Friday, 18 November 2011

Mac Studio Finish vs Vivo Concealer kit

Covering dark circle has been a mission for me ever since I started wearing make up. I have never found a concealer with high enough coverage that doesn't look dry on my crêpey eyes.

Mac studio finish and the Vivo concealer kit has been my two most recent attempts at covering the darkness.
I got the Mac studio finish concealer in NW20, which I think is alittle bit too light but the NW25 was way too dark. I find this formula really nice, the coverage is really high but it stays slightly dewy so doesnt look too dry under the eye. Its stays on really well but because of how creamy it is it does crease up on my eyes.
The photo below shows Mac studio finish on the right side and nothing on the left.

I also bought the Vivo concealer kit after hearing loads of rave reviews about the brand. I went over the the stand and was instantly drawn to all the baked blushers but for god sake I just couldn't buy another blusher so I picked something a little bit more practical! For an amazing £5 I cant really grumble. In the kit you get a yellow based and a pink based concealer cream, a setting powder and then a liquid highlighter. The set only comes in one colour which is abit of a shame, it could do with having a lighter and a darker version too.

The creams are similar to the mac one, thick, creamy with high coverage. They are more drying on my eyes and leave the under eye looking crepey, which to can see in the photo below.

I absolutely love the highlighter in the tube, its very similar to Benefit high beam but not so silver. Great little handbag size too.
I do prefer the Mac concealer by far but it is £8 more expensive than the Vivo one. If you don't have eyes a wrinkly as mine I bet you would love the Vivo set. I think its a great idea to have the option to mix your own colours for different areas of your face.

For now though.... high end wins the race for me!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Wana see something funny?

You know your obsessed with make up when this is how many nail varnishes you buy in 7 days?
14 nail varnishes haha.... me, have a shopping addiction? you dont know what your talking about!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

October (and a bit) empties

I get a real sense of achievement writing these posts....the empties, the products I have conquered, and here they are in all their glory. As normal its mainly skin care, and rather weighted towards Clarins opps.

So clockwise from right.

Clarins toning lotion for normal to dry skin, lovely alcohol free toner with a really refreshing smell. I really liked this at the time but to be honest Liz Earl skin tonic has taken over as my favourite so I probably won't re-buy.

Benefit Powderazzi... WOW I only got this TWO YEARS AGO! Its lasted me a lifetime but has finally come to an end. This limited edition Christmas set contained Hoola, Dallas and Coralista. I'd really recommend these sets for anyone wanting to try some new colours, the 2011 set contains Hoola, coralista and bella bamba and is way cheaper than full sized at £19.50

Benefit Speed brow, setting gel for eyebrows. OK product that did what it said but I thought it was rather small for £12 and cheaper brands do a similar thing. I do like however that it was slightly coloured as the clear gels get really scabby looking when they get brow colour mixed in.

Clarins Gentle foaming cleanser, really good cleanser for getting all my makeup off with only one wash. I used mine with a muslin cloth and water. I did find this a little striping on my dry skin and would be better for a combination skin. I also would have preferred to be able to use it on my eyes. Nothing will compare to cleanse and polish, I don't know why I even bother!

and finally Clarins Multi-active day cream. I always use anti ageing even though I'm only in my early 20's and I actually didn't find this cream was 'enough'. Come early afternoon my skin needed some extra moisture and looked dehydrated especially on drier areas, like my forehead. Would suit someone my age but with a slightly more oily skin, or no dehydration lines.

Thats all I managed this month folks but I'm currently trying a 'project 10 pan' style challenge with some makeup products so hopefully November will bring a truck full of empties.

Any good recommendations of great products you've finished this month?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Everything he touches turns to pearl....

Wow, how much do I wish these stick on pearls from Chanel s/s 2012 were coming out next year?! They are just beautiful.

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