Bourjois Air Mat Foundation

  

Hi beauties,

I have had this product for only 8 days so I usually test things for longer before I review, but this is so awesome I don’t need any more time!

As you know I suffer with oily skin and shine drives me mad. I have been using Bare Minerals Original foundation for years which I still like, but it just doesn’t have the staying power at all. 

I found out about Bourjois Air Mat foundation from Jane at British Beauty Blogger and as it was a very affordable £9.99 a tube I went to get it straight away.

I tried this out last Tuesday morning, I put the foundation on at 8:30 and was expecting to blot within 20 minutes. In fact I didn’t need to blot until 11:30!! This is something of a miracle for me, I wore the foundation for 12 hours and in that time I only powdered down 3 times. It also survived a 15 hour day on Saturday when I went to London for the day and didn’t get home until 10:30pm.

The texture of this formula is very light mousse, you don’t feel like you have anything on your skin at all which I love. It was easy to apply and a light layer provides medium coverage, I think you could build this up if you needed to. I set it with a light dusting of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and that was it! My only criticism is that the palest colour is a bit too yellow for me but I love this foundation so much that I can live with that.

I really can’t rate this highly enough, it really is my holy grail foundation now and has made me want to wear makeup more often. It lasts so well and offers good coverage. If you are looking for a new foundation for oily skin then you can’t go wrong with this. Bourjois Air Mat foundation is available at Superdrug for £9.99.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Argan + Synergy Body Butter


Hi beauties,

I am a big fan of Argan oil and have tried this brand Argan + Synergy before and was really impressed. I don’t often use body butters even though I have dry skin, as I can find them too heavy and sticky. This one Argan + Synergy Ultra Rich Body Butter, is beautiful! It is not a thick body butter, it is a light texture that is really easy to rub into your skin. The main ingredients are Coconut oil, Morrocan Argan oil, Baobab oil, Sacha Inci oil, Kukui oil and Moringa oil all known to be full of omega oils and antioxidants to hydrate and nourish your skin.

The body butter is so moisturising and hydrating, the smell is beautiful with essential oils of lavender, black pepper, ginger, vetiver, bitter orange and thyme. For me it is more of a woody fragrance which I like to use in Autumn/Winter, it goes perfectly with my favourite Liz Earle No15 scent. I have also been using it as a hand cream as the texture is smooth and non greasy. The fragrance does last a long time on the skin and you are left with your skin feeling so soft. This is more of a whipped cream consistency which I think makes it so easy to use. A lot of body butters I have tried before are usually firmer textures that take a lot of rubbing in, they feel suffocating on my skin and to be honest, I haven’t got the patience to stand around for 10 minutes getting cold while trying to rub what feels like lard onto my body! This is why I was so impressed with Argan + Synergy as it is the complete opposite of all of those I dislike.

This is an excellent product for the price which is £8.99 for 300ml. It is available at Waitrose and http://www.feelunique.com

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

OPI Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover and Expert Touch Lint Free Wipes

 Hello lovelies,

These might be strange products to review, but they are two products that I cannot be without. I used to use a very basic remover from a pharmacy for a long time and because I change my polish very regularly I found that my nails were getting extremely dry. So I decided to do a test and order OPI Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover.

I noticed a massive difference in my nails since using OPI’s remover, my nails were improved, they were not as dry as they previously were. I do use a lot of cuticle oil, hand cream and nail strengtheners and I found I was undoing all this good work by stripping my nails with cheap remover. I was very shocked that the change was so drastic, I thought that the OPI remover would be better quality, after all the price differnce is massive but for results I really do think it is worth it.

I have used the Expert Touch Lint Free Nail Wipes for a long time, they are easy to use and so superior to using ordinary cotton wool. The only time I do use cotton wool is to remove glitters in order to soak the nail for longer. The lint free wipes are my usual removal method, I find them quick and no annoying fibres left afterwards.

If you are finding that your nails are drying after using cheap remover, I would definitely recommend using a better quality one as the difference is very noticeable. OPI Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover is available from Amazon at £18.49 for 480ml. Expert Touch Lint Free Nail Wipes are available from Amazon at £9.99 for 200.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Powder Blushers


Hello beauties,

I was asked by one of my lovely readers Val from Valsvoguexo to do a post of on my favourite powder blushes. I’m sorry it’s taken so long, I shall get started now!


Bare Minerals Ready Color Boost The Select Reserve

This was included in a set that my lovely other half bought me for my birthday this year. The palette is comprised of Glee, True and Warmth. Glee is one of Bare Minerals best selling blushers, it is a gorgeous rose pink. True is more of a highlighter and Warmth is for bronzing. As I cannot contour to save my life, I blend them all together! I have been wearing this a lot over the summer to get a bit more colour in my very pale skin.


Superdrug B. Glowing Shimmer Block 196 Blush

I have had this palette for a long time, it is a dupe for Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, which I covet but cannot afford! There are some lovely shimmer shades in here that you can use as eyeshadows which is handy when travelling so you don’t have to take a lot of makeup with you. With all the palettes I have I tend to swirl all the colours together to get a luminous finish. There are light shimmer pinks going through ombre style into a mauve and has a beautiful highlight.


Laura Geller Baked Blush Ethereal Rose/Sateen Subtle Berry

I adore this blush and it is the one I use most frequently, I love the split pan so you get two shades in one compact. You can use just one or both together, I do really like shimmer shades on my cheeks so I do lean towards those. Shades include pink, pinky brown, purple, bronze and gold highlight.


Bare Minerals Ready Color Boost The Adrenaline Rush

Another beautiful palette from Bare Minerals, this isn’t as shimmery as some of my others but all together really warms my skin without looking dirty. This like the Select Reserve I’ve been using over the summer.


Bare Minerals Blush Secret

The only matte blush I own and the last 3 came in a beautiful set with lots of loose eyeshadows that I bought probably about 5 years ago. This is more rose/mauve tone and would be good for every day wear.


Bare Minerals Blush Rosy Topaz

One of my favourites, Rosy Topaz is truly stunning! Warm rose/bronze tone with a gorgeous shimmer it is a stronger colour than most of the others so lovely for evening although I do wear this in a sheerer finish for day time wear in Autumn/Winter.


Bare Minerals Blush Promise

Promise is beautiful for Spring/Summer, this is a pinky/peach perfect for paler skintones. Another with a shimmer so gorgeous in the sunshine, I would say that this one would be good for day or night, it is such a pretty look.

So these are my powder blusher favourites! Thank you to Val for requesting these, I am sorry you have had to wait so long for me to post. I hope you enjoyed it :o)

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

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Hi lovelies,

I first tried this in January as I was given a sample from the QVC Beauty Bash and I have since purchased it again. I have a lot of trouble sleeping due to my chronic pain, so anything that will help me get much needed rest I grab as fast as I can! I had heard of This Works before and if my memory serves me correctly I think I saw products in Boots a few years ago.

The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray sounded like the ideal thing for me to try, I love Lavender, I love Vertivert and Chamomile and when I first smelled the fragrance I fell in love with it straight away. It smelled so much different to your usual lavender pillow sprays, a more rounded fragrance and not synthetic in the slightest. When I got home that evening, I put it to the test.

I sprayed both sides of my pillow and settled down for sleep and can honestly say I felt so relaxed. The fragrance is absolutely glorious and instantly makes me calmer, for me it is worth it just for that! I still woke up in the night as I usually do but I did find that I fell asleep more quickly and could get back to sleep quicker when I did wake. I look forward to going to bed knowing that this really does help me wind down, I spray it on my pillow while I am putting on my hand cream last thing at night. It smells so beautiful, strong enough to work but it is not overpowering.

This is something that does live up to it’s name, so if you struggle getting to sleep and winding down in the evening, give this a try. For me, it’s money worth spending and I want to try other products in the range. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is £16.00 and available at http://www.thisworks.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

SBC Collagen QVC TSV

 Hello beauties,

This set was a Today’s Special Value on the 8th of September 2015, being a huge fan of the brand SBC it was a collection I had to get.

Starting with the Collagen 3in1 cleanser (250ml full size) which I have already mentioned (click here to read) is a gorgeous lotion textured cleanser. It is fantastic at taking off makeup and daily grime, it is light but creamy and the fragrance is a gorgeous grapefruit scent. It’s a brilliant cleanser you can slot into any regime.

The Collagen Shower Creme (500ml salon size) is also a lovely rich texture and so hydrating. I use this as a shower gel and hand wash, the fragrance is the same as the facial cleanser, in fact all the products have the fresh grapefruit smell. I have really dry skin on my body and it doesn’t irritate me at all, lovely to use in the bath as well.

The Hydra Gel Serum (30ml full size)  is another great product, moisturising and hydrating. It is a light cream gel texture so it sinks into your skin helping with those fine lines and wrinkles. It gives a more intensive result than the day and night cream, a fabulous affordable serum you can use with any moisturiser you like.

I have used the Collagen gel (1Litre) for many years now, I like light gel textures and I find this sinks in so easily not leaving a greasy or sticky residue. I use it face and body, I use it over oils as a mask and as a body lotion, I hate body lotions that are heavy as they tend to leave my skin feeling suffocated.

The Collagen Day & Night Cream (250ml Super Size) I have mentioned before (click here to read) and I truly love it. Famous for the lightness of their products this moisturiser doesn’t disappoint. It is light enough to add excellent moisturisation but does not feel heavy on you skin. Like all of SBC’s products a little goes a long way. This is a super size made especially for QVC, I suspect this will last me at least a year if not longer with day and night use. It has a lovely firming effect too, that makes your skin look smoother and tighter but not in an uncomfortable way. I am always so pleased with how my skin looks after I have used it.

This set was at the bonkers price of £39.98 and sizes of products superb. They will last me many months and provide great results, so if you haven’t tried SBC before, I would say give them a go. Don’t let the pricing put you off, as they are products that really do work. SBC items are available from http://www.qvcuk.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Make Up Primers

  
Hello lovelies,

I am super fussy when it comes to makeup primers as I am yet to find the perfect one for me when using Ultrasun SPF as my moisturiser base. I have tried so many I don’t even think I could list them here! These are the ones I have at the moment so I thought I would review them and tell you what I think.

Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer

I think this is definitely the one that is best for mineral/powder foundations. It is a cream formula with a lovely tint that gives you a very sheer amount of coverage. It smooths out your skin, covering any dry flaky patches and imperfections. My beef with this is it doesn’t help with shine at all and I do find it difficult to apply as it is very slippery. My skin is so oily that shine literally comes through in about 20 minutes and this primer for me does nothing to help that. A really good thing though, this primer has SPF30 included in the formula. Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer is available from http://www.bareminerals.co.uk at £23.00.

Kiko Mat Base Corrector

Kiko’s primer does help with shine, but I find it does go into my pores making them look like white spots all over my face so when I add foundation it looks glaringly obvious. So I really like it for the anti shine properties and tend to use it most days when I don’t wear makeup. It does last a long time and price wise it is good value. Kiko Mat Base Corrector is available from http://www.kikocosmetics.com at £8.90

Benefit Porefessional

Great for pores, again not so great for shine. I do like this primer, I find you don’t actually need a lot so as much as it is an outlay at £24.50 it does go quite far. It is a silicone formula and glides over your skin nicely. I just wish the dreaded oiliness didn’t come through!

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer

Actually I think this is my favourite. It is best used with a liquid base so I will use my CC cream underneath and pop my Bare Minerals Original Foundation over the top. Quite odd as it is a stick formula and more solid, you swipe it over your skin and apply your liquid base over the top. If I just use my Bare Minerals, it tends to go into my pores and looks bad. Apart from that, it is good for preventing shine and your base really does grip to the primer. I don’t think it lasts 15 hours, certainly not for me anyway, but it lasts me a good 6 hours so I am happy with that! Benefit Stay Flawless Primer is available from http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk at £24.50.

Revlon PhotoReady Prime & Anti Shine Balm

I was impressed with this, it is versatile so you can use it as a primer and an anti shine balm over your make up. This is a lightweight balm texture than you press onto your skin, I try not to use too much because it can get into pores and again this is probably best with a liquid rather than powder base. The anti shine part though is good, I haven’t use it over make up, I use a mattifying powder instead, it seems to last a good 5-6 hours on me. I would definitely repurchase this one, I like the texture and the fact that it does last like the Benefit Stay Flawless. Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti Shine is available from http://www.superdrug.com at £9.99.

So that’s the primers! Have you tried any of these? What are your best oil control primers? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx