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E.L.F. Lipsticks in Sociable and Fearless

29 Jul 2014


E.L.F. products are notoriously cheap, however this doesn't necessarily mean they compromise on quality. These lipsticks are no exception! Sociable, which is on the left in the picture, is a bright pink with a hint of silver shimmer and Fearless is a beautiful rich red. They are both a creme finish, and they feel very creamy and moisturising on the lips. I would say Sociable feels a little drier, possibly down to the shimmer, however you cannot feel a huge difference.

As you can see the pigmentation is great. Fearless does tend to stain your lips (which has its pros and cons!) and they both have good lasting power. I would definitely suggest using a lip liner with Fearless as it is hard to apply, but then again I am no pro. The packaging is not the best, but it does the job, and what can you expect for £1.95. It has a light fruity scent, which I do tend to associate with cheaper lipsticks, but it is not overpowering by any means.

What is your favourite brand for cheaper lipsticks?

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Max Factor Facefinity Primer

26 Jul 2014


 
From previous posts I am sure you are aware I do love a good primer, therefore I am always excited to try out something new. Recently Max Factor brought out The Facefinity All Day Primer, an extension of the oh so popular foundation; Facefinitiy 3 in 1 foundation. The foundation was raved about so much they decided to separate the primer from the foundation and make it into a standalone product.

The Facefinity primer promises to extend the wear of your foundation, to mattify your skin and to protect your skin with SFP 20 (which is great). It contains micro correctors which supposedly help to absorb sweat and sebum, keeping your face sweat free. It comes in a 30ml glass container with a built in pump making it easy to access, and one pump is enough to cover your face, so you waste very little. It has a faint smell that is very inoffensive.


Unlike my favourite Clarins Primer, the Facefinity primer does not have that silicon feel that I love. Instead it is a very light primer that looks somewhat like moisturiser. It sinks into your skin very quickly leaving no trace but a mattified area. I apply using my fingers, leaving a smooth matte canvas for the rest of my makeup and I can barely feel it's there. My foundation applies evenly, even on dry patches and the wear time for this primer is like no other. At the end of the day my makeup is intact and takes little maintenance – I would almost describe it like glue for makeup.

If you are looking to make your makeup last all day long, I cannot recommend this primer enough. It has replaced my favourite Clarins primer and I can see myself repurchasing this again and again. It doesn’t really do anything for pores, nor does it claim to – I just need to find that perfect combination of the Clarins primer and this.

What primer do you recommend?

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Benefit Watt's Up! Highlighter

23 Jul 2014


Highlighters come in many forms; cream, liquid, powder and mineral, and they all provide a different finish. Having tried all different forms, without fail my go to highlighter is Benefit Watt's Up! cream highlighter. This beautiful champagne coloured highlighter provides a soft subtle glow, with a slight shimmer. It has a creamy consistency, which is very soft, easy to apply and lasts all day long, so no need for any touch ups.

Like all of Benefits packaging the Watt's Up! highlighter is a stand out product. At one end is the highlighter stick, and at the other is a sponge to blend the product. My favourite way to use this highlighter is above the brow, on the brow bone, on the bridge of the nose and on the cheek bone. It can also be used as an eye shadow or on the inner corner of your eyes to make you appear more awake.

I tend not to use this the sponge to apply the product, but a small brush and blend with my fingers if need be before using powder. I then apply powder to all areas of my face, avoiding where I have just applied the highlighter. I sometimes apply this after I powder, however it can drags my makeup a little, making it hard to blend out. I would avoid using this on dry skin as it can become a little cakey, which is not a pretty sight!

At £24.50 it is pretty expensive, however you do get a lot of highlighter for your money and therefore it will last you a long long time. I would highly recommend giving Watt's Up! a go :)

What is your favourite highlighter?

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Moroccanoil Treatment in Light

20 Jul 2014


For the past few years I have been using the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment religiously, however this past month I have been using the Moroccanoil Treatment in Light £31.85* for fine and light coloured hair. As the name would suggest, the formula is very light in terms of both weight and colour, but it still provides a nourishing treatment without weighing the hair down.

I use the treatment quite sparingly, as a little goes a long way, applying a 50p size amount to the ends of my hair.  It has a light scent, which I really love and it absorbs very quickly whilst helping to detangle my hair. Unlike the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, I have been able to use the Moroccanoil Treatment on both wet and dry hair, as it is not greasy or sticky and leaves a nice sheen.

Although it is suggested that people with fine or light coloured hair use this product, both my mum and I use this, my mum who has very thick hair, and myself who has fine hair but lots of it. My mum swears by this - proving it can be used on different hair types, not just light and coloured. After using for a month, my hair is feeling and looking so healthy (even after being in the sun for long periods of time), and after each use my hair feels amazingly soft and shiny. Even my split ends appear less noticeable. I am officially a convert to Moroccanoil.

At £30 for 100ml it is expensive, however this will last you a long time. I use this a few times a week and have barely made a dent in the bottle (The Macademia oil, which is 125ml, lasted me over a year) so it really is worth your money. 

Which is your favourite hair oil treatment?

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5 Products to Maintain your Summer Glow

17 Jul 2014


In the past month I have moved house, gone to Glastonbury and travelled to Spain, leaving very little time for blogging. Now that we finally have internet installed, I am back in the blogging world and excited to start writing again. It may take some time till I am fully back on track, so please bare with me :) 

I got back from Spain a few days ago now and I am doing all I can to try and prolong my tan as much as possible. There are some products that will help to maintain your summer glow and this is what I have been using.

We all know how important it is to keep your skin moisturised after being in the sun. I have been using the Lancaster Tan Maximizer Soothing Moisturizer After Sun £22 every day whilst in Spain and every day since getting back. This light weight cream helps to boost melanin production, enhancing your tan by up 50 – 80%, even when you return back home. It has a pleasant soap like scent, and although this is no miracle product, I can definitely see a difference in the intensity of my tan.

Next, I have swapped my usual shower gel for the Sanctuary Spa Nourishing Shower Creme* £7.50. This contains Shea butter and lotus extracts which will help to lock in the moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. It also smells amazing, as do all Sanctuary Spa products, and lathers really well. Try to avoid hot showers as they will also dry out your skin, stick to room temperature if you can bear it!

A popular myth is to avoid exfoliating your skin, however this is not the case. You must ensure that you give your body a gently weekly exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. This will reveal your newly tanned skin underneath and also help to prevent pealing. I am using the Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub £5.50 which is super gentle on the skin and as above, smells ah-may-zing - just avoid any exfoliaters with an oily base.

As your tan begins to fade then you can top it up with fake tan. Unfortunately the tan on your face fades the quickest and so using a facial tanner can help even out your skin colour. My favourite is the Fake Bake The Face Anti-Aging Self Tanning Lotion* £22 as not only is it a facial tanner but it has skincare benefits also. It is not drying on the skin and leaves you looking like you have just got back from a day in the sun. On my body I like to use the St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan* £14.50 as it produces a very natural looking tan that fades evenly.


Lastly, and most importantly, make sure you drink lots of water! It is just as important to hydrate cells from the inside as well as from the outside. Avoid products with salicylic acid as they cause the epidermis (the top layer of your skin) to shed skin cells quicker, hence losing your tan quicker.

Let me know if you would like an in depth review on any of the products :)

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