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Coty Airspun Loose Powder review

February 12, 2016

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Today I really want to talk to you about one of my latest discoveries in the drugstore world: The Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, in Translucent Extra Coverage.

I have picked this one up from drugstore.com before Christmas while I was doing a lot of my Christmas shopping and I had previously heard people compare it to the cult status Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, so I thought why not? Now, I don’t own that one, so I would not be able to say how this compares to it unfortunately.

coty airspun powder reviewCoty is a brand created by François Coty in 1904, which started with perfumes and then expanded to all things beauty- his idea was simple: rich yet affordable cosmetics. I think the history is part of why this product also appealed to me, the idea that women have been using this powder since 1935 and it’s still a viable option for us women today.

First of all, let’s talk about the packaging. It comes in a clear plastic container with an orange top, and while it does have quite a light feeling, I don’t think it necessarily feels cheap. The top is decorated in a very vintage way with what seem to be little clouds of cotton or little powder puffs, giving it a very vintage feel. Inside you can find the powder, the whole of 65 grams of it, which is A LOT compared to most brands, with a sifter as well as a very soft powder puff, which, to be completely honest, I am not really using, as I prefer a powder brush or a sponge.

coty airspun powder reviewThe powder itself is  “an exclusive Microspun formula where loose powder particles are spun and swirled until they reach cloudlike softness.” And it is indeed very soft and finely milled, a lot better compared to my Nyx translucent powder. The colour is a soft beige instead of the usual white however it shows clear on the skin. Also, there is no flashback, which is always a nice extra if you know you will be photographed with flash.

coty airspun powder reviewAlso, before I got this, I was never really able to ‘bake’ my under eye as it somehow ended up looking like a cakey mess, however since I got this I am more and more tempted to do it almost every single time I do my makeup. If you don’t know what baking is, it’s applying an excessive amount of powder under your eyes and leaving it on for few minutes to warm up on your skin and then remove the excess. This really sets in the concealer and gives a flawless finished look.

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Overall, this is probably the best loose powder that I have used so far and I strongly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it!You can find it here.

Have you tried this or what other loose powders do you generally like and recommend, either drugstore or high end?

 

Please let me know your thoughts below in the comments section :)

 

Lots of love,

Claudia x

Beauty

Review: Collection Conceal and Light Like a Pro

January 18, 2016

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Few weeks back, I wrote a review on the new-ish Blush and Go palette that sells exclusively in Boots- you can read that here for more details. Today I want to talk about my other pick from this collection, which is the ‘Conceal and Light Like a Pro’ palette.

In a similar fashion to the other palettes, it comes in a black lightweight cardboard packaging, which tends to feel quite cheap but at the same times it’s expected considering the very low price of the palette- I got it for sale for £4, and I think full price is around £6.99. The other thing that I noticed with this one: because of the black packaging, it tends to get dirty very quickly and I find myself having to wipe it every time I use it, which can become a bit of a hassle- maybe it’s just me, as I really don’t like grubby makeup and want everything tidy and super clean.


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The other thing that I was slightly disappointed with is that it doesn’t have a mirror, which would have been really useful, but oh well. Moving on to the actual product: it comes with 8 different concealing and correcting shades: on the left side you can find the 4 skintone colours, while on the right side, you have a green, lilac, yellow corrector as well as a brightening, shimmery pink. 

When I saw this, I was quite ecstatic, as I only own one or two  orange correctors and I was excited to be expanding my collection into other colour ranges however I was very disappointed with the actual quality of these. They are very poorly pigmented and simply do not show on the skin the way a corrector/concealer should. At this point I am not sure if it’s my skintone or what, but they all sort of look white on me, especially the correcting shades. I tried to use the green on a broken blood vessel that I have on my cheek and it literally did nothing- and it’s not even THAT red, it’s just a slight discoloration which can mostly be covered by a good medium coverage foundation.

Below you can see the swatches for yourself. They all sort of look the same to me and have a white cast, which means that you couldn’t use these under your eyes, especially if you have any kind of dark circles, as it will make them appear grey.

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However I read one or two reviews of people who have used this and enjoyed it to cover up blemishes so I could not speak about that, as I haven’t tried it like that yet apart from my failed experiment. However, I have to say that I don’t find them to be creamy enough and I think they would end up emphasizing any dryness and would ‘crack’ if you use any powder on top if that makes sense.

Overall, I will keep trying to use this, however compared to other products such as Collection’s own Lasting Perfection concealer as well as other creamy concealers out there, I think I would give this one a miss.

I hope you enjoyed my review and let me know if you’ve used this or any other similar palettes. I look forward to your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

Lots of love,

Claudia

Beauty

Makeup Revolution Highlighter – Nars Dupe?

January 8, 2016

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Until maybe 6 months ago or so, I had never owned or tried on a highlighter and now I own more than 5 which is quite a lot for someone who loves a flawless, matte look. One of the first drugstore brands that I heard a lot about is the ever affordable Makeup Revolution and their highlighter in Golden Lights.

First of all, this has an insanely affordable price tag of £3 and has 7.5 gr of products, compared to say, Nars which only has 4g for £20 more. The case is a sturdy-ish plastic case with a transparent lid so you can see the product, which is quite nice. Inside, the product has a swirly pattern to it which makes me think of waves (damn I miss summer!), which make it look quite pretty and at the same time makes you not want to use it at all.

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If you look at it just in the pan, you might think that this is a stark white, chalky product, however you’d be surprised that it’s an opal-gold highlighter with tiny golden shimmers. This is the type of colour that would work on fair girls as long as it’s applied lightly, as well as on medium to tan skin tones, with the golden particles giving a very summery, healthy, glowy look to the cheeks. as well as lightly added with what’s remaining on the brush on the cupid bow and tip of the nose.

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A little goes a long way and I suggest you use a light hand unless you want like a disco ball (literally). In terms of the actual quality, it would be difficult to compare it to high end counterparts, as it’s a lots less finely milled, however for the price difference, it’s a great everyday product that makes you look like you’re glowing from within.

 

Unfortunately I do not currently own Albatros from Nars as I could not bring myself to spend £23 on that highlighter (I prefer slightly more muted highlighters) however one of my very good friends is simply obsessed with it and I have had the chance to play with it and it gives exactly the same sort of look from afar, however if you look closely, the MUR will slightly emphasize the pores if not applied correctly and could look a bit over the top.

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Overall, I think this is a great drugstore/high street highlight that I would recommend to anyone trying to get into the highlight trend and doesn’t want to spend a small fortune. Also Make up Revolution has this highlighter in two other shades,a more pink version as well as a peach, more toned down version. You can find these in Superdrug, both online and in store, as well as on the Makeup Revolution website.

 

I hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you’ve tried any of the MUR highlighters and if they compared to any high end ones in your opinion. I look forward to your replies in the comments below.

 

Lots of love,

Claudia

Beauty

Collection Pro: Blush and Glow Palette review

December 21, 2015

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In the last few months, I feel that Collection has really stepped up their game and have come with a lot of new great products as well as generally having some of the best products in the drugstore for such great prices. As part of their Pro collection, they came up with two face palette, including the Blush and Glow palette which I have previously seen on few blog, yet could not get my hands on it. The Pro range is limited edition and sells exclusively in Boots. I was very lucky to find it in a random boots and also for a really good price, as they have everything for under £4 so I paid £4 only for it!

It comes in a cardboard packaging, not the sturdiest yet it makes the product very light and easy to take with you as a face palette on holiday or even keep in your makeup bag if you have a medium to big one. I love little details such as the coppery writing on the top which give it a more expensive feeling than an under £5 product. The palette includes a bronzer, a highlight and two different blushes.

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Now, let’s get into the more details. I did not want to review this product as soon as I got it as I wanted to have a chance to use it and give you a better idea of what to expect. First impressions were really good, as I enjoyed all the colors in each pan. Unfortunately the blushes do not have names, so I just refer to them as the pink and the peach however I think they would both beautifully on skin tones from fair to a medium tan I would say. Anyone with a darker skin tone might not find much use in this, as the bronzer and one of the blushes would not show at all.

Surprisingly enough, the powders are quite creamy, not incredibly powdery, which is really helpful when picking it up, as it doesn’t make a mess. Also I find all four of these to be pigmented enough and did not need a lot of building up, with the highlighter being probably the weakest one, but then again I am very picky with my highlighters so I think I am slightly biased.

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Here you can see swatches for the four shades. As you can see, the bronzer is neutral with slightly warm toned, so again I am not sure if this will appeal to people that enjoy a very ashy color, however on my skin- around NC30, it shows up great and does not look muddy at all or orange. The highlight is quite a subtle shade and has some pink iridescence to it. The first blush is a matte light pink with a cool tone, very much suited for girls with fair skin or for someone who likes only the , while the other more peachy blush has shimmer in it however it still resembles a satin finish and is probably a fairly flattering color for a lot of people.

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Overall, I would say that this is a great palette for someone who is looking for a going away palette or loves the convenience of having three types of products in one palette. Have you tried any of the Collection Pro range products yet or generally anything from Collection? Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Love,

C.

 

Beauty

New in: Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils

December 8, 2015


This year, I have fallen head over heels with gold, bronze, taupe and burgundy shade. I am all about dark or nude mauvy lips paired with intricate, both matte and metallic eye looks. Therefore, I am  continuously looking to add to my collection of deep colors. I already own the famous Milk Pencil from this range, which I love to use in particular under bright shadows to make the colors stand out even more, however I never tried any other colors from the range. Until now.

Jumbo Nyx Pencils Rust Iced Mocha French Fries

I have ordered three colors from Ebay, from Joy’s Cosmetics, here. She has a lot of great American products that you cannot get in the UK and A LOT of Nyx products at a very good price- and yes, I know that Boots has them online these days, but why would I pay almost double the price? I paid almost £10 for three Jumbo Pencils, a price that I am very happy with considering that I was not sure whether I would like them or not.

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I chose to get Rust, Iced Mocha and French Fries. Rust is a beautiful dark burgundy with purple undertones, Iced Mocha is a frosty cool toned taupe brown and French Fries is a coppery bronze gold. Just looking at these three together makes me happy! In terms of the quality and the application, I haven’t had the chance to play with them as much I would love to, however I think they are great as a base for a darker look, especially a smokey eye or you can also use them as an eyeliner that you can smudge out to give you an ‘unfinished’ look, especially with French Fries.

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They are very soft so definitely easy to apply however I am afraid that people with oily lids that normally have issues with creasing might not be able to enjoy these as much as someone with dry skin. Nonetheless I suggest that you try to set it with a translucent (either loose or pressed) powder and definitely use an eyelid primer before: you can actually check here for my drugstore suggestions.

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The only negative thing that I have to say about these pencils at this point is what you might notice in the photo above: sometimes when you try to create a flawless look with them, they might be patchy, so when you try to go over a spot, it will pick up the product that is already there so you might end up with some holes on your lid. However, as I said before, these are mostly helpful when smudging them, so this shouldn’t really matter right?

All in all, I am looking forward to working on some smokey looks with these beautiful fall appropriate colors and update you on how I feel about them.

 

Have you tried any of the Nyx Jumbo pencils and if so, how do you incorporate them in your makeup routine? Let me know in the comment section below :)

 

Love,

Claudia

Beauty

Drugstore haul

November 11, 2015


Hey guys! Today I thought I would talk you about my latest haul, which involved mostly Boots and Superdrug. These are mostly new products (for me) with one or two repurchases.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation £9.99

This is one that has been on my list for a while and always seems to appear on everyone’s list in terms of the best drugstore foundations. So far it seems to a light to medium coverage and has a slightly dewy, sort of natural glow finish, which is quite strange for me, as I have always been a big fan of matte finishes. In terms of it lasting 16h, I would say more like 8-10h, which is still really good- who wears a foundation for 16h?

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Orange £3.90

This one has been a buy from Ebay, which I very often use for my love of American beauty products currently unavailable in the UK. Postage was quite quick, I think aroun 8-10 days and the products is FANTASTIC. The coverage is really full and definitely cancels the blue tones of my dark circles. I use this under my foundation and makes a hell of a difference and makes me look as if I slept few extra hours. Definitely recommend it for anyone with dark circles who needs a bit of extra coverage power!

Maybelline Fit me Concealer £5.99

In terms of drugstore concealers, I have tried few, however most of them either have a very thick, cakey effect and settles into all the little lines, or quite the opposite, does not really do much. This concealer, which has been highly recommended by Emily Fox, one of my favorite youtubers, is none of the above and has a great texture and consistency. It’s quite opaque and has a nice matte finish, however does not dry the skin around the eye. That’s a keeper for sure.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

This is a repurchase and my absolute holy grail concealer. In summer, I use the colour 4 (Dark), which now obviously is very dark so I went and got colour 3, Warm Medium, which is my perfect autumn colour. The concealer has a creamy, almost liquid like texture and is very thick, which is why people who like light coverage might not enjoy the way this feels. However, again, like the Fit Me, for someone who has quite dark circles, this works a miracle!

Maybelline Master Precise Eye Liner £5.99

Until recently, Maybelline has not been a brand that I necessarily trusted, however since their matte lipsticks came out, I have been experimenting more and more and so far have not had any major disappointments. Master Precise is an actual winner, living up to brands that cost more than double in terms of lasting power. My favourite part about this eye liner though is the fact that it comes out matte black and does not give you that weird shiny look.

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Make up Revolution Iconic Lipstick £2.49

I do not own anything from Make Up Revolution, as I always sort of pass them thinking that might not be that good compared to other products that are just slighly more expensive, however Superdrug has this new collection with very sleek packaging, black and rose gold, very much reminding me of Mac. I spotted the lipsticks first (obviously) and they were all intact, besides this shade, which is called Looking Ahead- there was only this one left so I had a FOMO sort of moment (for people who have lived under an internet rock for a while, that is fear of missing out). so grabbed and ran with it. Unfortunately the product goes quite sheer, but it is a beautiful sheer nude pinkish colour, which does not do much for me. I will probably give this to my mom or some of my colour-shy girlfriends.

Nyx Studio Finishing Powder £8.00

Now we start the Nyx madness! Finally I got my hands on some of their products. I previously had some other lipsticks and own few products from Germany (they sell them in store in the Douglas- sort of like Boots, which you can find EVERYWHERE literally). Anywaaaaay, going back to the powder, a real winner, just as I remembered it. It’s very good especially for setting under eye concealer with a small buffing brush, as well as a large powder brush for a veil of mate-ness (pretty sure this is not a word but it should be!).

Nyx Slide on Eye Pencil £5.00

I love, love, love this pencil! This is pretty much all I have to say. For a very long time, I have only used liquid eyeliner on my upper lash, as it is the only thing that does not smudge and make me look like an absolute mess after only an hour. All this until Nyx came alonge and swept me off my feet with this beautiful, creamy and BLACK eyeliner which I can use both on my upper and lower lashes. Unfortunately somehow this doesn’t do much for my waterline, but that really doesn’t bother me, as it’s not a look that I normally would go for. Have I also mentioned that it is a pefect dupe for Urban Decay’s  Glide on Pencils? I will definitely try and get my hands on as many colours as many as possible, as these might be my favorite eye liners ever!

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream £5.50

Last but definitely not least, I finally got a hold of two of the long coveted, much talked and written about Lip Creams! I got mine and in Cannes, which is a beautiful mauvy nude and Amsterdam, which is neutral toned red. Opinions so far? They both have a moussey sort of feeling when applying them, which makes them glide over the lips. Just to give you an idea, they come with a pointed brush applicator and you do not need to dip it in a second time in order to apply it everywhere so these will last quite a while! They last well on the lips, as long as you do not eat, so I would say maybe 3-4 hours at most, maybe something that you would wear for a shoot or just an event with no food. Personally for me Cannes seems a bit more transferable, as, midway through my Starbucks, I realised that most of it was gone. However, even though they don’t have the best longevity, they are soft and creamy and have a semi-matte finish, so I will definitely reach out for these very often and replenish with as many shades as I can get my paws on!

What are your newest products and what drugstore brands or products would you recommend this season?

Cheers,

C.