I hope you have all been doing wonderfully! Apologies for the delay in my next posting, but I can assure you this one is worth the wait!
A few weeks ago I was sent an amazing package filled with lots of Designer Brands cosmetics! Prior to receiving this, I had heard of this brand and had seen numerous commercials on television about it. My understanding from the get-go was that their products were of a designer quality, but all for a drug store price so I was definitely excited to give them a go!
Let me take you all through what was included in this full face make up selection!
Longwear 24 Hour Foundation (Sand Beige) $12.99: As a lover of ‘that base’ I am always eager to give new foundations a try so this one came as no exception. The consistency of this product is quite thick because of it’s full coverage and long wearing finish. For me this isn’t a problem as this type of product would be something I would reach to for a full days work or a night out. Now although it is a 24 hour wearing foundation, there is no way I would ever leave my make up on my face for that long, but in the job I am in at the moment I work 13 hours each day, so give a few hours either side of that, the longest I have been able to keep this foundation on to trial the longwear claim for was about 17 hours. In that time frame this product seriously did not budge! Not a single touch up required. This is absolutely a longwearing formula and one that doesn’t smudge or cake up. The only tiny thing that could bother some people is that it is fast drying, so once applied to the skin you will have to move fast to ensure an easy and even blend.
Natural Ground Minerals Bronzer $19.99: Sitting in the cooler months, bronzers are an absolute vital part of any make up routine to warm up our wintery skin, so this product couldn’t have come at a better time. This mineral bronzer has a built in grinder that delicately shaves the formula from pressed to mineral in a matter of seconds! What I love about this is that it is mess free and you have complete control over the amount of product you shave off into the compact. This beautiful shade is shimmer free and completely buildable for those looking for a more darker bronzing finish.
Natural Ground Minerals Bush $14.99: Going hand in hand with it’s bronzing counterpart, the blush comes with the same grinding technique that shaves the lightest and finest minerals from the compact in order to achieve a flawless finish. With all of the nasty chemicals usually found in other mineral products eliminated, this lightweight product (like the bronzer) has been filled with all natural ingredients to really care for your skin. In a beautiful dusty pink shade, this colour is suited to all skin types and is again easily buildable for a more prominent colour on your cheeks.
CC Concealer Pen (Light Medium) $12.99: Nothing beats a correction pen that does it all so this is a must have in all beauty cases! An imperfection corrector, a highlighter and illuminator all in one. While covering your dark circles, you can also highlight the key points of your face like your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, cupids bow and the centre of your forehead. This product is a lightweight and smooth formula with the right amount of coverage to conceal the darkest of circles without creasing with it’s skin loving ingredients such as Caffeine to reduce puffiness and Pomegranate Extract to help brighten and retain moisture. With a simple twist of the pen, you’re on your way to fresh looking skin with this 3 in 1 wonder pen!
Retractable Pencil (Brown) $7.99: There’s nothing better than a creamy longwearing eye pencil which is why DB Cosmetics has got the goods! With ingredients like Shea Butter and Cocoa your eyes are bound to be irritation free with no harsh chemicals needing to be applied to your eyes. With an abundance of black coal pencils, I thought I would try my luck at a brown shade for a more softer look against my blue eyes which is really making them pop! I am loving the wind up pencil giving that precise application and am a fan of the soft formula of the eye pencil. The colour payoff is great and again super buildable for a more desired dramatic and smokey eye look.
Quad Eye Shadow (Cocoa Brown) $9.99: These mineral eye shadow quads come in 4 perfectly picked shades to compliment a full eye look top to toe. These shades are super pigmented which means less is more and that these will be long lasting! Coming with a guide on where to place the numbered 1-4 colours, your crease, lid, eye brow bone, inner corner and lower lash line will be taken care of with these coordinated shades that have a soft and silky finish. I also received the quad in Smokey Charcoal which comes with a beautiful metallic colour payoff and shine. With 6 quads to choose from, there are colour palettes to suit all skin types and eye colours!
Beyond Amplifying Mascara (Blackest Black) $12.99: As a self-confessed mascara addict, I am always out there looking for the next best thing so after reading about this mascara my obsession was instant! DB Cosmetics have formulated a tubing formula which as it suggests, sets each lash in a water-resistant tube, yes, a tube! Not only does this keep the product from clumping and flaking throughout the day, it makes the removal process a breeze! I applied my Micellar Water to an eye make up pad and with gentle pressure and one wipe the mascara comes off..in tubes! This protects your natural lashes from pulling out due to harsh mascara sticking to them. I literally haven’t seen anything like this before. I put the innovative tubing formula to the test and decided to pull the mascara from my lashes to see if like other brands my lashes would come out with it. I was shocked to see that all that came off was the precise tubing that was coating my lash. It’s actually an amazing concept and one that covers all bases with Argan Oil and Lash Food Complex which is also found in the formula to help promote longer, thicker and stronger lashes.
Longwear Lipstick $9.99: By this stage I noticed there is a bit of a theme with Designer Brands and some of their formula’s and that’s that they are longwearing, so their lipsticks were no different. Available in 12 different shades, I received Lilac Mist, Shocking Pink and Blushing Rose. The formula of these lipsticks, although long lasting, are designed to glide onto your lips counteracting dryness and providing moisture and with their creamy formula, it does just that. The shades I received were on the lighter end of their colour chart but still had amazing colour pay off. 2 coats of the lipstick and the results are what you see above. For a lighter look this is absolutely achievable and can be achieved with one application if it’s a less dramatic look you were wanting or if you are working your way into wearing lipsticks!
BB Lip Balm (Belle Pink) $6.99: A 3 in 1 lip balm that provides all the benefits of a lip gloss, lip treatment and lip plumper all in 1 applicator! This product contains ingredients that increase collagen production, soothes and nourishes your lips and also helps prevent UV damage. A real handbag necessity for all women looking to have that all in one product that takes care of your lips. The product is a thin and smooth formula and doesn’t feel sticky or tacky when applied, which is a huge plus in my opinion. This BB lip balm comes in 3 different shades which leave a refreshing drop of colour in a light pink, dark pink or nude shade when applied to add that subtle pop to your day or night make up look.
What I love most about Designer Brands is not only their affordable prices, but the quality of their products. Usually you have company’s that stand by the fact that their products are “this or that” and after purchasing them and trying them out for yourself your excitement is short lived with disappointment from your high expectations created by what they feed you. For me, this wasn’t at all the case with any of these products. After reading the description on each, every single one of them lived up to their reputation outlined on the website and THAT’S impressive!
Aside from all of that, Designer Brands promote their products to not be tested on animals and are not only Certified Cruelty Free but also Certified Vegan which is another huge reason to support brands like this. When I see affordable make up brands my first thought is usually that the products themselves will be cheap in quality. Not only is the packaging for Designer Brands to a high standard, but the formula of the products are just as good (some, if not better) than the high end designer brands you pay an absolute fortune for!
I encourage you ladies to give them a go and see for yourself! I love nothing more than finding home grown brands and businesses to support, so the fact there is an Australian cosmetics company that creates amazing products at an affordable price has got me excited!
I will leave you with this natural ‘day time look’ I created using only Designer Brands cosmetics. Enjoy your weekend my loves!
Until next time..