Review | Maybelline Super Stay 24h Makeup-Locking Setting Spray

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I love using a setting spray on a daily basis. I find that not only does it help set my makeup and keep it in place, it also takes away that powdery look that can cause makeup to look cakey. I am forever looking for a cheaper alternative to the Urban Decay or Skindinavia setting sprays, so when I saw that Maybelline had released a setting spray I picked up a bottle to try.

The Maybelline Super Stay 24h Makeup-Locking Setting Spray claims to extend the longevity of makeup and keep it looking fresh throughout the day. When I first sprayed it I found out quickly that the spray was vicious! I ended up with a soaked face so had to quickly fan my face dry before my makeup ran everywhere. The other thing I noticed was that when the spray dried I ended up with white dots all over my face. I thought maybe that I had not shook the bottle enough before spraying it on my face, so the next time I used it I made sure to shake the bottle well, however the same thing happened to me again. I had no idea why this was happening so decided to spray it away from my face first and then spray it on my face, this time there were no white dots. Doing this was the only way to avoid ending up looking like I had paint all over my face, which led me to waste a lot of product in the process.

Once I had established how to use the product without soaking my face or ending up with white dots on my face I was pretty pleased with the results. The setting spray took away the powdery look from my makeup and did help to keep my makeup in place for most of the day but not as well as my Skindinavia one does.

I do not like being so negative about a product but I am really disappointed in this setting spray from Maybelline. It takes far too much effort and uses way too much product to get it to work well. This is not something I would recommend or purchase again. My search for a good drugstore setting spray continues.

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Wish List #6 | February 2016

Feb 16 wishlist1. Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I have heard talk of the quality of Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes floating around the blogging community for a while but they never really sparked my interest. It wasn’t until I found the Cool Mattes palette on sale after Christmas that I really paid attention and did some research. Of course after reading how pigmented and blendable the eyeshadows are I snapped up the Cool Mattes palette and started lusting over the other palettes. The one that I want – no, need – next is the Neutral Matte palette. As I have blue eyes I tend to gravitate towards warm colours as they make my eyes pop. Just look at all of those beautiful warm shades, that middle row is just calling to me. The Viseart Neutral Mattes palette retails for £59.95 and is available here.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets

Towards the end of 2015 I finally took the plunge and purchased some makeup from Charlotte Tilbury, and since that first purchase I have become obsessed with her products. Whilst the eyeshadow palettes are probably my favourite products I have purchased so far I also love the lipsticks. I have the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Matte Revolution lipstick in Walk of Shame and I enjoy both formulas. When I saw she was releasing two new pink shades (one in each formula) in time for Valentines Day I knew they would end up on my wish list. I only chose to include one in this post – as I thought two might be considered excessive – and the one I chose is the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets. From the swatches it looks like a beautiful rosy pink with a hint of peach, the perfect just been kissed colour. The Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets retails for £23 and is exclusive to http://www.charlottetilbury.com, you can find it here.

3. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies

Following along on the matte pink lipstick line is the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies. Liquid lipsticks appear to be the “in” lip product at the moment and I have to say I have not tried many liquid lipstick formulas, neither have I tried many products from NYX. Now that the brand is more easily available on http://www.boots.com I have found myself browsing their products more, and this product in particular caught my eye. There is great variety of colours available in this line, from nude to purple to red, but I thought a pink would be a good colour to start with. The NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies retails for £6.50 and is available here.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I am finally getting down to my last few mascaras after making a conscious effort to use some of them up and so now I am on a hunt for new ones to try. I am not usually a fan of Maybelline mascaras but the wand on this one caught my eye. It looks very similar to the Max Factor Clump Defy (Cover Girl Clump Crusher) which is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras. I am interested to find out if this is an even cheaper alternative. The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara retails for £7.99 and is available here.

5. Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel

I love a Soap & Glory eyebrow product, I believe I have tried all of them so far and they are all great. With the new Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel I like the idea that you have your pencil and brow gel all in one product, this would make it great for travel. The only other company I have seen doing something similar to this is Revlon with their Brow Fantasy – this happens to be my current go to travel eyebrow product. I find that the blonde colour in the Soap & Glory brow products is a great match for my brows, its not too ashy and it is not too warm, as I prefer to keep my eyebrows blonde even though my hair is red. I am looking forward to trying this out soon. The Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel retails for £10 and is available here.

6. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

I always get excited for a new NARS drop and I was especially excited for this one. I had heard such good reviews of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser but knew that it would not be for me as I gravitate towards something with more of a satin or matte formula – my oily areas produce enough of their own glow, they don’t need any help – so when I heard they would bringing out a matte tinted moisturiser I was intrigued. The initial review of this are great and I am dying to try it but I really need to use up some of the foundations/tinted moisturisers I already have. I think this might be on my wish list for a while unfortunately. The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint retails for £30 and is available here.

What is on your current wish list? Have you tried any of the products on mine? Let me know in the comments below.

Review | Maybelline Color Tattoo – Creamy Beige

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I love using cream eyeshadows as bases for my eye looks. My most used colours tend to be on the neutral side as they work with whatever look I want to create and the majority of the ones I own are from MAC. However, since I discovered the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige my MAC Paintpots have been resigned to the back of the drawer.

Even when I am using a cream shadow I still have to prime and set my eye first because they are that oily – which is very annoying – but the Maybelline Color Tattoos just seem to stick to my lids and they do not budge throughout the day. I do still use an eye primer first though, but this is more out of habit than anything else.

Creamy Beige is exactly as it is described, a creamy medium beige with a matte finish. It works well to prime the eye whilst covering up any discolouration on the lid. Perfect for those of you who have dark eyelids or veins that show through lighter coloured eyeshadows.

When I picked this up I thought it would be a great dupe for my MAC Paintpot in Painterly, however after swatching them next to each other I realised that Creamy Beige is darker and warmer than Painterly. So out came all of my other cream eyeshadows so I could see if it was a cheaper dupe for anything else in my collection.

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Top: MAC Soft Ocre, MAC Nubile; Bottom: MAC Painterly, Maybelline Creamy Beige

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L-R: MAC Constructivist, Maybelline Creamy Beige, MAC Painterly, MAC Soft Ocre, MAC Nubile

As you can see from the swatches above it isn’t the same colour as any of my matte cream eyeshadows. This was quite disappointing for me as I find the Maybelline Color Tattoos work so much better than my more expensive MAC Paintpots. It does, though, do exactly the same job, so its not too disappointing that the colour is different. It helps sheerer eyeshadows pop, stay all day and not crease.

If I had to choose between Painterly and Creamy Beige I would pick the Creamy Beige every time for a skin toned cream eyeshadow. The one plus of the MAC Paintpots is that they come in a wide variety of shades. So it really depends what you are looking for.

I also recommend the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze, it is beautiful and great for a quick eye look.

Maybelline Color Tattoos retail for £4.99 and are available here.

Product Rave | Maybelline Stuper Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder

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I first heard about the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder when I was watching Sinéad from The Makeup Chair give tips and tricks for long lasting makeup (watch here). As someone with combination skin, I do struggle to keep my makeup in place all day, especially on my nose and around my jaw line. The next time I was in Boots I noticed that it was on offer so decided to give it a go. Unfortunately the shade range is terrible but luckily I managed to find a good match in the shade 10 Ivory – the lightest shade as usual. It looks quite pink toned in the photo below, but it suits my yellow toned skin nicely.

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I tried it for the first time the next day and I was amazed at how flawless my skin looked. This powder seems to fill in pores and adds just enough coverage, when worn over the top of a liquid foundation, to leave my skin looking like it has been airbrushed. I like to apply this all over my face, concentrating on my t-zone, with either a Real Techniques Blush Brush or a Real Techniques Duo Fibre Powder Brush depending on how much coverage I want. It does a great job of mattifying my skin without making it look cakey and flat looking. I do still need to touch up or blot once during the day but not as much a I need to with other powders.

I think this is a fantastic powder for the price, it even rivals my MAC Studio Fix Powder. I find myself reaching for this almost every day and I have already made quite a dent in the middle. I highly recommend this powder for people with normal to oily skin. Though I think it might be a bit too matte for people with dry to very dry skin.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder retails for £5.99 and is available here.

Autumnal FOTD using The Balm Nude ‘Tude Eyeshadow Palette

I have a face of the day (FOTD) for you today. This was actually the makeup I wore yesterday when I went for lunch with my fiancé. It was the first time I used The Balm Nude ‘Tude eyeshadow palette on my eyes, and let me just say I am still impressed.

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This is the full face. I decided to go for an autumnal look yesterday so I could play with some of my favourite colours from the palette, mainly Sexy and Silly. Please excuse my eyebrows, I swear in real life the match, they just decide to do their own thing when I take a photo.

For my base I used The Body Shop All in One Instablur Universal Primer followed by Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua liquid foundation in B10 and Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation in 10. I have a few blemishes at the moment so concealed with MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC15 and to cover my dark circle (that are exceptionally bad at the moment) I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15. I found the combination of these products gave me a flawless base that lasted all day.

To add a bit of colour back into my face I used the Sleek Contour Kit in light to lightly contour and highlight my face and Benefit’s Dallas boxed blush on the apples of my cheeks.

For my brows I used the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde to fill in any sparse areas and set them in place using Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blonde.

Moving on to the most important part of the look – the eyes. I used the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer to keep my shadows from creasing throughout the day. I then used MAC Brule eyeshadow to set this in place. I first applied Sultry lightly in my crease and a long my lower lash line. Then I applied Snobby to the inner half of my lid and Silly to the outer half. To deepen the look and make it more autumnal I added Sexy to the outer portion of my crease and lower lash line. To make the look more dramatic I added some black winged eyeliner using the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and followed it with three mascaras, YSL Babydoll, Maybelline The Falsies and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I love using multiple mascaras to get the perfect look to my lashes.

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Finally I used MAC Dervish Lip Pencil to line my lips and MAC Oh Oh Oh Lipstick over the top. Unfortunately this shade was a limited edition but I believe MAC ‘O’ may be similar.

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I hoped you liked this look, I enjoyed creating it. Let me know in the comments below. Do you have this palette? If so let me know what colours you put together, I would love to know what other looks I can create with this palette.