Monday, 26 September 2016

New In | Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation & Cushion Blush Subtil

As of a month or so ago I was so happy to receive some very exciting blogger mail from Lancome with their newest releases, the *Teint Idole Cushion Foundation and *Cushion Blush Subtil. The whole concept of a cushion foundation or blush is something that I am entirely new to but so many brands are jumping onto the bandwagon and creating their own spin on them. At first I didn't think I would get along with them as I'm used to the basic bottled liquid foundation and powder blush. I'm really not much of a fan of cream blush. 

Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil
Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil

The Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation(£30) is a full coverage foundation which is sealed within a cushion(or sponge). It comes with a puff which is then used to pick up the foundation from the cushion. You simply pat the puff down onto the cushion and the foundation then comes to the surface ready to be applied straight to the face. I was very unsure at first about applying the foundation with the puff but it surprisingly blends the foundation into the skin seamlessly, blurring out the pores and overall giving a gorgeous satin finish. Although the puff works well though I do like to blend it out more with my real techniques miracle complexion sponge just to make sure that it's all evened out. Unfortunately for me though I have the shade 015 Ivoire which is a little bit too dark for me. I feel that the first or second lightest shade in the range would've worked better for me as I have fair skin.

If I wanted to change up my shade or even replace it if I've run out then I can easily do so as it's refillable so you don't need to spend more money replacing it with another. The refill is just £19.50 as opposed to £30 which you would have to pay to buy another. 

Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation Ivoire Swatch, Cushion Blush Subtil Sparkling Framboise Swatch

Overall I absolutely love the Ultra Cushion Foundation. The packaging is so luxurious as always and also comes with a mirror which is ideal for travelling. I'm surprised that I got to grips with it quite quickly and I actually seem to prefer it over my usual foundation. It's just a shame about the colour match. It leaves my skin looking completely flawless, it's hydrating and it's longwearing too. I would apply it at around 9 in the morning and it will still be looking beautiful by 4 in the afternoon. 7 hours of wear is good, is it not? I'm so glad that I discovered it. I will undoubtedly be purchasing a refill in the correct shade soon. 

Now, onto the Cushion Blush Subtil(£28). I have the shade 024 Sparkling Framboise which is a vibrant corally-pink. It is exactly the same as the cushion foundation in terms of how you apply it. You can apply it with the puff that it comes with or simply use your fingers or a stippling brush to build up the intensity. I like to do the latter. It is so pigmented and blends in well, giving a beautiful natural dewy glow to the skin, especially if paired with the cushion foundation. I am surprised I actually liked it. It's not like a cream blush as it's thinner in consistency which makes it easier to blend. I have my eye on the shade Rose Limonade next. 

You can purchase the Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation here and the Cushion Blush Subtil here from Boots.

Have you tried the Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and/or the Cushion Blush Subtil yet? Let me know!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Best Face Masks for Combination and Acne Prone Skin

My skin is always in dire need of some serious tlc. I always try to have at least two nights a week where I have my own pampering session, starting with a nice relaxing bubble bath with a lush bath bomb or two, my usual skin regime and a face mask or two(thank god for multi-masking!). I've even started painting my own nails too to give me an extra confidence boost.

Now, speaking of Face Masks, they are an absolute necessity for a pamper night. They help me with any skin concerns that I may have. I have combination and acne prone skin so anything that will help combat those are perfect for me. In fact I have five wonderful face masks to show you that do just that. If you have acne prone, or possibly combination skin like me then read on to find out my favourites.
Best Face Masks for Combination and Acne-Prone Skin
One of my favourite brands for face masks are undoubtedly Origins. They have a vast range of face masks dedicated to any skin concern, from ageing to dry and dehydrated skin, and of course acne prone skin. I actually have two different face masks to show you which you may or may not have heard about before. First up is the Clear Improvement Mask(£24). It includes bamboo charcoal and white china clay which works to draw out any impurities that lay beneath the surface of the skin and dissolves them. After use my pores are tightened and the next day my spots are visibly reduced with less redness. I talk about this face mask in more detail here
Another from Origins is the Out of Trouble Face Mask(£24). If I am having a reaaally bad skin day I always reach for this one. It smells minty fresh which I love, but that's down to the camphor within the mask which is known for its calming properties. It also includes the spot busting ingredient salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells too. I like to use a thin layer of this all over my face(avoiding the eyes) and neck and leave it to dry down for 10 minutes, then remove with a face cloth. My spots look less angry and calm and my complexion feels so smooth after using. I love this. 

My favourite to use in the autumn/winter seasons is the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask(£10). They have not long ago changed up the packaging on their skincare products so I have the older packaging, not that it makes any difference to the actual face mask itself. Anyway, it is a self-heating face mask which adds warmth to the face in order to deep cleanse and open up the pores to draw out all the daily dirt and grime. I apply a small amount to the face and leave it on for 5 minutes as suggested, or even 10 minutes sometimes. It makes my skin feel so rejuvenated and soft. For just 5 minutes of use it makes such a delightful difference to my skin.
And lastly is the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment49). It features many fab ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid to improve the skins texture and de-clog the pores. Although it may be a bit pricey, I personally think it's worth it. It smoothes out the skin, reduces breakouts and just feels really luxurious on the skin. If you get up close to a mirror after it's dried down after 10/15 minutes you can see the face mask doing its job. I cannot rave about it enough. I love it so much that I'm scared I will run out of it soon.  
Lastly is a face mask which is entirely new to me, the L'oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask(£7.99). I don't want to say too much about this as I have a review on all of the L'oreal Pure Clay Masks coming up very soon. It is made up of three different clays, combined with charcoal, which are designed to eliminate the impurities and dirt which contributes to acne. It is quite a creamy texture but you only need a small amount to see the benefits. It is quite like Glam Glow masks in a way as you can see in various places where your pores are being opened and the dirt being drawn out. Sounds disgusting but at least you know its doing its job. It is a fab price too, so if you're in dire straits of a new face mask which doesn't break the bank, this may be the one for you.
What are your favourite Face Masks for Combination/Acne-Prone Skin??

Friday, 23 September 2016

Maybelline Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipstick with Swatches

Maybelline are on fire with their newest releases lately. The summer releases absolutely blew me away, but now we are in Autumn and we are being hit left right and centre with more brand new releases. Recently Maybelline introduced some more new Color Sensational Lipsticks into the mix, and let me tell you, they are so so beautiful. They are in an entirely new matte formulation which are split into two different collections, *Creamy Mattes and *Loaded Bolds

Maybelline Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipstick
Maybelline Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipsticks

The Creamy Mattes contain a variety of four different shades with deep blue lids to separate them from the Loaded Bolds, which also contain four different shades but with light blue lids. There is a shade to suit all skin tones. There are pinks, nudes and even deep vampy shades which are the epitome of Autumn. 

The Creamy Mattes collection consists of Blushing Pout(light pink nude), Rich Ruby(medium-dark red with cool undertones), Burgundy Blush(dark burgundy) and Clay Crush(a light-medium, peachy-brown). They are so pigmented within the first swipe and glide so effortlessly onto the lips like butter. They also have a satin finish but within a couple of hours they start to dry down and wear off. I must also stress that they are not smudge proof and do transfer which is a little annoying. My favourite shade out of the four is Clay Crush. I was actually quite apprehensive about trying it at first as it's one of those shades that either suit you or washes you out, but it was surprisingly wearable and suited me down to a tee. I love it!

The Loaded Bolds collection include Orange Danger(vibrant orangey-red), Fiery Fuschia(medium-dark fuschia), Midnight Merlot(dark vampy plum) and Berry Bossy(dark berry). They are loaded with pigment with an opaque, creamy clay base finish. They are all very wearable shades. I am surprised that I came to love the darker shades within the collection as I wouldn't normally considering I am very much a nude gal. I will be getting a lot of wear out of the shades Berry Bossy and Midnight Merlot during the Autumn and Winter, that's for sure. These are also not smudge proof so taking your lipstick on the go is a must for touch ups. 

Maybelline Creamy Mattes Lipstick Swatches 
L-R; Burgundy Blush, Clay Crush, Rich Ruby, Blushing Pout

Maybelline Loaded Bolds Lipstick Swatches
 L-R; Berry Bossy, Orange Danger, Fiery Fuschia, Midnight Merlot

The only niggle that I have with both collections are that the lipsticks tend to bleed outside of the lip line, therefore not giving the best finish. I prefer to apply a lipliner beforehand.

The Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipsticks are both £6.99 each from Superdrug but currently there is a buy 1 get 2nd half price on selected Maybelline.

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes or Loaded Bold Lipsticks? 

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

I have come to notice that I appear to have quite an obsession with liquid lipsticks lately. I have so many of them from various brands such as Maybelline, Sleek, Bourjois and most recently Kat Von D. I love them so much that I haven't even touched a basic lipstick in months. They must feel so neglected! But there is something that I love about liquid lipsticks that makes me want to buy more. There is one particular brand that I have been loving more than most recently, Jeffree Star Cosmetics

For those of you that don't know of Jeffree Star, well where have you been? He is a singer turned youtuber and makeup artist. He has some serious makeup skills that I could only dream of having. I was totally unaware of his cosmetics line up until a few months ago when I read about the Velour Liquid Lipsticks. They had become quite a hit with a lot of youtubers and bloggers and so I knew I had to see what all of the hype was about, but that wasn't without doing a little more research first. 

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

On the first time of ordering I bought them straight from the Jeffree Star website. Luckily I knew of the restock date of the shades I was looking for and managed to get them all but they came with a pretty hefty custom charge once received in the UK. After that I resorted to Beautylish but you pay the duties and taxes upfront rather than getting a surprise at your door. I was also surprised to find out that not so long ago the Velour Liquid Lipsticks have become available to buy on Beauty Bay, which is like sweet music to my ears.

The packaging is super pretty, pink with silver details, and the wand is a nice curved shape which makes application so easy. With the tip of the wand you can easily line the lips before filling the rest of the lips in. It's just perfect.

My Velour Liquid Lipstick collection started off with just three shades but has since expanded to eight. I just can't help myself. Whenever I hear of a restock date I am straight on it. The eight shades I have are I'm Nude, Mannequin, Celebrity Skin, Scorpio, Posh Spice, Androgny, 714 and Watermelon Soda

I'm Nude is a light, milky nude. I was quite unsure about this at first as I have a relatively fair skin tone so I didn't know if this would work for me or not. Luckily it works and I absolutely love it, especially paired with a bronzed smokey eye. Mannequin is one of my faves. It's like a darker version of I'm Nude mixed with Celebrity Skin, which is a brown based nude with a little hint of peach. They're so gorgeous. Mannequin and Celebrity Skin are my most worn of all the shades I own. Now onto my latest purchases, Scorpio and Posh Spice. I am yet to wear Scorpio but it is a grey-purple shade. A little out of my comfort zone but I hope I pull it off well! Posh Spice was also out of my comfort zone with it being a greige shade but I absolutely love it. The shade I feel like I will come to wear a lot in the A/W is Androgny, a sultry plum mauve that suits any skin tone.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Swatches
Top to Bottom; Androgny, Mannequin, Watermelon Soda, 714, Posh Spice, I'm Nude, Celebrity Skin, Scorpio

Now you may or may not know but Jeffree launched a Summer Liquid Lipstick range, consisting of 5 limited edition shades. I only went ahead and bought 2 of them, 714 and Watermelon Soda. 714 is a gorgeous peachy-coral, very bold and bright, which is exactly what I love. Watermelon Soda is also another bright shade, a reddish-pink. I'm so rubbish at describing lipstick shades. 

The lipstick shades may be beautiful but it's the formula that has got me completely hooked. They apply wet onto the lips but dry to a matte finish within a couple of minutes. After they dry down they stay completely matte throughout the day. The first time I tried them I was so surprised by the longevity. No matter what I ate or drank it stayed put. I didn't even need to reapply. There is disappointment with the Summer shades though. They appear quite wet and patchy on the lips at first but after a few swipes it evens out to a matte, opaque finish. It is very annoying that you have to keep applying it again and again to get the finish you want. 

Despite the disappointing hiccup with the Summer Liquid Lipsticks I absolutely love the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and I already have a few more shades on my wishlist to buy too. They are one of the best liquid lipstick formulas that I've tried. 

If you're looking to purchase a particular shade of the velour liquid lipsticks then I highly suggest you either follow Jeffree on Twitter or Instragram to be kept updated on a restock. You can also find purchase them here on Beauty Bay for £16.

Have you tried the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks? If so, what are your favourites?


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