Monday, 16 May 2011

What would Lauren do?

Style her hair perfectly; apply her make up immaculately; don a simple but beautifully put together outfit; come out with a fantastic quote and generally be classy.  (With a spot of Chanel thrown in for good measure...!)

She is amazing and I love her.  Always glamorous and glossy - a true inspiration for me.  You can have your bed head and boyfriend shirts Olsens and Hudgens - give me LC any day!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer In Action

I bought these two products way back in June last year and have used them on and off since then, both neither loving or hating them.  But when talking to Yu on Twitter last night and watching how Bobbi Brown herself uses them, I was inspired to dig them out today and give them another whirl!


The purpose of this pink/peach toned product is to counteract the blue tones apparent in dark circles.  
I have very dry skin around my eyes so after a heavy application of eye cream, I laid down the corrector with Benefit's synthetic flat liner brush totally under my eye, right into the lash line and in the inner corners where I am naturally very dark.
I then blended it in slightly with my ring finger allowing the heat from my fingers to help merge the product with my skin.  I did this twice to get a full coverage effect.


The concealer is required to brighten the under eye area and bring it back to your natural skin colour compared with the very peachy/pink corrector.

Again, I applied this with the Benefit brush before attempting to buff it in with the fluffy Revlon brush - a supposed dupe for the MAC 224.  However, I am so dry under my eyes that I found this made the product drag so I switched back to blending with my ring finger.


The yellow toned powder that comes with the concealer allows for the products to be set whilst brightening the whole eye area.

The finished result

Left: No product; Right: Corrector, Concealer & Powder

I would definitely say there is a marked improvement - my under eye area looks lighter, brighter and generally more awake!  No miracle though...

Recently, the concealer has been reformulated to be even creamier and the range has seen a redesign with the products now available to buy as only Concealer, Corrector or a Concealer/Pressed Powder Duo.  The pressed powder will definitely be an advantage over the old style which for anyone who has this, will know it can get messy!

I would definitely recommend the Corrector - it can be used under any concealer to really brighten and neutralise dark circles.  As for the Concealer, I wouldn't like to comment on the new formulation but I find this old one slightly too thick for my dry eyes and find it can cake on me.  However, if you fortunate to not have dry skin, I can imagine this being a product for you!

Do you have any other concealer recommendations?  Next up for me is the Vichy Dermablend - I want me some of that high coverage!!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Back In The Day: The Make Up Wishes Archives

Last week, my daily read of Vivianna's blog inspired me to go back over all my old posts.  Like Anna, when I stumble upon a new blog, I rarely have the chance to go back through all their posts.  So this is a little chance for any new followers to see any products I've raved about in the past and how I've looked on the odd occasion..!

My first ever post highlighted my 'my nail saviour' and this is still a product I use to this day.  My nails are strong and healthy and I really notice a decline in their quality if I don't use this.  A definite must-have!

My love of Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs and St Moriz fake tan are still going strong and I now turn to nothing else to give my natural pale skin a suitably healthy glow!

Looking back at my posts from the Summer last year, reminds me of how fantastic it was.  Many amazing nights were had, kick started with the Globall.  My make up stayed pretty much the same as in my Out and About post during the warmer months and my go to perfume was my Chanel Chance dupe, which I still love to this day!

As for my Essentials, I still would not be without them and I cannot go a few weeks without some bling courtesy of OPI on my nails - I will repurchase this for as long as I can find it!

Finally, I am still adamant that my London Haul is the best money I have ever spent - I will never regret the purchases made that day!  And if you haven't read my advice on bras, please, please take a look - you won't regret it and may end up a few cup sizes bigger by the end of the day!

If you fancy doing this, please leave me a link - I'd love to see what you have hiding in your archives!!