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January Review-A Month in Makeup

There’s so much stuff to get through as I’ve lumped a few of my ‘makeup presents’ from Christmas in with this review. I feel like I’ve bought a fair bit of drugstore this month, mainly because it’s January and we’re all to lacking in funds to make many high-end purchases! There are things that I didn’t buy, the Tarte Foundation for one, purely because of the whole furore on social media, I’m not sure why Tarte did that, they surely must have known.

So on with the review!

PRIMER

Only one primer this month, I tend to stick with the same ones because I’m not a huge fan of silicon based Primers. L’Oréal Infallible Illuminizing Primer does not contain silicon, which is probably why I like it, and of course, it’s super glowy, it’s like a creamy highlighter!

FOUNDATION

I finally gave in and purchased the Fenty Beauty Foundation, I took a gamble and ordered the shade 140 online, which was actually a pretty good match. I have reviewed this in an earlier post and I honestly still feel the same way, it’s a nice foundation but it didn’t blow me away, I much prefer the Huda Beauty Faux Filter.

Maybelline’s Super Stay 24hr Full Coverage Foundation was an ‘insta made me buy it’ moment, I used to use Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation all the time, so I was intrigued to see how this would match up. I have the shade Light Beige. Superstay gave decent coverage but it didn’t stay matte all day, and after 12 hrs it had started to break up around my nose. I think if you touch it up and maintain it throughout the day, it is fine, like the Fenty one. Again, it’s an ok foundation, and I will continue to use it but it wasn’t a ‘wow’ product.

I have reviewed these in the previous post but I will say that I am really impressed with the L’ORÉAL Infallible Shaping Foundation Sticks, they are a really good product and well worth trying.

CONCEALER

Now, obviously the big launch of the month was the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer, these are a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape, although they’re not exactly the same, I still feel like the Tarte One has a better finish and creases less. MUR’s is much cheaper at £4 but you get a less product. Having said all that, I have 3 of them in my makeup bag because they are still a damn good product, and to be honest, one of the reason’s I like Shape Tape is because of the giant wand, and as the MUR concealer has the same type of applicator, I will probably stick with it. It’s not been a good month for Tarte!

Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection has been around a long time, but oddly, I’ve never used it! So as they’ve launched new shades, I decided to try one of them. I bought shade 0 Very Fair. Apparently, ten of these concealers are sold every minute! That’s incredible. I have to say, it’s a good concealer, it didn’t crease excessively, gave excellent coverage and lasted well. It’s a little heavier, consistency wise, than the MUR concealer, but it was still comfortable to wear.

Lastly, a colour corrector also from the L’Oreal Infallible range, this Peach corrector, for dark circles is quite intense. It’s more of a deep orange than peach, and it’s very pigmented so you don’t need too much of it. For me, it’s a little too dry, and as the under eye area is prone to dehydration anyway it’s not a product I will reach for much. If you are looking for a product like this that has good hydration, go for the NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer, it contains coconut oil and feels so much nicer.

CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT

I can’t remember if I ever reviewed this product so apologies if I have, Urban Decays Shapeshifter Palette literally contains everything you might need to contour and highlight. It has five creams and four powders, the creams consist of two contour shades, two colour correcting shades and one pearl shade for highlighting. The powders, consist of two contours, a matte highlight powder and a pearl highlighter. I have used this palette loads, I like it so much I’ve just bought the matching brush! It’s good to have a mixture of powders and creams all in one place, so you don’t need to keep reaching for other products. They blend beautifully and easily with a brush or a sponge. The powder highlighter is stunning, especially if you apply it with a sponge, it’s not glittery, it just gives the most amazing sheen!

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighters have been around for some time but they were not available in the UK, so you can imagine my surprise when I found them in Superdrug. I have the shade Molten Gold, which I initially thought might be too gold for my skin tone, but actually it’s fine. This shade is more of a sheen than a sparkle. I also found the Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter, this is also super pretty, but has a lots more glitter/sparkle in it than the gold shade. It’s not very holographic, it doesn’t have much of a colour shift but it gives more of a pearly highlight.

I got this mini Cover FX Highlighter at Christmas, it’s a good handbag size! Again it’s a golden shimmer, its nice but it doesn’t compare to the highlighter drops.

I also got a mini highlighter from Fenty Beauty, it was in a set with the Gloss Bomb. The Killawatt Highlighter is in the shade Hustla Baby, now this is a highlighter I really do love! It gives a beautiful shiny shimmer and I want more shades!!!

Last highlighter purchase of the month was the fabulous Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter. I will be honest and say that I really only bought this because it has dressing table appeal, the packaging is beautiful and it’s one of those products you just want to own, and necessarily use. I have swatches it, and although it’s a very pretty unicorn glow, I probably won’t use it. I know, I’m weird!

MASCARA

First up, Maybelline’s new Total Temptation Mascara. This mascara feels quite similar to L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise, it’s very black and builds volume and length. I like the brush, it gives a good, even sweep of product. It’s enriched with coconut oil too!

Next is a lash primer from Stila, Lash stunner Extreme Lash Primer. This is one of those products I really don’t see the point in, I’m not someone who ever uses lash Primers because I don’t feel they do anything more than simply applying an extra coat of regular mascara. I liked that it wasn’t white like a lot of these types of products, whenever I’ve used the white Primers I always miss the odd lash and end up with what looks like random grey lashes!

BROWS

Only one brow product this month, the L’Oreal Micro Tattoo Brow Artist Pen, which I’m still loving. I have previously reviewed this so I’ll leave it there!

PALETTES

I was lucky enough to receive one of the Juvias Place Palettes for Christmas, I have the Zulu Palette, but I haven’t had chance to try it out yet. I can tell you it swatches beautifully but I think I’d have got more use out of the Saharan Palette or something more neutral.

Which brings me neatly on to my favourite palette of the month, Laura Lee’s Cats Pyjamas Palette. Oh my gosh, I absolutely adore this gorgeous palette. There isn’t a shade inside it that I haven’t used, what I really like is that all the shades work really well with each other, sometimes you buy palettes which contain random shades, that makes it hard to make complete looks from, in Cats Pyjamas they all compliment one another really well. I bought this palette when it was half price on Beauty Bay, it was an impulse purchase but I’m so pleased I have it because it’s purrrrfect! (Sigh, I know!!!)

Another random half price purchase was the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette. I know we’ve all seen mixed reviews of this but I figured it was worth a punt, and sometimes it’s nice to judge a product for yourself, I’ve become less trusting in the reviews I see on YouTube. The Eyeshadows in the Palette are fairly average, I used the coral blush shade as eyeshadow too as I don’t wear blusher, it worked really well and added a pop of colour. The contour shade works well and the highlighter is gorgeous, they should make that by itself! The highlighter is a sort of pinky champagne shade, but what I really liked was the texture, it’s very soft and fells almost damp which gives it exceptional glow payoff! It’s even better if you use the damp sponge technique (thanks to Jaclyn Hill for that awesome tip!). The mascara I haven’t used yet, although I believe it’s their bestselling Go Colosal Mascara which I have used a long time ago. I haven’t tried the lip balms or the correctors out yet, I seldom use balms. I also bought one of the Eyeshadow Brushes, which is a pretty good little tool. I think the packaging of this collection is lovely, it’s very quite elegant with just a touch of unicorn.

Lastly, is the Makeup Revolution Reloaded Neutrals 2 Palette. These eyeshadow palettes are amazing value for just £4! I love all the fiery shades in this palette, and it’s hard to find red shades which are evenly pigmented. These Eyeshadows blend well, the only thing I did notice about them is they feel a bit coarser than their more expensive counterparts, but that doesn’t diminish their effectiveness. For it’s tiny price this is a good little palette!

EYES

The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow’s are an absolute favourite, I’ve also fallen in love with the Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows too. My only real gripe with them is how expensive they are, plus the Gold glitter shade I bought first has now run out, but I suppose I got a fair bit of use out of it. I love the cranberry glitter Next to Notte shade and the shimmery Kitten shade.

LIPS

I was lucky enough to be sent a Lip Wardrobe from Revlon, which I’ve already reviewed in a previous post. I’ve been wearing the the super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Bare a lot, I really like the formula and it’s a perfect nude shade. Sometimes I prefer a traditional creamy, bullet Lipstick, purely because sometimes, it’s nice to be able to just wipe it off. I love all my matte, liquid lipsticks but some of them are a nightmare to remove.

I think that’s about it for January. Roll on all of February’s big launches, Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation, Jeffree’s Blood Sugar Palette, ABH x Amrezy’s Highlighter and of course, the incredible Too Faced Life’s a Festival Collection.

Thanks for reading, Mo x

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L’Oreal Infallible Mini Haul, First Impressions

I bought a few new products from the L’Oreal Infallible range to try out. I feel that L’Oreal have really upped their game recently, in the past I’ve only ever really bought the True Match Foundation as nothing else really appealed to me, but following the launch of the Paradise Mascara (which I love) and the Micro Tattoo Brow Artist Pen, I become more interested in the brand.

L’Oreal launched five new Primers in the Infallible range, each addressing a different need, Luminizing, Mattifying, Pore Refining, Anti-Redness and Anti-Fatigue. After Swatching them, the Luminizing Primer really spoke to my highlighter-addicted soul, it’s literally like pure liquid highlighter! It’s incredibly pretty, it gives a sheen to skin when used under foundation, but can be patted on to the skin to give cheek bones a fabulous glow. It’s not greasy but I will say this, a little goes a very long way, so use sparingly! It has no real scent and is packaged in a holographic bottle with a pump.

Foundation sticks have never really been my thing, like cream highlight and contour palettes, they always feel much too heavy and cakey in consistency, plus having oily skin means that cream products give the appearance of never ‘setting’ and always end up looking super greasy.

However, the Infallible range is a blogger fave and I was in the mood to try something new! These Shaping Sticks Foundations can also be used for highlighting and contouring, they have also made blush shades and strobing sticks, though as I don’t like blusher and rarely use sick highlighter’s (I have many, but don’t get on with them), I haven’t bought these.

I have the shade Vanilla, which I use as foundation, and Toffee which I have been using to contour. The first thing you notice when you apply them is how amazingly soft and creamy they are, they literally glide on! When I’ve tried this kind of product in the past it’s always felt so thick and heavy. They blend out very easily, I’ve tried them with a brush and also a Beauty Blender, the sticks work well with either tool, but I felt the sponge gave a slightly better finish. They are full coverage and are not matte, they have a dewy finish, but not excessively so. I set them with my NYX Professional Makeup HD Banana Powder and MAC Cosmetics Shadester (to contour) and it stayed intact all day without touch ups.

Finally I got one of the new Infallible 24hr Concealer Pomades in the shade Peach, which is actually more of a deep orange, and used for colour correcting dark circles under the eyes. I used this for the first time today. Obviously as it’s a Corrector it goes on before foundation and flesh toned concealer, I did find it was very pigmented but didn’t feel or look cakey, nor did it cause any excessive creasing. It was a nice consistency, not too oily or drying, but due to the intensity of the shade, you do need a full coverage foundation and concealer to cover it. It definitely helps to conceal any dark circles!

So to summarise, I love the sticks and the primer, which is surprising as I’m usually much happier in very matte products. The colour correcting pomade does the job but is probably not something I will use every day, if you are struggling with dark circles, it well worth a try though!

Available from Superdrug and Boots, the Infallible Luminizing Primer is £8.99, Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundations are £8.99 each and come in 12 shades. Plus there are strobing and blush shades too. The Infallible 24hr Concealer Pomades have five shades and retail at £6.99 each.

Thanks for reading, Mo x

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Garnier Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll remember my ‘7 Days 7 Facemasks’ series. My intention was to literally try out a different face mask each day for a whole week. Well, that didn’t quite happen, having a spare 15-20 minutes to slap on a face mask is far more challenging than you would think. Anyhow, I’ve decided to carry on with this series this year.

I absolutely love the Garnier Sheet masks, they give real results for a small price. Having tried pretty much all of the original Moisture Bomb and Hydra Bomb versions, I was hugely excited to see they have launched two new Pure Charcoal Sheet Masks, one with Black Tea for Purifying, hydrating and mattifying, and the other has Black Algae Extract, for purifying, hydrating and pore tightening. To be honest, either of them would be perfect as I need mattifying and have some enlarged pores.

I will point out that the reason I love the Garnier masks, is the intense hydration that you get with all of them. One mask is equivalent to ‘one week of hydrating active in concentration’. They all contain Hyaluronic Acid, the wonder ingredient of the moment! They really do diminish the look of fine lines, my frown line in particular practically disappears when I use one of these. This one also contains LHA, a derivative of Salicylic Acid which helps to lift off dead skin and unclog pores. Black Algae helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and the cells to regenerate. So this mask is packed full of skin treats!

I kept the mask on for about 15 minutes, as always, I tried to masssage as much of the moisture into my skin as possible. So, when I removed the sheet mask my skin looked and felt incredibly smooth, I guess this is because of the LHA. My horrible frown wrinkle had almost disappeared and the large pores on my forehead didn’t appear so ‘crater’ like. Overall I was really pleased with the results of this mask, but then the Garnier masks never disappoint!

Garnier Pure Charcoal Tissue Sheet Masks are available from Boots and Superdrug, £2.99 each but they’re usually on offer.

Thanks for reading, Mo x

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L’Oréal Brow Artist Micro Tattoo

I thought I’d do a first impressions post about this new brow product, it seems to be pretty unique, I certainly haven’t seen anything else like it before.

The Micro Tattoo Brow Artist is a felt tip brow pen, it has a trident shaped tip is designed to give a similar effect to microblading, the look of fine hairs for a natural brow. It can be built up for a bolder looking brow. It lasts up to 24 hours without smudging or fading.

I have the shade Dark Blonde, which is similar to Taupe in the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil. It’s important to mention that the Micro Tattoo must be used on clean, makeup-free brows, I’m guessing this is because applying it on top of foundation and other cream products may make it bleed. The trident shaped tip distributes the ink into three fine hair like lines with each stroke, which then dries and doesn’t move at all. Actually it really didn’t move, even to remove it at night was a challenge, although after a Face wipe and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil it did eventually come off, but I had actively remove it, it didn’t just wipe off.

I was quite impressed with the Micro Tattoo, it was easy to apply and looked very natural, like real hair, it’s great for filling in sparse brows or gaps. I did find I had to still use my NYX Professional Makeup Precision Brow Pencil just to emphasise the outline and tail, but that’s because I like a very sharp brow, I think I would need a darker shade in the Micro Tattoo to give the same effect. It lasted the day really well, my brows looked the same as when I first did them. Below are some swatches on my hand.

To summarise, I really like this product and I will continue using it, I may even invest in a darker shade to get that ombré look!

Micro Tattoo Brow Artist is available in 6 shades and is stocked in Boots and Superdrug.

Thanks for reading, Mo x

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Revlon Lip Wardrobe

Revlon has been in the beauty business for a long time, since 1932 to be exact. So it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about makeup. If I had to name a product the brand were famous for, I’d probably say their Colorstay Foundation, a real blogger fave. Originally of course, they were famous for nail polish.

So on to this gorgeous Lip Wardrobe! I received two Colorstay Lipliners, these are retractable and come with a built in sharpener to maintain the point. These feel very smooth and creamy to apply, they have good pigmentation and are long lasting. The shade Nude works with most nude toned lipsticks, I often do my entire lip with liner and wear it without lipstick, this is a good shade for this technique. I also have the shade Plum, again this is very smooth, pigmented and long lasting. Available in six shades.

Next on to the lip colours. The Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolors have a Velvet matte finish, they give a really intense sweep of colour and are very long lasting. They are comfortable to wear, and unlike many liquid lipsticks, they did not dry my lips out. I have the shades Gleam (a nude) and Shine (a mauve/neutral). They have a very wearable metallic sheen, it’s not too over the top, it just adds a little depth and dimension to the lips. The shade Infatuation is a gorgeous deep plum, this formula is the Ultra HD Lipcolor, so it doesn’t have the metallic finish. I wore this shade most of the day, it didn’t bleed or feather (I always find the deeper shades are much worse for bleeding!), it stayed on pretty well and again it didn’t dry my lips out. Both lip colours are Gel formulas and are wax free. I love the very ergonomic packaging of these matte lipsticks, they’re very pleasing to touch, they also have an expensive, luxurious feel to them, possibly because they’re quite weighty. The Metallic Mattes are available in 8 shades, and the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor has 13 shades to choose from.

Next up, are the Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor’s, these are intensely hydrating lipsticks, they contain my favourite ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid! Yes that’s right, the wonder ingredient of the moment, which can hold 500 times it’s weight in water. I’m a bit obsessed with this ingredient, it really helps the skins texture. So to be honest, this Lipstick was always going to be a winner. The shade Sand it’s my favourite, it’s a very warm toned neutral. The shade Pink Cloud is pretty and very flattering on my skin tone, I find a lot of pink shades are flattering on most people but I favour nudes and neutrals. This lipstick had decent longevity too, although obviously it’s not a liquid lipstick so it will need touching up here and there. They’re a gel formula and easy to apply as they have a Precision tip. Available in 15 shades.

Lastly, I have three shades of the Super Lustrous Lipstick. The Revlon website states this is the ‘Worlds most iconic lipstick’, the formula contains Micro-fine Pigments, for high impact colour. It certainly is a very smooth and creamy lipstick, it’s very comfortable to wear and lasted pretty well. I have the shades Bombshell Red, Bare Affair and Naughty Plum. Bombshell Red is a stunning deep red shade, it’s very wearable as it isn’t too bright or orange based. My favourite is Bare Affair, it’s just a perfect nude, not too beige or too pink. The Naughty Plum is perfect for those winter berry lips. All three shades are intensely pigmented and give a good density of colour, I used the Colorstay Liners with the lipsticks. I believe there are a whopping 36 shades in this lipstick, so there should be something for everyone!

I hope you enjoyed this review, these products were sent to me by Revlon, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Thanks for reading, Mo x

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Maybelline Superstay Foundation 24hr

I decided to get this foundation because I had seen so many great reviews on YouTube, I really like Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation too, it’s a good all rounder. This 24hr Foundation is oil free, has a soft matte finish and is full coverage. This is a reformulated version of the original Superstay, which I haven’t tried.

I have the shade 005 Light Beige, which is fine for me. It feels very lightweight when applied, they recommend you use a sponge although I personally prefer to apply it with a brush. It applies very evenly, and it does give a soft matte finish. Although it has good coverage, for me it’s not quite as full as I like, it’s not as full as Urban Decay’s Allnighter for example, but equally it doesn’t have the higher price tag.

On to the longevity, obviously it claims to have 24hr wear, for me personally, after eight hours my shiny T zone was in full oil slick mode, although that was without touching up. It also looked a bit cakey, it had collected in some areas, around the edges of my nose for instance. It didn’t sink into my pores or exaggerate them, and although I’ve heard it oxidises, I didn’t notice it.

So to summarise, it felt very lightweight and was comfortable to wear, and I think if it was maintained throughout the day it would fine. For a drugstore foundation it’s ok, not remarkable just ok.

It doesn’t have a huge shade range, on the Boots website there are 12 shades available. It’s priced at £9.99 for 30ml, but it’s usually on some sort off offer in either Boots or Superdrug.

Thanks for reading, Mo x

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

I love concealer, so when I heard a dupe for Tarte’s coveted Shape Tape was on the horizon, I was super excited! Shape Tape has been my holy grail concealer for a while, it really is Full Coverage, and I love the big chunky wand. So when the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer launched I ordered it from the Tam Beauty website, at a mere £4 it’s got to be worth a punt! I popped into my local Superdrug the next day and they already had it in stock, so as I’m really impatient I bought another shade, I have shade C1 (for fair skin with neutral undertoned) and C3 (fair skin with pink undertones). I have been using both shades, depending on how much of a highlighted look I want. Coverage wise, the MUR one is certainly on par with Shape Tape, it’s very creamy and blends out well, I use a damp Beauty Blender, I have tried it with a brush too, this is also worked fine but I prefer to use a sponge. The MUR concealer survived the day well, didn’t break up on my nose, sink into the annoying pores on my forehead or exaggerate any lines under my eyes. I did set it with powder, but as it dries down quite well it’s not excessively prone to creasing.

The MUR concealer comes in a similar shaped tube, but it’s shorter in length, it contains 3.4ml of product for £4, the Tarte concealer contains 10ml for £22, so £1.17 per ml versus £2.20. Tarte make 14 shades, MUR have a whopping 18 shades to choose from! There’s also the fact that in the UK the Tarte concealer is not readily available, sure you can buy it from QVC, but you have to buy it with the blending sponge and they’re usually out of stock of most shades, or you can order it direct from Tarte, they often do deals on shipping, currently it’s free with a £40 spend.

Now the big question, is it a good dupe and will it replace MY Shape Tape? I feel bad saying ‘yes’ because I really like Tarte, but yes it will. It’s not just because it costs a lot less and is easier to buy, (call me old fashioned, but I still enjoy going into a store to buy makeup), it’s a brilliant product, it’s good value and accessible for everyone. And that’s the point, good makeup shouldn’t be the preserve of the rich.

Thanks for reading, Mo x