Body Shop Tea Tree Range Review

The Body Shop Tea Tree range is not new to me as I tried it out a few years ago but I found the scent a little too overpowering so I passed it over to my sister. I know many people love Tea Tree scent but I was not a fan at all. Fast forward a year or so later, an exciting parcel from Body Shop arrived which contained their improved Tea Tree range. I was a little sceptical at first because I thought I may not like the scent but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was not as overpowering as the previous version. I was sent three products from the range which include the Skin Clearing Facial Wash*, the 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub and Mask* and the Tea Tree Oil*. Incidentally, I was also breaking out around that period so these babies arrived at a really good time so I could see if they worked as effectively as they claimed.

I fell in love with the ones I was sent and purchased two other products so I could fully test the range. The two other products were the Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner and the Anti-Imperfection Daily Lotion and they work so well together. The good thing is they are very affordable and are included in the usual Body Shop discounts. I am aware that some products particularly the newer launches are excluded from discounts which is such a bummer. I was so happy when the sales assistant said the Tea Tree range was part of the discount and at that time it was 40% so it was amazing value for money. Right let me get back to the review...

I am totally loving what Body Shop is doing with their packaging as they look so beautiful and more expensive than they actually are. I know it's silly but beautiful packaging always lure me in to purchase (and use) a product and when it is paired with good quality, it's incredible. I think the previous packaging of the Tea Tree range has always been green which is usually the colour I always see associated with Tea Tree. Body Shop opted for a deep leaf green shade which I love as it contrasts well with the white detailing on the packaging. I absolutely love the Anti-Imperfection Daily Lotion because it is a glass bottle with a pipette that works well. Honestly, anything with a pipette has my heart and I just love using it every chance I have. The Tea Tree Oil also comes in a small glass bottle with a stopper that prevents waste (as only a drop comes out as you need it). The only complaint I have is that the Tea Tree Toner and Facial Wash have almost the same packaging so it could get confusing if they are beside each other in the bathroom. I wished one had a different lid colour or anything that could distinguish it from the other. Other than that, I think the new packaging is fantastic.

Brief Overview of the Tea Tree Range
I am sure everyone knows that Tea Tree has many benefits for the skin and the body in general but it is widely known for its blemish busting properties. Tea Tree Oil is one of the world's best researched essential oils especially as it is an antibacterial. In line with the Body Shop's Enrich Not Exploit campaign,  Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil is concentrated with the pure organic essential tea tree oil sustainably sourced from the foothills of Mount Kenya. I know Tea Tree can be found from many sources but when it comes from the purest and organic sources, it works even more effectively as it's not adulterated. I have tried other tea tree oils and they are not as good as the Body Shop's one based on my experience. The Body Shop Tea Tree range is designed for anyone who has oily skin and is prone to blemishes and blackheads with an aim to achieve  clearer looking skin (which we all want). 

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash //Link // £5.50
I was really pleased to see this facial wash included in the Press sample they sent me. I don't think I have tried any facial wash with tea tree so this was a first for me. Body Shop describes it as a daily use wash for blemish prone skin which promises clearer skin. It is a gel formula which is my preferred formula for cleansers and my skin type. It has a medium texture and gives a good lather depending on how wet your face is. I find that when my face is just damp, it really has a good lather compared to when it is almost dripping wet. I have used it on its own and with my cleansing devices (Foreo Luna and Magnitone Bare Faced Cleansing Brush) and both ways work well but I prefer using it with my cleansing devices. It has the usual tea tree scent but it is not as intense as the other products. I find that it really helps to calm my spots and sometimes I let it sit for a while before washing it off. In terms of cleaning my skin, I would say it does a good job and it does not leave my skin feeling stripped which I am pleased about. I think many people will love this wash and it's affordable. For £5.50, you get 250 ml of product which will last a pretty long time.

Tea Tree Mattifying Toner // Link //£5.50
I was instantly drawn to this toner when I saw that it is a mattifying one because my skin is normally combination but goes crazily oily in Summer. Body Shop describe this as a refreshing toner for blemished skin to give a matte, shine-free finish. Its key ingredient is Tea Tree and one of its other ingredient is Alcohol Denat which made me a little cautious. It does smell quite intense of both ingredients but it is one that I am quite used to now so I don't notice it as such. It is recommended to give it a good shake as it has some white powder ingredient at the bottom which needs to be mixed to work well. I thought this white powder ingredient was Salicylic acid but I checked the ingredient list and it's not listed so I am going to find out what it is an update you all (if you do know, please leave a comment below). If you have active or angry blemishes, this toner will sting (for a little while) but it won't if the spots are not angry or red. I do have to say it does not dry my skin out which surprised me seeing that it had alcohol in it. However, it still manages to keep my skin quite matte which is my preferred finish especially for mornings. I used this straight for almost a month and I think it really helped clear up my skin. If you have very sensitive skin, I will suggest asking for a little sample at Body Shop first to see how well your skin can handle it. However, I will highly recommend it because it really works so well.

Tea Tree 3-in1 Wash, Scrub & Mask //Link //£8
This is also part of the newly launched Tea Tree range and I was keen to see how well it works as a wash, scrub and mask. Body Shop describes it as a clean and mean multi-tasking cleanser made with Kaolin Clay, Volcanic Minerals and Tea Tree Oil. I know it has other ingredients but I believe these are the key ones. It has some tiny granules that help with manual exfoliation but I am not a fan of manual exfoliation especially when my face is breaking out. I did try it out in the three recommended ways but I enjoyed it mostly as a mask. As a cleanser, it was actually good and the granules were not abrasive but I prefer gel formulas so I can use my cleansing devices. It is recommended not to use any cleansers with granules with a cleansing brush or the FOREO Luna. As a scrub, I actually like the way it applies and gives the skin a good exfoliation but I prefer to use chemical exfoliator rather than a physical/manual one. As a mask, this is where the beauty of this product shines through. It applies very smoothly and I add an extra layer to my cheeks which is where I tend to get spots. I leave it on for at least 15 minutes or more if I have time. When I wash it off, my skin feels quite soft with less angry spots. The Kaolin Clay and the Tea Tree Oil seem to get rid of all the gunk and infuse some antibacterial (tea tree's property) into any angry areas. I always look forward to using this mask and I even did an Insta Story with it on my face. I find it really similar to the Una Brennan Salicylic Clay Mask however the Body Shop one does not sting as much as the Una Brennan one (thank goodness for that).

Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution// Link //£12
Now this was the one product I really wanted to try because I had seen snippets of it on Body Shop's Instagram page as it was a new launch. It is described as a lightweight, fast absorbing serum which is infused with the Body Shop's 100% Community Trade tea tree oil. I already mentioned that it has such a beautiful packaging and I honestly can't believe it's only £12 (much less with their usual discounts). True to its description, it is a lightweight product which applies and absorbs easily. The pipette/dropper allows you dispense the right amount you need and that's my favourite detail about the packaging. Once you apply it on the skin, it sinks in really quickly but it does not disappear. It feels slightly tacky for a few seconds and moves into a demi matte finish which prepares my skin for the rest of my skincare. It's just the extra step my skin needs and I use it just like a serum (which it is although it is called a solution). I thought the tea tree scent will be intense in this product but I was pleasantly surprised that it's not as bad as I thought. Paired with the Tea Tree Oil, I found that my spots were much reduced and I was not breaking out as much despite eating a lot of cheese (my new obsession which I have reduced now). If you just want to buy one product from the range, I will highly recommend this one. I feel it will be suitable for all skin types but people with combination/oily skin will love this because of its mattifying (but not drying/stripping) properties.

Tea Tree Oil //Link //£8.00
But who can resist this dinky bottle? Not me though!! I love how tiny the bottle is and I love how travel friendly it is. As the name suggests, it is contains only Tea Tree Oil but not any regular one. This little bottle contains 100% Organic Tea Tree Oil sustainably sourced from the Kenyan Mountains. It is one of Body Shop's best seller and I can see why. It works so effectively and can be applied both as a spot treatment or as an all over face oil. I was very surprised to see that it does not feel like an oil at all. It feels like a water based serum that applies very smoothly to the skin. This is the one product that has the most intense smell which comes as no surprise as it's only made from Tea Tree Oil. It has a minty (peppermint-y) feel on the skin that feels quite cooling/refreshing once applied. I actually enjoy using it as an all over the face oil to treat any breakouts and prevent any future ones. It can also be used day and night but I just prefer to use it at night. Together with the Anti-Imperfection Solution, it will be quite difficult for any future spots to show up and any existing ones disappear after a sort while. Sometimes, any existing spots disappear the next day after I have applied it at night. Other times, the spots are reduced by about 75% the morning after and completely gone by the next day or so. I honestly don't mind as far as it gets cleared within two days, I am happy about that. It's a really precious bottle with a nice lid and stopper which makes travelling with it a breeze.

Where to Buy
Body Shop products can only be bought from Body Shop stores or online on their website. I never buy their products full price because they always have amazing offers and discounts which you can find on their website or if you have signed up to their emails. I paid a little over £10 for both the Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution and Tea Tree Toner. Again, I am very delighted that the range is included in their discount/offers so hurry up while there are still on.

Overall Thoughts
I really like the whole range and I have seen many good benefits from using a complete skincare regimen. The products work together to ensure the skin is blemish free, smooth and clear. I am also impressed with the range's mattifying property that I am tempted to buy the day and night lotions as a prep before my makeup. I can't even choose my favourites but if I was forced to, I would pick the Anti-Imperfection Solution, Tea Tree Oil and the 3-in-1 Wash, Mask and Scrub. That's pretty much it from me. Have you tried the Body Shop Tea Tree range?
*PR Sample + Affiliate Links used, read my full disclaimer here

Chit Chat/Life Update #6- Goodbyes and Hellos

I can't believe how many updates I have written in the past year but I only write them when significant things or changes have happened. The past few months have been more than a roller coaster journey and I am trying hard to achieve a proper balance to my life. Anyways, I am almost there so I thought I should update everyone on what I have been up to.

School Update and Graduation
I mentioned in these posts here and here that I was back in school for an extra academic year to further my career. It was a compulsory one year course in Pharmacy so I could move into the career direction I wanted. I have to say it was one of my toughest years yet because I tried my best to balance everything and it was still difficult. Studying and working full time is no joke and when you add a commute to school which involves 6 train and 2 bus journeys, things could go a little crazy. Thank God I only had to attend school (University of Brighton) twice a week but it was enough to keep me exhausted. I just thank God for seeing me through the entire year. I passed all my exams which filled me with delight  and I was ready to move over to the next stage of my career. I remember when I first started this course, I told myself I won't bother attending the graduation as I already attended other graduations from my two other degrees (including a Master's Degree) and three professional qualifications/certificates. I had no idea how tough it was going to be and I told myself when it was all over, I will definitely be getting my butt to the Graduation ceremony. I was very proud of myself because this particular course meant a lot to me even more so than some of my previous ones. It was a bright and sunny day in July and I happily marched down the podium to receive my certificate.

I am sure I must have mentioned that I worked (up until recently) in the public sector as a Project Manager around policy, welfare reforms and legislation. It was an amazing role and I felt so blessed to be working in such an incredible organisation and surrounded by the best team ever. Sadly, I had to make a really difficult decision to leave so I could get back into Hospital/Clinical Pharmacy. It was a super tough call for many reasons but everyone in my team were so supportive even when I had to study. My last month was in July and it was a very emotional one for me because I was rounding off all my precious projects and saying goodbye to my amazing colleagues. I had worked there for almost 3 years which is a long time for me. During my last week, my team organised two leaving do lunches- one where I made some Nigerian meals which they loved and the other at a restaurant. My manager gave such a beautiful speech and my entire team presented me the most thoughtful gifts ever. It was a very emotional day for me and my eyes teared up many times when people came over to say goodbye. When I got home, I bawled my eyes out. I know it's so silly, right!! I just missed (and still miss) all my lovely colleagues and reading the cards and admiring the gifts makes me really happy.

One of the gifts they gave me was a House of Fraser Gift Card (actually they gave me 2) because they know how much I love shopping. There was quite a significant amount in these cards so I decided to treat myself to a new handbag because why not. I finished my old job on a Friday, went shopping on Saturday and started my new job on Monday and I wished I had a little break!! Anyway back to my bag, I knew I wanted a new bag but I didn't know which one. I originally wanted a Michael Kors Bag but I didn't realise House of Fraser only sold them online and I am the kind of person that needs to see a bag in real life before I purchase it. My friend/flatmate told me to check out DKNY and thank God I did because they had such amazing bags. I fell in love with the DKNY Bryant Park Medium Bag in Saffiano Leather and I can't even put into words how obsessed I am with it. I paid a paltry sum on top of my gift card and it was mine to go home and play with. I am hoping to do a video pretty soon showing its content and possibly a mini review of the bag.

Hello, Hospital Pharmacy
I started my new job in a Teaching Hospital this month(apparently it is one of the largest in the UK; I only learned this during induction so I am very impressed). I actually got the job offer earlier this year which felt so amazing because I could make all my plans knowing I had another job waiting for me. It's only 5-7 minutes on the bus from my house so it's very convenient. I take a bus to work and then walk back which is ever so relaxing for me. The walk back home keeps my head clear and gets me in the right frame of mind for the next day. It's totally different from my previous job and it's been a large learning curve with a lot of adjustments to do. We have several rotations that involve patient services, working in the dispensary, ward rounds, specialist departments, etc. I absolutely enjoy it even though it was challenging in the beginning I am learning so much and slowly but surely easing myself into my schedule.

Blogging Update
As you would imagine, I am still trying to adjust to a new blogging routine. I am not even sure what it will be yet but I will try my best to be as regular as I can. Blogging is my escape and a form of relaxation for me and I always look forward to it but sometimes life gets in the way. Slowly, I am getting back into my schedule and I hope it is one that can last for a good while. I have so many posts in my draft and gazillion of photos to edit which I am getting through so do bear with me. I promise it will all be worth it. If you love events, do check out the ILIA Beauty Masterclass Event with MMCL, OUAI Event with Jen Atkin, La Roche Posay Unifiant Launch Event and Inside Wella Event. I recently attended the Sachajuan Blow Out Hair Event and the Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Launch as well and they were all incredible!! More event photos will follow shortly. I usually post more on Instagram and even Insta Stories which I am absolutely obsessed with. I definitely prefer Insta story to Snap Chat (yeah, I said it!!!). If you are not following me on Instagram, you should!!

That's pretty much my update. I have tons of reviews to write up on many products I have been enjoying. I will try my best and whip them all out so they are still relevant and helpful to everyone. I usually show my Blogger Mail in Insta stories so it's a good place to see what's new.  I hope everyone had an amazing weekend...xx

Vincent Longo Cosmetics Review + UK Launch details

The first time I came across Vincent Longo Makeup was definitely on YouTube and it was on a US YouTuber's channel (can't recall who now). I was intrigued but I let out a deep sigh when I realised it was yet another beautiful makeup brand that was unavailable and difficult to get hold of in the UK. Now, I am so thrilled that Vincent Longo Cosmetics will be launching in the UK this September. Of course, the Mark McDonald Consultancy Ltd (MMCL) are the brains behind bringing this brand over to us here in the UK. Back in April, I saw some samples of Vincent Longo Cosmetics and they looked incredible particularly the Perfect Canvas Foundation. The good thing is Vincent Longo will be available in Cult Beauty from September and I will update this post when I am sure of what other retailers will be carrying the brand.
P.S. My usual disclaimer when I have gone a little crazy with photos but I wanted to show you what each product looked like in different angles so I hope you enjoy!!

Brief Overview of Vincent Longo Cosmetics
If you have never heard about Vincent Longo Cosmetics, have no fear as I have you covered. The brand was founded by Vincent Longo who is a renowned Celebrity Makeup Artist and Cosmetics Brand Developer with over 20 years experience int he beauty world. He has worked with many celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Heidi Klum just to mention a few. He perfected his skills through various working stints at Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianni Versace, etc. You can tell he knows his onions when it comes to makeup and he has put that knowledge, experience and expertise to work in the development of his brand. Vincent Longo Cosmetics brand mission is to ensure that creativity, artistry and diversity remains at the core of the brand and I absolutely admire the brand for that. I know it's not the easiest to incorporate diversity across a brand but somehow Vincent Longo Cosmetics have done so and it is evident in their products. I also love their mission statement " You've got the canvas, we give you the confidence. #TheArtofCanvas. You can find out more about the brand here.

What products did I receive?
I always feel like a princess whenever I get gifted a wide range of products from MMCL because they always go out of their way to spoil me. I received a goody bag full of various products to try out and I am so grateful. I do have some favourites as you'd imagine but I will let you know which ones made the list at the end of the post. I received the following products: Water Canvas Base Primer*, Water Canvas Creme to Powder Foundation*, Perfect Canvas Loose Powder*, Everbrow Micro Pencil with Sharpener*, Creme Gel Eyeliner*, Pro Waterproof Eye Pencil*, Pearl X Eyeshadow*, Lush Length Mascara*, Lip and Cheek Gel Stain*, Thinstick Lipstick* and the Sheer Pigment Lipstick*. All Vincent Longo Cosmetics are cruelty free which is always a good thing. It's been almost a full month since I have been trying them out so it's going to be an in depth review. I hope this will be helpful as a reference post when they launch in the UK in September.

Water Canvas Base Primer //UK Link (will add when it launches)
I always use a base primer before I use my foundation because primers prep the skin for foundation and the rest of your makeup. It is described as an oil-free, silicone-free and paraben-free gel primer which helps even out the skin texture and preps the skin for a smooth, uniform complexion. It totally does what it says and I have a feeling that it will be amazing for all skin types including people with drier skin types.  It is a transparent gel formula that feels quite hydrating and cooling on the skin. Its formula is made up of 81% Microwater for weightless hydration and also infused with Seaweed Extract to nourish the skin.  It really improves the way my foundation applies on my skin through its smoothing action. Although it is an oil-free formula, I would not say it is the best at controlling oil and it does not actually promise that.  It controls my oily T-zones but a little less effective than my other primers. However, I still use it alongside my usual mattifying primers (which I use only around my T-zones) and my face is slayed all day. I know I will be reaching for it it more during the A/W season when my skin gets drier. If you have normal to dry skin, you will adore this primer.

Water Canvas Creme-to-Powder Foundation //UK Link (will add when it launches)
This was the first product I actually saw back in April and I was in complete awe of it. I had never seen any product like it and I still have not till this day. First off, it is very different from a cushion foundation because their textures are very different. The Water Canvas Foundation is described as an oil-free formulation made up of 75% Microwater and Seaweed Extract and it is designed to provide a real skin look, feel and finish. I was more than excited to see that there was a shade that matched my complexion and that's one of the many reasons why I love VLC.

My shade is Golden Tan which I believe it will match anyone who is a MAC NC44-45. It has a wet-solid texture which is really difficult to describe but I will try my best. It feels like a squishy gel cushion that bounces right back when you touch it. If you happen to get it, try not to play with it too much (like I did) because you may end up damaging the gorgeous texture. Yeah, I accidentally destroyed it as a result of playing with it too much after I took photos.  I still use it because it does not affect it (it just does not look as pretty). It is definitely the lightest (almost weightless) foundation I have ever tried and it provides a light-medium coverage as well. I am totally a medium-full coverage foundation girl (thanks to my hyper pigmentation and blemishes which I have to conceal) so my heart did sink when I saw it was light-medium coverage. It starts off with a skin-like light coverage and you can build it up to a medium coverage but it still maintains its skin-like and weightless qualities.

I was also gifted with the Perfect Canvas sponge which I believe was designed for it however I feel like my fingers and a beauty blender are the best applicators. Honestly, my fingers are the best for this foundation as it does a beautiful job and my face looks flawless. The only downside is that it takes a longer time. The beauty blender is my second favourite applicator for this foundation and it takes lesser time than my fingers while providing a flawless finish. I still had to use a concealer for the blemishes on my cheeks but I did find that patiently applying another layer of foundation on these spots completely concealed them. I am not very patient on weekdays so I save this foundation for weekends when I want a lighter look. It has a good lasting power and it is also oil-free so I know everyone will love it. I would say it provides a velvet finish which is one of my favourite finishes. It honestly just looks like skin and appears to adapt to whatever finish your skin was before you applied it. There are 16 shades in total and it runs from pale to very dark and I know many people will find a close match, if not a perfect one within the range.

Let's not forget the classy packaging. Again, I have not come across a similar foundation packaging and I really like it. The lid shuts very securely and it is recommended that it is always shut tightly to prevent the product losing its moisture. To be fair, the few days I have not shut it tightly, it has remained the same which is impressive. Lastly, the pan can be removed and placed in a compact (sold separately) which has a mirror and a space for the sponge so you can touch up on the go. If  you love a natural and flawless look, you will love this foundation.

Perfect Canvas Loose Powder // US Link //UK Link (will add when it launches)
This was one product that I was also looking forward to trying because the shade seemed to be a perfect one for me. Thank God it was and I have used it every single day since I received it. It is described as a featherweight formula which provides a brighter, pore-less looking skin. There are five shades in total including Porcelain, Golden Banana, Golden Sienna, Golden Oriental and Topaz. My shade is Golden Oriental and it is more than perfect for my complexion. At first, I thought it may be Topaz but it was a little too dark for me. Also, it depends on what you want to use it for. I use this powder mainly for setting my under-eye concealer and let me tell you, it brightens the area and stays put all day with minimal creasing. It is a very finely milled powder which applies very smoothly and maintains a matte (but not drying) finish through the day. Once I let my concealer sit for a short time, I apply this powder with my Real Techniques Setting brush,  tap it right in and I am done. It does not create a lot of mess as seen with some loose powders and there is less wastage because a small amount comes out. I also use it to set my T-zone area which is always the first place to show tell-tale signs of shine as the day progresses and it really helps control my oils. It's a winner in my books and one of my favourite products from the range.

Everbrow Micro Pencil with Sharpener // UK Link (will add when it launches)
I am a huge fan of pencils with a pointy tip because it helps me create amazing brows that frame my face well. I have not used a pencil alone for my brows in ages as I normally use a pencil to outline my brows and fill in with a brow pomade. However, when this Micro Pencil came into my stash, I decided to do a little throwback. It is described as an Ultra thin pencil which gets to hard-to-reach areas of the brows and ensures a perfect shape and finish. There are four shades which include Blonde, Brunette, Auburn and Black. If I had purchased this online, I would have avoided the black shade which would have been a mistake as it is actually a perfect match for my brows. I know a black brow pencil sounds scary but I would not describe it as true black. It is a dark chocolate shade and it will be suitable for many olive toned and chocolate skin people. I used it both outline and fill in my brows and it did a spanking job. I used a light hand when I was outlining my brows and slightly increase the pressure when I am filling my brows in. I am very impressed with the results and I honestly could not tell the difference between when I used a brow pomade and this pencil alone. I know many people use just a pencil and if you do, you would really enjoy this pencil. The tip is really micro so it creates hair-like strokes and they don't look harsh at all. The only downside is that you do have to sharpen it but the good news is that it comes with an impressive sharpener. I really like the sharpener because it keeps the tip as sharp as I want and it does not waste the pencil.

Pro Waterproof Eye Pencil //UK Link (will add when it launches)
If you had asked me a few years ago to use an eye pencil to line my waterline, I would have looked you up and down and asked if you were having a laugh. I just hated using pencils to line my waterline because many formulas irritated my eyes and as a contact lens wearer, it is not the best at all. However, I have found some amazing formulas that have made me change my mind and the VLC Pro Waterproof Eye Pencil is one of them. It is described as a professional grade creamy texture which delivers true long lasting colour. There are four colours to choose from including Ebony, Cacao, Aubergine and Ivory and they all look incredible. I was delighted to see the Aubergine shade in my goody bag because anything purple captures my heart. True to its description, it is a creamy formula which glides across my waterline so easily without causing any irritation. The rich aubergine shade looks very flattering on my complexion and I just love to use it to add some oomph to my eye makeup look. It is not a bright purple which I am happy with because it means I can still get away with wearing it to work. Win-Win!! Also, I noticed that the lid had some arrows on it and I was wondering what it means. Apparently, if you turn the lid towards the direction of the arrows, it gets tighter and more secure so it won't uncover and make a mess in your makeup bag. I think that's absolutely genius and even without doing this, the lid still feels very secure . I am very impressed with this little detail.

Creme Gel Eyeliner //UK Link (will add when it launches)
I have only ever owned two or three cream gel eyeliners and this is mainly because I am not really an expert at using them. I am more of a felt tip eyeliner girl and I have used them for many years now. However, I know that creme gel eyeliners are the best especially for the famous cat flick so I was very excited to give this a try. It is described as a luxurious creme gel liner that pairs cutting edge technology with dreamy pearls that whisper at every blink of the eye. I found this description rather intriguing so I was very curious to know what makes it different from other creme gel eyeliners. I have the shade Blu Raven (which is a blue-black shade that I adore) and there five other shades including Felis Brown, Teal Green, Velvet Plum, Flamenco and Golden Orbit. The formula is a very creamy one but it sets pretty fast and does not budge. It is richly and intensely pigmented and has a beautiful matte finish once it sets. I really love it although I am very slow when it comes to applying it because I have to concentrate 100% so I don't make a mistake. Eyeliners totally looks flattering on my eyes but there is something so special about this creme gel eyeliner.

Lush Length Mascara //UK Link (will add when it launches)
You all know I am a YSL Baby Doll Mascara girl and I have repurchased it several times because it just works so well on my almost non-existent short lashes. I never really want to try new mascaras as such but the name Lush Length sounded very enticing. VLC describe this mascara as a rich light weight formula which envelops the lashes while adding volume and extending length. I was pleasantly surprised by this mascara because I didn't have any high expectations as such. I love the wand and the bristles on it as it picks up even the shortest of my lashes. It gives my lashes an absolute lift which includes lengthening, holding a curl and adding some volume. I would have loved more volume but to be honest, its lengthening ability is pretty impressive. The name suggests that it is more of a lengthening mascara but I am happy that it does other extras in terms of volume and holding a curl. If you have sparse lashes, you may need a few coats of this mascara to get the volume you need. The good news is that there is no clumping and it really does an amazing job at separating my lashes. The only other thing I noticed is that it is not the fastest drying mascara so you need to give it a few moments to dry/set unless it can get to your lower lashes if you blink. All in all, I am so glad I now have another favourite mascara and it's a really good all rounder.

Pearl X Eyeshadow //UK Link (will add when it launches)
You know when VLC said Artistry is at the core of their brand mission, they certainly were not playing. The Pearl X Eyeshadow is another innovative product from their range and I have not come across any eyeshadow quite like it. It is described as a sophisticated, multi textured eyeshadow which delivers shades of matte and shimmer that effortlessly blend as you apply. This description totally captures the essence of this eyeshadow. There are five shades to choose from and they include: Luna Beach, Etherea, Gypsy Rose, Morning Glory and Novalei. The one I have is Luna Beach and I still cannot get over how gorgeous it is. To begin with, it has a purple section which made me fall in love with it at first sight. There are three sections in Luna Beach which include a purple, blue and bronze shade. These sections can be used individually or you can swirl your eyeshadow brush across the three to create a bespoke shade. The texture is so smooth and buttery to touch and the speckles add so much character to the eyeshadow. The eyeshadows themselves are very pigmented and you only need one layer. I have tried them with and without a primer and they still wear so well all day. I know this will be an instant hit (and may possibly be sold out) when it finally launches in the UK.

Lip and Cheek Gel Stain //UK Link (will add when it launches)
I am a big fan of stains especially in pretty colours because they save me the hassle of reapplying my lip colour. However, I never really apply stains to my cheeks as I prefer them on the lips. The Lip and Cheek Stain is described as a dual-purpose stain which is long wearing and perfect for an active lifestyle. Yes, it absolutely does what it says in my opinion as I have never had cause to reapply it and its wearing power is very impressive. I have applied it early in the morning, eaten breakfast and lunch, had coffee, drank water and it was still there. Even when it fades, it does so towards the end of the day and it fades evenly into a lighter shade of the original colour. If you layer it, it may not even fade but I always use one layer when I am going to work. There are a couple of shades to choose from including Baby Boo, Liquid Kiss, Sunshine and Sweet Apollonia. The shade I have is a Sweet Apollonia which is a gorgeous berry shade that I love. I will definitely be wearing it more during A/W. It feels so hydrating and refreshing on application and it does not dry out on the lips as some stains do. It's an amazing formula and worth trying out.

Sheer Pigment Lipstick // US Link //UK Link (will add when it launches)
I was attracted to the word sheer because I knew I could get away with when I am doing ward rounds and it has indeed been amazing. VLC describe this lipstick as a sheer veil of brilliant colour which is also enriched with Mango Butter and Vitamin E. I love the cute packaging and I am pleased it has a secure lid. I will not describe it as completely sheer but it provides a light kiss of colour to the lips which is surprisingly long lasting. I always assume anything sheer will wear off easily but that's not completely the case with this lipstick. It lasts for a good while on my lips and I really only have to reapply towards the end of my working day or after a proper meal at lunch. It has a slightly glossy finish; I would say more of a luminous finish. I wore this non-stop for a good while before giving my other lipsticks a chance. It's just a very easy to wear colour and my shade is Cameo which is a beautiful pink shade. It also comes in four other shades including Americana, Debue, Chroma and Susina.

Thinstick Lipstick//UK Link (will add when it launches)
Last but nowhere the least is the Thinstick Lipstick which I have not worn as much as the others. VLC describe it as long lasting rich colour which allows for precision application. It is enriched with a unique blend of emollient which create a rich texture that applies smoothly. I don't think I own any thin lipsticks so this is a first for me and I love how easy it is to use. There are four shades to choose from including London, Baby, Priscilla and Sugar. The shade I have is London and it is a beautiful classic red shade. I think it is quite a universal one that will suit many skin tones. It is intensely pigmented so I apply it with a light hand or a lip brush and the thin shape provides such a precise application. A precise application is definitely needed when it comes to a red lipstick shade unless you'd look like a blood sucking vampire if you are not careful. It is a moisturising formula which is very forgiving on the lips even if they are dry, chapped or cracked and it smells just like fruity sweets. The finish is a demi-matte one which is my preferred finish as it lasts longer and looks better on me.

Where to Buy
As already mentioned, Vincent Longo Cosmetics will be launching in the UK in September exclusively at Cult Beauty. I will update this post with the exact date and links when I have them. I am sure Cult Beauty will announce its arrival so do sign up to their newsletter if you are not already on it. I can't wait to see what other people to think of this range here in the UK. I know people over in the US have said many good things about the range so I am sure it will be a hit over here. If you are in the US, you can find VLC on their website where they offer free shipping for orders over $45.

Overall Thoughts
I am very impressed with the quality of the Vincent Longo Cosmetics I was lucky to try out. It's hard to pick out my absolute favourites but it has to be done. The Sheer Pigment Lipstick, Perfect Canvas Loose Setting Powder, Pear X Eyeshadow (Luna Beach) and the Lip and Cheek Stain are my favourites. I use the above products almost on a daily basis and it says a lot about how much I love them. A massive thanks to Mark McDonald Consultancy (MMCL) for bringing VLC to us in the UK and for gifting me so many amazing products from the range.That's pretty much my review. I know it was long but if you made it to the end, you are a gem. Will you be checking out Vincent Longo Cosmetics?
*Gifted PR Samples, read my full disclaimer.

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