I feel I haven’t blogged in a while, because, well, I haven’t.
Life has been hectic, and I have been struck down with the worst flu and to make it worse, my husband who is usually quite resilient got the same thing. Maybe its the time of year, but being sick right now is just plain depressing as I find the most basic tasks difficult. I have a new appreciation for just feeling “ok”.
On top of that my laptop died a death in January so it has taken this long for me to get my replacement. I had been dragging my old laptop around with tape all over it to keep it together so I feel renewed with a fancy new device.
So how do I ease back in to this? I’m going to tell you about the bits and bobs I have been buying and general beauty thoughts. Keeping it casual, like having a coffee with a friend…
1. Holika Holika Red Lies Glitter Eyeshadow
As I am totally dedicated to glitter (on the eyes anyway) I ordered two of these Glitter Eyeshadows from Korean brand, Holika Holika. They remind me of Stila’s Magnificent Metals but those cost £23 each (eek!). One was this limited edition one (silver – clear base) and a red coloured one.
This is a nice texture, not too runny, a bit like a gel, but perfectly spreadable without setting too fast. It is absolutely totally GLITTERY, in the chunky glitter sense so if you want a sheen or a fine glitter finish, this isn’t for you. But if you want full on, this is a great product and it eliminates a lot of the mess of using a loose glitter.
This particular shade is limited edition and I think actually that the shades with some base colour in them look better. This is more like an over coat of silver glitter and I hate to say it but – it’s a bit too disco even for me, for my jaunts to Home Bargains.
One big plus is that it’s not flaky and you don’t end up with glitter all over your face. All in all, a good buy for glitter fans. I paid about £5 for this.
2. Becca Glow on the Go Kit
During the January sales I felt like I had to buy SOMETHING, and somehow ended up on the Cult Beauty website buying this set which was about £15 in sales.
I have a soft spot for Becca Highlighters and I didn’t yet have the Rose Gold shade which is why I got this. There is a mini highlighter and a liquid version of it too.
I like the powder – it’s so smooth and buttery. This shade is quite warm and pink as the name suggests. Pink infused with gold.
Whilst I like the powder highlighter the liquid highlighter feels a little too warm – to the point where on my skin, I was like…it’s sort of a highlighter with blushing properties…if that makes sense?!
On the left – the liquid and on the right, the powder:
I have no issues with this product but whilst I like the highlighter, I think it might work better as an eyeshadow on me, and the liquid one I find a bit hard to use. If I could go back I wouldn’t buy it again.
3. Urban Decay Heaby Metals Palette
I talked about this a little on my instagram account – this was also an impulse buy because I do adore UD’s shades and it has been years since I bought one.
Heavy metals has a bunch of their metallic shades – one side is the more ‘neutral’ tones and one side is the brighter colours. I adore UD’s metallic formulas.
Gorgeous selection of shades, the textures are TO DIE FOR. Look at my swatches. They are like BUTTAH.
I love that these are the more wearable shades but they threw in warm and cool tones.
There is one noticeably poor shade in the palette and that is the metallic blue colour ‘Dive’ which was a little gritty.
Other than that – the texture is gorgeous.
And yet I am not totally sold on this palette.
I can ignore the fact there are no mattes. However the palette itself is a load of a bad design idea.
Firstly, it’s huge, it takes up so much room in my make up bag, it’s annoying. A space hog.
It’s also heavy, AND the way it opens up makes no sense. The base slides out and you are left with a flat panel with colours on either aside and a mirror in-between.
So that means that when I use it I have to hold it with one hand as I apply or find something of suitable height I can lean it on. It would be much easier if it was just a traditional palette with a mirror in the lid!
Score: 9/10 for the shades, 2/10 for the palette itself.
4. Etude House Lipstick – Dear My Glass Tinting shade
Korean brands certainly love to give their customers a lot of choice and Etude House’s main lipstick range features a ton of shades and outer casings you can choose from.
I naturally chose a Siriacha Sauce bottle and a Limited Edition colour which is a Cosmic Purple shade.
This colour is pretty cool and unusual. I have a thing for purple on the lips and this is a sheer, gloss purple with blue sparkles! It doesn’t make you look like a total alien, you can wear it every day! It’s more of a Gamora (hot alien) look.
5. Swissforce Couperose – Thread Veins Balm
I was sent this to try a good few months ago as I suffer from redness and those annoying veins around my nose in particular. Although it’s covered by concealer and make up day to day I would love my skin to look better regardless of make up.
This stuff is quite a thick moisturiser, and has a blue tone which naturally tones down any redness so it actually works well as a primer or base. It’s quite thick and hydrating although that isn’t its main purpose.
I have been using this on and off for 3 months and I do like it! It tones down any redness for make up and generally, my red areas do look paler and not as noticeable. If you have a lot of redness of course see a Dr or dermatologist but if you have minor redness like I do, it helps without being too much of a heavy duty treatment (ie. no irritation and it’s not too expensive either).
Buy it here.
6. What Skin Needs Skin Balm & Soothing Skin Gel
I was sent these products again around 4/5 months ago to try and I have REALLY been enjoying these. I have mainly been using this on the kids as I am always looking for simple products that are effective for there eczema prone skin.
The Skin Balm is a slightly think, rich balm which sinks in nicely and isn’t too oily, this is my favourite product and I’ve been using this all over the kids after a bath. It doesn’t irritate their skin at all and it’s nice and hydrating.
The Soothing Skin Gel, is much runnier and works well if you have some skin damage, It’s nice and light so if your skin is dry you may want to add something else on top to seal it all in. I found I had to use the gel then balm for full hydration as alone, the gel is a little too light, It has a slightly ‘green’ smell to it – its;s not horrible just a bit unusual.
Balm on the left, gel on the right:
But overall though, I am REALLY happy with these products. At £10 each, they are not expensive considering how well they work. Buy them here.
7, DHC Astaxanthin Collagen Gel
I have a lot of love for DHC products – and this is one of my favourites! I love using this stuff, which is a rich gel and it makes my skin feel soft, and plump. The gel texture in realistically isn’t far off a ‘cream’ but has a sort of lightness to it. It is none sticky though and quite refreshing to use.
I don’t know what else to say about DHC other than their products seem to really suit my skin and there never overly fussy. Astaxanthin is supposed to be 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C.
Buy it here (£40)
Score: 7/10 – cos it’s a tad pricey.
8. Ciracle Vitamin Source C-20
Speaking of Vitamin C, I needed to replace my old bottle of OST, and decided to try this one from Ciracle.
Vitamin C is supposed to be one of the best products you can use to brighten the skin, something I am in desperate need of. This serum was about £16 so not crazy priced (I bought it from Jolse).
Once things about Vitamin C serums which I am mindful of is that they don’t last forever and when the colours starts to turn you’ll know you have to chuck it. With that in mind I haven’t been stingy using this stuff – I’d rather use it all then throw some away.
Like previous Vitamin C serums I have used, it makes my skin tingle when applied. Sometimes if my skin is feeling sensitive it can be a tad uncomfortable but then it fades away almost right away. I have so far noticed an improvement to my skin tone when I use this and brightening too – it’s been one of the more effective serums I have used!
It offers nearly nothing in terms of hydration – when it’s dried my skin actually feels a little tight so adding hydration on top is a must! At least it is not sticky though!
9.Pure Potions Products
I do like the Purepotions brand because again, I find them effective for the kids. They really get through their hydration products!
I tried 2 of their baby products and 3 from the regular range which are still suitable for kids as they’re quite gentle.
I have been using the products here none stop since I got them and my favourites are the Chamomile Baby Oil (lightly scented, light nice texture) and the Daily Moisturising Cream, which is almost a little herbal but a nice, hydrating rich cream.
The lip balm is quite nice too, takes a bit of work to warm it up but it’s fine. The ointment is an unusual one, but it does need some warming up to work. It is slightly gritty so the more you warm it up before applying it, the better.
The Purepotions range does not contains PEGs, mineral oil, fragrances SLS, alunimum, phthalates, silicones in case you are wondering! One of the reasons I have no problems using it on my kids!
Buy the range here.
10. The Nubian by Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette
Finally! The last product I bought was this eyeshadow palette from The Nubian from Beauty Bay when the sale was on.
Juvia’s as you can see if a small independent brand and I only heard of them by chance. I couldn’t resist this palette which looks very wearable:
I have to say though I have barely used this palette. The mattes are more powdery than I prefer (the middle row metallics is stronger). On top of that I hate that there is no mirror with the palette, I find that so limiting! I need to do my make up fast in the mornings!
Overall if you are looking for a nude palette with some interesting elements, this is not a bad palette. But with so many nudes and metallics and other palettes, I realise now this was a bit of a waste of time as there was nothing new that it offered.
You can see the range on Beauty Bay here.
It’s 4am now and I have to sleep buy I hope you guys enjoyed this little recap. Happy March!