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Benefit Bristol Fakeup Event - 28th March 2013

On Thursday I attended an event hosted by the lovely Benebabes from the Boots Broadmead Benefit counter which was to introduce Benefit’s latest product, Fakeup.

I arrived a little bit early so was told to have a little browse around the Benefit counter as there would be a quiz later (I don’t need any encouragement to have a snoop around Benefit’s amazing products and cool packaging!).  When a few more bloggers arrived we headed over to a pretty table complete with party type snacks and cute pink glasses.  Despite how girly the table was it was obvious the stores security guard so wanted to join us!
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So I’m sure you will have heard about Fakeup but just in case you haven’t this is Benefit’s newest product which has been released today.  Fakeup is a hydrating crease-control concealer which hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines with a silky smooth coverage.  This contains a concealing core which is surrounded by a hydrating ring containing vitamin E and apple seed extract.  It comes in 3 shades - light, medium and deep and is proven to keep skin hydrated for up to 6 hours.  You can find out more about Fakeup on the Benefit website here.  I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the actual product but have borrowed a couple from the Benefit website.
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The packaging on this is gorgeous (which is certainly not unusual with Benefit products) and I love that the background used in their artwork kind of matches my blog theme!

So first up the lovely Benebabes demonstrated how to use Fakeup.  This is designed for use under the eye but can also be applied above the eyebrow (following the shape of the eyebrow and then blending) to brighten the whole eye area and can obviously be used on any other blemishes.
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Next up some lemon’s were handed out and we were asked to draw a line around each lemon.  We then made the lemon’s beautiful by applying POREfessional to one half of the lemon.
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Ok so the real reason for this was not to make the lemon’s beautiful but to demonstrate the effect POREfessional had on the lemon’s pores.  We were supplied with a little Benefit magnifying glass so we could see the effect up close.
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It was then quiz time.  Did you know that every Benefit product has a Tag Line like films do?  We were given the Tag Lines for 8 different products and we had to guess what product each one was from. 

Unfortunately I didn’t do so well and only got 4 of the 8 correct but we were all rewarded with a sample of It’s Potent and Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation.
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We were then told that 6 Fakeup’s had been hidden in the Benefit counter and we were split into 2 teams and given 5 questions each to try and narrow down where they may be hiding.  After we had asked our questions there was a dash over to the counter (which I think amused the security guard who I believe was armed with a camera to capture the fun!).  A bit of display disruption then ensued before 5 Fakeup’s were located.  There was a bit of confusion while the Benebabes tried to work out where the last one may be before I was lucky enough to find it.

Each person who found a Fakeup was then awarded with a prize, with mine being a lovely Hervana.
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Finally, some bloggers had their brows filled in while we all had a browse around the samples on the counter and the Benebabes applied any products we wanted to try.

I’m not sure if I’ve remembered the ladies names correctly (Lucy and Sophie?) but thank you for a lovely evening and the lovely products and blog posts will follow after I have given them a try.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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MeMeMe Light Me Up High Shine Lipgloss

MeMeMe is a brand that I hadn’t come across before until I recently discovered them on Twitter.  I thought they were only available online but when I attended the Bristol Bloggers meetup I discovered they do also have concessions in some Superdrug stores.

I won this lipgloss at the very beginning of the year but only just received it a couple of weeks ago!
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This didn’t come in a box and it doesn’t say the shade on the actual lipgloss so I’m not quite sure what shade this is.  Looking at the colours on the website I can’t decide whether it’s Blaze or Lustre.

The reason this is called ‘Light me up’ is because inside the lid there are two little LED lights.  I don’t know exactly how it works but the lights come on as you unscrew the top and then turn off again when you screw it back on.  These are actually surprisingly bright so you need to be careful not to shine them in your eyes.  This also has a mirror on one side of the tube so it’s quick and simple to reapply when required, apparently even the dark!

This has a standard doe foot applicator and is a peach colour with shimmer.  The gloss is a little sticky but not annoyingly so and I think most lipglosses have a little bit of stickiness to them.  This lasts up to a couple of hours (I did eat lunch during this time) which I think is pretty standard for a gloss.
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In general this is a nice little lipgloss.  The light and mirror make it a little more unusual and handy for popping in your bag for quick touch up’s on a night out.

Light Me Up lipgloss is £6.99 and is available on the MeMeMe website and in Superdrug stores.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

This year is all about trying out new lipsticks and colours for me as I haven’t really bothered with lipstick very much in the past. However, my lips can be dry and flaky and as this isn’t a good look with some shades and finishes I decided to invest in a lip scrub.
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At first I couldn’t decide which of Lush’s scrub to go for (with the other options being Bubblegum and Mint Julips) but after a bit of tub sniffing I decided on trying out popcorn.  This is limited edition so I don’t know how long this will be around for.

It comes in a small pot which is about the same size as a large lip balm, so this is a good size for travelling or dropping in your bag.  All you need to do is get a small amount of scrub on your finger and rub it over your lips.  One of the best things about this is that it’s edible, so you don’t have to worry about washing or wiping it off, you just lick it off!  When you do you get a lovely sugary sweet taste which is sometimes followed by a slight salty after taste.  After licking this off you may have to brush a few last grains off but your lips are then ready for lip balm or lipstick.

This contains just a few natural ingredients which includes sugar, salt and a couple of oils.  I have to admit I was slightly taken aback when I miss read Polenta as Placenta!
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This is slightly pricey at £5.25 a pot but you only have to use a tiny amount and as the pot contains 25g it will last for ages.  I bought this a couple of weeks ago and it has a use by date of just over a year so if you do like to stick to these dates you don’t need to worry that it might expire before you get to use very much.
This is a lovely little product which helps keep your lips flake free and is great if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Lush’s lip scrubs are available from Lush stores and online through the Lush website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory

Revlon are currently running a competition on their Facebook page where you can win your chosen shade of their brand new Nearly Naked foundation and one of 1000 limited edition Jason Brooks prints.  One print has been created for each shade available.  Every three days a new print is released and you can enter once in each three day period.  The next print will be released on Friday 22nd March here.
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I was slightly confused when I received a tube shaped parcel through the post but after opening this I discovered it contained the print for the shade nude and my chosen foundation shade of Ivory arrived separately.
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This comes in a quite petite glass bottle that contains 30ml of foundation.  It contains SPF 20 and is broad spectrum so this also protects against UVA.

I really like the bottle because it’s sleek and simple and doesn’t take up too much room in your makeup bag.  The thing I am not so keen on however is that this doesn’t come with a pump.  The liquid is runny enough to pour out quite easily but then stopping it is not necessarily as easy and it’s likely you may end up waisting some if you pour too much out.  I find it really difficult to just pour out a small amount.  There is also the possibility that you may knock this over when the lid isn’t on and lets not even go there with the amount of mess that could make!

I am assuming as this is ‘nearly naked’ it sits within light to medium coverage.  This is not ideal for me as I am blessed with all the things you don’t really want; redness, dark circles and acne scaring.  So this can often take some covering.
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I apologise for the technical term used above.  I really couldn’t think think of another word to use and it didn’t feel like a swatch so I went for blobbed as it kind of blobs out of the bottle!  Although you can’t see anything I have blended some of the foundation above where it says blended, it kind of completely disappeared into my skin.  In terms of the shade, I think this was quite a good match for me.

I applied this with my Real Techniques Buffing brush, which is my preferred method for liquid foundation, and I have to say I’m not really keen on this.  It didn’t manage to cover my blemishes very well and I don’t think my skin was very keen on it as it just kind of sat on top of my skin and didn’t look very naked. 

Although I didn’t have this on for very long (around five hours) I found that after a couple of hours it was already starting to look quite patchy and rather strangely appeared to be sliding down my eyelids.

I think if you are looking for just a light foundation if you are lucky enough to be blessed with pretty good skin then this may be one for you to try.  Thank you so much to Revlon for my limited edition print but unfortunately I don’t think this foundation is for me.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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The Little Bubble Co Mango Delight Bath & Shower Gel

This rather large bottle came in the goody bag I received when I attended the Bristol Bloggers meetup. My arms and shoulders paid the price for carrying this around for a couple of hours while we went shopping!
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Different goody bags contained different fragrances but I received mango.  I was pleased with this as I’m a big mango fan but the other fragrances do also sound amazing.  Georgina from Makeup-pixie3 received the Vanilla Biscuit one in her goody bag and has just published her thoughts on this here.

Now, I think the people that make this may be slightly crazy as this is what is written on the back of the bottle:

‘Our lovely little company is overflowing with very serious and very clever people in the beauty world and not one of them ever saw a little bubble play the piano or a pink cow…anyway, I told them to catch the dream bus one night (it’s a Number 51 in case you were wondering)…it stops beside the clump of pale blue daffodils’

Hmm, I’m not entirely sure what to think about this!

Anyway…I decided to have a bath the other night and thought I would give this a try.  I started running the bath and then thought, actually is this a bubble bath? It says it’s a bath gel but the instructions say to massage over skin whilst in the bath or shower.  So I was a little confused but thought what the hell just go for it and give it a try.
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As the bubble snap shows, even if this is not intended as an actual bubble bath it doesn’t do too bad on the bubbles producing front.  Once in the bath I then used this to wash as well using one of those thingy’s, I have no idea what you call them (the pink thing in the background on the first picture!).

This has a lovely mango fragrance and it lathers up well.  Apart from that there’s not a lot more to say about this.  At just £2.99 for a 500ml bottle this is a nice little bargain product that can be used in the shower or as a bubble bath.  Oh and it’s also not tested on animals (which is now a given for products sold in the EU as of the 11th March 2013), suitable for vegetarians, allergen free and contains no parabens.

The Little Bubble Co bath and shower gels are available from Boots.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Illamasqua Lipstick in 'Immodest'

Recently I have been lucky enough to win two Illamasqua products in as many days (I’m a very lucky girl)!  The first of these was one of Illamasqua’s new speckle nail varnishes and the second I won from Illamasqua through a Twitter competition.

Illamasqua asked their Twitter followers to invent an Illamasqua product they would love to create.  I decided to invent a nail varnish with a corrector nib in the lid, so you could instantly clean up any mistakes, and I drew a picture to illustrate my idea (which I’m not showing here because I can’t draw and it’s embarrassing, but you can find it on my Twitter!).

The following day I found out I had been picked as one of five winners and the day after that I received my prize which was the lipstick from Illamasqua’s latest I’mperfection collection.
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Immodest is an amazing vivid pink with a matte finish.  I love the colour and I really wanted to like this lipstick but unfortunately I found it really difficult to use.  Admittedly my lips can be dry, although they were not particularly dry when I tried this, but obviously matte lipsticks and dry lips don’t always work well together.

I personally found this quite hard and dry.  I tried applying this with a lip brush, which it does say is the best way to apply it on the packaging, but I found I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere so I tried applying it straight from the bullet.  It applied quite patchy and clung to what were obviously dry areas of my lips.  I left this on and when I looked at this again about 10 to 20 minutes later I was surprised to find the colour had kind of ‘shrunk’ and all that was left was some clumps of colour.

On the Illamasqua website this has two five star reviews so it may just be that this particular lipstick is not for me.  This is the first Illamasqua lipstick I have tried so I am unable to compare this to any of their other shades but checking the reviews on the website it appears that some people have found some shades a bit too dry.

Thank you so much to Illamasqua for picking me as one of their winners but unfortunately this lipstick didn’t work for me.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Glossybox March 2013 - City Chic

To be honest I find Glossyboxes a little bit hit and miss.  I know it’s the luck of the draw but I often look at the other items that were available or that other people received in their boxes and wish I’d received some of them in my box.

However, I think this month’s box is my favourite out of all the boxes I have received and I’m really pleased with what was included, no item or box envy this month!
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Nail Inc mini nail varnish - I was very excited to receive this because I have been looking for a nail varnish in a dusky rose type shade and this is Bruton Street which is the exact shade I have been lusting after.  Nails Inc do actually sell some mini size varnishes in a limited range of shades and these are £5 each.

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush - I have come across Jelly Pong Pong before but have not tried any of their products.  My current obsession is new lip products and colours, especially bright eye catching colours, so again I am very pleased with this item.  This is full sized and worth £12.

Tresemme Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray - I don’t use hairspray very often, only usually if I have curled my hair or attempted to style it in some way, but the hairspray I have has nearly run out so this will save me having to buy anymore.  The full size product is £4.69 for 500ml and the sample includes 100ml so this is worth just under a £1.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant - I have of course heard of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream but have never tried it before.  I do have to admit I’m not quite sure what this product actually is!  Is it a moisturiser or is it intended for a slightly different use?  Anyway, the sample is a little bit tiddly but I’m looking forward to trying it.  The sample is 7ml which is worth £3.50.

L’Occitane En Provence Immortelle Precious Cream - I have to admit I’m not a fan of L’Occitane’s award winning hand cream but I’m more than happy to give any of their products a try.  This sample is a third of the size of the full sized product so is worth about £14.

So I am really pleased with this month’s contents and my box is worth around £35 which is a really good amount.  I hope everybody else is happy with the boxes they received this month.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation - My thought's

On 28th February I wrote a post to introduce the new bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 foundation which I received as part of a review panel through Debenhams Beauty Club.

As I stated in this post I had not really had time to give this a try as I had only just got my hands on it, but I wanted to do a post for it’s release on 1st March.  I have now had a chance to try this out and thought it was time to post my thoughts on this.
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As I have said before I do use compact powder foundations even though in the winter my skin becomes very dry and this is not always ideal with these kind of products.  I did try this very briefly the first evening I got my hands on it as I had to submit a review by the following day (not ideal at all) and I really liked the look of it.  However, since then I have had some issues with this.  I love the Precision Face Brush I was sent with this but I found that when I used this to apply the foundation I didn’t get very good coverage.  It was patchy over the red areas on the apples of my cheeks and although my skin didn’t feel dry before I applied this I could see patches of flaky skin.

I personally found it easier to get good coverage with an applicator sponge.  I did have to be careful though as if I swiped the sponge over the powder like I would usually do this picked up too much powder and gave a caked on appearance.  I found it better to just tap the sponge on the powder to pick up a light layer and build this up if required.  Unfortunately I still had the same problem with flaky skin showing.

This claims to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and although I don’t really have any fine lines or wrinkles yet the creases I do get when I smile or frown I thought were actually emphasised rather than diminished.  This did have a very light feeling and did provide very good coverage (this covered my redness and scaring quite well even without concealer/tinted primer) but I didn’t really notice that this hydrated my skin through the day.

I chose the palest shade available on the shade chart I was sent (my skin is so pale it’s virtually see through!) and I was surprised to find that this may have actually been a little too light for me.  Normally when I remove my makeup my foundation looks very orange once its mixed with cleanser (and I always panic slightly that I might look orange when it’s on my face!) but this was actually quite pale still when I removed it.

I believe that this may be a great product if you don’t suffer from dry and flaky skin like I do.  I think I may keep this until the weather gets warmer and my skin becomes less dry again and may give it another whirl.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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My Mother's Day Present - Benefit See & be Seen Sasha

As today is Mother’s day I thought I would do a post to show you what I bought my mum for mother’s day.  My mum is a big perfume fan and gets through quite a lot so I thought I would buy her a new perfume, but wanted to go for something a bit more unusual.

I was recently introduced to perfumes by Benefit when I received a sample in a gift set I was given for Christmas and I bought the Crescent Row Limited Edition Set in the January sales.  So I thought I would buy my mum a full sized Benefit perfume and decided on See & be Seen Sasha.
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(Unfortunately I was unable to get any photos that didn’t have my reflection somewhere on the bottle!)

I love the boxes that Benefit perfumes come in.  Each box is decorated to look like a building with the Sacha box being some kind of art gallery or studio.  The lid is designed to look like a roof and when you pull this back the front panel of the box drops down to reveal the perfume.  The inside of the box is also decorated in the same theme and the perfume is held in place in the center of the box with a piece of foam that the bottle sits securely inside.

I thought the bottles for Benefit perfumes were really unusual looking, I had never seen perfume bottles that look like this before, but then my boyfriend informed me that this is what perfume bottles used to look like many years ago.

So on to the perfume itself.  Sasha has top notes of orange flower absolute, apricot and pink freesia.  Middle notes of ylang ylang, white peony and jasmine sambac and base notes of crystal amber, liquid musk and vanilla (taken from the Benefit website, I don’t have a magic sense of smell that could work all of these out!).

Unfortunately I won’t be with my mum on Mother’s Day but I hope she loves this.

See & be Seen Sasha is £29.50 and is available from the Benefit website and from the usually concessions in Debenhams, Boots etc.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher - Rose Pompon

If you don’t know already, Bourjois are this year celebrating their 150th birthday this year, Happy Birthday Bourjois!

A few weeks back on Twitter Bourjois offered a free little round blush pot to the first 150 people who emailed their details over.  I was obviously one of the lucky ones as around a week later I opened a small package to find a little round blush pot.

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I think I may have actually fallen in love with this little pot of loveliness!

I remember looking at these years ago when I was probably still a teenager (which was a fair few years ago now!) but for some reason I have never tried them.

The colour of each pot represents the colour of the blusher inside.  My shade is Rose Pompon (rose in French being pink in English) which is a light pink slightly peach colour.  One of the first things you notice when you open this little pot is the absolutely amazing smell.  I can’t quite place this but the Bourjois website says this is rose scented, I would personally describe this as a powdery sherbet candy kind of smell.  Whatever it is I love it!

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Once inside the pot you find a little brush and a shiny piece of paper that separates the brush from the powder but also gives a little information about the blusher. There is also a little mirror in the lid. Although the pot is small the actual blusher is in the shape of a dome so you’re not only getting a tiny amount of product. My particular shade contains shimmer but I don’t know whether all shades contain this.

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Some people may not like the little brush included but I actually don’t think this is too bad.  Even if you didn’t want to use this to actually apply the blush this would be fine to use if you wanted to touch up through the day.  The bristles are surprisingly soft and this is slightly curved to follow the curve of your cheek.

I usually use rose (here I mean English rose rather than French rose) shades of blush all year round but thought this year I would try changing to a lighter shade for the spring and summer so I was really pleased I received this shade.  However, unfortunately this just does not show up very well on me which is such a shame.  This doesn’t stop me loving this still and I think I may have to go and purchase one in a darker shade.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushers cost £7.49, come in 12 shades and are available from Boots, Superdrug and any other retailer that stocks Bourjois.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Illamasqua Nail Varnish in 'Speckle'

I received this as a prize from a Twitter competition held by the lovely Danniella who you can find over at Beauty in Japan.

This is part of Illamasqua’s new I’mperfection collection which includes five nail varnishes, three powder blusher duo’s, a blusher brush, a precision ink, an intense lipgloss and a lipstick (you can check out the full collection here). The website provides some background to the collection:
  
’We Are All Perfectly Imperfect.

The world isn’t perfect. But who wants to be perfect anyway?  I’mperfection is an open invitation to stand up and show the world what makes you perfectly, imperfect.  We want you to highlight the features other brands encourage you to cover up and celebrate your imperfections like badges of honour.
So show off your freckles.  Make beauty spots more beautiful.  Shine a light on your birthmarks.  And be proud of your scars.  Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about celebrating who you really are.’
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(Image taken from the Illamasqua website)

The nail varnishes create a ‘speckled’ effect on the nail which does look very similar to Cadbury’s Mini eggs. The shades available are Mottle (green), Fragile (blue), Scarce (pink), Freckle (neutral) and finally Speckle (lilac).
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I’m not usually a fan of pastel nail varnishes however I do love this effect. The varnish contains loads of tiny dark flecks as well as larger pieces, i’m not sure what to call these as they’re not pieces of glitter.
One of the best things about this effect is that it’s quick and easy to achieve (you literally just paint it on) and each nail will look different.
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The pictures above show one coat (top picture) and then two coats with a top coat on top (bottom picture). You could add more coats if you wanted to add more ‘speckle’ to your nails.

When it comes to removing this it’s not as difficult to remove as full glitter nail varnish (hurray!) but it is slightly more difficult then removing standard varnish because the large pieces stick to your nail. It may be easier if you have applied a base coat but I couldn’t apply one as mine has gone off and I had to throw it away. I wouldn’t recommend using a dip in remover as obviously this would leave the little pieces in the pot.
Illamasqua I’mperfection nail varnishes cost £14.50 and are available from the Illamasqua website and through Debenhams, Selfridges and ASOS.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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