e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation & Studio Tone Correcting Powder review

Studio Flawless Finish Foundation £7.50

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Colour – Studio Flawless Finish Foundation  in ‘Natural’ is the first foundation I’ve ever bought that is the perfect match for my face. I have a pale golden skin tone so it doesn’t take much sun exposure for me to get a tan but my face always looks lighter than the rest of me, which I always forget. Meaning I was either fake tanning my face or I’d have to cover my whole face and even ear lobes in foundation so it matched the rest of me. This time I was determined to start off with foundation as pale as my face and slowly build colour in the right places with bronzer and blusher. Applying colour the right way around, basically!

Coverage – Medium to heavy depending on how many layers you want to add. When applied with fingers this spreads easily in an even layer. When applied with a beauty blender in a stippling motion it gives immediate heavy coverage which hides the severe redness around my nose and any blemishes. Because of the perfect colour match and the texture, my complexion looks flawless, if a little flat. I definitely need some subtle highlighter and bronzer to add more radiance and depth.

Texture – As I’ve gotten older and cut down dramatically on dairy, my skin isn’t excessively oily anymore but my T-zone still needs a little help in the evening. I usually use a serum with hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to my face and a mattifying primer before applying foundation but with Studio Flawless Finish I don’t need the primer at all. It stays put all day and evening! If you have very dry skin but still want full coverage I recommend using a really good moisturiser and maybe even a little facial oil in places first.

Overall verdict – I think Studio Flawless Finish Foundation is fantastic for average, combination or oily skin when you need a good level of coverage. The only criticism I have is that it has a tendency to gather in fine lines so I would suggest using a cream concealer in these areas instead.

Rating (for my skin type) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Studio Tone Correcting Powder £5.00

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The blue powder balances orange tones, green neutralizes redness, pink brightens grey/tired skin, and yellow neutralizes purple tones.

I kind of wish that I hadn’t bought these two products together as the foundation gives such good coverage that I’ve not needed to use the correcting powder with it yet.

I use Studio Tone Correcting Powder with BB cream for days when I can get away with lighter coverage. The first time I used a big brush and swirled all of the colours together on my T-zone to absorb oil, which worked well but I still felt I needed help in correcting certain areas. It works best when I specifically use the green to correct redness (which works amazingly well) and I use the blue powder under my eye area which neutralised the sallowness which I’m prone to, and the pink around my upper neck area which always looks really dull, then I gently buff  the edges to blend everything. This creates a completely natural look, like myself but fresher and brighter! Very unusual for a powder compact. Again, if you have dry skin I recommend using a heavier moisturiser first.

Rating (for my skin type) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Your Tea – Tea Face Healing Hydrating Tea Scrub

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Your Tea is a company which sells all kinds of tea, tea accessories and tea based beauty gifts. Tea Face Healing and Hydrating scrub ($24.95) is said to assist with a radiant complexion, healing scars, addressing uneven skin tone and drawing out impurities. It contains all natural ingredients including Rosehip Oil, Patchouli Oil, Jojoba Oil, Ylang Ylang, Cold Presed Coconut Oil.

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I thought this scrub would be messier to use than it actually was but the tea granules stuck together quite well as I scrubbed my skin in circular motions. I leaned back to chill out for 15 minutes to let the oils soak in before removing with a damp flannel and rinsing my face with tepid water. I was impressed with how effective the exfoliation of this scrub was as it left my skin feeling really smooth. It also looking radiant and a lot calmer than before. Some scrubs leave my skin a little red or flushed but Tea Face actually calmed down the redness that I had across my nose and cheeks.

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I decided not to use any moisturiser straight afterward as I loved my skin the way it was! I really like the packaging as it’s easily recyclable and I’m going to re-use the glass jar as I think it’s lovely. It’s important to keep the scrub in the fridge once it’s opened, which keeps it fresh and really adds to how refreshing it feels.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

e.l.f. Satin Lipstick, Cream Eyeshadow, Baked Eyeshadow & Eye Cream review

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e.l.f. Studio Satin Lipstick £6.00

Not the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever used but it does glide on smoothly, doesn’t dehydrate lips and lasts an average amount of time. ‘Touch of Pink’ is a warm dusky pink shade which would flatter most people and is true to the sample shade on the UK website. Average-good value for money which e.l.f always is.

e.l.f. Studio Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow £4.50

This is the kind of eyeshadow that is easy to apply with your fingers but it’s also the kind which will end up in a line in the crease of your eye, unless you use primer first and even a tiny dusting of powder afterward. ‘Ain’t That Sweet’ appears paler in reality than on the website but used on the eyelids it’s the perfect shade for green or blue eyes or used sparingly at the highest part of the brow bone.

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e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow £4.50

I needed a rich medium-dark brown eyeshadow for my cut crease to add depth to my very hooded eyes and ‘Bark’ is the perfect colour. However, the sample square on the UK website makes it look like a matte grey-ish brown so do go off the full picture instead. A lot of people use matte shadow for this but I’ve found shadows which are slightly metallic help to open up my eyes more and makes them appear less ‘frowny’. Studio baked Eyeshadow is easy to blend when dry but the colour has more of an impact when applied with a damp brush.

e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream (normally) £12.50 for 14g

This free sample was included with my order. I actually prefer the cooling effects of eye gel which I normally keep in the fridge. I suffer from terrible under eye bags rather than dark circles and found that the Illuminating Eye Cream didn’t make much of a difference aesthetically but it did make my eyes feel much fresher and more awake.

Chrissie

The Vegan Kind (quarterly) Beauty Box

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box

I’ve subscribed to The Vegan Kind beauty box (£15 + £3.50 p&p) because it’s quarterly. That’s just enough time for me to use the products and not have then mount up, making every available space look like a beauty apothecary counter. Not that that’s entirely a bad thing.

The vegan Kind Beauty Box products

I really like that the box comes with an information sheet which describes each product in detail, and three codes for money off, encouraging you to buy from those very ethical brands in the future.

Twa Birds Woodland Rose Epsom Salts Bath Soak (RRP £2.00)

This has such a beautiful, comforting yet uplifting rose scent and the petals look really pretty in the water. My aching joints and back really appreciated this addition to my bath.

PHB Anti-aging Eye Gel, Argan & Rock Rose (RRP 16.95) handmade with 15% of profits going to charity

With active ingredients of Argan oil, seaweed, Rock rose, Lavender, this eye gel this eye gel is incredibly effective. I’ve been keeping it in the fridge for extra cooling and apply it every morning as soon as I get up. After an hour my bags are looking a lot less apparent and have decreased by around a third of there original size.

Fairypants Lemon Drizzle Lip Scrub (RRP £3.99)

This is delicious…I mean rather effective! Because I cheat and eat food I’m intolerant to once (twice) a week my lips freak out and get really dry and rough. This scrub helps to refine the texture of them and leaves them feeling moisturised for around three hours after, no mean feet, believe me. Oh and the little pot is utterly adorable!

Grounded Coconut and Lime Hair Mask (RRP £12.50)

This smells like the fruitiest cocktail you have ever ordered. Due to my sensory issues I somehow miss-judged the feel of how oily this mask is and put way too much of it all over my hair. I had to shampoo twice to get it out and my hair went greasy again the next day. However, a little bit used on mid lengths or ends will be incredibly effective and it will last much longer than I first thought. I’m so glad I’ve found this product!

Alva Natural Cosmetics Green Equinox Sparkling Harmony Mineral Powder (RRP £7.50)

Overall this looks gold to me. Different shades of gold in different lights, sometimes with a pale green tinge but I wouldn’t describe it as completely green. It glides on easily, is blendable, and highly pigmented although it doesn’t show up when confronted with a very bright camera flash but thats expected with most mineral make up.

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All of these products add up to £42.94 so getting this box at £18.50 (including p&p) rather than buying them individually is a huge saving of £24.44! All of the products here would suit a wide range of people as non are specifically aimed at a certain skin or hair type and the eyeshadow is universally flattering for all skin tones. This is another thing I really love about this subscription box.

20p from each box goes to Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity who fund and promote the development of techniques to replace the use of animals in biomedical research.

This box was a back issue from Summer but you can buy the new 2017 Vegan Kind Beauty Box here.

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Twitter:

@TheVeganKind @PHBbeauty @alvaCOSMETICS @fairypantsuk @groundedscrub @TwaBirdsSoaps @DrHadwenTrust

Chrissie

It’s My 3rd Blogversary! Thank You ^_^

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An absolutely mahoosive thank you to everyone who has been with me since the start or found this blog a while ago or have just discovered it. Your comments and likes have spurred me on to keep blogging and have been the highlight of my day when I’ve been having a bad one. Your support and enthusiasm has made me feel like I’m actually good at something when Dyspraxia has made me feel otherwise. You have made me laugh (with you, not at you), you’ve been as excited about geeky things, urban things and cruelty free things as I have and really made me think about life with your observations and advice. You are all awesome!

It is so strange to think that three years I finally took peoples advice and started a little unassuming blog. A blog which turned into something that a lot of lovely strangers actually started to follow and commented on and then some of my fave brands which I’ve used for years started to gift me their products to review and invites started arriving for blogger events, meals and cocktails!

The most surprising thing however, is that I’ve actually kept this up for three years and yes, people leave but new people follow every week. When ever I’ve felt bored because of illness or Winter weather or I’ve felt lonely, this has been a little sanctuary that I can visit, with a cuppa and snuggly wrap around cardigan, which always makes me smile.

To anyone who’s followed this blog for a long time, I appreciate you putting up with the early days of back-to-front structured sentences (thats how my thoughts sound in my head) and under or over exposed photo’s. I never realised that as a blogger I would become a copy writer, an editor, a photographer of all sorts of subjects, a photographic editor, a creator of layouts and an organised (gasp!) person capable of meeting deadlines, tagging and scheduling blog posts and the owner of several busy and successful social media accounts. Phew!

To anyone reading this who isn’t a blogger, why ever not? Give it a go, what have you got to loose? Even if you only get a small amount of followers, you will still have a creative journal of your life and maybe learn some new skills along the way.

Now give me some cake!

Genuine thanks from the bottom of my heart

Chrissie

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Making blogging events look glamorous since 2013.

This Works, In Transit Camera Close Up

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In Transit Camera Close-up is a very versatile product as it can be used as a mask, moisturiser and primer. I use it mainly for the latter two reasons as it’s incredibly moisturising and subtlety bounces light of the face so imperfections (uneven skin texture in my case) are blurred and skin appears smoother. To test this I looked in four mirrors around my house in natural daylight, trying to see imperfections and it was only in the most harshly lit mirror that I could actually see any!

My skin combination skin was actually paper dry when I first applied this but then stayed moisturised and balanced throughout the day.

This Works products are free from –

  • Phthalates
  • Sulphates
  • Synthetic Colours
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • GMOS
  • Mineral Oils
  • Petrolatium
  • Propylene Glycol

I deliberately applied my foundation with my fingers and it glided on without me needing to use as much and looked perfect for around eight hours, with one minimal touch up after that.

Chrissie

Eden’s Semilla Hyaluronic Acid Serum & Vitamin C Serum

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 Eden’s Semilla are the producers of effective natural skincare in the form of oils and serums. Their products are organic, cruelty free and excellent value for money.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Active ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol, Aloe Vera, and Shea Extract.

I applied this to my face when my skin was paper dry and within 30 minutes my skin felt more moisturised so I didn’t need an extra moisturiser. The product carried on drawing moisture into my skin throughout the day and the oil levels in my skin were kept balanced. I have a lot of old acne scarring which has created an orange peel texture on my cheeks and they looked plumper and therefor smoother. I’m very impressed with this product!

Vitamin C Serum

Active ingredients: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Rosehip and Jojoba oil.

I’ve only been using this for four days so I’m not sure of the effect long term use would have. I have noticed that my skin feels moisturised and doesn’t need any additional moisturiser and it has a youthful radiance to it (which it usually never has) and looks a little plumper. I was told by a friend that I looked really well and they asked if I’d changed my base (foundation, BB cream ect.) but I was barefaced without any makeup. I don’t always have the confidence to do this (even when I’m not blotchy) but now I have.

Note

Retinol can make skin sensitive to sunlight so I do not recommend using these two products together and use sparingly on very sunny days along with your usual sunscreen.

Chrissie

The Organic Pharmacy

Don’t you just love it when you buy a magazine with a free gift which introduces you to a cruelty free brand, you hadn’t noticed before? The Organic Pharmacy specialise in skincare, makeup, candles and fragrance. So nice to have everything I want all in one place!

  • The first pharmacy dedicated to all things organic
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal quality herbs
  • Free from artificial colourants, fragrance, petrochemicals and preservatives
  • No animal testing, respect for the environment and fair trade

The organic pharmacy review

Hand Cream – Marigold and Comfrey

This has a beautiful fresh flowery scent and sinks in quickly. I wouldn’t say it’s as protective as a hand balm (if you are going to be gardening etc) but it’s perfect those of us who hate that greasy feeling other hand creams leave behind. It left my hands feeling moisturised for around 12 hours.

Antioxidant Lip Balm 

Every now and then I come across a lip balm or lipstick which immediately gives me a sore throat. I’ve never been able to find a common factor in the ingredients to be able to figure out why. I’m going to be using this as a foot balm from now on as my feet are very dry and this balm is already making a positive difference to them.

Face Cream – Double Rose Rejuvenating

This cream also sinks in quickly and has a very light formulation which gently moisturises skin without making it greasy a few hours later. After using this for a week my skin was left naturally moisturised and looked a little more radiant This is the perfect ‘every day’ moisturiser for me.

Chrissie

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint

First off, shouldn’t this be called SunRISE Daylight Curing Nail Paint? Anyway….

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First I applied Iron Man because my nails have always been very weak and they dry out quickly when I apply nail polish directly to them. Then I applied Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint in All The Things She Red, which is a tropical orangey-red. I finished (as Barry M instructs) with Sunset Daylight Curing Top Coat. The top coat dried really quickly in direct sunlight to a firm, incredibly shiny finish. After using all three, my nails felt stronger and less flexible.

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My DIY mani survived me washing my hands a few times and doing some light house work on Sunday but unfortunately by Monday pm the paint on one of my fingers chipped badly. The rest hung on though until Tuesday pm before chips at the ends of my nails started appearing and I had to remove it all.

This really didn’t last as long as hoped it would and I would in no way compare this to a real gel manicure, however it is the best nail polish I’ve used to date, regarding shine and staying power and for the amazingly affordable price, I’m going to be buying a lot more colours.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

The Best Brown Lipsticks and Coloured Graphic Eyeliners

 

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Taking a tip from the 90’s! I didn’t know I had style at the time as I grew up in a really scaly-fied area where Berghaus and Halley Hansen were the things to wear, not because they were practical outdoor clothes but because they were an expensive status symbol and often ‘fell off the back of a lorry’ anyway. As a teen I was all about black velvet chokers, ripped jeans, Dr Martens and dyed red hair. I now realise it was an alternative and cool style for adults aged 18 – 30 sure but ‘a bit weird innit!?’ to most of my Oasis and Dr Dre obsessed peers at the time.

I’ve come to realise the 90’s was a great decade for makeup as well so I’m embracing brown lipstick and coloured eyeliner again. More clean graphic lines and less smudging with the liner this time around though.

The Lipstick

Brown lipsticks

Lipstick testers

From left to right:

Collection Lasting Colour in Fig Delight 10

Can be sheer but builds easily to become opaque and darker. This is wonderfully moisturising and has good to average staying power.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Gosh Matt in Nougat 011

This contain some moisture and still gives a densely pigmented matt finish. Looks lighter on lips than the bullet.

❤ ❤ ❤

NYX butter gloss in Ginger Snap BLG 17

Incredibly sticky, long wearing and highly pigmented for a gloss. This survives most things including food but the pigment then looks uneven so it’s time for a top up.

❤ ❤ ❤

NYX Liquid Suede (cream lipstick) in Soft Spoken LSCL 04

Like most liquid lipsticks this takes a while to dry down to a matt opaque finish. It glides on and doesn’t leave lips flakey or dry. This stayed on through a four course Indian meal so I’m incredibly impressed!

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

The Eyeliner

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Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon No4

Slightly too big to use for detailed graphic shapes without some practice but brilliant at basic lining, smudging or as eyeshadow. Very metallic and shiny!

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner (waterproof), Woody Green

Slight metallic sheen, good for detail and has great staying power. Not one to smudge or blend.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Sleek Eau La La Linner (water proof and smudge proof), Melba

This is one of the strangest liners I’ve used. The consistency once on the eye lid is almost like those paint marker pens! Very thick, opaque and utterly immovable. I had to use a lot of micellar water and a cotton bud to remove it, impressive for a pencil! I actually don’t like it very much though because it’s hard to draw any kind of  detail with and doesn’t seem to glide very well.

❤ ❤

GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner (waterproof), Purple Stain

Same as other Gosh liner.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Collection EXTREME 24 Hours Felt Tip Liner, Teal

As you can imagine this is perfect for fine graphic detail and flicks. It’s quick drying and long wearing. Beautiful colour!

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Which combination would you choose?

Chrissie