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New bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation & Precision Face Brush

A few weeks ago I applied to Debenhams Beauty Club to be part of a VIP review panel for bareMinerals new Ready SPF 20 foundation.  I was lucky enough to be selected and was sent the foundation and also bareMinerals new Precision Face Brush.

Unfortunately it took a while for this to reach me and arrived while I was away for a few days so I have not really been able to test this out yet but I wanted to do a post to at least show you the products as both the foundation and brush are being released on 1st March.  I will post an update after I have been able to test this out for a while.

I received a lovely little booklet with this introducing the foundation so I will use this to help me introduce the product to you my lovely readers.
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Taken from the booklet:

‘WE’RE READY. To challenge the status quo. To go after what we know is possible. And ready to shake up the beauty world with a groundbreaking new foundation technology. We’re doing it our way, on our terms, and we took all the time we needed until it was right…
                                          IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.
                                              DRUMROLL PLEASE…’
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Makeup that greets you, love it!
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This features a time-release hydration system that is said to deliver a 108% increase in skin hydration (based on an independent 12 hour clinical study).  This contains mineral-encapsulated glycerin and humic acid to lock in existing moisture and break down over time to continuously condition and soften the skin.  This also contains a SeaNutritive™ Complex with mineral-rich algae and seaweed as well as Rose hip seed oil which contains vitamin A to accelerate cell turnover and vitamin C and E for a healthy looking complexion.     
This is supposed to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles and has skin-nourishing benefits which protect the skin from harsh environmental stressors for a smoother, softer, younger complexion.
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As it says above this is available in 20 shades. These have been designed to cover all skin tones from light to deep (across five shade family groups) and warm to cool.
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This can be applied with an applicator sponge or a face brush, however as I have said I was also sent the brand new Precision Face Brush to use with this.
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You can really feel the quality in this brush. It has a nice thick handle that is easy to grip and gives good control of the brush (I don’t like thin-handled brushes that end up rolling around in your fingers). The bristles are lovely and soft and tightly packed making a good surface that should provide great coverage. I had a quick test and these pick up powder easily and distribute it evenly. The bristles are also slanted and designed to fit the contours of the face and provide medium to full coverage.

To apply with the brush you tap the brush onto the foundation until the bristles are lightly coated and then gently buff this onto the skin with long, graceful strokes for buildable coverage.  The more you buff the more coverage you get.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I am a big fan of compact powder foundations so I was really looking forward to getting to try this.  As I have said I haven’t had much chance to test this yet as it arrived while I was away from home but after having a quick play I really like the look of this.

After I have been able to give this a bit of a test drive I will post a follow up post to let you know how I got on with this.

bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 foundation and the Precision Face Brush are both being realeased tomorrow and will be available from bareMinerals and selected retailers including Selfridges, Debenhams and Boots. The foundation is priced £25 and the brush £24.

The Little Blog of Beauty x   
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I Love...Coconut & Cream Body Butter

A couple of weeks ago I did a quick post to show some items I picked up from Superdrug while they were offering free delivery on the website.  One of these items was a body butter from the I love… range.
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I actually got two of these body butters on a two for £2.99 offer (what an amazing price!) but so far I have only tried the coconut and cream one.

The pot says:

‘Escape to paradise; an exotic explosion as my tropical cocktail of sweet coconut and velvety cream aromas leave you drifting away to your very own idyllic beach hideaway’

This contains coconut oil and shea butter to nourish your skin and leave it lovely and soft.  When you first open the pot you are hit by the amazing fragrance from this body butter.  I would have thought it would have smelt mainly of coconut but I don’t personally think this is a very coconuty smell.  It does however have an amazing creamy fragrance.

Although this is a body butter and obviously more solid than a lotion it’s actually surprisingly soft, you don’t have to dig your fingers in to scoop some out you just run your fingers over it.  This is really nice to apply; it sinks in quickly and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft with a lovely creamy scent.

Although one of these body butters had a good rating on the Superdrug website I tried not to get my hopes up due to the low price and the exceptionally dry nature of my skin at the moment.  I am currently fighting against several patches of really dry skin, some of which are eczema, and nothing I have used recently seems to be able to get enough moisture into my skin to help with this.  However this body butter has actually done a pretty good job.  When I first apply this my dry patches feel better than they have felt for quite a while.

I’m not quite sure how long this lasts, it doesn’t last through until I apply again the following day, but it does quite well compared to other products I have tried.

For anybody who has normal or only slightly dry skin this would be amazing and even if you do have excessively dry skin like me this is cheap enough to use as much as you want as often as you need to keep on top of this without breaking the bank.  I would definitely buy this again.

I don’t know whether the offer is temporary but as I have mentioned selected I love… products are available on two for £2.99 from Superdrug.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Nivea Lip Butter - Raspberry Rose

I received this lip butter as part of a lovely little prize package from Rebecca at Ruffles and Lace.
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I’m one of those people who has loads of different lip balms but I find that I use a particular one that I really like and then after a while it doesn’t seem to work as well as it used to.  Does anybody else find that?  So if I have several I can switch between them when one stops working as well and go back to it at a later date.

I don’t think there is an awful lot you can say in a review about a lip balm but I do really like this.  It has a lovely raspberry scent that makes your mouth water and is not artificial in any way.  This has quite a strong smell for a lip product but this is good, I find some really don’t smell of much at all.

It’s not too hard so it’s easy to apply and this has been keeping my lips soft, smooth and moisturised for the last couple of days.

This is really good value at just £2.25 and they also come in original, caramel cream and vanilla macadamia.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Some random facts about me

As I’m pretty new to blogging I thought I would do one of the currently very popular random facts posts so you can get to know me a bit better.

So here we go!

1. I have double jointed thumbs and can bend them both back in the wrong direction from the knuckle.  I can put a picture up but it normally freaks people out!

2. I’m a Parapsychologist and I’m currently just finishing off my PhD in Parapsychology.

3. My eye balls are different shapes after an illness where an infection in my brain squashed my right eye permanently out of shape.

3. I’m 6ft tall.

4 I have deformed little toes, my mum’s theory is I stood up and walked too quickly.

5. I’m a background artist and have done a few music video’s, a couple of films and an online Christmas advert for a certain high-end department store.
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6. I have a pretty bad memory, it was quite bad before but the brain infection mentioned above appears to have made it worse.

7. I have coulrophobia, which is a fear of clowns.

8. I also have masklophobia, which is a fear of people wearing masks or dressed in any costume that covers all of them.

9. I have been a dancer for over 20 years in Modern and Latin American.

10. I fell off a horse when I was a teenager and it kicked me (accidentally) when I hit the ground, it was only a small wound but the hoof hit the bone.

11. I’m slightly addicted to playing Bejeweled Blitz and recently scored 1,061,550.

12. I’ve managed to buy two cars that apparently were both originally made with a faulty part.  In both cases if said part had broken while on the motorway it’s highly likely I would have crashed.

13. I have danced at the Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre and Disneyland Paris.

14. I was born on the summer solstice, which according to my boyfriend makes me a witch.

15. I was born the same day as Prince William.

16. I tore a muscle behind my knee rehearsing for a show.  Despite hardly being able to walk I did dance in the show with the injury (it was my 10th anniversary show).

17. I love Meerkats (I took the picture below at Banham Zoo).
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18. I have done a Cancan in Paris.

19. I’m not actually very good at applying makeup!

20. I was made redundant in 2010.

21. When I was young I nearly cut the end of my brothers finger off. He used to follow me everywhere and one day when he tried to follow me into the bathroom I told him to go next door into mum’s room.  He did, but put his fingers in the hinge of the door, which I them slammed…(without knowing his fingers were there obviously)

22. After losing my job I has a crisis of image, my hair was half way down my back and naturally blonde and I had it cut to shoulder length and dyed it dark brown.
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23. I like all kinds of music but am a bit of a rock fan. 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, Green Day and Evanescence are some of my favourites.

24. One of my favourite films is Moulin Rouge.

25. I am a crisp addict and used to eat a couple of bags a day. I no longer eat them daily but do still have them quite often (she says while eating a bag of crisps).

I hope you have enjoyed my random facts.  Please feel free to ask me any questions.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

I have tried various different ways of applying eyeliner, including pencils, liquid and eyeshadow using a thin brush, but gel eyeliner was a new one for me until I received this for Christmas.
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As this is just £7.99 for the little pot of gel AND a brush I thought the brush may not be very good, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that actually it is a nice little brush.  This has lovely soft bristles that finish in a nice neat thin line which is obviously important for a brush to be used for applying eyeliner.

I was apprehensive about trying this at first because the gel in the pot is ’solid’ so I couldn’t really see this being easy to apply at all.  However, when I finally decided to give this a try a couple of nights ago I found it’s actually incredibly easy to use.

The gel is actually very soft and is not difficult to get onto the brush at all.  You just dab the brush in to pick up a small amount of gel and depending how thick you want your line this may be enough to do one whole eye.  You can hold the brush so just the very edge applies the liner so you get a nice thin line or you can angle the brush slightly or build this up to get a thicker line.  It is so easy to apply and as the name suggests it gives you an intense black line.
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The box claims that this will last 24 hours and although I’m not sure it would last in perfect just applied condition I can definitely see some colour lasting for up to 24 hours.

I originally tested this on the back of my hand one afternoon.  I left this in place and found that this lasted through a shower and the following day there was still an albeit fainter line which I then actually removed.

I tested this out on my eye (just one, I didn’t do both!) just before having a bath.  I thought the heat/steam might result in this sliding down my face but it stayed in place.  I also accidentally rubbed my eye forgetting I had this on and seeing the black on my finger throught I had probably smudged this everywhere.  However when I looked in the mirror afterwards there didn’t appear to be any damage at all.

So overall I have been highly impressed with this and think this may now become my go to method of applying eyeliner.  I have noticed that Maybelline are currently advertising this in some new shades and have to say I am very tempted by the purple colour.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Gü Hot Chocolate Soufflés - A dressing table accessory?

If you have never heard of GU before this a range of indulgent deserts that include a surprisingly large range of tasty treats.  You can have a sneaky nose round their website here

I don’t usually buy any of their deserts because they are actually pretty expensive but in the run up to Valentines day they had a promotion where a selection of their deserts were half price at £2 (for two in a pack).  So as a little treat I picked up a pack of two hot chocolate souffles.
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(Image from the GU website)

These were very nice but I don’t think I would pay full price for them.  However, I did noticed that these come in lovely little glass ramekins and I found myself thinking do people actually just throw these away? (or hopefully at least recycle them because they are glass).  I didn’t want to get rid of them so after carefully washing them out I gave one to my mum to use as a condiment dish and wondered what I could do with mine. 
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This is made of clear glass which seems to have just a hint of green to it that the light picks up.  It has a pattern around the bottom of the ramekin made up of lots of little circles and all around the ramekin is what I would describe as a faceted pattern.  If you’re particularly artistic you could get hold of some glass paints and decorate this as you wanted. 

As I’ve mentioned this is only small so you wouldn’t be able to store very much in it but I suddenly realised that this is the perfect size to store a few cotton wool pads or balls in, which would look so pretty on a dressing table.
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You could also use this to store hair accessories, jewellery or whatever takes your fancy.
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In fact I would say it may even be worth paying full price for the hot chocolate souffles just to get your hands on these lovely little ramekins!

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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New additions to my Apocalips - Stella, Celestial and Luna

Considering I wasn’t originally planning to try Rimmel’s latest release I am now up to six Apocalips, and the best part is I have only actually paid for one of them!  My boyfriend bought me the first three however last week I added 3 more myself (well I paid for one myself, a friend paid for another and the last one was free on 3 for 2).

Now I know that every blogger and their dog have done a post on Apocalips but I personally think having a wealth of reviews to choose from is good.  I did a post for my first three and want to follow this up with my new additions and my thoughts on these.

So my new additions are Stella, Celestial and Luna.
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On my pictures above Stella has come out very orange but this is actually much closer to the swatch shown below.  I would call this a red colour but not a full on glamour red like Big Bang this is a lighter pink/red, it’s quite hard to describe.

Next up is Celestial which is very similar to Nova.  Both are a dusky pink kind of colour but I think Nova is a ‘lighter’ more pink dusky pink where as Celestial is a ‘darker’ more berry dusky pink.
Finally Luna is a nude shade that has a peachy appearance to it.
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My least favourite shade of the Apocalips that I have is Luna.  I personally don’t think this shade really does me any favours and kind of washes me out.  I think my complexion looks much better with pink/berry/red shades.

I haven’t actually tried Stella yet but have worn Celestial several times and really like this one, I even got wolf whistled at while wearing Celestial!

The only shades I do not have are Galaxy and Eclipse but I’m not keen on the look of these ones and I think I have enough of these now to keep me going now.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Nail Art - Half Moon Manicure

Last night I made my first attempt at some nail art and I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out.  My nail art of choice was a half moon manicure which is very Dita Von Teese and depending what colours you use can look glamorous.

There are tutorials for how to create this look floating around on the Internet but I will talk you through how I created this.
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For my half moon manicure I used Max Factor Glossfinity in Ivory, OPI in Miami Beet, Nail Inc Kensington Caviar top coat and hole reinforcers (or ring reinforcements as mine appear to be called!).

I started with two coats of Glossfinity (I forgot to use a base coat but obviously this is always a good idea).

I then applied the hole reinforcers to create the half moon effect at the base of my nails and painted the rest of my nails with Miami Beet.

I only applied one coat of Miami Beet because this is all that was required with this shade but other shades may require a couple of coats.  Once dried I then carefully peeled off the hole reinforcers.

Considering the hole reinforcers didn’t stick that well right at the edges of my nails where they meet my fingers (some some colour crept under slightly at the edges) they were actually quite sticky and not that easy to remove.  Some of the gold Glossfinity unfortunately came off with the hole reinforcers in a couple of places but I just carefully touched this up.

I then applied Caviar top coat over the top of the whole nail.


Close up it’s a little bit messy but from a distance this looks really good and I don’t think this is too bad for my first attempt.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Glossybox February 2013 - The Valentines Box

My February Glossybox actually arrived a couple of days ago but yesterday was the first day I could get my hands on it.  This month’s box was free for me thanks to my Glossydots however I did have quite a lot of trouble redeeming these.
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This month’s box is very pretty, this is the usual pink but with a large bow and ribbon printed going all around the box.  This is also a shiny box again, which I think I prefer to the matte boxes.  Once inside the box you find a dusky rose coloured pattern rather than the usual black which I think I also prefer.  You then get the usual little magazine which introduces your items as well as pink tissue paper and shredded paper and a gorgeous bright fuchsia pink ribbon.

Once inside the box I was disappointed to find that the lid wasn’t on one of my items properly and a couple of items were therefore covered in powder. Not too much of a problem, I just wiped this off.
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So on to the actual contents.

Micabella Mineral Blush Powder - This was the item with the loose lid. I received the shade Terra Cotta (a peach looking colour) which to be honest I am not sure about but will need to try.  Having a look at the website I would have personally preferred this in Wild Rose.  The full size product costs £34.95 for 9g and the sample size is 0.8g so I believe this is just over £3 worth of product.

Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick - This is a full size product worth £8.  The shade I received was Cafe au lait which is a light tan colour with shimmer.  This really is not my sort of colour at all and I can’t see myself ever using this.  There are some lovely shades on the website that I would have preferred to have received.

Modelco Eyeshadow Duo - I received this in Bronzed Goddess.  I’m not really a fan of brown eyeshadows but I will give it a try and see what I think.  The full size of this would actually be a trio worth £18 so I would guess this is worth £12.

Anatomicals You need a blooming shower - I received the Anatomicals body scrub that was included a few boxes back and really liked that so I am pleased with this and am looking forward to trying it.  The full size product costs £5 for 300ml so the 150ml sample is worth £2.50.

Doctor Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream - I really like the look of this and may try this ahead of a backlog of moisturisers I have waiting to be used.  The full size product costs £25 for 50ml so the 30ml sample would be worth £15.

If my calculations are correct my box is worth just over £40 which is pretty good.  So overall although I would have preferred different shades in the makeup I received in general I am reasonably pleased with this box.  However, I have seen reviews of other people’s boxes and I am quite jealous about some of the products they received.  I will check out what I missed out on when details of the box are released on the website.

Finally, I will just conclude by saying that my heart was broken.  Literally, my heart was broken!
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The Little Blog of Beauty x
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