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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Beauty UK Lipsticks -Review&Swatches!


Hello girls! Today I'm going to show you three lipsticks that I've owned for quite a while now and they're from the English (and quite cheap let me tell you) brand named Beauty UK. Before I got my hands on those I had read many raving reviews about those and I was wondering whether those lipsticks were really that good or not.
Let's see...


So, I have the shades in the buff, plumalicious and snob. The first two have a creme finish and the third one is completely matte (and a dupe for MAC's Snob as well)


The packaging is simple yet attractive and sturdy and what I really like about those is that not only are they named, you can also see the color of each of them so you can place them in a lipstick case/box/whatever and instantly know which shade you're picking which I find great.




In terms of pigmentation they're absolutely gorgeous and very true to their color, what you see in the tube is what you really get with just one swipe.

Snob*


Snob, like I said before is a dupe for MAC's Snob, even the name is the same,lol! It's a light, cold pink with a hint of purple in it and it's totally matte but feels comfortable and doesn't dry the lips out much. If you want a cheap dupe of good quality go get it!

In the buff *


In the buff is a beautiful coral pink and it's creme finish. I haven't worn it much because I believe it's more appropriate for spring and summer, however I find it amazing. It feels soft and hydrating on the lips and has a decent longevity, especially when worn over a lip pencil.

Plumalicious*

Plumalicious is definitely my favourite out of the three! It's a gorgeous plum-burgundy-purple shade, ideal for autumn and winter and it's creme finish. It lasts really well(when combined with a lip pencil it looks great for more than 4 hours) and feels comfortable and not drying at all, just like in the buff does.

All of them have a slightly minty taste and smell, which I find amazing but I understand others may not like it, so beware!
Overall I find those lipsticks a great value for money and you can find them at beauty Uk's website for 3.49 pounds each. If you ask me they're definitely worth it and if you want to try quality lipsticks at a low price you should definitely give them a try!

Have you tried them or any other products from this brand? Let me know what you think, kisses!
xx

*pr samples

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MUA's merged trio (baked) eyeshadows in Eden & Legendary!





Hello lovelies! It's no secret how much I love MUA's eyeshadow palettes, from what I can recall I've shown you every single MUA palette I own except from the Pretty Pastels one (I'll make a blog post for it as well, it just didn't excite me as much as the others)
So, apart from the "regular" palettes I also own two small baked ones, in the shades "Eden" and "Legendary" and I thought it's high time I reviewed those as well!

So, let's see them one by one!

Merged trio eyeshadow in Legendary*


This eyeshadow trio contains a champagne, a golden and a brown shade, all shimmery of course.



The pigmentation's pretty good, although the lightest shade is not as pigmented as the other two and I prefer to use it under my eyebrow as a highlighter rathen than an all over the eyelid shade. All colors are very pretty and look great combined. They last really long applied over an eye primer and they apply and blend easily, they're quite soft as well (not as much as regular eyeshadows but all baked products are not as soft anyway) and luckily, don't crumble much.


Merged trio eyeshadow in Eden


The first palette was sent to me out of charge for review purposes, I liked it a lot so I thought I'd give the green one a chance as well and bought this beauty. I think its colors are absolutely amazing.



The color pigmentation in this palette is amazing, and better than Legendary's for sure, here all colors have the exact pigmentation. All 3 shades look ah-mazing combined together and I don't really think I have to say much, I find this palette absolutely gorgeous and a must buy if you love green eyeshadows.

Overall:

They have a nice and sturdy packaging (which is a complete copy-paste from Bourjouis's packagings but oh well) and it seems they're going to last a long time although I don't know the amount of the product as it's not written anywhere, but who cares, they only cost 3 pounds each. I really think the quality of those is really good and I really recommend them if you like baked products and shimmery eyeshadows in general, especially Eden is grrrrrreat. You can find those at MUA's site.

Have you tried them? Would you? Which are your favorite MUA products?
Kisses!
xxx


*pr sample

Friday, January 17, 2014

Straight lashes? Try Erre Due's volumizing waterproof mascara!


Erre Due Volumizing Waterproof mascara* 



Γεια σας κορίτσια! Σήμερα θα σας μιλήσω για ένα πολυαγαπημένο προϊόν που έχω στην κατοχή μου από το τέλος Ιουλίου και είναι μία αδιάβροχη μάσκαρα από την Erre Due η οποία απ'ότι κατάλαβα από πολλά blog posts και videos που διάβασα/παρακολούθησα ήταν ένα προϊόν που ή θα μισούσε ή θα λάτρευε κανείς, εγώ για καλή μου τύχη ανήκω στην δεύτερη κατηγορία!

Πολλές κοπέλες παραπονέθηκαν πως η μάσκαρα αυτή δεν στέγνωνε με τίποτα, ακόμα και ώρες (!) μετά ή ότι αργούσε υπερβολικά να στεγνώσει, εμένα πάλι μου στεγνώνει στο λεπτό και ποτέ δεν αντιμετώπισα πρόβλημα ούτε καν κατά τις πρώτες χρήσεις της, και γνωρίζω κοπέλες που επίσης δεν είχαν πρόβλημα γι'αυτό και πιστεύω πως ίσως κυκλοφόρησε κάποια ελαττωματική παρτίδα στο αρχικό της λανσάρισμα, δεν μπορώ να σκεφτώ κάποια άλλη εξήγηση, οπότε όσες δεν την δοκιμάσατε λόγω των αρνητικών κριτικών που έλαβε αυτή η μάσκαρα θα πρότεινα να της δώσετε μια ευκαιρία.

Ας τα πάρουμε από την αρχή. Έχω μακριές βλεφαρίδες,δεν μπορώ να πω το αντίθετο. Από καμπύλη όμως, το απόλυτο μηδέν. Τις γυρίζω με το ψαλιδάκι, εφαρμόζω την μάσκαρα, η καμπύλη καλά κρατεί για λίγο.. και όταν λέω λίγο, κανά μισάωρο το πολύ. Μετά τσουπ! Πέφτει σαν να μην υπήρξε ποτέ :p Έχω δοκιμάσει ελάχιστες mascaras που να μου κράτησαν αξιοπρεπώς την καμπύλη για ώρες και που να μην ήταν αδιάβροχες, και το τονίζω, ΚΑΜΙΑ δεν μου έδωσε την καμπύλη που μου δίνει η συγκεκριμένη μάσκαρα , αλλά το καλύτερο απ'όλα είναι πως όσο έντονη είναι η καμπύλη κατά την εφαρμογή , τόσο έντονη παραμένει ακόμα και πολλεεεεεές (πάνω από 12) ώρες μετά.

Είναι πολύ μαύρη, η σύνθεση της μου αρέσει πολύ, δεν είναι ούτε πολύ υγρή , ούτε στεγνή και όπως είπα πιο πάνω σε μένα έστω στεγνώνει πολύ γρήγορα. Έχει πολύ ωραίο πλαστικό βουρτσάκι που γραπώνει πολύ καλά τις βλεφαρίδες, με μία στρώση δίνει καλό διαχωρισμό, καμπύλη, μήκος και όγκο. Με μία δεύτερη στρώση εγώ προσωπικά πετυχαίνω το επιθυμητό αποτέλεσμα, πολύ καμπυλωτές, πολύ μακριές και πολύ πυκνές βλεφαρίδες που σχεδόν μοιάζουν ψεύτικες. Στην 2η στρώση χάνεται λιγάκι ο διαχωρισμός αλλά σε καμία περίπτωση δεν τις κολλάει μεταξύ τους και δεν δημιουργεί τα λεγόμενα "spider legs". Από διάρκεια και αντοχή είναι απλά σούπερ, δεν μουντζουρώνει και δεν φεύγει με τίποτα, ακόμα και να κλάψεις ή να ρίξεις νερό στο πρόσωπο σου.

Αυτό βέβαια όπως είναι λογικό σημαίνει πως σαν αδιάβροχη μάσκαρα που είναι δεν αφαιρείται με ένα απλό ντεμακιγιάζ, απαιτεί κάποιο διφασικό αν και εγώ προτιμάω να την αφαιρώ με αμυγδαλέλαιο ή έλαιο καρύδας που την αφαιρεί πιο γρήγορα και φυσικά. Αν πρέπει να βρω ένα μειονέκτημα θα πω το γεγονός ότι είναι αδιάβροχη και δεν θεωρώ πολύ καλή ιδέα να χρησιμοποιούμε καθημερινά αδιάβροχη μάσκαρα, απ'την άλλη όμως μία κοπέλα που δεν έχει καθόλου καμπύλη όπως εγώ δύσκολα θα πετύχει το επιθυμητό αποτέλεσμα αλλιώς. Παλιότερα την χρησιμοποιούσα σε συγκεκριμένες περιπτώσεις μόνο, εδώ και 2-3 μήνες όμως την χρησιμοποιώ κάθε μέρα σχεδόν και δεν έχω παρατηρήσει απώλειες στις βλεφαρίδες μου οπότε αν και αδιάβροχη για την ώρα έστω δεν νιώθω να τις καταπονεί περισσότερο από μία απλή μάσκαρα.

Περιέχει 10 ml προϊόντος και στοιχίζει γύρω στα 11 ευρώ. Αν με ρωτήσετε αν θα την αγοράσω μόλις τελειώσει θα σας πω ναι με το χέρι στην καρδιά, βάζει κάτω πολύ ακριβότερες mascaras που έχω στην κατοχή μου και μου δίνει όλα όσα θέλω μία mascara, οπότε για μένα είναι ένα φανταστικό προϊόν σε πολύ καλή τιμή.

Όσον αφορά τα αποτελέσματα, ήρθε η ώρα να δείτε και να κρίνετε μόνες σας, σε όλες τις φωτογραφίες έχω γυρίσει τις βλεφαρίδες μου με ψαλιδάκι και φοράω 2 στρώσεις.





Πως σας φαίνεται? Την έχετε δοκιμάσει? Θα την δοκιμάζατε? Τέλος, είστε υπέρ ή κατά των αδιάβροχων mascaras?
Φιλιά πολλά!
xx

*pr sample

Saturday, January 4, 2014

My 3 favourite highlighters! [MUA,Catrice,The Balm]





Hello lovelies! I know it's been a while since my last post and I haven't even wished you a happy new year! I'm terribly sorry but I've been REALLY busy with my job, I really cannot remember the last time I slept properly and for more than 5 hours. I hope this will change because I really need to rest and I have time for absolutely nothing, I was working even on new year's eve :(

Anyway, enough with my drama, let's move to this post's subject (this is my 100th post by the way, woo hoo!) which is as you can see, highlighters and most specifically my 3 favorite ones. I don't own too many, but those 3 are the ones I've been using the most , that I really like and recommend.

MUA's Undress your skin
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Catrice's Prime and Fine
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The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer

Pigmentantion:

The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer and MUA's Undress your skin have an insane pigmentation, Catrice's prime and fine is poorly pigmented but you'll see below the reasons it's in this post.

I almost like The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer as much as  I like MUA's Undress your skin highlighter, maybe if I had to pick only one I'd go with Mary-Lou Manizer, although I think they're not really comparable as the colors differ way too much.

Wearability:

Catrice's prime and fine,  hardly shows up on your skin unless you build up the intensity but if there's one reason I like it so much it's the fact that it's so subtle and looks so natural you can wear it at work even if it's 07.00 am in the morning and you won't look like a disco ball, most people won't even notice you're wearing a highlighter but it will give you a really fresh look with no effort at all.
Mary-Lou Manizer and Undress your skin are totally wearable too no matter what time it is but just because they're so pigmented you'll have to be really careful not to overdo it and blend very, very well which is slightly more time-consuming than just wearing a highlighter which is not that pigmented. (Mary-Lou by the way looks way more natural for daytime looks than Undress your skin, but they're both pretty no matter what)




From left to right : MUA's Undress your skin, Catrice's Prime and Fine, The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer)


Texture & Color:

All 3 of them are very soft to touch (first goes Mary-Lou Manizer, then Prime and fine and then Undress your skin I think, but the Catrice one is slightly powdery (when I say slightly, I mean realllllllllllly slightly).

  • Mary-Lou Manizer has a golden sheen to it ,
  •  Prime and fine is a pinky gold shade and 
  • Undress your skin is a silvery pink shade(it doesn't look that natural let me say, especially if you overdo it, but it's such a unique shade and looks gorgeous especially for night make up).
 I love to use Mary-Lou and Undress your skin as an eyeshadow or under the brow as well, Prime and fine is not pigmented enough for this job.




Packaging & Price:

  • As far as packaging goes, of course Mary-Lou Manizer has the prettiest packaging a highlighter could have, it's really sturdy and contains a mirror as well. It holds 8.5 g of product and costs around 20 euros being the priciest of all.
  • Then, Prime and fine has a simple, yet elegant and sturdy packaging, very safe to carry in your bag and it holds 11 g of product. It does not contain a mirror. It costs 5,50 euros if I'm not mistaken.
  • Finally, Undress your skin has the worst packaging, it's not bad looking, it may be plastic but it looks fine, the problem is I don't find it sturdy at all, the lid has broken (not that I really mind, its price is ridiculous and the product itself amazing) and it doesn't contain a mirror. It holds 7.5 g of product and costs 3 pounds.

Which one should you get?

Overall, as I already said I really like all three of them, each one of them for a different reason.
For instance...

  • I only wear the Catrice one at work, I'd never go out at night wearing it because it would not be visible at all, and if you're not pale as me then I don't recommend it. If you have a fair/light skin and are looking for the most natural and subtle cheap but of good quality highlighter out there I'd say go fot it;
  • Undress your skin is probably my favourite for nights out and when I'm using cool toned colors on my face,but not that much for day time. Anyway, I love it and recommend it, and there's no excuse why not buy it, it's ridiculously cheap :P
  • Mary-Lou probably gets the most use out of the three because it looks nice with pretty much all colors and is appropriate for day time but can look super impressing when built up a bit for nights out as well. It may be a bit pricey, but trust me, it's worth it and all the rumours about it are true.
That being said it depends on what you're looking for, your skin color and the money you're willing to pay, all of them are amazing products in my humble opinion and all of them have a huge amount of product to last for years.

Have you tried any of them? Would you? Let me know in the comments below,
kisses!
xx