Milani ‘Keep it Sweet’ Lip Scrub

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Hello everyone! I’m so sorry for the long gap in between posts – I’m clearly not sticking to my New Year’s Resolution of posting at least twice a month. Hopefully that’ll change! I’m in the process of buying new products for inspiration and also am looking at doing more personal posts, so watch this space.

But for now, let’s get down to business! I recently have been in desperate need of a lip scrub and having not owned one before, it was daunting choosing one. The obvious choice would have been Jeffree’s Star Velour Lip Scrubs from his various collections, but none of the flavours jumped out at me. I found the Milani ‘Keep It Sweet’ Sugar Lip Scrub on Beauty Bay and the positive reviews twisted my arm and convinced me to buy it. If you want to see how I found it, then keep on reading!

 

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The packaging of this product is nice and simple, which personally I quite like.  Its gold lid is nice and sturdy, and the container is glass so you know it’s strong too. Like many lip scrubs it has a screw top cap which then leads you straight into the product. It perhaps could have had a cover on the inside to protect the product more, but either way it arrived in perfect condition when I received it. It isn’t too heavy and is a good size to pop in your hand or clutch bag and have it with you throughout the day!

 

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So now the main part of the blog as always, does it work?! I must admit I have seen a noticeable difference in the smoothness/texture of my lips since I started using this product a couple of weeks ago.  The consistency is literally that of an exfoliator, which is nice and gritty to ensure a deep cleanse. Honestly my lips before using this were so dry and used to regularly get chapped, especially with this cold weather, but this product has honestly helped the texture of my lips and reduced the risk of them being chapped.  I use it around 3-4 times a week, mainly at night before I go to sleep, but I also have used it before applying liquid lipsticks. I’ve found that these kinds of lipsticks stay on my lips better after using a product like this and are actually a lot less drying, which is a common plus of using a lip scrub. In the long run, my lips have felt so much smoother and less dry, and at times they’ve even appeared plumper when looking in the mirror.  That is a huge plus for me (as I have quite small lips) so I’m definitely not mad at a little lip plump!  In a couple more weeks I will have been using it for over a month and I can’t wait to see more improvements!

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I believe that this product’s price point is absolutely spare.  It’s priced at £10.00 and you get 12g of product. In comparison, the Jeffree Star Lip Scrubs are £12.00 and you get 30g.  So although it might be worth spending a couple of extra pennies and get a well-known make, this lip scrub works just as well.  It has a sugary taste which is nice and sweet; you don’t have to deal with really tangy/sour flavours or spending the money on a specific taste and finding that the product doesn’t taste like that.  The other thing is, is that it lasts so long! I have been using mine about 3-4 times a week and I have barely taken off the first layer of scrub! So in this case it is great value for money, and it is a nice, yummy flavour to exfoliate your lips with!

So all in all, the Milani ‘Keep it Sweet’ Sugar Lip Scrub is approved! Although you might not get a lot of product for the price, it is about the quality of it.  Lip scrubs have to be an essential in everyone’s kit and this for sure is one for the collection. I bought mine from Beauty Bay (https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/milani/keepitsweetsugarlipscrub/) and they always seem to be in stock – so it is really easy to buy!

I need some inspiration for my next few blogs, so if there are any items that people recommend/want to see a review of, then leave some recommendations in the comments below and I’ll be happy to try them out!

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo

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Jeffree Star ‘Skin Frost Pro Palette’ Review

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So when I saw that Jeffree Star was bringing out a highlighter PALETTE, I was shook. Of course I was going to buy it! Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love to glow on my cheeks, and sometimes blind people, but highlighting is my favourite part of my makeup routine. Although pricey, I thought it was worth trying out the new palette from the Queen of Highlighters. If you want to see how I found it, then keep on reading!

PACKAGING

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So when I ordered this, I had already read up on the online reviews that were circulating and there were huge complaints on the packaging. It was branded as ‘cheap’, considering the price point, and it looked ‘tacky.’ So when it arrived, I was super nervous to open it! It came in a paper box like some highlighter palettes do, but I was always going to throw this away anyway. When I actually held/felt the palette, it did not feel cheap at all! What I really appreciated about this palette is the fact that it has a mirror with it, I LIVE for that! So many palettes, for example the ABH Aurora palette, doesn’t have a mirror and I find that such a pain. So this mirror for me made the price point more reasonable, and at a first impression I was pleased!

HOW IT WENT ON/PIGMENTATION

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So down to the real business…the pigmentation. Now as much as I love a good shade range, I knew from the offset that some of these colours would not work with my skin tone/complexion. In this palette two of these are classic Jeffree shades, (Ice Cold and Lavender Snow), whilst the other four are new colours. What I love about the JSC brand is that his entire range is vegan and cruelty free, which I always look for in a brand.

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(Shades Top to Bottom: Ice Cold, Glacier, Lavender Snow, Alien Ice, Pink Chill, Canary Bling)

Now for me personally, my favourite kinda highlighter is a really light one that blinds; and with Ice Cold, I definitely got that! I loved the way it went on my skin and really popped, but I also found that it did not apply as intensely with a fan brush. But with a dome shaped highlighter brush, it works a treat! I regularly mix ‘Ice Cold’ and ‘Glacier’ together to create that extra frosted look, which works really cute too! I’ve been a bit sceptical of using ‘Lavender Snow’, as I don’t think it works with my skin complexion, but from swatching it, it looks a stunning colour full of pigmentation!

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(Top to Bottom: Ice Cold, Glacier, Lavender Snow, Alien Ice, Pink Chill, Canary Bling)

The two shades that I was disappointed with were ‘Alien Ice’ and ‘Canary Bling.’ Literally took me so many attempts to get a decent swatch of them! And when I applied them to my face… well that was just a disappointment. (I wish now I had taken a picture, something I’m definitely going to start doing!) It just did not make that dramatic impact that I was expecting, especially considering this is a JSC product and he is known for loving a blinding highlight! Maybe these would look better when wet, but they definitely did not work for me. That is also something that doesn’t work for me about this palette; it seems to come across a bit chalky, and I am unsure why. I thought this with ‘Pink Chill’ too, but then after research I realised that this is a topper shade, rather than a full-blown highlight. So as a topper, it definitely works and brings a lovely rosy glow to your complexion!

WORTH THE MONEY?

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So this is the point that seemed to keep popping up in the online world… is this really worth the price tag? I paid this price for the ABH Aurora palette and at the time I thought it was expensive, but over time I’ve realised how much it was worth it. The highlighters individually retail at range from £19.13-£25.50 (Beauty Bay), so considering that you get a range of colours for £35.00 does make it worth the money! Although it does seem to not live up to the expectations, this was also said about some of the ABH palettes, and I do think the price point is quite accurate for the product.

So that’s it! I would say that his product is APPROVED, but I do think that there are better palettes out there on the market. The price point is pretty accurate for what you get, but I do agree with some of the internet that it has not lived up to the hype. This might have just been my particular palette, every palette is different! Jeffree has just announced his Blood Sugar Collection, so I would love to see a highlighter palette appear in that down the line!

I’ll apologise for the big delay in posting. I’ve had a ton of stuff going on personally, so I’ve been struggling to find motivation. But writing this has got me back into the swing of things, so hopefully there will be more in 2018!

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo

https://www.beautylish.com/s/jeffree-star-skin-frost-pro-palette-platinum-ice

Beautylish: $40

https://www.beautybay.com/makeup/jeffreestarcosmetics/skinfrostpropaletteplatinumice/

Beauty Bay: £35.00

Lades Brushes; A Cheaper Alternative!

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So finally, the blogging game is back on here @ infiniteaurora. I would like to apologise now for the huge delay in writing more reviews; postgraduate university life/life in general/getting the flu has just gotten too much in the way, but the flu aint gonna stop me today. I’m FINALLY going to post the review of some gorgeous make up brushes, by LADES, that I bought on Amazon.com whilst I was out in the United States this summer. I will at the end link the product of course, so you guys have read some of the other reviews for yourself.

So if you would like to see what I think of these brushes and find out some more information about them, keep on reading!

PACKAGING

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(I apologise for the blur; I didn’t notice how bad it was!)

So unfortunately, due to jamming these brushes into my suitcase before I returned back to the UK, the box that these brushes came in got a little damaged (to say the least). Reality is, my selfie stick punctured a giant whole in the box, so there was no way that box was appearing on this post. But in a nutshell, the brushes arrived in a beautiful white box and were all individually packaged (as you can see in the picture below), to ensure the bristles were not damaged. To say these were ‘cheap’ brushes; I was surprised! They also came with a silicone sponge and a brush cleaner head. (Not gonna lie, the silicone sponges give me major anxiety so that has stayed nicely in its packaging and will not be touched).

In this set there are 10 brushes, which include a range of face and eye brushes. The brushes are of all sizes and densities, which is just what you want in a range. I am particularly excited about trying out the fan brush; it seems a lot sturdy than other ones I have used, so hopefully it packs more product on and you get a better highlighted finish as a result of it! Overall, I was nicely surprised with how it arrived. The only thing that would have been nice would have been a little case/bag/roll up to put the brushes in, that’s my only critic!

PRICE POINT

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Now the main thing we need to look at is the price point. I bought these brushes whilst working at an American summer camp this summer on Amazon.com. I had received a voucher for the site when I was awarded ‘Counsellor of the week’, and wasn’t sure what to spend it on. I was worried that when I returned back to England, it would be harder for me to use it. So I thought, why not treat myself to some new brushes if they have some within my price range? (Also bought my boyfriend a lovely beanie hat, cos’ I’m so nice). These brushes retailed at $12.99 [for us using the Pound, that’s around £9.69 for 10 brushes]. Let me repeat that; $12.99. How cheap is that?! I was so sceptical about buying them, as were other people from what I read in the reviews, but they honestly do not disappoint. That works out at around $1.29 per brush.

If you look at other brush sets, you don’t get any for anywhere near this price for 10 brushes. If you bought the legit ‘Unicorn Cosmetics’ set, you’re looking at around £50.00 (on beautybay.com). If you bought a 12 piece ‘Sigma Beauty’ kit, you’re looking at £130.00. I am a HUGE Morphe girl so the only brand I would pay good money for brushes is Morphe, and even then, a good size set could be £40.00. So if you were looking for a cheaper alternative that are super pretty, these brushes tick that box.

GENERAL FEEL OF THE PRODUCT

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So now for how they feel when using the brushes. I haven’t tried all of them yet because for some things I just have my go to brushes and I am very stubborn about changing them up, but some of these brushes proved to be fantastic. The contour brush is not as great as I imagined it would be; it does pack the product on the brush, but the actual finish on your face is not great, so this one was a disappointment.  The eyeshadow flat brush seems a great little brush; packs on all the product and gives a nice look on the eyes, a thumbs up in my book! The angled small brush (picture above) is also really good, I found it particularly good for doing eyeshadow on the lower lash line.

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For me personally, the highlight fan brush is where it is at. Although it doesn’t look like it picks up the product, once you brush it along the high plains of your face; oh boy. It packs that product on. The bristles seem so much stronger than other fan brushes that I have used, and easily glides along the face. I currently use a Zoeva fan brush and I find that the bristles seem very frail and they fall out a lot easier, where as this new fan brush I feel will last much longer. It is harder getting used to the thinner handles, but once you have used them a few times it gets much easier.

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So to conclude, if you’re looking for a cheap and pretty alternative to mainstream make up brush sets, this is a good one for you. The brushes by LADES look like the Unicorn brush set, and you can choose from a selection of colours too. The delivery was pretty speedy, and I remind you again they cost me $12.99. They are a pretty alternative to standard make up brushes, and if you pair it with a rose gold clear brush holder, then it’s a nice accessory for your dressing table.

Stay beautiful!

Shannon

xoxo

 

Lades Brushes:
https://www.amazon.com/Makeup-Brush-Unicorn-Design-Brushes/dp/B06XNMK4FQ/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1513265535&sr=8-7&keywords=makeup%2Bbrushes%2Bunicorn&th=1

Zoeva Brush Holder:  https://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/rosegoldenbrushholder/