Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Flawless brows with Benefit Cosmetics

LtoR: Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow, Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof brow pencil, Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, my brow eyebrow pencil, Benefit Cosmetics ready, set, BROW! Clear brow gel

I think it's safe to say that over the past couple of years my brow routine has significantly changed, gone are the days of self plucking, and trying to fill them in with no idea what I was doing and now I find myself spending more time filling my brows in then anything else and regularly visiting my trusty Benefit brow bar for regular waxes and tints.  

When it comes to brow products, Benefit Cosmetics have always been one of my go to brands as let's face it they have been focusing on brows for long enough - they first launched in 1976 - and to be honest I've yet to come across a product I didn't like. Since Benefit launched their highly anticipated new 12 piece brow collection, ranging from revamped classics to new brow products to help create the perfect brows - I couldn't wait to explore their new offerings!

Firstly, I'm going to mention the revamped packaging which I absolutely adore! I love the whole magical vibe and the silver packaging definitely does stand out amongst my makeup collection. I've always liked that Benefit are out there with their packaging and it's just so fun - what's not to love?

Benefit Ka-Brow is described as an all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel that easily fills, sculpts and defines the brow. This little pot is amazing for creating a sculpted, dramatic brow within a matter of minutes! The formula applies so seamlessly and effortlessly, and is even waterproof for up to 24 hours, so you can apply your brows in the morning and not worry about them smudging away during the day, which is a big plus as I'm definitely guilty of rubbing my brows throughout the day. The packaging also needs a mention as it's so handy, the pot comes with a hidden in the lid built-in angled brush, which converts to full-size brush for precise control and is perfect for travelling. 

Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil is a super easy filling and shaping eyebrow pencil, featuring a custom, non-sharpen 'goof-proof' tip, soft colour and a glide-on formula for easy and fast brow filling. The triangular shaped tip is perfect for brow novices as this is just so easy to use and foolproof. The flat tip is great for filling in sparse areas of the brow, whist the thinner point helps to draw singular hair strokes. I love that the pencil also comes with a built-in spoolie brush to help blend the product through the brow for a more polished and natural finish.

Benefit Precisely, my brow eyebrow pencil is an ultra-fine eyebrow pencil which draws incredibly natural-looking, hair-like strokes that lasts for 12 hours. As my brows are on the sparser side of the spectrum I love to use a pencil with a sharp nib, and this definitely hits the spot! I love that you can outline your brows perfectly, and finish your brows with sharp and clean ends. Don't be put off either by the thin nib, as this still fills in the brows quickly and naturally, and it really helps you focus on those areas that need a little bit more product to fill your brows out. This also comes with a built-in spoolie brush, which helps to blend the product through the brow for a more polished and natural appearance. 

Benefit ready, set, BROW! Is a 24 hour clear brow gel which shapes and tames the brow whilst locking on makeup so brows don't disappear. The wand is more like a plastic mascara wand, which is easy to apply and gives a more precise application, coating the brows fully and because the wand is thin I don't end up with any gel around my brows like I sometimes do with Gimme Brow. The consistency of the gel is quite thin, which I didn't expect, however I find that this actually works better in comparison to other thicker brow gels, setting quickly without any crunchy-ness. 

Overall I've really been impressed by the new additions to Benefit's brow collection, I love that there is a product for everyone and whilst the colour selection has expanded finding a colour to suit has never been easier. For example I use shade 3, and this means that I will be shade 3 throughout the whole range.

Have you tried any of Benefit's new brow collection?


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Harrods luxury gift with purchase


I love a good gift with purchase, especially when it's beauty related, and it seems that over the past few years many beauty brands have jumped on board launching gift promotions. However I don't think any are impressive as the Harrods luxury gift with purchase!

The gift with purchase set comes with a vast array of luxury beauty products and samples from high end brands! From Diptyque to By Terry to Marc Jacobs to Huda Beauty, there's a range of beauty favourites and much more!

To get the beauty gift you had to spend £250 of more in the Harrods beauty department, and by doing so you got your hands on this fab range of goodies.

The gift includes:
  • Pink tote bag and cosmetics pouch
  • Beauty Blender Blotterazzi
  • By Terry Baume de Rose Protection Intense mini
  • Decleor 1000 Grains Body Exfoliator, 50ml
  • Diptyque Tubereuse, 70g
  • Eve Lom Cleanser, 30ml
  • Givency Rouge Interdit vinyl mini
  • Huda Beauty Samantha Lashes
  • Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo, 30ml
  • Marc Jacobs Mascara, 5g
  • Natural Bisse Essential Shock Hand Cream, 5ml
  • ReVive Intense Volumising Serum, 3ml
  • Rodial Pink Diamond Serum, 5ml
  • Sensai Cellular Performance Day Cream, 8ml
  • Shiseido Anti-Spot Serum, 9ml
  • Sisley Ecological Compound, 10ml
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, 30ml
Are you a fan of gift with purchase promotions?


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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Artis dupe alert? Primark PS Pro oval brushes

Artis dupe alert? Primark PS Pro oval brushes, Primark PS Pro Oval Brushes
LtoR: Primark PS Pro Large Blending Brush, PS Pro Medium Blending Brush, PS Pro Small Blending Brush

I've always been a big fan of Primark, and it seems that recently Primark have really upped their game in the beauty and home department. Especially with the release of their new PS PRO range of oval shaped makeup brushes, which appear to be the perfect dupe for high-end Artis oval brushes but at prices more likely to rival that of eBay - I just couldn't resist! 

Oval brushes have proved a big hit since Kylie Jenner shared with the world that this style was her to go to apply moisturiser, and naturally the world went crazy, trying to get their hands on the Artis oval brushes. But let's be honest not everyone can spend £40+ on a single brush, so when I saw these in Primark curiosity got the better of me. 

I've never tried anything from the Primark beauty range before so I wasn't too sure on what to expect, however from first impression I knew I was onto a winner. The synthetic bristles are densely packed together and feel so soft again the skin, working wonders to buff makeup into the skin for a seamless and airbrushed finish. My foundation routine has never been so quick thanks to the large blending brush, a simple couple of pumps onto the brush and you're in buffing heaven. I've never come across a brush that blends liquid products into the skin so quickly, and look so flawless at the same time. 

The oval brush range comes in three sizes: small, medium and large - you've got to love the simplicity of Primark. The small blending brush is perfect for blending eyeshadow, or applying concealer around smaller areas on the face, or those hard to reach areas such as around your nose. The medium blending brush is the perfect all rounder, you can use this for foundation, blush, contour and highlight. Lastly the large blending brush is my favourite for foundation application, and great for applying bronzer across the temples. 

I've only washed the larger brush at the moment, but I've found combined with my trusty Dr Bronner soap, it has definitely retained both its shape and softness. However you do need to make sure you give these a good thorough wash as it does have the tendency to hold product, and make sure you have completely washed the brush clean. 

In terms of the brush design, I will admit the head feels a little weak when buffing product into the skin, so you will need to be a little more careful with the top. I tend to hold the brush at the top for that extra protection, just out of fear of it snapping - as my Primark sold out of these brushes within a couple of hours. But let's be honest if it does snap I'd rather replace a £4 brush than a £40+ brush. 

Overall I've been really impressed with the new range of oval brushes from Primark, and what I love about these is the fact that the quality is so similar to MAC and Artis brushes, which is sometimes a rarity when it comes to dupes as you often find the product looks the same yet fails to match the quality. I love how quick and flawless application is thanks to these brushes, and my trusty Real Technique brushes have been relegated. With prices starting from £2.50 and the largest brush only costing £4, these make a great affordable high street dupe!

Have you picked up these brushes yet? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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