Sheer Gloss

A U.K based Beauty Blog created by a makeup enthusiast.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Currently Loving #2 featuring ColourPop, Primark Beauty, It Cosmetics and more...

It was back in January that I decided to start writing a currently loving type of post rather than share a monthly faves, which has given me the chance to genuinely see which ones I've been reaching for the most. Since then, I've received some new bits that I've also enjoyed and thought it was about time I shared these latest loves. 


Monday, 20 March 2017

Simple Ways To Perk Up Your Make Up Look For Spring

Spring Makeup 

Today is officially the first day of Spring! I love Spring because apart from moving away from the dark and dreary colours of Winter which often make it feel a lot more colder than it is, for me it's a time to inject some fun with my makeup and get a little bit more creative with new colours that reflect the change in season. During the Winter months, I tend to keep things a little quite with regards to colour preferring neutrals as a first choice most of the time. But once Spring has finally sprung I instantly gravitate towards the pretty hues of Peachy Corals and Soft Pinks as these really uplift my mood after the bleakness of Winter. But not only do I think this is the perfect excuse for switching up my makeup look, it's also prevents me getting into a rut using the same ole products day after day.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Bargain Beauty Accessories from eBay

Beauty Accessories From eBay 

We all know that eBay is just one big massive treasure trove. No matter what you're looking for you can guarantee you'll always find it there. But up until recently it wasn't a site that I'd often visit because I thought it was nothing more than a place to find fake goods which we all know that's not true (just avoid the makeup unless it states authentic). There are loads of fabulous buys to be had from reputable companies or from people like you and me, selling goods that are no longer required. 


Friday, 10 March 2017

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Face Palette : Review

Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Palette Review

A few weeks ago,  I featured the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Face Palette in my currently loving post, which was a product that was gifted to me last Christmas. To this day, I'm still loving it, and in today's post I thought it be nice to share with you a more in-depth review and whether it's worth the splurge.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Giving Your Hands a Helping Hand

Up until a few years ago, I was never that much into hand creams as I'd often forget to apply them or found them too greasy when I did. But after seeing the look of my hands deteriorate quite rapidly over the last few years, I decided it was time to take action and show a little tlc on these hardworking mitts. 

Nowadays, hand creams have come a long way since the greasy formulas my mum would use. I have somehow ended up with quite a few of these lighter formulas using them for different purposes throughout the day. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you how I've incorporated these in my routine and some of my favourites I've picked along the way. 


On rotation for the handbag

Smaller tubes are perfect and an inexpensive way for replenishing your hands whilst on the go. The size of these smaller tubes make these more than ideal for popping in your bag because they take up very little room. My hands get quite battered whilst at work and I always have a couple of tubes in my handbag so they are on hand to replenish lost moisture due to the handling of packaging and dust which means I'm forever washing my hands. These are great because the formulas aren't so rich that they leave my hands sticky and slippery. For some reason, I've seemed to have gravitated towards fruit scented formulas for this. After applying these, I always find myself smelling my hands because I love the scent so much! 

Soap & Glory Mini Hand Food in Sugar Crush 50ml | £2.50

This is only available in the mini size at the moment, but I managed to obtain this as part of a set I purchased in the sales after Christmas. This comes in a new scent that I wasn't aware of but turns out a much preferred one from the original as it smells a bit like the Yankee Candle scent of Lemon Lavender or Vanilla Lime. (sorry, I can never remember which one) which I love. So if you love that lime zesty scent, then you'll love this. This Hand Food formula is non-greasy hydrating formula that contains Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil and Marshmallow.
The Body Shop Satsuma  Hand Cream 30ml | £4.00

I love the smell of fresh oranges, don't you? Another zesty favourite that helps me with on-the-go hydration and to help soften the skin without leaving any slipper residue. This lightweight gel/cream like formula absorbs very quickly leaving my hands protected and ready for the next task.

The formulation of hand creams is something the French have got spot on. Wonderful French brand L'Occitane is probably considered one of the, if not the biggest success stories when it comes to hand creams with their best selling Shea Butter formula being sold every 3 seconds worldwide! Along with their original formula come with various other fragrances for you to enjoy which are still infused with that famous Shea Butter formula. I managed to still own a couple, that came part as a set, trialling the biddy sizes of 10ml which was a great introduction to discover the brand. The Verbena Cooling Hand Gel is another favourite for work as it gives that refreshing lemony scent and is enriched with Verbena Oil, Mint and the essentials oil of Thyme which are known for their purifying properties. The scent has also been great to use in the mornings to help revive with it's freshen wide-awake scent. The cooling gel-like cream that sets more dry than your traditional formulas makes this perfect to apply also during the warmer weather as it cools the skin and freshens clammy, sweaty hands.


By the Kitchen Sink

Nivea Q10 Anti- Age Care Hand Cream 75ml | £3.49*

I've been loving the Nivea Q10 which has proven to be a great product to have by the kitchen sink - it gets used a lot! Again it's portable so it takes up very little space by the sink. The scent may be not as strong as the other 3 but this does share a slight twist to their signature Nivea scent which produces enough fragrance without conflicting with the scent of my hand wash. The cream itself has a lovely lightweight texture that's rich but penetrates into my skin easily to prevent the formulation of dry cracked texture appearing on my hands that can happen due to the constant contact with water. This gives 24 hour protection and is enriched with the skin's Q10 Co-enzyme to help prevent the signs of ageing. This also contains UV Filters to help prevent UV induced age spots which is ideal for someone like me who rides a bike as my hands are always exposed to the environment.  

Night time treatment

When it comes to night time, I like to apply the richest formula, as I like layering this on more thickly than normal to give my hands a luxury treat and to help the skin repair whilst I'm asleep.

The most expensive out of all of them and is probably the most effective for a good night time treatment. This was also purchased as part of a set, and while I'll admit the fragrance didn't exactly wow me to begin with, it wasn't too long before I realised what a great formula this is.

This rich formula contains the fragrant oils of the Frangipani Monoi which comes from the flower Gardenia, and also contains the conditioning ingredient of Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil. This cream leaves my skin looking deeply nourished and with regular use I seen some improvement in the look of my hands. 


Do you have any favourite hand creams? 

Toni. xoxo

Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for review.


Monday, 27 February 2017

My First Haul from ColourPop Cosmetics: Review & Swatches

ColourPop Haul featuring Mile High Eye Shadows

After refusing point blank for over a year of ordering anything from ColourPop (not that there's anything wrong with them) because of fear of getting stung with custom fee charges, I caved! I finally caved in!!!

ColourPop Cosmetics is a budget brand from the US that has won the hearts of so many UK makeup enthusiasts Their colour range looks insanely beautiful and their formulas look amazing! It's not hard to see why they're so popular. So, after I've hearing nothing but praise after praise after praise about the Colour Shock eye shadow formulas, the Ultra Satin Lip formulas, the highlighters, the Lippie Stix - pretty much every bloody thing! I'd thought I'd finally see what all the fuss is about and ordered some bits from them.

I received an email from them stating that if I spend over $50, I'd qualify for free international shipping but also took into account this obviously wouldn't include Royal Mail's slice of the pie! I decided to order a couple of sets which I though would be a cost effective way to discover the range. Plus, I ordered a couple of individual products which came to grand total of $51 or £41 in sterling.

Here's what I ordered: 

Mile High Eye Shadow Set containing 6 individual pots of their Colour Shock eyeshadows for $25. Individually they'd cost $5 each. I thought I'd play it safe and be a good place to start by trying out some of their neutral shades with different finishes. 

Just Peachy 3 piece Lip Bundle. I thought these shades would be absolutely perfect for the Summertime. This set contains 2x Ultra Matte Lip formulas in the shades Speed Dial & Instigator and 1x Ultra Satin Lip in Screen Shot costing $15 for the set. Individually they'd cost $6 each.

1x Lippie Stix in the shade Poison (a brick Red) - $5. (I've always wanted to own a Lippie Stix!)


The products came housed in the most delightful packaging I have ever received and most certainly wouldn't want to throw away. It's colourful, vibrant and fun! It also came delivered with a cute message on a card giving you that personal touch and making the whole experience worth waiting for - despite Royal Mail’s efforts to try and dampen my little pleasure with their custom fee charges which I knew was inevitable anyway. Royal Mail charged me around £17. Although, considering I got the free shipping and the parcel did come all the way from California, I didn't see this as a total blow! Still, it's not something I want to make a habit of and will look into other ways of having my orders delivered in the future. Perhaps trying a mail forwarding service like My Mail Box. The delivery took about 9 days to reach me - pretty good!

ColourPop Cosmetics Haul and Review

ColourPop Cosmetics Haul and Review 

ColourPop Cosmetics Haul and Review

ColourPop Cosmetics Haul and Review 

The formula of the lip products 

The shades from the Just Peachy set are lovely and are right up my street. I do love a peachy lippie. 

Like I just previously said. The set contained 2x Ultra Matte Lip formulas and 1x Ultra Satin Lip. When laid out together on a table, the shades look very similar until swatched.

 Speed Dial -  a Rich Peach. My favourite of the three as it wasn't too bright learning more Brown

Instigator - a muted Peach. My least favourite as I thought this was a bit too bright for me.

  Screen Shot - a deepened Peach which I also loved because this also wasn't too bright and again leaned towards Brown. 

 These lip tube formulas all come with the synonymous doe-foot wand applicator. The formula itself is very thin. But don't let that fool you as they applied solid and true to the colour you see in the tube. You really don't need a lot.

I'd heard frequently that the Matte formulas are quite drying! Now, I'm not sure if these are new formulas or anything or I just got lucky, but I didn't think these felt too drying at all. Providing I cleaned the lip area first with Miceller water and didn't over apply to the inner part of the lip, I didn't really have an any issues. I'll admit, I got that initial feeling you get when know they're there perhaps, but after licking my lips a few times, that soon wore off.  I certainly found these more comfortable to wear than the Lip Lingeries from Nyx.

The formula lasted until I ate something hot and greasy. Even then, they were still some colour left. But the only issue I had with these is I couldn't reapply without cleaning the whole lip area again first, which is a bit of a faff, otherwise they felt a bit thick and didn't look as fresh. Other than that, I loved them. 

The same applied with the Satin formula in terms of having to clean before reapply. Although, I do prefer the finish of this one as this didn't look as flat.

The metallic shade Man Eater from the Ultra Metallic collection is flippin' gorgeous! I'm so happy to see the return of metallic shades as I loved them when I was younger. This did feel slightly more drying around the inner part of the lip to begin with. But as I broke into the formula with each wear, it soon wore off. I was able to easily reapply with this one. 

The Lippie Stix Matte in the shade Poison is a true brick Red. I thought I'd order a shade that's totally out of my comfort zone and I sure did with this one! The twistable formula was lovely! The best formula of the bunch! The colour was bold, solid and most importantly, comfortable. This glided over the lip with very little effort, so, I'll definitely be ordering more of these! 

ColourPop Cosmetics Haul and Review

Colour Pop Mile High Shadow Set

Mile High Shadow Set

I had heard so much about these formulas so I really had high hopes. 

But let's just look at this box. Isn't this delightful? I mean... this is drugstore we're talking about here! How fab! Despite being made out of cardboard, it's a really good solid box. And they've even enclosed a mirror inside. There's no way I'm throwing this away as this will make excellent use for storage. 

The Mile High Collection consisted of 6 individual shadows from their Colour Shock range.

Truth: satin neutral light beige. When swatched you could barely see it. But on the lid, it gave a nice Satin nude look. 

Nillionaire: metallic bronze with pink and gold glitter. Showed a beautiful glitter sparkle on the lid. I loved this so much. I broke the rules and wore this during the day. The Gold sparkles helped to enhance the subtle yellow tone I have near the centre of the iris.

So Quiche: soft metallic olive with violet and gold sparkles. This beautifully combined Pink and Gold glitter made this another favourite. Even the makeup consultants at the Charlotte Tilbury counter I recently visited commented on how lovely this looked and they too admitted to loving ColourPop! (Shh! Don't tell Charlotte!) 

Lala: metallic soft copper. I found this quite warm on its own but soon discovered this paired quite nicely with Mittens. Excellent pairing for bringing out Green eyes. 

Cricket: icy purple with multi-dimensional glitter. My least favourite mainly because of the shade. It looked dull and unflattering on its own. Looked better once La La was layered underneath for some added warmth. 

Mittens: matte plummy brown. Very warm on me. A lovely shade but needed building to mimick the depth of the shade in the pan. Stunning with Lala. 

This is the claim from ColourPop: SUPER SHOCK SHADOW is a long-wearing crème powder formula has an elastic-like texture that is totally party proof. Avoid the fall out from traditional powder shadows and say goodbye to raccoon eyes! This feather soft formula glides on and feels freakin’ amazing! 

The Formula

The formula is incredibly addictive, in a sense I could swirl my finger around in it all day! The ultra smooth, bouncy like texture felt amazing and something I've never experienced before in an eyeshadow. The formula achieved smooth even colour across the eyelids although I found I still had to build some of these up a little, but it's no worse than some of the higher-end ones I've used. But, I enjoyed this anyway because of the addictive texture in those pots. I experienced no fall-out.

  However, one of the few issues I have with these is that I can't just apply with any ole brush as these are best applied using either my finger (which works best) or buy using the flattest of the flattest synthetic brush, so it helps to really bring out the intensity of the shade or finish. A synthetic crease brush also proved best for buffing around the edges too

Plus, I also still need to use a primer otherwise the formula creased and the shades faded a little.

But despite that, for a budget brand, I found these pots gorgeous! Especially for achieving a quick, simple eye look when using my fingers. I love how it gives my eyelids a little pizzaz for during the day. For the shimmers and glitters, I'll definitely be back for more!

ColourPop Mile High Shadow Set

Have you tried any products from ColourPop? What are your favourites?

Toni. xoxo

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