Monday, 29 April 2013

Garnier Moisture Match | 24hr Mattifying Fresh Cream

Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Fresh Cream: £5.99 from Boots and Superdrug - 

This is one of the new range of moisturisers from Garnier. They've released a range suitable for various skin types, from dry to very dry, dry to normal, combination to oily and for dull skin. 

I gave this a shot and actually really like it. The texture is really strange for a moisturiser, it almost has a primer like feel when applying it to the skin, but it sinks in nicely and feels quite cooling, which is lovely! 

I feel like it does the job of moisturising my skin but not making it greasy. Which is exactly what I want from a moisturiser for oily/combo skin! So if you've got fairly oily skin, but like me suffer from the occasional dry patch, check this out! 

Fiona xox

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Illamasqua Haul | Eurydice & Atomic Lipsticks

I decided to indulge in two lipsticks during the Illamasqua Easter Hunt sale, and I don't regret it one bit!

Illamasqua Lipsticks in Eurydice & Atomic: £16.00 each - Atomic looks a bit weird but all those bubbles are gone now. The only lipstick I've had from Illamasqua before was Fetish, and it was absolutely rubbish. But its a totally different story with these two. 

Eurydice is an insanely bright fuschia pink. It's matte and is quite a dry formula, but it lasts for ages on the lips! Thumbs up!

Atomic is probably now my favourite lipstick ever. Again, a bright fuschia pink, this has a touch more red to it and a beautiful purple/blue duochrome running through it. Despite the shimmer, the formula is again matte and the lasting power is outstanding! 

(P.S sorry for the rubbish lip shots, I didn't have time to make sure my lips were lined perfectly!)

Fiona xox 

Friday, 19 April 2013

Precision Blending Sponge | For Make Up Application

Sorry for not posting for a while, I've been so busy with Uni, and still am, but hopefully I can get a few posts lined up for the next couple of weeks! 

Precision Blending Sponge: £5.99 from TK Maxx - I've seen a few other bloggers post about these so I'm assuming you'll find them in TK Maxx's across the country! These are a pretty cheap alternative to the 'Beauty Blender', which will set you back nearly twenty quid! So I thought I'd give this a go. 

Basically you rinse it under the tap til it absorbs the water, give it a good squeeze and its ready to use! The round side is for areas like your cheeks and forehead, and the pointed side is for using round your nose! 

I really like it, especially with my Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation which is super thick. The sponge means I can just dab it on and it gives nice coverage, as its far too thick when applied with a buffing brush and it just looks rubbish with a stippling brush.

I'm really impressed, especially considering this isn't the real deal! I'd definitely consider buying a Beauty Blender now. 

Fiona xox  

Friday, 12 April 2013

Sleek MakeUP | Mirrored Pink Blush

Another post on the new blush from Sleek! 

Sleek MakeUP Aqua Collection Limited Edition Blush in Mirrored Pink: £4.49 via Superdrug - This is the latest offering from Sleek, a new blush that's part of their Aqua collection. 

The packaging is pretty standard for Sleek, classy black with some extra writing to show this is a limited edition product. The outside box is really pretty but other than that theres nothing to shout about. 

But the colour itself, I could shout about that! It's a similar finish to their famous Rose Gold shade, except this blush is more of a blue pink and the shimmer is silver instead of gold! Its really pigmented and the texture is gorgeous, its not chalky in the slightest. 

This isn't a great swatch, but you get the idea. It really is a stunning colour and its a great bargain. The quality of Sleek blushes are great, I don't own that many but the ones I do have I really like! 

I'm not sure when they'll stop selling this, so if you like the look of it grab it while you can! :) 

Fiona xox

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Wednesday Wishlist | #7

Wednesday Wishlist | #7

MUA Power Pouts: £3.00 via Superdrug - Another dupe for Clinique's Chubby Sticks and the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, these are MUA's latest offering and I'm excited to give them a go.

Inglot Palette: £10.00 plus £4.50 per shadow via Inglot - I've been planning a trip to Inglot with my friend Louise for our second Inglot palettes as we love the brand so much! The shadows are great quality and much cheaper than putting a MAC palette together. 

Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo/Conditioner via Boots - I have blonde hair now and I'm always looking for the best products to tone it with. The Lee Stafford stuff seems worth a try! 

NARS Laguna Bronzer: £23.00 via NARS & House of Fraser - I've gotten a lot more in to contouring and bronzing recently and this cult NARS product had to be on my wishlist this week! 

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pencils: 

MAC Powder Blush in Harmony: £17.00 via MAC - Another famous contouring product from MAC this time, that also doubles up as a nice neutral blush shade. 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

L'oreal Skin Perfection | 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil

I've had lots to blog about recently, and this is the latest purchase thats due to be reviewed!

L'oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil: £5.99 (£7.99) via Boots and Superdrug - I'd seen various reviews of the new L'oreal cleansing micellar water and cleansing oil on blogs, but when I stumbled across them in my local bargain store Watt Brothers, I thought I'd better try one! I've already tried my fair share of micellar waters so I decided to give the cleansing oil  a go. 

Having oily skin, I wasn't sure if an oil based cleanser would work for me. But boy was I wrong. In these colder months my skin although oily has had dry patches, and this wonderful cleanser helps to combat this. You take 2-3 pumps and rub it all over your face, then rinse off. It doesn't break down eye make up as well as I'd like, so I'd recommend using wipes/eye make up remover first, but it does leave my skin feeling clean and plump. It doesn't sting the eye area at all but you do get that oily cloudy eyed thing going on. Again, its not the most refreshing of cleansers so I save it for night time, but its definitely moisturising. 

This isn't one for using at your dressing table with cotton pads, you definitely need to use it in the bathroom! But if you have dry skin I'd say this would be a really nice cleanser for you, and it's something a bit different! 

I wouldn't pay £7.99 for it but if it was on offer I'd definitely buy it again.

Fiona xox

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Best Budget Foundation | W7 Photoshoot

Today I want to share a really great bargain with you all. As a rule, I don't get on well with cheap foundations. I find them cakey, with poor coverage and terrible lasting time. Until now.

W7 Photoshoot 16 Hour Budge Proof Foundation - £2.99 

Thats right, £2.99! I'm sure you all know W7 is a fairly cheap brand sold in bargain basement shops, but I've never had a complaint about any product of theirs. This foundation looks way more expensive than £2.99, with the frosted glass bottle and sleek black writing. I bought mine in my local Watt Brothers, but you can find W7 in various shops and online. 

The foundation itself is fab. It has medium/full coverage and applies like a dream using my Sigma Flat Top Kabuki brush. It does have a slightly dewy finish but that's easily corrected with a bit of powder! (if you like a matte look like me). It definitely doesn't last 16 hours on oily skin, but thats to be expected. 

I have the shade Natural Beige which is a good match, but next time (theres a next time!) I'll probably get the shade lighter, as I feel Natural Beige is a teeny tiny smidge too dark for me. But overall I totally love this foundation and for £2.99 you really can't go wrong!

Fiona xox

Saturday, 6 April 2013

How To Fight The Fuzz | Hair Removal Products

I've decided to do something a little different today. We all have body hair. As much as we'd all like to say 'Me?! Hairy legs? Never!', we're all have a bit of fuzz and there are plenty of options for getting rid:

I've tried lots of different methods for hair removal, but these are the three products and tools sitting in my bathroom right now; my epilator, razors and some in-shower hair removal cream. Truth be told I find it all a bit of a faff (don't we all?) and I've been tempted to get laser hair removal. SK:N clinic in Glasgow are currently offering 30% off underarm and bikini laser hair removal, and I must admit I'm tempted to get my underarms done. 

But for now, I'll talk more about the products I currently use: 

Gilette Razors: £3.99 for a pack of 8 - These were incredibly cheap, and although they're not great they do the  job for quickly shaving your underarms and legs. I do like more expensive razors but these are what I'm working with right now. Like I said, they do the job. 

Veet Sensitive Formula In Shower Hair Removal Cream - £11.05 (currently £5.52) from Boots - I use this for my bikini line (like I wear a bikini!) and less often my legs. I really does the job but if you're not careful it can sting a bit. The best thing about this is that you can use it in the shower!

Veet Touchably Smooth Rechargeable Epilator - I'm not sure how much this was or where you can get it from, as Boots don't seem to stock it anymore, but I'll give you a wee run down on epilators in general. They're great for going on holiday or to festivals, any situation where you want super smooth legs/underarms or won't be able to shave whilst you're away. The effect is long lasting, but man is it painful. Epilation is essentially plucking the hairs at a super fast speed, so it is quite sore. Luckily there are a few soothing sprays on the market to make life easier. But if you want smooth and stubble free skin epilation definitely works. 

Like I said, getting laser hair removal is an option I'd look into in the future as I really hate the faff of it all, but in the meantime these three methods work really well to keep me fluff free! 

Fiona xox

Thursday, 4 April 2013

L'oreal Haul | CC Creams and Confetti Polish

L'oreal CC Cream Anti-Dullness - £9.99 from Boots and Superdrug 
L'oreal CC Cream Anti-Redness - £9.99 from Boots and Superdrug
L'oreal Confetti Top Coat - £4.99 from Boots and Superdrug 

I picked these up a few weeks ago and I've been trying them since. These are some of the newest offerings from L'oreal. You've all seen hundreds of posts about the confetti top coat, so I'll keep it short - it's amazing, it looks great over nudes and pastels, buy it! 

Now on to the CC creams: I bought both because I have quite a bit of redness on my cheeks, but I also feel like my skin can look quite dull at times. Theres also a peach version for anti-fatigue. 

They start off as green/lilac coloured creams and 'transform into foundation'.

The CC creams contain 'smart pigment capsules' which are supposed to change colour to match your skin - apparently. The green anti-redness cream was far too dark and orange for me the first time I tried it, although it seems to be a bit better now. The lilac anti-dullness cream is a much better shade and I feel like it definitely makes my skin look brighter. It offers light/medium coverage and dries quite matte. 

In all honesty I wouldn't recommend these if you're really really pale. I'd prefer if these were simply colour correcting creams without the pigment capsules! But I do like the finish and I do feel they correct my skin a little!  

Fiona xox

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