Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and having a great week so far, today I'm back with another product I picked up while I was in the states earlier this month - the Too Faced 'Born This Way' foundation. 

Ever since the Born This Way foundation was released, it's been pretty hard to avoid the flurry of positive reviews it's received, so I just knew I had to try it out for myself. However, I decided to wait until I was in the US to pick it up for myself, as I couldn't help but notice the shade selection in Debenhams in the UK wasn't brilliant, and I didn't want to risk colour matching myself online. All three Sephora stores I visited were pretty well shopped, so the shade selection there was pretty rubbish too, but they definitely had a little more to choose from, and in the end I went with Ivory. 

I did notice that the shades in this range do run a little yellow, and having naturally pink skin, I did struggle a little bit so although Ivory is light enough, it's still slightly too yellow so a fair bit of blending is needed to make this work for my skin tone. 

Too Faced have marketed this as a full cover foundation, however it's definitely more medium -to-full, which is perfect for me as I don't always want everything to be covered, but this foundation does give me the option to easily and seamlessly build it up to achieve that full cover look on days when I need it most. It's also incredibly easy to blend in, giving you that second skin appearance which is virtually undetectable in photos, so a great option for when you know you'll be appearing in a lot of photos or a night out with the girls. 

If you're looking for a more even texture to your skin, then the Born This Way foundation is definitely perfect for this. As I said, the foundation gives you that second-skin appearance and is pretty undetectable, but surprisingly this also extends to the texture of your skin when wearing the product. I really struggle with little bumps all over my skin and also large pores across my cheeks, and this foundation went a long way to covering these up and filling them in, if you will - a major plus point in my book, and definitely something to consider if you're suffering with large pores or acne scarring like myself. 

Too Faced claim that the Born This Way foundation is an oil-free foundation that provides undetectable, second-skin like coverage, leaving the skin naturally radiant. The formula is also infused with coconut water to lightly replenish the moisture levels in your skin, as well as alpine rose to improve the skin's elasticity and give you a brighter appearance. Also, last but not least, the foundation also contains Hyaluronic Acid, known for its brilliant ability to restore the skins moisture.

Being an oily skinned girl, I was a little hesitant to try something so hydrating, but it's promises of remaining oil free sold me enough to give it a whirl, plus, I've been desperately trying to better moisturise my skin following two long haul flights. However, my doubts were realised with this one and unfortunately it was just that little bit too moisturising. With most foundations I'll get shiny and the oil will break through, but a little blotting and powder sets me back on the straight and narrow - but with the Born This Way foundation, it seemed that when the oil had broken through, there was just no controlling the shine. The foundation would look great immediately after blotting but it really wouldn't be long before my face was shiny once again, which is a bit of a pain if you don't want to spend all your time in the bathroom reapplying your makeup. So I'd have to say, if you've got oily skin then this foundation probably isn't for you...if you've got dry skin through I'd definitely recommend this as it was certainly very moisturising and comfortable to wear - almost like you're wearing nothing at all. 

Overall, I am pleased with this foundation and it's definitely a welcome addition to my makeup collection, however I think I'll be saving it for the winter months when my skin perhaps isn't so oily. At the moment I can't really wear this to work, which is honestly where I spend most of my time, and I wouldn't really trust it to withstand a night out on my skin (this would be different if I had dry skin, then it would be the perfect option) so I have no real occasion to use this at the moment unfortunately. Otherwise, this foundation would have been perfect, so it's such a shame. The Too Faced Born This Way foundation is currently available on their website (which now ships to the UK!) in 18 shades here

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Tarte 'Tartelette in Bloom' Palette Review

Monday, 25 April 2016

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend. Today was my first day back at work after a lovely week and a half off so needless to say, it was a busy one and I'm now in need of a well deserved rest! I haven't quite had time to put together my Sephora haul yet since I've returned from the states (it's been a busy few days!) but I wanted to start reviewing some of the products I'd had the chance to test out properly as I've completely fallen in love with a few of the products! 

The 'Tartelette in Bloom' was one of the first products I broke into as soon as I got back to my apartment in Vegas, so it seemed fitting to feature this palette first on my blog. The Tartelette in Bloom Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette was released as part of their Spring collection, and is a new take on the ever popular Tartelette palette, which was released sometime back last year. The original Tartelette palette features an array of matte pinks, creams and purples, whereas the Tartelette in Bloom leans more towards the neutral side, with warmer, richer shades of creams, browns and taupes in both matte and metallic finishes. 

Despite the fact that this palette houses some of the prettiest neutrals I've ever laid eyes on ('Funny Girl' is my new all time fave!), the texture is also something to behold. There's not one dud shade in this palette - the mattes are creamy and buttery soft, and the metallics actually apply with a bright metallic shade...and don't even get me started on how easy these shadows are to blend out. You might be thinking 'not another neutral palette', but trust me, this is one you need in your collection, and I'm all for splashing out on shades you know you'll actually wear regularly. Whilst the palette is thin and compact (major plus points there), it contains 12 eyeshadows and the variety in shades means it'll be perfect for creating simple, everyday looks, or more dramatic smokey looks - making it perfect for this desk to dance floor situations. I mean, just look at these swatches (all of the hearty eyed emojis): 

Charmer (off white), Flower Child (peachy nude) and Funny Girl (champagne)

Jetsetter (warm taupe), Smarty Pants (tan), and Sweetheart (peach)

Rocker (shimmering taupe), Firecracker (bronze), and Rebel (chestnut brown)

Smokeshow (black brown), Activist (dark brown) and Leader (aubergine) 

As you can probably tell, I'm completely in love with this palette. It has everything I'd want from a neutral palette and the formula of the shadows is up there with some of my favourites such as Too Faced and Urban Decay. It's also worth mentioning that Tarte products are all cruelty free and vegan friendly, along with containing no paragons, gluten, phthalates and mineral oil - what more could you ask for? If you're a UK gal like myself and haven't got any trips to the states planned, then you're in luck - Tarte now ships to the UK from their website here and are also available in QVC! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Travel Diary: Las Vegas

Friday, 22 April 2016

Hello Beauties! Some of you may have noticed that I've been a little absent over here on Lipgloss & Lashes, as I've been in Vegas for the past week..and the week before that was spend packing and planning, which didn't leave much time for blogging! One of my new year's goals for my blog was to incorporate more travel content as it's something I enjoy so much, so now we're in April and I've actually travelled somewhere, I thought I'd kick things off with a travel diary. 

I spent six nights in Las Vegas with my family to celebrate my brother's 21st birthday, and I couldn't have had a better time. I've always loved going to America, but Vegas will now hold a special place in my heart as one of my favourite holiday locations (along with New York and Dubai). Some of you may have seen some of the activities I got up to whilst in the states on my instagram (@RDerbyshire92) or if we're Facebook friends, but for those of you who didn't, here's a round up of everything I got up to...

Day 1

For the first day of our trip, my brother was still under 21 - so drinking and gambling was off the cards. Instead, we used our first day to get most of our shopping done, as our jet lag meant we could get to the shops early before they got too busy. I'd been saving up a bit of money over the months leading up to our trip to buy myself a Kate Spade bag from one of the outlets in Vegas, so on our first day that's exactly what I did. We headed out to the South Las Vegas Premuium Outlets to load up on designer goodies at high street prices and I have to say, I was really impressed. The Kate Spade outlet was one of the biggest I've seen and I managed to walk away with a bag, laptop case and keyring for under $300. I also picked up a few dresses from Banana Republic and wondered around some of the other outlets. 

For lunch, we headed to In-N-Out Burger as I'd heard great things, and it's something we can't get in England. The menu only had three things (I only found out about the secret menu after my visit!) but overall I was impressed, and it was great for grabbing a quick bite to eat. After lunch we headed back to the strip to take a look at some of the hotels. The hotels in Vegas are extraordinary - I could have spend the whole week looking around and watching all of the shows they put on. 

On Day 1 we headed down to one of my favourites, the Venetian. I adore the little gondola river they have running through the shopping mall and think the singing is so cute! The whole hotel was so ornate and every last detail had been thought of - I was so impressed! After the Venetian, we walked over to the Bellagio where they had a huge Japanese Garden, complete with giant birds made completely out of flowers and a waterfall. The whole hotel was so impressive, but not as impressive as the water fountains outside, which dance to the music at certain times throughout the night. While we were there, we saw the fountains dance to 'My Heart Will Go On' which just so happens to be one of my favourites, so I was completely in my element. 

After watching the fountains we headed to 'Paris' for dinner. I adored Paris, purely for the mini Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomph outside, and the fact that the inside of the hotel was so french. We actually had dinner in Martorano's which is an Italian restaurant - but despite it not being a french restaurant, the food was incredible and the carbonara I had was one of the best I've ever tasted.

Day 2

Day 2 was actually my brother's birthday, so in the morning we headed down to the shooting range to go machine gun shooting. It doesn’t seem like the most birthday-like activity, but we went shooting for my birthday and all loved it, so we thought we’d give it another go with some different guns.

At the shooting range we were all given a lesson in how to shoot each type of gun, as the kick-back was going to be a lot stronger than we were used to. We each got to shoot three different types of machine gun and a hand gun, and the whole thing was incredibly fun and the staff at the range were so friendly and good to us – I’d definitely recommend it to anyone planning a trip.

That night for dinner, we headed down to the Capital Grille which was so lovely and luxurious, and again, the staff were brilliant. We indulged on cocktails and steak to celebrate my brother’s birthday, and afterwards we headed down the stip to watch the Volcano which goes off every night outside the Mirage (there’s a video of this on my Instagram).  Although my Dad told me the volcano wasn’t that impressive, I really loved it and it’s definitely worth seeing while you’re in Vegas.

After watching the volcano, we headed down to Caesars palace for a little look round and a bit of gambling. Whilst my brother sat at the blackjack table, both myself and my Mum tried our luck at the slot machines. I wouldn’t say we won big, but considering we were only playing the 25cent and $1 machines, we did well to come away with a profit…which went straight into my Sephora fund!

Day 3

On day 3 we decided to take a road trip out of town to visit the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. The Hoover Dam was about an hour away from our apartment and was on the way to the Grand Canyon, so it seemed silly to just drive straight past. Although there’s not a lot to see (it is a dam afterall), it was still cool to stand on the Nevada/Arizona state line and take a little look around.

The drive to the Grand Canyon took hours, but the view was definitely worth it in the end.  We ended up driving a little further up than the helicopter tours take you, as the canyon really opens up a little further up and the view is so much better. If you’re ever in Vegas I’d definitely recommend heading down to the Grand Canyon – it’s a view I’ll never forget and seeing the whole canyon in front of me for the first time was such a special moment.

Day 4

On Day 4, we spent the day looking around the hotels we hadn’t had a chance to see yet. We started right at the end of the strip at the Luxor and Excalubur hotels. Out of all the hotels, I have to say, these weren’t my favourite. Both looked a little tired, but they were still worth seeing – even if it’s just to see the giant sphinx outside.

After this we headed over to New York, New York which was another one of my favourites. The hotel is laid out as a collection of iconic New York buildings, a mini Statue of Liberty and the Big Apple roller coaster. The inside of the hotel is filled with tonnes of new york style restaurants and looks like you’re walking around a film set – which I thought was so cool! Before thinking about food though, both myself and my Mum took a ride on the Big Apple coasters, which is definitely an experience I’d never forget! Having only driven past it briefly, I wasn’t quite aware of just how big the roller coaster was, but despite it giving me a mini heart attack, it was brilliant fun and the views at the top were spectacular.

That night, we headed to the Aria for dinner, which is a superb hotel. Everything about it is so upmarket and luxurious, and it’s definitely one I’d like to stay in. Before settling down for some food we headed to the cocktail bar where we indulged on some cocktails to start the night off. After dinner we headed to the Bellagio as I was desperate for a go on the ‘Deal or No Deal’ game – I’m such a loser! But I did end up winning about $60 in total which wasn’t bad for the $2 I spent!

 Day 5

Day 5 was our last day (we flew out at 8pm that night) so we started by heading down to the gift shop. I was despaerate for some tacky Vegas things to bring back, being the tourist that I am and I wasn’t left disappointed! After this we headed to the mall to spend our winnings and I spent an obscene amount of money in Sephora – haul coming soon!

And we could hardly leave Vegas without a picture infront of the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, so we stopped off there for a few snaps before heading down to Old Las Vegas, which was where it all originally started. We had a quick wiz around the Golden Nugget which features in a couple of Bond films and walked up and down Fremont street before sadly heading to the airport!

Phew, that was a long post! Seriously, well done if you’ve got down this far – I completely didn’t mean for this post to be quite so long, but I wanted to document my whole trip and include some of my favourite photos!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

All Aboard The Good Ship Benefit!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Ahoy Beauties! This weekend the Good Ship Benefit opened it's doors to the public, and on Thursday night I was lucky enough to head down for it's launch...needless to say, the night was filled with cocktails, makeup and all things pink! 

For the next 5 months the Good Ship Benefit will be docked on Victoria Embankment with a stunning view of some of London's most iconic landmarks, and will be home to a host of all things Benefit. The ship allows you to live the Benefit dream in a variety of rooms which celebrate some of their most iconic products and services. 

As you walk in, you enter the Pinkton Parlour. Decorated in true 1950s style, everything is wonderfully retro and pink, with a bar spanning the width of the room, it's the perfect place to pick up a Benetint cocktail (which were delicious), sit back and watch the world go by. 

Walking through from the Pinkton Parlour, you enter the Brow Lounge. This vintage pink room is located right at the front of the ship, with the best views of the river and London Eye, making this the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy Afternoon Tea. Benefit's brow experts will also be on hand to ensure you leave with your brows in tip top condition, what more could you want?

Benefit could hardly open a ship like this without at least a nod to their ultra-famous Hoola bronzer. Bringing the beach to the boat, the Hoola Decks are Hawaii-inspired decks overlooking the Thames and of course the iconic London Eye. The decks also come complete with tiki huts and cabanas (not to mention some beautiful cabana boys!), so you can sit back, soak up the sun and sip on one of their giant sharing cocktails - and yes, the cocktails come served in giant Hoolas! Throughout the summer, Benefit will also be hosting exclusive fitness classes out on the Hoola decks, which I personally can't wait for!

If you find yourself feeling a little peckish whilst aboard the Good Ship Benefit, then look no further than the Lashitude Restaurant, located on the upper deck. In true They're Real style, the Lashitude restaurant is packed with glitz and glamour. Providing a la carte dining for lunch and dinner, you can feast on an array of San Francisco themed delights and finish off with a cocktail or two in the bar. 

Not forgetting the Porefessional, the Good Ship Benefit also houses a top secret Porefessional Vault. I won't say too much about this room as I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise, but if you're a fan of all things Porefessional, then this room will be a dream come true. 

I had the best time dancing the night away with my fellow blogging girls aboard the Good Ship Benefit, so good that I've already planned my next trip back! As well as heading down for Afternoon Tea, I'll also be celebrating my birthday in July aboard the Good Ship Benefit and I can't wait! The ship is now open to the general public, but if you're interested in any of the brunch, restaurant services or afternoon tea, Benefit do recommend booking on their site here

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Primer Favourites

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Hello Beauties! When it comes to achieving flawless makeup, I can't stress how important it is to get your base right. Aside from my skincare routine, the first product I apply is always primer, and after trying a fair few, I thought I'd share some of my favourites - hopefully to spare some of you the treacherous (and money consuming) task of finding the perfect primer. 

My all-time favourite primer is actually the newest addition to my collection, the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Matte Rescue. This primer is cooling, smells lovely and fresh and contains the perfect amount of 'photoshop in a bottle'. Having oily skin, one of the main things I look for in a primer is the ability to make my makeup last all day and help to keep shine at bay without drying out my skin, all things which the primer does perfectly. In fact, this primer is pretty much the definition of 'matte but not flat'. It manages to mattify my skin, while still leaving it feeling soft and moisturised, and still has all of the pore filling benefits of the original Porefessional. 

On days when I feel I need to fill in my pores that little bit extra, I always reach for the original Porefessional. This one fills in my pores like nothing I've ever tried and leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth, without that sticky silicone feeling that some of these pore-filling primers can leave behind. I do find that when I use this too often it can make my skin a little drier (not a massive problem as my skin is always quite oily to begin with), so I tend to only use this for nights out or days when I know I need my makeup to last. 

Another primer which I love for days when I need long lasting makeup is the Clinique Superprimer. This white cream smooths onto the skin effortlessly and whilst it doesn't look like it's doing much in the way of smoothing out your skin or filling in pores when you first apply it, nothing makes my makeup last like this primer. I find that my makeup lasts up for four hours longer when I use this primer which really is unbeatable. I also love that it feels weightless on the skin and doesn't leave any tacky or 'slippy' feeling behind. Cinique have been giving samples of this primer with any purchase for months now, so I've managed to build up quite the collection! 

From the high street, my favourite primer has to the be nspa instant blur primer, which is available at Asda, believe it or not. Much like the Porefessional in texture and performance, this primer works to blur imperfections and fill in pores, and makes the perfect everyday alternative when you don't want to use up all of your expensive cosmetics too quickly (come on, I know you all do it). While this primer is on the pricier end of nspa at £7, nspa are currently on 2 for £8 at Asda - what a bargain! 

What are your favourite primers? I'm currently on the hunt for some colour correcting primers, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them below! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Love Me Beauty - April 2016

Monday, 4 April 2016

Hello Beauties! As always, the start of a new month marks the start of a very busy week for my postman. I receive about three beauty subscription boxes each month, and always, Love Me Beauty is one of my favourites...of course, this month was no different. This April, Love Me Beauty have launched Makeup Forever as one of their brands and I couldn't be happier. I'm a big lover of Makeup Forever, but despite it being available (at quite a hefty price) at Debenhams, it's not so easy to get hold of in the UK for a reasonable price. 

Makeup Forever High Definition Powder | deluxe sample

I was thrilled when I opened this month's beauty bag and saw this little Makeup Forever HD Powder. This is one of my all time favourite powders for when I need my makeup to look completely flawless and I'd just ran out of my full size from the US. Whilst this is a deluxe sample, you still get quite a bit of product, and the dinky packaging makes this perfect for travel...which I'm hoping to be doing a lot of this year. 

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara | sample 

I've only ever tried one mascara from Makeup Forever, the smokey mascara which I received as a birthday gift from Sephora, and I adored I'm so happy to have another one of their mascaras to test out. I'm looking to pick up a new mascara whilst I'm in the US next week, so if it's great that I'll have time to test this one out before potentially picking up the full size, and again, this will be perfect for taking away with me. 

Melvita Orange Blossom Floral Water | deluxe sample

Melvita isn't a brand I've tried before, so I'm happy that this month's Love Me Beauty has given me the chance to try out a new brand. The Melvita Orange Blossom Floral Water is a 'pre-moisturiser' or toner water combines orange blossom water with a first-pressed organic orange water to soften and soothe the skin. The water is enriched with naturally derived hyaluronic acid, to prepare the skin for the application of other skincare products or makeup, while leading the skin smoother and delicately scented. Admittedly, toner is a part of my skincare which I often skip, so I'm happy that I'll get a chance to test this one out over the next month. 

Melvita Argan Oil | sample

I'm a huge fan of using argan oil on the ends of my hair to keep it looking healthy and strengthen it, as I definitely over-abuse my hair with the straighteners, so I was happy to see this little bottle of argan oil sitting in my April beauty bag. Again, this will be perfect for taking away with me next week. 

Love Me Beauty Blending Sponge | full size

One of my favourite beauty tools has to be the original beauty blender, so I was happy to see the Love Me Beauty version of the famous blending sponge in this months subscription. I'm really interested to see how this compares to the original and will definitely be posting a comparison if the results are worthy! 

Tangle Teezer Hair Brush | full size

This month I also received the full size hairbrush from tangle teezer, as in the ones which don't fit into the palm of your hand. I much prefer this to the original tangle teezer, but I still find the bristles to be a little hard (a problem I've always had with the tangle teezer brand). However, I know tangle teezer is a really popular brand, so I expect a lot of you would be excited to receive this. 

Percy and Reed Dry Conditioner | full size

Since receiving some Percy and Reed products from Love Me Beauty a little while ago, I've been in love with the brand. I rely on dry shampoo every week (honestly, anything to not wash my hair every day) but I've never thought about trying dry conditioner. I think this will be perfect for those days when my hair is feeling a little dry, so I can't wait to give it a proper go! 

Overall, I'm thrilled with all of the products I received in this month's package and I think that this month the subscription was definitely worth the £10 (plus P&P) - for the makeup forever products alone! What do you think?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

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