Friday, 29 April 2022

Look Fantastic Beauty Box - Bobbi Brown Special

It's quite a long time since I bought a beauty box.  I used to have the subscriptions all the time but gradually cancelled them because I became overrun with mini travel sized products that I wasn't using.  Recently though, whilst perusing the Look Fantastic website (which is literally my favourite place to shop online for beauty products) I saw that they still did their beauty boxes (though they look bigger than they used to) and one caught my eye.  It was the Bobbi Brown special.

Now I don't own a lot of Bobbi Brown products, I don't know why.  It's not that I have never used them, I have - one of my favourite ever eye shadow palettes was a BB one, I also used the Shimmer Brick right down the pan a few years ago.  But I don't have any lipsticks, any mascara or any skin products.  This box seemed a good way to try some of her goodies and better still, I knew there would be a Vitamin Enriched Facebase in the box, something I had read about and wanted to get for ages.

What's in my Bobbi Brown Box?

Well, it seems that Look Fantastic have got a variety of products to put in the box but you get 5, you don't know which ones you're going to get until you open the box so the element of surprise is still there.  

Vitamin Enriched Facebase

I was SO happy this was in there.  I had read a lot about it and I use the Lisa Armstrong for Avon moisturising primer which they (whoever they are) say was based on the BB Facebase.  Lisa Armstrong for Avon is now discontinued sadly so no more of her lemon smelling moisturising primer for me once I run out of my stock!  So I was interested to see if this really was what LA based her product on.

It's a 15ml pot and I must say it does smell like it's packed full of Vitamin C and all sorts of other gorgeous ingredients.  It's also not a sloppy cream, it's almost a balm that just sinks in when you put it on your face. I've only tried it once or twice and both times was happy with it as a primer.  I'm not sure if it's rich enough to be a moisturiser for me as well, I think I probably need at least a serum on before I put this on but it is very very nice, I am happy with it.

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder - Pink Glow

This is a full size product, the BB Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow.  Very pretty and very luxurious and very summery as well, I really can't wait to use it.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss - In The Buff

Now I'm not normally a fan of glosses I find them sticky so the jury is out on this until I've tried it.  It's a pretty colour though and definitely one of my colours, I would choose this colour in a lipstick for example.  I'll report back!

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks - Powder Pink

Now I have tested this and it is lovely, I will definitely be using this at least on my cheeks.  I'm really into my cream blushes at the moment as they are really flattering when you want a more natural look and so easy to put on in a hurry.  I've been trying some 'no make up make up' looks, and cream blushes are a must for that 'flushed' look.  Very happy to have the BB Powder Pink now in my collection that's for sure.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm

This is a little tester size tube of the Illuminating Moisture Balm, 5ml.  It's apparently got pearl particles in it and you can either wear it alone or add it to make up on your cheeks OR add it to foundation so it seems to be a fairly versatile product!  I'll report back on this one, perhaps when I make the video for it, I should have tried it by then.

I'll be doing a review video of the product and will pop the link on the blog when I've done it so keep an eye out for that if you want to find out what I really thought of all these products once I've tried them.


Saturday, 23 April 2022

Trinny London Haul - First Impressions

I've been watching the Trinny London quick videos that pop up on Facebook and Instagram for well over a year now and I've read and watched reviews on her products too.

Last week I finally gave in and decided to order a few bits to try, what drew me in was the Miracle Blur which she puts over her forehead and chin and nose for 'pores and lines' but also the really easy eye shadow pots which look lovely and neutral but very effective.

So this is what I got:

Miracle Blur

I was very excited to use the Miracle Blur, actually that's what finally made me give in and go onto the site to buy.  I have larger pores on my chin these days and little lip lines that I wanted to try and disguise so I was really hopeful that it would help.  Generally, I have been pleased with the effects of product but I must say that in my opinion I don't think that it does anything different to the Benefit Professional or the Sephora blurring primer that I sometimes use.  I got the impression from Trinny's ad that it was the holy grail of 'blurring' products and I am not sure it is.  I would probably replace it when it runs out but not before I've used up all my other blurring products.  Miracle Blur is £26.00

BFF Eye Concealer/Serum

I really wasn't a fan of this.  I found it very thick and it seemed to cake round my eyes and actually it emphasised my lines rather than cover them.  I tried this several times because I was concerned that maybe I'd been heavy handed and put too much on hence the 'cakiness' but it seemed no matter how I applied it I got the same effect.  Now, this might just be the skin round my eyes and have nothing to do with the product but I won't be repurchasing.  Actually, I gave into my sister because I won't use it!  I think for me I need more of a highlighting product round my eyes (like Touchè Eclat etc) rather than something so matte.  BFF Eye Concealer/Serum is £26.00

T-Tones Lip & Cheek Duo

I think it's a brilliant idea to have a little pot with lip and cheek in it because it's brilliant on the go for topping up.  I've got two of these, Pia/Dido and Veebee/Emily.  You can use them both on your lips and cheeks but I've mainly been using the matte colour on my cheeks and the shimmer on my lips although you can do it the other way round or use both on both.  Huge fan of this, I will definitely buy more shades and it's also a perfect way of getting to know whether you actually like a colour enough to buy a big pot.  the T-Tones Lip and Cheek Duo's are £24.00.

T-Tones Eye Shadow Duo

Again, nothing bad to say about the eye shadow duos.  Or in fact the single eye shadow because wow, they are great!  The colours are perfect, Trinny has created a mix of light and darker shades so that you can have a natural daytime look and then pop a slightly darker colour on for a smokier eye.  It's SO easy.  You can use your ring finger to apply and they blend beautifully.  I've been using a brush to blend into the crease mainly because of the shape of my eyes, but you can certainly do it on the go very quickly and be out of the door no problem.  The T-Tones Eye Shadow Duo's are £20.00.

Flush Blush

My favourite Trinny products have to be the blushes, as well as the colours in the lip and cheek duo I also got a full pot of Wigg.  Just lovely cream blush, it stays put and just makes you look alive.  I prefer to use cream blushes but they are not all created the same some of the pill, some of them sink into your pores before you have a chance to blend them, some of them you can't even see.  Trinny has really got the blush right both in her range of colours and the texture.  Absolute 10/10 from me.  I love Wigg but I also have Pia and that's beautiful too.  A pot of Flush Blush is £20.00.

Eye 2 Eye

Eye 2 Eye is a full pot of eye shadow, just the one colour.  I bought Wisdom which is a lovely neutral colour, fairly matte with a tiny bit of a shimmer, really wakes you up and I think probably looks good on everyone.  Eye 2 Eye is £18.00

Stacking Pots!

Now, the absolute best bit of Trinny's London range is the way the little pots stack.  Yes, they stack, they click together which means they are neat, they aren't rolling around all over your dressing table and more importantly they don't get lost.  I am forever losing cosmetics, putting it in bags or boxes and then forgetting where it is, it drives me mad.  Anyway, these stack in a nice little tower, they are great for your handbag and for travel, it is just so easy.

You can also buy little brushes that click together (like travel brushes) which I thought was a good idea.  I didn't get these because I already have seven million make up brushes so I really can't justify any new ones but I did think it was nice idea, particularly for travel.

So, as you can see I've got mixed review views on Trinny London here, the stuff I loved I really loved though.  I think I was quite surprised to not love it all, I really believed that I would be happy with the whole haul and I wasn't.  I would definitely repurchase the stuff I loved, particularly the blush and the eye cream and I think it will last quite a long time which will justify the price for such a small pot (I hope!).


Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara

I'm the first person to admit to being picky when it comes to mascara, because I've tried so many and just been disappointed time and time again.  That's why I used Max Factor 2000 Calorie for 20 years because every time I diverted to something else it was never as good.  That is, until I started to use Eyeko Lash Alert last year.

Eyeko Lash Alert has caffeine in it which perks your eyelashes up (their tag line is Wake Up and Go and you definitely do!) and it's also got Arginine Biotinoyl in there too which stimulates lash growth.  My eyelashes have definitely felt a lot stronger since I've been using this, I had noticed they were getting very sparse which happens with age I know, but they have never been particularly long and they are fair so I really wanted to do something to stop them deteriorating.  I really love the brush because it's slightly curved and the bristles are natural and not plasticky or hard, I use the travel sized ones mostly because I find that I am more precise with a smaller wand.  One coat is good but two is excellent and lasts all day.  It doesn't flake and it's easy to get off with an eye make up remover.  I use the Garnier or Nivea eye make up removers with a cotton pad. 

As well as Eyeko I also used one from Rumi Cosmetiques (I'll do a separate post on that one) which also works really well and I tend to alternate between the two.

If you look on the Eyeko website you will see that there is a great deal of choice when it comes to mascara, lots of different colours, for example recently they did a green one and a deep purple colour which was also very nice.  I just stick to black but I can see how those colours would look lovely on the right person.  I also got a free eyeliner pen with the last mascara I bought (one that can do 'flicks') in brown, I was dubious because I am useless at wet liner on a top lid but actually I have managed pretty well with the Eyeko pen, better than anything I've used before.

An 8ml mascara costs just under £20, a travel size 4ml one (these are the ones I use) about £10 but you can very often get these on offer and get a free one as well so it's worth checking out the Eyeko website to see what they've got on.


Sunday, 27 February 2022

Avon Anew Renewal Power Serum

I have to say that this is one of the best facial products I have used in a long time.  

I'm an Avon Rep and last September Avon launched the Anew Renewal Power Serum with bells and whistles, it contains a new product called Pro-Retinol which claims to do lovely things to your skin such as leave it soft and supple, help wrinkles and lines, brighten skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.  They got Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud to promote it too, so they were super serious about this product!

I bought some because I wanted to recommend it to my customers through my Facebook page (I sell online only from my official Avon online store) but I felt I should try it first.  I always feel funny about asking people to buy something I haven't tried or at the very least liked, myself.

So I first used it in October which just happened to coincide with the week I had Covid (the first time!) and I really didn't feel at all well and my skin just went to pot, it was pale and very dry and a bit blotchy in patches.  I put it on twice a day, morning and night and it immediately made a huge difference to how my skin felt.  At first it feels a bit sticky but then sinks in and feels lovely.

In particular, I noticed immediately how soft it made my skin and the dry patches cleared up within a day or so which would have been two or three applications.  After a couple of weeks I noticed that my pores around my chin and nose (which I had been obsessed with daily via my 3x magnified mirror) were definitely smaller and less noticeable and any lines were also reduced.  I think what I love about this product though is that it just makes my skin so soft and supple and is a beautiful base for moisturiser and then any make up I want to put on top.  I sort of feel like it's giving it another layer of protection against the elements!

My only gripe is that I use it up very quickly but then I do use quite a lot of product, the instructions say use a couple of pumps, I use more than that because I smooth it under my chin and down my neck as well.  It's £22 but quite often the price is reduced to about £16 so I tend to stock up when that happens!


Friday, 25 February 2022

No7 Airbrush Away Colour Balancing Primer

This No7 green primer is something I've had in my collection for a long time.  I think this is my second or even third tube of this primer.  It's essentially for reducing redness prior to putting on foundation or powder, it was part of the No7 Colour Correcting series, there was also a peach colour for brightening skin and maybe a lavender one for dark circles (though that might be my imagination, definitely peach though as I did buy that one).

It's not a product I use every day, or even all over my face but just sometimes to even out red bits.  It's particularly good for spots, the stubborn ones that need to be de-reddened before concealer, and also I've used it for areas where I've maybe had a cold sore and it's left a little red scar for a few weeks.  It's hypoallergenic so it doesn't irritate which is good.

The key to this primer, or any green tinted primer actually, is that less is more.  Otherwise you look like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz!  I start with a little dab and either use my ring finger or a tiny brush.  You can see it take the redness out straight away.  It's best to wait for it to dry a bit before you use concealer or foundation, just to let it take hold.  You will know if you've used too much because you will be able to see green on your skin and it doesn't sink in!  This has happened to me so I know!

I remember choosing this because I really like No7 products and their Lift & Luminate foundation is one I've used on and off for at least 10 years so I knew it would be good.  I particularly like the consistency, it's not thick but also not too light either so you don't need to overload your brush (or finger).   I can't remember how much it cost, probably about £12, and I don't know if they still sell it in store because I haven't bought any for ages but usually you can get these things on Amazon so I'd probably try there if I needed more and couldn't get it in Boots.

I'd say it's a good primer to have in any collection as you never know when you are going to need it and it does a good job of covering up without looking 'cakey'.  Other brands that I know that do a green primer are Elf, Smashbox, Clinique, NYX, Clarins, Max Factor and Barry M so they are readily available in most high street shops. 


Thursday, 24 February 2022

My Make Up Collection - and how I've decided to blog about it

So, I've been isolating half the week with Covid, luckily mild symptoms so not complaining (although could have done without it over half-term because I had LOADS planned, none of it exciting just jobs).  Anyway, while I've been in my room kicking my heels and blowing my nose I have also been sorting out my make up and it occurred to me that I have a lot of it.

A lot.

Not just a lot but actually masses.  So much make up.  More make up than I will ever get through in my lifetime I think.

And I thought to myself, why am I not recording what I've got and why I bought it and if I like it?  I know that's the point of my blog really but I got so taken up with how to write posts, like "Top 5 blah blah" and "How To etc etc" that actually I forgot that the entire point of writing the blog, for me, (when I started it in 2013) was literally just to say "look I've got this and this is why I like it (or don't like it)".  It's really that simple a blog, truly.

So that's what I'm going to do.  Blog about what I own.  Some of it I've had for a while, years in fact.  It wasn't until I had the sort out that I realised that there was so much and such a lot of it I'd forgotten about, for example I have a Natasha Denona blusher that I used a few years back all the time but it got shoved to the back of a drawer and I haven't touched it since then.  Got to get that out again for sure!

I also have a lot of skin care and hair products, again - a lot.  So I will probably pop some of those on as well.

Please join me in my make up re-discovery journey because who knows what I'll find 😊


Sunday, 13 February 2022

A Hello and Quick Product Update

Hello.  I'm not even going to bother saying where did the last year go because I think we all know it went the same way as 2020, navigating our way through Covid and all the stuff that goes with it.  Unfortunately I was unable to continue blogging, my brain just went to mush and I couldn't think properly about anything other than the stuff that really needed to be done, the first few months of the year were completely taken up with homeschooling and then everything just snowballed from there.  But that's enough about that.  So ... where are we beauty-wise?  As a bit of a catch up I'll list the products I've really liked over the last year, I'm going to review them all at some point, I just need to get organised. 

 I've only listed the make up products, I have also tried some new face creams and serums and used a lot of different shampoo!  I'll list those another time. All of the above were things I bought myself and tried over the course of the year.  To be honest they aren't the only ones just my favourites, lockdown brought on a 'spree' of online shopping and we were lucky enough to get away in the summer all masked and vaccinated and I had a nice old time in Sephora, which of course, we don't have here in the UK.

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighting Powder
NARS Blush - Orgasm
Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator, 30 Light
Estee Lauder Summer Look Palette Bronze Goddess Azur
Avon Mark Magix Shadow Attract Eye Shadow Primer
Lancome Lipstick, 236, Shiny Romance
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Blush 01, Rebellious Rose
Sephora Flushed Blush Cream 01, Cloudy Pink
Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Luminizing Wand
Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Hydrating Primer

Back soon with more! xx

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