New Camera Case

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A much needed new camera case for my Sony camera! What do you think of it? The old one is...old and the pink fabric was tearing off. So onto ebay I went and I searched for a pink camera case (to match my pink camera of course!) I paid less than £4 for it! Such a bargain and hopefully this one will last a while. :)

MUA - Undressed & Starry Night Palettes

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Recently, MUA (Make Up Academy) had a 25% off all products on their website for reaching 25k likes on their Facebook page. Once they reach 30,000 likes on Facebook, their next offer to all customers will be 3 free products from the Love Hearts Collection.

For this purchase, a minimum spend of £10 was required to qualify for the 25% off and free shipping, so I spent £7.50 in total and bought 2 eyeshadow palettes and 2 single eyeshadows. In the second photo, the top palette is called Undressed (drugstore dupe of Urban Decay's Naked palette) and the bottom palette is called Starry Night. These products are from the Make Up Academy Professional line. The single eyeshadows (shade 4 pink & 9 purple) are from the Make Up Academy line. 

I have, in the past, purchased an E.L.F eyeshadow palette but it did not compare to the quality of this palette. I found with the E.L.F palette, it wasn't pigmented enough and there were usually fall outs from the eyeshadows. On the other hand, both my MUA palettes are highly pigmented and there are not as many fall outs as from the E.L.F palette. Obviously, for the price you are paying (£4 normally), the quality is not going to be the exact same as a premium eyeshadow brand such as Dior or Lancome.

The packaging of the 12 eyeshadow palettes are sturdy and the lid closes well. The eyeshadows do not have names but they are given numbers on the back of the palette. Included is also a double ended eyeshadow applicator brush which is really stiff and not soft like regular eyeshadow applicators. I'd recommend you to use your own brushes instead! I think I would prefer to have a mirror inside the palette as opposed to an eyeshadow brush which I will not use.

Moving onto the Undressed palette, it is clearly a dupe of Urban Decay's Naked palette (Even the colours are aligned in the same order as they are in the Naked palette hint hint haha). The colours are extremely similar. I was thinking of buying a Naked 1 or 2 palette but the cost £36 drew me back and also, as someone who already owns a lot of eyeshadows, another palette is just not necessary. Price is a huge factor and for MUA to create a 12 eyeshadow palette for £4 (purchased for £3 using 25% code)...I knew I had to try it out! 

The single eyeshadows do not seem to have a smell but the palettes do seem to have a slight drugstore eyeshadow smell. It is not something I would use every day but it isn't something I'd neglect and leave untouched. The colours in the palette are definitely wearable! 

Overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase and at £4 for a palette containing 12 eyeshadows, you just can't go wrong! I'd recommend you to check MUA out if you haven't already!

Taylor Swift - Wonderstruck Perfume

Thursday, 9 August 2012

My Taylor Swift Wonderstruck perfume sample arrived today! I got it through the Facebook Taylor Swift Wonderstruck application. I requested a sample so long ago through the application that I almost forgot about it! My sister actually bought the full sized bottle yesterday (£20 for 30ml from Boots) being the huge and crazy Taylor Swift fan she is. She has hidden it somewhere though, probably to stop me from using it - like she does with my perfumes.

The name of the perfume 'Wonderstruck' is from one of Taylor's songs 'Enchanted' where in the lyrics she is 'wonderstruck, blushing all the way home'. The song describes the feeling when you first meet someone you really like who makes you feel 'Enchanted' in a magical sort of way. 

I do like the colour combination of the packaging. It's pretty, purple and romantic looking. First thoughts about the perfume: It smells so much like Britney Spears - Fantasy. If I were to describe how Wonderstruck smells like, I would say it smells like Fantasy! I did like Fantasy, especially the bottle design with crystals around it, but I found too many people wore it. Clearly though, it's a popular choice for a fragrance scent. I predict Wonderstruck will be the same, a scent for teenage girls who adore Taylor Swift. 

Launched in collaboration with cosmetics company, Elizabeth Arden (much like Britney Spears - Fantasy!), the fragrance composes of floral, fruity and sweet notes. The bottle design is beautiful with cute charms hanging around it. I've had this perfume on for 2 hours approximately (scent has almost disappeared so it doesn't last very long) and it definitely smells like Fantasy. Definitely suitable as a day perfume! I believe I have mentioned how it smells like Fantasy a million times in this post but the point I'm trying to get across is smells like Fantasy. I would recommend it if you are a fan of Taylor Swift and prefer sweet and feminine perfumes. 

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick

Monday, 6 August 2012

This is Maybelline's Colour Sensational Lipstick in shade 530 - Fatal Red. There's a reason why I purchased this, you will soon see why. I'm a huge fan of Maybelline's Coral Drama eyeshadow palette which are neutral - bronze shimmery colours so I decided to try out their lipsticks too.

My thoughts on this lipstick? I didn't like the smell much...the shade is perfect though if you're looking for a bright and bold red colour. It does feel heavy on though which I'm not too fond of either. It's very pigmented and has some sparkle. I wouldn't repurchase though simply because of the fragrance on this lipstick. Sorry Maybelline...forever a mac and Lancome lipstick fan.

Max Factor Flipstick - Gipsy Red

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

As I was flicking through the pages of InStyle magazine, I noticed the advert for Max Factor's Flipstick. The model was wearing shade Gipsy Red and that's when I decided to go and buy one for myself. It looked really interesting, the whole lip was in the red shade but in the centre of the lips was a gold shimmer.

Price is £8.49 from Boots and there is also a 3-for-2 offer currently. I didn't buy anything else as there was nothing else I really needed. I think price wise, it is incredibly pricy for a drugstore product. The packaging is not fancy at all. I have never owned any Max Factor products before so I guess you can say I was slightly disappointed in terms of the packaging aspect.

Moving on to the product, it is double ended so you are paying for two colours instead of one. To get the colour, you twist the lipstick up. The lipstick bullets are quite thin so you must be gentle with application. One flaw I've found with this lipstick is that it sits in the cracks of your lips quite obviously, so make sure you have a thin layer of lip balm (my personal choice is Vaseline) before applying the red/orange colour. 

I loved the colour though, it's quite bold but a pretty shade. The red colour is highly pigmented and one swipe on your lips are enough. However, the gold colour isn't heavy enough so you do need to apply a few more coats before colour shows over the red. Both the colours have specks of glitter and are sheer. Compared to other high street drugstore make up brands I've bought lipsticks from (17, Rimmel, Maybelline, Revlon) I can tell you that Max Factor wins for lip scent. It has a pleasant, light scent. 17 is unscented whereas Rimmel and Maybelline smell the same, sort of like plastic cherries (is it just me?!) which I'm not particularly fond of. Lasting power of this lipstick is long, lasts for 4+ hours if you don't drink or eat anything.

Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the product. If this colour combination didn't exist, I wouldn't have purchased this product as I think you can achieve the same look with lipsticks you already own! Do you own one?