Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation Review

I was recently lucky enough to try the Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation*, which is the newest addition to the Dermablend foundation range. I've previously tried the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation (click here for the review). The foundations are marketed as full coverage but I've found them really versatile, so if you prefer a light to medium coverage you can simply change the amount of product you would normally use.

The Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation* claims to smooth the skin's surface to minimise the appearance of 3D imperfections. It intends to do this with its new technology that uses pigments and soft focus agents to blur any imperfections. It also includes salicylic acid which has benefits for all skin types.

So far the foundation is available in 5 shades; 15 Opal, 25 Nude, 35 Sand, 45 Gold and 55 Bronze. My shade match falls between 25 Nude and 35 Sand so I use 3/4 of 25 followed by 1/4 of 35. For reference, I have a medium skin tone, somewhere around NC30. I have Asian skin, without much of a tan at the moment, and neutral undertones. To see my foundation matches click here.

The packaging follows on from the Dermablend Monochrome theme. However, the 3D correction has a matte finish to the tube, whereas the Fluid Corrective has a plastic look. I do prefer the matte finish with the silver tube as I think it looks a bit sleeker. The tube dispenser is really easy to use, you don't get too much flowing out as you can with pumps. It's also more hygenic. You get 30ml of product in the tube.

The foundation does seem to be quick thick when you first dispense it, it's not as liquid as your average foundation, but it's easily blended. I find it really easy to mix the shades 25 and 35 together, and then I go in with a buffing brush to apply it. It might look a bit pale initially but it oxidises slightly and then the match is perfect for me! The undertones also work well for me, 25 is very slightly on the cool side whereas 35 is warmer, but together they match my neutral undertones.

I did notice that 25 and 35 do seem to be more closer together in shade range in the 3D correction (you can't see a big difference in them in the swatch), but in the fluid corrective it was easier to tell them apart.

The foundations are targeted towards oily and acne-prone skin, so technically they wouldn't be suitable for my dry skin, but I really haven't had an issue with them at all. I apply serum and moisturiser before applying these and I haven't noticed the foundation sticking to any dry patches. Although since using the Pixi Glow Tonic with a decent skincare routine my skin has come on heaps! I then set the foundation with the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder*, bearing in mind I'm looking quite shiny with 2-3 layers on skincare on, and it gives me a lovely natural finish. It's not overly matte or dewy either, it's that inbetween where it looks just like skin. The powder is still one of my favourite products, it's high end quality at a not so high end price (you can read the review for it here).

In terms on longevity Vichy claim it lasts about 16 hours, and whilst I haven't worn it for 16 hours, I've still been impressed by the wear time. It looks just as good at the end of the day as when I applied it, I don't get too oily so I rarely need to re-powder during the day. The foundation also has an SPF of 25 (yay that Summer has finally decided to make an appearance .... although now I'll probably moan about it being too hot!). It's also suitable for sensitive skin, with no parabens or comedogenics.

Overall, I do really like the 3D Correction Foundation as it does offer a lot of pros. For a daily basis, I like how the foundation can be sheered out, but if I had a function then I could go for a more buildable coverage too. I love the finish of the foundation too as it doesn't really have the tell tales signs of wearing foundation. The shades blend in well with my skin, it doesn't feel heavy or cakey on and it gives a really natural look. It's currently on offer for £16.12 (here). It's RRP of £21.50 does put it above drugstore prices but you can get it on offer quite a lot so I wouldn't say it was pricey. The only downside is that there are only 5 shades available so far, although more could be added down the line (as with the Fluid Corrective).

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried any Vichy products?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Benefit Gimme Brow, Free with July's Glamour!

Free Benefit Gimme Brow with July's Glamour
When I was in my teens big brows were definitely not all the rage they are today. Back when pencil thin eyebrows were in fashion, I couldn't have possibly stood out more with my big, unruly brows. If I had a penny for everytime I was told to 'get my eyebrows threaded', I would have more than enough for a dozen or so brow shapings. Nevertheless, whilst I am glad that big brows are in right now, it's hard not to laugh at the irony.

As the old saying goes 'the grass is always greener on the other side'! Anyway, due to having quite full eyebrows, I've never really felt the need to try out eyebrow products. I've tested eyebrow pencils before to help my Sister pick one, but never any of the mascaras/powders/gels on offer. However, I always thought a brow mascara might work to settle and set my brows in place. Not only do my eyebrows grow fast but they can also grow upwards. So when I saw Benefit were giving away some of their coveted Gimme Brow in Glamour, I was of course in deep anticipation!

I think the release date for the magazine was the 11th July, but on my grocery shop at the weekend I decided to have a quick look anyway. It was lucky I did as they already had some in stock! Although I did go into a bit of a panic 'Oh no what shade do I get', but a quick google told me that 5 is the darkest shade.

Free Benefit Gimme Brow with July's Glamour

The Gimme Brow has been repackaged, just like most of their other brow products, to now feature a shiny, silver casing. I do like the new packaging, I think it looks a lot sleeker and glamorous. Whilst there are three shades available on the website; 01 - light, 03 - Medium and 05 - Deep, only 1 and 5 are available with Glamour.

The sample size is 1g, a third of the usual 3g. As you can see in the image above, it's barely half the size of the mascara tube. I know it's only a sample, but I still have the Benefit High Beam and Benetint samples going strong, and those were from many moons ago. It also feels like there isn't much product in the tube, I don't think it will last more than a handful of trials.

Benefit Gimme Brow Wand with July's Glamour

The Gimme Brow features a tiny brush to help you sweep through your eyebrows and set them in place. I actually really like the brush as it's size allows you to evenly spread the product through your eyebrows, as well as shaping them as you go along. The tail of my eyebrows does look a bit neater than usual. I picked up the shade 5 deep as my hair is almost jet black. It's a pretty good match for my hair, but I could tell it was a bit lighter because my eyebrows looked slightly more ashy, especially from the start of my eyebrows. Saying that, it didn't look too bad, it just gave it a slightly ombre look at the front.

The main difference I noticed when using the Gimme Brow was that my eyebrows looked slightly more groomed, and they stayed in place all day. I couldn't really tell I had a brow product on either, some hairs felt slightly rigid, but other than that they didn't look or feel like they had product on them. However, I don't think it filled in any spaces or added any more volume.

Results from Benefit Gimme Brow

So would I purchase the full size? Probably not, I feel like I could get a cheaper brow mascara or even a clear gel that would do the same thing. It is a nice product for when you want your brows to look more groomed, but I wouldn't fork out nearly £19 for 3g of product, not when there are high street alternatives too.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your thoughts on the Gimme Brow?

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette Review | Vintage Romance

It was when I started my Sleek Eyeshadow series (Oh So Special here, Ultra Mattes V2 here) that I came across the Vintage Romance palette that was being sold for £4.50 on Amazon here. I loved the look of the cranberry and deep purple shades so it was a bit of a no brainer for me, in my basket it went.

The Sleek Vintage Romance palette contains 12 shades, most of which have a shimmer finish, there's only one that I would say is completely matte. Whilst some of the shades are very bright and eye popping, it's still a very wearable and versatile palette. It's also a palette I think a lot of people would enjoy, due to the cranberry eyeshadow trend and some of the brilliant eye catching shades. The pigmentation of most of the shades is what I have come to expect from Sleek; high quality at an affordable shade, however there are around three shades that don't quite match the status quo.

 I have to say that I think Sleek went all out when picking the name for these shades, I mean how cute is; Court in Cannes or Marry in Monte Carlo. It's not quite so often that shade names do catch my attention but I love how these almost read like a love story as you go across. Go ahead, give it a try!

The first three shades are:
  • Pretty In Paris is a pearlescent light silver. It has a decent amount of pigmentation for a highlighter shade, and it actually shows up!
  • Meet in Madrid is a lovely slightly rustic, gold. It's a more toned down version of a pure gold, however the pigmentation is great! You only need one swipe of this for a fully metallic effect. It's also a great alternative to a highlighter shade for those who prefer warmer tones.
  • Court in Cannes is a coppery bronze with a deep golden sheen. The pigmentation is outstanding, it makes a beautiful lid shade.
(Just a quick note: these three shades are far more pigmented than my images show, plus with them you're getting the perfect silver, gold and bronze shades without having to buy separate eyeshadows. These three shades are everything you need for a metallic eyeshadow look, or affordable highlight shades.)

Then we have:
  • A Vow in Venice is a muted deep aubergine shade. The shimmer isn't so apparent in this shade, it comes across as more of a sheen. This would be a good shade for the outer corner. As soon as I swatched this, I was thinking it looks like a MAC Cranberry dupe!
  • Marry in Monte Carlo is a shimmery rose pink. It's a bit lighter than I was expecting but it works well as a lid shade.
  • Honeymoon in Hollywood is a deep burgundy shade with a few silver flecks. The formula feels a bit drier than the other shades but the pigmentation certainly packs a punch, it's a very bold shade and my favourite out of the palette.
(I'm so glad I brought this palette for these three shades alone, I would imagine similar shades would cost quite a bit to buy separately from other brands).

Next we have:
  • Lust in LA is a pale olive green with a metallic sheen.
  • Romance in Rome is a navy blue with a metallic finish, however the pigmentation isn't as good as the other shades so it comes across as slightly subdued.
  • Propose in Prague is a matte brown, the colour just reminds me of sand. The pigmentation of this shade is quite poor too, but it could work as a transitional shade.

Finally we have:
  • Bliss in Barcelona is a deep purple, with a hint of blue. The pigmentation is quite good, and the finish has a slight metallic sheen.
  • Forever in Florence is a very glittery, dark purple. I love the depth of this shade, it's great for adding that smokey look without disappearing into other shades.
  • Love in London is the alternative to the normal jet black found in Sleek palettes. This is again a very, very deep and glittery midnight blue, but I think it works very well. It's super pigmented as well.
Overall, would I recommend it? Of course! I think this palette was a steal at £4.50, and even at its normal RRP of £7.99. Again, Sleek have surprised with the value for money offered, and I love the mix of shades in this palette. It's definitely one to buy if you love the cranberry/burgundy hues that make a comeback every Winter.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What's your favourite eyeshadow?

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Summer Wishlist

I didn't get much shopping done in Winter but boy am I making up for it now! There's a few things I've had my eye on for a while so I thought I'd put a little wishlist together.

1) Until last year I hadn't ever shopped at Quiz before, but that all changed when one day my Sister roped me into going jumpsuit shopping for her Christmas party. It got to that stage where I was like 'if you're getting to try on outfits, then so will I!' So off I went and I picked up the glitziest number from Quiz, way out of my comfort zone! I always through Quiz was very prom-esque but I was wrong! The dress looked great on, and even better I picked it up for only £20 in the sales. As I write this it's still languishing in my wardrobe, looking pretty and sparkly. Anyway, moving on, I really want to get a nice gown for wedding season and I love this somewhat modest occasion dress from Quiz, especially with the capped sleeves. The quality from Quiz has also exceeded my expectations by far, so if you love dresses then I would really recommend it.

2) I really want to try out a setting spray, at first I was thinking of the NYX dewy setting spray, but at the same time I want a spray that I can use to increase the vibrancy of my eyeshadows too. So now I'm thinking along the lines of the Mac Fix+ or Urban Decay setting spray, I would love to hear about your experiences with any of the two!

3) I've always wanted a Dune handbag, I've picked up a Dune Clutch in the sales and a Dune side bag in TK Maxx, but the handbag (here) is the dream! The problem is, with all the new releases I can't ever just pick one.

4) A new branch of Jones Bootmaker has opened in my local shopping centre and I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of their products. For example, me and my Sister both brought a pair of ankle boots, and whilst my Dune ones have got indents across the top, my Sister's are still as good as new! I prefer small heels (that I can walk in) so I would probabaly go for something like these to go with the dress.

5) Lastly, with the temperamental weather here in the UK, I could really do with a similar waterfall jacket/trench for when it's summer, but for when there's still a bit of a chill. However, I haven't been able to find one I like so far. I would be eternally grateful if you knew where I could get something similar!

PS. I had the pleasure of working with The Fort Shopping centre quite a while ago and they often keep me updated with the latest press releases, which is super kind of them! Their latest one is a Fort 'Styled by You' campaign where they get local fashion specialists to depart some knowledge and inspiration to make fashion more fun for everyone! You can read more about this here.

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