Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pixi Bronzer

Pixi, Pixi Pixi... oh how you are slowly becoming my favourite brand. 

Since it's Summer, but I spend most of my life in my room on my laptop, I still want to achieve that "Bronzed Goddess" look. That's why, when I saw that Pixi, a brand I'm very impressed with, has a lovely, glowy powdered bronzer out, I knew I needed to try it.

I brought their Bronzer & Kabuki Brush for £18 from Marks&Spencer's. It is available in 2 different colours, Subtly Suntouched and Summertime

The first thing I want to say about this product is that the colour pay-off is actually incredible. You only need to dip the brush in lightly, and then start powdering your face for a really natural looking bronze glow. The colour is definitely on the warm-toned side, but it is buildable so it can create a natural look on any skin tone.

And my favourite thing about this bronzer is that it contains tiny amounts of shimmer. Not in a "I'm glowing like Edward from Twilight" sort of way. More like an "Oh look at how sunkissed I am" sort of way. It's the perfect amount of sparkle for you to look glowy this summer, without looking like a disco ball.

The brush itself is also a really handy tool. I'm really impressed with the quality of the brush, since it is super soft and really does the job for bronzer. The only thing I will say is that it is on the slighlty smaller side, especially the handle of it. But this does make it ideal for traveling. 

And I'm a huge sucker for pastel colours, so I adore the fact that the packaging is in a pastel green colour. Also little life hack with the packaging: it's a screw on lid, not a click into place lid. But this is perfect again if you would like to take it travelling because it won't pop off in your suitcase.

Overall, I would rate this little set a 9/10 and I would definitely class it as a Summer essential. I hope you enjoyed reading this review, what is your Summer essential?

Izzy K xxx

Friday, 14 July 2017

Collection Sheer Loose Powder

You know that whole craze all the beauty gurus keep going on about which is baking? Well I tried to hop onto that bandwagon, but in order to do that I needed to pick up a loose powder. Since The Collection Sheer Loose Powder was only £2.99 from Superdrug, it seemed like a no-brainer to at least give it a go!

I picked up the shade "Translucent" and that's definitely how I would describe this shade. It leaves absolutely no colour on your face once it's applied, which is definitely a bonus because it suits any skin shade. 

And another thing I will say about this product is that it smells really good. I'm not really sure what it smells of (it's definitely perfumed though) but it smells amazing when you apply it.

The application process of this powder is, in theory, quite an easy one. You give it a lil shake and small amounts of the powder fall into the top compartment, making it easy to dip your brush in just a small amount of powder. However, I find it difficult to transfer this powder directly from the brush to your face. The fall out with this product is insane, and I do feel like I'm wasting a large portion of this product with each application because it just falls down my T-shirt.

The lasting power of this product is also pretty good, for it's price. I mean it keeps your makeup in place and set all day. And it gets rid of any oily areas for a matte looking finish. he only thing I did notice with this powder is that it caused a tiny bit of creasing, especially under the eyes. 

Overall I would rate this product a 6/10. I mean, for it's price you really can't complain that much. However, I'm in no hurry to repurchase it because I'm sure there are better loose powders out on the market. Have you ever tried this product before? If so what did you think of it?

Izzy K xxx

Friday, 30 June 2017

Pixi H20 Skindrink

Yes that's right, I'm writing to inform you once again about another Pixi product that I have found that has turned into my holy grail. I picked up the H20 Skindrink for £24 since I was in need of another moisturizer. 

My first reaction to this is how great it smelt. It smells sooooo refreshing, but not in a fake scented way. It just smells like there's lots of vitamin goodness in it.

The texture of this moisturizer is more like a gel than a lotion, yet it's not sticky or thick feeling. It literally soaks into your skin and applies so smoothly. 

This product is designed to be used in the morning as you start your day. Your makeup will apply perfectly over this product, in fact I find mine applies better when I use it. 

And the actual results of this product are just astonishing. Instantly, I can tell that my skin feels more refreshed. In fact, it's basically like my skin is thanking me for being able to breathe again. And your skin just feels baby soft for the rest of the day after applying.

I would honestly rate this product a 10/10 since I have zero improvements that can be made and it is the best moisturizer that I have ever used. Have you ever tried anything from Pixi before? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Lush Daddy-O Shampoo

One thing I really need to invest more in is hair care. I need to invest both time learning about what is good for my hair, as well as money in actual products. I wanted to start looking after my hair better by switching to a healthier shampoo.

Thanks for the shampoo Jerry ;)

The first place I thought about using is Lush, due to their natural ingredients and animal friendly products. Since I have highlighted hair, I decided to pick up their purple shampoo called Daddy-O. The price of this product ranges from £5.95 for 100g to £32.50 for 1kg

This product contains natural ingredients, such as lemon and lime juice which are beneficial in adding brightness for your hair. At first, I was worried that these juices would dry out my hair, but I found this shampoo actually does the opposite of that. From the first time using this shampoo, I realized my hair already had more volume, bounce and life in it compared to when I use drugstore shampoos.

Although this shampoo is designed for blondes and silver hair, it can most definitely be used on any hair colour. Compared to other purple shampoos on the market, this one won't actually change the colour of your hair at all. I just find the colour is not strong enough to actually do that. But what I will say is that instead of taking the brassy tones out of your hair, it does a good job of maintaining your hair to stop the tones forming in the first place.

And can I just say how good this shampoo smells?! It genuinely smells like you're rubbing Parma Violet sweets on your hair. And I've received so many compliments that I smell good, and have deduced that the smell people were complimenting was actually this shampoo.

Overall, I am very impressed with this product and have actually brought another, bigger bottle of this shampoo. In my books, it gets a 9/10 and I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Have you ever tried any lush products? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

Soap & Glory is slowly becoming one of my favourite brands, with each product that I try impressing me more than the last. A few years ago actually, I tried this very product and I was so pleased with the results so I wanted to pick it up again to see if I still had the same thoughts about it.

The Thick & Fast High Definition Collagen Coat Mascara can be purchased from boots for £10.50. 

My first impression of this mascara is that the wand makes it very easy to apply. Lot's of product is applied at once, so there is no need to pile loads of layers on top of each other. However, the bristles of the brush make sure it is completely clump free.

The thing about this product that really grabbed my attention is how long and full it truly makes your lashes look. I remember always being asked whether I'm wearing false eyelashes when I used to wear this mascara, and I can see why. It just makes your lashes longer, but still natural looking. When I want a look to be dramatic, all I have to do is pop a couple of layers on.

The lasting power of this mascara is incredible, and I never ever ever find it smudging to give that desirable panda-eye look! And the packaging is something that I find impressive too. I don't know why, but gold always screams "classy" to me. 

Overall I would rate this product a 9/10 and it is definitely the best drugstore mascara I've tried. I honestly don't know why I stopped using this mascara in the first place, but I know that is something that I'll be repurchasing from now on. I hope you enjoyed this review, and let me know if you've tried this product before in the comments,

Izzy K xxx 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Pressed Powder

Recently I've been experimenting and trying out a various amount of different pressed powders. I know they don't seem like the most exciting product to try, but I'm always so chuffed when I find a good one that I want to stick to. Here are my thoughts on the Kick Ass Pressed Powder by Soap & Glory for £12. 

The first thing I want to talk about is the actual formula of the powder. It definitely has a powdery feel to it, yet sets incredibly smooth onto the skin. And my favourite part about this powder is that it absolutely does not crease throughout the day. 

Although this powder is "translucent", I find it does have a slight banana shade to it. Even though it doesn't completely change the colour of your face when it's been applied, I would still bare in mind that it does have a slight yellow effect to it. But this makes it perfect for an under eye setting powder.

Since this powder blends extremely well, it sets your face completely and keeps your makeup from budging. This is definitely a long lasting product.

The only issue I have is that I wish there was more product for the price, which is greedy I know! But I find I hit pan faster than with cheaper powders I tried. Still, I will almost definitely be repurchasing this product. 

Overall I would rate this product a 9/10 and I would really recommend it! Have you ever tried any soap and glory products before, if so what did you think?

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sleek Mascara Lethal Length

As someone who has recently switched to cruelty free makeup, something that has been lacking in my makeup collection is cruelty free mascara. I turned to one of my trusted brands, Sleek, and picked up their Lethal Length Mascara from Superdrug for £6.99, which I consider a good price.

The brush of this mascara is something I fell for instantly. It's made up of lots of fine and strong bristles which guarantee a clump free application. On one side of the brush the bristles are bigger than the other, making it easy to use on both top and lower lashes.

However, for me the formula of the mascara isn't exactly what I'm looking for. I desire long and luscious lashes which are bold and defined. But since this mascara is a pretty dry and fine formula, I find I have to build up several layers to get the look I want. And even then it doesn't seem as dramatic as other mascaras I've tried in the past.

But what I will say is that this mascara is the best one I've ever tried for lower lashes. I always find that other mascaras leave my lower lashes looking almost spider like, but this one is perfect to add a bit of length without looking fake.

So to summarize, this mascara is a great natural looking mascara, and it is my go-to lower lash mascara. However, for top lashes I cant' see myself reaching for this mascara often since I always have to top it up with a few coats of another mascara anyway. 

Overall I would rate this mascara a 6/10 just because it doesn't give me the results I'm personally looking for. But I still can't deny that if you're looking for a natural looking mascara, this does the job very well. Have you ever tried this mascara before? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx