Monday, 17 February 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation review

: 'long-wearing, skin-perfecting full coverage foundation with UVA/UVB SPF 15 infused with Amazonian clay for better, longer, truer wear. 

Product Performance:
 Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.
Powered By: Amazonian clay: This nutrient-rich, multitasking and total-skin-balancing clay reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity, elasticity, firmness, and texture while removing oil from the skin's surface for smooth application and wear.'

I SAY: Since I've gone cruelty free I've been searching high and low for a replacement for my beloved Revlon Colourstay.

At first I was applying it with a beauty blender and I had cake face from the get go! It sat in my pores and just looked awful after a full days wear. 

The next day I applied it with a foundation brush and the finish was much better to begin with (images above), but I could still see it on my skin making it look extremely unnatural. This is a very full coverage foundation and it DEFINITELY looks like you're wearing makeup.

I couldn't really say I think it's very buildable as I think you only need a tiny amount for it to be full coverage anyway. I also disagree that it lasted up to 12 hours - if anything so much as slightly touched my face it transferred!

I pretty much disagree with all of Tartes other claims. I felt the foundation on my skin - it was heavy and I just wanted to get it off! And instead of reducing the appearance of pores I think it made mine more noticeable.. which nobody in their right mind would want!

I have pretty oily skin and this does set matte which is always good but in order for it to last longer than an hour I have to set it with powder. I found that it actually made my skin look flakey and cakey (ha!) and just generally not good as you can see in the pictures above! So this leads me to believe it would be a complete car crash on a dry skin type. 

I was bitterly disappointed by this foundation, I was so hoping it would be 'The One!' Even though this was not the case, I would still definitely try other products by Tarte as I really like their ethos. This is what it says on the FAQ section of their website about animal testing: 

s tarte cruelty free? 

Yes. tarte cosmetics is a cruelty-free cosmetics line. tarte makeup and skincare is never tested on animals. 

What are tarte's guidelines for international products? 
All ingredients and finished formulas tarte uses are tested and based on US FDA requirements before being imported to the US. We only work with highly reputable laboratories and factories that meet the strictest GMP standards, which is an international grading scale for cleanliness and the environment for workers that abide by a strict code of standards. We also test each product ourselves to match our quality standards. Additionally, we are an approved PETA participant; they have audited our non-animal testing procedures. '

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

LUSH King Of Skin Body Butter Review

 'A superb body lotion captured in a bar.
There are many natural ingredients that are so impressive on the skin that they amaze us. We packed a whole bunch of them into King of Skin, because we wanted it to be a leader amongst bars.
Cocoa butter, shea butter, extra virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba oil and almond oil all do amazing things for the skin, moisturising and feeding it and helping it find a natural balance.
We mix these with oatmilk. Oats are soothing on the skin, because nature equipped them with an antihistemine effect. Avocados are in here because they are full of unsaturated oils that hydrate and soothe the upper layers of the skin. Bananas also give up their wonderful natural oils to the skin and are emollient and highly moisturising.
Finally, we have packed this with essential oils that don’t just smell beautiful – they all have wonderful effects on the skin, helping maintain it at its healthiest best.
This bar reigns supreme at leaving your skin feeling dewy, flexible, soothed and ready to be touched.'
I SAY: Wow LUSH have a lot to say about their products! Anywayssss, on with the review..

I really like the fact that this includes natural ingredients, it makes me feel like I'm doing a lot of good to my skin. At first I was a little apprehensive as to weather or not this would really work as well as normal body butter. It only took me SECONDS into the first time of using it to realise that it was just as good, if not better! I have never ever felt my skin so soft!  I can safely say that, yes LUSH, my skin was left feeling dewy, flexible (well I'm not so sure about this one.. flexible skin?! What does that even mean?!), soothed and ready to be touched!

It retails at £5.50 which I personally think is a pretty reasonable price. I have used it probably about 5 times and still have over half left.

The smell, I'm afraid I cannot place! But it's not too strong and doesn't last on the skin so I don't feel like it would be too much of an issue for anyone.

I can see I will repurchase this again and again and again and again and... I think you get the picture! 

What other LUSH products would you recommend? 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Real Techniques Foundation Brush Review

REAL TECHNIQUES SAYS: 'The angled cut lets you build the coverage you need for airbrushed, high-definition results:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use'
I SAY: I've tried almost every technique when it comes to foundation application, and that includes a variety of brushes. I'd used real techniques eye brushes in the past and really liked them so when I saw it on iHerb thought I'd give this a go too. 

I'm afraid I don't agree with a lot that real techniques says in their description of this brush. Unfortunately I'm afraid it didn't leave my skin looking pixel perfect in any light, but I don't think ANY brush is capable of that anyway! 

I love the fact that it's synthetic and cruelty free, but the bristles seem to.. clog up?! (great description there!) and get all stuck together whilst applying my foundation, which as you can imagine, doesn't create a very jazzy look! 

The brush is cut at an angle, which I actually really like. It fits perfectly into curves of the face like around the nose and eyes which is nice. 

As I mentioned earlier I got this from iHerb. iHerb is a website that is eco-friendly and also has a lot of natural products. I LOVE it, there's a ton of cruelty free brands on there for just about any product you can think of.

If you're thinking of placing an order with iHerb you can this discount code to get up to $10 off of your first order : 

What do you guys think of the real techniques foundation brush?

Monday, 2 September 2013

GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer - Classic

'The perfect base for all makeup. The transparent formula fills in fine lines and deep pores in the skin, creating a uniform, matte and unique, silky soft surface, enabling the easy and smooth application of foundation.'


I SAY: Perfect base? No definitely not, but I'd agree that it does a pretty good job of filling in pores and lines. Not quite as good as Benefit's Porefessional but at £7.99 for 30ml, I think that can be forgiven. 

Matte and unique? No. The finish is matte at first yes, but for you fellow oily skined girls out there, this does not keep shine at bay! 

Silky soft surface? YES! This is one thing I love about this product. Its a gel formula so slides on really nicely and my skin feel so so soft after its applied. It does help foundation go on smoother than it would if I had not used it. A tiny bit really does go a long way too so it lasts for a reasonable amount of time. 

There's a very faint smell that reminds me of my childhood and kids makeup...  Major tangent here, but did any of you used to get the Sabrina the teenage witch magazine as a child? And you always got a little freebie that was like makeup or something? Well if you did, the makeup smelt exactly like this primer. That clearly is going to help absolutely no one haha, I apologise! After all that unnecessary nonsense, the smell really isn't that noticeable! 

Now on a serious note, I also like this as GOSH do not test on animals, when I emailed them this was their response:

Dear Natalie,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding animal testing.  
I can confirm that GOSH Cosmetics does not use animals to test any of
 our products or ingredients. Neither do we commission others to
 perform animal tests. Moreover it is prohibited by European law to
 test cosmetic products or ingredients on animals.'

They also attached me a list of all their vegan products and this primer was on it :)

Pretty good primer really, probably won't repurchase as I'd rather continue to look for something that suits my skin type slightly more, but I would recommend to others with maybe small pores and less oily skin! 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

LUSH: Retread

LUSH SAYS: 'This is a pit stop for your hair. Just like tyres, the outer layer of your hair shaft gets worn and damaged. Retread is full of ingredients to fuel you hair up again and get it back out on the road.

We make a seaweed and lanolin base then add soya milk for protein. Added to that are olive, jojoba and avocado oils to give a deep condition. Nutritious fresh melon juice and yoghurt are then stirred through.'

I SAY: I find this conditioner to be nice. Just nice. It conditions, but I wouldn't say it did miracles for my hair. Better than some, worse than others. I've got baby fine hair that breaks easily and I personally don't think it made a difference to that, so if it can't handle my pitiful amount of hair, I doubt it will be of any assistance to those with hair thicker than mine!

I'm not so fond of the smell myself, I really don't even know how to describe it, and I'm not even going to attempt it because I'll just embarrass myself! So I'll just say it's not overpoweringly disgusting, just not to my taste.

The formula is runny rather than the usual gloopy consistency for conditioner, so getting it out of the pot is a bit of a nightmare. I'd get some in my hand and it would just fall through my fingers. Considering that it
 retails at £10.25 for 245g and half of it ends up slipping through your fingers, I think it's overpriced. And it really pains me to say that as I love LUSH! 

One thing that I LOVE about LUSH is their ethos and that they do not test on animals. On the pot it states that it is suitable for vegetarians, but as it contains lanolin I don't believe its suitable for vegans. I could be wrong though, I'm only just getting into all this malarky and could be talking out my arse so don't take my word for it!

Overall, wouldn't purchase again due to the hefty price tag. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

I'm going cruelty free!

Hello! Hope everyone's having a lovely week :)

I got back from my second holiday yesterday and I don't know why but going on holiday always makes me think deeply about things and changes I want to make in my life. 

One change I've decided to try and make is to use cruelty free products as much as possible. It can be difficult to work out which ones are cruelty free but I stumbled across this really great website that has a list of all brands that are cruelty free and it also has great posts on dupes for popular products and things like that so if you're an animal lover like me you may like to check it out! ---->

I'm not rich, and I have a pretty extensive makeup collection already, so I'm going to use up all the products I currently have and when they run out repurchase only if they are cruelty free, and if they aren't I'm going to have fun searching for replacements! 

If anyone has any recommendations for great cruelty free products, please gimmie a shout! 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

GOSH GROWTH Mascara Review.

GOSH SAY: 'Growth mascara contains a growth active called SymPeptide® XLash which is proven to have visible effect on the length and thickness of the eyelashes. It has been proven to give visible effect after 2 weeks use. The rubber brush is designed to give length and volume to the lashes. The small rubber “hairs” separates the lashes and the bulk reservoir on the side will ensure more bulk and maximum volume. Apply Growth mascara as a normal mascara.'



I SAY: I got this mascara in the most recent glossybox and have been testing it since I got it. I was very eager to try it out as soon as I got it and was very disappointed when I opened it to find that it was THE DREADED PLASTIC WAND. I've always thought they looked like spiked flails and could be potentially damaging if accidentally poked in the eye (I've had this confirmed.. excruciating. I'm convinced its more painful than childbirth). Every single mascara I've tried with this type of wand I've hated. I often find that the mascara will be too wet that it looks ridiculous and I have to take it off or they separate my lashes so much that they barely stand out - neither are a desirable look! 

But even so I thought I may as well give it a good old go. And I'm very glad I did! The formula is really nice and the wand helps to separate lashes. Great for any kind of look as you can build it up without it getting really clumpy or anything like that.

As for increasing length, I hadn't really noticed anything tbh as my eyelashes are quite long anyway, but my friend at work did actually comment and ask if I was using anything new as m
y lashes looked super long :) 

It's also perfume and paraben free for anyone thats looking for a perfume and paraben free mascara!

It retails for £8.49 - definitely worth it and I'd most definitely repurchase. 

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