Monday, 30 August 2010

Benefit Hoola Review

Meet 'Hoola' bronzer, my new love!

'Hoola' comes in a cardboard box with 11gms of product for £23.50.

Get to know Hoola!

The Good: A matte brown with a balance of cool and warm undertones. Highly pigmented, swatches true to the colour in the pan. finely milled, blends easily into the skin. You can get the colour to be sheer with a light hand or very intense if desired. The colour lasts all day and the product comes with a brush that is surprisingly soft.

The Bad: The product can get dusty after you dip your brush in to it. The cardboard packaging can look battered if you let it bounce around in your bag.

How do i use it? I mainly use it to contour on days where I feel my skin doesn't need moisture as my favourite cream bronzer is still the 'Soleil tan de Chanel', I have tried using 'Hoola' with the brush it comes with which basically gives you a stripe along your cheeks, it's good for contouring and on the go but you need a fluffy powder brush to then blend it out. I have been using 'Rimmel Stay Matte' pressed powder to set my liquid foundation to prepare for 'Hoola'.

I thought that Hoola might be the same colour as Mac 'Cork' eye shadow but I was wrong, Cork is much darker and more cool toned.

I would recommend Hoola if you want a matte powder bronzer which is natural looking with no orange or red undertones with practical 'on the go' pretty packaging. I prefer Hoola to Nars Laguna and Casino bronzers which have been favourites of mine because the shimmers in them make the contouring look fake and Laguna can look muddy and casino can look too red on me. I have also used Mac's matte bronzing powder, but that looks too red on me too. I have been using Hoola almost every day since I got it and I absolutely love how natural it looks on me.

I already own 'Thrrrob' which is another boxed powder by Benefit, next on my list is 'Georgia', I know it's not really going to show up on my skin tone, but it would make a nice everyday highlighter or brightening face powder... "I think". :)

Have you tried "Hoola"? If not, what matte powder do you use to contour?

Friday, 27 August 2010

I know! I know...

I have been a terrible blogger recently, forgive me. I have been so busy and my laptop seems to have a virus that is stopping me from entering certain sites, one of which include blogger. Thank god for updates from phones.

In the mean time I shall fill you in...

1) I got Benefit Hoola bronzer and I'm loving it, its such a practical product.

2) I have my hands on my first lip tar by OCC in "Cha cha". :)

3) I de potted my prestige glam tan bronzer into a mac compact, as the original packaging was broken. I'm SO proud I didn't break it as it is domed and mineralised.

That is it for now.. Until next time... X

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Skin care ramble..

Last week I had an urge, that urge was to thread the tiny little hairs above my eyebrows which I never ever do. My suspicion led me to have nicely groomed eyebrows and baby spots above my eyebrows which were actually quite painful. Through Twitter I learned a few tips:
  • Never have a hot shower after you torture your eyebrows.
  • Try using baby powder on the area before you start threading.
  • Use a toner, ice or aloe vera gel to calm your skin.

Lesson learned, hopefully the next time I shouldn't have that problem. Anyway, on a whim, whilst at Liberty's I decided to purchase the Kiehl's 'cucumber toner', as I read in a magazine that Diane Kruger uses it to soothe her sensitive skin.

What do I think so far? It's 'nice', however for an alcohol free toner it's extremely astringent, it hasn't broken me out or dried my skin out, however it's only been about 1 week.

I also talked myself into buying the new 'Midnight recovery concentrate', which is made from 99.8% natural ingredients. (paraben, fragrance and mineral oil free) It's a lightweight oil based formula that easily absorbs into your skin overnight. It has evening primrose oil, squalane and essential oils of lavender

I apply 2-3 drops every night on it's own, I love how it feels on my skin and it feels and looks like my skin is more radiant and smooth. If it turns out to be a miraculous product I will do a more in depth review.

After my last skincare post where I mentioned I was a skincare nerd, I was asked if I wanted to have a read of Liz Earle's 'Skin Secrets' book... I accepted and wanted to share my thoughts with you as I really enjoyed it.

Love the photograhpy!

The book covers a wide array of subjects ranging from identifying your skin type, plant oils & essential oils that are beneficial to the skin, caring for your skin, what makeup to wear for your age, solutions for skin problems, what to eat for healthy skin, fitness, the importance of relaxing and a whole lot more.
I love that this book isn't focused on Liz Earle's skin care brand and selling her products, and instead focuses on actually guiding us to help us with our skin. I loved reading it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to really improve the way they treat their skin.

What new things have you been doing with your skin lately?

My lack of posts recently is due to the holy month of Ramadan, fasting is going well - I have been sticking to all things healthy with the odd cheat :) I am going to try my best to do some hijab looks as I have been going to the mosque and I think it will be interesting for you to see how I wear it.

I was sent the 'Skin Secrets' book for consideration for review, I did not get paid to blog about it and I am not affiliated with the brand.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Barry M - Tangerine nails

Whilst pursuing the aisles at Superdrug I casually walked by the Barry M stand and this little number grabbed my attention, it was practically shouting at me.

It's a colour I haven't seen before, so I'm assuming it's new, either that or I have been living under a shell. It's number 136 Tangerine and it's exactly the colour of a juicy tangerine with a slight golden metallic finish.

It's basically the nail polish form of the Nars multiple tint in Turks and Caicos, I had to have it.

Like most Barry M nail paints, this one was easy to apply with no streaks. 2 coats are enough but I applied 3 as I wanted really bright and vivid 'in your face' nails.

Perfect for short nails and for summer although the UK seems to confuse it's seasons almost everyday... *Sigh*

Price: £2.95

NAIL RANT: Every time I try I try to grow my nails square they split, chip and break off. It's like all they ever want to be is rounded, I recently purchased a Sally Hansen nail hardener so I'm hoping that will do the trick. I used to have VERY long nails that looked beautiful and fake, and now they are always short because every time one breaks I cut them all off to even them out. *sob* but I guess this way it's more hygienic and you can get away with outrageous colours. However, Tips are welcomed!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Random posting...

Look how much Peanut has grown..

He means the world to me...

I wore a bright lip yesterday and I liked it. I used 'Rose Maiden' from the 'Colour Forecast' collection. It's a muted red with rosey pink undertones with a frost finish. I don't usually like frosts but this one is really wearable and pretty plus it lasted a long time, it was still there after a big meal, it faded nicely too.

I'm wearing it with Voluminous Mascara, Bourjois brown eyeliner, Chanel bronze universel and Mac face & body foundation.

My hair annoyed me again, I grabbed some scissors and cut me a side fringe, I tend to do this when I get bored, uh oh! :)

I picked up these beautiful delicate earrings yesterday from Accessorize, they were only £10 and I love them!

Lastly, and most importantly Ramadan Mubarak!

What random things have you been doing lately?

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Bright Future - Yellow Eyeshadow

Who wears yellow eyeshadow? Odds are, not many people. Whilst I wear purples and greens quite confidently, yellow can be overwhelming and scary.

My theory for wearing a scary bright colours is:

  • Stick to one bright colour - No rainbow business!
  • Tone it down with brown.

The yellow I used is Mac 'Bright Future' from the 'Style Warrior' collection, it's a veluxe pearl and has a subtle undertone of gold. I teamed it with Mac 'Bronze'. Below are some swatches...

Wearable? For me yes, I did go out in public with it. I like this look as you don't immediately see the yellow, it's only when I blink or look down, which makes it quite 'safe'.

Here is the order I did look in:

  • Nars 'Smudgeproof eyeshadow base' as primer
  • Mac 'Bright Future' e/s on eyelid.
  • Mac 'Bronze' e/s on the outer corner and blended into crease.
  • Urban Decay 'Bourbon' 24/7 pencil on upper lashline and waterline.
  • Benefit 'Eye bright' to highlight.
  • L'oreal Voluminous mascara.

With such a unique colour on my eyes, I wanted nude lips. I used YSL Rouge Volupte #2 (Sensual Silk), I think a darker brown would have looked nice too. I kept my cheeks bare with just a little bit of Chanel Bronze Universel. I did take photos of the full look but they were blurry, I am very anti blurry! :(

On another note, I removed the insert from one of my Mac palettes, and I fit 26 instead of 15 which is brilliant as I'm always trying to save space. I have also noticed this way that the colours really jump out and I can see the difference in all of them, as they are so close to each other.

Will you ever wear yellow eyeshadow? If so, how will you wear it?

Friday, 6 August 2010

Lush Fizzbanger Review

I tried this last night and thought I would share my thoughts.

The Fizzbanger is a new limited edition bath ballistic, infused with the scent of apples, cinnamon and toffee. but this one not only smells nice but is filled with fun!

Initially your bath water slowly fizzes into a pale yellow..

...and then mixes with swirls of blue from the inside layer to slowly turn into a beautiful ocean green. Wait that's not it, it has fizzy candy inside so then your bath water starts to crackle 'Rice Krispies' style... Snap Crackle and Pop which lasts for a few minutes, I found it to be quite relaxing and I felt like a kid again! :)

Once everything has fizzed and popped away you are left with a tiny piece of paper that reads "Bang", I'm not too sure what that's about!?

I love the 'Fizzbanger' as it takes forever (approx 4mins) to fizz away and then you have another few mintues of the popping. I love the colour it turns my bath, the scent and the crackle and pops!

Have you tried the 'Fizzbanger'?

Price: £2.95/200gm

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Mac Face and Body Foundation Review

It's been over a month since I purchased the Mac face and body foundation, I mentioned in my haul post that I was loving it, and now I finally tell you why! :)

Key Points:

  • Sheer coverage
  • Luminous Finish
  • Long Lasting
  • Water based liquid foundation

I have been using this every single day since I got it. I am absolutely utterly in love with it. It gives you the most natural finish which looks invisible to the human eye. Don't ask me how it's possible, but it's possible. It looks like my skin but better, you can't tell I'm wearing makeup at all. This is definitely holy grail for me. It knocks off my beloved Bobbi Brown moisture rich and Bourjois 10hr sleep effect out of the scene. There's one major reason why I love this and that is because it sets.

The fact that it sets helps it last all day, I don't even always set it with powder and it still lasts. It's also supposed to be transfer resistant and water resistant = Fabulous! Water based foundations are great for combo/oily skin as it moisturizes without upsetting the oil balance of your skin. It's also great for people with dry and normal skin as it provides hydration... win win situation!

The consistency is very watery and runny..

I apply this with my hands, it takes about 10 seconds to set. I have tried brushes but found the brushes absorb too much product and I get a more natural finish with my hands, plus it's faster.

If I need extra coverage on my left cheek for example, I apply another layer which works great or I just use concealer.

The 'Face & Body foundation' looks great in flash photography...

...and in natural light.

I would recommend this to people who like tinted moisturizers, light foundations and a luminous dewy finish. (Skip this if you are into a matte finish with full coverage.) This will suit all ages and there is a wide colour range to suit all races. I am a shade C4 (NC35) for reference. However, like I mentioned in my haul post, it's so sheer that if you got a shade too light or too dark it will not be noticeable. I have had a few messages from people telling me this expires quite quickly, I'm not too sure what the time limit is... but I'm sure I will finish this way before it goes off as I use it every day.

Have you found 'The One' foundation you can't live without?
I clearly have! :)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Don't you just....

Love him?

Peanut has had his fur trimmed, me and my husband did it with clippers (no2) and now he's even more handsome! :) Don't you love his lion cushion and blanket? He's our baby! :)