Monday, 30 December 2013

GlossyBox: Festive Treasures

As you may know I'm not hugely keen on lip gloss however this has been developed with a non-sticky formula which is really reassuring on windy days. The product gives a subtle touch of colour, creating a 'your lips but better' appearance which is wearable for a natural day time look or to compliment dramatic smoky eyes. I also like that the gloss doesn't leave the lips looking too glazed but instead moisturised and kissable. 

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Marc Jacobs Honey Eau De Parfume

Marc Jacobs Honey Eau De Parfume Spray 50ml

This darling was a Christmas gift from my Mum and I couldn't have received it at a better time since all my current fragrances have run dry one by one in the last month or so. Honey has a beautifully fresh scent of mandarin and pear with a distinctive honeysuckle and vanilla base. The blend of floral notes and sweet fruits pleases the senses and instantly uplifts my mood. The product itself sets well onto the skin however I personally choose to apply this for day wear only as I much prefer more musky, spiced fragrances for evening wear. This is most certainly going to be my most reached for scent once Spring has sprung as it just screams out sunshine! The bottle is perhaps a little awkward to carry around in my handbag but it does add a cheerful touch to my dressing table and the decorative pearl honey bees are simply adorable . 

Tamara x

Friday, 27 December 2013

Benefit Rockateur

Benefit Rockateur - £23.50

This little treasure was on my Christmas list and I was lucky enough to find it wrapped up under the tree. Rockateur is a gorgeous powder blush, released earlier this year by Benefit, and I absolutely adore it.  I don't choose to wear blush upon my cheeks for everyday wear and instead opt for bronzer as I rarely find a shade of blush that truly compliments my skin tone and I usually end up looking like a china doll. Rockateur gives a subtle yet buildable tint, warming the skin with a rosy, golden glow. I like to apply this on the apples of my cheeks and sweep it along the sides of my face to define my cheek bones. For application, I much prefer using my trusty Real Techniques Powder brush rather than the one that is included with this product. I know this product will be wearable all year round, accentuating sun-kissed skin during the Summer and giving warmth to frosty faces in the colder months. I really enjoy using the powder blush boxes by Benefit, other favourites include Sugarbomb and Hervana.

Tamara x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation Trial

I was sent this product by the Cosmopolitan Panel Team, to try out over a three week period. This 30ml foundation is to be launched by Maybelline and aims to deliver a flawless finish. Developed with an energising vitamin formula, and added SPF 20, it evens the appearance of skin tone and promises better looking skin after three weeks of use. The packaging states that it is suitable for normal skin so I was initially apprehensive of how it would take to my oily skin. 

Week One
Before I could receive the product, I of course had to choose my shade but this did prove difficult especially having to judge from 5 on screen swatches. In the end I used to search for my shade in other Maybelline foundations so I was able to determine which would suit me best. I settled with '021 Nude' which miraculously is the perfect match for my current skin tone. On my first use I instantly noticed how well this foundation blends over the skin, giving a matte appearance with medium coverage. Even my boyfriend commented on how much more natural it looked opposed to my regular foundation and as us girls know boys do prefer that 'no make up, make up' look.

Although I was initially happy with the results I did find as the day progressed, my T-zone became incredibly oily, more so than usual, which caused the foundation to smear off particularly around my chin and forehead. Unfortunately I had to touch up with powder quite a few times to disguise the issue.

Week 2
By the second week, the oilyness of my T-zone had reduced which was certainly reassuring. I was still really impressed with the overall coverage and natural appearance the foundation gave to my skin. I still needed to use concealer to hide away blemishes particularly this week as I had encountered a pretty bad breakout. Honestly I don't know if the foundation was to blame or the transition of the cold weather and the effects of central heating causing my skin to freak out..

Week 3
I am still happily using the foundation at this point and now that my break out is slowly clearing I can appreciate the product much more. I do however have dry patches which are still visible through this product and I still require concealer even though most of my blemishes have healed. Again, powder and touch ups were needed by the end of a long day so it is a little frustrating that it doesn't last compared to my regular choice of Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay in Place Make Up which lasts up to 12 hours.

Overall I would rate this foundation 4/5. I do agree that it gives an instant even tone to my skin however it doesn't quite give the full coverage my skin needs. It claims to be suitable for all day wear but honestly I did find with my oily skin, touch ups were required after 5-6hrs so this definitely wouldn't be suitable for me to wear from day to night. The colour match is just right and I'm sure that the next shade up would do me well once I get some sun on my face in the Spring/Summer. This foundation claims to be non- transfer but I did find that when I dabbed my face with blotting paper or tissue to rid excess oils, it smeared right of the skin and using primer barely helped the problem.

I think this was a bad time of year to be undergoing this trial as my skin has not been settling well with this season but I'm hoping come spring time my skin will be less of a nuisance. I wouldn't entirely recommend this foundation for those with oily/very oily skin unless you are prepared to keep powder close by throughout the day. Although I do really like the product I wish it was more durable and better suited to my skin type, I'm hoping that maybe if I continue to use it my skin will take to it better. This is most definitely a win for the high street foundations but realistically only for normal skin types.

Tamara x

Friday, 13 December 2013

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - £21.00

I haven't invested in high end skincare for a rather long time so with everyone raving about the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm I thought it was about time to treat myself. Although this balm has been around for a while it has recently been a hit with most beauty gurus. It has been developed for all skin types and helps to remove stubborn make up and dirt. A little goes a long way, just a small nut sized amount takes away foundation and mascara with ease. To be blunt the product does look like lard, but once rubbed in between the fingertips it warms into a soft oily substance which melts into the skin effortlessly. It rinses off extremely well and does not leave any residue, leaving my skin feeling smoother and matte. Although the balm removes my make up I can't say I can depend on it entirely to thoroughly wash my face and so I always follow up with either an exfoliator or a liquid cleanser/toner.

This product does cost quite a fair bit at over £21 a pop but I could see straight away that it was going to last me a really long time and will certainly last me well into 2014.

Tamara x

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

All I Want for Christmas is...

1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette | 2. Real Techniques brush set | 3. Prada Candy L'Eau Eau de Toilette
 | 4. Origins GinZing moisturiser and Clear Improvements charcoal mask | 5. LUSH treats

What's on your list? ;)

Tamara x