Monday, August 28, 2017

Must Have Products For A Flawless Base

I've been trying so many new products recently, and I have bucket-loads of content to share. I really didn't know where to begin, but I was bursting to share these two items with you as they've teamed together to create my most flawless skin yet. 

Too Faced is a brand I more or less always have successes with, but having products become firm favourites in my make-up routine takes something extra special. 

I'm kind of late to the party with this primer.. oops. I'd wanted to try it since it was raved about from people I know to huge influencers and finally I have! I struggle to get obsessed with a primer as I'm not entirely sure they're ever 'life-changing', (as I totally expect all of my make-up to be). I usually look at how a primer instantly makes my skin look when judging a primer as opposed to the longevity, (seems a bit silly really), but this is possibly the first time I've felt like my make-up stays put and I can go the whole day without sigh-ing at patchy foundation. In regards to reviving my skin I'm not sure I can comment as I'm quite an oily gal meaning my skin is pretty lively anyway, but it feels so refreshing and rejuvenating. I must comment on the scent which smells just like coconut water. I do like the scent, but it definitely has that 'earthy' vibe. Overall this is a killer product, and I have my eyes on the setting spray next.

Please. Stop what you're doing and purchase this powder immediately. It's that life-changing. I really hadn't heard much about this powder before buying it, but like I said above, I'm usually pretty successful when it comes to Too Faced products, so I had reasonable hope. I felt like I hadn't found the setting powder of my dreams. Sure, I love the Laura Mercier powder, the Kat Von D one passes, but I really wanted one that was going to take my base to astronomical levels. (Really, I don't ask for much!). 
PS, if you hadn't already guessed.. I found it!
This powder blurs my skin out to perfection. It's like looking at my skin without glasses on aka a dream. I don't find it drying under my eyes yet it keeps my concealer in place with not a crease in sight. My only complaint is the packaging as it has this odd lid on top that means I struggle to dispense the product. A minor problem but one to mention for sure. 
If you're on the market for a new setting powder, or even if you're not and you couldn't care less about a setting powder, please give this one a go! 

Who knew I could write a short story on a setting powder? Let's call it passion for make-up..
Let me know below your favourite products for your flawless base! 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Multi-Masking With L'Oreal

I've been wanting to do this post for so long, since the first three L'Oreal masks launched actually. I'm glad I held out a little longer as they've added two new masks to the range! It's about time a drugstore brand brought out a range of face masks catered to everyones individual concerns. I wasn't familiar with the concept of 'multi-masking' until L'Oreal launched a huge campaign around it. It's a combination skin types dream. It's so common to have a variety of skin concerns and we should be able to combat them all, and now we can do so on a budget!

Let's begin with the first three masks that L'Oreal launched for this collection. The Detox MaskGlow Mask & the Purity Mask. I love the Detox mask. It really does give my skin the overhaul that it needs, drawing out built up impurities and allowing my pores to breathe. This is great for the t-zone where most of our 'gunk' builds up, so I like to accompany this with the Glow mask which I use on my cheeks and chin. The Glow mask is great for sloughing away dead skin cells and retexturing the skin giving it the 'glow'. My only qualm with this product is that the exfoliating beads stick around a little longer than I'd like! This is generally a problem I have with most exfoliating masks, and it really bugs me. The Purity mask is similar to the Detox mask in the sense that it purifies and deep cleanses the skin. The ingredients in the two are very similar, so I'd only suggest purchasing one if you're looking at them!

Here are the two newbies on the scene! The Blemish Rescue Mask and the Bright Mask. My eyes were drawn the the Blemish Rescue mask instantly as that's another problem area for me. I have to say, I'm not really won over by this product as I don't feel it tackled any concerns for my skin. My skin felt like it could breathe after use, but I don't feel it treated my blemishes. As far as multi-masking goes with a blemish mask, I love using it as a spot treatment, and using other masks to target other areas of my skin!
I purchased the Bright mask to complete the collection despite it not being something I was too concerned with. It turns out that this is one of my favourites of all of the masks as you can feel it getting to work on your skin. This is another one I would use on my cheeks and chin, and opt for a deep cleansing mask for my t-zone. I 100% prefer this to the glow mask as it has natural exfoliators in it as opposed to actual beads! 

For £7.99, I definitely recommend finding a couple of masks that suit your skin concerns and playing around with multi-masking. Each mask only needs to be on the skin for 10 minutes which is perfect for a mid-week pamper. Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these masks out, or if you're a fan of multi-masking too!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Beauty Trends - Liquid Highlighters

I'm back with another beauty trends post! This time I want to discuss liquid highlighters. They've been around for quite some time, but it's only recently that we're seeing brands of all shapes and sizes release their own take on the trend. 

Liquid highlighting isn't my first choice for a few reasons. Finding a formula that works alongside your foundations and other make-up is quite the challenge. Who else has done a full face of make-up only to trip at the last hurdle with a dodgy liquid highlighter?! That, and the more subtle finish is generally what steers me away. Because of this, I don't own a huge amount of them in comparison to my ever-growing powder highlighter collection, but the ones that I do own caught my eye. 

Shades L to R - Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, Aventurine & Amethyst 

If you know me, you'll know I'll buy pretty much anything Colour Pop releases. I was particularly interested in the 'Crystal' collection as it was a whole host of products that Colour Pop had never created before. Since the price is always right, I decided to pick up all four of the liquid highlighters to put to the test. 

I've tried them a variety of ways, mixing them in with my foundation and using them as intended, a liquid highlighter. With them being that on-trend holographic effect, mixing them with foundation isn't a great option as they alter the colour of my foundation. However, they were beautiful as an actual liquid highlighter! I was pleasantly surprised when I dabbed on the product to my cheekbones and was left with a beautiful duochrome luminosity. Yes, they are subtle, but the shift in colour makes them much more interesting than your average highlighter.

These are genuinely a game changer when it comes to liquid highlighters. They don't come cheap, but they certainly pack a punch. This is the only liquid highlighter I've found that isn't subtle and provides an intense glow with one drop! There's quite a few different shades, but I opted for a classic icy champagne colour. I'm not sure you'd need more than one of these unless you're a die-hard fan, but as far as liquid highlighters go, these are in the lead!

This is a two-in-one product from Urban Decay, but all about 'that glow'. The prime function of this product is to mix it in with your foundation to create an illuminated base, but you can definitely use it to light up your cheekbones with an ethereal glow. I prefer it as the mix in medium, but it definitely adds a slightly radioactive looking effect if you add too much so be careful! As you can probably tell, I can't resist the more unusual shades of highlight so if you're like me, you'd love this tone of blue glistening on your cheekbones. 

That's all I have for liquid highlighters! I know so many people who opt for these over the powder option, it really depends on your preference! I'm sure there's one that suits everybody's taste, whether it's mixed in with your foundation, or dabbed on the high points of your face. Let me know in the comments any that you've found that you love!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

L'Oreal Paradise Collection - Is It Worth The Hype?

I first spotted this collection rearing it's head through US beauty bloggers social media channels and from the rave reviews, I couldn't wait for it to hit the UK! I was initially only aware of the mascara being released but during my Superdrug sweep, I saw a collection of 'Paradise' products which swiftly ended up in my basket. It's always exciting when the drugstore comes out with new products and it's even better when they rival the higher end brands. The question is, is it worth it? 

The mascara has to be first! I'm sure we all know that L'Oreal do some of the best mascaras on the market, so I was eager to try this one especially as every person who's tried it has sung it's praises. I've used it every single day since I purchased it and it truly is amazing and in keeping with L'Oreal's quality mascaras. The wand is around medium size with a fibre brush and the formula is enriched with castor oil, (amazing for lashes!). 
I'll mention that this is the first mascara that has transferred when used on my lower lashes. I'm not sure what the cause of that is, but I had to resign this as my lower lash mascara and only use it for the top! That aside, it lengthens my lashes whilst also adding the right amount of volume. Whether you're looking for a new mascara or not, this is worth giving a go! 

I had no knowledge of this product until I saw it in Superdrug and I'm so surprised! How is this not shouted about more?! I mean, it's a direct dupe to my holy grail brow product Benefit's 'Ka-Brow'. That conclusion is based on the packaging and innovation solely as the formula is quite different. I got mine in the shade 'Brunette' which is the second darkest shade in the range. I'm so impressed with the components, the brush is super fine and stiff enough to create perfect brows. My stance on the actual pomade formula is that it could do with a bit of work. It's not as creamy as the pomades I'm used to and has the slightest waxy feel to it, but for a drugstore alternative, I'm happy with it. 

I know there is a kajal liner that is part of the 'Paradise' range, but I'm pretty stuck in my ways with eyeliners so it takes some top recommendations for me to pick up something different! 

What do you think of the L'Oreal Paradise range? Is it something you'd be interested in? I'd say the two products I've tried are definitely worth trying out and I hope this brow pomade is paving the way for other drugstore brands to create their own version!

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