Monday, 22 December 2014

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Eyeshadow Set Review

With Benefit being my favourite beauty brand at the moment I was so excited to be given one of their World Famous Neutrals sets for my birthday. I've tended to overlook their eyeshadow range, being more interested in cult products like They're Real, Boi-ing and Hoola. I supposed that's why getting this lovely little set as a gift was even more exciting.

The World Famous Neutrals sets contain 4 powder eye shadows and 2 cream eyeshadows. The Most Glamorous Nudes Ever shadows are all warm toned, browns and bronzes, though that's not given away in the names; Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Buff, Kiss Me I'm Tipsy, It's Complicated and Gilt-y Pleasure. There's a nice selection of shades for everyday neutral and dramatic smokey looks.

The 2 cream eyeshadows are very light and easy to wear. I've worn them both on their own, and as a base for the powders. With a bit of primer the cream shadows last well by themselves. The powders are all gorgeous colours and similarly to the cream shadows, they last well. It doesn't take too much to make a bit of an impact, so they're very pigmented. It's not often that you get a palette with both creams and powders, which makes this a mic versatile palette. It's great to be able to mix and match, and layer to add more dimension and last longer.

It's not the cheapest eyeshadow palette but the standard Benefit packaging and quality of products make it a super gift. The Daytime and Nighttime instructions and tips make it perfect for teenagers just starting out in makeup or ladies who need a bit of guidance, or even a beauty blogger with a huge makeup collection! All of the creams and powders are a decent size so this set will last quite a long time.

When I think of eyeshadows, Benefit isn't the first that springs to mind but I'm so glad this has been added to my collection. With 2 fool proof looks without even having to think I can see myself using this a lot. 

Have you tried any of Benefit's eyeshadows?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Outfits of the Week: December #3

Monday - Dress Rehearsal
Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Scarf: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Bracelet: Pandora

Tuesday - School Christmas Show
Dress: Primark
Shoes: Primark

Wednesday - Party
Top: New Look
Cardigan: New Look
Vest Top: Forever21
Jeans: Primark
Boots: New Look

Thursday - Carol singing at old folks home
Jumper: Boohoo
Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Lipsy
Bracelet: Tiffany and Co

Friday - Last day of term
Blouse: Primark
Scarf: Primark
Trousers: Boohoo
Shoes: Primark

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sienna X Extend and Perfect Gradual Tan Review

Sienna X Gradual Tan

I've had a bit of a journey with fake tanning, from using gradual tan in high school, to dabbling with wash off tan in uni and moving on to trying instant tans from Lauren's Way, St Tropez and Fake Bake to name but a few. After coming across Sienna X Extend and Perfect Gradual Tan I feel like I've gone full circle, though a bit less patchy this time I hope.

It's a lovely creamy product which is easy to apply. It's a shame the cream doesn't have much of a guide colour because you can risk having dodgy patches even though it's only 4% DHA (half the strength of regular fake tan).
After applying it two nights in a row a women at work commented on my tan, mentioning I tanned well in Vegas so the Sienna X gradual tan is definitely both quick working and natural looking. With a fragrance of coconut vanilla it's got quite a nice scent in the bottle but it does still have the typical fake tan smell just after you apply it. Thankfully it's not too overpowering and doesn't linger at all.
It does take a little while to sink in which can be a bit awkward in winter when you can't wait to get wrapped back up in your pyjamas and dressing gown!

I think i've been converted back to using gradual tan, and I've got this product to thank. My only bug bear is it's left my tanning mitt looking awful brown, but I can't complain too much.

Have you used Sienna X products?
What sort of tan do you prefer gradual, wash off or instant tan?

Friday, 19 December 2014