Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review - Missha Signature Dramatic Rose Petal Blusher

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you this amazingly gorgeous blusher - Missha's Signature Dramatic Rose Petal Blusher in No.02 Coral Rose, sent to me by Cosmetic Love! Thank you so much Cosmetic Love! ^.^
As usual, Cosmetic Love sent me a tracking number so I could safely track my parcel, and my package arrived safe and sound in one week and two days! They also popped some skincare samples in for me which I really appreciate! ^.^ Cosmetic Love provides free worldwide shipping with any order (which is amazing!) with a $2.50 tracking upgrade.
The packaging is quite big, sophisticated and shiny. It shows fingerprints pretty easily so make sure not to touch it with dirty fingers!
The blusher itself has 4 different blusher shades and one highlighter shade. You can choose to mix all 5 colours together, or dip your brush into one or two shades to create your own custom colour.
The inside of the compact has a clear case that holds the brush snugly, but I took the clear cover off because I don't plan on using this brush with this blusher. I don't love these types of brushes because they aren't fantastic for blusher application - but this brush is soft, fluffy and picks up a ton of product! I'm going to use this brush for contouring instead of blusher, because it suits that shape much better.

I swatched all of the colours separately, and then combined. Most of the colours are quite vibrant, with the exception of shade 2 which barely shows up at all even on my porcelain skin! The combined effect is a lovely peachy shimmery colour, but I find that it's definitely more of an orange/peach colour rather than the pinky coral that I was initially expecting.
The colours are all (with shade 2 being the exception) very pigmented and smooth to apply. The four colours are satiny smooth with no sparkles, while the highlighter does have some sparkly shimmers. The combined effect is a very pleasant satiny shimmer (without being disco ball sparkly).
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I prefer to use a big fluffy blush to apply this blusher. The big brush gives a flush of colour to my cheeks, and makes the blusher really easy to apply and blend.
 What I Love
- Beautiful rose pattern

- Sophisticated packaging
- Removable clear cover
- Long lasting
- Easy to apply

What I Don't Love
- I wish it was more coral than peach
- Slightly pricey at $28USD
Final Thoughts
I really really like this blush! I wish it was a little less orange, but I can just avoid brushing the orange rose when picking up the colour. The blush is long lasting, pigmented, satiny without being sparkly, easy to apply and did I mention that the colours are roses? 

Is it really worth $28USD? For me it is, because I collect makeup items that are aesthetically pleasing and also work well, and this blush does fit the bill of being gorgeous to look at with a lovely product inside. It is pricey, and I'm sure you could find a blush that gives you a similar colour and finish that's cheaper, but try finding a cheaper blusher with a rose pattern and then show it to me! ^.^

A huge thank you to Cosmetic Love for sending me this gorgeous product! As usual - I always review honestly, and this review is based on my own un-biased opinion.
What do you princesses think about this blusher? I really want to try Anna Sui's version of this blusher next! ^.^

Monday, 21 April 2014

Manicure Monday - IT'S SO FLUFFY

Hello Princesses!

Today I have a really simple manicure, (simple because it's just one polish, so it's nothing inventive on my part, but I thought it was cute anyway!) using the polish IT'S SO FLUFFY from Pop Culture Cosmetics!
I bought this polish from one of the PANZ girls destashes simply because I liked the name and the pink glitters! It's jam packed with square, circle, bar, heart, star and diamond shaped pink glitter, with small and medium sized holo glitters all mixed up in a milky crelly base. It's a perfect feminine polish that isn't too overpowering - however it's a GIANT pain to get off considering the ratio of polish to glitter. That won't stop me from wearing it though - It's so fluffy, I wanna die! ^.^

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Swatches - Colour Correctors

Hello Princesses!

For this Sunday Swatches Session I've swatched my current collection of colour correctors! I don't have very many, and I only use them occasionally (with the exception being Etude House's Any Cushion!) but when I use them they are incredibly handy!
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Blue
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Lavender
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Yellow
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Green
Missha Signature Raidience Make Up Base - Green
Etude House Baby Choux - Green
Etude House Baby Choux - Pink
Etude House Any Cushion - Magic Pink
It was especially interesting for me to see the difference between the Etude House Baby Choux and Any Cushion, because they are such similar products. I have to say that I prefer the Missha base and Any Cushion base to the two Baby Choux bases because they are paler in colour and suit my complexion a little better!
I hope these swatches are helpful for you princesses! ^.^ Feel free to share these swatch pictures - but please put a link to this post if you do share! xx 

Friday, 18 April 2014

First Impressions - The Body Shop Moisture Foundation 02

Hello Princesses!

As you guys know, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect pale foundation, so today I decided to try out The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in the shade 02!
 What Does It Do?
"This lightweight liquid foundation gives light to medium coverage, a flawless finish and is ideal for normal to dry skin.

  • Light to medium coverage
  • Contains SPF 15
  • No added fragrance
  • Dermatologically tested
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen), Octyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (Emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dextrin Palmitate (Emulsifying Agent), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (Emulsifier), Isopropyl Lanolate (Emollient), Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Oil) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyethylene (Opacifier), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Ethylene Brassylate (Masking Agent), Boron Nitride (Bulking Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Methylparaben (Preservative), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Hectorite (Opacifier), Phenyl Methicone (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Propylparaben (Preservative), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (Binder), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Pyrus malus (Apple Extract) (Natural Additive), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77491 (Colour), CI 77499 (Colour)." (1)

This foundation is probably 2-3 shades too dark for me (although it may not seem like it in photos) but I really quite liked the formula! It gave me nice medium coverage which covered my light acne scars, hyper pigmentation, pores and redness beautifully. It was quick and easy to apply, and didn't look cakey or flakey!

Would I Purchase This Product?
No. This foundation is definitely warm/yellow toned, but even though I liked the coverage and formula - it's just way too dark for me to wear outside, which is such a pity! If The Body Shop released a lighter shade that was suitable for my skintone I would definitely be buying it! This is a similar colour to MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, and if you are interested in seeing a comparison of the swatches - head over to my Sunday Swatches - Foundation post to check out all of my foundations!

If you princesses are interested in trying this product out, head into your nearest Body Shop and pick up a tester pot!
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