Monday, 20 April 2015

Revolution Lip Lava Liquid Lipsticks

Last week I talked about the Revolution Radiant Lights Palette. This week I wanna talk to you about the Lip Lava liquid lipsticks (AV).  I think these are supposed to be a dupe for the Too Faced ones, but those are hella pricey so I don't have any of those yet to compare.  

I love these though.  

There are 5 shades available at £2.99 each, or if you buy all 5 together, you get all 5 for £11.96, so one free! Win.  Obviously I bought them all.

They are very pigmented and easy to apply with the applicator and they are great for mixing.  Some of them went onto my hand a bit chunky but I haven't found that when applying to the lips.

Here's a pic of the applicator, a kind of doe-foot applicator but the product is dispensed through the centre rather than it being a wand.

As such...

Hand swatch: these swatches are mostly a bit more true to life than the lip swatches, which got a bit more washed out.  They look super opaque, right? They are.  And you can see below how much I used to get each lipswatch.

Shades L-R: Unleash, Firestorm, Forgiven, Tremor, Shockwave

Bit of a crap blurry pic but just to demonstrate how much I used for each lip swatch, a diddy amount!

Lip Swatches

This shade I was nervous of when I swatched it on my hand as it's quite orange, but it's a gorgeous peachy coral. It's bright though so not one for the timid. I love it.

Gorgeous, blue-based red. Crap rushed application, sorry. I love this colour, it's gorgeous. It needs a bit more work and is not as opaque as the other shades but it's worth it.

OK I totally expected to hate this one; it's really brown! I don't like brown lipsticks (flashback of terrible teenage makeup blunders in the mid-late 90s!) but I actually like this on. It's a lovely browny nude and I have surprised myself by wearing it and liking it!

This is my favourite; not because the colour is anything mind-blowing, it's just a nice pink, rather because it's the most wearable. Also, it's brilliant for mixing with any of the other shades to tone them down. 

This is the crappest lip swatch (think the light was fading at this point), it's much more vibrant and true to the hand-swatch than this. If you love purple and are not afraid to rock it, go for this one. 

The first thing I thought of when I swatched this colour was OCC's Hoochie Lip Tar. So I swatched them together for ya! Shockwave is more pinky than Hoochie so if Hoochie is a bit too grey/blue for you, then this might be a good alternative. They are quite similar in texture too.

Left OCC's Hoochie, Right Revolution's Shockwave

That's all for today. Have a fab week all!

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

SEVENTEEN: Cheek Stamp Blush

I bought this cute little Cheek Stamp a while ago from SEVENTEEN (CV); it's a big gimmicky and the applicator stamp is a bit pants but it does go on with it (although you'll need to blend it out afterwards) and it's actually a pretty nice, very subtle blush.

I got the colour Blushin' which is a very pale baby pink with a bit of shimmer  This just shows up on my pale skin as a nice flush of pink but deeper skin tones might want to go for one of the darker ones. 

(*SEVENTEEN confirmed to me by email that this product is vegan.)

Outer packaging

Inner packaging

Applicator with some product on

the product itself

I wasn't going to post the swatch because to be honest you can't see the product that well, if at all! I swear it shows up on the cheek, although as I said it's very subtle.

I wouldn't class this as a fail product at all, although it's nothing spectacular. But it's a good shade for days when I'm doing either minimal makeup, or when I don't want much on the cheeks.

There's a few different shades of this available and I will probably pick up a couple more next time I'm in town because Boots are running a 3 for 2 right now! :)

Happy humpday all.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Revolution Radiance: Radiant Lights Palette

I swear I'm not employed by Revolution, but I did an order a while back and I love a lot of things I got from them and felt like I didn't want to lump them all into one post. So you're going to see a few Revolution posts over the next couple of weeks.

Here's one of their products that I bought recently; the Radiant Lights Palette (AV).

I bought the single of Breathe (the shade on the far left) thinking it was the lightest shade (it's hard to tell from the pics on the website) but it's not. It's a touch too dark to be a highlighter for me, but I absolutely love it as a glowy bronzer to warm up my super pale skin. It looks really lovely. Since I love that one such much I decided to buy the full palette.


Inside - prettttyyyy!
Shades, L-R: Breathe, Exhale & Glow

Daylight swatches, these do not begin to show the beautiful glowiness, so....

I took some artificial light pics too, which shows this a bit better.

This palette gets a big thumbs up from me.  Breathe is the one I use most days, but I love Exhale too - it's the perfect highlighter for pale gals like me; I use it as a cheekbone highlight but also on the inner corner of the eyes. Glow is a beautiful gold which I have used as eyeshadow but also, it looks gorgeous alone or over bronzer too. Breathe & Glow would be great highlighters on deeper skintones too.

Hope you all have a great week.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wore it Wednesday: B. Creative Art Edition Vol.2 Eye Essentials Night Palette

I got the B. Creative Art Edition Vol.2 Eye Essentials Night Palette (V) for Christmas (phew, that's a gobful!!) and have finally got around to testing it and oooh, it's pretty!

You get a cream eyeshadow and 3 powder shadows, 2 brow powders, a brow wax, a mascara and a couple of naff applicators.  If you want to see what I think of the mascara, check out my recent mascara smackdown post! :)
Eyeshadow colours, clockwise from top left:
Marylebone (cream), Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge.


Marylebone is a soft shimmery peachy brow cream shadow, great as a base
Chelsea is a beautiful shimmery light silver
Kensington is a dark shimmery gunmetal grey 
Knightsbridge is a gorgeous shimmery dark green

here is a quick, super simple look that I did with the palette using Marylebone on the lid as a base. Then I patted Chelsea over the top and used Kensington just to deepen the crease. Unfortunately my camera has washed it out big style. Ignore the mascara smudge on my lid - whoops!

I think this is a fab little palette. I like the mascara, I tried out the lighter brow powder colour and it gives a nice natural finish and the wax tames the strays.  The eyeshadows are all gorgeous too.

This palette is on sale at the moment for £10 in Superdrug stores and online, it's usually £14.99.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Lilylolo Pressed Shadows

So I've been in 2 minds about whether to write this post because I don't really like giving negative reviews. However, I do think it's important to be honest, so I've decided to go ahead. 

A couple of weeks ago I ordered the sLilylolo mascara to try out for my mascara post and was excited to see that they have brought out some pressed eyeshadows too. I do really prefer pressed shadows to loose because they're easier to work with, but in the past I've bought, and liked a few of LL's mineral pigments.

So I had a look and the price is pretty good, they're £6.99 each, which is quite reasonable and you get 2g of product. Also, all but one (Peekaboo) are vegan. Yay! So I bought 6 to try, all matte (or 'demi matte') shades with the exception of Starry Eyed, which is a shimmer.

Here's the packaging, it's really lovely!

And inside the box, they are a lovely white pot with a black lid. They look really high end.

These are the shades I got.

L-R top row:  Voodoo, Drama Queen, Take the Biscuit
L-R bottom row: Starry Eyed, I Should Cocoa, Rolling Stone

OK so here's where my excited ended abruptly; when I swatched them.  The pics below are pretty true to life and they don't look that bright right? Well that's 3 or 4 swipes of each colour just to get it to show up enough to get a picture!

They are described on the website as 'highly pigmented'  pressed eyeshadow but they are really not I'm afraid. I could understand if I picked one dud but all 6?  The matte shades were the hardest to swatch. The shimmer was better but still not particularly pigmented.

But  I'm no quitter! And I'm certainly not going to give a bad review on something until I've given it a fair try. So I've tried them on my eyeballs a couple of times. With and without a primer. Straight over a primer was no good. So I though, ok, maybe I need to powder the primer to help them blend.  Did that, they still after 3 or 4 goes into the product with my brush, were barely showing up on my lids/crease and I ended up reaching for a Makeup Revolution palette instead.

Has anyone tried and liked these shadows?  I'm dying to know if I just haven't worked out how to get the best out of them yet, or if this is as good as they get?

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Friday, 27 February 2015

Update on Makeup Geek's Vegan Items

It's been a while since I wrote a post about Makeup Geek's vegan options and they've had loads of new stuff released since then. So I wrote to them to ask for an updated list.

They confirmed back the eyeshadows that contain carmine, making them unsuitable for vegans. I also went back to confirm which pigments, foiled eyeshadows and blushes are vegan and they have now updated their vegan page accordingly.

Makeup Geek have said the following products are vegan:
  • Regular Eyeshadows, excluding the shades listed below
  • Foiled Eyeshadows, excluding the shades listed below
  • Pigments (as at this date none contain carmine)
  • Gel Liners
  • Blushes, excluding the shades listed below
  • Makeup brushes
NON-Vegan Items:
  • Eyeshadows containing carmine: Bitten, Country Girl, Cupcake, Drama Queen, Mango Tango, Razzleberry, Simply Marlena, Twilight, Unexpected, Unicorn
  • Eyeshadow Holiday Bundle, as it contains Bitten & Country Girl
  • Starter Kit, as it contains Drama Queen & Unexpected
  • Ultimate Palette as it contains Bitten, Country Girl, Drama Queen, Mango Tango, Razzleberry & Unexpected.
  • Expansion Kit, as it contains Unicorn & Razzleberry.
  • Foiled Eyeshadows containing Carmine: Center Stage & Caitlin Rose
  • Lipsticks (beeswax)
  • Blushes containing carmine: First Love & Romance
Looks like I'll be ordering some foiled eyeshadows then! :)

Have a great weekend everyone.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Friday Favourite: Neve Duochrome Palette

My Friday fave this week is this gorgeous Duochrome Palette from Neve Cosmetics. If you've not heard of them before, Neve are a cruelty free, very vegan friendly, Italian brand. I love their eyeshadows, they are really pigmented and their palettes retail at about £25, but the pans are HUGE.  I don't know if it shows below but you get 10 in a palette, so that's around £2.50 per eyeshadow and each one is 3g.  You can buy refills too. So to put that in perspective, you get 3g for £2.50 (£2.95 if you buy the refils pans). MAC eyeshadows are £10 for 1.5g (and that's just the pan, they are £13 in the plastic case!)

The packaging is beautiful, it's a bit more pinky purple in real life.

The colours

The colours are described on Cocktail Cosmetics, as follows:
  1. Acid Rain cold green with reflections gold.
  2. Utopia  - dark cobalt blue with pink highlights.
  3. Phoenix  -intense heat from the copper-colored glows pink.
  4. Chimera  -dark purple with pink highlights and copper crystals.
  5. Twilight - intense gray satin bronze.
  6. Poison Apple  - fuchsia purple with greenish water
  7. Abracadabra  - cerulean blue with shades of light green.
  8. Pollen - deep yellow with greenish lime green.
  9. Poison - tobacco dark brown with green highlights.
  10. Midsummer - ocher yellow with pink highlights.
And here are the swatches

L-R: Acid Rain, Utopia, Phoenix, Chimera, Twilight
Poison Apple, Abracadabra, Pollen, Poison, Midsummer

Ugh, beautiful. Check out Phoenix, that amazing copper! It's soooo gorgeous.

Also, duochromes are fantastic for a dark smokey eye, so I swatched a few of them over a black base (black gel liner)

I got this palette from Cocktail Cosmetics, but it seems to be out of stock right now (I think it's limited edition) but a quick google shows it for sale HERE for £24.95.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wore it Wednesday: Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette Swatches & Review

I have wanted to do a post on this palette from the minute I swatched some of the shades in Superdrug - I LOVE this palette.

I'm making it my WiW, because I just came back from a weekend in Berlin with my fella and these were the only eyeshadows I took with me. Which for a beauty junkie like me was massively difficult to do.  Although as you can see, there are 32 eyeshadows in this palette, so it's not like I was going to run out of options in 4 days! :)

This palette has everything you need: a couple of matte crease shades, a warm brown, a chocolatey brown, a matte off-white and a matte black.  Plus a BUTT LOAD of absolutely beautiful shimmers.

I am a huge fan of Revolution's eyeshadows and this palette is my favourite purchase from them so far. The shadows are really pigmented, they blend really really well and the colours are just gorgeous.

I didn't swatch them all (there's a brill post HERE with full swatches), but just look at the yumminess of some of these colours. Oh oh, bottom row, 3rd from left STUNNING cranberry type colour, swatched below (bottom shade). That's my favourite. Although if you asked me my favourite tomorrow it'd be a different shade. hehehe

So anyway, if you love beautiful shimmery neutral shades, you need this palette in your life.  It's fabulous and it's a friggin steal!  It's only £8 from Revolution's website or from Superdrug stores/webiste.

Happy humpday everyone.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Vegan Mascara Smackdown!

So for what seems like AGES now I've been testing mascaras out for a post that I've wanted to write ever since I relaunched this blog: a post about vegan mascara options.

I'm going to jump straight in and tell you what I like about each mascara and I'll also include the price and where you can buy them from.

For comparison purposes, here is a pic of my eyeball with naked eyelashes! GAH, horrible. :)  I'm not sure how well you can see but they're not particularly long and they're very fair.

OK, let's do this! Starting with....

Eyeko - Skinny Brush Mascara (V)
£15 from Eyeko's website or Selfridges stores

Brush close-up

I will start by saying this is the most expensive mascara I'm reviewing today. I've always been of the opinion that pricey mascaras are not worth the money, because they need to be replaced so often and there's some brilliant 'drugstore' options out there. I still stand by this, however, this mascara is brilliant.

It gives really long, dramatic lashes, without adding falsies. So if you're going for a smokey eye, or bright makeup and just can't be bothered adding lashes, or don't have the time - this is the one!

I don't think it's meant to be waterproof, but I definitely find it's water resistant.  Also, at the end of the day when I've been wearing it for more than 12 hours, my lashes are still curly!

As with all good things though, there's a (teeny) downside - the removal is a bitch!!

Barry M Lash Vegas Blackest Black with Fibres (V)
 £6.49 from Barry M's Website or from Superdrug, Boots or larger supermarkets

Brush close-up

This is my favourite 'drugstore' or affordable range mascara.  I actually don't love the original formula of Lash Vegas (I like the waterproof one ok and actually use it on bridal clients) but this one with the fibres is a much better formulation and is basically now my every day mascara.

One good coat of this is enough, a second will add extra drama.  It also removes easily with my regular cleanser.  It can get a bit clumpy, as you can see below, but working it through with the brush usually separates the lashes out enough.

B. Longer Mascara (V)
£9.99 (although it's on sale for £4.99 right now) on Superdrug's website or in store
(The packaging of mine is silver because it was from a palette.)

Brush Close-up

I tried one of the B. mascaras when the range first came out in Superdrug and I wasn't a fan. It's one of those mascaras that forms tubes around the lashes and I just really thought it was kind of blah!  However, this one, I actually really like. I got this with one of their palettes that I got at Christmas time (which I have a post about coming up!) and was prepared to hate it.

Again it's one of those tube forming mascaras which they say will come off 'easily with a bit of warm water'. HAHA, no.  It DOES come off with warm water, but it needs a pretty good rub to do so - also an eyelash came with it when I did this, maybe I was a bit over-zealous!  I also found a few little stubborn bits that I had to kind of pick off.

On the plus side, it did give my lashes length and it separated nicely. It was also good for bottom lashes.

GOSH Amazing Length'N Build (CV)
 £5.99 from Superdrug

Brush Close-up

This used to be my gym bag mascara. Which means that I like it a lot because I used to go to the gym every morning pretty much. Now I've let that slide, but let's not talk about that, it has been left in the drawer for a while. So rediscovering it for this post was great.

I do like this mascara, although it's probably the least dramatic one I tested; if you just like a mascara to darken your lashes but don't necessarily want much length or volume added, this might be a good one for you.  It needs a couple of coats to get a good effect but it doesn't smudge, it has a nice brush and doesn't go all gammy and claggy!

M&S Autograph False Lash Effect Mascara (CV)
 £11.00 from Marks and Spencer's website or in stores

Brush Close-ups

The first thing I want to say about this is that the formula is quite nice and I did like the effect of it. BUT DAT BRUSH DOE!!! UGH, I am far FAR to clumsy for this brush. I have used this 2 or 3 times and without fail, every time, I poked myself in the eye with it. Ouchies.

Hopefully you can see from the pics above that the brush is like a regular fat mascara brush on 2 sides and pointy and plasticy on the other sides. It's supposed to help you be able to work through the clumps but as I said above, I'm too clumsy for it!

Also, I got a craptonne of it on my eyelid - not saying that this is totally the fault of the mascara because I do this pretty much every day anyway. But this is more than I usually manage to smear on myself.  On the plus side though, once it dried it flaked off super easily without wrecking my makeup.

Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara (V)
£11.99 from their website

Brush Close-up

Another surprise here - I don't mind this mascara!!  I have used their products before because I love the idea of supporting a fully cruelty free, vegan makeup company but have always been disappointed. The makeup was also mediocre and reminiscent of cheap nasty makeup that I wouldn't have touched.

But when I tried this mascara out I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting it to be one that just made your lashes black but didn't add anything to them. I was wrong... it's actually pretty good!

The formula is nice and 2 good coats gave a not especially dramatic but decent effect.

Makeup Revolution Amazing Volume (AV)
£2 from Revolution's Website or from selected Superdrug stores

Brush Close-up

I am a huge fan of Revolution products: they are affordable, there's a tonne of products available, they're pretty vegan friendly* and for the most part, they're awesome.

However, I don't like this mascara.  I picked the * one out of a few available and when I took it out the box I really didn't like the packaging but that's by the by.  I also noticed when I took the wand out that it appeared to be a formula that had fibres in, which I wasn't expecting.  As I'm a fan of the Barry M Lash Vegas Fibres, I was happy to see that.  When I applied it though, the fibres just kind of clung to the tips of my lashes, making some of the lashes look long and the rest normal length.

Also, 2 coats on my lashes and my left eye (always the troublesome bugger) was a clumpy spidery mess.  I worked it in and used the brush to separate the lashes as much as possible, I just wasn't a fan of the overall formula.  Add to that, the 2nd time I dipped the wand in, when I pulled it out the whole top came off (the bit that scrapes off the excess product!) I managed to screw it back in but gah! Gah!!

So no, this one is a thumbs down I'm afraid. (Can you see the fibres just kind of hanging off some of the lashes?) Although for £2 it's better than it probably should be!

*when it comes to vegan items, Revolution say they don't claim to be vegan, but anything non-vegan is obvious in the list, such as beeswax, lanolin or carmine.

ELF Defining Mascara (CV)
£3.95 from Eyeslipsface

Brush Close-up
I went into this with low expectations, I must admit. I used to have a really crap ELF mascara, in a white tube that was about as much use as a chocolate teapot.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this one.  I picked this out of the several that ELF do, because it was literally the only black mascara in stock, except the one with the teeny brush that's really meant for bottom lashes.

Anyway, I really like the brush and it goes on well. It really only needs one coat as well to get a pretty good effect. It's nice for bottom lashes too!

So here's where I'm on the fence: 2 coats and the lashes are a bit spidery. No biggie, just needs a comb through with a lash comb or stick to one coat.

But there's more.  The first day I wore it, I was on the train to work about an hour after I applied it and I did a big sneeze, which obviously made me squeeze my eyes shut and my lashes all sort of stuck together.  And even 8 hours later, there was still a bit of tackiness, so it's kind of a sticky formula. Again, annoying but not a deal breaker.

Removal is what really lets this mascara down though. It took a decent scrub to remove it and a couple of my eyelashes came away with it.

Conclusion: I don't hate it, I don't love it either!

Lilylolo Natural Mascara (V)
£10.99 from Lilylolo

Brush Close-up

The last one I tested was one that I was expecting to kind of suck, because whenever I've tried mascaras from 'natural' / mineral brands before, they have. But you know what, it's pretty great.  I love the brush, I think it's the perfect shape & size.  I was pleasantly surprised that their mascara was vegan, as not everything in their range is, although it is a very vegan friendly company.

The formula is very nice too. Smooth, super black and makes my lashes look nice.  Nothing particularly dramatic but for an every day mascara; I like this a lot.  Removed easily and still looked good at the end of the work day.  Only down side, is that by the end of the work day, there were a few crumbs of the mascara had dropped onto my face. Not a biggie though!

So there we are. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there really are some great vegan options nowadays when it comes to mascaras - it used to be near on impossible to find one without beeswax.  The above mascaras are mostly all good mascaras and a few are really great.  Most get a thumbs up, some I'm on the fence about.

My everyday choice would still be Barry M Lash Vegas because as well as being a fabulous mascara, it's super affordable and it's the one that is the easiest to get hold of, as both Superdrug & Boots sell Barry M, as do some larger supermarkets like Tesco.

My splurge fancy choice for proper dramatic lashes goes to Eyeko's skinny brush, which I love love love, despite it being a mutha beeyotch to remove! For a dramatic eye look when you don't want the hassle of applying falsies, this is the one!

So there you go.  Did I miss your favourite vegan mascara?  Tell me about it, I'd love to add to this post at some point, once my eyes have forgiven me! :o)

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

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