Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Benefit Dream Screen

Benefit Dream Screen

Another SPF review today and this time an offering from Benefit. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m keen at the moment on finding good daily SPF’s especially a facial one that works under makeup. Alpha-H’s offering is very good, but this wouldn’t be a very interesting beauty blog if I wasn’t the curious type when it came to trying new products.

Benefit claim that their Dream Screen, is ultra lightweight and that ‘you can’t feel it, you can’t see it, but it’s got you covered.’ And I would agree. It’s an oil sunscreen, which you immediately think won’t absorb into the skin and won’t work well as a makeup base. But, it does. That said, it doesn’t absorb quickly, you need to give it a few minutes, and the finish isn’t matte like Benefit claims.

It is meant to be an SPF of 45+, great for extreme temperatures, but it isn't waterproof so it's not one I would suggest for a poolside/beach holiday.

Dream Screen costs £25 and can be purchased online or from Benefit stores/counters.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Life lately: Rediscovering beauty

Well, that was unexpected: I didn't realise that writing my last post would have quite the distancing effect it had on me. Then I returned to London and got completely side-tracked. But, on a positive note, it made wearing makeup fun again! The knowledge that it wouldn't melt off my face after five minutes made me more inclined to make an effort.


My first stop, literally hours off the plane, was Liberty. My sister had us both booked in for a makeover with Hourglass, and I quickly fell in love with their products (if you follow me on Twitter you will know some damage went down in my last week). I was assured by the sales staff that women in the Middle East love to wear their primer and Immaculate foundation (raising the question of why they don't sell the brand here?) because it is humidity-, heat-, and waterproof. I already put it to test while I was in London, now just to wear it, here in Oman and see if that is true.

GOSH matte lipstick
I also had a chance to make it to a GOSH event. Honestly, I've been to a few of their events in the past and, although I think their polishes are great, none of their makeup has ever wowed me, but their latest launches are impressive. Firstly, they have the most wearable and well-formulated high-street range of matte lipsticks launching, they deserve a post of their own, and they'll get one. They have also released some liquid foundation drops, which feel incredibly light-weight, the only downside is the colour shade selection, I'm the second to darkest shade, and I consider myself fair/medium skin toned.

Tarte, Lights Camera Lashes
Briefly, I want to mention the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara from Tarte, I got this as part of the QVC TSV that came out back in June, and although the rest of the set was nice, this was the real star of the collection. You may have noticed I don't really do mascara reviews, and that is because I rarely notice them doing much. But I could use this mascara alone to lengthen and volumise my lashes, without feeling like I needed liner too. Bonus.

I should be back on track now with reviews and the like, although I realise I have said this many times before and failed, but the good intentions are there! Coming up later this week, the search of the perfect daily sunscreen continues...

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

#youlookdisgusting and Why I Started Discovering Beauty


Four months before starting my blog someone told me that I was so ugly that if they punched me in the face you wouldn't be able to tell. Watching the #youlookdisgusting video reminded me of that.

Throughout my teens I had acne, not particular bad acne, I never saw a doctor about it, I just assumed that it would go away once I hit adulthood. The worst bit was the scarring; naturally my skin scars easily, but I didn't help myself by just picking at and irritating my skin. My acne was hormonal so I had this constant cycle of spots appearing then scarring, and then the process repeating again the next month. I hit my twenties and the acne didn't go away, which meant I carried that awkwardness and insecurity of my teens into my adult life.  I later discovered I had been treating my skin all wrong, with the wrong products.

But this post isn't about that. It's about my face to face moment with a troll. I don't want to go into the how's and why's of that situation but, the fact is, I believed that person because they were only telling me what I felt deep down anyway. After that day I resolved to never feel like that again, and step one in making me feel beautiful was to sort out the external, my skin, and I wanted to document that so Discovering Beauty was born.

Discovering Beauty has always been about exactly what Emma (My Pale Skin) wrote on her blog: believing in myself and never letting anyone tell me that I am not beautiful, even if that person is me. It was never just about the beauty products, it was always about my journey to feeling beautiful inside and out.

It has been over four years since I started my blog and over 10 years since I was a teenager and I would be lying if I said I was completely confident about my appearance -- I will always have some permanent scarring as a reminder -- but I'm getting there.

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