Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Disappointing Products..


One of my favourite types of posts to read are 'disappointing products', so thought today I would share mine. I found it really hard to find disappointing products in my collection, mainly because I went back and tested them all again to insure that they belonged in this post and I really changed my opinions on some of them! At the end of the process I was left with these five and here's why they disappointed me.

Dove Dry Shampoo (£4.59/200ml)  - I searched high and low for this dry shampoo after hearing so much about it but as I mentioned in my Dry Shampoo round up  this stuff just does nothing my hair and quite frankly was a waste of both time and money.
Too Faced Better than sex mascara (£19.00) - I got this mascara in a beauty box and expected to love it as every review I've seen has been extremely positive. Although If I'm being completely honest this is just a slightly better than average mascara, and I have ones a quarter of the price from the high street which give my lashes a similar effect. I'm not saying this mascara is all bad, in fact it does have some good points for example the shape of it allows me to coat every lash and it doesn't leave your lashes feeling stiff. I do really like it, but If I'm spending nearly £20 on such a hyped mascara I expect the wow factor! Something this just didnt deliver for me. I also found that on a hot day I've ended up with bits of black under my eyes, which isn't my ideal look!

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip (£3.99) - I've tried four other Gelly nail paints and completely adored them, although Rose Hip just doesn't match up. I've tried using this on two separate occasions now and have found it so streaky! This just doesn't work for me, which is a shame because the shade in the bottle looks so pretty.
Sleek Face Form in fair (£9.99)  - I've seen so many people rate this palette as amazing for pale skin, but as I discussed in my Contour wars post, The bronzer in this is just miles too dark for anyone as pale as me  meaning I hardly use this palette at all. It's a shame since I'd been after this palette for such a long time and figured it would be great for traveling.

Topshop Lip Bullet in 'There she goes' (£8.00) - I have a feeling I swatched a different shade instore/ or the lighting tricked me as there is no way I would have picked 'There she goes'. This is just an awful shimmery pink shade which has made it on the disappointing products post purely because of the shade.

There you have it, five products which have disappointed me. Do you have any disappointing products of your own? PS. This is the first post I've written since reaching 500 Bloglovin' followers over the weekend so would like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of you! 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Rebel with cause

It's easy to see why make up revolution have caused such a stir in the beauty community, not only do they have a rather impressive range of products, they also offer fantastic value for money too! When I heard that many were deeming this £1 lipstick Rebel with Cause from Make Up Revolution a dupe for MACs Rebel I had to give it a try. 
Rebel without cause is a shade which scares the hell out of me in bullet form, but on the lips, there's something really wearable about this lipstick and I love it against my skin tone! While I cant compare this with MAC's version personally, I've seen these two together on other blogs and have admit its pretty hard to tell them apart, the only major difference appears to be the £14.50 in price.
I find Rebel with cause to be moisturising on the lips during the first hour of wear, after this the light shimmer appears to face and you're left with a lovely matte version of this berry shade which lasts for a good few hours. I really like the matte look you're left with and to be honest sometimes I even blot the lipstick to have this as my starting point.
Overall I love the lipstick, my only regret is not picking up more! You can pick this up for just a £1 on the Make Up Revolution website. Have you tried anything from Make Up Revolution? 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My everyday brushes..

Before I started blogging I had no interest in brushes, now I couldn't be without them! While my loved make up products seem to come and go like clockwork the brushes in my collection remain loved and have probably been some of my best beauty investments. Today I'm going to put the spotlight on the brushes I use on a daily basis!
As you may be able to tell from the array of colours, I am a huge Real Techniques fan ! Although there are a couple of other brands which have managed to sneak their way into my collection. For reference the brushes below are as followed,  Japonesque Travel sized Powder brush  ,EcoTools Blush Brush ,Real Techniques blush brush, Real Techniques stippling brush, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, The real Techniques Base Shadow brush and the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush.
Japonesque Travel sized Powder brush (£35.95) - Believe it or not the price I have for this brush is actually a special offer according to the website I found! I picked this up years ago in a Boots Clearance for just £3.50, and think since then it's become a lot harder to source, as that was the only UK stockist I could find online. At first I gave this brush a hard time and thought it shed way too much, although after the first few washes this completely stopped and I fell in love. I just love how soft this brush feels against the face! It's also double the size of my other powder brushes meaning product doesn't apply too heavily. I really love this brush, and am so upset I didn't pick up a backup, although it still has plenty of life left in it for now! 

EcoTools Blush Brush (From Set £3.59) - I have no idea if this brush is a genuine EcoTools brush or not, but I've had and loved this baby for two years and it has yet to disappoint so in my eyes its worth every penny regardless of if its real or not. This actually come in a set of five for under £4, although I have no idea what happened to the other four! I just love using this one for contouring with, it's just the perfect shape for the job and washes up nicely. I'd highly recommend having a look at some of the Ecotools brushes ebay has to offer!

Real Techniques blush brush (£7.50) - This is one of two blush brushes I use as I like to rotate them depending on the type of blush I use. I use this one whenever I use a powder blush. At first I think the size confused me a little and I didn't see how this would work. However after using this for myself I now think the rather large size gives this brush an advantage as it means that the product is really lightly applied, this is also amazing for blending product out. I would highly recommend this if you're a fan of powder blushes. Ps. You may spot that strange dent on the blush brush in the pictures, I have no idea how it got there, although I would say the material these are made from is the only (minor) disadvantage as this isn't the only brush I own to be affected, as you will see in a bit. However I will point out I am yet to have a RT brush break on me, which is amazing considering that I use them on a daily basis.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (from the core collection, £14.02) - If I could only ever use one brush, this would be it! I know everyone says it but this brush was just a complete game changer for me. It just makes my liquid foundations look flawless and I couldn't be without it! Like all RT this washes up beautifully and doesn't shed, the only downside to this is you can't by this brush individually, however the set is relatively cheap on Amazon for under £15.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£8.15) - I have always been a big fan of stippling brushes, in fact I believe my first brush was a stippling one from ELF which I used for my foundation. This however applies my cream blushes beautifully allowing my skin to have a really lovely natural flush. I think what's great about this brush is that you could use it in so many different ways, for example if you didn't get on with it for cream blushes you could try stippling your foundation or even your bronzer!

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush (from the starter kit, £12.93) - To be honest I rarely use this for eye shadow and have found this is the perfect brush for buffing in my cream concealer to help maximise the coverage. However again I have an issue with the material these brushes are made from as this brush is now slightly bent!

Real Techniques base shadow brush (from the starter kit, £12.93) - If I'm wearing an eye shadow look this is pretty much my go to brush. It just gets the job done and makes eye shadow looks pretty easy!
So there you have it, the brushes I love to use on a daily basis! What are your favourite brushes?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Orly Glosser Super High-Shine Topcoat

I've not bothered with a topcoat for a while now, to be honest they just bore me a little bit and I can think of more exciting things to spend my money on. But when I saw this Orly one for just £2.99 (rrp £11.50) in TK Maxx I had to give it a go. Glosser promises to 'give nails lasting protection and super-slick shine' which according to you guys it achieves as I've had some lovely comments about my nails lately including how shiny they looked. This is pretty much my secret weapon when it comes to my nail looks lately and it somehow makes them last 3-4 days with no signs of chipping which is unheard of for me.

I'm a big fan of this stuff, and would consider buying it again. What's your favourite topcoat?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Simply Sun Kissed

I've never dyed my hair, although I love using lightening products in the summer, So when Mellor & Russell contacted me about their Simply Sun Kissed Gradual Hair Lightener* (which retails at just a pound!) I jumped at the chance to try it. For years I  have been extremely loyal to a similar product which retails for around seven times the price of this one, so was interested to see if this could match up. 
The problem with my hair is that I have just about every shade of blonde mixed into it, it's just naturally like this and tends to be darker towards the roots as you may see in the below pictures. Although I do prefer the lighter look which has lead me towards products such as this in the past. 
Mellor & Russell's Simply Sun Kissed, comes in a handy 200ml spray bottle which you simply apply to wet hair and blow dry since this is heat activated. Although admittedly I have skipped this step a couple of times as I have a tendency to be very lazy! But I do use heat tools later in the day which I think has been helpful, It was also pointed out to me that you could simply sit out in the sun after which I think is a great idea. I've used this around 4-5 times now, and have noticed a big difference to my hair. Sadly this doesn't show as much in the below pictures as it does in person, although hopefully you can see that this has had an effect on my hair and has really helped to blend those darker tones! I've just spotted that I was in PJ's for both of these pictures with second day unstyled hair like the pro I am.
Overall I think this is a great product for the price and I will be buying again if my bottle ever runs out, I am a complete convert to this, and wont be spending £7 on a gradual lighter again! You can pick this up in Poundland for (you've guessed it) a pound! If you're interested in this I recommend having a browse of Mellor & Russell's website here, I'm quite surprised by just how many products they have and will be on the look out for the skincare line, You can also keep up to date with there new releases on their Facebook page.
Have you tried anything from Mellor & Russell?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Memebox Scentbox #3


Sometimes I cant help but find myself utterly disappointed with some of the beauty boxes on offer in the UK, So when Korean based brand Memebox got in touch to tell me about their beauty boxes I jumped at the chance to try one! Memebox offer an amazing range of boxes which you can see here, ranging in both price and themes. Unlike other beauty boxes, they aren't a rolling subscription service meaning there are no commitments and you can buy the boxes as you please.
I was sent the scentbox #3* filled with a selection of grapefruit themed products to try. I believe the this is one of three scentbox's Memebox offer along with rose and baby powder. They retail at just $15 (£8.76) plus delivery which I'm sure you'll agree is amazing value when you've seen the contents of the box!
 While I'm sure many would assume delivery would be a lengthy process, My Memebox was sent from Korea on Wednesday and was in the UK ready to be delivered by Friday! Sadly I missed my DHL man, so didn't end up getting this to the week after, although I still think in the grand scheme of things this is pretty speedy going considering how far this box had travelled. I loved that you get a tracking number so you know where you box is every step of the way. Although it's not just the uk that Memebox deliver to, in fact memebox is available to an impressive 45 countries directly from Korea.
One of the things I loved most about this box is this handy double sided card which explains which each product is and how to use it. Every single product in this box is full sized, something unheard of with a lot of UK based beauty boxes!
Evas Mimi Lauryne's Dress Perfume Mist de grapefruit ($18.00/150ml) - This is a really lovely grapefruit scented room spray which I've been pretty addicted to since opening this box! It comes in a lovely looking bottle and its a decent amount too.

Karl28 Sunkilling Grapefruit Gel ($30.00/270ml) - This next product retails at double the amount of the box cost meaning you're really getting your moneys worth! It's like Memebox were reading my mind with this one, as the day before I received my this in my Memebox I got really badly sun burnt, after a few days with this my sunburn had disappeared, best of all I used the tiniest amount so I have a feeling this bottle will get me through the whole summer!
Sun Smile Hydro Gel Choosy Fruit ($2 per mask) - Korea is known for its innovative products, so I was super excited to receive these lip marks as I haven't seen anything like this in the UK. I'm really looking forward to putting these to the test and seeing if I can actually last that long with these on! ( The card recommends wearing them for 10-15 minutes)

Happy Fam Deo Fresh Grapefruit ($2/20 wipes) - While these deo wipes are a more practical item, I personally think they're a great idea as they're lightweight and really ideal for travelling! I also think $2 is a really great price point!

The team over at Memebox has been lovely enough to send me a promo code to share with you guys, allowing you to get $5 off your order throughout July, simply enter FC3OSO at the check out. (This is limited to one use per customer). What do you guys think of Memebox?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The dry shampoo round up

I'm a massive fan of dry shampoo, so figured today I would share with you the current ones in my collection. The first product I have is from a brand I always seem to have in my stash, Batiste (£2.99/200ml), up until recently Batiste were the only brand which I felt worked for my hair. For me Batiste just really helps get rid of any grease really effectively and makes hair which is in a need of a good wash last and extra day. They also have an amazing range of scents/colours meaning there really is something for everyone! I tend to switch it up every time I buy from them and find they all work as well as each other! While I really love the whole Batiste  range and they do a wonderful job of tackling grease, I've found they have never given me that voluminous 'just washed' look which has lead me reaching for other dry shampoos. 
The first one I tried on my search was this Dove hair therapy refresh + care dry shampoo (£4.59/200ml), I'm a massive fan of Dove hair care and had read so many rave reviews on this stuff so expected to love it, although to be honest it literally did nothing for my hair and I was left so disappointed.. My flatmate also tried this and also found the same thing as me. It's safe to say at nearly a fiver I wont be picking this one up again! My most recent dry shampoo purchase is this Vo5 Plump it up dry shampoo (£3.59/200ml) designed for fine, flat or oily hair, I believe there are two in the range although this seemed like the most appropriate for my hair type. I hadn't read much on this so I didn't know what to expect, although to be honest it took me buy complete surprise! With this I find that my hair actually looks like its just been washed, as apposed to the non greasy but limp look I get with Batiste. Whats also great about this is if you massage your roots throughout the day you can continue to build volume if you're in need of a boost! It's just an amazing all-rounder in my book!

Whats your favourite dry shampoo?