Wednesday, 30 October 2013

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation Sample!

Hello everyone,
Recently I have heard many good things about the new YSL Forever Youth Liberator foundation. I am always on the look out for new foundations, and so when I heard the rave about the new offering from YSL, I went to my nearest counter and was able to get a small sample to try.
 I was matched to the shade B10, which was the shade I was in for their Touche Eclat foundation. Whether I have gotten lighter or in this foundation the shades run slightly darker, I did find B10 to be a touch too dark for me, and so plenty of blending was much needed. 
The texture of this is quite serum like and thick, and so I find a little bit doesn't go along way. However, blending it in with the Real Techniques Buffing brush I find to be quite effortless and quick. 
The coverage of this I personally think is light to medium, but it is buildable. It evens out my skintone and covers redness, but I find that I need extra concealer to conceal those pesky blemishes. However, it does feel light and give an almost velvety texture to the skin. 
The finish is glowy so I like to set it with powder as I do have combination skin. However, it definitely isn't oily or greasy but still feels hydrating which is really nice for the colder months. I personally really like the finish as it is natural but still gives your skin a glow.
I find the foundation to last about 5-6 hours before I begin to feel oily, which I think is pretty good considering it is quite a glowy foundation. 
I personally think the foundation looks really good in photos, as it makes your skin look natural yet pretty flawless with it having a beautiful glow. 
That said, after applying the foundation I do sometimes think it can look quite patchy which I find really unfortunate. Whether it is because the shade is slightly too dark and so needs more time being blended in, or because it needs time to set, I'm not too sure. But I would say that is the only thing really letting this foundation down for me.

Overall I do like this foundation and I would recommend you to pick up a sample.
Although the colour for me is slightly too dark, and I find the application can go quite patchy, I do like the finish and texture it gives my skin, and I find the longevity to be really good. 

Let me know if you have tried the new YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation!

I hope you found this review helpful, and thank you for reading.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Mac Rebel Lipstick!

Hello everyone,
Happy Sunday!
Today I wanted to share with you Mac Rebel lipstick, a much loved and hyped up product that I had always wanted to try.
Recently, I had collected enough empty Mac products that I was able to do 'Back to Mac', which is where once you have finished 6 Mac products, you take them back to your nearest counter for the empty products to be recycled, and in turn, you get to choose a free Mac lipstick. A win-win situation!
I decided to choose Rebel as I would never have been brave enough to purchase it for myself, seeing as in the bullet it is a pretty terrifying colour. But as we're in the depths of Autumn, I thought I would give it a go.
Swatched on the hand, Rebel is a beautiful deep pink/plum shade. It is very opaque, so you only really need one swipe and you're good to go.
 On the lips, I tend to pat in on which gives a slightly more natural and stained look. It still gives you that beautiful deep fuschia colour, but perhaps a little more wearable for everyday.
Rebel is a satin finish, and so I find it to be quite matte but with still a slight sheen. As I do have dry lips, I find Rebel to be slightly more drying than say the cremesheen finishes, and so towards the end of the day I find myself applying lip balm. 
However, because Rebel is slightly matte, the longevity of it is really good. It lasts a good 3-4 hours before I have to top up, and as it slightly stains my lips, even through eating and drinking the colour still lasts.

Overall I really love this lipstick. Rebel is such a beautiful shade and is perfect for Autumn and Winter. Not only that but the finish is also really pretty and the longevity is excellent. 
Rebel will certainly not be leaving my lips for the next few months.

Let me know if you have tried Mac Rebel lipstick!

Thank you for reading,

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara!

Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to talk about a new mascara I recently picked up, the Max Factor Clump Defy mascara. 
I tend to find that I can't really rock the whole messy, clumpy mascara look, and so after seeing Max Factor claim that this mascara will 'separate and define lashes without clumping', I thought I would give it a try.
I really love the purple/pink packaging, and I also really love the brush. The wand is slightly curved, which makes getting to the root of your lashes really easy, and it also makes getting the outer lashes quite a simple task. The bristles are quite short, but I do find them to grip onto the lashes quite well.
I definitely wouldn't say this is the most lengthening and volumising mascara by any means, but I do like the effect it gives my lashes.
I really love the 'flutter' effect it gives my lashes, and I would say the volume and length this mascara does give my lashes is really nice for everyday. As well as this, despite me not curling my lashes with an eyelash curler, the mascara still slightly lifts then and makes them look slightly curled and defined.
But the main thing I really like is the fact my lashes do not clump or look spidery at all, which is what Max Factor claim.
The mascara also lasts well throughout the day, and when it comes to removing my makeup in the evening, it easily comes off with a bit of Bioderma.

Overall I do really like this mascara and I would recommend it. I find it leaves my lashes quite fluttery, curled and with no clumps, so perfect for everyday.

Let me know if you have tried the Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara!

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Bobbi Brown Corrector in 'Extra Light Bisque' | New Shade

Hello everyone,
Happy Sunday!
Earlier this year I was very excited to hear about the release of new shades for the Bobbi Brown corrector. Last year I did a review on the Bobbi Brown corrector in 'Light Bisque', and although I loved the product and used it most days, I had always felt it was a bit too dark for me. However, amongst the new shades that were released this Summer, 'Extra Light Bisque' was the perfect match for me seeing as it was a touch darker than 'Porcelain Bisque', but a touch lighter than 'Light Bisque'. 
The corrector in 'Extra Light Bisque' comes in exactly the same packaging, which I personally love as the little mirror and dinky pot makes it perfect for travelling.
 As you can see the shade 'Extra Light Bisque' still has that strong salmon/pink undertone which really helps to counteract that blue/purple tone my under eyes have. 
Once applied to my dark circles, this shade is significantly lighter than 'Light Bisque'. I find that this really helps to brighten my under eye area, which prior to this, 'Light Bisque' didn't do. I also think it looks more natural because it is lighter, but it still corrects my under eyes just as well.
The texture and longevity is still exactly the same. It is quite thick and creamy, and I find it best applied patted on with my ring finger. I also still like to set this with powder, as otherwise it will crease.

Overall I still love this corrector, and for my skintone I love the new shade 'Extra Light Bisque' even more than the shade I previously had, 'Light Bisque'.
For me, the new shade helps to brighten my under eyes more and looks more natural, and so if you did find you were in between the shades 'Porcelain Bisque' and 'Light Bisque', I would really recommend you to try out their new shade, 'Extra light Bisque'.

Let me know if you have tried the Bobbi Brown corrector?

I really help you found this post helpful, and thank you for reading.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fig Obsession | Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Hand Cream!

 Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to share with you a product which I have been loving recently. It is the Laura Mercier Fresh Fig hand cream which I treated myself to recently when it was 10% off. 
I really love the Laura Mercier body products, and was really interested in trying the Fresh Fig scent as I thought for a hand cream a fresh scent would be perfect.

As soon as I purchased this I straight away opened it up to see what it smelled like, and straight away I fell in love. It is a gorgeous fresh fig scent as it says on the tin, but it also has quite floral notes in it, making it very feminine and Summery. 
As well as the scent being incredible, the actual product is also very good as it is super moisturising. This moisture also lasts throughout the day and isn't heavy or sticky.

Although this hand cream is expensive, it is definitely worth it either for a gift or for a treat to yourself. I am absolutely in love with the scent and the product itself. The Fresh Fig scent is perfect for a hand cream as it is light, fresh and very feminine which is just what I was hoping for. The hand cream itself is also very good, and will help to keep my hands moisturised throughout the Winter. I am also a massive fan of the metal like packaging, as to me it's quite classic and luxurious feeling.

Let me know if you have tried any of the Laura Mercier body care line!

Thank you for reading,

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder!

 Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to share with you the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot translucent face powder.
I have heard many good things about this powder, and as someone with combination skin, was really excited to try it out for myself to see how well it controlled my oily skin.
The packaging for One Heck of a Blot is really nice. It comes with a large mirror and a powder puff which is really handy, and the packaging itself feels really sturdy and good quality.
The powder is translucent and so would suit all skintones. This also means it doesn't really add any extra coverage to your makeup, it just helps set it.
I really love how the powder is so finely milled, as it means it doesn't look or feel heavy or cakey.
I find that it helps to control oil for about 4-5 hours, and so if you do have more oily skin you may need to retouch once throughout the day.
However, I do find it to look really natural whilst also controlling the oil reasonably well.

Overall I do really like this powder and would recommend it, whether you have more normal skin and are just looking for a setting powder, or whether you have more oily skin and want something that will help to control the oil. It sets my makeup well, never looks heavy or cakey as it is so finely milled and the packaging I think is really nice. 

Let me know if you have tried the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot and what you think of it!

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

OPI Black Cherry Chutney | The Autumn/Fall Nail Colour

Hello everyone,
Happy Sunday!
Today I wanted to share with you a new favourite of mine - OPI Black Cherry Chutney.
I picked this up recently as I thought it would be the perfect 'vampy' nail polish for Autumn/Fall, and as someone who loves dark nail colours, I thought this would be a great colour to add to my collection.

'Black Cherry Chutney' is a gorgeous dark purple with a slight berry colour to it. It also has a dark berry shimmer in it which is virtually undetectable, however, once in direct sunlight, looks beautiful. 
The formula of this is also really good. It applies really nicely and lasted on me about 5 days before chipping.

I absolutely adore this shade for the Autumn and Winter, and along with my other favourites Essie Bahama Mama and OPI Live and Let Die, I think I am set for the next few months.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

NARS Ride up to the Moon Eyeshadow Palette!

 Hello everyone,
For Autumn/Fall this year, NARS have released two beautiful eyeshadow palettes, and as a big fan of NARS and the beautiful array of Autumn colours these palettes had to offer, I decided to treat myself to the Ride up to the Moon palette.

The palette itself is in the lovely sleek NARS packaging as always, and has a handy large mirror on the inside of the lid. 
There are 6 eyeshadows in the palette:
Argentina, a stunning metallic gold which is a limited edition shade,
Isolde, which is a frosted ginger,
Night Porter, a dark moss green with shimmer,
Biarritz, a really nice versatile neutral cream colored beige,
Fez, a gorgeous shimmery cocoa,
Cordura, a shimmering sooty dark brown.

 As you can see, all of the shades are super versatile and absolutely perfect for Autumn and Winter.
They are all shimmers except for Biarritz, but I find them all to be really wearable.
L to R: Night Porter, Cordura, Biarritz, Argentina, Isolde, and Fez.
All of the eyeshadows are really pigmented, and although you can't really see 'Biarritz', it does make a good matte highlight shade or all over the lid shade.
At first I was slightly dubious over 'Night Porter', as in the pan it does look like a dark green. However, as you can see once swatched it does show up as a dark black shade with a green tint, so perfect for a night out or for creating a smokey eye.
'Cordura' is also a stunning colour, and is really pretty in the crease, as is 'Fez' which I find to be really pretty for a more daytime look.
'Argentina' I am obsessed with. It is so pretty on the lid and is perfect for any type of look. I also really like 'Isolde' as although at first I wasn't sure if the strong orange/gold tones would suit my skintone, once lightly blended over the lid with a slightly darker shade like 'Fez' in the crease, it actually makes a really pretty daytime or evening look.

The quality of the shadows I find to be really good. None of them are overly powdery or overly creamy, and I find them all really easy to apply and blend.
You can lightly dust them over the eye, or really pack them one for a more dramatic look, either way they all look gorgeous.
The longevity I would say is good. They last a good 6-8 hours without a primer before any creasing or fading, which I think is pretty impressive. If you wanted them to last even longer, then I would suggest using a primer.

On the whole I am really impressed with this palette.
I absolutely love it and can see myself getting a lot of wear out if it.
For £32, I think this palette is definitely worth it for an Autumn treat :)

Let me know if you too have this palette and what you think of it!

Thank you for reading,