Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 Lip Products I Regret Buying

It's common for us bloggers to rave about products, so I'm going the other way by talking about a few items I regret wasting my money on. This was meant to be a general products I regret buying post but when it came to making my choices, it turned out I had a lot of lip products. So I thought I'd do a lip edition for now, an eye edition later and possibly a skincare edition later.

Kate Moss Lipstick in 04 - I included this lipstick in my fall favorite lipsticks post because I loved the color and it was my first purple lipstick. However I just can't go beyond the nasty scent it has each time I apply it. I'm unsure if it's just a matter of preference but the smell is unpleasant.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams in Birthday Suit and Petal - I'm surprised to say that out of all 3 shades I picked up, it was the two subtle/normal lip colors that I get the least use out of. I find I just end up reaching for lipstick dupes of these shades instead of bothering with these two.

Maybelline Baby Lips - These were so hyped when they came out in the UK and now? Nobody cares apparently. I find that these dry my lips out more than moisturise them.

Lime Crime Babette & Great Pink Planet - Babette was an impulse buy as it was new at the time and it didn't look like the promo pictures either. I find the two look off with my skin tone but I can imagine them suiting others quite well.

Kat Von D lipstick in Celebutard - I purchased this off of ebay so it wasn't too expensive. I find that it's a little too nude and sheer for my liking, making it look rather meh on me.

Which lip products have you bought only to regret later?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Geek Chic Cosmetics Win or Die Collection

Another week, another Game of Thrones related post! This week I'm sharing swatches of Geek Chic Cosmetic's Win or Die collection. I've started picking up the 3rd book since the airing of episode 1 of season 4 and have managed to almost catch up to the TV show already! I'm currently obsessed but I'm trying to avoid passing the book to keep the surprise element.

Across the Narrow Sea, The Spider, The Imp, Born In Fire

Across the Narrow Sea is a turquoise with a seafoam highlight and aqua sparkles. 

The Spider is a matte pink lavender and is inspired by the Master of Whisperers himself Varys.

The Imp is a glittery golden containing ruby sparkles that fall off easily, inspired by Tyrion.

Born In Fire is a smokey violet inspired by Daenaerys Targaryen, my favorite out of the lot. 

The entire collection actually contains 8 shades including an Arya inspired one and a Nights Watch inspired one. I only went for these four though cause they were the ones that just appealed to me the most. I can definitely see myself repurchasing Born In Fire in the full sized packaging. It makes for a perfect smokey eye shade and a great all over the lid shade too. 

A single shadow sells for $5.99 or you can try out their samples if you're unsure for $1.25 each.

If you'd like to see more Geek Chic Cosmetics, check out my The Walking Dead swatch post.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lush Ocean Salt Scrub*

I've not used many Lush items outside of their fresh face masks and emotional brilliant range but during last months blogger meet, I was lucky enough to be given a few Lush items. One of these items was today's Ocean Salt face and body scrub, one of Lush's many cleansers.

Let me start off by saying I love the feel of this scrub and feel fresh the moment it touches my skin. I definitely get flash backs of swimming in the sea each time I use this, I even get the salty after taste on my tongue whenever I scrub my face. The texture on this scrub is unlike any other I've tried before, it's definitely a light soft mousse with little lumps.

This is one of Lush's top selling cleansers and it works for a lot of people. However, I find most skin products that aren't face masks or foam cleansers tend to break me out and much to my disdain, this was no different. That said, my breakouts from this cleanser was mild and only on my face, so thankfully, I could still enjoy it as a body scrub. Despite how lumpy it looks in the pot, it's a rather mild scrub and isn't harsh at all on the skin.

The ingredients include coarse and fine sea salt for exfoliation, fresh avocado butter and coconut fat for hydration and fresh lime extracted in vodka for dealing with blocked pores, blemishes and blackheads. Extra ingredients also include fresh grapefruit infusion, lime oil, seaweed absolute and violent leaf absolute.

Overall, I don't think I'll be repurchasing this specific cleanser myself but I would consider trying their alcohol-free version of this. Unfortunately, it seems as if it's only available in the US. Boo.

You can purchase a 125 g pot for £7.25 or a 250g pot for £13.25 from Lush.
*Cleanser was from a goodie bag at an event. No other compensation was made

Reminder: As this is a skin product please be aware what doesn't work for me may work for you and on the other hand you could potentially suffer from more severe breakouts than myself.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette Look Tutorial

Despite the electric palette being a rainbow palette, I was quite curious about their silver shade, revolt, as it was the obvious odd one out. I figured Urban (purple) was probably the best shade in the palette to match it with making it a color combination that screams Urban Decay. I'm not a professional and I don't think much of my own makeup skills but I thought I'd share how I achieved this look with a step by step pictutorial. 

1. Prime!
2. Apply Jilted (fuchsia) with a blending brush on the crease
3. Go over it with Urban (bright purple)
4. Use a silver liner (Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Cuff) as a base for the lid
5. Apply Revolt (silver) all over the lid
6. Apply Revolt (silver) on the inner eye corner
7. Apply Urban on your lower lash line
8. Line those eyes and add some mascara or false lashes if you like

Of course you don't have to have the electric palette to get this look, just use similar shades!

Products Used
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Illamasqua Skin Base Life Medium 2
Urban Decay Electric Palette shadows Jilted, Urban & Revolt
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Cuff & Perversion
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Precision Pen
Benefit Bad Girl Mascara
Illamasqua Hydra Veil
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation 233
Benefit Hello Flawless
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Laid
Too Faces Lip Primer
Kat Von D Lipstick in Lovecraft
Smooch Cosmetics Lipstick in Naughty

Catch my first impressions post on the electric palette here.

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