Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner | Review

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner

When it comes to skincare, Clarins has always been one of my go to brands. It's one of those brands which I remember from when I was a little girl, as it's always something my Mum used and so far, I've never been dissapointed with any of their products, although some of them are a little out of my budget - but hey, I'd give up nice food for a week to have great skin! 

This year, I've been making more of an effort to invest in my skincare and I'm already seeing the benefits of doing this - I've had less breakouts, redness and dryness already and it's only just March. But one thing which I found was missing from my skincare routine was a good toner, I've always been one of those people who never really saw the point in using a toner, until I actually bothered to do a bit of research into what they do. Toners are meant to be used after cleansing to restore your skin's pH balance and also tighten pores, leaving your skin feeling refreshed, looking younger and feeling smoother. I read a lot more into this and you can find out all sorts of information on what toners are best for you, etc just by giving it a quick google. I found this article by Paula's Choice to be very informative if your interested. 

I decided to buy the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner after receiving a lot of recommendations from you lovely lot, telling me that this was the best toner you've ever used and you weren't wrong! I have a bit of an obsession with exfoliating my face, I do it pretty much every other night so having something which will help me with this without being abrasive appealed to me. This is also a better way to exfoliate your skin if you have a problem with spots as it exfoliates your skin without breaking the spot and spreading the bacteria across your face, therefore spreading the break out - lovely I know!

This toner contains Tamarind for gentle exfoliation and to rid your skin of all of those nasty dead skin cells without stripping your skin of all of its natural goodness and White Nettle to refine your pores and tone the skin, leaving you with a smooth feel to your skin. The liquid is slightly thicker than water, which surprised me at first, as other Clarins toners that I've tried have been very liquidy (if that's a word!). 

I've been using this toner for a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say I've noticed a great improvement in my skin. When I started using this toner, I had quite a lot of tiny bumps on my skin which would show up when I applied my foundation and powder, but since using this toner they've virtually dissapeared and my skin now looks fresher and smoother when I apply my make up. I've also been experiencing less dryness which I've always suffered with, due to the exfoliating aspects of this toner. As for the brightening qualities, I can honestly say my skin has had more of a glow to it since I've been using this, so it's amazing at beating that winter dullness. 

As you can probably already tell, I'm so impressed with this toner and I've honestly never tried a better one. Clarins has done it again and I can see myself repurchasing this as soon as it starts running low. I bought this from Escentual for £20, as they seem to sell it £5 cheaper than anywhere else, so if your thinking about trying this out, I'd definitely reccomend getting it from there! 

New IN: Benefit 'Gimme Brow' | Your Brow's New Best Friend

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Hello Lovelies! On Friday morning I was pleasantly surprised by the postman when he dropped off a pretty pink package on my desk at work, not knowing what it was as I hadn't ordered anything I ripped into the parcel and my unruly brows jumped for joy when these little beauties fell into my hands. Benefit really do send out the best blogger mail, it was the perfect surprise to cheer up a dreary Friday! 

Gimme Brow is Benefit's newest product launch, and let me tell you, its a good'en! Gimme Brows is a brush-on fiber gel that creates brows where there were non before, making it the perfect product for brow-less girls like me! I pretty much have no brows so anything that can give me fuller, natural looking brows is perfect for me, I usually opt for the Benefit Browzings to fill in my brows, but their new Gimme Brow makes the perfect addition to my brow routine. 

Gimme Brow gives you a natural, fuller looking finish and it really does pick up little hairs you never even knew were there, tinting them to match your brows and therefor filling them out. It has a tiny little brush, much like a little pointy mascara wand, which makes it perfect for getting a defined shape. I'm in no way a skilled professional so brow gels with large wands are a no go for me as I always end up with thick, out of shape looking brows, or gel on my forehead - so the Gimme Brow is perfect for people like me! As I said, my brows are pretty much non existent, so I do like to use a little bit of the powder from the Benefit Browzings just to add a little colour, then I sweep the Gimme Brow across my brows to set them in place all day. I often find that when I just use a powder or a pencil, my brows can move out of shape, but Gimme Brow sets them in place all day and stops them from moving or smudging across my face. I thought I'd pop in a picture of the finished look so you could all see what I've been babbling on about: 

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

The Benefit 'Gimme Brow' retails at £17.50 and is available on their website (HERE) and on their counters. It comes in Light/Medium and Medium/Deep, I've been using the Medium/Deep shade as my hair is a medium brown shade, but if you've got blonde locks, then I'd definitely go for the Light/Medium shade which I've given to my Mum! 

Gelicious At Home Shellac | Review

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Hello Ladies! A while back I tweeted that I'd just given myself a gel manicure at home, and a lot of you then asked me how/what I used, etc. Today I'm going to review Gelicious which is the brand I used to give myself the gel nails and talk you through how you do your own Shellac at home! 

I've always been interested in getting my nails done properly at a salon with Shellac, but as my natural nails are so terrible that it always seems pointless to pay that much money without getting extensions. Obviously I know that having Shellac done helps your nails to grow a lot longer but I'm just so impatient! When Gelicious contacted me asking if I would like to try one of their Gelicious Starter Kits* I was thrilled, as I've always wanted nice gel nails, I just haven't wanted to pay to go to a salon and have them still look short and ugly, but if I can do them in the comfort of my own home for a cheaper price - I'm all for it!

The starter kits come with a UV lamp to set the gel nails, a colour of your choice and an ultra glaze top coat to give your nails that nice shiny gel look. I was sent the colour 'Little Prince George' which I just think is so cute. 'Little Prince George' is a pastel blue colour with little white polka dots, inspired by the dress Kate wore when she left the hospital. I'm a sucker for all things pastel, so this was right up my street. Gelicious have so many colours though, so if you were looking into buying more colours then you really are spoilt for choice. I've added so many to my wishlist to buy when I finally get paid this month. From neon pinks to sparkly colours, Gelicious really have one of the best gel colour ranges I've seen. 

Now onto the product itself. The whole process takes about 5 mins per hand and in the picture above, I have used two thin coats of the colour as this is what is reccomended. The application process really couldn't have been any easier. It really is just like painting your nails, except once you've cured them under the UV lamp, they are completely dry and you can go about your business without worrying if you've smudged your nails. I really couldn't get over how much better the gel colour looked on my nails than regular nail polish. I've even got my housemate hooked on the stuff, who is now looking into buying her own kit!

The polish lasted almost two weeks before I decided to soak it off, as this grows out with your nails and it was really in need of a touch up. Considering my nails don't usually last one day without chipping, this is a miracle. I normally have very thin nails but Gelicious made them feel and look so much stronger and it also stopped me biting my nails so it allowed my nails to grow longer. 

I'm seriously in love with this kit and am definitely going to be buying at least one pink colour and one sparkly colour so I can mix up my nails a little when I feel like a change! The starter kits are currently on sale at £88 which may seem expensive now, but I really see it as an investment. £88 will get you three trips to the salon to get Shellac nails, this will get you that and so much more as the nail polish bottles are quite big. 

Ebay Make-Up Brushes | Review

Sunday, 23 February 2014

eBay Make Up Bruses - LINK

Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having a lovely weekend, as your reading this I'll be at Pro Beauty, no doubt fighting my way through the crowds to snag a bargain! I haven't been in 2 years so I'm excited to go back and get some products from my favourite brands such as Clarins and Elemis as well as picking up some nail goodies! Last week sometime I put up a picture of my new pink make up brushes on Instagram (@becky_derbyshire) and I got a lot of comments or tweets asking me where they were from, so I thought it would be easiest to do a blog post on them. 

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that enough was enough, as I was fed up of not having enough eye brushes to change up my make up looks more often. I only had a couple of eyeshadow brushes, and as I've got more into make up and my collection has grown, so has my desire to try out some different colours on my eyes, so only having 4 eye brushes was not ideal. So I decided to take a quick look on eBay to see if there was anything that looked like it could work. Now don't get me wrong, I love my Real Techniques and Sigma brushes and if I could afford to buy as many as I got in this kit I would have, but I was going for quantity over anything else here. 

I spotted these brushes from Fraulein 38, a seemingly popular brand on eBay as there were tonnes of these make up brushes available if you search for make up brush set in the search bar. I got 34 make up brushes in this set for £7.99 so it was a complete bargain! But were they any good? Actually yes, they are surprisingly soft, they wash well and they are easy to work with. I had every expectation that these brushes would malt everywhere and I would end up covered in brush hairs but so far they've held it together, even when I washed them. The also all have a long handle, a similar length to the Sigma brush handles, which I think is great as you can hold the brush as near or far away as possible to get the most precision in your eyeshadow application. 

I do realize that baby pink make up brushes may not be to everybody's taste, as they are super girly but this kit does come in lots of different colours, like black if your looking for a sleek looking brush set. I personally love the pink colour and think it looks so cute on my table, but I can completely see why some of you may hate them! 

As you can see from the pictures, this set comes with a variety of face brushes from large powder brushes to smaller angled brushes, perfect for highlighting. What I also loved about this set is that it came with two fan brushes, I've wanted one of these for ages so having two different size ones was perfect! It also comes with a huge variation of eye brushes, is what originally drew me to this set. I often find that brush sets focus mainly on the face brushes, leaving you with the odd eye brush but this one has really gone all out and provides you with a wider variety of sizes and shapes. The only critisizm I have of this is that it doesn't come with a fluffy brush which I would use to blend out my eyeshadow. 

Have you ever bought any make up brushes from eBay? I'd love to know what you thought of them or if there are any other kits worth picking up!

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation | Review

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having a fab week, and don't worry if you aren't because it's nearly the weekend! This weekend I'm going to Pro Beauty which I'm so excited about. I've heard that Elemis, Clarins and Claudelie are going to be there so I'm excited to buy some new skincare, as it's something I've become a lot more interested in this year. Anyway, today I thought I would pop up a review of one of my all time favourite and most repurchased foundations, the YSL Le Tient De Touche Eclat, otherwise know as the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation. 

When this foundation was first released I was given a little sample pot by the lovely lady who worked on my local YSL counter and as much as I didn't want to fall in love with the foundation, I couldn't help it. As soon as it was released I picked up a full size bottle and since then, I've gone through another 2 bottles. Foundations aren't really something I repurchase that often as I'm always on the look out for the next best thing, but this is one of those products I feel like I need in my collection at all times. 

The YSL Touche Eclat foundation is a dewy finish foundation designed to give you that radiant, healthy glow that so many of us strive for. I'd say this was a medium coverage foundation, which you can build up if you feel like you need to, but I feel like if you do that then you lose some of its brilliant qualities. The foundation feels lightweight on your skin which is something I love about this product, there's nothing I hate more than feeling like I've got a face caked in foundation. This foundation also smells really nice, it's hard to explain but it smells kind of fresh, which I love. 

As I said, this is a dewy foundation, so if you do have very oily skin then this one may not be the best for your skin type as it does have a tendency to slide a little on very oily skin. My skin usually starts out quite dry but by lunch time my skin has started to get quite oily, and I find that this foundation is okay as long as I set it with a bit of powder and keep my compact with me for touch ups, which I find necessary with all foundations. 

Another thing I love about this foundation is the colour range. I have the shade BD10 which is one of the lightest yellow toned shades, but the shade range is very varied and ranges from very pale to very dark, all with neutral, yellow and pink toned variations on each shade. As there are so many shades available, I would reccomend that you go get colour matched at your local counter, that way you won't make any expensive mistakes! 

I seriously do love this foundation and it really is one that I find hard to fault. I don't use this every day anymore as some days I prefer a more matte finish, and also as this is quite an expensive foundation I don't want to waste this on an ordinary day! 

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream | Review

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope your all having a fab week! One thing I'm loving about this week is that it's finally starting to get a bit lighter when I leave work, I really miss the days of walking home in the summer sunshine and being able to take blog pictures whenever I liked! Anyway, if you read my blog regularly then you'll probably already know that I picked this product up to go with my Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub while there was a 3 for 2 offer on. 

Much like the breakfast scrub, this body butter smells divine. If your a big lover of the maple syrup scent of the Breakfast Scrub, then you'll probably be a fan of this one too. The Smoothie Star body butter doesn't smell as strong as it's accompanying scrub, but it still smells delicious. The Smoothie Star body butter smells a lot like vanilla and biscuits mixed together, but in a really nice way, not in a fake tan biscuit smell way! Soap & Glory say that this body butter has the scent of Pistachio, Almond, and sweet vanilla which I would have to agree with. This body butter is essentially comfort food for your skin. 

The Soap & Glory Smoothie Star body butter has a lightly wipped formula making it feel light on your skin, and sink in ever so quickly - something which I look for in my moisturisers as I'm way to impatient to wait around for my legs to dry before putting my jeans on! This body butter has an intensive 5 oil nourishing formula, and you can really tell that it does. My skin always feels silky smooth and soft after using this with the Breakfast Scrub. 

And I could hardly finish without mentioning the packaging. Like a lot of the Soap & Glory body butters, this comes in a girly, vintage-inspired tub which looks so pretty sat on my bedside table. I believe that this also comes in a lotion form which comes in a bottle with a pump, so if that's more your thing then maybe the lotion would be best for you. 

Overall, I love this moisturiser. It does exactly what I was looking for - it sinks in and dries fast and leaves me with really soft skin which smells good enough to eat! What are your favourite Soap & Glory products? I can never seem to resist the S & G isle purely because of all the pretty packaging! 

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Serum | Review

Monday, 17 February 2014

Hello Beauties! It's not often that I do a post about a hair product, mainly because apart from the Moroccan Oil and Bumble & Bumble products that I've tried, nothing has really wowed me until now. I have been suffering with thin hair as a result of over-straightening my hair for well over a year now and it can be a real pain to style, so I picked up the new L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology collection on a whim in Boots. When this was released it was on 3 for £10 which I think is a pretty good deal as this serum was around £7 on its own. I have been using the shampoo and conditioner as well as this serum, but I think the results are mainly down to the serum, so that's what I'm going to talk to you about today. 

This serum is made up of two different serums which are kept separate in the bottle, but when you pump it out they mix together which is supposed to make the serum work better according to L'Oreal. The first part of the serum is a clear liquid which is the thickening part. This part of the serum is enriched with Filloxane which penetrates the hair fiber and expands it to make your hair appear thicker. The second part of the serum is made up of a pink liquid which is a perfecting serum. I think it's a really good idea that L'Oreal have combined the two products as I often find that volumising and thickening products make my hair a little frizzy, so the perfecting serum is great for helping to combat this. 

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first. Its so easy to fall for all of the scientific jargon on a product, there to con you into thinking its actually going to work and I was convinced that this would be the same. However, I have been seriously impressed with this product. My hair has been looking noticeably thicker without being fly away and poodle-esque. It now feels so much thicker when I'm brushing, straitening or tieing it up. This product is also great if your ends are thinner than your roots, which often happens when your using a lot of heat on your hair. I've found that the ends of my hair have been looking a lot thicker and I've actually had comments asking if I've been wearing hair extensions because my hair has been looking thicker. 

Like I said, I have been using this with the shampoo and conditioner which I also love, so it may be that this serum works a lot better when you use the whole collection. I really reccomend this product to anyone suffering with thin hair, and it's definitely a range I will be repurchasing. 

Spring Wishlist

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Hello Ladies! I honestly can't believe how quickly this year is going, it's almost March already! Now that Spring is approaching I thought I would show you all what's on my wishlist. Some of these items I obviously won't be buying due to funds, but I'm hoping I'll be able to treat myself to some of these items this season!

1. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Do I really need to say anything about this product? This has been on my wishlist for a long time now, but I've never purchased it due to the price and the fact that it doesn't have a pump, which is a pet hate of mine. I've never heard a bad word said about this foundation so I'm hoping one day I'll get the chance to try it out. 

2. The Narsassist Palette -  Yet another beauty blogger favourite, this palette burst on to the scene last month and I've had my eye on it ever since, but there's no way I could afford to spend £50 on an eye-shadow palette right now. I'm a big lover of neutral palettes and love my UD Naked palettes to bits, so there's no doubt that I would love this, but seeing as it's limited edition, I doubt I'll be getting my hands on it. 

3. MAC False Eyelashes - I've recently stopped wearing fake lashes so much for nights out, mostly because I don't like any of the ones I have. Back in the day, I used to love really fake looking lashes but now I've realised that they actually looked terrible and more natural looking ones definitely do look better. I've seen a couple of pairs in MAC which look really natural and look like they would blend in with your own lashes really well. At £10 a pair, they may seem expensive for fake eyelashes but that's only £4 more than eyelure! I may pick a pair up and save them for a special occasion though. 

4. Bobbi Brown Nude Palette - Yet another neutral palette, I know, it's an addiction. I've never tried anything from Bobbi Brown but I've always heard great things so there's no doubt in my mind that these shadows will be just as great. It was the shimmery shades which really caught my eyes with this palette as they look like you could easily wear them everyday, as I already have too many 'night out' eyeshadows. 

5. Chanel Glossimer Lipglosses - I've had my eye on the Chanel Lipglosses for ages now, but have always stayed away due to their high price tag but if I was going to splash out, then these are definitely what I'd go for. I love the coral shade and think it would be perfect for Spring and Summer. The bright pink shade is from their new spring collection and would be perfect for when you want to go for showstopping lips. Bright pink lips are very in this spring so looks like I'm going to have to wave goodbye to my neutrals!

6. Ted Baker Purse - Mint green is one of my all time favourite colours, along with most pastel colours so I instantly fell in love with this purse when I spotted it in Selfridges one weekend. Ted Baker's whole spring collection this year is mint green and baby pink, so I was pretty much in heaven when I stepped into his store. I really need a new purse as my Primark one is completely falling apart and this one is right up my street. 

7. Origins Ginzing Moisturiser - I instantly fell in love with this product when I smelt it at an Origins event last year, the citrus scent is beautiful and I love the bright orange packaging. This moisturiser is supposed to brighten and wake up your skin, so it sounds like it would be great to use on all of those early starts!

8. Origins Drink Up Mask - Yet another Origins product, this is another one I smelt and fell in love with at the Origins event I attended last year. This has a really fresh fruity scent and it feels really lovely on your skin. My skin can sometimes get very dry which is really uncomfortable so it would be great to have this in my skincare collection to use when this does happen. 

9. Benefit High Beam - I've already gone through two bottles of this and I love the stuff! I use this under my brown bone to help highlight my brows, but it also works to help shape them as the liquid helps me create a more accurate arch. However, this little bottle costs around £19, so I don't think I can repurchase it straight away!

10. DKNY Be Delicious Perfume - I've loved this perfume since the first time I smelt it years ago. I love fruity and fresh scents so this is perfect for me. I'm not in love with the packaging but I can overlook that for the scent with this perfume. For one reason or another, I've never asked for this when I've asked for perfume for my birthday or Christmas as it always slips my mind, but maybe I will buy it for myself this year. 

11. Clarins Lotus Face Oil Treatment - Like I said, my skin goes through phases of being very dry and irritating, so this product would really help my skin in it's time of need. I've tried this once before when I had an allergic reaction to something which made my face go very very dry, as my mum lent me some of hers, so I know how brilliant this stuff is. The only reason I haven't picked this up is because of the price, for a tiny little bottle, it'll set you back around £45 which is a little out of my price range. 

12. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub - I really only want this for the colour and the taste. Obviously my lips would benefit and be a lot smoother than they would be if I didn't use this, but really I just want it because it tastes like sugar and its bright pink haha!

13. Yankee Candles in Summer Scoop and White Chocolate Bunnies - I'm a big Yankee Candle fan and already have too many as I can only really burn one at a time, but when I saw that they had released a White Chocolate Bunnies candle for easter I immediately wanted it. I also really love Summer Scoop which was released last year. I may only pick little samplers of these up though as I already have enough candles! 

14. Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine - This is one of Benefit's more recent releases and although I've heard mixed reviews, I still really want to try it out for myself. I loved the Porefessional Primer so this product sounds like it would be great for me. I have very large pores and my skin does get very shiny throughout the day, so anything that will help blur my skin and keep shine at bay is a winner with me!

15. Rebecca Minkoff Medium M.A.B Tote - And finally, a new spring handbag. And what a surprise, it's mint green! I love pastel coloured handbags and this one looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for. Ted Baker also have some really lovely mint coloured handbags in at the moment too, but I thought I had already included enough on this wishlist! 

Wow, I want a lot of stuff this Spring! Clearly, most of these items will stay where they belong, on my wishlist as I'm currently saving for a holiday and a car but it's nice to dream!

Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub | Review & Swatches

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope your all having a fab weekend, whatever your up to! Last night I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the Britain's Got Talent auditions! I had a great time and I can't wait to see some of the auditions on TV when the show comes on! 

I've never really been into body care that much, but recently my fake tan just hasn't been looking as great as it used to, and nobody likes a patchy tan. So I decided it was time to get a good scrub and moisturiser and a lot of you recommended Soap & Glory. I've never really been a huge Soap & Glory fan after a bad experience with their 'Some Like It Hot' scrub/body wash, but once again I was drawn in by the girly-ness of the brand. 

Soap & Glory is currently on 3 for 2 in Boots so I picked up two scrubs and a moisturizer for after I'd used the scrub, and the first thing I've got round to trying is 'The Breakfast Scrub' from their Smoothie range. Now this wouldn't be a Soap & Glory review without at least giving the packaging a little mention. Like all Soap & Glory products, this has the girly pink and vintage style packaging which I adore. This scrub looks so pretty sitting on the side of my bath and the packaging really does make me want to use it even more than I already would. This comes in their standard tub packaging like the majority of their scrubs so it's not brilliant for travelling but this doesn't really bother me as I could just scoop some into a smaller pot when I'm going away. 

Like I said, The Breakfast Scrub is part of their Smoothie line of products so comes with a matching moisturiser, which I also picked up but I won't say too much about that as I will be reviewing it separately. The Breakfast Scrub contains oats, sugar and shea along with organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extract which makes for the yummiest smell I've ever smelt. This scrub smells exactly like maple syrup and reminds me so much of eating pancakes in an American diner. This smells seriously good, and that alone has made this product easily my favourite body product. 

I'm quite particular with my body scrubs as I like them to be abrasive enough so it actually feels like it's doing something, but not so abrasive that I feel like I have no skin left after using it. I think Soap & Glory have got it just right with this scrub as you can really feel it working on your skin, but my skin still feels smooth and soft afterwards, so it doesn't completely dry your skin out or leave it over exfoliated. The consistency is a bit sticky at first, probably due to the honey, but it soon turns into an easy to work with, milky formula. 

I really couldn't reccomend this scrub enough, and even if you don't want to purchase it, you need to get down to your local Boots store just to give it a whiff, it smells seriously divine! The Breakfast Scrub costs £8.50 from Boots but Soap & Glory is usually on 3 for 2 so you could get it for free if you had other products you also wanted to try from their range. 

MAC Haul | New Eyeshadows

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope your all having a wonderful week! A while ago I finally bought myself a MAC Pro palette for my eyeshadows, I'd wanted one for ages to save some space in my collection and honestly, I just prefer things being in palettes. However, this started a very expensive shopping addiction. There's just something about those empty spaces which screams 'fill me' whenever I open up my palette. A few weeks ago I spotted some MAC eyeshadows in a blog sale for around £4 which is a complete bargain as they had barely been used, so I snapped them up before I could over think it. I also bought one of these so I could get free delivery when I was ordering something else which is why it looks a lot less used than the others. I thought it would be a good idea to go through each shade and let you know what I thought in case your looking to buy some new shades, as there are so many to choose from!

The first colour pictured is 'Retrospeck' which MAC describe as a 'bleached blonde with shimmer'. I'd definitely agree with MAC on that one, it's a very light golden colour which is perfect for those days when you don't really want to make too much effort, as it looks so pretty just on its own. I'm a big fan of golden shimmery eyeshadows so this one is perfect for me. It also looks great when you pair it with either Woodwinked or Sumptuous Olive for a more smokey look. 

Secondly, I picked up 'Shale' which MAC describe as 'Mauve plum with subtle shimmer'. I don't think i really agree with MAC's description on this one, it's definitely more of a lilac brown colour with the tiniest hint of a metallic sheen. This is really pretty and perfect for any neutral shade lovers out there, it looks great paired with darker browns or used in the crease with a lighter lilac colour. 

The third eyeshadow pictured is 'Twinks' which MAC describe as 'Deep plum with pearl'. Once again I don't think MAC have done a great job at describing this product, it's still definitely more of a brown shade but you can see the hints of plumb in there. This looks really good teamed with Cranberry for a more Autumn look. 

And lastly, I picked up Beauty Marked. I'd wanted this one for ages to wear on nights out and to use as more of a glitzy liner. This is a very deep purple eyeshadow, almost black with lots of purple glitter. I think it's just so pretty when the light catches it and looks amazing if your going for a smokey night time look. I also own 'Young Punk' by MAC which is one of their mineralize eyeshadows, very similar to this one but this one is definitely more subtle than Young Punk so it's great for a liner. 

Which MAC eyeshadows are your favorites? I'm always adding new ones to my wish list!

e.l.f 'Gotta Glow' Blusher | Review & Swatches

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Hello Lovelies! I've made it no secret that I love to treat myself to high end make up every once in a while if it's something I really want and will wear a lot, but that doesn't mean I'm not partial to a good dupe, and that's exactly what e.l.f's 'Gotta Glow' blusher is. I've heard a lot about this product being compared to the NARS Albatross highlighters. I don't actually own the NARS version but I've swatched it countless times at the counter, and I have to say, e.l.f have produced a pretty decent dupe. 

e.l.f 'Gotta Glow' is listed as a blusher on their website however, this is definitely a highlight. It's a lovely creamy colour with a golden sheen to it which looks so pretty swept across your cheek bones. Packaging-wise, this is a pretty obvious copy of the NARS packaging, which I don't really have any complaints about as I love the sleek black packaging of NARS and MAC products. Admittedly, the elf packaging does look like a cheap imitation of the NARS packaging, but for the price difference I can't really complain about that, as it's what I'd expect. 

The real difference in the two products, aside from the price, is the texture. The NARS highlighter is a lot more finely milled, which is what I'd expect for the price but the elf product is a lot chunkier and has more fall out. However, this is easily fixed with one tap of your brush before applying this to your face and there's no fall out in sight. The elf 'Gotta Glow' costs a mere £3.75, that's a whopping £17.25 cheaper than the NARS Albatross highlighter, and if the only difference is a tap of a brush, then I'm sold and I'll keep my money! 

I'm honestly really impressed with this product, like I have been with all of the elf product that I've tried. What are your favourite elf products? 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle | Review & Swatches

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and are now ready for the new week, whatever it has in store for you! I've spent my weekend pampering and relaxing with my friends and housemates, which was exactly what I needed. I now feel so much better and relaxed, ready to jump back into blogging with some fresh ideas. Of course a relaxing weekend wouldn't be complete without catching up with some of my favourite blogs, one of which is Couture Girl, where I spotted a review of this gorgeous highlighter. 

Recently, I've been really getting into my highlighters and now have a list as long as my arm of brands and products that I want to try. However, as I'm trying (and failing) to save up for my holiday I've put off purchasing them in the hope of getting them in Duty Free this Summer. Although, after seeing Kayleigh's gorgeous photos of the MAC Soft & Gentle highlighter, I couldn't resist and popped it straight into my basket without thinking twice - and I'm so glad I did. 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is a metallic highlighting powder used to add a much needed glow to your skin, and can be used where ever you'd like a bit more 'glow'. I use this across the tops of my cheek bones after applying my bronzer and blusher to make them stand out a bit more and also to make my skin appear healthier. I find this is the perfect way to finish off my look and wake my skin up a little bit. Another thing I love about this product is how finely milled the powder is. I was slightly worried that this powder would be a bit too glittery for everyday use, but I'd say it was definitely more metallic than glittery as the glitter is so finely milled, making it perfect for everyday use or for going out. 

MAC describe Soft & Gentle to be a 'gilded peach bronze' which I agree with to some extent. It does look like a very bronze peach colour in the pan but when applied and blended out it's definitely more of a peachy champagne colour highlight - perfect for all skin tones. If your a fan of the Benefit 'Watts Up' but maybe don't like the cream texture then this would be perfect for you as it is a powder highlight. I can see this product looking gorgeous on a wide range of skin tones as it's so easy to blend and work with, however MAC also make a lighter version called 'Lightscapade' and a darker version called 'Gold Deposit' which I'm very keen to get my mitts on before Summer rolls round as I think it would look gorgeous with a tan. 

However, this product is a little on the pricey side. The MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes cost £22.50, although I do think it has earned this price tag as it has so many uses. This would look gorgeous as a browbone highlight, or dusted down your nose and over your forehead and even on your chest, arms and legs in the summer time or when you are off for a night out. Although I have only owned this a short while, it is already my favourite MAC product which I've tried, even better than their lipsticks and eye shadows - and I never thought I'd be saying that

You can purchase Soft & Gentle from the MAC website here, and they even have free delivery when you spend over £30, which isn't exactly difficult when shopping at MAC! 

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