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

Despite loving the regular Urban Decay 24/7 Liners I seem to have had a mixed experience with the Urban Decay Delirious Travel Liner set. Turns out I’m not the only one after reading Temptalia’s review I realised that she too enjoyed the matte black liner (Perversion) but felt that the others lacked pigmentation and the usual creamy, longlasting formula. I’m almost through reviewing them now, I will admit this shade really drew me to the set as I love a good blue liner, here’s my thoughts…

This came in the limited edition travel set, looking at the packaging this looks like a vibrant, metallic blue liner so I was so excited to use this. Unfortunately this does contain glitter which I feel impacts heavily on its performance. This set is no longer available but I snagged it in an Urban Decay sale for £14.00.

When swatching this it had the usual creamy formula that glides across the skin so I did have hope for this. As you may be able to see this is a beautiful bold blue shade however, if you look at the top edge where the glitter is the most apparent you can see the formula break up slightly and fade which is a shame.

If you press on hard you are treated to a bold formula however, as mentioned above the glitter impacts this, as you may be able to see in the second swatch this fades quickly to a dull grey toned blue which I just don’t like it’s like a felt tip that is drying out and deposits a watery faded colour, not nice.

When I smudged this out I have to say I was disappointed. Usually even when I try to smudge the Urban Decay liners they stay in place and don’t move which is why I like them so much however, this one just left behind a smeared glittery mess, not something I’d want around my eyes!

And that’s what lets this product down, on the lid I can get bold colour but this doesn’t work on the waterline, on the lash line it applies but patchily and it breaks up quickly leaving behind a faded shade and chunks of glitter. I know some people haven’t had a positive experience with the Urban Decay liners but I do think that if that is the case don’t judge them but the travel sized sets definitely try the full sizes as the Perversion liner is truly fantastic.

Overall this was a disappointment, I do regret buying the set although I did get Perversion out of it, ultimately this is just a l;et down and I wouldn’t have purchased it if I knew that the liners were glittery and not up to the usual standards. As for Accuse, if this was available in full size I would avoid it and I neither would recommend nor repurchase this.

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Nars Illuminator in Copacabana Review

If there’s one makeup item that always makes my heart skip a beat it has to be highlighter. Anything that promises glow, sheen and general loveliness is something that I rate, especially when it’s by a brand as esteemed as Nars. The Nars Illuminator is something that I’ve had in my stash unopened for a while and something I’ve been longing to try for even longer so here’s my overdue review.

Starting with the packaging, this is housed in a black box with the Nars branding and then the product itself is in a clear squeezy tube. The packaging I don’t think is overly exciting but I do like the plastic, squeezy tube it’s practical and easy to store. The price is £23.00 for 30ml of product so not cheap but a little goes a long way.

Nars describe this illuminator as the following:
NARS Illuminator lights the skin from within. A collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous. Can be applied all over the face or used as a highlighter and can be worn under, over or mixed with foundation.”

Available in four shades I have Copacabana which is the most stunning cool-toned icy pink shade. I actually love icy highlighters so anything oyster pink, white or pale silver is right up my street. As you can see this is intense one small blog can deliver this high pigmentation which is blendable and easily sheered out or built up to your preferred intensity.

As you can see this is easily blendable and the formula is not too thick so you can wear it under or over makeup. I find that over foundation this can move my base if I’m not careful so I usually apply this intensely under my foundation so I have a luminous glow shining through. You can of course go bold and wear this over foundation or even mix it in your foundation for an all over glow, as mentioned above a small amount goes a very long way!

I think a lot of people may be afraid to use this with it being a liquid formulation but I urge you not to be! The liquid formula means that you can use this in many different ways, it’s also great for different skintypes especially in the summer! What I really like is that you can use this with a highlighter brush too, so I use my Real Techniques Foundation to apply this and then my fingers to blend the edges and it works like a dream!

This does have a small amount of shimmer in it but read shimmer not glitter, when I wear this I see an icy pink glow rather than copious amounts of glitter everywhere so don’t worry!

This stays on all day and the formula is neither too thick or runny so you have time to work with this and it won’t slip and slide around. Overall, I adore this it’s a beautiful product and I can see why so many people love it, I’d definitely recommend or repurchase.

The Nars Illuminator in Copacabana is available from Feel Unique for £23.00.

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 any recommendations for any icy highlighters! I really like the look of Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in Ice Cold Highlighter and I have to admit I said I’d never buy from him but I’m so tempted!

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Essence Nail Repairing Oil Review

Essence had a huge hype surrounding the makeup and I have to admit the makeup is good value for money and has some wonderful products but I never hearing people talking about the nail products. I have one Essence nail polish which I actually really like but I was intrigued when I saw the nail oil. My nails are in a horrendous state, I have a deficiency which causes them to snap, bend and break anyway plus I did recently bite them again once I got stressed. They definitely needed (and still need) some TLC so I’ve been giving this a try.

The packaging for this is pretty simple, it’s a clear bottle so you can see the oil with a yellow lid and a brush not too dissimilar to a normal nail polish. This is extremely budget friendly at only £2.00 which I think is great value for money.

Essence describe this product as the following:
The Essence nail repairing oil is enriched with almond oil and precious argan oil to offer intensive, nourishing care for your cuticles. At the same time, the oil promotes natural nail growth, leaving your nails perfectly pampered. Thanks to the practical flock applicator, it’s super easy to apply as well.

The applicator for this is actually slightly stiffer and less flexible than a nail polish but I actually like that as I find the oil easier to apply. I simply paint this onto my nails, massage into my nails and cuticles and then wipe away with a cotton bud. Once I’ve done that I find that I can apply nail polish easily without it running or smearing everywhere.

The first thing I noticed about this was the smell, I expected this to smell like a regular nail polish or just oil but it doesn’t it actually smells very sherbet-like like fizzy sweets which I actually really like.

The oil itself doesn’t seem overly repairing as my cuticles are still a bit raggedy and my nails still have ridges however, it does feel nourishing and my nails and cuticles do have some improvement with some nourishment too so I think it does work but it isn’t groundbreaking.

Nevertheless this is a nice product to use and I can see myself using it regularly before applying nail polish. It really is quick and convenient and if it does contain nourishing oils then all the better – for £2.00 you can’t really go wrong.

Overall, this is a nice product it didn’t blow me away but it is nice to have and use. I don’t think I’d rush to repurchase this but it’s cheaper than a lot of cuticle creams and balms and it seems to be more effective than some that I’ve used in the past, if you are in the market for a new nail and cuticle oil I’d definitely recommend giving this a try at least.

The Essence Nail Repairing Oil is available from Wilko for £2.00.

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 and if you use oils or creams on your nails and cuticles, if so which do you use? I have wanted to try the Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter for a while now!

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Blue Steel Inspired LOTD

Metals are hugely popular in the beauty world contributing an entire shade range for new products and launches. When I was in school I actually wanted to be a geologist, I’ve always found the study or rocks and minerals to be interesting and that includes metal. I know rose gold is hugely popular but I have to be honest I’m really not a fan, I fancied doing a tutorial so I decided to take inspiration from blue steel which I love, I hope you like this look!

Eyes
MUA Pro Prime Eye Primer
As always I started with my eye makeup and of course a base for my eyeshadow. I really like this one by MUA which is a repurchase, it genuinely works plus it’s budget friendly and uses a handy doe foot applicator. I used this over my entire eyelids.
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette
Next is eyeshadow, I used a bright blue shade (Freeze) over my entire lid and blended that into the crease and socket. I added a white shade (Bobby Dazzle) later on to my inner corners and into the centre of my lid to add dimension.
Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette
I only used one shade from this palette (Time) but it’s a shade that this look was based upon, I really wanted to use this because it’s the butterist, creamiest and most pigmented shadow I’ve ever used but I wasn’t sure on the best way to use it. I applied this to the outer corners of my eyes and into my crease and socket and blended into the blue to create a smokey finish.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Accuse
For my lower waterline and lash line I wanted to use a blue liner, this one by Urban Decay isn’t very good on the waterline but it sits well on the lash line. I used this only on my lower lash line to stop this look from being too top heavy.
Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in Superblack
Originally I was going to do winged liner but decided against it, I used this black pencil on my tightline just to add definition to my upper lash line.
Organic Glam Mascara in Black
For mascara I used one by Organic Glam, it’s hard to get volume with this but it does do a good job at lengthening and separating, I’ll be honest though it’s not the best mascara I’ve used.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
Finally is brows and I used my beloved brow kit by Sleek since I’ve almost used up the pigmented wax side of this now.

Face
Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation
I actually didn’t use a primer for my face so the first product I used was the Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation, this is expensive but it’s the best foundation I’ve tried as it makes my skin look picture perfect, matches my skintone perfectly and is the only foundation to stay on my face all day long which is what I need!
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I used concealer for my eyes only, I got the usual under the eyes and inner corners but I also used this above my crease and around the edges of my eyeshadow to tighten the crease and clean up any smudges or fallout.
Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever
I only use bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks mainly because it makes me look muddy or strange if I use it everywhere. I do really like this bronzer by Astor, I’ve hit pan on it now but it’s been a firm favourite right back from when I first started blogging, definitely one for pale girls.
Benefit Hervana Blusher
I wanted to brighten up the face and not look washed out especially as I was wearing blue so I added a bit of colour to my cheeks with the Benefit Hervana blusher. This has to be one of my favourite Benefit blushers, the colour is just stunning.
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter
Sticking with the icy theme I used an icy pink powder highlight by MUA. This still stuns me everytime I use it the colour is just phenomenal and so pretty. There’s now quite a few shades of these in the MUA range from a pale champagne gold, to warm peaches to blues and greys now!

Lips
Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Gloss in Stellar Berry
Finally for lips I was going to use a pale nude but decided to try and balance the look. I actually chose a gloss as I wanted something softer than a matte lipstick. This lipgloss from Maybelline is actually more berry toned in person it’s definitely not as bright as it looks in the photo! This has a lovely smooth formula that doesn’t feel sticky and sits nicely on the lips plus it smells like the strawberry chocolate Quality Street!

So there we have it, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this look and if you’d give it a try, I personally think the blue makes a nice alternative to the typically silver and black smokey eye.

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Garnier Moisture Bomb 3-in-1 Day Moisturiser Review

I have to admit I’m quite picky with moisturisers, mainly because anything that is heavily fragranced is usually a no-no for me. Not only is my skin sensitive, but it’s also combination so I tend to prefer a lighter formula for moisturiser since I use a facial serum or oil prehand. After being dedicated to my beloved Niva Soft for many years now, I didn’t have high expectations for the Garnier Moisture Bomb moisturiser but I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised here’s my thoughts.

I have a sample of this but I have to say the normal packaging looks pretty cool, it’s a plastic bottle with a pump so you can dispense as much as you need, no squeezy tubes and no scooping goo out of a pot – hallelujah! The price for this is also budget friendly at £7.99 for 50ml I think that’s pretty decent, it’s not as budget friendly as Nivea but it’s not bad at all.

Garnier describe this product as the following:
More than a moisturiser, Garnier Moisture Bomb Super-Hydrating 3 in 1 Moisturiser SPF10 recharges the skin with hydration and leaves it feeling protected from external aggressions. Garnier Moisture Bomb Super-Hydrating 3 in 1 Moisturiser SPF10 fresh texture melts immediately on contact with the skin and hydrates it perfectly all day long. No greasy or sticky effect.For the first time, Garnier has integrated in a new generation, ultra-light texture: Two antioxidant superfruit extracts: Amla and Pomegranate, combined with daily UVA/UVB protection. A high concentration of Plant Serum.”

Starting with the texture and this really does remind me of my Nivea soft, neither too runny nor too thick this is the perfect hybrid, this does lean on the runnier side which I actually prefer in a moisturiser, this melts into the skin, is lightweight and feels lovely and cooling which is perfect for my tired and dehydrated skin.

I’m pleased to say that this doesn’t irritate my skin at all, this sank in pretty quickly plus my skin was left soft, hydrated and supple, I love how this makes my skin feel, for the price I feel that the quality is higher than expected and I’d definitely say that this is on par with my Nivea, who would have thought it? A solid contender from Garnier. A lot of people have complained abouit reacting to this, but considering I react to a lot of skincare, I’ve found this to be perfectly fine. Annoyingly though whilst this does contain plenty of plant extracts it does also contian alcohol and parfum which could have contributed to those reactions. Here’s the ingredients list:

967169 4 Aqua / Water Glycerin Octocrylene Ethylhexyl Salicylate Silica Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane Dimethicone PEG-100 Stearate Glyceryl Stearate Octyldodecanol Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate Ascorbyl Glucoside Benzyl Alcohol Benzyl Salicylate Butylphenyl Methylpropional Capryloyl Salicylic Acid Caprylyl Glycol Dicaprylyl Carbonate Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Disodium EDTA Linalool Myristic Acid Oxothiazolidinecarboxylic Acid Palmitic Acid Phenoxyethanol Phenylethyl Resorcinol Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract Punica Granatum Extract / Punica Granatum Fruit Extract Sodium Hyaluronate Sodium Hydroxide Steareth-100 Stearic Acid T-butyl Alcohol Tocopherol Triethanolamine Xanthan Gum Parfum / Fragrance F.I.L B181677/1.

Overall, I really like this, it may not be for everyone but I find this to be a lovely moisturiser and I would actually pick this up next time instead of my Nivea just for a change. I would recommend this (unless you avoid all skincare with fragrance and alcohol) and I personally would repurchase this.

The Garnier Moisture Bomb 3 in 1 Moisturiser is available from Feel Unique for £7.99.

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COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo Review

I love dry shampoo, whilst it’s no replacement for actually washing your hair it really has saved my bacon so many times so I’m always on the lookout to try new ones. I also have very thin hair so anything that can inject a bit of volume without making my hair extremely dry and crispy is always a bonus, here’s my thoughts on the COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo.

Starting with the packaging and I absolutely adore this, turquoise is my favourite colour anyway so turquoise and silver is a wonderful combination for me. The nozzle is great on this too, might sound like a strange thing but this doesn’t get stuck or break and it’s not too stiff – it works when so many other hair products don’t (I’m looking at you Aussie.) I’d like to give a retailing price but I can’t actually find this!

I would normally paste a product description here but again nothing online so I’m afraid this post will lack facts and be heavily opinion based. From initial scent this product is nice to use, the smell isn’t my favourite but it’s not terrible either, it’s quite a fresh scent with a hint of fruit.

One thing that always intrigued me about the COLAB range was the invisible claim and the lack of white cast. I’m a huge fan of Batiste in that it smells great and works but it lacks the final component of the holy dry shampoo triangle (completely made up but I’m rolling with it), that last component is the absence of white cast. Annoyingly, the invisible claim doesn’t seem to extend to this dry shampoo, whilst it is mostly invisible white cast does happen but sporadically so you never know if you’re got a wide patch on the back of your head.

I have also noticed that this can sometimes make my hair feel slightly crunchy and stiff, nowhere near as bad as hairspray but still, volume great, crispiness not so much. Having said that though this does work, it leaves my hair feeling a bit dry and almost bitty/coarse to the touch but it does work and it delivers on it’s main selling point which is the volume.

Overall, not the best dry shampoo but not the worst. I don’t think I’ll be judging the entire COLAB range on this simply because volumising dry shampoos always are iffy (a case of trying to do too much with one product) I’m keen to try more COLAB products and in the meantime I’ll use this up.

I can’t link this here since I can’t find it online but if you do desperately want to try this I’d recommend Ebay as I have seen it on there.

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 or not and if you have tried any other COLAB products, I’m keen to try some of their normal dry shampoos.

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich Review

Whilst I was a little late to the Nyx game, I already know that I’ve a fan of their Intense Butter Glosses and their Soft Matte Lip Creams. Of their lip creams I’m building up a mini collection, with a modest two to my name I have Copenhagen (a deep wine red) and Addis Ababa (a bold pink) so what was missing? A nude! After much dithering I plumped for Zurich, here’s my thoughts on it…

I don’t think I need to touch much on the packaging, a slip plastic tube with a doe foot applicator these are easy and quick to use and toss in your makeup bag. Unfortunately the rubbery black lid does attract smears and dust as I’m sure you can tell from the picture above! These are only £6.00 though (sneaky they used to be five) so the packaging can be forgiven.

For those of you who are yet to try a Soft Matte Lip Cream, first of all do it. Second of all, these are popular for very good reasons. Think of a soft cream that’s easy to apply, dries down matte but remains comfortable, smells of vanilla and comes in a variety of shades – that’s literally just a few good things about these and Zurich is no different.

Shade wise this is an unusual pinky nude, bordering on coral this is a warm toned pink which isn’t something I usually go for. I know a lot of people rate brown nudes but I just can’t they look horrendous on me and I don’t get the hype I much prefer a pretty pink to brighten my complexion and make me look healthy.

Formula-wise this does have the same generic formula, one thing I did notice is that this could do with being a tad more pigmented, whilst it certainly is pigmented, the formula feels a tad thinner so this can go streaky or patchy – to counter this I’d recommend making sure your lips are in tip top condition and applying two layers instead of one. Once you’ve done that though…here’s the result!

Overall, I really like this, it’s a pretty shade even if it’s not something I’d usually choose, I’m glad I chose to try something new I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this particularly in spring and summer! If you’re yet to try one of these, I urge you to do so and while you’re at it, consider giving Zurich a try…

The Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream is available from Boots for £6.00.

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