Sunday, 20 August 2017

THE HIGH END DUPE YOU NEED: L'OREAL LASH PARADISE MASCARA

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The Lash Paradise Mascara is another highly anticipated product coming from a string of successful launches from L'oreal over the past few months. I have to admit, I was stunned by the flat out copying of the popular Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara*, and how it somehow slipped past the 'shade radar' of Too Faced founder Jerrod Blandino, but it did, and it's a good mascara. Will L'oreal get a passive aggressive Instagram or tweet from him?

So, I'll say right off the bat: the formula is actually a lot better than it's "high-end counterpart", but I'm not sure how I feel about the downright From the rose-gold inspired tube to the cardboard packaging on the outside.
L'oreal haven't ever been a known copycat brand to my knowledge, but I think that this is one of those times that you can ignore the vast similarities just enough! L'oreals mascara is a fantastic dupe for a product that, quite frankly, isn't "purse friendly" if you like to replace yours often. (Contact lens wearers, you'll get my point here!)

In the UK, we're not exactly spoilt for choice by fantastic drugstore mascaras, so the L'oreal release is an interesting start on what might be a new addiction! The only "blogger fave" right now is Maybelline's Lash Sensational*, but this new release may be an addition to that... stay tuned.
Loreal lash paradise mascara review beauty blogger uk wand close up

PACKAGING:
I'll say this right off the bat: it feels cheap and tacky. For a brand that usually feels sturdy and of somewhat decent quality, the mascara tube feels like something from MUA in the Superdug reduced section. I'm annoyed that the lid and the bottle don't actually match, you can tell from my photos that there is a difference in the shading/colouring. If you're anything like me, this will be extremely annoying for you look at. I do way prefer the Too Faced mascara packaging - but at double the price, Too Faced have more budget to play with when it comes to outlandish packaging.
Loreal lash paradise mascara review beauty blogger uk

PERFORMANCE
  • This is a good mascara. It's not amazing for me - nothing is on my tiny, short, disappointing lashes.. but it works and doesn't flake throughout the day! It does feel very "wet" on application, but that seems to dissipate with continued use - you know how sometimes your drier mascaras perform better and seem to act like a different product altogether? Yeah.. that.
  • This is good for a very subtle and fluffy mascara look, but when you build it up, it tends to go thick and clumpy very easily. I have noticed this improving as the mascara dries out a little, but it's still frustrating. You can probably build up 1-2 coats nicely, but onto 3-4 and it can start to go wrong. You need to be careful with this mascara.
  • The pigment is good. I don't find that this mascara needs building up a crazy amount to be clear that you're wearing it. It'll coat lighter hair evenly and without issues.
  • The wand is a little different to the Too Faced one, understandably, but it still coats the lashes in a similar way, for the fluffy look.
I didn't know ehether or not to include this photo, as my eyelashes are so short...
but here is three coats, as a 'warning' - it does go a bit thick when you apply a lot!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this mascara! As it's drugstore, it means that Boots* and Superdrug* will constantly have good offers on. Boots 2 for £12 on L'oreal happens all the time and Superdrug often put 3 for 2 offers on pretty much... well, constantly. So this is a great value drugstore product that you'll probably appreciate adding to your stash.

Will you try this mascara?

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT REVIEW [PLUS SWATCHES!]

URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT PALETTE WARM TONED EYESHADOW PALETTE UK BEAUTY BLOGGER REVIEW AND SWATCHES YOUTUBE
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Urban Decay were my first ever real make-up love. Their products are fun and beginner friendly, meaning they're usually one of the brands that most people have some memory of as a teenager or young girl getting into make-up for the first time - they certainly are for me. I remember so vividly, standing in TKMaxx with my aunt as I searched for something to spend my pocket money on at thirteen. I saw the most ridiculously shiny, lipgloss I'd ever seen. I fell in love. My aunt haggled with the sales assistant as it had no price on it, and I think I must have got it for around £7... which to me then, was a whole lot of money. I literally wore it whenever I could and held onto it for years. I kind of wish I still had it! I tried to find a photo, but I'm sure it was a 'Lip Gunk' gloss. Fast forward many years, and the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette was my first ever "expensive" eyeshadow palette. I fell in love; it's interesting to see the Naked palettes continue on so many years later.


The beauty community, naturally, doesn't rave about the Naked palettes as much as they seemed to a few years ago on Youtube and beauty forums like Reddit.. but I'm sure pretty much everyone has one in their drawer at home. I think that is what makes Naked Heat so interesting this time around, it's Urban Decay following the trends when they sort of started the whole "neutral" palette trend... or at least made it extremely popular. Other brands like Morphe have followed suit with these palettes and racked up the cult status in an overbearing manner, kind of like weeds in the garden that never truly go away (because the gardener is being paid to put them there..)

SO.. IS NAKED HEAT ANY GOOD?
Yes. The shades are very easy to work with and compliment each other well. You can combine these colours a thousand different ways and it'll still look cohesive and pretty! I think that they blend beautifully, and with a spritz of Fix+, the shimmer shades look great in a halo eye look. I love the fact that this palette doesn't feel seasonal; these shades, despite being a "Summer" release will transition well into the Autumn, whereas pinks and blues (for example) can feel a bit limited and spring-esque - think the Kylie Jenner Vacation palette. It's just a bit too Summery..

I will mention that the darker shades don't swatch as well. To gain pigment for my swatch post, I did have to go over a fair few times, but once applied with a brush, I had no issues. But I hate, hate, hate doing posts with swatches, I'm rubbish at them and they are only helpful to give colour reference and show the undertone more clearly. They never indicate quality, as many people think. I definitely hate this trend of "If it doesn't look like a stark matte shade when you swatch it, it must be rubbish" mentality that many people have. How make-up performs when you swatch it is so far removed from how it performs when you gently dab a fluffy blending brush into the colour, so I do tend to avoid the drama between swatching and people going "That looks rubbish" if a swatch isn't perfectly done with tape.

A couple of the eyeshadows are less impressive pigment-wise. Ashes and En Fuego were hard to swatch but did blend out okay, and I have already explained why the whole "SwAtCheS" obsession annoys me... but I am actually grateful for this, as darker colours shouldn't have a crazy high pigment anyway - who wants to darken the crease and end up with a black eye? I can appreciate this palette not being as crazily pigmented as Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, for example. 

URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT PALETTE WARM TONED EYESHADOW PALETTE UK BEAUTY BLOGGER REVIEW AND SWATCHES YOUTUBE
 From Urban Decay's website:
Ounce (
ivory shimmer
Chaser (light nude matte)
Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte)
Low Blow (brown matte)
Lumbre (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
He Devil (burnt red matte)
Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red)
Scorched (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte)
En Fuego (burgundy matte)
Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte)
Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy)

The Urban Decay Heat palette is a pretty solid release with some nice shades, but it has been overshadowed by the messy (literally) drama surrounding the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. If I had to pick at this palette, I'd say that the colour scheme makes me feel a little "meh" about this release, because the warm neutral colours have been done a thousand times over now, and it's unusual for someone to not have these shades in their collection - including the shimmers, which leave a lot to be desired in comparison to my beloved Colourpop eyeshadows. I think that they are the one let down with this palette. The mattes are great quality, but shimmers can really take a palette from a 5/5 to a 4/5, as it feels like you're left having to reach for something else in your stash.

Whilst I have a special place in collection and heart for Urban Decay, I can't sit here and tell you that you need this palette.. because truth being told, you probably already 'own' it. If you own the Morphe 35O, NYX Warm Neutrals, or anything insanely warm toned, you don't need this. But you could say that about pretty much any new release, so that's not to say that you shouldn't get it; some people collect stamps, some people collect make-up.

I think that the quality of this palette definitely matches the price tag. If you have eight rather mundane Morphe palettes, consider swapping one out for this gem. It's also one of these brands and collections that we all know and love - the Naked range doesn't disappoint and continues to release exciting products each year!

SHOP NAKED HEAT HERE*


This product was gifted - however, all opinions remain my own.



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