Showing posts with label benefit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label benefit. Show all posts
Thursday, June 30, 2016

New in Beauty Review: Urban Decay, Mac, Benefit, The Body Shop

I LOVE trying out new products and I always look to other bloggers for their honest reviews and opinions before I go and buy them myself. I bought a few makeup and skincare items recently and have been putting them to the test over the last few weeks. I feel that I  have given them a proper test run and can give a more honest review of them now.

This haul is a mish mash of new products and repurchases such as Benefit's Hoola, POREfessional and the Eyelure Lashes. 

I have definitely found some new favourites within this bunch and was  most impressed with the Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop and the Dragon's Blood Fix Daily Cleansing Pads by Nip+Fab. .



Camomile Cleansing Butter, The Body Shop, £13
Camomile is known for it's soothing and purifying properties and this cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It takes off eye makeup without the stinging or dragging effect and leaves skin feeling hydrated instead of dry and tight. I will definitely repurchase this again.

Exaggerate Eyelashes in no.140 & 141, Eyelure London, £5.45 ea
If you have hooded eyes like me and want a full, dramatic lash for evening time, both of these lashes are perfect! The 140s are fuller and give a graduated effect whereas the 141s are more of a wispy style with the inner, middle, end lashes all being the same length. I always cut off a small section of the inner corner of the lashes as I find that they are too wide and end up dragging my eye down at the outer corners if I don't. Both styles are longtime favourites of mines and I always find myself gravitating back towards them. 

Hoola Mini 4g, Benefit, £9.95
I haven't used this bronzer in years but I know that it is a cult favourite. I recently ran out of my Smashbox contour and wanted to try something different. After hearing so many great reviews about Hoola I decided to try it again. I didn't want to commit to buying the full size in case I didn't like it so the mini travel size was perfect and because I travel alot it made sense to get a smaller size anyway. It's very pigmented, easy to blend and is a lovely ashy, cool tone that gives a very natural contour.

The POREfessional Mini 8ml, £9.95
This is definitely my holy grail primer and know it is a favourite for many others too. It just does exactly what it is supposed to do - minimise pores and create an even base for foundation. If I have any dry patches it glides over them and doesn't flake anywhere which gets a huge thumbs up from me. I've tired other primers both high end and cheaper alternatives but I always gravitate back to this product. 

Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Stone, £15.50
This is one that I have always admired on others but never thought I'd be brave enough to try this myself. It is a very grey toned brown but it is surprisingly wearable and does not leave teeth looking yellow. It is a matte texture so it stays well but can get very drying after a while.

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray 30ml, £10
This is a very refreshing spray that can be in the same way as Mac Fix+ - before you apply your base or if your makeup is starting to appear cakey after a few hours wear. This is a nice product to have but it's not a holy grail for me and I have found other products to have the same effect on my skin such as a thermal water spray that is a third of the price. (You can get the Avéne Eau Thermale spray in Boots for £3).

So that concludes my mini beauty haul! Have you tried anything recently that is a new favourite? Please let me know!
Rachael O ♥
Friday, January 2, 2015

Sick Day Makeup

So it is the first day of 2015 and I am still sick. Even though I 'm feeling like absolute crap I decided that I didn't want to feel ugly too so I took ten minutes out of lying in bed to throw some make up on. (I feel so much better for it already). 



I kept things simple on my eyes with one swipe of eye shadow and a few coats of mascara. I also used white eye liner to make my glazed eyes look brighter. On my face I kept the base light by using a BB cream. A few swipes of bronzer and a cream blusher were used to add some colour to my pale face and bucket loads of concealer and highlighter to fake a glow. For my lips I used a lip liner that matches my lip colour and put a similar colour of lip balm over the top.



Face: NSpa Illuminating Beauty Serum, Benefit POREfessional, Garnier BB Cream in Light, Sephora Bronzer in Medium, MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter, MUA Cover&Conceal, Catrice Camouflage Cream, Max Factor Miracle Touch Cream Blush in 07 Sofy Candy.
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Liar), Soap and Glory Thick&Fast Mascara, Rimmel Kohl eye liner in Pure White.
Lips: Essence Lip Liner in Soft Mauve, Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Berry Soft.



Nope, it's not a cow pyjama hoody but a Disney Dalmatian one and it's an absolute essential for sick days! -So warm, fluffy and cosy.


I hope you all had a lovely New Year!
Rachael O 


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Highstreet Vs Highend: Highlighters (Benefit, No.7)

I've always loved the look of dewy, glowy skin even in Winter so it's no surprise that I've tried many highlighters. Benefit's High Beam and the Instant Radiance Highligher from No.7 are two of my absolute favourites but with two very different price points & applicators.

Highbeam by Benefit is a brush on highlighter in a nail polish type packaging. It is suitable for everyday wear but I prefer to keep it for going out as I find it that it is more iridescent than the No.7 one and is noticeably more glowy in photos. The only problem I have had with Highbeam is this: when I used to wear Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation it would cause the foundation underneath to come off/ leave a streak.
In contrast, the No.7 is a better price point and the crayon type applicator makes for a very easy and mess free application.

Where to apply: to tops of cheekbones in a C shape to outter edge of eyebrow. 

Suitable for all skin types even oily skin. For people with oily skin: make sure t-zone area (forehead, nose, chin) are have been powdered. 

Even though both of these highlighters are champagne in colour, the No.7 Instant Radiance will only suit fair skin tones wheras Highbeam is suitable for all fair- medium skin tones. For those with a dark complexion it is best to use a gold based highligher like Sunbeam from Benefit or the Instance Radiance Highlighter in the golden shade.

As much as I love the No.7 highlighter, Benefit's Highbeam is the winner for me.
If you have the budget then splash out on Highbeam but if not then you will no be disappointed by the  Instant Radiance Highlighter by No. 7 (you can't go wrong with €12.95!)

*Tip: if skin is looking dull and needs a boost then mix a tiny drop of highbeam with your foundation.

I hope that you found this post helpful if you are new to the world of highlighters. I would love to know what your favourite highlighter is?

Benefit Highbeam
No. 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
- Rachael O