Two products I owe an apology to...

I have mentioned in a few posts previously (and accidentally to a lady on the Benefit counter in Bloomingdales) that I'm not a fan of the well hyped 'They're Real Mascara'.

I bought the over priced They're Real mascara sample size (£9 for 3.0g of product!) in Boots a while back and I absolutely hated it. The formula left my lashes clumpy/spidery and didn't last the day without smudging around my eyes. Plus the wand resembled a medieval torturous weapon and the amount of times I stabbed myself in the eye was ridiculous. I was absolutely gutted that it didn't live up to the hype, or the price.

I wrote a post comparing the They're Real primer and the little black primer seeing if either were worth the price or the extra step in the routine and came to the conclusion that neither blew me away. (You can read this post here). The They're Real Primer had a very wet consistency and didn't grip to my lashes, it just tinted them slightly, which meant there was no difference when mascara was applied on top.

I am hooked on Benefits head make-up artist, Lisa Potter-Dixons YouTube and by using primary Benefit products, it made me want to give the they're real duo another shot. The results she got by pairing the two together was incredible and seeing as I'd never tried them together before I figured I'd give it another go.

I was super glad I did because the finish is exactly what I want my lashes to look like. Lengthened, thickened and doesn't transfer to my brow bone #hoodedeyeprobs, or melt underneath my eyes. I think because they have dried out a bit, the formula is a lot easier to work with. Of course the extra step adds time to my already stupidly long make-up routine, I find it's completely worth it. It's the first mascara that hasn't transferred or melted around my eyes.

Liv |

Silvercrest Sonic facial cleansing brush

I hate writing about things that aren't available to purchase anymore, but: 1. It's so good I had to mention it and 2. chances are Lidl will have it in stock again eventually.

The Silvercrest sonic facial cleansing brush is Lidls way way way cheaper answer to the Clarisonic cleansing brush. Costing only £19.99, it comes with 3 brush heads (2 normal, 1 sensitive), a charging holder and a travel case. The brush itself is completely waterproof and can be taken into the shower, however I wouldn't recommended cleansing your face in the shower, the water tends to be way too hot.

The brush has four settings, a more gentle 'cleanse', press the button again and you get a more abrasive setting. I avoid this one as I feel it's a little too harsh for my skin. The next two settings are for massaging, for example if you fancy a skin pamper you can apply a nourishing oil and massage it in for a glowing complexion

This removes all the dirt, grime and make-up from the face leaving me with a smooth, clean complexion. My skin has improved massively, it not only looks brighter but is less spotty, clearly my cleanser just wasn't cutting on it's own. 

Liv |

The Ultimate Glow-Getter | Mary-Lou Manizer

I'm all about the glow, I'm obsessed with any highlighter that captures the light like no other giving the illusion of some killer cheekbones. Whilst I love my Topshop offerings and always have, I decided to treat myself this Christmas by purchasing the famous Mary-Lou Manizer AKA the queen of all highlighters. 

I absolutely love theBalm products, from their cleverly named products to their vintage style packaging, it's hard to resist. The Mary-Lou Manizer is loved by just about every beauty guru on the internet and it's easy to see why. The champagne hued highlighter gives the most beautiful glow I have seen in my life, dusted across the high points of my face with a RT fan brush I literally have to stop myself from covering my whole face with it. It's so preetttyy.

Absolutely, with out a doubt, worth the hype!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Nars Audacious Lipstick | Olivia

I had been lusting after this for obvious reasons - I mean who doesn't want a lipstick with their name on it? The fact that the colour was exactly what I'd been missing from my collection meant it was fate.

Cased in Nars' signature matte black packaging, with magnetic closure and an embossed bullet, these lipsticks are seriously luxurious. The range covers just about every colour imaginable from the nudes all the way through to deep berry shades, each named after people who inspired Francois Nars.

Olivia is a beautiful deepened Matte Red and the lightweight formula offers serious pigmentation with minimal effort - one swipe offers full on impact. However, they're not as long lasting as I would like them to be, post Christmas dinner I was left with an ring of colour around my lips. But unlike other matte lipsticks in my collection, this is non-drying and comfortable to wear.

I certainly don't mind topping up my lipstick throughout the day, especially if im pulling out a product as beautiful as this. plus the magnetic closure is ridiculously satisfying.

Olivia |

Benefit Real Cheeky Party

Last Christmas Benefit released a blush set as part of their Holiday range, containing a selection of their boxed blushes in one handy place. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to pick one up so you can imagine how excited I was to unwrap this years version of it. 

The set houses four blushes: Dandelion - a light, soft pink, Rockateur - a warm rose gold, Sugarbomb - 4 shimmering shades consisting of a dark pink, light pink, peach and a bronze and Coralista - a soft coral. It also features benefit's famous Hoola Bronzer as well as a sample size of their Watts Up highlighter. In addition, you also receive sample sizes of the They're Real Push Up Liner and They're Real Mascara. All in one handy tin case. 

Having already previously owned Dandelion blush, I had high hopes for the rest of the shades and I wasn't let down. They're all perfectly pigmented, allowing you to build up colour making it impossible to go wrong. 

I completely understand why Hoola bronzer is so popular, it's the perfect balance of warm and cool, it doesn't look too orange or too ashy - great for all skintones. I am obsessed, it both sculpts and adds warmth and I've worn it every day since. The Watts Up highlighter is absolutely beautiful at adding a glistening glow to the tops of the cheekbones, perfect for strobing. 

The only thing I wasn't too fussed about in this set was the They're real products, I find neither product is particularly long-lasting, both migrate round my eyes throughout the day. I'm also not a fan of the mascara wand, it's way too spikey and if I had a £1 for everytime I poked myself in the eye with it I'd be both a millionaire and blind, that shit is deadly. Plus the finish is way too clumpy in my opinion. 

Overall this is a handy little set, a great way to try out benefit products instead of spending a fortune through buying them all individually. Unfortunately it's not available anymore, but if they bring out something similar Christmas 2016 definitely get one!

If you cant wait that long to try any of the products in the set, I would highly recommended the Sugarbomb blush and the Hoola Bronzer!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral