16 August 2014

MAC Blot Powder

Purchasing a high-end(ish) product is always something that excites me, this is my second ever MAC product, and I have been wanting to try this for quite a while now, i've heard many good things about it. 

Like most MAC products, the product is packaged in a sturdy black compact with silver detailing. There is a button that would need to be pressed in order to open up the compact, therefore ensuring that there wouldn't be any chances of it accidentally opening, keeping the product inside safe from any damage. A good sized mirror and powder puff is included inside, making it great to travel with, although I personally wouldn't use the puff as I prefer using brushes. 

I have the colour #Medium Dark, which is actually quite light, but the powder doesn't have any coverage at all, so you could probably get away with having a lighter or darker colour on, because it doesn't have any coverage, it doesn't look cakey at all and feels very lightweight on the skin, as if you're not wearing it, the powder is very finely milled and blends seamlessly onto the skin. 

It's oil control properties are amazing, the best out of any other powders i've tried out or I used to love (e.g. innisfree), it kept my very oily skin at bay for 4 hours, where my nose became ever so slightly oily, then after 2 more hours my forehead showed very little signs of oiliness, but this was easily fixed by blotting sheets. During the time of wearing the product for a total of 10 hours, I only had to blot once, otherwise, I stayed matte for most of the day, which also meant that my makeup stayed on all day without wearing off. 

I definitely recommend this product, it actually exceeded my expectations, I like it so much that I want to purchase another one to keep in my bag to travel around with just in case I might want to touch up. If you want a product that will keep your oily skin at bay and ensure your makeup lasts all day, you should definitely try out this product!

What is your favourite powder? x

5 August 2014

Daily Travel Essentials

I have a little pouch that I carry around with me whenever I leave the house which holds all the beauty products that I think are essential when travelling. So today, I will be showing you what is inside this pouch, and hopefully it would be somewhat helpful or interesting to see. 

The pouch I have is from YSL, it is plain black with gold hardware, which I find is quite chic and sophisticated looking. Peeking from the pouch are a few sanitary pads, of course, although this is not always a very lovely topic to talk about, it is important to carry these around with you as you never know when the day would be. Next I have Paracetamol and some Hayfever tablets, which are handy if I forget to take them in the morning. Then I have a mirror that was gifted to me, and is used when I touch up my makeup. 

Swiftly moving onto some hygiene items, from the left is an anti-perspirant from Nivea...rather self-explanatory, there are germs everywhere you go, therefore an anti-bacterial hand gel is vital, I have Carex Moisture Plus. Then in the little yellow pouch, I keep a few plasters, I tend to be quite clumsy sometimes, so they are always useful to prevent cuts from being infected, they're also great for blisters as well. 

As I have very oily skin, it is necessary for me to blot my face throughout the day, and there are three products that I use to do so. First up is the Clean & Clear Oil Control Film, this removes the excess oil from my skin without disturbing my makeup underneath, then I use the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact, it's my favourite powder as it instantly mattifies my skin, and prevents excess oil for a longer time than any others, furthermore, it is translucent, therefore meaning that it won't look cakey if you layer it on during the day. And to apply the powder to my skin, I like to use The Body Shop Retractable Blusher Brush, it's too much to take around a full sized brush, so I love how this one is small and retractable, and it means that the actual hairs of the brush are safe from any damage. 

In my opinion, lip products don't tend to last as long as any other product I have on my face due to the fact that i'm constantly talking, eating and drinking throughout the day, therefore I like to bring a few with me to touch up. I do change and rotate them quite a lot depending on what I apply before I leave the house, however, one lip product that is always in my pouch is the Maybelline Baby Lips #Cherry Me, it's a natural red colour that goes with anything you're wearing and is quick and easy to apply, therefore I like to use it when i'm too lazy to touch up on what i'm wearing on that day. Next is the lip combo that i've been wearing almost everyday, so every time i've used it before I leave the house, I just chuck it into my pouch, the combo includes Maybelline Vivids Lipstick #Shocking Coral and the Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar #9, I love the pretty pinky coral colour these products give to my lips, which I think is perfect for summer. 

What are your daily travel essential beauty products? x

1 August 2014

H&M Blushers

I have never tried H&M cosmetics, but as soon as my eyes lay upon these blushes, I knew I had to have them, and I think you probably know the reason why, yes, it is because of the beautiful flowers embossed into the product, it simply looks so pretty!

The blushes are packaged in a white compact with a clear lid, which is useful to see the product inside easily. There is a button that would need to be pressed to open the compact, which is great to ensure that the product inside is completely secure and protected. Underneath the blush itself, there is a mirror and brush included, which is great for travel, I personally wouldn't use the brush, however, it can be useful when travelling. 

I am not too sure on what other colours are available in the range, but I have Spring Flower and Autumn Flower. Spring Flower is a mixture of both oranges and pinks, resulting to a pretty coral flush when swirled together, and Autumn Flower is a mixture of pinks and plums, which gives a nice deep pink, berry colour to the cheeks. In the centre of both blushes, there is a small light pink flower that is shimmery, however it isn't very noticeable on the skin, as the other parts of the blushes have a matte finish. 

I wasn't too sure how the actual formula would perform as H&M does not excel in cosmetics, but I was quite pleasantly surprised. Despite being powders, they're not too powdery or chalky at all, furthermore, they blend into the skin very well. They have good pigmentation, not too pigmented so you'll look like a clown, but not too sheer that there is no visible colour, giving a natural flushed look to the cheeks. 

If you are looking for a cute affordable blush, I would definitely recommend this, you can purchase it from H&M for only £2.99 each, an absolute bargain! 

29 July 2014

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

I have heard many good things about these eyeshadows, and apparently they are quite similar to the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill - which I do not own. But I spotted these in Poundland and thought i'd pick them up since they were so affordable, so here are my thoughts on these eyeshadows!

The product is packaged in clear pots with a twist cap, once opened, there is a black stopper in order to press down the eyeshadow inside and prevent them from coming out and becoming loose. The colour of the sticker on the cap corresponds with the actual colour of the eyeshadow, which would make it easier to locate amongst the other colours within the range.

There are quite a few different colours in the range, I have #012 Endless Chocolat which is a dark chocolate brown colour with small golden shimmer running through it, I also have #013 Burning Black, which is a purple black colour with burgungy/plum shimmer. 

As you can see the eyeshadows are very pigmented, they have extremely good colour payoff, they feel really smooth and creamy to the touch, they also blend in on the skin very nicely. However, because these are sort of like pressed pigments, they can be quite a lot of fall down, therefore, be careful not too apply too much at once. 

I really like these eyeshadows, the colours I have aren't the ones I would usually go for, but I would definitely want to try out the more wearable colours in the range, I purchased these from Poundland for £1 which is a great bargain! These can also be purchased at Boots and Superdrug £6.99, which is rather affordable compared to the Armani ones. 

What are your favourite colours from the range? x

15 July 2014

Calvin Klein Tempting Glimmer Sheer Creme Eyeshadow

I always love me some cream eyeshadows, and I've been seeing these around quite frequently, I actually have been resisting for quite a while, but I just couldn't anymore, so I finally gave in and purchased it. 

The packaging isn't as nice as I thought it would be for a more high end brand, the product is packaged in a plastic pot, with a screw on lid, even though it isn't anything luxurious, it does it's job, so I don't care for it too much. The colour of the lid corresponds to the colour of the eyeshadow, which therefore means that it can be easily identified when searching for it in your makeup stash, which is a nice little detail that is always rather helpful. 

I've seen quite a few other colours, but the one that attracted my attention the most is #Snakeskin Silver which is a very pretty beige champagne colour, it has the perfect amount of shimmer that reflects the light to create a beautiful glow. I like using this all over the lid, or to highlight the inner corners and brow bone. 

The texture is kind of soft and bouncy, and it glides on really smoothly and blends in very nicely, however a downside is that if you do not set it with a powder, or you don't have a primer underneath, it will crease very easily, but if you do, it will last all day without creasing. 

I would recommend this product, I purchased it from Poundland for only £1, so if you perhaps come across it, you should definitely pick it up, you really can't go wrong with such an affordable price!

What are your favourite cream eyeshadows?

7 July 2014

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint

I love the idea of a liquid eyeshadow, and it seems to be such a convenient and easy product to simply quickly blend all over the lid, similar to the idea of cream eyeshadows. I've heard quite a lot of good things about this product so I purchased one for myself.

The product is packaged in a tube like a concealer or lipgloss, with a rather interesting applicator which isn't a doe foot, felt tip, or a brush, it is probably a mixture of all three together. Nevertheless, the packaging makes it very easy to travel around with, and ensures the ease of application in a very quick and efficient manner. 

There are quite a few different colours, but as usual, I gravitated towards the neutral colour: #006 Rich Russet, which is a shimmery bronze colour that has slight cool undertones (isn't captured very well on camera). I really like this colour to apply all over the lids for an effortless look. 

Although this is described to be a liquid, it isn't runny in any way, it almost seems to have a fluffy mousse texture, and feels very light on the skin. The eyeshadow sets rather quickly, therefore you would want to apply a little at a time, blending along the way whilst building up the intensity layer by layer until the required result is achieve. Once it sets, it doesn't budge or crease, and stays on all day, which is amazing!

I definitely recommend this, you can purchase this from Superdrug and Boots for £4.99, I would definitely want to look into the other different shades that are available too!

What is your favourite eyeshadow?

Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer

Aritaum is a Korean drugstore cosmetics brand, and I have heard many good things about a number of their products. Recently, a 'Full Cover' makeup line was released, due to it's promotional posters and videos, it quickly became extremely popular in Korea, which of course, piqued my interest. Not only this, but as I have quite a lot of acne and scarring, i've always been on the hunt for the perfect concealer, so I was more than happy to try another one. 

The packaging is very nicely designed, and comes in a typical squeeze tube, which is great for hygienic reasons, and the screw on lid ensures that none of the product leaks out. A great advantage of this concealer is that a lot of product is included, one tube contains 25ml, which is much more larger amount compared to typical concealers. 

There are only two shades available, however this is very typical of Korean cosmetics and is a great downside to the product. I have #02 Natural Beige, which is a pretty good match for my skin and includes the perfect amount of yellow undertones. The concealer itself is a liquid, but quite thick in consistency, despite this, it feels very lightweight on the skin. A little goes a very long way, it glides on really smoothly and blends in seamlessly into the skin. 

As the name suggests, the concealer really is full coverage, however, it doesn't completely cover really stubborn blemishes or very dark scars, but I don't really expect it to cover that much as I have very stubborn acne, and it already performs a lot better compared to other concealers i've tried. 

I would definitely recommend this for those who are looking for an affordable concealer with high coverage, I purchased it from ebay for around £5, I definitely want to try out the other products from this range, especially the bb cream!

What is your favourite concealer for concealing blemishes? x

23 June 2014

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

I've majorly hit pan on the pressed version of this powder, which really shows how much i like it. Loose powders generally have better oil control compared to pressed ones, as I have very oily skin, I decided to purchase this product.

I've heard that it is a rather small pot, but it much smaller than i had expected. The pistachio green pot has a screw on lid, therefore ensuring that the powder doesn't leak anywhere. There is a small sifter which helps prevent the powder from flying everywhere, and a powder puff included as well, which would be useful for touch ups, however, I personally would not use this to travel around with, as it will be such a hassle. 

The colour of the powder itself is white, but it applies translucent, and doesn't appear white on the face at all due to the fact that it is so finely milled. Which means that it is basically undetectable on the skin, therefore giving a very natural look to the skin, much more natural looking than the pressed version. 

When applied, this powder, of course, leaves a subtle matte finish, and it stays like that for a very long time, ensuring that my makeup stays on all day. The oil control is very good for my extremely oily skin, only my t-zone, especially my nose begins to get oily after around 5/6 hours, which is amazing!

I really like this powder, and would definitely recommend this to those who are looking for a product that has good oil control properties. Innisfree is a drugstore Korean cosmetics brand, I purchased this product for around £4 from ebay, which is a total bargain!