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Friday, 29 March 2013

BENEFIT: Fake Up Concealer

After a full year since the iconic release of their liquid foundation, Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, Benefit have now released the highly anticipated new concealer, Fake Up. In a stick form, the concealer is surrounded by a clear conditioner for the skin, containing apple seed extract and vitamin E and when smoothed on the face you get the mix of the two parts.

Fake Up Medium
It feels really smooth and silky on the skin and it's a little less coverage than Boi-ing or Erase Paste concealers, but nevertheless still good.

Coming in three shades, Light, Medium and Deep. Light and Medium are yellow toned and are going to adapt to most light/medium skin tones, however, for me Deep is a slightly disappointing colour as it applies very orangey onto the skin. Although blended out it is not as noticeable, I think Deep could have been better coloured.

I have Fake Up in the shade Medium and it is released in stores in the UK tomorrow (30/03) They retail at £18.50 each.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

CHANEL: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder

I purchased the new Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder yesterday and oh my, am I in love. It feels like pure silk and although I thought  my shade, Beige 20, would be too pink; it actually works beautifully and I am so happy with it. Must I say, worth the splurge.

It's a sheer, subtle glowing powder with no shimmer at all, perfect for the transition into spring/summer. In addition, the formula contains active botanicals which offer skincare benefits, with cotton flower and white rose plant cells that help protect against dehydration, pollution and environmental stresses. As well as providing an SPF15.

Aside from all this, the packaging is beautiful. It's beige and black casing, Chanel's signature colours, and I'll be very happy pulling this compact out of my handbag in public.

 I'll be wearing mine over the top of my Chanel Perfection Lumiere liquid.

Beige 20
I did also try Beige 30 as a contour/bronzer shade and is perfect, so I'm sure I'll pick one of those up now it's coming into spring/summer.

For a loose powder you could always try Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder.

Les beiges is available in 7 shades and priced at £38

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

CHANEL: Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

The first time I swatched this powder, I couldn't believe the shimmer effect that covered my hand and I HAD to have it. It is a powder product used to mattify the skin, but it will cover your face with small bits of glitter. If you are looking for a powder to simply mattify, this is not the one for you. I do think that the glitter takes away from the mattifying of the skin but still looks beautiful on the skin. The colour of the powder is a rosy golden beige, but on it is pretty transparent.

Also, I have used it by sweeping across my decolletage which looks gorgeous on a night out. I just love to look glittery and shimmery!


It does look beautiful in person, but doesn't show up so well on camera. It's one of those products to go and see for yourself.

For a pressed alternative try Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder

It retails at £34 at Chanel counters

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

BARE MINERALS: Original SPF15 Foundation

I always thought a powder foundation was never going to give me enough coverage, how wrong could I be. This mineral formula works great really buffed into the skin.

bareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation
If I'm using this I always like to use a primer and then a concealer to hide any blemishes and dark circles first, but other than that I think it looks fresh and natural and feels super soft to touch. Although you can use the bareMinerals face brush, I like to use my MAC 182 to really buff it in.
I wear the shade Light

It does have a very matte finish that feels extremely soft to touch. I like that it is a mineral powder formula, which is good for the skin and not cakey or heavy. I can't say it is going to take over my love for liquid foundation, but I still like how it looks and feels.

Now READY foundation has been released and I have liked the sample i have had of it, I shall be picking one of those up and post on how it compares. Look out for that soon.

An 8g pot is priced at £25

Friday, 22 March 2013

BENEFIT: Brow Zings

Brow Zings Light
Filling in my brows was something I never deemed a necessity, until I found Brow Zings. A brow product containing a wax and a powder in a small compact. To create the fuller brow, I mix a little of the wax and the powder on to my MAC 266 brush and lightly stroke it through my brows until I have created my desired shape.

Before and After (wearing Brow Zings Light)

Brow Zings comes in three shades, Light, Medium and Dark. I only have Light and Medium to show you in the photo, but if you want to see Dark you can find it on the Benefit Cosmetics website. I wear Light and it is an ashy light brown with light brown wax. Medium is a red toned brown with a medium brown wax and Dark is a dark brown with a dark brown wax.

Brow Zings Light and Medium
They retail at £22.50, which seems pricey for what you get, however the palette should last around the two year mark. I have had my Light Brow Zings since September (2012) using it almost everyday and as you can see from the photo, hardly a dent in it.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

CHANEL: Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Vision and Fantasme

Chanel describes the shadows: 'This intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow offers true versatility. An innovative gel texture that is both soft and cushiony allows it to be worn as eyeshadow or eyeliner. Includes a specially designed shadow/liner brush, developed specifically for this unique formula.'

Vision is a luxurious gold, that is very pigmented. The consistency is a bit harder to work with than Fantasme, but I adore the colour so much I can overlook it. If you're not careful it can leave a lot of fallout on the face. The finish on the eyes does look so gorgeous.

Fantasme is  more of a sheer, white/silver glitter that doesn't have really have a base colour. Looks amazing taken from the lid right to the brow and just finished with liquid liner and mascara.

The texture of these shadows is a tad strange, they feel really spongy, not like a cream shadow but more of a mousse. They are a gel based formula but definitely do not feel like a gel, when you touch them they bounce back into place. They last a good 10 hours on the lid without creasing or fading, they give a really good colour pay off and I think they are such nice products.

They retail at £23.50 each at any Chanel counter.

MAC: Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II
I do have an unhealthy addiction to MAC lipsticks and again I've picked up another one. I like that 100% (minus VAT) of the proceeds from the Viva Glam lipsticks go to their Aids charity fund. So I can feel even better for buying a lippie! I always tend to go for pinks and nudes and this brown shade wouldn't normally be my thing, but I actually love it, especially paired with a blush such as Benefit Dallas or Nars Oasis.

I love the signature red packaging that the Viva Glam lipsticks come in, makes a slight change from the normal silver and black. The creamy Satin lipstick lasts longer on me than any other lipstick I own, making it my current favourite.

Viva Glam lipsticks retail at £14

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

NARS: Oasis Blush

Another blush review for you. This time it's Nars blush in Oasis. A shade I wouldn't  normally go for however, this caught  my eye, I grabbed it and been wearing it (pretty much) everyday since.

Nars Oasis

It gives a very natural look to the cheeks with it's rosy brown colour and it is similar to Benefit Dallas blush but it is a tad rosier. It's got really good pigmentation and other Nars blushes I have tried have lasted really well (Super Orgasm review), although my Nars Laguna bronzer did hit pan and totally shatter to pieces :( 
It's not a dry or a powdery blush, it feels nice and soft on the skin, more so than I'd say Dallas does. I get a good 5-6 hours wear out of Oasis, which I think is a good for blush-staying-power. I love the Nars blushes and the two I've got my eye on at the minute are Torrid and Deep Throat

What ones do you think I need to try?

Nars blushes retail at £21.50

ESTEE LAUDER: Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

Sumptuous Extreme mascara (sample size)

Sumptuous Extreme mascara wand (sample size)
I got this sample size Estee Lauder mascara in a goody bag I received last week and thought I'd do a quick review as I do love trying out mascaras.

 My initial thought on the product was the size of the wand, it's really quite large and I've got quite small eyes. It is a bit of a trickier one to work with but does look good though, giving my lashes volume and length. I doesn't clump them and hasn't been drying to my lashes at all.

Sumptuous Extreme and without
I do like how it looks on, but I'm not sure it's going to replace my They're Real mascara, I think I find the brush just a bit to hard to work with.

What mascara recommendations do you have for me?

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

BARE MINERALS: Stroke of Light Eye Brightener

Stroke of Light in Luminous 2
Although I prefer a fuller coverage concealer under my eyes, I have been really enjoying this little bad boy, the bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. It doesn't give an awful lot of coverage, however it does brighten and feels light and fresh under the eye area. I stroke it under each eye and gently blend with my ring finger. I first tried this as a free sample I got and loved it straight away and purchased the full size product before even finishing up the sample pot.

Stroke of Light wand
I love the wand, it has a doe foot applicator but is really flexible and i really enjoy stroking it under my eye. It is very creamy and light coverage as I said, and reminds me a lot of  YSL's Touche Eclat, but with slightly more coverage.

Stroke of Light swatch
Stroke of Light comes in 4 shades (mine is Luminous 2) priced at £22 in the UK

Will you being trying it out?

BENEFIT: The Beam's

Sun Beam, Moon Beam, High Beam
Benefit do seem to love a highlight or five... and three of which come under the Beam family, that's Sun, Moon and High Beam.

Sun Beam
Sun Beam, the newest to the collection, is a golden bronze which is definitely my favourite and most reached for. I like to add it to my foundation and wear it all over the face rather than just on my cheeks bones. I love a golden shimmery glow and this does the job perfectly.

Moon Beam
Moon Beam, is an iridescent pinky, golden apricot colour that could be blended all over if you wanted to, but I think with this colour it works better just on the cheek bones and the brow bone. This colour does look gorgeous of darker skin tones.

High Beam
High Beam, the original super model in a bottle highlighter is the lightest and most popular out of the three. It does work better on the lighter skin tones and again blended onto the cheek and brow bones for that pop of shimmer on the face.

Sun Beam, Moon Beam, High Beam
Which one is your pick?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

BENEFIT: Box O' Powders

Sugarbomb, Dallas, Hoola, 10
Bella Bamba, Hervana, Coralista, Dandelion
I've decided to post on my favourite Benefit products, the Box O' Powder's. I've got all 8 of the current ones. (Some places do still stock discontinued Thrrrob! and Georgia) They are beautiful products and Benefit usually bring out a new shade every year. This year they went for Fine One One stick cream blush instead (which I'm not a fan of). Dallas is also being discontinued and apparently being replace with something better. But I love Dallas and personally think they should just add more to their collection of blushes rather than take anymore away. And an added bonus, they smell great!

Known as the UK's best selling blusher, Sugarbomb is a gorgeous warm coraly-pink quad of colour. It goes on fairly sheer but can be built up if you, like me, love a heavy blush. I like to focus my brush on the pinkier side as I love pinks for the cheeks.

Dallas is a rose-brown with a tiny amount of shimmer, barely noticeable once on the skin. It is similar to that of Nars' Oasis and I was never sure I'd suit darker blushes, however, this has quickly become my favourite.
Bella Bamba
Bella Bamba is a very bright shimmery pink, beautiful on all skins tones and although not an everyday blush for me, it does look gorgeous on. (And one of the best smelling) Is comparable with Nars' Orgasm.

Hervana is the newest of the Box O' Powder's, it came out last January (2012) and although a lovely addition to the collection, it is extremely similar to Dandelion, just slightly warmer. Still is lovely on, but will only show up on lighter skin tones.

Coralista was my first Box O' Powder going back about three years and it's still not even got a dent in it. To be fair, it is not one of my frequently used bushes, but is still nice on the right occasion. The perfect coral for summer and a tan. 

Another UK best seller is the bronzer in the bunch, Hoola. I have no problem with saying this is my favourite bronzer of all time and this is the one I will forever, as long as they make it, repurchase. It is a completely matte, light brown. No orange or muddyness to it, which can be the problems with plenty of bronzers out there.
Dandelion was another first buys for me, as you can see by the battered box and the nearly non-existent blush. But I have had it around the three year mark, so it's going well. This is the sheerest of them all, but for the paler skin tones or for the younger girls, it is the perfect shade. It is just the most gorgeous baby pink.

And finally, 10. It can be used in a couple different ways. You can either focus on the pink side for a highlight and then the bronze for a contour or, what I like to do, swirl my brush on both and use it as a blush on the apples of my cheeks. My bronze side is looking a bit worse for wear.

Which is your favourite?

Saturday, 16 March 2013

URBAN DECAY: Supercurl Curling Mascara

Supercurl Curling Mascara (sample size)

I've been using this mascara for a while and thought it was worthy of a little post. I got it with a purchase at an Urban Decay counter and I thought it was a great sample to offer their customers. Urban do some great products and eyes definitely seem to be their specialty. It is the only mascara I have used from Urban, but I have heard good things about their waterproof mascara, Cannonball Ultra Waterproof.

Supercurl Curling mascara wand (sample size)
Supercurl and without
It does give a curl to my lashes as you can see and doesn't clump at all. It is, what I'd describe as, a wet mascara and does transfer easily onto my lids if I don't give it enough drying time. It is not as volumising and lengthening as I'd like but all in all, still a good everyday mascara.

Superurl Curling Mascara (full size) is available at your nearest Urban Decay counter priced at £15

CHANEL: Perfection Lumiere Foundation

Perfection Lumiere B30
Perfection Lumiere was the Chanel foundation I had wanted to try most after hearing good things about it. After trying it at a Chanel counter, I bought it and have been loving it since. I love the finish, the coverage and the way it feels on my skin.

It leaves a semi-matte finish, medium to full coverage and is an oil free formula with SPF 10. The foundation has a creamy texture and finishes velvety on the skin. You can see from the before and after photos below, the coverage is great for my skin and still leaves a very natural finish. It lasts about 8 hours on me, which is great for those busy days when there is no time for topping up or re-applying.

Which Chanel foundation is your favourite?

Friday, 15 March 2013

NARS: Super Orgasm Blush

Super Orgasm

I had a fiver on my Space NK N.dulge card, so I thought it'd be rude not to use it... and I picked up another Nars blush in Super Orgasm. Orgasm was the first Nars blush I ever had and I thought that maybe Super Orgasm would be too similar for me to need. But after swatching them both, I decided I didn't care and wanted it anyway!

Wearing Super Orgasm

Super Orgasm and Orgasm

The two blushes are similar however, Super Orgasm just has a stupidly, crazy amount of chunky, glitter running through it, which does not properly show up on camera. I do love it but the glitter does not transfer onto the skin as much as it shows in the palette, it kinda goes onto the skin but quickly falls off leaving it even more similar to Orgasm.

What is your favourite Nars blush?