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Last weekend I bought this PS Love lip gloss from Primark, to replace the day-to-day gloss that I was using previously. At £1.50 I wasn’t expecting much, and was even slightly dubious about buying it as I thought it would be sticky like a lot of cheap glosses tend to be, but it’s actually a really lovely gloss.
The gloss comes in a squeezy tube, with a square applicator brush attached. To apply, you just squeeze the tube gently and a small amount of gloss oozes into the brush, which can then be applied to the lips. I actually prefer this method of application to the typical sponge wand, as the gloss seems to go on more evenly in a thinner layer.
The consistency of the gloss is also really nice. Rather than being sticky it’s light and moisturising, so doesn’t feel uncomfortable and drying on the lips. I’d even go as far to say I like it more than Illamasqua’s lip glosses in terms of consistency, as theirs tend to be quite gloopy! It also lasts a fair while compared to a lot of glosses I own, and stays put without fading for a good few hours before reapplication is needed.
There are a few different shades of this gloss available, including a red and a pale pink, but I settled for this purple toned fuchsia pink as I think it best suits my skin tone. I wasn’t expecting amazing pigmentation considering the price, but I was proven wrong. The colour is really pretty and perfect for spring, and it’s actually quite highly pigmented, so gives fairly bold coverage rather than sheer. It also tints the lips slightly, so even when it wears off, there is still a subtle hint of colour left behind.
Overall, the quality of this Primark lip gloss is impressively high, and at £1.50 it’s worth stocking up on.
Have you ever tried any Primark make up? What did you think of it?
Last Thursday was Bewitchery’s first birthday, and today is my 23rd birthday, so to celebrate these two special days and to say thank you to my lovely readers, I have teamed up with Lookfantastic to bring you a very exciting giveaway prize… An Urban Decay Naked Palette! The Naked Palette features twelve beautiful, neutral eyeshadow shades, a Good Karma Eyeshadow brush and mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original. I’m sure you’ll all agree that this highly sought after palette is my best giveaway prize yet, and I’d like to thank Lookfantastic for donating it!
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The giveaway is open internationally to those aged 18 or over, and will run for four weeks. The giveaway will close at midnight GMT on 14th March and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted on 15th March. You will then have 48 hours to claim your prize and message me your postal address so that I can post the palette out to you asap! If the winner does not respond within this time I will choose another winner.
Good luck to all who enter!
Firstly, I would like to apologise for my elusiveness lately. January has been an incredibly busy month for me but it seems to have dragged on forever – I’m sure many of you can relate to that feeling! On top of starting back at work after Christmas, I had an important assignment to do for my Master’s Degree this month, so I spent most of my evenings researching, writing and editing, hence my lack of blog posts. Luckily, I handed the assignment in yesterday so I’ll have a bit more time on my hands now (although I do have a dissertation proposal to complete…), so expect to see a lot more from me during February!
Hopefully February will be a bit more fun than January has been. On Sunday my fiancé and I are going to London, just for one night, but we have a lot planned. I will be taking my camera on the trip so expect a rather photo heavy post when I get back! Also, Bewitchery turns one year old on the 7th of February, which is very exciting indeed. The main event in February for me though is my birthday! On the 14th of February I turn 23, and (fingers crossed) I won’t be working that day, so I am going to spend the next couple of weeks planning fun things to do! Birthdays for me are mostly about surprises, cake and having a nice time with my loved ones, but I do have a few things on my Birthday Wish List this year, so I thought I would share them with you here…
If you’ve read this post, you’ll know that I’m a Dr Martens fangirl, and I have been lusting after this pair for months now. I recently noticed that they were in the Schuh sale, so I dropped a massive hint with my dad and I think these babies will be mine in two weeks time!
Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish
I know I’m extremely late to the hologram polish party, but I really love the look of Layla’s hologram range, especially this Ultra Violet shade.
Real Techniques Core Collection
I’ve been after a decent set of make up brushes for a long, long time (my current set are falling apart), and lots of you lovely beauty bloggers have recommended Real Techniques’ Core Collection. I’ve done some research, and they really do look like a quality set of brushes, so these are now on my list. They pass the cruelty free test too!
Real Techniques Starter Set
Because my eyes deserve fabulous brushes too… And they’re purple!
Kate Bush T-Shirt
Kate Brush is my hero, and has been since I was tiny, so this t-shirt is perfect for me. The design is just so pretty!
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Smother
This is one of Sleek’s newest shades in their True Colour Lipstick range. It’s an extremely pretty pinky purple colour (it’s actually a bit darker in reality than it looks in the picture), and every time I go to Superdrug I can’t resist swatching it on my hand.
Last week, my favourite budget beauty brand – MUA – added various new items of bargain make up to their already impressive range, including Every Lash mascara, the Going For Gold palette and four gel eyeliners. I am a fan of MUA on Facebook and they’re very good at updating their fans about offers and new releases, so I always know in advance when something exciting is going to happen. So, on launch day, I rushed off to Superdrug to pick up this new Gel Eyeliner in the very vibrant shade of ‘Tribe’. I had been after a bluey gel eyeliner for a while so I was extremely pleased when MUA revealed this shade!
The eyeliner comes in a little pot with a brush which clicks into the lid. When I first opened the product I was wowed by how stunning the colour is. The top image of the gel doesn’t really show the true shade, but the bottom one does… It’s a gorgeous turquoise colour with a slight shimmer to it – just what I was after
I’ll admit, I didn’t have very high expectations of the brush as every other free brush I’ve had with gel liners have been, quite frankly, rubbish. However, I should know by now not to judge MUA by the standards of other budget companies as they really are a cut above the rest, and I will go as far to say that their gel eyeliner brush is the best that I own. The bristles are very soft but they keep their shape, and since this product is so creamy, it glides on like a dream!
The creaminess of the gel and the shape of the brush make it very easy to create a smooth, neat line above the top lashline. The brush is narrow as well so you can easily draw delicate flicks on the outer corners without any mess. The product dries quickly too, so you can build up layers of colour in no time for a bolder, brighter look. Here is how I wore ‘Tribe’ yesterday. I usually try to steer clear of blue eye make up as my eyes are blue and colour matching can make them look grey, but I don’t think this looks too bad.
I can safely say that MUA’s Gel Eyeliner is also extremely long lasting. e.l.f.’s gel liner often needs reapplying after a few hours to keep it looking solid, as does Avon’s, but this one lasted a good 14 hours without smudging or losing its boldness. I didn’t reapply it once throughout the whole day, and it looked exactly the same when I took it off as it did when I put it on – AMAZING. You’d expect it to be difficult to remove after lasting so long without budging, but it really isn’t – it comes off as easy as anything with a bit of eye make up remover.
All in all, I am SO impressed with this product and I want to collect the whole range eventually. I use black gel eyeliner more often than any other colour so I think that will be next on my list, and it will most likely replace the black gel liner that I already use! Each gel eyeliner in this range costs just £3 from Superdrug, which is an absolute bargain. I hardly made a dent in the product after swatching and applying this and I can tell it will last for ages. I really can’t recommend this highly enough! I can’t wait to combine it with other colours to create exciting new looks.
*This product was purchased with my own money and this is an honest review. I am in no way affiliated with MUA or Superdrug*
This morning it occurred to me that I haven’t done a straight up make up review in a while, which isn’t on really considering this is a beauty blog, so today I thought I’d post my thoughts on one of my latest make up buys – MUA’s Eye Dust in Shade 2.
All of MUA’s Eye Dusts come in classy little 1.5g pots, which are conveniently shaped so that you don’t make much mess when dipping your brush into the dust, as you can see below!
Despite being a Barry M fan, I’ve never been too keen on eye dusts in the past. In fact, other than this one, the only one I have is the BM Beauty one that I got in my February Glossybox, and I wasn’t too impressed with that in the end. Still, MUA have never let me down so far, so I kept an open mind with this one.
My first thought when applying this was “WOW the brush picks it up well!”, and here is the evidence…
One little dip and there was enough dust to decorate a Christmas tree! I tried to remove the excess by tapping it on the side of the hole in the pot, but as the pot is so full is just picked up more, so I ended up gently blowing it away, which is a bit of a waste really. I need to improve my dust collecting technique I think! The dust itself is quite light too so has the tendency to go all over everywhere if you have too much on the brush, but that’s easily removed from your skin with a clean brush.
Once I had an appropriate amount of dust on the brush, I applied the dust like an eye shadow. The pigmentation in this product is truly amazing. One dusting was enough for a bold look, and it was easy to pack on and build up into something even more outstanding! The picture below was taken after just one coat so you can see how heavily pigmented and bright it is…
Now, I know I’m predictable in my colour choices, but I think this kind of purple blue works well with my pale skin tone. In the pot this eye dust looks like a fairly tame mauve shade, but don’t be fooled! Shade 2 is actually a vibrant violet with a blue iridescence to it which looks absolutely beautiful in the right light.
After trying MUA’s Eye Dust I think I’m an eye dust convert! It’s a great product to use if you want to create a quick eye-catching look that will last, without having to put in too much effort! It’s a look that can be worn day AND night too, so you can easily just top it up before you go out – fantastic!
Have you tried MUA’s Eye Dusts? If you want to invest, they’re a bargainous £1 each in most Superdrug stores, or they can be bought online via the MUA Store!
As promised, here is my review of the e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner that I received today, in the stunning shade of ‘Punk Purple’. I’d been looking for the perfect purple cream eyeliner for months and I think this may be it!
The eyeliner comes in a square 4.7g pot, with a screw lid, and has a small brush with it. I’d heard people saying that e.l.f.’s packaging wasn’t the best as it looked quite cheap, and though the pot is made of plastic and not glass like my other cream eyeliner pots, I’d say the packaging is quite good for a £3.50 product.
Before applying the eyeliner, I swatched it on my arm to give you an idea of what the colour is like…
I am completely in love with this shade as it is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It’s a deep, violet purple with a slight shimmer and an undertone of grey. I let the swatch dry on my arm and then rubbed it hard with my finger and it hardly budged, which is good news! After swatching on my arm, I then applied the eyeliner to my upper lash line using the brush provided, and this was the result (I love how you can see the camera and my hands in my pupil haha)…
The consistency of the eyeliner is wonderfully smooth and creamy which made for easy application, and it dried very quickly. I wasn’t that impressed by the brush… It was too small and the bristles weren’t stiff enough so they separated, which made it difficult to create a smooth line, but I got there in the end. I have a bigger, better quality eyeliner brush from Avon which I will probably use in the future.
In terms of lasting power, this liner definitely has it. I have been wearing it now since this morning and it still looks as bright as it did when it first went on, and the line is just as clean. I’ve been rubbing my eyes a bit today too and it hasn’t smudged a bit – amazing!
Overall, I am very impressed with this eyeliner. FINALLY I have found a purple cream eyeliner that cuts the mustard, and for just £3.50 – who’d have thought it? I will definitely be purchasing this again as it is a gorgeous colour, nice consistency and lasts for ages. Top marks, e.l.f.!
Last week I was browsing one of the blogs that I read regularly, Tilly Glitter, and noticed that she had received a purple cream eyeliner as a freebie with her e.l.f. order, and had a lot of good things to say about it. I had been looking for a decent purple cream eyeliner for months, so I placed an order straight away! Lucky for me, I found a hidden voucher code on the website which meant I could get free delivery if my order was over £10, as well as an added treat, so I was very happy about that. Anyway, my order arrived this morning and this is what I got…
From Left to Right:
- All Over Cover Stick in ‘Apricot Beige’ – £1.50
- Nail Polish in ‘Purple Dream’ – £1.50
- Studio Cream Eyeliner in ‘Punk Purple’ – £3.50
- Studio Cream Eyeliner in ‘Black’ – £3.50
The special treat which came with the order is a voucher for 20% off a £20 order which I don’t think I’ll be using. I thought the treat would be a free product to be honest, but the postage was free so I’m happy
I am currently wearing the purple cream eyeliner and I will be reviewing it later today, so keep an eye out for that. Everything else will be reviewed in the not too distant future!
My Avon delivery arrived this morning and, once again, I had ordered some goodies for myself in amongst the brochures and customer orders! Other than the Liqui-Glide Eye Liner, I’ve never tried any of these products before, so I will be reviewing them all in the not too distant future.
From left to right I have:
- Naturals Raspberry and Hibiscus Volumising Shampoo (yet to be released to the public)
- SuperCurlacious Mascara in Black
- SuperShock Eye Liner in Blackened Metal (comes in a little glass pot)
- Eyeliner Brush
- Glimmerstick Liqui-Glide Eye Liner in Black
And at the bottom is the fantastic Shine Attract Lipstick in Orchid, which I will be reviewing later today.
Have you ever tried any of these products?