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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Review: MUA Blushers

Recently I decided to pick up all of the MUA £1 single blushers, I already owned one of them and I wanted to test out all of the colors to see if they all work in the same way or if some have a different formulation to others and seeing as they only cost £1 I didn't feel too bad for buying 5 new blushers that I perhaps didn't need.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom; Cupcake, Lolly, Bon Bon, Bubble Gum, Marshmallow, Candyfloss.
As you can see there are a total of 6 blushers in the line.
I think the shade range is pretty good, they have peach/coral tones, pinks and even a slightly red shade so they have kind of covered every base.
However I think they could perhaps add a more neutral and a mauve one (alone the lines of NARS Sin maybe)
Cupcake: The most neutral of the bunch, this is a light peach matte blusher that I find to be too light for me and doesnt really show up, but on really pale skin could be really pretty.
Lolly: A brighter coral peach than Cupcake, I think this would be a great summer shade and the slight shimmer that the blush has would look great with a tan.
Bon Bon: This is a shade that I use to be really attracted to, it is a classic neutral toned redish shade that would suite a range of skin tones, especially in the autumn/winter time.
Bubble Gum: A bright redish pink that personally I find to be the hardest to work with out off all of the colors, but it still has the potential to be a fun all year round shade for light-medium skin tones (light skin tones will have to be very light handed with it but it will look really pretty).
Marshmallow: My favourite of the bunch and the original one that I owned, this is a bright pink color that I am very comfortable wearing. Again it is not the easiest to work with so it takes some practice/getting use to but for me it is so pretty.
Candyfloss: The only other blush that they have in this line with some shimmer Candyfloss is a mauve toned dusty rose pink color that is a great pale skin everyday color, but again I find that it can be a touch too light for me sometimes.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom; Cupcake, Lolly, Bon Bon, Bubble Gum, Marshmallow, Candyfloss.
All of the blushers have really good color pay off, however I find them to be lacking in the blendability department. You really have to make re not to have too much on your brush when you go to apply these as once they are on you are very limited to how much you can blend them, I find the best way to apply them is in thin layers.
Unlike most powder products where matte formulas are harder to blend than those with shimmer the matte and shimmer blushers are both as hard to blend. 

I find that they last pretty well, they get me through a day at uni and most the time that all I want, so for school they would also be prefect.
Despite them not blending very well I would still say check them out, especially the lighter colors. I think they look pretty on and for £1 having 1 or 2 will be handy for travel or carrying around with you because it wont matter if they brake or whatever.

Hope you enjoyed the review
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Livv
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Recent Empties November-December 2015

It's been a while since I shared my rubbish with you all and recently I have finished some products that I wanted to share what I thought of them with the internet.
Teoxane Perfect Skin Refiner, Skin Renewal Cream
So sad this is gone, I got this sample in a Glossybox and I loved it. It was a night cream containing a few different acid based ingredients to resurface, renew and help clear your skin. Because of the acids it is really good for people with oily skin like myself. I also found it light enough that I didn't have to worry about putting too much on and could still wake up to really soft skin. If it wasn't so expensive I would definitely buy the full size.
TRESemme Freeze Hold Hair Spray
This is my favourite hair spray, it has such a strong hold but you can still brush your hair, although it does go a little crispy if you use a lot. I like to pick this up when it's on offer because otherwise it is about £5-£6 a can, however it's kind of worth it because it lasts so long.
St Ives Apricot Scrub
As a face scrub I hate it.
As a body scrub it wasn't too bad.
I found this far too abrasive to use on my face, which is where it is meant to be used. Even after I had fully cleaned it off and washed my face I was left with peeling skin, and that's not pretty. But like I said is was a nice body scrub I just wouldn't buy I again.
Sass Intimate Purifying Cleanser
Not something I would buy myself, I got it in a Glossybox. I felt it was kind of pointless, I have never had an issue with normal shower gel and it is just effort to use this and then a regular shower gel for the rest of your body. It didn't smell pretty, it was really thin and it didn't make many bubbles, I'm happy it's gone.
Body Shop Mango Whip Body Lotion
I'm all about the mango scent, it just smells amazing and you are left smelling just as good. It sinks in pretty face which I'm a fan off. The only think I hated was the travel sized packaging because it was so hard to get the product out.
TRESemme Volume & Fullness Shampoo
I didn't find this gave me any volume, however my hair felt so clean and not just on the first day but also the second.
TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner
This made my hair really soft and manageable, it just felt so nice and hydrated with a great shine.
I will for sure buy both the shampoo and the conditioner again when i find them on offer.
LOreal Mythic Oil Hair Mask
Won't be buying this in full size, I just didn't enjoy it. My hair didn't feel nourished in any way - conditioners do a better job. It DoD leave my hair smelling like the product,but I hate the smell - this was just a sample fail.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Everyone raves about this and now I can see why. It removes makeup like a dream, doesn't hurt my eyes and leaves my skin feeling so clean it's crazy. It was more work than a cleansing water and I was fairly messy with it so I only used it when I was going to wash my hair but regardless of that I really liked it and would want to use it again.
Side note: I only used the muslin cloth once and found it wasn't for me, because it was white it just got covered in makeup and even after going in the washing machine it is still stained orange/brown.

Hope you liked this little look through my emptied products,
Talk soon
Livv
xoxo

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Love it or Leave it: Gosh Growth Mascara

The current mascara that I am trying out and laying around with is this growth mascara from Gosh, in the past I have tried one other Gosh mascara with little success, but regardless I was still really excited to get this out my un-opened mascara collection and give it a go.
I'm so happy I didn't let that bad experience put me off the brand because (spoiler alert) I'm in love with this mascara.
The formulation is kind of wet but not to the messy hard to work with point, it is just wet enough to really cling to your lashes. I find my lashes look super long when I use this and I can thank the plastic wand for that because it really grabs the lashes. However it does still add volume and you can build it up to give your lashes more volume, but it can look a little clumps after a while, I don't mind it (I quite like it tbh) but I know it isn't for everyone. It lasts all day long but also is super easy to remove.
It is advertised as a growth mascara with "Visible Results, Longer Lashes In Only 2 Weeks" but sadly after using this for just over a month I have not noticed a single bit of difference in the length of my lashes, however I have heard that lash growth products work differently for everyone so although it didn't help my lashes grow that is not to say it won't for you :)
I for sure love this mascara and would repurchase it at some point, but right now I have so many mascara that I need to finish up before I even think about buying more.
But if you are looking for a new mascara and you like the sound of this I would really recommend it.

Love
Livv
xoxo