Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Favourites

Where did February go?  Seriously.  January felt like it was never going to end and this month has flown by in the blink of an eye!  It was a great month for me in finding some great products I love and I've probably covered most of them on the blog already, but I love reading monthly favourites posts.

Mane n' Tail and Aussie Miracle Shine

I loved both Mane 'n Tail and Aussie Miracle Shine shampoos so much this month and am now alternating between them but I've some new ones to try now and I'm fully expecting my bathroom to be a mess of half empty bottles!  I've reviewed them very recently so won't go into them in detail again, but click here to read the Mane 'n Tail review and here to read the Aussie Miracle Shine review.  I'll be purchasing both of these myself again no doubt about it.

Korres Lip Butter Pomegranate

I'm a huge fan of Korres lip butters and decided recently that I wanted to try one of the tinted ones.  So when in Harvey Nichols recently, I picked up Pomegranate and it's fast become one of my favourite lip balms.  It gives a nice wash of colour on the lips and is really moisturising and nourishing and I'll purchase them over and over.  They're a bit spendy at €8.50 but they're totally worth it for me as they do what they say on the tin.

Inspirational words

Last week when I brought Bailey to get his hair did, I had an hour to kill and spent the whole hour in Homebase like a proper bridie.  They'd lots of really nice bits and bobs for the hours but I saw this little placard and had to buy it to help keep me inspired.  Joanne is moving out at the end of March and I want to do lots to the house, money permitting of course.  I really want to turn the box room into my beauty room and thought this would make a nice little wall decoration and for just under a tenner, I snapped it up and look at it from time to time to give a bit of motivation!


With the arrival of spring, the days are getting longer and everyone seems that little bit happier that it's bright when we going to work and coming home.  The favourite part of my day by far is driving along by Sandymount at about 7.45, just as the sun's coming up.  I can't help being in awe of the stunning sunrises I've seen over the past month and have snapped a few and made it a wee Twitter tradition to make it my first tweet of the day.  Well, when it's sunny that is!  These were only taken with my little iPhone but if I can get myself organised next week, I might try to bring my Canon some day and get better shots. 

Bourjois eyeliner

This is one of the prettiest eyeliners I've seen in ages and I'm buying a back up of it this weekend I love it that much.  It's purple with blue shimmer in it, what's not to love?  See it in action here if you dare.

Tangle Teezer

Why I'm so late to the Tangle Teezer bandwagon is beyond me and I don't know what I did before it came into my life.  I'm someone who loves getting their hair brushed and could easily fall asleep getting it done.  The little plastic bristles on the TT gives my scalp a grand massage and feels fantastic.  I've been using it when drying my hair and it leaves me with lovely smooth locks.  Oh and it gets rid of tangles easily.

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

I've been using this ever since getting it in a goodie bag before Christmas and I love it so much.  I'll be showing it to you in action next week but basically it's a mineral powder that mattifies but also gives a luminosity to the skin like no other powder I've tried.  Usually with powders that promise to give light and luminosity to the skin, they have shimmer in them but this doesn't.  Wait until I show you next week and you'll see what I mean.

Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

Over the past few weeks I've found myself using this Smoothing and Illuminating cream from Vichy in the mornings and love how it evens out the texture of my skin and makes my foundation go on easily.  It smells lovely and sinks into my skin beautifully.  Read more about it here if you should be so inclined!

What have you been loving this month?


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - Greenberry

This nail polish is not for the faint hearted but it was love at first sight for me.  One of Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine polishes, the vibrant green shade Greenberry yelled at me in Superdrug as only a bright polish can.  It's part of the Spring 2013 collection and I picked up a second polish that I'll show you next week.

Greenberry is one of those polishes that is so hard to photograph properly but in saying that, it looks different in various light.  It wavers from a lighter emerald green to an aqua blue and as I'm sitting here in artificial light, it looks turquoise.  I love it and have nothing like it in my collection (like that would have stopped me from buying it). 

It makes a nice change from the usual pale pastels that are traditionally on my nails during Spring and I will go back to them no doubt, but I wanted something that would perk me up and Greenberry does just that.

As it's one of the gelly polishes, it has a thicker consistency than the regular Barry M polishes and some streaking can occur.  But if you do lighter coats than you normally might, you should be fine and dandy.  These photos show three coats which is what I'd normally do anyways.

So will you be trying Greenberry?  It could be a St Patrick's Day manicure with a twist!  It's totally worth the €5.99 price tag and will take me from spring to summer easily.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks - 02 Beige Trench, 03 Peche Cosy, 11 Fraise Remix, photos, swatches, review!

After meeting the Bourjois team a few weeks ago and seeing their lipstick case with all 17 shades of their new Rouge Edition lipsticks, I knew I had to try some out myself.  Especially after swatching about six of them on the back of my hand and making "Ooh" noises.  The 17 shades are broken down into three trends, Preppy which has the nudes, Colour Block which is full of bright shades and Night Out if you want darker, more sophisticated shades.  And I've just realised they're numbered from 02 to 18.  I wonder why there's no numbero 01?

Anyway, these are the three I chose on my Superdrug visit recently and let me just say how much I love the packaging.  Simple and lightweight.  Each shade is enriched with orchid blossom extract which allows them to glide on easily and promises up to 10 hours of hydration.  I don't think I've ever left a lip product on for that long what with eating and drinking and all.

The best part of the packaging is the bottom which not only shows the colour of your lipstick, but also the number.  So I store mine upside down for quick access.

You know I love a good nude lipstick and shade 02, Beige Trench is a light rosy nude that is much more flattering than the flesh toned nudes that make one look like a corpse.  This has enough purple and pink in it to give life to your face and it's one of my favourite nude lippies in my collection already.  

Bourjois Rouge Edition 02 Beige Trench
We know I love peachy lips and so shade 03, Peche Cosy, had to be mine.  Sometimes I find nude and peach lipsticks can be too creamy and end up sliding all over my lips but the texture of the Rouge Editions are almost satin so I still get colour but with a light glossy finish.

Bourjois Rouge Edition 03 Peche Cosy
Can you believe I bought a bright shade too?!  Shade 11, Fraise Remix stole my heart and I think it's my favourite of the three.  It's described as a fruity pink but I think it's a pinky coral shade that's almost watermelon-y.  It's cute and will be perfect for summer and makes me happy.  I don't even feel that self conscious when I'm wearing it!

Bourjois Rouge Edition 11 Fraise Remix

The Rouge Edition lipsticks give both colour and shine, while feeling lightweight on the lips.  They really are moisturising and feel comfortable.  I've been wearing them applied directly from the tube or sometimes I pat my lips with my finger after applying them to give a lighter finish.

I'd totally recommend checking these guys out.  They're available in March and will be €12.99.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bourjois Fan-tastic Volume mascara review, before and after photos

We all know I'm a mascara junkie and I've made many the rudie joke about the size, width, length of mascara wands and that will never change because I'm 12 years old on the inside!

The latest mascara from Bourjois has a wand the like of which I've never seen before.  The purple packaging is me all over and stands out a mile in the mess that is my make up stash.  The fan shaped brush itself is more of a comb than a brush and it's shaped in such a way to allow you to get the little lashes in the corners.

The brush is fantastic for really combing through the lashes and I've never had to use more than one coat each time I've used it.  Usually with mascaras that promise to fan out the lashes, the formula is pretty thin, giving you wispy natural lashes.  However Bourjois have cracked it in terms of giving fanned out fluttery lashes that also have volume, lift, curl and separation. 

On to the obligatory before and after shots! 

Holy moly I look like I've no eyelashes in the before shot!  The photos speak from themselves.  You can see my lashes are fanned out, curled, separated with plenty of volume.  It stays put all day and comes off easily at the end of the day.

Bourjois Fan-tastic Volume mascara is €13.99 and on counters now.  So if you want to play with a mascara with an interesting wand, then definitely check this one out.  This was a sample but it was only a matter of time before I bought it myself.  I'm a huge fan of Bourjois mascaras and this is a great addition to the range.  Love it!

Lush has Mother's Day and Easter all wrapped up!

It has been ages where I've been sent products that made me go "Oh my God it's so cuuuuuuute" over and over again and while taking these photos last night, I didn't shut up the whole time!

Lush sent a few products from their Mother's Day and Easter ranges and I just had to show them to you right away.  Ok, so Mother's Day is March the 10th so we'll start with that.  Lush is great in that they have something for everyone's budget, be it single items or hatboxes full to the brim with lovely goodies.  I like the idea of making a little hamper with mammy's favourite treats in it like these goodies.

Secret Garden Bath Bomb €3.25
The Secret Garden Bath Bomb is cute.  Soooooooo cute!  It's a bath ballistic that has a frothy outer layer so you'll get bubbles and fizz in your bath.  It's delicately floral with the scent of roses, wild sweet orange and rosewood oils.  I think this is going to hurt me to use it and see the little pink flower disappear but such is life and Karen needs a nice bath!

Lush Mum Reusable Bubble Bar €6.95
Lush are famous for their reusable bubble bar wands and I've gone through plenty of the Christmas versions over the years.  This one, Mum, short for chrysanthemum is bright and uplifting with notes of orange, lime and juniper berries.  When I'm smelling products like this, I like to test myself and not read the release to see if I can describe what I'm smelling and as I sat there saying "Oh it's so cuuuuuuute", I also said that it smelled citrussy and like grass and then went to read what it really smelled like.  Would you believe that the fragrance is described as a freshly mown lawn!  Get in Karen, you know some of your scents.  This also comes in a Tulip and Butterfly version and look equally as cute from the photos.

There's also a Washing Up Fairy reusable bubble bar wand (€4.95) that can be used to wash the dishes which is very intriguing altogether.  First of all, it's more environmentally friendly and you should get around eight washes out of it but I'm telling you, if I bought one of these for mam, she'd knock me on the noggin with it, so maybe I'll treat her to the Mumkin bubble bar (€3.65) which is fruity and will give her a bath full of raspberry scented bubbles just to be on the safe side?

Let's fast forward a few more weeks and have a look at a couple of the Easter goodies.  

Lush Carrot reusable bubble bar €6.25
The Carrot reusable bubble bar is the cutest thing I've ever seen and made me feel like Bugs Bunny as it looks like a cartoon carrot!  You swish the bubble bar around the bath with the green stalks and enjoy the fruity scent that comes from buchu, lemon an bergamot oils, not to mention the carrot oil that helps sooth and rejuvenate the skin.

The Heñata bath ballistic is like a piñata for the bath, except it's a hen.  Heñata!  You can smash the lil' chicken against the side of the bath to reveal hidden surprises like soap paper flower petals and a small ballistic egg!  I've decided this guy's name is Henry.  Henry the Heñata.  And little Henry will be taking a trip to my bath this weekend I tell you that!

Heñata Bath Ballistic €5.95
He's yellow on one side and orange on the other which totally ties in with his citrus scent courtesy of tangerine, bergamot and mandarin oils.  He is a grand man our Henry the Heñata!

Also in the Easter range is The Brightside Bubble bar (€5.75) that I've been meaning to try for ages as it's supposed to be uplifting and citrussy and will turn the bath red and orange.  The Easter Egg Hunt soap (€4.50/100g) has lots of goodies nestled into the soap and looks like a little cartoon.  The Fluffy Egg bath ballistic (€3.95) will leave your bath smelling like marshmallows and The Immaculate Eggception (€8.95) is one of Lush's double layered bath ballistics that contains a mini chick or bunny inside it and I need to try this stat!

So Lush have done it again with their cute, dinky, seasonal products and I'm going to have some fun testing these out.  My poor mam won't get a look in!

See anything that tickles your pickle?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Clarins Double Serum review

Ok.  Let me start off this post with three points. 

1.  Usually when I receive something from Clarins to test out, I keep it until I review it and then dutifully pass it on to mam who loves all things Clarins and could probably open her own pop up shop at this point. 

2.  I still have this in my possession and she doesn't know I have it because I can't part with it. 

3. It's mother's day on the 10th of March so she'll be getting her own one because I know she'll love it so therefore this negates all possible guilt I have over withholding it.

Anyway, back to the review.  I've been testing out the latest version of the Clarins Double Serum for the last five weeks and have been wanting to blog about it after the first couple of weeks.  But when it comes to skincare reviews, I wait at least three weeks so I can give a full and frank review.

The two age-defying formulas, hydric and lipidic come in dual chambers which makes it sound very Indiana Jones altogether and when combined, make a groundbreaking serum that was 27 years in the making.  It promises to activate the skin's five vital functions; hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration and protection.  So basically it's claiming to make your skin firmer, minimize pores, even out the skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Don't mind if I do!

The pump dispenses a really small amount and you can see how the oil and water part separate until you rub your hands together.  I apply it the way I was taught by the Clarins team and that's by pressing my hands onto my face and not rubbing it in.  Despite the oil in it, it doesn't leave any greasy residue on my skin and it feels light on my face.

I have large pores on my face beside my nose and they're definitely less visible.  Overall, I see an improvement in the texture of my skin.  My skin tone is a lot more evened out and firm.  I don't have many wrinkles (thank you mammy girlie bits) but I do have an annoying frown line that I'm working on getting rid of, so I like to massage the serum into that and work it into the skin.  I'll report back at the end of the bottle to see if it makes any difference, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

I've been using the Double Serum every morning and evening and I'm about a third of the way through the bottle so I'd say I'll get a good three to four months out of this.  It costs €69.50 so girlie maths time means that it'll work out in and around the €20 a month for something that really does work and for me, it's a worthy investment.

As I said before, Mother's Day is coming up and our mam will be getting this.  I know she'd never think of buying this for herself so this will be the perfect treat for her and I know she'll love it!

Maybelline Color Show nail polishes - photos, swatches

Ooh Maybelline have launched their first runway inspired wardrobe for our nails in the way of 39 new shades combined with some capsule collections that will be launched throughout the year.  Two of these will coincide with Fashion Weeks so we can take away a little piece of inspiration from the runway looks without breaking the bank!

I was sent five shades to play with and instantly fell in love with the coral shade, as did Joanne.  We get most products sent to her job and less than an hour after emailing me a photo showing me the nail polishes, she sent me another photo with the middle shade on her nails, so we knew we were on to a good thing!

L-R: Sugar Crystals, Coral Craze, Urban Coral, Midnight Taupe, Watery Waste

I think a little swatchfest is in order don't you think?  I hadn't tried any of the Color Show polishes until now and was happy to see that each shade was opaque after two coats except of course for Sugar Crystals.  The polishes went on evenly with no streaking and after careful examination of the press release that came with these guys, I've now another four on my list that I want to try next!

Anway, let's get to the business at hand.

First up is Watery Waste.  Why they named it that is beyond moi, but that aside, it's a soft silvery shade that has more of a pearly finish than metallic, making it much easier to wear. 

Midnight Taupe is next and it's the most sophisticated of the five shades.  It's a dark mushroom shade with purple and brown undertones and is totally office friendly.

Next we have the brightly coloured Urban Coral.  This makes me yearn for summer and bright days, holidays in Spain with blue skies.  So I'll be wearing this to transport me to the future!  This is me in nail polish form during the summer months.

This next shade is me in nail polish form in spring time!  Coral Craze is all kinds of perfect for me right now.  It's peachy and corally, it's pastel, it's pretty, it's bright and gives my pale skin a little lift.

Finally we have Sugar Crystals, a shimmery sparkley shade that can add a bit of interest to bare nails or used as a topcoat over another polish.  I've used it on it's own on the left, over Urban Coral and Coral Craze and because it doesn't have that gritty finish that a glitter polish usually would, you can get away without using a topcoat over it.  It's pretty and feminine without turning your nails into a disco ball.

Each of the shades are a very reasonable €4.55 and are definitely worth checking out.  Have you tried any of the Color Show polishes yet?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Favourite Five posts of the week from my fellow bloggers - week 8!

Another week done and dusted!  Next week sees March and we'll be right smack bang in the middle of spring with hopefully milder weather.  Seriously, snow?!

Here are my favourite five posts of the week from my fellow bloggers that made me go ooh, hmmm, ahhhh, I wanna buy that.

1. Jayme and Mendi over at Her Late Night Cravings are two of my favourite bloggers in the US.  This week they inspired me to root around and find my Jennifer Aniston perfume after this post and video featuring their favourite perfumes.  I smell lovely now so thanks ladies!

2. British Beauty Blogger Jane showed us some beeeeeautiful products from Clarins and this post shows off the Instant Light Lip Perfectors in all their glory.  See Candy Shimmer?  Yeah, that's going to be on my lips as soon as it's released.

3. I instantly in love with the eye shadow palette and nail polish from Estee Lauder's summer collection shown to moi by Ellie of Beauty Products Junkie.  I defy you not to see something with your name on it!

4.  I love everything about this simple and elegant manicure over on Nailed It and I can pretty much guarantee I wouldn't be able to do it myself.  Until I figure out how to do nail art that requires proper concentration without holding my breath, I'll just sit and look at posts like these!

5. More nails, I can't help it!  Look at this gorgeous black and gold manicure from The Nailasaurus... I need to try that Nails Inc leather effect polish and that gold glitter was only a pound.... Hmmm I sense a shopping trip coming on!

The pit of my week and the peak of my week - week 8

Ok, so the pit of my week is a bit different this week and it's mainly because I had a pretty good week overall but this stuck in my mind since it happened!  And it's more funny than bad, but still traumatic.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter and are regular readers of the blog might know that I work in a hospital.  I am supremely squeamish and despite working in the admin section, see and hear my fair share of things that make me want to puke.

One day during the week a patient rang up with a query and because we've patients that return regularly, I recognised her voice.  Before I had a chance to ask her what I could do for her, she started telling me her problems and went into such detail about mucus and creams, candida and snots and I kid you not, I sat there in silence with utter horror on my face, hand covering my eyes and wrinkles forming from the face I was making due to the fact that someone was going in to such graphic detail about her bodily functions as if she was telling me what had happened in Eastenders the night before.  I nearly got sick in my face wasn't the same after that for a while.  Too.  Much.

The peak of my week was finally getting around to getting Bailey's hair cut!  I love it when his hair is long and shaggy, but my carpet does not.  I bring him to Petmania in Santry so legged it up there on Friday evening for a quick snip snip.  The girl who grooms him is so good and he always looks great when he's finished.  He not only looks great but he looks younger and loses half his body mass!  If only it was that easy for the rest of us!

He's a skinny minnie who feels lovely and soft but won't leave me alone!  I think he must feel cold with his hair gone so is surgically attached to moi, but I won't complain!

How was your week?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked foundation review - before and after photos

What do you do when you see a new foundation on the counter in a Superdrug in Newry?  You buy it.  Even if you haven't read anything about it.  The fact that it's called Nearly Naked is enough to tickle your pickle.

A quick swatch on the back of my hand and I was good to go.  I know, very bold not swatching it on my face but I had a time limit (mam and Joanne were hovering over me) and I was under pressure.  I picked up the shade 130 Shell and hoped for the best.

Turned out my hand is a grand match for my face!  The foundation itself is nice and light in texture and gives light to medium coverage.  It has enough coverage to hide slight blemishes, imperfections and redness but still lets my skin show through.  It evens out my skin tone and really does look like I'm wearing nothing on my skin.  If you have spots or dark circles, then you'll need a concealer, but for the purpose of this here review, all the photos below are of one layer of the foundation and nothing more.  Unless you count eyebrows and mascara and tinted lip balm, but you know what I mean.

One of my pet peeves when it comes to foundation is the absence of a pump and this one is sans pump.  Twice already I've not been paying attention and poured too much out onto the back of my hand.  I use my Real Techniques buffing brush to work it into my skin and it goes on easily and without much faffing about.

It sets to an almost satin finish, giving luminosity to the skin without looking shiny.  I have the good old oil t-zone and the first time I tried it, I didn't set it with powder just to see how I got on and I'm glad I didn't because it wasn't necessary at all.  If I apply it at 7am, it looks perfect up until around 1pm or so, and it's my nose and forehead that starts to get a slight bit shiny but I can still get away without powdering. 

This will set you back €13.99 which is pretty fair for a great pharmacy foundation.  I've loved using it and will keep working my way through the bottle.  Nice one Revlon!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

NYC Expert Last Lip Colors review, photos, swatches

Seriously, who else would make it a reality to buy a lipstick for the same price as bus fare into town other than NYC Cosmetics?  €2.49 is the damage for one of these highly pigmented lipsticks, that's nothing!

I was sent six of the fourteen available shades to play with and had fun trying them all.  The great thing about affordable products like this is that you can try out shades you mightn't normally wear without breaking the bank.

L-R: Air Kiss, Snowcone, Purple Crush, Sugar Plum, Red Rapture, Traffic Jam

I loved Air Kiss, Red Rapture and Traffic Jam which is surprising considering I'm usually scared of bold colours like this.  They had a gorgeous satin finish that is more flattering than the frosty metallic finish of Snowcone, Purple Crush and Sugar Plum.

Each shade has great colour payoff, frosty and otherwise, and have a fruity scent that I like.  They last a couple of hours before needing to be retouched.  I'll definitely be checking out the remaining shades in the range the next time I'm at an NYC stand.  I'll just leave the frosty ones to the lovers of the 80s and I'll stick to the satins!

A definite budgetary winner NYC!


New! Aussie Miracle Shine review

As the Take That lads said, "Let it shine" and thanks to the Aussie Miracle Shine range (which is a much better name than the Aussie Moist range which just gives me goosebumps), we can let our hair shine for all the world to see and be jealous of.  Of all the attributes that I could want my hair to have, shine is the number 1 thing I look for and it's been that way for years.  Anything else is an added bonus after that.

The haircare gods were obviously listening to my silent pleas for shiny hair because these products from the Aussie Miracle Shine range arrived to a happy me last week.  I don't usually review products so early on but you'll see why I had to tell you about them below.  The formula contains Pearl powder and Australian Ginseng extract that are supposed to help with the shine end of things.

The range consists of a shampoo, conditioner and 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment.  All three smell lovely and fruity.  The shampoo lathers up to give you a massive head of suds and rinses away to leave me with squeaky clean hair.  The conditioner isn't very thick and my hair seems to drink it up.  I haven't used the deep treatment yet but will do so this weekend and report back.

The first time I used the shampoo and conditioner, I blow dried my hair and immediately investigated my locks under different lights and with different mirrors just to make sure what I was seeing was real.  I then went downstairs and told Joanne to pause whatever was on the telly so I could ask her if my hair looked normal shiny or extra shiny, but I already knew the answer.  She said it looked super shiny and like I'd gotten my hair done.  That was good enough for me.  Confirmation that my hair was as shiny as shiny could be.

Now, I've tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners that promise shine but found that they either stripped my hair of every bit of oil and moisture in an attempt to remove any dullness, or made it limp and almost greasy.  There isn't a hint of grease or residue after I use these products folks.  The length of my hair comes to life as my highlights (ahem, that's what I'm calling them even though I haven't dyed my hair since last year) catch the light.  I can only imagine what it will do for those with darker hair.

Now let me tell you about how my hair feels after using it.  The swishiest of swishy hair is what I have after using it.  My locks feel silky soft, manageable and the dramatic change after one use was why I knew I'd be reviewing the range earlier than I thought.

If you're looking for shiny hair, then you need this range now.  It is brilliant and I will most definitely be purchasing this myself when I run out.  The shampoo and conditioner are €5.49 each and the 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment is €6.59.

Ba-rill-iant stuff!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Benefit Fine One One review, photos, swatches

I'm all about cream blushes and love the finish they give on my skin.  I also love multifunctional products and Benefit's Fine One One promises to contour, highlight and add blush to your cheeks and can be used on the lips too.

I couldn't wait to get this on my face and see how I got on, especially after we got to play with it at the launch and I kid you not, everyone had a gorgeous glow on their cheeks.

The packaging is a big hit with me as I love me some rose gold.  The little rotating dial on the front allows you to move the product up and down.

Speaking of product, it's split into three.  The cream stick has a shimmery pink highlighter on one end, a bright watermelon pink in the middle and a bright coral on the other end.

Swatched on my arm, the watermelon pink stands out by miles and is closely followed by the coral with the champagne shimmer bringing up the rear.  It's described as a cream to powder finish product and it feels light and comfortable on the skin.

For those who mightn't be used to cream blushes, I've put together a little step by step guide to help you on your merry way.

1. Stare off wistfully with nary a cheek product on your face.
2. Get Benefit Fine One One and get busy on your cheeks.
3. Stare off wistfully with a big stripe on your cheek and wonder if you look like Adam and the Ants (showing my age there).
4. Using ring finger, dab and blend Benefit Fine One One, making sure it looks even.
5. Stare off wistfully with a flush of colour on your cheeks.

On my face, the colour goes on quite sheer but is buildable and stays put all day.  If you're one who needs more colour in the facial department, then you'll need to layer it and I'd recommend applying a layer, blend it and then apply the next layer.

For me, the contour shade is too bright to give much definition to my cheekbones but once I blend it in with the other shades, it gives a lovely wash of colour on my cheeks.  I don't use it on my lips as it felt weird applying a cream to powder product.  I love the highlighter and it's pinky toned champagne colour will look good on most skin tones.  I like to use it to highlight my brow bone too in case you were wondering.

As a contour product, it's not so great.  But as a blush, it's really lovely and those with pale skin will have no fear of overloading with product on their cheeks.  It makes me look healthy, glowy and that's exactly what I'm looking for right now.

This will set you back €34 and is available now on Benefit counters.  Go in and have a play!
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