Skeleton Girl GRWM

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So I’ve decided to do two simple looks for halloween, one will be a full on halloween look and the other a more wearable look. Today is the full on look and I’ve done a skeleton girl.

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To start off with I worked on my eyes and used two dark grey eyeshadows over both lids. Then using my Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Timeless Black around my skeleton eye, I also used the colour tattoo around my skeleton side of my nose to look like bones.

On my face I used my Clinique Redness Control Daily Protective Base, then I used my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Collection Cover up Stick on the skeleton side of my face to make it look pale. I then used my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick and Fit Me Concealer on the human side of my face.

To create the mouth I used concealer on my lips to pale them out then on the human half applied my Natural Collection Lipstick in Cherry Red and then used a black pencil eyeliner on the right side to create the mouth.

That is it for this tutorial, it’s quite simple but this was the look that was requested on twitter by my friend Alice and so that’s what I did. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween Nail Art

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Hey everyone, I was thinking about Tim Burton films (I love Tim Burton) and decided that seeing as Halloween is on its way it would be fun to put together a little nail art tutorial for Halloween for you guys. This is inspired by the film The Nightmare Before Christmas, I hope that you enjoy this post.

You Will Need:
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A top and base coat of your choice – I’m using Seche Vite
An orange nail polish – I’m using Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish in It’s a scorcher
A black nail polish – I’m using Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish in Black cab
A black liquid liner or a striper tool and dotting tool – I’m using MUA Liquid Eyeliner in Black
A white polish or if you don’t have one a white nail art pen – I’m using Barry M Nail Art Pen in White.

Step One – Paint thumb, middle finger and pinkie finger black and second and fourth finger orange.
step one paint orange and black

Step Two – Using white nail art pen or white polish and striper paint vertical stripes down the thumb and pinkie nails.
step 2 add stripes to thumb

Step Three – Using Black Liquid Eyeliner or Black Polish and Dotting Tool and Striper create two small triangles facing inwards for eyes and a jagged mouth, do this on the two orange nails to create two pumpkins.
step 3 create pumpkin

Step Four – If you have a white polish paint your middle fingernail white and use a black liquid eyeliner or black polish and tools to create two circles for eyes and a smile with stitch marks. If using a white nail art pen colour in the middle nail white and use eyeliner or black polish to create two dots for the eyes and a smile with stitch marks, this will be Jack Skellington.
step 4 create jack

Step Five – Allow nails to dry then apply your topcoat over the top to protect your design and add shine, if you are feeling really brave try experimenting with a glow in the dark topcoat!
step 5 add topcoat and done

So that is it for this post, if you enjoyed this please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you like or if you will be using this design for Halloween!

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara

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Don’t you just love a good multi purpose product? I don’t know if you guys believe me when I say this but I have found a lash primer, mascara, brow gel, bottom lash mascara and a stray hair tamer for only £1.99 and it is all the same product.
I know, I know you must all be staring at your screens right now thinking that I’m a complete nutter, but I really have found such a wonder product, ladies and gentlemen it’s time for you to meet the Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara.
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So this is the Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara. The packaging is pretty simple in a white tube with just the brand logo on it but I think that the simplicity of the packaging reinforces the brands “natural” looking approach to things. Also, for a clear mascara I don’t think fancy, and garish packaging is really necessary. This product is available for only £1.99 in Boots (link) which I think is a complete steal.

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This is the brush of the mascara, as you can see it is a thin fibre brush. If you look at the end of the product you will notice that it isn’t absolutely coated in product which is why I think that this has so many uses. The product isn’t too wet or excessive which means you can get away with applying it through the brows. To me the brush of this mascara reminds me of a spoolie which is why I mainly use it as a brow gel.

I did mention that this product has a lot of uses so I’m going to tell you how I use it. On my brows I like to use this as a brow gel, it is clear and not too wet or sticky so it’s really easy to just brush this through my brows to set them in place and to tame stray hairs. I also sometimes use this on my hair, if I have my hair up in a ponytail and I have a few flyaways near my ears that are hairspray resistant I will push them into place and the mascara dries and keeps them down. This is clear so you can use it as a mascara, lash conditioner or even a lash primer before adding your regular mascara to get added volume and drama. I also like to use this as a bottom lash mascara as it’s clear so it won’t smudge and run leaving black marks under my eyes.

Overall I love this product, it cost me such a small amount of money and has so many uses, if you haven’t yet tried this I would thoroughly recommend that you try and get your hands on it because it truly is amazing.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know what you would use this for and why.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing Cleansing Lotion Review

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I recently used up my beloved Nivea 2 in 1 Daily Essentials Cleansing and Toning Lotion and thought that it was the perfect opportunity to try a new skincare product and so I popped the Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing Cleansing Lotion. Fast forward a few weeks and not only have I nearly used up this product but I’ve also formed an opinion on it and I thought that it was high time I told you guys what I thought of this product.
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In terms of price and packaging this product is relatively budget friendly at only £3.25 for 200ml of product. The packaging is quite simple but effective, a light blue plastic bottle with a flip up lid so you can just turn the bottle upside down and squeeze out the product.

In terms of scent and texture this product smells really natural and neutral which I am assuming is down to the water lily extract. If you do concentrate on the smell I can detect a slight whiff of alcohol which makes sense because this product does contain alcohol unfortunately. This is a lotion so it has a runny texture, I usually apply it from the bottle onto a clean face flannel and then just work that into my skin before applying a toner although Garnier recommends you apply this to a cotton pad.

I don’t particularly love this product but I don’t particularly hate this either. I have recently found that some of the products I have been using lately do contain alcohol and I have found this to be stripping and drying on my skin which puts me off from repurchasing this.

I also found that although the product tells you not to rub your face with this, if you want to get your makeup off with just this product you do have to scrub a bit which can disturb the skin cells and leave your skin feeling sore and red.

Overall I don’t think I would repurchase this, it isn’t terrible but in this case I do think you get what you pay for and that sometimes with skincare it is better to spend a little more and get a great product than buy budget products that may be harming your skin.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you use products with alcohol in them or not and what your opinion is on it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical Review

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I don’t know about you guys but when I’m in a rush in a morning, tired and my hair is looking a bit greasy I always reach straight for a can of dry shampoo. I’m raved about the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush before and I decided to pick up the Tropical scent. Seeing as I’ve fallen in love with it I thought I’d share this with you and tell you why I love it so much.

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The Batiste Dry Shampoos are available from Boots for £2.99 (link) although I usually get mine from Bodycare where they are a bit cheaper. In terms of packaging you have a large can with the logo of the brand, the scent and then different colours and patterns depending on the scent. This is the Tropical scent so we have a yellow can with green leaves and flowers on it which looks nice on my bedside table.

In terms of scent I actually prefer this over the Blush scent which was my previous favourite. The Blush scent is very sweet and powdery whereas this smells exactly like coconuts which I just love.

Like all dry shampoos if you do not follow the instructions or you spray too close to your head then this will leave a white cast, but if you spray it onto your hair, rub it in properly then brush it out it won’t leave any white marks on your hair.

This refreshes my hair, is easy to use and smells gorgeous. I find that a few squirts of this is enough to cover my entire head so one bottle tends to last me quite a while. If you haven’t checked out the Batiste Dry Shampoos yet and you love the scent of coconut then I’d definitely recommend this to you!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the Batiste Dry Shampoos and if you have which is your favourite and why.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Gloss Review

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Once upon a time there was a female who got a free lip gloss with some sanitary towels. As strange as the story sounds she used the lip gloss, fell in love with it, used it up and then forgot about it. Years later she remembered the lip gloss and how much she loved it and ordered another off of the internet. To this day they have never been parted.

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Just in case you haven’t gathered the female is me and the lip gloss is the Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Gloss. I can’t give you an RRP for this product because it isn’t sold in stores and I purchased mine from Ebay. I can say though that I like the swirls on the packaging I just wish it came with an applicator rather than being in a squeezy tube.

In terms of lip gloss this lip gloss is very thick and very sticky which I actually kind of like. If you hate the dry feeling of matte lips and like to be able to rub your lips together then you will love this lipgloss. If you hate sticky lips and lip gloss in general then you probably will hate this lip gloss.

In terms of scent and colour this lip gloss smells like pink grapefruit which I find really uplifting and nice and the colour is a neutral translucent coral perfect for all year round.

This does last a relatively long time but like all lip glosses does eventually need reapplying. It does moisturise my lips and has a very shiny finish.

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Overall this is a nice lip gloss in my opinion. I don’t think I’d repurchase it because it isn’t quite as nice as I remember it being but this is nice for wearing around the house to inject some moisture back into my lips. I like to think of it as more of a treatment than a gloss.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, this was a shorter post than usual but with this being a discontinued product there was limited information about it. If you did enjoy this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Asian Beauty Wishlist

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I don’t know about you guys but I literally have an obsession with asian beauty, from the cute packaging, to the amazing products and innovative technologies and ideas, it’s not hard to see why so many of us are searching for these products. Today I have comprised a little wishlist of the ten products I’m wanting to check out and why.
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1) Dolly Wink Eyeliner
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect felt tip liner, I’ve tried the Collection one which was watery and struggled to stay on and the Eyeko one which just dried up and smudged but I’ve heard great things about the Dolly Wink Eyeliner. Not only is it meant to be amazing but it also has cute little bows on the packaging. Me=sold.

2) Dr Jart BB Cream
Remember when alphabet creams were all the rage? Well one that really peaked my interest was the Dr Jart BB Cream. It is more expensive than the rest of the BB Creams in Boots but I’ve not heard any bad reviews on this and everyone who owns it seems to love it, making me all the more keener to try it.

3) Etude House Magic Bubble Peeling Creamy Peeling Wash
This is described as a rich and creamy foam which is not only gentle and luxurious on the skin but also removes dead skin cells. I do have combination skin and I suffer with dry skin and dead skin cells around my nose so I really want to try it and see if it can fix my skin.

4) Fairy Drops Mascara
Hands up if you like reading the blog of and watching the channel of Vivianna Does Makeup? Yes, everyone? Me too. One of the products that she has mentioned as one of her favourite products is the Fairy Drops Mascara. There is a few of these in both standard and waterproof form with different brushes to really lengthen and curl the lashes. I also envy the manga eye look so I really want to give this a go.

5) Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask
If there is one thing that the asians do great it has to be skincare. From face masks to cleansers they are one step ahead of us and this mask is no exception. This actually draws out impurities from the skin and really gets in there to remove anything clogging up the pores. As mentioned above I have combination skin and I like to try and keep my pores clear to keep my face looking fresh.

6) Lioele Glittering Jewel Eyeliners
I have an obsession with eyeliners particularly creamy, coloured kohls, so when I stumbled across the Lioele Glittering Jewel Eyeliners – a range of eyeliners all in stunning jewel tones my heart skipped a beat. I think these speak for themselves for all eyeliner lovers and I need these in my life!

7) Missha M Perfect BB Cream
Another BB Cream but this one is one that I know is amazing. My friend Chrissie owns this and let me give it a go. I’ve never been particularly interested in alphabet creams but when I tried this my skin just looked flawless and I fell in love.

8) Skin Food Black Sugar Face Mask
I am a huge fan of face masks and a fan of Korean beauty so it makes sense that I want to try the Skin Food Black Sugar Face Mask. Every single beauty blogger out there who has tried this has raved about it and it’s described as one of the top ten must have beauty products from Korea. Is that an excuse to buy it? I think it is…

9) Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm
O.M.G how cute is this golden egg shaped product?! This is the Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm, a balm which erases the sight of any pores. For someone who suffers with enlarged pores around my nose area this is something that I could definitely get use out of. Did I mention that I love the golden egg packaging?

10) Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lip Patch
Last but not least is another product by Tony Moly and this is the Kiss Kiss Lip Patch. For those of you who don’t know what these are, these go over your lips and use suction to adhere to the lips before they begin adding moisture, repairing your lips and preventing further damage. Pretty cool huh? Now that it’s getting colder my lips are feeling the change in climate so one of these would be perfect to restore them!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these, or if you could only try one product which one you would try.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

A Lot Of Empties

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So I finally got around to doing another empties post and I literally have an overflowing bag to share with you guys. I’ve started doing these on my youtube channel but I have that many empties that the video would have taken way too long. Here’s what I’ve used up, a few thoughts and if I would repurchase.

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Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Aussome Volume
I was pretty disappointed with this mainly because I didn’t get to use it! By the time I got this home I got it out of my bag to try it and something had broken with the packaging. I squeezed the nozzle and nothing came out, I did try everything I could to make this work but I just couldn’t get any product out.
Repurchase: No

V05 High Volume Weather Resistant Hairspray
I really hated this hairspray, it made my hair crispy, couldn’t tame my flyaways, made my hair itchy and was a nightmare to brush out, even worse was that it didn’t do anything that it claimed to do, because of that I was glad to see the back of it.
Repurchase: No

Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Shampoo and Conditioner
I had this in my bathroom and used it when I ran out of my Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner. I used to really like this but it’s stripped the colour out of my hair and left my scalp extremely dry and itchy in the process.
Repurchase: No

Herbal Essences Morrocan My Shine Shampoo and Conditioner
I absolutely loved this, it injected moisture into my dry and damaged hair and left it silky soft, smooth and shiny without making it look greasy. This is budget friendly and it does a great job, even better the product is blue and smells like coconut.
Repurchase: Yes

Toni and Guy Prep Smoothing Detangler Anti Breakage
At first I wasn’t a fan of this mainly because it was wet and sticky and had an odd smell, but having said that it was absolutely amazing at detangling my hair and my boyfriend even started using it on his hair. Although there is probably better detanglers out there, this did the job.
Repurchase: Yes

Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask
I’ve mentioned this a lot on my blog but come on, this cost me a pound (from Poundland) and does an amazing job at revitalising my hair and leaving it soft, shiny and smooth. This is one of my favourite hair treatments and it’s budget friendly too.
Repurchase: Yes

Soft and Gentle Wild Rose and Vanilla Roll On Deodorant
A pretty boring item but we all use deodorants and I prefer roll ons over any other form. I’ve repurchased this a few times now, it does the job, is gentle on the skin and smells really nice. I’ll probably repurchase this until it stops working for me.
Repurchase: Yes

Fruit Essences Mango Body Lotion
I had this leftover from a set that I was given a while ago at Christmas. I’m pretty sure that this expired which was my main reason for throwing it away, but also the smell was very synthetic and fake.
Repurchase: No

Nivea Harmony Time Shower Cream
Another product that I’ve mentioned a few times but I love Nivea shower products because they smell and feel lovely and are so cost friendly. This product was no exception with the scent of almond milk and white rose petals.
Repurchase: Yes

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
I really enjoyed using this, it smells lovely and did an amazing job at leaving my skin soft and smooth. I have noticed that this has become more expensive than what it once was, but it is a really good body butter. I do plan on trying some other body butters by different brands but I would go back to this.
Repurchase: Yes

So…Fab Body Spray
I bought this just for when I want to freshen up throughout the day but to be honest it wasn’t that great. I found the scent very sickly and tacky and despite my love for sweet scents this was way too cloying and heavy.
Repurchase: No

Ted Baker Butterfly Wings Body Spray
I was really sad to use this up because it’s just stunning. This is a fruity floral body spray suitable for all ages. It’s more sophisticated than standard So… and Charlie offerings but isn’t age specific either. This lasts a long time and smells lovely.
Repurchase: Yes

Nivea Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Cleansing and Toning Lotion
I liked this a lot it’s very gentle on the skin, feels nice and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I did use this for a long time but I don’t think it’s great at toning the face so I’ve started using a toner instead. I do like this product and would purchase it for travelling simply because it’s convenient.
Repurchase: Yes

Lancome 3 in 1 Cleansing and Toning Water for Face and Eyes
In all honesty I’m not a fan of Lancome skincare and this was another product that was just a bit meh. I used it up quickly and found that I needed a lot of it to remove my eye makeup. It didn’t do particularly great at removing my makeup and I couldn’t rely on it on it’s own.
Repurchase: No

Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (for nose)
I did write a full review on these on my blog previously. I do find that these do work if you are very oily on your nose but when I used them on me they didn’t pull any gunk out, because that’s not where I get a build up of oil. I wouldn’t repurchase these simply because I don’t think I need them.
Repurchase: No

Garnier Skin Naturals Intensive Night Treatment
Another product that didn’t seem to do anything for me, I applied this on targeted areas, I woke up and they were exactly the same. This was good for tiny little stress spots but just wasn’t powerful enough for anything else.
Repurchase: No

T-Zone Shine Control Cleansing Wipes
I know that face wipes aren’t particularly good for you but I decided to give these a shot anyway. I found these really stripping and they left the skin around my nose very sore and dry. These didn’t prevent any shine and I found that I was still getting spots.
Repurchase: No

Beauty Formulas Cool Moist Cucumber 3 Minute Clay Mask
This is still my favourite face mask and I have already got another one from Bodycare. This hydrates my face without making it greays, soothes and cools the skin and really just feels lovely. I absolutely adore this and it’s only a pound or two from Bodycare.
Repurchase: Yes

Superdrug Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover
After learning that acetone can eb really harsh on the nails, I decided to pick up an acetone free nail polish remover to see if this was any better., Unfortunately this really struggled to remove my nail polish and I found that I had to use a lot of it just to remove the polish from one nail.
Repurchase: No

Revlon Colourstay Makeup in Ivory
I did like this foundation, it lasted most of the day and offered good coverage but it isn’t in my top two foundations so I probably wouldn’t repurchase. I found this quite heavy on the skin compared to some foundations and I usually prefer a lighter coverage. Despite this it was still a good product.
Repurchase: No

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
I bought this after using up my Benefit Porefessional and hearing that this was a great dupe but to be honest it just didn’t wow me. It did fill in some of my pores but not all of them and just didn’t perform nearly as well as the Porefessional. Although this is cheaper it just isn’t as good.
Repurchase: No

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara
If you are one of those people who hates plastic brushes but wants a lot of volume then you will love this mascara. This has a really fat conical wand that is great for adding volume. I was sad to see this go but it had run out and just wasn’t performing as well as it used to.
Repurchase: Yes

Technic Nail Polish in Clear
I did use this as a top coat for a long time but then I discovered Seche Vite and since then I just haven’t looked back. This isn’t a bad polish and is great for the price and what it is, but I know that there is better top coats out there. I will probably use this as a base coat and as a back up top coat.
Repurchase: Yes

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
Everyone raves about this, so when I was given a sample at a Nars counter I was super excited, but for me this product was awful. This turned my face into a greasy slick, left my usual dry skin greasy, oily and shiny and just didn’t look great. I know a lot of people love this but I just don’t.
Repurchase: No

So those are all of my empties, sorry for having such a long post! If you enjoyed this please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Natural Collection Vanilla Body Lotion

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Hey everyone, today I’m sharing with you a body lotion that I’ve been using and even better it’s under five pounds. This is the Natural Collection Vanilla Body Lotion.
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The Natural Collection body lotion is available only in Boots and is priced at three pounds which is pretty bargainous. In terms of packaging similar to all Natural Collection products it is very minimalist in a plastic, squeezy tube with the logo, product name and an image of flowers.

In tems of scent is is nice but I do have to say that the vanilla scent is very synthetic smelling so if you want a body lotion that smells very fresh and true then this probably isn’t the one for you.

This is moisturising but I do find that it isn’t moisturising enough for me and can’t live up a body butter. I would that that this is nice either for un the summer if you are not getting as much dry skin or if you have normal skin and you want to prevent dryness rather than try and get rid of it.

This doesn’t sink in very quickly and I’ve found that my body butters actually sink in quicker than this which is unusual, it also does leave my body feeling sticky for a while which I’m not a fan of because I like to apply body lotions or butters on an evening.

Overall this isn’t a terrible product, it is nice but I wouldn’t bother repurchasing it. If you are new to body lotions and body butters then this is worth a go because it is cost friendly but in this case you do definitely get what you pay for. You can purchase it by clicking here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any body lotions by Natural Collection and what you thought of them.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Sky High Review

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If there’s one product that I just adore it has to be eyeliner, and coloured eyeliners are no exception. I’ve been on the hunt for a nice blue eyeliner for a while now. The Barry M Kohl in Kingfisher creased terribly, and the NYC blue eyeliner was terrible to sharpen and kept breaking, but the GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Sky High has really won me over. Here’s why.

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This eyeliner is much bigger than a standard eyeliner which I think is just amazing. You are presented with a pencil eyeliner however the end is very creamy like a shadow stick (but no so creamy that it will crease or slip) this is the same width as a normal eyeliner so you shouldn’t have a problem sharpening it. This is priced at £5.00 and you can get these from Superdrug. I have the shade Sky High.
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Here is a swatch of the product, it does just glide onto the skin and is lovely and creamy. This can be used on the waterline, tightline and lash line and it doesn’t tug which I really like. The colour payoff is amazing, you don’t need to keep applying this just one stroke leaves you with this bold colour.

In terms of longevity this eyeliner literally stays on all day which I just love, it doesn’t crease, it doesn’t slip or slide it just stays put until I take it off. I can’t say if these are a dupe for the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Liners because I haven’t tried them but at the very least I can say that these are a good alternative.

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Here’s what it looks like on my eyes and I haven’t bothered using an eye primer. I really like this eyeliner and will definitely be checking out some other colours. They have a really nice forest green which I think will be gorgeous for autumn/fall.

Overall I really like these eyeliners, you can pick them up in Superdrug for £5.00 or you can view them and search for them at a store near you by clicking here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these eyeliners.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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