Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Miss Manga | Review



Today I am here with a review of a fairly new launch from L'Oreal. They have recently released a new mascara, which I am sure you have all heard of, called 'Miss Manga'.

I've recently gotten into the habit of looking on the internet for reviews of products before I buy them, but I didn't trawl the internet looking for reviews of this product, I just saw that it was a new release and wanted to give it a go myself, dare devil I know!

Something that makes this mascara different from my many other mascaras that I own, is that the wand is so flexible that you can actually bend it. I think that this was designed to enable you to get even closer to your lash line and to ensure that the product evenly coast all of your lashes. Personally I struggled with this at first as I ended up with mascara all over my eye lids. however with a gentle hand and a bit of patience it can gently build up a nice fluttery look. The brush is tapered so it comes down to a defined point which is something that most mascaras do however not to this extent. The bristles are a variety of lengths which allows the mascara to coat all your lashes evenly.


It makes my lashes look longer and fluttery as well as giving them a little bit of oomph in the volume department. I have only tried using it after curling my lashes and I am pretty impressed with how long it held the curl. I am going to be a tough cookie to impress after using my Benefit and L'Oreal favs! (see my youtube video here for more info)

After using it a couple of time I went to see what other people thought of it and I was surprised to see that for a lot of people this mascara was clumpy and didn't coat their lashes in a nice way. I have to say from my opinion this has not happened to me.

The formula is still a little wet for my liking but even so I have still really enjoyed using this mascara.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Micellar Water Comparison

So unless you have been living under a rock you would have heard all about the outburst in companies producing their own creation of Micellar Water. This is basically a dupe for the Bioderma that is again raved about everywhere, yet i've still not tried it!!

The two that I have bought were both from the drugstore and that is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Water (currently £3.33 in Boots) and the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (currently £3.33 in Boots)
These are both cheeper alternatives to the hard to find Bioderma so I wanted to give them a go to see if I liked them before hunting down the more pricier option.


The first one I tried was the L'Oreal one. My first impressions of this product were quite high after there being such an outburst on its release as being the cheeper Bioderma, however as this was the first product of its kind that I had tried, I was unsure what to expect. I also bought the eye make up remover to go with it. 
The three points that it claims to do,  I can't say that I completely agree with. Yes it does remover most of your makeup but after using this I felt that I had to then use a baby wipe to get the remaining bits of foundation and mascara off. I really do not think that it unclogs pores, it doesn't clog them but it certainly doesn't unclog them. Their third point claims that it tones and soothes skin. It is a very sensitive product and my skin certainly didn't feel irritated by it however I was left with what felt like and oily layer on the surface of my skin. The eye make up remover I equally disliked. I felt that it was quite harsh on removing my mascara and even when it did I was left with stained black marks around my eyes that I then had to use another product to remove them. 

I decided that this was not what I was looking for at all, so when I saw that Garnier had released their own alternative I was eager to try this one. What a difference! I was really impressed with this product. First of all I was not left with stained panda eyes after removing my eye makeup, which I have to say came off very easily without having to pull at my lashes. It works very well for my sensitive skin and it was not irritated by using this and when removing my eye makeup, it did not sting my eyes. The most important factor of this product over the L'Oreal one was that I was not left with an oily layer on the top of my skin. I felt like my face had been washed with water which then left it clean and fresh. Another bonus of the Garnier edition is that you get double the amount you do in the L'Oreal one! 

Bioderma has yet to grace its presence on to my dressing table however I think the Garnier one is a great match for me at the moment. As for L'Oreal…. well I know I won't be buying that one again. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

BLOG SALE!

I have decided to do a blog sale to see if anyone would be interested in buying any of my products that I simply do not use anymore or some of them I haven't even opened!

Postage will vary between £2-£5 depending on what and how many items you buy. The more you buy the more you save :)

I will wrap all the parcels to the highest standard to ensure they arrive to you safely, however I can not be responsible for the condition of your delivery. Silly postmen!

Please message me via peplumsandcupcakes@yahoo.com for any inquiries.

Happy Shopping!!

Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion (best for combo/dry skin) usage shown (just above the word Clinique) £10/  
Soap and Glory Smoothie Star usage shown £6/  
L'Oreal Eye make up remover & Micellar Solution never used £6 for both or £3 each
Soap and Glory Supereyes Moisturizing Gel usage shown £6

Clinique colour surge eye shadow trio used once (can come with brushes is required) £15
Ruby & Millie eyeshadow palette used once (can come with brush if required) £8

Ruby & Millie eyeshadow pallet, perfect eyes, usage shown (can come with brush is required) £10/ MUA undressed eyeshadow palette used a couple of times. (brush unavailable) £2

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer shade 01 more than 1/2 left & 02 only used once £8
/ Elf Clarifying Pressed Powder shade light beige only used once £2

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation shade Champagne usage shown £10
Revlon Photo ready Foundation shade 004 Nude usage shown £5
Revlon Nearly Naked shade 150 Nude usage shown £5
Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation shade 200 Soft Beige usage shown £5

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Shade Punch Bowl used once £6
L'Oreal Collection Privee shade Doutzens Nude used only to swatch £5
Party Proof Matte Lipstick used only to swatch £5

Argan Oil Flexible Finishing Spray 1/2 left £6 & John Frieda Heat Defect spray more than 3/4 left £5
Ralph Lauren No3 & No1 mini travel sizes both used once £10 each or £18 together

Pearl Collar Necklace £5
Studs and Spike Necklace £8 

Gold Collar Cone Studs £2 & Silver cross bracelet £8
Blue working watch £10

Maybelline Colour Tattoo shade 40-permanent Taupe used twice £4

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Morning Skincare Routine



Recently I filmed a very short 2 part video showing my morning and evening skin care routine. They are only short and sweet but something that I wanted to share with you guys.

I try not to use too many products on my face and to be used on a day to day basis means that they are something special.

HERE is the link to my YOUTUBE channel where you can find the Morning skincare video as well as the other videos that I have filmed.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Maybelline BB Cream | Review


Arn't we all on the hunt for the perfect BB cream. Something with light coverage but enough to cover any skin mishaps and especially for those long awaited summer months. Well I think I have found the perfect one for me!

As with most of my makeup, it is from the drugstore so it is nice and affordable. Maybelline released their BB cream a while ago now so I am a little late on the bandwagon. One thing that stopped me from rushing out and buying it was that there was no alternative for oily skin. BB creams and oily skin are not a good combo unless the formula is oily skin specific. So when they released their oily version I knew this was something I wanted to try.


Packaging...fairly average but like I have said in some previous base reviews, I mainly care about whats inside than on the outside (nice philosophical thought for you there) By having a squeezable tube it allows you to really get the most out of your product. It is a really light consistency as expected however it doesn't drip down your face if you don't blend it in quick enough. Even though it is a light consistency, I was really pleased with the amount of coverage that this product actually gave. I tend to judge the level of coverage by seeing how visible my freckles are. This did not cover them completely as I wouldn't expect it to however it just boosted my natural colour from zombie looking to a natural, fresh faced look.


I am now on my second bottle and love it!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Rimmel Stay Matt Foundation | Review


In the past I used to find it quite difficult to try different foundations as I was afraid of breaking out, which then resulted with me sticking to some brands and products that I know work for me. However, as the years have gone on I have become a little bit more adventurous in the brands that I try. When I heard that Rimmel were releasing a foundation proving to give you a matt appearance I was very eager to give it a go to see if it actually worked. A lot of foundations that say they're matifying, only really work on people who tend to have normal/combination skin but for us oily gals theres no hope, so I went in cautiously when trying this new Rimmel product.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The packaging is not the most glamorous but for me the most important thing about a foundation is the product inside. It does not have a pump however with the tube packaging this makes it easier to get the product out and it is also easy to keep the opening clean which is also important.


Now onto the good stuff. It is quite thick in consistency but do not be put off by that. At first I had a disheartening moment that it would be like the Dream Matte Mouse that everyone loved but personally it really did not suit my skin. This Rimmel foundation is very easy to blend and work into the skin. It did take some getting used to by how thick it was however once you have finished applying the product it does not look cakey at all. I would say that it is quite a heavy coverage foundation and I find that I do not need to powder my face after using this, which saves time in the morning, always a bonus!

The colour range seems pretty decent for a drugstore foundation, however I do think it would be beificial if they included some more in-between shades. I have the shade ivory

which does really suit my skin tone however I think a paler one would be even better.

I know that I can wear this foundation if I am having a long day where I might leave the house at 7 and not get back till around 5, and my makeup will still be in tact. If it is a long day then I might touch up with a little bit of powder across my t-zone, but other than that I am makeup worry free! I can honestly say that this 'matte' product really did work and I am really impressed with it.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Weekly Wish List #8

Weekly Wish List #8



This week I am going to be sharing some of my loves/loathes, tips and tricks about face and base products. 

As it is Monday I am of course starting the week off with a wish list containing some of the face and base products that I lusting after. 

Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer - I love the Happy Light foundation, even though I still need to get the correct shade for my skin tone, so I am hoping that I will love this just as much.

Bourjois CC Cream - Similarly with the above product I am really enjoying using Bourjois foundation products. They have really upped their game with their foundation and general base products. 

Chanel Perfection LumiĆ©re - Ever since I tried a sample of this from a magazine I have been hooked. It was one of those things where I really wanted to try it but know that I'd love it. I'm saving up my boots points for this bad boy. 

Origins Clean Improvements Charcoal Mask - As with most of the Origins mask this is one of the top ones that I really want to try. 

Clinique Superface Primer - I don't know if I would stick to a particular one that targets a specific skin problem. Instead I would choose the universal one and hope it covers all areas. 

Have you tried any of these products? Any recommendations from other products in their lines?