Monday, 30 May 2016

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence REVIEW

If you are at all fussy with SPF and can't seem to find the perfect lightweight sun protection for your face, I suggest you march to your nearest Body Shop store and pick up their new Skin Defense Multi-Protection Essence. Which, despite the long (and rather confusing) name, is just an SPF for the face. A bloody good one at that!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Top Highlighters (ft BECCA Cosmetics + The Balm)

My top highlighters, BECCA Champagne Pop, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

My favourite highlight of all time has to be The Balms Mary Lou-Manizer. You just can't beat it! The slightly cooler toned highlight compliments my skin tone really well but will also look beautifully on a variety of different skin tones. I love pairing it with Benefit Hoola as a bronzer/contour, the two look so good together. Mary-Lou is the most intense highlight I own. It shows up so well on the skin and catches the light beautifully. This definitely isn't the highlight for someone who wants a "subtle glow" It is super intense and pigmented. Mary-Lou is really smooth to apply, never appearing patchy or chunky on the skin and I find that is wears all day. It really stays put!

My next highlighting favourite has to be BECCA Champagne Pop. Just.. Gorgeous. Again, not for those who want something subtle. Champagne Pop stands out beautifully on the skin, making your skin look so radiant and glowy. Champagne Pop has more of a warm undertone to it than Mary-Lou, pulling more of a peachy-gold tone. It is so soft and easy to blend, making it a dream to apply. I do find though, as it is so soft, it doesn't last as long as May-Lou throughout the day. If I want a super glowing highlight, I will actually mix Champagne Pop and Mary-Lou together on the tops of the cheek bones. I usually do this on a night out when I want a super glam, intense highlight. I love the combination! It looks so stunning.

BECCA champagne pop swatch, BECCA Moonstone swatch, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer swatch
Top to Bottom: Mary-Lou, Champagne Pop, Moonstone

My most recent highlighting discovery also comes from BECCA. This is their Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone. This is a liquid highlight, something I stayed away from for the longest time. I just never imagined a liquid highlight working for me, I always stuck to powders. I was so wrong! This is absolutely stunning. I take a tiny amount on a damp mini beauty blender, and gently tap it over the skin. Whilst it is still quite intense and noticeable on the skin, I'd say it was more on the natural "lit from within" side of highlights. It is absolutely stunning and I can't wait to take this away to Rome with me! Again, a slightly cooler shade but it still picks up a slight gold-y undertone. So beautiful on the skin, I love it. It applies beautifully (especially with a beauty blender) and melts into the skin, making it look more natural but still radiant. 

What are your favourite highlights? Leave me some recommendations below in the comments!

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Zoe x

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The BEST Highlighting Brush | Morphe M501 Review

Now, I am just going to state straight away that the Morphe M501 will only be classed as the best highlighting brush for those that like a less than subtle glow from their highlighting powders. If you want a soft, subtle sheen on the top of your cheek bones, then sorry, this is not for you.

I pair the Morphe 501 brush with any highlighter I use. I mainly reach for serious glow givers such as the Balm Mary Lou-Manizer or BECCA Champagne Pop. Both highlighters are intense as it is but when paired with the Morphe M501 brush, it amps up the glow even more!

Morphe m510, Morphe brushesThe Morphe M501 is a small, tapered brush with long, soft bristles. There's just something about the shape or the length of the hairs that allows it to pick up a lot of product (which is why if you like a subtle highlight, this is not for you!) with just one sweep. Despite picking up a lot of product, it never applies it in a heavy/chunky/chalky manner. It spreads the product effortlessly and evenly over the cheeks to give the most gorgeous glow. The shape is great too, it is quite small but fluffy, so it stops you applying highlight in areas you don't want it. This is a problem I found when using something like a fan brush, it may have a lot to do with the fact I have a small face and would end up with highlighter directly under my eyes and down past my contour by using a brush of that style, it was simply too big for my face, even when I would try and be really precise with where I applied it. The Morphe M501 allows you to be very precise as to where you apply your highlight but the long, soft bristles then allow you to blend and buff the product out effortlessly!

Not only is the Moprhe M501 a great brush, it is also super affordable and great quality! It washes really well and holds it's shape, it has puffed out slightly but that is something that tends to naturally happen to brushes once they've been "worn in".

Have you tried the Morphe M501 before? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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Zoe x

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Clarins Exfoliating Toner REVIEW

I think we all have those products that we almost take for granted? The products it takes us being without to realize how good they are. I totally had this moment with none other than my Clarins Gentle Brightening Exfoliating Toner.