Monday, 25 November 2013

Real Techniques Duo Fiber Limited Edition Brush Set Review

Hello everyone!

So I have wanted the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Brushes ever since they came out - but I have never had the chance to buy them as they aren't in any stores around me - but the other day I was making an online order so I decided that I would finally treat myself too them!

The set of brushes is £23.99 and that is from Boots. The price can vary depending on where you buy them - as I have seen them cheaper on some websites like Feel Unique and Look Fantastic and sometimes they are on offer. You get 3 brushes, the Duo Fiber Face Brush, Duo Fiber Contour Brush and the Duo Fiber Contour Brush. Personally I absolutely love the colour of the brushes and think they look so cute which is one reason I was drawn to these!

The first brush is the Duo Fiber Face Brush. I think that this brush is the one that I was quite disappointed with because I am the type of girl who LOVES full coverage in anything and I feel that this brush doesn't really let me achieve that as the bristles are very thin and not close together, therefore they can't pick up as much product as the Blush/powder brush. I have decided to use it as a blush brush as I always find that I put way to much blusher on and then have to try and minimize the look which just takes so much more time whereas with this brush you can build your blusher until you like the colour and it and it is harder to go overboard. Overall I would say that this is a good brush, but not for what I did want to use it for. 

My next brush is the Contour Brush (sorry it has product on). I LOVE this brush. I haven't actually got a proper brush for contouring and I always find it so hard to contour my face as I have to use quite a big brush and it never goes where I want it too and it never really looks defined, but since using this brush you can see such a difference and it definitely defines my face a lot better. I find it easy to hold and like the Face brush it doesn't pick up too much product so you can build it. I do find that the bristles on these brushes are a little bit rougher than the other brushes I use but I did expect that as they are Duo Fiber.

The last brush is the eye brush. I like this brush, but at this present moment I do have a slight issue with it and that is that one of the bristles is slightly out of place and above the rest, which means that whenever I use it on my eyes it sticks into my eye and is quite painful - but I am going to cut it! I started by using this brush as a concealer brush because I am desperate for a concealer brush, but when applying my make up this morning I didn't have any eye brushes to hand and was in a rush, so I decided to use this brush, and I was so amazed at how much product the brush picked up, my eyes have never looked so emphasized and I loved how I could see such a clear difference on my eyes as my eyeshadow had so much more depth and colour to it - so I am going to use this for an eye brush after all!

All in all I love the Real Techniques range and these brushes are very good, although I may swap them around and use them for different things - but that doesn't matter! I would definitely recommend these and think that after I have found my use for them, they are great! 


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Review


I have pretty much always wanted to try out the Studio Sculpt foundation by Mac - but for some reason whenever I have purchased any foundation it has always been the Studio Fix Fluid - probably because I like the coverage and was worried that it wouldn't be as good!
I recently purchased it because I thought it was about time to give it a whirl!

The foundation is £25 and you get 40 ml, whereas in the Studio Fix you get 30ml (the Studio Sculpt is more expensive thought). It is a gel based foundation and I feel that it makes the skin look more refreshed and sort of gives a dewy finish. 

I personally love this style tube compared to the Studio Fix Fluid as I find that it is easier to get it out and I just think that it feels and looks nicer. It is quite a large tube I must admit and has a lovely matte feel. 

I got the shade NC15 which is the perfect shade - I started off Mac foundations with the 'NW'S' and never really liked them on myself as I felt they looked too orange for me, I never really realised they had a 'NC' colour range and once I found out I was thrilled and finally liked the look of the foundation! So everyone beware of that haha! 

I found that this foundation was thicker than the Studio Fix Fluid and I felt it was easier to blend into the skin - it was also such a good coverage and I found that it was so achievable to get a high and full coverage without using too much and looking cakey which was lovely. I didn't use concealer when I used this as I didn't feel that I had too and to be honest, it was so good that I totally forgot to even put concealer on because I couldn't see any redness or blemished. The foundation actually smells lovely (quite like vanilla) and has a lovely texture - not too runny and not too sticky (i hate sticky foundations). All in all I loved this foundation - it looked good on and lasted me the whole day without any touch up's and without going shiny. I would definitely repurchase this again as I found it worked so well on my skin and I would suggest it to anybody. It is slightly more expensive at £25 but I do think it will last quite a long time and I just love it!

Goodbye! x

Friday, 22 November 2013

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

Hello all! 

So I haven't blogged in quite a few months and it is because I have been super busy starting college ect! I am doing a makeup course and it is so amazing - I have learnt some good tips and tricks that I can share with you in these posts!

I have always been on the look out for Make Up For Ever products as here in the UK it is extremely hard to find them! Somebody was selling the Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation on Ebay so I snapped up the chance to purchase it - I got it for £16 and the seller paid the full price of £29.50 - It is completely new and still sealed and it said that it was being sold as they didn't want it and it wasn't the right colour. 

The box wasn't in perfect condition but I didn't really mind as it would soon be chucked away! The foundation is in shade 40 which looked like my sort of colour online. 

The foundation comes in a cute little bottle (personally I prefer pump bottles as i find it easier to control how much you use and if you take too much out you can pop it back in easily just by unscrewing the pump). I am always picking up Matte foundation as I find it works better for my skin as I have oily skin and wan't to reduce the shine as much as possible. There is 30ml of product per bottle which is the average amount I think (I only say this as most of my foundations are 30ml) 

Sorry that this picture is not in natural light but by the time I decided to blog about this it was super dark outside (its only half 5!). I don't know if you can see - but when I first recieved this in the post and opened it I tested it out and thought it looked slightly orange on my hand (It was not a happy moment) but once putting it on my face and blending it out it suited my skin perfectly - Hooray!

It is a very thick foundation as you can see and has such a lovely finish - very matte but not dull looking. It is so lovely and I am super happy with this product and it definitely takes a place in my everyday foundations now! I will give a little tip and that is if you think a foundation you have bought looks quite orange when you swatch it on your hand (or even when you first put it on the skin) blend it out for quite a while and hopefully it will look more suitable to your skin colour. Alternatively if you have already bought the foundation and are not allowed to return it - you can do a little mixing with other colors of yours to try and get the perfect shade for you:)

Thank you for reading guys! x 

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Dirty Body Spray from Lush

Hello everyone!

I have been away for quite a while which is why I haven't blogged in what feels like months! 
I have recently gotten through a bottle of this Dirty body spray from Lush, which is £14.

I know this body spray is for men but I seriously LOVE the scent as I love spearmint. I have gotten quite a lot of compliments when wearing this of people asking me what it was and a few of them were surprised when I told them.
I can honestly say that it is such a long lasting scent and it stays around for hours and still lingers the next day very faintly! It does start of as quite a strong smell so if you don't  like overpowering scents then I don't think this is for you. It has also lasted me quite a few months as you literally need 1 spray to last.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Caudalie Beauty Elixr

Hello everyone!

I haven't been able to blog in a while because my internet messed up and I have been getting ready for my holiday (eeek!) 
I wrote a small review on the Caudalie Beauty Elixr as it was part of an amazing set and you can read about that here

I found that the small bottle that I received in my set (30ml) ran out quite quickly - I did use it daily though. This bottle is 100ml and it costs £32 which is quite expensive but I thought it was worth it as otherwise I would of bought the cheaper one but it would of probably ran out again. I think that the main negative on this product is the fact that it is very expensive and does run out fast, however I am trying not to use it everyday. I put it on my bare face before my makeup and then spray it on again after I have finished. I like how it comes out as a light spray rather than a sort of thick spray because it is much more pleasant than  having loads of water on your face at one time. I also find that it gives my face a lovely glow to it and I ofen don't highlight that much because of this. It also has a nice scent to it, at first I wasn't very keen but now I am as I have gotten use to it! All together it does exactly what it says and makes my face feel very moistured and I also feel that when my face looks dull, it perks it up a lot!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder

Hello everyone!

I have wrote a small review of this product here as I reviewed the 'How To Look The Best At Everything' Set which included this powder. I decided that I would write a more in-depth review of the powder as I did decide to buy it again so I thought I would share my reasoning with you. 

I purchased myself the full sized version of the powder (even though I still have a tiny little bit of the other one in the set left!) because I really have been loving the way that it makes my skin look. I bought it from Debenhams at the Benefit counter, you can also get it from Boots, House of Fraser and online (and I am sure there are other places that I haven't yet come across) It cost £25.50 and the total amount of product that you get is 7g.

I got it in the colour 'Champagne (Me, Vain?)' which is around the 3rd lightest. I do really love how silky smooth the powder is and the fact that it doesn't look drying or cakey on the face. I also love how it is a very good coverage powder and really adds on top of the foundation to give me the finished look that I desire (its great for someone like me who doesn't have the clearest skin in the world!) It is quite pricey for a powder but at the same time it is very worth it and I will be repurchasing again once it has ran out! It does last me nearly all day once I apply it to my face and it has an SPF of 15. The only negative that I would say about this powder is that it does hit the pan very quickly so I do try to limit how much I use at one time. I must admit that in the other set review, I said it had lasted a long while, but looking back I realise that is only because I was VERY sparing with it.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

bareMinerals Queen Tiffany Eyeshadow

Hello all!

So I purchased myself a bareMinerals eyeshadow in the colour 'Queen Tiffany' as I thought it was such a lovely colour that I would use quite often.

There is 57g of the product and it cost me £14. I purchased it directly from the bareMinerals counter in Debenhams but you can purchase them from other places including - the direct website and Feel Unique. (there are others). 

It is a loose eyeshadow and it is very pigmented so it will last a very long time! The only struggle that I have with loose eyeshadows is that they create fallout but it doesn't stop me wearing it as I sort it out pretty quickly. I love the colour as it is a shimmery brown which is quite deep but not too dark. It also looks lovely in the crease with a lighter shade.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Tropical Peel Off Montagne Jeunesse Mask

Hello everyone!

I absolutely LOVE face masks, but my favorite ones are peel off masks as I sometimes feel quite uncomfortable with a mud mask or one that dries hard. 

I just wanted to tell everyone reading this blog how great this face mask is and how good a value it is for your money! You can use it so many times and it doesn't run out very fast (I've already used it about 6 times and have loads left) and unlike individual masks you can use as little or as much as you would like (I always find that I have LOADS left over from an individual mask) I got mine from Boots I believe and it cost me £5. 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Mac Pink Plaid Lipstick

Hello everyone!

A short while ago I did a blog post on another Mac Lipstick in the colour Syrup (you can view it here). I never really get the chance to go into any Mac stores or see any counters because there are none where I live, so whenever I go shopping in any other town I spend ages looking at there products seeing if there is anything I would like to purchase (basically everything) 

The packaging is exactly the same as my Syrup Lipstick in the usual bullet shape. I do find that it makes it a lot easier to use and to locate when its in my handbag which is always handy. 

I got the colour Pink Plaid and it is a matte lipstick so it is a different finish to the Syrup Lipstick. I do find that I don't get on as well with matte products as others as sometimes I feel that my lips feel dry and I really don't like that, however I will buy matte products (I have quite a few now) if I think that they look nice and are a nice colour. 

I have used this a few times already so this isn't exactly how it comes as it probably has less product. It is £14 like most other of the Lipsticks and has the usual 3g. I have found that these Lipsticks last such a long while and are very pigmented, HOWEVER, I do find that they don't last as long as I would like and they come off so easily, so I am thinking of buying a lip primer to keep it on longer. I liked this colour as it is a deep but light pink and has a lovely colour to it and adds such a nice colour to the lips. It dries matte quite quickly so you can really see how it is going to look during the day.

Here is the colour in natural light. I find that it gives such a healthy look to the lips and I really enjoy wearing it - although I tend to go for deeper colours like Syrup but I am starting to change that. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dior Addict Lip Glow

Hello everybody!

A few weeks ago I was browsing the Dior counter in Boots when the lady started talking to me about all kinds of products that they sell. She briefly went over the 'Dior Addict Lip Glow' which didn't grab my attention until she tried it out and put it on me (I then loved how it looked)

The Lip Glow is £22.50 which is quite pricey as it is basically a lip balm but I do find that it really works and makes my lips look so much better when they look dull. If you aren't sure on the product then you can always go to a Dior counter and ask for it to be tried out on you.

The colour that the product shows off is basically an enhanced colour of your own lips so it may look slightly different on others (probably not a lot in it though). For me, it gives my lips a healthier look to them and they look more plump and shiny which I like. It does give a tiny bit of colour but not too much, I would say it is just a light pink. I also love this product because it doesn't make my lips look of feel dry and is very moisturising without feeling oily. 

Overall, I do like this product and I am glad that I bought it as it is great for on the go use when you feel that your lips look lifeless and colourless. However, I am sure that there are other products much like this one but cheaper.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Espiegle

Hello everyone!

Around Febuary I bought myself a Chanel Blush from one of the Debenhams stores as I thought it was so beautiful!

The actual packaging that the product comes in is very sturdy and doesn't break if dropped (which is good as it is so expensive) it is also very plain but looks very elegant and I love the design of it! 

I got the colour in Espiegle because it looked like such a gorgeous peachy pink. It cost £31 and you get 4g of the product. I am not sure as to weather they still sell this certain colour as it is no longer listed on the actual website - but they do have some other gorgeous colours. I have had this for about 4 months and it still looks pretty new, the reason behind this is because I hardly ever wear it as it is not pigmented at all! I am disappointed at this factor as it looked so lovely in the shop, but it takes me so many attempts to actually finally get the colour of the blush to come out on my cheek and I was disappointed because of the price of it. I do still try to wear it occasionally but it just takes a lot longer to apply than any of my other blushes.

The colour is so gorgeous as you can see and has a lovely glow to it, but as I said - It is not pigmented at all and it took me about 6 finger swirls to get this much colour onto my hand. It could just be this certain colour that isn't pigmented and I would like to hope so as some of the other colours are so gorgeous and I would love to try them, but if they are like this one, then I doubt I will.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Nip + Fab Shine Fix

Hello everyone!

I was browsing the Debenhams store when I noticed a stand which had quite a few Nip + Fab products. The product that caught my eye was the Shine Fix as I do have quite oily skin and I am always looking for something to help it and mattify it.

I got the product for £9.95 and was super excited to try it out. You get 15ml and it does spread quite a lot way so you don't need to put too much on. I usually put it on my T-Zone because that is where I get oily the most.

The colour of the gel is a cream colour and I love the smell of it as it is quite leafy! I am not completely happy with this product because the day after I first used it, I had a breakout of spots, however, I have used it a few other times and haven't noticed as much of a breakout so I am not sure weather that is because of the product, so beware! I have found when using it that my skin does look less oily during the day so it does help, however it doesn't help as much as I would like as I still do get oily. 
Has anybody else tried this?

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

17 Photo Flawless Primer

Hello everyone!

I have been using the 17 Photo Flawless Primer for quite a while now and thought I would share my thoughts about it with you.

I got it around Christmas time when I was spending the last of my money and I was in a rush (I totally forgot I picked it up until I got home - glad I did though) It cost me £4.99 and you get 15ml. It does last such a long while though as you don't need very much of it as it spreads a long way - it is also very smooth and silky like the Benefit Porefessional. 

It has a very strange gel like consistency and is a creamy sort of colour - but don't worry, it doesn't change the colour of the skin. It is so easy to apply and keeps my foundation on for a much longer period of time. It also minimises my pores to some extent which I like as well.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Benefit Rocket Pop Silky-Finish Lipstick

Hello everyone!

So a couple of weeks ago I was browsing the Benefit counter with my sister and I didn't plan on buying anything but I did (oops) I have always wanted one of the Benefit Lipgloss's so I found it strange that I got something that I hadn't ever really taken an interest into before! 

I chose one of the Silky-Finish Lipsticks and I adore the packaging that they come in as it always looks so lovely no matter what the product is! I didn't even really know about these Lipsticks and have never taken an interest but I was standing next to the counter and there were some laid out to be tested - so I tested one and I guess I fell in love! 

There are quite a few different colours (I think its around 10) but I chose Rocket Pop because it is such a gorgeous pinky red and I have never really had a colour like this one before and want to start to branch out and try different things. All of these are £14 and you can get them directly from the Benefit website or Benefit counters. 

The actual tube (is it called a tube?) that the product comes in is metal which I really like as it doesn't get scratched easily and is very resistant to breaking! (although it is cold a lot of the time) It has a little pattern on the bottom but that it about it. I like how elegant the packaging is and also how easy it is to open and close. 

You get 3g of the product but you really don't need to apply a lot at one time as they are so pigmented! They are also silky smooth and keep the lips looking glossy which is one part that I love about them. They also stay on the lips for long periods of time and I don't find myself having to keep applying it throughout the day which is handy. 

The colour is so lovely and has a hint of red to it which I love. It glides on the lips so easily and smoothly. All together I really like this product and definitely want to try more colours in the range. Benefit have won me over again! (I will leave you with a lovely message that came on the card in this product)

Vichy Dermablend High-Coverage Corrective Foundation

Hello everyone!

Around January time I was in Boots and noticed that they had a sale on and one of the products for sale was the Vichy Dermablend High-Coverage Corrective Foundations. I think that they have stopped selling this product because I can't seem to find it anywhere anymore. I actually bought this for £2 and know that it is retailed at a much higher price (when it was sold) (every website that I go on says that it is no longer for sale)

This is what the pot looks like and it is quite small but lasts a very long time as it is so thick. As I said, I got it for £2 so I am not sure how much it retails at. 

You get 6g of the product it lasts a very long while. It comes with a spatula because it is so incredibly thick that its extremely hard to get out of the pot. I got the only shade which was available and thankfully it is the right shade for me so I could wear it. 

I wore this foundation for about 2 weeks until I realised that it was so thick that it was clogging up my pores and making all my dry skin visible - so I stopped. I didn't like how the foundation made my skin look, at first I thought that it was great because it hid all my spots and blemishes but then I realised it didn't make any other part of my face look very nice. It was so thick that it went into any lines and just didn't look very flattering. I do still use this as a concealer as it is great for that use and still lasts a very long time. They do also have this foundation but in a tube which I may purchase to try out as it wouldn't be as thick - so hopefully that would work better for my skin type.