Welcome to my world of makeup, sweet scents and real talk. You should always have a cuppa to hand and sit back and enjoy a little snippet of my world! A beauty and lifestyle blog for all, but as I like to say it's also 'brown girl friendly'. As a brown beauty myself I ensure that all product reviews that are complexion based really show what works on a deeper skin tone as well as showing what's being catered for brown beauties!

Friday, 22 May 2015

LA Splash Lip Coutures! Review and Swatches (Dupe Alert?!)

Recently the beauty world has been inundated with the releases of liquid lipsticks. I myself have managed to gather a small (in the eyes of beauty enthusiasts) collection of the lippies and so it only made sense that I was going to get the new LASplash Lip Coutures that recently made their debut on UK shores!

I bought 7 of these beauties from the www.love-makeup.co.uk website and they retailed for £8 each (I believe on the LASplash website they are $11 - so not bad!). Now looking back on the website, I can't seem to find a lot of the colours I picked up as they have new shades on there. So I'm not sure where you can pick up some of the shades that I have. I believe Amazon also sells these and the LASplash website also ship to the UK.

Before I bought these lippies, I watched a few reviews on the YT and the one thing that stood out to me was that everyone was talking about how long they lasted. I have to agree. These liquid lipsticks have an amazing lasting power. The main fading occurs on the inner rim of the lips and that would happen quicker depending on what you've been eating or doing that day.

I wore these lip coutures for 12 hours and whilst it lasted all day, my lips did end up looking quite patchy as they felt dry by the end of the day and started to peel. I would definitely suggest you exfoliate your lips well and moisturise them before applying the lip coutures. Whilst they do not feel uncomfortable on the lips, they do settle into your fine lines and they WILL show any dryness!

Another issue with these lip coutures that a lot of people have raised and I too have noticed, has been the smell. These definitely have a chemical smell to them, that can be very off putting unfortunately. However, I will say that you can't smell them once you have applied them to your lips which is a redeeming factor.

With regards to the colour range, I am very impressed with the vast amount of shades they have. On the UK site there are about 8 shades, which range from pinks to deep purples and even a blue; whilst on the LASplash cosmetics website I believe they have about 20 different shades! Some of the colours I would say you will need to use a lip liner, like this one below called Ghoulish:

LASplash Cosmetics 'Ghoulish' with Jordana Lip Liner 'Coco Loco'

Like I mentioned before, I picked up 7 of these shades which I'll list below:

Ghoulish (a taupe, brown shade which is gorgeous, but can make my lips look triple their size. I would suggest wearing a darker lip liner with these babies)

Poisoned apple (a blue based red colour which is very easy to wear as it's not bright but still quite prominent on my lips. Perfect for a simple statement look. I am wearing it in my video linked below!)

'Til Midnight (an orange based red which is beautiful. It's not too bright, so it's definitely a comfortable shade to wear. It's also a dupe for the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro £15 - see below!)

LASplash Cosmetics 'Til Midnight' (left) and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick 'Tesoro' (right)
DUPE ALERT!! 'Til Midnight  (left) and Tesoro (right)

Untamed (a dark brown shade - milk chocolate shade)

Vampire (similar to the above shade but a darker brown)

Hidden Desires (a purple pink shade quite similar to MAC's Flat Out Fabulous lipstick - see below)

LASplash Cosmetics 'Hidden Desires' 
Criminal (a beautiful dark purple shade)

Below is a picture of all of the swatches (including the dupe in order as listed above):

Hopefully you've found this useful. Based on my review, I would give these liquid lipsticks a 3 out of 5. They last all day which is great, they have a great colour range to suit all skin tones, and are affordable. However, I would say it's quite difficult to locate a lot of the shades in the UK and the smell of the lippies are quite strong and offensive.

Let me know what you think below! I'll definitely be buying more of these! Don't forget to check my video review below :)

Chat to you later lovelies! 

Vicky xoxo 


Friday, 15 May 2015

NEW Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick Review & Swatches

Hi loves! 

So this is my first post! Yay - go me! Sorry, I'm just a bit excited at actually starting this - rather than discussing it and planning my future launch. 

I'm going to keep this first post short and simple. 

Courtesy of British Beauty Blogger: Full Iconic Pro Lipstick Range

Recently Makeup Revolution came out with their new Iconic Pro Lipsticks. These lipsticks do remind me of MAC bullets in the way they are shaped. However their packaging is glossy compared to MAC's matte packaging. It is also very clear to see that the inside of the bullet is a beautiful rose gold colour, which is clearly different to MAC's silver lining. 

The lipsticks come in 20 different shades ranging from your flesh tone nudes to your deepest berry purples, with a good selection of mattes and cream finishes. Now I call them cream finishes, however what I truly mean is the regular glossy lipstick finish that you would expect to find with a drugstore lipstick such as Makeup Revolution. 

These lipsticks are very affordable at just £2.49, and therefore a great option for anyone wanting to makeup shop on a budget. 

I bought 11 of the shades and below I will link my video, showing you my swatches of each one. My favourite has to be the gorgeous orange shade called 'Somewhere out there'. It's a beautiful orange colour that is definitely for the bold. However, my only problem with this is the finish. I find that the non-matte lipsticks appeared sheer on application and the more that I built them up, the more streaky they appeared too. I also found that they moved around on my lips quite a bit, so I would definitely suggest you wear a lipliner with these babies! 

Lip Swatch: 'Somewhere out there'

As I mentioned before, they also come in a matte finish, and what you'll notice is that the mattes are the same as the regular line. So for example I bought the colour 'Liberty Matte' (see below) which is a gorgeous purple shade (quite similar to MAC's Up The Amp if I'm correct!). However they also have a non-matte version of Liberty too. I do like the matte lipsticks (well most of the ones I have) as they were quite moisturising on the lips and did not seem to tug on my lips during application. They are also quite long wearing (I'd say at least 3-4 hours of wear). Now I won't say all of them are like this, I found the lighter nudes to be a lot more drying for some reason! 

Lip Swatch: Liberty Matte
Overall I'd give these new lippies a 3.5 out of 5! I love the vast colour range that will suite many different skin tones and I think the packaging is gorgeous with that rose gold lining. Also that price can't be beaten either! However I feel like the formula could be improved slightly to ensure that lipstick is less streaky and longer lasting. 

I would definitely recommend these if you are looking for an affordable but vibrant looking lippie.

Let me know what you think about these lippies! Have you tried them yet? 

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