Tuesday, 12 May 2015

GOSH Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners

I have a new BFF! The Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners from GOSH and they are awesome!  

Ever since I stopped buying Bourjois, I've been looking for a liquid liner to replace the one I used to love. I've tried a few different ones but so far this is my favourite.

I'm picky. It has to be a nice thin consistency, smooth, a brush I can work with and it has to stay on all day.  This ticks all the boxes for me and it comes in 9 shades, 8 of which are vegan (shade 007 Lavender is the non-vegan one!).

So here's a terrible photo of the packaging

Swatches of the 3 shades I have:
Top - Bottom: Black, Bronze, Royal Blue

Here is the applicator
It's nice and fine so you can draw a thin line with it easily. It's more like a pen type nib than a brush, which I don't normally like, but this one's really flexible and easy to use.

Here's Royal Blue on my eyeball.  I think it's more of a bright cornflower colour than royal blue but either way, it's lovely.

I would definitely recommend picking up one (or more of these). They retail for £5.99 (although Superdrug online has them for £3.99 right now) and you can get them from Superdrug.

There's a list of vegan GOSH items HERE.

Have a great week all.

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

Monday, 4 May 2015

A Post about LUSH!

Hello everyone, how was everyone's bank holiday weekend?  Good? Excellent.

I decided to talk today about a couple of things I've tried lately from Lush. Who doesn't love Lush? They're awesome, they're super vegan friendly, their vegan products are clearly labelled and they're not just cruelty free; they're actively fighting against animal testing.

Well the other week I started a new job and on my first day, my boyfriend came home with a bag of Lush treats for me (yeah, he's the bestest!).  He got me 3 bath bombs and a None of Your Beeswax lip balm.  I didn't picture that here but I like it well enough.  It's a bit grainy, like it was last time I bought it, but a look at the ingredients list tells me that the culprit is likely the shea butter.  Despite the graininess, it does still melt onto your lips nicely and does what it says on the tin; it's never gonna be my favourite though.

Onto the bath bombs, because these I LOVE. I usually buy bubble bars; I like the bubbles and I like that you can break them up and use them in 2 or 3 baths, depending on the size.  So it was a nice change to try these.

The first one he got me was the fluffy egg bath bomb. I didn't take a pic of it and the UK site no longer has it but you can see a pic of it HERE.  Basically this had so much pink colourant in it that it dyed my bathtub (and my fingers) pink! EEK.  It came off but I was panicking for a wee minute there.  It smelt really really good too.

Then was the Dragon's Egg, which is a citrusy scented bomb that starts off white but changes to yellow in the middle. It's very very cool watching it change.


The downside is that when it's done it kinda looks like you're sitting in a bath tub full of pee! Albeit, glittery, sweet-smelling pee (like I imagine a unicorn would produce!), but.... yeah, pee!

He also got me the Big Blue, which I haven't tried yet but apparently it has seaweed in the middle, so I'm looking forward to that one. It smells really good.

 Something else I bought recently (at VegFest actually) was the Sweetie Pie shower jelly.  This stuff smells REALLY good but erm, it's weird.

It kinda has the texture of that green goo you used to get in a pot that made fart noises and slid down the wall when you chucked it! (Anyone else remember that?)

It's also kinda hard to use.  I struggled to get much lather with it.  So it smells nice, fun gimmick but not something I'd repurchase.

While I'm talking about Lush I thought I'd mentions some of their other products, that are staples in my beauty stash.

Godmother Soap
This smells like Snow Fairy (I'll get to that in a minute) but you can get it all year round - win!  I mainly use this to wash my beauty blender and for deep cleaning some of my more dense makeup brushes (like foundation brushes).

Vanillary Solid Perfume
I don't know if they still make it, but Lush used to sell a solid handcream that smelt gorgeous from afar but had this weird nasty herbal smell up close. Smelt a bit like wee! Blarr.  But this has the lovely vanillary (dur) smell of that handcream without the nasty herbal wee smell.  YAY.  Also, this lasts all day!

it's even got real vanilla seeds it... so cool!

Silky Underwear Dusting Powder
I think I've mentioned this before but I love this powder, it smells gorgeous and it's talc free. I use it as I would talc.

T for Toes
This stuff is magical. It really really does work. Sprinkle in your shoes and it stops sweaty smelly shoes later that day!!

Snow Fairy
This bottle's old, I stockpiled it a couple of years ago and technically I should've used it by now! But yeah, I used to buy 3 big bottles every year when it was released and make it last as long as possible, as you can only buy it between October and December. Then I discovered Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush shower gel and this kind of got put in a cupboard and forgotten about. Til a few weeks ago when I discovered it (my S&G one ran out). Oh man I love it, it smells AMAZING! I have probably enough as well to last me til they re-release it again. YAY.

I wanted to also mention the latest Charity Pot body lotion/cream, but I couldn't find it to take a pic.  I liked the old version but picked up one of the £1 samples when they changed the recipe/scent. I really loved it so I asked for one for Christmas; they do two sizes as well which is great because last time I got the larger jar and it went off before I could finish it. It smells like Turkish Delight and I love it.


Lastly ... does anyone else find they end up with something like this: a bag of half used bath bombs / soaps / bubble bars? heheh

What's your favourite Lush product? I need ideas of what to try next! ;o)

Love & Stuff
Sal xXx

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

Unleash
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.

Firestorm
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.

Forgiven
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!

Tremor
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. 


Shockwave
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.

Packaging

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.

L-R

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