Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer Review

I've tried a lot of concealers, it's my must have makeup product of the moment. I'm always open to trying new ones whether it's a liquid, a palette, a crayon - whatever. Liquids tend to be my favourite as they're easiest to use and suit my dry skin best. Bourjois latest addition to their concealer range is the Radiance Reveal concealer, and judging by the struggle I had finding it, it seems to be a popular one.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal is a creamy, highly pigmented concealer formulated to hide dark circles but with it's build-able, thin texture it's great for redness and blemishes. With hyaluronic acid it's amazing for dry skin (a bit of powder might be needed for oily skin) and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It's meant to be 24hour hydration but I've not put that to the test. It's really brightening and illuminating which is amazing for the dark circles under my eyes. It's similar to NARS Creamy Concealer with it's coverage but I think my skin looks fresher. It blends well without tugging at my skin, doesn't look cakey and there's no creasing or movement.

It comes in three shades - Ivory, Beige and Dark Beige which might mean there isn't the perfect shade for everyone. Thankfully 01 Ivory is really light and the perfect shade for my fair, freckly skin.  The doe foot applicator is great. It's easy to use and makes it an on-the-go product. It's really soft too, which some drugstore products don't quite achieve. True to  the Bourjois brand it smells amazing, so light and fresh.

The packaging is gorgeous. When I was searching the Bourjois stand with the Radiance Reveal name in my head I had no idea what it would look like but I was expecting something plastic maybe with a bit of colour. I was surprised to find the frosted glass bottle with metal cap, simple writing on the front and name along the side. This doesn't look like a drugstore product, in fact it's very similar to Dior Skin Star Concealer just about £25 cheaper.

This concealer is worth every penny, I would recommend it to anyone who's on the lookout for a brightening, good coverage and long lasting concealer - I mean who isn't? Bourjois have just created my perfect product. I feel like I need to buy a back up so I'm prepared when this one runs out!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

No Pain No Gain?

I’m sure you’ll have heard the saying ‘no pain, no gain’. Many people seem to think that in order to achieve something, you need to go through a lot of hardship to reach your goal. But you’ll be happy to hear that this isn’t always the case! In fact, it’s now super easy to reach certain goals with minimal pain and effort.

Easy Beauty
A few years ago, invasive beauty treatments were all the rage. Cosmetic surgery was very popular not that long ago. Many women were putting themselves through some painful procedures just to get a certain look. Thankfully, there’s no need for us to go through all that pain anymore. There are now more non-invasive beauty treatments that work just as well. Treatments such as facials and chemical face peels can help rejuvenate your skin and help you look young. You don’t even have to get botox injections for wrinkles now that there is topical botox cream available. You can find out more about it online:

Simple Fitness
Once we were all fixated on gruelling workouts in order to keep fit. But these days, the fun has been added back into fitness. And when things are fun, you don’t notice the pain! Team sports are a big deal these days. Especially as the current Olympics have placed ones such as volleyball and team athletic events into the spotlight. Cycling is also extremely popular these days. So instead of hitting the gym for a strenuous workout, why not just go for a fun bike ride in the sun with all your friends!  Not only is it a great way to stay in shape, but it also gives you a chance to explore your local area!

Fun Education
The pain can easily be taken out of studying and college work. Thanks to the internet, you won’t need to spend long evenings in the library poring over books. Simply go online for condensed information. There are also many study sites that have turned revision into games and puzzles. It’s not just the Internet that has revolutionised education. There are now many apps designed to make learning easy and fun. One of the best is Duolingo, which is aimed at language learners:

Delicious Dieting
You don’t even have to put yourself through too much pain if you want to diet. There are plenty of websites that have created delicious meal plans that won’t leave you hungry and wanting more. You’ll be able to eat healthy versions of your favourite meals. And you can even snack on some meal plans! Next time you go out shopping, have a look in the diet sections. You’ll find healthier versions of your favourite ingredients and products, so you won’t even have to give anything up!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Look Fantastic Best of British Box

I mentioned in my Look Fantastic haul that I'm not a beauty box regular but gave in to the August box. The box is embracing the Olympics and team Great Britain with a Best of British Theme. I was excited to see some home grown brands and try out some new products. I had my fingers crossed that the box would have some skin care goodies and that didn't disappoint. Unfortunately all the the products seemed to be sample sized or very small but there's lots of recognisable, quality brands. 

I've tried a couple of Percy and Reed products before so it was a nice start to the box. This is a 30ml tube which is quite a good sized product but not strictly full sized. Wonder Balm is a cream/gel that promises moisture, shine, smoothness, definition, softness, humidity protection and manageability. Lots of promises like that makes me a little bit sceptical but ever hopeful. I've used it once so far in wet hair and my hair did feel a bit smoother and softer. I'm sure this won't go to waste.

REN is a brand that I've heard so much about but never used. Anti-pollution mist sounds good for someone that lives in the city but not something I would think of using living in the Highlands with the clear, fresh air. It's quite cooling and smells nice but I found it a bit heavier than expected. An invisible barrier against pollutants and ingredients to revive sounds like something worth trying.

So this is definitely a full sized product and I suppose a fail safe product at that. I've never heard of Bee Good before but I love the packaging and can't resist vanilla. I've only tried this a couple of times but it's left my lips feeling soft for hours, though slightly sticky at first. A good one for tackling dry, chapped lips - especially in the winter! 

I've tried Balance Me before and wish I'd known about this one sooner. I love using serums before my moisturiser but this one is meant to tackle blemishes and breakouts without drying out your skin. This smells amazing and fingers crossed makes a difference after a while. 
This was probably the product I was most excited for. I've not heard of RENU Skin but I've been wanting to try out an eye cream - better now than when it's too late. So far it's jumped right into my skincare routine and I've been enjoying using it. It's got Ancia which is meant to help with under eye circles and it's got dermal filling effects which is where the active lift comes into it. Thankfully I'm not necessarily filling lines but more preventing them.

Another spray for the face seems a little bit strange but this one appeals to me more. There's ingredients like Horsetail leaf(?!) and Gotu Cola Leaf Extracts which help to reduce fine lines and turn dull, tired skin into bright radiant skin. I've been using it in the morning after cleansing and my face feels more awake. Fingers crossed it'll help give me a healthy glow while I'm stressed about work. 

If you fancy buying one of the August boxes you can here while they're still in stock. Or maybe one of the previous boxes take your fancy. There's no risk once you know the contents!

Did you get the #LFBestofBritish Box? What was your favourite product? Do you have any beauty box subscriptions?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Outfits of the Week: August #1

Jeans: River Island
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: Accessorize

Blouse: Primark
Trousers: Tesco
Nails: Fuse by Sensationail
Sandals: Primark

Blouse: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: Accessorize 

Top: New Look
Jeans: Primark
Flip Flops: Primark
Bracelets: Pandora, Annie Haak, Joma
Watch: Michael Kors

Top: Forever 21
Trousers: New Look
Necklace: Primark
Sandals: Primark