Thursday, 12 March 2015

GOSH Growth Mascara Review

A few weeks ago, I attended the Saphir, GOSH & iClothing SS15 Event (you can find that post here), and one of the items I got in my GOSH goodie bag was their Growth Mascara (retails for around €9.99). As promised, I've put it to the test and am ready to let you all know what I think.

I actually trialled the mascara for three weeks instead of two (it says you can see results in two weeks on the tube), because there were some days within the first two days that I didn't use it.

I actually really liked this mascara, the brush is pretty good and so is the formula. The mascara gives really nice length to the lashes, and I could use 2 coats comfortably without it looking at all spidery.

In terms of it helping my lashes grow longer though, I didn't notice much of a difference. My lashes looked the tiniest bit longer by the end of the testing period. I'm going to keep using it for another few weeks to see if there's any big difference the longer I use it. GOSH also have a growth serum that you can use with this, so I might give that a try too.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush Review!

Max Factor has released some new blushes recently, the Creme Puff Blushes. There are six shades to choose from, catering to every skin tone. I was sent three to try out: Nude Mauve, Alluring Rose and Gorgeous Berries.

The first thing I want to mention is that all three of these are really pigmented. You only need to pick up a little bit of the product to get a beautiful result. They're all really build-able too, and blend super easily (living up the Max Factor's claim!). 

Nude Mauve
Nude Mauve is the lightest of the three shades that I have. It's a little hard to see on my skin tone, but it gives such a beautiful, subtle natural bit of colour to my face and is perfect for days when I'm going for a more natural look. 

Alluring Rose
Alluring Rose, which is my favourite of the three, is really great for a light contour or for warming up your face a little. It also has a bit of shimmer in it, which I only noticed showing up when my friend asked me what I was using to highlight my cheekbones (I'd used a different brush to apply it that day). 

Gorgeous Berries
Gorgeous Berries is the darkest shade of the whole range. It's the most pigmented out of the three I have, and should be used with a really light hand otherwise you'd end up looking ridiculous. When it is applied lightly, it gives a really lovely touch of colour to the cheeks.

Gorgeous Berries (Left), Alluring Rose (Centre), Nude Mauve (Right)
Alluring Rose and Nude Mauve look a bit orangey on my hand in the swatch above, but they don't look as orange on my cheeks (thankfully!)

A lot of people have compared these to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes, and while I can see that they look similar, I don't own any of the Hourglass blushes so I can't compare them myself. All I can say is that these are amazing, and well worth trying out! They're €11.49 each, and if you're looking to try more than one, I'd suggest waiting until there's a 3 for 2 offer on.

Monday, 2 March 2015

February Favourites 2015

Anyone else feel like February dragged on for ages? Maybe it’s because it was a really busy month for me. Anyway, I have a few favourite products here that I’ve been using like crazy over the last month and I thought I’d share them!

First favourite has been the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I bought this back in December from Debenhams and it’s been my go to palette this past month. The colours are so beautiful, they’re really smooth and pigmented, easy to blend, and they smell like chocolate! It’s every chocolate lovers dream!

If you haven’t heard about the new Benefit Roller Lash Mascara by now, you must be living under a rock since everyone and their mother seems to have blogged about it. I got a sample of it in Elle at the beginning of the month, and I really like it. I was a bit on the fence about it at the beginning, but started to like it more and more each time I used it. It gives really nice length to the lashes and holds a curl nicely. I’m seriously considering getting the full size soon despite having a good few unopened mascaras at home already!

For days when I wasn’t feeling like spending too much time on my eyeshadow, I’d pop on some of Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer Shadow in Bronze. This stuff is pretty great, the quality is amazing and the little pot will last you ages as a little goes a long way with this. I’m going to pick up another shade the next time there’s a 3 for 2 on Max Factor products!

My favourite perfume this month has been Saphir’s Vida de Saphir, which I received in a goody bag at an event I attended (I blogged about it here). It’s a dupe for Vie Est Belle Lancome, and it smells amazing!

A favourite lip product this month has been the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen. I posted a full review of it just last week, so if you want to check that out just click here!

Last of all, I’ve really been loving the Garnier Micellar Water this past month. I meant to try this out ages ago, but never really got around to it until recently, and I wish I’d got it sooner! It makes taking of my makeup so much faster and easier, and has completely gotten me out of the bad habit of sleeping with my makeup on every so often!