Thursday, 31 May 2012

Benefit The Porefessional

The lovely people of Benefit are once again running a promotion with Glamour where you can pick up a Benefit make-up sample with a copy of Glamour Magazine (£2). So off I went, down the shops, with minimal make-up, scaring several small children (even the Post Office's dog ran away....) to pick one up! The items to choose from are: That Gal Brightening Face Primer, BADgal Lash Mascara and The Porefessional Pore Minimising Primer. I went for Porefessional as I have tried the other two and have wanted to give it a go for ages!

What it claims to do: Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals.

What I think: Firstly the bottle needs a good shake, at first oily residue just cam out, not ideal! But after a good shake that soon went! The colour of the primer is lovely and perfect for my skin, but would suit a wide variety of skin tones as when applied it is only a tint and barely noticable. I applied with my fingers and you only need a very small amount for the whole face, so even the sample will last a fair while. ITS SO SILKY, like rubbing a scarf across your face, yum! It really does make the perfect foundation base, I can't deny my pores were minimised, I could barely see the open ones one my nose..score! My foundation stays put pretty well when set anyway so not sure it lasted any longer as thats never really an issue for me. Overall, it really is lovely and I completely understand all the hype surrounding it now. I can see what will happen..bye bye tester, hello full size bottle! 

The Porefessional is free in the July 2012 Issue of Glamour (£2 for 7.5ml) and also available from Benefit (£23.50 for 22ml, so technically you could pick up a full size bottle for £6 if you bought 3 Glamours..bargain! Mathematics whizz here!)

Have you tried Porefessional? If not, whip one up whilst they're free in Glamour (its a good read too!)

Loula x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tuesday Wishlist

1. Topshop Puff Print Aztec Skull Print Vest    2. H&M Citrus Passion Body Splash    3. Topshop Pink Grey Structured Blazer 4. The Body Shop Love Etc... Solid Perfume    5. Missguided Cross Print Leggings    6. ASOS Exclusive Nail Rock Wraps: Toonland    7. The Body Shop Beautifying Oil: Mango    8. NYX Round Lipstick: Circe    9. River Island Sunflower Headband    10. H&M Blazer: Navy Blue

Ooooohhh be mine all you lovely lovely items :) Fallen in love with The Body Shop Love Etc... range after getting the Body Puree (review coming soon!) from last weeks wishlist, soo summery and yummmy! Gas anyone tried the new Body Shop Beautifying Oils? Reading mixed reviews? Apparently they're a good hair moisturiser, rinse me up! Hope everyone's well and enjoying the beautiful weather, pop the St. Moriz away for a while :)
Loula x

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Sephora Purchases

On my trip to Paris last week I obviously needed to visit Sephora since its no longer available in the UK. After informing my boyfriend of the urgency we hopped onto the metro and off we went. DISASTER, it was closed for refurbishment. Much to my boyfriends dismay I found another (sobbing at this point he was...I joke!!) I managed to pick up three things:
1. No.45 Mineral Powder Brush
2. Nail Varnish in LO7 Valentine
3. Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No.2

No.45 Mineral Powder Brush
As the name suggests the brush is intended for use with mineral foundation, I do use Bare Minerals foundation in Medium Beige to set my foundation however as soon as I saw it I knew I needed it for liquid foundation. It's taklon synthetic fibres so can be used for liquid products. It gives a lovely airbrushed finished and doesn't hold too much product, overall very pleased with it!

Nail Varnish in LO7 Valentine
Is a lovely coral pink, I bought this as a present for my sister so haven't tried it yet, it looks a lovely consistency though and if it compares to the other Sephora polishes I have it will be long wearing and pigmented.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in No.2
I'm constantly on the look out for the perfect nude lipstick, I thought I had it in Topshop Nevada, yet it's been discontinued, almost cried. This is lovely though, very moisturising and pigmented, it's a little small for the price though and the tiny glitter particles although can't be seen on the lips feel a little scratchy on the lips! Very pleased on the whole though, the colour is lovely!
Really pleased with my purchases! Do you wish Sephora would come back to the UK? Or are you lucky enough to live somewhere with a Sephora? Back to Paris now please...
Loula xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Currently mourning the fact that I really want to be back in Paris! My boyfriend took me away as my 21st Birthday present, boyfriend points for you :) It was so lovellly and romantic (blerghhh, listen to me! haha) even though i speak literally zero French and so does my boyfriend, which proved a little interesting..... (I lie, I can say 'I am eight years old' which is rubbish, because I'm not, I'm 21. Bad times). But here are a few snaps all the same...

Have you been whisked away anywhere recently? If not I hope you're all enjoying at least a glimpse of English sunshine :)
Loula x

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Tuesday Wishlist

Third year of uni is finally over! Hallelujah i hear you cry (well, i'm crying it anyway!), and do you know what this means? That's right, more time for blogging, YAYYY! My lovely boyfriend whipped me off to Paris last week for my 21st birthday present, what a babe! I'll be sharing some pictures with you later as well as some sneeky Sephora purchases, its a must (not that he quite understood the urgency...). But first, a little wishlist of the items I'd really like to enter my life right now, thank you kindly...

1. River Island Owl Earrings   2. Missguided Glitter Cross Top   3. Nars Isolde Eyeshow Duo (this is going to my graduation present from me....)   4. Models Own Hed Kandi: Balearic Cool  5. Love Etc... Sun Kissed Body Puree   6. Missguided Sawyer Leather Panel Leggings   7. Missguided (I see a theme appearing here...) Gretta Super High Platform Suede Style Shoes   8. MAC Lipstick: Saint Germain   9. Knitted Fluro Swing Top

There really is a theme emerging, I am loving Missguided at the minute, they have so much up to date stock at really affordable prices, what can go wrong? :)... MAC Saint Germain was screaming out to me in Paris, but at €19 it worked out a little more expensive, so to the English MAC counter it is! I can see a few (or maybe more...) of these items joining my life super shortly, sorry bank balance.
p.s. Jess (other twin half) will be posting another YouTube video at the weekend, so watch out :)
Loula x