Beauty | Benefit ‘No Competition’ Full Finish Lipstick Review

Beauty | Benefit ‘No Competition’  Full Finish Lipstick Review

This post has been in my drafts now for so long… I actually don’t have this lipstick anymore, I gave it to my friend but I thought I would do a review nonetheless. You may be thinking that I obviously didn’t like it if I gave it away but read on to find out more.

I bought this lipstick quite a while ago when Amazon had a little sale on beauty items. I absolutely adore the beauty shops on Amazon, there always seems to be some fantastic deals going on! I can’t actually find this in the Benefit store on Amazon anymore which leads me to think it has been discontinued (it is from a 2009 collection after all) but it is available from another retailer right now for less than £14 – you can find the item here. I think I paid about £7 for this which is a pretty decent price for a Benefit lipstick as you can imagine!

The casing is simple and sleek, just a simple black packaging with the white Benefit logo and some decoration. Nothing too fancy but still pretty too!

In the bullet, it looks like a deep purple colour but actually swatches like a deep red colour, quite a berry shade. I love red shades when it comes to lipsticks but tend to steer clear of darker reds as I don’t feel they suit me one bit. The lipstick is a dream to apply, it is smooth and silky and only needs one slick to show some real colour.

Unfortunately, although I love the design and the application – I was right as I first thought. This colour is just a tad too dark for me – I am quite pale and this really washes me out. My friend is a little bit more tanned than I am and this really suits her, so not all is lost!

I would definitely recommend this lipstick if you are looking for a dark red shade but I would advise against it if you are super pale like me, it really won’t do you any favours!

What is your favourite Benefit lipstick?

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Spending Ban | 8 days to go…and a little slip up!

Spending Ban | 8 days to go…and a little slip up!
So I am 23 days into my May spending ban, started by the lovely Kat from Tales Of A Pale Face. How have I done so far? Well, it seems that May is the month of sales  – Illamasqua and The Body Shop are just two brands that I can name and it took a lot of willpower to divert my attention away from them! I actually went into town with my Mum during the Illamasqua sale and I am not sure if you’d count this as cheating but she bought me a couple of things I liked whilst in town.. I didn’t ask her to, she just did…Oops!

Nevertheless, I mention in the title that I slipped up and that I did – to the grand total of £3.80 (thanks Danniella for reminding me of the price!). The only thing I have bought all month is a copy of Marie Claire magazine which I have already read & recycled – just because it had this beauty included as a freebie:
This month, Marie Claire were giving away free Avon products and it is no secret that I love a good old Avon lipstick – see a rave review here. I knew I shouldn’t buy it and I did try to persuade my Mum to purchase the magazine for herself and give me the freebie – to no avail – so I had to bite the metaphorical bullet and make it mine!

The colour is called Smitten Red and I absolutely adore it, it actually feels like I have finally found the perfect red for me! I will be posting a full review very soon in a guest post over on Lisa’s blog so be sure to check it out!

If you’re on a spending ban, how are you doing?

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Revlon Super Lustrous Limited Edition lipstick in Pink Giggles

Revlon Super Lustrous Limited Edition lipstick in Pink Giggles
Revlon Super Lustrous Limited Edition lipstick ‘Pink Giggles’ 

I bought this lipstick on a whim about a year ago from Ebay. Although there is a lot of fake makeup lurking on Ebay, I do like it occasionally for grabbing a bargain when I know exactly what I am getting. When shopping my stash a little while ago (something I have been doing a little more regularly now since realising my collection is so vast), I came across this lipstick and decided to give it a try once again.
This lipstick is a light, barely there pink with a subtle shimmer. It looks a little pinker in this swatch but in fact looks like a my lips but better shade when applied to the lip, with just a hint of shimmer. This isn’t incredibly long lasting; I sometimes use it in my work makeup and have found it to last around 2-3 hours max. It is quite drying on the lip but this isn’t such a problem for me as I usually apply lip balm underneath lipstick as a general rule.

As this item is a limited edition product from Revlon, I am unable to find it on any major websites, however it is available on Ebay and various other sites if interested.

Do you own any of Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipsticks? What were your thoughts?

MUA Lipstick Collection

MUA Lipstick Collection
I am definitely sure that I had more MUA lipsticks than this but this was all I could find. I have a funny feeling that various family members and friends have pinched them when at my house! I will have to recreate my entire collection in the not so distant future, however today I want to share with you my four MUA lipsticks.
I am a big fan of the MUA range; some of their products can be a little hit and miss, granted – but their lipsticks always seem to pull it out of the bag for me. They have such a vast range of colours and all for the bargain price of £1 each – how can anyone resist?
I have so much love for these lipsticks that I also turned my Nan onto them. I get my love of lipstick from her, she never leaves the house without makeup on and she always adds a dash of lipstick to complete the look. When she was asking me if I knew of a cheap but good range of products, who else could I recommend but these beauties?
These apply like a dream and don’t leave my lips feeling dry like other, more expensive brands have done in the past. I am actually gutted that I have lost some of my collection as these are by far my favourite lipsticks to have to hand.

You can buy MUA lipsticks in most local Superdrug stores and online here.

What MUA lipsticks do you have in your collection?

Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick: Sparkling Peach

Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick: Sparkling Peach
Every now and again, one lipstick comes along that completely takes your breath away and becomes the one you wear day in and day out. We all know that I have far too many lip products than I know what to do with, but I just can’t resist buying a new lipstick – and this beauty has been my product of choice ever since I bought it a couple of months ago.
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Avon have always been one of my favourite brands – I can remember my mum and nan buying from their brochures regularly when I was little and I think that some of my very first makeup came from their pages. When browsing their website a couple of months ago, I came across this beautiful looking lipstick and just knew that I had to add it to my already vast collection.
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As you can imagine from the name, this lipstick is a sparkly peach colour, verging ever so slightly towards coral. I’m not a major fan of sparkle, but when it looks this good, who’s complaining? The formula is incredibly moisturising and the colour pay-off is fantastic – no need for building up the colour, the colour is already there in one swipe! How long does it last? I have been wearing this a lot lately, running around like a headless chicken, and I can tell you that although this has generally slipped off after a 6 hour shift (including eating and drinking), I do think that it is quite a good last time all things considered. If I wasn’t running around, I’m sure it would last a lot longer. 

Avon Ultra Colour Rich lipstick in Sparkling Peach retails for just £7 on the Avon website and you can find it here. What are your thoughts on Avon lipsticks? If you’ve never tried any, what’s putting you off?