29 September 2014

Lioele Mix Concealer

I've heard so many things about the concealer palette from Laura Mercier, however, I thought that I might try this one from Lioele first before splurging since it seemed to have a similar concept, so here are my thoughts.

Typical of Korean cosmetics, the packaging it so cute, the product is housed in a beautiful pink mirrored compact, which is quite thin and small in size, therefore making it very easy to travel around with. Furthermore a large mirror is included inside, which will be great for touching up on the go. 

So there are two shades of concealer in the compact, which means it would be perfect for you to mix up the colours to match your skin. A downside to this product is that there are no other shades available, and although this would be suitable for those who have fair, light and medium skin tones, it wouldn't match those who have darker skin.The consistency and texture of these concealers are very thin and light weight on the skin, yet is able to give a light to medium coverage on the skin, blending smooth and seamlessly, leaving a natural finish. 

Okay, so here is where the concealer becomes a little bit of a love/hate product for me, it works beautifully under the eyes, and also on any scars, pigmentation and active breakouts. However, it looks terrible when applied on any healing blemishes (the ones that tend to be a bit dry and flaky) it accentuates the dryness, and leaves a very patchy finish, therefore this may not be suitable for those who have very dry skin. 

Overall, I do like this concealer, but it isn't the best i've tried so far, but if your skin is a bit on the oily side, you don't have too much to conceal, and are looking for an affordable concealer, I think this would be a great product to achieve for a natural look. I purchased this from ebay for around £8.

What is your favourite concealer? x

22 September 2014

Topshop Cream Blush

I haven't actually tried many Topshop cosmetics other than their bronzer, which is actually a holy grail product of mine, so since i've heard so many great things about their cream blushes and have always wanted to try them, I decided to finally purchase one for myself!

The product is packaged in a small round compact, with a cute polka dot design to it, the compact snaps shut (which is very satisfying) which ensures that the product inside is completely protected, and wouldn't randomly open. Also, there is a mirror included, which is great for travelling or touching up on the go. 

There are quite a few different colours in the range, and I would definitely love to try out more, I have #Flush, which is a rosy coral pink colour that has no shimmer in it. Once applied onto the skin, it leaves a very natural flush to the cheeks. 

The consistency is nice and creamy, and blends on smoothly and seamlessly, leaving a very sheer wash of colour, which is great for a natural look, but it can also be built up. When on the skin, if feels very lightweight and doesn't feel like you're wearing it at all. Despite it being a cream formula, it doesn't leave a dewy effect, but a beautiful skin-like satin finish, which is great for my combination/oily skin. 

Though I haven't tried many cream blushes, I definitely really enjoy using this, and it would be perfect for the upcoming colder seasons. These are available from Topshop for £7, which is a great affordable price!

What cream blushes would you recommend? x

15 September 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh

I received this fragrance as a gift and was rather happy as it had been on my wish list for quite some time now, but never actually splashed out to purchase it myself. 

Top notes: Raspberry, Grapefruit, Pear
Heart notes: Wild Rose, Violet, Apple Blossom
Base notes: Plum, Cedarwood, Musk

This fragrance has a lovely mixture of fruity and floral notes, which give off a nice fresh scent, making it especially perfect to wear during the spring and summer seasons. However, it's quite light, so it can also be wearable during other seasons as well.

The packaging is amazing, the perfume is housed in a simple glass bottle with the signature Marc Jacobs cap that has the very cute 3D floral decor all over it. I also quite like how the actual perfume has a hint of light pink in it, adding a very nice touch to the whole aesthetic of it. 

This product is available in 75ml & 125ml, and can be purchased from The Perfume Shop and Boots for £55.50 - £71.50.

What is your current favourite fragrance? x

8 September 2014

New At The Drugstore #2

Since we are now entering into a new season, many brands are beginning to release new products, so in this post i'll be showing a few new products that I personally seem to find pretty interesting and appealing. 

Lets start with the product I am most excited about, the Maybelline Colour Elixirs! These have been out over in the US for quite some time now, i've heard so many good things about these, so i've been really anticipating for these to come over to the UK. Although the shade range in the US is much broader, we do have 10 shades, which is pretty good. They are available in Boots and Superdrug for £6.99 each, but be sure to look out for any special offers since they are new!

Since we're on the topic of lip products, Rimmel has just released their new Apocalips Matte Lip Velvets, which are, as the name suggests, similar to their original lip lacquers, but with a matte finish, they seem like they're going to be amazing for the upcoming Autumn and Winter! They are available in 5 different shades, in Boots and Superdrug for £6.49.

Carrying on with Rimmel, it seems like they've reformulated their Lasting Finish Foundation, have claimed to have added in "comfort serum" into it. They've also released the Lasting Finish Nude Foundation, which has slightly less coverage than the former and is more hydrating on the skin. I actually haven't tried any Rimmel foundations, but i've generally heard good things about them, so I might pick up one of these for myself to test. They can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug for £7.99 with quite a wide range of shades.

Maxfactor has also released a new base product, which is their Skin Luminizer Foundation, it claims to use "light-reflecting particles to create a gorgeous healthy-looking glow" and also a "hydrator that helps improve skin’s condition". This seems to be perfect for the colder seasons as most people's skin would tend to become a little more dry due to the cold weather. It can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug for £11.99, with 6 shades available. 

Cream blush sticks have been quite popular recently, and Soap & Glory has recently released their own ones, the Sexy Mother Blushers, which are available in 3 fun and bright colours. I've heard good things about these, and the colours simply look so gorgeous! These would be so quick and easy to apply, and they would also give a nice sheen to the cheeks, they can be purchased for £9 in Boots. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this, i'm pretty excited about all these products, what new releases are you excited for? x

3 September 2014

Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss

I was never really a lip gloss wearer, but I've heard so many great things about these, so I really wanted to try them out for myself, they were on offer in Superdrug so I had to pick one up. 

The product is packaged in a typical tube, I like how it's very simple and minimal. Also, the tube is clear, therefore making it easy to identify what colour you are choosing. I really like the doe foot applicator, it is small and stiff, which makes applying the product onto the lips easier due to the fact that it is so precise. Furthermore, it has a light sweet and fruity scent, which smells so good, which isn't too overpowering or strong either. 

The colour #420 Glorious Grapefruit really caught my eye, it's a really pretty pink with a slight hint of coral in it, it also have a very small amount of shimmer running through it, but it isn't really visible when applied to the lips. There are also quite a few other colours that look amazing, so i'll definitely be going back for more!

The formula of this product is really great, the lip gloss is so creamy and moisturising, meaning that it glides on nice and smoothly, leaving a natural looking gloss onto the lips. In addition, it isn't sticky at all, yet still lasts for quite a while, although it wouldn't be as long wearing as a lipstick, but don't expect it to last through food & drink. 

Overall, this product is made me become slightly addicted to lip glosses, although they don't last as long as lipsticks, they give such a natural glossy look to the lips, and i've been using them every time I put on makeup. You can purchase these at Boots and Superdrug for £6.19.

What is your favourite lip gloss? x

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