Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Makeup Revolution VS Too Faced Blushing Hearts

Makeup Revolution VS Too Faced Blushing Hearts
Makeup Revolution VS Too Faced Blushing Hearts
I love these sorts of dupe-like posts that compare a high end with a drugstore product to spot the differences. I am a money saver. What I mean is if I can find an alternative product that won't cost me £20-£30 I will purchase it. I created a spot the difference or 'dupe' post quite a while ago now here and received some wonderful feedback from you lovely lot. So I was over the moon that I have yet again come across another dupe that could save you up to £19 so here I am given you my little secrets to saving you a bit extra money!

The question some of you may be wondering is why do I own two blushers that look identical? Well, I have wanted to try one of the Too Faced Blushers for quite some time now so I had asked for it for Christmas just gone. At the time my Mam had bought me it, Makeup Revolution* kindly sent me a couple of blushers to try out a few weeks later and to my surprise, they looked the spitting double of my Too Faced Blusher. At first, I laughed because it is ridiculous how similar these are from packaging, shades and consistency yet have such a giant price difference. I love blushers, therefore, I knew both of these would get put to great use. 

Instead of me repeating myself on how I found both products I thought to write a list of pros/cons that way you are able to spot the differences straight away without reading my rambles!

Makeup Revolution
Pros: 
Inexpensive - £4.99
Looks healthy on the cheeks
Easy to apply
All shades mixed together looked stunning
Adds the tiniest amount of highlight/shimmer
Pretty packaging

Cons:
Can look too much if not blended in enough
Wears off after a while
Not pigmented enough


Too Faced
Pros:
Looks healthy on the cheeks
Easy to apply
All shades mixed together look stunning
Adds the tiniest amount of highlight/shimmer
Pretty packaging
Pigmented
Long lasting

Cons:
Expensive - £24
Too pigmented you need the tiniest amount (no clown business!)

Overall these are both very similar to each other apart from the expense and pigmentation they are very identical. I love both blushers equally. I do tend to use the Too Faced heart blusher on days I know I am going to be wearing makeup all day, I am not one for touching up blushers so Makeup Revolution heart blusher gets used if I am popping out for a few hours.

To wrap this post up I would repurchase both of these products again.

Have you discovered any dupes lately??
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Beauty | 5 Things I Don't Have Time For

Beauty | 5 Things I Don't Have Time For
I don't know about anybody else but I find that I don't always have the time for keeping my beauty regimes up to scratch. Some of the time I just like to remove my makeup and be done with it all and yes sometimes this is down to being lazy I'll admit that 'whoops' but, most of the time it is due to not really having the spare time to get everything up to scratch. Today I wanted to share with you all some of my beauty routines/habits that I don't always have the time for...and let's face it there is a lot.

1. Cleaning Makeup Brushes | Most definitely number one is cleaning my makeup brushes. Even though I surprisingly enjoy watching my foundation go down the plughole and getting my brushes to near-enough clean, I somehow always seem to put off cleaning them. Cleaning them takes time. Not actually washing them takes loads of time I'm talking about letting them air dry. I have to keep a whole day free where I am not going to be wearing makeup to be able to clean my brushes and have them dried for the next day. I don't have time for this. I don't have the time or patience for waiting around for makeup brushes to dry therefore I end up 99% of the time washing my brushes every 2/3 weeks (maybe even 4!).

2. Sharpening The Blunt | Lip, highlight, eyeliner pencils are such a chore for me. Don't get me wrong I love pencils as you have more control and things run smoother/quicker when applying makeup but, when you can see you are in need of sharpening that pencil because it feels uncomfortable when applying it to your face (believe me I get to that situation!) this becomes the most infuriating thing for me. Why? Because I don't have time to dig out my rubbish sharpener and stand to sharpen a pencil for 5 for it to not sharpen or break no, I will most likely find something else to use because I don't have time for this nonsense.

3.  Moisturizing | It is a lovely feeling having a fresh moisturized body especially if your legs are nice and smooth. But moisturizing my body takes time and it is time I would much rather spend on sharpening a pencil (and that says something!). People most of the time like to moisturize when they have just got out of the shower, why? This just doesn't work for me. As soon as I am out the shower (especially in winter) I just want to quickly dry myself and get into some clothes to keep warm not wait around for my skin to dry properly and apply cream all over. I do moisturize a lot in the summer because my legs are on show a lot more but winter really? I'd rather layer up and use a moisturizing bath product.

4. Serums, CC Creams, Oils | If I want to treat my skin to some TLC I will either use: masks, facial or exfoliating washes (including cleansing routine beforehand). When I read some blogs and people use serums, cc creams and oils my eyebrow tends to raise. I own serums/oils and yes they are good products but not anything I don't already get from my TLC skincare. CC creams? What is this? I am not even sure if it is skincare I think it's makeup. What I am saying is I don't have time for these extra touches or alternative products, I stick to what I know is what.

5. The Top Ups | When out and about (mostly busy with uni) I rarely stop to think about what my makeup looks like. There are only two makeup essentials I carry around with me in my bag and those are powder/brush and my chosen lip product for that day. Like I said I rarely stop to think about my makeup unless I am visiting the ladies room or I can actually feel my face melting. Touching up my powder I am fine with or erasing any panda eyes etc I just don't have the time to top up my lip product for that day. Especially if I am wearing bright red or purple that took a good 2/5 minutes in the morning to do I won't stand and spend another 2/5 minutes doing it again.

Even though this lets you think I am lazy and hate beauty I don't I love it and I enjoy applying products. But you know I don't always have time for these little things and I am sure some of you will have similar issues too.

What do you not have time for??
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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

3 Total Eye Awakeners

3 Total Eye Awakeners
I don't know about anybody else but for me, winter has become a little bit of a pain in the bum for keeping my skin hydrated (and that is coming from a girl with oily skin!). Recently one area that has received the most attention than anywhere else in my eyes. When the days/nights get a lot chillier my eyes tend to need the most TLC. So I decided to share with you's 3 of the eye staples that help me kick off those dark, dull, dehydrated eyes and get them looking brighter than the sun (not literally but close-ish)

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream | This little pot of joy, glory, gold whatever you want to call it has been a staple in my skincare routine for a good year or 2 now. When I ran out of this near the end of last year (waiting for Santa to drop me a new one off!) I cheekily had popped into Boots to pick up the sample pots you are able to get just to keep me going till I got my new one. That is how much of a staple this product is for my eyes in winter. I 100% swear by this product it totally helps fix my eyes: it hydrates them, brightens them, reduces any dark circles and I realized when you are feeling a little 'run down' this little pot of gold fixes those tired eyes to get you looking hunky-dory again! - It is a little on the pricey side but if you are committed to eye creams definitely try this or ask for a sample and see what you make of it. Total eye awakener.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer | I was a huge fan of the foundation when I was a teenager so when Rimmel launched their concealer version I was thrilled to try it. When my eyes are looking drastically dull and tiresome I pop a few dots of this under my eyes, blend it in and ta-dah my eyes are bright as rain. This concealer covers over any dark circles I have reasonably well and brightens my eyes up so much. I love how this feels under my eyes too it lets my eyes look more healthy and moisturized. I don't use this to cover any other imperfections in case any of you's wondered I purely use this concealer just for when my eyes are ridiculously dull.

Loreal Lumi Magique Concealer | This product is a new discovery I found whilst popping into Superdrug. The packaging drew me in a copper/rose gold shade always makes products look a lot more expensive than what it is. This is a multipurpose product it conceals any imperfections, helps brighten the appearance of eyes and can be used to highlight cheekbones, brow and the cupids bow. I am sold truly. I pop this product under my eyes once my base makeup is all set then blend it in with my finger this time. This adds the most stunning amount of highlight under my eyes, it adds to what the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer doesn't. I am yet to try this on any blemishes but frankly, I don't want to walk out looking like Edward Cullen. The pigmentation is wonderful for brightening my eyes up, I love using this product it really does make a difference!

What are your eye awaken products??
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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Thoughts On Primark Makeup

Thoughts On Primark Makeup
Thoughts On Primark Makeup
There is nothing more exhilarating than finding a good beauty bargain, which I had came across when browsing around Primark. My eyes darted towards their makeup stall the second I saw it. Now I know that Primark already sells brushes, perfume and other essentials but I was flabbergasted that they now sell their own line of makeup. I um'd and ah'd as to whether or not I should give these a try and of course, I said yes the inner beauty brain can never resist. I had picked up the eyeshadow palette £2.50 and two lip liners for £1.50 for the time being.

Holy moly this eyeshadow palette is to my surprise incredible, I say to my surprise because I always have my doubts with inexpensive makeup. I have been religiously using this palette every day since the moment I first tried it which is a big commitment! I think because it is only £2.50 you won't feel disappointed if it broke or you lost it as the price is so inexpensive. This is the perfect shimmer eyeshadow palette for everyday looks as you have some neutrals, highlight and a few darker tones. Since it is a shimmer palette I know some people may walk away from this as an everyday palette but trust me when I say this the shimmer is very light you can hardly notice it at all, which is why I use it daily.

The pigmentation I would say is standard - not rubbish but not high-end quality. With an eye primer, you are pretty much going to have the eyeshadow stay on your lid all day. I use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and this always keeps all branded eyeshadows on my lids all day/night. These are really easy to apply, blend in and leave the most flattering looks to your lids. I may try and include some photos of me wearing this sometime to show you how great they are.

 Lip liners have never really appealed to me before it has only been the past couple of months that I've really wanted to try them. So when I saw these in Primark I thought why not give these a try and if I think they make much difference then explore in Boots for more. I picked up the classic nude and red lip liners because those are the colours I tend to use most often at the moment (plus I couldn't find any purple liners). I wasn't expecting great things from these because of how inexpensive they are. 

The nude lip liner works well for giving your lips an extra lift and to shape them a lot nicer but, I wasn't a fan of the red liner. I found the red pencil very slippery almost like a liquid which was hard to control and since it is red this was easily creating a mess. I have been using the nude liner whenever I wear nude lips of course but the red liner I have kept away from for now.

Overall I am really happy with the quality of Primark eyeshadow palette I definitely recommend this to maybe girls who are starting out with makeup or who are like me and just get too curious. The lip liners are okay a little hard to work with but the nude it fine as it isn't as 'out there' compared to red. On my next visit to Primark, I might try their lipsticks or blushers.

Have you tried Primark makeup yet?? 
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