Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

the new urban decay powder foundation 2015
Urban Decay have added two new naked skin products to their famous Naked range. The Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and The Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. I have the powder foundation to tell you all about today. 

The Ultra Definition Powder Foundation* comes in 14 shades. I have the shade light neutral which is slightly too dark for me at the moment but I have road tested it none the less. The powder is meant to leave a lightweight feel and a demi matte finish that can be used wet or dry.
Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
The product itself comes in a shiny silver compact with the UD initials in-craved on the front, it comes with a mirror and a sponge. In terms of how packaging goes its pretty snazzy. It also comes in a pretty purple pouch which can be used for storage or for travelling. The sponge is double sided the side with the UD signature is rubbery and great for using the foundation wet and the other side is more fluffier and so great for using dry. First time noticing that with a sponge so a nice little feature if you like to use the sponges. I personally prefer to use a brush.

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder Foundation Swatch

The powder once swatched feels soft and creamy and not at all powdery if that makes any sense. Its applies lightly and almost feels like there is nothing on your skin, which is probably why its called Naked Skin. The feeling on the skin is pleasant as it feels smooth and very comfortable. In terms of coverage it covers the basics, it is in no way full coverage even when used wet but it blurs out imperfections and leaves the skin looking flawless. Now as I suffer with acne its not a product I would go for as the coverage isn't there but I have tried out on clients and applied with a brush and the results are really tremendous. The overall finish on the skin is demi matte as they state which basically means its not to dry looking or dead looking but more healthy looking and lets your skin shine through. 

When applied wet it kind of turns into almost BB cream texture and lasts on he skin around 4 hours without setting it with a powder. I personally don't like it wet, but that is total personal preference. In terms of staying power it last pretty much 5-7 hours depending on how oily your skin is. I was really impressed with the staying power actually. 

Overall it is a really nice powder foundation, I wouldn't reach for it everyday as my skin does have a little more to cover but for good skin days I feel this would be my pick. Its lightweight, blurs out imperfections on the skin, looks natural and isn't at all drying like some powder foundations. Urban Decay have done a great thing with this product and I can see it being a really big hit.

Does this sound like something you would like?

Retail Price: €33/ £26/ $36

*Gifted Pr Item
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Monday, March 02, 2015

New Skincare Additions

picture of new skincare items

If you seen my latest beauty haul over on Youtube, you will know I bought some new skincare items, my skin has gone really bad lately and so I thought revamping some of the products would help. Lucky for me Boots had a 3 for 2 on while I was on this venture and so I picked up a few bits. 

Now the majority of things are from Botanics, I love their stuff, they are affordable and they have something there for everyone's skintype. The first thing I picked up was the Shine Away Iconic Clay Mask. This is meant to unclog the pores, help fight oily skin and help with blemishes. On first use it needs to be shook rigorously as its kind of watery however after shaken it goes on well and it leaves the skin super soft. I will do a full review on all the products after a months trailing them. The next product I got was the Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Cream, I mainly got this to use as moisturiser. So far I haven't even opened this so I have nothing to report back.  

Moving onto facial oils I got the 100% organic facial oil with nourishing Rosehip, I have been looking for a new facial oil for a while so I snapped this up. This oil is really nice, it sinks into the skin quickly, doesn't have too much of a smell and isn't too greasy. 

Last but not least I picked up the Lush Magnaminty face mask, this is aimed at fighting blemishes and helping with acne in general. It smells like peppermint and something else that I can't quite put my finger on but I will be honest its kinda gross but it left my skin super super soft. It can also be applied all over if you suffer with acne on the body so this is a very handy product to have in your skincare collection. 

So there are my new pieces. I have become slightly obsessed with skincare lately. I will do a full review on all the products once I have used them for a month so I can see full results. Let me know if you have used any of these products and let me know if you have any skincare recommendations. 
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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Video: Beauty Haul

A little beauty haul for you, this included stuff I bought myself for my birthday (as you do) and products I was gifted by family. Enjoy. 
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo
Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo

I am obsessed with dry shampoo. To me its the best thing ever invented. I go through so many brands of this stuff and I do have my favourites. I recently got the chance to try out the new Herbal Essences* version and although I am loyal to my Colab but I do like to try new ones.

The range comes in 3 types, One for colour, one for voulme and one that is marketed as Naked, which I guess could mean no white residue, who knows. Any how I have the one for Colour. Now I am very mean to Dry Shampoo, I mean I try a lot so if it doesn't pass the test I will never use it again.

I would say I like this product but I don't love it. It does the job, but I have had others that just do the job. Now as I have dark hair number one is dry shampoo cannot leave me looking grey. This doesn't have a white cast as such but it does make the hair appear dull, which I can live with. It smells nice to apply which is great and once applied it does like the hair a little stiff. I have found dry shampoos to do this but usually the volume ones do this so I was a little surprised that it did leave my hair slightly stiff. The number one reason why it doesn't get the love factor is that it at the ends of the day or even 6 hours in, my hair is so itchy and all I want to do is wash my hair.

It retails at €3.99 which isn't super cheap and for the money I would rather just buy my fave Colab dry shampoo for an extra €2 (has to be shipped from UK) Like I mentioned its an ok Dry Shampoo, it does absorb the oils, leaves the hair less greasy looking but it leaves my hair dull and very itchy at the end of the day, which I really dislike.

So overall an average dry shampoo, it does have its downfalls but it does leave the hair looking clean, but its not something I would run  out and repurchase.

*Gifted Pr Item
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush Review & Swatches

Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush Review & Swatches
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush Review & Swatches
Maxfactor have been knocking it out of the park lately with their new releases and I was super excited when I saw they were releasing what could be potential dupes for the Hourglass Ambient lightening blushes. The Maxfactor Creme Puff Blushes* are lightweight baked blushes that are packed with pigment and give the skin a luminous, polished finish.

There are 6 shades in the range, each shade is suited to a certain skin tone, however after playing with them all they are pretty much universal shades, the only shade that is a little wow is the berry shade but I will talk about that in a minute. Also the lighter shades might not show as great on darker skin tones but they can be used to give the skin a light sheen or highlight.

The blushes are meant to highlight and sculpt and enhance your complexion. So do they do all that?.....yes! I am in love with these blushes. They are super pigmented even the lighter shades, and they last a really long time on the cheeks. They also are a lovely formula, they feel soft on the face and are easy to work with and are very build-able.

Are they hourglass dupes you ask? Well I only own one hourglass blush and I can tell you this, they are the closest thing in the drugstore you are going to find for the hourglass ambient lightening blushes. The only difference is I find the hourglass ones a little more finely milled  and the staying power is a little better with the hourglass but that is the only differences I can note. Now we have talked formula lets check out the shades. 

Like I mentioned there are 6 shades in the range in total and I feel there is something here for everyone.

Nude Mauve: A sandy brown pink perfect for definition and adding over other shades. 
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Nude Mauve Swatch
Lavish Mauve: A dusky pink with a slight brown undertone, perfect for a simple touch of colour.
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Lavish Mauve Swatch

Alluring Rose: Medium brown shade with pink, golden slightly coral tones.
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Alluring Rose Swatch
Lovely Pink: A light Peach/Pink with a golden sheen.
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Lovely Pink Swatch
Seductive Pink: a light/medium pink with a golden sheen
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Seductive Pink Swatch
 Gorgeous Berries: A dark berry shade with a golden pink gloss.
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Gorgeous Berries Swatch
So as you can see all shades are wearable and all can be used to add colour or definition to the cheeks. Overall I love them, they are the best blushes to come from the Drugstore in a really long time and I can't recommend them enough, with great quality, excellent colour pay off and great staying power these are a must have. 

Are you tempted to pick them up? 

Retail Price: €11.49, £ 8.99
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot Serum

magic firming serum
a firming serum

Ren recently launched the new Instant Firming Beauty Shot*, a serum aimed at firming, lifting and tightening the skin in just a few seconds. Now I do love Ren as a brand they are an all natural brand, no mineral oils, no parabens and everything I have tried so far I have loved so I knew this would have a lot to live up to. 

The product itself is rather strange, its a rose scented serum that FYI smells incredible. I love when brands add that rose scent...its makes me very happy haha. Anyway completely off track, its a serum that you apply to the skin and it instantly tightens the skin, I am talking you can feel it tightening the skin. Its like a magic cream. As I am 24 I don't have any wrinkles as of yet but I have insanely large pores and found using this before my makeup is a god send. It pulls the skin tight and closes up my pores..I know it sounds too good to be true but that is literally what it does.

Now the application is a little strange, you apply it and its rather weird to apply, its not like most serums because it dries very fast so I have found doing it in quick stages is best. Once on it feels very sticky and tacky for about 5-10 seconds then it leaves the skin feeling super soft and almost creates a base of good looking skin. Ren have said this is meant to have long term effects as well as instant effects, saying that the skin only stays tight for around 5-6 hours, in you head are you picturing you face ending up all droopy as it wears! that totally just popped into my head. It does say you can gently apply over your make-up if your wearing any to refresh the look, but I haven't tried that yet. 

The serum itself is high in hyaluronic acid, which Ren have said they have made it into a more potent form which therefore hydrates the skin. The product is suitable for sensitive skin the only problem is the scent I personally love it but if you hate that rose scent this could turn you off. 

Overall this is a good serum, it does tighten the skin and matches all its claim, long term effects I can't comment on as I have only been using for over 2 weeks but if your looking for a magic serum that gives you that 'youthful' look this is your guy. It is pricey at €48 but if you are willing to splurge go for it. 

Tightens the Skin/ closes pores/ gives a youthful look
Can be worn under makeup
Dries within seconds
A great primer/base for makeup

Need to be quick applying
The rose scent might not be to everyone's taste. 

Retail Price: €48/ £36/$54

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Essie Fifth Avenue

Essie Fifth Avenue
Essie Fifth Avenue

Essie is probably me all time fave polish brands, they apply well (apart from Fuji but we wont talk about that one) they last a long time on the nails and the shade range is amazing. For Christmas my mum treated me to 2 new Essie polishes and one of them was Fifth Avenue. 

Fifth Avenue is a seriously bright orangey/red shade that instantly adds a pop of colour to the nails. Its not your average killer red shade its more of a fun red shade that would look perfect on the beach sipping cocktails. It is really the perfect Summer shade but I have been wearing it in this colder weather and it brightens up my day so I guess it can be worn all year round. Personally I'm not one to have rules with polishes if I like it, ill wear it no matter what the wheather. Selling point of this polish is not only the high shine finish but the fact it looks amazing in just one coat and last pretty much days before those evil chips appear. I simply love this shade and I feel its probably one of Essie classic shades that everyone owns but if you don't I highly recommend checking it out. 

Essie Fifth Avenue retails for €9.99 / £7.99 / $8.50
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