Monday, July 25, 2016

Sephora Barcelona Purchases

Sephora Collection Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53, Sephora Collection R61 Lucky One Rouge Cream Lipstick Review & Swatches
Sephora Collection Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53, Sephora Collection R61 Lucky One Rouge Cream Lipstick Review & Swatches 

Whilst on holiday in Barcelona, I visited the Sephora store in Rambla de Catalunya. It was massive, larger than the stores I've been to in San Diego. I was on a lil budget during my 5 day trip so I walked away with just these two goodies.

Sephora Collection Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53. Having had good experiences from using the Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57, I picked up this small fan brush and had a lil play. It had such soft bristles with a short yet ergonomic handle and I had to have it. I envision this would work with contour powder for the hollows of the cheeks or to apply highlight.

Sephora Collection R61 Lucky One Rouge Cream Lipstick. I realised I havent tried Sephora lipsticks before and decided to purchase this shade. This was a bold move as I hadn't swatched it before purchasing. It is a medium red-toned pink with a creamy finish. It is a shade darker than MAC Fanfare Lipstick and has more pink than MAC Whirl Lipstick. It leaves a bit of a stain which is always welcomed in my choice of lippie.

MAC Whirl Lipstick, Sephora Lucky One Lipstick, MAC Fanfare Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Whirl Lipstick, Sephora Lucky One Lipstick, MAC Fanfare Lipstick

I surveyed what brands the Sephora shop had. They hosted MUFE and Kat Von D, along with the UK-available brands Benefit, NARS, Urban Decay and Too Faced. I was looking for Anastasia Beverley Hills and Tarte though which were unfortunately not there. How I wish Sephora was still in the UK though. Have you visited the Sephora shops in Barcelona?

Livia

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour Review
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour Review

I have suffered from eczema all my life. It was mainly in the creases of my elbows (flexural) then badly affected my hands, got better during my university life and since starting working again it affecting my hands and around my eyes (periorbital).

Cutting out certain allergens, for example biological washing powder, has helped but certain things e.g. work related stress can be hard to avoid. The eczema around my eyes has been the most difficult to deal with as it affects confidence as well as prevents makeup use to allow the skin to heal.

I have found as a result, the skin around my eyes have started to darken and I have been seeking products which help combat these.

La Roche-Posay have a product for just this. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour* is marketed for 'sensitive eye contour'. This product seems to plug the gap between youthful skin and anti-aging (I hope I still fit into the pre-anti-aging product category!). It quotes 'anti-discomfort and anti-puffiness care' along with their Dermatological expert advise suggesting that dryness for contact lens wear, computer screen usage and other external aggressor can lead to.

I decided to trial this product for a full week along with their morning and evening regimen guidance to put this product to the full test. They recommend putting a small amount of product on your ring finger and dabbing from the inner corner of your eye around the contour and eyelid, then apply pressure underneath your eye and then on a closed eyelid.

In the short term, the product is great. I can visibly notice smoother skin around my eye contour and my eyes feel refreshed.

After a whole week the skin around my eyes are definitely smoother and tighter. I am in love with this product! I have not noticed whether my dark circles have improved but it may be a little early for that!

Have you tried this product before? Leave a comment below!

Shivanee
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*Press sample. All views are my own.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LUSH Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment


The Jasmine & Henna hair treatment by Lush is meant to tame frizz and to rejuvenate dryness. This smooth and light moisturizer is applied pre-shower, left on for 20 minutes or so, and washed off with shampoo and/or conditioner.



The first thing I noticed about this product was it's strong scent (which holds true for all Lush products I have come by). But it was not the usual hair product scent. It was a calming and relaxing aroma of jasmine oil. The scent lasted for days, which is impressive since I wash my hair everyday. It even sticks to your fingers when you give your hair a little comb. I was very generous with the application because the formula was thin and it would not be able to cover all of my hair if I only applied a couple of two-finger swipes. The LUSH site says to use 50-100% of the whole pot for longer hair lengths - one pot per usage.

In the end...
Pros: I observed that my hair looked healthier after one treatment. My tips did not look as dry as they were previously. It also brought out the color of my hair - gave it a more vibrant hue.

Cons: The product did not give me the soft-and-moisturized-hair feeling I was looking forward to. Thus, I felt a little disappointed.  I did not really notice a difference when it came to shine. It may take another session for my hair to be fully rejuvenated.

I have always loved Lush's handmade products, yet this one did not really stand out to me. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of other cheaper alternatives. I rate this product 3/5.

Love it or Leave It? Leave a comment below!

Shannon
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*Press sample. All views are my own.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beauty Blender - Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Beauty blenders are one of the most talked about new makeup tools on the market currently. After all the hype, I decided to try it out for myself.

Looking online there are a lot of choices for beauty blenders and similar sponge type products.

The original patented BeautyBlender will set you back roughly £12-18 depending on retailer. I decided on a cheaper alternative - the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge at a bargain price of £4.99 from Amazon.

I have always been a fan of Real Techniques loving their makeup tool which have been tried and tested by MUAs and the reviews were short of excellent.

This orange sponge has been ergonomically designed for maximal base coat blending and sculpting. A flat edge to contour around the eyes & nose, the side to blend large areas of face and the tip to cover imperfections.

Having used a foundation brush or fingers to apply foundation in the past I was amazed at how light and even the coverage was. (I am a huge fan of the no makeup look)

Top Tip: wet the sponge for a maximal light and airbrush cover effect!

I was instantly in love with this product and the price.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

However, after a single use I noticed that the sponge had already chipped. I am not fan of the quality of this product. The product states to replace every 1-3 months but surely it should withstand more than one use.

Therefore overall I would rate this product 3/5. Great effect but poor quality.

Have you tried this product before? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below!

Shivanee
| The Skin and Beauty Blog

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