Review: Vegan Unicorn Inspired Contour brush by Docolor

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Just like the next person, I’m loving all things unicorn and 90’s inspo. But leading by example through my cruelty-free lifestyle, combined with the fact that I’m a broke Graduate can make things difficult to keep with the trends. That’s until I stumbled across the Multi-function Contour and Highlight brush  by Docolor (£5.99), whose technicolour handle immediately captivated my attention and met all of my needs. I must admit I am quite in love and wanted to share this, regardless of whether or not you’re vegan, on a budget, or an absolute beginner looking for a straight forward way of contouring: this is a must-have, cruelty-free favourite of the season that wins all round.

First Impressions and Expectations

Multi-function Contour and Highlight brush by Docolor

Considering the price, I wasn’t expecting the packaging to be particularly special, especially as the product was ordered through Amazon. Though upon delivery, I really was quite surprised at how neat and stunning packaging was, with fancy rose gold lettering and a continuing theme of fantasy goodness. As a marketer, I can really appreciate how good packaging contributes to the overall feeling of quality towards the product, so this was no exception.

After careful opening, I was delighted when I was met with the same sparkling rainbow colours I was expecting. Thankfully, the glitter has been sealed by a clear coating which ensures there will be no shedding of particles throughout its usage, which is a nice (and needed) touch! I also noticed that the brush is quite big and chunky and unlike anything I’ve ever used before. But, as someone who isn’t particularly good with contour, I was certain the size of the brush would work in benefit with it’s claim to create strong, sculpted cheeks through “target application”. As such, I was expecting the product to act as a guiding “stamp” that works with my face shape in order to create the perfect contour shape, following my cheekbone direction.

Product Application

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What can I say? The Brush worked like a dream.  I used the Sleek Contour Kit, which includes a highlighter and contour shade as my chosen product to apply. The only problem I encountered at this stage was, as the Sleek product is quite a compact palette, so it was difficult to pick up the product on such a large brush without mixing into the two! While it wasn’t impossible, maybe it’s something to keep in mind.

Sucking in my cheeks, I found the hollow underneath my cheekbone and used backwards and forwards sweeping motions to run the brush along. The brush fibres were soft against my sensitive skin and contributed to the added benefit of providing a lovely blend, ensuring a natural look. The largeness of the brush also helped make both sides of my contour match, which as ridiculous as it sounds, is something I struggle with!

Instead of using the same technique for highlight, I decided to use a dabbing motion, ensuring that I could pick up, and apply, as much highlight as I possibly could. However, this was mostly for the sake of being picked up on camera, and of course is just one way of many applying highlight product with this brush.

Multi-function Contour and Highlight brush  by Docolor

In terms of overall impression, I was superbly impressed with this brush. The product carried through on its claims of precise, target application whilst delivering on a natural blend. As somebody who struggles to maintain symmetry on both sides of my face, the scale of the brush against my cheekbones ensured this was something I didn’t have to think about – all the hard work was done for me, cutting down on my total time spent. I completely recommend this to anyone, especially beginners who are looking for an easy, non-fuss application.

You can buy the brush here for 5.99 from Amazon.

Love,

lea-x

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More Kylie Lipkit dupes!? Makeup Revolution Lip Kits

Hello Lovelies,

University is (almost) finally over. This last year has been one of the craziest, most stresful experiences of my life which deserves to be rewarded. As such, I came across these new revolution ‘Retro Luxe Lip Kits” which consist of Matte and Metallic shades. Call them dupes of Kylies Lip Kits, but I’m a sucker for some good lip shades and at £6 per kit, I’m hardly complaining.

Side Note: Revolution do not test on animals. Hurrah!

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From Left to Right: Royal, Reign, Echelon, Worth It

Shade: ‘Worth It’

Revolution Retro Luxe Metallic Lip Kit in Worth it

‘Worth It’ is the only metallic shade in this review. I was interested in trying this because I don’t always venture too far out of my comfort zone, but always enjoy when I find something that works for me. I must admit, I truly love this dark purple/blood bitten shade which is so versatile for day and night. For some reason though, I thought it would dry matte so the thick lip gloss texture threw me off guard. Because of this, the application can be difficult and patchy. Probably not great for those of us who lack patience.

Shade: Reign

Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Kit in Reign Matte Shade

Reign is probably the ‘girliest’ shade out of the lot. Despite the brown/ nude undertones to the shade, the colour applies closer to baby pink. Personally, I’m not a fan of pink shades, just because I don’t think it fits with my personality (makes sense right?). However saying that it is probably the most wearable shades, especially for daytime looks. Overall though, I really liked how matte the liquid dried and can see this lasting for the majority of the day.

Shade: EchelonEchelon Revolution Retro luxe matte lip shade

Echelon is my favourite matte liquid lipsticks in this review, and potentially my current favourite in my entire collection at the moment.  Similar to Reign, it is mostly a pink shade. However, the dark purple and nude undertones create a gorgeous lip-bitten shade that’s wearable throughout the day and night. An absoloute win from me.

Shade: Royal

Revolution retro luxe lip shade in reign matte dark

Royal an absolute pain to applicate! As with all dark shades, it can be one of the most unforgiving in terms of not looking like a toddlers colouring book. Because the colours dry quickly too, it can be difficult to fix during the process. However, the colour was gorgeous – a dark rich purple. Not the most wearable, but it was definitely exciting to see the end transformation.

Photography credit IG: @matt_sharratt

What shades are your favourite?

Love,

lea-x

Revolution Palette: Fortune Favours the Brave

Hello my lovelies, I hope you are having a wonderful day so far. As per usual, I have treated myself to a little eyeshadow palette. I’m going through a stage where I have fallen in love with eyeshadows all over again and trying to venture out of my routinely brown smokey eye, hence why this blog is so focussed on makeup at the moment. Next week will be a slight shift however where I will be posting a budget Vegan grocery haul for all you students out there who are just going to uni for the first time, so definitely follow if that’s something you are wanting to see.

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Back on topic, the palette I’m currently obsessed with is the Revolution “Fortune Favours The Brave” which was just under the £10 Mark accessible in Superdrug. While Revolution can not say they are Vegan, they have confirmed that they do not test on animals and neither do their third parties – which is great news for those who do not buy into animal cruelty.

img_5772The main reason why I chose this palette is because the shades are so versatile and wearable. I’m not usually one for bright colours on my lid, but right now I’m up for experimentation and I find this selection of 30 shades allows me to do that without being too daring. I also love how these shades are so smokey and romantic in theme, with plenty of pigmented gold and pink shimmering shades, matte nudes and gorgeous marbled shadows too, allowing me to go from day to night. It also helps theres a huge mirror: theres nothing worse than a palette without a mirror!

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 I highly recommend this palette, especially for those on a budget like me.

Let me know if you have any favourite beauty buys this month!

Love,

lea-x

Shh September: Rose gold Makeup OTD.

September has rolled around so fast, don’t you think? I always get excited when the seasons start to change because I love to use it as an opportunity to change up my look – hair and makeup included, and today has been no exception. So I’m just quickly checking in to show you what I’m wearing today and what products I used to achieve this look.

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The products I used:

  • Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in “Shabby Chic”
  • Benefits “Gimme Brow”
  • Bare Minerals The Possibilities eyeshadow palette, shade “Future” (Rose gold) and “Promise” (Matte white)
  • Maybelline “Matte Ink” black eyeliner
  • Sleek “The Original” Palette, both Pink shades and warm brown
  • Debenhams gold glitter eyeshadow dust.

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I love everything Rose gold and warm brown for the autumn months, what do you like to wear?

Love,

lea-x

Vegan Beauty favourites: Kylie LipKit Dupes!

I’ve had a crazy few weeks lately, consisting of 9am starts and 11pm finishes, all thanks to my new job, meetings, birthdays, travelling and Pokémon GO in the moments between those. It’s all very reminiscent of what I’d imagine a Sex and The City lifestyle would be like, except without the glamour and definitely without the money. After all, I am just a student.

All in all, it’s been a little bit of a blur not having a moment to myself, I figured I’d celebrate this morning by dragging my aching limbs to Boots and grabbing a few lipsticks to replace the ones I lost on a boat party in Sunny Beach, #worthit. I also have a few other favourites from this month that I’d love to share with you, especially if you are looking for some inexpensive cruelty-free products that have been tried, tested and loved by me.

 

Sleek “Matte Me” lip cream: £4.99

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While I was impressed with the Revlon Ultra HD matte lip cream before I inevitably lost it (I used shade “Devotion”) a lot of the other shades are more pink/red based, which I feel overpopulate the high street. I’ve been trying to look for shades similar to the ever-so-popular Kylie Jenner lip kits but on a budget, so when I came across the Sleek “Matte me” lip cream, a brand I hold so highly in my heart after trying their eye shadow palettes many years ago, I knew instantly they would be a winner. I was so impressed with the pigmentation after swatching them on my hand I practically threw away every other lipstick in my hand. At £4.99 – what a steal. A few hours and a bit of scrubbing later, the colours won’t budge, which makes this perfect for those like me who find their lipstick disappears quicker than when they last reapplied. I only chose “Birthday Suit”, which is a nude shade and “Velvet slipper”, a deep plum, but I’m ready to go back for more.

 

Overall the application was pretty slick, the cream application allows for a one coat coverage which is all thats needed with it’s pigmentation. I don’t see this having any problem regarding to lasting wear as it took me 2-3 layers of rough cleansing to get it off my lips, so eat away!

Sasy n Savy: Skincare

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All this traveling has really taken it out on my stress levels and so in turn, I’ve been eating a lot of junk. This has taken it out of my skin, which can get very dry and flaky, so having this Sasy n Savy travel kit by my side has been pretty useful.

A bit of background information for those who don’t know about this brand, Sasy n Savy are an Australian brand who offer an extensive range of 100% natural products that are high in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients vital for healthy skin growth. They are exactly the type of products that would make your skin-care obsessed gran so proud. They are also  cruelty free making them VEGAN. Celebrations all round. Find out more here.

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This pack covers all of the essentials; a cleanser, toner, masque, and daily moisturiser. The first thing I noticed was just how gentle it felt on my skin, perfect for sensitive skin types like mine that can be aggravated through deep cleansing and heavy exfoliating. The deep rose scent made the routine feel a little more luxurious and calming, which after a long day was a nice way to unwind.

The absolute cherry on the top however was the peppermint moisturiser (Skin firming Creme), not only did it smell incredible and revitalising for the Monday starts but unlike many other moisturises for dry skin types, it’s lightweight and non-greasy, leaving me with glowing skin instead of oily. This won’t be a problem to use before applying makeup as it settles into the skin quiet nicely. As somebody who struggles to find a decent moisturiser that does this, it was a nice surprise. Now if only I could stop stroking my face…

Charlotte Tilbury

As a media student, it’s my job and my source of fun to appreciate all aspects of marketing, including new technology and advertising. It’s always interesting to see something new come to the table, especially with the launch of Charlotte Tilburys Scent of Dream Eau De Parfume. While I haven’t personally tested this for myself, Tilbury herself aimed to make a “fleurotic” scent that is a first of its kind, using psycho-active notes that work similar to animal pheromones, to make its user a core attraction of any room. She wants women to feel empowered, desired and emit an aura that is almost “hypnotising” using this scent. (Read the full interview at http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Charlotte-Tilbury-New-Fragrance-Makeup-2016-42211411#photo-42211411 )

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Obviously, we can take all that with a pinch of salt but what got me intrigued was the marketing side of things. I must admit I was a little taken-back initially by how strange the advertisement was but a little research helped go a long way in making me realise how ground breaking this was for the future of marketing. The ad campaign is unique in the way that it has been given a virtual reality spin, which users can experience using a host of VR headsets (Samsung gear and Google cardboard) to experience a multi-sensory, out of this world experience. At the forefront of this video is Kate Moss, an enigma herself, taking you through wormholes of the galaxy, truly mesmerising, just how Charlotte intended her first perfume to be. You can catch a glimpse on YouTube here, however it’s full effect is better reached by visiting Charlotte’s Beauty Boudoir in Covent Garden and Selfridges W1 from 18th August. Could this be setting us up for a new spin on advertising? What do you guys think of this style?

 

 

Let me know!

Love,

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