The Benefit Balms

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

When Benefit announced they were launching a range of lip balms to accompany their iconic lip and cheek tints, I couldn't have been more excited. Firstly, look at that packaging. Its a beauty lovers dream - colourful, shiny and cute! I'm also a big lip balm fan - I love wearing them for work or whenever I want to keep my makeup understated. As much as I love a bold lip, sometimes a touch of lip balm is all that's required!

The Benefit balms* are sheer lip balms with a wash of colour and each one matches up with one of Benefits famous lip and cheek tints. The range includes a red toned BeneBalm, soft pink Posiebalm (my fave!), lilac Lollibalm and orange toned Chachabalm. They were designed to be worn over the corresponding lip and cheek tint to prevent dryness and add some shine or worn alone for a light wash of colour!

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I must admitt, the packaging alone drew me into these lip balms but they're actually a lovely product too. They aren't very pigmented so if that's what you're looking for, these probably won't be for you. However, the formula contains  mango butter and sodium hyaluronate meaning they condition and hydrate the lips well while also providing a subtle touch of colour. As you can see from my swatches, they are sheer but the colour does transfer to the lip and each one looks different when applied. I actually like the fact they're not super pigmented as it means I can slick them on and not have to worry too much about it looking perfect - they make a great handbag companion. They're also great for wearing underneath or on top of more drying lipsticks to help keep the lips moisturised.

In terms of price, as with all Benefit products, these aren't cheap. They're £14.50 each which some of you may think is too expensive for a lip balm but I guess it depends if you want to use a tub of vaseline to hydrate your lips or something more visually appealing that also provides a hint of colour. Personally, I think they're worth the money - they're simply stunning to look at and they're a great lip balm that I'll get a lot of use out of them all. I don't think its essential to own all of them so if you already own one of the tints, why not grab yourself the matching balm - they'll make the cutest pair!

Do you like the look of the Benebalms? Which is your favourite? They're available to buy from various retailers including Feel Unique, ASOS and Debenhams.
Lots of love,

Amazing Advertisers | August

Sunday, 31 August 2014

So, tomorrow its September. How on earth did that happen? This Summer has been what feels like a complete whirlwind and now September is here, it won't be long until we're all wrapped up in our winer jumpers getting excited for the Christmas festivities. Madness I tell you! Although I have to say, I'm quite excited at the prospect of Autumn/Winter. I know most people hate it and prefer Summer but Christmas is my favourite time of the year and there's something I love about wrapping up in chunky scarves, snuggly jumpers and boots - its so cosy! Starbucks gingerbread lattes are always a nice winter bonus too! Anyway, enough rambling about the seasons, let me introduce you to my wonderful bunch of August advertisers. They're all fabulous so make sure you go and say hello to them all - I'm sure it would make their day.

Hi everyone, I’m Carly and I blog at I set up my blog a couple of years after I gave up my beauty salon to pursue a different career. I had been in the beauty industry for 15 years and wanted to continue to share my knowledge and help people. My friend suggested that I write a blog and I’m so glad that I did.

At Carly’s Beauty World you will find that amongst the product reviews and fun posts, I also write about and specialise in specific areas such as skincare and other beauty related topics. If you want to diagnose your skin type or learn how to choose skincare products you can come to my blog and find the advice you need easily.

I’m always chatting to people on my various social media sites so come and say hi. I look forward to meeting you all. I’m having a giveaway to win a Lush Cosmetics gift voucher so don’t forget to enter when you visit my blog (see here).

Carly x

Eltoria from Eltoria Secrets

Ciao bellas! (Or to any amigos out there). I am Eltoria and as you can probably tell from the header, I am slightly obsessed with facemasks over at Eltoria is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog where I like to express my enthusiasm and quirkiness through photo and text (I even made up the word frabrodoodle and made it work haha). Please visit me, leave me your details and let’s get linked!

Much Love Eltoria x

Eleasha from Duchess of Fashion

Hey lovelies! My name is Eleasha, a young British woman who loves being creative. I work full time in digital marketing and have recently launched my own fashion blog as I've been obsessed with the online fashion community for many years and finally decided to bite the bullet by creating my own blog. At Duchess of Fashion you will find style inspiration, as well as fashion advice and tips and tricks. I update my blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so be sure to follow me on Bloglovin for regular updates. I also make YouTube video's, I upload fashion/beauty related videos every Sunday so subscribe to my channel to keep updated. Stop by and say hello! :)

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Since the launch at the start of 2013, The CityRack has quickly gained a huge social media following and a loyal customer base spanning worldwide, with shipping available to countries in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. 

At The CityRack, we understand that the key to our success is a happy and satisfied customer. This is why we focus on delivering exceptional customer service & a simple to use yet exciting shopping experience.

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I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. Mine has been rather hectic as I've been moving things into my new flat. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of home ware posts coming your way very soon! I may even do a flat tour when I've got everything in - would you be interested in seeing that?

Lots of love,

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

Friday, 29 August 2014

Foundation is one of those products that I really struggle with. I don't know if I'm just particuarly fussy or if I've just never found my 'holy grail' base. I've tried my fair share as well - a mixture of high street and high end. Now don't get me wrong - there's some foundations out there that I LOVE (NARS Sheer glow/Bourjois healthy mix) but even then, I've never applied something to my skin and thought 'wow, this is flawless'. Maybe my expectations are too high or perhaps I haven't found the perfect accompanying concealers and powders. 

Anyway, rant aside, the latest foundation I've been testing out is the YSL le teint touche eclat*. This stuff gets a LOT of praise on blogs and youtube so I had pretty high expectations. Other than it being from a luxury brand and having beautiful packaging,  I own and love the touche eclat highlighting pen so figured I would love this just as much. However, I have to say, I'm in two minds about it.

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I find it really difficult to review foundations as I'm never entierly sure what it is I do and don't like about them - to me they either look good or they don't, I can never really weigh up what exactly it is that makes one look good and another look bad. However, with this one, there's a couple of things I love about it and a couple of things I'm not so keen on. Firstly, I LOVE the packaging - its in a very sturdy glass bottle with a signature YSL gold lid and most importantly, it has a pump - we all know how important a pump is! I also love its fruity scent and the shade range is pretty impressive too so there should be one to match all skin tones. My shade is 'B40 Beige' which is a perfect match and is quite yellow toned which works well at brightening my complexion and cancelling out any redness. 

As for the formula, this is where I'm a little unsure. It applies to my skin like a dream, doesn't cling to dry patchs and has a lovely medium buildable coverage. However, I think it may be a little too dewy for my liking. I know, who'd have thought I'd be turning my nose up at dewy skin. The reason I think it may be too dewy is because after I've applied it, it requires a lot of powder or I'm bordering on the greasy/sweaty look - not ideal. After I've powdered, the shine is under control but I'm then left with a fairly matte looking complexion which isn't what this foundation is intended for. The staying power is surprisingly good considering it has such a dewy formula and I find it actually looks better throughout the day as the glow of the foundation starts to show through the powder.

Overall I think this is a lovely foundation but perhaps more suited for people with dry skin than those like me with an oily t-zone as it can make me look even oiler. I love the formula/colour and coverage it provides, I just wish it was a little more middle of the road on the dewy front. I'll still continue to use it with a powder but I don't think I'd repurchase - for £30, I'd want it to be near perfect. The hunt for my holy grail foundation continues!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think?

Lots of love,