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

 

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

 

February Wish List

Hi everyone! since I love reading wish list posts I thought I’d share the things I’ve been lusting after this month. This is by no means a comprehensive list, there are so many things I’d like to buy! Here are a few of my favourites:

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First up, the Glinda palette from Urban Decay; one of two palettes released from UD’s recent collaboration with Disney. The palette contains 8 gorgeous shades, all of which are very wearable,  a purple 24/7 glide on eye pencil and a full size super saturated high gloss lip colour in the brand new shade Naked. I can see myself using everything in this palette and for £35 it’s an absolute bargain. Considering Urban Decays eyeshadows retail for £14 a piece, the 6 shadows alone have a value of £84! The glide on eye pencil and full sized gloss add appeal to an already great value palette. I love a bargain and this palette has really captured my attention! If you’re in the UK, the Glinda palette can be purchased from the Debenhams website.

I really liked this beaded cord bracelet when i saw it on Topshop’s website. While something like this can easily be made at home, the fact that it was on sale from £15.00 to £4.50 made me like it even more… i see a money eating pattern emerging here!

If I could only have one item from this list it would have to be the Illamasqua nail varnish in the shade Speckle.  I mean who wouldn’t want nails that look like mini eggs?! Quite simply I think all the specked polishes from the I’mperfection collection are gorgeous but if I had to choose then Speckle would be my pick. I could go on about how being a pastel shade, Speckle is perfect for spring blah blah blah. Really I just want it because it’s purple and spotty, to add to my ridiculous collection of all things purple and polka-dotty (yes that’s a word).  At £14.50 it’s definitely on the pricey side in my opinion. I never finish a nail polish so I cant usually justify spending that much on one colour but i can honestly see myself using this again and again. I may have to buy this, I keep putting in my online basket then closing the window. Just writing this post is really testing what self restraint I have! Speckled can be purchased from illamasqua.com and debenhams.com.

The Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques is the only brush in the collection that isn’t sold in the two Boots local to me. This frustrates me to no end as it’s the only one I really want to purchase. I’m a big fan of the Sigma kabuki brushes for applying foundation but after reading countless positive reviews i’d really like to give this a try. This brush is completely cruelty free and retails for £9.95 from cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

Finally on my wish list this month is the ‘most glamourous nudes ever, world famous neutrals kit’ which in my opinion is a ridiculously long-winded name for an eyeshadow palette, but I digress. As a huge benefit fan, I have the irrational need to own every kit or palette they produce except the ‘how to look the best at everything’ kits which had a pitiful shade range. The 3 new neutral eye palettes all have really pretty shades in both the shadows and creaseless creams but I feel that this palette contains shades I’d most likely use. while i already own the creaseless cream birthday suit, i love the convenience of having a base and a quad of complimenting colours in one palette. I’m often rushing out the door and this is great to pop in your bag. While this kit doesn’t scream ‘take me home, you need me, no now!’ like the Glinda palette, I’d still quite like to own it, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting…

So those are my most wished for items for February. If I post a haul featuring these items you’ll know I couldn’t resist!

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

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