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REVIEW: SuperStay 24hr Foundation and Concealer by Maybelline

Everybody and their dog is after foundation and concealer that will keep you looking fresh af from dawn til dusk (or dusk til dawn, if that’s how you roll), so when I came across the Maybelline’s SuperStay 24hr foundation and concealer I had to see if this would end that search.  I’m not sure I’ve ever needed my makeup to last a full 24 hours but the idea that it could if I really wanted it to caught my eye.

Maybelline tells us that the foundation uses “micro-flex technology” (which is 100% a term they made) that helps the product to resist movement throughout the day and,  I would imagine they are implying, help it to last 24 hours.  So did they live up to my lofty expectations? Read on to find out.

THE PACKAGING

I actually quite like the packaging! Whilst the hefty glass bottle of the foundation makes it impractical for travel, it looks sleek and feels of expensive quality. The foundation also comes with a pump, always a huge tick.  The concealer tube is neither here nor there, it’s fine.

As for the labels, something that irritates me about drugstore products is that the labels/writing often wear away from rattling around it my makeup bag or foundation draw.  I have had both of these for quite a while and the labels still look brand new! It’s something small, but I appreciate it.

THE PRICE

This foundation will set you back AU$24.95 for 30mL, and the concealer AU$14.95 for 7.5mL which is by no means the cheapest drugstore foundation on the market.  It is still, however, a far cry from high-end or luxury foundation prices.

THE FINISH

The finish is somewhere between matter and satin, I guess you could call it a “natural” finish, with medium but buildable coverage.  This means you can wear it for every day or amp it up for night time or big events. The concealer is leaning more towards full coverage.

However, this is where the product really lost points for me.  No matter how I applied this it left my skin looking heavy and cakey.

One application with a drop of oil (the best way I found to apply it…still not crazy about it)

The concealer in particular left my under-eyes looking really seriously atrocious.  And it got worse over time! Even when I thought I’d thinned it out with some facial oil and it looked okay initally, it somehow ended up looking like a dry, creased and cakey mess a few hours later.  I was always desperate to take it off when I looked in a mirror and regretted wearing it every single time.

The foundation was pretty similar. Whilst the finish was improved by adding a drop of facial oil, it still looked cakey after a few hours wear.  I tried applying it with my hands, with a beauty sponge, with a brush, with and without a drop of oil, with a finishing spray and without; no matter what I did it just didn’t sit well on my skin.

I do have dry-combination skin, so this may have played a part in this.  If you have oily skin this may work in your favour!

With a full face of makeup – no setting powder as that makes it cake up even more

THE WEAR

The concealer really did last all day long without any movement or diminishing in coverage.  However, as I mentioned for every single one of those hours, it looked cakey and hideous and I was desperate to get home and take it off.  I particularly remember looking in the mirror after work one day and being mortified that I had been walking around looking like a pale, old lady all day.  The creasing was the worst I have ever experienced.

The foundation didn’t last as well as the concealer, but it also wasn’t as cakey as the concealer.  Which says more about how shockingly cakey the concealer was than the finish of the foundation, because it was still pretty heavy.  It ended up leaving my skin looking dull and unhealthy, which is the total opposite of what I was hoping to get from this “24hr fresh look” foundation.

the verdict

Huge, massive thumbs down from me.  I have honestly been avoiding doing this review because I don’t want to put this foundation back on my skin for photos. I just can’t even.  This may be the worst foundation and concealer I have ever used.  I know that sounds super negative and dramatic but that’s how shitty I looked at the end of the day when I wore these. I would honestly prefer my makeup to fade than leave me looking like a cake face as this did.

If you have oily skin, perhaps this won’t be an issue for you. But honestly, I wouldn’t risk it.

 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts? Can you recommend any other long-wearing foundations?

Stay beautiful, N x

 

 

 

REVIEW: Biology Skincare – Bare Essentials Travel Kit

I love travel kits and travel-sized cosmetics and skincare in general.  They’re fun and cute and so handy! Knowing which of the many travel-ready products on the market are for you can be tricky! So let me take a little of the guess work out of it for you with a review of the Bare Essentials Travel Kit by Biology Skincare.

THE BRAND

Biology is an Australian body and hair care brand that specialises in “naked formulas” free from harmful chemicals and fillers; “it’s not just about what we put in, it’s about what we leave out”.  I am always keen to try out natural products! If I can overhaul my beauty routine completely and go au natural that would be fantastic! So let’s see how these stood up to the task…

THE PACKAGING

First of all, the packaging is just so damn cute.  I love it.  It’s got a olde timey alchemist vibe about it whilst also being fresh and modern.  How a product is going to look sitting in my bathroom is something I look for! Whether that is vain and pathetic or not.

THE PRODUCTS

The travel kit comes with 5 different products, for hair and body, and will set you back AU$50.

No. 301 Pure Hydration Shampoo & No. 302 Pure Hydration Conditioner


These were, I’ll admit, better than I thought they were going to be! My experience with natural shampoo and conditioners hasn’t been great; I’m usually left with dry and limp hair that tangles easily.  These were a pleasant surprise! Were they the best products I’ve ever used on my hair? No.  But they did the job! My Hair was left clean, somewhat hydrated and tangle free.  As an added bonus they smelled amazing!

Repurchase? For travel, sure! You can get the kit on its own for AU$24 here.

No. 303 Moisture Therapy Body Wash


This was kind of a miss for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it did anything bad, it just didn’t do anything right either.  My skin was clean, which I definitely want from a body wash, but it also felt dry and tight which is never a nice feeling.

Repurchase? I don’t think so. However, if you would like to try it out you can purchase it on its own in a larger form for $27 here.

No. 304 Moisture Therapy Body Lotion


I wasn’t expecting to like this after my experience with the body wash, but this lotion was lovely! It smelled like lemongrass and was so hydrating and soothing.  I ended up keeping it next to my bed to lather myself up of a nighttime, the scent was so calming and it left my skin feeling soft and supple without feeling sticky.  I actually miss it now that it’s gone!

Repurchase? Definitely! I am keen to try more of the lotions and creams from Biology after loving this so much. You can purchase the body lotion is a larger size on its own for AU$29 here.

No. 305 Moisture Therapy Body Bar

This really surprised me with how well it performed! My armpits in particular loved it; gentle exfoliation whilst maintaining moisture levels had my armpits looking straight out of a deoderant ad! I also randomly used it to clean my makeup brushes when i was in a pinch and boy howdy, it cleaned them AMAZINGLY! So quick and kept them soft, move of sold beauty blender cleanser, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Repurchase? Sure! You can purchase it on its own for AU$12 here.

THE CONCLUSION

Is this something I would consider investing in for travel? Yes! It’s lightweight, the products (for the most part) perform really well, and it looks cute af so that’s always a bonus. I definitely recommend this kit, especially if you’re trying to keep your skincare and beauty routine natural.

You can purchase the travel kit here.

Have you tried any of the Biology Skincare products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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MASCARA MARCH – The Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara by Maybelline

All the advertising around this mascara when it was first released really sucked me in! Seeing the same ad before every single YouTube video I watched with the insanely voluminous lashes had me making a special trip to purchase it; I needed that kind of lash volume in my life like yesterday.

Did the Maybelline marketing team lead me astray? Read on to find out..

VOLUME: Okay, so I don’t look quite like the chick in the ad.  But I’m going to go out on a limb and say they aren’t her real lashes (and if they are, I need some of those genes in my family line asap, have you got a brother?).  Having said that, I am pretty damn happy with the volume this mascara gives me! My lashes are long, but they are very much lacking in the volume department, and this mascara masks that amazingly.  Huge tick from me – 12/10.

LENGTH: Again, big tick.  This increases the length of my lashes without clumping them together, something that is a rare find, particularly in drugstore mascaras.  I think it’s something to do with the shape of the brush (Maybelline calls it their first “super-loading brush”), whatever it is it’s working.


COLOUR: I’m not really sure what the difference between regular black mascara and “leather black” mascara is, to be honest.  Is it more matte? Their website just says it will give you “leather black intensity”…which gives me zero information on what that means and I remain at a loss, oh well.  So, it’s black, it’s got great pigmentation and I have nothing negative to say about the colour.

PRICE: At AU$19.95, it’s not the cheapest mascara on the market, but it’s not going to break the bank. Worth the price, in my opinion.

RECOMMEND?: Hell yes.  This is a massive call, but I think I may prefer this over the Benefit They’re Real…don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Aussies can buy their’s here.

Have you tried the regular The Colossal mascara by Maybelline? How do you think it compares to the Leather Black version? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – Ultimate All-In-One Mascara by Revlon

Honestly, I’m hoping that writing this review will help me make up my mind up about this mascara.  At the moment we have a bit of a love/hate relationship and every time I use it I can’t decide whether to throw it angrily in the bin or make it a holy grail.  It’s all very confusing and emotional and it’s becoming a bit of a toxic relationship…this review is our couples therapy, if you will.

So let’s get cracking!

The Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara claims to deliver five benefits in one; volume, length, definition, lift and intense colour.  So how does it live up to these expectations?

Volume: 10/10.  But also 5/10.  Why? Because whilst it has the power to give my spindly lashes the volume of my dreams, it really makes me work for it.

Let me take a moment to talk to you about the stupid brush on this mascara.  WTF Revlon.  The bristley bits are minute, you can barely see them, and if you don’t wipe the majority of the product off on the side of the tube you are going to have clump city on your lashes; huge, massive, black, sticky, clumps that will get errywhere when you try to remove them.

Exhibit A


So, after 5 minutes or so of removing most of the product off the stupid brush, veryveryveryvery carefully applying it to my lashes and then working at it with a clean spooly/eyebrow comb, you get some amazing volume.  I just don’t know if it’s worth getting up 15 minutes earlier for.  Give me a different spooly, Revlon, and then maybe you’ll retain your 10/10 status.

Length: Similar to above, once you get this mascara working the length is about an 8/10.  Your lashes are longer, but it doesn’t happen easily.

Definition: Again, you can achieve this, but you’re going to have to reeeeeeaaaalllly want it and work for it.  Once you’ve done that the definition is amazing! Each lash looks perfect.  Does it happen with the spooly provided? Hell no. That spooly can f*&^ off.  You’ll have to use your own tools to get that what-dreams-are-made-of definition.


Lift: Umm…..yeah? Tbh, I haven’t really noticed this all that much.  So i’ll give it a 6/10.  It’s not like it weighed my lashes down, so there’s that.

Intense Colour: Straight up 13/10 in this criteria.  This is the mostly intensely jet black mascara I own! It is so pigmented! I love me some dark lashes, so it really ticks this box for me.

 

So…the final decision…do I recommend this mascara? As much as this breaks my heart (for some unknown reason) I’m going to have to say no.  The formula is fantastic, but the spooly is a piece of poo that should never have left the brainstorming stage of development.  Did they not try this mascara out before they sold it? Obviously not, because if they had they would have instantly gone “well that spooly is S%^&!” and replaced it with a normal spooly.

Sorry, Revlon, you stuffed up.  If you don’t mind working insanely hard for amazing lashes, then you will love this.  If you don’t feel like taking half the day off to apply your mascara, then this will probably annoy you as much as it did me.

Have you tried any of the other mascaras in Revlon’s “The Mascara Revolution” range? Let us know in the comments below if we should try any of them out!

Stay beautiful, N x

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