Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 4:13:00 PM
Don't really understand the hype with this one, so many reviews I have seen raved on and on about this liner but I for one have never really enjoyed it. I have only ever owned two, my first try of it was when they used to do the Naked palettes with the double ended liner pencil. It was okay, but it comes up a bit watery and not a completely true black. It also smudged really badly during the day when I used it. I put it down to maybe being a bad batch, so when I got my Theodora palette I decided to give zero a second chance, as you get that pencil with the palette. Again, it had the same disappointing result, which is unusual because generally I have loved all my UD products that I have ever owned. I haved used drugstore liners that have been far cheaper and been so much better (Soap & Glory Smoulder Khol is easily the best). Thankfully never owned or had to work through a full size one, would not recommend or buy.
Highlighters -Revlon - Photoready Skinlights in 200 Pink Light
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 3:59:00 PM
I think these are possibly relatively new to Revlon, I could be wrong but I know they had skinlights before but they have been discontinued, but I found these new looking ones in Boots the other day and decided to give them a try. They come in either bronze or the one I have, which is pink light. I decided that I was probably too fair to carry off the bronze so stuck with the pink light. As an overview, this is supposed to be a face illuminator, so you could mix in it with your foundation, put it on before you apply foundation or use it as a highlight, which is what I like to do. Personally, my all time favourite face illuminatior is the Soap & Glory Hocus Focus, you'd have to go a long way to beat in my opinion and the skinlight definitely isn't as good. It is still a nice product though. It comes out as a champagne pink, it has an iridescent shimmer with the tiniest hint of gold, and it is perfect to run down the bridge of the nose, the cupids bow, and on the brow bone. I don't recommend it for the cheekbones because this being a liquid product it tends to make your foundation rub off and look sticky. I'm not really a huge fan of liquid highlighters, my favourite is the Candlelight Glow by Too Faced because its a powder and therefore easier to apply, but with the right brush you can make the skinlight work. I would probably buy it again because I like the effect it brings to the t zone area, but there are better out there.
Not a fan of this at all. I don't know why I got this in the first place, generally I hate anything that is cream based in the make up world with a few exceptions, but I had an 80s themed party to go to and shade 'Flushed' was such an amazing bright magenta in the pan I convinced myself this is what I needed to create those perfectly angled, contoured cheekbones. Anyway, the result was not what I was expecting. The colour comes out so sheer it is just silly. When I swatch in on my hand it looks as bright as I'm expecting but when I tried to build it it just didn't work the way in which I wanted it to. It took much loading onto my real techniques stippling brush for the blush to actually start making an impact on my face. I don't know why I didn't just ignore my instincts on this one and I would've saved myself some money, because Revlon aren't all that cheap. I tried wearing it on my cheeks for the day and within about two hours it started sliding off my face and I had to go back to my faithful MAC coygirl to sort things out. Definitely sticking to powdered blushes in the future, would not recommend nor buy again.
This is possible the quickest, easy to use and convenient product I have ever used to remove nail varnish. I love the design first of all, because there is no need for any cotton wool, you simply stick your nail inside the sponge-lined tub and within a few seconds and with a little rubbing the nail varnish is completely gone! It works with pretty much any nail varnish, cheap or expensive, and even on the tough glitter based ones. Obviously, the cheaper the varnish, the easier it is to remove, and with the glitter based you definitely have to work a little bit to get it off but it is still quicker than using traditional remover with a cotton pad. It is also the first remover I have ever used that has a fragrance, which is quite nice because often most removers have a harsh chemical scent to them, but this one is fragranced with red fruit & vanilla. The tub does make big claims, stating that it is one second per nail removal. I definitely wouldn't say it is only one second, but definitely within five, which is a positive. I'd guess about 10-15 though if you are working with a glitter polish. Overall though, the best thing in varnish remover in a long time, would definitely recommend and buy again. I've had this for several months now and used it regularly but it still hasn't run out.
This stuff is brilliant. I am not a fan of the Elnett line normally, but I am completely in love with this. Being an avid user of heat styling tools (straighteners I use the most) I am always in need of a product that is going to give me protection from the heat. Whilst it is pretty much impossible to find a product that will completely protect your hair, this one does the best job for me. I'm not normally a fan of products that claim to be 'semi permanant' or '3 day straight' because it usually works for the first day, then after a nights sleep its back to waves the next day. I've tried the John Frieda 3 Day Straight before and used to use it all the time before I discovered this. Not only is the bottle twice the size and cheaper than the John Frieda, it also works better. I won't lie and tell you that I woke up the next day and my hair was poker straight, but it was definitely a lot more wave-free than when I used the John Frieda. It claims to protect your up to 230 degrees, as well as smoothly the hair and preventing it from being affected by humidity, as well as locking in a straight look for three days. For me, it definitely lives up to the claims. My hair is visibly more hydrated since using this product, as well as being easier to manage and straighten, as well as being healthy looking. It was a good feeling to go to the hairdressers and hear her say that my hair was looking really healthy! The way I like to apply this product to get the best out of it is to towel dry my hair, put my various creams and serums in, then generously spritz the product throughout the length of my hair. It is very thick so I like to get it everywhere possible to give it the best amount of hydration. As I mentioned previously, you get more for your money when you compare the Elnett to the John Frieda. The JF only offers only 100ml whilst the Elnett is 170ml, and it is also cheaper. Overall, this is a fantastic product for those who love to batter their hair with straighteners like me, and I would definitely recommend and buy again.
I always go back to pastel nail colours as soon as spring/summer rolls around, and when I found the interestingly named Unicorn colour I was not disappointed. It is a pale pastel yellow that helps to brighten up your nails in a very understated way, I have other yellow nail varnishes that range from pale to neon yellow and this one definitely isn't bright. Its like a maize coloured yellow if I had to give it a specific description. I have a pale skin tone so naturally it will look brighter or darker depending on your skin tone. It doesn't chip easily provided you apply a base coat first. Not bad at all for a cheap nail varnish, would buy again and recommend.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Saaf Organic Ultimate Moisture Face Serum
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 1:06:00 PM
This stuff, in short, is just AMAZING. I cannot rave on about it enough, even if it makes me sound like a lunatic. I bought this a few weeks ago and have been using it twice a day every day, and it is just the stuff of legends. I was lucky enough to get this at a fraction of its normal price from TK Maxx (I shop there a lot I'm sorry!), and it is normally Â£33.30 for 100ml, or Â£29.85 for the 30ml. I got the 30ml for just Â£9.99 so was pretty happy about that. I've never heard of or tried anything by Saaf Skincare before, but I was impressed by the fact it is 97.5% organic, not tested on animals and I'm always looking for new ways to freshen up my skin routine, and this serum seemed like a good way to do it. Thank goodness I did because it is a skin saver! Personally, I'd say it was more of an oil than a serum, just because its consistency definitely reminds me of a oil more than a serum. I followed the directions on the box and just applied a few drops, which is really all you need to cover your entire face, letting it settle in over night. It completely eradicated any redness that I tend to get around my nose, made my complexion smoother, more supple, made any imperfections seem as though they weren't there and just generally gave my skin a fresh glow about it. It is super concentrated and hydrating, which is great if your skin is dry, dull and looking for a little bit of a pick me up. When I used it under my make up, I let it sit on my skin for about 2 hours before putting my make up on, purely because I think my foundation would just slide straight off my face because it is a very greasy/oily product. Even after 2 hours it isn't completely settledin, but it is a good enough base to put your moisturiser and foundation over. It makes my foundation look dewy and fresh, like I'm not wearing any really. Even the most full coverage, matte foundation looks slightly dewy! I love it. I think if I had to find anything negative about it I would say that I hate the smell, a lot. The frangrance is supposed to be Rosehip seed & Pomegrante seed oil and it just smells like an old lady kind of perfume. But I can definitely get past the smell because the product itself is a true miracle worker. The product itself is intended for normal to dry skin, also skin that is prematurely aged, sun damaged or if you suffer with rosacea. I wouldn't recommend this for people who don't like greasy feeling products, because this is very oily but very hydrating. I also wouldn't recommend this for oily/combination skin purely because it is very oily and you wouldn't want to make oily skin look even more oily! Overall, a truly fantastic product, I would even pay full price for it.
This was not a good product for me, at all. I'm guessing that this is a recent addition to the Garnier body line and with ingredients such as argan oil, macadamia oil, almond oil and rose oil I was excpecting great things from this so called 'skin perfector'. However it was definitely not the case, in fact, it was the exact opposite. I liked the idea of the speed of it all, rather than some thick moisturiser that takes ages to settle in this is an oil that is intended to be both weightless and non-transferable onto your clothes. So I spritzed a fair amount all over, expecting it to be as it says on the bottle, 'weightless'. However this is a complete lie! It is both sticky and greasy and even after I began rubbing it in it took ages to sink in. Even after all the faffing with it I felt absolutely no difference in the condition of my skin. It did nothing for my eczema or dryness and was overall, deeply disappointing. I wasn't expecting miracles from a simple drugstore beauty oil, but something a little better than the nothing it gave me. Especially with such amazing ingredients!
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Skin Perfection 3 in 1 purifying micellar solution
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 12:37:00 PM
I rate this product so much! I've seen lots of reviews on Micellar waters such as Bioderma which is a little hard to get hold of unless you live in France so was quite excited when I saw this for the first time. I love the fact that it is a multi purpose product, it gets rid of make up, unclogs the pores and is a toner. I must say that I definitely wouldn't use this as the sole product to remove my make up. I use this after I have used a cream cleanser for the actual make up removal, then I wash my face, then I use this as I would a toner except it has the added bonus of removing any left over make up, such as my stubborn waterproof mascara that I am fond of using so much of! Before the only toner I really used was the Garnier Rose Water one, but this one is definitely better. I get easily irritated eyes and it is very gentle on them so that is definitely I plus point. I have actually purchased this three times since my original bottle, it is a great product. Would definitely recommend and buy again.
This was my first ever product I purchased by Physicians Formula, purely because it is pretty hard to come by In the UK (at least where I live anyway) and I have never seen it available other than in the US or on the internet. So I was over the moon when I found this in TK Maxx for Â£4.99, and I like peach colours on my skin tone (NC15, extremly fair) as it gives a brightening affect. First of all, I didn't really consider this as an all over face powder, I was more looking at it as a blusher. But maybe that is where I'm going wrong because this product really doesn't work for me. Having really pale skin usually works to my advantage because generally any colour blush shows up on my skin, but not this one! When I first loaded it onto my brush and sweeped it onto my cheeks, I wasn't expecting to see nothing at all come up, but that is exactly what happened. So I tried using the darker parts of the mosaic and that seemed to work a little bit better, it kind of looks like a very light bronzer, so it is kind of effective using it to contour. Once I'd worked out that it was in fact not a blusher (a bit slow on the uptake I know!) I tried using it all over the face, but again, it didn't really do anything for me. Definitely a bit of a waste of money for me, I think I was a bit to keen to try something by PF that I expected too much and got very little.
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - In-Shower Body Moisturiser (Skin Conditioner)
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 12:11:00 PM
I have to admit I was very underwhelmed by this product, which I wasn't really expecting when I first saw this advertised. Nivea are usually, for me, spot on with their body products. I love the original Nivea creme and when I opened the in shower moisturiser for the first time it had that same familar smell which made me happy. It is not an overpowering fragrance which I like because it doesn't irritate my skin. I also LOVED the concept, the whole idea that it would cut down the time I spent moisturising, the time I would save not having to sit around waiting for it all to settle in, the horrible sticky feeling you get with some body moisturisers, having this product seemed like it was going to be the ultimate convenience/time saver. But it was not to be! I bought the one for dry skin, and when I first applied it to my wet skin it felt very greasy, even though I was careful to make sure that it was a thin layer, and after leaving it on for a couple of minutes I was keen to get it rinsed off. I got out, dried off and got dressed as normal, and felt absolutely no difference to my skin whatsoever. The one thing I like about moisturisers is that intensely soft feeling you get after using one, once it has properly settled in you can feel and see a difference in your skin (well I can anyway) and this 'skin conditioner' left me with nothing. I felt the immediate urge to go and put something thicker on. I thought that maybe I was being to judgmental too quickly, and that I shouldn't expect so much, and so the next few showers I had I persisted in using it. Everytime was the same result though. Having dry skin means that I need something that is going to give my skin some hydration, and this, I don't feel, gives even someone with normal skin anything at all. I give this product (rather generously) a 2/5 purely because it is a brilliant idea in terms of time saving, but it is definitely a product that needs a bit of work for me. Won't be repurchasing and wouldn't recommend for those with dry skin.
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 11:58:00 AM
Aveeno really do make the best lotions for eczema/dry skin sufferers. I recently ran out of the Every Day Moisturising Lotion (the one with the green label), and it ran out very quickly because I was using it every day. So I went back to Boots and saw the Skin Relief Moiturising Lotion, the one in the tube rather than with a pump, and saw that it was cheaper, and also intended for extra dry, irritable and sensitive skin, whereas the every day one was just intended to moisturise dry skin for 24 hours. I would definitely say I prefer the Skin Relief more, because it is thicker, and the second I feel my skin getting itchy, I just have to apply some of this and the relief is immediate. I only have a few patches of eczema left now since I use this twice a day all over the body. It contains shea butter, a triple oat complex with colloidal oatmeal, oat oil and oat essence. It absorbs quickly, is paraben and fragrance free, whats not to love? Would definitely recommend and buy again.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Aloe Vera Energising Gel
Mellymoomar 6/17/2013 11:49:00 AM
Lately I've been reading various reviews on the benefits of Aloe Vera Gels, and how Aloe Vera is supposed to be some kind of miracle ingredient and is excellent for damaged/irritated skin. My skin is prone to eczema and dryness and irritability, so I was interested in seeing if Aloe Vera could be any good for my skin. I was in TK Maxx (favourite shop ever!) and found the Arran Aromatics Aloe Vera Energising Gel, normally priced at Â£8.50, for just Â£2.00. At that price I thought I might as well get it and give it a go. I have never heard of Arran Aromatics before, so I am presuming it is just a UK based, little known brand but I really enjoyed the gel. It smells really fresh, almost floral and is very light and quickly absorbed into the skin. The only reason I give this a 3/5 is because it made my eczema patches sting, which I can only assume is down to the fragrance included. However on the unnaffected parts of my skin it was very refreshing, softening and smoothing. I would buy this again, but not at the price of Â£8.50 because it is definitely not worth that much!
I like these lip balms a lot, I'm guessing they are fairly new because I haven't seen them until very recently in my local Boots. I have them in two flavours, the Strawberry and the Coconut, but you can also get them in Mint, Raspberry and Blackcurrant. I know you can get them in the spherical shape, which is a very obvious copy of the EOS balms, but the ones I picked up come in a square case and the balm itself is conical shaped, which I thought was quite funky and unique. I think I actually prefer these to the EOS balms because the smell is a lot less fake, (I have the medicated tangerine and the vanilla stick in the EOS) and have a thicker feel to them. Given that I am an avid user of lip liner and lip stick I go through a lot of lip products because my lips are susceptible to becoming chapped, sore and flaky, and using Balmi has helped stop that from happening, and I like that using a thin layer of the product doesn't make the lip stick go all watery like a gloss, it keeps it matte and helps to moisturise. Overall, I will definitely be buying these again, probably also try the different flavours, and would definitely recommend.
I have only one Revlon colorburst, in the shade 'Crystal Water', which is basically a clear gloss with and purple/pink/indigo shimmer to it. I should probably try more of these glosses before making a final judgment, however trying this one makes me a little reluctant to do so. Whilst I do like this gloss, I am not a big lover or user of lipgloss because I find they are sticky, drying and do not last very long when compared to a lipstick. This lipgloss is of course no different, it is sticky and doesn't last very long. However, when used as a top coat after lip liner and lip stick it definitely gives the edge to my lips. It makes them look fuller and adds a nice pop of shine to the lip stick, which I find I sometimes prefer to completely matte lips. I would probably buy this again, and maybe a few of the other shades, but at the same time I wouldn't go out of my way to do so. This is just a nice product, and a little on the expensive side for what it is.