Benefit Rockateur – tricks and tips

So, for my birthday I was lucky enough to receive some Benefit treats from my Mum.

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It’s no secret to any beauty product junkie that Benefit delivers! All of the products are beautiful, feel light on the skin, have staying power and create a satisfying overall look.
However, as Rockateur is the new blusher on the block, I wanted to share a couple of tips that I learnt at the tester session.

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Firstly, the blusher comes in the well designed packaging that we have grown to expect from Benefit, it also includes a good quality brush and mirror. The product itself gives a beautiful, bronzed glow to the face and sits lovely on the Hello Flawless foundation.
Depending on your beauty budget, £20+ may be a little steep for a blusher; therefore, I was excited to learn that it makes a beautiful lipgloss, by simply mixing the blusher with clear lipgloss and it can be used on the eyes to create a natural eyeshadow look.
Being able to use the blusher for other parts of the makeup routine, for me, makes it value for money.

Here’s my before and after:

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Other tips that I’ve picked up include mixing the Benefit highlighter with the primer, this gives an added glow, and I also extend the hydration concealer up from under the eye, towards the cheek bone – this helps highlight the face.

My final recommendation is that if you’re going to purchase Benefit products or any other high brands, go and have a tester session first – that way you can be sure you’re using the makeup to it’s full potential.

I hope this post has been useful, do you have any makeup tricks or tips?

Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss #review

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With gel nail varnish becoming increasingly popular, I wanted to try Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss, and see if it really does live up to the salon gel brands.

I tried the varnish in the Hip Hop shade which I really like, it’s bright and bold – perfect for summer! As you can see from the photo, the nail varnish has a really impressive high shine finish. It also applies really easily and dries fast – on the image I’m wearing two coats.

I can’t complain about the price either, with the product being under £5. The varnish is supposed to stay on for 10 days, so far I’ve had it on for three and it’s still going strong.

One thing that I did expect from the varnish is a thicker consistency; however, I really can’t fault it, I’m hugely impressed with these varnishes. With Kate creating 10 shades altogether, I’ll definitely be purchasing more from this range!

I purchased mine from Boots, and at the moment if you spend over £10 on Rimmel products, you receive Rimmel Volume Scandal Eyes Flash Mascara absolutely free – Brucey bonus!!

Have you tried it yet?

Beauty in Bahrain #henna

During my recent trip to Bahrain, I fell in love with a new beauty regime – henna!

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It’s something that I’ve always admired from afar, the detail is just incredible! It was fabulous being in a place where you can just have a henna done with ease, and my daughter loved it too!

I had two done and the ladies that did both were incredibly quick and skilled; they use a tube and just apply it freehand, it really is amazing to see! When first applied it needs leaving for 30 minutes to dry, then it goes all crumbly and comes off, leaving you with an orange pattern, after a few hours this turns dark brown.

I don’t have tattoos, mainly because I’m so indecisive that I’d be scared of going off them, so this was perfect for me!

What do you think?

My place or yours

The truth is I should have blogged about this Gina Benefit perfume a long time ago!

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I absolutely love it and only realised how much when I ran out before Christmas, and had to wait a whole month to receive some more as a gift.

I have tried mini samples of other Benefit fragrances, but Gina is definitely my favourite!

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Gina smells sweet, without being too light and girly. If that makes sense? I’d also describe it as quite an earthy scent. I also have the moisturiser, which really brings the fragrance out and ensures that the scent lasts longer.

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The packaging is also really modern, whilst keeping a traditional, seductive and glamorous theme.

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If you haven’t already, I’d definitely recommend smelling a sample next time you pass the Benefit counter.

New Year, New Skin

My blog has been well and truly neglected over the Xmas period. First of all I was busy with festivities and since then I’ve been ill , which I’m still only just getting over now. Anyway, I hope you all had a good one and happy New Year.

I thought I’d kick off my first post of the year with a beauty review, about this Soap and Glory Leap of Face set, which I received as a Christmas gift.

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First of all the set comes with a handy headband, so hair can be swept off the face while the products are applied. A buffing mitt is also contained, which is soft and perfect for working the Peaches and Clean deep cleansing milk into the face. This leaves your complexion feeling really fresh and it smells lovely; it is recommended to apply this on an evening to remove makeup.

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I suffer with dry skin in the winter and this set seems to have really perked it up, particularly the For Daily Youth moisturiser, which should be applied after cleaning your face in the morning. The cream is quite light but adds plenty of moisture, without being too oily.

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Dry lips are a problem for many people this time of year, and the Mighty Mouth lipgloss, which includes over 70% moisturising ingredients is a great product to keep them away. The shade is light so it is great for daily use and when applied it has a similar pumping feeling to the traditional Mother Pucker Soap and Glory Glosses.

The set is so versatile and is perfect for any skin type; I’d definitely buy it as a gift and any of the three products individually.

Festive nails

I’m really starting to get into the festive mood now; the TV is loaded with Christmas adverts, most town centres have switched on their lights and the shops are full of beautiful gift sets.

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For a spot of present buying on Thursday, I thought I’d decorate my nails in line with the occasion. I used two shades of gold: a metallic from Posh Polish and a glitter varnish from Accessorize.

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This was just an experiment but I think it works, and the colours are perfect for the season; what shades will be gracing your nails over the period?

The Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer has become a popular bit of kit in our house!

I’ve been using the branded brush for some time now and I can honestly say it has transformed my life, well ok, not my whole life but certainly my mornings!

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Me and my daughter both have very long hair and working my way through two heads of knots, believe me, wasn’t fun! I’m not a brush expert and I have no idea about the science behind them; however, I do know that I can now glide through my own hair with ease and no longer have a moaning five year old when styling her hair.

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I came across the Tangle Teezer in a hair salon, after complaining about the difficulties that having long hair can bring. I have the Salon Elite version, whilst my daughter uses the Magic Flowerpot; they also come in Compact, Aqua Splash and Original styles.

If you have long locks, I definitely recommend investing in a Tangle Teezer!

Jubilee Beauty

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Some people seem to have a real problem with our countries Monarchy, and the things in which they stand for. I’m by no means a big royalist but I have no problem with the Royal Family, and love embracing the events which come as a result of having them in our country. There’s something just remarkably English about it all – and it is one of the few times that us Brits seem to show pride in our country.

After dressing my little girl up as Princess Kate for her school jubilee party, I wanted to get in on the celebration myself! To get me in the mood I will be flying the flag with some jubilee inspired makeup.

First of all I did my nails; I used Barry M, in what I’m calling my Jubilee collection.

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Here are the designs I came up with.

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What do you think, patriotic ay?

I also purchased this Rimmel eye palette.

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It gives number direction of what shade goes where on the back. Sorry the picture is a little fuzzy, as it was so small I had to get close up to capture it.

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So I got to work with using the white as a highlighter, the red on the middle of the lid, blue on the edges and the dark glittery blue in the corner.

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To be honest this look is a lot more ‘done up’ than what I would usually go for but in the spirit of the jubilee and everything.

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I finished the look with my Loreal bright red lippy and borrowed a red, white and blue hair grip I bought for my daughter from Tesco.

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Hope you all have a great diamond jubilee, I will be spending it with family and friends at a BBQ – what are your plans?

How To – Fish Tail

The fish tail braid has become really popular lately; I love it as it’s so simple to do but looks really effective.

Whenever I wear my hair like this someone always asks how they can achieve it, so I thought I’d give you a step by step guide with pics. Give it a try – it’s easy, honest!

When I started this my hair was wavy as I’d had a fishtail braid in the day; I usually style it when my hair is still slightly damp from the shower so for this purpose I just wet it slightly.

Firstly, I split my hair into two sections.

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I then take a small piece from one section and pass it over to the other side.

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This process is simply repeated, taking one piece from one of the two sections and passing it over to the other side.

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It will soon begin to take shape, and become a fish tail.

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Carry on the process until it eventually looks like this –

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On a work day I don’t like to have my fringe down, as it just gets in my face and annoys me so I usually just add a pretty clip to the front.

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Hope this helps anyone who has been struggling with it 🙂

All That Sparkles

Lately there has been a real come back in glittery makeup; I think this is a trend we have to be careful with, I mean nobody wants to look like a bit dropped of a Christmas tree.
However, done correctly a bit of glitz can look really pretty.

I’m really into the sparkly nail look at the minute, and here is some inspiration I took from Pinterest:

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After seeing these beautiful nails, I wanted to have a crack at this look myself – I bought this pretty brown shade from Accesorize, which I wore on bank holiday with a coral lace dress and brown accessories.

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I was really unsure about this varnish at first, as after just one coat it was mainly clear with just a flick of glitter, after a couple more base coats it had a much fuller though 🙂