e.l.f. Satin Lipstick, Cream Eyeshadow, Baked Eyeshadow & Eye Cream review

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e.l.f. Studio Satin Lipstick £6.00

Not the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever used but it does glide on smoothly, doesn’t dehydrate lips and lasts an average amount of time. ‘Touch of Pink’ is a warm dusky pink shade which would flatter most people and is true to the sample shade on the UK website. Average-good value for money which e.l.f always is.

e.l.f. Studio Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow £4.50

This is the kind of eyeshadow that is easy to apply with your fingers but it’s also the kind which will end up in a line in the crease of your eye, unless you use primer first and even a tiny dusting of powder afterward. ‘Ain’t That Sweet’ appears paler in reality than on the website but used on the eyelids it’s the perfect shade for green or blue eyes or used sparingly at the highest part of the brow bone.

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e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow £4.50

I needed a rich medium-dark brown eyeshadow for my cut crease to add depth to my very hooded eyes and ‘Bark’ is the perfect colour. However, the sample square on the UK website makes it look like a matte grey-ish brown so do go off the full picture instead. A lot of people use matte shadow for this but I’ve found shadows which are slightly metallic help to open up my eyes more and makes them appear less ‘frowny’. Studio baked Eyeshadow is easy to blend when dry but the colour has more of an impact when applied with a damp brush.

e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream (normally) £12.50 for 14g

This free sample was included with my order. I actually prefer the cooling effects of eye gel which I normally keep in the fridge. I suffer from terrible under eye bags rather than dark circles and found that the Illuminating Eye Cream didn’t make much of a difference aesthetically but it did make my eyes feel much fresher and more awake.

Chrissie

The Vegan Kind (quarterly) Beauty Box

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box

I’ve subscribed to The Vegan Kind beauty box (£15 + £3.50 p&p) because it’s quarterly. That’s just enough time for me to use the products and not have then mount up, making every available space look like a beauty apothecary counter. Not that that’s entirely a bad thing.

The vegan Kind Beauty Box products

I really like that the box comes with an information sheet which describes each product in detail, and three codes for money off, encouraging you to buy from those very ethical brands in the future.

Twa Birds Woodland Rose Epsom Salts Bath Soak (RRP £2.00)

This has such a beautiful, comforting yet uplifting rose scent and the petals look really pretty in the water. My aching joints and back really appreciated this addition to my bath.

PHB Anti-aging Eye Gel, Argan & Rock Rose (RRP 16.95) handmade with 15% of profits going to charity

With active ingredients of Argan oil, seaweed, Rock rose, Lavender, this eye gel this eye gel is incredibly effective. I’ve been keeping it in the fridge for extra cooling and apply it every morning as soon as I get up. After an hour my bags are looking a lot less apparent and have decreased by around a third of there original size.

Fairypants Lemon Drizzle Lip Scrub (RRP £3.99)

This is delicious…I mean rather effective! Because I cheat and eat food I’m intolerant to once (twice) a week my lips freak out and get really dry and rough. This scrub helps to refine the texture of them and leaves them feeling moisturised for around three hours after, no mean feet, believe me. Oh and the little pot is utterly adorable!

Grounded Coconut and Lime Hair Mask (RRP £12.50)

This smells like the fruitiest cocktail you have ever ordered. Due to my sensory issues I somehow miss-judged the feel of how oily this mask is and put way too much of it all over my hair. I had to shampoo twice to get it out and my hair went greasy again the next day. However, a little bit used on mid lengths or ends will be incredibly effective and it will last much longer than I first thought. I’m so glad I’ve found this product!

Alva Natural Cosmetics Green Equinox Sparkling Harmony Mineral Powder (RRP £7.50)

Overall this looks gold to me. Different shades of gold in different lights, sometimes with a pale green tinge but I wouldn’t describe it as completely green. It glides on easily, is blendable, and highly pigmented although it doesn’t show up when confronted with a very bright camera flash but thats expected with most mineral make up.

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All of these products add up to £42.94 so getting this box at £18.50 (including p&p) rather than buying them individually is a huge saving of £24.44! All of the products here would suit a wide range of people as non are specifically aimed at a certain skin or hair type and the eyeshadow is universally flattering for all skin tones. This is another thing I really love about this subscription box.

20p from each box goes to Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity who fund and promote the development of techniques to replace the use of animals in biomedical research.

This box was a back issue from Summer but you can buy the new 2017 Vegan Kind Beauty Box here.

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Chrissie

Beautiful Me Lip Gloss in ‘Indian Summer’

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My lips are almost as pale as my wrists due to cold weather and bad circulation, so this really is the true colour when applied, I promise.

This lip gloss in ‘Indian Summer’ from Beautiful Me is basically my perfect lip gloss! Somewhere between sheer and opaque the gloss is build-able so that the rose-brown colour with a subtle gold shimmer can be worn subtly for day or really make an impact at night. It stays put for hours, with the golden shimmer still visible even after eating and it’s the least sticky lip gloss I’ve ever used.

I picked this up at Holland & Barrett for £12 along with my food shop and I’m so glad I took a chance bought two!

Beautiful Me makeup has been approved by PETA and Cruelty Free International who have teamed up with BUAV so it has the (leaping bunny) logo as you can see in the piccy above.

Rating <3<3<3<3<3

Chrissie

 

Tropic – Natural Makeup

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Tropic Pure Effects Beauty Booster £20 is SPF 20 and contains active minerals, superfruit complexes and vegetable derived Hyaluronic Acid. I’m wearing light/medium and I have to mention after a good shake of the bottle, the liquid seemed to blend with my skin tone like magic! It’s lightweight, incredibly moisturising and gives skin an airbrushed but radiant look. It’s not too shiny though like some other BB creams I’ve used and it neutralises redness incredibly well so it’s more like a Beauty Balm and a Colour Correcting cream in one! Don’t worry if you have oily patches as you can always add a light sweep of translucent powder in those areas as I did on my nose.

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The Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Wild Wisteria £18 contains Vitamin E, Chamomile, Baobab Oils and mineral actives which the enhances the pigmentation and makes the colour last longer. I’m using this purple based palette as I think it compliments my green eyes really well. I’m showing you a swatch as mineral pigments are notoriously difficult to capture. The purple is a lot more intense than it looks here.

I applied all of my eye makeup using the 100% Organic Sustainable Bamboo Dual-end Eyeshadow Brush £12 which I found to be incredibly soft for blending and also perfect for lining my eyes and angling it into the crease of my eye. Best brush I’ve ever used!

 

Are you still a foundation fan or have you switched to BB & CC creams?

These products were gifted to me by Tropic for review purposes, which does not effect my opinion. Honest as always!

Chrissie xx