This morning I decided to do something a little different with my hair.... so I whipped out my John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion, to give my roots a little boost, my Remington Spin Curl Dryer, to create gorgeous curls and waves, and my L'Oréal Elnett Supreme Hold Hairspray, and voilà...
I absolutely love curly hair (naturally mine is wavy and limp) but I've always found it too time consuming to use a curling iron or ghd. This look is so easy to create and quick too - it took me 10/15 minutes to go from wet to finished.
What do you think? Will you be rocking curls this Spring/Summer?
Although I absolutely adore Benefit's gorgeous range of blushes, the steep price leaves a lot to be desired.
Enter Me Me Me...
While perusing Superdrug recently, I came across Me Me Me's blush boxes. These products were clearly "inspired" (ahem, blatant rip off, more like) by Benfit's Coralista, so I've decided to compare the two, while reviewing Rouge.
Rouge: €10 (roughly)
Rouge is much more "pocket friendly" than Coralista, for roughly the same amount of product. Coralista doesn't have any weight on the box but Rouge is the larger of the two, if anything.
Coralista: Coral, with Gold Shimmer
Rouge: Coral, with Gold and Pink Shimmer
These products both leave a beautiful coral glow on the cheeks, with subtle shimmery undertones.
Coralista: High Quality, Wood
Rouge: Moderate Quality, Plastic
I much prefer the brush that comes with Coralista - the bristles are much softer and it feels much more "high end". Also, the powder seems to cling better to the Coralista brush. However, I use my Mac 129 to apply both products, so the brush isn't overly important!!
Unfortunately, the lighting in my room isn't great today, so the swatches are a bit of a failure. However, you can see that Rough (on the right) is much more pigmented than Coralista (on the left).
In this little comparison, Rouge is the winner, trumping Coralista in almost every category. All in all, Rouge is probably one of the best blushes I've ever used. Also, Rouge has a cute little mirror inside the lid, meaning that you can re-apply this product during the day!
Unfortunately, the Superdrug I went to was out of the other shades: Bronze, Coral and Pink. I definitely want to try out Bronze and Pink, but I'll probably give Coral a miss, because Rouge is sufficiently coral for me!!
This morning I was having a read of Abby's amazing blog and came across this fantastic tag, adding up the prices of my beauty products to determine the "value" of my face. I think this is a really great tag, because it forces you to think about how much money you're actually spending on makeup!!
You might recognise this photo from twitter... I couldn't take a snap of my finished look this morning because the light bulb has blown in my room, but I am wearing the same makeup in the picture!
For products that I was unsure of, I have estimated the price - I've had them for a while....
♥ Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream - €25.00
♥ Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer - €38.00
♥ Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation - €10.00
- Mac 187 Duo Fibre Brush - €40.00
♥ Mac Studio Finish Concealer - €18.00
- Sephora Foundation Brush #47 - €12.00
♥ Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation - €34.00
- Illamasqua Kabuki Brush - €35.00
♥ Benefit Coralista Blush - €33.50
♥ Mac Refined Golden Bronzing Powder - €24.00
♥ Mac MSF in Soft and Gentle (Highlighter) - €24.00
- Mac 129 Powder/Blush Brush - €40.00
♥ Urban Decay Primer Potion - €15.00
♥ Mac Prep & Prime Lip Primer - €18.00
♥ Mac Painterly Paint Pot - €20.00
♥ Urban Decay Naked Palette - €36.00
- Mac 217 Blending Brush - €30.00
- Elf Defining Eye Brush - €3.00
♥ Benefit Bad Gal Eyeliner - €16.00
♥ Sephora Liquid Eyeliner - €5.00
♥ Topshop Mascara in Raven - €8.00
♥ Girls Aloud False Lashes (Cheryl) - €8.00
♥ Mac Creme Cup Lipstick - €16.00
Total Excluding Brushes: €348.50
Total Including Brushes: €508.50
Wow.... that is scary. Although these products do last a considerable amount of time, and the brushes are an investment, hahaha! Overall, I'm not TOO horrified... I really enjoying playing around with makeup, and I could be spending the money on much worse things :)
Over Christmas, I was suffering badly from uber-chapped lips, due to a combination of cold weather, wind and illness. I decided I had to do something about it, so I picked up some of Prep + Prime lip primer by Mac.
I apply a generous amount of this product, directly to my lips, at the beginning of my "morning makeup routine" - waiting five minutes or so, to allow it to properly sink in before applying any other lip product.
This product incredibly easy to work with, and incredibly effective:
☆ it moisturises lips, leaving them soft and smooth
☆ it fills in the gaps and cracks in your lips
☆ it prevents feathering and bleeding of the lipstick
Overall, though it is on the pricey side, I really like this product and would see myself repurchasing it. Have you tried this product, and if so, did you like it? Also, if you have any recommendations for cheaper alternatives, I would love to hear them...
Another favourite lippie of mine is the gorgeous Lovelorn by Mac.
Although the lustre lipstick looks very vibrant in the tube, it is incredibly wearable and versatile. It can be worn during the day, with neutral eye makeup, for a fresh, bright look... especially during Spring and Summer. It would also be perfect for a night out, with voluminous lashes and a smokey eye.
This gorgeous lipstick is also very moisturising and gives a beautiful glossy finish, meaning that you don't need a gloss over it.