I’ve been waiting for Make Up Forever to finally launch in the UK ever since I tried the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation many years ago. It finally launched earlier this month, exclusive to Debenhams and I am so excited to have new products to try and share with you.

Their HD Foundation is one of my all time favourite and one I recommend all the time. It’s a beautiful buildable coverage which is hardly detectable on the skin and photographs really well as it doesn’t have SPF. I haven’t had a chance to try Smoky Extravagant Mascara but the original Smoky Mascara is one of my all time favourites, it’s super black and deliver great volume so I am expecting a similar result.

I have also been loving the High Definition Powder as it has the mesh over the product which I think is very clever so that it is easy to use but doesn’t spill everywhere. It’s a really fine powder that I find helps leave the skin almost airbrushed, great under the eyes and all over the face to set makeup.

Although I am yet to try the Aqua range I have heard it is the best waterproof makeup and I think I may pick up a black liner as I am yet to find the perfect waterproof liner.

Would love some Make Up For Ever recommendations in the comments!

I’ve never really got the hype surrounding finishing powders, yes they set my makeup, my eyeliner wouldn’t transfer and most of the times my concealer wouldn’t crease but I never loved the finish. It was always a little too heavy and just a little cakey until I discovered the Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder and since then I haven’t looked back. 

It’s a translucent powder designed to refine the complexion and reduce unwanted shine, it comes with a great little puff which really helps press the product into the skin without it being visible. It’s so finely milled that it isn’t detectable on the skin but still keeps skin mattified. The ingredients from Jurlique are also natural and although it does have a rose scent, it remains very pleasant and not over powering.

I was also surprised at how well it travels, the puff inside means the product stays where it’s suppose to be and the lid is so tight it can sometime be a little hard to open but means it won’t spill out everywhere. 

It’s become my go-to powder and I haven’t used anything else since discovering it! 

Although I often ohh and ahh over the Topshop makeup, I had only previously try their cream blushers (which I love) and their lipsticks (there are some great colours) so I was very excited to give a few products from the new collection a go. The new collection The Damned, is made up of gothic, dark, matte shades for autumn 2013.

 Eye Gleam in Noir £9. I completely forgot to photograph this *slaps hand* but I’ve given this product a few goes as it is a multi-purpose eye product. Initially I though this was a gel eyeliner but it is more of a mousse texture meaning it isn’t quite opaque enough. It is however beautiful all over the lid as a base for other eyeshadows (although I’d still use a primer) it add a little more depth and darkens any eyeshadow which goes over it. I think I’ll get lots of wear from it now that it is coming up to Christmas!

Skin Perfecting Pressed Powder £14. When I first opened the packaging I had no idea what was going on as I thought the perfectly white powder was a piece of plastic and even managed to dig my nail into it removing this ‘piece of plastic.’ I then finally realised it was in fact a finely milled translucent pressed powder with a slight sheen. I was pretty sceptical when I initially tried it, it applies quite lightly which I love as I don’t like being too matte and it does almost blur imperfections together leaving skin looking more even. This has now made it into my handbag and I have been reaching for it regularly, my current favourite powder as the sheen really helps combat the winter greyness you can get on skin.

 Matte Nails Candy Fox. I’d gone off matte nails and was so bored of it that I nearly passed this colour up however it’s quite an interesting shade. Matte polishes are usually seen in blacks and other dark colours so this pretty pink is quite a contrast. I love that it still has a slight sheen although Matte Nails do help show imperfections in my opinion and you have to make a special effort applying it.

Velvet Lips in Plush £10. A beautiful berry purple with a matte finish, it applies almost like a mousse and is very pigmented. As you can see I haven’t offered any form of lip swatch as I found it really clung to all the dry patches on my lips and showed all my imperfections. However I still think it is a beautiful colour if you have good enough lips to pull it off (I can’t wear any matte shade)

The collection is available now on the Topshop website and in store. What has caught your eye?
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 I’m in two minds about how I feel for Benefit. I love the packaging, some products are great but some aren’t and are a little over prices. However I was excited to try these two new kits as at under £25 and with a variation of products these seem affordable and a pretty good deal.

 Sugarlicious is one of fourteen kits by Benefit, it is sold as a ‘Delicious nude…lip & cheek kit’ and comes with four products Benetint, Highbeam, Sugarbomb and Ultra Plush Sugar Bomb lipgloss. It includes natural shades and some real cult Benefit products such as Benetint!

Both boxes come with a step by step how-to, a good size mirror and a brush. I have been wanting to try Sugarbomb for a while so was very excited and think it works really well with Benetint and Highbeam. I like that it also has a lipgloss although I am not a big fan of Benetint on the lips as the instructions suggest. The look is really lovely and glowing which is what I usually go for but you can chose to use just one of the cheek products at a time if you wish. If you aren’t a fan of Sugar bomb there are also sets with Coralista and Dandelion 

I also think it is really nice that you can remove the insert and use it as a box! However, considering it is something they suggest you do I think its a little impractical that the blush doesn’t have a little case, where would you put it?!

The other Kit I tried was the How to look the best at everything complexion kit which comes with a the Porefessional Primer, Hello Flawless Foundation, Bo-ing concealer in shade 01 & 02 as well as Hello Flawless powder. The kit I have is in Light which is too light for me as the foundation shade is Champagne but I already had the shade Honey which is what I put on instead. The primer is the same size as those that came in Glamour magazine a while back but still a lovely product, I don’t think the foundation offers a huge amount of coverage (light-medium) but if you use the concealer too it should be enough, I also really like that there are two concealer shades.

All the products in image above other than eye products are by Benefit and as you can see the skin looks healthy, natural (ignore the breakout, blame the Clarasonic!) and with a nice glow.

I really like the idea of these little sets and think they are a great, affordable way to try Benefit. These would make perfect gifts for any girl/woman although it is a shame they don’t cater to darker skins. I don’t think I would every go all out and use all the products together but its nice to be able to use a few.

What do you think of Benefit? Are you tempted by the look of these kits?

Have a look at all the Benefit kits here
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As many of you may remember I was very excited about the Liz Earle Makeup range as I am a big Liz Earle fan. As part of the range there are three brushes a angled blush brush, a smaller precision brush and this powder brush. All brushes are as you would expect, synthetic and made of man-made fibres. All three brushes have a plastic clear handle which I would’t usually like but I actually think it works quite well and is different to all the other brushes I own.

The powder brush very soft and works really well with powders as well as bronzers. The bristles are much longer than they are dense which means brush isn’t too dense although I feel if it were slightly shorter you would be able to get more control.

The best thing about this brush is the price at just £20 it is a bargain! Brushes can often get very expensive if they are good quality with many stretching to over £50. If you are looking for a good quality powder brush this is for you.

Available from Liz Earle online, in stores and their counters

For more information on their makeup range click here 
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