Beauty On Trial: Nars, Benefit & Soap and Glory

I've said before that, when it comes to beauty items (and pretty much the rest of my life), I'm a creature of habit. Yet, surprisingly, this past month I've welcomed a few new additions to my makeup bag. 

nars tinted moisturiser, benefit roller lash, soap and glory brow archery, 

Benefit Roller Lash. First up is Benefit's newest mascara offering. I'm on the fence with Benefit mascaras. I used to love Bad Gal back in the day, and managed to get through a couple of tubes of They're Real before deciding it was just too hard to remove. I'm not usually a fan of plastic brushes, but this one does live up to it's claims of creating super long lashes. One issue I'm having is that it seems to leave those annoying grey smudge marks just under my brow bone. Not a good look. 

Soap and Glory Brow Archery.  I've sworn by the Anastasia Brow Wiz for a good year now so, after hearing it was a good dupe I thought I'd give it a whirl. It only comes in two shades, so I was a little dubious. I opted for Blonde Shell and, whilst it's not quite the perfect match Anastasia offered, it's close enough. I also find that I'm having to press a little harder to get any colour payout, could be because it's new though? Other than that it's a pretty good dupe. Unfortunately for me, I still prefer the slightly pricier option. 

Nars Tinted Moisturiser. I actually bought this at the end of last year, it's just taken me until now to start using it regularly. I'm not usually one to opt for a tinted moisturiser but, after favouring a lighter base as of late, I thought I'd try it out. So far, so good. It's not one I'd pick for every day use, but for days when I don't want a lot of coverage it's really nice. I'll definitely be using this on good skin days.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation I actually put my bottles of Sheer Glow to the back of the shelf last year, but as soon as I heard about a new Nars foundation offering, I had to try it out. Firstly, and most importantly, this one comes with a pump! I'll probably save this for a proper review once I've been using it for bit longer. So far though, I've noticed it loved to cling to dry patches. We'll see. 

Opinions on any of the aforementioned are welcomed on a postcard. Or the comments. Your choice.

Just let me buy things

Not having a job taking it's toll. There's the obvious lack of money, feeling a little useless and wanting some form of routine that doesn't involve 4pm naps (did I just say I was bored of naps?!). I'm actually very impressed with the self restraint I've show since Christmas, but regardless, my urge to buy things has gone into overdrive. I've not done a wish list type post in forever, but if I can't buy things, I at least want to talk about them.

  1. This Whistles dress has been in my saved items since the end of 2014. It's stripes. It's the perfect shape. It's also £95 so definitely not coming my way any time soon.
  2. I'm a big fan of Olive Clothing. I often find myself fawning over their beautiful pieces. It's all just very me. Whilst given the chance I would probably take home a good chunk of their stock, I'm particularly fond of this amazing blue jumper and colour block dress
  3. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes have been on my radar for some time now, but I just cannot justify the price. If my some miracle I do find myself a job anytime soon, their blush in Etheral Glow is first on my list to snap up.
  4. This Zara skirt is a perfect example of my impeccable self restraint as of late. I fell in love with it in store, and it almost came home with me until I managed to talk myself out of it. It is only £25.99 though, so I may have to let myself have this one.
  5. Lastly (although believe me, there's a lot more I wouldn't mind buying) is the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. I've heard good things. I love a nude lip. It's a match made in heaven really. 

The Lazy Face

It's been a long time since I posted something beauty related over here. When it comes to makeup I generally find something I love and stick to it. I wasn't sure it was possible for my makeup routine to get any simpler, but recently it has.

I'm not sure if it's because of increased confidence or increased laziness, but I've found myself using less and less on my face. I used to dread the thought of leaving the house sans foundation, yet the last couple of months have seen me embark on a day out shopping with concealer and not a lot else.

I've struggled with my skin for a while now, and it's still nowhere near perfect, but I'm so much more comfortable just dabbing a bit of concealer over the problem areas. I've realised that it's not worth a whole face of makeup just to pick up some mozzarella sticks in Tesco, and most of the people in there aren't going to care what you're wearing on your face. My go-to at the moment is Seventeen Stay Time concealer, the perfect shade and it doesn't seem to look cakey over blemishes. Always a plus when I always seem to have at least one spot. I like to use my beloved By Terry Touche Veloutee under the eyes to brighten and along the brow bone. 

On the subject of brows, a while back I fell in love with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde. I struggled for so long to find the perfect shade for my brown, and this is definitely it. It takes no time, so for someone who would rather spend and extra 10 minutes in bed, it's perfect.

I usually get really dry, chapped lips in the Winter, but I've found my saviour this year. I'd heard people rave about the Nuxe Reve De Miel balm for a while, yet I've only recently purchased it. It's been a wonder for my lips, and I would recommend it to anyone. I also seem to have shyed away from lipstick on a daily basis this winter. Instead I've opted for the L'Oreal Infallible Lipliner in Always Toasted accompanied by my Korres Lip Butter Stick in Rose. I've found it gives a good 'your lips but better' shade, whilst also keeping my lips nice and hydrated. 

I've forgone eye makeup almost completely for everyday wear. I'm on the hunt for a nice mascara for sensitive eyes, as I've found myself becoming more and more irritated my eye makeup recently. So until then, mascara has taken a definite backseat. A few years back I wouldn't have dared leave the house without it. Now I couldn't care less if I'm wearing it, and it only seems to find its way out of the depths of my makeup bag if I'm on a night out or have specific mascara-worthy plans. 

Obviously the foundation still comes out when needs be, but if I'm not going to be seeing a lot of people and have no real plans then this lot ends up on my face. It's actually a really refreshing feeling not worrying about people seeing me in minimal makeup. 

Face Things - Lush & Jurlique

I'm usually a creature of habit when it comes to skincare, sticking to what I know through fear of causing a terrible breakout. However, in the past couple of months there have been two new additions to my bathroom shelf.

First up is Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser. I heard about this via the skincare queen that is Kate, and thought it sounded right up my street. I tend to use this as my morning cleanser as it's not too heavy and leaves my skin feeling super soft. I've really been enjoying it, and I've even got into the habit of remembering to cleaner every morning. My only qualm - I love that word - is that the pump keeps getting stuck. I've managed to almost break it at least three times now, but maybe I just have a dodgy one.

The send new addition is Lush's Tea Tree Water. I'd been umming and ahhing over toners for a while, and just wasn't sure if I needed one in my routine. I had read a few good reviews of the Tea Tree Water, so I picked this up on one of my trips to Lush. 

I can't say that it has made a massive difference to my skin as of yet, but it certainly is fresh and feels so nice when applied. I'll spritz a little on after cleansing in the morning, and use again in the evening, sometimes with a cotton pad. I have blemish prone skin and I like to think that it's doing it some good, plus it smells to refreshing.

I'm thinking maybe I need to switch up my skin care little more often as I don't want to be missing out on any other gems.