seasonal lip fixers

Monday, March 31, 2014

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lush mint julips
dr lipp nipple balm for lips

The transition between summer and autumn and then winter to spring is always a tough one for the lips. The change in weather always leaves me with dry, chapped lips. Lush Mint Julips has been my lip scrub of choice for years. It's minty and sugary and does just enough exfoliating without stripping the lip even more. As soon as you apply you feel its invigorating peppermint oil tingling away while the sugar crystals buff away any flaky skin. The Dr Lipp Nipple Balm is one of my all time favourite lip balms. It's mega thick and really of coats the lips with a layer of protection. A good layer of this before bed and a lightly throughout the day and my lips are sorted out in no time.

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Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter review swatch photo

Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter review swatch photo


Benefit Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter *

I’ll pop both my hands up and say I'm not a huge Benefit Fan. You can probably tell by the amount of times I feature it on this blog. Once in a blue moon. However, I was recently sent the Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfecter and it was love from first buff. Me liking a Benefit product? Madness! But here’s why...

Gimmicky packaging aside (the main reason I DONT like Benefit) the BenefitBig Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector is a light to medium coverage base that has a light matte finish. It instantly reminded me of the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint - which is my base of choice at the moment. Matte with a hint of shine poking through, light but enough coverage, long lasting and natural looking. Tick Tick Tick Tick. Dab a few dots of concealer on my under eyes and spots and I'm good to go. Available in 6 shades (I wear 3 - light medium) and currently available online for counter launch in April.

This is definitely one for the oily skinned gals as it would definitely be TOO matte for dry skin. It’s a clinger. It’s nice to see more matte low coverage tinted moisturiser and a bit more on the market. Jouer is nice but so awkward to colour match as it’s not available in the UK on counter. Hurray for Big Easy!

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laura mercier mineral powder in real sand
l'oreal ABSOLUTE makeup remover eye & lip
Bourjois twist up the volume mascara
topshop lipstick in whimsical


Beauty blogging is so fickle. I try new things all the time and I'm constantly going from favourite to favourite. However every now and again I come across items that I just cannot live without - the forever repurchased foursome. 

The Laura Mercier Mineral Powder has been my go-to for over a year and a half. A low coverage light mineral powder which can be worn alone for a light matte finish or as an all over finishing powder for foundation. Either way this makes my holy grail hall of fame for its non drying, non cakey formula with a luminous finish. This stuff is the bomb. I sung the praises of my fourth tube of this peachy pink legend, Topshop Whimsical a few days ago but still has a place in my heart. A great all rounder which brightens up the skin and adds a bit of colour. As soon as I was informed about this Clarins Instant Eye makeup removing dupe I knew me and the L'Oreal Absolute Makeup Remover Eye and Lip were in for a long love affair. This bi-phase beauty removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara without feeling greasy or gross. Then finally I have my favourite drugstore mascara the Bourjois Twist Up the Volume Mascara, initially something I thought would be rubbish but it blew me away. It gives serious length and volume and lasts all day. Definitely THE drugstore mascara.

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LAURA MERCIER MINERAL POWDER IN REAL SAND review swatch
LAURA MERCIER MINERAL POWDER IN REAL SAND
£31
l'oreal absolute MAKEUP REMOVER EYE & LIP review swatch
L'OREAL ABSOLUTE MAKEUP REMOVER EYE & LIP
£4.99

BOURJOIS TWIST UP THE VOLUME MASCARA review swatch
BOURJOIS TWIST UP THE VOLUME MASCARA
£10.99
TOPSHOP LIPSTICK IN WHIMSICAL review swatch
TOPSHOP LIPSTICK IN WHIMSICAL
£8


YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator

Saturday, March 29, 2014

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator review swatch photo


YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator*

Will the BB CC DD ZZ trend ever end? I don't think so. YSL have just launched some new correcting CC creams in the shade Rose, Lavender and Apricot. These intelligent skin correcting creams are designed to create a luminous finish and correct different skin ailments. The various shades use pigments counteract skin imperfections create a corrective veil which diminish shadows and irregularities. While you could use this alone, I feel it works best as a base before applying a foundation or BB cream. I've been using Apricot under my foundation for a week, and the result is an even, glowing skin base that beams healthy radiance. Very light and creamy and doesn't dry the skin out.

I've never been a fan of YSL bases as they tend to break me out, so I was terrified about using this one was going to leave me spotty and gross. But I actually didn't experience any breakouts at all which was a huge relief! I do really like the YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator, but I do think they are quite expensive for what they are - Especially as just a base for something else.
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YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator review swatch
YSL CC CREAM FOREVER LIGHT CREATOR £30


new in : real techniques retractable bronzer brush

new in : real techniques retractable bronzer brush review swatch photo

real techniques retractable bronzer brush

I wasn't overly enthused when I heard that Real Techniques were adding to their brush line a few retractable brushes. It just didn't really interest me all that much compared to some of their other products. None the less after seeing a few of my good friends become reliant on the purse friendly brushes - I had to go see what all the fuss was about. Like all Real Techniques brushes they are designed to be used in a few ways, I like to use this as an all over powder brush. As it's a duo fibre brush, it gives a light application so it doesn't overload my face with the product. I can't imagine applying bronzer on the go with this though as it's quite a large brush.

While this brush is quite weighty for a travel brush, I do think it is a must have for any beauty junkies handbag. It's much more hygienic than shoving a brush in your bag on to go. Amazing quality brushes as always from Sam and Nic - No wonder they are the only makeup brushes I use these days!

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REAL TECHNIQUES RETRACTABLE BRONZER BRUSH review swatch
REAL TECHNIQUES RETRACTABLE BRONZER BRUSH £13.99


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Friday, March 28, 2014

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Drugstore Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil Dupe

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil dupe review swatch photo

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil sleek eyebrow stylist review swatch photo
sleek eyebrow stylist review swatch photo
sleek makeup eyebrow stylist review swatch photo

sleek eyebrow stylist*

I’ve talked about the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil before, in fact I’ve gone through three of the eyebrow pencils already (even though I talked about how much I hated eyebrow pencil a few days ago) and I absolutely adore them. The unique angled pencil defines and shapes the brows with east and the waxy/pencil hybrid works wonders for taming my brows.

I was browsing my emails when I saw a press release on these Sleek Eyebrow Stylist caught my eye and I instantly thought about the similarities between that and the Hourglass Arch Brow pencil. After giving it a whirl and testing out the two... I think it’s safe to say the two are very similar. Both have dual ended applicators - one with the pencil and the other is a styling and blending brush to define the brow. The Sleek Eyebrow Stylist has a angled tip which creates strokes of different weights from thick to thin, which perfect for filling in and defining at the same time. The only difference I can see is that formula isn’t quite the same, I felt the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist was a little creamier and smooth. Which isn’t a bad thing as I often found the Hourglass Arch to be a little stiff and drying.

While Hourglass has the edge in terms of quality, look and application. I’d definitely class this as an affordable alternative. It’s £5.99 and compared to the £26, and both come in three shades.


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Hourglass arch brow sculpting penvil  £26
TOPSHOP HIGHLIGHTER IN CRESCENT MOON review swatch
SLEEK EYEBROW STYLIST
£5.99

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Concealer

estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch photo
estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch photo
estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch photo

estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter *

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlighter is E'Lauder answer to the YSL Touche Eclat - in BB form.  I'm not a fan of the YSL Touche Eclat - It's a bit pants. This product is marketed as brush on highlighter in a twisting tube which brightens shadows, covers the signs of fatigue and highlight the face.

As spring is well and truly sprung I am on the hunt for a replacement of my favourite highlighter - Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder. The finish of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On-Glow BB Highlighter reminds me a little of a liquid version of Benefit's Watts Up. But then also has qualities that reminds me of the By Terry Touche Veloutte, a concealer/highlighter hybrid. It provides a subtle inner glow while illuminating and brighting which I think looks stunning. It actually conceals really well too - which genuinely surprises me as BB to me suggests it would be low coverage. Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlighter is available in 8 shades, including one universal shade. Great for on the go and it claims to last up to 8 hours before fading.

It's hard to capture in photographs, but I absolutely LOVE this highlighter and I can see it being a firm favourite in my routine going forward. It just adds enough luminance to the face without looking unnatural or harsh. Love it.

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estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter review swatch
estee lauder Double wear brush on glow bb highlighter  £23


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