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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

benefit Coral My World! Review

a photo of benefit Coral My World www.ascottishlass.net
Are you are looking for a beautiful, glowing spring makeup look?  If so,  I highly recommend that you try benefit Coral My World! I recently did a post on my favourites from my blush collection but forgot completely forgot that I had this.  

benefit Coral My World!

Coralista

'Coral My World' by benefit is a miniature, travel sized gift set which includes Coralista face powder (blush) and the popular benefit Sun Beam.


Coralista 

This Coralista blush by benefit gives your cheeks a beautifully delicate peachy glow.    The blush is not too over powering it is very subtle.  

a picture of benefit Corlista blush



The benefit Coralista Blush is very build able if you want to achieve a stronger effect.  However I would recommend you use a primer before hand as I do feel that I need to touch it up after perhaps 3 or so hours especially if I have been going out and about.    This really is my only negative about this product.

a picture of benefit Coralista Swatches
Coralista Swatch

As you can see you are getting a good amount of product given it is a travel size and the pigment of the blush is stunning, there is the tiniest shimmer running through which makes a lovely finish. 

benefit Sun Beam

If you are a lover of benefit's High Beam then you will adore Sun Beam, whilst the High Beam gives off a lovely light shimmer which is perfect for any evening occasion or in the winter.  Sun Beam is ideal for bringing your look into the Spring and Summer - hosting a touch of shimmery bronze in your overall look.  It truly is 'liquid sunshine'.  

a picture of benefit Sun Beam


a picture of benefit Sun Beam


a picture of benefit Sun Beam
4.0ml Travel Size Sun Beam

Packaging

benefit Sun Beam miniature comes packaged in a gold plastic bottle with a white lid.  And has a small wand brush (a bit like a nail varnish) to keep any spillages to a minimum.  The travel Sun Beam provides you with 
a picture of benefit Sun Beam swatches
benefit Sun Beam Swatch
As you can see from the swatch it is a very light golden colour with a little shimmer.  I apply this on the tops of my cheekbones, just under my brow bone and the tiniest amount on my cupids bow to give my skin a natural glow.  

Overall

I absolutely adore this set, unfortunately, I received this from my fellow blogger friend Leslie who lives in New York and it is not available to buy this particular set in the UK(well it isn't advertised on the website) It seems to only be available from Sephora for $12 which will suit all my American followers.  

However, for UK residents benefit sells both the Coralista and Sun Beam individually on their website. 

The Coralista retails at £23.50 for the full size, you can't buy the miniature one on its own i'm afraid.  Awesomely though Sun Beam is available to buy in both full and travel size retailing at £8.00 for the miniature Sunbeam and £18.50 for the full size bottle of Sun Beam.  

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Confessions of a Blogger Tag


Hello Beauties, I hope you have had a great weekend.  

Tonight I decided to do a 'tag' since I haven't done one in a while and I think they are great to read.  I'd like to thank Erica from 'Abundance of Erica' for tagging me.  Please check out her answers too, she is lovely.  


Have you had any past online presence before? (Other blog, YouTube, etc)
No, this was all really new to me at the beginning. Was starting blind so to speak

Why did you start a blog?
I started blogging because I enjoyed reading blogs, probably even more than magazines.  My sister suggested I started doing my own one.  After some deliberation I decided to give it ago.  

When did you become so serious about starting a blog?
I think I really started getting into the swing of things around October time, the blogging community are really friendly and helpful and there is a lot to learn from your blogging peers.   Everyone has helpful hints and tips and I found that very helpful and encouraging.  I actually consider Georgina from Makeup Pix3 a bit of a mentor she has been so helpful and supportive and has been following me from more or less day one.  So grateful chick thank you .  

What was your first post?
Oh crikey it was so cringeworthy.  It was a short intro post and it was hand on heart - AWFUL.. too cheesy, i'm glad I got my swag together. 

What has been your biggest challenge while blogging?
Finding the time sometimes proves challenging, There is so much you want to blog about but 'real life' sometimes takes over.  What I need to keep reminding myself of this is a hobby for me and it shouldn't stress me when I haven't updated the blog in a couple of days but it doesn't play on your mind because you don't want to let your followers down.  The great thing about your followers though is that they are always there for you and are happy to see you anytime you post - well I know that's how I feel about the blogs I love.  

Where do you see your blog in one year?
I would love to achieve 1000 followers in the first year - this is a pretty BIG goal but I like to aim high. I think i've done well with amount of readers I have already and i'm grateful for every follow I get.  I'm as happy now as the day I got my first follow. 

What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
I love when people comment on my posts and chat to me, this means I am doing something right but also it has helped me establish some really good blogging friends and that is the best feeling. 

What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Not so much discouraging than a pet hate but I don't like it when people leave comments on your post that simply state 'great post let me know if you want to follow each other?'  I think it is quite rude, surely if you like my blog for itself you will follow me, not as some sort of bargaining tool to gain bloggers for yourself.  I don't however mind people leaving there links, you have to do what you have to do, but it is polite if you are going to comment whether you agree with the content or not, it shows you are in fact interested. 

What's your lasting inspiration or motivation?
I love checking my page views, and i'm always looking out for comments and feedback, There is nothing better when a post gets good feed back and it shows people are reading your work.  It is exciting.  I have enjoyed the short time I have been blogging and hope 'A Scottish Lass' continues to grow. 

I tag, Leslie, Georgina & Luchessa to take part but of course if you are reading this and want to do it, awesome.  If you do please leave your links to your post so I can read your confessions too xxx  
  
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Saturday, 23 February 2013

MUA The Artiste Collection - Multi-Use Palette

A fairly new product from MUA is The Artiste Collection - Multi-use Palette.  The MUA palettes are always something special and at a low cost price.  The Artiste Collection is no exception. 


A picture of the MUA Artiste Collection Multi-use palette
A picture of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette

A picture of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette

The Palette

The Artiste Collection contains 6 generously proportioned eyeshadows, 2 blushers, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter.  

Eyeshadows

A picture of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette
a picture of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette
a picture of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette

The merged eyeshadows take on a marbled effect and the pigment is superior.  

Pistachio is a light aqua green colour with a darker aqua marbled through it.  Mocca is creamy by colour and has a purple marbled effect.  Ice is a dark blue with a light blue marbling.  Grape is purple with a blue marbling, Chocolate is brown with a lighter cream marbling and Cookie is a bronze  colour with a pink marbling effect. 

All of the eyeshadows have a delicate shimmer apart from cookie which is a matte.    In my opinion the grape reflects the light the best providing the best shimmery effect but they all have their good qualities.  

Eyeshadow Swatches

swatches of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette
What is your favourite, I love the Pistachio and Grape

Blush, Bronze & Highlight

Blush swatches of MUA The Artiste Collection Multi-use Palette


The blushers are pretty good, Pink Sparkles I'd say is more coral than pink but the colour is gorgeous.  Primrose is also more of a dark peach than a rose colour, but still nice.  You then have your Bronzer - can't really say much about the bronzer it is what it is, would be great for contouring.  Shimmer Kiss is the highlighter and is my favourite out of the four.  The colour is similar to benefit's high beam but in powder form and is particularly nice to use on the brow bone.  

 Packaging

MUA Mini Master Class 'Apply Mocca shade over the entire lid to create a natural, shimmery base.  Define eyes by working Chocolate into the socket area and outer corners for extra wow!!! Finish with swoop of Pink Sparkle for an instant flush of colour'

The Artiste Collection comes in the standard MUA palette packaging which is the rectangular compact with the clear lid which makes viewing the colours easy, it comes with a double ended applicator.  

Overall

MUA never let you down when it comes to their eyeshadow palette's they are always good quality and great value for money.  The Artiste Collection is no exception to the rule.  You are given 17g of product for only £6 in Superdrug this is amazing.  

I must admit this is not my favourite palette of the range, I tend to prefer the brown and cream shades and the undressed palette is my personal top, however, the range of colour in this palette will come in handy and it is really fun to play about with.  The highlighter won't last me very long but because it is so cheap i'll have no problem replacing it.  

The only negative i'd have is that the product can be a bit powdery so be aware if you have cream carpets, also I'd like to see better quality applicators but that just comes down to personal preference. 

I'd give this palette a huge 8/10. 

Do you have this in your collection? 

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Blush Collection

Today I am showing you what I consider to be my top 5 blushes out of my blusher collection.

Believe it or not, It was quite a difficult decision as I am a bit blush daft and have many. So after some serious consideration I decided on my top favourite to date.  

Bobbi Brown 

 This Bobbi Brown blush is a very rich shade of pink with the tinniest speckles of shimmer which isn't too overpowering, it just gives a soft glow to the blush.  This shade is 'Peony Pink'.  I go through phases of wearing this everyday ignoring the rest because it is that pretty.  One thing i'd say is be careful not to put too much on your brush as it is so pigmented you only need a dust or you will end up looking like a clown.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush


This blush is beautifully packaged,  the heart motifs in different shades of pink are so adorable.  This particular blush is from the Physicians Formula 'Happy Booster' range it is said to contain natural plant extracts 'which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins', basically when you wear this you should feel happier.  I'm not convinced this is true however, I do feel good when I wear it, probably because somewhere at the back of my mind I'm thinking be happy!  I also have the lipstick in happy booster to match so I half expect to bounce down the street.

The range of tones and highlighter give your cheeks a radiant glow, it is not too heavy.  This is an American brand but I managed to find a website which will deliver it to the UK here , this product costs £14.95 and well worth it.

Glossybox Blush


I received this blusher in my December's Glossybox and I was quite surprised at the quality of it.  I'm not sure where you would buy this but it is in the shade 'Rosewood' and i'd say is more of a purple shade than a pink.  I find it is quite nice to blend in with a little highlighting powder on a night out.  

Fashionista 


This Fashionista blush is one of the 3 options in the merged baked blush range by Fashionista, New York, Milan and London.  This is the shade 'London' this is a coral tone with pinky veins this gives a lovely everyday look to your cheeks.  It is very build-able on application as it isn't overly powerful. I do find that I need to dab the brush back in and add a little more.  I find that this is actually better than having a major blush accident.  You can buy this at Superdrug for only £4.  They also do a gorgeous baked bronzer too!

NARS - Famous Orgasm



I lusted after the NARS Orgasm blush for absolutely ages and I finally treated my self to it in December with some Christmas vouchers.

This stunning peachy pink shade is gorgeous and flawlessly dresses your cheekbones.  It is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.  

When I first went to buy this I actually expected to receive a slightly bigger compact as the pictures on the NARS website are a little deceiving so I was a little disappointed by the size.  Nevertheless I am really happy that I bought it.

If I had to put these in an order I would say
1. NARS
2. BOBBI
3. FASHIONISTA
4. HAPPY BOOSTER
5. GLOSSYBOX

But this is subject to change - daily :-)




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Monday, 4 February 2013

Dermalogica Microfoliant & Special Cleansing Gel

I had been feeling run down for some time,  battling dry, spotty, irritable skin.  I really needed to remedy this so I decided to take a good look at my skin care regime.

 I am terrible for the latest 'fads' I like to try new products.  I have come to realise that I need to find something that works for me and stick with it.  Switching products constantly isn't good for your skin which I have come to realise.  

A while ago I received Demalogica Cleansing Gel and Dermalogica Microfoliant to try and until about Christmas time they were just lying in a box full of products I'd yet to review.   I can honestly say I shouldn't have put off using them.  

Dermalogica was not not a brand that I was familiar with before receiving these samples.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

'This soap-free, foaming gel cleanser with a refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin, while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris for a super-clean surface. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors'.

I begin my daily skin care regime by apply Dermalogica Special Cleansing gel to clean my face thoroughly.  

The packaging is very plain, I probably would have walked past it in the shops as it isn't very eye catching, this is all about the quality of the product.  No gimmicky slogans, or bright nasty designs.  

It is a clear substance and does not have much of a scent - which is brilliant for me, because my skin is very sensitive to perfumed products.  

It removes my make up (including mascara) well and my skin is left feeling fresh.

I have 4 samples sizes of this and I plan on purchasing the full 250ml bottle when I can - it is £25.50 but I am prepared to spend money on a quality cleanser.  

 Dermalogica daily microfoliant


.Our number one exfoliant! Gentle, Rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.'

After applying the cleanser I apply the microfoliant (everyday).  

This product intrigued me long before trying it.   Since receiving it, I had looked at it for a while wondering about it.  

This is a daily exfoliant powder which I was a bit sceptical about because after doing an exfoliant or skin mask, because they bring the impurities to the surface I was concerned that this may give me a constant out break.  However, this has not been the case.  If anything it has done the opposite. 

Very simply packaged again, when removing the lid it reminded me of baby talc.


Which looks a bit odd but I didn't let it put me off giving it ago.  It isn't overly scented you can smell the rice extracts, in fact it does smell of boiled rice.  

To apply this you shake some of powder onto wet hands and rub into a paste.  




You then apply this all over your face and massage in.  Whilst massaging this in you will get the strangest feeling of soft and rough, it really is the rough with the smooth, whilst being kind to your skin it is gently exfoliating.  Once rinsed I can say hand on heart my face was squeaky clean, I could actually here the squeaking.  

The full size 75g product costs £38.50 which again is pricey but worth it - it will last you a long time.  I have had my 13g tub for over 2 months now. A little will go a long way.  

I give  these products from Dermalogica 10/10.   I am really impressed with them. 


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