Monday, 24 March 2014

Review: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

I rarely stray from my beloved L'oreal Telescopic Mascara but recently I've really wanted to try out some mascaras that help to keep a curl in. My lashes are the straightest lashes in the world, if it weren't for my trusty Shu Uemura eyelash curlers then I would be so lost. Eyelash curlers are a great way to produce the curl but I've been looking for the perfect mascara to keep the curl in throughout the day. This is where the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara steps in. I've been using this mascara for around a week testing whether it does the job, so here's the verdict.

Let's start with the packaging. The silver tube is very different and I love how easily it squeezes into my makeup bag. I normally stick to plastic brush applicators so I was slightly wary when I saw the brush but loved the fact that it's curved. I find that it's so much easier to apply mascara with a curved brush and it avoids me poking my eyes out or getting black splodges all around my eyes.

The formula is nice and dries really quickly, which means I can build up the layers easily in the mornings when I'm in a rush. It doesn't feel heavy when applied to the lashes and can be easily built up to give the desired full lash effect. It keeps my curl in reasonably well throughout the day and ensures that my lashes don't return to their straight form. It's also so easy to remove, it comes off a treat with my Clinique take the day off and doesn't leave any clumpy residue on my lashes which is a nice change as my L'Oreal one is a pain and always leaves bits of mascara behind.

Overall, I really love this mascara and I will definitely be using up the rest of the tube. However, for £18 pounds it's slightly pricey and so I probably won't be re-purchasing it unless its on offer. I'm still on the hunt for the best mascara to keep a curl in so if you have any cheaper suggestions let me know!

Faith x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Review: MAC Rebel Lipstick

Hello lovelies,

Today I'm writing about a lipstick that I have recently fallen in love with. If you are a regular reader you will know that MAC lipsticks are my guilty pleasure and I can't seem to stop buying them! The latest addition to the growing family is the beautiful Rebel. Rebel was definitely one of the most popular lipsticks the past Autumn, I saw it just about everywhere in the blogosphere. It's one of those shades that is just so gorgeous and sultry and really spices up any makeup look. As it is one of MAC's satin lipsticks It has a lovely slight matte finish with a lovely sheen to it which makes it really easy to wear. The lipstick applies so easily but I like to use a lip liner first as its such a dark colour I like to ensure that my lips are defined and don't smudge. Again, as it is a satin finish it has a bit more moisture to it than a matte lipstick but it can be slightly drying especially if you suffer from dry lips. Just make sure you have exfoliated and moisturised your lips before application to allow the lipstick to sit more comfortably on the lips. Another pro with this lipstick is that it's really long wearing, I can go for a night out and not have to apply it at all as long as I've applied a sealer on top (lip cote is my personal favourite). 
 I really feel that the shade would suit a lot of people, I've seen it look beautiful on so many! So if dark, vampy lipsticks are your thing then this is lipstick is a must-have!

Faith x


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Lipstick's BFF

Hello lovelies,

Today's post is one that I actually wrote a few months ago and completely forgot to post! This is one product that has been a staple in my makeup bag for what seems like forever so I am glad to share such a great product with you all.

Lipcote was introduced to me by my Mum who is an avid lipstick wearer many years ago and to this very day, she applies this every day over her beloved hot pink lipstick. I used to never bother applying a seal over my lipstick simply because I thought it was a waste of a product but after constant frustration over smudged red lipstick and constantly finding lipstick marks over my clothes, perplexed over how they got there I decided to jump on the Lipcote bandwagon. At first, I hated it as when you first apply it feels quite stiff on the lips until it dries, however, I've grown to love it due to its amazing superpower of keeping your lipstick in place and for an extensive amount of time. The secret tip that my Mum also taught me is to dab your lips with a tissue before applying the Lipcote otherwise it literally goes all over the brush and ruins the clarity of the liquid.

 If you wear a lot of lipstick and are always getting frustrated by it not lasting long enough or smudging all over your face then this is the answer to all of your problems!

Faith x


Monday, 10 March 2014

Review: Clinique All About Lips

Clinique's All About Lips de-lines, deflakes and leaves your lips looking effortlessly gorgeous. I've been using this for a couple of months now and I've got to say it's one of those products that I don't know how I lived without. 

This lip cream is ultimately a primer for the lips. On application it makes the lips feel so soft and smooth just as a face primer would. As an avid lipstick wearer, I've found it quite hard to find the perfect product to apply before my lipstick, I find many balms always affect the finish of the lipstick which is never ideal. I also love how it isn't sticky at all! This product creates the perfect base to lipstick and also can be used on its own to make your bare lips look flawless. 

Another great thing about it is that a little goes a long way with only the tiniest press of the pump needed. So although it costs £18 I could see it lasting me around a year.

On days when I forget to apply this, I can really notice and feel the difference. For now, it stays in my handbag so I always have it with me wherever I go. I apply it over my lipstick throughout the day especially if I am wearing a drying lipstick and it sorts them out, making them look and feel so much better.

If you suffer from dry lips I would highly recommend this product - It's an absolute lifesaver!
Faith x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Review: MAC Snob Lipstick

Snob has been on my list of MAC lipsticks I need to try for a very long time now. I recently did a little MAC haul so I decided that it should finally be crossed off. Snob is described as “light neutral pink” but to be honest it's more of a lilac toned pink. It's quite a powerful shade and if worn wrong could look terrible. When I first used this I applied a full coat to my lips and I looked like a barbie doll gone wrong. 

After that experience I've come to find that the best results with this lipstick are when it is dabbed lightly on the lips and combined with a lip balm, this leaves a really pretty more subtle colour on the lips and is much more wearable. Snob also works really well if you mix it with other lipsticks, I love adding a bit on top of my favourite MAC lipstick 'Faux' as its quite a dark nude so it brightens it up a bit.

As Snob is a satin finish it is quite matte but has a bit of added sheen so is slightly less drying on the lips. I was really impressed at how long this lipstick lasted on my lips, I only had to re-apply after 4 hours and during that time I had been eating and drinking!

Have you tried snob? Do you like it or is it too Barbie doll pink for you?

Faith x


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Review: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique never fails to impress with they're new releases and the Cheek Pop Blushes are no exception. If your a blush girl like me you will be drooling over these blushes just as I am! Clinique describe these blushes as a Vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that gives a just-pinched look which I would fully agree with. So here's why these blushes are my current new love!

The actual floral design of the blush is beautiful, I can't get over how stunning they look. The three that I own have earned themselves a place in my coveted acrylic Muji drawers just so they are visible on display to gush over! However, they are not just a pretty sight they are actually pretty damn good blushes!

These blushes blend so easily and work really nicely into the cheeks giving you a natural flush of colour. When first applied the coverage is light, but the colour certainly builds up when layered onto the skin. Although they are powdered blushes they apply and look like a cream blush as they are so effortlessly smooth!

There are four colours that have been released, the following three with the addition of ginger pop which I do not own....yet.

Plum Pop - a sweet plummy pink with blue undertones
Berry Pop - a bright medium pink
Peach Pop - a warm-toned peach with slight pink undertones

I love all three of the colours and feel they are the perfect spring blushes so they will definitely have their fair share of use! I would have to say that Plum Pop is my favourite as I love a pretty pink on my cheeks at the moment!

I'm a massive sucker for a pretty product as you can see but they really are nice blushes! At £16.50 they are slightly pricey but you can really notice the impeccable quality with these blushes from their design to their formula. I will be on the lookout for any drugstore dupes as it would be great to get a similar product at a pocket-friendly price, so if I find any I will definitely let you know! But for those of you that can't resist go for it!

Faith x
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