Saturday, 28 September 2013

Baby Lips - The Hype

Baby Lips, Are They Worth The Hype?

Baby Lips, a product from the make-up brand Maybelline has been what everyone's talking about in the beauty world lately. After watching and reading review after review on the product, I had to of course try it out for myself. People were gushing about the product, something in which I just couldn't understand, I mean it's just a lip balm, right? What could be so special?
I was out shopping with my friend when we wandered into Boots, a shop that's a must to visit when out and about. We were checking out the Maybelline counter (Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands) when we noticed a deal on Babylips; buy one get the second half price. Me and my friend both picked one up and split the total cost. Now I was going to find out what all the hype was about for myself.

I picked up my Baby Lips in the colour 'Cherry Me'. Not only was the packaging orange, my favourite
colour but it was also in the scent cherry, you 
guessed it, my favourite scent. My friend decided on 'Pink Punch' a lovely pink, giving a sheer pink tinge to the lips. Out of all the tinted Baby Lips I'd definitely say 'Cherry Me' has the best colour pay off. It gives a rich dark pink/red colour to the lips and stays visible for the most part of the day.

Swatch of 'Cherry Me'
As soon as I came home from shopping I took of my lip stain that I had been wearing that day and applied my Baby Lips. I was pleasantly surprised by the fruit cherry scent. As I applied the lip balm to my lips it was luxurious! The product is so soft and creamy leaving my lips to feel like feathers. If the moisturizing side to the product wasn't enough my lips now had a dark cherry colour to them, not to bold but not subtle at all either.
I was so happy with my first application but wasn't about to rave about them just yet, it still had to go through another test; how long it lasted.

To give you a clear understanding of how long my Baby Lips lasted I'll give you an example. School lasts seven hours. I applied my baby lips in the morning along with my daily make-up routine. I popped the lip balm in my bag and headed of to school. Keeping a close eye on my lips I only noticed colour starting to fade after lunch, so that's a whole five hours before I had to re-apply. And only the colour had gone, my lips were still fully moisturized. I was very impressed as it had held through many drinks of water from my bottle and a snack at break.

The Verdict
For £2.99 these lip balm tints are a bargain and a must have! I now fully understand why the beauty community hasn't stopped talking about this product. Maybelline have yet again produced a high quality yet affordable product which gives a high pay-off colour to the lips whilst hydrating and moisturizing them. The packaging is sleek and simple with well thought out complimentary colours.

If you are looking to buy some Baby Lips in the near future and live in the UK, definitely check out Boots buy one get the second one half price deal which is currently still on or if their isn't a Boots near you check out Superdrug who are now sporting the exact same deal!

Leave your thoughts on the product below!

Camera used: Fujifilm digital camera FinePix S3200

Friday, 27 September 2013

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Now I'm going to be honest, for the longest time I didn't clean my make-up brushes. I didn't think it really mattered and everyone had brush cleaning spray, something that I just couldn't afford. I tried making my own brush cleaner following a YouTube tutorial but the mixture went of within days and all I was left with was slightly weird smelling brushes and a mouldy bottle. 
Surprisingly, only very recently have I finally found a formula and technique that is simple and that I'm happy with. Not only is it easy but it takes next to no time to follow through.

What You'll Need
  • Olive Oil
  • Washing-Up Liquid (or another soap/cleaning product. Even shampoo works!)
  • A paper plate or cardboard square
  • Tissue/Napkin or Towel
  • Dirty brushes
  • Water
  • Your hands
The Steps

1. Firstly you need to make sure you have a collection of dirty brushes.

2. Next grab a paper plate, or if you're like me and have none in the house today grab a cardboard packaging from the recycling and lay a napkin on top. I've also placed the cardboard on top of a tray so if any product does seep through I can easily wipe it away.

3. Now you need to gather your ingredients together! I use Fairy washing-up liquid and a olive oil. The brand doesn't matter as long as you have a soap or washing up liquid and a olive oil included. The washing-up liquid/soap cleans away the dirt from the brush leaving it clean, the olive oil insures that the glue that holds the brush bristles to the handle of the brush stays intact. 

4. Now all you want to do is dip your brush in both the cleaning product of your choice and olive oil.


5. To clean the brush, the technique that I use and find that works best is to sweep the brush up and down the palm of your hand. This works the mixture right into the brushes bristles, insuring it's cleaned thoroughly. It's also satisfying watching all the product come away.

6. Now find yourself a tap and rinse through the bristles, circling and sweeping the brush across your palm like above. You'll know your brush is completely clean by squeezing the brush. If the water that oozes out is clear then your brush is ready for Step 7, if the water is tinted or dirty then keep the brush under the tap for a while longer. 

7. Lastly all you have to do is set your brush gently down on a tissue or towel. I find it easier to use a tissue as it is easier to dispose of. A little tip to get your brushes to dry quicker is to flick the brush bristles or thwack it against your hand. My brushes are usually completely dry within a hour, an hour and a half at the most!

It's so incredibly important to clean your brushes, especially face brushes used to apply foundation, concealer or powder. Every face has a layer of bacteria, no matter how many times you wash it. When the brush is applying a product it picks up the dirt and oil from your face and sticks to the bristles. If you don't clean your brush the next time it touches your face all it is doing is adding back bacteria to your face. This is usually the reason why you can break out into spots, definitely try and wash your face brushes at least once a week thoroughly!

Thank you for reading and I hope this post has helped you!

Camera used: Fujifilm digital camera FinePix S3200