Thursday, 3 September 2015

Freedom Pro Conceal And Correct Palette

Freedom Pro Conceal And Correct Palette

Freedom Pro Conceal And Correct Palette

Hello Lovelies,

I recently purchased a couple of things from the new make up brand Freedom (see haul post here) and one of the things was the Pro Conceal & Correct Palette. I suffer with dark circles and redness and this neat little palette looked ideal to help me cover and correct those issues.

I chose the palette in the shade light but it does also come in light/medium, medium/dark and dark so there are other shade options if light isn't for you. There are 6 colour options in the palette some ideal for colour correction and some ideal to use as concealer. The packaging is sleek and easy to use, it was easy to open and felt sturdy and is a nice size to pop into my make up bag.

Freedom Pro Conceal And Correct Palette

Freedom Pro Conceal And Correct Palette

The shade range in the palette is great for pale skins and would suit both cool and warmer skin tones, it suited my skin tone perfectly. I am quite pale but the palette would also be great for someone much paler than me, my eldest daughter is very pale and struggles to find products to suit her very pale skin but this would be perfect. 

I use the top 3 shades in the swatch photograph below for correcting and concealing, using the more salmony shades to correct my under eye darkness and any redness and the 1st shade to conceal my under eyes and any blemishes I may have, the bottom right shade I use as a highlight shade to brighten.

Freedom Pro Conceal And Correct Palette

Obviously you could use the palette to suit you but this is how I've been using it and I have been very happy with the results, I worried that the consistency of the product might be a little waxy for me but it isn't and it applies well and blends in beautifully too, I have used both a brush and my fingers to apply the products and both worked well so it is entirely down to personal choice. 

I suffer with extremely dry and dehydrated skin and do have fine lines under my eyes as a result and as a result of being a little more shall we say "mature" and I was really worried the products would settle into my fine lines and dry skin, I have used similar products before both budget and high end and they always settle in my fine lines and into my dry skin but I was pleasantly surprised with the Freedom palette, it did settle a little into my fine lines but it wasn't horrendously noticeable and probably wouldn't be noticeable to others but is worth mentioning as I noticed it but as I said it wasn't a huge problem. The corrector is brilliant at covering my dark circles and that added with the concealer does a great job, I love the way the paler shade highlights and brightens my face and the concealer does it's job at concealing any blemishes I may have and covering redness when used on top of the corrector. 

Overall I am hugely impressed with this palette and would definitely recommend it, the products are easy to apply and blend well and they do a brilliant job of correcting and concealing and I am super impressed with it and can't wait to try some more products from the brand, if they are all like this palette I will be very impressed. 

If you would like to try the Freedom Pro Conceal & Correct Palette you can find it on the Freedom website for £5.00 here.

Have you tried anything from Freedom? What are your favourites? 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x




Wednesday, 2 September 2015

MAC Lightful C 2 In 1 Tint And Serum With Radiance Booster


Hello Lovelies,

I love make up and I love skin care so when I had the opportunity to try out a new product from MAC combining both I was super excited. It is no secret that I love MAC it is one of my favourite brands and I've been purchasing their products for over 20 years, wow that makes me feel very old!

The new MAC Lightful C 2 In 1 Tint & Serum With Radiance Booster* ( £40.00) is a skin care and make up product in one that claims to target a multitude of skin concerns including dark spots, uneven skin tone and dehydration and contains cucumber extract, apple extract, Baikal skullcap extract and vitamin c to promote brightening. I was intrigued to try it out as I suffer with very dry and dehydrated skin so my skin can look dull and I like to use products which will add some much needed brightness to my face.

The packaging is great and really handy especially if you store your make up and skin care together, the bottle is a 2 in 1 with the serum being stored in the bottle and the tint being stored in a screw off compartment at the bottom of the bottle, although I have to say it did take me a couple of minutes to work this out! I personally would prefer the products to be separate as I keep my make up and my skin care separately but it wasn't a huge problem. I would have also preferred the tint to have a pump like the serum but again it isn't a problem just personal preference. The shade I have is light and there are 4 other shades to choose from medium, medium plus, dark and dark deep.



My Thoughts

I used the serum from the Lightful C as part of my skin care routine as directed on the box of the product and the first thing I noticed was the scent, it smells lovely really fruity and fresh, I am not a huge fan of products containing silicone and I could feel the silicone in the serum as I applied it but it applied beautifully and sank into my skin nicely leaving my skin feeling soft and hydrated, I applied my moisturiser on top and then used the tint, when I started to apply the tint I worried it would be too pale for me but it did work and blended into my skin well, I do feel paler skin tones than me could also use the shade light.


The tint alone didn't offer me much coverage at all and as I said was a little too light in shade for me, it wasn't horrendous and it worked but I felt it was a little too light. The tint applied well and blended into my skin nicely with my fingers, you can use a brush to apply it also. I didn't get much coverage at all with the tint, I used it under foundation as a skin brightener rather than a base product, the tint would be nice as something to wear when you just want a bit of something and not much make up.

Overall Thoughts & Would I Re Purchase?

I never thought I'd hear myself say this (or write this) but I wasn't impressed at all by the Lightful C 2 in 1 Tint & Serum, the serum felt nice but I have ones I much prefer and the tint was ok but it was nothing groundbreaking at all and for the price I think it is expensive, I didn't notice that my skin looked radiant at all or any more glowing and personally I don't think it's worth the £40 price tag and wouldn't purchase this for myself. I love MAC products and I had such high hopes for this and I am really disappointed to say it just didn't work for me, I think there are better serums out there and better tinted base products too in my opinion.

If you would like to try the Lightful C 2 In 1 Serum & Tint With Radiance Booster you can find it on the MAC site for £40.00 here.

Have you tried the Lightful C 2 In 1 Serum & Tint? Did You Like It? Or have you loved a brand for years and then been disappointed with a new product?

Thank you for reading, much love as always,

Zoe x




Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes - Worth The Hype?

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes - Worth The Hype?

Hello Lovelies, 

I was recently buying some much needed things for our summer holiday from Boots and when I paid for my items the sales assistant gave me a No7 voucher with a £5 off skin care and a £3 off make up on it,  I usually give these to my mum when I get them but this time I decided to use the £5 one to try out a product I've never tried before and one that is extremely hyped up in the world of blogging/vlogging, the No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes

I have heard numerous bloggers and vloggers speak about these wipes over the years but I have never ever tried them myself, I don't use make up wipes to remove my make up I use them for when I'm swatching products for a blog post or when I'm applying make up and use the back of my hand for foundation or to mix lipsticks etc, I usually buy the cucumber face wipes from Boots they're great and do the job for just £1.50 for 25 wipes, but after hearing so much about the No7 wipes and never trying them I thought it was about time I did. 

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes - Worth The Hype?

The wipes come in a pack of 30 for £7.00 (currently 3 for 2) but as I said I had a £5 voucher so I paid £2 for the pack of wipes I purchased. As a rule I don't ever use make up wipes of any kind on my face and follow the lead of Caroline Hirons where wipes are concerned, she says they should only ever be used for the 3 "F's" and those are in her words "fannies, festivals and flights" and I have to agree with her, wipes aren't good for my skin, they dry it out and some I've tried have stung, but in an absolute emergency they're ok as a once in a while item. 

What No7 Say About The Wipes

No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes are suitable for all skin types and remove even waterproof mascara.
Specially created for when you're short of time, these gentle, fragrance free wipes sweep away impurities and remove all traces of make-up, even waterproof mascara.
With pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise and soften, plus extracts of witch hazel and fennel to clear pores and leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh.
My Thoughts

When I first used the No7 wipes I used them to remove a couple of swatches of a drugstore lipstick I'd taken photographs of for my blog and then to remove foundation from the back of my hand when applying make up and I found they did the job and the make up removed with ease, I noticed a slight scent despite No7 claiming the wipes to be "fragrance free" but it wasn't strong or offensive and didn't bother me. I decided I'd try the wipes out and review them on my blog meaning I would have to use them on my face, I thought the best test would be when I was wearing what I call a full face of make up, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eye shadow, mascara and lipstick. I had high hopes for the wipes after hearing so many rave reviews over the years so when I took a wipe out of the pack I felt quite excited to use it to remove my make up, I wiped my face with the wipe using one side and then the other and yes some of my make up came off, but not all of it and I needed to use 3 of the wipes to clear my whole face  and I wasn't blown away at all, I had to pay close attention to my mascara to remove it and being a non waterproof product I didn't think I would have to. 

I decided to ask both my daughters if they would also try out the wipes to remove their make up so I could ask their opinions on the wipes also, my eldest daughter Cole is a make up artist and wears a full face of make up for work each day and my youngest daughter Lissy wears make up most days too however she doesn't wear foundation just a little concealer under her eyes .She uses the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade to fill in her eyebrows which is a waterproof cream product. When they used the wipes both Cole and Lissy were of exactly the same opinion as me, Cole used 4 wipes to remove her make up and she said she was really unimpressed and Lissy said the wipes were terrible at removing the dip brow she uses on her brows, she also used 3 wipes despite not wearing any foundation. 

Overall Thoughts & Would I Re Purchase?

I really wanted to love the No7 wipes, I'd heard so much about them over the years and thought they were going to be amazing, I had visions of me typing this post and telling you how amazing they were and how I loved them etc etc but unfortunately my experience of using the wipes wasn't great, for using when I'm taking photographs of make up swatches for my blog or when I've put foundation on the back of my hand I think the wipes are fine but as far as removing my make up I think they are basically just a mediocre face wipe, the same as a lot of other much cheaper face wipes. 

In the past I've tried numerous different face wipes and all much cheaper than the No7 ones apart from the MAC Wipes which I have to say are incredible but also extremely expensive, but most of the cheaper brands of face wipes have been much better than the No7 ones including the cucumber ones which are £5.50 cheaper and 50p cheaper when using the £5 voucher. 

I honestly do not understand the hype surrounding the No7 face wipes and I can't help thinking that it is just that, hype and nothing else, they aren't anything special at all in my opinion, they were ok at removing my make up but nothing special by any stretch of the imagination and I will not be re purchasing the wipes because I can find cheaper make up removing wipes that do a much better job,  but if you'd like to give them a try you can find them here for £7.00 currently on a 3 for 2 promotion, I would definitely advise you wait for the £5 off vouchers though. 

Have you tried the No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes? Did you love them too or were you like me and left feeling disappointed? Let me know in the comments and I will reply as always, as soon as possible. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x







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