Mini e.l.f. Haul

Lets get straight in with this one! Overall I have a very mixed review, I think that their products are affordable, however not all of them are necessarily worth it. I’ve left an LJL Rating and Superdrug’s price next to each review, but you can also buy straight from e.l.f. online.

BB Cream: I was really unimpressed with this. The coverage was strong for a BB cream however, the colour was so off. I chose the shade medium and it is basically orange so I mixed it with a much lighter foundation. The product is really sticky and thick which makes it uncomfortable for the face.  Not a fan of this at all.           2/10            £7.50

Liquid Eyeliner: This is a gem of a product! Now this is 100% a new fave. It was super cheap and is so easy to apply. It lasts all day and has a really nice matte finish.          1000/10           £4.00

Under Eye Setting Powder: This works well as the powder is very fine, however it does the same job as a standard setting powder so I wouldn’t go out my way to buy it, especially as the pot is small.            8/10             £4.50

Concealer and Highlighter: The colour has quite a pink undertone which isn’t for me but that’s my bad for buying the  wrong shade. The coverage is good and it blends well BUT the highlighter is confusing as it’s pretty much a white concealer.          5/10          £4.50

Lip Plumper and Primer: The plumper does not work at all and the primer just dried my lips out a lot. For a better option, check my post on plumpers!           1/10          £4.50

Powder Contour Palette: The highlighter is weak, I don’t use powder but it seems standard, and I found the contour colours a little too cool toned for me, and the colour is not very strong. If you like subtle contour, this may be the one for you.          6/10          £7.50

Clear Lip Gloss: It’s hard to go wrong with clear gloss, and I liked that it wasn’t sticky, but it did only last about an hour so perhaps it could be less watery.          6/10          £3

Overall, I love the pricing  but the products just don’t stand out to me. Even though they are cheap I think that there are other low end brands out there such as Revolution and MUA that are much better in the makeup production itself, and the packaging.

Mascara, Mascara and More Mascara

I’ll start by being honest and admitting that I have some of the shortest and straightest lashes known to man. This makes it a bit of a struggle when it comes to finding a mascara that works for me, and often I resort to falsies instead. However, I have managed to find three that work well from a high, middle and low end brand.

I’ll start with the cheap and cheerful Miss Sporty Fabulous Lash in Extra Black. Believe it or not this is only £1.99 which is the quarter of the price of the average mascara! I really love this mascara as it’s very lengthening and it has a wispy effect. It can make lashes look quite thin so if you prefer thicker lashes then you can easily put a thickening mascara over the top.

LJL Rating: 8/10

Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara in a long time fave of mine.  It costs a little more at £8.99 but it does everything I need it to. It lengthens, curls and thickens and an extra coat can easily be added for extra definition. It is a little more expensive but I think it’s worth it because you don’t need to worry about applying other mascaras over the top.

LJL Rating: 10/10

Finally, the popular Bad Gal Bang from Benefit makes the list. It’s known for its thickening and voluminous effect. It certainly works. No other mascara has ever given me such full looking lashes. I have to admit that it can look a little clumpy so I prefer putting on a lengthening mascara first (usually Miss Sporty’s above or Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’). The full sized version is around £18 but I have the mini version for £8.99 and it’s lasted me half a year and I use it nearly every day because you don’t need much product.

LJL Rating: 9/10

 

Lip Plumpers: The Filler Alternative

 

Lately the world seems so concerned with cosmetic surgery, and it can become very tempting at times to take this route. Lip fillers in particular seem to dominate a lot of what we read and hear about in the beauty community. For those who would rather avoid the procedure and save the money and the pain, I have the perfect alternative: Project Lip Matte Lip Plumper.

I am OBSESSED with this! Nothing is more disappointment than buying a beauty product that just does not do what it sets out to, but this is not the case here. You only need to apply a little amount of the product and instantly you can feel the tingle and see the results.

Personally, this saves me a lot of time as I usually have to overline my lips and wear lighter lipstick shades to give the appearance of a fuller lip, but it boosts my confidence to just wear the plumper on it’s own to show off my newly plumped pout. As the product is matte, it also works well as a lip primer if you did chose to wear a lipstick over the top. The only downside is that the first two times I used the product, it did sting for a while, but it didn’t leave any damage so it wasn’t so bad.

The product is £12.95, but it does last a long time. Also, I tried cheaper alternatives via Barry M’s and Elf’s lip plumpers and they did absolutely nothing to my lips so in this case I think spending a little more is justified. With that being said, my LJL Rating today has to be a 10/10.

 

All About That Base: My Fave Foundations

L’Oréal is one of my favourite brands when it comes to base products. I wear makeup daily and I find that the right foundation is hard to find, but I’ve found two that are perfect for me. 

The first is L’oreal’s Matte Infallible Foundation. This has got the best coverage I’ve ever seen. It dries quickly and provides a mattifying, yet smooth base. I have dry skin, so matte foundations are usually a no go, but this isn’t drying. It can get a little cakey if you wear it for long hours in the heat, so I recommend it as an Autumn/ Winter foundation if your skin is dry or combination. For only £7.99 it’s definitely worth a try.  LJL Rating: 9/10  

For Summer, I have to suggest L’oreal’s True Match Foundation. I love this formula as it’s lightweight and really comfortable on the skin. It gives a smooth finish and makes skin appear soft. The product is quite thin and I would say that it provides a medium to full coverage, but I have found that a little of the product goes a long way, which also makes it better value at £9.99. I think that the packaging is lush as well- I love a classy look!  LJL Rating: 10/10

 

Not Worth The Hype: NYX Liquid Lipsticks

This blog may get a lot of hate because I know that most people adore NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks. So I’m sorry to say that I love NYX but these just don’t do it for me.

I only have the shades ‘Bedtime Flirt’ and ‘Baby Doll’ and my experience hasn’t been great. Yes the colours are stunning but that’s not enough. The image below (Bedtime Flirt) is the product after only an hours wear! During that time I didn’t eat or even talk and it begins to separate, crack and bleed against the lip line. In terms of the application, the brush is awful. It’s super hard and the angles work against the natural lip line. The drying time is slow and when the product finally does dry down it starts to crack.

b8bNYX’s lip creams are also popular. Now these aren’t as bad as the lip lingerie’s but I can’t say I’m much impressed by them either. I have the shades ‘Cairo’ and ‘Athens’ and they have the opposite problem. I find that they don’t dry at all, and although they sit comfortably on the lip, it makes eating and talking a problem. The two key issues I have are the lack of pigment- they aren’t too noticeable, and then there’s the size.  In order to get some colour to your lips, you need to build the products a little but then due to the lack of product you run out within a few uses. I used mine about 4 times each before they ran out. For £7 (Lingerie) and £6 (Lip Cream) you’re much better off with the cheaper alternatives such as MUA’s Liquid Lipsticks which I adore!

 

Let me know if you guys have had the same experience or if I’m doing something totally wrong!

 

My fave Beauty Bloggers

 

This was always going to be a hard choice, but I’ve chosen three so lets get to it! My absolute fave has to be Manny MUA. I absolutely adore his channel. The best thing about him is that he frequently posts, whether on Twitter, Youtube or Instagram, so he’s worth following. His level of sass is hilarious, I am literally cracking up all the time when watching him. He does tend to use a lot of high end makeup but I find his tutorials really helpful for looking at makeup techniques.

Stephanie Toms is brilliant for finding out about the best beauty bargains. She is the most honest blogger when reviewing makeup, brutally so, but that’s what sets her apart from other bloggers. Her tutorials are always a great length and they are the most diverse from tutorials on her most expensive makeup, to makeup she hates (this was a good watch!) Her TK Maxx video inspired my TK Maxx blog so check it out!

Finally, I adore Ling.kt. She’s very natural on camera and truly adorable. She does a whole range of tutorials and reviews from high to low end and she also posts a lot of fashion photos which is useful is you love fashion as much as beauty. I really recommend following her Instagram as she often posts one minute sped up tutorials which is great to learn basic techniques and get a summary of the products she uses.

 

 

 

 

Tan, Glorious Tan!

Tanning is always a risky subject in the beauty community as many feel that it’s important to embrace your natural skin tone. I totally agree, but everyone should be able to feel comfortable in their skin so for those, like me, who love a good tan, why not! Summer is here and I am excited to share my absolute fave fake tans. I’m super pale and I’ve always struggled to find a fake tan that doesn’t look patchy, streaky or orange. No one likes being mistaken for a wotsit. I’ve tried sooo many over the years, including the big brands like Bondi Sands, St Tropez and Fake Bake. I’d be lying if I said I loved them. My two faves are easily St. Moriz mouse and Garnier Summer Body moisturiser.

I’ve always loved Garnier’s skincare range and this moisturiser is no exception. I have really dry skin and unlike most fake tans this is incredibly hydrating. More importantly it doesn’t smell bad! It has the most amazing apricot scent. As for the application its applies like a moisturiser and is streak free. I use the light colour as it works as my pre-summer glow but it isn’t the darkest of tans. It does take a couple of days to build up colour but it gives a subtle and natural looking tan that lasts. It’s usually £7.79 but right now its only £3.85 at Superdrug so GO GO GO!

LJL Rating: 10/10

If you’re looking for a noticeable tan I have to recommend St Moriz professional mouse. I use medium however I find that it’s quite dark. I adore this tan as it’s not even got the hint of orange to it and once again its streak free. The development time is really quick and the colour lasts for days. With frequent application it builds up the most incredible colour. It does have a slight fake tan smell to it and I have found it to dry my skin up a bit but if you apply moisturiser after it’s developed its absolutely fine. Moreover, this is one of the cheapest fake tans I’ve found. From Feel Unique it’s £3.99 but if you’d rather shop in store it’s £5 in Superdrug, Boots and Tesco.

LJL Rating: 9/10 (due to how drying it can be)