Monday, 29 July 2013

MUA Make-Up Madness #3

Hello Chums!

Over the past week I have been trying out the MUA Fixing Mist. As we all know, the weather has been gorgeous here in the UK for the past month or so and I can tell you here and now, I have needed something extra to take away that shine and chip like effect on my T-Zone!

There are loads of fixing sprays out there......Urban Decay do one, Clarins and of course MAC.

However, as you already know, I am a huge fan of MUA products as they are great in price and most of their products actually work!

It states on the bottle that its all day long wear and its fixes your make-up in place all day long. Protects against heat, humidity, cold and windy conditions; whatever your day throws at you-your make-up will hold in place.

I have tried this whilst it has been sunny and humid and it really does help my make-up stay in place and less oil appears to come through on my skin. So for that, its a huge plus for me. Like I said, I need all the help I can get with my skin. However, it works even better if you use the MUA Matte Perfect Primer first, then when you have finished your make-up spritz the fixing mist over. It works and does wonders!
I have to admit though, that I haven't tried this in the rain. But what I can tell you is, when it comes to taking your make-up off at the end of the day, wipes will just not cut it. Warm water and a good cleanser needs to get this guy off your face!

As you can see, it has a pump action spray. The way to use this is, hold it arms length away from your face and spray a fine mist until you have reached all the desired areas.

For £5.00 a bottle you receive 60ml of product and to be honest it will last a fair amount of time.

I will definitely be repurchasing this again and I really want to try it up against more expensive brands, to see what is different for the price. So when I do, I will keep you posted.

Have a great week peeps 

Lots of Love

Jay xxx   


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Primarni Make-up! xxx

I finally got to Primark, in Poole of all places, and bought my staple clothing. I saw that Primark are now doing a lot more 'beauty' products, for next to nothing prices. As I'm sure, like everyone else, we are all dubious if they actually work, or are they worth handing the cash over for, cheap or not?

I picked up a few things from their collection and thought I would start of with their eyeliners.

The box provides you with 2x black eyeliners and a sharpner and the whole thing cost me a pound! Yes, one whole English pound!

Eyeliner can make me a bit sensitive around the eye area. I wear contact lenses daily and I always want something that doesn't collect in the inner corner of your eye and of course, something that lasts and doesn't smudge. Also an eyeliner that you don't have to scrape along your eye because it's super hard! You want something that can easily glide on and something that is super blendable too.

These eyeliners are actually really super soft and don't drag the skin around the eye area at all. There are a lot of pluses with these eyeliners, but there are a few downsides too, which I will get out of the way first......

They are quite waxy in texture, hence very smooth in application. But they don't last in the water line at all, also if you use it around the eye, they can become very smudgy and move a lot. But, its not the end of the world! They would be great as a base for a smoky eye. Because of the high waxy texture, the eyeshadow would have something to grab on too and stick too. Therefore, deepening the colour of the eyeshadow and they would also last a lot longer on the eye. Not only that, they would be great for mapping out a deep colour cut crease. But, just put a little eyeshadow over it afterwards, just to lock in that colour and also, so it doesn't move around the eyelid. Same goes for the out eye too.

They don't make my eyes water and I think they are safe for contact lenses. They didn't irritate me anyway! I just love how super soft they are! 

So as a whole, they can be quite versatile and for the price, they are actually very good. Not only that, they will always be pointy as you have a nifty pencil sharpener too!

Lots of Love

Jay xxx

Monday, 8 July 2013

MUA Makeup Madness Monday #2

I promised every Monday, to review an MUA product. I did miss a Monday because I had to go to an important shoot that was held in London, so therefore I am truly sorry. Jay Chapman's Wells Studio has gone mental in the last couple of weeks, so I'm afraid my business/clients come first.

But, lets not distract from the attention and get on with it.................

I am in love with the MUA eyeshadow palettes. They are just INSANE and the undressed palette that I reviewed before, I have nearly hit pan on some of them already! Oops!

So without further a-do I want to show you the Poptastic Palette

Look at all the pretty colours!!!! Aren't they cute?!

Again, it comes with a sponge applicator. But in all fairness, I throw them away, as I think they do NOTHING for make-up application anyways. Also, with MUA eyeshadows, they can have a lot of fall out. So do the eye make-up first, clean away any fall out underneath the eye and then, do the rest of the face.....(sorry MUA!)

But as for pigmentation and price goes (a whole £4.00 from Superdrug), again, they have come up trumps! Oh MUA, what would we ever do without you now?!!!!

Lots of Love

Jay xxx

Oil Slick #2!

I am seriously into going back to nature and the simple things in life (apart from nudest beaches!) Since writing about Shea Butter (my very first blog post) and the benefits it had for my skin, I am a real sucker for oils. I have found that going back to basics has helped my skin in numerous ways and touch wood, my eczema has not made an appearance now for nearly a year or more.

For the last 2 years, Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil have been all the rage for healthy, strong, silky hair. But I have found that products containing this ingredient, the prices have rocketed through the roof. Yes, I do believe the product is great and works wonders for the hair. But I wanted something for a good all rounder for hair and skin.

I was mooching around Holland and Barrett one day and came across this little tinker................

MiaFlora Moroccan Argan Oil, Skin and Hair Nutrients

It contains 59ml of product, cost £12.99 and all it contains is 100% pure Moroccan Argan Oil. So being 100% pure, it has got to be better for you rather than all of the other stuff they put into these products, right?!

I have used just under half a bottle and that has taken me months to conquer! I have been using it on my hair most days, sprinkle a little in a bath now and again and sometimes smother my skin in the oil and sleep in it. Some people may find that putting it on the face can be too much, but I don't find it that greasy or heavy at all. Also it contains lots of vitamin E, so when I wake up my skin looks plumper and smoother

The thing that does put me off is the smell. I don't think its that pleasant. I can't even describe it to you, as it has a very strange whiff to it! Although, as a very small amount goes a long way, once distributed either on the skin or in the hair, you can't smell it on you. 

So I am guessing I am answering my own question.........So being 100% pure, it has got to be better for you rather than all of the other stuff they put into these products, right?!

I'm going to say yes, especially when it comes to my hair. A lot of people ask me what I use on my hair to get it as long and still in really good condition, even though it has been bleached blonde for a couple of years, and I put it down to this little beaut.....Argan Oil!

Give it a go and let me know what you think........

Lots of Love

Jay xxx