Weekly Favourite – Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow is a tinted brow-volumizing fiber gel. It looks almost like a mini mascara and needs to be applied in gentle strokes until you reach the desired look. Most importantly, it gives an extremely natural  looking finish and is quick and easy to use; perfect for when you’re doing your makeup in a hurry.

Its also has amazing staying power, I wear it for around 12 hours on average and it does not budge at all! I’ll definitely be repurchasing.Benefit Gimme Brow Medium Deep review

It retails at around £18.50 and I wear the shade medium/deep.

Have any of you tried it out? If yes, what do you think?

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Benefit Roller Lash – Worth The Hype?

After writing about this mascara in my ‘Makeup/Skincare Wishlist’ post I decided to finally give it a try! I’ve been using it for the past week and can honestly tell you that it definitely is worth the hype. It curls lashes perfectly, meaning there is absolutely no need for an eyelash curler unless you’re going for a really dramatic look (as seen below). I put two coats on which leaves my lashes looking long and thick – but if you like a more natural look one will suffice.

Benefit claim that the Roller Lash mascara works so well due to the ‘Hook n Roll brush’ which is said to grab, separate, lift and curl (using the same idea as hair rollers)…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. I can vouch that it really does last that long; I put my makeup on at 6.30am and when I get home at 6pm this mascara hasn’t budged at all! Perfect for when you need your makeup to last all day.

It’s a little more than I would usually pay for a mascara at £19.50 from Boots, but it really does what it claims to and is definitely worth a try if you have limp, hard to curl lashes like I do.

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Have any of you tried Benefit’s Roller Lash?

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Makeup/Skincare Wish List

I absolutely love trying out new makeup and skincare products and have my eye on a few that I’m hoping to try out this spring so I thought I’d share them with you.

Benefit Roller Lash

Benefit claim that this mascara ‘grabs, separates, lifts and curls’ lashes, meaning there is no need for a eyelash curler. As a girl with thin, straight lashes this sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a go!

£19.50

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve tried a little sample of this product before and absolutely love it! I’m definitely going to purchase a full sized bottle this spring! It leaves my skin both feeling and looking 100% better.

£36

Benefit Gimme Brow

This ‘brow-volumising fibre gel’ is definitely on my wish list. I have quite dark eyebrows but they can go a bit crazy and there are a few sparse areas, hopefully this brow gel can help to sort these issues out whilst still leaving my brows looking natural.

£17.50

Milani Baked Blush

I’ve used the same two blushers for years and am looking for a new one to try out! Milani seem to have a nice variety of shades with a nice subtle shimmer.

Costs around £9

Urban Decay ‘De slick’ Makeup Setting Spray

I’ve been wanting this setting spray for a long time and think it would be perfect for the summer months to stop my makeup sliding off (if it works that is).

£21

What’s on your wishlist?

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Weekly Favourite – Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I’ve always been the kind of girl to apply my makeup with my fingers as it seems quicker and blends easily. However a few months ago when shopping in Asda, I saw this brush reduced. After hearing such great things about it, I decided to give it a go. At first I wasn’t convinced, how could a brush like this blend in my makeup seamlessly? I didn’t realise how wrong I was! It gently buffs in makeup and leaves my skin looking flawless! I use it for both my concealer and foundation and it seems even quicker than doing it with my fingers – whilst leaving my hands clean!

Have any of you tried this brush? What do you think?

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Review: Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara

I’ve always struggled to find a mascara that will hold my limp straight lashes in place all day without flaking or smudging, and even ones I thought I liked dried up after a few weeks of use. I recently decided to try out Max Factors Clump defy extensions false lash effect as it was on offer at boots and I was pleasantly surprised.  The brush is curved to coat every lash, and its plastic too which I find causes less clumps. The formula also holds my lashes in a curl perfectly and stays in place all day without transferring under or above my eyes.

 If you want long, thick, separated lashes it’s definitely worth giving it a try.

It retails and around £12


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What’s your favourite mascara?

 

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My Top 5 Favourite Products For Summer

1. Kiehl’s rare earth deep pore daily cleanser.

This is honestly the best cleanser I have ever used. It gently exfoliates my skin without being irritating and helps to keep oiliness and blemishes at bay. It is a little pricey at around £18 a bottle, but it lasts a few months and works brilliantly – so its worth it!

2.  Soap and Glory ‘girligo’ body moisturising mist.

This moisturizing mist not only smells fantastic, but it absorbs really quickly too, perfect for when you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like using a heavy moisturizer on a hot summer day.

3. Dove summer glow

This gradual tanner gives my skin a natural, glowing tan without the awful smell. It also goes on smoothly, does not go streaky and can be applied just like a normal moisturizer with your hands (as long as you give them a wash afterwards!)

I find that the shade ‘light to medium’ works best on my skin tone.

4. Aussie aussome volume dry shampoo

This is honestly one of the best dry shampoo’s that I have ever used. It doesn’t leave any sort of white cast even on dark hair and gives my hair fantastic volume which lasts all day.

It also smells fantastic, which is a bonus.

5. Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free lotion

This cream keeps my skin feeling soft whilst looking matte and doesn’t cause me to break out. It also sinks into the skin really quickly so you don’t have to wait around before putting on your makeup

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Eyelash Tinting

I’ve always wanted to have my eyelashes tinted but wasn’t sure if it would make a big enough difference on my lashes to splash out £20. I recently decided to bite the bullet and see if it would work well, so i booked an appointment and had my eyelashes tinted at Fenwicks.

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First, let me just say that I would highly reccomend Fenwicks Regis spa if your looking to get your eyelashes done as the staff are amazing and you get a free head massage when the dye is working (a brilliant surprise as i had no idea of this!).

My eyelashes are already quite dark but without mascara they just look straight and non existent really. After having this done I noticed a massive difference to my eyelashes, they look longer and thicker and give great definition to my eyes. Since having my lashes tinted I haven’t worn mascara once and absolutely love waking up with perfect eyelashes.

I got the colour blue black as it’s supposed to be the darkest shade.

Have any of you had your eyelashes tinted before?

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Top 5 Lip Products Of All Time

I absolutely love trying out new lip sticks, balms and glosses but always come back to these five products.

#1
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in ‘Peach Parfait’

This product is extremely hydrating and lasts for a long time on my lips. It is very buildable and can leave either an extremely sheer hint of colour or can be layered up and look extremely bold.

This retails at around £8.00

#2
Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss in ‘Punch Bowl’

These lip glosses are amazing, they last hours on my lips and give amazing colour. They also plump up your lips which is a bonus!

They retail at around £9.00

#3
Balmi Lip Balm

This is the most moisturizing lip balm I’ve ever used and it smells amazing too. The packaging is also very convenient as you don’t need to put your finger into the tub you can apply it straight to the lips.

Retails at around £4.99

#4
The Body Shop Lip And Cheek Stain

I got this product out of a magazine and didn’t really expect much of it, however after trying it out I realized just how great it is. It looks extremely bright when first applied to the lips, but after blotting it looks amazing! It gives a subtle red tint of colour which lasts for hours, and looks great with lip gloss on top too.

Retails at around £10.00

#5
Vaseline

I love the rose and almond oil Vaseline, it softens and soothes dry lips whilst giving a subtle red tint.

Retails at around £1.99

What are your favourite lip products?

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Top 5 Mascaras

I absolutely love trying out new mascaras and have tested so many over the years that I thought it would be a  good idea to share with you my top 5 favorites of all time. So whether you’re looking to buy a new mascara because your running out or  just go a bit crazy testing them out like me, keep reading!

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#1 – Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless

This has to be the best mascara I’ve ever used, it makes your lashes extremely long and thick and doesn’t clump what so ever. It’s also great for achieving any look, from natural to an almost false effect depending on the amount you apply and holds up amazing throughout the day – no signs smudging or flaking at all!

Retails at around £7.99

#2 – Maybelline The Falsies

This mascara is great for giving extremely thick looking lashes as its specially designed curved brush coats every lash giving a fuller, more dramatic look.

Retails at around £7.99

#3 – 17 Blow Out Mascara

Read review on this mascara here: http://youniquechic.com/2012/08/

Retails at around £4.00

#4 – Avon Super Extend Mascara

This mascara is amazing for a more natural look as it gives lashes length but not much volume. Perfect for daily wear and holds a curl really well.

Retails at around £10

#5 – Soap And Glory Thick&Fast

The huge brush on this mascara helps to thicken the lashes whilst giving a lot of volume and curl. My only issue is that it works amazing for the first few weeks but seems to dry up quickly.

Retails at around £10

What’s your favourite mascara?

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Makeup Routine For Oily Skin

It’s awful attempting to find a makeup routine to work on oily skin, but after years of searching I’ve finally found one that works for me.

Step 1: Primer

Firstly, after moisturizing my skin i apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in ‘Light’ (£25) as it is oil-free and helps keep my makeup in place.

Step 2: BB Cream

Then i apply my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream (£9.99) all over my face to  even out my skin tone yet still keep me looking natural.

Step 3: Concealer

Then i apply my Collection 2000 ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer (£4.19) under my eyes and to any other imperfections on my face.

Step 4: Powder

I then apply a small amount of Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation (£25) all over my face with a big fluffy brush to keep my concealer and BB cream in place and prevent my skin from getting oily throughout the day.

Step 5: Blusher

My Body Shop blusher in ’01 Petal’ (£12) is then applied to the apples of my cheeks in downward strokes for a natural looking glow.

Step 6: Eye Shadow

I then apply my Clinique Colour Surge Stay Matte eye shadow in ‘French Vanilla’ all over my eyelids to make me look brighter and more awake. It also stops my eyelids from becoming greasy so my mascara won’t smudge everywhere.

Step 7: Mascara

I prefer to use mascaras with quite a dry formula so they last longer, my favourite at the moment is 17 Blow Out Mascara (£6.29). I apply a few coats of this after I’ve curled my eyelashes and it stays perfect all day.

Step 8: Eyeliner

I like to apply a creamy white eyeliner to my water line to make my eyes look wider. My favourite is Barry M Kohl Eye Pencil as it glides on easily and stays put.

Do you have any tips for making your makeup last?

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