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Monday, 22 July 2013

TOP 5 Summer Picks From Bourjois - Sandra, The Black Pearl Blog


Hi everyone. My name is Sandra and I blog over at The Black Pearl Blog. I usually write about beauty, but I like to add a variety of posts, from home decor to healthy eating. When Laura asked me to guest post on her blog, I knew exactly what to write about - my favourite high street makeup brand - Bourjois. I absolutely love their products and they keep releasing new gems, making me a happy bunny :) Today, I wanted to share my top 5 summer products from this fantastic (and affordable) brand.

I don't like using heavy bases in summer, so I've been reaching for the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (£10.99) quite often. It feels very light and looks natural on my skin. It gives light to medium coverage and a dewy finish. If you want to keep your complexion matte, you can dust your face with a little bit of your favourite powder. It isn't the cheapest drug store foundation, but it is definitely worth the price tag and it is very similar to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. 

If you are not bored of lip crayons yet, you will love these! The Color Boost Lip Crayons are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They give a super glossy finish and add the perfect amount of colour to the lips. They are available in four shades, all vibrant and summer appropriate. They cost £7.99 each, but you can pick them up on offer in Boots.

Cream blushers are perfect for summer and the reformulated Little Round Pots (£7.99) stole my heart. The "cream to powder" formula is easy to apply and gives a lovely, natural looking finish. I dab them onto my cheeks with my fingers and I am ready to go.

The last two Bourjois products I wanted to mention are from their bronzing range. The Bronzing Primer (£9.99) is perfect for adding a bit of colour to your face and smoothing the complexion. It is a light mousse, it let's your skin breathe and.... it smells like chocolate! You can use it as a base, or as a cream bronzer. If you prefer powders, the Maxi Delight Bronzer (£8.99) could be a better option for you! It adds a gorgeous bronzed glow with a bit of gold shimmer and I love applying it onto my décolletage and shoulders. 

L-R- healthy mix serum, bronzing primer, maxi delight bronzer, cream blusher 02, cream blusher 04, Color Boost Lip Crayon in Fuchsia Libre, Color Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch

I hope you enjoyed this post and got some Summer makeup recommendations.  If you haven't tried Bourjois products yet, I would definitely recommend checking them out. Their products are always on offer in Boots and Superdrug and they are worth every single penny! I reviewed all the products mentioned in this post on my blog and you can read my reviews here.

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Origins 'Brighter by Nature' Review

Hi everyoooone :)

Today I've been given the opportunity to appear on Laura's blog which is a lovely change for me and I'm very grateful. Laura liked the idea of me doing a review post for the Origins Brighter by nature SPF35 skin tone correcting moisturiser so that is exactly what I plan to do! Lets get to it!

Now first of all let me say that for me this is quite a luxurious pricey product at £37 which my student bank balance can't cater for. However my jammy dodger of a Mr went to Vegas a couple of months ago and spoiled me rotten with beauty gifts from sephora (eeeeek). This little gem was one of those wonderful products. I chose this because I thought it would be fantastic for the summer months at keeping my skin protected from sun damage and would be the first origin product that I would try! (not to be the last I must stress)

First impressions

My initial thoughts upon opening this little pot were "wow this stuff smells absolutely divine" I know that isn't a beauty product necessity but it ticks a box for me. On my first application I was pleasantly surprised by how little I needed to use. I just applied a teeny splodge on the end of my finger and spotted it across my face. I was amazed that this little amount spread across my entire face without the need to add anymore. This then got me thinking "wow this is going to last me a long time". I will mention here that I have been using this moisturiser at leeeeast once a day and I've only just started to use the product from the pot rather than that gathered in the lid. (Yes really)! The application does feel quite thick in consistency when first applied and I would personally put this down to the SPF contained within the product. SPF can often feel as though it is sitting on the skin and not being absorbed which leaves you with a greasy, coated feeling for the rest of the day. This is not the case with this moisturiser. Although it does feel quite similar to that to begin with I did notice that after a few minutes it has certainly absorbed into my skin better. The trick that I have become accustomed to when using this is applying it first thing in a morning after cleansing, going downstairs for my breakfast, doing my hair, by this point my face feels a lot less greasy and ready for makeup. If you were to apply makeup immediately after applying this I believe it would feel quite cakey and greasy especially for those like me with slightly oilier skin. Having said that those with dry skin might not suffer the same problem. My makeup sits nicely on top of it along with an oil controlling product, and so far, after many afternoon sat out enjoying the sun, my skin has been thoroughly protected and burn free (only overrun by freckles!!).

2 months later....

2 months later I can still report that I am thoroughly enjoying this product and it has become a summer essential for me. I wouldn't dream of going out on a sunny day without this to care for my cheeky chops :). Have I noticed any changes in the condition of my skin? Of that I'm not entirely sure! It does appear to be gradually minimising the appearance of old spot scarring and certainly heals the redness and scarring faster when a new one appears. This doesn't mean all hope is lost however. The main positive for me is that I feel like I'm protecting my face for the future. One of the main causes of uneven skin tone is sun damage. Therefore by wearing a high SPF underneath my makeup on a daily basis I'm lowering my chances of any further damage. That to me is a win win! The moisturiser is also super hydrating so I think it would be perfect for those suffering with dry skin. If I had really oily skin I think I might steer clear of this simply because it's a rather thick consistency.

All in all I'm definitely going to continue using this every day religiously until it disappears completely! Then I might consider forking out for another, unless I find a cheaper alternative that does the same job! Alternatively I can hope that Kevin visits Vegas again and is feeling generous enough to shower me with beauty gifts hehe!

If you've enjoyed reading my post please have a mooch over to my little blog and take a nose around!

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Airport Makeup Bag

Aloha lovelies.  Well thought I'd just check in with you all. I have been away a week visiting relatives and tonight I'm waiting to catch a flight to Ibiza. I hope you have enjoyed reading all the lovely guest posts that have already appeared. I know I have. 

Well since I still have an hour to wait before check in, and I sit here drinking my Red Bull, I thought, what better way to pass the time than to write 'what's in my essential airport makeup bag'. You are only allowed 100mls, so here are my picks.  

I always worry my suitcase will get lost with my main toilet bag. These are my basics for that emergency:

Black mascara to revive tired eyes

A saviour for any occasion and it has an SPF of 25, which is ideal.  

This Nubian brown goddess pencil will help define my eyes and also my eyebrows. (Courtesy of Cocktail) Cosmetics).

Blush and Lips 2-1 ('not just a hat rack') :-)

To get rid of any unwanted shine.

Moisturising lip colour. 

Stippling and Powder brushes by Real Techniques. 

Hopefully, these will keep me going if my suitcase goes missing. - touch wood .

Wishing you guys a lovely couple of weeks and I leave my blog in the most capable hands of some gorgeous bloggers. 

Bon Voyage xxxx

Ps. Since I started this post I stopped by Duty Free. Um this happened. ... To be continued. 


Saturday, 13 July 2013

How to: Everlasting Lipstick

Hi, my name is Yuen and I blog at The Craziest Paradigm.   I would like to thank Laura for letting me guest post!
As a girl, a lip stick is often a must. They come in so many shades and finishes that there's something for everyone! But what most people dislike is touching up during the day. 

What if there isn't a mirror? Or if there isn't enough time? 
Here are some quick steps to ensure that your lipstick lasts:

1. Scrub it - Use a lip scrub or a toothbrush to gently remove the dead, dry skin. Lipstick won't stick to dry, flaky lips and no matter what you do, it's always important to have a good, clean base.

2. Balm it - Apply a layer of lip balm. Lip sticks can dry your lips out, so apply a layer of lip balm underneath to protect your lips and to keep them moisturized

3. Dab it - Dab a bit of foundation on your lips and it fills in fine lines and give your lipstick something to cling to

4. Line it - Using a lip liner that matches your natural lip color, line and fill your lips to create a base for the lipstick to prevent bleeding. By using a liner that's similar to your natural color, it prevents any major contrast between the liner shade and the lipstick shade

5. Apply it - Apply that lipstick!

6. Blot it - With a tissue, gently blot your lips as it'll extend the wear of your lipstick

7. Layer it - Apply another layer!

8. Seal it - Using translucent loose powder, lightly dust your lips to seal in the colour

That's it! Now you don't have to bring your lipstick out with you and save space in your bag!
How do you make your lipstick last?

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Foundation Collection - Best & Worst

Today I am sharing with you my Foundation Collection, this does not include any BB or CC Cream.  Why do I have so many?  Well to be honest, I do have too many, I don't use them all any more but most importantly, it takes me a long time to really like a Foundation that really meets my expectations and works well with my skin.  I also like to try new items to see if they are any better than the one I use at current.    
 I'm going to quickly run through my collection, in no particular order of preference.

Dior Forever Foundation
Price: £32.00
Pros:  full coverage, long lasting
Cons: very heavy, will melt on a sunny day and threaten to look slightly caked.
Best uses:  Evening time - I would use this foundation if I had a special event to go too and I was looking to be more 'made up'  especially good if you are having a bit of a skin nightmare.  This will cover any blemish, mark or scar.
Day Wear - 4/10
Evening Wear - 8/10

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light
Price: £28.50
Pros:  Not as heavy as the normal Double Wear, gives a good coverage and a little of this goes along way
Cons:  You have to be careful how much product you use, too much = foundation nightmare = 'cakey'
Best Uses:  Evening time for a flawless makeup look
Day Wear - 5/10
Evening Wear - 7/10

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
Price: £8.99
Pros: Light consistency, Build able coverage, long lasting, excellent day wear.  Most importantly - very very similar to NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, natural looking, translucent and dewy.
Cons:  No pump nozzle - through laziness this irritates me, care must be taken as is a spilling hazard, quite sheer so if you have bad skin you would have to build the product up.
Best Uses:  Day wear - all the way.
Day Wear - 10/10
Evening Wear - 6/10

Rimmel Wake me up Foundation
Price: £8.99
Pros:  good price, fair coverage, designed to give you a morning glow
Cons:  I used to like this foundation until I tried the Revlon Nearly Naked.  This foundation is a lot 'stodgier' than the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation.  I find it starts to melt off my face over time.
Best Uses:  day wear
Day Wear - 4/10
Evening Wear - 4/10
Price £27.00
Pros:  Extremely lightweight, build able, good shade, semi-matte finish
Cons:  because it is so lightweight, this is no use to me if I have a bad break out - resembles a BB Cream.
Best Uses:  If you have good skin, ideal for wearing through the day
Day Wear 7/10
Evening Wear 3/10

Cargo Foundation
Price £22.00
Pros:  Unbelievably similar to the Urban Decay Naked Skin, quirky packaging that reminds me of a Capri Sun
Cons:  I wouldn't recommend using this if you have problematic skin or require slightly more skin confidence
Best Uses:  Day Wear
Day Wear 7/10
Evening 3/10
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Price £31.00
Pros: compact packaging and nozzle head, lightweight, build able, feels expensive on the skin and smells lovely and the skin just glows.
Cons:  Tad Pricy, for a fuller coverage really need to spend time applying a couple of layers
Best Uses: Day Wear
Day Wear 8/10
Evening 7/10

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Price: £30.50
Pros:  Beautiful tone on the skin, nice lightweight with satin finish.  medium coverage, long lasting and hydrating
Cons: The price, though a lovely foundation it is very like Revlon Naked Skin at a fraction of the price, however, if you like a little luxury so worth it.  No pump or nozzle head which I find a little clumsy at times
Best Uses:  I feel good wearing this whatever time of day.
Day Wear 9/10
Evening 9/10

YSL Touche Éclat
Price:  £29
Pros:  Think I saved the very best for last because this is my 'HG' foundation.  Great for covering the dark shadows and evening out skin tone.  Long lasting, great coverage.  Pump head, not too heavy, ideal for day or night
Cons: Again, a little pricey but if you have a higher budget definitely worth the hype
Best Uses: wear this all day everyday
Day Wear 10/10
Evening 10/10

Please tell me I am not the only one with too many foundations?
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

July Favourites Updated!

Since I didn't have time to fit a June favourites in, I thought I would post my July one early this month.  My July favourites are also my essentials for the warmer weather.
When it is hot outside don't be too heavy handed with your make up, use a product that is fresh and fast.  I am going to Ibiza soon and I want something that is quick and simple for during the day.

Dior BB Cream
The Dior BB Cream gives me skin confidence on a summers day.   Not too heavy, extremely build able and completely flawless.  I suffer from Rocessa brought on by stress and I get really horrible red patches, this BB Cream covers them all.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir - PICK OF THE MONTH
I received this Caudalie Beauty Elixir in the Selfridges Summer Beauty Box.  The ultimate treat for your skin.  Spray all over your face before you apply your moisturiser and your face will feel instantly rejuvenated and energised.  It is an excellent 'anti dull' complexion treatment and it smells lovely.  I always feel calmer after using this product - must be the ingredients which consist mainly of grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and rosemary.   
This is my favourite moisturiser - I am a complete Clarins junkie now after years of being a Clarins Virgin. It has a light weight formula and is non greasy I just love it.  Quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling very soft.

A while ago the lovely people over at the Vintage Cosmetic Company sent me a pair of their eyelash curlers to review and I'm embarassed to admit that before receiving them, I had never used a pair.  I was a bit apprehensive to start with as I hate anything being so near to my eyes,  I blink uncontrollably - usually on the application of eyeliner, however, once I got into the swing of using these, I really liked the results.  What a difference taking 2 minutes to add this step into your daily routine makes.  I use them everyday now, I think they are fantastic.    What do you think of curlers?  Have you ever tried the heated ones? I'd be interested in hearing how they compare.  
Benefit they're Real!  Mascara
I have received so many of these mascara samples whether it be from beauty swaps or magazines it has been great!  I have never had to buy the full size yet.  This mascara really lengthens the lashes and is non gloopy.  I also own Bad Gal but if they were put to the test I would pick 'they're real' every time.

Fahsionista Blush - London
The Fashionista baked blushes are beautiful and leave a delicate hint of colour on the skin, build able too if you want a stronger look.  They are also a massive bargain at only £2 from Superdrug.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray
 I also featured this in my 'May Favourites' post and my feelings towards this hasn't changed.  Spray, Scrunch, go!  Amazing results!  All I can say is, just buy it.
Chanel Bronze Universel Soleil Tan De Chanel
Every girl should have a bronzer for the summer to give your face the ultimate healthy glow.  My favourite is this one by Chanel, albeit pricey,  so worth it.   There are many bronzers out there, just as good,but for a cheaper price tag - I have heard many good things about Bourjois for instance.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
I don't know whether you will remember or not but in my '30 before 30' post, one of the items on the list, was to read at least a book a month before my 30th.  Well this months first choice is this book, Flowers for Algernon.  I remember reading this in secondary school and I fell in love with it a very touching read.  One which I have read many times. 

What were your favourites this month?

Note - I am going away for a couple of weeks and I am looking for guest bloggers, if you would be interested please email me or leave your details in the box below and i'll be in touch. Thanks. 

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Saturday, 6 July 2013

Beauty - Things I Suck At.

What a beautiful Saturday for most of the UK.  I took the kiddiewinkles to the beach for the day and let them run wild, whilst I caught up on my favourite blog reading - though myself have lost my mojo  and have been suffering from major bloggers block  So tonight's post is a tag, hope you don't mind!? 

Beauty Things I Suck At!  
It is really non specific but here are a few of my beauty woes:

I am absolutely terrible at applying this.  My hands seem to shake a lot when I try to do it and my eyes blink uncontrollably, I swear it takes me forever to get it right.  I find it the most frustrating thing about  make up application.

Washing my Make up Brushes
I have to say, you really would be disgusted with me over the length of time I take to wash my brushes.  It is always a job I 'put off for another day'.  I really should take more pride over this.

Fake tanning
I always end up with nasty orange patches on my elbows, they are so ghastly.  How do I get rid of these - I do exfoliate and moisturise prior to the task?

I once shaved half of my right eyebrow off with an electric facial hair trimmer. It has never looked the same since and I have to take a lot of time adjusting it to make it look even.  It is a daily chore of mine.

Night Cream
I have so many night cream products but never remember to apply them, complete laziness on my part -I wonder why I have dry skin in the mornings and resemble a lot older looking woman (nice swerve).

Eye Shadow
I like to think that I am ok at this actually however, there is always one eye that looks far better than the other - also blow drying my hair, my left side always looks 10 times better than the right.

Well there you have it.  What are your beauty frustrations?

I am still lacking in inspiration so if you have any requests please let me know.
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Friday, 5 July 2013

MAC Satin Lipstick - Sushi Kiss

One of my favourite things about the summer is all the beautiful colours, I love nothing more than lying in the garden, reading a book, sipping a Chardonnay and admiring the array of colours surrounding me... the way I go on you'd think I was in the Caribbean not Aberdeenshire!
It isn't just the colours of the garden that get me going it is the bright clothes and definitely the bright colours for lips.  My all time favourite shade for summer is coral and my favourite colours are orange and red.    So when MAC released their 'All about Orange' collection, my heart skipped a few beats.  Stunning!  Unfortunately, I was a little behind jumping on the band wagon for this one and a lot of the products were sold out, luckily I managed to pick up a few pieces on a blog sale.  I bought MAC Powder Blush in 'Honey Jasmine' (review to follow) and this gorgeous satin lipstick in Sushi Kiss.  What isn't to love about that name, Sushi and Kissing both awesome.
MAC Sushi Kiss is a vibrant standout coral/peachy shade with a satin finish.  Extremely creamy on application and moisturising.  Worn with a shimmery lip gloss on top is simply stunning.    I'm never sure if I can pull off this shade being so fond of my rouge however, I love it.    Normally I am more a  'matte finish' kind of girl but this lipstick is particularly pretty with a sheen.
Did you manage to get your hands on anything from the All About Orange Collection?  What is your favourite summer shade?

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