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30/01/2014

Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder - Fair.

I was questioning myself on what to post next and why I hadn't posted about this little gem. Let me be honest for a moment, base products aren't the most exciting things to talk about. I like colour, glitter and lots of it!

I bought this at last years IMATS and have been using it every makeup application since. So I think it's about time I posted on why it's become such a routine staple.


What www.preciousaboutmakeup.com says:
Ben Nye's famous silky smooth powders easily absorb excess oil and moisture.Can also be used for contouring and highlighting, and adding a gorgeous glow to the skin.

Neutral set - Contains anti - perspirant to counteract shine.
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First of all let's talk about the thing that is probably what draws most people to it. The price per gram. The two previous setting powders I used before this were the Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, both by M.A.C.

Ben Nye - £8.15 / 85g = 0.09p per gram
Prep + Prime - £20 / 8g = £2.50 per gram
Mineralize Skinfinish - £22 / 10g = £2.20 per gram

The price difference is a little bit crazy, no? After working out the massive price difference, it's quite difficult to get my head around it! On that front it's most definitely good value for money so it's going to last you a long time.

As I said at the start of this post, I've had this since IMATS in June of last year, I use it without fail whenever I apply makeup and I've barely made a dent in it. I tend to apply a base everyday and I like to set it with this because I have combination skin. It gives me that extra bit of confidence that I won't be looking shiny in a couple of hours.

Ben Nye is a theatrical makeup brand so you know it needs to survive under a lot of pressure. What with those bright stage lights and having to last through the day, amongst many other factors. This powder really does go the distance.

It comes with a screw top that undoes to reveal a sifter. I tip a little into my palm and swirl my brush through it to apply. It's a finely milled powder that has no real colour to it. It applies beautifully to the skin especially with big, soft, fluffy brushes. It feels light and doesn't cake at all. Plus it lasts through the day without need for reapplication.

Whilst it might not be the most travel friendly option it really is such great value for money and really good, long lasting face powder.
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Price:
£6.10 / 42.5g
£8.15 / 85g

Where to buy:
Guru Makeup Emporium and PAM
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28/01/2014

Glossybox - January.

A new year, brings a new Glossybox. They've ditched the matte box with the logo in the middle. Instead opting to put it in a glossy coated box, with the logo and name in the middle. It even comes with a more sturdy lid - the little things!

To kick off the new year we have the 'back to basics' box*.


Montagne Jeunesse - Passion Peel Off Masque & Blemish Mud Masque
£1.09
I've always seen these but never tried them. I do think they're somewhat expensive for one use, considering you can get masks for a little less than £5 that you can get at least 10 uses out of.
But I've really been loving face masks of any kind lately so I'm looking forward to trying them.


Yu-Be - Moisturising Skin Cream
£13.50 / 33g
Apparently this cream is a multi use, cult product from Japan that revamps your skin as it's loaded with vitamins and glycerine.
It goes on and sinks into the skin easily enough but I can't get past the smell. To me, it reminds me of Vicks VapoRub. An unscented version would be so much better.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company - Floral Slanted Tweezers
£8
Quite possibly the star product of the box. In my opinion you can't have enough pairs of tweezers. I'm sure they have little legs and carry themselves off to goodness knows where.
I'm not big on the design, though I know it's the kind of thing some people love. It's just not my thing but it doesn't bother me enough not to use them, that would just be silly.


Balance Me - Super Toning Body Wash
£10.25 / 250ml
Balance Me is a brand that have appeared in quite a few boxes in the past. Which isn't something I mind as all the products, that I've tried at least, seem to be of really nice quality and work really well.
This toning body wash has a blend of juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender essentials oils. Apparently this makes it good for any areas prone to cellulite and dimples.
It's a really refreshing scent with just a hint of citrus, perfect to get you going in the morning.

Anatomicals - Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches
£6 / 3 pack
I've only just recently tried under eye patches after I started trialling another brand, post on those soon!
These are jelly like patches which feel a little odd when you first take them out of the sachet. But they are incredibly cooling when you put them on.
Anatomicals say they help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and revitalise the delicate skin around your eyes.
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Overall I think this was a bit of a meh box. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Especially after the great end to last year with the festive box. Hopefully Glossybox will redeem themselves next month with perhaps a Valentine's themed box. Who knows?
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk
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25/01/2014

Maybelline Baby Lips.

Baby Lips. Need I say anymore? Everyone went crazy for these when they found out they were hitting UK shores in August. They're pretty much a cult lip balm in the US and one people have been dying to get there hands on.

Can a lip balm really be that great?

Cherry Me, Peach Kiss, Pink Punch, Intense Care, Mint Fresh and Hydrate

What www.maybelline.co.uk says:
No more boring balms! 
New Baby Lips gives intense lip care & 8 hr hydration. 
Conditioning care for lips that feel baby soft.

Why you'll love it -
Baby Lips moisturises lips for a full 8 hours.
Lips look healthier and feel baby soft.
Baby Lips come In 6 fun-loving varieties, collect them all!
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I really don't think there's much I can say about these that hasn't already been said across blogs. One thing I will say that the website doesn't mention, is that these have an SPF of 20 in them. Considering most lip balms tend to just skip over that, it's a really great addition.

I actually really adore these and have been using them constantly through the colder months. So much so, I've pretty much finished off the 3 non tinted ones.

They glide easily onto the lips whilst giving a little shine. Without being too greasy or thick. They also have delicious fruity scents (excluding the mint) which aren't overly sweet or artificial.

Whilst these are just a glorified lip balm in pretty packaging, I actually really like them and feel like they really help to keep my lips in a much better condition.
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Price:
£2.99 / 4.4g

Where to buy:
Boots and Superdrug
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23/01/2014

Models Own HyperGel.

Just a quick post for you today on a release that made it's way into my inbox earlier in the week. Gel polishes seem to be one of those things that more brands are coming out with. Barry M and Nails Inc both have a solid range that prove popular among bloggers.

It makes sense that Models Own would bring out their own range. Even better that they're still just a bargain at £5! Shame there only seems to be spring/summer shades currently in the release. What happened to the deep, vampy colours?



10 brand-new mega-shine shades that are highly pigmented, long-lasting and chip resistant. Enriched with lotus flower oil, the gel-like finish gives the professional shine of a salon manicure.

The new gel formula glides on effortlessly for a flawless manicure with no streaking or dragging, giving a raised effect that allows you to apply a single coat for an extra glossy finish - expert coverage for an immaculate at-home manicure!

The collection is completed with limited edition colour caps, topped off with colour-matched high-shine swatches on the lids that reflect the gel effect finish of the polish so you can select the perfect shades.
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Price:
£5 / 14ml

Where to buy:
Models Own Bottleshop (Westfield London, White City) (from February 8th)
Online (from February 12th)
Boots (from February 19th)
Superdrug (from March 12th)
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21/01/2014

New In: Boots Purchases.

A little bit of an unscheduled break in posting. I went away for a few days last week, kind of last minute so I didn't have time to schedule anything.

I'd planned on scheduling things at the weekend but that got put to one side as I spent most of it waiting at my nearest A&E, having numerous xrays and still not quite knowing what's wrong with me. So whilst I'm stuck on bed rest, what better way to spend my time writing new posts.

I recently picked up a few things in Boots that I've been meaning to try. Even sweeter that I managed to get a massive £10 in bonus points.


The Maybelline Color Tattoo's have been compared to M.A.C Paint Pots in terms of formula and longevity but I wasn't convinced. I have one M.A.C Paint Pot in Blackground, a rich gunmetal with multi coloured shimmer but it was one of my first M.A.C purchases so it's a little dried up now. Since getting On And On Bronze in the Christmas Glossybox I've changed my mind. They're a fraction of the price of Paint Pots (£4.99 / 3.9g vs £15 / 5g) and whilst they aren't dupes for any the M.A.C shades and the texture is a little lighter and creamier, they really are just as long lasting.

I picked up a couple of shades that I can use when I'm in a rush but still want something on the eyes. Also as something to use underneath my Urban Decay Naked palette, as I found that On And On Bronze was a really good base for that palette.
The ones I decided on were Permanent Taupe, Immortal Charcoal and Timeless Black. Something to note about the shade names, in Europe they have completely different names and numbers than they do in the US which seems kind of silly.

That turned out to be longer than intended, oops! Moving on ... My favourite foundations are silicone based so I also tend to favour silicone based primers so they work together rather than against each other.
As with the UK launch of Baby Lips, everyone seems to have gone mad for the Baby Skin primer so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I also picked up two new mascaras just because I tend to like a few cheaper ones in my stash. The Volume Flash says it's super super black and gives lots of volume. The Lycra Flex has claims that you don't get that crispy lash effect.


I'd ran out of my current shampoo and conditioner so I opted for the Lee Stafford Hair Growth range. I'm currently trying to grow out my hair so whilst I'm dubious whether this will actually work, anything that might help it along is always a bonus. I have the shampoo, conditioner and not pictured, the deep conditioning treatment.

And last but not least, hair oils became a massive thing last year. Since my hair was so short I didn't really feel the need to use them as I just felt like it'd weigh what little hair I did have down.
For a while now I've been lusting after the L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil. Even more so when I found a coloured hair version in Boots. The amount you need is so small that this 100ml bottle will last you for ages!
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That has to be the most talkative haul type post I've ever made, I guess that's what happens when you don't post any content for a week.

It's been a little while since I picked up some new makeup bits so I'm looking forward to trying them. Product reviews and makeup looks will be up once I've had a chance to try them properly.
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12/01/2014

If You Let Me, I Will Catch Fire.

In September I did something that's been on my bucket list for ages - twice! I went to see Paramore in Cardiff with my two of my best friends. I also went to see them at Wembley for their last UK date.

For the Cardiff show I just went with nude eyes, liner and a red lip. But for the London date I had more time to get ready so I opted for something a little more Hayley-esque.


Face:
2True Pro Face Primer.
L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint - Porcelain.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow - 35 Taupe.
Benefit Rockateur.
Benefit High Beam.
Ben Nye Face Powder - Fair.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Inglot Eyeshadow - 353 (all over lid), 358 (crease).
Sugarpill Eyeshadow - Tako (inner corner/brow highlight), Buttercupcake (lower lashline), Flamepoint (lower lashline), Love + (lower lashline).
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk (lower lashline).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Abyss.
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara.

Lips:
MUA Lip Liner - Red Drama.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips - 8 Red.
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Yellow, red and orange eye makeup is always something that reminds me of the 'Riot' era, namely Misery Business.

Having such dark coloured eyes, the brights really stand out against them. I had another idea in mind with the same colour scheme which I plan on doing at some point in the future.

For the most part the brows, eyes and lips held up throughout the gig. I was really happy with how it turned out and the fact it stayed in place for the evening.
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10/01/2014

Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Makeup Remover.

Ever since I picked up L'Oreal's take on Bioderma I've been using it religiously as a first cleanse to get rid of my makeup. On occasion my eyes can be quite sensitive and so it's not always the best thing to use as it can leave my lids a little hypersensitive after using it.

Simple have recently added a liquid eye makeup remover* to their line of cleansers. Since it's targeted for those with sensitive skin I couldn't wait to try it.


What www.simple.co.uk says:
When your skin’s happy and fresh faced, you feel healthier and happier too!

Our Kind To Eyes Eye Make-up Remover contains the perfect blend of ingredients for effectively removing even waterproof mascara.

Our special blend of Simple cleansing goodness containing Pro-Vitamin B5, helps to gently remove even waterproof mascara.

- No oil
- Non greasy no residue
- No perfume, no colour
- No unnecessary ingredients so it won't upset your skin
- Dermatologically tested
- Approved winner of 'best eye makeup remover'
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Before I started using this I'd take all my makeup off, yet when I woke up I'd still have a bit of 'panda look' about my eyes. Regular remover never seems to quite be able to remove all of high end mascaras such as Chanel and YSL. Along with Illamasqua's Precision Ink which goes the distance but never wants to be removed.

This is the perfect remover to combat that and I love that it's specifically made for sensitive eyes. Even just a little bit on a cotton pad cuts through the toughest of waterproof eye products and removes every little trace.

There isn't much I can say about this but I probably wouldn't have bought this myself. I always dismissed Simple products and I'm not entirely sure why. Since using this I stocked up on it when it had a third off and will continue to repurchase, it does everything I need it to.
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Price:
£3 / 125ml

Where to buy:
Boots, Sainsburys, Superdrug and Tesco
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08/01/2014

Poisoned Ransom.

Lately I've been stuck in a bit of a rut, due to lack of ideas and lack of time. Most days I'll go with a base, brows, a neutral eye, liner (depending on time) and a touch of something on the lips.

This looked popped into my head late one evening. It didn't come out exactly as I'd imagined but it made it more wearable for work.


Face:
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation - 115 Ivory.
HD Brows - Dark Brown (Vamp palette)*.
Benefit High Beam.
Ben Nye Face Powder - Fair.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil - Ransom (used as a base for Poison Plum).
Sugarpill Eyeshadow - Tako (inner corner/brow highlight), Poison Plum (inner/outer lid).
VIVO Pearl Eyeshadow - Electric Purple (crease).
Sugarpill Chromalust - Goldilux (centre lid).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Abyss.
Chanel De Volume Mascara*.

Lips:
Maybelline Baby Lips - Pink Punch.
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Ever since IMATS, if I've opted for a colourful eye I've always gone for Sugarpill. The shadows are so vibrant and colourful, plus they're super long lasting. I've been neglecting all my other palettes which is probably a bad thing.

This was my first time trying a tinted Baby Lips. I wasn't expecting much of a colour pay off. I applied it over a touch of foundation as my lips are quite pigmented and was really surprised with how pigmented it actually was.
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06/01/2014

Benefit Rockateur Box O' Powder.

Blush is one of the few things in my stash that I have very few of. I don't tend to buy a lot of them and the few I do have tend to fall into the same colour group - pale blue based pinks.

As soon as I heard about Benefit launching a rose gold blush, I knew I wanted it even after the issues over the price per gram (more on that later). I'd been looking for something that gave me a bit more of a glow and was out of my comfort zone. Plus I've been wanting a Benefit's Box O' Powder for quite a while so I figured why not get the new one?


Pick up the beat with a rush of heat! This rockin’ rose gold cheek powder gives a famously provocative flush that turns heads on-stage and off. The crowd will go wild for its sexy faceted design, accented in luxe gold. For an encore, the custom angled, dimensional brush gives rich, show-stopping payoff every time.
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First thing I noticed when opening this blush was that it's heavily scented. I didn't think it translated to the skin but upon swatching I found it did. So if you have sensitive skin that's something to look out for. I find the scent inoffensive and it doesn't tend to bother me.
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Not long after the release of Rockateur, Benefit released a statement explaining why there was a distinct lack of product because it seemed to be rather an issue with most.

They claim they've never been secretive about how much their Box O' Powders weigh as it's clearly printed on the front. 

Weights are as follows -

Bella Bamba - 8g
Coralista - 8g
Dallas - 8g
Dandelion - 7g
Hervana - 7g
Hoola - 8g
Rockateur - 5g
Sugarbomb - 8g

That's all well and good it being printed on the front. But when it's housed in a box that's the same size as all the other blushes, you assume it to be around the same size. With Rockateur you're getting more than a third less than your standard 8g box.

Benefit state that softer formulas tend to break more easily if the pan they sit in is too deep. Along with a brand new formula they call 'prisma technology' which they say combines all the best features of baked, powder, cream and liquid blush, to create a brighter, purer pigment. They've also updated the brush for more even application. So those are the reasons you're getting far less product rather than an increased price.
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Ignoring the price per gram issue, I adore this blush. It's a lovely colour that goes well with my skin tone, rather than looking too orange. It applies and blends out with little effort and holds up well throughout the day.

I've read a lot of people think the choice of packaging is tacky but it really doesn't bother me. 

It's a beautiful blush and one I would repurchase depending on how long it lasted me. 
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Price:
£23.50 / 5g

Where to buy:
Online, Benefit boutiques and Benefit stockists
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04/01/2014

Vagabond Berlin Flatforms.

Ever since the 'flatform' trend materialized last year I've been lusting after a pair. After struggling for the longest time to find the perfect pair with all the qualities I was looking for, I think I might just have found them.

When everyone was going crazy for flatforms I noticed brands such as Office and Schuh quickly jumped on the trend wagon, bringing out their own cheap versions. To keep the price low they were generally made with foam heels that have a tendency to wear away quickly (think cheap Ugg boots).
They also seemed to be made out of velvety type materials which isn't at all practical with the unpredictable British weather.

With that said, when I came across the Berlin style from Vagabond*, I knew I'd found what I'd been searching for and promptly ordered them from Zalando. Thanks to their fuss free returns service I managed to exchange the first pair I ordered as they were far too big. I've been in denial that you lose shoe sizes if you lose weight, it seems so silly but it's true. I can no longer wear a 6 in any brand. 


 The Vagabond Berlin is a pump style flatform. The shoe itself is made from a combination of leather and textile. The soft leather means there's no need to break them in, resulting in them being comfy as soon as you put them on.

The heel is made from rubber with a 1.5" platform and a 2.5" heel. It gives me that little extra lift with the comfort of an almost flat shoe.
It took me a little while to get used to walking in these. As the sole is one solid piece of rubber it results in the shoes being a little heavier than expected. That's something you soon get used to and I have no trouble in walking in them.

Overall I adore these shoes and they're a welcome addition to my collection. They seem to go with everything regardless of whether I'm dressed up or not. They're also ridiculously comfortable and I can happily wear them all day long. The flatform trend may not be at it's peak anymore but these little beauties were totally worth the wait.
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Price:
£60

Where to buy:
www.zalando.co.uk
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02/01/2014

L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint - Porcelain.

For a while now I've been looking for an everyday foundation for work. Something that isn't too heavy but for the most part, still evens out skin tone and covers imperfections.

Over in the US this is actually called something else - Magic Nude Liquid Powder. Why they changed the name seems kind of silly but there we go.


What www.boots.com says:
Unveiling new Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation. Perfectly invisible, invisibly perfect.
A new sensation with a lighter than water formula for non greasy zero make up feel.
A new application with perfume-like bottle: shake, pour a drop on fingertip and apply.
A new finish: perfect looking nude finish for even, smoother, healthier looking complexion and enhanced skin texture.
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There were numerous things that drew me to this foundation. Firstly the SPF, it might only me an SPF of 18 but a little is better than none at all. Even better if you team it with a primer that also contains an SPF.

It's a lightweight foundation with quite a bit more coverage than a tinted moisturiser. I don't tend to like them due to lack of coverage and also having combination skin, tinted moisturisers seem to make the oily bits look even worse after a couple of hours.

I'm really not a fan of applying foundation with fingers so the first time I applied this I used a brush. It took a lot of work to get an even coverage and even then it didn't look the best. It's also got quite a lot of slip to it, it's incredibly runny so be warned! So I topped it with a little powder just to be on the safe side. I wasn't at all happy with how it looked afterwards so the second time around I changed it up.
I poured a little into the palm of my hand and used my fingers to apply it and really work it into the skin. I did two thin layers to give the coverage I wanted, then I left it to 'set'. After doing it this way I was far happier with the result and it really did look great, much better than the first application. Whilst it didn't cover up major imperfections which were easily erased with a dot of concealer, it got rid of the minor ones and got rid of any redness to the skin.

This foundation is just what I was looking for. It's lightweight, easy and quick to apply and lasts. It's not something I'd wear for a night out or a big event but this is definitely for those days when you don't want to look too made up.

One last thing that definitely makes it a winner for me is that Jane (BBB) is almost certain it's the exact same formula as Armani Maestro, which retails for £38 so this is just a quarter of the price. Definitely worth checking this out if you've been thinking about buying that or even if you buy it regularly. You may be pleasently surprised by what L'Oreal has to offer.
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Price:
£9.99 / 20ml

Where to buy:
Boots and Superdrug
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