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Benefit offers a make-up range that is renowned for being fun and innovative. The extensive range is appealing for all ages, from teenagers who are dipping their toes into the make-up pond for the first time to those with experience of the vast beauty market that exists today. Benefit sells products that provide fixes for beauty problems and their make-up products have had a lasting effect on their customers.
That Gal is a brightening face primer containing raspberry, chamomile, sweet almond and algae extracts 9plus light-reflecting pigments)to help skin retain its natural moisture and glow. Your skin is left with a soft and silky finish, giving you a radiant complexion throughout the day.
That Gal comes in a white plastic tube decorated with a bright and sassy vintage-look skyline of New York. To use you simple twist the base until the primer is distributed on the top. It is powder pink in colour (don't be alarmed - the colour isn't visible on your skin!) and has a sweet, sugary fragrance. It is light and airy in texture and glistens very slightly before you blend. Using your fingertips, gently blend a small drop of primer in an even, upward motion. A little goes a long, long way and so you can justify the £20 price tag for 0.37oz. Benefit say that That Gal can be worn alone for a clean and clear complexion or under make-up for a smoother base. That Gal can also be applied gently on top of make-up for touch ups during the day. Simply blot your skin to remove excess oil, apply That Gal, then set with a powder.
That Gal is very moisturising and left my fair skin looking fresh and dewy before I applied my foundation. It provided a good base for my liquid foundation and I cannot see why it would not work well under a powder foundation. However That Gal is not a heavy duty primer; if you're looking for a primer that forms a silicone base or that will mattify or correct colour, then this product is not for you - That Gal's strength lies in its skin-brightening properties). In the past, I've also used That Gal as a subtle highlighter applied to the apples of my cheeks on top of my foundation.
Water, octyldodecanol, glycerin, cetyl dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, tapioca starch, phenyl trimethicone, potassium cetyl phosphate, cyclopentasiloxane, titanium dioxide, phenoxyethanol, tribehenin, sesame seed oil, caprylyl glycol, mica, behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, polyacrylate 13, sweet almond seed extract, carbomer, PEG-100 stearate, polylsobutene, aminomethyl propanol, benzophenone-4, butylene glycol, sorbic acid, lentinus edodes extract, disodium EDTA, BHT, iron oxides, fragrance, sorbitan isostearate, raspberry fruit extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, polysorbate 20, sodium methylparabe, algae extract, tin oxide, sodium propylparaben, sodium ethylparaben, methylparaben, linalool, propylene glycol, ethylparabe, butylparaben, chlorphenesin, red33, citric acid, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, sodium dehydroacetate.
*Benefit Cosmetics have a 'no animal testing policy'.*
Benefit offers a make-up range that is renowned for being fun and innovative. The extensive range is appealing for all ages, from teenagers who are dipping their toes into the make-up pond for the first time to those with experience of the vast beauty market that exists today. Benefit sells products that provide fixes for beauty problems and their make-up products have had a lasting effect on their customers. dr. Feelgood is their innovative complexion balm that gives you smooth, silky, matte skin. It is colourless and weightless, enriched with vitamins A, C, and E, with a velvety feel. It mattifies your complexion, reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores and gets rid of excess oil.
Using the sponge provided, you simply pat and smooth the balm onto your face, paying particular attention to any areas with fine lines or enlarged pores (such as the corner of the eyes or the tip of the nose). Benefit claim that the balm can "be applied to bare skin or on top of makeup". However I found that using it on bare skin gives dramatically better results. Using it alone, I found that the large pores on the end of my nose were visibly reduced and overall my skin looked and felt smoother and more even. Sadly, using it on top of makeup resulted in slightly, streaked foundation (and a slightly stained sponge!) and pores were not minimised as much. The balm has a light, refreshing smell although this is very subtle and the smell does not linger for long on the skin.
dr. Feelgood comes in a small, compact tin (24g) with a soft, durable sponge. The tin is decorated in typical Benefit retro style, styled on vintage magazines and posters, and would look good in any make-up bag. Although this product is quite expensive compared to other high street make-up prices (around £20), the brilliant quality and long life span prove that it is a worthy investment.
dr. Feelgood is not just a 70s British rock band - it's also a make-up essential for any Benefit gal!
Corn Starch Modified, Diethylene Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isosteryl Meopentanoate, Silica, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, Tridecyl Trimelitate, Diethylene Glycol Diisononanoate, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobili) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
*Benefit Cosmetics have a 'no animal testing policy'.*
Pure Poison for Women by Dior was introduced in 2004, one of many "modern spins" on the original Poison along with Tendre, Hypnotic, and Midnight Poisons.
Pure Poison a light floral fragrance with modern undertones. It is made up of a blend of Sicilian mandarin, sweet orange, jasmine, bergamot and gardenia with hints of sandalwood, musk, and white amber. This combination of scents guarantees for a unique, seductive (yet pure) product. Quite rightly it has been recommended for "romantic use" by many users.
I really love the bold yet feminine scent, which is sweet yet luxurious at the same time. I think it's a fragrance that most women will appreciate! As with all high quality fragrances (both Eau de Parfum and Toilette), I recommend spraying into the air and allowing the fragrance to gently settle on the skin (for a more delicate smell and to prolong the life of the product). A little goes a long way and this perfume definitely has staying power - if I apply Pure Poison in the morning it can easily last until long into the evening.
Pure Poison is available in a variety of sizes and formats. The collection includes the Eau de Toilette, an elixir (an intense version of the Eau de Parfum), a body cream, a body moisturiser, a perfumed shower gel, and even a deodorant spray.
Coco Mademoiselle was launched by the design house of Chanel in 2001 as a younger counterpart to it's famous Coco. Coco Mademoiselle is a "modern, upbeat scent" with top notes of orange and bergamot, middle notes of Italian jasmine, morning rose, and mimosa, with undercurrents of warm musk, patchouli and vanilla.
It is perfect as a daytime perfume and is one that I wear often. It is light and playful enough to be worn for many different daytime occasions but still has that Chanel 'wow factor' and sophistication that means it can be carried through into the night.
The Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum comes in an iconic square bottle - simple and sleek. A variety of sizes are available as well as an ingenious travel Toilette version (the glass refills are housed in a fashionable, protective outer case), which is perfect to keep in a handbag. A body lotion is also available.
As with all Chanel products this perfume is of high quality. Although expensive, a little goes a long way. I would recommend spraying Coco Mademoiselle into the air (using a diffuser if you buy the parfum) and letting it settled on your skin and clothes naturally, rather than applying directly. Not only will the scent be more delicate and subtle, but the product will also last longer.
Coco Mademoiselle can be purchased form many shops and online retailers. The 35ml bottle of the Eau de Parfum retails for around £42 from Boots (£122.60 per 100ml).
Launced in 2002 by the design house of Chanel, Chance is said to be the "scent of surprise and glamour" and an "intoxicating new scent". I would definitely have to agree!
Chance is a refined blend of jasmine and citrus, with undertones of hyacinth, amber, and patchouli. It is a decidedly young scent "for those who dare to dream". The light fragrance is full of vitality and energy and sits lightly on the body, finding that delicate balance being neither too subtle nor too overpowering. Although aimed at younger women (perhaps the iconic Chanel No.5 of this generation?), would be suitable as a day perfume for any woman who is outgoing, lively, and young-at-heart.
Ignore the expensive price (this is Chanel, afterall) as this perfume will last a long time if used sensibly. I would recommend spraying it into the air (using a diffuser if you buy the parfum) and letting it settled on your skin and clothes naturally, rather than applying directly. Not only will the scent be more delicate and subtle, but the product will also last longer. Chance comes in a fashionable, minimalistic rounded bottle, presented in a pink box. It is available in 1.2 oz, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz sizes and is also available as a body lotion.
Perhaps it's the way I apply nail varnish, or the way I take care of it, but I never seem to be able to find a chip-resistant varnish - even those claiming to be extra strong and durable. Unfortunately, L'Oréal Ceramide Resist is no different.
Available in a range of attractive colours, I opted for a bright red colour as a change from the usual neutral tones that I opt for. The varnish was easy to apply and is of a good consistency being neither to thick nor too thin. Once dried, the resulting colour was vibrant and dazzling (a definite plus - I have had experience with varnish looking beautiful in the bottle but not working when on the nail). The varnish was quick to set but I would advise that you allow the varnish to thoroughly dry overnight to increase your chances of it remaining chip-free.
I keep my nails quite short, just to the end of my fingertip. Without a protective top-coat, this varnish did end up chipping after a day of wear despite the claims of it being resistant. Perhaps I just wasn't being careful enough? Hopefully with the addition of a top-coat, the life of the varnish on my nails will be longer.
Overall I would recommend this product based on it's colour and appearance on the nail, but not for it's chip resistance. If you wear this colour, definitely use a harden top-coat to extend the life of your varnished nails.