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Monday, 15 September 2014

Bloo's Reviews | New Make Up

"To me, beauty and make up and colour is like the finishing touch on everything."
 Marc Jacobs

For this week's Bloo's Review I thought I would tell you about some new additions to my make up bag. I doubt make up reviews will happen often on my blog as I'm very much of the mind 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Meaning my make up bag is pretty much always the same. However this week I had to purchase new foundation as I'd run out and I also added these three nail varnishes to my online order so I could get free postage. I'd rather pay the extra £3 for pretty colours for my nails rather than postage.

First off we have the little nail varnishes by MUA. I was pleasantly surprised by these. As I was just trying to make up the extra £3 needed for postage, I had bought basically the cheapest nail varnishes I could find that came in colours I would actually wear. I've always been quite proud of my nails. My sister used to say my nice and strong nails (and long hair) were the only good gene I got! However they're slightly wasted on me as I never take the time to do them. I file them into a nice shape every now and then, but that's about the extent of the care I take. I find a lot of the nail varnishes I've used in the past take too long to dry and I end up smudging it, and to be honest I just don't have the patience. And thus I didn't hold out much hope for these little guys at just £1 a pop! 

First up we have Moody Mink. This was my favourite out of the three of them. I wanted a nice understated purple colour and this just fit the bill. I found it gave good coverage and a nice finish after just two layers and dried the best out of the three of them. I even wore it to the Ice Hockey game I went to see on Saturday night and none of it's chipped off yet! I think that's a personal best.

Second up is Mud Pie. It's a slightly different shade than I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a little bit more of a neutral colour, rather than this rich brown. Even so, I like it all the same. I got good coverage and a nice finish after just two layers, but it didn't dry as fast or as well as the Moody Mink. Even so, this was my second favourite out of the three. 

And third we have Bold Blue. I had high hopes for this one as blue is my favourite colour. Based on colour it would have been my second favourite out of the three, but other factors let it down. It was a little bit more watery than the other colours and would pool at the sides of my nails, making it difficult to get good coverage. After three to four layers I got good coverage but then it took forever to dry and I ended up smudging it.

Overall I am happy with them and would purchase more of them in the future as there's some other lovely colours. I would say though that they did feel like they might go gloopy and dry out pretty fast after a few uses, particularly if left open for too long. I could feel it happen a bit as I used them and had to make sure the brush was well loaded. But for £1 you can't really complain. I've had much the same issues with much more expensive nail varnishes. 

Now on to the actual reason I was ordering make up in the first place, foundation. I've been using GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation (£7.99 at Superdrug) for a couple of years now and it's the best and most affordable I've found for pale skin like mine. I usually get Porcelain, but it's been out of stock for a while now and I finally gave in and got the next shade up which is Natural.

When I first got it and tried it on my hand I was a little worried it was too much darker. I really prefer pale foundation and don't like looking tanned or well... orange. You can see the lighter porcelain on the left and the natural on the right. 

I actually ordered a new porcelain foundation after this arrived, but a different brand as I thought the GOSH natural was going to be too dark for me to wear. However I was forced to use it on Saturday night when I was going to an Ice Hockey match and was pleasantly surprised. I didn't look orange like I thought I would, but it did give me slightly more colour. I probably wouldn't order it again, but it is wearable. I wish I had taken a picture of me wearing it with my make up done, but I didn't have time. 

All in all I was pretty happy with all my purchases. The purple nail varnish definitely came out on top and I can't wait to treat myself to more colours. Hopefully they'll be more like the quality of the purple than of the blue. I'm hoping the other foundation I've bought will be lighter and then I will probably give the GOSH natural to my sister. 

Are there any make up products you've been pleasantly surprised by? 

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