26 March 2015

Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara + Remover

I think this is probably one of the most popular mascaras amongst Asian bloggers, there are many who swear by it, so naturally, of course I had to purchase one for myself to see what all the fuss is about. I bought this limited edition set which includes the mascara remover, which i've also heard many great things about.

First off, let's start with the Long & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara, it's packaged in a plastic tube, and has a curved bristle brush, which is great as it fits the shape of the eye nicely, therefore making it easier to apply the product onto the lashes. 

Onto the actual performance of the mascara, to be honest, i'm quite disappointed, I really wanted to like it, but it wasn't all the great. As you can see from the before and after photos, there isn't that much of a difference, it only gives a little bit of volume and a little bit of length, and that's it really. Also, it can clump easily if you apply too much, furthermore, the mascara would flake throughout the day, so i'd end up with small specks around my eyes and face, although it isn't too noticeable, it isn't nice to have.

The Mascara Remover is packaged in a pink plastic tube, and has a plastic wand with ridges in it, which ensures that every single lash is covered with product, meaning that the removal of mascara is a lot more effective. But a disadvantage is that mascara would be smeared onto the applicator, therefore, before putting it back into the tube, I make sure to clean it off with tissue, which is slightly inconvenient, but the product works so well that I don't really mind too much. 

The mascaras I use tend to be extremely difficult to remove, I would typically have to rub my eyes quite a bit to completely clean it all off. However, this product performs amazingly with very little effort, all you do is apply and leave it on the lashes for a while, and then wipe away with some micellar water, ta-dah, all traces of product is totally removed.

So to my surprise, despite the amount of hype around the mascara, I didn't really enjoy it that much, but I really like the remover and would definitely repurchase it, so I highly recommend it, especially to those who use very stubborn mascaras! These products are more difficult to get a hold of outside Asia, however, they are available online, I purchased this set from eBay for £12.

What is your favourite mascara? 

24 March 2015

Beauty Struggles

There are always some things we just can't get right, and of course, that applies to beauty as well, so I thought it would be quite interesting to share about the things I find quite difficult to do...

Getting the perfect colour match with products such as foundations and concealers can get slightly frustrating for me. There are samples in the drugstores to test out the shades, but the lighting in the stores are terrible, which makes it quite difficult to decide which to purchase. I sometimes use colour matching websites, but they aren't always accurate. 

My next issue is sales assistants, I haven't had great experiences, so I prefer to not talk to them, which makes me feel rather awkward when i'm trying to browse. Therefore I tend to purchase products online in order to avoid those situations, but it is better to see the actual product in person first. 

Shaping & filling brows, I can never get it right. I've grown out my brows countless times trying to get the right shape, but it just doesn't work, there's always something odd about them, they're either too short, too high, or too thin, and more often than not, they don't match. This makes filling them in difficult, so I just end up not bothering and resort to brow gel. 

Onto something I think a lot of people struggle with, winged eyeliner, I find it so difficult to get both sides to be even, especially the angle, it's either always too high or too low, or sometimes when it gets real bad, it's too long or thick.

I love wearing bold lip colours, but things can go horribly wrong if i'm not careful enough, especially with red lipsticks, you need to apply them very precisely for them to look right, if not, you'll end up like Miranda Sings, and there definitely has been times when i've made that mistake. 

So that's it, although there are quite a few things I struggle with, i'm gradually trying to improve, practice makes perfect right?
Is there anything you find difficult to deal with?

19 March 2015

The Minimal Look

If you've seen my most recent Daily Makeup post, you will know that I use quite a lot of products, so I thought i'd talk through the products I would use for a more simple "no makeup makeup" look that I would quickly slap on for when I go out to run errands etc. 

For the base, I typically would go for products that have a light-medium coverage, so I have two options, first up is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which has a lovely gel consistency that feels quite moisturising on the skin. Something a bit more suitable for those with combination/oily skin is the Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly BB Cream, as the name suggests, it has a jelly consistency and dries down to a matte finish on the skin, it also has a nice cooling effect when applied to the skin, therefore this would be great to wear during warmer weather. Because I prefer more of a thin and light coverage for this look, the brushes I reach for are the Real Techniques Stippling Brush or the Buffing Brush, both blend product very well onto the skin without applying too much. 

Then to disguise the dark circles under the eyes, I pat in a small amount of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer to brighten up the area and bring more light and dimension to the face. I do have quite a bit of acne and scarring, and I would usually to cover it up as I am rather self-conscious about it, however, i've been trying to work on being more confident with less makeup on, therefore for this look, I don't use any concealer on the face. To set everything into place, I am currently using the GOSH Prime 'n Set Powder, which is just a basic translucent loose powder that does a pretty decent job, but isn't anything amazing.

This isn't something I do every time, but if i'm not in too much of a hurry, I would apply the Topshop Bronzer to inject some colour back into the skin. And then depending on how I feel, I might also apply a slight touch of the Topshop Cream Blush, because it is a cream formula, it blends in seamlessly, leaving a very subtle and natural flush to the cheeks. 

Next up, I use the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, which not only sets the brows in place, but adds a hint of colour, which helps them to appear more full. Then to open up the eyes, I curl my eyelashes and apply a layer of the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara to separate and lengthen the lashes for a clean and defined look.

For the lips, I tend to reach for more sheer and moisturising products, a lip gloss is a great option, one of my favourites is the Maybelline Colour Elixir #Caramel Infused, which is a beautiful rosy beige colour. The MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm #Peach Dream is a lovely light peach shade, ideal for a more feminine look, and the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon #Orange Punch is a vibrant red based orange, both products would add a nice pop of colour to the look and are perfect choices for the upcoming Spring and Summer.

We're finally at the end, I hope you enjoyed reading! Previously, I would've never been brave enough to walk out the house without covering every single blemish I had, but since it is one of my new years resolutions to feel more comfortable with my own skin, I have been trying to wear less makeup, and even sometimes none, which is quite major for me, so I feel like i've improved quite a bit. Anyone out there who feels self-conscious about their skin, don't worry, you're not alone, nobody has perfect skin, we're all learning to embrace our imperfections :)