Monday, 13 April 2015

YSL Touche Éclat

I bought this in a set that I found in the sale a while ago but when I started using it the first time round I really wasn't impressed. It didn't seem to sit right on my skin or blend very well and overall, it just looked odd. I left it for a bit and decided to give it another go at the beginning of this year, luckily this time around my thoughts changed.

Housed in the gorgeous gold packaging, it's easily one of the best looking products I own. You click the black button on the end and this dispenses the product out onto the brush. First time round it's fair to say you have to sit there clicking for a good 20 times before anything comes out but otherwise it's a really handy way of using a product.

It's said to cover dark circles and highlight areas however I found it's not too great to use as a concealer. When I do use it as a concealer it doesn't last five minutes before it's gone a bit patchy and generally doesn't really cover the area either. I like to apply another under eye concealer first and then use this in specific places around my face: under eyes, centre of my nose and cupids bow to highlight my face. This way it works beautifully and leaves a gorgeous subtle glow to the skin. When the light catches my skin in a certain way, you can really see the highlight but it's soft and pretty and not over the top. When used this way, I found the light creamy product blends into other products beautifully and never sits in any dry patches.

I use the shade 1 Luminous Radiance and this on me has a slight peach undertone to it. It blends in really nicely and looks particularly gorgeous when I pair it with the YSL Touche Éclat Foundation. Although at first I was unimpressed, I have really warmed to this product and think it's a lovely product to have if you like your highlighters. Definitely one for the spring/summer months to come.

For £25.00 it definitely isn't cheap but I've found a little goes a long way and this has lasted me quite a while. YSL is such a great brand, not only do they offer great products but their packaging for me is most definitely the most stunning!

Have you tried Touche Éclat? What are your thoughts on it?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

March Favourites 2015

March has been and gone in a flash, I can't quite believe how quickly this year is going, it's crazy. I've always been told the older you get, the quicker the time passes and I have to say I'm not a huge fan of that! I'm not totally complaining though as the months ahead are going to be incredible, I just wish things would hurry up, I'm so impatient!

Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish - Candy Rose - I randomly picked this up in a 3 for 2 offer as the colour is just so pretty and easy to wear. When I don't want a bright shade or a pale pastel - they are a pain to apply - I have been opting for this one. It applies so well without any streaks, dries really quickly and the finish is very glossy. The shade is a dark dusty pink shade but it's great for a neutral look if you want something plain and quick. My only gripe is that the formula is supposed to last seven days but it chips quit easily on me, after about two days or so. 

Sleek Blusher - Rose Gold - I posted a picture of this on my Instagram and it ended up with the most likes a picture has ever received on my account, it went down very well and with good reason, it's such a beautiful shade! A pretty soft pinky coral with gold highlight, it creates a beautiful sheen on the cheeks and it's a great shade for spring and summer. It's so pigmented and blends in beautifully. I'm so glad I dug this out of my collection, I've been missing out. Full post coming soon.

Real Techniques Setting Brush - This brush I have used for a long long time now but never thought to feature it in a favourites post. It's perfect for setting under-eye concealer without lifting the product off your face in the process. The shape of the brush means it fits into the eye area really well and doesn't leave things looking caky. Everyone needs one of these brushes. 

KeraStraight Glossing Texture Creme* | full review - Since I have ombré hair it means I can sometimes seriously be lacking in moisture and need to constantly be looking after it to ensure it doesn't break. Although this doesn't create texture and body in my hair, it does leave a beautiful shine and my hair feels incredibly soft and smooth and frizz-free. If I don't use this before styling my hair, I really notice the difference in my locks, my hair looks dull and feels dry but this always sorts that out.

What have you been loving in March?
*PR sample

Monday, 30 March 2015

Disappointing Products #6

I haven't written a Disappointing Products post in a while now and that is definitely a good thing. It's never fun discovering  products that you aren't best pleased with, especially if they are very hyped up products. 

Yes To Grapefruits Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser - I tend to have quite the battle with Yes To products, some are great and some are really not and I was hoping that since I discovered that the Yes To Grapefruit Wipes were lovely that this moisturiser would be too. I decided to try it as it's aimed at uneven skin tone which I do have however it just isn't moisturising in the slightest. It leaves my face feeling tight and really quite dry. If I do want to use this, I can only do so if I've applied a heavy duty over night mask first, then it tends to be okay. Not one for the repurchase list though sadly.

Benefit Roller Lash mascara - Since writing my full review of this product here, I have changed my opinion on it slightly. I said in the full review that it doesn't do what it's supposed to at all, for me anyway. Since giving this another try, sometimes I do achieve amazing full lashes now but other days I am still left with stick straight non-curly lashes and still feel disappointed with this product over all. Still testing though, I'm determined to make this work.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner - Pink Petal - I have written about this collection of lip liners here but I wanted to include this shade in here as well. I don't hate the whole product, they are actually fab as they are super moisturising, last really well and apply perfectly, the gripe I have with this is that the colour on the end of the liner is not the actual shade of the liner itself. It looks pink but in actual fact it's a straight up nude which doesn't suit me at all. I don't swatch products in-store if there isn't a tester as I don't like to open and ruin products but although the shade doesn't suit me and I was annoyed that it wasn't as it appeared, it will be a great liner for when I need to outline my lips for a really dark shade or to neaten things up a little as it does match my natural skin colour perfectly. 

Which products have left you a bit disappointed recently?

Friday, 27 March 2015

Nuxe Réve De Miel Lip Balm

This review is long over due, that's an understatement really! I must have taken these photographs months and months ago and I still haven't written the post, I'm so bad. I feel as though recently all I have written about is hyped up products and the Nuxe Réve de Miel is most definitely one of them.

Nuxe is a lovely French brand that I had heard a lot about but never really looked into their products until I kept seeing this lip balm pop up everywhere. Because of it's rich intense formula, it's aimed at very dry lips to help nourish and repair them. I bought this at the start of Autumn last year and have used it nearly every night since and I've barely made a dent.

I love the scent of this product, anything with honey as an ingredient always smells insanely good and this isn't any different. When I first used it, I made the mistake of slathering it all over my dry cracked lips only to wake up a horrid slimy film on my lips. This happened a few times until I finally realised it was because I was applying far too much. With a normal lip balm you have to be pretty generous with the application in order to see a result, however a little goes a long way with this balm. A thin layer at night helps heal my dry lips and by morning they are soft and nourished all throughout the day.

If you really suffer with dry lips this balm is definitely worth a look at. For £9.50 you get 15g of product which is a lot since you need the bare minimum. The frosted glass makes the product look lovely and luxurious and I keep it by my bed so I don't forget to apply it at night time. I'm glad I gave into the hype of this product as it definitely deserves it, no lip balm has ever healed my awful cracked lips over night, I'm so impressed.

Have you tried Nuxe Réve de Miel lip balm? What do you think of it?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Organic Surge Extra Care Skincare

I have heard of Organic Surge before, I just have never gotten round to trying anything by them. I was asked if I would like to try the new Extra Care line and couldn't say no, the products sounded so lovely and I couldn't wait to try. Skincare is very personal as everyone has a different skin type and what works for me may not work for you, however I have dry dehydrated skin and hope that if you have the same, these products could help you too.

Ultra-Light Oil Control Lotion* - I know what you're thinking, someone with dry skin doesn't need a product that offers oil-control but this also offers a healthy radiance to the skin whilst controlling your natural oils. With ingredients such as argan leaf, damask rose and sweet orange oils, it smells amazing and really does leave my skin looking radiant. Moisturiser wise, I don't feel it's really heavy duty enough to help my dry skin but if I mix it in with a foundation, it lasts really well on the skin and looks gorgeous. It adds a dewiness to the skin without looking shiny and once mixed with a hydrating foundation, it doesn't feel anywhere near as dry as it did previously. 

Replenishing Facial Oil* - This little bottle of goodness has taken over my Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. Enriched with argan oil, it's super nourishing and leaves the skin really hydrated and soft. I like to apply a couple of drops at night and then apply a moisturiser over the top and come morning my skin is plump, radiant and not a dry patch in sight. 

Nourishing Rose Day Cream* - Currently my go-to moisturiser, I've already used half the bottle. I've previously mentioned this moisturiser in my Products Worth Mentioning #3 post and have since started using it with the above oil instead. When I use them both together at night, my skin is amazing in the morning. I use it again in the morning before applying my make-up and find that any make-up sits really well on top. It provides just enough hydration on it's own for me, however if you have very dry skin, it may not be heavy duty enough for you.

All the products smell incredible and I'm very impressed with the Organic Surge Extra Care range. I also love how they don't test on animals and their products contain no harsh chemicals or parabens. Now I'm getting older, I need products such as these to really look after my skin. 

Have you tried any Organic Surge products? What are your thoughts on them?
*PR sample

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