Monday, 20 April 2015

Claudia Louch Makeup

Any beauty products that come in pretty pouches automatically get extra points, though this particular one is a fluff magnet - gets out lint roller. I personally have never heard of the brand Claudia Louch but when I was asked if I would like to try some bits I couldn't resist.

Quick touch on packaging, I've already mentioned the pouch, it's a very nice touch and makes everything appear more luxurious. The products are just very simple looking which is what I always like.

The Claudia Louch Mineral Compact Powder* is made from 94% natural ingredients which is great but to me it's a standard powder. It comes in a compact form with a mirror and a sponge which I never use as they harbour germs but the formula of the powder is nice. It's light weight and provides a slight coverage but doesn't clog up my pores or make my skin appear caky. It also doesn't sit in any dry patches which is fab. However, here's the blow, £52.50 for this one product! What!?! That is insane, I could buy two of my beloved MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powders for that and I personally think that powder is better.

I love testing out new mascaras as I'm trying to find one that suits my stubborn straight lashes and the Claudia Louch Lashware Mascara* was the latest contender. The formula is suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes and is said to be water-resistant which isn't totally waterproof but is supposed to hold up throughout the day and not smudge. It's said to add length, volume and curl whilst still looking natural.

The mascara does separate the lashes beautifully but I wouldn't necessarily say it adds volume, length and curl as the curl that my lash curler creates drops as soon as I apply this mascara. I have such stubborn lashes that nothing seems to work for me anymore. I do love how natural my lashes look though so it's perfect for a soft natural everyday look. The formula however is a little dry for me and leaves my lashes with a funny tacky residue. It also isn't water-resistant in the slightest. The tiniest bit of wind makes my eyes water and whilst out recently, my eyes started to water just a tiny bit and this mascara went everywhere, I had serious panda eyes and it was embarrassing. For £21.00 this mascara is definitely not worth the splurge.

Finally, the Claudia Louch High Definition Foundation* is a lovely medium coverage foundation with a soft light weight formula. Being a high definition foundation, it means it will photograph beautifully however this shade at the moment is slightly too dark for me so I won't be able to test it fully until the summer when I have a little bit of colour. For the couple of times I did try and make the shade work, it felt lovely on the skin and left a soft glow. However, for £52.50 I don't think it's worth the price as you only get 20ml of product whereas nearly all other foundation brands including YSL and Chanel have 30ml of product.

Overall I'd say Claudia Louch is a bit hit and miss with their products. Although they are formulated to be used on any skin conditions and skin types and are mostly natural products, I just don't feel the prices reflect on the products themselves. 

Have you tried any products by Claudia Louch? What are your thoughts on the brand?
*PR sample

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?
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