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!).

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