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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Product Reviews // March 2014

Here is a long awaited product review! 
If you have read my previous blog posts you may know I have had some health issues. Although I have been unable to blog, I've been trying out new products and wanted to share my thoughts.

A few weeks ago whilst shopping in Asda, I picked up a random body wash that was in the £1 offers. I do this a lot as it's cost effective and I try something new each time. I have recently started rebuying this as I've got on well with it and really like it. It's the Dove Go Fresh Body Wash in Blue Fig & Orange Blossom. I was a little taken back by the scent choice but after smelling in store, was quite surprised and thought why not? Dove is a well known brand and I think their products are consistently of excellent quality and I was not disappointed with this. Dove body washes say that the formula goes beyond moisturising to effectively nourish the skin and I've found this to be true. My skin is a lot softer and has been less prone to be dry. It also buffs into the skin when exfoliating really well. I definitely recommend this to anyone, I always see them on offer in supermarkets, but at an average of £3.99 it's not an extortionate price.

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, a new breakthrough in the science of hair. This new shampoo is suppose to give long lasting thickness wash after wash, leaving the hair to look and feel thicker with visible body and bounce. This "revolution" has a patented ingredient proven to penetrate the fibre and expand hair from within.
I was quite disappointed with this product. I saw no results in the "thickening" of my hair. As a shampoo, I found that a small amount lathered and spread well (A bonus for those with long hair) and it rinsed out very easily whilst providing a good deep cleanse. However using the follow up conditioner wasn't the best after the treatment of this shampoo...

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Conditioner, Again this product is suppose to "thicken the hair" but saw no result of this. I found this conditioner very disappointing as it unraveled what the shampoo had done and created more problems. The consistency of it is very thick, feels quite greasy to touch and wasn't easy to spread throughout my hair. More often than not, I found myself using an excessive amount to cover my hair in comparison to other conditioners. It very much became almost mask like when applied to my hair, felt very heavy. When it came to rinsing the product out it took longer than normal but I was always left feeling it wasn't all completely rinsed out.
I was disappointed with this new "revolution" and found that in comparison to the Nutri-Gloss Crystal, a product I really rate, it's almost a step back. After 4 weeks my hair actually felt drier and came to break more easily on the ends.  I wouldn't buy this product again and I honestly wouldn't recommend it.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer, to wear alone, under or over makeup. With the spring and summer seasons arriving I wanted something to help my skin look less dewy as its been a little more oily recently. A lot of primers I've used, do give me a matte finish, but it doesn't always last. This has been best answer to that problem so far. I find it only works best when using a Rimmel Foundation. The consistency is non-greasy and smooth with a quick setting time. With the Fix and Perfect primer I had to wait a couple of minutes before applying foundation. Overall this product does the job but I wasn't wowed by it. 

In one of my past posts, I had jumped on the hype of Real Techniques Makeup brushes and was very impressed. So, when I saw this on offer I just couldn't resist. This is the Real Techniques Blush Brush.
I've spoke before about how the contour brush (which I previously used for blusher) picked up the product easily with some fallout. With this I can pick up the product well and it spreads across the brush evenly.
These bushes have the same super soft bristles that aren't too sturdy or flimsy and the overall brush has this great "buffing" quality to it. Definitely going to invest into this brand more.

This is the L'Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation in the shade Porcelain. I always have to buy the lightest shade possible when it comes to foundations and this was no exception. What attracted me to this product was the brand, when I picked up the Fibrology shampoo and conditioner I thought i'd browse the makeup range too. This says its a "high coverage long-wear foundation that hides the appearance of fatigue and blemishes. "With Hydrating Hyaluron Comlex, the 24H non-stop formula is touch-proof and stays fresh for lasting comfort." 

I am very confused with this product, within the first week of using, it did everything it says, covered my blemishes, made me look more lively and did this over a long wear with no need for touch-up. Recently the product isn't as lasting. There has been nicer weather in the UK, so if that is the case then it doesn't seem to be able to hold in warm weather. This is something that I will need to test in the upcoming months. Overall, I love the shade, it blends well into my skin, has a lovely non-greasy consistency, is build-able and is easy to apply with a bush, sponge or fingers.

Now I'm really excited with this product. This is the ELF Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent. Elf says this powder "creates a soft focus effect to the skin. That it masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion". I've had to reorder this already! As I've said I'm very pale and setting powders are harder for me to find as they can look cakey and/or orange. I was a bit concerned with looking ghostly but didn't have that problem. This powder is superfine and picks up well on the brush, its soft, smooth and blends into the skin well. My makeup has lasted longer when I have used this to set and I look like I have no imperfections. I really recommend this!

This is the Intuitive Liner from Bourjois. The main concept of this liner is to line your eyes in a way that enhances your lashes. Bourjois says you "simply have to dot the liner across your lash line and that each black dot will make your lashes look extra long". My usually makeup routine involves tight-lining my upper eyelid so I thought that this being of a easy, one application 24 hour hold that wouldn't create smudging. Well I was wrong. This immediately transferred onto my bottom waterline/lash line and it dried so quick that it became a nightmare to remove. The application idea is brilliant but the formula needs work. Yes, the beauty industry are always creating ways for makeup to have a longer wear. Yes, it is something that the majority of women want...but an eyeliner that wouldn't come off with a q-tip dipped in makeup remover, a baby wipe, a makeup wipe or face wash...that's a little extreme. We expect for eyeliner to dry and set in a minute, two at the most, that way when we make mistakes it's easier to rectify them. I experimented further with this eyeliner and found that when I tried creating wings they were often uneven on the tips, I ended up  having to take the whole lot off my eyes to start again. A task that wasn't easy. I seriously recommend that Bourjois rethink the formula for this one, have never experienced anything like this from a eyeliner product before.

This is the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm Stain (in the shade Vivacious). I am such a matte lip person day to day but these I have such a soft spot for. I absolutely love this colour, it's very girly, very pigmented and stands out. I also love the application idea, a twistable crayon that needs no sharpener, makes the makeup bag lighter! Also the formula is very hydrating, I have no need to put lip balm underneath. This product allows you to build the intensity of the colour yet doesn't look as if you've over applied. Revlon have created a real winner here. A lip stain can sometimes leave a patch of colour when smudged on the skin, this doesn't, just leaves the stain to the lips. These also come in matte finishes.
Revlon also provide the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. These have a more matte finish and I decided to go with the shade Romantic. I found that this shade in particular wasn't as pigmented with one application as the other shades but is build-able. I really love the fact these fit the lip balm bill of having a slight sheer/shine.
I am in complete awe of these products, the price may seem a bit steep at a first glance but I have had these for a couple of months now and I still have a lot of the product left.
I am definitely investing in some more of these!

As always, thanks for reading...

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