March Beauty Buys
Before you read on, if you haven’t already, take a look at Part I of my March beauty buys and you will understand why there is a part II.
Starting off part II is another one of my newbies, Botanics All-Bright-Radiance-Balm – softens, brightens for instantly radiant skin for all skin types. I’ll be honest I bought this on a whim, having a slightly bad day I wanted an immediate pick me up and thought this might do the trick. I’m not one for highlighters as I have oily skin so I’m terrified of anything that has the word ‘radiance’ or ‘glow’ in it’s title. I’m sure there is a difference between looking oily and looking radiant but I’m almost too scared to try it. This product is a great starting point for a scaredy cat like me. I have tried both a small amount all over my face under my foundation and also on top of my foundation on the high points of my face. I have no idea which way is right but for days that I’m feeling brave, a small amount under my foundation is rather nice, but I do prefer it on the high points of my face. What I like about it is that the texture is easy to blend and I think you would find it difficult to be heavy handed with this. Less is best I say. Although highlighters are not a priority on my makeup list, I do notice a difference when I use it and it’s a nice way to try something different without spending too much money. I think in the warmer months, when I would wear less foundation, this will be a nice addition. For now, this one is a keeper.
Next up is Maybelline Expression Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in Permanent Taupe. I have very oily eyelids and find powdered shadows do not last unless I use a primer, and given I had heard good things about this range, I thought I would give it a go. Sadly, I was very disappointed with this product. The shadow did not last at all so I definitely won’t be buying it again. I’m probably a bit unrealistic when it comes to eyeshadows as I want one product that does it all and although this has been reviewed as a dupe for MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots (which I love) I feel it doesn’t even come close! Think I’ll be sticking with MAC as even without primer I get a good wear out of them.
Last but not least is Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink. (I don’t have a picture of the product so click on the link and you will get an idea of what I’m on about). Although I didn’t actually buy it, let me tell you why. After almost two years I finally finished my Benefit CORAlista blush so I was in need of a new blush in a similar shade. Again I had heard good things about this product so it was on the list to test and lucky I did. At fist glance, all was well. In the pot you will see a lovely marble of pink and gold but when I tested it on the back of my hand it was too shimmery for me. If you don’t mind a shimmer I would say give it a go, but this is definitely not for me. I know some people like shopping online but this is why I don’t. Thankfully I didn’t waste my money and will save my pennies for the next blush I lay my hands on.
Thankfully the month is drawing to an end and I have enough goodies to keep me going! Stay tuned for next month’s beauty buys.