Sunday, 27 March 2016

Lime Crime Shroom and Salem swatches and review!

I bought these liquid lipsticks November, when Lime Crime had their flash sale on the Venus Palette and thought may as well try out their liquid lipsticks as well. I had been on the hunt for a brown coloured lipstick for a while so gave in, popped one in my basket and left it at that. They turned up pretty quick, around a week after my order was put in. 
Lime Crime Salem and Shroom Review
Price: $20 / £14.15
(For 0.088 fl oz / 2.6ml)
Time Trialled: 4 Months. 
Colours chosen: Salem and Shroom.
The consistency of these liquid lipsticks is far more runnier than any liquid lipstick I have ever had, which in a way is slightly better, as it means you use less to get even coats and is easier and smoother to apply. However, you need around 2-3 coats of product to get a good colour pay off, but that isn't something that bothers me too much as I always like to re apply my product to make sure its on and stays on. 
Lime Crime Salem and Shroom Swatches
Dried swatches of Salem and Shroom.
Applicator is standard doe foot which you get with most lipglosses or liquid lipsticks which makes it easy to apply on the go and generally easy to apply on the surface of the lip. I do recommend using a lipbrush to neaten the outline of the lips first then fill in the colour with the doe foot just to keep the colour application as neat as possible.
Lime Crime Brush Applicator SALEM

The colours I picked were Shroom and Salem, two very different shades of brown. Salem, described on Lime Crime's website is a "True Brown" and Shroom is a "90s Brown". I've swatched both all over my lips and with half of my natural lip colour showing so you can see how it compares. Both colours have been applied with one single layer.
LimeCrime Shroom Lip Swatch
Shroom Lip swatch.

Lime Crime Shroom Lip Swatch
Shroom swatch against my natural lip colour.
Shroom as a lot more orange than what I expected it to be as it looks more grey on their website swatch, but I'm glad as it goes more with my complexion and is a good nude colour without making me look too dead. 
LimeCrime Salem Lip Swatch
Salem lip swatch.
Salem was more of a reddish brown / burgundy but was close enough to what I was looking for so again, wasn't too bothered. I found this one was slightly harder to apply evenly in one coat as it's a stronger pigment, but I think this is down to the fact I generally have high colour lips.
Lime Crime Salem Lip Swatch
Salem swatch against my natural lip colour.
They generally do last a good 4/5 hours without having to reapply, depending on what you're doing. There can be days however where I can eat my lunch and not have to reapply, but it depends what I'm eating at the time. The good thing about these liquid lipsticks is that they don't flake off and roll up into little irritating dry pieces on your lip after a while like cheaper brands do.
All in all, I like them and I'll be looking into purchasing more colours. I'd definitely repurchase these two as they are my go to lip colours now and I often wear them without any make up and they won't look over the top. I know they'll stay on well and I know I don't have to keep reapplying.
(Below are some comparisons to three brands, skip this part if you're not interested.)
In comparison to lets say MUA or Makeup Revolution liquid lipsticks, they're denser in formulation making it harder to blend and apply, because they dry pretty quick, so if you did want to do an ombre lip it would be harder to do it. I also found that the texture was lighter in consistency than MUA / MUR, and didn't dry my lips out as quick.
In comparison to Jeffree star's Velour liquid lipstick, consistency again is a lot thinner than his but drying time and feeling / weight felt the same to me, but colour wasn't as strong as Jeffree Star's.
So it depends on what consistency you like to work with.

I paid $20 at the time for each of them, which I didn't mind as I had the pallet at the time for $19, so it weighed it evenly out. Overall, shipping was $10.95, bringing the total cost to $69.95.
Breakdown: Out of 10
Value for money: 7/10
Colour Choices: 7/10
Does what it says on the tin: 8/10
Staying Power on lips : 9/10
Packaging: 8/10
Consistency and workability: 7/10
Would I repurchase? Yep! I definitely will!
Overall: ♥ 7/10 ♥

Friday, 28 August 2015

Pixi Beauty H20 Skin Tint Review

After seeing this online and talking to Global Makeup Artist Amanda in store on one if my visits, I knew I had to try this product. As you know, I've been looking for a day time foundation to just apply quickly or to wear under powder when my skin doesn't need a lot of coverage. To be honest, cheaper brands haven't worked for me because the formula changes too quickly in the bottle or it feels horrible and effects my skin. So with this in mind, I went back to basics, looking at new products from brands I know and use daily.
This product is water based, so it hydrates skin and combats oil, it has coverage which is buildable and evens out the tone of skin, which is great for when I do need more than just a sheer tint, and products can be applied on top for if I want a matter look. Sounded like the product I've been looking for.
Pixi H2O SkinTint 02 nude review + swatches
Time Trialled: Around 6 months.
Price: £24
Colour: Nude 02.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Butter London Nail Lacquer and Matte Lippy Review!

Having only knowing Butter London for having high quality nail varnishes, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that they also do a make up line following a meeting with Purple PR.
I was given some Butter London nail lacquers and a matte lipstick to try and review. I already knew the nail polish would be a high standard product so I was excited to try out the Lipstick.

Time Trialled: 2 Months
Price: Nail Lacquer £12
:  Lippy Matte Lipstick £18

Brooke Candy x MAC Fall 2015 Collection

I found out late last night that one of my favourite musicians Brooke Candy is releasing a collection with M.A.C Cosmetics which launches online tomorrow (27/8/2015) , which consists of two lipsticks and a black liquid liner. 
brooke candy mac collection fall 2015brooke candy for mac
I'm literally so excited and will probably get the lipsticks as I have plenty of liners to get through. The lipsticks are both Amplified Creme Lipsticks, Mind Control which is a standard a bright cherry red and Which Witch, which is a  deep almost black plum. The Liquid Liner is standard Boot Black, which is a typical black liner. They are very typical MAC mini collection colours but I am dying over the packaging art.
Lipsticks are priced at $17 and Eye Liner priced at $21.
Brooke is set to release another collection, rumoured to be 14 pieces in 2016. I cannot wait to see what she will come out with as I am a huge fan. I'm hoping for more adventurous colours from her, hopefully from her Das Me era. I'm thinking metallics, clashing colours, bright pinks and even brighter reds. Can't wait to see what will come out!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Superdrug Beauty Studio First Birthday!

I was invited to go along to a ticketed event to celebrate the first birthday of Beauty Studio by Superdrug in Cardiff St Davids 2. I can't believe it's been a year since I was invited to the launch of the studio!
The event was for press and for beauty shoppers, where we were given the chance to get selected beauty treatments for free and treated to 10% off with the use of their Beauty Cards.
Beauty Studio by Superdrug First Birthday

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Happy National Lipstick Day!

Today is National Lipstick day and I thought I'd share some of my favourite lipsticks. I've chosen lower end and high end lipsticks that are my current and past favourites. Take a look at what I've chosen for my favourite Pastel, Classic Red, Non wearable, Nude, budget and lip balm. 
National Lipstick Day 2015

Friday, 24 July 2015

Unite 7 Seconds Condition review.

Before receiving this product I rarely used conditioners as they often make my hair feel greasy and flat after a day. I haven't thought about using a leave in conditioner as a substitute so I was keen on trying this product.
Having coloured hair I should ideally be using some sort of conditioner, and my hair is naturally wavy, so as you can imagine it does get tangled and is hard to brush.
Unite 7 seconds conditioner leave in detangler bottle
Time Trialled: 3 Months
Price: £16.90 Directly from Unite Hair
Unite's products are not tested on animals and the product smells fresh and clean. The consistency is quite light weight and comes out as a mist which is absorbed into the hair quickly. It instantly feels soft and doesn't have a sticky residue or texture. It can also be used as a heat protector for hot hair tools and is a UV protector.