Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette REVIEW (/RANT)

I’m just not going to make excuses for not posting anymore aha.

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It’s late, I’ve spent the day flat hunting and playing BDO, and out of the blue I just felt like writing a short review. I was swiping though all the photos I have on my desktop all ready to be slotted into a review, and I came across these images of my Tarte palette and it made me think: why did I stop gravitating towards it?

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Before I go into my own opinion, I’ll outline what you get, and what Tarte claims this product does.

For the price of £36 (UK) you will receive 12 fully matte eye shadows with all the hues falling within the neutral spectrum. The palette is arranged in a way so that, within each of the rows, the shades work well together which will help out beginners who aren’t sure which colours work best together or who haven’t experimented with what they like best. Individual shade names are printed onto the packaging under each pan and there’s a full size mirror inside. The packaging is sturdy and the lid click closes.

Tarte markets these eye shadows as ‘diverse’ and in colours that are ‘never-seen-before’ (although I beg to differ), and is formulated using Amazonian clay, one of the brand’s signature ingredients, vitamin E (an antioxidant) and mineral pigments.

This palette is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates and gluten.

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The reason I bought this palette was because I was reading up on tips for applying eye shadow on hooded eyes, and one of the main points I saw was to use matte eye shadows. In the time directly after buying the palette I was hooked. I loved the neutral transition colours and the black and most pigmented I’d ever owned.

But then I got bored. And I didn’t realise it until about a year had passed and I saw the purple packaging under my ABH Modern Renaissance, my Morphe 350 and all the other palettes I’d accumulated. And it was then I realised I was bored because, to me,  it was a boring palette. I bought into the hype but I ended up disappointed. In the pans, the colours looked decent, swatched I became slightly apprehensive but I was appeased by the transitions and the pigmented black – and on the eyes I regretted getting this palette. Honestly I found that some of these shadows weren’t pigmented at all (Caregiver, the pale pink did not show up at all on my lids), some of the colours looks so similar on the eye that it was almost a scam, (Dreamer + Multi tasker I’m looking at you), and blending most of them was more effort than I wanted to put in.

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Whilst it sounds like I’m writing a very negative review, I’m writing more of a disappointing review. I was expecting more – something. Maybe making the colours richer (they all seemed so desaturated, similar to NYX’s Lip Lingerie line), making the two warm browns slightly different rather than plonking two of the same colour right next to each other, adding more warmth to either the first or second row – anything. And whilst I admit I’m a fan of burnt oranges and rich cranberry shades, I’ve seen other neutral matte palettes that have made eye shadows that aren’t just varying shades of brown. However, that being said, there were a few colours that I did really like:

Free spirit: I use this, sometimes with Super mom mixed in, to set my eyelids and just under and it works really well at mattifying and smoothing out the area.

Force of nature: Very buildable, smooth and moderately pigmented which I like because I can really control the strength of my transition shade.

Wanderer: Another nice transition colour, good pigmentation and can also work as a nose / eye contour shade for some skin tones.

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Overall do I recommend this palette? I’m afraid I have to say no. If you were interested in trying out this or their other palette, the Tartelette In Bloom palette I would have to say try the In Bloom. In all honesty, I missed my shimmer shades to highlight my inner corner and my brow bone, I missed some variety. This palette is not interesting, nor is it worth its price since essentially you are paying for 12 variations of 3 or 4 colours. I would recommend one of the Zoeva or even Morphe palettes which are cheaper, blend better and how more variety so you can experiment with a wider range of looks.

Overall I give this palette a 2.5 / 5. It’s a very basic palette with not much diversity. The three or so colours that are good cannot justify an overall disappointing product.

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Dr Jart+ Rejuventating BB Cream Silver Label REVIEW

 

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Hi everyone, hope you guys are doing well! Today I’m going to review a product that I’ve tried for a long time so I can truly give my honest opinion about it. It is the Dr Jart Silver Label BB Cream and this is something I’ve had on my sink counter since I bought it in Malaysia last summer. So what I’ll do is I’ll give some basic info on the company, ingredients and availability and then I’ll go into my thoughts and swatches.

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To be honest I’m actually really confused about the product in terms of its repackaging. During my research I found 3 different versions of the packaging and wasn’t sure which one was a latest due to different websites and blogs saying different things. I also checked the Sephora (US) sight but the BB cream wasn’t even listed. So I’ll try and dig a little bit deeper so as much information is as accurate as possible. If not, let me know in the comments and I’ll edit this post!

Company:

Dr Jart is a South Korean skincare and cosmetic brand that started in 2004. With an emphasis on science and research, the company works closely with dermatologists to produce products that aim to face current challenges in the skin care field. Products are currently available in 4 continents across 14 countries.

Products are generally formulated without parabens and sulphates + are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. I’ve had a browse through their website and they’re relatively good with showing the ingredients list and which products are cruelty free, however not all products are. I haven’t researched each and every product but from what I’ve seen is that most of the skin care is cruelty free whilst the cosmetics and face masks are not.

All of their products are designed to address issues such as oil control and acne, dark spots, redness and scarring.

Claims:

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The Silver Label (Rejuvenating Beauty Balm) is an SPF 35 / PA ++ ‘whitening’ BB cream that contains a “natural barrier complex” to protect skin whilst providing a high coverage to cover blemishes. The ‘Hyper Soft Polymer’ is designed to prevent colour changes and maintain clarity in the skin.

Ingredients:

 

So the key ingredients (listed from Sephora) are:

  •  Arbutin to brighten and clear skin
  •  Hyaluronic acid to moisturise skin
  •  Centella asiatica to calm the skin

It also contains titanium dioxide + zinc oxide which are both physical sun blockers to help protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.

The full list of ingredients are:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Silica, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Arbutin, Dimethicone, Ozokerite, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hecut Torite, Dimenthicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crotsspolymer, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Calcium Stearate, Panthenol, Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Hyluronate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin,1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77492, CI 77499,  CI 77491

Shades:

Well this will be an easy section.

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There’s only one shade. So if you have a skin tone darker than a rich medium then don’t bother reading any further. Also I think if you have very pale skin maybe give this a miss. Initially the liquid is a desaturated beige with a heavy grey undertone. However it does oxidise meaning it will get darker and warmer, however the change won’t be ridiculously drastic.

Opinions:

Pros:

+ Great for winter or after a heavy night of drinking (guilty)

+ Medium coverage but can be built up for a flawless finish

+ Long lasting without patchiness or oxidisation (past initial application oxidisation)

+ Provides surface level moisturisation to keep skin smooth and soft

Cons:

– Only 1 shade. Not very inclusive

– Finish may be too dewy for oily parts of the face

– Slightly tacky finish even when set. Can be bad for glasses wearers.

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I would say this a really solid BB cream if you have normal to mildly / combo oily skin and are looking for a medium to full coverage product that doesn’t dry out you skin and has a dewy / luminous finish depending on how much powder you use. I would say people with very dry skin might not like it because whilst it is moisturising, I feel like the thick consistency may ‘kick up’ flaky skin as you blend it out.

 

One of the things I love about this product is the coverage and longevity. When you first pump out the BB cream it looks a little daunting due to the thick consistency and greyish colour, but one you blend it into your skin (I like using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) it smooths out wonderfully and covers up my uneven skin tone. And what’s more is that it lasts all day. It honestly feels like a foundation but it has all the benefits of a BB cream and sun cream which is pretty much a win win in my books!

Rating:

4/5

 

 

Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Lace 367 – SWATCHES

Oh look who it is.

Pretty much all of my posts start with the same apology and self-deprecating remarks that nobody missed me to I’ll keep my excuses short this time. One word short actually.

University.

And here are the swatches!


SLEEK BLUSH BY 3 PALETTE (LACE 367)

A compact blush palette with a range of orange orientated blushes to suit all skin tones. Intense pigmentation and lasting staying power. Blendability may be an issue. 4/5

£9.99 from Boots

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Winter blues? More like Winter oranges cause this palette will warm you right up! This is a cute trio of blushes by one of the more consistent pharmacy brands, Sleek, which I got from one of Boots’ star gift offers.

These blushes are very orange orientated, although I would say the middle is more of a pinkish peach with a generous helping of gold shimmer. You get two matte blushes and one shimmer. The packaging is Sleek’s usual matte black compact with a full sized mirror in the lid.

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I do have to say that the intensity of the blushes doesn’t come across in the photos very well. Whilst I love a good orange (Morphe 350 looking at you), I was a little daunted by the pigmentation. However, the colours are stunning when applied and definitely buildable. They’re not your typical pinks but I think a little orange blush really brings warm, earthy looks together.

The 3 colours you get are Crochet, Guipure and Chantilly.

Crochet – a bright yellowish orange (think 3CE’s ‘My Muse)

Guipure – medium pink with warm gold micro shimmer (probably my favourite – looks amazing!)

Chantilly – a vibrant coral with with strong pink undertones (very buildable for everyday and evening wear)

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I’m not usually a big blush fan thanks to my rosacea, but I’ve found myself reaching for this more and more especially when using my Modern Renaissance and Morphe 350. It just ties the whole look together and I like the fact that it’s a little different and unique.

The powders are silky and very pigmented so I’d recommend tapping your brush into the pan, then dabbing a bit on your hand, and then your face. It sounds long winded, and it is. I have to say that the pigmentation of the palette is both a positive and a negative, because whilst you do get a really vibrant colour, there is the chance of ending up with bright orange patches on your cheeks. I combat this by using dabbing motions instead of swirling my brush so I can control the amount of product better.

 

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Overall, I really enjoy these blushes for their colour and pigmentation and I’m already eyeing a few other shades from their range, especially that dupe for Nars’ Orgasm!

 

 

Etude House Moistful Collagen Cream REVIEW

Hi everyone, today I’m going to briefly talk to you about Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen Cream, which I bought from one of their stores in KL. The reason why I say briefly is because skin care, unlike makeup, works differently for different people. Therefore, even if I were to, say, rave about a certain product, another blogger could possibly deem it rubbish and for that reason I’ve tended to review more makeup than skin care. However, I still want to try out new products and review them for you guys so I’ll now occasionally talk about items such as moisturisers and cleansers.

Also please bare in mind that I have combo skin, (oily t-zone + dryish cheeks) so if you have a drastically different skin makeup you may wish to ignore everything I’m saying lol. So without further ado, here is the review!


ETUDE HOUSE MOISTFULL COLLAGEN CREAM

Amount: 75ml

Options: Cream / Deep Cream (which I also bought)

Price: $20.40 (Official E.H price) / $14.30 (Jolse)

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Ingredients:

(Italic = potential acne trigger)

(Bold = ingredients +3 on COSDNA’s safety scale, [lower the better, 1-9])

Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Betaine, Kaolin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pca Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phytantriol, Ppg-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Water, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

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In all honesty, I’m surprised that I bought this. For a while now I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturiser, and whenever it ran out, I just went back to Boots to pick up another one. I never really felt the need to change it, and due to a lack of initiative as a beauty blogger to try and find the very best product I could, I never looked to see what else was on the market. That was until the fated day when I set foot in an Etude House store for the first time. I think I must have lost it a little, because I went around the shop putting whatever caught my eye in my basket, (much to the assistant’s delight). One of the several items I put in was this moisturiser, and like most of the items put in, I had little to no prior information regarding it.

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Product loyalty anyone?

So when I came back to England I went onto Etude House’s website to see what they claimed this would do.

Small Super Collagen water particles in the Moistfull cream always keep your skin hydrated and leave your skin feeling like jelly.While this cream is soft, its contact on your skin is firm and hydrates your skin all day, leaving your skin healthy.
– 120 hours of Super Collagen™ water effect with proven experimental data
– Improvement on skin layers with outstanding hydrating level seen within 5 days
– Skin gloss lasts 12 hours after application
* Tested by IC Korea with 23 persons of 20~25’s

I was a little underwhelmed by the description that the website gave, as it seemed a bit fluffy and I wasn’t sure about the 120 hours for the super collagen water effect and what not. But then again, this isn’t game changing stuff so maybe there wasn’t much to say.  I did however snort a little at the ‘skin gloss’ that lasts 12 hours, cause at the end of a long day, that’s just face grease.

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Packaging wise, the pot looks quite small, (it fits in the palm comfortably), however you only need a little product to cover the face. I would suggest using the spatula provided in the box and applying just under one spatula full, however mind that you give it a rinse every once in a while just to keep it clean. You can also just use your finger, as long as they are clean. Hygiene people.

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The reason why you don’t need so much is because the consistency  is more gel like than a thick cream, and so glides across the skin easily. It leaves your skin feeling soft and slightly cooled, however does leave a moderate amount of shine. Some people don’t mind this, (I don’t) but some do. If you have an all over oily complexion you may not like this as you’ll look very greasy at the end of the day without some serious powder application (and re-application).

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Overall:

+ Moisturises well leaving skin ‘springy’ and soft

+ Keeps skin hydrated throughout the day

+ Gives skin a glow (could be seen as a negative)

+ A well known brand so product is easy to buy

– Some might not like the shine left behind

– No pump so could be unhygienic


I think is moisturiser would work well for most skin types, except those with skin types that are in the extremes, i.e. very dry or very oily. Since this is a gel formula I think it’s best for summer use for mildly dry to oily /dry combo skin, and for normal to moderately oil skin in winter. I would recommend this primarily for young adults, however there is also a deep cream version that you can buy which would cater more towards a drier / more mature skin / winter skin routine.

For my skin at the moment, I would say it works well and does its job as my face feels very soft immediately when I apply the cream at night and is still soft when I wake up in the afternoon morning. When the weather gets colder I’ll definitely try out the deep cream and post a review so stay tuned!

Chosungah 22 Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker REVIEW

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Look at all these reviews flooding out, that’s a shocker. Makes a change from posting once then dropping off the face of the blogosphere for two months. Anyway, today I’m going to review the Chosungah 22 Brow Maker is the shade ‘grey brown’, which I bought from Sasa in Malaysia and it’s a brand I’ve had my eye on for a while since following their US instagram account. However, it’s a little difficult to get your hands on so when I saw the display I pounced on it. I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t find the Flavourful Flavorful Lipsticks as they look so pretty… Anyway – onto the review!

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On the Sephora US website it is described as “a waterproof, one-of-a-kind tinted brow gel… With an ergonomically-designed, two-in-one applicator” It is stated to be formulated with phyto keratin and henna to nourish and protect your brows against the elements. (I didn’t know my eyebrows were affected by the weather).

The Brow Maker is available in 4 shades:

  • Light Blonde
  • Grey Brown
  • Medium Blonde
  • Black Brown

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Can we appreciate how it looks exactly like a highlighter?

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Packaging wise – it’s pink – so that’s a 10/10. My own bias towards the colour pink aside, the box and actual brow product inside are the same colour, so if you bought the version for, say, medium blonde, you would get an orange box with an orange tube. On the back of the box there is the usual claims of the product and also an explanation of how the dual applicator works. The tip of the brush “defines and fills in eyebrows” while there is a “mohican brush for colour payoff and grooming” (basically the spoolie part of the applicator).

On the side of the box there are diagrams to show how to use it if visual learning is your thing. The directions are as follows:

  1. Use the mohican brush (spoolie) to coat eyebrows and arrange them in a zigzag motion.
  2. With the triangular tip, fill in sparse areas and draw in lines.

Whilst I can’t fault the actual directions, from a design perspective I’m a little peeved by how a few words were carried onto the next line, which in itself is bad, but also, a dash wasn’t even used. Perhaps they could have justified the text or something. It’s a minor thing but it would just help with the linguistic clarity. (I’m an English A level student if that explains anything).

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The box comes sealed at the top but not at the bottom. The actual tube doesn’t have a seal. You also get the colour printed at the top as well as on the back of the tube and I think it matches the colour you buy.

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I have to admit I didn’t really need to buy this, but just because you don’t need new makeup doesn’t mean you don’t buy any, you feel me? I’d actually been using L’Oréal’s Perfection Brow Artist Plumper for almost a year, first in the light / medium shade when I had lighter hair, and then the medium / dark when I went back to my natural colour. And I have to say it works really well, the brush is small and narrow, and it holds your eyebrows in place all day, (I used to wear it all day to school and then to the gym). If you can’t get your hands on the Chosungah 22 version, or are working on a budget, definitely give the L’Oréal a go.

But back to the Brow Maker. The brush is probably the biggest selling point of the product. Whilst I see the convenience of the dual applicator it is a learning curve when you first buy this product. While applying this for the first time I kept getting product from the tip on the space between my brows, and since the tip picks up a lot of the gel I ended up with some pretty big splotches on my skin. In regards to the ‘mohican’ brush, I did like it. I was a little less dense and wider than the L’Oréal but it still gave my eyebrows an even coating. And when the tip of the brush wasn’t painting dots on my face, I found that it cut the time and products needed when I usually do my brows. The way I used it was to wipe the excess of the brow gel off and then paint(?) thin lines using the narrow side of the brush to mimic hair, rather than using the wider side to just block it in.

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I feel like I’ve been overly negative in this review, but honestly, I do like this product. But I would definitely not recommend this to someone who is just starting to experiment in filling their eyebrows in. I feel like, because the applicator picks up a lot of product, it is easy to get brows that are too heavy or clumped with product. However, if used with a delicate, practiced hand, the results are defined brows that look full but not blocked in. The colour is super flattering for people looking for a neutral colour to fill in their brows without a reddish tint, and the formula is extremely waterproof.

Overal I will give the Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker a 4 out of 5, with a point deducted for the tricky nature of the the applicator, but points for a great colour, longevity and even, full finish.

That’s it for this review, see you on my next post!


If you’re interested in trying this out, here are a few places you can get them from and the price:

Sephora (US) – $22

SASA – SGD34 / £19.58

Birchbox – $22

3CE Long Wear Eye Crayon REVIEW

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Hey everyone long time no see! I’ve actually just come back from a 3 week holiday in Malaysia, (which was fab), and so of course I’ve brought back a tonne of makeup and skincare to try out. Since I went to an Asian country there were many brands from that region, so I got my hands on lots of Korean and Japanese products that would be harder to get in the UK. I’ve got a bunch of stuff to review now, ranging from items from Sephora (when will we get one in the UK?) to road shop brands. So today I’m reviewing 3CE’s Long Wear Eye Crayon in two shades, #Pleasure and #Bebop.

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3CE is a makeup line from Stylenanda, a Korean clothes shop, and I would say it caters for a young adult audience with a mix of sophisticated / classic colours and formulations, however with quite a few more bold shades not typically made by Korean companies. From yellow lip pigment to cream compacts housed in hot pink packaging, 3CE has a cohesive aesthetic and seems to be a brand willing to experiment with shades to cater to all tastes.

PACKAGING:

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I’ve always been attracted to 3CE’s packaging. Perhaps for some, the simple black and white boxes that their makeup is usually housed in may be a tad boring, but for me I find it simple yet classy without being overbearingly so. However, if you need your fix of pink, there is a whole collection with pink packaging, as well as the new collaboration with Barbapapa. With these eye crayons I also appreciate the fact that the box includes an indication of the colour, even though it isn’t exact and the finish isn’t correct (both #Pleasure and #Bebop are shimmer shades).

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I think most, if not all of 3CE’s products come with a sticker showing that your product has not been opened, which I also had when I bought a lipstick and blush a while back.

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The product itself is very similar looks-wise to the box. The plastic is matte and there is the colour indicator at the bottom making it handy if you have several of these. The shade is printed on the side. The tube is quite light, but sturdy, (like holding a fountain pen) and you get about 2 1/2 cm of product which is moderate. Since the formulation of the actual crayon is significantly softer than, say, an eyeliner, I’m curious as to how long it will last. You have to pull the cap to open the tube and then twist up the crayon, (which can be twisted back down thankfully).

SWATCHES

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(Left) : #Bebop – a bright copper shimmer

(Right) : #Pleasure – an icy, pale pink shimmer


I hope you can tell in the photos that when 3CE say shimmer, they really mean it. I think #Pleasure will be great to highlight the inner corner of your eyes or your aegyosal and #Bebop would look stunning in a halo eyeshadow look in the centre or even used for a pop of colour below the water line. As I mentioned previously the crayons are quite soft and so glide very smoothly across the skin. When applied straight from the tube the colours are bright and very even, although it may take a swipe or two to build up the intensity. However, once you try to blend it out a little, the colours, especially #Bebop, lose their richness. You can also start to see less of a shimmer, making the finish look kind of glittery. Since it is more difficult to blend than an eyeshadow, I would recommend sticking to the lower lash line and inner corners, or applying the crayon first and then working on top with eyeshadows if you wanted to use other colours / mattes.

While experimenting with the longevity of the crayon, I noticed that once left to set the colours don’t necessarily smudge when rubbed, but rather you pick the product up? I’m not sure that really makes sense… Basically, when I swatched these on my hand I left it on for about 10-15 minutes and then dragged my finger across them. The swatches didn’t really budge but I ended up with some of the colour and a lot of the glitter on my finger. So I guess that if you do unfortunately rub your eyes while wearing this you’ll just end up taking some glitter and pigment off but won’t end up with a massive streak?

THOUGHTS

Overall I feel like I should give a different score to the two shades, simply because of how I would use them. For #Pleasure, I would give it a 4 out of 5 when used for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes, since the area is quite small and therefore fairly easy to blend. You could get away with one swipe of your finger.

For #Bebop, I really want to give it a 4.5 because the colour is stunning, but as an eye crayon to use on my eyelid I would give it a 3.5. Whilst the colour is beautiful, the depth of colour is lost when it is blended into the skin. And since it is an eye crayon, you’re can’t really skimp on the blending. This also means that it is more work than just using a shimmer eyeshadow which may ultimately have more pigmentation than the 3CE version. The blended out colour still is very pretty but it doesn’t have the same kick as the one straight out the tube. However, if used to line the eyes I would give it a 4. A word of warning though. Do not use this if you are wearing foundation on your eye area as the foundation will transfer onto the crayon and therefore change the colour. This is therefore best applied over a naked eye or fully set one. A plus though for both of them is that they’re waterproof if that’s what you’re looking for.

Here’s a look that I did for my upcoming review, (hint – an eyebrow product) where I used both of these colours. I used #Pleasure on the inner corners and #Bebop on my lower lash line.

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WOULD I RECOMMEND?

I’m afraid to say I’m on the fence with this one. I really want to like it because I love the brand so much, but the pro’s and con’s pretty much weigh each other out. I would recommend you this if you like simple eyeshadow / liner looks and like delicate shimmers. I would say if you like the convenience of a stick eyeshadow maybe check this out, however, the time needed to blend these out if you wanted it over the lid may render this useless as it may be more time consuming that sweeping on a wash of powder eyeshadow.

WHERE TO FIND IT + PRICING

If you’re interested in trying out these eye crayons for yourself there are several places to get them from. I bought mine from Sephora in Malaysia, but there are several websites that sell 3CE’s products if you don’t live in a country where it is sold. (I won’t use links but just use the search bar to find it).

Sephora (Malaysia) – RM65 / £12.49

Tester Korea – 15,000 won / $14.09

 

That’s it for this review, I’m sorry it’s so long for just two eye pencils but I like getting carried away! I have a lot of products to review so expect another post very soon!

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche A L’Huile Nail Polish REVIEW

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything due to various circumstances (exams and an OITNB marathon are partly to blame). Anyway, I’m going to review nail polish which is something I haven’t done before on this blog. For several years now I have had long nails and have worn nail polish almost continuously for two years. So during that time I have experimented with different brands and different types, however I always came back to Barry M as the polished are good quality, cheap and have numerous collections and effects. Despite this I was reading a post by The Beau Parlour and she talked about this nail varnish in the shade Moka Chic. I knew I had to have it. After rooting around a few shops I got my hands on it alongside 2 others as it was a 3 for 2 deal. So altogether I got the shades:

  • Moka Chic
  • Café de Nuit
  • Rose Ballet

When testing these polishes I used the same base and top coat that I always do and that it the Sally Hansen Advanced: Hard as Nails Strengthener (it’s not amazing but once I’ve finished it I’ll invest in something more appropriate) and China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. I’ve picked up 3 bottles of the stuff from TK Maxx over the past few months and it’s really shortened the time needed for my nails to dry. Plus it was cheap and that’s always a positive~


MOKA CHIC

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Moka Chic is actually a colour that I never would have gone for, but after seeing the swatches I was intrigued as to how it would look on me. But believe me, it’s such a gorgeous polish and is pigmented enough to only need one coat. However, I always like to use two to level out the unevenness of my natural nails.

This lasted a solid 7 days and if I did not have the bad habit of biting off my nail polish it would have lasted long into the second week. I kept it on for a total of 2 and a half weeks which I think is a record for me, and that was because the colour was so interesting. Like the others I can’t really smell anything out of the ordinary.

Overall I give this colour 5/5


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I would say that this colour, in terms of formulation, was the weakest – it took around 3 coats to get a decent opaque colour, (as opposed to the 2 needed by the others). However, the colour itself it very pretty and subtle against my skin tone. Despite not wrapping the polish around the edges of my nails it lasted quite comfortably for about 6 days. I kept it on for another week however the polish started chipping from the edges and I had a lot of nail growth which didn’t look too pretty. Scent wise, I couldn’t smell much, although I am quite desensitised to the smell of nail polish.

Overal I would give this colour a 4/5


ROSE BALLET

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I also picked up this insanely gorgeous pink colour called Rose Ballet. Actually, I had initially swatched these three colours on one hand and when I asked a group of my friends which one they liked best, they pointed to this one. I don’t actually have a swatch of this as I’ve had a back order of several other polishes that I wanted to try which I had bought before this. However, I wanted to include a photo of it so you can get an idea of the colour that it is due to the colour on the nail being extremely similar to the colour in the bottle.


Overall I think these nail polishes are definitely worth a look at, there is a relatively large spectrum of colours, there isn’t a pungent smell and even without a top coat, the finish is very shiny (which holds up and doesn’t dissipate after a day or two), and comes with a classy looking bottle. However I’m not quite sure about the glass that it’s made out of – when I accidentally knocked two of the bottles together it sounded like I had hit delicate wine glasses together. It’s not that important but they don’t sound as tough as other nail polish bottles so I’m careful not to fling them around, (not that I fling my polishes around…) Oh, and the brushes are also really easy to use. They’re slightly wider than the classic Barry M ones and have a rounded tip so the cuticle areas are a piece of cake.

These polishes cost £4.99 and I definitely recommend them – they are widely available at Boots and Superdrug!

NYX Matte Lipstick REVIEW

Several Boots stores started stocking NYX products a few weeks back, and whilst good news for the makeup enthusiast that I am, it’s not so good for my poor wallet. Regardless I’ve picked up a  couple of items which I’ll review over the coming weeks. Today I’m reviewing two colours from their Matte Lipstick range: Euro Trash (politically relevant for us Brits?) and Tea Rose. In fact, it was the name ‘Tea Rose’ that inspired my photos for this post – I used a mixed herb blend tea which had small dried rose buds in it as a bit of decoration which I bought from Neal’s Yard a while back.

These lipsticks are priced at £6.50 each and to my knowledge only available online at Boots.com and in certain Boots stores across the UK. I would say that the packaging appeals to my aesthetic side due to the sleek black matte casing and contrasted white logo.  It’s also practical as it has a clear band around the middle so you can see the colour. Whilst in a shop it’s always best to swatch the colour on your hand to see whether you like it, this could come in useful if you have several of these swimming in your makeup bag, as it would make distinguishing between them easier. However, that being said, it does give the lipstick a bit of a cheap feel as if reminiscent of kid’s play makeup. Also, if you shake it, you can hear something moving about so it feels a little flimsy.

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I bought two colours, (but I have my eyes on you Whipped Caviar), one within my comfort zone and one slightly on the borders. Tea Rose was the first one I picked up from the stand because I usually go for pinky mauve colours for my lips and this was right up my street. It’s not really baby pink, which I personally don’t always like wearing, but it’s not dark enough to be delegated only to nights out or special occasions. For some people perhaps this would be too dark for an everyday colour, but I think, especially with minimal eye makeup, it would look a mix of fresh and sophisticated. Euro Trash is something that I normally wouldn’t look at, simply because I thought that sort of colour wouldn’t suit me. However, the moment I swatched it on the back of my hand I knew it was coming home with me. It’s actually quite a hard colour to describe – it’s mainly brown, almost like a terracotta brown with subtle hints of pink. When I tried it on at home it was like my natural lip colour except more prominent. I feel like if you like the brown toned colours in the Kylie Lip Kits you’d like this colour quite a lot!

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I would say this these lipsticks are not 100% matte, but I’m alright with that. Although not being completely matte may impact the longevity and the wear of the lipstick I think this means that they are not drying on the lips. They still have that small portion of moisture in the formula to still be able to apply smoothly and not to accentuate fine lines on the mouth. You won’t get the same wear time and transfer resistance as with a liquid lipstick, however, I got on average 4-6 hours before I had to reapply, (it varied due to factors such as drinking and eating). Whilst for some that may not be a long time, it doesn’t particularly bother me as reapplying the colour is very easy as it doesn’t clump or get patchy.

Lip Swatches: (Top – Tea Rose, bottom – Euro Trash)

Do I recommend these? Um, yes! For what you pay, you get great pigmentation, an array of colours to suit all skin tones, a decent wear time, and now, easy access. I’m in love with these two colours and when my funds have recovered from my recent splurge on a prom dress I’m definitely going to pick up some more colours. When I do I’ll make a swatch post, or tag them onto the end of this one.


I hope you guys have enjoyed this review, have a great week! Also look forward to my next post which will be on the newly available L’Oréal Nude Magique Cushion foundation! (Which I’m wearing in my selfie~)

Clio Kill Cover Concealer and Kill Black Pen Liner REVIEW

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Just as a heads up, this post has a lot of pictures so it may load quite slowly!


Do you ever feel that mix of excitement and guilt when you purchase a haul? ‘Cause I do, and that’s what I felt when I recently spent more money than I should have at Jolse. I was super excited to get my hands on new products from Korea, but at that same time, my wallet was internally crying. I have to say though, my feeling of excitement were much stronger, (I’m a self-confessed make-up addict). I’ve decided to split up the items I bought into groups and this post is on what I bought from Clio Professional. And since the concealer kit had ‘Pro Artist’ in it, I thought it would be cool to use a gauche palette as a backdrop for my photos and swatches!

All products were bought by me, and my reviews are my own thoughts as usual~

Clio Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner – $8.48

Clio Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Concealer kit – $15.28

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First up is the ‘Pro Artist Liquid Concealer’ kit which I got in shade no. 2, Lingerie which is recommended for people who use shade 21 for their foundation. The kit comes with the concealer, which is advertised on the box to have won the InStyle Star Beauty Award 2014, a pencil brightener and a pencil concealer. You also get a handy little sharpener!

The concealer is housed in really sleek packaging. I think the tube is frosted glass or very heavy plastic (sorry I’m not good with these things) and comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Everything comes in matte black box with some of the product’s claims and shades available. It is marketed as having:

  • Kill cover – to perfectly conceal blemishes and enlarged pores with a perfect matte finish without caking and dryness
  • Kill whitening (brightening on Clio website) – to transform skin from “dull and drab to flawless and vibrant” (sic) with niacinamide and liquorice root extract
  • Kill lasting – to ensure makeup lasts all day with sebum control power

The concealer comes in 4 shades:

2 – Lingerie

3 – Linen

4 – Ginger

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I have to admit I wasn’t really sure what to think of this concealer. It definitely lived up to it’s kill cover credentials as it covered up my dark circles and any blemishes I put it on, however, I wasn’t sure about the colour. On me it was a tad too dark, meaning if I put it on top of my foundation I was left with patches of orange in certain light which isn’t a good look believe me. Maybe I got a dud or an old product because it doesn’t seem to match up to the official swatches… Regarding longevity and creasing I would say that it does last quite a while on the skin, for me it lasted the school day, which is probably due to it being a very matte finish. Creasing was minimal – but it depends on how much you put on. When I used ‘the triangle’ method of  applying my concealer there was quite a lot of excess product meaning the area under my eyes became almost tacky(?) and creased. But this was fixed by wiping off the excess and setting it with a powder. When I applied 3 small dots however, there wasn’t any creasing for a good 6 hours.

I would recommend this concealer to people with oily, oily combo or normal skin. The only reason I think this wouldn’t work so well with people with dry skin is that this product can emphasise flaking or dry skin. This is a high coverage concealer so anyone who wants to cover up discolouration or blemishes could use this, but if you have relatively clear skin and/ or don’t like wearing quite heavy coverage makeup this isn’t the best concealer out there for you. Despite the high coverage, it does feel weightless so if you are just starting to delve into concealer and want high coverage this is definitely more than what you would get from numerous pharmacy options. Overall I would give it 4/5 for oily skin and a 3.5/5 for dry skin!



Along with the concealer I got two pencils, a brightener and a spot concealer. The brightener came in a pale salmon / pastel pink colour and the concealer came in a shade darker than the liquid concealer. I didn’t like these two that much which is a shame as they could’ve been very handy to keep in my makeup bag. The pencil concealer was just too dark for me, but, it did have very good coverage (being able to cover up acne scars and small moles). The pencil itself was creamy and applied smoothly without dragging the skin. Even though it doesn’t match my skin tone I suppose that I could use it under my foundation because I don’t like throwing and/ or wasting products. The brightener had a different formula to the concealer and it was harder and took more pressure for the product to show up making me slightly apprehensive on using it under my eyes where the skin is very delicate. However, I see myself using this one more than the concealer, just because it worked for my skin colour. Had the concealer been the right colour I would have given it a 4 1/2 out of 5, and I would give the brightener a 4/5.

Here are the swatches:

From top to bottom – Pro Artist Liquid Concealer, Pro Artist Pencil Brightener, Pro Artist Pencil Concealer

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The last item I got from Clio was the Kill Black Pen Liner, which, might I say, is my favourite eyeliner as of now. I wore this from 10am to 1am with my Etude House eye primer and by the end of the night it looked the same as when I first applied it.

What I first noticed about the pen was that when you shook it up and down there is something inside the compartment with the actual eyeliner fluid. Maybe this helps stop it from drying out or something?

The nib itself isn’t extremely thick or thin, it’s sort of on middle ground, but it is capable of making both thin delicate lines and bold looks, (although with a bold look you wouldn’t be able to do it in one go). For some reason, there is a lack of waterproof eyeliner in the UK, someone please tell me why, so I had been using a pretty low end one from Rimmel with a  felt tip, and it was a chore trying to put eyeliner on so I didn’t bother using it every day. However, this pen made doing my eyeliner so easy, and unlike the Rimmel, the Clio pen liner is actually waterproof and doesn’t somehow transfer down my face.

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Out of all the Clio items I got I have to say that I would recommend the eyeliner the most. Definitely on me it lasted more than the working day, and made application a dream. It remained very black all day, and even lasted on my lash line which is a first. As someone with oily and slightly hooded eyes, I think this is a superb eyeliner which is worth what it is cost and more. I would give it a 4.7 (very specific I know), with the 0.3 reduction only because it is not easily available in the UK.


You made it! I didn’t mean for the reviews to be so long, I just kept on typing and typing. Anyway, thank you so much for reading all of my rambling thoughts on Clio products and I hope you stick around for lots more reviews coming up very soon! Have a great Sunday afternoon!

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner REVIEW

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Hi everyone – today I’m going to review the cult classic Glow Tonic by Pixi! I’ve heard a lot about this product on social media but I’ve never gotten round to trying it. However, I was binge watching QVC one night and this came up, so I thought, why not? There were two options available, a 500ml version for £28 and a 2 x 250ml version which costed £30 (which I bought). On one hand I was slightly annoyed that it would cost me an extra £2 for the convenience of a smaller bottle, but I quickly got over it considering I wanted to take this with me when travelling. It arrived in under a week and I couldn’t wait to try it out and share what I thought, so let’s get started shall we?

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The Glow Tonic claims to “even out skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion” and “reveal healthy glowing skin” with clinically proven results. It states that it can be used with sensitive skin, is alcohol free and hypoallergenic.

Ingredients wise it looks pretty clean. Here is the full list:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.

Aloe vera and witch hazel act as anti-inflammatories whilst the 5% glycolic acid is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. I was also pleasantly surprised to see urea in there which helps the skin’s barrier function and is a good moisturising ingredient.


Normally I use Benton’s Aloe BHA Skin Toner, but with less than a quarter left I wanted to shake things up a little. Whilst I wanted to use the Pixi Glow Tonic both AM and PM, I hadn’t used acids on my face for a while, so decided to just use it once a day in the evening. After cleansing, I applied this with a cotton wool saturated with the product and gently wiped it over my face avoiding the eye area. The next day, as I always do, I applied SPF 50+ suncream by Eucerin (review) over my face and neck. Even though I’ve only used this toner for a week, and only in the evening, I have to say that I’m really impressed with what it has done for my skin. My Benton started refining the texture of my skin and calming it down, and the Pixi Glow Tonic is continuing that. Especially around my nose and cheek area my skin feels smoother and softer. I haven’t seen a vast improvement in the evenness of my skin tone, but when using this toner my skin doesn’t turn red or get irritated which may be due to it being alcohol free.

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Overal I think I would give this toner a 4 out of 5. I’ve only been using this toner for just over a week and I’ve already started to see some visible results which is a good sign. My skin is improving bit by bit, and I hope to see the results continuing long into the future. As a bonus, the toner smells divide and really helps relax you at the end of the day. However it’s a little pricey at £30, although you do get 2 and make a saving of £6, (each 250ml bottle retails at £18). It’s also quite hard to come by as it’s not available in the pharmacy and I’ve never seen it in any department shops. So would I recommend this? Definitely!

Just a reminder, if you use this toner, or plan on using it, you must wear adequate sun protection in conjunction as this is an exfoliating product. This means that the top layer of the epidermis is taken away leaving delicate live skin cells. This will make your skin more prone to sun damage so this is very important for healthy skin. This also goes for any product that is a chemical exfoliator!