Huge Wet ‘n’ Wild Haul + MAC Dupes?!♡ New York Haul Part 1!

So as some of you may know, I was in New York 2 weeks ago and I did a lot of shopping..So much shopping that I’ve had to split up my New York Haul blog posts into 3 parts. The first is all of the Wet ‘n’ Wild goodies I picked up, the 2nd will be all of the other makeup, and then the 3rd will be fashion bits and pieces.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild is an extremely affordable brand that is only available in the US as far as I am aware, so obviously I had to go a bit overboard while I was there.

I picked up a lot of the hyped about products on the internet and some that I have been wanting after for a while now! So let’s get into it!

First of all I picked up 2 of the colouricon blushes in the shades rosé champagne and pearlescent pink. I have been testing out both of these blushes over the last couple of weeks and I have fallen in love. They are incredibly pigmented but super easy to blend so you don’t have to worry about clown cheeks, they give a beautiful sheen to the cheeks without being glittery, and best of all, they were only $3!

Rosé Champagne is a beautiful mauve-y colour that blends seamlessly and gives a quite subtle hint of colour to the cheeks.

Pearlescent Pink is a brighter more coral pink that gives a slightly more intense look, but still beautiful and blends like a dream. This shade is perfect for spring/summer when the sun is shining!

Next up is the cult favourite Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette!

comfort zone swatchesThis eyeshadow palette has been spoken about at least a trillion times on the internet I’m sure and for $5 I can see why!

All of the eyeshadows are amazingly pigmented, really easy to blend, buildable and the shade range is pretty much everything you could ask for. I have been loving creating new looks with these eyeshadows.

Plus for $5 you are also getting an amazing MAC eyeshadow dupe!! The very bottom right shade (bottom on the swatches) is an amazing dupe for Mac’s Blue-Brown pigment!

I couldn’t quite get the intensity of the duochrome to show up in pictures, but the base for this shadow is a very red-brown, but when the light catches it, there is a stunning bright blue duochrome sheen.

All of these shadows are shimmery, however, when the crease shades are blended out they don’t leave a lot of shimmer in your crease and they look absolutely stunning. I would highly highly recommend this palette!

I also picked up the Contouring Palette in the shade Dulce de Leche and it is incredible. in swatches it doesn’t look too great, but blended out in the hollows of the cheekbones and you have the most beautiful contour in about 5 seconds. I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply to product and then a big fluffy powder brush to blend it out, and it gives a beautiful contour to the cheeks.

Finally we reach my main weakness, Lipstick….and to be precise, the Megalast Range of lipsticks..I picked up 8 different shades, and not only were they only $2 but they were also buy one get one free!

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megalast swatches

As you can see from the swatches above these lipsticks are incredibly pigmented, each of the swatches above was 1 swipe of the lipstick. Also when they say Megalast they mean it. The first night I wore one of these lipsticks I wore ‘Mochalicious’ out to dinner, and I had drinks, dinner and dessert and they stayed on the whole night!

The brighter shades also leave a very even, pretty stain on the lips when they do eventually wear off or you remove them.

The best way I have found for removing these lipsticks is to use an oil-based makeup remover.

The final product I picked up was a basic lipstick in the shade Blind Date.
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These lipsticks have a glossy finish and aren’t quite as pigmented, but there is still a lot of colour payoff. The shade range isn’t quite as extensive, but there is definitely still a colour for everyone.

Blind Date is a beautiful plummy wine shade that would look absolutely stunning with a bronze smokey eye in the autumn.

 

 

 

Overall I am hugely impressed by wet ‘n’ wild, and will definitely be looking on amazon for more of their lipsticks, and if you live in the States, you should definitely count yourself lucky and go and pick up some wet ‘n’ wild makeup. I was expecting the products to be sort of average for the price, but the quality is amazing and the prices couldn’t get much lower I don’t think!

Let me know your favourites from Wet ‘n’ Wild!

Tasha J Beauty xo

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Review ♡

The Maybelline Colour Tattoos have been all over the internet for years now, you can’t step foot on YouTube without hearing the words ‘On and On Bronze’. So naturally I felt like I had to see if these products lived up to their hype, and I’m still on the fence.

The shades I picked up were:

On and On Bronze – A lovely shimmery golden bronze shade

Permanent Taupe – A cross between a grey and a purple, very cool toned, semi-matte

Vintage Plum – A matte deep plum shade with a touch of grey

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Maybelline Color Tattoo SwatchesAfter playing around with these shades for a while I have some very fixed opinions about each one.

My favourite is On and On Bronze, it is very creamy and pigmented. I normally apply this all over the lid and then blend it out slightly into the crease and it gives me a nice eyeshadow look in about a minute.

Permanent Taupe is second best, because of its slightly matte finish you have to work a little bit harder to get an even colour, in the swatches I applied 2 coats of each and you can see that it is still a little patchy. However, once you have built up an even layer, it blends very evenly and easily, and gives a good colour to the crease. I have even applied this all over the lid and blended it out to achieve a pretty cool-toned smokey eye.

Now for the colour that has not held up to the hype for me. Vintage Plum was a little disappointing. It is a Leather Effect colour tattoo so is incredibly matte, and I don’t know whether it is that, or maybe it has dried out (although it has only been open a month), but Vintage Plum is so stiff. The other shades are incredibly creamy, whereas I really have to work to get a decent amount of this product onto my brush or my finger. Because of this, it means that it always applies kind of smeary, and patchy. The only way I have found  to use this shade really has been to blend it into my crease and then set it with a powder shadow to create a more even look.

Overall, I would recommend the Colour Tattoos, they are £4.99 each, and can be bought from Boots, or Superdrug if you are in the UK, and anywhere else that sells Maybelline products. As a precaution at first I would say to stick with the regular Colour Tattoos, and I will pick up another one or two of the leather shades and update you in a little while!

Tasha J Beauty xo

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick Review ♡

It’s no secret at this point that I love Makeup Revolution, their products are amazing quality and are incredibly affordable. I picked up 2 of their £1 Amazing lipsticks and because they were only £1 I picked up a couple of colours I maybe wouldn’t normally have picked up.

I picked up a shade that looks like it would be a black lipstick, but is actually a very pretty dark berry colour. I also picked up a nude colour, because I haven’t ever worn a true nude colour and I was curious to see whether they suit me (they dont…).

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L-R; 100% Vamp, The One

I do like the formula of these lipsticks, they are incredibly creamy and last a decent while on the lips. The only problem that I have found is with 100% Vamp, it applies quite patchy, however, if you apply a lipliner underneath it does look very pretty.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick Swatches The application of ‘The One’ is very nice, it applies smoothly and gives a very even colour. If the colour looked nice against my skin I would definitely wear this a lot more!

I’m waiting a couple of months and then I’m thinking of picking up a load of Makeup Revolution products because I do think they are incredible, and you can make a very nice makeup look without breaking the bank.

The shade range contains 27 shades, so there is definitely a  shade there for everyone. There are even some more odd shades, like a lilac and a stone grey shade, and because they are quite white based I think they would apply as well as ‘The One’.

I definitely recommend these lipsticks, and for £1 I don’t think you can really go wrong. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot when I picked up these lipsticks but I was very surprised. They are incredible and I would love to pick up the whole collection. It is crazy to think that you could pick up the whole 27 shade collection of these lipsticks, for the same price as some of the high end lipsticks.

I also have a few other posts about Makeup Revolution that you can read here:

Makeup Revolution Haul: link

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer Review: link

Tasha J Beauty xo

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L’oréal Lumi Magique Base Review♡

Recently I’ve been a fan of having glowy, radiant skin and I heard everyone talk about the Lumi Magique Base Primer from L’Oréal. I have been testing it out over the past few weeks and I have to say, I do like it quite a lot.

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I picked mine up from Boots for £10.99 which seems like a lot for a drugstore/high street primer, but considering you only need to use a TINY amount of it to cover your whole face, its worth it in my opinion.

I have been testing it out as a primer, and using it as a liquid highlighter and I have to be honest, I like using it both ways.

On it’s own as a primer I’m not a huge fan, it does give a pretty finish to the skin, but I have a lot of texture on my skin so it highlights that a lot. However, I have found that if I use my Nivea Post Shave Palm for Men (review here) first and then this on top, my skin looks beautifully radiant. I have even skipped the foundation on a few days because I love how this makes my skin look.

 

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When sheered out over a large area, like in the photo above, it gives a almost pearlescent look to the skin. However, sometimes I will take a tiny amount on my finger and dot it on the tops of my cheekbones and it gives a very intense glow to my cheeks.

I really do recommend this product to anyone who is a fan of radiant skin. However, if you have any acne scarring or texture to your skin then I would consider using another, more smoothing primer underneath.

What are your favourite drugstore primers?

Tasha Beauty xo

 

 

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm Review ♡

Recently the beauty world has blown up with people raving about using the Nivea Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm as a face primer. The person to start this cult following was NikkieTutorials on YouTube. I trust every single product that Nikkie recommends and therefore had to give this one a go!

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm

 

I must say, I didn’t expect much from this. The concept seemed very odd, and didn’t quite seem right in my head. But, when I saw it on sale for £2.79 I bit the bullet and picked up a bottle. What an amazing idea that was, this is now my holy grail face primer.

The first time I used this product, I was slightly surprised at the fragrance. It does smell like that typical man smell, the one that has no real description other than ‘Man’. Once applied however, the smell only lingers for around 10 seconds then it is no longer noticable.

The consistency is incredibly watery but with enough viscosity to stop it from running down your face. When the balm starts to set it gets slightly tacky, I have found that when it gets to this stage, it is the best time to apply foundation over the top.

In the past I have always had issues with foundation clinging to my dry patches, no matter what primer I used. That doesn’t happen when I use this product, it’s amazing! My foundation applies so flawlessly over the top of the Post-Shave Balm, no caking, no dry patches, just smooth baby doll skin.

As I was testing this product as a face primer, of course I had to test how well it kept my face makeup in place. It did a very very good job, my makeup was in place from 9am until 9:30pm with not a single touch up, it was almost heavenly!

I picked mine up in Boots, and I don’t think I can emphasise quite how much I think you should go and pick one up too!

Tasha J Beauty xo

 

Bomb Cosmetics Winter Wonderland Review

Over the Christmas period I received copious amounts of bath bombs, bath oils and other assorted bath goodies, but my favourite one by far has to be this Winter Wonderland treat from Bomb Cosmetics.

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Winter Wonderland

Every single item is adorable, the cutest in my opinion is the little Holly Jolly Bath Mallow! I love the little cupcake design. They all smell divine and I can’t wait to sit in a bath and pretend its still Christmas!

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(Clockwise from top; Baby Ur A Star Soap, Oh Xmas Tree Blaster, The Glitterati Bath Creamer, Jolly Holly Bath Mallow and Deer Me! Bath Blaster

Bomb Cosmetics’ website states that they are against animal testing, that they would never test on animals. They also use recycled materials for their packaging and use natural ingredients wherever they can. These are all fantastic qualities that would definitely persuade me to purchase from them again!

The set is no longer being sold unfortunately but there are many other similar gift backs on the Bomb Cosmetics website.

I definitely recommend any product from this company, but I especially love the soap and the little Bath Mallows, both of these products perform brilliantly!

Happy Bathing!

Tasha J Beauty xo

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick Review/First Impression – Plum Perfect

I wore my Rimmel Kate Moss 01 lipstick out today, but after a nice McDonald’s it had worn off and had forgotten to bring it with me! 

Luckily Nanny was on hand with a lipstick in her handbag. The lipstick was the Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick in Plum Perfect. 

   
   
I have been searching for a colour like Plum Perfect for ages now, a deep brown with hints of red and purple, and nothing ever seemed quite right until I put Plum Perfect on.

Instantly I fell in love, it felt so comfortable on my lips, it was easy to apply, the scent wasn’t too strong, and the best thing was, Nan said I could keep it! Who doesn’t love a little free makeup?!

I can tell this will be one of my favourite lipsticks for a very long time! 

Tasha xo