Benefit You Rebel Tinted Moisturiser

Hi lovely people, Today's post is around Benefit's You Rebel Tinted Moisturiser. I  go through stages of wearing this, it's too light a coverage I find for my winter skin but I love it in the summer as it doesn't feel like you are wearing anything and I hate wearing heavy foundations in the heat because it feels like it's literally just melting off my face. So with all the lovely weather we've been having recently, I decided to dig this out again. I use the original red tube version of this but they do have  a lighter version for fairer skins. I do think that this can sometimes be a little too dark in colour for my winter skin but once I have a bit of a tan, this blends in very well with my natural colour, you do have to work it into the skin though otherwise you can be left with a slight orange line.

This moisturiser comes in a red metal tube with a black screw top lid. I find by the time I'm coming to the end of the tube it does look a little bashed up, the red starts flaking off leaving the silver tube underneath, it does spend it's life in the summer bashing around in the bottom of my bag though so this could be the cause of that, but if that kind of thing bothers you, I recommend keeping it in a make up bag or something where it won't be so easily scratched. This also has SPF15 in it, which is good, I'd be happier with a higher SPF for my face but it just means I use a moisturiser with a higher SPF underneath, but definitely handy in the summer to add extra protection . I have been using this with a little high beam blended in and applied it with my Real Techniques buffing brush, it gives lovely coverage and leaves skin looking really fresh and dewy, I add a little eye liner and mascara and that's pretty much my summer make up routine.

I have been using You Rebel since I was a teenager, I used to love it as I didn't like wearing foundation as it had a tendency to be too heavy and I never really needed foundation when I was younger as I had quite clear skin really. It still works as well for me now as it did then. I have used the Lite version which is more beige/yellow in tone than this which is more of a Bronze/Tan tone but I went back to this as it adds a little colour and means I don't need to use bronzer as which I quite like, and I thought the Lite version had a slightly funny smell, a bit like a medicine I was given when I was younger!

Have you guys tried this?

Soph xx

Ralph Lauren Big Pony No. 2 Perfume - Sensual

So while on a little browse through House of Fraser yesterday (my intention was to buy the Yves Saint Laurent foundation but they were out of stock in my shade) I stumbled upon the new Ralph Lauren Big Pony perfume collection for women, ever since I saw these advertised I've wanted to try them because my brother has all 4 of the men's version and loves them. There are 4 different scents for the girls - Sporty, Sensual, Free Spirited and Stylish, designed so you can have a different scent for whatever mood you're in. They come in bright colourful bottles with the number of the fragrance on one side and the iconic horse and rider on the other side, with a silver pull off lid.

I went for fragrance number 2, Sensual which comes in the pink bottle and immediately fell in love with it, I managed to persuade myself to leave when I first smelt it but ended up going back to buy it about twenty minutes later. It's not the normal scent I go for these days, quite sweet and fruity smelling, but it really reminded me of a perfume I used to wear when I was a teenager and it brought back loads of memories, I later realised that the perfume it reminded me of was Ralph Lauren's Ralph perfume that used to come in a short round bottle with a blue stripe, whenever I see this, I still have a little smell! Anyway, back to Number 2, it's very similar to Ralph but a lot more grown up smelling. Ralph Lauren advertise this as "RL Pink blends cranberry and tonka mousse to create a sensual, fruity scent" - It's a really nice fragrance for the summer, really fresh smelling. Longevity wise it's probably around 4-6 hours before needing to re-spray.

The lady on the counter said that number 2 and the number 4 fragrance (in the purple bottle) seem to be the most popular. The thing I like most about this collection is that they all smell really different so you really can get a different scent for however you're feeling. I still love Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb but think I'll probably end up wearing this more through out the summer just because it's a really nice summer-y, girly scent.

I picked mine up in House of Fraser, I got the 50ml bottle for £35 but the lady at the counter advised me that House of Fraser are exclusively stocking the 100ml version for £55.

Have you guys got any of this collection?

Soph xx

NOTD: Bourjois Rainbow Apparition

I picked Bourjois 1 second polish up in Rainbow Apparition after seeing Katie's blog post. I love any glitter polish and immediately fell in love with this as it looked like a more purple version of the OPI Katy Perry Collection Teenage Dream (blogged about here). It has a lilac gel sheer base with smaller and larger particles of Glitter running through to build up an almost holographic type effect. The difference between Teenage Dream and this though I find is that the Bourjois colour isn't quite as sheer as Teenage Dream so it can easily be worn without wearing a base colour, whereas with Teenage Dream I almost always wear a pink base coat with it. This has a shorter wider brush on it for easier application, I do find it's almost a little too wide for my nails though as I end up with glitter on the skin around my nails, not a huge issue though as you can easily rectify it, the gel like texture though also means it takes a little longer to dry in between coats I find so not one to use if you are in a rush.

Overall, I really like this, it looks really cute on, very girly and sparkly, which is always a bonus! The name Rainbow Apparition is definitely apt as well as it really does show every colour of the rainbow when it catches the light. This could look really cute over Barry M's Berry Ice Cream - review here!

I picked mine up in Boots for £5.99 and they are also doing a 3 for 2 offer across Bourjois products at the minute.

What do you guys think?

Soph xx

Simple Gel Toning Cleanser

I hope you're all enjoying Wimbledon, I'm a huge fan so as I write this I'm on tenterhooks hoping that Murray can win this! But anyway, I have been trying to re-vamp my cleansing routine recently, generally, I tend to just use wipes in the evening and morning for ease but I know these aren't great for the skin, more recently, I have been using the Biore Products I have posted about recently but my skin doesn't need these on a daily basis so I tend to use these every couple of days. So basically, I just need a new daily routine of cleansing and toning. I am still a huge fan of the No 7 Beautiful Skin Moisturisers so I am sticking with these as my go to Moisturisers.

I love Clinique and Clarins products but I wanted to try some cheaper brands to see what type of make up remover I wanted as there are so many different formula's, Creams, Gel's, Soaps etc, I didn't want to spend a fortune on products that wouldn't work with my skin, so I decided to test it with some of Simple's products, I picked this out as I've never used a gel based cleanser before and thought it would be interesting to try, I picked this up alongside the Simple Eye Make Up Remover, (review here) which I wasn't mad about, and if I'm honest, I'm half and half about this product, it cleaned all the make up off my face and actually did quite a good job with my eye make up as well but my skin just didn't feel clean afterwards, it was a little bit like there was a layer of the gel left on my face so I had to go and wash my face afterwards which defeats the point really.

I'll probably use this product up but I don't think I'd re-purchase again.

Have you used this? What did you think of it?

Soph xx

NOTD: Chanel Vendetta

Today's post is about one of my favourite polishes that I own, Chanel's Vendetta polish, a gorgeous deep purple with the slightest hint of blue shimmer running through it. This comes in the usual lovely Chanel packaging. I love this polish because it can go with a variety of looks and is also great for work. Longevity isn't great with this but it's certainly not the worst of my dark polishes, I struggle with dark polishes anyway as I think once you have a chip with a dark polish, it's glaringly obvious, very easy with this to just touch up though and cover it up, or more often than not, I just work a more rock-y outfit with it. I do get around 2 days worth of wear out of this with a good top coat before I start to notice any tell tale signs of chipping though (The pictures below are a day after I put it on). I really do love this colour, so chic and ladylike but then a bit grungey too.

Chanel polishes retail at £18 and you can pick up here.

What do you think of this polish?

Soph xx