Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof

Apologies that I don't have any pictures of my lashes but I honestly can't get a picture of my lashes without it looking too dark, too blurry, too ridiculous... and in a normal selfie you just can't really see them so that is pointless. Apology out the way, I wanted to do a review on the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara because it is the mascara I am using at the moment. 

I am pretty sure that this is the first waterproof mascara I have owned since I was a teenager. I didn't want one before because I thought they were a pain to remove (which I still think) and I just never really felt like I needed one. I'm still not totally convinced I need my mascara to be waterproof but it is getting pretty sweaty in London so the waterproof aspect might come in handy after all. I'll start off the review by saying I really do like this mascara because it is the only mascara I have ever used that noticeably holds a curl. I didn't think this was something I particularly cared about but then what it is the point in curling my lashes everyday if they're only going to stay curled for a few seconds, Annie? I'm also into big volume when it comes to my lashes and I feel like this one does give really good volume without clumping all my lashes together so that I'm left with three fat spider legs. It also gives really great length and it works well on the bottom lashes too. 

My one problem with this mascara is that it somehow really dries my eyes out. I think that the waterproof situation doing that so I'm not sure if the regular one would do the same thing. I also find it pretty annoying to remove but not annoying enough for me to stop using it.

All in all, I really recommend this mascara for annoying looking particularly for volume and a mascara that holds a curl. But if you're anything like me, be prepared with eyedrops during the day and a strong oil cleanser when you're trying to remove this...

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Budget Brows with Maybelline Brow Satin

I feel like I'm constantly using up eyebrow pencils and now that my Tarte Brow Pencil is on its last legs, I thought I would go for a more budget option. I think it takes me about a month and a half to go through a twist-up eyebrow pencil, so my usual high-end eyebrow pencil purchases do add up... Please refer to me as #BudgetAnnie while I'm trying to be a bit more frugal. Thanks. So I picked up the Maybelline Brow Satin in 'Dark Blonde' just yesterday so this is basically a first impressions post...

I'm going to start with the initial thing that bothers me a little bit about this product and that is the fact that there is no spoolie because one end has the pencil and the other has a powder ft. applicator sponge. I guess they could've added a little brush onto the exterior of one of the lids but oh well, I'm not that into the brush things anyway. So spoolie situ aside, I do think that compared to a lot of the other brow offerings in the drugstore, this isn't terrible. I think the Soap & Glory Brow Archery 2-in-1 is pretty good as well but the colors don't really work for me so I wasn't interested in repurchasing that one.

The 'Dark Blonde' shade I chose is pretty ashy and it works fine on me, it's maybe slightly light and ever so slightly warm but it's still very ashy by drugstore standards. I do feel like the nib of the pencil could be just that little bit finer to make it easier to draw on hair-like strokes. I quite like the powder side because it means you can apply product to the front of the brows without making it look too harsh and drawn on.

Overall? I'm not totally obsessed but I do like it. It's pretty good for £5.99 if you're looking for a more drugstore budget brow option.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Charity Blog Sale *UPDATED*

Hi everyone! I am at a stage with my makeup right now where I don't have an overwhelming amount anymore, which is amazing because I used to be a massive hoarder. However, I do have some products that don't get much love from me (usually because I have similar products that do the same job). I am donating the money towards The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Feel free to give me an offer if you want several items or if you think anything is overpriced but I have tried to be fair! :)

This is a UK only sale.
All payments must be done through PayPal. 
I am not responsible for any items damaged or lost in the post (but hopefully that shouldn't happen!)
Shipping costs £2 plus £0.50 for each additional item. 
Leave a comment below telling me which items you’d like as well as your PayPal email address so I can invoice you. 
I will ship items within 2-3 days of payment. 
*All sales money will go towards The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust*

Sephora PRO Precision Foundation Brush '58' (Sells for $29 = £18.50) - £10

Sephora PRO Flawless Airbrush Brush '56' (Sells for $32 = £21) - £12

Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Face Brush (From a set) - £4

Real Techniques Angled Shadow Brush (From a set) - £2

Ecotools Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush (Sells for £5.49) - £1.50

Lancome Powder Pencil For Brows in 'Brunet' (Sells for £17, missing cap on spooly side, sharpened once) - £4

MAC Lip Liner in 'Boldly Bare' (Sells for £12.50, sharpened twice) - £7

NARS Mini Satin Lip Pencil in 'Rikugien' (Worth £13.50, swatched once) - £5

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in 'Exquisite Caramel' (Sells for £8.99, used once) - £3

Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in 'Black Gold' (Sells for £4.59, used once) - £1

Dior 'Rouge Dior Nude 779 Illusion' (Sells for £26, used twice) - £12

Lancome Beauty Balm SPF 30 in '1 Porcelaine' (Sells for $45 = £28.80, 50mL, used 3-4 times) - £14

The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream (Sells for £8, 90% left) - £2.50

Thank you!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Deep Cleansing Duo

I mentioned in my last post that I now have oily skin. For a while I was still using skincare for drier skin types because that's what I was used to using and still thought I should. Now that I have sadly accepted that my skin isn't who I thought it was (it's not you, it's me etc), I have learned that I need to deep clean my skin to stop clogging issues. These are the two deep cleansing products that I have been using and enjoying recently.

I was in New York in March and I started going to a place called Skin Laundry (I went three times), which offers a quick ten/fifteen minute laser facial. I think I'm going to eventually do a separate post on that so STAY TOONED. Anyway, I was at Skin Laundry and I use a Clarisonic so I wanted a cleanser that I could use with the Clarisonic because I didn't like the one I was using at the time. They recommended me the Skin Laundry Extra Deep Cleanser for normal to oily skin ($25), which I really like. It has a gel texture and it works really well with the Clarisonic because it doesn't go super foamy but it also doesn't just disappear on the skin because you do need a bit of slip when using the Clarisonic. What I noticed about this, is that it immediately brings anything in pores/below the skin up to the surface - which seems gross but it means it really is deep cleaning and removing that dirt. 

A similar product (in that it's a gel and it brings everything up to the surface) is the Freeze 24/7 Skin Glacé Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask* (£40 £36). You can either use this like a normal cleanser and it turns from a green gel into a lather or you can apply it evenly over your face on dry or damp skin and leave it on for a minute or two. The mask method gives a really bizarre sensation because you can feel it turn into a foam and bubbles popping on your skin - it tickles a bit. Essentially it gives your skin a similar kind of clean feeling as the Skin Laundry cleanser doesm but it doubles up as a mask, which I think is pretty cool. 

I alternate the two of them and I use them after I have Bioderma'd my face off, then used an oil cleanser to fully remove my makeup. So yes, I double cleanse. I don't always do this, sometimes I am too lazy but if I have time/can be bothered that's what I tend to do. I find that if I properly clean my face before using a deep cleanser, then there isn't any makeup in the way stopping the product from really penetrating (meow) those pores. 

*this is a PR sample (I did not pay for it) that I got through my last work experience but it was NOT sent to me for review

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Recent Favorites 05.13.15

(Swatches: top to bottom: Buxom gloss, MAC eyeshadow, Max Factor blush).

Three months since I've written about beauty favorites so this is long overdue but better late than never amirite? It's Spraaang time on this side of the world so things are heating up a little bit so I'm trying to stay away from the more smokey, dark, intense eye lewks I tend to go for in the colder months. I do wish I could pull off a more 'natural look' but to be honest, I just look fug that way. So anyway, here are five beauty favorites that I have been enjoying recently.

I don't know what has happened*, but I used to have super dry skin and now it's definitely on the oilier side. As much as I enjoy a dewy complexion, I think when it looks like you've dipped your face in oil it's not so much 'dewy princess of light and radiance' as it is 'greasy teen who forgot to wash her face this morning'. I don't know about y'all but that's not really the look I go for. So my favorite powder of all time is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light but that is kind of pricey so I am using that more sparingly now that I am funemployed slash unemployed because it's kind of boring. What I have been using instead is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent which I had years ago as well and I didn't actually like all that much back then. Now that I have oilier skin, I appreciate how it's not too cakey, not too powdery and how it mattifies the skin but not so much that you get that mask-like effect. I like.

I'm also enjoying a more peachy pink cheek, so I have been loving the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink. It has a more apricot tone swirled in with a peachy pink (both with golden shimmer) which makes for a really pretty shimmery peach color. It's also nice because you don't need to apply any highlighter with this because that's already incorporated into the blush what with the shimmery vibes etc. I like to apply this with the Topshop Blush Brush, which is really soft and it's pretty much the perfect shape for applying blush. Staying in the peachy pink zone, I've also been getting quite a lot of use out of MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow, which I bought in Toronto about a year and a bit ago. I had no interest in this eyeshadow until a friend told me I had to get it because it's perf for blondes with blue eyes (which is me *hands in the air*). I find this kind of eyeshadow really hard to describe because it looks different on different skin types but on me it's a kind of warm, pinky champagne with mixed shimmer running through. It looks really nice with brown eyeliner.

I went through a massive lipgloss phase last Summer and I really got into Buxom glosses in particular. This one is the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Lavender Cosmo and I think it looks really pretty on people with paler skin tones and blue or green eyes. I love wearing this kind of gloss with a simple liquid liner eye look.

I'm going to try to upload this kind of post on a more regular basis because I don't really have any exsuses...

*Ok, I do know... I don't take the contraceptive pill anymore etc so my skin is not cool wif dat but that's another story

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Three Non-Beauty Things

Sometimes I like non-beauty things and I want to write about those non-beauty things.

One of those things is candles and I am particularly obsessed with this beauty picture right here. I discovered Svensk Co through Instagram (they essentially have the perfect Instagram feed: candles, nature, food, you name it... it's incredibly aesthetically pleasing) and thought the packaging just looked so beautiful. The company is pretty new and it's based in San Francisco, obviously with Swedish (<3) inspiration behind it but you can read all about that on their website. The candles are made from organic soy wax so the burn is clean and it comes with a 100% natural cork stopper which looks really nice. I believe the one I have is the Skogspromenad one but there isn't the smell name on the packaging so I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I right. I don't know. I hope so. Either way, the candle I have smells amazing and the packaging is so pretty... I need more of them in my life. I believe I read they will be introducing soaps soon which I will need to get my hands on because I'm all about pretty, simple, nice-smelling thangz

Another Swedishy thing is this tray which I bought when I was in Stockholm recently. I think I got it from Design Torget?! I have a little cube indent in my wall which acts as a bedside table and I have it in there with my bits and bobs on it and I just think it looks pretty and neat.

The final thing is this Pug Iphone Case* from Iconemesis. I chose this case because I think it's kind of ridiculous but in the best way possible and I love dogs. I am seriously going through a phase of really wanting a dog but there is just no way I could have a dog at this age... so I'll just have them on my phonecase for now. This phone case has a rubbery texture which means it feels really soft, you don't get annoying finger marks on it and it's a great texture to grip onto. I just think it looks adorable and I am not into cutesie things at all but I think this is fun without being too girly.

*sent to me for review

Monday, 27 April 2015

KIKO's Under-Eye Offerings

I have some serious blue under eyebags going on. It's just one of those things you're blessed with if you were born with crazy white/basically transparent skin. I've been trying out a couple of KIKO's under-eye offerings and I'm quite the fan. (In second photo: [your left] left under-eye has both products applied, right under-eye is bare - also apologies for the blurriness, dirty phone camera <3).

I've had the Bobbi Brown Corrector for years but it's about to run out so I thought I would try a more budget-friendly option - that being the KIKO Dark Circle Concealer (shade 01 Porcelain). It is quite different to the Bobbi Brown Corrector because it comes in a pump and it has a liquid consistency, which makes it great for blending. The issue I have is that it is really hard to control how much comes out of the pump and it tends to be way too much product. So that is kind of annoying but I really like the product itself. It has an orangey tone which means it actually counteracts my bluey tones really well. Despite the annoying packaging, I really recommend this.

The next product is the KIKO Full Coverage Concealer (shade 02), which is more of an equivalent to the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. It has the same kind of packaging and the same consistency but I would say it provides higher coverage and I find that it doesn't crease. There is also a pretty decent color range for this product which is always a plus.

Both products together = excellent combo. (Just like filet-o-fish and fries #controversial).

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