The only makeup remover I have ever used is the Garnier Simply Essentials Makeup Remover, which I reviewed here. But Garnier Micellar Water is so famous I thought I’d try it out.
I got the version for sensitive and combination skin, I don’t think my skin is sensitive but it is definitely combination. It says it mattifies and I would second that, it completely takes away the oil that I get on my nose and forehead but without drying out my skin.
I really like the fact that it comes in a 400ml bottle which will last forever and you hardly need any on your cotton pad. It also feels as if it is doing something good to your skin. As well as taking makeup off perfectly, it cleanses your face and makes it feel so clean!
I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a good, affordable makeup remover/ cleanser.
I rarely use more than 2 or 3 eyeshadows when I’m doing my makeup, but I thought I’d make it even quicker and easier and only use 1.
I actually love how it turned out so I thought I’d show it to you.
All you have to do is pack an eyeshadow all over your lid and blend blend blend! Then if you want it a bit smokier and darker you just pack a bit more on and blend. I used the shade Toasted from the naked palette which I think is really perfect for spring because it isn’t too dark or heavy.
A few months back, in Blogmas, I did a review of Ka-Brow by Benefit which you can have a look at here. I have it because one of my friends bought it and didn’t like it so she gave it to me to try- I really liked it, I found it worked perfectly for me. But the time has come for it to dry up and start running out and I didn’t fancy spending £20 so I bought Tame & Frame by NYX for £6!
I’ve tried both so I thought I would do a little comparison for you.
Starting with the packaging, I much prefer the NYX one. Compared to the almost tacky, over the top Benefit packaging the NYX one looks quite classy and simplistic- which I like. But Ka-Brow does come with a little brush which gives them bonus points.
Both formulas are incredible similar and the two shades (Espresso from NYX and 04 from Benefit) are pretty much exactly the same. Both come in a good range of shades, although Benefit has one more shade.
The one main difference in these two products is the price. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two if it wasn’t for the packaging, the formals are that similar. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were actually the exact same. Scandalous!
I don’t really see the point in paying £20 for something if you can get the same stuff for only £6 so if you are looking into buying the Ka-Brow because you’ve heard it is good (which it is but Tame & Frame is just as good) go to your nearest NYX counter!
A few months ago I wrote this post about the Lacura Beauty concealer pen which is sold in Aldi. As I was doing a food shop with my mum I saw that they did 2 mascaras. I desperately need a new mascara and I love the concealer so I thought I’d try it out. Even if it’s not brilliant it was only £2.50!
As well as the Magic Curl mascara they had a volumizing one. I went for the curl because I’m not the biggest fan of lots of volume on my lashes, I’d much rather have length and curl.
I don’t like the packaging at all, I think it looks really cheap and a bit tacky. I’m quite surprised as the concealer from Lacura comes in a really sleek black tube that looks really fancy. I do love the wand of this though, it is slightly curved which I find helps get all of your eye lashes and I assume it helps curl as well.
Although it is a little clumpy I think it works wonders on length! I would totally recommend this if you are looking for a mascara on a budget because this is worth way more than £2.50! If the volumizing mascara is anything like this one I would recommend that for people who like a bit more volume.
I will definitely be trying more products from Lacura Beauty, let me know if you have and if they live up to my raves!
If you read last week’s post (click here if you didn’t) you will know that I got the Amber Times 9 palette by Mac and because it is so gorgeous I thought I’d show you one of my favourite eye looks using it.
This is a perfect makeup for spring! It has gold tones, pink tones, peach tones. What more could you want?
The shades I used were Kitties and Georgia Peach. In reality Georgia Peach comes out way more pinky peach instead of peachy brown like it does in photos which is disappointing because in real life this is super, super peachy!
Because it is very natural, it is perfect for if you just want to wear eyeshadow but aren’t doing anything or going anywhere. Also, when it gets warmer in spring and summer I don’t like wearing loads of makeup so if you’re like me this would be great because it still looks like you’ve made a bit of an effort!
For my birthday a few weeks ago, my friends very kindly gave me this Mac palette.
It is a very me palette! If you have read any of my eye makeup look posts then you will know these shades are pretty much all I wear; pinks and peaches and golds and browns. All of which are included in this.
This palette has a mixture of shimmers and mattes, making it amazing for travel or if you just can’t be bothered to get any more than 1 palette out!
Cozy Grey is a really nice base colour, brilliant if you just want something to put under shimmery shades. Kitties is probably my favourite shade out of the whole thing, it makes such a nice simple look. Perfect for those days when I want to wear eye shadow but I don’t want to put a lot of effort into it. Georgia Peach goes super well with Kitties, because it is matte it looks really good blended out into the crease to give a really pretty peach look.
Ricepaper is the only shade in this palette that is a bit of a let down, you can barely see it! The pigmentation is pretty awful which is such a shame because it looks really nice in the pan. Creative Copper is another one I love, it is a really nice tone of gold, not too yellow and not too copper (if you are a fellow gold eyeshadow lover you will know what I mean). Cork is just one of those brown shades you always find yourself reaching for, it goes with everything, it is just a perfect crease colour!
Don’t Tell is really nice, although it is another one that doesn’t have great pigmentation, it looks really nice with Aromatic to make a brown, slightly smoky eye. there isn’t an awful lot to say about Aromatic- it is a great crease colour if you want something slightly darker than Cork. I haven’t used Pepper Please purely because I’m too scared to use eyeshadow that dark! But it looks amazing and I hope I build the courage up soon to have a go!
Overall, I love this palette! I’ve never tried any Mac eyeshadows before so I wasn’t sure what to expect from them but I would recommend them (minus a couple that aren’t very pigmented).
Thankyou to my best friends, Chap, Liz and Gaunty, for buying me this. I love it very much!
The only thing I’ve ever used to take off my makeup (except wipes) is Johnson’s Baby Lotion. Trust me it works!
But I fancied a change so I picked this up a few weeks ago based entirely on the affordable price, I think it costs about £3.
It is an oil and a water that you have to mix together by shaking it. It says “No Rubbing” and I’ve seen the advert when it just swipes straight off- that is definitely an overstatement. It does work and you only have to put a small amount on the cotton pad but you will obviously have to rub a bit! I don’t know if the statement about removing waterproof makeup is true because I don’t wear waterproof makeup but I feel as if this would work with waterproof mascara.
It works well with both eye and face makeup and doesn’t dry my skin out. It does leave my face feeling really oily (I’m talking as if I just smothered my face in olive oil) for about an hour afterwards which isn’t very pleasant but it does pass and my face feels quite nice and refreshed once the oily-ness has gone!
Overall, I do like this product and would probably repurchase. It works well and doesn’t break the bank in the slightest!