Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer Review

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer.

You know those days when you are perusing the aisles of Superdrug looking for nothing in particular when all of a sudden a purple primer jumps out at you, well that’s what happened to me and I couldn’t resist. So pas the novelty of a such a strong purple primer how does the Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer actually shape up.

I personally think that the purple colour makes for such a unique selling point, whether it actually does anything or not it’s different to anything else I have seen on the market. Often lilac is used to cancel out yellow tones, but this is definitely not lilac so I am unsure how or if this is colour correcting this is but I think this takes some further research.

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer Swatches

Despite looking like a cream product, mainly due to the colour probably, the product feels and acts like a silicon based primer. As you work it into the skin in upward motions you can feel your skin getting smoother and your skin tends to look that bit smoother, essentially a better version of your skin at present. It’s amazing that no colour residue is left, not even at hint and it is something you kind of have to see to believe. I cannot say I have noticed a brightening effect due to the purple in the primer, which is a shame but as far a primer goes it feels great on the skin.

Makeup sits well on top of the primer, looking smooth and airbrushed and I love the final appearance it gives. The only thing I’m unsure about is how long it extends the like of my makeup as it lasts a work day, but I failed to do any heavy duty testing but in reality we all just need our makeup to last the day.

Overall I enjoy the novelty of this primer the fact its purple and finished like any other is amusing and it stands out when in my makeup collection which helps me ensure that I use it. Yet I feel like the gimmick with the colour is most of what this primer is about, sure it feels nice and works well but I think you can get better primers out there especially if you want a brightening effect. Let me know your favourite primers in the comments.

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Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm

With all the summer fun or sun, sea and waves we tend to forget to take the time to look after our hair, and as summer arrived I decide to try out a new hair mask in order to keep my hair silky smooth.

The Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm promises to:

“Tame dry, frizzy hair with our intensely soothing balm, blended with rich coconut oil and cocoa butter. Our rich nourishing formula, with its velvety balm texture leaves frizzy hair feeling nourished, looking super smooth and frizz free even in damp weather.”

 

It is really quite simple as all you need to do is put it on your hair for between 1 to 5 minutes, apparently depending on how much moisture your hair needs. Personally I like to leave a mask on at least 5 minutes and use them once a fortnight to once a month. So how well does it work?

Personally I find it just okay, my hair initially didn’t feel dramatically different and it took a lot of rinsing to ensure that all of the product is removed and nothing is left. My hair felt smoother by looked hardly any different and I was highly disappointed by this fact, I by no means expect miricles but I do respect my hair to come out looking better than before using.

I feel like with this product I am simply setting my expectations of treating by dehydrated hair and putting back in moisture, my hair is not badly damaged and just lacks moisture. This may simply not be the product for me either due to hair type or this is not the masking conditioning balm I want it to be. The directions say 1 to 5 minutes and this makes me think that although marketed as a mask this may simply be a great option in order to replace your current conditioner if you have dry and damaged hair.

So unfortunately I would recommend you save your pennies and try an alternative hair mask/balm, I have loved the tresemme ones in the past and I may return to this once this product has been used up. What hair masks do you recommend let me know in the comments below.

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Product Reviews of 2016 (so far)

After a review heavy month, and being just over half way through 2016 I thought it would be nice today to look back on all of the products I have reviewed. So I’ve broken them down into categories and feel free to check them all out, in case you’ve missed something you are interested in.

 

Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator  ● Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask ● Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Face WashNo 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water Boots Botantics 3-in-1 Cleansing Water Boots Simply Sensitive Micellar WaterP.S Love Facial Cleansing Pad 

So those are all of my full reviews so far for 2016 and I have a couple more reviews coming in the next week or so. If you want to see more you can see mini review and raved about items in my Empties posts or my Monthly Favourites, don’t hesitate to take a look.

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Benefit Brow Bar Review

Good eyebrows are everything right now, and after feeling bummed by my eyebrows for a while I felt as though it was time to get myself down to a Benefit Brow Bar. I went to a Benefit Brow Bar back in February and I loved the results but this time I thought I would be best to show the results in case you are interested. I visited the Benefit Brow Bar in Boots at the Milton Keynes shopping centre, on a Saturday morning you don’t necessarily need to a book an appointment but its recommend and you can find the information for booking appointments in Benefit Shops or Brow Bars here.
A wax costs £14.50 and a wax and tint will set you back £19.50, so comparable with other brow bars and if you go to Boots like me you can collect your Boots points which is always a plus. Before I had a wax and tint, but due to time constraints this time I went for simply a wax, much quicker and I’ve liked to results both time although I recommend the tint as it will make your eyebrows effortless for weeks. Just make sure you read the information and paperwork before you get started there’s a few key things and rules you need to pay attention to before you start your wax.

Benefit Brow Bar - Close Up Before and After - Natural Brows
I have fairly thick eyebrows and I tend to prefer a more natural toned down look, so although they will go for a nice defined arch I went for a more natural look. I love the final look of my eyebrows it is not necessarily dramatic but its natural and suits my face shape. Although my less intense or strong eyebrow is not for everyone I thought it would be positive to see an alternative option to the strong eyebrows for those who want a simpler eyebrow look (see above).
So is it painful? I don’t tend to think so it is more uncomfortable but the wax is comfortably warm and the girls doing it are well trained, reassuring and make sure you have no issues. After doing the first brow they check the shape and look to make sure you are happy and then get started on matching them up. After waxing a final tidy up is done with tweezers before soothing with an Aloe Vera solution which is cooling and pleasant. And the final bonus thing is they can cover that unsightly redness from waxing with Benefits Boing, which is a service you don’t get elsewhere.
Have you got caught up in the Benefit Eyebrow storm, have you tried any of their brow products or poped by their brow bar? Let me know in the comments.

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Review: Boots Simply Sensitive Gentle Micealler Water

I love trying a lot of budget friendly micellar waters, due to the ease of taking makeup fully off and effortlessly. I think I’m on some sort of Boots kick with micellar water as they offer a good range for all skin types and budgets. Earlier this year I reviewed the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water and Boots Botanic 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water but now is the time for the Boots Simply Sensitive Micellar Water.

Boots Simple Sensitive Micealler Water

According to the Boots Website the sensitive micellar water is:

“Boots Simply Sensitive skincare range has been specially formulated to be kind to your skin. A simple collection of products which are fragrance and colour free. Containing soothing aloe vera, your skin is left feeling soft, smooth and cared for.

FREE FROM: fragrance, colour and ingredients known to be sensitive to your skin.”

 It definitely fragrance free, it is so deceptive it smells and feels like water therefore is probably perfect for sensitive skin. I used it in the normal way using cotton wool pads and wiping, and to remove my eye makeup I hold a fresh cotton wool pad with solution on it of my eyes for 10-20 seconds before wiping. So how did this one compare?

In the removal of eyeshadow and general face makeup, all of this makeup is easily removed completely and it left my skin feeling clean and fresh. Unlike other micellar waters it leave my face feeling freshly wash, I feel as though it has less alcohol as its more like you’ve wet your face with water opposed to stripped it and in need of moisturising. I really enjoyed this part and it really does compare with other brands and ranges of micellar water.

The only issue is that it isn’t so good for mascara or heavy eye makeup, although it can easily take off eyeshadow when it comes to eyeliner and mascara it takes a lot of soaking and rubbing which isn’t something I’m keen on. I love using this for my face or light makeup but day to day I do layer my mascara up and it doesn’t always budge, so I’ve taken to using a my eye makeup remover pads for the time being.

The Boots Simple Sesitive Micellar Water retails for £3.99, available from Boots Stores and Boots.com 

So overall I would recommend it to those with sensitive skin, as it’s so gentle but effective but it will definitely need combining with an effective/gentle eye makeup remover. Saying that if you just use a small swipe of mascara due to sensitive eyes this will probably be enough for you. It’s not my favourite micellar water I think the No 7 Beautiful Skin version will always be my favourite but this was a welcome change.

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Empties #14

 

I thought I would space out my empties and ended up with way too much crap building up, hopefully I will eventually find a balance some day

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch in 001 Flush of Pearl: Finally finished this, and the lack of use was simply down to the fact I’m useless at remembering to use it on at the right time. This was great to adding a little bit of dimension to the skin and a subtle highlight, adding a lot to a simple makeup look. In future though I may pick one with slightly more colour to it. Would I repurchase: possibly.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer: I feel as though this has been in more than enough empties now, I think it is my most repurchased concealer it’s amazing. Would I repurchase: I already have.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain: This has been featured in a previous empties, and I have enjoyed match perfection as a foundation as it offers a good level of coverage. However I have since found foundations I prefer so I may not repurchase it again.

BareMinerals Prime Time Original Primer: I love this primer, I used it sparingly the past few months as I didn’t want it to be finished. It just leaves my face so smooth and ready for makeup, as well as helping it last all day. Would I repurchase: highly likely.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Toner: I’ve paired these together as it doesn’t make sense not to, I’ve already repurchased these as I love it and it’s really helped me stick to a routine as well as improve my skin. I use them both every morning and evening, leaving my skin clean and clear. Would I repurchase: yes!

Boots Botantics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution All Bright: I love to try out different cleansing waters and this was no exception. If you want to know more about it, check out my full review here. Would I repurchase: possibly.

Boots Essentials Refreshing Cucumber Cleansing Wipes: I’m not a huge makeup wipe user but they are great for using as a pre-cleanse or as a last resort. These are really nice wipes they smell and feel really refreshing and I feel like they go a good job at removing makeup. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash: This has been mentioned several times on my body, it was an essential part of my morning skincare routine. Deeply cleansing and clearing, but it doesn’t strip your face of moisture, well worth trying if you have dry or sensitive skin. Would I repurchase: yes

 

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter: I’ve mentioned many times how much I love the scent of the Green Tea range so I won’t go on about the amazing scent. This was thinner than some of the other body butters I have tried, so not as deeply hydrating but it definitely soaked into the skin quicker so it really depends what you are after. Would I repurchase: highly likely.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub: I love a good body scrub and this one was lovely, a deep but gentle scrub. It isn’t as gritty as some of the others so feels great on wherever you use it. Would I repurchase: definitely.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Wash: I feel as though there is not a huge amount to say about a body wash, but this was lovely and refreshing in the morning. Would I repurchase: yes.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Sachet: Sometimes I just love a hair mask and I really enjoyed this Aussie one, opposed to leaving it for 3 minutes I left it longer. I like massage the mask into the ends of my hair clip it up and use a face mask or chill for 10/20 minutes and my hair feels so nice. Would I repurchase: yes.

TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo: I rarely use dry shampoo, so it’s taken me forever to use this one up but you can read my review of it here (LINK). Would I repurchase: yes.

V05 Revive Me Daily Shampoo and Conditioner: I used these as my post swim shampoo and conditioner at the gym, so although they haven’t left my hair silky smooth and I use a hair oil too, But it really cleans out the chlorine. The V05 range smells nice too, which is always a plus with shampoo and conditioner. Would I repurchase: meh, maybe.

Superdrug My Little Star Baby Shampoo: I use baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes, and I’ve found the superdrug one is identical to J&J only cheaper. It is gentle on the brushes but leaves them nice and clean again cleaning off all the crap. Would I repurchase: yes.


 

 

I hope you enjoyed this round of empties, I have a whole section dedicate them so if you are just nosy or want to read some mini reviews look in the tabs above or click the link here to see the previous 13 empties. What products are you loving at the moment? What do you always repurchase?

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Personal Planner Follow Up Review

personal planner 2016

All the way back in February I did a first impressions review of my Personal Planner when I first received it before I started to use it. It’s fairly in depth with all of my options, why I chose things and what I thought I would use etc. so check it out here as this might be less in depth than that one and will be more of a follow up.

I had such big plans to start using cute stickers, checklists and deco sheets which I had seen with the Erin Condrid etc. online, but as I started to list out my daily tasks, reminders and plans I had no hope of making it look cute. It has also backed up not needing to splurge on Erin Condrid etc. and re-enforced my initial love and happiness with the personal planner. It has loads of room for list making and noting down everything I need for the day.

I love the prettiness on each page yet it is still consistent throughout and I don’t need to worry too much about colour scenes ect. I have plenty of room in the vertical lay out to note down work, to do, to watch, blog related to dos and any other key things for that day. With the weekends off it also works for me that the columns are half size and I have less to note down. As you can see from my various spreads, most days and weeks are fairly packed with notes as they are general weeks, when I’ve done stuff for the day I’ve kept it fairly clear to focus on the special thing I’ve done. This layout really works for me.

I am also really happy with my bottom options, I feel like I may benefit from two tick lists opposed to one tick list and then the notes as I use the space to note my weekly blog activity in terms of social media and blog posts which are routine. If I had two tick sheets it would be easier to organise and keep tray, this is something I will keep in mind for next year. I love the dinner option and although it is a shame it doesn’t cover the weekend for me it is most important to plan my week night dinners due to prep and planning ahead with work.

I’m also glad I picked the monthly view and note book paper combination, although I have only occasionally used the lined paper. The monthly view is great either as a general overview of all the things I have on that month, which I used cute pencil drawings to keep it interesting yet not too much. It is also great to look back and see what I’ve done. The colouring pages on the other hand are great for a little distraction, but I don’t use them that often as I need to be at home and dig out my pencils but it is something I am going to push myself to do more of.

The main downside before and it is still a downside, is that I don’t like that the back lined page is shiny hard card, I would prefer it to use be blank as I don’t think it is that practical. I’m using it to stick on small stacks of post it notes, but all in all I wish it wasn’t lined. I also find it hard to pin down a good place for the plastic wallet and for me it sits straight inside the front cover, although I like it there, it feels as though it doesn’t serve much of a purpose. These niggles are definitely down to my personal preference as I really do love this planner.

So all in all I love it and I am so glad I purchased it, once again you can see the original review here. Let me know how you like to plan in the comments and what your favourite planner is.

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Kiko Milano Single Eyeshadows: Review and Swatches

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I’ve decided to start doing these for any makeup hauls I do, I think it’s good to see how people found products but I don’t not necessarily think there is enough to review each thing individually. I did a wear test back in April for the nail varnishes so this is purely about the eye shadow. You can read the original haul here, or check out the Nail Lacquer wear test here.


I’ll start with the lightest shade the Eye Shadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, which as you can tell I’ve used a lot. It’s a perfect all over the lid shade, very similar to my natural skin tone. It’s great for having something which you can blend eyeshadow out into, such a smooth blending transitional shade I highly recommend checking it out.

The other normal eyeshadow I have is in 118 Pearly Beige Silk, a beautiful light brown. It wasn’t quite as dark as I hoped but its a great base or all over the lid shade. It’s so natural and like the other one it blends so easily, I will definitely get some use out of this shade.


I also had a infinity eyeshadow in 290, its a charcoal grey and I love it. If you use it went or pack it on you can get a beautiful dark smoky colour, perfect for an evening eye. Alternatively apply it lightly with a blending brush and it adds a lovely level of definition in the crease. The grey is slightly out of my comfort zone and my brown warm tones, but I’m so glad I tried it. Highly recommend checking out the infinity range.

The final eyeshadow is from Kiko’s wet/dry eyeshadow range and its in a fairly neutral base colour 201 Rosy Taupe. It’s beautiful, use it dry and you get a nice wash of the shimmery colour. Then by simply using a damp brush it can foil or really pack a punch, looking stunning on the lid. My favourite way to wear this is to apply wet all over the lid, and then pair with liquid eyeliner and you have a simple look for every occasion. The wet dry shadow, although much more expensive, if definitely my pick of the bunch and I’m definitely going to buy some more soon.

Have you tried any Kiko Milano products, if so let me know what you thought of them in the comments? I cannot wait for my next trip to Kiko to see what I can find.

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Disapointing Products

It’s almost been two years and I am yet to of written a disappointing products post, quite an achievement really although I’ve had the odd disappointing product I haven’t really had a collection to write about. Unlike our fortunate American friends products can only be returned if they are ‘faulty’ or defective, or in a resalable condition. Makeup is not an item which cannot be returned no matter what. So often I will find a way to use the product or make it work for me, these are the ones I couldn’t make work.

So hopefully this post will prevent you from wasting your money, or you can help me find a way to make these products work for me. Please remember just because a product doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you so I’ve tried to provide as much information as possible about why I don’t like it so you can make your own judgements.

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Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights:

This is what happens when I don’t research, I’d gone in for a MUA highlighter and as it wasn’t in stock and I was in a rush I picked up the Makeup Revolution one without swatching or thinking. I really wish id stopped to swatch. If you swatch it onto your finger the most beautiful peachy champagne shade is there which would add a beautiful and delicate highlight and glow to your skin. Only problem is that it doesn’t swap or transfer from them and you can barely see anything when you transfer it across. Also I can’t seem to pick any up with a brush either, stubborn as help it wants to all stay together in its pan. So what could easily be a beautiful highlighter is just a stubborn dud.

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Tanya Burr Nail Polish: Original Formula

I have to say there are two reasons as to why the original formula is on my disappointing list. First up is the staying power, within a few hours its started to chip at the tips and then by the middle of a work day I have huge bits of nail varnish missing. Probably works for a night out or if you don’t need it to last. Other issue is the colours, although I love the colour of Penguin Chic so much so I end up redoing my nails daily sometimes, the others don’t look like they’ve been pictured or switched especially ‘Peaches and Cream’ which is an ugly orange and ‘Little Duck’ which definitely isn’t the pale mint green its sold as. Although my colour issues may be that I have always brought online from feel unique, opposed to in Superdrug as I’ve always brought them on sale as I don’t think the price is worth it.

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Benefit Roller Lash

Although I have since thrown it a way I have to say I was hugely disappointed when I tried the Benefit Roller Lash, it definitely seems like another one of Benefits gimmicks which are easy to get caught up in rather than a good long standing Holy Grail product. I think this is also reflected in the fact this time last year everyone was raving about it, and then it barely got any mention in peoples 2015 favourites a definite hype products. Even worse that when I compared it to the P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara I got exactly the same looking lashes.

 

What products have you found disappointing? Also let me know if you disagree and how you make the most out of the these products?

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Review: L’oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in 303 Shimmering Black

Despite buying this back in November (see the haul here) I only opened this last month and thought I’d do a little review of it here. I love a good pencil eyeliner so thought I would put the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in 303 Shimmering Black to the test.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner

I actually picked up the shimmering black by accident and only looked at the label once I’d opened it so I was stuck. For any non-UK readers, as I know returns policies vary, once a product is brought and opened it cannot be returned unless an item is faulty items can only be returned if in a resalable condition. Which kind of sucks but it meant I actually was pushed to find a use for it and put it to the test, perfect for reviewing.

I love the fact this is a thin twist up eyeliner so that I don’t have to remember to sharpen it and it keeps it as a thin, narrow pencil which is what you want in an eyeliner. It twisted up and past the initial swatch and getting off probably a light coating, it’s smooth and creamy and goes on perfectly. I was so impressed of how well it went on and it didn’t need blending especially the first time I used it. The only place it needs building up is on the water/type line but on the eyelid itself it was no problem at all.

The first day I put in on under my eyes, type line and along my lash line while wearing eyeshadow. Unfortunately it didn’t last the day upon checking my makeup at in the toilets at 3:00pm it was patchy and broken up despite the rest of my eyes still looking perfect from my primer. It has also come off under my eyes although that was more faded than broken. Then I tried it on its own, which seemed to last much better with only minor fading. It seems to last way better on its own rather than pair with eyeshadow which is a shame it cannot be used both ways, so will just be for a simple makeup day.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in Shimmering Black Swatch (1)

I later tried it to create a lazy smoky eye and it smudged out to essentially nothing, which was super disappointing, I ended up taking off my makeup and starting it all over again. This may be more of a colour issues as the black in it is not super pigmented rather than the product itself. However the poor performance in terms of longevity really has put me off bothering with buying the actual black eyeliner as I fear it will crack, fade or come off variable

Overall it’s a decent eyeliner but with its inability to last when paired I cannot recommend it, it may work for you if you don’t wear eyeshadow but it is not versatile and its staying power is so-so. So I think it may be best to look elsewhere for your eyeliner needs, let me know if you have any other recommendations for pencil/windup eyeliners in the comments.

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