Why you need to try the Vichy Dermablend range

I’ve mentioned before that I have suffered with bad skin through my teenage years and it is only in the last year or so that I have managed to get some control over it. One of the products that has helped me on my bad days in the Vichy Dermablend Foundation which I have previously reviewed. The coverage is amazing and really helps to boost my confidence when I am having a bad skin day. So I was thrilled to be asked if I’d like to try out the Dermablend Corrective Stick* the Dermablend Setting Powder*.

While I have been trying to opt for a lighter coverage now the weather is getting better, I still have those days where I have a couple of blemishes and patches of redness. During times like these I reach for the Vichy Dermablend range to improve the appearance of my skin.

For the Dermanblend Corrective Stick, I went for the matching shade to the foundation I already own, Opal 15. It is slightly darker than my actually skin tone, but it does blend really well so it isn’t obvious. Because it is slightly more orange than my skin (not in a terrible fake tan kind of way, don’t panic), the colour is perfect for erasing the blue toned dark circles under my eyes. As orange is a complementary colour, it neutralises the dark circles making my eye area look brighter and more awake.

The coverage is brilliant, especially when used with the foundation. Any blemish or redness is completely hidden. When I wear these products I actually feel like my skin has been airbrushed, that’s how perfect it looks! I usually worry that concealers can be quite drying, but not Dermablend. My skin genuinely looks flawless all day long. What more can a girl really ask for?!

As my skin gets pretty oily as the day goes on, I have previously had problems wearing the Dermablend Foundation with powders which just can’t hold up to the test. I’d have to blot and reapply powder throughout the day to stop my face looking greasy and horrible. Since using the Dermablend Setting Powder this just hasn’t been an issue. Despite walking two miles to work in the sun my make up was still flawless when I arrived at work. When I got a chance to look in a mirror at lunch time it was still oil free – usually by this point I’ve needed to touch up! It was only as I was taking my makeup off late that evening there was a slight sheen of oil, which for me is very impressive!

Trying the Corrective Stick and the Setting Powder has just reinforced my love for Vichy products even more and I will definitely be repurchasing these when they run out – which wont be for ages because a little goes a long way with the concealer and there is loads of powder in the pot!

I highly recommend the Vichy Dermablend range for anyone who needs a little extra coverage from time to time and those with oily skin looking for a powder that lasts. It’s currently 1/3 off of all Vichy products from Escentual at the moment so the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick is just £10 and the Setting powder is only £11.33 – bargain!

Have you tried anything from the Vichy Dermablend range?

Your summer Face Of The Day for less than £25

New Look Beauty Range
With summer well and truly here now, it is about time that I start thinking about saying goodbye to full coverage foundation and berry lipsticks and hello to dewy sun kissed skin. So when I was asked if I’d like to get involved with New Look’s beauty on a shoestring campaign I jumped at the chance to update my makeup bag for a summer look.

The challenge involves spending just £25 (or less) on the beauty goodies from New Look Pure Colour collection and creating a whole makeup look using just these products. I had a good look through the beauty section on the New Look website and decided to go for:

The Pure Colour Foundation pleasantly surprised me. Typically I am not a fan of drugstore and high street foundations because I feel I need a bit more coverage and longevity, so I was a little skeptical of New Look’s offering. However I was having a really good skin day with no blemishes (woohoo!) and so the light to medium coverage of this foundation was just perfect! In lieu of a concealer, I built up the foundation more on my weak spots – under my eyes, around my nose and my chin for a more even coverage.
The Pure Colour Foundation is quite dewy which is ideal for summer, but I have quite oily skin so like to set my foundation to prevent a makeup moving around my face situation – not a good look! So I used a powder brush to swish a small amount of the bronzer over my face for a more sun kissed look and mattify the foundation.
I love the Pure Colour Bronze Baked Bronzer, it isn’t too dark for those who have paler skin and it also has a small amount of shimmer to give your skin a youthful and radiant boost. The powder is picked up very easily by the brush, so make sure you gently dab and tap off any excess because a little goes a long way! The bronzer helped to give my pasty skin a little more colour so I felt less like a ghost, and ready to head out into the sunshine.
Then using my Real Techniques blush brush I picked up some product from the Pure Colour Pink Baked Blusher, again, a little goes a long way! And I buffed as small amount into my cheekbones. I love the shade of the blusher, it is really natural looking and so I think it would suit most skin tones. I only used a small amount of the blusher to avoid my base being overpowering next to my eyes and lips.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range
For the eyes I used a delicate wash of the bronzer across the lids and built it up more in the middle of the eyelid which really brought out the shimmer. Then I used the Pure Colour Mid Brown Baked Eye Shadow to create some definition in the crease for a bronzed summery look. The eye shadow is really pigmented and lasted all day, which for a budget product is very good in my books! I’d definitely try out some other shades and I hope they widen the product line.
Now I did cheat a little bit here because I added a little mascara! My lashes are really blonde, so without it they look see through. However when I go on holiday later in the year I am planning to get my lashes tinted, so as this would be a great holiday look I definitely haven’t cheated…. right?!
Last but not least, I used the Pure Colour Mid Pink Lip Liner to carefully line my lips and then I filled them in. I normally find liners quite drying, but this was pretty good! Staying power wasn’t amazing, but I typically do touch up my lips throughout the day so this didn’t bother me at all. Again, I hope they bring out more shades as for just £1.99 they are a bargain.
Overall I am really impressed with the New Look beauty range because of the good quality of the products for such a great price. I really recommend the Pure Colour products that I tried out, particularly if your makeup needs to be pocket money friendly. I have my eye on a few more of their products, including the highlighter and the eye shadows palettes.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range FOTD
What do you think of the New Look beauty range?

The budget eye liners that are making my peepers pop

Rimmel eyeliners

So I was wondering around my local boots a couple of weeks ago and I just so happened to find myself standing in front of the Rimmel stand. I wanted to pick up a cheap liquid liner as I had just used up the last of my Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner sample. Of course I couldn’t just walk away with one teeny eye liner…so I got three (oops!) I treated myself to the waterproof Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude and the Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle.

I tested out the Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner first, I really like the felt applicator. It has a tapered tip so is perfect whether you want a thin natural line or a thicker flick (see photo below). I found the liner easy to apply, but it was strange as I have been using gel liner for years so I found it very wet in comparison! I was able to create a reasonably accurate wing and it was fairly black. I did have to go over my line slightly in places but I am just quite fussy! Overall for the price, it is a pretty nifty little thing and I would pick it up again for that price. So if you are after a budget eyeliner this may well be perfect for you.

Next I tried out the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner. I picked this up in the shade Nude, because I read a sneaky top tip that using a little bit of nude liner on your waterline brightens your eyes when you are tired and makes them look larger without being over the top. I had heard this tip before as a teenager, but with white eyeliner – this is seriously not a good look , it is far too obvious and doesn’t look natural! The product is very creamy and glides on beautifully. I really love the formula and I would definitely pick up other shades.

Lastly I tried out the Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle last weekend. I applied it to my upper lash line and then used the smudger to blend the colour upwards and outwards slightly to make my look slightly less dramatic. I love the effect and it was perfect to add a little bit of colour to a miserable autumn day.

Rimmel eyeliners swatches

These three Rimmel eyeliners have done the job for me and I would be more than happy to repurchase all of them. My favourite of the three is the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner purely because the formula is so creamy and fab. I think I will be adding a couple more shades to my wishlist! So if you are looking for some budget eyeliners to add to your collection, I recommend these little beauties. You can buy all three from Boots for £4.99 for the pencils and £5.29 for the liquid liner – bargain!

Have you tried these Rimmel eye liners? What are your favourite budget liners?  

W7 Showing Out Mascara review

W7 Showing Out Mascara
Last month my sister and I were wondering around our local outlet centre and one of the shops sells a wide range of discounted beauty products from brands such as W7, NYX, Butter London, YSL and lots more. So whenever we go shopping there we always pop in and treat ourselves to something new. The W7 stand really caught my eye and seeing as I hadn’t tried anything from there before I decided to pick up the Showing Out Mascara. I cant remember exactly how much I paid, but it was just a few pounds so I thought I’d give it a go.

W7 Showing Out Mascara close up
I like the packaging very much, the bright orange tube is great because it stands out when I am rummaging around in my make up bag whilst half asleep in the morning! The brush is  nice and thick and specially designed with a sphere of bristles on the end which is meant to help you reach the smaller, harder to reach lashes. Personally, I hate this shape, I found it quite clumsy to use and too big for reaching the tiny hairs in the corner of my eyes. 
The first time I opened the bottle, this ball of bristles caused a huge glob of mascara to fly out of the bottle and land on the carpet…not cool W7. Pretty much ruined my day and the carpet – thankfully this was at my parents house and they were replacing the carpet with wooden floorboards anyway (phew!). Unlike most mascaras, there isn’t really a mechanism that removes the excess mascara from the wand. So every time I remove the wand far too much mascara accumulates on the wand that must be wiped off before it can be applied. To me, this is a huge waste of product and if I had paid a lot more I’d be pretty annoyed! For a few pounds though I guess you can’t really complain too much.

W7 Showing Out Mascara wand close up

The formula itself is ok – my lashes looked thicker and longer than than the would be sans mascara but equally it is not the best mascara I have ever tried, my lashes didn’t look amazing, they just looked alight. I’d say this is the type of mascara I’d pick up for a festival to prevent a high end mascara being nicked from my tent, but to be honest, the messy globules of mascara flying everywhere wouldn’t be practical at all. So unfortunately, this isn’t something that I’d buy again, but I will probably use the remaining product occasionally to coat my lashes before nipping to the shops, or going to the gym.

If you do fancy trying W7’s Showing Out Mascara (please let me know how you get on if you do!), you can buy it from W7 for £4.95.


Would you recommend any W7 products? Have you tried the Showing Out mascara? What is the best mascara you have ever used?