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My Top Picks From Neve Cosmetics

Posted on March 26, 2015

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Hi Guys!

You know I love bright colours, and Neve Cosmetics really have hit the nail on the head here! I’ve got some fab products to show you today, including this amazing palette of rainbow eyeshadow shades, a brightening primer, coloured eyeliner pencil, concealer and illuminating powder.

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The Intensissimi Eye Palette (£21.95) contains ten bright and bold eyeshadow shades, in a fantastic array of rainbow colours. I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s’ cup of tea, so it’s also worth noting they have other palettes available with darker colours, pastel shades and neutrals too. I love that the palette is a really good size, and the pans are massive so you definitely get your money’s worth when it comes to the amount of product included. The only improvement I’d add is a mirror in the lid!

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And just look at the pigmentation! These colours rally are superb. They’re super soft, full of pigment and are easy to apply and blend too. The only palette I have that I can compare this too is the Makeup Revolution Colour Chaos Palette, which is smaller in size but full of bright shades. I think the Neve palette comes out on top just because the pigmentation is that much better, though I’d still recommend the MUR palette if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.

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I also have the Hide and Seek Concealer (£6.95) – this is a handy little pot of cream concealer that really does the job. It dries to a matte powder finish, and it’s also vegan, silicone and paraben free. I have the second lightest shade which is Light and it’s definitely fair enough for my neon white skin tone. I love the super matte finish it gives – there’s nothing creamy or shiny about this product at all. I’m currently using it to help disguise my under eye dark circles and it’s doing a great job!

The Illuminismo Face Powder (£9.95) is a gorgeous soft and silky weightless powder that highlights the complexion – it’s basically a loose powder version of MAC’s MSF’s. It’s perfect for creating highlights under the brows, on the cheekbones, or wherever you want your skin to catch the light. Again it contains no parabens and no silicones and it’s vegan and cruelty free. I have to say I really love the finish of this powder, it really is just like a MSF, but I think I’d prefer it in a pressed powder just for ease of use.

And the BioPrimer Brightening Primer for dull skin (£9.50) – this is another vegan, cruelty and silicone free product, promising a smooth finish to the skin with brightening properties to enhance a dull or dry complexion. This sounds just what I need right now! It’s formulated with nourishing argan oil, protective shea butter and moisturising aloe extract, so this primer aims to give skin a healthy and radiant finish. I love that it gives the slightest hint of illumination to the skin, I couldn’t capture it on camera unfortunately. It’s not sparkly or shimmery, but definitely illuminating and just makes your complexion look a bit brighter.

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I’m really impressed with all of the products I’ve been using today, and I can’t get enough of the amazing eyeshadow palette. I’ve used some of the eyeshadow shades, and the Pastello Eyeliner Pencil in Turquoise (£3.95) in the waterline to creat a quick, fun and colourful eye look – what do you think?

Neve Cosmetics are available in the UK from  – do check them out, as I brand I think they’re definitely underrated! And I also have a previous post on their lip products here.

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

My First Experience of Inika Cosmetics

Posted on February 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

You know me, nothing excites me more than trying out new makeup brands, and that’s exactly what I’m doing today! Inika Cosmetics is brand I’d previously heard of, but I hadn’t had the chance to get my hands on their products until now!

Inika is all about high quality, natural cosmetics, and they want to prove to the world that natural make-up doesn’t have to compromise on performance or style. Their range now boasts over 35 awards for product excellence and innovation, it’s 100% natural and ethical, and they are committed to maintaining their Certified Organic, Cruelty-Free, Halal and Vegan status.

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Ok so I know this is a super long list, but I really wanted to include it just so you can see how committed they are to keeping their products completely natural. They guarantee their products are free of the following ingredients:

  • No petrochemicals, synthetic substances or mineral oils
  • No ingredients of animal origin
  • No talc or bismuth oxychloride
  • No parabens (Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben and Propylparaben)
  • No harmful fillers
  • No genetically modified ingredients
  • No fragrances or colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
  • No anti-microbial agents produced from non-organic sources
  • No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salts
  • No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
  • No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
  • No alkyl sulphates (eg. sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
  • No alkyl ether sulphates (eg. sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
  • No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
  • No polysorbates (eg. polysorbate 20)
  • No ethanolamides (eg. cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
  • No chemically synthesized sunscreens
  • No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens and sodium benzoate
  • No gluten or lactose

So yeah, pretty impressive right! Now let’s take a look at the products…

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Firstly I tried the Certified Organic Lip Liner in 02 Moroccan Rose (13.50)

This lip liner is a rather beautiful frosted rose / coral shade, which catches the light and gives a lovely almost iridescent look. Although this colour is pretty unusual and awesome, I appreciate it may not be everybody’s cup of tea as it’s quite an out there shade (my swatch below really doesn’t do it justice unfortunately). Also, you’d either need to find a lipstick to match which may prove difficult (Inika do sell a range of lipsticks, but I’m unsure if any of them match with this pencil) or wear carefully over your lips. This pencil does glide on easily though, whilst staying put and has a handy sharpener on the lid. It also comes in two other shades, Safari and Sugar Plum.

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Next is the Truly Organic Perfection Concealer in Light (£21.00)

I really wanted to like this but no matter how I attempted to use it, I just felt like it didn’t quite do the job. I tried it on my under eyes first, where I pretty much always have dark bags, and this just didn’t give me the coverage I needed. I appreciate that sometimes the under eye area requires more coverage than other areas (mine does anyway) so I also tried it to cover a couple of spots, but again the formula didn’t seem pigmented enough. This was just too sheer for me unfortunately. The only side is the finish – where other concealers can appear cakey and crack, this doesn’t at all and has a very natural looking finish.

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Next is the Mineral Eyeshadow in Honeycomb 17 (£14.50)

This dinky pot of loose eyeshadow, is definitely a winner on the other hand! You get 1.2g of product (I said it was dinky) and the formula really is silky smooth. The Honeycomb shade is the perfect base shade for me as I’m super pale, I used this all over the lid and it gives a very light and sheer, velvety soft finish.

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And lastly the Mineral Blusher Puff Pot in Rosy Glow (£17.00)

Now I love the look of this! The Blusher Puff Pot contains loose powder blush in the bottom chamber, which then seeps through the super soft puff which is fixed on top. You just pat the puff on your face to apply, and there’s a handy mini mirror on the top of the lid too. Ok so I love the packaging, it’s too cute, and I have to say I quite like the blush shade too. Rosy Glow is a muted pink with a delicate hint of sparkle, it has quite a sheer formula but it can be easily built up if required.

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So there we have it for Inika Cosmetics! I love the fact that the products are completely natural, and ethical, and I understand that it must be a pretty difficult job for Inika to create high quality products whilst sticking to their ethics. So overall I’m actually pretty impressed with these products – apart from the concealer (maybe it’s just my skin, I don’t know but I couldn’t get on with it) I would be interested to try a few other products out such as their foundations and lipsticks as I’ve heard these are great products too!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Inika cosmetics before? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

Soap & Glory Dark Circle Concealer vs Kick Ass Concealer | Review & Comparison

Posted on July 7, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! 🙂 You may have seen in my Boots Haul the other day, and that I picked up a fair few Soap and Glory products. I’m a complete newbie to the brand and was recommended their Kick Ass concealer as the perfect product to hide my dark circles. When I was shopping the brand for the concealer I saw they also offer a specific dark circle concealer called Trick and Treatment, so it obvs made sense to pick this up too so I could try them both out!

The products themselves couldn’t be more different, the Kick Ass Concealer is described as a ‘camouflage kit’ with two shades of cream concealer and a translucent powder, and the Trick and Treatment is a liquid formula with a wand applicator. Here are my initial thoughts on the products –

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Ok so the Kick Ass Concealer is definitely a kit, you get three products in one here: an ‘eye brightening’ concealer which is a standard pinkish tone, a yellow toned concealer to neutralise any purple discolouration, and a translucent matte setting powder to finish off and fix everything in place. This all comes in a handy compact with a cute mini puff to apply the powder with which is a handy addition.

Soap and Glory says – ‘…Includes an amazing under eye brightening concealer with PUFFEASE-8™ technology, SUPERWEAR™ light scrambling ‘on the spot’ complexion concealer & a weightless transparent setting powder with INSTA-FIX™ polymer technology.’

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The Trick and Treatment Concealer looked pretty standard from the outside, but when I inspected the wand, the product actually had a shimmer to it, which was pretty weird, it looked more like a highlighter! Hmm I don’t have my hopes up for this one!

Soap and Glory says – ‘A long-wear, light-reflecting, under-eye concealer/brightener. Features a special yellow pigment mix to neutralize dark purple under eye circles, includes soft-focusing spheres to minimize fine lines and is formulated with clinically tested levels of HALOXYL™ to help mobilize sluggish, dark under-skin pigment.’

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So here are the results. The Trick and Treatment Concealer is on the left and the Kick Ass Concealer on the right. What a big difference hey! I know the images are slightly different in colour, this is due to the light changing when I took each photo – ignoring this though you can still tell that the Trick and Treatment has just highlighted underneath my eyes rather than concealed. What the heck? It’s completely weird and doesn’t make sense to me! The product density of the Trick and Treatment was pretty thin, not thick and pigmented like a concealer usually is, and it has a shimmer finish! Why??? I don’t want to highlight my dark cirlces thanks!! I have no idea how they came up with this product. Rather than bin it I may just start using it as a highlighter!

The Kick Ass Concealer on the other hand was fantastic! I used the pinkish colour first to conceal then dabbed some of the yellow product on top to make sure no pesky dark circles could be seen through, and I was more than happy with the finish. I then patted on the translucent powder with the cute mini puff provided and I was instantly transformed! I’m not usually one for a matte finish but this stuff really does the job! The powder in this kit really makes all the difference. I definitely can’t recommend this product enough!

So there you have it, a bit of an interesting on there! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried either of these products? Or what you would recommend to hide dark circles? xxx