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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!

 

Not Worth The Hype: NYX Liquid Lipsticks

I’m sorry to say that I love NYX but these just don’t work 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!

 

Primark’s Liquid Lipsticks

Lately, Primark have been bringing out all kinds of crazy new makeup. Reknown for their insanely low prices, it comes to no surprise that we see the same thing with their makeup. One product of theirs I did want to mention is their liquid lipstick minis set.

Super sorry for the horrendous lighting…I totally didn’t take this picture in the car… Anyway, I haven’t included swatches as these colours look the exact same as they do in the bottles, and aren’t they just gorgeous! These remind me of the Huda Beauty lipstick minis and I adore the colours. Four stunning nudes (although one is more of a dark burgundy) for only £4! Amazing! There is also a set of four with darker colours.

As for the formula, I was so impressed at how wonderfully creamy these are. They sit so nicely and dry quickly with literally no cracks. I find them so easy to apply that I didn’t need to use lip liner whatsoever.

As always there is a downside, but don’t worry, it’s not a major one! I found that they all don’t seem to last too long, maybe about 3 hours before you need to reapply, The bonus here is that the super creamy formula means that they are easy to reapply without cracking or feeling heavy. I should also mention that I tested two of their Kylie Jenner dupes which are £3 for a full sized liquid lippy and a liner. These colours don’t have names but I bought a pale nude and a darker one but upon application they came out pale peach and bright pink-not my kinda nude. So as for those, they’re a no go for me.

I 100% have to recommend these but be aware that its best for short-term wear (unless your’e happy to top up), and I wouldn’t recommend wearing them whilst eating as it gets a tad messy! Overall, I’m in love with the colours so that leaves us with:

LJL Rating: 7/10

The Best Cost-Effective Liquid Lipstick

When it comes to lips, I love liquid lipstick. I find the pigmentation and durability of them works much better than other lip products.

BUT… nothing is worse than splashing out on a liquid lipstick to find that a few hours into its wear it’s cracked and crumbled. This is why I live for MUA’s lip lacquers. My oh my these gems are one of the best beauty hacks going. They last all day- FOR REAL- and remain smooth and comfortable on the lip.

The best part- they are only £3!  It’s insane to not give them a try.

LJL Tip: Superdrug often have 3 for 2 on their makeup so for £6 you can try 3. Bargain!

Underneath are swatches of my Summer faves ♥ From top to bottom we have Harmony, Halcyon, Tranquillity and Hustle.

Harmony   This is  a very nude pink that works well with minimal makeup looks.  Paired with a clear lip gloss or shimmery lip topper it makes a very cute daytime look.

Halycon   This shade is similar to Tranquillity however it has more orange undertones giving it an apricot hue. This colour is perfect for Summer as it’s super fun and works nicely with pink and orange eyeshadow looks.

Tranquillity   Expect to hear me talk about this A LOT. I wear this nearly every day, it’s such a stunning nude. It pairs well with most makeup looks and is such a classy darker nude tone. I cannot recommend enough!

Hustle   Although this is a darker shade I’ve included it because the purple and burgundy undertones make for a stunning evening lip look. If you’re planning a late night BBQ or a beach evening (super jel if you are), this look words well with a subtle smokey eye and looks great on darker skin tones too.

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any shade recommendations yourself!  Here’s the link to the Superdrug website: https://www.superdrug.com/b/MUA