Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A super dooper 6-in-1 make up review

From left to right: No7 Skin Illuminator, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (Shade 51), Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle, Nail Paint by Barry M in Pink, Nail Effects by Barry M in Black, No7 Mineral Perfection blusher.
1) No7 Skin Illuminator (Pink) - This skin illuminator (RRP - £11) by No7 was a purchase from Boots which I made as I had a £5 off No7 voucher. I've been looking for a skin illuminator for a while but being a student I have never really wanted to spend my money on some - I'd rather spend it on clothes or a night out with friends - and have therefore never got round to buying any. Back in 2007 when I went on a trip to New York, I found myself at the Benefit counter in Macy's and was persuaded by the sales assistant to purchase some of the Benefit Moon Beam which is a skin illuminator but with a bronze tinge. The Moon Beam was an instant success and I absolutely loved it and was very sad when I had used it all up. In my bid to find a cheaper replacement I came across this No7 skin illuminator in pink. However, sadly I have been quite disappointed with it. The directions on the outer packaging say to use the illuminator either on it's own or under foundation. As my skin can be quite blemished sometimes and I like to get a nice even skin tone across my face, I decided to use it under my foundation. However, the foundation merely covered over any hint of illumination on my cheek bones. It is good if you put it under your eyebrows to highlight that area slightly but I had high hopes of getting a nice bit of shine on my cheeks and I didn't. Looks like I'll be opting for the expensive, yet much better, Moon Beam by Benefit.

2) Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - Another disappointment but only because I am used to a thick foundation by Elizabeth Arden which is retailed at £30. I fancied a change in foundation as I noticed that the Elizabeth Arden foundation that I used was too dark for my skin and could sometimes make me look quite orange. I opted for the Health Mix foundation as I love Bourjois products and it was only £9.99. A lot cheaper than the Elizabeth Arden stuff! I find that the foundation is quite light and therefore it doesn't cover blemishes very well, however it leaves skin quite smooth and it matches my skin much better. I have found that if I blend my Elizabeth Arden foundation with the Bourjois foundation, it creates a nice tone for my skin and gives me plenty of coverage. Perfect!

3) Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle - I am so pleased with this product. I struggle to get any OOMPH in my hair as it's naturally straight and because I am growing it, it is quite heavy and therefore flat. I first used this product to give me some volume for my beehive hairstyle and just recently I have opted to use it with my hair down to give it a bit of texture and height. I would definitely recommend buying it. It's a bit like a volume hairspray but it somehow manages to make my hair feel thick and therefore bigger. Love it.

4) Nail paint in pink - I spotted this in Boots when all of the Barry M polishes were on offer - 2 for £5. I opted for the hot pink and decided to give the nail effects varnish a try alongside it. The pink needs to be applied twice to get a nice, thick colour however the end result is really effective. It also leaves your nails feeling strong and looking HAWT.

5) Nail effects - I've had mixed reviews from my friends regarding the Barry M nail effects polish and therefore wanted to give it a try for myself. I found it to be amazing! I think you have to apply it quite thickly to get an effective cracked look however it's well worth it. I look like I've had it done professionally at a nail salon, and the bonus is, it only took me 3 minutes to do. Anyone could do it! You simply paint a base coat onto your nails, the brighter the better, and then paint a fairly thick layer of nail effects over the top and watch it crack.

6) No7 Mineral Perfection blusher - I had another £5 off No 7 voucher from Boots so decided to get some new blusher. RRP - £9 but I got it for £4 (I do love money off vouchers.) The tone of this blusher is lovely and it's perfect for creating a nice, healthy pink complexion for Spring. I've been wearing it on my outfit pictures and it's my favourite blusher now. 



  1. You're welcome! Glad you found it helpful :) x

  2. Ooo I've had my eye on the 'Backcomb in a Bottle' for a wee while and was debating whether to get it not- after reading your fab review, I think it's a must! :) x


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