Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Let me just start off with… There’s a reason why this baby is so popular!

My lovely other half brought me a Benefit mini set for Christmas and I’ve been steadily trying them all out. A stand out for me is definitely the Hoola bronzer. I’ve been using this as a contour and I love it!

benefit hoola bronzer

It’s a really good colour for my skin tone (fair) it’s soft, pigmented and easy to blend.

This is obviously the mini size but when I run out, which will be a while as you don’t need much, I’ll definitely be getting the full size.

benefit hoola bronzer

I apply it using a brush that came with my W7 box blushes I ‘stripe’ it on the areas I want to contour then blend it in with my Real Techniques contour brush.

Ahh I love it!

Lucy.x

L’Oreal Super Liner Eyeliner – Express

Today I’m reviewing L’Oreal’s Super Liner Gelmatic Eyeliner, name’s a bit of a mouthful! I got mine in the colour taupe grey, it also comes in ultra black and deep violet. It’s their first gel liner in a pen format.

I picked it up because I was looking for something to use instead of black to make my signature smokey eye a little softer, the gel pen format really intrigued me as I love gel eyeliner’s and have never tried it in a pen before.

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I was not disappointed at all! But to be fair I’ve not found a L’Oreal product that I haven’t liked yet!

  • Pros – It goes on smooth and doesn’t drag across the eyelid.
  • Fab pigmentation.
  • Great staying power, I don’t know if it lives up to it’s 24hour wear as I haven’t worn it that long! But it does last until I remove it after about 11hours.
  • It has a retractable liner and has good size nib, not too big, not too small!
  • If you work quickly before it sets, it smudges out lovely.

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A swatch of the liner, sorry it’s coming off slightly more brown in the photo, it’s a little more grey than that.

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This is after being vigorously rubbed with my hand and sleeve! Not too shabby eh?!

So I’m afraid I have no cons to list! I’m really happy with this liner and definitely recommend it. It’s a fabulous staple to have, especially in the grey shade to give a softer look than using black.

Thanks! Lucy.x

Nars Ita Dupe – Express

Hey guys and dolls, just a quick one for you today!

If you’re a regular on beauty blogs and youtube you’ve probably heard about the Nars Ita brush. It’s a small, flat, angular brush ideal for contouring. The shape lends itself well to really helping you to define the angles of your face then you can turn it on it’s side and blend away.

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Now, if like the rest of the world you can’t get your hands on one or you like the idea but just aren’t sure and you don’t want to spend the money, I may have just the answer!

nars ita w7 dupe

This is the brush from one of my W7 box blushes, I do love the W7 blushes by the way so I do recommend them (some of which are dupes for Benefit’s Box O’ Powder) and they retail for around £4.

Now, this brush is not spectacular and I definitely can’t see it matching up to the Ita but the shape is there and you can get an idea of what it would be like to use the Ita.

nars ita w7 dupe

With this brush I ‘stripe’ my powder of choice on, then blend, blend, blend with my Real Techniques contour brush.

nars ita w7 dupe

So if you’re on the lookout for something similar or just want to give it a go to see if you get along with the shape I’d recommend trying W7. Even if you don’t like the brush there’s a good chance you’ll like the blush and/or bronzer!

Thanks for reading! Lucy.x

*Not a sponsored post.

Budget Beauty

I have a beauty bargain for you today, MUA Blusher in Shade 2 (although looking on the website now it appears they’ve now given all their shades names, which is far better than numbers in my opinion)

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I picked this up on a whim from Superdrug for the stonkingly good price of £1!!

mua blusher

You do need a light hand with this as it’s highly pigmented but I consider that a good thing. Nothing worse than layering and layering and nothing happening!

It’s soft with a nice gentle sheen to it and no shimmer.

For the price it’s definitely worth trying them out!

Lucy.x

Quick Tip Time!

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For you cool toned guys and gals.
I have a cool skin tone, which means I have pink undertones, so when looking for a new foundation, understandably I’m steered to the cool shades.
However so many of them I find are just far too pink and they accentuate the redness in my skin. So I always go for the neutral shade. Neutrals are shades that have an equal amount of pink and yellow undertones in them. The neutral cancels out my redness and just gives me more of a healthy look.
So if you find you’ve got the perfect shade but aren’t satisfied try out a neutral.
That’s all for today folks!

Ciate and Essie Haul

I’ve really got to stop spending money, but when Ciate and Essie are on Fragrance Direct for massively reduced prices I just can’t not buy it!

essie ciate haul 

I’ve not tried anything from these brands yet, so I was so excited to get these 🙂

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Chalkboard nails! How cool is that! I’ve used this and I love the matte black, you definitely need two coats though. I’m gonna need some practice with the chalk pens but so far so good!

essie ciate haul

And Velvet Manicure! I’ll be using this tonight, can’t wait to see what it looks like!

essie ciate haul

Essie ‘Beam Up’ Nail whitener, I’m interested to see how this works out, I’ll let you know!

essie ciate haul

And lastly, Essie nail polish in Fear & Desire, will definitely brighten up this awful weather we’ve been having.

Thanks for reading! Have you tried any of these? Let me know!

Lucy.x

      

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Stay in Place Foundation.

Wow. Just wow.

Why did it take me so long to jump on the bandwagon with this foundation?!?

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I have tried many foundations over the course of my makeup fuelled life, and ALL have paled in comparison to this baby.

It literally does everything it says on the tin, and it comes in a fabulous 31 shades in cools, warms and neutrals.

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I went to the Estee Lauder counter and got matched, the girls are very helpful there and I got a sample to take away. Always best to get a sample as you really don’t want to spend a lot of money only to find you don’t like it!
First off this is a full coverage foundation, so if you like yours light this won’t be for you. When they say full coverage they mean it. I have pigmentation and redness on my cheeks from being too harsh on my acne in the past. This covers it and still keeps my skin looking natural.

It claims to be long lasting and oh boy it is, my wearing time is roughly 12 hours and it looks exactly the same at night as it did when I applied it in the morning. I’ve never had that from a foundation, my skin type is oily/normal so foundations’ normally slide off my skin.
I’ve tried a few different application methods with this and I’ve found what works best with me is laying it on with a paddle foundation brush and buffing it into the skin with my Real Techniques buffing brush using stippling and buffing motions. I do a thin layer all over then, if I need more coverage I’ll do another thin layer on top. You’ll need to work quickly with it as it dries fast! I do sections of my face at a time, lay it on, blend, then move on to the next section. There is zero time for faffing because once it’s dry it’s like cement!

If you have dry skin I’d strongly recommend using a really good moisturizer beforehand as this is quite a ‘dry’ formulation, you really need the moisture to help it blend and sit better.
Because of my skin type I rarely need a moisturizer in the morning, but even I find I need something, otherwise the foundation gets very dry and hard to blend. I use Becca rejuvenating primer and find it gives me enough moisture on the skin with the benefits of a primer to make the foundation look its best. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a mask with this on and my skin still looks natural (this is why colour matching is so important!) but because of the coverage you need to put colour back into your skin with blusher/bronzer or both!

If you want full coverage and long lasting I can’t recommend this enough! Just make sure you moisturize and work quickly with it.

I’ve heard that they changed the formulation of the foundation and some people weren’t happy with the new one. I’ve never tried the old formulation so I can’t comment between the two, but I can genuinely say I’m super happy with it and it’s my new favourite.

Lucy.x

*I brought this with my own money and recieved nothing in return for this review.

The Balm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

My thought on The Balm’s nude ‘tude palette!
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I’ve now been using this for a month pretty solidly so I think it’s fair to say I’m in love!
The photo below is with flash.
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The shadows are beautifully pigmented, sooo buttery soft and completely wearable. It has taken me from night to day, it’s a great neutral palette to have in your collection.
The photo below is without flash.
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The shades are as follows
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  • Sassy. A satin white highlight shade. I use this very sparingly on my browbone, you really don’t need much, it’s so highly pigmented.
  • Stubborn. A dusky pink satin shade, lovely in the light.
  • Snobby. A light peach gold satin shade, great to brighten up a bronze eye look.
  • Stand-offish. A very shimmery light pink shade.
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  • Selfish. A really nice shimmery taupe shade
  • Sophisticated. A gorgeous dark bronze shimmering shade. Looks lovely as a dark bronze night look.
  • Sultry. Another of my favourites, a warm matte brown, which I find is great as a transition colour for a dark eye look.
  • Seductive. My top favourite of the bunch! I’ve been using this a lot for a variety of looks. It’s a warm shimmery bronze shade. Fab on blue eyes.
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  • Sexy. This beautiful matte deep red/purple shade is one of my favourites in this palette. It makes a simple smokey eye look so much more interesting and gives such a lovely depth to the look.
  • Serious. A matte black with fairly good pigmentation. I don’t find it as blendable as the others, but I do like it over black kohl liner.
  • Silly. The only glittery shadow, it’s a dark purple-brown shade with purple and gold glitter in. Although it isn’t a shade I would use often, it’s so well done. Despite the glitter it’s still incredibly soft and pigmented.
  • Sleek. A very very dark matte brown. A good alternative to black.
nude tude palette swatches
My favourite combinations are, sassy, snobby and seductive for a nice bronze eye and sophisticated, sexy and sleek for a different smokey eye for the evening.
The palette comes with a double ended shadow/liner brush.
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I adore the packaging! So girly and pretty! The shade names are great fun too! Practicality is important though and it’s a sturdy casing with a magnetic closing with a good sized mirror in the lid.
One thing I would’ve like to have seen in this palette though is a lighter mid tone matte brown as I often find myself reaching for one to blend out my eyeshadow. If they included that this really would be the ultimate palette.
I definitely recommend it for anyone in the market for a great neutral palette. It’s a fabulous addition to my makeup, I love it!
Hugs, Lucy x
*My boyfriend brought this for me with his own money, all opinions are my own.

January 2014 Makeup Favourites

It’s a few days late (6 to be exact) but better late than never as they say!
I’ve been using these pretty much every day through January so they definitely step up to the mark!
becca rejuvenating primer
Becca Rejuvenating Primer is one of the best primers I’ve used. It just feels like a hydrating moisturizer, and my foundation literally glides on. You can pick it up here
estee lauder double wear
I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation for a few weeks now, and can I just say? I totally get the hype! Truly full coverage, bulletproof yet natural looking. Full review is in motion! I strongly recommend getting colour matched but if you know you shade, it’s available here
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Another Becca product (and there’s another to come!) this time it’s the fine loose powder, it’s natural looking and feels like real silky skin. On the Becca website they say… “The initial, slightly matte finish will only last half an hour, by then the natural oils in the skin begin to surface and the powder will have a perfectly undetectable finish” I completely agree with this statement! You can get some shades for a absolute bargain £5.99 (rrp £30!!) here but I’d be quick, they’ve been selling out on shades super fast.
elf studio blusher
I rediscovered an old fave this month, you can see how much I love it by the amount of pan showing! ELF’s Studio blush in Tickled pink, it’s such a pretty shade for my skin tone (light) and has fantastic pigment. Available here they always have offers on so keep an eye out for those!
bobbi brown shimmer brick
I’ve recently done a review this one, Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick which you can read here if you like. I’ve been using this as a highlight on my cheekbones. It’s lovely!
miss manga
L’oreal’s Miss Manga mascara is a favourite that has surprised me! I thought I was loving Benefit’s Bad Gal but when it came to choosing my favourites I realised I’ve been picking up Miss Manga every morning for the last two weeks! I want my favourites to be reflective of what I’ve actually used so well done L’oreal, you surprised me! Available here
becca line and define
Here’s the last Becca product! It’s the Line and Define eye pencil in Santorini which is a gorgeous royal blue one end and a flesh tone the other. The navy is much softer on the eyes than black. You can get it here for a bargain £3.99, I love this website!
the balm nude tude palette
Last but by no means least.. The Balm’s Nude ‘tude palette. I’m planning a full review and swatches so keep your eye out 🙂 I’ve used this pretty much everyday this month, so soft and so pigmented, it’s a definite winner! Available here
What have been your favourites for January?
Thanks for reading guys!
Lucy.x
*I brought all these products with my own money.

Blonde hair gone wrong? Quick tip

My friend is coming over tonight for me to fix her hair so that’s prompted me to write a quick tip for anyone that’s had a issue with going blonde.
She used a box dye on her hair and her roots have gone orange and brassy, I’m going to be using Touch of Silver toning shampoo
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I’ll just be using this on her roots as the lengths are fine, if you have brassiness all over just whack it on all your hair!
It was my saviour when I undertook the laborious and painful journey from black to platinum blonde.
It’s a deep indigo colour, but don’t panic, this colour is exactly what’s needed to neutralize the brassiness. You just lather it up, leave it for about 5 minutes then wash it out thoroughly.
It’s never failed me!.
This post has prompted me to write about all the tips and tricks I learnt on my journey so I’ll be posting that shortly.
Thanks again guys! Lucy x
*This is not a sponsored post, I’ve always brought this shampoo with my own money.