Friday, 24 June 2011

June GlossyBox (spoilers!!)

Needless to say I was ridiculously excited this morning when the postman came and dropped off my GlossyBox and even more so when I got around to ripping open its contents and revealing these goodies...

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
I already love this stuff! I will never be without a bottle of it, so having a travel sized bottle which is perfect to carry around in my bag with me is great!
Perles De Lalique by Lalique Perfume

Not my usual choice of perfume, but gorgeous none the less. The card describes this perfectly as a glamorous scent, because it definitely is and again a generous sized sample great for sticking in my bag!
OPI Designer Series Nail Lacquer

I was so excited to see an OPI polish in my GlossyBox as I have never tried OPI before! This is a lovely sparkly silver glitter polish, which I have actually been wanting for a while to layer over more tame colours for something extra so this was perfect!
BioEffect EGF Serum

I have honestly not heard of this brand before, which I guess is the idea of the GlossyBox! If my skin wasn't so much of a pain I would be really excited to try this out, but since it is sensitive to even water (slight overstatement) I have to be super careful what I put on my skin so I might have to give this one a miss untill it improves :(
Rouge Bunny Rouge Lip Gloss in Secret Places of Love

I was superdooooooooper excited when I realised this was in my GlossyBox!! I had never tried anything from rouge bunny rouge again, but had been meaning to for the longest time! It is a gorgeous neautral shade, perfect for day or night and I know I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it!

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Free Benefit Goodies - Glamour Magazine July 2011: Review

I'm sure you've already seen a million and one posts about the Benefit freebies in Glamour magazine this month, if not hurry up and go get some!! I managed to get all three, maybe because I was a complete nerd and went to WHSmiths first thing, aaanyway. Although these aren't full sized products like Glamours last dabble with Benefit, they are quite generous sample sizes at 4ml each (full size is 15ml I believe). So here is my two cents on the cult favourites; Benetint, Posietint and Highbeam.

First off I'd just like to say that these things are so cute! The packaging, as always from Benefit, is gorgeous and even more adorable in miniature! I love the little brush applicator for the Highbeam highlighter as the creamy texture blends seemlessly across the cheek bones, however I find it a ot more difficult to get an even application with the cheek tints, especially with Benetint, as I find that they tend to stain the area that you dot it on even after you have blended, unless I just didn't work quick enough! The consistency of the two tints are totally different, I find Benetint to be more liquidy and almost like an ink consistency where as Posietint is definitely more of a gel, both formulas work brilliantly to stain though (I still have a slight tinge of pink on my hand this morning from swatching them last night!). I do find that you have to add a good few layers to build up a decent amount of colour which is another downfall. The colours of the tints are gorgeous Benetint is a reddy pink colour which creates a nice natural flush to the cheeks, whereas Posietint is a sort of bubblegum pink which adds a pop of colour and brightens your face. The stand out product for me is definitely Highbeam though, I don't think I will really reach for the cheek tints for actual blush I will probably use them mostly for lip colour as it is so much easier just to use a powder or even cream blush as these are a bit of a pain to work with.

Did you manage to pick any up? What did you think of them?

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Wish List Hauling: MAC, Chanel, Bobbi Brown

Hey everyone :)
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Just a small haul of some things I have picked up recently. The majority of these have been on my wish list for the longest time and it is about time I made the splurge and crossed them off it!
MAC Fix + 
There are very mixed reviews about this product, some people believe it is holy grail material and a necessity for finishing and setting makeup while others say it is just fancy water and definitely not worth the money. I have always wanted to try it due to the claims of the first group, and so far I really really like it. I do believe it makes a difference both immediately after, by removing that powdery and cakey look and during the day by making my makeup stay in place much longer.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre (25 Peche Clair)

It was the pixiwoo sisters that secured this powders place in my wishlist. I wanted a powder that would be purely for setting my foundation, every powder I had has quite a bit of coverage and could sometimes be too much. This however is beautiful, sets my makeup perfectly as it just disappears into the skin and provides just a little coverage.

Bobbi Brown Corrector (Light Bisque)
This is said to be the perfect under eye concealer as it evens out the discolouration and covers perfectly, but for me it doesn't really live up to the hype.I don't find it any different from other creamy consistency concealer I have tried (MAC Studio Finish and Benefit Erase Paste) as they all tend to sink into the lines under my eyes which is what I was hoping to avoid. It's ok and I will definitely get use out of it because it does get rid of dark circles better than most, but I don't love it.

MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
I absolutely love this eye liner! Its a gorgeous slightly bronzey brown colour that looks stunning when used to line your eyes as opposed to using a black, as it is much more subtle and perfect for during the day or night! I'm so glad I finally picked this up, definitely don't own anything like it!

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again
This wasn't really a wishlist purchase, more an impulse buy whilst shopping for the other MAC items. When I purchased this lipstick I hadn't really heard anything of the new sheen supreme range so I had to have a look while I was at the counter. Bare Again is a gorgeous nudey pink colour, definitely me! However I fell in love as soon as I tried it on when I got it home, the formulation of these lipsticks are phenomenal, so shiny, light and smooth yet still super pigmented, I will definitely be checking out the rest sometime soon!

Have you crossed anything off your wishlist recently?

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Recent Foundation Additions: Chanel, Clarins + MAC

Hi all!
Sorry it's been a while, revision and uni work had taken over my life for the past 2 months, but as my last exam was yesterday I am now free until September! I plan on being slightly more productive over the next 3 months instead of living up to the typical student reputation so expect to see a lot more of me on here!

Anyway on to the good stuff...
I have been on a mission recently to find the perfect foundation. I have been using Estee Lauder Double Wear for about a year now and as much as I love it for its amazing coverage and longevity, I need something less full-on. Although finding the perfect foundation for me, is much easier said than done. I am apparently very picky when it comes to foundation, I need just enough coverage, the right finish, preferably slightly matte but not so much so that my skin looks dull and lifeless but still looks like skin and enough staying power to last with my oily-combo skin. This isn't going to be a review post more a small foundation haul as I haven't had them for long so can't pass a full judgement yet.
Clarins Skin Illusion (Cream, 104)
I first heard about this foundation from Jo and Nicoletta, who's blogs I love btw, and they both gave it amazing reviews. It sounded like the perfect foundation, all be it not quite suited to my specifications but I was willing to compromise and try something different, and I am glad I did. I really love this foundation! It literally glides on to the skin, providing a natural light radiant finish which still has enough coverage to even out my skin. It didn't completely last all day on me but not many foundations do (double wear being the exception) but only needed a slight bit of powder. For me this is the perfect summer foundation, light enough to look like a second skin but still provide a flawless (well as flawless as my skin can get) base, love it!

MAC Studio Tech (NW15)
This foundation wasn't really part of my 'I need to tone down the slap' mission as it boasts a full coverage and a very matte finish, at least on me. I am always very wary of having my photograph taken especially on a night out when there are cameras everywhere and I somehow always manage to have a ghost like face, now I am naturally pale but not to that extent. So I came to the conclusion that for nights out I needed a full coverage foundation without SPF, as apparently that is the reason for you to look washed out in flash photography. I initially wanted to try MAC's full coverage, but as that was only sold in pro stores, I didn't fancy trekking down to London for it, so I settled on this. I have yet to wear it on a night out yet so can't comment on whether the change makes a difference but so far I quite like it. The coverage you can achieve from it is very diverse, if you apply with a damp sponge you can get a very sheer natural looking finish, yet if you apply with a brush you can build up to a much fuller coverage, which I really like about it.

Chanel Mat Lumiere (Clair, 20)
This one of the least talked about of the Chanel foundations, so I was slightly hesitant to look into it, but the rest didn't sound like they would be right for me. This one offered the matte finish I was looking for and a medium coverage, that looked beautiful on the skin but at a steep price. After reading positive reviews on make-up alley and many blogs I decided to just go for it. I hate that Chanel don't do samples of their foundations, because if I am going to spend £30 on a foundation I want to know how a full face looks and holds out on my skin, and I don't really want to have my make-up done at a counter in front of the entire Trafford Centre Boots thanks, but I digress. My first impressions of this weren't necessarily amazing, I think I over anticipated what this foundation would be like and it was sort of 'meh'. Don't get me wrong it was a lovely finish, matte yet natural and skin like and provided (sort of) enough coverage but it didn't blow me away, which is what I expected at £30 a pop.

I congratulate you if you are still with me at this point, because Christ can I ramble!!

Let me know what your favourite foundations are, I am turning into quite the foundation junkie so I would love to know :)
Thanks for reading,