Sunday, 5 June 2016
Having hereditary dark circles is an ongoing battle between trying useless products and pilling the concealer on in order to compensate for the useless products ... it's also an endless circle of hope an disappointment when a product promises the world and doesn't deliver.
When a product manages to make a difference it needs to be reported and let's just say I found a good one, Skinbreeze Under Eye Brightener has made a real improvement to my under eye area and not just in terms of my dark circles; the fact it's packed with hyaluronic acid means the texture of the skin is hydrated and my lines much more plump than they were pre-skin brightener. Everything is brighter, plumper and generally smoother, I usually don't like a gel as an eye cream but as this is more a serum it absorbs instantly and isn't at all sticky so perfect under makeup and definitely all you need for your eye area morning and night.
For more information on Skinbreeze and their range click here, I am definitely going to be trying more from the range.
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Tarte Tartlette Tease Palette (Link) £18.00
Since I bought this teeny eyeshadow palette I haven't used anything else, it contains all the shades needed for my perfect everyday makeup, it blends like a dream and i've actually notice the formula stays crease free a lot longer than most eyeshadows plus it's the perfect makeup bag size. Total winner and making me consider purchasing one of the larger Tarte eyeshadow palettes.
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow (Link) £18.00
Now i'm not usually one for a Kim K contour, it's usually too much of an effort for my makeup routine however when I dug this cream pigment out of my stash I wondered why i'd neglected it for so long. This product makes contouring a doddle, literally stick your finger in, paint a stripe on your face and wiggle a bit over the line with said finger and boom a contour that could cut a bitch.
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops (Link) £10.00
Hands up who buys foundation online without getting colour matched? ... My hand is definitely up. I should have learned my lesson by now but I haven't, and I should have learned that i'm a lot paler than I think I am. I have so many bottles of foundations sitting unloved because I was a little ambitious with my tan levels so these shade adjusting drops from The Body Shop are genius. One little drop and it transforms the shade without interfering with the formula and hey presto your foundation matches.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (Link) £32.00 for 50ml - Glow on Demand Kit (Link) £39.00
I hadn't tried this skin care brand before so instead of choosing one product I thought i'd purchase their Glow on Demand kit to give a few of their star products a go before committing to the full size. The Regenerating Cleanser was the one cleanser from the line I thought I wouldn't like as it contains exfoliating granules which I tend not to enjoy (I'm an acid girl at heart) however I was pleasantly surprised, this really does give congested skin a kick up the arse and i've noticed my complexion has brightened and is a lot clearer since using it. I will definitely be purchasing the full size.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (Link) £47.00 for £30ml
Now this product I knew i'd love in the Glow on Demand kit and I wasn't wrong, it's a gel mask that contains clay to draw out impurities, acids to help retexture your skin, aloe vera to sooth the skin and witch hazel to calm inflammation. I have been using this twice a week and it makes your skin so soft and look incredible the morning after using it. Again this is a definite full size purchase.
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil (Link) £47.00 for 30ml
I think i've mentioned this oil before on my blog and I can't help raving again, this oil is the perfect addition to your skin care routine; it's lightweight, easily absorbed and when it comes to hydrating a dehydrated complexion it's the best. I apply this just before I go to bed once my night time skin care has been fully absorbed and it's like the final nightcap to make sure I wake up with plump, radiant and calm skin.
Let me know what you've been loving in May, I think the bank holidays are my ultimate fav though!
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
|Left: Brow Definer, Right: Brow Wiz|
The recent addition to the Anastasia range is the Brow Definer and when I ran out of my Brow Wiz I couldn't resist trying it and I thought it would be useful to compare the two products as they are quite different.
The obvious difference is the size of the pencils, Brow Wiz is very fine and precise and Brow Definer is chunkier and triangular in shape, I was loving this idea as I spend far too much time on my brows and thought a larger pencil would give me the ability to 'bish, bash, bosh' my brows in the morning and be life changing ... It did not.
If your brows need any correction to the shape you can't really do it with the Brow Definer as it just doesn't have the ability to draw sharp fine lines (as you can tell in the swatch, the line is kind of blended at the edges) so my brows have kind of been looking a bit naff/all over the place since I got it.
So I thought ok, well the Brow Definer will good for filling in the shape say if I outline first with the Brow Wiz; well not exactly. The formula of the two pencils are definitely different, the Brow Definer is a lot softer in texture, I personally prefer the Brow Wiz which is a harder formula and far superior in how long your eyebrows stay put. I seem to have makeup amnesia at times and rub my eyes and face as I am oblivious to the fact I have makeup on, when my Brow Wiz is applied my brows stay perfectly in place with the odd rub (sounds all kinds of wrong) but when I have used the Brow Definer it transfers quite a lot and I have to quickly check I don't have a big patch of brow missing (thank the Lord for front facing cameras) and by the end of the day my brows look almost blurry rather than the sharp cut a bitch up brow I usually achieve with the Brow Wiz.
If your brows are anything less than a Delevingne the Brow Wiz should be your pencil of choice because it gives you the ability to create hairs that aren't there as well as extend, correct and add depth as well as lasting perfectly until you remove it, I think the Brow Definer is going to be best for those of you with perfectly shaped thick eyebrows that just need a bit of colour and don't mind going for the rustic look (code for scruffy).
The aspect where the Brow Definer beats the Brow Wiz is in the price; although coming in 50p more expensive at £16 (Link) you get 0.007 oz of product rather than the 0.003 oz of the Brow Wiz for £15.50 (Link). Even so I would rather pay the £15.50 more often for my holy grail pencil than one that's just ok less often. Cult Beauty currently have free delivery on all Anastasia orders (Link).
So that's my thoughts on the Brow Definer compared to the Brow Wiz, have you tried the Brow Definer if so let me know what your thoughts are.