Green Gimmicks?

beauty, budget, highend, lipstick, makeup

If you’ve ever found yourself at a Barry M stand you might have spotted their green lipstick – Genie. If you went one step further and swatched the Halloween green product you will have discovered it actually transpires to be a rather bright shade of pink. I bought this lipstick a few years ago, don’t ask why it was just one of those weird impulse buys with a budget friendly price tag of just £4.49. It now lives at the back of the bottom draw of my Muji storage because it is a far brighter shade of pink than I would go for (think Barbie!) 

About a month ago I got my hands on the Lipstick Queen lipstick in Frog Prince. This has the same green to pink principles as the Barry M one but with a very different result. I had been wanting to try the Lipstick Queen range for a while but my deep love of MAC lipsticks always seemed to prevent this. The verdict? I really, really like this lipstick! Providing a subtle soft pink sheen, Frog Prince is seriously moisturising without being at all sticky and leaves a soft pink stain on the lips.

The idea of Frog Prince is that it adapts itself based on your pH and skin tone (as does Barry M Genie), so in theory it should be the perfect pink for everyone. At £22 this isn’t cheap for what it is but I know I will make maximum use of this because it is such a wearable colour. I love that it is so easy to wear you don’t have to bother with a mirror. Also the shade it applies is pretty much the finished result as oppose to Genie which slowly develops from barely there to shocking pink.

On Application Left: Frog Prince Right: Genie

Left: Frog Prince Right: Genie

Have you guys ever tried any Lipstick Queen makeup and if so what do I need? Enable me, please!

Sophie xoxo

Tanya Burr Cosmetics

beauty, celebrity, nails

The Tanya Burr lipgloss and nail polish collections are amazing. The lipglosses are perfectly formulated to be long lasting and non sticky and the nail polishes are affordable, cute and easy to apply. It’s fair to say I’m a fan! So whilst browsing my local TK Maxx (there’ll be lots more posts on products from here, it’s the best place for bargain beauty) I was over the moon to find this lovely trio set.

I picked this up for the grand total of £7.99, with just one tiny rip in the cardboard packaging there was no reason to complain. An original RRP of £18.00 means that not only is this a complete steal but it’s a great option for those on a budget looking to buy a present for someone. Each polish is 12ml which is a good size that will no doubt last for a while. Although I bought this trio cheaply, I would still recommend buying Tanya Burr nail polishes as they don’t exactly break the bank at £5.99 and they genuinely do stand up to the likes of more expensive polishes such as Essie. You can pick this set up from Feel Unique for £14.99 here.

The set comes with three polishes:DarkMagic (black), Fairytale (pink glitter) and Mini Marshmallows (pastel pink). The picture below demonstrates just one coat of Dark Magic, two coats of Mini Marshmallows and one coat of Fairytale over the top. I was blown away by the quality of the black polish in particular, normally a black will need more than one coat and can be uneven, not this one! Dark Magic is the perfect consistency and applies without a single line or smudge.

Sophie xoxo

The Naked Dupe You Need

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The Urban Decay Naked Palettes have become a firm favourite amongst beauty lovers across the world in the last few years, and with good reason! The colours, payoff and longevity of their eyeshadows easily match up to their MAC counterparts. Personally I own the original Naked Palette and The Naked Palette 3, I haven’t yet felt the urge to buy number 2 but I suspect at some point I will, mainly just to complete the collection!

As new eyeshadows have joined my collection, the NPs became somewhat unloved. It wasn’t until I spotted a couple of dupes whilst browsing in Superdrug that I really gave them a second thought.

The Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette 3 is almost identical to the Naked Palette 3 and at just £4 a complete bargain!! I couldn’t resist buying it to see how it compared and it did not disappoint. There are a couple of noticeable differences in that the pigment isn’t as strong so it does require a little more work from your brush. Also, there is a definite amount of fallout, which is easily removed, but a pain nonetheless. Finally, the lightest shade is not really worth bothering with, it has hardly any colour payoff at all. Both palettes come with brushes but steer clear of the cheap, sponge applicators of the Revolution palette, they’re rubbish.

L-R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

L-R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

Comparison: Revolution Palette - shades have no name

Comparison: Revolution Palette – shades have no name

Sophie xoxo