Thursday, 30 April 2015

Soigne Printemps Collection 2015 | Review






Soigne Printemps Collection 2015 £11 each - If you follow me on either Twitter or Instagram, you will know that I no longer put anything on my nails other than Soigné and my obsession grows month on month. When they launched this Printemps collection (I have googled and found that Printemps is a French department store, if you didn't know!) I snapped up two of the newbies straight away, Creme  Bavarois and Vanille took my eye and I teamed them up with Le Poivre for good measure. There is actually a third addition to the Printemps collection, Canneberge, that is winging it's way to me as we speak however if I'm honest the soft grey took my fancy a bit more back when I ordered these. I absolutely adore Soigné Nail Varnishes, you only ever need two good coats to get a completely opaque finish and three will give you a glossy gel effect in no time at all. They also have fabulous staying power, a week is the most I've got out of these and I usually do some sort of activity to chip them towards the end which is never their fault. They always have offers on throughout the month and I find them bringing out new colours fairly often, I've actually just placed an order for 6 more (yes you heard me correct) however I managed to get 40% off as I spent over £30 so I could justify the splurge and when they arrive I promise I'll stop for long enough to do an entire collection post with swatches and everything! They also all come in their own individual boxes which look beautiful and it pains me to throw away each time, and the few collections that I've bought altogether also come in the most luxurious packaging. To think that these are the same price as many that you can buy on the high street with no nice box or anything always urges me to buy them every month. It's always my payday treat to myself and although I say next month I'll only buy the one, they always seem to hear me and put on a tempting offer just as I get paid! The only downside I have with them is that they use worldly on their site which has failed for me once before but as soon as they found out, it was rectified in an instant. I also wish that they were in a store somewhere as I'm now dubious to buy any similar colours incase they're too much the same when they arrive, some of their swatches on the site aren't the most accurate either as I thought I was buying a deep red and it was a lot brighter once it arrived, but it's still a lovely colour in itself that I've already got loads of wear out of and once you know things like this, you can account for it when looking at swatches in the future. Have you tried any Soigne polishes yet? If not, why not?! This has to be my most highly recommended product of 2015 and I'm trying to think of creative ways to display them when I move out. 

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

MakeUp Revolution Iconic 3 Palette | Review






Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette £4 - If you haven't heard of Makeup Revolution then where on God's Earth have you been?! They've taken twitter and the blogosphere by storm with their endless dupes and budget alternatives. I'll admit, I didn't rush out to buy everything up as soon as they launched, mostly because I like to physically see things with my own eyes before parting with any money but also partially because I'll admit, I was dubious. A £4 dupe for a £36 product? It must be too good to be true, right? Wrong! I still don't own enough of this brand but the nearest counter to me is in Nottingham which I don't visit very often anymore, as soon as it comes to Boston, I will be all over it. The one thing I did take a chance on was the Iconic 3 Palette, an obvious dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Since being trained as a Makeup Artist I've become much more adventurous (by my own standards, therefore this is pushing the boundaries for me) with my eye colour so this caught my eye, although I wasn't bothered about the Urban Decay version I thought I might as well take a punt and I have been so impressed by the quality of these eyeshadows, they're super buttery and blend like a dream. The colour payoff isn't the best that I've ever seen but I'm usually confined to my MAC pro palette so I'm trying not to compare them too much and you can build them up if you so wish. The staying power is also pretty impressive, they'll last all night on a night out (4/5 hours) and you won't need much of a touch up to last you throughout a whole day at work either. This palette generally finds its way out when I'm going for a day out with the other half and want to look pretty but not have to put too much effort (or time) into my appearance. You can create a really subtle yet effective and pretty look in as little as 5 minutes, in fact the thing that takes me the longest is deciding which shades to go for! They all look so beautiful that it's hard to choose between them so I always enjoy experimenting between them all. What do you suggest I buy from the Makeup Revolution range next? 

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Collection Deluxe Lipstick | Review


Collection Deluxe Lipstick £3.99 - I often take a little browse of the cheaper ranges when in Superdrug or Boots to see if I can find any dupes or new products. Take me back to the Becka I was a year ago and I barely ever bothered with lipstick, I feel like this very product was a game change for me in that respect. This shade is called Talulah and is a creamy rosey pink that gives just the right amount of colour to achieve a pretty look thats soft and subtle but most definitely there. It's a step up from a downright nude that just gives you a pretty pop of colour. The application and first impression of this lipstick is actually fantastic, it looks wonderful for the first half hour or so that you wear it. However it's staying power is, not surprisingly, a bit of a let down, I wore this for a job interview that lasted about an hour and whilst it was still around when I got out, it didn't last too much longer than that. I can't say I'll hold it against the product as with it's £3.99 price tag I wasn't expecting miracles. This summer I'm determined to find a high end version of this that will stay on so It'll be placed firmly in my handbag and brought out at every makeup counter until I find it's high end dupe. I still use this from time to time, usually when I'm just nipping over to J's house as to be honest, it doesn't matter if my lippy stays on very long or not (he's more than used to me wiping lipstick off as soon as I get to his because greeting your other half after a very long week without each other and then having dinner is a true test for any lipstick). If you maybe just want something for an easy makeup day or you're just popping to the shops, then this is perfect for you. It'll look lovely during a trip round tesco and you can save your Charlotte Tilbury's for grander events. 

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Stila Sun Bronzing Powder | Review


Stila Sun Bronzer £18 - This exact product has now actually been replaced by their Stay All Day Bronzer however after using them both daily for the past 6/7 months, they are basically the same just with different packaging. The Stila Sun Bronzer is a lovely bronzer that if you're light handed can look beautiful as a contour but can also be used to give your tan a little bit more oomph. They are all quite dark, with this being their lightest offering and for my personal liking, are far too orange toned for me to feel comfortable using it as a contour product every day. I prefer something much cooler when I'm contouring however I imagine in the summer this will get regular use on top of my tan. For £18 it is a touch pricey, although is still cheaper than Benefit's Hoola and comes with a lovely large mirror meaning you can use it on the go and is still a darn sight less expensive than the all hailed Laguna Bronzer. Will I repurchase this? I'm not sure to be honest, there must be better offerings out there and as I'm fairly pale these days, It's just too warm for my skin tone and they don't offer anything lighter or cooler. I haven't actually found my perfect bronzer for contouring with yet and unfortunately, this hasn't ended my search. 

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow Refill | Review



Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow Refill* £11 Each -  Shu Uemura is a brand that I had heard things about on the blogging grapevine but had never really come across myself, probably because I live in sleepy Lincolnshire where we don't get a lot of the more niche or luxury brands so I'd never been able to have a play on a counter anywhere. I'd heard a lot about their eyelash curlers but again, not so much about their makeup, but maybe that was because I knew it was nowhere near me? I'm not sure. However I was lucky enough to win a Dave Lacky competition last year and within it were these two beautiful eyeshadows, unfortunately I don't have anything to put them into and therefore they've been rendered fairly useless since my testing them out (I'm nowhere near careful enough to be able to use them regularly in their current state) however the product is seriously fantastic. I have Vermillion (left) and Beige (right) and although the burnt orange/red colour isn't something I would usually go for, Biege is a lovely neutral with a shimmer running through it that I could incorporate into a number of different looks. They're super creamy and blend like butter and last all day, the vibrancy of vermillion did wear off slightly towards the end of the day but with a heavy duty primer you should be absolutely fine. It's definitely made me more aware of the brand and as and when I next manage to go down to London I will certainly search out a counter to see what else they have to offer. 

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Monday, 20 April 2015

New Home Wishlist | Living Room



'Tis the season for wish lists over on Becka's Beauty Blog, with our impending move a matter of weeks away now I'm very excited to be window shopping for anything & everything that I may want for our new home.

1. Tom Dixon London Scented Candle £55 - No room is finished until it has a luxurious candle within it and this rose gold offering caught my eye as soon as I hit the John Lewis website. Is it okay to build a colour theme around a candle? Of course it is!

2. LSA International Polka Vase £15 - Forcing myself to now fit into the rose gold colour theme, this vase will look beautiful with some white tulips or lilies in.

3. Newgate Bedside Alarm Clock £25 - Okay this is meant for a bedside but how cute will it look on a rustic country mantlepiece? I may be dreaming now slightly at the type of house our budget can achieve but will all my might it will be my idyllic country cottage no matter what.

4. Gallery Perfect Frame Set £55 - I'd love nothing more than a multi aperture arrangement on my wall, either in my living room or in the hall if it's big enough. Mismatching photo frames drives me mad and this would be beautiful to fill with photos of our ever evolving memories.

5. Wilson Large Rectangular Mirror £168 - I picture having a nice big mirror above any fireplace that we may have, it brings so much more light into a room and will make the room seem bigger.

6. Hamilton Marble Throw £70 - I never seem to be satisfied unless I'm snuggled underneath a blanket, I'd rather the room be cold just so I can sit under a blanket. They also look nice draped over a sofa.

7. Noah Curved Table Lamp £95 - Having the main light on in a living room makes me feel a bit uneasy, it should be a tranquil place and I can't stand bright lights when I'm trying to relax infant of the TV.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Tan Organic Oil Arganic Body Oil | Review



Tan Organic Oil Arganic Body Oil £24.99 - We're fast approaching the time of year where we need to start thinking about daring to bare our legs and a little more flesh, okay maybe we have a month or so left yet before it's actually warm enough in England to don a skirt or pair of shorts but it's time to start prepping now. I always opt for oils over and above creams as I just find that they work quicker and more effectively and they also give you that wonderful sheen to your legs a la The Saturdays... This is one of many offerings that I have tried in the past and as always it's a multi use oil, you could use it on your face or hair, although I'm not quite brave enough, I have used it on my nails for cuticle emergencies and I am just starting to use it on my scars and stretch marks. However I'm here to tell you about it on my body... It's a dry oil which took a little bit of getting used to, it's not quite as easy to manipulate as a normal oil and the fact that it pours out rather than sprays or pumps can mean that it gets a little bit messy. It's also not quite as nourishing as I'd like it to be for the price tag, I think it'll be a fantastic product in the summer to maintain the condition of my skin rather than one for winter to vastly improve it and the fact that it's a dry oil means that, funnily enough, it dries super quickly. No worrying about getting any random tiny specs stuck to your legs or feeling like you're a walking slip and slide! Do I think it's worth the price tag? Unfortunately not, I have the L'Oreal Nourishing Body Oil and frankly it's far more convenient and better, the only edge this has is it's drying time however if it's summer and my legs are out anyway, it doesn't really matter to me. 

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation | Review




Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £29.50 - This foundation is definitely a cult classic amongst bloggers and the general public alike, there aren't many people who haven't a least had a sample of this over the years and it seems to be a bit of a marmite product. It's claimed to be the number one selling foundation in the UK so even though I'd tried it before and not really liked it, I decided to give it another whirl. A lot of the complaints is that it's just too thick and different to manipulate... After a lot of testing and different application techniques, it can be, but only if you put too much on or your brush is getting clogged up. If I've been lazy and not washed my brush in a while then I will give this one a miss as it is difficult to get a smooth finish if your brush isn't clean, and I also find that when I try and rush this by putting a lot on in one go, it doesn't really play ball either. However if my brushes are clean and I'm prepared to be a little more patient then this gets a look in rather often. I tend to use this for shopping days out where I can be out of the house for over 10 hours a day or if we're going for a walk on a Sunday morning, I was super surprised to see how well it held up after an extremely blustery walk around Belton House the other week. I personally have grown to love this foundation again but I can see why others might not, my only gripe is that it doesn't come with a pump so it is really easy to get too much out at one go, especially if you're not used to the consistency. The price tag is on the high side so I'm not sure it will ever be my everyday foundation and with summer on it's way (finally) it may get pushed to the back for it's Daywear BB Cream Cousin...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Stila Glamoureyes Mascara | Review




Stila Glamoureyes Mascara £15 - Here is another Stila product that I consider to be quite cheap considering the price of some of their other products and compared to the price of other mascaras from similar brands (Benefit and your £19.50 price tag, I'm looking at you). I have tried every single one of Stila's mascaras when I worked for them previously and this one was 100% my favourite and my go-to mascara. It gives you a really sexy, cat flick like look to your lashes that pulls them both up and out to the side. I personally have really long lashes so I don't like anything that adds too much length but still want to look like I'm wide eyed. This delivers on every single point for a mascara in my opinion, it gives fantastic volume, just the right amount of length and the short wand means that you are always 100% in control. You can really get down into the root of your lashes to manipulate them to be pulled out to the side. I also like that the brush itself isn't too big, sometimes with volumising mascaras the brush is just huge and it ends up in a black smudgey mess, however this is still a reasonable size so you can be really accurate with your application and create the exact look that you want to. Although I no longer work for Stila anymore, this is just one of many things I'll keep on repurchasing! 

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Homeware Wishlists | Bedroom



 April is officially the month where we start house hunting for somewhere to rent! Therefore is there any better time for me to start creating wish lists (to maybe leave around for James to read?) and deciding what I want to make our new house into a home.

1. The Brick LED Alarm Clock £45.99 - One possibly weird bugbear of mine is being able to see light whilst I'm asleep, be it from my MacBook or the Playstation being left on, so digital alarm clocks are usually a pain in my backside. However this clever little thing only shows you the time when you touch it, meaning it's there when you want it, but off when you don't.

2. Joules Imogen Floral Duvet Cover £80 - I'm determined to spoil us with some expensive duvet covers this time around as the dogs will be 100% banned from our bedroom. It will be nice to have hotel luxury in my own bed for once.

3. Josette Dove Grey Cotton Duvet Set £120 - Another plush duvet set to really make the most of creating our own tranquil space. I love being able to curl up in bed and feel like I'm in luxury and look like they'd be so luxurious.

4. Parker Dove Grey Cotton Knit Blanket £75 - I love a well dressed bed and I always feel like I can feel easier going off to work if my bedroom looks super inviting for me to come back to. I know a lot of people find it unnecessary but throws and blankets can be useful in those chillier months!

5. Silk Blend Bedspread £225 - One throw is never enough, after working for Hammonds for a short time last year amongst the beautiful dressed bedrooms, it's something that I would love to be able to recreate for myself.

6. Thomas Kent Cotswold Clock £40 - If all of the clocks in my house are made by Thomas Kent that I will be one happy lady, I already own two and am not bored of them by any means. They just look so beautiful and perfect and fit in exactly with how I want my home to look.

7. J & R Cushions £10 Each - These little beauties are from Next and I am desperate to get them, I love personalised things that will make our home truly ours so these scatter cushions seem like a great addition to our bedroom.

8. Geranium Rosa Diptyque Candle £40 - No bedroom would be complete without a beautiful candle to light on early nights. Obviously just one will never be enough so I'll have them scattered around but I'd love to be able to treat myself to a Diptyque offering one day.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Topshop Lipsticks | Review



Topshop Lipsticks £8 - I, like a few others I know, was slightly sceptical to try Topshop's makeup range as often those coming from fashion brands aren't brilliant. However catch me on a day when I'm feeling spendy and it seems that I'll be happy to give anything a whirl. I picked up two lipsticks from Topshop a little while ago now, the vivid pink being "It's all about me" and the paler offering being "saint". I was trying to broaden my horizons in terms of lip colour and the price tag seemed like a good compromise between not spending too much and it being a wasted investment, and spending too little and the formula letting them down. Unfortunately Saint is just too pale for me, I don't like nude lips to look too fake and if it's lighter than my natural lip colour then I feel like I look as though I'm trying to bring back foundation lips. However It's All About Me is beautiful, it broke me into wearing more bold colours and although it's staying power isn't fantastic, it's certainly good enough. It's a wonderful product to wear on say, a shopping trip out, not your most expensive lipstick so you cringe as wearing it for anything other than the moment you get engaged or meet the queen, but good enough that you can rely on it to hold up fairly well. It's a bright, vivid pink that is slightly deeper than it shows up in these photos and has a semi-matte finish. I don't like my lipsticks to be too shiny or glossy as I prefer a matte look and this is a nice inbetween. I always have a browse at the Topshop makeup now, in particular their nail varnishes which are actually really good, and I'm more than willing to try out some of their other products and branch out as soon as my bank balance allows.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Olay Beauty Fluid | Review




Olay Beauty Fluid £4.99 - I have never found a moisturiser that has really changed the game for me, as someone with combination skin that can vary in just how dry it wants to be almost daily, nothing has ever grabbed me and made me think "I must repurchase you forever and ever". Unfortunately, neither has this one but it's more than done the job and it's seeming to last me forever and a day! It's for normal, dry or combination skin which suits my skin type down to the ground and it's managed to withstand the test of winter. My skin does go more dehydrated throughout winter and although it still suffered a bit, this generally kept it looking plump and moisturised. I actually purchased this on a total whim as it was all I could really find in my local tesco and I could not be bothered to go into town to boots and I have to say, I am really glad I took the chance on it. For only £4.99 it has lasted me a good 6 months so far (I do only use a large pea-sized drop a day) and it settles into my skin super quickly. I was worried it'd be a little thing on my dry areas with it being a fluid as opposed to a richer moisturiser but I find as long as I use a heavy duty night cream the evening before, my skin is just fine with this. Obviously it's more suited to my summer skin as I need less moisture during the warmer months. Will I repurchase? Maybe, if I'm too lazy to go into town again when this runs out. It's a brilliant one to have in my gym bag or at my boyfriends house as it's none offensive and not expensive, but I don't think my quest for the perfect moisturiser is over just yet. 

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Stila Kitten Shimmer | Review


Stila All Over Shimmer Powder Kitten £15 - One thing that I have noticed with Stila is that their prices are teensy bit all over the place, their Magnificent Metals Eyeshadows are an eye watering £33.50 each whereas this little beauty is a mere £15. I *think* they may be slowly creeping their prices up with their Stay All Day Eyebrows going from £13.50 to £16 over the Spring but I'm not 100%. Back to this little beauty, as soon as I was introduced to this, it has become a firm staple in my everyday makeup routine and I've had so many comments on how pretty it is. It's a product that unless you're in the right light you can't wholly tell you've put on when you first apply it but it catches the sunlight beautifully and just gives you a radiant glow over your cheekbones that makes you look happy & healthy even during the bleakness of winter in England. For just £15 I think that this is a fab product, I've had it since about October of last year and as you can see I still have masses of use in it, I converted my sister and a number of my friends to it too and I know many people who adore it. You need the smallest amount on your brush to simply dust wherever you want highlighting and wait for it to catch the light and do it's magic. As I said previously, it's not a highlighter in that it makes that part of your face any lighter, so if you're into your contouring you'll still need something else to do that, but it adds a slight shimmer (that's by no means glittery) that will leave others desperate to know what you're wearing. 

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Blogging on a Budget


I know that these posts have been written a thousand times over in the past but I figured that A, we all have different ideas and I may think of something new and B, I too am blogging on a budget and this post is free to write so, there. We all have times in our lives where we need to prioritise or work to a stricter budget than we may like and I know that a lot of bloggers out there worry that their blog will fall by the wayside if they don't keep up with new products or constantly post fresh reviews. For me as a reader, I don't care when a product was launched, if I'm looking to buy it then I want to see reviews on it. I've recently repurchased Double Wear that I can't even tell you when it was released however I still want to see what my favourite bloggers think of it. Here are just some little things I have thought of to keep the momentum within my blog whilst saving some pennies.

1. Raid those drawers! - I personally have a review directory on my blog which has come in super handy when checking whether I've reviewed something in the past or not. Recently I went through all of my drawers and wrote a list of everything I own (it took a while) and I now have a list of all of the products I may have overlooked in the past just waiting to be reviewed. True, they may not be current releases but it's new to my blog.

2. Use up those samples - This is something I'm on the fence about doing yet, but I have numerous samples and testers of things, mainly foundations, that I feel confident I could review however I don't own the full-sized product to photograph. You could tackle this one of two ways - contact the company and ask for a press image (remember to credit this back to them!) or simply photograph the sample, some of them can be pretty enough themselves and people will always understand.

3. Have a catch up - Every now and then I love a good old chatty post on here, as if I'm meeting an old friend for coffee and I'm just filling you all in on what I've been up to. Not everything I do makes the blog for various reasons but sometimes, if I've been absent or noticeably more active, I like to do a post to say where I've been and why the change of pace. It helps readers to engage with you as a person and also may help them to understand any mysterious gaps in your blog.

4. Wishlists - Ah the coveted wishlist, I find these a little tiresome around Christmas time as they become every other post it would seem however for the rest of the year, I love to read them. There are so many that you could do too, skincare, makeup, homeware, fashion, the list is kind of endless and they are completely free to write. I am personally going to be doing some of these however still keep them spread out because I don't want my blog to become too samey, but even if it's a weekly feature it still gives people something new to read.

5. What's relevant - So recently I've become a bit of a fitness nut and surprise surprise, that's become a strong feature of my blog. Again, it's free (apart from my gym membership) and I have plenty of inspiration to write about it as it's such a big part of my life. If you're less active on your blog because of something else, say a new job or hobby that's not relevant to your current "theme" then change your theme! Okay Becka's Beauty Blog may not 100% fit in with Fitness Friday but this is my blog and it's 100% relevant to my life.

6. Favourites - I adore reading favourites posts, I know that they're mostly constricted to videos but I don't think that doing them as a blogpost is any less effective. I personally don't really have time to watch YouTube videos (unless it's the Sacconejolys) but I'm always super nosy as to what people have actually been using that month. And they're all products that you already own so - bonus!

7. Empties - Similar to above, I know that a lot of people really enjoy reading empties posts, they're products that someone has without a doubt loved for the past few weeks or months and I personally trust these more than an off the cuff review. Again, you already own all of the products, it's just a new way of blogging about them!

8. Tags  - These seem to have died down now for some reason but there's always some out there somewhere and a lot of people enjoy reading them. Again, they're free to write and some of them are super tricky to think of answers too! It's also a great way to spread the love as you usually tag other bloggers that you love to do the tag after you.

9. Invite guest posters - Especially useful if you're stuck because of time restraints, people are always looking for new platforms to publish on and I never struggle to find guest bloggers to feature on here. I love being able to share other people's work with my readers and sometimes they just give you the breathing space that you need.

10. Simple photo posts - My good friend Gemma does this weekly on her blog and I personally love it, just a simple post consisting of one photo to sum up her week/day. This time of year is beautiful outdoors and there are loads of places that you can go to for free and get some wonderful shots (even just using your phone). I love discovering new places and at this time of year I like nothing more than sitting and looking at beautiful pictures of sunny afternoons.

11. Routine Posts - Look at the last time you did a "everyday makeup" or "skincare" routine post, has anything changed since then? If so, rewrite it! My everyday routine is changing all of the time so there's a new post almost every month to be published there. People love to know the products that you're genuinely using day in day out.

12. Rewrite old posts - This is something that again, I'm still a tad on the fence about doing. I started this blog over two years ago when I was 20 years old, and it seems that I have developed a lot both as a person and as a writer in that time. Look back through your archives and maybe retry some of the products that you loved when you first started blogging, you possibly still own them (although you maybe shouldn't, we won't tell!) and it's refreshing to see how our opinions of things change over time. I know that I tried products that I thought were the bees knees when I first started blogging but after having my eyes opened to bigger and better things, my opinion has now changed. Or maybe you've tried to bigger and better and still prefer the original?

I know that some of this is rehashing old ideas from yonders ago but maybe some of it is new to you - they're all things that I'm going to try out doing over the coming months when I need to save and pay off debts and they're honestly all things that I would enjoy reading.


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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit | Review


Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit £24.50 - Last week I posted my review of the Bobbi Brown Corrector and explained how I went on a shopping trip to Nottingham last year and snapped up both of these in a hope to camouflage my under eye bags. The Corrector did not live up to expectations and has actually been stashed in a drawer for as long as I can remember now and although I've pulled this out since my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer ran out, whether I'll repurchase or not still hangs in the balance. Since doing my research to write this review I'm quite annoyed to find that I could have purchased this without the powder, which you can see has barely been touched, and saved my £5.50 but, as I said last week, hats off to the girl on the counter for doing her job. Now this is used on days where by By Terry Touche Veloutee just isn't heavy duty enough and I've found that less is more, if you're comfortable with wearing a lot of makeup then you may be able to go a little more heavy on your application but if I can feel I'm wearing it, then I can't wait to take it off so I just use a small amount. If I layer this with any other product, including it's corrector cousin, then it's just too much for my liking. It does do the job, but there isn't enough difference in the performance of this and the Collection offering to warrant the near £20 price difference. As I said about the corrector, I'll use it up and enjoy doing so, but my quest for a high end concealer may not be over just yet. I'm quite fickle when it comes to trying out new things as my budget can't stretch to repurchasing old products and trying out new ones so I generally do move on to something new over a repurchase. However I'm not ruling this out forever, it does what it says on the tin and it does it well, the jury's just out on when it does it £24.50's worth of well....

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Stila Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio | Review



Stila Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio £24 - A setting powder is something that I've always overlooked in my routine really, not in terms of not using one, but more because I take it for granted. I have combination skin and am dry almost everywhere but my temples so I only ever powder there and under my eyes to set my concealer. Therefore I've never really thought of using anything over than my Rimmel Stay Matte powder as it did the job and that was that. I've been lucky enough these past 6 months to work on a Stila Makeup Counter and try new things extensively before buying them and therefore you know that anything that's made it into my collection is a winner for me. This is the Stila Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio and it's been such a hit in my family that my Mum is already on her second one and it's finally moved me away from my usual routine. It's very much a sister product to the one step correct however it is applied after your foundation as opposed to before (duh?). It has the same green, peach and lavender colours to correct any redness, dullness and sallow tones but does not add any colour whatsoever. It's very easy to create a cakey mess when setting with powders, especially on dry skin however with a light dusting of this is fixes your foundation in place, keeps any shine or oil at bay all day and you can barely feel it's there. It is rather pricey at £24 and I'm concerned at the rate my Mum got through hers but it's lasting well for me. The trick is not to waste the product, as you twist the clear top to grind off some of the product, make sure to only dispense as much as you actually need, which in my case is amount as much as is shown. It does become messy if you do any more than you need and I do find that it doesn't keep too well in the compact once it's been dispensed into the top compartment. Will I repurchase it once it runs out? Quite possibly! It is a bit step up from my usual £4 Rimmel Stay matte however it's beautifully light and I can imagine it making more of an impact in the summer. 

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