Review: Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Bourjois Paris 24 hr Aqua Blush in Beryr Nice

Time to dig back into my Latest in Beauty goodies, and pull out something to review. This time it’s the turn of the Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice, a cream blush perfect for long lasting makeup or the summer months. Every summer I go through a phrase of only wearing cream blush, and I’m never quite sure why I never wear it the rest of the year. Although I do not feel as though I would have picked out the colour myself, as it is a little on the darker and deeper side for my skin tone, but I thought I could make it work and I wanted to test the formula out.

The blush comes in a small pump bottle, which is new for blush for me but I love the control it gives me. I managed to find a good balance in getting the right amount of blush out for application, especially as a darker/deeper shade a little goes a long way. The blush is a light liquid formula that with the use of fingers or a stippling blush, delicately blends into your foundation creating a subtle flushed look with nothing overly heavy.

Boujois Aqua Blush on Face

I was apprehensive at first on if I could make the colour work for me, as it isn’t a shade I would have picked up in the shop and it isn’t one you’d tend to pick for a fair skin tone. Yet I found myself loving the colour and look although I feel as though it may be best in autumn as I much prefer a coral shade at this time of year, it will get me to mix up my winter products and it’s a fun addition to my makeup collection.

Overall I think it’s a light workable formula and I am definitely tempted to try out a different shade, one more suited for my complection soon. What are your favourite cream blushes let me know in the comments.

Gwen

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Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in Lemonade and Aloha

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

It feels a bit weird to post a review, almost 3 weeks after one of the items appeared in July favourites. However I promised a review, so here it is where I focus on the numerous aspects of these nail polishes opposed to the love of a yellow polish for the Tour De France.

Over the year I have owed many Barry M Nail Polishes from a variety of ranges and finishes, and it is my number one affordable brand as I have found it reliable and good quality over the years. The Coconut Infusion range launched last year, but no colours took my fancy at the time. The Barry M Coconut Infusion range is described on the Barry M website as: “Its unique, caring blend of Coconut Water and Coconut Oil gently hydrates and nourishes nails while delivering a beautifully smooth, gel-like glossy manicure. Enriched with anti-oxidizing properties, the strengthening benefits of patented Hexanal and Vitamins B & C, nails will be repaired and replenished, resulting in a brighter, healthier looking, long lasting finish. Its exclusive High Reflective Resin System offers lustrous shine, fluid coverage and amazing depth of colour.”

The two colours I picked up were the beautiful pastel yellow shade, Lemonade, as well as the fun vibrant pink of Aloha, capturing once again the fun and lovely names that often come with Barry M (I’m a sucker for a polish with a good name). So how did these colours shape up:

Lemonade: Can we take a second to appreciate how bright and summery this shade feels? I never used to be sold on a yellow polish, but I am now convinced it is the ultimate summer shade. The shade is lovely to apply, although I found the first layer can look a touch streaky, after coat two or three the colour and application is seamless and has a high gloss even finish. I was also so impressed with the lasting power of this polish, often lasting 4-5 days without touch ups which is long lasting for me.

Aloha: Contrasting to Lemonade, Aloha is a vibrant pink which although is summery I feel it is a shade which can be pulled off all year round. The Aloha has a slightly more pigmented, which is often the case with the darker/richer shades and you can get away with wearing one coat if you required. For the best results, I found two coats worked best for a high gloss and pristine condition. Unfortunately, I found the lasting power with this, only lasting 1-2 days before having to reapply which is a shame especially after such good experiences with the lemonade.

Overall, I’m generally impressed by the two nail polishes I have, and would definitely recommend trying out the range if there is something you want. The formulas are slightly variable in terms of longevity but the finish is high quality, the colours are beautiful and it’s nice to apply so weigh up what you want out of a product.

Gwen

Review: Primark PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink

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For someone that a few months ago rarely wore lipstick I have gone completely lip product mad with posts recently, I think it’s just a new-found freedom of actually enjoying lipstick for once. I have been embracing the bold lip recently with the likes of the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copehagen and San Paulo, but I really wanted another everyday colour and while looking at Primark’s beauty section I stumbled across this beauty the PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink.

The foiled box makes in scream luxury or at least not budget beauty, but unfortunately this is where it stops. If done well the lipstick packaging would be amazing but its cheapness can make it seem more like it belongs at this sort of price point. The tube is design in such a way that you press the bottom and it pops out for you to use it, once you’ve applied it you simply click it back in and your lipstick is safe and secure with the lid not coming off in your back. Unfortunately most of the time I have to try a few times to get it to stay in, which is nothing more than a pain in the arse if I’m honest. This could of worked so well but unfortunately it feel short.

The actually product however is a completely different story, it’s a perfect every day pink that really can work with any makeup look with a little bit more to it than your standard nudey pink. This shade of pink is by no way ground breaking there is loads similar on the market it’s a case of finding a formula you love at a price point you are comfortable with at the end. The lipstick itself glides on easily, with a good level of pigment making a simple sweep over the lips all you need to look great. Its also surprising comfortable, the previous primark lipstick I’ve tried was a matte lipstick and although super pretty was very drying. With vitamin e in the formula, this lipstick is moisturising and comfortable meaning you can reapply to your heart content or wear day after day without sacrificing your lips.

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How does it last you ask? With my current stint into the matte lip creams, my heart sank slightly when it had somewhat faded after 3 hours but realistically this is how long I expect a standard lipstick to last especially at work where you are drinking or snacking ect. However transfer is minimal and it fades opposed to cracking off, leaving a pretty pink stain so you don’t necessarily have to put up with obvious wear. This means you do not need to worry about always reapplying, and you could even do a quick and simple no mirror application if you were worried. It layers well, athough you don’t need this for colour in initial application it layers up just was as application on clear lips so you don’t have to worry about patchiness.

I’ve actually fallen in love with this lipstick, its just a shame about the packaging. I’m in two minds to recommend it as it’s a beautiful, affordable and comfortable lipstick but the packaging is a bad finish. It just depends if you can deal with the bad design as it is only £3.00 after all, so maybe there is nothing to lose.

If your curious about other Primark Beauty items or the PS Pro range itself I’ve recently written a review of the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect which you can check out here. Well worth a quick read if you are into affordable beauty or Primark.

Gwen xx

 

 

Bonus Boots Haul

Hi guys, I known I don’t usually post on a Sunday but as I missed a post earlier in the month I thought I would do a little bonus post today. I popped into Boots on Saturday just because and decided to get a few back up products for my stash as well as prices and offers being so good. Although I just ended up picking up a bunch of random bits.

Boots haul ft botanics and l'oreal

Boots had deals on all sorts of brands that if you spent £15.00 on that brand you could get a little gift set valuing around £30ish and as I wanted a new eyeliner and possibly a new mascara as a few of mine are on the way out.

L'oreal volume million lashes and infaillable

After always having good experiences with L’Oreal Mascaras i thought i would start there and ended up picking up the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture (£9.99). Mainly for the purple packaging but i prefer plastic wands and volumising mascaras so this ticked both boxes.  I also need a new pencil eyeliner so I picked up the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Liner (£5.19), which I love the twist up as I hate sharpening eyeliners.

l'oreal paris feline fatale

As I’d spent over £15.00 I got the Feline Fatale set free which is meant to be worth £29. I have to say the set is fairly worth it despite receiving another eyeliner and mascara then I can stash them for later. In the set there was the Mega Volume 24h Collagene Mascara in Very Black, So Couture Super Liner in Black, Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Jungle Jade and Color Riche Nail Polish in Feline Sauvage. This is a really wearable and beautiful set and I look forward to digging into it.

boot botanics micellar water

One last non L’Oreal PAris product the Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, which was on offer and once I’ve used up I’m such a hoarder.

Have you picked up anything good up in boots or any other shops recently, also have you picked up anything good in the Black Friday Sales?

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Battle of the Face Palettes : Sleek Vs. Makeup Rovolution

Drugstore Contour PAlettes

Unlike with other products where I state my first impression and then use over time, which I feel is important with lipsticks and foundations which I have reviewed in the past this isn’t exactly a new product to me. It’s a direct dupe for the Sleek Face Form and my initial impression was more ‘hey this looks exactly the same’. For about a week or so I have interchanged the Sleek Face Form and Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt, and I finally feel ready to compare.

Sleek vs makeup revolution contour palettes

Travelling and Practicality

As you may or may not know, I love my Sleek Face Form palette taking it Travelling with me as well as using it for my 6 Product Face. A simple dare I say, Sleek, its compact with a really decent sized mirror perfect for travel, to put in your bag or just to have in your collection. It is also has fairly robust packaging that I doubt will break or crack as its thick tough plastic. It is obvious just from the price point of the Makeup Revolution Ultra Scuplt, the packaging would not be as robust or pretty but it protects in and there is a practicality to seeing the colours through the packaging know as in your collection you know exactly what you are getting. The see through packaging does prevent a practical mirror, there is a small mirror inside the palette but being only a thin strip, I feel as though the mirror is redundant and there might as well not being one. It terms or practicality and packaging, I think the Sleek Face Form Palette is the clear winner but it costs £7.00 more which means it is obvious a greater expense can be spent on packaging. The Makeup Revolution palette is not bad but it’s just not a robust or practical as the Sleek palette.

Drugstore Contour Swatches

Swatches and Colour Comparisons

I have to say side by side the bronze and blush are so damn similar you could get away with either and wouldn’t notice the difference, the only thing different is the highlighter. In both cases the highlight just adds shimmer opposed to lightening everything up, which I know is not to everyone’s taste and I do know people who find it too shimmery it depends what you like. If you prefer more lightening then there are plenty of options on the market.

Use, Appearance and Blendability

I never think about much about applying Sleek Face Form anymore, after having it over a year you simply get used to how much to put on the brush and where your prefer it. It blends so effortlessly that you don’t have to worry about heavy handed adding just the right about of colour or highlight. I love the blush in the Sleek palette but due to the shimmer content it is definitely more of a spring/summer blush or evening blush in the winter months. I don’t always used the blush sometimes simply switching out the blush depending on what I feel like. I love the bendability of this palette and you can blend to make subtle transitions between the colours creating a more seamless look.

The main difference between the two of these is that the Makeup Revolution bronzer is not as bendable, needing a lot more work to blend it out. What I have found works best for the Makeup Revolution bronzer is that you need to build it up tapping off the excess and take time on it, it may seem like more effort but it is so much effort to blend it is a much better route. The blush has less shimmer or glitter in it than the sleek counterpart but it is less pigmented, so it does need building up but I don’t feel like this is a big deal and the reduced pigmentation gives you more options from a slight flush to a pop of colour it is a really diverse blush. Also with the less shimmer it is more wearable in my option for more occasions but I think in either case I am most likely to use the highlight and bronzer, choosing to mix up the blush more.

For colours there is little difference between the two, pick up whichever you want if you like the colour selection. The Sleek Face Form Palette is more blendable while the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt is one where you need a light hand and build it up, so I won’t pick a winner here as this depends on your skill level and preferred method of application.

 Sleek Face Form and Makeup Revolution Contour

Which is Best?

I think if I only had one I would opt for the Sleek Face Form palette as it blends so much easier and it is more practical packaging. Both are great and do the same job, if you are happy to bland and always do your makeup in a proper home set up or if travelling you have a proper area to do makeup there is no reason not to buy the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt. Both are great products and I would recommend both, but I know due to them being so similar you only need one in your collection yet you cannot loose with either of these.

The Sleek Face Form Palette is available from Sleek, Tesco, Superdrug and Boots for £9.99, and comes in 4 shades Fair, Light, Medium and Dark.

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt, is available from Makeup Revolution and Superdrug for £3.50, and comes in Ultra Fair and Light Medium. Makeup Revolution also do a similar Iconic Pro Blush, Bronze and Brighten Palette which I am curious to try now, highly similar and only £4.00.

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Collective August Haul

Collective August Haul

I really liked doing this for July and as I didn’t pick up that much over August this one again seemed like a nice little idea. So this is what I brought over the course of August there is a bit of something from everywhere.


Superdrug ft Nivea and Makeup Revolution

Superdrug

Although I am not on a no spend streak I am making a conscious effort to only buy what I need, and if you’ve read my blog at any point especially from the beginning I absolutely  love the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer. I needed new one at lucky for me it was better than half price for £2.44 at Superdrug. I have been looking for the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in C01 Ultra Fair for absolutely ages and I finally managed to pick it up. I’m hoping to put it up against the Sleek Face Form palette soon, also if it’s a dud its £3.50 so I have nothing to loose.


Primark ft PS love

Primark

I managed to stop myself buying more clothes that I don’t actually need, showing some clear restraint clearly. I have been wearing pumps and heels daily for work so I needed pop socks. I hate paying loads for them and managed to pick up 3 Pairs of Supersoft Shoe Liners (£2.50) great socks and so inexpensive.

I picked up the P.S. Love Makeup Brush Cleanser (£2.00) for my mum, I use the good ol baby shampoo method but my never remembers to keep up with it and she doesn’t wear a huge amount of makeup. So I thought I’d make up the whole process simpler for her as the brush cleanser method is so easy. I’ve tried it with my brushes just to show her how to use it etc. and it’s really good so if you want an affordable brush cleanser keep an eye out for it. If you have read my August Favourites you will already have seen these, the Primark Natural Point False Nails (£1.00) are amazing. The pointed shape means they catch less, and I think they look so nice I even painted over the top and these looked amazing. I think I will pick up more and I hope they do this shape in other patterns.

Completely random but I picked up the Metalic tattoos (£1.50), which aren’t actually matalic but I thought they looked cute although I’ll probably save them for next year’s festival season. Also as I have anxiety when travelling I used to write on myself positive sayings and I think these might do the same thing just something to focus on. Finally from Primark was a complete impulse at the till buy but it was something I actually needed which was the P.S. Love Anti-bac Hand Gel, I have one in my car, one on my desk where I do my makeup and a final one in my hand bag. This one was only £0.60, so I can’t really go wrong with.


Poundland ft Calvin Klein

Poundland

I love Poundland for looking at brand named makeup for £1.00. First up are two Calvin Kline Lip-glosses, I’m not usually one for pot lip glosses but these look so cute in the pot and aren’t colours that I have as much in my collection. Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Bubblegum looks like a baby pink but it is simply a sheer was of gloss so it is a great staple in my collection either to have as a normal plain gloss or add to make a matte lip glossy. While the second one, Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Shades of Pink, is more of a berry pink and is a nice sheer wash which I definitely feel more for the autumn.

poundland ft eyelure

You know when you buy something that is a bargain without ever been sure if you will ever use it but the offer is too much to resist, well I picked up a set of Eyelure Double Lashes. I haven’t got on with false eyelashes in the past but I’ve never tried eyelure but they are always well rated and the price was too much to pass up. I’m sure if I don’t get on with them one of my friends will happily take them off me.

Finally I picked up a hand pack, my hands have been feeling dry lately and I love the foot packs, I’ve tried a few hand packs in the past. I haven’t tried the Tea Tree and Peppermint Hand Pack before but I love the foot pack version. These are super convenient to as they come as plastic gloves you can still do everything while wearing them, so I can take the time out to blog.


B&M

I went into B&M for something else and came out with the Dove Soft Feel Deodorant (£0.99), it was a good price and I’m so not fussy about what deodorant I use. I thought I would switch over to the roller ball type as apparently they work much better, no harm in trying.


Asda

I popped into Asda near my work to pick up lunch and as I needed a few bits I perused the health and beauty isles as they sometimes can have some really great offers. My current face wash is almost out and I was curious to try something new so I picked up the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash for only £2.00 on offer, I love Nivea products they are usually great for my skin. It is the version for dry skin, and as I have combination dry I didn’t see the harm in picking this one. I also visited my sister for the weekend and I didn’t want to just use face wipes as I knew I was going to do some major eye makeup. I love my Ganier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, so picked up the travel version at only £1.00 it’s also great as once it’s done I could top up with my big bottle, I doubt I will but it’s possible. (sorry for the lack of photo)


tesco ft wilkinsons

Tesco

The last few bits of August I picked up at Tesco while getting gorceries. I usually prefer the large oval baby cotton pads or boots double faced cotton pads but as I really needed some more I picked up the Tesco Everyday Value 80 Cotton Pads (£0.55), if they are dud it doesn’t matter and I’ll use them for removing nail varnish. Speaking of removing nail varnish I also got the Tesco Beauty Nail Polish Remover (£1.20), I just grab whatever’s available for nail varnish remover when I need it and this ones not bad.

I brought some cheap Tesco razors which were a bit crap so went to look at getting some new ones when I saw the Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Papaya and Pearl Complex Razors down at half price for £2.74. You get the ones with Aloe Vera and thought these were interesting and Wilkinson’s razors are usually really good.


So those are the bits I picked up over August, did you guys pick up any good buys over August?

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Empties #7

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I never know how to start an empties post its like ‘hey everyone look at my trash!’, it is an odd premise but always insightful. The only difference between us and huge ass youtubers and beauty bloggers is that we tend to pay for everything ourselves or have limited money, we tend to use everything up no matter how much we like them but it is still useful to find out what people think of items.


Skincare

Skincare

Superdrug Tea Tree Skin Care Exfoliating Cream Wash: This is something that I tend to use once or twice a week, or as and when I remember just to thoroughly clean my skin. It is quite scratchy and rough so I think next time I’ll go for one with the exfoliating beads in that is less rough.

Balance Me Daily Essentials Pure Skin Face Wash: I got this with a free with a magazine and I have been thoroughly enjoying using it daily, but the full  size product is £16.00 which as a student feels like an awful lot for a face wash. It feels amazing and really cleans the skin but the price is off putting.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads: I do love using facial pads as a quick but effective way of clearing up and dirt and build up on the skin, I’m all about the corner cutting. This was nice to use really cleansing and clearing and I’d recommend them if you can pick them up at a good price although I think they are probably better value for money across the pond than here in the UK>

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water & L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfecion Cleansing and Perfecting Milk: I’ve grouped these two together simply for ease, both amazing when paired together and when used individually. Both all of your make up with minimal effort and leave yous skin feeling clean and fresh, I love having a quick but effective make up removal method. I have loved using both of these and I will definitely make sure I will come back to these in future although I am currently using the Ganier Micellar water. I’m definitely a micellar water convert.


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Body

I Love Strawberries and Cream Refreshing Body Spritzer: Although I love perfumes there is something nice about still using body spritzers, with a fruity light fragrance which is great to throw in your bag if you need a refresher throughout the day. Also sometimes you don’t always want a heavy perfume so these can be great, also they come with plastic packaging so it is ideal for travel and are worry free.

Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack: I love trying out new foot packs as I find them one of the best ways to deal with dried and cracked heal. There is very little difference between any of the foot packs I’ve tried but with them only costing £0.99 per pack it doesn’t matter what you pick up. I highly recommend picking up a foot pack or two especially as it gets into sandal season and you want your feet looking there best.


So that’s another empties over a done with, slightly smaller than usual but I don’t want too much crap building up.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

“No Makeup” Makeup, 6 Product Face

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Hi guys, Some days you don’t want to wear loads of makeup but you still want something the quintessential no makeup makeup days. The thing is often with stuff like this the looks I’ve seen online are so many steps and near enough matching my full face of make up. This is super simple and is what I have being wearing most days as it is just effortless.

It is important to start with a strong base at the moment I am really loving the Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer in 002, which is more of a creamy moisturizing primer opposed to a silicon based primer. It just a hydrating primer which is a perfect base and just begins the makeup look of right. I then use the Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream in Very Light, which is a really good light base and perfect for summer. You can read my full opinion on the bb cream in my review here. Rounding up a perfect face is another Rimmel product, I don’t think I really realised it before but Rimmel is definitely my go to drug store brand for base products. So for concealer I use the do it all Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory, it is slightly more of a brightening concealer and just airbrushes your face nicely.

So after I have a strong base I just use 3 more simple products to achieve an effortless make up look, and I’ll show you how I mix it up. I don’t really need powder so I tend to skip it but I like to add a little bit more dimension to my face with a touch of blush, as I tend to opt for blush over bronzer. However, as my blush is part of the Sleek Face Form Palette in Light set I could probably do full thing and it would still count as 6 products but all I want is a simple look. The blush in this packet is very summery as it adds a slight flush of colour but with the shimmer it adds that slight glow which is beautiful.

Then it is just the finishing touches starting with a simple coat of mascara, nothing much as you don’t want over done lashes. I am loving the primark own brand P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara which I feel is on par with the Benefit Roller Lash but so much cheaper, I highly recommend trying it out. Then to finish it off I just use some lip balm or in this case lip butter. I am really loving The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter as it smells absolutely amazing and feels great of the lips. Occasionally I will mix it up with a a different lip colour but it depends what I feel like really.

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So what is your 5 (6) product face? Do you have a simple no make look which seems like it has a lot less than the no makeup looks created by gurus, let me know what your favourite base colours are.

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Things I’ve Learnt in a Year of Blogging

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So I have been blogging with a focus on beauty blogging for a year now and I feel as though my perceptions of the blogging world, what makes a good blog and how I view the world of beauty has changed. So I thought to celebrate reaching the one year mark I will look at how far I have come and what I have learnt.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Before and at the start of blogging I thought picture taking was a thing of just adding a bit extra but really a good picture can really make a review. Poor quality pictures, reflections of the picture taker and a messy background were things I hated in others peoples blogs so why should I have them in mine. So although I admit my picture taking is nowhere near perfect sometimes falling victim to non natural lighting or having to brighten up an image I feel like I am slowly getting there. Some are better than others but I am hoping to slowly improve over time.

Don’t Follow the Hype

Before blogging I always got caught up in the hype a lot easier just assuming the blogging community knew something that I didn’t and this meant what they said was right. It is so easy to get caught up in clever marketing and jump on the band wagon but it is always important to think that products don’t work for everyone the same. For example think of the Benefit Rollar Lash and the buzz around it, I tried it got the sample with elle and it worked very well although the next day I used my primark lash and curl and found it worked almost as well. Yeah the roller lash is good but not amazing or a holy grail like some people think. Read the reviews and think for yourself is it worth it for you don’t feel pressured to follow the hype.

Designer is Not Always Best, But Neither is Drugstore

Before blogging I used to scoff at people who wasted money on designer makeup, that was until I discovered and tried high end make up myself with beautiful lipsticks and the creamy urban decay eye shadows I found some of my favourite products. I still love my drugstore mascaras and everything its just I finally understand the want and love of high end makeup in its irresistible packaging. What I am trying to say is you can have both and I think in a complete collection you may need to have a bit of both and some of us do have tight budgets, so we have to only splurge on what we think is worth it. Sometimes designer is worse than its drugstore counter part just think about what you wish to spend your hard earned cash on.

Mix It Up

This is something I want to do slightly more than I do already, that although I have a primarily beauty blog it is nice to mix things up a little bit. We all have things that make us different and although we all love beauty we all have other things we do too. I love knowing more about the person behind the blog and really we all have so much to offer, sometimes non beauty posts are more interesting. So hopefully I will continue to do this more as time goes on.

Running a Blog Takes Time and Effort

When I started I never really thought how much work a blog could be, I just thought oh snap a quick pictures and write a few words and boom your done. As I mentioned before a good picture is important, good lighting, placement and thinking everything through thoroughly before you can even consider editing and uploading photos. Then you have to plan what you want to write, ensuring you say something important and possibly insightful especially in a review these things don’t just happen in a 20 minute writing session. I’ve found sticking to my schedule that I set in January is useful, two posts a week was and still is something I can fit around work and life and ensures hopefully better quality content. Posting loads can weaken content but barely at all can damage your following and you’re creative streak, I have pages of ideas and just refer to it if I am low on ideas

Even after writing you still have to pay attention to social media, which I have to admit is still and area I have to work on. It is always just something to have an area you know you need to work on so if you have any tips let me know.

So what has blogging taught you? What makes you blog and what do you want to work on with your blog?

Lots of Love,

Gwenllian Branwen

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Review: Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream

rimmel 9-in-1 bb cream

As summer approaches we all start to think about lighter coverage foundations making us look flawless yet without it feeling too heavy. One approach is to follow the BB trend which I’ve always loved the idea of but I’ve never found one in a light enough shade most others been too dark in a light shade when I have a ‘tan’ it was nice to find something that is much lighter. So when I found the very light shade in the Rimmel London BB creams I was so excited, plus they have 3 different types of BB creams the one I selected to try is the 9-in-1 BB cream. The Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream promises to prime, moisturise, minimise the appearance of pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and protects with SPF 25. Some tall orders for a BB cream so how well does it achieve these.

Rimmel 9-in-1 cream

The first promise it makes is its priming ability and I find this an odd one to judge as I do not anything to compare it to as a primer makes a solid base for foundation and allows it to last longer. It does last well throughout the day but I feel as though the primer is hard to test so it is sort of added for the sake of it, they might of well of simply said long lasting. The mositursing claim is similar, it may not dry out my skin but I would not call it really moistursing, I’d definitely still put one on before hand. Yet with a moisturiser been central to any skin care routine and it not being a drying bb cream I doubt anyone would notice.

This is another two that seems odd it will mattify and brighten, two things that never normally appear together. I am aware that brightening is more about the colour than the finish but if I wanted a brightening bb cream I would go for one that had a dewy finish but it definitely has more of a brightening colour with the yellowish undertones. I would say it is somewhat mattifying but without oily skin I find it interesting.

I also don’t feel as though it does minimise pores but this is one that is always debatable. On a positive note however, it definitely covers and to an extent conceals. Although you may still need some concealer it really evens out the skin tone and is a really light base. I’ll let you judge the cover and conceal factor from the pictures below. Apologises is advance for the hair, I have very little time with exam at the moment so I’ve done my blog pictures on a free afternoon between washing my hair and doing more revision. 

My face with nothing on at all with uneven skin tone and blemishes. Not a good skin day.

My face with nothing on at all with uneven skin tone and blemishes. Not a good skin day.

just rimmel bb cream

So here I am with just the BB cream by skin tone is evened out and the blemish on my chin diminished. Only slight colour round the eyes due to sleepless nights due to revision and serve hay fever.

Finally just a natural but full face of make up with the Rimmel BB Cream as a base, not bad if I do say so myself.

Finally just a natural but full face of make up with the Rimmel BB Cream as a base, not bad if I do say so myself.

The BB cream itself has a thick creamy texture that you fully need to work into the skin with your hands in order to have a smooth even coverage. A little goes an long way and you barely feel like you are hardly wearing anything at all, and it just really creates a natural look and a great base. I think I may use it more and more as summer gets underway.

Rimmel Base Comparisons

I decided to a little a little comparison between the colour of this bb cream and my Rimmel London Lasting Finish Full Coverage Foundation,as can be seen above. The clearest difference is the undertone the Lasting Finish Foundation having more pinky to neutral under tone while the BB cream has a yellow undertone which reflects the claim of brightening. The undertone should not worry you though I have a pink under tone and I do not feel as though it looks wrong on my skin tone. As it can be seen both are thick, pigmented and could go forever.

I will definitely be using this loads over the summer months and may even repurchase it next summer as it finally a bb cream in which the colour is light enough for me to wear. Its creamy and everything I wanted, so well done Rimmel for a great bb cream even if it doesn’t meet every claim it is still a great product.

Rimmel London’s 9-in-1 BB Cream is available in the likes of Boots and Superdrug, as well as other Rimmel London stockists for £6.99.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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