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Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Makeup | 6 comments

The budget W7 Bronzer/Blusher/Highlighter palette you can’t live without!

The budget W7 Bronzer/Blusher/Highlighter palette you can’t live without!

I really love discovering new products from budget beauty brand W7, they’re so affordable and yet they so often produce amazing dupes for cult beauty items from other brands. You might have seen my review of W7 Night Glow liquid highlighter a couple of weeks ago which is a complete dupe for Benefit High Beam. I spotted the Cheeky Trio palette on Amazon it’s a pressed powder palette containing a bronzer, blusher and highlighter and it reminds me a bit of Sleek Face Form Contour Palettes (but this W7 option is much cheaper at under a fiver!) I’ve been looking for a good highlighting powder for ages so I thought I’d give it a go… The three powder shades are called Dream Machine (bronzer), 5th Avenue (blusher) and Hot Stuff (highlighter). The surfaces of the powders are rippled which look quite effective in the palette but I did find it made it a little bit difficult to swish your brush over them evenly! The image above shows swatches of the three...

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Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

What’s my favourite ever fake tan?

What’s my favourite ever fake tan?

Just a quick review today, but I thought with this sunny weather it’s a perfect time to tell you about my favourite fake tan ever! So many of the fake tans available today need preparation with scrubbing, then buffing with a mitt before finally showering off – making fake tanning almost a full time job. So what if there were a quicker, easier way? Meet Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Self Tanning Body Mist from Garnier! I’ve been using this fake tan for years, it’s a body mist that you spray over your skin, it doesn’t need any buffing or rubbing as long as you spray it fairly evenly, which isn’t hard to do as the spray comes out quite finely. It sprays on to the skin clear, then develops in around 2-3 hours, and it has a nice apricot scent – there’s nothing of the usual biscuit-y scent you get with most fake tans. It also dries fairly quickly, I usually leave it around 15 minutes after applying...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Makeup | 5 comments

W7 – The Honey Queen Honeycomb Blusher

W7 – The Honey Queen Honeycomb Blusher

I first saw The Honey Queen Honeycomb Blusher online last Summer and I was lucky enough to receive it for Christmas after dropping some hints! It reminded me of Benefit’s Sugarbomb face powder – one of my favourite blushers – right down to the little square cardboard box and brush, and I wanted to see how it matched up. This product is called a blusher on the packaging, but on W7’s website they call it a bronzer! Confused! It’s actually like a cross between the two, the honeycomb pressed powder is a mixture of pink, peach and bronze tones, and merged all together they give a very light shimmery peachy shade. I’ve been using a Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush to apply The Honey Queen, as I find that the little square brush that comes with it leaves a bit of a stripy effect on the cheeks. In the close-up image above you can clearly see the pale golden shimmer that runs across the feint lines of the surface....

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Living Nature – Summer Bronze Pressed Powder

Living Nature – Summer Bronze Pressed Powder

I was recently contacted by Living Nature to see if I was interested in trying out their Summer Bronze Pressed Powder*. I hadn’t heard of Living Nature before this, but being a brand that only uses natural ingredients I was really excited to try out this product as I am currently on a mission to replace all of my everyday skincare and make-up products with natural equivalents. Living Nature was launched in 1987 in New Zealand. Their products contain no synthetics, use only 100% natural ingredients, preservatives and fragrances and are never tested on animals. Their full range of cosmetics and skincare is Certified Natural by BDIH Germany, and their policy is ‘if there is any doubt about the safety of an ingredient, we don’t use it’.I love their philosophy! They also harness a lot of New Zealand’s native botanicals like Manuka Oil, Hallo Clay and Kelp and use these within their products. The Summer Bronze Pressed Powder is housed inside a nice black metal compact along with a small...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Bobbi Brown – Bronzer & Bronzer Brush

Bobbi Brown – Bronzer & Bronzer Brush

Bobbi Brown Bronzer is a product I wear all the time – you can see from my photos that the compact is well used! I originally purchased this when I visited the Bobbi Brown counter in Selfridges at The Trafford Centre, Manchester, to buy a different product. The assistant gave me a mini-makeover and applied this Bronzer to my cheeks and I was instantly converted, buying both the Bronzer and the Bronzer Brush. I went for the lightest shade, Golden Light. It is a really subtle matt colour with no shimmer that gives a natural sun-kissed look and isn’t orange at all. Use the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush to apply a thin dusting of the Bronzer all over the face, then gradually build up the colour on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and forehead – the areas where you naturally catch the sun. I wear this all year round, but particularly in the Summer (I always wear a moisturiser that contains SPF so when I have a tan I use...

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