I’m all for trying out new products, especially when it comes to mascara. I’m always on the hunt for a new product to top my favourite Benefit They’re Real- preferably one that’s cheaper too! L’Oréal’s… More
When I was younger, Benefit was the first ‘high end’ makeup brand that I tried. It all started with the Boi-Ing Concealer, a pretty heavy duty product that banishes those dark circles. From that I was hooked, and slowly I branched out and fell in love with their products. Today I’ll be chatting about my favourite Benefit makeup products that are tried and tested and always make an appearance in my makeup routine.
- Roller Lash
- Watt’s Up!
- Lemon Aid
- Goof Proof Brow Pencil
Dandelion was one of the first blushers I fell in love with. Although Benefit describes this product as a brightening face powder that can be used on cheeks as a soft blush or swept all over the face to brighten your complexion, I tend to only use this as a highlighting blusher. It is a ballerina pink colour that adds a dusting of colour. I find it really complements my skin tone as well.
Although Benefit’s They’re Real Lengthening Mascara is in my top all time favourite mascaras, it came a close second to Benefit’s Roller Lash! Roller Lash is a lengthening and curling mascara in one. I think the idea behind this mascara was to banish the need for lash curler prior to application of the mascara- which means time saving which I’m all about! I love mascaras with delicate rubber applicators, and I find this brush is perfect for grabbing, separating and lifting my lashes. It is also water resistant, and I find I don’t get that smudging around my lower lash line that I often get with other mascaras. Over all Roller Lash works very well for my lashes, it’s very easy to apply and gives an amazing curl.
The Watt’s Up! Cream highlighter is a gorgeous champagne soft focus highlighter that I find complements and adds dimension to my face. It’s very easy to apply and blend out. Benefit says it has a ‘cream to powder finish’. I use this highlighter over top of my foundation and blend with my Beauty Blender, or on a bare face when I just want a little glow.
I’m going to be honest with you all, I rarely use an eyelid primer! Yes I know it adds longevity to your eye shadow and allows the colour to be more pigmented, but truth is I either don’t have time or I forget. I have however tried various eyelid primers and Benefit’s Lemon Aid is hands down my favourite. This eyelid primer colour corrects, which I really like as my eyelids tend to be quite red. The warm yellow tones in this primer really does cancel out any redness and evens out discolouration. I’ll pop some of the primer on with my ring finger and blend out before applying eyeshadow, I like how gives a good base so that not only the eye shadow is applied evenly, but it allows the eye look to last longer. However, sometimes I’ll just leave the primer on it’s own, I find it brightens up my eye area and makes me look more awake!
Last, but not least, is Benefit’s Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil. Apart from tinted brow mascaras, this is the first proper brow pencil I have used. My brows are quite thick and dark so I never felt the need to fill them in. However, I thought I would give it a go for extending the tail of my brow or evening them out. My Sister recomended this product to me and I’m so glad she did. The angled, no sharpen tip glides on almost effortlessly so it really is ‘goof proof’. I love the built in spoolie so handy and perfect for blending in the product too.
What are your favourite Benefit products? I love recommendations.
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I love Bourjois’ products, I think that their range is brilliant for natural classic makeup. I’m a big fan of their Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, and when I saw their Happy Light Foundation I thought I would give it a try. I love natural, dewy makeup and I’m all over a foundation that offers this.
Bourjois claims that the Happy Light foundation “gives a luminous and flawless complexion in any light. Its translucent pigments correct without masking giving your complexion a flawless radiance. Its supple texture glides smoothly onto the skin for a flawless complexion with no caking.”
On first appearance I loved everything about the packaging. The cute smile logo is perfect, and I love the colours on the bottle. I love foundations that come with a built in pump (= practical and less mess!) and it’s compact size is perfect for any makeup bag.
I found the range of shades from Bourjois to be spot on, especially for pale skin like myself! As with all Bourjois products it smells lovely.
On application I found the product very runny on application, however it blended out so well! I tried blending with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, as well as the Beauty Blender, and got a great result.
I found that the foundation gave a very light coverage, and added more of a tint of colour and a nice glow to my complexion. To combat this I added another layer, and this helped to cover any blemishes and give better coverage. The foundation is build able without ending up looking cakey!
From BB to CC creams, to tinted moisturisers. I got a little bit confused when it came to something lighter to wear as a makeup base. I love foundation, especially when I want a bit of extra coverage, however, I find it can be a bit heavy at times. So when I want a lighter ‘no makeup’ base I like to opt for one of these little beauties…
These 5 creams all work differently, but they all make an appearance at some point in my makeup routine when I’m looking for a natural base.
First up is my old favourite, NIVEA Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream. I’ve used this for years and I still reach for this product. It gives my skin a bit of a boost with moisture, and adds a hint of colour which I feel matches really well. It also has SPF 15 which is an added bonus.
The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Cream Gel has SPF 30 which is amazing for a tinted moisturiser. I read lots of brilliant reviews and had to try it. The one thing I regret is that I think I bought the product in a shade too dark, but come the Summer time it will match well with a bit of a tan. So I would probably recommend asking the staff at Bare Minerals to match you. The coverage is decent with this product, but like any tinted moisturisers it’s more to give you a tint and a bit of glow.
The Chanel CC Cream was a wonder find for me. A friend recomended it to me last year and I didn’t look back. However, it is highly perfumed so I’d be a bit wary if you have sensitive skin. It gives amazing coverage for a CC cream and conceals redness very well. The one drawback I found is that it dries out my skin slightly on my cheeks, but I still really love the cream. It also has SPF 50! The highest one out of these creams.
Next up are two drug store buys; Rimmel London BB Cream Radiance & L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream.
The Rimmel BB Cream is a good light coverage base, it has SPF 20 as well, and I find it gives a nice glow to my complexion. I have the shade ‘light’.
I wanted to try L’Oreal’s BB Cream for a long time. I was amazed by how the white cream magically turned into the correct shade for your skin! A little goes a long way with this cream, and it gives good coverage.
These products all differ in texture and coverage, and I find that some work better for my skin when it’s drier, for example in the Winter months, or when it’s doing better and I’m not having a flare up with my eczema. But I love being able to just pop a little bit of the product on to complete a quick natural look!
I love blog award nominations! I think they’re such a fun way to connect with other bloggers and channel a little bit of your personality into your blog. I was kindly nominated for the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ by Fun Fashion Freedom , thank you so much!
The “Mystery Blogger Award” was started by Enigma, which is a good initiative for all those bloggers who are starting out.
I’ve nominated 5 lovely bloggers at the end of this post.
1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post(s).
3 Things About Myself:
1. I’m addicted to peppermint tea!
2. I’m Scottish and Canadian- I was born in Scotland and my Mum is Canadian. I lived in Canada for several years when I was younger as well.
3. My favourite musicals have to be South Pacific or Mama Mia.
5 Questions from my nominee:
- What are your future goals for your blog?
I’d love to keep writing about things that I enjoy. I hope to share more of my own recipes for baking, branch out into fitness as I’m on my own fitness journey, and write more reviews on a wider variety of beauty products.
- What is the funniest incident that has ever happened with you?
This was a tough one! Probably because any funny incidents that have happened to me I try to forget because they’re so embarrassing!
- Name your favourite movie.
Dirty Dancing, hands down!
- What is the first thing you would do if you were a guy/girl?
Pee standing up! How efficient would that be? Hahah!
- Name the colour which aptly describes you.
Probably my favourite colour, pink!
5 Questions for my nominees:
- Are you a cat or a dog person?
- Top 3 Netflix/TV series?
- If you were stranded on a desert island, what one beauty product would you have?
- What is your favourite Disney film?
- Do you have any nicknames?
Thank you again Fun Fashion Freedom for my nomination!
Since I stopped subscribing to Birch Box a few months ago, I was on the hunt for my next subscription box. I read lots of reviews and posts about lots of different types of monthly boxes, but I just couldn’t make up my mind! I finally decided to try the Pink Parcel. I thought it would be a nice pick me up to make that time of the month a little bit better.
If you haven’t heard of Pink Parcel before, they are a period subscription box & monthly beauty box. They conveniently deliver your box a date that is closest to your period each month, and supply you with plenty of your chosen tampons or sanitary towels, as well as a little box of goodies.
Signing up to Pink Parcel is super easy. I headed over to their website, created my account and filled in a few details. I picked out whether I wanted tampons or towels and chose my favourite brand (they actually have pretty much every brand out there!). I then chose one out of three of their delivery dates that were closest to my period. My first box this month was delivered about 4 days before I was due, but its good that the dates are flexible for if you aren’t always regular.
The nice thing about the boxes (like other monthly subscription boxes) are that you don’t know what you’re going to get each month. It’s a little surprise to look forward to!
So heres what I got inside my first Pink Parcel for February…
Yuyo Yerba Peppermint Tea – It seems like Pink Parcel know me too well already! I’m a peppermint tea addict. It’s perfect for settling an upset tummy, and so refreshing to sip away on.
Cite Nail Polish
Divine White Chocolate Bar– Who doesn’t love a little (or a lot!) of chocolate?
Lavorio Fondant Lovelies
Pom Heart Hoop Necklace– This necklace is so gorgeous and delicate.
Merci Handy Toothpaste in Berry Cool
Soap’n’skin Himalayan Bath Salts– I adore anything bath related. These smell so fresh and will be perfect to soak in.
Trifle Cosmetics Buttercream Hydrating Body Lotion
Vitamasques Pomegranate Moisturing Korean Face Mask– I love sheet masks, they provide all the benefits of a relaxing face mask without the mess. I stocked up on Sephora’s masks when I was in Florida, so I can’t wait to try this one out and see how it fares.
As you can see there are lots of little treats to make Aunt Flow’s visit a bit nicer! My favourite from this month’s box has to be the Ciate Nail Polish, I love nude colours and this pale pink is perfect.
I received a good supply of towels to keep me going. They popped a good mix of liners and towels for night time as well which was nice. I also got a little velvet bag to keep in my handbag for them which is very smart. I think the best bit about signing up to Pink Parcel is not having to worry about making sure you have pads at home and knowing that you won’t run out each month.
I’m planning on keeping my subscription with Pink Parcel so I’ll provide reviews on each monthly box.
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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share with you my favourite things from the first month of 2017. January is definitely a time for a new start, and the motivation for getting active is definitely at a high, so there is a few things in my favourites this month that are fitness related!
January started with the Bikini Body Guide 12 Week Challenge, which I am loving! It’s really getting me into a routine with fitness and making exercise a daily thing which I actually look forward to. I had the pleasure of meeting Kayla Itsines, the creator of the Bikini Body Guide, at the start of January in Glasgow at her meet and greet for her new book, the 28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide, she is even more gorgeous in real life (definite goals!!). I’ve been using her Sweat with Kayla App on my iPone which helps even more in following the programme. For the resistance workouts it gives you a video guide on how to perform the exercise, so you can get the correct form.
I’ve been tracking my fitness journey on a separate Instagram account .
With getting more active I have come to discover muscles that I swear I never had before, and this also comes with aches and pains… To help combat this and ease achy muscles I invested in a foam roller. This has definitely changed my life! No joke! I usually do exercises with it on rest days, or just after a work out to help ease the pain the next day. I would definitely recommend looking into getting one of these. I got mine from Amazon for only £9.99.
I got my next favourite for Christmas from my Mum & Dad. I was really getting fed up of tangled up earphones in the gym that got in the way, so I was over the moon when I got wireless bluetooth headphones.
Next up is another Christmas gift, I got this gorgeous mermaid Starbucks travel cup from my Sister. I’ve loving it in the mornings for taking a cup of hot peppermint tea into work. Definitely helps with the dark mornings!
My last favourite has featured in my blog before, the Pixi Glow Tonic. I’ve been using this once a day to help renew my dull Winter skin. It’s snuck it’s way into my daily skin care routine and I don’t think it will be leaving any time soon!
What have you guys been loving this month?
I love making my makeup routine a little bit quicker and easier, and Benefit’s new lip range does just that. The Big Sexy Lip Kit contains 4 of Benefit’s Double the Lip, they’re new lipstick and liners in one, perfect for when you are indecisive on which shade to wear!
The product claims gives you full looking lips in one quick and easy step. The teardrop shape perfectly fills in your lips- the slimmer part contains a darker liner shade, and the bottom a matching lip shade- defining the whole shape and defining the lip line.
I found the colours very wearable, they did very well to complement each lip shade with a liner. At first I was a bit apprehensive as to if the product would apply well and give the appearance of a complete lip look. But I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did the product glide on smoothly and look lovely, I found it lasted a long time and didn’t run or smudge. My favourite out of the kit has to be the nude pink shade Lusty Rose.
Have you tried Benefit’s Double the Lip? Did you think it gave you the perfect pout? What Benefit products are your favourites?
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