Sunday, 29 May 2016

primark beauty makeup haul- review and swatches

What feels better than buying new makeup? Buying new makeup that's hella cheap.  What feels better than buying new makeup that's hella cheap? Buying new makeup that's hella cheap and hella great quality too. Let us begin today's review.

Ta da. So I was having a browse in Primark yeah, and I came across a new stand of Pro Beauty makeup, which appears to be a higher quality range than the still-good P.S Love makeup. The prices are fractionally more expensive  (we're talking three quid for a lippy instead of one quid) but the line up is impressive. There are clear anti feathering lip liners, felt tip lip liners (very novel!), colour correction palettes, lip glosses, foundations and loads of other cool things. Obviously, being the lipstick addict that I am, I  picked up one of the rick colour lipsticks from the range. I got the shade 'boudoir pink', a soft mauve shade.

Primark pro beauty rich colour lipstick 

It's one of those lipsticks that click open at the base to release the tube. Lots of fun. Anyway, the lipstick itself is lovely. Creamy and smooth and moist. A great first foray into the Pro Beauty range. Here's a cheeky swatch: 

Primark pro beauty rich colour lipstick- boudoir pink

Up next, a not so soft lippy. If you're a regular reader, you'll know I'm not one to shy away from bright shades. In fact, they positively excite me. So imagine how I squealed in surprise to find an unconventional colour on the high street- bright blue no less! Nice one Primark. Keeping up with the cool kids. The P.S Love high colour lipstick crayons are a mere £2, and come in a range of fun and colourful shades. The blue shade I snagged is called 'freedom', and here's what it looks like on...

Primark p.s love high colour lipstick crayon- freedom 
 I'll be honest- I didn't have high hopes for this. I thought it would be streaky and sheer and look more like greasy frostbite, but got it out of curiosity anyway. Hell naww. It's satiny and decently pigmented and moisturising. In fact, it's a great colour dupe of Lime Crime's limited edition and discontinued lipstick in 'cry baby', though it's a more slippery formula. Still, not bad for two bob. Not bad at all.

Will the gushing continue? Of course it will.  My third and final lip product is an absolute beauty. It made me want to scream, it was that good. Look- it's the P.S Love super matte liquid lipstick in the shade 'red'.

Primark p.s love super matte liquid lipstick - red
But. Wow. That is hardly your bog standard average red. It's so VIVID. For only £2, you get a supremely pigmented, brilliantly formulated liquid to matte lipstick with an amazingly precise applicator. It's actually not the least bit uncomfortable. Although it's a true powder matte finish, it somehow manages to feel lightweight, and not a crack or crumble in sight. Bloody hell Primark. Killing the gaaame.

And finally, I got. ... cosmetic glitter! I bloody love glitter. I'm always using it for lip art, and have quite a collection going on. This pack of three is excellent value though. Topshop sells one little pot of face glitter for £5.50, whereas for £2.50, you can get three pots AND a glitter adhesive. Which is kind of very useful for sticking glitter to your face. Primark wins.

Look at the beautiful glitter.

Primark p.s love face glitter

Well. Considering this little haul was such a success, you can bet I'll trot back for more. Until my next waffle,


Monday, 23 May 2016

guerlain rouge g l'extrait- review and swatches

This is it. The grand daddy of them all. This lipstick is the best- and most expensive- that I own. Weighing in at £26, I'm glad I got it as a present, because there's no way my broke ass could have splashed that much cash on a lippie. Guerlain is very much a luxury brand, with resplendent packaging and novelty cosmetics. Some of their products look too pretty to touch. Others seem overpriced and gimmicky. But hot damn, did they knock it out of that park with the Rouge G L'extrait.

The packaging is a ridiculously sexy gadget. Like something from a James bond movie. It's made of heavy metal and opens in a clickety swivelling way. I may or may not have had hours of fun opening and closing it. Surprisingly, it's not style over substance. There's real practicality in the design, with a mirror flicking open when you twist the cap. Unlike a lot of lipsticks mirrors, which are either tiny or on the outer packaging and thus soon scratched up, this one is well protected and of a size that makes it actually functional for checking yourself out during application.

Guerlain rouge g l'extrait - Orgueil 

I own the shade Orgueil, which means 'pride'. It's a truly stunning, deep berry shade which is richly pigmented and satiny. Well, not exactly satiny. It's a hard formula to describe because it's truly unique.

It goes on as a moussey satin cream (think colourpop ultra satin lips), though it mattifies somewhat the longer it's on. But it's a lightweight, moist matte that never ever feels dry. And it lasts and lasts for hours and hours, though it isn't transfer proof. Do you see what I mean? It combines all the best things of all the lipstick formulae. It doesn't even bleed. Guerlain, is this witchcraft?

There can be no other explanation.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My lime crime velvetines collection- bumper review and swatches

Okay. Deep breath. Let's go. 

I collect the Lime Crime velvetines. When I first discovered them, they only had three shades. I saved up my pretty pocket money and bought them all, and treasured them all. When they came out with new shades, I oohed and aaahed and ended up getting them too. But the new releases kept on coming, and seeing as I always had all of them so far, I always found myself needing the new ones to keep my collection complete. Do you see my problem? It's just not possible for me to lag behind and miss out on the new kids. It would be a sort of betrayal to all the effort (and money) I put into hoarding the lipsticks that I have. 

What I'm trying to explain is that I own them all, and will likely continue to own all upcoming shades, because I 'have' to rather than because they're the syrup of perfection. Because whilst I do like them very very much, there are other cracking formulae on the market for sure. 

Still, the Velvetines earn gold stars on many fronts. Should we go for bullet points? Yeah. 

  • gorgeous cake batter scent. You will want to lick the wand.
  • a shade range worthy of a YASS. I'm that weird kid who will happily sport a blue lipstick, so the more outlandish and unique shades are a win for me and my kind. They have plenty of 'normal' shades too, but olive? Glowstick green? Periwinkle? Shut up and take my money.
  • Beautiful packaging. Frosted glass tube and lid covered in roses will for sure appeal to your girly side. A definite ten out of ten on the pretty scale. As a bonus, you get your lippies sent in a floral box that is reversible and good for storing hamster bathing dust in. What do you mean that ain't glamourous?
  • They're afforable. Considering some liquid matte lipsticks are well into the twenty quid range, the £15 velvetines are very fair, price-wise. 
  • They don't transfer or crumble or bleed, and remove easily with anything oil based. 
  • They're vegan and certified cruelty free. Woo. 
The formula is generally 'very good', but there is some variation across the shades. Most of them are streak free and opaque and feel lightweight, but there are the odd few that might be difficult to get an even finish with, or might feel more tight. Still, even the sub par ones can be worked with with a little practice and patience.

Right. So here's how it works. The rest of this post will just be a barrage of swatches. There are some that I haven't gotten around to taking decent pictures of, but check back often as I intend to have them all up here eventually. I'll also add new shades as and when I get them. So, enjoy.  x

Lime crime flamingo- 'garden aliens' collection 
Lime crime salem- 'the clueless witch' collection 
Lime crime cement 
Lime crime squash 

Lime crime peacock 
Lime crime beet it 
Lime crime pink champagne- pink velve-tin 
Lime crime cindy- 'girls girls girls' collection 
Lime crime lulu- 'girls girls girls' collection 
Lime crime zenon- 'garden aliens' collection 
Lime crime red rose 
Lime crime saint- 'true love' trio 
Lime crime red velvet 
Lime crime shroom 
Lime crime black velvet- 'the clueless witch' collection 
Lime crime rave
Lime crime thistle- 'livin on a prairie' collection 
Lime crime wisteria- 'livin' on a prairie' collection 
Lime crime scandal 
Lime crime dreamgirl
Lime crime blondie 
Limecrime vibe 
Lime crime raven 
Lime crime gigi- 'girls girls girls' collection 
Lime crime rustic- 'livin' on a prairie' collection 
Lime crime pink velvet 
Lime crime red hot
Lime crime buffy
Lime crime wicked- 'the clueless witch' collection 
Lime crime cupid- 'true love' trio 
Lime crime trouble 
Lime crime pumpkin 
Lime crime bleached 
Lime crime lola- pink velve-tin 
Lime crime eclipse 
Lime crime raisin hell 
Lime crime moonstone 
Lime crime faded
Lime crime saddle- livin' on a prairie  
Lime crime polly
Lime crime jinx
Lime crime elle- girls girls girls 
Lime crime bloodmoon 
Lime crime alien- garden aliens collection 
Lime crime pansy 
Lime crime riot
Lime crime teddy bear 
Lime crime cashmere 
Lime crime utopia 
Lime crime prairie- livin' on a prairie collection 
Lime crime teacup- garden aliens collection 
Lime crime posh
Lime crime true love- true love trio
Lime crime fetish 
Lime crime marshmallow- I have 2 moods duo 
Lime crime riley- limited edition mini
Lime crime suedeberry 
Lime crime lana
Lime crime mercury 
Lime crime sasha- 'girls girls girls' collection 
Lime crime happi