BENEFIT GIMME BROW REVIEW

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[pipdig_padded_text]The Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel has been raved about online ever since I started blogging over 3 years ago. However, I always opted for cheaper dupes as I didn’t think that a more high-end eyebrow gel could do anything that a drugstore version couldn’t do. BOY, WAS I WRONG! After getting my hands on a sample of the Benefit Gimme Brow with Glamour Magazine a few months ago, I am totally converted and have already purchased the full-size version as a back up.

Benefit revamped their entire eyebrow collection earlier this year, and this included the Benefit Gimme Brow. The product no longer comes in a cheap-looking transparent plastic tube, but instead it comes in a rather snazzy looking silver tube, which looks a lot more eye-catching and high-end.

The Benefit Gimme Brow is a tinted eyebrow gel which contains tiny microfibres to create fuller looking and more defined brows. What I love most about this is just how quick and easy this is to use – especially in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work in a rush. Essentially, this eyebrow gel allows you to tint, shape, define and set your brows all in one fool-proof step.

Since using this, I have noticed some big differences between the Benefit Gimme Brow and other cheaper alternatives from the drugstore. Firstly, the Benefit Gimme Brow actually makes your eyebrows look a lot fuller as opposed to just tinting them. It also comes with a tiny brush which makes applying this SO much easier. Finally, this is really long-wearing and the product is pretty much still all there when I come to remove my makeup in the evenings – hooray!

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BENEFIT GIRL MEETS PEARL | REVIEW

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

 

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Highlighting has only really become part of my makeup routine since last autumn. That’s when I discovered the game-changing Topshop Glow Stick, which made highlighting about 10 times easier for highlighting noobs like myself. Since then I have been really into trying out different highlighters and adding a little glow to my skin.

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Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

[pipdig_padded_text]The Benefit Girl Meets Pearl is described as a liquid pearl luminiser for the face.  It contains light-reflecting pigments to give the complexion a natural, dewy glow.  The product also contains raspberry and chamomile extract to soothe the skin, as well as almond seed extract to improve the skin’s firmness and smoothness.

First of all I have to say I absolutely love this highlighter.  It has a liquid consistency, which I thought would make it harder to apply and blend, however it actually makes it super quick and easy to apply, and it blends like a dream.  As you can see from the photos, Girl Meets Pearl is a beautiful golden-pink shade, which, when blended into my skin, gives the most natural pearly glow.  It compliments my fair skin perfectly and I can imagine it looks beautiful on other skin shades too.

Girl Meets Pearl is basically glowy skin in a bottle, and does exactly what it says on the tin.  It’s perfect for anyone looking for a natural-looking highlighter that is quick and easy to apply, to add some radiance this summer.[/pipdig_padded_text]

 

BENEFIT SUGARBOMB BLUSH

Benefit Sugar Bomb


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I’m a huge fan of Benefit blushers, and was thrilled to get my hands on this palette which contained five of Benefit’s best-selling blushers at Christmas.  I couldn’t wait to try out the highly-raved about Coralista and Rockateur blushers, and I must admit I thought Sugarbomb would be the one I reached for the least.  However, over time this particular blusher proved otherwise and has since become the blusher I reach for on a daily basis!

The Sugarbomb blush contains four shades; a cool-toned pink, a warm rose, a peach shade and a lilac-plum colour.  All four shades are slightly – but not overly – shimmery, which I love as it adds a nice glow to my cheeks.  It catches the light so nicely – you can kind of see this in the photo above.

Before I first used Sugarbomb, I wasn’t sure what to expect once I swirled my brush around the four shades and applied it to my cheeks.  And the only way I can describe the resulting effect is that of a natural radiant flush.  It doesn’t look too pink or too peachy on my skin – it’s just the perfect way of adding a natural, glowy pop of colour to the cheeks.  I don’t know how it does it with the four different shades it contains, but it just really, really works and deserves way more recognition!  I also love how the blush complements pretty much any makeup look I have worn with it.

Benefit Sugarbomb is available for £23.50 (and is totally worth the investment!)

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NOVEMBER FAVOURITES 2015

Another month has gone by and in less than a month’s time, 2015 will be over!  This means that I’ll soon be putting up a ‘Best of Beauty 2016’ video on my YouTube channel.  However, until then I’ll be sharing with you the products that I have been reaching for the most throughout the month of November!


1. Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo & Conditioner

My first favourite is a new haircare range that I have been trying out from Herbal Essences.  A few years ago Herbal Essences was the only shampoo/conditioner range that I would use, and I remember loving the ‘Hello Hydration‘ range in particular.  Everything I have tried from Herbal Essences smells absolutely amazing and really works.  The ‘Bee Strong’ shampoo and conditioner are great for nourishing and strengthening damaged hair.  They leave my hair feeling really healthy and smelling delicious – just like honey and apricot!

2. Benefit Blushers

I received the Benefit Box O’ Blushes last Christmas and found myself reaching for it loads this month.  I particular love ‘Sugar Bomb’, which gives a really natural glowy finish on the cheeks and ‘Bella Bamba’, which is a gorgeous pink shade (this has sadly been discontinued!).  Although the Box O’ Blushes came out last Christmas, this year Benefit have brought out a similar blush set as part of their Christmas range, which you can find here.

3. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

After having my eye on it for months, I picked this powder up from MAC earlier this year.  This has fast become my all-time favourite powder, and lived up to all my expectations.  It’s mattifying, adds a decent amount of coverage and helps my makeup last a lot longer on my skin.  I normally apply this over my foundation, however you can also wear it on its own as a powder foundation.


4. Dorothy Perkins Cosy Check Blanket Scarf

I featured this Dorothy Perkins blanket scarf in my Cosy Autumn Layers OOTD last month.  This has become a staple piece in my wardrobe as it is just SO warm and cosy!  The scarf looks great with most items in my wardrobe, and I love the black/beige check print.  In addition to this, the scarf also makes a good blanket to wrap up in on trips to the cinema!

What have you been loving this month?

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BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS 2015 | TOP 5

Beauty advent calendars 2015


There’s (almost) officially only 3 months left until Christmas!  Although it might still be too early to get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve already started looking forward to all the new Christmas beauty products which will soon be hitting the stores.  And one of the things I’m most excited about is this year’s selection of beauty advent calendars.



1. The Body Shop 24 Days of Magical Gifts, £60/£80

The Body Shop’s advent calendars are probably one of the most eagerly anticipated advent calendars every year.  This year, The Body Shop will really be spoiling their fans as there will be not one but two advent calendars – a normal version and a deluxe one!  The normal, green version, which has a total value of £93.50 will be sold for £60, whilst the deluxe red version, which has a total value of £127, will be sold for £80.  You can get your hands on these from the end of October!


Beauty advent calendars 2015

2. Charlotte Tilbury The Book of Makeup Magic, £150

Despite being on the pricier side, this advent calendar from Charlotte Tilbury is a truly magical treat and contains some of the best-selling items from the makeup range.  The products come in a mixture of both travel-size and full-size products, and include an exciting pre-release of the eagerly anticipated Magic Night Cream!  Definitely one to treat yourself to if you’re a Charlotte Tilbury fan.  The Book of Makeup Magic will be available from Selfridge’s and Brown Thomas.

3. Benefit Party Poppers, £34.50

Benefit never fail to bring out the most colourful and fun advent calendars!  This year, their Party Poppers advent calendar includes 12 of their best products, including a mini They’re Real mascara, mini High Beam highlighter and (my favourite) mini Rockateur blush.  Perfect for traveling or popping into your party clutch bag!  This will be available exclusively at Debenhams from 15th October, then nationwide from November.

Beauty advent calendars 2015


4. L’Occitane Christmas is Coming, £39

L’Occitane is one of my all-time favourite brands when it comes to body products – their Red Cherry Hand Cream is to-die-for!  This year, L’Occitane are packing 24 of their amazing products into their advent calendar.  The products range from skincare and hair treats, to bath and body products.  This is one I definitely want to get my hands on!  The L’Occitane advent calendar will be available from L’Occitane stores from mid-October.


5. Ciate Mini Mani Month, £49.99

Top luxury nail polish brand, Ciate, will once again launch their (AMAZING) beauty advent calendar, filled with 18 super pretty nail polish shades, 3 nail treatments, 2 nail toppers and a nail file!  Perfect for matching your polish to your Christmas party outfits!  The Ciate Mini Mani Month will be available from ASOS and Look Fantastic this month!

What advent calendars are you most looking forward to this year?

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NOVEMBER/ CHRISTMAS 2014 BEAUTY WISHLIST


This year has passed so quick, and I can’t believe it’s already November, with Christmas time just around the corner.  Lately I’ve been thinking of beauty items I’ll be adding to my wishlist this year – And I’ll be sharing these with you today!



1. Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Mascara

If you’ve been following me blog for a while you would know that I love a good mascara and am always looking for one that will give me bigger, longer lashes!  I’ve heard lots of great stuff about the YSL Shocking mascara, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the packaging looks amazing!  Available now from John Lewis.

2. Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes

 This new Christmas product from Benefit has been all over the blogging world lately, and for good reason!  This amazing box contains five different Benefit blushes, one bronzer and one highlight – all of which normally cost around £24 individually.  However, you can get all these products for just £29.50 in the Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O'(Dreams)!  Grab this while stocks last!  Available now from John Lewis.

3. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene

 Winter = dry, chapped lips, which also means that lipstick doesn’t look great on my lips!  And that’s where the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain comes in!  Due to its moisturising formula, which contains nourishing Vitamin E, this will leave your lips feeling moisturised and looking glossy!  Also, due to its PureStainTM pigments (don’t ask!), the colour will stay on your lips for much longer than a normal lipgloss.  ‘New York Scene’ is the perfect berry-toned pinky-red for the Christmas season.  Available for £7.99 from Boots.com

4. Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice

 Yep, another blush palette!  I’ve had my eye on this blush palette from Makeup Revolution for so long.  The palette contains 8 shades including a mixture of matte and shimmer blushes, a baked blush and a highlighting powder.  It contains shades which are wearable both during the summer and the winter and is perfect for contouring.  What’s even better is that all of this is available for just £6 from Superdrug!

5. Lush Star of Wonder Gift Box 

 I’m a huge fan of all the sweet scents in Lush, and if you are too then this may be the perfect gift box for you!  The Star of Wonder gift box contains six limited edition Lush Christmas products; Shoot For The Stars bath bomb, Snow Fairy shower gel, Star Light, Star Bright bath belt, Candy Mountain bubble bar, Sparkler bath bomb and Snow Fairy Sparkle shimmer bar.  And once you’ve used up all your Lush products, the gorgeous, vibrant box will be perfect for storing future Lush purchases or any bits and bobs you want to conceal in a pretty star-shaped box!  This is available for £26.50 from Lush (where else?).

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

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TOP 5 BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS 2014

1.  Ciate Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish Advent Calendar, 2. Lush 12 Days of Christmas, 3. No7 Beauty Calendar, 4. Jo Malone Advent Calendar, 5. Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar

It’s that time of year again when all the amazing advent calendars packed with beauty products hit the shelves!  I’ve researched all the ones on offer and have officially picked my top five, which I will be sharing with you today – enjoy!

1. Ciate Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish Advent Calendar, £49

This is definitely the one for nail polish addicts!  The suuuper cute ‘Mini Mani Manor’ is packed with 24 Ciate nail products including 15 mini paint pots, 8 nail effects and 1 full size paint pot.  I really like the packaging of this, which looks exactly like a mini manor!  This is available now for £49.

 

2. Lush 12 Days of Chrismtas, £49.95

While this might not strictly be an advent calendar, it’s a great excuse to stock up on more Lush goodies, which you can use on the run up to Christmas!  It contains some of my favourite Lush products such as the Golden Wonder bath bomb and Star Light, Star Bright bath melt.  And if you’re a Lush fan, don’t forget to check out my recent mini Lush haul here!  This is available now for £49.95. 

3. No7 25 Days of Beauty Treats Calendar, £35

This No7 advent calendar is one of the more affordable beauty advent calendars you can treat yourself to.  It contains 25 different beauty products including mascaras, lip crayons and makeup brushes worth a whopping £135, saving you £100!  Get your hands on this from all Boots stores or online by clicking here.

4. Jo Malone Advent Calendar, £250

This gorgeous advent calendar from Jo Malone is probably the most expensive and luxury advent calendar I have seen this year.  However, nothing quite beats waking up to open a little Jo Malone gift every morning in December, does it!?  This advent calendar contains 24 Jo Malone fragrances and body cremes, with a special, larger item to open on the 24th.  This is currently available exclusively to Harrods but will be available nationwide from 10th November.

5. Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar, £60

This offering from Benefit is probably one of the most raved about in the beauty world.  This advent calendar contains 24 mini Benefit products including some of their most popular products such as the They’re Real mascara and The Porefessional.  The calendar’s contents is valued at £109 but you can get your hands on it for just £60!  This will be available nationwide from 1st November.


Other advent calendars worth checking out!
Beauty: Selfridge’s Enchanted Spells Advent Calendar, Primark Beauty Advent Calendar
 Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar, The Body Shop 24 Days of Joy Advent Calendar, L’Occitane Advent Calendar
Jewellary: Topshop Freedom Jewellery Advent Calendar
Candles: Yankee Candle Advent Calendar

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MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP | UPDATED

NATURAL MAKEUP

It’s been over a year since I last blogged about my everyday makeup, and I have since then changed a lot of the products that I use on most days.  So, here is my everyday makeup – updated!

The Face. 

I tend to go for more natural/neutral make up look on most days.  I start by applying some Benefit The Porefessional over the more oily parts of my face, as I find this helps my makeup last longer throughout the day.  I then apply L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rose Vanilla all over my face and blend it with my fingers.  This has a medium coverage which is not too dewy and not too matte – it is the perfect in-between!  I don’t tend to use a brush to blend this foundation as due to it’s very liquidy formula, I find it easier to blend with my fingers – and it gives a more natural finish.  I then apply some Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory underneath my eyes – this is perfect for concealing dark circles as it’s quite brightening.  However, for this reason I opt for a different concealer to hide any blemishes – I use the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light for this.  Again, I blend both concealers with my fingers rather than a brush.  I then powder my face using the L’Oreal True Match Powder in Rose Vanilla as this mattifies the skin and adds a little more coverage.  For this I use the Real Techniques Powder Brush (I do use brushes after all!) – I love this brush as it is so soft and fluffy!  I then apply some of the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 51 on my forehead and cheeks – and anywhere the sun would naturally hit (and yet still fail to give me a tan!).  Finally, I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply some of my favourite blusher, the ELF Baked Blush in Rich Rose (Review here).  I love this blush so much as the colour is so warm and it acts as a 2-in-1 blush and highlight.

The Eyes.

I start by filling in my eyebrows using the Sleek Brow Kit in Light (which I reviewed here).  Then I apply the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original all over my eyelids.  I find that this helps my eyeshadow to last so much longer than it otherwise would without fading or creasing!  I then reach for my MAC Neutrals palette (which you can see here) and pack All That Glitters all over my eyelid.  I then apply Woodwinked on the outer half of my eyelid and blend the two together.  Finally I apply some Charcoal Brown in the crease to add some definition, and blend.  For this I use two brushes; The No7 Eye Colour Brush and the No7 Eyeshadow Blend & Contour Brush, both of which I love!  I then apply the Soap and Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen (review here) as close to my upper lash line as possible, and add a little flick.  I finish off my eyes by applying lots of mascara – right now I am loving the L’Oreal Million Lashes Volume Excess Waterproof Mascara (review + before/after pics here).

The Lips.

I like to keep my lips as natural as possible and don’t tend to go for bright colours on a regular basis.  At the moment I am loving the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya as it adds some colour, gloss and moisture!

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Let me know if you’d like similar posts ft. different makeup looks.