What beauty bits I've been trialling recently..Even though I don't tend to follow beauty trends or manically snap up all the new releases, it happens that these products are all fairly new to the beauty world. There's quite a range of things - from a primer, eyeshadow, lipsticks, to everything you need for an at home gel manicure. As I try to use a smaller amount of beauty products and work towards having a bit of a clean out, I'm trying to only keep items that I really love. So, let's get to business then.
The Glow Getters
Upon first impression, the Estee Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme for Lips and Cheeks (while being a mouth full to say) is essentially radiance in a stick. I haven't actually used this on the lips yet, but it gives the perfect flush of colour on the cheeks. I've been leaning towards cream blush a bit more this summer, and I love how easy they are to pat and blend into the skin. There is potential to go overboard on colour with this one, but when I get it right it looks glowy without verging on being disco ball like. This is the perfect thing for summer.
The Balm Time Balm claims to prep your complexion for a flawless face. I haven't been one to wear primers regularly, but sometimes my foundation tends to cling to dry patches on my face, and if I haven't used a face mask in a while, things can look a bit rocky. I've been incorporating this into my routine and so far, so good. This does have more of a silicone texture, so if you're afraid of that kind of thing, it may not be the one for you, but I think it does the trick of smoothing out my skin. While not exactly radiance boosting, it helps to create a clean slate for a glowy effect with the rest of my makeup. It almost creates another layer on the skin that keeps things a tad more moisturised and ready to go.
Day to Night
As I've stated in previous posts, I'm starting to love applying eyeshadow and trying out new eye looks. The new Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palettes in 003 Grunge Glamour* and 001 Keep Calm & Wear Gold* on first look are the ideal day to night palettes, with a range of different cool and warm shades. Personally I prefer the warmer toned palette because I feel as though the shades suit me more. I love the matte browns and shimmery golds which serve as a quick two colour look. As for the wear and tear, and the formula, while the lighter colours have disappointing pigment, the darker colours do pay off. I can see my self using some of the browns and golds as they make my blue eyes pop, but bypassing the darker blues and purples.
Long-Lasting Lip Love
The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in 15 Red-volution* is a major player in the long-lasting liquid lipstick field. I swatched this on my arm and it didn't come off completely after scrubbing and scrubbing. In other words, if you're after the perfect red lip that will stick around when you're eating and drinking, this is the one. It has a really light texture and feels very comfortable on the lips even though it's a matte formula. Likewise, the Rouge Edition 12 Hours Lipstick in 46 Burgund'it* gives a fair share of other lipsticks a run for its money. This one isn't completely matte looking, but can be applied so easily by dabbing it into the lips as it's sheerer than the other formula, but still packs a punch in the pigment department. This is more of a brown/wine colour with a pinky tone to it, compared to the classic red. I'm actually really impressed with both of these lipstick formulas and look forward to using them more.
At Home Manicure
I was partly skeptical upon trying the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel as I wasn't sure the two step system (with a nail colour and a gel top coat) would be much more effective than just normal nail polish. The shades I have are Flower Crown (a baby pink) and Wine Stock (a dark red colour) as well as the Miracle Gel Top Coat to finish off with. As I'm writing this, I've had the Wine Stock shade on for almost a week and it's pretty much stay put. There are a couple of chips where I was careless with my nails (opening packaging or something) but you can hardly tell. While I think these are actually quite effective on first try, nail polish isn't something that excites me a great deal so I'm quite indifferent to this. I do think it's a good way to get a semi good-looking professional manicure, if you're decent at applying the polish that is!
Do you like the look of any of these products?