Monday, 30 April 2012

April Favourites!

(1) Benefit Hervana - £23.50 - Review here.
(2) Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart - £7.99  - Review here.
(3) Bourjois Magic Nail Varnish Remover - £4.99 - Review here.
(4) Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in 08 - £5.49 - Review here.
(5) Rimmel London Rock Your Colour Glitter Nail Polish in Disco Gold - £4.59 - Review here.
(6) MAC Limited Edition Pink Tea Powder Blush - £17.50 - Review coming next month!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Bourjois Magic 1 Second Nail Varnish Remover

I am ridiculously excited to talk to you about this product, because I know that anyone who is a nail varnish junkie will absolutely love it! Welcome to your new best friend - Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover!

This little baby makes it so incredibly easy to remove nail varnish, that there's nothing now stepping in your way of sporting a new colour every day! 

When you open the tub, you just see a black sponge on the inside with a little hole in the middle (I couldn't really capture this bar with a flash but the photo wasn't very nice). All you have to do is pop your finger in the hole, twist it once and take your finger out. Hello varnish free nail.

Above you can see my first experiment with it. As you can tell, my nail still has a little bit of varnish on it, but this was only after half a twist. I had no apprehensions about sticking it back in there and giving it another twist to reveal a completely clean nail.

Wait for this... It even works with glitter nail polish! Yes! No more sitting around with your cotton pad ripping to shreds as you try to shift the dreaded glitter. A few twists in this magical contraption and you are ready to go.

But the greatness doesn't stop there. Although it smells like a normal nail varnish remover at first, once you take your finger out of the sponge and leave it for a few seconds, it starts to smell of red berries and vanilla. I absolutely love the scent! The oils in the product nourish the nail and you end up with your nail looking truly fabulous!

It costs around £4.99. I don't know how long the tub will last for as I have only just bought it. But even if it lasts one to two months, I still think it is worth it, purely for the fact that it is so effortless and easy to use.

This is way up there in my top 10 beauty items of all time I reckon. I hope you can try it and end up loving it just as much as I do.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Mini Haul - Topshop, Zara, Miss Selfridge and more.

Here are a few little goodies that I splurged on when I got my loan in. Hope you like it.

The first thing on the list is this Rock Couple Vest from Topshop that appeared on my wish list a couple of days ago. I went to try it on in store straight away and I absolutely love it. I thought it might look nicer the size bigger than my usual one, but it became too baggy near the arms so I went back to the 6.

Next up is another item that was in my wish list pretty recently. I saw that Laura from Buy Now Blog Later had bought this and did an OOTD in it. It looked absolutely stunning on her so I checked it out. I tried it on with a top from Zara, which I didn't buy in the end. At the moment I am contemplating what I will wear with it.

These are my spring/summer jeans. I have been admiring them for a few months now, so finally took the plunge and bought them when they were having a 20% off day. I absolutely love them and they fit like a glove. The only problem is, is that they are making me want to spend more money on clothes I know will look great with them. Haha vicious circle.

Finally we have this nail varnish remover. I won't say too much about this, because I am reviewing it on my blog tomorrow. However, there is just one word for it - amazing!

Have you made any purchases recently? Link me to your items! I'd love to check them out.

Friday, 27 April 2012

OOTD - 27/4/12

Excuse the messy University house garden!

(1) New Look Playsuit - £25 - (Bought a few years ago).
(2) Warehouse Denim Jacket - £40 - (Buy similar one here).
(3) M&S Tights - £3.50 - (As seen in a previous OOTD).
(4) M&S Black Boots - £35 - (Bought a few years ago).
(5) Primark Umbrella - £3

Food for thought Friday. [Guest Post]

Feel Beautiful and Confident by Experimenting with Makeup!
By: Jackie Clark

When a woman feels confident and comfortable in her own skin, her beauty is apparent to everyone she encounters. Inner beauty and self-confidence equal outer beauty and grace, and every woman should be able to appreciate her own beauty by feeling satisfied in her own skin. Women with cancer are certainly no exception. However, women with cancers, such as breast cancer or mesothelioma often concentrate solely on health rather than physical appearance. For these women, treatments and appointments often take precedence over fashion and beauty. However, experimenting with fashion and beauty products is a great way for cancer patients to receive a significant boost in mood and confidence.

Almost all women use beauty products of some kind. Some prefer subtle makeup techniques, while others enjoy bold, trendy styles. Whichever products and techniques you prefer, experimenting with makeup can be a fun and liberating experience.

When it comes to applying makeup, it's important to decide which features you want to accentuate. If your eyes are your best feature, don't be afraid to try bold shadow, liner and mascara in order to really make your peepers pop. False eyelashes are great for evening and formal occasions, and will really make you stand out in a crowd. Another bold trend in eye makeup is vibrant, colorful shadow and liner. Choose a shade that compliments your skin tone and eye color, and put on a more modern, colorful twist on the traditional smoky eye. With bold eyes, it's best to keep lip color as neutral as possible in order to let the eyes take center stage. If you have great lips, keep the eye makeup to a minimum and choose a bright shade of lipstick. Red lipstick can make a woman feel glamorous and powerful, so choose a shade of red that best suit your skin tone and enjoy this classic look.

Many women are turning to organic beauty products in favor of traditional makeup. Organic products are made with all natural ingredients, such as mineral pigments and plant extracts, and do not contain any dangerous chemicals. Organic makeup is gentle on the skin, making it the perfect choice for women with sensitive skin. The greatest benefit of organic makeup is that it's completely free of harmful chemicals and ingredients.

It's great to have fun with makeup and other beauty products. Instead of viewing it as a chore, try looking at makeup as a way to have fun and experiment with your looks, and enjoy results that leave you feeling beautiful and empowered. Women with a cancer prognosis can enjoy these benefits just as much, if not more, than women in perfect health. The boost in confidence provided by experimenting with makeup and fashion can make a woman feel beautiful and comfortable in her own skin, which will surely translate to outer beauty and confidence.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

This Week's Wish List! (Girlfriend and Boyfriend)

(1) Dorothy Perkins Necklace - £4 - Interlink Heart Necklace - 8 Inch long chain.
(2) Allsaints Shoes - £180 - Tain Heel - 100% Cotton. 11cm Heel.
(3) Topshop Top - £18 - Petite Rock Couple Vest - 100% Cotton. Machine Washable.
(4) French Connection Dress - £97 - Wild Woodland Dress - 55% Cotton, 45% Viscose.
(5) River Island Bag - £40 - Cream and Navy Colour Block Holdall - 48x30cms.

(1) Topman Beanie Hat - £12 - Grey/White Alpine Bobble Beanie - 100% Acrylic.
(2) Asos Backpack - £55 - William Fox & Sons Backpack - 100% Nylon.
(3) River Island Tee - £25 - Grey Take Me Anywhere Print T-shirt - 65% Cotton, 35% Polyester. Machine Washable.
(4) Jack Wills Joggers - £59 - Harsant Slim Fit Sweatpants - 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester. Machine Washable.
(5) Dune Shoes - £85 - Dune Skater High Top Trainers, Dark Brown - Leather.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Kleenex Facial Cloths

When I was in Superdrug a few weeks ago, I picked up these as I was in need of some more cotton pads and thought these would be a great alternative.

The cloths claim that they are 'softer than cotton wool pads' and 'cleanse skin better than cotton wool' so I was interested to see how they would work for me. They further claim to be better at removing nail polish as they are stronger and more durable.

I can now conclude that I like them a lot more for nail polish removal than I do for cleansing my face as a whole. They are basically like thick tissues, but the feel of them is very strange. They almost feel like there is some form of soap dried into them even though there isn't. They seem to stick to my fingers in an uncomfortable way. Although this feeling disappears when the tissue is wet.

I use Taaj Makeup Remover which is like a water, so it becomes very difficult to get enough of the tissue wet to cleanse my face. I seem to use more of my remover when I use these issues and I can't say that I have personally seen any difference in the way my skin has been cleansed. 

On the other hand, they are quite nice for taking nail polish off. It is easier to attack the nail and get all of the nail polish off by being direct in the usage of the tissue. Cotton wool pads are too thick to get in by the sides of my nails sometimes, so for that reason I prefer the tissues.

I think that they have their pros and cons. I will be using the rest of the box purely for nail varnish removal as I just don't think it's worth wasting makeup remover to get the tissue damp enough to cleanse my face.

Have you tried these or any of the makeup wipes by Kleenex? Let me know what you think :)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

NOTD - Rimmel London 60 Seconds in 850 Aye Aye Sailor + 002 Disco Gold Glitter Top coat!

This blue turned out to be a lot darker than I thought it would be. It looks almost black in the picture which is pretty much true to what it looks like in real life. However, if you look closely you can tell that it is still navy.  

The glitter top coat really caught my eye on the shelf. It looked like blue glitter with flecks of gold and copper. On the other hand (excuse the pun) looking at it on my nails, it looks a lot more of the latter and less blue. I suppose this is understandable since it is on such a dark blue background, but I still thought that it would show up better. Having said this, I still love it. I think it makes the polish a lot more interesting and fun. I had to fight with myself to hold back and not go wild, painting it on every nail. I am sure that would still look gorgeous! But I wanted to go for something a little bit more subtle.

Have you tried any new nail polishes recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Monday's Face #2

Gosh Classic Primer smoothed over the face in circular motions. 
Benefit Porefessional patted onto the nose and cheeks.
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup applied all over the face with the Sigma F80 brush.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer applied where needed.
Sleek Contour Kit in Light applied under the cheek bones and by the temples with the MAC 168 brush.
MAC Pink Tea Blush applied on the apples with the Benefit brush that came free with Hervana.
HD Brows palette used to fill in my eyebrows in shades Carbon and Warm Brown.
Gosh Eyebrow Gel brushed threw my brows.
Shu Uemura Eylash Curler to curl my lashes.
Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Acai Berry on my lips.
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray to finish off the look.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Rimmel London Lipstick Lock

During my last 3 for 2 splurge at Boots, I stumbled across this Lipstick Lock by Rimmel. I didn't really know much about it, or if it was going to work at all but I thought I would give it a go and let you all know what I thought.

After contemplating which lipstick to test it with, I thought my beloved Rimmel London Kate Moss 01 lipstick would be the best. It is such a vibrant red that I figured it would be easier to show you how the lipstick wore off throughout the day.

The first thing I noticed about this product was that it stinks. I am serious. This smells like some sort of chemical that you should never put anywhere near your face. I was quite shocked! Plus, when I painted it onto my lips it makes them really really tacky and almost feel like they are shrinking up. You're not allowed to close your mouth until the liquid is fully dry otherwise I presume they would stick together like crazy!

However, I am happy to say that after it had dried, which only takes a few seconds, my lips become a lot more relaxed. I could still tell that I was wearing something but that feeling wears off throughout the day.

As for its staying power - the top picture shows you my lips with the lipstick just applied, and the one below shows you them 4 hours later. I did take another picture 8 hours later but it was too dark and blurry unfortunately. As you can see the vibrancy of the lipstick has worn off, and it has started to wear off the inner part too. This is a bit annoying but understandable as I wouldn't be painting that lipstick lock stuff anywhere near the inside of my mouth.

The picture shows a lot more clearly how the lipstick has faded. When I looked at myself in the mirror it didn't look this bad. I guess it didn't hold it very well. Whats more, is once you have applied this product to your lips, it becomes very difficult to do touch ups over the top. It is possible, but the best way is to just completely take it off an reapply it. Not very convenient at all.

I now feel I should go on a mission to find the best lipstick lock, so watch this space! I shall keep you updated with my progress.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Joliebox Review - Bellapierre Lash Building Mascara

I received the Bellapierre mascara (£19.99) in my Joliebox yesterday and as you can see I couldn't wait to give it a go. When I first saw the packing I wasn't too struck by it. It seemed a little bit simple and a bit boring for my liking. But that doesn't really matter too much, because it's the product I am really interested in.

Unfortunately my first opinions yesterday proved to be true - this mascara is just too wet for my liking. The liquid is so thin that when I ran it through my lashes I got it everywhere near the lash line on my eyelid. Plus, because it's so wet, the lashes stick to each other instead of separating which was a bit disappointing. It didn't seem able to hold the curl from the eyelash curler either. However on a happier note, the wand was fine. It wasn't too big or too small and after the mascara started to dry a little, I started to like it a lot better.

It started to give my lashes a lot more definition and the curl somehow picked up a bit. The finished look after the product had completely dried was a lot more pleasing and I do think I would use it again for that fact. On the other hand, I don't think the packaging would grab me in a shop enough to make me buy it.  I don't think I would repurchase this because I think it is quite overpriced and there are great alternatives from high street brands that might be slightly easier to work with.

Friday, 20 April 2012

April Joliebox!

Hello April Joliebox! Excited! I am loving Joliebox so far. It is the only beauty box I have been loyally subscribed to and not cancelled. It is really lovely, and I love the little magazine they have started including as an extra little touch too. This box is 'The Changing of the Seasons...' to spring and helping you get ready. So lets see what I got!

(1) Balance Me - Daily Essentials Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm - A daily cleanser containing anti-oxidant Arctic Cloudberry and gently polishing oatmeal.

My Opinion - This seems like a really nice product. I like the idea of it and that  it gently polishes away dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal. Unfortunately though, this is oil based and I have really oily skin, so I don't tend to like using products like this on my face as my skin type doesn't appreciate it. On the other hand I think that someone else would really enjoy this so I shall save it and maybe do another giveaway soon :)

(2) Tropic Skincare - Skin Revive - Bursting with vitamins and pure plant actives that help to firm and intensely nourish the skin.

My Opinion - I love the smell of this. It says on the lid that it is bursting with 'blueberries and rosehip' to give you an idea of the scent. I haven't really found a moisturiser per say that I think is really great for my oily skin so I am looking forward to trying this out. Hopefully it will become a permanent part of my skincare routine.

(3) Pure Fiji - Exotic Bath and Body Oil - A multi-tasking nourishing oil that can be used on the body, hair or scalp.

My Opinion - This made me giggle because I have just got back from having a spray tan done, and they sell this brand at the shop. I'm not a terribly large fan of coconut but I do really like the smell of this. I also like that it is multi-purpose so you can use it on your hair as well as your body. I am wondering whether it is going to be like the Leonor Greyl Palme that I have received in a prior beauty box and enjoyed. Looking forward to trying this out.

(4) Bellapierre - Black Mascara - This long lasting mascara instantly creates thicker and fuller lashes

My Opinion - Mascaras are a win when it comes to me. They have to be in my top 3 types of beauty products. I am just addicted to them and own way to many. I have never heard of this brand before so am excited to give it a go. A review will be coming up soon of this I am sure. So far the wand looks pretty average but the consistency could be a little wet.

(5) KMS California - Freeshape Hot Flex Spray - A protective heat styling spray for hair that lasts until the next wash.

My Opinion - I am not overly sure why but I have always had a fixation with wanting to try something by KMS but have never got around to it. But here I am, presented with my very own bottle and am happy to say this is the product I am most excited about. I am a haircare junkie and this looks right up my street. I really like that it protects your hair until the next wash and not just for the few seconds when you are applying heat. A review will follow shortly.

What did you get in your beauty boxes this month? Did you like everything you got? Let me know :)

Full size pictures of everything below.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

This Week's Wish List! (Girlfriend and Boyfriend)

(1) Miss Selfridge Body - £22 - Petites Mesh Insert Cross Body - 100% Viscose, Machine Washable.
(2) Miss Selfridge Top - £28 - Sleeveless Pleat Detail Top - 100% Polyester, Machine Washable.
(3) Miss Selfridge Bag - £30 - Clip Slouch Bucket Bag - 100% Polyurethane.
(4) Asos Jeans - £95 - M2F Coloured Skinny Jeans - 98% Cotton 2% Elastane, Machine Washable.
(5) Topshop Top - £22 - Foil Cross Texture Vest - 82% Acrylic 18% Polyester, Machine Washable.

(1) Asos Tee - £35 - Minimum Emir Scoop Neck T-shirt - 100% Cotton, Machine Washable.
(2) Ralph Lauren Tee - £50 - Ralph Lauren Nautical Stripe T-shirt - 100% Cotton, Machine Washable.
(3) Vans Trainers - £52.99 - Vans Era 59 Navy Shoes.
(4) Asos Jeans - £49 - Cheap Monday Tight Skinny Jeans (Grey) - 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane, Machine Washable.
(5) Ralph Lauren Hooded Sweat - £110 - Polo Ralph Lauren Pique Hoodie - 100% Cotton, Machine Washable.
(6) AllSaints Shirt - £75 - AllSaints Scythe Shirt - 100% Linen, Machine Washable.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in 08

If you have been reading my blog for a while, then you will have followed me on my discovery of  lipsticks, and loving them too. You will also know that I have slowly come across 'my-lips-but-better' shades like I Love Winter by MAC that I am really enjoying. I am now happy to say that I have found another.

This is my second Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick. After purchasing 01 which happens to be my favourite red lip stick so far, I thought I would get another from the range. This is when I came across 08. Just like the first one I bought, it smells like sweets (I think its the Haribo cherries it smells like) and is extremely soft so it sweeps across the lips like a dream! I also like that it's not completely matte but isn't like a gloss, so it helps your lips look healthy without making them look wet.

I love how creamy they feel on my lips. To start with, they remind me of the Rimmel Super Lustrous Creme lipsticks, as they are just as moisturising and easy to apply. Unfortunately the Kate Moss ones do tend to dry out on the lips a lot quicker but I would say that the lasting power is pretty good. I tested out my 01 lipstick and the colour lasted for around 4 hours, even though I was eating and drinking at the same time. I think that's pretty reasonable as normally all traces would be wiped off straight away.

I have recently purchased the Rimmel London Lipstick Lock which I will be doing a review of soon. It's meant to hold your lipstick on for a lot longer, so hopefully this will mean less touch ups of 08 in the future.

Have you tried any of the Kate Moss Lipsticks? Let me know your favourite shades, or if you know of ones like this one from another brand :)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Benefit The Porefessional

What a great day it was when Benefit released The Porefessional - the type of product I have always needed but never thought would work.

The Pro Balm is skin colour which helps it blend nicely to create an even, flawless surface for applying foundation. A little really does go a long way, and an added bonus is that is also smells great! As you can see, my tube is quite empty but I have had it for just over a year now and I use it every day without fail. 

Application is really simple. Just squeeze a little onto the tip of your finger - I usually use the amount shown on my hand above - then gently tap it onto the skin in areas where you feel that your pores are enhanced. This product acts as a filler to create a smooth skin finish. You might think that if this is being packed into your pores, that it would cause you to break out and have really bad skin but I have never had any problems with this product at all. If anything, I have better skin because of it. 

The effects of this balm last all day and I don't feel the need to do touch ups. However, you can use this product on top of makeup if you feel the need to. I have used it on the top of my Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation before and didn't have a problem with my makeup then slipping about on my face afterwards. 

Overall, its got the average Benefit price (£23.50), which is quite expensive. However, if you look at in terms of how long it lasts you, and how much the cost is when spread out over a year, it's not too bad at all. If you have problems with large pores then I would recommend heading to your nearest Benefit counter and asking the sales assistant to try it out on your skin. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. This is a holy grail product for me, and I hope it is for you too.

Monday, 16 April 2012

L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Carbon Gloss

Super Liner Carbon Gloss (£6.49) is a repurchase for me because I love the easy application and the pigmentation. Plus it stays like this all day and doesn't fade or wear off like many liquid liners tend to do. You would be forgiven for think that this would mean it would be really hard to remove at night time but fortunately this isn't the case. With the swipe of a makeup wipe, all evidence is removed.

 A lot of people don't like this liner because it can look glossy in some lighting, hence the name. However I just think it adds to the strength of the black and makes the eyes look even more defined. On the other hand, there is the Super Liner version if you really prefer a matte finish.

I like that this doesn't come with a brush, but with a sponge tip pen that helps you to get a really precise line - whether it be thin or thick. You can also use the side of the applicator to achieve a neater finish. This special sponge would make it easier for people learning how to do winged liner because you have full control of the tip. It isn't like a brush that might bend in different directions. The liquid lasts for quite a while so you won't find it drying up or running out on you within two weeks. It isn't too expensive so it won't break the bank and is an all round great product that you won't be disappointed with.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

NOTD - Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in 630 Dark Denim

I was in a little bit of a rush to paint my nails this time as I am heading back to uni today for the last semester of the year. However I did two coats of my lovely new nail polish and I think it looks great. I would probably try for three coats and a top coat next time, but perhaps I can do that a bit later.

The colour isn't exactly what I had expected. I thought it was going to be a tiny bit more vibrant, but I guess it does match the colour shown in the bottle. I am still looking for a shiny blue that can replace my Navy by Barry M. The search will go on unfortunately.

I know this isn't a very spring/summer colour to wear but I love it anyway. I went on a nail shopping trip yesterday and bought some great nail polishes for Spring/Summer - especially one from Revlon I am especially excited about. So watch this space!

Have you tried any great colours lately? Let me know in the comments below :)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Revlon Lip Butters - Creme Brulee and Sweet Tart


The Revlon Lip Butter range hit the high streets of the UK last month and everyone has been going wild for them. After there was such good press about them in the US, everyone wanted to get their hands on these goodies, including me.

When I finally managed to find some in Boots, I didn't really know which colour I wanted to buy. I had seen swatches of them all before but it had slipped my mind as to which colours I liked the best so I went into the decision blind. I swatched a few on my hands and the ones I thought I would like, I didn't, and visa versa.

In the end I came out with Creme Brulee (Left) and Sweet Tart (Right). I went straight for Creme Brulee to start with because I love nudes, whereas Sweet Tart was going to be my hit-or-miss shade. As it happens, I actually prefer Sweet Tart a lot more than the other!

Where application and wear is concerned, I am pretty pleased. The lipstick tube makes the butter so much easier to apply, as well as being more hygienic than a tub. And though it says they are lip butters, they wear reasonably well. They moisturise my lips and give a great colour pay off at the same time, which I think is one of the main reasons why they are such a huge success. Even when all the sheen and moisture has seeped in, you still get a great colour pay off, especially with Sweet Tart, which I really love!

Overall I am pretty pleased with my purchases and would consider buying some more. I think that Sweet Tart is going to look great on the lips this summer. Plus, since I like to keep my wardrobe reasonably neutral, this can work as my 'pop' factor :)

Friday, 13 April 2012

This Week's Wish List! (Girlfriend and Boyfriend)

(1) Asos Dress - £30 - Jersey Cross Back Maxi Beach Dress - 100% Viscose.
(2) Miss Selfridge Shoes - £50 - Saffi Black Closed Toe Court - 100% Man Made. 5.5inch Heel.
(3) Zara Bag - £129 - Zara Plaited Leather Shopper Handbag.
(4) Asos Dress - £35 - Sleeveless Mini Dress with Double Skirt - 100% Polyester.
(5) Zara Shoes - £59.99 - Peep-Toe with Ankle Strap - 4.8inch Heel.
(6) Asos T-shirt - £55 - Zoe Karssen Bat T-Shirt - 50% Cotton, 50% Modal.

(1) Asos Blazer - £120 - Selected Crave Blazer - 92% Cotton, 8% Polyester.
(2) AllSaints Tee - £40 - Cuts Raw Scoop T-shirt - 100% Cotton.
(3) Tommy Hilfiger Jeans - £90 - Sid Skinny Light Wash Jean Blue - 98% Cotton, 2% Lycra.
(4) Kurt Geiger Boots - £120 - KG Avenue Boots Light Grey - Upper Leather, Lining Leather, Sole Synthetic.
(5) Asos Bracelet - £40 - Simon Carter Wing Wrap Bracelet - 100% Leather.
(6) Asos Beanie - £45 - William Fox & Sons Bobble Beanie - 100% Wool.
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