Marie Claire Giveaway, Benefit’s New ‘Ready, Set, Brow!’…

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Last month Elle gave readers the Benefit ‘Goof Proof’ brow pencils, which I have since been addicted to and used every single day, so when I saw that Marie Claire were giving away an invisible eyebrow gel (the very product I having been looking to buy), I snapped it up immediately. Marie Claire retails at £3.99, so for that price you are also receiving a near full sized benefit product that would retail for nearly five times that amount. I have been using this product constantly as I’ve felt that my Model Co. brow gel was too pigmented and looked almost as if I was painting my brows, however this invisible gel shows your real brow colour through it and the result is a lot more natural.

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One thing that I did find really odd about this product is the spoolie, which unlike other brow gel spoolies, is a hard one with bristles that don’t continue the whole way around, rather just on two of the sides. This has taken some getting used to as I feel like a softer spoolie gives off a softer effect. I have found myself using the spoolie from my Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Definer’ on top of this, but I will probably give that up once I have become more accustomed to this brush.

Overall, I am really happy with this product, my eyebrows do not move all day and the transparent gel really proves for a more natural look. I would definitely recommend buying this month’s issue of Marie Claire to get this amazing product at a discounted price.

 

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

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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!

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Go-To Evening Makeup…

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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…

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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.

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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.