Sunday, 25 March 2018

BENEFIT BAD GIRL BANG MASCARA

IS IT WORTH THE HYPE AND PRICE?

Mascara is one of those products that I am always trying to find the perfect one! And I don't think there is such a thing as a perfect mascara. I recently reviewed the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara and even though I loved it, I did find that it didn't give me as much volume as I was hoping for - it is definitely more of a lengthening mascara. So, when I saw in February that Benefit were releasing a brand new mascara called Bad Girl Bang that offered volume and longevity, I knew that I wanted to try it out. I have been a massive fan of Benefit mascaras in the past; I remember They're Real was one of my first high-end mascara that I tried out and now Roller Lash is one of my favourites as well. However, I don't find that either of these mascaras give me that much volume so was hoping that this new mascara would offer me that added volume that I desire for my lashes. 

I love mascara and I never feel like my makeup is complete until I have added a layer of mascara or false lashes! It just gives me that added confidence and I always feel like it makes me look more awake - there are times I have done my eye makeup and absolutely hated it and then loved it once I have applied some mascara. For me, a mascara is a mascara and I feel like it is pretty hard to get a mascara wrong - although there have been some that I have just not liked because of the formula or the wand. But generally, most mascaras are pretty good whether they are from a high-end brand or a drugstore. 

I heard a lot of buzz about this mascara when it was first released and saw so many people posting photos of the mascara but I haven't seen or read many reviews of this product. Although I have seen some people talk about it in some first impressions videos but they did not really mention much about it. This mascara claims to do a lot - not only does it say that it will give more volume, but it lengthens, is lightweight and stays on for 36 hours. That is a lot for one mascara to claim to do and I do have some thoughts about these claims. As I have said previously, I have long and full lashes anyway, so I find that most mascaras will make my lashes look great - therefore that is something to consider but I will say if I saw an improvement in the length and volume of my lashes even if it is only a slight difference.

The Benefit Bad Girl Bang Mascara is available from BenefitDebenhams and Sephora for £21.50.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SOFT GLAM PALETTE

IS IT A HIT OR A MISS?

Anastasia Beverly Hills is probably one of my favourite makeup brands of all time - there are not many products that I purchase from them that I do not like. Anastasia really knows how to make beautiful eyeshadows and I have recently been trying some of their single eyeshadows, but for me there is nothing better than her eyeshadow palettes - even if there have been a few hits and misses in the collection! Modern Renaissance is a palette that I have been loving for the last year and a half and is probably one of the best eyeshadow palettes I have ever tried. Then we had Subculture which was a bit of a miss for most people - I didn't mind the palette but it is quite difficult to blend the shadows and it is not a palette that I reach for that often. Next came Prism, which I never bought because the shades did not draw me in and I didn't need to add another palette to my collection at the time. However, meet the newest palette to the family and that is Soft Glam!

After Subculture I wasn't sure if I was going to buy another palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills as I was worried that the formula would be the same and as much as I did like the finished result that I got with the Subculture palette, it really isn't for someone who does their makeup quick or is new to makeup. I don't want to spend an hour trying to blend out my eyeshadow. However, I first saw photos of this palette on Instagram that had been leaked back in January and I knew this was a palette that I needed in my collection. Not only did this palette look like something that I would use on a daily basis but I had heard that Anastasia Beverly Hills had reverted back to their original formula. I took a screenshot of the photo and set a reminder of when this palette was being released (that is how much I wanted to get my hands on it)! And you know me, I usually wait a couple of months to buy a palette from ABH but this time I got it pretty quickly after the launch date!

This is a stunning palette full of warm-toned natural shades that can be worn during the day and then transformed into an evening look pretty easily. I have not read many reviews of this palette or watched many tutorials including it as I didn't want to have my opinion to be influenced by anyone else. I have been using this palette for the last few days and have created some looks with this palette and I am excited to review this palette and tell you whether this is as good as Modern Renaissance or whether it is a miss like Subculture.

The Soft Glam palette retails for the same price as the other eyeshadow palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills. You can get your hands on this palette for £43 or $42 from Anastasia Beverly HillsBeautyBayCult Beauty and Sephora.

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Friday, 2 March 2018

THREE HOURGLASS PRODUCTS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

THREE HOURGLASS PRODUCTS THAT ARE WORTH BUYING

When I was first starting out with my blog and watching the likes of Fleur De Force and Tanya Burr, I would always watch their YouTube Sephora hauls and makeup tutorials and see them using these beautiful products from brands like Hourglass. Seeing as though I was a 19 year-old University student, there was no chance that I would be able to afford any products from such a high-end brand (I remember it took me two months just to get enough money to buy an Urban Decay palette). So, a £30 blusher was pretty much out of the question! After saving up my Birthday money and setting aside a small portion of my student money each month, I was finally able to purchase the Ambient Lighting Edit palette (which I am still obsessed with to this day). Now as I have gotten older I have been able to buy a few more pieces from Hourglass!

Hourglass is a brand that is ridiculously expensive and yes the packaging is stunning - plus it looks amazing on any dressing table - but I was never convinced that it was truly worth the huge price tag. I will admit I have not purchased loads of products from this brand because it is expensive and there are other products, from other brands, that I am desperate to try out for myself and review on this blog. However, I do have a few products and some I purchased myself and others were Christmas gifts from family and friends, but I have managed to pick a few of my must-have items that I absolutely love to use all the time.

Choosing three products was not very difficult as I probably only have six Hourglass products in my collection (it would have been a lot harder to choose just three if it was Anastasia Beverly Hills or Urban Decay). But, I have picked three products that I truly believe are worth the price tag and they are products that I truly love and some I have even repurchased. Like with any brand I have tried some products that just did not work for me but I feel like these three products will work no matter what skin type you fall under - whether you are oily, dry, normal or combination.

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