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C x

Friday, 13 May 2011

5 Products that I could not live without

Hola chickitos'

This is a fun tag that a friend asked me to do for my blog and so I aggreed and here I am writing it. The tag is, to imagine that you are stranded on a Desert Island and you can only have 5 makeup products with you for the rest of your time there, if they run out they will be magically replenished (I didnt say it was realistic) if they run out before you are rescued...and yes on this island with you is also your perfect match (and if your me, that means make-up is needed).

The first product that I would bring with me is concealer, i have this fab Jillian Dempsey pallet that is AMAZING and works for everything so that even I could (possibly) get away without wearing makeup! This would be my first product, as it can cover up blemishes, dark circles and uneven skin tone. But can be used as a highlighter and even a skin warmer (as it comes with an apricot tone).

The second product that I would bring is mascara, at the minute I'm using L'Oreal's Volume Million Lashes, but I must admit that I'm not a very loyal mascara buyer, as I tend to change every time I run out. I just think that mascara is the one product that you can easily chop and change and so I like to see what the new products on the market are at all times. I would probably take a Lancome Hypnose mascara with me as it has to be the ultimate mascara, I just don't have it all the time because its so pricey.

The third product that I would bring with me would be Max Factors brow pencil in Ebony, their brow pencil is fab, it stays on all day and is applied really easily (due to the fact that it comes with a hard bristle brush), and eyebrows are important, they frame your eyes and draw attention to them; and a really good strong eyebrow will do your bone structure wonders!

The fourth product I would bring with me is a MAC eyeshadow, in the shade 'Antiqued'. I really don't care what anyone says about these eyeshadows, they are fantastic value for money and the fact that they're really pigmented means that you don't have to do a lot of build up to get colour, yet if you want to stay more demure you can just blend the hell out of it. The shade that I have chosen is a gorgeous brown/copper/bronze shade that has the power to warm up your face and make your eyes beautifully dark without being over dramatic, and brown eyeshadow really is every girls friend.

And the final product I would take with me is a lipstick. From the new Chanel 'Rouge Coco Shine' range in 'canotier' its a subtle nude beige colour that would suit all skin colours and ages. Its a bit of a splurge product, but its a really nourishing lipstick thats just lovely to wear.

And that my friends concludes this little Blog.
I tag every one who is reading to either blog their own, comment or message me your answers or just think or ask your friends for a bit of a giggle.


Sunday, 8 May 2011

Body Shop - mini haul reveiw

I recently had a mini spending spree in the Body Shop. I have to say that I love all the products that I purchased and the fact that they are against animal testing makes every buy that much sweeter!

I purchased 3 makeup products; the baked bronzer in 02 (warm glow), the brow and lash gel, and the skin primer matte it. I also got 3 skin care products; the cucumber freshening water, the passion fruit cleansing gel and the carrot moisture cream.

I'll start with the bronzer; I am very light skinned and find it hard to find foundation that is light enough for my skin tone (even MAC's NC15 is a tad too dark for me - THATS how pale I am) so you can imagine how hard it has been to find a bronzer that wont make me look orange unless i practically blend it off my skin (which ends up being a total waste of product). The baked bronzer from the body shop is similar to macs but only comes in two colours, its slightly cheaper and I think has a nicer texture. Its not too shimmery which is a bonus as these types of bronzers are really obvious (and I mean isnt that the whole point of face make up? to make it look like thats your natural look, and unless youre Edward Cullen, who has sparkly skin??)
It goes on really well and helps define your cheek bones (where bronzer should always be applied) its not dark but I guess if you wanted a darker colour you could pack it on and build it up, but this was the lightest shade.
The second item I purchased was the brow gel, I have been looking for a good control and condition- product for my brows for some time now, and this clear one is a really good one. I like the clear as you can still apply brow pencil/not apply pencil and manage to control them if (like me) you have thick eyebrows. Its a non greasy formula that conditions as it controls. It also does not dry too stiff to make you feel you've just had botox - which is always a bonus.

The final product I got was the matte it primer, they do a moisturising primer, but i find that its not too good if you want to apply foundation. The feel of the matte primer is lovely, a little goes a long way and it completely perfects the skins texture (obviously it doesnt hide blemishes) but on clear areas and areas with few small blemishes it really helps the look and feel of the skin. Applying it first in your routine will mean that your makeup looks fresher and brighter and will stay put for far longer. And as it is a matte product it also reduces the need for a powder set (which completely dries my skin out).

On to the skin care - the cucumber water is amazing!! after a few days of use my skin looks fresher and has far less blemishes! I use it after cleansing, before I put on my moisturiser. Even though it serves the same purpose as a toner, by using it after cleansing it basically finished the process, by applying a small amount on a cotton pad you and further cleanse your face with it, you will see how much more you can clean!
After I use the cucumber water I apply the carrot moisture cream, at first I thought it was too thick ans would make me break out and alter the oil balance in my skin, but I have to say the outcome was totally the opposite. It makes your skin tone look more even and makes your skin soft and dewey without being heavy or greasy.
The last product, although I like it I was a little disappointed. The passion fruit cleansing gel is a really nice formula, it smells amazing but due to its texture it doesnt lather up well and so it a bit odd to apply and although my face feels cleaner after use, I always feel like it hasnt worked properly.

So my friends that was my mini haul, hope you enjoyed reading and if you walk past the Body shop I'd deffs recommend going in for a look!