Friday, 5 August 2016

Beauty | Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation

Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation review blog

Budget beauty brand Collection (2000) have been well known and well loved for years for their amazing Collection Lasting Perfection 16hr concealer - I imagine if you speak to five women, at least three will already own the concealer - it seems to have become one of those budget beauty staples in make up bags around the UK so I figured I'd give the foundation version a whirl.

Described as "ultimate wear foundation" and packed full of SPF 20 and zero oil the Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation, like the concealer claims to also last for up to 16hrs.

I couldn't help but be intrigued, especially as it retails for a very purse friendly £5.99 - compare that to the £30 bottle of Estée Lauder that usually graces my bake and I couldn't stop myself from throwing it in my basket.
First up - Packaging: 
A frosted glass bottle with A PUMP!!  Ok, so maybe the pump also had a factor in me buying this foundation too.  The packaging id pretty sweet for a drugstore brand.  The frosted glass is not unlike the previously mentioned Estée Lauder Double Wear and even though I've been carrying this bottle around for over a month in my make-up bag, the bottle detail has worn extremely well.
I'd say the Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation is a medium to full coverage and that's what I would usually reach for when I'm heading for a night out or during the autumn/ winter months.  On first pump you can really see the thickness of the product and to be honest it did put me off initially as I thought it might be too full on for my skin. 
But, and this is a big BUT - this foundation claims to have a 6-in-1 effect.  It's designed to prime, conceal, cover, smooth, protect and mattify - meaning you really shouldn't need those other products.
One pump of this foundation gives me a medium coverage and an additional half pump turns it into a full coverage.  The formula sets quite quickly so it's one you need to get to work right away with but I'm used to that as a Double Wear addict.
The scent is every so slightly fruity but un-offending and doesn't seem to linger which for fussy old me is perfect. 
Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation review
The Verdict:
For £5.99 the Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation has become my go-to on those days where I want great coverage but don't want to use my expensive products.
I suffer from large pores (TMI? soz) and blemishes and I completely agree with the 6-in-1 claims.  I don't use a primer or concealer on days when I wear this foundation.  The formula does smooth and conceal things I want to hide but it's certainly not as mattifying as my beloved Double Wear.

I always seal my foundation with a loose powder as I get pretty oily throughout the day so that fact this product is oil free is ideal but I do still find myself having to lightly buff, blot and powder again halfway through the day but I see that as the norm really.

I'd certainly rebuy this foundation again, sadly it won't be great for everyone as the shade range is very limited with only six shades but for myself the lightest shade; Porcelain 01 was perfect.
Are you a fan of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer?  Then go forth and give this bargain beauty a bash!!

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Beauty | Current Addiction Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks Review blog

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks Review blog

Finding the perfect lipstick can be both an exciting and irritating experience.  I could lose hours in my local Debenhams or Boots just swatching, swooning and covering myself in pretty colours.

There's a few things I look for in a good lip product;
Long lasting - I'm a lazy girl.  Who has time to re-apply ten times a day?
Comfortable - Y'know those matte lipsticks that make you feel like you're wearing an intensive clay mask all day on yer lips?  Or those horrible super glossy devil-incarnate products that all your hair stick to?  No thanks!
Affordable - Remember that time I spent £28 on a Dior lipstick and was too scared to use it so I just sat and stared at it for months?  Yea....
On my search for a wearable nude that didn't make me look dead I picked up my first Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade 07 Nude-ist! and instantly fell in love.  Although it doesn't look that nude, it's a really natural shade that is ideal for days in the office.

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks are unlike any formula I've ever tried before.  They are creamy and smooth, velvety would you believe?!

They are super long lasting and dry to an almost matte finish that stays comfortable throughout the day.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks Review and swatches blog
L-R  07 Nude-ist!  14 Plum Plum Girl  03 Hot pepper
Since falling in love with 07 Nude-ist!  I've branched out and grabbed myself another two shades.  
14 Plum Plum Girl is like a dreamy match made in heaven with my hair.  It's almost as if La Riche Directions and Bourjois decided to team up and make my very own shade.  BIG LOVE!!  A bold and comfortable dark purple based red - this one has become my favourite "going out" lipstick.
Last up, 03 Hot Pepper - this shade is a little sheerer coverage than the other two but has wonderful staying power.  Even when it does eventually wear off, it leaves a healthy tint to the lips.
Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks yet?  I highly recommend you nab yourself a few shades, especially as they are a bargain at £8.99 each AND they are currently on 3 for 2 in Boots (here). 
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Monday, 11 July 2016

Beauty | NEW L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation Review

So....y'know when you're out having the craic, shopping for stuff you don't need and some new foundations just fall into your basket?

Well, yea... that happened recently and it happened hard.

I mean, I popped to Superdrug to buy one of my favourite blemish serums (post soon) and I accidentally ended up buying three different foundations.

To be fair though, Superdrug did have some damn good deals on and I'm forever searching for new and exciting products to try, natch.

Ok, further confessions, I didn't just pick up three foundations, I also grabbed the L'Oreal Nude Magique CC cream too 'cos the two products were on offer and LOOK AT THAT PACKAGING!!   I couldn't resist picking them both up.

But first, onto the star of the show.

You all know by now that I'm usually a full coverage kinda gal but after my recent travels to Barcelona (post here) I'm finally realising now, in my 30's that full coverage foundation is not ideal everyday.  Some days you just need a lighter finish, something quick that hides those evil blemishes and helps keep you feeling fresh and confident and that, apart from the dreamy shiny pastel container is what drew me towards the new L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation.

The L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation launched over the US back in 2015 but only arrived here in the UK in May 2016 and it's currently available in 7 shades.  I found the lightest shade: Porcelain 01 almost perfect on my gothic dead gal complexion.  Maybe a hint of a yellow undertone but almost perfect.

Inside the beautiful packaging you'll find a "cushion" basically soaked in foundation.  I was very unsure of this to begin with to be honest but it's also another reason I bought this product.  I wanted to understand how it really worked.

Basically it's designed to be tapped onto the skin and as a newly converted fan of the Real Techniques beauty sponge this was one thing I could get on board with.  Tap Tap.

The formula is very buildable.  Goes on quiet sheer to begin with but you can really build it.  It's certainly never going to be a full coverage foundation but I can see this product being great for me this summer, especially as it's hiding a generous SPF barrier of 25 within the formula.  The finish is much more dewy than I'm used to and I think I'm really starting to embrace that.

Included in the package is a small sponge applicator but I wasn't a huge fan of this, it felt very awkward to use and I opted to use my RT sponge instead and you can even get a brush on in there too if you felt the need.  I do however use the small sponge when out and about to touch up if I want to.  It's not terrible, just wouldn't be my choice to apply a full face with.

The pack size is handy to throw in your bag for touch-ups on the go and the mirror included is a brilliant size for that.

I'm excited to see how long this product lasts me and how the sponge lasts over time.  One tip though, don't stick your whole finger in the sponge like I did ;)

Fancy trying this one for yourself?  It's currently £14.99 in Superdrug and is included in their 3 for 2 offer.
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Wednesday Wishlist | Grunge Styling From George@Asda

So y'all know by now how much I love George @ Asda, right? 
I mean, I've featured many of their items on my blog over the last year, from homewear lust-lists to clothing wishlists.  I just can't get enough of their affordable goodies.
And low and behold, here's another lovely wee fashion wishlist to add to the tally.
Now, I love a good label as much as the next blogger but when it comes to casual separates for day-to-day wear, you really cannot go wrong with George at Asda - the quality is there, the items wash up great (jeeez, when did I become so OLD?) and they are SO affordable.
Seriously, sack off that Primark haul you had planned and get yourself down to your local Asda and have a good hoak around.
Wrap Top 10.00  / Bardot top 10.00 / Zebra Shirt 12.00 /  Blazer 16.00 / Backpack 14.00 / Wonderfit Skinny Jeans 20.00 / Open stitch jumper 16.00 / Cami 12.00 / Shoes 16.00 /


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Monday, 4 July 2016

Beauty | What To Do With Coconut Oil

Vita Coco Coconut Oil Top 5 uses of coconut oil blog
Recently I ran out of one of my favourite cleansers - The Body Shop Camomile Butter Cleanser (link) and if you've ever used that product you'll understand just how frigging amazing it is to just melt off thick eye make up and leave your face feeling wonderful.  But at £13.00 for only 90ml of product, I found myself going through a tin very quickly and my bank winced each time I bought a new one.
I'd heard good reports on using coconut oil as a cleanser so I grabbed myself a tub of the Vita Coco coconut oil on a recent supermarket shop for a purse-friendly £5.99 for 250ml and it's changed my cleansing routine SO much.  I love it!
Not only that, I've also been using it for a manner of other bits.  Who doesn't love a good multi-purpose product these days, eh?
Face scrub - mix equal parts coconut oil with equal parts sugar for a dreamy face scrub that smells like heaven.
Lip balm - stick your mouth in that jar and get it all over your lips - it's lush.  Nah, really.
Cuticle oil - slippy hands but DAMN it's good. 
Shave cream or post-shave lotion - plus you'll smell like a giant Bounty, why wouldn't you?
Hair mask - stop spending £6 every time you need a new hair mask, simply warm some coconut oil either in your hands or do what I do and put your jar in a sink of shallow warm water and work some oil through your hair - usually I just use it on my ends.
Have you been converted to coconut oil in your beauty routine yet?
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Clarins One Step Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Clarins One Step Exfoliating Cleanser blog review

Y'know when you find a product and you just fall for it?  Well enter Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.

For years I was addicted trusty my old St Ives apricot scrub cleanser, and boy, do I mean YEARS!  I'm talking maybe 8 years or so.  But last September I snapped up a sweet little sample of this Clarins cleanser as part of a gift with purchase offer in House of Fraser and MAN, I'm addicted.

I mean, I raved about this product so much that between my office Secret Santa and family I actually received 6 little miniatures for travelling and a full size product in my stocking at Christmas time.  HOORAY!!

The Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (link) is a gel based exfoliating wash that melts away thick foundation and black eyeliner like a dream.   

I suffer with quite bumpy skin due to having acne as a teen and the one thing I love about this product is the exfoliating particles.  They are tiny but powerful.  I think in the past when I was using the St Ives apricot cleanser I was actually damaging my skin with the large exfoliating particles but this cleanser leaves my face feeling refreshed, bright and almost like it's been newly resurfaced without any harsh chemicals or scratching.

Hitting the purse-strings with a bump at £21.00 for 125ml it is kinda pricey for me, but I can see that the 125ml tube will last me at least 2/3 months and for a product that gives me results like this one, I'm prepared to part with my cold hard pennies.

Have you tried it yet?  Are you tempted?  What's your favourite cleanser?

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Benefit Gimme Brow Review


Hands up if you're a lazy girl?!!!

Yup, that's me and I won't even try to deny it!

Ahead of the big release of the re-branded and reworked Benefit's brow range later this month I thought I'd give a quick run down on one of my favourite Benefit products to ever grace my make-up bag.

I've never been a bold eyebrow kinda gal.  I'm lazy, I'm always in a rush and I just don't have 45 minutes each morning to spend carving out those perfect face sculpting forehead slugs.  Nu-uh, I like my duvet way too much.

But luckily enough a few years ago I was introduced to Gimme Brow by Benefit and I've never gone back.

Now I won't lie, I don't rely completely on Gimme Brow alone 24/7 - sometimes if I've a few extra moments I do a bit of extra faffing around with my Seventeen Brow's That! kit (review here) and I still highly recommend that too, it's got instructions included too, YAS!!

But Gimme Brow by Benefit is a foolproof quickie addition to my lazy gal's morning make-up routine and I think you should check it out.

Currently Gimme Brow is only available in two shades - Light/ Medium and Medium/ Deep and I opt for the later but coming soon Benefit are are changing the range to accommodate shades a bit better - light, medium, deep so I'll be popping into my local store and checking out the difference in shades and see which suits be best - I imagine I'll be a medium kinda gal as I'm naturally blonde (ssshhhh!)

The one thing I love about Gimme Brow has to be the TINY applicator.  I've used many tinted brow gels in the past but they've all just been too awkward for my dainty wee paws and skinny faceslugs but the Benefit applicator just feels more precise and easy to use.

Gimme Brow is designed to add fibres into the brows to help make them look fuller and more volumized which is ideal for me when I'm rushing around at 7.45am throwing things at my face and hoping to come out the other end looking semi-respectable.

When applied alone, my current shade helps cover my naturally blonde brows when my trusty brow tint fades - without looking fake or OTT.  It gives a natural, tamed brow effect and that's just the way I like it..
Retailing at £18.50 Gimme Brow is a bit of an investment but I'd highly recommend adding this tiny tube to your routine - you won't regret it.

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