Wednesday, 30 November 2016

La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel

I wrote about my first experience at La Mer here and from then on I've been a convert. My skin hasn't looked plump, radiant and throughly nourished in a long time. Now I had the moisturiser down, it was time to move onto the eyes. I was given a sample of the Illuminating Eye Gel when I purchased my moisturiser, I didn't think much of it when I was handed it, yeah another gel claiming to work wonders but like the rest probably wouldn't make a blind bit of difference. But after using the sample? Oh boy how I was wrong.

The foundation of all La Mer products is the Miracle Broth, I couldn't tell you what it actually contains but it's magic. You would expect this to be your bog standard brightening eye gel but because La Mer products contain the miracle broth, it works to nourish, repair and fight against signs of ageing as well as what the product is tailored to do, in this case it's brightening. Previously I've always had good skin, I've had no signs of ageing but as I'm getting into my mid twenties and the signs of wear and tear are starting to appear, it's areas around my eyes that I'm wanting to prevent showing any early signs. I don't drink as much water as I probably should do or get enough sleep sometimes but as I've got older I've started to notice tiny dehydration lines around my eyes which I'd rather weren't there.

So after using the sample twice a day for around a month and being seriously disappointed when it ran out, there was no way I could be without it. I went back to my Clinique All About Eyes after finishing the sample and it just didn't do anything. The sales assistant told me to use a grain of rice size amount for both eyes, I can honestly say in the past when sales assistants have said this to me I've used more because it's never been enough. With the La Mer gel, I actually find I have a bit left over and it's a generous size amount to cover the area around both eyes. I can't tell you if this will make any difference to future ageing around my eyes because I am only 24 but for those dehydration lines, dark circles and even the odd bout of puffiness it's solved all those problems. The skin under my eyes is plump and completely line free which means I also don't have to worry about concealer creasing.

This is expensive, I saved up for it because to me it's worth the investment. It retails for £100/15ml but using a rice grain amount twice a day, every day will last you maybe around 3-4 months, so when you look at it that way £25 a month for an eye cream is a much better deal than anything any other high end brand could offer. If you like investing in your skin or wanting to tackle the concerns I mentioned below then head down to your local La Mer counter and have a consultation, I promise you'll become a convert.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

If you're a long standing reader of BethBlogsBeauty you'll know I love my foundations, I'm an addict and my collection is mainly taken over by various bases so there's no wonder I jumped at the chance to try the highly coveted Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

It was hard to choose which shade I was over the internet, not having a counter near me I couldn't go in store to test it out so after searching the internet for various swatches and reviews I opted for shade 4 which is a perfect match for my NC15 skin tone (Mac references are always best).

The coverage is medium but can be built up depending on your desired finish. I really like that even though it is a luminous, dewy finish foundation it isn't a sheer coverage. At the moment my skin is very dry and dull looking due to the cold weather so wearing this gives my skin a serious radiance boost and makes me look human again. Because I'm suffering with dry skin at the moment I did expect this to cake or cling to my skin but due to the light fluid texture it sits on my skin flawlessly and doesn't clog any pores. I apply my concealer, powder and the rest of my make up and without using a primer and/or setting spray, the foundation lasts 8-9 hours before I see signs of it wearing off, sometimes I have found I've been able to skip powder depending on how much glow I'm wanting. I'm not one of these girls who carries around a spare bag of make up or has time to so if I invest in a product I want it to last all day and this certainly does.

The packaging is sleek and seriously luxe so it feels luxurious using this product and having a pump attached to the bottle is a welcome treat. It irritates me no end when higher end foundations don't include a pump as I feel so much product gets wasted. The foundation retails for £37 here which is around the average price mark for a high end foundation but I feel you get various finishes and coverage in one product. If you've been eyeing this up like I was then take the plunge, there's a reason it's a celebrity favourite and anything Kim Kardashian uses is good enough for me. Try the foundation and blame me for your bank balance later.

This post contains a PR sample. My opinion is always my own and 100% honest.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation

There's nothing I love more than a good foundation, I'm one of those people who spends most time on my base and trying to get it flawless. I suck at eyeliner and I'm not that fantastic at eyeshadow either so I'm someone who would rather get the base on point, work on my contour and make sure my skin looks poreless. If I had to choose on make up item for the rest of my life it would probably be foundation.

So on that note there's no wonder I'm bringing another foundation review to you. I picked up the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation on a whim, not really reading much into the foundation but after searching for something long wearing I opted for this. There's a new stand alone store in my local town so in I popped and graced the unapproachable staff with my concerns. The only friendly member of staff colour matched me, applied to my face and off I went £32.50 lighter.

I've been using this most days for around 3 weeks and what I can say is, it is long lasting. The formula tends to work well with my dry dehydrated skin type so I apply this on a morning usually without a primer and 11 hours later when I return home it's still there. It does tend to slip off areas that can become oily during the day such as my forehead, around my nose and chin area but it's not often my skin ever gets oily and if I'm suffering from a particularly dry patch on my skin the foundation can sink into these areas making it look a little cakey.

The colour match is perfect, I'm a Mac nc15-nc20 skin tone so the shade Warm Ivory looks like my skin but better. The coverage is definitely light to medium and buildable depending on the finish you desire. I personally like to wear a heavier coverage so I build it up and try to inject as much moisture into my skin beforehand to stop it sinking into those dry patches.

The foundation is nice, it isn't a groundbreaking formula. It's purely just nice. If you're after something that you can wear for work without having to worry about reapplying anymore make up I recommend you give this a go but if you're after something to give your skin a bit of ooomph then give it a miss.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Monthly Favourites: October

Well well, it's been a long time since I've written one of these. Sorry I've been MIA most of the year flitting back and forth from blogging. I'm not gonna say this time will be any different but I'm feeling really inspired so just watch this space. I've been loving some new beauty additions to my collection so let me give you the low down.

Benefit 3D Brow Tones
I've written a full blog post on the Benefit brow range here but this one has to be my favourite. My brows are in desperate need of a HD treatment so to tame them I use this on a morning, the wand contains enough product to add some colour as well as giving them a bit more depth and dimension. The formula tends to stay in place all day without leaving them with that dry crispy feeling.

Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge
This is an obvious dupe for the Beauty Blender Micro Mini but I couldn't tell you how they compare as I've only ever used the RT sponges. This comes in a set of two and I love these for applying concealer under my eyes, baking the concealer with powder or cleaning up any eyeshadow mistakes. They're slightly firmer than the larger face sponge by RT but when damp they soften up. If you're after the Beauty Blender minis but don't fancy the price tag then I highly recommend these.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Extreme Mascara
I've never seen this in stores and it's not on the Estee Lauder website but I picked this up from Manchester duty free back in August and it's been my go-to mascara ever since. The wand is significantly smaller than the original Double Wear Mascara wand and resembles the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara but slightly thicker meaning it's perfect for getting into the corner lashes and bottom lashes without looking like a panda. It has the long lasting double wear formula which is the only one that doesn't smudge around my eyes but removes easily using any cleanser.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer
This was an impulse buy when I stumbled upon the new Space NK in York (which by the way is A-MAZING), I was searching for a good coverage concealer which was also suited for dry skin and hey presto, this one from Becca is just that. I got the shade fair which is perfect for my NC15 skin tone. The coverage is medium to buildable depending on the finish you desire but it's also lightweight to apply under the eye and conceal any dark circles. If you're lazy like me this is a great concealer for a quick morning routine cause it does just about everything.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
I love watching Nikkie Tutorials on Youtube and she is all about that glow, she really knows how to make a highlight pop and on my quest for a white pearly strobe like highlighter I stumbled upon this. The Shimmering Skin Perfectors are renowned in the blogging world and ever since picking this up it's a step I never forget. It's a pale, silver-toned pearl which really shines when the light hits it. A full blog post/review with swatches is coming soon!

What have you been loving during October? Have you tried any of these products?
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