Posted on: Tuesday, 14 October 2014

NYX Full Coverage Concealer Review


NYX full Coverage concealer: £6

I had wanted to try this for ages so finally when I was given an online gift voucher I knew it was the first thing I’d buy. I have always suffered with dark circles under my eyes and will give anything a go to try and get that wide-awake look so this sounded pretty prefect. It states that when applied with a brush it covers dark circles, discolouration and even the most obvious blemishes, so when it arrived I couldn’t wait to try it out!

I am not a massive fan on buying anything online, especially make-up because you’re choosing by a picture that could look nothing like the real thing. I decided to opt for the lightest shade ‘Porcelain’ which did look a little dark on the website but thankfully when it arrived was pretty perfect for me. I put on my primer and foundation like normal and then went full steam ahead with the concealer. I used a brush as suggested and began to work the product under my eyes. The formula did seem a little thinner than I expected and actually looked a little streaky. I persisted and after adding a couple of layers it did seem to sit in place a bit better. I wouldn’t normally powder under my eyes but I did feel that it needed something to take away the shine. After an hour or so of wear I was really disappointed to find that it had creased and almost melted away under my eyes and wasn’t providing any coverage at all. I do suffer with oily skin but have never had a problem with oily eyelids or under eyes so couldn’t explain why this happened.

Overall I was really disappointed with the NYX Full Coverage Concealer, it looked good just after application but had no staying power to give you the ‘full coverage’ look it promises.

Posted on: Saturday, 11 October 2014

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion Review

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion 250ml: £4.99

Considering the cold nights of winter are quickly approaching it seems mad that I have been testing out gradual tanners! It’s hard to believe considering I am so pale already, that I can actually get paler in the winter. I always like to use a gradual tanner on special occasions to take the edge of my ghostly white skin in the colder months so had been looking to try out something new. I saw the Dove Summer Glow Lotion on offer in Boots for just £2.99 so grabbed a bottle of each colour to give it a go. It comes in both ‘fair to medium’ and ‘medium to dark’ shades so thought I would try both. It has a creamy consistency that needs a bit of working into the skin and unfortunately doesn’t dry that quickly (lazy girls be warned) however you can pretty much slap it on all over and you don’t run the risk of looking like you’ve been ‘Tangoed’.

Daunted by the thought of the darker colour I firstly tired the fair to medium shade, which did perked up my skin but needed to be applied at lease twice to see any real colour difference. Obviously this seemed like too much hard work for me so I gave the medium to dark one a whirl. I would normally stay well away from a product that had ‘dark’ in the title but this product does not make me dark in the slightest. One coat of this gives my skin a warm golden glow, which is visible enough that I don’t have to keep re-applying (bonus).

Unfortunately it does have that faint smell of biscuits when you apply it but after a good shower the smell is completely gone. I would recommend this product for someone looking to boost their natural skin colour by a shade or two but it’s definitely only for paler skins (no matter what the label says)

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