Sue Devitt Silky Blush – Vanuatu | Review and Swatches

 

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I love having a trip to my local TK Maxx and browsing all of the different beauty products they have available. Before Christmas I was browsing and spotted some Sue Devitt products, and at £2.99 each I quickly snatched a few up before heading to the checkout. Since that trip everything I bought has sat unloved in my makeup collection, a number of products have been passed on to my mum or sister, but I spotted this blusher amongst them and decided I had to keep it for myself.

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Vanuatu is a lovely dusky pink shade which has a little shimmer in it, but nothing that will make you look like a disco ball! I am very impressed with the pigmentation, and it’s also very easy to blend in, ideal for if you easily get distracted and can end up being a little heavy handed like me.

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You can find some Sue Devitt products on Look Fantastic, but the company folded early last year and so it’s paces like TK Maxx where you’ll be able to find them.

Tink x

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks | Review and Swatches

 

I’m sure you’ve seen the Revlon ColouStay ShadowLinks dotted across the internet, well when I was out shopping I couldn’t resist picking a couple up. The idea behind these is simple, you can mix and create your own palette by slotting together your chosen eyeshadows. These do remind me of the Jouer products which are all designed to link together so that you can create your own little palette.

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One of the major benefits of having singular eyeshadows that link together is you are able to create your own palette, which is pretty perfect for travelling, you can pull out the colours you want, slot them together and just pop them in your makeup bag, simples!

I picked mine up in Boots where they were on 3 for 2, so obviously I had to pick up 3! I choose 2 satin and one matte. When it came to choosing which shades to pick up I decided to get three which I could use together to create an eye makeup look. I wanted to be able to quickly pick it out for going away and having my own created palette which won’t take up too much space.

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I have the shades Plum, Taupe, and Petal. To begin with pigmentation is good and fallout is minimal. two things which I think are very important in an eyeshadow. I’ve never tried Revlon eyeshadows before but I am impressed, and will definitely be picking up a few more of these.

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As you can see above, Petal is the perfect shade for highlighting you can only just see it on my hand. Taupe is the colour I choose to go over the lid, and then Plum in the crease to add a little colour. Below is a photo of the look I created with the three colours.

 

What do you think of the Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks?

Tink x

NARS Blushers | Review and Swatches

 

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I am currently the owner of two NARS blushers, one which I have loved to death throughout Autumn and Winter, and the other I am really looking forward to using through Spring and Summer.

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I’ve been wearing Seduction throughout Autumn and Winter, I picked it up at the beginning of October and it was my first dabble in NARS blushers. I think I made an excellent choice it’s a nice plum shade which is nice and pigmented, I also really like that there’s no shimmer in it. I use the Real Techniques Blusher Brush and find that it picks up a good amount of product and just makes it really easy to apply.

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Now for spring I’m really looking forward to wearing Deep Throat which is completely different to Seduction. Again pigmentation is really good, but this time there is a little shimmer in Deep Throat, which should look really lovely in the sun. It’s not as shimmery as Orgasm, so if you’re not too keen on major shimmer then definitely try out Deep Throat.

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L – R: Seduction, Deep Throat

You can see in the swatches above that pigmentation is really good. I find them both really easy to blend but you can still have plenty of colour without looking like a clown!

Have you tried either of these blushers, or any other NARS blusher?

Tink x

Barry M Natural Glow Palette | Review and Swatches

 

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I’ve been after an eyeshadow palette that is easy to grab when going away but still gives me makeup choices. I have been eying up the Barry M palettes in Boots and Superdrug for quite a while now, every time I went in I would give them a look, but most of the Boots and Superdrug stores I’ve been in haven’t had testers available which makes it a little tricky when debating which palette to get. As you can see I eventually chose the Natural Glow palette, I thought this was pretty much a safe bet and I would be able to make use of the eyeshadow shades.

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The palette has 6 eyeshadows 4 satin and 2 matte, along with a satin blusher. Annoyingly the shades don’t have names! I’ve never tried anything from Barry M which isn’t a nail polish or a lip liner, and the palette gives me a chance to try their eyeshadows and blushers.

I have used two of the eyeshadows which were the second and third ones along, the matte highlight shade and the matte brown. When I used these two shades I found that there was some fallout to be cleared up but that was easily brushed away.

For £6.49 I can’t really complain about the packaging, it’s cardboard which means it will probably get a little damaged in my makeup bag when going away, but there is a handy mirror which is a decent size for doing your eye makeup in.

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I’m not impressed with the satin purple shade, it’s not very pigmented which is a shame as I was really looking forward to using it. I’ve also found that the blusher isn’t highly pigmented. When taking my photos I really struggled to get the camera to pick them up once I’d swatched them on my arm, you can just about see them in the photo above.

My MAC Quad | Review and Swatches

 

My darling sister bought me a MAC quad for Christmas, and she filled it for me! I had asked her for the quad palette and suggested a number of colours which I liked, so that she could just choose the one for me, and I would then fill up the rest. On Christmas morning I was gobsmacked to find a MAC quad under the tree which had been filled!

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I have been loving the shades she chose for me so much, she actually only bought one of the shades I’d mentioned and chose the other 3 herself. She knew that I wanted the Naked 3 palette and so she chose 2 shades with a pink tone that go really nicely together and she also chose a highlighting shade.

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The shades I have are Sable, Gleam, All That Glitters, and Woodwinked. I honestly think my sister did a great job choosing these colours. I can pair Sable and Gleam together for a quick and easy pink toned eye look, but I can also pair All That Glitters and Woodwinked together for a nice neutral eye. I love how this little quad can provide me with what I need for two eye looks, I can also pull out a couple of my cream eyeshadows so that I can create two different smokey eye looks.

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L-R: Sable, Gleam, All That Glitters, Woodwinked

All four of these are beautiful colours, and I am so glad my sister only choose Woodwinked out of the shades I’d mentioned I liked. I absolutely love Sable and Gleam they have become my go to colours for my everyday makeup look. All four shades have really great pigmentation and I don’t need to worry about fall out, which is the best as I’m usually applying my makeup in a rush.

I also really love the quad palette, it’s perfect for taking away overnight, it gives me two options for my eye makeup without me needing to take lots of single eyeshadows, or even needing to take any extra eyeshadows. The palette itself has a magnetic closure so once it is shut it’s not going to easily fall open in my makeup bag.

If you’re looking for some shades to add to your MAC palette are unsure which to start with then I highly recommend that you go and give these a swatch in store.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these before, or if you have any recommendations of MAC eyeshadows I should add to my collection next.

Tink x

Haughton Greene Lavender and Mandarin Sensitive Skin Balm | Review

 

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I was very kindly sent a sample size of the Lavender and Mandarin Sensitive Skin Balm* to review a little while ago and the balm has been made to nourish dry sensitive skin. the product was originally made as a natural treatment for eczema.  Now I don’t have sensitive skin but during winter and through the change to spring I do get seriously dry hands.

The balm was the first product Haughton Greene created, it was created as the owners daughter has eczema and they were struggling to find a product which would help sooth her skin and wouldn’t cause it to flare up even more. The balm is made with no chemicals at all, there’s not even water in it!!

Haughton Greene make all of their products with 100% natural ingredients, which I’m sure you’ll agree is pretty amazing! All the products they make are all made by hand in Staffordshire, and key ingredients are also sourced from Staffordshire.

I can happily say that this has become a handbag essential for me, I use it everyday instead of a hand cream, my hands are lovely and soft. I really like that this comes in a metal tin with a screw top, no need to worry about it exploding in my bag and getting all over the many gadgets I carry around.

I can easily pick out the lavender scent but I can’t pick out the mandarin, but to be fair I am pretty awful at telling what different scents are, so it could just be my nose. It’s a solid balm but instantly melts into an oil under the warmth of your fingers which makes it super easy to massage into your skin.

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Tink x

YouTube Celebrity Culture

 

Yesterday, Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter did a video on this, which you can see here. I have a couple of things to say, and thought I would put them in a blog post rather than write a long rambling comment on the video. I will still ramble though, just to forewarn you.

For starters, I completely agree with Louise in that we shouldn’t think of YouTubers as role models. I love watching Louise and think she’d be really lovely to sit down with a cuppa and have a chat with. BUT and it’s a big one YouTubers are just your average person, not a single one of them ever imagined that it would become their job, and it’s amazing that it is. However, as a viewer you get to see 10 minutes a week of them, and it’s scripted or planned so you’re not actually seeing into their life as much as you might think you are. Personally when I film, I pick a topic sit and ramble on for a good half an hour or so, and then I chop it down to make it more concise. You get to see the best bits which have been filmed, well generally, you don’t get to see the other 6 days, 23 hours, and 50 minutes of their week. You are getting a snippet which has been designed for your viewing, it’s the perfectly tidy set up, which probably didn’t look like that before the camera was turned on, it’s the makeup and hair done, especially for the video. I know that daily vlogs give you that extra insight into someone’s life, but that is still edited down into the best bits, I wouldn’t be showing you anything or at least not much which was filmed of me struggling with my anxiety where i’m debating whether I should cancel going to an event, it’s just not enjoyable to watch. It’s the same way in that you can’t really think of celebrities as your idols, yes you can aim to have the career they have, but you only know about them what is printed in magazines or on the internet, and a lot of that is twisted truths.

I do sit and watch vlogs about YouTuber events and meet ups, and personally they look terrifying due to the masses of people. I think it’s so unfair to those who buy tickets and queue up for hours just to get a minute or two with the YouTuber/s they want to meet. I know it’s not something the YouTubers can control but it fuels the celebrity culture which has been created. It must be so incredibly difficult when so many people do want to meet you, I’m sure it makes it impossible to arrange your own meet ups as you have no idea how many people are going to turn up and you want to ensure it is a safe environment for all. If I could think of a way around it then I’d be suggesting it here but I can’t, the only way would be to seriously limit the amount of tickets available, which probably wouldn’t meet the costs of running such an event. So much planning is required, and security is there to help keep it a safe environment for everyone to be in, even if sometimes security can look a little scary!

One of my friends was doing security at DigiFest on Sunday, so I’ve taken advantage of her and asked her thoughts on such an event from the point of view as a member of security. The first thing she said to me was that from what she saw it was young vulnerable girls getting screwed over. I obviously asked her to expand on that, because lets be honest it could be anything. She said people paid £110 for a VIP ticket to meet and greet the YouTubers, some of them queued for hours and missed most of the show only to be told that the meet and greet was over. Plenty of people were in hysterics because they couldn’t meet anyone. Now, obviously this is only one event, and I can’t comment on what went on at all as I wasn’t there, and this is only what one person made of it. I personally would be annoyed if I paid £110 for a VIP ticket so that I could meet my favourite YouTuber, you expect that it’s guaranteed you’ll meet them, I would probably be demanding a refund. It’s not something the YouTubers have control over and it’s the organisers of the event but they shouldn’t have sold so many VIP tickets if they couldn’t guarantee they’d be able to keep up with the demand.

I think this shows that the YouTube Celebrity Culture is getting out of hand, I think we need to pull it back to what it was and essentially still is, your average person making videos in their home. I know we can’t control how people react or how they chose to idolise people but it’s completely unfair on both sides. YouTubers can’t possibly keep up with the demand when so many people want to meet them, but it’s also completely unfair on those who do want to meet them because they get a few minutes with them a hug, a photo, and autograph if their lucky, how is that worth the money they’ve paid to meet their favourite YouTubers? Louise herself thinks it’s not fair to only get that small amount of interaction after waiting so long. In my ideal world to get to meet a YouTuber, you’d have a group of 3 YouTubers say Louise, Tanya, and Zoe in a room with tea and cake, you would let say 10 fans into the room, who would then get to spend half an hour with them, which allows time to actually chat and you’d get your moneys worth. Not as many fans would get the chance to meet YouTubers but it would become a much more casual affair, and more relaxed, of course you’d have to have security there in case there was some super crazy fan, but I think it would be more enjoyable for both fans and YouTubers. Tickets could then be sold with time slots, meaning people don’t need to queue for hours, and they’d be guaranteed to meet their favourite YouTubers assuming the YouTuber isn’t ill. Now I know it’s not going to happen, but something along those lines where you have x amount of time to spend and a few fans at once rather than rushing everyone through would be much more beneficial. I also think it could possibly help with stepping away from YouTube Celebrity Culture, it is not possible for Louise to tweet and say I’ll be doing a meet up because so many people would turn up but if it was possible to scale back meet and greets I think it would be so much better.

I also think it would be much more beneficial to do YouTube shows which are full of panels and talks separate to meet and greet events. People can then buy tickets to the panels they want to see knowing that they aren’t getting to meet the YouTubers they love but will get to see them, and possibly ask them a question. I guess you’ve got to lower peoples expectations of what they’re going to get by making it very simple.

My friend has just brought up something which I want to comment on, she said that some of the YouTubers would come out on stage just to then go backstage. I think this is completely unfair on those poor girls, if you come on stage it should be to do something not just to pop your head out and go back again. I know that YouTubers probably haven’t thought about it from the point of view of the fans, the fans will be getting really excited to see the face of a YouTuber they love, so they’ll scream and get a little hyper, but is it fair on them when a YouTuber isn’t coming on stage to do a panel or a talk of some sort?

My friend did make a comment that made me chuckle, she met some of the YouTubers on Sunday but didn’t have a clue who they were!

Anyway I’ve digressed a lot by talking about YouTube events and meet and greets, which wasn’t quite the point of this post.

What I think I’m trying to say is that YouTubers shouldn’t be seen as celebrities or role models, because they are your average person who just happens to have a really successful career out of something which once was a hobby. I also think that YouTube conventions, events, and meet and greets need to be scaled back and become very simple. I think it needs to be clear to fans exactly what they will get with their ticket, and that those organising meet and greets should not oversell on tickets for meet and greets. You might make less money, but people attending the event will be much happier and much more likely to come back again.

If you’ve understood what I’ve rambled on about, then please feel free to leave me a comment so we can engage in our thoughts.

Tink x