Saturday, 30 January 2016

Week 4 - Seventeen Stay Time Foundation

'This full coverage foundation gives a flawless smooth skin finish'

Over the years I've been through countless different foundations.. some that I've loved and have been discontinued, some that were so hideously cheap that they did far more damage to my skin than any foundation EVER should! For someone who can't go a day without wearing makeup, and wouldn't dream of leaving my house without my full face on... it's important for me to have a foundation that actually looks after my skins whilst making me feel confident. Stay Time doesn't dry my skin out, it isn't oily or greasy, and it doesn't cause breakouts if I accidentally leave it on over night (come on - we've all been there, right?) 

Firstly, it comes in a decent sized bottle (30ml) with a pump that you can twist to lock and unlock. This is really convenient for putting in your makeup bag, as you don't run the risk of loosing the lid or getting foundation over the rest of the makeup in your bag.. which for me, can be an absolute nightmare! Secondly, it comes in an option of 6 different shades - porcelain, soft ivory, fair, natural, biscuit and honey - which I personally think covers quite a varied range of skin tones. I use the shade 'fair' during the winter, then 'natural' during the summer when I actually have a slight hint of a tan (roughly the 3 weeks of our British 'summer'). 

Now onto the actual foundation. To apply it, I use my foundation brush to buff it into my skin which I find blends really smoothly and genuinely does leave me with a flawless looking complexion (as it states on the bottle). It has a  matte finish, which isn't for everyone.. but somehow it also doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. I pair it with the Stay Time Primer (also from the 'Seventeen' range) and it definitely does stay put for the vast majority of my 8 hour day at work. Working in the kitchen of a greasy cafĂ©, I often feel like my skin itself gets quite greasy by the end of a shift, leaving my foundation to disappear slightly. Although I think that this environment would do the same with ANY foundation, so I wouldn't take that as negative.. just a massive downside to my job.

So.. if your anything like me, and you want a full coverage look, or if you just need your foundation to stay put during a busy day - then this one will be perfect for you. However, if you prefer a more subtle foundation on a day to day basis, I'd still suggest giving it a try.. just maybe for a night out or a special occasion when you want to look slightly more glamed up, rather than just during the day. 

This foundation is £6.49 and can be found in all both boots and Superdrug. The Primer that I mentioned from the same range is £5.49, and definitely worth using them together if you want that lasting finish. Let me know what you think in the comment box below guys.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Week 3 - Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

"This sugary perfectly pink polisher keeps lips in tip top condition and tasting of candy floss"

This week's product was a completely random purchase last week. My lips have been so dry and chapped since about November and they just haven't been getting any better. So, when my mum and I went to Chichester I thought I'd pop into Lush and see if they had any lip products I could try. As soon as I smelt this lip scrub I decided instantly that I had to get it! It's a soft scrub that isn't too harsh on the lips, yet makes them feel really nourished and soft after using it. I've never used a lip scrub before so I was very curious as to how it would actually work, but I've been using it 2/3 times a day and I've been loving it SO much!! 

It's handmade with all natural ingredients; caster sugar, organic Jojoba oil, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, colouring and flavouring. The Alpha-isomethyl Ionone is a fragrance ingredient which gives it the strong bubblegum sent and is commonly used in beauty products, including aftershave balms, bath products, moisturiser's and perfumes. Jojoba oil is a unique liquid wax obtained by cold-pressing the seeds of the Jojoba shrub, and is used in 78 Lush products as its an excellent natural moisturiser and hydrates the skin. And then the caster sugar... it just makes it taste so nice when you lick your lips afterwards! I've never really been a big fan of Lush (I think it's just because I find the smell too over-powering every time I walk past one of their shops), but I think this product and the research I've done into the ingredients has definitely opened my eyes to whole new world of organic beauty products. I'm not someone who really pays any attention to what goes into a product, and I'm not going to suddenly go out and buy an entire new Organic beauty kit.. but I will definitely be paying more attention to the ingredients when I'm looking at buying new products!

This lip scrub comes in 4 different flavours; Bubblegum, Popcorn, Mint Julips and The Kiss (part of their Valentines range). They all smell beautiful, I just personally preferred the bubblegum as it was the most sweet smelling. They cost £5.50, so a little bit more expensive than the bog standard lip balm, but it's definitely worth spending the extra money if you have really badly chapped lips like me. I highly recommend trying this product out, so let me know what you think in the comment box below ☺️


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Week 2 - MUA Pro-brow Ultimate Brow Kit

"All in one - Shape, Shade & Highlight'

So, week 2 is all about the brow! Now, I'm absolutely no expert when it comes to eye brows... last year was actually the first time I'd ever had my eyebrows plucked professionally, and it was also only then that I was shown how to fill them in. Before this, I had always thought I looked stupid with big, dark, bold eyebrows.. now, I can't leave my house without them being filled in! The person who did my eyebrows used this kit herself and showed me how to combine the different shades to fit with my complexion and hair colour. I have it in 'fair - mid' and its perfect for my very pale skin tone. It comes in a cute little compact with a mirror, 3 different shades, a setting gel and you also get mini tweezers and an angled eyebrow brush. 

Firstly, the mini tweezers are useless. They have no grip at all so they barely even get the thicker hairs, let alone the fine ones. However, the mini angled brush is pretty good. Reading reviews of it online, people have said that this brush is stiff and doesn't do a good job.. but I find that because it's so small, it makes it really easy to get a precise finish and I even find myself using it more often than my standard sized brush. I would like to invest in a higher quality, more expensive eyebrow brush, but for now this small 'freebie' definitely does the trick! Secondly, I can't actually comment on the quality of the setting gel as I never actually use it. I probably should, but as I've already said, I'm very new to filling in my eyebrows and I haven't really got a clue what I'm doing. Haha. As for the actual shades.. I tend to use a mix of the 2 darker shades as the dark one is too dark for my skin and the middle shade doesn't particularly show up much. The lightest shade is for highlighting, which again I'm not very good at doing, but I do give it a go. 

By now, your probably wondering why an earth I'm doing a review for an eyebrow kit when I'm quite clearly useless at doing my eyebrows? Well, I wanted to to talk about this product as it's been a great starting point for me! I'm still a beginner and I'm still learning a lot about how to fill my own brows in, so if any of you out there are in the same boat then hopefully this will help. This eyebrow kit is only £3, (sold in Superdrug) so you won't be forking out a fortune on something that your unsure of. So, go out and give it go and let me know what you think. I'd also like to know what brow products you use, I'm definitely open to trying something new in this area so please let me know ☺️


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Week 1 - Vaseline Moisturiser.

 My all time favourite moisturiser!

"Clinically proven to heal very dry skin in 5 days"

So, my first product for review is one that I've been using and relying on for roughly 8 years! My love for this face cream started back when I was at school, suffering with such bad dry skin that my mum ended up taking me to the doctors because none of the high street creams were working. In hindsight, dry skin isn't the worst condition to suffer with while at school.. but at the time I felt hideous. After being prescribed countless different creams and still getting no results, my mum randomly picked this moisturiser up as it was cheap and claimed to tackle very dry skin. Since then I have never used another moisturiser! 

It's a light, non-greasy cream that absorbs quickly into the skin. It doesn't leave you feeling sticky, or greasy and wanting to wash your face again. It tackles the very driest patches of flaky skin and leaves it feeling beautifully soft. I still suffer with dry skin every now and again, particularly over the winter, but as soon as it starts to become a problem I just apply more of this moisturiser and within a couple of days it will have cleared. I tend to fill a little pot up with it and keep it in my bag, so that if I'm starting to feel self-conscious at work I can just apply a small amount to the affected area and instantly feel better. 

The cost of this moisturiser ranges from £1 when on offer, up to £5 if your going for the larger 400ml size. When stocking up I always check in the 'pound shops', as they often have it in stock. A lot of people turn their nose up at buying beauty products from places like 99p Store or Poundland, but I personally think if you can buy the exact same branded product for half the price... then why wouldn't you? 

So make sure you check out the Vaseline range and let me know what you think. Whether you love it or hate it I'd like to know, so leave me a comment in the box below ☺️