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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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

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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MAC Viva Glam 1 Lipstick – Review

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Heyeyeyeyey!

Hope you guys new years have set off positively, mine has been interesting. Yes already. The wonders of the world I live in. I shall explain all on #SundayFundayCatchUp tomorrow…

SO I wanted to do a review on this MAC lipstick I bought the other day (with the vouchers I had in the back of my purse from last Christmas which I had forgotten about. MWHAHAHAHAHA!), when I popped out to the shops with my mamma. I originally went to get Ruby Woo & Kinda Sexy, neither of which they had in stock. An impossible sin I know. So I ended up with this one and another, which the review is coming soooooooon.

One down side is that their marketing team either had a day off or had a total brain fart on the day they were labelling the Viva Glam collection. The names Viva Glam 1, Viva Glam 2 etc is not exactly up to MAC’s normal standards of product naming abilities. But hey ho, everyone needs a day off right?! But otherwise, all is well on the horizon…

The swatch is below:
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When I was in the shop I was asking one of the girls there for a hand choosing a really gorgeous deep red colour. She immediately picked out this one and described it the only way I think it can be: A Super Vampy Red. Honestly when I put it on and look at the lipstick I’m like lost for any form of descriptive words other than ‘vampy’.But it really is. It’s a very deep, thick dark red, with some slightly browny purple undertones, which really accentuates your lips making them look as full bodied as ever. It’s matte, sort of. It’s matte but with a slight sheen to it, so it’s almost matte, which sounds a bit odd. Is that odd? It’s a bit odd. But awesome!

Due to it’s matteness (sort of matteness), it can tend to dry out your lips a little bit. So after you’ve worn it, put a good layer of lip treatment on it, whether it’s a balm or Vaseline or whatever takes your fancy. If you wear matte a lot, keep your lips moisturised, matte lipstick likes to think it’s a dehydrated fish, so balm up!

This specific shade looks beautiful with lots of dark eye shadow tones and a nude/beige blush. Or on a more day to day look, with thick winged eye liner and black liner on your water line, keeping it simple but gorgeous.

Regardless of your hair colour, how pale or dark your skin is, your eye colour, clothing style that day, this lipstick will work. Trust me. It’s so adaptable and works all round. It may be dark, and more for what some may wear on an evening when you’re getting all dolled up, but personally I love shades like this and wear them whenever I can, so go for it, be a bit more daring and whack it on for the day. You’ll turn heads I promise!

Seriously go out and buy yourself some. This is my favourite lipstick I’ve ever owned hands down.

Hope you liked this review guys, let me know what you think!

 

Love&Hugs

 

Roobes xxxxx

 

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My Winter Skin Care Must Haves & Skin Care Tips!

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In the picture above you see a rather large pile of ‘stuff’. This pile of ‘stuff’ is so important for me to keep on top of using during the winter season. Why? Because throughout winter your skin goes through the freezing cold of the outside to the warmth of your house when you get in. It gets hit by wind, cold temperatures, rain and snow, then you get inside and instantly hit it with the heating, hot water and rubbing it dry with towels. Due to all your skin goes through during this time of year it’s SO important you take your best care of it. But not just your face, your body too.

You need to make sure you replenish the moisture in your face as the quick mixture of temperatures can really dry it out. But it’s so important to make sure your skin is clean and clear first! There’s no point rubbing moisturiser into dirty skin, all hell will break loose! So once you’ve removed any make up, make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove any excess, one make up wipe only does half the job, cleanser does the other half. I find soap-free cleansers are the absolute best. Soap holds Alkalis usually in the form of sodium, which can cause damage and reduce moisture in the skin, so it’s best to steer clear of it on your face. Especially in winter!

With the elements hitting you’re skin as they do this time of year, anyone who’s anyone is prone to dry skin, even the oiliest of skin (trust me on that one). Dry skin, if not ex-foliated properly can become a hoarder or bacteria and cause problems with your pores, so it’s key to make sure you’re exfoliating probably every other day. Or use a gentle exfoliator lightly every day.
Ex foliating is quite abrasive and rough against your skin obviously, so it’s so important you moisturise afterwards, otherwise it’s not going to benefit the appearance of your skin at all. Arguably the dry skin will just come back worse, become tight and crack. What I find helps, as your T-zone is quite oil prone still, is to continue to keep up with your T-zone cleansers/lotions, to help your complexion even more thoroughly.

One awesome trick I regularly use is having a face massager (you’ll see in the picture it’s the weird pointy thing on a stick). I use this some nights with my cleanser on, as massaging the skin helps bring the blood to the surface, increasing the repair-ability of your skin tissue. So it’s a big help with dry/cracked skin and spots too.

Now with your body. We often wrap up like crazy in the winter, which can mean our skin is very hot, a bit sweaty and doesn’t have much time to breath. So it’s incredibly important you give your skin a super deep clean when you jump in the shower on an evening. I like to use a thick creamy body wash, as it’s so relaxing and comforting. Or if I’m in the bath, a creamy bath gel with a refreshing scent is always a winner! You also want to make sure you’re skin is on top form in the winter, as it’s not always used to being that warm and tucked away under layers upon layers of clothes, so exfoliating is important here too. Just not as often, I usually do a couple of times a week maybe three times, but use a scrubbing mitten to help buff my skin too. Also, don’t forget you’re feet! They have it the worst and they’re working continuously, so make sure you’ve got a strong foot scrub to hand and you should probably use that a little more regularly!
As before, once you’ve ex-foliated you MUST moisturise, otherwise you’re simply doing further damage to your skin and it’s going to begin to find it difficult to rep,air itself. Dry skin = itchy skin. That’s a difficult one to recover from if you don’t begin to moisturise quickly.

Finally, don’t forget you’re hair!!! With this one, I wouldn’t wash as often, as the natural oils will help protect your hair. I’m not saying walk around like a grease monster, but don’t be washing you’re hair for the sake of it. When you do wash it, apply some conditioner to the bottom 3/4’s once you’re out of the shower to aid in protecting. Or, use a decent hair masque, which is made for helping build up strong hair and use it a little more regularly than usual. I use mine every 2 weeks in this weather. Try and avoid drying your hair too thoroughly too, it just dries it out more.

From above, my top products for winter are:

  • Body Shop’s Vanilla Spice Soap Free Shower Gel
  • Aqueous BP Moisturiser Cream
  • Cetaphil Soap Free Cleanser and Moisturiser
  • St Ives Apricot Face Scrub
  • Body Shop’s Facial Massager
  • Origins Ginger Body Scrub
  • Origins Grapefruit Shower & Bath Gel
  • Shuropody Foot Scrub & Cream
  • Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque

I hope you guys enjoyed this and found some interesting & helpful tips hiding in there and wishing you all an amazing start to 2015!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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NOTD: Christmas Snowy Glitter Christmas Scene

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IT’S CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSS!

Therefore it’s my run up to Christmas nail design posts! Starting with my snowy Christmas scene nails. This one is a little more intricate than my usual ones – I went all out on this design – for what I’m normally capable of anyway ha.
This is a more time consuming design but not difficult or hard work to do at all, which is awesome!

For this look I used:

A navy blue base, a dark blue glitter, a white, a white glitter to cover the white polish, black for the snowman’s eyes, smile and buttons, an orange for his nose and a red and green for the baubles on the Christmas tree (but you could use which ever colours you like for that bit :))
I also used a large dotting tool for the snow drops, a very small dotting tool for the baubles and snowman’s face & buttons and a small brush tool for the Christmas tree’s.

Taking your navy blue, apply 2-3 coats and once dry and one good coat of your blue glitter. Once this has dried, take your white and apply a wobbly French manicure type line to the edge of your nail. Don’t make it too straight as it’s supposed to look like snow has fallen naturally and unevenly. You might need two coats of this depending on how thick your white polish is. Then whilst that’s drying, take your large dotting tools and apply your snow drops to all of your nails but only to 2/3rds of the nail – avoiding your ring finger. You need to remember to leave room for your Christmas tree. Whilst you have your large dotting tool to hand, apply a large blob to your ring finger on the line of your snowy tip and a smaller one on top, depending on the length of your nails you may be able to do 3.
Now for the tree. Take your small brush tool and your white polish. Paint on the tree by doing a small flick out left from the point of the tree top, then again from the tree top out right. Then again left from where the point the two flicks meet and right from the same point again. Then a short line vertically downwards for the trunk of the tree all the way into your snowy tip.

By now, your snow drops, tips and snowman should be dry, so go back over them with your white glitter to add some more sparkle and magic to the look. Take your small dotting tool whilst this is drying and add your baubles, I alternated mine red and green for extra Christmassyness but you can use any colour you fancy!

When your snowman is completely dry add on his buttons, eye’s, smiley face and carrot nose (you can even add a top hat/scarf if you have long enough nails for that sort of space!)

ALWAYS finish with your top coat and ONLY when you’re nails are completely dry!

I hope you guys like this tutorial, let me know if you did!

I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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