Urban Decay All Nighter- Make- up Setting Spray Review

Urban Decay Finishing Spray- Long Lasting

Urban Decay Long Lasting Setting Finishing Spray, promises to make my make- up last all night.  I have seen setting sprays over the years and always thought they were a extra ‘fancy’ step in make- up routines of beauty gurus that wasn’t really needed. However, I hate getting home from a night out or a long day, going to remove my foundation and finding there is hardly anything left to take off, so I decided to enter the world of finishing sprays and see what happened.

I did a bit of research and decided to try this one, I have not had much experience with Urban Decay, I have Naked 1 & 2- which I love,  but have tried nothing else. (I have been hearing a lot of chatter about the Naked concealer though- has anyone tried that?)

The packaging is simple and practical, although quite large which is good and bad- lots of product but not handy for travel. To use you just spray from about 8-10 inches away in a ‘X’ and/or ‘T’ shape, with one spritz per axis.  It is very wet when you spray and it is kinda weird to be honest- much more liquid than  the mist I expected. My first reaction was to look in the mirror to see where my make up had been smudged by it- the answer none of it moved!

It dries really quickly, I had originally wanted the ‘Cooling and Hydrating’ version but when I swatched  at the counter, I found that it took a long time to dry while the ‘All Nighter’ melted to feel like nothing on your skin in seconds.

Was it worth it? This is the only setting spray I have ever tried but….. it did make me make-up last longer as promised.

I would not say that this is an essential step in the make up routine but it is a nice add on, with little time or effort for a good pay off. The product is expensive but I feel given that you use so little each time it will last a while.  Had anyone else tried it?

Dubai Sephora Haul #1: Marc Jacobs Make-up

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Hello! I am back from an wonderful holiday with my boyfriend to the UAE, had such a brilliant, relaxing but fun packed time. We were in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai- I might do a post about the trip if people are interested?

I of course visited Sephora while there, went to the one in the Dubai Mall- which is the best shopping mall ever. I thought I would divide my haul into two parts as I bought quite alot (oops!)and I think the Marc Jacobs products are soo beautiful that they deserve their own post.

I was desperate to take a look at the Marc Jacob’s make-up as you can’t get into in the UK and I love Marc Jacobs Perfume (you can see my collection here) so had high hopes for it.

Firstly the packaging of all of their products is amazing, so simple, sleek yet sophisticated. Each one comes in a little cloth pouch which I haven’t included in the photo.

Marc Jacobs Pressed Powder

My first purchase was the Perfection Powder in Bique which promises to be a featherweight foundation. The case has a huge mirror which I love- will be great for make-up on the go. I have only tried this as a finishing powder so far and loved it.

Marc Jacob Shameless Blush

The Shameless Bold Blush in Reckless is wonderful subtle pink with a slight purple-ish undertone.

Marc Jacobs Studded Kiss lipgloss

This lipgloss  from the Lust for Lacquer in Studded Kiss is gorgeous a beautiful dark berry with a bit of shimmer.  I have only worn in once so far and loved it.

Mark Jacob Lolita

The Lotlita Eye shadow palette caught my attention on a number of blogs and I loved it up close. My lovely boyfriend was kind enough to buy it for me. It holds 7 neutral colours in a slimline case-3 matte/4 shimmer, on a first play with the colours I think it will be a new favourite for everyday.

I suspect that full reviews on all these products will follow. The rest of Sephora Dubai haul will be up on Thursday.

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Desert Metals Mascara by teeez Trendy Cosmetics

Desert Metals Mascara

I know I did a mascara review recently but I received this one in my You Beauty Discover box earlier this month and have really been impressed by the Desert Metals Mascara, so wanted to share.

I had never heard of the brand teeez Trend Cosmetics before so wasn’t sure what to expect. The Dutch company promise that this mascara which contains silk proteins which will protect and nourish your lashes. To be honest  I am not sure about these claims- what do you look for to know if it has now more nourished eyelash? Despite this I have been impressed.

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The brush is a cone like shape, small at the tip getting progressively wider. The narrow tip makes it great for easily coating the outer most or inner most lashes. It is an intense black which I felt made my lashes appear longer and fuller. It didn’t create that ‘false lash’ effect but it is perfect for what I want from mascara. It did not smudge, lasted all day and was relatively easy to get off at the end of the day.

You can get this in various colours- I have Midnight Sky which is a strong black.

One sad point is that it is pretty expensive at around £17 and I found it hard to track down a UK stockist but you can get it at nelly.com. Hopefully, the brand will be stocked more widely in the future though as I really liked this product.

Has anyone tried anything else from this brand?

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NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Review

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I picked up this glossy Mega Shine trio when I was in New York last year and they are the only NYX product I have tried so far.  I love the simple packaging topped with a black bow on the lid. The creamy lip gloss glides on easily with a doe- foot applicator. They have a lovely sweet, sugary smell which can be enjoyed during application but doesn’t haunt you for the rest of the day. As far as that annoying lipgloss stickiness goes, these guys don’t have much of it yey!

From Top: Beige, Sugar Pie and Natural

From Top: Beige, Sugar Pie and Natural

The three colours are a great little trio as they are all quite different but all very wearable day-time appropriate with awesome shine. Beige is my favourite. Sugar Pie doesn’t give much colour but with the shine is enough to get noticed, it also works well over a matte lipstick. And Natural looks much better on than it does in the bottle, more red than brown tones when applied.

I have never seen NYX in the UK, but just learned while doing this post that they are stocked in Next! How did I miss this, will have to have  a look next time I am at the shops. What are you favourite NYX products? What should I try next?

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Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss


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I picked up the Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss is a recent haul. I went for Stellar Berry (360) as I was attracted by its beautiful plum rich red colour. It is vibrant on the lips with a lovely shine.

This lipgloss smells amazing, a lovely clean fruity scent, which makes you want to taste it! It has a doe-foot applicator which glides the non-sticky gloss on nicely and without fuss. It contains honey nectar which means that it feels nourishing and doesn’t dry your lips.

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The packaging, is not innovative but it is slim and light which is what you really want for throwing in your clutch on a night out. The lid allows seems to fit on well and nice and tight- so leakage is hopefully unlikely!

I picked this up in Superdrug for £6.19 but while preparing this post I found it on sale at Fragrance Direct for £1.99, not used this website before though- have you? I have seen lots of other bloggers hauls from it recently.

I will  be picking up this lipgloss in another colour, just have to decide which one!

Any plans for Valentines tomorrow? I have a wee date with the boyfriend planned, dinner and hopefully a drinkies.

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BADgal Lash Mascara by Benefit Review

Badgal Lash

Badgal Lash Wand

BADgal Lash by Benefit is my current favourite mascara and has been for a while.  I have tried other things in between purchases but I have always come back to it. Basically, it just makes my lashes look great. It has a a lovely big brush which applies with no clumps and little fuss, which is what I need to ensure I make it out the door on time. It separates my lashes nicely while  adding volume and length with a beautiful jet black.  It works well for work  while an extra coat makes it perfect for evening/party time.

I wear glasses and feel it works well with them, false lash effect type mascaras are a bit much I find  and make my lashes touch the lens. BADgal Lash is just the write combo of full lashes that are glasses friendly.

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Other reviews I have read of this product have found that it flakes/smudges easily but this hasn’t been my experience, it has always lasted the day. It is also quite easy to take off with make-up remover which is wonderful after a late night.

Sadly, the one downside of this mascara is the price, it is expensive at £17.50 a pop. I would recommend keeping an eye on the House of Fraser brand sale, as Benefit is often included and I saved a few £ on my last purchase thanks to this.

What is your favourite mascara?

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Drugstore Make-up Haul

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Popped into the shops for a peek at the weekend only to be suckered in my the various deals at Boots and Superdrug- before I knew it I had a lovely collection of new products escorting me home. Grabbed a few products that the blogging world is raving about and a few other pretty things that caught my eye.

Eyeshadow HaulFirst up, eye shadows, it was buy1get1half price on No7 so I picked up their Trio Eye Shadow Palette, Good Earth and the single Matte Maroon. It has been a while since I have used No7 and one of their eye shadow trios used to be a favourite so looking forward to playing with these. Nice neutral colours in the trio, one with a bit of shimmer, all compact together for easy travel if needed. Think adding the Matte Maroon with the trio will create a fab smokey eye.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On & On Bronze: You will have no doubt read the countless reviews on this as well, figured I’d find out  what all the fuss  is about.

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In terms of lips I picked up:

Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss:  Another one I decided to jump on the bandwagon with. When I tried it out boyfriend said whooo peach, so the scent has received the kiss of approval.

Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss in Berry, Not usually the colour I am drawn to but it swatched really nice and there was an offer on Maybelline products. Have been wearing it quite a bit since I bought it so will be a full review soon.

L’oreal Glam Shine Satin Splash: I have wanted to try these for a while, since a few folks suggested they were dupes for a similar YSL lip product. Went for quite a natural colour so can wear for work.

Finally, I got a free lipstick voucher through my Boots advantage card after my last purchase at Clinique so got the Long Last Lipstick in All heart, as I said don’t usually go for red lips so will be a bit different for me.

New make-up brushes

If you caught my last post you will know I love my RealTechniques Powder brush, so when I saw that Superdrug had the range at Buy1get1halfprice, I decided to add to my collection. Picked up the Shading brush and Blush brush. My first impression? They are both fab!

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L’Oreal le blush in Sandalwood Rose; felt I should get a new blush to go with my new brush! Recommended for fair skin tones, this a lovely pink shade. Also, I have just discovered there is a wee compartment underneath the blush with a brush and more importantly a mirror- fab extra for make-up on the go

Maybelline Baby Skin, I know another hyped up product but all you bloggers made me buy it! I love my Benefit Porefessional, but a cheaper alternative would be good for my wallet so decided to give it a go. I will report back!

Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream– have been thinking that perhaps I should start worrying about taking better care of my eye areas, sooner I start operation no-wrinkles the better? This one promises a nourishing cream that hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines to reveal more radiant skin.

Finally, I picked up on nail polish Maybelline Color Show in Burgundy Kiss which is actually a gift for a friend. She is usually drawn to dark navy/blacks and I thought a dark maroon would be something a wee bit different but in keeping with what she likes

Let me know if you hit the shops this weekend, what was your top buy? Comment below or tweet me!

P.S If you need ideas of valentines, I have been pinning away cute things on my Pinterest board.

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