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

 

Product Review: Milk_shake Conditioning Whipped Cream

I received a sample of the Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream in a Glossybox and I’ve only gotten round to trying it this month. To be honest I’m not sure it actually makes my hair any softer. It does seem to act as a de-tangler when I apply it to wet hair. After applying this I can easily comb through my thick and usually tatty hair but I’m not convinced it really makes my hair any softer after use and so it’s a bit pointless really, as it’s aim as a leave in conditioner is to make the hair feel softer. That being said, this smells eat-me-now-scrumptious (yes that is indeed the word). this is honestly the best smelling hair product I’ve ever tried. Really, I wanted to squirt it all over some apple pie and devour the lot!

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I’ve really enjoyed using this product for no other reason than I can sniff my hair and smell that amazing scent a few hours every time I wash my hair. Maybe I’m turning into a weird hair sniffing freak, but to be honest, I really don’t care. I’ve enjoyed using this so much that I’m seriously considering purchasing the full size version of this product despite my earlier admission that I’m not entirely sure it actually does anything. If anyone knows of a whipped cream recipe that tastes the way this stuff smells I’ll name my first child after you be really appreciative! I’d love to know what other people think of this product, if you can’t tell already, I think it’s freaking amazing.

Milk_shake Conditioning Whipped Cream can be purchased for £11.69  at milkshakehairproducts.co.uk.

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

 

I’m back and bargain of the week!

Hi all, due to my lack of internet i’ve had a large break from reading my beloved beauty blogs. Now that I have regular net access again i’ve wasted my week spent hours and hours catching up on all my favourites. I’ve become rather obsessed this week and i’ve decided to blog daily as often as possible, hopefully at least 4 times a week. To kick off my new blog, i present the bargain of the week!

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Since my cosmetics wish list far exceeds my beauty budget, i’ve been on a real bargain hunt lately, trying to find high street dupes or alternatives for my favourite high end products. This week i finally used up the last of my Boi-ing concealer by Benefit. I love this stuff so so much, it hides the hideous purple circles under my eyes amazingly well, has a creamy, blend-able formula and is overall a pretty perfect concealer (in my opinion). I was all ready to rush out and buy another the day it died but after countless rave reviews, i decided to give the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer a try. I’ll admit, I was rather skeptical despite the cult following this product seems to have but i have to say, it’s pretty near perfect. Like Boi-ing it has a lovely creamy formula and gives great coverage. It may be a completely different product to Boi-ing, but as an alternative its fantastic, and at £3.99 i really can’t complain.

This has to be one of the best concealers i’ve tried in terms of formula and coverage and  definitely gives high end products a run for their money. I’d definitely repurchase this and recommend it to anyone who wants a high coverage concealer at a bargain price.

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Charlie xoxo

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

June Beauty Favourites

Hey everyone! I loved so many products this month but there were 3 that really stood out for me.

I have to start with the Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion. While I’m not one to get excited by overpriced water (lets face it, many toners are just that), the moisture prep toning lotion by benefit is truly something special. Not only does this product smell absolutely-wonderfully-fresh (yes that’s a word), it feels fantastic on my skin. This actually glides over my skin without any resistance, or drying. I can’t describe the consistency as anything other than slippy. It feels more hydrating than water if that’s even possible and unlike some brands I’ve tried recently (yes I’m talking about you Lancome) that dried out as soon as the touched my face and left my skin feeling tight and dull, I feel this product really did prep my skin to better absorb my moisturiser. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out.

After reading countless positive reviews about this product, I finally gave the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream a try and I have to say I’m not disappointed. This BB cream gives fantastic coverage and blends beautifully to provide a really natural finish. I have awful dry skin and this product doesn’t settle into my dry patches, it gives my skin a nice healthy, dewy glow without appearing oily. This is one of the best BB creams I’ve tried and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone disappointed with western attempts at BB creams or anyone looking to try one for the first time. The only downside to this product is that it’s only suitable for light/medium skin tones. I wear the shade 13 and I purchased it on ebay from seller rubyruby76.

Finally, the Casual Colour Lip and Cheek Colours by MAC have to be some of the best products I’ve purchased this month. I’m a huge fan of cream blushes but I’m not in love with MAC’s cremeblend blushes so I didn’t expect to like the casual colour lip and cheek colours. I was pleasantly surprised to see these out-performed my expectations. These little beauties were released with the casual colour collection and are brand new, never released before products. They have a lightweight, non-greasy, creamy formula which is nicely pigmented. They blend out really nicely but the colour is also very buildable if you want something a little more dramatic. The product blends really easily with fingers or brushes and gives the face a natural looking glow. I own three of these in the shades; lazy Sunday, have a lovely day and weekend getaway. These are limited edition so get them while you can.

For more of my favourite beauty products for the month of June, check out my June favourites video.

That’s all for now,

Charlotte xoxo