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.

New TK Maxx Haul

Firsty, apologies for the image quality- phone camera is being replaced soon!

A few months ago I had my first ever trip to the beauty section of TK Maxx and those who read my blog know how shocked I was by my finds! This month has gotten even more surprising!

I won’t go into detail about everything that I bought but I thought I’d share some of my best finds. Have a look above for what I’ve purchased (p.s. the reed diffuser was also in a set of two for £4!)

Let’s start with the most exciting…! I managed to get an Anastasia Beverley Hills Highlighting Palette for £25 instead of £45! I’ve ALWAYS wanted one but couldn’t bring myself to spend that much but wow this was such a bargain! I even saw their Subculture and Prism Eyeshadow Palettes for £25 which is insane as I paid £45 for mine! I also bought an ABH liquid lipstick and matte lipstick both for £10 instead of £18! I should note just how many different lipsticks they had available in all different colours! It was difficult not to buy more.

I’m always down to try a new foundation and TK Maxx is great for this. I got 3 foundations from great brands. Natuarally I chose an ABH stick foundatiopn for £10 instead of £25, a Revlon one for £6 instead of £15 and a Stila one for £8 instead of…. I know that most of the TK Maxxs have the Stila foundatiuon and I recommend it as it comes with a brush and a concealer and the coverage is amazing and it feels super lightweight. I also chose Cover FX foundation drops which I highly recommend to anyone who likes full coverage foundation. They mix into foundation with minimal coverage to thicken it and extend the coverage and it works so well. I got this for a huge saving of £5 instead of £36 which is insane!!!!

For anyone who loves Boing concealer from Benefit they are selling this on their website for £8 and this is a beauty must have for anyone with dark circles and saves you £10. Overall I’m so pleased with my beauty finds and have to advise that this would be a great place to get gifts for a beauty lover.

L’oreal Stick Foundations Review

From my previous posts it’s already pretty clear that I worship L’oreal’s foundation range. Once again, I want to share with you all how much I love their Infallible Foundation Stick. I have tried a lot of stick foundations and not loved them at all as I find most of the formulas to be way too solid, but this one here is a winner.

The thing I love the most about these is how creamy they are. They melt straight onto the face, making cream contour the simplest thing to get on board with. I have never been a huge fan of cream contour as I would rather use bronzer, but it’s hard to go wrong with these. They blend out so well, and feel super lightweight on the skin. I also usually find that the colour range for this type of foundation isn’t very good but theres a huge selection here. They’re also only £8.99 which is great considering how long they last.

As for the appearance, it has a satin-like finish with a medium coverage. It really brightens the skin and has a glowy look to it. I would recommend using a setting powder as it doesn’t dry down too quickly, especially on hotter days. Other than that I cannot fault!

LJL Rating: 9/10

 

Hello Sports FX!

Hello everyone! So Sports FX has been popping up everywhere lately! From bloggers to instagram to beauty boxes so I thought it may be worth giving some of their products a little go. For those who don’t know, this is a brand for long lasting makeup even during intense physical activities. Now I won’t lie, I am not sporty by any means, but I do work long hours so having my face stay in place is important to me. If you like any of this then they can be bought online or in Sports Direct and they do hair and body care as well as makeup- impressive!

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I’ll start with the Cool Down Primer and Recovery Gel. This is £10 and OWCH. I have really sensitive skin so I’m not sure if this may be why it felt like my face was burning off! It made my skin so cold that it burnt. I forced 3 of my friends to try it to and one of them found the same as me, but the other two had no issue with it. My advice here would be to perhaps avoid it if you have sensitive skin! I can’t really rate it as a primer as it was too painful for me to keep on 😦

Some of you may have already heard of the popular Blend and Go Beauty Sponge for £5. I have had multiple beauty blenders over the years and this is my absolute fave! It has so many different angles that it can be used for cream contour, liquid highlight, and ofc foundation. It’s super soft and makes my foundation apply so lightweight and flawlessy, I LOVE IT!                                                                                                                   LJL Rating: 10/10

I’ve just spotted I didn’t take a pic of the Balance Boosting BB cream my bad! This is £12 and it’s pretty good. I don’t really wear BB creams as I’m a full face kinda gal but it’s got a medium coverage and sits comfortably                                                             LJL Rating:  7/10

Next is the Coconut Moisturising Lip Balm for £5. Now I am low-key obsessed with this as I’m convinced that lip balms aren’t that necessary but I love this as a lip primer as it makes lipstick glide on so well and it prevents liquid lipstick from cracking. I would definitely recommend this!                                                                                                     LJL Rating 10/10

They also do an angled Brow Pencil for £7. I think it’s a great idea to have it angled but it’s just so hard that you have to really drag it on the skin to get some pigment showing. I chose the dark brown shade and yet it isn’t dark at all. I also think that the price is steep considering most drugstore ones are around £3.                                            LJL Rating: 3/10

The Mist and Face spray is £8 and I’m not convinced that this is a great product really. This is advertised as keeping your makeup in place but I find that it doesn’t really make a difference to it at all.                                                                                              LJL Rating: 5/10

Finally, I have both of their brushes which as a pricy £12 each however they are double ended. I think that the buffer and powder brush are pretty average, but the duo highlight and contour brush is fab! I use both ends for contour and its amazing as I can use one side to really carve out my cheekbones, nose, chin and jaw then use the other side for my cheeks, forehead and neck. Since using this I have even received more comments about my contour so I do think it’s worth trying!                                                              LJL Rating: 10/10

Overall we’ve got a mix of opinions here! Some things I love and some I’m admittedly not so keen on, but I do have to say that I do think that this is a promising brand. They offer some great stuff, and I hope that they bring out new products in the future!

Brutally Honest Concealer Reviews

Hi everyone!!

Concealer! This is  a standard go to product for most people, whether you’re going for a full face look or a little cover up, so I thought it would be important to share my experiences. It’s worth mentioning that I have AWFUL dark circles and that’s my main use for concealer, but I also use it for strobing to add some dimension to my face. I’m going to write on 3 concealers then give a rating for a few more at the end, because I have tried A LOT of concealers!

I’m going to start with Revolution’s Conceal and Define Concealer. There has been so much hype over this but I don’t understand why! The price is £4 and the only thing I like about it is the packaging. I’ve tried a few of the lightest shades and I feel that the coverage isn’t great and they all looked pink on my skin. The product is thick so works for cut creases at least.  Let me know what you think!  LJL Rating: 3/10

Next I want to mention Maybelline’s Instant Conceal Eraser. I don’t hate this, but for £9 it’s not great. The coverage is minimal and it dries down quickly which makes strobing really difficult unless you’re super speedy with a beauty blender. Considering that this is only a few pound cheaper than a good foundation, it makes me like it even less.    LJL Rating: 4/10

I will end on a good note with my expression of love for Collection’s Lasting Perfecrtion Concealer. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. It’s just under a fiver and does everything. The coverage is amazing, it blends like a dream and really highlights the high points of my face. It sits so well that I don’t need to use setting powder either!      LJL Rating: 10/10

So that’s my strong opinions on a few concealers! Have a look below to see my ratings on a few other concealers!

MUA Hide & Conceal Stick: 7/10                       E.L.F. Concealer and Highlighter: 3/10

Nip & Fab Concealer: 3/10                                  Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer: 8/10

 

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!