Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

Only recently, I've been considering concealer as a essential. I've only had about 3 different brands, and now I think I've found one I will never turn my back on.

It's the  Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concelaer. There has been such a hype on this product as being the best high street/lower brand - what ever you wanna call it - concealer.

So, I'll start of with the consistency - Which is absolutely perfect. It's nice and creamy but not too thick. Also you don't need a lot to cover up blemishes - or under eye circles, like what I use it for - as it's highly pigmented.

It has a doe-foot applicator (similar to a lip gloss wand) (I forgot to take a picture) which makes it easy to apply a perfect amount.

It claims to last for 16 hours, although this is not a necessity for most people, it does just mean it will last without needing touch up and also says it's transfer proof. I do agree with this.

The thing I don't like about this product is the packaging. - It has a slightly soft plastic tube which just doesn't seem as 'slick'. Also the writing scratches off easily. As a matter of fact - I used this the other morning and put it back in my make up bag, the later on, the same day, I took it out to photograph; and the writing smudged off into my hand. :/ How annoying?! (You can see the smudge on the picture) But this is just a minor thing. This product is still quite mighty.

However, the only major gripe I have with this is that sometimes it makes my under eye area look a little ashy - so I have to add a little of my Natural Collection Concealer in Medium to darken it a little. I do find this weird though, as this concealer is darker than my Natural Collection Concealer in Light - and I could use that without mixing it with anything... Hmm...

I have it in the shade:

And it's also available in:
  • Fair 1
  • Medium 3 
  • Dark 4
I really do like this product due to the results and also the affordability of it as it being only £4.19 in Superdrug and Boots.

I would highly recommend this concealer :)

Sarah x

What do you think about it? What concealers do you recommend?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I thought I'd give Carmex a break for a bit; just because I've been using it for so long, and honestly, it doesn't give me the same feeling on my lips as it used to...

And seeing how much I adore Palmers Cocoa Butter I thought I'd give Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturising Lip Balm a go.

It smells super good - much like the body lotion. It goes on your lips really smoothly and evenly as it's in stick form.

However, I don't like the feeling it has on my lips when it's on there. It feels like a thick coating even though I've only been over once. Also after a while it begins to turn bits of my lips white, which I really hate...

It also contains SPF 15.

The packaging is a plastic tube, with a screw thing on-top to get more product out. I like the fact that it's not bulky either and fits in my pocket nicely.

Overall, I don't really like this product due to the white stuff it leaves on my lips after a while... :/ I think that this would be good if you suffer from really dry lips though... I wouldn't buy it again.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Sorry again for the lack of posts - I just really haven't had the time... Plus I've been meaning to do this post for a while...

A few months back I went out to buy a new foundation; I was heading towards the Bourjois stand in Superdug when I saw Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation on offer for only £5.99. I couldn't resist, and it would save me a few bob. :)
Sorry about the skewness :S

I spent ages swatching to find my shade, and settled on True Ivory in the end. However, I was a little dubious about my choice in the end - I thought it was too light and could have done with the shade up. But on the other hand; Winter is practically here so I'm not gunna be tanned anyway...

When I used it for the first time; I was pleasantly surprised. I was reasonably tanned and it actually matched and did not make me look washed out. The shade was spot on - this may be down to the "Smart Tone" technology within the foundation, which claims to adapt to the colour and texture of the skin, which I believes it actually does.

It evens out my skin tone and leaves a smooth texture, also it does not cake. I really love the finish. The coverage is light to medium and is build-able if you want a more full coverage.

The consistency is nice too; really easy to blend and apply onto your face...

I like the packaging too; with the glass bottle and the pump - which makes it easy and mess free.

This product is kind of scented - it smells kind of like a typical body lotion smell...

I think this is definitely worth what I paid for it, however when it's not on offer it is reasonably priced at £8.99 - still worth it! :)

I would definitely recommend :D

Sarah x

Saturday, 8 October 2011

New Shoes! :P

A girl can never have too many shoes!

I've been wanting a pair of these type of shoes for ages... But I never got round to purchasing some, but I finally have. They're shoe boots!

I just love the way they look. And they can give an outfit that edgy, cool look.

So these are what I purchased:

How yummy are they?!

I got them from New Look and they are in a grey faux suade. There're were also available in black and in a mauve colour in the New Look I went to - the Shephards Bush Westfield one.

They have a block heel which is on trend and it's also way more practical as they're so much more sturdier to walk in. I haven't worn them out yet, but I will do soon.

If you ever need a pair of heels and you live in the UK, I really suggest going to New Look. All their shoes are really reasonably priced and the majority of their shoes are stunning. They have a huge variety too!

Please excuse the socks and pyjamas :P  - I really wanted to do this post and show you what they look like on, but I'm really ill at the moment due to this English weather - hot, cold, windy, raining... Make up your mind!

They also have a zip at the back to get them on and off easier.

This is the bottom and as you can see there's mcuh more surface area on the heel. And they were only £19.99! How good is that?

I think these are a staple for your wardrobe and I will probably purchase another pair in a slightly different style and colour. Also, if you need heels; I definitely having a look round in a New Look.

Sarah x

Monday, 3 October 2011

Toner... What is it?

Before I start; I just wanna say this is the first post I've done using the new layout, so please forgive me if it's not that good..

Okay, so this is just gunna be in laymans terms. I wont go into a lot of detail because you probably wont want to know all the ins and outs of it.

Most people have heard that in your skin care routine you should do the whole - cleanse, tone and moisturise thing. Yeah, most people cleanse (wash) their faces and moisturise. They're the most obvious. But what's toning?

Basically, there are 3 main reasons for toning:

1. To remove any remainders of make up and your cleanser - you know how some of them have those tiny bead things in - yeah those. It removes them..

2. To get your skin back to it's normal PH level. As your skin is slightly acidic; using certain products to wash your face disturbs the usual PH so using a toner will help it get back to normal quicker.

And 3. To close your pores back up. After cleansing, your pores are open - so most of the clogged dirt has come out. You should try to close your pores back up after so that no more flying dust/dirt particles go back into them. Using a toner will close them.

This information is for those of you who want it. I'm not saying that you really need to; because honestly, I don't tone much. But after writing this post, I think I'm gunna make it part of my routine and see if it makes a difference..

There's loads of toners out there; but I suggest getting one to match your skin type, one that will work well in conjunction to your other skin care products (like one from thee same brand/collection) and also not one that way too pricey - just cause toner is mainly water, there's not much point paying loads for 'souped up' water...

I hope you found this useful :)