Thursday, 26 June 2014

Little Makeup Haul ft. Ben Nye and MUFE

My favourite foundation has been nearing the end of the bottle for a little while and last week we were approaching crisis territory with only a few drops left. (Yep sure, I have other foundations. But none of them are as good as this one. I know you understand). Reaching the end of my beloved Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation is always a bit of a pain as there are very few stockists in the UK. It's just not a brand we sell here for some reason.

However, one place you can get it is Guru Makeup Emporium which has one store in London and a very handy website, from which I have bought my last few MUFE bottles after running out.

I was tempted by the other brands on the website to add to my order though and after doing some research settled for a couple of the infamous Ben Nye loose face powders. As I was already paying postage for my foundation I told myself it made more sense to buy more things.
Terrible logic.

Although the super famous product is the Banana powder due to Kim K's permanently flawless face and Instragramming of herself all powdered up, I don't think the yellow tone would work for my complexion and, having done a bit of online research, I wanted something that would be an all-over setting powder for me.

I went for the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Buff and the Neutral Set Colourless Powder, both of which have some really strong reviews. These are supposed to be really good at keeping the shine at bay due to the fact that the brand's roots are in theatrical makeup which is what sucked me in as, come lunchtime, I do suffer from the shine. I have only had a dabble so far so can't comment yet on whether they live up to their reputation, but I'll update when they've spent a bit longer in my makeup bag.

Neutral Set, 1.75oz £5.50; Luxury Powder in Buff 1.5oz £9.95

The powder is really finely milled and the tubs come with sifters at the top which are handy but I'm sure will not prevent a powder mishap in the near future. Having said that, I won't sob too much over any spillages as you do get a lot for your money in comparison with high end brands.

Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation in shade#20 £29.95

This foundation has truly holy grail status with me after discovering it on my year abroad in France. It's pricey but to me it's worth it. Get the foundation right and everything else falls into place much more easily.

So there's my little shopping haul from last week. If you're interested in either of these brands then I really recommend the stockist Guru Makeup Emporium. Items are always packaged up carefully and usually arrive the very next day. Perfect if you're nearing the panic stage at the end of your favourite foundation.

If you'd be interested in a full post on the foundation or powders (once they've had a fair trial obviously) then I'd be more than happy to oblige so just let me know in the comments :) Oh and I'd love anyone else's thoughts on the Ben Nye powders or any other bits from the range that you think I should try.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Week in Photos

So here's what I've been up to recently, according to Instagram...

1. I made a New Look sale order a couple of weeks ago before I went away and finally got a chance to wear this blazer last week. Part of me loves it and part of me thinks it looks a little prim. Hmmm

2. I met up again with the lovely Ellie from Mantra Pixie and we had a lovely little chat and catch up. And we ate some seriously good food. Patty and Bun was closed (sob) so we ended up in Burgers and Cocktails instead and both the burgers and the cocktails were yummy. Bubblegum gin? Yes please.

3. A little bit of lunch time shopping...whoops. In my defence, House of Fraser had a brand sale event on at the time and I didn't keep everything I ordered.

4. I normally meet up with my two best friends regularly for dinner/coffee/cocktails but we thought we'd switch it up with a lovely sunny breakfast date last week. I was full until well into the afternoon after the eggs benedict and copious amounts of tea and juice.

5. Cracking out a different (and much neglected) scarf here, but it didn't last long. Although it's pretty, these floaty/chiffon type scarves are just a bit too light weight to be practical.

6. Lunch at Bill's and I wasn't feel too hungry so opted for the salad (plus sweet potato fries which you can spy in the background there...). Such a nice salad with plenty of yummy bacon and avocado and no skimping on the dressing. Probably not THAT healthy but definitely tasty.

7. So last week I got back from a work trip to Kosovo. I've never visited a Balkan country before and it was great. Everyone in Pristina was so friendly and the bars had a fun atmosphere. Oh and we visited an actual bear cute! I took this snap whilst doing some work on our apartment balcony in the morning sunshine. It was a really good trip but I was ready to come home at the end of the week...too much time with one colleague can be a little wearing after a while!

8. Cinema trip to see Maleficent. I really enjoyed this and thought Angelina Jolie was a great casting. I imagine some of the effects would have looked great in 3D, but having to wear 2 pairs of glasses to watch a film just doesn't  really appeal.

9. Back to my favourite summery scarf but with bare legs! The sun finally has its hat on here in the UK. I am an eternal jeans wearer but thought I should try to switch it up a bit so slapped on a bit of faux glow and went for a dress. It's made me realise I was a bit hung up on not getting my legs out ever and pushed me towards getting a couple more dresses for work and play. Now I just have the (surprisingly difficult) task of finding something that isn't bum skimming. I'll keep you posted...

On to the next weekend now!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A box of brilliant beauty goodies

A couple of weeks ago an email from Latest in Beauty dropped into my email inbox advertising their latest box of make up and skincare goodies - the British Beauty Blogger Dream box. None of the beauty boxes from this website have caught my eye in a while but, having had a quick look, this one was mostly full of items I really wanted to try (as expected really, as it was put together by a blogger!) and for £19.95 it seemed great value so I snapped one up.

Quite a few products were crammed in and there was a handy little booklet telling you what each product was for which is always useful with this sort of goody box, where it isn't always clear how to use every item. 
There are no obvious duds or filler items here but there were some clear star products that I'm most excited to try out.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. Essie Nail Polish. 
Benefit it's potent! eye cream. Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleaning Water.
LOLA Make Up Kabuki Brush. L'Occitane Divine Lotion.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick sachet. Bourjois Cream Blush.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Particularly I can't wait to use the mascara (which is a full size tube!), the Benefit eye cream (which I've heard great things about) and the L'Occitane lotion (which is something I'd never have bought otherwise). The kabuki will be perfect for some serious powder buffing too.

And here are the other bits and pieces which I'll enjoy using too.

Kneipp Herbal Baths oils. REN Satin Perfection BB Cream.
Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette.
Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream. Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge perfume.
Janjira Hand Wash.

The eyeshadow palette shade that I received is a bit bright for me but I'll use some of the neutral shades at least, and the REN and perfume samples are great for travel. I may just have to gift the bath oil to a friend as we only have a shower in my house, so I won't get any use out of that one!

I'm yet to try out any of the bits but if anything impresses then I'm sure it'll pop up in a post on here. If you want to know how I got on with anything in particular then just let me know.

The British Beauty Blogger Dream box has now sold out (was definitely one of their best offerings!) but if you want to take a look at the contents for yourself and what they're all used for then you can see it on the Latest in Beauty website here). FYI: I bought this myself after receiving their standard mailing list email promo. If you like trying new brands/products or just like the excitement of being send a goody bag of things then it's worth keeping an eye on what they're coming out with as some of the boxes are really good (last year's Glamour edit box!) and these ones seem to sell out pretty sharpish.