Monday, 27 February 2017

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Touch Eclat Blur Primer REVIEW

Buy here for £29.50
Yves Saint Laurent's newest primer is an addition to their fantastic Touche Eclat range and promises to illuminate the skin and blur any imperfections. At £29.50 for 30ml, YSL offer a translucent gel which helps provide a blank canvas to create the perfect complexion to instantly illuminate, visibily diminish pores, smooth skin texture and boost skin's natural luminosity.

As mentioned in my YSL beauty haul, I'm not usually a primer type of gal but the gold flecks and the pretty bottle pulled me into buying this. Not really having much experience with primers in the past, other than an awful one with Benefits porefessional which left me completely broken out and miserable, I didn't have much to compare this to, all I knew is that I should be wearing primer and that all the beauty bloggers do it, so I should too, right?

This baby is packed full of a thousand and one different types of oils that I can't pronounce, let alone try and attempt to spell, but that makes me think it's supposed to be hydrating. It feels very silicone-y but for some reason still very nice and my foundation just sticks to this bad boy as if it's made from super glue. I originally thought primers were just a load of rubbish and that they couldn't possibly elongate the wear time of your foundation but this sucker really does. My favourite long wearing foundation can go from lasting around 8 hours without touch ups to lasting 12 hours, possibly more (usually this is just when I have to take my foundation off, but I'm sure it would last a lot longer).

Besides this, I found the YSL blur primer also fills in my pores and actually 'blurred' my skin without feeling thick and gloopy. I was worried about adding an extra layer to my skin routine as I didn't want it to feel like I was wearing a second layer of thick foundation but I honestly cannot feel this on my skin, if anything my skin feels softer and more hydrated. Textured skin around my nose area is something I'm also slightly self conscious of and this primer helps immensely with that.

My only issue (if you can call it that) is the promise of luminosity as the gorgeous gold flecks seem to melt away once I apply this to my face and often I find myself (now that I'm a little bit more experienced with primers!!) reaching for a tiny drop of my Becca backlight primer to add to the mix just to satisfy that glow I'm after. However, this is more than likely due to my skin-tone being very gold-toned and the gold flecks not showing up all that well but hey-ho, the issue is easily fixed with something like Benefit's High-Beam or as said, Becca's Backlight primer.

I'd also like to add that I've noticed my skin texture has significantly improved since using this and I've suffered less breakouts, it's as if the primer has been treating my skin or almost been creating a barrier between my skin and any products I've been using. Yves Saint Laurent's Blur Primer is now one of my favourite primers ever, and yes, I have now tried a LOT more and I love it as much as the first day I used it! This is my third bottle I've gotten through and I'll continue buying it until they stop selling it!

What are your opinions? Is £30 too much for a primer?

Monday, 20 February 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation REVIEW

I haven't really tried that much of Charlotte Tilbury's products before. I mean, they look gorgeous, but without actually popping them on my face it's a bit difficult to judge if they perform or not. This foundation had super good reviews and when I was having a girly weekend with my mum in London and had forgot my beloved Nars Luminous (I seriously need to find a new HG) I needed to pick up something to last me the weekend. The pastel pink box and rose gold lid was staring me down in Selfridges and I ended up picking the Magic foundation up from Charlotte Tilbury even though I didn't know all that much about it.

After getting home and doing a little bit more research on it, apparently this was 5 years in the making and promises a poreless complexion - which may be the reason why I don't get along with it because for some reason anything that promises a poreless complexion either breaks me out or just disagrees with my skin. It's such a shame this doesn't work for me because it really does look gorgeous and flawless as soon as you apply it but after about 3 or 4 hours wear it started to break apart and felt almost heavy on my skin. And, unfortunately, the next day I woke up with a few new pimples on my face.

The Magic foundation is definitely full coverage, which I like for a night out but not really for the day time, and reminds me a lot of the Estee Lauder Double Wear demi-matte finish. Dewy, luminous finishes are definitely my preference, but I will make a matte foundation work with luminous primers and highlighters if I love the formula of it. I found a sponge worked better with the thick formula of this foundation better than a brush, which just moved the product around and created a cake-y like texture, whereas the sponge helped absorb a lot of the excess product; but that may have been my mistake as you really do need a minuscule amount to make this foundation work.

I chose not to powder this foundation as much as I usually would as it does dry down quite a lot, but that really is down to personal preference.

On my yellow toned Mac NC35 skin I chose shade number 7 which was a perfect match, I believe Charlotte Tilbury has 12 different shades of this foundation, which is OK in my opinion but the darker end does need expanding as I think there's only 3 really dark shades.

Do I like this foundation? Uh, its OK. I still wear this from time to time, but I think since I bought it in early December I've only worn it about five or six times and I always pick other foundations over this. The formula is just too thick for me and unfortunately it broke me out, but if a matte, full coverage foundation is what you're looking for then this is probably going to suit you perfectly.

Have you tried this foundation before? What were your thoughts?

Monday, 6 February 2017

HIGHLIGHTER SERIES #5: Jeffree Star Skin Frosts - Regina George and Princess Cut REVIEW

UK readers buy here for £25.50
(My highlighter series is a series of reviews running through January and the beginning of Feb where I look at the most blogged about highlighters of 2016 and decide if they're worth it or not! I'm going to put up a highlighter series review every Monday.)

Let's be real here, what actually made me want to buy this product is the crazy pink Barbie packaging. I mean, it doesn't store very easily but it looks gorgeous in instagram posts! Another great thing about this packaging is that the mirror is huuuuuuge so when I'm carrying this around in my handbag, I don't need to carry around another compact mirror. There's been a bit of controversy around these as well, as it looks like you get a tonne of product (I mean you do, as you get 15g - compared to Becca champagne pop which is only 8g and £7 more) but people have been popping the pans out of the compact and showing how unbelievably thin the pan is. I mean, I haven't done this myself so I can't say for sure, but I just wanted to say that people have been complaining of these shattering easily because of the pans being stretched out so thin. (BUT if you've read my Becca champagne pop review which is linked below, you'll know that smashed and because I loved the formula of the product I wasn't overly bothered and didn't let it affect my review at all, so take that how you wish).

When I first heard Jeffree was releasing highlighters to go with his liquid lip line I think I peed myself a lil bit - I was so excited. Unfortunately, other things came up or other make up releases came out and I never ended up getting around to buying any of the Skin Frosts until this Black Friday release came about. I'd heard so many good reviews of these little (I mean... big...thin...who knows?) things so I thought chucking £50 (cry) at these would be a no-brainer, especially after watching his swatch video over on his youtuber channel where they looked unbelievably blinding. I mean, pink... glitter... highlighters??? Need I say more??? Could these skin frosts be any more of my aesthetic??? Admittedly Regina George is a bit out there, even for me, but I thought it would be a perfect blush topper for nights out and I could even use it as an eyeshadow. So, there I sat on Black Friday Evening, laptop and debit card at the ready... to make a huge flipping mistake.

I mean, they're OK. They're passable. If you dig your brush in the pan and scrape the top of the product off the compact with your nail then yeah, you're gonna get a bit of pigment, but do I want to spend 10 minutes ruining a highlighter just to get a patchy, crumbly mess on my cheek? Um, no thanks.

I think my issue with these is that I set my expectations too high. I'd seen all the beauty gurus who were, lets be honest here, either a) friends with Jeffree Star or b) sent PR packages of his products, giving great reviews of these and I'd believed every one of them (damn). I'm going to give the skin frosts one more try, I've seen a lot of people consistently using Ice Cold so perhaps that's a slightly different formula to those? Who knows. I'll keep you updated.

Run down of why I don't like these particular skin frosts:
Not that pigmented. I thought Jeffree was all about crazy pigmentation?
Princess Cut is stupidly patchy. A finger swatch is almost crumbly.
Stiff formula. If you've read my past reviews you know I like a smooth, buttery formula like Becca champange pop (OK, I'll shut up about Becca now).
Regina George has NO highligher-ness (great wording there Alex) but it is pretty much just a blusher with a few flaky specks of glitter that fall off your face in an hour or so wear time. There is no glow with this guy and forget any hopes of a glossy look. Did I get a bad one??

Are these Jeffree Star approved? Heck NO. Such gorgeous colours and thumbs up for being 100% vegan and cruelty free, too bad that the formula sucks. I'd hate to leave this blog post on a negative note, so I'm just going to say that his new palette looks pretty and I'm tempted........... but my bank account is screaming no after giving him my money for these dust collectors.

ALSO: I'm taking a short break from this highlighter series! I have a few other highlighters that I want to review but this was only supposed to be a January thing and I have some other make up goodies that need their time to shine. I've actually had companies and people email me about this series which is INSANE and I've really enjoyed creating it (duh, of course I have, highlighters are my thing). THE GLOW WILL BE BACK SOON but until then enjoy my palette and other make up goody reviews - every MONDAY at 6pm GMT. (I'm still gonna be on the hunt for that perfect golden glow tho...)

Have you tried any skin frosts? What shade did you try and what was your opinion?

View past series:
#1: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette
#2: Nars Albatross Highlighting Blush
#3: Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator Gilded Honey
#4: Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop

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