Dramatic Pinks – Fotd

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I feel like this could be the most non-spring look possible. I feel like I get away with it because it’s very pink! Not your every day pastels or sheer lip colours but something in your face & unapologetic. I guess most would wear this as a night time look but I did this in the day time & loved it. Strong eyes & strong lips complemented each other because my pale skin looked a little stark with just the eye make-up on. Either way let’s get down to how I put this one together, the base isn’t included as I did a very recent post on My Spring & Summer Foundation Routine.

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My Spring & Summer Foundation Routine

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I’ve been on a bit of a crazy train lately, having tried almost all the foundations I thought would be great for Spring & Summer as well as the up & coming wedding bells nearer to the end of the year. Well by what’s above it’s all seems like a great waste of time because I’ve gone back to old favourites but applied them in a better way. This is perfect for those warm Spring days & eventually hot Summer days as well as it lasting as long as you can.

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Soft Smokey Black Eyeliner – Get The Look

Soft Smokey Black Eyeliner - Get The Look

Sometimes I can be the most boring girl when it comes to make-up, there will be weeks where I just don’t have the time or the inkling to try something new. I’ve not really written any new years resolutions down definitively but I did set myself on the task of trying new thing. Which is where this black smokey eyeliner effect came from. Continue reading “Soft Smokey Black Eyeliner – Get The Look”

Roller Lash – The New Benefit Curling Mascara

Roller Lash - The New Benefit Curling Mascara - mi 2

As if the beauty world hasn’t already heard that Benefit is launching a new mascara I decided I needed to at least give this one a chance. Roller Lash which isn’t officially out until March is available in Elle magazine now. Unlike the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner (post about that here) this is a decent size mini to get your chance to try before you buy. It’s the March issue and it’s been out a few days so if you want one get down to your news agents now! Continue reading “Roller Lash – The New Benefit Curling Mascara”

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?