sobota, 22. november 2014

Tanya Burr Individual Eyelashes

I have a big fancy event coming up soon, so I decided it was about time to finally try some false eyelashes. A famous youtuber - Tanya Burr recently expanded her make up line and included a range of false lashes so I thought I would give them a go.

četrtek, 20. november 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay is one of my favourite make up brands and so far I haven't tried anything from them that I didn't like. I LOVE their original Naked palette which was my main eye shadow palette for the longest time, until I finally branched out and got a couple of other things. The Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette was released around this time last year, but I got it a couple of months later and I really like it. It is rose hued, so every eyeshadow is a neutral with a pinkish-rosy undertone.
It includes 12 different shades with ranging finishes, from matte, pearly, shimmery and metallic that come in a tin case. Every palette includes a double ended shadow and blending brush and 4 samples of their amazing Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original, Sin - my favourite eyeshadow primer at the moment!, Eden and Anti-Ageing). All eyeshadows are well pigmented, with the exception of Dust which really seems like glittery dust and doesn't apply well.  I love that I can just sweep my brush in the eyeshadow once and pick up all the product I need. 
Eyeshadows are creamy, blend well and you can literally create countless combinations with them for work, school or nights out. There are a lot more shimmering colors than mattes but it suits my skin which has a neutral undertone. Unlike their other palettes I've tried I've experienced some fallout here (mainly with shades Dust and Buzz), which can be annoying when you're applying darker shades - it helps if I tap the brush before applying the eyeshadow so some excess product can fall out.

Shade descriptions and swatches:
- Strange: Pale Neutral Pink Matte-Satin
- Dust: Pale Metallic Pink Shimmer with Iridescent Micro-Glitter
- Burnout: Light Pinky-Peach Satin
- Limit: Light Dusty Rose Matte
- Buzz: Metallic Rose Shimmer with Silver Micro-Glitter
- Trick: Light Metallic Pinky-Copper Shimmer with Tonal Micro-Sparkle
- Nooner: Medium Pinky-Brown Matte
- Liar: Medium Metallic Mauve Shimmer
- Factory: Pinky-Brown Satin
- Mugshot: Metallic Taupe Shimmer with Slight Pink Shift
- Darkside: Deep Taupe-Mauve Satin
- Blackheart: Smoky Black Matte with Rosy Red Micro-Sparkle
If you're deciding between this one and the other two Naked Palettes I'd say it's still better to buy the first one, because rose hued eyeshadows might not be suitable for all skin tones - it's best if you can check it out in person and decide when you see it there. But if you already own the first one (or two) this can be a great addition to your collection. I would also consider it a great gift for the up coming holiday season.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is available at Sephora (US) and FeelUnique (UK/Europe).

ponedeljek, 17. november 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm Review

Lip balm is one of the few products I always keep within arms reach. My lips get dry easily and whenever the weather gets colder they also get badly chapped. For the longest time I was only using Labello lip balms (they are still one of my favourite brands) since they were available in every store around and are such an iconic product.
Let's rewind to a couple of months ago when I first tried the Caudalie Lip Conditioner (review here) and fell completely in love with it and then because of all the hype also decided to get the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm.
If you have extremely problematic, dry, chapped, cracked lips this balm will be great for you. It has a very heavy, solid texture and goes on as a pretty thick layer when applied on the lips. Unlike other lip balms that I've tried this one leaves a matte finish on the lips and feels a bit gluey but you get used to it quickly. It feels very moisturizing, nourishing and luxurious on the lips, and the citrusy-honey fragrance is divine!
At first I was using it at day time but I found it to be too heavy, so I decided to apply it overnight and my lips next morning were surprisingly softer and much smoother. I know some people might have an issue with a balm that is not in a tube or a stick, because you have to use your finger to apply it, but I always make sure I carry a hand sanitizer or wipes with me, so that's not an issue (but they also make this in a stick version so that can't stop you from trying it out;)).
Let me know about any lip balm recommendations you have or thoughts and experiences with this one.

The Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm is available for £9.50 from FeelUnique here (I recommend getting this gift set which also includes their amazing Reve de Miel Hand Cream).

sobota, 15. november 2014

Rimmel Scandaleyes Stick in Bad Girl Bronze

Another review for an affordable and great eye product from Rimmel. The Scandaleyes Stick is a cream eyeshadow in a stick and works similar to the Maybelline Color Tattoo. It's great to wear as a base color or on its own. Because of its longevity it can also double as a primer since they really help the eyeshadow stay on. It's compact in size and can easily fit into any make up bag that you take on the go for any touch ups during the day.
The product comes in a pencil and is creamy and blendable. You can apply it lightly for a subtle daytime look, or layer it up and add some eyeshadow for a smokey eye. I usually apply it all over the lid and then blend it with my ring finger, which works better than using brushes. My eyelids are pretty oily and very few products have a lasting power as advertised unless I use a primer underneath, but these really last between 6 to 8 hours on their own.
I've been using the Bad Girl Bronze for a couple of months now and it is a lovely shimmery warm bronze color. It brings out the color of my eyes and doesn't look too dark and gothy. When blended out it loses its vibrancy a bit - some of the shimmer stays on the finger I used for blending and that is truly the only minus I found - but you can always apply some more or use it as a thick liner which will give you maximum colour.
I've noticed some complaints from people not knowing how to sharpen it and found a tip from someone saying to put it in the fridge for a few minutes and that should make sharpening much easier.

Have you tried it any of the shades yet? I'm looking forward to trying the Bulletproof Beige next.