Saturday, 31 May 2014

Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss

Payday came and I headed straight to Boots, what beauty blogger doesn't? I had a list in hand and whilst I was perusing the stands, I picked up the Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss and put it in my basket. Let me tell you now, if you're one of those girls who's fed up of the hair in lipgloss situation when it's windy and hate sticky lipgloss in general, these really are the lipgloss for you. The Maybelline gloss reminds me so much of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors and I could write a full blog post on my love for them so this is a fantastic dupe, I prefer the doefoot applicator in the Maybelline gloss compared to the spongey applicator of the Clarins. I'd describe these more as a balm/lipgloss combo giving just a subtle sheen of colour to the lips, I find I wear these when I'm wanting to make my lips look fuller or apply them lightly over a nude lipstick to give a glossier finish. I picked up the shade Cashmere Rose which is a light peachy pink (surprise, surprise) with tiny flecks of glitter running through. These retail in Boots for around £6.20 instead of Clarins which retail at £18 so if you're wanting to save the pennies but get the same finish, head to Boots now... Quick, I'm off to buy more!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Shavata Arch Enhancer Pencil

I recently took part in a Shavata mystery shopper project where I received a complimentary eyebrow threading and as a thank you, they sent me a little gift from their product range, the gift I received was their Arch Enhancer Pencil which is a creamy eye pencil in a soft pink colour that is used under the eyebrow arch to enhance the eye area. So far so good with this product, the pencil is very easy to use, this reminds me a lot of the Benefit Eye Bright Pencil but for the eyebrows. The formula of the pencil is thick and creamy, swatched heavily this has a lot of colour payoff but it's subtle enough so if you do go overboard, it's not overly noticeable, I blend this out under my eyebrows and this really enhances the arch, teamed with the eyebrow threading by the lovely women at Shavata, I have a defined arch - something I never had in my teenage years after months of overplucking (yes I had thin strip eyebrows). I did try to swatch this but the camera just wouldn't pick it up but this can be applied lightly or heavily depending on the impact you're after, the colour is very subtle and suitable for most skintones. This is my second product from Shavata and as well as their products, the women who do the threading really are fantastic and the only people I'll trust with my brows.

Have you ever had your eyebrows threaded? Have you tried Shavata?

Monday, 19 May 2014

Lip Product Addict TAG

It's very rare I do a tag on my blog but when I saw Amelia and Essie's video I couldn't wait to do it so here we are ladies, it's the lip product addict tag!

Favourite balm/treatment?
I love the Nuxe Reve De Miel, I have the stick version that I bought in Cyprus and it's still going strong, this nourishes my lips and stops them getting chapped. It's so hydrating and a perfect base for any lipstick.

Best eye-catching red?
I'm not much of a red lip wearer but when I do I love the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 110, it's a gorgeous orange based red which really suits my skintone. The formula of this is great, it dries matte and stays put for hours. It's a great lipstick from the high street and every time I've worn this I've received so many compliments.

Best luxury & best drugstore?

My favourite luxury lipstick is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, the colour is beautiful and the formula of this lipstick is fantastic, I love that they come in a stick form which makes application so easy. The lasting power of this lipstick is around 2-3 hours before I need to reapply and lets not forget the pigmentation, look how deep that red is. For high drug store, I love the Topshop lipsticks, they have a wide range of colours at affordable prices and the finish of these are beautiful, I have a few Topshop lipsticks but my favourite by far is Whimsical, a nude peach with matte finish.

Best MAC lipstick?

MAC Hue Lipstick will always be my favourite lipstick from the brand, I have a few MAC lipsticks now and there's just not one lipstick out there that compares to Hue. This lipstick is so creamy and is the perfect nude lipstick, this isn't too pink, brown or pale. This lipstick goes everywhere with me and completes any make up look, I especially like wearing this with a dark smokey eye.

The most disappointing?

I love Hourglass and I've not found a product I don't love from them apart from this, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Muse was such a disappointment in my opinion, I love the colour and the pigmentation but this goes on the lip and dries to a dry, slightly tacky finish. I find on application you have to be super quick with this otherwise it cakes on the lips and forms awful lumps if too much is applied. The colour choice they have on offer is very good but I've found you can buy these colours in lipstick form, I'll be opting for them instead.

Liner - yes or no?
I'm gonna say no for this one really, I own one lip liner which is from Topshop and I only ever really use it if I'm wearing the Kate Moss Rimmel 110 lipstick, but most cases are I'm wearing a nude lipstick so I never really bother with lip liner. I know they're very good to use with dark lipsticks to stop bleeding around the edge of the lips but personally I don't wear dark lipsticks enough to warrant lip liners.

Best gloss?

The Clarins Instant Lip Perfector is the only gloss I'll wear on my lips now, these hydrate the lips, add a teeny hint of colour and give lips a glossy finish without that sticky finish. I have the shade 02 Apricot which has a hint of peachy gloss to the lips without having to worry about the wind blowing your hair and suffering from them dreaded hair stuck in lipgloss moments.

Something extra!

I have been loving the Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer in Luna, I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with these but they give just the perfect amount of colour and a hint of gloss, this has been on my lips whenever I've opted for a peachy coral lip. The only downside is they don't last that long but they're a great high street lip lacquer so you don't feel so bad constantly reapplying it. I've seen a few people wearing the shade Celestial which is a dusty pink shade, I think it would be a good shade to ease me into wearing pink lips more often.

I've really enjoyed doing this tag, it's been great going through my lip stash and writing about some of my favourite lippies. Thanks Amelia and Essie for doing this tag. I tag Charlotte, Abby and Jemma as well as all you lovely readers!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Skincare Bolt Ons

I love a good skincare bolt on, in my opinion my skin wouldn't be half as decent now without the help of some wonder products. I've tried and tested a few out there now and I've found some absolute gems that are currently on rotation in my skincare stash, whether I'm a bit oily, spotty & congested or dehydrated, I have a bolt on to solve every problem.

First up, there's exfoliation and I'll say I've always been a fan of the scrub exfoliators, the ones that have the grit and you buff over your face so when I was first introduced to chemical exfoliants, I couldn't get my head around them. I've previously tried Alpha H Liquid Gold but after finding it's probably a bit too harsh on my skin for the amount I want to use it, I headed to the Clarins counter and picked up their Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, this toner contains fruit acids which is gentle enough to be used as a everyday treatment. This has been a slow process but I can see it's starting to make a difference to my skin, my overall complexion appears brighter and clearer and I'm hoping it will reduce any scarring on my face.

When my skin is feeling congested and I'm spotty, there's two products I rotate depending how much grime I feel needs removing. The REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask is a new addition to my skincare collection and it's a great little mask, this sucks up all the nasties on the skin, bringing them to the surface and promoting cleaner skin. This is your traditional clay mask which dries hard on the skin and makes it impossible to move your face but for balancing any oiliness and reducing spot size, this is the one. Then for an overall general skin pick me up and detox, I use the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask which is very similar to the REN mask but not as drying, I find I can apply this all over my face without it stripping any natural oils. When I am hormonal I apply this to help reduce any spots coming up and the length of the spots is reduced almost by half. The Aesop mask has the same properties as REN, drying on the skin to a hard clay finish but in terms of clearing out impurities such as blackheads, it's not as harsh which makes this a great mask for any dry skinned girls.

My favourite step and a step I do every night is moisturise and pack my skin with hydration, the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask is one I've had for ages now and I'm still no where near the end, a teeny bit of this goes a long way as a moisturiser or layered onto the skin on an evening as an intensive treatment, each morning I wake up to soft, hydrated and firm skin which is what every dry skinned girl wants. I like to team this up with an oil for on an evening or use it alone as a hydrating treatment to boost my skins hydration, cause my skin always needs it.

What are your favourite skin treatments? Leave me some suggestions below because I'm always after new skincare additions, a girl can never have too many. Don't forget there's still plenty of time to enter my giveaway to win a £40 Space NK gift card too, click the link here.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Foundation Combos

I love foundation as much as the next girl and finding the perfect base really is a mission I think I'll forever be on. One day my skin is too dry, the next it's normal, I can't keep up with my skin and there just isn't one foundation that's a "one size fits all" so in my quest for that perfect foundation, I've managed to combine some foundations that give me what I'm after in two products, not one.

It's not often I get a good skin day, I'm either combating serious dark circles or that pesky hormonal blemish but sometimes whether my skin is spotty or not, I just don't always fancy a heavy coverage foundation. I love the Chantecaille Just Skin for a tinted moisturiser, this to me is more of a lighter coverage foundation which provides a dewy finish but for those days where I'm after a little somethin' somethin' I add a teeny amount of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Base to add more coverage to the foundation to cover said blemishes and dark circles. I don't always use this as a foundation combo, sometimes I will apply the Chantecaille Just Skin as a base and use the Kevyn Aucoin as a concealer but still opting for a light coverage. I find a good pea sized amount of this mixed with a tiny bit of the Kevyn Aucoin gives me a full face application and covers any nasties.

We've all been there right girls, you need your foundation to last all day but you don't wanna trowl it on and especially if it's warm who wants clogged pores and cakey foundation? Enter this foundation combo. The Chantecaille Just Skin mixed with two pumps of the Mac Pro Longwear Foundation gives me a semi matte finish with a hint of glow and a lasting power of up to 15 hours. I've applied this combo before a hot day at work and come 7pm, my make up was still flawless (I wish I woke up like dis). Both not the most affordable foundations on the market but two investments you're sure to not regret. I mix these two together on the back of my hand, dot around my face where I need the coverage the most such as my chin, around my nose and eyes then blend with my Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush... Ta-da long lasting tinted moisturiser.

I wouldn't be a girl would I if I didn't have bad skin days and yes sometimes, I am desperate to cover my skin up and fake a flawless complexion so I turn to these two products to step up my coverage. The MAC Studio Sculpt is already a medium buildable foundation with a gel texture but I don't tend to use a lot of this, it's a product I find very hard to blend if I've taken too much on my brush so to up my coverage, a teeny bit of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Base on a cotton bud mixed with the Studio Sculpt and then buffed into my skin gives a more natural high coverage without piling on layers and layers of one foundation. I'm the type of girl who'd rather combine two products together to create one finish than continue to build and build layers of foundation so this combo is right up my street. If you're a girl who's after a higher coverage or prefers a strong concealer, pick up the Kevyn Aucoin and use this as a multi-use product. This foundation combo tends to last all day without any major reapplication needed and a combo that comes around at least one week a month, you girls know what I mean.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

My Go To Moisturiser

I know, another Clarins product. Beth when are you gonna stop harping on about Clarins? Well, not anytime soon. I was desperate for a new moisturiser, after using the Clinique Superdefense Moisturiser which was a repurchase after using this a long time ago - lesson learnt here, just because you used it in the past and liked it, doesn't mean you'll like it again in the future - but anyway, after I used up the last of that, I was on the hunt for a new one. A new beauty salon has opened in my area which primarily uses Clarins products and after they gave me a little tour, she handed me some samples and off I went trying them and starting my love affair with Clarins.

After trying a sample of the Clarins HydraQuench Cream and falling in love instantly, I purchased the full size come payday and it's not a decision I've regretted. If you're like me and suffer from dry, tight and dehydrated skin, I can't recommend this enough. This is a thick cream with an almost gel like texture which sinks into the skin so quickly leaving my face soft, supple and smooth to the touch. What I love the most about this is with it sinking into the skin so well, there isn't any shiny residue left on the skin, in comparison to the Clinique one I was using I would have to wait around 10 minutes to fully sink in which isn't ideal for me when I'm in a rush on a morning and then it'd still leave me shiny. Around an almond sized amount will do the whole face and enough to run over the neck which means that £35/50ml this should last me a long time, I purchased this at the end of April and I've barely made a dent, the only downside is that I wish I'd purchased the one with SPF 15 with summer just around the corner but for now, I can get my SPF elsewhere. I know I wax lyrical about Clarins and all their products but in all serious, they're yet to let me down.

What's your everyday moisturiser?

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Monday, 5 May 2014

600 Follower Giveaway: Win £40 Space NK Gift Card

I've just recently reached 600 followers on Bloglovin and as a little thank you, I'd like to treat one of you lovely readers to a little gift. As Space NK is my favourite shop and they sell some absolute beauty gems, I thought the best prize would be a gift card so one of you could buy something with it. Whether it's a Kevyn Aucoin highlighter or some Bumble & Bumble shampoo, I think with this little treat you'll be able to get yourself something nice.

The details:
- UK entrants only - I'm afraid due to Space NK gift cards being for UK use only, I can only post to the UK.
- Giveaway ends 8pm on 6th June.
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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush

I've been desperate for a new foundation brush for a long time, I think my Real Techniques Buffing Brush has reached the end of it's life and every time I try blend my foundation with it, it just streaks my base and doesn't blend well at all. So after searching for a new one and seeing Anna showing how easy application looks with this and a post on Laura's blog sporting a flawless complexion, I knew I'd have to purchase the Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush. A huge brush which is so dense it picks up the tiniest bit of foundation, I stupidly went a bit heavy handed with my Nars Sheer Glow on my first application and when I applied it with the brush I had a very heavy coverage, full face of make up. This makes application so easy and with a tiny bit of foundation, it gives a flawless application and even works wonders for tinted moisturiser and lighter coverage bases. I was finding with my other make up brushes that buffing in tinted moisturisers and lighter coverage foundations was becoming so difficult and the brushes would just make the base smear but with this, I can apply all my foundations with ease. This is my first dip into the pond that is Louise Young brushes but if they're as good as this, they'll be more to come.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Monthly Favourites: April

Favourites time! And in the month of April I've been using a lot of beauty samples which have lead me to pick up some skincare goodies - I promise I'm not sponsored by Clarins - and a new foundation that's made me rekindle my love for a long wear formula without all the cakeyness like Double Wear, and finally a high street goody that's tamed my overgrowing brows.

All the full size items here I bought after using samples, Clarins offer good sized samples with their products and you get a few day and night applications and I immediately fell in love with them. The Gentle Brightening Toner is a bloggers favourite and one I've been desperate to pick up in order to brighten my skin tone. Not being a fan of the Alpha H Liquid Gold I knew this would be the one for me, gentle but still packs it's punch in the old exfoliating department and with day to day use, I've been showing off a more clearer complexion.

The second sample I received was the HydraQuench Cream and when I say it was love at first application, it really was. I can't describe this as good as it is but if you've got dry skin, give the Hydraquench range a try! What I love about this moisturiser is a tiny bit goes a long way, it sinks into the skin very quickly and you're left with plump, hydrated skin. I was using this the same time as my Clinique Superdefense Moisturiser was running out and trust me, there was no comparison!

And finally, on my 3rd trip to Clarins the lovely advisor gave me a sample of the Instant Eye Make Up Remover which again is another blogger favourite! I've been wearing the Truly Waterproof Mascara and nothing would shift it so I was happy to give anything a go. £18 later and one application down, waterproof mascara is no longer a problem come cleansing time! I've been loving a lot from Clarins at the moment and I've really found a brand I love. Every product I've tried on my skin sits beautifully and suits my skin type well so I'm afraid there will be more Clarins based love on this blog!

As I said above, I've been loving a long wear foundation and just working a full day with the weather getting warmer, my make up just tends to slid. I was previously a slave to Estee Lauder's Double Wear when I first started blogging but that stuff is cement, it dries into the skin and cakes and basically I hate the stuff so after searching high and low for a good long wear foundation, I treated myself to Mac Pro-Longwear Foundation. Now the DL on this: satin finish, 15 hours wear, medium buildable coverage,suitable for most skin types... All you could ever want in a bottle! I've tried and tested this on a few hot days at work recently and it does really stay put, I was impressed how flawless my base looked, big thumbs up from me but this gets an even bigger thumbs up because it's so easy to remove, unlike Double Wear that cemented itself onto your face and took about 3 cleanses to remove, this just dissolves using my Clinique Cleansing Balm! Could this stuff be holy grail? It's looking like it.

And finally the only product gracing my brows through the month of April is the Maybelline Brow Drama. I'm currently in the process of growing my eyebrows out to get them threaded and shaped so while my brows are a tad unruly, I've just been brushing them through with this. A teeny hint of colour and a bit of a tame is all they need at the moment till the wonderful women at Shavata work their magic then I'll be switching back to my Hourglass Pencil! If you're like me though and just want to tame your brows on a budget, pick this up because it really does keep them in place all day!

Quite a lot of new favourites in April but they're all products that have a permanent place in my collection, I went in to April a Clarins virgin, now I'm a Clarins convert. What have been your monthly favourites?
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