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!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

REVIEW | COVER FX CUSTOM ENHANCER DROPS (SUNLIGHT & CANDLE LIGHT)




Hi loves!

Highlighters - a few years ago this used to be something we used to love to buy at the start of the school year, ensuring we had a fabulous rainbow selection for our pencil cases. Fast forward to today and we are still talking highlighters, and to be honest rainbow highlighters are still highly sought after, but this time instead of going into our pencil cases they're filling our makeup bags and just general makeup collection!

Now every company has come to the realisation that if you're not glowing, well, you're quite frankly not in the cool club! So of course the beauty market has become inundated with highlighters galore - from powders, to creams to liquids - you've got a highlighter to suit all of your application needs.

Cover FX are one of these companies that just knew to jump on that bandwagon - and boy did they. They recently released their Custom Enhancer Drops, which are basically a liquid metal! These are highlighters - to the extreme. They are a liquid highlighter, that have a metallic finish to them, and because of this a little definitely speaks volumes!



In the range they have four illuminators and two bronzers. I purchased two of the illuminators in Candle Light and Sunlight. Candle Light is more of a bronze/golden metallic illuminator, whilst Sunlight has more of a golden/champagne metallic colour to it. Each illuminator is placed in a glass bottle, with a pippet applicator. You receive 15ml/0.5 fl oz in each bottle.

So what do I think about these? Where do I start?! These have to be the most intense highlighters I have ever come across. As I said before, they literally are like liquid metal. A small amount is more than enough to achieve an intense glow. As these are a liquid, they have a thinner consistency, however not too thin that they sheer out when applied to the face. I love the fact that you can use these in multiple ways - as a face highlighter, added to your foundation or primer, added to your moisturiser for an all over body glow, as an eyeshadow... so as the name suggests they are customisable. These are great for layering too, so I'd suggest that you start with a little and build up your intensity.


As a traditional highlighter, I apply these using my fingers initially and then go in with a dampened beauty sponge. I find that you need to work quite quickly with these products as they tend to dry quite quickly. I also found this to be the same when I applied it to my foundation.

One major issue I have with these products is the price point. For such an intense glow, you'll be forking out £34/$42 per bottle. This is quite a steep price point and the only reason I would not repurchase this. However, I have to say that despite the price point and the small amount of liquid you receive, I don't see how anyone could finish this - even the highlighter queens out there!

Now for deeper skin tones I think the best option is Candle Light. The other shades have more of an icy finish to them, which can appear too striking on a darker skin tone. Also the shade Candle Light is the best for applying to your foundation and moisturiser without making it appear ashy.

*These are 'clinically tested. Paraben, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc free. Vegan'. Made in Italy and have a shelf life of 12 months. 

You can purchase these from Space NK and Sephora. They are frequently sold out on UK websites, however Sephora currently have a full stock!

So have you tried these? What are your thoughts? Let's chat below!

Speak soon
Vicky






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Friday, 26 August 2016

#SHADESOFBEAUTY | IS THE DRUGSTORE FINALLY LISTENING?



Hi loves!

So recently I wrote a piece about the lack of attention paid towards the diversity of consumers in the UK when it comes to releasing products for a variety of skin tones, in my recent post titled '4 Beauty Problems with British Drugstores for Darker Skin Tones'.  It's something we have all experienced from time to time - some more than others - walking into a drugstore and not finding your shade.

Well it seems that one of the bigger drugstores is finally waking up to what's been happening since, well forever, and have decided to lead the way and make some changes.

Superdrug's have started a campaign with the presenter June Sarpong called 'Shades of beauty', where they will try to ensure that their stores are stocking products that will suit a variety of skin tones including darker skin tones. I personally feel that this is a step in the right direction, and would love to see this initiative taken up by more bigger named stores.

Now it's great if stores  are willing to stock more products, however they can only stock what is available and I feel that is where the challenge really lies. There are still brands out there that still do not acknowledge deeper skin tones and do not produce shades deeper than beige which is outrageous!

Knowing that brands have a long way to go with their ranges, I was pleasantly surprised to see the new campaign by L'Oreal Paris UK and Superdrug's called 'Yours Truly' where they have now increased their True Match foundation range to 23 shades and boldly claim that their foundations will match 98% of UK skin tones. This is a great development as, to be honest, this particular foundation is definitely one of the best in the drugstore at the moment (I liken it to the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation which is also one of my favourites)! The new campaign is being promoted by a range of bloggers and celebrities from different backgrounds and ages. It's great to see that this company is practicing inclusivity.



So if you're wondering which companies are the best for providing a wider shade range in Superdrug's here are a few I've discovered:

- L'Oreal Paris (their true match range includes both foundations in liquid and powder forms, concealers, and highlighters)
- Revlon (foundations and concealers)
- Rimmel (foundations although they could produce deeper shades)
- B Cosmetics (foundations)
- Max Factor (foundations)
- Maybelline (foundations)
- Tambeauty (Makeup Revolution / Freedom have produced some great concealer palettes, and foundation palettes for deeper skin tones)
-Makeup Academy (foundation/concealer palettes, powder foundations)
- Sleek (foundations both liquid and powders, concealers, contour palettes, contour powder)
- GOSH (BB cream)

So as you can see the drugstore has a wide offering now. It would be great to add more brands to this list as well as more products to some of the brands listed.

Let me know what you think!

Speak soon,
Vicky xx
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

REVIEW | HUDA BEAUTY LIQUID LIPSTICKS


Hi loves!

So I feel that this post may not sit well with many out there - but hey ho!

Now can I just start with a mini rant? Just a little one - please! I'm so over the over-hyped instagram famous brands that are so over promoted by their social fame that people become blinded to the quality of the actual product! There are so many brands out there that I can name (but I think I'll leave that for another post), but I'm sure you all know what I mean. Just know that this is kinda my mood when writing this review.... here goes nothing *sigh*

Huda Beauty has recently released her 'highly anticipated' liquid lipsticks which were marketed as the best out there (doesn't every brand say this?!) and a formula that none has ever tried before. So of course, me being the makeup junkie that I am just had to test it out!




I will first of all give credit to the creativity of the packaging of these liquid lipsticks. This is something that Huda Beauty has always hit top marks for! The lip packaging is a fab gimmick and is definitely a unique selling point for these! The liquid lipsticks themselves are in a frosted plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator.

I purchased two colours (of the 16 shades available on Cult Beauty) - a brown shade called Vixen and a deep red/purple shade called Famous. Both are quite opaque on application and I personally did not have any problems with streakiness. The liquid lipsticks appear to have a sweet but chemical scent to them which is a little off-putting. I found that these lip colours appear very different each time I see them swatched - including the promotion swatches. So this is something you should consider when purchasing these products.




When I first applied these I first noticed that they have a thin but creamy formula - this lends to their comfort when wearing them. That's another thing I will credit them for - they are a lightweight formula that do not appear to make my lips feel dry which was great for the first 10 minutes!



However, these do not seem to completely dry down matte as they feel tacky through out the day (as shown in the image above) and they transfer when drinking and eating. I was shocked to see that my lip colour had transferred so terribly that it ended up on my chin! Now my shock came from the fact that on the back of the packaging it is claimed that these do not transfer!


My inner rim had developed what I like to call the 'butt-hole' ring after only a couple of hours of wear (this basically means it had faded considerably and left a very obvious line of  demarcation). These seemed to look good for a couple of hours before the fading became apparent.




Overall I would personally not repurchase these as I feel that there are better options on the market for a similar price or less. I feel that they need to slightly improve the formula to ensure that these truly dry down matte and minimise the amount of transfer then they would be great! Are they terrible? NO! But are they worth the £18 price tag? I personally do not think so.

I purchased both the Famous Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick and Vixen Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick from Cult Beauty.

Let me know your thoughts below! I know I'm probably one of a few people who is not a fan of this product - but like I said before 'hey-ho!'

Speak soon,
Vicky xx


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