Sunday, 31 August 2014

NYX Taupe Blush Review

Time to review a beauty cult product - the NYX powder blush in 'Taupe'. I had seen so many people rave about this, saying it's a great highstreet contour powder, and I'd have to agree!

This is only £6, and my first ever NYX purchase, and I really REALLY like it. 
The colour is a cool toned browny-taupe colour, probably why it's called 'taupe' right?
Now I'm super pale, and I normally find bronzers or contour powders just look like orange strokes on me. Never good!

However, this works beautifully as a contour powder, as it doesn't have any orange tones, so looks really natural on the skin. I love using this to define my cheekbones and contour my stubby nose. 
The blush itself has a really soft texture, and feels really smooth on the skin. I find it really easy to apply, and it blends in beautifully.

It also works great as an eyeshadow - so versatile eh?
I like blending this into my crease, or even a sweep on the lid, and it looks great.

An overall great product, and for £6 you really can't go wrong!

Have you tried this out?
Until next time,

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Garnier BB Skin Perfector - Combination/Oily review

I've really tried to like BB creams, I promise you.
I've bought so many different ones, all promising great things - except my skin doesn't like them. Nope.
No BB cream has ever looked nice on my skin, it's always been patchy, orange or just plain wrong.

So when Garnier brought out a BB cream for combination/oily skin, I just had to try it!
It retails for £9.99 - a standard price really.

I picked mine up in 'Light', which to be honest with you, isn't light. It's really yellow toned, and definitely two shades too dark for my skin tone. Luckily, it is easy to blend, and with a little powder it does work. I find it works best when I've just fake tanned. 

In terms of it responding with oily skin, I found it did work, to a point. My skin is pretty oily, and nothing is yet to banish the shine, but this doesn't make it any worse. The coverage is light but buildable, but I do find you have to use a few layers for it to really cover up blemishes or redness. 

I think this is a product that you need to be percevere with, as Garnier claims over time it will improve the condition of your skin. 
My overall opinion - I do like it, but not enough to wear everyday. I find you have to apply full coverage concealer to hide any blemishes, and I still need powder to properly mattify it.

I  think this is best for those who have oily skin, but doesn't need full coverage.

What do you think of this, have you tried it?
Until next time, 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Rimmel Brow This Way styling gel Review

Well hello! 
So brows are pretty important right? I mean no one looks good without any brows, or lines for brows, or slugs for brows either. 
One thing I find with my brows is that they don't like to stay in shape - one or two of them bugger off and decide to start a party on their own, therefore brow mascara is the perfect tool to make sure your brows look groomed and shapely. Lovely.

And today I'll be reviewing a new brow product from Rimmel, the Brow This Way styling gel!
Now I love Benefit's Gimme Brow, but it's pretty expensive, and when I spotted this in Boots, I had to pick it up.
I chose the 'dark brown' shade, which is on offer for £2.99 (normally £3.99). It is a cool toned brown, I do find it a little dark for my natural brows but, once I've filled them in, it blends perfectly.

The wand itself is really nice, it's very similar to Gimme Brow, but it is slightly bigger. I find it clings onto the lashes well, and provides a nice coating of colour and shape. This also lasts all day, and I haven't had any problems with clumping of drying weird.

Is it a dupe for Gimme brow? Hell yes! I love this product, nice one Rimmel!

Have you tried this yet?
Until next time, 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner review

So I'm back with another Benefit review today, and this one is probably one of the most talked about products out there.
Benefit's They're Real! push up liner is the first gel liner in a pen formation, with a pointed tip to make gel liner easier, apparently. Now I know there has been probably thousands of reviews online, but I wanted to say my peace with this product.
Firstly, the packaging is really nice - sleek, with a diamond cross pattern subtly running through it. 
To reveal the pen, you have to twist the top off, sounds silly but I really hate this feature - I much prefer a normal pen-lid type. First world problems right there eh?

Onto the product - you twist the bottom to release the gel, but a fair warning - you don't need much! I personally find one twist is good enough for the lid, and another if you want to do a flick.

The colour is super pigmented, but has quite a dry texture. I feel like you're really dragging the product across the eye. You can disperse more product, but then you're left with too much.
It definitely takes a while to get used to as well. I certainly didn't master this the first go - you have to be patient and just keep practising until you're used to it. However, I do like it. It gives the best black liner look, without being glossy, and I find creating a flick super easy as the nib itself is pointed.
This is a great alternative to gel liner with a brush (which I have never liked), but it does take a while to get used to, and I can't imagine everyone will take to this.
And it is worth its £18.50 price mark? Personally I think that's pretty steep for a liner, but it is justifiable. 

Have you tried this product yet?
Until next time,

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Benefit the POREfessional: agent zero shine Review

Now I have oily skin, I never shut complaining about it and probably never will; I will try anything that is said to reduce the shiny face, and this product is one of those items.
This powder is kind of new-ish, and I've seen so many reviews and blog posts talking about it.
So I decided to pick it up and give it a whirl. 
The Benefit POREfessional: agent zero shine powder costs £23.50 in Boots, and you get a pretty average 7g of powder. 

Now what attracted me to this powder is the claim that it helps to reduce oil levels and large pores.
The powder itself is translucent, and comes in this rather adorable cone type packaging.
I'm a big fan of Benefit's cheesy gimmicky packaging, and this is one of my favourites.

You twist the top and dispense the powder into the lid, using the even cuter mini kabuki brush that twists out of the bottom of the packaging.
This is a really great idea if you are going travelling or need to carry little makeup, as it serves as a powder and a brush holder at the same time - GENIUS.

But does it actually work?
Well, I'm a fan! It doesn't soak up the oiliness 100% (although I doubt anything ever will, sob), but it does help to soften and mattify the skin.
I use this on my t-zone in the morning, and then use this to blot the shiny/gross/mess of a face throughout the day.
It is pricey for a powder, yes, but it does work and c'mon - how cute is the packaging?!

Tip: if you have a melting face like me, yay, I always use blotting tissues first to soak up the oil, as I find using just powder turns it into a melting cakey mess. Yuck.

Have you tried this powder?
Until next time,

Monday, 4 August 2014

Makeup Revolution Haul & Review

I love finding new brands, especially ones that don't upset your bank balance!
Make Up Revolution is a new brand on the market, and sells makeup at stupidly good prices - so of course I had to make a cheeky purchase...
I ended up buying five things, which came to a beautiful £10. £10?! That's not even half a concealer from Benefit! So do you get what you pay for? 
I am in love. Simple as! I'm astounded at the pigmentation, and long lasting wear of these products! I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from such cheap prices, but good God it's geat stuff! 
I picked up three Eye Dusts, the Blush & Contour palette and a lipstick.

Ultra Blush and Contour Palette - Sugar and Spice, £6

This was the product that really got my attention - you can't really buy contour palettes in drug stores these days, so I couldn't resist for £6!
It comes with 6 matte shades - 2 contour and 4 blushes, a baked blush and a highlighter. 
All the shades are really pigmented and blend beautifully. I love that all the blushes have slightly different tones so you can go pretty dramatic, or really toned down.
The contour colours are really nice too - I love using them to warm my face up (pale, boo)

The baked blush is also beautiful - it really gives my cheeks a lift, and placing the highlighter on top is the perfect dewy-look. LOVE.

 Amazing Lipstick in 'Sweetheart', £1

A pound lipstick I hear you cry?! Yes, I know! And it's lovely too.
These lipsticks are amazing quality for £1, and I love the baby pink colour this one has. It smells like sugar, and I find it is hydrating and not sticky at all. It has quite a sheer application, but it great for a light colour day-to-day.

Eye Dust, £1
These little beauties are AMAZING. If you're tempted by the MAC pigments, wait - buy these instead!
I've never really used pigments, but I certainly will be after using these!
I ended up buying Indirect, Supreme and Angelic, and I'm in love with all three.
You can apply them wet or dry, and they give the most amazing metallic shine to the eyes - perfect for a special occasion or night out.


This pigment is my favourite one - a real dupe for MAC's 'melon'. The beautiful rose-gold tone gives a lovely warm sheen to the eye, and looks amazing with a cut crease.


This pigment is the perfect baby pink. It has a bright white undertone, and looks amazing on the lid.
I used this for a night out with a dark cat eye, and I loved it!
I find this applies better dry, as it's bright enough on its own.


I LOVE this pigment - it's a beautiful creamy white glitter, that looks incredible on the lid.
This applies better dry, and I love using it to highlight the tear duct and under the brow.
This could be used with so many different shades to create a lovely ombre effect.
Highly recommended!

Final verdict? I'm amazed to be honest. I really wasn't expecting such high quality with low prices, but I'm really impressed. I'll certainly be shopping with them again!
If you're counting the pennies, or simply like finding a bargain, Make Up Revolution is for you. Think MUA x 10000.
My absolute favourite have to be the eye dusts. A dupe for MAC's loose pigment, and at £1 each I'll be buying the whole lot soon!
So what do you think of Make Up Revolution?
Until next time, 

Rimmel Wonder'full Argan Oil mascara review

Following the lovely Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog's suggestion, I decided to pick up this mascara!
Now I've never been a big mascara addict, in the sense that my lashes are rubbish anyway so nothing's going to fix them...

Well this mascara certainly helps!
This is the Rimmel Wonder'full mascara with Argan Oil, sounds fancy right?!
The packaging is your standard drug store style - with this pretty snazzy bronze colour flowing through it.
I was really intrigued by the argan oil element, as I'm a big fan of the stuff. Rimmel claims that the argan oil produces clump-free smooth lashes, and I'd have to agree. My lashes didn't stick together at all.

The wand is a plastic bendy-type, with slightly tapered spikes running through it. 
I find this wand super easy to use, and it clings to my lashes really well.
After a few zig-zaggy motions, my lashes appear much longer.

The result?
Long lashes! I know right, this never happens to me!
I find a couple of coats of this really gives my lashes volume, and I love how it doesn't clump them together at all.

My verdict?  IN LOVE.
Rimmel did good with this one!
And even better, it's £5.99 - barry bargain!

Have you tried this mascara out yet?
Until next time,

Saturday, 2 August 2014

July Favourites & I'm back!

Long time no see!
I know it's been FAR too long since my last post - but I'm back, and for good!
If you're still following me, I send you lots of hugs.

Any way, today is my July favourites. Can you believe it's August already?!
The ridiculously hot British weather has turned me into a melting mess, but I've found a few lovely products that have kept me going. 
As always, enjoy!

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, £8

This was a bit of an impulse buy, but I had run out of my trusty UD De-Slick spray, and decided to save a few pennies and get this one instead.
Do I regret it? HELL NO. 
This spray sets my makeup brilliantly, and gives me a great matte shine-free finish. It does have a bit of a weird smell, but once it soaks into the skin it disappears. 
I also find this super refreshing, which is great for this sweltering hot weather (I'm British so of course I'm complaining about it!)

Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer, £12.50

I love love love this! 
I have been using this for the past two weeks and have re-discovered my love for it. I find my foundation goes on a lot smoother over this, and I love how light the texture is. It applies like a moisturiser, and I find it keeps my oily t-zone at bay. It is a little pricey (considering this is the travel size!) but a pea size amount applies all over the face.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in '005 Beige Ivory', £28.50

I have found my holy grail foundation. FINALLY!
I was so bored of my Double Wear foundation and just needed a change. I picked up this up on a whim, and I don't know if I could use anything else.
It gives a beautiful matte finish, with great coverage, and smells divine.
It is pricey, but I only use two pumps of this on a Beauty Blender, and my entire face is covered.
The colour match is also perfect, and I find it blends beautifully.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in '1 Fair', £4.19

I've bought this time and time again, and I always forget how much I love it.
I find its creamy texture applies effortlessly onto my blemished areas, and it stays on all day! For a mere £4.19, I really can't complain.
Word of warning, it is always sold out in the lightest shade, so if it's in stock in your local Boots/Superdrug - pick it up immediately!

Swarzkopf got2b Powder'ful styling powder, £4.07

My hair is flat as a pancake, and my teasing comb is my best friend. However, my hair doesn't take too kindly to resembling a birds nest, so I use this hair powder to give it loads of texture and hold before I attack it with the teasing comb.
This powder has great hold, and I love using it on freshly-washed hair.
Rather than sprinkle it directly onto the roots, I apply it on my hands first and then rub into the hair.
I am yet to justify buying Bumble & Bumble's powder, so this will do!

St. Tropez Bronzing Mouse, £20.50

I've done a blog post on my tanning routine, and I raved about this marvellous product. 
I am still in love. It gives me a streak free golden tan, and I don't reek of biscuits all day, YAY!
 I really enjoy the colour it gives me, and I find it lasts a good five days with good aftercare.
Simply amazing!

Lancome Le Vie Est Belle EDT, £48.50

Oh I love this perfume. I've also written a review of this, hint hint...
It has notes of almond and vanilla, and just smells like sugar. Mmmm.
Perfect for summer, and it also lingers on the skin for quite some time.

Music Favourites
I've been loving Ed Sheeran's 'X' album, and also Sia's 'Chandelier' 

Ahh, it feels good to blog again!
What are your favourites this month?

Until next time,

Sunday, 6 July 2014

St Tropez Starter Kit Review

Anyone that knows me will know that I don't tan. I never have, and probably never will. My skin, once greeted by the sun, turns freckly and red. So attractive I know! Having two older brothers with ginger hair meant of course I inherited the ginger skin. 

So I decided to take a stand - I will no longer suffer as a stark pale person, who could quite easily blend into the background of a snowy mountain (preferably with Jon Snow, for all you GOT fans). 
So I bought myself some fake tan. I almost hyperventilated taking it to the counter - images of TOWIE and Oompa Loompas came to mind, but I handed my money over any way,

I ended up buying the St Tropez Starter Kit - this cute little box comes with mini polish, moisturiser and bronzing mousse. Oh, and a handy tanning mit too. Not bad for £15! (I bought this from trusty M&S, although I know Boots also sell it)

Onto the tanning, eek! 
So I first off exfoliated my skin by using the polish - making sure any rough patches like elbows, knees and ankles were baby smooth. I then slathered on the moisturiser, and waited for it to dry.
After dancing around to the Frozen soundtrack, I put on the mit and pumped the mousse onto it. I started rubbing it onto my skin, and was greeted by a lovely golden glow. I was genuinely amazed. 
Feeling like a bronze goddess, I applied the product over my body and waited for it to dry.
I used two pumps for each arm and my chest, and four for my legs.
Now this product doesn't really have a strong 'biscuit-like' fake tan smell, in fact it was quite pleasant at first. It does slightly develop into a rich tea scent, but nothing offensive or terribly noticeable.

After it had dried, I threw on some baggy PJs and went about my evening (watching Holby City, wild I know!)
A tip: Try to not sit down or interfer with the tan for as long as possible - it's the best way to avoid patches!
I then went to bed with the  guide colour still on, and awoke to an amazing golden tan!
I was genuinely shocked at how tanned my skin was - and no patches, streaks of weird colour.
I washed the guide colour off, and was left with a lovely tan - au revior pale skin!
I have found it lasts about 4-5 days depending on how much you moisturise and exfoliate. You can also top up the tan with tan boosters or even another application of the bronzing mousse if you need to.

My overall opinion? A MA ZING. You need this in your life - I've now bought a full size bronzing mousse for months of tan, YAY!

Have you tried St Tropez tan?
Until next time,

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