Thursday, November 27, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Gift Set

Hi Everyone :)

Today I want to talk about one of the best Christmas gift sets available in stores now. I am not going to do many posts about Christmas sets (but definitely about some Soap and Glory and Nars sets) but there are few amazing sets out there that I think are must have.

I bought this set last month when it came out and I have been playing around with it for few weeks now so I can definitely tell you what I think about the set. 

The set I am going to talk about today is the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot gift set. This is a set with some of Benefit best selling box blushes.

You get six shades and the cream highlighter called Whats up! and the highlighter comes in a little plastic container and you can remove it and because it is in a little plastic container it won't dry out or get nasty with all the other powders.

The set comes in a tin container and is very sturdy. I would have loved a mirror inside the lid and that would have made it the perfect palette.

The set is not too big, however it is not tiny and I need to find a good place where I can store it.

Normally a full size Benefit box blush contains between 5g-8g and in this set you get 4g-6g of each product, Rockateur is actually 5g and that is the same amount as if you would buy it full size as a box blush. On it's own the box blushers are £23.50 and believe it or not this whole set is only £29.50!

The shades are:
Dandelion: Cool toned light pink
Bellabamba: Warm coral pink with golden shimmer
Sugarbomb: Peachy pink shimmering shade
Hoola: Matte bronzer - great for contouring
Coralista: Shimmering Coral
Rockateur: Dusty shimmering rose

I already own a full size Coralista and Rockateur but I honestly think this set is worth getting. It is a great set for anyone that loves makeup and it gives you loads of option. Hoola is a great bronzer that you can also use to contour. I have been trying each shade out and none of them have disappointed me.
Sugarbomb is not super pigmented but it is great to add some glow to your cheeks. 

This is definitely a set to add on your wish list or just go straight to online and get it yourself! :D

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow + FOTD

Hi Everyone 

I saw a blog post about these new eye shadows few days ago and all of a sudden I was in Boots taking advantage of the 3 for 2 offer... Recently I have been obsessed with cream eye shadows so I knew I had to try these out. 
I picked the two most neutral shades out of the range but there are four other shades available. 
I am talkin about the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows.

The texture of these are very different from the Maybelline Color tattoo (my first thought when I saw them was: yess more drugstore cream shadows!). 
The texture of these are like a gel. They are very smooth to apply and easy to blend. 
They are called excess shimmer and they are very metallic shimmer shadows, but not too much shimmer. 
The packaging is a glass jar and you get 7g of product.

The pigmentation of these are great but when you blend them out with your fingers it sheers them out a bit. You can build them up, like I did but I did get some creasing (as you can see in the picture below). I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion but I still got a little creasing. I have really oily eyelids but most of the times a good primer does the trick. 
I think that these shades are perfect for everyday and because it is so easy to blend them  and you can use them in a rush. 

I also used the Urban Decay naked basic 2 palette on my eyes. I used the lightest color (Skimp) as a brow bone and inner corner highlighter, then I took the warm brown shade (Cover) and applied a tiny bit to help blend the shadows out in my crease.
I think that the Max Factor eyeshadows are also great for a base. 

The makeup for the rest of my face:
Base: I used my Dior Nude foundation, I have been eyeing up the Dior Star foundation so if anyone has tried it let me know if it is worth it. The Dior Nude foundation is actually really good, it gives me a natural medium coverage. It dries to a glowing satin finish. I used one of my favourite concealers, Nars Radiance Creamy Concealer. To set my foundation and concealer I used the Nars Light Reflecting Pressed setting powder. (oh this powder... more on that soon)

My contour and blush are from the new Nars palette, the holiday collection 2014, the palette is called Virtual Domination. The bronzer is called Laguna and the blush is Deep Throat, I own a full size of the blush and it is one of my all time favorite blush

Mascara and eyeliner are both from L'oreal. The mascara is discontinued but I had a brand new one stacked away and now its almost finished and that makes me sad! haha
The eyeliner is a new one from L'oreal called So Couture Super Liner. So easy to use because the tip is very slim and glides on. 
I forgot to take a picture of the eyebrow pencil but it is the new Soap and Glory Brow Archery and the new version of the pencil is amazing. 

The lipstick I am wearing is the Nars Audacious lipstick in Vera

Overall I like these shadows and I think they are definitely worth the £7.99 and now they are currently on the 3 for 2 offer at Boots and Superdrug :)
Have you tried them, what did you think?

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