Simple’s Illuminating Radiance Cream

For a very long time, I had completely forgotten about this brand. I considered it to be something I used in my early teens and never went back to it. However, after trying out their BB Cream and absolutely loving it, I thought I’d give some of their products another go.

So during my last shopping trip to the supermarket, I picked up the Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream in the hope that it would give me a beautiful glow and make my make up appear more dewy and fresh. Infused with multi-vitamins, skin-loving ingredients and reflecting minerals for capturing light onto the skin, as well SPF 15, I couldn’t wait to try it out and put it to the test.

Simple's Illuminating Radiance Cream

Simple’s Illuminating Radiance Cream

Packaging: A 50ml bottle that comes with a pump at the top with a plastic cap over that. Although a lower budget beauty brand, the packaging looks quite sleek. Just one click of the pump and you’re left with a rather generous amount of product – a good amount for application on the face and neck as suggested.

Scent & Texture: As with all products from Simple, this is very lightly fragranced so as not to irritate even the most sensitive of skins. When pumped out, it appears rather thick, yet it blends in and is absorbed into the skin rather effortlessly, leaving your skin feeling soft, light and delicately moisturised.

Application: It is recommended that this is used in the morning on clean skin. To be applied all over the face and neck with your fingertips in upward and outward movements so that it is easily blended into the skin.

Simple's Illuminating Radiance Cream

Simple’s Illuminating Radiance Cream

Cost: Obviously this varies from various sellers, but I got this for around €13 from my local supermarket. I’m quite sure that this can be purchased for a lot less online though (pity about shipping costs).

Verdict: I have to say, I was really disappointed with this. I felt like it did absolutely nothing for my skin at all, apart from leaving it deeply moisturised. I did not see any glow or illuminating properties, and felt that this was nothing more than a moisturising cream. It did however make my skin look nice and subtle, so it might be beneficial for those with dry skin, yet this is not really the main purpose of the cream itself.

I definitely will keep using this until it’s finished, however for my next purchase, I believe that something more on the lines of MAC’s Strobe cream will do the trick. Have any of you tried this? Would you recommend it?

Anyone have a different experince with this product?

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Who’s heard countless good stuff about this foundation?!

I had been hearing so much about this that I really had to get my hands on it and try it out. So, did it really live up to the hype?

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation: Punjab

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation: Punjab

Firstly, some product information:

Packaging: A 30ml see-through glass bottle that comes with a matte black lid and a pump (however it seems as though it is only the products for the European markets that have this pump  – can anyone confirm?)

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation: Punjab

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation: Punjab

Formula: As the name states, this foundation is ‘weightless’ and it truly the lightest foundation I have tried so far. It’s super runny in consistency, yet very blendable and easily builds up.

Application: Like with most liquid foundations, this can easily be applied with either your fingers, a brush or a sponge. So far, I’ve tried both the beauty blender and foundation buffing brush and was pleased with the finish from both of them. What’s important is that you give the bottle a good shake before applying as it’s so runny. Also, a little product goes a very long way and covers up any imperfections beautifully.

Finish: This foundation leaves a subtle dewy finish that looks just flawless. It doesn’t look cakey even when layered on and did not accentuate any pores or fine lines.

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation: Punjab

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation: Punjab

Shade: This is the colour Punjab which is quite yellow based so great for tanned skin. In the photo, it does appear too light for me (I have a lot of fake tan at the moment), yet it blends in perfectly and seems to adapt to the skin colour as it’s so sheer.

Cost: As I don’t have Nars here, I got this from the Look Fantastic website for €40.60 including shipping. Quite a pricey foundation, however given the fact that only a little product is required for a good coverage, I’d say it’s definitely worth trying out.

Verdict:  I’m really happy with this foundation! I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve ever tried, however it comes quite close! (As I side note, I am SUPER picky with foundation). Although the formula is extremely lightweight, I like how it easily builds up to a full coverage without looking overdone. It stays put for a good number of hours and doesn’t oxidise after application. Definitely living up to its hype, the Nars All Day Luminous Foundation is one to try out!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think of it?

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Heat and Humid Proof Make Up

It’s that time of the year ago. Extremely hot, sticky and worst of all humid.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of sunshine. However I’m from Malta, an island that is in Summer mode for 6 months of the year. From July till September it is simply scorching – reaching temperatures of up till 40 degrees Celsius (in the shade!) with frequent South winds and humidity wreaking havoc to not only your skin, hair and energy levels but also to your make up lasting powder!

Due to this, I’ve come up with a couple of tips that can help with make up application during such weather. Thanks goes out to the lovely Joy from Styled With Joy for this idea.

  • Before you apply your make up, ensure your body is as cool as possible. So take a cold shower first. If you start sweating whilst you are still drying yourself (yes, it gets that hot!) then stand under the air conditioner or fan to bring your temperature down slightly.
  • If you don’t have an air conditioner in the room you will be applying your make up, then try and place a fan next to you. This will prevent sweat on the face during application. If you are unable to do this, then keep some soft tissue paper to blot the face gently as you are applying your make up.
  • Create a strong base. Cleanse and moisturise the skin. Once completely dry, apply a primer. This will ensure make up stays on longer. Once dry then proceed with your foundation and concealer.
  • Once this is done, you must set your base in place! Don’t be scared of powder – in such heat you need it! Even if you love a dewy look, chances are in heat like this, you will still get this despite powder application! However it will definitely help immensely from making your face looking all greasy. Set your face with powder by dabbing gently (not to remove foundation). Once set, spray with a setting spray or rose water spray and allow to dry completely.
  • For Eyes – It’s necessary that you prime. Use whatever works best for you but I swear by Mac’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. My eye make up will not budge, however my lids are also not overly oily to begin with.
  • When out in extreme heat or humidity (or both!) chances are, you will still sweat and have make up come off slightly, especially on the chin and around the mouth. I find the best thing is to keep blotting paper and a small powder compact with a sponge in my bag. This always does the trick!

So these are my best tips that I’ve found to help best! I really hope you have found them useful 🙂

Do any of you also have this problem? If so, I’d love to hear what you do to prevent make up from coming off!

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus

MAC powders are one of my favourites. They set my make up beautifully and keep my face from getting oily throughout the day. Recently, I mentioned my MAC MSF Natural Powder in Light which I use to set my under eye concealer, however I also love to use MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish Powder in Medium Plus for the rest of my face to create a distinction from the under eye area.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

Packaging: This is the new packaging for MAC’s MSF range. It looks sleeker than the previous one but is also a bit bulkier and is not see through so you can’t see which shade you have – which is only an issue really if you have more than one kind. It also comes with a mirror inside unlike the previous packaging.

Personally, I feel this looks a lot nicer and the mirror is handy if you’re carrying it around, but I really do miss seeing what colour I’ve got. Guess I’ll start storing these face down instead!

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

Shade: The medium plus is beautiful and easily used on most skin tones. When I’m at my palest or if using a foundation that is a bit too light (it happens!) I use this to quickly warm up my face, and it still leaves it looking natural.

That being said, it’s also looks great when I’ve got my fake tan on and am a lot darker. So I can pretty much say that this is a very easy shade to work with.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

Texture: Just like the MAC MSF in Light, this too is super smooth and velvety. It’s easy to apply and blends in well leaving a very natural looking finish.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Plus

Cost: This is the same as the light version. It currently sells for around €31.50 online. I’m starting to get close to hitting pan and I’ve used this nearly everyday for about a year now so this definitely is worth the cost I believe!

Verdict: It’s obvious that I love these powders! They have a good coverage, are not drying, do not crease and settle in fine lines, and stay on quite well for a whole day at work. I’d love to see how these compare to their Studio Fix powder though. Can any of you let me know how they differ?

Have a great weekend everyone! xxx

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MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

MAC has a varied range of paint pots, which essentially are highly pigmented and very creamy eye shadows. When it comes to eye shadow, I tend to prefer powders, however when I heard that these can also be used as an eye shadow base, I gave them a second thought.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

Packaging: A 5g glass tub with a black screw lid on top. I like the look of this packaging however I feel it is a bit wasteful. It’s a bit too big and bulky for the amount of product there is and will definitely take up too much space if you had many of these.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

Shade: The one I have is in the shade Soft Ochre – a very natural skin-coloured paint pot that also works perfectly as an eye primer. You could also say that this looks like a concealer tub!

Texture: I was immediately impressed at how smooth and buttery this felt to the touch. It’s very creamy in consistency and highly pigmented, yet blends in effortlessly.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

Cost: These sell for about £15.50 from the MAC website. Quite a bit for the amount of product that there is, yet a little goes a very long way with these.

Verdict: I really love this, however I only ever use this as an eye primer due to the colour. With this, my eye make up does not budge – at all. It stays on for hours and looks as vibrant as it did when I first applied it! Great for a long day or night ahead.

As a side note, I have to mention that I do not have oily lids so I’m not quite sure how this would work if I did. Has anyone in this situation tried this?

I’ve also heard amazing things about the eye primer from Urban Decay and would just love to compare the two! Anyone ever try both of these? What are your thoughts?

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MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

It’s no secret that I’m a massive MAC fan. I’ve raved about their lipsticks (neutral, mid-tone, bright & dark), blushers, and pigments but haven’t said anything yet about their face powders.

One of the powders that I use on a daily basis is the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light:

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

Packaging: A 10g powder compact. However, what you see here is actually the old packaging (I’ll have another powder with the new packaging coming out soon) Whilst the new look and feel is a lot more stylish, I did like the fact that with the old packaging it was possible to see what shade you had as the lid was see-through, and is now an all solid-black lid.

MAC lovers – What are your thoughts on this change in packaging?

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

Shade: As mentioned above, this is the shade in Light. I tend to use this only to set my under eye concealer as it keeps it lighter than the rest of my face, however this is great to use all over the face if you are fair skinned. As I use it mostly on my under eye, I love using my Real Techniques Setting Brush and I find it fits this area perfectly.

Texture: The texture of this is just so beautiful! It’s so soft and velvety and blends in effortlessly in the skin leaving it looking soft and natural.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Light

Cost: I got this about a year ago from the online store for £22.00 / €30.00, however as of today it seems that this have gone up to £23.00 / €31.50.

Verdict: For me, this is one of the best powders I have ever used! In fact, it is one that I use every day as it never lets me down. I love the soft, natural look it gives to the skin without making it look dry or flaky. When I use it all over my face it prevents my skin from getting oily, and keeps my foundation or BB cream on all day without fail.

When using it to set my under eye concealer, it keeps the concealer staying lighter than my foundation* and doesn’t cause any creasing or fine lines. Definitely one to try out!

*I deliberately use a concealer that is lighter than my foundation to highlight the under eye area. By using a powder that’s light, it keeps it that lighter colour and prevents it from oxidizing and getting as dark as my foundation.

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Complexion Brightening with Benefit’s Dandelion

With Spring upon us, it’s time to say goodbye to pale skin and make way for more rosy and brightened complexions.

Benefit’s Dandelion is one product that claims to do just this. A brightening face powder that can also be used a blusher if need be, and aims to deliver a radiant and healthy looking complexion.

Benefit Dandelion

Benefit Dandelion

Packaging: 7g of gorgeous looking and great smelling product! This comes in a small box that opens upright to reveal a mirror, with the face brightening powder found at the bottom section.

On top of this also comes a natural bristled brush for application which I’ve seemed to have misplaced! You can see this here. It’s not a bad brush, but I still prefer to using my own.

Scent: This product has a strong floral scent to it, however it disappears once applied on this skin.

Application:

  • As a Blush: As you would normally apply your blush – whether you prefer an angled brush or a round one, by just sweeping this across the apples of your cheeks or else in line with you cheek bone, you’ll quickly get a beautiful, healthy flushed colour.
  • For Complexion Brightening: I like applying this in the same way I’d apply I’d apply bronzer. I dust this lightly over my cheeks, the forehead and temples. It instantly gives the skin a gorgeous, natural glow and makes my skin feel like its come to life again after Winter!
Benefit Dandelion

Benefit Dandelion

Shade: A beautiful light pink that’s got a touch of mauve in it. A perfect colour for giving a very natural looking flush to the skin.

Benefit Dandelion

Benefit Dandelion

Cost: I got this from LookFantastic for around €30.00, however it’s quite common for this site to offer 10% discounts so do check it out if you don’t find any cheaper.

Verdict: I think this product is great! I love how it can be used in two different ways, and especially love the finish it creates. If you’re looking to give your skin some colour and radiance whilst still keeping it looking natural, then it’s definitely one product to try out!

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