15 April 2014

The Face Shop Face It Aqua UV CC Cream

The Face Shop is a drugstore cosmetics brand in Korea, and as you may know, cc creams have recently become quite popular, especially in Asia, so I decided that I wanted to try one out for myself. 

The main thing that initially attracted me to this product was the packaging. It's housed in a rather chunky compact, when opened up, there is a flat surface with an opening in the centre, once you press the button, the cc cream would be dispensed through the opening (I thought this was pretty unique and interesting). There is a suitable sized mirror included, and a sponge applicator provided (sorry I forgot to photograph it), although I personally wouldn't use it, it would be good for travelling.

I have shade 2 Natural Beige, however unfortunately there are only two shades available which is quite disappointing, but it is rather typical of asian beauty products to have a limited shade range. The colour is a pretty good match for my nc25-ish skin, it isn't perfect though, as it appears a little pink-toned on me, but I could get away with it. 

The texture of the cc cream is actually quite thick, nevertheless, it feels very light weight on the skin. Unlike many other cc creams which tend to have very light coverage, this product has medium coverage, which I personally think is great as I do have acne. Although it doesn't cover all my blemishes, it does manage to cover most of the pigmentation on my skin. It blends into the skin really smoothly and doesn't cling onto any dry patches at all.

Furthermore, it leaves a dewy finish on the skin, which isn't exactly ideal for my combination/oily skin, but it can always be mattified with a powder, which I always do, no matter what product I use. The product lasts on my skin all day and doesn't really move around, as I have an extremely oily t-zone, approximately after 4 hours of wear, my nose would become slightly oily, but that could be fixed simply by blotting. 

I would definitely recommend this product, especially for those who are looking for more coverage, but still want to try out a cc cream. I think this would be suitable for most skin types, maybe not for those who are extremely oily or extremely dry. I purchased this product from ebay for around £12, which isn't a bad price at all for what you get. 

Be sure to comment down below on any cc creams you would recommend, I hope you enjoyed reading! x

9 April 2014

Bourjois Universal Illuminating Powder

I'm not one who usually uses highlighters, but I have heard many good things about this product, therefore I decided to purchase it and see how it would work for me. This highlighter was released for Bourjois' 150th anniversary, which I think is pretty amazing!

The product is packaged in a pistachio green pot, which I personally think is quite cute, also, the design on the lid is rather detailed and pretty, and surprisingly not a sticker. Once you twist off the lid, there will be sift to prevent the powder from flying everywhere, not only this, but there is another plastic bit that can be twisted to block the holes, which I think is great to reduce the fuss of using loose powder products. 

The highlighter is a very finely milled loose powder, the colour of it is a very pale pink, making it seem almost undetectable on the skin, similarly to a translucent powder. There are various different colours of shimmers such as green, gold and orange running through it, thus giving the skin a nice glowing complexion. 

The shimmer particles are quite subtle and aren't very big, therefore giving a very natural finish, without the results of a glittery disco ball. The powder blends into the skin beautifully and despite the pale colour, it doesn't look chalky at all. One thing to note is that the product does have quite a strong scent, I personally don't mind too much, but those who don't like fragrance in their products should keep this in mind. 

I would definitely recommend this product to those who are looking for a nice subtle highlighter, you can purchase this from Boots and Superdrug for £9.99

Be sure to comment down below on your favourite highlighters! x

1 April 2014

SS14 Beauty Essentials

I've noticed that there has been an increase in page views recently for the Summer Beauty Essentials post I wrote last year, so I thought I would do an updated one for this year. As you can tell, I have a lot of products to go through, so let's get right into it!

First comes base makeup, warmer weather means that your skin would probably become a little oilier than usual, therefore it's important to use products that will help prevent this. The Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray is one of my holy grail products, it is amazing for controlling oily skin, making sure that makeup stays on all day and oils are at bay. The Maxfactor Facefinity Foundation has a good medium coverage, is lightweight on the skin and has great oil control, and combined with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that is perfect for covering blemishes, would simply be amazing for those who have oily skin like I do. To set the base makeup, you would want to use a smooth and finely milled powder, and the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact is just that, it's a translucent powder, therefore preventing your makeup from looking too heavy or cakey. 

To add extra warmth into the skin, bronzers are a must! I especially love the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, as you can use it before or after you apply your makeup. It blends into the skin seamlessly, leaving a very natural skin-like finish. To amp it up even more, the Topshop Sandcastle Bronzer is the perfect colour for my skin, it isn't too dark, orangey, or muddy, making it great for subtly defining the face a little as well. 

Applying a pop of colour to the cheeks is a necessity if you want to brighten and liven up the skin tone. Here I have two of my favourite blushes of the moment to share with you, first is the The Face Shop Coral Cushion Blusher, is the packaging not cute? It is just so adorable, anyways, the colour is a pretty coral with small silver shimmer running through it, therefore giving the cheeks a nice subtle glow. Next is the Mac Crew Highlighter, this was from the Hey, Sailor! limited edition collection, but you may be able to find it online. This is more of a blush rather than a highlighter for me, it applies to the cheeks as a pretty pale matte pink colour, which I think works quite nicely with my light/medium asian skin. 

Of course, highlighters are needed in order to achieve the celestial glowy skin look, the Bourjois Universal Illuminating Powder is just beautiful, the fine loose powder includes very small particles of shimmer that reflects light off the face, it's simply so pretty. Moving onto Benefit Highbeam this liquid highlighter looks so natural, as if the skin is glowing from within, it is cool-toned with fine silver shimmers running through it, and is so easy to blend into the skin. 

I have quite a number of lip products that I am absolutely loving, and need to talk about, one of the newest to my collection is the Bourjois Colour Boost #03 Orange Punch, the orange coral colour is perfect for the season, and glides onto the lips leaving them nice and moisturised. Next is the Maybelline Baby Lips #Cherry Me, a tinted lip balm that is quick and effortless to apply whenever you don't know what to wear. The Peripera Tint Water #Cherry Juice is for those who (like me) are lazy to touch up their makeup throughout the day, this product lasts on the lips for hours, it not only looks natural, but it can be built up for a more bolder look. Onto one of my all time favourite lip glosses, the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Gloss #Cherry Boost, I seem to be rather fond of 'cherry' lip products, the colour of this is stunning, it's moisturising and creamy on the lips, and definitely not sticky at all. The final lip product is the Rimmel Apocalips #Luna, which is a gorgeous light peachy orange colour, it is so pretty, and I personally find that it suits my skin tone quite well. It can be blended out to look natural, but can also be applied full on for a statement lip. 

There are a ton of nail polishes in line, so i'm going to try whizz through them, Hope Girl #BL02 is a bright blue colour that really stands out, and would be great for those who love bold yet simple nails. I am in love with pastel colours, and there are a lot of them included here, Maybelline Forever Strong Pro #Lilac Charm is a beautiful cool-toned lilac colour, and #Ceramic Blue is a pretty pale blue with blue shimmer running through it. Swiftly moving on, we have Ciaté Paint Pot #Purple Sherbet, another lilac colour, but this one has more pink undertones in it. Mint is a must have staple colour for spring/summer, therefore I have Revlon Nail Enamel #Minted, there isn't a mention of pastel nail polish without this included. Next is this pretty powder blue nail polish from Champneys which was included in a set that I was gifted, it's great for those who maybe aren't too keen on the pastel shades yet. One of my all time favourites is the L'Oreal Colour Riche #Versailles Gold, which is great all year round, it is a gorgeous metallic rose gold colour that would look good on all occasions. Last but not least is Etude House #PWH902, it's clear with holographic flakes running through it, so stunning, it would be absolutely amazing to apply on an accent nail over the top of another colour. 

I'm sorry, this is becoming very long, don't worry, we're almost there, now onto perfumes. Vera Wang Princess is a staple all year round for me, it smells so divine, it is a quite a warm scent, so I don't tend to wear it as much during the summer. For those who prefer more light and fresh scents would love Ralph by Ralph Lauren, personally to me, it smells like lemonade, it's so simple, effortless and smells so good. The latest to my collection is Nina Ricci La Tentation De Nina, also another scent that is on the warmer side, but also has the perfect mixture of floral and citrus notes that make it perfect for the season. 

Finally are body sprays, great for those who don't want to splurge on perfumes, Pink Warm & Cozy is a sweet and girly scent which has vanilla notes which make it a warmer scent. Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion smells amazing, anything with coconut in it just reminds me of summer and the beach, also quite warm, therefore making it suitable as an evening scent as well. Etude House Ms. Sunshine is light and fresh with citrus notes in it, smells natural and effortless, perfect for when you can't decide on what fragrance you want to wear. 

You have now arrived to the end, I am so sorry, this post seems to have turned out to be an essay, nevertheless congratulations and thank you very much if you have read this whole entire post. I hope you enjoyed reading and found it helpful! 

Be sure to comment down below on your top spring/summer beauty essentials! x

22 March 2014

Products I Regret Purchasing #1

So this is the first time I have done this type of post, I usually don’t have that many products that disappoint me because I tend to research quite a lot before purchasing them, but there are just some products that don’t work for me.

First off is the Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss, I love the one in Cherry Me, however, I simply did not like this colour. It is a peachy nude colour which doesn’t show up on my lips, but the main reason why I do not like this is because it has quite large glitter particles running through it. Therefore it just appears like I have applied a ton of glitter all over my lips, which I personally don’t think is a great look. If you want to try out this product, I would recommend you to purchase Cherry Me, and not Peach Kiss.

Next up is the Natural Collection Concealer in Green, so this is a green concealer, which I thought would be good to cover up any red blemishes, however, it is a really pale colour and appears very chalky on the skin. Furthermore, it applies patchily and uneven, and simply doesn’t cover the redness of blemishes. But it was a very inexpensive product, so I wasn’t expecting too much from it.

I received the Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara for free on an offer at Superdrug quite a while ago. I have typical straight and sparse Asian eyelashes, therefore I usually go for mascaras that are waterproof (which this wasn’t) nevertheless, I decided to try it out. This mascara definitely was not for me, the wand was too big, my curl was not held, and made my lashes look clumpy very easily.

Continuing with mascara, I was quite interested in the idea of the Etude House Lash Perm 3 Step Volumecara, this mascara actually helped my lashes appear my volumised, however, it was too heavy for them, and therefore didn’t hold my curl. But if you have naturally curly lashes, then this may work for you.

Poundland sometimes has great deals on cosmetics from brands such as Revlon and Rimmel for £1, which is amazing. Therefore I would occasionally check out what they have in store, and saw the Chit Chat Highlighter, the idea of the product is very similar to Benefit Highbeam, so I thought I would try it out. However I was disappointed, not only was the product too shimmery, and simply contained huge chunks of glitter, but the brush applicator splayed out in all different directions, the quality just wasn’t great.

Finally onto the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick, I originally purchased this so I can use it as a contouring cream, therefore I picked up a darker colour (350), however I found that it wasn’t dark enough, and it was too orange to use to sculpt the face, therefore I was quite disappointed. Therefore I wouldn’t recommend it if you are thinking of purchasing this to use for contouring, but it may work well for those who use this as a foundation, which I haven’t tried because it doesn’t match my skin. 

So that's it, sorry if this post was a bit too negative for you, but I hope you found this helpful! x

17 March 2014

Peripera Peri's Tint Water

After receiving a sample of Benefit Benetint and falling in love with it, I was determined to find a more affordable product that would be very similar to it. So I came across this product, and it seems to be pretty similar, maybe even better, nevertheless, read on to find out more!

The product is packaged in a similar bottle as nail polishes, it isn't chunky or heavy, therefore making it great to travel with, also the design on the bottle is quite unique and cute. It comes with a doe foot applicator, which makes it really easy to control the application of the product.

I have 1 Cherry Juice which is a cherry red colour with pink undertones, the colour can be dabbed onto the lips for a more natural effect, but it can also be layered onto to create a bolder lip look. There are also four other different colours in the line which I would love to try out as well.

As the name suggests, the consistency of this product is like water, it is very liquidy and runny, therefore it applies very smoothly onto the lips, and also absorbs in very fast, which makes it quick and easy to apply. It wears of very naturally, the colour fades in a very subtle manner, the stain lasts for approximately  5 hours, but this includes eating and drinking lots of water etc...

I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a good lip tint, be sure to check out this product, Peripera is a Korean cosmetics brand, so it would be difficult to get a hold of unless you are in Asia, however, you can purchase it from various online stores, I purchased mine from ebay for just less than £5, which is an amazing bargain!

13 March 2014

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

I've heard so many good things about this product, especially when it was first released quite some time ago, nevertheless, I now have one to review for you, I purchased this when Revlon was on 3 for 2 offer at Boots.

The product is packaged in a pencil shaped tube, it has a twist-up mechanism, this means that there is no need to sharpen the product, which is always a great thing, because it is in a pencil shape, I find that it is much easier to control the application of the product. Also, the colour of the tube corresponds to the colour of the product, therefore making it easier to identify the different colours you may have.

I have 001 Honey which is a rosy pink colour, there is a tiny hint of shimmer in it, but it is barely noticeable, which is perfect for me, this is a slightly darker pink version of a my lips but better colour. The product applies really smoothly like a balm, it doesn't accentuate any dryness on the lips and leaves a nice glossy finish. As the product slowly wears off, a natural looking stain is left on the lips, which is great, as you wouldn't need to reapply again throughout the day if you don't want to. Also, the product has a very subtle minty scent to it, which I think is quite nice.

I would highly recommend this product, there are several other different colours that I definitely would love to try out myself as well. This product is available at Boots and Superdrug for £7.99

Be sure to comment down below on any colours you would recommend from this line! xx

7 March 2014

Current Favourites

I never do monthly favourites posts as I don't always try enough different products, but I think I will start doing current favourites from time to time. I have discovered quite a few bits that I used to enjoy using, and I also have a few new products that I have been loving as well. 

First off is the Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream, which I reviewed quite recently here. I used this for quite a while back in the beginning of 2013, but as spring/summer came around, my complexion became slightly darker, so it didn't match my skin tone anymore. However, since it's winter, i've become lighter again, and have been absolutely loving this bb cream. It's perfect for combination/oily skin, it has great coverage, staying power and oil control, be sure to check out my review for more details.

Carrying on with base makeup, I have another Lioele product, about 2 years ago, this Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB was my go-to everyday product, but I slowly discovered new things, so it wasn't used for quite a while, until I discovered it again a few months ago in my stash. I have fallen in love with it again, the bb cream is a green colour and turns into a skin colour once blended in. The green really counteracts the redness in my skin very well, therefore I like to use this as a primer under my foundation/bb cream. 

Over these few months, I have taken more interest in contouring the nose, i've noticed that it actually makes quite a lot of difference. So for this, I have been using this Contour & Highlight Palette from ebay, I use the white and cream colours mixed together to highlight the bridge of my nose, and then use the light brown colour to shade the sides of my nose, I personally don't really use the dark brown colour very often. The powders are very pigmented, and blend in very easily, and of course, it's super affordable from ebay especially for the results received, if you want to/you are into contouring the nose, then be sure to check this palette out.

This leads me onto the next product, which is the brush I use to contour my nose, the e.l.f Professional Defining Eye Brush, this brush is very inexpensive, but the quality and performance of it is great. I love the way the brush hairs have been cut and shaped, the angle provides a smooth application of the powder. It has the perfect fluffiness to it, it isn't too dense, so it doesn't provide a harsh line, but it isn't too fluffy, so the product doesn't go everywhere, and a precise application can be achieved.

Moving onto cheeks, I received Benefit Hoola in a sample set as a gift, and I really am liking it! It has cooler undertones that my other bronzers don't have, therefore making it a great product for giving a very natural contour to the cheekbones. It does also have warm undertones as well, which makes sure that it doesn't end up looking too muddy on the skin. This product just has the perfect mixture of both cool and warm undertones!

I think this Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba was one of the first blushes i've ever purchased it, i've always loved it, but I find that i've been reaching for it rather frequently these days. It's a very suitable colour for my skin tone and has the perfect amount of pigment to it, it gives a really natural flush to the cheeks without looking like I have anything on. 

So that is all the products that I have been currently loving, I hope you found this helpful! x