Friday, 10 August 2012

Cover FX pressed foundation and primer review

So in my last post I talked about the Cover Fx liquid foundation on the same day I also purchased the Cover FX pressed mineral foundation (in M40 I am NC20 in Mac) which she suggested I used as not only a setting powder but too also warm my face up if my body was getting a bit of a tan.  I was not even looking for a powder as for years have also been loyal to my Benefit get even powder which helps reduces redness which is my main skin concern. However, once she applied this over the Cover FX foundation it gave me a totally airbrushed look which I was super impressed with how it interacted with the foundation.  It is also on the pricey side at £31 (not sure what I was thinking when I thought that was a reasonable price for a powder) but so far have used it every day and loved it. Again the packaging feels cheap and I haven’t put it in my handbag for fear of the powder smashing which when I have paid that price I can’t afford to let happen.

The make-up artist also gave me a sample of  the Cover FX BritePrep FX which contains an SPF 50 but yet feels so light on the skin that it doesn’t feel like you are wearing sun block. It retails for £23, I haven’t finished my little sample yet but am tempted to purchase this to complete my Cover FX routine and purely for is skin benefits which will help prevent premature ageing as my moisturizer only contains an SPF 15.

Lastly I also tired the Cover FX cream foundation which comes in a round pot. It provides the fullest coverage I have ever seen in a foundation the only reason I didn’t go with this one was due to the way it needed to be applied with a brush and blended in which to be seemed more time consuming that a liquid that I was used to. It also had a less natural finish however, it is defiantly something that I am hoping to add to my collection at some stage as think it is actual a unique product. 

 This could well be by new favourite brand for my make-up routine base but will keep you updated.  For those of you who have stayed with me this far thank you!   

Hope everyone has a good weekend here in the UK it looks set to be hot hot hot although I hope I haven't just jinxed it!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Cover FX foundation review

Morning all

This is a brand which I hadn’t heard of until recently it was only when I read an article about it in PureBeauty magazine which is one that sent out to beauty retailers although you can find it online here.

This brand was originally on prescription for people with birthmarks and other thing’s you may wish to cover but has now been made available to all.  At the moment it is only stocked in Harvey Nichols but I have also subsequently found it online at House of Fraser. I happened to be browsing in Harvey Nichols due to my hospital appointment being cancelled after traveling all the way to London!

The Make up artist for Cover FX was really helpful and friendly and really listened to my concerns and what I wanted. She tried on several different forms of foundation from their line as well as several different shades without making it seem a hassle.

The first product I purchased was the Cover FX Natural FX water based liquid foundation in E20 (I am NC20 in mac) which provides very full coverage, lasts all day on my skin even better than Estee Lauder Double wear and by some feat does not look cakey. The price is £37 which did make me wince however, I reasoned it that this is something I will used every day on my face  which also helps me to feel more confident about my skin I have even been skipping concealer with this product as it does such a good job. The foundation is made my top dermatologist so it non clogging on the skin and even contains some skin benefits. The only thing that lets this product down is the packaging is not very attractive at all and defiantly does not look like a premium brand. However, the squeeze tube will allow you to get every last drop and for £37 that is defiantly going to be a good thing. 

Part two of this review will be about the Cover FX Pressed Mineral foundation. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tuesday chatter...

Good morning!

First thing I was like to say is thank you to everyone who has followed my blog new and old I don’t think I say this enough! I am hoping to do a giveaway when I reach 200 followers and then more frequently after that.  

I have been getting really into the Olympics over the last week even thought I am not normally a fan of sport I have found it rather addictive and love how Britain has really got behind our athletes who have put in more hard work than we probably can imagine.  I don’t think I could get up at 5am every morning to go rowing on a freezing cold lake.   

I was lucky enough to go up to the Olympic park to watch the synchronised men’s diving on Wednesday and the atmosphere was just electric. I came straight home and booked tickets for the Paralympics for the equestrian events up at Greenwich. One because that also looks like they have built and amazing venue but secondly because I have been trying to get back into ridding. It was something I had done when I was younger and now wish I hadn’t given up. The only problem is it is really expensive at £30 for an hour’s lesson. I don’t know if I am too old to really start something from scratch and if I would ever be able to enter any competitions or alike. If anyone has any advice for me please let me know!

Sorry this post has not be very beauty related so to throw something in, here are the colours I have been loving on my fingers and toes in the last few weeks! I am also very excited for the new china glaze chrome collection there looks to be some gorgeous colours!!

I have been wearing Peppermint on my fingers and Aqua cool on my toes. 

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Too Faced Natrual eye pallet review

This was on my wishlist for a long time before I managed to pick it up I love Too Faced cosmetics and Urban decay but I wish they were more easily available. For anybody who wants the Urban decay Naked pallet but winces at the price this I feel is a good alternative in someways it even out does the Naked pallet. What I love about this is that it guides you on how to use each shadow in the pallet so it grate for those who are not so confident with putting different looks together.

The day look contains the perfect matt colours for and easy effortless everyday look

The Classic look has some gorgeous shade with 'Silk teddy' being one of my favorite as its defiantly is closely related to Urban decays sin which I raved about here.

With the fashion look comes some unique colour's 'Nude beach' will be loved by those who love glitter in their shadow and be hatted by those who hate chunky glitter with potential problems with fall out. 'Cocoa Puff' which is a dark brown with fine gold glitter in which I think is my winner from this pallet.

Overall it has a grate mix of matts, shimmer and glitter shads the can be worked in many different combinations for those who are colour fobes which I think is quite a lot of us. While I picked it up in Boots in Brighton maybe a year ago you can find it here on £26 is still quite high however, I am sure you would get so much use from this pallet the only thing I think it is missing is a black for a very dark smokey eye but, I am sure most of us have one of those or 20 in our collection.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Zara Bucket bag (picture heavy)

So here is another fashion related post from me.

 I love this bag so much as think it will go nicely with any summer dresses I wear as the colour is a lot less harsh than black. It also has plenty of room for all my junk so will also be perfect for uni.

There is also a strap that you can use if you so wished but I don't think I will. I think the price is very reasonable for such a big bag and from Zara. I love Zara but I always find there prices a bit hit and miss it is either really expensive or your pleasantly surprised.

My only qualm is that is doesn't have any zipped pockets but I am sure that I can live with this.

Hope everyone has a lovely day in this fab sunshine, lets hope it lasts till the weekend so we can crack out the BBQ's and the Pimms x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

H&M Haul...

H&M have so many lovely things in at the moment for fab prices. For the first time in ages I went into the changing rooms with armfuls of stuff to try on which rarely happens. After trying most of it on and going yuck, these are the three things that I did purchase. 

I loved the collar on this shirt and I like the fact it is longer at the back than the front perfect for leggings or low rise jeans. It is very sheer so for the brave you can just where a nude bra underneath or you would need a cami top underneath.

I ummed and ahhed over this playsuite, and then I saw so many other people in the shop pick it up I decided to go for it. My camera doesn't pick it up but it is covered in tiny little white hearts. I thought this would be perfect for those really hot days. This was the most expensive at £19.99. 

This is just a simple royal blue dress but I thought it would look really good with a brown belt and pretty sandals. It is a lovely light fabric so will be nice and light in the summer.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

BlanX tooth whitening review...

I know this is not make-up related but I guess it is beauty related. I wanted to whiten my teeth but I have always been worried about ruining the enamel so wanted to try something that was going to be gentle. I picked this up from Boots. This claimed to whiten naturally. I will make this a short and sweet review.

After using this toothpaste for 2months I have not noticed a significant difference. I am also a bit concerned that it is not providing my teeth with adequate protection. It doesn't particularly leave my teeth with the freshly brushed feeling either. Therefore, I doubt I will be repurchasing this.

I brought this to try and speed up the whiting process. I don't feel it has particularly done this but it does help my mouth feel a bit fresher but, does not do as good a job as some other brands I have tired. Again I most likely will not repurchase.

These products are not awful I just feel that they have not really done allot for me there is nothing to make them particularly stand out for me, however, others may have had a different experience.

Do you know any toothpaste that really do whiten while protecting your teeth?

Friday, 18 May 2012

Mac MSF collection.......

 from left to right , By CandleLight,   Soft and Gentle , Redhead

MSF's are one of the prettiest things on the beauty counters and while I have realized that many when swatched give the same result they are just too pretty to look at. For the moment these are the only three I need in my collection however, I doubt it will remain a trio forever. 

By CandleLight,  was the fist MSF I ever purchased and it was due to beauty blogs that I did. When it was released in a collection it was coveted  on the blogs so when passing a Mac counter I made a stop and swatch it to see what all the fuss was about. It was love, it gave such a beautiful sheen too the skin that I knew it had to be mine. This has got to be one of my best purchases as years later I still use is at least once a week  and has never left my make-up bag.

Soft and Gentle, was my second purchase. This one has a much more gold tone to it with a lot more sparkle. It has to be my least favorite out of the three purely as I feel it is the least wearable on my NC20 skin tone. I reach for this when doing my make-up for a night out as in that case sparkle is well and truly in.

Redhead,  I brought this when it was re-promoted recently by Mac as had always regretted missing out on the Blonde, Brunette and Redhead collection. This is fairly similar to By CandleLight in that it had more pink undertones than gold. However, what I love about this is you can choose which shades to wear sometimes I just used the shade on the left under my brow or for a pure highlight and sometimes I use more of the right side to make a nice blush.

What is your favorite Mac MSF?

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Make-up For Ever Full Cover review....

This is the only Make-up For Ever product that I own and I must say it makes me want to try others. This is a full coverage waterproof concealer which discribes itself as extreme camouflage cream  and it does just that.

I used my mole as a reference point, its not the perfect colour on me purely as I have been using gradual tan but normally it is fine. With more time spent blending and with a powder I am sure you could completely cover moles. I have also used it on friends who have found themselves with random bruises after nights out and it works quite well.

I apply this under my eyes before foundation and it covers dark circles well and look natural once a foundation had been applied over it. I also use this to hind any redness on my face before foundation. The smallest amount goes a long way so the 15ml tube will last a while.

Overall I think it is a very good product for high coverage and it does stay put for a long time I often apply a little when I go to the gym as it is sweat proof.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Katy Perry Cool Kitty...

I purchased these for a night out the other day after much deliberating over which pair to pick. Does everyone else find it hard to predict what eyelashes are going to look once on just by looking at them in the packet?

I went ahead and got these, while they give a nice full lash line I found them really hard to apply. They almost feel like the cheap plastic ones you get of Ebay making it hard to get them to bend around your lash-line and stick correctly.

I probably would not repurchase again unfortunately. As when I finally got them to stick, I was worried all night that they were going to pop off or I would be left with the attractive look of half and eyelash falling off.

I have only worn them once and they seem to already have gone a bit out of shape but maybe that is my fault for pulling the glue off too carelessly and not storing correctly. On average I expect to get between 4-5 uses from one pair.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Boujois 1 second nail polish remover review...

So the above picture shows what my life has consisted of over the past few weeks. Last week I had 4 exams in a row which was more of an endurance test as well as memory test. My next and last exam is over 2 weeks away so I have treated myself to a whole day of Desperate Housewives (please let Tom and Lynette have a happy ending!) 

This was a little blog induced purchase, I have seen it so many times on blog's and it sounded like a fantastic idea. So I just want to put my two pennies worth in. This product really does make polish removal very easy, pop your finger in twist is against the sponge and 'ta-dah' polish gone. 

You do have to wash you hand after as your fingers feel quite oily which is not a bad thing as its obviously not too bad your nails. When you remove the lid you get a very strong nail varnish remover smell which could maybe knock a small animal out. It retails for £4.99 which I guess it a lot when you can pick up a whole bottle of remover and cotton pads for around £2. 

I will be interested to see how long a tube lasts me. I will also be interested to see how it fairs when removing glitter polishes. Overall I am very happy with my new gimmicky purchase. 

Hope everyone is having a lovely chilled Sunday x 
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