Touch in Sol Flawless Skin Top Coat

Hello beauties,

Some makeup for you today, from South Korean brand Touch in Sol. Flawless Skin Top Coat is a fabulous multi-purpose Primer, Foundation and setting powder. I have the colour shade Light, there are only two currently so I don’t know how this would be for ladies with deeper skin tones.

I love this base. I’ve been reaching for this more than my usual Bare Minerals Original Foundation. It’s got fabulous coverage without being cakey. Flawless Skin Top Coat is more of a matte finish, but to me there is still a bit glow, it’s so easy to use and apply. You can build it up if you need to, and you don’t need to labour over it. I’ve got really stressed skin at the moment, all red and bumpy and it’s covered it very well.

This lasts as well as my Bare Minerals, and I don’t need my finishing powder to take down shine at the start, I should imagine though in the warmer weather I would need to powder down later in the day. I’m really impressed with this and I have to say that liquid bases aren’t my favourite! Flawless Skin looks great, lasts very well and is easy to apply. What more could you want?! I got mine from eBay for the princely sum of £6.80. Cult Beauty are stocking this, although they are charging over £20.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle

Hello beauties,

My love of matte liquid lipsticks is not waning at all, it’s my favourite texture as I detest gloss! I hadn’t tried Colourpop before, but it is a brand I’ve seen on Instagram a lot.

The colour is called Tulle, I love these deeper colours for this time of year. I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup so I do love a bold lip and this one definitely ticks the box for me. I found it really easy to apply, I make sure I have time to apply with bolder colours so there is less chance for mistakes. The colour glides on smoothly and the pigment covers well. I only put on one layer which I did wonder why this didn’t last long.

Colourpop didn’t last long at all on me, it came off really easily on a spoon when I was stuffing the cream topping off a hot chocolate (so like the Morphe, Colourpop didn’t pass the hot chocolate test!!) and I was so disappointed! By the time I had finished my drink, the colour was practically all gone. There was a hint of colour left on my cloth when I removed my makeup when I got home, but I personally would have to reapply after eating or drinking. The reason I go for matte liquid as they are supposed to last (Max Factor Lipfinity and Maybelline 24hour Colourstay last until I want to take them off at the end of the day or evening) Colourpop didn’t hold up to my favourites. Of course if I layer then I am sure it will be more durable, but for me this is a lippy I would have to take out with me.

I bought mine from eBay and it was £2.99, I am all about the eBay bargains! (I know there are a lot of people that don’t recommend buying from eBay, I have been very lucky and always had genuine items apart from one instance. I have been buying from here from at least 8 years, being on such a limited budget sucks!) Neither Boots or Superdrug sell Colourpop in my town and I am not sure they do in Oxford so that’s why I bought online. Even though Tulle didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I would try the brand again.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Incredible Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paints

Hi beauties,

I have a recent new launch today, INC.redible Cosmetics from the brains behind Nails Inc Thea Green. Thea has created another company, at the moment specialising in lip products. Lippies being my favourite makeup item, I snapped up for of their matte formulas!

So I previewed these on Instagram and it proved popular! The first two of the colours are “Matte My Day” in Fake it till I make it and I’m something else. These are traditional matte liquid lipsticks, a smooth creamy formula that is so easy to apply. The applicator is a shaped doe foot making it easy to line and colour in your lip at the same time.

The next two colours are the matte metallic shades Oh Yeah, You Did and Turn Me Up, Turn Me On. They go on just as smoothly as the matte colours but the shine is so pretty! I was a little disappointed when I first swatched them with the purple Oh Yeah, You Did. I expected more pigment and it was a bit sheer, I found I had to do two layers to get depth of colour that was decent.

The staying power of these lip colours are brilliant. It lasted through 5 hours while I was eating and drinking within that time. It was gone after my meal but I think 5 hours is a decent length of time. The colours are easy to apply and I’m pretty satisfied with the lasting power. You can find more shades as well as more lip products at http://www.nailsinc.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Max Factor False Lash Epic

Hi beauties,

I have something monumental to share with you today: I have found my holy grail mascara! Yes it’s true, after searching for more years than I care to admit that day is finally here.

This wonder mascara is Max Factor False Lash Epic and boy Max Factor weren’t kidding when they came up with that name! I’ve got reasonably good lashes, some are obscenely long, but they are straight and getting straighter as I get older. This gurl ain’t got no curl! When I first tried this I was gobsmacked at how good it was. I took the photo above straight after!

The wand is brilliant and the formula is great, it provides curl to my lashes and it actually holds it too. A tip I heard recently was that when applying mascara brush straight through your lashes and don’t wiggle the brush. By wiggling you can clump your lashes together and you don’t get the maximum lift. It’s true, this totally works and gives my lashes fab Lift.

I discovered this in a You Beauty Box and will buy it forever more, it’s £12 which is more than I would usually spend, however it’s totally worth it for the results I get. It’s not a crazy £30 that some premium mascaras are so I can live with the price.

If you are looking for a great mascara to give you lift/curl and volume this will be right up your street. Thank you Max Factor!!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Bellapierre Cosmetics 

Mascara and champagne highlighter

Hi beauties,

I have some makeup today, in the form of Volumising Mascara and Shimmer Powder in Champagne from Bellapierre. These two came from two You Beauty Boxes and as I don’t wear makeup that often, it’s taken me a while to test them..

So to start with the mascara, I have very straight lashes that seem to be getting straighter as I get older, so curl is top of my list. I love a bit of volume too, I don’t have to worry too much about length as my lashes grow so long. They’ve always been like that, much to the envy of my sister! I didn’t’ get much curl with this mascara at all, although it did make my lashes look a wee bit thicker but overall unfortunately I was unimpressed. If you want thickness and not bothered about curl this would be an option. I don’t think this is worth £19.99 which to me is premium prices, for twenty quid I want the moon on a stick!

On to the highlighting shimmer powder, this is lovely. It gave my skin a real glow, the sheen is unbeliveable! You can’t see much in the straight on picture, the profile one is much better and clearer to skin. For a makeup novice like me it was easy to apply, I may have gone crazy and applied too much…! Shimmer Powder is £12.99 which I don’t think is too bad, generally it is the pricing that puts me off Bellapierre, for example their mineral foundation is £34.99 *shocked face*!

You can find out more at http://www.bellapierre.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Latest in Beauty September

Hello beauties,

As you may know the You Beauty Box is no more *sob sob*, instead they have teamed up with Latest in Beauty to offer a beauty subscription service, typically its more expensive! So if you want to subscribe, here are the options:

  • Beauty Novice – choose three products from the long list for £9.00 per month
  • Beauty Enthusiast – choose six products for £15.00 per month
  • Beauty Guru – choose nine products for £18.00 per month

Delivery is included and you get a free makeup bag with your first month. I was lucky to have a code from You Beauty to get the special offer gift for You subscribers, this entitled me to a full size Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment.

If you don’t want to subscribe monthly, you can build a one off box for the following cost:

  • Beauty Novice – choose three products for £16.00 plus delivery
  • Beauty Enthusiast – choose six products for £22.00 plus delivery
  • Beauty Guru – choose nine products for £25.00 plus delivery

The list of products is longer on LIB, so the choice is massive. I prefer to choose my boxes because I don’t want to be stuck with things I know I wouldn’t/don’t want to try. Popbands were in a box I tried which is no good for me as I have short hair so they were given away to my best friend and her daughter.

For my first box I chose:

  • Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten and Tighten Hydro Face Mask
  • Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Body Booster Mousse
  • Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser
  • Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayon in Sangria
  • Origins Plantscription Anti Aging Facial Serum
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Rudolph Red

I am going to try LIB for a few months to see how I get on, my gut feeling is that I will more than likely keep the subscription up.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL

Hi beauties

Today I have Rodial Glamolash XXL today, I haven’t tried the brand before but seen and heard of a lot of their skincare I wasn’t aware that Rodial were now doing makeup.

Rodial were created in 1999 and probably most well known for their Bee Venom and Snake skincare. Rodial use a lot of the patented anti ageing ingredients (Syn-ake being one) in their products and their pricing is on the very premium side (Bee Venom moisturiser is £160.00!).

So getting on to makeup, I like wearing mascara when I wear makeup as I am lucky enough to have long lashes and they are in pretty good condition (more likely because I don’t wear makeup every day). As I am getting older I am finding that my lashes are growing straighter (I used to have such a good curl *sigh*) and it makes my eyes look even more tired.

This formula promises triple volume, long-wear and conditioning. To be honest, I didn’t think that this was a particularly voluminous mascara for me. I expected (and wanted!) more lift to get a decent curl. I also found a bit of flakiness during the day underneath my lower lashes which is a bugbear of mine. The colour was good, it didn’t fade at all. Even though naturally my lashes are very dark, I love a deep black pigment. I’ve gone to the effort of putting makeup on, I want you to see it ;o)

I wouldn’t buy this mascara once I have finished this sample size, it didn’t deliver on its promises for me and the price at £24.00 is far too expensive. If you do want to try this for yourself Glamolash XXL is available from http://www.rodial.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy