Well…it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Almost six months to be exact. So long that I forgot the password to get into my blog. I have so many terrible excuses for why I haven’t been posting, but instead I’m just going to get writing on this new post.
The festive season has just come to an end and I’ve been abruptly thrust back into reality, but if there’s one thing I’m using to combat the January blues it’s a bit of red lippy. A must for the festive period, but who says it can’t be a makeup bag staple for January? Especially in this bitterly cold weather (in Scotland anyway).
I picked five of my favourite red lipsticks, read on to find out more.
The lovely people at Benefit have sent me a sample of their new product in the Porefessional range. The new Matte Rescue Gel is a sister product to the already existing and much loved The Professional primer. Porefessional is an ever growing range and these products join Agent Zero Shine, License to Blot and fellow newcomer Instant Wipeout Masks to complete the family.
I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like a heavy matte finish to my makeup. I never apply powder over my foundation and favour an overall due-y. Although this primer does cover any shiny bits you may have, it doesn’t give your face an overly powerful matte and therefore (occasionally) flat appearance. The primer contains a TOP SECRET pore ingredient; diamond powder which is known to be pretty good for the ol’ pore-blurring effect. Ooh, fancy.
I love love love this primer, even more than the original (sorry!).
The consistency is one that I much prefer to its sister product. Whilst I often find that the original is too silicone based, the matte rescue version is more like a gel that easily applies either over moisturiser or as your only base before foundation. The primer has a blue-ish tint initially, but when it is applied to the skin it goes completely clear. As an aside, it also smells AMAZING.
This primer will definitely be replacing the original in my makeup bag, and maybe even my much loved MAC prep and prime.
What do you think of the Porefessional range? Do you have a favourite product?
I’ve recently added something very exciting to my makeup collection, and it’s something that I never really considered purchasing until I borrowed it from my Sister and instantly fell in love. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit has completely changed the makeup game for me.
Contouring isn’t really something that I take the time to do on a daily basis, and even when I do I just use powder bronzer and a powder highlighter. Nothing complicated and nothing exciting.
I bought the contour kit in Light, but it also comes in Medium and Dark, as well as a Fair option which is lighter than the one I purchased. Also, I believe that if you buy the kit directly from the Anastasia website you can individually pick which shades you want. I got mine from Beauty Bay which offers free shipping in the UK.
The light kit comes with three highlighting shades:
Banana and Fair are both pinky toned shades, while Banana is more yellow toned. They’re all easy to blend and as well as providing you with your contouring needs they also double up well as a low coverage concealer for those dark circles.
The dark contouring shades are:
- Light Sculpt
Light Sculpt is the lightest shade and best for everyday use, but I’m excited to give Havanna a go when I’m tanned for a night out.
Application wise, I’ve just been using my fingers and a beauty blender. I’m sure there’s far more sophisticated ways of application and I will eventually explore those avenues. However, for now I’m finding this more than sufficient and I’m happy with the final look.
Have you tried either of the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kits? How do you contour?
Guess what? I bought some new things from Lush…I know it’s flipping mental. I bought all new things that I’ve never tried before and even though I know they’re not new products they’re still new and exciting for me. New Lush purchases make me even more happy than your average Joe because you see, I was deprived of ‘proper’ Lush products for so many years because I didn’t have a bath. I KNOW IT’S CRAZY. No bath = no bath bombs = no bubble bars = no bath time fun (of any variety).
So what did I purchase I hear you ask?
Two new bath bombs:
Intergalactic – This bath bomb just looks amazing, and I decided to give it a try so I’ll insert a little picture at the end of the post as to how it looks after doing its thing. It has so many colours, it smells so lovely and fruity. I think it may be my new favourite Lush bath bomb.
Frozen – So the film may have gotten on all of my nerves (yes, all of them) but I think this little number will melt away (oi oi) all of my troubles.
Two bubble bars:
Yuzu and Cocoa – This is by far my favourite smelling product out of all of the ones I ordered and maybe even ever. It looks so good I actually want to eat it. I want to try the other colours now, so it looks like on my next shopping trip I’ll be stopping off at Lush!
Pop in the Bath – This one is just so cute I had to add it to my basket, citrus is one of my favourite smells especially in anything shower or bath related so this is a winner.
I also got a shower cream called The Comforter – It may shock you that I haven’t tried this because I’m pretty sure it’s what some people would call a Lush classic. The colour is awesomely vibrant, the smell is out of this world and all in all I’m not sure I’ll ever use another shower gel.
My Intergalactic Bath:
What is your favourite Lush product? I need to try more!
Yes, you read it correctly. Game changer. That’s how I would describe this wonderful product from Clarins.
Clarins claim that the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Lip Gloss (to give it its full name) contains a revolutionary formula that comforts and nourishes the lips with high shine. I have to admit that for all intents and purposes, I agree. To put it with considerably less etiquette: this is one banging product.
I’m not a Clarins user so I haven’t tried any of their other products, although I am obviously aware of the brand and my Mum is a big fan. I can’t help but feel that although they try to appeal to a wider audience Clarins is still viewed as a brand more suited to the older lady. Am I wrong?
I read about this product on a few blog reviews saying that it was a brilliant product, I then watched one of Zoella’s videos in which she also sang its praises and I decided to give it a go. At £18 it is a bit more expensive than your average Burts Bees or Carmex product, but as well as doing the world of good for your lips this product could be equally viewed as a makeup item. It comes in two different colours; either raspberry or honey. Raspberry is a pink toned gloss and Honey is, well, honey coloured.
In the winter time your lips tend to take a turn for the worse due to the cold weather and I think this could be the product missing from your life. Due to the oily nature of the products it has a great lasting power, easily lasting about 3 hours. It isn’t sticky at all even though the colour and name of the product leave you expecting it to actually be honey. The applicator is actually a dream, it has a massive dove applicator which comes out of the jar with the right amount of product to cover your lips in one go. It has a subtle sweet scent and it actually tastes alright too! It makes my lips feel soft and even though I’m not really prone to having dry lips they are now sufficiently moisturised.
What is your favourite lip rescuing product?
Check out some of my previous Bloguary posts including a Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake Recipe, What I got For Christmas and 3 Lipsticks 3 Budgets.
ALSO enter my giveaway here.
We’re onto day eight of bloguary – I hope you’ve been enjoying the posts so far, If you’ve got a few minutes then stick around and have a little read.
One of my favourite things to do is add to my lipstick collection and I find myself spending ridiculous amounts of money on a beauty product that I can only wear one at a time. My makeup drawers are full of shades so similar that I doubt anyone would notice I was wearing something different. I know it’s unnecessary, but quite frankly lipstick is my number one addiction. Lipstick is a universal love for many people out there, but the amount of money spent on it is quite different. No matter what your budget is, everyone should have a collection of fabulous lipsticks.
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish £5.49 – The Cheapest of the 3 lipsticks and definitely my high street fave. The Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks rival the quality of your high end must haves and at a fraction of the price. With copious amounts of shades to choose from you are bound to find one right for you, and you can buy 4 of these bad boys for the price of my most expensive pick in this post. The only downfall to these lipsticks is that the lasting power isn’t quite as good, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for.
MAC Lipstick £15.50 – Without a doubt one of the best lipsticks available on the market, MAC lipsticks are featured in every beauty junkies makeup bag and they deserve to be there unreservedly. With so many different shades, finishes and an array of limited edition lipsticks released every now and again to keep you on your toes it makes MAC many peoples number one choice.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution £23.00 – I couldn’t decide whether to choose Estée Lauder or Charlotte Tilbury as my most expensive pick, but I settled on Charlotte Tilbury because I love love love these lipsticks. They are the best lipsticks I’ve ever tried, the formulation is perfect and they apply like a dream. The packaging is out of this world and although there are less shades available from Charlotte Tilbury, the ones that you can have are beautiful.
What is your favourite lipstick brand? Do you grudge paying high end prices or do you own enough to open your own shop?