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Sunday, 31 August 2014

10 days of MUA - Day 1 - Cream blush

Ever have one of those super lazy Sunday evenings where your productivity level is about minus 17 and you don’t even care cos you’ve got to bake (and eat) lots of shortbread, play with makeup and watch trashy TV? They really are the best :)

As I was poking through my makeup I realised just how many MUA products I’ve bought and I figured I’d do a post on one every day for 10 days. If you’re not familiar with the brand they’re sold in Superdrug stores and also online here

The range is really affordable; the basic products are cheap as chips and then there are Professional and Luxe lines, which are a bit more expensive. Overall it’s similar to ELF with their basic, Studio and Mineral lines

The products can be hit n miss so I’m gonna review a mix of ones that I love and ones that haven’t really worked for me, starting with the Blush Perfection Cream Blusher which costs £2 and is available in 6 shades: Yummy, Blossom, Dolly, Bittersweet, Lush and Scrummy
Swatch on the left is fully blended and swatch on the right is just one swipe of colour
The packaging isn't exactly exciting as it's plain old plastic with a transparent hinged lid which is actually kinda handy if your digging around in a drawer looking for a certain shade

As a general rule I avoid cream blushes cos they have a tendency to make my pores look enormous (think golf ball) and wear off too easily. This one however, gives a gorgeous smooth, even finish to the skin and lasts hours

It's a very thin, light texture so looks natural and can be built up or blended out to give the perfect amount of colour. For any like-minded lazy people out there you’ll be pleased to know that it can be applied in seconds using just your fingers but if you have extra time and wanna use a brush I recommend a small stippling one such as the Real Techniques Stippling Brush because they blend seamlessly without messing with your foundation, contour colour etc
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I’ve found this works well over any liquid or cream foundations and is particularly good when my skin feels dry and I’m trying to steer clear of face powders. I have the shade Lush which is a bright, fresh pink and the kind of shade that I’m always drawn to but I think I’ll have to branch out and pick up a couple of the more peachy shades too

Oh and if you do happen to get one of these I’d suggest only applying the tiniest amount to start with as they’re so highly pigmented it can be easy to go overboard and end up looking like you've let your 2 your old niece do your makeup. True story.

Joy ♥

Short n Sweet: This is a totally brilliant cream blush that I’d happily fork out 10 or 15 quid for and one that I reach for all the time. 9/10

Friday, 29 August 2014

New Rimmel Keep Calms vs Maybelline Baby Lips

Good afternoon all and happy Friday! Hope you have loads of nice weekend plans lined up :) I for one will be going out for (hopefully yummy) food tomorrow night and spending at least a couple of hours reading Little Women on Sunday. Been meaning to read it for, ooh… I dunno, 10 years now? Well I finally started it last night and it’s fantastic

…Talking of fantastic things… I figured I’d do a little comparison between the new Rimmel Keep Calm lip balms and good old Maybelline Baby Lips

Packaging: As you can see from the packaging they both look similar and the only real difference is that the Keep Calms are shaped like a standard lipstick bullet whereas the Baby Lips are flat-topped like a chapstick. The super cute colour combos are what drew me to these products in the first place and I couldn’t fault the packaging design at all.  Keep Calms 10/10 and Baby Lips 10/10
Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balms in 040 Blush Rose and 020 Pink Blush
Scent: These all have the slightly chemically fruity smell of your typical cheap lip balm, which I personally love. It’s a bit like when you buy fruit flavoured sweets, they’re nothing like the actual fruit they s’posed to taste of but there’s still something yummy about them. Cherry lips anyone? Out of the 4 I own the red Baby Lips has the strongest smell and the other 3 are just lightly scented so I can’t imagine anyone being put off these little beauties by scent alone. Keep Calms 8/10 and Baby Lips 8/10
Swatches; Rose blush on top and Pink Blush below
Appearance: Both products are designed to give a sheer hint of colour as opposed to the opacity you’d expect from a lipstick. The Baby Lips are more pigmented and give better colour payoff. I get a “barely there” tint of colour from the Keep Calms but for anyone with a naturally dark lip shade I doubt these would show up much at all.  I think the Maybelline ones give just enough colour to look super pretty but not require a mirror for application. In fact Cherry Me has been one of my favourite lip balms since Christmas and unfortunately the Rimmel ones aren’t good enough to take its place. Keep Calms 6/10 and Baby Lips 10/10
Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me and Pink Punch
Feel: The Baby Lips have a slicker, smoother, more nourishing feel. I find that the product almost melts onto the lips whilst I apply it and never drags the skin. The Keep Calms are soft and smooth but of a thicker consistency that doesn’t feel as pleasant. Keep Calms 7/10 and Baby Lips 9/10
Swatches; Cherry Me on top and Pink Punch below
Effectiveness: Neither of these products are designed to be used as intensive treatments or cures for seriously chapped lips but as softening balms that lock in moisture they work well… I think the baby Lips do the job quite a bit better as they fill in any little noticeable lines really nicely, don’t need to be applied as often and after a whole day of wear and re-application my lips definitely feel better after using only Baby Lips than when I’ve only used the Keep Calms. Keep Calms 6/10 and Baby lips 9/10

TL;DR? Here’s the summary: Both super cute, affordable lip balms with gorgeous packaging that will help keep your lips soft and hydrated. I think the Baby Lips look and feel better than the Keep Calms so will continue repurchasing these when new lines are added and shall avoid the Keep Calms :)

Joy ♥