Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little Mix All About the Eyes Palette | Review

Little Mix All About Eyes Palette Review
Little Mix All About Eyes Palette link
A few weeks ago I headed along to a beauty showcase and came home with a rather amazing goodie bag stuffed to the gills with lot's to play with. The first thing that caught my eye was the the gorgeous All About Eyes Palette from the new Little Mix Collection Cosmetics range.

Collection Cosmetics Review

The palm sized palette comes in the standard Collection Cosmetics cardboard packaging which isn't to everyones tastes but I've thrown this into make up bag for the past couple of weeks and it's standing strong - unlike a Mac blush is barely salvageable but we'll save that story for another day. The packaging is rather sleek in black with gold lettering the gorgeous gold and brown shades are shown through which is something I like so I'm not opening and closing palettes whilst in a rush.

On to the shades themselves which range from Feather the perfect highlighter to Blackbird which acts as a liner. In between we have Sunkissed, Golden Sand, Dazzling Brown and Cocoa Dream all lovely shimmery shades of brown and gold.

I haven't given this the full smokey eye treatment although the selling point of this palette is that it can be used for day to night. On a daily basis my favourite shades have been Feather, Dazzling Brown and Cocoa Brown. Cocoa Brown works as a subtle liner and Dazzling Brown is the perfect one colour shade. If I'm trying to jazz things up I'll throw Sunkissed or Golden Sand into the mix.

Little Mix All About Eyes Little Mix Swatches

The colours have nice pigmentation and can be built up depending on the intensity you require. I am one cursed with the oily eyelid so primer is a must for me with these shadows but otherwise the last well with minimal creasing at the end of the day and I can't argue with that for the price point.

The Little Mix All About Eyes Palette is released in Superdrug stores today. What do you think of this palette, are you tempted to add this to your Collection?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What SPF are you using?

As I was preparing this post I thought back to school when we were taken aside and told about periods and how to put on a condom and yet we are never taught how to look after our skin, especially against the suns rays.

In countries like Australia children must wear hats during play times and applying suncreams is second nature yet in the UK we're often so starved of sun that the merest hint of the sun peeping it's head out of the cards we lose our heads and don't even think of sun protection.

Recently I've been lucky enough to have a few facial skin scans (you can read about one here) and whilst I've dodged the wrinkle bullet the same cannot be said for sun damage. I spent years in my late teens and early twenties on sun beds and holidays were more concerned with the next bar than using sun lotions. Of course I still spent a ridiculous amount of money in Boots prior to my visit but maybe a cursory application in the mornings was all I did and by the end of the week it was reaching for oils and anything to ensure the optimum tan.

One thing I am grateful for is my restlessness and boredom in the sun. I just can't lay out there turning every 15 minutes like friends would and instead go off and hide in the shade (and still tan FYI) although as we now know that doesn't mean our skin is protected. 

Luckily brands like La Roche-Posay and MyChelle are educating bloggers and the public about sun protection and offering staggering statistics that 70% of consumers use the same sun screen on their face as they used on their bodies - could you imagine putting body lotion on your face instead moisturiser? 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Cream* and their accompany range are pairing skincare and sun protection so we're not in danger of ruining our diligent skincare regimes. I do find the Anthelios cream the thickest of my line up although it blends in nicely and does not disrupt my make up when in daily use. As the highest factor I reach for this particularly on days when I know I will be out and about in the sun.

MyChelle's Unscented Sun Protection* is the lightest consistency of those I own and what I use on slightly cloudy days but with the comfort I know I'll be protected should I choose to spend my lunch break catching a few rays.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Sun Lotion* accompanied me on holiday and I didn't suffer any danger of the dreaded sunburnt nose. I love the scent of this cream but appreciate it won't be too everyone's taste especially when applying before make up and going about your day to day routine. This is usually the product I'll apply when I'm heading to sit in my parents garden but it works just as well when applying make up on top.

Finally is something of a hybrid product, Soap & Glory Translucent BB Cream with SPF 25. I tend to use this on no make up days when I'm in the house but could end up popping to a friends and sitting in the garden or stuck in traffic with the roof down on my way back from Tesco. This is the wettest formula but sinks into the skin quickly and does give the appearance on priming well and would be something I'd take along if I were going on a beach holiday where I didn't want to wear make up but wanted something a little more than the au natural bare face.

Having this stash has been great to see me getting into the routine of applying facial sun protection as it was something I'd always ignored and will not be forgotten in the future. What about you? Do you apply an additional SPF or rely on your make up products on a daily basis?

*PR Sample
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Monday, July 28, 2014

July Empties | Part 1

July Beauty Empties
July Beauty Empties
My bedroom is once again having a makeover and furniture is being sold and new items ordered so I am once again I'm trying to use up what I own rather than add more to the piles whilst I struggle for storage. This of course means once again we have a bumper number of Empties posts for July so let's dive in to Part 1.

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser link
Like many body lotions are something I'm rather lazy with so I jumped on the Vaseline Spray & Go bandwagon hoping for quick alternative on rushed mornings. A nice product although I found that I would literally spray and go rather than rubbing into the skin like I would with a traditional body lotion.   I found I'd have to be quite liberal with the spray to have sufficient coverage and moisturising of the skin. It was ok but not something I'll repurchase. That scent the famous Cocoa scent is amazing as always.

VO5 Plump it up weightless mousse link
A favourite product of mine I use daily after VO5's amplifying blow dry lotion. It amuses me no end that mousse is a daily product of mine being a child of the 80's who remembers sticky mousses that would turn your hair to a rigid mess. This is the complete opposite, non sticky and really weightless even in my hair that can turn to a greasy mess with the slightest incorrectly formulated product. I have already repurchased.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish link
Having come to the end of my beloved Dryspun Finish and yet to repurchase I am missing it greatly and on the way to giving it holy grail status. I had a can of the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray which I wanted to try before repurchasing and as you will see in a forthcoming 'Products that didn't work for me post' I was not a fan. I love the volume this gives my hair and such an instant boost especially after the end of a long day when you're popping out for drinks with friends. One such friend actually used this prior to us heading out and asked 'what is this amazing stuff'. Cue me heading over to Boots to repurchase immediately.

Liz Earle Limited Edition Cleanse & Polish in Grapefruit & Patchouli link
Whilst a fan of the famous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish I'm just a bit blah about it's original scent and as a lover of anything grapefruit-y I was really pleased when this limited edition scent was released last year. It was definitely a favourite part of my morning skincare regime (which you can read more about here) and I'm very disappointed it's come to an end.

Impulse Be Surprised Body Fragrance* link
I have a can of Impulse in my draw at work and another in my bedside cabinet at home. At work it's the perfect addition on days I've forgotten to put perfume on and at night when I want to wear a scent but not waste my perfumes. Yes it can have a slightly artificial scent on it's first spritz but the scent settles quite nicely. No it's not going to stick around for long but in emergencies it's a cheap alternative.

What did you use up this month?

*PR Sample
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Friday, July 25, 2014

My Primer Collection

Max Factor Primer

I can't quite make my mind up about Primers. As you can see I have a small collection but I can't quite decide whether they actually serve any purpose so last week I put them to the test to see whether they are worth my time and gave any support to the super sweaty weather we're having.

Laura Geller Spackle Supercharged Fortified Under Make Up Primer* link
I've used Laura Geller products on and off for years thanks to her home on QVC but strangely enough Spackle was something that only came into my possession following a blog event. Compared to a lot of primers this is a rather hefty tube and of course comes with the extra roller tip for cooling. I don't really get this addition if I'm honesty, it makes things rather messy and who has the time to sit there rolling their face in the mornings when priming? That aside the texture of this product is nice in that it's a gel and has less of the silcone-y feel from many others. I asked a friend at the end of the day whether she could see any difference in my make up and she did point out the correct side but admitted there was only a slight difference and that was because she was looking for it.

Garnier 5sec Perfect Blur link
I was interested in trying this product on it's release and luckily it came into my hands via a friend who had brought it and wasn't a fan. I find this comparible to Benefits poreFessional in texture although it seems more greasy. It certainly smooths out imperfections and provides a nice base for make up but you are almost aware of it on your skin. A mention also must be given to it's 'squirty cream' distribution from the bottle. I'm sure I've sprayed more of this product on my mirror than on my hands/face.

Max Factor Face Finity All Day Primer* link
Having used a different primer every day last week whilst preparing for this post I think this is a close favourite to Benefits thePOREfessional. It feels more like a light serum going onto the skin rather than the other primers I've tried in the past. I found little wear to my primed side of the face and it certainly added longevity to my make up even after last weeks hotter than Ibiza days.

Benefit thePOREfessional Primer link
I've learned to live with the fact I have pores that no one else pays any attention and there's little I can do about them but I originally purchased these product with unrealistic expectations that it would change my life and make them invisible to the eye. Whilst that would a stretch too far this is a fantastic primer to blur out the perfections and the longevity it gives my make up is outstanding. Benefits thePOREfessional is my go to primer for nights out and as I near the end of this tube it's definitely going to be one I repurchase.

Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer* link
Murad's skin perfecting primer is another hit for me. Similar to Benefit Murad had a slight colour to this product which for the braver amongst us might just give a sufficient base to start their day. I still applied my usual BB cream but as I was happy to walk to the station with only a covering of this before I had time to apply a full base. Again I found that make up had good longevity if not much different from my unprimed side.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer link
For some reason I've yet to try the Hourglass Primer despite owning it since I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Light Palette in Las Vegas last year. Maybe I'm worried I'll like it too much and have to pay the price - literally. So this is on my yet to try list and I will report back whether it's a hit or miss.

So after that mini testing session what are my thoughts on primers? If I'm honest I'm still not completely swayed but there are a couple in my arsenal which I'll continue using. I think I'm happy with the actual 'priming' aspect rather than expecting it aid my make up up staying on my face hour after hour.

What are your thoughts on primers, are they are faff or something you couldn't live without?

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