Friday, 30 January 2015

Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara

Pictured wearing Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Blush
This mascara was a free gift from Barry M Cosmetics several months ago. If memory serves me right, it was one of those ‘buy 2 or more products and get a free mascara’ offers. Anyway I’d never used a Barry M mascara until now, and I have to say it was amazing!
Lash Vegas Mascara is excellent at lengthening lashes. Being a buildable mascara you can either go natural with one coat or intensify the lashes by layering it up. This is possible because the mascara doesn’t clump up nor does it look thick on the lashes, so you can still see every lash hair. Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara is black, and I mean very black! It’s an intense and glossy black that looks wonderful. I would say it’s a good competitor for the higher end false lash mascaras, just without the hefty price tag. Lash Vegas Mascara doesn’t flake from the lashes and it doesn’t smudge. In fact once you’ve applied it, you’re good for the day.
I was very impressed with this mascara and purchased more of this at full price.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

LUSH Goodie Bag

While in Zurich during January we popped into LUSH, as you do. We picked up some bits for Little Miss as she just loves having ‘coloured baths’. As normal when shopping with her we picked up far more than we need. This did mean however we spent over 50CHF so qualified for one of the stores goodie bags (or Lucky Bag as I believe they were referred to). I'll show you another time what we purchased from LUSH as today I'd like to show you what came in our goodie bag. The contents of the bag is worth roughly 45CHF which I think is pretty good!

The bag included -

Gold FUN
Melting Snowman
Christmas Eve
Drummers Drumming

If you're unfamiliar with FUN then you can read my review of the Pink FUN here. These all smell amazing but I wouldn't expect anything else from LUSH products! I’ll be sure to let you know what these are like as we use them (on my Instagram). Sadly these we’re all from the Limited Edition Christmas range, I don’t think you can get hold of these now unless your local store has any left over? There is always this Christmas though ;)


Monday, 26 January 2015

Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother - 020

Well folks I’m back on the products from my last Zurich trip, and today is a lip product review!
This is the Catrice ‘Beautifying Lip Smoother’ in 020 Apricot Cream. I’d read about these via one of the Swiss bloggers I follow, so was pleased when I managed to locate them in COOP City.
Apricot Cream is a subtle peachy nude shade, one of those ‘almost visible’ colours. It has the prettiest peach-pink shimmer which simply enhances the lips leaving them looking healthy and plump; it’s certainly not a glittery shimmer.
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother is dispensed via a soft sponge applicator, probably not the most hygienic applicator as you have product sitting within the sponge, however it does feel smooth and the product does go on evenly, so you can forgive them for that. The consistency is silky and creamy which is probably what makes your lips feel smoother. It’s also not what I would call a sticky lip gloss, yes it has a slight tackiness to it as you’d expect, but your lips don’t feel stuck together after application.
Lets not forget the fragrance…...sweet vanilla, simply lovely (if you like vanilla that is!), and you won’t be disappointed by the subtle hint of colour, making this perfect for everyday wear.
The only downside seems to be that  Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother isn’t long lasting, needing frequent reapplication.  
These are currently available in three colours; the other two being Sweet Caramel, a nude beige tone, and Cake Pop which is a subtle pink shade.


Update - Since writing this review, I’ve had to remove the sponge applicator due to it discolouring and starting to smell. I’d always had my doubts about the sponge applicator, so I always made sure to remove excess product with a clean tissue before replacing the cap. Unfortunately this hasn’t helped to overcome what is probably a design flaw.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Monday, 19 January 2015

UNE Glimmer Lips Gloss - G10

“Sheer and light moisturizing care formula that embellishes lips with subtle shimmering effects for enhanced shine and glow. 100% natural tomato leaf fragrance”

I’d read rave reviews about this product online and had high hopes for my newest lipgloss. Now I like to keep my reviews honest and balanced, so on occasion my reviews will represent a less than favourable personal experience, and this is one such occasion.

I was so excited to finally have the UNE Glimmer Lips Gloss in my hands. As I said, I’d read so many great reviews, I thought this would be a dream product to use. I love the colour, it’s so pretty and girly. For me it’s perfect to use on a daily basis, either on its own or over a brighter lipstick. The shimmer isn’t too obvious, so it gives the illusion of having fuller lips without a mass of glitter. It also lasts reasonably well for a gloss before needing to be reapplied……….Sadly though my love for this product was short lived.

Firstly the brush on mine was super hard, it was so stiff it was uncomfortable to apply from the tube directly onto my lips. I opted for decanting it out onto my makeup palette and applying it with a different lip brush. Am I the only person that found these brushes to be hard? Is mine faulty??

Next is the smell and taste of it on my lips. Now I understand that lipgloss isn’t for eating, however, you can ‘taste’ it while you’re wearing the product. It has an odd non-descript taste and smell; a little chemically perhaps? I’m certainly not getting ‘Tomato Leaf Fragrance’, I have tomato plants in my garden and they most definitely don’t smell like this lipgloss!

My last gripe with my UNE Glimmer Lips Gloss is the ‘gloss’’s sticky...yuck! Sorry UNE, but this is a big no no in my books.

Some products don’t suit everyone and for me this was a fail. Perhaps I’ll try something else from the UNE range another time.


Friday, 16 January 2015

Inglot Freedom System

First let’s be honest, this review is photo heavy! Sorry about that, it’s the only way to really show (if  you’re unfamiliar with Inglot Freedom System) exactly how this system works.
If you read about my Inglot Cosmetics shopping spree while in Zurich (Here & Here) then you would’ve seen a little glimpse of this product. Today I’m going more in depth on the Freedom System.

The unique design of the Freedom System allows you to mix and match colours to make your own custom palette. The ‘4 square’ palette I have has a magnetic lid that comes off completely to reveal my chosen colours. The individual eye shadows can be placed into the palette and easily removed when you’ve finished with them; choose either the same colour again or something different. Inglot has a range of different sized palettes to suit your requirements and a massive choice of colours and textures…..the options are endless.

For my first palette I opted for the more neutral colours, going for something I knew I could wear on a day-to-day basis. I prefer matte eyeshadows during the day, so I bought myself three matte colours and a shimmery one to jazz things up a little. The texture of all four shadows is amazing; soft and creamy to apply, with little or no fall-out - even the shimmer shade! They blend very well into each other and I also found they lasted all day without creasing on my eyelids.

I’m super happy with my Inglot Freedom System and look forward to buying more at a later date. Have you tried them yet? If so which shadows did you opt for?

(4 Square Palette £6 / Square Eyeshadow £4.50 each)


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

I picked this up while in Heathrow T5 in August. Yes I’m aware it’s taken me some time to finally sit down and write about this foundation, but you won’t be disappointed!

Lets look at what YSL have to say about the Fusion Ink Foundation -
“FEELS LIKE A FEATHER. WEARS LIKE AN INK. NO MORE COMPROMISE. 24 hours of soft-matte perfection and comfort. Our exclusive fine-as-ink formula perfects the skin yet wears weightlessly all day. Never cakey or heavy. Feel the difference of all day perfection and freedom. SPF 18. Available in 21 shades”

This oozes sophistication, with its stunning gold lid and sleek glass bodied bottle. The lid lifts off to reveal a black twist off top that houses a long application wand. I’m not a huge fan of this style of applicator, my skin can be spot prone so I don’t like the idea of putting it directly on my face. I prefer to put the foundation on the back of my hand or onto a clean foundation brush.

Once I had the Fusion Ink Foundation out of the bottle, I discovered the most wonderful textured liquid ever! Seriously this foundation is smooth and light to the touch, yet it covers so well. I use my foundation brush or fingers to apply foundation, and with this one I found I had to work on one area at a time, as it does dry quite quickly. On my slightly oily/combination skin the foundation was wonderful; it doesn’t clog and sit in my pores, nor does it move around. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with dry skin though, as I feel it would accentuate the dry skin.

The Fusion Ink shade I have is BR40. The BR stands for Beige Radiant which is a pink undertone. I found this shade was perfect for the summer months, however it’s a touch dark for my winter skin, so I’m going to be rematched for my winter colour when I get the chance.

You’ll find a generous 16 shades to choose from, so you should find your perfect match. Check out the YSL website or visit your local YSL counter for a colour consultation.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Clearing out your Makeup Bag

Clearing out your makeup bag / draw can be hard. I know from my own experience recently it was tough throwing away that expensive (yet hardly used) YSL eyeshadow palette. I had owned it for well over two years and these things don't last. I’ve also found all of my old college textbooks which is the reason I was spurred on to having a clear out. One particular reason for sorting through my makeup is bacteria! It's impossible to get away from, once you start using a product its there. This then transfers to your face, eyes and lips…..yuk! So below I’ve done a breakdown of when it is time to say goodbye to your products.

Mascara - 3 months
Liquid Eyeliner - 6 months
Foundation (Liquid / Cream) - 6 - 12 months
Pencils (Eye / Lip) - 6 - 12 months
Lipgloss - 1 year
Concealer - 1 year
Nail Polish - 2 years
Lipstick - 2 years
Powders / Eyeshadow / Bronzer / Blush - 2 years

This is a general list and is widely available online when you do a search for the life expectancy of makeup products. It’s best to check the packaging as some brands last longer than the list above. I tend to keep a notepad in my makeup draw with the product name and date I’ve opened it. I can then monitor how long I’ve had something knocking around for.
Mascara and liquid liner I never keep past its use by date; it worries me using that sort of product near my eyes if they are harboring germs on them. This rule I use for concealer too as my skin can be spot prone at times. Also a good tip for pencils is to make sure your sharpen them before every use, that way your minimizing the chance of any bacteria transferring from the product.

I hope this was helpful xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick - Blush

The nude lip has been around for the last season, I’ve finally jumped on the bandwagon in the form of the Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick in Blush. This particular Crayon Lipstick is from their Shiny range, Lord & Berry also does a Matte range of colours too. Blush is (for me) the perfect natural pinky nude shade. The formula is very good, it feels very smooth on application and is highly pigmented. Plus it’s long lasting which can’t be said about a lot of ‘crayon style’ lipsticks, so straight away this has a massive thumbs up! I also found the formula to be very moisturizing too, I find this is important especially during this time of year when the weather causes me to suffer from chapped lips. The only thing you will need to make sure you have is a jumbo pencil sharpener as you can’t twist up the lipcolor… needs sharpening. I picked mine up from the hair and beauty wholesalers I use however you can buy Lord & Berry online via the link below xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

I'm Back!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

As I'm sure you've guessed by the title of this post I'm back and refreshed after a lovely Christmas break. I hope you all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the festivities. 
You may have noticed my social media name and blog name has or is in the process of changing.  After blogging under my original name (Little Miss KME) for over 3 years I decided I wanted a change; something a bit more grown up and catchy. I hope you all like it :)
This years also sees lots of new beauty product reviews, tips and tricks from the hairdressing industry, fashion posts for all the family, as well as my growing home decor segments. 

Stay tuned for all of this and more......


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