Part II of my favourite beauty bloggers is all about vloggers/Youtubers. I’ve missed out lovelies such as Zoella and Tanya Burr (whom I do adore of course) to try and give lesser known bloggers a chance to shine.
Is Esteé/Essie the nicest person ever? Quite possibly! I absolutely love both her blog and her videos and am so proud to adopt this Canadian as an honorary Brit. I go through weekend long binges where I just watch literally every video I can find on her main and vlogging channels! Shout-out to her boyfriend Aslan and dog Reggie as well who pop up every now and then.
Anne Marie Chase http://www.youtube.com/user/annemariechase
I had to include the lovely Anne Marie as she was a complete life saver when I had my prom! Her other beauty videos are also great and each time I watch her videos I just feel like I’m standing right next to her (?) if you know what I mean? It’s really hard to explain! Like you know when you watch some beauty vloggers and everything’s just a bit too professional, a bit too polished? I know I have explained that atrociously and I apologise! I don’t know, if you know what I mean then you just do.
I really couldn’t decide whether to include Laura or not as she isn’t technically a beauty blogger. (I found her through her main channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownpatrol which is also amazing.) In the end I decided she had to make my list, as I always go to her when deciding what colour to dye my hair next and she’s pretty much dyed her hair every colour under the sun! She does some great tutorials as well and overall I just love watching her as she’s so lovely.
– One coat of the pink mascara just on the tips over the black mascara –
PHYSICIANS FORMULA SHIMMER STRIPS CUSTOM EYE ENHANCING MASCARA DUO in HAZEL: £9.95
Physician’s Formula is an American brand I’ve been wanting to try out for few months now, although it hasn’t really launched properly yet in the U.K. So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this in my local T.K Maxx for just £2.99. I knew it must be fate when I saw this was the version designed to brighten hazel (my colour) eyes…
First up is the packaging. While I’m not a huge fan of the – in my opinion – cheap looking cardboard box, the actual mascara tube is beautiful. Sharp and sleek but still elegantly feminine thanks to the metallic pink.
As for the actual mascara? Hands down best mascara I’ve tried for under £10. It has the short, plastic bristles I love as opposed to natural bristles, so I immediately compared it to Benefit’s They’re Real and L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes (two of my favourite mascaras). It was absolutely on a par with both of them, especially They’re Real.
The pink end of the tube is actually much brighter than I expected it to be. It’s almost an exact colour match to Pantone’s colour of the year Radiant Orchid, which is a trend I’ve adored all year. I haven’t actually had an occasion to wear just the pink mascara on it’s own yet which is a shame as it’d be such a stunning statement look.
Honestly I think if this was more readily available in the U.K. I might never repurchase They’re Real again, which at £19.50 is pretty much double the price tag. Physician’s Formula has certainly made a great first impression on me and I’ll be trying more of their products as soon as I can get my hands on them!
Overall, would I repurchase?
Even at their full price of £10 as opposed to £3 bargain I got I’d still definitely repurchase if I see them again.
RIMMEL SCANDALEYES WATERPROOF KOHL LINER in PURPLE: £3.99
As much as I do love my Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl, alas it just can’t satisfy my colour needs. If they did more colours than black and brown I may never stray again, but for they now they don’t and so I turn to other brands to get my fix.
Enter Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl.
Available in seven shades, this attracted my attention as it’s waterproof which I always look for in a kohl. Especially as I usually wear it on my bottom lid non-waterproof formulas don’t last very long at all on me and are just a wistful shadow by lunchtime. Luckily this is very long lasting indeed and it actually took quite a bit of scrubbing to remove the swatch you see above.
The level of firmness of this liner is also just right, and believe me I’m very picky! Too hard and they upset my sensitive eyes so much they just go straight in the bin, and if they’re too soft it’s hard to get a delicate, defined line on my bottom lash line. This one walks the line between them perfectly as it’s creamy while still having a backbone.
Overall, would I repurchase?
At £3.99 I’d be tempted to try more of these and it’s definitely worth spending the extra quid for this waterproof version (Rimmel Soft Kohl eye pencils are £2.99).
While both MUA and Makeup Revolution have dupes out for all three Urban Decay Naked palettes (bar the Naked Basics though I’d really love for that to be on the cards), and both brands pricing them at £4, something about the sleek black and rose gold packaging of the Makeup Revolution one swayed it for me.
Though I’d be a grateful recipient of any one of Urban Decay’s stunning palettes, something about Naked 2 just does it for me. One day I’m sure I’ll succumb to it’s hefty £37 price tag but for now my student paws will have to make do with the dupes.
Luckily ‘Iconic 2’ has made this wait that little more bearable. At £4 for 12 shades I’m absolutely amazed with quality of these eyeshadows. While of course in my opinion they can never be a match to their Urban Decay counterparts, at around 33p a shade I think I can live with it!
As with all eyeshadow palettes some colours are better than others, and with this palette I’d actually advise just staying away from the three mattes completely. The hits in this palette still outweigh the misses though, and for £4 I’ll definitely be trying both Iconic 2 and 3 to try and quell my Urban Decay lust!
No it isn’t April 1st, the clever brains behind Urban Decay have launched a brand new sister for Naked Basics. Yet another addition to their ever popular Naked line, this palette is cooler than Naked Basics and features five matte shades and one satin (Skimp, the lightest colour being the satin).
Naked2 Basics is much more my kinda palette than the original and it might just sneak it’s way in to my shopping basket when it’s released over here. For me the lightest and darkest shades in the first palette were always too light and too dark, which is not the case with new one. I’d definitely get a lot of wear out of every single shade in Naked2 Basics.
TOP: NAKED2 BASICS
BOTTOM: NAKED BASICS
The lovely Tempalia (http://www.temptalia.com/) has got a comparison shot here of the two palettes. As you can see the lightest and darkest shades in the original are much much contrasting than in 2, and are much lighter/darker respectively than their 2 counterparts.
The palette will retail for £22, the same price as Naked Basics. To my knowledge I haven’t seen a UK release date yet, but when they do I’m sure I’ll be joining the waiting list!
Miss Budget Beauty – http://missbudgetbeauty.co.uk/
Khila’s Miss Budget Beauty was the first beauty blog I ever started reading and I still love her to this day. Her blog even has it’s own button on my home screen on my phone! As the name suggests she focuses on affordable makeup/skincare/haircare and one of my favourites from her has to be the ‘30 Lips in 30 days’ series.
EtcLlyMllrs – http://www.etcllymlrs.com/
Sometimes blunt and always honest etcllymlrs is the counterpart to Lily’s successful style blog. This woman works hard – I have no idea how she manages to post daily on both blogs!
Makeup artist Zoe is mostly more about the high end than the budget and so usually is major source of product lust for me! Her blog was only a recent discovery but the first time I found it read back all the way to last Christmas.
Stay tuned for Part II which will be up soon and feature my top beauty ‘YouTubers’!
This is a super quick mini post as I’ve just got back from London for Summer In The City (http://www.sitc-event.co.uk/)! My love for the MUA velvet lacquers is strong, and Funk is one of my favourite shades. They’re a dupe for the Lime Crime Velvetines and for £3.00 are a great alternative to their more expensive counterparts.
The finish is super matte, and they are essentially like Tipex for your lips in that they last as long and feel like that on your lips. It’s a very odd feeling at first but it’s not too uncomfortable or drying.
The only thing I hate about these lacquers is how they wear. Rather than fading elegantly they flake off in unsightly clumps, starting from the inside of your lips when you’re drinking.
Overall, would I repurchase?
`I have three of these now in the shades Reckless, Kooky and Funk but think I may have to add even more to my collection.