They're Real Gel Liner Pen Dupe?!

9.24.2014


I was pondering around Superdrug and noticed this sitting there waving it's little imaginary arms at me trying to grasp my attention. Its the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pen. Gel liner pens are new to the makeup world, you're all probably familiar with the oh so famous - They're Real Gel Liner Pen from Benefit Cosmetics - except this is a fraction of the price. 

I've been so indecisive about purchasing the Benefit gel liner pen, my main concern being 'what if I purchase it - but it's no good for me?'. Well i'm more than happy to bite the bullet (or in this case, pen?) and sacrifice a mere £8.99 to give this baby a try. 

For any makeup newbies out there (hello!) You have pencil eyeliners which i'd recommend if you're trying to grab the concept of eyeliner, a liquid liner for more of a sleek and clean glide across the eye, then you have gel liner - similar to a liquid form, but a thicker consistency. It also is meant to have a longer lasting 'stay put' power to it. 

I find gel liners a little tricky, since you're usually supplied with a pot of formula and a small brush. That's all too messy for me, hence why the pen design wins my attention. 



The lid of the pen simply unscrews, which is handy so you don't have it accidentally fall off whilst on your travels, resulting in the gel formula drying up. One point in the Beautiboe points bank! You'll notice like in my first image here, there's an orange nib which keeps the shaping of the silicon pen tip in shape. I can only assume that its there to benefit the manufacturing process? Simply in excitement i've pretty much misplaced the orange nib!



I suppose it makes the packaging 'less pretty' in comparison to the They're Real Gel Liner Pen, but I do like how the end of this pen specifies how you should only need one click of the pen to push up enough formula to not create a messy gel smudge on your eyelids. On the first use you need to twist the pen a fair amount to work the product up the neck and to the silicon tip. 


It's quite simple to work the pen, I think it'll take a few tries to truly master how to use this to perfection on the eyelid but i'm certainly up for giving it a go! Maybelline recommend that you simply use a waterproof makeup remover to remove this product. I just wanted to see how much it would budge if you weren't to use the recommended product. Lets say it doesn't really budge - which is awesome to know if you reply on stay-put makeup! I beliebe oil based makeup removers will also remove this product without any irritation from rubbing. 


I like to use the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. Followed by a normal makeup remover - usually the Garnier Micellar Water cleanser. 

I've worn this liner from dawn to dusk, i'm more than happy to say it still looks like it's been freshly applied! I'd really recommend this product to those that are on a lower budget for makeup, or simply aren't sure about Gel Liner pens and want to try it without blowing the bank for the They're Real Gel Liner pen from Benefit Cosmetics!


Cold Cream Cleanser Craze! - Product review

9.22.2014






Oh gosh, here's my morning face >.<!

We all hate to admit it, but i'm sure everyone at some point has woken up in the morning and had the sudden realisation that they forgot to take their makeup off the night before. See the above image for example, my skin clearly isn't happy about the dirt trapped in my pores and old mascara on my lashes! (hence the red skin and spots!)

I'm one that loves a good skin care routine. I love the feeling of getting into bed and my face feels clean and fresh when it hits the pillow. Quite frankly in the evenings, I find it most relaxing! Especially when you throw a face mask treatment in there too.

A product that i've been liking quite a lot recently is something I didn't think much of when I selected it off the shop shelf on a whim. It's the Pond's Institute Cold Cream Cleanser. I had never heard of this brand before purchasing this product, to be honest i'd only ever notice it on the lower shelves inside drugstores. The packaging isn't exactly something that screams out at you in crazy colours or patterns, I wouldn't blame you if you walked right past it in the shopping isles.

I've been pleasantly surprised by this product! I really enjoy using it in the evening after a full days makeup is due for its time of removal! It's super easy to use too! Just slap some of the cream all over your face and be sure to massage your skin well enough that the cream picks up on all the dirt and grubbiness It's recommended that you do this for about a minute. You can use a clean cotton pad to remove the cream, but I prefer to use a warm damp face cloth, it really does the job. Having the steam from the face cloth open up and deep clean your pores really helps congested skin. After removing the cream, I find my skin is soft and nourished - perfect!

Pond's Instititue claim that this is a 'Three products in one' cream. Cleanser, eye makeup remover (I'd recommend taking off waterproof mascara and eyeliner with an oil cleanser, then using this cold cream after), and a face mask to nourish! - It's great value for money, I believe it was about £4/£5!






Product empties #1

9.20.2014




I never realised how long it actually takes to collect and accumulate finished empty bottles. Even the organisation of where to keep them without accidentally binning them! Some of these products I have had for a while and some are used on a daily basis!

So, starting from the left over to the right in my first image we have -

Trevor Sorbie Curls and Waves Light Hold Cream - £5.50
This is probably my favourite product to use in my hair when i'm having it styled with its natural curl. My hair isn't as curly as ringlets, but when using this product in wet hair, then leaving to dry out naturally it makes my curls well-kept and healthy looking without looking greasey or feeling crispy (which sometimes curl holding products like styling moose can leave. The product smells really nice without smelling typically like a hair product (if that makes any sense?!) No one wants to be stinking of chemicals aha! I would definitely repurchase this product again and again. I think this particular tube in the photograph it's maybe my third tube? There's two variations available for this curl cream. The light version (which i would suggest for those with medium/shorter hair) and the heavier version for those with longer hair and longer layers.

LOreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for All Hair Types - £9.99
This product is an absolute must in my hair care routines. I've gone through numerous bottles of the stuff! It really nourishes my hair, and for the value it is, I really couldn't recommend it enough! I previously purchased a premium hair serum under the L'Oreal brand which cost me perhaps over double the amount than this one. Even though i'm a firm believer that in some cases if you pay more for something, you get a better result. That is not the case for these serums. The Extraordinary Oil also comes in serveral variations, normal hair, coloured hair, and fine hair.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £4.99
For those of you on the bloggosphere, i'm sure you have heard/read about this product. It used to be compared to the popular Bioderma Micellar water, but won the hearts of many for being a fraction of the price! I use this every morning and every evening in my skincare routine.  I wont go into too much detail because i've written a blog post about this a little while back. I love finding out that not long after writing that post, I had my mum inform me that she not only purchased the stuff to use herself, she purchased several bottles to stock up in case she struggled finding the stuff due to the demand and hype!

Tea Tree Toner Water - from £3.95
This is my favourite toner to use in my skin care routine! You can tell it's loved by the worn out packaging aha! I enjoy using tea tree infused products on my skin even if I might not actually have spots. I like to think of it as preventing future ones ;) I'm not local to a Lush shop in my area, but next time I pass one i'll certainly be purchasing the large bottle!

Sanctuary Exfoliating Pore Refiner - £10.50
"This facial scrub not only cleanses and exfoliates but also contains eco-particles to gently open clogged pores and witch hazel to help minimise the appearance of enlarged pores." I'd say this does exactly what it says on the tin (tube). I would use this perhaps 2-3 times a week, since the exfoliating beads can feel a little tough on the skin if you over-do it. I think this is a great product, but for the cost that it is, I believe there are other face exfoliants that do the same job (maybe even better?) at a lower price.

Avene Cleannce Cleansing Water - £16
For something that cost me £16, it's terrible to say that I purchased this by accident. I thought it was something else when I was in a rush one day. I still decided to keep it and finish it off. This is a similar product to the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, but about 4 times the price. This is a good product don't get me wrong, but I doubt i'd be purchasing this again, since the Garnier water is just amazing for its cost!

Well that's all my product empties for now. Have you used any of these before? What have you finished recently?



#OOTD - September Edition

9.18.2014






Dress - Monsoon
Necklace - Accessorize
Bracelets - Accessorize + Accessorize
Coat - Newlook
Shoes - Primark

Have you ever had one of those days? You've got yourself dressed and fixed together a makeup look, you take a glance in the mirror then think... 'ooh, i'm having a good outfit day' soon followed by taking far too many photos to find that single perfect instagram shot? I'm sure we've all had that at least once ;)

I find this outfit to be lovely for this time of year, the materials aren't too thick but layering up is handy for these colder days that are trying to introduce themselves at this time of year. Even the variety of colours that are featured in the dress are bright and bold without being too summery!

I was about to leave for a meeting at work - having a good outfit day only gave me confidence before and as I entered the meeting. (not that it was even a fashion focused meeting! But everyone loves a good ego boost!)

Early autumn is probably one of my favourite times of the year. It's not too cold, but the leaves are beginning to turn golden brown! You begin to see emerald greens, rich burgundys, wine reds, and royal navy blues creep into clothing lines, easing out of summer and welcoming the winter ahead!


I hope you enjoyed this type of post - I'd love to feature more OOTD's if you guys like it! Be sure to leave me a comment below! x

“I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

9.06.2014


This is the little follow on post of the goodies I picked up at the Luna Cinema showing of The Great Gatsby. I got some free makeup samples as part of my ticket, I purchased a couple more and a makeup bag!


I picked up 2 samples of the They're Real! Mascara, 1 sample of the They're Real! gel liner, Porefessional primer, and the moisuriser. I also purchased a cute benefit makeup bag that features a tiny mirror - how handbag friendly is that?!




I'm so very tempted to purchase the gel eyeliner pen. I'm wanting to understand people's reviews on the product. I'm reading/seeing that its amazing, or its not worth the hype. I want to know your thoughts. Leave me your review links in the comment section below. It would be much appreciated! :D I'm so glad I picked up the They're Real! Mascara, It's honestly so good, I don't think that I've tried another mascara so far that makes my lashes so lengthy!  

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him"

9.04.2014


Hello! Apologies for the lack of posting recently, been a little bit of a busy bee at work. I'll be getting on top of my post scheduling asap! One thing i'm so excited to share with you is my first outdoor cinema experience with the girls. I posted a couple of pics on my instagram account, why not take a look?

Luna cinema's is an outdoor cinema that features particular films, at different locations across the UK. I was fortunate enough to see The Great Gatsby at Hatfield House. Much to my liking (hehe!) Benefit Cosmetics were also featuring as like a sponsor to the event. I love makeup, I love Benefit, I loved this outdoor cinema even more!


please over-look my happy gummy smile!

There was two different options for tickets at the event. Standard being a standard viewing - ie: bring your own seating, food, non reserved seating. Then there was a premium ticket holder - what the girls and I purchased - seating in director chairs, a benefit goodie bag, complimentary drink and food etc! Do love a bit of benefit makeup hehe! My next post is what Benefit goodies I got on the night. Keep an eye out!


The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite films. I really appreciate it more because I studied the book in school. The more I watch it, the more I love it! The following day I was left listening to the movie soundtrack and reading over quotes from the film. It's tempting to purchase the book again and have a read!



Have any of you been to an outdoor cinemas before? What did you see?


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