Thursday, 24 July 2014

Benefit Instant BROW pencil

A couple of year ago I discovered the totally amazing browzings by benefit which completely changed my brow life! So ...I didn't hesitate (in the slightest) to buy benefits new instant brow pencil in the hope that this lived up to the high expectations I had for it. 

And it definitely didn't disappoint... It feels more like a gel than a pencil as the texture is so smooth and glides on very gently. It gives off a very natural look and isn't too heavy like other pencils I've tried which tend to look slightly unnatural and dark. If you mark the pencil in the wrong place you can smudge it off really easily. This comes as a surprise to me since it has long staying power throughout the day on my brows so I'm assuming it must attach on slightly to the brow hairs themselves.

Could probably do with sharpening mine now, Well loved product right there!

I wouldn't say I prefer it to the browzings powder as they are both very different products. I think the powder gives a very natural look for day to day wear, where as this is slightly more of a waxy feel on the brows and to me seems like it would work better if I was going for a more dramatic make up look. I think it would be perfect for a night out when you have eyeshadows/eyeliner on and wanted to make sure your eyebrows didn't look too light in comparison (particularly in photos). 

The real winner for me with this product is the little spoolie (see photo above) on one side of the pencil. I have never tried brushing  through my brows with anything before and it honestly does really help with shaping them before applying any brow products. You can almost sculpt them into any shape that you want as you have full control of what way your eyebrow hairs go. It also helps with taming them and making sure there are no fly away hairs so your brows can look as perfect as you want them to!

Have you tried this instant brow pencil or any other brow products from Benefit? Let me know what you think in the comments. xxx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rimmel Lip Swatches...

Up until recently I had never tired any of the Rimmel lip products available, I was more of a high end lip product girl and stuck with my ever faithful YSL rouge volupte lipstick. However, after swatching a few of the Rimmel lipsticks I realised that I had seriously been missing out on some amazing products. There was a few offers on at Boots, so (like always) I took full advantage and picked up three lipsticks from the Rimmel moisture renew collection and then another two lipsticks from the Kate Moss range.

It would come as no surprise to tell you that all of the colours I picked out were pinks, nudes and corals. Although if you did want to go for some brighter colours/darker shades and be braver than me there was a wide selection in both of the ranges for you to do so. What I love about both of these ranges (and in particular the moisture renew collection) is that these lip products are completely moisturising and do not dry out your lips like so many other brands that I have tried before.

I would definitely recommend these products for you to try as they have such a wide range of colours for everyone to choose from, they feel moisturising on the lips and are such great value for money. From Boots the moisture renew lipsticks are £6.49 and the Kate Moss lipsticks are £5.49, but like I said earlier Boots nearly always have an offer on for everyone to use.

Rimmel: Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick swatches

Rimmel: Moisture Renew Lipstick

What are your favourite items from Rimmel? Let me know by leaving a comment below, I would love to try some other shades/products. xxx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Current favourite foundation base...

A perfect base is essential for making sure the rest of your make-up applies flawlessly. I have been using the combination below now for around 2 months and have found that these products work really well together. These three items seem to work perfectly on my combination skin as they have great staying power, without them looking too matte or cakey. 

This L'oreal lumi magique light infusing foundation (in shade rose porcelain) provides a nice dewy finish and definitely makes the skin look brighter than usual. I apply one to two pumps of this on a day to day basis and I personally think it gives a medium coverage to the skin. I also really like the packaging of the product, as it looks high end from the glass case and the rose gold pump and detailing. 

I do have blemishes and marks on the skin that the foundation doesn't quite cover. So I use my NARS radiant creamy concealer (in light 2 vanilla) to make sure my skin tone is completely even. I am completely in love with this concealer as it gives such high coverage and is extremely easy to blend without the creasing that occurs when I use other concealers.  

This base would not be complete without applying powder for me, due to my combination skin this foundation would be too oily for me to use alone. However, I do think people with a drier skin type would be able to get away without the powder. I have been using the CHANEL natural finish loose powder (in 25 peche clair) which is a loose powder that provides slight colour to the skin. This works so perfectly in blurring imperfections and definitely gives off that perfect finish. I would say that I can go without touching up for around 8 hours when using this powder as it is good at controlling oil, however it does not give your skin that tight/drying effect either.

What base products do you love? x