Maybelline Master Drama eyelier VS Maybelline Linerefine Kajal eyeliner

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Hey Guys!

So if you’ve read my recent blogs you’ll know that I have bought a different eyeliner to normal. I usually get the Maybelline Master Drama eyeliner, it’s absolutely amazing I swear by the stuff, however I noticed they had a different one I hadn’t seen before so I figured why not give it a whirl and compare the two!

Firstly they’re priced quite similarly, the Linerefine is £2.99 and the Master Drama is £4.49, so they’re super cheap and super affordable. There is only £1.50 difference between them, so personally I wasn’t expecting a huge difference, especially not at these prices! I bought mine from Boots but Maybelline products are sold everywhere from your local supermarket, the pharmacy or makeup store.

I originally bought the Master Drama as a one off ‘see how it goes’ purchase and fell in love with it. It’s a cream liner so you can use it on both your eye lid or your water line. Due to it’s texture it stays put for a very long time, I’ve known it to keep it’s appearance on my water line for up to about 5-6 hours which is pretty good going for an eyeliner. This liner only takes one quick application and the first layer is 100% enough. It applies a nice strong, thick layer of liner that is hardy and long lasting. The only down side to this product is that you go through it much faster than a normal eye liner. With it being a cream based liner it sharpens and rubs down much faster. But that’s the one and only thing about this product thats a bit of a bummer.
Pro’s: Long lasting appearance, only £4.49, one layer is absolutely enough, usable on both your waterline and eyelid, quick easy application.

Cons: Wears down easily due to being a cream liner.

Now onto the Linerefine eyeliner. This pencil is more of a standard liner pencil. It’s got a strong, woody texture and applies like a standard liner. It’s definitely not something I would advise using on any other eye area than your lash line, the pencil doesn’t actually give much way to your skin and drags your skin as opposed to gliding on nicely. On your water line, again it applies like any basic, standard eye liner. It takes a few layers of building (and when I say a few, I mean don’t bother if you’re in a rush) which I have found works the best if you apply 3-4 layers then allow about 1-2 minutes to dry then apply another 2 or 3. Only then do you get a relatively good coverage of your water line.
Pro’s: Only £2.99, takes a long time to wear down.

Cons: For it to appear a black eyeliner it takes several layers of application before it’s noticeable, not usable on eyelids, strong woodiness of the actual pencil can be quite harsh when applying, I actually think the product is over priced for the quality it provides.

So out of the two I would definitely recommend the Master Drama! As you’ll see above there are much more cons to pro’s on the Linerefine to the Master Drama. Out of two eyeliners which are both incredibly reasonably priced as it is, for a £1.50 difference in price there is an enormous difference in quality. The Linerefine liner is comparable to any cheap, basic liner you’ll find. Whereas the Master Drama is better than a lot of high end eye liners I’ve tried out!

Here’s a swatch of the two when I applied one layer of each to my hand: (Left is Linerefine and right is Master Drama)
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And the difference when I applied one layer of each to my waterline: (Left is Master Drama right is Linerefine)
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Looking at the difference on my waterline you can clearly see how bold and thick the Master drama applies with one quick layer as opposed to the Linerefine which looks like I’ve had it on all day and I’m about to take it off, even though I’ve actually just applied it.

Let me know what you think, have you tried either of these products? What was your experience with them??

See you sooooon!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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SOAP AND GLORY – Scrub Your Nose In It Product Review

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Holaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I’ve been trying out this product as a first time buy for just over a week now and felt now is a good time to give you all a review. I find the first week of using a new product is a good time for noticing if it’s actually beginning to make a difference to your skin. And if so, is it living up to it’s name or reeeeeealllyyyyyyyyyy taking its time?

Well why don’t you let me tell you!!

What it does:
This product is quite interesting. It’s not your usual masque by any means and applies very thinly .In my opinion this masque is definitely more for day to day use as opposed to a good deep clean once or twice a week.

Scrub Your Nose In It is made to thoroughly remove the dirt from your pores, clear away excess oils, then help to reduce the size and appearance of pores. However it is solely for your T-Zone only, no where else. Or so the packet says. I wanted to try my whole face anyway, see what happened.

The Product:
So, the masque itself is the standard greeny/grey colour, however MUCH thinner than the usual oily skin/deep T-Zone clean type masques. When applying it, there’s a general gritty feel to it. It’s not a horrible feeling, just unusual and you can see, what I believe are exfoliating (nothing is mentioned about these alien gritty beings on the packaging) grains. Once applying a good layer to your T-Zone, you’re supposed to leave it for ‘a couple of minutes’, apparently, then wash off. However it’s not dry in such a short time so I leave it on for about 5-7 minutes until completely dry, then wash off with a sponge. Also, major thing, it’s got a MAJOR menthol/minty thing going on. It smells strongly like spearmint and when you walk around with it on, or if it’s cold, which it certainly is here, you feel like you’ve wiped toothpaste all over your face whilst prancing around the north pole. IT’S COLD!! It’s not unpleasant, it’s just cold!

My Overall Opinion:
So. I must say I strongly approve of this product. Even though it makes my face feel like it’s in the Arctic whilst the rest of my body is in the bathroom. As an all rounder its pretty impressive. It lives up to it’s name and I’ve noticed a big difference after only using this product for just over 1 week. Although in my personal opinion I would leave it on until completely dry/until your face is immovable, then remove. for me doing it this way it has worked very quickly. Although I must say I haven’t tried leaving it on with out it drying. To me that’s just wrong though, masques are supposed to render your face mud-monsterish and unusable for the next 5-10 minutes. Also in regards to quicker, more noticeable results I would definitely use this every day, I use mine after my Biore deep cleansing wash on a night, so my skin has a good long time to repair. One thing I will say! On the packaging you are advised to apply moisturiser after use. You must, must, must do this as the Scrub Your Nose in it dries your skin out quite drastically and you don’t want dry skin, you want healthy skin. After using mine everyday for over a week now the container barely looks like it’s been touched, which leads me to believe this product will last a little while, which is an added bonus. Finally, one thing I need to mention. As I said earlier I used this all over my face for this time to test to see if there was any difference between the affect it had on my T-Zone as opposed to the surrounding areas. I have noticed the affect of reducing appearance of pores has been equal all round. On the flip side, the reduction of oils has only been noticeable on my T-Zone, not really anywhere else. So to be honest, it’s worked fantastic for me as an all over the face masque. It’s reduced the appearance of my pores all over my face and reduced the oils in the areas where it’s most needed. What a winner!

Price: £11.50     Brand: Soap and Glory     Buy Again?: Absolutely 100% I’ll be buying this again as soon as it runs out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and it’s been a little sprinkle of inspiration for your future purchases!

See you all Thursday!!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

Mini Beauty & Skincare Haul!!!

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‘Ey up!

I don’t do this all too often however it is my birthday month and I’m certainly allowing myself to splash out a bit more than normal, you’re only 21 once! Sadly. So to start off my ‘buying loadsa STUFF’ month, I did a mini Boots haul. They had 3 for 2 on both Maybelline products AND all facial and skin care products. It’d have been rude not to right? I’ve had my eye on a bunch of this stuff for a while but never got round to buying it, but me and a friend had a nice day out in the city centre last saturday and mooched round some shops. You know those ‘mooches’ that turn into walking out of the shop with ten more items than the one or two you expected to walk out with. It was one of them. And I loved it.

I bought some other bits and bats, some clothes and shoes too but I’m going to do them seperately otherwise this blog will go on foreverrrrrrrrrrrrr.

SO. The first thing I just had to get my hands on was the Lash Sensational by Maybelline. I’ve heard soooooo much about this product and seen so many ‘first tries’ and reviews, all of which have astounded me. So I needed to get some for myself. This mascara has absolutely lived up to it’s name. My lashes have never looked so good, not ever. They’re separated perfectly, they’re about as long as my arm, last all day and it’s only £7.99! This product beats probably about 90% of the high end mascaras you pay triple the price for. Honestly, you can’t fault this, it’s amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone!

Moving on to the one and only – Soap and Glory. I LOVE THIS BRAND! They do some unbelievable products, for such reasonable prices. I’ve wanted to give the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub a go for a while. It’s full of natural ingredients such as, “organic cupuaçu, bananas, almond and honey extracts”. It also has this gorgeous smell of maple syrup too. Nom! It smells so good you just want to eat it! Because the scrub grains are almost like sugar granule size I use it every day to give my skin a good buff on an evening. It’s only £8.00 too!
The other product I got from here was the Rub Your Nose In It pore refining masque which was £11.50. It’s supposed to be applied to your T-zone to help reduce the size and appearance of pores and aid in the reduction of excess oils produced on and around your T-zone. I’ve been looking for a new interesting masque now for a little while, so I figured I should give this one a whirl. Why not. It’s also got a pepperminty smell which is interesting, it feels quite cold and refreshing on your face which is lovelyyy. As it’s a first time buy I can’t really say all too much about it, so I’m going to keep using it for the next week and do a follow up review on it, so keep an eye out for that one!

As we’re on facial skin care, I also purchased another first time buy. One I haven’t seen before, although I may just be slightly blind. The Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser which was £4.99. I’m umming and ahhing about this product at the minute and I shall tell you why. Firstly it’s a really bizarre texture when it comes out of the pump, it almost begins to separate in your hands a bit like jelly. It’s weird. Secondly after about 45 seconds of rubbing it into your skin it feels super cold and begins to sting. Now, I’m not really on board with this, because initially when it felt like that, it’s worryingly similar to feeling like you’re having a bad reaction to it, so instantly I wanted to get it off my face. Turns out I wasn’t having a reaction to it, that’s just how it feels. So I stand by my comment: It’s Weird. Due to it’s weirdness I’m going to give it a test period of about 2 weeks to see how it does and if it makes any difference to my skin at all, then it’s review time!

Back on with the make-up! I bought the Maybelline Line Refine Expression Kajal Liner in Black. I’m used to the Master Drama, I absolutely adore that eyeliner it stays put longer than any waterline eyeliner I’ve ever known in my life! However, on a sad, sad note, they had none left *sniffsniff*. So I figured why not give this one a go instead. It’s not as thick upon application BUT, it sits strongly on your waterline and hangs about for quite a while and considering it’s £1.50 cheaper, I’m okay with that until I get my hands on some more Master Drama!
I also got myself another Baby Lips, but this one is the Dr Rescue one. So lets see if it’s any different shall we! So far the only difference I can tell is that when you put it on it’s got a menthol-y kick to it, so no fast head swishing or running or moving around much in the cold, you may experience mental issues due to being convinced your lips are going to freeze off. You get used to it though. I think… Other wise I’m going to use it daily for the next week or so and see if it makes a difference to my original Baby Lips Maybelline brought out. I believe a comparison blog is in sight. This balm from the Baby Lips range is slightly more expensive than the basic ones at £3.49 as opposed to £2.99, so not by much!

Finally, a polish purchase. You can’t leave with out a new one. Well, I can’t anyway. Do I have a problem??? I’ve got a similar colour to this Rimmel polish before from this Salon Pro line however this one is slightly darker. I love the colour I put it straight on when I got home and the quality is amazing! It’s application is fab and it lasts very well. I saw some other gorgeous colours in this range aswell. And it’s only £4.49…
God help me.

Anyhow guys that’s it for my mini Boots haul. I’ll be doing quite a few review/follow up blogs on these purchases as there are quite a few first time buys here, so I’ll be letting you know my very honest opinion on these as always.

I hope you’re all well! Don’t forget it’s mothers day soon for those of you out there with a sieve brain like yours truley!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint Review

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Hey Guys!!!!!,

Today I really wanted to do a review on my experience with trying out Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine Polish.

The Barry M brand is definitely one of my favourite drug store/low cost nail polish ranges and man do they have some different styles on their shelves! Every time I go to the shop I see they’ve brought out a new type of polish range. I love their variety of colours and they have an amazing choice of glitters and effects polish, so as you can imagine I was very excited to try the Gelly polish!

The Gelly Hi Shine range boasts “Hi shine Gel effect Nail Paint provides an extra glossy finish”. So upon standard basic expectations I was hoping for a lovely, extra shiny, extra glossy, strong looking polish. Something that looks very similar to the appearance of gel nails. After all, it is called ‘Gelly’ Hi Shine. And I certainly got…

*DrumRollPlease*

NONE OF THE ABOVE!
Nothing.Nill.Nought.Zero.DIDDLYSQUAT!

This polish range, is exactly the same as any other Barry M polish I have ever used. Ever. There is no difference between this Gelly Hi Shine range and his bog standard nail polish range. In complete honesty this is actually a lot worse.

Firstly, you’re provided with this expectation, that this polish range is going to provide you with a much shinier, ‘Gel nail’ appearance with arguably the look of a higher end, higher quality polish. But it’s not. It looks just like the original Barry M range, if not, a bit cheaper. Why, I hear you ask? Well, do let me explain…
When applying this polish the first layer goes on like watered down nail varnish, kinda like the ones you got in those cheap £3.00 polish sets from a brand you’d never heard of when you were about 7. It takes it’s sweet time to dry, then the second coat goes on just about as bad as the first, so on you go to your third, (when it’s dried that is). Once onto your third coat, the most times I’ve tried it, it generally looks pretty poor by this point. The reason being is simply because you have to put so many layers on due to the polish being so thin, that by the time it appears the colour it’s supposed to be, it has this really thick layered polish look, but somehow still manages to look thin. Like that polish you had once that got super thick because you’ve had it forever, and took to it with nail polish remover to thin it out and clearly over did it (don’t use nail polish remover to thin nail polish by the way! It seriously damages your polish and causes it to separate, not thin. You can buy nail polish thinner from a lot of drug stores or Sally’s, it’s a more gentle, tailored treatment for thickened polish).
Not to help the matter, it’s more expensive than the standard polish AND it chips with in about 5 hours of wearing it. I don’t mean a small chip either, I mean half your bloody nail! It doesn’t last two minutes and I’ve tried this with 3 different top coats, still with no change.

I genuinely find this polish range categorically pointless, except the colours. There are some beautiful colours, but they should bring them out in the original Nail Paint range and sack off the Gelly Hi Shine range in my opinion. It’s painfully thin, no shinier than their other polishes, looks horribly thick when finished, chips like there’s no tomorrow and takes a life time to apply due to the mass of layers you have to put on to attempt to make it look less like a streaky mess! Why bother?!

I am 100% super disappointed with this range from Barry M (just in case you couldn’t tell) to say I was so excited to try it. I certainly won’t be purchasing it again and in honesty, do not recommend wasting your money on. Although I do recommend every other range of his, as the others are faultless.

I hope this was helpful to you guys, I know it’s been a bit of a slate-fest but I strongly disapprove of people trying to butter up and entise people into spending money on a product that you wouldn’t waste the money on yourself, especially following a bad experience with it.
I hope you’ve all had a fab start to the new year, well not so new any more I guess. It’s March already!!!
See you Thursday!
Love&Hugs
Roobes xxxxx

MAC Viva Glam 2 review

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Hey Lovelies!

I recently had a bit of a splurge at the MAC store and ended up with a couple of new lipsticks to go with it. My bad. I specifically picked from the Viva Glam range, the colours are beautiful, very unique and are really really pigmented. I did a review on the other Viva Glam lipstick I bought, which you can have a nosey at here. You’ll notice as before, they hardly went all out with the names of the products, which I’m not too excited about, as MAC usually have some pretty awesome names for their lippy’s but hey ho I guess.

Onto the actual product! This shade is such a pretty and interesting nude shade. It’s definitely not like any I’ve ever come across before. As I mentioned previously, this range is almost matte. They are at first glance but at different angles, this cheeky shimmer pops out and gives your lips so much more dimension and body. It’s very clever, must say!
Colours wise, well, there’s hints of nude beige, pale pink and a very very slight hint of metallic lilac, which I believe is what gives the light shimmer to it. The swatches are below…

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As you can see in the shade it’s quite dark, almost a deep nude/pink. Then more towards the light it’s got a light shimmer of lilac/pink-ness. It’s a very interchangeable shade, you can wear it with a lot of different looks, the pinks and nudes make it very adaptable. This lipstick is also super pigmented, so it applies very smoothly and although it sits quite thick on your lips, it looks very light weighted. It’s build-able too, so you can wear it quite thin and have a very calm, more nude look or apply it thicker and go with more of a darker,stronger look, which works great with dark eyes.

The only problem I have with this lipstick is it can be quite hard to get used to at first. When I first bought it, I really struggled to put it with quite simple day to day looks because of it’s unusual shade. I also found it difficult to put with really dark eye make up because your lips almost looked a bit dead. So at first sight, this lipstick can be a bit of a weird one. But once I started experimenting and trying it with different looks, clothing, hair do’s and general make up, you start to realise that this is actually an incredibly versatile lipstick.

Out of the two I bought I have to say I do prefer Viva Glam 1, but I thick my adoration for dark reds/purples is just beyond any human explanation, so I will accept the biasedness of this opinion. Although if you’re one for the nude shades, I definitely recommend that you give this one a go and try it out!

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Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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LOTD: Simple Day to Day Look & Winged Liner

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Hey m’lovelies!

Today is LOTD day, and this one is my easy peasy, day to day make up that suits everyone. It’s quick to do, so it’s great for on the go, in a rush, early morning make up AND great for giving you some extra time in bed! I wear this look for work a lot, but the great thing about it is, you can doll it up with different lipsticks, some extra liner on your water line and some stronger bronzing and blush effects. BUT today, it’s super simple day (kind of like my brain at times).

So on my face I have:

  • MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes and covering blemishes
  • MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation in NW15
  • Benefit’s Boing in shade 2, under my eyes to even out and add to the coverage
  • MAC’s Studio Finish Powder in NW18
  • Benefit’s HOOLA Bronzer lightly under my cheek bones, around my temples and lightly on my jaw line towards the back
  • MAC’s Melba Blusher very lightly on my cheek bones

On my Lips:

  • MAC’s Viva Glam 2 from the Viva Glam collection

On my Eyes:

  • Burnout from Urban Decays Naked3 Palette, only on my lids
  • Maybelline’s Eyestudio Drama Gel Liner in Intense Black, I have applied this in more of an inward curve shape as you can see. I haven’t stuck with the typical cat eye winged liner, I think for tired eye’s this can really wake them up and give them great shape and body. I have lightly extended past the edge of my eye creating about a 2cm length wing, which I have brought under my lower lashes too, to widen and waken the eyes.
  • Maybelline’s Rocket Volum Mascara

And that’s it!

Honestly, this takes me between 5-7 minutes to do on a morning if that. It’s a great time saving but beautiful look, it doesn’t look like it’s taken such a short time which is an awesome little trick to keep up your sleeve!

Ways to edit the look slightly:

You can cut the gel liner out and go for a deep/dark shade which covers your whole lid instead, this looks just as gorgeous. Keep OR remove the gel liner and add in some eye liner on your water line. Or change up the shade of lipstick to make it into a bit more of a subtle occasional look, with some reds/purples/deep pinks.

Hope you liked this guys, let me know if it saves you any time like it saves me, I love it!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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My Night Time Skin Care Routine

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Aloha!

So today I wanted to share with you my updated night time skin care routine. I will be doing a morning skin care routine later in the week so I can compare the difference in the two and why it’s important to use different products at different times.

My night time skin care routine is pretty simple and to make it even better, all products are drug store products and mostly relatively cheap too! Yay!

I always start with make up wipes, duh, to remove all of the make up from my face (I love simple cleansing wipes they’re so gentle on your skin). Making sure I get right up to my hair line, neck, under my jaw line and around near my ears. But make up wipes will only remove about 80% of your make up, they don’t do the whole job. I also use No7’s eye make up remover, just taking two cotton pads on leaving them over my lashes whilst I remove the rest of my make up, this way it wipes my eye liner & mascara off super easy! So I make sure I finish it off by cleansing my skin thoroughly to get rid of the excess make up, then wiping with a face towel. As you all probably know, I love my Cetaphil, it’s soap free so does no moisture draining damage to your skin and is super gentle on all skin types. Using a separate towel keeps germs to a minimum, this way you’re not spreading germs from the rest of your body and/or your hands all over your face.

Then I cleanse again. This time massaging my face with my hands and using my facial massager to help bring the blood and lymph to the surface of my skin. By doing this you’re skin is aided in quicker repair, looks healthier, aids in control of redness and blemishes and helps your skin look fresher and more supple. Washing off again with my sponges and wiping with my face towel. Did I mention I wash with cold water on a night? This helps keep your skin nice and taut.
*make sure you keep your sponges clean or they will just spread germs! I put mine in boiling soapy water and it works a treat!*

I finish off with my T-zone cream from No7, this is great as my skin does get really quite oily around my t-zone, but this product keeps the oiliness in check with out drying out or damaging my skin. It also helps to keep redness and blemishes away and really reduces large pores. My skin actually feels softer and more moisturised after regular use. And if I have any spots that need worrying about, out comes my No7 Spot Rescue. I’ve done a review blog about the Spot Rescue Gel which you can check out here. This stuff is amazing, it gets rid of even the worst spots in a maximum of 2 days, leaves no dryness or flakiness at all! One dab of this on your spots and they don’t stand a chance!

I don’t moisturise the rest of my face on a night, as personally too much moisturiser on my skin tends to cause me to break out. Especially when you’re face is squashed against a pillow on a night and disallowed air for your skin to breath whilst it sweats away and gathers dirt. Yum! All the more reason to regularly change your bed sheets and keep your hair out of your face on a night. I always tie mine back. It has hugely reduced me breaking out on my forehead and getting spots on parts of my neck.

I hope you all enjoyed this blog! Like below if you did!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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