Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Styling Havaianas with Jake Shoes

Jake Shoes recently got in touch and asked if I'd like to select a pair of sandals which would work well with my summer wardrobe. If you haven't heard of Jake Shoes before they stock a number of well know footwear brands such as Birkenstock, Sketchers and Dr Martens. I was spoilt for choice but finally settled on a pair of Havaianas.

Flip flops are one of the handiest things to have in your summer wardrobe. I picked out a simple black pair of Havaianas, as I thought they would work well with a number of outfits. I'd pair them with blue skinny jeans and a white t-shirt to emulate that model 'off duty' relaxed style. I also have lots of floral dresses that these black Havaianas would look great with, I'd just add a denim jacket for evenings. Of course, if I go away on holiday this summer, I'll be packing these, they are perfect for pairing with your favourite swimsuit!

I found some lovely fashion inspiration via Pinterest on how to style Havaianas.

What style of sandals do you like to add to your wardrobe during the summer?
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Monday, 11 June 2018

eBay Dupe of the StylPro Brush Cleaner and Dryer - Review

I am terrible at cleaning my makeup brushes, yes I know shame on me! Think most people would agree that it's a boring chore, so I started researching those spinning makeup brush sets hoping it would make it quick and easy.

I believe the original product was the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer. However, when I popped into Boots to find out the price, I was shocked to see it labeled as £39.99. Personally, I thought this was a little too expensive for a plastic bowl and a battery operated spinner. So I hunted on eBay for a dupe. I clicked order and it arrived a few days later.

When the dupe arrived, it was boxed up much the same as the StylPro one, a cube-shaped box, with illustrative pictures on the side. The only difference was that it wasn't branded. The contents of the kit were the same too, a plastic bowl, a battery operated spinning device, a few rubber attachments to grip your brushes while they spin and an instruction booklet.

I put the dupe to the test, my dirty makeup brushes were piling up quickly. The eBay dupe didn't come with any brush cleaner so I used my Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel. I added warm water to the bowl and added a couple of drops of the cleaner. The kit provides you with rubber grips, you simply slide your brush handle into the grip and then attach it to the main body of the spinner. These were easy to switch over and ensured the brush didn't fly off as the spinning motion began.

The spinning motion was quite hard to get used too, sometimes it wouldn't do much at all and then the next minute it was zooming around! This made it really difficult to control the speed and make sure my brushes were spinning correctly in the water. 

I'm not sure if it was the brush cleaner or not, but the cleaning kit didn't really seem to be able to get the makeup from the inner part of my makeup brushes. So I was having to take them out and rinse them in the sink to ensure they were roughly clean. I also used the spinning to dry the brushes, it did really help speed up the drying time.

Overall, I'm not impressed by this eBay dupe, I think I'll stick to washing them in the sink!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Breaking My 'No New Eyeshadow Palettes' Ban

Back in the days of old-school blogging, my makeup dream was to create my own custom eyeshadow palette from MAC. Does anyone remember the hype over Woodwinked and All That Glitters eyeshadow? The drugstore didn’t really have eyeshadows that matched MAC quality.

Then came along the Urban Decay Naked palettes, they beat the quality of MAC shadows every time for me. They are highly pigmented and are easy to blend.

I have every Naked palette; however, they now lay gathering dust. So, if I love the quality so much why am I not using them? Every time I open a Naked palette I feel so uninspired, I've had them for so long.  I was actually thinking of getting rid of them, so I put myself on a bit of a palette buying ban to avoid more items gathering dust. I hadn’t bought an eyeshadow palette since the Urban Decay Naked Heat was released back in August 2017.

The ABH Soft Glam palette has been the only item I wanted to break my ban for since last year! One of my blogger faves, Lily from Pint Sized Beauty, raved about this palette. From online swatches, the colours looked so pigmented and buttery. Most importantly I feel the colours work in harmony so I can create a look without reaching for substitutes.

ABH Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

I ripped open the package when it arrived, and it didn’t disappoint. It looked just as beautiful in real life as it did on online. I’m not 100% sure on the velvet style packaging but I’ll try and keep it as neat as possible. I can’t wait to create some new looks, it’s really inspired me to start experimenting with makeup again!
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Have you tried this palette?

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Introduction to Antipodes - Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser and Divine Face Oil Review

Antipodes is a scientifically validated organic skincare brand from New Zealand. It’s a brand I’ve heard lots about through the blogging community but until now I hadn’t tried anything from them.

Antipodes Gentle Cream Cleanser and Divine Facial Oil Review

I think a good cleanser and facial oil are staples in a skincare routine. Antipodes kindly sent me their Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser and Divine Face Oil with Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip to test out. I’ve been using both products for a few months now and wanted to share my thoughts.

First up the Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser. It has the most beautiful thick cream consistency that melts away makeup and is gentle enough to use as both your first and second cleanse without stripping the skin or leaving it feeling tight. I believe it would be suitable for all skin types, even oily skin.

Unlike plastic bottles, the metal tube packaging of the cleanser means you can squeeze out every drop of the product, meaning less waste!

The Divine Face Oil with Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip makes my skin glow! Even if you have oily skin, I would 100% recommend using an oil such as this, it stops your skin from overproducing its own oils which can sometimes lead to spots.

The Antipodes oil wasn’t sticky and didn’t leave me feeling overly greasy. I apply a few drops at night after cleansing, the Rosehip ingredient that helps to soothe my skin when it’s dry or inflamed. Plus the dropper makes the product more hygienic!

I adore the packaging of both the Antipodes Grace Gentle Cleanser and the Divine Face Oil with Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip, they look great on your bathroom shelf. The scent of both products reflects the organic origin of the ingredients, I would describe it as an herbal fragrance. Some may be sensitive to this, but I wouldn’t say it’s a heavy scent that lingers all day.

I’m dying to try their face masks next. Have you tried any Antipodes products?
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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops, Congested Skin Serum and Instant Lift Primer Review

Balance Me is a brand that doesn’t get enough love and attention in the beauty community as it should! I think lots of people will have seen the brand through beauty boxes which tend to contain their gorgeous hand creams and body washes but Balance Me has a beautiful skincare range waiting to be discovered.

Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops, Congested Skin Serum and Instant Lift Primer Review

They offered to send me a selection of their products and I picked out the Congested Skin Serum, Gradual Tanning Drops, and Instant Lift Primer. I’ve been trialing them for over a month now and I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

First up, the Gradual Tanning Drops. I bring these out when I want to fake tan as I can’t use my body tan on my face. The pipette makes it easy to dispense a few drops into your normal moisturiser on the back of your hand. Simply mix and then apply an even layer onto your face and leave overnight. I woke up with a subtle golden colour to my face, it’s a winning product for me, I love it! You can increase or decrease your drops to achieve the depth of colour you require.

Lots of people have mentioned the Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops, they are a bit of a marmite product, some people love them, and some have ended up with orange, blotchy skin. If you are looking for an alternative to the Isle of Paradise Drops, I highly recommend the Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops.

The Congested Skin Serum was right up my street, I suffer from breakouts, blocked pores, and blackheads, as you might know, I’ve struggled with acne for years. The serum has a light-weight cream texture which has a wonderfully cooling sensation, I think this comes from the eucalyptus ingredient in the formula. It has helped soothe angry breakouts, hasn’t dried out my skin and works well under my moisturiser and makeup.

The Instant Lift Primer is designed to smooth over fine lines and texture, which I can confirm it does. It minimised the appearance of my pores, especially on my nose. I think this formula is more suited to a dry or mature skin, as it didn’t keep my makeup on as long as my usual primer.

I’m so impressed with the quality of Balance Me’s skincare line. No fancy gimmicks or marketing bumf, the products do what they say on the tin. Have you tried any products from Balance Me?

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Summer 2018 'It' Bag Designer Dupes for Under £25!

I really enjoy putting together fashion dupe posts. It would be amazing if I could afford the latest 'It' bag but for now, I'll settle for affordable dupes. With Summer just around the corner, I've searched high and low for the best S/S '18 designer dupes to save you some dollar! Happy shopping!

The Staud Moreau Bucket Bag is well loved by fashion bloggers, but for those who don't want to splash the cash on a trend piece, I have a dupe linked below!

Staud Moreau Bucket Bag Dupe

When Lydia Millen showcased her Cult Gaia Ark bag last year, I wasn't sure on the style at first and now I love it! I found a dupe which will save you £££!

Cult Gaia Ark BagCult Gaia Ark Bag Dupe

Ever since I saw Lorna Luxe with the Cult Gaia Luna bag I haven't stopped thinking about it. Luckily I found this dupe which is a tenth of the designer price!

Cult Gaia Luna Bag DupeCult Gaia Luna Bag

While browsing for dupes I also found a number of straw bags that looked very on trend! They are even more affordable than what the high street has to offer.

Affordable Basket Bag with Scarf

Circle straw bags are huge at the moment, I found some that were even cheaper than Topshop's versions.

Affordable Circle Straw Bag

Circle Straw Bags

I adore this straw beach bag, it's a bargain too!

Affordable Circle Straw Bag

Straw Beach Bag

Which style is your favourite?
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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Summer and Holiday Wardrobe Additions with Tobi

The British weather has been so depressing lately, bar that one week of sun in April. I've been optimistically looking for summer pieces to add to my wardrobe, praying that summer is just around the corner.

Tobi got in touch and asked they could send me a few summer pieces so I thought I would show you what they gifted. I find laying out my clothes and taking photos helps when packing for a summer holiday so you can see what pairs well together and which of your accessories work best.

First up was this long sleeve off the shoulder top and check buttoned skirt. These work so well together. The top gives boho vibes but the skirt ticks all the trend boxes for S/S '18.

They also gifted me three mini dresses, which can be dressed up or down. I'd 100% pack these items for holiday! First up is a slinky black halterneck backless dress which is incredibly sexy! There was also a body-con red dress that would be ideal for summer nights out. For something a little cuter and daytime appropriate I picked out this red spotted off the shoulder dress, I love it!

I'd love to know what you have been buying ready for summer!
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Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Flower Cup Chester Review

I’d originally discovered The Flower Cup in Chester through Instagram. A friend had shared their Instagrammable décor and food, and from that photo I knew I had to visit.

The Flower Cup Chester Review - Food and Decor

The Flower Cup is a small coffee shop in the centre of Chester. The interior ticks all the trend boxes with marble topped tables, plenty of greenery, cute wall hangings and peacock chairs.

My boyfriend and I visited them for brunch a little while ago. Just to let you guys know, we paid for our own meals, this wasn’t a collaboration in exchange for free food. I genuinely love the place, so I thought it might be good to share my experience and support a local business.

The menu options are amazing, they also have a vegan menu with plenty of options which is refreshing to see! Most things can be customised by adding or taking away ingredients. I loved so much on the menu, I found it hard to choose something, I just wanted it all.

I was in the mood for something savoury, so I opted for the Breakfast Taco. This was two tortilla wraps filled to the brim with yummy avocado, halloumi, rocket and salsa. It was heavenly!

I’ve also previously had their Hash which contains, sweet potato and chorizo hash, fried egg, avocado and it’s delivered to your table in a skillet pan with plenty of chunky bread. I can also recommend this.

I’m yet to try their cakes, which always look incredible in the glass display, as their brunch menu items are so filling and hearty!

Not only is the Flower Cup a coffee shop, you can also buy beautiful floral arrangements and cute succulents and attend flower workshops too.

I highly recommend visiting The Flower Cup if you are passing through Chester!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hair by Martyna in Chester

I didn’t realize how bad the condition of my hair was until Martyna worked her magic! I was invited by Martyna to come and experience her hairdressing skills and see the beautiful salon she works within.

Mode Salon in Chester has that stunning white, minimalist interior décor, but it’s the personal touches that Martyna adds that makes the experience so enjoyable.

As I sat down, I was offered a refreshment, they even serve wine! Can you imagine sipping on a glass of wine while you get a new do and a pamper, heavenly! You could also request to borrow a phone charger so you can scroll through Instagram at your leisure.

Martyna asked me to talk through my hair type and what I do to style it. As you may know from reading my blog, I have naturally curly hair which I blow dry and straighten religiously. As I’m trying to grow the layers out, Martyna advised on what length to cut my hair.

Happy with my consultation and Martyna’s advice, I was taken over to the sink wash. She used Davines haircare products, which you might have heard about before through the beauty blogging community. Not only is their packaging very Instagrammable, Davines haircare is created by using eco-friendly renewable energy sources, how amazing?!

I was treated to a relaxing head massage as Martyna washed my hair, next up was the cut. As you can see, she did take a few inches off to get rid of the dead ends and damaged hair. My curly hair is usually so hard to blow dry but she created silky smooth locks.

Since having my hair cut by Martyna, it looks so much more shiny and healthy. It’s easier to style and I can now keep on top of keeping it in good condition.

Martyna shared some of her top tips to keep your hair in good condition:
  1. Always use heat protector. I’m currently using this one.
  2. Slowly run the straighteners down the section of hair, this is less damaging than running over it quickly more times.
  3. Always wash your hair with shampoo twice. Once to grab the dirt from the hair and the second to cleanse the scalp.
  4. Use conditioner only on the lengths of the hair to prevent it weighing the hair down and making your roots oilier quicker.
You can see Martyna's hair portfolio and get in touch via her Instagram. I highly recommend visiting her if you are in the Chester area!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Burts Bees Lip Crayon Review

As some of you may know, I am a huge Burts Bee's fan. Their lip balm was the only thing that saved my lips during my Roaccutane treatment and I've repurchased it time and time again.

Booths, a family owned and operated independent supermarket with stores across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester area, offered to send me some Burts Bees products to try.

Burts Bees have expanded their lip care range to include coloured lip products such as their Satin and Glossy Lipsticks, Lipgloss, Tinted Lip Oils and their Matte and Gloss Lip Crayons, which I have to review today.

I've been edging away from heavy liquid lip colours as I feel something more moisturising is much more flattering on my lips and they are also easier to work with. Que the Burts Bees Matte and Gloss Lip Crayons. I have two shades in the matte formula named Sedona Sands, a beautiful nude pink and Redwood Forest, a 'just bitten' berry red. The third lip crayon is the gloss formula in the colour Santorini Sunrise, a summery bronzed coral.

Burts Bees Lip Crayon Review

The chubby crayon design makes it easy to apply, you can just throw them into your bag and top up your lip colour without a mirror when on the go. Both the gloss and matte crayons have a pigmented formula that doesn't feel drying or cakey on the lips. When I apply these, it feels as if my lips are being nourished.

The colour does need a top up after eating but this is to be expected from a creamier formula. They are comfortable and enjoyable to wear. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a new lip colour for the summer. Thank you to Booths for sending them over!
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

GIVEAWAY: Beauty Bundle Worth Over £60 - Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Paw Paw and Fabulift

When Fuel PR got in touch, I couldn’t believe how many of my favourite beauty brands they had on their books. Fuel PR are a boutique PR agency in London, that create engaging campaigns for their partnered brands. They work with incredible brands such as Toni and Guy, INGLOT, Palmers and Paw Paw, just to name a few! I highly recommend following them on social media so you can see the latest releases and keep up to date with all your favourite brands.

I’ve teamed up with Fuel PR to celebrate their agency and all their fantastic brands by giving away a bundle of beauty essentials worth over £60!

Fuel PR Giveaway - Haircare and Skincare worth over £60

One lucky winner will receive a Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler, a Toni & Guy Daily Conditioning Dryer, Fabulift Advanced Formula Lifting Serum and a Papaya Gold Paw Paw Balm.
Excited about the prize and want to enter? Use the widget below to complete your entry.

Please note that the giveaway is only open to UK residents and you must also be happy to provide your address if you are selected the winner. There is no cash alternative to this prize. If the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, another will be selected. Any false entries will result in disqualification.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer vs Soft Matte Concealer - Review and Comparison

I'm so guilty of getting swept up by beauty product hype. I picked up the infamous Soft Matte Concealer and Radiance Concealer from NARS as I found my well loved Collection Lasting Perfection concealer started looking cakey and dry under my eyes.

NARS Radiant Concealer vs Soft Matte Concealer - Review and Comparison

The Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in a lip gloss-esque tube, with a doe-foot applicator. I love to trowel on concealer as I have purple under eye bags, but the shape of the bottle and small wand only allow you to pick up a minimal amount of product, I need to layer this create a good coverage. It does have a glowy finish, my shade is a little lighter than my skin tone and foundation colour, so it does give that Kim K under eye highlight effect. You can powder under the eyes to prevent creasing and it doesn’t cake up. It feels light and hydrating, so I imagine it would be suitable for people with dry skin too.

The Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in a little round pot, so you need your own Beauty Blender or brush to apply it. The formula is thicker and higher coverage than the brand’s other concealer. The consistency makes it perfect for covering spots and pigmentation. It smoothes over spots to blur their appearance and never looks cakey. It can also be used under the eyes to conceal dark circles.

Do you need both? I plan to repurchase both the Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I tend to need something more creamy under the eyes and something a little more heavy duty for spots, so for me, I can justify having both in my collection.

As you can probably tell by now, I actually do believe these concealers are worth the money and hype!



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Mario Badescu Skincare Haul

This haul started with just one product, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, as both Jodie and Gem had recommended this skincare product for spots. My skin recently had an acne flare up, which are rare since my Roaccutane treatment, so I was desperate to soothe and calm the few cystic spots that had appeared.

Beauty Bay was one of the only stockists of Mario Badescu I could find in the UK so I had a browse of the brand and it's skincare on their site. I spotted a set exclusive to the website created for MB's 50th anniversary, which already included the Drying Lotion. There was also a Silver Powder, which is said to help clear blackheads (I'm hoping for miracles), a Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, a Flower and Tonic Mask and an Enzyme Cleansing Gel. The set was £32, but I thought it would be a great way to try skincare from the brand before investing in a whole skincare routine in full sizes.

During the time of my purchase, if you spent over £35 on Mario Badescu, you received a glycolic duo, the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and the Glycolic Acid, I can't wait to see how this compares to the Pixi Glow Tonic. So to take me over the £35 spend, I purchased the Healing and Soothing Mask. During acne flare-ups, my skin can get so sore so this sounded ideal for calming my angry skin.

I've heard amazing things about Mario Badescu skincare, I can already tell you the Drying Lotion is incredible at reducing the size of spots, I can't wait to try the rest and review them!

I like to share mini reviews on my Instagram Stories, so make sure you are following me over there, @cherriesbeauty

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

What's in my Everyday Makeup Bag

I love nothing more than rooting through someone’s makeup bag. It’s an amazing way to find new product recommendations. If something is good enough to remain in someone’s everyday makeup bag, it must be good! Mine is jam-packed with my favourite makeup products.

Makeup products spilling out of a makeup bag

If my skin is lacking in moisture I opt for the Too Faced Hangover Primer. It has a wonderfully light, moisturising formula. It doesn’t disrupt your foundation or clog pores, so it’s a winner in my book.

When I have a long day ahead of me or my skin is feeling oily, Soap and Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Primer has my back. Unlike Benefit’s Porefessional, this isn’t too silicony or slippy on the skin. It helps foundations longevity and smoothes over textured patches of skin.

I recently rediscovered this makeup product and fell back in love. True Match is a long wearing, semi-matte foundation. When powdered down it gives a flawless matte base, which lasts almost all day without needing to blot.

I rave about this foundation so frequently on my blog. This formula is the perfect mix of coverage and glow. You can see a more in-depth review and a comparison to the YSL All Hours Foundation here.

A blogger favourite, Collection’s concealer never fails to cover my purple under eye bags. 

This is the ideal powder for you if you want a semi-matte finish to your skin, it never looks cakey or flat. I don’t love the pot as I tend to get the powder everywhere and it’s not really travel friendly but it’s worth it for the product inside.

This cult classic from Tilbury is one of my favourite makeup items in my collection. Not only is it an incredible product, it is also housed in the most stunning Art Deco-inspired compact.

I only pop the tiniest bit of blush on the apples of my cheeks so I’m not too fussed on what brand I use for this. I bought this blusher as it’s noted as a dupe for MAC’s Stereo Rose, which I loved back in the day.



Again, this is a product I rave about on my blog. It provides both volume and length and doesn’t flake or smudge.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
I can't believe more people haven't tried this mascara. It has a tiny wand, imagine the same size as the brush on the Glossier Boy Brow, which grabs your small bottom lashes and coats them with long-lasting black colour.

I’m not very loyal when it comes to liquid liners, I’ll usually just get through ones I have been sent via blogger mail. However, I am really impressed by the Tattoo Liner, it’s a deep black that lasts on the eyes all day.

There are a few versions of the Archery Brow Pencil from Soap and Glory, the one I prefer has a thin tube, with a pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. The nib is small enough to create hair-like strokes and it’s retractable so no need to carry a pencil sharpener.

When I can be bothered to create a full eyeshadow look, I reach for the Heat Palette. The simple matte shades are my favourites, although I do sometimes reach for the shimmers if I need to ramp up my look. I have a whole blog post dedicated to it here and this post also includes a high street dupe. If I don’t want a fussy eye look, I just add some of my bronzer to my crease with a fluffy brush, this adds definition.



Glossier Generation G Lip Colour in Crush
I can see why Glossier fans adore the Generation G range, it's a hybrid between a lip balm and lipstick making it ultra comfortable while tinting the lips.

I used to shy away from glossy textures on the lips, no one likes eating their hair when the wind comes but this isn’t sticky at all. It’s so comfortable to wear and looks so pretty on the lips.

Influenster sent me the whole colour range from this lipstick launch a few months ago, you can see my swatches and full review here. These are the perfect matte lipstick for me, they last nearly all day, with minimal touch-ups but they don’t feel drying on the lips.


I’d love to peek inside your makeup bag, link me to any posts you have done in the comments below!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mini Mascara Reviews - Benefit BadGal Bang, Armani Eccentrico, Givenchy Noir Interdit, Too Faced Better Than Sex and Lancome Monsieur Big

I recently decluttered my Muji makeup storage and was shocked to see I had so many mascaras on the go! If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that I adore the Armani Eccentrico mascara and before that Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara was also one of my favourites so I'll always have these in my collection. I'm currently testing four other mascaras to see how they compare.

Mascaras from different brands lined up to be reviewed.
As I commented in my previous Rimmel post, this mascara's spiked conical wand does grab every lash but fails to create volume. I'm currently trying to use this mascara up, I use it on days when I'm going for a more natural 'no makeup' look or mixed with other mascaras. The wands of the Rimmel Wonder'fully Real and the Benefit BadGal Bang are very similar but the formula is so different!

I did wrote up a mini review of this on my Instagram, explaining that this made my lashes heavy and clumpy. I'm sad about this as I love Roller Lash and They're Real from Benefit. I think I might use this combined with the Rimmel one to use them up.

Rimmel Wonder'Fully Real Mascara compared to Benefit BadGal Bang Mascara Wand
Rimmel's Wonder'Fully Real Mascara (left) compared to Benefit's BadGal Bang Mascara Wand

This mascara has a very unusual wand, which can be bent at a 90-degree angle, making it perfect to reach every lash with its hair comb style wand. I do really like the fluttery lash effect this gives and the wand is surprisingly easy to use.

I purchased this on the recommendation of Alana Davidson, a YouTuber with the most beautifully long lashes. I think this mascara could become a contender for the top spot! It’s thick natural bristle wand is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. The formula and brush combined create a thick lash at the base with lovely fluttery ends, it’s buildable too!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Wand compared to Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Wand (left) compared to Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

I’d love to know what mascaras you have been trying lately! Do you have any mascara's you'd like to see me reviews, leave them in a comment below!
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Armani Luminous Silk Versus YSL All Hours Foundation - Comparison and Review

I can’t believe I hadn’t tried a YSL foundation until now! I’d heard Suzie from Hello October raving about their new All Hours Foundation, and it had been compared to Armani’s Luminous Silk so I picked up a bottle while in World Duty-Free.

I’ve used Armani Luminous Silk for a number of years and repurchased it time and time again so I pitted YSL’s new launch against it so I could give you a full comparison.

Armani Luminous Silk Shade 2 Compared to YSL All Hours Foundation B 10 - Comparison and Review


I have the little shade in Luminous Silk which is shade 2, it’s a little too dark for me, for reference I’m NW15 in MAC. It does come in 24 shades, but as they are just numbered it’s hard to tell undertones online, I would recommend being shade matched in store if you haven’t used any Armani foundations before.

I picked up the lightest shade in the YSL All Hours foundation which is named B10 Porcelain, this is a better shade match than the Armani base. I'd say Armani's shade 2 is probably equivalent to YSL B20. Again, the numbers on the YSL foundations can be confusing but at least they have corresponding names which hint at the shade of foundation.

Both foundations come in glass bottles so not great for travelling but on the plus side, they do have a pump each!


Armani’s Luminous Silk offers more of a glowier finish, but this does make it a little sheerer than the YSL All Hours. This also means that if you have an oily T-zone oil tends to creep through sooner than the YSL base, but it is easy to blot down.

The YSL All Hours Foundation has a heavier coverage than the Luminous Silk, this will work in your favour if you have acne or pigmentation you’d like to cover. It’s not a flat matte like most long lasting foundations, it does have a subtle glow to it. It does last longer on the skin than LS but isn’t as hardcore as Estee Lauder’s Double Wear.

Both Luminous Silk and All Hours slightly oxidise on me, as I have oily/combination skin so be aware of this when you choose a shade.


I was expecting at the end of this comparison to have decided on a winner but I can honestly say I love them both! They do have similarities but I think they have enough difference in the formula to justify having both in your collection.

 I'd reach for each one for different reasons. If my skin is looking quite clear, I'd opt for Armani's Luminous Silk, as I wouldn't need as heavier of a coverage and I might enjoy a bit of a glow if I wasn't too oily in my T-zone. If I was having a bad skin day, I would opt for YSL's All Hours as it's heavier coverage covers a multitude of sins and it is more long lasting on the skin.

I'd love to know which one you prefer?


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