Makeup Revolution Fluid Blusher in Malibu Ocean | Review

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I think I’ve found my blogging mojo again! Yay. I recieved this blusher from Makeup Revolution in the BBB Dream Box by the British Beauty Blogger a while ago and when I saw they were being discontinued, I had to share. These are supposed great dupes for the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush, which I have been lusting after for agess! These were originally priced at £3, however are reduced to £1.50 and come in 5 shades. Much more purse friendly – you could buy the entire range for less than 1 DS blusher.

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Time to shake it up, shake it up!

The shade I have is more of a Bronzer than blusher and ideal for summer. It’s Malibu Ocean and even that name makes me think of summertime. I think come shorts weather I will be using this on my legs as I have a nasty scar on my left leg which I am concious about and as such tend to hide. The coverage of this is enough to sort of draw the attention away from the scar. The formula is really thin and does have the tendency to separate, requiring a good shake before use. The bottle is cute, but does feel a little cheap (not complaining, just observing!).

The dispenser

The dispenser

I find the best technique is to dispense a drop onto the back of my hand, allow it to spread slightly and quickly grab my brush. This stuff is very pigmented and does dry quite quickly, so I don’t find I have much time before a stain appears on my hand. In terms of blending, I’ve had no issues – if you do go a bit heavy handed it should be easy enough to blend out. The thing I didn’t really like about this is the siliconey feel of it, you know what I mean like slippery. It is really odd.

Straight out of the bottle

Straight out of the bottle

Starting to run - see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Starting to run – see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Partially Blended (no it isn't streaky fake tan)

Partially Blended (no it isn’t streaky fake tan)

Fully Blended

Fully Blended

I quite like this colour, it isn’t too shimmery but does add another dimension to my skin. Would I wear this product every day? Probably not because I don’t rate the siliconey feel of it and do worry that with prolonged use it could irritate my sensitive skin. It does claim that it doesn’t block pores, I can’t say it did or didn’t but I do shower and wash my face pretty often. For special occasions or weekend wear though, I love this. I had mixed results with wearability – one day it wore for 6 hours including a sweaty and hot 12 mile mountain bike and another day it seemed to disappear within 2-3 hours. I think it probably depends on what foundation and primer you wear, but I can’t pinpoint why such a big difference. It is marketed as water proof and budge proof, but I wouldn’t say that is necessarily true. I doubt I coulo go swimming in this and it would stay in tact, but who swims in makeup anyway? That’s just asking for Panda eyes!

Available from Makeup Revolution for £1.50

Who loves Makeup Rev? Have you tried this or are you tempted?

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Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope

Stila Lip Glaze

I swithered about whether to write about this lipgloss for months and I’ve finally decided that I should. I got this in my Latest in Beauty advent calendar last year and didn’t think much of it. That and there’s a lot of controversy surrounding Stila as a brand (I won’t get into it here), so I cast it aside. When I was clearing out my stash I stumbled across it and decided to clean the brush and give the gloss another go.

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It's super hard to photo your lips

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It’s super hard to photo your lips

Kaleidoscope looks very pink in the tube, but this doesn’t really translate onto the lips. On the lips it looks more of a sheet pink with sparkle and can actually look fantastic layer over a pink lipstick for a bit of shine and sparkle. I’ve been teaming this with my favourite Benefit lippie and I have to say I am impressed so far. The colour is fantastic. The texture is quite sticky, but not in that horrible thick and sticky way that lipglosses can so often be. Your hair will stick to your lips with this one, but isn’t that the case with every lipgloss? In terms of longevity, I got a couple of hours max from this before another application is required. The flavour and scent of this is somewhat fruity, making it a joy to apply. What I really don’t like is the brush. The brush and twist mechanism sucks. You twist the base of the gloss to allow it to flow onto the brush, but I find it just pools and you get a massive blob on the brush. I don’t like it at all. I don’t really like lipglosses with brushes. The packaging is quite chic looking and sturdy though, so if you can get past the awful brush and throw it in your bag it will survive.

You can buy a 2.4ml tube of this in a massive 36 shades from Stila for £15. It is rather expensive for the tiny amount of product and I don’t think I would repurchase it. I will mention that the controversy surrounding stila has been in the animal testing department, which will put a lot of people off. I’m not here to pass judgement on a brand, I will leave that up to you.

What do you think of this gloss? Do you rate brush applicators or hate them like me?

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free | Review

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

I debated about writing this post for a while, but decided why not? This primer is so expensive and I’m not sure I could justify purchasing it again, but figured maybe someone out there with a lot more money than me would purchase it, so here goes!

This stuff is pricey and retails at £29 for a 50ml tube from House of Fraser and the like. I’m not sure how big my tube is, as it doesn’t actually say but I am guessing it is 30ml and it came as part of a set. The packaging  of this is none too special, just a simple tube which feels sturdy enough and can be thrown into your bag without the worry of the cap coming loose.

The watery texture of the primer

The watery texture of the primer

The one thing to note about this primer is just how watery it actually is. The first time I used it, it came flooding out of the tube like a river – no jokes. You can kind of see how watery it is in the photo above. It doesn’t really help that the dispensing nozzle is literally just a hole, so be warned!

In terms of on the skin, this applies really nicely and feels really soft and silky. It doesn’t clog up my pores like some others have a tendency to do and if you are looking for something to fill in imperfections, you probably want one of the pore-cloggers. The primer is white in colour, but is translucent on the skin, meaning it will be suitable for all skin tones. I don’t use this primer everyday, only when I feel like I want my makeup to stay in place and look flawless all day. I find that when using this primer, makeup glides onto the skin more easily and I can get a good 10 hours of foundation wear (normally I get 5ish). My recommendation would be to apply this straight after moisturiser and wait 5 minutes to absorb before applying  any makeup – this is especially true of powder, since it can ball up.

I love the results of this, but I’m on the fence. It seems a lot of money for something that isn’t actually necessary.  It doesn’t irritate my skin and helps control the oil I sometimes get on my nose, so it really is a bit of a hero. Maybe once I finish the tube, I will realise I can’t live without it and rush out to buy another, who knows. All I do know is that it gives me an airbrush look and like Carrie Bradshaw, I feel fabulous.

Have you ever tried anything from Laura Mercier? Would you fork out this much on a primer?

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The Lip Product Addict TAG

 

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I was tagged by the lovely Soph from A Little Bit Soph to do this TAG and it sounded like fun, so I thought I would give it a bash. I’m not too much of a lipstick addict, but I love my balms 🙂 I put together most of my collection and took a photo and it’s pretty crazy how big it is. There’s a few balms and glosses missing, along with all my benefit tints. Maybe I am an addict? I thought I would include a few pictures in the post of my stash for interest 🙂

FAVOURITE LIP BALM / TREATMENT

Hands down this has to go to my L’Occitaine Lip Balm. I got this one as part of a gift set and I am gutted that they don’t seem to have it on their website? They have a slightly different version, so will be trying that out for sure. The balm makes a great base for under other lip products and is very moisturising beacuse it contains shea. It doesn’t smell or taste of much, making it great for men too.

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BEST EYE-CATCHING RED

Red lipstick does not suit me, so I don’t really own any true red lipsticks other than in palettes. I’m going to say my Urban Decay Scandalous Lip crayon from the anarchy face case. It’s more pink than red, but it does pack a punch and it quite bright. I’ve done some swatches here if anyone is interested.

BEST LUXURY & BEST DRUGSTORE

In the best drugstore category I am going to say The BodyShop. I adore their lip balms and lip butters and the tinted ones are not too bad either. In the drugstore category I have to also mention Maybelline. Over the years I have had so many products from Maybelline that I have loved, including the watershine gloss.

Best Luxury has to be Mac. I’m new to Mac, but I am in LOVE. So pigmented, creamy and doesn’t smell like playdough.

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BEST MAC LIPSTICK

I only have 2 to choose from, but I’m going to say Angel. This was my first ever Mac lippie and the colour is just so wearable. Swatches here.

THE MOST DISAPPOINTING

Oh gosh, this has to be makeup revolution. Okay, the lipstick was only £1 but it is horrible. The formula is just so dry and snags on the lips. I really didn’t like it, but I think I maybe got a dud as other bloggers seem to be raving about the lipsticks? Maybe it’s the shade I bought? Has anyone tried Makeup Rev lipsticks, comment below and let me know if you have.

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LINER – YES OR NO?

I tried lip liner twice. Once was from a now defunct brand and the other was from Inika. It was a disaster. I looked awful. Now I just don’t bother.

BEST GLOSS

Oh uhm gee. Too many. I love smashbox and I’m currently working my way through their minis, but I also love Bareminerals too. They are sweet and sticky, so not to everyones taste, but I love them.

SOMETHING EXTRA!

I thought I would mention Lush Lip Scrubs in here. I previously had the Bubblegum and now I’m giving the Popcorn version a whirl and although these are expensive, I love them. They really do help to smooth my lips. An honorable mention must of course go to the original nipple balm for lips. When you have mega chapped and dry lips, this stuff sorts them out!

I’m tagging:

Steph – Think Love Make Up

Effie – Stephanie Wright

Elegant Ageless Beauty

Tarika – CherryBlossom 15

Kavi – Kavi Chick 2000

Brittany – The Beauty Deputy

Victoria – Randomness I Like

Jordannah – Cats for Lifee

Let me know if you do this TAG, so I can read it. Would love to hear anyone elses thoughts on Makeup Rev? Does anyone else have as big an obsession with lipgloss as me?

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Brushes I Wish I Had Bought Sooner | Mac and Real Techniques

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Mac 217

I haven’t actually got many make-up brushes. I am a firm believer in looking after my brushes and they seem to last me a long time. I wash them regularly and am generally quite gentle when using them and many of them I have had for years. Some of them area at least 5 years old, so I decided it was time to treat myself.

MAC 217 – Blending Brush

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How sleek does that look

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Densely packed bristles

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First Up, I purchased the Mac 217 Blending Brush from Debenhams. I got my first Mac product in the form of the Angel lipstick a while ago and fell in love.  When lots of other lovely bloggers responded to my tweet asking about eyeshadow brushes with this one, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. It is expensive, at £18 it is not a budget buy and not something you buy on a whim. I managed to get this beauty at 10% off on one of their offer weekends and I had a £5 giftcard to use, so it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Doesn’t it just look so sleek, with the black handle? The bristles are as advertised, so densely packed, making this great for packing on product. Where this brush really comes into it’s own is blending. I’ve been using this to blend shadow into my crease and up the brow bone and it makes a fabulous job. I genuinely have no criticisms of this and know I will be reaching for this brush a lot. I feel like this brush would also make a great concealer brush if you are having one of those ‘no makeup makeup days’ and want to look very natural.

Pros

– Easily blends shadow

– Very dense bristles meaning you can pack the shadow on

– Feels very good quality

– Great multi-tasker

– Very soft so won’t damage the skin around the eye area

Cons

– Expensive – £18 for a brush?!

– It’s white meaning it does show up the dirt

Rating 5/5

Real Techniques – Core Collection

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Real Techniques Core Collection

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It seemed that everyone, their mother and their dog were raving about real techniques and I decided to join the party, albeit a little late. I didn’t really need a foundation brush – or so I thought, what really drew me into buying this collection was the detailer brush and the contour brush. I managed to pick this up on a Cohort from Cohorted for £13.90 including delivery, but you can find them from Boots for £21.99. In the set you get 4 brushes to cover all aspects of base makeup. Personally I don’t wear much other than foundation, concealer and blush to work so this set seemed perfect for me! I have mixed feelings about the set, but even if I had paid full price I still think this is a fabulous buy.

Real Techniques Core Collection

I like the description of each brush on the back of the box

First I would like to mention the case that is provided with the brushes, which is a nice touch but I don’t really like. I can see why some people might like it as it allows you to stand the brushes up and have them on display, but I much prefer to store my brushes in a bag. I know a lot of people like to store them on their dresser in pots, cases etc, but for me personally I like to have them covered up so there is less chance of dust falling into them. The case does have space not only for the 4 brushes in the collection, but a few others, so I can see the use. It also felt a little flimsy and cheap to me.

Real Techniques Core Collection

In the case

Real Techniques Core Collection

Showing the case as a brush stand

Secondly, the handles on the brushes. I like the anodized look, but absolutely hate the black rubber on the end. I really don’t know what it adds? Grip maybe? All it seems to do for me is get filthy! I really don’t know why makeup companies insist on using black rubber packaging. It is NOT nice when it gets powder on it, which being makeup it inevitably does. Okay, so moan over I’m going to give my thoughts on the brushes.

The detailer brush is amazing for applying foundation into the little nook around the nose (this is a problem area for me as I tend to get spots here) and for targeting spots with concealer. It is a flat brush, shaped into a slight point and the bristles are not too stiff that they scratch your face off, but stiff enough to allow precision application. It’s very easy to get full coverage when using this one and my only criticism is that the handle feels a bit susceptible to bending on this one.

Next up is the foundation brush, which to be honest I didn’t really think I needed. I very rarely wear liquid foundation as I favour mousse of powder types and only reach for liquid on a night out. The liquid I use is Benefit’s Hello Flawless and I find it is best applied with my fingers. For some reason I decided to order the L’Oreal Nude Magique CC cream from Boots. I think it was because what I actually wanted was sold out and I didn’t really want anything else and it was 3 for 2. Anyway I normally hate BB, CC, tinted moisturisers et al because they are never the correct shade. When my CC cream arrived I tried it out and indeed it is very orange, however when applied with this beauty and set with powder it actually looks not bad. The foundation brush is again flat and comes to a point, with the same soft, yet stiff bristles as before. It really does make a lovely job of applying the CC cream.

Ah this is my absolute favourite. The contour brush. It is so soft and fluffy and I am loving using my bronzer with this at the moment! It even makes a great job of applying blusher to the apples of the cheeks. I just love love love this. It seems to be the perfect shape and works well with liquid or powder products. It feels great quality too, which is a bonus.

Finally, the buffing brush. I don’t really have a use for this one, other than to apply my mineral foundation. I tried this with blusher, but didn’t like it as much as the contour brush and I don’t like is as much as my usual foundation brush. I am sure I will find a use for this, but until then it is lying feeling unloved. The brush is very large and quite fluffy, with loads of bristles so it did pick up rather a lot of product. Like all the others it didn’t scratch the face and did apply the mineral foundation flawlessly to my skin.

Pros

– Affordable

– Great all in one set

– Lovely soft bristles

– Blends product well

– Can easily pack on loads of concealer/foundation or get lighter coverage

Cons

– The case feels cheap

– The black rubber on the end of the handle gets dirty

Rating 4/5

What are your go to brushes? Has anyone else fallen as badly in love with Mac as me?

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