Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Colossal Big Shot Mascara from Maybelline

I'm back! It's been a while hasn't it? My blog had some technical issues, then it had a bit of a revamp thanks to our talented friend Jim. And then I just didn't feel right posting anything last week with everything going on. 

So here I am with a new release to show you - and it's a goodun! 


You may have tried a mascara from Maybelline's Colossal range in the past, being cheap and cheerful and offering amazing results, it would be a crime not to try one. When this landed on my doorstep I had high hopes already -Maybelline know their stuff when it comes to mascara, but I wasn't expecting to be so wowed by the newest Colossal mascara - the Colossal Big Shot Volum' Express Mascara


The packaging is in-line with the other Colossal mascaras, big and chunky with a feathery brush. The metallic packaging of this one stand out as a new release. The name Big Shot just has to be gold, doesn't it?! It's enriched with collagen to really boost that eye area with an instant charge of volume. 


It claims to give you big, bold volumised lashes in one coat - and that's exactly what it does!

The bristle brush loads the lashes with product without clumping. The brush separates and covers the lashes in mascara with minimum effort and has been a life saver on busy mornings, just one quick sweep and I'm good to go. it can be built up if you want a more dramatic effect but I honestly don't think it needs it.  


One coat is really all you need, it's so quick to apply and it gives amazing results right away. It really does give a BIG SHOT of volume that stays put, there's no flaking or smudging -even in this hot weather. I have always said you don't need to to spend a fortune on high end mascaras as the high street do them so brilliantly for a fraction of the price. This mascara is proof of that, it's less than a tenner and Maybelline always have offers on too.  I AM LOVING THIS! 

It's a really reasonable £7.99 and out now.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Sleek Distorted Dreams Palette and Metallic Matte Me Lip Creams

Last week I attended the Sleek Distorted Dreams party at Tape, London. It was a great evening with cocktails and oh-so tasty canap├ęs and most of all it gave me the chance to catch up with some wonderful people and really get back into my blogging game after a tiny set-back with my health last year. 


The night was to celebrate two new products in time for Summer, new additions to their Matte Me lip creams and a truly stunning highlighter palette. Both of which are  packed with reflective and holographic pigments to illuminate your cheeks, around the eyes and your lips. The girls from Britain's Next Top model were there looking leggy and stunning and their cheekbones were shimmering down to the new highlighting palette that was actually used in that night's episode - Sleek are taking over guys! 


There are many products Sleek do well, but the one that stands out to me is their highlighters, they're so pigmented, really long lasting and not at all glittery. I'm after a bold glow, I don't want to look like something my son created at nursery! Sleek help me achieve that with no problem and you don't have to spend a fortune either. 

 The New Distorted Dreams highlighting palette does not disappoint, firstly it's only £10.99 and you get 5 shades to play with. As always it's in a really sturdy case with a nice large mirror. The casing itself has a mirror-like surface which in my case has got really smudged but let's be honest, once you’ve taken a picture for instagram does packaging really need to stay pristine!? 


The palette contains three cream highlighters, a pink shell, a silver with a subtle green to it (it sounds scary but it’s fab!) and the small square in the middle contains a blue tone for if you’re feeling brave - it looks great on a darker skin tone. They’re definitely fun to play with and will be incredible for festival season. I’m just picturing them at pool parties (not that I ever go to them but hey, a girl can dream!) 
If cream highlighters aren't your thing there's also two powder highlighters, a golden bronze and a pink with purple/blue tones which is just stunning. 


On to the lips. We all love the original matte Me lip creams, (that lilac shade is beautiful! If you haven’t seen it take a look, it's perfect for spring) they last such a long time and there's such a great shade selection too. 


Sleek have added three shades that really give you the chance to embrace the metallic trend and add something special to a bold lip. 

There are three metallics, Rusted Rose, a deep frosted rose,  Volcanic which has more of a nude tone with a touch of purple; Think Velvet Teddy with a kick! And Roman Copper- a golden/amber shade which looks great lightly swept over a nude lip.

 These shades are beautiful and are going to be amazing right through to Autumn. these gold tones are already making me think of crispy leaves and it's barely even Summer yet. If metallics are your thing I really recommend you try them out, for just
£4.99 you can't really say no! These are available at the end of the month so just in time for payday!

*I was kindly gifted these products but as always thoughts are 100% my own


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

NEW Maybelline Eraser Shades

The Maybelline Eraser is one concealer I always recommend. I've repurchased it over and over and it works wonders on my under eyes. 

Up until recently there was only a light and medium shade (and the light is always out of stock in my local Boots!) so I really pleased to see there are now a couple of additions to the collection. While the originals are marketed as a concealer these are also an eye treatment. I've picked up the Brightener which has pink tone for really brightening the eye area and Neautralizer which has more of a yellow tone to cover dark circles. 


If you're not familiar with the Eraser it comes in a tube with an attached sponge on top which means you can easily add the product straight to the skin. I use it to swipe across my underage area and then pat with my finger finger to really blend it in without adding too much product. It's pretty refreshing and the formula is enriched with goji berry which helps hydrate the eye area too.

I know some don't like the idea of the applicator but I've found it can be removed and you can use the concealer straight from the bottle. Although  Maybelline do say that it is protected with an anti-microbial system to keep it clean. They also advise you only wipe excess product off with tissue and not to wet the sponge.

I've put the three shades next to each other to show the difference. 


It offers a medium coverage that can be built up and I don't find it too heavy at all. I find it covers brilliantly even without the need for setting it with a powder (a step I constantly miss out in my make up routine). I always look more alive when I'm using one of these and at the moment I'm really favouring the brightener for adding some luminosity. 


These can be used with foundation or even under a concealer to give you flawless coverage. If you have a concealer that's too dark you can add some neutraliser to brighten it up. I've found a lot of colour correctors to be quite thick and heavy which is not what you need under your eyes so these are really brilliant. 

They are £7.99 each and pretty much always on offer so I definitely recommend trying one out.