more for something that is better quality.

P.S. Love lip crayon

Lip Gloss Crayon: £1.50

There were a number of colours but as sometimes lip crayons can be hit a miss, so if in doubt I’ll opt for a lighter neutral colour. I find lip crayons useful to slip in my bag for easy touch ups as they can’t really go wrong so I thought it would be a great idea to try one. As it can be seen from the swatch there is no colour pay off but I simply put that down to the colour I selected, it simply has a slight pink tint if you look hard enough and a load of glitter. I’m not keen on glitter lips especially for everyday so would only use it for a night time look, adding an additional layer of glitter between lectures can only look tacky and for a lip gloss stick it seems to only add glitter rather than a glossy finish. Unfortunately this is a no go as it feels so greesey on the lips, I even kissed my boyfriend when I had it on to see what he thought for the kissability test. He found it so greesey he was pulling faces and made me fetch him a make up wipe, it is not worth it. I don’t know whether to try the other colours or not as it is so hit and miss, have you tried any other of the lip gloss crayons if so what do you think? The lip gloss crayon I tried is light pink and has the code PS2652-01.

P.S. Love Blush Sticks

Blush Sticks (Coral & Pink): £1.50

I’d never used blush sticks before buying these two so it took a while to get the trick of applying these as its different to everything else. I picked up a beautiful bright pink and a coral type pink, which are beautiful and blend out effortlessly. They also stay on all day which is more a trait of cream blush rather than just these sticks themselves so its well worth having them in your collection. I think I do still prefer my powder blush but its well worth having a few cream products in your collection in your long days or nights when you want your make up to stay. If you want to try out to cream products but not sure what to make of them its not a bad to start off with the P.S Love range as they are pigmented, blendable and if you don’t like them its only £1.50 so you have nothing to loose really. Just one last think I suggest warming up before you use it so I simply pop it in my bra before I start doing my make up and then it applies perfectly. The blush sticks I tried was a bright pink (PS2996-01) and a coral pink (PS2996-00).

P.S. Love nails

Nail Polish: £1.00 £0.80

All of the nail varnishes are meant to retail for £1.00 but since December they’ve been priced at £0.80 which you cannot possibly go wrong with. Unfortunately I haven’t taken a snap of the nail varnish but this one is simply amazing, its a really good quality glitter polish in which great with two coats giving an amazing pay of and it looks great. It removes easily but it doesn’t peel off like the barry M glitter polishes, so swap inexpensive for even more inexpensive especially as glitter nails aren’t for everyday. I’ve tried a few other colours and am presently surprised with the quality of what I have tried so if you fancy one don’t hesitate to pick one up.

False Nails: £1.00

 I picked up these false nails for 50p and couldn’t resist I’m planning to wear them this weekend when we go London Zoo for my Birthday. However I’ve brought countless set of nails in the pasts and I love them, they last a few days even more if you buy better glue and look amazing. Primark’s false nails are especially great for special nights out as they are so inexpensive and look absolutely amazing.

What have you tried from the P.S. Love range, what is worth trying and what isn’t? I’m impressed with some and not so with others but with the range been so inexpensive I don’t feel as though I’m wasted money.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Canadian Beauty Swap

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So towards the end of last year me and the beautiful Danielle of Just Add Mascara arranged a swap. She received my package before Christmas and you can check out what I got her here while mine arrived mid January, the problems with cross Atlantic swaps. So if you want to read what she got me carry on reading . . . (see what I got her here)

Skincare Bits

DSCF4409Yves Rocher 7 day programme for Normal to Combination Skin: This is a cute little trio containing a hydrating cleansing milk; hydrating toner and 24hr Intense hydrating Gel Cream. All of them contain botanical saps such as the saps from maple trees and blue agave plants combined which are meant to look in moisture in the skin so I’m excited to try them out. I’m thinking of saving these for a holiday later in the year as they are an ideal size for travelling and mini pamper products are perfect for these.

Real Nature Face masks in Acai Berry, Green Tea and Avocado: So these are three are cloth masks I love treating my self to a face mask once or twice a week. The first night I used the green tea mask after a long shift a work and its a proper moist well made cloth mask which stays in place while sitting up meaning I could sort out blog bits and watch TV its ideal as some masks don’t stay and you have to lie back to get it to stay on.

The Face Shop Sparking Wine Face Mask: Another small cloth face mask and a really convenient size packet although I’m likely to use it before going anywhere it would be great for travelling.

Yves Richer Pink Grapefruit Face Mist: This is both a skin refresher and  a make up setting spray. I’ve loved this to make my make up last all day and keeps my skin feeling hydrated no matter what I’m up to. The scent isn’t particularly strong but the product is amazing so it doesn’t really matter.

Nip + Fabn Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads: I’m currently half way though my current tub of exfoliating pads so I’ll start these soon. I’m always curious about nip+fan so I’m excited to try something of theirs out.

Make Up

DSCF4411Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Palette in 738 Comfort Zone: I was so excited about this as I’ve heard such good things about wet n wild eye shadows and they aren’t available over here. Its a beautiful neutral toned palette containing 8 beautifully pigmented shades. I used it straight away (well straight after I’d taken the pictures) for my make up that morning and its so good. I’ve loved having a little play with this.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Warm Neutral: First and foremost the packaging is so damn pretty the packaging with lace detailing and ribbons its so pretty. Its a warm neutral palette with rose gold/pink toned shades, the palette is meant to be 3 looks with a highlight, base and liner for each a unique foam applicator meaning you could attempt these looks without the tools although the success level is debatable. The three looks are Natural which is a subtle everyday look, Playful still natural but a slightly fun twist with the highlight colour and finally a night time look Dramatic which in essence is for a brown smokey eye.

Annabelle Bigger Bronzer, Zebra Print Bronzing Powder in Haute Gold: I’m yet to use this as I tend to opt for contouring over bronzing in the winter months but it will be great for summer. When I’ve swatched it on my hand and nice warm shimmer colour so come summer it will get a lot of use.

Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz: Pixi always surprises me that in other countries Pixi is affordable and even drug store yet over here its hard to find and fairly expensive so I was delighted to receive two pixi items in my swap. The shadows are so pigmented and creamy, I love the colours and I’m playing about with them for a valentines look. Maybe I’ll part with my hard earned cash to try more pixi products.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush: This is my second pixi item a very highly pigmented lip balm I was actually so surprised how good the colour pay off hydrated lips and pretty coral colour. The only thing I’m not sure is the flat cut top opposed the the rounded or lipstick shape you usually get with balms although it will round off with time it just makes initial applications trickier.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 617 Iced Mocha: I feel like this may soon work its way into my “I rather have 15 more minutes in bed than do full make up” make up routine, a soft neutral eye pencil is somewhat of a student essential or at least should be.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Salsa: This is the perfect everyday natural pink lip colour so I’m bound to get loads of wear. Also its a really silky smooth non-sticky lip gloss, its closest to the Tanya Burr lip glosses although the Tanya Burr ones are slightly thicker. The doe foot applicator is really nice and bonus the lid and a bow moulded on it subtle but pretty. Bound to end up in my handbag for a go to lip product. Its kinda like having a touch up naked 3 palette although I haven’t put them side by side if its a good dupe I will let you guys know.

Other

DSCF4413Peanut Butter M&Ms: These didn’t last beyond a day they are so yummy.

Yves Rocher Bath Fizz in Pear Caramel: Okay this smells amazing the closest thing I can think of that smells like this is the body shop honey range. The packet is cute too kinda looks like the fancy chocolates you get on the pillows at fancy hotels, although it probably doesn’t taste as good though.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum: I’ve yet to try this as I’m currently using a hair oil but I’ve been converted as they make my hair much more manageable.

So big love and thanks to the lovely Danielle, I love all my Canadian beauty bits. Beauty swaps are a great experience, so much fun and you get to make new friends I’d highly recommend it.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xxx

Day 94: Top Lip Products Under £10

So I’m starting off this top drugstore make up week by starting off with my favourite drugstore Lip Products. Essentially all the lip sticks, lip glosses and lip balms I love from the drug store. (Products will be ordered in price order from cheapest to most expensive

 MUA Lipstick in Bare

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I own loads of the MUA lipsticks now, but this is by far my favourite. Its a  simple nude tone that is perfect for any occasion or make up look, its a fairly matt finish and just ties up a simple look. The only thing is that it isn’t that moisturising therefore balm will need to be worn underneath. The best thing is the price at only £1.00 a lipstick you can experiment and build your collection easily. Available from Superdrug and the MUA store for £1.00.

Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm in Pomegranate

 18I’m a big lover of lip balms and the body shop, so this one is obvious. A highly moisturising, beautiful smelling lip balm with a slight tint to it, ideal for any make up kit or bag. It smell so delicious you could eat it and they have no shortage of yummy favourites will definitely make sure my supply is stocked up. Available from the Body Shop for £3.00.

MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer in Tranquility

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These had a odd texture to get used to but have amazing colours and are extremely long lasting. Check out my few review of the MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer here. Available in Superdrug stores and from the MUA Store for £3.00.

Barry M Cor Balmy in Adam and Eve

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This I have used pretty much everyday since I bought it and I have regularly mentioned it in current make up routine posts and make up kit posts. Read the full review here. Available at Superdrug for £3.49.

Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter

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For when your lips need some serious TLC, opt for the Body Shop Lip Butters unfortunately I am currently all out and will definitely be buying some before the winter weather well and truly sets in. I’m in love with all of the pink grapefruit range as it isn’t too sickly sweet and is really fresh smelly. There is no chapped lipped situation I have had that hasn’t been repaired but this. Available from the Body Shop for £4.00.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova

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This was my statement lip colour of the summer, a beautiful bright girly pink. The apocalips colours come in a stunning range of colours and it has a beautiful moisturising formula for a full review look here. Available at Boots for £6.49 and Superdrug for £5.99.

Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Just Peachy

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And finally Tanya Burrs lipgloss, this is relatively new to my collection and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it. A beautiful neutral colour thats smooth and moisturising, plus another bonus it isn’t that sticky although I doubt nothing will ever stop my boyfriend moaning about lip gloss. All the youtubers love it and it isn’t a bias towards a friend it is an amazing product. Available from Superdrug for £6.99 £4.66.

What are your favourite budget beauty lip buys?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox