Monday, 11 August 2014

Recent Purchases - August

Whoah there time, slow down a little. How is it already the 11th of August? It should be illegal for time to go this fast. Anyway, apologies for being out of action for a week or so - I've been super busy with working, birthdays (all my family seem to have their birthdays in July/August so I am now officially skint) and just living, really. Oscar and I have discovered the 'An Idiot Abroad' series and that has been rather time consuming in itself (and bloody hilarious too). But I'm bouncing back into the blogging scene with a good old 'recent purchases' post and this time I've decided to share with you a few little beauties that have jumped into my makeup bag in the past month. 

Designed to wake up tired eyes, reduce puffiness around the eyes and revitalise. I have always been a fan of the Simple skincare range - the Simple hydrating moisturiser is one of my favourites - and after being recommended this eye roll-on by a friend, I decided to give it a go... and I love it a lot more than I thought I would! This Simple eye roll-on has worked its way into my morning routine quite quickly and is honestly the most refreshing thing to pop on after a heavy/sleepless night. I apply the eye gel with circular moments, as recommended, and find it soothes my eye area, lifts my eyes and generally wakes me up. 

If you haven't already seen or heard of this mascara, then you must be living under a rock (but don't worry, I'm usually always late to the beauty party too) One of the main things that made me buy this mascara - besides the insanely good reviews I've read about it - was the crazily impressive stats behind the mascara. Benefit boasts that '94% saw dramatic length & volume, 90% saw base-to-tip curl, 94% saw visible lift, 100% saw long-wearing results'. 100%?! That's got to be a good mascara. So I bought this little beauty to see what all the fuss was about and I guess you could say I've jumped on the bandwagon. Personally, this is the best mascara I have ever used - it lifts and lengthens my lashes, stays on all day (and night if I'm out) and doesn't go hard or clumpy like other typical mascaras. If you're tired of lifeless lashes then I would definitely give this a go; its a little more pricey than a regular mascara but worth it.
(Note: Although this mascara has worked like a dream for me, I think its important to add that lots of people have found that it doesn't work for them. I genuinely think it all depends on your lash length, colour and condition - I'd love to know if you've tried this mascara and what you think!)

Once again if you have not heard of the Revlon ColorBurst range then a) change your location and b) get out and buy one right now. I bought my first Revlon matte balm back in April and fell in love, and recently picked up a new one in a new shade. This shade, 'Audacious', is definitely my favourite from the range - it's a soft orangey coral colour and can look casual or glamorous, depending on what you wear with it. The matte balms are long-lasting on your lips (none of that reapplying-every-fifteen-mins business) and I've also found they smell delicious too (something that smells nice is always a winner on my lips!) Don't be put off by the fact they're matte - the balm is full of moisture, kind and softening on your lips and I find they give more of a bold coverage compared with shimmery/glossy lipsticks. I have to admit that I've tried a few Revlon matte balm dupes/copies and have not found any of them to be anywhere near as good as the original. So stick with Revlon ColorBurst, kids! 

I kinda feel like I've been around the block with concealers. They're my enemy in the beauty world because, let's be honest, most of the time they don't quite hide the dark circles or red areas that they claim to. Saying that, I'm a big fan of the Rimmel concealers ('Wake Me Up' and 'Match Perfection') but I'd be lying if I said they came anywhere near the MaxFactor Mastertouch concealer. I purchased this in shade 309 Beige after being tired of using crappy concealers that didn't do what they were supposed to do. One thing that lots of people complain about regarding the Mastertouch concealer is the amount you get in it. It's not a lot - in fact it's very little when compared with other concealers and that can put a lot of people off - including myself, at first. The last thing you want to do is fork out on a new beauty product that you only get a few uses from. But I can confirm that so far I've had lots of uses out of the Mastertouch concealer and it's not even halfway through yet! This concealer does cover up dark circles, red areas and spots as it claims to, while staying soft on your skin and being specially designed to not clog pores. The simple pen design makes application quick and easy, while brightening, concealing and providing long-lasting coverage under your eyes. If you're willing to splurge a little on some concealer, this is the one to get. 

Although that was a bit more of a ramble than a sophisticated beauty advice post, I hope I've helped you in one way or another.
Have you tried any of the above?



  1. I love a good haul! I got the they're real not too long ago and I must admit I am impressed but not *quite* as good as I was hoping. Great post, thanks! X

  2. I'm really not a girly girly at all and have the make up I use but don't really know much more than that. I really like your review and I think I might try one or two pieces especially the balm and mascara.

    Sisley x

  3. I love the Revlon Matte Balms, I haven't tried that shade though, but it looks so lovely. I've tried the benefit mascara and unfortunately it didn't work for me! I was so disappointed because I was so excited to try it, but it sounds like it works great for you!
    sammy xx

  4. I love they're real! And that simple roll on is everywhere at the moment I think I need to get my hands on it :)


  5. I love that mascara it makes my lashes looks o lovely. Reminds me I need to get some more xx

  6. I recently got the They're Real mascara too and I can't believe I've held off for so long. It's amazing! My only complaint would be that it's just so hard to get off (it came with a little packet of remover, but I bet it's pretty expensive to buy in full)

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