Recently I've been testing out many a beauty product and I wanted to write about some of my initial thoughts for some of them. There are an equal amount of skincare things and make-up, and they're all new-to-me (not necessarily new releases), so let's get cracking.
Nude by Nature 05 Finishing Brush - My initial feeling about this brush was that it was very soft and it feels lovely on the face. I like the design of the brush as it's easy to hold. This is a finishing brush, so I've been using this to apply powder and blush. It achieves a very subtle look with powder products because it's not dense, but very soft and fluffy. If you're not one to cake on the products, this is a nice one.
Burt's Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser - I've been having cleanser trouble, or more skin trouble, at the moment. I don't have a set cleanser I'm using at the moment and I feel like this came just at the right time. I hadn't heard anything about Burt's Bees skincare, but after using this a few times now I can tell it's a really simple cleanser that cleans and softens the skin. Basic cleansers are what my skin tends to favour, so the fact this can clean my skin and not leave it feeling dry is a winner for me. I'm not particularly a fan of the scent though - it smells vaguely like honey and something else.
Napoleon Perdis Sateen Eyes Sculpting Eye Colour - This is not something I would usually go for, mainly because I seem to not be able to do eyeshadow for the life of me. I am slowly getting into it though, so bring your suggestions my way. I would describe this eye colour as being a medium/chocolate brown with a touch of shimmer through it. I'm not exactly an expert on eyeshadow, but I have been enjoying using this lightly through the crease and under the eye, so it gets a thumbs up from me.
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour in Temptation - I tried this the other day and my first thought is that I really like the formula - it is a bit sticky at first but if you tab off the first layer with tissue it is a nice, comfortable matte. I'm actually not so much a fan of this colour though, as I think it's a bit bright for me and looks too much. That's just personal preference though, I tend to be into softer, more subtle colours. This one is nice for spring if you live in the Northern Hemisphere.
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel - I bought this on a whim recently (but after hearing some good things about the brand here and there) and I'm glad I did, especially since I got 30% off it. I hadn't really tried peel masks before, but this one smoothed and lifted all the dirt and oil from my face. It did make my skin feel a little dry afterwards, but that's understandable with this kind of mask. I used an oil and moisturiser and the next morning my skin looked better than before (as I'd had lots of breakouts) - it really brings blemishes down and makes a smoother base for make-up.
Garnier Miracle Wake Up Cream - I'm not sure where Garnier sits for skincare; I haven't tried much from them before. I did like this more than I thought I would - the product is quite a thick consistency but actually feels light on the skin. It smooths my skin and makes it really, really soft. I feel like this is perfect for putting on before make-up because it smooths the complexion. The only thing I would say is that it's quite heavily perfumed, which I'm not much a fan of. I prefer products to be relatively unscented or more natural, but my skin hasn't reacted badly so far to this.
Do you want to try any of these products?
*The majority of these products (apart from the Manuka Doctor Facial Peel) were gifted to me at my Internship; not as PR Gifts. I'm not sure how to label them, but just letting you know.