Supersonic Face Masks

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Kicking off the new week with some brilliant, powerful face masks. These are the kind of masks that you can rely on to give your skin a proper overhaul in a very short amount of time; brightening, smoothing and plumping, brilliant for erasing signs of fatigue or over-indulgence. (Basically, what I am getting at here, without being too direct, is that they are all GREAT if you have a hangover and need to look normal.)

So, my Supersonic face Masks from left to right:

The Meso Mask from Filorga, £38 at Marks and Spencer. I discovered this last year and it instantly became one of my favourite skin treatments – I am on pot number 3 already. It feels incredibly gentle and soothing, but it somehow leaves the skin looking as though it’s been very thoroughly exfoliated. You don’t have to worry about leaving it on for too long – I fell asleep with it on and woke up two hours later to baby soft skin and not a patch of redness. I really rate Filorga products; I have quite a few different treatments (including the amazing overnight exfoliant, Sleep and Peel) and nothing has ever disappointed me.

The 3 Minute Facial from SUPER has unfortunately been discontinued. In fact I can’t find anything from SUPER, which was Perricone’s more affordable skincare line, so I’m assuming that it folded in its entirety? A shame, as there were a couple of products that I really enjoyed using. The 3 Minute Facial was one of them – it was a great moisturising mask. Probably not amazing enough to be in my “Supersonic” line-up, if I’m being completely honest, but I liked the way it said SUPER on the label and the retro mustard-yellow styling really floated my boat.

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The Transformer mask from Zelens is something of a miracle worker; it exfoliates, lifts, tightens, plumps, brightens and pretty much anything else you can think of, providing a one-stop solution to most beauty woes. It’s also very expensive – at £95 a pot it’s not the kind of product you’d want to make a mistake with – but I’ve had absolutely shocking facials that have cost more than that. So I’d rather have multiple applications of a brilliant mask at home than some useless namby-pambying about in a salon that’s playing whale music. I reckon that you would get around ten very generous applications from one pot – many, many more if you spread it on in a frugal manner. (Question: does it make a difference if you apply things in a “thick layer”? Or is that just marketing to make you use up your masks faster? I wonder if there’s ever a good reason to apply something thickly… I shall have to research!) You can find Transformer at Cult Beauty – they currently have a stepped discount going on. If you spend £40 you get £5 off (use code CHOOSE5), £60 and you get £10 off (CHOOSE10) and if you hit the £100 mark it’s £20 off (CHOOSE20).

Ah, my old friend Liquid Gold. The ultimate exfoliant and one that has a special place in my beauty cabinet. (Read about it here.) The original exfoliant is a liquid containing glycolic acid that you sweep over your skin and leave overnight; the Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask needs to be left on for just ten minutes to get brighter, tighter skin. If you’re feeling battered and rough, this gets your skin back into shape in the shortest amount of time possible. It’s great for clarifying if your skin feels clogged up and greasy, but it also works wonders on dry, dull skin too. Just an all-round superhero. You get a whopping 100ml for £46 (Cult Beauty) making it one of the best value masks on the market if you’re looking for something incredibly effective and fast-working.

What’s your favourite face mask? Do you tend to opt for a moisturising mask, a deep cleansing one? Overnight masks seem to be the new “thing”, but I haven’t really used any that have blown my socks off… Let me know, I always like to add things to my research list!

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Makeup Designory Brow Fix

Hey Makeup Geeks!   Today I wanted to share another item we have been carrying in the Makeup Geek store for a while now and as always I won’t recommend something that I wouldn’t wear myself. This is something that has become a definite must have in my arsenal of makeup. I have very thick, course hair and my eyebrows are not any different. So trying to find something that would work at keeping them in place all day was a chore at best. Even, with all the many products I had tried, nothing really worked past the first hour or two at keeping them tame. So when I received the MUD Brow Fix I wasn’t really expecting anything that I hadn’t tried 100 times before. However, since getting this there isn’t a day that’s gone by that I haven’t used it.

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Packaging

The packaging on this is simple and effective. Why this isn’t something more companies do I have no idea, but I love it. The MUD Brow Fix comes in a convenient squeeze tube. This is ideal for keeping your products sanitary and for being able to access every drop of product. It comes with a standard wand which I love. I gently brush it through my eyebrows after I fill them in and it gives my eyebrows a well blended and polished appearance. However, if you prefer using a brush instead of a wand, simply squeeze out a small amount of the product and dip the brush into the gel.

The Product

Since having to use thick gels in the past to even attempt taming my eyebrows, I was expecting this to make my eyebrows stiff or sticky. Much to my surprise this left my brows feeling nothing like that. My eyebrows felt natural as if there were nothing on them at all. The clear gel keeps your eyebrows looking sleek and tamed without the products flaking off or feeling like I had applied an adhesive to my brows. It goes on evenly and smoothly and doesn’t clump up or make your eyebrows look as if they have been plastered to your face. It simply does the job it’s suppose to do, tames your brows with a natural effect. As far as keeping my brows in place all day, this definitely does the trick. This stuff really does work like a charm!

Overview

The MUD Brow Fix sells for $14.99 USD for .12ML / .40 FL. OZ. in the Makeup Geek Store. This may seem a little on the steep side, but it last for a very long time and a little goes a long way. And with a product that works are wonderfully as this one does, it’s worth every penny! I love the packaging on this as it allows for easy access to all the product so none is lost and there is no waste. Compared to other more inexpensive brands I have tried this is worth the slightly higher price tag. So would I buy it again, in a heartbeat! For anyone looking for a great eyebrow gel that doesn’t leave a cakey or sticky feeling, flake off and last all day then give this a try. You are sure to love it as much as I do.

Advantages

  • Packaging
  • Doesn’t flake
  • Isn’t sticky or stiff
  • Leaves eyebrows feeling natural
  • Works all day
  • Last a long time
  • A little goes a long way

Disadvantages

  • Price, it could be a little cheaper but it won’t keep me from repurchasing.

If you have given this a try, let me know in the comments below what you thought of it, or if you decide to give it a try. And if there is anything you would like to see reviewed, please let me know as well. No matter where you are, I hope you days are filled with blessings! Until next time…

Leslie

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New Flawless Foundations: Which One’s Right For You?

For regular readers, this video is just something a bit extra; I’ll be doing far more in-depth reviews of the foundations shown on the video here on the website. You know how I like to keep you all in the Youtube loop!

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There are quite a few new foundations launching at the moment (aren’t there always) and as there are usually lots of questions that pop up I thought I’d do a little overview with my notes on things like foundation texture and coverage. There’s a great upcoming launch from Armani, the Bi-Phase Oil Maestro Glow foundation, which is brilliant for drier skin, the Effaclar BB Blur which is particularly good for oily/combination and then two flawless finish, radiant bases (YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat and Chanel’s Les Beiges) that are pretty much suited to most skin types. I have another load of new foundations to work my way through this week, but it’s surprisingly time-consuming testing them out so please bear with me. For now, a brief whizz through the first batch – please refer to the extra notes below the video screen for launch times or stockist links.

 

Flawless Full Coverage: The New (ish) Dior Forever Foundation

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Not only did I draft this review at the beginning of the year and then forget to edit and publish it, I went to a load of trouble trying to obtain an old version of Dior’s Diorskin Forever foundation so that I could do a comparison with this new one and then – about ten minutes ago in fact – realised that I had done a whole post on that three years ago. Complete with before-and-after pictures. What a div. But it’s a good one, so worth the effort – if you love a full coverage base with a flawless, slightly luminescent finish then keep on reading…

So, the new Forever; what’s changed? Shall we start with what was so brilliant about the original version? You can read the full review and see before-and-after photos here, but to recap: it’s a full-coverage foundation with a velvety finish that manages to nicely illuminate the skin whilst giving that even, photoshoot-perfection sort of finish.

Sound good? It was. So much so that I put it into my (now apparently defunct) “favourite things” category. (Honestly, the online filing systems I start and then forget about. Do you remember Moneybags Monday?! Or, So You Want To Be A Model?!) But I do think that Dior have managed to improve on the original with the “new” (it came out earlier this year) formula. In a direct comparison, I found that the new formula is ever so slightly more fresh and hydrating in feel and a smidgen, smidgen more glowy.

When I say “fresh and hydrating in feel”, I really do mean in comparison to the older Forever version. If you put it on alongside, say, Becca’s Aqua Luminous, it would feel like applying cake topping. It’s not a lightweight, glide-it-on sort of foundation by any stretch of the imagination – I like to prep with a serum, few drops of oil and then a moisturiser before going on in with this – and you really need to make sure that everything is properly blended in.

But the finish! Ooh, it takes me back to my peak modelling days when I’d look in the studio mirror and see a totally different person staring back – not the one who’d had three hours’ sleep and battled through a Milanese rush-hour, not the one who’d (perhaps) been the last one to bed, playing Tiny Dancer on the hotel piano… There’s a perfected, airbrushed feel to the finish without any hint of that flat, deathmask look that high-coverage foundations so often give.

In summary, there’s no denying that the Forever has a gorgeous finish – the same sort of “not-quite-matte” as Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet, a similar coverage and glow to YSL’s Touche Eclat Le Teint and the staying power of Estée Lauder’s hero base, Double Wear. (For full coverage with a bouncier, dewier finish, take a look at my Lancome cushion review.)

The formula’s shine control abilities are exemplary; I think actually better than the original, despite the fluid feeling more comfortable and fresh on the skin. As someone who very often wears “sheer” or “barely there” foundations when off-duty, I’m always taken aback by just how long some of these full-coverage bases last for, but Diorskin Forever really does stick around. After twelve hours (it boasts 16 hour wear, but I reckon it would be longer) I needed a very thorough cleanse, twice, to remove all of the makeup from my face and there was not even the barest hint of oiliness across my t-zone.

A great one for those who need longevity and high coverage – especially those with oilier skin – and who want that smooth, perfected finish. Diorskin Forever comes in nineteen shades and costs £33, you can find it online at Escentual.com and John Lewis.

*note that there’s a primer in the top photo; I liked this, but haven’t tested it enough yet to do a review. In all honesty, I can’t have loved it that much because it seems to have been relegated to the “test at some point in the future” drawer. I wasn’t wearing any primer, Dior or otherwise, in any of the face photos.

 

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