I’m back with another face mask friday and wouldn’t you just know it.. it’s another sheet mask. This time however it’s a bit different, this one was sent to me so I had no idea what to expect, so unusual and bizarrely slimy when I got it out of the sachet. If you’d ever tried those gel eye masks (the stick on single use ones, not the ones like glasses that you put in the fridge) then it’s a similar texture to that, there was a second layer to the mask (holding it together I would imagine as the actual mask is pretty flimsy) which I removed before application and then what was left was a thin, slimy, gel-like mask. Actually very refreshing to wear and one of the best sheet masks for staying on my face.. they usually slide down or fall off if I do anything but lay on my back for the duration but this clung on for dear life.
I wore it for about 20 minutes by which time the edges were getting dry. The centre of the mask was still moist but little as I know about skincare I do know if a mask dries out on your face then your skin dries out along with it.. so I whipped it off to see the results. My skin felt softer, possibly plumper but that’s tough to measure and dare I say hydrated? I’ve tried many masks in the past that claim to plump and brighten with venom from various different creatures and they have all had a tingle to them that told me ‘I’m doing something to your skin’, I missed that with this one. I think if you have dry skin and visible lines this might be a good one but for me it was a nice refreshing treat but I don’t think it left any lasting impression on my skin.. if you want something that really feels like it’s working I would highly recommend this peel of mask from Superdrug – my favourite of the moment and one I will HAVE to get around to featuring in a FMF soon!
You can buy this Bee venom mask online here
I’ve never really been in to lip liner, I’ve never found it uber necessary as other seem to and being relatively happy with the natural shape of my lips I was never really interested in it for ‘sculpting’ either. That being said I am a huge fan of the recent Kylie Jenner style 90s lip and so have been dabbling with neutral pencils and *gasp* over drawing for a little while and I’ve finally found THE ONE I think does it for me. I’d heard about this pencil on YouTube but wasn’t running out to buy it however when my friend across the pond (Marnie, check out her blog here) asked me to pick one up for our makeup swap later this month I decided to get one for myself too, all I can say is THANKS, MARNIE! I love it!
It’s the perfect colour for me skintone, I find mid-pinks/nudes are really hit and miss against my pale complexion but this is spot on and it’s so opaque. You could wear this alone if you wanted and it would give you a plump, long wearing matte lip but I prefer to wear it as a base for something else (a particular MAC lippie I will be showing you soon actually) as I find it a little dry on its own. I have SLIGHTLY overdrawn my lips here, I don’t think I could go for the full on trout pout or get away with even this subtle boost with a bolder colour but I do like the fuller look the liner gives me and since it’s neutral it’s pretty wearable day to day without look OTT. For those interested I hear this is a dupe for Charlotte Tibury’s Pillow Talk Lip Cheat (considerably more expensive!!) so if you’ve been thinking of trying that you might want to pick this one up first and see how you like it. Oh and one last thing.. this is the first liner I’ve had that isn’t actually a pencil (it’s a twist up, automatic doodah) and I do NOT miss that sharpener!
Buy online here for £3.99
I have had these bits and bobs from Primark for a while and used them on and off so I have no idea how it’s taken so long to blog them but hey.. better late than never, right? As far as I’m aware everything is still available in stores (no links to buy online I’m afraid) and nothing is more than £3. Off the top of my head I think the palette was £2.50, the mascara was £1.50 and the Eye Brightener was £1.. but don’t quote me! Regardless of cost these are all excellent examples of the range!
The eyeshadow palette is very frosty, you can get a good swatch from each of them and they apply nicely but they are mega shimmery so if that’s not your thing you will HATE them! It’s not my every day choice but if I’m looking for something a little bolder/borderline metallic this is great.. PS no primer necessary for a decent colour pay off but definitely if you want longevity, there’s not a lot behind the shimmer.. they need something to bind them.
The mascara was actually a new find.. I used it for the first time yesterday and was uber impressed, so so good! I’m VERY difficult to please when it comes to mascara so I wasn’t expecting to like this but it’s great. A rubber brush (my favourite) but it also builds and lengthens, it’s not the worlds best but it’s considerably better than any other mascara I’ve tried at this price point and a few much more expensive ones too. No flaking, no crumbling, a generally all round good purchase I’d highly recommend if you can find it!
Lastly lets talk about the product that’s had the most use, The Eye Brightener. So versatile and easy, I’ve been wearing it with and without eyeshadow on an almost daily basis lately. Unlike the shadows it’s not super frosty, more of a sheeny, champagne glow for the inner corners or your eyes or really anywhere you’d like to highlight. I’ve worn it in my waterline and on my brow bone too and for those of you who feel a little snobbish about makeup brands, this is the one to try! It’s almost identical to Benefits High Brow Glow, very soft and subtle but effective.
There are some excellent products to be found for not too much money these days and these are my picks of the PS Love range.. I’ve found their lipsticks to be pretty good soon so you can expect a post on those soon and if you’re wondering the lip product I’m wearing here is also budget friendly and will be up on the blog tomorrow morning – spoiler alert: super predictably Kylie Jenner inspired!