Benefit Sugarlicious Lip & Cheek Set | Review

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope you're all well and have had an amazing week. I really can't believe that it's September all ready, this year is really flying by, it seems like just last week that we were all celebrating new year! Anyway, today I'm back with yet another Benefit review. If you saw my recent 'Benefit Cosmetics Starter Kit' post then you'll know that I recently picked up the Sugarlicious Cheek and Lip Kit, which is just too cute!

The kit contains everything you need for your cheeks and lips and comes with some seriously cute little deluxe sample sizes. The kit includes their famous Benetint which is a rosy pink/red lip and cheek stain, Highbeam with is one of my favourite highlighters, Sugarbomb boxed blush and the matching Sugarbomb lipgloss. Benefit describe this kit as being 'deliciously nude' and I would have to agree. This selection of products creates the perfect peachy nude look and the kit contains everything you need to vary up the looks you want to create a little bit. 

I like how Benefit have included their Benetint into this kit, as it allows you to layer the gloss and blush on top of the tint to create a more pigmented look, or you can skip this step to create a more subtle nude look. The kit also comes with a 'Tips & Tricks' booklet which unfolds to reveal a good size mirror. I think the Tips & Tricks idea is great if you are just getting into make up, or if you haven't tried much from the brand. 

Overall, I love this little kit and I'm already wanting to pick up some of the others - I love the look of the Bronzed Champions and Feelin' Dandy kits! I think it would make the perfect gift for someone, or as a gift for yourself if you're like me (i.e very guilty of over treating yourself). It's also a great way to try out a lot of their products for a cheaper price than buying them all individually, as the sample sizes are very generous. Also, you can remove the inside packaging once your done with it all and it turns into a cute little storage box!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette | Review

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and are looking forward to the weekend! This weekend I'm hoping to finally finish my Uni assignment before Freshers starts, as I don't want to be sat inside working while all of my friends are out having fun, so I haven't really got anything fun planned, and you'll probably find me procrastinating on Twitter. 

I've had my eye on this Benefit Eyeshadow Palette for months now, probably about a year, so I was so happy when it finally made its way into my expanding collection. I'm a sucker for neutral palettes, as I'm sure a lot of you are aware so it was only a matter of time before this Benefit neutral palette made its way into my makeup bag, and since getting it I've been using it non stop! 

The Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette comes with everything you need to create a gorgeous neutral eye look and contour your eyes. The palette contains their Boing concealer in the shade 02. I'm a big lover of Boing concealer as it pretty much covers anything and stays put all day, however I usually use the shade 01, so I didn't think that I would get much use out of the concealer. However, when I was reading up on the palette I found that you can also use the concealer included as a base for the eyeshadows, which is what I've been doing. I never really thought of doing this before, but it works surprisingly well and helps to keep the shadows in place all day long. 

The palette also comes with a base shadow, a contour shadow and a matte liner. The base shadow is a really pretty pink champagne colour which looks lovely with the crease colour. I found the crease colour to be very similar to Sidecar from the Urban Decay Naked palette, which is perfect for me as Sidecar is my most used shadow. The colours work amazingly well together and really help to add definition to your eyes without the need for any crazy colours, making the palette perfect for everyday use. The palette also includes a matte dark brown liner shade, and an angled brush which you can use to apply the liner. I usually use a matte black shadow to line my eyes so at first I thought that this may be a little too light for me, however the eyeshadow is extremely pigmented and the result is just a softer line instead of the harsh black line I'm usually drawn to. 

The finished result is a beautiful soft neutral smokey eye which would be perfect for everyday wear, or even for a night out if you didn't want to go all out. If you don't already own this palette, I'd really recommend going to pick it up, you definitely won't regret it! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

MAC Lipstick in Japanese Maple | Review

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all doing well and enjoying the final few days of Summer before it's back to School. I can't believe how quickly the year is flying by, pretty soon it'll be time for Halloween, Bonfire Night and even Christmas! Anyway, I recently managed to collect enough empty MAC packages for me to be able to trade them in for a free lipstick (yay!). So off I headed to my local MAC counter (which isn't actually so local anymore!) to pick my new lipstick. After browsing the lipstick stand for what seemed like forever I finally settled on one. 

I decided to pick Japanese Maple, which is a pretty peachy nude, as I don't currently have any in my collection and it seemed like a shade I would get a lot of use out of. Japanese Maple is a Cremesheen which is one of my favourite lipstick finishes. It's a beautifully creamy, pigmented lipstick which is great if you haven't got the best lips in the world. 

I think this shade would look great with a bold eye look when you don't want too much going on with the rest of your face, or for an everyday pastel look. I know that most girls seem to go for all of the berry or vampy shades in Autumn/Winter, but I think this nude will be my perfect Autumn shade. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Let's Talk: Body Confidence

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying the week. Recently, I've been feeling really down about my weight and appearance, so much so that I've actually been going to the gym (if you know me, you'll know how surprising this is as I'm practically allergic to exercise!) and I've been feeling guilty every time I have a snack, etc which just isn't healthy. This all got me thinking about body confidence and while lying in bed listening to One Direction (as you do) I had a bit of a change of opinion. 

I'm 5ft 4", a UK size 12 and I don't have a thigh gap (never have, never will) and I'm completely okay with that. I no longer hate my body and consider myself to be fat and disgusting, because while I'm a little chubby, I'm not unhealthily over weight and despite not being able to strut into a club looking sassy in a crop top and hot pants, it's not impacting upon my life. 

I've come to realise that the things I consider to be 'flaws' aren't really flaws at all. I'm probably the only one who notices some of them (I've been repeatedly told off by my friends for hating my 'terrible' skin when they can't notice one blemish) and the people who do notice them don't matter. Instead, my biggest flaw is my self confidence and the way I put myself down. I've been told time and time again that I could go far if I had the confidence to believe in myself and I'm starting to realise that there's some truth in that. It's time I stopped putting myself down and hating on myself, because after all, treating myself like that gives others the right to do the same. 

Now, I'll never be a tall, slim model and I wouldn't expect to be with the amount of burgers I consume, but it's time to learn to love what I have because it's not going to change and I shouldn't want it to. It's true what they say, happy girls are the prettiest, and I'm finally starting to understand that, a frown looks good on nobody (even if you have a thigh gap). And maybe, one day someone will be like 'I want to be like her'. 

I also won't be made to feel guilty for loving my curves and wobbly bits, I feel like in today's society it's seen as arrogant and big headed to love yourself, but it's time that changed, it's time we started to love ourselves, flaws and all. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything | Review

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying the last few weeks of Summer! I'm now ready to start looking forward to Autumn/Winter now that all of the A/W fashion seems to be hitting the shops, and I haven't been able to resist picking up some boots and jumpers ready for the new season! Anyway, I've always wanted to own a couple of the Benefit beauty kits as I always think they look so pretty displayed at their counters and recently I was given a couple to keep, so I thought I would pop a review of some of them up, starting with the 'How To Look The Best At Everything' kit in the shade 'light'. 

The kit comes in this pretty little case, designed to look like a book which I think is just so cute. Benefit are always hitting the mark with their packaging and this product is no different. The kit also comes with a 'Tips & Tricks' page which unfolds to reveal a decent size mirror on the lid of the kit. I think the 'Tips & Tricks' page is great as it shows you the best way to apply all of the products and some useful tips for creating a flawless base. 

The kit includes a sample size of their Porefessional Primer which I adore, a sample size of their Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Champagne, two shades of their Boing Concealer which is another favourite of mine and a little sample size of their Hello Flawless Powder, also in Champagne. One thing I love about this kit is that it includes everything you need for your base, including a primer, and the little sample sizes are a great way to try out some of their products at a cheaper price, before you decide to buy the whole thing. 

The one complaint about this product that I have, is the shade range. I love Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation, however I usually use the shade Ivory, so this kit is a little on the dark side for me. Although, apart from that, this kit is perfect in my opinion. I love the Porefessional and I think the two shades of the Boing concealer is great as you can remove it and pop it in your handbag for touch ups on the go. I also think providing the two shades is great because it allows you to customise your complexion if you wanted to use one shade to conceal and the other to highlight, etc. 

I'd really recommend this little kit to anyone interested in Benefit's base products but doesn't want to commit to buying lots of full size products, as that could get pretty expensive. Also, once your done with all of the products, you can remove the inside packaging and use it as a pretty storage box, which is what I plan on doing. 

Kimia Facial Rejuvenating System | Review

Monday, 25 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you’re all well and enjoying your week! This week I’m hoping to finish off the last of my University assignment which is due in a the end of next month so that I can stop worrying about work and just focus on blogging, before the craziness of next year starts!

For about two months now, I’ve been testing out the Kimia Rejuvenating Face System* so I thought now would be a good time to share my thoughts and the results of the system with you all.

The Kimia Rejuvenating Face System comes with two products – the Exquisite All Natural Face Oil and the Hydra Activatior – that form the two step system. Both products come beautifully packaged in a lovely box making it the perfect gift for a loved one, or just a nice treat for yourself. Each product comes in a glass bottle too which I think makes the products seem much more luxurious than if they were to come in the standard plastic bottles that most skincare comes in.

Kimia is an all-natural brand who pride themselves on the ingredients which their products contain. The uniqueness of the Kimia formula lies in the individual qualities of each of the carefully sourced and selected ingredients, and the unique way, which the oils are extracted. The extraction method, developed over more than three decades, is designed to concentrate and enhance the most powerful bio-actives of the plant, resulting in your complexion having the ‘Kimia Glow’.

The Kimia Rejuvenating Facial System is supposed to cleanse and purify the skins surface allowing for easy absorbsion, promote elasticity, firming and toning, smooth and refine the skin, all leaving your skin velvety soft and looking brighter and younger.

Firstly, you apply 6 or more drops of the Exquisite All Natural Face Oil, which I found absorbed into the skin very quickly, then you take a couple of sprays of the Hydra Activator and apply it to your skin over the oil. When I first applied the products, my skin felt instantly calmed which I really liked as often skincare products can make my skin feel a little sore and sting a little as I have very sensitive skin. I also liked how quickly the oils sunk in. I have very oily skin so I was a little worried about putting oils onto my skin, however these products sunk in quickly leaving my skin feeling relaxed and soft with just a little glow. Kimia say that you can use this product under makeup, and if you have normal or dry skin I see no problem in doing this, however I only used the product at night, as I wasn’t sure how well my makeup would last, having very oily skin.

Now that I’ve been using the system for a few weeks, I can see that my skin does look a little brighter than before I started using the system, however I don’t think that this is something I will continue to use throughout the last of the summer months. My skin has been quite oily recently due to the heat and the changes in the weather, and I just think that using oil products won’t help the situation and may be causing me to break out a little more than usual. However, I do plan on keeping these products in my skincare cupboard at home for the winter months when my skin is a little drier. Over winter, my skin tends to go through phases of being very dry, and I think that these products will be perfect for those times, as they have really worked to rehydrate my skin. If you’ve got dry or dull skin, I’d really recommend this, however if you’re super oily like me then maybe this wouldn’t be the best product for you right now.

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer | Review

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soliel
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer Swatch

Hello Beauties! I hope you've all had a good weekend! I'm still getting used to working on my weekends, as I haven't had to for a couple of years now, so if my blog posts start getting a bit sparse...that's the reason why! 

While I was in Sephora in July, I really wanted to pick up the Too Faced Summer Collection Bronzer Palette, however it was sold out everywhere I looked. But, not wanting to go home empty handed, I decided to pick up the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer to add to my growing collection of bronzers. 

Firstly, let me start with the packaging. I've always been drawn to Too Faced for their pretty packaging, much like Benefit with their lovely girly theme, and this product is no different. I love the gold compact, and it's also really sturdy so I can chuck it into my make up bag with no worried that it'll break or get damaged. 

The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer is a lighter version of their cult bronzer, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, perfect for us pale faced ladies out there. I often really struggle to find bronzers that work well for me, due to my fair complexion, however I think I've found a new favourite in this one. The colour is the perfect light tan colour, not orange or muddy at all, and it blends in effortlessly creating the perfect natural glow. 

The powder has a decadent chocolate smell which I adore. I wasn't sure I'd like it incase it was some horrible plasticy chocolate smell, but my god it's gorgeous, I'd sit there smelling it for hours if people wouldn't think I was a bit loopy. It's also worth noting that they smell isn't overpowering though, which I was also slightly concerned about  - you won't have the smell of chocolate following you round all day. 

The matte formula is super finely milled, making it so easy to blend, and creates the perfect healthy glow. If you're usually a bit scared of using bronzer then I urge you to give this one a go - you won't be disappointed! I like to use this as more of an all over bronzer to make my face look a little healthier, however you could also use this as a contour if you're pale like me (I just like my contour slightly darker). 

This was my first dabble into the world of Too Faced, and they've seriously impressed me. This is my favourite product at the moment and I can see it being a favourite for a long time now. If you've got any favourites from the brand, I'd love to know as I definitely want to try more Too Faced products after this experience!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

EOS Pomegranate Lip Balm | Review

Friday, 22 August 2014

Hi Lovelies, I hope you're all doing well! While I was in Target last month I spotted that they were selling EOS lip balms for only $2 which is a complete bargain, compared to what we have to pay for them...and how limited in supply they are over here! So I just had to pick a couple up. I ended up picking the Pomegranate one and the Strawberry one, but I now wish I'd got the Blueberry one too! 

I think the main reason why so many people love these is actually due to the unique packaging and the shape of the lip balm, instead of the actual product and I would have to agree with them. I love the design of the product, it's quirky and stands out, and it makes it super easy to apply when you're on the go. 

The actual lip balm is quite good, nothing out of this world like a lot of people claim them to be, but it does the job perfectly well. I don't have super dry and chapped lips but I do regularly (at least twice a day) use some kind of lip balm to keep them smooth and avoid any chapping, and at the moment this has been my go to product. 

If you're lucky enough to pick them up in America, I would definitely recommend doing so, however for some of the prices I've seen in the UK (£15 on Amazon!!), I definitely wouldn't. There's no way that these little balms are worth that much to me, if I was going to pay that much for a lip balm, it better work miracles! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

New Hair by Muse of London

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week, whatever you're up to! On Monday I headed down to London to get my hair done and do a little bit of shopping (more on that later!) and I thought I'd show you all the results! I got my hair done at Muse of London, which is a quirky salon located just off Oxford Street, on Mortimer Street. 

I had my hair coloured and styled by Jason, the salon's owner and creative director, who has also styled the locks of the Olsen twins and has done work for a number of glossy magazines (how lucky am ?!). I decided that I'd like to go for the subtle ombre effect as I'd loved the look for months now but have always been a bit scared that it wouldn't suit me. Because of this, we decided that it was best not to go too blonde at the ends, as this is something I can always change and gradually build up. 

To create a softer look with no harsh lines, Jason backcombed sections of my hair before applying the colour, as this would ensure that there were no blocks of colour left in my hair, I also only had a tint applied to my hair instead of bleach to make sure that my ends wouldn't get too dry. I then had a little bit of a trim just to tidy up my ends and refresh my whole look. 

I love my new look and it's exactly what I was looking for, I can really see why this salon is now becoming so popular. The staff really listened to what I was looking for and were all really friendly and laid back. I think this is the first time that I've left the hairdressers completely happy with my hair, and if I'm in London again, I will definitely be popping back in. 

Why not see what all the fuss is about and pop in to Muse of London. Call 020 7467 9560 and quote: MUSE24 and the name of my blog to receive 35% off colour services and 15% off all other services on your first visit!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating | Review

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hello Beauties! Earlier this year I attended the launch of Tarte Cosmetics in the UK with QVC and I was lucky enough to be able to take away one of their Amazonian Clay Blushers in Fearless, a beautiful rosy pink, and since then I knew I needed to add another to my collection. 

While browsing the isles of Sephora (otherwise known as heaven.) I saw this beautiful peachy blusher and popped it straight into my basket. I have tonnes of pink blushers, and not so many peach ones, so it seemed like the perfect excuse at the time. Captivating is a warm toned matte peach colour which was just what I was looking for, as sometimes shimmer blushers can make my pores stand out. 

The formula of these blushers is buttery smooth and they blend effortlessly. I've added a bit too much in the picture above so that I could show you the colour, which is easy to do as they are so pigmented. The main thing I love about these blushers however, is the staying power. I can put this on at 7am, and it will still be there at 9pm when I'm home and ready to remove my make up. Unlike most blushers, this baby stays put, which I think is so hard to find in a blusher. 

Overall, I really love these blushers and can't wait to add some more to my collection. If you haven't already picked one up, I really recommend that you do, especially as Sephora now ship to the UK!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

August Birchbox

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hello Beauties! Once again, it's time for me to share with you all what I received in this months Birchbox. Firstly, I apologise for being a little late to the party with this one, as I'm sure you've read plenty of reviews of this month's box, but mine arrived while I was still on holiday and I just haven't had time to get it all photographed and sit down to write this review! This month's box was called 'Away We Go' and contains some samples which Birchbox think would be great for a Summer getaway. 

Liaison De Parfum Sample | RRP £105

The first thing I received in this months Birchbox was this cute little perfume sample. It came in this adorable little envelope and smells quite spicy and musky - definitely more of a winter scent if you ask me. This perfume really isn't something that I would choose for myself as I prefer lighter, floral scents but it does last well on the skin and is very heavily scented. I don't really enjoy receiving perfume samples though, as realistically, I could just pick this up for free myself at a perfume shop. 

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect Sample | RRP  £20

The second product I received was the Number 4 Prep and Protect Spray which is a leave in conditioning spray designed to detangle and protect against heat and sun damage. This was quite a large sample and I'm glad I received it as I've been using it lately to protect my hair from heat damage caused by my over use of the straighteners. I can't say that it did much in the way of detangling my hair though, so this was a bit of a no-go for me as I've seen much cheaper heat protectors that work just as well. 

Sarah McNamara Beauty New York Hydroactive Microderm | RRP £25

Out of everything I received this month, this product is my second favourite. I usually don't like to receive skincare samples as my skin is quite oily and sensitive, so a lot of the products just don't work for me, however, I've really been loving using this product. It's a very fine exfoliator, which is great for my skin as rougher exfoliators tend to aggravate it and it leaves my skin looking smooth and glowing. When I've worked my way though all of my current exfoliators, I'll definitely be considering this one as a replacement. 

Supergoop CC Cream in Light/Medium | RRP £32

In this months box, I received two tiny samples of the Supergoop CC Cream in Light/Medium and I have to say, it's left me a little disappointed. I really don't see why brands create products in the shade light/medium as there is a big difference between light and medium skin, so as usual, this was way too dark for me, meaning that unless I wanted to look like an Oompa Loompa I couldn't use it. Also, for £32 I couldn't see any major differences between this and a lot of more affordable CC creams on the market, so I definitely will not be purchasing the full size. 

Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow | RRP £13

Out of everything I received this month, this product was definitely my favourite. I love eyeshadows and think a girl can never have too many, so this was a lovely treat in this months box. I found the eyeshadow to be buttery and soft, much like the Urban Decay shadows and was highly pigmented, which is always a bonus. I much prefer receiving makeup items in subscription boxes rather than tiny skincare samples, as I find I get much more use from them and they're just generally more exciting. 

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry | RRP £7.99

This months added lifestyle pick was a sample of 'The Proposal' by Tasmina Perry. I haven't actually got round to reading this yet so I can't comment on the story line, however I thought this was a nice little touch by Birchbox and went well with the theme. 

Overall, this month's box has left me a little disappointed. I found that a lot of the samples were either things I could have picked up myself, or things which just didn't suit me or interest me. I've had much better boxes, but there are still some things I could use from this box, so it's not all bad!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz | Review

Monday, 18 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you all had a fab weekend, whatever you've been up to! While I was in America last month (You're all probably sick of me talking about it by now!), I decided that I needed to pick up one of the infamous Anastasia Beverley Hills brow products to help manage my non existent brows. 

Before I went, I was torn between the Brow Wiz and the Dip Brow Pomade and I wanted to see them in person before I made my choice, as they aren't the cheapest on the market. In the end I decided to go with the Brow Wiz (which you can probably tell by the title of this post, doh!) which is their version of the brow pencil. I decided the Brow Wiz would be best for me as it looked a lot easier to work with, and no need to buy another brush (not like I need an excuse!). 

The Brow Wiz is a skinny retractable brow pencil which is just so easy to work with. The skinny shape makes it effortless to create natural, hair like strokes which really helps your brows to look fuller more naturally. I also usually extend the front of my brows as they just don't grow as wide as I'd like them to, which I find the hardest as there are no natural hairs there - but this product filled it in nicely and you could hardly tell. 

I used the shade Brunette - Dark Brown, which is the perfect match for my brows. That's another great thing about this product, the shade range is incredible. I hate when brands produce brow pencils in blonde, brown and black as the brown is usually too 'fake' for me, however Anastasia Beverley Hills has created this product in several different shades of brown and blonde, etc making it easy to get your perfect match. 

Overall, I love this product and it's certainly something I can see myself repurchasing! Have you tried any Anastasia Beverley Hills products?

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight | Review

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Hello Beauties! I Hope you're all having a fab weekend! This weekend is my first weekend working for Benefit Cosmetics as one of their Beauty Advisors in Bournemouth, eek! I'm really nervous and not sure I'll fit wish me luck! Anyway, today I thought I'd tell you all about the product that has made me fall in love with lipgloss again. 

When I was younger I used to love lipgloss, I had countless pink glossy tubes scattered around my room and handbags, but in recent years I've really gone off lipgloss (surprising considering the name of this blog, right?). I just hated the sticky feeling and constantly having to pick my hair off of my lips whenever there was the slightest breeze. However, I was recently given a sample of a Nars lipgloss with my Sephora shop as I'd spend enough to get a little free gift and it sparked off my love of lipgloss again, so much so that I went and bought a full size one. 

I decided to buy Turkish Delight as I loved the pretty pink nude colour, and hearing that it was a favourite of Kim Kardashians, well I could hardly resist. Turkish Delight is the perfect cool tone nude pink, which goes perfectly with Creme Cup by MAC or similar. It looks great on its own for a more sheer look, or layered over lipstick for a more opaque look, and I really love this product. 

I heard that Nars recently relaunched their lip glosses with a brand new formula, and they got it so right. The formula is pigmented and creamy without being sticky. It just has that nice 'slippy' feeling if you know what I mean. I've been wearing this with Creme Cup non stop recently and I haven't had any 'hair stuck to my lips' situations yet, so it looks like this could be a winner. As far as staying power goes, it lasted on my lips for a few hours while I was pottering around the house, which I think is pretty good for lipgloss as I never expect it to last very long. 

Have you tried any of the Nars lip glosses? I'll definitely be picking up another with my first pay cheque! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

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