Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick- 1993 (The MAC Whirl Dupe!)

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Hey folks! Long time no speak, sorry about being AWOL, I’ve been rather¬†busy doing coursework, studying and working ūüė¶ However, I’ve taken some time out to talk to you about one¬†of my recent purchases.

I feel like I’ve been through a bit of a change recently. I had a make-up cleanse around a month back where I threw a bunch of products away that I was just holding on to for the sake of it. I looked through my collection and thought¬†about what products¬†work for my skin type and tone. Once I came to this understanding, suddenly I haven’t been so obsessed with buying every new product I see but¬†really thinking about where a product places into my lifestyle.

I also feel like my everyday make-up routine has gotten a lot more relaxed, I’m not sure if this is a result of laziness or just having no time but I tend to gravitate towards very similar colours and products that are “low maintenance” or easy to wear everyday.

Having said that, when I went out with one of my friends¬†recently she was telling me about MAC Whirl and how I MUST buy¬†it. Whirl has been on my wishlist for a while now but I’ve been trying to step away from MAC and try lipsticks from other brands too. Don’t get me wrong I love MAC but I do find their matte finish¬†lipsticks really drying, on my already dry lips.

So off I went and did some research for a Whirl dupe and came across this gorgeous colour from Urban Decay called 1993. It looks like 97% similar to Whirl but a teeny, tiny bit darker. I’d heard really great things about the formula of the matte revolution lipsticks, so I went online¬†and purchased one. Currently there’s a lot of sales going on and I bought mine from House of Fraser for ¬£13.95¬†over the original price of ¬£15.50 (the same price as a MAC lippy).

1993 is¬†a neutral-cool toned brown lipstick, very much “my lips but better”. I’m usually someone who prefers warm toned colours but this actually looks rather nice on me (even if I do say so myself!). It’s very 90’s, very Kylie Jenner and I absolutely LOVE it. The formula is one of the best matte formulas I’ve ever tried¬†and doesn’t dry out my lips throughout the day. It dries matte but because it has a lot of nourishing oils in the formula it can smudge a little. It lasts around 6-8 hours before a top-up is required.

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Comparison swatches, no flash, & flash: From L-R. Verve (MAC), 1993 (Urban Decay), Bond Girl (Charlotte Tilbury)
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Me wearing Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993. Pulls a lot more pink in pictures but is definitely very brown in real life.

This lipstick isn’t by any means a drugstore dupe but I think the formula is far superior to MAC Matte finish lipsticks and for a person¬†like me who spends at least 12 hours out of the house each day, I don’t need to be faffing around with my lipstick or walking around with dry, flaky, uncomfortable lips, especially in this weather. Urban Decay is slowly becoming one of my favourite brands and for good reason too. I can’t wait to try out more of their products.

Have you tried this formula of lipstick before? Comment below and let me know
your thoughts…

Jay x

 

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A Week In Lipstick – Autumn / Winter Edition

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I’m not sure if it’s the crisp weather, the pumpkin spice everything, oversize knits or¬†baking every weekend but I just find this season so incredible cozy and lovely. The moment I start gravitating towards darker lips signals the change of seasons, so¬†here are my top 7 lipsticks to wear in the Autumn / Winter period, one for each day of the week!

Monday

MAC Verve – Satin finish. This lipstick is a brown- plum and extremely wearable for those that aren’t that brave to wear a dark¬†lip. If you want to rock a dark lip to work for example this is the perfect one to choose, I’ve been wearing this¬†to the office and I love it. The formula is also amazing, it glides on really softly and doesn’t dry out your lips. It lasts until lunchtime when it needs a quick top-up.

Tuesday

OCC Lip Tar Black Dahlia -Matte finish. I have a love-hate relationship with this lipstick. Let’s start with the negatives. It is so difficult to apply and bleeds even with lip liner so it takes ages to clean up and perfect your lips. However. Once this is on it stays on, also the colour is this most gorgeous blackened¬†berry red at full opacity or it can be worn as a sheer wash of colour too. If you want to feel extra vampy¬†and have the time to apply it, this is the lipstick to¬†go for.

Wednesday

Revlon Super Lustrous ¬†Really Red –¬†Matte finish. I remember first seeing this lipstick on a girl at uni and when I found out what the name was I went to Boots to buy it the very same day. This classic red lipstick has a slight orange undertone and looks fantastic on all skin tones. It is a matte finish but I don’t find it drying.

Thursday

MAC Film Noir – Satin¬†finish. If you’re looking for a 90’s Janet Jackson dark brown lipstick then this is the one for you. I love throwing this on with an oversize denim shirt, big hair and hoops, throwback anyone?

Friday

MAC Diva – Matte finish. Diva is one of my all time favourite lipsticks, it is a burgundy red lipstick and looks just gorgeous¬†on all skin tones especially if you’re warmer/darker.¬†I find that it can last a really long time on the lips but because it’s a matte finish it is drying. If you’re looking for something darker¬†then Sin by MAC is a really good option.

Saturday

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry- Matte finish. I gave into the hype about this lipstick and I’m not even sorry. Glastonberry is a dark berry lipstick with a cooler undertone.¬†I love wearing this colour out and about on the weekend when I’m feeling a bit more glam. It wears comfortably on the lips but you’ll probably need a liner to pair with it.

Sunday

Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl – Not everyday this season is a dark lippy day, so for those every day, out and about days, I whip this beauty out. I cannot stress how pretty this colour is, it’s a warm pink with brown neutral undertones that complements any eye look and make my lips look full and luscious, I find myself gravitating towards this whenever I want to look polished, yet simple.

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L-R: Verve, Black Dahlia, Really Red, Film Noir, Diva, Glastonberry, Bond Girl

So those are my Autumn/ Winter lipstick picks, what are yours? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Clinique Make-up Brush Cleanser – Save or Splurge?

Makeup Brush CleanserHey guys, how are you all doing? I’ve got a few spare minutes to myself so decided to give you a surprise mid-week review!

If you’re someone who uses make-up brushes daily¬†to do their make-up then you should be cleaning them at least once a week, especially brushes that apply liquid base product.

Brushes collect dead skin cells, make-up, dust from the atmosphere, oil/ sebum from the skin, thus being the¬†perfect breeding ground for bacteria so it’s important to clean them thoroughly before use.

I’ve always been one to just wash my brushes with olive oil and soap and this has worked really well but I’ve been getting a bit paranoid (maybe OCD) that this method doesn’t completely kill the bacteria in the brush, so I decided to invest in a specific brush cleanser.

Taken from the Clinique website, this cleanser “thoroughly cleanses and removes makeup residue build-up. Keeps brush hairs in optimal condition”.¬†The ingredients in this cleanser contains alcohol which is bactericidal, exactly what I’m after.

To use you have to spray the product onto a dry brush, work it into the bristles and rinse off. Upon use, I found that this cleanser didn’t fully lift all the colour from my brushes even when I repeated the steps twice. I found that there was no residue and it was easy to wash off. Equally my brushes dried quite quickly and they were left soft and well conditioned.

So would I purchase this brush cleanser again? Probably not. I’m confident that this cleanser kills bacteria, but it doesn’t lift the stubborn pigment effectively. I don’t want to have to use multiple products if I’m spending that much on a brush cleanser, so it’s a thumbs down for me I’m afraid. It is¬†convenient¬†for when I want to spot clean, but not for deep cleans and this is even after using it several times on the same spot.

Have you tried this product before? What do you use to kill the bacteria on your brushes? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

The BEST tinted moisturiser for oily skin – Jouer Matte Moisture Tint

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Despite owning a plethora of foundation, I’m actually not a fan of wearing them on a daily basis. I’ve always enjoyed¬†wearing¬†BB cream and tinted moisturisers but having oily skin has meant that I haven’t found a formula that suited my skin… until now.

I heard about Jouer Matte Moisture Tint a few years ago and it’s been at the back of my mind for a while, so I finally decided to purchase it for myself. Unfortunately, if you live in the UK it’s difficult to get your hands on this product. I bought mine online from¬†Cult Beauty¬†and if you live in London you can get it from Blow Beauty Bar in Covent Garden, it costs ¬£30 for a 50ml bottle. In terms of colouring there are just 7 shades to choose from with yellow and pink undertones, I did a lot of research and chose the darkest shade Hazel. For reference I’m a NC 42 – 44 in MAC and Syracuse in Nars.

I like the packaging for this product, it comes in a sleek matte brown, opaque and air-proof tube making it great for travel as it¬†maintains stability of the anti-oxidants/sunscreen in the formula. This formula is oil free, fragrance free, contains Vitamins C and E, antioxidants and also contains SPF 15 (physical sunscreen – 4% Titanium Dioxide, 3% Zinc Oxide), it’s important to note that wearing this alone for sun protection won’t be enough. It is aimed at oily skin and due to the formulation it can be used on sensitive skin too.

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I need around a pea size for each side of my face¬†for a light coverage which may be built up. I’ve only ever used my fingers to apply this lightweight product and I find it blends in effortless. The moisturiser covers redness and blemishes whilst evening out skin tone, however it doesn’t completely conceal hyper-pigmentation which I have around my mouth, but I can live with that. It dries to a powdery, matte finish which doesn’t need setting and it actually smooths¬†the texture on my skin. I did notice that if you look really¬†closely at your skin you can see little specs of glitter in it but these are undetectable at a normal distance. If you have any dryness this product will cling to it, so avoid if your skin is so inclined.

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Left : Without tint. Right: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (Hazel)

I found that this moisturiser kept my oil at bay for a long longer than usual and didn’t fade until around the 6 hour mark.¬†All in all I am SO happy that I decided to give this tinted moisturiser a shot, I’m definitely going to be wearing foundation less as a result of this. It didn’t break me out and looks and feels undetectable on the skin whilst giving me enough coverage and oil control for my work days. My only criticism is that Jouer should come out with more shades as this shade won’t match¬†me when I have a tan, I had to warm it up with bronzer (see below) to really match my skin tone. Also I personally know plenty of darker skin ladies who would LOVE a product like this.

Left: Natural Light. Right: Flash. Lips: MAC Verve. Bronzer: ELF Los Cabos.
Left: Natural Light. Right: Flash. Lips: MAC Verve. Bronzer: ELF Los Cabos.

Have you tried this product before? What is your favourite BB cream or tinted moisturiser? Comment below and let me know.

Until next time!

Jay x

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Luminous Flush) – Review

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A few weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, whilst browsing the SpaceNK website I came across the Ambient Lighting Blush from Hourglass.¬†Now I’d heard of the Ambient Lighting Powders and they have been on my wishlist for a while, but whilst still deciding which colour to buy I chose to buy a blush instead, as you do.

Ambient Lighting Blush comes in seven different shades to suit a range of skin tones, but I do notice that there aren’t many that are suitable for very deep skin tones. What makes these blushes special is¬†that the Ambient Lighting Powders are baked into the blush giving the blush a marbled effect. I went for the shade Luminous Flush which is a warm pink shade with the Luminous Light shade of the Ambient Lighting Powder running through it.

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Like all Hourglass cosmetics, the packaging for this blush is luxurious, weighty and decadent and for £28 a pop, rightly so!

On to the blush itself I find that it is well¬†pigmented and I only have to apply a tiny amount for it to show up on the skin. The lasting power of these blushes is really impressive, I find that they last 14 hours on my¬†skin.¬†The Ambient Lighting Powder in the blush adds a really subtle¬†pearlescent finish to the skin which catches the light and looks really pretty and youthful. The blush also does a good job of blurring imperfections on the skin due to the light reflecting technology. Whenever I’m wearing this blush I don’t feel like I need another highlighter as it adds a¬†sort of sheen to the skin. It’s difficult to capture this blush on camera but here is a¬†picture of me wearing it. What I really like is that it doesn’t emphasise any texture on the skin or settle into pores.

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Overall I don’t think that these blushes are any better in quality than say a MAC blush, but if you’re into high end make-up brands and you want a blush that has a different finish that your standard matte¬†then go for it. I’m already eyeing up some of the coral shades.

Have you tried these blushes before? What were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Balayage + Green Eyeliner

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It’s official, I’m a coloured eyeliner convert!

I went out for drinks for my brothers birthday last night and had an excuse¬†to try a different make-up look with some new¬†products¬†that I’ve bought, specifically the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in black (Perversion) and a beautiful aqua called Deep-End. These pencils are really soft to apply and DO NOT SMUDGE so I really recommend them.

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Eyeshadow: Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Embark, MAC Carbon. Eyeliner: Urban Decay Deep-End & Perversion. Lips: Gerard Cosmetics 1995

If you look at any picture of me you’ll notice that I never¬†wear black eyeliner on my bottom lashes because¬†it just doesn’t suit my eye shape. Trust me, I’ve tried it every single way and I find it¬†closes up my eyes and ruins the¬†look. Even when I was experimenting with this colour I was so close to giving up, but after much practice I think I’ve got it down. I find that I need to put a highlight on the inner third, I used the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm, the coloured eyeliner in the middle of the lashline and black just on the corners. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and I’m looking to try out more colours, what do you guys think?

I also got my hair highlighted (balayage) earlier in the day at¬†Taylor Taylor who have previously won “Best Hairdressers in London”. After I saw the results with my own hair I knew exactly why. Black hair is notoriously difficult to colour but my stylist¬†managed to lift the dark pigment in my hair and give¬†it some sunkissed caramel highlights.

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DSC01013_editedI know this was a super short post but unfortunately I’ve got a lot of studying to do (I’ll explain in a later post). Any questions, comment below!

Jay x

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Medium Dark Warm) – Review

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If any of you know me personally, you’ll know that the thing I dislike the most about my face are my dark undereye circles. Concealer is that one make-up item I try not to leave the house without, if I can help it. After much deliberation on whether to buy yet another concealer I decided it was time to give the Naked Skin Concealer from Urban Decay a go.

I purchase this concealer from Feel Unique for ¬£17.50 and chose the colour “Medium Dark Warm”.¬†This concealer comes in eight different shades with warm, neutral and cool undertones.

Naked Skin is packaged in a tube and comes with a doe-foot applicator. I actually really like these types of applicators although some people may find them unhygienic.

When I first applied this concealer I noticed that it is very lightweight on the skin. It blends easily¬†and doesn’t sink into fine lines and pores. The best part for me is the fact that it doesn’t feel drying on the skin which I experience with most¬†other concealers. It provides medium coverage and it lasts around 8 hours on the skin. If I wanted a full coverage look I would use a corrector before the concealer to neutralise dark pigmentation.¬†The colour Medium Dark Warm is absolutely perfect for my NC44 skin tone and I love that it has a strong yellow undertone.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. From L-R: Without concealer, Application, After blending

As you can see from the picture above the majority of my dark circles were concealed but even after two layers¬†this didn’t get rid of my dark circles completely. If I wanted my make-up to look really flawless I’d layer this over an orange based corrector or another concealer.

In terms of how this feels on the skin, this concealer is very similar to my¬†Maybelline Fit Me concealer, however it has better¬†coverage and doesn’t crease as much. There are a lot of reviews¬†stating that this concealer doesn’t crease at all and to be honest whilst it did crease significantly less than most other concealers, it still creased a little bit into my expression lines. I didn’t find this to be a major issue however, it’s nothing a bit of blending with my finger can’t solve.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Overall I think Urban Decay have got it right with this concealer. It is lightweight, non-drying and gives moderate coverage¬†with minimal creasing. It has slowly become a staple¬†for me and I will be¬†repurchasing it after I’m done with this tube.

Have you tried this concealer before? If so what were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Maybelline Lash Sensational (Waterproof Black and Black) – Review

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This mascara requires no introduction. Ever since Lash Sensational by Maybelline first hit our shelves, every beauty blogger/vlogger has been raving about it. I held out for a while but decided to take the plunge and see if it lives up to the hype. I purchased the waterproof and normal version of this mascara from Boots for £7.99.

The wand for this mascara is made of plastic and is curved to mimic the shape of the eyes, so you can really get in right at the base of the eyelashes for maximum lift.

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Black 

When I first tried this mascara I have to admit I wasn’t a fan. I found that it gave a lot of lift and curl but the brush was difficult to use and gave a lot of clumping. Fast forward a few days, once I got my¬†hands round using this brush, I found that it really is a fantastic¬†mascara. It lifts right from the root elongating the lashes and gives a lot of curl for a fanned out effect. You can get 2 coats of this mascara on before it starts clumping. I found¬†that this mascara stung a lot when I rubbed my eyes, so many not one for sensitive eyes.¬†There was very, very little smudging by the end of the day¬†(after a sweaty gym session), with no flaking AND¬†the curl¬†didn’t drop at all.

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The formula of this mascara in’t great. I find it to be quite “sticky” and it clumps very easily. It’s difficult to apply more than one layer as it dries very hard and very quickly. Removal of this mascara is extremely¬†difficult. Unfortunately¬†this version smudges quite a bit and it flakes a little.

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Overall verdict

It’s been around 2 weeks since I bought this mascara and I have to say I haven’t stopped using it. In my opinion the waterproof version is awful, it’s clumpy, smudges and flakes, so save your pennies on that and opt for the normal version. This mascara requires some practice to get used to the brush but once you’ve mastered it is indeed a “sensational” mascara. I would go as far as saying this matches my holy grail mascara¬†and I will be repurchasing it for sure.

Jay x

Delilah Sunset Matte Bronzer (Medium Dark) – Review

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When I first¬†saw a review for this bronzer on Mouldy Fruit¬†I knew I had to try it out for myself. Finding a bronzer for someone who has a warm, darker complexion is especially difficult. I find a lot of¬†bronzers¬†look “muddy” on me¬†and don’t suit the yellow undertones in my skin.

Delilah Sunset Matte Bronzer is available online through the¬†Space NK website¬†for ¬£34. Delilah Cosmetics are a relatively new British cosmetics brand which focuses on good quality, premium products. There are two colours to choose from, Medium Light and Medium Dark and they both have a 100% matte finish. I chose Medium Dark and I’d say this colour would suit anyone between an NC35-NC44.

Initially upon opening the package you can tell this product is expensive. It comes in a pretty pink presentation box and has a grey velvet pouch to hold it in. The gun metal and rose gold casing is very weighty and has a nice mirror and magnetic clasp.

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When I first saw the colour of this bronzer in the pan I was skeptical because I thought it looked a bit too light. However, when I actually tried this on my face, oh my goodness, I fell in love! This bronzer adds life and warmth back into my skin in a very subtle way, but it can be built up to give a dramatic bronzed look too. The powder is extremely finely milled and the texture is very soft making it look airbrushed when buffed into the skin. it also blends beautifully over foundation. I like using it on my cheeks, under my chin, on my temples and dusting a bit on the top of my nose for a chiseled sunkissed look.

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I’m really happy with my first experience with Delilah Cosmetics as I love to support homegrown brands. This bronzer is that touch of luxury in my otherwise unglamorous day and it¬†has become a staple in my Spring/ Summer make-up arsenal.

Jay x