MINI MANI: OPI Taup-less

OPI Taupless

One coat normally isn’t enough for me when it comes to nail polish – I like my polish opaque but I surprisingly liked the finish with one coat of OPI Taup-less. You could still see my nail, but it looked elegant and sophisticated, rather than a block opaque colour finish.

I continued to do a second coat and was left with an opaque, glossy, mink colour. The brush was the perfect size as well, it picked up just the right amount and you could basically cover the whole nail in one sweep. What do you think?

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My First Gel Nails Experience

SensatioNail Gel Nail Polish (Pink Chiffon)

As a 20 year old beauty junkie I’m slightly ashamed to say this, but here we go. This is my first time having gels. As a student I find that I just don’t have excess money to get my nails done professionaly, so end up doing it myself weekly. That was until my lovely friend offered to do them for me, free of charge. She used SensatioNail Gel Nail Polish in Pink Chiffon and told me they would last a few weeks. The process familiar to probably most of you, was strange to me. Not having to wait for the nail polish to dry and getting a a gloss finish that I could only dream of amazed me. Two and a half weeks later and they were still going strong – it wasn’t until I peeled them off myself that they came away. (Which btw is a really satisfying feeling!)

The Best Face Wash

Neutrogena Visibly clear 2 in 1 wash and mask

 

So I’ve introduced you to the worst face wash. Now let me introduce you to the best. Girls, meet Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask. Offering a solution to spots, it aims to clear oil and ‘remove spot-causing bacteria.’ The texture is quite thick and creamy, and depending on your needs you can use it as a quick all over face wash, or leave it on until it dries into a mask to really unclog pores.

Unlike the directions on the bottle, I wouldn’t recommend using the product both morning and evening if you have normal/dry to dry skin. In fact, if you have really dry skin I’m not sure I would recommend using this product at all. My skin is normal/dry, and I tend to just spot-apply, excuse the pun, so just apply where you need it and leave. For me, this is around my chin and jawline. It dries out the spots wonderfully, and stops them spreading. A mini horror story for you all to demonstrate the drying-out powers of this face wash: I once forgot I had the mask on, and didn’t wash it off for over an hour; the next morning I woke up and my skin was so so flaky in certain areas on my face. So much so, that I had to coat it in E45 and adjust my normal make up routine. Don’t let this put you off, though! One thing I will stress, this is definitely aimed at people with spots, and so if you’re looking for an everyday face wash, I would probably go for something gentler.

You can purchase Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask (bit of a mouthful) from most drug stores or supermarkets, for a cheap and cheerful £3.79.

What’s your favourite face wash?

 

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My Benefit Audition Experience

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Before I attended my Benefit audition, I searched all over the internet for advice and tips, to be faced with a range of horrible experiences, which made me feel vulnerable and nervous. Before I go into my experience, I will answer the question that I’m sure is on your minds, did I get the job? Well, the answer unfortunately is no I didn’t, and I’m ok with that! A lot of posts I have read seem to be infused with bitterness and anger, perhaps because they didn’t get the job, but I relatively enjoyed the whole Benefit audition experience.

I turned up a good 45 minutes early to the Benefit audition, and browsed Debenhams (where my Benefit audition was being held) for most of that time, to avoid looking too keen. I went to the Benefit counter 15 minutes prior to my interview. There were 5 of us altogether, and we were greeted by a lovely Benefit Cosmetics regional manager who was very chatty and welcoming and automatically put all our nerves at ease.

In the training room, we first had to introduce ourselves and say a little bit about ourselves. This mainly included what you were studying at the moment and past relative experience, but it’s really not that formal, she just wanted to know our names. Secondly, we received a demonstration of how to traffic stop. Using the line ‘Hello, how are you today? Have you heard of benefit cosmetics before?’ And, understanding that whether the customer said yes or no, you were then to say, ‘Come with me and I’ll try out some products on you!’ The key thing the regional manager drummed into us, is to remember not to actually ask them. As weird and as rude as that may sound, they encourage strongly that you almost tell them to follow you.

We then went through different objections customers may have, whether that’s a time issue, picking the kids up soon, meeting a friend… Whatever they say, you had to turn it around and make sure they come over. After role playing between the five of us and practising our lines on each other, we were then taught how to apply six key products. These products were the Benefit Eye Cream, POREfessional, You Rebel, High beam, Benetint and They’re Real mascara. All pretty easy products to apply. We had a go on each other and it would be at this point I would advise you to wear natural foundation, as you will have make up applied to you and you don’t want to look too cakey. Also make sure you bring some of your own make up with you just in case the other girl messes up!

We then made our way to the shop floor. No matter how nervous you are feeling at this point, you really have to put on a confident and smiley front. We were left to our own devices and told to approach customers in the way we were taught, and this is where a key mistake I believe I made comes in…

After being told we could go anywhere in the store, I thought that it would be better if I ventured away from the beauty counter, thinking I would have more chance getting people to sit down, who had not already been approached by the other girls. I didn’t realise until after, but this is probably a last resort and not one I would advise to you. It is much easier to grab someone as they stroll past the counter or in the surrounding areas, and get them to sit down then it is to get them down a flight of stairs..

After around 30 minutes of asking everyone I saw and not getting anyone to sit down, I knew my time was up. A couple of the other girls had already got 2 people to sit down, so it wasn’t a surprise when the regional manager approached me telling me that I hadn’t been successful. She was lovely, and explained this role was hands on and required a lot of approaching people and getting people to sit down. And instead of saying I wasn’t right for the job; she implied that the job itself wasn’t right for me. She was probably right.

She thanked me a lot for coming to the audition, asked me about my future plans, wished me all the best for the future and gave me a 15% off voucher to use on any Benefit cosmetic products. Despite not getting the job, it was a great experience and the girls I met were lovely! Anything you do in life, bad or good is an experience and you will learn from it, so don’t feel disheartened if you also do not get the job.

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Top Benefit Audition Tips:

Smile a lot! Remember Benefit emphasise that laughter is the best cosmetic..

Try and be as confident as you can

Stay relatively close to the counter

Approach every person you can

Don’t let ‘no’s’ knock your confidence

Don’t be bitter if you don’t get the job, it just wasn’t right for you!

 

 

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Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Wash – The Worst

Deep Action Cream Wash

By name, Clean & Clear is designed to cleanse the skin and clear it. By nature, it does the opposite.

I have never been so badly and so quickly affected by a new product. Sometimes when you try a new product, you notice that your skin hasn’t reacted well towards it after a few days, so you stop using it and everything goes back to normal. I wish that was the case this time..

I bought Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Face Wash on a whim. Sainsburys were offering 3 for 2, and as I was already buying 2 other items, I thought why not? I have been hoping to get a face wash that I could use in the morning, just to get any left over dirt or sweat from my face that may have developed in the night. 

My first experience of using this face wash wasn’t too bad. It tingled my skin a bit, but I naively thought that just meant it was working. I continued to use it for two days/ three maximum, until my skin became really just sore and dry and I developed loads and loads of tiny, sore spots. I am emphasising the word sore because I have never experienced anything like it, my skin felt so tight and when I spoke the skin on my chin would hurt. The only way I can describe the feeling is as if somebody threw acid on my chin or it was really badly sunburnt.

It was a nightmare to put foundation on, as nothing sat well with it and I couldn’t wait to take my make up off at the end of the day (more than usual) because I felt I needed to press cold water on it and allow my skin to breathe. I have completely stopped using it now, obviously, and hope that my skin will clear up soon. It has been 3 days since I have stopped using it, and I have seen mild improvements. 

I don’t like writing negative reviews. But I wouldn’t be an honest blogger if I didn’t. Sometimes I feel too pushy though, as this could have been a nightmare for me, but could be somebody else’s holy grail product on their skin. For me, it definitely isn’t. So I just want to say beware! I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but boy can you imagine if I did…

 

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Topshop Lip Liner in Ceramic

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I am always on the hunt for a ‘my-lips-but-better’ lipstick or lip liner, and although my trusty Rimmel Addiction hasn’t let me down – I decided to purchase this Topshop lip liner in ‘Ceramic.’

I first saw this Topshop Ceramic lip liner on Georgia Cutts, a MAC makeup artist and blogger who’s lips looked amazing and so plump. And at only £5 I couldn’t really say no..

It definitely has a more peach/ orange undertone than I was expecting, but that’s fine as it is right on trend for summer beauty, where orange is a big colour for lips and if you’re not as brave to go full out – colour block orange, this is a good alternative.

The only thing I haaate about lip liners is sharpening them! I think one of the reasons why I love Rimmel’s lip liners so much is because they have a twist mechanism. This is definitely a personal issue and something I need to get over.. I know! 

What do you think of it?

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URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 DUPE | MUA UNDRESS ME TOO

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My love for MUA is ever growing, alongside Collection 2000, it is quickly becoming one of my favourite affordable high street beauty brands. After loving their £1 nail polish, (which really does work) I tried their £4 eye shadow palette in Undress Me Too. The palette consists of 12 eye shadows, each one a dupe for the corresponding one in Naked 2. I didn’t realise when I first got it, but it really is such an amazing dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 2, at an unbelievably cheap price.

Here are some swatches below:

Some are very slightly off, but mostly the colours are exactly the same.The only difference I would say is the quality, with MUA’s shadows having slightly grainier texture and UDN2 being a lot smoother and pigmented. But this is expected considering the price difference. Other than that – if you love the colours in UD and don’t want to spend £36 this is such a good option at a fraction of the price!

Overall I’m glad I have this product – even if I have an almost identical palette, as I get so protective over my Naked palettes when I travel – that this is the perfect travelling alternative.

Do you know any dupes? I want to know! Tweet me: @making___up