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Mar. 24.

Tried Tuesday: Sleek Pout Polish

tt-sleek-thI seem to be gathering a collection of lip balms (not that I am complaining, they’re handy to have). Most are clear. Some are scented various ways, but the one I am looking at today is tinted. A tinted lip conditioner it calls itself, but that’s just the same as tinted lip balm. It comes from Sleek MakeUP, and is their Pout Polish, in the shade Pink Cadillac.

Now, normally, when I think of a tinted lip balm, I think of something that may be vaguely a particular colour in the pot or tube, but which makes no difference to your lips when you apply it. And that’s a pity, because one that is actually TINTED could get a lot of love. Hopefully this pout polish lives up to expectations.

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The first thing you see is that it is a pot. I am not really a fan of pots, but I can live with it. It’s understated, tells you exactly what it is, and that’s it. It’s also surprisingly large, with a hefty 10g of product, for just €5.50. I like that. Bang for your (euro)buck is always good, if the product inside is good too.

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And here is the shiny goo that awaits. I say goo in that it is soft, but don’t worry, you’re not going to jab your finger right through it, unless you’re really trying to. It’s also pink. Not just pink, but screaming bright “you’re never going to have to guess what colour I am” PINK. Yes, it is safe to say this is tinted. Very tinted.

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This Pout Polish is so tinted that you can certainly see it on your lips, while it has another plus to it. It is sheer enough, that you can apply it with your finger without worrying too much about the tint being visible around your lips too. It is cushioning, and soft, and makes my lips feel wonderful while wearing it.

In the couple of times I’ve worn this, I’ve become quite a fan. It is becoming one of the three things I reach for when I want a put together face without having to really put together a face, along with mascara and BB cream. It requires no effort to apply and instantly makes your lips look happier. I may be adding a couple more of the 13 available shades to my collection soon.

What do you think of tinted lip balms? Are there any shades of Pout Polish you recommend? Let me know in a comment!

Robyn

*product was provided for review

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Mar. 22.

Something Else Sunday: New Hair

ses-hair-thMy hair and I have had a love/hate relationship for quite a while. It is usually a messy, unruly, knotted mass that I affectionately refer to as “the bird’s nest”. Some days we are okay together, while others I am tempted to just shave the whole lot off (usually just after getting my brush caught in an impenetrable tangle). I have also wanted lighter hair for some time, and have been working on it for more than two years. Unfortunately, being unwell got in the way, and nobody so much as looked at my hair with a view to making improvements for 9 months. Until this week, that is.

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I was looking for somewhere that could do something for my hair for a couple of weeks. Knowing what I wanted done, I was looking for a full head of highlights, a cut and blowdry. Cost was also a consideration, as not working means getting great value wherever possible. With that in mind, last week I got on to the SalonAddict website to see what was available. It was there I found Techniques Hair Salon, located on Aungier St. Handily enough I could get the Luas in to Stephen’s Green, and be to the salon in a couple of minutes. It was within my budget, so I happily booked and paid the deposit. Unfortunately a little while later I got a text message saying the appointment I booked was no longer available, but these things happen, so I called the salon the next day and got everything rebooked. So far, so good.

I arrived into the bright, airy salon a few minutes early for my appointment, but was soon enough in the chair, apologising for the state of my hair and explaining that I wanted to go “lighter, but not too light”. Looking at the highlights already in my hair, we decided to go one step up from where they were. Happy with that, my stylist (whos name I can’t for the life of me remember) got to work. It took about an hour to do all of the highlights, before they were left to sit for a little while. When everything was washed out, it was decided a toner was needed to help everything blend properly, which was sorted out without delay. It was then that we discussed what to do with my hair. Again, it was kept simple: Get rid of all the useless dead ends, then just give it a bit of shape and layering to tidy it up. Finally it was blowdried with a soft curl, which makes a change from the massively curly head  that I usually have.

At last the time came for me to put my glasses back on (I’m blind without them) and see the results. They were SHOCKING! Shocking in a good way though. I was amazed at how sleek, shiny and manageable my hair looked. The colour, somewhere in between blonde and brown looked gorgeous, and the shape with the blowdry was to die for. I was super impressed!

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Of course, then came the point where money was to change hands. I wasn’t annoyed with this though, because the total to pay, for everything, was just €80. I have previously paid more and received less, so I happily paid up everything that was owed and a little extra tip, which was thoroughly deserved, as I was made to feel so welcome, and there was no more that they could do for me.

They say a new hairstyle can help change your mood, and it is certainly true. Since my trip to the salon on Wednesday, every time I have seen my hair in the mirror, I have been smiling. I may have to plan my next trip soon. Sooner than 9 months away anyway!

Robyn

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Mar. 17.

Tried Tuesday: Fragrance by Saphir Perfume

tt-saphir-thI do love a good sniff around perfumes. There are so many different combinations that can be created, and they can evoke so many different feelings and emotions. One thing that always gets to me though is the price. You see a lovely looking bottle of something that smells good, only to then see the price tag. It becomes a case of putting the bottle down carefully and backing away. It doesn’t have to be like that though. What if you could have the designer scent, without the designer price tag that goes with it? That’s where Spanish company Saphir Perfume comes in.

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New to Ireland, Saphir have been recreating designer perfumes in Spain for over 50 years. Using almost the exact ingredients of the designer perfumes, they pare back the bells and whistles, and therefore you save. The range is quite extensive too, with 48 scents for ladies, and a further 28 for gents. I was lucky enough to be sent four, three perfumes and an aftershave to try out, and my nose has been working overtime since then.

Ladies:

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The 48 ladies scents cover a huge range of designers and fragrances, including Chanel, Armani, DKNY, Dior & Calvin Klein (to name a few). You are sure to find something lovely to wear out of the range, if you take the time to work through them all. The three perfumes I have are:

  • Black Femme, based on Armani Code
  • Rich Woman, based on Lady Million by Paco Rabanne
  • Vida de Saphir, based on La Vie Est Belle by Lancome

As you can see, all three have something in common – the bottle. The bottles are all the same. Same shape, size, design, lid and so on. There are no huge stocks of different bottles to buy in. It’s all the same, and it reduces the price. It helps too, that I actually like the design of the bottles. They are small, decorative without being overly so, and ideal for putting into a handbag. I’m not entirely convinced by the design of the lid, which looks a little tacky to me, but it fits well with the design.

The important thing though, as always with perfume, is what is inside the bottle. If it isn’t right, the rest is irrelevant. So, let’s get sniffing.

Black Femme:

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Based on Armani Code, I am impressed with the depth of this perfume. It is rich, mysterious, and I think is a good choice for a night out. Being based on orange blossom, ginger and honey-sandalwood, I love the pleasant sweetness, mixed with the deeper spicy notes.

Rich Woman:

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Based on Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million, I am not at all sure about this one. The notes I am reading online say that this is a blend of citrus, floral, and deepening with amber. I love citrus fragrances for day time, but, I find this to be sweet. A little too sweet. Nearly tropical. I likened it more to pineapple, which starts off with a burst of freshness, but sweetens very quickly. I haven’t actually worn this one yet, only done the cotton ball test on it, so I will reserve judgement for now. It does show the personal connection to perfumes though. What I don’t like could be someone’s favourite.

Vida de Saphir:

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Based on La Vie Est Belle by Lancome, this could quickly become a challenger for the spot of my go to daytime perfume. The notes describe this as being sweet and fruity, with top notes of blackcurrant and pear, surrounding a heart that if floral and anchored by iris. The base is nutty and spicy, with tonka bean, praline and vanilla. This is the only one I have worn, and while the notes describe it as sweet, I adore how the floral heart tempers the sweet fruit notes. It evokes a summer stroll through a park for me. It will compete with my current favourite, Boss Orange, depending on whether I want something really fresh, or a bit more rounded. I am, though, really impressed with this.

Gents:

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The 28 scents included in the gents collection also are based on top designers, and likewise are offered at a great price. The one I have from the gents collection is called Armonia Black, and is based on Armani Code for Men.

Described as having a citrus top note of lemon and bergamot, with spicy star anise, olive blossom and guaiac wood inn the middle, and base notes of tonka bean, tobacco and leather, my sniffing of this one led me to one conclusion. This is a really deep and seductive fragrance. It hits with a quick burst of freshness, before grabbing you and dragging you down into its depths. Really nicely done. I also gave my brother a chance to smell this one. He said it was lovely, but couldn’t explain why!

There is most definitely something for everyone from Saphir Perfume. If you are not sure what you like and want to try out a number of perfumes, or just want a great value perfume for day to day, you will not be able to go far wrong. I’ve held off on what constitutes great value for most of this post. Now though, I will tell you that for a 25/30 ml bottle, you are looking at spending €7.99. That’s all!

If this has piqued your interest, and you want to have a sniff for yourself, you can buy online at saphirperfume.com or find a list of stockists here.

Robyn

Product was provided for review

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Mar. 12.

Tested Thursday: Aussie Body Wash

tt-aussie-thBody washes & shower gels. We’re all familiar with them. We all use them. And we all have ones that we go back to time and time again. So, when Aussie, one of my favourite haircare brands said that they were doing a range of body washes, I was intrigued. Should they stick to what they know, or could they take that knowledge and apply it to the rest of your body? Today for Tested Thursday, I have been trying them out.

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As someone who used to be involved in advertising design, I enjoy seeing the colourful language and descriptions used in press releases. The press release for Aussie Body Wash tells me that “there is a whole new world of deliciousness and fun stuff coming to Aussie.” I’m not sure I would describe body wash as “fun stuff” or use the “whole new world” line, considering Aussie products are based on the botanicals of just Australia, but so far it sounds good. After telling me that my “skin can join the Aussie Party too” and that my body can enjoy the “amazing benefits my hair has been loving” (in all honesty it has) that I should “Go on, Aussify my body.”

The colourful, quirky language continues through the descriptions of the four products in the range, and well, Aussie are well known for it, as it is prominent on the packaging too. The four in the range are:

  • Shower Smoothie: “Like a big warm hug for your body” and “leaves your skin feeling smoother than a really smooth thing”
  • Mega Watt: “Mega Watt is so energising it will leave you feeling as bouncy as a caffeinated kangaroo!”
  • Fresh Mate: “Fresh Mate will leave you and your skin feeling ocean fresh and squeaky clean in no time.”
  • No Rush: “With such spectacularly smooth and silky skin, you just won’t be able to stop touching it.”

I actually love the sound of Mega Watt, as I know of many times I have felt exactly the opposite of that. If it can compare to a coffee the strength of a nuclear bomb, I’d be impressed by it!

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Of the four in the range, I have two to try out, Shower Smoothie and Fresh Mate, and have particularly been using Fresh Mate. I have enough other smelly body washes in the bathroom at the moment, so it was nice to try something different.

aussie-fresh-labelFresh Mate is made with Eucalyptus extract, and as was mentioned above, is the squeaky clean one, as opposed to the others which are more great smelling. That doesn’t mean this one smells bad though. When I think of something containing Eucalyptus, I think of Airwaves chewing gum, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like them (I did once try a shower gel that did, and likened it to washing yourself with a jar of vapo rub). It smells really pleasant, and well, clean, if that makes sense. It continues with the wash itself, in that there are no colours used. It is just a simple clear gel, that lathers well, and rinses easily.

aussie-bottle-similarOne word of warning I must give though. Aussie have quite a set look for their bottles. I have shampoo and conditioner bottles that are the same size too, and they look similar, especially if you are not fully awake. Don’t make the same mistake I did, and add body wash to your hair after shampoo. I made the mistake so you don’t have to (and now leave the different ranges at opposite ends of the bath).

So, what is the verdict? Aussie have definitely talked up this range, like they have done with their hair products for years, but I can completely accept that, as like the hair ranges, this does deliver on what it promises. After using Fresh Mate my skin does feel lovely and clean, and certainly fresh. I have one small issue though, and that is the price. I am not entirely sure if I want to spend €3.99 (RRP) on a fairly small bottle of body wash, when I know of other cheaper options that will do the job just as well. I have no issue with paying a little extra for haircare, as I have tried many cheaper options and been left disappointed. With body wash though, I’m not so sure. But, if you do see them on special offer, I certainly recommend you snap them up!

Robyn

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(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner
Mar. 10.

Tried Tuesday: Paese Liquid Eyeliners

tt-paese-thI have a love/hate relationship with liquid eyeliners. I love what they can do, but hate applying them. It seems one slip, one unfortunate little shake and you have ruined a lot of hard work. That’s why I tend to avoid them. However, in the interest of finding the one that I can actually get along with, I have three to work with for Tried Tuesday, and they are all from Paese, in the form of their Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner and waterproof Penliner.

(l-r) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner & Penliner. Photo credit: Paese

(l-r) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner & Penliner. Photo credit: Paese

There are three different products to choose from here, depending on your own personal style of liner. You can go for the easy to use, go anywhere Penliner, which is exactly like a felt tip marker for liner. Or you can choose from one of two pot and brush style products, which offer contrasting brush styles for fine or bold lining. All come in sleek, minimalistic black and white packaging, which I believe looks quite stylish. It doesn’t need to shout at you.

(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

(top – bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

Here you can see the difference between the brushes, particularly showing the difference between the Deepliner and Eyeliner. The Deepliner is a dense felt tip, kind of like a marker pen, while the Eyeliner is a finer, flexible bristle brush. The Penliner is of course, exactly that. All offer high pigmentation, in a kind to eyes, non flake formula, which avoids nasty additives like parabens and alcohol, which can irritate the eyes.

(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

(top – bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

And here are the swatches side by side, on the back of my hand, as unfortunately I only have two eyes, and three products. These are all just one pass, which shows the pigmentation. It helps, as I would never trust myself to follow the same line again on my eyes. Less attempts needed means less chances for mistakes, a big plus in my book. You can see the difference in lines between the two brush and pot options, while the pen is somewhere in between, though you can vary the width of the pen line by changing how much pressure is used.

Overall, I’m really liking these. They are giving me the confidence to work with liquid liners. While I am yet to really get the hang of the Deepliner, I am particularly liking the Eyeliner brush, and find myself popping the Penliner into my bag for to have with me when I am out and about. With three different options to choose from though, there should be an option to suit anyone.

All three liners cost €9.99 and are available from Paese stockists nationwide. A full list of stockists and an online shop is available at Paese.ie.

Robyn

*Product was provided for review

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Dec. 31.

Review of The Year 2014

Robyn RIt’s December 31st, there are less about 4 hours left in the year as I write this, and it means that I really should do my review of the year. I should go through each months, highlight my favourite posts, which posts got the most hits and so on, but well, I love all my posts, so I would be here until December 31st next year choosing. Instead, I’m going to do things a little differently…

I made one resolution at the end of last year, to blog more often, at least once a week, and I’m glad to say I’ve exceeded that, blogging 6 days a week as much as possible. I’m glad I did, because it brought me closer to my dear readers (without you the blog is just me waffling into cyber oblivion) and I’ve had some great opportunities to try new products and learn more about the beauty industry as a result. The main reason I’m glad I’ve blogged so much this year though, is that it has been a brilliant outlet and distraction. A distraction that was very much needed.

As many of you know from reading the Robyn Rants & Raves, I haven’t been well this year. Since my visit to the hospital near the end of 2013, I’ve been unwell. It hasn’t been pleasant. It’s interfered with my life for over a year now, and looks to stretch at least a little into 2015. It’s been a year of many hospital visits, countless procedures, and more waiting than is right for any person to have to put up with. I’ll just not mention the food. If there has been any year that could have beaten me, it is this year.

But it hasn’t. It has done one thing, that the endless optimist in me has to concede is the highlight of the year. It has had me prove to myself just how resilient and positive I can be. It has been difficult to remain so positive at times, I’ll admit. There have been times when I’ve just wished it could all be over, when there have been long waits, or things have not been going as they should, but I’d defy anyone to want to be unwell. But it is the end of the year and I am still here. I am still going and still looking forward to getting to the end of being unwell. It is said that it is only in dark times that you find out how strong you can be, and now that makes much more sense to me.

Now to 2015. What can be my resolution for next year? To be healthier? Sure that’s a given after this year. Something blogging related? Well, the main thing is to get back to regular blogging service, but after that I want to keep improving the blog and making it the best I can. That’s not a resolution though. If there is one resolution I can make, it should be to not lose the positivity I have found. Positivity is a tremendous thing, and it would be a shame to lose it.

And so, if you have read this, or indeed any post on Robyn Rants & Raves this year, you have been a part of my 2014, and I love you for being a part of it. And I wish you the very best for your 2015. Be positive, it will be a great year for you! Now stop reading this and go celebrate!

Robyn

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Dec. 02.

Tried Tuesday: Max Factor Excess Intensity Eyeliners

tt-excess-intensity-thMax Factor seem to be all about the eyes at the moment, and are all for going to excess, with their recent launch of the Excess Shimmer eyeshadow pots, and this forthcoming launch, scheduled for January 2015, of complimentary eyeliners, which are being added to the Excess Intensity line of eyeliners, making a total of 9 shades. Fortunately, today for Tried Tuesday, I have swatches of the new range, to help you find out if they are excessively intense, or just a korma in a vindaloo world (I have no idea why I’m using that as an analogy).

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The three new shades are a green, purple and blue, shades called Excessive Jade, Excessive Violet and Excessive Cobalt. They come in the form of a pencil inside a twistable pen applicator. As you twist the pen it clicks and pushes the pencil up that little bit further. Nothing new there but it works, as long as you remember to not twist too much, as you can’t retract it. It is also handy to have the colour coded lid, as it is the only way at a glance that you can tell which colour is which. The only other difference in the pens is the shade number, but I’m glad the lids match up for when I am rooting around in my collection for them.

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Here we see a close up of the tips. Yes, they are squared off in this picture, which is how they were produced, but once you start working with them it will round out nicely. You can also get an idea of the intensity of the colour, but the best way to see that is in a swatch…

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And here it is. Intense is right, particularly for the punchy Jade shade, which combines intensity and shine, and would be my pick of the bunch, especially for those with hazel/brown eyes. The other two, while they are intensely coloured, seem to me to be a bit dull in the swatch here, but I definitely see myself using the purple anyway, for one particular reason. They are incredibly soft and glide, once you get across the top layer, which in my swatching them was slightly dry and crumbly. Once I got beyond that though, it was butter soft. That leads me to my one problem and recommendation. As it is such a soft liner, it breaks easily if you have too much of it exposed. This would just lead to wasting it, if the bits are too small to do anything meaningful with. You are better off putting up just enough to get you going, and twisting up more as you need it, which isn’t difficult.

Max Factor Excess Intensity Eyeliners in Excessive Jade, Excessive Violet and Excessive Cobalt will be on Max Factor Stands from January 2015.

What do you think of these? Are they a great way to add colour pops to eyes? Do you prefer pencil style liners, or something different? Please let us know in the comments :-)

Robyn

Note: Product was provided for review

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Madame Glamour Box
Nov. 27.

Tested Thursday: Suddenly Madame Glamour & Suddenly Woman I from Lidl

tt-suddenly-thLidl isn’t the most likely place to think of when it comes to perfume shopping, and well, you’d be right in not thinking of them. But, remember, they sell all manner of weird and wonderful things on their special offers each week, so it stands to reason that perfume would come up once every so often. I have myself, previously bought and reviewed one of their perfumes. So the subject of Tested Thursday today is to have a sniff of two more from their “Suddenly” range, in the form of Madame Glamour and Woman I.

It appears Lidl are concentrating on doing a pocket friendly alternative to well known perfumes. The previous subject of a Tested Thursday, Suddenly Diamonds, on a side by side sniff test, was found to be an almost exact dupe for Boss Orange. The main difference between them was €30+ euro. From my research I am led to believe Madame Glamour and Woman I are dupes of two Chanel fragrances. in the form of Coco Mademoiselle (Madame Glamour) and Chanel No. 5 (Woman I). Unfortunately my budget doesn’t stretch to Chanel (yet), so I am unable to offer a side by side comparison, but there is a simple test I can do. If it smells like a cheap perfume, it fails. So, if I start talking about notes of petrol, white spirit and cow pat, it’s not a good sign.

Madame Glamour

Madame Glamour Box

Madame Glamour has been doing the rounds for a while now, and tends to sell very quickly when it does randomly appear. However, it and I haven’t always gotten along. When I first smelled it, alongside Suddenly Diamonds last year, I thought it smelled quite a bit “older” than the more fruity Diamonds. I hadn’t consciously put the link in place between Diamonds and Boss Orange, though subconsciously Diamonds smelled familiar. Put in front of me on its own though, and Madame Glamour comes into its own, as it is not competing for my pennies. I immediately classed this as a floral scent, light, quite a daytime smell. It smells like a stroll through a warm flower garden, enjoying the breeze. I could see this as a day to day perfume, when you don’t want to use something more intense, or upmarket. It’s a perfume to use when you are just going about, doing your thing.

Madame Glamour Bottle

The one thing that really lets me down with this perfume, is the container. I know, when you pay less than €4 you’re not to expect much, The bottle itself is elegant, without being anything special, with minimal amounts of writing on it. As your eye is drawn up along its curves though, you reach a plastic, gold coloured ring, and a lid that looks as if it was borrowed off a radiator valve. This is a bottle to quickly pull out of your bag, use, and hide it away again before anyone notices.

Woman I

This one is a deeper, richer, more opulent number than Madame Glamour. It is more sensuous and would be great for an evening perfume, or something for going out, or when you just want to feel decadent. I do believe there is an Irish Beauty Blogger who may be trying to fill a bathtub with this exact scent, judging by how many she bought when I put word out that it was available again. I will not name names, but she is a bit of a Makeup Addict, and that kind of endorsement of a scent is good enough for me.

Woman I box

I am also impressed by its lasting power. I haven’t had a chance to give it a full wear test yet, but I sprayed a couple of spritzes onto a cotton ball on Monday, and have been sniffing it periodically, and it is still there. It is not as intense as it was on Monday, but that is possibly a good thing, as it did smell slightly synthetic on first sniff. This did dissipate really quickly however, leaving just deep pleasantness behind.

woman I bottle

Again, the bottle isn’t brilliant, but I think it is nicer than Madame Glamour, with a more square profile looking at the bottle straight on, and a curved shape looking at it top down. The plastic lid is a little bit of an annoyance once again, but it is not too bad.

Overall

There are some out there who would never go near a budget perfume, and I respect that. I must also respect that the perfumes, when they do appear, tend to sell out quite quickly. And while they wouldn’t have been my first choice, now that I have them, and have been working with them, they are growing on me. And at €3.99 a bottle, could you ask for much more?

Robyn

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(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)
Nov. 25.

Tried Tuesday: Random Bits from Makeup Revolution

MUR-Swatches-thMakeup revolution is a budget brand that has been making quite a splash since its launch at the end of last year. Pitched in the same price point as brands like MUA, they want to make professional quality makeup affordable by all, and from reading numerous reviews online, they seem to be succeeding in that regard. But, I always prefer to try things out for myself. So, in a case of needing some retail therapy a couple of weeks ago, I placed an order, which arrived last week. That means that for Tried Tuesday today, I have a selection of swatches to share with you.

I bought essentially two categories of product, lips and eyes. We’ll look at the lip products first.

Lips

I bought three lipsticks to try out, all of which were £1 each. Two came from their “Scandalous Shades” while the third was a “Vamp Shade”

The first thing I noticed upon opening them was that a couple of the lipsticks appeared to have impacted on the top of the tube at some point. This is especially noticeable on the deep red (vamp) lipstick, a shade called “Rebel With Cause”, and to a lesser extent on the purple (scandalous) lipstick “Depraved”. The pink, “Crime” was unaffected. As they were still in their tamper proof plastic seals, I know they weren’t used, but it does slightly concern me as to the quality if this is allowed to happen. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m less concerned about it in a £1 lipstick, compared to something more expensive, but it does bother me a little.

Though, I said I have swatches, so here are some swatches. The top is the three tubes, the second is swatched on the back of my hand, and the third is on my lips.

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime (Scandalous), Rebel With Cause (Vamp), Depraved (Scandalous)

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(l-r) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

(top - bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved)

(top – bottom) Crime, Rebel With Cause, Depraved

These were all done after a single application on the lips using a lip brush, and there is fairly good colour payoff. You could of course reapply to bump up the colour.

I’m most intrigued by Depraved. It is a curious colour, that I actually quite like, but I’m trying to figure out how to actually wear it. I’ll have to have a think about that.

Eyes

I also have three eye products to show you. The first two are a primer and a pigment. I’ll get to the third in a couple of moments.

The primer is one of three in their Focus & Fix range of primers. The one I have here is Brighten, which I’m told is suitable for metallic shades. The other two are original, and matte (for matte shades). These cost £2.50 each. Alongside it, I have a loose pigment Eye Dust shadow (£1) in a shade called “Grandeur”, a metallic bronze/copper. There are 25 shades of pigment available, so you should be able to find one to love!

In the pictures below you can see the primer by itself on the left, the pigment in the middle, and then layered over the primer on the right, both without flash and with.

Witout flash

Without flash

With flash

With flash

I can understand how the primer is designed for metallics, as you can see the metallic sheen from it. The pigment itself is a little lacking on its own. While that can be useful if you want to go subtle, I always think of pigments as being for intensity. That problem is greatly alleviated by layering it over the primer. It really makes the pigment come to life in both pictures. I wouldn’t mind picking up another couple of pigments to see what else they can do.

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

Awesome Eyeshadow Collection

The third and final eye product I picked up, really deserves its own post, so I will keep it brief. It is the Awesome Eyeshadow Collection, a palette of 100 shadows, covering nudes and smoky shades, in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic colours. What’s more is that it is only £12! That leads me to why it should get its own post. I have to wonder just how good the quality can be, to offer 100 shades for such a low price. We are talking 12p per shadow. Just out of curiosity though, I chose 10 random shades from the palette to swatch a couple of evenings ago. With no special preparation, and no primers, these were done using a cotton bud on the back of my hand. The shades I chose are outlined in pink below, and correspond to the colours on my hand, reading left to right.

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

Awesome Eyeshadow Swatches

For such a quick test, I think there is some promise there. Yes, a couple of the shades do look a little weak by themselves, but I would need to do something more thorough to test this out. I can see it being a quick and easy way to build up a collection of different colours though, as the shades are quite varied.

Now, the good news, for those of you who absolutely must play with your makeup before buying, is that Makeup Revolution are available in Ireland! The bad news at the moment is that they are only available in Superdrug in Omni Park, Santry. But, if you are in the area, it would be a shame to not go in and have a look. My spies tell me that the price differential between the UK and here is only about 35 cent in the pound. If, however, you are unwilling or unable to make that trek, you could always do as I did and order online from Superdrug or the Makeup Revolution Store, and then Parcel Motel the parcel.

Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution? Is there anything that is tempting you? Or do you believe that the price is just too low to be good quality? The comment line is open!

Robyn

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Nov. 11.

Tried Tuesday: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara

mascara-thI always seem to have a (half) dozen or so mascaras on the go at any one time. They are different colours, different styles, different uses. Today I added another to that list, when I opened the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara. The question is, can it be love at first use. Today for Tried Tuesday, I am going to answer that.

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One of a variety of Organic Wear mascaras from Physicians Formula, they are all 100% natural origin for their ingredients, and offer different benefits depending on the version you pick up. As an added benefit, 1 of the ingredients are ingredients of organic origin. The particular version I have here is their pink Fakeout mascara, which contains natural origin fibers, which attach to your lashes and extend them, giving the appearance of false lashes, without having false lashes. It builds volume and length, and helps to retain lash curl.

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The brush is an interesting prospect. As you can see it is a big, thick brush, but the bristle density is very low, consisting of rubber bristles. It doesn’t look much, and looks like it would be difficult to apply mascara to every lash with it. You can also see some of the mascara formula on the brush, which doesn’t look wet and gloopy. It, in this photo at least, looks relatively dry.

A relatively dry mascara, with a low density rubber brush. Is this combination going to work at all? Well, below are three photos. The first is bare lashes. The second is after one coat, and the third is after two coats.

Bare lashes:

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One Coat:

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Two Coats:

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I’ll be honest. I wasn’t even trying when I was applying this. It was literally done as an on the go job, with a tiny travel mirror in one hand and the brush in the other, and I am amazed at how well it turned out. My lashes look really defined, deeply coloured, and have lovely length. I am now thinking that with a little bit of time, care and another coat or two, just how much further can this go. I know I have only used this once, but I think it is the beginning of a long and joyous relationship.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara is €14.90 (RRP) and is available from selected pharmacies nationwide.

Robyn

Note: Product was provided for review

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