Friday, April 24, 2015

Currently Loving

A short and sweet currently loving this month but I just wanted to touch on some things that I can't stop using!

Benefit Roller Lash

This is the free sample that came with Elle magazine that I procured via Tasha who very kindly sent it over to me.  I really like it as a mascara.  My lashes don't really curl even with lash curlers but I do find that this mascara gives my outer corner lashes a natural boost.  For the rest of the lashes I find it separates, lengthens and volumises-pretty much everything I want from a mascara.  It doesn't flake or smudge, lasts all day and is easy to remove which is a revelation after using Chanel Inimitable.  I find I can get an even bigger boost to my lashes if I pair it with the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer.  This is the sample size but luckily for me, my god daughters bought me the full size version for my birthday!

YSL Volupté Tint in Oil

I have dedicated a whole post here to this lip gloss but I just can't stop using it!  I love the glossiness and shine, it leaves a stain behind that lasts hours, it's light and nourishing and basically I ordered 3 more shades which you will have seen in my haul post on Wednesday.  Oh and the packaging is beaut.  Check out my review for swatches and the full low down.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

I picked up two shades of this concealer (from the Sephora counter in Dubai Mall where the service was horrendous)-one shade matches my skintone exactly and the other is a lighter, brighter shade for under the eyes.  I have heard many a comparison of this to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but I feel like the only blogger who wasn't a fan of the NARS concealer (my thoughts here).  However I can see where the comparison gets drawn-the concealer is quite a thick texture but I find that the Urban Decay version blends easier, sits nicer and is just better to work with all round.  It offers very full coverage but doesn't crease or move.  I also prefer the wand-the NARS concealer has a short doe foot applicator whereas the Urban Decay concealer has a much longer, more flexible applicator.  I can see an immediate repurchase when I finish this.

Japonesque Gentle Goat Milk Cleansing Balm

I had to wrack my brains to remember when I bought this and I have concluded that it was in the 'at the carousel/counter' in Space NK impulse purchase and I think I picked it up in Manchester at Xmas.

I only own one other thing from Japonesque and it's a kabuki brush that I use almost every single day and have done for years.  I had heard nothing about this brush cleanser and still haven't.  But it is uh-mazing.  The reason I started using it is because baby shampoo was just not efficient enough to get MAC Pro Longwear foundation out of my foundation brushes.  It was leaving the bristles tacky and stiff and just wasn't working.  So I opened this up on a whim and it works a treat.  It's a solid cleanser, I just quickly swirl it under the running tap, wet the brush under the tap and then swirl it in the solid cleanser a few times.  I then work the brush into my palm to get the cleanser to penetrate deeper into the bristles.  If I am cleaning foundation brushes I do add some baby shampoo for extra cleansing power but for anything lightly used such as blusher brushes, eyeshadow brushes etc it's brilliant on its own.  It also seems to cut down the drying time of my brushes (weird but true) and it also leaves the bristles really nicely conditioned.  I definitely want to repurchase although I have been using this loads and I don't seem to have made a dent in it at all!

Let me know if you have used any of these products or indeed you feel enabled to go out and buy them!!


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