Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – Review!

When I look at my makeup collection and count how many foundations I have (10!), it’s pretty clear that I really don’t need anymore. It seems to be one of those things I’m always seeking out, trying to find the perfect one.

I popped into Boots last week and decided to pick up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, I had heard it was good and being the foundation lover I am, it was pretty hard to resist. There was two to chose from, the Healthy Mix Serum and the Healthy Mix Liquid Foundation. I opted for the serum as I prefer more gel based foundations, and this one seems to work very nicely.

I quite enjoy the packaging, it’s simple yet effective and relatively small, so you can fit it into your makeup bag with ease. It isn’t the most extravagant, but I like it and for £10.99 it seems to be worth the pennies in my eyes. The smell of the serum is actually really nice, I’m not usually one for perfumed makeup, but this luckily isn’t over powering and I don’t notice it on my face once applied. It just has a nice “fruity” smell to it, in the packaging.

Now, to the interesting part. Is it good? I think so. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you are looking for a light weight, dewy foundation that looks natural on the skin. As I just mentioned, it is a light coverage, however I do find that it covers everything I need it to pretty darn well, and I really like the finish it leaves on the skin. In fact, I might even go as far as saying it’s a very close rival to the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation…and if you know how much I love that, then that really is saying something!

At the moment, I really can’t think of anything bad to say (trust me, I’ve tried). It’s just a good, trustworthy foundation that has now made it’s way into my every day routine. It hasn’t broke me out (yet anyway) and it stays put till the end of my working day. If you are looking for a foundation that has a light coverage, natural but dewy finish and stays put throughout the day, then this may be one to take into consideration. It’s a goodun! P.s I have it in the shade 52.

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Smokey Eyes..

smokey eyesUsually I like to be quite minimal with my makeup and a full on smokey eye is something I shy away from, however I thought I would give it a go and see how it looked.

I actually quite liked it, and worked with greys rather than blacks in order for it to be less harsh on my eyes. I didn’t do too much, in fact I used very minimal products. I started off by applying a cream metallic grey colour from my Illamasqua Empower Palette, and put that all over the lid as a base. On top of that, I used gunmetal from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and applied that on top of the base all over the lid, blending where needed to give a neater appearance. In the corners and on the crease I used creep – a dark almost black shade, again from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I used my MAC 217 to blend around the edges and get rid of the mess I created around the eyes.

That was pretty much it for the eyeshadow, apart from a quick brush along my bottom lashes and in the inner corners to put give more dimension and edge to the look. I then used the Avon Super Shock Gel Liner pencil on the bottom and inner waterline and on my lash line. Then, lashings of Loreal Telescopic mascara and it was done! On my face I wore the Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum in shade 52, followed by MAC Select Cover concealer up in NC20. I have Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Peach on my cheeks and a bit of Benefit Hoola to contour. On my lips ia MAC Please me and that’s the whole look! Something a bit different to my usual get up…

My “Off to Work” Makeup Routine

Usually, mornings for me are spent rushing around trying to find matching socks or trying to figure out what top will go with my trousers. I know I should prepare every night before I go to bed, but it never seems to happen.

The slightly over dramatic rushing around like a headless chicken, tends to mean I have little time to sit infront of my mirror and concentrate fully on what I’m chucking onto my face. I try to spend no more than 15 minutes applying, just so I can have a teeny bit of time to take a breather and enjoy a coffee. Got to be done!

So, after rushing about and getting myself into a stressy mess, I sit down, take a look at my not so pretty morning face, and attempt to sort it out. To begin with, I moisturise with my Nivea light daily moisturiser, applying generously over my face and neck with no time to let it sink in. Imagine an army general shouting over your shoulder, telling ordering you to hurry up and get it done – that’s how I feel every morning.

Then, with little care I kind of just chuck my foundation on and hope for the best. No time for brushes, just a quick once over with my hands and the jobs done. I tend to vary with what foundation I choose, but it’s usually the trusted Rimmel Wake Me Up. Then, concealer to conceal those nasty blemishes and under eye bags, which usually tends to be the MAC Select Cover Up that is chosen to carry out this particularly important job.

Still rushing about, picking products up and chucking them back down, I then choose what’s going to happen with my eyes. Being the lazy person I am, mixed with extremely bad morning mood, the eyes tend to be very minimal (and very rushed). I just whack on my MAC Paintpot in Groundwork, attempt to draw the straightest line I can with my Topshop gel liner and then a quick once over on the lashes with whatever Mascara I choose on the day. At the moment it’s the Loreal Telescopic.

With the eyes done as best as I can be bothered to do, I move back on to the skin, concentrating this time on the cheeks. Out comes my trusted MAC cremeblend blusher in Something Special. That gets a light dab across the cheeks, followed by my Benefit Hoola bronzer to contour. As I tend to get oily throughout the day, I add a light dab of Clarins Mineral Loose powder over my face and for the lips, I usually just plaster on whatever is nearest at the time (unless it’s a bright red or orange of course) and voila. Done in just 10/15 minutes…I pretend it was effortless of course, no one needs to know the effort that was put in to make me look human….

This is how it usually turns out…nothing special as you can see!

My work makeup routine

MUA Dusk Till Dawn Palette Review!

Lately, I’ve been more accustomed to the slightly more expensive side when it comes to eyeshadows. I tend to think the quality is usually a lot better, with more pigmentation and tends to have nicer packaging (I’m a bit of a packaging geek).

I’ve heard a lot of good things about MUA products, including their eyeshadows. So, being a makeup junkie, it didn’t take much for me to purchase one of their eye shadow palettes, although seeing how cheap the prices are, it didn’t really do much damage to the bank account. Seeing as most of my eyeshadow collection is filled with nudes and “safe” colours, I thought I would be a bit more daring and go for something a bit more bright, which led me to the “Dusk till Dawn” palette.

I do like it, it’s full of really nice colours and the pigmentation is great….but, and there is a but, I don’t think it’s right for me. You know when you have a date with a guy and you just know that he’s not right for you? You don’t get that chemistry, or the butterflies in your tummy. That’s what I get with this palette. The colours (even though it was my intention) are just too bold for me. It just couldn’t work, even if I wanted it too…Sorry MUA!

I can’t fault the pigmentation of the product though, in fact I was actually really impressed. They appear to last for quite a while too, so it gets a thumbs up for overall quality! The packaging is to be expected, nothing special, but for the price you aren’t going to get amazing packaging. But, it does the job and that’s all you need.

If you like bright colours, then this will probably be the palette for you. With deep but bold purples, bright sky blue, and tantalising, shimmery golds, it’s definitely one to whack out during the party season!

You can pick this up for only £4, so it’s not going to break the bank! 

Benefit “Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow” Foundation Review!

A little while ago, I popped into Debenhams in Wrexham (a town in  Wales!). They didn’t have that much going on makeup wise in there, but they did have a benefit counter. Obviously I was drawn over like a moth to a flame, and I knew that money would be parted from me and it would be something I would just have to deal with. I mean, how can you resist? 

I did restrain myself and only purchased one item which was the POREfessional primer (see review here). But luckily, the lovely lady gave me a very cute sample size of the “Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow” foundation. Yay for me! And it definitely deserves a big “yay!”.

First of all, it has a pump, so that takes out all the unnecessary issues with wasting product and having too much come out resulting in very stressy and messy times. I‘m a poet and I didn’t know it!

Secondly, the packaging is decent. It’s not extravagant by any means, but it’s nice. And fits nicely with benefits slightly younger and quirky branding than some of the other high end brands out there on the market.

Now, thirdly, we get onto the actual product itself.  Benefit claims that it is an oil-free, brightening foundation, with medium coverage. It is SPF 25 and gives a luminous finish to the skin. Do I agree? Yep! It does exactly what it says on the tin, whilst still maintaining that natural “I’m not wearing any foundation, honestly!” look. We know it’s a lie, but they don’t have to! 

It’s lovely to apply, blending nicely onto the skin, and lasts reasonably long throughout the day. They have 9 shades in the selection, and I was matched with Ivory which actually does match perfectly. I love it so much, I think I will be purchasing the full size of this. So to sum up, I’m a happy bunny. It’s easy to get the product out, the packaging is fine, and the product is great! What more good a girl ask for?

If you would like to purchase this yourself, it is currently £25.50 (probably best to ask for a sample first though, just incase!).