Sunday, 23 March 2014

Review: Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer "Ultra Light"

I'm having one of those moments when I've had a product sat on my desk, staring at me for the last month, demanding its review to be written.

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Hard Candy's Glamoflage was one of the items on my "must try to buy" list when I visited Atlanta last year. I had seen it mentioned on a few blogs and I loved the idea of an affordable, heavy duty concealer.

As far as I know, the easiest place to get hold of Hard Candy is Walmart. It used to be quite widely available but a few years back it vanished and went through a huge re-branding to be launched again at Walmart. I had looked at the line in 2011 when I was in Atlanta for the first time but I left empty-handed. The stand still wasn't that well stocked this time round but I found one of the products I had wanted to try.

This concealer weighs in at 20g, which is huge for concealer! It also comes with a small pencil for more precise coverage. I've heard that this is good for spot coverage or for covering tattoos, but as my pencil seemed to be in a darker shade than the concealer, this got barely any use. The pack is currently listed as $6.

I got mine in Ultra-Light. This was a pretty good match for me and it did a fantastic job of concealing under eye circles and any spot concealing I needed. It is a heavy coverage concealer and a little goes a very long way.

However, the formula is just not a good match for my skin. No matter how I applied this, it just slid off within a couple of hours. No matter what brush I used, what I set it with, it just settled into lines or slid off the area I wanted concealing.

Not a good one for me, I'll stick with my Collection concealer for now.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

FOTD: 22/02/14

Well, it certainly has been some time since I posted one of these. My eye shadow was so pretty yesterday that I had to photograph it!

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I used:
-Black Radiance Shine Control Primer
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation "51"
-Vivo Cosmetics Baked Blush "Peaches & Cream"

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
-Bare Minerals Ready Duo "The Winner Is..." - both shades over lid
-ELF Studio Shadow "Sand Dollar" - highlight
-MAC Fluidline "Shade" - top liner
-Urban Decay 24/7 Liner "Mildew" - lower liner
-Buxom Mascara

-Laura Mercier Gloss "Rose"

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Review: Bare Minerals Blush "Beauty"

So, after a slight delay here's another review from the Bare Minerals set I bought before Christmas!

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The packaging from this set is a bit fancier than the regular line. Everything comes in silver! It looks pretty but picks up every fingerprint! The blushes are usually £19.00 for 0.85g of product. Not a lot for the price, but I haven't found myself ever using up any blusher.

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I quite like the internal packaging of Bare Minerals larger loose items, it has a sifter that you can seal by twisting. Pretty handy for travel! Beauty is a rather lovely soft pink. It leans a little cool and doesn't have too much shimmer.

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The blush is pretty subtle but nicely pigmented. It adds a nice glow, rather than any outright shimmer. As with my other Bare Minerals blush, this will last all day on me.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Review: Bare Minerals Ready Duo "The Late Show"

Just before Christmas, I treated myself to one of the kits that Bare Minerals was offering. I bought Bring On The Night for £45 and it was packed with goodies! Over the next few days, I will be reviewing the contents.

I have already reviewed the included mascara - Bare Minerals Lash Domination.

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All the items in the kit came packaged in silver. It looks pretty but is a nightmare for fingerprints and bloggers trying to take photos!

Ready eye shadow duos usually contain 3.0g of product and cost £19.00. This duo contains 2.7g of product, just a little less.

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The Late Show consists of a golden, shimmering brown and a silvery purple with silver sparkles.

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As with all the other Ready shadows I have tried from Bare Minerals, the quality of these is excellent. While the purple was a little drier feeling than the brown, they were both smooth to apply and very pigmented. With a primer they last all day on my lids.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Urban Decay Shadow: Shattered

Some time back I started a series where I reviewed every MAC single shadow I owned. It took me a while to get through but I enjoyed the process. This time I'm doing all my single Urban Decay shadows! But this time I already have all the photos ready.

Just one thing to bear in mind, I've been collecting Urban Decay since the late 90s so there's bound to be some long time discontinued shadows featured.

Urban Decay shadows are currently £14.00.

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Urban Decay Shadows don't come in pans but several years ago I depotted a batch of 15. Of course, now I prefer to keep them in their pots!

Shattered is a fresh mid-toned turquoise with a green iridescence. The texture is nice and smooth, perhaps not as smooth as Mildew, but better than others.

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You definitely need a primer with this one. Without a primer it fades to a dull blue-grey on me very quickly. A primer will show this shadow much truer to the colour it is in the pan, along with helping it to last all day on my lids.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Urban Decay Shadow: Mildew

I suppose I had to show an Urban Decay shadow that's still available at some point! I've owned Mildew for quite a good number of years and it's still in the core range.

Urban Decay shadows are currently £14.00.

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Urban Decay shadows don't come in pans, but I have depotted a batch of 15 to fit into a palette. I'm not really a fan of doing that now.

Mildew is a rich mossy green with plenty of metallic shimmer. It's beautiful and one of my favourite eye shadows in my collection.

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I bought this well before the current reformulation so I don't know if Mildew has changed in any way since I bought it. It's rich and smooth and lovely to apply. It applies more on the smoky side without primer and shows more of the shimmer finish when applied over a primer.

Urban Decay's eye shadows will last pretty much all day on my lids when worn with a primer. 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Mascara Series: Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara

Well, it has certainly been some time since I last posted a mascara review! I've got a few lined up to test and review so hopefully I'll have a few more coming up for you!

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I was quite excited when I heard Bare Minerals were releasing another mascara as I've so far loved their Flawless Definition and Buxom Lash (unfortunately, the Buxom line wasn't released in the UK).

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I accidentally ended up with two of them. Somehow. Bare Minerals like to put their new star product in kits so that's how I've got about 5 mini pots of Mineral Veil and two of these mascaras.

Lash Domination is £16.00 in the UK from Bare Minerals stockists and $18.00 in the US.

The packaging is fun, but hard to photograph.

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You'll see the lid of the tube takes on the same shape as the wand, which I thought was a fun touch! The wand is pretty unique. It is the flexible rubberized wand that I prefer but it has been twisted into a helical shape. I suppose this helps to grab and coat the lashes.

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I still don't have a new photo for my naked lashes.

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I don't love it.

It's a very wet mascara that takes quite some time to dry on me. I feel like I'm removing lash imprints from under my lower lash line each time I apply this. And that's a couple of minutes after I've applied. I also end up with a few globs of extra mascara that end up on the tube and lashes. I tried both tubes and they're both like this.

However, it does add a lot of volume and it's a deep shade of black which I like. Once it's dry and tidied up, it looks great and doesn't flake on me. It's just a hassle to get to that point. Not straight in the bin material, but nothing that inspires a repurchase.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Review: Sleek Gloss Me "Rose" & "Kiss & Tell"

I don't really review that many lip products, they're just not as exciting to me as eye shadows! But I got sent a couple of lip glosses from Sleek MakeUp a bit ago and I've been loving them.

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Sleek MakeUp Gloss Me lip glosses are available from Sleek MakeUp stands in Superdrug and the Sleek MakeUp website. They're £4.99 each and come in 6 shades.

The packaging is pretty typical of Sleek MakeUp. They have a clear base and a black lid. The plastic feels pretty solid and I think these would last in my handbag. These come with doe foot applicators. I know some don't like them, but I'm a fan of them.

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These are described as "colour intense" and I think they definitely are! They're pretty pigmented and the colour lasts on the lips. They last about an hour on my but Kiss & Tell adds some stain on my lips so it does seem to last a little longer. They don't dry out my lips and feel nice and smooth without being too sticky.

These glosses were sent free for review.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Urban Decay Shadow: Cash

Some time back I started a series where I reviewed every MAC single shadow I owned. It took me a while to get through but I enjoyed the process. This time I'm doing all my single Urban Decay shadows! But this time I already have all the photos ready.
Just one thing to bear in mind, I've been collecting Urban Decay since the late 90s so there's bound to be some long time discontinued shadows featured.
Urban Decay shadows are currently £14.00.

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Urban Decay shadows don't come in pans, but I have depotted a batch of 15 to fit into a palette. I'm not really a fan of doing that now.

Crash is one of those discontinued shades I mentioned. It's a pale green shimmer with tiny flecks of violet-blue sparkle. The texture isn't bad, it's not quite as smooth as some other Urban Decay shadows I have but it's better than a lot of MAC eye shadows I've had!

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This definitely need a primer. It just doesn't want to stick that well on bare skin. Even over a primer it doesn't have a huge amount of pigmentation without applying a couple of layers. It's a rather nice shade that I don't seem to have many others of so I do try and make it work!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo "Mossy Green"

I have a few more of the US release Maybelline Color Tattoos to review. There are some different shades available and I think some of them definitely need to be released over here!

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The packaging is quite similar but the Color Tattoos from the UK have a label that matches the colour of the product, but the US releases all have a black label. Maybelline Color Tattoos are £4.99 in the UK and $6.99 in the US.

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Mossy Green is a deep, dirty green shimmer. It applies slightly olive toned and seems to have some gold tones in the jar.

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Mossy Green feels a little drier than some of my UK released Color Tattoos so it applies a little on the patchy side. It doesn't quite apply as smoothly as some of the other shades I have. However, it's a rather unique colour. The olive tones show more as you sheer out and there's something of a blackened base. The green highlight colour shows more with a heavy application.

While it does take a little more work to apply to prevent a patchy finish, it does look nice and smoky when applied. As with pretty much every other Color Tattoo I've used, this does not budge when dry, even without a primer. These really are a lazy way to create a great eye look!