Monday, 17 February 2014

The 'Pore Off' - Benefit vs Maybeline

I cannot fathom how much hype there has been on the Beauty scene regarding these two products. Claiming to do the exact same thing, minimize pores, just a hefty price different between the two. So, which product will rein victorious I hear you ask...

Benefit Porefessional to start for a pore eraser this product is £24.50 for a product that claims to simply conceal pores and even out skin tone, NOT to pro long makeup wear or control oil e.t.c I feel is a hefty price tag that made me hesitate buying the product. The product is oil free, but as a oily skin girl I feel that it doesn't control my bodies natural oils so I do need to use a mattifying primer over the top, I don't particularly like doing this as I feel it is just more products I am having to put on my skin. I do feel like it conceals my pores and creates a smooth surface for my makeup, it is an excellent product in that respect. I just feel that for its price it should contain more properties to pro long makeup staying power, control oils depending on the skin type and prehaps a bit more than 22ml for £24.50! Although what I'm saying sounds negative I feel it is simply my opinion and constructive criticism to the product, I will be repurchasing when my tube runs on empty! 

Maybeline Baby Skin firstly the hype around this product was phenomenal, baby skin was all I saw on blogs, advertisements, YouTube, magazines and hearing people asking for it in stores around where I live. The arrival of this product in the UK was highly anticipated, and for good reason £7.99 for this pore eraser product which I feel is a more sensible price tag for a product like this. Baby Skin claims to provide a matte finish, hmmmmm debatable Maybeline! As my skin is very, very oily I found that this product had no mattifying properties whatsoever. Personally I did not like the gel formula of the product and unlike the Porefessional could not see a noticeable difference when I applied it onto my pores. 

(Left to right Maybeline Baby Skin, Benefit Porefessional)

I feel that I will be repurchasing the Benefit Porefessional product as I felt it did do a good job at erasing my pores and although I need to wear a mattifying primer over the top it does what it claims to do! The Maybeline Baby Skin I feel like although the price tag is incredible I feel like that Maybeline were slap dash when creating this product and were simply buzzing off the hype that the Baby Lips lip balms created. 

Do you agree? Which one do you prefer?

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Rihanna for MAC - Viva Glam Collection

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Yet another exciting hyped up collection by the one and only Lady of R&B the gorgeous Rihanna. The signiture Viva Glam collection by MAC all started back in 1994, just a year after I was born! The Viva Glam collections support women, men and children who are affected by AIDS. Over the past 18 years MAC have launched exclusive Viva Glam product lines including Niki Minaj, Dita Von Teese, Lady GaGa and of course Rihanna. Not only are the Viva Glam collections staple pieces in your makeup collection but they are also for a good cause.

Lets talk packaging! - The lipstick comes in a standard Mac shape case, however the velvet matte texture adds a touch of luxury. On the barrel itself the iconic Rihanna for MAC signature is displayed. The lipglass has the Rihanna signiture on the tube and the same matte, velvet red twist top lid. Personally I am so impressed with the packaging of this product compared to Rihanna's previous RiRi MAC products, simply because these products feel more expensive, mature and simple - totally my style!

The products themselves -

  • The Lipstick - The lipstick has a 'frost' finish, which has an excellent colour payoff without being drying on the lips. It glides on with ease and does not cling to the dry skin on the lips. Although the frost finish is not known for being well lasting paired with a red lip liner such as "Brick" from MAC would make the perfect moisturizing red lip! The formula has just enough shimmer in to make this lipstick perfect for those who love the matte look but want something more nourishing. 

  • The Lipglass - As always the formula for the Lipglass is not sticky or uncomfortable on the lips at all. The iridescent particles make this lipstick truly beautiful when the light falls on it or with a flash of a camera. For a better colour payoff again, a lip liner can be worn underneath. This lipglass would look beautiful applied to the centre of the upper and lower lip ontop of the Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick to add definition and to make the lips seem fuller. 

I would highly recommend these products to anyone who wants a less intense red lip than a matte lip. The forumla is highly nourishing and unlike RiRi Woo which I found personally very drying it allows a smooth application without clinging to the dry patches on your lips! Especially in winter when the skin is a lot dryer in general. 

I will defaintely be using these combo for my next staple red lip day or night, will you?