Did you know Benefit have a new range of eyebrow products out? And wow, what a range it is. With 6 new Benefit Eyebrow products being added to the already 'eyebrow strong' collection, there is bound to be a product to suit your eyebrow dilemma. Whilst this product isn't a part of the new range, there is a whole new look to each eyebrow product as well as a whole array of new shades to suit more hair colours across each product in the range. 

I've never been much of an 'eyebrow person'. Whilst I admire a strong brow as much as the next person, I have never felt the need to touch mine. I'm quite fortunate in that I have never been much of a plucker so never hit that 'over-plucked' thin eyebrow stage as a teen - instead I left them to it so I have a naturally strong brow. Not Cara Delevingne strong, just strong enough to get the occassional 'who does your eyebrows?' comment now and again. 

Products wise I fill them in very lightly with my Collection Eyebrow Kit which has lasted me well over two years and considering it only cost me £3.99, I would say I got my moneys worth out of it! Fast forward two years where I have finally got to the stage where I am willing to give another product a try. Whilst I probably didn't set out to purchase this product itself, it came with my Glamour Magazine which is probably the best magazine gift you could get. My magazine-purchasing-because-of-the-free-gift days are over but if you were going to buy the magazine anyway, it's alright, right? The product I am reviewing today is the Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 01, Light.

About the Benefit Gimme Brow:
"Our cult-favorite gimme brow tinted eyebrow gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom, tiny tapered brush blends easily while the precision tip shapes hairs into place. Now available in 3 shades, including a NEW MEDIUM SHADE, so every gal can brush on fuller-looking brows."

Before I start I will say that this is a mini sample size at 1 g whereas the full-price full-sized version has a weight of 3 g. I have dark blonde hair so shade 01 in Light is probably perfect for me, although there are only two other shades in the range - 03 Medium and 05 Deep so there aren't as many shades for this product in comparison to the Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil which has 6 shades. 

Whilst my eyebrows are quite strong, they still need a little filling in here and there so as this product claims to make your eyebrows appear thicker and fuller, I was already sold on Gimme Brow, which must be popular as it is considered an award-winner on the Benefit website! I know the packaging to Benefit products isn't to everyone's tastes but I really like it. It really stands out and it looks nothing like any other make-up packaging from any other brands. Gimme Brow comes housed in a little silver tube which has the applicator within it's lid. The applicator is teeny-tiny. So, so teeny-tiny. To begin with you wonder why it's so small but actually, the size is perfect.

Okay, so maybe the small brush can make it slightly harder to apply the product to the thinner ends of the eyebrows as the brush isn't tipped so I find the product to get on the skin around my eyebrow and I end up having to cover it with concealer to hide but it is no big deal. Gimme Brow works wonders for the first 2/3 of the eyebrow where it is thicker in width - you simply brush the product through your eyebrows and it fills them in perfectly. I find the shade Light to suit me perfectly so it makes the eyebrows look really natural - so natural you forget it is even there. 

Whilst I may not have gone to the shop in search of this product to begin with, I've enjoyed using this product so much that once I have used this little 1 g tube up, I will probably buy the full-sized version, as well as taking a look at the other eyebrow products in Benefits range. This Gimme Brow may only be sample size but it works wonders and shows what the product can do perfectly. Well done, Benefit!


Review | Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 01, Light

..Yep, I am still going on about those matte liquid lipsticks! Todays offering is from Colourpop, a brand of which is bloody hard to get hold of if you are in the UK. The American brand recently revealed that they would finally offer international shopping which queued a lot of excitement and a joyful squeal from my household! ...Until I saw it would be $25, which is over £19. So if I wanted to buy just one of their Ultra Matte Lipsticks which are $6, I would then pay over 4x the amount for postage.. No thanks. Instead, it is still much more cost effective to get your Colourpop order sent to you via a third party and luckily I wrote a post all about it!

During my recent Colourpop haul, I bought a fair few of the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks as they are supposed to be incredibly similar to those from the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits. So similar in fact that they come from the same makers and have pretty much the same ingredients within. I will be doing a comparison post soon so I will try hard to not compare this matte liquid lipstick to Kylie's which we all know is my favourite. That said, one costs $29, the other just $6 so you be the judge!

About the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks:
"This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It's very long wearing and completely kiss proof! We suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!"

The first Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick I want to share with you is in the shade Bianca which is a soft mauve pink, although I would say it looks more like a warm nude. Bianca is Zoella's favourite and it is also a dupe for one of the Kylie Lip Kits but again, I will compare the two soon! Bianca is an incredibly easy to wear and pretty shade, one which I believe will suit all skintones.

Like all other liquid lipsticks out there, the product comes housed in a clear tube with a doe-foot applicator within its twist-up lid. Unlike other liquid lipsticks, the Colourpop versions have no noticeable smell to them which is wonderful as some of them can really smell rather horrendous!

Bianca is really thick and creamy in formula which lives up to its claims of being pigmentation-rich. It is really easy to apply with its applicator where one coating was more than enough to cover the lips. I didn't find it to be too drying, nor did it show up any horrible dry areas either. Longevity wise it lasted all day long on the lips without wearing or fading, nor did it transfer either. Yay! What more could you want?!

Whilst it is a massive pain to get the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks shipped from America, they are so, so worth it. They come in literally so many colours and are as cheap as chips at $6 each which is around £4.50 and if it wasn't such a pain to get them shipped, I would probably buy one in every colour. They are easy to apply, have no noticeable scent, are rich in pigmentation and stay put all day long. The only complaint I have is that I think they should change the outter packaging with the red top and bottom tabs to a colour indicating the shade within as when you first open your parcel it does seem as if you have been sent 6 red shades when you only ordered nudes and soft pinks. I really recommend these Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks and if you want to find an easier way of getting them sent to you then read my post all about it here!

(p.s, if you live in the UK and fancy a chance of winning one of these then enter my giveaway here!)


Review // Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Bianca

We all love NYX cosmetics and I am sure by now that we have all tried a Soft Matte Lip Cream or two, but did you know they did products other than the Lingerie, Suede or Soft Matte Lip Cream variety? Whilst NYX is very popular, I haven't seen many people raving about their eyeshadows which is a shame as they are actually pretty damn good.

Always on the hunt for a neutral base eyeshadow, I decided to walk past the famous NYX lipsticks and take a look at their eyeshadow range instead. Available in two different types, the NYX Prismatic Eye Shadows which is made up of 12 brilliant, metallic shades and the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadows which is made up of a whopping 85 intense shades, I was utterly torn at all of the choice on offer. I very rarely buy single eyeshadows on their own unless they are from MAC but because they are so cheap at £3.50, I bought a wonderfully pretty neutral eyeshadow from the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow range in Sin.

About the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow:
"NYX's Hot Singles are intense! Powerfully loaded with pigments this versatile formula lets you make a statement for any occasion. Whether your looks is edgy or natural NYX's unique formulation is easy to blend and build on."

Housed in a little 1.5 g plastic pot with a clear lid, Sin is a beautiful light, neutral pink which has tiny specs of glitter running throughout. It's pretty enough to wear either on its own or as a base for other eyeshadows and it does both jobs very well indeed. I can't tell you how hard this shade is to photograph on my skin, which is why I have been unable to capture it in all it's glory but if you did want to see swatches then click here as someone else has managed it better than I!

Sin is rich in pigmentation although it does have a fairly gritty texture to it. Whilst it isn't as silky soft as MAC eyeshadows, it still performs well regardless of texture. Because of the glitter running throughout I did expect some fallout when it came to application but no! Everything stays in place just as it should without any fallout whatsoever which is very good considering I always seem to get eyeshadow half-way down my face when it comes to the application of shimmery shades!

I apply Sin with a fluffy blending brush which isn't perhaps the best brush to apply it with as I find it just seems to pick the product up within the brush but not much seems to come out of it and as I hate wasting things, I really dislike the thought of all of that product being trapped within the brush. Is that strange? I hope not. I feel like maybe a flat brush will be better to just press the eyeshadow onto the eyelid and then blend it out with a fluffy brush.

I really love the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Sin, so much so that I already have a few more shades on my shopping list for the next time I go into Boots. For £3.50 you get a lot of product for your money but the price definitely doesn't mean you scrimp on quality. Sin is rich in pigmentation and whilst the texture is more on the gritty side, it doesn't fall out during application and when paired with a MAC Paint Pot as a primer, it stays put all day long too.


Review // NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Sin

When I first saw the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks in America back in Feb, I was really excited about them. At that time I hadn't bought any Kylie Lip Kits, so was subsequently a hell of a lot richer. I was ready and prepared to buy one in every shade as I was just getting into the matte liquid lipstick trend but after swatching each shade on my hand, I was a bit underwhelmed by them. None of the shades stood out to me so I decided not to waste my money and to buy some NYX Matte Lip Creams instead.

Fast forward a few months later when the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks are made available to buy in the UK so I decided to buy a couple to see what they were actually like. I bought two in the shades Nude Flush and Electric Pink, although there are 8 shades in the range.

About the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks:
"Vivid matte pigments give high-impact colour for a velvety matte finish, in a comfortable, creamy formula. Our flexible, slanted tip applicator with ultra-soft bristles makes it easy to contour and shape your lips. Subtle doesn't cut it. Drench your lips in Vivid Matte. Our sensuous, creamy formula glides on smoothly for a velvety matte finish. With full colour coverage, the result is a rich, intense lip look in a range of colours from Nude Flush to Electric Pink."

The Maybelline Matte Liquid Lipsticks come housed in little clear tubes which contain 8 ml of product and like every other liquid lipsticks out there, the doe-foot applicator is within the twist-up lid. The applicator is really long and thin which makes application fairly easy, although I still find filling in the inner corners of the mouth a fairly messy process. Also like other liquid lipsticks, these too have a noticeable scent to them, although I don't find it unpleasant. They smell a bit like rhubarb & custard sweets but in a nice and non-artificial way, although it doesn't linger around too long.

Nude Flush is a pretty and easy-to-wear pinky nude and Electric Pink is just that - electric pink. I will start off by saying that these lipsticks are in no way matte. In fact, I would say they were just a really thick and creamy lip gloss. A lip gloss which doesn't attract your hair like a moth to a flame. Whilst each shade is very pigmented and you only need one swipe of colour on the lips, they aren't what they claim to be. The texture is creamy and the consistency thick, but they do not dry matte which is what I expected a matte liquid lipstick to offer me. Because the formula of them is so thick and creamy, I find them to be quite heavy on the lips and really noticeable. They are also quite wet on the lips and never seem to dry so because of this, they transfer like crazy. I tried eating a sandwich and by the time I had finished, I think I consumed more of my lipstick than anything else!

As pretty as both shades of these Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks are, I don't think I like them. They don't dry matte, they are too thick and heavy on the lips and they don't last long at all as they just seem to transfer onto everything they touch. I know it is hard to find drugstore matte liquid lipsticks which could rival the Kylie Lip Kits but these aren't even in the same league.


Review // Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Nude Flush & Electric Pink

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