Elle Magazine Giveaway, The New Benefit ‘Goof Proof Brow Pencil’…

FullSizeRender-30

Elle are giving away the newest member of the Benefit family, the not yet released ‘Goof Proof Brow Pencil, in their July issue (out now). Because this product is not yet available to buy, Elle readers are the first people able to try it and trust me, this is no sample size! This will probably retail for over £20 once released, so buying this £4.10 magazine is so worth it.

The actual pencil is the same triangular shape as the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Definer’, however it is harder and therefore easier to use (and hopefully won’t snap as easily either). The only negative I have about this product is that you are unable to tell through the packaging of the magazine what colour product it is and therefore I got 6, which I am guessing is the darkest colour, as the pencil is actually black. Because of the dark colour of the pencil I have to be incredibly light when filling in my brows, but the overall effect is still impressive and natural looking.

Along with the product giveaway, included is also a card which provides readers free second eyebrow wax at a Debenhams Benefit counter after you pay for a first, which is great value for money as Benefit are famous for their waxing.

Lastly, Elle gave readers a sneak preview of the new packaging of Benefit’s eyebrow range, which also includes a couple new products. The new packaging definitely creates a more dramatic feel for these products and I can’t wait to purchase a new Brow Zings and Gimme Brow in this amazing silver form!

FullSizeRender-33

 

Advertisements

Go-To Evening Makeup…

FullSizeRender-27

Prep:

  • Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish
  • Liz Earle – Gentle Face Exfoliator
  • Liz Earle – Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer
  • Liz Earle – Skin Repair Moisturiser (Normal/Combination)
  • Nivea – Post-Shave Balm (Sensitive)
  • Gatineau – Defi Lift 3D Revolumising Lip Care

Base:

  • Charlotte Tilbury – Light Wonder Foundation (5 Medium)
  • Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Éclat
  • Benefit – Boi-ing Concealer (02)
  • Chanel – Soleil Tan de Chanel
  • Bobbi Brown – Shimmer Brick (Beige)
  • Benefit – Coralista Blusher

Eyebrows:

  • Benefit – Brow Zings
  • Model Co. – More Brows (Medium/Dark)

Eyes:

  • bareMinerals – Prime Time Eyelid Primer
  • Urban Decay – Naked 2 (Foxy, Tease and Chopper)
  • Benefit – Hoola Bronzer
  • Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner
  • Rimmel – Glam Eyes Liquid Liner
  • Revlon – Eyelash Curler
  • Red Cherry – Eyelashes (#747 S)
  • Eylure – Lashfix Clear Finish Eyelash Glue
  • Benefit – They’re Real Mascara (Black)

Lips:

  • Makeup Academy – Lip Liner (Brooding Plum)
  • Mac – Matte Lipstick (Russian Red)
  • Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Beso)

April Birchbox…

FullSizeRender-25

This month Birchbox said that they were including a Benefit sample for every box, which I was so happy about because I love Benefit and haven’t received anything by them yet. I got the Benefit ‘Dew The Hoola’ liquid bronzer, which is the exact item I wanted as I almost purchased it a couple weeks ago for myself. I absolutely love the original Hoola bronzer, as it really is the perfect shade and definitely isn’t orange, however I am so sad to say that I really don’t think this product lives up to the hype surrounding it. I applied quite a lot and the moment is has buffered into the skin it is almost undetectable and this seems to me pretty pointless. I have a reasonably pale complexion but I definitely have more colour to my skin that a lot of other people so this may be one for the extremely fair girls to try out, as it may show up a lot better. I am still happy I got to try this as I probably would have ended up buying it for myself eventually and would have been more disappointed at paying £20+ for this product.

The second makeup item I received this month is the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner. I have used this a couple of times and the staying power is incredible, I have mine on for probably around 8 hours and I even caught myself rubbing my eyes unintentionally and this stuff didn’t budge. It is incredibly creamy and pigmented and it glides on like an absolute dream. The only thing is if you are going to smudge it for a smokey effect like I did, do it quickly as it dried fast. Unfortunately, I am and always have been a liquid liner girl and I rarely line my waterline as I have quite small eyes and I don’t like closing them up even more, but I will definitely play around with this a few more times to find a look that suites me because I do really think it’s a great eyeliner.

For my skincare product this month I received the Balance Me ‘Tinted Wonder Eye Cream’. This is a really good concept that I’m surprised many brands have not caught onto yet because it seems the two elements of this product go hand in hand. This is a tinted eye cream that hydrates, plumps and firms the under eyes whilst concealing at the same time. I’m lucky to not suffer from bags or dark circles so personally I can’t see much of a difference, but I don’t tend to with any eye cream, however I can definitely feel my under eyes tightening after application and it definitely makes them feel a lot firmer.

My haircare product was the Parlor by Jeff Chastain ‘Detangling Leave-In Conditioner’. I wasn’t too excited about this product as I received a leave in conditioner by Number 4 a couple of months ago in my Birchbox and I really hated the smell of it so it kind of put me off them but I am happy to report that this one smells so good! It does what it says and detangles really well but I must admit the main reason I apply this is definitely for the smell, so I am super happy with this product.

IMG_2642

Finally, my bodycare product is one that I really was looking forward to using but am probably the most disappointed with. The Kueshi ‘Foot Care Cream’ is a foot cream that contains almond oil, royal jelly and tea tree oil so it smells amazing – I absolutely love the smell of tea tree oil, however it is so thing and I love a really thick foot cream that you can put socks on after and let soak in overnight, which is exactly why I love the Soap and Glory foot cream so much. I have used this a few times and there is no need to put on socks afterwards as it really does soak in immediately, but apart from the nice smell I haven’t noticed my feet being any softer.

Liz Earle Skin Regime…

FullSizeRender-23

I briefly mentioned that I have started using a Liz Earle skin regime in my March Favourites post but I thought I would do an entire post dedicated to reviewing/talking about the whole line that I am currently using. I was not happy with my skin regime and found myself using bits from different brands and was unimpressed with the impact it was having on my skin, so for my birthday my mum bought me the Liz Earle starter pack, which contained the cleanser, tonic and a moisturiser, I have also since bought a couple more products. I have been using the majority of these products for about a month now, so I thought this would be a great time to post as I now have a good perspective on the long-term effects of these products.

As I have already said, I have been using these products for about a month and my skin has definitely changed! Only within the past week has my skin started to really show signs of improvement, as the first 2-3 weeks of using the product really caused my skin to break out it’s worst since I can remember, however I think this may be a good thing as I feel like all the impurities were being drawn out of my skin. My skin still has a couple of spots, but overall it has left my skin feeling softer, smoother, definitely more radiant and I have noticed that I no longer get any dry patches, so overall I am really happy with the results of the Liz Earle range. I also want to point out that Liz Earle is a cruelty-free range, and although I don’t by any means claim to only buy cruelty-free products, as most of mine probably aren’t, it is just another reason as to why this brand trumps others in terms of great quality skin-care.

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is the product that I recently included in my March Favourites post, so I have already professed my love for it! I had heard so many amazing things about this cleanser before getting it myself and it definitely did not let me down in the slightest! I use one pump every morning and night and I massage it into my dry skin, I then use a hot, damp flannel to gently wipe off the cleanser on my skin and it leaves it so soft and fresh, as well as feeling cleaner than any other cleanser has left my skin! Unfortunately, I received this product whilst I was in Rome and managed to leave the muslin cloth that it came with in my hotel room, so I am yet to try one of those, but I can’t imagine it does much of a different job to a normal flannel!

Instant Boost Skin Tonic

The starter set that I got included a tiny 50ml skin tonic, which originally I was not all that excited about and wasn’t worried about the size of it, because I really only wanted the cleanser and moisturizer, but I was so wrong! This tonic smells so good, it literally smells like a spa, there is just no other way to describe the scent of it! It is pretty much finished now, but to use it I pour a generous amount onto a cotton pad and gently wipe it across my face and leave to dry for a couple of minutes before applying my moisturiser. This toner really soothes my skin and makes it feel so much fresher after using it.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

This is literally the Instant Boost Skin Tonic in spray form! As I was drawing to the end of my smaller tonic, I decided that I wanted to get the spritzer when repurchasing because I felt that the amount of cotton pads used with the tonic was extremely wasteful. With the tonic spritzer, I just spray my face 3 or 4 times from a bit of a distance and let the product sink into my skin. The spritzer version probably does not have quite the same effect to when you wipe your face down with it, but it still feels refreshing and the smell is still the same so I feel like it is quite a luxurious step within my skin regime.

Skin Repair Light Moisturiser (Combination/Oily)

First I just want to state I received this moisturiser by accident, I meant to send my mum the link for the normal moisturiser but when she bought it, the link had somehow changed to the light. My mum also accidentally bought it for combination/oily skin, whereas I am normal/combination. From the start this product was never going to work for me, but seeing as I have used it a few times I thought I might as well review it! It is definitely an extremely light moisturiser, made even lighter by the fact it is made for oily skin types so I found my skin to be quite dry after a short time, this may also have been a contribution as to why my skin took a while to clear up after I started using this regime. However, one thing I did find this moisturiser good for was to use before applying the Nivea Post-Shave Balm as a primer, as the post-shave balm is quite a rich and moisturising product and therefore my moisturiser needed to be a lot lighter.

Skin Repair Moisturiser (Normal/Combination)

Finally, this is the last product that I purchased as a replacement for the light moisturiser and I am SO much happier with this! The product smells exactly the same as the light moisturiser (a smell I must admit I am not too keen on), but the texture is so different and in the pot it almost feels like a body butter, it is so smooth and silky and an absolute dream to scoop out and apply! This definitely keeps my skin hydrated and I find that this is the product that has really made all the difference to my skin. I was initially a bit sceptical about using the same cream for day and night, as I usually like a thicker, more hydrating product for night-time but this is such a great all rounder. Can’t see myself changing moisturiser any time soon!

Overall I am incredibly happy that I decided to try out the whole Liz Earle skin regime, as I feel like products within the same brand are all made to work with each other and therefore the outcome will be so much better than if I were to use odd products from different brands. I definitely encourage anyone looking for a new regime to try out Liz Earle, as it isn’t too pricey and yet gives beautiful results! I am planning on buying the exfoliator next and will do a review of that when I do, but in the meantime if anyone has used it, I would love to know your thoughts!?

 

 

Feel Unique “Pamper Me” Beauty Box…

IMG_2365

If you have read my blog before, you will have seen that I have a Birchbox subscription and that I love receiving my monthly box of surprises and apparently my mum knows how much I love them too so she bought me this gorgeous “Pamper Me” Beauty Box from Feel Unique. Feel Unique seem to have jumped onto the beauty product box bandwagon, including boxes on their website ranging from the “Treat Yourself” beauty box containing a bath oil and candle to the “Perfect Thank You” beauty box including a candle and hand cream. The box that I received costs £18, but the items within come to a value of £60, so it is great value for money. My box contained five different pampering beauty products including the ‘Balance Me’ Super Toning Polish, ‘Jurlique’ Rosewater Balancing Mist, ‘Rituals’ Miracle Balm Ultra Softening Hand Balm, ‘Comfort Zone’ Tranquility Blend and ‘Aromatherapy Associates’ Renewing Rose Body Cream.

‘Balance Me’ Super Toning Polish

This product is a body exfoliant that claims to “boost circulation and improve skin tone”and it supposedly tones your body without exercise. This body polish is 99% natural and is scented by the juniper, geranium, lavender and bergamot oils that is contains, leaving skin feeling soft and smelling beautiful. This is a lovely, gentle exfoliant and will be great when summer comes around, as this seems to be the time that I feel the need for exfoliants the most.

‘Jurlique’ Rosewater Balancing Mist

This is another product that I will use more of in the summer as a hydrating mist perfect for when on holiday. This is a hydrating mist that is recommended for use after a long day at the office (which I currently do not have), post workout (not much of that happening either) or as a “revitalizing travel companion”. I absolutely adore anything rose scented so this will be perfect either when on the plane/post-flight as my skin and lips tend to get really dehydrated when in the air, or as a refresher when lying in the sun. To use, you just spray a couple times onto the face and gently press it into your skin and wait for it to settle. This is also lovely to give a dewy effect either before or after applying makeup.

‘Rituals’ Miracle Balm Ultra Softening Hand Balm

Rituals is a brand that is regularly included in Birchbox, however I have never personally received anything by the brand, although I have wanted to try out the foaming shower gel for a long time. I am not disappointed at all by this brand and this White Lotus and Ginkgo Biloba scented hand balm is out of this world. It is definitely not a hand cream and I would recommend probably only using this before you go to sleep as the product does stay on the skin for a while, leaving quite a sticky and somewhat unpleasant texture, but the result is magical and produces the softest results. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that struggles with dry hands, it will resolve all of your problems!

‘Comfort Zone’ Tranquility Blend

This product is the one that I was the most unsure about when i got the box, however it is the product that I have used the most since. It took me a while to work out what this product’s purpose is as the descriptions are quite ambiguous, however from what I gather it is an oil scented with rosewood, vanilla and cedar that is applied to the “pulse points” (I apply to my neck and wrists) before bed to endure a tranquil sleep. I don’t really have much of a problem sleeping at the moment, which is a nice change, but I do love applying this as the smell is incredibly comforting and I usually apply perfume after my bath before bed, so this product have replaced that.
FullSizeRender-17

‘Aromatherapy Associates’ Renewing Rose Body Cream

Finally, Aromatherapy Associates is another brand that I have wanted to try out for a while but have never gotten around to it. This is a gorgeous rose scented body cream and it smells AMAZING. I have only used this briefly on my arms to test the product out but I do not want to use it now because the size is perfect for travelling at 40 ml, so I would rather save it for when I go to Amsterdam next week. From what I have experienced, the products is extremely moisturizing and leaves skin smelling and feeling great.

Beauty Haul…

IMG_2326

Chanel ‘Soleil Tan De Chanel’

This product claims to be a “bronzing makeup base”, however I got this product to use as a cream bronzer/contour. This bronzer has a gorgeous velvet mousse/cream consistency, which leaves a more natural and softer finish. I apply this using a Real Techniques buffing brush and use underneath my cheekbones and on my forehead as a contour. This is such a beautiful product and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

Bobbi Brown ‘Shimmer Brick Compact’

This shimmer brick comes in a beautiful compact with a very useful mirror. I use this product as a highlighter and got it in the shade “beige”, as this creates a bit more of a darker highlight – perfect for when you have a tan. The shades within this compact range from a light white shade down to a darker brown/bronze shade so it is versatile in terms of the colour highlight you would like to achieve. I have wanted this product for over 6 months now, so I am extremely happy to have added it to my collection.

Nars ‘Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer”

I have always been comfortable with my skin and I usually go day to day without applying any makeup onto my skin, however recently my skin has been getting gradually worse and I found myself using my foundation every day. I decided that I probably need to invest in a tinted moisturizer in order to save my foundation, as well as to not apply such a heavy product on a daily basis. After comparing this tinted moisturizer with both the Laura Mercier one and one from bareMinerals, this definitely came up trumps. It has such a full coverage for a tinted moisturizer and also has such a radiant glow – as the name may suggest. Not only that, but people have been commenting on how good my skin looks without even realising that I am wearing anything on it. This is probably my best investment this year so far. The shade of this product is “Light 3 – Groenland”.

Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Definer’

I have been using the same palette of Benefit brow zings for about 3 years now and I decided as this one has run out, to try a new product. I have been recommended Anastasia Beverly Hills so many times and have even bought the brow wiz for someone as a birthday present, which they were extremely happy with. So I decided to get the new brow definer, which are similar to the brow products from both Tom Ford and Hourglass, but a bit cheaper. I have this product in the shade “taupe”, as although I have dark brown hair and almost black eyebrows, I don’t like my eyebrows being overpowering and this light shade fills them in without it looking drawn on. This is my first time using a pencil-type product for my eyebrows so I am still getting used to it, but so far so good. I do, however, want to invest in the dipbrow pomade, as I think I still prefer using a brush.

Clarins ‘Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil’

I have quite big lips and they are constantly dry and cracked, no matter how much I apply lip balm. I saw this lip oil and thought that it may be a bit more nourishing and longer lasting. On first impressions, the product is more of a sticky gloss consistency rather than an oil, however it plumps up my lips making them look bigger (which I love) and also leaves them nourished and moisturised for longer than any of my lip balms.

bareMinerals ‘Prime Time’

I have a problem with my eyeshadow staying on all day and find that the product tends to move and my lids become oily. This stuff has changed my life! It is an eyelid primer that creates a smooth surface to apply my eyeshadow on top of and once the shadow is applied, there is no moving it. The product stays on all day/night and looks perfectly matte. I even have to work extra hard to get the product off, with it still feeling matte and dry when covered with water. Great product that I would recommend to anyone!

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick and Foundation Review…

IMG_1996

I have been watching Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup tutorials on youtube for a few years now, so I was excited when I was able to purchase my first item of her makeup collection from her Covent Garden store in December.

The item that I purchased from the Charlotte Tilbury shop was the “Light Wonder Foundation” in the colour 5 Medium (£32). The woman working in the shop briefly tested the colour on me and claimed that it matched perfectly, however now when I apply it I can easily say that this colour is way too dark and orange for my light skin tone. I think the lighting within the shop was perhaps too dark and I personally feel that makeup shops should have reliable lighting in order to choose the correct colours. Although the colour is too dark for me I still continue to wear it, albeit mainly at night to avoid strange looks and the consistency and application of the product is flawless. It leaves a beautiful glowing, dewy effect on the skin (which I love), however as it is a lighter coverage in comparison to Charlotte Tilbury’s “Magic Foundation”, you do need apply a couple of layers in order to get a fuller coverage. Overall, I absolutely adore this foundation and will definitely purchase again, maybe just in a lighter colour.

Shortly after purchasing the foundation, I received Charlotte Tilbury’s “Mini Lipstick Charms” (£29) as a Christmas gift as this makeup line was probably all I talked about in the run-up to Christmas. This trio contains miniatures of Charlotte Tilbury’s “K.I.S.S.I.N.G” lipstick range and are packaged in Tilbury’s beautiful signature rose gold. The three colours within the pack are “So Marilyn” (the red on the far left in the picture above), “Bitch Perfect”(the nude colour in the middle in the image above) and “Penelope Pink” (a pinky lighter nude on the far right). I usually use matte lipsticks so this collection was a nice change as they give a more smooth and glossy finish, however as expected, reapplication is needed a lot more frequently than with a matte lipstick. Every single colour is beautiful and glides on like a dream, however I feel that £29 for this set of miniatures (or £23 for one single lipstick) is way too overpriced for what this is and there are many more lipsticks on the market of the same quality for a fraction of the price.

All in all, I feel that the foundation is great value for money, as I would usually spend approximately £40 on a foundation, but the lipsticks are just way too overpriced, although beautiful. The next item I would like to try would be the “Magic Foundation”, as I feel that foundations may be Charlotte Tilbury’s strong point and after being so impressed with the “Light Wonder Foundation”, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.