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Dior Addict Lip Glow review

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Who: Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

What: A revolutionary made-to-measure lip balm that enhances the lips’ natural colour

Where: Dior Counters Nationwide, Boots Online Here

How much: £23.50

OK – now I’ve seen it all. Dior has come up with a one-of-a-kind lip balm that actually interacts with your lips chemistry before deciding to release its own colour ingredient for your very own personalised colour. I mean, its like the sorting hat from Harry Potter, only its for your lips!

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This lipbalm has a lovely smell to it too – smells like peppermint! I suspect the wild mango and luffa cylindrica*, which is infused in this handy little balm are there to keep your lippies soft and supple, mousturizing it throughout your busy day. I mean, this is perfect if you want very minimal colour – after using this, I noticed my lips were almost instantly plumped and were oh-so-rosy. Check out my before and after pictures;

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You will notice my lips were not as dull as before – it perfect for a quick run to the park or grocery shopping BUT also so versatile if you want to pair it with dark eyeshadow for a night out on the town – I personally think its a little too light for me for a night out (I’m more a slutty red lipstick kinda chick for nights out) but I think its great if I want an understated look while strolling through the park with the babies – at least I’ll look presentable enough and not scare away the other people (un-brushed hair, panda eyes and dull lips make for a scary picture don’t you think?!)

At £23.50 – is not cheap, but this is Dior so I expected it to be pricey – I got this for Christmas last year and I was having a pretty rough time with the pregnancy and so splashed out a little.

Would I buy this again? I doubt unless there’s a deal on 🙂 – while I love the whole rosy lips look, I reckon Vaseline Rosy Lips (look at the picture below for comparisons, left picture is Dior and right is Vaseline) would do just about the same and costs an arm and a leg cheaper – £2.18. Can you say BARGAIN?! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Rich dudes – get Dior Addict Lip Glow here

Not so rich dudes like me – get Vaseline Rosy Lips here

What say you people? Yae or Nae?

Toodles for now,

KimmyX

*Luffa Cylindrica seed oil is used in mineral based makeup to give a softer and smoother appearance

*point to note: my lips felt very soft, supple and kissable all throughout the day while I had the Dior balm on! 🙂

Make-Up For Ever All Mat Base

Make-Up For Ever All Mat Base

 

 

Name: Make-Up Forever All Mat Base primer

Price: £33.50

Where : Online

 

 

I bought this while I was in Singapore, topping up on my Make-Up HD stuff.  As you know, Make Up Forever is so hard to get here in the UK, there are only 2 shops that I know of.  Tried this on this morning when I tried on my new foundation, Dr Perricone’s No Foundation FoundationContinue reading

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit Porefessional

Its PORE-Fect !!!

 

 

Name: Benefit POREfessional

Price: £24.50

Where: Benefit Counters, Online

 

 

 

I don’t have enlarged pores – never have done (or at least I didn’t think I had until I stopped using this for a while!)  I chanced upon the giraffe-leggy sister’s make up bag one morning when I was over at my folks and found this tube hiding at the bottom.   It’s said to quickly make the pores smaller, and helps makeup stay put. What’s really great about this is it’s got Vitamin E in it – which is known for its healing properties and protecting the skin from free radicals.  It’s a primer of sorts, I would say it’s more of a helper of pores and a smoother of skins.  Enter Benefit’s Porefessional. Continue reading

Benefit ‘that gal’

Benefit That Gal

‘That gal’

 

 

Name: Benefit ‘That Gal’

Price: £22.50

Where: Benefit counters, Online

 

 

 

I have been using this for a couple of months now – ever since I bought it mid-December when I had to hop, skip and jump buy a top up of the triple performing moisturiser – the make-up artist was there and so I took advantage of her expertise and had a gander around the shop and ta-daa! I ended up with Benefit’s ‘that gal’, a lovely twist-stick brightening primer containing light reflecting pigments blended in with raspberry and chamomile to soothe skin (perfect for temperamental skin like mine with a mind of its own!) The only thing I would have liked to have seen was vitamin E in the mix as that really calms my skin. Continue reading

MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage

MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage

MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage

 

Name: MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage

Price: £19.50

Where: MAC Counters, Online

 

 

 

Unfortunately, I was not impressed with MAC’s Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage primer at all – which made me awfully sad as I adore MAC. I don’t know if was just my skin’s odd reaction to it, but it left me very very oily and following on from that – came the pesky spots and milia, oh joy of joys! What annoyed me about this and the other MAC Primer I have – MAC Prep & Prime Face Protect SPF 50 (review here) is that its packaging is opaque – which makes it virtually impossible to see how much you have left!

What I did like about the cream is that it was a cream, and not that sometimes strange silicone texture that makes you feel your applying soft rubber on your face – odd, just odd!

Unfortunately this primer is a no-no for me – which makes it 2 out of 2 with MAC primers that I have that will be given to the giraffe-legged baby sister aka GLS.

Get it here online if you can’t pop on down to the shop yourself.

MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage

Make Up Forever High Definition Primer

Make Up Forever High Definition Primer

 

 

Name: Make Up Forever High Definition Primer – Mauve (02)

Price: £25.50

Where: Precious About Make Up, Guru Emporium

 

 

Colour Primers were formulated to be used under foundation on areas with uneven skin tone or imperfections for flawless makeup application. Mauve helps to warm up sallow or yellow skin – me being of mixed race myself thinks this is a B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T.

Mauve primers help to warm up sallow or yellow skin tones which usually results in differences between your face and your neck – and believe me, nobody likes/wants that darling. This mauve primer is light enough to use all over the face (don’t worry, the colour blends in so you don’t look like a grape that’s been left out in the sun). I find this primer works best for me – as it does not contribute to my already oily skin – it keeps it in check. No pore clogging either, and for once, I didn’t break out in nasty spots. Its quite expensive to buy though (buying from overseas is way cheaper).

Overall – a very good (albeit) expensive primer. I would recommend this like me, you had very temperamental skin.

Get it here online if you can’t pop on down to the shop yourself.

Make Up Forever High Definition Primer

 

Victoria Secret Pro Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer SPF 20

Victoria Secret Pro Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer SPF 20

 

Name: Victoria Secret Pro Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer SPF 20

Price: $18.00

Where: VS Online

 

No No No No.I was quite impressed with the Victoria Secret Pro Anti-Shine FX Oil-Free Mattifier, and couldn’t wait to try this one out. Again, its one of these gel/cream/silicone/soft rubber ones – which I am still trying to get used to the texture. The initial reaction when I took a step back to examine my masterpiece was not as good s its sister primer – it was very average but I could nor afford the time to re-do Off to work I went. I had a lunch date with D and so, skipped to the ladies for a quick touch up of lipgloss – horror of horror’s – my face looked like a frying pan. It was insane how oily my skin was and I swear, stood there looking at my face for a whole minute before frantically pulling out the blot paper from my make up bag (more like ripped the blot paper out of my bag) and tried my best to salvage any good that could come from my part melted/part shocked face.

I don’t know how/what/why this happened, but I strongly recommend not getting this if you have oily/combination skin. I won’t be buying again – try it at your own risk my lovelies!

Get it here online if you can’t pop on down to the shop yourself.

Victoria Secret Pro Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer SPF 20

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

YSL Touche Eclat

 

Name: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Price: £25.00

Where: YSL Counters, Boots, Online

 

I remember this when it first came out – I had never heard of highlighters, primers etc. I vividly remember shopping over at John Lewis for Christmas a few years back and the lady at the YSL counter convinced me that I needed to buy this. So – if I really needed this magic pen, she needed to convince the one person that would look at me day in, day out. I told her to apply it to where she thought I needed the help on one side of my face and leave the other half as it were, and then, the better half would have to judge. If he could see a difference – then I would get it no questions. And so she did. I noticed the difference compared to the part that the product wasn’t applied to. It was a slight highlight – not enough to convince me that I needed this, but enough to make me ponder if there was a sale… perhaps…. The other half you ask? He said he noticed nothing different. So I left it.

I don’t know if you read some of my other YSL product reviews – In December 2012 my very good friend H had a 40% discount off all Lancome and YSL products and seeing as how I love the liquid eyeliner – Eyeliner Noir from them and so stocked up loads, and of course, had a look round at the other products that I might like to test out(40% off YSL?!!? HELL YES!!!) . I bought YSL Shocking Mascara which is next to amazing, YSL Cream Eyeliner, and, surprise surprise, Touche Eclat. Ive not tested it yet – will dedicate a review to that when I have I promise!

Get it here online if you can’t pop on down to the shop yourself.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat