Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HAUL: Ardell Demi Lashes #102 - natural

I got these a long while ago, but never done a post or anything about these, 
and I have not yet used them, 
but aren't they pretty to look at ??
Or am I just freaky?
Well, who cares...
I love the clear strip...
but I have not yet had that occasion to take these out so ..
I'm sticking to my ebay falsies.. 
which are really good btw..
But you know..
every now and then we deserve a good ol' treat :D
Ardell Demi Lashes #102 in Black - natural

FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

DUPE ALERT #5!!! Revlon Pink Pop ELF Perfect Pink lipglosses !!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop, ELF luscious liquid lipstick in perfect pink
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop, ELF luscious liquid lipstick in perfect pink


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop,
ELF luscious liquid lipstick in perfect pink

This is a close match don't you think?? 
The texture is very similar, only the ELF liquid lipstick in perfect pink is a little thicker in texture and a little paler and milky
The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop is also a bit brighter and a little cooler in undertone
I would rate it a 90% dupe!

I got the Revlon gloss for €10.50, so that makes it 6x more expensive than the ELF one. Way to go Elves!!!


FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

REVIEW: ELF studio line contour brush !!

I am trying to finish all the reviews I have to do as much as I can,
since I have bought so many products and I have used them for quite a while,
yet haven't found the time to fully review them...

So here is the review for one of my newly favourite products from the ELF range,
The ELF studio line contour brush !! [*Drum rolls*]



ELF studio contour brush

ELF studio contour brush

ELF studio contour brush

ELF studio contour brush



I adore this brush!! Why?? 
A. This is soo soft
B. Professional looking brush and handle
C. Has just the right density 

What do I use it for?
A. My favourite use for this brush is a pencil brush since it has a tapered top
B. I love it for the crease too, picks up just the right product
C. To smudge some eyeshadow on the lower lashline

Does this compare to other ELF brushes??
ELF regular line blending brush : 
no not at all. This blends eyeshadow rather than applies it
ELF regular line crease brush:
No, I initially thought that before purchasing, but this is smaller and more coarse. This is less professional looking too


BOTTOM LINE
I LOVE this brush, just adore it !!! Do I reccommend?? Hell yeah! I tend to reach for it almost daily!! It's THAT good :D


FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

EYEKO fat balm in cherry [review with swatches!!]

Eyeko fat balm in cherry
Swatch of Eyeko Fat Balm in Cherry - 1 swipe


And YES! Another review.. 
So allow me to start without the usual boring random rambles...




THE PACKAGING
similar to the all over cover sticks but not as cheap looking
Pretty sleek and handy.
Forgot to upload a photo of the packaging, will do so real soon :)
Did I mention I adoooore the Eyeko logo??

THE FORMULA
Not too creamy, 
Not too stiff
Easy to apply both on the cheek and on the lip
Just right :D

THE PERFORMANCE
 Easy to apply, 
Nothing to complain about here

THE SHADE
It's a deep berry red shade
No shimmer
No frost
Not too keen on the shade..
But that's just me

LASTING POWER
Pretty good, 
it leaves a stain on my hand, like a tint to it
which is brilliant

BOTTOM LINE
I tested it out on my hand, didn't even dare apply it to my lips since I'm not a red lip girl, and especially not a red cheek girl haha xD
Even though I don't use it , but it would be great if they had a shade I would really like. Like a shimmerless coral shade or a rosy pink shade

FTC Disclaimer: I got this free on a giveaway. I am not affiliated with any company and the opinions held are only my own. I would NEVER mislead my leaders or trick them into buying stuff I wouldn't personally buy myself.

MAYBELLINE define-a-line eyeliner in ebony [review with swatches!!]

Maybelline Define-a-line eyeliner in ebony black
Maybelline Define-a-line eyeliner in ebony black
1 swipe, 2 swipes, 3 swipes, 4 swipes

Hello guys, 
I'm back with another review :D woohooo

So I have had this liner for a while and I almost finished it.
Oh ok. I have had this for a LONG while.
and I know what you're thinking - 
It's about time you make the review!!

Oh well. Onto the review:

THE PACKAGING
Twist up -awesome!
Comes with a sponge brush attached - awesome!
Pretty basic, and easy to carry in your make up bag

LASTING POWER
Err. Here is the meh part.
The lasting power is horrible.
It creases, smudges, non waterproof.
Setting it with eyeshadow does help, but not too much.

PIGMENTATION
Buildable, but not an intense black.
I like my black shades, the blackest of the blacks.. intense, extreme, carbon black.
You get it.

PERFORMANCE
Pretty creamy and easy to apply 
Love to use this with smokey eyes

BOTTOM LINE
When I bought it I got two of these. 
So the first one finished and I probably will try using up the 2nd two. 
But honestly. I don't think it's a repurchase. 
Especially because Maybelline is NOT against animal testing.




FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)  

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ELF studio concealer pencil and brush [review with swatches!!] [photo heavy]

ELF studio concealer pencil and brush in medium


I am sooooooooo excited to tell you about this awesome awesome product!!!!!
If this were to be featured in an ad...they would say something like..

"Do you hate it when that dreadful pimple comes along and ruins your whole look? 
Not to worry - because here comes the magic concealer pencil from ELF cosmetics.. 
and it even comes with a free brush too!!!" *annoying voice*
you get the point. haha. Now on to the review..

This is HANDS DOWN the most full coverage concealer from ELF and I'm sooo glad I got this.
There are some things you guys should know though. 
When this thing comes along.. 
The sharpener side comes on the pencil and the cap comes on the brush. SWAP THEM.
Why? to prevent the concealer pen from getting dry since air can get through the sharpener.



THE SHARPENER
I tried the sharpener.. Not that it's the best sharpener ever, but you know.. it's free and works just fine, especially on the go. 

THE BRUSH
This was such a huuuge surprise to me. 
I was expecting a cheap feeling coarse  not-dense-at-all flat brush I'll never use. 
This is sooo smooth. 
It is dense enough and you can use this with liquid concealer too, works just fine trust me.
It is somewhat round, not really flat, kind of like a blending brush, but more stiff.
I love the brush in this product and it works brilliantly

THE PACKAGING
you, know - 
two sides, 
one brush
one concealer pencil
two caps - which again - you have to exchange in order to prevent the concealer from drying
one of the caps is a sharpener
very portable
sleek looking

THE CONCEALER
AMAZING coverage
perfect for pimples,
no matter how huge

THE SHADE

MEDIUM: this was somewhat wrong.. as a shade, a bit too dark. I got it in medium.
But you can place a creamy concealer on top in order to blend it to your skin..
I use the all over cover stick in honey over it, and you can't even tell it's not the right shade.
Has yellow undertones.

 LIGHT: this is a shade or two lighter and has yellow undertones to it as well.

PERFORMANCE
It does tend to get a little cakey if you don't apply it properly..
and I definitely don't reccomend to use it underneath your eyes or over large areas,
it would seem a little too much I think

LASTING POWER
Lasts all day on me, once you set it with powder and don't touch it.

BOTTOM LINE
I adore this. 
Do I reccommend?? Hell yes!! 
Would repurchase but I don't think I'm using up this product THAT fast !


ELF studio concealer pencil and brush in medium



The brush side

The brush
The concealer side
 

swatch: ELF studio concealer pencil and brush in medium

ELF studio concealer pencil and brush in light and medium swatch
ELF studio concealer pencil and brush in medium - you can see how well it concealed my veins - regardless of the fact that it doesn't match my skintone xD

P.S. compared to the all over cover stick the coverage is much better.. 
but obviously the all over cover sticks work better for the under eye area or large areas :)

You can buy these  :





FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Constance Carroll Liquid Liner [review with swatches!!!]

I have used this in a previous LOTD which you guys really seemed to like [you can check it out HERE]

I have finished like 3 of these, and this was my real first ever liquid liner. I used to apply this to my waterline. Bad girl *slaps hand*. 
Why am I being so hard on myself?
And yes I HAD to learn this the hard way..
Liner on the bottom lash line makes your eyes droopy. 
And now I have a ton of teenage photos 
[well, technically speaking I'm still a teenager. Because I'm 19]
but I have a ton of teenage photographic memories with droopy eyes.
AWESOME!

Oh well, I'll live.. haha
Back to the review..

So yeah. I have used 3 bottles of this product so I know what I'm talking about here.
 *pompous attitude*
-not really just kidding haha xD



THE PACKAGING
Pretty standard.
The tip is awesome, really skinny
But by time the packaging's print wears off.

Constance Carroll Liquid Eyeliner in Ebony Black
Constance Carroll Liquid Eyeliner in Ebony Black
Constance Carroll Liquid Eyeliner in Ebony Black




THE FORMULA
A bit too runny. 
It is a little too hard to make a winged liner.
Takes aaaages to dry.


THE PERFORMANCE
Not smudgeproof
Waterproof - if you don't dare touch it when wet.

THE SHADE
 Really really black. 
The blackest liner I have. 
Honestly.
Nothing to complain about here.


LASTING POWER
It wears off eventually... cracks up and flakes off.


BOTTOM LINE
I love the blackness of this thing. 
This is the blackest eyeliner ever. 
It's like an ultra deepest darkest black.
So even though the texture is not exactly brilliant I love to use this over other liners to blacken them up.. like I did below :

Click photo for full products for this make up look xD

FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)  

Monday, March 28, 2011

ELF Blush And Bronzer Compact [review with swatches!!!]

Hello guys, sorry for slacking off on reviews.. but I have been planning a whole lot of them lately. And I'm going to start with the following

So this one is raved about by Emily Noel and a ton other bloggers. I am very sorry to say that I disagree. I bought it thinking it would be great for my make up bag. I couldn't have been any more wrong.

This is probably the most product with a versatile name from ELF.
It is called Blush and Bronzer compact on the site.
It is named Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder on the packaging.
I have read people calling it Blushed and Bronzed compact
And I personally call it Blush and Bronzer duo haha :D

ELF studio contouring blush and bronzing powder

ELF studio Blush and Bronzer Compact



ELF studio line blushed and bronzed compact

ELF studio blush and bronzer duo swatches

ELF studio blush and bronzer swatches

THE BLUSH
The blush barely shows up on my medium skin tone.
 Just glitter and a very very slight tint. 
Oh and about the gold glitter. It is not really subtle. But not really chunks of glitter either. 
The texture is good, nothing special, just right though.
I know they say this compares to Nars blush in Orgasm or whatever. 
Hunny - Nars  better do better than this. But I don't have it so I can't tell


THE BRONZER
I thought the shade was going to be perfect for my warm complexion since it looks golden in the pan.
This was a huge disappointment to me - like too much
It is wayy too powdery for a bronzer.
It is chalky and HARD to blend
The subtle gold glitter doesn't transfer on my face.
Bloggers also compares this to Nars bronzer in Laguna .. but uhm.. how can I put this. 
I don't have it .. but honestly.. I don't think so. But again - I don't have it. So can't tell


THE COMBINATION
This is just wrong.
The blush may be appropriate for people with fair skintones because you can't over do this. 
Unless you hate glitter. 
The bronzer is wayyyyyyy too pigmented though for fair skintones. 
Even for medium skintones it is not appropriate. Let alone fair skintones.
And you have to keep in mind I adore the ELF studio cool bronzer [review here]. It's my favourite bronzer and it is very "dark" so to speak .. so coming from me.. it really is not the best bronzer..


BOTTOM LINE
I'm thinking about  throwing away the actual product and use this as a duo for my all over cover sticks in light beige and honey [review here] because I just adore the packaging of the studio line.. just pretty and sleek looking. But I'm kind of bummed to throw away £3.50 of product. I'll probably end up doing it anyway though haha. At least I'd get something good out of it.

You can buy these  :






FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this review. I bought the product myself for my personal use and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DUPE ALERT#4 !! Barry M lip paint in peach vs NYX slim lip pencil in coral

Left to Right: Barry M lip paint in 54 peach, NYX coral

 
 
NYX slim lip pencil in coral
Barry M lip paint in peach


texture: lipstick vs lip pencil
both completely matte
peach is a little more orangey,
coral is more pink and a tad brighter
peach can be patted on with finger and blends too a peachier lip - but is not blended in photos
98%

See photos for swatches :D


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FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

REVIEW!! ELF studio stipple brush [vs ELF powder brush!!]

Hello guys, I have been requested to do this review on this stippling  brush many times so I had to speed things up with this one. Anyways.. Nuff said. Onto the review :D

ELF studio stipple brush

ELF studio stipple brush
Sorry for the blurry image - No your eyes are just fine. It's just that I am bad at taking photos haha xD Sorry ^.^

ELF studio stipple brush
ELF studio stippling brush

Left to Right: ELF studio Powder blush, ELF studio stipple brush




Sooo.. THE BRUSH
Taklon Brush. Very soft. Not dense. White bristles stain easily [as expected]. No shedding. The brush was a bit squashed in the packaging it came with as it is not dense at all so can easily be somewhat deformed if stored unproperly. Outside the packaging it eventually grew out of its deformation. The diameter is smaller than the powder brush, it fits my small cheeks perfectly.


THE HANDLE

Quite sleek looking. But not as wide as the powder brush [REVIEW HERE] [quite expected as I heard it is much smaller than the traditional brush on a couple of reviews beforehand] 


THE PERFORMANCE

[1] To apply highlight: 
Very good. But it tends to really make the powder highlight quite powdery in the pan. But applies brilliantly. I used it with ELF bronzing powder in luminance [REVIEW HERE]. I prefer using the tapered top of the studio blush brush for highlight [REVIEW HERE]

[2] To apply foundation/ tinted moisturiser:
Quite good. But I much prefer the ELF studio powder brush for foundation. For two reasons. A- easier to blend and B- faster application. I used this with my ELF tinted moisturiser [REVIEW HERE] and with my NYX HD foundation [REVIEW HERE]

[3] To apply cream blush:
My FAVOURITE use for this blush. I use it with my nyx cream blush and it works amazingly, blends it to a smooth finish. Doesn't mess with my foundation. Makes it look very natural, Builds up the product brilliantly. I use very pigmented cream blushed by NYX [REVIEW HERE]

[4] To apply powder blush:
Applies blush really sheer, excellent for a natural flush, and works best with very pigmented blushes. Builds up your blush really beautifully :) I used it with my NYX powder blushes [REVIEW HERE]

[5] To apply setting powder:
Applies sheer and requires more time, I quite like it to apply setting powder, but I much prefer the ELF studio face kabuki brush [REVIEW HERE] or even the ELF studio powder brush [REVIEW HERE].


BOTTOM LINE: I personally find the best use for this blush is to apply cream blushes.

Overall rating: 4/5 [could be slightly more dense]









Thank you for reading guys. And if you're from Europe [excluding Italy, Spain and Germany- because they have their own website or whatever] and would like to try ELF products, I suggest you “like” ELF's facebook fan page HERE to be informed about elf's promotional codes. Plus the more people join their fan page, the quicker the codes come out :)

If you have never bought from elf uk, their customer service is just amazing and I have purchased so many times I've never ever been disappointed. You definitely don't have to worry about that.


You can buy these  :
HERE [US/CANADA]






FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this review. I bought the product myself for my personal use and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Nail polish DUPE #3!!: Chanel Paradoxal vs Barry M Dusky Mauve !!!!

I don't own it, but you can see Chanel Paradoxal nail polish  HERE. My lips but better reaffirms the dupe HERE. and below is the nail polish on my nails :D



Barry M nail paint in dusky mauve
Barry M nail paint in dusky mauve
This is such a gorgeous shade. Like seriously - sooo pretty. It is a mushroomish shade with a purple sheen to it. Soo pretty :D My photos probably won't pick the colour up but you can get the hint :D

FTC DISCLAIMER: I got this free on a giveaway but as always, my opinions are always a 100% honest. *promise*

NYX BLUSHES: Cream vs Powder [w// swatches!!] and make up looks :D

I have had these blushes for quite a while. I thought NYX cream blush in orange would be exactly like the NYX powder blush in cinnamon. Not so much. As you can clearly see from the swatches they are quite different.

Apart from the shades...
I find a difference between cream blushes and powder blushes. 
CREAM: longer staying power
POWDER: easier to blend and apply


I'm going to let the photos do the talking now :D
TOP: NYX rouge cream blushes in hot pink and orange respectively
BOTTOM: NYX powder blushes in pinky and cinnamon respectively


NYX blushes: pinky, hot pink, orange, cinnamon
TOP: NYX cream blush in orange, NYX powder blush in cinnamon
BOTTOM: NYX cream blush in hot pink, NYX Powder blush in pinky

wearing NYX rouge cream blush in orange ; to see all products listed for this look CLICK HERE
wearing NYX powder blush in pinky; to see all products listed for this look CLICK HERE

wearing NYX powder blush in pinky over NYX rouge cream blush in hot pink ; to see all products listed for this look CLICK HERE


wearing NYX powder blush in cinnamon over NYX rouge cream blush in orange; ; to see all products listed for this look CLICK HERE



For NYX powder blushes full review and swatches CLICK HERE
For NYX cream blushes full review and swatches CLICK HERE


Side Note: all swatches were not paired with any other product.




You can buy nyx products from nyxcosmetics.com , cherryculture.com, makeupgeek.com, ULTA[US] or ebay sellers.



Have you heard about nyx? Have you tried any of their products? Any favourite products you'd recommend to this make up junkie? :):) Comment Below :)


FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this review. I bought the product myself for my personal use and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)