5 Reasons Big Easy is Your New Best Friend

Warm weather is upon us and summer is (literally) just around the corner! You can find us by the pool, at the park or staying cool inside at the movie theaters. And, of course, you know you won’t catch us without a flawless face. But let’s discuss this. We do not want to be wearing a full face a makeup all day, especially in the summertime. Solution? Your new summer BFF: big easy.


Here are 5 reasons why it’s never leaving our side this season:

#1: First & foremost, we’re all about protecting our skin. Big easy provides maximum coverage with its broad spectrum SPF 35 to prevent aging & more. Seriously, though, if there’s one thing that you need to remember when you’re in the sun—it’s definitely to protect your skin! Bonus points for moisturizing your face before applying big easy to keep your skin fresh all day.

#2: It balances moisture & controls oil. What does this mean? Once you’ve applied, throughout the day it’s going to do a beauty balancing act between keeping your skin moisturized with botanical extracts and controlling slippery oil. This is especially important during the hot, hot heat of summer.

#3: Big easy soothes & comforts the skin to help fight free radicals. Are you asking yourself what free radicals are? Samesies! 🙂 Think of free radicals like bacteria. As we go throughout our days, we’re exposed to so many different things: cute boys, new makeup & unfortunately lots of bacteria. Big easy creates a protection layer that fights against these free radicals, protecting your skin. Yes, please!


#4: It self-adjusts to your skin. Much like the always-talked-about BB creams, big easy adjusts to your skin tone, providing medium natural coverage that evens out your skin tone and conceals imperfections.

#5: Lightweight with medium coverage sounds like the perfect mix for summer. Big easy’s liquid-to-powder formula melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder. It’s everything you’ve wished for in a multi-balancing complexion perfector!

How will you be wearing big easy this summer, Benebabes? Tell us in the comments below! xo

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Clarins Face Contouring Palette – Better Late Than Never

Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review
If you are not already a huge fan of Clarins, be it their wonderful skincare, sophisticated beauty range or even their array of masterful fragrances, you really are missing out. Clarins may not be the Instagram or beauty blogger instant brand of choice, mainly because they don’t buck to trends, rather they create them and as such it may explain why the company was lacking a contour product or two before now. As the title more than suggests, there is a fairly new to the table Clarins Face Contouring Palette – which is sadly limited edition – and boy has it been worth the wait.

Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review

The great thing about the Clarins Face Contouring Palette is that the beauty powerhouse has really thought of everything: from a highlight, contour and blush, to a facial contour skimming brush – it is all there at your fingertips, making this ideal for beginners and/or those for strapped for time. It should also be mentioned that the typical of Clarins, yet ultimately classy, golden compact, that encases all three powders is housed with a large mirror – again really adding to the user-friendly aspect of this kit. Basically if ever you have considered purchasing an all-in-one face sculpting kit and you have a light to medium complexion, this is one that you may want to consider.

Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review
Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review
Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review

As you’d expect from any contour kit worth it’s salt the two shades aimed at mimicking the natural shadows and light of the facial hollows and high points are matte; truthfully I do find the contouring powder to be a little too warm in tone for my needs, it lacks the greyness I look for in such product but I do commend Clarins on creating a hue that is well pigmented and not at all ashen. No it isn’t the universal suit all shade some will be hoping for but generally speaking it is a little deeper than average and as such can be applied in both layers and with a light hand to create the illusion of sharper bone structure – or of course used in place of a bronzer and maybe in some instances as a setting powder or even an eyeshadow. That is the great thing about neutral toned, matte powders, they lend themselves to a world of uses and as such the intended highlighting powder within this set can be used for just that, or as an eyeshadow, a setting powder or rather wonderfully for both brightening and setting the under eye. As wonderful as a multi-tasking product is, in my opinion the real star of the show is the dusky pink, satin blush – this applied alone, beautifully carves out the cheekbones and adds a subtle, just-pinched effect.

Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review

Sure there are more budget friendly sculpting face kits out there but I do think that you will be hard pushed to find a better formula; not only is each of the three shades so finely milled that on the skin they feel lighter than air and utterly comfortable but they overall formulation has been enriched with plant extracts to nourish and of course a dash of Clarins’ anti-pollution complex to protect the complexion.

Clarins Face Contouring Palette Review

And then there is the brush, a nifty, little curved-come-angled number that perfect grips and hugs the natural contours of the face, including those pesky, hard to reach areas such as the side of the nose with complete control and ease. Yes the small, almost stubby like appearance can be deceiving and make it appear a lot more fiddly than it appears but truthfully it is one of the best brushes of its kind I own – so much so that, if sold as a separate product from the Clarins Face Contouring Palette I would buy a back up brush.

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Chanel L’Eau: The New No5

new chanel no5

Last week I went to the launch of the new Chanel No5 fragrance, No5 L’Eau, and for the past three days I have been doing a bit of a “compare and contrast”, walking around wearing the original No5 on one wrist and the new No5 on the other. Chanel No5 is one of the world’s most popular perfumes and perhaps its most iconic, but I have to say that it has never been quite my taste. I think of it as an “everything” fragrance – it seems to have all of the smells you can possibly think of crushed into it, an army of smells, and it’s difficult to single out any one particular note. You can sense the jasmine and the rose and the amber and the sandalwood and the bergamot and the lemon and the iris and the ylang-ylang and the neroli and the vanilla and the patchouli and all of the other things that are in there, but try and focus on one note and all of the others gather around it like a clingy gaggle of schoolgirls. I always think of the No5 components as being a very loyal gang – they will not be separated at any cost, and if you try to corner one component on its own (is that lily of the valley I spy? is that rose?) you’ll be confronted by the full force of the No5 Squad.

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Those who find this overwhelming might welcome the arrival of Chanel’s newest fragrance, No5 L’Eau. It’s altogether lighter and fresher than the original scent – I think much more modern, more delicate. Olivier Polge, the perfumer for the House of Chanel and the nose behind this fragrance, said at the launch that he had worked a lot on the head notes of the perfume – the “dynamic aspect” – with citrus and tangerine enhancing the aldehydes. But L’Eau is still instantly recognisable as No5; it’s an interpretation of  it, or an “expression” as Olivier called it. The floral headiness is still there (with rose quite prominent, or perhaps I’m just spotting it because I love rose!) but I don’t find the florals to be as powerful. And the  warmth from the vanilla and sandalwood are perhaps more apparent in L’Eau, which is perfectly fine by me; give me light and powdery over suffocation-by-flowers any day of the week!

chanel no5 l'eau

I think (though nobody mentioned this) that Olivier Polge’s intention was to make a No5 that would appeal to a younger customer and if that’s the case, then he’s done a brilliant job. L’Eau has all of the vital essence of the original No5 – that loyal gang of inseparable fragrance components – it’s just that the lighter and fresher notes are leading the pack. I could never wear No5, it was just…too much, as though I was a child playing dress-up in clothes that were far too big for me. But L’Eau and I are getting on just fine – it suits me much more and I feel incredibly chic. There’s still that sense that I’m a child dressing up in adult’s clothing, but perhaps someone’s altered the fit of the jacket and taken up the trousers and made it all feel that bit more suitable and relevant.

Chanel No5 L’Eau launches in September – I’ll update with more details when they come in.

*I attended the press launch as a guest of Chanel along with other writers and beauty editors, this is not a paid-for or sponsored post. (All sponsored or advertorial content is clearly marked “AD”.) If you’d like to see an absolutely brilliant video of the trip then please click here to see Lily Pebbles’ short film.

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So, I’m a Vegan Now.

  • In early 2015 I stopped drinking milk and switched to almond/rice/coconut/whatever was on offer milk.
  • In late 2015 I became a pescatarian and started buying more dairy free ice cream and yoghurts.
  • In early 2016 I became a full vegetarian.
  • On July the 7th 2016 I watched a speech by Gary Yourofsky on youtube and everything suddenly made sense. Duh, I didn’t want to contribute to animal cruelty at all, and the obvious choice was being vegan.
  • In October 2016 I went to a vegan food festival in Manchester and had some dreamy New York Cheesecake and pulled jackfruit BBQ nachos. We also went out to a fully vegan Chinese restaurant for my birthday and everything was heavenly.
  • In November 2016 I started looking at my clothing and beauty products and realised just how many things aren’t vegan-friendly when shopping.
  • In December 2016 I had a vegan Christmas dinner and it was hot damn delicious.
Today I have been vegan for 6 months and 12 days. I haven’t been a perfect vegan, or a healthy vegan. I’ve had one too many emergency mcdonalds veggie burgers, I’ve ordered chinese takeaway (I am at this point perhaps 25% salt and chilli tofu) and ordered a side of noodles, not realising until I asked the next time, that they were actually egg noodles. I’ve probably had a bunch of things with dairy hidden in because omg milk is EVERYWHERE. I accidentally bought some lipstick with beeswax. So you see, I’m learning, I’m trying my best and slipping up along the way.
Veganism is as easy as you make it, it’s certainly not hard or expensive – in fact I think it’s the easiest thing in the world (minus the accidents I guess) and I feel better about my choice every single day. My skin is clear (OMG, guys!) and my conscience is pretty clear too. No baby calves had to be taken from their mothers for my cereal & hazelnut milk this morning, no baby male chicks were thrown into a grinder as ‘waste’ for my tofu scramble, and nobody had to die for my Linda McCartney sausages and mash comfort food tea. Do I sound smug? I feel a bit smug.
There are down sides too; I feel a deep sadness when we drive past fields of cows or sheep and I’ve been hysterical on the motorway more than once when driving past lorries carrying animals for slaughter. I try to avoid watching anything graphic – I already know it happens, but have watched a couple of videos accidentally when scrolling through twitter and I’m just left an inconsolable mess than bubbles and simmers slowly down into a horrible anger that makes me want to be one of those… what are they called, oh yep, militant vegans 😉
I’ve had a huge argument with my boyfriend (who isn’t a vegan… yet *cackles*) about us one day having a baby and how I would like to raise it vegan. It seems pretty obvious to me.
I’ve lost weight, which, when you’re a walking skeleton already, probably isn’t the best.
I tried the vegan Ben & Jerrys ice cream whilst I was in the USA and it was DIVINE, but, I read they have no plans to bring it to the UK yet, so that’s a real tragedy.

I am 150% sick of meat and dairy adverts. You can’t watch TV in peace for half an hour without 24757 adverts for fast food, cheese, supermarket value meat, ‘happy’ eggs…. it drives me crazy. The Lidl turkey advert this year? Messed. up. The Mcdonalds happy cow advert? Messed. up. Adverts for strong healthy bones thanks to the calcium in milk and childrens yoghurts? Messed. up. Dairy literally leaches calcium from our bones. So shut that door. These industries are brainwashing you for profit.

I feel different, I know it’s only been 6 months, but I feel like a completely different person to the girl I was this time last year. The world is weird now, like, seriously weird. Take Christmas dinner, there’s me, the weird little vegan eating her vegetables (and hot damn delicious nut roast) and every other person at the table has 3, or was it 4? different kinds of dead animal on their plate. And I can’t say anything, because I can’t spoil Christmas now, can I? I feel like I’m trapped in a glass box just wanting to shout what the HELL are you doing? all the time. Nobody has been mean or judgemental with me, but I feel like I’m not doing enough, I want to debate and talk and teach my friends and family why you don’t need to eat meat, eggs and dairy. But I haven’t and can’t seem to yet?

uughghhh anyway, I feel as if this post has just been an epic word vomit. I’m so sorry. I have a lot of things on my chest about this subject at the moment. I’ve even deleted a bunch of paragraphs that were getting too much.

I’ve found this whole thing very easy to adapt to, but I wanted to do it, and truly feel like I have wanted to for most of my life. I understand for others it isn’t as easy, especially if they don’t feel a connection to animals or care about the planet all that much. Honestly, I would still be vegan even if it was unhealthy and didn’t help the environment, because I’m a big softie who is and always will be vegan for the animals. Cows have best friends. Turkeys and chickens can purr with happiness. Pigs are smart and funny. And obviously, fish are friends, not food.

October Skincare and Beauty Favourites

ruth crilly model beauty blogger

Is it me, or does the last beauty favourites video only seem as though it went up about a week ago? I feel as though I’ve been sucked into some kind of space/time vortex! Oh well. Some nice new discoveries, this month, including the excellent exfoliating facial pads from First Aid Beauty (thanks for that tip-off, Caroline Hirons!) and a great mattifying moisturiser from Una Brennan’s Superfacialist brand at Boots. There are quite a few different things that I really rate from Superfacialist  – you can read more of my reviews here. I’ve also had a bit of a re discovery this month, falling in love all over again with the Ultrabland cleanser from Lush. I used to use this thick, balmy cleanser years and years ago when I first started modelling but had totally forgotten about it until recently. It’s simple, gentle and gets off every scrap of makeup. A pot costs £7.25, which I don’t think is bad at all!

You’ll also find details about my upcoming London meetup in this video – 6-8pm on Friday, November 7th at the new Bobbi Brown Studio in Covent Garden. I hope that lots of you will be able to make it; I specifically chose a time when people would have finished work or college and it will be a really nice way to end the week. Makeup, chatting and some lovely little surprise treats and goodies for attendees. If you want to come along then the full details are below the video pane – please be so kind as to email the lovely ladies at Bobbi Brown who are co-ordinating the event!

Details and Links from Video

I Love Makeup Video: http://youtu.be/xBsdizx4OvI

Makeup Meet-Up Details: 7th November at Bobbi Brown Studio, 4 East Piazza,
Royal Opera House Colonnade, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8HD
Please email onlineteam@bobbi-brown.co.uk to secure a place.
Lush Ultra Bland Cleanser: https://www.lush.co.uk/products/ultra…

First Aid Exfoliating Pads: ON SALE at the moment! http://tidd.ly/cc265b4

Una Brennan Tea Flower Mattifying Moisturiser: http://tidd.ly/9d763d61

TimeBomb Powerball Moisturiser: http://tidd.ly/1db187bb

YSL Black Opium: http://tidd.ly/a4b98872

CoLab Dry Shampoo: http://tidd.ly/cf450843

CoLab Giveaway (UK only, so sorry!): http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2014/…

CoLab product demo on Telegraph: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/beauty…

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