If I only had to have one palette for Spring, this would be it. I had been planning on treating myself to Backtalk since it was announced and thankfully when it arrived, I wasn’t disappointed. Which is good, given I simultaneously broke my ‘must swatch in person’ and ‘no buying new releases’ rules in one fowl swoop.
I think I read once you’re not supposed to wear pink after 30. But then again, you’re probably not supposed to wear Nike Airmax post 30. Or spend several hours a day playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. But whatever, rules are meant to be broken (or in the case of ones like that, entirely ignored).
Reviews can be incredibly useful. I never make a purchase without reading several (wether I’m buying a lipstick or a hoover). However when it comes to makeup, it’s sometimes hard to work out who to trust. I tend to read reviews on the product website. Before going off in search of independent reviews on blogs and social media. By reading a mixture of these, you can build up a picture and notice if there’s any disparity between consumers, smaller bloggers and big influencers.
Sadly this is often the case. Some products get praised by big influencers, only to leave many consumers disappointed after their purchase. I’m at the stage where I almost automatically distrust a product if it’s highly promoted by celebrities and influencers.
At what point do reviews stop being useful and become just another advertising tool for brands?
As a blogger -albeit a little one- how much am I a part of the problem? I know as a consumer, I’m no stranger to the annoyance of having to wade through and work out what is trustworthy or relevant. I hope that this post will go some way towards explaining how reviews on my blog work. My thoughts on the wider issues of disclosure and working with PR. And what factors I’m considering when I try a new makeup product.
This week I turned 29 and had an amazing birthday. We usually go away but as I’m pregnant I wanted to do something more chilled and so Aaron arranged for us to spend the day at the Celtic Manor spa. I had two treatments: An Elemis mattifying facial and a manicure. In-between we lounged in the various pools and finished it off with high tea in their posh restaurant. I was spoiled rotten and today will be talking about one of my presents, Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in the shade ‘Bitch Perfect’.
The beauty world has been rocked this month with news of a new Naked palette from Urban Decay. It’s over a year since the last Naked palette hit shelves and I’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow up. The -aptly named- Naked Heat palette is filled with coppers and amber toned warm shades. At first sight I loved the look of Naked Heat. These colours are some of my favourites to wear and I don’t yet have a palette in this style. I was able to nab one in an early bird release, so read on if you’re wondering if it lives up to the hype.
Last week I attended the Spectrum Collections #eyesonspectrum event here in Cardiff. They gave us an amazing gift bag -containing a rose!- which included a set of their gorgeous brushes. The set they gifted us was the Must Have Minis, set of four face brushes. The set came in a -pleather- pastel purple makeup bag.
The heads of these vegan synthetic brushes are full sized, but the handles are travel friendly. I love this concept as I’m forever attempting to jam my brushes into makeup bags for trips. No one does aesthetic like Spectrum and I have to admit it was love at first sight. The pink and purple combo is so pretty.
Whilst I don’t think anyone could contest these brushes are beautiful, I couldn’t wait to see how they felt to use.
If you’re a regular around here, you’ll already know Anastasia Beverly Hills are one of my favourite American brands. Last November my friend brought this contour cream kit back from New York for me. I’ve been using it since and figured a review was long overdue.
The world has gone highlight mad and I’m no exception. I tend to favour powder highlighters or matte creams. However I’ve had my eye on a cream bronze highlighter for Summer. Think ColourFX drops or Benefit Sun Beam.
I find these kinds of products lift makeup underneath. It’s been years since my once beloved Benefit High Beam was used. As I find these are better for more minimal makeup than I wear now.
However in Summer or on holiday, I love a bronzed skin focus look. When I spotted Rimmel Good To Glow in Boots for £4.99 I decided to get it. It’s not a product I’ll use frequently so I can’t justify spending too much on it.
Rimmel Good To Glow In Soho Glow
It’s available in two shades: Soho Glow which I purchased and Notting Hill Glow which is a pinky shade.
Soho Glow is a bronze shade with very finely milled glitter. It’s not sticky in consistency and glides onto skin easily. I was surprised at how well this product blends into the skin. The cream is very sheer and not overly pigmented which I like.
Rimmel Good To Glow is a cool gold shade and it’s super reflective. I love the way the light catches it. To recreate this look with a powder highlight you would need considerably more product on the skin. The light picks up not only the shimmer but the cream itself.
When the light isn’t picking up the highlight it’s very subtle on the skin. It doesn’t draw attention to texture or imperfections.
I wore this all week in Lanzarote with minimal makeup and loved it. I’ll be getting this out again for the Summer months.
I recently picked up a new skincare product I’m so excited about. The Nip + Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturiser. I noticed when doing my weekly Ocado shop that they have a beauty section (uh oh!) and had an offer on all Nip + Fab products, so I decided to give it a try.
My skin type is best described as normal. Despite the unavoidable hormonal breakouts, I don’t suffer with acne. My main skin concerns are generally keeping it in as good a condition as possible. And fighting the signs of ageing. Despite having bad reactions to tons of body products and household products I touch, I don’t have sensitive skin on my face and can use pretty most products without issues.
If you read my AM & PM skincare routine posts, you’ll notice I use a lot of exfoliating acid products. I find they work really well for me and so they’ve become a firm favourite in my routines.
However I have noticed one side effect from using these types of products. My skin is oilier than usual.
Nip + Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturiser To The Rescue
I love the idea of a moisturiser which is perfect for using after acid toning. The Nip + Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturiser helps combat oil build up. Also it contains an SPF (factor 30) which is great as skin is sensitive after acid toning so an SPF should always be worn. It’s easy to forget in the UK where sunny weather is sporadic at best. So this is ideal.
As a rule I’ve heard it best to avoid relying on products which contain SPF rather than a dedicated sun block. However I wore this all week in Lanzarote and it really did protect my face from sun burn! It’s so much easier to remember as I never fail to moisturise.
The moisturiser has a thick consistency which instantly soothes skin. I use an acid toner both AM & PM but save my stronger exfoliating treatments for the evening. My skin can be red and a little irritated, which this calms. It’s not greasy at all and absorbs quickly. There’s a slight fragrance which is pleasant.
The Nip + Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturiser is the perfect missing link in my skincare routine and I’m so glad I’ve discovered it.
In my search for the perfect foundation, I discovered a couple of highstreet brand foundations I’ve fallen in love with. And Revlon Colorstay is one of them!
Specially formulated for oily/combination skin, Colorstay is a medium coverage foundation which claims to last 24 hours. Whilst I’ll never test that claim, I’ve found this foundation does last well.
The formula is quite light in consistency and is slightly sheer. The coverage is even and good, but definitely more lightweight than other medium coverage foundations I’ve tried. I love how luminous this formula is and how it looks on the skin. Whilst it’s not full coverage, it looks flattering and natural. It’s build-able to a fuller coverage if preferred.
After my Tarte Amazonian Clay disaster, my search for a new foundation continued. Along the way I’ve discovered two ‘drugstore’ options I’m crazy about (expect reviews of those soon). But today I’m talking about YSL’s Touch Eclait foundation. They recently changed their formula. If you can’t be bothered reading my full review, TL;DR it’s amazing!
I went to Debenhams and got colour matched at the YSL counter. The girl who helped me find my shade commented that this is the ‘most reviewed’ foundation on the market. I thought that was a bizarre claim. Firstly the reviews need to be positive for that to be of any interest. Secondly all that really means is that they sent it to more bloggers than anyone else, although I have no idea how you would measure this.