22 June 2015

Benefit The POREfessional License to Blot Review

Benefit; a brand we all rave about and love, however, is their latest release, really worth the hype?

'The POREfessional License to Blot*' is one of many oil blotting products on the market, so what makes this one different? Benefit claim "This instant oil-blotting stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres mattifies shine for up to 6 hours after application.* The specially designed triangular tip targets shiny zones...the sides of your nose, forehead and chin.Oil has finally met its matte!"

First of all I want to say, after reading this, I was a little disappointed the sample doesn't have the triangular tip, as this seems to be one of it's selling points. However, I'm not going to moan as let's face it, everybody loves a free sample! So thank you Benefit.

If you have read my blog before, or watched my Youtube, you will know in the Summer I suffer from extremely oily skin, so I was really excited to give this a try.

Starting with packaging, The POREfessional License to Blot comes in a neon yellow box, with a picture of a detective on. I really like this, as Benefit have really played with the theme here; especially with the License to Blot stamp. On the reverse side of the box, is all the information you need to know about the product. I love how Benefit put little summaries of their products on the packaging, as it allows everyone to get the best use from it.

Inside the box is the product itself, and boy oh boy do I love the packaging. The POREfessional comes in a neon yellow and pale pink tube, which at first glances looks like a short and stumpy lip balm. Again the name is printed on the bottom of the product, which I love, After removing the lid, all you have to do is, twist the base and Bob's your uncle, the product is ready to use.

To use the stick, (is that even the right word to describe it?) you need to apply short, swift strokes to the oily areas; for me this is my t-zone and my chin. At first I was a little unsure if I should then use my fingers to rub it in, or if I should just leave it, however after applying a small amount, I decided to leave it.

To test this I have used it before applying my make up, to see the difference, and after a few hours of wearing make up, to see how it works after application.

To start, I followed my usual skin care routine; washing my face, cleansing and moisturising with a variant of creams, lotions and potions. I then waited ten minutes, so my skin returned to it's oily self, and whipped this bad boy out. I applied the light strokes as suggested, and honestly could not believe the results I saw. After a few minutes, the oiliness on my nose, chin, and forehead had vanished. To get some real results, I decided to have a no make up day, so I could see how the product works alone. Benefit state the product mattifies all oiliness upto six hours after application. I don't know how to say this, but....Benefit, you're wrong. This actually lasted upto eight hours for me, before I started to see some oil!

Now, like many females (and some males) I like to wear make up on a daily basis, which can be an issue for someone with oily skin, as chances are, my foundation slides right off; meaning I was really excited to give this a try. Like before, I followed my usual skin care routine, and applied this on my oily patches. I then followed my usual make up routine, so I was ready for the day ahead. After applying my make up, I noticed there was not as much shine as usual, which was a good start. I then powered through my day, checking myself out in the mirror every hour or so. I'm not vein...It was for review purposes. Honestly. After four hours, I started to notice a little bit of a shine, which could be described as a dewy appearance. For someone with oily skin, this was not really an issue. I decided to whack my License to Blot out and applied a little bit more over the areas which needed it.

Now, I've tried many products which claim they can be used over make up, and they usually end up smudging my make up, or not working. However, this was certainly not the case for Benefit, as my make up still looked fab, whilst the oily shine slowly disappeared.

Overall, I am really pleased with The POREfessional License to Blot stick, and I would defiantly recommend it to people with oily skin. The product literally feels like a lip balm, which is funny to apply to your face! It almost feels wrong haha. I also love how it does not dry out your skin, like most oil removing products do. The blotting stick costs £15.50 which is a little hefty for people like me, who prefer the high street prices, however it really is a case of you get what you pay for.

I will defiantly consider replacing my sample, when it runs out, however, I have a feeling this will last me most of the summer!

Have you tried The POREfessional License to Blot stick(?)? What do you think of it? Worth the hype? Or do you dislike it? Comment below as I would love to hear from you!

Products in this post

*This item was a PR Sample/ Gift.

19 June 2015


Multi use products are always something I'm sceptical about. I've tried so many products which promise to do one hundred things, and end up failing to even do one. So when I heard about the Dr PawPaw Original Balm, I had to give it a try.

Dr PawPaw claim their "Dr PawPaw Balm provised relief for dry irritated  skin, moisturises lips, nails and cuticles, dry cracked skin such as hands, heels and elbows. Calming properties helps with nappy rash and prickly heat, insect bites, minor abrasions and creates a base for makeup too. Ideal for adding finishing touches to hair and smoothing brows." 

As a beauty addict, this is a product which promises to answer most of my prayers, but does it really do what it says?

The first complaint I have about this product is the packaging. Well, I think you class this problem as packaging? I can't get it out. Now, I'm not claiming I'm the worlds strongest man, and I can pull planes with one hand, however I would say I am quite strong, and this product does not budge. When it first arrived, I thought it was blocked with product, so I put a pin in the hole. It made no difference. I then stood squeezing it, and standing on it, for the tiniest amount to come out! I don't know if I have a fault sample, but this stuff does not come out, meaning it is rubbish if you are in a rush. Apart from that little blip, the packaging itself is just your standard, squeezy tube, with the nozzle at the end.

Now let's talk about the product itself. After reading what the balm offers, I was a little unsure what to expect. Was it going to be a cream? Was it going to be gel? Was it going to be something I have never even felt before? Well to answer my questions, I would say the balm has a thick, gel like texture. I don't usually compare products in a review, however, I firmly believe this balm has the exact texture, appearance and smell of Vaseline.

I've been using this balm for a little over two weeks, and have to admit, I love it! Despite the awful packaging, and the struggle of getting it out, the product itself is not too bad! Although the product promises to work wonders, and solve every problem, I have only used it as a lip balm, and for dry parts of my face. Like many people, I suffer from really chapped and dry lips, and this balm does an amazing job of hydrating them.

Overall, I like this product a lot. The balm costs £6.95 from most retailers, which is a little pricey in my opinion for what it does, as you can get a huge tub of Vaseline for £1 in some shops. If the product was cheaper, and the packaging was better I would defiantly buy it myself, however until then, I probably won't purchase it. I'll just use my sample sparingly...

Have you tried the Dr PawPaw Balm? What do you think of it? Did you struggle to get it out? Comment below as I would love to hear from you.

Products mentioned

This product is also available at: Urban Outfitter, Feel Unique and Harvey Nichols.

*This item was a PR Sample/Gift.

15 June 2015


Last week I uploaded a review of the Zoeva: 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush, which can I say, I have been loving recently! Anyway, in that review I mentioned I bought some other brushes from Zoeva, so today I thought I would review another one! The 234: Luxe Smoky Shader to be precise.

Zoeva claim "The 234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush is a soft and gentle eye brush for effortless application of eye shadow on the upper and lower lid. Beautifully dense but supremely soft, the 234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush has been exclusively handcrafted with Natural Goat Hair bristles with soft, round edges for classic seamless shading."

As you can see from the description, Zoeva are promising a lot for £6.95. However, is it really worth the hype?

To kick things off, lets talk about packaging. If you read my review last week, you would have seen how impressed I was with the packaging. If you have never ordered from Zoeva before, you may not be aware of this. Every brush you order comes in it's own little resealable pouch. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?! As well as being super cute, and reassuring you, you really got your moneys worth; the Zoeva pouch is great for travelling as you can keep your brushes in it, or any of your toiletries! Well done Zoeva.

As for the brush itself, well...where do I start? Like most Zoeva brushes, the 234 Smokey Shader Brush has a sleek black handle, with the brand name, and brush model (is model the right word) printed along the side. I love the feel of the brush (without sounding creepy)...it is so light, and easy to control, meaning you can achieve so many different looks.

Now onto the bristles. Firstly I want say, yes I did not buy the vegan friendly brush, and yes my brush is made from goat hair. This is because a. I am not a vegan, and b. I don't find a fault with using goat hair on my brushes, as I do believe they were not killed for the brush...they were just shaved? (please tell me I'm right....) Anyhow, I am sure both the non vegan and vegan friendly brush offer the same.

The bristles themselves are incredibly soft, whilst being hard? This makes no sense...let me explain. The bristles themselves are really soft, however the density of the bristles, creates a harder finish for the brush, meaning you can really achieve smoky looks, without cutting your face open with sharp bristles. I feel this still makes no sense....basically, the bristles are really soft, but they are not flimsy. They are basically fab. 

I have been using this brush for a few weeks now, to create, what I call "a valid attempt" of a smoky eye, and I cannot explain how much I am loving it. The brush blends and smudges your eye shadow perfectly, really adding a smoky effect. The brush picks up the perfect amount of product too, making it easy to slowly build it up, to achieve the look you want.

Overall, I have been loving this brush and cannot recommend it enough. So if you are looking for a cheap brush, to create some saucy, smoky looks (cheeky), I would defiantly give this a go...and let's face it, for £6.95 you can't go wrong.

Have you tried this brush? What do you think? Are you a fan of Zoeva brushes? Comment below as I would love to hear from you.

12 June 2015


I finally did it! I gave in and bought some Zoeva make up brushes. If you read my blog regularly, you would have seen last week I bought a cheap set of eye brushes on Ebay, and well...they were crap. So instead of crying every morning, at how awful my brushes were, I hopped onto Beauty Bay and picked up some beautiful brushes by Zoeva. So today I thought I would review one of the brushes I bought; 221: Luxe Soft Crease Brush.

Zoeva claim their 221: Luxe Soft Crease Brush "is a high performance blending brush for detailed eye shadow application. The brush allows you to create stunning ombre effects and create the smoothest transitions from light to dark with your favourite eye shadow."

Now, I'm going to be honest....I didn't buy this brush to create 'stunning ombre effects' or achieve 'the smoothest transitions from light to dark'. I simply bought this brush to apply a simple colour in my crease, creating an acceptable, daily make up look. (Instead of looking like someone punched me in the eyes.) 

So first things first, lets talk about packaging. When it comes to buying brushes, I never expect fancy packaging, however Zoeva are full of surprises! The brushes came wrapped in their own individual plastic packet, whilst being placed in a Zoeva pouch! I thought this was amazing for the price, and the pouches are really handy for travelling.

The brush itself has a shiny black handle, with the name of the brush in silver writing (which is great for people who do blogging or Youtube, as you can name the brush!). The bristles are hand crafted using natural and synthetic bristles...I can't even explain how soft they are!

I have used this brush for a couple of weeks now and cannot tell you how much I love it. After applying my base shadow, I use this brush to add some colour to the crease before adding some more colours to my lid. This brush applies the perfect amount, not making the lines too harsh, whilst blending the two colours perfectly, creating a really natural, professional looking finish.

The brush costs £6.95 from the Beauty Bay, and I honestly think it is worth every penny. The bristles are soft, there is no fall out, and the packaging is adorable! I will defiantly be picking up some more brushes by Zoeva when I need some. (Although I already have another two which i'll be reviewing soon.)

Have you tried this brush or any brush my Zoeva? What do you think? Do you agree they are worth the hype? Comment below as I would love to hear from you.

Products in this post
Zoeva 221 Luxe Crease Brush | £6.95 | Beauty Bay. 

8 June 2015


Do you ever see beauty bloggers/vloggers rave about a product so much, you just give in and buy it. Yes? Well today's review is on a product in which I did exactly that.

Bourjois Delice De Poudre, Bronzing Powder is one of the most raved about drugstore bronzers; So when I saw Boots had the usual 3 for 2 offer on, and I needed some things anyway, I knew I would be stupid not to give it a try.

So first things first, lets talk about packaging. The bronzer comes in a small compact case, which is firmly held shut with a magnet. This is something I love as it is so simple, and easy to travel with. I really like the packaging as it is unique, and different from any other product. Upon opening the bronzer, I was expecting a small compact mirror in the lid, however much to my disappointment, this wasn't there. That being said, the bronzer is cheap, so I am asking for a lot.

As for the bronzer itself, where do I start? First thing's first, the bronzer is designed to look like four little squares of chocolate, and I honestly find this so adorable! After staring at the bronzer for a couple of minutes, admiring its beauty, I suddenly received a woft of chocolate. It was then I realised, the bronzer actually smells like chocolate too. It's like Bourjois took everything I like and put it into one product....chocolate, make up and nice packaging. 

The next thing I noticed about the bronzer was the colour. As a pale person, bronzer is something that, if you get it wrong, you look awful. For a bronzer to be right for me, it needs to be light in colour and texture, whilst having a little bit of a shimmer. I have read a lot of reviews in which people have claimed this bronzer has an orange appearance, and I honestly disagree with them so much! As you can see from the swatch on my ghost like skin, the bronzer adds a brown, sun kissed tint, not an orange, tangoed tint; meaning this bronzer is perfect for people with pale skin like me.

As for the texture, well as you can guess, the bronzer is so light. Obviously if you apply loads, it will feel heavy and cakey, however, if you use a powder brush, and shake off the excess before applying, you will get the perfect coverage. As for adding a slight shimmer? Yes, yes, yes! As you can see from the pictures, the bronzer has a slight shimmer to it, which really shows on your face. 

Overall, I am loving this bronzer and I cannot recommend it enough, especially for people with pale skin! The packaging is adorable, and the smell is my favourite. The bronzer itself offers a natural, sun kissed bronzed look, without making you look orange. One thing I do want to say is, I have never used this particular bronzer to contour my face, so I cannot comment on that. However, I do think if you want a shimmery, light bronzer for contouring, this is defiantly worth a try.

Have you tried this bronzer? Do you love the smell as much as me? Comment below as I would love to hear from you.

5 June 2015


Like many beauty bloggers, I have an ever building brush collection. However, a few weeks ago I realised I have always been so focused on achieving the perfect base, I don't own many eye brushes, which of course led to me hopping onto Ebay and seeing what bargains I could grab.

After searching Ebay for a couple of hours, I finally took the plunge and ordered this 8 piece brush set by a brand called 'Maange'. Now, I'm going to be honest. I had never heard of this brand, and I couldn't find any reviews online, so this was a real risky purchase. By risky I mean paying £4.59 for something I will probably bin.

After a couple of days the brushes arrived at my door, and much to my excitement, I ran downstairs, ripped open the envelope and swooned over my new brushes. Upon first glances the brushes looked amazing, if anything they looked like a dupe for some of the Zoeva brushes.

In all honesty, I wish I could stop this review here, however....I can't.

After looking at the brushes, I decided to put them to the test and all I can say is...oh. The first brush I picked up was the crease brush, and within two strokes, most of the bristles had fallen onto my face. A little disappointed, I decided to pick another brush up and try that one. Now, I'm not sure the name of the brush, however I think it is a blender brush (I'm talking about the only one with yellow bristles). To cut a long story short...OUCH! This bristles literally feels like they are made of wood. I'm not even exaggerating, after gently blending some eye shadow, my lid was bright red and sore as hell.

It's safe to say this is a prime example of you get what you pay for. These brushes are like that hot boy at school, who is gorgeous to look at, however he has the worst personality. I will not be using these brushes again, and will defiantly be ordering some Zoeva eye brushes later this week.

Have you tried these brushes? What did you think? Have you been let down by Ebay dupes? Comment below as I would love to hear from you.

3 June 2015


Hey Guys! So this week I have done another make up tutorial, which I thought I would share with you lovely lot on my blog.

I absolutely love this look as it is SO easy, and so affordable, meaning everyone can achieve it!

I'd love it if you commented below what you think of this look, as I love chatting to you! Do you like the colours? Would you try it?

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