Mascara Fail… This may surprise you!

If you’ve read y previous blogs, you’ll know how much I love L’oreal. So for me, this blog is hard because I hate to criticise a product from such an amazing brand. HOWEVER, I can’t be anything but honest when it comes to beauty reviews, especially when it comes to value for money.

So I’ll start there. The price of L’oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara is £11.99. Considering this is a price closer to high end brands, I expected a similar quality. This has always been a very popular mascara, but maybe I’m doing something wrong because I can’t see why!

My instant impression was that the product seemed clumpy around the spoolie, because brush fibres are so tightly packed. This makes the application difficult because it feels like you’re placing the product onto your lashes, as opposed to combing it through. This gives the impression of clumpy lashes.

The product is also quite thick and lumpy, despite being advertised as ‘smooth and silky’, which meant I had to fan my face just to get the product to dry. I’ve never had to do this before! Overall, in spite of all the hype I just cannot love this product. I think maybe the hype was due to L’oreal rarely bringing out new mascaras, or perhaps the nice packaging. I do have very short lashes, so perhaps it works better on longer lashes looking for volume, but for me this is a no go. Hopefully I haven’t been too savage, and if you’re interested in mascaras that I do love, check out my blog Mascara, Mascara and More Mascara!

LJL Rating: 1/10

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.

Latest in Beauty Experience

HI everyone! Today’s blog will be slightly different as I won’t actually be reviewing specific products. Instead, I wanted to review a beauty box that I have recently subscribed to because I am SO impressed that I just had to share my views!!

For those who don’t know how it works, I’ll give a quick run through. You can chose from 3-9 items a month with free delivery ranging from £9-£18. Logically it makes sense to get the bigger box because then it’s only £2 per product, BARGAIN!

This is probably one of the most exciting things I wanted to blog about because it’s just great, I really have no critiques. I’ve tried other beauty boxes such as Birchbox and Glossybox, which I’m not a fan of. This box is different as it lets you chose from a huge range of products so you can get exactly what you want. This works well for me as I prefer makeup heavy boxes and I’m not too fond of toiletries, as you can probably tell from above!

The range of brands is incredible and this month included product options from O.P.I., SportsFX, Burt’s Bees, Sleek, Maybelline, John Freida and so many more! The huge range allows for you to get new products to try, and you can top up on products you usually buy for a discounted price. I was super surprised to find that two bonus items had been thrown in as well based on what I like- these were the Sanctuary moisturiser and a Ciate liquid eyeliner.

Overall, I’m in love with this company and I’m so excited to get my box for next month!

 

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!