Social Media Madness!

Hello hello everyone!

I just wanted to write a really quick post letting you all know I’ve updated my social media so it’s easier to keep up to date with my blog, I know a lot of my readers aren’t wordpress users.

So if you want all the low down:

Like my Facebook – facebook.com/purelymad

Follow my Twitter – @maddisonhucks

Follow me on Bloglovin – <a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12141003/?claim=qf673b7fue4″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Whatever suits you best!

I also wanted to say a big thank you for helping me grow this little community in my cosy corner of the internet x

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NYX Long Lasting Slim Lip Liner Review

I thought I’d do something a little different today and review some make up that I ordered from Amazon. Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you if, like me,  you’re new to the NYX brand.

I’m a huge fan of matte lip colours so I usually find myself using lip liners as lipstick usually has a glossy or satin finish to avoid them being too drying. As most of you know by now I also love a good bargain, so I thought I’d scroll through Amazon to find some new colours to top up my collection.

I stumbled across a set of 6 Long Lasting Slim Lip Liners by NYX – a company I’d heard of before which, as far as I know, is quite popular in the US but I don’t see it often in stores in the UK. The colours looked great for Spring/Summer and at £20.50 (with free p&p yay!) the deal was too good to pass up. I was very happy with the fact they turned up within 3 days of ordering, on a Saturday no less!

The 6 colours in the pack are:

841 Coral
839 Dolly Pink
824 Orange
846 Tangerine
835 Pinky
840 Rose

Overall I’m quite pleased with the quality, they’re very pigmented and I don’t find them to be too drying – a little is to be expected from matte products. I also think the packaging is really sleek and sophisticated. The lighter colours like Coral, Rose and Tangerine did need a base coat of concealer/foundation to avoid a chalky look, but this extra step really helped the colour appear truer. I did also find the liners struggled to adhere with even the slightest bit of moisture on my lips but a light dusting of finishing powder before application sorted that out – I used Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Press Powder.

Here are the liners on my lips so you can get an idea of the colours – apologies in advance for the blank stares:

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 I definitely prefer the warmer colours on my skin but the lighter ones like Tangerine will come in handy for the spring and I think I’ll use Rose as a base coat for lipsticks. I personally wouldn’t wear the Dolly Pink during the day, there’s something quite Nicki Minaj about it which the picture isn’t doing  justice, but I’d happily wear it on a night out.

Overall I’m very satisfied with this purchase and will look into buying more NYX products:

Quality: 4/5

Value for money: 5/5

Packaging: 5/5

Texture: 3.5/5

If you’d like to buy these you can get them here and if you’re interested in other NYX products you can check them out here or follow them on Twitter @NyxCosmetics

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review!

Okay, okay, I know this has been done to death but I’m new to the Clarisonic and really wanted to share my experience with you.

Just to give you some background info – the Clarisonic is a a little machine for skin care. It uses sonic technology to clean your skin 6x deeper than, say, washing with you hands or a wash cloth. As you can see in the picture below it has a circular brush head which is detachable and replaceable with a variety of different brushes; from delicate to deep pore. The brush head oscillates (which means to go back and forth) rather than rotates on a choice of 2 settings to exfoliate your skin and draw out impurities.

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Now, on to the good stuff.

First Impression

I was gifted the Clarisonic Mia 2 for Christmas and was pretty excited about it because I’d heard so many good things online. Mine is white but there’s a huge range of designs you can get (I like the white, feels so clean!). On opening it I was impressed by how small and light it is and the way the handle is designed makes it’s comfortable to hold. It came with a sensitive brush head, a sample size cleanser, a protective case and a changer. The charger is the coolest part, to make sure the Mia 2 is completely waterproof it clips magnetically onto the handle so that there are no open inputs – you can use it in the shower! Initially it takes 24 hours to charge but after that it lasts forever, I’ve not had to charge mine since Christmas.

I noticed a difference after the first use. My skin felt softer and smoother, it was glowing and I felt invigorated. Both of my parents commented on how fresh my skin looked; after one use guys how amazing is that!?

1 Month On

So after the initial excitement I wasn’t seeing much difference in my skin; it still felt refreshing when I used it but I wasn’t having any of the ‘wow’ moments I’d heard about. I soon realised, what many hadn’t mentioned, that this really needs to be a part of your every day skin care routine. I was using it maybe once a week as I didn’t want to irritate my skin, but that wasn’t enough to get any real benefit. A one minute cycle once a week just isn’t going to be able to draw out 7 days worth of gook in your skin – especially living in the city my skin probably has more impurities than most people.

After that I started using it 1 to 2 times a day and I’ve noticed a huge difference. I am going through something called the purging stage at the moment. Now don’t freak out but it’s basically when the Mia 2 is bringing all the dirt that has been trapped to the surface and…you break out. BUT IT’S OKAY! It’s only lasted a couple of days, it’s totally normal and it’s clearing up already, you just have to push through. This is the point where most people give up and think the machine doesn’t agree with them but that’s not true; it’s doing exactly what it promised! Despite the blemishes my skin is glowing and my make up application is 10x smoother, my combination skin has cleared up and I’m just in heaven.

It’s set on a 1 minute timer, when you turn it on you start on your forehead, it buzzes after 20 seconds and you move to your chin and nose for 20, buzzes again then you do each cheek for 10 seconds. It’s so quick and easy and takes less effort than most conventional face cleansing methods with much better results. Now, it is a bit pricey but depending on where you buy it it usually comes with a guarantee so you know it’s going to last. Mine is from John Lewis, it cost £125 and comes with a 2 year guarantee. http://www.johnlewis.com/clarisonic-mia-2-skin-cleansing-system-pink/p461178?colour=Pink

I really think it’s worth the investment. The only thing I would say is to pay attention to the way your skin responds. I honestly think the Clarisonic is suitable for almost everyone, you may need to get the delicate brush head if the sensitive feels too harsh or just use it less often than I do if your skin starts to feel at all irritated. Just be patient with it and be responsive to your skin.

You can visit the Clarisonic website here to have a look at their products: http://www.clarisonic.co.uk/

I’ll keep you all updated on the progress!