Thursday, 5 May 2016

REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation

In my review for the YSL Tint in oil I mentioned I got a sample of the new formula Touche Eclat Le Teint. I finally managed to get a full size bottle in my shade so here's a review! It promises '8 hrs of sleep in a bottle', more coverage and staying power yet a weightless feel on the skin. I can really use some of that! These samples were '7 day samples'; rather nifty glass jars with a spatula thing built into the lid. Me likey! I think once it's finished I'll probably clean it and refill with more foundation for when I travel! Anyway, after having tried it at home for 3 days I decided I *needed* a full size in my life! I then played the game of find your shade... There are some new shades launched with the reformulation, and my shade, BR45, is one of them.

For ages, Debenhams wasn't stocking the shade, and neither was Boots. Then I found out Debenhams was doing a May Day special with a lot of money off certain beauty brands, YSL being one of them, so I checked it out. And they suddenly stocked my shade! So in the end I paid £26 for this, RRP is £32.50! Now THAT is heartwarming savings :) But still, this is a very pricey product.

The good thing about ordering from Debenhams is that it comes with a sample - use the sample and if the shade isn't right or you hate it, you can return or exchange the unopened foundation! This may come in handy. I am glad I got shade-matched in store and didn't rely on the swatches you see when you shop online?! I had a look at the Debenhams YSL brand store, where they have a photo of the kind of women that would wear the different shades. I was kind of shocked that BR45 falls into the 'medium' skin tone range - I would imagine my shade range being more like BR30, but with blonde hair?.. I'm guessing the lower numbers are very, very pale! So if possible I would go to a counter and get matched for this foundation - there are 22 shades, so there is bound to be something for everyone. They are grouped in 3 groups; B (Beige, neutral), BD (Beige Doré, warm) and BR (Beige Rosé, cool). All the colours have names one the boxes, but I couldn't find a list anywhere? My shade BR45 is called 'Cool Bisque'.

Let's look at the application and performance. When I had my makeover at the YSL counter the lady used the new YSL Touche Eclat Y-Brush. It's a small, round, dense brush with a well for the foundation (shaped like a Y...). Very similar to the BareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush. I wasn't about to fork out the same amount again for a brush so I decided in my wisdom to go at it with a Beauty Blender.
I really need to learn to do 'foundation selfies'...
The coverage was good with the Beauty Blender and it looked quite natural. But it wasn't as nice a finish as when I'd had my makeover. So the next day I tried it with my new Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush. This time I got great coverage, a natural look and maybe just that little bit more airbrushed finish! I have continued to use the Zoeva brush, as I think a dense brush is able to buff the foundation to a better finish. An alternative would be the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Unless of course you want to pay £32.50 for the YSL brush!

I don't have to set this or use a primer but I have dry skin, oily skin ladies may need to. I didn't really see it deteriorate until later in the evening after applying it in the morning and wearing it in the office all day. It never oxidised on me, and it had a great pore-hiding finish! I didn't see it crease in my forehead wrinkles either. The finish is a semi-matte yet quite luminous finish, it's hard to describe. You have to wear it to see it :)

I am still as pleased with this as the first time I had it on - I can see this being a long-term friend for those days when I need a bit more of a made-up look :) 5 out of 5 stars for me!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

REVIEW: EOS Lip Balm "Coconut Milk"

I love a good lip balm as we know! And when I saw that EOS had brought out some new ones, I decided to purchase one. My all-time favourite lip balm is EOS 'Summer Fruit', I've lost count how many times I've repurchased that by now. It just smells and tastes amazing! However, 'Sweet Mint' and 'Lemon Drop' were both a bit meh. So guess I was taking a chance trying yet another flavour...

These new ones have swirled packaging, unlike the solid colour older ones. The beauty of EOS lip balms are that they are petrolatum free! I find that if I use a petrolatum lip product too often I get dry lips (I'm looking at you, Maybelline Baby Lips). Beeswax products like Burts Bees are usually more protective if you are outside in the cold but for an overnight treat, nothing beats these EOS balms!

Flavours are of course a personal thing, and I must say I still prefer my old favourite "Summer Fruits". "Coconut Milk" has a very subtle nutty (but not necessarily coconutty) smell and slightly sweet taste. But it packs all the benefits I usually get from my EOS balm so I am happy! :)

EOS retails for £6.50 but beware fakes! This is a cult brand and highly counterfeited (Google it for more info). I only buy mine from places like Boots so I know they are the trusted original!

Friday, 29 April 2016

REVIEW: Benefit "Dew the Hoola" liquid bronzer

As you know I'm not into the whole contouring thing, and I'm not actually that great with bronzers either. However when I saw this being bandied about in the beauty news I was like, yeah, gotta try that. I've had a strained relationship with the old powder Hoola - it just seems either too dark and muddy on me or I can't see it when I'm more tanned. So I was wary. And it costs £22.50 *eeeek*

Love the gold bamboo packaging! It also has a pump.

All my swatches sadly show the product a bit warmer than it actually is! 
Yet as soon as it was released I hoofed it to my local Benefit counter for a makeover. When I came back, my male colleague said 'did you got to a stand and tan at lunch??'. As soon as I said I had a makeup trial and was about to give him a review, he was immediately bored and pretended to be busy :) So damn, this stuff does work. It doesn't look like much to you when you blend it out but people can definitely see a difference!

I use a BeautyBlender to apply this - you do not need much product!! It gives a nice sheer and even result, especially if you have just used the BeautyBlender to apply your foundation. I found that using a brush gave a slightly patchy result no matter which type of brush I used (of course, I am too cheap to buy the brush Benefit brought out to accompany this product so don't know how that works..)

I apply this on the places on your face that would naturally tan, so no hollows of the cheek here! Try it on your forehead (hairline), bridge of nose and top of cheeks for that faux California tan 😎

I am all for the high street/drugstore brands to bring out a dupe for this! That doesn't cost £22.50 :) 5 out of 5, this has made it into my everyday spring makeup, although it will likely be too light once I start to tan. But then I won't need it so that's alright with me! :)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

REVIEW: Rimmel The Only One Lipstick "700 Naughty Nude"

I was never into lipstick until I tried the Clinique Pop Lip lipsticks, which made it into last years Top List. But they have mostly just not been my thing. Then last year I finally 'got' why some obsess about lipstick :)

This is another discovery from last year when I started getting into nude colours and lipstick. I have been wearing this a lot and thought it's definitely time for a review. Rimmel brought these out in an insane range of colours - most were far to vampy or bright to be generally wearable. The only everyday shade is the one I have, "Naughty Nude". It is a darker pinky nude, very similar to MAC "Brave" if you believe the dupe hunting community! It is a 'my lips but better' colour for me and not so nude it makes me look washed out.

It looks good with it's sleek black tube, I especially like the colour coordinated band at the bottom. But then you get a whiff of the scent. I really don't like these types of fake vanilla smells, and this is especially strong! I wish brands would stop perfuming lip products (I'm looking at you as well, Revlon...)

But thankfully it doesn't linger and it doesn't have a taste. The finish is a satin creme, and it feels nice and soft on the lips. As the colour is so close to my natural lip colour, I didn't really experience it being patchy when it wore off. It isn't transfer proof but it does survive a coffee. It doesn't dry my lips out.

Despite the strong smell, I really like this lipstick, but haven't been tempted by any of the other colours simply because they are just not that wearable. 4 out of 5 stars for me; if they dropped the perfume and brought out some more wearable shades it would get another star!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

REVIEW: Garnier Body Ultimate Blends Hydrating Lotion

I love a good body lotion :) the last one I fell in love with was the amazingly creamy and sweet smelling Roger & Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus Body Cream (now sadly discontinued and replaced with a really crappy shimmery body gel lotion).

Criteria for body lotion love are as follows;
1) Must not make me sticky
2) Must smell nice
3) Can't cost an arm and a leg
4) Bonus points for a pump bottle and large volume packaging (cuz you always use a lot)!

I actually picked up this body lotion because it was on introductory price offer in Asda a couple of months back when I was doing my weekly shop. I was thinking I'd see what it was about as it was only £2. RRP for this 250ml size is £4.49, the 400ml (why not 500ml, Garnier??) is RRP £5.99.

Love this, ticks all above criteria! The smell is so lovely and warm, and it also makes a very nice hand lotion (I've actually decanted some for work...). It is meant for normal skin but it's very hydrating on my lizard scale legs without being sticky or heavy on the skin. I love a lotion with a pump bottle as well because it makes it so much easier to get the product out and apply without risking the bottle flying due to greasy hands..!

5 out of 5 stars for this, I will definitely be buying the large size one of these when this runs out!

I have a sachet of the Restoring Lotion variety from a magazine which I will test out for you too, stay tuned! :)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

NOTD: H&M "Gumdrops"

Yes another H&M nail polish! So I was loving the Barry M Coconut infusion nail polish but when my naughty broken nail chipped today I decided to slap this on to hide it! :) I apologise for the broken cuticle it's very sore...

I did a coat over 2 coats of my Barry M "Aloha" and sealed the deal with a coat of Seche Vite. Love this :) It has a lot of golden glitter in it and a hot coral tone to the jelly base. It is rather sheer so best used to layer over a coral or pink creme polish.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

NOTD: Barry M Coconut Infusion "Aloha"

I love me a novel formula! When I saw these in Superdrug I knew I had to try. I guess these are meant to hydrate your nails, or whatever, but hell, I really don't care. I love Barry M nail polishes and I'll buy them anyway :)

So I thought about picking the light green ("Bikini") and this one but the only bottle of "Bikini" on display had a broken lid... So I am still on the look out for that!

I did 2 butter-smooth coats here, no need to top coat as it's brilliantly shiny without but I'm a dry-fast top coat junkie and need my Seche Vite fix. I can see this being the pedicure of Summer 2016; it's going to look amazing with a tan!

I am on day 3 with this and it's still looking good as new! :) Another job well done for Barry M!