Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Delirious Review

I have to say, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils have to be some of my all-time favourite eyeliners simply because they have a rich pigment and a creamy, longlasting texture (what’s not to love). I have noticed though that certain shades don’t perform as well as others which is something I learned when I bought the Delirious Set with five travel-sized pencils inside. This week, I decided to try the shade Delirious, here’s my thoughts.

As mentioned above this is a travel sized eyeliner, the shade Delirious is a red-toned violet shade which I do like but find a little tricky to wear. These eyeliners do require sharpening which is a bit of a pain as they are slightly thicker than a lot of usual eyeliners so they would need to go in the bigger hole of a sharpener. This set retails for £25.00 but I got it on sale for around £14.00 making these eyeliners only £3.00 each.

As mentioned above this is a red-toned violet shade which personally I feel is a little difficult to wear. Whilst I love bold colours, I am very purple so this eyeliner can make me look like I have a black eye especially if it smudges which is why I prefer Psychadelic Sister which is more blue toned. As you can also see this does have glitter in it which I would rather not have in eyeliner, personally I’m just not a fan of glitter in my products and I can only deal with it in some highlighters – it’s just not preferable for me.

The texture of this is extremely creamy and easy to use, I do find that these creamier liners tend to sit better on the lashline than the waterline as I think I do have fairly watery eyes. I also find that these liners tend to have quite a lot of longevity however, this one doesn’t seem to last as long plus if it smudges or drops then I do look like my dark circles are showing albeit with a ton of glitter. Take a look for yourself.

Overall, I’m not really feeling this liner, it’s okay but I don’t think I’ll be wearing it because it doesn’t really suit me and it’s more of a pain than anything else. I don’t think that you need this one on your collection which is a positive since it can’t be purchased separately to the set (as far as I’m aware), I wouldn’t recommend this and I wouldn’t repurchase.|

The Urban Decay Delirious Eyeliner Set can be purchased from Urban Decay but is currently out of stock.

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No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Review

The No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter has a bit of a story attached to it for me. I remmeber when I first got into beauty blogger four years ago and this looked like the most beautiful highlighter I had ever seen. I remember it being out of stock online and it was never in store I even thought they had discontinued it until one day I managed to find it, I’ve been trialing it this week, here’s my thoughts.

Starting with the packaging and I really, really like it. This is a twist-up stick highlighter and I love the combination of shimmering nude and silver I think it looks modern and beautiful. This isn’t the cheapest highlighter in the world but is by no means the most expensive at £10.00 for 5.5 grams of product.

The highlighter itself is a stick with a dome top, as you can see it’s a beautiful champagne tone with a small amount of shimmer. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but this has an incredible creamy texture and the glow is that wonderful candlelight lit from within look that everyone seems to talk about so much.

(Unblended swatch)
This has a wonderful amount of pigment, this is one to two swipes of the product on my hand and you can see how bright it is. As mentioned the formula is very creamy so I tried this both over and under foundation. Over foundation this is subtle but can be built up to be as intense as you like, the product is easy to blend however, if you apply the stick directly to your face I have found that this can lift and move your base makeup.

(Blended swatch)
As this does have a small amount of shimmer, the fine microglitter/shimmer is visible on the skin (although it isn’t a crazy amount of shimmer or glitter). For this product, I find that it works better underneath the foundation as you can get that highly sought after glow and the foundation prevents the shimmer from showing through so you don’t have to worry about a glittery face. I also find that applying this under foundation negates the issue of my base moving around. All you need to do is apply a few swipes then apply your foundation over the top for a sculpted look with the highlighter shining through – it’s beautiful!

Overall, I really like this, I typically prefer pink toned highlighters as I find that champagne ones can sometimes be too yellow toned however, this one is pale enough that it works really well on my skintone. I really do like this, it definitely lives up to expectations and if you are looking for a champagne highlighter stick I would recommend this!

The No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter is available from Boots for £10.00.

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 highlighter and what your thoughts are on stick highlighters in general. My favourite highlighters are powders but this is lovely!

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China Glaze Towel Boy Toy Nail Polish Review

China Glaze is one of those brands that seems to have a cult following, I hear a lot of bloggers rave about the polishes but I have to be honest, I don’t get the hype. Despite this I was given the shade Towel Boy Toy from a friend and I decided to give the brand another chance, here’s my thoughts on this polish.

Starting with the packaging and I think it’s quite nice, China Glaze have opted for rounded bottles with a large lid and you can clearly see the colour of the polish. I’m not sure how much this retailed for but it is still available on Nail Direct for £4.95, this polish was part of the Poolside Collection.

Looking at the brush this is quite a thin flimsy brush and I do now prefer the fatter wider brushes. The colour of the polish is really nice however, I’m a huge fan of blue shades so I was really excited to wear this especially now that it’s summer so I can crack out the bright shades!

Unfortunately the packaging, price and colour is where the positivity ends for this polish. This is a one coat of the polish and the colour is very pale. My camera hasn’t quite picked this up but the polish is incredibly sheer to the point where the first few coats look like you have stained blue nails rather than you are wearing polish. It actually reminds me of when you wear a polish and remove it and it leaves behind an awful tinge. I ended up using three plus coats to get this to full opacity.

A;though the finish is nice, a bold blue with microshimmer, the amount of coats needed meant that this took ages to dry, even when blobbing this on I still had sheer patches like on my middle nail towards the bottom which I really hated.

Not only was I left with a rather patchy looking finish but this chipped very quickly and the polish also just slid off of my nails. All in all I had a bad experience and this seems to be a theme with China Glaze for me, I’ve tried various polishes but they are always very watery formulas that chip quickly and look very sheer which is a shame because they have some stunning colours in their collections.

Overall, I’m not a fan and I am disappointed that a brand can keep churning out products but can’t revisit the formula, personally I would not recommend China Glaze polishes and I wouldn’t repurchase. I think that Barry M Nail Polishes are not only nicer but cheaper as well for better quality.

The China Glaze Towel Boy Toy Nail Polish is available from Nail Polish Direct for £4.95.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. I am also curious to know if you have tried any China Glaze polishes and what your experiences were? I find them to be very overrated.

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Flower Girl LOTD

Despite having Hayfever, I love looking at and drawing flowers so I really fancied creating a makeup look around that. This is definitely not one for daywear more of a fancy dress and playaround but since it’s sunny and I’m feeling the bright colours I felt very inspired, I hope that you like it!

Eyes
MUA Pro Prime Base
I always start my eye makeup otherwise I move around my face makeup and the first product I always use is an eye primer. The doe-foot applicator on the MUA Pro Prime Base makes it easy to use and I’ve found that the primer increases the intensity and longevity of eyeshadows.
BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette
I never thought I’d see the day where I chose to wear yellow eyeshadow but here we are! I used a combination of two yellow eyeshadows from this palette. The shimmer is subtle but I find that shimmery eyeshadows tend to be creamier than mattes and despite the colour these held up pretty well in terms of pigmentation.
Essence 3d Eyeshadow in Irresistible Summer Sea
To create the flower petals I used a mixture of two eyeshadows from Essence. This one is the pale blue one, usually this is very pigmented however, I was applying it to my face so I did need to pack this on. These shadows are actually eyeshadow duos and have a pigmented formula.
Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresistible Purple
I was going to go for the paler option in this duo however, I didn’t want the blue and purple to blend together and create a mess so I used the darker shade. I do find that the lighter (and flat) shades tend to yield a slightly better formula than the 3d parts of these shadows but that is me. This one does have a small amount of glitter in but thankfully didn’t end up everywhere.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero
Winged eyeliner could have potentially ruined this look so I decided to keep it just to the tightline and waterlines of my eyes. I really do like this particular black liner as it stays on for a long time before fading plus the formula is very intense and very creamy.
Soap and Glory Supercat Liner
When creating looks like this I’m always tempted to use a liquid liner until I remember how liquid liner can crack and fade so I decided to use this felt tip liner to do the detailing on the flowers. Unfortunately like every felt tip liner I have used this is drying out especially on the tip, but for the price it’s not too terrible.
Clinique High Impact Mascara
I am on the fence with this mascara, it does offer plenty of volume and I have noticed it offers a decent curl as well but it falls down on the separation side so you do have to be careful with clumps.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
I’ve almost used this up now and it’s been a great product to use. I find this really does match my brows and the wax and the powder means that I can fill in and shape my brows without them looking shiny or too warm toned.

Face
Clinique Superprimer Primer
This is a sample, I do always like to use a primer just to give my foundation something to grip to but I find that this primer reminds me of the Rimmel London Stay Matte in the fact that it doesn’t seem to do too much.
L’oreal True Match Foundation
One of my favourite drugstore foundations the only downside to this is the longevity. I applied this with a sponge and then I used the Real Techniques Detailer Brush when I got near the petals to prevent smearing around this makeup, I love this for daywear.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1N
I used this under my eyes but after I’d done the petals if I was to repeat this look I’d probably use this before the eyeshadow but the detailing brush helped me clean up any edges. Some people do find this concealer to be cakey but I find it makes a huge difference to my dark circles  and it doesn’t crease.
No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
I’ve only started using this week and I’ll have a full review up on Friday. I do really like the colour of this and the formula is very creamy. I actually applied this under my foundation to reduce any shimmer and to prevent it from lifting away my foundation. I applied this in all the usual places – cheekbones, down the centre of my nose, cupids bow and browbone.

Lips
Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta
I was going to go for a nude lip however, I felt that a bold lip would prevent this look from being too top heavy and it definitely brightens the look and ties it all together. This lipstick is very comfortable to wear as it is more of a comfort matte formula. The shade is very bold but great for summer!

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this look. I really like the flowery liner I’ve seen people do but I know that I’m not that precise!

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Dermo28 Recovery Cream Review

It was only a matter of time before I found a Dermo28 product that I did like and I have to admit although I have a sample of the product, for £59.00 I’d hope that I would like this! I’m not going to write a lengthy introduction on this post I’m going to get right into the review and share my thoughts, here they are.

As mentioned I have a sample sachet but the Dermo28 has quite a simple minimalist white and pastel theme for their products which I think is quite nice. Dermo28 are an italian skincare brand and I would definitely consider them a high end brand, the full sized of this product retails for £59.00 for 50ml of product.

The product description is as follows:
An exclusive formula with a silky and delicate texture, free of fragrances, preservatives, solvents and common allergens, that guarantees nourishment and hydration to the most sensitive and reactive types of skin. It helps your skin to regain its natural beauty.

  • It sooths redness and minimises sensitivity.
  • It deeply nourishes and hydrates your skin.
  • It protects your skin from environmental aggressions.

Starting with the texture I do agree with the product claim, this is quite rich with a thick cream texture, similar to Eve Taylor products this does take a fair amount of masssaging to get this to go into the skin however, it isn’t a greasy or sticky formula, whilst it is thick for a cream (bordering on certain suncreams in terms of thickness) it is quite lightweight and once it does get into the skin it melts into it.

After a cold this week my skin has been absolutely horrific, I have dry patches, spots and a very red face so this was actually a great time to really put this to the test. I tested this by cleansing and toning first and then applying this in place of serum and moisturiser to give it a good shot and I found the following results.

Instantly my skin looked more radiant, read healthy glow with that not shiny, swetay or oily looking. I also noticed that my skin felt much less parched and dry. My skin felt much smoother and smaller details such as my pores and my under eye circles felt dramatically reduced.

The ingredients for this arew as follows:
Aqua/Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycosphingolipids, Allantoin, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Escin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trietha-nolamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Caramel.

This does unfortunately contain alcohol but it doesn’t seem to contain parabens or additional fragrance which is definitely positive. I am not surprised by the inclusion of shea butter as this did feel quite thick and rich in texture. I don’t know if this is vegan so I’m going to assume it’s not but there are plenty of oils and plant extracts in this product which I know my skin likes.

Overall, from initial application to the results, this product is actually quite nice. I don’t think this is something that I would rush out to repurchase or recommend especially when the price is taken into account however, I do think that this is quite nice to use and I would happily use it again, my skin definitely felt soothed and nourished after using this.

The Dermo28 Recovery Cream is available from Dermo28 for £59.00.

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 anything by Dermo28 and which products you like you use when your skin is super sensitive. For  a budget option I’d highly recommend the La Roche Posay Toleraine Fluid.

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Tresemme Beauty-Full Hair Maximiser Review

When I first tried the Tresemme Beauty-Full Shampoo and Conditioner I did it alongside reverse washing to see if I could volumise my hair and the results weren’t fantastic. Due to this, I was unsure what I’d think of the Maximiser however, I do love a good volumising cream so here’s my thoughts.

I have the sample sachet of this but the Beauty-Full range consists of blue and white packaging that I actually really like. This is a high street product so this retails for £5.50 for 70ml.

The product description is as follows:
The secret lies in the combination of Fleximax Volumisers, which help you create volume, and fibre polishing actives, which smooth the cuticles. Used by professionals. Expert selection. Fleximax+polishing complex. Volume & softness. For bouncy, touchable hair.

In terms of texture this does feel like a slightly sticky, cold cream. I will admit that I didn’t follow the instructions and blow dry afterwards as my hairdryer is broken however, I always air dry my hair so this was actually a natural way for me to test this.

In terms of results my hair did look a little more volumised and it did seem shiny however, my issue with this is that it does make my hair look frizzier at the same time whilst adding volume, so if you do have wavy to curly hair like mine this may not be the product for you.

I also noticed that as a cream it’s hard to work with, you can’t control this as easily as something list a mist or a spray because you run it through you hair so it’s difficult to dispense this evenly across the hair which is a shame.

Overall, this isn’t a bad product but it doesn’t wow me, if you are looking for a lightweight volumising cream then this may be the product for you but personally I much prefer a texturising spray.

The Tresemme Beauty-Full Maximiser is available for £5.99 from Boots.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta Review

These days I’m all about a muted pink lip for work days, but I’m still obsessing over matte lips so I couldn’t resist trying one of the Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipsticks after swatching in Boots. I’ve not actually tried a Maybelline lipstick before despite Maybelline being a readily accessible brand in the UK, so here’s my thoughts.

All of the Maybelline lipsticks come in these rectangular bullets with a plastic lid. I quite like the matte packaging of the lid even if it does attract fingerprints simply because it is reflective of the finish of the lipstick. Maybelline are a high street brand so these lipsticks are fairly budget friendly at £6.99.

Maybelline describes these lipsticks as the following:
Now, lips slip into our creamiest matte. Sensuous matte cream formula meets bold pigment colour for our smoothest, most seductive mattes. In 6 make-a-statement shades. Worried that matte lipstick with make your lips look and feel dry? New Color Sensational Creamy Mattes give you matte lips that look smooth, moisturised and more plump, and feel comfortable all day.

There’s a choice of seven shades of the Coloursensational Matte Lipsticks, the shade Magnetic Magenta is exactly what the name would suggest – a bright neon magenta shade. This is quite a bold shade so I can understand the magnetic aspect (aside from the alliteration) it definitely captures the eye.

One thing that always puts me off with matte lipsticks is how drying they can be especially the liquid lipstick variety that makes me feel like all of the moisture from my lips has been sucked out. That isn’t an issue with these lipsticks due to the creamy formula. These glide on instantly pigmented with one swipe, although I’ve not yet tried the range they feel the same as I imagine the Urban Decay Comfort Matte formula to be.

We are left with a primarily matte finish with a slight satin touch to it that maintains the dimension of the lips and prevents the lipstick from looking too flat. I actually really like the formula, it’s easy to work with, comfortable to wear and it delivers on it’s intended finish.

The only flaw with this lipstick (and this is me nitpicking) is that I think it would benefit from an increased longevity. I can get a couple of hours of wear out of this but it won’t stay put for eight plus hours, especially when eating or drinking. I do think though that a top up isn’t a major bug bear when this lipstick delivers on everything else.

Overall, I really do like this lipstick, the shade isn’t one I’d wear daily due to the vividness and boldness of it but it is a nice one for summer. I am also tempted by the shade Rose Rush which looks like a muted pink, providing it’s not a pale blue toned pink which may look a bit dated. I would repurchase a lipstick from this range and if you do like the matte lip trend I’d highly recommend you give these a try!

The Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta is available in Boots for £6.99.

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