Sunday, 28 August 2011

Soap and Glory sexy motherpucker review

This is my review of the Soap and Glory sexy mother pucker lip plumping gloss in 'candy gloss'. 
It's a pale pink lip plumper gloss, with golden glitter in it. It retails at £8.43  for 7ml from boots, and comes in a variety of flavours and colours. 
I got this in a gift set at Christmas, and it has a brush applicator, although I have seen some of the glosses have a doe-foot. The colours available are:
Candy gloss (the pale pink I have)

Pink apricot
Half naked
Yummy plum.
I have only tried the Candy gloss, but I plan to buy the Pink apricot and half naked soon. Soap and glory have great deals on at Christmas time so it's worth shopping around then.
The lip plumping effects of this gloss is not really noticeable to me, but when it's applied you can definitely feel the sharp tingle for at least 15 minutes. I find this tingling quite pleasant, but it's really a love/hate feeling. 

Before applying the plumper.
This gloss is overall a bargain at just £8.43 for a coloured gloss and plumper all in one. To me, it isn't that great a plumper, so you may be better off going for a different brand if the plumping effects are what you are looking for. But as a coloured gloss which tastes lovely, this fairs well. The particular gloss I have tastes of vanilla, or perhaps candy floss. It is a nice taste. The gloss itself is sticky and quite thick in the tube, but once applied thins
After applying the plumper.
The colour is very nice, and it is a pale pink slightly lighter then my own lips, with nice gold glitter. The glitter isn't uncomfortable at all, and can barely be felt. The stickiness is an issue, but as with MAC lipglasses, it fades after a little while. The colour lasts for around 4 hours+, so it's quite long-lasting. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this lip plumper to anyone looking for a heavy duty gloss with a great colour and flavour. This is a great, cheaper alternative to a MAC gloss!

I hope you enjoyed this review!

See you soon, 
vanillasand xxx 


Friday, 26 August 2011

Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation review

Hey guys!
This is my review on the maybelline dream matte mousse foundation.
This foundation, at the time of it's release, was something of a break-through. It combines a full-coverage foundation with the matte, silky finish of a powder. It is quite a nice product in terms of the feel of it, as once applied it feels silky and is matte which as a sufferer of combination/oily skin, is always a good thing for me.

The colour of this foundation is now too pale for me, but when it was a match, the colour was ok. It suited my skin tone fairly well, but a close friend once told me I had a 'orange' streak all down my cheek when wearing this foundation, but I may not have rubbed it in well enough. The shade I have (020, cameo) is definitely yellow based, so beware if you don't like the yellow tint or have very rosy skin, as it does wash you out if you are going for a nude look on the lips and eyes. The mousse consistency takes a little getting used to, as it can 'clump' into balls when applying and fall off. I recommend taking a little piece (half of 5p coin, very thin) and doing your face piece by piece, remembering to blend into your neck too (Nobody wants a gross foundation line!). If you have dry skin, BEWARE of this product. It highlights dry skin very, very badly and it even dried my oily skin out  (I assume to ensure the matte finish) . I wouldn't recommend this product if you have dry skin or dry patches.

Overall, I would rate this product 3/5. It is okay, but I know of a lot of foundations that are better. The mousse consistency is nice once applied, but it is a pain to apply and the colour range is not very good. I think if maybelline did a dry skin formulation and also widened and tweaked the colour system, these foundations would be a hit. Meanwhile, I wouldn't purchase this again. I am sticking to the traditional liquid and powder routine!

Thanks for reading,
see you soon!
Vanillasand xx

Urban Decay NAKED palette

Hey guys! This is my first ever blog post, so excuse me if I am fairly bad at the concept. Please go check out my youtube channel at . I plan to record my first video very soon!

So onto the review.

I brought this nude, natural palette from urban decay for £26.50 on a thomson airways flight. It retails for around £35 currently at debenhams and the house of fraser. This palette is very, VERY popular with alot of people for its excellent range of  wearable nude and natural shades. It has 12 shades (from left to right with flash on)

virgin, sin, naked, sidecar,

buck, half baked, smog, darkhorse,

toasted, hustle, creep and gunmetal.

In the uk it comes with a full sized good karma shadow brush which usually retails at £14.50 from Debenhams, and a mini primer potion in the original colour. It is a bargain, as the urban decay shadows usually retail at around £13 for a single one, so effectively you are getting (if brought at £26.50) 10 shadows free and a free full-sized brush too. Bargain!

I enjoy this palette alot, as it contains so many beautiful neutral shades ideal for everyday looks from smoky eye, to bronzed goddess, to the innocent girl. Any look is possible!

My personal favourites are sin, half-baked, smog, toasted and hustle. Here are some swatches.

From top-right, then down to 2nd row and right again
Buck  ( matte, tan brown, not very pigmented)
half baked (metallic, 24k gold, very pigmented)
smog ( metallic, dark golden tan, very pigmented)
darkhorse (metallic, dark brown, very pigmented)
(2nd row) virgin (matte, light white highlight, average pigmentation)
sin (frosty shimmer, light champagne pink, average)
naked (matte, tan, average but hard to see as it is skin toned)
sidecar ( frosty shimmer, dusky brown-tan,  good pigmentation)

toasted ( frosty shimmer, brown with golden highlights,a lot of pigmentation.)
hustle (slight gold glitter, dark choc brown,  a lot of pigmentation.)
creep (slight gold glitter, dark blue-black, average pigmentation)
gunmetal (gold glitter frost, blue with grey hints, average pigmentation).

I hope you enjoyed this review of the UD naked palette and I would definitely recommend you buy this palette if you enjoy working with smooth, easy neutral colours which you can easily create many looks with. This is great for beginners as a first palette or first eye shadow, right through to the professionals.

Thanks for reading!
vanillasand xx