TOOLS | W7 Mini Power Puffs review

W7 Mini Power Puffs

This week in beauty tools no one needs, for goodness’ sake, it’s the W7 Mini Power Puffs (cheap copies of the Beauty Blender Micro Minis). They’re teeny-tiny makeup sponges, and although I don’t own the Beauty Blender ones to compare them with (I REFUSE to spend that much money on tiny sponges) I’ll tell you what these ones are like.

I know I’ve been writing lots of negative reviews and shit lately but today I am incredibly hungover and grumpy so it seemed apt to publish this one anyway.

FACE | Becca Afterglow vs TheBalm Manizer Sisters

Becca Afterglow vs TheBalm Manizer Sisters palettes

Sometimes I make odd decisions, and one of those odd decisions was buying TheBalm’s Manizer Sisters palette at the same time as ordering the Becca Afterglow palette from Sephora. The three highlighting shades are virtually identical—one golden, one pink and one bronze. I definitely don’t need both, so I thought I’d pit Becca Afterglow vs TheBalm Manizer Sisters to see which one is the victor.

LIPS | The A-Z of Lip Balm

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Recently I got pissed off with how much clutter I had on my makeup desk and did a big cull; in the wreckage was more than a few half-used Chapsticks well past their use-by date. I gave up on Chapstick some time ago in favour of lip balms that work properly. There’s no one favourite, now, but a selection spread around the physical space my life takes place in, and each serves a slightly different purpose.

FACE | Brow pencil bonanza ft. L’Oreal, Anastasia & Hourglass

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I bought a L’Oreal eyebrow pencil during the Farmers Beauty Week sales, and given my brow product purchases are usually towards the higher end of the price scale, I thought I’d give it a thorough review. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has been my ultimate favourite for some time now (it was in my very first post on this blog) and the Hourglass Arch Brow pencil made it into my 2014 makeup favourites, so the L’Oreal Le Sourcil pencil has some big shoes to fill. Because I’m stingy, I bought it with the intention of putting it in my kit, and the hope that it would be as good as my more expensive favourites. Here’s how it holds up.

SKIN | What the hell is an acid mantle?

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The ‘acid mantle’ is a term you might have heard mentioned if you’re a skincare science enthusiast, but chances are you don’t really know what it is and how it works. It came up in my skincare class at school, to the extent that ‘you have an acid mantle on your skin’. That’s it. So I didn’t understand it properly until I started researching for this article. It sounds like somewhere you might visit with Ms Frizzle on the Magic School Bus. Is there a skincare-based Magic School Bus episode?

This is an article I wrote for xoVain but it got dropped due to some changes happening to the site, which explains the slightly different tone to normal. Let me know if you’re into it!

FACE | Ballerina bun & Heroine FOTD

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Purple lipstick is my jam. I crowned MAC Heroine as my favourite when I was interviewed for FishHead Magazine, and I think it still holds true. So rarely are purple lipsticks a) actually purple, rather than simply a purple-toned pink, and b) somehow still acceptable enough for you to wear them all day without everyone commenting on your lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I like when people comment on my lipstick, but sometimes it’s more of an ‘oh, your lipstick is …interesting, rather than a genuine ‘I really like your lipstick’. (I’ve swatched some of my other favourite purple lipsticks further down this post.)

Second note: My hair is finally long enough to do a ballerina bun! I figured I should try the bun donut I bought, seeing as how it didn’t get used in my xoVain hair tutorial.

FACE | Milani Bella Eyes eyeshadow FOTD

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I liked this photo so much that I made it my sidebar profile photo, even though my hand looks weird as hell. Callum says it makes my eyes look swollen, and maybe it does, but if you look close enough you’ll see that’s metallic copper eyeshadow underneath my eyes, and definitely not swelling. This look was mostly to test out the Milani Bella Eyes gel powder eyeshadows – I’ve got Bella Copper and Bella Espresso. I’ve paired it with a couple of new lipsticks, as well as finding that Bella Copper is a dupe for an old MAC favourite.

LIPS | Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats vs MAC lip pencils

MAC Lip Pencil vs Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liners

I, like the rest of the world, am really into lip liners at the moment. I’ve actually kinda always been into lip liner. I find that, on the whole, they’re easier to control and have better pigmentation and wear time than most lipsticks. I’ve been gradually building my MAC Lip Pencil collection, because there are tons of them and they’re always great, and of course all those neutral-warm-mauve ones are popular at the moment. I also grabbed two Charlotte Tilbury ones as part of my haul last month, so I thought, why not compare them?