Beauty

There was a Christmas fundraiser at work a couple of weeks ago, and they were selling really high-quality cosmetics at really cheap prices to raise money for charity. Obviously I attended and didn’t purchase anything ’cause I was like, “WHY WOULD I????”, right? Wrong. Of course I got something! Two things, actually… But, this’ the first of my posts.

I bought Zelens’ lip enhancer lip balm which is in the shape of a lipstick… Lovely!

I’ve got to be honest, I paid £5 for it thinking it’s a clear, lipstick that’s going to enhance and volumize my lips, making them look kissable for all the frogs & princes that are going to avoid me like repellant. #GottaShowThemWhatTheyreNotMissing

Anyway, back to this… I was expecting Zelens’ Lip Enhancer to burn my lips like a mothertrucker… But, it didn’t! Hurrrrray! It smells like cocoa-butter and felt very creamy on the lips. I felt a very mild, comfortable tingle – that was it. Literally.

Did it makes my lips (which now that we’re on the subject, I have relatively pancake-y ones) plumper? I mean, it made my lips ORANGE, unbeknownst to me that it was tinted. I found faint orange marks above my lips where I had over-lined… Now’s the time to mention that I didn’t apply it using a mirror, because I thought it was flipping transparent. NO. No it wasn’t… I looked like a CLOWN who took time to make-up their lips and nowhere else. Classy!

Back to the main point of this post we go… Did it grow my lips? No. I mean, it looked slightly perter, but to be fair, it is December, freezing and the blood be rushing absolutely everywhere before pneumonia and frost bite is acoming! The cold weather makes everyone’s lips look huger and purpler. Well, I’m basing this hypothesis on what happens to me. I am 7billion+ people. Thanks!

So, what have we learned in this post? It’s a placebo thing. If you think it’s working, it’ll work. If you don’t think it’s working – you won’t look for a difference. Lip balms/sticks aren’t going to make your lips bigger. You need more than that. What I would say though, don’t try fillers. It doesn’t look great at all.

I’ll be posting about a natural lip enhancer device that I use to get naturally plump lips, soon… Trust me, you’re going to want to read it – and know about it. It’s great.

FINAL WORDS: GIVE TO CHARITY. HELP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. IF YOU CAN’T GIVE MONEY, GIVE TIME. IF YOU CAN’T GIVE TIME, RAISE AWARENESS THROUGH OTHER MEANS.

At the beginning of the year, I mentioned the best ways to pedicure from the comfort of your own home…

Lush have the best mask for the feet, and I’m here to blog about it in detail. I’m not a fan of pedicures at the salon, I’m not gonna lie – it’s really offputting to have a stranger I don’t know massaging my feet (or anywhere else)… So, I never really used to do much to my feet other than wash them and put them in hot salty water for a soak.

Anyway, as I said, I was given Volcano to try at the beginning of the year, and I loved it. I couldn’t write a full post on it, because I was given a sample sized amount of the product.

I was in Lush recently and I bought some, because I had a particularly busy day yesterday, and I thought I’d give it a proper go. I have used it twice in two days and I can’t get over how weightless it makes my feet feel and how cooling it is. Even after the mask has been applied and washed off, I can feel the mint really releasing all the heat – which is weird, because I didn’t even know I had heat inside my feet.

Volcano by Lush is not only the best (and only) foot mask I’ve ever used, but – I need to admit that I scooped a bit to apply on my facial spots… Okay… Okay! I know you’re thinking: “gross!” – but, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do… I’ve been having really painful spots. Granted, I get one at a time (thank God) but – at the age of 26 – I should be getting hardly any!

You’ll be pleased to know that the spot decreased in size and redness has dissapeared. I think this is down to the fact that it’s got mint in it. Y’all apply toothpaste on spots, right? So, a foot mask makes it okay. 🙈

This Volcano doesn’t erupt, and is the most peaceful, relaxing Volcano. Love a good one of those.

I also just realised something HUGE… M is a V with legs. Majesty.

God bless! #SoleMates #GoodSole #FightForAGoodSole

❤️

I’ve just signed up to Birchbox, primarily because I saw the packaging of this month’s one had flowers on it, was red and looked majestic.

A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her botanical businesses fix…

Also, this is sort-of but also probably-not good news for you guys & doll faeces because I’ll be blogging about all products each month. If £10 is leaving my cardboard cut-out each month, this might just give me a forced incentive to blog. Not that I need to be forced… I love blogging, it’s honestly one of my favourite things to do, I just haven’t been finding the time. But, with Birchbox coming… I promise to make time.

I really don’t know what else to say… So, Birchbox. Thanks. Perch on a Birch like your name’s Bert. Stay outside of the Box. I’m welcome.

Finally, apparently – all of December’s items (in the Birchbox: ICYMI) are full-size. Hopefully this one proves better than Glossybox, ’cause that was a box full of complete and utter stupidity towards the end of my subscription.

Known fact: if Birchbox put a comb in one of their monthly boxes, I’ll make phantom babies with the founder — man or woman, I don’t care… In the likely event that the founder is in fact a woman, we’ll make a biological anomaly.

The most FINAL of finallies, Birchbox have partnered with a Matthew Willimanson this time.  I don’t even know who Matthew Williamson is… To me, it just sounds like someone picked names out of a sorting hat and put them together. 2 trillion percentages it arrives and I’m going to pretend I know what Matthew Williamson does for a living. So you see, as a blogger, I really know my stuff.

Matthew Williamson x Birchbox = I’m just here for the full-size Nip & Fab product and plantation red, festive packaging. Equation solved.

A strong coverage compact foundation that applies as a cream and instantly dries to a silky, powder, transfer resistant finish. Perfect to build coverage in certain areas and maintain a matte finish even on dryer skin types.

Above, is the description of one of my favourite – if not my actual favourite – makeup product right now… Honestly, INGLOT’s Cream Powder is the best foundation I’ve actually ever used. I have been looking for a foundation like this for so long, and I’ve finally found it.

I used to swear by MAC’s Studio Tech because of its coverage, but it was very heavy and cakey on the skin… What’s more, it didn’t finish matte (before blotting). My skin was at times very oily and/or dewy afterwards (which I hated). I was actually looking back at photos of myself in Switzerland FIVE years ago, and my skin looked HIDEOUSLY greasy.

Anyway, back to INGLOT… INGLOT is a Polish makeup brand that has been going strong for 30 years.

Reasons I love their Cream Powder: a little goes a long way… I don’t have to re-apply throughout the day, and upon first application, I don’t have to apply a lot to get a really nice, flawless coverage. Also, it doesn’t leave your face looking cakey or greasy, at all.

Let’s talk shade ranges, shall we? There are 15 shades to choose from. Price? £8. EIGHT POUNDS. You’re welcome.

It’s perfection. Honestly, girls/guys. This foundation is amazing, affordable oh, and – it is refillable (part of INGLOT’s’ Freedom System’). This means that you don’t have to keep buying the compact…

Freedom System is a unique solution that enables you to fit all your favourite makeup products into one handy and environment-friendly reusable palettes.

Eyeshadows, powders, blushes, lipsticks, concealers, eyebrow products and cream perfumes available in refills give you a chance to create your own personalised makeup palette.

Oh, yes… Finally, this is the brand that is used most on Broadway. Basically, if you try this – you’ll be wearing stage makeup.  The LION KING-esque makeup.

We are involved in large scale projects on Broadway including musicals like Mamma Mia, PIPPIN, The Lion King, or The Cripple of Inishmaan, to name just a few..

Please remember, Beyoncé has been signed to play in the live-action remake of Lion King… Not saying much apart from, if you want to feel like Beyoncé, get yourself one of these. 😍

Love.

(Foundation) is easy as 1, 2, 3…

Bourjois 1.2.3. Perfect Foundation gives a flawless even complexion* for 16hrs, thanks to a new generation formula.

3 correcting pigments for zero imperfections:

Yellow pigments: Anti dark circles

Mauve pigments: Anti dull complexion

Green pigments: Anti redness

  • 24hr hydration and anti-shine: cotton flower extract
  • SPF 10
  • Medium coverage, yet lets skin breathe
  • Soft and smooth formula for a second skin finish

I really don’t know what to write about this product because I am completely and utterly butterly discombobulated. I’m sure discombobulated is the right word, but if it isn’t… I’ll make sure to eat the Oxford English dictionary tomorrow and get back to you.

I expected more from this foundation is what I’m saying… When I first applied it as a swatch, I thought it was the hornet’s elbows not even bee’s knees. Then, when I applied it on my face (which is where foundation is usually applied), it looked ‘meh’. It just looked like the average foundation, kind of a letdown… I expected more from this foundation.

For a drugstore foundation, it’s fine, it’s just not in the same league of extraordinary gentlemen as the serum one… I wanted better coverage, especially seeing as I’ve got the ENTIRE population of Australia & New Zealand’s equivalent of spots on my face currently…

Yes, it made me look less tired and evens the skin tone, but… I still wasn’t blown away by it.

If you want a foundation that makes you look less tired and evens your skin tone, get it. But, if you want a foundation that lasts and looks good even without setting it with powder, this one is not for you.

Things I did like about it: it does hydrate the skin, I’m not going to lie. Protects skin against sun damage (SPF 10) and it applies/spreads easily.

Things I didn’t like about it: it’s less than medium coverage in my opinion. I don’t know, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve got what feels like the entire population of Spotville residing on my facial exterior, but I don’t think it covered very well… Then again, maybe it’s not meant to cover. It’s main USP is the skin tone evening and 24hour hydration which (I don’t know about the 24 hour part, but it does hydrate).

What I will say though, I know you should never compare when doing product reviews but Rimmel Wake Me Up is better in my opinion. Granted, the shade ranges of that are diabolical for a Lebanese Outer Hebrides Polar Bear Eskimo Person Thing like myself, but… Still. You’re either expected to be Donald Trump or TanMom if you’re to match with Rimmel Wake Me Up’s shades. No, thanks!

Have you tried it? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below or send me mail via pigeon. I LOVE pigeons (that are domesticated, clean, sanitary, cleanly fed, don’t carry rabies and aren’t flying rodents – Baesically: doves. I love doves.)