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posted by on Benefit, Eye pencils/eye liners, Make-Up

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benefit_theyrereallinerI think I have finally mastered the cat’s eye flick and it’s thanks to Benefit’s much talked about They’re Real push-up liner.

The hype say it makes the dreaded eye lining task a breeze with its unique applicator and blacker than black formula. I was rather dubious of it but my curiosity was driving me mad so I waited for the madness to calm down before I gave in.

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The mascara of the same namesake did nothing for me (and I have huge lashes), however with the liner I’m a sucker for new gimmicks and refuse to give up on a tiresome journey to find the perfect one.  It’s the only thing I can do to enhance my eyes when I’m short of time during the working week. One false move though and the whole thing goes tits up and that is very annoying.

Well, I am pleased to confess since biting the bullet and parting with £18 I haven’t stopped using the Push-Up Liner. Mind you, it has taken numerous practises to find the right way to use it but now I know what makes for the perfect close finish with zero chances of messing it up.

The liner is designed like a pen which you press at the top to push the formula out through the slanted rubber nib.

It does take getting used to and the trick is to not press too much or there will be too much product – a tiny amount is enough to line your eyes because the formula is very pigmented. Also it helps to wipe the rubber tip before use so you don’t get crumbly stale bits.

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I find stretching the eyelid across makes for a smooth and easy application. The rubber tip glides close to the lash line with absolutely no dragging (yeah, I didn’t believe that at first but it’s true!) and the formula is ferociously black. More often I am pretty cack-handed with the eye liner but Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner makes my efforts look perfectly pro.

There is a special remover available from Benefit because apparently it’s so tough to get off. Of course this is a load of nonsense as the liner is easy to remove with an oil-based make-up remover or something like coconut oil. Why would you need a special remover just for the eyeliner? A complete waste of money and utterly pointless.

Any way, I applaud you, Benefit – for the Push-Up Liner, I mean. This might just be your new hero product. It certainly is for me. Now would you just admire the flick (and the cat too)? See what I did there??

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posted by on L'Occitane, Skincare

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loccitane_whipped_shea_butterIt should never be said that L’Occitane doesn’t know how to arouse attention. Its newest collection Whipped Shea Butter* essentially resembles whipped cream with Shea Butter as its key ingredient.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of L’Occitane using Shea Butter from women’s co-operative in Burkina Faso for which the Whipped Shea Butter limited edition bodycare line has been created. There are three products to whip you into a frenzy: Whipped Shower Foam (150ml/£14), Whipped Hand Cream (30ml/£8) and Whipped Body Cream (125ml/£18).

Shea Butter is probably my favourite offering from L’Occitane – deeply nourishing, moisturising and long-lasting. The hand cream is by far the best one I’ve tried so it’s with great excitement and an equal amount of hope that I looked forward to putting this collection to the test.

Let’s start with the Whipped Shower Foam. It is superbly enticing from its appearance in the bottle alone – a clear liquid form that magically turns into a thick, creamy foam when pumped. Enriched with Shea Butter, it leaves skin feeling supple, soft and smelling wonderful.

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Then we have the Whipped Hand Cream and Whipped Body Cream. Both look fiendishly deceiving with the whipped texture that’s light and airy yet intensely hydrating. The creams are kind and gentle enough for the most sensitive and driest skins too, and feel luxurious to slather on.

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Shea Butter is probably my favourite offering from L’Occitane – deeply nourishing, moisturising and long-lasting. The hand cream is by far the best one I’ve tried, so I had no doubts about these new arrivals. Sadly it’s a limited edition collection so if this whets your appetite, march on down to your nearest L’Occitane boutique toute de suite before it’s gone for good.