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!

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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.

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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

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.

Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick

Hey gorgeous!
Today I’m talking about the Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick in Nude Glow.
bobby brown shimmer brick nude glow
The packaging alone deserves massive kudos, how beautiful?! My boyfriend brought it for me from the Bobbi Brown counter, and it came in a cardboard, (please don’t picture flimsy brown card, this was beautiful, I wish there were a more appropriate term than cardboard! It was wrapped in red tissue paper and placed in a gift box. What a treat!
bobby brown shimmer brick nude glow
The compact itself is strong, with a push button release. I’ve not traveled with it but it’s sturdy enough that I wouldn’t be worried about it breaking.
bobby brown shimmer brick nude glow
Isn’t that just lovely!
bobby brown shimmer brick nude glow
Onto the product itself… The shade I have is Nude Glow. I’ve used this everyday since I got it as a highlight for the tops of my cheekbones, the finish gives the most beautiful glow with none of that glittery/shiny white-ness some highlights give. You could use it anywhere you like a nice highlight, cupids bow, brow bone etc also as a blusher or eyeshadow. It’s multi-use 🙂
I tend to have trouble with highlighters as most that I’ve tried turn to a greasy glow after a few hours wear. Not so attractive! This lasts me all day and I’ve actually had people comment on how awake and put together I look, that’s impressive considering all I’ve done is dust a highlight on my cheekbones! Result!
bobby brown shimmer brick nude glow
For application I use a small tapered Crown brush, tap it on the product and swipe it across my cheekbones, and hey presto, pretty cheeks!
I definitely recommend this, it is expensive but I see it lasting an age and it literally is the best highlight I’ve tried. You can purchase it from here
Happy weekend!
Lucy x

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette

I love a good makeup palette, I love a Urban Decay palette even more!
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When I saw this one on sale I snapped it up! It’s common knowledge that Urban Decay do beautifully pigmented eyeshadows and I couldn’t wait for it to drop it my letterbox!
It didn’t disappoint 🙂
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I’ve found that the shadows are creamy, with the exception of Skimp, I found it to be a tad on the chalky side, not a problem for me though.
Urban Decay Names
My favourite to look at is Haight a gorgeous teal’y green’y blue concoction! And so well pigmented!
Practicality wise though I love Wreckage, I adore a good bronzey shade.
For a smoky eye, (my specialty) 😉 Rockstar and Gunmetal give a rock chick worthy plum toned look.
As always Urban Decay give us a worthy palette to add to our collections!
One thing I love about eyeshadows like the ones Urban Decay deliver, are that they push me out of my comfort zones and make me want to wear slightly more colourful looks.
Do you have this palette? What combinations of the shadows do you like?
Thanks for reading guys!
Lucy x
 
Disclaimer. I used my own money to buy this palette and received no money or products in exchange for this review.
 

Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Review

For the bad in me…
 
Oh how I’m glad I found you Bad gal, you made my mascara dreams come true!
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Hello my friends, I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite Christmas presents from my boyfriend, I asked for some Benefit makeup and being the wonder he is, lo and behold, Benefit pressies for me 🙂
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This is what they say…
Sexy, sultry, pure unadulterated black mascara for full, voluminous lashes. It’s as BAD as you want to be! Famously big, bodacious brush coats lashes with our super black formula.
What I say…
This mascara has taken over my Revlon ‘grow luscious’ for the daily wear number one spot. Here’s why…
Pros
Lovely brush, I’ve found it pretty easy to manure, no eye poking incidents!
Nice deep black pigment.
The curl lasts all day until I take my makeup off, so usual wear is 11 hours for me.
I haven’t found it to get flaky, even if I need to add more for a day to night look.
Separates my lashes beautifully.
It removes nicely (I do cleanse with jojoba oil which makes it much easier taking of mascara anyway)
Cons
I have found it to take longer to build the volume I want than my Revlon does.
Does smudge ever so slightly. I do wear my eye liner quite smokey though so this isn’t much of a problem for me, however this might be a problem for others so it’s worth considering.
I do feel though, that the curl lasting longer makes up for it taking  a bit more effort to get some volume.
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How I apply…
I start by curling my lashes then I apply one coat to my top and bottom lashes on one eye then I move to the other eye and do the same, for more volume I just go back and forth to each eye until I’m happy!
 
Do I recommend this mascara?
Yes, at £17.50 it’s slightly more expensive than drugstore but depending on which brand you buy you could be looking at only a couple of pounds more.
 
Here’s where you can purchase from http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/badgal-lash-mascara
 
Thanks for reading 🙂 Any comments? You know what to do 😉
 
Disclaimer. My boyfriend brought me this with his own money, and I did not receive any free products or money in exchange for this review.