17 September 2014

Benefit Gimme Brow



I'm hoping you're all on-board the brow-wagon by now? I'm not talking shape shifting, scouse brow transformations, more just a little enhancement. If you're not already into brows, you need to be, even with a subtle bit of help, it will completely change your look.

On the norm, I opt for the Benefit Brow Zings, a powder and a gel to properly shape and enhance your brows. But, for the days when I'm in a quickie routine, or when ultimate definition just isn't what I'm looking for, I have been loving the Gimme Brow.
It's pretty self explanatory by the title, if not by looking at the product. A tinted cream product to slick through your brows. The before and after pics show it in its subtlest form, it definitely makes a difference but nothing epic. So, may be a great choice if you're just making the switch from the raw eyebrow into the beautified.

The subtle tint of the product helps to fill in any sparse areas of your eyebrows, whilst the gel grooms them and holds them in place. A word of warning to keep it light, too much product and you'll begin to get product build up, you can always drag this out with the wand if the initial brush through gives you more than you expected.

£17.50 for the mini brow mascara and more than worth it. If you're on the super natural hype you can use it along your bottom lashes as well to define without going too harsh.

15 September 2014

Tortilla | Trinity Kitchen, Leeds






You will need to be dealing in Thai or Mexican to get a real rise out of me in the food steaks stakes. Which is obviously why Tortilla was my first point of call when Trinity Kitchen opened last year. Zip forward twelve months and I went back, purely for review purposes.

The concept should be familiar by now, choose from a burrito, naked burrito (i.e. replace wrap with bowl) or tacos (the Mexican way - no crunch) and have them filled to your liking. The art of Subway, but to an incomparably better taste.
I went for a Carnitas (pulled pork) burrito, filled with black beans, mild salsa and everything else but the guac. And tried a bite of the grilled chicken burrito with a pretty potent spicy salsa. Liquid breaks came in the form of a selection of Mexican beer, namely Pacifico & Modelo on this date, but I'm hoping to get on board with margaritas in the near future so I can try them out. Still struggling through 'tequila is bad'.

We went for a late dinner on a week night, so got the no-queue perk, but expect to wait if you're hitting weekday lunch rush hour, or lunching over the weekend.
Tortilla has permanent residence in Trinity Kitchen and as an export from California, is doing Mexican pretty well. Add ons like the 'premium' meats and guacamole will add to your bill, but as a minimum, prices start at £4.50. And you will almost certainly leave full. 

And for the closing hit of fashion..
Top & Skirt, H&M | Shoes, Office

12 September 2014

The Ultimate Covergirl Foundation Duo



I've gone minimalist. Not in the 'no-make-up-make-up-routine' kind of way, because honestly... I like make-up too much to pretend it's not there. No, instead I've ditched the liner and have settled for two products for my face base. One of which is detailed below, with its perfect partner.

Covergirl is one of my favourite make-up brands, so every US or Australia trip I get to go on, I'll stock up with any new bits (and a couple of old favourites) to try out. Reviews or no reviews. Two of my now-favourite products are in the no reviews (or very few) camp. The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation is a 3-in-1 situation. Honestly, multi-claim products like this I normally stay away from, I'd rather just get a good job separately than an average job in one.

Covergirl has converted me.

I have dry skin, like a pretty high coverage for my problem areas, but not so high that it gets cakey elsewhere. This is the perfect balance. Primer, concealer and foundation rolled in to one that lasts all day. Not even my favourite Vichy Dermablend has this much staying power with a natural finish. It dries a little tacky, but eventually settles to a natural feel and not heavy on the skin. Blemishes are completely hidden, undereyes brightened and the finish is a natural satin.

I've done that cardinal annoyance of raving about a product not available in the UK (to my knowledge), but I'm just getting your US must have beauty list started...