Glossier Boy Brow

Glossier is one of the relatively newer brands I’ve heard about. I’ve seen a lot of advertisements for it on Facebook especially for the product ‘Futuredew,’ which I have got a tester for and am excited to review.

Firstly though, Boy Brow. The name doesn’t really strike me as something I’d want to put on my eyebrows. Will my eyebrows look like that of a boys? However, after seeing it highly rated in a Glamour article I am sold. (Though I have decided I need to start reviewing products which are just as good but half the price -to save my bank balance! But I do love my high end beauty products. There’s some sort of luxury about them that makes you feel good purchasing them and using them.)

The product really does it’s job well in perfecting my eyebrows. It is literally just a coloured wax for your eyebrows. It’s really easy to use too. The little brush helps you to groom them, and you can brush your arches into place. Your eyebrows don’t feel stiff or hard afterwards either so you don’t feel like you have anything on them!

The finished look is that of thicker and fuller groomed looking eyebrows. You don’t even really need to fill in any gaps as this does just the job! I’ve also tried one of Benefits products which is similar, but this one beats it hands down.

The only downside is the product is tiny! And as I’m using it frequently I don’t know how long it will last me.

The product comes in different shades including a clear one so you can choose which shade matches your natural hair colouring. I chose brown.

This was a pretty pricey product at £14 a pop but I would say it’s definitely worth it!

Pros: easy to use, high quality product. Thicker, fuller groomed looking eyebrows

Cons: Tiny product, pricey

What are your favourite eyebrow products?

Benefit Rockateur Blusher

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed any blushers yet! They are one of my main make up staples as sometimes all you need (in summer) is mascara, a slick of lipstick and a bit of blusher and you are good to go!

One of my favourite blushers I have used in the past is NARS orgasm blusher, and I only wish I still had it as it is lush! According to Harper’s Bazaar it is hailed as the number one best blusher of all time. It is loved by celebrities too and is very popular.

When I finished it, I went on the look out for something similar but cheaper. At a Benefit counter I was told their ‘Rockateur’ blusher is like the NARS orgasm blusher. Well all I can say is they can talk the talk!

Unfortunately it doesn’t come close to the NARS blusher but I do give it the thumbs up so I can’t complain. And the joy of beauty blogging is trying out different make up/products!

In terms of packaging it comes in a cute little box with a tiny mirror, like the Benefit Hoola Bronzer so it is handy for travelling, but you would struggle to use the mirror as it is so small! It also comes with a little brush, but it isn’t the best so I prefer to use my own brushes. The packaging Benefit uses isn’t my favourite but there’s nothing at all wrong with it.

The blusher itself is lovely, pink and pearlised (so gives a hint of shimmer too!) and there seems to be a lot of it so it has stood the test of time. When I pop it on my cheeks it gives a natural flush and you only need a little bit to give your cheeks a hint of colour. It’s not highly pigmented so you can build up the colour depending how deep you want it.

This blusher comes in at around £21.60 upwards online so it’s not cheap but definitely worth it.

Pros: Good blusher, easy to take travelling

Cons: Pricey

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder Medium

I have heard so many good things about Bobbi Brown bronzers, so when it was Black Friday I thought I’d treat myself to one from ASOS (which now also sells make up!)

A Bobbi Brown bronzer is every girls best friend, to add warmth to your skin or to give that holiday glow. It can be used for contouring too, but that trend is so out of fashion now, and I am glad as I favour the more natural sun kissed look rather than chiselled cheekbones.

I took a bit of a risk choosing this bronzer online, in the medium shade, as I hadn’t tried it out in store. I usually LOVE going up to a make up counter and getting my make up done but sadly you can’t do that at the moment due to Covid. When I first opened the bronzer I was like “Wooow that’s dark!” I’m not used to a very dark bronzer, and this one is even darker than my Hoola bronzer! Nevertheless I tried it out and it is indeed a pretty dark bronzer. The trick is to not use too much and if you have pale skin, like me, then you only need a light sweep of the brush, especially in day time, then all you have to do is blend blend blend. If I’m going out on an evening I will probably use a little more of the product. I’m hoping this bronzer will last me a long time as I’m not using much of it.

Has anyone else tried a Bobbi Brown Bronzer? What do you think of it?

Oh and it cost me a snip of the usual price as I bought it for £26.40. It usually costs around £33 but you do get what you pay for.

Pros: Gives a lovely bronzed sun kissed glow and it should last a long time

Cons: Pricey

I am going to be reviewing two more bronzers I have soon so watch this space!!

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Lancôme Hypnose Mascara

I have needed a new mascara for ages, so when Black Friday came along I thought I’d snap up a bargain! I haven’t tried a Lancôme mascara before, but heard they are known for their brilliant mascaras so thought I’d give one a try! I bought it from ‘Look Fantastic,’ which is a great beauty website with all sorts of bargains, and products are cheaper than your usual retail price.

I wasn’t disappointed by the mascara either. First of all the exterior of the mascara is very slender and oozes sophistication, like ‘YES, I have a Lancôme hypnose mascara.’ But to be picky, the wand is a little tricky to hold sometimes due to the shape of it.

The wand itself is thin with small bristles, but I actually quite like it as it coats every single lash. It definitely makes your lashes separated, defined and more curly. The only thing missing is the volume a Dior or Better Than Sex mascara delivers. You don’t need many coats of this mascara though, which is a bonus.

Normally this mascara comes in at around £21 but I got it for £15.18- Bargain!

Pros: Separated, defined, curly lashes. Sophisticated exterior

Cons: Trickier to hold wand. Little volume

Score: 8/10

MAC Amber Times Nine

I thought I’d review another of my MAC products. This one I got when I purchased a MAC kit for my make up course at college, and I have to say I do love it. It has a lovely range of soft browns for a soft/subtle smokey eye, with a couple of darker tones and metallic ones to amp up the glamour, for a more dramatic smokey eye. It’s really convenient to slip into your clutch bag or handbag, and is really easy to take travelling too.

Let’s start with the different shades. Starting with the one on the far left on the top row. This ‘Cozy grey’ is a very light grey which can be used as a base and brushed all over the lid, but it is a barely there shade so I’m not sure what the point of it is to be honest. The next one along ‘kitties’ is a gorgeous pearly sheen. It could be used in the centre of the lid, or on its own for a shimmery look. It could even be used in the centre of your eyes to add a bit of glow.

After this one there is ‘Georgia peach’ which is another peachy barely there skin coloured shade, but could be used as an eye base colour.

The next row down we have ‘Rice paper’ which is a golden shade. Again it is very light so I think it would best be used as a base rather than the main colour.

The next one along ‘Creative copper’ excites me as it is a fabulous gold colour. It can be used on its own for some Christmas sparkle, or in the centre for a slight shimmer or even in the corners of your eyes to make your eyes ‘pop.’

The last one ‘Cork’ in that row is a lovely light brown/taupe colour which can be used on the lid and in the crease.

On the last row there is ‘Don’t tell’ which is a nice silvery metallic shade which is also a little glittery. There is a little fall out with this one. This one is best used on top of another colour, for example ‘Aromatic’ to bring a bit of glitz and glamour.

The next one along is ‘Aromatic’ which is a lovely rich chocolate colour and is best used in the crease. Similarly the final shade, ‘Pepper please’ is a glittery black shade and is best used in the outer v or deep crease.

The colours are fairly pigmented, some more so than others but I feel the Urban Decay palettes offers more pigmented colours. However there is little fall out (apart from one or two) which is a bonus and the colours feel soft and smooth and blend easily.

For a smokey eye, pop ‘Georgia peach’ all over your lid up to the brow bone, ‘Cork’ on your lid and in your crease building up to ‘Aromatic’ in your crease then ‘Pepper please’ in your outer v/deep crease. Don’t forget to blend the hell out of the colours and at each stage.

This palette comes in at around £20.80 online.

Pros: A good range of colours to do a soft and glamorous smokey eye. Easy to take travelling.

Cons: Not the best pigmented colours and some shades have a little fall out. There are also some shades which I feel are a little pointless in the palette.

Score: 8/10

Aveeno Cream- Moisturising Cream

I simply had to write about this moisturising cream because it appeared in Glamour magazine’s (online) Beauty Power list 2020 for number one body moisturiser. I’ve been using this cream from the doctors for my eczema and dry skin for years and rate it very highly. I’ve also used their hand cream before which is very good as well.

The cream is light weight and not at all sticky or greasy and quickly absorbs into your skin leaving it feeling hydrated, soft and smooth. It is said to moisturise for 24 hours which I do believe to be true. It has a pleasant very mild scent to it too. I found it really easy to apply the moisturiser because it is a nice light cream, but still gives plenty moisture. It is easier to apply than the Body Shop butters, which are lovely but a lot thicker and take longer to absorb. This product is excellent for dry, sensitive skin and for those with eczema. It’s great to use on your hands as well as on your body. You can purchase it in Boots for around £7.69 but it’s currently on offer at £5.13.

MAC Strobe Cream

I thought I’d review one of my MAC products, starting with the Strobe Cream. I got this MAC strobe cream when I did a make up course at beauty college. In fact I got two as there was a deal on when I visited the MAC store. I have already reviewed an under eye/eyebrow highlighter (YSL Touché Eclat pen) whereas this is more like an all over face illuminator. It is similar to Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Wonderglow’ and similar to a Topshop version I also have but this one looks slightly different.

The product comes in a cute little tube which is small enough to take with you in your handbag or clutch bag and is handy if you’re travelling. It also comes in a bigger version. The product itself is a white creamy consistency which glides onto your skin. It gives your skin an illuminating sheen/glow with a slight pink tinge.

It can be used on its own with no foundation, to give your skin a natural healthy glow (with little need for much make up) and to brighten your skin. It’s great for in summer when you don’t want a full face of foundation.

It can be used under foundation, like a primer to make your skin look dewy and glowy and give your skin a ‘lit from within’ fresh faced look.

It can also be used on top of foundation, to really make your skin glow and catch the light.

In terms of price, this comes in at around £26 for a full sized version but I managed to get a deal for two small ones as I love a bargain!

Marie Claire Beauty Draw-Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra Plumping Serum

It’s been ages since I have blogged as my phone has been broken so have taken a mini hiatus from blogging. But I have been writing up a few draft versions ready to publish on my blog! And this product I am really excited to tell you about!

A little while ago I signed up to Marie Claire’s ‘Beauty Draw’ to receive free samples and review them. This Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra Plumping Serum is my first free sample.

When my sample finally arrived I was pleasantly surprised that I got seven free capsules! So I have been using them once a week as a little treat for my skin and boy does my skin feel good afterwards! (More of that later!)

I’ve been dying to try out Hyaluronic Acid for ages as this is one of the new hypes I’ve noticed being talked about in the beauty industry. According to Glamour magazine “Hyaluronic Acid is a carbohydrate molecule and natural component of skin.” According to Consultant Dermatologist Dr Justine Klut it is the KEY molecule involved in skin moisture. She says “it has been estimated that Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to one thousand times its weight in water molecules” i.e it can really hydrate your skin. – Source- Glamour Magazine (Online)

Therefore this product, although synthetic is excellent for hydrating the skin and helps prevent moisture loss, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and plumped.

Dry and dehydrated skin can really benefit from Hyaluronic Acid, so this is perfect for me.

When I first put this on my skin I was amazed at how much serum you get in a capsule (and the capsule is also biodegradable by the way.) You could almost use one capsule for morning and evening!

The texture of the serum is so moisturising and it feels so amazing on your skin. My skin felt so moisturised (more so than any other moisturiser or serum or product I’ve tried) but not at all greasy. My skin lapped up the moisture and felt silky smooth afterwards. My skin also looked dewy and fresh. I love it so much I now want to buy the full sized version!! This is probably the best serum I’ve tried. The only downside to it is it doesn’t really have a scent of any description.

According to Glamour Magazine it is still important to follow the Hyaluronic Acid with a moisturiser to further lock in the moisture.

All in all I give this amazing product 5 stars!

This baby comes in at around £24.99 so I definitely will be putting it on my Christmas wish list! Why not put it on yours too?

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer

For years I used the Body Shop shimmer waves bronzer which was very shimmery and quite a light bronzer.

I then decided I wanted a matte bronzer that was a bit darker, to make me look a little more tanned. The contour trend was very much in then, and everyone was talking about how good Hoola bronzer by Benefit is, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I currently use three different bronzers depending on my mood, but Hoola is definitely my favourite. You can tell this by how much I’ve used it! So I will definitely be looking for a new bronzer to replace it, whether I buy the Hoola one again or a different one.

The bronzer comes in a cute little box with a tiny mirror which is very handy if on the move, if a little small. It also comes with a brush, though it’s not the best quality so I tend to use different brushes.

The bronzer itself is a lovely, warm, ‘just got back from holiday’ bronze colour, and you can build the colour. And it isn’t at all muddy. It also works with my fair skin tone, and would suit a variety of skin tones.

It blends really well and feels velvety soft. The great thing about it is it lasts all day too.

I’m not really into the whole contour thing, I prefer a more natural contour, but I imagine this bronzer would be great for contouring if you’re into that.

I would definitely buy this bronzer again. It comes in at around £27 upwards in store but you can get it cheaper online. What’s not to love?

What are your favourite bronzers?

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NARS Albatross Highlighter

Following on from reviewing the YSL Touché Eclat highlighter, I thought I would review another highlighter I have. This week I am going to review the ‘NARS Albatross’ highlighter.

I’m a big fan of NARS and this is the first highlighter I have ever bought. It comes in a little sophisticated compact with a mirror, so is really handy for travelling. This I prefer to take travelling rather than my larger Illamasqua one.

It comes in a white powder form and looks subtly iridescent on your skin, giving a light golden glow and gives a natural ‘lit from within’ look, which is perfect for everyday. (I would probably use a different highlighter to amp up the glamour on an evening.)

I like to use it under my eyebrows and on the tops of my cheekbones, to give a lovely highlight which catches the light. You can even use it on your Cupid’s bow too. It really blends well too, and the powder is soft and silky and not at all dry and chalky.

I like to use a small stippling brush to apply it under my eyebrows, and a blusher brush to apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. (Though a fan brush would be better for this.)

Unfortunately this highlighter does cost a pretty penny and it comes in at around £29 but it will last you forever!

What are your favourite highlighters?

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