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9.24.2012

Maybelline Lip Smooth Colorbloom lipbalms - A Beautiful Magic Trick?

As far as gimmicky products go, I'm a complete sucker. Lipbalms that promises to change and adapt its color to suit my skintone once it comes into contact with my lips? Gime me some of that, please thanks ;)

The concept behind these lipbalms is nothing new nor is it unique. Other brands came out with their own versions, way before Maybelline. I can't think of 1 brand right off the top of my head but nevertheless it's still impressive. Maybelline's offerings are my current obsessions so to speak ;). The idea is that once the white balm touches my lips, it would create a sheer pink/peach colour but it's not just any colour- but my very own shade. One that suits my skintone and thus I can honestly say that it is made to measure. It reacts with the chemicals found on your lips, therefore the transformation of the shade will vary from 1 girl to another.

Packaging wise, these get a massive thumbs up from me.I don't tend to comment on a product's packaging as I genuinely believe it is what's inside that counts but I can't help but rave about the packaging of these lipbalms a tiny bit as I love it so much. Not only are they small (handy for touch ups/tossing it inside my make-up bag) adorable and colourful to look at but it's so practical and hygienic. Unlike other balms which mostly come in a very unhygienic tins/pots, you know the ones were you need to dip your finger in and out (all those germs being transmitted. eeughh!) these come in a nice handy little tube were all you have to do is twist it, to get the lipbalm out. So much better right?

Out of the 2, Pink Blossom is noticeably more pigmented. From the very first moment it graces my lips, it transforms to a stunning subtle bright fuchsia pink. It applies quite sheer at first but it is buildable. I also find that as time progresses the colour deepens  a little bit more, leaving a beautiful wash of sheer pink on my lips. - TO DIE FOR. I always find myself staring at my lips infront of mirrors when I have it on. Peach Blossom on the other hand is definitely a lot less pigmented. It offers a certain amount of colour but not a whole lot. On my lips it turns to a muted beautiful soft peach. Think my lips but with added shine. They both leave my lips looking glossy with just the right amount of shine, nicely plump and healthy looking.


Pink Blossom

Peach Blossom

Now for the most important factor of all- its moisturising property. Afterall I'm talking about lipbalms. With ingredients like Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil these sound promising. While on the lips they feel really moisturising and hydrating. They feel comfortable on the lips. I consider these lipbalms as the novelty kind more than anything else because while they moisturise my lips it won't ever reach the extent when it will remedy dry chapped lips. As the lipbalm wears off, I no longer find them hydrating. If like me you have normal lips with the occassional small dry patches- then these will make a great lipbalm for you but if you have severe dry uncomfortable chapped/cracked lips, look for a more nourishing lipbalm. Having said all of that my lips do feel softer and smoother than what I'm normally used to when I reach for these babies. :)

Another factor but not so important that won me over? The scent. These lipbalms have a lovely fruity berry scent courtesy of the listed ingredient- Blueberry Fruit Extract. It smells so delicious but unfortunately it doesn't linger on for too long. About 10 mins or so.

Unfortunately these are not easily available in Ireland and the Uk. As far as I know Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom  Lipbalms are only sold in Asian countries. And for the life of me I have no idea why. These are great and I have a feeling that if ever they released it over here it'll be a major hit along the same lines of Revlon Lip Butters. Maybelline are you reading this? Get a move on and bring the butts of these lipbalms over here in Ireland quick smart.. These were under 2 euro each. Cheap and cheerful :) But if ever you get a chance to try them out make sure you do. I'm gutted I only purchased 1 of each when I was in the Philippines. Based on my daily usage of these it won't be long before I reach the end of 'em. Men that's always the case with beloved beauty finds eh? :)

Going back to my question in my post title: Are these lipbalms a beautiful magic trick? Yuss they are. they really are. ;)

9.07.2012

The Bronzed Sun-Kissed look


The bronzed sun kissed look is a firm favourite of mine and just about every other girl's too. It's uber popular and is easily one of the most worn make-up look. It's just so stunning. Radiance glow, sun kissed cheeks, shimmery eyes and nude peachy/coral lips . Oh my make-up God. So so beautiful. Drop dead goddess worthy look. What's not to love? But surprisingly just a couple of months ago I didn't give any toss about bronzers. I didn't give any care in the world about it. When I heard the word bronzer before, it automatically conjured up an image of oompa loompas in my mind. A vile too orange of a complexion. A look I'll never want to achieve. The horror of it all. Eughh.

I always knew bronzers can reap so many benefits. With the right application skills, bronzers can instantly add warmth and dimension to the face. When lightly dusted where the sun naturally hits the face ie the top of cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin, it can give you a healthy radiance complexion. Matte bronzers can contour, sculpt the face to instantly slim down the nose, chubby cheeks and hide double chins. It can literally hide a magnitude of sins while shimmering bronzers provide a golden glow to the skin. But having said all of that I still ignored bronzers like the proper rebel that I am, wasn't overly keen and fuss about them. However, fast forward to the present day and 3 bronzers later currently in my collection I can no longer imagine my life without them.

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder started my newly found love for bronzers. Ever since my first taste I had never looked back. Now that's not to say I wear bronzers on a regular basis. To be quite honest I only reach for it on the rare occasions when I want to look more polish and when I want to put a bit more effort into my make-up. I'm incredibly lazy okay? :)  Right now I'm still  trying to master the art of contouring but I'm getting there albeit slowly but surely. After all a girl can't ever rush perfection. Practice makes perfect.

I've recently found a new bronzer love in Avon Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls which had made the process of achieving that gorgeous sun kissed glow that much easier. I've been loving it so much throughout the entire summer, so much so I gathered up enough courage to churn out my face (not for the first time but it's always daunting and scary putting up my face for all to see) to show you its bronzey goodness. You're welcome :)



 
The Look:
 
To add a touch of radiance to my dull skin I opted for 1 of my newly acquired foundation purchases L'Oreal Lumi Magique in W3 Gold Linen.  Even though I've only tried it once - I have to say I'm already inlove with it. How on earth did I managed to live without it? It gives this beautiful radiance to my skin, it provides a light, natural looking coverage without ever masking my true skin. I'll go far as to say that to me it's my skin but better. Way better. Miles better.
 
Up next I swept a healthy, just the right amount of Avon Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls on my cheeks for that sun-kissed glow. This product just works. It sculpts the cheekbones, adds the right amount of colour without ever looking too orange or muddy. When the pearls are swirled together , it creates the perfect shade for achieving that bronze look without looking OTT.  hmmm. My bronze hero. ;)
 
For the eyes I decided to skip my usual Buck/Smog/Darkhorse smokey eye. This look is all about the bronze cheeks and I wanted to keep the focus on that. A smokey eye will look too heavy for my liking so instead I just applied a soft wash of Toasted from the Urban Decay Naked Palette all over the lid.  Toasted has been my go to eyeshadow shade lately. A beautiful medium shimmery pinky brown, that when worn on its own is good enough for me.  Blends beautifully too. Ahh. How I love you Toasted. Several lashings of No 7 Lash Adapt mascara on my lashes later and that's my eye make-up sorted.
 
Now for the lips, I applied L'Oreal Glam Shine 407 Magnetic Nude Glow. It's a gorgeous colour for a lipgloss but I quickly found out that worn on its own it washed me out slightly so I decided to add several layers of MUA Lovehearts lipbalm in Kiss Me on top of it. And it was a match made in lip heaven. Kiss Me is a bright coral and it sealed off the look perfectly.

And voila that's my interpretation /version of the famous bronze sun-kissed look. I love the look so much that even if it's no longer summer I'll continue to wear the look. My personal bronze goddess icon? Kim Kardashian. That woman knows how to rock the look. Hurrah to the bronzing gods :)

And now for some Lols, here's a candid snapshot of yours truly:  taken by my brother while I was looking at mirror, totally unprepared. :) Don't say I don't treat you.
 

9.06.2012

No 7 Lash Adapt mascara


No 7 Lash Adapt is one of those purchases I had made solely because of all the great reviews I've read online written about it. Whenever I saw the results it gave to the lashes of other girls I was blown away. Most girls' lashes were full, seductive, lengthened and defined so brilliantly I just had to see for myself if it'll do the same job for me. Ah the blogging hype- I know all too well. Enough rambling here are my thoughts on this mascara. :)



The Lowdown
 
First impressions:

The brush is your typical brush. It's nothing special. There aren't a lot of things to say about it except that the bristles are evenly spaced out, giving the impression that it'll be great for defining and separating. It looks like it'll be great for evenly coating my lashes with product. Because it's a bit on the fat side it looks like it'll be great for adding volume too. As the size of the brush is not as big as Benefit Bad Gal , I don't have to worry that it'll end up getting everywhere  it isn't suppose to be in ie eyelids and below.

Coat Verdict:

Right from the 1st coat it added some length and instantly defined my lashes. On the second coat it thickened my sparse lashes, adding some badly needed volume. With the 3rd coat my lashes were a lot more fuller and volumized. As for the 4th coat (the farthest I'll go) it left me with vavoom lashes, full and sexy without looking too clumpy. My lashes were lifted too to a certain extent.

Formula:

Normally when I have to pile on the coats to my desired effect, I find it quite uncomfortable at times because either it starts to get really clumpy or the formula dries too quickly. Meaning I can't add another coat as it won't make any difference anymore. However, with Lash Adapt I didn't encounter the same problem almost to a fault. I found it really buildable as it doesn't dry that quickly but the downside? My lashes feel slightly wet during application.It doesn't really bother me that much but I feel that I should take a note of it.Because of the gentle and quite thin formula it glides comfortably on my lashes. I never have to tug on my lashes perhaps because of a certain ingredient. It contains Jojoba oil which promises to condition and moisturise ,leaving your lashes soft. I can easily layer the coats with no problem. I also find that despite having 4 coats my lashes never feel stiff like they would be if I applied another mascara. Instead they feel quite gentle and soft to touch.

Clump zone:

The best selling point of this mascara is perhaps the brand's claim that you can add up to 6 coats without your lashes clumping together. Now since I have really short, thin lashes I always find myself piling on the coats for every mascara I've tried. It's a must. And as much as I wanted to agree with No 7 I just can't. I stopped at 4 coats as while it wasn't overly clumpy, I did see 1 or 2 lashes sticking together much like my experience with Benefit Bad Gal. I could have added another layer but aside from it being too much for daytime I had a strong feeling that my lashes will start to really clump together, if I dared pass the 4 coat territory. Plus it would've been borderline tarantula lashes. - definitely not something I'm looking for. *shudder*

Lasting Power:

It's incredibly longwearing. I find that on my lashes, it lasts the whole day - roughly around 10 hours.  The fullness appearance of my lashes gradually reduces throughout the day but my lashes are always nicely defined all day. It did transfer a little bit on my eyelids and it slightly smudged under my eyes but no flaking to report whatsoever.

Overall verdict:

More than anything else this is a definitely a great volumising mascara for girls like me with sparse lashes. It really makes your lashes look fuller with a couple of coats. It did add decent length to my lashes but I wouldn't really recommend this for girls who are looking for a lengthening mascara. The wand easily grabs hold on all of my lashes, evenly coating them from root to tip. It always deposits the right amount of product on my lashes.

It's also worth mentioning that this is by far the EASIEST mascara to remove out of all the ones I've tried and reviewed. So far! Despite multiple coats it never requires a posh eye make-up remover. Good ol' free water will do the job nicely. Requiring only 3 to 4 gentle quick swipes to remove it all. ;)

The Result:



9.03.2012

Beauty Bits I Heart #1

Monthly favourites are one of my favourite posts to read from other beauty bloggers. I love reading about the products my fellow beauty addicts are currently obsessing about. Through it I I usually discover products I wouldn't usually go for. But no matter how much I enjoy those type of posts I was never interested to write my own. Why? I simply think it's too much of a commitment. Plus there's no guarantee I'll love enough different products per month to write a monthly favourites post. I'm a girl that likes her routine and mostly stick to what she knows. I'm not one to stray far away from my comfort zone. I mostly use the same products every month. So it never made sense to me to start the said series on my blog. But now and again I discover new products which I can always write a review on but along my beauty journey I encounter products that leaves me breathless. Some products impresses me to the highest level - there's only 1 thing left to do, give them a much deserved extra shout out. Hence why I decided to launch a new series on my blog. My very own version of the monthly favourites.

It's the Beauty Bits I Heart. In any given time, if I find myself reaching for several products over and over again but I haven't featured them before here in Slave to Vanity or if I rediscover some products I forgot about, this is the platform where I can ramble on about them. I don't know how often I'll write this post. I suppose I'll only write it when products have really won my heart over. Hence the title :) 2 wonderful products to kick things off: MUA Heaven and Earth palette and 17 Blusher in Nude which I took with me for my 2 week trip to The UK.

 
MUA Heaven and Earth palette

When I was packing my make-up for my 2 week stay in the UK, I knew I wanted to give my much loved Urban Decay Naked palette a break. This palette which I lusted over for such a long, long time was sent to me by a lovely fellow blogger Laura . She kindly and generously offered to purchase this on my behalf several months ago after she read my tweet about my lust for this palette. A complete stranger to me but yet she gave this to me as a gift. It's nice to know there are still people left in the world with such kind hearts. :) Laura if you're reading this, I just want to say I love you. haha Enough about its history.

This gorgeous 12 neutral eyeshadow palette is a heaven sent product for a neutral girl like myself.I received this in the post 1 week after purchasing the Naked Palette. I was still crazy about the Naked Palette and was overly excited to finally get my paws on it, so excited that this palette was pushed aside. But for the last couple of weeks it had ruled over my heart and who can blame me when these eyeshadows blends easily, have a smooth, creamy texture, are longwearing and pigmented? The shimmers don't feel tacky and gritty. For only £4 this is a complete bargain. Because of the cheap price tag I expected these to be chalky, too powdery but nope they weren't. Instead it's a dream working and playing with 'em. I find that I can create the same looks, I can achieve with my Naked Palette while using this purse friendly option. When paired with the Urban Decay Primer Potion these last forever and a day on my eyes. Impressive MUA. Very impressive.

The above swatches of 3 eyeshadows are my go to choices for a gorgeous sultry smokey eye. Left shade for lid, middle shade for crease and right shade for outer corner. Just lurvely ;)


17 Blusher in Nude

It took me a year to finally give this blush the time of day. I got it a year ago but I only paid attention to it recently. Ah well now that I have I don't think I'll forget about it soon. Nude is a warm dusty brownish pink. It's so pretty paired with my staple brown smokey eye and it's the perfect shade for everyday make-up looks. The buttery soft texture feels incredible and the colour blends easily onto my skin. It doesn't only add a natural looking flush on my cheeks but also sculpts them in the process. I still love my Bourjois Rose Ambre blush but this is quickly overtaking it. Who will win in the best everyday blush choice battle? I guess time will tell. I'll update you guys on that, that is if I ever make up my mind between the 2 because by the looks of it it'll be some serious stiff competition. Let the battle begin. :)

8.31.2012

New beauty purchases? Yes Please!

While most industries are struggling to keep their boats afloat in these tough economic/recession times, 1 industry continues to sail rather smoothly along- the beauty industry and as a beauty junkie it doesn't surprise me one little bit. New product purchases = Instant High. And my fellow beauty junkies will probably agree with me when I say that the high we get from acquiring new beauty products is VERY addictive, borderline obsession if left uncheck hence my weekly trip into Boots (drugstore).

I can seriously live happily inside Boots/ Superdrug for the rest of my life, playing with all the beauty goodies surrounding me. That is if my family and friends are allowed to visit me ocassionally. Imagine that? What dreams of beauty bloggers and junkies are made of. Times flies when I'm there, swatching to my heart's content.

Which brings me to today's post. I went over to London from August 1 to August 16. I had the best 2 weeks of my life there. Nothing major happened but spending the 2 weeks surrounded by my cute adorable cousins quickly reminded me of the fact that life is meant to be fun. As we grow older it becomes more difficult to find reasons to smile but seriously if you ever get to that point when you feel everything and everybody is against you ( I have my fair share of those days, trust me) try spend an entire day with kids surrounding you. Their positive, carefree outlook on life is so damn infectious like a disease but one I wouldn't mind catching. To summarise my 2 week stay with my aunt and her family : it was filled with nothing but laughter, smiles and some more laughter. The result? I went home with so many fun memories I will forever cherish and never forget. Summer 2012 has been so kind to me. What with my 6 week vacation in the Philippines and 2 weeks in The Uk. Who's the jetsetter? Me ;) Plus I felt so incredibly lucky to be in London during the Olympics 2012. The Greatest show on earth clearly made everyone a lot more friendlier and happier. The atmosphere everywhere I went was incredible. I couldn't put my finger on it but it was certainly nice to see everyone uniting together to support such talented athletes. Michael Phelps is a complete legend and my kind of guy. If you're reading this Michael, give me a call sometime. ( and no I'm not after the fame nor his golds. I just love him. :) )

Moving on. I went a little bit mad in Boots. Yes yes we have Boots in Ireland too but there was something in the air in the UK that left me wanting to spend all my moolah purchasing more make-up I don't really need. Plus there were great deals and offers to be had. I simply couldn't refrained myself. Positive outlook ladies and gents. :) Enough rambling ,let's get onto the good beautiful stuff.

Poundland finds
Ah good old Poundland. I found 2 gems there. A Revlon Nail Enamel in Possibilities- beautiful dusty pink nude and a freakin Stila SPF 30 Oil Free Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser in Dark (tan 01). Yes really a Stila product for a measly £1. Spell bargain? When I saw posts from other blogs featuring their Stila finds in Poundland I was dying with jealously. But on 1 fateful trip to a local Poundland I managed to get my manicured fingertips on a tinted moisturiser. I've never tried one before. I'm a foundation girl through and through but for days when I want little coverage this 1 will be useful. It was the last one left in the shop and when I swatched it, it blended so well into my skin. It was a great colour match. It gave a nice sheer dewy finish without irritating/itching my skin. I guess it was meant to be. :)

Victoria's Secret
When my aunt and I went to Westfield in Stratford City, we made a beeline for Victoria's Secret. Well we can't hardly just walk pass it without popping inside right? It'll be downright rude to ignore it. It'll be like ignoring a relative. My aunt was in the mood to buy all sorts of lotions and potions. I didn't plan on purchasing anything. I swear. But when my aunt asked me if I wanted anything, of course I didn't decline. So there I was, sniffing all the body mists in front of me, getting a headache in the process. Seriously me and perfume overload = 1 massive sneezy mess. But after smelling all the frogs I found my prince in the form of Brilliant Love with Diamond Dust Body Mist. Oh lala as soon as I smelled it I knew it was the one. It smells really girly and of raspberries. <3

Have you ever wanted a beauty product so badly before you couldn't sleep at night because it wasn't in your arms? MUA Lovehearts lipbalm is a good example. Ever since I read posts about these when they were launched a couple of months ago I was like ''I HAVE TO GET MY HANDS ON THESE'' They looked and sounded like a complete must have for a lip product junkie like myself and for only £2 a pop ...gimme me some of that. Problem was these were so hard to find. I went to 4 different Superdrugs but to no avail. I was on the brick of giving up but I remained positive that 1 day I'll find them and I did- in Superdrug Crawley. Determination DOES pay off in the long run.

I wanted to go crazy with Sleek products because their products aren't easily available in Ireland. I really wanted to obsesses over their products but the truth is, it just didn't tickle my fancy. Nothing caught my eye except for the Pout Polishes which looks identical to the MUA Lovehearts lipbalm. A comparison post is in the works. The Pout Polishes Lip Conditioner are a lot more expensive at £4.49 each. I got Electro Peach because we all know how much I love peachy shades yes?

Need I say more? Bourjois Paris Magic Nail Polish Remover is nothing but a nail polish remover but yet it had made its way around in loads of blogs. Featured in countless beauty blogs, this product is becoming a bit of a cult product isn't? Thoughts so far? For a lazy girl like myself who thinks nail polish removal is such a pain in the ass of a chore- this is a god sent product. Review soon to follow ;)

L'Oreal Paris goodies
L'Oreal. 1 brand I've never tried before but always wanted to and now I went from having 0 to 9 products (see below for the others). Ever since I first swatched  Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation in W3 Gold Linen - L'Oreal's latest foundation offering in Boots in the early days of its release I fell in love. I loved how it added radiance to my skin. It's safe to say that ever since then I never forgot it.  I always knew it was going to be mine and here we are. When I spotted the 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug on all L'Oreal cosmetics I knew it was the right time to splurge and try a couple of their products.

BB Creams always intrigued me. Was it really possible to own a product that has the benefits of skincare but leaves a make-up finish? It sure sounded quite impossible to me. I thought it was about time I explore the land of BB Creams with L'Oreal's version.  Nearly all drugstore brands have come up with their own version from Maybelline ( I need to try this by the sound of the many reviews I've read) to Boots very own line -17 cosmetics. Nude Magique BB Cream Bare Skin Beautifier in Medium Skintone - please be good to me. Let my risk pay off. Pretty please. For days I want to achieve the perfect nude skin look I'll reach for this instead of my foundations.

As for Waterproof Telescopic Mascara in Black, well since it's the mascara choice of my favourite blogger/ personal blogging hero or should I say heroine Vivianna I need to give it a try. She has raved about this mascara so much on her blog and videos. Since it's the only mascara she ever wears, it deserves atleast a try right? If it's good enough for her and all that :)

Some more L'Oreal goodies :)

The day after my splurge in Superdrug, I saw another great deal in Boots. If I spend £15 and above on any L'Oreal cosmetics I can receive a gift box filled with more L'Oreal products worth £24 in total. It was too good of an offer to refuse. Since a girl can't ever have too many blush I picked up Le blush Boise De Rose/ Rosewood which I think is the perfect rose blush for my medium skin tone. And since I'm becoming a bit of a foundation addict I picked up True Match foundation in N4 Beige. Great colour match. Just great :)

The beauty goodies included inside the free gift box I received :
  1. Color Riche 617 You are Worth it
  2. Color Riche 211 Opulent Pink
  3. Glam Shine Natural Glow 407 Magnetic Nude Glow lipgloss (love this.Perfect paired with brown smokey sultry eyes)
  4. Super Liner Luminizer in Black Diamonds for brown eyes
  5. 1 True match foundation sample sachet & 1 Nude Magique BB Cream sample sachet
Wonderful set of freebies huh? Thanks L'Oreal for this great gift with purchase.  So generous and kind of you. :)


OMG! I lost count on the number of times I've read reviews about Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Core Collection brush set. The Buffing Brush is a firm favourite among beauty bloggers for a flawless liquid/mineral foundation application. It has been hailed as a wonderful versatile brush.  Needless to say I was all over it like swim wear. A couple of weeks ago it was only on my make-up wishlist but now it's finally mine. MINE.  At £21.99 it isn't the cheapest. (I've finally invested on make-up brushes. Another beauty resolution of 2012 ticked off :) ) but it's so worth it. Will review it soon.

Saving the best purchase for last. ( who am I kidding? I love all my new purchases equally) but Benefit They're Real mascara deserves the spotlight as it's pretty special. Why? Not only has it been on my make-up wishlist for ages but it was my first ever Duty Free beauty purchase. Who knew it could be so much fun purchasing cosmetics at the airport? Great savings too. I've always wanted to try They're Real mascara because it sounded amazing and since Benefit claims that it is the UK's biggest selling mascara at the moment - I obviously need to try it out and see for myself what all the fuss is  about. Considering all the amazing reviews on this, I'm pretty confident I'll end up loving it too.  It normally retails for £18.50 but I got mine for £15.40 at Gatwick airport. Granted it's not a whole lot of saving but £3.10 is still £3.10. I'll take all the savings I can get. :)

That's it. Quite a lot I know but I'm a beauty addict afterall what else would you expect from me? ;) Don't judge.

8.29.2012

The oh so feminine nails

When it comes to nail polish shades, I always believe that the brighter and colourful it is the better. Nothing can solve my bad days quicker than wearing a bright shade so loud, it sends my confidence level to new sky high limits. But now and again, a nailpolish shade comes into the picture which challenges my belief and changes the way I look at nailpolishes.

The nude look was something I had never gone to before. Perhaps it had something to do with my fear of ending up with mannequin hands. Revlon Nail Enamel in Endless Possibilities however took me by surprise. And what a wonderful surprise it was.

Aside from my Avon Nailwear Enamel in Viva Pink post here , Endless Possibilities has got to be one of the most interesting pink shades in my collection. While it doesn't look that interesting inside the bottle, on the nails it's pretty darn special. Endless Possibilities is (wait for it) a milky, creamy nude light dusky pink which looks a little like a salmon pink with a hint of brown thrown in the mix which makes this shade a must have in my opinion. It's far from being your average, boring shade. It looks really pretty in real life, instantly adding a touch of class and sophistication to my nails and all the while elongating my fingers too. It looks really flattering against my skintone and it's a shade that screams ladylike chic. So effortlessly stylish and timeless colour choice.

In terms of application, Endless Possibilities won me over. Fully expecting it to be 100% difficult, it surprised me that it wasn't streaky at all despite being a light shade. In fact it was easily buildable but all it took was 2 quick coats for the polish to turn opaque and then I was done. It contains tiny gold shimmers while inside the bottle but the shimmers don't transfer onto the nails. As for the pesky annoying chips, they revealed their ugly faces on Day 4. But without any top coats sure that's to be expected right? For only £1 in where else.. Poundland in the UK - this is a complete bargain find at its finest. Complete Beaut in my eyes.

Nude nails Yay or Nay?

8.27.2012

The Underdog: Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara


If  ever Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara decided to compete at a mascara Olympics I reckon it'll blow its rivals/ fellow competitors out of the game straight away. If it competed in the race , it'll cross the finish line first. If it participated in the hurdles it'll jump the highest. If it decided to enter the boxing ring it'll throw the meanest punch.Why? Because it's blimmin awesome.

I know the jury is split when it comes to this mascara offering from Benefit. Others love it, others hate it. A quick stop at makeuppalley will reveal loads of negative reviews but I'm a solid member of its fan club. And why wouldn't I be when it has been so good to me?  I've said it before and I'll continue to say it products work differently for all of us. What may work wonders on me, may not work the same for you. I guess it's just a matter of beauty luck. And this time I got lucky. ;)

 
The Lowdown
 
First impressions:
 
The brush.Oh the enormous brush is such an attention seeker. With its huge size it's pretty unmisseable. It looks scary at first as if you'll poke yourself in the eye with it if you ever dared attempt to bring it close anywhere near your eyes. But this giant of a weapon looks like it'll provide jaw dropping results. It looks very promising in terms of adding volume to my sparse lashes.The even gap between the bristles looks like it'll be great for separating my lashes too.
 
Coat verdict:
 
1st coat was a little disappointing.It didn't seem to do anything for my lashes but 4 coats in and it's a  whole different story. After piling on the coats quickly but evenly my lashes went from blah to FAB. I said adios to invisible, thin lashes and hello to sexy, flirty lashes. With the help of the enormous brush my lashes were lengthened, volumized,  were a lot more fuller and lifted. It added a slight curl but it was more of a lift. The length it added to my lashes is satisfactory. It could have been better since my lashes are really short but it'll do. As for volume- it added quite a bit of that. I have really sparse lashes so it helped to make my lashes look like I have more than usual lying around. :)
 
Formula:
 
The jet black formula easily helped to define my lashes.It dried really quickly, so quickly that you have to be quick when adding your coats because once it dries- another coat will hardly make any difference. Having said that it is quite buildable ( just act fast). It doesn't really smudge nor does it flake on me. There are days (but only seldom) when I find that it smudges under my eyes ever so slightly.But because of the huge brush I get small blobs of smudges on my eyelids during application if I'm not careful. You have to act fast but careful at the same time.

Clump zone:

Before trying out this mascara for myself, I was really sceptical about Benefit's claim that this mascara doesn't clump. I was like ''really now?'' So needless to say I was excited to test this theory and while I can't 100% agree it's pretty accurate. Clumps are unavoidable if you have to layer on the coats and in this case 4 is the required coats to transform my lashes but the good thing is that it isn't so bad. It's not bad enough that it leaves you looking like you only have 2 lashes because they're all stuck, hugging each other. I just notice 1 or 2 lashes clumping together but my lashes still looked lush and relatively separated. *see the below photos for reference*

Lasting Power:

As for its lasting power I find that on me it lasts a solid 8 hours. After that it'll need touching up. My lashes look nicely defined all day but the lift it gives my lashes never lasts the entire day, hence why I'll suggest curling your lashes first for maximum impact, especially if you want to use it for night outs.

Overall verdict:

I love this mascara. It's far from being perfect. It certainly has its flaws but overall I'm quite happy and satisfied with the result I get when I use this. I'm happy with how it makes my lashes look. Would I recommend this? Yes but then again proceed with caution. I don't believe in not trying a product out just because you've read so many bad reviews about it. Because you never know it might work for you. It works beautifully on me, who's to say it won't do the same for you?


Trying out products even if they turn up to be complete duds is the fun part of beauty. But I'm not forcing anyone to try this.It's not as if I'm asking anyone to go out right now and buy this after reading my review but I hope it was useful for anyone considering of purchasing it.
 
 
 
Left side:no mascara  Right side: With Bad Gal Lash on my lashes ( can you see the major difference?)

 See how great it is? Love.

Side note: No matter what you do, don't cry while wearing this mascara. It will sting like crazy. For girls with eyes that tends to water quite a lot I won't recommend this mascara for the same reason. It will sting so much.  You've been warned. - I still love it though. Yes I'm a weirdo. haha :)
 
 
Have you tried Benefit Bad Gal Lash before? If yes what were your thoughts? Love it or hate it?  Spill :)