What NOT to Buy | Maybelline Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter in Opal

Now, you know I love a good highlighter. Never a day goes by where I’m not wearing any – even on ‘no makeup’ days I can’t be without it. So when I saw that we finally had the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter I’d been seeing all over American YouTube influencer’s videos, I ordered myself one from Superdrug Online. Whilst I was browsing I also saw this ‘holographic’ highlighter from Maybelline and it was part of an offer on the website. I hadn’t and still haven’t heard anything about this online, so I was very intrigued.

I’ll get straight to the point here – this product is AWFUL. I’m actually shocked at the terrible quality of it. Firstly, it’s not holographic – not even close! It has a slight lilac shift to it but it is mainly just white.

When I began to swatch it, dust was flying all around me – chalky, crumbly flat-toned dust. The solid product was literally disappearing before my eyes and into the air and onto the floor. I gave it the benefit of doubt and tried to swatch the half ton of product now on my finger and barely anything came off! It had actually congealed on my finger tip and just wouldn’t transfer.

Next, I tried it on my face with my usual highlighting brush and oh my goodness, that was a complete disaster too! Completely unwearable and very unattractive!

Don’t even consider buying this ‘highlighter’ – trust me. I’m really disappointed in Maybelline to be honest with you as their products are usually very high quality and very pretty. I will be reviewing the Master Chrome highlighter over the next week though and that is a totally different story – absolutely gorgeous! Keep you eyes peeled for that one.

Have you got yourself this product? Or do you have another did highlighter which is similar?

Kerry x

Fab or Fad? ~ MUA Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Ice Sparkle

With the word ‘sparkle’ in the product name, I just had to give this highlighter a go! I was also drawn to the blue tone like a moth to the flame. Blue highlighter? How will I not look like an Ice Queen? 

This is one of three new highlighters from MUA – an affordable but good quality brand. I’ve previously reviewed the same product in the shade Opalescent Amber. Read that one here.  

Finger Swatch

As you can see from the swatch, it is VERY BLUE. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a stunning colour but during the swatching stage I was getting gradually more terrified about applying it to my face. How can this look good?

Swatched without primer
Swatched with primer

Well, I plucked up the courage this morning and applied it to my cheek bones. I did try putting it on my nose, as I normally would, but it looked frankly ridiculous. Think Adventure Time Ice King. 

I had a minimal makeup day today, so I applied the highlighter over just primer and a bit of concealer. I tested it in three different lighting situations for you because I was desperately trying to make it work. 

Natural Light
Ring Light
Camera Flash

As usual my camera hasn’t picked up the tones that I wanted it to, but this looks much more blue in real life. My husband actually thought I’d accidentally got something on my face! 

Final verdict – FAD! 

Yes it’s very pigmented and looks beautiful in the packaging, but I really don’t see how a blue swipe of shimmer is flattering on your skin? It looks cold and a bit like a fancy dress makeup look colour. If I ever decide to create a Halloween unicorn/mermaid/alien/snowflake makeup look then this highlighter will be the first thing I reach for. Now that’s an idea… 

I absolutely love the other MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighters and highly recommend them. They are also a bargain £3 for a lot of product. You can get them from the MUA website here or Superdrug here

Just avoid this one… 

Kerry x

Silicone Sponge ~ The SiliSponge 

Before I begin, I gave the blog a little makeover today with a new logo and colour scheme and I’m so happy with it! I went for Boho and simplicity this time. What do you think? 

Our Fab or Fad product this time is a silicone sponge, also known as the SiliSponge. A lot of people have a Beauty Blender, or one of its cheaper alternatives, in their makeup tools collection and the SiliSponge is currently trying to also make itself comfortable in our makeup bags. If you’re not sure what a Beauty Blender is, it’s a tear-shaped sponge used to apply foundation. It can also be used to apply and blend other liquid makeup flawlessly. The SiliSponge claims to be even better. 

Because of the consistency of the silicone, it has been said that you will use less product as it doesn’t absorb the product. Beauty Blenders do absorb some product as you use them, but this has never been an issue to me. I didn’t really think about it until everyone started saying that silicone didn’t absorb anything! 

I used the SiliSponge to apply my foundation to half of my face and then used my usual Real Techniques foundation brush on the other half. I always use my brush to apply my foundation and then blend any irregular build up or creasing using my sponge. 

In the SiliSponge instructions, it says to spread your foundation with the tool and then dab at it to smooth the product out. With the Beauty Blender you usually dab your foundation on. 

After using the Silisponge to spread on the foundation

Errr… Is it just me or does that look absolutely awful?! Let’s see how it looked after dabbing at it with the SiliSponge. 

After using the Silisponge to dab my foundation

My foundation still had a mottled texture and it looked even worse around my nose – 

A thing of beauty
Half my face with the Silisponge

OK, so I’m very disappointed so far! As mentioned before, I did the other half of my face with my foundation brush – 

After applying foundation with Real Techniques Foundation Brush

As you can see from the results, there is a HUGE difference in coverage between the Silisponge and my brush. I’m quite shocked at how bad this product is! 

I’d seen a few YouTube reviews online of this, with similar results. I had to give it a go myself though and make my own judgement. The original SiliSponge is by Molly Cosmetics. It keeps selling out, I think due to it’s viral videos which show the application of Makeup to be ‘magical’ using their sponge. It’s all lies! 

My sponge isn’t from Molly Cosmetics, I ordered an unbranded one from eBay. 

Final Verdict – FAD! 

Kerry x

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

If there’s a product that promises to make my eyelashes look longer and fuller, then I’m willing to give it a go. Step up Younique 3D Fiber  Lashes. 

This set contains Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers. It claims to increase lash volume by up to 400%. Do I think this will happen? No, but how do you even measure that?! 

To begin with, I applied one coat of my usual Primark PS Pro High Definition Mascara. This is a firm staple in my makeup bag now.  

Once the mascara coat had dried I applied the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Transplanting Gel. This is like an ultra black mascara and is designed to help the fiber lashes stick to your lashes.  

Before the transplanting gel dried, it was time to apply the lash fibers. These fibers stick to the lashes and instantly thicken them. It’s like magic! They do look super creepy on the brush applicator though! 

To complete the process I applied one last coat of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Transplanting Gel. Here’s a photo of the completed process on one eye. 

Isn’t it brilliant? I’m so impressed with this stuff! It is very easy to apply and discards the need for false eyelashes. 

You can purchase this set through Amazon here

Final verdict – FAB! 

Kerry x

Etude House – Tint My Brows Gel

Here I am again with another Fab or Fad post. These are quickly becoming my favourite posts to write! Today it’s the Etude House (nope, I’ve never heard of them either!) Tint My Brows Gel. I found this little gem on eBay. It’s a Korean brand. This product claims to tint your brows, thus saving you time faffing with eyebrow kits/pencils. 

When I opened the wand I was slightly terrified. What greeted me was a gloopy mess on something which resembled a paintbrush. Thankfully, I have the world’s largest eyebrows, so I wouldn’t need to be intricate with my application. 

I started applying  the product at around 11pm last night. It says in the instructions that you can apply and leave on for 2 hours or overnight for a ‘stronger colouration(!)’. Why be subtle? I decided to go for the more dramatic approach. 

Please ignore the lack of makeup, rosy cheeks and dressing gown in the forthcoming photos, I quite frankly don’t give a poo at that time of night! This is the product applied to one eyebrow. 

Here I am pulling my best face of concentration, but looking like I don’t have a clue at the same time. 

Fully applied and looking like the angry baby from The Simpsons! 

The product stayed on very well over night. When Baby J woke up, she stared at my eyebrows in wonder and actually reached out to pull them off my face. This was a new low. 

Do you like my tinsel headband? 

I began to peel the product off. It removed quite easily and was actually quite fun. It reminded me of painting my hand with PVA glue in primary school and then peeling it off. So satisfying. Just me? 

For once, I was actually quite pleased with the outcome! The product has definitely worked. If my eyebrows were a beautiful, non-hairy caterpillar shape, then this product would be very effective and save a lot of time in the morning. 

Final verdict – FAB! 

I’ll definitely be using this one again! 

Kerry x

Primark PS… Ombre Lips in Love Bite

Here we go again, another Fab or Fad post! Once again, I’m sticking with the lips and this time it’s the Primark PS… Ombre Lips in the shade Love Bite. 

At only £2, this mini palette filled me with a combination of excitement, intrigue and fear of the unknown. I’m always up for getting creative with my makeup and have previously posted about how to create ombre lips, but haven’t reviewed a kit before. The colours were pretty scary too! 

Keeping my enthusiasm high and my attitude positive, I set to work. I did my full face of makeup  and set a base on my lips. As per the very detailed (not!) instructions, I lined my lips with the darkest shade. 

*Note the half smile on my lips and how this fades along the process/photos*

Once I’d picked myself up off of the floor, it was time for shade two… 

What a beautiful mess. Shade three really was the cherry on top. 

This product is nasty! It’s a nightmare to apply, it’s patchy and I really don’t know who it would look good on! 

Here’s a picture of me trying to look cool with it on my mouth and failing horrifically. 

And now for my verdict, is it any surprise? – FAD! 

Yuck, yuck and double yuck! Don’t buy it. Primark do some really awesome makeup (like the mascara I previously reviewed) and makeup tools. I am so disappointed by this product. I’m hoping to salvage it by using the lighter colour on it’s own, or maybe using it next Halloween as part of a zombie get up. 

Kerry x

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Tints

I’m a sucker for fads. I like to try things that make the daily beauty routine a bit more fun. I’d seen peel off lip tints all over the internet so decided to buy a set.

These are the Romatic Bear peel off lip tints. Seeing that they were by an unknown brand called Romantic Bear should have been warning enough not to have hit the ‘Complete Purchase’ button. You can buy them for a cheap price on eBay or Wish, etc. As you can see the range comes in pinks, oranges and reds.

I picked out the shade ‘Sexy Red’ today under the illusion that it would live up to its name. I mean, who can turn down looking sexy, right?

When you squeeze the tube a sticky red gunk emerges – at this point I was already terrified and regretting ‘Sexy Red’ and my purchases all together.

I applied the product to my lips (rather badly I may add) and waited for the sticky mess to dry. I waited a long time, it never dried.

Sorry for the absolutely hideous photo below.I didn’t plan on taking a photo whilst I removed the product, but it was too good an opportunity to miss! Here I am trying to peel the product from my lips (and failing).

After a traumatic 15 minutes and my daughter looking at me and crying in sympathy, I finally managed to removed all the product from both my lips and teeth. No, it’s not supposed to go on your teeth, but mine managed to migrate there! Here’s a photo of me trying to pose with dried out, semi red lips, or should I say ‘Sexy Red’ (ha!) lips.

It did work, to an extent, but it really wasn’t worth the effort. I was also left with red stained fingers which made me look like I’d committed a very badly concealed murder.

My final verdict – absolute FAD!

Kerry x