Entries from March 25th, 2012

Benefit Coralista Blush Box.

posted on: 28 March, 2012

Benefit Coralista – £23.50

I’ve had my eye on this blusher for some time now, especially as I know it’s a favourite of the Pixiwoo girls. I love coral blushers with a bit of a sheen so I knew I would be a big fan of this.

I have about three or four Benefit boxed blushers now and I love them. They’re not great for travelling (unless you use the brush that comes with them, which I never do) as they’re slightly bulky but I reach for them often and I love the quality, finish and packaging and I’m happy to part with my money every now and again.

Coralista really did not disappoint, although I have probably more than one blusher in my collection (well there is rather a few now!) which is very similar to this, Coralista is probably the most coral one which means it’s totally justified.
I think I’ll use this a lot more in summer when I have a tan as it looks a bit more pink against my (very) fair skin tone. It’s so easy to blend in to create a gorgeous look.

What do you think of Coralista?

Review: Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr.

posted on: 26 March, 2012

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24Hr – £4.99* (Official launch is April, but I’ve seen them in Superdrug)

Recently I’ve really started getting in to wearing eyeshadows, whereas I used to wear it on the odd occasion, I’m now finding myself wearing it every day and really experimenting with different shades.

There has been a bit of hype surrounding the Colour Tattoo 24hr Eye Colours recently, especially in the blogging world. To be honest, I wasn’t at all bothered about them (I seem to miss every bandwagon) until I was at the Maybelline press day recently and swatched them. I picked up four of the shades as I knew I would really love them (and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about).

These are really pigmented gel/cream eye shadows. I think they’re similar to MAC Paint Pots but I prefer the Maybelline shades. I picked up On and On Bronze (a rich copper chocolate brown with a gorgeous sheen – my favourite), Eternal Gold (a beautiful gold cream which I use in the inner corners of my eyes), Permanent Taupe (an almost matte brown which I might double up as a eyebrow gel as it’s the perfect shade for me) and Endless Purple (a gorgeous rich purple with a metallic sheen, I often use this on my lower lash line).

Overall, I’m absolutely loving these little pots! I wasn’t too swayed by the colours in the pots until I swatched them, they really do look so lovely on. They’re really easy to apply, I usually use my fingers for colour on the lids and then my Real Techniques Starter Kit brushes for the lower lash line and in the inner corner of my eye. They’re great to blend and last so long without creasing or smudging.
They’re also great as a base for eyeshadows, I’ve been wearing MACs Casino over On and On Bronze and it looks gorgeous.

I think the lasting power is amazing, especially as they’re drug store products and not high end. I don’t find these crease at all, and I haven’t been wearing primer. I put them on at about 7am in the morning, wear them all day and come home and my lids still look perfect, it’s really unbelievable.
I think they’re absolutely worth getting, the price is spot on and I reckon they’ll last a while too.
I really love all the shades so far, On and On Bronze is definitely my favourite but I can see myself regularly wearing all colours of the 4.

Will you be picking these up?

Neon Pink Jeans.

posted on: 25 March, 2012

Jeans: Topshop Petite 
Bag: H&M (old)
Lipstick: NARS Bolero
Nails: OPI Mermaid Tears
I thought I’d show how I’m wearing the neon denim trend at the moment. I fell for these neon pink jeans when I saw them online and purchased them in store a few days later. I’ve had them for about a month now and usually wear them with some form of black top.
I think now it’s sunnier I might wear them with something more summery, like a white tunic or maybe a mint vest. 
I think I’m going to go for a little wander today. I kind of need to take some more blog photos though, I’m wearing the Maybelline Colour Tattoos today which I love and can’t wait to blog about. 

How is everyone spending their weekend?

Review: Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation & Launch Event.

posted on: 25 March, 2012

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch on the new (and first!) Benefit liquid foundation, Hello Flawless. I’m a massive fan of the Hello Flawless powder so I was pretty excited to get my paws on this.

As you’re probably aware, I really like Benefit products. The quality is great, it’s fun and the packaging is always great. I absolutely love the packaging on the new Oxygen Wow foundation and I know a lot of you agree. It’s fresh, original and cute.

The event was great fun, Benefits makeup artist Lisa demonstrated how to use the foundation and then matched us all up. I was matched to shade “I’m Pure 4 Sure, Ivory” which is the perfect match for me. This is a “neutral porcelain for fair complexions”.

I’ve been wearing the foundation for about a week now and I really love it. The coverage is great – medium to full buildable coverage without looking heavy, the coverage is dewy without looking oily and the finish is really natural yet flawless. The foundation really is very thin, I was surprised by how “liquid” this really was, but I do think it makes it easier to buff in to give a better finish.

I usually wear Estee Lauder Double Wear which is a ‘Stay in Place’ foundation, so I was keen to see how Hello Flawless would compare. Overall, I think the lasting power is pretty good. I do have to apply powder and maybe touch up during the day but this is what I’d expect from my normal/oily skin type.
I find that on days where I applied too much without properly buffing it in, it did gather on dry areas, around my nose etc. so I think in future I need to use less and buff more. I think with foundations like this, application is key.
I did find that by the end of the day, the foundation had separated slightly but this may have been because I hadn’t buffed thoroughly.

Overall, a great first liquid foundation from Benefit. I’m really pleased with the coverage, but I think the lasting power could be better. The finish is gorgeous and really does give such a natural glow to the skin.
Will you be trying this foundation?