Friday, 30 January 2015

New Product Alert || Benefit Puff Off.

*Benefit Puff Off - £22.50, 10ml.
 
Any time I find a parcel from Benefit awaiting me as I walk through the door, I am already like an over excited child. They have the cutest packaging and innovative products with witty names that make them feel like a real luxury. On this occasion, the parcel contained their new release, 'Puff Off' eye gel which has a unique selling point with its iron shaped applicator. So what does it claim to do?
 
Peptide blends help to reduce the look of puffiness.
Light diffusing particles help smooth away the appearance of fine lines.
 
I have to admit, I've not really dipped my toe far in to the pool of skin care products, partly because I'm little lazy, also because there's SO many to choose from. I do however realise that I have just turned 24 and should really focus on preserving the current state of my skin, especially whilst working as a full time chef and also being addicted to Netflix, which combined, lead to many late nights. Starting with the darkening shadow underneath my eyes which seems to become more noticeable every year. First impressions of this product were: love the name, adorable packaging, compact, travel friendly - adore the iron applicator. It did seem a little like the iron shaped tip might be a bit gimmicky but once I used it, I knew I was totally wrong. The shape fits around the eye area beautifully and the metal tip, whilst applying, feels really cooling and refreshing. I've used this continuously for just over a week now and I have to say, it lives up to the claims. It's lovely to apply, it doesn't feel thick or sticky, it melts in to the skin, makes the skin look smoother and slightly illuminated - but not in a glitter/shimmering way and works well underneath make up. I've had no issues with concealer moving or mascara smudging. 

I've been really impressed by this product, so much so that I think my mum might find this in her Mothers Day hamper this year and if you want to get your hands on it, it's available on the 31st of January online and in stores, at £22.50.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Budget Buy: Beauty UK Contour Palette.

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette - £4.99
 
Fan of Kim Kardashians chiselled cheeks and bronzed complexion? Yeah, me too. Now I know a bit of careful 'paint by numbers' on my chubby cheeked face wont turn me in to the newest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but I'm still gonna try. I spotted this contour palette on Monday whilst perusing the isles of Superdrug - the 3 for 2 offer always sucks me in - and couldn't resist popping it in my basket. 
 This is an all in one, can't go wrong because there's clear instructions, kind of product. There's a deep ashy brown for contouring, a warm mid brown for bronzing and a pale cream shade for highlighting. There's no shimmer, it's just all about creating shape, emphasizing the features you want to bring forward and creating shadow. Interestingly enough this palette is a cream to powder formula, which means precise application and easy blending. If you're clueless on the whole highlight and contouring craze, it's easily explained on the back of the packaging which details which areas you want to contour, bronze and highlight.
All three shades are pigmented, creamy and easy to blend. I've found some cream contour products in the past difficult to buff in to the skin and they either sit unnaturally or blend away all my foundation. These just melt seamlessly in to your base. I do like to set this product with a powder, I'd recommend anyone with oily skin to do this and for that I use my other new love the Seventeen contour palette. I'll go in to more detail about this product in the future, but it's also a bargain! I tend to use my fingers to apply this, it helps to warm up the product and then blend it in with a Real Techniques expert face brush. I literally have no complaints and at £4.99, it's a steal!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New Lip Loves || Mac Faux Lipstick and Soar Lip Pencil.

I wont lie, the main reason I purchased both of these products is purely because of Kylie Jenner. We've all been obsessed by her lips recently, whether it's because you love her 'your lips, but way better' shade, the shape and way she outlines her lips or you're just curious about whether she's had fillers or not. Regardless, you can't dispute that her pout hasn't caused a stir because her main loves 'Whirl' lip pencil and 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick, both from Mac, have been sold out everywhere for weeks. I couldn't find either shades, but I settled on what I found to be the closest match. So I introduce to you my two new favourite make up products, 'Soar' lip pencil and 'Faux' satin finish lipstick. I'm quite happy with the shape of my lips and size, so I just outline them as you would normally, however, if you wanted to add a little K Jenner plumpness, lightly overline your lips on the sides and bottom lip but keep the cupids bow as usual as it's the most defined part of your lip and it'll really show if you've gone overboard. The main reason for my latest love interest? The combination makes for a long lasting smudge free duo and the shade makes your lips stand out and look larger than they are. 


Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Inspiration: Cute Deer/Bambi Look.

With Halloween soon approaching I decided to rack my brain for a few simple, quick looks that I could share with you all. The kind of looks you could easily achieve at home, with products you already own - ideal for those who have sudden last minute plans, or don't want to splash out extra cash on Halloween. So here's the first look, it's a cute, simple Bambi/Deer look you could pair with a simple black outfit, curls, or two buns either side of your hair and curled front pieces which is what I've opted for. I find using images to replicate incredibly helpful when applying make up, so if you're the same I hope these help!
 
What I used;
 
 As a base I applied the Artist of Makeup Flawless Coverage foundation in shade 30. I'm so happy with how this photographs, no nasty flashback and it makes your skin look flawless, hiding a multitude of sins. Oily skins? Definitely opt for a little powder. I used a light dusting of the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in translucent. I concealed any circles with Mac Pro Longwear concealer in NC15 which is a few shades too light for me but works as a wonderful highlight, I added this to the bridge of my nose and forehead. For contouring, the most important part of this look, I used Loreal Glam Bronze in 06 Golden Bronze and built up an obvious shading around the cheekbones, temples and hairline as well as down the sides of the nose. To emphasize the shape, I then took a matte brown eyeshadow and added it to the sides of the nose, joining to the start of the eyebrows and in the hollows of the cheeks. To finish the nose I outlined and lightly filled in the shape with a matte black eyeshadow and then added the Collection Glam Crystals Black Glitter for an extra little sparkle. For the eyes, I applied the same matte brown eyeshadow over the lid and in the crease, then applied an extended winged eyeliner with the Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black. On the waterline I applied a NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, which I also applied underneath the eyes to create a wider eye, then outlined this with a black eyeliner pencil and feathered on lashes. Going back in with the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk I added a few little specks of white over the cheeks to contrast against the strong contour. I lightly filled in my eyebrows with the Loreal Brow Artist Plumper and applied Mac Fleshpot Lipstick and I was finished.
 
I hope this helps inspire some of you!