Saturday, 26 September 2015

YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

After hearing so much about the Yves Saint Laurent Tient Touche Eclat Foundation I really wanted to give it a go, so off I went to get colour matched. I perhaps should have been a bit apprehensive when the counter assistant asked me whether I wanted to go for a natural look or go warmer (ie orange). I asked for a natural look and got matched to B50, which is for those with neutral undertones. My Sister also came along and got matched to BD50 which was slightly deeper and for those with warmer undertones. I asked for a sample and took it away with me to give it a try at home.

However, I didn't really like the sample as I felt like it made me look a bit tangoed. On the other hand, my Sister initially liked hers and thus opted to pick up the foundation in BD50 (so this review will also be a collab).

The packaging is quite luxurious to look at, which you would expect for £25.20, see here. Although I would point out that the more you use it the more streaky the glass bottle begins to look, as you can see. It's not the end of the world but it doesn't make for some nice blog pictures (!). However, the gold lid is quite elegant looking and the bottle also has some of the heaviness that sets it apart from a plastic bottle.

The lid is one of the nicer features of the packaging as it has the YSL logo embossed on it, which will make those who love their designer brands very happy. Another thing I have to point out is that it has a fully functional pump! It's very easy to dispense the right amount of foundation, and more hygenic too.

In terms of application the foundation feels very lightweight and I found it easy to blend into my skin using my fingers, it also works well with a foundation/buffing brush. Although I do prefer a paddle type brush as I find it works better for dry skin, as a buffing brush can also exfoliate a bit and make dry patches appear more prominent.

And that is where my love for this foundation ends! My main issue with it was that the coverage was lacking. Whilst it is medium buildable coverage I found that it came up very short! My skin can get quite red and slightly uneven and this didn't really do anything to tone down the redness. It didn't give me the smooth even skin I had hoped for, instead it looked like a bad tan.

As a successor to the YSL Touche Eclat Highlighter the finish is meant to be a dewy highlight that makes you look all ethereal, however for me the highlight just transposed on the t zone which needed powdering anyway. I was quite surprised to see that it didn't do anything for my dry skin either, whilst the dry patches weren't any more obvious they weren't smoothed over either.

This may, or may not, be slightly due to the fact that the colour match was quite off. As you can see from the swatches below my closest match so far is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 54, and the YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in BD50 is much deeper, and the undertone is also a lot warmer. I would say it's more appropriate for those who are NC35, and BD40 may be better for NC30.

However, the longevity was decent at around half a day before I felt like a touch up was needed.

Overall, I just didn't think this foundation was for me. I've heard many people say how it worked really well for them but I guess it shows that one size isn't for all. This has since been replaced with Nars Sheer Glow in Punjab which in my opinion does a better job.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your favourite foundations?


Saturday, 19 September 2015

IKEA MICKE Desk + MICKE Drawer Unit Review

A few weeks ago I started the overhaul of my bedroom, it was cluttered looking and in great need of an upheaval (seriously I had a tiny brown desk with a leaning tower stacked on top of it!). I loved the Billy Bookcase we got from Ikea and so I decided to order a desk and a few storage options from there too.

I decided on the MICKE Desk with integrated storage in white (similar here) for £60 as it looked really spacious, the white option would also go with the magnolia theme I have. Plus is it me but I find myself running out of storage options every month?!

The delivery charge is £35 no matter what you order so I made sure I got my money's worth! It does seem like a lot but after trekking all the way to Ikea in Wednesbury (to pick up the flower pots) and having to get past the hoards of queues I think I prefer having it delivered.

They arrived after a week and my Sister (ie the handyman) set to work. As usual the instructions were rubbish and there weren't any youtube videos to help us out this time round. It took the best part of a day but we got there. My main tip would be to be very careful on which side up it is as it's easy to get confused by the diagrams and put them the wrong way round. There's also 3 pairs of sliders for each side of the drawer that have to go on facing a specific way. However, the most you need for this is a hammer and a good quality small screwdriver, so it often works out cheaper than buying a pre made set that doesn't look as good.

The MICKE desk comes with a long pull out drawer that is more than enough for all your stationary needs. The desk is very sleek looking and of a good height that makes it perfect for browsing on your computer or writing up notes. The only negative I can think of is that it is prone to attracting dust, but that's nothing a quick wipe over doesn't fix.

My Sister also made her own stationary divider to put inside the drawer. Any old box would do, in this case she used a perfume box which she lined with some coloured paper. She then used cardboard cutouts (also lined with paper) to act as the dividers. It's a really creative and cheap fix to stop your stationary running mayhem!

I also ordered the MICKE Drawer Unit with drop-file storage, also in white, here for £45. It's an almost perfect fit to the desk so I put it on the side as an extension. I did order it to store bits and bobs but currently the top 3 drawers are filled with chargers, odd bits of paper, a jewellery box and the odd beauty product. The 4th drawer is a drop down file storage that is perfect for A4 documents. I purchased the SUMMERA drop down files with it for £6 here, you get black and white files so you can mix it up a bit. However, you could also use it without the files and it doubles up as quite a tall drawer.

I really wanted a new chair too as I previously had the bar stool design chairs that I just couldn't sit on for very long! Note to self: never buy plastic chairs(!) So I purchased the Hygena Charlie White Chair from Argos for £50 (similar here) that is sooo comfortable! Plus I love the criss cross design, it's so stylish!

 On the trip instore to Ikea I purchased 2 lace pots, although I'm still undecided on what I want to put in them.

I also purchased the ToaTronics Desk Lamp from Amazon for £22.99 here. I don't have much to say about this apart from it's brilliant, it has 3 light modes and a reading mode too.

This is a side view of the MICKE Desk, the shelf units on the side are also quite spacious and perfect from holding everything from books to your everyday products.

Overall, I really love my new desk, it really opens up the room and offers more space! Lastly, I also purchased some REALLY big plastic boxes to store my folders in, which were about £3 each and can be stacked on top of one another.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What products from IKEA would you recommend?


Monday, 14 September 2015

The Unusual Beauty Saviour: Simple Rapid Action Spot Zapper

Take Johnson's baby shampoo, a shampoo that was never intended for beauty purposes yet I can imagine a lot of people grabbing it off the shelves are infact buying it to clean their makeup brushes with. Whilst this isn't as big a leap, I love using the Simple spotless skin rapid action spot zapper for a multitude of reasons, most of which have little to do with spots.

The simple spot zapper is a clear gel that instantly delivers a cooling effect on the skin, it is dispensed through a metal roller ball that stops bacteria transferring. The main use I love it for is cooling the irritated skin around my eyebrows when I get them done. It instantly gets rid of the redness and any under the surface bumps trying to make a breakthrough are stopped in their tracks and mostly gone in a few hours.

I also tend to get some redness in my cheeks on those humid summer days (which are nearly all but gone now) and when I'm in a stuffy room for a long time. On those days I quickly apply a few layers of this underneath my moisturiser and leave it to work. As well as reducing a lot of the redness it also helps get rid of the itchiness (almost like putting an ice cube over your face!).

Whilst I can't say how it works on acne or how it would work on those with spot prone skin, when I do get a spot I find that applying this helps get rid of the redness and sort of stops the spot from getting bigger, however it doesn't completely get rid of it. It just helps to speed up the process.

Overall, for me it's a great product that I reach for when my skin in misbehaving. It might be called a spot zapper but it's a redness buster for me! I must have also had this for 2 years now and it's still going strong, the price is an affordable £2.75.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any out of the box recommendations for products?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Online Beauty Reads

As a beauty blogger reading up on the latest product releases, trends and looks, and reviews is all part and parcel of what goes on behind the scenes when I'm not typing up a post. Even before I started blogging I would always turn to my (equally beauty obsessed) friends and talk about the new brushes that I had seen.

We're lucky that the internet has an abundance of places that fulfil that desire to know more about a new lipstick range, so in this post I'm going to show you the main places I go to for the goss!

How I use bloglovin

Whilst Bloglovin isn't the only platform I read blogs on, most of them are infact clicking on a commentor's link and reading a post I would have missed otherwise, it's one of the easiest I would say. I always try to check my bloglovin feed once in the evening, although we've all been there where we've taken a break and come back to find we missed a whole lot of posts!

The main thing I love about reading other blogs is the detailed reviews about products, they're so helpful in informing you whether the product is worth buying or even hearing about a new line/brand that I might have oversaw initially.

Grazia Daily
Grazia is where I go for the funny beauty articles, like how to pronounce all those french brand names (if only I could do it so eloquently!), the latest news about brand ambassadors or trends like what is Tontour, or simple lifestyle posts that remind us that we don't need to strive for perfection constantly. The beauty pages, see here, are filled with constantly updated material that I could spend all day reading (sadly it's limited to my lunch hour).

I still remember when my teens were spent picking up Top of The Pops Magazine only to read through the beauty pages so it's refreshing to be able to flick through a (free) online magazine everyday and pick up some inspiration. The main thing I love about Grazia Daily is that it introduces me to topics that I wouldn't have actively gone looking for, plus the lifestyle tips can be very useful.

Makeup Alley
Lastly, Makeup Alley is the place that stops me making disastrous spantaneous decisions. It's very simple! All I have to do is type in a product name into google followed by makeupalley. It works by ratings, anything over 4.5 is so good that I HAVE to get my hands on it and anything over 4 is also really good. Then you have the decent products in the 3s, and anything below is at your own peril. It's basically a site of beauty lovers who review products, like blogs but they tend to be more bitesized reviews which are really useful when you don't have much time to research a product.

I've also found many great products there by looking at those rated highly, like the Rimmel Exxaggerate lipliner in 018 Addiction which is the perfect nudey brown.

So there you have it, my favourite online beauty reads!
I would love to hear what yours are!

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Bare Minerals Ready Blush The One Review

Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The One

Every year at Christmas I await with trepidation, wondering what my Sister got me this year, namely what beauty product she'll pick up for me. This year was quite a surprise to say the least! When I first opened up the Bare Minerals Ready Blush in 'The One' I didn't know what to think, but as soon as I tried it I was in love. The girl did good!

Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The One Shade

I had heard a bit about the Bare Minerals Ready blushes and eyeshadows before but there isn't exactly a huge phenomena around them. I actually think they're quite underrated! The One for me is that undiscovered gem that you can't believe you've found and soon becomes your signature shade. It also happens to be aptly named!

BareMinerals describe it as a Nude Pink which is quite accurate, but I would say it's more of a dusky rose. It'a a shade that would suit most people and gives a very natural flush to the skin. To demonstrate I have a medium skintone and I think this is perfect for me, however Sam from Pixiwoo also included it in a Pink Heartbreaker tutorial here and though she's paler than me it also looks amazing on her. For those with deeper skintones it's not as pigmented as it could be, and therefore you would need to pick up more product.

Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The One Shade

It's also a lovely understated shade for people who don't do bright blushers. The formula itself is very smooth and easy to apply. The only drawback I found is that is that when swatched, as you can see below, it didn't show up well on my arm even with a few swatches. However, when I applied it on my cheeks a few swipes were enough to cover both cheeks (although I do like a more subtle blush). It is still a decent coverage, however drugstore brands such as Sleek are more pigmented. The fact that it's less pigmented may infact give it more of a natural glow. Either way, you get 6g of products and I still haven't even made a dent in it so it will last you a long time (even if you have to pick up more product).

The blush lasted more than half a day on me, without any primer or setting spray. This might be slightly less for those with oily skin. It also wore evenly during the day. It has a matte finish but gives off a little glow. For reference, it looked great on my neutral-slightly yellow toned skin, but it would equally suit cooler skintones.
Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The One Packaging Brush

BareMinerals do include little brushes with their packaging, which is quite matte and high end looking by the way, although it really is prone to fingerprints and gets dirty fast (thank heavens for wipes!). The little brush included is not only for cute purposes, it will pick up product reasonably and apply it, and it would be good for on the go. However, it isn't very good for blending it out.

Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The One Swatch

I also got the tapered blush brush with the blush (tongue twister!). Whilst I am a fan of smaller face brushes this is even smaller than my Real Techniques contour brush. It is however great for getting a very precise application and blends well too. Whilst it is soft I still think the RT's sets are softer. However, there is hardly any shedding with this brush and it stays in an excellent condition.  The handle is quite small too.

Bare Minerals Tapered Blush Brush

Overall, I really like this blush. The pigment might not be amazing for the price but the shade really is the One for me. It is available for £22 here.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
What is your favourite blush?