Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation Review

Unfortunately I have no swatches or pictures because I lost my SD card and the quality of the photos from my phone I wasn't happy with, so I'm sorry about that but I really wanted to get this out.

Anyway, I have been trying out the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, which is talked about a lot in the "Blogosphere". You have probably seen the bottle that it comes in before and it costs £33, so is reasonably pricey. I got colour matched and I am the shade 020 Beige and the lady at the counter was so lovely.

It is suitable for dry-normal skins as it is a dewy finish, but the lady told me if you have oily skin the Velvet one in the Blue bottle would be better for you, as it is a more matte, powdery finish.
It gives a light coverage, that you can build without it looking cakey, which I love for a summer foundation. It also has SPF 15. It does last for around 7-8 hours if I use a primer too.

Overall, I love this foundation and the service from Chanel that I got and would most definitely recommend this foundation. Have you tried it?

Once again, sorry for no photos or swatches.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Benefit Porefessional - Worth the hype?

The Porefessional is something highly spoken about in the "Blogosphere". If you've never heard of it, which I'm sure you have, it is a primer that can be used under or lightly over foundation to prolong your foundation and just make everything sit nicer. This is the mini sample size that I picked up in the magazine ELLE because I wasn't sure if it was really worth £20.50 - but oh boy, it is 100% worth it.
I use slightly less than a pea size amount all over my face and it creates this silky, most perfect base, leaving it ready for a seamless application of foundation. It most definitely helps my foundation wear for a good few hours extra and in general it just looks better because it evens out my skin so much.

I have fallen absolutely in love with this. Have you tried it?

Friday, 13 June 2014

Budget friendly skincare options - tried and tested

I have tried a lot of skin care products and these are just a few of the ones from the drugstore that I have tried.

-Starting with the flannels, I got these in Asda Home section for 50p for 2 cloths. So I bought 8 packs. They are an absolute must for me, and so cheaply, how could you go wrong? They are incredibly soft and are surprisingly not scratchy and good quality.
-The cotton wool pads are, again, a must in my routine. You can buy them cheaply in most stores, but I wouldn't recommend the Superdrug own brand ones - go to boots!
-The first cleanser here is the Tea Trea one from the Body Shop. I use this on a cotton wool pad and just use it after I have taken off my makeup, I find it calms any break outs and it also unclogs pores, helping further breakouts.
-The next cleanser, is the Simply Sensitive one from Boots. It's a new range in Boots and is only around £2-3 I think. I use this in the shower, with a flannel, and it helps break up makeup and take any remaining makeup.
-The next item is the Rose Facial Polish from Neals Yard and it is slightly more expensive, but it isn't high end, so I included it. I use it once a week as an extra step in my routine. It helps exfoliate gently and makes your skin feel very smooth and refreshed.
-Behind you can see the Essential Waitrose face wipes. Face wipes?! - sshh! The general opinion on face wipes on the Blogosphere is mainly negative but when I'm feeling lazy, this are great and don't leave your skin feeling dry, like others can do. The Waitrose have 4 in the range, but I use the 4 in 1 Vitamin E ones.
-The next two Micellar waters are from L'Oreal, one is for eyes, one is for your complexion. I would say this is very similar to the well-loved bioderma, which is nowadays becoming increasingly available(yay!) but anyway, these two micellar waters are what I use everyday to take off my makeup and I just adore them. You must not use the complexion one on your eyes, it stings - I would know, unfortunately!
- The last is another cleanser, which I think is available in Wilkinsons and is the Tea Tree and Peppermint one, again calming breakouts and helping prevent further ones.

So, what are your favourite skincare items from the drugstore? Have you tried any of these?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Review

I've always wanted to try some of the Eyeko eye products, ever since seeing them on QVC. When I opened my Glamour Magazine to find there was a skinny liquid eyeliner in Black from Eyeko in there, I was excited to try it, but unfortunately it has been slightly disappointing.

As you can see here I have done quite a few swatches, and you may think they look fine, but no. So yes, it is very black and I like the opaqueness and something I cannot not mention is the longevity of it - When I first got it, I swatched it on my hand and showered and slept in it and 14 hours later it was still on my hand - I was amazed.

However, I have had a few problems with it. It is quite dried out already and also, if you look at the last one on the right hand side, it is very hard to create a cat-eye flick with it. I just couldn't get the knack of it. Also I found, if you tried to go backover the line you had already created, it separated a bit and ruined it.

So overall, I would not recommend this, unless you are an expert in putting eye liner on - definitely not for beginners!

Have you tried this?

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Drugstore Starter Kit

The drugstore is a great place if you are starting to get into makeup and beauty. It offers some amazing products, and of course, not so great products, but I will skip past them for today. I am going to share with you my favourite pieces from the drugstore from each catergory - in some cases, it has been hard to narrow it down to just one item.

Swatches left to right: Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks in 700 Nude Delight - Beauty UK Baked Blush in Halo 03 - Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in 035 Green Shimmer - Maybelline Color Tattoo in 40 Permanent Taupe - 4 colours from the NYC Quad Best of  Broadway 815

For foundation I chose Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in 51 Vanille Clair. This foundation I find is best applied with a beauty blender or sponge and gives a full coverage, that lasts all day. As far as I am aware, there is no SPF though. I think it's foolproof and doesn't look cakey, how ever many layers you choose.

For concealer I chose Rimmel Wake me Up in 010 Ivory. It is great for under eyes and doesn't look cakey. I find it is best applied with your ring finger, gently tapping it into your skin.

For powder I chose Rimmel Stay Matte in 003 Peach Glow. It doesn't look cakey and I find it is easy to apply with any type of powder brush. It gives a bit of coverage, but nothing to heavy. It helps keep makeup put all day.

For bronzer I chose the Honey Bronzer from the Body Shop in 02 Fair Matte - it is drugstore, right? I saw Estee, from Essiebutton rave about this, so bought it. It is great to warm up the face, but also as a contour. I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply it.

For highlighter/blush, I chose the Baked Blush from Beauty UK in 03 Halo which I have recently fell in love with. It is a champagne goldy pinky highlighter/blush, which I swipe all over the cheekbone.

For lips I chose the Rimmel Moisture Renew in 700 Nude Delight. There is so many good lipsticks(etc) from Rimmel, so if you haven't tried any before, definitely check them out! I love this one in particular, (see swatch photo) because it is a coraly nudey colour which suits my complexion.

For eye shadow, I chose the NYC Quad in Best Of Broadway 815. I think I bought it after hearing Lily Pebbles recommendation. It is great for a neutral eye but also a smokey eye too. The Real Techniques Starter Set is great for apply shadows. I also chose a cream eyeshadow too and went for the Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe(40) from Maybelline. It is a grey muted taupe,which is matte and just creates a lovely base. There are so many shades to choose from too. I just wanted to also mention that the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are also a great starting place, but also MUA have some great palettes, such as Undress me too, for £4.

For eyeliner I chose a Kohl Kajal one from Rimmel in Green Shimmer 035, obviously you don't have to go for green, but I think it is a beautiful colour. Their collection is great.

For mascara I chose the Collection Waterproof Voluminising Mascara in Ultra Black. It gives clump free, defined lashes. Rimmel also have some great mascaras too and Maybelline, for example The Falsies.

I personally don't do anything with my brows, so have no personal recommendations, but if you do, leave them below!
What would you put in your drugstore starter kit?

Friday, 6 June 2014

The Makeup Timer Test Tag

I saw Lily Pebbles had created this blog post and thought immediately I would do it. So this morning, I timed my makeup and will explain a little about what I used etc.
Lilys' Tag

So in total, I took 15:23, yes, I had a little hiccup with my eyeliner.

I'll break that 15:23 down for you.

Primer - took 44 seconds. I used the Benefit Porefessional all over my face, applied by my fingers.

Concealer - took 1 minute 54 seconds. I used the Rimmel Wake me UP Concealer in 010 Ivory and used my expert face brush from Real Techniques to apply it.

Foundation - took 1 minute 34 seconds. I used the Bourjous Healthy Mix Gel Serum in 51 and used my sponge from Topshop to apply this.

Bronzer - took 1 minute 10 seconds. I used the Body Shop Honey bronzer in 02 and I used my RT Contour brush to apply this.

Eyeshadow - took 2 minutes 36 seconds. I used the Best of Broadway quad from NYC and used my deluxe crease brush and brow brush to apply this.

Eyeliner - took 5 minutes 15 seconds. I used 4 different eyeliners because the first one was awful and a review will be coming soon. The first was the Eyeko Skinny liner, then used the No7 Stay Precise, Rimmel Scandaleyes pen and the Bourjois Liner Pen, to create something I was vaguely okay with.

Highlighter/Blush - took 20 seconds. I used the Baked Blush in 03 Halo from Beauty UK and applied with a buffing brush from RT.

Finally Powder - took 1 minute 50 seconds. I used the Rimmel Stay matte in 003 Peach Glow and used a fluffy brush (with no name!) to apply this.

Do you like this tag? I found it was a little bit of fun and think you should do it! If you do, leave the link below for me to look at!


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner - Worth the hype?

 Shopping on Cohorted has started to become a weekly occurrence in my life. If you haven't seen or heard of it before, Cohorted is a social shopping website dedicated to all things beauty related, from makeup to hair to body care. I love the fact that you can "Request a Cohort", this means that the most popular and sought after products are available. The prices drops by a percentage set by the seller for every person that joins the "Cohort". I've bought things such as the Real Techniques Core Brush Set and this travel set of Urban Decay eye liners. You gain loyalty points, and somehow I managed to pay
for the £7 that the eye liners went down to, with my points, so essentially they were free! I couldn't not mention the service quality, and the Cohorted Team are the most friendliest people I've ever bought from.

Okay, onto the actual eye liners! Everyone will have heard of these, I'm sure, but are they worth the hype? Well, yes, yes they are.
I have never set my hands upon an eye liner, so creamy yet once it is on, it is on. I had a slight difficulty smudging it out, because I had left it slightly too long on my eyes - they are that resistant. They last all day, regardless of whether it is on your lid, your waterline or tightline. The three colours I have (Pervesion, Smoke and Sabbath) are just beautiful. After about 6 hours of having it in my tightline, there was a bit of black starting to appear under my eyes, but nothing I couldn't deal with.

Overall, they are definitely worth the hype and definitely worth investing in.

Not sponsored by Cohorted or Urban Decay.