Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment 'Improper Copper'

I have a love-hate relationship with pigments.

I love their punchiness and epic pigmentation, but I hate how fucking hard they are to blend and use in general. So beautiful, but so tricky.

Despite my complicated feelings, I ended up picking up a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment. Partly because I fell for the shade Improper Copper and partly because I had recently watched a GRWM by my beloved Vivianna Does Makeup who used a pigment and looked amazing.

I usually shy away from copper-toned things as they tend to make me look ill, but this, this is no copper. Improper Copper is more of a brown-bronze-rust with a hint of coppery shimmer. It. Is. Amazing.

Pigmentation is superb (no surprises there!) and staying-power is perfection. That being said, I always use a Maybelline Color Tattoo as a base. I actually paired it with Pomegranate Punk the other day and...YAAAAAAAS! It was a good time.

If you're down for some pigment action, I definitely recommend Improper Copper (there are a few other shades - a coupla brights, a nude and a slightly uninspiring bronze). Oh, and they're $11.95. Yay for affordable shit!

Have you bought a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment? Are you planning to? Discuss!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My happy list

I remember doing a post like this aaaages ago and thought it'd be cool to do an updated version. Here are thirteen things that never fail to plaster a smile across my face:

1. Animals
Dogs, cats, alpacas, koalas, manatees...they're all awesome. Special shoutout to my main man, Ralph.

2. Being productive and getting shit done
When I do a bunch of stuff, I feel awesome. You know when you have a giant to-do list to conquer and you actually get through it all? Best feeling.

3. Hanging with good people and laughing about silly shit 
Simple, but effective in bringing in dat joy.

4. Growing
Growing, learning and experiencing new things/places/emotions is a very good thing. Plus, I love that I can do this with something as simple as reading a book.

5. Kindness
Whether it's directed at me or otherwise, when I see people being kind to one another and to animals, it makes me smile.

6. Weather
Gloomy, rainy days are heaven, as are mildly warm and sunny afternoons. Anything in between can kiss my caboose.

7. Exercise
It may sometimes be a struggle, but I always feel like a motherfucking champion afterwards. Dat serotonin.

8. Good food
Sweet, salty and everything in between. Food forever!

9. Connecting
You know when you come across someone and you get that instant spark/connection and you just mesh really, really well? That feels nice.

10. Makeup
It brings me a special kind of superficial bliss.

11. Happiness
That shit is contagious, yo. Seeing other people smile, laugh and be merry always makes me happy. Unless they're assholes.

12. Finding awesome stuff on sale
That dress that I've been wanting for three years is now 80% off?! Yesssssssss!

13. This photo:

What's on your happy list?


Monday, July 28, 2014

Disappointing products

Soz for the lack of pics. I'm going to throw up a video pretty soon, so keep an eye out on my channel if you're curious to see what this crap looks like. Or you could just click on their names. Let's get into my shit list.

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
I usually don't fall for gimmicky shit, but here I am. This stuff felt OK (it had a minty tingle) and cleaned my mug fairly well, but it did my skin no favours. DNW the uncomfortable/tight post-cleanse feeling + dry and peely skin. Binned.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
So much hype for this lacklustre pot of crap. Okay, so it's not total crap, but it didn't do anything spectacular. It made my skin feel soft and that's about it. Save your dough. I made a vid and post about it, if you're interested.

Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask
Another mask that let me down. It didn't do anything in terms of clearing my zits, helping them to heal or calming redness. In fact, it did sweet fuck all aside from feeling hot on my skin for about 10 seconds. All show with no substance.

Beauty Blender dupe from Gloss
SWEET JESUS IN HEAVEN. Using this was like trying to apply foundation with a squash ball. It was hard, felt like rubber and got real weird when wet. Should've bought a Scratchie.

What products have disappointed you recently?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ulta3 'flirty bikini'

Just a quickie to show off one of my fave cheapies! Ulta3's flirty bikini is the absolute shit. It's a gorgeous, vibrant, violet creme that kiiinda has a jelly finish paired with a great formula. As usual.

I'm happy/immensely relieved that the tiny shimmer in the polish (potato-quality photo doesn't show it) doesn't come out on the nail (WHERE DOES IT GO!?) because I'm pretty sure it'd ruin it. You don't mess with perfection, folks!

If you spot this in your local Ulta3 bin (that sounds real classy), get it.


Monday, July 21, 2014


The hype surrounding GlamGlow has been intense, but at $75 a pop, I wasn't down.

During a trip to Mecca Maxima with Neet (keep an eye out for her review!), I came across a cute, little sample pot of the original GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT (YTT from now on) for an easy-to-digest $22. Nice. So far, I've managed two full-face facials and I've still got mud for at least one and a half more. Fantastic sample size! Really gives you a good indication of whether or not it works for your skin and if it's worth a re-purchase.

GlamGlow's YTT is quite a gritty and abrasive mask (be gentle when smoothing it on or things can get a little sore), with bits of green tea leaves in it. Green tea leaves. Gimme a break. Gimmicky bullshit. Anyway. The 'tingle' is more a stinging/burning. Painful, no. Surprising, definitely. If you're super-sensitive to strange sensations on your face (there's a dirty joke in there somewhere...), it might be best to give this stuff a miss.

I'm pretty hot.

After about 10 minutes, you get your ass over to the sink, wash it off with warm water + circular motions, and then marvel at the amazing results. But, wait. What results? This shit did nothing for me.

Ok, so it did make my skin soft and smooth, and a teeny bit brighter and 'fresher', but that's it. I can literally list dozens of other products that give me the same results without the ridiculously hefty pricetag. The next morning was no different. Everything looked the same. Damn you, GlamGlow!

I've still got more mask to go, but I very much doubt that it's going to perform any miracles. I mean, shit - I wasn't expecting a glowy, clear complexion, but I was expecting something somewhat exciting and encouraging. Nah. GlamGlow isn't worth it. Imma stick to my cheapies.

I talked about things in a little more detail in this delightful video:



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