Sunday 28 February 2016


Hi everyone.

Today is just a quick post to say sorry but there will be no beauty related post today due to personal reasons.

A regular beauty related blog post should be up next week though! Again, I'm sorry for not having a post up today.

Dusty Foxes

Sunday 21 February 2016

Review: Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar

Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar Palette Review

Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar Palette Review

Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar Palette Review and Swatches


So today I'm going high end a little with the Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar palette. I got this on Cohorted before they revamped the site so I've had it for quite a while.

As you can see, the eyeshadows are all very shimmery and do not have individual pans. I've read that it's because they're set out in a way to make it easy to mix shades by swirling them together.  Personally, I think it's fun, but not really my favourite way of using eyeshadow. 

The palette is very small. It's about the length of the Naked Basics palettes, but shorter and wider. It's a good size for portability. I think the packaging is nice and sturdy.

The shades are very pretty and the formula is very blendable and pigmented, but my main issue is that they're all so shimmery. It's not glittery, but they have a very high shine. I find that any looks I create tend to look quite "night-time" even if I'm using the light neutrals. 

I think this palette is a solid one for evening looks but not for daytime. As I rarely go out, I don't find myself reaching for this palette unless I use some mattes from my collection to even it out.

Let me know what your favourite eyeshadows are in the comments below!

Signing off now,
Dusty Foxes

Sunday 14 February 2016

Review/ DIY: Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Oil Base Yellow- Colour correcting diaries

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I'll be sharing a product that has made me love my morning routine just that extra bit more.

Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Yellow
Have you ever gone to get a foundation, and no matter how you looked in Boots or Superdrug you couldn't find  a colour to suit you? I have that problem. I have very yellow toned Asian skin and affordable foundations always pull pink on me. When I was first starting out with makeup, I had no idea what an undertone was. My first base product was a Korean BB cream, and that was very pink. While I do sometimes like the way it adds life to my sallow skin, a more full coverage option ends up looking like a mask on me.

Enter the Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix. It's basically concentrated pigment you can mix in to help shift the undertones of your makeup. There are two different bases- oil base and water base. While the initial reaction may be to go for water base, a little bit of research showed me that I needed to oil based one in order for it to mix into my foundation better/ This is because my foundation is silicone based. Also, they came in a range of colours, White, yellow, blue, red, brown and black. Since I was looking to make my foundation more yellow, I went for yellow.

 Here is my foundation. It looks like a good match because my camera tends to change the tone of my skin, but it is a bit too pink on me. I tended to avoid using it because it made me feel uncomfortable.

Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Yellow
On Tuesday, I started experimenting (and posted it on Snapchat! Add me @dustyfoxes). I ended up putting my foundation into a small (and clean) container to mix it more easily and then I added the Chromatic mix. You can see that it's rather mustard-y. I mixed it in and tested it at intervals on my jaw, adding chromatic mix until it disappeared into my skin. This took a while to get right.

Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Yellow

Here you can see the difference it makes. On the bottom, they are swatched and on the top they are blended out. If you look carefully above the two foundation swatches, you can see that the one on the left (uncorrected) can be seen slightly as  a pink smear. On the right it blends into my skin perfectly.

I find that by colour correcting, I have been using my foundation more and as it suits my skin tone and shade, I don't need to worry about missing slight areas or if my blending isn't great. It's making me use foundation more regularly and I've been loving it.

Personally, I do think it's a bit of a faff to have to use, but it's something necessary for me to utilise my foundation. It is a small bottle, but it is very pigmented, so unless you're trying to make a drastic change, there's no need to use a lot at a single time. I did use quite a bit, but I was trying to colour correct the entire bottle.

I purchased this product from Guru Makeup Emporium. Shipping was super quick and it arrived a day after I ordered.

Let me know what issues you might want to correct with your makeup to make it Holy Grail status in the comments below! Also, what yellow toned foundations would you recommend for me? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Signing off now
Dusty Foxes

Sunday 7 February 2016

Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper


Today I'm sharing my thoughts about the Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper. Whew, is that a long name or what? 

I got this last year in December or so because I really wanted long voluminous lashes without having to use falsies. I used it a couple of times then promptly forgot about it because it's a bit of a hassle having to wait for it to dry. However, after hearing Amelia Liana talk about it in her recent January Favourites video, I've pulled it out and am trialling it again.
So, how did it do?
Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper

Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper

Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper

Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper

The product came in a lovely cardboard box with the instructions on. Inside was a simple black mascara-looking tube. I quite like how sleek this looks. I feel like it feels expensive- mainly because I love the colour scheme. 
The wand is quite bristle-y and I'm pretty sure they are plastic bristles. Personally, I like plastic bristles, so this was fine. 

As you can see, the plumper is a light brown colour and contains little fibres.

Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper Comparison

Review: Code Beautiful FFL Forget False Lashes Pre Mascara Lash Plumper Comparison

I've added here some comparison photos. On the left, I did a coat of the plumper, then mascara, then plumper, then mascara. Looking back at the instructions, I think I was only supposed to use the plumper then just mascara, but the overall effect did not change much.

On the right, I did 4 coats of the Benefit's They're Real mascara, which was also the mascara I used with the plumper. I did 4 coats so that it could be better compared with the left eye as I did 4 coats of "lash product" on that eye.

Personally, I found that the plumper did not give me a lot of added length or volume, but it did leave my lashes looking (and feeling) less clumpy than the 4 coats. I noticed this when it was just 2 coats of both as well. I think the plumper wasn't really worth it because it didn't really give a "false lash" effect.

I do think that it is something I will keep using as it has a lovely finish, but I may try it with different mascaras as I think the Benefit They're Real does a better job on it's own. (it is easier to remove the mascara with this under it though)

Just a final note that I just thought of, I do like that you can use this directly on your lashes, unlike Magnifibres (which I've also been trialling) that you need to use mascara first then layer the product on.


I think this isn't something worth spending £18 on. Personally I did not see a huge difference and do not think it's worth the extra effort. However, I have seen very positive reviews, so it may be down to personal preference.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! Also, if you have any non-false lashes recommendations let me know because I still somehow manage to stab myself with falsies...

Code Beautiful commented on my instagram pic (@dustyfoxes) and let me know I had to wait 30 seconds before applying mascara. I have tried this with 2 other mascaras. Again, I didn't see so much that I would splash out on it again.

Signing off now
Dusty Foxes