When I saw these in Boots, I pretty much jumped up and down on the spot. I have other colour tattoos and love them greatly, so when I saw these matte shades, my eyes lit up. I have been testing them out for a couple weeks, in different ways. Now they're ready to face a review.



They come in the same thick glass pots, with colour swatch labels.
Price - £4.99
Texture - Cream shadow
Finish - Even, smooth, coverage

What they say
Ink technology creates 24hour wear shadow for out most intense, long lasting colour saturation. Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps colour vibrant.

Key claims
No creasing
Long lasting
Intense colour

What is it
These are cream eyeshadows that offer a more skin tone colour, with a long lasting finish. You can apply a wash of product to even out the tone on the eyelids, or a heavier amount to prime for eyeshadow.  No scent.

Creme De Nude


In pot 


In pot - flash


Swatch


Swatch - Flash

How I use it
This shade is what I use to even out my eyelids. Great for covering veins and discolouration. The yellow tone matches me, while the other shade will suit people with a pink undertone. It works great as a primer or on its own. Doesn't crease (on me) and helps everything last and show up vibrantly. It applies evenly and smoothly, I would still make sure your eyes are nicely moisturised. I apply it with fingers or a brush. Could be a dupe for MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot.

Pros
Affordable
- Great primer
- Works great with yellow based skin
- Doesn't crease
- Good coverage

Cons
- None



Creme De Rose



In Pot


In Pot - flash


Swatch


Swatch - flash

How I use it
I mostly use this as a primer, as the pink base doesn't match my undertone. It helps eyeshadows last well and show up brightly. It smoothes over the eyes, again make sure that area is moisturised. It does not crease on me. Seems to be a dupe for MAC's Painterly Paint Pot.

Pros
- Affordable
- Great base/ primer
- Good coverage
- No creasing


Summary
There's not much to say about these, except they're amazing! My new favourites eye primer/bases at an affordable price! Plus there's one for all skin tones. Perfect for pretty much everyone, a great highstreet gem. I really want to try the other shades in the Creamy Mattes range, because I'm so impressed with these. Good work Maybelline! Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Maybelline Creamy Mattes Colour Tattoo Review & Swatches - Creme De Nude & Creme De Rose

When I saw these in Boots, I pretty much jumped up and down on the spot. I have other colour tattoos and love them greatly, so when I saw these matte shades, my eyes lit up. I have been testing them out for a couple weeks, in different ways. Now they're ready to face a review.



They come in the same thick glass pots, with colour swatch labels.
Price - £4.99
Texture - Cream shadow
Finish - Even, smooth, coverage

What they say
Ink technology creates 24hour wear shadow for out most intense, long lasting colour saturation. Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps colour vibrant.

Key claims
No creasing
Long lasting
Intense colour

What is it
These are cream eyeshadows that offer a more skin tone colour, with a long lasting finish. You can apply a wash of product to even out the tone on the eyelids, or a heavier amount to prime for eyeshadow.  No scent.

Creme De Nude


In pot 


In pot - flash


Swatch


Swatch - Flash

How I use it
This shade is what I use to even out my eyelids. Great for covering veins and discolouration. The yellow tone matches me, while the other shade will suit people with a pink undertone. It works great as a primer or on its own. Doesn't crease (on me) and helps everything last and show up vibrantly. It applies evenly and smoothly, I would still make sure your eyes are nicely moisturised. I apply it with fingers or a brush. Could be a dupe for MAC's Soft Ochre Paint Pot.

Pros
Affordable
- Great primer
- Works great with yellow based skin
- Doesn't crease
- Good coverage

Cons
- None



Creme De Rose



In Pot


In Pot - flash


Swatch


Swatch - flash

How I use it
I mostly use this as a primer, as the pink base doesn't match my undertone. It helps eyeshadows last well and show up brightly. It smoothes over the eyes, again make sure that area is moisturised. It does not crease on me. Seems to be a dupe for MAC's Painterly Paint Pot.

Pros
- Affordable
- Great base/ primer
- Good coverage
- No creasing


Summary
There's not much to say about these, except they're amazing! My new favourites eye primer/bases at an affordable price! Plus there's one for all skin tones. Perfect for pretty much everyone, a great highstreet gem. I really want to try the other shades in the Creamy Mattes range, because I'm so impressed with these. Good work Maybelline! Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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I have been waiting for months to finally test out this range. I don't know what enticed me so much, but I was so excited when I saw the press release pictures. I love most Nip and Fab products, and thought this range is quite different to their other lines. Ive been testing them out for about 2 weeks, hope you enjoy the review!



There's three products in the new Kale Fix Soften Range. I picked up the Clay Mask and Moisturiser. 



The mask comes in a cute matte, squeezy tube. It's a nice hand size, I really like the packaging colours. Perfect if you're travelling and you want a clay mask on hand. 
Price - £9.95 for 50ml
Texture - Soft, creamy clay
Finish - Soft, decongested, radiant skin

What they say
A supercharged nourishing clay face mask enriched with minerals and witch hazel works to draw away impurities without drying the skin.

Key ingredients
Kaolin - Purifies and detoxifies whilst soothing
Witch Hazel - Reduces inflammation and decrease excess sebum
Kale - Very high content of different vitamins (A,C,K)
Shea Butter - Nourishes and softens
Cucumber Fruit Extract - Rich in antioxidants

What is it
This is a basic clay mask, that purifies the skin, draws out impurities and balances. It has a beautiful soft texture that spreads like a thick cream. It leaves the skin hydrated, clear and healthy looking. Light, refreshing cucumber scent. Suitable for all skin types.






How I use it
I spread a thin-medium layer all over my face and slightly down the jawline. I let it harden slightly and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. I remove it with a hot flannel, it comes off quite easily. This is a great mask to use anytime your skin is a bit clogged, or dull. Once removed, my skin looks so fresh and nourished. What I love is that it hydrates at the same time. The skin is not left dry, tight or stripped. I love the cucumber scent. 

Pros
- Affordable
- Handy size
- Great for travel
- Light scent
- Detoxifies and hydrates
- Skin looks and feels great afterwards
- Soft texture

Cons
- Some areas can go patchy, more can be applied to thicken the layer



The moisturiser comes in a nice, slim bottle with a pump. Same blue and green packaging. Hand sized, good for travel.
Price - £13.29 for 50ml
Texture - Light, gel/cream
Finish - Plump, hydrated, glowing skin

What they say
Daily moisturiser to help soften and comfort dry skin. A super-food powerhouse of kale, watercress and almond oil to nourish skin.

Key ingredients
Kale - Very high content of different vitamins (A,C,K)
Shea Butter - Nourishes and softens
Cucumber Fruit Extract - Rich in antioxidants
Sweet Almond Oil - Protects against external damage
Aloe Vera - Soothing and cooling

What is it
This is a beautiful light, gel-cream that softens, soothes and nourishes the skin. It instantly smoothes the texture of the skin and gives a plump appearance. The cucumber scent is so calming. Suitable for all skin types.







How I use it
I take a 5p sized amount and spread it over my face and neck. You can use this AM or PM, which I love. It adds such a nice layer of softness and moisture without being oily or clogging. It sits nicely under makeup. My skin looks amazing straight away.

Pros
- Affordable
- Soft, light texture
- Light scent
- Hydrates instantly
- Smoothes skin texture
- Suitable for all skin types
- A little goes a long way

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a fantastic range, I'm very impressed. The moisturiser is my favourite out of the two, but both are great and have lived up to the hype. I think its a great range to have available at the high-street/drugstore. If you have dry skin especially they would be great for you. Thank you so much for reading.

Maiya
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  • Friday, October 23, 2015

Nip and Fab Soften Kale Fix Review - Clay Mask & Moisturiser

I have been waiting for months to finally test out this range. I don't know what enticed me so much, but I was so excited when I saw the press release pictures. I love most Nip and Fab products, and thought this range is quite different to their other lines. Ive been testing them out for about 2 weeks, hope you enjoy the review!



There's three products in the new Kale Fix Soften Range. I picked up the Clay Mask and Moisturiser. 



The mask comes in a cute matte, squeezy tube. It's a nice hand size, I really like the packaging colours. Perfect if you're travelling and you want a clay mask on hand. 
Price - £9.95 for 50ml
Texture - Soft, creamy clay
Finish - Soft, decongested, radiant skin

What they say
A supercharged nourishing clay face mask enriched with minerals and witch hazel works to draw away impurities without drying the skin.

Key ingredients
Kaolin - Purifies and detoxifies whilst soothing
Witch Hazel - Reduces inflammation and decrease excess sebum
Kale - Very high content of different vitamins (A,C,K)
Shea Butter - Nourishes and softens
Cucumber Fruit Extract - Rich in antioxidants

What is it
This is a basic clay mask, that purifies the skin, draws out impurities and balances. It has a beautiful soft texture that spreads like a thick cream. It leaves the skin hydrated, clear and healthy looking. Light, refreshing cucumber scent. Suitable for all skin types.






How I use it
I spread a thin-medium layer all over my face and slightly down the jawline. I let it harden slightly and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. I remove it with a hot flannel, it comes off quite easily. This is a great mask to use anytime your skin is a bit clogged, or dull. Once removed, my skin looks so fresh and nourished. What I love is that it hydrates at the same time. The skin is not left dry, tight or stripped. I love the cucumber scent. 

Pros
- Affordable
- Handy size
- Great for travel
- Light scent
- Detoxifies and hydrates
- Skin looks and feels great afterwards
- Soft texture

Cons
- Some areas can go patchy, more can be applied to thicken the layer



The moisturiser comes in a nice, slim bottle with a pump. Same blue and green packaging. Hand sized, good for travel.
Price - £13.29 for 50ml
Texture - Light, gel/cream
Finish - Plump, hydrated, glowing skin

What they say
Daily moisturiser to help soften and comfort dry skin. A super-food powerhouse of kale, watercress and almond oil to nourish skin.

Key ingredients
Kale - Very high content of different vitamins (A,C,K)
Shea Butter - Nourishes and softens
Cucumber Fruit Extract - Rich in antioxidants
Sweet Almond Oil - Protects against external damage
Aloe Vera - Soothing and cooling

What is it
This is a beautiful light, gel-cream that softens, soothes and nourishes the skin. It instantly smoothes the texture of the skin and gives a plump appearance. The cucumber scent is so calming. Suitable for all skin types.







How I use it
I take a 5p sized amount and spread it over my face and neck. You can use this AM or PM, which I love. It adds such a nice layer of softness and moisture without being oily or clogging. It sits nicely under makeup. My skin looks amazing straight away.

Pros
- Affordable
- Soft, light texture
- Light scent
- Hydrates instantly
- Smoothes skin texture
- Suitable for all skin types
- A little goes a long way

Cons
- None

Summary
This is a fantastic range, I'm very impressed. The moisturiser is my favourite out of the two, but both are great and have lived up to the hype. I think its a great range to have available at the high-street/drugstore. If you have dry skin especially they would be great for you. Thank you so much for reading.

Maiya
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I don't mind admitting that I'm not really into MAC Cosmetics. They have a few gems that I will always re-purchase, but I don't go crazy like some do when they release new collections or limited edition products. However, after seeing a lot of positive talk about their new foundation, I thought I'll give it a go. Foundations are so hard to get right for me, as nothing is ever the correct shade or has the texture and finish I want. This one did make it pretty close to my dream foundation though, so I think it deserves a review. 



The foundation comes in the typical black box. You can back 2 mac  this product.
     


I love the packaging of this foundation. It's so sleek and simple. It's comes in a heavy clouded glass bottle, with a pipette/dropper. Ok for travel, if you're careful. 
Price - £25.50 for 30ml
Texture - Thin, creamy 
Finish - Even, natural-dewy, beautiful skin
Shade - NC15

What they say
Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid elastic gel-serum formula.

Key claims
Weightless feel
Long lasting
Blurs imperfections

What is it
This is a gorgeous foundation that offers a natural, flawless base, without being heavy or cakey. It's light texture glides over the skin, blurring pores, marks or dryness. You can get a sheer to medium buildable coverage. It looks great when applied with fingers or a brush. It has basically no scent. Suitable for all skin types.









(blended in with fingers)

How I use it
I take 1 drop and apply it to my whole face. Then if I want more coverage, I will take another small drop and layer it. I either use my fingers or Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It applies smoothly over moisturiser and/or primer. It buffs in nicely, and a little goes a long way. My skin looks flawless, but still like skin, with a subtle glow. It lasts really well throughout the day, and I don't have to touch up.

Pros
- Light texture
- Smoothes over imperfections
- Works nicely into the skin
- Natural - dewy finish
- Colour matches well
- Gorgeous packaging
- Long lasting

Cons
- None

Summary
This is my new favourite foundation! No question about it. For me, it provides everything I need. It may even beat Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I think its perfect for all year round too, so it was smart of them to release it around Autumn/Winter, as it offers a dewy finish, without being too much. I might even dare to say I love this foundation. Please get down to your nearest MAC and try it for yourself! Thank you so much for reading.

Maiya
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  • Sunday, October 18, 2015

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation Review

I don't mind admitting that I'm not really into MAC Cosmetics. They have a few gems that I will always re-purchase, but I don't go crazy like some do when they release new collections or limited edition products. However, after seeing a lot of positive talk about their new foundation, I thought I'll give it a go. Foundations are so hard to get right for me, as nothing is ever the correct shade or has the texture and finish I want. This one did make it pretty close to my dream foundation though, so I think it deserves a review. 



The foundation comes in the typical black box. You can back 2 mac  this product.
     


I love the packaging of this foundation. It's so sleek and simple. It's comes in a heavy clouded glass bottle, with a pipette/dropper. Ok for travel, if you're careful. 
Price - £25.50 for 30ml
Texture - Thin, creamy 
Finish - Even, natural-dewy, beautiful skin
Shade - NC15

What they say
Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid elastic gel-serum formula.

Key claims
Weightless feel
Long lasting
Blurs imperfections

What is it
This is a gorgeous foundation that offers a natural, flawless base, without being heavy or cakey. It's light texture glides over the skin, blurring pores, marks or dryness. You can get a sheer to medium buildable coverage. It looks great when applied with fingers or a brush. It has basically no scent. Suitable for all skin types.









(blended in with fingers)

How I use it
I take 1 drop and apply it to my whole face. Then if I want more coverage, I will take another small drop and layer it. I either use my fingers or Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It applies smoothly over moisturiser and/or primer. It buffs in nicely, and a little goes a long way. My skin looks flawless, but still like skin, with a subtle glow. It lasts really well throughout the day, and I don't have to touch up.

Pros
- Light texture
- Smoothes over imperfections
- Works nicely into the skin
- Natural - dewy finish
- Colour matches well
- Gorgeous packaging
- Long lasting

Cons
- None

Summary
This is my new favourite foundation! No question about it. For me, it provides everything I need. It may even beat Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I think its perfect for all year round too, so it was smart of them to release it around Autumn/Winter, as it offers a dewy finish, without being too much. I might even dare to say I love this foundation. Please get down to your nearest MAC and try it for yourself! Thank you so much for reading.

Maiya
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This post is really exciting for me, as it's part one of my review series for the huge order I made with Pixi. It seemed only appropriate to start with the cleansers, as cleansing products are my favourite things to try out. I went online to make my purchase and came away with more than expected (as you do). I've been testing these cleansers for a couple of weeks and I'm ready to share the greatness with you. I hope these reviews are helpful. 




I purchased the Nourishing Cleansing Balm and the Glow Mud Cleanser.



The packaging is very simple and sturdy. It is a bit big for travel though. 
Price - £18 for 135ml
Texture - Creamy, soft cleanser
Finish - Refreshed, bright, glowing skin

What they say
This active yet gentle cleanser with 5% glycolic acid exfoliates to reveal a glowing, healthier looking skin tone

Key ingredients
 Glycolic Acid - Exfoliates and resurfaces the skin, leaving it smoother and softer
Avocado Oil - Nourishes and moisturises
Mud - Deep cleans and detoxifies
Hyaluronic Acid - Plumps the skin with hydration

What is it
This is a beautiful cleanser that deep cleans, exfoliates and brightens the complexion. It leaves the skin glowing and perfected without being harsh or stripping. It has lovely fresh/citrus scent which is so invigorating. Suitable for all skin types, except very sensitive. Especially great for oily,combination,congested skins. 






How I use it
I take a 10p size amount for my whole face and neck, avoiding the eyes. I apply it to bare, dry skin and massage it through. I do tend to add a little water to loosen up the product, then remove with a hot flannel.This is not suitable for removing makeup. You can use this AM or PM, but I prefer morning as it is really refreshing and wakes me up. After using this, my skin looks lifted, glowing and perky, as if I've had lots and sleep. It really deep cleans and removes everyday dirt, grime and sebum. 

Pros
- Mid Priced
- Good amount of product
- Instant results
- Great for all skin types
- Uplifting scent
- Clarifies and removes impurities

Cons
- Not great for very sensitive skins



The balm comes in a nice chunky plastic pot, but is not very heavy. Nice and sturdy, good for travel if you have space for a pot.
Price - £18 for 90ml
Texture - Soft, balm to oil
Finish - Smooth, nourished, skin

What they say
Rich and luxuriously textured, this balm to oil cleanser melts away makeup and impurities for clear glowing skin. 

Key ingredients
Vitamin E - Reduces skin damage, fights free radicals and moisturises
Sweet Almond Oil - Dissolves impurities
-Shea Butter - Protects and moisturises 

What is it
This is a classic cleansing balm, that nourishes the skin whilst effectively cleansing. It has a soft rose/ almond scent, which is calming and relaxing. Suitable for all skin types. 







(oily stage)

How I use it
 I use a 10p sized blob and massage it all over the face, neck and eyes. It will remove makeup, but I keep it for skin cleansing. You can use it AM or PM, but I keep it for PM. It starts off a bit gritty/lumpy but then melts into a nice oil that cleans the skin, leaving it soft, nourished and glowing. 

Pros
- Mid Priced
- Cleanses quickly and thoroughly
- Nourishes and hydrates the skin
- Non offensive scent
- Beautiful texture

Cons
- None

Summary
I am so glad that I tried these cleansers. I'll be honest, I'm more impressed by the Glow Mud Cleanser as it had more oomph and is different to products I own. I still really like the Nourishing Cleansing Balm, I just wasn't blown away. Both are great cleansers to have in your stash for different occasions. I highly recommend giving them a go, you won't be disappointed. Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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  • Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Pixi Skintreats Review - Cleansers - Glow Mud Cleanser and Nourishing Cleansing Balm

This post is really exciting for me, as it's part one of my review series for the huge order I made with Pixi. It seemed only appropriate to start with the cleansers, as cleansing products are my favourite things to try out. I went online to make my purchase and came away with more than expected (as you do). I've been testing these cleansers for a couple of weeks and I'm ready to share the greatness with you. I hope these reviews are helpful. 




I purchased the Nourishing Cleansing Balm and the Glow Mud Cleanser.



The packaging is very simple and sturdy. It is a bit big for travel though. 
Price - £18 for 135ml
Texture - Creamy, soft cleanser
Finish - Refreshed, bright, glowing skin

What they say
This active yet gentle cleanser with 5% glycolic acid exfoliates to reveal a glowing, healthier looking skin tone

Key ingredients
 Glycolic Acid - Exfoliates and resurfaces the skin, leaving it smoother and softer
Avocado Oil - Nourishes and moisturises
Mud - Deep cleans and detoxifies
Hyaluronic Acid - Plumps the skin with hydration

What is it
This is a beautiful cleanser that deep cleans, exfoliates and brightens the complexion. It leaves the skin glowing and perfected without being harsh or stripping. It has lovely fresh/citrus scent which is so invigorating. Suitable for all skin types, except very sensitive. Especially great for oily,combination,congested skins. 






How I use it
I take a 10p size amount for my whole face and neck, avoiding the eyes. I apply it to bare, dry skin and massage it through. I do tend to add a little water to loosen up the product, then remove with a hot flannel.This is not suitable for removing makeup. You can use this AM or PM, but I prefer morning as it is really refreshing and wakes me up. After using this, my skin looks lifted, glowing and perky, as if I've had lots and sleep. It really deep cleans and removes everyday dirt, grime and sebum. 

Pros
- Mid Priced
- Good amount of product
- Instant results
- Great for all skin types
- Uplifting scent
- Clarifies and removes impurities

Cons
- Not great for very sensitive skins



The balm comes in a nice chunky plastic pot, but is not very heavy. Nice and sturdy, good for travel if you have space for a pot.
Price - £18 for 90ml
Texture - Soft, balm to oil
Finish - Smooth, nourished, skin

What they say
Rich and luxuriously textured, this balm to oil cleanser melts away makeup and impurities for clear glowing skin. 

Key ingredients
Vitamin E - Reduces skin damage, fights free radicals and moisturises
Sweet Almond Oil - Dissolves impurities
-Shea Butter - Protects and moisturises 

What is it
This is a classic cleansing balm, that nourishes the skin whilst effectively cleansing. It has a soft rose/ almond scent, which is calming and relaxing. Suitable for all skin types. 







(oily stage)

How I use it
 I use a 10p sized blob and massage it all over the face, neck and eyes. It will remove makeup, but I keep it for skin cleansing. You can use it AM or PM, but I keep it for PM. It starts off a bit gritty/lumpy but then melts into a nice oil that cleans the skin, leaving it soft, nourished and glowing. 

Pros
- Mid Priced
- Cleanses quickly and thoroughly
- Nourishes and hydrates the skin
- Non offensive scent
- Beautiful texture

Cons
- None

Summary
I am so glad that I tried these cleansers. I'll be honest, I'm more impressed by the Glow Mud Cleanser as it had more oomph and is different to products I own. I still really like the Nourishing Cleansing Balm, I just wasn't blown away. Both are great cleansers to have in your stash for different occasions. I highly recommend giving them a go, you won't be disappointed. Thank you for reading!

Maiya
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