Matte Lips Sink Ships

So you may have noticed that liquid lipsticks have been having a bit of a moment lately. From Rimmel to Anastasia Beverly Hills, everyone and their mother has been jumping on the bandwagon.
In case you’re not familiar, a liquid lipstick is basically a lipstick, usually matte, in liquid form so it goes on like a gloss but is more opaque and has the finish of a lipstick. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll know that I have a mild ( read: severe) obsession with the offering from Bourjois- the Rouge Ediition Velvet lipsticks. I have 4 shades, Hot Pepper which is a bright red leaning towards the orangey side, Pink Pong which is a bold fuchsia and just the most untouchable pink lip product IMHO, Nude-ist! which is a perfect Kylie Jenner, neutral and Happy Nude Year (brilliant) which is a pinky peach nude.

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I have nothing negative to say about this product, it’s a dream come true. They are amazingly pigmented, they go on creamy and set down to matte but aren’t hugely drying on the lips and are so comfortable to wear but most of all they last FOREVER! For someone who is a big fan of a bold lip this is SO important to me. I hate having to constantly top up or keep checking a mirror to make sure it hasn’t faded, leaving you with that gross ring of colour around the edge of your lips (ugh!) You can eat, drink, be merry and these will hardly budge, you don’t have to think about it. I usually will top them up once throughout the night and that’s it AND on New Years Eve I wore Pink Pong, fell asleep in my makeup at like 6:00am (GAHH I know, sorry Caroline Hirons!) and when I woke up my lips were still perfect! It comes off easily when you want it to with a bit of makeup remover.

So these are clearly the holy grail but I’m always on the look out for other options. A friend suggested the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer which excited me because they’re only £3! I bought the shade Reckless and I LOVE the colour (a deep, darkish red) but I’m sorry to say it just didn’t last. As soon as you have a sip of a drink the formula starts to break down where the liquid had touched it so you can image what happens when you eat. I’ve worn mine about 3 or 4 times and the amount I had to top up it just didn’t seem worth it, I was constantly paranoid that the colour had gone weird and patchy. The formula is similar to the Bourjois ones but dries quicker when applying and then after a while almost feels kind of crumbly on the lips. Great if you’re only wearing it for an hour or two with no food or drink but just not practical for me sadly. Major bummer.

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The next one I tried was the Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in Orange-ology (an orange toned red). Now from the name I expected these to be much the same as the others in formula. They are not. The consistency is much thinner so you need to put on a lot to get an opaque finish but even then you struggle. It doesn’t dry or set down at all so the more you put on you’re kind of taking the underneath layers off. Also the doe foot applicator has a little dent or well in it where all the product gathers but then doesn’t transfer onto you lip, it kind of just sits in there. Most importantly it is not matte, the finish was shiny and felt almost oily on the lips! It doesn’t dry down so you constantly worried that its going to slip right off but it’s one redeeming feature is that it does kind of stain the lips so when the gloss wears off you are left with a somewhat even wash of colour. But no. Not happy at all.

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The final product is one I’ve only tried once but I think is going to be a good one. It’s the BEAUTIFUL Lime Crime Velvetine in Pansy (I can’t link it at the mo. because their site is down). This colour is so gorgeous and unique I just love it and I think it would work on nearly all skin tones. While applying I was aware that the formula felt more watery than the Bourjois or MUA versions. The colour is super pigmented though so you only need a couple of layers. Anyway because of the thin consistency I was really paranoid that the colour was coming off every time I took a sip of liquid but I wasn’t really in a situation where I could constantly check. I think I re-applied once to be sure and when I got home a few hours later it was still all good. I definitely need another test drive to be sure but at the moment I’d day they sit just under the Bourjois ones in terms of lasting, which is fine by me because those things are bionic! Oh, and it smells like cake! Anyway I adore the colour so I hope it isn’t as disappointing as the other offers and I still want to try all of the other offerings out there!

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Brush It Off

Yo,

I was a bit sad to write this post and was kind of avoiding it which is why there has been a bit of radio silence from me since my last video. But also because I don’t like to just post for the sake of it. I prefer to actually have something to say rather than just tell you what nail polish I wore last week but have no real opinion on it.
Something I do have an opinion on, as you all know, are Real Techniques Brushes. Love ’em, can’t get enough of ’em, spend all my money on ’em. So I was a little disappointed (read; devo’d) when I bought one that didn’t really float my boat. SHOCK HORROR, I know and what makes it worse is that everyone else seems to love it.

Real Techniques brushes are the lovechild of Sam Chapman, a make up artist who also has a YouTube channel, Pixiwoo (no, I don’t get what the name means either) with her sister, Nic who is also a make up artist. I watch Pixiwoo quite a lot because they do brilliant tutorials and also reviews and stuff and that’s how I found out about Sam’s brush line.
Anyway, I have a load of them which I can’t be bothered to list now but I mention in my video Things I Like 1. I have always used the Buffing Brush for foundation, which comes as part of the Core Collection and Sam’s Picks sets. It’s light and fluffy, blends product REALLY well and is easy to use. But then I got greedy. I saw that Sam and Nic and a lot of other people also used the Expert Face Brush to do their foundation so I thought, “it must have something the buffing brush doesn’t… I MUST OWN IT!”
I have used it about four or five times now but TBH I didn’t like it from the off and I’ll try my best to explain why. The bristles are shorter and more packed together than the Buffing Brush so they don’t spread out on your face as much, they’re much stiffer. So it feels like you’re putting the product on with one stroke and when you go back in to blend your just scraping most of it off. As I said, I used it a few times to give it the benefit of the doubt but I felt like I incurred the same problem each time. This meant I was using more product than usual to get the right amount of coverage and my make up looked really cakey and not blended and I was really unhappy with my face! I even looked up the specific tutorial for using the Expert Face Brush on the Real Techniques website and it looked great when Sam used it and she wasn’t doing anything different to me but somehow it just doesn’t work for me. Maybe the people that like it don’t need as much coverage as I do, I dunno. I really wanted to love it but I just can’t get on board with it and all the problems I had with it were highlighted even more when I then went back to my trusty old Buffing Brush and it provided the great blending and coverage I’d become used to. Interestingly the Expert face Brush doesn’t feature in the Sam’s Picks set but the Buffing brush does… well well well. Take from that what you will.

There you have it, I am SORRY Sam Chapman and Real Techniques fans across the globe but you know, you can’t win ’em all. Hail to the Buffing Brush.

Ps: All my RT brushes were purchased online at Boots in the UK but they are also available at Superdrug and other online shops. The links in the post are from the Real Techniques website which is an American site so pricing is in dollas’.

Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea and Bamboo Strengthener

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EEEK, my first video! Soz about the terrible quality etc. I want to start doing more vids so hopefully I’ll eventually have some better equipment. It’s kind of a trial run as I’ve never done one before so please don’t get all up in my grill about how rubbish it is (I already know!) Practice makes perfect y’all.

Oh Make Me Overrrrrr (ba-num ba-num ba-num)

Hey hey,

Today I’m going to wax lyrical about my everyday make up routine and products.

I start by moisturising my face with an Olay day cream with SPF but I can’t remember the exact name because my Superdrug had run out las time I went to buy it. At the mo. I’m using Olay Essentials Double Action day cream in normal/dry but it don’t gots SPF. boo.

Then I use one of the foundations that I rotate (see past post- Laying the Foundations.) If I’m in a hurry or can’t be arsed I’ll rub it in with my hands. Otherwise I’ll use a Real Techniques buffing brush (loooooove Real Techniques brushes.)

At the moment I’m a bit more tanned than usual so next I use a Real Techniques stippling brush to buff in a bit of bronzer so my face matches the rest of me and I don’t end up looking like Ghostface Killah… Yes, he’s black so that reference doesn’t work at all but I really wanted to say ghost face and then it felt weird not having Killah afterwards and…

Then I finish off with a dusting off loose powder to set everything and stop myself getting greasy eye lids (eurghh) which stop my eyeliner from doing that annoying transfer thing onto the upper lid. I’m using Collection Sheer Loose Powder in ‘Barely There’. I use a… you guessed it, Real Techniques powder brush.

For blusher I either use MAC Cremeblend blush in ‘Posey’ which I push into the skin using a small blusher brush or sometimes just use my fingers. Or MAC Powder Blush in Melba, using a MAC 150 brush (I think, the numbers rubbed off…) If I’m feeling fancy I’ll dust a little MAC Archie’s Gals Pearlmatte Face Powder in ‘Flatter Me’ on my cheekbones and bridge of nose to subtly highlight that shizz. I use a REALLY old Mister Mascara blusher brush.

I usually wear eyeliner on the top lid, unless I’m not really doing anything major or I want to look super natural. For a going out look I use MAC Black Track and wing it out with a thin eye liner brush. For more of a daytime look I’ll just use an eye liner pencil and not wing it out, currently using Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black (doi). I’ve just looked at it and it re-he-heally needs sharpening.

Then mascara. Up until, literally the other day I always used Max Factor False Lash Effect in Black which gives a lot of volume and adds a bit of length. I fancied a change for some reason so I bought Loreal Voluminous which I think is quite old but I wanted to try one with an actual bristly brush. The Max factor one has one of those spikey brushes and it’s quite fat so it’s hard to get in the corners and do the lower lashes without making a mess. And no one likes mess.

If I’m wearing eye liner I’ll fill my brows in with MAC Eye Brow crayon in ‘Stud’. I don’t fill in my brows if I’m not wearing eye liner because it looks kind of weird.

If I’m wearing lipstick I start with MAC Prep + Prime Lip, wait for it to sink in a bit, apply lippie, blot, re- apply.

Wham Bam thank you fam.

Before: EURRRGHH! BLEHHH! VOM etc…

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After: PHEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!

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