£25 Challenge Products | Collective Review

I think in total it took me around 2 months to get all these products together, I really wanted to make sure I got good makeup/ brushes that were affordable and good quality and I think that overall I succeeded. A lot of you have been asking for a review of all the products I used so without further ado here is a break down of the pros and cons of all the products I used.

Skin 79 BB Cream | £5.09

I don’t really need to give much of an introduction to this product. For those of you who watch my videos you know how much I adore the Skin 79 BB creams and this one is just a travel sized (and so, cheaper) version of the larger tube I usually use.

Makeup Brush set | £4.53

This one was hard to find! And in the end I’d ordered around 5 different makeup brush sets from e-bay to try and find one which was the best quality and this one won. The bristles don’t shed and are firm, though on the negative side 2 of the brush heads have come loose (though it was easy enough to glue them back) and it doesn’t include a fluffy blending brush which does make it a bit more work for smokey eyes.

False Lashes| £2.43

For a false lashes fanatic like myself these are just a bargain find! 10 sets of lashes which you can use around 20 times each (I’ve already used this same set in at least 3 videos) and they look amazing! One negative is the lash band is transparent, which can show up a little, but provided you blacken the lash band with eyeliner or eyeshadow first it’s not a problem.

Royal Lash Glue (**) | £2.15

I can’t remember when last I DIDN’t use this so I don’t have much to say really. One annoying thing about this product though is the price fluctuates between 80p and £2.25, so if you want to save a few extra pounds try and catch this one when it’s at 80p.

e.l.f Primer | £1.50

My favorite primer from e.l.f is their mineral primer but the budget meant I couldn’t include it. However this one is perfectly usable and the price is nothing to scoff at. What I do like about this primer is that is does help conceal redness (and in my case eyelid veins) as well as priming they eye though it can be a little drying .

MUA Lip Gloss (in Too Much Fun) | £1

What can I say? It’s a lipgloss, it’s £1 and it smells of sweets. They do have other colours but in the end I chose this one since it would be perfect for more subtle looks and heavier looks over lipstick.

Eyeshadow Palette | £3.99 

Appart from the brushes this one was probably the hardest to find. I wanted to use a pallet that had a good sellection of wearable and bright shades so this one was really perfect. There are a few drawbacks to this pallet though. They apply better with fingers or a sponge tip appliator otherwise they can be a bit faint and muted, as far as pigmentation goes I would class these as a 3 out of five. So smack bang in the middle in terms of quality. Perfectly useable but don’t expect Sleek or Sugarpill pigment quality.

MUA Black Eyeliner | £1

I’m using two of these in this series, the black and the white eyeliner. Appart from the Barry M liners these are one of my favorites, not hard, not too soft and really good pigmentation, not to mention they have a selection of some quite unusual eyeliner colours (orange).

MUA Lipstick (shade 13) | £1

Like the Skin 79 BB creams this one doesn’t really need an introduction. Fantastic range of colours, incredibly pigmented and creamy and on par with the Sleek true colour lipsticks.

MUA Black Single Eyeshadow | £1

This one is my favorite eyeshadow for filling in my brows but it’s also an amazing eyeshadow. I really need to re-review these on my blog again, the last blog post I did on these was one of my first blog posts (and subsequently terribly written and photographed) and didn’t really show how amazing these eyeshadows from MUA are.

 

Hope this review helped and if you haven’t seen it already here is my latest video using these products :)

Review: Lush BB Seaweed

I’m so used to typing ‘cream’ after BB that I nearly typed the title wrong several times. Thankfully I’ve never seen a BB cream like this! My sister Nicky de Lys was absolutely lovely and got this for me the other day which was just perfect has my skin really needed some TLC from being sick.

“For softening, cooling and reducing redness”

I have tried this mask before (I think it was some time last year) and as some of you have heard/read me mention Cosmetic Warrior is my favorite lush face mask but this one come in close second.

It’s funny cause this mask has my favorite and least favorite ingredients, honey (my favorite) and rose (well, rose petals). Normally anything with rose in it will make my skin go bright red and itch like crazy,  but oddly enough it’s not the case with this mask, my personal theory on that is because it’s using rose petals and not rose water.

“A mask made with men in mind, but without excluding women”

Even though it’s a clay mask I love that this mask doesn’t dry your skin out. Clay masks are great for pulling the rubbish out of your skin but I hate how some of them pull out the last bit of remaining moisture in your skin too. Not the case with this mask.

The Packaging:

For cream products like Enzymion and Dream Cream (Enzymion more than any other) I can’t stand these kinds of pots. The cream ends up in the screw thread of the lid and it’s a nightmare to get out, not to mention messy. With the face masks since they’re so thick you don’t really have that problem fortunately so I don’t mind the pot packaging.

One thing I would like to see Lush do is sell these in smaller pots aswell

I’ve gone through quite a few of the Lush face masks and on at least two occasions I forgot about them and opened them a few weeks past their expiery date to find a dried up tablet left (they have a shelf life of approximately a month). Also I think it would be a introduction for people who maybe are just trying the face masks and don’t want to drop £5-6 on the current sized pot.

The chunks of seaweed will annoy some people, personally I would prefer it it they were ground up into thiner chunks but overall it doesn’t bother me too much. Because this (well most Lush face masks) are quite thick I like to spray my face with Breath of Fresh Air (or just plain water) and then apply the mask.

Basics:

  • £5.95
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • 4 week life span
  • Preservative-free
  • Mildly exfoliating
  • Needs to be kept in the fridge
I find that way it’s easier to apply, you end up using less of it and it feels quite lovely to massage it into your skin too. Without doing that this mask can be really thick and difficult to apply, especially when it’s nearing the end of it’s best-before-end date.

Like all Lush products the smell of this (a herbal with a slight floral sea water smell) you will either love or hate. I love how soft this mask leaves my skin (especially if you massage it in). For me personally it does a little for redness, nothing that will blow your mind but it does help. I also find it quite brightening.

Although it’s apparently for all skin types clay based masks can be a bit rough on dry skin so if you have dry skin bear in mind this may not agree with your skin.

You can get this online or at your local Lush

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£25 Makeup Challenge: Look 2

Since last weeks look for this challenge was so simple I thought it would be nice to try something a little more colourful. Even though I didn’t mean to this look ended up matching my new glasses which I found quite funny. Obviously my brain was still obsessing over them a little bit.

In this challenge my goal is to try and create 25 looks with ONE set which cost £25

Now that I’m two looks in I think the majority of the looks I do with this series are going to be smokey eyes and “simple with a pop of colour” looks, which is good I suppose since that’s what you would be looking for in a £25 makeup set. So looks like I’ll have to keep the “arty/crazy” looks to other videos.

Also for those of you who are wondering what this would look like on your eye colour hopefully the pictures above will help with that, and let me know what kind of looks you want to see in this challenge? Heavy, wearable with a pop of colour or just simple looks?

Hope you like the video :)

DIY: Canopic Jar

I’ve always wanted to own one of these! When I was little my three big obsessions were American Indian, Chinese and Egyptian culture. I read every book I could get on Egyptian mythology and am still utterly obsessed with the art of it so I though it would show you how to make a canopic jar (except this one is to keep cotton pads and not organs).

What I used:

For the sculpting tools there are two different sets I use. One which is actually meant for cake decorating and another which is a stainless steel set meant for sculpting. Mind you if you don’t have (or don’t want to get) any of those tools a spoon will also work quite well.

Hope you like the tutorial! :D

Review: Lush Floating Island

This one kind of looks a bit like a cheese doesn’t it? Thankfully it doesn’t smell like one (could you imagine?) but it was funny how many of you though I was going to do a blog post on cheese when I posted a picture of this on my Instagram. 

“Ride the tide of skin softening surf to arrive at your very own floating island”

Unlike some bath bombs which at times could easily be cannon balls in disguise these are so easy to cut! Like a mixture of cheese and short bread type consistency (great…now I really fancy eating some shortbread). As you can see in the picture above there was a slight amount of glitter on these but I think it had rubbed off from an other product in the shop.

As usual I cut this one up and only really used about a fourth per bath. This product isn’t really meant to be a bath bomb so don’t expect a tone of bubbles, even if you hold it right under the tap you only get a few weak bubbles, it’s more of a skin softener and bath melt.

Basics:

  • £3.85
  • Vegan 
  • Cruelty Free 
  • Preservative Free

The thing I loved about this one is the smell and how amazingly soft your skin feels. The smell isn’t over-powering like most Lush products have a reputation of being, a soft warm smell of cocoa butter and vanilla. It turns the bath water a milky colour when you put it the water, made me feel a little like Cleopatra haha!  If you used the whole thing at once it would take a fair while to dissolve.

One thing to point out, be careful when you get out of the bath with this one. Makes the bath slippery as anything! If you’re a bubble bath manic I think you’ll find this one quite disappointing. But it you want something which smells warm and cosy while leaving your skin soft and moisturised then you might want to give this one a try.

You can get this online or in a local Lush

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£25 Challenge

Although I do my best to really stick to using affordable makeup sometimes when you actually add up all the products I use in one video it can amount to a surprisingly high amount and every so often I get a request to do a tag like the £20 makeup challenge.

In this challenge my goal is to try and create 25 looks with ONE set which cost £25

I’m not overly fond of the £20 challenge since it tends to be really boring makeup for starters, and it never includes things like the makeup brushes which often can be a minimum of £5 per brush. It was literally impossible to put together a set wich included the makeup brushes for £20 so I had to add £5 to the challenge to manage it.

As a lot of you know I HATE mascara and pretty much never use it in my tutorials, but if you prefer mascara over false lashes you could use the MUA Extreme Curl Mascara instead. If you take out the lashes and lash glue I listed bellow and use the e.l.f Natural Lash (it comes with glue) you would still be inside the £25 budget.

What I used:

It seemed appropriate to start of with a wearable look and then gradually build it up to more extreme looks (that includes smokey eyes, arty and arabic makeup). Strangely enough I’m quite excited for this series! It’s going to be quite challenging to create 25 looks with this kit and I quite looking forward to seeing how much I can push this.

Hope you like the video (and the series!) :D

TAD: Lace Face Masks

(*TAD= The Art Diaries)

I didn’t take photos from the first mask I did so I’ll just be showing how I made the second mask. If you wanted to make you own mask it’s really, REALLY easy and the following steps will show how to do it.

“The sketching stage will take about 2 hours”

First thing I did is sketch out the left side of the mask. This mask I wanted to be based on Mehindi designs, where as the last one was based on one of my favorite butterfly patterns from a Chinese patten book.

To get the right side exactly the same I took tracing paper and flipped the design over. Once I’d done that I made a few changed to the center of the design, added a few more flowers and more twirls.

What I used:

Once I’d finished drawing the mask and was sure I’d gotten all the details I wanted I started to cut it out. Just a small warning, if you’re doing this part it will take a while, (AND BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR FINGERS!)

I think in total for me it took about 3 hours to cut it out, so if you’re doing this you might want to consider having a few films lined up. Oh and one tip, take your time! It’s so easy for your hand to slip and to cut through a pattern you’ve just spent the last hour painstakingly cutting out.

Don’t try and cut this out in one stroke. It’s better to cut it in little strokes since that way the knife is less likely to slip.

To make this easier for anyone who wanted to make these I’ve put some downloadable templates bellow. They’re so simple to use, just download, print on the paper you want, cut it out and decorate it. Also I’ve made a DIY video bellow showing you a few ways to decorate your maks and wear them.

Hope you like the video :)  

You can download the template for both masks Here

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Review: Lush Dream Cream

I should have written a review on this one ages ago but for some reason I kept forgetting about it even though it’s an essential on my skin-care routine. Though it’s described as a hand and body lotion I also use it on my face from time to time.

“A soothing and cooling cream that is designed to go on even the most sensitive and easily upset skins”

I still use my Enzymion face cream everyday but in the winter I sometimes need a heavier cream to protect my skin so I use this one probably every other day on my cheeks, corner of my eyes and forehead where my skin needs a little more protection.

I had been using the Manuka Honey Rescue cream for my winter cream but since I’ve finished that one this one has replaced it as a firm favorite. Oh and it’s fantastic for calming down razor burns!

Basics:

  • £10.95
  • 240g
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan

It’s not the most affordable of the Lush creams but I love it! It comes in a HUGE pot and I’m nowhere near half way through it and I’ve had it for about 4 months now. That’s party because I’m a bit of a miser with my application but it really is a decent amount of product too.

When I get really stressed my skin gets what I suppose is a bit of a mild form of eczema all over my cheeks and my face puffs up like a balloon, get’s SO itch and red (not a nice image I know) but stress really messes me up! Especially my skin. When that happens this and Embryolisse is so far the only thing I have found that I can put on my skin and calm it down.

Product tip: If you don’t exfoliate this product wont sink in and will just sit on the surface of your skin

It does contain Methylparaben and Propylparaben which is disappointing. But considering it contains oat milk which spoils very easily I can understand why they would include them, otherwise the cream would go off in a week and for £10 a pot you don’t really want it to spoil before you can finish it. 

The smell of this is very…oaty. You will either like it or hate it. The texture is creamy/oily, at first it can feel a bit heavy and then after a minute or two it sinks into your skin leaving it feeling moisturised and plump.

One thing I will say is make sure you’re not allergic to any of the essential oils in this product if you’re getting this for easily irritated eczma prone skin. Some people like myself are fine with it, but for others it can cause a nasty reaction.

You can get this in a Lush store or online

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DIY: Dragon Jar

Ever since I saw the Hobbit I’ve wanted to do something with Smaug’s amazing eye at the end. It was just too cool not to have on something and I’d been planing on doing a Dragon jar for a while so it was the perfect thing to put of the top.

What I used:

  • Das Terracotta Clay
  • Old Candle Jar
  • Super Glue
  • PVA Glue
  • Red Ink
  • Brown Ink
  • Gold Ink
  • Fan Art Brush

Tip:

There are two ways to deal with the clay shrinking. You can either do it the way I did it which is quite time consuming, or you can glue just the edges (you MUST do that part) and once it’s dry make a thick mixture of PVA glue and the colours I used in the video and cover the lid and jar generously with it (the consistency should be quite thick).

This will sink into the cracks and appart from hiding the cracks will also hold everything together. If you do this step instead you will have to apply 4-6 coats.

I hope you like the tutorial :) 

Review: Superdrug Superfruits Exfoliating Mask

Recently I finally finished all the sheet masks I’d bought during the last few months of Uni last year, so obviously the logical thing to do when that happens is so go out and get another year’s supply of face masks.

“Raspberry, Cranberry and Blueberry fruit extracts deeply purifies pores and smoothes skin”

I had already tried Superdrug’s Cucumber Cooling Mask before and loved it so I took the opportunity to get all the face masks Superdrug currently offer so I could review them all on by one.

The annoying thing is when I was doing my research I realised the only one I didn’t have was the yogourt and honey version, but since I already have a DIY Face Mask for that I don’t feel like I’m missing out so much.

Basics: 

  • 99p
  • Cruelty-free 
  • BVUA Approved
  • Make in the UK 
  • Paraben Free 

Oh my gosh this face mask smells SO good! Like raspberry yogurt with a few sweets thrown in. The texture is pretty amazing as well. Sometime exfoliating masks have granules that could have been the gizzard stones of a t-rex (or crushed glass) but this one has really fine granules that softy exfoliate your skin.

Absolutely loved this one! The smell is just amazing! The smell lingers on your skin for around 3 hours, the tiny exfoliation granules are just perfect. Not too rough to grate your skin, but just fine enough for you to really be able to scrub your face, especially those pesky ares like around the nose.  Left my face feeling thoroughly cleansed and brighter and, even though it’s only meant for one application I’ve got 3 uses out of this packet. 

You can buy this mask in Superdrug or HERE

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