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In February 2012, when Bewitchery was born, I decided to broaden my beauty horizons and try as many new products as possible throughout the year, without breaking the bank. In my mission to discover new favourites I came across many products which were less than impressive, but luckily I also found a great deal of fantastic ones, a fair few of which I have used time and time again, and will continue to do so. In this post I will give you a round-up of just a few of the best products I tried for the first time in 2012, linking to my review of each with a little extract of my post, just to give you an idea of why I love it!
“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!”
“The absolute best thing about this nail polish is the colour. My favourite colours are purple, turquoise and pink, and ‘Disco Mix’ combines turquoise and pink glitter to create a polish which looks purple at a distance. The glitter colours are SO bright and bold.”
“One of the things that drew me to this foundation was the fact that it is matte and claims to offer a long-lasting velvet finish. I suffer from an oily T-zone (especially during the summer months) and I don’t like the shine that the oil creates, so I am always looking for ways to minimise the shine. MUA’s Matte Foundation, as you would hope, does give a matte complexion, and it keeps most of the shine at bay.”
“The body butter itself is fantastically light and creamy and feels so luxurious on the skin. It is absorbed very quickly too, leaving no messy residue. The product contains coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil to aid with moisturisation, but despite the oil content it isn’t at all greasy. The oils make the butter ‘Intensively hydrating’, and combine to give ’12 hour moisturisation’, and believe me, the softness really does last that long.”
“Though the tan didn’t give my legs an intense colour, it did make them look nicely, naturally tanned and lightly brown, and I am very pleased with the results. There are no orange blotches or dirty looking streaks in sight, and my skin tone looks very even and smooth. The difference is only minor, but it is noticeable, and that is what I wanted so it has done its job well in my opinion.”
“Not one of Montagne Jeunesse’s lip balms contain petroleum jelly, so they aren’t greasy at all. Rather, they are made from 100% natural beeswax and olive oil and are lightly creamy but intensely moisturising. The beeswax forms a protective layer on the lips making them long-lasting, and the olive oil gives them a subtle shine.”
“Northern Lights consists of a very fine dusky pink glitter, and is studded with delicate flakes of holographic glitter which shine purple, blue, orange, yellow and green in most lights. Even in the bottle, the varnish is breathtaking, and I have never seen anything quite like it before.”
“The primer leaves a smooth, non-greasy base on the skin, and since I’ve been using this I have found that my foundation smooths onto my skin far more easily and evenly than usual, without going patchy on any dry bits. The primer keeps my powder and blusher in place too, so on the whole my make up lasts a lot longer, which I think is down to the lack of greasiness.”
“The gel is very creamy and lathers into masses of moisturising bubbles quicker than any other shower gel I have ever used! Because of its impressive lathering abilities, a little goes a long way with these bubbles, so a £2 coin size is enough for your whole body.”
“The first time I used the roller I asked my mum to help me reach the tense areas on my back, and even though she used it over my clothing I was amazed that the roller was sensitive enough to pick out all the knots in my muscles. We could both feel them ‘crunching’, which sounds horrible but it meant she knew which areas to focus on. The shape and movement of the ball means that any focused pressure is distributed outwards slightly, so the knots can be worked out without any pain or discomfort.”
…and one that I LOVE and am going to review again because I didn’t write much last time…
“Unlike most nail varnish removers, this Sally Hansen offering smells lovely, almost like a body lotion, and doesn’t sting your eyes or nose with harsh vapours. It removes nail varnish quickly, with minimum effort, so you don’t need to sit for ages rubbing away to no avail!”
What were your favourite products of 2012?
The latest addition to my nail varnish collection is this one from e.l.f. in ‘Purple Dream’, which cost £1.50 via their website. The bottle is simple but sleek and decently sized for such a small price tag.
I applied this on Friday evening and photographed it the next day. I had every intention of photographing it the same day but I made so much mess I had to wait until the excess had washed off of my skin. For some reason, even after I’d wiped the brush almost clean, the nail varnish would blob on my nails and go every where. I can only put this down to the fact that the bottle had been sitting flat, so some of the product may have gathered inside the lid and slowly started to drip down. If my theory is correct, this isn’t entirely e.l.f.’s fault (although the lid could have been designed better), so I’ll let them off for now!
The varnish was quite thin in consistency and not very opaque. I applied two coats and it looked fine when inside the house, but as soon as I went out into natural light I wished I’d applied a third coat, as you could still see some of my nail underneath the varnish, as you can see in the picture.
Having said all that, I absolutely love the shade of this varnish, and the close-up photograph above gives you a very good idea as to the true colour of ‘Purple Dream’. It’s deep but vibrant and has a delicate shimmer which I really like. The varnish has lasted well too as it has only come off in spots where I’ve removed it myself.
Despite the blobbing and the consistency of this varnish, I still really like it – next time I’ll just keep the bottle upright and apply three coats! I realise my mistakes with applying this probably make it sound bad, but it really isn’t that bad. It’s cheap and cheerful and a lovely colour, and I’d definitely buy more e.l.f. Nail Polish in the future!
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!