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Maybelline Lash Sensational Review

When it comes to mascara I must admit that I’m usually an avid Bene-babe. Such a fan, I can put my hands up to often making a naughty purchase or two whenever Head Benefit Makeup Artist Lisa Potter-Coyne is on QVC.

I get completely drawn in by the offers and Lisa’s warm, fun personality as she showcases the latest makeup trends. – Can you tell I have a slight girl crush!

Not only do I love their general makeup ethos, their fabulously pretty packaging and the obvious results, make it a firm favourite in my beauty bag. In fact, I’d say 90% of my makeup is Benefit. Oops.

But when my ‘They’re Real’ ran dry on a recent trip away, panic took over as the only brands stocked in the drug store were the usual suspects, so grabbing what I could, I prayed to the beauty gods to give me a break and make it a worthy purchase.

Well my prayers must have been answered, because despite my reluctance, the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara turned out to be quite the hidden gem.

Like most mascaras on first use it was a little wet and messy, but once I had cleaned off the excess product and given it a good wiggle along my eye line, it soon started to transform my short fluffy lashes into an array of fluttery spider legs.

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The first coat leaves much to be desired, but be patient as three coats later it gives an incredible look that could be classed as false lashes.

Like my old faithful ‘They’re Real’ is does draw similarities on removal, as it just doesn’t seem to want to come off. I would definitely recommend having some makeup remover to hand or even my personal favourite Cleanse & Polish by Liz Earle.

I never thought I would reconsider my love for Benefit, but now I’ve seen just how good the drug store brands are becoming it’s obvious that Benefit has stiff competition.

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If you want the ‘They’re Real’ effect without the premium price tag, I would definitely recommend giving the Lash Sensational a go, as unlike many brands, it does what it says.

Sensational lashes are now all mine, but for a fraction of the price.

A guest post from Lizzie @ www.lizaboo.co.uk

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Range

I can often be heard proclaiming that true love doesn’t exist. But then I think I might have become a little cynical in recently years! However, I feel like I want to take back anytime I have ever uttered this phrase since I was introduced to this beauty collection.

The  Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range, just like the woman herself, is the epitome of timeless glamour and elegance. Never have I immediately fallen in love with a collection as much as I did this one.

Inspired by the glamour of Hollywood the range has had a genuine input by Joan Collins herself, something very rare with celebrity collaborations, and they have tried to create a range of products suitable to a variety of ages. Something they have done very well!

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty
The range is compromised of lipsticks, glosses, blushes and much more. With a range of shades from subtle nudes to bright, hot pinks you are sure to find a colour suitable for every occasion.

Personally I love a bright, bold pink for my lips and so this lipstick and gloss are the perfect shades to compliment a summer dress. The Divine Lips lipstick in Fontaine comes in the most fabulous gold casing, which is actually quite heavy and certainly feels expensive. Although retailing at just £18 I think this lipstick is very reasonable, plus the Glorious Gloss in Too Hot to Handle is the perfect shade to go on top and leave you with glossy, kissable lips.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

Then there are the gorgeous compacts, holding either pink blushes or nude powders. Again there is some weight to these which all adds to the glamour and expensive look of the range. This Contour Velvet blush in Dusky Pink is just £22 and the perfect shade for both light and medium skin tones. It is not a bold pink and so will not leave you with cheeks that are too rouged. Instead it adds a light, pink shade to your cheeks that makes you look fresh and awake.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

Whilst I have never looked to Joan Collins as direct inspiration before, I am certainly impressed with this collection that she has helped create. The price point is excellent, especially for the quality of products, and I actually much prefer this range to those of high-end beauty counters.

Have you tried the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range yet?

Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix Foundation

As much as I love the recent influx of barefaced photos on Twitter and blogs they are just not for me! I am just not ready to bare my face to the whole internet.

For me a layer of foundation in the morning is a confidence builder, and allows me to leave the house feeling that little bit happier and brave enough to face the day.

But come summer a layer of foundation is sometimes a little too heavy, and can leave your face looking a little odd when it begins to sweat off! So I have been looking for a summer alternative. BB/CC creams were my first call as I thought they would be lighter, however these seemed to leave my skin looking and feeling greasy. I was getting through blotting papers like they were going out of business!

So when I heard about the Oxygenetix foundation I was intrigued. The main selling point of the product is that it is summer suitable, which makes it perfect for a day at the beach, dinner al fresco or for watching your favourite band at a festival.

Coming in a range of 14 shades, there is more than likely to be a colour that will suit your skin tone. Keep in mind that if you tend to tan in the summer months you may want a slightly darker shade than you are used to – or just by two for the transgression between the two.

Oxygenating Foundation
Oxygenating Foundation

Now, a lot of products claim to do wonderful things and I am always a little bit dubious as to these claims. Oxygenetix claim this foundation is sweat-proof, something that has certainly been put to the test this week with the hot, humid weather. But just how well did it fare?

I am really pleased to say it did very well. Despite a walk to and from the station in the hot, humid weather and a day at work it performs a lot better than other products I have tried. After application and throughout the day my skin feels soft and moisturised, plus I haven’t needed to use so many blotting papers as my skin doesn’t look and feel as greasy anymore.

Not only am I pleased with the performance of the product, but knowing that it contains SPF 25 is great too. This means I don’t need to add a further product to my morning routine in the shape of a facial suncream, as this doubles up and protects my skin from harmful rays too.

Retailing at £45 this is a fairly high-end product, but it does work very well. The consistency of the product is fairly fluid so it does go a long way. You can take a look at the shades available and purchase here.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Today I am bringing you one of my most favourite products in the whole wide world: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat.

For many years I had heard this product praised and heralded as a wonder product that no make-up bag should be without. But of course, being slightly skeptical, I took those claims with a pinch of salt. That is until one day when I decided to take the plunge and purchase it in the Christmas sales.

Since then it has become a permanent fixture in my life, traveling everywhere with me and sometimes being the only piece of make-up I feel that I need.

Touche Eclat is a concealer, yes, but somehow it seems to work a whole lot better than any other I have previously tried. Whether you are hungover, tired or ill this little thing will soon have you looking full of life – even if you don’t necessarily feel like you are!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Its creators describe it as a “magic pen brush” which I think is spot on, it certainly is magic indeed! The product blends with your skin to diffuse light under your eyes, all of which helps to create a sense of radiance.

I use this in the morning after my foundation, but also throughout the day and on nights out to top up my make up and keep it looking fresh. It’s use it not limited to around the eyes either, I use this for redness on my cheeks or around my nose. It is also great around the lips to make them look full and pert.

Looking to make the most out of your eyeshadows? Apply this as a base to your lids and it will allow the colours to truly shine through, providing you with a plain base from which to work from.

As for shades, I tend to purchase No.1 which works well for me whether I am my natural paler shade or when I have a tan. It allows me to add powder and a little bronzer to adjust the colour when necessary. Shade 1 is best suited for fair to light olive skin and has a pale pink hue.

What I really lovely about this product is the glamorous, expensive looking packaging. It is a real treat to have this in your make-up bag or to use it on a night out. It couldn’t be simpler to use, just press the base in once or twice and the product will arrive on the brush at the end. I personally don’t use the brush to blend the product but will instead use a  separate concealer brush or my fingers.

I have recently come across the website Click Fragrance which sells a range of cheap products, they currently stock Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat from just £21.16 which is a great saving when compared with department stores.

If you would like to see what other bargains Click Fragrance has to offer, click here.

Have you discovered the wonders of Touche Eclat yet?

Tesco Pro Formula

Pro Formula – Beauty at Tesco

I am an enormous lover of Clarins skincare products and whilst I have used other products now and again I always seem to gravitate back to them as my go to skincare brand.

However my budget doesn’t always stretch to the price of their cleansers and toners so I have been looking for something which gives equally as good results but for a much lower price tag.

I am sure you will have seen me rave about Tesco for beauty products before and that is because I am continually impressed with their product range and pricing. Because of this I decided that one of the first range of products I would try in my hunt would be from their Pro Formula range.

The Pro Formula range has products priced from just £3 which makes them suitable for any budget! On my first trial I decided to give their Hydrating Cleansing Oil (£4.99) and Radiance Micellar Water (£3.99) a try.

Tesco Pro Formula

Tesco Pro Formula

I have tried various micellar waters before and have found that some are a little irritating and can sting my eyes if the product is swept over them. For this reason I have been put off a little bit, however for the price I thought I would let this one see if it could change my mind.

It is extremely gentle and has a light cucumber like fragrance, although not overpowering by any means. Of course as it is water consistency it does come out very quickly so pour gently to ensure you don’t waste any product!

I use this before bed and in the morning and it really does leave my skin feeling fresh and smooth. I will be repurchasing this for sure.

I find that cleansing oils can sometimes be a little too greasy and because of that they aren’t very effective. I don’t want to be stood in the bathroom washing my face hundreds of times to get the last remnants of the product off. I want something that is easily removed and does the job.

Tesco Pro Formula

Whilst this product is of course a little oily it does feel that there is enough water in it to ensure it is easily removed. I used this to remove my eye make-up also and didn’t find it to irritate my eyes.

With a full face of make-up, including liquid eyeliner and several coats of mascara, I had to use this product twice to make a real budge in removing my make-up but I find this is true with most products I use. We want our make-up to last all day so I suppose we cannot complain when it refuses to budge!

Overall I am, again, hugely impressed with the Pro Formula range and can’t wait until I can next visit the beauty aisle at Tesco and put some more products in my basket.

Have you tried the Pro Formula range yet?