Friday, March 13, 2015

Makeup Haul #1

I've accumulated quite a few beauty products in the last few weeks and thought I'd share my thoughts on them with you. I happened to be in Heathrow Airport in February and naturally spend my time perusing the Duty Free makeup; of course this led me to pick up a lipstick or two from Mac (which is completely OK because they're only £12.90 each and usually retail at £15.50).

Mac Matte Lipstick in Heroine
This is a vibrant violet/purple with a matte finish that is surprisingly wearable and not to out there if you know how to wear it. I have mixed feelings about matte finish lipsticks and this one can be quite drying and flaky if you don't apply a lip balm beforehand.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation in 021 Nude/Beige
The Dream Flawless Nude foundation is a new launch from Maybelline and has been making the rounds on many beauty blogs lately. I have to say that I really like this foundation in spite of it's weird water based consistency and dropper style applicator. Maybelline claim that it gives the appearance of a "second skin" and I have to agree; it is very silky, not at all cakey, and has a semi matte finish that covers pores and imperfections quite well. Although I radiate towards a more high coverage foundation for evening wear such as Benefit's Playstick, Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude offers the perfect day to day coverage.

Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up
All Fired Up is described as a "bright fuchsia matte" but in my opinion it's the perfect merge of pink and red. It is an excellent transition shade into spring/summer and really helps to make your complexion look more alive when you're having a dull skin day. I would recommend applying a lip balm before using this lipstick too.

Rimmel Brow This Way in 02 Medium Brown
Benefit's Brow Zings will always be my favourite brow kit however, if you're budget can't stretch that far then Rimmel's Brow This Way is a much cheaper alternative. The kit contains a brow powder, brow wax, a mini spoolie and a mini angled brush. The only complaint I have with this product is the very limited shade range, medium brown or dark brown. I cannot understand why they don't have a shade in blonde as they do with their Brow This Way Gel.

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Warm Beige
I do like this foundation but so far I don't love it and wouldn't rush out to repurchase it. The consistency is quite waxy which reminds me of Mac Studio Fix and it gives a medium coverage. It is marketed as being "weather proof and transfer-proof, it won't cake or flake on dry skin, nor slide or shine on oily skin." It also boasts of "up to 24 hours wear" and whilst it did last quite well I did have to reapply it in places. I have yet to trial this on a night out to test it's staying power and camera flashback; it is a nice foundation just nothing WOW.

Travalo Fragrance Atomizer 5ml
This is a handy travel sized product for bringing your favourite perfume on the go whether it be in your handbag or in your clutch bag. The instructions on how to decant your perfume into the Travalo is very straight forward and easy to do. These are quite pricey for what they are but much cheaper in Duty Free and you can also get cheaper alternatives on Amazon. It definitely helps make your handbag that bit lighter (so you can throw more unnecessary things into it of course) without the worry of dropping and smashing your perfume.

Rachael O 

Friday, March 6, 2015

COLAB Vs Batiste

I have been a fan of Dry Shampoo since Batiste was first launched in Ireland and the UK (in 2009?) and I've used it religiously ever since. It has been a life saver especially on those mornings when I've slept in and didn't have time to wash my mane. It has become a necessary product in my daily hair routine and I am honestly never without it. I use it not only on greasy hair but on freshly washed hair too to give it that extra oomph and volume. In the last few years, I haven't been too fussed by any other dry shampoo brand launches as the ones I've tried have been a huge let down.

However, when Youtuber and Model, Ruth Crilly (AModelRecommends), launched her own range of dry shampoo named COLAB, there was a lot of buzz surrounding it in the beauty world. When I finally saw it in my local Superdrug, a few months after it had been launched, I had to have it! (even though I had just bought a new can of Batiste a few days previous...) Many bloggers have said it gives volume and texture to their hair without the powdery finish that so many hate. When I used it however, I didn't get any of those results, in fact it didn't seem to do anything for me at all. I first used COLAB on my just washed hair and it didn't give any oomph whatsoever. Therefore, I think it's safe to say that if I slept in and reached for my can of COLAB in a panic it wouldn't save the day.

I know COLAB is clearly marketed as a "sheer invisible formula" but I still expected it to have the same benefits as Batiste minus the fall out. I know many people hate the powdery finish of Batiste but that's what makes it a better product in my opinion; you can feel it working and absorbing the oil to give life back to your hair. The powdery finish is especially good for blondes who are due a root touch up as it makes darker roots a tad lighter. For those with dark hair who want to combat the chalky finish, all you need to do is brush or work the product into your hair or buy the Batiste range for Brunettes. 

COLAB (Rio) is on offer for £2.32 per 200ml, usually £3.49 & Batiste (Tropical) retails at £2.99 per 200ml bottle.

I think it's clear to see which one is my winner but I will give COLAB another chance to see I can be converted...

Rachael O 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fuss Free Brush Cleaning

Cleaning my Makeup brushes has always felt like a massive chore and I used to hold off as long as possible before getting down to it. That was until I spotted the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner in my local Pharmacy. I had heard so many positive reviews about this product so needless to say, I snapped it up and gave my brushes a much needed freshening up. 

Cleaning them is so simple: all you have to do is spray your brushes with the cleaner and wipe them gently on a towel until the excess makeup stops coming off them. What used to take 20 minutes now takes only 5 minutes and because the product is quick drying I can use my brushes straight after cleaning them!

The Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner is:
- Quick drying 
- Kills 99.9 % of bacteria
- Can be used on natural & synthetic brushes
- Has a lovely vanilla scent

Many people don't seem to be aware of the correlation between blemishes and grimy makeup brushes. After a while they become caked with oil, residue and dead skin cells which in turn is a breeding ground for bacteria. As you can imagine, smearing these dirty brushes on your face day after day will impact the appearance of your skin. It is advised to clean your brushes every two weeks but if you are prone to spots I would definitely recommend cleaning them once a week. 

I bought the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner in my local Pharmacy & it was €8.99 for a 60ml bottle. If you are from Ireland and can't seem to find it you can also  purchase it here.

Rachael O