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We Tried 7 Beauty Tools And We Would Recommend Most Of Them

We have discovered a magic lip potion, so yeah.

Hey guys! It’s Tolani and Emma here, and you might know this already, but we really love beauty products. So we decided to review a few for you, check it out.

For this review we tried a range of beauty tools. Tools that are meant to make applying makeup a little easier.
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For this review we tried a range of beauty tools. Tools that are meant to make applying makeup a little easier.

First up, we tried the Korean Fringe Stabiliser, £3.50. It’s a velcro sheet that allows you to sweep your hair away from your face.

You get two sheets in a pack, and the velcro is hooked so it's not meant to damage or pull out your hair.
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You get two sheets in a pack, and the velcro is hooked so it's not meant to damage or pull out your hair.

Here’s a before and after, and as you can see it really works. It pulled the hair off our faces, making it easy to apply makeup.

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I mean yes, you can use a hair bobble, but this works really well, especially for shorter hair.

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Tolani: I am really into this. It worked so well on my fringe and it felt really comfortable, plus it didn't leave my 10" Brazilian weave frizzy, so bonus points on that. It works better than a hair bobble because you don't get the ponytail dent.

Emma: This is way more effective than I thought it would be! Almost too effective. Pulling it out my hair was a bit painful, and it felt like it was frizzing my hair up when I did it. Also, I feel like maybe my hair is a bit too long for this. But this would definitely be great for someone with a fringe or shorter bits of hair around their face.

We then tried the Bioaqua Hydrating Lip Mask.

So this is meant to give you a "pillow pout", whatever that means. It has collagen and hyaluronic acid in it, which apparently floods your lips with moisture, temporarily fills fine lines, and leaves your lips bigger and more luscious.
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So this is meant to give you a "pillow pout", whatever that means. It has collagen and hyaluronic acid in it, which apparently floods your lips with moisture, temporarily fills fine lines, and leaves your lips bigger and more luscious.

Here's what our lips looked like before the plumping – just our natural god-given lips.

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The instructions on the packaging are not in English, so we had to rely on good old YouTube to tell us what to do. And according to this video, you apply the clear pink gel patch on your lips and leave it for 10 minutes.

We hate this so much.

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Tolani: Honestly, this is crap. I have never used a lip mask before – look at my luscious lips, I don't need it. And after this experience I will never use one again. It made no difference; if anything, it made my lips feel dry. I will stay out of this beauty trend. It's not for me.

Emma: I am a big fan of masks in all shapes and sizes, but this was terrible. It wouldn’t even stay on my lips – it kept falling off. Then it smelt really plasticky, and the size felt too big – it was covering my whole lower face. Then afterwards, I didn’t even see any difference. If anything my lips looked less moisturised. Save your money and skip this.

As you can see from our faces, this is some bullshit.

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We swiftly moved on from the lip masks and tried the Barely Beauty Blenders. I (Tolani) tried the hard definer sponge, and Emma tried the prep, blot, and blend sponge.

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The hard definer sponge, the black blender, is used for definition, highlighting, contouring, and guiding. While the prep, blot, and blend sponge should be used as it says on the tin.

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While I (Tolani) loved this product, Emma wasn’t too sure.

Tolani: I'm one of those people that believe the only beauty sponges worth using are the actual Beautyblenders or the Real Techniques sponges. But to my surprise, I really love this sponge. It's hard and sturdy, meaning it will last a while, and I love the shape of it. I used it to apply my highlight, and the clean lines on it made it so easy to sculpt the shit out of my face. I then used the pointy side to blend the product on my forehead and seriously, it's so good. Emma: I don’t know how these hold up in comparison to the actual Beautyblender, as this was my first time using one of these. Normally I just use my fingers to put on my foundation and a brush for concealer, but I thought it was ok! It’s not something I’d use in my day-to-day routine, as you have to dip it in water to get the best results, and I put my makeup on on the train each morning. But I do think it applied my foundation nicely. The only thing is that it’s not good for pinpointing concealer, and I also feel like it absorbs a lot of product, which feels wasteful.
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Tolani: I'm one of those people that believe the only beauty sponges worth using are the actual Beautyblenders or the Real Techniques sponges. But to my surprise, I really love this sponge. It's hard and sturdy, meaning it will last a while, and I love the shape of it. I used it to apply my highlight, and the clean lines on it made it so easy to sculpt the shit out of my face. I then used the pointy side to blend the product on my forehead and seriously, it's so good.

Emma: I don’t know how these hold up in comparison to the actual Beautyblender, as this was my first time using one of these. Normally I just use my fingers to put on my foundation and a brush for concealer, but I thought it was ok! It’s not something I’d use in my day-to-day routine, as you have to dip it in water to get the best results, and I put my makeup on on the train each morning. But I do think it applied my foundation nicely. The only thing is that it’s not good for pinpointing concealer, and I also feel like it absorbs a lot of product, which feels wasteful.

I then used the Real Techniques Setting Brush to set the rest of my highlight powder, and also to contour.

The brush is meant to be great for setting highlight powders and creams – it allows you to gain some control when dusting powder on your face.
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The brush is meant to be great for setting highlight powders and creams – it allows you to gain some control when dusting powder on your face.

I like this brush. It's super soft and sets powder highlight beautifully and naturally – it literally just buffs it in.

My fave thing about this brush is the size and the shape of it. It's small enough to set my under-eye makeup, and it can also be used for contouring. It's really soft on my skin, and it doesn't waste any product. The only reason why I didn't give it five stars is because it took a little while to really blend the product into my skin. Apart from that, I love this.
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My fave thing about this brush is the size and the shape of it. It's small enough to set my under-eye makeup, and it can also be used for contouring. It's really soft on my skin, and it doesn't waste any product. The only reason why I didn't give it five stars is because it took a little while to really blend the product into my skin. Apart from that, I love this.

Emma then tried the L.A.B.2 Lash Out Wands.

The L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands are pretty cool. You get a collection of 12 disposable wands with four different brush styles. Each brush is designed to either volumise, lengthen, define, or curl the lashes. The wands are washable, so you can get a decent amount of use out of them.
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The L.A.B.2 Lash Out Loud Mascara Wands are pretty cool. You get a collection of 12 disposable wands with four different brush styles. Each brush is designed to either volumise, lengthen, define, or curl the lashes. The wands are washable, so you can get a decent amount of use out of them.

Emma used her normal mascara on one eye, and used all four wands on the other eye. And the difference is pretty obvious.

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It's fair to say Emma liked the wands.

Emma: These were great! I could definitely see a difference between the eye with just my normal mascara wand, and the eye I used the separate wands for. I like that you can choose which effect you want, and the defining brush is super useful for fixing clumping.
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Emma: These were great! I could definitely see a difference between the eye with just my normal mascara wand, and the eye I used the separate wands for. I like that you can choose which effect you want, and the defining brush is super useful for fixing clumping.

Staying on eye makeup, I tried the Kat Von D Colour Correcting Eyeshadow Primer.

What makes this different to other eyeshadow primers is that it comes in different skin tones. So rather than having a white base, you can get your skin tone. I tried the deep colour. It's meant to lock down your eyeshadow and keep the colours looking vibrant.
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What makes this different to other eyeshadow primers is that it comes in different skin tones. So rather than having a white base, you can get your skin tone. I tried the deep colour. It's meant to lock down your eyeshadow and keep the colours looking vibrant.

I used primer on one eye and no primer on the other.

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Does it work? Yes! Will I spend £16.20 on it? NO!

I like this product, I just wouldn't spend that much on it. It's works very well, and you can see the difference when it's used, and your eyeshadow will not budge till you are ready to wash it off.  But I think it worked just as well as any of the other, cheaper eyeshadow primers I've used. I also don't think having a skin tone option makes a blind bit of difference.
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I like this product, I just wouldn't spend that much on it. It's works very well, and you can see the difference when it's used, and your eyeshadow will not budge till you are ready to wash it off.

But I think it worked just as well as any of the other, cheaper eyeshadow primers I've used. I also don't think having a skin tone option makes a blind bit of difference.

And last but not least we tried the Ciate Magic Pout Potion Plumping Lip Primer. And spoiler alert: We both REALLY like it.

The matte potion is meant to boost your lips to give it a full and volumised look. You apply it before lip colour, and as well as making your lips fuller it will make your lipstick matte too.
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The matte potion is meant to boost your lips to give it a full and volumised look. You apply it before lip colour, and as well as making your lips fuller it will make your lipstick matte too.

Just look at our beautiful lips.

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It does everything it promises.

Tolani: So after the disaster that was the lip mask, I had lost all hope in lip products claiming to boost my lips. But this product surprised me – it actually did prime and plump my lips. I like this a lot. Emma: I looooved this. It completely worked. It made my favourite Laura Mercier lipstick into a matte version! Magic! Basically, get this and you’ve just doubled your lipstick selection.
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Tolani: So after the disaster that was the lip mask, I had lost all hope in lip products claiming to boost my lips. But this product surprised me – it actually did prime and plump my lips. I like this a lot.

Emma: I looooved this. It completely worked. It made my favourite Laura Mercier lipstick into a matte version! Magic! Basically, get this and you’ve just doubled your lipstick selection.

That’s all for now, but comment below and tell us what we should review next!

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