Monday, 30 June 2014

STILA STAY ALL DAY 10-IN-1 HD BEAUTY BALM

Hello beautiful! Hope you are are well! Today I wanted to review one of my all time favorite BB Creams. It's Stila's "Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm" and it's really a lovely product if your looking for a base that delivers a beautiful lightweight natural finish and skincare benefits all in one!

So let's take a closer look at this little gem!


STILA STAY ALL DAY 10-IN-1 HD BEAUTY BALM

So let's start with the packaging. This BB cream comes in a sleek silver tube with black accents. The plastic tube is great for travel and makes it easy to dispense the product.

I love the concept of BB Creams but I've had a hard time finding one that works well with my oily/breakout prone skin. This one seems to be working well (this is my 3rd tube)...it provides a lovely lightweight coverage while minimizing and perfecting slight imperfections and unevenness without breaking me out. It's a great choice if you're not into wearing anything too heavy on your skin and just want a natural, quick and easy base for everyday.

So now let's take a look at some of the benefits this BB Cream has!

Stila claims that this product:

1. Contains innovative micro-spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 84%

2. Infused with natural skin protecting emollients which have been shown to increase anti oxidant activity by up to 89.7%

3. Enriched with tripeptide 37, bamboo and pea extracts, which help diminish the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Long wearing, high definition formula.

5. Helps reduce pore size and provides oil and blemish control.

6. Features an exclusive complex, which helps reduce redness and skin irritation.

7.Uses the smallest particle size of coated pigments for seamless smooth coverage.

8. Luxurious Beauty Balm glides onto skin and leaves a silky powdery finish.

9. Ideal for all skin types and skin tones.

10. Oil-free, paraben-free and dermatologist tested.

It all sounds so great and personally I have to say I agree (and have experienced) most of these benefits when using this product. For me it does provides lightweight natural looking coverage/hides slight imperfections...helps reduce my fine lines...it's long lasting...reduces the appearance of my pores and helps control oil throughout the day. I also find it helps to minimize the look of redness (slightly)...evens out my skin tone, improves the look of my skin texture...and provides smooth perfectly matched easy to blend color that dries to a lovely powdery finish.


This BB Cream comes in one "universal" shade. It's supposed to match & blend in seamlessly no matter what your skin tone. (not 100% sure how this works for darker skin tones) For me...during the winter when my skin was lighter it did blend in perfectly and now that I've gotten a bit of sun it also seems to blend in perfectly.

As you can see in the picture above the texture of this product is creamy but lightweight...it feels as if you have nothing on your skin which is really nice especially in the warmer months. Personally I can't handle the feel of heavy make up on my skin on a hot & humid day! Eeeek!

You can also see how this BB cream dries to a powdery finish...which looks more like a satin finish on me (because of my oily skin) for most of the day. If you had dry skin I think this BB Cream would create more of a natural matte finish.


This stuff blends into the skin like a dream and makes my skin look healthy, natural and fresh. It has a scent that I will say I'm not a huge fan of. It's kind of strange smelling to me...almost a cosmetic/flowery/fruity concoction...which thankfully disappears within 10-15 minutes or so after applying.

As I mentioned earlier I have very oily skin and I can wear this BB Cream in hot humid weather without it separating or oxidizing. It also does seem to control oil and shine (somewhat)...my skin never looks "greasy" just healthy and glow-y...similar to that gorgeous JLO glow!

Stila's HD BB Cream has become a staple in my collection. It's the perfect blend of lightweight, natural looking, perfecting coverage and skin care benefits all in one. I love the way it looks and feels on my skin and how it lasts all day without changing color or separating. I also love the fact that it doesn't break me out..something I've had trouble with when testing out other BB Creams. It really does make your skin look great without covering it up under a heavy layer of make up. Fabulous product!

Thanks for reading!

CHELSEA

Friday, 20 June 2014

CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM ~ Brightens & Tightens!

Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing a product that I picked up super cheap at Winners not long ago and have become a huge fan of. It's Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and I have to say it's quite an amazing product! If you're looking for something that hydrates...smooths, brightens and tightens the skin than this product might be for you!

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a very versatile product. It can be worn alone to perfect the look of your skin...worn under make up as a "primer" or "base" or it can be used as a mask to deeply hydrate and repair dry skin. Sounds pretty great...right?

Let's take a closer look!


CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM

Let's start off by talking about the ingredients. Beauty Flash Balm contains Witch Hazel & Olive Tree Extracts which help tighten the skin & promote radiance. It also contains Algae which has a revitalizing effect and Rice Starch which can help purify the skin.

The texture of this product is lightweight, smooth and creamy and it absorbs into the skin quickly. A few seconds after I apply it I notice my skin looks slightly more firm...a touch plumper and feels very hydrated. It also imparts a healthy (non greasy) glow and seems to smooth and slightly perfect the texture of the skin. It does have kind of a "cosmetic" or slight "perfume-y" scent that is quite noticeable when you first apply it but I find fades within 10-15 minutes.

Another thing to note is that if you have very oily skin (like me) this product may make you a tad "shinier" throughout the day. It's not really a "greasy" look to the skin...just more of a "glow-y" JLO kind of shine...if that makes any sense! This usually happens (for me) around mid afternoon and more so on those days that are warmer or more humid. So to correct this I simply blot with a tissue and it seems to be fine.


For me Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a skin pick me up. It seems to revitalize tired looking, dull and lack luster skin...instantly perking it up and adding a pretty healthy glow. It works great alone to beautify and hydrate the skin or as a base/primer for make up...creating the perfect smooth canvas for your foundation.

I also love using this product as a mask on those days that my skin looks like it needs a little extra TLC or boost of hydration. I apply a thin layer all over my face & neck and leave it on for approximately 15-20 minutes before removing with a wet warm wash cloth. I've also used this as a moisturizer overnight and in the morning my skin looks like I've been to the spa...completely revitalized and refreshed!

HOW TO APPLY

This product can be worn morning & night on freshly cleansed skin. It is suggested that you apply it in a very thin layer by gently and quickly patting/pressing it into the skin (do not rub or massage into the skin) If wearing under make up apply foundation immediately after application.

Overall I think this is a wonderful product! I love it's versatility and how it makes my skin look whether I'm using it as a base/moisturizer or a mask. It gives my skin a more youthful appearance and a lovely healthy glow!

Thanks for reading!

CHELSEA

Monday, 16 June 2014

MAC WOODWINKED EYE SHADOW

Hello lovelies! Hope you are having a fabulous day! Today I will be reviewing one of my favorite eye shadows. It's the popular "Woodwinked" from MAC and it's such a pretty color for Spring/Summer...or anytime of the year for that matter! 

I'm kind of a simple gal when it comes to eye make up...I tend to gravitate to the more neutral colors and I hardly ever do anything very elaborate. I like to keep it simple so I love finding shades that add flattering color and a little sparkle with little to no effort...and this little gem does that well!

So let's take a closer look!


MAC WOODWINKED (Veluxe Pearl)

So let's start with the packaging. It's the signature MAC plastic case/pot. I really like how minimal and sleek all MAC products look.


Now let's look at the actual product. The finish of this eye shadow is a Veluxe Pearl...which as you can see from the picture above it's quite shimmery...it almost has a metallic look to it. The "shimmer" in this shadow is very finely milled so it applies smoothly & looks very velvety on the lids. I find the texture to have an almost creamy and soft feel which makes it a dream to blend. Woodwinked also has amazing pigmentation as you can see from my finger swatch above...a little goes a long way with this one!


I would describe the color of Woodwinked as a medium toned bronze/gold with a slight amber/orange undertone. I find it brightens my brown eyes and makes them really stand out. I usually apply it all over my lid and slightly into my crease with a little black liner & mascara for a quick "everyday" no fuss look. I also tend to apply this shadow with a very light hand as it is so pigmented. Also because of it's pigmentation and shimmery/metallic finish I find (if applied heavily) it can settle slightly into & accentuate any fine lines or dryness on the lids. To prevent that I always wear an eye shadow primer with it...Urban Decay's Primer Potion seems to work well.

Overall Woodwinked is a beautiful shade for a simple everyday look or blended with deeper shades for more drama. It adds a nice glow to the lids with it's velvety sheen and has a beautiful smooth texture which makes it so easy to work with. Love it!

Thanks for reading!

CHELSEA

Sunday, 15 June 2014

MAC MATTE BLUSH IN MELBA ~ A Summer Favorite!

Hello beautiful! Today I will be reviewing one of my all time favorite blushes for Spring/Summer. It's a matte blush from MAC that is (in my opinion) the prettiest kiss of soft peachy/apricot color which looks incredibly natural on the cheeks. As soon as the warmer weather hits I find myself gravitating to this blush. I just love how fresh & youthful it looks!

So let's take a closer look!


MAC MATTE BLUSH IN MELBA

So let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of MAC's Matte Blushes and have been using them for years. I have fairly large pores on my cheeks so I prefer to use blushes that are matte to prevent accentuating those pesky pores with shimmer. The texture of these blushes are lovely & smooth and apply very evenly to the skin. They have great pigmentation and are very build-able if you want more of a dramatic look.


Now lets talk about the color. Melba is a pretty peachy/apricot shade that adds such a fresh and youthful look to the skin. As soon as I apply it I feel like my skin instantly brightens and looks alive. It's also a great option for those who (like me) don't necessarily like the way pink blushes look on their skin.

As I mentioned earlier this blush has great pigmentation...a little goes a long way! I tend to apply a light dusting of it on the apples of my cheeks and gently build it up for more color if needed. I also really love the way this blush looks paired with bronzer...it gives you that gorgeous healthy summer glow! Melba also wears well in hot humid weather and on oily skin...which I have. I apply this in the morning and I feel like it looks pretty fresh for the entire day.

SWATCH TIME!


I took theses pictures in slightly different light to show you how this blush looks. As you can see it's a soft peach/apricot shade that has a certain freshness to it. It blends out easily and adds some brightness and a little youthful flush of natural color to your cheeks. Melba is a definite staple in my collection...I absolutely love it!

Thanks for reading!

CHELSEA

Saturday, 14 June 2014

CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK IN #02 WHOLE LOTTA HONEY

Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to review a product that has quickly become a "staple" lippie in my collection. It's the popular "Whole Lotta Honey" Chubby Stick from Clinique and I have to say I'm absolutely in love! For me it's the perfect combination of gorgeous color, comfortable wear, hydration & shine!

So let's take a closer look at this little lovely!


CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK IN #02 WHOLE LOTTA HONEY

So let's start with the packaging. It comes in a fat "crayon" style tube with a plastic case that corresponds to the color hiding inside and silver accents. To reveal the product you simply twist the bottom...and up it comes! 

The actual product is (in my opinion) quite delightful! Let's start off with the color. "Whole Lotta Honey" is a gorgeous nude, caramel, honeyed brown that I think would be flattering on most skin tones. It's that perfect "my lips but better" shade that's so easy to wear. It enhances your natural lip color and gives you that flushed healthy look. I tend to grab this almost daily as it adds a touch of color...goes with everything and is such a pleasure to apply.

Now let's talk about the formula. What can I say...I LOVE it! It applies evenly and smoothly...adds a nice sheer wash of beautiful color and is so comfortable to wear. It applies like a tinted balm with a nice amount of pigmentation and really feels moisturizing on the lips. I can get about 2-3 hours of wear before I feel the need to reapply which I think is pretty good for a "tinted balm" style product. 

SWATCH TIME!


I tried to take these swatch pictures in slightly different lighting so you could see how this lippie looks. I would describe it as a medium toned brown/caramel/nude shade that looks so natural on the lips. It has a slight shine when first applied but fades slightly with wear and becomes almost a stain like finish on the lips.

These Clinique Chubby Sticks are amazing in my opinion. I can't believe it's taken me this long to give them a try. They come in a wide range of beautiful shades and I will definitely be going back for more!

Thank you so much for reading!

CHELSEA

Friday, 13 June 2014

BEAUTIFUL NAILS WITH ESSIE GROW STRONGER

Hello beautiful! Today I wanted to share with you my favorite nail strengthener that I have been having great results with lately. I have very...lets say "difficult" nails...they are close to impossible to grow! They peel & chip and break off as soon as they grow longer than my finger tips. I've tried many things with no luck until recently when I picked up this little gem!

So let's take a closer look!


ESSIE GROW STRONGER

I've been having great results with this products! It has really added allot of strength which has aided in the growth and health of my nails. I'm really hard on my hands and this formula really makes my nails more durable and less prone to breakage. It protects them from daily wear and tear while adding a shiny finish and beautiful sheer wash of soft pink color. I also love the fact that this formula is DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free! Bonus!


You can see from the pictures above just how lovely and delicate the soft sheer pink color of this strengthener is. It really makes this nail treatment more of a pleasure to wear!

I usually wear a couple of coats of this alone for that subtle and classic sheer pink manicure look or I'll wear one coat of it under a polish as a base coat. It works brilliantly either way! I find this product really fortifies my nails and makes them really hard...allowing them to achieve some length.

Essie Grow Strong is enriched with ingredients like Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba & other herbal extracts and minerals that work together to strengthen the composition of the nail.




On my nails I'm wearing a pretty nude shade called "Southern Charm" from the Carrie Underwood Collection by Nicole By OPI.

In the picture above you can see that I have a wee bit of growth! It may not look that impressive but for my nails it's quite amazing to get them to this length and actually have them feel strong and healthy. In this picture I'm wearing one coat of Essie Grow Strong as a base coat under my polish.

Overall this is a great product and I highly recommend it if you have dry, brittle and peeling nails that just wont grow! It really has improved the condition of my nails and has provided some strength so that my nails can achieve some length and keep it!

Thanks for reading!

 CHELSEA

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE #54 BOY

Hello again! So I have another review for you today on the popular and very lovely Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #54 Boy. If you're looking for the perfect color for everyday wear than this shade might be for you! As the name suggest this product delivers beautiful shine with a gentle wash of color. It's great if lipstick isn't your thing and you're not a fan of gloss because it's more of a tinted balm type product that delivers a nice amount of moisture.

So let's take a closer look!


CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE #54 BOY

To begin we'll start with the packaging. As with all Chanel products the packaging is completely chic and utterly sophisticated. The tube is composed of metal (no cheap plastic here) and the cap snaps on & off securely. Of course it has the classic signature Chanel black & gold  finish...sheer luxury!


As you can see here the tube is more on the skinny side compared to a typical lipstick. It's quite sleek and slender and would fit nicely in a small clutch or evening bag.



Now let's look at the actual product inside! Firstly...this lippie applies beautifully. It almost feels as if it is melting into your lips...delivering a nice amount of moisture with a sheer wash of color and a hint of shine. I call this my "grab it & go" color for those days I don't want to fuss too much and just want a little something to finish off my look.

SWATCH TIME!


I tried to capture this shade in different lighting so you could see the tones. As you can see it's quite sheer and has a nice sheen to it. The color is a pretty soft beige/pink with very fine barely there white micro shimmer. Boy looks so natural on...it's best described as a "my lips but better" shade that is so flattering & would work for most skin tones.


Although I love this lippie there are a few things that I'm not really crazy about. It does have a  scent...which to me is a very perfume-y type scent. It does tend to fade awhile after applying but for the first 1/2 hour or so I feel as if I have perfume in my mouth. Which might be something to keep in mind if you're (like me) sensitive to things like that. It also doesn't seem to last very long on the lips. I get about 1 hour tops before I feel like I need to re-apply...which is kind of a pain. 

That being said I do enjoy using this...the soft pretty color, moisture and of course the fabulous packaging have won me over! It's a great everyday shade that just enhances your natural lip tone and adds a nice comfortable shine and wash of semi sheer color!

Thanks for reading!

CHELSEA