Monday, 6 May 2013

Benefit They're Real! Mascara Review

There had been a little bit of hype around this product and I really wanted to try this mascara because I have very short eyelashes and don't get me wrong, it's not like I'm expecting some sort of miracle where it suddenly doubles the length of my lashes or anything but I just wanted to see what it was like.

Actually I was quite fortunate because I didn't want to pay out for this mascara because it's certainly not cheap but I did manage to find a sample size of this in ELLE Magazine so really I only paid £4.00 for it!

So anyway, lets get on with the review!

I should probably apologise in advance for the lighting situation, it was getting quite dark outside :/

So I've started off with no mascara on, just so you can see where I'm starting from and yeah my eyelashes are really that short :(

This is the sample size that I got and again, sorry about the lighting  but also the packaging is quite dark.

The sample size is 2ml  and comes in black.
 This is the brush applicator, it looks fairly standard except for the little little cluster of spikes on the end which actually make it easier to reach the inner corner lashes.
 The lighting is a little weird but I hope you can actually see the difference between the left side and the right.

To be honest, those little spikes on the end were helpful but when its a new mascara you have to be so careful with how much product is on the end of the brush otherwise it will clump on your lashes.
 It dawned on me that  should turn on the big light instead of relying on the smaller lights haha.

But I did the rest of my make up, just simple cat eyes and to be honest, I like the loo of this mascara but I find that it was too hard when it dried (if that makes sense) some mascaras have a softer formula and don't make your lashes feel so stiff.

I like the look of the mascara but I think there are others that I actually prefer.

The mascara retails for about £19.50 and you can find it in most larger Boots stores.

I hope you like this review and keep an eye out for my next review.
- Ruby x

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream Review

So this is what I thought of Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream:

First and foremost I know that this is far too dark for my skin tone but this way a sample and I had no choice  in the colour selection. Anyway, I am mainly focusing this review on the finish, feel and application of the actual product :) 

 As per usual, I have started off with nice clean skin but I have got quite a few blemishes to contend with.

I used the Neutrogena pink grapefruit face scrub to cleanse my face but I have also sprayed a little MAC Fix+ to help refresh and soothe my skin because unfortunately it is usually quite red. I also applied my Revlon PhotoReady Primer because it wouldn't be a true review if I didn't apply in in the same way I would apply my usual foundation.
 This was the little sample that I got. I buy so many magazines so I have a few of these but the unfortunate thing is that they must go by what the most bought foundation shade is and it is far too dark for me :(

So this is 002 Medium and it is not super runny in texture so it doesn't drip off your hand when you're trying to apply it but its also not as thick as I would like either.

 I applied the product to the right side of my face (left in the photo) and not to the other side to get a comparison.

Fortunately it doesn't show up quite as dark in photos as it did in real life. I tried to apply it with a sponge butt didn't do so well, I think it was too runny so the sponge was just absorbing the cream. I would probably suggest using a foundation/stippling brush with this.
So this is it fully applied and there is such a difference in colour between my face and neck!

I loved the feeling of this product because it was so lightweight and had a lovely matte feeling. I don't think the coverage was too heavy which is ok if you just want a natural look but add a little something to your look.

I would definitely suggest this to those with minimal blemishes because it really doesn't give enough coverage.

the removal was difficult though! it was like it had stained my skin :(

Anyway, I hope you liked this review, let me know your opinions :)
- Ruby x