Beauty on Trial in April

Friday, 21 April 2017

Beauty on Trial in April

Last month I started a new segment on my blog where each month I post all about the beauty products I have been using and testing throughout the month and I give you a little run through of what I think of them. I really enjoy this segment as it's a little different from any other monthly beauty post, it isn't a favourites post and I get to try out a bunch of new products each month so I can do this post, which of course is amazing and fun for me.

KIKO FAN BRUSH NO.12
I popped into Kiko to have a nosey around and found myself looking to their makeup brushes, the brand has quite a nice collection of brushes available and every single one is as soft as the next. I liked that each brush came in a box which is quite cute and prevents any breakages on its travels home. The brush is a typical Kiko brush; smooth, slightly flattened handle with a dark silver metal section before the bristles, the hairs are black with white tips that serve as a throwback to the boys I used to fancy in high school with their blonde tips in their hair. Yes, I just gagged too.

I have been using this brush for around 3 weeks now and it's a pretty good brush for a natural highlight. The brush has very sparse bristles which means that it doesn't pick up as much product as I would like it to. You can definitely build the product with the brush, however, so it can be good for a light highlight look or a heavier look depending on what you prefer for that day. I don't think that the brush can be used for anything else, I have attempted to contour with it, but it just applies far too light for it to be a contour. 

I do like the brush, I think that it is a pretty good highlighting brush especially for the price, I do think there are better fan brushes out there, but this one is perfect for an everyday highlight. A more dramatic or intense look can be built upon with this brush, but if I were to go for a more intense look, I would use my Spectrum fan brush which is much more dense and holds so much more product. I have washed this product twice now, once using the Garnier Micellar Gel and once using my beauty blender liquid cleanser. Both times the brush cleaned up perfectly, there were no bristles falling out and it dried perfectly soft. 

Overall, it is a pretty nice brush and it only cost £12.90 so I can't exactly fault it, however, I do wish it had more bristles and was a little more dense because then it could hold more product and you wouldn't have to build for an intense highlight look. I think the problem is maybe with the white tips of the bristles as the tips of the brush do feel thinner than the base of the bristles, so maybe they thinned the tips out resulting in the brush becoming more sparse, I'm not sure. 

VERDICT: A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTION.

KIKO MULTICOLOUR GLITTER EYELINER
- DIAPHANOUS GOLD 01
While I was in Kiko, they had a little sale going on and the girl at the till of course sold me on something, I mean I am an absolute sucker for impulse buys by the till. She told me how their Multicolour Glitter Eyeliners were on sale and how incredible they were, showed me the swatches and I fell in love with the gold tone. I can't tell you when I will ever wear it as eyeliner, but it was such a gorgeous shade I just knew that I needed to have it in my collection, it had to be available for me if I decided I wanted gold eyeliner, y'know?

It is this gorgeous yellow gold tone, incredibly reflective and the glitter particles are tiny, which I love. I don't like chunky glitter in my makeup, it reminds me of being a kid and having kid's makeup, I prefer glitter products to have tiny glitter particles. I have actually worn this a few times now despite thinking I wouldn't, it is a really nice product for highlighting your inner corners and it works as an eyeshadow too, it is a super versatile product. You can smudge it in to use it as a highlight or eyeshadow, however, you have to work quickly because when it dries it will not budge, unless you use Fix+, of course. 

I am yet to use it as an actual eyeliner, but I think it's definitely worth the cash to buy it specifically for using as a highlight. It comes in the cutest packaging, a pearlescent yellow pencil with a silver cap and it has a screw bottom so you can retract the actual product, however, it can still be sharpened if you have a small enough eyeliner sharpener, which luckily I do. It has a very small nib which means you can create both a precise thin line or you can create a thicker eyeliner look. It has a very creamy and smooth consistency, it doesn't smudge and you could even use it to highlight your nose if you wanted to. I like to highlight my inner corners and brow bones with this pencil and buff it in with a buffing brush with a little Fix+ on it. 

VERDICT: A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTION.

THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN E MOISTURISER
I was gifted this product before Christmas, but I just popped it in beside my other skincare products and forgot about it for a while. I recently decided to clean out my skincare collection and I found it again earlier this month. I started to use it around the first week of April and have been using it every day since, popping it on after my face is cleansed every morning. 

It is a very lightweight moisturiser which I like, I don't like heavy moisturisers because more often than not I do apply makeup on top of them and it just starts to feel cakey. This one seems to just sink right into your skin leaving your face perfectly hydrated and smooth all day and not greasy or heavy like some other moisturisers I have used in the past. It says it can work for up to 48hrs, but I apply it each morning and use a different night cream at night and I do like it, I do think it keeps my skin hydrated and radiant throughout the day and it has a lovely scent to it too. 

It can be used by all skin types and it's specific to any single skin type, but I would say that people with dry skin should definitely give this one a shot. I got a really horrible cold last week and all around my nose the skin got dry and cracked, which was absolutely horrible. I used this product, packed some cream onto the skin one to three times a day for two days and my dry skin cleared up, it worked perfectly in hydrating the dry skin and now around my nose, the skin is smooth and silky with not a crack or dry area in sight. 

The scent is almost rosy and floral-like, I suck at describing scents, but it definitely gives me floral vibes which isn't my favourite scent usually, but I really like this one. It ks perfumed, which usually my skin doesn't agree with, but it has absolutely fine with this one. If your skin reacts badly to perfumed skincare I would pop into The Body Shop and get a sample or even talk to a skincare specialist there if you can. Along with vitamin E, it also has shea butter, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid in it, all of which are really good ingredients for your skin. Shea butter is proven to heal skin problems like eczema, aloe vera also has healing agents and is an anti-inflammatory which means it can bring down redness. Lastly hyaluronic acid is very moisturising to the skin.

VERDICT: A MUST TRY. 

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA
I have had this mascara for a long time and I use it almost every single time I do my makeup, but I am yet to talk about it here on Hey There Robyn, so what better opportunity than now? This is my holy grail mascara, I have never said that about a mascara before, I have so many issues with mascaras, but this one is the best one I have ever tried.

We have to chat about the packaging first, it is a very heavy weight, metal, pink tube which can be off-putting to many people, I mean it does weigh quite a bit for a mascara, but I love it. I think the packaging is very unique and very Too Faced, if I were to have no clue who released this mascara, I would look at the packaging and be like "Ah, Too Faced" it's just very their aesthetic. It is a very fat brush with very dense bristles which get smaller and shorter towards the middle which is apparently an ode to the silver screen bombshells and their hourglass figures. 

The number one ingredient is collagen which is said to lengthen, curl and leave your lashes carbon black. I agree with two of the three factors, I wouldn't say the mascara technically curls my lashes, I have to use my eyelash curler while using this product. If I were to go for a curl enhancing mascara I would opt for my Benefit Roller Lash mascara, but I don't think it separates, lengthens and darkens my lashes quite like this one does, so I don't mind the extra step of curling my lashes before I apply the mascara in this case. 

I think it can work as an everyday mascara or can be built upon for a more dramatic look if you wanted to, but I do think it can go clumpy, which most mascaras can cause if you apply seven coats so I wouldn't say it affects me really, I only ever apply two coats and my lashes look fantastic afterwards. I have the non-waterproof version, which I love, I do want to pick myself up the waterproof version, but for now, I do love this one and it is easier to remove it with some makeup remover. 

VERDICT: A MUST TRY.

LUSH BIG SHAMPOO
I have tried this product before, I don't know if there might be an ancient post on here about trying it the last, time but I tried this product out again because I am desperate to add some volume to my horribly flat hair. This shampoo is supposed to give you big hair, as the name says, so of course, I was like "gimme gimme gimme". It is a very unusual shampoo that is for sure, it is sea salt shampoo and it actually has like sea salt crystals in the shampoo which give it a very unusual texture like no other shampoo I have ever tried before. It has seaweed in it too, which I think you can smell hints of in the shampoo, but for some reason, I absolutely adore the scent of this shampoo, it is a very clean and fresh scent, which of course you want for something you're washing your hair with. 

I have gone through this entire 330g tub of product in about two months, maybe two and a half, which for me is a big deal because I swap my shampoos around like nobody's business. Like I said it is a very odd texture to wash your hair with, but it definitely does what it says on the tin and adds volume, it doesn't give you a crap tonne of volume, but it definitely gives your roots a bit of a boost which is what I want, I don't want my hair to look like it's been backcombed for three hours beforehand, I just want a natural volume to it. Alongside the added volume it is also a lot smoother and softer which is great because who doesn't want soft and smooth hair? 

The clean and fresh scent lingers in your hair for a good few hours after you have washed it which is a major plus, I love when you like swish your hair and let off a scent of your shampoo, it just makes you feel good. I will definitely be repurchasing this product it gives such a natural look to the hair and doesn't look too volumised or overdone and of course, it is Lush so it is vegan and all natural which I have been loving switching my products for some vegan, natural products. 

VERDICT: A MUST TRY.

Have you tried any of these products? Will you be trying out any of these products? Tell me below in the comments and recommend me some products you think I would love. 

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