Beauty

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Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner 

What in “blue blazes” (Happy belated #AustraliaDay) are those collagen lip jelly masks that I’ve been hearing about? ūüėĪ

They’re like a mask (for the lips) packed with collagen which claim to be lip-plumping and ¬†lift the contours of our lips so that they appear bigger, fuller and more poutier.

YouTubers and Instagrammers alike have been upping the ante on promoting¬†them, sharing¬†videos of them trying it out and now it’s gone viral (less of an infection, more of an Internet sensation).

I haven’t tried the “lip jellies”¬†personally but the results which I have seen look incredible. However, I’m not sure if it’s a trick of a Photoshop switch and a marketing ploy by celebs /¬†non-celebs or if they actually work… Either way, it’s pretty impressive!

Why am I sceptical about whether they work on not? I say this because I purchased a Fullips¬†lip enhancer,¬†which worked, but it still didn’t give the results I saw on YouTube from others… Maybe I didn’t use it right or maybe my lips aren’t suitable for the one which got delivered (as there are various sizes), but I’m not sure… I did¬†notice a difference at first, but now that a year or so has passed since using it, I have to say that I have since become¬†underwhelmed with the result.

I now rely on¬†over-lining my lips with matte liquid lipsticks as¬†I don’t want my lips to get bruised nor swollen. All I really want is a fuller pout.

Truthfully, I’m not sure if I’ll be purchasing the lip jellies… I might do¬†for fun, to test them out on here, but I’m torn. I may just note the ones I’ve heard of, embed the videos of results and do a bit of research on other people’s views. That’s what I might do, it’ll be more of a feature than a review, so keep an eye, nose or cheek out.

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Urban Decay: Naked3

Urban Decay is a brand I haven’t reviewed yet, so I thought there’s no time like the present to do just that!

If you’re not into make-up,¬†brands and haven’t a clue what a “palette” is then look away now because there are no “nudes” here! Go and slide into someone else’s blog posts…

I usually, in life, do not have enough time in the day, week, month, year, decade and century to put on eyeshadow. I just don’t see the point because A) I have a fringe that goes past my eyes and B) even if I didn’t, it’s just pointless ’cause it’ll get smudged or have eyeliner or mascara marks all over it! C) I value that extra 10-20 mins of sleep in the morning, afternoon or evening.

Having said that, I thought I’d give Urban Decay’s Naked3¬†a go-go (like a yo-yo but not), and I was very happy with the result.

Behold, the Naked 3 Palette Рcomplete with 12 never-before-seen rose-hued neutral eyeshadow shades. Behold, the Naked 3 Palette Рcomplete with 12 never-before-seen rose-hued neutral eyeshadow shades. Choose from light, shimmering pinks, to deep glittering black shades. Or get creative and combine for the ultimate neutral smoky eye.

Our Naked Palettes have always featured some new shades, but Naked3 goes one step further with 12 completely new shades – only available at Urban Decay. With smooth mattes, shimmering pearls and gleaming metallic, every shade features Urban Decay‚Äôs Pigment Infusion System‚ĄĘ, a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich colour, serious staying power and blendability.

Although I know ‘smokey eyes’ would look okay on me, my eyeliner and mascara over-usage make my eyes dark enough as it is… I also forgot to mention that somehow, I don’t quite fancy the look of Space’s Black Hole or to seem as though¬†I’ve been punched in both sockets. I say this because – with me in charge of my own smokey eyes – ¬†that’ll¬†be the result. Hey, I never claimed to be a “make-up artist”, all I claim is that I know how to review products!

The point I was trying to make before I went on Tangent 2,788 was I usually stick to gold, nude and shimmery eyes. Ain’t no business like a naked eye business, ’cause beauty is in the eye of the beholder/s.

Stripping my eyes bare makes them seem bigger (when matched with winged-eyeliner), so it works for me…

I really like the pigments in Naked3, they’re sharp but soft at the same time. I’ve given up asking whether what I say actually makes any sort of sense. Just, bear with me… Thanks.

The packaging? B-a-e. Rose gold packaging that makes the make-up lovers go “Loco (no parentis). The price? Ex-tor-tion-ate. The look it gives? Ex-cel-lent. My verdict: Re-ti-re-ment from trying to make my sense of humour catch on or this Beauty Bae blog happen! I’m going to bed…

There you have it! Next time you want to get Naked (three times!) choose Urban Decay.

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EOS: Coconut Milk Lip Balm

This is another highly celebrity endorsed product that I have been wanting to review for the longest time…

I finally have been able to because it’s Winter, and in Winter, we all need a celebrity endorsed sphere lip balm which costs ¬£6¬†but¬†is so small that that you can eat it in less than one mouth full (not that you would because it goes on the lips not inside them). Am I right?

I purchased EOS‘¬†(Evolution of Smooth) Coconut Milk. I’m not going to lie to you, the only other reason I bought it (other than wanting to see what all the fuss was about) was that it claims to be Organic. I love Organic produce, I try to use as much Organic things as possible, especially in my meals.

Get noticed with visibly softer lips. Nourish your lips and enjoy the delicious flavor of this coconut milk lip balm!

The packaging¬†of EOS Lip Balm sphere? As small as it is, there’s no denying it’s unique, and cute. The Coconut Milk¬†one came in a pale pink sphere which was sweet.

The scent? Delicious. Like Coconut Milk which is expected because I purchased a Coconut Milk lip balm… ūüėā Imagine if it came smelling like Chicken. I’d send it back or deliver it to the ‘Pengest Munch’¬†and self-titled: ‘Chicken Connoisseur’¬†to review! It’s hardly “roadman” worthy, but it’ll do…

Taste? ūüėč I wanted to eat it in one sitting. But, the cost, along with the fact that it’ll never fill me up,¬†had me abstaining!

The result? Your bog standard lip balm. Yes, the ingredients – as far as I know – are organic, but the results are not extra-terrestrial or noticeable. What I mean is, no one has stopped me in the street to tell me that my lips look “Organic”. My friends don’t say: “Oh wow! Your lips felt a special kind of Organic on my cheeks, you wearing EOS?” when I go to give them a little peck. I’m not denying that my lips didn’t feel soft afterwards, but isn’t that the main purpose of a lip balm? You wouldn’t buy a lip balm if it said it’ll make your lips dry and coarse, would you?

Price? LOL. Just, LOL. (and I’m not talking Miley Cyrus’ – who has endorsed¬†EOS on her Insta – film). ¬£6 for a tiny pot of lip balm which hydrated as much as a Vaseline tin would. Do the maths!

Is it work six “squids”? If it weren’t for its “organic” claim, I’d have said no. It’s too small and doesn’t hydrate my lips any more than a usual lip balm that I could get for a pound or two. Vaseline is cost-effective and works better. But, then, you’re not buying into a celebrity endorsed product when you purchase a tin of petroleum jelly. ūüėā

The moral of this post is: just ’cause it’s endorsed, that doesn’t mean that it’s an exceptional product for its price… Although, as I said, I suppose you’re buying into the brand and Organic produce which makes up for it, I suppose…

Look – it works, I just expected a little more from it. Remember, celebrities most¬†probably¬†don’t use this every day! Don’t forget that they¬†have enough money to get laser lip treatments (if such things exist) if they wanted!

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LUSH: Tisty Tosty

Another day, another Valentine’s Day special melting/fizzing bath melt to review…

This time it’s the turn of Tisty Tosty. Listen, I don’t know how many times I’ve got to break it to you… I have no idea as to how Lush come up with names for their products. I hazard a guess it’s just a case of choosing the weirdest and most unrealistic sounding words, and putting them together to sound like a tongue twister.

You never know… We may wake up tomorrow to find that they’ve released¬†‘How Much Wood Would a Wood Chuck Chuck if a Wood Chuck could¬†Chuck Wood’ as a massage bar. Only the finest Oak and Elm oils used in that one… ūüėÜ

Anyway, so yes, onto Tisty Tosty. I have tried this one a couple of times before, I like it… If you love roses, you’ll love this! There are seven real dry rosebuds embedded in this heart shaped bath melt. I love this for many reasons, one of which is that it’s not shaped like their other melts – in the shape of a¬†spheres. Lush¬†have pulled it out of the bag with this one, it’s ¬†LOVE(ly) and very fitting for Valentine’s Day.

He loves me, he loves me not РTisty Tosty is based on a medieval love potion. Studded with seven real rosebuds, it is scented with a captivating combination of floral orris root powder, rose, and lemon. As this dissolves in the bath, you may fall in love with it as the scent of geranium, jasmine and rose create a spellbinding fragrance. Rose oil also gets to work soothing broken hearts Рit’s used by aromatherapists to lift the spirits.

Now for the cool and interesting part… Apparently, rumour has it that there is a mystical love potion attached to this bath melt. Read it below:

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You’re supposed to drop it into a hot¬†bath filled with water (because what’s the use¬†of dropping it in an empty one?) and then let the roses pull away from the salts. Then, place one rose at either side of the bath (in¬†all four corners) and sit in the middle chanting some weird love spell (as seen in picture above) and then playing “They Love Me, They Love Me Not” with the remainder of the rosebuds’ petals.

Similarly to Lover Lamp, this one is white and makes the water a bland colour. Having said that, the scent and the rosebuds make it all the more worthwhile.

I like it. I like that it’s based on a medieval love potion and that it’s Valentine’s Day specific. I love love,¬†I love this and I love Lush!

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MAC: Oval 6

On my way home today, I picked up a MAC Oval 6 brush.

Ideal for blush, foundation or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face or cheeks for even, flawless coverage. Made of synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision with a sleek black finish. A M·A·C store exclusive.

I took it home to try it and oh boy… It’s got me so bad that I don’t understand why I hadn’t used Oval brushes sooner!

Although I still want to try the silicone beauty blender¬†‘Silisponge’¬†that everyone’s talking about, I believe¬†that these Oval brushes are going to come out on top for me and they’ll be enough to change not only¬†the¬†game but all¬†the games!

The application? The word “flawless”¬†doesn’t even cut the mustard, ketchup, Mayo, barbecue sauce or whatever other condiment you prefer! I don’t even think Beyonc√© knew¬†what flawless meant before she tried MAC’s Oval brush, which let’s face it, if she has, I’m almost certain she’s got a Special Edition¬†one made from liquid gold and unicorn hair bristles. ūü§£

I like that it gives an even and smooth coverage and that it¬†doesn’t waste my powder or keep most of the product on the brush like other brushes might…

However, I’ve read that this brush doesn’t bode too well with washing liquid foundation or blusher out… I haven’t used it for those purposes so I wouldn’t know. I use it to apply my powder foundation, it’s worked amazingly well so far.

MAC‘s Oval 6 Medium sized brush is perfect for applying foundation, powder, contour, blusher or highlighter. It’s a great¬†choice for use all over. Also, don’t even get me started on its softness… Oh my! It’s like stroking a really fluffy teady with hair instead of fur… If that makes sense?

I think the cleaning of this brush is the only bug¬†bear that I’ll encounter, but I think if you don’t use a lot of products, and look after it well, regularly applying brush cleaner, it’ll be fine.

This brush is going to be featured a lot in my new vlogging series. I think my vlogs are just going to be me living my life as I usually do it… A lot happens to me each day which makes me wonder how I’ve even made it this far, and this is no word of an exaggeration! ūüėā

Expect a lot of Bridget Jones and Miranda Hart moments… Take today for example, little ol’ me got on a train (at rush hour), minding my own business, when the tallest people are holding on to the side bars and “shawty” (in comparison) had to tip-toe just to reach the bars connected to the train’s ceiling!¬†Then, out of nowhere, a lady elbows me in the boob as she makes her way to exit – I assume and am hoping unintentionally – trust me when I say: ‘Victoria Secret‘ needs not one knighthood but ALL of them! OBE, MBE, Obe Wan Kenobi, everything… #MakeItRain

If it weren’t for Vicky and her “Secret“, I’d have a dent where my breast would’ve “used to be” but thankfully still is!¬†So,¬†you see, I need to capture these moments on video and not just typed word.