Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Cheap Curiosity

I know I'm only new to the blogosphere, but I have been reading beauty blogs for a very VERY long time. Something that seems to always captivate the beauty world is the idea of drug-store makeup brands stepping up and providing quality makeup products that are just as good as the high-end brands. I have to confess, I have become somewhat of a foundation snob, but this is only because of my own self inflicted obsession with constant trial and error. Usually my trials on drug-store foundations, have ended in error. Buh boww!

But recently, I have noticed that two drug-store foundations have set the internet into a spin. Curiosity finally killed the cat, as they say, so I purchased them and am somewhat surprised at the results.


Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

I had only heard great reviews about this and was keen to see if it lived up to the hype. The bottle is pretty cool looking and it's glass, so it feels more expensive in my hand. I hope that doesn't sound silly! The consistency is quite lightweight, but surprisingly it gives medium coverage which is very easy to build. It has illuminating particles through it, but these just add to giving your skin a healthy glow. I was concerned that these would make me sparkly "Edward Cullen" style, but they are barely noticeable. I bought the shade True Ivory and used about two pumps on my face with a flat foundation brush. Two pumps sounds like a lot of product, but for the low price of $19.95 I couldn't care less!


Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

I had seen mixed reviews about this foundation, but when I smelt the product I was in love. It has a very fruity smell that is so SO good! On the bottle it says that is has apricot, melon, apple and ginger in it. So it makes sense that is smells lov-er-ly! This foundation is a little bit thicker in consistency than the Rimmel one, but surprisingly it only gives a fairly light coverage. It's really beautiful for everyday wear and is quite long lasting. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin, even though it's thick either. I used about a pump and a half with a flat foundation brush to start with, but I prefer to use this with my fingers just because it helps to melt the product a little better onto the face. I bought the shade Light Beige. THE SMELL! It was a little pricier than Rimmel, at $25.60, but still bang for your buck!

If I had to choose, I would say I've been enjoying the Rimmel foundation the most. But these are both definitely worth the buzz they have created.

Lesson learnt! Don't be a foundation snob!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Nude & Black Eye

So I promised last time I would post some looks that I created with my new products from my StrawberryNet post which you can find HERE. I finally decided on a look I loved and here it is! Sorry about my shiny nose in some pictures, the lighting was giving me grief :(

The main product that influenced me to go for a nude colour on the lid was my new Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. I was reading the packaging and I noticed it said to wear underneath eye colour or on it's own. As you can see, the primer is slightly tinted and gives off a natural/bronzy colour when blended into the lid. I love this by itself! It just looks really natural and clean and it takes seconds to blend in. AND it's pretty amazing underneath an eyeshadow too. After a week of use, I can report, NO creasing here.

After applying the primer, I added a little black shadow into the eye socket and under the lower lash line. I blended this out furiously to make it nice and subtle and winged it upwards and out to lift the eyes. I used my new MAC Eye Kohl in Facinating in the waterline. I love how lighter colours in the waterline can make your eyes look bigger. Been using this pencil a lot this week! I also curled my lashes with my new Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler before I applied mascara. It's so easy to use and definitely makes a dramatic impact.

On my cheeks, I used one of my new NARS Blushers in the colour Sin. It looks quite pink in the photo on the left, but it's more of a plum-pink in the palette. It is SO pigmented and has a really soft gold shimmer through it. This will look beautiful in summer, I can't wait!

So all in all I'm pretty happy with my purchases! I wanted to wait a week to post this so I was definitely sure they worked for me. I hope you like my nude look and I cant wait to start filming these for you! It's really hard to explain how to do it in writing. Let me know what you think and if you have bought any new products that I need to know about too.


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