Beauty Pie – Can you really get high end products for low end prices?

I saw the brand Beauty Pie about a year ago and have been dying to try their products out ever since. They offer something differentย – they offer high end, luxury skincare and makeup for a fraction of the price. However, this begs the question, can you really get high end quality for high street prices?

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Beauty Pie, they are a brand that sell luxury makeup and skincare at factory prices. They source their products from around 20 of the world’s leading labs that make the best formulas for make up and skincare. They currently source from factories in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Korea, Japan and the US. Each product has 2 prices – the regular price and the members/factory price. The members price cuts out the cost of retailerย mark ups, ‘mumbo jumbo’, middle men and other retailers (all stated by Beauty Pie on their site). They are extremely transparent about how they calculate the costs for their members prices, so if you’re interested just check out their FAQs.ย They currently only ship to the UK and the US, so keep an eye out!

img_0444

You have to buy a membership to get access to the lower prices, which costs ยฃ10. That gives you an ‘allowance’ of ยฃ100. Each month, you are allotted this allowance, and it is based on the original price of the product. This is kind of annoying because it limits you to maybe 2-4 products (depending on what you buy). When you first purchase your membership, they give you an extra ยฃ50 to spend, which is actually brill. The products I had my eye on were around ยฃ200 (original price) so I upgraded my membership to allow for ยฃ150 a month. But as I already had purchased the basic membership, my allowance for this month was ยฃ300. In order to upgrade, you have to buy the basic membership first and THEN purchase the add-on (which, again, is a little annoying)

The products I bought were:

  • Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion – ยฃ7.76
  • Japanfusionโ„ข Hydra Prep Lotionย (Step 1) – ยฃ5.82
  • Japanfusionโ„ข Deep-treatment Serum (Step 2) – ยฃ7.88
  • Japanfusionโ„ข Supreme Cream (Step 3) – ยฃ10.08
  • Wondergloss Lip Oil – ยฃ3.80

The prices above are written as the members/factory price, NOT as the regular price. Below I will include the regular price in brackets.

Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion – (ยฃ70) ยฃ7.76

This is formulated with volcanic basaltic microsand to detoxify and balance oils; tomato plant stem cells for antioxidant protection; F-cell vita to hydrate skin and flower stem cell extract to help protect the skin barrier and reduce inflammation. This product was made in Korea. This is a lovely, thick moisturiser. It is a little like a balm in that you have to apply some pressure in order to scoop the product out. It is quite a thick moisturiser, but does not sit on top of the skin for a long time. I think this one actually sinks in quicker than the Japanfusion Supreme Cream. I usually apply this as the final step in my skincare routine at night as it’s the most dense product I use. This definitely feels like a luxury product to me – the packaging is really minimalist and the texture is one that you simply cannot find usually at a lower price (get ready for me to say this a lot).

Japanfusionโ„ข Hydra Prep Lotionย (Step 1) – (ยฃ25) ยฃ5.82

All of the Japanfusion products I purchased are made in Japan. I decided to get all of the moisturising/hydrating products in the Japanfusion range. There was a cleanser too, but I’m drowning in cleansers at the moment so I gave that one a miss. This product is formulated with a Nmfission moisture-lock complex to deliver moisture and firmness while re-energising the complexion and reducing lines; Jabara Extract which is an antioxidant ingredient from the Japanese Citrus fruit to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and fight free radicals and Delamyth DNA+ which soothes the skin and counteracts UV-related damage. This Hydra Prep Lotion is a little bit like a toner in that you apply it with a cotton wool pad after cleansing . This has a very light smell that’s really nice and feels lovely after cleansing. It doesn’t leave your skin feel tight at all. This lotion instantly firms, lifts, tones and moisturises; reduces the appearance of pigmented spots and contains ingredients soothe the skin and counteract free radical damage. I already use a few products to reduce pigmentation so it’s difficult to attribute any reduction solely to this. I do enjoy using it – but this is probably the most ‘normal’ product of the 5 that I bought. It is essentially a hydrating water that, while it is nice to use, does not ooze luxury to me. However, you are unlikely to find a product that performs to a similar degree for the price.

Japanfusionโ„ข Deep-treatment Serum (Step 2) – (ยฃ75) ยฃ7.88

This serum is so lovely to use. It is a little bit runnier than my Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping one butย a little bit goes a really long way. It feels lovely and light on the skin, and sinks in super fast. It leaves my face feeling beautifullyย silky and smooth!ย All of the products inย the Japanfusion range contain the same key ingredients (Nmfission moisture-lock complex; Jabara Extract and Delamyth DNA+) so they all offer the same benefits. I would say that this performs very similarly to my Kiehl’s one (which cost ยฃ41). The original price of this compared to the member price is absolutely crazy(!) – BUT I can completely understand why it would cost this much money. Would I have bought this product if it were ยฃ75? Absolutely not. But at the Beauty Pie price? 100%. They are making beauty more accessible to the average person who wants to enjoy great makeup and skincare without paying the hefty price. It demonstrates thatย this level of quality can be achieved with a small price tag… but also makes you question whether you are paying for the ingredients/product or just the name plastered on to the side of the packaging.

Japanfusionโ„ข Supreme Cream (Step 3) –ย  (ยฃ100) ยฃ10.08

This cream is very light and goopy (in a good way). My first impression before using it was that it would be very thin, sink in very quickly but not leave my skin feeling quenched. This could not have been further from the reality! While it is a thinner, more gel like moisturiser, it applies really nicely on the face and you don’t need much at all. It’s thinner than the Jeju moisturiser, and when you scoop it up on your finger, it is quite goopy but doesn’t drip or run all over the place. It takes quite a while to fully sink into the skin and leaves you feeling really moisturised for hours after. This is probably my favourite product I’ve tried out of all of them. It is unlike any moisturiser that I have tried before and it is an absolute pleasure to apply. It really combines skincare with self care, as I really feel like I’m doing something good for myself when I use this.

Wondergloss Lip Oil – (ยฃ22) ยฃ3.80

I have never used a lip oil before but this is really lovely to use. It has a very slight colour to it and is a very natural coverage. It’s almost like a very thin gloss that gives a really nice glaze on the lip and isn’t sticky at all. It isย great on top of lipstick as it doesn’t taint the colour at all. On days where I wearย less make up, this would be great to just add a hint of colour and shine to the lips. Honestly, I had hoped for a little more colour, probably as I was expecting something a little bit more like a typical lip gloss. However I wasn’t disappointed with how this product performed. If I had paid the regular price for it of ยฃ22 then I would have been really unimpressed. But for ยฃ3.80, I have no complaints!

img_0668
ย 

Texture of Jeju and Japanfusion moisturisers

 

 

I am very lucky in that my skin is now very stable, clear and well moisturised, so when I use new products I don’t often notice any negative effects. If I notice anything, it’s that my skin is even softer than usual. These productsย certainly suit my skin type, which is normal to dry, but I’m unsure how much use someone with oilier skin would get out of them.ย That being said,ย these products make me feel excited to use them. They’re so easy to integrate into your skincare routine as they definitely play well with others. I’ve had no pilling or negative results from using these in combination with my other serums and night time oils. You really get a sense that these are luxury products – not because we are told the so-called ‘regular’ price (which we are unable to confirm), but because they have a formula that exceeds all expectation. I’ve heard rumours that you can work out which luxury brands these have come from by Googling the ingredients used, but after trying it I can’t say that I’ve found the high end originals. Honestly, I’m perfectly happy not knowing. I’ve found some great products that I would recommend and a website that I think can be trusted to deliver real quality goods.

Let’s talk a little about the ยฃยฃยฃ. When I was buying these products, it told me that I had saved ยฃ225 by becoming a member and purchasing them at the lower, factory price, which is absolutely RIDICULOUS. Honestly, I was a little suspicious when I first signed up for the membership as the constraints around how much you can spend a month seemed a bit odd to me (it’s obvious that they do it so you keep coming back, if you could get it all at once, they would potentially would only have one time customers). However, after speaking to their really helpful customer service team, I’m much more at ease. Their cancellation page on the website is a little confusing to get info from, but you are able to cancel your membership after 3 months without any charges. This is probably what I’ll end up doing, as I don’t have enough disposable income to be paying subscription to a service that I can’t afford to buy from every month.

In answer to my initial question of can you really get high end quality for high street prices – the answer is a definite YES!

Have you tried out Beauty Pie? What would you want to try out? Let me know!

Xo

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest

Full (ish) face of Revolution make up

A few weeks ago I purchased a fair amount from Revolution, after it all being sold out in multiple Superdrug stores. Keep reading to see my final look and what I thought of each product!

fullsizeoutput_2867

I bought the Obsession mixer drops (basically highlighter drops), the Revolution Fast Baseย  Stick foundation, the Conceal and Define concealer, the I Heart Revolution Surprise in Mermaid, the Freedom brow powder in Blonde and the Revolution Renaissance Illuminate in Radiant in Rose. All this came to ยฃ32 which is an ABSOLUTE STEAL! I was supposed to receive one of their mystery bags (which I hoped would provide the products to do an entire full face), but they did not include it in my order.

I’m going to run through each product – how much it cost, how it applied and my general thoughts on them.

Obsession mixer in Champagne Glow – ยฃ8

This looked really gorgeous on the skin when I was swatching it. It gave me serious glowy skin, but it was completely covered by the stick foundation. The next time I use this, I’d definitely use it with a liquid foundation instead so that it’s not as opaque and completely covers the glow. This will probably last a long time as the bottle is pretty big and you only need a small amount for your entire face. ยฃ8 seems like an okay price for this, but it a little pricier than quite a lot in the Revolution range.

Revolution Fast Baseย  Stick foundation – ยฃ5

To get a stick foundation for ยฃ5 (or any foundation for ยฃ5) is pretty amazing! I was unsure of which shade would match me the best, but ended up going for F1 (which I think is the palest) and it was definitely the right shade. It matches me much better than the Make Up Forever stick foundation. I’ve tried this foundation twice now, and the first time I tried it it was an absolute farce. I wore it to work and I’ve mentioned before that I walk to the station, I ride a very hot tube to the office and sit in an air conditioned office all day. This did not last well AT all. It broke up all over my face, particularly on the chin, nose and forehead. I hadn’t applied a massive amount as I hadn’t wanted to look cakey, or to completely lose the dimension in my skin. So I tried it again for this look, and it applied much better. I definitely applied more to my face this time and it looked pretty good. If you were to try and set this, it would take a HELL OF A LOT of powder. I started to set this with my RCMA No Colour Powder in some areas but gave up. As I started to apply more products to my face (blush, highlight), it started to break up a little which was annoying and disappointing. I also noticed it picked up on dry areas I didn’t know I had, mainly at the sides of my eyebrows.ย Lots of people have drawn comparisons between these this and the Make Up Forever stick foundation… However the only comparison is that they are both in a stick form. The Make Up Forever one is much thicker in consistency and doesn’t lose so much coverage when it’s blended out. It doesn’t break up, and you can apply any product you want over the top without worrying that you’ll disturb the foundation underneath. It doesn’t pick up on dry patches or emphasise pores (on me at least). BUT… the Revolution one is ยฃ5. The Make Up Forever stick is nearly ยฃ30. If you’re on a budget and looking for a dupe, this is your guy. However, I wouldn’t expect the same level of quality from the Revolution one as you can definitely tell the difference in price between the two. I’ve tested this about 5 times now, and I just really don’t like it. It’s so thick and wet on the skin and it just doesn’t ever set even when you apply a load of powder over it. As soon as I put it on, I want to take it off.

Conceal and Define concealer – ยฃ4

This is a really nice concealer. The shade (C1) is a great shade for me, as it is midway between a normal concealer shade (that matches the foundation colour) and a highlight shade. It has a slight scent to it that smells quite summery and really pleasant. It goes away once you blend it out. I tried to do a cut crease with this concealer and that didn’t go too well. It was a bit thin and as I was putting it on, I was also taking it off at the same time. So it took quite a few layers to get the opacity I wanted. What’s maybe more disappointing about this is that it ran out SO quickly. The tube is very thick, so you would assume that it would last a long time… NOPE. I barely used this and within a month this had completely run out.ย My go-to concealer (The Collection perfecting concealer) has a much thinner tube, around the same price and lasts me at least triple the time. Really disappointing.

Freedom Duo Brow Powder – ยฃ2

For ยฃ2, this is absolutely BRILL! I’ve been looking for a new brow powder as I’m running low on my current one which was from a random brand and the logo has rubbed off the packaging. So when I saw that this was on sale for ยฃ2, I thought I’d give it a go. It is the exact same colour as my current brow powder and matches my hair colour. It even has a little mirror in the lid! Definitely recommend this one.

I Heart Makeup Surprise Mermaid – ยฃ5

In each egg, you get 5 shadows and 2 highlighters. I really liked the look of the blue shadows in this, so decided to take the plunge (and it was only ยฃ5!) I was a bit unsure how pigmented these would be but they aren’t too bad. What I will say is that the shimmer shades tend to clump up when you swirl the brush or your finger in them. I thought initially that maybe I had just swatched it the wrong way, but no matter which way I did it, the same thing happened. When I would swatch other brand’s highlighters/shimmer shades, this would never happen. You can see in the picture below the extent of it.

IMG_4330

I actually did an entire look using this egg a few weeks ago and absolutely hated it, so had to redo it. I was kind of nervous how I was going to use the colours together and actually had no idea what I was going to do as I started.

I decided to start with the brighter blue and put it on the outer lid and blend up into the crease. I built it up quite a lot cause I wanted it to be quite bold. Then I added the darker blue on the outer most part of the lid to deepen the colour.

I then decided to be bold… and added the copper colour on the remainder of my lid (inner to middle). It certainly looked bold but was missing something. So mixing the two turquoise shades, I applied it between the blue and the copper to blend the colour out into a nice gradient.

IMG_4334
The eyeshadow before applying eyeliner and mascara.

I finished off the eyes with liner, mascara and then mirrored the eyeshadow on my lower lash line. I really liked the way the eyes turned out, especially as I’d been so nervous to create something. The mixture of the copper and turquoise shades made this gorgeous gold colour that made the perfect gradient across my lids.

Revolution Renaissance Illuminate in Radiant in Rose – ยฃ8

I thought that ยฃ8 for a blush was pretty expensive, but this looked like a good dupe for some higher end blushes that I had seen. I used the golden highlight instead of the two in the ‘Surprise’ and this looked really nice. It wasn’t as glowy as my Mary Lou-manizer but I’d definitely use it again. Then I swirled all the colours together and applied the blush. These are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! The colour was really flattering on my skin tone. They did take some of the foundation away, but I think that is more about the foundation than this product. I’m going to start incorporating this into my regular make up kit.

Overall I was really pleased how this look turned out. It’s more make up than I would usually wear on my eyes, but I thought it looked really pretty. The products are okay, but it can take a bit of work to get the best out of them. I will be using the brow powder, highlighting drops and the blush palette again. Revolution is a great brand if you are on a budget and trying to build up the make up you have, or if you’re quite new to make up. They have loads of pretty nice palettes that are really affordable, so have a look in Superdrug or on their website. Revolution probably won’t be a brand that I reach for every time to do my make up but I really enjoyed playing around with their products.

Have you tried products from Revolution before? What did you think?

Xo

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest

Glossier review

I have wanted to try Glossier since it came to the UK last year but never really got around to trying it. Being on Instagram and being part of the beauty community, you see Glossier absolutely EVERYWHERE. I knew I had to try it ASAP. I’ve had the products for about a month now, and these are my thoughts…

Products I bought:

  • Milky Jelly Cleanser
  • The Balmdotcom in Cherry
  • Cloudpaint in Dusk
  • Lidstar in Cub and Moon

I was literally so excited when my delivery FINALLY arrived! I felt as though it took such a long time to arrive, but I think that’s because I was so looking forward to it. Everything is so Instagramable – The stuff comes in a box that’s pink inside. You get stickers, a little bottle of perfume, a postcard and a bubble wrap bag.

img_0403

Milky Jelly Cleanser – ยฃ15
This has been the biggest hit of the lot for me. I had seen so many people say that this was completely amazing and they weren’t wrong. This cleanser is absolutely beautiful. I’ve been using this as my second cleanser after a cleansing balm and it is the perfect product to remove the remnants of my eye make up. I find that one pump is enough to use on my whole face. If I’m using this as a first cleanse, I’d probably use 1 and a half pumps. There is a slight smell to this, but I don’t think that it is fragranced – it just smells authentic. It leaves the skin feeling beautifully soft and very clean without feeling tight.ย It is extremely gentle on the skin and is safe to use on the eyes, you can even open your eyes with it on the lashes without any irritation. I feel as though my skin has become softer and smoother since I started using this (and I thought it was pretty good before hand!) I think this is a really reasonable price for a top performing product. All of the cleansing balms I have are much more expensive for far less product.ย I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out (or well before I run out!)

The Balm Dotcom – ยฃ10
This is a really nice lip balm. Would I usually spend ยฃ10 on a lip balm? No. I’m very happy with my Palmers Lip Balm (ยฃ1.50) but I wanted to try it out cause I liked the idea of a natural lip tint that I could wear with a minimal make up look, The first thing I noticed when trying this was how much air came out of the tube before any product came out. I felt as though the tube was pretty deflated by the time anything came out, and when I’m paying ยฃ10 for a lip balm, I do expect it to be completely full. I got the colour Cherry which is a pinkish-red shade. It stays on the lips for a very long time and gives them a very natural flush. You don’t need very much to cover your lips, which is a major plus. It can leave a little bit of a line under your bottom lip if you apply too much where there is a bit of a build up of product. I’d really like to try the roseย shade of this which is a nice neutral pink. I usually find that most lip balms make my lips crave more moisture once they wear off, but this one lasts a really long time and leaves your lips feeling really nice afterwards.

img_0100

Cloudpaint – ยฃ15

Everyone online seems to have this and absolutely loves it. I’ve never really used a liquid blush before and I was quite weary of having a thick pink stripe on my cheek. I got the shade ‘dusk’ because it looked most like my usual blush shade. Like the balm dotcom, I had to squeeze the tube a lot before anything came out. As with the lip balm, I was pretty unimpressed with that. In terms of the actual product, you need very little of it for some serious pigment. I started using it with my fingers but found that it was a little hard and time consuming to blend in. So instead now I use a flat topped foundation brush to apply it and I find that it blends much easier and much more evenly. It is a little intimidating putting so much pigment on your cheek to begin with, but it blends out so nicely and just gives your cheeks a natural flush that is still buildable.

img_0272

Lidstar duo – ยฃ25

Like everyone else, I had seen the hype around these from the Oscars and was super interested in trying them. I have to say, I had a little trouble getting these to work for me. When I first tried them, I tried them at night over the eyeshadow I had worn all day and had no problem applying it.ย However, when I tried to apply it on fresh make up, it completely removed it. I tried it over freshly applied foundation/concealerย and over a nude eyeshadow and both times the product was completely gone underneath and my redder eyelids were exposed. More recently I’ve been wearing it as theย only thing on my lid when I’ve been wearing no face makeup andย by mixing the two it creates a nice shimmery lid that is reallyย subtle. I think I initially expected theseย to beย dupes of the Stilaย liquid eyeshadows and was a bit surprised when they didn’t perform that way.

What I really love about Glossier is that it is about enhancing your natural beauty, not about covering your beauty up. I love full coverage make up, but I feel inspired to use these lighter products for a more minimal make up look. I was pretty unlucky in that I placed my order the week before Lash Slick was launched, and I would have loved to try that. I think overall these Glossier products perform really well and really make me feel confident about how I look when I use them.

Have you used any Glossier products? What are your thoughts?

Leave me a comment on here or Instagram and let me know!

Xo

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest

Isle of Paradise Light Self-Tanning Drops – Is it pale girl approved?

I saw the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops and wanted to give them a go. I liked the sound of a non-streak tan/glow so that I can wear no foundation in the summer. Let me just say – I am very pale. I have skin that burns very easily so I don’t spend much time in the sun or sunbathe at all. I’ve pretty much given up on tanned skin, and that’s fine with me. HOWEVER, these got me wondering what life on the tanned side would be like…

img_9954

I was quite weary using these for the first time because I didnโ€™t want to end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. Iโ€™m after a natural glow. To use these, you are supposed to mix these in with a moisturiser and apply from there. They recommend using between 1-12 drops, mixing it in with your favourite moisturiser and applying it from there.

I used my usual Nivea Soft moisturiser, added two drops in and mixed it together. These drops are completely clear but the scent is a strong sweet smell that I canโ€™t quite place. However, once you rub it into the skin the smell subsides. I didn’t want to start by going in too heavy, so went on the side of caution. I woke up the next day with no difference in the colour of my skin, which was a little disappointing.

The following night I tried again, more determined to notice a difference this time. I added three drops and mixed it in. I had enough moisturiser on my hands to apply two layers and had some left over, which I just rubbed into my hands.ย I mention this only because after a few hours, a different scent starts to appear… the typical fake tan smell. I was asleep and I was aware of this smell and couldnโ€™t work out what it was or where it was coming from. In the morning I saw my hands and it was apparent what it was. There is a distinct line on my hand that looks as though Iโ€™ve been playing in sand and itโ€™s left that dark residue. My face is definitely darker too! The brand claims that all of their products are colour correcting, and I would agree with this. You could still see some of the red pigmentation I have on my cheeks, but my skin was definitely less red than it usually is and was more even in tone. The colour of my skin was probably a touch darker than what would be a natural tan for my skin tone, and I felt like my skin looked a little dirty. I was a bit embarrassed and thought my parents would mention the odd colour of my face (they didnโ€™t). So maybe my face wasnโ€™t actually as dark as I thought it was and Iโ€™m just not used to being fake tanned. After the first day, I didn’t notice that my face was as dark (either it faded or I just got used to it).

I will say that the jump from 2 to 3 drops in terms of colour was quite a big one. I have tried 2 drops on my face 3 times now and I don’t feel like there is much difference in my skin tone, whereas 3 drops is a serious tan for me. I felt like it was maybe a little too dark, but I am not someone who usually fake tans at all, or even tans naturally. Maybe it was very dark because I essentially put on two layers of 3 drops because I had so much moisturiser left, so I’ll have to be brave and try 3 drops again.

What I will say, is that the tan coverage certainly was even. The drops do claim to be streakless, and I was a bit sceptical at first as all fake tan tends to be streaky. It was interesting that when the tan faded on my face, there were no streaks or patchiness like you would get with a regular fake tan. I was a bit nervous that I would have to scrub my face to get rid of the colour, so I was really pleased when it seemed to just fade back to normal! I was a little disappointed that the usual fake tan smell appeared during the night. It was clearly quite strong as it woke me up wondering where it was coming from (little did I realise it was my own face). I thought that the strong fruity smell meant that there would be no fake tan smell and was really pleased, so that was a little disappointing.

I am enjoying trying these drops out. I’m quite interested to see their effect on the body too – as they do claim to be for the face AND body. Youโ€™d probably have to use quite a lot of product to add to the moisturiser to get any sort of pigment, so maybe it would be better to go for the mousse instead? *UPDATE* You don’t need to use much at all! I used two drops to a moisturiser and applied it to my arm, and it was a great shade for my skin!

The price of the drops was ยฃ19.95, which I think is a little steep for the size of the bottle. I’ve had some really nice results so far and have started using this as a way to avoid wearing foundation in the warmer weather. Iโ€™m definitely going to continue using these drops! My goal was to have a natural glow on my face so that I donโ€™t have to wear foundation in the summer and I can safely say that I can achieve it with these drops.

Have you tried these drops or any other self tanning drops? Let me know what you thought on here or instagram!

Xo

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest

Lookfantastic April beauty box review

So at the end of April, I thought I would take the plunge and sign up to a beauty box subscription service. I had a look around and likes the look of the Lookfantastic one as it had a few brands that I was eager to try out. This is what this month’s box contained:

img_9930

Clockwise:

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
PรœR – Fully Charged Mascara
GLAMGLOW – Supermud Clearing Treatment
Nuxe – Crรฉme Fraรฎche de Beautรฉ
Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm
Dr Botanicals – Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap

I have only tried two of these brands before – Nuxe’s Rรชve de Miel lip balm and the GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Mask – so I was really excited to try out the rest.

Emma Hardie – Moringa Cleansing Balm

First impressions
I used this to remove my eye make up after a long day at work. It has quite a strong smell, but nothing overbearing. When I first started to apply it, it felt very waxy but it quickly melted away into a really smooth balm. I was a little sceptical that it would remove all my eye make up, as even my trusty Take the Day Off Balm leaves some parts behind. When I got out of the shower, I was actually really impressed to see that it was completely gone!

Final impression
I really like this. This cleansing balm feels smoother than my Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, and I would definitely consider buying this once I have finished off my other cleansing balms. It removes my make up really well, even stubborn eye make up that the Clinique one often leaves on.

Dr Botanicals – Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap

First impressions
I was excited to try this one – it had a very strong scent that you could smell as soon as you opened the beauty box. I was also really interested to see how smooth my skin would be after using the bar. I have quite dry, rough skin on my arms and recently I’ve had a lot of dryness on my hands that I just can’t get rid of. When I initially read that you should turn the shower off while applying this, it seemed like an inconvenience. BUT this was really enjoyable to apply. The surface is smooth to begin with but as you rub the soap over your body more, this layer breaks down and the poppy seeds come to the surface and give your body a really great exfoliation. After my shower, my skin certainly feels a little smoother though not incredible amounts more than before. The skin on my hands feel MUCH smoother than before, which I’m really happy about. I’m excited to keep using this and see what happens!

Final impression
This has definitely made my arms smoother after a few uses. It’s really satisfying to use and despite rubbing the bar all over, the size of the bar doesn’t decrease that significantly between uses. I think that this bar will last a really decent amount of time. I don’t usually bother with lotions and scrubs for my body, so it’s quite a nice treat. Bear in mind that it can be quite a rough exfoliation, so consider switching sides and rubbing with light pressure.

Nuxe – Crรฉme Fraรฎche de Beautรฉ

First impressions
This has a very strong floral scent, but not the nice kind of floral scent. It is a nice thick moisturiser that sank into the skin really quickly and my skin felt really quenched afterwards. I had initially thought it would be quite a thin moisturiser, so I was really pleasantly surprised.

Final impression:
This is a really nice moisturiser. It’s nice and thick and holds moisture in very well. However, I already have at least 4 thicker moisturisers that are all mostly full, so I probably won’t be purchasing this any time soon. Plus I’m not wild about the scent.

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

First impressions
There is a very slight smell to this that is nice and fresh. These were much thinner than I had expected them to be, but they’re probably the thickness of a make up wipe. These were great to use after you’ve taken your make up off to make sure that it’s all off. Despite removing my make up thoroughly, the wipes ended up orange! They removed so much more that I had thought had been removed, so I was really glad to have used them. They also left my skin feeling fresh and dewy, and my skin didn’t feel tight like it often does when I remove my make up.

Final impression:
These are really cool. It’s so nice to see what extra they can clean off the face when you think you’ve managed to get it all. They leave the skin feeling really refreshed and moisturised, which is really important for me. I would definitely consider purchasing these – I looked up the full size and was pleasantly surprised by the price (ยฃ14 ish). I thought they would be much more expensive, so this is probably something I’ll be buying next month! (I ended up buying the full size of these a few days after I wrote this lol)

PรœR – Fully Charged Mascara

First impressionsimg_9942
This was quite difficult to put on, mainly because it was a mini mascara and the arm of the applicator was very short. It was a really pleasant surprise – it looked just like my Benefit Roller Lash! I actually applied Roller Lash my left eye and Fully Charged to my right, and you would never notice the difference!

Final impression:
I like this mascara. The formula is really good, and maybe is a little less drying to my eyes than the Roller Lash. However, the Roller Lash wand is shaped much better and it’s easy to get the lashes on the outer eye. While this was good, my Roller Lash has a similar formula and a better shaped wand, and I feel quite loyal to it.

GLAMGLOW– Supermud Clearing Treatment

First impressions
Before trying the product, I thought it would be a peel mask for some reason. When a thick, dark grey mask came out I was a bit surprised, but not at the same time as it looked like actual mud. I wasn’t sure whether I’d actually try this because I don’t get breakouts anymore and it didn’t seem like it would suit my skin type, but I tried it anyway! It applied thick, and had a cooling sensation… which quickly turned to a tingling/burning sensation. I had to remove it after about 3 minutes (it’s recommended to wear the mask for 5-20 minutes). I only applied it to my nose and the area around it, however these areas were left pretty red once I’d washed it off. The skin did feel smooth, but I’m not sure I’ll be using this one again. I’ll give it to my sister for her to use instead. I really like the look of Glamglow masks though, and would loooove to try some of their other masks, but I’m just too broke to afford them at the moment lol

My favourite products in the box were probably the exfoliating soap, the cleansing balm and the cleansing pads. These beauty boxes are such a great way to try out new products from different brands, and probably a lot of stuff you would not usually gravitate towards.

I’m currently testing the products for the May beauty box, so I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on that soon!

Xo

 

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest

Revolution 1,000,000 palette

I was sent the Revolution 1,000,000 palette after my mystery bag was missing from my order, so thanks to the good people at Revolution! I had seen this palette on Instagram and was pretty interested to see what it was like. All the looks everyone was making were very bold… and that’s not my usual make up style. So I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone yet again for you guys!

Seeing as it’s pretty hard to avoid pink in this palette, I went for a pink/purple smoky eye with a cut crease and some serious winged liner. Keep scrolling to see the look and how I did it.


Picture from the Revolution Makeup Instagram page (@makeuprevolution)
Here are the swatches against the palette itself

All of the shades are really nicely pigmented. What I will say, is that the foiled shades had a very odd consistency. You can see in the palette after I swatched it that there are dents that aren’t there in the middle pink shade. I found when swirling my finger (as I normally would in any shadow pan), the product would ball up and feel very clumpy on my finger (see left). This happened for every foiled shade, and it actually made it quite difficult to apply to the eyes, or to get a solid pigment without it going patchy. I had particular trouble with the darkest foil shade, which you can see in the above swatches on my arm (second from right swatch).

How-to:

I already had a full face of makeup revolution products on (Fast Base Stick Foundation, Conceal and Define concealer and highlighter from the I Heart Makeup Surprise in Mermaid).

  1. I used a setting powder over my eyes just to set the concealer. Using the matte pink shade (the lightest pink in the palette), I put this in my outerย corner and into the crease. I blended this out so there were no harsh edges.
  2. Then taking the magenta shade, I took a more tapered brush and concentrated this more into the lower outer corner and into the deeper part of the crease to add dimension and definition. Using bright and dark colours like this is pretty new for me and a bit out of my comfort zone, but it started to come together really nicely.
  3. At this point, I had planned to put the foiled shadow next to the light pink into the blank space on the centre of my lid. However, the foiled shadows are quite clumpy and do not come away smoothly onto the brush or the finger. They leave little balls of eyeshadow in the pan and don’t have much colour pay off with one swipe. I put the burgundy shade into the centre, but wasn’t happy with it, so removed it and went over it with concealer to do a cut crease. I then applied Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek as a base, and then put the lightest shade in the palette on top. This had the same consistency as the others, but as I had already applied a similar colour, it went on a little more opaque.
  4. Using the Eyeko Eye Do liquid liner, I went for a hell of a wing (any wing is a hell of a wing for me lol) to give this look some real drama.
  5. I don’t do fake eyelashes so applied a few coats of Benefit Roller Lash.
  6. For the lower lash line, I took the magenta pink and dark purple down onto the lower lash to give a smooth gradient effect. Then topped it off with Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.
  7. I added a more pinky lip using, NYX lip liner in Peekaboo Neutral, Maybelline Colour Stay lipstick in 725 and the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N13.

Overall, I was really happy with this look. I like how green the purples made my eyes look (a look I haven’t done in about 10 years lol). The palette was fun to use, though it did take a little more effort and work to get the most out of some of the shades. Regardless of this, Revolution is a great company that makes really fun, affordable make up. I will be using this palette again, most probably for a going out look rather than day time.

Let me know what you think on here or on insta!

Xo

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest

Tested: The Ordinary Coverage foundation

The Ordinary is HUGE right now!

Their amazingly skincare line is suuuuuperย affordable and gives you the results of a product 5 times the price. At ยฃ5.90, this is the cheapest foundation I’ve ever bought, so I thought I would test it out.

The ordinary foundation

If you are someone who is conscious about the brands you use, The Ordinary does not test on animals and this foundation is vegan.ย  It’s also worth mentioning that this product is also free of soy, gluten, oil, alcohol and nut free. SPF 15 is included. I’m not sure whether all of their products is free from all of these, but you can check on their website.

When I saw they had come out with two foundations (the Coverage and Serum foundations) I was a little sceptical, despite being a brand super fan. I’m not used to finding my shade in more affordable foundations and thought the shades wouldn’t be pale enough more my skin. There is a fairly wide shade and tone range for a foundation that is new to the market. According to their website, there are 3 numbered shade categories: 1 for fair to light tones, 2 for medium tones and 3 for darker tones. The second digit from 0-3 indicates the depth within each category. Then the letter indicates the undertone: P (Pink), R (Red), N (Neutral) and Y (Yellow).

img_9116It looks quite a bit darker than my skin tone here, and also pulls much warmer.

I bought the lightest shade there isย – 1.0 N (for very fair skin according to their website) it’s a pretty good match for my skin when blended in. In the picture above, it looks slightly darker/more orangeย than my ideal shade, but it’s certainly workable when used with lighter concealers. It does howeverย pull much warmer than I would expect from a ‘neutral’ shade, but for me that’s no issue as I like more yellow foundations to balance out the redness in my skin. I wouldn’t necessarilyย say this foundation is for those with ‘very fair skin’. I am certainly not paper white and this is darker than my ideal shade, so there is room to expand the shade range to fit paler people.

Despite it being the more full coverage of the two foundations (the other being the Serum foundation which is a light coverage), it’s not what I would call ‘full coverage’ at all. It’s more of a medium/buildable coverage that gives you a ‘your skin but better‘ kind of look. To get the most coverage out of it, blending in with a brush was better than with a sponge. A sponge gave a more natural coverage, which was more similar to the Serum foundation. I set this with powder and went on my merry way.

Certain products I would usually use didn’t work with this foundation. I love to use the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Trippin’ for blush, but this just took the foundation straight off my cheek, even though I don’t apply the stick straight to the skin. I warm up the product first, and then apply it with my fingers, starting at the apple and moving it backwards towards the ear. So keep it to powder products when using this.

This foundation is definitely dry skin friendly. I have been struggling with a few dry patches around my mouth, which it didn’t highlight, and it didn’t look super dry when powder was applied.


ย ย ย ย ย  In a rush to leave the house but skin is looking good xo

If you’re going to have a fairly lazy day, then this foundation will stay pretty well. However, if you plan on being a bit more active, it will break down. I’ve tested this for aboutย two weeks, and it will be one of the foundations I wear regularly. However,ย I’m really not sure how great this is for long wear. I’ve worn this to work (at least 12 hours of wear)ย and the break up around my mouth is pretty bad. I walk to and from the station and get a really hot tube to work and it does break down when you get a little bit sweaty. I was basically wearing no foundation between my nose and mouth by 10am. I’m not really someone who brings their make upย bag wherever they go, but I do touch up my face with a concealer pen throughout the day if it’s looking a bitย sad. Iย had to touch it up every time I wear it or else I look likeย I have a little red moustache.ย It is important to emphasise that it was only between my nose and mouth where I noticed breakdown. My cheeks and forehead stayed perfect throughout the day, which is a major plus. Also, I’ve tested my commute out on my more expensive foundations too and my Nars Sheer Glow and Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation haven’t survived it either. So really, the fact that it breaks down is totally normal.

I’m not going to stop wearing this foundation because of the break down. It’s a great price and gives a lovely dewy finish.ย For the price that it’s at, you really can’t go wrong.ย I’d much rather wear a cheaper foundation for my day-to-day make up and save my nicer, more expensive foundations for best or when I’m not sweating it out on the tube. If they have your shade, I’d definitely give this a go. For ยฃ5.90, why wouldn’t you!? Good luck finding it though, it’s sold out eeeverywhere. If you can, get yourself to a Deceim store (I got mine from the Spitalfields store in London) and you can get colour matched there. If you’re feeling brave enough to guess your shade, check out ASOS, Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay or go straight to theordinary.com.

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts!

Xo

Follow me on:

Instagram|Bloglovin|Twitter|Pinterest