Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nars Sheer Glow

I've been wanting to try about more from high end brands recently - even though I've always been a drugstore girl at heart.

Nars is a brand I've never really tried before and the Sheer Glow foundation kept creeping up in favourites posts all over the show, so I took the plunge and purchased it. I have to say, the girl at the counter at Selfridges in Manchetser (Sorry, I didn't catch her name) was very helpful and chose the perfect shade for me - Montblanc.

This foundation says it all in the name - Sheer Glow. It claims to contain powerful antioxidants to protect skin and turmeric to improve skins radiance.

I tent to only reach for this on good skin days because its so sheer. Layering it up would work to cover spots and blemishes, but because it feels so weightless on the skin, I don't want to build it up too much.

It gives a glowy, lit from within finish that I struggle to get from many other foundations, and it doesn't contain any of that annoying radiance boosting glitter that some foundations use either.

Application was initially quite tricky for me. I find using a brush doesn't quite give the best finish, in fact I found it almost streaky.

The best method I found was applying dots all over my face and blending it in with your fingers. I'd then go in and finish it off with my Real Techniques sponge. This method leaves the skin with a gorgeous, flawless finish - no settling into fine lines, bunching around the nose or uneven fading.

It also works really well with other products too - I have no problem layering powers or cream products on top - everything does its job without interfering with each other.

I did make the schoolboy error of not buying a pump - at least I know for next time.

This gorgeous foundation has made me want to try more out from Nars - what would you recommend I try next?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Benefit They’re Real Eyelash Primer

Remember when you were 16 and one of the coolest things were those double ended mascaras and on one end you had the white clumpy mascara and on the other you had your regular mascara?
God, makeup back then was bloody awful, we’ve come a long way!
When Benefit released their They’re Real Primer that’s exactly what sprung to mind.
I’d heard rumbles and grumbles around the blogosphere about this product and wasn’t compelled to pick it up even though I love the They’re Real Mascara, but I was lucky enough to have one land on my door mat in my Birchbox, so I gave it a go.
All I can say is, you shouldn’t always believe what you read.
This isn’t anything like the old school mascara primers. I actually find the consistency really quite thin compared to your average mascara, but that’s what I love about it.
Generally, I wear this alone. It gives gorgeous lift, separation and definition without clumping, transferring or flaking – think of a more natural version of They’re Real and that what you get with this. The fact that it’s tinted brown instead of black makes the overall look even more natural, giving a softness to your eye look.
If I were Benefit, I would have marketed this as a natural version of They’re Real rather than a primer – I think that’s what’s throwing people off and making them avoid trying it.

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Holy Grail Concealer

NYX Photogenic HD Concealer - £5.49 

A bold statement I know. This is by far one of the best affordable concealer side ever tried. I picked up a few bits from NYX recently having never tried them before and was excited to try them, and they most definitely haven't disappointed.

It bugs me sometimes when brands put things like 'HD' and 'CC' infront of their product names. It hypes them up into something they're not, only t be disappointed, but it completely makes sense for this product. 

This is formula that covers redness, blemishes and acne scars with complete ease. I've been struggling with the odd dry patches mixed in with my regular oily skin, and this works brilliantly on both - not clinging to dry patches or buckling under the oil. 

Under the eyes has always been tricky for me, but this deals with my eye bags no issue. 

I end up just using this instead of foundation because the finish is so great - it's flawless, airbrushed, photogenic and well...HD. 

I just can't get over how amazing this is - I'm so glad that NYX is more freely available now in the UK. 

For £5.49, you can't go wrong. Ive already finished this tube, because I've not wanted to reach for anything else.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sorting out my oily skin with origins

I don't know what triggered it. Hormones? My diet? But the fact that I'm just about to head into my 'late twenties' *sigh* means nothing to the state of my teenage skin. It's oily, blemish prone and unpredictable. Why all of a sudden am I having to deal with this? I don't have the answers, but the best I can do is tackle this head on with my Origins Skincare by my side.

I've mentioned Origins here on the blog before, but I feel that this stuff needs another special mention, especially with the warmer seasons just around the corner. 

I'll start off with the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. This is perfect for first thing in the morning - it's got a blend of citrus oils like grapefruit and lemons which instantly awakens skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and your face clean and smooth, removing any excess oil from the skin without completely stripping it. It's one of them cleansers that has them little beads of joy - jojoba and carnauba wax - that really gently buff away dirt, grime and any dead skin cells and leave the face with a gorgeous glow. Your skin looks instantly brighter after just one use, and sets you up for the next step of the routine - moisturiser.

The Origins Ginzing Moisturiser has a gel like consistency and its oil formula allows skin to be boosted and hydrated without adding any more oil to the mix. I use this morning and night and my skin drinks it up, it's just the perfect amount of hydration for me. I don't know what it is, but it really makes your skin looked plumped, juicy and healthy after just one use. And with No glitter - is it just magic in a jar?! I think so. 

If you struggle with oily skin like me, this is definitely something you should be checking out. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March Birchbox Review

When I first opened this months box, I was left feeling a little underwhelmed. Not really bowled over by the products, not too excited about the brands, I felt abit disappointed. 

But you should never judge a book by its cover and as I delved into the box, I remembered what beauty boxes were all about and I've found some new favourites. 

So here's what I got in this months box: 

Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm - £11
Model Co More Brows - £13 
Polaar - Polar Night Cream - £9.60 Value
Indeed labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask - £5 Value 
Amika Nourishing Mask - £1.59
Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste - £2.60

Total Value - £42.85 

The only product I was initially excited to try was the Hydraluron Face Mask which is an absolute dream. As soon as pay day arrives I'll be running to my local Boots and stocking up on these. I was having a particular bad skin day - breakouts, dry patches and flakiness and after leaving this on for 15 minutes my skin felt soft, smooth and as if nothing had been wrong. 

Another product I love from this box is the Polar Night Cream. I've never heard anything about this brand before, but this night cream is just perfect. It's hydrating without being too thick, it works great on my oily skin and leaves my face feeling refreshed when I wake. But the thing I love the most about this is the scent. It's almost powdery & lavender like. Such a relaxing scent that gets you off to sleep in no time - and a great sample size too! 

The Model Co More Brows is a great dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow - it's just a shame that this shade is just a little too dark for me, but used with a light hand I can make this work. It's got strong colour and works to thicken the brows with the tiny little fibers suspended within the gel formula. 

The Arrow Lip Balm, Amika Hair Mask and the Regenerate toothpaste are the products that initially made me disappointed at the box. They're not products to get excited about, but nice to have and they'll get used at some point. 

I do feel that my Birchbox subscription may be coming to an end - I'm just not as excited as I used to be. 


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

*Bargain Alert* Revlon Colour Stay Foundation £6.49 in Boots


I’d been meaning to try this foundation out for quite a while now, but every time I went to the shops a new release, claim or a recent review I’d read always made me opt for something else. I’d been seeing over and over that Revlon Colour Stay Foundation was a reliable favourite for many, but because it’s been around for so long, you never really hear much about it. 

Having come quite low on nearly every last bit of every day makeup, I needed to stock up on some basics and this ended up in my basket for the cheeky little price of £6.49. Never in my life have I spent a mere £6.49 on a foundation and loved it so much. If I we’re you, I’d stop what you were doing and head to Boots RIGHT NOW to stock up. Well, after you finish reading this post of course. 

The thing I noticed first off about the Colour Stay foundation is the range of shades it comes in. Being so fair skinned, I often struggle getting a good colour match, but the shade Ivory is perfect for me. The only thing that bugs me about this is that it doesn’t have a pump. BUT I did see on a recent Instagram post by Revlon that they are now releasing bottles with pumps, I must have just missed out on getting one of the new batches. Maybe that’s why the price is reduced, to make way for the pumps? Who cares, its half price, live with it. 

The next thing was the application. I’m becoming more and more lazy when it comes to application first thing in the morning, and while I know the finish of a beauty sponge is to die for, I definitely don’t have the effort at 7 am when a cat is nibbling at my toes. This applies evenly and effortlessly with a real techniques buffing brush quickly buffed in all over the face, or even with just my fingers – (although this is a risky business for me when I mainly wear black to work). 

The finish is mattifying without looking caked on. It covers all the redness & blemishes that I need it to, although I do have to go in again with something a little stronger to tackle those under eye bags, but who doesn’t? It’s not one of those foundations that fades away in patches either. Whilst I do see a little wear, it’s nothing too dramatic. If anything, its because I’m a notorious face rubber that it begins to fade by the end of the day.

As an everyday foundation, I couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s just enough coverage and lasts as long as I need it to. Reliable, easy to wear and affordable.

What are you waiting for? Snap it up whilst you can!
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