Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Review - Bobbi Brown Concealer!!!..... and Corrector!
(And Clinique Eye Cream)

Well after much deliberation and reading my lovely followers comments on concealers, I decided I would go ahead and purchase the Bobbi Brown concealer and powder duo!

I visited the Bobbi Brown counter in House of Fraser at the Bluewater shopping centre, and one of the lovely girls there did a colour match for me. I have to say having visited various department store makeup counters before, the girl at Bobbi Brown was very friendly and really made an effort to choose the right shade for my skin. So firstly she applied a colour corrector which they recommend you use before the concealer to take any of the dark colours away from under your eyes. I have blueish undertones to my skin and I could really see a difference when she applied this as a base, she used the shade "bisque".
Next she applied the concealer itself, in the shade "natural" she used a brush although I find I prefer to use my ring finger and pat it on. After this the last stage ( i know this seems long winded!!) she applied the powder in "pale yellow" which comes in a compact attached to the concealer, this just sets everything and helps it stay in place. I dont use face powder so this is a must for me!

Well as you would know from previous posts I have written, the dark circles under my eyes are a problem for me and I have never found a product that I have been really satisfied with..........UNTIL NOW! I love this set, and I especially love the colour corrector, I didn't think this was going to be a necessary purchase at first but after seeing the finished result I felt it was worth it. Having used it now at home for the last 4-5 days I'm really pleased, I can notice a definite difference in the colour under my eyes when the products are applied, and I definitely think they look a lot better. This is not a cheap option by any means £22 for the concealer and powder and £16 for the corrector, but I think it will last a long time and you can buy the concealer on its own if you run out before the powder is used up! ....good idea!!

Which brings me on to eye cream!!.......I had been using the No7 protect and Perfect one for a while now, but I have to say that I have not noticed any difference with this cream, which is a shame as I love the No7 skincare range. I have very dry eyes/eyelids which in turn means I can be prone to crepey skin on my eyelids, a nightmare when you trying to apply shadows. So I decided to try Clinique "all about eyes rich" which has had a lot of good reviews, and I like the Clinique skincare range in general especially if you are prone to sensitive skin. Well I have to say I have been using this cream for 5 days now and can definitely notice a difference in the skin texture around my eyelids, its smoother and not dry at all, it claims to treat puffy eyes too, I will keep you posted on that one!... at £22 I think this cream is good value for money its really rich so you don't need loads and I think it will last a while...so far so good!...
Any Eyecream fav's....??? x

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

To Conceal......or not to Conceal..?!?!

One product I find that I have never really found my perfect match with is......"Concealer" and boy have I tried loads....!!! Touche Eclat, Benefit, MAC, Clinique, ELF....need I go on?? I either find there to thick, sit in the fine lines under my eyes...(Benefit) Or there to thin and light and don't cover well (Touche Eclat) I think concealers are very personal to your skin texture as well as tone, and my skin is olive in colouring and i think that's where the problem lies, that and having quite bad dark circles from many years of lack of sleep from being a mummy!!

But hey, I will not be beaten there must be a wonder product out there which will make me look airbrushed and like I have just woken from a 12 hour sleep......(LOL) I just haven't found it yet. Next on my hit list is going to be Bobbi Brown, I have heard good things about this and like the idea of the cream concealer and powder in one compact!

Well I would love to hear about your favourite concealers and which ones you really love?.........Who better to ask than you guys??...xxx

Friday, 19 March 2010

No7 £5 Vouchers.....Ruby and Millie & Body Shop!

Now i dont know whether its just me, but whenever Boots do there £5 off No7/Ruby and Millie vouchers, I either forget to use mine and they sit in my purse past there date!!!...Or I end up with so many that I spend hours looking at No7 convincing myself there is something i "need" from there skincare collection..!

Now I'm loving the No7 skincare range as you will have read in previous posts, but I have the cleanser /sauna mask/day cream/eye cream,.......something of an obsession going on here you think??......So today while in my local Boots I decided to give the Ruby and Millie counter a perusal, Now when this brand first came out I loved it, but I have to say it hasn't really excited me for the last few years, and the prices are, well blommin expensive for a brand sold in Boots, especially when similar products from MAC are only a couple of pounds more...... But still I looked and picked up a couple of things, one being the lip gloss pictured below in "Lilac 51" this colour really stood out as a pretty gloss, it's a lovely Lilac shimmer with Pink and Gold undertones, it really is lovely (picture doesn't do this one justice, camera not the best hence cant get a good swatch on the skin)........ But I would recommend this one, I personally wouldn't pay the £11 they ask for it, but with the voucher it was £6 so not too bad.....

Also I got this cute make up bag, I think this is a great size and has a stiff outer case which means products not getting squashed inside!..This was £8 but with my £5 voucher only £3.....Bargain!!!

Next a trip to Body Shop.......

Now after reading a few post's on the Body Shop Facial Buffer, I thought I would get one and see what the fuss is all about. It is to be used with a facial wash to gently exfoliate your face. I sometimes feel facial exfoliater's don't really hit the mark so thought I would try this little sponge, will keep you all posted..... Also picked up the Body Shop "Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Cleanser " will use this with the sponge, I love the Body Shop Tea Tree products, they always make my skin feel really clean. Let me know your Body Shop Favourites.....!..:0)

Monday, 15 March 2010

I'm doing a guest review!!!!!!

The lovely Fiona at http://makeupsavvy.blogspot.com has chosen me to review a skincare product from Melvita, "Hydrastim Moisturizing Gel" cant wait to start using this a review will follow in next few weeks!....x
MAC (small) Haul!!

So I was still consoling myself that once again I had missed out on a new collection MAC product that I really wanted....:(.....Product in question Ripe Peach Blusher from the Spring Colour Forecast Collection, It's my own fault I should have known better...! Order it online as soon as you see it. don't wait, but hay ho, maybe next time!!

Anyway I decided to go to MAC anyway as I really liked the look of one of the Lipglass lipglosses from this collection in"Ember Glow", I'm really glad I picked this up it's a gorgeous peach colour but its really pigmented so is not just a wash of colour it really fills in the lips...very pretty.... Also I picked up another Lipglass in "Cultured" this is a really nice pink, it didn't look that exciting in the tube, but in application at the MAC counter I loved it, really full on colour and not wishy washy like some glosses. Lastly as I was still hankering after a peachy blusher for summer, I spied.... "Chic Couple" this is a Mineralize two toned blush in a peach and bronze colour. Picture doesn't really do this one justice, its lovely on the skin. Think it's going to be my new fave!!!!


Left "Cultured"..........Right "Ember Glow"

Mineralize Blush......."Chic Couple" (looks pink toned in this pic, but it's really peachy)

Picked anything up from MAC lately??.....:)...x

Monday, 8 March 2010

Bobbi Brown........

I cant actually believe that in all my years of make up purchasing I have never had any products from Bobbi Brown before, I guess not having a counter that near to where I live is the main reason , as with NARS....... I just never seemed to get to them that easily...! But now thanks to John Lewis at the Bluewater Shopping centre, I can start trying a few things out!! ....

So I have read numerous reviews online from bloggers and in magazines about how good her concealer is, it comes in a little pot as seen below with cream concealer in the top and a powder in the bottom compartment...Now unfortunately I have yet to pick one of these up, as the lovely lady on the counter said (quite rightly) that she would need to take off my make up and do a skin tone match, as I had my son with me at the time and we were already 10 minutes late for the cinema thought best not to do it right now!!!......:((... review coming soon on it though...I will have one!!!

Anyway on of the other cult Bobbi Brown products is her "gel eyeliner" written and raved about almost everywhere..... I will say at this point I have not had gel liner before, and everyone seems to say it is the best to apply for a precision line, and staying power, although I had my doubts if I would be able to apply it properly........But I have to say I have used it twice and practice is definitely going to make perfect, but it is a lot easier than I thought it would be , gives a really precise line and stays put all day with no smudging or movement whatsoever...! so far I LOVE it, wish I had tried gel liner before. I did also buy the Bobbi Brown liner brush which I definitely think makes the application a lot easier, its a brilliant brush angled just right for a thick or thin line......

Brilliant Brush!!!!!!

The other item I wanted to try was one of her eye shadows, and I picked up the one pictured above in the shade "Rock" this is a really nice neutral shade in a greyish colour with a silvery/green undertone. I wanted another every day shadow and this is nice addition to my collection neutral but very pretty. All in all I'm pleased with these two products so far, pricing is on par with MAC a little bit pricier but the single shadows do seem slightly larger. Also they have 10% off promotion on at the moment at John Lewis in Bluewater, not sure when it finishes, but worth it if you have a few bits to buy......The colour bricks look awesome..........

Any Bobbi Brown recommendations....????

Friday, 5 March 2010

Another No7 Gem!!!!!!

As you may have noticed from past blogs, my love for the No7 skincare range is definitely growing.....The cleansing balm is my favourite makeup remover really gentle but gets the job done. And the "Purifying Hydration Mask" is a staple favourite for my dry skin!!!

So the other day I was browsing the No7 skincare in my local boots, when I came across this the Purifying Sauna Mask, I like to do a face mask/exfoliate at least 1-2 times a week, and this one is lovely!!!!......You apply it to damp skin and it heats up on contact!! Yes that's right HEATS UP!! and not just a little bit it really feels warm, it has small particles in it for gentle exfoliation. I tend o leave it on for about 2 minutes then wash it off....my skin felt really clean after using this, and the fact that it heated up on contact made it feel that little bit more special!!....It's priced at around £9.50 I think it will last a while you don't need loads of this it goes a long way......Any other face masks you would recommend?....x

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Birthday bits!!!!........Urban Decay

Well for my birthday my lovely family got me some make up bits and skincare (skincare will be in another post)....and I thought I would share with you all......!!!!

Urban Decay Palette.................................................Urban Decay 24/7 Eye pencils

I saw this eye palette in House of Fraser a while ago now, and absolutely loved it!!! and I can honestly say i'm so glad I now have it. The colours are all really wearable, there is not one in there that i wouldn't use, which is unusual for collections like this, they normally have some random one in there that never sees my make up brushes!!! But not these, there really pigmented and go on the eyes really well all the colours compliment each nicely. I will say there probably more for evening rather than day time as some of them have undertones of glitter in them, but there are a couple of flat ones too so all in all GREAT!

Now on to my other favourite thing the Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencils, I bought a full size one of these in a lovely Green shade called "covet" a while ago and loved it, these pencils just glide on , no scratchy scraping around the eye which I HATE they are strong colours and are all really pretty..... This set is particularly good as it has nine of the shades in one box of half size pencils, so that way you get to have an array of colours in your collection! The full size pencils are around £11 each I'm not sure how much this set is (roughly £22) but its a lot better value for money buying them this way, plus you get all the shades. I have worn the green pencil "graffiti" and the brown one "corrupt" and they stay on all day, they don't budge!

Ok so from left to right........

Eldorado....Corrupt....Binge....Graffiti....Oil Slick
Then....Ransom....Rockstar....(luv this one!!!)....Zero....Stash

Sorry Pics aren't great swatching them on your hand never comes out well.....:)
But trust me these pencils are well worth it, all gorgeous LOVE THEM.......x