Monday, 30 October 2017

My Glossier First Impressions

A review of three skincare heroes from Glossier Cosmetics - Live Laugh Lipstick, Beauty Blog.

Having heard so much hype about Glossier makeup and skincare, as soon as they launched in the UK, I decided to make a small order. From watching videos and reading blog posts, I got the impression the Glossier makeup was for those who liked a minimal and natural look so I decided to try out the skincare first. I may make another order and buy some makeup bits like the Cloud Paints and the Highlighters in the future to see what I think of those as I've heard such good things.

Priming Moisturiser - The reason I had purchased this was because I had heard someone saying it plumped the skin and make it look really healthy. I personally didn't notice this on my skin, it did feel moisturised and nourished but it didn't make a noticeable difference to how plumped my skin looks. The texture is very similar to the Embryollise moisturiser, it feels super nourishing on my dry skin and provides a good base for applying makeup. I bought this thinking that because it's called the "priming moisturiser" it would help to keep my makeup on my face and make it last longer however it seems Glossier mean it as preparing the skin and creating the perfect canvas. It definitely does prepare the skin however for £22, I do think there are other moisturisers that do a similar thing for a much more affordable price.

Milky Jelly Cleanser - This is my favourite product out of the three I've tried and I can definitely see myself repurchasing it. Glossier do say you can use this on dry skin and use it as a makeup remover which I did try, I don't usually like using cleansers to remove eye makeup and this did sting my eyes so I now use micellar water to remove my makeup and then this to cleanse. I have noticed such a huge difference in my skin since using this product, I have less redness, my skin is so much calmer and the amount of blemishes I have has dramatically reduced. I am absolutely obsessed with this cleanser, I love the rose smell, the gel texture is really lovely to apply and it makes my skin feel so soft! At £15, I think the price is really decent and I would 100% recommend trying this if you haven't already!

Moisturising Moon Mask - I have quite dry skin so I love to use these kinds of masks, my absolute favourite is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. Although the instructions do say to wash this off, I leave it on like an overnight mask. After applying, it makes my skin feel really smooth and nourished. If I were to compare it to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask I would say that when I apply the Glossier one, I don't wake up with my skin still feeling soft and moisturised. With the Origins mask, even when I wake up I can still feel the effects of the mask from the night before which is why it's my top overnight mask. I do like this mask and it definitely does make the skin soft and plumped up however if I were to compare the two, I would recommend the Origins one. However if you're looking for a more affordable version, the Glossier one will do you well.

Do you have any Glossier recommendations I should pick up?
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Monday, 23 October 2017

October Birchbox

ModelCo Contour Stick £8
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash £16
Anatomicals Grab Your Melons Shower Gel £1.50
Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer £26
Eco Tools Colour Perfecting Minis £6.70

This month's Birchbox is in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and they have collaborated with Coppafeel. Coppafeel are a charity who aim to stamp out late detection of Breast Cancer and make people aware of the symptoms to look out for. My favourite item in this month's box is the Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer, this is a new product which is being launched soon. This new formula contains soft pearly pink pigment to make the complexion look brighter, smoother and more awake. I've been enjoying using this recently as it makes sure my foundation stay on much longer, not separate on my nose and keep a matte finish to my skin. In the box you also get the Eco Tools Mini Sponges, these are really handy for applying under eye concealer or blending cream highlight and contour. They're also shaped so they can fit in places like under the eyes to apply concealer and blend seamlessly. I love using cream contour and highlight, the ModelCo Contour Stick is a really handy product to apply because it's almost like a crayon. It's soft, so easy to blend in either with fingers or with a sponge to add definition to the face. The box also includes handy tips from Coppafeel on how to check yourself for signs of breast cancer and make people more aware which I think is brilliant!

What do you think of this month's box? 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Products That Disappointed Me

I try a lot of different products and while there's lots I absolutely love, a few end up as disappointments. I have always had pretty dry skin but recently throughout the day, my nose has been getting oily so I decided to start trying a primer to combat the oil. I had the NYX Shine Killer* in my collection but hadn't tried it so decided to give it a go to see if it helped with the shiny skin I was getting. I found the texture of this really nice as a primer but it did very little to help my foundation stay on any longer than usual, I still experienced my foundation separating on my nose and looking shiny which was disappointing. Although this isn't a product that breaks the bank, it's one that was a slight let down and I wouldn't particularly recommend.

Wunderbrow is a product I first tried a few years ago but decided to give it a go again as I had seen it featured in some new Youtube videos and I couldn't remember what I thought about it. I was really disappointed with the consistency of this, it's way too liquidy to actually apply in the areas where I don't have brow hairs. As I apply it with a brush, it just gets moved around so it takes ages to actually get a decent look. The brush it comes with is like a lipgloss brush so it isn't very useful for applying small amounts of product. While it does dry and stay put, it's just way too much effort spending ages trying to apply it in the morning. My final disappointing product is the Nars Soft Matte Concealer, I have been obsessed with the Radiant Creamy Concealer for years so thought it would be worth giving this one a try. I'm not a massive fan of the fact it's in a pot because I find it hard to use quickly in the morning (although, I can't really moan as I knew that when I bought it). For a concealer, I found this didn't have enough coverage to actually cover any of the blemishes I have which I think is the main point of a concealer. It works okay for an under eye concealer because I don't have bad dark circles but for anything like redness, scarring or acne, it's not going to cover particularly well. I just found myself applying layers of this but not actually achieving anything in terms of coverage. My recommendation to anyone would be to stick with the Radiant Creamy Concealer if you're wanting something to actually hide imperfections!

Do you have any products that disappointed you? 
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