Sunday, 8 April 2018

Umberto Giannini Creme de Curl Control Cream Review


One really bad beauty blogger habit is that I mainly focus on buying and trying out interesting looking or sounding makeup and skincare items, and ignore haircare completely. Don't ask me why because I can't seem to come up with an answer, although hopefully I'm starting to break this habit and try a couple of hair products out too. This brings us to my first new haircare product in a long time: the Umberto Giannini Creme de Curl Control Cream

But why did I start with this product? If I'm honest, it was the packaging; I mean it's just freakin' adorable! I love how the whole Curl Control collection is styled in the same way; the bubblegum pink lid and tube and the pretty curly writing that reminds me of some sort of aesthetic thing on Tumblr that instantly makes me envious!

As per usual with my reviews, I often start with mentioning the smell of the product as that's the thing that hits me first, and golly gosh was I impressed with the scent of this! It honestly smells like something that's come out of a high end salon it smells that good! In fact, I would probably wear this scent as a perfume if I could!

On application it's very lightweight and not at all sticky, which is a really nice thing to see in a product like this as I'm far too used to using 'curl controlling' products that are incredibly heavy, sticky and just generally gloopy. The guidelines are to apply onto towel dried hair, which I also found quite interesting and different, as most products like this advise to apply after you've dried your hair completely. I thought this worked really well, as it sunk into the hair during drying much more efficiently. 

In terms of actually controlling my curls, which is effectively its main purpose, it does an amazing job - perhaps even too amazing! Once my hair had dried, I was left with really natural and healthy looking curls. I was so shocked that a £7.00 product gave such good results! The only negatives I found were honestly due to my own personal preference as to how I like my hair. I prefer mine to have that slight bit of weight to it, especially around the top of my head, but I felt that this cream took that out a bit. Due to this, I just use the product on the ends of my hair. However, if you're someone who prefers being left with lightweight and bouncy curls, then this product would be ideal for you!

Overall I'm unbelievably impressed by this product; it's become a staple in my haircare routine (not that there is much of one to be honest, but hopefully that'll be changing very soon - if you'd like an updated post on it in the future do let me know in the comments!) and I'm still super happy with it to this day. 

I hope you're very well and enjoying the start of spring wherever you are!

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Morphe 25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette Review




For those of you who have already read my last blog post - if not, you'll want to click here - then you'd already know about my first impressions of this palette. But now I've had a little bit longer to use it, I've definitely come up with a full opinion of it. 

To start with, I really enjoy the colour range. It has a lovely variety of mattes for the transition and crease shades, as well as some great ones for the lid and for darkening the outer edge of the eye. The only thing that bugged me a bit about the colours included, was the fact that there wasn't a skin-coloured matte available to set your eyeshadow primer.. However it is easy to find a compromise, and so I wouldn't take this to heart too much. 

The matte formula is beautiful! Despite the odd bit of fallout both in the palette itself and on the face, each shade is brilliantly blendable and pigmented. The dark shades were the ones that really stood out for me though - I kid you not, ever since I've started using them they have been taking my eye looks to the next level! The shimmery formula isn't quite as dreamy; you really have to work your brush into the pan to get a good amount of product onto your eye. Also it fades quite quickly once applied. Whatever you do though, don't try them with a damp brush - it just muddied my eye look completely and made the pigment non-existent instead of even brighter. 

So, overall, this is a nice palette. It has it's plus sides, like the matte eyeshadows, but it also has its negatives, and so I wouldn't call this a 'must have' by any means. It's currently available on Beauty Bay for £19, which is a pretty good price considering the amount of eyeshadows you get in one palette, but it's still not the most affordable, nor the best, out there. It's also just another one of many warm toned eyeshadow palettes out there.... but I refuse to end on a negative, and so I just want to say how well the colours are paired in this palette. Morphe seems to pretty much always do colour selecting well when they create palettes, and this one is definitely an example of this, as it's really easy to select your colours whether you're a beginner in makeup or an expert makeup artist.

Thanks so much for reading today's post, I really hope your year's going well - I can't believe it's March already! Let me know your plans for Spring in the comments down below, and any post recommendations you'd like to see here on PerfectlyPopcorn, as I'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, 5 March 2018

A Bunch of Makeup First Impressions



To me, makeup first impressions are a big deal. Ultimately, if I don't like how a product looks or performs immediately, then I won't like it at all, as in my opinion if it doesn't look or feel good straight away then what's the point in applying it again? 

And so here are my first impressions of a bundle of products that I've used recently. I plan to follow up this post with full reviews of each product, and so keep your eyes peeled on social media for them, and let's get started...





I've had this product in my collection for a while now, and I've been meaning to give it a go, so I thought what better time to try it out then for this post! The first thing I want to comment on, is the packaging: it sucks. Like, really sucks. It feels very cheap and flimsy, and also doesn't protect the product very well as when I opened it, the whole blush stick nearly fell out! Another little heads up is that it's very pigmented; so much so that I was a little alarmed by the pink circle that was left on my face after one tiny little dab of product. But, luckily, this formula blends out like a dream! I was so shocked, and I absolutely adored the finish that I got after blending; it left me with such a pretty natural flush that really complimented my blue eyes and pale skin. It didn't look clown-ish at all!





I had really high expectations for this highlighter, and although I was a little bummed out that the pan doesn't quite sit in the packaging perfectly, as you can see in the photo above, I was willing to overlook it as I knew I'd love it. However... initially I just wasn't impressed. I just couldn't get the normal blinding glow that I'm so used to, even though I dipped into the product with my brush at least five times. What's really strange though is, even though I did my makeup in good natural light like I always do, as soon as I stepped outside I had lovely, glowy cheekbones! I honestly don't know what happened there, but I'm definitely going to give this highlighter another shot.






This being a cult fave in the beauty community, I had super high expectations, and I'm really happy to say that they were definitely lived up to! This is now my holy grail brow product I love it so much! The spoolie isn't scratchy, and the tapered end that has the product is the perfect shape for getting a really sharp brow look. It's very pigmented, but not too much which makes it easily buildable for natural everyday brows or killer night-out brows.





I've been wanting to try this out for a long time too, and I really enjoy it! I reckon I need to try it out for a bit longer though, as even though the mattes were lovely, I only got to try out a couple of the shades. Also, I found that the metallics and shimmers were quite disappointing if applied with a dry brush, and so I want to test them out with a wet brush instead to see whether their shimmer is enhanced or not. I managed to create a lovely eye look though, and so my first impressions for this palette overall are more on the positive side!

I'm also super excited to announce that this is actually a collab post with home decor blogger Randie - writer of Radiant Homes ! She has some super inspirational content on her site, including storage ideas, home updates and more! So go and give her some love over on her blog as she really deserves it!

I hope you liked reading this week's post, and wherever you are in the world, I hope the weather treated you well and things are starting to go back to normal!

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation Review



I'm pretty sure that the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is one of the most talked about foundations in the beauty community, and as I've heard a plethora of amazing reviews of this from those with oily skin, I knew that I just had to give this a try. 

I had a lovely colour-matching experience in Fenwicks in London; the lady who colour matched me was so lovely and chatty and ended up helping me choose a perfect shade for my skin tone. I was also incredibly impressed with the shade range that Estee Lauder have to offer with these foundations - there are 50 shades to choose from overall and (thank goodness!) the range isn't one that's totally white-washed with beige... *cough* Tarte and It Cosmetics *cough*...


When I first applied this all over my face, I definitely noticed the scent that the formula has - to me, and this may sound weird, it smells like very saturated baby wipes... which could be worse! The smells totally fades once it's applied on your face though, so I don't see it as much of a thing to worry about, but if you're very sensitive to scents then you might want to take this into consideration before buying. The coverage of this foundation though is out of this world! It covers my acne flawlessly, with or without concealer, and when my mum tested hers out (we both treated ourselves!) it covered all of the redness on her face perfectly too. Whats also fantastic is that the coverage lasts all day as well!

In relation to my oily skin, I did notice that by the end of the day I was a tad on the shiny side. But honestly, considering that I hadn't used powder or concealer at all that day either, I was incredibly impressed with how little my oily skin affected the appearance of the foundation by the end of the day. And the little shine that I did have, in my opinion, seemed more like a healthy glow that a full on oil slick, which is normally how I'm left after a long day!

Lastly, the only negative thing that I noticed about this foundation is the fact that it did dry my skin out a bit throughout the duration that I wore it. My mum also found this too, but we both agreed that it's probably something to do with the fact that this foundation is so successful on oily skin - it doesn't produce any excess oils to make the foundation separate on the skin. So for those of you with skin that's more on the dry side, you might want to ask for a tester or something before you purchase.

Overall, I honestly was blown away by the quality of this foundation, and I can definitely see why it's so hyped up in the beauty world. It's definitely become my new holy grail and those of you with oily skin really do have to try this, it's a game changer!

I'd love to know if you have any recommendations of foundations that work with oily skin, as I'd love to be able to find a cheaper alternative for this one as it is a little on the pricier side! So yeah, leave your recommendations below, and I'll chat to you soon!

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pretty Little Palettes The Magical One & The Sassy One Reviews



The creator of the Pretty Little Palettes Collection Misfit Cosmetics has been all over Instagram recently, and when I saw just how stunning these palettes - The Sassy One and The Magical One - looked then I knew I had to have them! I was particularly drawn by The Magical One, as I've never seen a combination of colours like this before in one palette, and it's absolutely beautiful! I'm also trying to broaden my "makeup horizons" as it were, and wear more colourful eye looks instead of just neutral ones, and this palette fits this goal perfectly! But in addition to buying this one, I just had to grab The Sassy One too... warm neutrals are just too pretty to refuse!




At first I was thinking of separating out the review for each palette, but honestly the opinions I have are the exact same for both and so I thought I'd combine the two just to save y'all some reading time! To start with, the formula is super buttery and soft, so much so that I've never encountered a powder eyeshadow formula with such little fallout! I was shocked when I applied them to my eyes as, with out without primer, the colours are so powerful and pigmented.

Whilst applying, they're really easy to blend together to create a lovely look! There was a little bit of fallout on my face, but then that seems to happen with every eyeshadow formula I try and so I didn't think much of that. 

In terms of how well they last, I found that over the course of a day, the pigmentation does dull down a tiny bit, and I mean the tiniest of bits! I'd say this applies more to the shimmery shadows than the matte ones but overall I was super impressed with how well they lasted, and I'd definitely compare the quality to that of really popular high end brands like Urban Decay.

So, overall, I would totally recommend giving these a try! I'm so happy with them and plan on trying more products from Misfit Cosmetics soon!

Thanks so much for reading this post, and have a lovely rest of February!


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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation Review


Probably being the most talked about beauty product ever, I had to try out the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and see exactly what all the hype is about. When I went to purchase it in Harvey Nichols (the only place you can buy it in the UK I believe) I received such great customer service; the lady who matched my foundation was really chatty and lovely and I would definitely go back to Harvey Nic's to purchase more from Fenty Beauty again. 

My first impressions of this foundation were mixed; it felt really lightweight and pleasant on the skin, and not at all drying. However, having said that, I did find that it clung a little to the drier parts of my face and became a bit harder to blend there too. Although with a bit of extra smudging, and some concealer and powder, I was really impressed with the final result. I definitely understand why it's called the "Soft Matte" foundation, as it does give that 'gentle-but-still-matte' vibe - the kind that sits in between dewy and matte. In terms of the coverage it gave, I'd probably say it was a medium coverage foundation, but it could be built up to being a full coverage one if needs be. 

This wore really well through the day; it kept its demi-matte finish and I found that I didn't need to re-apply powder as much as I'd normally need to to get rid of my shiny t-zone! I was a little worried that it might have oxidised after a while, but thankfully it didn't which was a huge bonus!

Overall, I would totally recommend this foundation to those of you with oily skin - I think it lasts superbly throughout the day and gives good coverage if you're someone like me who gets spots. However, if you have dry skin, I might advise you to approach this foundation with a bit more caution and really do your research before you buy it. Like I said, I did find it to cling to the drier parts of my face but as I have oilier skin, it wasn't too much of a problem, but for any of you who have dry skin all over it could become an issue. 

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Friday, 15 December 2017

My Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Collection & Swatches


I've been dying to try out the eyeshadow pans from Makeup Geek for the longest time now, and so when they went on sale for around £3.50 each on Beauty Bay  for Black Friday, I simply couldn't resist them any longer! 

Obviously, being eyeshadow pans, they don't have any substantial packaging that would allow them to be kept loose without damaging the product, and so I went on a mission to buy a magnetic palette to keep them in after I purchased them. Due to the huge Z-Palette controversy, I decided instantly that I didn't want to support the brand at all, and so I went searching for an alternative. I did find a couple on eBay that seemed like really good products, but in the end I eventually settled on buying the Freedom Makeup Pro Artist Mega Pro HD Empty Eyeshadow Palette from Superdrug, which can also be found on Tam Beauty's site. To give a brief review, it's wonderful! It's extremely high quality for the £6 price tag, and I definitely plan on buying some more in the future if needs be... or more like when needs be.

And now onto the main part of the post: my Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection. Below are pictures of all of them close up with swatches of each one, and there's a mini review of them all at the end too!
































Overall I'm super happy with the shades that I chose; I've been wanting to get into more bright colours instead of just typical neutrals, and I think some of these shades would work well for that. The quality of these shadows really does live up to its hype - they're super creamy and very easy to blend on the eyes. Some may be more pigmented than others, but I found that the slightly less-pigmented ones build up nicely and don't go patchy. If you're after some affordable eyeshadows this party season, I would definitely suggest giving Makeup Geek ones a try!



Thank you for reading this post! Please leave a comment below if you have any post suggestions that you'd like to see. I hope you're all well and I shall chat to you soon!


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