MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 – available here

This is one of the products I picked up while I was in Harrods last month. I was having a bit of a TREAT YO SELF day in celebration of my degree. I was originally going to get a Benefit concealer but this caught my eye and after a quick google for reviews, I decided to get it.

At £14.50 for 7g of product, this concealer is really good value compared to other high end alternatives. The creamy consistency blends really well and provides a long lasting, full coverage without looking cakey. I use this under my eyes to hide my dark circles, on any old blemish marks and also on any current blemishes that I may have. Once set with a powder, I find that this stays put for at least 8 hours. The SPF 35 is an extra added bonus that I’m pleased about. I’ve been using it everyday for the month or so that I’ve had it and I’ve hardly made a dent in the pan.  This is definitely something that I will be repurchasing when I do eventually run out.
Have you tried this concealer? If not, what’s your favourite?

NARS Orgasm – Selfridges, £21

A couple of weeks ago, whilst in Selfridges, I decided to pick up something I’d wanted for ages – NARS Orgasm. At £21, it’s the most expensive blush I own but I believe it’s definitely worth the price tag. Orgasm is a light pink blush with a peachy golden shimmer running through it. When applied, it blends easily and adds a lovely glow to your complexion without being glittery. The colour is highly pigmented and really buildable, I think that it is one of those products that would suit any skin tone.

I love the black packaging, it’s so sleek and sophisticated but as it’s made out of a rubbery material, it attracts a lot of dust. It’s easy to clean them with a baby wipe though. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about NARS blushes shattering in the pan so I haven’t taken mine out in my make up bag with me yet as I’m so scared to break it.

What do you think of Orgasm? Does it live up to the hype?

Maybelline BB Cream in Light RRP £7.99
Maybelline are one of the latest brands to jump on the BB bandwagon. I’ve been on the lookout for a new BB cream/tinted moisturiser for those days when I don’t want/need to wear a more expensive foundation such as Double Wear. Maybelline are currently giving away samples of their BB cream in the shade ‘Light’ on their facebook page, so I signed myself up for some.
This BB cream claims to have 8 benefits in 1:
  • Creates a natural glow
  • Compliments skin tone
  • SPF 30
  • Hydrates all day
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Oil free, non greasy
  • Looks visibly smooth,
  • Feels fresh
I love that this contains  SPF 30 as I’ve started to worry about the effect of the sun on my skin as a few lines have started to appear. When I first swatched the cream on my hand, it did look too dark for me, however, when blended onto my face, it was a perfect match for my skin. It definitely compliments my skin tone! It didn’t exactly ‘blur’ my imperfections as I’ve got a bit of a bad breakout on my chin at the moment, it did even out my skin tone everywhere else though and I used concealer as normal. It isn’t greasy at all, and looks smooth like they claim. It gives a lovely dewy glow which is perfect for the summer. It definitely feels a lot fresher than the foundations I usually wear, I didn’t feel like OH MY GOD I HAVE TO GET THIS MAKE UP OFF RIGHT NOW, MY SKIN CAN’T BREATHE!!!! as soon as I got in the house like I usually do but I did take it off as soon as I could. Below, you can see my face before and after application.
Left: Naked face  Right: Wearing just the Maybelline BB cream
Overall, I think this BB cream is one of the better ones I have tried and I will definitely be picking a tube up to use on the days when my skin is looking pretty good anyway and I’m just going to work. It’s definitely worth the £7.99 price tag and there’s usually offers on in Boots and Superdrug anyway so I’m sure I can get it a bit cheaper. It’s available in 4 colours.
Have you tried this BB cream? What do you think of it?

What is your favourite BB cream?