Benefit Hello Flawless Face Powder

As much as I love my Benefit Porefessional, my last foray into Benefit was with their infamous ‘They’re Real’ mascara, and I wasn’t overly impressed. I felt it was overpriced for what it was, and didn’t exactly deliver on its promises. Foreshadowing…

So anyway, the reason I ended up buying this was that I had heard about the Bare Minerals pressed powder, and I was intrigued. From what I read, nobody was overly impressed, but the idea of having a pressed powder version of my favourite foundation captured me enough to consider looking around for a similar, high coverage, portable powder. A little research led me to this.

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Far from being just any old pressed powder, this product calls itself ‘a custom powder cover up’. How fancy! The idea is that you can build up the coverage, which was pretty much what I was looking for. Something I could keep in my bag in case of skin emergencies that would also control oil. This one seemed pretty decent, and also the box is adooooorable.

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I went with the shade “I Love Me” Ivory, which I believe is the palest. It was a good colour match generally, but building it up made it ever so slightly more orange.

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Did I mention that I love the packaging? The little square, mirrored box is just so cute I want to cry. It also comes with some fabulous applicators; a thick, soft, square sponge and a brush.

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The sales girl told me that the brush is for sheer, light coverage, and the sponge is for layering it on for full coverage. The words ‘full coverage’ convinced me, and I squirreled it on home, thinking that this could be the powder I was looking for.

My friends, it was not.

I’m not trying to be mean here, but I think that Benefit are seriously deluded when it comes to what their products can do. This was nowhere near full coverage. Not even close. In the below pictures I pasted on a few layers with the sponge, and as you can see, the difference was negligible.

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My biggest skin complaint is always red skin, so I was hoping to cover up the pinkness in my cheeks as well as getting rid of shine. One out of two aint bad. As you can see, the powder definitely covered up shine, but that is honestly all it did. My skin looks exactly the same in both pictures. If anything, I would say it looked better in the first one; the powder succeeded in flattening me out somewhat.

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Good points? Ummm…well, it gets rid of shine. But then, so do all powders. It has an SPF of 15, but to me that is so irrelevant they may as well have not bothered; I think that everyone needs a 30 on their face, and no less. Oh, and the adorable packaging I mentioned? Turns out that having a square pressed powder becomes a mite less awesome when it comes to trying to get it out the corners. As you can see below, it’s a hell of a lot less easy to evenly use a palette when it isn’t circular. Not only that, but this is barely a months worth of gentle daily usage. So it runs out fast too! What fun!

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I am very disappointed. It doesn’t do what it says it does, and it doesn’t do it for the bargain price of £25.50. Eye watering is right. Back in the day, when I used pressed powder religiously, I used to be a big fan of the L’oreal true match one, and it is definitely vastly better-and much cheaper- than this one. If you are looking for a decent, buildable powder, I suggest you give the L’oreal one a go, and give Benefit a massively wide berth.

Once again, I find myself in the position of finding Benefit to be overpriced and under truthful. That aint a good mix. A small part of me blames myself; I didn’t take my time to check it out, just taking the brand on faith. A very stupid thing to do, really, given that I had already been burned once. Fool me once, shame on Benefit, but fool me twice…

New York Haul and Make Up Forever High Definition Powder Review

You guys, you have to go to New York. Seriously. It is the greatest city in the world.

Chilling on Brooklyn Bridge, all casual like.

Chilling on Brooklyn Bridge, all casual like.

We were staying in midtown, a few blocks from Grand Central, in a hotel called the Shelburne NYC which I would thoroughly recommend. We had an amazing time; we saw everything, tried everything; a real NYC experience.

About to go see the Yankees. I felt unbearably American at this precise moment.

About to go see the Yankees. I felt unbearably American at this precise moment.

If you’ve never been, I highly suggest you head over there now. It was literally exactly how it looks on the TV: fast, fun and full of life. I adored it.

The view from the Empire State Building at midnight. There's nothing quite like it.

The view from the Empire State Building at midnight. There’s nothing quite like it.

But anyway, onto the important stuff; the beauty products.

I’ve been back from the US for a month now, which I think has given me adequate time to try out all the things I bought out there.

I don’t think I went too crazy, incidentally; I only visited Sephora 3 times, and they were all totally necessary trips.

Below is my mini NYC haul….

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See what I mean? Not bad, considering. I was trying not too spend too much, since saving for a house really has to come before buying mascara, but I feel like I stuck to the necessities. Sort of.

Anyway, onto the product I’ve chose to review today; High Definition Powder by Make Up For Ever.

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This is a brand I had been dying to try out, a cult, US-only line that I’ve heard nothing but good things about from other bloggers.

I had planned on buying a foundation (which I did; more on that later) but I ended up grabbing this too, simply because I’ve been wanting to get one for a while.

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This is a finishing powder; a colourless, fine grained dust which you brush over your finished face to set and hold your look. I am a big fan of the matte look, plus I have oily skin, so I’ve really wanted to try a finishing power for ages. I figured, why not this one?

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I don’t know if you can see from the picture, but it dispenses through a fine mesh, which is utterly fab; it totally stops the powder going everywhere, like it does with normal dispensers.

The powder itself is super fine, micro granulated with a talcum powder appearance but a much lighter texture. Once you dust it on it vanishes into your face like a second skin, soaking into your pores and holding your makeup in place.

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I LOVE this. Seriously. I kind of thought I would anyway, but I’m still surprised by just how much.

Since the first time I tried it I haven’t gone without; it gives your skin a beautifully subtle finish, and it lasts all day. My face can look like an oil slick, especially in Summer, but I haven’t had to reapply this at all.

I can’t see myself going back to a regular loose powder after this. Since it’s hard to get hold of I am willing to try other brands (I know GOSH do one), but if they don’t live up to it then I will definitely go the Import route. That’s how much I need this in my life.

If you’re looking for a setting powder to keep your face in place, then give this, or other finishing powders, a go; it does the job perfectly, giving your foundation the staying power you’ve only dreamed of. If you have oily skin, don’t even hesitate; day long matte perfection is heading your way…

Covergirl Lash Blast Length Mascara Review

This week I am going on a trip that I’ve been waiting for and planning for months; I’m going to New York.

I CANNOT tell you how excited I am.

I’ve wanted to go to America my whole life, and New York in particular. Anytime that friends go I pester them for information, every last detail. I want to know every tiny thing. And I’m just as interested in the big stuff as the little stuff; to me, going up the Empire State Building is just as exciting as buying a coffee from a real American starbucks and drinking it while reading the New York Times. That’s the stuff dreams are made of.

So I’m going, finally. Next week, for 10 whole days. I’ve planned in meticulous detail where to go, what to see, and what we’re doing to be doing on each day, even at what time. I’m a bit of an overplanner, if I’m honest; I’ve got the whole holiday on a schedule. This may conflict with my boyfriend’s Laissez-faire attitude to holidays, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Potentially whilst crossing THIS bridge!

Potentially whilst crossing THIS bridge!

Anyway, in the midst of all my planning, there’s one thing that totally didn’t occur to me, and weirdly enough that was the beauty products.

I don’t know how this is possible! A whole untapped group of beauty that I’ve never been able to see, and it never even crossed my mind. Until last week, that is, when I was in TK Maxx and spotted this.

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This is a covergirl mascara, a US brand, and one I’ve heard loads about; Taylor Swift is one of their spokespeople, which is enough reason to get excited.

Buy Covergirl and you too can look like this!!

Buy Covergirl and you too can look like this!!

I spotted it and got very excited at the prospect of trying out an American cosmetic brand. Only then did it occur to me that I was GOING to America in just a few weeks. Suddenly images of Sephora were dancing in front of my eyes; I nearly had a mini breakdown in the middle of the shop.

Once I managed to calm myself down I spirited the mascara home with me and unwrapped it straight away. I was a huge fan of the way that they package it with a separate lid so that you can see the brush; why don’t we do that here?

Anyway, I took the mascara out, and that’s when I first noticed it; how much this mascara looks like another of my favourites, Max Factor Lash Extension effect.

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They both have the same conical tube, and the same slim, rubber bristled brush.

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I tried the mascara out and that sealed the deal for me; they were identical. Same subtle lifting and lengthening effect without clumping; the only difference was that the covergirl is waterproof.

You may also notice I sorted my eyebrows out in between pictures. Lily Collins I am not.

You may also notice I sorted my eyebrows out in between pictures. Lily Collins I am not.

I will admit to being a tad let down. I was so excited about buying an American brand, and then it turned out to be a total dupe of my most regularly used mascara. A quick google confirmed it; Max Factor bought the brand, and evidently there are multiple dupes. I’ll make sure to take a few snaps of any I spot in Wallgreens!

So there’s not really a lot to say. I’m reviewing something I’ve reviewed before, multiple times. I still love it. Let’s just hope that the US of A holds a few more exciting products for me! To be continued…

MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder

Today I am reviewing MUA’s Prime & Conceal Powder from their Pro-Base range. There are 3 reasons why I picked up this powder.

  1. I was looking for a new powder, and Instead of the matte finish I usually favour, I decided I wanted something a little more glowy.
  2. It’s MUA, and I am a huge fan of every little thing that they do.
  3. It’s got 4 pretty colours and it looks awesome.

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I spotted this a few months back, and though I was intrigued, I didn’t buy it simply because I had no clue what the hell it was.

To be honest, I still don’t really. The packaging is less than enlightening. The only thing it says on the back of the compact is the following; “A baked, silk touch colour correcting powder that transforms your complexion.”

Lack of commas aside, this description is incredibly vague. It doesn’t explain anything other than what is blatantly obvious. A quick look on the website gave me these two further sentences;

“Apply this powder to help even out skin tone and illuminate. Wear alone or over your makeup to instantly brighten!” 

A little more helpful, at least. We now know that this will even skin tone. It also illuminates and brightens, which is exactly what I was looking for. I had a look at a few reviews, and people seemed impressed, so I invested in one.

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I was super impressed by how cool it looked, but I still didn’t really know what to do with it. I know that green counteracts red, and I know that you’re meant to use yellow on your eyes, but what about the rest of it?? Again, I went to the MUA website…

“Peach – This will warm up any blue hues around your eyes, you can also use this to cover a bruise if you’ve had a bump. 

Lilac – Use this to brighten dull skin tones and counteract yellow tones. 

Yellow – This works especially well on olive and tanned complexions to brighten around your eyes.

Green – This will neutralise red tones in your complexion – if you have rosacea then apply this underneath your foundation.” 

It was at this point that I started to feel a bit cheated. As far as I can tell, peach and yellow do exactly the same thing. I also found the idea that this super pale green powder would neutralise rosacea laughable; this powders are all so pale that you can barely see them doing a gosh darn thing. Seriously. I applied them in all the right places, and my skin looked EXACTLY the same.

MUA then go on to add this gem;

“#MUATip – Remember to apply your skin tone concealer after you’ve corrected the colour to avoid a multi-coloured complexion!” 

I think you’re seriously overreaching there, MUA. I think I would struggle to have anyone notice I have anything on at all, let alone be shocked by my blindingly bright rainbow face.

Plain arm on the left...and with colour stripes on the right. OMG, sooo multi-coloured, amirite?!

Plain arm on the left…and with colour stripes on the right. OMG, sooo multi-coloured, amirite?!

 

I proper layered in those pictures, too. I put on a good 10 fingerfuls before I gave up. There is an incredibly vague, super light amount of colour to each of these, but any attempt at blending will whisk it away in an instant. Pretty much, don’t bother.

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I hadn’t totally given up; I was still hoping that it would work as an all over illuminator, which of course is what I wanted it for. I grabbed a brush, gave it a swirl and covered my face in powder.

It made no difference.

Like, less than no difference. I think actually not putting it on would have been more effective. It doesn’t make me look luminous. It doesn’t correct my skin tone or brighten or do anything of note. It does literally sod all.

I’m willing to believe that maybe I’m using it wrong, somehow, but until someone proves this to me I will just have to assume that all the people who gave it good reviews are on some kind of trendy new hallucinogenic drug.

I bet this looks hella bright on LSD.

I bet this looks hella bright on LSD.

I still think it’s pretty. But I wasn’t exactly hoping to frame it, so that’s no good for anything either.

I tried to like it, I really did, but what am I supposed to do with it? it has no discernible use. I truly believe I could layer this on until I hit the pan, and still not notice anything of merit. If, for some ungodly reason, you are interested in buying one yourself, you can pick it up here for the bargain price of £4. Good luck with those poor life choices.

In the meantime, my friends, I give you my new MUA paperweight.

FYI, it was rubbish at that, too.

FYI, it was rubbish at that, too.

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask by The Body Shop

I LOVE facemasks.

I really, really do.

Anytime I discover a new brand, or a new store, the first thing I do is make a beeline to the facemask section. I’ve been doing facemasks on myself since I was pretty young, and I truly believe the right mask can make the world of difference.

I have a ton. As of writing, I think I have just under 20 face masks in my possession, which I use in rotation. I use them all for different reasons; clay, if I’m having a day in which my face looks like an oil slick. Brightening, if I’m feeling less than luminous. Moisturising, to combat winter dryness. Peel-off, for when I want to feel like a kid who’s gone mental with PVA glue.

I’m always buying new ones, and willing to try every single one I find, but I also have some which I preference, ones which I repurchase, with a proven history of effectiveness. The one I’m writing about today is one of these. I was using it last night, and it suddenly occurred to me that despite being a facemask obsessive, I’ve never really blogged about them. This madness must end!!!!

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This little fella is the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask by The Body Shop. The following attributes are pulled from their website;

This revitalising clay mask cleanses skin and controls excess oil.

  • Draws out impurities
  • Clarifying
  • Refreshing

I should mention at this point that I have a massive bias towards clay masks. This is for a number of reasons; I have a pretty oily T-zone, for one thing, and clay is the best thing for oily skin. I also love the idea of slathering on a really thick mask, a hefty layer of mud, and having all the grim and dirt soak up into it like a sponge. You can really only get this effect with a clay mask, and that’s the reason I was first drawn to this one.

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As you can see, this is truly a mud mask, to a massive degree. It’s SO thick. It may be the thickest mud mask I’ve ever used. You truly have to dig in order to scoop out a fingerful of this stuff; it’s the kind of nightmare mud that used to make me hate hockey at school.

Fortunately, on your face, it’s heaven. It’s thick, gritty, and really feels like it’s gonna super power its way through your face, taking all dirt and oil with it. It’s so thick that you really don’t need a massive amount to get solid coverage, which is fantastic, as it means you can get more uses out of it.

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Another great thing about this mask is how fast it dries. Most mud masks take their own sweet time, but this one is crusty in under 10 minutes; practically a miracle given how thick it is. It also does this pretty cool thing where it shows you what it’s doing; as you can see in the pictures below, as it dries, you can see oily spots on my nose, where the mask is soaking up the grossness.

Go ahead, look at my oily pores. I dare you.

Go ahead, look at my oily pores. I dare you.

I can’t even explain how much fun this is to observe. It’s like using that mouthwash where you spit all the bacteria into the sink afterwards; gross, but intensely satisfying.

My skin always feels great after I wash this mask off. Fresh and clear, without a drop of oil in sight. It brightens up my T-zone considerably, and I feel like it keeps oil at bay for at least a few days afterwards.

It has a lovely, fresh, oceany smell (that would be the seaweed then) which makes me feel like I’m having a proper, spa facial. I can’t speak to what it tastes like, but my cat seemed to enjoy it.

That's fine Parsley, you go right ahead and snack on my face.

That’s fine Parsley, you go right ahead and snack on my face.

There had to be a downside, of course, and here it is; this is one of those masks that can sting like hell on earth. If you’ve ever had a stingy face mask, you know exactly what I mean. That horrid, itchy, burning sensation that makes you want to wash off the mask STRAIGHT AWAY before you lose all the skin on your face. That feeling.

Now to be fair, I don’t get this all the time. It happened the first 2 times I used it, and lasted for about a minute before settling down. I’ve always told myself this is just my skin being super cleaned, but I really don’t know if that’s true. It certainly is true that after my skin got used to it, the stingy feeling went away, never to return, but I still feel like I need to warn you. If you have sensitive skin, this may be one to avoid.

I do love it, though. It’s one of the more satisfying mud masks I’ve used, and the gritty texture gives you a bit of exfoliation when you wash it off.

You can buy it here for £13, and according to their website it’s a bestseller, which I can totally understand. An amazing face mask for a solid price, with only a slight chance of extreme face burn. I call that a win!

Ren V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream

Today’s review is something I’ve been meaning to talk about for a long time; so long, in fact, that when I went to find the website link for the product, I found out it now has a different name. as a result, the product in the pictures is Ren Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream, but the product I’m reviewing is V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream.

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I’m not sure I’m a fan of the new name, to be honest. “V-Cense” sounds like a chastity club to me, not an epic face cream. Plus, having Frankincense written on the tube made me feel a little bit Christmassy every time I used it. Still, at least they haven’t discontinued it.

I actually feel really bad that I didn’t review this sooner, as this product was pretty revolutionary for me. Up until the point that I tried this, I had a pretty so-so relationship with night cream. I had tried loads, and there were some that woke me up with nice skin, some that didn’t, but none that really gave me the ‘wow’ factor I was looking for. I did find this wow factor by using Bio Oil as a night cream, incidentally, but that’s different; Bio Oil is a super strength, regenerating skin oil, and I was just USING it as a night cream. An actual, fully fledged night cream that actually amazed me was proving frustratingly elusive.

I got a teeny mini tube of this free with a magazine, and I instantly stuck it in my handbag and forgot about it. Fast forward a few months; I was at my boyfriends, and my night cream had run out. I remembered this was in my handbag, slung it on, and went to bed. Didn’t really think much of it, to be honest. It smells ordinary, feels ordinary. Goes on nicely and all that jazz, but nothing stood out.

Then I woke up.

My friends, I woke up into a world of REN.

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My skin was soooo soft. And not only that, but it actually felt firmer, plumped up. I was amazed; I’ve always read about creams promising to firm and plump your skin, but I write that off as sales blurb. I never expected it to be something you could actually feel on your face, let alone overnight. But the proof was undeniable. I couldn’t stop stroking my face, marvelling at the difference the cream had made. Not only that, but when I headed into the bathroom, I was actually taken aback at how smooth and vibrant my skin looked. It was incredible!

As soon as I got into work that morning, (stroking my face in the car on the way), I went straight online and headed for the REN website to find this cream. It was a lot more than I would usually spend- £32- but I didn’t even hesitate. I put it straight in my basket and headed for the checkout. No questions asked.

That was a long time ago, and I’ve since purchased my second tube. I love this stuff. True love. It’s the only night cream that has ever given me such noticeable results, and it continues to do so after all this time. I now alternate between using this and Bio Oil, and my skin is the best It’s ever been.

This, combined with the Simple day cream I reviewed a little while back, means that I have finally achieved a goal I’ve had since my early teens; finding a reliable, amazing day/night cream set that ACTUALLY works. This does. The two of them combined have my skin in tip top condition, and I now don’t even glance at the other face creams. I don’t need to; I’ve found my destiny!

You can get hold of this cream here, and I really would recommend it. If, like me, you’ve never really found a cream that made you wake up with noticeably improved skin, then this is the stuff for you. If you can, try and find a mini tube and try it first, like I did; I’m betting you won’t be disappointed 😉

Magazine Freebies Roundup: November 2014

After a few quiet months, UK magazines have finally got their act together and given us some decent freebies! As per usual, I’m starting with the least interesting.

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In Style: Murad Cleanser

A mini Murad cleanser from In Style this month. It’s a nice travel size, and it calls itself ‘luxury’ which is always good. Can’t speak for the brand, as I’ve never tried it, but it sounds decent enough! It describes itself as an AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser, which in my opinion is a great thing; can’t get enough of those fruit exfoliants! It also calls itself ‘age reform’ though, and since I don’t quite feel old enough for age reform yet, that combined with my lack of affection for the magazine put me off buying it.

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 Cosmopolitan: Nip + Fab Body Cream

Can we take a second to appreciate the fact that Queen Taylor of Swift is on the cover? Looking particularly fabulous and wintery in purple, no less! Yes, I totally love Taylor. So should we all. End of.

Anyway, Cosmo are offering a Nip  + Fab ‘Slim Fix’ moisturiser, which describes itself as a  2 in one toning gel. Which is great, I guess, but I just don’t believe you can buy skinny in a tube. I don’t have to find out, either, as unfortunately I bought my copy at WHSmith before I spotted this freebie in Tesco. So If you fancy it, looks like it’s a Tesco exclusive!

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 Glamour: Nails Inc Nail Polish

This one I bought without hesitation, since I am A) a HUGE fan of Glamour (best mag ever) and B) a big Nails Inc fan. I chose a lovely dark purple shade, but there was also a warm, shimmery red, a maroon brown and a gold beige.

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 Elle: Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner

Reasons I haven’t bought this yet:

  • I don’t really care for Elle magazine
  • I was very disappointed by the “They’re Real” mascara
  • I have about 20 eyeliners already

Reasons I will probably go and buy it before the end of the month:

  • I kinda want to try out this new eyeliner, as it’s been getting great reviews.
  • £4, while expensive for a magazine, is a delightful price to pay for a handbag size Benefit eyeliner
  • I can’t resist a mini

So, whilst I imagine I will end up with this, I haven’t yet indulged. The reasons that it’s worth getting are undeniable, though, so do let me know if you go for it!

Simple SPF30 Protecting Moisture Cream

You guys, I am SO excited about the product I’m talking about today.

As regular readers will know, I have a minor obsession with suncream. Being very pale and freckled, this is down to necessity, but I am also rather passionate about getting other people to use suncream, even if they think they don’t need it. A tan is just as dangerous a cause of skin cancer as burning is!

Whilst I’m not asking everyone to be as militant about applying suncream as I am, I do think that people should be using an spf face cream, daily, as a standard. Not only does it protect you from the obvious dangers, but it also protects your skin from ageing, and as a result an SPF day cream is really something everyone should have in their armoury all year round.

I’ve reviewed a couple before, specifically the super strength SPF50 SunSense one (great for summer and holidays) and the delicately scented Soap and Glory SPF25 one (which I was greatly enamoured with for a while, but over time became less of a fan of the slightly sticky texture on my oily skin.) In both cases, I wasn’t happy with the shiny, dewy finish, and in the case of the Soap and Glory, I was very aware that I hadn’t quite reached the recommended SPF30 minimum.

After the incredibly bright summer we had this year, I was even more determined to find an SPF30 face cream which ticked all the boxes for me, which, as a reminder, are the following;

–          Have a light texture

–          Absorb super-fast

–          Have a high SPF

–          Make my skin soft

With a fresh surge of determination, I got onto Google, ready to hunker down and find an amazing face cream, no matter how long it took.

It took me less than a minute.

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I am utterly clueless as to how I didn’t spot this before. Maybe it’s new?! I hope so, because if not I feel like a total fool for not seeing it. Simple is one of those classic, go-to brands, that for some reason I’ve never actually used! I came across this cream pretty fast, though, and I was amazed as I read the description; it seemed to have everything I was looking for.

From the description on the back…

“For protected and radiant looking skin…

Our Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30 is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients with SPF protection to give dehydrated, tired and dull skin a boost of hydration while protecting it from UVA & UVB rays. The light texture absorbs quickly into your skin to rapidly replenish moisture levels for up to 24 hours. Perfect even for sensitive skin.

Simple goodness…

  • · 2 Vitamins
    • Vitamin B3
    • Vitamin E
  • · 2 Skin Loving Ingredients
    • Glycerin
    • Sweet Almond Oil
  • · No Artificial Perfume or Colour and No Harsh Chemicals”

I was pretty darn excited from the description; the words ‘light texture’ and ‘quickly absorbed’, 2 items on my wishlist, are literally written right there on the bottle. The references to ‘a boost of hydration’ and ‘replenished moisture levels’ seemed to tick the ‘making skin soft’ box, and not only was the SPF the recommended 30, but it contains both UVA (for skin cancer protection) and UVB (for wrinkle protection)! Perfection itself! And not only that, but as it was on sale for about £3.50, insanely cheap, and ¼ of the price of my previous Soap and Glory!

I will admit to being slightly worried when I first pressed the dispenser; the cream was bright, bright white, just like all the super sticky suncreams I’ve ever used, and seemed incredibly thick. It also dispensed a large amount in one pump, as you can see below.

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But I shouldn’t have been worried. I can’t deny this feels thick when you smear it on, but it literally sinks into your skin in under 30 seconds. LITERALLY. You go from having white smears all over your face to matte perfect skin in less than half a minute; it’s really rather miraculous. That’s another thing I adore; the matte finish. All my other suncreams have left me with a dewy, slightly sticky finish; not so this one. Matte skin perfection, which for someone with my oily skin is pretty darn impressive. It’s ready to have makeup on top in about a minute, but if you leave it plain your face will feel so soft that you won’t be able to stop touching it.

Not only that, but it genuinely is kind to skin. I’ve been using it for about a month, every day, and in the last week I’ve stopped wearing makeup. Completely. I am totally bare faced as I write this, and I couldn’t be happier. Here I am, right this second, naked faced and proud!

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My skin genuinely looks the best it ever has, and I even thing my biggest bugbear- my pink cheeks- is actually improving. God knows how, but I have found a high SPF day cream that actually IMPROVES your skin. Before this, I had always believed that only a good night cream was worth investing in, as day cream couldn’t put iteslf to work in the same way, but Simple have proved me wrong. A.mazing.

So, to sum up, it’s perfect and fabulous and wonderful. It not only makes a wonderful base for your makeup (if you need it after how fab it makes your skin!) but it also ensures that your neck, chest, arms and hands are all receiving sun protection every day. It makes your skin amazing, and everyone should buy it right now. The end. No arguments. DO IT.

Magazine Freebies Roundup: July 2014

After a disappointing few months for the magazines, they’re back in force with a ton of free stuff for Summer. Huzzah!! Let’s start, as ever, with the ones I didn’t buy.

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Harpers Bazar has a free L’Occitane fragrance which seems like a rather adorable freebie. It wasn’t enough to tempt me, but if you are already a user of their fragrances, what a great way to get a travel size!

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In Style have a free Neals Yard handcream. As of this moment I have 7 tubes of handcream to use up, so this was really easy to resist.

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Elle have a Malin and Goetz travel set containing cleanser, face cream and lip balm. This is exactly the kind of thing I’d usually jump at, but I hadn’t heard of the brand, so it wasn’t a must have. Add that to the fact that Cheryl Cole was on the cover (can’t stand her) and it made it even easier to turn down.

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Red had a Rodial lip balm free, which sounded rather nice, but I have approximately 20 lipbalms already, and since I’ve recently picked a favourite I’m trying to cut down. (More on that later!) As a result, I didn’t get this.

Ok, so moving swiftly on to the magazines I did buy!

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Marie Claire had Katherine Heigl on the cover this month, which was really rather offputting. There’s something about her I just can’t bear; she’s so smug, and nowhere near as talented as she thinks she is. Anyway, I put that aside for the cool freebie; a Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. Its a thick, sticky scrub which you slather onto your face, then the instructions say to remove with a cloth. I didn’t actually use a cloth the first time, trying to wash it off with just water, and it did not go well. Thick, sticky and immovable this stuff is! I eventually got it off, and my face was nice and smooth, but I’ll defo be using a cloth in future!

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Cosmopolitan had dear old Nicole on the cover, who I do like. Only worth mentioning cos I’ve been so negative about everyone else! Haha! Anyway, they were giving away some New CID cosmetics, a choice of a lip or cheek tint or a mascara. I went with the mascara, and was rather underwhelmed. I’ll update this later when I have pics, but for now safe to say it was rather generic.

photo 4Finally we have Glamour, my fave magazine, who brought me the best gift and the worst cover. Yep, hate Ellie too. Was the month for me to hate on cover stars! Anyway, it was a choice of Clinique products, which is rather cool. I already had the moisturiser and mascara full size, so I went with the lipstick instead. Again, will update later with pics, but it’s pretty decent!

So that was July. More quantity over quality maybe?? Hey, I’m just happy to have some freebies!!

 

Magazine Freebies Roundup; April 2014

It’s only just occurred to me that I forgot to post a magazine freebies review this month. Sacrilege! It was a pretty good one too, even though only one magazine had something on offer! Courtesy of In Style, I bring you Eyeko lash curlers!

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£12 worth of curlers for £4 is a steal, so it’s well worth the investment. These are good ones, too!

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The best thing about these was the nice solid grip; they felt super strong, and have wide, easy to use finger pads. They are also covered in dark blue velvet, making them comy to hold. I appreciate the hell out of this, as I used to use some with ‘scissor’ style handles that were very uncomfortable to use. These are lush. I took a close up to show the velvet, but I’m not sure you can really see it!

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I’m don’t think I need to say much to convince you these are worth the investment. Surely everyone uses eyelash curlers; they are undoubtedly the best thing you can do with your lashes. No amount of mascara is going to make a difference if you don’t curl first, as this picture proves. My bare lashes are on the left, and on the right all I’ve done is curled them once.

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So much more awake! Its hardly worth putting on mascara without waking up your lashes first, and these ones work perfectly. I usually blast my curlers with a hairdryer for 10 seconds before I curl, as it makes soo much difference; if you’ve never tried this, give it a go. You won’t regret it! In the meantime, I suggest you pop out and pick up a copy of In Style before the month ends!!