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      16.07.2013 12:11
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      An Original

      As much as I love perfume and trying out new things I think that every woman should have a signature scent. Something which embodies who they are and each time they go to wear it there is something that is reassuring and calming. They will have other perfumes for other occasions but they always keep coming back to that one signature scent. For me that perfume is Burberry Orginal.

      It comes in a simple oval glass bottle which reveals the amber coloured perfume and has a silver tone top. It is very basic packaging but it has a kind of simplistic beauty but I have known more elaborate perfume bottles in my time!

      When it comes to fragrances there are two thing I cannot stand - heady florals and sweet fruity notes. This perfume is the antithesis to these smells as it has musky warm notes of cedarwood, sandalwood and vanilla which are cut through with the sharp acidity of citrus and green apple. This makes for a warm, complex exuberant fragrance where you first hit with the acidity of the green apple and citrus before it rounds out and settles down to a deep almost woody finish. I think it is this combination which makes the scent so intriguing. As can be evidenced when I worked in a large department store customers frequently asked what I was wearing or complimented me on this perfume. It has a soft intensity by which I mean that it is noticeable when worn but not overpowering or intrusive.

      As we all have different body chemistry and skin types how the product will smell as well as how long it will last will differ from person to person. I have found that this perfume lasts really well on me and if I use it in the morning then it still lingers in the evening although I do tend to top it up if I am going out.

      The absolute crowning glory is that in terms of price and relative to other perfumes this fragrance is cheap! I often find it on offer in Boots or Superdrug - it is often left unloved at the bottom of the displays out of the way! It currently 15.50 for 30ml on Boots or you can find it on the internet at around £20 for 100ml. This perfume is very affordable but I would be willing to pay more for it as I love it so much.

      Conclusion

      As you can probably tell I love this perfume. It is soft and feminine whilst having that tough masculine edge of its woody notes. A timeless scent will work for any occasion or any time of day. This perfume is fulfils that as it is just as suitable for a night out as well as for use every day. I have three perfumes on rotation (which I love in different ways) but this one is definitely my favourite as it trumps all in terms of wearability, interest and scent. I will continue to purchase this (I have already re-purchased too many times to mention!) as I just love it so much.

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        10.07.2013 20:41
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        Its the Bees Knees

        I love lip balms as they can serve both practical and beauty orientated needs. In the depths of Winter a balm is essential for keeping sore chapped lips at bay. Balms are also useful if you want to tone down a lipstick into a wash of colour or you want to make a matte finish lipstick more moisturising. I was never really loyal to any particular brand - Nivea, Vaseline, Garnier, Benefit, Blistex - I have had my share! It was only a matter of time before I tried out this Burts Bees balm. Initially I tried the plain version and as I found this to be quite a high performing little product I branched out and bought the pomegranate one.

        When I first tested out the product I was a bit taken aback with the scent as I thought pomegranate only referred to the colour rather than colour and texture. I should have known better as the product does actually state it contains pomegranate oil! I don't normally buy product which are scented especially when it comes to lip balms as you apply it so frequently. The scent is very sweet and not something I would intentionally go for but after frequent use I actually have grown to love it.

        This balm gives the lips a subtle wash of red it is definitely nothing like a stain but it does tint the lips. I love to use this balm on its own or if I want to enhance a red lipstick this balm just lifts it so it's a little but more intense as well as moisturising.

        In terms of moisturising capabilities this balm keeps my lips hydrated for 2-3 hours at a time. I love the texture and feel of the balm on the lips. It is not suffocating or oily but sits nicely on them and you forget your wearing anything after a while. It has saved my lips during the depths of Winter and I think this a real testament to the product!

        Conclusion

        I have already repurchased this product three times such is my love for it! I have also tired the honey version as I was so enamoured with this one. However, I keep coming back to this one as for me it is the ultimate lip balm! You can purchase this from Boots for £3.69 which is a little bit more expensive than you standard lip balm. However, I think it is worth it for its great moisturising properties as well as the lovely light colour.

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        • MAC Lipstick / Make Up / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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          10.07.2013 12:14
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          iconic lipsticks

          MAC is a brand which embraces all kinds of beauty and produce products to cater for those who favour a natural look to those who consider black lipstick a daily staple. The beauty of MAC is not just their beauty ethos but also how this translates to their products. They not only have colours to suit all skin tones but also have different finishes which drugstore products are unable to replicate. As my make-up weakness is lipsticks and going into a MAC counter makes my pulse quicken such is the vast array of shades and textures!

          As I have quite a few MAC lipsticks and I thought I would include a quick rundown of my MAC lipsticks and how they look on my pale skin tone which I hope is helpful!

          Pink Plaid - a strong dark pink (matte) - this shade is pretty "out there" but it looks lovely worn alone with minimal blush and eye make-up - you have your statement red shades well this is definitely a statement pink!

          Hot Gossip - a purple pink plum hybrid (cremesheen) - this shade looks a little drab on my skin tone, I think it would look amazing on dark skin tones

          Russian red - a classic burgundy blue toned red (matte) - a classic! I love it, it is full on glamour and decadence, many an oligarch would approve

          See Sheer - a deep orangey red (lustre) - I love this shade it very natural and flattering and is great for those wanting to rock a red lip without committing to a very bold colour

          Chatterbox - a Barbie pink - this is very pink but with just enough red mixed in to keep it from being too girly
          Vegas Volt - a true orange coral (amplified) - I love this shade its bright but very wearable

          Crème Cup - a flesh toned pink (cremesheen) - I think this would look great on olve skin tones on me it just washes me out

          Saint Germain - a blue toned light creamy pink (amplified) - I love a bold lip colour but this colour is beyond bold, suitable for raves

          Syrup - A mauve based muted natural red (lustre) - makes me look ill

          Regardless of whether the colour ultimately suited me or not I have found that despite their differing formulas all of the lipsticks are easy to wear. They are long lasting but don't cling or dry out my lips and the pigmentation and coverage - especially of the matte and amplified shades - is unmatched. When I have found a colour that suits me it is like I have struck gold and it becomes an instant favourite.

          I will continue to purchase these lipsticks as a little treat as they are iconic and brilliant in their own right. I feel high street make up brands have upped their game in terms of lipstick shades but there are some MAC shades which are not replicable! At £15 these are an affordable luxury and are a justifiable purchase!

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            10.07.2013 10:56
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            Love this!

            This product has been lauded with affection by many a beauty blogger for its ability to effectively conceal whilst being a highly affordable option. I always take the beauty blogging hype with a pinch of salt so I wasn't in any rush to try it out but everyone else seemed to as every time I went to check in Boots/Superdrug it was always sold out! Eventually when I was just browsing I saw one and immediately bought it as who knew next when I would get the chance! I purchased fair which is the lightest colour.

            When it comes to concealer just like foundation what matters most is the colour match to the wearers skin. I am very pale and I can discount most concealers without swatching them such is their orangeness in the tube! This surprised me as not only is it very light in terms of colour it is also very neutral in terms of tone - it is neither too warm nor too cool.

            The concealer itself is very creamy in texture and opaque in coverage. As I use this to cover up any blemishes it is essential that the concealer can cover red irritated areas. This product does that with ease and I have often been complimented on my clear skin!? This product really does conceal if it makes people unable to see my blemishes!

            In terms of application this concealer comes with a wand enabling precise application. I tend to dab it on any areas which are in need of some coverage and then blend out with my fingers. I think the attribute that really sets apart this concealer is that despite its high coverage it still manages to look natural. In terms of staying power I have found that It does last all day and I don't need to reapply it. In fact Collection 2000 state that this concealer has 16 hour wear - perfect for getting you from day to night! Throughout the day this concealer looks like it did when you first applied it - it doesn't oxidise and tint your foundation a different colour which I have found with other concealers.

            In addition considering that I use this product every day I thought I would be using up one of these a month but I have found they tend to last three months at a time.

            I have already re-purchased this product and I will continue to do so. At £4.19 you are really getting a bargain considering the benefits of the product. Due to the darkness of drugstore concealers I have in the past had to resort to high end ones - none of them compare to this product!

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          • MAC Powder Blush / Make Up / 41 Readings / 40 Ratings
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            08.07.2013 11:50
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            I can't forget about the price tag!

            Normally I go for pink blushes as one beauty rule is that you should pick a blush which is the same colour and tone as your skin when you have just had a long hard work out and you have the flush to match! Therefore, all my blushes were pink but I decided to branch out and try something that would still look natural but give me the option to try new make-up looks. MAC are a brand famed for their colour cosmetics and providing professional quality products so I decided to try one of their blushes which are something of a cult product.

            I have the shade "peaches" which is as the name suggests a beautiful delicate peach colour and comes in the sheertone finish. There are five finishes available - frost, matte, sheertone, satin and sheertone shimmer.
            I think the best thing about this blush is the colour - despite having pink undertones this blush looks natural on me. I think it's just a universal tone which flatters most colourings and skin tones. I have worn it when I've been tanned and blonde as well as brunette and pail. Either way the blush looks natural yet still has a pop of vibrant colour.

            In terms of application this product is very easy to use and goes on really smoothly. Even though it is a powder it is very finely milled and does not streak or high highlight skin imperfections. It is long wearing and once you have applied it in the morning you don't have to touch it up throughout the day. It also lasts a long time as you get a lot of product in the pan. I have had mine for a year, I used it every other day and I have not hit the pan yet!

            Conclusion

            This product is available from MAC for £18, even though this is a high quality product and performs very well ultimately I do not think it is worth the money. It was a nice indulgent treat but the high street brands offer blushes of similar quality. I will not be re-purchasing as there are now shades and finishes on the high street which mirror this one. I do love the product but I am just not a fan of the price tag hence the three star rating.

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            07.07.2013 12:37
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            sweet!

            Being very pale and rather averse to tanning I look to make up to make me look like I belong in the land of the living. Bourjois is one of my favourite drugstore make up brands as they always have high performing innovative products. I have actually been using this product for years and I use it on a nearly daily basis - time for a review!

            --First Impressions--

            I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to make a bronzer that resembles chocolate but somebody at Bourjois did and this is the resulting product! The bronzer no only looks like chocolate (it has squares like a chocolate bar) it is also chocolate scented which is rather bizarre. The packaging is rather uninspiring and is flimsy cardboard - something that I dislike as it looks cheap, this not a product for the dressing table!

            --Results--

            It is very hard to find a bronzer on the high street which is matte - most of them contain some level of glitter or iridescence. This product doesn't contain glitter per se but it does have tiny flecks of gold which serve to glow rather than glitter. Additionally, this bronzer is just the correct tone for contouring - it is not orange - which is something that I have experienced with bronzers in the past. As I don't have to worry about being orange I can lightly dust this powder under my cheek bones, temples , bridge of my nose and jaw line without having to worry. You can be pretty heavy handed with this powder and you
            will still look natural and glowing.

            In terms of application it is not the easiest powder to work with and it does seem to harden in the pan over time. However, once you do get some product on the brush it goes on to the face really evenly. I think essentially it is worth persevering with the application as the colour is so flattering.

            Conclusion

            This bronzer is available from Boots for £6.99 and despite the rubbish packaging I have repurchased this product already as its just such a great colour for my pale skin.

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            • Nanoblur / Make Up / 42 Readings / 40 Ratings
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              I have eventually come to love this product!

              Pay day used to mean after work I would roam the aisles of Boots looking out for special offers or any beauty pieces that caught my eye. I saw this product on a promotion stand and I decided to try it out - the ultimate impulse buy! I had heard a lot of hype about the product without actually knowing what exactly it was but the hype overcame my sensibilities and here I am writing this review!

              --What the Product Claims to Do--

              The breath taking claim that this product makes is that it will make you look 10 years younger in 40 seconds. I do not wish to look like I am 12 years old nor do I believe that this product could really deliver this however, I do want to minimise my skins imperfections. This product was developed with the advent of HD technology in mind - where minor imperfections are exposed - to essentially airbrush the skin. It does this by reducing the following signs of aging:

              - fine lines
              - pore size
              - skin texture
              - redness

              It achieves this by millions of light reflecting particles which reflect the light (duh!) making the skin appear flawless.

              --First Impressions--

              When I initially applied the product I was very frustrated. I applied the product as the instructions stated (after applying my make-up) and I found that all that happened was that I smudged all of the make-up on my face. My beautifully applied make up was ruined - it was patchy and streaky. I kept trying on four more occasions and each time my make-up looked like a 4 year old had applied it. I was so annoyed that I put it in a drawer and forgot about it for 3 months. It was only after reading some reviews on make-up alley (a website devoted to reviewing and discussing make-up) about how people had managed to make it work for them that I finally got to grips with this product. Instead of rubbing and smoothing the product on top of my make-up I patted it in and it left my make-up intact and actually did deliver on some of the claims!

              --Application--

              This is a bizarre product and to reveal its airbrushing qualities you need to apply it the right way. You can either wear it alone where application is simple - just smooth the product over the face - or over make-up as I have explained previously. There is no tint to this product it is a white gel like cream so it is applicable for most skin types and tones.

              An important point to note is that even though this product has the same qualities and claims as a primer it is important to note that it is not a primer! I think that is where myself and other consumers of this product go wrong.

              --Results--

              Now that I have finally worked out how to apply this product I absolutely love it. It is like continually having soft focus lighting on your face! It actually does make my skin look lovely and soft as well as flawless - so it really does deliver on its claims about skin texture, redness and pore size. I do not have any fine lines so I cannot comment on this aspect of the product.

              Having oily skin I was worried about applying yet another product to my skin and my face looking cakey. This product is incredible as it mattifies and eliminates shine meaning I can forgo the powder which I normally always have to do. I honestly cannot express the magic of this product in words! There are some side by side comparisons of peoples face with or without the product if you google them (of course take some with a pinch of salt!) which go some way to explaining this products abilities!

              This is quite a high maintenance product as it does take a while to apply as you have to wait for your make up to dry and then carefully (really carefully!) pat the product onto the skin.

              --Conclusion--
              You can purchase this product for £19.99 in Boots and I think that despite my initial annoyance with the product I will repurchase once I have finished the tube up. As I use this sparingly and each application is only the size of a pea I think this is justifiable for a make-up airbrush! I think this is great for days where you cannot be bothered with make-up but want to still look like a better version of you! I also think that this product would be great for men wanting a little boost as no one can tell you are wearing anything.

              If you are sceptical about this product (I can see why you would be!) then I would suggest going to a Boots and asking for a trial or tester of it. Even if you test it on your hand you can see what it does to the skin. Indeed labs (the company that makes this product) also do a smaller version of this along with some of their other products in a little trial kit so this could also be an option. Normally when you hear about something that seems to be too good to be true it often is, the exception is this product!

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                05.07.2013 20:37
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                I won't be purchasing again....

                Being super pale I am always on the lookout for foundations that will match my skin tone. I am also an avid reader of beauty blogs and this foundation was suggested by fellow ghost faces as an option for those of us beyond the pale. This foundation claims to match your skin tone as well as your skins texture to create a flawless base. It also claims to be buildable in terms of coverage so if you want just a light layer to cover imperfections or need a heavy duty concealing job this foundation promises both.

                The foundation comes in a lovely glass bottle and has a pump which is great as you don't waste any product. In terms of colour, straight out the bottle and swatched on my hand it did seem to be in a realm of paleness similar to mine! However, when I applied it to the face although it is pale it is just far too pink. The skin can either have warm, cool or neutral undertones and it is important to consider this when selecting a foundation. In this case the colour I had selected "Rose Ivory" was just far too warm and made my complexion ruddy rather than balanced and clear. This foundation also comes in another light shade with cooler undertones so maybe that would have been a better option for me. In terms of the colour that I selected I also noticed that after a while it would oxidise on my skin making it orange tinted and blotchy.

                As I simply refuse to throw this foundation away as I paid good money for it I have managed to make it work by mixing a tiny bit of it with my other foundations. I like to custom mix my foundations anyway so this just means that I use this foundation as a kind of "filler" whilst getting all the benefits of the foundations I have mixed it with - I hope that makes sense!

                Conclusion

                You can buy this from Boots (also available at Superdrug) for £9.99 (price correct at time of writing) which is reasonable for a drugstore foundation. What I find irksome is that it just does not live up to the claims espoused by L'Oreal of matching the skins tone and texture. I don't think that this is even scientifically possible! It certainly does cover and mask well but at the expense of oxidising and looking cakey. I will not be repurchasing this in future!

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                  05.07.2013 01:14
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                  Love this lippy!

                  I love lipsticks - it is a fact that has been well documented here on Dooyoo judging by my reviews! I am always on the look-out for new formulas and unique shades. Revlon have really impressed me with their latest make up releases but I wanted to see if their staple products were up to scratch. Therefore I decided to try out this lipstick. I purchased the shade "Fire & Ice" which not only reminds me of Game of Thrones but is also meant to be a universally flattering red suitable for all skin tones. It is a cult shade loved by make-up artists due to its versatility and intense colour.

                  This is a real true red and it looks rather scary in the bullet! The packaging is very classic coming in a black and gold casing. The lipstick applies very smoothly and is not chalky or cakey despite the intense colour pigment. In fact the lipstick is super moisturising and feels really lovely on the lips. The formula contains vitamin E and avocado oil which accounts for the lipsticks moisturising characteristics. As an added bonus it also has spf 15!

                  Furthermore, once applied this lipstick does not budge - it has incredibly staying power - it literally lasts all day on me. Even when taking this lipstick off in the evening you will need a healthy dose of make-up remover. I like to wear this lipstick as more of a stain when I want a more relaxed look and often apply a bit, smudge it into my lips and then apply some lip balm to tone it down. However, when I want a full on red lip that will last all night and not clash with my other make up or outfit this is my go to lipstick. This lipstick is a classic lipstick from the packaging to the colour and finish - it is just effortless in every sense of the word.

                  Conclusion

                  This lipstick is available from Boots (or Superdrug) and retails for around £7.49. I will definitely be checking out other shades in the range and when my current lipstick runs out I will repurchase the very same colour as I love it so much!

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                    04.07.2013 12:27
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                    korres blimey

                    As can probably be seen by my extensive reviews on lip products, well I really love lip products. In fact I use Dooyoo to feed this addiction! I actually bought my first Korres lip butter with some of my second Dooyoo pay out! I had read a lot about these lip butters on the internet and they seemed the perfect combination of a moisturising balm as well as intense colour.

                    I own two Korres lip butters in the following shades:

                    Mango - a bright orange coral
                    Wild Rose - a light wine red

                    --First Impressions--

                    I love the packaging it is very minimal but has a kind of pop art feel with the bright colours of the lids and the cool font which goes around the jar. It is also practical with a screw top lid and the pots are made of plastic so they can fully with stand the impact of being chucked around in my bag all day.
                    The lip butter itself smells slightly plasticy, it is not an unpleasant smell but it is very synthetic and not at all natural. Once on the lips this smell dissipates. The colours of the lip butters are gorgeous and very natural - especially wild rose - when they are swatched.

                    --Results--

                    The colours are rather intense unlike more standard tined lip balms. You can wear them as a natural wash or build them up into a statement lip. I think this is quite impressive as in pigmentation it can mirror a super moisturising lipstick. However, in terms of texture and longevity I am not impressed it seems to just sit on the lips rather than moisturise them. Also this really does not last and you can expect to be applying this product every two hours or so.

                    --Conclusion--

                    The price of this product does vary by a couple of quid depending on where you buy it, it is normally around the £6 to £8 mark. These are essentially glorified lip balms - they are nice but not amazing. I am glad that I have tried them but I do not think I will be purchasing any more shades of re-purchasing once I have used them up.

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                    04.07.2013 11:21
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                    A good blush but there are better out there

                    This blush was one of the first products I ever bought as a teenager just getting into make-up. I still use them to this day (not the exact same pots of course!) and they have served me well! I have used a various shades over the years but this review will consider the two that I currently own. I currently own the following shades:

                    15 Rose Eclat - a warm dusky pink a little on the mauve side
                    74 Rose Ambre - a dark ruddy pink

                    The packaging is very cute - resembling macaroons - and is connected by a little hinge by which the lid and bottom connect. While the packaging is lovely it is not practical and I have had the lid and bottom come apart in my bag on more than one occasion. It also contains a mirror which is handy but it is so tiny it is not really great for touch ups on the go. It also comes with a brush which is so rubbish and flimsy I just end up chucking it as soon as I get the product home!

                    The product itself is in a dome shape and is lightly rose scented - quite an old fashioned scent - which isn't overpowering. As I have already stated I have gone through quite a few of these blushes in my time and I have always find that the colours are very natural and flattering. However, my main gripe with them is that they are rather hard to work with and over time they can become very hard and "dried up". I say this as obviously as its powder it can't literally dry up but this effect does happen - it's very hard to describe! Once you do get the colour onto your cheeks it looks lovely and natural and lasts all day. Not only does this product have longevity on the face it also takes ages to use up!

                    --Conclusion--

                    These are available from Boots or Superdrug for £7.49 which I think is a little on the steep side for a drugstore brand. They could remove the mirror and brush and cut the cost and I would be happier! This is a good blush but I feel that there are better ones out there for a better price hence the three star rating.

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                      good stuff!

                      I don't wear eye make-up on a day to day basis so I don't own that many eye products however, my mum has a mighty collection of eye shadows. I was getting ready for a posh lunch date with some friends that I had not seen in a while and decided to actually put some effort in to my appearance. As all my eye shadows are for nights out and full of shimmer I didn't really have anything appropriate. Therefore I decided to raid my mum's collection and came across this palette. The eye shadow quad is called "What's Nude" and is comprised of the following colours:

                      Vanilla - a creamy bone shade
                      Mudhoney - a deep murky brown
                      Pink T - a warm pinky nude brown
                      Aubersheen - a purple based iridescent brown

                      This palette is a well-balanced - three matte shades and one with a hint of shimmer. The quad comes without an applicator and this is explained on the packaging where it is stated that one is not included as it would drive the price up as well as being of rubbish quality. I like that this is stated and the no nonsense attitude that Soap and Glory products have. Having said that the packaging is rather cheap looking and gaudy but at least the sentiment is there!

                      I decided to go for a wash of the Pink T shade with the crease shaded in with Mudhoney and a little of the Vanilla shade underneath the brow. I love how the shades are so natural and I was able to emphasise my eyes without it looking to made up and try hard. The eye shadows lasted the full day on

                      me and didn't crease which is my main problem with eye shadows.
                      In terms of application these eye shadows are unlike any other eye shadow in terms of texture. They are very finely milled and are almost creamy - sounds weird but that's the only way I can describe it!
                      They blend really well which is important when you want a natural seamless finish.

                      After using the palette for that initial lunch date I was so impressed that it has now almost permanently entered my make-up collection! The addition of the deep Aubersheen shade means that this palette has now become one of my go to products when I want to create a smoky eye for a night out. There are just so many colour combinations and possibilities and you can adapt it for every day or night time looks.

                      --Conclusion--

                      I think this quad is great as it can be used to create day and night time looks - it is very versatile. Furthermore, the shadows themselves are of a high quality - they do not crease and last the 8 hours which it is claimed to do. This product retails for £10.00 and is available from Boots - working out at £2.50 an eye shadow - I think this is really reasonable as it's the only palette you would really need!

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                        this works!

                        As I have acne prone skin finding a foundation that will cover up the blemishes as well as not irritating my skin further is a priority when it comes to make-up. Without a flawless base any other make-up can look messy and caked on. . Therefore, foundation is a priority. However, normally when I do find a formulation that I like and doesn't break me out it is too dark for my pale skin. Even though make-up brands have improved their foundation offerings for paler skins and I have a few favourites sometimes - especially during the Winter - they are just a bit off.

                        I decided that I needed a proper solution. Make-up artists are forever mixing foundations and lipsticks to achieve the precise colour intended. In this vein I decided to get a really light foundation that I could mix in with my normal ones so I could achieve a paler shade that would actually match my own. The only brand that I could see that offered anything like this was Illamasqua - a make-up brand whose background lies in special effects and stage make-up. They produce a pure white foundation, even though it's a bit out there I decided to purchase it and use it in my everyday foundation.

                        --First Impressions--

                        This is my first ever piece of make-up from Illamasqua and if this review was based on the packaging alone then it would be a seriously underwhelming affair! For a high end brand the packaging is bland boring and basic. It comes in a plastic bottle with a black lid and you must squeeze the bottle to get the product out. It is made from extremely hard plastic so it can be hard to get the product out from its packaging and when I am nearing the end of this foundation there will be quite a bit of waste as the product will be unable to be dispensed. For something that looks so basic the packaging is not practical!

                        --Results--

                        As I never use this foundation straight from the bottle as it is pure white and I am not a geisha I am unable to comment on how this product works alone. However, I can speak about how it performs when mixed with my various foundation formulas. I have noticed that whatever foundation I mix it with that the Illamasqua one will cling to dry patches. I guess as it is so concentrated in terms of pigment - it is not sheer in the slightest it is like white paint - it loses moisturising characteristics. I have oily skin so I was surprised that even on my skin it can highlight imperfections if I have not prepped my skin properly with moisturiser beforehand.

                        However, what it lacks in moisturising capabilities it makes up in coverage and pigmentation. This foundation is just great at significantly lifting the shades of darker foundations to a lighter one whilst it still looking natural. For being so rich and high coverage it doesn't cake or look unnatural which is a real triumph!

                        It also has another application - as well as a foundation you can also use this product as a highlighter, although I have yet to fully test this.

                        --Conclusion--

                        I will definitely be purchasing this product again as it allows me to try different formulations of foundation whilst always knowing I will be able to alter the colour. Furthermore, as the skin changes slightly in colour/tone depending on the seasons this foundation allows me to match my foundation depending on the season without having to go out and buy a new foundation. The only downside to this foundation is the price - it retails for £27 - which is a lot of money. Having said this I do think I will repurchase this as I use such a small amount - I have had this for 7 months and I still have half left. For those beyond the pale this could be a solution to foundation troubles!

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                          02.07.2013 19:01
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                          Give 'em the old razzle dazzle.

                          I don't often wear eye make-up but when I do I go all out! Normally I go for a brown smoky eye as this colour really emphasises my blue eyes but I have been known to change it up! I tended to just go for a conventional matt smoky eye until I saw a make-up tutorial by Lisa Eldridge where she used various different colours of Barry M's dazzle dusts. The tutorial was rather simple but the effects were stunning. I decided to add some sparkle to my normal smoky eye and went out and bought no.53 called chocolate.

                          --The Product--

                          This product is in the same mould as MAC loose pigment powders - intense loose powders designed to add iridescence and sparkle. You can either use them alone as normal eye shadows (wet or dry) or layered on top of a matt eye shadow base. Barry M also suggests that the product can be used to "enhance your eyes, lips and cheeks" which is an interesting idea.

                          --Results--

                          Application is very easy although you have to be very careful not to get a lot of fallout onto the rest of the face due to the small particles of glitter dust. I love how blendable the dazzle dusts are which is an essential quality for an intense smoky eye. They also have staying power and on me do not crease and make it through a night out even if I don't! On the eye they look beautiful and shimmer all night long.

                          --Conclusion--

                          I really love these dazzle dusts they are by no means a make-up essential but they add a little sparkle on a night out. You can purchase this product in Boots or Superdrug for around £4.59 which is a very reasonable price especially as you don't use a lot of product. I will definitely be purchasing more of these as these small pots certainly pack a punch! Barry M deliver in providing a product which mirrors the higher end MAC pigments as well as producing colours which are unusual and striking.

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                        • MAC Paint Pot / Make Up / 55 Readings / 55 Ratings
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                          01.07.2013 19:15
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                          Paint it Brown!

                          On a day to day basis I don't wear any eye make-up as I have found that a slick of lipstick and blush serves me well. I like to be as low maintenance as possible but that doesn't mean I don't love beauty products, I just like them to save me time as well as make me look reasonable! However, on nights out I do like to transform myself - which means wearing eye shadow, mascara, and the works! A smoky eye is a no brainer for evenings out and my small collection of eye products are all smouldering colours perfect for creating this look. I used to work in a large department store and would pass by the beauty counters every day to get to my department. The MAC counter always caught my eye and this is just one of the purchases that I made during my lunchtime!

                          --The Product--

                          This is essentially a cream eye shadow that doubles as a primer. I purchased the product in the colour Constructivist which the MAC website describes as "a metallic brown with red pearl". I decided to go for this shade as I read in a magazine that this is the shade that Alexa Chung uses when she wants a more dramatic look and I am a fan of her style.

                          --Application and Uses--

                          Primer - As a lot of the paint pot shades are neutral and they do not crease a lot of people use them as a priming base on which to layer the rest of their eye shadow.

                          Eyeliner - this product makes a really great liner on its own.

                          Eye shadow Base Colour - This is how I use the paint pot. I use it because it gives me a lovely smouldering chocolate brown colour which I can work in different colours. I normally use a wash of the paint pot in the eye socket and then add Barry M dazzle dust in bronze, gold or whatever I'm feeling like to create a statement eye look.

                          Whichever way you use this product it goes on really smooth and blends really easily which is important when creating a nice smoky eye. You have to work quite quickly with the cream as once it sets then it is hard to budge!

                          --Results--

                          You only have to use a tiny amount of product for an incredible colour payoff - this creates a really deep base for a smouldering smoky eye. I love this colour in particular because it isn't matte but it has a nice iridescence and depth. I have found that it wears incredibly well and lasts the full day and night as well as not creasing.

                          --Price and Is It Worth It?--

                          This product will set you back £14.50 and is available from MAC counters and their websites. Considering that this product is essentially a single eye shadow colour the price tag may seem like a lot. However, as I have around 5 different eye products I don't mind investing in this as it is my go to product. Since this product was launched there have been drugstore imitations. The one that springs to mind are the Maybelline colour tattoos which are similar but don't come with the same price tag!

                          --Conclusion--

                          I love this product it can be used in a variety of ways and is so easy to use. I would definitely re-purchase - even though this product lasts so long I find it hard to envisage ever finishing it! It is a dream to use and wears really well - a smoky eye essential!

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