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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