Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
Benefit normally bring it when it comes to their eyebrow products, but I was definitely disappointed with this pencil for a number of reasons.
First of all, I found the formula really hard to work with. I had to apply more pressure than I’m used to and felt like this dragged on my skin about abit too much. On the skin, it looked abit patchy, flakey and quite obvious, which wasn’t the look I was going for.
I also found the applicator itself quite hard to work with too. At first glance, I thought it would work great – its narrow on one edge and thicker on the other, so in theory you could create small strokes with one side and fill in larger sections with the other but in practice it didn’t work like this. It felt clumsy and put product where I didn’t want it to go.
The packaging is cute though…
I was expecting so much from this, gutted!
I’ve never really known what primer would work best for my skin – I’m quite oily in some places and dry in others and I can never really find one that works for me. That is, until now.
My friend Lisa had originally told me about the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer and initially I thought she must be mad. A skincare product for men as a primer? No chance! But she was right.
The tiniest amount of this smoothed across the entire face helps create the perfect base ready for foundation. I find it mattifies in all the right places and doesn’t dry out my dehydrated areas either.
My skin almost feels tacky before foundation, a feeling I like when it comes to my primers. Tackiness says to me that it’s going to hold onto my foundation and not let go, which is exactly what it does!
My only gripe with this is the manly smell to it. Sometimes I will get a whiff throughout the day. But I can get over that.
For £3.52 you get 100ml of product, when the average drugstore primer is around £8 for 30ml.
Its ridiculously good value for money, does an amazing job and will last me a really, really long time.
If you’re looking for a new primer, I’d definitely recommend giving this one a go, or better still, steal some off your other half…
I’d been wanting to get my hands on some cushion foundation for a while and was sooo excited to see that L’Oreal had taken inspiration from Korean brands and developed their own cushion foundation.
The L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation (Wow, long name!) is one of the first to hit UK drug stores and is basically a sponge drenched in foundation housed within a sturdy little compact.
But what’s the point in the cushion? Is it just another gimmick product? I thought that at first, but it really isn’t.
I’m not too sure how it works, but this foundation is unlike any other I’ve tried. It’s lightweight yet you can build up a good coverage. It’s got a dewy finish but is also long lasting. But most importantly for me, it’s comfortable to wear on the skin.
The cushion itself is said to make the overall formula of the foundation lighter and makes it almost impossible for you to cake on your foundation, #Winning!
I don’t love the sponge that this compact comes with, instead I apply this using one of my beauty sponges and get an even, glowing finish to the skin. As I said earlier, it’s easy to build up coverage with this, but you can have it as natural as you want, too. It doesn’t settle into fine lines, bunch up around the nose or chin or cling to any dry patches. If anything, this formula is actually quite moisturising.
You get much less product in the compact compared to your average foundation, but that’s OK, because you use much less product in each application, and there’s virtually no waste either!
When your cushion seems to be running out slightly, just flip it over and a-voila! Loads more product for you to use.
I hope the UK sees some more Korean influence in the drug store!
I was lucky enough to receive a couple of Korean Cushion products from my friend who lives in Korea – Thanks Lisa!
I’ll be reviewing them soon, watch this space!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Only I'd get the hand of contouring as it starts to become an out of date trend! Typical! The latest trend seems to be non-touring or strobing - I'm not sure what Kim K is calling it but I'll keep an eye out! I've definitely not mastered a killer highlight yet, that's next on the agenda.
The only reason I've finally been able to master a contour is by using the NYX Wonder Stick. This little beauty is so simple and easy to use, you really can't go wrong.
The reason I've found it so hard to master contouring is down to my ghostly complexion. When the trend began, I found the products available in the drug store only catered for darker skin tones, leaving us pale girls with no options - or a muddy looking face.
I'd given up the search for quite a while, until I learned that you can now get NYX in the UK at Boots. The NYX Wonder Stick is pretty affordable at £10 - it's not a massive risk if you find it doesn't work for you.
I went for the 'Light' shade - I think there's 3 in the range and this one works perfectly for me. (For reference I'm normally the palest shades in all drugstore foundations!)
The double ended stick comes with a dark contour shade and a light highlight shade and the packaging has a handy guide on where to place each shade on the face.
The consistency of each stick is buttery and creamy and it glides onto the skin really well. I put this intop of my foundation and it doesn't move my base around at all. I'll then blend out with my damp beauty blender to a perfect, powdery finish.
For me, this gives a really subtle contour, which I love. I don't think really dramatic contours suit pale skin tones, but each to their own!
It helps to give great definition and structure to the face, without being too obvious, especially along the sides of my nose.
If the idea of contouring appeals to you but you have no idea where to start, I'd definitely recommend this! It's foolproof!
Friday, June 10, 2016
Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Wipes £3.26