Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Product Focus #1 - Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara
My Physicians Formula products
Hello My Dears

Over the last couple of months I have been fortunate enough to be able to try out a couple of Physicians Formula products due to my US Beauty Swap and thought I share my initial thoughts on the brand with you.


Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara
Pretty powder products (and one mascara)

When watching YouTube videos and reading blogs I was always inevitably drawn to the super pretty Physicians Formula products with its embossed powders and cutely shaped tubes and containers.  I just felt that surely something that looked so pretty would in turn be fantastic to turn yourself into a prettified version.





Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara

The Shimmer Strips in "Natural Nude" come in very cute packaging indeed - creamy coloured satin with a black lace/fishnet overlay complete with a little satin bow framing the 9 shades.

Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara

The colours contained in this purse- and travel-friendly palette range from a darkish brown right through to a white, shimmery highlighter shade.  As expected from a palette named "Shimmer Strips" all shadows are shimmery and it does not contain any matte shades.


Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara

The shadows apply very nicely and are easy to blend.  They are super soft and have a very smooth texture which is not powdery at all.


Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara

I think they are fantastic for you if you - like me - love soft eyeshadow looks.


Physicians Formula Mineralize Bronzer Happy Booster Shimmer Strips Organic Mascara




Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara




This mascara is very black, creates good separation and goes on smoothly without clumping.  It gives a natural yet beautifully enhanced look to my lashes. 

I don't even want to think about this running out as I might have to go down the Ebay or Amazon route to repurchase!

The mascara wand consists of short, rubber bristles and it makes application easy for me.  I've had not problems with my contact lenses so far which is always a plus!

A great mascara!




Mineral-Wear Talc-Free Minearl Airbrushing Bronzer SPF30




I love this bronzer! It applies evenly and creates a natural, light bronzed look which is just right for my pale skin.  

There is a tiny amount of shimmer visible in the pan. However, I do find this does not translate on to my skin and bronzer does apply pretty much matte on me.

I have used this for all-over bronzing and for contouring and was really happy with it for both!





L - R:  Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in "Pink" & "Natural"

I have got these super pretty blushes in the shades "Pink" and "Natural". I received "Pink" as part of my US Swap and because I loved it so much, I braved Amazon and got it in the shade "Natural" as well.

"Pink"

Now I can't say anything about the alleged Mood boosting ingredients... (being of a slightly cynic disposition this is probably just some marketing bampf...).  However, the pretty, embossed powder blushes kind of do a great job of cheering me up in the morning.

"Natural"


Both blushes give a gorgeous glow to the cheeks! As they are nicely shimmery I can skip my normal cheekbone highlighter.

The blush in "Pink" swirls together to create a pretty, cool-toned pink, while "Natural" is a nice, peachy colour.  These blushes are not super pigmented but show up nicely on my pale skin and are easily buildable!



My Verdict

I love all the Physicians Formula products I have tried and I'm really impressed with their face powders.  It would be amazing if Physicians Formula launched in the UK as their product selection looks amazing and I'd definitively love to try out more of their range in the future.



Which Physicians Formula products do you recommend?


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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Brand Crush #2 - Smashbox



Hello my Dears!

After the smashing success of trying out the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (review HERE) I was quite curious about this brands other offerings!

Smashbox, the cosmetics brand, evolved out of  Smashbox L.A. - a legendary photo studio - bringing real behind the camera expertise into play when developing cosmetics designed to bring out the wearers' own, natural beauty.

The following products are definitively going on my wishlist!


Full Exposure Palette
This neutral palette contains 14 harmonising shades - 7 shimmer and 7 matte - range from nude through to black.  I love the tones of this palette, the shade range and the matter/shimmer mix.



Smashbox Blush Rush in Gingersnap.. perfect color for a gorgeous glow
Blush Rush in "Gingersnap"

I love the muted tone of this blush and think it suit my pale skin tone very well and would be lovely to go with natural looks.



I'm always looking for the perfect primer to help me achieve a flawless yet natural looking complexion. This looks like it would be fantastic at counter-acting signs of redness evening out skin tone prior to make-up application.


STUDIO SKIN 15 HOUR WEAR HYDRATING FOUNDATION
Studio Skin
15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

I'm always looking for the perfect primer to help me achieve a flawless yet natural looking complexion. This looks like it would be fantastic at counter-acting signs of redness evening out skin tone prior to make-up application.


Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss - Candid (this works really well with my Fresh Sugar Rose lipgloss and gives it a nice slight sparkly look - I also like the Ilume color as well and it gives it more sheer look)
Lip Enhancing Glossin "Candid"

I think this gloss would be perfect for "Just Gloss" days! I love the gold undertones which will work really well if your skin has got a warm undertone.



Which Smashbox products do you recommend?


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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Orange Lips at New York Fashion Week 2014 - How to get the look at the Drugstore/on the Highstreet


Orange lips, orange lips, orange lips. New York fashion week 2014 s/s. #nyfw #nyfw14 #orange
Picture Source: Printerest

Orange lips looked great for spring and summer at New York Fashion Week making sure that the focus is firmly on the lips with the rest of the make up being very neutral



My choices are all available at the Drugstore or on the Highstreet and consequently are budget-friendly!



Catrice's Pure Shine Lip Balm in "060 Go Flamingo Go" (Euro 4.99) is a great, subtle shade creating a shiny finish to ease you into the trend.

Catrice Pure Shine Lip Balm

MUA's Matte Lipstick in "Peachy Keen" is great for creating a stunning, light orange lip with peachy undertones.  The matte finish makes this lipstick ideal for making a long-lasting colour statement (and at £1 it's a great lipstick to try out a new trend).

MUA Matte Lipstrick

Another great option to achieve an on-trend orange lip is Revlon's Colorburst Lacquer Balm in "Tease" (£7.99).  This Balm stick glides on easily - no lip liner necessary - , has a great minty scent and gives lips a subtle glossy sheen.  The orange tone is super intensive with a hint of red.

Revlon Lacquer Balm

If you are after pure shade of orange which not just pops but sparkles and fizzes, then Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in "912 Electric Orange"  (£7.19) is where it's at!  The colour applies evenly and is super intense - like straight from the New York catwalk!

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick



Will you be going orange for summer?

Lip products (l - r) in order of intensity

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