Collection Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner Review

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When the hype began about gel eyeliners I wasn’t massively convinced by nevertheless I headed over to Superdrug and picked up the Collection Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Black to try. I’ve had this for a while now and have formulated a full opinion, as usual here’s my review.
collection gel eyeliner
The Collection Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner comes in a little box which contains the pot of gel eyeliner and a brush. I do find the packaging a little on the dull side although I like how it comes in a box. This is priced at £4.99.

In terms of colour on my hand this does have a bold colour payoff however on my eyes this struggles to be as black as it should be. On top of that this fades and smudges easily and doesn’t stay put which disappointed me as I heard that gel eyeliners were supposed to last the longest.
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Application is relatively easy and a lot easier than I thought. The brush is small enough that you can get just the right amount of gel eyeliner on it to apply and it is pointed and thin enough to get a decent line.

Unfortunately the formula of this is pretty poor, it does dry up pretty quickly and even at it’s best this isn’t great. At first I did like it but this never lasts the day and usually ends up a smudgy mess by five pm.
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Overall I’m pretty disappointed and I wouldn’t recommend this or repurchase it. For only a few pounds more you can get the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner which has been hailed as a dupe for the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner so in terms of price point and quality I just don’t think that the Collection Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner is worth it.

The Collection Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner is available here for £4.99.

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Love x
Nina

Real Techniques Core Collection Review

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When I first started using brushes (and by brushes I mean the ones that my mum passed down to me) I was bowled over by the difference in the finish and application of my makeup. For the first time my foundation was transformed from an uneven, patchy looking finish to a flawless finish that a celebrity would be proud of. I decided to invest in some makeup brushes and I turned to the Real Techniques Core Collection. I’ve been using these brushes for months now and they’ve quickly become a staple in my makeup collection so what better time to do a review.
real techniques core collection
(Left to right: Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Detailer Brush)
The Real Techniques Core Collection is comprised of four brushes namely the Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush and Detailer Brush. The brushes come in a plastic box and you are also given a panoramic case which is useful for travel. The Core Collection is priced at £21.99 which is pretty decent as you are paying roughly £5.25 per brush which is a bargain considering the quality of these.

In terms of quality the brushes are incredibly soft and easy to use. They feel great on the skin and work really well to ensure that your makeup applies smoothly and evenly. You can clean these easily and they don’t shed or fall apart.
buffing brush
(Real Techniques Buffing Brush)
The Buffing Brush has a round, fluffy head and is designed for you to buff makeup into the skin. I use this to apply my foundation as I find that it helps me get even coverage and a flawless finish. I do wish that this was a little denser so it would be easier to clean however this is nice and flexible and easy to move around the face.
contour brush
(Real Techniques Contour Brush)
The Contour Brush has a fluffy, domed shape to it which tapers out. I really like this because it is the perfect width for the hollows in the cheeks and is so easy to apply bronzer with. I apply my bronzer in circular movements with this brush to get a natural looking contour.
detailer brush
(Real Techniques Detailer Brush)
This is probably my least used brush just because it is so small in comparison to the others. This brush is designed to perfect small details of your face and I find this useful for patting in concealer particularly under my eyes. This is a little on the small side but is is a thin tapered brush useful for pinpointing areas of the face to perfect.
pointed foundation brush
(Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush)
As mentioned by the name this brush is aimed at foundation users. This is a flat and thin brush that is tapered. I find this very stiff and not very flexible to I actually prefer to use this for my highlighter on my cheekbones and I find that it works much better that way.

I’ve actually had these brushes since last summer and they are still just as amazing as when I first purchased them. I’ve just given them another clean and they are just as soft and fluffy as when I first purchased them.

Overall I really like these brushes and would definitely recommend them particularly to newbies to makeup. I find that these make a world of a difference and I don’t know how I ever managed to apply my makeup without them.

The Real Techniques Core Collection is available here for £21.99.

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Love x
Nina

The Lipstick Tag

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One of my all time favourite beauty products that I am always drawn to has to be lipstick therefore I decided that it would be fun to do the lipstick tag. I don’t actually own that many mainly because I got rid of the ones I never used or didn’t like but I probably have more than the average person, so I hope that you enjoy this post.
The Lipstick Tag

1) How many lipsticks do you own?
I own approximately thirteen, to an average person that is a lot but for a beauty blogger I know that I probably don’t have many. I do love them though and I get the feeling that I’ll be buying a lot more after Christmas.

2) What was your first ever lipstick?
I remember it being a MAC one that got given to me by my mum because she didn’t like it, I can’t remember the name of it but it was a deep pink/purple so I’m assuming that it was Rebel.

3) What is your favourite brand of lipstick?
Probably Illamasqua closely followed by MAC. I love the formulas of both lipsticks but I’m going to say Illamasqua because the shade range is just phenomenal and I love wearing bold colours.

4) What is your most worn lipstick?
I tend to switch it up quite often but for a while I was addicted to Rimmel London’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in Plumful and I finished up a tube and bought another one. At the moment though the one that’s closest to being used up is my MUA Lipstick in shade 1.

5) What was the last lip product that you bought?
Don’t quote me because I’m having to think back but I believe that it was my Barry M Genie Lipstick which is actually a green lipstick that turns pink on the lips as it adapts to the PH of your skin which I think is pretty cool.

6) What is your favourite finish?
Definitely matte because it lasts longer and it doesn’t bleed as much, as much as satin lipsticks are a lot more hydrating they always end up slipping and sliding around and end up looking messy.

7) How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag including balms and glosses?
I don’t have any in my handbag at the moment because I try and empty it daily that way I can’t lose track of what products I have. I did have my Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me stashed away in there for a while though.

8) How do you store your lipsticks?
At the moment I have a filing cabinet and they’re all tucked away inside my lip drawer, I really want some drawer dividers or a lipstick holder though so I can display my YSL, MAC and Illamasqua lipsticks.

9) What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
I always go for my Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red because it’s really bold, feels nice on the lips and lasts most of the day. I always feel really powerful when I wear it.

10) What lip products are you currently lusting after?
I’m lusting after a lot so I’m going to just go off of the top of my head and say Illamasqua Lipsticks in Kontrol, Disciple and Maneater, MAC Lipsticks in Hearts Aflame, Lingering Kiss and Heroine and Topshop Lips in Drive. All of which are deep plums, bold colours, reds or berry tones, have you guessed my favourite shade range yet?

So that is it for this post, I hope you enjoyed it and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments some of your answers to these questions or some recommendations for some new lipsticks. I also tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

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Love x
Nina

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish in Electric Yellow Review

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When I purchased this nail polish I was looking for a good yellow nail polish to fit in with my collection. I like doing nail art and I had realised that a lack of a yellow nail polish meant that some of my designs were restricted. I purchased the Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish in Electric Yellow hoping that this would be my go-to-yellow but unfortunately it just doesn’t float my boat, here’s why.
maybelline colour show nail polish
In terms of price this isn’t too bad priced at only £2.99. It isn’t the cheapest nail polish I own but isn’t the most expensive either. With the brand being Maybelline I was expecting reasonable quality. The packaging is pretty plain and doesn’t stand out to me much.

In terms of the colour this is a really bright yellow which I like but unfortunately it doesn’t translate well onto the nails. After one coat you are left with a sheer, streaky colour and you do have to layer up the coats to make this opaque. Even then it doesn’t look great.

The brush is just a standard nail polish brush and there isn’t anything special about it. This is supposed to be a gel based formula so I expected a glossy finish and good longevity especially when you compare this range to the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Range but this just didn’t deliver.
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The polish did have a gloopy formula despite being relatively new and applied terribly, the formula is so streaky that even if you are a nail technician and are great at painting nails you will struggle to make this work.

Longevity is poor, on it’s own this polish will not even last an hour before chipping terribly. I applied my trusty Seche Vite as a topcoat and even then it didn’t stay on for even a few days.

Over all I’m extremely unimpressed with this polish and would not purchase another polish from the range. I have taken into account that for some reason yellow nail polishes are difficult to make apparently but even so this one just had nothing going for it. I’m just glad that this wasn’t an expensive polish otherwise I would have been gutted.

The Maybelline Color Show Nail Polishes are available at Boots for £2.99 here.

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Love x
Nina

LOTD Blake Lively Inspired

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Whether you like her or not you have to admit the Blake Lively does a really great job of rocking that effortless girl next door look and for my makeup today I drew inspiration from Blake to create a natural looking makeup look. I hope that you enjoy this post.
blake lively inspired
On My Eyes:
MUA Heaven and Earth Palette:

I really love this palette and I thought it would be perfect to use for my eye makeup. I used a champage colour for my eyelids and inner corners mixed with a small amount of a light brown for a natural look then used a darker brown on the outer corners and in my crease to define my eyes.
Mememe Sleek and Chic Lengthening Mascara:
I used this mascara to lengthen my lashes to make my eyes look wider. I’m not a huge fan of this mascara as it does clump my lashes together but I’ve been trialling it recently so thought I’d give it a go.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark:
Seeing as Blake has blonde hair I didn’t want to do my eyebrows really dark so I just filled them in using the light brown setting powder from my Sleek Brow Kit.
Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara:
To set my brows into place I used my Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara a clear mascara which works really well as a clear eyebrow gel.

On My Face:
The Body Shop Oil Balancing Foundation in 01:
Although I love primers I’m not going anywhere today so I applied this foundation directly to my face and I found that it actually looked a lot nicer. Although this hasn’t translated well on camera this foundation is a little dark for me but I used it to warm up my face.

Astor Deluxe Safari Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever:
I didn’t want to do a heavy contour but I did want to warm up my face so I used my Astor Deluxe Safari Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever and my Real Techniques Contour Brush and dusted a small amount of bronzer under my cheekbones to warm up my face a little.

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold:
Blake doesn’t seem to go overboard with the highlighter and powder so I didn’t use them and simply dusted some of my Sleek Blusher in Rose Gold across the apples of my cheeks to warm up my face and add a healthy glow.

On My Lips:
Revlon Lipgloss in Bellini:
I wanted a natural nude colour on my lips because Blake goes quite natural with her makeup so I chose to use my Revlon Lip Gloss in Bellini. This is a nice milky, nude colour but I found that it is quite sticky and the colour isn’t opaque enough for my lips.

So that is it for this post if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of the girl next door look.

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Love x
Nina

Superdrug Vitamin E SPF 15 Radiance Eye Cream Review

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Hands up if most days you don’t get enough sleep and end up with really dark circles under you eyes. Me too which is why I thought I’d try the Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Radiance Eye Cream. I’ve tried it and now as usual here’s my thoughts.
superdrug vitami e radiance eye cream
The Superdrug Vitamin E SPF 15 Radiance Eye Cream is priced at £2.99 which I think is an absolute steal for an eye cream. This contains SPF 15 which helps to protect the delicate eye area, is high in anti oxidants and claims to defend the skin against environmental damage. In terms of packaging this is simple but effective with all of the relevant information on the front of the tube. This is marketed at people with Normal to Dry Skin.

In terms of the texture and formula of the product I really like this, this is a cooling cream that you can just dab on with your fingers. I wouldn’t say that this is massively hydrating but the thick, white formula really does help to brighten the eye area and minimise the appearance of dark circles which is exactly what I want it for.
eyes before
(My eyes before bear in mind I actually got a lot of sleep so my dark circles are pretty minimal)
eyes after
(My eyes after if you look at my right eye in particular you can see that the cream has countered the shininess and darker colouring)

In terms of application this is really easy you just squeeze a small amount from the tube to your finger and dab it underneath your eyes. This smells really nice and a little really goes a long way so the product lasts a long time.

I would say that you still need concealer but I love applying this eye cream in a morning before applying my makeup and I find that I don’t need to use as much concealer and that it really helps conceal my dark circles.

Overall for such a low price I think that this product is great I’d definitely repurchase and I’d definitely recommend it.

To purchase or view the product click here, the Vitamin E SPF 15 Radiance Eye Cream is available at Superdrug for £2.99.

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 this eye cream or if you would consider doing so.

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Love x
Nina

Country Club Turbie Towel Review

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If like me you have shower of bath, wrap your hair in a towel and then struggle to keep the towel on your head this may be a post for you, because the towel gods have finally given us an answer in the form of the turbie towel. I picked up the Country Club Turbie Towel for a pound and thought that it was time to share with you my thoughts and opinion on it
turbie towel
I did bin the packaging of this after opening it but this is what the Country Club Turbie Towel looks like. This only cost me a pound from Savers and the idea of it is that you can hook the elastic loop round the button to secure this onto your head after your bath or shower.

In terms of quality of this towel this isn’t great. The material is quite thin and doesn’t absorb a lot of water which means you hair is still wet and you’re left with a soaking wet towel when you have used this which isn’t massively convenient.

In terms of the concept I love the idea of a turbie towel but this one isn’t great there was no directions on which way to turn this and it’s very large like a gigantic shower cap making it tricky to use.

I do use this when I dye my hair but if I’m honest this isn’t as mind blowing as I thought it would be, I actually choose a regular towel over this one when I get out of the shower so this just sits on my bookshelf waiting to be used.

Overall I do like the concept of the turbie towel and I’m looking into Soap and Glory’s version which looks a lot better quality wise. I don’t think that this was a rip off because it was only a pound but I wouldn’t repurchase or recommend it.

The Country Club Turbie Towel is available for £2.00 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 what you think of the turbie towel concept and which brands you like to use.

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Love x
Nina

Love or Loathe – Lip Art

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It’s been a while since I did one of my love or loathe posts based on latest trends but when I saw lip art popping up everywhere I decided to give it a try and thought it would make an interesting post. Here’s my verdict.

I’ve never done lip art before so I used a combination of lipsticks and eyeliners. I think you should ensure that the products are always lip safe before using them (I didn’t which is probably a bit silly) but you probably don’t want to end up having a reaction. I decided to try three different looks using different products to get a feel for the trend.

Look One – Ombre Lip
ombre lip
The first look I tried was an ombre lip. It hasn’t translated very well in the photo but I used my Barry M Genie Lipstick to get a nice pink lip then a neon pink lip lacquer in the middle. I wasn’t really a fan and the combination of the dry texture of the lipstick then the sticky texture of the lacquer felt really strange.

Look Two – Black and Red Gradient Lips
black and red lip art
The next thing I tried was a gradient with red lips deepening to a black outline. Although the images I used for reference looked great online the combination of red lipstick and black felt tip liner looked awful on me and I ended up looking like Frank N Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show which was not a good look for me at all.

Look Three – Galaxy Inspired Lip Art
pink and blue lip art
The third lip art look I created was a galaxy inspired look, I used blue and pink liquid eyeliners from Barry M and although it looks cool it was a pain to do, very drying and my lips were stained blue for a while afterwards.

Overall I don’t think that the lip art trend is for my and I’d have to say that my verdict is loathe. I wouldn’t wear any of these looks outside and they were a real pain to try and do. I’m sorry to all of you lip art lovers out there but unfortunately this trend isn’t for me.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments what you think of the lip art trend and where you would rock it.

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Love x
Nina

The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation Review

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When my friend Chrissie gave me her bottle of The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation as she never used it I was pretty excited. I love the Body Shop as a brand and I’d been wanting to try some of their makeup for a while so I was pretty certain that I was going to love the foundation, unfortunately though it proved to be quite a disappointment, here’s why.
the body shop foundation
I can’t really comment on the price of the product because this was given to me and when I looked online to see how much it was, there was no indication of price. I’m a bit indifferent with the packaging, I like how you can see how much product you have and bonus points for the pump but apart from that the plastic packaging looks pretty cheap and quite frankly boring.

In terms of the colour range The Body Shop boasts ten different shades which isn’t bad for a product. I have the shade 01 which is the lightest shade that the Body Shop offers however this is seriously orange and way too dark for my skin which I was really disappointed with.

Another one of my bug bears with this foundation is that it oxidises which turns it even more orange which isn’t good. I’ve kept the lid on this foundation but even so when I pump it out it’s orange, on my skin it is orange and even when I blend it in and then combine concealer and power with it it is still too dark which is really frustrating. It doesn’t blend to well either, when I wear this I have to blend it down onto my neck and décolletage and even then you can tell the difference in skin colour.

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The scent is quite odd, I’m never noticed any problems with foundation scents before but this really smells strongly of something I can’t quite place (I want to say similar to licorice), the longevity is also very poor, despite looking nice inititally it does wear away throughout the day and by mid afternoon to evening it looks like I’m not wearing any foundation at all which isn’t convenient.

The coverage is good and the finish is really nice a really natural looking velvet matte finish but unfortunately the colour and oxidisation just makes me really dislike this product. This could have had potential but I definitely feel like this formula needs a lot of work if the Body Shop want this to be a great product.

I wouldn’t repurchase this and unless you have medium to dark skin I wouldn’t recommend this either, sadly this foundation just doesn’t do it for me.

To find out if you nearest store stocks The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation click 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 this foundation and if so what you thought of it.

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Love x
Nina

Gothic Beauty Wishlist

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I do love trying out new beauty items and in the autumn and winter I love how Gothic makeup becomes a thing especially as that means matching my makeup to my clothing style. Today I thought I’d share with you my Gothic Beauty inspired wishlist. Ten items (maybe a few more) that I’m just lusting after. I hope that you enjoy this post.

Gothic Beauty wishlist iimage

1) Illamasqua Nail Polish in Baptiste RRP £14.50 at Selfridges
Up first is a stunning nail polish by Illamasqua. Now I know that I have plenty of nail polish and really don’t need any more but this rich purple colour with shimmer is absolutely stunning and I think it would look rather nice in my collection. I already own an Illamasqua nail polish in Vice and it’s stunning so I really want to try this one too.

2) Illamasqua Lipsticks in Disciple, Kontrol and Maneater RRP £18.50 at Illamasqua
The lipstick in this image is Disciple a really unique green toned blue lipstick that I think would look amazing on a night out but it’s one of three on my list. Kontrol is my all time favourite which is a grey/purple toned blue (difficult to describe) and Maneater is a bold red. I love vampy lips and for me Illamasqua is the way to go.

3) Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation RRP £32.00 at Illamasqua
For me foundation can be really tricky because sometimes even the palest shades are way to dark or orange toned for my fair yellow toned skin however the fact that you can literally get a white foundation by Illamasqua proves that for pale girls like myself, all is not lost. I’ve heard great things about the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation so I’m eager to try it.

4) MAC Lipsticks in Hearts Aflame and Lingering Kiss RRP £15.50 at MAC
Moving onto MAC two lipsticks that I have my eye on are Hearts Aflame which is is more on the red side of plum and Lingering Kiss which is a bit darker. I also love the look of Heroine which is a really bold purple. As mentioned above I love vampy lipsticks so these two are on my hit list.

5) Makeup Revolution Salvation Give Them Nightmares Palette RRP £6.00 at Makeup Revolution Store.
Makeup Revolution is a brand that proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a well priced product. The Give Them Nightmares Palette is stocked full of smoky shades that I’d use to create a range of smokey eyed looks with a twist throughout the colder months. I’m yet to try anything by Makeup Revolution but this palette looks promising.

6) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia RRP £14.00 at Beauty Bay
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a brand that I’m yet to try mainly because of the price but I can’t deny that I have my eye on a few of their lip tars including the bold blue and the deep purply blue (I think the shade is Technophangan) but the one I think I would get the most use out of is Black Dahlia a lovely plum toned burgundy.

7) Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara by Grow Luscious RRP £9.99 at Boots
No makeup look is complete without gorgeous eyelashes and seeing as I already own the Lash Potion Mascara by Revlon it only makes sense that I own the newest edition to their range, right? I haven’t heard a lot about this mascara yet but I loved the wet formula of the Lash Potion and how easy it was to make my lashes look amazing so I have high expectations for this one.

8) Tom Ford Lipstick in Violet Fatale RRP £37.00 at John Lewis
I’m a firm believer that every girl should own at least one luxury lipstick and although I already have the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Violet Incognito I can’t deny how much I love the look of the Tom Ford Lipstick in Violet Fatale. It’s pulling on my heartstrings but thankfully with Christmas coming up my pursestrings are staying closed, for now…

9) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils RRP £14.00 at Debenhams
I’m really excited by the newest editions to the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils and I keep asking myself why I haven’t bought any yet. I love the look of a lot of the colours particularly the turquoise shades but I know that the ones I’d probably go forfirst would be the smoky black shades such as Zero and Perversion.

10) Zoya Matte Velvet Nail Polishes RRP $9.00 at Zoya
The final thing on my wishlist is the new Zoya Matte Velvet Nail Polishes. I love all of the colours in the collection but I particularly like the look of Harlow, Savita and Veruschka. The jewel tones are bang on for this time of year and I love a matte finish in the colder months.

So that is it for my Gothic Beauty inspired wishlist, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what products you have on your wishlist.

Thanks for reading!
Love x
Nina

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