Better than sex?

I really love how cheeky Too Faced are! What a great name for a mascara… 

As I mentioned before, my eye make up often smudges so I tend to opt for waterproof mascara most of the time. I stumbled across this one in Sephora in NYC on a recent city break and I must admit, the packaging won me over – I had to buy it. 
1944% more volume apparently… the claims are impressive! According to their consumer study, 97% said it increased volume and length and 94% said it stays put all day. As someone who works in market research, I’m curious to know how many people were interviewed…! 

I was pretty excited to see if this actually lived up to the hype, so I tried it out today. It absolutely increases the volume of your lashes, mine were multiplied and instantly more voluminous. However I didn’t get too much from it in terms of lengthening and it has lasted well but not perfectly all day. The brush is quite fat and fiddly, so if you hate clumps, this isn’t the mascara for you. I’d recommend purely for volume though, although at £19 it’s not the cheapest option out there. 

Better than sex? The jury’s out on that…


L’Oreal Perfect Match Concealer 

Someone pointed out that many of the products I review aren’t exactly on the cheap side – in fact most of my make up products are luxury brands these days. This is probably down to convenience and laziness on my part – as much as I love Boots & Superdrug, it’s a proper mission to find and try on make up in the tiny aisles with hordes of other customers! I prefer make up counters where I can easily see what’s available, try it on AND have wipes and tissues provided to remove it…

However, my office is conveniently next door to a Superdrug so I decided to pick up some concealers to try out. One of these was the L’Oreal Perfect/TrueMatch concealer and it is really very good!!! It is thick enough to provide decent coverage and has an easy to use wand applicator. I was pleasantly surprised given it was about £7. Definitely adding this to my on-the-go make up bag! 

Post Bank Holiday Blues Pick-Me-Up

If you were back to work and feeling a bit meh after the long weekend like I was this week, I’d recommend booking in a makeover! My friend and I went to Charlotte Tilbury’s Covent Garden store for a fresh look & some make up advice. A session with them will set you back £35, but it’s redeemable on products you buy – although be warned! The products aren’t cheap so you’d only be able to get 1-2 max within that budget… needless to say I am now broke, but hopefully beautiful! 

I particularly liked the blush – here’s what they put on me…

The Filmstar Bronze and Glow plus the Cheek to Chic blush seemed to give me a great glow and you can barely see my dark skin spots – RESULT!

Exfoliating with Nip + Fab Acid

Having always used micro-beaded products for exfoliation in the past, acid-based wipes are a total revelation! Firstly, don’t be afraid of the word ‘acid’ – the proportion is too low to harm your skin apparently, (I’m no skin doctor so please don’t take this as gospel) but some of them do make your skin go a little red and itch a bit… 

These ones don’t for me – they seem to be strong enough to exfoliate nicely, and yet gentle enough not to bring my skin up in a rash! Used daily, they reveal clearer, cleaner skin, so I definitely recommend them. I buy them off Amazon, but they do have offers on them in Superdrug & Boots. Otherwise they’re around £13 a pack which lasts around a month if used daily.

16-hour Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil?

Ok, so they claim it lasts for 16 hours straight… it doesn’t I’m afraid! I wear it on the waterline of my eye so that probably doesn’t help, but within a few hours (especially in summer) it transfers to my undereye and requires mopping up! But it does glide on easily with a strong solid colour, so with regular top ups, it looks pretty good! However, I wouldn’t try it on my upper lid as I expect it would transfer, but I reckon this would be great for a smoky eye if you smudge it for effect on purpose and at £5 it’s a bargain buy anyway!

Quest to find the best concealer

In the last 5 years or so, I seem to have developed clusters of hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks – I’m not talking about cute, tiny freckles here. Oh no… these are larger areas of darker skin and I hate them! I’m frequently told I have smudged make up on my face when, in actual fact, it’s these dark spots… I’ve actually been to a dermatologist already, but to cut a long story short, there’s no cream solution so I’ll have to have them lasered into oblivion. 

Until I pluck up the courage (and take out a new credit card) for such a procedure, I’m on the lookout for the best concealer. 

Cue Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I bought a few weeks ago after reading its constant rave reviews. Well, it doesn’t completely conceal my dark spots, however it is actually wonderful for under the eyes if you want light coverage that doesn’t feel thick and heavy on the skin. It definitely has some light-reflecting qualities and really brightens up the under eye area, without sinking into creases. The lip gloss style wand makes it super easy to apply as well. It’s not cheap at £23, but I reckon it’ll last ages! 

That’s my under eyes sorted, now back to hyper-pigmentation cover….

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

I tried out Legendary Lashes (£25) last week and I have to say, my lashes literally multiplied and grew in all directions. I couldn’t believe it! Seriously impressive but I’ll be looking out for it in a waterproof version because it definitely smudges – I wore it for the day and ended up looking very panda-like!! Shame really, because it is great in every other way and like most of Charlotte Tilbury’s make up, it comes in beautiful gold packaging. So maybe good for a short evening event when you can get back to your make up remover pronto, no good if you’re planning on sleeping in it… not that I recommend that of course!!