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Friday, 31 July 2015

Makeup Faux Pas

We have all been through periods of makeup mistakes and rather than being embarrassed about mine I thought I would share some of my faux pas with you all.
Feel free to let me know your own stories in the comments so we can all have a laugh together.

Colour block eyeshadow
When I was about 13/14 I would go to school with colour blocked eyeshadow applied either with a rubbish brush of a sponge tip applicator, needless to say that blending was minimal so you could really see I had one colour in the inner half of my eye and one on the putter.
Popular colour pairings where:
Pink and purple
Orange and blue
Green and purple - that one got a lot of compliments

Too dark face powder
Still in year 9, I started to wear face powder, and aside from the fact that I'm pretty sure i would wear it out any foundation underneath, it was definitely not my shade. I remember because it came in a kit I wore it, even though it was orange and a friend told me it was too dark.

Concealer lips
Who isn't guilty of this?
I actually do still do this from time to time because I love concealer lips nude. I know it's wrong and I should hate it but I don't.
Back in the day I would apply cover stick to my lips, as a lipstick, the blended it out so my lips matched my face. Or I would apply layers of liquid concealer.

Pink eyeliner
Don't get me wrong I'm all for a spot of coloured liner, but some colours should never be used and pink is one of them.
I use to use a pink eyeliner that must have made me look like I had pink eye, thankfully it was only a cheap Primark one that I insisted on using in my waterline so it didn't show up too much, and wore off pretty quickly.

Green nail polish
I do love me a mint mani but when I say green polish I mean proper neon green.
Again it was during year 9, clearly I was just a mess, I brought myself a bottle of neon green polish that's wore all the time on my toes - thinking back I must have looked like I had some kind of infection. I actually still have the bottle and I have nearly finished it, I must have loved that stuff.
I also had a greeny gold polish that I wore once without a basecoat so I was left with yellow stained nails - I now live in fear of stained nails after being asked for weeks what was wrong with my nails.

Frosted lipstick
I am quite the lip product fan, I always have been really, and if you where to look in my lipstick draw today you would see not just a range of colours but also finishes. But back when I was about 13 (year 8) all I wore was frosted pink hippies - super baby pink with a lot of silver frost/shimmer was my favourite. I didn't just have one of these, I had 2 or 3 and each one got a lot of love, I think my most loved was one from 2true.

Hope you all enjoyed reading about my past in makeup.
Love
Livv
Xoxo

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

First Impressions: Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara - Black Satin

Glossybox sent this as a sample over 2 years ago and I have had I just sat, completely unopened, in a box waiting for me to try it. And seeing as I was sick of my current mascara I decided to give this little guy a go and tell you my first thoughts from just using it once.
This is supposed to be a 4 in 1 mascara that adds volume, length, curl and care to your lashes.
1.Volume
I didn't notice thicker lashes, I felt they looked more fluffy. I think this was thanks to the hourglass Esq shaped brush - the maps between the balls of bristles helped stop the lashes stick together, also the fact that although it looks wet but actually isn't helps.

2.Length
Naturally I like to think that I have long lashes they just seem to be quite fair towards the ends, but this really enhanced the length and made them look amazingly long.

3.Curl
I have to say that I did notice a curl added to my lashes which held for most of the day.

4.Care
So far I have only used this once so i can't rate it for care but I found it really easy to remove which was a bonus for my lashes.

From first use I think I will really enjoy this sample and if I could justify it I think I would splurge on the full size.

Lots of love
Livv
Xoxo

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Pop Beauty Kajal Pen - Sooty Black

I have such a love hate with this liner, although it's pretty soft so you don't feel bad for your eyes like I sometimes do when using dryer liners, but it just doesn't pack the punch of black intensity that I want.
For something named "Sooty Black" I would expect rich, deep black, and although you can build it up to get a more black shade when you blend it out - which is really easy to do - it goes quite gray and light.
The smudger on the end is nice to have on the end because they are not something everyone owns, it is not the softest but it still serves its purpose.
I have given up on this as something I can use in my waterline and finding works best as a day time lower lashline liner because it is quite subtle.
I have found that if you warm it with a hair dryer it does go blacker but really that is just a faff and who really can be bothered with that.
I'm sorry to say that is just a so so product, I will continue to use to but I don't recommend you run out to purchase it any time soon.

Hope you enjoyed
Love
Livv
xoxo

Friday, 10 July 2015

Makeup Revolution Iconic 2 Palette

This is a similar concept to the MUA palettes - a £4, 12 pan pallet, often trying to mimic popular high end palettes, the Urban Decay Naked 2 in this case.
Personally I would rather they be round shadows because I find, once you hit pan, the rectangular shape makes it hard to get proud out.

Although the palette is a bit bigger than the MUA ones, it is still compact enough to be travel friendly.
Something I have noticed is that the shade you see in the pan isn't the actual shade of the shadow, which is a blessing and a curse - you might not use a shade, thinking it doesn't work for you, but actually it does.

You get 3 matt shadows  - a highlight, a transition and a black - and the other 9 shadows are all shimmer/frost finishes.
You can make some really pretty looks with either just this or by mixing it with shadows that you already own.

The formulation is quite nice, they are soft, bendable shadows but there is a fair bit of fall out.

I would recommend
If you enjoy more evening friendly neutrals you will most likely enjoy this.

Talk to you soon
Love
Livv
xoxo

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

NYC Color Wheel - Rose Glow

This was one of the many products I have on a very, very long makeup wish list.
For years I have searched for this and finally found it on Fragrance Direct in January but, sadly, when it arrived I was let down.
 
The reason for my disappointment is the neutral tone of the blush, I had only seen it used by girls who have paler skin tones than I do.

For those starting to play with makeup I think this would be a good blusher to try because it is a non-offensive shade that will go with all makeup looks and is very affordable.
 
Although I said I don't like it on my skin that's not to say I don't think it will be pretty on anything from pale to medium skin tones.
It's just not my cup of tea.

It's fairly soft and has good pigmentation so for like £3 it's pretty good.

Not only would this be a nice natural blush I think for those brave ones among you it would be a nice contour.
Hope you enjoyed this review, I hope you understand that although it didn't work for me that's not to say you won't find it enjoyable.

Love
Livv
XXX