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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

FOTD: 5 Product Face

I decided to do my makeup using just 5 products and this is how it went...

I used:
BENEFIT Total Moisture moisturiser
BENEFIT Porefessional primer
MAC Pro Longwear foundation
CHANEL Pink Explosion blush
MAC Pervette lipstick

What items would you choose for a 5 product face?


I do love a highlight. A little subtle glow to the cheek bones that just shows when the light catches. Benefit Watt's Up is a good one for a champagne glow.

Benefit: Our soft focus highlighter turns on “watt” ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous. With a cream-to-powder finish... it’s a switch on “wow” for all complexions. You’ll adore the smooth applicator and luminous sheen.

There a lots of types of highlight, Benefit High Beam, Moon Beam and Sun Beam and all liquid form and then you have powder highlights such as MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes. Watt's Up is a cream to powder in stick form which you can use with a brush or place it straight onto the face and then use the buffer on the other end or your finger to blend it out.

The nicest thing about Watt's Up for me is the colour, it's a subtle champagne and looks pretty on all skintones. It's a sheen on the cheeks that looks pretty when the light hits it.

What's your favourite highlight?

LEE STAFFORD: Argan Oil Miracle Heat Defence Spray

Lee Stafford: Argan Oil Heat Defence Spray is a light-weight with Argan™ complex, for peace of mind when using heated styling appliances. Protecting from the heat of hairdryers and other heated styling appliances, as well as helping straightening irons glide through your hair when styling. Argan Oil is a rich, nourishing oil, native to Morocco. It contains many of the ingredients associated with repairing hair and the creation of luxurious healthy hair. The Berber women of Morocco have used Argan Oil as part of their daily beauty regime for hundreds of years and consider it to have many benefits, including preventing moisture loss in their unforgiving desert surroundings. Now these ancient beauty secrets, proven for centuries, are spreading worldwide. With Moringa Seed Extract, otherwise known as Miracle Tree, a multi tasking ingredient that helps keep hair squeaky clean, whilst encouraging natural shine to truly glow.

I like to use a heat defence on my hair as I always use a hairdryer and straighteners and chose this one as it contained Argan Oil I though it would have even more benefits for my hair. The main problem with it is the smell. I really dislike it. I'm not sure what it is about it, but it is just very strong and over powering. I also find that it makes my hair a bit static when brushing as well and I can get fly-a-ways. I do think it's a good product, but it definitely has a couple downfalls.

What heat defence do you recommend?

BENEFIT: Stay Don't Stray Shadow Primer

Benefit: This dual-action power primer works 360 degrees around the eyes to make concealers AND eyeshadows STAY PUT. Concealers don't crease, eyeshadows stay vibrant and true. Sodium hyaluronate hydrates while Vitamins C and E help fight signs of aging.

I always have to use some sort of primer on my lids when I'm using shadow and I like this one, it is quite thick compared with Urban Decay's Primer Potion, for example, but it doesn't make it hard to work with at all. You can use it just on the eye lid or use it under as well to enhance the longevity of your concealer. I have also before mixed it in with my liquid foundation, if it is a bit on the dark side, and it gives the foundation better staying power as well as lightening it slightly.

Stay Don't Stray works with any Benefit concealers including; Erase Paste, Boi-ing and Fake Up.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

BENEFIT: Total Moisture Facial Cream

Benefit: Say good-bye to dry skin and hello to "total moisture." This facial cream provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion. Our exclusive tri-radiance complex helps develop the skin's reserves of water & reinforce skin's moisture barrier. Contains mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture. For normal to dry skin. In consumer testing, 100% of people tested felt that their skin was immediately and intensely quenched.

I suffer from dry skin and I like to use a more luxurious moisturiser to try a fight the dryness.This moisturiser is a nice thick cream, which can be used as a night cream for everyone, but I like to use it in the day too. It definitely works to keep me hydrated during the day and throughout the night. I love the smell of it, it is naturally fragranced and has a fresh cucumber scent. And, as usual with Benefit products, the packaging is really pretty and it looks great on display in the bathroom.

Total Moisture retails at £27.50 in the UK for 48g.

What moisturiser is your pick?

MAC: Pro Longwear Foundation

MAC: A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection.

I really like the longevity this foundation gives. I don't think I get the 15 hours wear out of it that it says, however it does last a long time. It is a good coverage for me also although it says sheer to medium, I like to build mine up to a medium to full coverage. I have mine in the shade NC20 but my shade changes depending on the time of year.

What do you think of Pro Longwear?

CHANEL: Pink Explosion Blush

Now it is coming into summer, the pinky blushes start popping up everywhere and this one is a beaut; Chanel Pink Explosion! It is a bright pink with a blue undertone and has a silky formula which is not powdery or chalky. It gives a lovely flush of colour to the cheeks.

CHANEL: Offers effects from very natural to very sophisticated. Used as a simple touch of colour, it gives your complexion a healthy glow. As a professional tool, it shapes and models your face.

What's your blush pick for Summer?

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

BENEFIT: Ooh La Lift

Benefit: This legendary under-eye brightening boost is like an instant eyelift! Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes. This delicate pink balm can be applied on bare skin or over makeup.

I do like trying products for under the eye and I like this one from Benefit. It doesn't exactly perform miracles, but it works okay to brighten the area. It doesn't give coverage though, it is literally light pink soft formula that just gives a boost around your eye. I'd would still use a concealer and add this on top if I wanted a slightly more brighter look.

If you like an under eye brightener with more coverage you could try bareMinerals Stroke of Light or Benefit Erase Paste.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

URBAN DECAY: New 24/7 Liners

I recently picked up four of the new 40 (YES 40!!) 24/7 pencil eye liners from Urban Decay and because they are truly amazing I thought I'd show you which I got. The four I got, after a very long decision process, are Junkie, Freak, Deep End and then, for my mum, I picked up Asphyxia.

Deep End is a bright turquoise blue, it is very similar to Electric, an original 24/7 liner, but Deep End is slightly darker.

Junkie is a dark blue/green with green shimmer running through it.

Freak is a bright lime green with a slight shimmer to it.

Asphyxia is a sparkly purple which is a colour my mum loves, she a purple fanatic and wears the Asphyxia shadow by Urban Decay.

The formulation is so creamy, they are opaque and glide on so perfect in one stroke.

Have you tried the new 24/7 liners yet?

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

MAC: Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

This is the newest MAC foundation I have tried and I have tried mostly all of them. The shading system is slightly different to usual. Normally you are either an NW or NC and then the shades start at 15 going up to somewhere in the 50's. This time the shades are more neutral instead of cool and warm and they are simply numbered, starting at 1.0 and going up in 1s or 0.5s. I usually wear an NC20 - 25, depending of the time of the year and I have picked up Matchmaster SPF 15 foundation in 2.0.

MAC: New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin's undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.

It gives a medium buildable coverage and is supposed to contain translucent pigments which then adapt to your personal skin tone. It leaves a semi-matte finish, with 35ml of product and contains SFP15. I do like it, but don't love it. It wouldn't replace my Studio Fix or Pro Longwear foundations, that I do love from MAC. I prefer the yellow undertone of NC foundations rather than the neutral tone of Matchmaster. If you do, however, have a neutral undertone to your skin, and find MAC foundations are either too yellow or too pink, Matchmaster could be the one for you. It does wear well throughout the day, giving a good 8 hours wear.

What's your favourite MAC foundation?

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


I really wanted eye lash extensions for a while and finally decided to do it. I don't have particularly short lashes, but they are very fair meaning mascara is a must have. With the lash extensions I feel like a can wear a lot less make up and it seems so much quicker to apply in the mornings.

I have medium and small mink lashes and you can get three lashes on one of your natural lashes, giving that full look. They are an expensive luxury and I will have them while I can afford them. Infills are required every 2-3 weeks and the money quickly adds up. I absolutely love them now and it'll be hard to give them up.

Have you or will you try lash extensions?

MAC: RiRi Woo Lipstick

There I was on Friday 3rd at 11am waiting for the RiRi Woo lippie to process into my basket. After a 20 minute wait, I was through to the payment and patiently waited for the arrival of my newest MAC purchase. Rihanna's full collections to be released later in the year, but first available was the cult red lipstick, based of the famous MAC lipstick, Ruby Woo. It online only and it sold out in about 3 hours.

RiRi Woo is a true, matte red lipstick, (like Ruby Woo) and it is supposed to suit every skin tone. It has a cool blue undertone and it makes your gnashers look pearly white. As with any matte lipstick it can be drying on the lips, but when I've worn it, it has lasted well on my lips. 

Did you manage to get your hands on a RiRi Woo?

Thursday, 9 May 2013

SMASHBOX: Photo Set Pressed Powder

Smashbox: Our creamy formula stands up to studio lights, keeping your look fresh, smooth and shine-free all day. Get lightweight flawless coverage with an imperfection busting 'soft focus' complex.  Plus anti-ageing vitamins C and E.

I've been really like this powder, it mattifies and adds good coverage to the skin and feels smooth to touch. It is the first product of Smashbox I have used and so far so good. I'm pretty impressed. I haven't put it to the test with studio lights, however it lasts throughout the day on my face and I'm happy with that. The palette comes with a nice big mirror which I like for applying on the go.

What Smashbox recommendations have you got for me?