Friday, 26 May 2017

MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion Review & Photos

MUA Luxe Cushion Highlighter
If you'd seen my First Impression Highlighting Series over on my channel here, then you'll know I've been testing out a wide variation of drugstore highlighters. In this final review I'm putting to the test this intresting cushion version called the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Highlight Cushion, so here's my thoughts...
Price 
This retails for an affordable £5 and comes in gold only. MUA can be found in Superdrug and MUA online.
Packaging
This is beautifully packaged considering it's only £5 and the compact itself also comes complete with a mirror and sponge too.
Application
This is a cream product and so I do recommended using a cream blush also, as cream products work best all together and powders work better separately.

I applied this with a damp Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponge to the high points of my cheeks over my creme blush, but I do think personally this would be better to use first then you can put your creme blush on top. But whichever way you decide to apply this, I do think a damp sponge is the way to go as it blends out the product evenly.

Overall this gives you a stunning, sun-kissed glisten, that can be intensified if desired.
Longevity
This did last a good nine hours, but if I was being critical I would say the product did bunch up slightly on my cheeks towards the end of the night. 
Overall Thoughts
This was another MUA Luxe HOT product for me! I adored everything about this, from the super affordable price point, beautiful packaging and the gorgeous glisten it gave overall. I also loved the fact this came with a mirror and was nice and compact for travel or to pop in your bag.

Application wise this applied perfectly with a damp sponge and gave my skin the most beautiful sun-kissed glisten, that I think would also look perfect on brides as it's not too in your face. Just be sure to use this with other creme products for best results though.

Overall if your after a subtle, glistening gold highlighter that's compact, easy to use and that is perfect for holidays, then I would for sure give this a go!

I award the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion a 4.3 out 5
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Primark Metallic Liquid Lipstick Lip Kit Review & Photos

Primark Lip Kit
I think it's safe to say I've tested out my fair share of interesting beauty finds from the mother ship that is Primark and today is no different.

This time we're talking metallic lip kits, so here's my thoughts...
Price
The Primark Get Lippy Lip Kits retail for an affordable £3 each.

There is two matte and two metallic shades to choose from including,
- Cookie Dough (Matte)
- Chocolate Brownie (Matte)
- Molten Lava (Metallic)
- Molten Bronze (Metallic)
Packaging
The kit comes in an attractive metallic box, which is for sure what caught my eye initially.

Inside you'll find a lip liner and liquid lipstick. The liner is beautifully packaged with gold accents, however the liquid lipstick doesn't look as premium compared to the liner, but it is wrapped in your chosen colour and it does come with a doe foot applicator also.
Application
I have already put to the test a few drugstore matte lip kits, so I decided to pick up Molten Bronze which is one of the metallic lip kits instead to demo.

I do recommend you watch the video too, so that you can get a feel for how this performed live.
Firstly I started out with the lip liner. This colour was actually a nice wearable shade for maybe a night out, however the pencil itself was hard to work with and I did have to press down quite firmly to distribute the colour evenly.
The liquid lipstick has a slightly oily, thin consistency and did go on a little patchy, but this is true to colour and buildable too.

Longevity
Longevity wise this was budge proof for the five hours that I had it on, but I did have to take this off after that as my lips felt uncomfortable and the lipstick showed up all the cracks on my lips.
Overall Thoughts 
Overall this wasn't good look for me! Yes this is a super affordable lip kit considering you get a lip liner and liquid lipstick in the pack and yes, I did like the fact this came in two matte and two metallic shades too.

Packaging wise this was nicely presented and the lip liner wasn't a bad colour despite this being hard to work with. However... here's the thing, I do think metallic lips are definitely one of those passing trends, just like rainbow highlighters, that will be popular for that point in time, but realistically it's not something that you could wear on a everyday basis. I think this trend is best left for editorial edits instead...

I award the Primark Get Lippy Metallic Lip Kit a 2 out of 5
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The New Look Cult Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
If you've been a long-term reader/viewer you'll know the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray has been a holy grail of mine for years now, it was also an essential on my Wedding Day too! Recently Urban Decay gave their cult All Nighter Spray a re-fresh with not only new packaging, but there's also now an additional travel friendly version and duo pack also.

You can find Urban Decay in stores and online at Feel Unique and Urban Decay direct.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray** 30ml - £10
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray* 118ml - £23.50
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Duo* 2x118ml - £29

I'd love to know which setting spray is your favourite from the Urban Decay Family?
**This product was gifted to me but as always all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Makeup Revolution Illuminating Fixing Spray Review & Photos

Makeup Revolution Setting Spray 
Makeup Revolution is a brand that I have grown fond of over the past couple of years and today I wanted to share with you the third review from my First Impressions Week Series here. Today we are focusing on this Illuminating Fixing Spray from Revolution, so here's my thoughts...
Price 
The illuminating fixing spray is part of a trio of face sprays within the Revolution family. The spray retails for an inexpensive £5 for a 100ml of product and can be found in Superdrug, tambeauty.com and Ulta*. 
Packaging 
The packaging is pretty but for me the most eye-catching part of this spray is the title. On the back of the bottle it mentions the spray also contains vitamins A, B, E and F, as well as Aloe Vera to help brighten and hydrate the skin.
Application 
Just like most fixing sprays, you apply this after makeup all over the face to lock everything in. It is recommend you also shake the bottle before application.

Upon application the mist distributed evenly and felt refreshing on the skin. After I had allowed the spray to dry, the overall look was dewy, glowing and gorgeous.

Initially I have to say I did think for some reason because of the title this would contain iridescent particles to help give you that glow, however the spray was actually clear and did smell a little bit surgical to start with, but overall this felt lovely on the skin.

* I used the Clinque Beyond Perfecting Concealer and Foundation for this demo
Longevity
This kept my skin glowing and my make-up looking fresh for a good ten hours overall. Towards the end of the night my make-up did fade slightly, but on the whole this made my skin look amazing!
Overall Thoughts
Overall I loved this setting spray as not only did it set my make-up, it also gave me the best glow with minimal effort!

I've since tried this out with a few other foundations to see if this worked differently, but I have to say this spray helps any makeup look appear glowy and gorgeous, however I wouldn't recommend this for oily skin as it is very dewy.

I would say this is very similar to the Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray that I tested out a few months back, but I do think the Revolution version is better value for money overall.

So if you're after an affordable and long-lasting fixing spray that gives you the ultimate all over glow, then I would definitely recommend giving this a whirl for the Summer months.

I award the Revolution Pro Fix Illuminating Fixing Spray a 4.7 out of 5
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The £3 Drugstore Lipstick That's a MAC Dupe Favourite...

Makeup Revolution Chauffeur
I'm forever on the look out for new lipstick dupes for you guys, as it's always good to know if there's a more affordable option out there if you're a girl on a budget. A few years back I bought to you five purse friendly options for five Kylie Jenner MAC Favourites here and this year I have another great pick from the forever evolving brand Makeup Revolution...

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Primark Highlighter Review & Photos

Primark Pure Glow Highlighter and Mermaid Glow Highlighting Powder
If you've seen my first highlighter review here on Sunday, then you'll know last week was First Impressions Week over on my channel here. In this second post I wanted to share and review the newly released Primark Highlighters. These beauties have had quite a bit of hype surrounding them, so here's my thoughts...
Price
Both highlighters retail for £3 for 9g of product, which is exceptional value for money. Initially Primark released two Pure Glow Highlighters in Champagne and Rose Prosecco and then a third highlighter was dropped a few weeks ago called Mermaid Glow. I picked up Champagne and Mermaid Glow to show you.
Packaging 
The packaging on these is pretty simple, yet sturdy, with the highlighters doing all the talking. Each one also has a beautiful wave pattern running through them, which makes them look even more appealing to the eye.
Primark Champagne Highlighter
Primark Mermaid Highlighter
Application
The champagne highlighter is a stunning gold/bronze shade which is super pigmented to the touch. The mermaid glow is a white/silver shade which has a more chunkier texture and is not as pigmented, but is still pretty nonetheless.

Upon application I decided to apply the champagne to the tops of my cheeks and the mermaid one to my cupids bow and as a inner corner highlighter. The champagne shade applied beautifully and is such a stunning, delicate shade, that would look gorgeous as a blush topper or on tanned skin also. The mermaid shade is nice, but for me this was too silvery and it didn't go on as smooth compared to the gold.
Longevity
Both highlighters held up for a good ten hours, especially the champagne on my cheeks.
Overall Thoughts 
Firstly these are great value of money for the amount of highlighter you get and visually these are stunning. However application wise I would say the champagne shade glides on the best and is more buildable too. The mermaid glow still looks pretty, but this has a slightly chunkier formula and personally this was just too silvery for me.

So overall I think if you're after an affordable, versatile and stunning highlighter then I would definitely snap up the Champagne one asap!

I award the Primark Pure Glow in Champagne a 4.5 out of 5 and the Mermaid Glow a 4 out of 5.
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