Tuesday, May 28, 2013

REVIEW | MUA Lipsticks

If you have been reading my blog for the last week and a bit you will know that i had a huge MUA Haul! I am slowly going to review the bits and pieces that I bought, when I feel I have had enough wear out of each product to do a fair review. And so far I am absolutely LOVING all the MUA products that I have bought, such good quality for the value.

As you have probably guess from the title ^^ - this review is about the fabulous MUA £1 lipsticks! Like most girls I love makeup and especially when you don't have to spend loads of money to get great results.
  Shade 3                                         Shade 13                                      Shade 14
I bought Shades 3, 13 and 14 (I wish they had names!) and I honestly love them all. They are so creamy and moisturising, as well as being highly pigmented - what else can you ask for at a quid - crazy! Oh and they smell like vanilla, yummmmm. I also love the fact that they apply really glossy and smooth but finish matte - as I personally don't really like shiny or pearl finish lipsticks. They're staying power is pretty decent, around 4 hours!
MUA Lipsticks also come with this little pot of extra product which you can unscrew from the bottom of the stick. I think this is a perfect idea for when you have finished the lipstick but havent had time to run out and buy some more - good thinking MUA!

A Little Bit About Each Lipstick


Shade 3

This is a gorgeous blue tone bright pink. I love how its understated enough to be able to wear in the day and not just as a huge statement lipstick. 

Shade 13

The perfect pin-up girl red lipstick. Its pigment is amazing and just a really lovely red colour. Since buying this I have really got into wearing red lipstick most days, as I find you don't even have to bother with makeup and you can still look made up! I imagine this tone would suit most skin tones as it really is just a true red. Give it a go and let me know what you think?

Shade 14

For all you vampires out there like me, this is the perfect nude colour for everyday use. I mainly have worn this on nights out when I have gone for a dramatic eye instead of lip. This has over taken my love for my Rimmel 'Moisture Renew Lipstick 700 Nude Delight' and is SO much cheaper! 

I apply all my lipsticks over my '1000 Kisses stay on lip liner' in Tiramisu from Rimmel London, as I find it give a nice nude all over lip colour and makes my lipstick last so much longer than without it. 

All in all, I think these lipsticks are just perfect and they don't even break the bank! If you haven't tried any MUA lipstick - or products for that matter - get yourself down to Superdrug or visit the MUA Website as they always have great deals on to save even MORE money! 

What MUA lipsticks have you tried? 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

REVIEW | Maybelline FitMe Range

The other day I treated myself to Maybelline FitMe range. As I am not a great wearer of foundation on a daily bases I wanted a product that would have a light to medium coverage, as well as evening out my skin tone for when I went on nights out. And as Superdrug had as a BIG 3 for 2 sale on all cosmetics, I thought it would be a good time to treat myself for less!
This is Maybelline's first gel based foundation with no waxes or fillers and claims to give you 'coverage that looks and feels 100% you'. It is available in 18 different shades (much better selection than the Superstay 24hr that only has 12 which I have found either to yellow or to pink). It also has SPF 18, which is amazing and something I defiantly look for in a summer foundation. I think it retails, in the UK anyway, at £7.99 which I think is a reasonable price for 30mls of foundation.

Along with the foundation I bought the FitMe concealer (6.8ml) and pressed powder (9g), both at £5.99. The concealer and pressed powder pretty much has the same claims as the foundation, except for the fact they don't contain SPF:
  • no oils, no waxes
  • natural coverage, leaving skin fresh, breathing and natural
  • translucent gel base with lightweight pigments
  • *Non-comedogenic, **dermatologist-tested, ***ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance free
*This basically means that the formula itself is not going to block your pores and therefore may reduce the chance of you getting acne in comparison to other products. However, this normally has not been proven in clinical trials. 

**Is used to give credibility to those who are selling the latest in their skin care invention, which literally means it is safe to use on the skin. 

*** It means that it has been tested by an eye doctor to make sure it is safe to use close to the eye. 

^^^ These explanations are not to belittle anyone, but most people look at them not knowing what they are and think 'oh wow they must be good then' or think they mean something more than they do. So i thought I'd fill you all in on the truth of them!

ANYWAY back to the review, I have read so many love/hate reviews about this product and maybe it is just a marmite product. But I personally love it. I think the packaging it really sleek and professional looking (as you can see in the picture above), except maybe the concealer - but really what more can you ask of it?

What drew me to these products was that they has a little 'matching chart'. It sounds trivial but it was SO helpful. It made me match my foundation to my skin sooo much better than just the normal guess work.
Heres the online version:
you can find this on: http://www.maybelline.co.uk/fitmequestions
Maybelline New York FitMe Liquid Foundation - 115 Ivory
The application of this product is really smooth and a feels cool like a gel. It also feels super light and does leave your skin looking really fresh. It stays on my skin pretty much all night (as I don't tend to wear foundation in the day), but I do always use a primer underneath. It is super blendable, and you can build up the product. But if you are looking for a full coverage product I wouldn't recommend this for you.
It has a pump! Which I find so much better than pouring it out the bottle, as I always over pour and waste so much product. I find that about a pump and a half does my whole face with ease.

A lot of reviews have claimed it turns oily, in my experience I do see where they are coming from but I don't seem to get the gloopy mess they are talking about. Mine does start to go shiny around my t-zone, but most of my foundations do this as I have an oily t-zone. So having to reapply some powder once or twice doesn't really bother me.

As you can see it leaves a super natural coverage!

Maybelline New York FitMe Concealer - 15

As you would expect the concealer is a bit thicker than the foundation, and again I really love this product. It covers my dark circles (which is a huge problem for me, as I am an insomniac - yay...), so big brownie points from me, as well as all my imperfections. 

It comes with a little sponge wand applicator, which I really like as it is so easy to apply that way. I don't find this product cakey or anything like that, and it is fragrance free (like the claim) it just smells like makeup ... if that makes sense? This also, like the foundation, blends really well and I just really like the product. It is definitely my go to conceal for everyday use. This only comes in 6 shades, two for each skin tone.

Really thick and creamy, perfect for covering those unwanted blemishes!

Maybelline New York FitMe Pressed Powder - 125 Nude Beige

I absolutely LOVE this pressed powder. The only one I have ever loved as much is the Max Factor Creme Puff Powder Compact, which I still love, but I found it to heavy for the day so decided to give that a break. It comes in 18 shades, like the foundation to match each one.

This powder isn't as matting as the Max Factor BUT it gives you a gorgeous cover that matches the rest of the face ranges promises. It feels smooth on the skin and leaves it feeling soft and not caked with product.
I think it is slightly illuminating, as it does help give you that fresh faced, natural finish that I am loving at the moment.

The packaging for this is really cute too, as it has a little mirror underneath the powder. It also comes with a little powder puff/sponge but to be honest its not very nice on the skin and I prefer my kabuki brush.

As you can see on the right, it gives a lovely dewy finish over the foundation!

All in all, I am really impressed with the Maybelline FitMe Range. Especially after reading all those awful reviews! Its nice know its worked, for me anyway, and I haven't wasted my money!

Have you tried the Maybelline FitMe Products? What did you think?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Alice in Wonderland

It's no secret, if you know me well, that I am a Disney fanatic! And have been obsessed with Alice in Wonderland since I was a little girl. So today's 'Face of the Day' post is on my Alice in Wonderland makeup look. As crazy as I am about dressing up, this was actually for my boyfriends staff party. It was Disney themed, and as my 18th Birthday Party had the same theme. I thought this would be a good time to reuse my costume and re-vamp my makeup look.
2012                                                2013
So as you can see my makeup look for my 18th was almost existent! I think I literally put a little mascara on and that was about it! Where as my look for last week is much more based on the character of Alice. With big eyes, rosy pink cheeks, red lips and flawless skin.
Eyes Done                          Completed Face 
As it was dress up, i felt obliged to go all out on the makeup! 

Create The Look:

Face: I started off with my MUA Profession Primer and then applied my Maybelline FitMe Foundation in 115 'Ivory' with my MUA F2 stipple brush for a flawless finish. To set this I took my matching press powder in 125 'Nude Beige', and applied this all over my face. Taking my MUA 'Undress Your Skin' highlighter, I placed this on the tops of my cheek bones, brow bone, down my nose and the middle of my forehead for some light contouring. To finish I took the brightest pink blusher from my Ruby and Millie 'Scarlett & Crimson' Palette (which I think I got as a present when I was about 13 and never used!) for that cartoon rosy cheek look.

Eyes: I applied my MUA 'Pro-Base' Eye Primer and, using the eye shadow from that same 'Scarlett & Crimson' Palette, on the inner half of the lid packed on a matte white and on the other half a light blue. In the crease I took a bright darker blue shade, similar to my dress, for some definition and then blended that all out with a blending brush. For eyeliner, I did a simple black liquid eyeliner with a small wing with my MUA Glitter Liner in Shade 2, which is pretty an aqua colour, over the top.  

Lips: MUA lipstick in shade 2, a bright pink that is lovely and creamy. I blotted this and then applied Lipcote and another coat of my lipstick and the look is complete! 

Let me know what you thought of my Alice in Wonderland look? 
Is there anything you would have done differently?

Friday, May 10, 2013

An Introduction

Hello lovelies, Welcome to my new blog! 
I've been thinking about starting for a while now, as I read beauty blogs daily and thought it might be fun to have one. I thought I would start off this blog by telling you a little bit about myself. My name is Sophy,  I am nineteen years old and live in Hertfordshire, England.
I love makeup, beauty, fashion. I am forever sitting in my room with my makeup creating new looks, which usually ends up with dressing table (and somehow my whole room) in a complete tip! And as I spend my whole life looking at, watching youtube videos about and  trying out make up. What better way to procrastinate then create a blog about what I love!

This blog will mainly, at least for the beginning, be beauty reviews, hauls and tutorials. I don't in anyway think I am an expert in make up, I would just like to share the techniques I have learned and put to good use! I am always open to other peoples opinions and advice if you think you know a better way to do anything! In regards to the hauls/reviews I do believe in being honest about a product. If i don't think product works the way it should I believe that people should have an honest opinion (without sounding rude) before splashing out and being disappointed.  The same way with a product I absolutely love I will rave about FOREVER

Along with the beauty stuff, I will probably be doing some fashion/health/photography (as i start a course in September)  and insight to my life posts. As I am a very obsessive person and I write everything down anyway - so why not let you all have a read and make it useful! 

Hopefully you will enjoy my posts & thanks for reading! 

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