One Page More! EO3: Fantastic Things About Fantastic Beasts

I PROMISE YOU, I’M STILL MAKING THESE. Even though I slightly broke my schedule. But I’ll hopefully be back for real next month! Life and NaNo have just both been really getting to me and I haven’t had much time to blog or comment as much as I’d like to which makes me sad.

But today I have something which is making me happy! As I’m sure many of you know, the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released this month and I ACTUALLY REMEMBERED TO BUY TICKETS FOR IT WHOOP. Today I’m delighted to be chatting about it to the wonderful Em @ Adventures of a Lost Teen! ❤ The episode begins with some expectations we did at the start of the month — haha, mostly me talking at length because nervous — and then we talked about our actual feelings post-film.

Sorry for the patchy quality of my own audio at times in this one; believe me, I too am pained by it. Next month I'll remember to find my dictaphone beforehand. 😛 But I did compose a new jingle for you guys so look out for that. 🙂

Just a warning: the second part does contain some spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie haha, so please do beware! And as ever, I really hope you enjoy.

Although sometimes doing this whole podcast thing makes me a little anxious, I think it’s been really great for me and I’ve had a lot of fun doing the episodes so far. I really appreciate anyone who’s actually listening to them! And of course if you fancy guesting them please let me know. 😀

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Review

I recently went to my aunt’s fiftieth birthday party so I took the  opportunity to make some new purchases (one of which is this purple eyeshadow). Anyway, I haven’t done a review in ages so I thought I’d give you all my thoughts on it.

Makeup revolution purple heaven eyeshadow

 

Makeup Revolution seems to be, effectively, a rebranded version of MUA. Same philosophy, similar products, same cheap price – even the packaging looks the same!

MUA & Makeup Revolution packaging comparison - similar or no?!?
MUA & Makeup Revolution packaging comparison – similar or no?!?
Swatches: with Nivea Express Hydration Primer on the right, alone on the left
Swatches: with Nivea Express Hydration Primer on the right, alone on the left

 

Anyway, this shade is called Purple Heaven so I was expecting it to be a plain purple but it’s actually more of a shimmery-blue-purple-3D-effect colour, if you know what. I mean (which you probably don’t). It doesn’t show up that well swatched as it isn’t a particularly intense colour, as you can see, but it looks nice on the eye. I applied it in a wash and then put a bit more on the outer third of the lid which worked nicely as a highlight thing.

Considering this was £1 from Superdrug, I’d say that it was excellent for the price!

NYC Sky Rise Mascara

This was another surprisingly good yet cheap buy (it is just £1.99 from Superdrug). I’m not sure if it’s beachside my lack of experience therefore more generous reviews or extensive (cough, cough) internet research that I like to do before I buy anything, but this has proved to be another nice mascara.

Nyc sky rise mascara

The brush (wand?) looks a bit odd with its swirls but it doesn’t work that differently to a normal brush. What I love about it is that the stick part of the wand – you’ll have to excuse the names that I am giving all the parts – is that it’s longer than usual so it is a lot more comfortable to reach both the lower and upper lashes.

Nyc sky rise mascara hand and brush    NCAA sky rise mascara brush

The formula flakes and smudges a little on application but it seems to last well after that; there’s always something passable at the end of the day. It gives length (as suggested) but not much volume. It gives your lashes that spider-leg look after a couple of applications.

I would buy this mascara again. The good product and awesome price has won me over. I would rate it 4/5.

Is it Spring-like where you are? The weather’s not to good over here, sadly. Still, I have the holidays to look forward to!

Apple xx

Cheap ‘n’ Cheerful: Drugstore Reviews #2

Finally! The second instalment in my drugstore reviews!

Drugstore reviews

This one is on skincare, bath stuff and basically everything I didn’t cover in the first one. Although some of the stuff  featured are not in fact drugstore, they’re still quite cheap so I decided to include them anyway.

And, although this is not particularly related, PRIMARK LIPGLOSS HAS GONE UPMARKET! It now has a sort of brush applicator, like the one I have seen only in pictures of YSL Touché Éclat. Unfortunately, the product is still basically just glitter but I still think that brush is pretty cool. Anyhow:

The first item up for review is Nivea Express Hydration Primer.

Nivea express hydration primer

I can’t really confirm its priming powers other than that it does help makeup and such to last longer, which is of course good! I sometimes get powder sticking to my chin in dry bits, for some odd reason, and I can say that this sorts that out. It has a gel-like texture and spreads easily so you don’t need that much to cover your face. It doesn’t do bad at moisturising your skin, either, but I don’t think it would help that much if you have dry skin. Overall a good, all-round product, like you often get from Nivea.

Next is Bomb Cosmetics’s Raspberry Blower Cleansing Shower Butter.

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This stuff smells amazing. It makes my bathroom smell of raspberries. I love it.
This shower-butter-thing is semi solid in the pot, and what you do is scoop some up with your fingers and lather it onto your body. The result is very creamy, and very smooth. This product is a ‘very’ product, apart from the slightly tacky packaging. It doesn’t bother me a lot, though. In some respects, it adds to the novelty. It is £7.99 from the website.

Now for the Soap and Glory Bright and Bubbly gift set. It contains the Scrub of your Life, Hand Food hand cream, The Righteous Butter and Clean On Me shower gel. I got it for £5 from Boots on a deal, but it’s normally £10.

Left to right: Scrub of your Life, Hand Food, The Righteous Butter, Clean on Me and the accompanying loofah/poof
Left to right: Scrub of your Life, Hand Food, The Righteous Butter, Clean on Me and the accompanying loofah/poof

The Scrub of your Life: let me start by saying that I haven’t had a lot of experience with scrubs. This was, in fact, my second. I like it, and it smells good, and I think it scrubs well. The beads are fairly big, but not rough. As always with Soap and Glory, the packaging is cute and looks great.

Hand Food. A lot of people rave about the Soap and Glory smell, but I didn’t like it at first. I found it too strong and synthetic, but I actually quite like it now. Still, it might not be for everyone. You may want to smell it in the shop. The actual hand cream itself  is thick and creamy, but it sinks in quickly. I don’t have particularly dry hands but it is definitely working.

The Righteous Butter is a creamy body butter – it’s easier to ‘break’ into than the Body Shop’s Body Butter if you’ve ever used that. I can’t say it’s done wonders, but it isn’t bad. I haven’t really used it that much, to be honest.

The last is Clean On Me shower gel. It’s basically a sweet-smelling shower gel. You can’t really do much with shower gels to be honest. Still, it’s good for taking on holiday.

And that completes this part of my big drug store review. Until I buy more stuff, and then review that.

But, right now, I will say farewell. I just had a week’s holiday, so if you did too then I hope it was relaxing! If not, then we are coming into MARCH which means SPRING and NOT SO DARK AFTERNOONS! Yay!!

Apple xx

What I’ve Been Using: Nivea Soft Moisturiser

For a long time, I didn’t use moisturiser because I thought that it made my skin get all oily and break out (I have yet to convince my mum that it is not, in fact, absolutely evilest evil evil). If you’ve had a similiar experience, then problem here doesn’t lie in the fact that you’re moisturising, but more likely in that you’re using the wrong thing. Or maybe that your hands are really dirty. It could be either.

Nivea soft

Let me start off by saying that I do not believe it is necessary to spend over £20 on a moisturiser. If you want to, then by all means go ahead and do, but it’s not completely necessary. There are perfectly decent ones you can buy for a whole lot cheaper.

Now, a while ago I wrote a review on Simple’s Light Hydrating moisturiser saying it was nice, but it started to break me out so I’m now using Nivea Soft (I should probably change that review). I think the Nivea was about £2.75 for a 75ml tube, and you can get it from Boots or Superdrug, though they probably sell it elsewhere. Nivea isn’t exactly obscure. Anyway, it dies a good job of moisturising my skin if it gets too dry. Often I get dry patches around spots where I apply gel cream, and it works pretty well in them, too. It doesn’t break me out and is basically all round good. Yay!

Well, I’ll see you around, folks. If you’ve bought Nivea Soft as well then I’d love to know what you think.

Apple xx

EcoTools Brushes: First Impressions

Today I got a lovely surprise when I came in: the makeup brushes that I had ordered from ebay just over two weeks ago had arrived!

Ecotools

These were dead on time (the delivery could have taken another two weeks) so I am very pleased. Although, of course, there’s always a chance that stuff from eBay and sites like that could be fake, but since something like a thousand people had already bought these I thought they were okay. The only different thing is that the bag has a button rather than a zip, but from the label this set seems to be from quit a long time ago. I’m guessing they changed it? Anyway, all the brushes seem very soft and good quality for an astonishing price of £3.75 (I may have got that slightly off, sorry!). My favourite is the adorably small baby kabuki. I haven’t seen one before, so didn’t know what to expect, but it’s just SO CUTE! I have no idea how a brush can be cute, but it is.

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Anyways, I’ll give you an update on how these brushes are performing once I get down to using them properly. For now, I’ll sign off, and I’ll see you all (metaphorically, I guess) next time around!

Apple xx

Cheap ‘n’ Cheerful Drugstore Reviews #1

I don’t feel like reviews are at the top of my list for things to blog about, but, especially after Christmas, I have a lot of things to get down and review! If you noticed the ‘#1’ in the title, then I am indeed planning to do a second set of reviews that will be leaning into the bath/skincare/lip balm category. Or categories. The products I’ll be reviewing are MUA blusher, Witch Anti-Blemish BB Cream, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed powder.

Anyway, first up is two MUA blushers in the shades Bon Bon and Cupcake (£1 each).

Bon Bon, top; Cupcake, bottom
Bon Bon, top; Cupcake, bottom

The packaging looks nice, but it’s not particularly sturdy. Having said that, I dropped one on the floor and it didn’t crack at all. Personally, packaging isnt really a big issue for me unless it’s really bad or it’s really good. I do get tempted by nice packaging.

Bon Bon
Bon Bon

Bon Bon is a dusky rose shade more suited to medium skin tones (it didn’t suit my pale complexion very well!) but I like layering it with other blush if I’m in the mood. I think I could wear it as a more everyday blush when I’m a bit tanned. Still, it’s a beautiful shade with good pigmentation. The lasting power is okay; if you want it to last a long time then you should use a good primer.

Cupcake
Cupcake

Cupcake is more of a light-pink-brown-jack-of-all-trades shade. It isn’t as dark as Bon Bon, so I use it as an everyday blush. Because of it’s colour, the it doesn’t show up as much (or maybe it just doesn’t have as good pigmentation) so if you’re in a rush and accidentally apply a bit too much it doesn’t look so bad. This shade is more suited to lighter skin tones.

Overall, these are both a great steal at just £1 each: you pick them up in Superdrug or off the MUA website.

Next is Witch’s Anti-Blemish BB Cream (£4.99).

Witch BB cream

This only comes in one shade, which is such a shame. The bottle says it ‘cares for all skin tones’ but it will really only suit those with light-but-not-that-light skin. That’s the specific name, by the way.

The packaging is good; nothing special. This BB cream provides actually quite good coverage for what it is. Although BB creams are meant to be all in one foundations, anyone who has tried (a Western) one knows that they don’t give as good coverage as most foundations. I don’t like to wear foundations that much, so this gave a good amount without looking too cakey. One thing that I have learnt, though, is that you have to beld it in quickly or else you can see the blend marks. I haven’t seen any spectacular results from the Witch Hazel, which is supposed to have anti-blemish properties. I do use a lot of other products, though, and there are so many other factors that it’s hard to tell. On the bright side, this BB cream certainly doesn’t clog my pores or cause any pimples.

Witch bb cream swatch

The lasting power is nothing more or nothing less than expected; maybe something like 5 or 6 hours before it starts wearing? It’s honestly quite hard to tell.

If you’re willing to overlook the shade problem, which is really the only bad thing about Witch’s BB Cream, then this is a great product for when you want a bit less coverage. I’d buy it again. Witch’s Anti Blemish BB Cream is available from Superdrg for £4.99.

These concealers are well known in the beauty blogging world: Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer in both Fair & Light (£4.19 each).

1 Fair, standing; 2 Light, below
1 Fair, standing; 2 Light, below

You’ve probably heard of these ‘miracle’ concealers. They give great coverage, amazing long-lasting wear and they’re just £4.19 from Superdrug. There are only four shades: Fair, Light, Medium and Deep, so, like me, you may have to buy two and then mix. I feel like Fair would suit very light skin tones, whilst Deep probably isn’t as deep as its name suggests.

1 Fair, left; 2 Light, right
1 Fair, left; 2 Light, right

A lot of people say that the writing on the tube rubs off easily: I have experienced no such problems, so perhaps they have changed it slightly? They have a doe foot applicator which is fine, though it makes it hard to get the last drips and drabs of product out. This concealer has a fairly thick and heavy formula with medium to full coverage. It’s doesn’t have a yellow or green tone to it which can cancel out dark circles or redness respectively; it’s just ‘skin’ toned. This doesn’t bother me that much, since it’s such a good concealer. I reckon you could use it over larger areas if you needed to, a bit like a foundation (after all, it would only be £8 for a tube of foundation if it came in the usualy foundation amount, 30ml).

I do like this concealer. I don’t feel like it’s a miracle, but it’s certainly great for the price – you can buy it for £4.19 from either Boots or Superdrug.

Finally, I have my first impressions of Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow (£3.99)

Rimmel stay matte

This is another favourite among many people; it gives the 5 hours of matte-ness (well, anti-shine) that the packaging says and all shades except for transucent give some coverage. I tried to swatch it but it didn’t show up, sadly.

Rimmel stay matte finger swatch

The packaging is okay and feels pretty sturdy. It doesn’t come with any sort of applicator, though they’re usually pretty bad so I’m not particularly bothered. It doesn’t give a lot of coverage but does give a natural matte look for up to 5 hours, depending on how oily your skin is (I have comination skin: an oily t-zone but normal to dry everywhere else). So far, this hasn’t given me any skin problems so I like it. Plus, it comes with a very nice price tag of just £3.99 from either Boots or Superdrug.

Well, that’s it from me, folks! I hope you’ve all got off to a great start in January.

Apple xx

November’s Surprising Product | Incredilash Mascara

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I was ill midweek, which is when I usually write.

Anyway, today I’ll be jotting down my thoughts for the surprisingly good 2True Incredilash Mascara, which was a mere £1.99 from Superdrug.
Ok, let’s get this straight: this mascara is probably not the one you want to use when going out to a party. It’s a day-to-day mascara. Having said that, though, it’s a much better mascara than I expected (I haven’t had particularly good experiences with cheap drugstore mascaras).
The packaging is not particularly attractive; it basically looks a bit cheap and nasty. But I’m actually not that bothered about packaging, to be honest, and this is fine in the bottom of arise or bag.

The 2true website says of the product: ‘This long wear, non smudge mascara is a must-have for any make up bag. Forget expensive lash growth serums or uncomfortable lash inserts, simply apply this purse friendly mascara with ultra lengthening lash technology for natural, voluminous lashes in an instant.’  The superdrug website says: Ultra lengthening, long wear mascara with eyelash enhancing complex to help strengthen lashes. Non Smudging.’

Incredilash mascara

Now, I’m not too sure about this matching up to lash growth serums, but it does seem to naturally lengthen them a little after you have worn it for several days or so. The mascara itself doesn’t give anything special in the lengthening/volumizing department, but it does seem to last a fair few hours without smudging (obviously, within reason).

Because I’m more of a fan of mascaras that give you a ‘I-have-naturally-super-long-black-lashes’ look, I’m not too hard to please. If you’re looking for a very lengthening mascara, you probably want to keep that in mind.

The eye on the left is without mascara, whilst the right eye has two coats.
The eye on the left is without mascara, whilst the right eye has two coats.

The brush is probably the best thing about this mascara: it’s very easy to apple to both top and bottom lashes, which I sometimes have trouble reaching without getting it on my nose because they are virtually not there! My only problem with it is that it doesn’t seem to pick up a lot of product. I’m not sure if it’s that there isn’t much in the tube to start with, or it’s an actual fault with the brush.

Incredilash mascara brush

Overall, it’s an excellent mascara for the price! I’m very happy with it. When I bought this, I also picked up NYC Applelicious Lip Balm and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (yes, that one), which I’ll do a brief review on soon. I hope you are all enjoying the first week of December!

Apple xx

A Review of Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser

Hey there people! Today I’m just going to do a short review on Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturiser.

Packaging

The packaging is average: not particularly interesting, but not particularly boring, either. The top is a flip open and squeeze one, which can sometimes result in you getting too much of the product. This isn’t a big issue, though.

What does it claim to do?

The back of the bottle reads: ‘Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients to keep your skin moisturised and pampered, and carries on working for 12 hours. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

My view

I find that while it certainly doesn’t last for twelve hours, it is a nice and – true to the name  – simple moisturiser. I think this moisturiser would mostly be for people with normal to combination skin because it isn’t especially moisturising. However, it might make your skin break out if you use it when you have oily skin, which we wouldn’t want! When I layered this on because I thought my skin was dry (or some other reason that wasn’t very sensible) I started to break out around my t-zone. As you might think, I didn’t use this product too much for a while after that!

One of my favourite things about this moisturiser is that it’s light and doesn’t leave your skin feeling clogged or heavy- it almost feels like you haven’t put it on, although your skin is more hydrated, of course. One of the downsides is that it doesn’t last very long, and even when it does last for a while it’s very hard to judge if you should put more on or leave it for later.

All in all, it’s just a nice, reliable but average moisturiser. Nothing special. You can buy it for £3.79 at Boots here!

Apple xx

Superdrug Haul

My superdrug delivery has finally arrived!

Superdrug haul

So, I bought (from left to right)  2true smooth matte pressed powder in shade 3 (Rose beige), MUA sheer finish lip gloss in Some Me Time, MUA bronzer in shade 2, MUA mascara in shade 4 (brown) and Miss Sporty lip gloss in Who Bought me Flowers.

I swatched all of them except the mascara here:

Superdrug haul swatches

Miss Sporty Lip gloss, MUA lip gloss, 2true pressed powder, MUA bronzer

All the MUA products were £1, which is great! The 2true matte powder and the Miss Sporty lip gloss were broth £1.99, which made this one of my least expensive hauls.

So, onto the reviewing…

2true Smooth Matte Pressed Powder

2true matte powder

When I first saw this, I thought the powder would be a little to light but it’s actually fine. I’m not sure it will still match in the summer, though…but, hey, it’s not summer at the moment, is it?

The powder comes in a nice looking case – despite this, I find it hard to open because you just have to pull the lid off instead of twisting it. I think I’d find a compact to be easier.

It also had a bit of a strange smell, though this wore off very quickly.

☆ ☆ ☆

3 stars out of 5

MUA mascara in shade 4 (brown)

MUA mascara

This mascara was only £1, which I thought I may as well go ahead on, considering I haven’t got much to lose.

The packaging is very boring, and although it looks quite big, I’m not convinced that there is a lot of mascara in this one.

Anyway, the product itself is actually not bad: it takes a couple of coats to lengthen the lashes but gives a nice natural look. It’s very much a day-to-day mascara and you should invest in something a little bit darker and more lengthening or volumising if you were expecting this to get you party-read.

The mascara hasn’t flaked so far – my doubt is that it does sting slightly after you put it on so his isn’t good for sensitive eyes.

before mascara  after mascara

Before & after mascara

☆ ☆ ☆

3 stars out of 5

MUA Sheer Finish Lip Gloss in Some Me Time

after mua lip gloss

Lip gloss after applied

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

4 stars out of 5

Miss Sporty – Miss Cocktail Lip Gloss in Who Bought Me Flowers

miss sporty lip gloss

This lip gloss is much more tinted, coloured in a pretty red/pink colour. The packaging looks a bit – if you’ll excuse the language – naf and cheapy, but don’t let this put you off because it’s a great lip gloss. There’s not much else to say!

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

4 stars out of 5

MUA Bronzer in Shade 2

mua bronzer

This bronzer was much darker than expected (if you compare to the picture here) but I actually liked this chocolate colour more.

It’s not very pigmented so you have to get a substantial amount onto your brush if you want to make any difference. It does what it’s supposed to do and not much else (I did like the lack of glitter, though).

☆ ☆ ☆ ♥

3 and a half stars out of 5