A few weeks ago, the gorgeous Emmy from Emmysbeautycave sent me a cheeky invite on Twitter, which allowed me to get my mitts on a sample of the newly released Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer. And am I one to turn down a freebie? Haaaaa, as if. 

Tbh, I completely forgot about it until today - and nearly weed myself in excitement upon realising I had unexpected mail [yes, my life is that supremely tragic.] 

Just look how cute this is though - the sample I was sent comes with its very own boarding pass and everything. 

Due to living full-time within poverty town - with regular visits to debt city, I'm not too clued up on high-end brands. So if [like me] you're not totes sure what Air Patrol is or does, here's a cheeky little run down.

  • Air Patrol is a BB Cream Eyelid Primer. 93% said it feels calming and soothing and 94% said it relieves dryness.
  • Air Patrol helps protect against Environmental Stress [such as pollutants, sun and smoke] with its SPF20 and Shea extract.
  • Air Patrol can be used as a primer to lock your eyeshadow in place.
  • The special shade of Air Patrol gives natural-looking colour correction on all skin-tones.*
*paraphrased from the promotional materials I received with my Air Patrol sample

So, what's it like?

First things first, it smells nice. That is a major criteria in my books - especially if I'm going to be rubbing a product into my eyelids! It's a lovely, light consistency; it applied really nicely and blended really well. It felt almost cooling on my eyelid; it felt like the way Garnier BB Cream does on my face - like it really woke me up. I agree with the 93% of people surveyed - Air Patrol definitely felt soothing and calming on my skin. Win.

Does it work?

I love a good experiment - so, all in the name of blogging, I applied a little Air Patrol and bashed out a cheeky smokey eye look onto my right peeper and left it there, all day. I 100% forgot about this one-eye-wayne situation and went down to the communal area in my flat and evs - definitely looked like a loon. Or maybe the trend will catch on?

Anyway, I worked ferociously slaving over my Macbook all day, scrambled some eggs, took some rubbish out , drank copious amounts of tea and forgot [AGAIN!] I was testing this out and rubbed my eye pretty hard - and even after all that, my makeshift smokey eye (courtesy of one of my favourite MUA palettes) is still going st-rong.

Does it have a space in my life?

This sample has flown into my life at just the right time - pre-festive, party season. I can't wait to give it a whirl over Xmas, as the real test of time will be going for meals and pulling all nighters after festivities. If this little beaut holds up in the same way it's done so far, I'll be purchasing a full size tube for sure. No doubt this product will really take off now it's been released.... I predict that Air Patrol will definitely fly off the shelves... PAAahahaa I love a good pun, me. Sorry, guys. I've done well holding them in for that long though, right?


Have you tried Air Patrol, or got any plans to? Or do you have any other must-have eyeshadow primers you recommend?

Life is better with a tan. Fact. However, chance would be a fine thing in this overcast, drizzly climate.

I thought long and hard about my options in combatting this problem and I came up with two possible solutions:

1. I need to move abroad and bask in the sun like a giant lizard 
2. I need to up my fake tanning game.

Considering that I quite often can't afford life essentials [such as bourbon biscuits, cheese and bleach; the triad of glory] I soon realised that pigs will fly, talk and operate hovercrafts before I can ever afford to relocate overseas. So I shuffled off, with a heavy heart [and a very light wallet] to Tesco to see if I could successfully fulfil my second option.

And by jove - I bloody well did. Meet my new bae; a holiday in a bottle > Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion, Deep Sunkissed Look.

You can go for a few different options when it comes to skin tone [light, medium etc;] but obv I dived straight in there for the bottle labelled Deep Sun Kissed - I like my tan how I like my brews; deep, dark and mysterious looking.

It's bloody brilliant this, yeno. After just one application [which I applied at night, before I went to bed] I had similar results to the level of tan I normally achieve with my trusty St Moriz fake tan - but without the suspicious brown stains across the bed sheets / clothing / carpet. Plus, it looks really natural - it's adapted to my skin tone and makes me look naturally tanned, rather than the way some fake tans can leave a bit of an orangey tinge to your complexion.

The only downside of this product is that it does come with a faint aroma of biscuits; it's a bit nostalgic, it's taken me back to my days of being an angst ridden teenager and applying this proper old-school L'Oréal fake tan from in an orange twist-cap bottle. I stunk of a blend of singed hair from straightening it with the iron and fake tan. Anyway, this lotion has a much nicer smell than tans of the past; Summer Body has strong overtones of apricot. But eau de biscuit is still slightly present - I'm not gonna lie.

The lotion itself has a fab, quite thick consistency which applies really well - a little goes a long way and it's not pure greasy either, which is always a bonus. And, as opposed to St Moriz - this little beauty doesn't just tan you; it moisturises your skin, too. It's like two jobs in one, which I love as I am lazy as sin once it gets past 8:30pm.

For me, finding this product has revolutionised my tanning routine. I don’t have to put on rubber gloves to apply it like I do with St Moriz, I don’t have to wash the stain off before I go anywhere near water [you know what I'm talking about girls - when you put on instant tan for a night out and as soon as you step outside it rains and you end up with leopard print arms] and I don’t have to consider ringing in sick to work when it goes tits up [like I did when I accidentally stained the palms of my hands a deep mahogany shade that time and had to bleach them back to normality with toilet bleach.] It just feels to be so much quicker than holidaying to St Moriz - with so much less risk. I'm a convert.

If you fancy trying this bad lad out, it's on offer at Asda at the moment for £3.50 a bottle. Winning! If you've got a fairer complexion than I do, they also stock it in the fairer shades too. If you click here, that's the full range.

Have you found any bloody brilliant fake tans? Or have you tried Garnier Summer Body before?

In amongst the elderly madmen who think it's acceptable to either touch me [or that it's okay to just full-on stink], smackheads and general nutjobs who lurk within my local B&M Bargains store, you can find a well-hidden, well-stocked beauty aisle of glory. 

I haven't bought anything for a while as I am possibly the poorest person in the land, but after an old man wearing a trenchcoat and paint [deliberately] applied all over his face wafted his horrendous smell past me in the Post Office before yelling 'LOVE YOU, BYE' to the startled member of staff behind the counter, I felt I needed to splurge a little bit in order to replace such mental memories with nice ones. This really happened, guys. It's not even an exaggeration.  

Here's what I bought and my first impressions. And the less we speak of that man, the better, k? *does a sick in mouth*


Rimmel Vinyl Gloss Lipgloss in shade 730 Cosmic, £3.49

I went through a proper mixed experience with this product. I bought it thinking it was a pure nude colour - a bit like the Velvet Teddy shade. But then once I got it home and into natural light, I noticed it was proper metallic looking. 

'Bloody hell,' I grumbled to myself, 'I'm going to look like a sh*tting robot.' I wasn't too impressed at all, I didn't fancy channelling my inner cyborg / looking like that C3PO fella.

But once I gave it a chance and cracked it out of its plastic, my feelings changed once more - for the better. It actually applies really nicely and not like metal. It's the old cliche 'my lip colour, but better'; - a proper nice, subtle shade that's perfect for Autumn. 

It also smells lovely - it reminds me of being a teenager and some of the [shockingly sh*t, but nice smelling] products I used to use. It also tastes / smells a bit like those sugar cigarette sweets you used to be able to buy for about 15p a pack when I was a kid and me Ma would shout at me for pretending to smoke them and I'd be like 'Chill out Ma, I'm not honking on a crack pipe or anything, I'm only 6.'

Ah, memories.


W7 In The Buff Natural Nudes 12 Eyeshadow Palette, £4

I've seen about 232 posts on this palette [so I won't bore you with pure loads of waffle about it] but thanks to all you beautiful blogger-enablers of the internet, I really wanted to try it out. The first thing that strikes me about it, is that for £4, this actually looks incredibly bloody high-end. It really does look like the Urban Decay palettes [or what I've seen of them, in photos #poorpeopleproblems.]

The inner within the tin has a lovely faux leather look to it and it comes with a pretty alright brush / applicator, as well. The eyeshadows themselves are fab; a truly gorgeous range of shades that are proper pigmented with a great colour pay-off.  I'm so impressed with this, I'm definitely going to invest in the other two palettes next time I brave B&M. And if you can swerve the raging weirdos and village perverts standing near the medicine section of B&M's beauty aisle, I strongly suggest you invest, too.


Chapstick 'MixStix' in Strawberry Banana Smoothie [think this was about £1.29]

This was a proper random purchase; my trusty Carmex has nearly ran out [and is plastered with sand from the beach on holiday] so I was looking for a replacement to keep my lips in shape, when I spotted this. 

It's basically a dual-sided lip balm; one end being a yellow banana flavour balm and the other, a cute pink strawberry. You can use each side separately or mix them together for the smoothie effect. I won't lie, right - these smell and taste SO GOOD that it actually makes me a bit emotional. Legitimate tears prick my eyes when I smell the strawberry one [yeah, I'm a loser - I don't even care haha.]

Hydration wise, it's alright like; nothing to write home about - but the smell of this alone makes me happier than I am when I find a coin on the floor. And I mean, I truly buzz off that experience, so you can judge how much I enjoy this.


Have you tried any of these products? Have you stumbled across any amazing beauty buys - or local lunatics - in your local B&M store?

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