Showing posts with label Benefit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Benefit. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Faves! Most reached for products in July!

July Favourites

Topshop lips makeup, €12 / Benefit bronzing powder, €20 / Neutrogena face wash, €5,27 / Elizabeth Arden , €15 / Clarins , €26 / Topshop 

Hi peeps! How is it almost August already? This year is seriously whooshing by isn't it! Anyway, since I rarely do 'favourite' posts I figured this would be a good one to do because we actually got something of a summer this past month and I've been able to enjoy having a tan - albeit a fake one. Being fair skinned, I'm prone to burning more than tanning, so it's just waste of time and skin for me really, and it's just encouraging wrinkles in the long run and no one has time for that! So, I fake bake when I get the chance. I may have to do a separate post on that though if you're interested at all!  

+Clarins  Sunscreen Care Milk Lotion Spray SPF 50

 Yep, SPF50 I was taking no chances! I liked this formula over the other more traditional sunscreens as it was thinner and easier absorbed for me. I dislike that about the cream formulas that they are so thick and take so long to dry in and again, no one has time for that. This was great because that 'milk' texture meant it absorbed super quick and didn't leave me waiting around flapping my arms like a bird trying to get it to dry quicker!Clarins is fab in general for skincare (their beauty flash balm is a must-have imo!) so this being great was no surprise. If you're looking for a quick way to do protection, this might be an option! 

+Benefit Cosmetics UK  Benefit Sunbeam

Ah, Sunbeam, I only ever get to use this when I am fake tanning, because again, being so pale it just doesn't really work on my natural skin-tone (however, Highbeam - it's paler sister is amazing for everyday glow).  It's fab on the cheeks on top of some bronzer, to give that sun-kissed glow an even bigger kiss. Highly recc this if you're struggling to find the balance between tanned and healthy or tangoed. This added to the glow without over doing it on the fake bake or the bronzer, imo! 

+Topshop Lips in "Trigger"

Topshop's makeup range is a wee babe, isn't it? I really adore their packaging (and being me, I'm a fool for pretty packaging!) and their consistences in shimmers and lipsticks have been great, at least in the ones I've picked up thus far. Trigger is a great deep ruby red, and teamed with super pale skin can be really vampy for a night out, or toned down with darker skin, it can have add an equally 'dressed up' feel to any outfit. I didn't find this drying at all, and the pigment was great and lasted well on my lips.

 TOPSHOP Nail Polish "Pale pink"

 I picked this up with the lipstick last month and sort of forgot about it, but I have been wearing some shade of pink on my nails since June, and this was what I wore for most of July. It's a great subtle shade with flecks of shimmer, but it's not too over powering on the shimmer which can be really off putting in a shade as girlish as this. It chipped easily, but I blame my lack of topcoat on that really, and I was working my fingers to the bonnnne *dramatic sigh* this month too - oops!

  Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - black.
I had heard so much on the blogging sphere about the new Scandaleyes, and I have the nude one that I use from time to time on my waterline to brighten up my eyes. But I hadn't tried the good old fashioned black kohl. Consider me converted though, it's really smooth for a drugstore/high street liner - usually I find them rough and a bit harsh on the eyes for the upper lash line work etc. This one glided on smooth as you like and actually stayed put! In that 30 degree heat, that was no easy feat. For the price it's been a really good buy this month.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant The Original.
+ElizabethArden HOFdundrum

 Good old Eight Hour Cream eh? I don't know about you, but I tend to go through phases with this. I use it obsessively, or not a all it seems. I've been reaching for it a lot this month because obviously, in the heat, your skin can go one of two ways depending on the type. You can either go oil overload, or it get dry, and for some reason now, mine does both. Shiny forehead, dry lip / chin area. The joys! Not. This however has been super handy to have in the handbag this month for my lips, lashes, eyebrows, on the days when I wasn't wearing much makeup and just wanted a little something to define my brows, or coat my lashes as I enjoyed the sunshine.  The smell can sometimes be a little overpowering but putting this on before a matte lipstick saves your lips so much hassle in the long run, and from ultimately drying out too much. 

 Rapid Clear Oil-Control Foaming Cleanser | Neutrogena

This one was a random purchase on one of my many trips to +Boots UK. I haven't used a #Neutrogena skin care product in a very, very long time. I was in a rush, and picked what I saw first as I needed a scrub. Surprisingly, this was kind of amazing? I mean, I was expecting to have the same reaction to it that I has as a teen (which was breakout city!) That didn't really happen with this, and it did keep sort of combat my shine issue - particularly if I wasn't up for makeup / powder etc. It smells nice, nothing too exciting mind, but nice, and the grains in the scrub aren't too harsh on more sensitive skins either which is a plus. Again, for the price, can I really argue? It does what it says really well, but I might have to limit my use because when it says 'rapid' oil control, it's not messing around. I figure this means if I over-use it might dry out my face completely. I'll keep you posted! 

 Last but not least, a worthy mention for my eyeshadows of choice since mid-June... 


I won't wax on and on about these great colours anymore than I already have! I already did that in the review you'll find if you click!

Happy August guys! What are some of YOUR July Faves? Link me below I love checking out new blogs! xox

Friday, October 12, 2012

Calling all Ireland/UK Ladies! It's time to cop a feel!

                                                                Cop a feel!

Girls, it’s time to be honest with ourselves here. Boobs, breasts, tatas, tits, boobies, whatever you want to call them, we have them, we love them, and we’re awfully attached to them - literally.

So, in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, myself and the lovely ladies of #FABB are partaking in a fund raiser where you can win a massive goodie filled hamper (applies to the UK/Ireland only, sorry guys!) within the hamper there is a huge array of beauty products, tans, perfumes, and vouchers to be won all in aid of this fantastic month filled with daily reminders that Breast may be best when you have kids - as they say, but you have to look after them all your life before they can repay the favour and look after your little ones! Please check yourself regularly, it’s so important for early detection!

In 2009, 48,417 women and 371 men in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer.
    In 2010 there were 11,633 deaths from breast cancer in the UK.
    In 2005-2009, 85% of women in England survived their breast cancer for five years or more

Never feel embarrassed to talk about it, with friends or family and more importantly with your local doctors. IF you think you’re at risk with family history or even without, keep checking, go for mammograms when asked, don’t ignore things in the hopes that ‘it’ll never happen to me’! The stats are frightening and very real. Cancer is a horrible disease and it has touched so many families not only in Ireland and the UK but worldwide, and it has a way of sneaking up on seemingly healthy, active, busy people and stopping them in their tracks if things are left too long!

We all have a story, we all have experienced it - either via family or friends or as a sufferer ourselves, and by having this post, this little fundraiser, bringing to the forefront of many fashion and beauty blogs the reminder to check yourself before IT wrecks yourself is always welcome on my blog and the blogs of my #FABB ladies!

This fundraiser from FABB means we raise a little bit of money to go towards a wonderful Cancer charity Pretty in Pink. A 'Just Giving' site has been set up - here. There you can donate as much as you feel you can, for every £5 you donate, it enters your name into the hat for the main prize! So, if you donate £20, that's five chances at winning the loot! Get to bidding, Ladies!


(For a peek at the rest of the prizes go here!)



Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to achieve the Calvin Klein minimal makeup look! Budget friendly!!


Minimal is sort of the trademark style for CK. From the streamline minimalist designs on and off the calk walk, it's not a surprise then that the makeup for the Spring 2013 show was just as barely there. Since I'm not affiliated with Calvin Klein in anyway, I'm not privy to how what exactly the models are wearing makeup wise. But is that going to stop me from giving it my best guest?

Not at all!

I think fresh, barely there- but just enough- is a great statement for Spring. It's like opening the door into a new season after escaping harsh Winters of dark eye-shadows and maybe an overdose on the bronzer to cheer us pale girls up throughout the dark Winter months.

My take on their look is as follows.

Prime your base. Coming out of the cold season your skin will need lots of TLC throughout, so never forget to cleanse thoroughly, tone if possible, and above all else moisturize!

Some of my favorites include : Benefit, Clarins, and Caudalie for cleansers and toners!

As for moisturizer, I have a few tried and trusted but at the moment I'm stuck on Lancome Hydra-zen (for dry/sensitive skin) I just love it!

As for primer itself, I had an instant love affair with Benefit's Porefessional, that leaves you with a lovely matte primed face for your foundation.

Now onto foundations!

On a budget? I will always recommend the Bourjois healthy mix and healthy mix serum foundations. A great dupe for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua too! ;) Others include the Revlon Photoready Foundation, and

If you can splash the cash go for a light to medium coverage foundation of your choice, there are so many out there, and all claiming to wacky and wonderful things! Like the Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Fluid Foundation.

For an even flawless coverage try applying with a round-top synthetic bristle brush, it allows the foundation to set in an almost 'airbrushed' manner, leaving your skin looking flawless.
Correct any other flaws with a medium to full coverage concealer - Clinique Airbrush Concealer, No7 Instant Radiance Concealer, Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer or my personal budget busting favorite - Collection (previously Collection2000) Lasting perfection concealer!

As you can see from the model photos, there is very little done in terms of eyeshadow, perhaps a light, neutral base but nothing heavy or over powering.

I would add a little light tapping of something like Mac - Bare Study. Light, but providing a little extra something. I'd also use this on the inner corners of the eyes to widen and open them up even more! The same effect can be achieved by running a nude colored eye pencil along the waterline. Not white, please, never EVER use white. Unless it's Halloween, and in that case use as much of it as you'd like!!

Brush the brows through with a clear blow gel to add a little shape and definition, and if you'd like filter in a touch of color to fill any gaps you may have.

Lastly add a little bit of highlight to the skin, you can use anything from Benefit's High Beam, Jemma Kidd -Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème, or even No7 - Skin illuminatior.

Add a light dusting of powder if you have oil or shine prone skin, but other than that you're done!

Phew, who knew it took SO much to achieve the natural look, eh Ladies?

We did, obviously! ;)

Saturday, July 28, 2012


July Favourites!

Some people run to you tube for this! I’d rather write, because if I Vlog, I would ramble on forevvvver, and we can’t have that, now can we? No.

Four faves this month!

* Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara.
*Collection (Formally Collection2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer.
*Benefit High Beam.
*Yves Saint Laurent -Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur N°144 Silky Apricot.

First up I managed to finish my seemingly never ending tube of Doll Eyes from Lancome, and I have to admit, I wasn’t overly impressed with this. It didn’t really do what it said on the tin, at least for me, because I have very short crappy lashes and I wanted the promise of doll eye lashes and it just didn’t happen (sad face?). I find for the price £20.50, it just wasn’t that great and that the cheaper brands worked just as well on me, if not better. Pretty packaging, but not amazing. 6 out of 10.

Collection Last Perfection Concealer. Oh, my, God. I just don’t have enough good things to say about this little gem. Honestly. It’s perfection. (Do you see what I did there? Har-har.) I have dry/dehydrated Irish porcelain skin, and had trouble finding a concealer that worked and stayed in place without leaving my under eye area looking gross and cracked and what not. This, was such a good find, that after seeing so many Youtubers raving about it, that I just had to try out for myself. I’ve repurchased it twice now, and I am in love, and for the price - £4.19 - An utter STEAL. You can’t go wrong!! 9/10

An old favourite in my High Beam that I finished up yesterday, but it just had to be included because of all the highlighting products that I’ve tried this last few years (and there was A LOT let me tell you) I find this, while on the expensive side, is really the best, and in this instance you get what you pay for. Unlike the Lasting Perfection Concealer, where you should be paying more for such an amazing product! High Beam runs at 18.50, but in my humble opinion is worth it because it really leaves that stunning luminescent quality to your skin without looking like a reject from Twilight (not sparkly… Ok I’ll stop with the bad jokes.)
It is, for those of you that haven’t tried it yet, a pink tinted highlighter, light and satiny that when applied right, leaves your skin looking like you’ve slept for a hundred years and have had an IV of water and amazing-ness the entire time. Okay, well, maybe that’s slightly over stating it, but it really does give your skin a great boost when you’re feeling less than glowing naturally! Adore. 10/10.

Now the YSL lippy was given to me by my friend who was given some YSL products as gifts and it just didn’t suit her skin tone. It’s the first YSL lipstick I’ve tried, and I have to say, even with the daring (for me anyway) shade of a apricot orange tone, I loved it. The consistency was very similar to the Clarins lipsticks, but it left my lips feeling great, and the tone really blended well as a stain with some gloss or on it’s own. Smooth, pretty, hydrating to a point, and since I got it for free, I can’t really complain now can I? Price points for the YSL runs at £23.50.(Image via-

What are you loving this July?