Friday, 30 September 2016

Friday First | Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor


It's another liquid lipstick review! This week I'm looking at the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor which was a really highly covered, anticipated and hyped up product. In the makeup world this was a liquid lipstick everyone has wanted to get their hands on and it's taken me so long to be able to get my hands on the shade that I wanted.

You know how my Friday First reviews work, so when a product has really little information it kind of freaks me out... Revlon describe their Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors' as "high definition matte lip colour". The Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors' are "100% wax-free" and instead are a "gel formula" that are "lightweight... moisturisingwith a "velvety feel" and have a "creamy mango and whipped vanilla fragrance" (www.revlon.co.uk).

Where do I start with this product? Let's start with the colour.. I picked up Flirtation because in tube it looked like it would be the perfect everyday colour and boy was I wrong. Flirtation is insanely bright; which isn't a bad thing. It's definitely a colour I'll be able to wear in the Spring and Summer, but it definitely isn't an everyday colour. It's more a colour I'm going to need a full face of makeup for and most definitely some form of event. I definitely wouldn't say this is a lightweight lip colour with a velvety feel either, the texture is incredibly thick that makes it very difficult to apply. Because the texture is so thick you can't apply it smoothly which means some of the colour is pulled from some areas meaning that the application ends up being incredibly patchy. I really don't like the applicator and I feel like this makes it harder to apply; because the application is shaped on both sides it makes it difficult for you to get a sharp line in the inner corner of your lips and around the edges of your lips. I just found that the Ultra HD Lipcolor just never dried down, now to say it's meant to be a liquid lipstick that is matte this is a huge problem. For me it acted more like a typical lipstick with a gloss applied over the top, not once did it show signs of even starting to dry down to a matte finish. Because of this is transfers so easily; the moment I had a drink it came off my lips, the moment I ate something it came off my lips even more. By the end of the day I just had a very faint trace of this left around the edge of my lips because it just never fully dried down. On the plus side I think I'm one of the few people who actually really enjoy the scent of this product.

Will I continue to use Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor? I'll probably end up reaching for this on a Spring or Summer night where I need a pop of colour and I'm not expecting my lip colour to last me all day long, or if I'm going somewhere where I don't mind having to reapply my lip colour. I won't be reaching for it and continuing to use it as a long lasting matte liquid lipstick.
Would I repurchase Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor? I'm not sure yet. There are a couple of colours within the range that I definitely have my eye on, but I feel that they're colours that I could from other ranges. For £8.99 for a product that claims to a be matte lip colour I wouldn't be repurchasing it for that reason.
Would I recommend Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor? Not really. For a product that claims it is a matte lip colour it definitely didn't dry down to matte at all, in fact it was so shiny it may as well be a gloss. It transferred so easily that it just rubbed off my lips, it was really difficult to apply, and it was just patchy.
Overall score out of 5? A 2. The only aspect of this product that I really liked about this product was the scent. This is a product that is meant to be matte but not once did it start to dry down to a matte finish and it looked more like a gloss. It was difficult to apply, so much so that it was just patchy. It just rubbed off my lips because it transferred so easily. For a product that everyone seemed to be talking about and one that took me a while to get my hands on, I'm insanely disappointed.

Have you tried Revlon's Ultra HD Lipcolor? Are you a fan of Revlon's Ultra HD Lipcolor? Have you ever been disappointed with a product so quickly? Let me know!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Life | Musical Nostalgia Tag

I wish I could remember how I managed to stumble across this tag, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was one that I had to do. I've been wanting to write a post all about music nostalgia and memories, so as soon as I found this tag over on chloemarisasnow I knew it would be the perfect way for me to talk all about this.

1. Which band did you hate that everyone liked?
When I was in Year 7 and 8 everyone seemed to love both System of a Down and Muse and I just still to this day can't stand either of them. A little bit harsh but I just can't. I also don't get the hype around Foo Fighters..

2. The album that soundtracked your school years?
Oh god, I can probably break this down to about 3 or 4. Year 7 and 8 was definitely defined by Fall Out Boy's From Under The Cork Tree and Panic!'s A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. In Year 9 I was absolutely in love with Boys Like Girls' self-titled album. In Year 10 Mayday Parade completely took over with A Lesson In Romantics and Year 11 was a huge mixture of whoever was around on the scene at the time. McFly would have also been a constant throughout my school years also though!

3. What was the first CD you owned?
I'm really trying to think about the first CD I bought with my own money, and I have a feeling it might have been Busted. Thinking about it a lot more I know it was one of the 3 CD collections where you'd have 3 different covers, and I really want to say it was Air Hostess?

4. Were you obsessed with any bands when you were younger?
Oh my god yes. I was a huge McFly fan, and I still am. I was also a huge Westlife fan, I had literally every CD and I was also a huge Steps fan, I convinced my Mum to pay to let me watch them live on Sky, oh my god I cringe so hard thinking about it.

5. Are there any bands from when you were younger that you still listen to?
I still listen to McFly on like a daily basis, I honestly can't imagine my life without McFly and I know that sounds a little dramatic. Honestly, they're the only band that have definitely carried me through my childhood that continue to carry me through my adulthood.

6. What was your favourite music video?
I wouldn't say that I had a favourite music video but I loved music videos where I could copy the dance routines and then we could practice them in the playground the next day. Also me and my Mum used to copy the dance routines together, yep we were so cool.

7. Did you ever go through a 'phase' if so what did you listen to?
Everyone else will tell you that I went through an emo phase, but I'll tell you that the fact I'm still going to Slam Dunk at the age of 22 that emo isn't a phase, it's a lifestyle.

8. Have any family members influenced your music taste?
My parents have had a huge influence on my music taste. My Dad has a huge passion for Frank Sinatra and that kind of music and I absolutely love this music to this day. My Mum always used to play 80s music at me, she still does actually, so I love a good cheesy sing along every now and then. They have a lot to answer for.

9. Did you ever like any songs from movie/video game soundtracks?
For as long as I can remember I've always loved musicals so I've always loved movie soundtracks I guess. I can't really think of any songs from any movies or video games that I can remember.

10. What was the ultimate school disco song?
For my generation the Cha Cha Slide was the ultimate school disco song and it would have everyone lined up on the dance floor doing every move in perfect time. We also had classics like the Macarena and Saturday Night.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Life | #apovgiftswap

I can't believe in September I'm writing about how I've signed up for a Christmas Blogger Gift Swap but when I saw that Viola over at apieceofviola had launched her Christmas gift swap again for this year I just couldn't resist signing up!

I'm not sure about you, but I refuse to start thinking about Christmas and what I'm getting people until after my birthday has passed and then I start looking to buy my brothers birthday present and I then start looking at what to buy everybody else.

I personally love Christmas! I love being able to plan what to buy everybody that means the absolute world to me, I love being able to plan how to wrap it and just imagining their faces when they open it. Although we have quite a small family, which isn't always a bad thing and I'm not complaining by any means. What I love about the idea of Blogger Gift Swaps however is that I love being able to buy a present for someone else that I don't know that well but I'm still able to put a smile on their face and for me that's what Christmas is all about! Also you never know, you might be able to make a friend from this!

So if you're a blogger from the UK and you want to get involved in the Christmas Blogger Gift Swap just click on Viola's blog above to be taken through to the blog post for all the details! I'm desperate for a Lush visit for the new Halloween and Autumn range, but this has secretly got me a little bit excited for Christmas...

Friday, 23 September 2016

Friday First | Lee Stafford Coco Loco Blow & Go


I've recently been searching high and low for a new hair product to use on my hair after I've washed it to give it a little extra something before I dry and style it. My Mum's recently swapped jobs and the product I used on my hair religiously before I just cannot get my hands on easily so I've had to find something to replace it with. I used to use Lee Stafford products on my hair all the time and I'm not really sure why I ever stopped. I've heard nothing but good things about the Coco Loco range so I naturally had to pick something up from that range to try.

The Blow & Go Genius Lotion is described as a "perfecting potion" that "helps create softer, silkier hair, conditions and smooths, strengthens and nourishes, helps repair damaged hair, improves shine, improves combability and protects against humidity". As well as all of that it also "has colour fade and heat protection" and helps to make sure your hair "sits better, feels better, behaves better" (www.leestafford.com/en).

Is it as perfect as it seems? Well it definitely helps my hair to feel better when I use this. My hair is in desperate need for a good cut so it's doing that really fun thing where it is just knotting together insanely. I'm not finding that this helps me to comb through my hair any easier, and I can't say that I find my hair to be any softer while using it until I've finished styling my hair then it feels softer. It definitely seems to be helping against humidity a little bit, which is nice because even though we're now in Autumn it's still insanely warm some days which is not working well with my hair. I can't comment on the fact of colour protection just yet, but when I get round to colouring my hair I'll check back in with this. However, it is incredibly easy to use too much of this product and because it contains coconut oil your hair instantly feels oily and horrible.. Maybe just a note to be aware of, a brazil size nut is far too much product for me.

Will I continue to use Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Blow & Go? I think I will. Right now I'm generally enjoying how it's making my hair feel most days. Although I am still looking for other products to use on my hair to compare a few against each other, but right now I'm enjoying Blow & Go.
Would I repurchase Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Blow & Go? Of course I would, at £6.99 I think it's incredibly fairly priced and if I'm being honest it was one of the cheaper hair products available in Boots!
Would I recommend Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Blow & Go? I think so, everyone seems to be raving about the Coco Loco range although no one seems to be talking about individual products. If you're looking to introduce coconut oil into your hair but don't want to go in with hair oil, then this definitely could be the product for you!
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I'm currently enjoying how my hair is feeling, although my hair is in desperate need of a good cut so I don't think I'm feeling the full benefits of this product. Although it is incredibly easy to use far too much of this product and your hair can just end up feeling incredibly oily and horrible all day long because of oil being included.

Have you tried Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Blow & Go? Have you tried anything from the Coco Loco range? Do you find that coconut oil helps your hair at all? Do you have any hair products that you think work better than the Blow & Go but are similar? Let me know!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Beauty | w7 Base Products


w7 is a brand that I've only tried a few things from but everything I've tried I've always loved. Although I literally have no idea where to get my hands on it, this brand seriously seems to be like gold dust in the UK. When I found a shop while I was on holiday that literally had every w7 product I could imagine I knew I had to pick up a few bits. I can't lie, it's definitely thanks to Ruby who blogs over at chasingrubieschasingpearl that I'm aware just how good w7's makeup range is! I was very tempted to try some makeup pieces, but I wasn't able to colour test anything properly so I thought I'd pick up a few concealers and just stick to the base for now.

So the first thing I knew I just had to pick up was the Prime Magic Anti-Redness Primer which as you can see is a green primer which works to counteract any redness within the skin and then acts like a typical primer by creating a smooth surface for makeup to work on top of. Now I don't suffer horrendously from redness, I have a little bit around the bottom and edges of my nose and if I have any huge face daemons they will probably come with some redness. Now with this being a anti-redness primer I can go in with this over my whole face which I find a lot easier. I can't say I notice it makes a difference to the redness in my skin when I apply it straight away, but I have noticed that the redness doesn't come through my foundation as much so it's definitely helped with that. Also my makeup does last a hell of a lot longer with this primer and looks better all day long!

I then knew the next thing I'd be wanting to try would be the Porefection Pore Minimizer. I can't say that I feel I suffer with huge pores, but they're larger than I'd like them to be especially in my T-Zone. I initially was a little put off by the fact that this product is slightly coloured, and I was worried if it was going completely throw off the shade of my foundation. I only really apply this to my T-Zone and the tops of my cheeks and as soon as you apply this to your face it disappears and the colour is nothing to worry about. I can't really say it dramatically files my pores in or minimises them amazingly, I'd say it just blurs them out slightly. I'm not reaching for this on a daily basis, more on those days when I really want my makeup to look a lot more made up than usual.

The last thing I picked up was the Go Corrective Concealer in Green, and the girl serving me in the shop really did look at me gone out when I handed her two green makeup products. This works in the same way as the anti-redness primer by working to neutralize the red tones within the skin, although it's just a concealer. If I'm honest I've only used this once and I actually found it very difficult to warm up so that I could work it into my skin cause lets be honest, the last thing that I want it a huge green blotch on my face that hasn't been blended properly. As a concealer it is lightweight and creamy and you really can't tell that you're wearing it. I'm definitely saving this for those days where I have a lot more redness or I'm really suffering with my skin.

With what I've tried from w7 I'm really impressed and the list of products to try is growing by the day!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday First | Sleek Matte Me



Liquid lipsticks are definitely my thing, lately I find myself reaching for them a lot more than traditional lipsticks and I'm definitely starting a collection. I honestly find them a lot easier to apply when I'm out on the go and I just find they tend to last a lot longer and keep their colour longer.

Sleek's Matte Me liquid lipsticks are "a matte finish... that glide on in one smooth application, with no need for a second coat". The Matte Me liquid lipsticks also claim to have a "light as air texture" that "provides you with comfortable wear for hours, that doesn't cake, flake or dry out, ensuring long lasting colour all day" (sleekmakeup.com/uk).

Ever been catfished by a lipstick? Because holy crap I definitely was by Velvet Slipper! It's described a "muted deep plum" which it definitely is on the lips, but I definitely wasn't expecting it from the tube. Not that I'm complaining, but maybe do a swatch test on your hand in store if you can? You can definitely get away with one coat of the Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks, although I always go in with a second coat to just seal everything in, make everything that little bit smoother and just make sure I have that ultimate colour to last me throughout the day. You definitely forget that you're wearing the Matte Me liquid lipsticks, they're so comfortable to wear. I found that the first time I wore this to try it out I forgot to apply any lipbalm before hand and then throughout the day I did find that it became a little dry on the lips. However the second time I wore it I applied lipbalm while doing the rest of my makeup and blotted it off before applying my Matte Me and it sat much nicer throughout the day. These last incredibly well throughout the day, I found the colour only really wore around the inner part of my lips when I was eating and drinking but it didn't really transfer. Also these take a lot to get off, I really have to soak my lips with my micellar water to remove every part of this lipstick.

Will I continue to use Sleek's Matte Me? I already can't wait for Autumn and Winter, purely so that I can pull this colour off on a daily basis and it be a bit more acceptable. I already know I'll be reaching for this so much purely because the colour literally lasts all day and I hardly have to touch it throughout the day.
Would I repurchase Sleek's Matte Me? I've definitely got my eye on so many shades that I want to try from Sleek and for £4.99 each I don't really know how I could say no!
Would I recommend Sleek's Matte Me? Definitely. I can easily say that the Matte Me is one of the best liquid lipsticks that I've tried so I'd highly recommend them to everyone! If you're into liquid lipsticks and you haven't yet tried the Matte Me's from Sleek then definitely think about it!
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I love how the colour lasts basically all day long and only really wears on the inner of my lips when I'm eating and drinking. It also does not come off easily, which is kind of a good thing! For such a low price, the Matte Me's are a great liquid lipstick that you need to try!

Have you tried Sleek's Matte Me liquid lipsticks? Are you a fan of liquid lipsticks? Do you think you use any liquid lipsticks that are similar to Sleek's Matte Me liquid lipsticks? Let me know!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Holiday Diaries | Amsterdam Edition

I feel like this is the most picture heavy post ever but I've actually narrowed it down as much as I can to the pictures that I feel best show our time in Amsterdam. I'm a huge believer that pictures speak a thousand words, and we saw and did so much that these are genuinely just a snapshot into our long weekend into the world that is Amsterdam. Basically all credit goes to Ryan for the pictures because he's a better photographer than I'll ever be.

It's an interesting place that I instantly fell in love with and I'd definitely go back. We got to see some incredible sights, we got to see some actual Banksy work, see the Red Light District, visit the best zoo ever, I got to be the ultimate fan girl and find The Fault In Our Stars Bench and we got to visit the Anne Frank House. Also if I never smell weed again in my life I swear it will still be too soon.. If you've never visited Amsterdam then it's definitely a place I'd highly recommend you visit at least once!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Friday First | Garnier Moisture Bomb


I sometimes want to shake my head at how long it took me to realise that just because I suffer from oily to combination skin, that didn't mean that I had to avoid from adding moisture back into my skin. I'd finally got my skincare routine down and in true fashion one of my products has been discontinued, so when I saw Garnier's new Moisture Bomb on offer I thought I'd give it a go!

Garnier's Moisture Bomb is a 3-in-1 moisturiser that "recharges the skin with hydration and leaves it feeling protected from external aggressions". The 3-in-1 properties are; "24 hour continuous hydration", "wrinkles appear reduced" and it contains "two antioxidant superfruit extracts: amla and pomegranate" that are "combined with daily UVA/UVB protection". As well as containing all of this, and doing all this for the skin, Garnier's Moisture Bomb "melts immediately on contact with the skin" with "no greasy or sticky effect" (garnier.co.uk).

Let me start with the main thing that completely threw me with this moisturiser. Everything I've used in the past that has been targeted towards hydration has always been really lightweight, thin and basically clear. However Moisture Bomb is a very thick cream, it doesn't take any working into the skin though it really does melt into the skin straight away and immediately disappears.. It just confused me a little bit. You really don't need a lot, the first day I used this I used a full pump and that was definitely more than I needed. I use a pea sized amount, which isn't half a pump and that feels like a really generous amount and my skin seems to love it. I love how my skin feels and looks since I've been using this, I have a lot less dry patches and my oiliness is a lot easier to manage since I've introduced moisture back into my skin and it's now hydrated properly. I was never really paying attention to if I had any fine lines or wrinkles, but I feel like my skin looks fuller and more youthful so I'm definitely going to say it's living up to it's claims. I hate the smell of this though, and I'm so glad it disappears as quickly as it does. With pomegranate being the main ingredient I had high hopes for the scent of Moisture Bomb, but oh my god it smells nothing like pomegranate and it breaks my heart. I can't quite put my finger on the scent, but it's not pretty and I don't like it. Luckily, the scent disappears as quickly as it sinks into my skin.

Will I continue to use Garnier's Moisture Bomb? Definitely, I love what it's doing to my skin and how my skin is now looking. My skin is absolutely loving it and I've honestly never known my skin to look better.
Would I repurchase Garnier's Moisture Bomb? I honestly wasn't sure when I first started using Moisture Bomb, but after using it for another couple of weeks I've changed my mind. I'll definitely be repurchasing this purely because of how my skin has reacted to this. My skin is looking and feeling fantastic and it's fitted in perfectly with my morning routine.
Would I recommend Garnier's Moisture Bomb? I think I would. Garnier recommend it for anyone with dry, normal or sensitive skin. But I also think if like me you have oily to combination skin this could also work for you. My dry patches seemed to have disappeared and my oiliness is so much easier to maintain throughout the day.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I love how my skin is looking and feeling. I love that I have to use such little product for my skin to feel great all day long. I love that it really does sink into my skin instantly. I hate the scent though, it really is a good job that the scent disappears as soon as it sinks into my skin.

Have you tried Garnier's Moisture Bomb? Do you use a moisturiser that you think is similar to Garnier's Moisture Bomb? Let me know!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Beauty | MAC False Lases Extreme Black


So I don't think I've ever really trusted the little sample giveaways on Facebook before, but one of my friends told me about the MAC one and that I just had to give it a go. So it actually worked and a mini sample of MACs False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara eventually dropped on my doorstep.. So if you've been thinking about it, definitely give them a go.

I can't actually say I've ever heard a lot about any of the mascaras by MAC, I've heard a lot of their other bits of makeup but never their mascaras. So the False Lashes Extreme Black mascara is described as a mousse-like formula that pushes up your lashes for maximum volume.. I can't comment on the mousse-like formula because it just looks and feels like a typical mascara formula to me while I'm using it.

The key benefits are meant to be volume, curl and a 'dramatic exaggerated look' leaving you with lashes that look 'magnified, thick, long, curled and full-feathered'.. So have I noticed any of these claims? I can definitely say that my lashes have looked longer and thicker while using this mascara, although I can't say if I noticed them looking any more curled. In fact this mascara makes my lashes so long, thicker and fuller that if I set my makeup with my setting spray too soon then I'll actually have mascara lines both under my eyes and just under my eyebrows, which is a fantastic look to try and fix just as you're setting your makeup as you can imagine.

If you try to build this mascara up too quickly then it will clump and you'll have no option but to start again because there is literally no going back and fixing that. However one thing I did learn last weekend when Ryan and me got caught in some horrendous wind and rain is that this mascara withstands the rain really, really well. Will I be paying £19 for it? I'm not quite sure. I like it, I really do but I'm not sure if I love it.. I have mascaras that I love and I think work just as well for a hell of a lot cheaper.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Friday First | L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay


Another product that I feel I'm so late to the party on.. Again, I don't like to think I'm late to the party or behind I just like to think that I let the hype die down and I actually gave it a fair review. Let's also be honest, I'm so in love with my Boots Fresh shampoo that it's going to take a bloody miracle to make me step away and actually try something new. A shampoo specifically designed to target oily roots and dry ends, where do I sign up?

The L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay range is a combination of "3 refined clays" which work to "combat the excessive oil production at the roots but also any dehydration throughout the lengths and ends". Clay is a wonderful thing and it's something I use a lot in my skin care routine because of  their "ability to cleanse, purify and energise" (loreal-paris.co.uk). The shampoo and conditioner work by leaving the scalp feeling "deeply purified for 72 hours with freshness and light, lifted roots", "dry hair feels hydrated right to the ends for fluid, free-flowing lengths" and hair is revitalised "with softeness, shine and bounce" (loreal-paris.co.uk).

So lets start with the biggest claim, does my hair really feel refreshed for 72 hours? Honestly I can't truly put that to the test 100% because I just can't bring myself to leave my hair 3 days, the longest I can go is 2 and by the second I'm dry shampooing my hair if I'm at work. However, my scalp has been feeling better and I haven't been having to use as much dry shampoo on my hair and despite being in need of a desperate cut and probably in need of a good hair mask, my ends have been feeling healthier and not as dry and blunt. I was about to say that I can't really say I've noticed much of a difference in shine, but I've just looked back over recent pictures and my hair is definitely looking a lot healthier and shinier and believe me it's feeling a hell of a lot softer.

Will I continue to use the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range? I will, I like what it's done for my hair using it so far. I'm definitely going to incorporate it into my haircare routine and find a way to mix up this with my favourite Boots Fresh range.
Would I repurchase the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range? I think I might. It's definitely not going to become my every day shampoo but more so the shampoo I reach for at least once a week or once every other week so the price is definitely justifiable. It's quite affordable, and I've seen it on offer in so many different places lately!
Would I recommend the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range? If you're a girl like me who suffers from those dreaded oily roots but has dry ends then this definitely does work and isn't just a marketing gimmick. I do feel like clay is everywhere at the minute and seems to be the latest craze, but this really does work and my hair is loving it.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I like how my hair feels, I just can't put the 72 hour claims to the test, and to be honest I'm not really sure how anybody could. Now apparently the star of the show is the pre-shampoo masque, so I now need to get my hands on that to give it a go.

Have you tried the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range? Is the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range something you'd try? Do you think there is a haircare range out there that's similar to the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range? Let me know!