Wednesday, 30 July 2014

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush shade 7 (Corail Affranchi)

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush shade 7 (Corail Affranchi)

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush shade 7 (Corail Affranchi)

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush shade 7 (Corail Affranchi)

A bit of luxury in today's blog comes in the form of my first product from YSL! I've always adrmired the overly luxurious packaging (and prices) and I have to say, that they really do feel like a little bit of luxury in your collection. 

I thought I'd review this YSL Babydoll Kiss and Blush after seeing a lot of hype surrounding them. This stunning orange coral shade is number 7 (Corail Affranchi) and comes packaged in what first looks like a nail polish bottle at first glance with the signature YSL gold packaging. Housed in the lid is this heart like shaped wand that allows you to use this easily as a lip and cheek product. 

When it comes to multi use products, I usually find that I prefer it as one or the other - they are generally not brilliant at doing both jobs. This one however really is! For lips I love applying it directly from the bottle using the applicator included, it's a gorgeous matte coral shade that is perfect for summer and long lasting. As it's matte I'd recommend a good lip balm underneath, but generally speaking I don't find the formula to be overly drying. The colour lasts a fair amount of time, probably 3-4 hours. It isn't a staining product, so I'd say that was pretty good. 

For a blush, I use the applicator to pop some on my hand and then use a stipple brush to apply it to the cheeks. It gives a glowing flush of coral to the cheeks and looks lovely on. You don't need a huge amount of product, so this will last a decent length of time. In terms of staying power it's pretty darn awesome - I find it still looks great at the end of the day and although a cream formula it blends nicely into the skin without sitting on top of foundation weirdly. 

They are a bit pricey at £27 each (here), but for a product that actually works well as both a lipstick and a blush I love it! The shade range is quite extensive with 12 shades on offer, so I would love to get my hands on a pink-toned shade next! 

Have you tried this product? What luxury makeup item would you recommend? 


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Graduation Makeup: Do's and Don'ts!

graduation makeup tips

Do's: 

  • Prep and Prime : You want your makeup to last all day, so be sure to prep your skin and give yourself a good base to work with. Moisturise regularly to keep skin smooth and soft and maybe avoid any spf moisturisers that day - you don't want any flashback on those pictures. A good primer will help your makeup stay in place, some of my faves include the elf mineral face primer (here) and Benefit pore-fessional. 
  • Keep it simple : Neutral eyes are a safe bet and won't clash with any dresses and gowns. Use makeup you feel comfortable wearing but that makes you feel confident. 
  • Take some essentials with you : A setting powder, a powder brush and some lipstick are a must. If you're ceremony is anything like mine you'll be sat in a hot room with hundreds of people in a thick graduation gown. Mattifying powder is a must, especially to take the shine away in photographs. Take your lipstick of choice along with you, it's always good to top up especially if you'll be sipping some champers too! 
Dont's: 
  • Stray from your comfort zone: If you like wearing a pale pink or nude lip, don't opt for a bright red or deep purple on the big day. The last thing you want to do is feel uncomfortable so stick to what you enjoy. 
  • Forget the photos: There are a few products that reek havoc on flash photography, a well known one being any form of HD powder (usually white, translucent powder) that lots of celebs have made the mistake wearing (see here). 
  • Go with a crazy hair do: Okay so not exactly a makeup tip, but those graduation hats (or mortar boards if you want to be snazzy) are a bugger. They just wont sit on 'up dos' and I'd definitely recommend taking a few bobby pins to help secure it in place if you're worried about it falling off. Just don't forget to remove the pins before doffing! 
  • Forget to smile: No amount of makeup can look as good as having fun and smiling on your graduation day. So if you're about to graduate - have fun, enjoy the day, try not to stress and take lots of pictures you can look back on and be proud of! 
So, if you're going to be graduating soon - enjoy it & well done! Obviously these are just my personal tips; I actually thoroughly enjoyed my day even though I had said for ages I really didn't want to go. It went surprisingly smoothly and wasn't stressful at all. The weather was dry, my hat stayed put and my makeup lasted the day! 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Beauty Bargains: The £1 beauty blender sponge

ebay beauty blender review dupe

ebay beauty blender review

For some reason, I've just never been into applying make up with a sponge. As much as people rave about the original beauty blender - I just can't bring myself to part so much money for a sponge (£15!). So, I found a similar 'dupe' style sponge on ebay for 99pence and decided to try it out. 

It arrived shortly after, which is great considering it was all the way from China! The texture was a surprise, it feels less like a soft sponge and more firm and bouncy. The shape is ideal for blending all areas, with the smallest end being great for under eye and around the nose etc. I usually find with most sponges that they absorb far too much of the product, but due to the texture of this it didn't at all. 

To apply I pop the foundation onto my hand, dip the sponge in and then dab all around the face rather than smoothing over - this helps to get more coverage. It's actually a bit more time consuming than a regular brush, so I wouldn't use this if I was in a rush. But, I did really like the finish it gave. It allowed the foundation to blend nicely into my skin and gave more coverage out of the likes of BB/CC type creams (my fave is the bourjois CC cream). 

The only thing that bugs me is the washing. I find you need to wash a sponge way more regular than a brush as it does collect a bit of foundation and become a bit grubby. Washing it's fine though, it pretty much cleans up completely and goes back to it's normal shape - though it does take a while to dry! 

Overall - quite impressed with this! I still wouldn't pay the full price for a beauty blender, but I'd definitely get another one of these so I could have a spare for when this is in the wash! 

I got it from this seller - but there are 100s of them on ebay with lots of different colours and most are less than £1! 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Products I regret buying // Disappointing Products #3

products i regret buying

products i regret buying

When it comes to being a 'beauty blogger' or general makeup enthusiast it's almost garanteed that at some point, you will purchase products you just don't like. If you missed the last installment of me rambling on about products that just didn't work for me, you can catch up with that post here. But today I bring you another ramble about some of the products I've tried, tested and just didn't enjoy. As usual, a quick disclaimer - these aren't bad products, they just didn't work for me and what works for one individual doesn't always work for the next. Sometimes it's just a case of personal preference, other times it's a case of different skin types or just a bad batch of a certain product in a line! Anyway, I'll get straight onto the next batch of disappointing products:

A non makeup related item is the John Freida Frizz-ease 3 day straight spray; this haircare product just didn't work for me at all. I'd read a lot of great reviews about this and it is essentially a styling spray that claims to lock in your straight hair and reduce the amount of straightening you need to do. My hair is very wavy and unruly, and this just didn't live up to my expectations. It certainly helped with frizz when drying my hair and made it look quite sleek and straight, but for a '3 day' straight it made absolutely no difference. I'm sure it's just my hair but I just wasn't born to have straight hair. The slightest bit of moisture or humidity makes my hair go POOF and quadruple in size, and this didn't stop that.

Onto actual makeup products and there's actually a few recent buys in the line up! Firstly this bourjois happy light concealer just didn't work for me at all. I found it to be very drying once applied and almost too thick to blend in fully - it just clung to dry areas and made spots appear even more than normal. I actually featured the bourjois happy light primer in my last products I regret buying - so maybe it's just something about that range that I don't like. 

The Senna eyebrow pencil in taupe was a bargain buy at just 99pence, although the shade was perfect unfortunately the formula didn't do so well. It's rather hard and has little colour pay off - not great for brows in my opinion. The No7 precision liner is a strange one, I love the applicator and at first the liner applies great but throughout the day it just disappears completely - so I think there are definitely better ones out there. 

The Elf eyeshadow stick is a gorgeous shade but unfortunately the shimmer in this shade is more like large uncomfortable chunks of glitter that you can really feel, so I didn't like this at all. I image some of the less shimmer shades would be okay, but this one didn't work for me. The balmi lip balm is more of a packaging complaint than a product complaint - it's just awkward. The square never quite sits correctly, the lid always comes off and the inside of the lid ruins the product. The balm itself is okay, but nothing special that warrents £5. 

Finally these two Revlon baby stick blushers are a regret. Luckily they were a bargain price but they just don't work. I like the concept of a stick blush but these had little to no colour pay off at all - so I just didn't use them. The idea is great - but unfortunately they didn't live up to the name! 

I'd be interested to know if you've had any experience with any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!