Friday, 24 February 2017

Review: GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick

GOSH Velvet Matte lipsticks are available in 16 different shades at Superdrug and cost £7.99. I am testing out the shade 012 Raisin today.
First Impressions: I like the sleek and simple black packaging on these lipsticks. The tube and lid have an appropriately matte finish, contrasted effectively with a shiny middle band. The colour of the product is reflected on the label at the base. The lipstick has a strong, sweet cocoa scent and GOSH embossed onto the actual bullet. Although these lipsticks are matte, they apply smoothly to the lips and feel extremely comfortable. They are richly pigmented and give strong colour with just one application.

Cup of Tea Test:
Some colour did transfer to my mug, but the matte formula helped the colour cling well to the lips.
After drinking

After Eating:
After eating, the lipstick had faded, but stayed in place. It did not smudge, crack or flake, and from a distance still gave a good effect.
After eating
These lipsticks are much more appealing to me than many drying matte liquid lipsticks. They are easy to apply and wear, fading gracefully throughout the day and remaining comfortable on the lips. They can be re-applied over themselves easily and come in a wide shade range.
The nude shade Antique is a perfect, long-wearing lipstick for warm Spring and Summer days.
I find these soft to wear and attractive on the lips, giving a shine-free finish rather than a crumbly matte look. A high-quality drugstore lip product which has a colour range to suit every occasion.
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Friday, 17 February 2017

The Best of Drugstore Pink

These pink drugstore delights cost under £10 each.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in the shade Coral Tentation: £7.99
This baked powder blush by Bourjois is one of my favourites. I love the packaging which looks both elegant and retro, and even contains a mirror in the lid.
The matte formula is soft and delicate, with a hint of rose fragrance and blends very easily. This is a perfect, fresh and rosy pink for Spring and Summer makeup looks.

L'OrĂ©al Collection Exclusive Lipstick in the shade Blake's Delicate Rose: £6.99
This colour performs really well. It is scented, but for me the scent does not linger once applied. It swipes on with great pigmentation and I think the packaging is stylish. It lasts well for a cream lipstick and feels comfortable to wear.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow in the shade Pink Gold: £4.99
This cream eyeshadow can simply be dabbed onto the eyelids for an instant eye look. Add mascara to boost the lashes and to contrast with the pink, and that is all you need. It can be built up from a wash of pink to a more dramatic look and has great lasting power. I like the shimmery effect this gives without looking obviously glittery, and the product removes easily at the end of the day.

Maybeline Eyeshadow Palette The Blushed Nudes: £9.99
These pastel shades are pretty but I find they need another product such as the Colour Tattoo above to help them last all day. You can also use these delicate shadows wet to give a longer-lasting effect.

I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher in the shade Peachy Pink Kisses: £4.99
And finally, this Blushing Hearts blush which is bursting with reflective shimmer and adds a fun glow to the cheeks. The cardboard packaging is simply adorable and the product itself lasts very well on the face.
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Friday, 10 February 2017

Review: Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade Palette

Makeup Revolution Light & Shade palette costs £8 and is available on Tam Beauty's website. It is heavily inspired by Kat Von D's Shade & Light palette which is available in the UK at Debenhams, priced at £37.

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The idea is that you can sculpt and contour your face and eyes using these variations of highlight and shading tones. Rather than a pop of dazzling colour, these matte tones work together to add natural-looking depth and dimension to the face.
The first third of the palette features a larger pan of a pale colour at the top, two shades of brown and another creamy, pale shade. The powders feel soft and smooth to the touch, and are richly pigmented as you can see.
When blended out, the top pale shade sheers away to almost nothing on my skin tone. I use this to set cream products on my face or as an eyeshadow base. The two matte browns are lovely, soft colours and work beautifully as soft eyeliner when applied to the lashline. The final lighter shade makes a great, matte highlight for the brow bone or inner eye corner. The shadows are similar to the quality of other Makeup Revolution palettes - soft and smooth with a tendency towards being powdery. I find the texture and pigmentation to be great for the drugstore price, and you can certainly achieve a look very close to that created with more expensive shadows.
The middle section of the palette has a larger pan of a grey-toned contour shade at the top, which is perfect for creating a smoky eye look.
The brown shade blends very well with the other browns in the palette to create gradient and depth on the eyes. The black can be built up to become extremely dark and dramatic.
The final section of this palette features a beautiful, warm, rusty shade which makes this more than a simple selection of browns and creams.
Overall, I think this is a great drugstore eyeshadow selection. You can use these mattes alone to create everyday definition to your eyes, or as a base for shimmery or brighter shades.
These powders are all pigmented, with good staying power. The neutral shades mean that even an eyeshadow novice like me can't go wrong using the paler shades under the brow and darker shades around the eye. And more experienced make up artists can create beautiful, multi-dimensional looks with these lovely, soft shadows.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Review: Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask

This mask costs 99p at Boots and is designed to deep clean and tighten pores and help remove blackheads.
The product has a gel-like consistency which is easy to apply to the face. There is plenty of product in the sachet for at least one generous application.
The tea tree and witch hazel scent is very refreshing and slightly medicinal.
I followed the instructions on the packaging and applied a thin, even layer to my face. It did not tingle or tighten on the skin. I found the mask took longer than the suggested 10-15 minutes to dry and become peelable. This product will not dry if you use it in the bath.
After 20 minutes or so, the mask began to dry around the edges but you can see here it did not dry evenly and was still gel-like on my nose and cheeks. I was disappointed that it began to fall off my skin and did not seem to peel away any impurities with it. I expected it to perform in a similar way to Biore face strips but this mask did not remove anything from my pores.
After cleaning the whole mask from my face, my skin felt soft and refreshed but for me this did not carry out its promise of "grabbing dirt and lifting it out of pores" as stated on the back of the sachet. It did help to tighten my pores slightly, but no more so than a normal face wash. I don't feel confident that a single use of this mask would "prevent future breakouts" as it claims.
Overall, for a cheap pamper session on non-problem skin, this would serve as a refreshing way to tone your face with a pleasant scent. Apart from that, I did not feel this lived up to its  claims of doing anything more. Have you tried any drugstore peel-off masks? What was your experience?
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