Thursday, 11 August 2016

Benefit Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Review

Oh Benefit! You've really spoilt me with this Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel. I won't lie, I was a bit worried, I usually have a similar relationship with brow gels as I do with liquid eyeliner: we are not friends. Not friends at all. In the past, I've found that you need both precision and patience if you want excellent results and I possess neither quality. I feel like a child colouring out of the lines and I accidentally whack way too much product on to start with so that my eyebrows resemble two big slugs. Fit.

Benefit have really upped their game with the revamp of the packaging - it's often a little on the gimmicky side for my personal taste but I'm definitely feeling this new sleek, classy exterior. The whole range is looking a lot more high end and expensive - more my kinda thing because I'm a packaging snob. It's light, compact and comes with an small angled brush for extra convenience.

The product is ideal for me because it's pretty much fool-proof. While I've struggled in the past with precision and applying too much, the angled brush has densely packed bristles that allows for controlled application. The formula is beautiful, it literally glides across my brows and the cream-gel combination gives you a little bit of extra time to work with the product to achieve the shape you're looking for. It's great for a natural look and is so easily buildable if you prefer bolder brows.

The only minor negative I have is that I was matched with Shade 3 at the Benefit counter, I have really dark brown hair and the shade is slightly too light for me so I definitely would have been better suited to Shade 4 or 5. It hasn't detracted from my positive brow gel experience though, I've just been applying a darker brow pencil over the top to correct the shade!

The Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream-Gel is available in 5 shades and you can purchase it here for £18.50.

Have you tried the Benefit Ka-Brow Cream-Gel? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation & Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer Review

I've been pretty hooked on my current face base for a while now which you can read about here, I haven't felt the need to change because y'know if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  I thought it was about time I had a little look around for something a little bit special though because I still haven't found that 'perfect' base. While the L'OrĂ©al True Match Foundation is still my favourite affordable foundation for daily wear, Marc Jacobs has really delivered with the Under(cover) Face Primer and Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation.
Of course, it's pretty obvious that we should start by discussing the packaging - I adore the luxury appearance of these bottles - they're made of glass so that instantly indicates the quality. The design is so simple, yet so classy and they look pretty damn good on my dressing table (most important, right?).
Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer I absolutely love this primer and it really works well with the foundation. I initially tried the foundation without the primer for the first application to test out the difference and it didn't last nearly as long on my skin. The consistency of this primer is brilliant, it's so smoothing and it doesn't feel heavy or sticky on my face which is really important to me. I like to feel comfortable when I'm wearing makeup and still want my skin to feel like it can breathe. A little bit goes a long way too which I'm thankful for as it's on the expensive side and it evens out your skin to give you a great base to work with before you apply your foundation. Thumbs up from me.

Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation in Ivory I breathed a sigh of relief when I tested out this foundation shade because trying to figure out your shade when you're online shopping is up there with one of the most difficult things in the world. It's a great match for my skin, slightly yellow toned for me but with some bronzing and highlighting I can make it work. I wouldn't recommend this for you really pale skin girls as the lightest shade is still quite dark. The coverage is insane, 5 dots will do - forehead, both cheeks, chin and nose - otherwise you'll find yourself blending out for hours. I find that you get the best results with a damp Beauty Blender as it needs an extra bit of elbow grease due to the thick consistency. If you don't take your time blending, you'll find that the foundation will appear a little cakey. The staying power is impressive as I manage to get a good 6/7 hours wear out of this foundation before it starts to need a bit of a top up.

Definitely my favourite primer/foundation combination at the minute!

Have you tried the Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation & Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer?
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