Tuesday, 17 December 2013

WINTER BRONZE




As the weather gets colder I love to wear a brown smokey, perfect for A/W these orangry red browns look amazing against green eyes. When its comes to eyeshadow types, I tend to go for creams whether in pot or stick form as their convenient, long lasting and the pigmentation is spot on.
 
My Favourite and sadly discontinued shade is Benefit's Creaseless cream eyeshadow/liner in Busy Signal, the one that started it all. This is the perfect brown - orangey, golden, and long lasting. This has seen better days, its now started to dry out in the pot, in fact its come completely loose but I'm determined to use every last scarp as I can't bare to throw it away. The closest dupe I've found for Busy Signal is Rimmel's Scandaleyes in Bad To The Bronze just without the lasting power but with a primer underneath it manages to stick around. I highly rate the Rimmel pencils, for the price they cant be beat. Another one brought as a dupe is Clinique's Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge although this is slightly less orange toned and a tad bit cooler on the eyes its virtually undetectable. I love that there is no sharpening required with these, no product is getting wasting. All you have to do is twist it up and your good to go.

The longest lasting and darkest of the bunch is Pixi's Lid Last Shadow Pen in Bronze Brilliance,this stuff does not budge. After swatching this and finding it difficult to remove I knew it was a wining formula. When I wear this I don't have worry about touch ups as I know it isn't going anywhere on my oily lids. Now this last one is an eyeliner but it just means Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Bronze is all the better at lining the lower lash line and adding some definition and making the eyes pop. A tad orangey-er than all the others and it doesn't stick around as long as Bad To The Bronze but its perfect to keep on the go for touch ups.

After reading this post over at sleepandwater the KIKO's Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 is right up my street, yes I may not need it but I sure as hell want it!

Suggestions please, as you can see I bloomin love this shade of brown!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

CLINIQUE - TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM


When it starts to get colder I like to put away the Bioderma H20 and reach for something that's a little more hydrating. Since I didn't get on with Emma Hardie's cleansing balm I was on the look out for a cleansing balm that was simple, gentle and most importantly contained no essential oils and Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm does all that. The size of this tub is excellent value for money, your getting 125ml for £21 which is more product and less money than a lot of the other cleansing balms on the market. Getting hold of this was next to impossible, it was constantly out of stock but then it briefly popped up on House of Fraser's website so I wasted no time ordering myself a tub.

When it comes to cleansing balms/oils I always like to use a gel cleanser afterwards to make sure there is no oil left on my skin. In the past that has worked perfectly but when I was doing this with Take The Day Off every morning I was waking up with a new spots on my cheeks. I then started using this as my first and second cleanse, forgetting the gel altogether but I was just breaking out even more. I was at a loss for what to do as none of the products in my collection were suitable, I have a good BHA exfoliator (Pauala's Choice Clear Extra 2% Salicylic Acid) but only that was doing so much. If I had done my research *slaps self on wrist as I usually research every ingredient before I buy something* I would have discovered that this contains
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a highly comedogenic ingredient. Being the first ingredient means for blemish prone skin types like myself, this really is a no go. As soon as I stopped using this my face cleared up and my skin was finally back to normal. 

Even after this gave me the worst break out I've ever had I still highly rate this cleanser because hands down its a simple cleanser that thoroughly cleans the skin and removes every last scarp of make up/skincare while still being completely gentle. So if you don't have blemish prone skin I would highly recommend this. I've searched and searched for reviews and I can only find a handful of people who've had a negative experience with this.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

CLINIQUE - ALL ABOUT SHADOW, BLACK HONEY

Until a few weeks ago I'd not heard much about Clinique eyeshadows, then this popped up on a VDM video and one of their shades quickly made its way to the top of my wishlist. The next time I was in town I made a beeline for the Clinique counter and this perfect Autumn shade found its way into my collection.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

BOURJOIS - COLOR EDITION 24H, PRUNE NOCTURNE

Bourjois have recently jumped on the cream eyeshadow bandwagon and released their own version, a cream to powder formula with a twenty four hour wear claim. Being a fan of cream eyeshadows I quickly picked one up, only to be left a little disappointed.

Friday, 22 November 2013

NOT WORTH THE HYPE: SKINCARE


When it comes to skincare I'll do my research, I now wont buy something unless I've read the ingredients and I can make sure it will get on with my Blemish-prone skin. With these hyped up products not working for me it just goes to show not everything will work for everyone.

I love a good clay mask, so the combination of a clay mask and cleanser sounded amazing but Ren's ClearCalm 3 Clay Cleanser really isn't all that amazing. After learning that clay has no cleansing properties to it, all this did was leave a weird film on the face that contributed to a nasty breakout. At first me and Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm got on like a house on fire, I was using it every night and even using it as a mask at times but then the break outs started and I found my skin wasn't to found of all the essential oils. As soon as you start reading blog's Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish is all over the place but its rich formula containing Cocoa Butter did nothing but clogged my pores and left my skin looking very dull. 

Caudalie's Beauty Elixir is a mix of water, alcohol and skin irritating essential oils. It just didn't do anything, no helping with blemishes, no perking up the skin and it didn't even smell that nice. This one was a tough one because I actually do like Origins Vitazing, I guess it fits more into the 'disappointing products' category. It leave a beautiful finish to the skin, blurs imperfections but it contains Shea Butter and my skin hates the stuff.

Clarin's Lotus Oil is one I'm on the fence about. A day or twos use clears up a bad break out but longer than that can cause a breakout. My skin doesn't get on well with oils, they're always a little to rich for me. Not included is EsteƩ Lauder's Advance Night Repair (the bottle is long gone). This did nothing, it didn't help with pigmentation marks or at moisturising the skin.

What are you 'Not worth the hype' skin care products?

Friday, 1 November 2013

BOURJOIS - JAVA RICE POWDER



Today I bring you another new release from Bourjois but a not-so-new product from the brand. For their 150th Anniversary they have re-released and reinvented their original bestseller along with vintage themed packaging too.

In its updated packaging complete with twist lock mechanism comes a translucent pinky toned powder that instantly brightens, blurs any imperfections and blends seamlessly into the skin. Now don't be put off by the glitter, tested in direct sunlight there's no chance of looking like a discoball and under flash you won't look like you've got fallout all over your face.  

Its one fault - the smell! Like a few of Bourjois' other products its strongly perfumed, which could be a problem for those with sensitive skin. All is forgiven though for its beautiful finish and excellent value for money at £9.99

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

HAPPY LIGHT



When a new foundation is released that claims to give a 'luminous and flawless complexion in any light' I have to give it a whirl. In the past me and Bourjois haven't seen eye to eye.  The original Healthy Mix and 10 Hour Sleep Effect broke me out, bad! But this time curiosity got the better of me and I'm glad it did.

The Happy Light 'Luminous Serum Primer' makes a nice water based primer with glitter particles running through it that aren't too stark or obvious. Compared to Laura Mericer's Radiance Primer it doesn't compete, but it does do a good job of helping the foundation stick around that little while longer.

Now on to my favourite of the two, the Happy Light Foundation. The first thing that struck me was how much this reminds me of a more light to medium coverage NARS Sheer Glow. The gel like textures, the satin finishes and the ability to look radiant without containing any glitter-the similarities are uncanny! Buffed in with the Real Techniques Buffering Brush it does a good job of evening out the skin and covering any redness. However  you still need to apply concealer on imperfections and blemishes. The lasting power is up there, at the end of the day it isn't a horrible patchy mess but it does get a little shiny mid day. The one negative it shares with Sheer Glow is how it can emphasise dry patches, so getting skin well prepped before is a must - I like using the Luminous Serum Primer or any water based primer. However the best thing about this foundation is it hasn't broken me out! So Thank You Bourjois, you definitely got it right this time.

The shade I wear is 50 Porcelain and ,considering I'm an NC20, it doesn't leave much hope for people paler than me. Which is a shame as it means at lot of skin tones will miss out. At the moment this is priced at a mere £7.99 with today being the last day of its introductory price at Boots. After today its up to £11.99.

What do you guys think of Happy Light and Bourjois' other foundations?

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

JOUER - MATTE MOISTURE TINT


I always give into blogger hype and when Cult Beauty had free shipping I thought it was about time that I brought this.

The colour Linen is around an NC25 albeit a little dark for me it does add a lovely glow to skin without being noticeable, definitely a spring/summer shade. The strong yellow undertones make it perfect for someone like me who struggles to find face products yellow enough and perfect for others who have redness to conceal.  In terms of coverage it acts more like a foundation than a tinted moisturiser and I've found you only need a little bit as it goes a long way.It works wonderfully at layering, I can easily buff more onto problem areas for more coverage without it looking cakey and heavy. 

The finish of this is a whole new kind of matte, gone are days where you'd be left looking flat and mask like but now you're left with a matte finish that's also dewy and glowy. Its incredibly long lasting, I can get a full days wear out it and I don't wear powder. For applying this I switch between my Real Technique Buffing Brush and my Beauty Blender for a flawless finish.

This would be an excellent tinted moisturiser for someone with oily/combo skin and I can see this being my go to base through out the summer when my skin gets that little bit oiler. You can pick this up from Cult Beauty at £29 for 50mls, it comes it five shades altogether ranging from fair to dark.  

Are you a fan of Jouer? Any recommendations?