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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

Good Evening Munchkins!

Disclaimer: My lack of activity is explained at the end of the blog post.

Today I will finally be writing my review on the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks! I’ve wanted to write this for a few months now, but I wanted to include a variety of colours so thought I’d wait until I got the ones I really wanted before showing you them. I personally love Jeffree Star – I know he’s a very controversial individual, but I find him really funny and over-the-top (in a good way!). Obviously I’m judging this on the product, not the person who designed it, so if you don’t like him, you may still like the product just as much as I do! I think I’ve chatted enough now, so I will actually start the blog post! I’ve also got a feeling it’s going to be a long one, so I’d grab a cup of tea and a biscuit if I were you!

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Firstly, the packaging. I’m very grateful in that I own three of his liquid lipsticks; one from the permanent range, another from last Summer’s collection and my newest one from last year’s Christmas set. This does mean that each of the lids are different colours so they’re very much distinguishable from each other, but they still follow the same style. The lipsticks are presented in glass bottles with a kind of rounded edge at the bottom, which does look really effective even if it means the whole tube doesn’t contain product. This is quite sturdy glass that I trust to keep the product inside safe, but it does cause some concern when travelling, so just be aware of this. It has a screw-on lid (the permanent collection in pink, the Summer collection in yellow and the Christmas collection in red) that is very easy to fasten and open, ensuring the product can’t dry out or leak in any bags. It’s also decorated in stars  and the shade name is labelled on the bottom of the tube with a little pink sticker. Although pink isn’t my favourite colour and I don’t always think it matches the colour of the actual lipstick, it definitely determines which brand it is – Jeffree did his job in being unique! Each lipstick comes in a small box which lists the ingredients and all the other important details about the product and it’s wear, so don’t fear that it’s not on the bottle! I’m just not that good at holding onto the boxes! It does, therefore, allow the bottle to appear quite minimalist and the colour of the lipstick much more visible and, hence, easier to see if it’s running out or dried up. It’s also relatively lightweight considering it is made predominantly of glass; I’d guess that the lid is made of plastic, but don’t hold me to that. The applicator is quite small to make applying the product more precise and neat, which would suit a variety of lip sizes, so there’s nothing to worry about there! Each bottle contains 0.19 fl. oz of product.

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As I’ve previously mentioned, I own three very different shades, so I’ll briefly talk you through them and their different scents. The first shade I received was Watermelon Soda from last Summer’s collection which, unsurprisingly, smells like watermelon! This is a very bold, almost neon pink that I haven’t been able to wear too much as of yet, but roll on Summer and this will be worn a lot, I’m thinking! I’ve then got Gemini from the permanent collection which is a red-y brown with very small pink undertones; on my lips it looks a bit like a ‘my lips but better’ nude, which is really on trend at the moment. This has a very vanilla-y scent. The final shade I own is Pumpkin Pie which is from last year’s Christmas collection, and is a burnt orange with very small gold glitters within it. I think I’m still a tiny bit too pale for this, but I wore it the other day and completely fell in love with it! It’s almost similar to Gemini, but I think it looks a bit bolder because of the orange within it. This has a less noticeable scent.

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As I think we can all expect, these are very high quality products! Each of these apply really easily and mould into the lips very simply. The small-ish applicator does help with this, but it’s still quite easy to wipe off before drying down if there are any mistakes. It also applies so pigmented-ly (that’s not a word, is it?!) – it’s just a bold, thick colour as soon as the applicator touches your lips that never needs topping up throughout the day! I’ve eaten a Subway sandwich with it on, and none has come off – if that’s not a good sign, I don’t know what is! If you don’t like strong smells in cosmetics, it does disappear after a while so that isn’t a place for massive concern. This is smudge proof and does not budge, I can 100% guarantee you of this; the first time I wore one of these, I spent ages scrubbing my lips trying to get it off, but now I know the correct way to do it (which I will share in the future, by the way) so my lips remain intact! It definitely does dry down matte after around a minute, but I’ve never fully timed it to the second, so I can’t promise you what it says on the box. It doesn’t dry out your lips if you are constantly treating your lips before application, during and after you’ve taken it off, but the first time I wore one I did notice that it irritated me slightly; this could just be due to not having worn a liquid lipstick at all before these one’s, but my lips kept feeling itchy and almost swollen. Now they’ve got used to it and I’m not going back! But yes, as I say, with any liquid lipstick you need to properly treat your lips throughout the process so that you don’t end up with scars where your lips used to be! My lips don’t matte down until they’re flaky/dry, they remain quite comfortable and I can still move them quite easily, so that’s always a bonus! None of the colours differ in product capability too much, but Pumpkin Pie’s glitter particles can sometimes get caught in the cracks of your lips if you don’t remove it thoroughly enough. I’m kind of used to this now, though – I just end up finding glitter everywhere!

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Finally, price and availability. In the UK, Jeffree Star Cosmetics are available on Beauty Bay, and after a collection has finished it’s initial run, they will publicize offers (i.e. how I convinced my Mother to buy Watermelon Soda and Pumpkin Pie!) or sales. These tend to be really good and Beauty Bay is a reliable shop (I think I officially count as a regular!), so keep an eye out for those! Watermelon Soda and Pumpkin Pie may be slightly difficult to get hold of now, but that doesn’t necessarily make it impossible if you have a little look around! The general retail price for the liquid lipsticks are £16, whether they’re in the permanent range or seasonal collections. I think I got the other two for around £11 or £12 in separate sales so, as I say, they are quite good if you stumble across them!

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Would I recommend these to you? Absolutely, they are one of the only things keeping me steady during this stressful period! If you can’t afford these ones, there are many dupes which are equally as good, but if you have a birthday coming up or for Christmas, I would highly recommend these lipsticks! I am a makeup collector/addict, so I’m going to turn around and be like ‘my life goal is to buy them all’, but if you don’t have such a keen interest or don’t wear them too much, maybe buy a more inexpensive one just so that if it dries out before all of it is used, it’s not loads of money down the drain. This is down to you and what you believe it best for you, but I love them (have I said it enough times now!?)!

And there we have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post – I feel like I’ve rambled a lot but there’s so much to say about them! Let me know what you think about the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks if you own any for yourself, or what your favourite liquid lipstick is right now!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Saturday,

Rachel xx

Hi guys. As many of you know, I’m in my final year of school and this is the run-up to the exam period, so it has completely taken over my life (as if it hasn’t already!). No matter how much I would love to keep updating this blog 3 times a week with a new post, it’s just not possible right now. Until the end of June/beginning of July (I will let you know of exact dates closer to the time) I will be uploading once a week on a Saturday at 12pm because I don’t want to take a complete break, but it’s just not possible to keep everything up and maintain a stable mind! This does mean they will be just beauty related, so all my ‘Let’s Talk About…’s’ will be on hold for now, unless you request a specific one. I will be back with 3 blog posts a week soon enough though – I have a 12 week holiday after my exams so I’ve got to do something! And sorry for extending this blog post even more, it’s massive as it is! I hope you all have a lovely day and I’ll see you next Saturday. x

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MUA Pro-Base [Face] Primer Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I have yet another review for you, this time on the MUA Pro-Base Primer. As you guys know by now, I’m a drugstore girl through and through, so I will try out every product just for the benefit of your reviews *bank account cries in a corner*! I actually bought this for my drama exam which was last Friday because I was doing the makeup for it and needed something that would ensure the makeup I applied lasted all day, even under hot lights and hour-long rehearsals. The performance went well and I really hope the examiner liked what I did to everyone’s faces! It was honestly the most fun exam I’ve ever done and probably will do, but this is about the primer, not my GCSE’s! That was just for a little bit of background so you know what I’m judging it on.

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Firstly, the packaging. I think the casing for this product is something we would expect from a very affordable product; plastic and a little bit clunky. The only reason I say clunky is due to it being a screw-on lid, it can be quite loud to open and sometimes difficult to put it in the right place to close properly. The lid is also clear, making it easy to see how much product is left within the pot. All the important information is on the bottom, including the ingredients and how to use the product itself. It follows a white and purple colour theme, therefore linking to some of MUA’s other products in the ‘Pro’ range. Despite not necessarily looking visually appealing, the plastic does assure me that it won’t break and the screw-on lid tells me it won’t undo in my bag easily – this is obviously dependent on how tightly you do it up. It’s very lightweight so is perfect for travelling. This pot contains 7.2g, which is sure to last you a while!

Surprisingly, this product does have some kind of scent. The way I’ve tried to describe it to other’s is kind of coconut-y, but I’m probably completely wrong! Whatever it is, I’m 99% sure it’s not a natural scent and, although not over-powering, it’s not really my cup of tea. It does fade once you apply it but it’s the initial hit that kind of smacks you in the face! In the pot, this product looks white, but when applied it actually goes clear. I was expecting this, so I’m not overly shocked at the colour change, even if it does appear white on my beauty blender as well as in the pot.

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This primer is slightly different to any other’s that I’ve seen because it’s a solid product as opposed to liquid. I tend to apply this with a beauty blender quite randomly on the face/other body part and blend it all together with my hands because you can’t see it but you can feel the difference, and I don’t want to spend forever making sure I’ve applied it to every inch of the skin when I don’t really need to. When first applied, this does make the skin feel so soft and as if it has smoothed out the skin, as promised on the lid. I don’t notice a visible difference but you can certainly feel it. My normal face products apply just as they usually would on top of this, as did the drama makeup. It didn’t necessarily help blending or make anything stand out further, but I wasn’t really expecting that, like I would an eye primer. The one thing I was really expecting from a primer was increasing the longevity of the makeup I put over top. When I’ve used this on myself, I haven’t noticed this at all, and it actually makes the foundation on my nose look really patchy and as if it’s missing some product completely; this may be where it’s so badly scarred from previous years of sun burn as to why it’s only this area of my face, but it’s still really frustrating because it’s not like I take my foundation out with me for top ups! When doing the makeup in drama, I also didn’t notice an increase in longevity – some of the products did fade and I needed to top up quite a lot. At least they didn’t go patchy on the actor’s skin, though!

Finally, price and availability. This is available in Superdrug for £5. This is one of MUA’s more expensive products considering it’s other items, other than it’s palette’s, are around £3 or under. Obviously it’s still really budget friendly, but if we take the whole brand into consideration, I would expect more from it at that price. It’s also not that easy to get if you don’t have a Superdrug near you, but it is available in-store and online.

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Would I recommend it to you? I’m afraid not. This is a product I might have to push to the back of my mind and only use on days where I really have no other choice! I didn’t notice anything extraordinary, and my makeup is the exact same (if not, better) without it, so I think I’ll stick to going straight on after a little bit of moisturiser.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I’m really sorry it was a negative and slightly shorter one, but I would much rather be honest with you! Let me know what you think if you’ve used this primer, or what other primers you would recommend!

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (Long Wear Eye Shadow Base) Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts and findings when testing the Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (possibly the longest name for an eye shadow primer ever!). I received this from my Grandmother and have been using it from the day I got it, so that’s been around a month now, give or take a little bit. If you saw my most recent Favourites, you probably know how this is going to go, but I thought I would give you a little further insight to the product itself for you!

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 Firstly, the packaging. This comes in a very minimalist glass tub with a black lid and transparent part holding the product, so you can look at how much you’ve got left/the colour etc. The black lid is adorned with the statement Lancome rose, which really reminds me of Beauty and the Beast, but you can’t doubt how stunning it looks. This also hasn’t chipped unlike other branding on some other products that have been rattling around in my makeup bag, so that’s a good sign! The lid is screw on so it’s really easy to open and safely fasten should you be travelling. Taking travelling into consideration, I would be quite cautious because it is made of glass and, although this gives it a really luxurious vibe, it does mean it can smash. It feels quite sturdy, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. The lid is plastic, though, so that keeps my worries at bay! This is slightly more weight-y because of that factor, but taking into account it’s thick glass, it’s not as heavy as you would think. Maybe that’s just because I’m used to lifting it up and using it everyday now, but that’s just what I’ve noticed! On the bottom is has all the vital information you may require, like the ingredients and the colours and the amount of time you can use it for, and it’s displayed quite simplistically without appearing too busy. There is quite a lot of product in this, also: 5ml/5g/017oz, which I consider a lot for a solid eye primer. This is going to last me forever!

As expected, there is no obvious smell about this product. This is in the colour 02 Beige Porcelaine which was, as previously mentioned, picked out by my Granny, so I’m guessing there’s other colours and it’s not just used as a skin-toned eye primer. I’ve just assumed this because this colour is very much my kind of skin-toned, but it does contain some little specs of glitter, which I guess gave it away. This isn’t any hassle to me because I always set my primer with powder which mattifies it quite well. The glitters aren’t evident when wearing a completely matte eye, so please don’t let that put you off, and, as I say, I am guessing there are other colours in the collection you can choose from.

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Onto the product itself. As this is one of the only high-end products in my makeup collection and one of the first Lancome products I used, I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes, like a lot of us would. I had an inkling to the general price of their products, so I did kind of make my predictions based on that, which you probably shouldn’t do! This is one of those products I apply with my finger but blends into the surrounding skin really nicely and is super creamy during use, but doesn’t budge once applied! I’m actually surprised by how easy it is so use and how it hasn’t dried up because I’m guessing my Granny bought this around this time last year, but I obviously can’t find out now! This also increases any eye shadows pigmentation and longevity amazingly – I cannot believe the choice of eye shadows I have for school now, it’s slightly overwhelming! It makes glitters stick onto your eye so easily and any colour, whether it be neutral or dramatic, look 10 times better than it already would! I also think it’s increased the longevity of my eyeliner, but that could just be due to chance and me doing something different! Blending products out is just as easy as it was before, but I have always applied setting powder in my crease to help with this, so I’m not overly surprised that I haven’t seen a massive change in this. It makes everything last until it’s time to take it off, which can sometimes be 12 hours after applying it, so I’m happy and it definitely lives up to its expectations!

Finally, price and availability. As we can all guess, this doesn’t come cheap, and has the hefty price tag of £21. I do think you get what you pay for though, with an amazing product and the amount of product also being much needed when you wear makeup as often as some people *cough* me, sorry skin *cough*. This is available in Boots, in-store and online, so if you have one near-by you can go get one quite easily, or you will have to go to a bigger department store like Debenhams or John Lewis, which is a bit of a hassle, but most places have a Boots so I wouldn’t worry too much! I think those are the only places in the UK you can get it, but you are more than welcome to correct me!

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Would I recommend it to you? Yes, but if you have the money to spare. I got this simply through chance and, quite frankly, luck, so please don’t feel worried that I endorse budget friendly items then whip out this £20 primer! Trust me, I agree on the expense of it, but you do get what you pay for, and I do believe certain products in a makeup routine, like an eye primer, should be kind of like an investment. It’s products like these that I see as the true foundations of a makeup look because it really does hold it all together. I’m sure you can get much more affordable ones of a similar quality, hence why I say only get it if you’ve got the money spare; don’t force yourself into debt over an eye primer!

 And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – you all know by now how much I love writing my reviews! Let me know what you think of this product if you’ve used it yourself or whether I’ve now convinced you to get it! Also, don’t forget to let me know what else you would like to see on this blog or what you believe are the foundations to a makeup routine!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Collection Glam Crystals (Glitter Liner) in Glitz Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts and findings when using the Collection Glam Crystals in Glitz. I was very kindly gifted this by one of my best friends for Christmas and it was very much loved over that period and even now! I think glitter liner is such a gorgeous alternative to a normal smokey eye on a night out and jazzes up a look a little bit (did I really just use the phrase ‘jazzes up’?!). Anyway, how did this one treat me and my eyes, all that considered?

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I will firstly be talking to you about the packaging. Those who have been reading my blog for a while now will know how much I love a minimalist packaging! This comes in a clear plastic tube with a matching plastic lid. This does kind of emphasise how it’s a cheaper brand, but I don’t mind that too much because that means it’s really lightweight when travelling and there’s also less chance of it breaking when doing so. It’s a screw-off lid, so ensures there can’t be any leaks or spillages if it is done up correctly. The typography is in this curly, black font which I guess matches the ‘glam’ theme it’s giving, but it’s not really up my alley. Obviously it’s only typography and it doesn’t effect the product inside, but it might be important to some – you just never know! All of the important information is also clearly written around the tube. The colour name is on top of the lid on a sticker, which could come off but I think it’s pretty securely attached! Something I really like in terms of packaging with this product is the brush, which I know sounds really sad and boring but it’s important to me! This has a really fine yet flexible, bristled brush that can be used to create a really precised and gorgeous line of product. The tube is also fitted around the brush so I am reassured that the product won’t dry out too quickly (which is a massive fear because I know I won’t be using this everyday!).

There isn’t much of a noticeable scent with this product, nor would I expect one. The colour, though, is stunning! I’m quite lucky in that I have a natural skin tone so can wear gold and silver, but my everyday jewellery is silver so it matches that really nicely. I also think it looks like snow so was really fitting over the Christmas period, and it’s used a lot in pictures on Instagram of people wearing glitter cut creases (something I really want to try!). The other colours available are: turquoise, purple, blue, green, gold, navy, grey and aqua (judging by the pictures on the Superdrug website!).

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The product itself is that of a typical liquid eyeliner. It does feel quite wet when first applied and, when I put it over my normal black eyeliner, I do have to tip my head back to let it dry and not imprint in my crease. I think this is expected of a liquid eyeliner so I’m not too fussed, and obviously the thicker the layer, the longer it takes to dry. However, once dried, it is on and it stays on all day and all night! A few weeks ago I went to the theatre and wore it for 12 hours and I was walking a few miles in that time, yet it still stayed on! It was amazing! Unlike other products in which I would that then reveal to you it is the most difficult thing to remove and you need paint stripper to get it off, it actually comes off with my normal cleanser really easily without leaving glitter anywhere on my face! This is literally the most beautiful product, and there isn’t any actual coloured product, it’s just clear with silver glitter particles within it, which I much prefer to a metallic silver base colour. As it is mainly glitter based, it’s difficult to describe it as ‘pigmented’, or ‘not pigmented’, but all of the glitter remains throughout the day and doesn’t wear off or fall off at all. You also don’t find any glitter has fallen down your face throughout the day, either, and it applies easily onto any eye shadow formula. I think I’ve now covered everything on that point!

Finally, price and availability. As Collection is a drugstore brand, it is available from Boots and Superdrug and retails for £2.99. This is so easily accessible online and in-store, you can literally walk out your front door and find one! Also, that price point for such a gorgeous product is well worth it; I would actually be willing to pay more than that for a product of that quality! I think I will definitely be picking some more of these up because I just can’t argue with that price!

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Would I recommend it to you? Yes, absolutely! For a drugstore, very inexpensive product, I couldn’t ask for much more and I’m sure each and every one of you have the ability and accessibility to purchase one for yourself! As I mentioned earlier, they do come in a variety of colours, so if silver’s not for you, I’m sure one of their shades is!

And that’s that! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have a few other reviews in the pipeline for you, so you can watch out for those if you did like this one! Don’t forget to let me know what you think of this product if you’ve used it or if I’ve now tempted you to get one for yourself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Review

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be chatting you through my thoughts and findings whilst using the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. I feel like I haven’t done enough reviews recently, so I’m going to head back onto that bandwagon! I’ve been using this since around the end of November/beginning of December time, and I like to take a little bit longer when reviewing skincare products to gather everything I need because it does take a while for your skin to adjust to it, as well as the product. Anyway, I will now, after all this time, get on with reviewing it for you!

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As always, first things first (I’m the realest): the packaging. This is in a slightly different packaging to what I’d previously experienced with Simple as it’s plastic but it’s that type of waterproof plastic that doesn’t mould or get damaged by water. I find this useful because I do tend to use, and hence keep, this product in the bath/shower, so I know nothing nasty can happen to the product inside. Like all the other Simple skincare products, it displays all of the information on the front and back of the packaging in an easy-to-read manner. I don’t read this as religiously as I would the first few products I bought from this brand because I have formed a trust with it (as if it’s a person!) and I know that they all roughly say the same thing: it contains no nasties and is perfect for every skin type, including sensitive. But, of course, it’s there if you want it. It’s also got a *click* shut-lid, the *click* of it assuring me it’s closed. This makes it perfect for travelling, even if it is slightly larger than what I’d be willing to carry when doing so (150ml). It is quite a flexible plastic, though, so I’m sure it would be relatively adjustable. I have found, also, that the *click* is much less *click-y* the more I’ve used it and the more water that has got into it. It could just be me, but bear that in my mind for travelling, as well. The product also squeezes out very easily and there is none wasted (that I have found, anyway!).

This is a colourless product, assuring me that there are no artificial additives and so Simple’s keeping to their word (not that I ever doubted them!). It doesn’t smell the most appetizing and is very chemical-y, but this isn’t something I overly care about. It’s not a very strong smell and doesn’t last once the product is wiped off the skin like others might.

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I, personally, love this product. The instructions guide you to lather this in-between your hands/fingers before applying onto damp skin and removing straight after, and it does exactly as it says. It lathers to form a frothy, white texture and can be used on any areas of the face. I use hardly any at all, but that is dependent on the amount of area you plan on covering. It also feels really nice and cooling on the face and successfully removes any traces of dirt or makeup left from the day. I will only use this twice a week, though, because it can dry out my skin and I don’t really need to – twice a week is enough to fully cleanse the skin for my personal use and application of makeup. When I use it for this amount of time, it also balances out any oiliness without completely drying out your skin, but I think this is dependent on each individual and their skin type. This may have been the placebo effect, but after use I do find that it calms the redness in my cheeks slightly, proving it’s accessibility for those with sensitive skin. There isn’t much more I can say other than it does what it says and I really enjoy using it!

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Finally, price and accessibility. This is a very well-known brand in the UK, so the Facial Wash Gel is available in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets. It retails for £3.45 in Boots and £3.29 in Superdrug (I don’t know why there’s a difference, but Superdrug’s currently got an offer on meaning it’s £2.19 at the moment), which is very affordable in consideration of it being a second cleanser and what it promises. I do love Simple, though, so I don’t think this was a surprise to anyone! This is a brand headed towards my kind of age group (teenagers) which would explain the price point and accessibility, but I’m not complaining!

Would I recommend it to you? Of course I would! I think it is amazing for what it is and I don’t think I could really imagine any other necessary qualities I could add to it if it was from a higher brand. I think for someone of my age, it really does help to introduce significant stages of skincare from a very early point so brings it to our attention much more. Also, it’s cheap and very easy to get hold of, so this will be a brand I continue to use and test out for years to come, I think!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – let me know what other products you would like to see reviewed on this blog and I will get to that for you! If you have this Facial Wash Gel, let me know what you think of it or whether I have now convinced you to get one for yourself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you all of my thoughts and findings with the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit. I was very lucky to receive this from one of my friends for Christmas because he knows what a makeup freak I am, and I have been using it on and off since. The reason I say on and off is because I wear makeup mainly to school so I only want to use the things I know and love and not have to worry about being late because of my contour (though that has happened a couple of times, already!). Anyway, here is my review of the product!

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The first thing I’d like to chat you through is the packaging. This is in a simple black casing with windows on the front in order to see the highlight and the contour shade with the name of the product/kit labelled clearly in a contrasting silver/white. I quite like the little window as it allows me to see which palette I’m picking up if I’m in a rush and it just makes everything a little bit easier. This is relatively large in comparison to my other contour kit and the pans for each product are also quite big and of a similar size to each other. There is also a small mirror at the bottom of the inner part of the lid which I’m not too keen on and I actually think, aesthetically, it would’ve looked better without this. I don’t find any use for it due to it’s size, either, and just use a normal hand mirror when doing my contour. It also doesn’t come with a brush, which I don’t mind because I tend not to use the brushes that come in compacts and it assures me that more time and money has gone into the product itself, so I’m not too fussed over that.  The casing itself is plastic so it doesn’t feel overly expensive but it makes travelling so much easier and I don’t mind that if the product inside is worth it. It also clicks shut but easily opens and closes, so I don’t have to stress about breaking a nail (when I have them!) or another part of my body but I know I can trust it to remain closed when travelling or general moving circumstances.

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Highlight on the left, contour on the right

The colour of the kit I have (by the way, because it was bought for me, I know know if it is tiered in terms of colour or if it’s one for everyone, so just bear with me on this!) suits my skin tone if I want a dramatic contour, though it is probably better for a tan!  This has some orange-y undertones but is mainly a dark brown colour which I seem to spend forever blending out! It is quite cool-toned, so maybe it is better as a harsh contour for the paler version of my face! The highlight is quite champagne-y and is a bit too dark for me at the moment so, again, I will have to wait until Summer when I’m a bit more tanned to try that theory out!

The product itself is so, so pigmented! You need the tiniest amount and you have cheekbones to the God’s! The contour shade is the most pigmented one I own despite being the cheapest, so it obviously wins on that front, as well as lasting all day long without fail! It is fairly easy to blend out, but it is one of those products where it’s better to be safe than sorry by only using a little bit and gradually building up. I have used my usual setting powder and my beauty blender with excess foundation over it to try and cool it down a bit but it should be a gradual thing! I have learnt from experience! The highlight shade actually isn’t that pigmented, and I’m much more of a highlight person than a contour. It is shimmery and beautiful for a day-to-day look, but I like my bold on a night out, which is when I would use the contour shade. It does last all day, but I wouldn’t say it’s as noticeably pigmented or bold as the contour shade. This is down to personal preference but I will put this in my day-to-day highlight collection when I’m going to school or whatever.

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Finally, price and availability. This contour kit, as it’s from Collection is available from Boots and Superdrug and retails for £4.19. Collection is renowned for being an extremely inexpensive brand with some of the best, staple products known to mankind! I think you would expect the highlight’s quality and the cheaper packaging for this price, but the contour shade is just amazing considering! I think Collection, as a general brand, is perfect for people who are just starting out on makeup or don’t wear it very often so don’t want to spend too much money on it! I’ve even convinced my Mum to turn towards Collection, this is how far it’s got!

Would I recommend it to you guys? Of course I would; if you don’t mind packaging and love a neutral highlight but a bold contour, this is the kit for you! Also, for that price, how can you not say yes to it, even to just try it out? As I said earlier, though, it’s going to get most wear on night’s out so it could last me quite a long time!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing reviews so let me know what other products you would like to see mentioned on this blog! Also, don’t forget to let me know what you think of this contour kit if you own it for yourself or whether I have now convinced you to try it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

All About: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will finally be telling you All About the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. This series of Naked palettes are renowned for their beauty, longevity and all-round gorgeousness, so I thought I would put that to the test! Of course, I did also buy the palette simply because I wanted it, but I wanted to write a little something about it so if you are looking to buy it, you don’t waste a lot of money on a palette you don’t know much about and might not like. Compared to the Naked 1 Palette (see All About HERE), this is much more grungy, shimmery and adventurous – all things I have found I suddenly need in my life! Anyway, here is my All About!

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Firstly, the packaging. Compared to the luxury of the Naked 1 Palette, I wasn’t overly impressed by the packaging of this palette. I think it’s made of metal or just a heavy/solid plastic which is quite clunky and can take a few tries to close. However, once it is closed I am assured that all the beautiful colours are safe inside. I do quite like how the writing is embossed (is it embossed where the letters are raised?) because it gives it a slightly more expensive feel. It is also in this muted purple/lilac shade which does match quite a few of the colours inside. This does also shine off any light because of the metal/heavy plastic material it’s made of. Logistically, this does make any spillages really easy to just wipe off. It also contains a mirror on the inner part of the lid and a double-ended brush, which I haven’t yet used but will probably do so in the future now that I’ve looked at it more thoroughly! One end has a large, flat-headed eye shadow brush and the other a blending brush. For some reason, the handles of these are much more of a coppery/orange, which does also match some of the colours inside but doesn’t match the casing itself. This could be a negative for collectors or proper makeup geeks, but it’s still a brush and will still do the same thing, no matter the handle colour!

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Each eye shadow in this palette is so, so pigmented, I can’t describe! On the swatches you’ll see in a second, I literally ran my finger up and down the pan once and that’s what happened! There are 12 colours in total, with 9 shimmer/glitter shades and 3 that are entirely matte. I love me some shimmer so this palette obviously screams my name! They’re all as pigmented when swatched as they are on a brush, are so creamy and easy to blend out, but don’t stain anything! None of the shimmer shades just have a glitter spray over the top, either; they’re glitter through and through! Anyway, here are the swatches and colours.

Foxy

This first colour is a true white, matte colour which I love to use to even out my lid colour after priming! If you want the perfect base, this is definitely your shade! The pigmentation of this actually shocked me because it’s very difficult to find a true, harsh white, matte shade, but I do genuinely love this colour. If the worst comes to the worst, I could use it for baking my under eyes!

Half Baked

This second colour introduces one of the most gorgeous shimmery shades I’ve ever seen! This is a copper brown colour, though it leans much more towards the orange side of copper than brown. I love this with my blue eyes because it compliments them and it’s something a little bit different when doing a brown smokey eye! It is brimming with glitter and I couldn’t be happier when I put this on!

Booty Call

I’ve only had a few tries with this colour, but I did initially start using it as an inner corner/brow bone highlight. This is a shimmery white/champagne colour with very small pink glitters/undertones within it. It does look stunning as a highlight and I think I will continue to use it as that because I’m not a fan on the stark-shimmer-white-on-the-lid look.

Chopper

One of my all-time favourite eye shadows! This is a stunning shimmery, shell pink shade that is perfect for a wash of colour on the lid day-to-day. I literally can’t express to you the absolute love and joy I have when this goes on my face, it is so beautiful! If you are a little bit more adventurous than me, you could always use this as a highlight, but I don’t have the confidence to do that yet!

Tease

A colour I lean towards a little bit less than the others but is still beautiful when used correctly, nonetheless. This is a muted/lilac, matte colour (matches the outer packaging!) that can be used on the lid or in the crease if you are doing a full, purple smokey eye. This is one of those purples that can look slightly grey, which may be perfect for a typical, dark smokey eye, but I am still waiting for the perfect excuse to wear it! However, (as you can tell) it is very sheer so it would need to built up a lot in order to make an impact.

Snakebite

A new found love of mine that I wish I could wear more! This is a typical dark brown shade with shimmers but for some reason I love it way too much! I think it must have some kind of undertones that compliment my skin tone/eye colour but I couldn’t tell you what it is! I love to wear this on a night out within a smokey eye and, again, it’s brimming with shimmer!

Suspect

Suspect isn’t the colour I would usually head towards in a palette as it is a dark purple and I have blue eyes, but there are so many purples in this palette I will have to do something with them! This is probably the ‘medium’ purple of the bunch with some very small pinky undertones. Perfect for those who like to experiment with new colours!

Pistol

This must be the ‘adventure’ side of the palette! Pistol is a dark, aqua-blue with some silver glitters within it. I own a few colours like this and I tend to keep them for spring to wear coloured eyeliner, so I will probably do the same for this one! I would also love to create a smokey eye with it because I think blue smokey eyes can look beautiful on the right person with the right eye shadows supporting it!

Verve 

Verve I would consider the lightest purple of the palette. It has some shell pink undertones and silver shimmers, which make it much more cool/icy toned. I think these sorts of colours can look beautiful in winter, so there’s still some time! Again, if you really like to experiment and play around with colours, this could be used (very lightly!) as a highlight. This is very much a true purple that, for some reason, looks slightly brown in some lights!

YDK

This shade is very similar to Chopper but has a much darker base colour to it, making it appear a little bit more brown. I do prefer Chopper to YDK but I still wear it and adore it very much. It still has a shiz-ton of shimmer (bonus points!) and is perfect for a wash of colour! If you prefer more neutral shades, this will be much more for you than Chopper.

Busted

This is probably one of the least neutral colours in the palette with it being a vibrant, shimmery purple! This is stunning though, and I will have the find the right occasion to wear it because I can’t let it go to waste! This would look beautiful on brown eyes as it will compliment them and the silver shimmers will really lift the darkness of the shade of purple it already is. I will find my chance to wear it and let you know how it goes! Compared to the others in the palette, this is a more indigo-y purple with some blue undertones.

Blackout

This final shade I haven’t actually used and only first tried it when swatching the colour for the above picture! I did notice, though, that it’s a very ashy black and isn’t as pigmented as other blacks I won (which is a massive thing for me!). Although I don’t use black on a daily basis, it has allowed me to see how and when I would wear this one. As I say, I don’t wear black very often so are all blacks supposed to be like this to work with them more easily??? Ahhh, I don’t know!

Onto price and availability. This is available worldwide, but the most reliable place to get it in the UK would probably be on Feel Unique. This does retail for £38.50, but for that price you get 12 gorgeous eye shadows which will all be worn/used at some point (for me, anyway!). It is very expensive but it is much more of an investment and a staple in makeup geeks collections! However, if you’re not that fussed on makeup and do it because you just want to look a little bit more perky in the morning, I wouldn’t recommend spending this money when it does contain such bold colours which won’t all get used. Of course, you are free to prove me wrong but that’s just what I suggest.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing All About’s so let me know what other palettes you would like to see reviewed on here! Don’t forget to let me know what you think of this palette if you own it for yourself or, if you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me below.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx