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A Love Letter To My Favourite Lipgloss

15 Aug

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is a love letter to my favourite formula of lipgloss, the Benefit Ultra-Plush lipglosses. These lipglosses were launched a few years ago now, and I have three of the miniature sized ones from gift sets that I have recieved or bought from Benefit.

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(from top to bottom:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

I have Hoola, a bronzey-nude, Coralista, a coral creme and Dandelion, a shimmery light pink. The Ultra-Plush lipgloss line features a bunch of shades that correspond to the boxed blushes that Benefit is known for. The formula is sheer, but my lips don’t have a lot of pigment and so the colour payoff is pretty good. The formula is very forgiving, it doesn’t cling to dry patches or settle into fine lines on or outside the lips.

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Hoola is a bronzey nude shade with a subtle shimmer. It’s very sheer on the lips but definitely is buildable. It lasts a few hours before wearing away evenly.
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Coralista is a coral creme shade with no visible shimmer or sparkle. The shade packs the most punch of the three that I have, and it lasts four hours and leaves a nice pinky stain on the lips after it loses shine.

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Dandelion is a subtle shimmery pink that lasts a few hours on the lips. Out of the three I own, Dandelion is my least favourite.

(from left to right:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

(from left to right:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

The thing about these glosses is that they smell AMAZING. Truly awesome. Like…a fruity sweet smell that isn’t overpowering or headachey at all. They really don’t compare to many glosses because they feel more balmy than sticky, and they aren’t at all uncomfortable. With Mac Lipglasses or the Buxom glosses, I find that I might as well not wear a gloss because I’m so distracted by the stickiness!

Currently the Benefit glosses are on sale on the Benefit website ranging from £6.75 to £7.50, but they regularly sell for £14.50.

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms + Swatches!

8 Feb

Hello lovelies!

A little post on the new Revlon Balms. They’ve just recently launched in the UK, and there’s a huge selection of lovely shades. I picked up a couple of matte ones, but only one of the lacquers caught my eye. A lot of the lacquer balms had tons of glitter in them, and that just isn’t something that I look for.

ImageI picked up Standout (250, matte burgundy), Elusive (205, matte pink) and Vivacious (120, lacquer pink).

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Standout is a warm toned deep red, it has a minty scent that is similar to the original Revlon Balm Stains, but definitely toned down.
ImageElusive is a dusky matte pink that is relatively natural on the lips. It’s smooth to apply, just like the darker colour. It also has a minty scent, but it seems a little more opaque than the darker colour. The matte formula balms are relatively long wearing, with the darker colour wearing off nicely after about 6 hours.

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Vivacious is a hot pink that is super shiny. The shine definitely dims the longer you wear it, with the formula turning to more of a creamy finish. It’s pretty long wearing, I can get up to four hours without having to touch up, which is awesome for a product with shine.

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So, I’ve resigned myself to buying about thirty more of these until my collection is complete. I give them a solid 4/5, the only thing that could improve them would be if the lacquer range had less glitter in them. And if they smelled like marshmallows or fruit instead of mint. But that’s personal preference.

Are you guys gonna go out and grab these while they’re hot? Or have you already taken the plunge and picked up a couple? Let me know what you guys think in the comments! 🙂

Have a lovely day or 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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Mini-Haul!

21 Jun
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Check out my PicStitch skills! :L

I cannot believe that I haven’t uploaded this! I actually bought these items around two weeks ago and have had this post planned for a while, but ugh! Exams! 🙂 Anyway, at least the time gap has meant I can try them out for you, so I now have a few objective opinions.

Beware, this haul is only teeny tiny!

The very first item is the Ecotools Retractable Foundation Brush that I found at Boots and lusted after, but decided \I couldn’t afford, only to find that my cheeky Mum had bought it for me! (I had bought her some bits and bobs in Boots as a surprise too!) I bought an Ecotools brush set a few months ago, which was my first time ever testing a named brand of makeup brush out, and my gosh, have I been so pleased with myself for that purchase. This brush is no different, it’s dense and firm, but flexible too, not one hair has shed on my face in two weeks, it doesn’t soak up my foundation like that’s its job, and it’s SO SOFT! In addition, the Ecotools brand is all recycled and organic materials! 🙂 Definitely a recommendation, but if you do get it, save yourself a couple of pounds and buy it here on Amazon (with a shipping fee), as Ecotools brushes seem to be a lot cheaper there. Mum got some Boots points, but I wish we’d looked online first!

The second item (top right) is the Soap and Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel, which I bought at Boots for £2.50 in a 3 for 2 offer on Soap and Glory (the offer’s still on if you click the link!). Originally, it was my Mum who was a fan of the Soap and Glory signature scent, but I’ve been converted and am now hooked. I’ve never been much of a ‘hand sanitizer kind of gal’, but for this product, I would happily join a Soap and Glory religion. It’s perfect. It smells lush, it’s in a handy little squeezy bottle, the packaging is super cute, and over half is gone already. I use it every morning before I do my makeup (hint hint S+G, make a bigger size for me to keep at home 😉 ) and then I throw it in my bag to use throughout the day. A definite must buy for the scent and the quality.

Next up is the Soap and Glory Mini ‘The Daily Smooth’ Amazingly Effect Dry Skin Formula Body Butter (phew!), priced at £2.50 again from Boots, which is also in the offer! I do like this, but it definitely doesn’t smell like the famous ‘Hand Food’ or one of my favourite products ever, ‘The Righteous Butter’ . It smells very lovely though, I prefer that it comes in a little squeezy tube because I feel like I use less product and the packaging is adorable! As for dry skin, I haven’t noticed a huge difference, but I do occasionally use it on my sister’s hands (don’t judge me, we’ve run out of hand cream!) and she says she’s noticed a significant difference. The other day she ran up to me and went, ‘Christie, feel how smooth my hands are!’ and then proceeded to wipe her hands on my face. Thanks sister. :L I think I’d reccommend this product, but if I had to choose between this and others, it won’t win the battle.

Lastly, I bought another Revlon Lip Butter, to add to my collection of…one. 😀 This time, I went for the colour ‘Peach Parfait’, which is the colour that Emma Stone is wearing is the ads for the products. I may have just been drawn in by the hype, but this hasn’t lived up to my standards…yet. It’s a dark pinky coral (totally different to the ads, do not be misled!), with small flecks of gold glitter. Don’t worry if this is the shade you have your heart set on, it’s perfectly lovely and the gold isn’t really noticeable! The problem I find is that the glitters are annoyingly abrasive. The formula of the Revlon Lip Butters is a big win for me because they’re so practical for daytime, but the glitter in this seems huge when applied to the lips! I’m sure the more I wear it, the more I’ll love it, but I kind of wish I’d gone for a different shade now! Revlon 1- Christie 0. Never mind!
I bought it at Boots about two weeks ago for £8, but at the moment in Superdrug they are a much more reasonable £5.99! Here’s the link to all the colours they have available. I

Has anyone tried out any other Revlon Lip Butters or Ecotools brushes? What would you recommend?

I hope you all have a very lovely day!
Don’t forget to smile 🙂
Christie xoxo
 
 

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TotallyChristie’s Top Tips: Number 1

13 Apr

If you’re anything like me, then you’ll find it a pain to have to reapply lip balms during the day to keep your lips soft. What’s the point when you’ll just have to reapply them again..and again…and again all day. So, my top tip instead can give you soft lips without the hassle. Instead of reapplying during the day, condition and treat your lips just before you sleep! Just after I brush my teeth, I whack out my lip exfoliator from Lush, either Sweet Lips or Bubblegum, and I scrub my lips with it. The great thing about the scrubs is that they are edible- so no mess! 😉 Then, I use a heavy lip balm. My favourites are the Carmex Balms or my Body Shop Cocoa Butter number, but any balm will do! Apply lots- this should last you all night! Then, go to sleep and wake up feeling the benefits! If your poor lips are feeling parched, pop on the scrub, leave it (tempting I know!) and then layer the balm on top and rub your lips together.

Don’t forget to smile, with those lips you’re bound to catch someone’s eye! 🙂
Christie xoxo

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 🙂