Thursday, 28 June 2012

Revlon: Beyond Natural Primer

I've never been a sucker for foundation primers as I tend to feel that the final outcome makes my skin feel to thick. I'm currently using Revlon PhotoReady Colour Stay foundation so hoped this would compliment the foundation. Primers offer a more smooth and even final outcome once foundation and concealer has been applied. They also come in various different types to suit different sins. I found Revlon's Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer in Boots for £7.99 in a 25ml tube (which is barely anything but hey, I wanted to try it out!) and I've found another product I can now include within my regular daily make-up bag. I use a tiny amount around open pore areas (my cheeks, head and nose) so a more closed pore look is made. If I'm 100% honest, it didn't make much of a difference to the appearance of my pores, they were still the same size close up but the finished look more than made up for it.

It's a really small tube for £7.99 but I've found that the product is worth while. Although it doesn't do exactly what it promises on the label, it is still a good starting primer. I can't wait to try the GOSH foundation primer that everyone is raving about. However, the Revlon primer is a thick gel texture which sounds awful but is in fact so lovely and moisturising. You apply if after your regular moisturiser, and if like me you suffer with combination skin, it can make you feel a bit too greasy, especially around the T-Zone. For this I try and use an oil-free day moisturiser from Salon Systems. Beyond Natural primer promises to 'eliminate excess oil from beneath the skin' however I don't think a product costing £7.99 could quite be that much of a miracle worker! I noticed a difference in how my make-up looked and felt, so I think I'd repurchase the same product.

Have you tried any foundation primers? What would you recommend?

Celeb Boutique ❤

I have 4 words for you. Absolutely. Stunningly. Gorgeous. Clothes.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past 2 years, you'd have heard of Celeb Boutique, a lusted after clothing collection which is popular among celebrities including the gorgeous Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays and the TOWIE girls. Why wouldn't you want a slice of the celeb pie and treat yourself to one of their gorgeous pieces? You'd be mad not to...

I ❤ Celeb Boutique. Why? Because it's the closest to celebrity I can get without being considered a stalker of Billi/Lauren/Rochelle/Cheryl. It's what all girls want, to look and frame themselves on their favourite celebrity. And may I add, without breaking the bank either! Dresses range from around the £80-£150 if you want something extra special, CB is the place to go! Nobody can deny that feeling that when the black box with gold writing splurged across the top of it drops on your doormat your mood is at an all time high for the rest of the month! 

<- This. This is drop dead gorgeous, guarantee to make you feel a million dollars. Teamed with a nude pair of heels and matching clutch, it's the height of celebrity without actually being one (shh people won't realise). The champagne finishing looks to me something out of a high fashion brand such as Gabbana or Donna Karen without that sickening price tag - a bargain at only £104.99. It would be rude not to! And let me not even start about the figure skimming qualities it has either...

Do you fancy yourself as a Kylie, Kendall, Kourtney or Khloe? Or maybe even the queen Kardashian Kim? Here's your chance. The 'New York' tan studded trench coat is an exact replica of one worn by Kim K where you can get her look for no doubt a whole lot less. The coat comes with a belt too, so no awkward trips trying to find one to match! Hoorah! I'm from London. Need I say more? Constant weather changes make it unbearable to decide whether its a shorts day or a coat day, why not do it in style? Team this trench with killer high heel platforms and long wavy locks and you'll have people asking for your autograph in no time. At £149.99 you'll be spending 1/10 of what Kimmy has on something she may only wear once. Make an investment!

It's Summer! Well, it is, technically. Off to Marbs? Grab everyones attention the moment you step off that plane looking every inch glamorous. I don't even need to reiterate the fact that this Andrea dress will set of a tan like there's no tomorrow. The neon orange and fuchsia have a real Summey edge making you feel more in the holiday spirit, even if you are stuck in rainy Britain. Celeb Boutique even ships worldwide, perfect! 

I  ❤ Celeb Boutique and it's no wonder why. Amazing quality clothes which really do last. If it doesn't ft, you don't pay. A full refund is provided upon return of the item so fear not. Have CB sweep you off your heels and take a look at their collection. You wont regret it!
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Clinique: Chubby Stick in #14 Curvy Candy

I've been on the hunt for the perfect colour for as long as I can remember. Something not too matte, the right colour that doesn't need re-applying every hour and doesn't create that dreaded crackle effect of having dry lips. And at long last I've finally found it! The perfect colour and a product which actually moisturises your lips at the same time.

I bought mine from Debenhams in Oxford Street and it cost me £16 which to some people can seem alot for something so small. As an experienced Clinique lover and product user its this brand which products last absolutely forever, so to me something like this is more of an investment than just 'another lip colour'. 

In regards to the colour itself, it really does depend on what you like and what suits your skin tone. I tend to go between nudes and pale pinks which makes Curvy Candy a perfect option. With all the shades from the new Chubby Stick collection you can alternate between a sheerer colour or gradually build it up to make something more of a block colour. 

All of the chubby sticks have a perfect amount of gloss too, and it's non-sticky formula means you don't need to reapply it every time you eat or drink something either. The sheen sinks between the cracks in your natural lips and builds a collagen wall into them (sorry to get all scientific on you) which means they never show. Love this product and would definitely recommend it ♥ Have you tried the new chubby stick from Clinique? Which is your favourite?

Benefit: 'Lemon Aid' Colour Correcting Concealer

Benefit is definitely a brand which should be praised more often. Not only is the packaging for every single product unique and gorgeous, but their products, especially the iconic Bad Gal Lash mascara, are absolutely amazing. I had my make-up done by a professional in Debenhams a few years ago and I fell in love instantly with their range. It's so girly and cheerful, although some products are a bit on the pricey side. 

I've always suffered with tired looking eyes even when I get my full 8 hours of sleep. I think I was just born with dark circles under my eyes and I've tried every concealer possible to hide them. I've found a fair few which do the trick, but I picked up Lemon Aid a few weeks ago to see if it really does what it says on the tin. 

Lemon Aid is a 'colour correcting eyelid primer' which also makes eye make-up such as eye shadow, highlighter and contouring look alot nicer and smooth. I used a concealer brush to apply this particular one. Its quite a creamy formula, so glides on easily and is a dream to blend and soften around the eyes. Because the pigmentation is a soft yellow, a minimal amount is required to do the job. You can always build it up, but once there's too much it's difficult to take it away. 

The compact comes with a small mirror on the inside so it's perfect to fit in your make-up bag. Although it's a little on the pricey side at £16.50, it's well worth the splurge and will last alot longer than concealers which come from pens. Do you like Benefit products? Have you tried Lemon Aid, what did you think?