Sunday, 9 February 2014

Review: Benefit Fake Up concealer

Today I thought I'd review a product which I literally wear everyday - Benefit's Fake Up concealer. This product has been around since last summer and I have been addicted to it ever since. It is also the perfect day to write this review as I need this concealer more than ever. I had a late night last night and am naturally looking a little bit worse for wear (for some bizarre reason I have images to prove this so keep reading). Anyway, Benefit's Fake Up concealer looks like this:

As you can see from the picture, the concealer comes in a lipstick-size tube and performs two functions: it has a vitamin E and apple seed extract moisturising layer around the outside and concealer on the inside (the one pictured here is the medium shade). This is perfect as it feels super silky and nourishing but also banishes dark circles to brighten up tired eyes.

And here's the proof:

Before: the above picture is of my right eye this morning looking a little bit on the sleepy side to put it nicely. I have no make up on apart from a touch of mascara so you can really see the difference after the concealer is applied. My ever-so kind dad has recently let me borrow his SLR camera for blogging which is really lovely of him but maybe I should have taken this on my iPhone to make it more complimentary...

After: The only difference between this picture and the last is a lick of Fake Up concealer. I have dotted it under my eye and on my eyelid and blended with my ring finger (the lovely lady at the Benefit counter recommended this as blending with your index finger uses too much pressure - top tip). As you can see, it has really evened out my skin tone and my eye looks a lot more perky.

All in all, this product is a must-have for anyone who likes to work hard, play hard, and still look like a functioning human being.

Have you tried Benefit's Fake Up concealer? Or are there any other concealers that you would like to shout about? Let me know!

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

My favourite lipstick this winter

Good morning everyone! I woke up disgustingly early today which I am not happy about as Sundays, in my opinion, were made for lie-ins. But never mind, I've had a productive morning and a very relaxing weekend in general which is a rare occurrence.

Today I thought I'd share with you my favourite lipstick this winter before spring is well and truly upon us - Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rich Raisin Frost. I bought this a couple of months ago when I wanted something a little darker and autumnal and, since then, it has been my go-to lipstick for both day and night.

Initially, I wanted to buy a darker berry shade but thought that this shade was a lot more versatile as it is not so dramatic. I tend to go for a rather neutral make up look so this suited me just fine. As you can see, it's a less intense scarlet red which also adds a bit of brightness to your look during the winter months.

It also looks lighter on in real life than the product first appears as you can see from the image below. I tend to use about one to two coats to get the look I want but it can of course be layered up to make it that bit darker.

Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rich Raisin Frost. £7.49 at Boots

Have you bought any lipsticks this winter that have lasted you the entire season? And has anyone got any suggestions for the summer season ahead? Let me know in the comments section :)

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