Tuesday, 29 July 2014

E.L.F. Lipsticks in Sociable and Fearless

E.L.F. products are notoriously cheap, however this doesn't necessarily mean they compromise on quality. These lipsticks are no exception! Sociable, which is on the left in the picture, is a bright pink with a hint of silver shimmer and Fearless is a beautiful rich red. They are both a creme finish, and they feel very creamy and moisturising on the lips. I would say Sociable feels a little drier, possibly down to the shimmer, however you cannot feel a huge difference.

As you can see the pigmentation is great. Fearless does tend to stain your lips (which has its pros and cons!) and they both have good lasting power. I would definitely suggest using a lip liner with Fearless as it is hard to apply, but then again I am no pro. The packaging is not the best, but it does the job, and what can you expect for £1.95. It has a light fruity scent, which I do tend to associate with cheaper lipsticks, but it is not overpowering by any means.

What is your favourite brand for cheaper lipsticks?

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Max Factor Facefinity Primer

From previous posts I am sure you are aware I do love a good primer, therefore I am always excited to try out something new. Recently Max Factor brought out The Facefinity All Day Primer, an extension of the oh so popular foundation; Facefinitiy 3 in 1 foundation. The foundation was raved about so much they decided to separate the primer from the foundation and make it into a standalone product.

The Facefinity primer promises to extend the wear of your foundation, to mattify your skin and to protect your skin with SFP 20 (which is great). It contains micro correctors which supposedly help to absorb sweat and sebum, keeping your face sweat free. It comes in a 30ml glass container with a built in pump making it easy to access, and one pump is enough to cover your face, so you waste very little. It has a faint smell that is very inoffensive.

Unlike my favourite Clarins Primer, the Facefinity primer does not have that silicon feel that I love. Instead it is a very light primer that looks somewhat like moisturiser. It sinks into your skin very quickly leaving no trace but a mattified area. I apply using my fingers, leaving a smooth matte canvas for the rest of my makeup and I can barely feel it's there. My foundation applies evenly, even on dry patches and the wear time for this primer is like no other. At the end of the day my makeup is intact and takes little maintenance – I would almost describe it like glue for makeup.

If you are looking to make your makeup last all day long, I cannot recommend this primer enough. It has replaced my favourite Clarins primer and I can see myself repurchasing this again and again. It doesn’t really do anything for pores, nor does it claim to – I just need to find that perfect combination of the Clarins primer and this.

What primer do you recommend?

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Benefit Watt's Up! Highlighter

Highlighters come in many forms; cream, liquid, powder and mineral, and they all provide a different finish. Having tried all different forms, without fail my go to highlighter is Benefit Watt's Up! cream highlighter. This beautiful champagne coloured highlighter provides a soft subtle glow, with a slight shimmer. It has a creamy consistency, which is very soft, easy to apply and lasts all day long, so no need for any touch ups.

Like all of Benefits packaging the Watt's Up! highlighter is a stand out product. At one end is the highlighter stick, and at the other is a sponge to blend the product. My favourite way to use this highlighter is above the brow, on the brow bone, on the bridge of the nose and on the cheek bone. It can also be used as an eye shadow or on the inner corner of your eyes to make you appear more awake.

I tend not to use this the sponge to apply the product, but a small brush and blend with my fingers if need be before using powder. I then apply powder to all areas of my face, avoiding where I have just applied the highlighter. I sometimes apply this after I powder, however it can drags my makeup a little, making it hard to blend out. I would avoid using this on dry skin as it can become a little cakey, which is not a pretty sight!

At £24.50 it is pretty expensive, however you do get a lot of highlighter for your money and therefore it will last you a long long time. I would highly recommend giving Watt's Up! a go :)

What is your favourite highlighter?

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Moroccanoil Treatment in Light

For the past few years I have been using the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment religiously, however this past month I have been using the Moroccanoil Treatment in Light £31.85* for fine and light coloured hair. As the name would suggest, the formula is very light in terms of both weight and colour, but it still provides a nourishing treatment without weighing the hair down.

I use the treatment quite sparingly, as a little goes a long way, applying a 50p size amount to the ends of my hair.  It has a light scent, which I really love and it absorbs very quickly whilst helping to detangle my hair. Unlike the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, I have been able to use the Moroccanoil Treatment on both wet and dry hair, as it is not greasy or sticky and leaves a nice sheen.

Although it is suggested that people with fine or light coloured hair use this product, both my mum and I use this, my mum who has very thick hair, and myself who has fine hair but lots of it. My mum swears by this - proving it can be used on different hair types, not just light and coloured. After using for a month, my hair is feeling and looking so healthy (even after being in the sun for long periods of time), and after each use my hair feels amazingly soft and shiny. Even my split ends appear less noticeable. I am officially a convert to Moroccanoil.

At £30 for 100ml it is expensive, however this will last you a long time. I use this a few times a week and have barely made a dent in the bottle (The Macademia oil, which is 125ml, lasted me over a year) so it really is worth your money. 

Which is your favourite hair oil treatment?

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