30 June 2015

Braun Face Replacement Brushes Review

The Braun Face brush is my favourite alternative to the Clarisonic (mostly because I felt like the Clarisonic was sand blasting my face raw), I reviewed it a few months ago (link here) and have been using it continually since then. I really liked the device to remove my cleanser and makeup in the evenings and there is a new collection of replacement Beauty Brushes from Braun Face which enable you to use your face brush for more things, so why not review them too?
I needed new brush heads as you need to replace them after a while so they are sanitary so I got the Bonus Edition set of replacement brush heads which contains 4 Face Beauty Brushes in one pack - Exfoliation, Cleansing, Extra Sensitive, and the Beauty Sponge so I could try out the different types of heads and see which I liked the best.
Normal Brush (white)
I really like using this brush to remove my cleanser and makeup in the evening.  Apparently it works 6 times better than manual cleansing.  I definitely feel it gets my face much cleaner than using a flannel or muslin cloth alone.  
Extra Sensitive (pink)
This head has longer and denser bristles with rounded tips, it is really soft and non irritating and would be great to use with a foaming cleanser (although I don’t personally use foaming products on my face).  I have been using this only when my skin is red or has any irritation and it’s great for a more gentle cleanse.
Exfoliation (blue and white)
This brush has longer outer bristles and shorter inner bristles for a more intense cleansing. Perfect for using before applying a face mask to get rid of dead skin.
Beauty Sponge (white)
This is apparently for massaging creams and lotions into the skin or applying your foundation. This one, I do not like, I tried to apply my foundation and it didn't work at all and I would much rather massage in my moisturiser with my own hands. I wouldn't get these again.


Overall

I love the face brush as it is the perfect way for those that are a bit lazy or just always tired at the end of the day to make sure that they remove their makeup thoroughly.  It's really helped me stop going to bed with my makeup on after a night out (the only time I do leave it on).

The face brush is  the equivalent of an electric toothbrush for your skin.  From the new brush head selection box I like the pink sensitive brush head and the blue exfoliating brush head, I can live without the beauty sponge!

All of the brush heads are really easy to wash and keep clean and also super easy to switch over on the face brush, they just click into place and can be removed by pressing a button on the head of the brush and they pop out.

If you want to buy the face brush the cheapest price seems to be on Amazon at around £44.00,  you can also buy all of the different types of brush heads on amazon separately or in the mixed box, they are around £12.99 for two Braun replacement brush heads


Have you ever tried a face brush? What did you think?


29 June 2015

The Best of Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit is a makeup brand I have been using for years, there are many products that I have tried and liked, but there are certain products that I absolutely love and always repurchase when they run out.  I thought I would share these items with you so you know what I think is worth splurging on from their range.

Benefit Gimme Brow
Who isn't obsessed with eyebrows? They frame your face, make you look ‘put together’ and give you more definition.  The problem with a lot of eyebrow products is that they take forever to use and need an arsenal of makeup brushes or tools to use them, they aren’t suited to the half-asleep makeup application that I attempt when getting ready for the commute-of-doom.

The Benefit Gimme Brow is packaged in a tiny mascara tube with an equally tiny mascara style brush, the formulation is a coloured, fibre packed gel, so it fills in any gaps in your brows or areas that are sparse and makes them look full and defined while still looking natural. Gimme Brow is perfect for everyday as its long wearing, waterproof and smudge proof.  For the most natural effect start at the inner part of the brow and work out, for more fullness comb the hairs in the opposite way (work from the outside in) and then repeat from the inside out so you get double the amount of fibres on your brows.  I use this product every day.

Benefit Feelin Dandy Box Set

This box is a pocket size lip and cheek kit which includes all of my favourites but in mini size so that they are great to take on holiday or in your handbag.  It’s not very often you find a palette or set with all of your loves so this is perfect for me.

The set includes:
  • Posietint poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain
  • High beam luminescent complexion enhancer
  • Dandelion a brightening face powder
  • Ultra plush dandelion lip gloss


Posietint Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain
Posietint is, in my opinion, the best out of the Benefit tints and perfect for lighter skin tones.  I use it as a blush over foundation (but under powder) or you can also use it on your cheeks then apply blusher over the top if you are going somewhere hot, humid or sweaty to ensure your blush is long wearing. You do have to blend it quickly, but that’s true of most makeup products with high water content. You can use it on lips but I never have personally (I have a lifelong lip-gloss addiction).   

High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
Long product name as let’s be honest it’s a highlighter, but it’s one of my favourite highlighters as it’s so flattering and easy to use. This is great to wear at any age, I bought it first years ago when I heard that Kylie used it and I think she is gorgeous.  

I wear it all the time as not only does it give a luminous ethereal highlight to the cheekbones and brow bone you also can mix it with foundation to give your skin some life if you have a hangover or are recovering from being unwell, to make you look more human (not glittery, you won’t look like a Twilight reject I promise). It lasts all day and the bottle will last forever, I actually prefer the mini size as the full size dried up before I had finished half of it, the mini is more economical. 



























Benefit Dandelion Blush / Brightening Face Powder
The colour is my perfect shade, not to bright, not too pale, neutral toned and nicely pigmented.  It goes really well with my skin tone and lasts all day. It has a very slight iridescence which makes your cheeks look luminous rather than shimmery or glittery.  It’s very flattering for all ages. 

Ultra plush Dandelion Lip Gloss
Literally the same as dandelion blusher in a lip-gloss form. I always keep this in my handbag on workdays as I can apply it at my desk or in a cab without needing a mirror, it’s the perfect suits-every-look gloss and isn’t sticky at all, which cuts down on the lip-gloss/hair/glasses conundrum. If you wear glasses you will know what I mean.

I love that it leaves my lips really moisturised and soft and I get lots of compliments when I wear it, it’s definitely a lip-gloss love.

So these are my Benefit must have's,  what are yours?

Product cost:

Benefit Feelin Dandy Kit £25.50
Benefit Gimme Brow £18.50

26 June 2015

Colour Confidence at Royal Ascot with Dove Invisible Dry





As you may have read from my previous post (if not you can catch up here), I was very excited to be invited to Ladies Day at Ascot this year courtesy of Dove.  To celebrate Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant, Dove is on a mission to get the women of the UK more colour confident and to break free of wearing all black, all the time!  I am usually a monochrome aficionado, but I put on my little coral dress and fascinator and hit the races with a spring in my step! Dove set me some super fun roving reporter challenges to do during the day and here are the results.

Challenge One: Find and be photographed with the most colour confident woman you can find at Ascot, asking her how wearing colour makes her feel

The picture above is me and the lovely lady I found who was called Susan! How pretty is her outfit? I loved her matching orange accessories and the dress is such a flattering shape.  Wearing colour makes her feel happy and confident and I think it shone through, in a sea of people behind us wearing black she really stood out and I wasn’t nervous to go and speak to her as she came across as so friendly and bubbly and seemed to be having a great time with all of her friends. I definitely think wearing colourful clothes makes you come across as more approachable.
  


Challenge Two: Take a photograph of yourself in your dress and document if it makes any change to your overall confidence levels or attitude.

I think the above pictures say it all really.  I know you don’t know me personally but I will explain. I am the person that hides from photos at all times.  I will take a few selfie’s now and again for the blog if necessary but if I can possibly hide at a blog or work event when I see a photographer I will and there are a lot of pictures of me that awful  people have put of me on Facebook and tagged me in that I erm...may possibly have reported as inappropriate so they were removed!


The fact that I happily had my photo taken by other people rather than myself and actually look like I am having a good time speaks volumes to me about how confident I was, especially in hindsight. I didn’t really think a lot about it on the day but looking back, I didn’t worry about how I looked at all as I actually thought I looked pretty good!





Challenge Three:  Apply Dove Invisible Dry to your outfit (after shaking thoroughly), and report back on whether it has left any white marks as per the claims.

I applied the Dove Invisible Dry deodorant roll-on as per the specifications, and Tanya tested out the compressed spray.   It was a bright and sunshine filled day so quite warm and we walked all around exploring, looking for Pimms and chips and, obviously, putting on some bets!


Despite all of these factors we had to agree with the ‘ leaves no white marks on up to 100 colours’ claim as not only did we have no white marks on any of our dark, light or brightly coloured garments, we remained fresh and sweet-smelling for the whole of the day! A complete winner!   To be honest it was the only thing that was winning, as all our bets went awfully wrong, but we still had a fabulous day.   If you haven’t tried the Invisible Dry range I would highly recommend it.

Would you try wearing more colourful clothes knowing it would make you feel more confident? Let me know! 

The Dove Invisible Dry range is available from all major supermarkets and retailers.
For more information, talk to Dove @DoveUK  #100colours or visit dove.co.uk 

Dove Invisible Dry 48hr Compressed 75ml £2.79* 
Dove Invisible Dry 48hr Compressed 125ml £3.79*
Dove Invisible Dry Roll-On 50ml £2.39*

**All prices quoted are Recommended Retail Prices. Retailers are free at all times to set their own retail prices.