Recently I’ve been opting for a quick “no makeup, makeup” look. I’ve been loving the Bourjois CC Cream, it’s just a lovely product. It provides just enough coverage for day wear and it looks really natural on the skin. For concealing my under-eye dark circles, I’ve been relying on my trusty Nars Radiant Concealer. I love this concealer, it’s the best concealer I’ve ever used. For blusher, I’ve gone back to my Max Factor Creamy Blusher, it’s one of the best cream blusher I’ve ever used. It lasts all day and the shade, Soft Pink, is really pretty. For eyes, I’ve been using my nude eyeliner to tightline, it really opens the eyes and it makes me look more awake and then finishing off with my new mascara love, the Bourjois One Seconde Mascara. Finally, for lips I’m still wearing my Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure, I’ve wore it that much, it’s almost ran out!
I have a problem with mascaras. If a new mascara launches, I can’t stop myself from buying it because I’m always looking for the mascara.
Lately Bourjois has been churning out some really amazing launches, I love the CC Cream, I have a few of the Nude Collection nail polishes and I love the One Second Nail Polish Remover for toes. This mascara is one of the latest launches and when I spotted the One Seconde Mascara on the ASOS website I couldn’t resist buying it and I love it! The wand is really unusual, it’s a plastic wand which I’m not usually a fan of but this is an exception. The bristles are quite short which makes it great for getting down to the root of the lashes. In between the bristles, there are rows of little spheres which coats the lashes in one stroke.
I have the waterproof version because I prefer waterproof mascaras, I think this gives amazing volume and length and it holds a curl fantastically. It does not smudge, run or flake off. I’ve seen it being compared to Benefit’s They’re Real on Twitter but I would say it’s better, I didn’t like They’re Real but I love this. I think this is the best drugstore volumising mascara I’ve tried in a long time!
There is currently £3 off the mascara at the moment in Boots so it’s a perfect time to try. http://www.boots.com/en/Bourjois-Volume-1-Seconde-mascara_1471322/
Bourjois is one of latest companies to add a CC Cream to their range of base products and I think it might be one of the best ones. I’m a little bored by the whole BB and CC craze but I couldn’t resist picking this up after I seen Lisa Eldridge use it in her tutorials (I will literally buy anything that woman recommends!).
It has three pigments to correct the skin tone – apricot for dullness, green for redness and white for dark spots correction. The coverage is very light, it doesn’t cover redness or dark spots, it helps to correct the skin tone. I think it works on the redness because I have a little redness around my nose, like most people and this covers it. I’ve been using this with a little bit of concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes and it’s perfect for everyday wear. It looks really natural and perfect for spring days when we want lighter bases. I have combination skin, my t-zone is oily but my skin a little dehydrated but nothing major so this is perfect. I have noticed it gets a little shiny after about six hours on the t-zone area but nothing a little powder doesn’t fix.
I have the lightest shade Ivory (number 31) which looks quite dark and it is a little too dark for me but the formula is very sheer so it easily blends into the skin and I blend down my neck, it’s looks ok, I don’t look orange.
I definitely recommend checking this out for summer, it’s fantastic and well worth £9.99. I would say this is up there with the Clinique CC Cream.
2013 is over so that means it’s time to look back at the beauty products which hit the stores this year. I’ve only included new products to have launched this year and I haven’t followed categories because there were products which simply could not outdo some all time favourites. But, the products I’ve picked really are the best of the year for me.
Rimmel Retro Glam
I’m slightly addicted to buying new mascaras when they launch, I’m always on the search for the absolute perfect mascara (I’ve probably already found but I can’t stop myself buying more). I really like the wand on this mascara, it’s shaped like a hourglass which means it catches every lash for some serious volume. I have a full post on the original Retro Glam and a post on the Extreme version.
Revlon Lash Potion
I know its cheating to have two mascara but I have to include this one. This mascara gives proper volume in one brush stroke.
Maybelline Baby Lips
I know they’re just a lip balm but I really love them and I admit I’ve bought all six. My favourites are Hydrate (blue), Intensive (yellow) and Peachy Kiss. In America, the range has expanded to include the Dr Rescue range which is design to help properly chapped lips, I’m hoping these will come to the UK soon.
Bourjois Cream Blushes
Before Bourjois launched these cream blushes, it was really difficult to find good, affordable cream blushes. These are a cream to powder formula, the shades are really nice, I have one and three and I love both, they’re easy to blend and look super natural.
Sally Hansen Maximum Strength Cuticle Remover
I’ve tried loads of cuticle removers but this is the best I’ve tried. I was initially sceptical about it but it’s great. It is a bit expensive if you buy it from Boots but you can get it cheaper online.
Rimmel Space Dust Nail Polishes
As a rule of thumb, I don’t like textured nail polish but these are incredible. I have Moon Walking and Aurora and I love both. They’re super glitterly and sparkly and the texture is not annoying to touch and it doesn’t look gloopy.
What are you’re favourites products of the year?
Autumn is one of the best times of the year for new launches, lots of new products hit the market and I immediately head to my nearest counter to have look. There have been several new products which have launched and I’ve really liked them but there have been reasons why I haven’t splashed out on them. Here is a quick rundown.
YSL Youth Liberator Foundation
This isn’t just a foundation, it contains YSL’s Youth Liberator serum to give you long term skincare benefits whilst wearing makeup. This is a proper full coverage foundation but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy, it leaves the skin with a dewy glow but not shiny. Everything about this foundation is lovely, the bottle is beautiful and the foundation itself is a really good product, my only issue was the lightest shade wasn’t light enough for me but if the shade suits you, I really, really recommend trying it, it’s beautiful.
Clarins Instant Concealer
Clarins make-up is fantastic quality, I absolutely adore the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and a few other products so I had to try this. It’s designed to cover dark circles but mimic the skin’s natural tones so it looks very natural. The texture is gorgegous, it’s perfect for under the eyes, it’s very moisturising and light in texture but it has amazing coverage and does not crease. However, the lightest shade was too dark for me but it’s amazing if you have dark circles.
Dandelion is one of the few blushes I own because I’m not a big blusher fan but Dandelion is just amazing. The rest of Benefit blushers don’t suit me but when this launched I had to try it because it looks beautiful in the box. However, it didn’t suit my very pale skin but I’ve seen it on other people and it looks lovely. As with all Benefit blushes, it’s very long-lasting and the pigmentation is really good and I think this would last you a really long time.
Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation
I love Bobbi Brown, it’s one of my absolute favourite brands and I’m never disappointed with the products. This latest foundation is no disappointment, I absolutely love it and the only reason I have bought it is because I have enough foundations and tinted moisturisers but this is on my wish list and it will be mine, eventually. If you want the dewy, luminous skin look but have normal to skin this is perfect, I have combination skin and I loved it. The shade range is absolutely fantastic and the finish and coverage is beautiful.
Bourjois Happy Light Foundation
I really like Bourjois foundations, I think they’re among the best foundations on the high street. This is a nice foundation but I’ve noticed the shades run darker than the rest of the foundations. In Healthy Mix, I’m 51 which is slightly too dark and too yellow but the lightest shade in this is way too dark.
L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation
Like a lot of foundations, this isn’t pale enough me, there is no way I could wear this foundation which is a shame because I really like it. The texture is very liquid, almost just like water which I like because I think the watery textures blend better and tend to look more natural. The consistency reminds me of Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. The coverage is light but buildable to medium and the finish is just like natural skin (your skin but better look) so it’s perfect if you don’t want to look like your wearing make-up. The rumours online were differently right, it’s almost identical to Armani Maestro so if you’re looking for a cheap dupe, look no further. It has SPF18 which means it does flash back so don’t wear it if your expecting flash photography. My only criticism is the limited shade range and it does oxidise slightly.
May is nearly over and I’ve discovered and rediscovered so many brilliant products. These are my favourites.
Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
This has became my absolute favourite mascara, I’ve been wearing everyday since I got it. It’s really buildable and lasts all day without any smudges and flakes and I love the flexible wand because it helps zig-zag motion.
Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet
I rarely wear blushers, I go through phasing of wearing it but I have a loads of blushers. Cream blush is my favourite, it’s so easy to apply, it’s impossible to mess up. This is the easier blusher to apply, it blends really easily and the peachy colour is really pretty and perfect for the summer.
I’ve really got into nail art, I always wanted to give it try but I never got round to buying the dotting tools but now I have them, I find it really enjoyable.
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
I bought this last year when it launched and I used it, liked it and then forgot about it. It’s a really good all round foundation and the lightest shade, Lightest Porcelain is really pale, cool toned shade.
Bourjois powder blushers are brilliant, they come in tons of colours and the quality can rival blushers triple the price, however, cream blushers were always missing from the range. I prefer cream blushes to powder because they are impossible to mess up and they look more delicate and pretty. The high street lacks good cream blushers but Bourjois has came along and made fantastic cream blushes.
I like peach blushers but I’m a little scared of them, I know peach looks really flattering on pale skin but a lot of peach blushers show up orange. The packaging is identical to the Little Round Pots, only slimmer and they close with a magnet and it has a mirror inside the lid. The cream to powder formula means they are incredibly easy to blend and the finish is a pretty, subtle flush of colour. I have super pale skin and this doesn’t look orange, like some peach blushers can, it’s lovely pale peach shade but if you want a stronger flush of colour, it can be layered. I think it’s a perfect summer shade.
One of the drawbacks of cream blushers is the longevity, some cream blushers do not last on the skin but these are really long-lasting, I’ve worn this one for over eight hours and the colour looked as good as it did when I first applied it.
Overall, I really love this, the quality is brilliant and colour and finish is just gorgeous and I’ll definitely be picking up 03.
Usual price is £7.99 but they are currently on offer for £6.99 in Boots http://www.boots.com/en/Bourjois-Little-Round-Pot-Cream-blush_1321762/
I think there are some great cheaper foundations but there is a lot of horrible cheap foundations. I’ve tried loads over the years and some of them I really like and use. There are others I like but unfortunately I can’t use them because they don’t go pale enough for my skin (I’m super pale!).
I really like this foundation, it has medium coverage, the finish is natural but dewy and it is most suited to normal and skin leaning towards being dry. I prefer this one to the Radiance Reveal and I do use it but it’s slightly too dark for my skin.
This is perfect for anyone who wants light coverage that looks just like skin. Lovely runny consistency which blends really easily and lasts well. As always with Revlon, there is a really selection of shades. My only issue is the lack of a pump dispenser, the bottle gets quite messy and you end wasting product. The pale shades go pretty pale, the lightest shade kinda matches me but it’s not perfect but I can definitely get away with it and I use it regularly.
This a brilliant basic foundation, it doesn’t claim to be long lasting or have skin care properties or give a glow. Its just a simple foundation and for that it’s great, it has medium coverage and lasts pretty well. I’m particularly impressed by the pale shade because it’s really pale and it’s a really good match for my skin!
A lot of bloggers say this is a dupe for Armani Luminous Silk, I’m not so sure but it’s a great foundation. It comes in a really wide range of shades which is amazing, even I can get a match! The coverage is really buildable, you can use just a little bit for light coverage but you can easily get medium coverage without it looking cakey or heavy. The finish is lovely, it’s not dewy but it gives the skin a lovely sheen. I really recommend this foundation.