Too Faced Cosmetics

Posted in beauty, gifts, lips, make up
on June 27, 2016
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I always remember when I first fell in love with Too Faced Cosmetics – it was when I received a palette of theirs containing three or four blushers and bronzers for Christmas one year. I remember thinking the packaging was the sweetest, and the blushers and bronzers were so, so good, but when I tried to find out how I went about buying more of their range, it was near impossible! Too Faced is an American brand, but luckily, has become more available over in the UK this last couple of years – predominantly at Debenhams. Another of their cult products I now use on a daily basis is their Better Than Sex Mascara – the coverage it gives my very sparse, thin, light lashes makes it the only mascara I buy time after time.

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Therefore, when I was asked if I would like to review some of their products for my blog I was insanely excited! Everything not only looks gorgeous, but each product actually works and I am obsessed with every single thing they release – I have recently ordered their Totally Cute eyeshadow palette which will be on the blog as soon as possible!

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation £28
I haven’t tried one of Too Faced’s foundations before, and I received their Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light, which is one of eight shades released. The packaging is a glossy black embossed palette which opens up to reveal a mirror and the powder foundation on top, and then underneath another layer opens up to reveal an applicator sponge.

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I found that the formula blends into my skin perfectly, and provides a weightless, plush-matte, rose petal finish. The formula is infused with Too Faced’s exclusive Cocoa Complex, an antioxidant-rich, oil-absorbing, non-drying powder, which also defends against free radicals, whilst minimising the appearance of fine lines and pores. As I suffer from dry cheeks, and an oily T-Zone, I do have combination skin, but due to this exclusive formula, it covers both of these problems for me, absorbing the oil in my T-Zone and not drying out my already dry cheek areas. Another thing I suffer from is large pores, and as mentioned, this foundation also helps the minimise the appearance of these, meaning that I don’t always have to use a pore-minimising primer.

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As well as providing a good coverage as a foundation, it also manages to cover up the redness I suffer from on my cheeks, and really hides my imperfections, resulting in completion perfection. It is super soft and silky on the skin, and doesn’t in any way feel heavy, and the decadent chocolate scent smells divine! I have the shade Light, which as my skin is rather pale and fair, I found works really well with my skin tone.

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Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Sparkling Bellini £24
Recently released is this Sweethearts Blush in new shade Sparkling Bellini. It is so pretty I barely want to use it! The packaging is stunning matte gold and sweet peach, in the shape of a love heart, which opens up to reveal the three shade blush. I have had a couple of other shades in this collection before, and the pigment and colour finish is insanely good, there are dupes out there, but nothing compares to the real thing.

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In each baked, heart-shaped blush there are three individual shades of colour, which can be used separately, in a duo, or of course, all swirled together to create a sweet, romantic flush of colour on the cheeks. The baking process and multiple colours create dimensional colour to provide the look of younger, brighter, healthier skin. Much to my delight, a lot of the Too Faced products have pretty micro glitter infused throughout them, and the Sparkling Bellini is not different – it contains an apricot shade, a peach shade and a slightly pinker, rosier shade of peach.

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The Sweethearts Blush is totally buildable, whether you are wanting a natural flushed look, or full on colour and shimmer, you can create and experiment to your heart’s content. I adore peach-shaded blushes as I think they tend to match a lot of different skin tones, and can take you from paler Autumn/Winter skin right through to Spring/Summer holiday skin.

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Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenched Lip Cream £18 Each
The Too Faced Lip Creams are another cult product which I fell in love with some time back, and there are now more stunning shades than ever! A whopping 25 colours currently complete the collection, with something for every fashion and mood – nudes, spices, pinks, reds and berries, and I was lucky enough to receive a berry, a pink and a nude/spice shade. The Lip Creams are super moisturising and hydrating, with the formula containing lotus flower extract to ensure the lips are soothed and conditioned, with environmental protection provided against antioxidants and power peptides to condition, smooth and firm that delicate lip area.

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Each La Creme is saturated with pigments, and one swipe is more than enough, but of course, they are also really buildable, so can be worn throughout the day for a more natural appearance or built up for full on glamour. Each bullet of Lip Cream has a beautiful matte gold finish, which slide off effortlessly, but are still secure in your clutch bag to reveal the tapered lip product itself.

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I received three shades, which include Wham!, Mean Girls and Sugar Daddy and it is impossible to choose a favourite. Wham! is the darker of the three, a beautiful pinkish berry shade, infused with lots of pink and purple micro glitter, which looks outstanding in the light. Mean Girls is a sweet pop of pink with the naughtiest iridescent pink micro glitter, and again, looks amazing in the light, with all of the shimmery goodness. Lastly, but certainly not least, is Sugar Daddy, which is your everyday classic nude shade, right on trend, which gives an appearance of your lips, but better!

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The La Creme formula lasts much longer than some of my other favourite lip products on the lips, so long wear is definitely another plus here, and with the range of so many beautiful, and different shades available, I definitely cannot wait to try some of them out.

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You can now purchase Too Faced from their official website, which has recently begun shipping to the UK, or find them instore and online at Debenhams.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Benefit Brows: New Collection

Posted in beauty, blogger event, eyebrows, make up
on June 27, 2016
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A short while ago I headed to an exclusive event in Leeds hosted by Benefit Cosmetics, to find out all about their amazing new Brow products, which you can read about here. To celebrate this fabulous collection of brow products, Benefit very kindly sent me four of the new items to try out which I was extremely excited about!

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Now, when it comes to packaging, Benefit have it nailed and as a blogger I know that they also don’t skimp when it comes to PR gifts – the products arrived in a large pink gift box, complete with mirror, cute quotes and even little information cards with brow problems and why that particular product can help each problem. It really was one of the cutest PR gifts I have ever received!

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Our brows are one of the most popular beauty treatments on which we spend the most money – along with hair, nails and mascara, and so Benefit developed an entire range to find a cure for all brow problems – whether your brows lack shape, definition, condition, or depth, there really is a product for everything and everyone! Three years ago Benefit embarked on a mission to create a collection that magically solves each and every brow dilemma, using high-performing formulas, custom-designed applicators and mistake-proof shades.

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The range consists of thirteen different products, some with multiple shades, so I strongly recommend you popping down to your nearest Benefit concession stand to discover which shade you are matched to – as if you are for example a shade 2 in one product, then you will be that same shade in the whole collection, making it super easy to find products best suited to your needs and colouring.

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Gimme Brow £18.50
You may recognise the name of this product, but it has had a packaging re-haul, with the formula being the same, but it is now available in three shades rather than two. This award-winning brow-volumising fibre gel contains tiny microfibres that adhere to skin and hairs, creating natural looking fullness and definition.

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Gimme Brow is totally buildable, water-resistant and long-wearing and it is super easy to apply with its custom, tiny tapered brush applicator. I have been using this product for the past year, as I suffer from very sparse, thin brows, and I simply brush the gel on in the opposite way my brows grow to ruffle them up a little, and then stroke the product back the other way.

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I find that the product lasts me quite a long while as you only need a tiny amount and when applying, because the brush is so small, I don’t seem to get any mess with it, it simply sticks to my brow area and really does create a fuller looking brow. I am a Shade 1 in Gimme Brow, as my natural brows are quite fair, but I could also get away with a Shade 2 if I was wanting a darker look.

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Goof Proof Brow Pencil £18.50
This is definitely my joint-favourite product from the new collection, after trying it when I received a sample in Elle magazine last month. It is a double-ended product with a spooky on one side to brush through the brows, and a specially-shaped pencil on the other. Goof Proof has been designed to create full and natural-looking brows and the formula glides-on so easily, and lasts for up to 12 hours.

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The goof-proof tip has been custom made with a pointed end to provide definition and a wider tip to fill out sparse brows. It is available in six different shades, of which I have Shade 2, but again I could also get away with a darker shade, depending on whether you are wanting a natural or bolder look.

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One of the things I love most about the Goof Proof Brow Pencil is that it is super quick to use – I don’t always wear a full face of make-up for work, but even if I am running late in a morning, it literally takes seconds to fill out my brows using this magical product.

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Browvo! Conditioning Primer £21.50
A brow primer isn’t really something I have used before, and so this was one of the products that interested me the most. Browvo! works in two ways – 1: It conditions the brows to make them look instantly fuller, thicker and healthier and 2: It primes the brows, giving a perfect base for underneath makeup to enhance and prolong wear of other brow products. A bonus tip for the use of Browvo! is to wear it overnight to condition brows and work its magic whilst you are sleeping.

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The nutrient-rich formula contains keratin and soy proteins which are known to help brows look thicker, fuller and healthier and it is a clear gel so it covers everyone’s brow shades. The applicator tip also gave me the wow factor, as it has been created to evenly coat brow hair, without going on to the skin, therefore not wasting any product or having overspill.

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To use Browvo!, you simply click the pen once (a little like the They’re Real Eyeliners), and glide over the brow and let it dry before applying other brow products, but of course this can be worn without other products to give the brows a healthier appearance and feel.

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Ka-Brow! Cream-Gel Brow Colour £18.50
Now this is the product that was my joint-favourite with Goof Proof! Some of you may have seen similar cream-gel brow products, such as the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Pomade, but Benefit have now released their very own, much more accessible version Ka-Brow! Again, available in six different shades, Ka-Brow is brush-on, wearable colour for your brows, to really give your brows that wow brow effect!

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It arrives in a little glass pot, with a screw-off applicator lid – more on that shortly – and is a cream-gel which easily fills, sculpts and defines the brows, taking them from natural looking to dramatic, with the buildable formula being able to work to your every need. The formula is waterproof and has 24 hour long lasting wear, which I think is definitely important during the warmer, summer months – obviously not in this country though as all we seem to be getting is rain!

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The screw-off lid doesn’t just look good, it also enables you to remove the long stem to create a brush applicator, which can also be turned around and popped back into the base to create a longer applicator – Benefit think of everything! So, to use, add a small amount of the formula to the brush and then glide across the brows, in small, stroke-like actions. This is definitely a must-have product, which again comes in six shades, so covers all colourings, is totally buildable so can be used for dramatic or natural looking brows, and lasts all day long and well into the evening.

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I have ordered another couple of the new releases, so ensure you keep your eyes peeled for that review, and in the meantime you can find Benefit concession stands in stores like Boots, Debenhams and House of Fraser, or otherwise you can find them online here.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Sunday Pamper: When Skincare Face Masks

Posted in bath, beauty, skincare
on June 19, 2016
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In my opinion, Sundays are for pampering – after a busy weekend, and right before work starts, nothing beats a hot bubble bath, beautiful skincare and some much-needed me time. I was recently sent some sheet masks from Korean skincare brand When, and I thought today would be the perfect time to trial them! I received five different varieties, and so there is something to suit everyone.

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When – Makeup Base
For the moment When you need a fabulous base for a flawless face! This face mask is the perfect choice for when your skin needs to look its best, and I have always stood by the fact that if you don’t take care of your skin, your makeup won’t look at its prime. This is a bio-cellulose sheet mask made from coconuts and the superfine 3D fibres allow superior adhesion to the face enabling even distribution and effective delivery of an intensely hydrating yet lightweight serum.

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It includes Adenosine to improve the skin’s elasticity, Collagen and Peptides to ward off wrinkles and promote smoother, firmer skin, and Hyaluronic Acid and Ginseng Extracts to aid hydration and keep skin looking and feeling healthy. To use, you simple place the mask on clean and dry skin, leaving for 30 minutes, with no need to rinse away, you’ll have perfect radiant skin in no time.

When – Travelmate
For the moment When travel is taking a toll on your skin, whether it be commuting or travelling abroad, this helps freshen up tired skin. This bio-cellulose sheet mask is again made from coconuts and has the 3D fibres as with the Makeup Base mask. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Ginseng Extracts to aid hydration and keep skin looking and feeling healthy, Saccharide Isomerate to help skin hold on to moisture, Swiss Alpine Herb Extracts to gently hydrate the skin and chamomile to restore and nourish the skin damaged by UV rays, wind and dry cabin air.

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As the masks are in singular sachets, and lightweight, they are perfect for taking away with you. I often take a sheet mask on aeroplane journeys as it makes my skin much more rejuvenated and refreshed after 10 hours of flying, and as there is no need to wash off, there is much less mess than with a regular face mask.

When – 10.00 PM
For the moment When your skin needs to travel back in time… Safe in the comfort of your bed, and away from the sun, pollution and harsh temperatures, night time is the perfect time for skincare to work at its best. Your skin rejuvenates itself between 10pm and 2am, so using this kind of face mask, or a specialised serum on the skin can greatly improve it.

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This bio-cellulose sheet mask contains Collagen to help ward off fine lines and wrinkles, Watermelon Extract to promote skin regeneration, and Hyaluronic Acid and Ginseng Extracts to aid hydration and keep skin looking and feeling healthy. I think this mask is the perfect When for weekends, right before you enter a brand new week.

When – Snow Magic
For the moment When you want to add radiance to dull, lacklustre skin, this is the perfect pick me up! The targeted formula of the Snow Magic bio-cellulose sheet mask gives instantly brighter skin in just 30 minutes and adds a beautiful glow into the skin to prevent it from feeling dull and lifeless, and I think this would definitely be a winner in the colder, Winter months, although with the June weather we are currently having, it may be needed much sooner!

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The Snow Magic formula includes Hyaluronic Acid and Ginseng Extracts to aid hydration and keep the skin looking and feeling healthy, Niacinamide to stop hyper pigmentation, brighten skin and help it retain its moisture, and Moisturising Aloe Vera for brighter, glowing skin. It is also worth noting that all When masks are free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

When – The Last Choice
Suitably named for the last When mask, The Last Choice is for the moment When your skin is dry and shrivelled and longing for a drink. As much as I have an oily T-Zone, I do suffer often from really dry cheeks, and The Last Choice is perfect for those moments when you think nothing will quench its thirst!

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The Last Choice lightweight serum contains Hydrating Agents Sodium Hyaluronate and Saccharide Isomerate which are the ultimate sip of moisture for your skin, along with Hyaluronic Acid and Ginseng Extracts to aid hydration and keep skin looking and feeling healthy. I don’t normally work Mondays and Tuesdays, but tomorrow I have swapped one of my shifts and so I intend to give my skin some much needed TLC with these innovative When Face Masks.

When Face Masks cost £7 per single sachet, or £30 for a box of five and available at Fenwick, selected Topshop stores and online at Birchbox.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

New In: Next Cosmetics: Make Me Beautiful & Fragrance

Posted in beauty, fragrance, make up
on June 19, 2016
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Highstreet store Next have recently revamped their cosmetics collection, now renamed Make Me Beautiful and as a huge fan of their clothing and homeware, I simply had to order a few bits and check them out. There is quite a large selection to choose from, and the prices are very reasonable indeed, so let’s crack on to the products themselves…

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Perfect Look Eyeshadows in Gold Glitter £7.50
There are seven different colour ways in this very pretty palette, but I opted for the Gold Glitter as I can’t resist anything gold or glittery! Each shadow is a very decent size, and inside this palette there is a cocoa brown shade, with light green micro glitter, a bronze shade, again with micro glitter, a yellow-gold shade with gold micro glitter, and lastly, a pale gold shade with pink micro glitter.

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The pale gold eyeshadow would also be great for highlighting when on holiday, after a day of tanning and sunshine, but the pigment of each and every shadow is greatly impressive. The shadows are soft and long-wearing, and you can create a whole range of different colours and looks with these four glamorous shades.

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Perfect Look Eyeliner Pencil in Mahogany Brown £6.50
As I am quite naturally pale skinned, if I am not wearing false eyelashes, black eyeliner can be a little harsh, and so I have been wanting to try out a brown eyeliner instead, for a more natural look. The Make Me Beautiful Eyeliner Pencil glides easily onto the skin, without pulling that ever so delicate eye area, and you can build up colour or gently apply for a more natural look.

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On the other end of the Eyeliner Pencil, there is a smudger applicator, this allows you to blend the colour in, especially if you are wanting to create a smoky eye look, but the pencil does create a precise line should you want it.

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Perfect Cheeks Blusher £8
There are other types of blusher available, but I adore anything shimmery and so this multi-colour shimmer brick is perfect – it provides a luminescent radiant finish onto the cheeks and the pigment is gorgeous! It has five different shades, with the top white shade having pretty pink micro glitter running throughout it and it lasts all throughout the day.

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The shades can be all swirled together to create one colour blush, or they can be used separately, or even double up as eyeshadow shades, due to them being so pigmented, therefore being great for holidays also.

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Perfect Look Chubby Eye Shader Collection £10
What a bargain this fab little set is – working out at just £2 each stick! I am addicted to this sweet collection of five eyeshadow pencils, their creamy, highly pigmented formula lasts on the eyelids and you can be imaginative as you wish with the colours. Inside this collection you receive Charcoal Grey, Sepia Bronze, Gunmetal Brown, Pale Mist and Gold Rush.

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You could definitely use Pale Mist and Gold Rush as highlighting products too, and my favourite shades are Sepia Bronze and Charcoal Grey, which both look super pretty next to my blue eyes, and their shimmery formulas help to illuminate the eyes.

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Top to Bottom: Sepia Bronze, Pale Mist, Gunmetal Brown, Gold Rush & Charcoal Grey

Paradise Fragrance Wardrobe £12
I also ordered this fun little trio of Next fragrances, as each bottle holds 15ml of spray fragrance and so are perfect for popping in a handbag or taking on holiday with you. My all-time favourite perfumes are Angel and Alien, both by Thierry Mugler, but both are pricey and come in quite heavy bottles, and so the Paradise Fragrance Wardrobe are much easier for day-to-day wear and carrying about.

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The fragrances included are the Paradise Escape, Paradise Original and Paradise Island, and each and every one is perfect for the Summer months as they are lovely, light and refreshing – my favourite being the original Paradise.

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The Next Make Me Beautiful Collection is available instore and online at Next.

Love,
Kathryn xxx