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Other // Kylie Lip Kits Versus The Rest

I cannot remember the last time I wore a standard, traditional lipstick. You know, the one that comes in the little bullet. Remember them? Everyone has gone mad for liquid lipsticks recently and I can't say I blame them. I love liquid lipsticks. I have about 17 of them. I love them and I have spent a hell of a lot of money on them. There are so many different brands offering liquid lipsticks nowadays but with so many options out there, how do you know which ones to go for? Whilst I haven't tried every brand which has a matte liquid lipstick offering, I have tried a few from 4 different brands, each varying in price, colour and availability. Let me tell you all about the ones I have tried so you can decide which ones to go for!

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - £5.50, available at Boots / ASOS
These matte lip creams are so popular at the moment. NYX has been around in the UK for a while now but it has only been recently that they have been readily available at Boots, with counters popping up left, right and centre. There are 26 different shades available in the range, all of which have a matte finish to them. For your money you get 8ml of product which comes housed in a short little tube which has a doe-foot applicator inside the lid. Each NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream smells very synthetically of vanilla which fortunately, doesn't apply to the lips. They are very creamy in formula but because the applicator is quite wide I find it is hard to get a neat, even line around the lips with it, otherwise it just ends up all over the mouth area. Each shade I have tried so far has been rich in pigmentation although they do tend to highlight the dry areas on the lips so prepping beforehand would be best. Longevity wise, I don't find them to be too long-lasting what with eating and drinking - I found them to wear away after an hour or two but for the price I wouldn't mind too much having to re-apply now and again. 

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams... are inexpensive, have a great selection of wearable shades to suit everyone, are rich in pigmentation and are easy to find on the high street. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams also... smell very synthetically of vanilla, show up problem areas on the lips, have a wide doe-foot applicator which makes it hard to apply on the inner-corners of the lips and aren't particularly long-wearing.

The Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits - $29.00, available online only
Ahh, the infamous Kylie Lip Kits. If you thought the NYX lip creams were popular.. boy, these are in a whole new level. Released once a week on the Kylie Cosmetics website, these lip products are hard to get hold of. They sell out quickly so if you want one then you better hop onto that website quickly and get your place in that online queue as soon as possible. Available in 9 different shades, each Lip Kit includes a 3.25ml tube of liquid lipstick, as well as a traditional lip liner which compliments each liquid lip shade. At $29, the Kylie Lip Kits are the most expensive out of the liquid lipsticks featured in this post, although the price does include a lip liner too. As you can only buy the Kylie Lip Kits from the Kylie Comsetics website which is based in the United States, you can also expect to pay an $8.95 shipping rate for all domestic states within the USA, or $14.95 for all other countries. On top of that, you can also expect to pay a customs fee if you are in the UK which is priced at around £4 per Lip Kit plus an £8 Royal Mail handling fee. Meaning these may be the priciest lip product you will ever purchase. 
The liquid lipstick comes housed in a see-through bottle which has a doe-foot applicator within the twist-up lid. They smell very much of synthetic strawberries & cream which I personally find rather unpleasant but fortunately it doesn't apply to the lips. The formula of the Kylie liquid lipsticks is very creamy and pigmented - one swipe of colour is plenty to cover the entire lips, although you do have to make sure you don't apply too much otherwise it can crack and flake slightly. Out of the bunch featured, this brand of liquid lipsticks is the most comfortable to wear and the most long-lasting. Eating and drinking? No problem! These stay put all day long. They do not budge. Application is incredibly easy what with the use of the lip liner, meaning both products work wonderfully well together. The only exception to this is the shade Kourt K but you can read about that in my review.

The Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits... come in an array of different shades, come with a lip liner, are easy to apply, are very pigmented and last all day long. The Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits also... are very expensive when you take the product price, shipping and customs into consideration, are very hard to get hold of, smell very synthetic, doesn't have a stopper included so the wands get very messy.

The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks - $20.00, available in store and online at Sephora only
Another really popular brand of liquid lipsticks, these Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks have another famous name to them. Available at Sephora online, these liquid lipsticks are available in 28 different matte shades varying from pastel pinks to pitch black, there is bound to be a shade for you. For your money you get 6.25ml and once again, the product comes housed in a clear tube which has it's doe-foot applicator inside the twist-up lid. They have a very slight chemical smell to them which I personally don't mind. Anything but synthetic vanilla! They definitely smell the best out of the bunch, that's for sure. Formula wise, they aren't as creamy in texture as the other liquid lipsticks. In fact, I would say that I find the formula to be very thin and watery. I also found it rather hard to apply due to the shape of the applicator so I think a lip liner would be useful when trying to apply them. The shades I have tried have been rather pigmented but because the formula is rather thin, you can't get away with just one layer so you really need to build it up to get a full opaque shade on the lips. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks aren't as everlasting as they claim, either. I found that Lolita faded away almost immediately after applying and once I had eaten and had a drink, it was completely gone. I have also found them to be rather drying and uncomfortable on the lips, although they didn't show up any dry areas.

The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks... come in 28 different shades, are pigmented, don't show dry areas on the lips, are buildable in colour and don't smell synthetic which is a rarity when it comes to liquid lipsticks. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks also... are only available in Sephora, have a thin and watery formula, need to apply more than one layer to get an opaque shade on the lips, would benefit the use of a lip liner to help guide with application, are quite drying and uncomfortable on the lips and don't last very long at all.

The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain - $14.00, available in store and online at Sephora only
I haven't heard too much about this own-brand Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain before which is a shame as I really think they can hold their own against the big brands. Available only at Sephora, these cream lip stains come in 14 different shades and you get 4.8ml of product for your money. The product comes housed in the typical clear tube with its doe-foot applicator within the lid but we know all of that now. These cream lip stains smell very similar to that of the NYX Lip Creams, ie, synthetic vanilla but even more so. If the scent were to transfer onto the lips I really don't think I would be able to stomach it as it is rather strong-scented. Formula wise, they are very creamy and pigmented - one swipe of colour is plenty and they apply like a dream. You don't need a lip liner to apply them either due to the shape of the doe-foot. Whilst I cannot fault it's formula and application, I can't fault it's longevity either. It lasts all day long without moving at all, and that's with eating and drinking. I also didn't find them to be drying or uncomfortable on the lips either. 

The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains... are available in 14 different shades, are very creamy in formula, are extremely pigmented, are really easy to apply, are comfortable to wear and last all day long. The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain... are only available at Sephora and have a very strong, synthetic vanilla smell to them which is very overpowering.

My Ranking
It is really hard to tell you which brand and product is the best out of the four above as they are all so different and vary in price so much. I think the Kylie Lip Kits would be my favourite out of them all but they are just so expensive when you take shipping and customs into consideration. I would hate to add up how much money I have spent on them over the last few months - and I only have 5!

1. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains
2. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits
3. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams
4. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks


Review // Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil

I have never fake tanned before. Ever. And to be honest, it has never even crossed my mind. Perhaps having to sit next to orange-skinned teenage girls at school who smelt like biscuits had firmly put me off the idea. It's no secret that I am incredibly pale, bordering on transluscent. I always believed pale and interesting was the best way for me but after watching one of Lydia Millen's Youtube videos about her tanning routine, I thought that actually? Maybe I could give it a go after all. In the Youtube video she used the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil so upon her recommendation, I hurried off to Boots to buy the last bottle on the shelf.

About the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil:
"This Boots Exclusive superior dry oil formula sets in a moment, develops over 2 - 3 hours and lasts for up to a week; leaving you with perfectly bronzed skin that glows from within. Infused with the fresh scent of Coconut and hydrating Argan Oil, Liquid Gold is our longest lasting tan and conveniently requires no wash off. It dries within seconds, is Australian Made, contains Argan Oil and has a coconut scent."

The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil comes housed in a black 150ml bottle which has a spray pump to dispense the product with. The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is an oil so it is very runny in formula and it has a very dark brown shade to it. It has a mild coconut scent which fades after half an hour or so, leaving behind a fairly subtle "tan" smell. It isn't unbearable but the morning after application I did jump in the shower in the hope of washing the smell away.

Let's talk application! As a total fake tan beginner I made sure I exfoliated thoroughly beforehand, to ensure I didn't end up with patchy, orange knees etc. I used the nSpa Cherry Daily Refresh Body Scrub first, then I used the Urban Tan Glamour Grit Salt Scrub followed by an exfoliating glove all over the body to make sure my skin was really soft and so I wouldn't get caught out by any dry areas when it was time for application. Because my skin was so soft I didn't bother moisturising and I am very fortunate to say that this didn't affect the final results!

After exfoliating, I shaved then decided to just bite the bullet and apply it. In Lydia's video she mentioned how she started from the top of her body and worked downwards so I started with my neck and worked down. I squirted a couple of pumps onto my chest and, using an tanning mit, I buffed it in gently before carrying on with the rest of my body. This is where I had the problem. Because it is an oil, it soaks into the skin when buffed in so you have no colour reference. You cannot tell where you have already applied. As a beginner, this is really hard. I just kept squirting it on, buffing it in and repeating. I had no idea where it was going or if I had already applied it there, if it would be streaky.. It was quite the adventure, I tells ya. To me, application is tricky. Because I had no idea where I had applied, I (stupidly) applied the tan twice, just to make sure. Maybe as a beginner I shouldn't have tried an oil-based tan to start off with so the developing stage was really quite telling.

I found that when squirting the tan onto the body, the pump got quite clogged up when held in certain positions so I wasn't getting a full pump applied to the skin. It isn't too much of an issue but you have to make sure which way you are holding the bottle otherwise you don't get too much product dispensed from the bottle. 

Okay. So I had applied two layers of tan, walked out from the bathroom to look in the mirror and kind of expected instant results. I completely forgot about the whole 'developing process' and why would I? I hadn't done it before, nor is it mentioned on the bottle. I was pretty disappointed and decided to go to bed and forget all about it... then got quite the surprise when I woke up the next morning! It had appeared my body had been for a weeks holiday in Alicante over night! One of the best things about the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Oil is that it dries pretty much instantly so you can dress without worrying about transferring onto your clothes or onto your lovely, crisp white bed sheets either.

I really love the colour of this tan. It is a really natural, golden shade and when I look at my arms I think of myself on Bondi Beach with beachy blonde hair, a cocktail in one hand and a surfboard in the other. I am also 2 stone lighter but hey, we can but dream. As I applied two layers of this tan, I think I may be slightly darker then if you were to apply just one layer but nonetheless, it is still a really lovely and natural golden tan.

Did I manage to apply it without any mishaps? Err, no. Like I said, I am a beginner but I will be wearing long-sleeved items of clothing for the foreseeable future. My arms are a little streaky and I think this is where layer one and layer two of the tan failed to meet. Considering it was my first time I don't think I applied it too badly, actually. My legs look really good, as does my chest and neck area. It's just my arms and upper arms that looks a bit strange but I am not too worried about that. I know what not to do next time, let's put it that way!

Overall, I really love the end colour this fake tan gives you. It has a pleasant coconut smell to it and it dries straight away, meaning no tranferring onto clothes or bedsheets. The tan is oil based so you don't have a colour reference when applying which is really tricky so you have to just hope for the best, otherwise the results can be rather telling. It takes 2-3 hours to develop and the tan is supposed to last around a week before fading. I wouldn't say this tan is suitable for beginners due to not knowing where you are applying but I would definitely use it again - although I may only apply one layer next time!


Review // No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

Occasionally, if you are a Boots Advantage Card Holder you get given £5 off on No7 Skincare or £3 off on No7 make-up. Of course, I am not one to let the opportunity pass me by so I set out to buy a new facial cleanser. I absolutely love No7 skincare products and have used up many a bottle of the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm but I decided to go for something different for a change. This time, I was torn between the No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser and the No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser. As Hot Cloth Cleansers are oh so popular right now, I decided to go for that option, purely to see if there was a cheaper alternative to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.

About the No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser:
"No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser has been created to provide tailored skin nutrition for healthy looking, bright and beautiful skin. Enjoy the luxury of a spa facial in your own home. The combination of this rich indulgent cleanser and the gentle exfoliating muslin cloth removes dead skin cells and daily grime whilst stimulating circulation, leaving your skin deeply clean, soft and radiant."

The No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser comes housed in a box which includes a muslin cloth to use alongside the cleanser. For your £9.95 you get a whopping 200ml of product which is double the amount of the Liz Earle version which retails at £14.00 per 100ml. Pricing wise, this No7 version is already great value for money compared to it's more pricier counterpart.

The cleanser is dispensed by an easy to use pump dispenser and the formula is really thick and creamy. You only need one pump to cover the entire face so the entire bottle will last you a good few months which means you really are getting your moneys worth. The cleanser feels really refreshing and light on the skin and once it has all been washed off with a damp hot cloth, the skin is left feeling lovely and soft. It does the job just how you want it to and for that, it cannot be faulted.

I really think the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser can really give the Liz Earle version a run for its money. At £9.95 for double the product amount than Liz Earle, I really think you would be a fool not to try it - especially as Boots always have £5 off vouchers on No7 Skincare floating around.

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