January 21, 2019

E.L.F Beauty Shield Recharging Magnetic Mask Kit

Is there really anything better than coming home after a long day at work, or just a mentally exhausting day and just having a full on pamper session?! Of course whats a good 'oul pamper session without a facemask. Literally as we speak I've atleast 20 facemasks at hand for when I want to chill and just treat myself like the Queen I am (I'm listening to 7 Rings way too much right now). Something a little different that I've been trying lately is the E.L.F Magnetic Face mask. Now I've seen these around before and honestly I'm probably one of the last people to try them out but I'm like you know what.. it's 2019 about time we can take a facemask off....with a magnet...we in the future now guys!

So I went into this mask blind, as in I didn't look at any reviews, I didn't read about what it was supposed to do except for the little paragraph at the front of the box which claims "visibly lift away surface impurities" I mean I'm up for anything thats going to help make my skin look better so of course as soon as I got it I went straight home and slathered it onto my face. I've used it several times now, the mask pot is now completely empty and I think I've finally come up with my conclusion of this mask.

Lets be honest it's a little gimmicky but you know what we all love a little gimmick and heres why  

The whole concept of not having to wash off a face mask is genius, so they invented peel off masks which we went crazy for. Then they came up with an even better idea...sheet masks! Like oh my god theres barely any work in them anymore however they lost the 'fun factor' don't get me wrong I love a mask that does what it claims to do so if it means I have to wash it off by holding my face in a bowl of ice cold water for a solid three minutes fair enough. But we can all agree (i hope) that the fun of peel off masks were gas, half the time you were challenging yourself to take it all off in one go without breaking it so you could see a face etc like it was amusing. 

So by bringing out magnetic face masks are slightly going back to the fun of facemasks. Now am I the only one who feels this way because I'm actually a big child or please tell me others feel this way. 
I just texted one of my friends on snapchat she agrees so atleast I now know I'm not the only one in this.

So onto the actual mask itself I'm gonna throw it out there that I already give the concept a 10/10 because I don't have to move off my bed to remove it and just have to run a magnet over my face.
The formula itself is quite thick and chalky with a chocolate orange scent to it (win). The magnet you receive is dual ended one holding the magnet and the other acting as your spatula to apply the mask. I won't lie I struggled using the spatula end, maybe it's just because I hadn't applied facemasks with them before but I just found this awkward. Back to the mask you simply apply it, leave it for 5 - 10 minutes on the skin and remove it with the magnet. The mask doesn't harden on the skin or anything so you don't have to sit there waiting for it to dry out or anything like that. The removal of the mask I must say is so much fun because you're just constantly like 'omg I cant believe that actually worked'. However I did find it left a layer of not so much oil but something that felt very silky on top of the skin. It's recommended that you don't wash your face after removing the mask and just go ahead with your moisturisers which I did. 

Result wise, you do feel like the magnet is pulling everything out of your skin and I will admit I have noticed the pores and blackheads around my nose area have definitely improved while using this face mask. It also leaves the skin feeling very soft which I put down to that layer it leaves sitting on the skin after removing the mask itself.

Is it actually worth the €30 price tag just for the gimmicky nature of the removal?

yes and no.

I honestly believe that this did help reduce the look of my pores and help with the removal of black heads BUT I do think it's a tad overpriced. Also I feel like for the amount of product you get in the actual container isn't a lot especially if you're doing your full face 1-2 times a week like it recommends. I think I got about 4/5 applications with this pot and for the price I'm just not sure thats all that great. I do know the likes of Glamglow are a lot more expensive but I feel you get a few more uses out of them pots. It's probably due to how thick and chalky of a consistency this product has that doesn't help when it comes to spreading it across the skin. 
They do offer a refill mask in a tube that you can basically transfer it into your tub on the E.L.F website for £17 which is roughly almost €20 which I'm just like...rly mate...?!

So although I did enjoy it for the scent and the fun factor of removing a mask with a magnet with how little uses you get and for the price tag I don't think it would be something I'd be stocking up on anytime soon. However I did enjoy using it for the time I did have with it. Now I'm left with a magnet thats not really going to be doing much so I'm just like do I keep this for something or?

Have you ever tried a magnetic face mask before?

January 13, 2019

Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme Frost Pro Palette Review with Swatches

Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme Frost
I’m not going to lie I was never part of the Jeffree Star cosmetics hype, I just didn’t really bother with it until Shane Dawson done a series all about Jeffree Star and I think I was so shocked and amazed at the series and how Jeffree made a successful life for himself that I was like you know what let’s give these a whirl, it also helped that at the time BeautyBay had a sale on so I tried the liquid lipsticks and fell in love with the formulas and have gathered quite a few lipsticks from the brand since then. 

Come Christmas time I received the Northern Lights Supreme Frost palette which contains 6 different highlighting shades and I literally could not contain my excitement and I was so excited to put them all over my face. I had never tried any of the highlighters so I was over the moon to have gotten his latest release to try. Inside the packaging, which I must add is so stunning sits 6 beautiful shades. I will admit some more easier to wear than others but still all so gorgeous. 
Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme FrostThe supreme frost formula is very soft to touch and almost melts under your finger. When applied with a brush they give the most gorgeous glow and the more you apply the more intense they become, honestly I thought with just one swipe you’d be able to see my non-existent cheek bones from space but no they are quite subtle on the first application. 
Jeffree Star Northern Lights Supreme Frost Swatches
I immediately went to Alaskan Ice because of how much of a gorgeous iced white it is and I was not disappointed, it gives the most gorgeous icy blue tone when facing towards the light that it’s just gorgeous. 
Thawed out is a fab pale pink shade and it’s definitely in my top two shades from the palette.
Below freezing will more than likely be my least used shade in the palette I think for obvious reasons. Now if you can pull this off I’m jealous because the colour is so breathtaking when on the skin but I just cannot pull it off with my pale af skin, legit looks like I’ve gotten frostbite on my cheeks when I put it on.
Frozen Gold let me down a little I mean to an extent I honestly thought it was going to be a more rosey gold toned shade but it’s much more on the yellow toned side. Still a fab colour though and I definitely will use it.
My favourite of all Anchorage. The most stunning peachy gold shade and I’m so obsessed with it. I’ve been wearing this one the most out of the palette because I think it’s so fab and every time I wear it I get asked at least 3 times what highlighter I’m wearing. 
Finally Artic Sky, when I first saw this shade I didn’t think I’d like it just due to the colour but oh my goodness this is beautiful on the skin. Although a lavender toned shade it just really works and looks so fab swept across the cheekbone. 

Overall I really like this highlighter formula, it is very different than everything I’ve ever tried and it definitely makes me intrigued to try out the original formula highlighters from the collection just to see how much they differ. These are so silky and smooth and in no way powdery at all. The palette itself is so lovely and I’m definitely delighted to have it as part of my collection because I just know I’m going to use it so much. The actual products inside I honestly thought would be much smaller but the pans are quite large compared to your usual highlighter palette panned products. 

If you’re on the hunt for a new highlighter palette, and maybe you want to experiment with shades that aren’t the usual colours you’d go for I’d definitely recommend splurging on this palette as I really don’t think you’d regret it!

Have you tried any of Jeffree’s products?

January 06, 2019

My Top Beauty Picks From 2018

Happy New Year!

Is everybody else still as shocked as I am that it is actually 2019 already!? Literally the quickest year of my life and I honestly feel like I blinked and missed 6 months of it.
However as it is the new year and everybody is starting the usual resolutions, new year new me and everything else in between of course I'm joining in!

I've set very small, achievable goals for myself this year for my blog and for myself and hopefully I'll actually stick to them this year as last years plans didn't exactly go to plan.

So I decided to start off 2019 with a look back at the beauty products I loved and enjoyed over the past twelve months. Surprisingly this year I found these quite easy to pick out whereas normally it takes me ages to try and narrow all the products I've loved down to a certain number. In 2018 I feel like there wasn't many beauty bandwagons I jumped on without reading reviews about them, and alot of the time surprisingly for me my attitude towards things was 'sure I've something like that already' which trust me is a very strange sense of mind for myself to have.

Anyways because I didn't go overboard as much as I usually do every other year it meant I was able to pick out 11 products quite quickly from my collection that I fell in love with throughout 2018.
So lets jump right in.

Starting with the Jo Malone French Lime Blossom fragrance. I got this back in October and while I only had it in my life for a short period of time compared to some of the other products included in this post I became obsessed with this scent. I absolutely adore Jo Malone fragrances for the reason being that they last on you for absolute hours before you have to even think about spraying yourself with perfume again. The scent is very different than the usual sweet like fragrances I usually opt for and I'm literally going to describe it as a very grown up scent. It is absolutely gorgeous and I 've literally went through half the bottle of it since October because I've been using it so much. I was carrying it around with me in my handbag everyday, which was weighing me down but I was so afraid of breaking it that I ended up getting myself a perfume pod (smartest little invention ever) and transferring it into that. Definitely my top new fragrance of the year for sure.

When I was tanned (which started back in May) my go to foundation was the L'oreal True Match in 4n. Although I also used this when I was pale (2R/2C) I just especially loved it when I wore fake tan as the shade matched me perfectly. This foundation is the best drugstore one in my opinion and I've tried my fair few. However I find this one amazing, it lasts on my skin all day long and I'm forever getting compliments on my skin when I wear this. For the small €15 price tag I honestly cannot recommend it anymore. When you open my foundation drawer (is it a bad thing I've a whole drawer of foundations or...thats normal right!?) its basically 80% true match because I love it so much and I'm forever stocking up when Boots are doing a 3 for 2 offer on it.

Something I was so excited about this year to add to my collection my very first Christian Louboutin Lipstick in 'Just Nothing'. The most gorgeous natural nude lip colour I've ever come across packaged in the most extra packaging I've ever seen in my life. The formula is a matte finish but when on the lips feels very silky and moisturising which I love because I absolutely cannot stand formulas that dry out your lips and make you feel like you haven't drank a glass of water in four years. Definitely can see myself having to buy a lil treat in the shape of the exact same lipstick in the iconic red shade. If you're thinking about splurging on one I definitely 100% recommend them.

2018 was the year I decided to give self tanning a try and boy was it an eventful time. From looking like an actual orange to even using one that ended up looking a little green I think it's safe to say I definitely mastered self tanning...well except for my hands, they're still a learning curve. However the tanning brand that made me fall in love with having a colour rather than looking like a milk bottle was the Tantastic Liquid Tan. The reason I fell in love with this brand was their formulas are basically fool proof and they don't come with that vile self tan smell instead its replaced with a quite appealing scent. Throughout the past year I've definitely gone through at least 8 bottles of the liquid, 6 of the lotion and 3 of the foam...trust me the colour pay off is GORGEOUS! Think Bahammas for two weeks kinda tan. They're also quite affordable and are almost constantly doing some sort of percentage off on their website.

Onto the Mario Badescu Facial Spritz. I literally fell head over heels with this and currently have four bottles of it as back up for when I run out. It's so refreshing and I absolutely adore it. I ended up writing all about it in a post last year which you can find here. They're so refreshing and are great for no makeup and makeup days for a quick freshen up. I use these religiously especially after removing my makeup because I feel like they just do really good things for my skin. After trying all three different scents/flavours (idk what you call them, basically there's 3 different ones) the Aloe one is definitely my favourite although I do love them all I seem to buy more of this one than the others. I won't go on too much more about it because I've already told you how much I adore it in a post of its very own!

Onto another fragrance that definitely won the year for me Woman by Ralph Lauren. This year saw me buy my first Ralph Lauren handbag...and then shortly after buy another...and for Christmas I got a Ralph Lauren purse (which is beautiful) so I feel like I had a little love affair with the brand for a hot minute. Anyways I'd never really been fond of any of the Ralph Lauren fragrances until this year when they launched Woman. With a mix of strong florals and rich woody scents the fragrance was one of my most sprayed scents in 2018. Although slightly different (again) than the sweet scents I go for I fell in love with this scent very quickly. Of course it started out with a rollerball but you know theres currently a 100ml bottle sat in my fragrance drawer. Also I want to quickly mention the bottle design as although it's quite simple the unusual way the lid opens rather than the normal pull off lid adds a little touch of glam and luxury to the bottle design. If you've yet to smell this I urge you off to your nearest fragrance stockist and give it a little sniff.

False lashes and I have a love/hate relationship. As in I will wear them religiously for a solid two weeks and then totally ignore their exsistence for two months. This year I was a little adventurous and stepped away from my usual eylure picks and ventured to Beauty Bay to find a more 'luxury' brand of lashes (but also I still didn't want to spend €30 on a pair bc I just don't see the worth) and there I discovered Doll Beauty who have their own little range of makeup but also a huge range of lashes and oh my! I fell in love with the first pair I got which was in the style 'Selena' and ever since then I've been buying my eyelashes from the brand, they even do multipacks which are great value. Lets quickly mention the packaging because it's so girly I absolutely adore it. The lashes come stored in a little acrylic box under the pink sleeve so you know they're well protected between wears. When removed carefully and cleaned (as in removing glue) you get quite a good few uses out of these before they start going a bit tattery.
Jeffree Star cosmetics was a brand I also ventured into in 2018 and I think it was mainly because of Shane Dawsons docu-series on Youtube ft. Jeffree. I got the mini nude set for my birthday back in August (I never got around to writing up my what I got post - true story it's still sitting in my drafts) and fell in love with the formula and one particular shade that I ended up wearing everyday and as I'm typing this post I have it on my lips! Celebrity Skin quickly became my everyday staple nude shade and as the formula is so long lasting I'd never have to worry about re-applying it (except after eating but thats kind of obvious). I ended up finishing the year with three tubes of the liquid lipstick version of this shade and one bullet lipstick of it. If you're on the market for a soft brown nude with a peachy undertone to it this one is your new BFF.

Something I was in two minds about mentioning but I truly enjoyed using it and can see myself purchasing another bottle when this runs out is the Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation. I used this in the shade Creme Brûlée for when I was too lazy to tan and was embracing my pale af skin tone. Although definitely a fuller coverage foundation than I'm used to wearing I really loved this. The coverage I found amazing and it wore quite well, I'm saying quite because sometimes if I was having a bad skin day I did find I'd have to patch it up a little. When I first tried it I really didn't get on with it for the simple reason of I'm used to wearing medium coverage foundations and the consistency of them are usually quite watery so I think I got over-whelmed over how thick this was and wasn't 100% sure how I was going to apply it (yup I freak out over these things). However after sticking with it I ended up turning around my attitude towards it and really enjoyed it. It's also fragranced which I found a little strange but as soon as its applied to the skin the scent goes and you're not bombarded with the perfume of it. I have sensitive skin and so normally have to be wary of perfumed products coming in contact with it but it never bothered my skin at all.

The third and final fragrance to get a mention is my all time beloved Gucci Bloom. When this was released last year it shot right to the top of my favourite fragrances and since then it honestly hasn't budged. They released two more scents in this range and I'm actually not a fan and the original is still my absolute favourite. If you love sweet floral scents you'll love Gucci Bloom. I've mentioned this fragrance here on Darling Jordan multiple of times including in my top 2017 beauty products which you can find here. Which means its been my top fave for two consecutive years running now. I've so many fragrances (its actually ridiculous) but I always end up going back to this one. Plus the simplicity of the bottle design just leaves me doing heart eyes because of the delicate girly packaging.

And last but certainly not least my other favourite self tanner that I fell head over heels for the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark. Now I'm going to be the first one to hold my hand up to say if you want a dark false tan...this isn't the one fam. Although called Dark you get more of a very natural healthy looking glow rather than a 'hey guess who's back from Abu Dhabi' When I first tried this I was going from Tantastic making me look like I was in the Bahamas to this and I literally remember thinking "is this a faulty batch or something!?" but strangely enough I kept using it and using it, then moved onto my second bottle and then my third and fourth (and so on) and I just couldn't get enough of how natural it looked. Surprisingly something I thought was such a failure ended up finishing as my favourite tanning brand of the year. It's also coconut scented so you're not left with that vile biscuit smelling tan (the most revolting smell in the world imo) which is so fab because you're actually able to breathe while letting it develop on your skin.

And there you have it, my top Beauty picks from 2018.
What products did you fall head over heels with last year?
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