Benefit Cheeky Sweet Shop (box o' blushes) Palette

Benefit boxed blusher swatches. Watts Up, Rockateur, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, hoola
Cheeky Sweet Shop (box o' blushes) - £29.50

It seems pretty crazy for me to be talking about something Christmas related when we're still in September, but for something this amazing it needs to be done.

I noticed this around a week ago in my local Debenhams and for £29.50 I was ready to hand my money over, after missing out on the Nars Guy Bourdin palette last year I didn't want to miss this either. However I knew I had Boots points to spend so decided to wait a few days for Boots to start stocking it and was finally able to pick it up yesterday, and thanks to my Boots card not a single penny of my own money was spent! 

Benefit boxed blusher swatches. Watts Up, Rockateur, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, hoola

The palette comes with five of their blushes, their bronzer and one of their highlighters, as well as a small version of their boxed blusher brushes. You get 4g of Dandelion, 5g of Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba and Rockateur, 6g of Sugarbomb and 1.5g of Watt's Up. Meaning you're getting a full size of Rockateur and more than half of the full size of the other blushes. I've actually worked it out to be worth £102.50, meaning you're saving over £70!

The only downside is the packaging, for something that could have been so compact they've managed to make it huge and bulky by putting it in the shape of a gingerbread house, so there's a lot of unnecessary packaging but for the huge saving it can be overlooked. 

Benefit boxed blusher swatches. Watts Up, Rockateur, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, hoola

I've not been able to try these yet as I've woken up ill but still I wanted to get the post up to let others know it was out there. I'm not sure if it's limited edition but I can see it selling out fast anyway so if you're interested I'd grab one now! From swatching alone the texture of the blushes feels really buttery and blend-able so I'm really excited to give them all a try!

It's not yet on any website but I think most Benefit stands will have it and I believe all the Boots Xmas stock is coming out officially in the next couple of weeks, so it should pop up on the website soon.

The Matte Lip

My favourite matte lipsticks and formulations

With Autumn and Winter just around the corner I've slowly found myself starting to ditch the glossy and sheer lip products in favour of a more bold and matte lip colour. Matte lips will always be my favourite kind of formula, they last the longest, their pigment is usually better and overall I find I just suit how they look on me. I've picked five lipsticks all from different brands to compare them and see how they differ against each other.

My favourite matte lipsticks and formulations

Rimmel Kate Moss - This is the first matte lipstick that I tried and the one that got me hooked on others. This particular colour is a baby blue toned pink and a lipstick which goes with any look. It's my go to lipstick for days when I'm not sure what to wear, making it one of my most used and favourite lipsticks of all time. Overall it's a really moisturising and easy formula to wear, 107 from this range is also great!

Revlon Matte Balm - There was so much hype around these when they were first released, but this is still the only one I've tried from the brand. It's a slightly deeper mauvey pink, making it slightly hard to wear on very pale skin. I find it can sometimes look a bit one dimensional on the lips, but it is still a great one for day to day use and the formula is super moisturising.

Collection Cream Puff - This is the cheapest of the bunch, so a great one if you want to try matte lips but don't want to spend a lot of money. The formula is really moisturising and easy to wear, the only problem from the two that I've tried is they can be slightly streaky when first applied.

Soap and Glory - This is the latest matte lip in my collection, but I'm already loving it! The packaging and emboss on the lipstick makes it feel like a more high end lipstick, and the lipstick glides on the lips. This is a great one for those wanting to try deep reds or purples but not wanting to go in head first, it's a slightly deep berry and a great pick for this season.

MAC - The most expensive of the bunch and easily the most drying, but along with that it's the most long lasting. This lipstick literally doesn't budge so is a great one for a night out or when you're going out to eat. It looks amazing with just some eyeliner and a contour and makes your teeth look so white because of how deep and blue toned it is. The formula really is drying though so it's best to apply lip balm underneath, but the dry formula is worth sacrificing for the longevity of this one.

My favourite matte lipsticks and formulations

Overall my favourite has to be Rimmel Kate Moss in 101, at £5.49 it's really affordable and is my favourite formulation and colour out of them all. The lasting power of 101 may only be a few hours but their darker shade 107 is even longer. If you're after a matte lipstick to try they're defiantly the one's to go for!

What's your favourite matte lipstick? I'm always on the look out for some more.

Review | Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes

Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes - £3.99 (currently £2.66)

I think it's fair to say I've abandoned this blog in the past few weeks, I was working more and moving back to university so I've not really had as much time as before, and honestly I've been a bit lazy. But I'm going to make an effort to stick to regular blogging like I started. However, enough of the excuses and on to the product. 

Face wipes are somewhat of a taboo in the beauty world, everyone almost looks down their noses at them and people have become afraid to give them a try. I'll admit, I'm one of those people and these are the first face wipes I've tried in about 2 years, but after seeing Lily Pebbles rave about them I thought I would give these a try. 

These wipes are designed to be used as a quick exfoliator for the skin, I'm not sure if this is in the ingredients or the slightly textured cloth, but they're recommended to only be used a few times a week rather than every day. I personally just use them as a quick way to remove makeup when I'm wearing a lot of it or if I'm feeling too tired for a two step cleansing routine, although I do still follow these with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which helps to properly cleanse the pores and soothe the skin. 

After using them a few times I've decided these will defiantly be only for rare occasions. I find they leave a film over my skin giving it a slight tacky and itchy feeling, I also noticed my skin become very red after use and I needed to cleanse straight after to soothe the skin. Honestly, I wouldn't recommended these to anyone, whilst they have an average price point for face wipes there are some much cheaper ones on the market - especially for just removing make up - which I'm sure wouldn't leave your skin as red and inflamed as I found these did.