Saturday 31 December 2011

A Little Splurge!

When I say little I do actually mean it little I spent less then 50 euro. Why?? Well 1. I was only in Wexford, not the greatest selection of shops. 2. Superdrug did not have the makeup I wanted and 3. I waiting to go on my big makeup haul in Inglot and Brown Thomas next week. So here's what I got:

This picture does not do this jumper justice. Unfortunately not on sale but I did manage to get it down to €24.30 with my student discount(which runs out in feb :( ) This monochrome jumper is so cosy and perfect over jeans and leggings for a casual chic look. Pair it with a heeled boot and your ready for drinks with the girlies on a Friday night. Oh I got it in New Look in the AX Paris section.

Next I got a few little bargains in Penneys/Primark. I picked up this gorg red satchel for €6 reduced from 13. I know their going out of fashion, frankly I do not car and I think their perfect for nights out. Clutches are well too annoying for me I can not dance hold my drink and socialise holding a clutch and the whole under the arm thing I can not do. See I talk with my hands as well as my wrists and my whole arms and so I have to have one arm free to chat with so satchels are my thing. Also I can fit my shoes in here as well as other night out necessities. I may be a city girl but I have some culchie habits!

Next I got this emerald and gold ring for €1, it looks black in the picture but it is emerald green. I am not a huge fan of jewellery I had tattoos before I had my ears pierced at 19, but I do like costumy jewellery when I am dressing up. I do agree jewellery can make an outfit! And it's also great to put in my
Kit for shoots.

I also got this cute peacock feathered clip for €1 also again great to have in my kit and I think it would make a cute broach on a black dress. I did have a fab pair of feather peacock earrings during the summer but I pulled them apart and used them for eyebrows in one of my shoots. Check it out HERE!

I also got two string tops in Penneys for €3 I usually pay €7 for one black one. So this was a great buy! I usually wear these under my chiffon tops if it's cold or cardigans.

Finally I got some black flats for €2, I get new black flats every month it does not matter where I buy them and how much I spend them I just over wear them because of work and I wear them in all weather also that they just fall apart. So I get Penneys ones now their cheap and they go with everything. What more could I want.

I will be doing a few haul blogs this week because of a few online deliveries so hope you do not mind and you like them as much as my other posts!

Friday 30 December 2011

Favourite Things

Breaking News!!! Just as I was about to post this I got an email off Sigma Brushes, their giving you 10% off until the 31st of January. These are high quality brushes and do not cost a fortune , I will be doing a blog post soon as soon as my new set arrive!! Click on link below and use the code 0112XJML
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Here's a list of a few of my favourite things I could not live with out (beauty related)

1: Crown B8 angle liner brush. I love my gel liner but I love my brush I apply it with more! I picked this brush up at the Beauty Show in RDS in October for 3 euro. Best 3 euro ever spent , it gives smooth lines, creates perfect flicks and it has not lost it shape even though sometimes I admit I have mistreated it and let liner build and build up on it. I will defiantly be picking up another 6 of these in March.

2: My first blog was on Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick, where I raved about shade number 1 . I am still raving, it's my favourite red shade next to M.A.C Russian Red. It is highly pigmented and longevity is amazing. As long as I do not eat or kiss boys I do not need to top it up!

3: Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory. I have finally admitted to myself that I am pale and according to Mac I am a C1/NC15. It has been hard since I admitted it to find a foundation that suits my skin tone and does not burn a hole in my pocket. I am still waiting for my Mac pro card until I get it I am refusing to pay full price. I saw other bloggers raving about Colorstay and how it was a M.A.C dupe. I decided to give it a try and I have not looked back since. It gives me great coverage and suits my skin tone perfectly and is perfect for my combination skin.

4: Inglot Contour Palette , Inglot is my favourite makeup, I have not really blogged about it much because I am waiting to do a big haul in a few weeks. Anyway this is amazing I have this one since August and use it everyday and have only just reached the pan of my powder this week. For 25 euro these are a steel you get your all over face powder as well as your contouring powder or your can just get two face powders. The great staff will help you pick the right shades if your not to sure and once your finished just bring back in your palette and they will refill it with the same shades.

5: Water, not a beauty product you say but to me it is I do not think my skin would be half as good as it is if I did not drink half as much water as I do. Maybe it's because I am a pieces and were supposedly water loving, well I can not swim and not a huge fan of sailing or fishing but I do love water. I know it's hard for some people to drink 8 glasses a day and I have heard people say when I drink lots of water my skin breaks out , well this is true but your body is just flushing out it's excess oils. Once this is done your skin will love you and you will love your skin!

Thursday 29 December 2011

A Resolution I Can Keep!

New year resolutions we all make them , we all give up on them too! I have spent many a year vowing to get fit in January or go on a detox or save more money. By day two I am pigging out on the left over roses tin and spending all my money in the sales! So I decided this year to make a resolution about something I already do but can be a bit lazy about.

My skin care regime, I do really try to look after my skin as best I can as I feel having good skin makes you feel better because I know if I wake up in the morning with a blemish I am already annoyed over my face before I even put makeup on and that dampens your mood for the rest of the day. The problem I have though is laziness , by the time I am going to bed I am wrecked from a long day of work or if I am on a rare night out the skincare regime goes out the window by the time I hit my bed. So my plan is not to change anything just to continue what I am doing just make sure I do it every night and morning even when I am feeling lazy.

So my regime:
Morning: I first wash my face with Soap and Glory's Face Soap and Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash. This a great foaming facial wash that has tiny exfoliating beads . It is a non drying formula, so it's good for dry skin and combination.
I follow this up by using Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. This contains Vit B5 that softens and smooths the skin while Vit E moisturises to improve skin conditions. It also contains Glycerin and Borage Seed Oil. Light moisturisers are great for the day as they dry easily and do not leave a residue on the skin which can change the way foundations go on. I leave this to dry while I brush my teeth and by the time I am finished it has absorbed into my skin and I am ready to apply my makeup.

Morning Regime
I begin by taking off my makeup with Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion. I apply a small amount on a cleansing pad and spread it on another pad and use the two on my face removing all my makeup apart from my eyes.
I then apply Simple Kind To Skin Eye Makeup Remover to cleansing pad and remove my eye makeup. Mascara and eyeliner can be very hard to remove so it's good to have an eye makeup remover so you do not wake up with panda eyes!
I move onto Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner, this helps to even out skin tone as well as closing pores that have been open from cleansing.
I finally finish with the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. I have combination skin which has its dry days and oily days so I prefer to use a light moisturiser all the time as heavy moisturiser can trigger my oiliness to increase. But if you have dry skin defiantly use a heavy moisturiser on the night like Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser.
Night-time Regime 

Skincare does not just stop with the face your body is also included. Before I get dressed I use Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter with Shea butter and aloe vera. This is an all over body moisturiser for dry skin. It leaves you with velvet feeling skin. I also use Soap and Glory's Heel Genius Foot Cream and Hand Food which help keep my hands and feet smooth and stop them from drying out. Which happens a lot from been on my feet all day and using hand sanitizer.

Body Regime
There are a few other products that I use though out the week. I use Soap and Glory's Pulp Fiction Body Scrub. Exfoliation should be part of every one's regime. Normal skin or oily should exfoliate once a week and dry skin twice a week. No more exfoliation is need and over exfoliation can damage skin as after you remove the dead skin layer your then removing new skin.

When I need to remove makeup during the day if I am applying more for the evening. I remove my makeup with Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes apart from on my eyes ,never use wipes on eyes your skin is very sensitive here and wipes can be very harsh on them.

Once a week I also use Avon's Clearskin Blackhead Clearing Deep Treatment Mask. I suffer from blackheads around my nose and chin so I find using a mask once a week help keeps these to a minimum.

Weekly Regime
So this is my resolution to follow my skincare regime to a T weather I am tired or just lazy. So girls do not make crazy resolutions this year if you doubt you can keep them. Change something small or improve something you already do!

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Wednesday 28 December 2011

Sparkle for the New Year

This elegant atomiser has to be the best present I could have bought myself this Christmas. Selfish I know but before I had even bought any Christmas presents for family and friends I dashed into The Body Shop on Grafton Street to pick myself up some sparkle!

The Sparkler is part of the limited edition The Joy of Sparkle winter range. I got the boudoir pink but it also comes in enchanted gold which is great for tanned complexions. These little atomiser give you a multidimensional shimmer due to the clever combination of different size glitters and pearls. This mist can be used as a highlight or all over body shimmer. I have even sprayed it my hair and clothes for that extra bit of sparkle.

To use just hold the atomiser around 10cm away for the area and spray. That's it no rubbing or anything simples! The only bad thing about it is it is limited edition , I am already dreading it running out so I can only hope they will bring it back out. But if they do not one of the beautiful sales assistants advised me to fill it up wit perfume when it's empty. Great idea!

These retail around 19 euro(I am not to sure because I got a discount) get them while you can girls because unfortunately they will not be around forever!

Sunday 25 December 2011

Girls just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. And to apologise for not blogging lately I was doing some Christmas temp work for Benefit Cosmetics. I had a great time working for them and all the Benebabe girls in Dundrum House of Fraser were FAB!! Loads of new blog posts will be up from the 28th and I will be doing some giveaways in the new year swell. So keep reading and have an amazing Christmas and I hope sanity brings you some amazing beauty products! Xxxx

Wednesday 14 December 2011

I Can Not Live Without This!!

I first discovered Batiste when I was in Secondary School so a long time ago and forever since I have never been without a bottle. It is literally my best friend, I use it at least once a week and it has never let me down. If you do not know what Batiste is Where Have You Been???

Batiste is a dry shampoo spray, not only does it absorb the oil from your hair but it also give your hair a bit of a boost. Ever wash your  hair on Monday and you wake up Tuesday morning and its greasy. Your not the only one it happens I find my hair goes like that when  I play with my hair alot or I am in a smokey room or after a night out. I refuse to wash my hair everyday because

1. Its a vibrant color and washing it alot strips the color
2. My hair gets dry when its washed to much
3. I have not got the pennies to buy more shampoo and conditioner twice as much as I already do
4. I can not be bothered takes to long to wash dry and style it and I am a busy women!!!

So this is where Batiste comes in handy at only 3.50 a can and really available everywhere( even ALDI now!)
its a steal and last a good while too depending on how much you use it. Over the years its grown as a brand and now includes sprays especially designed for brunettes, blonde's and light browns which is great because sometimes if I was in a rush some of the white spray I missed would still b noticeable in my hair and with the brunette spray now I never have that problem.

They have just launched a gold shimmer spray here in Ireland which not only cleans your hair but gives it a gold shimmer which is great for Christmas. Truthfully I do not know weather this one is for me as I would only spray this is my roots and would rather not have people know I used Batiste so having some gold shopping around my roots would be a sure giveaway! But each to their own!

If you do not own a can of Batiste go get one now you can even buy a travel size for your handbag for €1.50!

Monday 12 December 2011

120 Eyeshadow Pallette - Do not get ripped off!

Most have you have probably seen these palettes before, they can vary in colors. I have one very similar to this and the truth is I could never live without it. It has all the mattes I could ever need and has some great colors that I would have never used before if I had not bought one. Its a palette I always have in my kit and I feel lost when I forget it.

So how much did I pay for mine, well I would have got it at the beauty show for €25 but I passed on it, I could buy the smaller 88 version from coastal scents for €15, I could get it from them sellers on Facebook who try to pass them off as real M.A.C for a ridiculous €45 upwards. I paid only €9 on Ebay and that included my p&p. Now I have heard what people say about the eye shadows from china and they contain this and that, but girls all these palettes come from the one place and are all made from the same ingredients. Ive had mine for six months and use it everyday, I have never had a problem with them and have used them on my clients and they have never had any reactions to them.

These are all manufactured in China and sold on to retailers or company's who print their own logo on them and sell them for a higher price. Their also sold to these fake dealers who are costing the cosmetics industries millions of $/£/€ a year. They are printed with the fake M.A.C logo and sold to these alleged  real M.A.C sellers on Facebook.

M.A.C never have and never will produce a palette like this, M.A.C never have and never will sell on Facebook. But I will come back to this on another blog post as its a much bigger issue then this palette.

Anyway this palette is great and you will not regret buying it, but do not pay for a logo!

Wednesday 7 December 2011

A Few Little Stocking Fillers- Part 3

This Isadora Holiday Gift Pack is only €15 great for your young daughters or nieces that you need to buy for or even us big girls that love having creative nails. The pack contains Wonder Nail in Gold Sparkles, a black graffiti top coat and also a 4ml clear base/top coat and all come in this cute leopard print clutch.

Isadora nail polishes usually retail at €7.50 so this is really good value for money. This set is available in Debenhams and chemists nationwide.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

A Few Little Stocking Fillers- Part 2

Front Cover have been doing Christmas sets for Boots for the last few years now and I have always made sure to pick one up for friends and myself, as their great value for money and highly pigmented with a wide selection on colors. This year they have released a wide range of Christmas sets ranging from nails to lips to this full everything in one kit as shown above.

This is defiantly the set I have on my list to Santa not only does it contain 13 eye shadows and 6 lip glosses it also has 2 loose pigments and 2 blushes as well as shadowline a liquid that turns eye shadows into eyeliners. It does not stop there it contains 6 makeup brushes, mini eyelash curler, mascara and a double pencil sharpener. All you could need in all the one place and all for €47 that's less then €1.50 an item. But you better be quick these are already sold out online and will easily sell out in stores the sooner it gets to Christmas !

A Few Little Stocking Fillers- Part 1

I will be posting a few Christmas sets that I consider good value for money and great little stocking fillers. My first set is Benefits I'm Glam Therefore I am Christmas set.

Benefit are doing two 39.50 Christmas sets this year this one above and Tattle Tell All which more concentrates on the lips. This set is great because it gives you everything you need to create an evening look. So what does it include, firstly it includes a mini Girl Meets Pearl, a great highlighter for the night. Pearl in color it has pink and gold undertones wear under foundation or over this will give you that illuminating glow that we love on a night out. Glamming face powder is a limited edition blusher similar to their sugarbomb blusher but with out the peach and soft plum colours. This is a great blusher as its buildable where you can go as subtle or pink as you like. It also has four eye shadows that you will need to create a great evening smokey eye or just use the first two for a subtle sexy day look. These limited edition colors are Icy Lilac, Posh Amethyst, Pink Fancy and Precious Pewter all are very pigmented! It also contains a mini Bad Lash mascara in black which is great for creating them sexy luscious lashes and Life On The A List ultra shine lip gloss for a full sexy pout!! It also contains your blusher brush and a double ended sponge applicator.

So you see this set is great for creating a full evening look and can be used also to create a subtle day look either. The set is small so its great for fitting into your handbag on a night out or in your suitcase for travel on one those weekend aways. All Benefit sets come with instruction manual on how to apply their makeup to create the ultimate Benefit look, so their also suited for teenagers just starting out in makeup and need a little guidance.

I'm Glam, Therefore I am sets are available from all Benefit counters and online at Benefit get them quick though as their selling out fast!!

Monday 28 November 2011

The Heel Condom-The Only Reusable Condom!!

OK something different for today readers, not only do I have a makeup obsession I also have a shoe and bag one. I am always on the look out for a pair of amazing shoes and I think my whole shoe collection has cost more then my entire wardrobe. On my last count I have around 80 pairs of shoes from flats to sandals to heels to skyscrapers that I have yet to master how to walk in!Unfortunately I do not always have the money to be going out and spending €50 plus on a fab pair of shoes, so when I came across this site I was delighted.

Introducing The Heel Condom , yes that is its name its all to do with publicity and to get people talking about them and it has certainly done that. Created by 24 year old entrepreneur Sandrysabel Ortiz, these beautiful designs have already been mentioned in magazines Glamour, In Style and many more as well as numerous online blogs. Just like other Fashion Houses they create a new collection each season and there is literally a condom for everyone.

Ranging in price from $10(in sale album) to $40 in the new collection($40= €30 $10=€7.50) and postage to Ireland is only $12(€9) these are very reasonable. There is two styles to these first there was the Panty style- The evolutionary condom that fit all heel types weather their thin or thick, high or low. Secondly there was the Condom style- the original condom that protects and decorates the heel, made to fit heels ranging from 2-5 inches. Some of the ribbon design condoms can be worn in many different ways -  Check it out here! Another great feature of them is that they can be cleaned , I have often got a mark of one of my favorite pairs of shoes and they have never been the same afterwards.

Most of these condoms can go with every color of shoes, so every time you walk out the door you can be walking out in a new pair of shoes with out burning a hole in your pocket! These condoms would also be great over a pair of Penney's €10 heels.  So which condom will you choose ??

Stock lists:

Sunday 27 November 2011

This Winters Chapped Lips Saviour!!

Ireland has been getting colder lately and the talk of the dreaded snow is among us!! My friends and family seem to be dropping like flies with colds and flu's, luckily (fingers, toes and everything else crossed) I am still sniffle free! The one thing I do suffer from though is chapped lips. For years I used to leave the lips sticks and glosses behind and carry a tube of Vaseline in my pocket dosing my lips every hour trying to get rid of the flaky skin. It was only this year I was told that Vaseline does not work it actually dries them out more!! So I went in search of a new product and alas I found one!!!

On one of many random shopping trips with my beautiful friend Noelle, she told me about an article she read in one of the many fashion magazines about a exfoliating scrub for the lips and that u did not need to carry a lip balm around all day with you. The minute she said LUSH made it I knew it would be Divine!!. So we popped into LUSH on College Green in search of this wonder potion.

The wonderful LUSH store assistant pointed us in the right direction as we looked like two lost puppy's in search of a bone. This lip scrub comes in 3 flavours Bubblegum, Sweet Lips and my favorite Mint Julips. All handmade and made from natural ingredients. These scrubs main ingredient is sugar so their edible and its kind of hard to resist having a little taste! They taste as delish as they smell!!!

These little jars work out around €7 but last a life time. All u need is a pea size amount each morning to scrub into your lips each morning, after giving them a good scrub just wash off the scrub and then apply your favorite lip balm. By the time your finished applying the rest of your makeup your lips should be flake free and nicely moisturized so you can apply your favorite lippy. So girls and boys forget about those previous years chapped lips and say hello to kissable lips all year around!!

Saturday 26 November 2011

First Makeup Tutorial-Smokey and Nude

Sorry for the lack of of posts over the last few days but I've been away on training and had no Internet. As promised, I have done a makeup tutorial post I really did not know what look I was going for when I sat down to do this so seen as its Saturday I decided to do something for the weekend!

I went for a firm favorite with us Irish girls , the Smokey Eye. Since Kim Kardashian has braced our television screen her signature smokey eye has become a must for the Saturday nights makeup regime.I added a flick just for a little twist and a few individual lashes at the edge of my lashes to open my eye up more

I went with a nude lip as this look is really about the eyes and I did not want to take away from it. So I just with a nude lip and a pink gloss in the center.

So here's how I achieved the look and the products I used:
1. I applied Rimmel Match Perfection in shade 100 Ivory with a flat head foundation brush. €11.95

2.I used Maybelline 24hrs Concealer in fair under my eye and a tiny bit on my lid and any other blemishes or marks around my face.I applied this with my fingers as I believe concealer works better warmed up with your fingers. €8.95

3. I sealed my foundation Rimmels Clear Complexion Pressed Powder in shade 021 transparent.I applied this with a big powder brush.€5.95

4. I contour my face with no.17 pressed powder from Inglot Freedom System with an angled powder brush.This is firm favorite of mine, but at the start I was really scared of it at the start as it is pretty dark but a little goes along way with this and good blending is needed. €26 (for 2 powders and palette)

5. I used an orange color from a 120 eyeshadow palette I got from Ebay. The color would be a peachy orange ( column 3 row4). I only dabbed my angled powder brush in this color once as I only wanted a natural flush of color and not umpa lumpa cheeks! Around €9 price varies.

6. Next I filled in my eyebrows with the brown out of the Catrice duo palette  HELP! I'm Stranded. Using a an angled brow brush. Not too sure on price but you can get Catrice from Penney/Primark and pharmacy nationwide.

7. Again I used the Catrice duo palette but i used the gold shimmer on my eyelid with a flat eyeshadow brush for packing the color on my eyelid.

8. I applied this light brown color in the socket line and blended 3/4 of the way in and upwards with tapered blending brush. Also using a a pencil brush I applied this under my eye.

9. Using the black in the bottom right hand corner of the palette I applied this into the socket line and blended.

10. To do the flick I used Maybelline Gel Liner in black, using a thin angled eyeliner I started in the corner of eye with a thin line to the outer edge of the eye. Then using the point on the angled brush I created the point on the flick and joined the flick to the liner. I created a thick flick but you can do it as thin or as thick as you like.€10.95

11. For mascara I used Maybelline Falsies in black on top and bottom lashes. I applied 3 12mm individual lashes to the edge of my lashes to open up my eye. These lashes were also from Ebay . Mascara €8.90 Lashes €1.95 for box of about 40 lashes.

12. As a highlight I used Vanilla Ice from Frontcover Eye Spy palette box from Christmas 2009 range. Frontcover release a Christmas palette every year and this highlight is always the first shadow and appears in it every year sometimes with a different name. I applied this on my brow bone in the corner of my eye and on my cheek bones. Palette €47

13.On my lips I used Natural Nymph from ELF mineral lipstick range and Maybelline lip gloss in Freshly sliced. Lipstick €4.00 Lip gloss not to sure as I got it free with other Maybelline purchase.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!!! xx

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Cleaning Brushes 101

The dreaded brush clean, we all have to do it but its one of those things we just keep pushing to the side.We make excuses of it takes to long, we do not know how to clean them and they do not dry for when you need them the next day.Not cleaning our brushes can have major effects on our skin, you may have a religious skin care regime and a healthy diet but yet you get them dreaded spots, did you ever consider its you brushes??Not only does color build up but dead skin cells, oil and bacteria build up on them too.

If your a daily brush user I would definatly suggest cleaning them once a week, depending on how many you use depends on how long it takes. Here I have just a small portion of my brushes(18) and it took me max about 15 to clean so really its not time consuming. Drying time depends on the brush and where the brush is left to dry. Smaller brushes take only about an hour where big brushes take about up to 12 hours. So your brushes can be drying while you sleep and be ready for you in the morning. The best place to dry them is in the warmest place of your house i.e the kitchen or sitting room, I would not suggest the bathroom as it never gets really warm and can be damp. So how do you clean them, well its simple you just need two inexpensive items:

Most people would only need the to use the baby shampoo, but if you use gel eyeliner or really pigmented lipsticks you would know their a nightmare to clean with just shampoo! So lets begin:

1. Squirt a pea size amount of shampoo in your hand, run the the brush under the hot water and rub into the the shampoo until it becomes lathered, now rinse your hand NOT THE BRUSH under the water. This will save you from wasting the shampoo. rub the brush in the palm of your hand again until it lathers up and rinse your hand again repeat this another two times and then rinse the brush. Depending on how dirty the brush is depends on how often you need to reapeat this step.

2. For hard to remove makeup i.e gel liner( especially bomb proof inglot gel liner), pigmented lipstick and really dirty brushes, baby oil is the only way to bypass spending ages on trying to get them clean. After completing step one, pour some baby oil in a bowl and dip the brush in the oil the makeup should just dispearse from the brush. Reapeat step one again.

3.Once all the brushes are cleaned make sure to squeeze them of excess water and place them on some kitchen towel and leave them to dry, as I said above dry them in a warm place and also out of reach of children!! Also if you use short handled kabuki brushes place them upside down or else they wont dry the water will just remain in the handle.(Yes their my lovely pjs in the pictured this was just before bed!)

So thats it its not to hard or time consuming and could even be done through the breaks of X Factor on a sunday night.

As a MUA I can not do this in between clients so I disinfect my brushes with surgical spirits I buy a big bottle in boots and put it in a small spray bottle that I carry around in my kit. Before I move on to another client I would spray some tissue with the surgical spirits and rub my brush into the tissue until no more color comes off the brush.This gives you disinfected brushes and your not putting your client at harm. This is also a good tip if  you are prone to spots or cold sores, you should disinfect you foundation brush, concealer and lip brush after every use if you do not have time to wash them this will help with healing and prevent further spreading.

I hope this post will encourage you to clean your brushes as not only does it help your skin but helps with the longevity of your brush.
Brushes shown in this post are a mixture of LA Makeup, Inglot, No.7 and Crown

Sunday 20 November 2011

ColorSensational, a Sensational Let Down!!!

I recently picked up the new Maybelline ColorSensational Lip stain for free when I bought other Maybelline products. I have always liked the idea of lip stains, and I am a regular user of Benefit Benetint under my red lipsticks. So when I saw this I taught great a lip stain in a range of colors , it would be great for my clients who are looking for long wearing color on their lips.

Boy it was a complete let down! If I had of been spending my own money on it I would have done my regular checks on them in store, which would include checking the applicator, pigmentation and texture. So when I got home first thing I realised was I would never use this on a client. The felt tip applicator is one of the most unhygienic applicators I have seen since they put brushes on foundation bottles. At least they can be slightly cleaned by running hot water, this applicator can not be cleaned at all. If I did want to use this on customers I would have to break off the lid and put it in another container. Really I am not that bothered! I decided I would use it on myself. Oh I forgot to mention I got number 350 in Blushing.

After the whole application diabolical I noticed the smell and I can not lie it smells DIVINE!! The smell of berries actually over powered the whole room but unfortunately it does not make you lips smell divine , does not make them smell of anything. Color wise I was happy enough blushing is a deep pink verging on purple and looking great under light pink glosses, it gave an extra bit dept to my everyday lip color. There is one thing that makes me stay loyal to Benetint , the fact its smudge proof or as other people like to call it kiss proof ! It stays on no matter what your up to! That's the whole purpose of lip stains! Rating the longevity of Colorsensational on a scale of one to ten is a big fat 0! It last max about 2 hours , not what I would label a lip stain at all.

I bought this 2 weeks ago now and have used it about 4 times and now I can no longer use it! I have already mentioned about the applicator well not only is it unhygienic it has now completely dried up and I can only get a dribble of color out of it. I really had high hopes for this product as I do like other Maybelline products and I could see me using it in my kit, but this is defiantly one for Maybelline to go back to the drawing board on and for us to leave on the shelf. I would love to know if any of you had bought one and had a similar or different experience to mine.
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