Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation Review and Conceal and Define Concealer Review and Photos

Makeup Revolution Foundation Stick and Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define
Ever since I discovered Makeup Revolution a few years back (thanks to a viewer on YT actually) I feel like they have gone from strength to strength. With a total re-brand last month as well as the launch of Revolution Pro it's easy to see why Revolution Beauty is dominating the drugstore market.

This year also saw the launch of two new face products from the core Revolution brand in the form of the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation and Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer. I initially did a First Impression video (that I've linked down below) on both of these but now after testing them out for a good month, I thought it was about time I share with you if they really are worth the hype...
Price
The Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation retails for a modest £5 for 6.2g of product which isn't a lot compared to a drugstore liquid foundation, however, this is still super affordable and it's also Vegan and Cruelty-Free.

Additionally, there is a wonderful selection of 18 shades to choose from and if you're unsure on which colour to pick up then there's a really useful rundown on who each shade is for over on the website here.
The Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer retails for an insanely affordable £4 for 3.4ml of product. Again you don't get as much compared to some other drugstore concealers but this is a versatile full coverage conceal and contour product.

Shade wise there is 18 shades also and just like the foundation you can find a handy list of every shade and who it is right for over on the website here.
Packaging
Fast Base Stick Foundation - I love the beautiful nude packaging and copper accents, plus it's also perfectly compact especially if you're on the go or travelling.
Conceal and Define Concealer - This is gracefully adorned with rose gold, my favourite kind of makeup packaging! Inside you'll find a large doe foot applicator for ease of application.
Application
Fast Base Stick Foundation - Upon application, the consistency is really creamy and glides on like a dream. I used a damp Beauty Blender* to blend this all out but I have since tested this out with a brush and I have to say I prefer the sponge better as it helps give a more even, flawless coverage. If you are using this on the go then you can use your fingers also.

I picked this up in F2, however, I did find this to be slightly too light for me, nonetheless, I really enjoyed the efficiency of this and the fact it gave great coverage and a wonderful flawless finish. You can also use these to contour and highlight too.
Conceal and Define Concealer - This is a full coverage concealer that has a thick and creamy consistency. Upon application, this covered my dark circles and redness perfectly and blended out flawlessly with the help of the Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponge*. The only thing I would say is I'm not overly fond of putting this right up to my under eyes as I do find it creases a little, nevertheless this is a great one to conceal, contour and highlight with.

I have since tried this on its own also and I actually really like this for no foundation days if you just want something that's quick but still covers up anything you need it too.
Longevity
Both the Foundation and Concealer lasted a good eight hours which was great. The foundation I actually loved, even more as the day went on, but because this has such a creamy consistency I would recommend setting this with a little powder. All in all, both felt totally comfortable on the skin.
Overall Thoughts 
Fast Base Stick Foundation - If I had to sum up this foundation I would say it's easy to use, versatile and compact, plus it's also creamy and feels lightweight on the skin. Yes, you don't get as much compared to a liquid foundation and you may have to set this with a little powder but, overall this is a fantastically affordable foundation with a remarkable shade selection.

Finally, I think this is best suited to anyone who loves time-saving products, that are full coverage and compact, especially if you're a mum on the go or you're travelling.

I award the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation a 4.8 out of 5


Conceal and Define Concealer - This is such a great full coverage concealer and the fact it's under £5 and very accessible is always a bonus in my books. I admit, this does crease on me a bit and it's a shame you maybe don't get slightly more product, however, this is perfect for covering up a multitude of sins as well as being great for contouring and highlighting if you prefer a cream product instead.

All in all, this is a great one for anyone who likes again a full coverage, creamy consistency that's matte, versatile and affordable. 

I award the Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer a 4.7 out of 5

If you're in the UK you can find these at Superdrug and on the Revolution Website here. And if you are in the US you can shop the concealer below.


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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Glossier Phase 1 Set Review and Photos - Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer and Balm Dotcom

Glossier Skincare
Today my skincare obsession continues with a closer look at the Glossier Phase 1 Set. I've been using this set since January 2018 and I finally feel like I can share with you my thoughts on another cult brand making a dent in the world of beauty. Also if you're interested in the Glossier You Perfume, then I have a review I have linked here for you guys too. So without further ado here are my thoughts on the Phase 1 Set.
Price
The Glossier Phase 1 Set consists of your skincare essentials. This includes the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer and your choice of Balm Dotcom which retails for £35. All of the products can be purchased separately but if you're after a bit of a saving (£8 to be precise) then the kit is a great way to try out the brand if you're a newbie to Glossier as a whole. I've listed each item separately below if you want to know how much they retail for individually also.
Glossier Milky Gelly Cleanser* 177ml £15
Glossier Priming Moisturiser* 50ml £18
Glossier Balm Dotcom* 15ml £10 - This also comes in 6 different flavours including Orginal, Birthday, Mint, Cherry, Coconut and Rose. I picked this up in Birthday.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom
Packaging
Not only do the products look aesthetically pleasing but Glossier certainly have an eye for detail when it comes to their packaging...

If you're ordering online then your products will come in a pink-lined box, that you can actually turn inside out so that you can re-use it as a pink storage box, genius!  The Phase 1 sets also come in its very own additional white box and everything comes wrapped in a pink bubblewrap wallet that can be re-used again and again. (These pink pouches are actually wonderful for travel). Then if that wasn't enough every order comes with its very own sheet of cute stickers so that you can customize your Glossier products to your heart's content!
Application
The Phase 1 Set includes a handy how-to guide so you can get to know how to use each product with ease. I actually like the fact that Glossier make everything simple and easy to use and actually if you navigate through their website you won't find masses of skincare to choose from, just the basics to help you unleash your best skin. Glossier is all about dewy and glowing skin.
Milky Jelly Cleanser - This has a pump dispenser and can be used both in the morning to cleanse and the evening to remove makeup. I've found that one pump is generally enough to gently cleanse my whole face and neck in the mornings.

Additionally, I have tried this out at night to remove makeup and as it implies this does help melt away my makeup like a dream, however, for me personally, I've been loving incorporating this into my morning routine... I massage one pump onto dry skin and then I add water to gently turn it into a milk, then to finish I go in with a damp flannel to wipe away the excess.

Priming Moisturizer - The Priming Moisturiser comes in a tube and can be used to hydrate the face before makeup application. Ingredients include Vitamin's A, C and E as well as Hyaluronic Acid and Anti-Redness Complex to help soothe, hydrate and reduce redness.

I have been using this as my daily moisturiser and I adore the lightweight texture and the fact it sinks into the skin quickly. The only thing I would say is as much as I like the tube, sometimes it's hard to control how much comes out and if you do accidentally squeeze too much out then there's no way of putting it back in the tube. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic moisturiser that works especially well with the Milky Jelly Cleanser.

If the Priming Moisturizer is not enough for you then there is also a Priming Moisturizer Rich which retails for £29 for a 50ml jar. This has all the benefits of the original but in a more nourishing formula with ingredients such as  Lavender Oil, Red Algae and Murumuru Butter. The PM Rich is a wonderful power packed moisturiser suited to anyone who needs that extra hydration boost within their skincare routine. This is also a great one to use of an evening.

Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom - The Balm Dotcom is a versatile balm that can be used not only on the lips but on the skin to hydrate and restore dry skin. All six of the balms smell divine and include Beeswax, Castor Seed Oil, Rice Bran and Rosemary Leaf Extract.

Just like the Priming Moisturizer, the Balm Dotcom does come in a tube, however, I don't mind this as much because the balm is easier to control when you squeeze it out of the tube.

As you know I picked up Birthday and all I can say is if you love the smell of vanilla birthday cake with a hint of subtle shimmer then you will love Birthday Balm!
Longevity and Overall Thoughts
Milky Jelly Cleanser - This for me is one of those dreamy cleansers! It's inoffensive, pleasant smelling, convenient and totally gentle on the skin. Plus I've been using this for three and half months and I'm only just halfway down the bottle! What more can I say other than this is a winner for me.

I award the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanse 4.9 out of 5


Priming Moisturizer - Again this is one of those wonderfully convenient products for during the day. I think actually the whole Phase 1 Set is such a great skincare starter kit for anyone who is new to Glossier or maybe someone who wants to take good care of their skin but they don't really have the time to be faffing about with endless steps and products within their skincare routine. This would make the perfect gift actually.

The Priming Moisturizer has not only a beautiful consistency, but it's a great base moisturiser as the name suggests to prepare your skin for makeup. Despite this being in a tube, I adore the power-packed line up of ingredients and the fact it works really well with the Milky Jelly Cleanser to give you soft, clean, refined and hydrated skin.

I award the Glossier Priming Moisturizer a 4.7 out of 5


Birthday Balm Dotcom - I adore this versatile balm as it lasts for ages, smells divine and it really does moisturise my lips a treat. I'm also addicted to the subtle shimmer that runs through the balm too. I now feel like I need all of the flavours in my life as they are perfect to keep anywhere and everywhere!

I award the Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom a 4.9 out of 5

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Monday, 2 April 2018

The Ordinary Skincare Review and Photos - Retinol 0.2%, Vitamin C Suspension and Salicylic Acid

The Ordinary Retinol, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid and The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension.
I'm no expert when it comes to Science in skincare and in general really, but what I can tell you is I take my skincare routine very seriously and if anything I use more products now then I ever used to. I'm also a total sucker for anything new, innovative and affordable which is why The Ordinary Skincare brand appealed to me after I initially heard about it through Fleur De Force.

Now while I can't tell you all the in's and out's about the science aspect of this skincare brand, what I can do is share with you my honest thoughts and basic facts on three of the products I've been testing and what they have done for my skin personally over the last three months. Also if you want a bit more info on The Ordinary Serum Foundation, then I have a review that I will link here if you're interested in that too.
Price 
One of the things that make The Ordinary stand out from a crowd is the insanely affordable price points and the best part is they don't skimp on quality either. Everything is under £15 but the majority of products are under £10. All products are Vegan and Cruelty Free.

Just to give you an idea of pricing I've listed down below what I picked up to try.
- Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone 30ml £5.80*
- Retinol 0.2% in Squalane 30ml £4.20*
- Salicylic Acid 2% Solution 30ml £4.20*
- Serum Foundation 30ml £5.70
Packaging 
The Ordinary packaging is very simple as it's more about what's inside that counts. Although I have to say I'm a big fan of the packaging as it's informative, clean and crisp looking. 

Most products come boxed and are either packaged in a tube or in a glass bottle with pipette. 
I have to admit a lot of the terminology can be confusing if you're not familiar with the ins and outs of series skincare and their benefits. However, as I mentioned above the packaging is informative and there is a great deal of additional info on the Deciem website*. Nevertheless, if you're still confused on what would be right for you etc. then I recommend popping into one of their shops or concessions if you're in London as I can definitely say the staff know their stuff! 
So What do They All Do??
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone* - Vitamin C is one of those products everyone is going crazy for right now as it's a powerful antioxidant that can help with anti-ageing, brightening and defending the skin against free radicals. However, it's important to know that some Vitamin C skincare products are not as potent as others and so they may not work as effectively on the skin. This is why I like The Ordinary version because what you see is what you get. It's potent, water-free and silicone free.

Application
It is recommended you apply this in the evening and I totally agree because of it's water and silicone free formula this has more of a silky primer texture and so it does take a little time to sink in. I usually apply this a few hours before bed if I can as it can leave a nice yellow mark on your pillowcase if it's not fully sunk in! 

Initially, upon application, this does have a slight tingly sensation, almost like you want to itch your skin but this does go away after a few minutes,  however, if you need more info on how to apply this and what to expect then there again is plenty of info on the website here. Additionally, there is also 5 other forms of vitamin C that may be better suited if this isn't for you. 

Also it's worth noting this is not to be applied near or on the eye area.

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane* - Retinol and Retinoids are extremely hot skincare property too thanks to their amazing properties that can help with fine lines, wrinkles and photo damage. Years ago both, Retinoid and Retinol could only be accessed over the counter or prescribed by dermatologists but now thanks to The Ordinary you can now access many forms of both at insanely affordable prices. 

Application
As per the instructions I have been applying this at night and switching up my routine between this and the Vitamin C Suspension (The lady in the Covent Garden shop recommended I only use this 2-3 times per week). 

The 0.2% formulation is the lowest dose within the Retinol range and is water-free with a runny serum like consistency. Furthermore, just like the Vit C Suspension, I recommend applying this a few hours before bedtime as it can leave your pillowcase a tad messy the next morning. 

It's also advised that you apply this before more weightier skincare products and after serums. As I mentioned this is the lowest dose of Retinol available and so only a mild irritation may occur, however, the higher the dose the more irritation you will experience.

I hope that makes a bit of sense with regards to Retinol and Retinoids, I am still myself only getting to grips with a lot of these more potent yet highly effective skincare ingredients. But if like me you wanted to know more about what each formula does, then you can find everything you need to know here on the Deciem Website.

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution* - Salicylic Acid is known to help with spots, blemishes and can even aid in exfoliating the skin to reveal a more clearer complexion overall if used on a regular basis. Just like all the above products, this is not to be applied near the eye area and I also think an SPF is fundamental within your skincare routine if you are using any sort of acid, although I think this should be part of anyone's everyday routine whether you are using acids or not.

Application
You can apply this either at night or in the morning but I do prefer using this at night when my skin is clean and free of make-up. For spots and blemishes, you can dab a bit on to the affected area or if you want to use this for exfoliating the skin then you can add a small amount to the face just like you would a serum. (No rinsing required). 

I had been using this for two concerns, one if I had a spot I would dab a bit on the affected area and leave it to work overnight. And secondly, I had been using this all over my chin area as I was suffering from tiny red pimples under the skin. 

Please be aware this does cause a bit of irritation to the skin and so it is advised this may not be suitable for sensitive or overexposed skin, but as with all of these types of products, I think it's best to seek advice before investing in any type of acid or highly concentrated skincare formula.

Overall Results and Thoughts
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone - Although I can't see any major differences in my skin with this one what I can say is my skin does feel more refined and brighter overall and I do love the potency of this formula, so much so that I have my second tube ready to go, but... I cannot score this yet as I need more time to fully evaluate and explore other possible formulas within the Vitamin C range.

Finally I do realise this product won't be for everyone and I have to admit I wasn't a fan of the texture and how irritating it was on the skin initially, but as I mentioned above Deciem continue to evolve and produce even more Vitamin C options to suit the customer based on feedback, it's just a case of finding the right formula and level for you personally.


Retinol 0.2% in Squalane - Out of the three products I picked up, the Retinol was the one thing I was most excited for as I am at that age now where I feel like I need to turbo boost my skincare routine. My forehead is my main concern as thanks to years of unknowingly frowning when I'm stressed I have developed a few fine lines in this area!

The 0.2% I think was a safe option to start with but for me personally, I didn't experience any of the effects I was hoping for, so while I can't give you a definite answer to whether this has worked for me I can say this has helped a tiny but with less visible frown lines and a more smoother forehead! I will keep you updated on this one as I do want to test out the 0.5% formula to see how it compares before I give this a final scoring.


Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - I love the Salicylic Acid as this is was the one where I saw the most difference. As I mentioned above I had been using this in two ways firstly to treat some under the skin pimples and bumps I had and then on various rogue spots. 

I had only used this a hand full of times when I had the pimple concern and this really worked miracles at nipping the red bumps in the bud right away. My skin actually felt smoother and the bumps reduced in size right away and after multiple uses I'm happy to report they never returned again thank goodness! 

As for the spots I use this whenever I see one appear right away. This honestly helps to reduce the redness and to get deep into the root cause of the spot stopping it right in its tracks.The trick is to catch it early.

I award the Salicylic Acid a 4.9 out of 5.

Overall for me, I feel The Ordinary has revolutionised the skincare market with up to the minute science led formulas and exceptional price points and while I believe I've only touched the surface with understanding the brand and what everything does, I do hope I've given you an insight and slight grasp on what I've learnt on the products I picked up so far.

Lastly, if you're still totally bewildered on where to start and what's right for you then I recommend a trip to one of their London stores or concessions, a good read of their website or even a quick DM or tweet would be a great place to start as from my experience Deciem have been nothing but helpful.


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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Spectrum Collections Pink Brushes Review and Photos

Spectrum Brushes
Spectrum Collections is a brand I had always heard of but had never delved into before. However, last year I was lucky enough to be invited to the Birchbox* co-working space for a live podcast of The Emma Guns Show where I not only got to know more about the brand but I actually got to meet the sisters who started the Spectrum phenomena. (I have the inked the episode here if you fancy a listen!)
I was immediately captivated by their warm, genuine and honest personalities and having not known much about the brand before I came away feeling inspired, invested and in awe of their commitment and hard work that had made the company what it is today.

So with all that being said, I decided to pick up a few of the brushes to try out from one of the original core collections the 'Pink Brushes'. So here are my thoughts and everything you need to know about Spectrum Brushes.
Price
The Pink Brush Collection consists of 30 Brushes that can be bought separately or in multiple collections depending on your needs and wants with regards to makeup brushes. (I have linked a few examples at the end of this blog post).

To start my collection off I decided to pick up 3 types of brushes I use the most including the,
A04 Strong Finish - £7.99
A17 Brow Love - £4.99
B06 Blending Friend - £4.99
All of the Pink Brushes are reasonably priced at under £10 each and every Spectrum brush is Vegan, Cruelty-Free and made with a high-quality synthetic hair.

Spectrum Brushes can be found at many retailers including,
spectrumcollections.com
Birchbox*
ASOS*
Boots online and instore.
Packaging
Obviously, the pink brushes are pink! But what makes them stand out from a crowd is their baby pink handles and blue/purple ombre bristles. Each bush is also clearly labelled with a letter and number code so that can easily be identified. The A brushes are for application, B is for Blending and C is for Contouring.
If you're ordering the brushes directly from their website then you'll receive your brushes in the most beautiful holographic packaging. Even the postage bag is covered in Spectrum brushes! And if you're buying any of the brushes in Boots then the brushes are packed in a stunning clear pink package. It's also worth noting that all of the brush packagings can also be recycled too.
Application
The brushes themselves are beautifully soft and help make any make-up product apply and blend out like a dream! And thanks to their extensive selection and collection of brushes there's certainly a brush or two out there for you too!
Spectrum A04
Spectrum B06
Spectrum A17
Overall Thoughts
For me this is more than just a makeup brush brand, it's a company that cares about the environment, product and customer and whether you are after one brush or a set of brushes you can be reassured that these brushes are easy to use, affordable, accessible, vegan and cruelty-free. Plus they are totally on trend and look very lovely on display too!

So if you've been on the hunt for some affordable, high-quality new brushes to add to your collection, then Spectrum's extensive collection of more than just brushes could be right up your street!

I award the Spectrum Collection Pink Brushes a 4.9 out of 5


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