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Review~ Primark Matte lip Kit ‘Flutter’

It came to my attention while shopping in Primark last week that like most cosmetic brands both high end and drugstore, Primark beauty also has its own range of Matte lip kits. I’m sure if you are reading this you will most likely be aware that these kits came about thanks to Kylie Jenner and her infamous lip kits which are supposedly “Your secret weapon to creating your perfect Kylie lip” although surprisingly a voucher to your nearest cosmetic surgeon does not come as part of the kit?….Hmmm.

Anyway, I never jumped on the Kylie bandwagon so this won’t be a comparison post. I have always liked the idea of a matte lip kit though. What’s not to love about an already perfectly matched lipstick and liner? And now they are so easily available in drugstores (and Primark) not to mention affordable. As my last experience of Primark lip products was a positive one see this post. I couldn’t resist adding this to my basket.


The lip liner comes as a pretty sleek black pencil, there’s no bells and whistles here. What I do like is that with a little extra push unlike most pencil products, the lid actually clicks closed (it’s a rather satisfying click too.) So there’s no chance of it falling off and getting lost in your makeup bag.  Again the liquid lipstick isn’t housed in fancy packaging. The tube colour corresponds to the shade of lipstick inside. However, the shade name is not printed anywhere on it. Slightly annoying.

 Review~ Primark Matte lip Kit 'Flutter' 4

Review~ Primark Matte lip Kit 'Flutter' 5


Really impressive! The liner is smooth and creamy so it glides on almost effortlessly. The liquid lipstick is well pigmented so you only really need one coat to finish the look. I recently popped my Charlotte Tilbury cherry, I know! I’m terribly behind, (post on that coming shortly!) and the liner reminds me of ‘Pillow talk’ not only in appearance but also the application. So much so that I’m ever so slightly regretting forking out for the CT one.



Lip liner swatch


Liquid lipstick swatch

Wearability/length of wear


As matte liquid lipsticks go this one is pretty comfortable to wear. I could feel that it was on my lips but it was a reassuring feeling rather than an uncomfortable, dry one. Speaking of dry, I also didn’t find it highlighted any dry areas on my lips at all. I have been using my Balmi lip balm  (which I bought from Primark at the same time as this lip kit) rather obsessively though so maybe my lips are just in good condition at the moment.

I applied this at 1:30 pm (very lazy morning!) and it stayed put firmly until 7 pm when I noticed it was starting to wear off. It did wear away nice and evenly, there were no weird patchy areas, it just faded gradually. I kept an eye on how it was wearing throughout the afternoon and even after eating and drinking it didn’t move. I’ll have to add that I didn’t eat a large meal while wearing it. I only popped a few sweets in my mouth so it wasn’t put to any extreme testing. It may or may not withstand a greasy bucket of KFC for example.

Review~ Primark Matte lip Kit 'Flutter' 2


Obviously, as it’s a Primark product it is extremely affordable. The Matte lip kits are just £3 for the Two products.


Shade range

I only noticed Three shades of the matte lip kits on display in my local Primark (which is a medium sized store as they go.) I’ve done a little research on Primark’s website, and it appears that there are Five shades to choose from Two of which are metallic. The shade I have is ‘Flutter’ which is the very ‘on trend’ right now Mauve colour.


Overall thoughts on Primark’s matte lip kit

The only things that I can criticise are the fact that the shade names aren’t printed on the products.The wear time isn’t amazing. And that the packaging isn’t too pretty. In fairness, the fact that the kit costs £3 overrides any of that.  I absolutely love the lip liner’s formula, shade and it’s fabulous click down lid. It’s so similar to the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow talk’ liner formula and application wise. The colour is just a little darker. I’d definitely recommend picking up one of these kits the next time you are in Primark.



Kat Von D ‘Saint’ Eau De Parfum Review

Kat Von D 'Saint' EDP Review 1Kat Von D has after 8 years re-released by popular demand the delicious ‘Saint’ and ‘Sinner’ fragrances. I never owned either scent originally but I’m so happy to have picked up the 10ml EDP purse spray of ‘Saint’ while shopping in Debenhams yesterday.

I wasn’t really in the market for a new fragrance, I was, however, drawn to the stand housing ‘Saint’ and ‘Sinner’ like a magnet. The equally beautiful but contrasting Black and White bottles which represent Kat’s well known edgy side and her lesser known soft side, are just so eye catching! Proper dressing table candy!

Kat Von D Saint EDP


Initially, being a rebel at heart I was first drawn to the Black bottle ‘Sinner.’ With key notes of patchouli, wood, and cinnamon. It’s  a spicier scent to its counterpart ‘Saint’ which turned out to be my preference. ‘Saint’ is a sweeter fragrance with key notes of Vanilla, musk, and Jasmine. It also contains caramel and mandarin to add to the sweet yet sexy scent. Or in other words the Key notes I am always drawn to when I fall for a perfume. See a list of my faves here. It’s definitely a very light, feminine and daytime appropriate scent. But that edge of musk/sexiness keeps it from being too girly and floral.That is something I appreciate in a perfume! And it’s why I think I’ll repurchase as soon as I finish the bottle.

It’s definitely very light, feminine and daytime appropriate. But that edge of musk gives it a sexiness and keeps it from being too girly and floral. That is always something I appreciate in a perfume! And why I’m already planning a repurchase as soon as I finish the bottle.



If you are after some serious packaging porn then look no further! The 50 and 100ml bottles are housed in gorgeous, intricately designed, handcrafted packaging. The design of which was hand sketched by Kat Von D herself who spent months perfecting the design which was apparently inspired by a cigarette lighter.

As mentioned I picked up the 10ml purse spray which I’m delighted to have. It’s great to have this smaller size as an option. Both for the handy, travel aspect, and to see how well you enjoy the scent before splashing the cash on a large bottle. Now that I have found out the two fragrances are complimentary and can be layered I’ve got an urge to go back and pick up a purse sized ‘Sinner’ as well!


Kat Von D Saint EDP


As well as the 10ml purse spray  (£18) both fragrances come in 50ml  (£52) and 100ml (£72) bottles. All are EDP, there’s no eau de toilette around the Kat Von D camp! Thumbs up for that!! Both fragrances can be purchased in Debenhams now.

Which one will you be picking up?



How To Become A Makeup Artist ~Professional Training Vs Self Training

I hit upon the subject of professional training to become a makeup artist in this post (aimed towards having a career in media makeup) but I have so many thoughts on the topic of self-teaching vs paying for a professional course that I thought I would turn it into a little series of posts. As usual, I have had a lot of coffee so I’m expecting achy fingers by the end of this post. Grab a cuppa!


Makeup artistry has blown up in the past few years and continues to do so with the likes of Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest making it look like a full on glamorous career. And it can be really confusing to know which direction to take when wanting to get into the industry. There is no rule that a makeup artist has to have formal qualifications to work. But do they help? Or can you self-train and get by just fine?

I feel that I have done it both ways. I spent a fortune on a Media makeup, hair, fashion styling and prosthetics course. Also spent approx 267,000 hours watching tutorials on YouTube where I have learned a lot. And so I have come up with a list of pros and cons for each way of going about it.


Professional Makeup Artist Training Pros And Cons



Having constant access to professional working artists- Again I can only go on my own experience (I’m presuming all pro training academies work in pretty much the same way.) My tutors had worked in pretty much every area of the industry from Hollywood blockbuster movies to doing regular bridal work and everything in between. Having tutors that have years of experience in the industry is a fabulous thing. While training you are able and encouraged to ask questions that help to build up a picture of what having a career as a makeup artist is really like. As well as getting advice about everything else from how to book jobs, kit essentials, and professional technical advice on using certain products safely etc. (I personally enjoyed hearing stories about which celebrities were twats!) It is nearly ten years since I finished my course and I know that I could send them a message or go back to the school if ever I needed any help. That, I think is invaluable.



Building a circle of like-minded friends and work mates. Again I’m calling this invaluable.The people that I met on my course are still my friends all these years later. Some are in the industry and others are pursuing other careers now. But having those girls as work mates immediately after the course ended was wonderful. Myself and one of the girls got our first job with the same production company and ended up working on about 5 jobs together with them. It took the nerves down a notch having a mate with you. The road trips, the dodgy hotels,  not to mention the actual jobs that we did, are some of my most treasured memories.

Pro#3~ A foot in the door. As I mentioned, Private makeup schools have tutors with years of experience within the industry and they have built up a good reputation. A catch 22 when starting out is that you begin with no reputation. Without trying to be crass, by attending a course and gaining a qualification you will have a bit of a head start as you have trained under well-respected artists.

Pro #3


Hands on experience. Makeup Courses will make sure that you leave the school with a portfolio. So you will take part in several photo shoots with professional models where you will be able to do all kinds of makeup looks to give your finished book diversity. Some of our tutors even took us out on jobs while training. A few girls helped out on the Iceland adverts that ran in between “I’m a celebrity get me out of here.” Myself and a couple of girls got to help make prosthetics for “Casualty 1909” and go on set at the BBC. And another one of my classmates got a job as the assistant makeup artist on the same job.



Con #1


Extortionate costs- My course, in particular, was £16,000, in other words, a house deposit. Also factor in travel costs and possibly accommodation depending on how far you would need to travel (one of the girls on my course came from Hawaii to do the 4-month course in Manchester!) I’d like to add that I am in no way rich and I spent inheritance money on my course.

Con #2


Time away from home. This may or may not be an issue to a lot of people. For me, as a mother and a bit of a homebody, I thought that I would add it in, mainly because I’m struggling to think of cons! I personally had no issue with this as I drove the 2-hour round trip every day. I do like a good drive! But as mentioned above, if the course that you are interested in is far away from where you live then you may need to spend an extended period of time away from home.

Self-training pros and cons.

Pro #1

Nowadays we have in depth information on every subject at our fingertips, 24/7. It still blows my mind sometimes! From You Tube to blogs and not forgetting the humble physical book. Knowledge is easily gained anywhere at anytime. My personal favourite learning tool when it comes to makeup is YouTube. God knows how many highly successful, professional makeup artists have channel’s now! My personal favourite among them is Wayne Goss who I believe is, or was initially self taught. I have learned a lot from him over the years. No bullshit, wicked sense of humour and very inspiring! I bloody love that man! Eve Pearl is another (again, I believe self-taught) artist who I find hugely inspiring! Whenever I’ve had a wobble with confidence in the past I watch this video and feel incredibly inspired and ready to jump back into it.


There is minimal expense in being self-taught. Flick on your laptop, read a book, go to seminars and trade shows, join makeup artist forums, offer local artists your assistance and just generally take in information from anywhere you can. As long as you are passionate, dedicated and hard working you will go far!





Building a kit, initially, this may be more difficult. As most companies that offer pro discount require proof of qualifications, call sheets etc. Getting the invaluable pro discounts will prove harder if you are solely self-taught. Of course, you can 100 percent get by on the basics while you are building up a client base, and in all honesty getting by on the basics alone is a great learning curve.

con #2

A similar con to the one above. But without a formal qualification, I believe it can be more difficult to get makeup artist insurance.


So overall there really is no set in stone way of becoming a makeup artist. I think if you want to go down the private training route or even a local college course to gain a qualification and your personal finances and circumstances allow, then I would highly recommend it for the list of pro’s above. If your circumstances won’t allow it then there is absolutely no reason why you can’t use the many resources available nowadays to learn makeup application and get an insight into how the industry works. Build a kit, get a Facebook page, hand out business cards and get started. Work experience is where you will learn the most anyway so why wait?


I do hope this post is helpful to anybody that is hoping to become a makeup artist. And I hope I haven’t missed anything important out. Please do leave any of your own tips and advice in the comments.


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