NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush Review & Swatches

I bought this highlighting blush some time ago, but only recently started to using it. I use it to highlight my cheekbones and down my nose using the Real Techniques Contour Brush that came in the Core Collection set.

Albatross is described as a “sheer, light golden sheen,” and I couldn’t agree more. It looks white in the pan, however once applied it leaves you with a golden, illuminous sheen rather than frosted or shimmery. On its own, it’ll make warmer, darker skintones look washed out. Although when it’s paired with another blush it almost becomes universal. It works especially well with other NARS blushes, or at least those with a golden shimmer to them.

I manged to get an excellent seven or eight hours wear out this highlighting blush too before it started to fade. The price tag is a little off-putting. £21.00 is excesive. I got mine with a 10% discount at John Lewis, when they had a price match offer going on. Even better, get your NARS from Asos and enjoy 10% for students all year round (sometimes more).


Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder Review & Swatches

Everybody seems to be talking about this pressed powder from Rimmel. At £3.99 it’s budget friendly and has received rave reviews. I don’t have oily skin, in fact at the moment it’s quite dry and flaky which makes this powder, Stay Matte, an odd choice. However I like to wear powder to set my makeup, making it last longer rather than use it for it’s mattifying purposes.

I picked out the shade 001 Transparent, which judging from my photos is actually not at all transparent. Luckily this powder is available in 7 shades, and I’d really reccomend picking one that suits you best as 001 Transparent definately isn’t a translucent one-shade-suits-all kind of deal. Luckily, I’m a pale British girl.

Compared to my favourite MAC powder, this offering from Rimmel does indeed feel powdery and chalky. It tends to look more cakey on my dry skin, and highlights/gathers in my very dry patches. I have to use a light hand, but otherwise it’s actually a really nice powder considering the pricetag.

It does ensure my makeup lasts longer, but I really need something that doesn’t cling to my dry skin too much. Shame, as I’d really reccomend this to anybody with oily skin.

Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil Review

Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil ReviewSuperfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil Review

I’ve long been intrigued by facial oils and cleansing balms, and considering that my skin has become very dry this Winter, I thought it was time to take the plunge.

This oil by Superfacialist, a brand created by skincare specialist Una Brennan, is a pre-cleanse treatment. I already use the double cleanse method for days that I wear makeup, so this isn’t an unfamiliar technique.

You need to warm the oil between the hands and then massage it into your skin before removing with a muslin cloth or flannel. Then follow up with your usual cleanser.

What’s beautiful about this oil is that it doesn’t contain mineral oil to bulk it out. It really does feel amazing on your skin, and smells gorgeous. One or two pumps is adequate, despite the small bottle size (30mls) it is lasting well. As a cleasner it does a good job of removing makeup whilst also being hydrating. My skin feels comfortable and soft, with no dryness or tightness.

I’ve really enjoyed using this oil, and it’s peaked my interest in the rest of the range. At £14.99 it’s not cheap, however Boots (exclusive stockist) often have 3 for 2 offers on, so it’s worth stocking up when you can.