Etude House Sweet Recipe Icecream Nails

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Ebay has ruined my resolve not to spend for the second time this week. Note to self, stay away from the health and beauty section. Today’s purchase was a complete accident. I was scrolling through the health and beauty section of Ebay while I was waiting for the kettle to boil (really), and the Sweet Recipe Ice-cream Nails by etude house popped onto my screen. While I’ve used (and I’m currently loving) an Etude House BB cream, I haven’t tried or even looked at any of their other products and I had no idea they made nail polish. When this collection of polishes appeared I may have squeaked over-excitedly. These polishes immediately reminded me of the speckled polishes from Illamasqua that i’m dying to try. At £3.50 each, Ice-cream Nails are a quarter of the price, a budget friendly alternative to their Illamasqua counterparts and can be purchased from Ebay.

While the Etude House  aren’t an exact dupe by any means, they’re similar enough and for the price I’m certainly not going to complain. The four shades in this collection are all fun pastels, each with speckles in complementing colours. I bought the shades Apricot Candy and Strawberry Stars Candy and I can’t wait to try them!

 

Wish List Indulgence – Benefit Most Glamourous Nudes Ever

A few days ago I found myself at the Benefit counter in Debenhams while waiting for my mum. I posted last week about Benefit’s Most Glamourous Nudes Ever, one of their World Famous Neutrals Kits. I saw, I swatched, I purchased. I’m not even going to make excuses, I resisted for all of 9 minutes before I allowed the sales assistant to convince me I needed this palette. I clearly have no self control this week.

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On the way to the till I was accosted by the lady at the CK One counter (Calvin Klein’s new beauty range) and after swatching 6 shades, I came home with a nude gloss in the shade Tender ( like i said, NO self control!). I took the following images in natural light and they’re unedited so hopefully they’re a good representation of the shades. Here are my swatches:

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The CK One gloss looks quite deep in the tube but on the lips it’s a quite sheer pinky nude. The formula wasn’t at all sticky which really pleased me as I can’t stand sticky lip products. Your hair gets stuck to your face and it’s generally gross.

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As for the Benefit shadows, I’m a little disappointed. While the colours are pretty, unfortunately the colour payoff isn’t great. They shades come off quite sheer and I had to build each swatch up four times to achieve the opacity in the photo above. Maybe I’ve become spoilt with the fantastic pigmentation offered from other high end brands but for the price of this palette I really expected more. There’s so many high street or drug store brands like Sleek and MUA that are able to offer highly pigmented shadows for a relatively low cost, i’m disappointed that Benefit couldn’t offer better pigmentation for the price point.

As for the shades themselves, the first, Call My Buff, is a shimmery pale champagne. This is so close to my skin tone that it’s barely noticeable on me. I think it will be beautiful on any skin tone darker than mine but it’s still a pretty highlight shade.

Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy is a described as a ‘spiced brown’ by Benefit. It looks a little muddy in the photograph but is beautiful on the skin.

It’s Complicated is a beautiful peachy pink with a slight golden shimmer. I’m not usually a fan on pink shadows but this is a gorgeous colour that works really well with the other shades in the palette.

Gilt-y Pleasure is a stunning warm gold with a subtle shimmer that’s very wearable for day time. This shade is my favourite in the palette and I’ve been using this with Kiss Me I’m Tipsy for a few days now and `i’m not bored yet.

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The image above shows the two creaseless cream shadows in the palette. The first, Birthday Suit, I already own in it’s full size. It’s a gorgeous neutral shade and very wearable alone. My Two Cents is a lovely copper that fits nicely with the other shades in the palette. I wouldn’t wear it alone as it’s a bit too bright in my opinion but its lovely when paired with Birthday Suit. The formulation of these bases is fantastic, they blend well and have great pigmentation and staying power.

Overall I’m happy with both of these products and I’ll definitely get lots of use out of both, I just wish the Benefit shadows were slightly more pigmented.

Charlotte x

 

Dr Bronners Liquid Soap

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Last week in TK Maxx I found bottles of the Dr Bronners Liquid Soap. I’ve heard great things about this product and wanted to use it for a while. I love multitasking products and from the reviews online it can be used for anything from shampoo to laundry. I Intend to use it for cleaning my makeup brushes and I’m expecting great things. I paid £3.99 per bottle and I purchased the scents Hemp Rose and Hemp Citrus Orange. Lets hope this product lives up to the hype.

Charlie x

Latest in Beauty – Complexion Perfection Box.

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I really enjoy surprises and trying new things, so while I love monthly beauty boxes, I’d never given the Latest in Beauty boxes much thought as you already know what’s inside (I guess it’s the child in me that gets an exciting thrill out of opening surprise gifts). Last week I found myself browsing the LIB site as I’d clicked a link from somewhere (no idea where) else on the web. When I saw that the full size Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel was included in the Complexion Perfection box I got quite excited as I’d been wanting to try one for a while now and the box was cheaper than the stain on its own. The fact that I’d get to try several other products for the same price as the Pixi blush on it’s own swayed my decision to try it out and I’m so so glad I did!

First of all, this box is such good value! It retails for £11.95 + p&p. So basically I received several full size, high quality products, that cost less than my weekly takeaway, what a bargain! Seriously though, I was so impressed with the contents of this box. I’m often left a little disappointed with my Glossy boxes as there’s usually at least one product that I won’t use. I now totally understand the hype surrounding the LIB boxes. There’s something really satisfying about opening a box full of goodies you know you’ll love because you chose them. Anyway, that’s enough babble from me, here’s what I got in my box!

ImageFirst up, the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel. As a lover of liquid and cream blushes (due to my hideously dry skin), I was really excited to try a gel formula. This blush blended out really easily to give a sheer pretty flush. I wore it on my cheeks this morning and you can layer the product to build the intensity. I can’t comment on the staying power of this as I haven’t worn it long enough but so far it’s blended into the skin well and gives a nice dewy finish. I’m really happy with this product and I’ll probably try another shade at some point.

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The Benefit They’re Real mascara is simply wonderful and remarkably manages to give length and volume to my short stubby lashes. I already own the full size of this but the sample size is going in my backup box. This is one of my all time favourite mascaras and a great addition to Complexion Perfection Box.

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Next in the box was a full size Daniel Sandler Waterproof Eyeliner. I’m always a little wary of waterproof eye makeup as I hate having to scrub my skin to remove it but this product came off easily without any rubbing with the simple eye makeup remover. This product isn’t totally opaque with one swatch, it’s more of a patchy dark brown than black but after I built up the swatch a few times the colour improved. Colour payoff aside, the formula of this product won me over. A soft creamy liner that didn’t drag on my lids at all, it applied like a dream. To be perfectly honest, the Urban Decay 24/7 liners that I already own are just as soft and more pigmented so I probably wouldn’t repurchase the Daniel Sandler waterproof eyeliner but I like it enough that I’ll use the one I have.

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I think the Vintage Cosmetics Company Eye Shadow Brush is really nice quality; it’s a dense, reasonably soft, natural haired brush, and while it won’t replace my beloved sigma brushes, it does the job. It retails for £8.00, which is a great price for a good quality brush (in my opinion). Also in the box was a 40% off voucher for the Vintage Cosmetics Company brushes, this is a great saving so I think I’ll give a few more of their brushes a try.

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I realise I’ve been babbling for far too long so I’ll make this quick. The Bellápierre Mineral Eye Shadow is a highly pigmented, stunning metallic gold. I never buy loose shadows as I hate mess but if this shade is representative of the whole range I’d happily buy more.

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Unfortunately the Inika Liquid Mineral Foundation wasn’t in my shade so I’ll probably give it away or swap it. This doesn’t detract from the fact that I was thrilled with the rest of the box.

That was a rather long-winded ramble, congratulations if you made it this far! All in all, this is an amazing box, well done LIB!

Charlie x

 

All Hail Sigma!

I have found the holy grail of all brushes! All hail Sigma! OK, maybe that was a little dramatic, but I’m excited see? For a while now I’ve searched for brushes that match or exceed MAC brushes in terms of quality and I’ve finally found some. After lots of great reviews on YouTube I decided to give sigma brushes a try and I’m so so happy with them (as if that wasn’t abundantly obvious >;.<;). I purchased the four face brushes, four concealer brushes and lots of eye brushes. You can never have too many in my oh so biased opinion.

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The Kabuki/face brushes are wonderfully soft, incredibly dense and give a seamless natural finish when used with liquid foundation. They’re so soft I can’t resist stroking my cheek with them. Not weird at all right? If you could only purchase one sigma brush (even though it would be incredibly cruel to be forced to limit yourself to just one), I’d have to say the flat top kabuki. While I try to refrain from using terms like ‘airbrushed’ and ‘flawless’ to describe a finish, this brush comes pretty damn close to providing perfect application.

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I have to say that the precision brushes are rather incredible too. For someone who has long since given up on using brushes to apply concealer, these babies have totally restored my faith. Sigma’s precision brushes actually blend out my concealer without removing most of the product, an occurrence that became a daily problem for me when using my MAC 194. All four brushes in the kit are fantastic but the flat top is the master of blemish coverage and the tapered precision brush is great for getting into the corners of the nose. As mini sized dupes of the larger kabuki set, sigma’s precision brushes did not disappoint.

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The eye set gave great variety, from a small angled brush, pencil brushes, tapered crease brushes and flat blending brushes, this kit was really well balanced. All the brushes very soft, dense and didn’t shed. All in all, once again they were pretty close to perfect. There seems to be a pattern occurring here…

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Thanks guys,

Charlotte xoxo