Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MUA 1D Nail Polish Little Things in Raspberry Rush / Review and Swatches

MUA 1D Nail Polish Little Things in Raspberry Rush

MUA 1D Nail Polish Little Things in Raspberry Rush

MUA 1D Nail Polish Little Things in Raspberry Rush

MUA 1D Nail Polish Little Things in Raspberry Rush Swatches

Hello loves! Even though I am not the biggest One Direction fan out there when I heard that they are doing collaboration with MUA for their own makeup line I got curious. Usually this type of collabs between makeup brands and celebrities don’t look very promising to me but this time the items looked intriguing. On picture at least. When I was in London I just had to take a peek and I swatch some of the products. I was rather disappointed; I am not going to lie. The formulation of the items was just not doing it for me so I decided to play it safe and get a nail polish. They offer five different shades, one for each of the boys, and the only one I liked was Raspberry Rush Zayn. The nail polishes retail for just £3, which is great and my hopes were up. Sadly this didn’t last too long and I will have to say that this nail polish was a total disappointment.

To start off, I think I have to mention that the color is just beautiful. It is this deeper raspberry pink shade that looks stunning on my hands. The nail polish is a nice cream and doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter in it. It also dries to a nice glossy finish. Aaaand I think these are all the good things I have to say about this polish, unfortunately. The formula of Raspberry Rush is ridiculous and I don’t think I have ever applied worse nail varnish on my nails. First of all, I am sorry that I didn’t show swatches on my actual nails but it’s just that the polish is so runny and liquid-y that it goes directly onto my cuticles and it’s a paint to remove afterwards. Apart from this not very pleasant issue, the polish is actually so sheer that you need at least three relatively thick coats to get it somewhat fully opaque. The brand claims that this is “Nail polish with strong color pay-off. Apply in just 3 strokes!”. Yeah, it’s more like ‘apply in three as thick as possible layers’… Not cool. Also the polish takes absolute ages to dry, so brace yourself. If you are a very patient person and you’ve got this far - congratulations! Sadly, I will have to tell you that it’s all been for nothing because the polish will start chipping within the next few hours. Brilliant!

Overall, this 1D Nail Polish was a complete disappointment as the formula is plain terrible. I wanted to like the lacquer so badly because the color is absolutely gorgeous but I certainly can’t pass the hideous formula. Needless to say, I don’t recommend this nail polish range and I probably wouldn’t ever consider trying any of the other One Direction makeup bits. If you love any of them though, please let me know and I will gladly give them a whirl and see how I like them. As for now though, I will have to stick with my observation that celebs collaboration with makeup brands just doesn’t really work out.

Have you ever tried the 1D Little Things Nail Polish range? If so, how did you like the varnishes?


Monday, 25 November 2013

Meet My Exclusive Advertiser / November

Hello sweets how are you? Did you have a nice weekend? I had a lovely day yesterday shopping at Ikea and I feel like I stock up on fairy light for the next hundred Christmases haha. Anyway, today I wanted to introduce you to one of my all time favorite bloggers – the gorgeous Megan from She is such a wonderful girl that is not only absolutely gorgeous but is a total sweetheart as well. <3 Megan’s blog is really well written, her design and photos are so clean and pretty and I adore her OOTDs and beauty reviews! I am sure you’ll fall in love with her blog too, so definitely check it out and go say ‘Hi’, she will be thrilled! :)

Hi my lovelies, I'm Megan and I'm the girl behind the blog Thumbelina Lillie. I started my blog in October 2012 and wow, what a year it's been. I had no idea where my blog would take me and I definitely didn't expect to be shortlisted in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013 under Best New Beauty Blog. I'm so grateful and still can't believe it to this day.

Thumbelina Lillie is my own personal place to express myself. It's a mixture of both beauty and fashion. Within the beauty section I love to review products and give my honest opinion on those that I adore and sometimes those I don't! When it comes to fashion I really enjoy sharing my Outfit of the Day's with my readers, I love hearing all the feedback on my wardrobe as I'm such a sucker when it comes to clothes!

Thanks to Andrea for letting me advertise on her amazing blog, I'll hope you stop by!

Megan xxx

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Longer Lasting Lipstick? / Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer Review

Ever dreaming of something that would make your favorite lipstick last longer and would prevent it from bleeding or smearing? Yes, we’ve all been there, especially when we have some very special occasion coming up. Well, I am here to tell you that I recently discovered that this magical tool actually exists and it is Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer ($19). And yes, you read that right – lip primer. We all use and love foundation and eye shadow primers but now we have a lip primer to add in our collection as well. Genius invention, let me tell you that!

Lip Insurance works in the same way as any primer do, really. It basically primes your lips and creates the perfect base for your lipstick. The product comes in a small tube and has a doe foot applicator. What you do is apply the product all over your lips, let it dry and when it gets a bit tacky just apply your lipstick on top. Lip Insurance makes the lips really soft and smooth to the touch and also fills in any fine lines. It also blurs any imperfections we might have on the lips, like discoloration or freckles for example. In result, the lipstick glides on the lips like absolutely dream and you can actually feel how it kind of ‘glues’ to them as well. I love that the primer creates an even ‘canvas’ and your pout appears so even and kissable. It’s love!

The unique formula of the Lip Insurance makes the lipstick a bit more vibrant and at the same time it locks in the color so that it will not fade or transfer. Also, according to Too Faced ‘powerful pigment binders protect colors in the most challenging lip conditions’. I can see where they are coming from with this, as my lipstick doesn’t move through speaking, eating, drinking, everything really; and it lasts at least twice as long as it would normally do. <3 The texture of the primer is quite soft at first but once it sets it gets a bit sticky but that helps the lipstick to stay on longer. The issue I have with the primer though, is that it dries my lips a bit (and we know this is the last thing I need having in mind how dry they already are!) but I am willing to go past that in the name of pretty lips that would get me through the day or night. Now, I am definitely not using this lip primer every day as I think it’s a bit too much and I don’t mind reapplying my lipstick throughout the day. If you hate doing that though, you can totally use it as often as you’d like. I personally love to prime my lips before a special event where I know that loads of pictures will be taken and I don’t want my bold lipstick to appear undone or uneven.

In a nutshell, I definitely think that Lip Insurance is a great asset to add to your makeup collection as it not only makes your lipstick longer lasting but it also evens out the lips and makes them really juicy and full. It could be a bit drying, yes, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay when I want to look at my best. I definitely recommend this little gem and even though it’s a bit pricey I think it’s worth investing in because it really does make a difference and I never leave the house without it before a special occasion. <3

Have you tried Lip Insurance before? How do you like it? Do you know any other brands that do lip primers?

Lots of love,

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