Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Like many of you I have used and absolutely adored Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I think it's a really wonderful formula that gives the skin a beautiful glow and I have repurchased it twice since discovering it last summer.

However, word spreads fast in the blogging world and soon there was whispers of a new version of the much loved, high street product. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum boasted even better things than its predecessor so I knew I'd have to give it a go.

Bourjois Healthy Mix serum claims to give your skin '16 hours of radiance boosting vitamins that give you an even, revived complexion' and it certainly does give the skin a beautiful glow without looking oily.

The finish is semi-matt but definitely buildable. I tend to have to use another half pump around my t-zone due to oiliness in this area but it never looks cakey and blends into the skin well, my shade was 52 Vanilla which was a perfect match for me.

#52 Vanilla unblended

I know alot of people aren't sure about the scent but I love it. It's very fruity and fresh without being too overpowering, however, if you have a thing about strongly scented cosmetics you may want to steer clear.

With regards to longevity, this foundation, is pretty decent. I can't honestly say it lasted for 16 hours but on my oily complexion it lasted well over 6 hours which isn't too bad at all!

#52 Vanilla blended

If I had to chose between the foundation and serum I'd have to say I think I'd chose the original formula but only marginally. I find the original has slightly more coverage which ultimately means it lasts longer on my oil prone skin, it is also less dewy which I prefer!

All in all I'd give Bourjouis Healthy Mix Serum 8/10. It's a great foundation in terms of price and formula that I would definitely repurchase.

Have you used this foundation? Have you used both of the healthy mix foundations? Which did you prefer?

Shareen xx

Disclaimer: I sincerely apologise for the horrendous state of my nails in these photos.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Review....

I think I must have been living under a rock or something because until the middle of last year I hadn't heard of, The Holy Grail of bronzers, Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel formerly Bronze Universel.

When I finally did hear about it it was because a friend was having withdrawal symptoms because hers had run out and she couldn't find it anywhere. Apparently it has been pretty much sold out in the UK since the summer and if you do find one you should consider yourself very lucky.

I didn't really think about it again until I got really into watching YouTube gurus and reading beauty blogs. During this period I saw the wonderful Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Melrose, to name but a few, wax lyrical about it.

When it came to bronzers I had only really gotten into them in the last year, I don't really fake tan much but I do like a good matt bronzer for contouring the face. I decided I was going to make a point of treating myself to this item but little did I know how hard it was going to be to get my paws on it!

After alot of perseverance and patience I finally managed to find some on StrawberryNet. I have heard some mixed reviews on this particular site and I had to pay a little extra but I just really wanted my bronzer damnit!

When it finally came I was way too excited the packaging was stunning just classic Chanel, very beautiful and elegant.

The first thing I noticed about this product, apart from the fact it looked good enough to eat, was the gorgeous scent. It's very light and smells similar to apricots but not too overpowering.

When I first swatched the product I was slightly alarmed it looked very orangey and I am very pale. I had visions of myself becoming an employee at Willy Wonkas chocolate factory!

The texture of the product is hard to explain it feels sort of wet in the tub but goes on like a cream with a very blendable formula. I really loved how it applied and I've been using a MAC 129 to put on the product, however, I may invest in a contour brush with more density because my 129 is shedding a fair bit and I feel the product would work even better with a more suitable brush.

I have only really used the product as a contour but it can be used with your foundation to give a fabulous summer glow and if your lucky enough to have a nice tan you can use it to give the colour more depth.

The main thing I love about this product is how easy it is to use it blends like a dream and makes me appear to have killer cheekbones a la Keira Knightley!

It is pricey £29 for 30g of product, however, to me this is totally justified. A little of the product goes a long way and because of the wonderful formula it will definitely last a while.

A few of the girls at various Chanel counters told me there's been an issue with packaging and that's why it's been so difficult to obtain at the moment. However, fear not bronzed goddesses it should be back in stock come February.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with this product.

Love and Stuff
Shareen x