Saturday, 22 February 2014

Day 7 - Naked 3 palette review

Posted by Runzhi C at 20:30 0 comments

Hello beauties!

Today I'm bringing you a review of the new-ish Naked 3 eyeshadow palette! And I know, this is probably the 100-th review that you've seen, but it's always nice to get everyone's opinions on a much-anticipated and long-awaited product that has taken over the beauty blogosphere. This eyeshadow palette is the 3rd edition to Urban Decay's Naked eyeshadow palettes range, and mostly consists of rosy and pinky hues. It retails at £37, and can be bought at Debenhams or House of Fraser. The palette also comes with 4 of Urban Decay's eye primer potions, so you can get the full effect of the palette.

So the palette consists of 12 new and shiny colours: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart. In true Urban Decay fashion, all of these new shades are suitably labelled with fun and interesting names. My favourite shades must have be Strange, Liar, and Mugshot. The palette also comes with a double ended brush, one with a thin end and another fluffy end. It's actually a great addition, and the thin end can be used for eyebrows too. The case is hardy, and protects the shadow: I actually took this palette on holiday recently, and it survived being bashed around in my bag and suitcase. The large mirror allows for on-the-go application too, and is a very nice addition.

Likes - this is such a nice palette, and for the price it is I didn't expect anything less. The detail of the hard casing, brush, and mirror all emphasise that this is not your ordinary drugstore product. I like the range of colours, and the addition of eye primer too. There are also lots of finishes, from glittery to matte. The rosy shades would definitely suit pale skintones!

Dislikes - I think £37 is a little pricey for a eyeshadow palette, but at the price you pay, you do get quality. Some of the shades (notably Dust) have glitter fall out so your eye can look like a glittered mess. The matte shades are lovely, but Limit and Nooner are quite similar once applied (I've found anyway). The palette is quite neutral, and day and night looks can be created easily by using the colours. Some of the shades don't translate onto the skin as they look in the palette, so I'd consider looking at some swatches before dedicating yourself to buying it.

I know it seems I've listed more bad than good, but it is a very nice rosy and neutral palette. I would suggest properly having a look at the shades, and thinking about how much usage you'd get from it. It is pricey at £37, but it is an investment as the pigmentation and colours are amazing!

Do you own the Naked 3? Do you have any of the other Naked palettes? Would you consider buying Naked 3 if you haven't already?

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Day 6 - MAC matte lipstick in Mehr review

Posted by Runzhi C at 22:07 0 comments

Hello beauties!

I had some leftover birthday money, and I thought 'how better to spend it, than on a MAC lipstick?'. This is my first try at the matte lipstick range, and I'm pleasantly surprised at the quality and pigmentation of their lipsticks! I am lucky enough to have a store in my nearest town, which meant I could have a browse before purchasing. Unfortunately, the colour that I had in mind (Hue) was out of stock so I came out with Mehr, albeit a little apprehensive.

The colour is a lovely pinky nude - it's a 'your lips but better' colour. It was quite dark when swatched, but translates to a pinky rosy colour on the lips. In the bullet, it looks a lot more scary than it is on. I've loved this lipstick to wear out during the day in town, or out for coffee with friends. It's not too in-your-face, and build-able if you want the pinky colour deeper. It's quite a soft colour (if a colour can be 'soft'?), and just hints at colour. When built up, its more of a cool toned pink lipstick without being too bright. The formula is rich and creamy, with a chocolatey scent (similar to Estee Lauder lipstick) and not drying for a matte lipstick at all.
Top: swatch with flash - Bottom: swatch in natural light

I'd definitely suggest this shade if you're looking for an everyday colour, or something pinky without being overbearing! It's one of the lesser heard about shades, but I'd definitely suggest either swatching yourself or trying it on in stores, as the overall finish would change on different people.

Do you like this shade? Are you tempted to try this shade?

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Day 5 - Barry M Matte Nail Polish in Vanilla review

Posted by Runzhi C at 21:06 5 comments

Hello beauties!

Today I'm bringing you guys a review of the recent Barry M matte nail polish in Nude Vanilla. This a recent release by Barry M, and as the name suggests, it dries with a complete matte finish! Described on their website as "Classic matte nail polish available in a coffee shop collection of warm, wintery colours to compliment this season's grunge trend", I certainly agree that the matte finish leans more towards a natural nail look. The colour range is perfect for autumn/winter; I've bought the Nude Vanilla colour. These were priced at £3.99 found here.

As you can see, the colour is definitely not 'Nude Vanilla'. I'd describe more of a mauve colour with a hint of cream. I expected it to be more nude-y/camel coloured. The wet colour is also more pinky than the final matte finish. In this lighting, the colour looks a lot more of a nude hue (sorry for the bad photography!). It dried darker than I thought it would. Albeit not the colour I was expecting, the almost ashy purple is a perfect classy look for everyday. I am loving the matte finish, as it's not too bold or bright. The lasting power of these matte finishes aren't too much to rave about though: after 5-7 days of busy everyday life, they've obtained quite some chips in them. If you like the colour, and don't mind losing the matte finish look, a top coat can protect the polish. I know you can also get matte topcoats too.

I am in love with Barry M's matte nail polish colours and finish, but not so keen on the lasting power. If you are looking for something classy and elegant, I'd suggest checking this nail polish out! I also want to try the other shades, especially the raspberry colour and the classic black matte polish!

Are you tempted to buy this nail polish? Are you a fan of Barry M nail polishes?

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Day 4 | 2014 & Resolutions

Posted by Runzhi C at 07:59 2 comments
Image credit - edited by me

Hello beauties!

Before anything, I'd like to profusely apologise for my somewhat hiatus and falling off the blogging radar for a couple of months. My excuse? I don't really have a reasonable excuse in all honesty, I've just been slacking in having motivation for writing and just general blogging muse. I've just been focusing on school work and extra-curricular (piano exam, I'm talking about you!) recently, and haven't found the time to blog. Sorry to leave you guys in the dark! So I guess this is my first post of 2014. As cliché as it might sound, new year, new (blogger) me..?

So a short summary of the past whirlwind months for me: it was my birthday in November, and I also sat an English GCSE exam (it was brutal, trust me). My lovely parents bought me a Nikon DSLR camera for my birthday, which I have been trying to record my life in photos with since. I've survived another year, along with a very jolly Christmas to boot! And to round off the year, I spent New Years Eve with some of my favourite people having an amazing party-popping end to 2013. I know this year will be packed with all the ups and downs of life (hopefully more good things than bad!). I've pledged to become a better blogger, and to post regularly. And without further ado, my resolutions...

1. Live a healthier life - Now this may seem like a resolution that is just there for the sake of it, but what I really want to achieve this year is a life both physically and mentally healthier. So I will try to open myself to more opportunities; optimism and just saying 'yes'. It's crazy how one word can change your perspective on life, but it's a word not used enough these days. I'm also trying to eat healthier: do I really want that mouth-watering, golden Crunchier bar? Of course I do... not!

2. Use my new camera - I want to capture all of the memories this year, and have an extensive collection of '2014 memories' at the end of it. I know I will look back in 2, 3 years time and remember all the good times I had. I also want to take better pictures for my blog, some of you may have noticed the blog changes (which are still under progress) and this is just the beginning. I'm going to try and post more tutorials/reviews with my face (I've noticed last year I had no make-up tutorials or reviews, oops!) so look out for that. Plus, who doesn't love a good make-up selfie?!

3. Be more active - I have (maybe naïvely) thrown myself into the deep end on this one. I want to be more active in exercising, blogging, and also schoolwork, and helping out. I've decided that I will get a part time job, so I can have my own money and have more control of my finances. Hopefully I can help my parents pay for some things, and also buy new shiny products for myself to review and blog about on here! This has always been paramount for me: not relying on my parents too heavily for money or overspending. I'm sending my CV out as we speak, and hopefully I'll get a reply! Nothing better than buying something with money you've worked hard for yourself. I want to start writing down ideas for blog posts (I have a new notepad specifically for this!) and actually completing them too!

Thank you for reading, my lovelys! I hope you haven't abandoned me just yet; don't worry, I have some exciting posts planned for 2014. To round off, I wish you guys a Happy New Year!

What are your New Year's resolutions? What do you want to see me post? Comment below!

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Day 3 | Real Techniques Core Collection (& dupe) review

Posted by Runzhi C at 18:40 1 comments
Hello beauties!

Today I'm writing a review about my beloved Real Techniques Core Collection (plus my Buffing brush dupe). I read the blog post by Beautiful Solutions here. Please check out her amazing blog! I definitely don't regret buying the dupe - all the links are in her blog post!

Day 3 - Real Techniques Core Collection (& dupe)

First impressions I had read a lot of reviews about this brush collection, so I did not hesitate to buy in when Boots had it on offer! The brushes are made from Taklon fibres, which means these are animal cruelty free since they are synthetic. Another bonus of these fibres is that they are more hygienic due to the smoother surface (bacteria and other nasties can't cling onto them as easy). Taklon is also meant to be a substitute for sable fur!

Detailer brush Personally, I don't use this brush as much as I should! It's the perfect tiny brush for concealer, lipstick or to use to blend eyeshadow. It's quite a stiff brush, so I suggest not being too harsh if you are using it to blend eyeshadow: the Real Techniques Starter Set does a much better job!

Pointed foundation brush This brush is also a nifty brush for foundation. It is quite a dense brush and pointed to get into the hard-to-get places of the face. My foundation goes on with quite full coverage using this brush, and even then I prefer to use the buffing brush over the top. I can imagine this brush being good for mousse foundations or powder-to-cream foundations. I have tried to use it with blusher (I mean, who doesn't like multi-functional brushes?!) but it picks up quite a lot of product so I had to tap the excess off and blend well! All in all, it is a nice brush but I prefer the buffing brush for my liquid foundation. This is my staple brush for blending in my concealer, as it is feather-like and easy to manipulate.

Contour brush I cannot express my love for this brush! It is so so so soft and tapered to allow perfect contouring of the face. I've never owned a brush like this, I definitely think it's quality and ease of use is unique to the contouring market (or maybe I live under a rock!). Picks up the bronzer perfectly, and it is good for blending too. I also have used this brush for blusher before, and it fits nicely onto my cheeks. It is tapered all the way around the brush, with slight slants on both sides to fit nicely in the hollows of your cheeks. I love using this brush with my Sleek Contour Kit!

Buffing brush This brush is absolutely amazing for liquid foundation! I actually understood the rave about this brush once I had used it for two days in a row. It left me a flawless finish on the skin with just the right amount of foundation to cover my blemishes. The fibres picked up the foundation nicely, and I did not lose too much product in the brush - bonus! It is also very soft, and doesn't irritate the skin as some brushes can. It is perfect as it makes my foundation look seamless. I wish Real Techniques sold this brush separately for a spare!

Buffing brush dupe
On the left, it is the real Buffing brush. On the right, it is the dupe with the slightly curved handle. Aesthetically, the only difference is that the handle is clearly a different shape and a lighter gold colour. The fibres also are a bit paler, and the top white tips of the brush is more uneven than the real thing. I bought the dupe from eBay (the link is on Beautiful Solutions dupe post!). I think the dupe is a lot more dense, and it is more like a mix between the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and the Expert Face Brush. The fibres are still very, very soft and a good, cheap alternative to buying the whole collection for the Buffing Brush. I've experienced no hair fall-out yet, even after a wash! The quality is surprisingly good, for the price I paid (£2.57 I think!). I like to use the dupe as a spare for when my brushes are drying, or needing a wash. The only downside is probably the time it took to deliver: I paid for it on eBay and it didn't arrive until 2 1/2 weeks later when I nearly forgot that I ordered it! Nevertheless, it is a fabulous brush as a spare, and it definitely applies make-up very much similar to the real Buffing Brush. I'd still suggest getting the whole Real Techniques Core Collection, the Contour, Pointed Foundation, and Detailer brush - it works out at around £5 a brush anyway.

The link to buy the Real Techniques Core Collection for only £16.29 and free delivery to the UK: Real Techniques Core Collection (2013)
The link to Beautiful Solutions, where you can find the dupe blog post: Beautiful Solutions

Thank you for reading lovelies! Hopefully it's helped you make up your mind about the Real Techniques Core Collection, and also made you aware of the Buffing Brush dupe!

So which is your favourite brush? Do you think you'll be tempted to buy the dupe?

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