Sunday, 1 February 2015

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes

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Top to bottom: Nude Mauve, Seductive Pink and Alluring Rose 

Max Factor is one of those brands that I haven't looked at in years, I often find myself wandering past the stand just purely as the brand has never enticed me in before. However after hearing how the Creme Puff Blushers make a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers I couldn't want to spy these in my local Boots, after all who loves a good high street dupe? 

The Creme Puff Blushers are described as multi-tonal shades designed to blend and build effortless to achieve the perfect sweep of colour. The multi-tonal pigments blend effortless for a gorgeous flush of colour. The range consists of six colours which merge two tones rather like a highlighter and blusher combination, designed to work with all skin-tones. Packaging wise it's very simple yet effective, I love the gold trim around the casing and make the perfect product for travelling as they are lightweight. 

I was a little confused by the name of this initially, as you'd expect a cream formula. Instead the baked formula is rather smooth and contains multi-tonal pigments which illuminate and liven up your skin. Once applied these are very soft on the cheek and feel velvety to touch, the shades are really easy to wear and blend fabulously so you can either wear for a subtle hint of colour or a little heavier for a flush of colour.

When swatching these in Boots I was surprised to see how pigmented all the shades were, even the paler of the six was still packed with colour. I was a little apprehensive when applying Alluring Rose as it is definitely on the darker bronzier side of the scope, but if you are a little heavier handed these blend and buff really easily, so you don't have to worry about topping your blusher with powder to tone it down. I noticed that when wearing these throughout the day the colour remains strong and towards the end of the day when my makeup is looking a little in need of help I still notice a hint of shimmer from the blush that leaves my cheeks looking healthy.

I opted for three of the blushers, and let me tell you I love all six shades it was hard to narrow it down to my favourite three! Nude Mauve is a combination of a lighter baby skin and mauve rose which when swirled together create a subtle warm pink that is perfect for everyday wear. Seductive Pink is a gorgeous pink coral with peach undertones, which I find when blended helps tone down down the pink leaving a gorgeous coral pink with golden shimmer that always perks my cheeks up - and is very similar to Nars Orgasm. Alluring Rose is the darker of the three and more of a bronzer/blush combination. I find it more on the brown side despite its Rose name, and once applied leaves a gorgeous bronzed glow that would look amazing with a tan. A little definitely goes a long way with this bronzer, so if you are a little heavy handed you will have to be careful with this shade.

Overall I am very impressed by Max Factor's Creme Puff Blushers, they are highly pigmented allowing you the choice of either a healthy glow or flushed cheek. I think these are great dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers, especially if you can't justify £28 on a single blush, and for £8.99 I really think these could rival higher end blushers. I know these are currently on offer in Boots on 3for2 so makes an even better bargain. I know I'll be getting a lot of wear from these, and will be my top picks for when I go on holiday in May!

Have you tried Max Factor's Creme Puff Blushers?

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Launch Event #curlsbestfriend

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On Wednesday I ventured into Birmingham for the Benefit Roller Lash launch event, being a massive fan of Benefit's They're Real mascara already, I couldn't wait to see what they had in store for their latest release. 

Once I arrived at Victoria Square I instantly spotted the huge pink Benefit truck, which looked amazing - who would have thought you could use that to describe a truck?! It gets better, inside the truck I felt as if I were stepping back into a 50's salon. The detail inside the truck was insane, from the 1950's vintage tv sets to the salon equipment decor and roller lash neon light it was a Benefit lovers dream! We were treated to Pink Moet and some scrumptious cupcakes, honestly they know how to make a girl feel welcome!

With each Benebabe dressed to the nines sporting some very cute curly wigs, they spoke to us about the mascara in a lot of detail. It was fab to have a chat with the Benebabes as not only could we learn more about the product but they were on hand for hints and tips in regards to products and application. I was initially shocked to hear that this mascara was in the works way before the infamous 'They Real' mascara, which considering how popular 'They're Real' is, but you know you are onto a winner after they've spent the time to make sure this was right.  

I've been trying out this mascara the past couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled for a review coming shortly! Roller Lash will be launched on February 26th, but if you can't wait until then you can pick a sample sized mascara up with Elle magazine's March edition which is out now. 

It was lovely to meet some more Brummie bloggers, and had a fabulous time with the Benebabes. Are you looking forward to trying Roller Lash?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Pamper Perfection: Yves Rocher

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I don't know about you but since we've left the busy festive season behind I've really been suffering from the January blues, so I have to admit I was in need of a little TLC in the form of a good pamper. The forgetfulness in me always seems to forget about pampering my body with lotions and potions, but that has changed this year, making sure I use lotions and creams daily to give my skin the pampering it needs.

Yves Rocher is a French botanical beauty brand founded in 1959 and ranked as France's number one selling makeup and skincare brand, providing specially-grown botanical beauty products. While I've heard of Yves Rocher, I have to admit that I hadn't actually tried any of their products previously, so naturally I jumped at the chance to give their skin range a shot. 

Starting with the Yves Rocher Organic Oats Silky Cream, I have fallen in love with this product. The texture is so soft and creamy, and applies really easily into the skin, drying within a matter of minutes. One of my main gripes with body lotion is trying a formula and having to stand there (think scarecrow poses) waiting for the lotion to dry, but this sinks into the skin really quickly, and leaves me skin feeling silky soft without any greasiness. I really like the scent of this also it's hard to explain but it's very natural, without being too overpowering which is great but still enough power to leave a subtle scent on the skin. I can't help but mention also that I am in love with the jar style packaging, which will make a great recycle once I've finished the lotion. For £13.50 it is slightly pricey (for what I'd pay anyway) but I find that this feels quite luxurious on the skin and definitely worth every penny!

I was most intrigued by the Yves Rocher Anti-fatigue Ice Gel, packed with lavender and peppermint this is designed for your legs and feet. I always end up neglecting my feet, which I know I shouldn't as they suffer a lot of pressure during the day so I knew this was going to be a must have product. Once applied I found the cooling effect really lovely and soothing on my feet, and the texture wasn't too sticky as I did imagine having to swing my feet over my bed for a good 20 mins - not the case. I find this the perfect bedtime treat for my feet and for £5.00 is a life saver. 

Next up a winter essential, in the form of Yves Rocher's Long-lasting Moisturising Hand Cream. This has been a lifesaver for me, from the first use I noticed a big improvement leaving my hands a lot softer. When you apply this it doesn't feel sticky nor do you have to wait ages for it to sink into the skin, I love the scent of this it's quite floral and for £3.90 makes the perfect addition for any handbag.

Last but not least the Yves Rocher Fizzy bath cube, now I will say don't be put off by the size of this as I was to begin with in comparison to bigger bath bombs. I couldn't believe how well this fizzed when placed in the bath, creating a milky and bubbly bath. The only negative thing for me would be the scent as I'm not a big fan of coconut scent and just found it a little overpowering for my liking. However if you are a fan of coconut you will love this, as the scent is strong for such a little bath cube and for £1.50 is an absolute steal!

Overall I have fell in love with Yves Rocher and can see why they are so highly rated, for natural products they have really impressed me. These are perfect for a pampering night in, and would recommend giving their site a gander as they have a lot of products on offer. Have you tried Yves Rocher before? What are your favourite products from their range?
*PR Sample

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

MAC Cinderella Collection

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If there is one thing I love it has to be a MAC / Disney collaboration, and the latest offerings come in the shape of the new Cinderella film. So naturally I cannot wait for this collection and thought I'd share with you all a little snippet of the 2015 Spring collection.

To tie in with the release of Disney's Cinderella MAC will be releasing strong collection inspired by the princess favourite. I'm still 50/50 when it comes to the packaging, after loving the sleek look of the Maleficent range I'm just not sure on the powder blue. Yeah this reflects Cinderella but I just don't think I'll be sure until I see the range in person. I love that everything in this collection is natural as it makes a very wearable range, and I always fall back to neutrals when in doubt, so imagine I'll be getting a lot of wear from this collection.

Included in the range will be:

Royal Ball (Lustre) and Secret Lover (Lustre)

Happily Ever After and Glass Slipper

Beauty Powder: 
Mystery Princess

Iridescent Powder:
Coupe D'Chic

Little Black Bow and Macroviolet

Studio Fix Lash Mascara:
Bold Black

Eyeshadow 6 shade palette

Evil Stepmother, Pretty It Up

Studio Eye Gloss: 
Lightly Tauped, Pearl Varnish

Reflects Pearl

Limited edition 168 Brush and 217 Brush

The range will be available from March 2015. Are you looking forward to MAC's Cinderella collection?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

A Lush Valentines Day: The Kiss Lip Scrub

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It may feel like on two minutes ago I was blogging about the Lush Valentines Day collection, however I couldn't resist blogging about my second favourite release from their collection: The Kiss Lip Scrub. As someone who regularly bites her lips to the points of ripping the skin off I am obsessed with the Lush Lip Scrubs as they gently remove any chapped or dead skin helping to break my naughty habit. 

The Lush The Kiss lip scrub is described as a deliciously sweet and perfectly pink scrub, containing caster sugar, sea salt, edible red hearts and hundreds and thousands will polish your pout and keep your lips kissable. 

When I first tried this I couldn't put my hand on what the scent and flavour reminded me of, it was only until the other day it hit me - Love Heart sweets! The scrub itself is very sweet making it hard to resist licking it off once applied. I really love that the Kiss Lip Scrub contains little edible hearts and colourful sprinkles, now while they do fall on the gimmicky side I have to admit I do like gimmicks - yes the little things! The sweeter additions prove to be a little messy, but it's very fun to play with when applying and licking off - I'm one of those people. 

Using this scrub a couple of times each week has definitely improved the state of my chapped lips, combined with a lip balm I'm on my way to softer lips. I will admit it can be a little sore depending on how badly chapped your lips are, but if you buff gently over your lips you will notice that they are not only flake free but appear healthier. 

A lot of people debate that this product is very expensive considering the ingredients used and the scrub costing £5.50, however for me I find that these tubs will last up until their expiry date even with frequent use so for that I think they make a great bargain, and lets be honest I'm too lazy to try and create my own. 

Overall as a fan of the Bubblegum Lip Scrub, the Kiss has rivalled and beaten its way to my favourite Lush lip scrub. This is my favourite scent and taste to date, as I am a fan of sweeter scents this is the perfect sugary treat. 

Have you tried the Kiss Lip Scrub? If not, what is your favourite lip scrub?