Thursday, 24 July 2014

Matte Nail Paint

Last weekend  I finally decided to join the matte craze and buy a matte top coat for my nails. I brought the Matte Nail Paint by Barry M. It was an affordable price of just £3.99.
I like the fact that it is a clear top coat so it can be used with all nail colours. To use it you simply paint your nails with a polish of your choice and then, when thats dry, use the Matte Nail Paint as a top coat. It works by taking the shine out of the polish leaving a cute matte effect. Not to mention it dries in no time!
Without Matte Nail Paint

With Matte Nail Paint

As it is a top coat, it prevents your nail polish from chipping so it lasts longer. However, I found it quite difficult to remove afterwards. The nail polish remover turns it sticky making it hard to wipe off. 

This is a really sweet, little product and ideal for anyone who likes to add effects to their nails. I would rate it a 9/10 and will deffinately be buying it again. 

Thank you for reading and I'll answer any questions in the comments xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sunkissed Tanning Mousse

During the summer I like to cheat my "summer glow" by using self tanners. Over the past few years I've brought a fair few, all from different brands. Recently I've been using the Instant Tanning Mouse by Sunkissed.

Sunkissed instant self tanning mousse in "medium bronze"

I brought it at Primark for the price of £3.50 but I believe it can vary depending on where you buy it from. This is a huge bargain for a self tan considering the other brands I've used have started from the price of about £8.99.

Using this product is fairly self-explanitory. To prepare, it is advised on the packaging, that you exfoliate first. Next, shake the bottle well before use. Then pump the mousse out and start applying. I use a tanning glove as I find it easier to apply evenly. It also stops the palms of your hands being stained. Don't worry if you do not have a glove at hand (see what I did there) as the mousse is designed to avoid streaks anyway.

The tan came in a 200ml bottle. This is better than other brands I've used as it is much bigger so, obviously, lasts longer.

As this is an instant tan you see results straight away, which is useful because you can see where you've already applied it. What makes this product particularly good though is that it gradually forms a lasting tan too. Underneath the instant tan a stain forms, lasting for several days, even when the first layer has been washed off. This is great for when you don't have the patience to reapply your tan every evening.

One pump of the mousse
Look how much I could cover in one go!

All fake tans also have a smell which is usually nice. The Sunkissed one smells almost tropical and of coconuts. At first this smells great. My only critisism is that it does not last awfully long. I found that is faded and left a rather unpleasent smell after a few hours.

Nevertheless this is honestly a pretty impressive product for a very affordable price. It is much better than other brands I've tried that were twice the price! I would rate it a 9/10 and recommend it to a friend. 

I hope this was useful and I will answer any questions in the comments. Thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Colour Adapt by Max Factor

A few weeks ago I brought the foundation Colour Adapt by Max Factor. This is the first Max Factor product I have ever tried as I usually stick to brands such as Rimmel and Maybelline. However, I wanted to try something new to use for my school prom. 

Colour Adapt in the shade "Blushing Beige"

The price for this product at Superdrug, where I brought it, is £9.99. After trying it I would say that it is well worth the money. I really like the fact that it comes in a plastic case because its useful when traveling. No more worries that case will smash, spilling foundation everywhere.

This foundation is by far the most natural looking one I've ever tried. Even when a fair amount is applied it still looks and feels light on my skin. Somehow it covers you're skin so you look airbrushed without giving away the fact that you've slapped on a load of makeup!

Unfortunaltley when I brought this particular shade I was in a hurry so didnt have time to test it to make sure it was my exact skin colour. Although at first this shade looks slightly pink on my skin, after a tad of blending it still managed to match.  Luckily it really does mean what it says with "colour adapt" so you can still get away with a slight miss-match when you chose your shade. 

Truthfully, it works better if you still cover blemishes, spots and dark circles with concealer before hand. Also, I advise to use a good primer and/or powder to make sure it stays put all day long. Other thank that this foundation seems to be ideal for all skin types; dry, oily, spotty, clear, you name it! 

I will definitely be buying this foundation again (but possibly in a different shade) and I recommend it to literally anyone because I believe it would be ideal for everyone. Overall a good product to try and I'll give it an 8/10

Thank you for reading and do my best to answer any questions in the comments!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Wake Me Up Foundation

Before buying Wake Me Up by Rimmel I had heard quite a lot about it. I had seen many Beauty Gurus and friends recommend it so, obviously, I wanted to try it out myself.

I brought this product from my local Superdrug for £8.99 which is a fairly standard price for what I usually spend on foundation.

Wake Me Up in the shade "Soft Beige"

What I noticed straight away, as I was applying it, was how good it smelt. I know it sounds strange to say that a foundation smells delicious and edible...but it does. To me it smells of fruit, in particular watermelon.

Another thing I rather liked is how easy it was to apply as its smooth and has a good coverage to leave my skin looking even. Also, it feels moisturising leaving my skin feeling incredibly soft to touch.

I remember that this foundation was advertised to have "light reflecting pigments". In theory this sounds great but I soon realised that these "pigments" were simply just glitter. Especially in the summer when the sun hits your face, it does make you resemble one of the characters from Twilight which, personally, I'm not too fond of!

Overall I quite like this foundation and will purchase it again in the future (I'll just deal with the fact I look like a sparkley vampire). I would recommend it to a friend and give it 7/10 because it does a good job of covering everything that needs covering: spots, dark circles etc...

I hope this was useful. I'll do my best to answer any questions in the comments. More reviews are coming soon!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

What is this blog?


My name is Izzy and I decided to start this blog to share my views on a variety of things. This is not my first blog as at the start of the year I decided to start a blog called that is simply called "Izzy K" ( its an original name I know!) . The link is here and its a sort of personal blog and a way for me to really express myself. 

However that's not what this blog will be about. Here I'll post reviews because its always useful to here a non-bias opinion of someone who's tried a product before you buy it. Ill write my honest opinion on anything that I find will be interesting. The ratings will be out of 10 and I will say if I would recommend it at the end of the post. 

I've got lots and lots of ideas of what I can review but am always open to suggestions anyway. Hopefully the products will be as fun to read about as they are to write about!