Thursday, 27 July 2017

How i store my makeup

Makeup storage and collections are very 2017, gone are the days of a makeup bag with your go to faves, it seems now everyone has a foundation collection and Ikea Alex drawers filled to the brim with palettes. I am no exception, my collection is pretty established and growing, so recently i took to eBay to expand my acrylic storage and sort out my makeup life. If organisation makes you excited you're in for a wild ride.

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes

I found palettes the hardest thing to store, you'd think they'd be the easiest being fairly flat and rectangular, but i just kind of had them either shoved in a drawer or balancing on top of each other (my Becca face palette broke because of my neglect at proper storage). I went on the hunt for palette storage and i found possibly the best thing to hit eBay since 99p phone cases, this acrylic storage system. For £14.95 and free P&P my dreams had come true, it's genius isn't it? Am i the only one who's never seen anything like this before? You can even adjust the spacing to make the gaps bigger or smaller or you could fit multiple palettes in one slot, i've even been slotting smaller palettes down the side too, 3 in one slot it's convince heaven! I can see all of my palettes now, none are hidden away and it's no hassle keeping things tidy because i just place a palette back in here when I'm done with it and nothing is out of place, i'm pretty happy about this one, can you tell? 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes

Don't be fooled, what you see below is no drawer-foundation-and-lipstick-holder hybrid, no. It's two Primark storage systems placed on top of each other. The two drawers are one part and then the holder on top is separate, but because they're both from Primark the dimensions of the bottom are the exact same so the top half slots in perfectly. The drawers even have grooving at the top so it means the second bit is held in securely.. i'm starting to think they might have designed them to go together, but we'll just keep pretending this was all me okay? 

This is quite a small little combo but it's ideal for any extras, i use the two drawers below for excess pressed powders and eyelash glue and the top has a slot big enough for 4 foundations and a sample size, along with 6 lipstick holes which i'm using for lip balms, primers and lipstick overspill. I can't link to these because they're Primark, but i was in my local the other day and they're all still there, so pop into yours and you should find them - i believe the top half was around £4.50 and the drawers were £6. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes organisation

Before my acrylic storage overhaul, all of my nail varnishes were either out or thrown into a jar which i had to completely empty before i could get to the nail varnish that i wanted to use.. not practical. That was until i typed "nail varnish holder" into eBay and found this stroke of genius, a £7.49 three tiered, acrylic masterpiece to say the least. This stores all of my nail varnishes with space left over for primers and other bits and bobs at the top, in some places you can't even get a sandwich for £7.49 - i even left eBay feedback i was so pleased. You could use this for other things too, if you've got a giant collection of liquid highlighters, foundations or other bottled things of that size this would work amazingly for storage for those.

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes nail varnish holder

Now we have lipsticks, the daily question "what lipstick will i wear today?" now mine are all out in their glory ready to be picked. Specifically ready to be picked out of this 24 piece lipstick holder, that only cost me £7.16, eBay i love you. Sometimes i think lipsticks are some of the most beautifully designed cosmetics, so it's only right i have them out on display, right? The only thing that annoys me about this is that i don't have the entire thing filled with Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks exclusively. I'll just have to buy another and fill it up and that will be my excuse. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes lipstick holder

I keep the bulk of my makeup in this Muji set of 5 acrylic drawers, this was actually the first makeup storage i ever bought and at the time it was actually enough to hold it all. It was before i started a blog, and we all know when you have a blog you just end up buying more makeup, it's inevitable. 
I use this to hold the makeup i reach for the most, although it looks fairly full it actually isn't, there's 2-3 drawers that are practically empty. Once i explain my second acrylic set of drawers you'll see how some makeup i'm testing will eventually make it into those empty slots. These Muji storage drawers are what everyone used to have when acrylic storage started becoming popular, but i do find they're pricey and now that makeup storage is more common, you can find the same thing on Ebay for cheaper. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes muji 5 drawer

I did however find the Muji or Ebay drawers really restricting, even for normal makeup collections the fact the drawers we're all the same size and the biggest thing you could fit inside was the height of a bronzer, meant a lot of products just didn't work inside. Then HerClutterBox came to my rescue, if you're someone with a larger than normal makeup collection this line of acrylic storage will save your bacon (and your eyeliner). I actually keep this 5 drawer HerClutterBox on my desk away from where all my other makeup storage is, at the minute i use it for new makeup i'm currently testing out but i'm planning to also use it for excess makeup that doesn't get used on a daily basis too. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes HerClutterBox

This is huge, the photos don't even illustrate just how big this is. The bottom drawer is about double the size of the rest of the drawers (you could stand up lipsticks in this) , and the top drawer has hinges so you can actually lift the lid and access products in the top drawer that way too. A HerClutterBox is definitely a considerable purchase compared to cheap eBay storage, but it's one to consider if you're looking to invest in some proper sturdy high quality storage. Also this comes with little acrylic dividers too so you can even organise your organisation, magic. This is the type of thing you keep for life, it's the highest quality heaviest acrylic i have come across and is for the most serious about storage. 

how to store makeup acrylic storage palettes HerClutterBox

Some may call it obsessive, and it probably is, but it's organised too. The only problem is, i think i'm going to need more soon ..

How do you store your makeup? - Maria x

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Is your makeup ICONIC?

Instagram brands are a thing now, but only one is Iconic. If you've got an Instagram account (of course you do) chances are you've heard of Iconic London (of course you have), they're a cult social media cosmetics brand with a huge following and some pretty damn iconic products. Today we're talking two things i've been previously too scared to try, cream contouring and those round brushes. 

iconic london cream contour palette evo brushes review

I have a lot of makeup brushes, a lot - but missing from my collection were the style of makeup brush that took Instagram by storm around this time last year. Since then everyone has brought out their own form of the dense round brush head, for Iconic it's the EVO and PRO-EVO. These rose gold beauties are the EVO complete face set, 6 brushes for all different areas of the face with multiple uses. I've seen these used in multiple tutorials so i knew where i was with these even before using them, but if you've never seen these used i'd check out a good old youtube video before you start. 

iconic london cream contour palette evo brushes review

These are the softest brushes i've ever used, i'm a huge fan of a dense brush so obviously i knew i was going to love these. I can't imagine the number of bristles they have packed into one of these or how you would even go about making them, but there just isn't any gapping and i haven't experienced any shedding either. 
Everything about these is just luxury, the bristles and shape alone have me sold, but it helps that they're the most beautiful rose gold colour and the handles are a self titled "diamond" shape. Even though i was pretty versed in how to use these i was initially apprehensive, but i was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to use; depending on the product i either used a swiping motion for things like foundation, or a buffing motion for things that require extra blending. 
These really pick up product well and help everything blend seamlessly, they work particularly well with the cream contour palette which i'm going to get onto now because i'm just too excited about that. 

iconic london cream contour palette evo brushes review swatches

Cream contouring is something i associate with the Kardashians or the discover page on instagram, it's not something that i ever associate with my very own makeup routine. I've only ever tried a cheap cream contour palette and i was less than impressed, but i knew about the hype around this, i had seen the instagams so i sucked it up and began contouring.. 

iconic london cream contour palette evo brushes review swatches

This is the THE creamiest formulation i have ever experienced, like i said i had only ever used a cheap palette before so i really didn't know what to expect when i swatched this, but once my finger hit the pigment i knew this was completely different to any other creams i had ever tried. I fell in love, i particularly fell in love with the highlight shades. 

This cream contour palette has changed my base game, i've been using the highlight shades under my eyes, on my chin and down my nose, i've gone full on Instagram discovery page. The reason why this has changed my base game is not down to the highlight though, because these creams are so pigmented they actually have amazing coverage meaning applying these shades before my foundation actually evens out my skin tone and helps with my acne scarring. Using this now means i only have to use one layer of foundation and my scarring is completely covered, my foundation looks lighter, smoother and i haven't got any scarring showing through. Obsessed.

The contour shades are amazing too, they're really cool so you won't look orange and are the same creamy blendable formulation as the highlight shades, so if you do make a mistake you can buff away and fix it. The combination of using this palette with the EVO brushes is just perfect, the brushes pick up the creams and distribute them amazingly, just don't go overboard these are incredibly pigmented - a little goes along way. I'm even going to attempt to contour my nose, furiously googles Kardashian makeup tutorials. 

Just as i'm writing this i saw you can get the contour palette for £24 today (24/07/17) with the code SNATCHED24 it's not an affiliate code, i just saw it on the website and i thought it was a happy coincidence that i published this today!

iconic london cream contour palette swatches review

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My daily makeup routine has two brand new additions, i can't see myself doing my makeup without these now and i can't believe i didn't pick up on using creams sooner. I love that the contour palette has helped me so much with getting a natural high coverage finish, i'm constantly trying to find ways to conceal my scarring without multiple layers, and these have really helped me achieve that.
 Also worth mentioning Iconic London are the #1 seller of cruelty free makeup and brushes!

Have you tried anything from Iconic? - Maria x

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Friday, 21 July 2017

New in the wardrobe lately, summer

Usually i hate summer dressing, (I still do a tiny bit, the resentment for the temperature is still there) but this summer i decided to try and be different than i have been in past years. I decided just "not wearing a jacket" wasn't what most people would call summer dressing, and have made an attempt at moving away from my jeans and a t-shirt summer style. Here are the pieces that are new in my wardrobe for summer..

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge VS Ecotools perfecting blender duo

The makeup sponge has taken over from the foundation brush, and it's here to stay. Gone are the days when the sacred beauty blender cornered the market, Real Techniques changed the game with their affordable alternative, and now everyone is having a go at making their own. Today we're putting the two new sponges on the block against everyones orange favourite, could the RT sponge lose it's thrown? 

Ecotools perfecting blender duo review vs real tecniques miracle complexion sponge

I'm going to talk through the "on paper" specifications first (cheeky love island reference), just to get an overview of the two, and then we can get onto my actual thoughts ..
The Ecotools perfecting blender duo is actually two separate sponges, one for light base application and the smaller sponge for more precise application and higher coverage. The pack at Boots will cost you £9.99, that's the same price as a pack of two RT sponges, but does work out slightly more expensive than the RT, when you consider the smaller size of one of the ecotools sponges. Having two different sizes is the point of the kit however, so the price is virtually the same for the two. It really depends on whether you'd rather have a variation, or if you like to stock up on lots of the same size sponges to decide on what works out better value for money for you personally. 

The Ecotools sponges pack in a lot of different angles to work with on one sponge, you've got a pointy slanted end, the curved round edge and two different length flat sides. Compared to the RT sponge, which has an overall curved shape, a pointed but still rounded tip for getting in corners and one flat side. 

Both sponges say they can be used wet or dry but i think we all know they're best used wet. I feel like they just write that on there for slightly older people who are set in their ways of using dry sponges..anyone else?? So i tested them both wet and with the exact same products, just like i would with my RT sponge, to avoid any other factors that might effect the performance of the sponges. 

Ecotools perfecting blender duo review vs real tecniques miracle complexion sponge

I kicked off the testing session (aka me doing my makeup with a different sponge, which doesn't sound as exciting) using the larger blender which is designed for products like foundation which cover a large area. 
I wet the sponge throughly and began my usual tapping away at my face, but i stopped after i had covered one cheek. This was just too hard, even though the sponge did get much larger and more squishy for want of a better word, after running it under the tap it just didn't cut the mustard for me. Compared to the real techniques sponge which becomes light and fluffy like an orange dream cloud, this remained too dense for blending even after being soaked with water.  Foundation isn't something i mess around with, so after trying out the bigger blender i gave up and switched back to my Real Techniques sponge for the rest of my foundation application. 

I didn't give up there though, when it came to concealer time i picked up the smaller blender which enticed me in with it's small shape and pointy corners - perfect for under eyes. However once again it was just too dense, the smaller sponge is meant to be slightly harder but it's just not bouncy enough for my liking. 

Will i be switching? 

So as you can probably tell already i won't be making the switch anytime soon, however there is a but: If you're someone who wants to use a makeup sponge but is waste conscious these will be the sponges for you, they're made of 70% plant based materials and are a much more eco friendly option. These are better than a lot (and i've tried a lot) of other makeup sponges on the market, they will blend your makeup but they do require a little bit of extra effort, so they aren't a write off by any means and come with some great ethical principles too. 

Likewise if you're someone who prefers a firmer blender then these would be perfect, especially because you can make use of the great shapes these sponges have.

Ecotools perfecting blender duo review vs real tecniques miracle complexion sponge

Have you tried either sponges? - Maria x

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Monday, 17 July 2017

The swimwear edit

Is this the start of the holiday posts? Am i over excited? Yes. 
If you follow me on twitter you may have seen me getting over excited about bikinis recently, i'm going on holiday to Nerja in August and i've been shopping for said holiday for the last two months. To stop myself buying any more bikinis, (i've bought 4 new ones already) i'm trying to trick myself into thinking I'm online shopping by creating a swimwear edit for the good of you guys, that's what I'm telling myself anyway.

Summer swimwear edit bikinis 2017 for different sizes

Here are my swimwear picks for the season; aka things i want but cannot buy, because I'm going on 2 holidays not 12 and one of them is to Ireland. I should probably do a raincoat edit for that one.. 
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Adding coconut into my body care routine

I've always said if i could cover my self entirely in something coconut scented, i most likely would do it. You could say my coconut dreams came true then, when i received some new bits from Palmer's a few weeks ago. Body care actually becomes something that i start to pay more attention to in the warmer months, so these came just at the right time when i start to get the milk bottles out a bit more. 
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Monday, 10 July 2017

If i lived life according to Vogue

I've had a vogue subscription since 2011, October 2011 to be precise. Ever since i sat in my cousins country home reading the September issue, feet up on the coffee table staring out of the big panoramic windows, overlooking the hills. I thought the feeling i had then, was the feeling you got if you read vogue. Suddenly if i read Vogue i would be someone with a weekend country home and a city wardrobe, someone who can wear sunglasses without getting foundation marks, and who goes everywhere in a black cab. Obviously i was wrong, and also 13 years old. When we got back to London the first thing i did was buy the October issue, i had pretty much decided i had a new lifestyle and signed up for a subscription. 

That was 6 years ago and i still have my subscription, except now when it thumps down on the matt at the beginning of the month, i don't run to rip it open like i used to, sometimes i don't even open it for a few days. As i've grown, i've realised a Vogue lifestyle is not a lifestyle anyone leads really. You could argue that the people who edit Vogue know that it's not a lifestyle, that it's an experience or something people read when they desire to have a life like the ones featured in Vogue, but it doesn't stop me questioning practically every bit of "knowledge" or advice i read monthly.

So i decided to go through the pages of July Vogue, to see what i would be eating, wearing and how i would be living my life, if i lived it according to Vogue. 

If i lived life according to vogue lifestyle

Wearing:

On the face of things Vogue is a fashion magazine, so it's only right we start here..and when i stay start i mean flick through 27 pages of ads before you even get to contents page. Yes they're beautiful ads, thousands would've been spent on each and every one, but do i want to go through 27 pages worth? I don't think anyone does. 

According to page 53 of July vogue my ankles will be dressed in July, no more naked ankles. Think ballet style wrap around ties up the leg, or apparently some sort of buckle. This advice leads me to believe people who put on their own shoes won't be able to adopt this trend, when you're on the way to the shop to pick up your ankle wrapped silk flats, you might as well pick up a lady's maid too. You may also fail to fit into this trend if you have human ankles, because according to vogue they suit the "sparrow-sized" best. 

Now my feet are covered (well ankles..) what would my body be covered in this month? According to page 58, if i'm going on an evening out "jeans and a nice top" is acceptable again. But wait.. did jeans and a top go out of fashion?? Was i wrong in thinking the "jeans and a nice top" combo was the international uniform of girl? Apparently so, but i'm glad they're in again now phew, thanks Vogue. 

Vogue spy page 75 tells me that jumbo trousers are raising their head. That's all well and good for the people photographed, head down walking into a fashion filled extravaganza, but to me jumbo trousers fill my head with one thing.. puddles

Shopping:

So now i've ripped through July Vogue as soon as it came through the door, and i know what i need to add to my cart to keep up with the trends, where would i go to find these of the minute pieces? Luckily page 57 gives me an insight into Vogue's address book, a list of shops and websites to keep on record to pull together a capsule wardrobe. Jokes aside, i have always wanted a "capsule wardrobe" so i head to the site labelled as "thrifty e-shop", only to find the first non sale item on the site is an £85 ribbed sweater ... thrifty ..

If something is described as cult obviously i had to investigate, so i made my way over to Golden Goose on Matchesfashion.com. In July i would be (or probably should already be) wearing pre-scuffed trainers. Pre-scuffed. You heard me, and they'll set you back £290. In July i just might start a business selling my old £40 trainers for £290, genius. 

Eating:

Now that i've got my outfit in check and i've established the kings road shopping locations that'll become my stomping ground, i've got to eat right? Luckily, pages 62 and 63 are Vogue's view on where to eat and drink this summer. 

Thought plants were for the garden? Oh no. July's Vogue has decided they go in cocktails, botanical cocktails. Am i the only one who didn't know cocktail trends were a thing? In July i should take a trip to Notting Hill's "Farmacy" which i knew was fancy, but i didn't think was quite Vogue worthy, maybe it's cooler than i thought. But then again something that is "in" one month might be social suicide the next, i'm safe for July anyway. 

In July i would also be anticipating the opening on Dean & Deluca, Vogue didn't actually write what Dean & Deluca is, because that would be too obvious. Obviously. But i take it that it's some sort of supermarket, a fancy supermarket of course, otherwise they would be telling me to anticipate the opening of my local Tesco.

If i lived life according to vogue lifestyle

I feel like i need to do a little bit of a disclaimer, incase anyone actually thinks i'm spending my July drinking botanical cocktails and shopping for things to wrap around my ankles. That would be nice but no, i'm not. There's a lot of talk about "instagram lifestyles" and how unrealistic they are lately, but i feel like fashion magazines have been guilty of that for years. So the next time you pick up a mag, and feel you're slightly inadequate because you can't quite fit jumbo trousers into your lifestyle, don't worry, the majority of us can't. 
The first part of the following sentence might make me sound like a grandad but bare with me - I actually prefer to read magazines centred around a hobby or topic now. (Don't panic I'm not an avid gardener or stamp collector but if i was that would be fine too) It's the reason i have a subscription to magazines like Blogosphere, so i can read a magazine that is actually relevant to me and also why i look to blogs for fashion inspo, after all they're far more likely to tell me about my dream bargain Primark bag than Vogue would ever be. 

Secondary disclaimer coming now too, if you do choose to live your life by the Vogue bible then good for you, there's nothing wrong with taking what they write seriously - there's a reason it's one of the most legendary magazines around. It's just not for me anymore. 
- Maria x

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Friday, 7 July 2017

A fragrance for summer that happens to be a Giorgio Armani dupe

In my mind summer isn't so much associated with smelling nice, but rather smelling a little bit sweaty on the tube at rush hour. Just me? ..Okay. Never the less i still romanticise over spritzing on a summery fragrance, and frolicking around a beach at sunset (maybe a bit less frolicking and more sitting). So when it comes to summer, i do usually pick up a new fragrance so i can fulfil at least some of my summer dreams, a few weeks ago i got sent the new Ghost Sweetheart Forever fragrance and it's become my go to for day to day.  

Ghost sweetheart forever review

I feel like i don't feature fragrance that much on my blog, but it's actually one of my favourite parts of my beauty routine. There's just something about completing your whole look by spraying on something beautiful, and getting that "you smell really nice" compliment. 

I'm a sweet / floral scent person, think YSL Black Opium and my particular favourite Chanel Chance Eau Vive, which might not be for anyone but i love smelling as sweet as the sugar plum fairy, no shame. Ghost Sweetheart Forever is basically like the new Ghost Sweetheart, it's kind of like the 2017 makeover of a classic, complete with rose gold detailing - can you get more 2017 than rose gold? Nope. 

Ghost sweetheart forever review

I'm going to be honest, despite working on a perfume counter for the best part of a year i should know all about the fragrance notes, but i don't, i got through that with a lot of made up waffle. Ghost sweetheart forever comes under the floriental category, which matches florals with woody and spicy notes to make a fragrance that smells a little bit less like you've been slapped in the face with a bouquet, and more like "flowers are nice but i also don't want to smell like an old lady". Florientials to me are like the young woman's floral. 

When i first smelt this i knew i loved it but i also knew it smelt like something else, you know when you can't quite put your finger on a scent, and your head feels like it's going to fall apart trying to place it? It's kind of the same feeling you get when you walk into a room and forget what you've gone in for. Alas, after wearing it for about an hour and multiple wrist sniffs on the tube later, it came to me: Giorgio Armani Si

This to me, smells very similar to Giorgio Armani Si, the incredibly expensive fragrance that i was about to cave and spend wayyy too much money on. It's not exactly the same, that would be impossible, but it's similar enough when you consider a 50 ml bottle of Armani Si is £73 and the Ghost alternative is £34.

Ghost sweetheart forever review

This is an EDT so it doesn't have that incredible lasting power of a high end perfume. However i am really in love with this scent, and would happily buy a handbag friendly 30ml to have on hand to top up on a longer than average day. On a quick trip out or if you're only planning a day time excursion however this is perfect, especially for warm days where the thought of wearing a heavy over powering scent on public transport makes everyone slightly dizzy.. cue disapproving looks from fellow travellers. 

I've found my daytime summer scent, and it just so happens to be a designer dupe. Don't believe me? They're both in Boots, so go in and smell them for yourself! - Maria x

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Jumping into the world of Colourpop

I wouldn't call myself a makeup snob.. well maybe just a little bit. Even though i hate to admit it, and while there are so many good affordable makeup brands, i do usually find that the standard is just higher when you pay a little bit more. Something that made me question my thoughts was the rise of Colourpop cosmetics. Since 2014, the internet (instagram i see you), has been filled with glowing reviews for a brand who's lipsticks cost around 6$, that's less than £6 to you and me British folk. 

So, is possibly the most popular makeup brand at the minute all it's cracked up to be? I feel like i've just said the line that would start a police investigation show .. Let's investigate. 

Colourpop cosmetics super shock shadows love line foursome review ultra matte ultra satin out and about bundle gemini by night pressed powder palette swatches 2017

It's only right that we start with lipsticks, after all i'm pretty sure they're the product that got Colourpop to where they are right now. The shiny little beautifully packaged shades below are from the out and about bundle, before i go on can we talk about how amazing it is that they do bundles where you literally save money?? Can you imagine walking into boots and being able to buy a prepackaged set of lipsticks..nope? Neither can i, we're missing out over here. Also they do minis, minis. I'll stop going on now, but they're just so ahead of the game i can't get over it. The out and about bundle has a total value of 18$ when bought separately, but buying them in the bundle means you only pay 15$..see..bundles. It contains 2 ultra mattes and 1 ultra satin which i was pretty pleased about, this is my first time trying Colourpop so it's nice to be able to try a variation of formulations.  

Colourpop cosmetics ultra matte ultra satin out and about bundle review swatches baracuda viper times square

Okay let's get to it, the goods, the swatches. As i write this it's 6 days since i took these photos and swatches, and i still have faint marks on my arm from the liquid lipsticks .. that's what you get for being lazy and not cleaning them off straight away, but it also tells you a lot about their lasting power. 

Viper and Times square are the ultra mattes from the bundle, and are the most similar formula to a Kylie lip kit that i have ever found, but obviously much cheaper. They're a very true liquid matte, as in not a lip cream but a thin liquid that dries down in under a minute to a completely matte finish. 
Being a true liquid matte formula it does mean these are on the drying side, but i think that pretty much comes hand in hand when you're talking actual liquid formulas rather than cream, and they are definitely no more drying than any other liquid lipstick. The finish however is really soft to touch, (i don't usually make a habit of touching my mouth but you know when testing calls), so when i actually touch my lips with these on it feels very light and not like i'm touching an inch thick of liquid lipstick. 

The wear time with the liquid mattes is also very good, i'd say if you were going to be wearing this all day at work for example you could apply these in the morning and get away with only having to top it up after lunch. Even though i would top it up after eating, its only really necessary in the centre of the lips, the majority of it does stay on but there's inevitable wear and tear right in the middle where food actually touches. 

Colourpop cosmetics ultra matte ultra satin out and about bundle review swatches baracuda viper times square

Baracuda is the warm toned ultra satin from the bundle, and out of the two formulas is probably my favourite. Even though i've always been a die hard liquid matte girl, there's something about the liquid satin formula that's slightly winning me over. The liquid satin is less drying but actually has better wear time than most of the liquid mattes i have in my collection from other brands, and although it doesn't wear for as long as the Colourpop liquid mattes it does come pretty damn close. Even though it's a satin formula it does still come across fairly matte, so if you want a semi matte finish this could be for you. 

Both formulas are really pigmented and the tiniest amount goes a long way, but that also means you're at risk of making a mess, so a liner is definitely needed with both the ultra mattes and satins. Another thing to note is that these shades dry quite dark, i'm going to order some myself but i think i'll go for shades which look the tiniest bit too light, in the hope that they'll dry a slightly darker colour.  
When i remember that these are 6$ each it blows my mind, i honestly don't think i'd be able to tell the difference in a blind test between a 6$ Colourpop lipstick and a 25$ high end one. 

Colourpop cosmetics super shock shadows love line foursome review

Everyone does liquid lipsticks now, so my true excitement comes from brand exclusives and super shock shadows are a colourpop exclusive. Ask anyone about these and they'll tell you a tale of the most unique and beautiful shadow formula the world ever did see, i was pretty excited to crack these open and essentially cover my eyelids in them, and i was not disappointed. I have the Love Line foursome, 4 supershock shadows with a mix of finishes. I don't even know how to describe the super shock formula, it's almost as if it's a cream to powder finish, they're insanely pigmented and the smoothest shadows i have ever used. 

Colourpop cosmetics super shock shadows love line foursome review swatches

Out of everything i received the super shock shadows have to be my favourites, you can see from the swatches just how pigmented these are with absolutely no patchiness or chalkiness, and that's down to the ultra smooth formula. All of these swatches are from one finger application, honestly if i was someone looking at these swatches i would swear they were photoshopped, but 1) Do i even know how to photoshop??? Sadly no. 2) Do i pay for photoshop??? Even more, no. These are probably one of the most innovative products i've ever tried; i think we've gotten so used to brands just copying each other lately, so to find a completely original product and formulation is amazing and i'm over excited. 

I apply these with my finger (I know i've gone against every rule we've made since the early 2000s but they work better this way) and then do any final blending with a brush. The shadows in Love Line couldn't be more me either; shimmery golds, dusty pink and neutral browned toned purples are literally all i ever wear so it's the perfect quad for me. I've been wearing "brady" all over the lid and "static" in the outer corner constantly, and if i want to make it a more nighttime look i'd add "sequin" to the centre of the lid and "truth" in the inner corner. Super shock shadows are so unique, i really think you could get away with wearing just one shade all over and still have a really unique look, also that's a time saving dream. 

Colourpop cosmetics pressed powder shadow gemini by night palette review

If Super shock shadows don't sound like you're thing, (really what the hell is your thing if they aren't but okay) then Colourpop also do pressed powder shadows that either come in palettes or singles. I have the Gemini by Night palette which again, couldn't be more perfect for me - look at those shades, they're the embodiment of the heart eyes emoji. 
I feel like everyone is going to get bored of me saying how everything is amazing but, they are just deal with it. These pressed powder shadows are some of the best powder shadows i've tried, yep I'm going there again they're that good, especially considering the price. 

It's easy to swatch a shimmery shade and get good pigmentation and instantly think it's the best shadow you've ever seen, so i never start with shimmery shades anymore, i start with the light matte shades. Light matte shades are the hardest to get right, most of the time even in a 45$ palette i'll swatch a light matte and get literally nothing from it - chalk anyone? Look at the swatches below, more importantly look at the shade "golden gate bridge" a warm nude, usually a shade like this would be barely detectable but look at it. My mouth opened when i swatched this, i can't believe the colour payoff from a nude shade, the proof is in the swatching my friends. 

All of the Colourpop shadows, pressed and super shock had great lasting power too, i didn't get any creasing even when i went without primer (which was most of the time, i'm lazy) and that's something not even all expensive shadows can do. Also the pressed powder shadows are incredibly blendable, they work well alongside other shadows from different brands and don't ever bunch up or get stuck in one place mid blend. 
One thing to note with my swatch of "Moscow sunrise" below is that it is much more pink in person, it really is more similar to the shade you see in the pan picture above. I'm not sure why on my camera it photographed so warm/orange toned, but if you check out the swatch on the Colourpop website here it is closer to that shade. 

Colourpop cosmetics pressed powder shadow gemini by night palette review swatches

Are we all still here? We got through my first ever Colourpop experience, after trying it for myself i get it. I get the hype. I've got my eye on a pretty long list of other Colourpop products and shades, brb setting up instagram notifications so i know when they're doing free international shipping.

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Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples. 
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Monday, 3 July 2017

Getting scientific with skincare

I love it when my skincare sounds "sciencey", don't you? Even though a lot of products use complicated terminology to convince you they've got the most high tech products around, most of the time it's all in the wording with no substance. Regardless, i get a little kick out of using something that in my dreams was made by someone in a lab coat. Indeed Labs are one of those brands in question, they give off this image sitting on the shelf in boots, cased in their clean, colour coded packaging, that there's serious science behind the products ..but are they actually any good?

Indeed Labs Laboratories skincare hydraluron nanoblur review

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