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Review // Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner - £2.99
Forever on the hunt for the perfect eyeliner, I decided to give a lower end liquid eyeliner a try. Someone who I follow on Twitter tweeted they had recently tried a Collection liquid eyeliner and it was better than a £20 high end gel eyeliner so I was already sold. Whilst I don't know which eyeliner it was that she tried, when I went to Boots recently they only had the Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner in stock so I decided to give that a try.

The Liquid Eyeliner comes in a standard black little pot with a long brush which makes it easy when it comes to the application. Sometimes I get all fingers and thumbs when it comes to holding the eyeliner pen/brush so the long handle is ideal. The nib is fairly chunky with a slightly pointed end but ideally it would have been better had the nib been slightly thinner. I usually struggle when it comes to a pointed flick, one flick is usually bigger than the other so I try to even it out, the once small flick gets bigger than the bigger one and before we know it, I have black eyelids from trying to 'even it out', but with this eyeliner I managed to get it spot on first time. It would have been a little easier to get the flick extra pointed had the nib been a little thinner but with a slight angle of the brush I managed okay.

The liquid formula itself is actually pretty impressive, in a way. It doesn't transfer, budge or move throughout the day and stays put which is pretty damn good considering the price. The only downfall I found was the drying time and the colour. As much as it is black, I found that I have darker liquid eyeliners in comparison so that was a little disappointing. Because of this, I needed more than one layer of eyeliner. I applied one layer, waited a few moments for it to dry then tried applying another layer but I found that the second time round I wasn't applying more I was practically taking it off and ended up with gaps and streaks in my carefully placed eyeliner.

 You need to wait a couple of minutes in between applications to ensure you don't manage to take the original eyeliner off and the colour could be blacker but, for the price, this eyeliner is good. Really good. I have a love/hate relationship with the formula - the liquid is very wet and it takes a good few minutes to dry although it doesn't budge or transfer during wear. The brush makes it very easy to apply and although I'd like the nib to be a little thinner, it is still really easy to draw a flick on the eyelids. 

Overall, for the price this eyeliner is really affordable and well worth the money. It isn't the best in the world, nor has it changed my life but it does what you expect it to do without transferring or budging all day. Oh, and it is available in a Waterproof version too!

Review // Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light

I've probably mentioned it before but my sister returning home from University brings not only someone else to make the cups of tea but also the joy that is her make-up bag. Luckily for me, this little gem is inside it - Revlon's PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light. I hadn't seen the shade before but I have seen the Pink and Peach shades in Boots and after a swift swatch on the back of my hand, I was really tempted but the price put me off slightly. So imagine my delight when I saw this in my sisters make-up bag!

What Revlon say about their Skinlights Face Illuminators:
"Get a healthy glow in any light. Banish dullness and even out skin tone with light-capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments."

I can't say that I have ever heard of light-capturing crystals or photochromatic pigments before but they sound wonderful, don't they? I have a real struggle with dull looking skin and I'm always on the hunt for something to perk it up a little bit so this product sounds like the miracle cure I've been searching for. 

How to use the Skinlight Face Illuminator:
"Wear alone, mix with your foundation or use to highlight key areas of the face. Try applying to brow bones, cheek bones, the inner corners of the eyes and the cupids bow."

The product is in a nice, sturdy and secure screw-up tube which makes a lovely satisfying clicking sound when it closes so you know it won't leak everywhere in your bag. It is very easy to get the product out of - perhaps too easy as you only need a small amount of the illuminator for the face and I find that whenever I use this product I always seem to have too much left over.  The illuminator is a beautiful champagne/beige colour with a lovely gold shimmer throughout. I've used this product a few times; Once on it's own entirely with no foundation on top and I can't say I was entirely thrilled with the results. Due to having slight rosacea, I had a shimmery red face which wasn't the look I was aiming for.

I then applied it underneath my foundation and the results were much better. My skin had a gorgeous subtle shimmer to it and dare I compliment myself when I say my "face glowed." I then tried it a different day with it just as a highlighter so I applied it to the top of my cheekbones and to my brow bone and I LOVED the results. It is everything you want from a liquid highlighter. The illuminator adds a beautiful subtle champagne coloured highlight to the face and leaves a lovely luminous effect whilst being extremely versatile.

Next time I try this illuminator, I would like to mix it with my foundation to see what the results would be like. I know at £11.99 it is slightly pricey for a highlighter but as a little goes a long way, it will last you quite a while. Available in 4 different shades, I can't recommend it enough. So much in fact that next time I go to Boots I may have to buy my own bottle!

Inspiration // Hair Part Two

I feel like I'm stuck in a bit of a hair rut. The ombre is long gone. As is half of my hair. Eeeeep. A few months ago I could no longer cope with the length of my hair so in a moment of madness I hacked it all off in front of my bathroom mirror. Kinda. My hairdresser did it instead. The nearly waist length hair I had grown for years had gone and I was left with hair so short I couldn't put it up in a ponytail. Well. We all make mistakes.

Whilst I have a good few years to wait for my hair to grow back, I can't help but look at some hair inspiration for the times ahead. At the moment my hair is a light brown/dark, ashy blonde but I'm really considering changing colour too. Dark? Light? Pink? Blue? I don't know why I try and kid myself by compiling these photos. I know for sure that if I took these to my hairdresser I would not get anything near resembling the photo. Whilst I love having short hair (in the fact that it takes two seconds to brush) you can't do much with it and I am a notorious hair player so I need length in order to plait it or deliberately tie it in knots. 

Colour wise part of me wants to get out of my comfort zone. Blonde? Brown? Pfft. Give me pastel hair pronto, please. At the moment whenever I see Demi Lovato's hair I can actually feel jealousy pouring out of my pores but I'm not sure if I am brave enough to commit to a whole head of blue.

What do you think? Suggestions wanted!

(All photos from weheartit and pinterest)

Review // MAC Lipstick in Please Me

I recently found a bag filled to the brim with unopened make-up products waiting to be reviewed so I could try them out. At the top of the pile was a MAC Lipstick in Please Me. My best and, let's face it, well trained, friends bought this for me for Christmas so I'm a bit ashamed that I forgot all about it. (Sorry guys.) Obviously I didn't pick it myself so it's always a bit hit and miss if your friend is going to like the shade they bought you but they picked so well. I don't know if they read my blog but ages and ages ago I think I wrote a wishlist on here of beauty products that I wanted and this lipstick was on that list so bravo friends, bravo.

Please Me is a matte, muted, rosy tinted pink. I know in the photos above Please Me looks really dark but it is definitely most matched to the last, close up photo. It looks a hell of a lot like an Avon Lipstick in Carnation which I also own so if you were after a dupe then hopefully you will be able to find that somewhere. Like with all matte lipsticks, you should prep the lips beforehand just because they can be notoriously drying. Luckily with this lipstick it isn't really an issue but it's best to be on the safe side. Please Me is really easy, to apply. It isn't drying at all and glides on with ease. It's really pigmented and I found that it lasted about 5 hours on the lips before wearing. I think the only one, small noticeable downside to Please Me is the smell. I haven't usually noticed a smell to MAC lipsticks before but it smells sweetly of vanilla which isn't really to my taste and I found that it lingered for a few hours.

Overall, I love Please Me. It is a pretty, everyday pink which is a 'my lips but better' shade. It is easy to apply, lasts around 5 hours with eating and drinking and isn't drying or uncomfortable at all to wear. At £15.50, MAC lipsticks seem to be getting pricier and pricier but I do believe they are worth it and last a while.

Review // Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner for Normal Skin

Summer means bare skin, sun tans, sun burn and, um, dry skin. Well, it is in my world. If I had a pound for every minute I spent waiting for my moisturiser to soak in to my skin before I could get dressed each morning then I would be fairly rich. Probably. But now, we have an answer to all of our first world problems. An in-shower moisturiser. Remarkable. Nivea has created three Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturisers which come in different versions depending on your skin type: dry, normal and a pampering honey version for those with dry skin. The dry version comes in a blue bottle, whereas the normal version comes in a white bottle, as does the pampering honey version.

What Nivea say about their In-Shower Body Moisturisers:
"The innovative Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser for Normal Skin allows you to conveniently moisturise your whole body whilst in the shower. Revolutionise your daily body care routine and take the hassle out of having silky, soft skin." 

How to use:
"Use your normal shower product and rise off. Apply this In-Shower Moisturiser on wet skin while still in the shower and rinse off. Dry yourself, get dressed, and go. Leaves no residue on towels."

There is a slightly cautious warning on the back of the bottle that says:
"May make bath tub/shower floor slippery, thus take care when using the product and remove any remaining residue from floor thoroughly after use."

After raising my eyebrows at the caution on the back, I jumped in the shower to try it out and I was completely surprised. The moisturiser came out of the bottle easily and was lovely, thick and creamy. I expected it to be the consistency of normal moisturiser so I was pleasantly surprised at the texture to it. It was easily rubbed into the skin and after a few moments, I tried washing it off and it came off easily.

Once out of the shower, I found that my dry legs weren't dry any more. They were lovely, smooth and highly moisturised which is excellent considering the moisturiser wasn't on the skin for long and it was washed off straight away. To be honest, I didn't expect it to work as well as it does. I expected it to be a bit of a body wash that left the skin feeling somewhat soft but nope, it does exactly what you want it to do.

One thing to mention is that the caution on the back of the bottle is there for a reason. It does leave the bottom of your bath/shower really slippery so be careful when getting out and let your fellow bath/shower users know or they might be in for a nasty surprise. :-)

Overall, an excellent In-Shower Body Moisturiser that lives up to all of its claims. It caters for different skin types and the bottles come in an array of different sizes. Well done, Nivea.