They’re Real Push-Up Liner – A Tiny Benefit Freebie

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They're Real Push-Up Liner - A Tiny Benefit Freebie

This has to be what I would count as 2014’s most ridiculously over-hyped product. Not because there was particularly something wrong with it just the amount of press attention was crazy. In the first week of samples being passed to bloggers it felt like everybody loved it. After that point over the next month as many seemed to hate it, this is why I don’t buy into the hype, I give it chance to settle. It took me about 6 months before I bought The POREfessional primer which stood up to the test of time. Thinking about it once it died down I can’t think of one single blogger or vlogger who’s mentioned it. When I saw this freebie December’s Elle magazine I had to at least give it a try.

Push-Up Liner By Benefit

So first off let’s get into why it’s meant to be so different. This is a gel formula liner but in pen form, before this they didn’t really exist. Maybelline however have brought their own version an almost identical copy. It’s supposed to do away with the need for an eyeliner brush, making it a more travel friendly eyeliner.

It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye! – Benefit

They're Real Push-Up Liner - A Tiny Benefit Freebie - collage

Now I loved the concept of a miniature eyeliner to try out before you choose to buy the full size. The product packaging is sleek and black but it’s so ridiculously tiny, It had a little stopper in the end to stop it drying out except it didn’t work very well on mine. To get it out of the sample you have to squeeze the rubber tube as you can see above. This sort of half worked but it’s hard to get just the right amount out. The first bit was dry & useless but the bottom half did manage to create the eye above. I didn’t expect to get even close to a flick so I’m impressed a bit (not with my own skills lol). It’s still pretty thick for as Benefit put it a lash hugging liner? What I will say is it’s a sample but I only managed one eye. It’s not like I can go out and see if some of these claims below are real…

• 91% said it was longwearing**
• 81% said it was waterproof**
• 88% said it hugged the lashline**  (
• 84% said eyes looked visibly larger**
*Source: The NPD Group. Unit Item sales of the Total Prestige Eye Liner Makeup segment for 2014 Jan to Jun
**Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks

Would I Buy Benefit’s Push-Up Liner Now?

After trying this if anything it’s put me off, it’s a sample that doesn’t show the product off. A pretty packaging doesn’t make me want to drop £18.50 when I can’t give it a proper try. I may just go to a counter and see if they can apply it better, which would give me more confidence to getting a better cat eye flick or simply apply it so it hugs the lashes.

Have you tried out the Benefit sample, what did you think? Was mine simply a bit of a dud?

Benefit The POREfessional – An In Depth Review #TBT

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Benefit The Porefessional - mac select cover up concelaer

When I started wearing make-up I’m not even sure I knew what a primer was or even why I would be bothered to add the extra step to my routine. For all you who haven’t been introduced to primers they’re basically meant to make your foundation last longer. Most contain added benefits similar to how bb/cc creams have the added skin care bonus to what a tinted moisturiser would be. Benefits such as helping with spots, colour correcting & hide pores which is what The Porefessional is for. If you’d like to see what I posted on this way back when see Porefessional Results In A Primer which I still stand by as a good mini review.?

The POREfessional – Is it worth the hype ?

I’ve gone through phases with this primer, some days I loved it & others meant taking a wipe to my freshly applied foundation to fix it. I’ve had this for well over a year now so I think I’ve sorted all the kinks out now. As a silicone based primer you could say they’re all the same but I can’t disagree more. This has the same slip because of the silicone which gives the silky smooth feel but it just does more. It’s tinted a translucent beige which helped to even skin tone but only a bit, it’s more like a blurring effect. The finish isn’t greasy either but actually creates a matt finish which I find so refreshing. On lazy days I’ve applied this on its own just to give a better skin finish all over without the need to apply make-up. I do however use this differently than I did when I first bought it even though I mainly still use it on my nose & cheeks.

My Latest Technique for The POREfessional

Now I don’t hope to scare you but the reason that I have done this post is it’s taken me this long in my time as a blogger to show you my nose (warts & all). I hate my nose and when I have nothing covering it I hate it even more. I have pores like craters & blackheads that I don’t have the foggiest idea how to get rid off. So here’s the warning the photos below I have foundation on everywhere except my nose. It sounds stupid but I like the rest of my face I just don’t love my nose. Which is why when I found The POREfessional it went straight to holy grail status.

Benefit The Porefessional - no primer on nose
No makeup on my nose – Face has Loreal True Match applied to it (see how further down)

Between the photo above where I have nothing on my nose & the one below you can see the blurring happening. Most of the pores at the tip of my nose are hidden, my nose it a hell of a lot less shiny & it’s even hidden some of the redness where I had a spot that’s healing. I apply this in very small amounts just with my finger, this allows me to get it just where I need it most. If you use too much then you have to spread it further otherwise it sits above the level of you skin & this can affect your foundation as it makes it too slippery. I like to apply primers before I do my hair which allows them chance to set a little by the time I get to my make-up.

Benefit The Porefessional - primer applied to nose
The POREfessional applied to my nose

I Can’t Credit Benefit – It’s How I Apply Foundation That’s The Real Saviour

Benefit The Porefessional - primer and loreal true match foundation
I know how pale I look but it’s just because I rarely see the sun & my Loreal True Match is closest match I have.

I’ve applied this primer so many times and had the unfortunate fail where The POREfessional has cause my foundation to smear & break apart. It’s not a pretty sight & utterly frustrating to have to start again. What I will say it’s all silicone primers that seem to do this. I know because I went through multiple foundations thinking that it was that which was the problem. Fingers just don’t work they drag the foundation & the primer underneath. What does work is a sponge, not just any old sponge but the one I use is Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I don’t wet this one as I feel like adding water to this means it’s sat on top of the silicone and in the foundation which I find can go a little crazy paving (not pretty at all). I dot a small bit on the sponge and press this in dabbing motions starting from my nose and blending out. No pulling on the face just pushing it to your skin and lifting it away or rolling it without dragging. This leaves the primer where it was and adds the foundation on top. I’ve included the Mac Select Cover-Up concealer as I use this mainly to highlight under my eyes using this sponge and it sits better with the POREfessional underneath it.

Would I repurchase The POREfessional?

Unless I find something better which after over a year I haven’t yet I would buy this again in a heartbeat. It actually took me the best part of 6 months to convince myself to get it because of the £24.50 price tag. I’m happily still using this which I feel like will never seem to run out. That and I also have a mini from a magazine freebie which are really worth buying if you see them.

Right now it’s 10% off but usually Debenhams up the discount to 20% in the run up to Christmas so It might be worth holding out on

Octobers Little Beauties 2014

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October Beauty Favorities - mi

This for me has been the strangest of months as I love Halloween but didn’t really do anything for it. It was like any other Friday, get home from work around one, then crash! It was like I’d forgotten it existed. I think I need to get back into the spirit of things so I’m gonna try to really push for Christmas. This is an on bunch of October favourites and a few even surprised me.

Octobers Little Beauties

First up I’ll start with a long loved product my Mac Studio Fix Powder that I fee like will never run out on. I find this is my fastest face base which I’ve shunned all my liquid foundations for. This with some fix spray looks flawless & natural I just love the stuff. I kinda wish I had a flat enough brush to fit where the sponge is for on the go top up. Pop me a comment below of you favourite powder foundation.

Now Carmex is just a lip balm like many others other than its zingy menthol that cools your lips. Not always what you want on a cold morning but this has been the one thing I’ve counted on to stop chapped lips. I love the limited edition lid from Selfridges, for it’s the little things that make me smile. I’m getting through this fast but it’s at that point in the pot where my nails sticking in the balm. Do I get a stick or tube version I don’t know but I’m not willing give up using it that’s for sure.

Ok so another one where a heat defence is a heat defence is a heat defence…. On and on but this Toni & Guy mini has been the difference between having fried hair this month & it still feeling soft after I’ve curled my hair with my Ghds. I can’t say this is the most amazing smelling heat mist but it does work. I find if I use one spray per curl it helps to keep the frizz away. This may seem like over kill but it’s worth it , I alway get minis so I can keep trying out new ones. This is as good as the Lee Stafford but doesn’t smell as nice,

So I only recently bought the Mavala nail varnishes in a haul last week so just a recent favourite. The thing is I didn’t buy it for this shade but for the shade Black Cherry. It turned out that I love Mexico more, it reminds me of the purple from Cadbury’s. This also is a cool shade as one coat isn’t streaky but a much lighter purple & two is the Cadbury’s purple shade. I’ll try to get a post up of this in the week to show you how gorgeous it is.

Now last but not least this is the most unlikely favourite from me. For as long as I have worn makeup I can’t remember a time where I’ve been interested in lip gloss. I was thinking about the same of lipstick just over a year ago I was the same way. So in the spirit of trying new things I wore the Benefit Dandelion lip gloss. It’s just a sheen of a hint of a colour but it adds something that lip balm doesn’t. I always expect them to be sticky but this feel really nice. So maybe not this specific one but in general I’m not looking at others. I’ve always heard good things about the Clarins lip perfector so maybe I’ll give them a try.

That’s all my Octobers Little Beauties what were yours?

Lemonaid Eyelid Primer – Benefit

Lemonaid - The Benefit Of An Eyeshadow Base - mi

When I first really started loving makeup again this was one of the first things that appealed to me. I have been wanting to pick this up for years but I bought the Dainty Doll eye base before this. I just thought it would be a waste to buy another more expensive one. The thing is every time I hit a Benefit counter this is the item I’d hover towards. When I finally caved about 3 months ago it was partly wanting to have a replacement for the Dainty Doll one that is sadly discontinued. The Dainty Doll brand was set up with pale-faced ladies in mind it just sadly never took off like it should have.

Lemonaid - The Benefit Of An Eyeshadow Base - collage

The thing is I’m also not always as pale during the warmer months & because of that Dainty Doll can make the eyes look a tad stark. I can only apply it to the red areas or it can be super pale and look off. I’m sure for the pale girls maybe more so with the red heads which the creator of Dainty Doll Nicola Roberts was this would be perfect. To see how it works see my original post for Dainty Doll.

Lemonaid – For Everyone

What I found with Lemonaid is its brighter yellow shade colour corrects but still leaves your skin with a more natural appearance. I can whip this on in a jiffy, blend it out and not have to worry about over kill. It’s got a creamier texture which you couldn’t just apply as a cream shadow as it creases without being set. It’s finish is dry but leaves a texture behind that’s slightly tacky giving eyeshadow something to hold on to. I have on occasion even used this when I’ve had a lack of sleep and get redness under my eyes. It is designed specifically as an eyelid primer but for me this works when I have any spots that haven’t surfaced but have made the skin red. On anything up or flakey it cling too much and spotlights rather than camouflage. I do find this keeps my eyeshadow around for much longer. I also happen to have psoriasis which I occasionally get on my face. This basically looks like red patched but they can become dry as the day goes by. I’ve used the Dainty Doll to conceal this but it’s much drier in texture than Lemonaid. I can apply Lemonaid as a base under makeup and it hold out much better. It’s not perfect but a vast improvement.

Lemonaid - The Benefit Of An Eyeshadow Base - dainty doll swatch

Lemonaid – Pros

  • Sleek Packaging
  • Suits More Skin tones
  • Colour corrects without looking out-of-place
  • Has a mirror so it’s travel friendly
  • Keeps my eyeshadow in place for longer
  • Unlikely to ever run out of it

Lemonaid – Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can’t help but get dusty bits in it ( same as Dainty Doll )
  • Can crease a little after a very long day

Benefit Lemonaid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer is £16.50 at Debenhams.

10 Minutes Left – Took Too Long Doing My Hair #fotd

When it comes to time management when I’m getting ready I fail every time. I’ve cut out a lot of time by washing my hair the night before this means the last bit can be quickly blown dry. When it comes to my Ghds I think for me time stops, “let’s not burn your fingers or ears this time”, ” where’s that hair clip gone?” and ” did I use heat protector on that section?” all run through my head. I forget about everything else and time disappears. Reality kicks back in and were meant to leave in like 20 minutes or we’ll miss the bus that gives 10 minutes left for makeup and the other to run around & work out what I’m wearing.

10 minutes left - fotd - worn

When my brain eventually panics  I reach for my trusted makeup choices. I seem to have built this up around more expensive makeup but it’s just the things I know work or I can apply quickly.We all have different skin types and shades so steps could easily be swapped out for the pieces that work best for you.

10 minutes left makeup - fotd - products
Any guesses girls what Pjs I wore when I took this photo? Serious how did I miss that one!

10 Minutes Left – The Go To Kit

Primer 

I just can’t get away without using one my gigantic pores need some form of filler to hide them at least from my sight. In I go with my long time friend my Benefit Porefessional. This is a complete love hate relationship as it’s fine with the foundation below but liquids can go either way. Few get along with this but I have a feeling it maybe me not giving it time to set? Any thoughts on this one let me know how you get on with it?

Foundation

For speed and a nice smooth coverage I reach for my Mac Studio Fix powder foundation. I can apply it with my blush brush all over & go back in where I need more coverage. If I’m not having a spotty phase then I’ll go without concealer but if I did I apply it first before the powder. I like that it’s light enough in shade and finely milled so it suits me great.

Set Your Powder 

This may seem like extra work to something you’ve already applied but this helps to keep your makeup on your face for longer. It also removes that powder finish making it look more natural. My setting spray of choice is Urban Decays All Nighter. To speed this process up spray onto a large powder brush and pat across the face. It will dry faster this way rather that doing the four direct sprays. That’s because I hate getting that taste on my lips and having to wait 10 minutes just for it to dry.

Blusher

I don’t do contouring or bronzing not yet anyway. I do know however that you have to add colour back into the face or you’ll look 2D or zombie-fied! My Clinique All Over Colour in Poppy Plum Blend is just right for my talent level (zero). It has a shimmer that translates to a sheen where it becomes highlighter & blusher in one. This saves time and I always follow it with a little more setting spray.

Eyes

For this I used a light base shade all over then went in with a contour colour for depth. This month it’s been a half filled 4 Mac palette using Blanc Type (base) & Cork (contour). Love Blanc Type but in need of a deeper shade than Cork (suggestions?). I had to include the Mac 217 brush as it’s what I’ve used every time & it hasn’t failed me yet. I also did my brows with Macs brow pencil in Lingering this was purely picked up because it’s super speedy. I’m still not convinced it’s the right shade for me. It think the girl at Mac thought I was gonna sharpie my brows in and suggested the lighter shade option! On to mascara and for speeds sake I went for the 2true volume over the Revlon 3D PhotoReady mascara. For some reason its less work and hassle with the 2true, the same spiky plastic wand but easier to use. One coat and I have super black lashes.

I did a basic eye look at a more budget friendly price which is basically a dupe for the above here. Both work well but my Mac set is me building together a palette for traveling with that’s compact.

Lips 

When I’m lacking on time I always forget about my lips until the last second purely because I find it something hardest to get right. If I’m not happy with what I’ve chosen I’ll be unhappy with it all day. I usually go for the Nyc Applicious Glossy Balm as it covers colour and fixed dry lips. I think these are being discontinued so my alternative that’s very similar is the Carmex Moisture Plus in Berry. It’s the only one with a decent amount of colour to it in the range. I love how compact it is so I can top up through the day.

When you have 10 minutes left to do your makeup

what are the things your reach for first?