Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Extreme Camouflage Concealer

As a wearer of fairly light foundations, I always like my concealers to be on the more heavy duty side so I can really target the areas where I need it. I've used MUFE's Face & Body foundation for some time now and thoughtI'd invest in another one of their products - the much loved full coverage concealer. I'm shade number one which is the palest available.

This product retails for £23.15

First thing I noticed with this is the thickness of the product, products with this type of consistency have the tendency to crease under the eyes, but when you apply with a little bit of care, or indeed a brush (I've been loving using Real Technique's Setting Brush to apply this concealer) the application and finish are great. I also do love this over troublesome spots as it covers them no problem. MUFE say that this product is waterproof, which I think it probably is (I haven't been at the local swimming pool trying it out, I'll be honest) but I do think it wears off a little if you slave away in a hot and sweaty work environment, which I do. It's not loads, but I do notice the redness of my spots coming through and my dark circles not as camouflaged as they were when I first applied my make up. I think if I found the right combination of primer/powder, that this might not be as much of an issue. I guess the only real let down with this product is the price point, particularly in the UK. It is a bit of a challenge to get hold of MUFE here in the UK, some sites do sell it, but without trying it out you'll be taking a bit of a gamble on your colour match (I was lucky enough to muck about with the testers at IMATS and my Face & Body is the same shade as the concealer) and although I will never deny the quality of the brand, it is a lot of money to spend on something if it doesn't match your skin tone, no matter how lovely the product.

Overall, I would recommend this product, if you have the money to spend, and really look into swatches of the colours so you don't end up disappointed. I can see this lasting me a long time which is good and the product is of a good quality so if you're up for spending that little bit extra on a concealer, I definitely consider this one. I just hope and pray for the day MUFE finds it's way into English shops.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Let Them Eat Cake


My last post saw me wishing you a spooky halloween, which I certainly hope it was! Mine was a fairly quiet one with lots of eating of themed treats. I attended an autumn wedding all the way up in Wrexham where my boyfriend was the best man, and he absolutely nailed the speech! They even had a pony chilling by the hotel, who I had had to say hello to! I've found myself drinking a lot more hot coffee this month (I'm a iced coffee fiend most of the year!) whilst baking some cakes to compliment a good warm drink. This month I've seen one of my favourite bands - Editors - where I danced like a champ and fell in love with music all over again. I also tried my first ever Lush Bath Ballistic which I loved and think I'm going to be frequenting my local Lush store to stock up for my winter bathing as well as picking up some winter essentials like these amazing Monki socks as well as a hats, gloves and various other bits to keep me warm as we head into winter!

I'm super excited for the last leg of the year as I jet off to Berlin for one final getaway in 2013 as well as enjoy the company of my friends and family as we inch closer to the new year.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

November Beauty Box First Impressions

Another month, another set of beauty boxes from the postman. As we gear up for Christmas, Glossybox have complied a wishlist themed box, with their magazine showcasing present ideas, a look at their three special edition boxes just in time for Christmas (I've already reviewed their Net-A-Porter collaboration, which you can read here) as well as an ideal party season plum/red lipstick feature. Birchbox have also got a theme this month, looking to icons to give us that extra push as we hurtle through the winter months and into 2014, with their publication giving you a list of fun things to see and do this month, an eye make-up tutorial and a mini gift guide.

I'm a big fan of French skincare, and need to get into the habit of using a serum, so I think these three little samples will hopefully help me to get into the swing of it!

I've only heard of Emite through previously receiving their eyelash curlers in a previous Glossybox. This is a matte, completely black eyeshadow which will be great for a smoky eye or an alternative to liquid liner

If you've been loving Starbucks' Orange Mochas this season, then you'll love this delicious smelling chocolate orange hand cream. Almost good enough to eat and a great handbag size.

With all the dark nail varnishes on trend right now (I'm currently wearing Avon's Night Violet) getting them off can be an absolute pain in the backside, so a nice little product like this should aid the removal of nail varnish no end.

I've never tried any products from Gosh before, and I wouldn't have personally picked this colour for myself or this season, but with that being said, when playing about with it, I loved the look of a few swipes over my bottom lip and then rubbing my lips together, leaving me with slightly rouged and juicy looking lips!

I am incredibly fickle when it comes to body washes, this one smells clean and fresh and I'm the fan of citrus scents, so will merrily use this one up

I first received a sample of this product back in the summer, It's a Birchbox exclusive, and I used it up and even took it on holiday with me. I'm always a little disappointed when I get a sample twice, but I did enjoy using my first one so I'll see if I will enjoy using it again.

I don't own a pencil concealer/highlighter, so I was quite excited to play about with this product, I've already put it to good use and am using it to trace around my eyebrows to highlight them and hide those pesky tiny hairs.

Last month Birchbox promised another Laura Mercier product, and they delivered!! I've given this a whirl and I do like it, it lengthens and volumises without clumping or being overly dramatic.

This perfume has notes of quince, jasmine petals and musk, but I think it smells really nice and sweet and would be a great summer perfume.

Birchbox also love throwing in extras, and this month is no exception, I received three teas from
Pukka Herbs as well as a dual pencil sharpener, which goes hand in hand with the Chella product I got this month!

Both boxes this month have a wide range of products across the beauty world so I think there is something for everyone this month. I'm looking forward to what is coming in the December boxes from both brands as I always feel beauty boxes see the year out with a bang!

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Glossybox for First Impressions

Glossybox have released a couple different 'one-off' boxes this year, but until now, none have really appealed to me. Glossy have teamed up with luxury brand specialists - to bring us a luxury brand box brimming with high-end goods. Unlike the usual element of surprise that comes with Glossybox, they released the contents of the box letting you know exactly what you were letting yourself in for when spending that extra £20.

First off, there is 6 samples in this box, instead of your usual 5, two of which are full size. Something that definitely caught my attention, when doing a bit of research into the products, the two full sized ones total a whopping £42 if purchased on Net-A-Porter, showing a seriously good saving if you were to invest in this box. Also, the products are a wide selection across the board of hair, beauty and body, which I do like. The only downside I've found with this box is that you're buying it through Net-A-Porter, not Glossybox, I had to sign up to another site (if you've already got an account with Net-A-Porter, this won't be an issue) and the postage was a hefty £5 in comparison to Glossy's £2.95, which was a bit of a nasty shock when I got to the checkout.

The Products:

Natura Bisse Diamond White SPF 50 PA+++ Oil Free  £75 for 30ml
It is no secret that when it is necessary, I love me some SPF! Not only do I like the look of my pale skin tone, but I think it is absolutely paramount to look after your skin in the sun. So, when the time is right I'll be very much looking forward to try this out.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Daily Serum £160 for 50ml
At 20, anti-ageing products aren't at the top of my hitlist, but I will use this every now and again to prevent things such as crows feet and forehead wrinkles

Ellis Faas Mascara E401 - Black £20 for 8.2ml
One of the full size products included in this box, this is the one I was most eager to try. I've heard loads of things about the brand Ellis Faas recently, and I think a good old mascara is a nice way to introduce yourself to a brand.

Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist £22 for 150ml
The second full size product in the box, and another product I loved the sound of. No matter the time of year, I'm always up for beachy waves and rolled-out-of-bed look, so I certainly think I shall be putting this to good use!

Ila Bath Salts for Inner Peace £49 for 500g
I've never been one to have tried bath salts all that much, but as winter closes in, I'm sure I will be retreating to my bath indeed looking for inner peace, and these also smell amazing and are enriched with essential oils so you can't go wrong!

Joya Ames Soeurs Roll-On Parfum £20 for 10ml
A nice little clutch bag/jacket pocket sized perfume sample with a nice scent to boot! I'm also intrigued by the roll-on application!!

Overall, I'm happy with my box and am glad I forked out the £20 (/technically £25) for an extra box this month! I'm excited to see what Glossybox put in their own box this month and hope there is a nod to this box with good, luxury products included!

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