Saturday, 13 January 2018

Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick

For Christmas my sister very very kindly (in fact too kindly) got me a Lime Crime Matte Velvetine lipstick. I've been desperate to try this brand for ages, with one of it's selling points to me being that it is vegan and cruelty free. This particular lipstick retails for $20 (£14.77).







The shade my sister picked up for me is Pumpkin, the perfect brick red with orange undertones. I've never worn a lipstick of this colour before, and I can't even lie it definitely is my shade! You legit just need one layer of this lipstick for an opaque colour pay off. 

Next I want to talk about the packaging and how cute it is. The box it comes in is a metallic red with rose details on it. These roses are then repeated on the actual screw off lid of the lipstick. And the frosted glass packaging is like no other one in my collection, really making it stand out. In fact, everything about this product just screams "luxury".

Taste and smell are something to consider when trying a lipstick and I must say this one does not disappoint. As soon as you apply it to your lips, you taste vanilla which to most people is definitely a pleasant taste. 

The lasting power of this lipstick is as good as you'd expect for the price. You barely need to top it up throughout the day and it is meal-proof. And out of all the matte lipsticks I've ever tried this definitely has the best result. The matte result is actually sooooo unreal, it literally looks photoshopped the finish is so good. The only thing I will say is that it is drying on the lips, as most matte lipsticks are.

Overall I would rate this lipstick a 9/10 and I'm already looking for more shades to add to my collection. Have you ever tried a Lime Crime product? If so let me know which one,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 16 December 2017

My Thoughts On Beauty & Lifestyle Advent Calendar's

In today's post I thought I'd talk about something a little different as I wanted to share my honest opinions on beauty and lifestyle calender's. This is something I had planned to write around for weeks, even before a scandal I'm sure you've heard about. Therefore I'm in no way throwing shade at a particular product, I just had a few things on my mind about the topic that I wanted to get off my chest. 


First of all I don't understand the price of them. I mean I get you're receiving your money's worth for the amount you get (or at least you're supposed to). But in comparison to a cheeky chocolate calendar, which only cost a couple of quid, you do have to admit they're on the pricey side of the spectrum, some being priced at £30+!

Now I understand you get to try a few new things and products in sample sizes, which is a fun idea since you get to try a bit of everything. However, I'd rather use the money I'd spend on an advent calendar where I might not like or use everything, on an additional present that I know I or the person I'm buying for would definitely receive. For me I can't justify spending that amount of money on sample sizes that I might not even like in the first place.

And lastly, I find that people are getting too wrapped up in the gifts (pun not intended) they'll receive everyday leading up to Christmas, and the excitement of Christmas day is just getting lost. Like I feel like it's become all about how many presents people can get before Christmas, as well on Christmas day and it just feels less special to me.

I'm not saying there's no way I'd ever not buy a beauty of lifestyle calendar, I just haven't found one yet where I can really justify spending the money on it. And I have nothing against people buying them, I know some people that genuinely enjoy every single item they get in theirs. I'm just saying some products really seem overpriced for what they are and I just don't like seeing people be ripped off when money can be spent much better, especially at this time of the year.

What are your thoughts on advent calendars, and do you actually recommend any that are worth the money? Let me know in the comments and I hope you all have a wonderful Winter time :)

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

My Go To Winter Face

Hi there,

If you didn't already know then Winter is my favourite time of the year. And makeup is one of my favourite hobbies. So Winter + Makeup = something I like an awful lot.

So here is a summary of my all time favourite products to use during the most wonderful time of the year. I've linked the websites to all of them where you can have a little browse for yourself if you like: 


 

Thank you very much for watching. What is your go to "Winter face"? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

When you say "highlighter" the Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm is often the first one that jumps to mind to many people, since it's such a hyped product. This retails for £19.99 at Superdrug, so as far as drugstore products go it's definitely on the high end side. But is it worth the price?





The first thing I want to talk about this product is the packaging. How adorable is it? The Balm's packaging always has some sort of "vintage" vibe to it, with each product coming with it's own little character on it. This highlighter has a sticker of a woman who presumably is Mary Lou herself, on the lid, making it stand out from other products in the drugstore.

And the packaging itself is of great quality. Since I suffer with an extreme case of butter fingers, I have dropped this highlighter one too many times. And do you know what happens? Nothing! Not to jinx it, but it seems to be pretty shatter resistant. And my favourite part of the packaging is that there is a high quality compact mirror on the inside of the lid, making it perfect for travel. 

As far as pigmentation goes, this product gives you a more natural look. The colour of the powder is a beigey-nude with gold undertones, and of course glitter. If you're looking for a blinding, in your face highlighter, this isn't the one for you. But if you're looking for an everyday glow I couldn't recommend a better highlighter. I find myself always grabbing for this one when I'm heading to class and want a subtle healthy glow. 

And for the price you pay for this product, you'd expect it to last all day long. And let me tell you, The Balm ensures that is the case with this highlighter. If you want a healthy all day glow, add this to your collection. And since it is pigmented, you really don't need a lot of product meaning it lasts ages in the actual pan. 

Overall, I would rate this a 10/10. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea since it doesn't blind you at first glance, yet I feel it is an essential for every day makeup. I can see myself repurchasing this product till the end, so I definitely recommend it to a friend. Have you ever tried this product? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Makeup Revolution Brow Revolution

Whenever I see a new type of eyebrow product, I must try it straight away. That's why when I saw the Makeup Revolution Brow Revolution kit, I immediately needed to give it a go. I picked this bad boy up from Superdrug for £6






Brow Revolution in "Medium Brown"

This kit is available in 5 shades, blonde, soft brown, auburn, medium brown and dark brunette. Inside the kit you get a brow gel and a brow spoolie brush. Personally I would have preferred a brow brush included in this kit, because I find the spoolie almost smudges out the product. 

Application of this brow product is seriously easy. The lid of the gel has a little brush applicator. I paint through my brows lightly, dispersing product into them. Then I paint in the shape of the eyebrow using an angled eyebrow brush. Although once dried this product doesn't smudge or run (and is waterproof) there is still enough time to paint the gel into the shape you desire. It is also a buildable product, allowing you to lightly paint the inner corners of the eyebrows, and darken the outside.

The shade medium brown is the perfect match to my natural brows. And it really does last all day long. Honestly, unless you purposely remove it at the end of the day, this brow gel will not fade at all.

Lately this really has been my go to eyebrow product just because it is so easy to use. I would give this kit a 9/10 and will definitely be repurchasing it. Have you ever tried this product before? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D is a makeup brand which is truly renowned for its all day lasting power. I was after an everyday lipstick that would last for ages without me needing to top it up. That's why I was intrigued to try the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick for £17. Since I was after a natural colour, I picked up the shade "Ludwig".





Cringe selfie but this is the shade when it's on!

The first thing I have to say about this lipstick is that it applies really well. You only need one layer for the colour to be bold, and you can honestly apply it in one stroke. I also find the applicator the perfect size to be able apply enough at once, yet still be precise to your lip shape.

Lipstick taste is something that is always vital for me. If something tastes off, I never want it anywhere near my lips. Luckily, this one doesn't have a weird taste at all, in fact it doesn't really taste of anything!

And now for the colour. Ludwig is for me is the PERFECT nude shade. It's just the right mixture between beige, brown and a hint of pink. It's honestly the ideal "your lips but better" shade. For ages, my favourite lipstick was Velvet Teddy by Mac, and this is the cruelty free alternative to that shade.

And last but not least I have to talk about the lasting power. Yes, you guessed it, this Kat Von D product does not budge. Like at all! It survives, eating, drinking, talking... it just survives the lot ok?! The only thing I will say is that this lipstick isn't really buildable, and it can be quite drying after a while. 

Overall, I'm so glad I tried this lipstick and I will definitely be picking up more. I would rate this lipstick a 8.5/10. Have you ever tried any of these lipsticks before? If so what shades would you recommend?

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi pixi pixi... oh how you have stolen my heart. Recently I did a little Pixi haul and I'm obsessed with trying new things from this brand. So #sorrynotsorry but I'm reviewing yet another product from this heavenly brand. 




This week I've decided to share my thoughts the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. This beauty retails for £16, so as far as fixing sprays go, it's definitely on the more pricey side. But is it worth it?

This particular mist is infused with rose water and green tea in order to "protect and balance skin for a fresh face". I can tell you first hand, this product is definitely a refreshing touch to your face. Especially if you're like me and are always tired in the morning when applying your makeup and need a little waking up. 

The instructions of this product are to apply after your makeup to set it. And it also advises to hold 15cm away from your face before spraying. I would definitely recommend this tip too, along with the fact that A LITTLE GOES A VERY LONG WAY with this spray. I remember the first time I used this product it was actually a #fail on my behalf. I assumed I'd need a lot of the product in order to properly set my makeup. I well and truly soaked my face, which meant my makeup ran all down my face... and then set. But ever since spraying only a little bit on my face, I never had that trouble again and the mist has been rather successful. 

But from that experience I can tell you that once this is sprayed on your face, your makeup does not budge. From what I can see, it mattifies your face, taking away shine and stickiness that your foundation might leave you. But the amazing thing is that it doesn't leave your face feeling dry at all, in fact it's rather hydrating. And I can't even tell you how good this product smells!

As far as results go, this definitely keeps your makeup on for a fair while. Since this is the first makeup fixing spray I've ever tried, I personally have nothing else to compare it to. But I've read reviews saying that people have tried other brands that are cheaper, but have given longer lasting results. 

But for me, the "WOW" factor is really all about the finish it gives your makeup. I honestly can't complete my makeup look without this now, because it just feels wrong not to. It well and truly sets your face, and the best part is, you only need a little bit to finish the look.

Overall I am very happy with this product. I think I may still try other fixing sprays, just to see how they compare. But I have already repurchased it, so you know I think it's worth the money. I would rate this product a 8/10, and have already been recommending it to people. Have you ever tried this product? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx