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Saturday, 12 March 2016

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

These where on my wish list basically since they came out but seeing as I was never that into highlighters I always put off the purchase, but I few months ago I gave in and brought them - I justified buying all three by saying that I am now a highlight lover and I wanted them for testing purposes.
As I said there are 3 in total, Iridescent Gold, Pink Shimmer and Opalescent Amber, and they retail for only £3 which is amazing to find a highlighter not only in the drug store but for so cheap (I know now highlighters are easy to find but when these came out highlighters where a rare breed in the drugstore)
I was really surprised but the texture of these highlighters, I have just got use to smooth powder products that when I first swatched these I was very taken aback by how hard and dry they feel, and because of this you do tend to just get glitter or feel like you havent picked a lot of product up when you probably have - although this does different between each shade so I am going to be talking about each highlighter separately.
Iridensent Gold
My favourite one :)
A yellow, gold simmer highlighter best suited to medium skin tones and people with yellow undertones. This is the easiest of the 3 to work with, saying that it is still possible to put too much on if you're not really careful, but for the most part it is pretty fool-proof.
Because it is pretty yellowy I'm not sure how well it will work on those of you girls who are really pale, you would be better off with pink shimmer.
Pink Shimmer
Upon first appearance this would look like it would be my favourite, in the pan it looks like it would be the perfect pink, princess highlighter, but sadly when you swatch it you basically just get pink glitter that is very easy to go overboard with, even if you are careful. Although I think with certain makeup looks this would actually look amazing, it is a product that I would recommend but with the warning that you are not just going to be able to pop it in your makeup bag and use it everyday, you will need to play with it and be patient to find the best look for it.
Opalescent Amber
My least favourite of the bunch.
I find with this one you actually get some of the color of the actual powder rather than just glitter (it is the newest to the collection of the three so it is possible that they reformulated this one). On a deep tan or a medium skin tone I think it would look amazing, but for me it is just too dark to work as a highlighter, no matter how light my hand I always end up stood for ages blending it out with a clean brush to make it look less weird - its not even that it is too intense a highlighter, it is that it is too dark.

They are worth considering for £3, but not without a little research or a swatch in store.

Talk to you soon,
Livv
xxx

Monday, 29 February 2016

Collection #ConcealAndLightLikeAPro

I found this cute little concealer palette in Boots, I'm fairly certain that it is actually exclusive to Boots, and because it was on offer and I hadn't heard a lot about it I decided to pick it up, try it out and let you guys know what I think.
For an absolutely bargain of £5.99 you get this compact palette contain 4 different concealers, that you can easily blend to create the perfect match (although they do all seem to be more yellow than pink toned), 3 color correctors (green, yellow and purple) for if you require even more coverage, and a cream highlighter to add some glow to your skin.
Everything is really creamy and easy to blend - the concealers and highlighter more so than the color correctors which I find to be a smidgen on the drier side and only slightly harder to fully blend out.
I find that the concealers give a light to medium coverage that is really to easy to build up, especially because they are so lightweight. They also work really nicely over the color correctors, they work with them to give good coverage and don't allow any of the colors to show through making it look like you have green spots or yellow under eyes.
Personally the highlighter is not something that I can see myself using, partly because Im not a cream highlighter fan and partly because I don't highlight at the same time as I conceal. However I have swatched it and it looks pretty, but I would rather we got a 5th concealer.

I'm not massively into color correcting, one of the reasons that I brought this is because I wanted to try to get in to it and see what I thought.
A really nice thing this palette has (like I'm sure many others also do) is instructions on the back so you know exactly what each color does and where/when to use them.
I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging.
It doesn't really go with the brands image (in my opinion) and for me it just feel like a prototype packaging.
I also don't understand how cardboard packaging with slight magnetic closure will keep the product from drying out.

I would recommend you guys give this a go, it would be good for travel because it is so lightweight and compact but you still get a good amount of product and it won't take up too much space in your collection considering all you get. I also think for the price it is a really good way to dip your toes into the pool of color correctors and considering the range of product within the palette I'm sure that there is something in it that you will enjoy.

Talk to you soon
Livv
xxx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Love it or Leave it: Balmi Lip Balms

For about a year now I have had these lip balms in my collection and over that time have yet to form a solid opinion on them in terms of whether or not I actually like them.
I really like the concept, they are very similar in the design to the EOS balms (before they repackaged them they where almost identical).
Rather than being in a round ball like container the Balmi's are now sold in cubes and have a pyramid shape to them.
I love how practical they are for on the go, because of the pyramid shape you don't need to twist them up or down like most stick lip balms, and for the most part you don't need to put your finger in the product like you have to do with a lip balm in a pot - which isn't always the most sanitary thing :/
As far as fragrance range Im not 100% on how extensive it is, but I do know that as well as the Raspberry and Blackcurrant (both of which I have) they also have Coconut, Mint and Strawberry. They do smell rather strongly which personally I love and although the two I have dont have the most natural scent they are still very identifiable as to what they are.
All the Balmi's have an SPF of 15, and this is where my on the fence relationship really starts, lip balm with an SPF is something you cant be without especially in the summer time. My issue with the SPF (this is something that I find with other lip balms too, not just the balmis) is that it is really uncomfortable on my lips, I am very aware that I have the product on and I feel tingling for about 5 minutes after my application. I don't know if Im the only one who experiences this but I would keep it in mind.
I also find that after a while the packaging breaks, my Raspberry one can no longer be taken on the go because the lid doesn't like to stay on, but the Blackcurrant one is still in full working order, although I haven't used that one nearly as much.
If you are looking for a really moisturising lip balm that actually smells really nice and looks super cute in your makeup bag I would really recommend these. They do last pretty well on the lips and, I find, actually moisturise them long term - not just till the product wears off. However if you are a bit sceptical of spending £4.99 on a lip balm I wouldn't make the purchase just because the packaging does break and there is the potential for a lot of wasted product if you dont want to stick your finger into the container to get at the lip balm the fills the base.

Personally I cant see myself repurchasing these but while I still have them I will enjoy using them :)

Hope you enjoyed
Love
Livv
xoxo

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Sleek Solistice Highlighting Palette

One of Sleeks many many new products and when I started to see reviews pop up all over the place I just had to pick one up for myself.
I have also been loving highlighting lately and this looked amazing so there was no question about it.
The packaging is amazing and just so pretty
Its gold and mirrored, and gets very finger printy which I don't mind because it just looks so high end and not like it costs £9.99 at all.
It is just as breathtaking when you open it to reveal the 4 highlighters inside.
You get a beige/pink gold cream highlighter (Ecliptic), two backed ones, one which is a purple/pink shade with silver shimmer (Hemisphere) and on orange toned one, still with silver shimmer (Equinox)). The final highlight is a regular powder one with a yellow tone to it (Subsolar)
The quality is  amazing, they all just give such a stunning glow. The two baked ones have the most intense highlighting effect - they do take some getting use to. The 'normal' powder one is just like your average highlight, it is the most user friendly one in the palette.
The cream is pretty dewy but doesn't look right either over or under powder, it is something that needs to just be used over cream/liquid foundation without being set, so for someone like me who has to powder their whole face it is a bit of a waste.

For the highlighting fans out there I really recommend this, I think it will make a great addition to your collection and the shade range makes it suitable for different skin tones because you can mix the highlighters. However for makeup newbies, or people not use to highlighting, I think that it might be a bit too intense because even with a light hand they can seem a little strong.

What do you all think of this palette?
Love
Livv
xxx

Thursday, 7 January 2016

First Impressions: Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner


The amount of people I saw raving about this eyeliner when it first came out was unreal, but since its launch I have seen a fair few people say that they dont get on with it.
With these mixed reviews I was very pleased to try out the sample we got in last months Birchbox.
I knew that it was a long lasting gel liner that was designed to be really easy to apply and the packaging came with instructions about how to apply it but I was so confused when it came to me first using it and it took me longer than I care to admit to get product out.
The full size has a twistable bottom to get the product out which is much more user friendly but for the sample you have to squeeze it to get anything out and this is what took me a minute to understand.
Application was not as easy as I expected it to be, my line didn't look neat at all and I couldn't do a wing. When you squeeze the product out you are left with an overhanging lump of gel liner which, when you try to draw it on, is not creamy enough to do the perfect line with.
On the plus side it is a really long wearing eye liner that is fairly easy to remove.
I will give this another go to see if my opinion on it changer to a slightly more positive one but right now, after one use, I cant see myself wanting to buy the full size.

Talk to you soon,
Livv
xoxo