Sunday, 14 December 2014

Beauty Review: Benefit How to Look the Best At Everything

So I had a job interview this weekend so for it I decided to buy some new makeup!! Or at least that was my excuse…

After travelling around boots about 3 times I finally decided on this little piece by Benefit. I absolutely love buying these little packs – it’s the perfect way to try new products and they're all so tiny and cute! In this pack there was their Porefessional Primer, Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation, 2 sets of Boing Concealer, and a pressed powder called Hello Flawless.

Porefessional Primer – This. Is. Amazing. Its pretty thick when applying, which I personally think is fab – too often I buy a primer and they’re just like water, meaning I have to wait forever before I can apply foundation. This primer goes on quite matte as well which is a plus in my books. It says on the "tips and tricks" to reduce shine through the day just dab a bit more of the primer on top, added bonus! Definitely about to become a regular in my makeup bag.

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation – I’m very sad to say that this was less amazing. Don’t get me wrong when I applied it, it definitely gave me a healthy glow, but in a foundation I like a bit more coverage, after wearing for half the day I had to reapply. I feel like this foundation would maybe be better in summer time when I like to wear a foundation that is lighter on my skin, but in winter I need something more durable.

Boing Concealer – I wasn’t too excited about this, I am a big believer in the Collection concealer and trying something new felt adulterous. I have been pleasantly surprised with this concealer however, it definitely gave a good coverage and even managed to cover some of my more pesky spots. The downside to this concealer however is that they give you two colours. Now I do understand that not everyone will suit one colour, but as I am far far far too pale to use the darker one – it just seems like a bit of a waste - especially as the difference between the two colours is so massive!

Hello Flawless Powder – I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t blown away by this powder. I guess it does what it should, set my makeup okay and took away a bit of shine, but I don’t know, I think I just expected more. It felt very dusty almost on my face, so every time my nose itched my hands felt like they had been coated with talcum powder.

Left to right: Hello Flawless Pressed Powder, Medium Boing Concealer (02), Light Boing Concealer (01), Hello Oxygen Foundation.

Overall I think this pack was a good way to try out some new products for one of my favourite brands. Although I may give the concealers and powder a miss next time I will definitely be buying the primer again, and I may try the foundation again in summer!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Review

Recently due to stress/hormones/being lazy with my skin I have been having so so so many breakouts. Like ridiculous amounts – and me being the grim bean that I am I don’t treat these spots or let them go away on their own. I am a squeezer. I know it’s basically the worst thing that you can do for your skin but I just can’t help it. It’s subconscious.

So off I travelled to my favourite beauty shop Lush. Obviously as soon as I walked in my eyes lit up, I do love it in there. After chatting to one of the nicest shop assistants that I have ever met (honestly she was just lovely) I was recommended to buy the Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask. Now it didn’t look the prettiest, to be honest it looked like porridge, but the assistant assured me that it would seriously help my skin.

ALSO one of the reasons why I loved this lady was she gave me samples! I love samples, I just think they’re so exciting and generally last me a while so I can really try a new product, but more on those later.

I was told to cleanse my face before putting on this mask, so I went home cleansed my face within an inch of its life and applied it. One of the main ingredients in this is tea tree oil, and you could definitely tell, it smelt so strong. I personally quite like the smell because to me it reminds me of being clean and fresh, but if you cannot stand the smell I wouldn’t recommend this product for you.

The instructions on the pack said to leave on for 5-10 minutes, so as my face was in need for a deep clean I left it on for 10. As the mask dried it did start to itch a little bit, which as my skin is very sensitive doesn’t surprise me, so I will probably leave it on for a little less time next time.

When I washed this mask off, I just put a little bit of warm water on my face, which made this mask into more of a paste again. As there was an exfoliant in this it allowed me to do a quick exfoliation as well. After washing it off, I have to say my skin looked absolutely amazing.

I just think Lush has got it so right, all natural products has to be the way to go – all those harsh chemicals in other brands really irritate my skin. I think definitely use this product if you’re having problems with a breakout or if your skin needs a good cleanse – for me it definitely worked!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The First Post

Hellooooooo! I doubt anyone will actually ever see or read this but on the off chance that anyone does stumble across this page WELCOME TO MY BLOG. Really I just wanted to start this as a little outlet for me, with being at uni and working, I needed something that I can spend time on that is just mine.

So the reason why I’ve picked today to post and not earlier (I’ve been thinking about this for a while) is I’ve been super busy at university studying for my degree. It is literally so much work – being a student is actually not that easy!

I’ve just had my first exam of second year – where the mark actually goes towards our final grade (scary…) so to reward myself afterwards I treated myself to a proper cup of tea and a brownie from my all time favourite place, Quilliam Brothers in Newcastle. I love love love this place, it’s so quaint and feels like such a family run atmosphere even though it’s all students. They also have so many flavours of tea; I have thought about trying them all but it would probably take longer than my degree…

My personal favourites are the Orange Blossom Oolong tea and the Caramel Brownie – but today I went for one called Hazelnut Brittle – which was so yummy it tasted like really milky Nutella (I know that does sound strange). Also what I like about this place is that they give you a little pot of honey instead of sugar, so good!