Pure Colour New Look Review

New Look Pure Colour

From my last post I mentioned that I would be reviewing some products that ive liked lately, and how impressive some of the make-up ranges in fashion retail stores are.  I really like some of the products in the New Look Pure Colour range, and will mention the ones I like, however I must say that not all of the products are that great (the pencil eyeshadows look good when tested  but aren’t pigmented enough and especially do not show up much on asian skin tones)…

But.. bits of the range that I found pretty good were the Baked Highligher Powder (the shade above in the pic is Light Pink) and the Matte Lipstick in the shade 84 Apricot.  The lipstick is a really good matte, very pigmented and very similar to Mac Cherish, the staying power is however not as good as Mac and does have to be reapplied every so often.  This is an everyday shade, a matte peachy nude, it applies really well and isn’t drying.

The Baked Highligher comes in 3 shades, the shade that I like is Light Pink but it also comes in Gold and Bronze.. I thought the texture of this powder was amazing for the price especially as most drugstore powders are not baked but just a bit too ‘powdery’ which this one isn’t at all. It does have to be applied quite sparingly otherwise you could end up looking a bit shiny! The light pink colour isn’t really pink but looks translucent once on. Overall this is a really good highlighter and I would definitely recommend!.

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Favourite Avon Products

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Avon has to be one brand that produces some of my favourite products. I recently just realised that I was running low on my all time favourite shampoo and one that I always end up going back to. Now this shampoo is relatively new and was launched by Avon not so long ago. It is from the advances techniques range and is called Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. I buy this in bulk when It’s on offer and ridiculously cheap. (I have even got this for £1.60 for 400ml!!). 400 ml bottles last me ages, especially because with this shampoo you only need the tiniest amount, and it foams up really well. This shampoo is the best for curly, frizzy and coarse hair. It leaves my hair clean for days, super soft with no frizz, actually, since using this I no longer need my straighteners!. In this range, I use the Avon Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner, and also the leave in treatment oil. The treatment oil is brilliant for dry hair and despite being an oil, absorbs into my hair without any grease whatsoever. I would highly recommend these products because I love them so much and im sure others will too.

The next product I will mention is a product I am new to. This has been sold by Avon for a while but it’s the first time I’m discovering it. I came across this product whilst having a conversation about eyeliner with a close friend. My friend Shilpa Vekaria who I’ve known since my uni days also mentioned her love for Avon and that she uses this product. I thought I would try it out and found Avon Supershock Gel Eyeline is AMAZING!! I absolutely have fallen in love with this eyeliner!!!. It is called a gel but actually goes on like any other normal pencil eyeliner. The best thing about it is that it’s the ‘blackest’ black eyeliner I have ever come across, and it does not budge!. I have tried removing this off my hand.. with wipes.. and it is hard!. It stays put to the very end of the day. This eyeliner comes in Black, a light pink, khaki, Steel, Blue and silver. I was actually after a light pink eyeliner to use on my waterline, and I bought this one. I could compare it to Benefit Eye Bright pencil. It’s a pinky white colour that will make your eyes POP and look bigger. This is the perfect dupe for Benefit Eye bright. It can also be used anywhere that you would use a highlighter such as below eyebrows on the brow bone. The supershock pencil is normally £6 but is regularly on half price for £3. The Avon website will even find your closest representative for you.

Farrah Tells….. Q&A

I have been thinking of doing a Q & A section for my blog for a while so I thought I would make a start this week. Reading other beauty blogs is something I enjoy doing when I have a spare moment or two; I particularly find it interesting reading about other products that beauty bloggers rate, especially as they’ve probably tried a fair few!.

One such blogger is Farrah Gray, author of the blog Farrah Tells….It Like It is.  Farrah has been blogging for a while and is a former MUA. So naturally, she would have come accross a range of products in her time and has developed blogging expertise.  I have personally followed her blog and always found it insightful.

In the Q&A, she gives her advise on successful blogging, and some of her favourite products.

Q:  What are your 3 dessert island skincare products that you would not be without?

A:

1. Sarah chapman cleanser 

2. A stash of flannels or sarah chapman ‘s cleansing mitts.

3. P50 exfoliating toner
 
Q: Same for make-up?
1. Tinted moisturiser with SPF (liz earle’s skin tint or chantecaille’s tinted moisturiser)
2. Blusher (either a nars multiple or Face Stockholm cream blusher)
3. Moisturising lip tint (carmex moisture plus in pink)
 
Q. How do you find new topics to blog about and how do you motivate yourself?
A: Gosh, this is a hard question. Finding a topic is easy, I have a book full of topics/subjects, it’s finding the time to do it frequently. If I was good at photography, I would blog way more than I do, I just find that part of blogging the hardest. Also, because I’m so eager to try products, by the time I’m ready to blog about them, they look so abused! Haha
As I work in the industry, I always have products to review and talk about but I mainly write about brands, products and treatments that actually work and I recommend.
 
Q: Which female celebrity fashion style inspires you the most?
A:  Hmmm, I don’t have one. I’m inspired by girls all around me, could be fellow bloggers, strangers in the street, friends, my sisters. 
 
Q:Pick one celebrity who does make-up well?
A: Gisele, she always has glowing skin which still shows her freckles – I love that. I hate to see caked on make up. 
 
Q: How did you get started in makeup artistry and PR?
A: I started working for Calvin Klein cosmetics on a make up counter when the brand first came to the uk and from there I worked for space.nk, Nars and jumped into freelance work. After working for years as a freelancer, I was ready for a new challenge and went to uni to do a pr degree.
 
Q: What would be your ultimate skin tip for women?
A: Make sure you wash every last trace of make up off- Double cleanse!
 
Q: What is the number one makeup mistake women make?
A:  I could give you so many examples here, but to give you one I would say wearing the wrong colour foundation. When being colour matched in store, go out the store into the daylight and check it is a match, lighting in department stores isn’t the best.
 If you’re really struggling for a match, mix two colours and create your own custom colour.
 
Q: Favourite skincare brands and why?
A:  Revive for it’s eye renewal cream, such an expensive brand but brilliant long term results.
Bioeffect for it’s serum, one of my fave products of all time. It’s pricey so can’t buy it all the time, due a replen so must start saving.   P50 exfoliating toner, my mother got me into this product, she’s been using it for years and I have recently started using it. My mother has great skin and has hardly ages thanks to this product.
 Sarah chapman for her affordable yet brilliant cleanser.
 
Q: You have been blogging for a while, what were the first few lessons you learnt to be a successful blogger?
A: Network! Network! network! Use twitter, instagram etc, go to blogger meets. Comment on bloggers posts. Blog frequently. Be genuine.
 
So there you have it, I must say i have read very good reviews of bioeffect myself and may have to try it out!..so I also must start saving!.
Below is the link to Farrahs blog here on WordPress….
 
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My must have products!!

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Ok, so this is not so much a review but more of a list of products that I swear by….

I seem to have accumulated and tried my different cosmetics over the years,  so I felt now was the right time to pick some of my favourites. These are the ones I would always go back to.

So here are my favs and the reason why I love them so much…..

Favourite Radiance booster/Primer: so far, it has to be Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. A best selling, award winning radiance booster from Clarins. Retails for around £24 in UK cosmetic counters, Boots and Superdrug.  I must also mention here that I have managed to find a pretty good dupe for the beauty flash balm, in the form of Boots Time Delay Radiance Booster.. which is around £6-£7.  (More on Boots Time Delay in later reviews).

I use this as a primer and prefer it to Smashbox Photofinish, Mac Strobe Cream and Estee Lauder Spotlight.  In my view it delivers more noticeable results and has a nicer texture. I find Smashbox products a bit on the greasy side.

The reason I love this product is because it really is a multi-tasking product. It makes a brilliant primer base for make up, it is quite moisturising and has good glow factor.  It has a salmon colour, but will look clear once it has been applied. This is a great plus point as far as I’m concerned, because the salmon colour works on the skin as a colour corrector. The colour counteracts any dullishness you may have going on, it seems to also counteract yellow tones and redness, which is especially more noticeable in pictures!. I would recommend wearing this one on days when you will be photographed!.

 

Best Foundation:  Bare Minerals I.D.  The range is now on the shelves at Debenhams and some Boots, and is widely available at online retailers. Anyone who has used this will know why it is a favourite. It has good coverage and feels very light on the skin. Almost feels like you have nothing on!.

The colours range is fair, medium, medium beige or dark.  You do not have to be very precise with the colour, picking the one you think is the closest match will work as they are all highly blendable. The finish is good and very long lasting.

 

Best mascara for under £10:  My favourite in this category is Maybelline Great Lash and Maybelline Colossal Volume Express. Reasons why? not clumpy, lasts all day, never found bits of mascara on cheek!, comes off fairly easily with cleanser, not runny despite not being waterproof.

Favourite blush: I have many great blushers and find that most on the market are quite good. However, one that I thought especially note worthy, mainly because of the price and quality is Lacura Powder Blush. There are only a couple of colours in the range, I use sunset which is a peach tone and will work will with most skin tones. (I have asian skin and it works well). It is around £2 from Aldi stores. 

Favourite liquid liner:  For me, a black liquid liner must be highly pigmented and not budge of out of place. This favourite does both: Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. It retails for around £8 in most boots/superdrug stores. I have tried many, and found most are not dark enough, leave gaps in the line, do not go on well or just come off too quickly.

Best concealer under £10:  Now, concealers are tricky business. Most people tend to stick with the same concealer once they find the ideal colour match.  Colour is definitely the number one deciding factor when it comes to concealers.  But we all know texture and staying power can be equally as important. My current favourite is Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Concealer. I wear it in shade medium beige (I am NC40 skin tone). This one is good for wheatish indian skin tones. It is a yellow base concealer, which does not budge until you wash it off.  I am on my 5th tube of this after using Mac, My Face (discontinued at Boots) and Physicians Formula Double Ended Concealer (not available in UK).

Favourite Nude Lipliner: I have not found better than Marks and Spencer Autograph Nude Pink Lipliner and Rimmel Eastend Snob. Favourite nudes generally?  I would have to say Revlon and Mac especially Mac in shade Velvet Teddy. (Revlon do many nude Mac dupes!!)

So there you have it, my current favourites. 

I have found that all makeup brands have a line of product which they make particularly well, such as:

Maybelline: love their mascaras, eye liners, concealer. Good staying power, no clumps.

Bourjois: Best textures and colours for neutral coloured make up. Especially eye liners if you like golden/olive/khaki/metal/grey colours as an alternative to black. Powders in the range do not look chalky, have an expensive looking sheen, good texture and highly pigmented. 

Revlon: I wear a lot of nudes as mentioned earlier and I find Revlon do good nude lipsticks.

Mac: good for products such as skinfinish.Good lipsticks.

Marks and Spencer Per Una do good eye shadows, as do Autograph. Very good neutral colour palettes, as well as deeper shades.

Asda’s own brand mascara V’s one that used from Loreal:  The Asda mascara came out on top as less clumpy! So it goes to show, cheaper products do not mean lower quality some of the time!.

Rimmel: Really good nude lip liners colours. I also think they do well in concealers although one of the best concealers is now discontinued!

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