LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints Review – Blogging March Day 25

I LOVE LIPS! And if you haven’t gathered from my blog posts so far which have been about nude lips predominantly, then they’ll have gathered that (LOL). But, I wanted to show you some lip products which are a little different from the norm and a completely different colour palette. Why not? With spring around the corner, it’s finally time to bring back some of the more brighter colours. Today has been the best weather in March in the UK as well… So the time is perfect to show you these bright and colourful LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints. (See swatches of all colours here)
I have a few of these in my collection after stumbling across them in a Depop sale and was drawn to buying them because they were so affordable. After looking into them further, I saw that in the UK, these are sold for £4 which is rare for a good lip product. I love a matte lip, but sometimes, I need a gloss in my life and I enjoy wearing a bright lip with a glossy finish because of that juicy look it gives. These Glazed Lip Paints come in a tonne of colours and they always release new collections with some more amazing colours. The ones I have, I use all the time and with the finish being so glossy, they’re very easy to apply. They have a creamy and rich texture too and so they glide on with an even finish and you don’t need to worry about patchiness. They claim to be long-lasting and although the original gloss does wear off, taking a lot of colour with it, it definitely leaves a solid stain behind and doesn’t bare your naked lips under.My favourite colour from my collection is ‘Blushing’ and there is always someone who admires this when I wear it too. It’s one of those shades that looks good on everyone and it’s not a seasonal shade either because it’s still fairly bright. Not only are these good to wear lone, but I love mixing and matching them and they blend together to make some incredibly shades. The only downside is the packaging because it comes in a squeeze tube and this is quite hard to control with such a rich colour so I have to use a lip brush, which I don’t mind for the price, but it would be good if that came with the packaging. These are available to buy quite easily in the USA and if you’re not there, try who ship worldwide (pretty much).

Clinique Versus Hydraluron Moisture Gel Smackdown – Blogging March Day 24

One of the things that no one can say they do enough os, is drink water (well maybe it’s just me). But during the winter when the central heating is on all day and the air is so cold and bitter, having hydrated skin is one of the hardest tasks to achieve. Hydrated skin is important because it means that makeup glides on and it makes your skin look plumper and generally better when it looks as though it’s thoroughly moisturised. With so many face creams claiming to do this and underperforming, it’s quite hard to find products which are able to hydrate skin, without sacrificing other benefits skin care should do. I hate when oils are greasy and tacky to the touch, especially when you try and apply foundation on top… Everything just moves around. So, when I heard about hydrating gels, it sounded like the perfect way to hydrate skin quickly and with little/no noticeable look to the skin at all. There are more and more available in stores now but I wanted to test the two that I have been using head to head: Hydraluron Moisture Jelly and Clinique Moisture Surge.  Initially when you look at the packaging of both of the products, you notice a huge difference in the way the jars are. With Hydraluron, there is a plastic tub with really bold and stand-outish writing with a pump that puts all other pumps to shame (imagine if all foundations had a pump like this). The pump runs on a push mechanism housed on a disc. Every push will have enough product for one use and its hygienic because you’re not sticking your fingers into a tub, unlike the moisture surge. The Clinique is a little more old fashioned with a tub made of robust plastic that you have to dip your fingers into. They’re both around the same price, coming in at £34 for 50ml whereas the Hydraluron is £25 for 35ml.
The image above is of Clinique’s Moisture Surge. I basically washed my hands and let them air dry so that they would dry out. You can see from the before image that my hands are incredibly dry and cracked and generally, that’s what the skin on my face can sometimes look like when I haven’t been using oils, or hydrating masks (but this is rare for me), and the after image shows how moisturised, plump and alive my skin looks. Generally, the skin on your hands is rougher because of more use and so your face’s skin will never take on hydrating gels to this extent but, Hydraluron makes your skin feel amazing. I use this everyday before I use my face cream and I love how it has stopped my pores from being so clogged up and how comfortable my skin feels. I don’t ever think my skin feels tight or uncomfortable in the cold. It’s an extra investment in your skin care, but if you get dry spots and patches and find your skin is generally quite irritated by dryness, then this will help leaps and bounds. It does smell a bit strange but it’s nothing too offensive and it doesn’t linger.
 The image above is of Clinique Moisture surge. You can see dry and cracked skin where I haven’t moisturised and after where my skin looks very glow-y and has a plump effect to it. Clinique are always fantastic on delivering with their skincare and it’s very rare for them to make skincare which doesn’t comply with what the jar says. Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a lot nicer to smell than Hydraluron and the effect it has is quite a bit more drastic. It makes my skin feel really fresh and the glow it gives means that I often skip the primer because it’s giving me enough of a dewy look. I have noticed how it also helps my makeup stay on for longer as well. The only things that concern me are how it doesn’t give me the same hydrated feel as Hydraluron.. It feels different and sinks in quicker. Although it leaves a glow behind, I just want it to hydrate my skin which, I don;t feel it does because when I remove my makeup at the end of the day, my skin feels dry under. It’s very comfortable to wear, though and it’s not noticeable at all.

So which one wins? I have to say that the one that stands out to me in every aspect is the Hydraluron which caught my eye from day one because of their innovative packaging. Although their brand feels very clinical, their bright fonts make them seem more modern and playful whereas I feel as though Clinique are quite old fashioned. They are priced the same as well and this means that they are direct competitors and I feel as though Clinique focused a little more on the look and feel of the product, rather than the overall feel and effectiveness of the product.

Props to Hydraluron… You done good kid.

MONUspa Skincare Mist Review – Blogging March Day 23

I have been loving this so much ever since I got it, that I just had to write up a blog post on the amazing MONUspa Rosewood Reviving Spray. This has changed the game for me in terms of spritz sprays and I can’t speak highly enough about it because of how unique it is.

We all know when the Caudalie Elixir spray came into the pubic eye and every makeup fanatic went mad for it. That claimed to have vitamin properties with a heavenly and relaxing scent and although it was very nice, I think every blogger and YouTuber knew deep down that it was kind of a gimmick and that no one would fork out around £40 for a spray that didn’t really do much. Don’t get me wrong when I say that I love the concept of the product and I think that the way that the makeup industry is creating new products is really enticing and I’m the first person at the store to get them. But some sprays just did nothing.

I really love this MONUspa spray because its fuss free and it doesn’t have any false accusations. It claims to energise, revitalise and hydrate the skin and it does every one of those. It has a very spa like scent which I find more appealing than the Caudalie spray because it’s softer and not too much of a loud smell. It is definitely revitalising because the spray has a soft mechanism and it doesn’t spritz your face and disturb your make up. And anything liquid will hydrate but, this has a way of leaving a really nice glow to the face and making your make up look dewy and longer lasting.

I couldn’t say enough good things about this spray, so if you’re looking for something to take on a hot holiday, keep in your handbag or to use in your makeup routine, MONU is the way forward for you at a bargain of £19.95.

N.B. The image above is of a sample size spray which I received in my Glossy box. The actual size in the link below, is larger.

The Best Drugstore Eyebrow Plumper from L’Oreal – Blogging March 22

  Eyebrows are all the rage at the moment and the best things is, that for us “hairy” people who were known for having monster and busy brows, we are now considered to have beautiful and full brows. Makes it a lot easier to not have to maintain them as much too. But with all this extra hair, we still want to tame our brows and stop us from looking like caveman… Of course if you love that unruly look to your brows, the best models out there at the moment are the ones with lusciously thick eyebrows ( Just look at Cara Delavigne).

One of the hardest things that I found, was filling in my brows without them looking heavier. My brows are definitely quite dense and my individual hairs are quite thick and course, so I wanted something that didn’t necessarily fill them in more, rather, something that would keep them in place from moving all the time and a product that filled in my gaps slightly without them looking too overdrawn.

Not only did I find one, I found one from the drugstore! I was so amazed when I finally found that my local drug store had started stocking the L’Oreal Brow Plumper because it was being raved about so much on the internet. The best thing was, that with so many brands (drugstore and high end) releasing brow products, and with me trying most of the most more popular ones, that this had taken aspects from every one of those items and put them in one. I wanted my brow plumper to have the brush of Benefit’s Gimme Grow, I wanted the fibres of the Model Co’s More Brows with the liquid of Maybelline’s Brow drama.
 I’m into the natural looking brow and I don’t really do much to maintain mine any more either. They just grow out and I allow them too because I think they look best when they’re messy. When I used the brow pumper for the first time, it was fantastic at filling out my bald spots as much as I wanted to without being overbearing and looking too thick. I still occasionally fill them in more. But, I really like the look this creates and it takes 5 seconds. I like really brushing this into my brows and really get deep into my brow hairs. The only downside to this product is that the colour range is very limited and with only 3 shades available (for brunettes, blondes and clear brow gel), it’s quite hard to cater to a mass audience. If you have ash blonde hair which is a cross between blonde and brunette, this would be quite a hard shade to pull off where the blonde one would be too light. As soon as they release some new shades, I’ll be posting them on my social media, because this one is too just too hot to miss.

The Best Moisturiser for Winter – Blogging March Day 21

 Winter skin has become such an issue for me over this last year where it was never before. Don’t get me wrong… I’ve always eczema and occasionally get the odd dry patch on my face but generally, I have quite normal skin. But because this year especially has been so harsh, I really wanted a thick face cream or an oil to hydrate my skin and I most certainly found that when I received my Glossy Box with such a good treat inside.

Behold, the Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream! It’s one of the best winter finds that I have ever come across because it’s the perfect mix between an oil and a cream. It’s so hydrating and rich on the skin and it feels so moisturising. I’m usually someone who wants a subtle cream under makeup that doesn’t disrupt it but because it’s been so bitterly cold, I just wanted my skin to feel loved again. I have found that when I under and over moisturise my skin, it has a hide impact on spots and general acne. When I moisturise too much, my spots are generally larger and often (as gross as it sounds), contain pus and sebum. When my skin is too dry, they are often red, sore and although not big, they last the longest.

I use this cream under all my foundations and have found my skin to often look so natural and my foundation to look so well blended. It’s not a brand I’ve ever heard of but I’m so keen to try some of their other products of they’re just as good as this! Now, you must note that this is very expensive and not your average face cream however,  I have this very small sample jar and have been using it for aged and just the smallest amount covers my whole face. I feel as though if you want to splash out on skin, face cream is the best thing to choose.

Must -have for winter!

Christian Dior Versus Essence Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick Smackdown – Blogging March Day 20

  Some of the biggest trends at the moment revolve around lips and there are always new and exciting new formulations coming out from all types of brands to make our lips look even juicier than they already are. But with some that are so affordable and some that aren’t, is there really a difference in the effective of them? I’ve been loving liquid lipsticks/lacquers recently because with the winter months, lip liners are drying out my lips and sometimes I just want something hydrating and glossy. Especially because my new job involved me being in the cold a little more, I want to keep them from chapping and peeling. Welcome… Christian Dior Fluid Stick and Essence Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick.
 The lipstick packaging of both of the products look relatively the same and you can tell that Essence have taken inspiration from the lipstick shaped design inside the tube. The applicators of both of them are slightly different though. The Dior applicator is slightly wider and has a dip in it which enables you to get a little bit more product on your lips but the shape is perfect for creating a very precise edge. The Essence liquid lipstick’s applicator is a standard doe foot applicator which is still very nice for applying the product but it isn’t anything miraculous. For the price difference of the two, it’s clear to see from the applicator which of the two items costs more.

However, where you can’t see the difference between what is low and high end, is with the consistency of the products. They are the SAME! I can’t believe how similar in texture both of these products actually are. Although the colour is different and so naturally the pigmentation of them both should be different, I think it’s evident to see even from the pictures that the opacity of both of the shades is quite alike.

Longevity of both of the products is the same too and i have found that they both last on my lips for the same amount of time. I really like the consistency of them and they leave a wonderful stain behind. I have noticed that the Dior ones leaves that scum around the lips though (you know the scum that every lip gloss wearer dreads) whereas I noticed that the Essence one wore off beautifully and left a subtle hint of colour behind.

There is definitely  clear cut winner here and I know just what it is… Well done Essence beauty for creating a liquid lipstick that is £2.50 against one that is the exact same and costs £26.50!

The Best Undiscovered Highlighters at the Drugstore – Blogging March Day 19

In keeping with the theme of my recent blog posts, i want to show you some hidden gems from the Drugstore that have changed my highlighter game by leaps and bounds! I’m into highlighter like no other at the moment and I’m definitely feeling the glow and dewy look with all of my makeup looks. I’ve even started getting into putting highlighter on my eyelids and using it as eyeshadow because I love that bright eyed look on the eyes. One of the favourite looks is using a highlighter cream (which I’ll show you in a second..) all over my face under foundation and then using a highlighter in the traditional method on my face. I then use the highlight shade as eyeshadow and finish it with a bold or brown-tones nude lip and that is my current go-to! I have found the life-changing products that help me do this so low and behold… Statement Skin by So Susan and All Over Glow by Jelly Pong Pong.
  When I mentioned applying highlighter after foundation, I meant a highlighter which gave me a glow but not to the point I was giving the sun a run for its money. I love highlighters which don;t disturb my makeup and cut through my blush and fiddle with the creams and foundations I have on under. When GlossyBox sent me this So Susan highlighter, I was sceptical about trying it because it was a highlighter in stick form and I didn’t have high hoped. In fact, I was using this for quite some time hoping that I would get used to liking it, but I just couldn’t grasp how it would work for me. I tried applying this via every method I could think of; brush, beauty blender and mixed with sprays until, one day I just applied it from the stick and blended with my finer and the result was amazing. The texture of this is very creamy and blend-able and when you originally look at the bullet of the retractable highlighter, it seems as though there are chunks of glitter in it, however, there aren’t and these diffuse into a beautiful seamless highlighter which glides on and blends effortlessly with your fingers. The packaging is made of plastic and is fairly small s is very travel and handbag friendly. It works brilliantly as eyeshadow too (with a good base) and it gives a very natural finish to the skin.

I have had a few products from Jelly Pong Pong before and they have always been innovative and interesting. The packaging is always very well thought out and the designs are adorable. Their products consistency is always of the same standard and I have tried everything from their cream blushers (literally they are creams in a tube), to their lip sticks and eye pencils and they are always comfortable and rewarding to wear. This highlighter is no different and I have been using this for almost a year now. I always mix this is in with my face cream or apply it just after like a second cream. It originally looks very silver when you first apply it and it gives a artificial looking glow which in’t the most natural on the skin so I wouldn’t advise using this on its own. However, during the day as this wears in, your face has a glow about you which looks very much natural and from within. Every time I wear this, people think I am looking very healthy and compliment my inner glow and thats a flattering compliment from your makeup as that’s quite hard to mimic artificially. It glides on and the shade is very pink based but also very silver so I wouldn’t recommend this on very dark skin tones which is unfortunate because the product itself is amazing and I wish everyone could access it.
One of the hardest things with olive skin, is finding whether cool or warm tones look better and I have always tended to lean towards the warm tone because I thought that fake tanning made my skin a bit more red based. I was wrong. This is very much a mixed colour palette and if you struggle finding colours which suit your skin colour balance, then play around with some wild shades and I’m sure you’ll find one that suits you. These are the perfect highlighters for olive skin and make what could be an awkward skin tone to work with (in terms of highlighter), a very easy process.

The Balm Cosmetics Blush and Highlighter Review – Blogging March Day 18

The Balm is a brand which is available almost all around the world however, not many people rant and rave about their products. Ever since it has been available in Superdrug here in the UK (that’s a local drug store), I have been tempted to purchase more of their items. As a brand, they are very sleek and their packaging is often full of quirk and tongue in cheek humour. Their product names are catchy and they aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. The quality of their makeup is very good too and reflects the slightly higher than average price point of most drug store brand. Lets have a look at two of their face products: Frat Boy Blush and Mary Lou Manizer.
The Frat Boy blush is a gorgeous pink shade which looks peachy in the pan but when swatched, is very pink. It’s a very sheer blush unless you dig into it with some force but I think blushes should always be sheer and built up to the flushed look that is required. The packaging itself is made from cardboard but, is strong and durable and having had this for some years now, it still looks brand new and almost untouched. The blush us a gorgeous pink which I think would suit any skin tone and I’m a big fan of it being completely matte too. It blends out effortlessly and lasts most of the day.The Mary Lou-Manizer is one of the most popular products from The Balm. This highlighter took the world by storm a few years ago and was ranted and raved about so much by YouTubers and Bloggers, that I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard of it. The packaging this time is plastic and again there is a large mirror in the lid. The highlighter itself is very strongly pigmented and is a gold based highlighter but of a cool tone. It’s one that would suit the darkest to lightest skin tone. It isn’t overly shimmery, blends effortlessly and looks very natural on the skin. You can see From the image bellow that it has a very stark but natural looking glow when put on the skin. It works well with artificial and real haired brushes.
When I originally got both products, I was using them separately until one day when I combined them and the end result was amazing. It’s a definite MUST to catch these in the flesh if you ever spot the brand around your local area. Just look at how beautiful the products look together in different lights!  

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighter Review – Blogging March Day 17

Highlighters have quickly become a huge part of my daily routine because of that amazing fresh and awakening glow they give to my face. I think this contour and highlight makeup craze is one of the best that has ever come about in the beauty industry (with a close second being big and nude lips… If you can’t tell by my previous blog posts). Highlighters add such a brilliant look to the face and they’re amazing at making a dull makeup look with dark colours, look a little more perky which, I think looks better with glow-y skin rather than matte. I have had a lot of highlighters in the past with some of them being the really popular ones but, when I found Urban Decay Naked Illuminated highlighter just before my wedding, it was life changing. I wore this and it made my skin look so radiant and I think I looked as fresh as a bride should. This is so good on so many different skin tones, I just HAD to share it.
The packaging of this is huge and one of the only downfalls because of its bulkiness however, it’s a key to remember that it does have a section where a really good sized and quality brush is housed and there is also a mirror in the lid. The packaging itself is made from cardboard and has a silky nude coloured theme. It’s not the most glamorous packaging and doesn’t reflect the price but, I am really impressed by the shade and dual toned highlight within it. This comes in two shades and mine is Aura which is slightly more pink-based.You can see from the swatch which I wanted to show on my finger to show the intensity of, that the actual highlighter is very pigmented and definitely gives a glow but, still lets your skin shine through. It’s not overly glittery and doesn’t have artificial glitter in it which flakes down. Although, whenever I use this, I like to mix it with a spray or wet it and then apply it because it looks even more dewy and has much more of a glow then. I like how it picks up and blends effortlessly and it looks very good on top of blusher if you really want an impactful highlighter.
The image above shows how the highlighter looks in different lights. It is very pink in some, giving a natural blush look to the face and in some lights, looks wet and almost like a sheen running across skin. It look good in pictures too and doesn’t have a tonne of flashback apart from when used with a spray as this gives it even more power and then BANG! You have a lightbulb on your face in pictures. I have used with with synthetic brushes and real hair (cruelty free only) and have found that the real hair brushes work out better… may be because it picks up a fair amount of product and blends more evenly.I definitely wanted to show how chalky the product can be, though. In the image above, it shows what the pan looked like after the swatch I had done. However, depending on what brush you use, this doesn’t happen and from my experience, it never has fall down on my face when I apply it. I really like this highlighter and having used it last on my wedding, I was delighted to start using it again when I found it a month ago. I love the way it makes my skin look and the way it transforms makeup is just amazing  because of how real it looks. I find highlighters are always an off colour for me because I really like to pack on the blusher, but then highlighters which are too gold, cut across my blush and make it look patchy. Because, this has pink reflex in it, it looks very natural and blends in with my blush. If I could recommend any highlighter to anyone with a medium- dark skin tone, it would definitely be this.

What’s in my bag? – Blogging March Day 16

With the half way mark of March here, I thought I’d keep it nice and easy here today with a picture friendly post on all the goodies I keep in my bag… Enjoy!




Bag from a boutique



MAC Cosmo

LA Girl ‘Natural’

MUA ‘Brooding Plum’

Baby lips ‘Berry Crush’

DKNY Card Holder

Boots key ring


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