Wednesday, 14 January 2015

barry m lipstick - genie

Today's lipstick post is a bit of an unusual one. When I opened a Christmas present to find a Green lipstick inside, I was a bit unsure of what my mum was trying to tell me. She must have noticed a puzzled look on my face as she kept insisting it wasn't what I thought. Intrigued, I gave it a go and actually I was pleasantly surprised..
barry m geniebarry m genie lipstick review

Genie is not your typical green lipstick, in fact it isn't green at all. Although the bullet is green it actually transforms into a lovely pink shade, which is where i am gathering the name Genie comes from. No flies on me, eh?! This lipstick adapts to the Alkalines that are already in the lips and creates a unique pink colour. On me, it turns into a punchy, tinted pink which I have been wearing as a nice everyday shade.
barry m genie swatchbarry m genie lipstick swatch
Available at Barry M and Boots.

I have found this to be a nice alternative to a tinted balm or moisturiser as it feels lovely on the lips and gives them a nice smooth feel. The shade lasts a surprisingly long time too, I found even after a good few hours I still have a nice pink stain. 

For a bit of a Novelty product, you can really go wrong for the price and I guess it's a bit of a beauty related case of not judging a book by it's cover! ♥
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Monday, 12 January 2015

benefit they're real! push-up eyeliner

This one was a bit of an impulse buy for me, my card decided not to work and I had to buy an item to test it out once it was fixed. Obviously, I went for some new make up as I couldn't think of anything else to get..ha! I ended up chosing Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner as I do love a good eyeliner and have been meaning to try this one out for ages as I have heard nothing but good things about it.

benefit theyre real eyeliner
benefit theyre real eyeliner reviewbenefit theyre real eyeliner swatch

The packaging is typical Benefit, bold and eye-catching but not too bulky either. Within the set you get a little how-to guide which is really handy if you get a bit stuck with eyeliner flicks and thicknesses.

This pen itself is really easy to hold and not too thick like some of the others I have tried before. To start you have to twist the end a fair few times until the black gel starts to come out of the end of the nib. I'm not the most patient person when it comes to things like that, so as nothing was happening I twisted a bit too much and it oozed out a little bit, whoops.

Once I actually got the flow going, I found it pretty simple to apply. The nib is flexible, so bended with the tilt of my hand. The only thing I did struggle with was creating a flick at the end. Because of the shape of the nib, one side looks perfect but the other seems to look thicker so it does take a bit of practise to get a precise flick. I think if you are used to applying gel with a brush after a few attempts you will get it!

The consistency of the gel is quite fluid, slightly thicker than a liquid but not as hard as a crayon. It feels a bit waxy if I'm honest, but in a good way. I do find that this dries super quickly so needs to be applied and blended as soon as possible. I was slightly worried how easy this would be to remove as I find the mascara version of this, really hard to get off. Surprisingly, this comes off like a dream which is definitely what you want when you return from a club at a stupid hour in the morning and need to get your make up off (That's another story though!).
uk beauty blogbenefit eyeliner review swatch
Available from Benefit and Boots.

I must admit this is a pretty fullproof way of applying eyeliner. After using this a few times, it has now worked its way into my everyday routine! You can safely say i'm in love. ♥
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Monday, 5 January 2015

MAC satin lipstick - rebel

I have had this lipstick for a good few months now, after I nagged my mum and dad to pick it up for me at duty free before they went away on holiday. I must admit that it has been my go to lipstick so far this winter. I know it has been described as a bit of a blogger favourite this year and I can definitely see why!

mac rebel review
mac rebel

Rebel is a lovely plum shade with a nice raspberry sheen to it. I must admit that I did think it was going to be a bit darker when I first applied it, as the actual lipstick looks a lot deeper in the bullet. Don't get me wrong though, it is still a lovely shade. I find this to be a nice and versatile colour as I wear it with heavy or lighter eye make up and it seems to suit both.

The finish of this is satin, which is described as semi-matte but I find that it still has a lovely shine to it. It reminds me more of a Cremesheen finish personally as it has that moisturising feel to it. I did really have to prep my lips first though as it does show up any dryness, which isn't the most ideal for this time of year but it is such a lovely colour I really don't mind.
mac rebel swatchmac rebel lipstick reviewuk beauty blog
Available from Debenhams and Selfridges.

For me this is the perfect Wintery colour when you want something a little lighter than plum. That's not to say I won't be wearing it an awful lot in Summer too! ♥
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Saturday, 3 January 2015

crabtree & evelyn - a seasonal spectacular hand cream set

crabtree and evelyn a seasonal spectacular hand cream set
crabtree and evelyn hand cream set
crabtree and evelyn review swatch
I can no longer find this set to buy, but all scents are still available from Crabtree & Evelyn.

I absolutely love Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams and after last year's set went down such a treat (post here), Santa repayed the favour and got me a different selection this Christmas. Yippee!

As usual with Crabtree & Evelyn, the packaging with this is lovely. So vibrant and perfect for the festive season, I'm still holding on as long as I can as I can't quite believe Christmas is over. This set consists of 6 different 25g scented tubes, each with a floral or fruity scent...

Pomegranate, Argan + Grapeseed
This scent reminds me of something, but I really can't put my finger on what it is! Don't you just hate it when that happens, I have been round to everyone in my house hoping that they would psychically know what I was talking about, but they were no help. This scent has a nice berry tone with a slight spicy undertone so is perfect for winter and lasts ages too.

Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus + Sage
This really smells good enough to eat. The orange isn't too punchy, its very soft and reminds me of Terry's Chocolate Orange quite a lot. It doesn't have much of a zing to it, but I really like that aspect, I think the Eucalyptus and Sage tone it down quite a lot and make it more subtle.

Citron, Honey + Coriander
This is a zingy as you would expect from being a citrus scent. The citrus really shines through at first and you get a scent of lemon sherbert. After a few seconds, the honey really starts to kick in and you are left with a lovely honey and lemon aroma. It's like having a cold and drinking honey and lemon to feel better, but without the cold.

Verbena + Lavender
This has a pretty typical lavender scent to it and reminds me of the lavender soaps and lotions that you can buy. This is my least favourite of the set, but only because lavender doesn't really float my boat too much. I'm sure this will be a treat to any Lavender fans though!

Pear + Pink Magnolia
I never knew these two scents could work so well together. This is by far my favourite of the bunch. The balance between fruity and floral is lovely and as soon as I close my eyes the smell makes me think of Spring. It reminds me of old fashioned talcum powder that my nan used to use as it has that vintage fruity smell to it.

English Honey + Peach Blossom
I do love the smell of peach and this is another scent that is good enough to eat. The honey doesn't kick in straightaway, but once it does the aroma makes me think of being somewhere in Spain with vineyards and fruit surrounding. (I can dream eh!)

I find sets like this really handy if you are like me for getting bored of the same smell, you can just swap them around when you start to get fed up. In terms of moisturising, my hands feel extremely soft and smell good too! ♥

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