Saturday, 12 August 2017

July Beauty Favourites

Hello Lovelies! And a special hello to my new followers who have joined me on bloglovin recently! I hope you are enjoying my slightly improved photography skills - I got a new camera for my birthday and I'm starting to learn it's different settings. If anyone has any tips for using the Sony A5000, then let me know. I've put together a selection of my current favourites that have really worked for me through out the last month, I love watching these types of youtube videos and finding out about products that people genuinely recommend. Let me know in the comments if any of you have tried any of these products to? Or if you have any similar or better recommendations, I'd love to hear about them! 

1 - Dior Hydra Life samples - A little while ago my mum bought me the Miss Dior perfume, and included in the gift bag was various samples of Dior skincare products, including the Dior Hydra Life Creme Sorbet. It's not until recently that I decided to give them a try as I was on the hunt for a good every day moisturiser that worked well with my skin type. This Dior cream is so so soft yet not greasy in the slightest like moisturisers can sometimes feel initially. It feels so silky and light. My only issue I had was that throughout the month, my skin type does change slightly and becomes more oily in my T-zone area. No matter what moisturiser I try, it makes it so much worse underneath make-up - usually I would be better avoiding moisteriser all together during these times. So, when I went to the Dior counter to ask about full size pricing, I took some samples of the gel based moisturiser, which is actually cheaper. I personally so far don't like this one as much, but i'll keep you updated. 

2 - Umberto Gianni Micracle Worker serum - i'd never tried any of Umberto Gianni products before until I saw that boots had a multiple buy offer so I picked up some hair spray and serum to try. This serum has worked miracles on my hair in terms of smoothing down and adding shine. Especially on the ends of my hair where the bleach has dried it out, this serum will sort this out for me and will keep it like this, all day, and even the following day. As i'm writing this I just added some to my hair after straightening and my hair feels so soft! 

3 - Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser/Toner - I picked this up when I nipped to the Coop supermarket one evening when I was having a particularly bad skin day, I just wanted a treat for my skin so bought this for about £2 on offer. I have been massaging it into my skin each evening with clean fingers and then use a cotton wool pad to wipe away the dirt, I do this after taking my make up off inititially with a make up wipe, or on no make-up days when I feel my skin is a little greasy. It honestly leaves me skin feeling so soft and fresh. Not like a face mask does, more like a soft moisturiser but it has cleansed your skin and toned it at the same time. 

4 - NYX Angel Veil primer - If you haven't tried or heard of this yet then you must be living under a rock. It's a little pricey against other NYX products for the size you get but it's worth it as you really only need the smallest amount on the areas of your skin with the most visible pores. It is so soft and is oil free so doesn't add to the problem areas on my more oilier skin days. This product under my make up, makes my foundation last all day without patching up. In the weekdays for work I use Rommel wake me up foundation, and this on its own can smudge off in places e.g. Round my nose, even with setting powder.  Put the angel veil on before and it'll last all day. 

5 - NARS Blush - So the pictures don't do this great justice due to my bedroom lighting but this is actually the Orgasm shade. This was part of my birthday present from my brother, and like every girl and her cat, I can't get enough of it. Previously I was mixing two shades from the Nip & Fab blush palette which makes a great dupe for this. But I wanted something a little more special and I love the tiny bits of glitter, they aren't obvious at all, but give a nice subtle glow. Plus the packaging is so nice! 

6 - Maybeline Fit Me Concealer - I bought this in shade 15 weeks and weeks ago and i honestly did not get on well with it - at least not in the way I would have usually applied concealer. However, over the last month, I have started to just do a small, sort of U shape, at the lowest part of my dark circles under my eyes. I then blend this with a beauty blender, then apply my Rimmel concealer on top. The Maybeline concealer brightens up the dark area and then the Rimmel gives me the coverage. This tip, I actually stole from Laura Lee's youtube video from a while back on how to conceal in collaboration with Maybeline and - it works!! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Benefit Hula Liquid Bronzer Review

Hey Guys!! So how quick is this year going? like seriously. One minute it was my birthday back in June and now its already entering August. Speaking of my birthday, one of the lovely gifts I received was the Hula Liquid Bronzer by Benefit. I am normally a powder bronzer kind of girl, my fav. being the standard Hula bronzer that i've used since a teenager, but seeing as its now part of my collection, and stands out in beautiful packaging, I felt a review was in order, as i'm sure there is more of you out there that would normally only consider powdered bronzing products. 

So first impressions - the packaging is gorgeous. You can see from the pictures, its really eye catching against other products, with a bamboo like effect. On the packaging, the product is described as a 'lightweight texture', 'shimmerless' and a 'natural look that's so shear and seamless' and the directions for use are to smooth onto bare skin or over foundation - easy enough :). The product works with a normal finger pump, similar to foundation. Colour wise, I wouldn't say the product is very dark, more like a tanned foundation colour. This worried me a little as my skin tone is fairly tanned naturally, seeing the colour on my skin made me wonder how much of it will show up whe. I used it with foundation.

Due to the initial colour swatch, my first application idea was to try the bronzer without any make-up whatsoever as more of a facial tan/tint for days when I didn't want to wear much make-up. I used two pumps and massaged it with my fingers across the face, the feel of it was similar to foundation, but the coverage more like a tinted moisturiser but without the sticky moisturiser feeling.  It didn't show as much as I thought it would, but it still gave a subtle bronzed glow which would make me feel more confident going out in public make-upless.

As suspected, with make up, it was hard to see initially as the colour of my foundation was only a few shades lighter. I used a foundation/contour brush to draw on the bronzed area, it was buildable and gave a subtle glow. I did then add my normal bronzer on top, which did definitely add more definition. I liked the way it looked as an every day natural look. I think it would look even better if I had a less full coverage foundation and went even more natural. I also think it would look even better on lighter skin tones, as then you would get maximum impact if you were using it as a contour base for your powder bronzer. I'd also like to try mixing it in with a lighter foundation - I do have one for winter, when I'm a little paler - this might be nice to try with as a subtle tan throughout the colder months. 

To conclude, I think this is a beautiful product in beautiful packaging,  a shout out goes to my girls, Lucy and Jess for including this in my birthday present :) I will probably use this product more on its own that with foundation, especially as having make-up free days is something I am building more confidence with. I'll keep you posted!

Have any of you tried the Hula liquid bronzer? What do you think?