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Mac Lady Danger lipstick review

This beautiful MAC lipstick was gifted to me for Valentine’s day by my adorable friend Paulina. In Poland, it is customary to share gifts with all your loved ones (not just your significant other) so she lovingly selected a Mac shade for all the ladies in her life and Lady Danger was mine.

The Lady Danger lipstick, was cleverly chosen by Paulina for me for its name and shade (I am not entirely sure if I cause, or if I am always in said danger mind). The Lady Danger lipstick is described as a ‘vivid and bright coral-red’ and has a matte finish. It is very bold and very pigmented with warm and bright undertones of red and orange. I find the red dominates but the subtle orange hint makes it a unique shade in my collection (Ruby Woo is my go to shade for the classic red lip) of red lipsticks.

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So, what do I think of the MAC Lady Danger lipstick?

Like I find with all MAC lipsticks, Lady Danger has a lovely creamy texture, stands out (makes for a vibrant daytime look) and is long-lasting, having worn it myself throughout the day or night (around six hours depending, when it does wear it leaves a flattering coral stain behind). As Lady Danger is a matte formula, you have to be sure to keep your lips buffed and moisturised with balm before application as dry flakes can show easily with this shade, and this is never a good look.

Lady Danger offers a rich coverage, warm colour and intense shade. As I have quite large lips I can find application a tad awkward but I feel investing in a lip liner may solve these issues (if anyone could recommend me one, that would be fabulous). I find Lady Danger the perfect alternative to the classic red lipstick and it applies wonderfully on all skin tones, including my pale one!

Do you like Lady Danger? Which is your favourite MAC shade of lipstick?

Stephanie xox

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When shopping around TK Maxx for makeup and clothes the other day I could not resist this cute trio of Hello Kitty lipsticks (there were more shades available in store but I could not justify the entire collection) alongside my now beloved Measurable Difference Face & Body Bronzer.

My Hello Kitty obsession has led to me purchasing an abundance of themed stationary, plush toys and crockery, so when I found Hello Kitty cosmetics I was very pleased with myself indeed.

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Considering the relatively low cost (from fifty pence to two pounds on sale), I found the lipsticks to be of a rather good quality and I selected a pink, brown and peach shade to take home with me.

The pink shade Baby Doll gives a lovely subtle shimmer, nice on its own or over a more bold lipstick. The brown shade Hittin The Block proves itself to be extremely bold, not really my colour as I am rather fair skinned but lovely on friends with a less pink skin tone (boo). Unfortunately, I found that the peach shade Urban Punk washed me out and proved to match my pale skin tone and hide my natural lip colour entirely!

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Some may find it tacky but I find the graffiti print packaging very cute (an infantile word but very appropriate). However, as these lipsticks are cheaper than other high street brand cosmetics the casing is a bit flimsy.

The iconic and adorable Hello Kitty faces atop the lipsticks really make them stand out from my other lipsticks upon my makeup organiser, a serious cute overload amidst the Mac, Soap & Glory and Rimmel.

Have you ever tried any Hello Kitty cosmetics? Which shade would you choose from the trio? 

Stephanie xox

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Measurable Difference Face and Body Bronzer Review

After dancing the night away I awoke and felt pretty shoddy (no hangover thankfully, just pain from wearing my ridiculous high heels and dancing to hip hop for over four hours). After an hours note taking for one of my up-and-coming university essays, I decided to lift my spirits and venture into town to do some shopping. This either means buying makeup, clothes or stationary and sometimes it can be all three, oops.

Thankfully for my bank balance, I went with just makeup and clothes (I got an adorable black embellished playsuit but it is too big on me so must sadly be returned tomorrow) this time. Yet again I purchased all of these items from my beloved TK Maxx, I am in there so often now for beauty products it is verging on ridiculous.

Along with the playsuit, I bought three Hello Kitty lipsticks (I have a scary obsession with the brand, most find it strange) and the Measurable Difference Face & Body Bronzer, which I just adore.

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So, how do I feel about the Measurable Difference Face and Body Bronzer?

The ‘bronzer’ is actually not bronzed at all! It is a lovely delicate shade of pink and multi-purpose so “can be worn on the face, legs, and body”. As my Mac Pink Swoon powder blush is on its last legs, I felt this could be the perfect (and less costly) alternative.

I applied the bronzer with my Nanshy blush and bronze brush as advised and found it to subtly added colour, giving me a perfect summer-kidded glow. To create a more defined look, Measurable Difference advises you continue to build upon the colour until you are satisfied.

As I am quite pale I rely on my bronzers and blushers to brighten my complexion and this pigmented bronzer highlighted my face wonderfully, it also leaves your skin with a bit of a shimmer which is always nice, especially on those dull and dreary days.

Look out for it in TK Maxx stores or buy it online here.

What is your favourite bronzer or blusher? Have you used Measurable Difference makeup before? 

Stephanie xox

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Wandering around TK Maxx with my girl friends hunting out discount shoes recently our eyes crept towards the beauty products.

I have become a bit of a fiend when it comes to the discount store, seeking out makeup and delicious treats. I find that TK Maxx stock a lot of beloved UK brands as well as foreign, and all for a fraction of the cost (shipping fees are not kind when buying your makeup internationally).

Amidst Look Beauty, Physicians Formula and Calvin Klein cosmetics I found the tinned treasure which is the W7 In The Nude palette, a perfect Urban Decay Naked3 dupe.

This natural and nude eye colour palette is fantastic and  around a quarter to an eighth of the cost of the renowned Naked3 palette depending on where you purchase it.

The 12 shades come with a double ended applicator brush (the quality of the sponge applicator side is questionable, but the shades are so fabulous considering the price you cannot really complain) and include the following: Latte, Angel, Venice, Marilyn, Copper Pot, Sun Kissed, Alice, Bad Manners, Coffee Cup, Mud Slide, Tokyo and Fashionista.

My favourites have to be Latte and Copper Pot, the two compliment each other perfectly for a natural look with a little shimmer (glitter is a girls best friend, always).

W7 say themselves that the shades are “inspired” and the pigments are almost identical to the Naked2 palette. In The Nude is packed full of creamy colours, rich textures and a wonderful variety of matte and shimmery eye shadows.

W7 other palettes Lightly Toasted and In The Buff dupe Naked and Naked2, completing the copies of the original Urban Decay Naked trio.

I apply all my eye shadows with primer beforehand and find the In The Nude shadows last throughout the day or through the night (and we have some pretty wild nights out in Nottingham) without creasing or fading.

In my experience it lasts as long as my Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II palette eyes shadows (I have adopted a friends but I am yet to invest in my own Naked palettes, impoverished student and all that).

In The Nude is available online at W7 here  and in some TK Maxx stores.

Are you a fan of dupe products? Which eye shadow brand is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

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Rimmel Scandaleyes and Apocolips BIG Bang review

It has been a while since I treated myself to some new makeup (I say treated myself, the reality is that my mother pities me and my student poverty so bought me this trio) and after my flatmate Natalie got an amazing new Rimmel eye liner (which I kept borrowing) I just had to get one of my own.

Luckily, Boots were doing a 3 for the price of 2 offer (Is it just me or are the Boots Christmas time offers brilliant? So many points and discount combinations!) and I managed to nab the Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Black, Scandaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black and Apocolips in Big Bang.

I really like Rimmel as a more affordable and quality brand, especially for their eye products.

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So, what did I think of Rimmel Scandaleyes and Apocolips?

The Scandaleyes Mascara thickens and lifts lashes, the Extreme Black edition is very darkly pigmented, which I love. However, it may look a tad striking on those with lighter lashes. The MaxDensity™ brush is tapered in shape so lifts and volumises lashes. With this in mind, I tend to go over it afterwards with a straight brush to ensure no sign of clumping (I find clumps can happen with even the most expensive of mascaras). The formula includes collagen and keratin which plumps the lashes. I actually prefer this mascara to my Benefit They’re Real!, which seemed to dry out very quickly.

I would say the Scandaleyes gel eyeliner is for more experienced users as it comes as a pot and brush set.  The brush supplied is firm and the liner dark. The shape of the brush enables you to create thick and thin lines depending on your preference. It is also waterproof and I find it stays on throughout the day and doesn’t tend to smudge.

I have wanted an Apocolips Lip Lacquer for quite some time now and I adore their lovely matte texture. The shade I chose is Apocolips Big Bang and not only is it a lasting but it is a ridiculously bold red. It is just perfect for the festive season, nights out or for a more daring daytime look. However, be sure to keep your lips moisturised as I find mine often feel chapped in winter and cracked and dry lips never look good combined with a beautiful lipstick!

What is your favourite Rimmel product? What new makeup do you want this Christmas?

Stephanie xox

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I always get very excited when I find a new makeup brand to test out so I was delighted when I received this palette by Physicians Formula!

Physicians Formula is an American beauty company that is extremely ethical when it comes to skincare. All of their products have been created with sensitive skin in mind and are hypoallergenic meaning they do not irritate, are non-greasy and are given the dermatologists seal of approval!

I was gifted this beautiful Enhance Green Eyes palette (my eyes are in fact blue, but all of these colours are so beautiful and who can resist a good green eye shadow?) from the POP! Collection by my mother.

I have been rather stressed with my third year of university lately, so a beauty treat was in order apparently!

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My specific palette features nine colours, divided into ‘looks’ trios. These shades and colours include white, four shades of green, three shades of purple and black. These are placed alongside a professional eye shadow applicator, angled for “perfect blending and precise lining”.

Not only can you create a variety of looks with these bold and bright colours, they are also made to blend and can be used either dry or wet depending on how dramatic you desire your look to be.

I have fallen in love and will be investing in one of their more natural palettes in the near future. Have a look at the other Physicians Formula eye shadow palettes here.

What do you think of Physicians Formula? Do you like this POP! Collection palette?

Stephanie xox