In any makeup look there is always a 'focus' point, whether it be the eyes, lips or even the eyebrows. When I make my lips the focus point of a make-up look I always think 'The BIGGER The BETTER' and in the past, lip injections have been something I have considered (as my lips are slightly uneven), but grudge paying hundreds of pounds just for a little bit of filler. However in August last year I heard about this product 'Lip Voltage', which is a concentrated formula that you apply sparingly (and may I stress SPARINGLY, this is NOT a lip gloss) to the areas of your lips you want to appear more plump, or enlarged. Of course, I immediately ran to a local Salon in my town to pick this product up!
WHAT IS IT & HOW DOES IT WORK?
Lip Voltage comes with a tube of what appears to be a clear lip gloss, a small sheet of instructions (which I highly recommend reading) and a small plastic syringe which holds the 'concentrated' plumping product. Similar to most 'plumping' glosses Lip Voltage gives a tingling sensation after it has been applied, this circulates the blood flow to the lips and opens the pores for quicker penetration, leaving that desired plump effect. As to how it works, the product contains a peptide and collagen, once mixed this rehydrates the bodies natural fluids, leading to the tingling sensation that I just described.
DOES IT REALLY WORK & HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Like I said before, I originally bought this in August last year and only ran out about one month ago. You need very little of the formula in the syringe, and once it is mixed in with the gloss it lasts about a week or so being used daily, before needing to add a little more. You can either add 0.1ml for a slight tingling sensation and subtle plump, 0.2ml for a medium, or 0.3ml for an extremely hot sensation which will plump your lips, amazingly! Me being me, I went all out and tried the 0.3, but seriously, I would highly recommend adding 0.1ml or 0.2ml to start off with, as the first 10 minutes with 0.3ml BURNS LIKE HELL! Though in my experience, you do receive those desired results which you can then go and add colour on top of. The plump effect lasts up to around 12 hours (though it is advertised to last up to 24). But YES, this product does really work and is a brilliant addition to any make-up collection! This product cost me £18 and I have seen it is roughly the same price online, though when I went to re-purchase this I was informed they have brought out a NEW version for around £20/£21 which comes pre-mixed, so no measuring required!
Jeffree Star Cosmetics is something I have been gawping over for months and finally found time to order a few! Initially I bought 3 liquid lipsticks; Posh Spice, 715, and Abused. Each of these cost around $18, which is a pretty reasonable price considering various other high quality cosmetic companies. I have heard there are bundles of 3 available for a cheaper price but the selection of colours I wanted were not available.
This. Colour. Is LIFE! It's a gorgeous deep Nude, very rich in pigment and it's unusual deep colours allows a HUGE range of creative possibilities(such as an Ombré lip effect or perhaps something even more daring?!)
This shade lasts ALL DAY LONG, unless I don't drink through a straw, then I have to touch up a tiny bit **HANDY TIP** . This shade has become my everyday go-to colour and I'll definitely be purchasing the rest of the Nude collection.
This colour is a stunning, NEON pastel pink! My first impressions of this was a little negative compared to the other two colours due to the fact I felt I needed to apply 2 or 3 layers to get the perfect, block of colour I wanted. However it's still an absolutely gorgeous shade and one that I am yet to find elsewhere so there's a 99.9% chance I will be re-adding this to my basket.
A rather obscure colour but seems to work SO well (and I can't stress that SO enough). Abused is an extremely deep dark Blue/Violet shade. Full to the brim of pigment and takes a very strong hold to your lips, to say it lasts all day long is an understatement, it took me a good 3 hours to remove it completely! But that is exactly what we want in a Liquid Lipstick, Longevity, colours that POP and we FINALLY have it thanks to Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
Definitley check out the rest of this Liquid Lipstick range at -
Thanks for reading and see you again next week!
Last week I decided to change foundations, this is something I do regularly due to the fact my usual foundation (MAC Studio Fix) is so thick and after using it a while I tend to have a (not so slight) breakout. So this time I opted for the new 'MAC Studio Water Weight Foundation'. Something I would NEVER normally do, when I pick a foundation I look for Full Coverage and long lasting, and although this is a long lasting foundation it is more for people who are looking for medium coverage, however I took the plunge and I am so happy I did. But I wanted to make this a fair trial and weigh out the Pros and Cons to both foundations, so without further ado...
MAC STUDIO FIX
MAC Studio Fix is without a doubt, a brilliant full-coverage foundation used worldwide for that desirable matte finish. At first I was used to bigger bottles and was worried about how quickly I would go through one of these 30ml bottles. However with this product it's true what they say, a little goes a LONG way, and with a £22 price label, this is a pretty reasonable purchase for a higher end foundation. The thick consistency to me is a fair bit thicker than your average foundation but I have found blends perfectly using the MAC 187 brush (or any other stippling brush). One of the things I do not like about this product is that it has a screw lid with no pump, though they do offer a separate pump for £3.50 in my experience, they always break after a couple of weeks. In this case, the lid is your best friend.
MAC STUDIO WATERWEIGHT
MAC Studio Waterweight is something completely new to all of us, (well at least me). MAC describe this product as an 'ultra fluid, elastic gel like formula' which is supposed to feel weightless and hydrate your skin. The foundation comes handy with a built into the lid eyedropper, which so far has been so much more useful than a foundation pump ever was! The formula inside is so thin it's almost like coloured water, runs fluidly and consistently making this product blend and cover so well. Again, though MAC recommend their 196 Brush I would stick with a 187. I find you do not need a lot of this product at all, I merely used 7/8 drops and the coverage seemed perfect and I can not stress enough how weightless it felt, literally like using a moisturizer. When it comes to durability, this foundation has the edge. It lasted me a full 12 hour day and looked AMAZINGLY identical to when I first put it on. Though, unlike Mac Studio Fix, I feel this foundation MUST be locked in with a higher end powder, as I don't think a drug store brand would cut it.
WHICH IS BETTER?!
Although I am a long time Studio Fix fan, on this occasion I'm going to sway to Studio Waterweight for the virtually 'nothing there' feel, the brilliant coverage, and most of all the EYEPDROPPER that I now couldn't be without!
Last time I checked MAC were out of stock but definitely check back on their website and try out this fabulous foundation! Or if you have already let me know what you think in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading, and check back next Sunday.