Sunday, 18 August 2013

ELF Precision Liquid Eyeliner





Liquid eyeliner is my favourite make-up item of all time. I've been wearing it since my early teens and have definitely made some eyeliner faux pas in my time (let's put it down to inexperience). These days I'd like to think I've got my application down pretty well, but having a good product makes it so much easier. The ELF Precision Liquid Eyeliner (£3.75 / 3.6g) is a product I've been trying out for the past few days, and I've found it has definite bad points and definite good points. Shall we start with the good? The liner's applicator is one of the more flexible ones as opposed to a stiff nib-like applicator. I haven't had great experiences in the past with eyeliners that carry the flexible applicator trait, but for some reason, I found this one extremely easy to use. You can create lovely thin and thick lines with it, and it's good for those of us, like myself, who draw their eyeliner in one continuous line rather than in several, smaller strokes. The colour pay off given is not the most intense, deep, dark black I have ever seen, but it's safe to say it comes out just a regular black. Props for application, ELF! Sadly to say though, this product wasn't 100% perfect for me. The liner starts to fade in colour and even crack in certain areas after just a few short hours. I am not one for re-applying my eyeliner throughout the day, so it's safe to say I wasn't impressed with the staying power here. If ELF perhaps improved this part of the formula, I would be absolutely over the moon with this eyeliner. For an affordable £3.75, you can't really go wrong pricewise, but I need my eyeliner to stick with me all day long. You can buy your own at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk.

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Bomb Cosmetics Tangerine Queen Bath Creamer


Baths are somewhat of a rarity in my life. I find them both boring and relaxing - you just kind of sit there and stare at the wall or you want to close your eyes and chill out in the lovely, hot water. The latter is something I would not advise though incase you drowned your poor self in the process! When I do go for a bath, I want it to be as exciting as possible. That's where bath products like Bomb Cosmetics' Tangerine Queen Bath Creamer (£2.09/30g) come in. First things first... the scent of this product is absolutely divine. I love zesty, fresh, orange scents and this is certainly no exception. It also makes your whole bathroom smell lovely even for a couple of hours after you've came out the bath. The bath creamer turns bathwater to what can only be described as a dirty yellow. Not exactly the nicest to look at but the little red bits that you can see do fall away from the product when it fizzes up and end up floating around your bath. It fizzed out completely after about 2 minutes or so. Just remember to wash away any little decorations remaining once your bathwater has ran away, as it can stain your bathtub. As soon as you sit in your bath with this you instantly feel it's moisturising properties, thanks to the cocoa butter inside. Your skin feels so silky smooth to the touch, and the best thing is that it lasts for a good while. I really enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to more bathtime pampering treats in the future from Bomb Cosmetics! You can buy your own here at www.bombcosmetics.co.uk.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Neal & Wolf Harmony Intensive Care Treatment





I received the Neal & Wolf Harmony Intensive Care Treatment (£12.95/200ml) in my July Beautecobox (which was fab, by the way), and couldn't wait to try it out as I don't really give my locks any special treatment. Firstly, let's just appreciate how gorgeous the packaging on this is. It looks 'salon professional' and it's something you'd want to show off on your dresser. Neal & Wolf say that this treatment was created to "repair damaged hair, using a unique combination of intensive conditioners that deliver an instant transformation. The difference in texture and appearance is truly stunning, leaving hair shiny, healthy and manageable". The blurb on the back of the product implies that this is suitable for every day use, although I personally would not use something so intense every time I washed my hair. For me, I think I'll stick to perhaps once a week. The directions tell you to massage through wet hair for 3-5 minutes and then rinse out thoroughly. I shampooed and conditioned my hair as normal in the shower, and then applied this everywhere (roots, scalp, ends and all) and massaged in for about 3 minutes or so. As you're washing the product out, you can feel immediately that this has done something good to your hair. My hair felt softer and smoother which is a feeling I love when rinsing my hair. After my shower, I went ahead with my usual blow-drying. My hair appeared more manageable, healthy-looking and was still so soft even after putting it through the harshness that comes with a hairdryer. The scent of this product is absolutely divine, although I can't actually describe it. If anyone else can, leave me a comment below! You can still smell it on your hair after you've styled and dried - not in the way that every single person you pass will be able to pick up the scent though. It's clean and perfectly subtle. All in all, I really enjoyed using this intensive hair care treatment and will continue to use it up. You can get your own at www.nealandwolf.com.

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Sunday, 4 August 2013

ELF Studio Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose







ELF is one of those brands where I as a customer, fall between a love and hate relationship with them. I'm more into buying higher-end beauty products - I find it more exciting, but no one can pass up a bargain. ELF recently had a 60% off sale which was brilliant, and this was one of items I picked up online. I've had both good and bad experiences with their products, and this one kind of falls into the middle. The Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose (£3.75/1.8g) is a beautiful, muted pink with purple and grey undertones. Some can find this colour to be deceiving and when they do try it, it's not to their liking, but I infact love it. The lip pencil has a creamy consistency and applies to the lips for the most part, nicely. The pigmentation is really lovely and opaque. However, if you're like me and your lips aren't amazingly soft and perfect, then the product can cling to certain parts in a not so nice-looking way. ELF says that this "vitamin A, C & E enriched formula moisturises and hydrates lips", which for me, wasn't true at all. The formula actually made my lips feel drier and tighter. It wasn't an unbearable feeling but still, not particularly pleasant. If you have dry lips like me, then you may want to apply a balm over the top, but then I feel this defeats the purpose of a matte lip product. There are 5 other shades in this line, including Rich Red, which looks absolutely stunning, but for now is unfortunately out of stock. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for when they do get more stock in! Overall, I did like this shade and it's colour pay-off, but as I said, was rather disappointed with the formula. You can pick your own one up at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk.

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