Saturday, 22 August 2015

First Impressions

Forgive me for I have sinned, I have been spending again! Oops! I have recently purchased a few new products and wanted to give you my first impressions of them.

Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour 7 days in Hot Salsa

I love my nails being painted but unfortunately due to working in a hospital can't wear nail polish, so it's a big treat for me to paint my nails. I generally only do it when I've got a few days off, so I often like to treat myself to a new polish when I get the opportunity. I like bright colours especially in the summer months, so I chose this bright coral red. I always like to use a base coat as well as a top coat so was intrigued to see how this promise of 7 day colour worked out. I loved the colour instantly. I don't know what I do with my nail but whatever I do I always manage to chip them almost instantly, even with base and top coat! I was impressed with the formula and the large brush meant it was easy to paint both hands, even the right which is always a bit tricky. It lasted a good 48hrs without chipping, which for me is pretty good! It definitely isn't 7 day wear for me but a much gentler person would probably get a good few days out of it. So far I am impressed and would try some more colours in the range.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

This is often described by beauty bloggers as a cult product, so I thought I'd see how I found it. It's a brilliant price at under £5, so I was hoping I would love it as it is a lot cheaper than my usual Nars concealer. And I really liked it! The consistency is lovely and thick and blend excellently with my beauty blender, and lasts all day. The colour 1 Fair was perfect for my porcelain skin, but they only have 3 colours in the range, so I would think it wouldn't be great for everybody's skin tone. I don't think it gave as much cover as the Nars concealer but it is definitely great for every day make up, but I think for an evening out I would opt for a more heavy duty concealer. For the price though it will definitely be a new staple in my everyday beauty bag.

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner in black

I know I'm a bit late on the bandwagon for this product but my old L'Oréal eyeliner had dried up so I needed to purchase a new one. I had heard great reviews for this product and I love the mascara from the They're real! range so decided to give it a whirl. The product is a gel-like formula and you twist up to dispense. The angle of the nib is suppose to push your eyelashes down and out of the way to allow ease of use. I found it a bit tricky to get used to, either too much or not enough came out and when it did you have to work really fast with it as it sets really quickly and it won't budge! After some perseverence though (and a bit of choice language in frustration!) I managed to get the hang of it and when I did the pay off was quite impressive! The line was jet black and stayed like that all day long, no fading or sliding down my eye, I loved it. It is pricey and I don't think I'd use it everyday as you need time to make sure you get it right but it would be a great one for a cat flick you want to stay put on a day or night out. They also have just released three colours in the range, a brown, purple and blue. I have my eye on the purple, so just watch this space... :-)

Eyelure Brow Crayon in Blonde

I generally use a brow powder to fill in my eyebrows but decided to try a pencil to make more space in my make up bag and maybe speed up my morning routine. I went for this one purely because it was on offer in Superdrug and I thought as Eyelure specialise in a smaller range of product it might be a good buy. Sadly I was disappointed with this product. The colour pay off is poor and to get a good amount of product you have to press really hard and even then the colour is poor. I don't think it will be replacing my brow powder, but I will continue to persevere with the product and see if I can make it work.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua beige 20

I really fancied trying a new foundation. I love my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in the winter months as it gives a brilliant coverage and blends brilliantly but it is too heavy for summer - I have struggled with a summer foundation I liked. I have tried BB creams but haven't been impressed with any of them and some of the light weight drug store foundations just don't last on my skin. So I read about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and decided to bite the bullet and pay the price and try it. OMG I LOVE IT! It really does give you that 'your skin but better' feel. It blends amazingly and I've even used my fingers a couple of times and have loved the results. A little also goes a very long way, which means it should last me the rest of the summer and autumn too! I haven't broken out and it lasts all day with a lovely dewy finish which is brilliant on my dry skin. First impression are love at first use!

Until next time x

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