Saturday, 20 August 2016

KYLIE COSMETICS GLOSS vs. COLOURPOP GLOSS

Okay, so now that we're all fully aware of Kylie Cosmetics and Colourpop sharing a vastly similar (well, the exact same ingredients wise) formula for the liquid lipsticks, are the glosses the same too? Are they going to cause ANOTHER drama surrounding Spatz Lab? When I first saw the new glosses swatched by the Colourpop girls on their Snapchat, I assumed they'd be exactly the same, so of course I ordered some *duh* The brand has released 21 colours in 4 different finishes: sheer, creme, metallic and sheer-metallic. 

KYLIE VS COLOURPOP GLOSS. KYLIE COSMETICS LIP GLOSS, LIKE, LITERALLY, SO CUTE LIP GLOSS VS VERSUS COLOURPOP ULTRA GLOSSY LIP LIP GLOSS COMPARISON WHICH IS BETTER SPATZ LAB, IS KYLIE JENNER COSMETICS MAKEUP WORTH THE PRICE
Scent
The Kylie Cosmetics gloss (and other products) smell exactly like buttercream frosting. Colourpop's glosses smell a little plastic-y. Which, for $6 you can't complain about, but I still way prefer the Kylie gloss scent.. so much so that I'm willing to pay for it.

Price
Kylie charges a decent price of $15 as opposed to the minimal price of $6 that Colourpop stick to. I guess it really depends what you are used to paying for products, but I think $15 is a good price for the Kylie glosses given the insane pigment. (Mac Vamplify are £18 and are closest in terms of pigment) I did publish my review here and I haven't found a product that even matches up to it, let alone beats it yet in terms of opacity or scent! The one thing to factor into the price is the shipping from the US to the UK. Both brands charge $15 shipping, however Colourpop charges $25 if you order more than 2-3 items, whereas I'm not aware that Kylie Cosmetics do that. Then you have to think about customs on top, so it's worth using a courier (guide) if you don't mind waiting a little while longer to nab a product!
KYLIE VS COLOURPOP GLOSS. KYLIE COSMETICS LIP GLOSS, LIKE, LITERALLY, SO CUTE LIP GLOSS VS VERSUS COLOURPOP ULTRA GLOSSY LIP LIP GLOSS COMPARISON WHICH IS BETTER SPATZ LAB, IS KYLIE JENNER COSMETICS MAKEUP WORTH THE PRICE

Lasting Power
This is always a tricky one for glosses, because you can't go 'yeah so I had a cup of coffee guys, and it stayed on like magic' as you would in a lipstick review. Glosses come off really easily, and there is never really a huge difference between glosses dwindling away throughout the day, but if I had to rate the lasting power of the two and compare, I'd say they're around the same. No liquid product is safe if you're eating and drinking throughout the day,  have to re-apply both evenly. One thing I did notice, was that the Colourpop glosses appear to separate a little on the lips and don't stay as opaque as when they're swatched, which can be annoying. But again, my mind just goes back to the whole 'it's $6" point. They do wear better over a liner or lipstick too.

The Applicator
The one thing that bugs me is the applicator for the Kylie gloss! I mean, I feel like even the $6 product has a better applicator. I know that Kylie mentioned that the formula is too thick for the doe foot style wands, but I really don't think that's true. I personally hate the applicator on the Kylie glosses but I love the Colourpop one, as it's very easy to apply evenly. They actually recently changed the applicators for all their lip products, making them fluffier, which works well for the glosses (not so much for the other products such as matte lips!)


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Overall, I would probably still recommend people buy Kylie Cosmetics lip glosses. They can be worn without a lipstick or lip liner underneath and look really great and the lasting power beats Colourpop by miles. The Colourpop ones are good, but they're only 'good for the price' and I don't really like the scent or the way they wear throughout the day. Yes, the KC ones are expensive at around £20 with shipping and fees.. but really, I'd buy them just for the nice scent alone. *shrugs*

Have you guys tried anything from Colourpop or the Kylie glosses? Let me know what you thought of them!


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Monday, 15 August 2016

HOW TO GET COLOURPOP TO THE UK (WITHOUT PAYING THE $25 SHIPPING FEE!)

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So. Colourpop have finally started shipping to the UK! ... For $25. Or $15 for 3 or less items. Pffft. I can't be the only one a little annoyed about this, surely? Therefore sadly, I still use courier services to ship my favourite make-up to the UK, because it's cheaper. Sigh. After spending ages researching the best forwarding service, I chose MyMallBox. It seems very complicated and yes, I also thought at first my make-up would ed up in Indonesia or Pakistan.. but it's such a simple method once you know what you're doing! (I have added a guide for newbies in this post). 
If you've never heard of the service before, they essentially act as a buffer between US brands shipping to the UK. So instead of paying a lot of money on shipping from each brand to the UK, you can get it all delivered at once, which often proves very useful. Did I mention, it's really quite cheap? I also have a discount code for you guys!

Basically, Colourpop offer free US shipping for orders over $30. So if you're in the UK, it is well worth it to use a courier as you'll be paying around $8 instead of $25, which is astronomical. 

So, how cheap?

There are a lot of different postage options you can pick from, but my personal recommendation would be MyMallBox. They charge as little as £6 to forward your parcel, which is great if you're doing a large haul from several companies! However, it isn't tracked or insured and can take a lot longer (anywhere between 8-20 days via economy airmail.. but you'll usually get it way quicker. I got mine in 5/6 days!) They do offer better and faster shipping services too though, so it just depends on what you want. I personally sometimes want my items quite quickly, so I'm happy to pay a little extra for a premium service, but equally I'm happy to wait if I'm only paying a few pounds! If you want some money off, you can use my exclusive discount code. This gets you $5 off, which will save you a few pennies when you make an order.


As requested... A general guide on how to forward!
MINI GUIDE ON HOW TO USE COURIER SERVICES:

1. Sign up to your chosen service. You now have a US address! (Even if its not MyMallBox, be sure to choose one that will forward your parcels at affordable rates and re-package them for you!)

2. Buy your Colourpop goodies! Make sure your US address is totally correct. Double check it twice or just copy and paste. You don't want your eyeshadows going to someone elses suite!

3. Once Colourpop send you a tracking number, that's it! Just wait until MyMallBox e-mail you. 

4. Once the e-mail arrives stating that your parcel has arrived to your suite, you now have the option to forward it! Choose the option you want..  Remember that the company can put several parcels together, so if you order 2-3, they can put them all together in once box to save on shipping! 

5. Once shipped, your courier company will e-mail you either with a tracking code or general delivery date, depending on your postage choice.

6. Once your parcel arrives in the UK, you'll either have a customs charge, of your goodies will simply show up. Track it normally as you would anything else if you have a tracking code.

Excited?

So, your shopping basket is fit to burst and you're probably super excited that you can finally order some make-up without crazy shipping prices.. but obviously this method isn't for everybody and I would probably recommend just grabbing an up-marked eyeshadow or lipstick from eBay if you want to try a brand out before spending money on couriers and possible customs fees. I honestly can't fault the service I received from MyMallBox, and I'll continue to order! This is a great way for us make-up lovers out there to buy things we love in bulk, or save a lot of money and combine orders with friends! If you sign up using my referral, you'll get a $5 discount, too! 

For full disclosure, this post wasn't sponsored or an advert, it is simply me sharing my experience with you guys. I was gifted some credit on my account to review the service, but I had no problems and would 100% recommend this company and I have paid for the service before in the past with my own money.

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Saturday, 6 August 2016

5 Things You NEED To Do After Publishing Your Blog Post

As my last post, 5 Things You Should Do Before Clicking Publish On Your Blog Post, went down so well, I wanted to add another post about things you should be doing once your post has gone live!

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Promotion
Now, I don't mean going on every Facebook blogging group you can find and spamming the wall with your post. That would get you removed pretty quickly.. but promoting you posts is a MUST. When I first began my blog last year, I expected people to just stumble upon my post on Google and that would be the end of it... But it just doesn't work that way. 

Google and other search engines can be great sources of traffic, but the right kind of promotion will build an audience that really want to engage with your content. I would recommend using an automated software/website and publishing your blog posts every 3-5 hours on Twitter or Facebook. Twitter is the best, as you can tag retweet accounts and they'll make sure your post is seen by thousands more potential readers! You can also use Stumbleupon or Facebook 'Boost' methods if you have more time and money, but these are risky and usually involve way more time and effort for minimal results. Here is a good group where you can promote your posts in and participate in comment swaps (if that's your thing): Bloggers & Co.

Reply To Comments
Do you ever read a blog post, go to comment and then decide against it, as it's just a stream of comments and no replies from the author? I know I do. First impressions can come from anywhere, social media, your posts and even your comments section. If people are taking time out of their day to comment on your blog post: That's really cool and nice of them. Try to respond to as many as possible, even if it's just 'Thank you for reading!' or 'Thanks! X'. 

Chances are, those are your regular readers and it's nice to be nice. Maybe go and comment back on one of their posts too. Make sure you're writing a call to action at the bottom of your post, too. This means asking a question relevant to the content of your post - people will likely reply to that question in their comments. E.G. "What do you guys think about liquid lipsticks? Do you love or hate them?".

Check Your Stats
Sometimes, you'll write a blog post and it'll totally bomb. It could be an amazing post, but sometimes your readers just aren't interested in that content. If you keep putting out that content, they'll stop reading your blog. Check the stats for each post you publish and check how well it does. Are people commenting as well as reading? And how long are people spending on the page? If a post doesn't do as well, it's okay. Now you know what NOT to write! As an example, reviews aren't the most read post on my blog - the personal ones are, weirdly enough! Page views aside, the bounce rate or your blog in the period that you uploaded the post, time spent on your blog (basic Google Analytics data) will tell you volumes about what kind of posts you should be writing.

Looping
Whenever I can remember, I try to do this. It's basically where you start re-pinning the graphic that accompanied your blog post onto relevant boards (and your own boards, again). Confused? Let me explain. Only around 10% of pins are 'fresh' and 'new' content. In short? Pinterest is a lazy mans website. People LOVE to re-pin, but hate to upload and pin from websites, simply because it takes time. Give the people content, and it'll be re-pinned... but things can get lost after 300 pins or so. You might not reach 127k re-pins, but it'll make a small different and boost your traffic if people start pinning that graphic or photo again! It works for Twitter to: if you fancy promoting an old post, go for it! .. As long as it's not a Christmas wishlist in July.


Do you do any of these? Let me know!

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