Liz Earle Skincare Review

Liz Earle Skincare Review: Red Lipstick RosieI’ve never been good at routines, especially skincare ones. My mum has always said how important it is to look after your skin, and I’ve never exactly neglected mine, but I’ve never set myself in a proper routine for longer than a few days. I’ll forget one day, or feel lazy another, and somehow I just give up on it. But I’ve always wanted to have a proper skincare routine, I love the idea of using products and potions; perhaps it makes me feel grown up (which seems silly at the age of 22!). My mum bought me a Liz Earle gift set a few months ago, and I’m gradually getting into that routine I wanted.

I didn’t know much about Liz Earle before I started using it, but my mum insisted that their products were really high quality, and especially good for sensitive skin such as mine. It turns out she was right, and as an added bonus, they’re a cruelty-free brand. My boyfriend and I have been making a conscious effort to buy more cruelty-free products; we’re not perfect with it yet, but we’re trying. That side of the industry is growing, and it’s becoming easier to find such products. As it is, far too many companies do still test on animals, but people are gradually becoming more inclined to ask the questions, and push for products to be cruelty free.

The set comes with 3 full sized products, plus a bonus product, also full-sized. My one included the normal/combination skin set of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml), 2 muslin cloths, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml), and the Skin Repair Moisturiser (50ml). Mine came with the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (150ml) as a bonus product, but I believe this changes regularly. It costs £45 as a set, but is worth £63.50, and also has a dry/sensitive skin set. You can get it at Boots.com.

I think Hot Cloth Cleansers are a product that’s on the rise, but it’s not something I had come across before. The cleanser is applied to a dry face, and massaged in to remove makeup and impurities. Then the muslin cloth is run under hot water, wrung out, and then used to gently wipe away the cleanser, makeup and all. It works as a kind of gentle exfoliator at the same time, which I’m not sure is a good thing or not, as generally exfoliators are a once-a-week kind of product. The cloths need to be washed every few days, and you can purchase new ones separately. So far I think I like it, it works for me, although it must be said I only wear generally light makeup (most days just a little concealer, mascara, brow powder, and lipstick), so I wonder if someone who wears a normal amount of makeup would struggle to take it off. I also don’t like the smell, although I couldn’t put my finger on what it is, and it feels quite drying afterwards, before moisturising.

The tonic has an extremely pleasant smell, very sweet and fresh, and effects your skin in much the same way, smoothing and toning. I don’t feel there’s much more to say on this one, but I like it. The moisturiser is fairly light. It has a nice texture, non-greasy, but at first I felt it wasn’t moisturising enough for my skin. This may be because it’s for normal/combination skin, whereas I think my skin is more in need of the dry/sensitive, however over time I think my skin has adjusted to it. I really don’t like the smell of the moisturiser, but again I’m not sure what it is about it that I don’t like. I can’t say that I’ve found much use for the eye lotion as of yet, but yet again it has a very unpleasant smell in my opinion. However I do think that the scents may be due to the natural-ingredient nature of these products, which isn’t a bad thing, and of course it could just be my personal taste in scents; we’re all different, and anyone else might find them pleasant smelling.

I will continue to use these products as there are many good qualities to them, but I think once they are finished I will try a few others before repurchasing. The main thing is that my skin does feel better than before, and it is a nice simple routine to get into. Liz Earle have many other products which I would like to try; as a natural and cruelty-free brand, their products do seem to be high quality, and definitely one to watch.

Have you tried Liz Earle? What do you think?
Have a lovely day x

Review: Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain

Review: Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color - Red Lipstick RosieI’m a huge fan of long lasting lip colour. I like to go about my business safe in the knowledge that I won’t need to reapply my lipstick all day long. So when I spotted this Romantic Bear Long Lasting Lip Color on Amazon (get it here), I had to give it a try. Little did I know that it was actually a peel off lip stain. I’d seen peel off lip stain before, but I wasn’t sure where to find them. I ended up with one kind of by accident, but I’m glad I’ve tried it out. I got it in the shade Cherry Red.

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color in Cherry Red - Review on Red Lipstick Rosie

After applying the lip stain – a.k.a. A big ole mess.

I’m still not sure how I feel about them. Maybe I don’t have a steady hand or enough experience, or maybe I’m just plain not doing it right, but the application is ridiculously hard! It comes in a little tube with a flat-ended squeezy applicator (think the kind of lip-gloss tube you used when you were 14), which isn’t great for application. Try as I might, I couldn’t get it to make clean lines. The formula doesn’t help with this either, it’s a sticky gel that sticks to itself if you try to smooth it on in more than one movement. I got quite lucky with my cupids bow (by some miracle!), but my bottom lip was a disaster. I couldn’t get the product to move, the gel I squeezed out just stuck to the gel that was already in place and formed nasty clumps. It felt like I had used half the tube, but I made do.

Then I waited for about 15 minutes (in which time it felt like my mouth had welded together), and peeled it off. It feels really strange while it’s drying, like you can’t move else your lips would crack – and if you do make the mistake of smiling or something it peels it off before you’re ready. It’s hard and shiny, and actually kind of pretty if it wasn’t such a mess. Most of it came off in one go, and only the inside of my mouth remained a bit sticky, but I wiped that part off with some tissue. And actually it didn’t look too bad! If you look closely you can see the line of my bottom lip is uneven but it’s not too noticeable. It comes out a nice pink colour, which is a little patchy, but that could just be my severely uneven application. And it does seem to be fairly long lasting. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the colour pay off I was hoping for, but for days where I want a toned down look for my lips, this isn’t a bad product.

Red Lipstick Rosie - before swatch

Before

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color in Cherry Red - Review on Red Lipstick Rosie

After

Just some tips for better application:

  • Exfoliate and moisturise first.
  • The less swipes you can do it in, the neater it’s likely to be.
  • Don’t go over where you’ve already applied it, it’ll just pick up the product and leave patches.
  • Don’t go too far on the inside of your mouth, else you could end up with pink teeth (also it tastes gross).
  • Try and keep your lips apart while it’s drying, else it’ll stick together and not dry in the corners.
  • Make sure it’s completely dry before you peel it off – this stuff is messy and will stain your fingers if it’s not dry.
  • Wipe off the flat applicator when you’re finished with it – you’ll end up with dry clumpy bits stuck to it next time you use it.

I think this product is especially great if you like a less bold lip (I’m bright red all the way), and have a fairly steady hand (I think we’ve already established I have zero skill when it comes to make-up). This product comes in several colours, and I think I’ll try out a few different brands of peel off lip stain, and see if they’re any easier/brighter than this one.

Have you tried a peel off lip stain? What did you think?
Have a lovely day x

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

Normally I’m not a big fan of lip glosses – they’re sticky, un-pigmented, they fade quickly, and my hair always gets stuck to them. However,  the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is something of an exception. 

While in the form of a gloss with the same shiny lacquer-like effect, they have the pigment and staying power of a lipstick. The pigment is ridiculous, one swipe is completely opaque, I don’t even need to re-dip the applicator to get full coverage. The doe-foot applicator is comfortable and hugs to the shape of your lips. Their staying power is actually pretty good as they do have a staining effect, although the gloss-effect does fade. However, as they’re not transfer-proof, you’ll need to touch up after eating or drinking. As they’re not a matte gloss, they touch up perfectly with no peeling or crumbling. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is available in 13 shades on Boots.com for £6.49 (Get them here). I currently have 4 shades, Eclipse, Big Bang, Stellar, and Across The Universe.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Eclipse

Eclipse

Eclipse is a deep plum red shade.

 

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Big Bang

Big Bang

Big Bang is a bright coral-based red.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in StellarStellar is a bright barbie pink.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Across The UniverseAcross The Universe is a darker brick-based red.

There are many more shades available in nudes, pinks and purples. These are so comfortable to wear, and are only £6.49.
Will you be picking up any of these?

Have a lovely day x

Review: W7 Mega Matte Lips

Review: W7 Mega Matte LipsI recently discovered W7’s Mega Matte while looking for new brands and matte lipsticks. I decided to give it a go, and I’m so glad I did!

Swatch of W7 Mega Matte Lip gloss in Hasta La Vista. Review.

Hasta La Vista

Mega Matte is a matte lip creme with quite a thick consistency, and comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. First of all, it smells amazing, something sweet like buttercream (but if you’re not a fan of scents, don’t worry, it goes away once it’s applied). It goes on almost completely opaque, but is more opaque and longer lasting over lipliner. While it does go on completely matte, it does take a long time to properly set, at which point it’s mostly touch-proof, but not smudge-proof. It does come off a little if you’re not careful, so would need minor touch ups during the day. It’s pretty long-lasting, which is all I want in a lipstick (as well as being matte), and very comfortable to wear, not tacky and I don’t find it to be drying, but I don’t often find lip products drying where other people do.It won’t peel, crack, or crumble either. In my opinion, the formula is fairly similar to Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream, but maybe a little more opaque, and longer lasting.

Swatch of W7 Mega Matte lip gloss in shade Hasta La Vista. Review.

Shade Hasta La Vista

I got it in the shade Hasta La Vista, and my goodness, is it stunning, an intense blue red that goes well with my palest-of-pale complexion. It comes in 5 shades in total; Two Bob – a light peachy nude, Sinful – baby pink, Hasta La Vista – bright blue-red, Chippie – coral tinged pink, and Oddball – a bright barbie pink.

It seems this brand is quite hard to find. I found it on Amazon, but according to their website, their UK stockists include Asda, T.K.Maxx, Next, and Peacocks. I did recently stumble across it at my local Peacocks, which pleased me! Prices seem to vary too. Their website states it costs £4.95, however in Peacocks it was selling for £2.50. Either way, it is quite a bargain!

Overall, I would definitely recommend Mega Matte to anyone who enjoys matte lip products, or to someone who just wants to try one out! You can find it on Amazon here in shade Hasta La Vista.

Have a lovely day x

 

Affiliate Links – This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission from them at no effect or cost to you.

Benefit – High quality cosmetics in the cutest packaging!
Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit!
Choose 2 free samples with every order!

Latest In Beauty – Like a subscription box, but without the subscription! Choose the box size and products to suit you at a great price.
Free Delivery when you spend £30 or more
Free Eyeko FAT liquid liner worth £12 when you spend £14 or more – Use code EYEKO14

GlossyBox – One of the most popular subscription boxes available, with 5 products worth at least £44 delivered to you every month for only £10.
GlossyBox

Smashbox – High quality and famous for their primers, Smashbox are beauty obsessed and it shows in the quality of their products.
Free delivery and sample with every order!

UA-73323434-1