Saturday, 28 July 2012

Empties #1


Hi ladies

So here is my first Empties post. I genuinely love these blog posts/videos! They seem to be very popular at the moment so I wanted to get in on the action. Some of these products have been empty for a while and my family are sick of the sight of them clogging up the bathroom shelf.


1. Clarisonic nourishing care cleanser (mini) - £21 for 177ml over on Feelunique.
I believe this came in a beauty box and I swapped for it over on BBS. I bought myself a Tresonic which is a Clarisonic dupe for a fraction of the price on Ebay and figured this would be a good cleanser to use with it. However, other than the scent I didn't like much else. It is a creamy formula designed for dryer skin types but personally I like something that froths up like my gel based Simple cleanser.
Repurchase? No.

2. Radox shower smoothie (travel size) - £2.95 for 200ml in Boots
Yummm I love the scent of this! You can clearly smell all the berries and it's a great size to take away on holiday. It has berry seeds which help to exfoliate but I have dry skin so require much more hardcore exfoliating. The creamy formula is nice and moisturising on the skin though.
Repurchase? No - just because I have plenty to get through

3. Superdrug mud therapy raspberry exfoliating mud mask - £2.59 from Superdrug (go figure)
I don't really use mud masks myself (although I do like the idea I just can't be bothered waiting around) but my dad really likes this. This is a mask and an exfoliator in one but personally, I would use an exfoliator myself to properly exfoliate and then a mask. I tend to get it when it's on offer although it's already inexpensive.
Repurchase? Already sat in my bathroom.

4. Neutrogena visibly clear pink grapefruit daily scrub - £.4.95 in Boots (currently 2 for £5 - say whaaaat)
I absolutely LOVE the smell of this! I discovered through this product, how much I love the scent of grapefruit. It is a really good scrub and has lots of gritty little bits. I'm surprised at the 2 for £5 offer and it's quite the bargain getting a second one for 5p (or one for 2.50 however you want to think about it).
Repurchase? No - Only because I have lotsss of scrubs to finish first and am loving the one I'm using currently.

5. Burts Bees grapefruit & Sugar beet shampoo/conditioner  - Bought a set for £10 from Ebay. Full size available for £9.99 each from Boots.
I have an extremely dry scalp and need something really moisturising to tackle that. I had to use quite a lot to get it to lather up but I guess that's because of how 'natural' it is (a very high percentage).  It has grapefruit in it so I liked the scent.
Repurchase? No - I use medicated shampoo to tackle my dryness.

6. Burts bees soap bark & chamomile deep cleansing balm - part of set above but full size available for £10.20 from Boots
This is meant to soften the skin while removing make up and dirt. I didn't notice much else other than a minty scent and a tingling sensation which made it seem like it was doing something. That feeling also left the skin feeling very refreshed. I'm not sure if this will be a no-no for sensitive skins as a result although the description on the Burts Bees website states it is sulfate free and gentle cleanser.
Repurchase? No.


7. Blistex Intensive moisturiser - £2.59 for 5g
This was perfect for winter - very hydrating and minty. It is a white cream so I only used it at night time to avoid having white lips throughout the day.
Repurchase? I already have a back up ready for winter and plenty other balms as you can see in my lip balm collection post here.

8. STEAMCREAM (in the silver tin) - Got a sample of this in my Beautylishious bag but full size is available at £13 from ASOS
You can see my in depth review of this here.
Repurchase? I already have 3 back up tins.




Hope you enjoyed this post. Glad I can finally bin these empties!

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Chicken and cheese in bread pockets - Recipe #1



Hi ladies

I have had lots of requests to do some recipes and it is long overdue! (Sorry BBB ladies). I thought I would start with this scrumptious chicken and cheesy fried concoction!

Before I begin I'm sorry there are no exact measurements and that the measurements I do have will result in a MOUTAIN LOAD so please half or quarter any measurements. We stock up and freeze them so we can use them for a few months! I could have reduced the ingredients myself but then it would not correspond with the pictures. Just to give you an idea of how much you can make with this recipe...


Ingredients:

  • 2lb chicken breast cubed
  • 2lb potato - diced
  • 2lb peppers - diced
  • 2lb sweetcorn
  • Bread - we used 5 packets.
  • Grated cheddar cheese OR philadelphia - we used 360g of  cheddar cheese.
All the spices below should be added to your personal taste
  • chilli
  • Ginger and Garlic paste
  • salt
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin seeds
  • Coriander (optional - we didn't use it due to a fussy eating brother although I guess everything is optional)
  • To make the glue, use water and plain flour so it makes a thick paste

Method for making the filling

  1. Boil the potatoes
  2. Boil the chicken in green chilli, salt, turmeric and the Garlic/Ginger paste.
  3. Put the peppers, potato and sweetcorn in a frying pan with a bit of oil. Add the cumin seeds, turmeric, salt and green chilli. Simmer till peppers are soft.
  4. Mix it all together and take off the heat
  5. Add the optional coriander and the cheese.

This is the filling and the bread packets ready to be used.


Method of assembling


Cut off the edges of the bread (darn that pesky bit I left) and using a rolling pin completely flatten out the bread and then cut it in half. (You can blitz up the bread edges to make breadcrumbs for a future cooking endeavour). Then fill the bread with a spoon of the mixture and use your finger to close up the sides using the flour glue.


These are the little pockets you should end up with.


Deep fry it up and Ta daaaa - crispy, cheesy goodness with a cup of tea. Aaaaahhhh...

If you try this do let me know. I will be uploading a few more recipes that have been requested so those only interested in beauty...HANG IN THERE! If there's a way to improve these recipe posts, be sure to let me know below.

Tilll next time...Toodles! :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Ramadan FAQs answered :)




Hi ladies

As you can see I started my blog post differently.  This is because we are taught taking the name of Allah (God) before starting anything gives blessings in your action.

Today I am going to do something completely different. As most of you know I’m a Muslim and this month in the Islamic calendar is the holy month of Ramadan. Most of you may have come across the term on Facebook/Twitter if you have any Muslim friends but as I have found in the past few days, people don’t always know what Ramadan is actually about. I have received a few questions from my non-Muslim friends who were interested in the subject and that inspired me to create this blog post. I was going to do a general overview but another Muslim beauty blogger created a post explaining the basics so please take a look at that here at themaryfairy.

1.     What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar which has been singled out by God with having special virtues that are not present in any other month. Within this month is the Night of Decree/Power which ‘is better than a thousand months’.  The month consists of Fasting, Taraweeh (night prayers), reading the Quran (holy book), supplication and charity and ends with the Eid celebrations.
Ramadan is the month of the Quran. It was in this month the Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and so we try and read as much of the Quran we possibly can. This helps to spiritually cleanse our mind and soul. In this month, we spend as much time as we can in worship as the rewards are multiplied. It is the month where we can truly appreciate what our Lord has given us, because we are able to experience what it is like to have no food or water. We try and do good by giving more in charity and we attempt to remove ourselves from situations where we will forget our Lord and fall into sin.

2. How long does it last?
Ramadan lasts for either 29/30 days and it ends when the new moon is sighted. This is total Ramadan humour but NO we do not fast for 29/30 days consecutively (breeaathhe) but I will address that below.
3.     The million dollar question – why do Muslims fast?
To put it simply, we fast because it has been prescribed to us by God so that we may be conscious of ourselves and our actions and to attain Piety (being conscious of God).  Here are a few ways in which fasting helps us to attain this Piety:

  •  Fasting makes us appreciate and give thanks for our pleasures. By giving up some pleasures for a short time, we begin to appreciate their value. I saw a tweet recently which really touched me. ‘Some people fast throughout the year without choice. Be Grateful’.
  • Fasting is a means of giving up haraam (forbidden) things.
  • Fasting makes us feel compassion and empathy towards the poor because for those hours we get a small sense of what they constantly feel. The above tweet brings that home.

 4. How long do you fast for?
The fast begins at dawn (which in my area is approximately 3am at the moment) and ends at sunset which is around 9pm. Being July the fasts are currently very long.

5. Why is Ramadan in summer?
Ramadan is a month in the Islamic lunar calendar so it changes every year. When I was younger Ramadan was in December but each year it comes forward approximately 10 days and as the years have passed by Ramadan has now moved from Winter to Summer.  Each year it will just continue to creep forward.
6.       Are you allowed to eat or drink anything?
No. You must abstain from all food and drink. A fasting person must also abstain from sexual relations. In addition to these things a fasting person should be mindful to keep away from backbiting and slanderous talk.
7.       Who is exempt?
Fasting is mandatory on every Muslim who is an adult, sane, able and resident. Those that are exempt include:
  • -          A person that is mentally impaired and does not understand the concept of fasting/religion.
  • -          Those who have not yet reached puberty
  • -          The elderly and chronically ill
  • -          Pregnant or nursing women if it would cause them or the baby harm.
  • -          Women during the period of menstruation or post childbirth.
  • -          Travellers

 8.       What foods do you eat?
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to open his fast with fresh dates and water, hence following this tradition Muslims also begin with dates and water. One of the physical benefits of this is that dates have a high level of natural sugars which are converted into energy very quickly.

I feel I should take this time to explain that those of you who have seen the Ramadan preparation that I have been doing i.e. all those samosa’s, rolls and fried goodies, these are entirely a cultural thing. This has nothing to do with Islam and in fact over indulging at Iftar time (Sunset when we open our fast) is not the purpose of fasting at all.

Closing statement


I believe that’s the end of all my questions. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who asked a question for their interest in gaining this knowledge. I am always available to answer any questions I can to the best of my ability inshaAllah (God willing). On a final note, I heard that a non-Muslim 'twitter personality' had a go at fasting for one day last week. If you want to try it (even if it is just for the detoxifyng benefits) than be sure to let me know how you got on.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Eyeko Fat Eyestick - My fight - Reviews & Swatches

Hi ladies

Today I will be reviewing my Eyeko Fat sticks which we received in one of the beauty boxes (Carmine I believe - May you RIP). I swapped for a few of them over on BBS and ended up with 3 shades. I should add that for some reason these are not available on the Eyeko website but can be found on ASOS priced between £5 - £10.

What they say

For intense colour and a smudgy, glossy finish.

From left to right/down to up - Chocolate, Satin Taupe & Old Gold

I should begin by saying, I love how soft, pigmented, creamy and glossy they are. You can see all that from the one swipe swatches. HOWEVER, this review took longer than expected to make as I ended up having a  day long fight with the eyeko sticks in a bid to keep them on my lids! No matter what I did they creased up within the hour (and that's giving it a generous time length). I don't have particularly oily eyelids either so sadly I can't even excuse the shambolic staying power with that. Below you can see the journey I went through to keep it on my lids...

Chocolate - on it's own.

The top right is the stick applied, bottom left is it blended out and the bottom right is how much it creased within half an hour. NOT attractive.

Satin Taupe - On its own


I am clearly too trusting as I gave it another go and again we can see it creased up. The eyeko stick in Satin Taupe looks completely different with and without flash as you can see in this photo and the photo above of all 3. It is a beautiful colour nonetheless (when it's not creased up of course).

Chocolate - set with shadow

I lost my naive ways and began to try and find a way to get the slick pencil formula to stay. I set the chocolate with a brown shadow from my MUA palette and although it helped it did start to wear off quicker than I would have hoped near the crease area.

Old Gold - set with shadow


I looovee this colour!It looks almost like a khaki greeny colour with flash and completely different without. These colours seem to be very multi toned which leaves a very interesting affect. In fact they look completely different from the colour in the bullet at times which has left me quite confused when reviewing if I'm honest as annoyingly they have not got the shade name on the actual product and the packaging is long gone.

I forgot to take another photo of this a few hours later but when I checked before bed it had pretty much vanished.

Chocolate - Urban Decay Primer Potion


I finally decided to try and use a primer under the eyeko stick. I found this helped a bit but not as much as I would hope it too as the bottom left picture is less than half an hour after application and you can see a bit of subtle creasing.

Summary

The colours are beautiful and the pigmentation is awesome. However, the glossy, smudgy finish means it creases really badly really quickly. I tried to go over it and under it (you have to grow through it...Anyone remember that?) to make it stay but sadly to no avail. I haven't tried any other Eyeko products so cannot speak about the rest of the products in the brand. They recently had a rebrand so maybe I'll give something else a go. I know the pixiwoo sisters like the mascara but I have lots of mascara's to finish up.

Have you given this Fat Eyestick a go? What did you think?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

PS my next few posts will not be beauty related. I have been getting a number of Ramadan related questions so will be doing a FAQs posted. This will then be followed by a few recipes that have been requested.

EDIT: I am yet to find a creamy product that does not crease on me so I may have to blame my eyelids.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Take a peek in my make up bag + FOTD.

Hi ladies

So I realise I have done nothing but reviews and swatches since I began blogging (EXACTLY A MONTH TODAY I subtly would like to add). The thing is before I began blogging myself, I pretty much only used blogs when I wanted reviews or swatches of a product I was interested in buying. However, I also realise there's much more for me to do on here so today I'll be doing something a little different.

My cousin graduated on Tuesday and I luckily got a ticket for the ceremony so I spent the night at hers as it was an early start. This is the make up I took with me.


I used a Clarins bag that the lovely Jools sent me (You can find her brand new blog here). It is the perfect size and deceptively fits quite a lot inside.


So this is what I took with me, although I've forgotten my balm, lipstick and gloss in my cousins bag. I took MAC's russian red and a red no7 gloss with me. Other than that as you can see I took the basics.

  • the silver tub is a bit of STEAMCREAM - which I have reviewed here.
  • On top of that I used the sample of porefessional which I got from Glamour mag.
  • For my under eye area and redness I use Garnier tinted roll on - definitely a HG product!
  • For my base I took 2 shades of the YSL touche eclat foundation which I have also reviewed here.
  • For my eyes I took the UD liquid liner and pencil liner both in perversion. I also took my ELF curlers and colossal mascara for the lashes and MUA clear mascara to set the brows.
  • Lastly, for the cheeks I took my Daniel Sandler waterblush.


Hope you enjoyed this post. Something a bit different for you I hope. As they say 'variety is the spice of life' and all that.

Please link me to your make up bag post in the comments section, if you've done something similar.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

My 50% off ELF swag - swatches + reviews

Hi ladies

I haven't blogged in a few days as I've been away from home and am yet to explore blogging on my phone. Anyway recently I got my goodies from the fantastic 50% offer! Here's the goodies...


I made a joint order so lots of this belongs to my friend. Below are the things I bought myself





Mineral moisturising lip tint SPF 8 - £3.50

This is more moisturising and tinted than I expected (I clearly had no faith in the product name). It actually showed up on my pigmented lips and is a nice natural colour.

Lipsticks in seductive and voodoo - £1.50


Absolutely shocked by how much I like these!The lighter shade is seductive and the darker one is voodoo. I couldn't get voodoo to show up as dark as it truly is annoyingly but I sense it becoming a fave! I was always hesitant to get these as reviews say they are quite drying but I always use balm under lippies so never noticed any drying. I have to admit though one snapped straight after I swatched it but I'm sure I can stick it back together.


Glossy gloss in sweet salmon - £3.75

This is a fairly nice gloss, it isn't hugely pigmented on my lips and the wand isn't my favourite but it um does the job I guess.

Mineral lipstick in Bare Brown - £5

Firstly, can I just say...WOAH! When did this jump from £3.50 to £5!?! This is my mum's favourite lippie so it's just a repurchase but it's nice and moisturising.

Studio Lip Lock pencil


I haven't heard much about this so I'll do a separate review once I've given it a proper test run.

Primer eyeshadow in sexy silver (Oooo errrr) - £2.50

Something else I've not heard much about. I was pleasantly surprised but will do another post on how well it wears (Apologies for the haphazard application).

Eyebrow treat and tame in dark - £3.75 


I actually really like this! On the left are my unruly brows and on the right the treat & tame has worked it's magic! It lightens my almost dark brows to a more brown shade but it isn't too noticeable. The dry formula and mascara wand are also much quicker than applying shadow/pencil to fill in brows. Big fan!



Summary

Another fantastic ELF purchase! I'm glad I finally bought a few things I was umm'ing and aah'ing over. 

Did you buy anything with the discount code ladies?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Friday, 13 July 2012

Maybelline BB cream - review + before & after photos

Hi ladies

Sooo...I won't patronise you by discussing what a BB cream is. Everyone and their lawnmower knows what that is by now and the UK market has recently seen lots of new BB arrivals. I have the garnier one too which I can also review but I'm guessing that's overdone now seeing as they have released a newer version? Today I'll be trying out the Maybelline sachet I got in the post. I love that blogging has got me to use up these sachets I get in the post whereas before I'd just pop them as extra's into swaps.

I have no idea where I got this sachet from (probably something on FB) and it came through the letter box this morning. The shade came in 'light' which is definitely too light for me but I gave it a go anyway. The card informs me it comes in '4 fresh tones' and I'm sure a few shades darker would match me well.

What they say...

Your 8-in-1 skin perfector
  1. Imperfections look blurred
  2. A natural looking glow
  3. Fresh feel
  4. Compliments skin tone
  5. Skin looks smooth
  6. Hydrates
  7. Protects with SPF 30
  8. Oil-free, non-greasy

What I say...

Ignoring the obvious...it is waaaay too light for me, I actually like the product. In the picture above I have only applied the BB cream to one side (and I'm hoping you can guess which one). It has light coverage as is expected from these imitation BB creams (not that I've ever used a korean BB cream). The texture of it is great! It doesn't have an oily feeling to it whilst remaining moisturising on my dry skin.

Although SPF 30 is great for sun protection it results in horrendous flashback and there was a significant white cast when I used flash to take a photo.

In the picture below, I can see the 'fresh faced' look Maybelline describes. It is in no way a 'perfector' as you can see my blemishes through it but it is perfect for a day to day, no fuss application. Even with dry skin, I found no caking and I used a whole sachet.

Summary

I liked it. It gives a fresh look to the face and is really smooth and easy to apply so a thumbs up!

Which is your favourite BB cream ladies?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation - Review + before & after photos

Hi ladies

I know I've been promising to do this post for ages but now the long awaited foundation has officially released, I decided it's time to get on with it.

So the foundation is priced at £28 which personally is less than even this frugal person was expecting. Considering the original Touche Eclat is £25, the foundation only costs £3 more but hey I'm not complaining!



Darn those pesky missing bottles!

Pictures provided by my lovely cousin who was impressed enough to buy! As you can see the foundation comes complete with its own pump.

What they say...

Twenty years after the launch of the iconic Touche Éclat, Yves Saint Laurent adopts a leading edge technology that transposes the magic of this legendary highlighter into a foundation to achieve the same illuminating result for the entire face. Yves Saint Laurent introduces LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT. A bold, unique formula to target shadowy areas and define contours. A magic light infused within a weightless fluid. A texture that has no mask-like effect. A formula free of opaque powders that evens the complexion and erases imperfections, enhancing the face’s natural features.

Shades

The foundation comes in 22 shades I believe with colours ranging from 10 to 90 within 3 different undertones.
  • B = Beige i.e. neutral
  • BR = Beige Rose i.e. pink undertones
  • BD = Beige Dore i.e. golden/warmer undertones which is what I am.

Professional screen capture

What I have to say...

Before the foundation released for sale, YSL counters across the nation (I make it sound like an epidemic) were handing out little 7 day samples and this is what I will be basing my review on. I was originally matched with BD60 which turned out too dark once I got home so I went back for the lighter BD50 shade. Upon first application BD50 seems way too light but then it completely blends in.


I like my foundations extremely light (in texture, not colour. That is not a good look) with a really dewy finish. My Holy Grail foundation till date has been the MAC face & body which in my eyes is tinted water. It gives hardly any coverage so I put lots of concealer underneath but I love the glowy effect. As you can imagine I was very excited when I heard YSL were releasing this foundation as it seems to be right up my street and after testing it out I'm glad to say I was right. It gives the dewy result I want, however, unlike the Touche Eclat concealer/highlighter (which I have never been tempted by due to it's lack of coverage/purpose IMO) the foundation had more coverage than I was expecting. I'm not talking EL double wear/MAC studio fix here but definitely more than I was expecting.

Summary

I like it. I really like it. I was almost tempted to buy it had it not been for the masses of foundations I already own that never get used! Having said that I still haven't decided whether I prefer this or the MAC face & body. Maybe if I ever decide I'll get up a comparison post for you?

Did you ladies get a sample? What do you think?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

ELF 50% off is back!

Hi ladies

Super quick post today to say that ELF cosmetics is bringing back the 50% discount for a limited time! They suggested it on the FB fan page today but I just saw it confirmed on Christine's blog which you can read here!

Excited to make an order after so long! What will you be ordering?

The offer will be going live from tomorrow (11.07.2012), at 10.00 BST (British Summer Time).



Till next time...Toodles! :)

Extravagant purchase - YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - 18 hour experiment!

Hi ladies

So let me start of by saying you will never ever see such an extravagant purchase on this blog again! I graduated last year and got gifted Selfridges vouchers and I've been putting off spending them for a year because I'm just not use to buying high end products. However, I decided that I wouldn't buy something basic with it i.e. foundation/primer etc but wanted to go extravagant for once!


After much umming and aaahing I got...the YSL lip stain!

It is much brighter than anything I own! Reviews told me it is a really glossy looong wearing stain so I decided to put it to the test.

It comes in 18 shades and I got it in shade 9 which is a true bright red! The packaging is lovely but that is to be expected being YSL and at £22.50 a pop!

These are photos from 0 hours to the bottom right at 9 hours! As you can see it was just as pigmented and glossy a whole 9 hours later after eating and drinking and it wasn't uncomfortable or drying as other stains can be. I did notice that even 9 hours later it hadn't fully 'dried' and as you can see when I blotted there was still transfer. I wasn't expecting any transfer after a while so that was a surprise.

All in the name of blogging...

So at night I removed all my make up and LEFT THE STAIN ON!Yes I went to sleep with the stain on. Don't judge ladies, I did it all in the name of blogging and my 18 hours experiment! This is what I woke up too...

The gloss had gone but the colour was still there! The 'flash' picture isn't very attractive but it looked more like the picture on the top left which I liked. A more subtle red tint. I wiped it off and said goodbye to my 18 hour companion.

Summary

You get what you pay for. This is better than any lip stain I have tried and I expected nothing less. It remained glossy and pigmented for HOURS and was not at all uncomfortable. Now to brave it and actually wear the colour more than once in my life!Eeeeeeek!

My review of the YSL Touche Eclat foundation is nigh ladies.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Monday, 9 July 2012

I take it all back...I understand the hype...Shu uemura lash curler - Photos

Hi ladies

Today I vowed to spend my year old Selfridges vouchers! I went on the hunt to see what I could get with my money and although I didn't end up buying the curlers I got it tested out and was bowled over by the results! I currently use the ELF mechanical curlers which I love and I thought they worked perfectly but after giving the shu uemera  a go I had to report my results.


The SA explained about how it was cushioned so as not to crimp the lashes but curl them and a list of other differences but I sort of zoned out.

First up photos without mascara...


I have short stumpy lashes and even without mascara I felt the curlers had a dramatic impact! What a perfect curl! The SA tried two different techniques as you can see but what a perfect curl on the top picture!

Hours later I put on the lightest coat of mascara...


Summary

I understand the hype! I won't be spending £20 on them any time soon despite loving them as I'm just too frugal for that but I do take back all I've said about £1 curlers doing just as good a job. My ELF ones do a fab job but I can definitely see the difference!

My next post will be the extravagant purchase I got today with my vouchers!

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Will it match or won't it match? That is the question - Choosing foundation online

Hi ladies

As more and more people look online to get their beauty fix it has become ever so important to find a way to choose a foundation that will match your skintone. You often see online people asking 'I'm an nc40/42' from MAC what would I be in *insert brand*?

Most people look for key words such as 'warm', 'natural', 'golden, 'beige'. However, I have found 2 nifty websites that allow you to input the shade of your current foundation (which you know matches) and then it'll come up with the corresponding shades in other brands.

The most well known of these two is probably the Temptalia foundation matrix which first asks your undertone and then categorises skintones. I have found this to be fairly accurate in the past but even if it is not bang on it gives you an indication so if you happen to visit the high street you can quickly try the shade just below and above too.

The second website I have recently discovered that has only launched in 2012 is Findation.com. The more matches you give it the more accurate the results will be (it's not rocket science). As it is new, it is possibly not as accurate as the Foundation Matrix just yet but the more people that submit their results the better it will become. The website describes it as 'a global project launched in 2012, creating the world’s largest usable database of matching foundation colours'.


Anyway today was a quick post just sharing my findings, but I'm guessing lots of you knew about these sites anyway.


Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Benetint, Posietint & High Beam - reviews and swatches

Hi ladies


I took a break for a few days (not that I'm going to kid myself that anybody noticed). Today I'm back with a review, as the title suggests of the Benefit lip and cheek tints and high beam.


As you can see I have miniature sizes of 3 of their famous products. I went a bit crazy when they were released with Glamour mag last year (and I did the same this time with their primers). I think they look so teeny and cute but as we all know it's not what's on the outside but the inside that matters (errrrr yes I cringed typing that too).

Prices and what they say


  • Benetint (12.5ml) - £24.50
Our original rose-tinted stain is kiss-proof, see-through colour for lips & cheeks that lasts for hours. Naturally sheer & sexy on all complexions...it’s innocent yet provocative.
  • Posietint (12.5ml) - £24.50
This kiss of see-through poppy-pink tint brightens cheeks & lips. Liquid-gel formula blends to just-picked perfection on all complexions and lasts for hours.
  • High beam (13ml) - £18.50
Our satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheek & brow bones for a radiant glow. Use as a spot highlighter or delicately blend all over your complexion. Looks perfectly radiant on all skintones. It's the "supermodel in a bottle"!

What I've got to say about it...

 To be honest the reason I have so much of it left despite only being 4ml is because I rarely use it. After spending time putting my base down carefully the thought of making a mistake with this tint on my cheeks fills me with dread! I'm conscious about blusher at the best of times even normal powder blush so the thought of a tint which is harder to fix leaves me with palpitations (exaggerating much?). 



Posietint

I thought I would start with the one I dislike the most, as the kids say 'First the worst'. Posietint is more a gel based formula and I found this incredibly hard to blend in. You can barely see it in the pictures (this may have been the 1038274th photo I took this morning and I could not for the life of me get a decent picture) but in reality despite blending straight away it just left pink splodges on my cheek. I tried with my fingers, my sigma f84 and my MAC paddle brush style foundation brush but it just wouldn't blend out. 

On the lips it barely shows up, however bear in mind I have very pigmented lips and I'm sure it would look pretty on fair skin. On the top right picture I have benetint on one side and posietint on the other and the side that looks like it has nothing on it is the posietint.

Benetint

This shows up on my skin and gives a cute tint to the cheeks. However, I tend to stay away from adding anything reddish to my cheeks as I have a very very minor case of what looks like rosacea (self diagnosed). I hate spending time concealing redness just to then add a red tint. I much prefer the formula of this compared to the posietint, it's more watery and therefore easier to blend.

On the lips it also gives a nice tint but I need to make sure my lips are in a good condition as being a tint it could dry it out.


High beam

I don't find that it shows up on my skin as much as I hoped it would. Today when applying for the sake of this review however, I put more than I would and I found it showed up better. The only problem with this is that it becomes harder to blend in and vigorously rubbing it in I find affects the make up underneath.

Summary

I'm glad I managed to get these free with Glamour mag (Well I bought the mag especially for the products so in essence got the magazine for free) as they are nice to have in my collection and after this review I think I will make more use out of my benetint and high beam. I would not however repurchase them although they are good value for money as you need very little.

What do you think of these ladies? What is your favourite tint and highlight?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

My humongous ELF collection - review and swatches!


Hi ladies

Today as the title suggests I'll be showing you and reviewing/swatching my ELF collection. My friend Subah has just discovered ELF and is going to make an order so I thought this was the perfect way to show her what I have (thanks for the support yaar).

I should start by saying (as friends know all too well) I have quite the soft spot for ELF or EyesLipsFace. I've recommended and ordered on behalf of plenty of friends and was referred to as 'ELF lady' for a while (a play on 'Avon lady').  I had even more than this but I swapped a lot of it away on BBS. I was shocked how much ELF I had tucked away in my collection here, there and everywhere. I went a bit crazy last year with ELF orders as it's so inexpensive and I think that's what cemented my make up addiction.  I haven't made an order in AGES and there is so many new things on the site that I want to try!

A side note - the ELF facebook fan page is amazing!They always have discount codes when the fan numbers reach the next milestone. I'm also a fan of the Distribeauty and Beauty Baron pages. There are always ELF fans on the page that are willing to help and give their advice about products they recommend. I think it's always important to check reviews before ordering from ELF as some items are hit & miss and as it's online you can't try them out before. Anyway enough rambling, on we go...

Things just kept popping out from all the different area's of my room. Flabbergasted at the amount!


As you can see I've split it up into brushes/cheeks/lip products/ face products and finally eyes.



To avoid this getting really long, from this group I recommend:

  • Eyebrow kit - does the job well.
  • Curlers - they do an amazing job
  • Cream liner - inexpensive alternative to the rest on the market
  • Mineral eye primer - lots of people have compared this to the UDPP, I may do a post comparing the 2
  • The tweezers - I've never had a high end tweezer to compare it to but it does the job perfectly




Both the golden bronzer and the studio blush in Peachy Keen are great. All very shimmery so they don't get much use but I use the lightest shade from the quad as a highlighter. I have had the matte bronzer and blush from the £1.50 range which I have since given away.

I like all of the lip products I have. As I have mentioned in my lip balm post I love the elf lip balm. The glosses as you can see above are fairly pigmented which I really like however they can be a bit sticky. I also have the mineral lipstick in bare brown (not pictured above) which is really moisturising and pigmented.

(I'LL BE SURE TO ADD SHADE NAMES WHEN I GET THE CHANCE)


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE MINERAL BOOSTER (yes to the extent that only caps lock would convey my love). This is a bold statement but I sold my MAC MSF natural because I preferred this and the MAC was sat in my drawer. Put on top of the MAC face & body, this is the most gorgeous pairing on camera.

  • The ELF mineral primer is also perfect for my dry skin. I really thing it would be too oily for oilier skins but it helps avoid any flakiness on my dry skin.
  • My mum is a fan of the foundation but uses the shade lighter than almond (pictured above) which is caramel. The foundation comes with a pump which isn't bad considering the price.
  • The concealer and highlighter duo is OK, nothing too rave about but it isn't thick so is easy to blend.
  • I like the mineral foundation, I just dust a bit on my face with the kabuki brush instead of building it up which could look quite cakey.
  • I also have the studio concealer (which I forgot to add in the photo) - Mine broke really quickly so I haven't given it a fair go but I find it quite drying on my dry skin.


This is the 100 piece limited edition Xmas palette. There's plenty of colours with some being more pigmented than others but I find the ELF shadows to be quite chalky.




I LOVE the ELF studio brushes. I didn't realise I had so many. I recommend them to anyone who asks what to get from ELF for their first order. The notable ones I recommend:
  • Studio powder brush - there are plenty of reviews for this online. People use it to buff in liquid foundation as it is very dense.
  • Kabuki brush - this is SO soft!
  • Studio 'C' brush - perfect to pack on and blend harsh colours
I'm not a big fan of the stippling brush myself. Other than the eye shadow and blending eye brush there's not many I'd recommend from the normal range.

Summary

Phewwwwwwwwww and that is my ELF round up. In summary I reaaallly really like ELF! You just have to make sure you review items before buying anything.

I am going to make an order to get some of the new things. What do you recommend ladies?

Till next time...Toodles! x