Monday, 30 September 2013

Xenca Perfection Concealer | Beauty Review ♡

Hello lovelies!

I don't think I have ever found an everyday makeup routine where I love every single product that I use.  Either the mascara is amazing and the foundation is ok etc and I haven't written this blog post to tell you I've found the perfect everyday routine BUT I have found an amazing concealer.

This is where Xenca's Perfection Concealer* comes in. If you watch my Youtube videos (link here) you will have seen my new 'get ready with me' videos where I rave on about how great this concealer is and so I thought I would do a review on it.




































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Does it do what a concealer is meant to do?
Yes. There are different types of concealers, some say they cover dark circles, others say they cover up blemishes and redness but after switching this up for my Collection 2000 concealer for the last few weeks, I can honestly say I love it. Not only does it do a great job of concealing my dark circles (especially in the morning) but it brightens up eye area and I use it on any redness or spots that I may have and it covers them up without leaving a cakey look.

Consistency & Formulation
The consistency is very creamy and thick but doesn't have a heavy feel on the skin. A little goes a long way and after applying I use a powder to set it and I'm off. It sets to a light-weight, flawless finish and doesn't crease at all. It almost sinks into the skin and becomes one which sounds a little over the top but you seriously need to try it to believe it.





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Long-wearing Factors
Like I said in the last section, after applying it, I set it with a powder and it doesn't budge all day. Compared to any high-end or drugstore concealer it stays on till early evening usually. By this time, a touch-up might be required but for the look it gives you, it is definitely worth it.

Colour Range
Xenca currently only have this concealer in one shade - Medium. This colour as you can see in the photos is quite light so for most skin tones it will be great but if you have a darker complexion and want to try this product out, it may be an idea to mix this one with a different colour or set it with a darker powder.

Similarities to any other products?
I don't usually add anything to do with similarity but I have and use the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer and think this Xenca concealer is so similar in how it performs, looks and feels which I guess at a fraction of the price is great!



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Where can you buy it from?
Currently you can only buy it online  - http://www.mincollxenca.co.uk/ for £13.95 which for an incredibly creamy, full coverage concealer isn't that expensive!

Overall, I can't say enough great things about this concealer, it has everything you would want and need in a concealer (full coverage, long lasting and creamy). I'm really impressed and I'm going to give their concealer a 5/5. Out of all of their products, this is by far my favourite!

Have any of you tried Xenca's concealer? What did you think?

Thankyou for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

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Ashleigh

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Xenca Perfection Lipstick in Candy | Beauty Review ♡

Hello lovelies!

Today's blog post is going to a review on Xenca's Perfection Lipstick in the colour 'Candy' which I have been obsessed with recently. I actually did a makeup tutorial featuring this lipstick over on my Youtube channel if you wanna check it out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NBWXW1j2H8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUBQGC7MC1uaAYb9JR_dcSYw

So, before I get started into the colour and packaging of this product, I wanted to point out that all of Xenca's products are organic, which to most beauty lovers out there, including myself is fairly hard to find whilst also having great pigmentation, long-wearing factors and general niceness but ladies I think I've found the perfect organic makeup brand which won't cost you a second mortgage but will look fab in your makeup bag as well as perform great for your skin and overall makeup look!

Xenca currently have 4 shades of lipstick in their Perfection line including Cherry, Spice, Fudge and Candy which I will be reviewing today.








 














For each of their lipsticks they use the slogan - 'A superior formulation that glides on smoothly, protects, conditions and combines staying power with perfect colour performance', and to be honest, what more would you want out of a lipstick?

Consistency & Long-Lasting Factors

At first glance, I wasn't sure whether the lipstick was going to be similar to a Mac lustre or cremesheen but at first swatch, it turned out to be mixture of both. The texture is creamy yet gives off a shimmery look when applied to the lips. It feels moisturising and doesn't dry out your lips like many lipsticks do. When wearing this throughout the day, I found the colour to stay on my lips for a good few hours before having to reapply but even then it didn't completely all come off, after leaving it for a lot longer on the lips, it starts to become a stain like product which is perfect for an evening out when you don't want to keep applying.

 



 

















            Formulation

When looking on Xenca's website, it gives you a full breakdown of ingredients in the lipstick such as shea butter, sweet almond oil and beeswax which are all natural and great for nourishing the lips. They aren't tested on animals and are 100% organic.

Colour pay off & Finish

In my Youtube tutorial, where I use this lipstick amongst other products, I mention that the colour is a bright pink but also a wearable nude shade so is basically in between both bright and nude. The colour pay off from seeing the colour in the tube to wearing it is almost exact. It isn't sheer at all and give a full pink lip without having to apply much to the lips which means its an easy 'I'm in a rush' colour to put on whilst on the go. The finish is creamy with a toned down shimmery look and is just perfect for using in the day or night.




Packaging

The packaging is eco-friendly with its recycled materials such as vegetable dye. The design of the packaging is very sturdy and when applying the lipstick it feels secure. Also one thing that many lipsticks fail on is the actual lipstick not twisting down all the way, meaning the lid each time can take away edge of lipstick BUT this lipstick doesn't do that which is a major plus.

Where can you buy it from?

You can buy it from Xenca's website - http://www.mincollxenca.co.uk/ and they are priced at £11.95 which for an organic, long-lasting and moisturising lipstick with great colour ranges is a pretty good price.


Overall, I can't say enough great things about this lipstick, it has everything you would want and need in a lipstick for both day time or night time and I'm really impressed. I have been trying a few of Xenca's makeup items recently, and as a brand they have really thought about their customers needs and I'm going to give their lipsticks a 4 and a half /5!!

Have any of you tried Xenca's lipsticks? What did you think?

Thankyou for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

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Ashleigh

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