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Review: Tarte’s ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ Palette + Swatches

5 Sep

Hi lovelies!

After picking up the Poppy Picnic palette from Tarte a few weeks ago, I found myself stalking the QVC UK website in order to see whether any new Tarte goodies were coming their way, when I saw the Miracles from the Amazon giftset pop up. The set includes a few other products (watch out for reviews if I love them or hate them), but what really caught my eye was the ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ palette.

IMG_3876It has the exact same layout as the Poppy Picnic palette, but isn’t quite all matte. It does have four matte shadows, and the blush is totally matte, but there are two shimmery shadows included.

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The shades are t-b,l-r, Pink Beyond, Taupe For The Best, Dreams Plum True, Talented (blush), Out Of This Pearl, Thistle Be The Day and Paint The Brown.

Taupe For The Best and Out Of This Pearl both have a shimmery finish, but not glittery or frosty at all. They are firm to touch but still swatch beautifully in one swipe. I think the one weak point of this palette is the plum shade Dreams Plum True. The texture of the shadow is drier than the others, and Tarte’s mattes are really lovely, so it’s quite noticeable. I can definitely make it work as a liner, but I think it might be a little difficult to blend.

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Once again, sucked in by the packaging, impressed by the actual product! Win win, right?
You can pick up this palette as part of a set on QVC UK for £34 (£38 inc. postage).

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night, wherever you are!
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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Coral Blossom’ – Review + Swatches

23 Aug

Hi lovelies!

Just a quick post today on a lippie I’ve been loving lately, Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Coral Blossom’.

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It’s a gorgeous, ever so slightly shimmery coral colour, that is a shine finish and is one of the most buildable lip products I’ve ever tried.

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You get 0.1oz of product in the full size for $17, which comes to about £12.50 once you pop the exchange rate on.

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IMG_3825My lips before (boriiinngg)

IMG_3828My lips after applying the lipstick.

This product looks pretty good with my slightly more tanned skin in comparison to my regular skin tone. It has a little bit of a tangerine feel to it, and so I think that paired with bronzer it looks gorge.

It lasts a good amount of time if you’re not eating, about five hours or so, but as soon as you eat it needs reapplication. The good thing is that you can just add more product instead of having to remove it all and reapply. It’s also dead minty. You can’t miss it!!!

This product is a part of the 2015 Give Me Some Lip Set, currently on Sephora’s website for $25.

That’s all for today, I hope you have a good day/evening, wherever you are!
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Review: New Revlon Lip Butters

3 Jun

Hello lovelies!

I have a day off of work today, and let me tell you, I need it! 6 days in a row, during half term, at a theme park just about killed me. Today I’ve got a little review of two of the new Revlon Lip Butters, Wild Watermelon and Juicy Papaya!

ImageI picked these up a little while ago, and at first, I was sure that the only one that would interest me would be Juicy Papaya. But when I ran across the whole new collection online, I took the plunge and bought Wild Watermelon as well!
ImageThe formula of the Revlon Lip Butters is kind of a big deal. World-famous, hyped, etc., but in my honest opinion, I think that it varies from shade to shade. I have five now, and they all feel a little different on the lips! These two are good examples of that theory.
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Wild Watermelon is very glossy, bright and pigmented. It’s a brilliant example of a sheer bright. It feels moisturising and nourishing, and the colour is so gorgeous! Juicy Papaya is much more matte, I think you can see that in the pictures. It’s very similar to my lips, so is like a ‘my lips but better’ shade. So it’s much more of an ‘everyday’ colour for me. Such a low-maintenance lip. It fades very well too. I’ve found that the Juicy Papaya LB has a slight scent, but nothing too noticeable.

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The packaging, like always, is flawless. Beautiful quilting, and stays clean easily. Sometimes I have to give the bullet of the actual product a little wipe to get the product off. The casing doesn’t scratch though.

I love these ALMOST as much as I love the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks, which are a little more sticky (<3) and smell like marshmallows. A solid 4/5 from me!

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You can buy Revlon Lip Butters at Superdrug and Boots for £7.99.

For the rest of today, I plan on tidying and packing. I move out in less than two weeks! Cannot believe how quickly this year has gone. Until then, I’ll be working hard. I’m actually banning myself from buying any make-up until August, because I keep ‘popping into town’ and accidentally spending £40. Bought a few more bits today, so look out for a collective haul!

I would love to know your favourite Revlon Lip Butter shade. I love Candy Apple the best I think. My go-to red!

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Review: Topshop’s ‘Desert Sun’ Bronzer/Blush Duo

1 Apr

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ll be reviewing a product I’ve actually owned for a while, but have only started really using recently, and that’s Topshop’s Bronzer/Blush Duo in ‘Desert Sun’.

ImageThe packaging on this is super-cute, and very American-esque, don’t you think? Kind of reminds me of stars and stripes! It’s also pretty sturdy, it snaps shut in a very satisfying way and is holding up well. It’s nice and compact, easy to travel with. It doesn’t have a mirror inside though, which I always hate. If the room is there, why not put one there? The packaging, like a lot of Topshop’s make-up, has the tendency to get pretty dirty though. However, it’s nothing major and comes off easily with a make-up wipe.

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Doesn’t the blank space where the mirror *should* be annoy you?!

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

The product itself is raised up into a dome, not unlike the Mac Beauty Powders. It’s roughly half blush, half bronzer. The blush is a coral colour, whereas the bronzer is absolutely a golden shimmer. The great thing about this product is that it’s a 3-in-1 job. You’ve got a blush, bronzer and a highlight type colour when you mix them together.

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

ImageI think this product performs best when it’s mixed together and used as either a blush or a highlight. The blush alone isn’t pigmented enough, and the bronzer is too yellow/orange-tones to work well for me, but could be nice on more tanned skin. Bearing in mind I always buy the lightest foundation to match my skin, this possibly would suit many skin tones. I’m looking forward to seeing whether I can get some use of the bronzer as a lone product in the summer.


This is actually advertised on Topshop’s website as solely a bronzer, but I really think it’s more of a combo product. 

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This product definitely didn’t blow me away, but it’s gonna be a nice addition to my summer make-up choices, and it’s a good hit for Topshop, who don’t get a lot of hype surrounding their face products. It’s also a bit pricy, at £12.50, you could buy a face palette from Sleek, or 12 cream blushes from MUA!

‘Desert Sun’ is available at Topshop stores and the Topshop website.

Have you tried any of Topshop’s make-up? What are your favourite summer face products? I can feel it approaching!

Christie xoxo

Nails of the Year: Blue Moon Glitters

25 Feb

I am not a nail varnish type of person. However, after watching videos where it seemed to be an essential part of one’s look, I was compelled into buying…yes, that’s right. Nail varnish.

Warning: This is a Nails of the Year post, which means that I have almost zero knowledge of  how durable/pigmented high-quality nail varnishes are supposed to be. The only nail-varnish I’ve ever used is the little kiddie sets 🙂

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NYC Expert Last Nail Polish in ‘Lights-Camera-Glitter’ and Barry M Nail Paint in ‘Blue Moon’

I visited Superdrug last weekend, and bought a Barry M Nail Paint on a whim. I don’t have any pastel nail varnish, and this light blue colour was a steal at £2.99. It’s in the colour ‘Blue Moon’ and number 317. I actually bought it because if you bought two Barry M products then you got a free eyeliner! That deal is currently still available in Superdrug, so catch it while you can.
I then seemed to catch a shopping bug, and today, after doing some serious damage at Primark, I returned  to my second home, Superdrug for a bit more retail beauty therapy. I picked up a colour for my friend Beth’s birthday, but all NYC nail polish was 2 for £2.99, and this colour screamed at me from down the aisle. My friend initially had a little squabble with me over who got to buy it, but eventually, I managed to convince her that she definitely had too many nail polishes (over 50!) and that she should consider my nail varnish education in this! The colour I got is ‘Lights-Camera-Glitter’ and it is a top coat polish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Blue Moon’

This colour is a light pastel blue that has a small amount of iridescent shimmer. It is priced at £2.99 at Superdrug and is 10ml.
Pros: It glides on easily. The bottle is cute, and you get quite a bit of product for your money. It leaves a nice glossy finish and doesn’t flake easily. It lasted 3 days perfectly before I removed it also! It dries relatively quickly, I could move onto the second coat on one hand about a minute after my second hand had been completed.
Cons: The con is that it is extremely sheer. I know that many people apply nail varnishes that need 3 or 4 coats, but I don’t have the time! Any working person or hard-working student doesn’t have the time to sit around and wait for four coats of nail polish to dry!  The applicator could also be a problem, as the brush is thin and the bristles aren’t the best quality.

Final verdict: This polish gets a solid 3/5 from me. I really love the colour, and the finish is beautiful, once it has a few coats!

‘Lights-Camera-Glitter’

This is a gorgeous top coat with small silver glitters as well as larger, circular blue and silver glitter pieces. It was in a ‘2 for £2.99’ deal but I have no idea how much it was individually. All other NYC polishes are 1.79, but they are currently not available on the Superdrug website. This polish contains 9.7 ml of product.
Pros: The sparkles are amazing! I didn’t expect a lot from such a cheap polish, but honestly, the pigmentation is excellent. You get a lot of product for your money, and it compliments the other blue colour excellently.
Cons: If you want a polish that will evenly distribute its sparkle, keep looking for the one. I think I had to fiddle about so much with the larger sparkles that the polish became gloopy on my nail at one point. Also, this is a thick clear top coat, so more than one application is going to make your nails feel clogged and heavy, as well as the polish being softer generally. It takes a while to dry, and doesn’t last for long if you start moving your nails vigorously before it gets the chance to do so.

Final verdict: Also a solid 3/5. This polish is such a good idea, I just wish it was easier to apply evenly!

The look!

Has anyone found what they think is ‘the perfect polish’?

Review: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

20 Feb

Today I have a review on a lip product I have fallen in love with…again! The product is the Bubblegum Lip Scrub that is sold in Lush. For those of you who don’t know, Lush is a shop that sells gorgeous smelling bath, shower and beauty products. Here is a picture of the Lush Lip Scrub.

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I give credit where it’s due, this picture isn’t mine, I googled the Lip Scrub, and this picture came up)

This product is one of a small line of Lip Scrubs at Lush. I tried this over a year ago, and hated it. I didn’t understand the point of a lip scrub. To my 15 year old self, there was no point. Now, I don’t think I could live without it. It’s £4.75 for a 25g pot, and is around the size of a Body Shop lip balm (or a creme egg!)

Pros: It smells DIVINE. Think of the nicest smelling bubblegum or chewing gum you have ever tried. This smells better. The pot it comes in is a sturdy little glass one, with a lid that twists closed rather satisfyingly. It’s edible. It’s sugary. It’s perfect to put on at night, I like to do so with a little bit of Carmex lip balm or Vaseline, and when you wake up in the morning, your lips are super duper soft. It doesn’t get everywhere, once it’s on your finger, it’s there until it gets to your lips. It’s also vegan, so no-one needs to feels guilty about licking their lips…CONSTANTLY. 😀 The product lasts FOREVER. I use mine around three times a week nightly, and once a day regularly, and have been doing so for three to four months. It’s not even halfway gone.

Cons: For the amount you pay, it doesn’t seem like a lot of product. If you use lip scrub all the time, then it won’t last you very long, so you’re better off buying a cheaper alternative to this. The smell can be too much for people, my family hate the way it smells (but I think that’s because they’re jealous), and it took me a while to appreciate. The pieces are real sugar pieces, so can be large.to a first time user. It’s definitely no moisturising scrub, it smoothes rather than infuses with moisture.

Final thoughts: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub – 4/5
This is one of my all-time favourite can’t-live-without-it products, and I know that it lasts forever and tastes amazing. If you haven’t tried any Lush products before, but are hesistant to try a soap or face mask because of the life, this is the thing to try. Nobody thinks they need it until they get it. A must buy for me.

What products can you not live without?
Christie 🙂