Friday, 19 December 2014

MUA Undress Your Skin Radiant Undereye Concealer in Radiance Review

The Gloss
Undress Your Skin Radiant Undereye concealer uses a light weight formula that uses light diffusing elemnts to banish dark circles and signs of fatigue. It can be used on all skin tones so it is a real makeup essential.

The Lowdown
It only comes in one shade - Radiance - which may limit the effectiveness for some people however they do advise one shade suits all. The concealer comes in a pen format and requires quite a few twists before the product is released. The concealer is very creamy and on first glance looks quite dark. When I applied the product I was surprised to find it was actually very light, and would be in no way suitable for darker skin tones.

On closer inspection I noticed that the whole formula seemed to encompass glitter and that's how they get the light diffusing effect. Now there's one thing I hate and that's throwing a load of glitter into a concealer/foundation to get a brighter effect.

It may work for some, but it doesn't work for me and gives the impression that you're a teenager off to a school disco. Whilst the colour wasn't right for me anyway, I won't be using this again.

I give it 1/5
Grab yours for £3.00 at MUA

Advantages
  • A real bargain at only £3.00
Disadvantages
  • One shade isn't suitable for all despite the products claims
  • The product consists of glitter which they use to get a light reflecting effect

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche Feeric Fuschia Diamantissime Lipstick Review



The Gloss
Finding the perfect shade of lipstick can be a real challenge and L'Oreal have made it easy with their 'made for you challenge'. Each shade has been designed to suit different skin tones whether you're light or dark, blonde or brunette.

The formula encases light reflecting waxes with Vitamin E and Omega 3 and 6 to provide shine, keep lips moisturised and prevent your lips from drying out. 

The Lowdown
Enriched with diamond particles L'Oreal Feeric Fuschia Diamantissime is a vibrant dark pink/red lipstick. I believe I got this lipstick in a gift box from a few years ago (so bad at getting round to reviewing things!) and I loved how bright it appeared in the tube.

When applied the lipstick has a gorgeous sparkle that makes it stand out from a traditional matte lipstick. The colour doesn't bleed and it didn't smudge either. Whilst bright colours are prone to fading with every mouthful of drink, food or lick of your lips, L'Oreal Feeric Fuschia actually performs relatively well in that respect. The staying power is excellent and even after a few hours the lipstick still looked great.

With its super long staying power and gorgeous color this lipstick has become one of my new handbag saviours. I give it 4/5.

I did do a search and it seems to be quite hard to get hold of now but you can still get it at Amazon.

Grab yours for £4.90 at Amazon

Advantages
  • Gorgeous pinky red colour
  • Infused with sparkles
  • Great staying power
  • Doesn't bleed or smudge
Disadvantages
  • Now pretty hard to get hold of

Monday, 15 December 2014

Give your lashes Fantastic Volume and Lift with Bourjois Fantastic Volume Mascara


The Gloss
If you're looking for a mascara that adds volume, length and fans out your lashes look no further then Bourjois Fan-tastic mascara. This innovative mascara has a unique fan shaped brush that coats all lashes in one stroke for a fanned out volumised look.

Enriched with a silk extract the intense black mascara has a rich volumising formula that helps it to glide and grab onto your lashes. You can apply layer upon layer without clumps leaving your lashes smooth and volumised. Even better it's paraben free and suitable for contact lens wearers.

The Lowdown
I was initially attracted to this mascara by its unique shape. The brush is unique in that it only encompasses one side and the bristles are very close together. The bristles are very small on the ends and grow larger as you reach the middle of the brush.It does have a bit of a artificial smell but you only really notice it when you're applying the mascara. Whilst the bristles are really tiny I didn't have any problem applying the mascara and it went on smoothly. The brush was a little short to cover all the lashes in one go but one or two strokes were enough to fully coat all the lashes. I love how the product gives fantastic lift, helping to lengthen the lashes and give a real false lash effect. Unfortunately there was a small amount of clumping but it was nothing major and easy enough to separate with a lash separator. 

The mascara is a little pricey for the high street but it performs really well and you'll bound to get loads of compliments. I give it 4/5

Get it for £9.99 at Boots

Advantages
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Enriched with silk extract for smooth application 
  • Lengthens and lifts lashes giving a false lash effect
  • One or two strokes fully covers your lashes
Disadvantages
  • Strange chemical smell
  • Does clump slightly

Friday, 12 December 2014

Seventeen Stay Pout in Date Night Review



The Gloss
If you want hours of kiss proof colour Seventeen Stay Pout is your go to product.

The new range includes 15 shades that are infused with Shea butter to keep your lips soft.

The Lowdown
On first impressions I was impressed by the rather unusual black and silver packaging and the gem centrepiece. Date Night is a gorgeous pillar box red with strong pigmentation and a creamy, moisturising formula that doesn't dry my lips out. Many of the lipsticks I have tried tend to have very short shelf life and I constantly have to reapply, however Date Night has great staying power even whilst eating and drinking. The lipstick didn't leave my lips sticky and uncomfortable, and the overall effect was quite matte.

On the negative I found the stick shook in its holder when applying and it was quite easy to smudge if you got it in the wrong place.

This high street lipstick has a great range of shades that work well with a number of different skin tones and hair colours. It's not too pricey and does last quite a few hours which makes the cons of this lipstick a lot easier to bear.

I give it 4/5

Grab one now for £4.49 at Boots
* Don't miss out on your chance to get a free gift when you buy 2 selected Seventeen cosmetics!*

Advantages
  • Lasts for ages
  • Comes in 15 fabulous shades
  • Vibrant colour
  • Reasonable price
Disadvantages
  • Susceptible to smudging

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Bourjois launch a fabulous new range of eyeshadow palettes: Smoky Stories Upside Down review


The Gloss
Bourjois have launched a fabulous new range of cream to powder eyeshadow palettes. The new range of 8 shades use a new formula which is integrated with a base shadow primer that works with the powder. Each palette include four shades with a top coat that uses highly concentrated faceted glitter.

Shades available include:
  • Grey and Night
  • Over Rose
  • I Love Blue
  • Rock Khaki
  • Good Nude
  • Upside Down
  • In Mauve
  • Ocean Obsession
The Lowdown
The new palettes are very different to what we've come to expect from Bourjois and it's evident that Bourjois are moving towards more sophisticated formulas. Whilst the little round pots had a dusty, dry feel the new palettes are soft and creamy with dense pigmentation. Each of the palettes are well coordinated and the glitter lets you add a little sparkle to the overall look.

Upside Brown is a lovely menage of brown tones and a creamy shimmery champagne/gold topcoat. The formula is really versatile and can be used for both everyday and built up to be more intense for evening wear. The shades work really well together and blend seamlessly. As always you can wear the shades as they are or use a wet brush to get a even more intense look.

I think it's great how Bourjois are embracing new formulas that are versatile and easy to use. I give it 4/5

Grab them for £7.99 at Boots

*Don't miss out there's currently a offer to bag a free Timeless Elegance Gift set when you spend £15 on Bourjois products at Boots!*

Advantages
  • The new range offers eyeshadow that is soft and creamy
  • Well coordinated shades
  • Intensely pigmented
Disadvantages
  • You may end up buying all of them!