Sunday, 31 July 2011

July Favs!

Hi everybody!
So, it's coming up to the end of July now and I wanted to share the things i've been loooooving with you :) There isn't really that many makeup products, as i've been wearing the bare essentials in the hot weather this month, and haven't felt like wearing eyeshadow and such when the sun is so hot. However, I do have a few none makeup items that i've loved :)

The first product i've really been loving this month is my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation. I only bought this in the middle of June and i've been using it every day since then. It is a medium - full coverage foundation which might be a bit heavy for some people, however I find it doesn't feel heavy or clogged up on my skin like many i've tried. I apply it using my fingers or with a kabuki brush for heavier coverage. I'll be doing a full review of it soon so look out for that if you want to know more! 

My colour is NC20.

The next face product i've been liking is Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer. I heard sooo much about this from so many different beauty guru's and blogs that I eventually decided to try it. I got the colour Light 2, but didn't like the colour very much. I find it makes my skin look quite pink if i use it to cover blemishes or redness and I really hated it! However, I then tried it to cover undereye circles and I find it works quite well. I'm getting more sleep than usual recently so my dark circles are not as dark (thank god!) as they sometimes are, and this concealer works nicely for them. On days when I have really dark circles this isn't enough to cover them, though :(

The last makeup product i've been loving this month is the Benefit Posie Tint cheek and lip stain. I hardly ever wear bright colours on my lips, even in summer, but i've been using this on my lips to give a more subtle, yet still bright, colour. It's a really pretty flowery pink kinda colour and is prefect for summer. It stays on for a reasonable amount of time, too, even through drinking and eating. I use it with an SPF lip balm over the top for protection in the sun.  

Next up is 2 Liz Earle products for the hands. I don't suffer from dry skin on my hands, however I do have really dry cuticles all year round. This means they always look flaky and cracked and horrible! But I discovered the Liz Earle Superbalm about 6 months ago and found it was amazing for my dry cuticles!!  It's a multi-purpose product that can be used on your lips, nails and cuticles. It has quite a grainy texture but also feels quite oily so feels as though it is exfoliating and adding loads of moisture at the same time, which I love! I'm now on my second pot and still love it. 

To accompany the Superbalm, I use the Liz Earle Hand Repair cream on my hands. This has quite a thick consistency and soaks into the skin quickly to keep your hands feeling moisturised. It has a very handy pump on the bottle which makes it nice to store in your bathroom for use after washing hands or on your dresser in your room. 

 The consistency:

Finally, i've been reading Lauren Conrad's novel 'Sugar and Spice' a lot this month. It's the second one in her L.A Candy series (I think!) and i'm really enjoying it! I love how it relates to her time in The Hills in parts and conveys the reality of life in L.A a bit more accurately. It's a nice, lighthearted book to read in summer and if you like The Hills, I definitely recommend you check it out!

So that's all of the things i've loved through July! I hope you liked them too. 

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Clinique Mascara Review!

Hi everyone!
I thought i'd do a review of what might be my favourite mascara i've used so far, today, which is the Clinique High Impact Curling mascara. This is the first mascara i've used where I really am surprised with the results, as I have quite long eyelashes naturally so many mascaras don't make a massive difference on me. The first thing I noticed about the mascara was that it gave my lashes a nice, natural curl (used with eyelash curlers) which I don't usually get very easily as my lashes are so long they don't curl very much. The curl also lasts ALL day (roughly 15 hours) on my lashes, too, which is pretty good!

I've found this mascara to be perfect for my very oily skin. Clinique mascaras have a special formulation in which the product can only be removed with warm water - so even eye makeup remover will not get it off. This means that the mascara stays put on your eyes through rain, tears and sweat, without even smudging, which is something i've never experienced in a mascara. My skin is usually too oily for even waterproof mascaras to stay put. Also, when you do wash off the mascara in warm water, it comes off in small little clumps which can then be brushed off of your towels or clothes, meaning no more mascara stains or those dreaded 'Panda Eyes'!!

The curved brush that comes with the mascara, makes it easy to apply on your lashes. Simply brush through lashes, then hold the curved side of the brush on the tip of your lashes for a few seconds, to guarantee a curl that lasts all day.

The only bad side of this mascara, for me, is the slightly plain looking packaging. I'm a sucker for good packaging and it usually influences my decision to buy a product a lot of the time. However, the packaging of this mascara is quite plain and boring, compared to the quite luxurious packaging of Estee Lauder and Lancome mascaras, for example. The price of the Clinique mascara is only £15 though, which means you can forgive the less glamorous packaging for such a good price tag (in comparison to the more common £18 - £20 price range). 

Have you ever tried a Clinique mascara? What are your views?