Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Disappointing products!

With limited time during the week and on weekends to blog, I end up talking a lot about the products that I love because when I find great things, I can't wait to share them with you and they're much easier to write.  I've tried to blog about disappointing products in the past and they're boring for me to write and I always feel guilty about the fact that they're taking the place of good stuff on the blog!

So from now on, I'll be doing Disappointing Products videos every so often.  They're much easier to do, I can be a bit funnier and I really enjoyed doing this one over the weekend.  It's important for me to try and keep things a bit more balanced on the blog and on the YouTubes when it comes to product reviews and as you'll see, not everything works for me!

So have a squizz and see what products have disappointed me recently!  And do leave a comment either here or over on the YouTube channel and tell me what products left you feeling meh....

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rimmel Provocalips - photos, swatches, review!

Oooh this is a good one today folks!  Launching October 6th are the Rimmel Provocalips Transfer Proof lipsticks and I've got 7 of the 8 shades available to show you up close and personal.   And they're good...  Really good...  So good, they were allowed to have their photo taken on my lips cushion!  


This 2 step lip system promises to be kiss proof, transfer proof and fool proof.  That's a lot of proof.  But let's talk details.  On one end of the tube is the lip colour part which is a thin yet incredibly pigmented runny lip lacquer more so than a lipstick and on the other is a silicon feeling topcoat that seals the lip colour without changing the colour or finish of it at all.   I think the top coat is supposed to make the colour more glossy, but I can't see a difference and I like that to be honest.  It shows off the lip colour in it's true form.


For the most part, these were an absolute dream to apply.  As I mentioned above, the coloured part is quite runny, but still densely pigmented, so I'd advise removing some of the extra product by scraping it off the side of the tube before getting to work on your lips.  The doe foot applicator means you can get a nice crisp line and when it goes on, it feels like a lip lacquer.  It's important to work quickly with this because it sets in under a minute or so.  So while you can, press your lips together to disperse the colour and make sure you've a nice clean edge before you set it with the topcoat.  Before you apply that, you'll feel that your lips are really tacky, but once a layer of the topcoat goes on, all is well and you'll have smooth lips and it'll feel like you're wearing a regular lipstick.

But you're not.  You're wearing something fantastic and for me, these are a game changer and you'll see why below all these here swatches!

Rimmel Provocalips - Play With Fire
Play With Fire is a deep red shade that's perfect for autumn with it's deep reddy wine-y goodness.  This was one of my favourites.

Rimmel Provocalips - Dare To Pink
Dare to Pink was my least favourite in terms of shade and finish. I found that this congealed along my bottom lip where it met my top lip and the colour just washed me out big time.

Rimmel Provocalips - Make Your Move
Make Your Move is stunning!  Even more so in person than in these photos.  It's the most fabulous peachy neutral lip that I'll be getting so much wear out of and it's smack bang in my comfort zone.  Yes.  Love it!

Rimmel Provocalips - I'll Call You
I'll Call you is a really pretty pinky mauve-y purple-y shade that's totally wearable and makes me feel very sophisticated and grown up altogether when I wear it.

Rimmel Provocalips - Little Minx
Little Minx is for fans of bright fuchsia lips and Mags, if you're reading this, it's you in lipstick form!  I actually loved this more than I thought I would, so might venture out with this on soon!

Rimmel Provocalips - Kiss Fatal
Kiss Fatal is a daring shade in that it's a berry colour, but has a slight metallic finish to it.

Rimmel Provocalips - Kiss Me You Fool
Finally we have Kiss Me You Fool, my absolute favourite...  You know how I always say I'm too scared to go outside the house wearing red lips?  Well folks, this is one I'll be wearing out 100% and already think I know when I will too, so stay tuned for that.

The reason I know I'll be wearing it out is because on Saturday I tested this out properly.  I applied it for this post in the morning, wore it while filming my Disappointing Products video and it didn't budge.  I had lunch about 4 hours after applying it and after eating and drinking, there was no transfer on my glass, no movement, no nothing!  It looked exactly the same as when I applied it and it was only about 6 hours after the initial application that my lips started feeling a bit tacky, but still looked flawless, so I applied more of the topcoat and it felt perfect again.

8 hours after applying it, I had to have a shower, so off it came, but not easily I tell you!  It didn't budge with micellar water nor with my La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleanser or a WaterWipe.  I had to root out my Garnier Biphase eye makeup remover and that was the only thing that worked and that's most likely down to the oil that breaks down the lipstick.  This is seriously heavy duty stuff people!

Top row left to right : Rimmel Provocalips Play With Fire, Rimmel Provocalips Dare To Pink
Second row left to right: Rimmel Provocalips Make Your Move, Rimmel Provocalips I'll Call You
Third row left to right: Rimmel Provocalips Fatal Kiss, Rimmel Provocalips Little Minx
Bottom row: Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Me You Fool, swatchfest on the arm!
So I think it's safe to say that these are an absolute winner in my book.  They'll set you back only €8.49 which is for nothing and chances are they'll be on special offer when they launch, so no excuse!

If you're looking for a truly long lasting product, then you'll need to check these out.  Knowing that it's going to stay in place all night makes for a happy Karen and a Karen that will wear bright shades outside of the house!  Those red shades will be on constant rotation during December I tell you!

So are you intrigued?  Will you be checking them out when they launch?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation review, before & after photos

After my horror with the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, I've been keeping fancy schmancy foundations at arm's length until I get over shelling out €40 for something that made me look rubbish.  So I'm back in my comfort zone today with a great little drug store foundation - L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation.


Before we go anywhere, I have to address the 24 hour thing.  If you wear foundation for 24 hours, what are you doing where you need a full face of makeup for that long and second of all, you'll wake up the next day with a big scaldy face on you for having makeup on for that long!  But seriously, let me know if you've ever worn foundation for that long and not removing it before going to bed doesn't count!

Back to the Infallible 24H foundation.  It promises to hide the appearance of fatigue and blemishes and since I've been working 50 hours a week for the past 2 months while trying to keep the blog and YouTube going, I need all the help I can get in the fatigue department!

Out of the 8 shades on offer, I was sent the 4th lightest (140 Golden Beige), so it was way too dark for me as you might imagine.  But I still tried it out to see what it was like in terms of coverage and finish.  After the first use, I knew I'd be buying a lighter shade because the finish was fabulous.  Medium coverage with a radiant finish while still feeling lightweight on the face.  I'm all about that coming into the colder months.  You can see the finish in the photo below and while it looks warm on my skin there, in real life it was way too orange for me.

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation - 140 Golden Beige
So off I went to search for a lighter shade and found that the lighter shades still ran very warm.  So I did a proper swatchfest and ended up going with the lightest shade, Porcelain.  At the moment, it's slightly too light for me, so I've been mixing the two shades, using a pump of each to make my own personal shade.  (In reality I could've just bought the second lightest shade and saved myself the hassle, but shhh, I feel very makeup artist-y when I'm mixing).

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation - 015 Porceline
One of my favourite things about this foundation is the finish.  I've mentioned the glow it gives, but even better is that you can't see it on the skin at all, as shown by the photo below, carefully cropped so that one cannot see my ronnie.  Now, I have an oily t-zone, the likes of which puts a foundation like this to the test, especially one that claims 24 hours of wear.  And I have to admit that without a primer or setting powder, this slides off my schnoz in about 4 hours.  But am I going to let my big ole honker ruin things for the rest of my face?  No way Jose.  A quick layer of primer and a dusting of powder and I get to look airbrushed, slightly more awake (even if I've learned that I can type really well with my eyes closed at work) and ready if my day takes a different turn and I'm out for the next 24 hours... A bridie can dream...


I'm very impressed with this little star from L'Oreal and not to sound too YouTube-y, but it looks amazing on camera.   So my advice?  If you're an oily bridie, then prepare to use a primer with this, but if you've dry skin, then your face will love this.

€14.99 is the damage and it's well worth checking out.  Now, the next thing is, how can I make myself stay up and really test out the 24 hour claims?!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No7 Lash Impact mascara review, before & after photos

You know when I do my mascara reviews, I always comment on packaging and how I enjoy when those tubes stand out in my makeup bag.  Well No7 Lash Impact mascara is Christmas in mascara form with it's red glitter and I'll be honest, I thought it might be one of those gimmick products that come out for the craic.  I was wrong.  Oh so wrong.  But back to the packaging.  Isn't it fabulous?  So of course the twinkly lights had to make an appearance for the photos.


Along with commenting about the packaging, I always comment on the brush and fans of the bristley brush can be safe in the knowledge that there's no plastic to be seen.  I'm not too bothered by wands or brushes when it comes to mascaras and will try any and all if it gives me grand big lashes.


The formula is slightly on the dry side which means it takes slightly longer to get enough onto my lashes until I'm happy with the result.  And I'm ok with that.  Thinner formulas like this means you can layer it on like a good thing without the risk of clumping and those spider lashes that we try to avoid.  What I get with the No7 Lash Impact mascara is this:


Long, wispy, fluttery lashes with lots of lift, a decent amount of volume and for that reason, I've been using it non stop for the past few weeks going to work.  It deposits the perfect amount of product onto my lower lashes too, giving me a wide eyed effect when I'm exhausted and feel anything but bushy tailed.



As usual, the photos here show one coat and when I apply it at 5.20am, it still looks the exact same by the time I get home at 4.30pm.  And no judgement, but it works great if you're heading out right after work and have no time to take your mascara off but need a little somethin' somethin', so go on and add a second coat then for even lashier lashes.

This will set you back €17.50 or even better, comes free when you buy 2 selected No7 products!  Well if it's free then how could you not want to try it?

Love love love this little Christmassy, Dorothy's ruby slippers packaged beaut which 100% holds it's own against the big guns in the mascara world.

Have you tried it and are you intrigued?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vlog! Will & Joanne go to Amsterdam

I meant to put this on the blog over the weekend but totally forgot thanks to Charlotte Tilbury!  So a couple of weeks ago, Joanne and Will went to Amsterdam as Will finally turned the big 3-0.  They explored, they visited where Will proposed, they ate a lot of good food and they made me want to go to Amsterdam and get clogs.

Have a squizz at their trip and I have to say, Joanne did a brilliant job editing this video!  She's obviously been watching Fun For Louis for inspiration!



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Space NK Beauty Event on September 17th!

Beauty events are great.  Not only do you get a chance to have one on one time with the make up artists in store, but you get to browse properly amongst fellow beauty lovers with no judgement from the regular folk who just don't get how much we love our beauty products.  So when you hear of events, you take note and you go because you will be among kindred spirits.  Fellow enablers if you will.

This Wednesday, September 17th, Space NK is having an exclusive beauty event, the likes of which you're going to want to sit up and take note of.  When you spend €185 in store (wait, don't freak out, I have justifications) you will receive The Beauty Anthology goodie bag which contains a massive 28 samples featuring brands like Chantecaille, Eve Lom and Caudalie!  Throw in makeovers, cocktails and canap├ęs and they'll have to be hooshing you out the door at the end of the evening!  And to put the cherry on top, one lucky customer will win a VIP upgrade with 10 full sized products from the goodie bag.  So if you're going, light a candle before you head in and hope for the best...


Ok, now I know some of you will have read €185 and gone "Whatchoo talkin' about Karen" but hear me out.  If you're someone who shops in Space NK and gets your beauty fix in there, then what better time to stock up on your favourites and get the goodie bag?  Is your Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm on the way out or do you need one of those Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes?  Well then what are you waiting for?

Tickets are €15 each and are fully redeemable against purchases.  If you can't make it to store then the event is also running online on the 17th and 18th of September.

You can find the contact details for the Space NK store in Dundrum and Grafton Street here so get calling because I bet this will be a good 'un!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette! Swatches, makeup looks and video!

Uh oh.... We are in big trouble folks.  Charlotte Tilbury's makeup range launched in Brown Thomas recently and I fear that we are going to be broke because everything, and I mean everything, is absolutely gorgeous!  I was given a couple of bits to play with and bought the rest, such is my love for everything I came in contact with at the launch.


I asked on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for what you'd prefer in terms of blog posts and a video and the majority of you requested a big video talking about everything.  So over the weekend I filmed this mahoosive video where I chatted about everything, showed all of the products in action with some tutorials and basically tried to explain the absolute love I have for everything.


A good few people requested blog posts too and so rather than rushing things and putting everything in one big post, which might be overwhelming (for me, not you, if you don't believe, me, watch the video!) so I'm going to break it down and talk about the Dolce Vita palette today, the lip products another day and the Colour Chameleons in a third post.  That way I can go into lots of detail and give everything the love they deserve.   Ok, let's do this!

The Dolce Vita palette was going to be first on my list of things to buy and so I snapped it up quick smart.  For €50 (I know...) you get four eyeshadows - the prime shade, a champagne shimmery colour, the enhance shade which is that gorgeous garnet that I can't get enough of, the smoke shade is a bronze shadow with gold shimmer running through it and the pop is that sparkly gold shade.  


I don't think a palette has ever been made for my eyeballs like this one... It's versatile and you'll see below I've photos of just some of the looks I've done with it.  That pop shade is perfect for applying on top of any of the colours to add a bit of sparkle if you're heading out in the evening.  And it works beautifully over the Colour Chameleons which you'll see in the video.


All of the shadows are soft, blendable and it's best to use a flat shader brush to pick up the colour and pat it on, otherwise you'll have some fall out.  But once you tap the brush off before going near your eyes then you'll be grand!  I find that like all shadows, these crease on me if I don't use a primer, so once I lash a primer on, I'm good to go for a good 6-7 hours before creasing sets in.

As I mention in the video, when you're spending €50 on a quad, it's not the time to get experimental. Go with something you know you're going to get a lot of use out of.  And the Dolce Vita palette is exactly that.  I show you how I did these two makeup looks below in the video and both of them took minutes to do.


The look below is the one I wore in the video and you can see how it makes my eyes stand out.  I think this is a palette that would work with everyone's eye colour, but us green eyed bridies will have a kinship with Dolce Vita more than anyone else, mark my words.  This is True Love.


If you're looking to treat yourself or have a birthday coming up, then put this on your wish list.  You won't be sorry!  This has put me into the danger zone because there are at least 2 more palettes I want so time to start saving!

What do you think?  Is Dolce Vita the one for you?
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