1. Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Eye Palette – $65 (£44)
2. Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Bright Raspberry – £19.50
5. OPI You’re Such a BudaPest Nail Polish – £11.95
6. Essie Nail Color In The Cab-ana – $8.49
7. Bobbi Brown Touch Up Palette – £34
While too much whimsy puts me off (Modcloth springs to mind) Benefit has just enough retro charm to pull you in. While their price point is on par with department store brands their product is accessible and young making it an easy addition into the makeup bags of those who exclusively shop at drugstores.
I generally hate going to makeup counters because I have no self control. I like to chat with the sales ladies but I always feel like a terrible person if I don’t make a purchase from them… probably part of their sales tactic or just my own arbitrary guilt. So I tend to purchase sets with sample sizes of several products to try out at home when I will actually be honest with myself. My most recent purchase was the How To Look The Best At Everything Complexion Kit in ‘Light’.
Aside from being adorable (someday I will have decent lighting) this kit has everything I want to try inside and costs about the same as one full size product does. Let me break it down for you…
POREfessional Primer: First up is the primer. I always use primer when applying foundation because my skin is terribly oily and terribly dry at the same time. So far I like this. Usually I use a oil reducing primer but I haven’t found my face to be any more shiny using this. I am not sure if my pores look smaller but my makeup feels secure on my face! Full size retails for £24.50 here.
Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation: Finding a good foundation has been a struggle for me. Usually I go for a medium weight coverage because it does a decent job covering redness while not looking caked on. This foundation is nice, blends well and feels good but is a bit light. If paired with the concealer and powder it works well but on its own is not enough. Full size retails for £26.50 here.
Boi-ing Concealer: Probably my favourite part of this set is the two containers of this concealer. First off, having two shades of concealer is SO essential when covering different areas of the face. Life = changed. This stuff is light, blendable and covers beautifully. My current concealer is so sub-par compared to this product. I think I’m in love. Full size retails for £17.50 here.
Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover Up: The final product in the set is also the final product you would put on your face. I usually switch between setting my look with a translucent powder and a coloured powder depending on the foundation I am wearing. This powder is silky and works great with the other products in the set. While I would definitely use this on its own, the set works best when used together. Full size retails for £25.50 here.
Overall I really love this set and the products inside and would definitely spend the money on the full size options, but I’m glad I could try them all out before committing to that purchase. Try it out for yourself for only £25.50 in three different shades for light, medium and deep skin tones. You can also probably go to you local Benefit counter to get a demo before buying! Happy shopping.
I am obsessed with pastel shades every spring. While I never actually incorporate the colours into my wardrobe because I pretty much exclusively wear black, I love working them into my beauty routine.
Before I moved to the UK I had a nail polish collection that was out of control. But since I couldn’t bring it all over I had to part with all but a handful of shades. Since my great Essie colours are gone (and way more expensive over here) I had to find something new.
While on the hunt for a great lilac colour at Boots I came across the new Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint. The palette of colours is exclusively spring with just about every pastel shade you could ask for. I selected a few shades I loved and gave it a try.
So far I haven’t been super into any UK brand nail polish as much as Essie or OPI but I’ve heard some good things about Barry M. The colours are great and with two coats pretty much flawless looking. The best part is the quick drying time because it lets you get on with your life much faster. These are much better than other Barry M polishes I have in both colour and quality (the glittery ones take like 8 coats to get the desired colour). And if I can stop myself from picking it off, the paint stays on for a good while without cracking or chipping.
Here are the shades I am loving the most! Right now you can get them at Boots for only £3.99 each and take advantage of the 3 for 2 promo!
Long time no blog! It’s hard keeping a blog updated when you do the same thing for work. Work has a way of making things you used to love seem like a chore. But anyway, I am back to enlighten you and perhaps help you make better buying choices.
I have a round, shapeless face. I mean I’m sure I have cheekbones but I’ve never seen them. So this whole contouring trend had piqued my interest. At first I was attempting the look with some baked bronzer I have but I really wanted to do it right so I looked for better options.
At first I was drawn to high-end brands, as always, like the Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Kit (which still looks amazing) but at $40 I couldn’t bring myself to buy. So I kept looking. I found a good looking one from Smashbox but again, £35 aka hella expensive. I was determined to find a kit specifically made for contouring rather than just using blush or bronzer and I stumbled upon Barry M Chiseled Cheeks Contour Kit. My experience with Barry M brand cosmetics is limited since it’s not available in the US but for £6.49 I said “what the hell” and bought it.
This stuff is painfully easy to use and it’s spelled out for you on the guide if you are completely clueless. As you can see it’s made up of 3 colors of brown in a gradient. The darkest color goes in the hollows of your cheeks and creates the illusion of depth to bring out your cheekbones. They work together to make certain parts of your face stand out more while not looking like an obvious cosmetic illusion.
All in all I really like this. The lighting in my apartment is awful so I have no photos to prove it works but really the only way it wouldn’t work is if you did it wrong. Just remember to blend, blend, blend! I use a foundation brush to apply and blend because I feel it’s the best brush suited but I’m sure an angled or kabuki brush would be fine. I would just stay away from big blush brushes. It is meant to look natural. I do wonder if a cream contour kit would be easier and more effective but for the price this is quite worth it.
One issue I have is that this kit was the only color option. What about people who aren’t, I don’t know, white? I feel like that’s a question for every cosmetics company.