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FOTD #10

17 March 2016

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Ever since I discovered my new favourite moisturiser (review coming soon), I have really gotten back into trowelling a load of stuff onto my face. Because my skin no longer resembles an iguana’s backside, foundations and BB creams have been looking so much better. I’ve finally given the Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream a proper go after not being that impressed by it when I bought it ages ago, and I must say I’m enjoying it. Proof that the most important step in your makeup routine is a well-prepared base! I also love that this BB cream has SPF 35 which is perfect now the sun has come out of hibernation.

COMPLEXION
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Medium/Dark
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Caramel
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer Ivory
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 53 Light Beige
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (review here)

EYES
Bourjois Colorband Brun Dadaiste  (review here)
L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Black
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Blackest Black (review here)

EYEBROWS
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Dark Brown (review here)
2True Mascara Clear

LIPS
MAC Lip Liner Spice

Review: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

19 November 2015

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Hello all!

As I write, I am in exercise-induced agony. I’ve been trying to tone/reduce my somewhat generous lady lumps and I’m certainly paying the price today. Nonetheless, my fingers are about the only thing that aren’t causing me grief every time they move so the blog must go on.

Anyway, you’re probably as weary as I am from hearing about theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer but I wanted to write a review before we are bombarded with yet another ‘must-have’ highlighter. In the grand scheme of things, I doubt a highlighter is ever a must-have. Obviously if the flat was on fire, I’d go for the cat, husband, photos and ABH DipBrow before saving any kind of highlighter but it wouldn’t be too far behind!

Mary-Lou-Manizer has probably been the most talked about highlighter of recent times, and with good reason. Finely milled, a universally flattering champagne tone, an ethereal glow without the glitter…it’s easy to see why the beauty world has gone bananas over it. Unhelpfully, the only other higher end highlighters I own are in different colours so it’s difficult to deduce whether Mary-Lou is favourable over something like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I would say that compared to Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Mary-Lou Manizer is less finely milled and leans more on the golden side of the the spectrum, but it also packs more of a punch.

I’ve been been opting to use Mary-Lou on the daily for the last few months – on my cheekbones, inner corners and sometimes if I’m feeling especially loose, as an eyeshadow – I generally haven’t looked twice at my Kevyn Aucoin. For a day time look, I sweep a light dusting on my cheek bones with a fan brush, and to ‘dial up the drama’ as they say, for the evening I just pile more on or layer it over a cream highlight. It blends out pretty easily, but because it’s so sheeny, you need to check it is really well blended on the edges.

One word of warning: theBalm suggest using it all over your face as a finishing powder which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for fear of being mistaken for a disco dancer but if that’s your prerogative then who am I to stop you?

Judging by how little product you need, I’m guessing Mary-Lou will last me approximately until the next ice age, so the £17.50 price tag is extremely reasonable.

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