Month: May 2014

GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Enter one of the most hyped-up beauty products of the blogging world.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment is labelled by most as the must have skin saviour that has graced the world of masks and treatments ever.

Ok so slightly OTT maybe.

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I’d previously tried the YouthMud version of the GlamGlow range – link here. I really rated this mask, and loved the results, so when I had the opportunity to test out the clearing treatment I, of course, jumped at it.

The texture and appearance of this mask is much like it’s counterpart, but if you’re not familiar it has a watery mud texture which when applied to the skin, will dry to a hard clay within around 10-15 minutes. You then gently wash off, using circular motions to exfoliate the skin.

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Now up until the washing off part, I was pretty happy with this. Nothing magical though, and not really as impressive at the YouthMud, in terms of feeling like anything was happening right then on my face. The YouthMud has a nice tingling sensation, the SuperMud however, just has a slight peppermint scent to it, but nothing apart from that.

It’s a bit messy to apply, yes. But you only need a small amount to cover the face, and it’s easy to spread over. The SuperMud is supposed to target, prevent, and heal problem skin leaving you with a beautiful, glowing complexion.

I have to be honest and say that to start with I was really underwhelmed with the results, it just didn’t really seem to do anything for my skin at all, and unfortunately is just got worse from there, It’s really dried my skin out and I’ve had multiple breakouts all over my skin.

I think if you have really oil prone skin that gets clogged very quickly, or you’re just going to be using this on problem areas such as blemishes to help dry the area out then it could do some good for you – I would just recommend you use it sparingly and with care, around sensitive areas. I have heard people rave about the SuperMud, but personally I just found the YouthMud treatment to be a bit more up my street, skin care wise.

You can find the whole range of GLAMGLOW products at AllBeauty.com for a slightly discounted price than most retailers.

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Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder | Review

Sleek bring a lot to the table with their affordable products, and oh so pretty packaged compacts and palettes. So when I was looking for a new pressed powder, I took myself off to Boots online and got acquainted with their newly stocked Sleek collection.

I came across the Luminous Pressed Powder, and thought I’d give it a shot. Everyone needs a bit of lightening and brightening at times. The pressed powder also comes in a Suede Effect option as well, if you’re going for more of a soft, matte look.

As mentioned, I love the packaging – it’s matte black, with shiny black writing and just looks a lot more expensive than its actual price point.

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I have the shade 2, which is a good match for my fair complexion, and actually applies with quite a translucent finish. I do find though when swiping a brush over the powder, that it doesn’t look like you get much transference. This may be a good thing though, as helps to limit the amount of powder you apply to stop things looking cakey, and it can be built up if needs be.

As powders go, it does what you’d expect it to; it sets make up, and takes away shine. As for the luminous claim, I can’t really say I’ve noticed a great difference sadly. You can see the tiny shimmer particles running through the powder in the pan, however there’s no transfer from that, which in a way I suppose is another good point, because you don’t want a face full of sparkles, but it would be nice for just a hint of radiance, or something?

You get a nice sized mirror within the compact lid, and the packaging is nice and sturdy so ideal for travel and make up bags. Overall it’s a nice enough pressed powder, but nothing special or different from anything else I’ve tried recently. The powder retails for £5.99, which isn’t a huge amount in the grand scheme of make up products out there, but as budget, high street products go, it is creeping towards the more expensive side of the scale.

The whole range of Sleek make up can be found online at Boots – link here. I really recommend giving their blushes and eyeshadow palettes a try, as they’re amazing quality for their price.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream | Review

In theory, blurring certain aspects of your complexion is a brilliant idea, so adapting a product to do this, and do it well, would be a huge find for any beauty brand.

I took a look at L’Oreals blur cream from their Nude Magique range. I knew I already really liked the range, so I hoped the blur cream would follow suit to everything else.

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First off it comes packaged in a twist top opening, squeeze tube which makes it hygienic, but not to easy to control product output – speaking of which can be slightly tricky because the product doesn’t always come out of the tube on the first squeeze, and when it does, it’s kind of shoots out.

The formula and texture is that of a silicon based product, which is where I kind of lost a bit of love for it. I’m not a fan of silicon based primers, mostly because I dislike the way it sits on the skin, and that it’s such a slippery feeling product, I feel like it’s more of a hindrance that a help really. I just don’t feel like it does anything for me, my skin and my make up personally.

If you have incredibly dry skin, with large pores or features you want to hide then this Blur Cream may be exactly what you’ve been looking for, because in terms of hiding imperfections and smoothing out the appearance of skin then this does exactly what it promises…if you don’t mind the texture.

It comes in two shades light/medium and medium/dark. I picked up the medium/dark by accident, however it really isn’t dark at all, and blends into my fair skin with ease. My one tip is to definitely give this a try before you purchase it, especially if you’re new to a heavy silicon based product, just to see how it wears and what kind of effect you get from your skin.

You can find the L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream in Boots in-store and online – link here, for £9,99

Revlon PhotReady Cream Blush | Review

Cream blushes are, in my opinion, one of the easiest to apply – the can be built up and blended out without much fuss, and the colour can be adapted to suit many skin tones.

Revlon have a great range of products within their Photoready range, the cream blush being one of those.

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My chosen shade is Charmed Enchantment – a gorgeous deep rosey pink, which I think would suit most skin tones, particularly those with a fair complexion, as it’s does give a really lovely flush of colour to the face. It comes in two other shades as well, both I would say still quite universal – a coral and a red.

The texture is creamy (duh), but the finish leans more toward the matte side so it’s not a product to use if you’re looking for that dewy kind of finish you get from a lot of cream blushes. It still creates a really pretty finished look, especially teamed with a glossy lip product, just to add that nice contrast.

A lot of people ask about the best way to apply a cream blush; I would suggest just using your finger to bounce the blush onto the apples of your cheeks, then gently blend up, making sure to avoid the under eye area though. I also like to use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for cream blushes too, as the density of it really helps to blend it out, especially if you’re applying it a little lower down towards the hollows of your cheeks.

Revlon as a brand are fabulous, and you can find their Photoready range, including this blush in Boots stores and online – link here for £7.99

Brand Focus – Ellis Fass

So, the name Ellis Faas has been mentioned on more than one occasion in the last week, when I’ve been having a creep around the internet.

Ellis Faas is a Netherland born and bread make up artist, who rose to fame when she was introduced to Karl Largerfeld and subsequently designed the make up looks for shows for Fendi and Chanel. The bio on her website http://www.ellisfaas.com states “Ellis has worked for make-up brands, such as Clinique, Lancôme and MAC Cosmetics – and she was asked by L’Oréal to create a make-up line for their skin care brand, Biotherm. After the contract with L’Oréal ended in 2007, the way was paved for her to create her own brand: ELLIS FAAS”.

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The brands she has worked with in the past are a great mix of high street and high end and are all iconic in their own right. I hoped that the Ellis Faas make up line would match up, and after delving a bit deeper, I have no qualms that it wouldn’t. All reviews online, from professionals to bloggers alike are glowing for this sleek looking brand. Just look at this beautiful packaging…

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There is a great range of products on offer, so let’s start with my favourite – the lips. There are four different ranges, each containing 9 shades apiece, with each lip bullet retailing for £23.00 ;
Creamy Lips – a pure burst of colour with a shiny finish.
Milky Lips – a fluid texture, with a long wear, high pigmented colour and a glossy finish. Supposedly great for those who prefer the “no lipstick feel”.
Glazed Lips – an ultra wet look product for a splash of colour. Non sticky formula with plant seed for hydration and protection.
Hot Lips – packed with pigmentation and only needed a tiny but of product to cover the whole lip. With it’s latest revolutionary texture, it’s non greasy and non drying.

Next up, that face and base products. There is one slightly pricy product here, and that’s the Skin Veil Foundation. Now the pump bottle retails for £55.00, however there is a slightly cheaper option, and one that’s much more compact and travel friendly, and that it the Skin Veil Foundation Pen at £35.00 – both the same formula that promises to glide and blend into the skin in a thin, buildable layer to give an illuminated appearance without feeling or looking like you’re wearing much of anything. It’s available in 8 different shades.

To concealer blemishes, hide pigmentation spots and cover dark circles there is the Concealer, which comes packaged in the same way as the lip products, and does looks incredibly sleek. It contains Karité and a Rice Wax, as well as Vitamin E and C to help with anti ageing and regenerating skin. It’s also available in 8 shades, to coincide with the foundation, and retails at £22.00 which I think is a pretty good price, compared to some of the other high end brands who produce the same concept concealer.

Another face product, but this time one with a bit of colour, is the Blush. Again packaged in the same bullet design (there is a clever idea behind this that I’ll come to in a bit), it comes in 4 shades and retails for £22.00. It’s a cooling and toning skin aid, with a flush of colour, it has a dewy finish with a long lasting glow.

Moving nicely onto the eyes, and onto a lengthening and separating Mascara which comes in two shades; a Black and Milk Chocolate, it retails at £22.00 and claims to be creamy in texture so that it coats and lengthens each lash. Another product with a fair price point of £21.00 and one that shares the same shade range is the Eyeliner, in liquid form – it turns from liquid into a vibrant powder finish with high pigmentation, and even higher staying power as they recommend you use a cleanser to remove.

Staying with the eyes is the Creamy Eye pen, which is a lifting, firming and protecting (oh my!) formula which applied like velvet. Applying just a thin layer means that you’ll get a long lasting and pigmented colour school will stay until taken off with a cleanser. This formula is available in a whopping 24 shades and retails for £24.00.

And lastly, the Ellis Faas Classic Holder, which retails for £22.00 but will make all you’re travelling dreams come true. The Holder is designed to house 6 of the sleek bullet shape lip, blush and eye products. Then in the middle, room is made for the pen size Skin Veil foundation. To top it off the top mirrored compartment has a spare space for the Ellis Faas compact pressed powder making the whole thing a grab and go dream come true.

Final Thought
With a good solid background in make up Ellis Faas has produced a beautiful, mature looking brand with some brilliant stand out products. The price point is relatively fair in compassion to other brands, with the pump foundation just jumping up into the mid £50 price bracket there. Lip and eye products is really what this brand holds in attraction for me though, if you haven’t already ventured in and looked and the gorgeous colours on offer, then make that your first task.

The brands featured in my ‘Brand Focus’ posts are ones which have come to my attention recently, or have been favourites of mine for some time. The opinions within this posts are mine alone. I have not been paid or sponsored for this post.

L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick | Review

I’m slowly becoming a lip product junkie. Blams, tints and lacquers seem to be my product of choice, so this offering from L’Oreal should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me.

I’ve been long awaiting the release of the L’Extradorinaire Liquid Lipstick range. I really liked the glam shine splash stains that L’Oreal brought out a lifetime ago now, and these liquid lipstick kind of fill the hole that those stains left for me, in terms of texture and finish. Don’t get my wrong the stains have a proud place in my collection, but the liquids just really hit the spot.

I only have one to offer at the moment, as my local Boots really didn’t have a great selection of colours and I was in a rush, so I grabbed Rose Symphony, because it was a pretty, bright pop of pink which works well on my skin tone.

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Application is easy, and the doe foot applicator keeps everything nice and neat. You only need one swipe to get a good colour, and the texture is very buttery and gloss like so it smooths on really nicely.

The formula is hydrating, and personally I’ve found it non-sticky despite the nice gloss effect, so if it’s a bit windy I don’t have to worry about looking like a sticky cousin it.

The wear time isn’t too bad, but you’ll need to reapply after eating and drinking, as there is no staining from this liquid at all, which is one thing I really loved about the glam shines, however as mentioned application is quick so it only takes a second to pop a bit more colour on.

The packaging is something else I really admire, and I expected nothing less from L’Oreal because they always get top marks for their sleek design. The liquids come in twist top opening, gold packaging with a small “window” to show the colour housed inside – the packaging silently says “Yes, I’m related to YSL, so what?”.

These lipstick hybrids are going to be perfect for throwing in handbags and make up bags, as well as sitting and looking pretty on dressing tables.

You can find the whole range of the L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks in Boots, online here or in your local store, for £8.99.