Hurrah! A beauty post! June Favourites already… I can’t quite believe it.

As I mentioned in my last post many moons ago, I’ve been on the move a fair amount this month and so my makeup bag has been packed full of firm favourites, and these are a few things that made the cut.

First up is my new scent of choice which comes in the form of Jimmy Choo EDP (£41 30ml, Selfridges). This is sweet while also being slightly sensual (ha!) which makes it suitable for both day and night.

Next up and possibly the most exciting is one of the many new brow launches from Benefit. They’ve literally gone brow crazy and have released a boat load of new bits all in this swish silver packaging. I managed to nab a copy of Elle which held a Pre-release of the Goof Proof Brow Pencil (£18.50 full size, Benefit) before it came out on counters and to say i’m suitably impressed would be an understatement. This is waxy enough to stay in place while smooth enough so that it doesn’t feel as though you might give yourself a face lift while dragging it across. Shade 2 just happens to be the perfect shade for my blonde hair dark brow combination. I’m feeling pretty smug about the whole thing.

I was having a dig around in my collection and rediscovered my old fave Burberry’s Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (£23, Burberry) and now I wonder how it got to the back of my drawer and how I lived without it for a few months. The formula is outstanding; buttery soft but not powdery and it packs a real punch in terms of pigment. My favourite way to apply this is with a MAC 217 brush in a wishy washy motion. The brush does the work for you making the 7am smoky eye a breeze.

For nourishment, shine and colour on the lips there’s no better thing than the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (£18, Boots) I’d recommend picking this up in Duty Free for a two for one type deal. They’re great for no makeup days and for pairing with a full face. I’ll probably pick up another when I’m off on my jollys.

Roller Lash (£19.50, Benefit) is my favourite mascara ever. There, I said it. Yes, I’ve dabbled with others but nothing compares to the curling and lengthening that this tube delivers. One coat works wonders but if you’ve time for a second the difference is almost unbelievable. I usually go for a waterproof formula but this stays put all day and doesn’t end up in my eyebrows like others. It’s stubborn to remove but worth it for the look and longevity.

Finally the Collection Speedy Highlight (£3.99, Boots) has changed the way I glow. Alone, this is fine for a super subtle sheen however as a base for a powder highlight this is AMAZING. I use it for the latter because I like to resemble a lightbulb and this with a sweep of MAC soft and gentle leaves me shining like a beacon. In a good way, obv.

      

I received maybelline the colossal volume express mascara in the cat eyes formula in my fashion weekend goodie bag. I have tried a lot of the other colossal volume mascaras and loved both the original, waterproof and the leather effect versions so was intrigued by the cat eyes one. 

On first look, the cat eyes mascara has a curved wand made of natural bristles, making it ideal for feline inspired curled lashes. The mascara offers length and curl and with enough of it a fair amount of volume. You can’t expect volume from a mascara if you don’t wear enough of it. 

What struck me almost immediately after applying this mascara is how similar the end result is to that achieved by my current favourite benefits roller lash mascara. They have different packaging and different marketing techniques but the similarity between formula and the wand is uncanny.

I’d definitely recommend trying out this mascara at less than half the price of it’s benefit twin. I’ll be using this up now my roller lash mini has gone but I’m yet to decide which I’ll purchase again. 

What do you think? Have you found a dupe for roller lash? 

Back to the beauty bandwagon, today I’m bringing you a face of the day and it’s all brown everythang which I’m embracing greatly since going dark with my hair.

Starting with the base (I’m all about that bass)  I’ve slapped on an unusual combo of MACs studio sculpt and mineralise moisture foundations simply because I’m low stock on studio sculpt so wanted to spread it out a little. I’m pleased with the result, the mineralise moisture foundation added a more liquid texture to the gel base, thinning it out and making it a little more dewy; something I’ll never decline.  I then popped on my current favourite concealer in the form of L’Oreal’s the concealer in the shade vanilla, this was dabbed under my eyes, down my nose and on any blemishes with my beloved real techniques miracle complexion sponge (post coming soon).

For brows I used Sleek’s brow kit in light and one of my eyebrows looks horrendously darker than the other in the picture but I can assure you that they match in real life. On my eyes I patted on Burberry’s pale barley and blended out with my sigma e16 blending brush. I lined the lashline with Essence Cosmetics kajal liner in teddy before smudging that out and adding lashings of Benefit’s Roller Lash .

I dusted NARS bronzing powder in Laguna accross the high points of my face and finished off the look with Maybelline’s colour sensational lipstick in honey beige. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are your go to products for everyday? 



Pinch punch last of the month (Erm?). Today is the last day of February, meaning were almost three months into the year.. Crazy. This month has been busy for me, with this little slice growing and university getting pretty full on, I feel like I’ve barely blinked. But while I’ve been typing thousands of words and trying to maintain an ordinary life and some sort of balanced diet I have of course been wearing makeup and trying out new products, these are my pick of the pack.

1. Burberry sheer eyeshadow in Pale Barley – I reviewed this back in January and still am completely bessoted with it. Great for everyday, for a simple shade to work with liquid liner and for blending with darker shades for an evening smokey eye.

2. MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown – I’ve started using this again to fill in my eyebrows. It took me a while to make the swap from my trusty omega, but now that my hair is slightly darker I feel I can again pull off this once adored shade. Brow game strong.

3. MAC Blush in Harmony – I love this for a natural look for everyday. I feel as though this cool taupe shade suits me way more than the typical corals and pinks. It’s also fab for contouring.

4. Maybelline gel liner in Intense Black – this has made my life so much easier, gone are the days of wonky lines and smudged felt tips and here are the times of liner that I’m not ashamed of leaving the house in. I’m never one to speak too soon but this might hold holy grail status.

5. L’Oreal The Concealer in No.2 Vanilla – this is again something I’ve already spoken about. This concealer is full coverage while not being cakey or heavy like it’s competitors. I love this for both under eyes and on any blemishes or redness. It’s been compared to the NARS creamy radiant concealer, definitely one to try.

6. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iberico – I’ve really taken a shine to this bright, bold lip option this month. It’s a straight up orange, verging on orange toned red but more like red toned orange. The impact of the shade makes lips appear bigger and fuller. Kylie who?

7. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – I’m coming to the end of my sample size now after pretty much everyday use since picking it up with this months Elle magazine. As I mentioned in my review, this offers length, curl and hold and is great for both day and night.

8. Mitchum Advance Deodorant Stick – glamorous I know… This is brilliant though. It offers a fresh scent and all day sweat and odour control. I like the stick form aswell because it doesn’t apply wet or sticky like roll ons.

So that’s it for another month. What products do you like?

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Following a gripping buildup comes a lot of hype, and this product is no different. Launching as a global exclusive first look and trial in this months edition of UK Elle magazine, the Benefit Rollerlash mascara has had everyone and their mothers rifling through the shelves of local newsagents, with everyone trying to get their hands on a copy.

I managed to get one in Brighton, I’m down here visiting my boyfriends family and found it in a Sainsburys local store. I was more than excited to get back and try it.

The mascara comes in a black tube with a pink lid (the full size lid looks like a hair roller) and has a thin, plastic bristled wand with a curved shape. The product claims to hook, lift and curl, and upon first application I can say it definitely offers length and curl and gives lashes a fluttery effect, somewhere between the false and natural lash looks.

I do really like this mascara, as with every benefit mascara it’s difficult to remove, but every cloud has a silver lining and that only means that it is long lasting and holds the curl and length all day. I will definitely be looking into buying the full size.

Have you managed to get your hands on a copy?