August 2013 Heroes

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How the heck did September get here?! This year has gone so fast it’s unreal and I’ve officially been married 6 months today ūüėÄ

I’ve tried so many products this month that it was really hard to decide which were actually my favourites but I’ve whittled it down to theses ones. August has been a fantastic month beauty wise and I could go on all day if I was to mention all my heroes ¬†of this month.

Benefit Rockateur Blush

This has been my perfect blusher for the summer, it is rose gold so is the perfect blend between a bronze and flushed result for my fair skin. It has a beautiful shimmer to it and parties all day and night without slipping. This blusher is seriously hardcore and I’ve worn it nearly every day in August. You can see my full review here.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Perfume

This one only made it into August for the last week but it has landed itself straight into my favourites, originally I promised my self it was for special occasions due to the price, well going to work, the park and church is special right?! Full review here.

Anatomicals Spray Misty for Me

This face spritz has been a total heroine for me in the humid UK heat. It’s set my makeup into lasting all day, it’s cooled me down in our melting office and it’s done it all with some humour and an amazing smell. Full review here.

L’Occitane Hydration Creme¬†

I reviewed this a while back but rediscovered it about a week into August and fell in love with it even more than the first time. It leaves my skin with a gorgeous dewy glow fit for the summer. I also noticed a huge improvement to the quality of my skin. I couldn’t afford to invest int he full size this month as much as I wanted to, so my wonderful husband managed to get his hands on another sample for me, that’ll keep me going another few weeks! ¬†Full review here.

MUA Undress Your Skin Flawless Primer

This primer has been used every single day since I bought it, it’s soft and velvety and provides an amazing base for a day’s makeup. It feels amazing and performs wonderfully. Full review here.

MUA Lipsticks

These are my favourite budget find of the month. At ¬£1 each I still fully intend to get the whole collection. They last well and don’t dry out my lips. The colours are also lovely. Reviews here, Red, Nude.

I’m looking forward to seeing which products rock my world this month and I’ll be sure to let you know at the start of October!

 

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It’s in the Bag – Show-stopper Edition

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Hannah is a busy lady indeed. She’s used to going from every day wear to show-stooping performances and therefore needs a loyal kit that won’t let her down on the stage.

At first glance Hannah has a plethora of good quality products, from Estee Lauder to MAC and Benefit and I was excited to see how she gets a look that won’t melt under the bright stage lights. Today we showcase the top 3 as selected by Hannah.

Estee Lauder Deluxe All-Over face compact

1This product is a total life-saver for Hannah. As she does go from a hectic schedule to a performance in very little time it’s so important that she has a good compact in her life, and this is it.

It is long-lasting and resists the heat of the stage without any problems. I love the shades in this compact, they will give a rosy but bronzed look for a natural healthy glow, perfect for energetic and passionate performances.

It’s a great size to fit into a handbag with a thousand other things Hannah will need throughout the day. These can easily be used as eye shadows as well as the blusher and bronzer’s they are meant for.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

2Hannah gushed about this foundation, she loves it. It’s so light the she doesn’t even feel like she’s wearing foundation, fortunately this doesn’t stop it giving a full coverage. It lasts all day and has saved Hannah during pre-show photo-shoots on a number of occasions. It covers all break-outs and gives a flawless finish.

It comes in an amazing 39 shades so there really is one for every skin tone. I’m personally dying to try this product and have been a while, hearing Hannah’s thoughts has made me even more eager to splash out on it.

The coverage is buildable so you can use as much or as little as required and it provides a matte finish. Perfect for those of us with oily skin.

MAC Studio Fix Boldblack Lash Mascara

3This is an everyday go-to item for Hannah. It doesn’t clump and it’s waterproof. Perfect for beautiful natural-looking lashes that will survive when the going gets tough mid performance. Hannah says she can go from subtle natural lashes during rehearsals to bold and striking lashes for a night out in just a few extra coats.

This is always in Hannah’s bag, simply because it takes her look from day to night in seconds. Hooray for our Handbag Hero!

Hannah looks amazing all the time anyway but it’s always fun to see how other people achieve their makeup look and I’m excited to try al of these products at some point. Thank you Hannah for letting us take a peak today!

I do need a volunteer for next weeks edition, if you’d like to volunteer either comment on this post, email me on tams.watt@hotmail.com or contact me on Facebook!

If you’re a blogger or have a website I will link back to that in the post too.

 

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush Review

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A huge welcome to the new kid on the block!

Yesterday I was blessed enough to get my hands on the new Benefit Box O Powder 6 weeks before the official launch. I have had quite a few of the Benefit face powder boxes and I have adored every single one and Rockateur did not disappoint!

photo (2)Firstly, the colour is perfect, it looks quite dark in the box but when you apply it, it is much lighter. It is a rose gold with a satin finish. I’d describe the shade as somewhere between a blusher and bronzer. I’m quite pale and so I can’t usually get away with bronzer as I just look ridiculous, however this shade is perfect for me as it is still fairly pink but gives me a gorgeous sun-kissed look.

I know a lot of people dislike the brushes provided in Benefit blushers but I always love them, in fact I keep them once them once the powder is finished. They’re always gorgeously soft and I manage to get an accurate application to my cheek bone. This one has also had a redesign, it’s a new brush that is more accurate. The overall result of this one is quite natural and very pretty.

It lasts really well, I put it on yesterday about 11:30am and it was still there at 6:30pm looking lovely. I also like to ad a bit of high beam to define my cheeks and it works well with this one too.

Have you ever noticed how good all the Benefit blushes smell too? This one is just as good as all the others. It smells wonderfully fragrant, which makes it feel even more luxurious.

There is clearly less powder in this one than most of the others, Benefit do print the weights on the front of all the boxes so they have made that clear, they also assure us that it will last just as long as you need less each time. The price is still the same as all the others even though it has less product but the formula used to make this costs more. It uses the latest ‘prisma technology’ which combines all the best bits of a cream, powder and baked blusher. This product really does work so I forgive them for the lower amount of product and it wouldn’t deter me from repurchasing it.

It’s out on sale from 7th September 2013 and retails at ¬£23.50 so get that in your diaries now. It’s also out in time to make it onto the Christmas list… if you can wait that long!

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Love at First Sight – Benefit Fine-One-One Product Review

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I fell in love when I saw this product. 

Benefit Fine-One-One has a 3 shades pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral that combined highlight, define and colour your cheeks.  Its a beautiful sheer cream that instantly brightens your skin.  It can be used all together or individually on cheeks and lips and comes with a handy little tip booklet too.

At first sight I absolutely loved the typical gorgeous Benefit packaging however, it is quite a small item for ¬£23.50 which is a little disappointing. I also adore all the colours together, they’re so beautiful!

1The way I like to use it is to just sweep from the rose of my cheek up to my temple along the cheek bone. Alone it is not very vibrant, it is quite a sheer blusher cream which is perfect for natural look during the day but for the evening I use either a MAC Blusher or Benefit box of powder over the top as well.

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I love that this product is an all in one, it skips 2 steps for me saving me a few minutes each morning. It’s beautiful matte result also lasts really well all day.

You can also glide it over or pick an individual colour to go over over your lips for a qucik burst of brightness. It is definitely a handbag must-have!

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I recommend this product for anyone who wants to add a bit of a pop to their makeup without going over the top.

What I love most: It’s really easy to use and looks natural.

What I like least: It is quite sheer so needs blusher too for evening makeup.

Try it: £23.50, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

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MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Mocha – Product Review

I love blusher. I’m very pale and without blusher I just look plain ill. I have everything from Benefit and MAC to Rimmel and Maybelline but this is one of my favourites. It’s right up there with Benefit’s Coralista blush.

I always apply my blush from the rose of my cheeks right up to the temple to give my face definition and a super healthy glow. I added some of Benefit’s High Beam to this when I used it too and it looks lovely.

When I first put this onto my blusher brush it didn’t seem very powdery and I was skeptical about how good it would look. Turns out I was worrying needlessly as a little bit goes along way and it looks awesome!

It also lasted really well throughout the day at work which is fantastic news and the colour was perfect, it is called Mocha but it isn’t a brown, it’s more of a rosy red which I love!

What I love:  That it goes a long way.. Economical!

Try it: RRP £17.40, www.maccosmetics.co.uk