NIP AND FAB MAKEUP || REVIEW

10.5.17




Nip and Fab are a well known skincare brand with some iconic products like their glycolic acid face pads which FYI are fabulous! So as soon as I heard that they're coming out with a makeup line I knew that I had to get my hands on some of the pieces. Overall they offer quite a decent range of products for a new line and they're only available at Superdrug but I'm sure they are going to start rolling out new products and expanding soon.

I only picked up a few things form the collection as I didn't really know what to expect and I didn't want to waste my money. I picked up the blush palette which was £8, the eyeshadow palette which features a lot of cool toned neutrals £10 and the concealer as I wanted to try at least one skin product which was £8. Also, they were on a 3 for 2 offer so I got a really good deal. Before I get into the products that I tested and if they're any good I'll give you a quick overview of the whole collection. Let's start with the base, they offer three primers one being a primer water another a blurring primer and the third is marketed as a water based primer infused with vitamin E. They have one foundation that comes in 10 shades which I'd say is a pretty good selection although they do cater more towards lighter skin tones. With that being said they do have two mixers, one really light almost white and one darker which allows you to darken or lighten your foundation colour. There's 3 contouring palettes in different shades and a highlighter palette which has some really nice shades, although when I swatched the highlighter palette in store it seemed a little bit powdery and chunky. Next, they have 6 concealer shades and 4 colour correcting shades in the same formulation as the concealer, I wanted to pick up the yellow shade as it looked like a great colour for under the eyes but unfortunately they were out of stock. They also have a travel palette which comes in 2 shades and has a bronzer, highlighter and blush. They have ten liquid lipsticks which swatched really nicely in store and five lip liner shades. For the eyes they have a standard black mascara which the appearance of didn't wow me enough so that I picked it up but who knows it might be great, they have a few khol eye pencils and eyebrow pencils, a liquid eyeliner and last but not least the eyeshadow palette.


First of all let's start with the eyeshadow palette as I'm pretty sure most people will want to know whether its any good or not. Like I said before it is a cool toned neutral palette but it does have a few warmer tones so I think it would be suitable for anyone. It features 12 shades ranging from lighter 'all-over the lid' colours to transitioning and defining colours as well as a few shimmers. The shadows perform well but some better than others, which isn't such a drawback considering the price point. The lighter shades are definitely more powdery and have more kick back but its nothing you can't work with and if you tap off your brush you're good to go. All in all they are quite smooth and easily blendable. The shimmery shades are also smooth and not glittery, they're more of a subtle glisten rather than a chunky glitter. I have not tried these wet with a fixing spray but I think they would perform quite well. Overall, I think this is a good neutral palette that can be used for a multitude of looks and take you easily from day to night. My favourite shades in this are 'suede' because its a great transition colour, 'camel' as its great for all over the lid before I start any look and 'in vogue' when I want to darken things up.

The blush palette features four shades, cocktail, flamingo, whisper and velvet. Similarly to the eyeshadows this is a good palette if you want a few blush options but don't want to spend heaps of money. I think that the colour selection is really well put together as it will carry you through different seasons and looks. Cocktail is the lightest pink in the palette which looks great with minimal makeup looks and is perfect for the spring months. Also, if you're a fan of layering blushes like me its really nice to go on the center of the cheeks as a brightening colour. Flamingo is a more coral/ peachy shade that would look really gorgeous with a warm toned smokey eye or a coppery eye look. All of the blushes have a slight shimmer in them, nothing super crazy but it gives a healthy glow to the cheeks rather than a straight up matte blush. Velvet is by far my favourite, only because its so easy to throw on. Its a very neutral nude shade which honestly goes with any look that you're rocking, if I don't know what blush to go for I usually go for tones like this because I know it won't clash with anything else that I'm wearing. And lastly we have whisper which is the darkest of the four shades. This is a more mauve shade which would look awesome in the colder months but also with purple eye looks, this is the most daring out of the four blushes but I'd say its still really easy to wear.

Last but not least, I want to talk about the concealer. Originally I wanted to get the yellow colour correcting shade from the range but it wasn't in stock at the time so I went for shade 10 from the normal concealer range. I really really enjoy this concealer! No joke this has become a staple of mine in my makeup routine. I like this because its high coverage and not cakey, you don't need tonnes of it to cover a pimple or redness. Also I really enjoy this because its blendable, it goes onto the skin and blends out really nicely on top of your foundation or whatever you are wearing. It doesn't drag or smudge out and it doesn't patch, also it doesn't take off the product that you already have like some concealers do. And last but not least it dries down! I don't like concealers that stay looking wet and feel like they are going to slide about my face if I don't set them with heaps of powder (even though I set my concealer every time). I am definitely going to pick up the yellow shade when they have it in stock because I enjoy the formula of this a lot.

I also wanted to mention the packaging very quickly. Don't expect some super fancy and sleek packaging with these products. I think that Nip and Fab are able to produce these products at a low price point because they skip out on fancy packaging. Don't get me wrong the packaging isn't terrible its thin and sturdy and see-through which I like because I am able to look at the product but at the same time you can tell that its not amazing quality plastic, never the less the products are nice so its not the end of the world. And that sums up my review of Nip and Fab makeup. Have you tried any of their makeup? If you have let me know what you think in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you. Personally I'd really like to try out the liquid lipsticks because when I swatched them in store they felt quite nice and there was a very nice pinky/nude shade that I liked the look of.

Dominika  xxx



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THE ORDINARY SKINCARE | WORTH THE HYPE?

19.4.17





In my previous post I mentioned that I found some fabulous skincare that really helped to clear my skin when I used it in conjunction with the magnitone face brush, not to say that these don't work alone because they do but I got better results using the two together as I feel that the face brush was cleaning my skin and all of the serums I applied after had a better chance of working their magic on my skin. 

The skincare brand that I want to talk to you about today is The Ordinary, I feel like everyone knows about this brand now as every beauty blogger has mentioned it in one way or another. The biggest asset of this brand is the price of their products. Honestly, you are really getting your moneys worth when buying pretty much anything from them as everything is about £6 and I think the most expensive serum that they have is a little under £15. Which is amazing as most brands that use the same ingredients charge more than triple the price sometimes. I ordered quite a few things from them as I couldn't really decide and in all honesty I just couldn't say no for the price. I ended up picking up Niacinamide 10% with Zinc 1%,  Hyaluronic Acid 2% with B5, Alpha Arbutin 2%, Vitamin C suspension 23% with HA spheres 2%  and the two strengths of the Lactic Acid only because I had a delivery mishap as they sent out the wrong item but were kind enough to replace it with the original strength I ordered and let me keep the wrong one that they sent out. 

If you have no clue what some of these products are or how you use them and what their benefits are, don't worry. The Ordinary has a really helpful regiment guide, it tells you exactly what product to use in what order and which product combinations don't work together. Also, they have product combinations that target different things, so lets say that your skin is dry and dehydrated they recommend the hyaluronic acid the squalane and natural moisturising factors. Additionally, if you need to find out what a particular product does and what its uses are they have clear and detailed product descriptions under each product, so you'll know exactly what every product is meant to be used for and what it targets. 

Now, let's get onto the products I tried out. First and foremost I saw the biggest changes in my skin with the hyaluronic acid serum. I have quite dry and dehydrated skin and I found that my skin looked more radiant and healthy because it was properly hydrated. I'm not going to lie I was a little bit sceptical about the quality of the ingredients that are in the serums because of the low price and thought that I would see very small changes if any, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I started using these products. The hyaluronic acid serum is my favourite out of all the products that I ordered and I have been using it with no exceptions every day. I will 100% repurchase once I am done with this one to make sure that I am never without this product.

Next up the lactic acid serums. I have both the 5% and 10% strengths. I originally just ordered the 10% one but when I opened my package I saw that I was sent the other one instead. I emailed the company and they resolved the issue very quickly, so no harm done and at least I know they have good customer service. I prefer the 5% serum as it's not as harsh on my skin, I'm not quite sure what I was thinking ordering the 10%  as I have sensitive skin. So what it does is basically chemically exfoliates your skin, it reaches deeper than any scrub. I do find that this helped to clear up the small spots on my face that I was suffering from but it did also dry my face out so the hyaluronic acid serum was a must for me after using this. I only use this once a week or even less than that sometimes as I do find that its a harsh product and I don't want to put my skin through something that it can't handle.

I picked up the alpha arbutin serum because I researched that's it's really good for any redness and it helps with pigmentation issues. I have some redness on my cheeks left from breakouts. I can't say this completely got rid of everything because that's not the case but I have been able to see a slight difference in the colour of the discolouration on my face. I haven't been using this serum as much as I have the others so it's maybe my fault that I can't see a lot of results with this, overall though I can see a slight change so I'll try to use it regularly and maybe then I'll have better results.

Niacinamide is something I have never heard of before but it has completely changed my skincare! I remember watching a Youtube video and hearing about the amazing properties of Niacinamide. Its basically meant to shrink your pore size and I do struggle with that on some parts of my skin, especially on my nose and cheeks. Again, I'm guilty of not using this to its full potential but I can see a difference in my skin. It is very minimal when I look at it but I can tell when I'm applying my makeup as my foundation doesn't sink into my pores anymore, my foundation just looks flawless and uber smooth. Last but not least is the Vitamin C suspension serum. I think that this is the product that I saw the least changes with but this might be because its not suited my skin as I have read reviews of people who really swear by this stuff. For me, it didn't do what I wanted it to do. Its meant to be a brightening cream which helps with the overall appearance of the skin and brightness, honestly, I saw more radiance and plumpness in my skin with the Hyaluronic acid serum so I think I will stick to that but perhaps I'll incorporate it into my skincare another time and give it another shot.

And that concludes my review of The Ordinary! Let me know if you have tried out any of the products from this brand and if you love them or not. I know I definitely do and they have become a staple in my skincare routine. I will definitely be repurchasing my beloved Hyaluronic acid serum and I have also been eyeing up their Glycolic acid toner which looks amazing.

Dominika xx


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MAGNITONE BAREFACED SONIC FACE BRUSH

23.3.17




Hello everyone! Hope you're having a fantastic day so far! Today I'm going to review the Magnitone barefaced brush. I stared seeing that my skin looked a little bit tired and congested and also I noticed these little bumps and raises on my skin, you know just before you get a spot your skin raises but I wasn't getting spots. So, I started researching for products that could could get my skin to look radiant and clear. I found a few really good products that were helping but I still wasn't 100% happy with what my skin looked like, now having used the face brush in conjunction with the serums I found they work a dream but more on the products in a separate post. I came across the Magnitone and read some really good reviews on how it helps to clean the skin more thoroughly and reaches a little bit deeper than traditional face scrubs. I was also really drawn to the fact that it uses sonic technology to clean the skin because I have a sonic toothbrush and it really cleans your teeth like nothing else. I decided to bite the bullet and spend £70 on the magnitone. Yikes!! I got the pale blue colour from the bare natural collection. I really wanted the pink one but when I was purchasing mine it was out of stock on look fantastic and blue was the next best thing.

The face brush is very simple in design and extremely easy to operate. There's one button that turns it off and on and controls the settings, which there are two of. The first setting is a long continuous pulse which is more gentle on the skin, it can be used a few times a week to clean the face. I have seen that some people use it daily but I wouldn't recommend that because at the end of the day you are exfoliating the face very thoroughly. The second setting is a stream of little pulses/vibrations, I use this setting once a week to really get my skin clean before I use a face mask or a really nice serum, that way all of the product can absorb really well into the skin. It leaves the skin feeling really clean but not stripped if that makes sense, it gets rid off all the buildup and dirt from the week but doesn't feel like you just scrubbed your face with an exfoliating glove. The skin is left really smooth and soft feeling.

One thing to note though is when I first started using it (first 2/3 times) my skin looked worse as I broke out quite a bit in spots. I think that may have been my skin getting used to the product as it hasn't been exfoliated that deeply or it was actually clearing itself by pushing all of the dirt out causing an outbreak. The spots healed on their own very quickly actually, and after that my skin was left really nice and radiant.

Because the brush doesn't physically rotate, as I mentioned before its just a stream of pulses, I gently glide the brush across my face. Not pressing too hard or scrubbing because I wouldn't want to break my skin and over do it, honestly, the brush does all the work for you anyway so there is no need for excessive pressure or scrubbing. Before I use, it I always get it wet first and put on a little bit of cleanser, just so that it doesn't drag on the skin and I feel like I get a much better result doing it this way.

The brush itself is quite firm but do keep in mind that I have quite sensitive skin and I hardly ever use abrasive products/ tools on my face. I think they do sell some brush heads for sensitive skin but I haven't had the need to replace mine yet so I'll keep you posted about the replacement attachments when I find out what ones they offer.  Have you ever tried the magnitone before and has it worked for you? Or have you tried any other face brush and what were your results? I'd really like to know so let me know in the comments!

Dom xx

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