Wednesday, 21 May 2014

£1 Polish from PS. Love (Primark's Beauty Range)

If you are a regular reader of beauty blogs or watch beauty videos you probably know this already but Primark has just released a new range of beauty products that, much like their clothing items, are super affordable.
 
The brand is called PS. Love and for a new brand, they have actually a lot of products.
The PS. Love line has:
- Nail polishes
- Lipsticks
- False eyelashes
- Lip glosses
- Pen-style lip stain
- Chubby stick tinted lip balm
- Eyeliner
- Mascara
- Brow pencil
- And a couple of eyeshadow palettes.

In this post I will be talking about the PS. Love nail polish. Much to my disappointment, their nail colours don't have names, which makes it a little bit hard and slightly confusing to talk about but we will just roll with it. The shade I chose to buy was the bright pink neon colour.
The nail polish is the cheapest product in the range at an amazing £1!!! As soon as I saw the
£1 sticker, I knew straight away that I had to check it out.

Packaging (8/10):
I have to admit that for the price the polish comes in a nice, sleek packaging. The lid works similarly to Chanel and Butter London polishes where you remove the cover to open the bottle. On the front you have a clear sticker with PS. Love written in gold which doesn't bother me. 



Brush (9/10):
I was not expecting to like the brush as much as I did. From my experience, cheap polishes usually have really flimsy, thin brushes so I was expecting similar quality from the PS. Love nail polish. My, my... was I pleasantly surprised when I opened the bottle and saw this wide, dense brush. It applied like a dream on the nail. With 2 coats my nail was fully coated.


First impressions:
The first thing that struck me when I opened the bottle was the smell. It genuinely smells like paint thinner. Not a pleasant scent at all. And even worse, it lingered on the nails for a solid 12 hours (even after washing my hands multiple times and applying a layer of top coat over it).

Finish/Opacity (7/10)
In terms of opacity, it is not as opaque as Essie, Topshop nail polishes and I definitely needed 3 coats to get an even finish (I normally only do 2 coats with other polishes). However, I will admit that for a neon shade this looked really bright and vibrant on the nails. Normally, to get a really neon colour on the nails you need to apply a white base to make the neon polish pop but with this one it was not necessary. The finish is semi-matte which I personally dislike but to achieve a glossy finish all you got to do is apply a nice layer of top coat (what I did on the pictures).  


Lasting power (9/10):
This polish lasted me 4 solid days with no chipping. I did apply a base coat and a top coat which definitely helped with the chipping but I was surprised that this polish lasted as well as other higher end ones (Topshop, Nails Inc, etc...)

Overall verdict (6.5/10):
The thing that truly put me off this polish was the smell. I am incredibly sensitive to smells and paint thinner smell really did bother me. I would only really buy another polish of this range if the colour was really unique, otherwise I will stick with Topshop, Nails Inc and drugstore polishes thank you very much.

 
You can find out more about the PS. Love on their website.

As of now, the line is only available at the bigger stores (and sadly you can't get Primark online :/)

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Have you tried anything from the new PS. Love range? If so, what and did you like it? 

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Guide to Affordable Makeup Brushes

Brushes are an essential part of any makeup look- fact! People spend hundreds of pounds on makeup items but when it come to brushes they get any old thing they can get their hands on. A good brush can totally transform a makeup look; that being said, you don't have to break the bank to get some good quality brushes. Back in the days, MAC was the "it" brand for brushes but over the years so many new companies have emerged and they make cheaper and, sometimes, better brushes than the expensive high end ones. So enough rambling for now and let's talk about affordable brushes.



Down below, I have compiled a list of my top 3 favourite affordable makeup brushes brand and I share with you some info about the company, price for the most popular brushes (sets, blending brushes and etc) and do a general chit chat about the pros and cons of each brand. Hope you all enjoy it!

1) Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman
You might also know these brushes as "the Pixiwoo brushes". This brand was created by Youtube sensations and amazing makeup artists, Sam & Nic and it consists of a range of synthetic bristle brushes.


Pros: They don't shed, they are super easy to clean and because they are synthetic they work with liquid, cream and powder products. There is a Real Techniques Youtube Channel where Sam & Nic show the many different way the brushes can be used.

Cons: Some of the brushes only come in sets so if you want to get another one of it, you need to buy the entire set again. Also, the brand is relatively new so they don't have a wide range of brushes like some other companies.

Price: Eyes/Face set ranges for about £10. Individual brushes are around £4/£5

Where to find them? http://realtechniques.com/ (International shipping) Boots & Superdrug (UK), Ulta (USA)

2) Bdellium Tools
 This brand is based in California but all the brushes are handmade in China. All their brushes are anti-bacterial and eco-friendly
They have 7 different product lines: Maestro Series features a collection of luxurious antibacterial makeup brushes with nickel plated brass ferrules. Green Bambu, Yellow Bambu and Pink Bambu Series features eco-friendly makeup brushes with all sustainable bamboo handles and all vegan soft synthetic bristles and an anodized aluminum ferrule. Studio and Travel Lines feature antibacterial makeup brushes with the classic 7 layer lacquered yellow handle with an anodized aluminum ferrule. The SFX Series is our makeup brush line specifically for special effects makeup.


Pros: Eco-friendly brushes. Hundreds of different types of brushes to choose from. I know aesthetics are not the main thing you look for in a brush but it has to be said that all these brushes look beautiful, especially the pink bamboo line.

Cons: You can only order them online (unless you go to IMATS where you can see the brushes in person).

Price: Their best selling Maestro brush set (includes 12 brushes) retails at £65, making each brush just over £5 - not bad! An individual blending brush from their Pink Bamboo line retails for just over £5 (I have one and I love it!)

Where to find them? http://bdelliumtools.com/ (International) http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/ (International, affordable shipping within UK) IMATS London (UK)

3) Zoeva 
Germany based brand. They used to be solely a brush company but they have recently expanded and they now also sell makeup.

Pros: Wide range of brushes. When you order a brush, it comes super nicely packaged in an individual little pouch (very nice touch). They are one of the only companies I have come across that has an affordable dupe of the NARS Ita brush, which is ridiculously expensive and impossible to find.

Cons: They don't sell their products on stand alone shops so your only option is to get them online (or IMATS event). 

Price: The complete set which comes with 15 face/eye brushes retails for £77, making each brush just over £5 (it also includes a cute leather pouch). Their 227 Definer Brush (an exact dupe of the MAC 217) retails for just £5

Where to find? https://www.zoeva-shop.de (International), http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/ (International, affordable shipping within UK) IMATS London (UK)
 

Hopefully this post was helpful to some of you guys!

Don't forget to check out my Youtube Channel to see these brands in action and for more beauty talk fun.  

Share on the comments section your favourite affordable makeup brushes brands!

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Lush Spa Edinburgh / “The Good Hour” Treatment Review


Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of trying out one of the amazing Lush Edinburgh Spa treatments. The experience was out of this world and I definitely wanted to share it with you guys.

At the Lush Edinburgh one-year anniversary, bloggers and I got a VIP tour of the spa and got a sneak peek of all the amazing treatments they offer.



I have been to quite a few spas in my time but nothing was anything like the Lush one; and straight away I knew I had to try of their amazing treatments.


What differentiates the Lush spa treatments from most spas is the fact that they offer you a complete experience; from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, you feel like you are in a different universe. 

Demo of “The Spell" treatment

According to the creators of the Lush spa, they wanted the spa area to feel like a cozy, welcoming home. From the big wooden table to the comfy couch, and even the vials on the wall and candles; the room feels really welcoming and rustic (to think that just a few feet up we have one of the busiest shopping streets of Edinburgh).

Demo of “The Comforter" treatment

Out of the eight different treatments they offer, I chose to go with The Good Hour- a deep tissue massage to fix aches and pains.

At first glance, it sounds like it is a plain, ordinary deep tissue massage; but it is SO much more.

The Good Hour treatment took inspiration from the seaside to create a treatment where knots in your body are untied, and you feel free and ready for your next adventure.

Prior to the treatment, Lizby- my therapist for the day sat down with me and she explained in detail how the treatment would work and which products would be used. We then went back to the upstairs shop and picked out the best products for this specific treatment- lots and lots of calming massage bars.

When I entered the treatment room, I was speechless. From the soft layer of smoke on the floor, the faded blue/green lights and the deep-sea soundtrack, it all made me feel like I was on a ship or near a beach. It was a transcendental vision.


video

When I first lay on the bed, I was quite tense and anxious but the combination of the music, dimmed lights and the lovely work from Lizby, I instantly felt comfortable and relaxed.

She massaged my whole body but focused on the tense points around my lower back and shoulders.

At the end of the treatment, I genuinely felt that I had just been on a voyage and my body got revitalized. All those aches and pains were gone and it took me a few minutes to get accustomed to my “new body”- without the normal aches and pains.
The treatment was very relaxing and it actually got me feeling quite sleepy.

Still on a high from the massage and all the beautiful aromas from the spa, I took a seat on the outside waiting area and got offered some lovely tea with a pinch of rum (this is a sea life treatment afterall- arrrrrr) and some biscuits.


This little down time was perfect for me to reconnect with the real world. Lizby sat with me and shared my points of tension and no surprise there told me I should try to relax more.
This experience definitely opened my eyes to the world of spas, especially the Lush Edinburgh one because not only my body left feeling revitalized but my mind was for once calm and stress-free.

If you have been thinking about going to a Lush spa, definitely go for it! Even if you have been to other spas, like me, the Lush one is totally unique. The qualified professionals, beautiful scents and unique music creates a magical experience

Follow their twitter @lushedinburgh and Instagram @lushspaedinburgh

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

New Blog Sale

Some information you should know:
- This blog sale is open world wide!
- All items will be stating whether they have been used, just swatched or are unused.
- I have tried to estimate how much product there is left so you can have a clear idea but keep in mind that it is just a estimation not the exact quantity left.
- All products have been sanitized and cleaned.
- I have not included swatches so if you want to get a better idea of what the product looks like when swatched just look it up on google.
- All items are 100% authentic and I bought them myself from their actual shops.


How it is going to work: 
- If you find an item you like, all you have to do is email me at: linemelanie@hotmail.com or leave a comment on this post with the product you are interested in, where you are from and your Paypal email.
- What will happen next is I will be sending you an invoice through Paypal charging you for the amount of the product (+ postage)
- You will have 24 hrs to complete the payment. If you fail to pay in that time span, the product will go back for sale.
- If more than one person is interested in a product it will be “first come, first serve”.

Important: Once your item is posted, I have no responsibility if your item gets to you damaged or lost in the mail. I will be packing every single item with bubble wrap and in the best way so it doesn’t get damaged in the process of getting to you.

Postage:
- All items will be despatched from Scotland, UK using Royal Mail
- UK postage is £2.60 for each item and +25p for every additional item with no tracking
- Items within the UK should take around 4 days for your items to get to you.
- Outside the UK postage is £3.50 for each item and +50p for each additional item with no tracking
- For outside the UK, it should take around 5 days for your items to get to you.

Now that all the boring stuff is out of the way, here are the products I am selling:


From left to right:
* OPI polish in “Significant Other Colour” £4
95% left
* Illamasqua polish in “Rare” £7
90% left
* Nails Inc Special Effects polish in “Way Sprinkles” £7
Swatched once. 99% left
* Seche Vite Top Coat £4
80% left


MAC metallic pigments in “Butterfly Party” £19
Unopened with box


From left to right:
* Makeup Forever blush/eyeshadow in #131 £8
Swatched once. 98% left
Covergirl eyeshadow in #500 “Aqua Paradise” £2
Swatched once. W/ foam applicator unused. 98% left
Nars eyeshadow duo in “Cleo” £12
90% left


Lily Cole for The Body Shop Puff on Radiance (Limited Edition)
95% left. £9


MAC lip and cheek colour in “Keep It Casual” (Limited Edition) £10
98% left


Eve Lom TLC Cream
Condition: 90%
£9

NARS Single Eyeshadow in “D Gorgeous”
Condition: 99%
£9


(from left to right)
* MAC Pervette
Condition: 98%
£9
* MAC Pretty Please
Condition: 98%
£9
*MAC Cockney
Condition: 98%
£9



Sephora Lip Attitude lipstick in “Glamour”
Condition: 90%
£6

(left to right)
* Revlon lipstick in Fire & Ice
Condition: 98%
£4
* Revlon Matte lipstick in Pink Pout
Condition: 98%
£4
* Revlon Lipgloss in Lilac Pastelle (discontinued)
Condition: 98%
£5


(left to right) 
* MAC mini lipgloss in Moth To Flame
Condition: New
£5
* MAC mini lipgloss in Star Quality
Condition: New
£5
* MAC mini lipgloss in Night Is Young
Condition: New
£5
(all 3 for £13.50)


Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment in Clear
99%
£19

(left to right) 
* L’oreal Colour Riche in Violet Chiffon #175
Condition: 96%
£5
* L’oreal Colour Riche in Pink Cashmere #171
Condition: 96%
£5
* L’oreal Colour Riche in Pink Vinyl #183
Condition: 96% 
£5
(all 3 for £13.50)

(left to right)
* MAC Dazzleglass in Internationalist (discontinued)
Condition: 95%
£10
* MAC Dazzleglass in Money Honey
Condition: 96%
£8

(left to right)
*Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in “Galactic”
Condition: 97%
£9
* Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in “Mina” (discontinued)
Condition: 92%
£9
* Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in “Frenzy”
Condition: 90%
£7


(left to right)
* Laura Mercier SPF 20 tinted moisturizer in the shade “Porcelain” £15
85% left
* Soap and Glory Bright Here, Bright Now Instant Radiance Energy Balm £7
85% left
* Mini Snoxin serum by Indeed Labs (same company that produces Hydraluron) £3
Unopened



(left to right)
* Inglot lipstick in #413 £5
90% left
* Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in #2 £4
Used once. 98% left


(left to right)
* MAC mineralized powder in “Gentle”
Condition: 96%
£12
* MAC mineralized powder blush in “Warmth of Coral” (limited edition)
Condition: 98%
£14
* MAC powder blush in “Sur” (limited edition)
Condition: 96%
£10


* Illamasqua powder blush in Sin (discontinued)
Condition: 99%
£11


(left to right)
* Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in “Skinny Jeans” (old packaging) £6
80% left 
* MAC paint pot in “Half-Wild” (Limited Edition) £9
Swatched once. 99% left

(left to right)
* Buxom Big and Healthy Lipstick in “London” £8
98% left
* Limecrime liner in “Citreuse” £9
Unopened.


Bare Minerals Eyeshadow duo in “The Flashback”
Condition: 99%
£9

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lagoon #44
Condition: 96%
£12

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in #10
97%
£14

Inglot 4 matte blush freedom palette.
(Don’t know the names/numbers for each colour)
Condition: 98% left
£21






Monday, 9 December 2013

Video: Lorde Royals Makeup Tutorial

I have recently been addicted to Lorde’s song “Royals”. Lorde looks absolutely stunning on the music video with a modern 80’s eye look.
I felt inspired to film a video attempting to recreate the look she wore on the music video.

Here are some shots from the actual video that I used for reference when filming the tutorial:


If you haven’t seen my video tutorial yet, you can watch it here :)

I took some close up shots of the look I recreated. I was quite pleased with the outcome and think this look would be flattering on most people.


Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube so you know when a new video goes up :)

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Favourite Blue Polishes

I have recently become a massive fan of blue nails. Especially the dark, deep shades (talking ‘bout those navys ya’ll!)
For that reason I decided to write up this post sharing my top 5 favourite blue nail polishes. I particularly love wearing them during Autumn/Winter.

                From left to right: Maybelline “Ceramic Blue”, Revlon “Midnight Affair”, American Apparel “Passport Blue”, Revlon “Urban”, OPI “Dating a Royal”



I will confess that on picture the 3 middle shades look incredibly similar but I promise that in person they look difference. The middle shade is a lot darker and deeper than the 2 Revlon colours surrounding it. Revlon’s “Midnight Affair” has a beautiful frost finish that sadly isn’t very visible on the shot. As for Revlon’s “Urban”, unlike the two dark shades, it has a purple undertone. 

Out of all those colours, I think my favourite would have to be the OPI one. Don’t get me wrong, I love all these polishes (or else I wouldn’t have added them to my favourite blue polish post, duh!) but I love the almost gelly like effect from the OPI polish. I would say that this shade of blue is in the exact middle of the spectrum of light blues and dark blues. Totally recommend it!

What are some of your favourite blue polishes? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube videos for extra beauty fun! 

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Video: Lea Michele Eye Tutorial

I recently filmed a tutorial on the beautiful Lea Michele. I came across this picture where she is wearing this beautiful shimmery aqua silvery eyes - a perfect option for the holiday season!
I used this awesome FrontCover set called “Looks De Luxe” that comes with some gorgeous pigments, duo sided brush, shadow base and even a STUNNING holographic glitter.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, watch it here:


Here is the inspiration picture I used alongside a picture of the eye look I created.


I also took a couple of close up shots of the FrontCover set I used because I was thoroughly impressed with the products.


It would be a great gift to give to someone for Christmas or perhaps a birthday because you not only get the makeup but you also get a leaflet with ideas and tips of looks you can create using the products in the kit. It would be especially handy for someone that is just starting out with makeup ;)


I am currently holding a giveaway on my channel where I am giving away one “Looks De Luxe” palette to one of you guys. Make sure you watch the video to find out how you can enter.


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