Sunday, 30 September 2012

September Favourites!


(1) Di Palomo Wild Fig and Grape Eau de Parfum - £22 - Review here.
(2) Roger and Gallet Creme Sublime Hand and Nail Cream - £7.20 - Review here.
(3) Kleenex Shine Absorption Sheets - £2.99 - Review here.
(4) Clinique All About Eyes - £21 - Review here.
(5) L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Polish in 409 Hypnotic Red - £4.99 - Review here.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 477 Black Cherry (Creme)



 




 Remember my Oxblood Nail Polish post when I said I might have a lipstick to match? Well this is the lipstick but I have to say that it's slightly more purple than I imagined and I don't think it's for me.

I have seen quite a few review on this lipstick and I have previously bought quite a few from this range so I figured it would be a pretty safe bet. Especially when my one of my favourites (Pink in the Afternoon) was a creme formulation also. So naturally I was drawn to this when I tried to find a more vampy lipstick for the upcoming winter months. However I just don't like how it looks on me. I think that it's a really lovely colour and a great formulation as always, but it makes me look like I have black lips from far away and it does not compliment my features at all.

I didn't have a lip liner to go with this lipstick so it was pretty challenging to get a neat edge by just using the lipstick itself and no lip brush. Then again, I feel that I did a decent enough job for the purposes of the picture.

The lipstick wasn't as matte as I thought it was going to be either. Pink in the Afternoon didn't really have a shine but this one does as you can see from the pictures above. Perhaps it's the lip balm I put on underneath that is seeping through.

Overall its a great lipstick but not the one for me so it will probably be another product to go in my beauty blog sale next time a hold one.

If you have any lipstick recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments below as I am always in the market to try out a new, adventurous colour.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Jane Iredale Tantasia


 

 


I received this product in a JolieBox a few months ago now but haven't really got around to testing it out. This is mostly because of how small the sample is. I mean it's a face and body tanner but how is that sample going to stretch to cover my face and body numerous times? I could just do my face but then I would have a tanned face and a white body. And I could just use a different tanner on my body but then what if the tans look different - then I really will be in a mess. So you can see my predicament here. Silly sized sample if you ask me.

However, I wanted to give the tan a fair trial and so I decided to test it on my hand for a couple of days. Yes, I may have looked like an idiot but it was all for you guys and my love of beauty blogging. I don't mind suffering a bit for my art - haha!

So here we have it. The first photo with the blob of tan is when my hand has 3 or 4 layers of the tan already on. This is a gradual tan so the more you layer, the darker it will get. As you can see, my hand looks fairly orange by the end. I feel that there is a fine line for this product between just getting away with it looking brown and not too orange, to looking like you've been tangoed. Speaking of tangoed, the tanner has a really strong orange smell that seems to linger on the skin for a while, so if you don't like oranges.... but maybe it's better than smelling of biscuits?

From my experience of fake tanners, if the lotion is a brown/green/gold colour then you will come out with a natural looking tan. If the tan lotion is brown/orange in colour then you will come out looking like david dickinson after a week on the sun beds.

I'm not sure how this would work with different skin colours. It might work slightly better for someone who isn't as fair as I am. For reference I'm NC20 in Mac.

Overall it was nice to be able to try this and see what I thought. I have previously tried Jane's Lip Stain and absolutely loved it so I had high hopes for this product. However, I think that I will be sticking with just the stain for the time being.

If you have tried out this product, let me know in the comments below and I'll talk to you tomorrow :)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara

 

 



I have been on about this mascara ever since I started my blog a year ago. I stated then that it was my favourite mascara and to this day it is still one of the best ones I own. I can't get hold of it from any of the UK stores as far as I know, so when I went to Beijing in January I picked one up. I haven't touched it since because I wanted to use up everything else before I started this. However I have started to use it recently for fear that it might just dry up and get old if I leave it too long.

So here we are, with the long-awaited review. As you can see from the brush and tube design - it actually looks pretty standard. There's nothing special about the tube and the brush looks like any other brush in my eyes. Therefore it must be down to the formulation of the mascara that makes it so great and look so bold. 

Unfortunately I couldn't get a better photo with my camera today but you can tell that my lashes are much thicker and longer. This is great for both volumising and lengthening which is pretty much all you could ask for from a mascara. It really is a true black and what's more it stays on all day without flaking or rubbing off on the skin during the day.

There's really nothing that this product can do wrong in my eyes. If I had to nitpick I would say to be careful putting the brush back in the tube because you can bend the wand. It's still usable afterwards but it's definitely a bit annoying when your brush is at an angle! Haha.

Let me know what your favourite mascara is in the comments below. After all, blush and mascara are my favourite beauty products!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

NOTD - L'oreal Paris Colour Riche in 409 Hypnotic Red





Do you remember a couple of posts ago when I told the world that my colour this A/W was going to be Oxblood? Well I have definitely stuck to it. Today I present to you the closest nail varnish I could find to that colour. I also picked up a lipstick but I'm not overly confident that it will be the same colour so that will come later. Today, lets bask in the glory of how gorgeous this is! I don't know why I haven't fallen in love with it before. My boyfriend said that he thinks it makes my hand resemble that of a witches! I'm not sure how I feel about that but I still love it all the same. It's so deep and sultry and perfect for this season. I love how intense it is! I could stare at it all day. Is that weird?

This branch of L'oreal polish is great too! I hadn't tried any of the Colour Riche polishes before this one but I'm really enjoying them. I like that they are small and easy to store. After all, who really goes through a whole pot of nail varnish anyways?! You don't need a tub really do you? And the brush is amazing. I wasn't expecting it to be anywhere near as good as it was. I figured that it would be one of those long thin brushes that's useless and gets right on my nerves but its not! It's one of those gorgeous expanding brushes that covers the whole nail in one fatal swoop and makes it incredibly difficult to botch the job up! Brilliant!

So as you can tell, I'm a happy lady and I will be buying many more of these polishes in the upcoming weeks. But for now, watch out for that lipstick and let me know if you like it or not :)

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

September JolieBox!

My September box has finally arrived! Let's see what I received...

 


(1) Balmi - Lip Balm - A lip balm containing SPF15 to moisturise your lips and provide protection from harmful UVA rays.

My Opinion - I love lip balms, so naturally I was really happy when I realised I had got one in this months box. It reminds me a lot of the Eos Lip balm that I see a lot of the American Youtubers with. I tried this briefly and I am slightly worried that it is too soft and is going to turn into mush the more that I use it. We shall see. It smells nice and is really nourishing as far as I can tell. Watch this space.

(2) I love.. - Face Mask - A moisturising & reviving face mask with yummy fruit extracts for all skin types.

My Opinion - I love face masks, so this looks exciting. My skin has been going through hell recently and has dried out considerably so hopefully this will be something to bring it back to life.

(3) Redken - Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion - This best selling lotion controls hair for naturally straight results, whilst providing heat protection and banishes frizz.

My Opinion - This is my favourite item from this months box. Redken have a great reputation in the hair world but I haven't really tried out their products. This is a perfect item for me to start with as I have my hair straight 90% of the item. A review of this will definitely appear on the blog in future weeks.

(4) Twist band - Hair Tie - A twist band to keep your pleats, buns and ponytails secured without leaving bumps in your hair afterwards.

My Opinion - These are a bit odd. I have no idea how to use them. They just look like two pieces of elastic. I'm not sure that I am too bothered about these as I rarely wear my hair up. I still haven't figured out how to use the leather band that came in the August box.

(5) Dr Bragi - Bio Marine Exfoliant - A marine based exfoliant to smooth, cleanse, brighten and renew tired skin.

My Opinion - This product looks great but the sample size is ridiculously small. I know that there are two but there's hardly anything in each. If you don't need to use a lot then I guess that is fair enough but it is still a really small size. The idea behind the product intrigues me though. As mentioned earlier with the face mask, my skin has been going through a tough time so hopefully this product will also help to make my skin turn the corner.

Overall this is a nice box but not the best one I have received so far. However I am really looking forward to future boxes as JolieBox have now teamed up with Birchbox in America! How exciting is that! 

For enlarged pictures of all items, look below.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 24 September 2012

Passion For Fashion Competition!

Here are my entries for the Passion For Fashion Competition. To find out more and enter yourselves, click here!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Clinique All About Eyes

 


I received a sample of this many moons ago when I bought some other products from Clinique but I seem to have never got around to reviewing it for my blog. This shocked me a little as I actually really like it.

All About Eyes is a serum that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles from underneath the eyes by using caffeine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals. Although this is what it says on the tub, I can inform that it actually does do the job.

The serum is very thin and takes little effort to smooth into the skin. It leaves a really soft finish and the puffiness is eradicated very quickly. The dark circles take a little longer but they do fade away as well. What I would say is to make sure you don't use too much of this product around your eyes. I did and it made the skin under my eyes very sore and tender. Therefore I had to stop using it and now I only use it on an as-and-when instead of an every day product and it works beautifully.

At £21 it is quite pricey, but I would suggest that most higher end eye creams will come in at around that price. I don't know if you will remember, but I am using the Mac Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel Moisturiser at the moment. Mac actually has a twin eye cream that I really want to try! That retails for around £24.50 so it shows that the price is pretty standard.

If you have a favourite eye cream then please leave it in the comments below, to help anyone else reading this post that might be in the market for a new one :)

Friday, 21 September 2012

OOTD - 21/9/12

 

 

 


I think I may have been watching a smidge too much of my new Sex and The City boxset because today I have decided to vamp things up. If you feel like doing the same, why not slick on some berry red lipstick and add a fur coat to your usual work outfit mix.

Topshop Coat - £89
Topshop Bag - £36
French Connection Shoes

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

JolieBox Review - Dr Bronner's Magic All-In-One Soap!


 


Welcome... to my bathroom! Haha. 

I thought I would do a review on the Magic All-In-One soap today as it was one that intrigued and confused a lot of people who received it in their JolieBox last month. I didn't know if it was going to be a thick gel, or a solid product, nor did I know what else it could be used for other than showering/bathing.

I've heard some crazy things about this product though! I've heard that some people even use it to wash their vegetables. Why on earth you would ever want to wash your vegetables with soap before you eat them is beyond me! Each to their own I guess. On the other hand, there have been some more predictable reasons for using this soap. For example, Gwenyth Paltrow likes to use the lavender one when she is taking a bath, Eminem likes to use the Peppermint one to clean his teeth in the shower (perhaps not so predictable), and Bobbi Brown likes to keep the Peppermint one in each of her bathrooms too, so that it's always at hand.

On that note, I figured that there must be something in this product so I decided to use it for cleaning a couple of my makeup brushes. As you can see I used the unscented one as I wasn't too sure how I felt about having perfumed scents all over my makeup brushes. I can report that this soap does have a smell too it but it's obviously not an artificial smell that 'Dr Bronner' has added!

I was surprised to find that the soap lathered up incredibly well! Perhaps the picture above isn't the best to show you how well the product worked, but it was very hard to take with only two hands to do everything! But I can assure you that a little really does go a long way. It cleaned my brushes with such ease - I couldn't believe it. I was so impressed at how easy the soap was to rinse off as well. It left my hands and my brushes feeling squeaky clean afterwards. I didn't think I was going to be too taken by a multi-purpose soap but it's actually a great product and a great idea :)

I'm yet to use the scented ones but I have heard from other people that the smell divine, so I am sure I won't be disappointed.

Have you tried these All-In-One soaps? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below :)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Roger & Gallet Rose Imaginaire Eau Fraîche Parfumée


Welcome to the newest release from Roger and Gallet. It has only been on the market for a couple of weeks, but I managed to get my hands on it at the Roger & Gallet Blogger event, a day before it's nationwide release. On that day I was smelling so many perfumes that sometimes they all got muddled together. However I now have one to test out on my own and I could possibly say it's a new favourite. It. Smells. Amazing.

If you like floral scents then this has your name written all over it. At the RRP of £32 for 100ml, it is definitely at the cheaper end of the perfume scale so it's more than worthwhile checking out. I believe you can buy it exclusively from Marks and Spencer at the moment, and lets face it, everyone has one of those local to them so there is no excuse not to go and please your nose by smelling this perfume.

For the technical notes:
Top Notes - Strawberry and Mandarin
Heart Notes - Jasmine and Violet
Base Notes - Pactchouli and Sandalwood

It really smells divine. You can definitely smell the fruitiness when you first spritz the perfume and then the floral notes start making their way to the front to show off their brilliance. Although it is classed as fresh fragrant water natural spray, have no fear about its longevity. It lasts just as long as an Eau de Toilette.

I also really love the design of the bottle. I like that it is so simple and elegant. The way that the bottle fades from a deep pink to a light and delicate colour and the gold in the logo compliment each other brilliantly. I only wish that the logo wasn't a sticker and was engraved onto the bottle to give it a little more finesse.

I completely believe that this will make any girl in the family happy. It suits all age groups and is a top runner for a Christmas present idea in my eyes.

Monday, 17 September 2012

JolieBox Review - So Susan Wide Awake Face Palette

 

 

 


I received this palette in my JolieBox last month. If you read that post then you will know the troubles I had with the palette straight away and how the eye powders shattered almost instantly. I think that may have tainted my view on this palette as I have not really reached for it much since. This is probably why this review hasn't been featured on my blog before now. However I thought it was about time to give you some swatches and let you know my true feelings about whether it warmed my heart in the end or not.

As you can see, this palette includes an illuminating cream, a highlighting cream and 3 eye powders for your eyebrows. 

Starting with the illuminating cream - it turned out to be a lot thicker and drier than I thought it would be. It's a very sold colour but it does blend reasonably and does illuminate the under eye area to a certain extent. However it doesn't feel like you are using a luxurious product. It is a little stiff and uninviting. 

The highlighting cream is a little bit of the same. I found this harder to blend than the illuminating cream so I tried to dot it on my cheek bones and work it that way. This is probably my least favourite of the three pots included in this palette. 

Finally we come to the eyebrow sculptor. Well, once I had shattered this, the powders became near on unusable. I have to keep a protector on the palette now to try and keep the shadows in place, and even that doesn't work overly well. On the other hand my initial thoughts that the powders were going to be too glittery to use on my eyebrows have been banished. They are actually quite pleasant. You could even use them as eye shadows and create a really effective deep and sultry look with them. Unfortunately I don't tend to wear eye shadows so this point is a bit moot for me. The powders are extremely soft (which is probably why they shattered) and feel the best quality out of the palette.

The tweezers were a nice touch, and obviously the brush is OK but I don't tend to use the free ones that come with these sets. Overall I think that at £15 the price is pretty steep and I wouldn't pay that much for it myself. I would probably lean more towards the £5 mark. 

It's lovely that these products are cruelty free and the theory behind the palette is great. When I received it I was jumping for joy because the idea of having these items combined in a palette is genius. I just wish that I had loved it more than I do.

Did you receive this palette in your JolieBox? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. After all, what doesn't work for one person, might work brilliantly for another.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

NOTD - Bourjois Paris 1 Second Gel Gloss


This was actually an accident buy as I was looking for a clear gel gloss. I loved the look of gel nails after I had a gel manicure I few years back. However the upkeep can be quite expensive so I wanted to find an at-home cheaper alternative. This is when I came across a bunch of reviews for Bourjois Gel Polishes. I immediately had to have one, but unfortunately I hated all the colours. That's why I jumped at the chance of this polish when I saw it. On the other hand, I thought that this was going to be a clear gloss and not a mandarin red.

The reason that I thought this was a clear gloss was because all of the other nail polishes were opaque. I  reasoned that this would be see through as it was transparent - a reasonable expectation. It would have never crossed my mind that the gloss was orange!

Therefore I did my french manicure when I got home and waited for it to dry perfectly, before applying this polish on top.

Yes! You can imagine my face. I was NOT best impressed. It had taken me a while to get my nails perfect, so to ruin them straight away was a smidge on the annoying side.

However, the quality of the nail polish is great. I wouldn't say that it was exactly like a gel polish because it's buy no means as thick. But it does resembles the shine that you get from a gel manicure so I guess it stands up to the name in that category. 

I really don't like the colour of this polish on my nails though and I don't think that I would buy another one of these polishes simply for the price (£6). If it resembled a gel manicure more, I would be tempted but I can get the high shine from my Seche Vite Top coat with any nail polish.

Have you tried any polishes from this range? What do you think?

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Roger & Gallet Crème Sublime Bois D'Orange Hand & Nails Cream

 


As you all probably know, I went to a Roger and Gallet Blogger Event earlier this week. Whilst I was there I managed to get my hands on a cream that I had been lusting after ever since I walked through the door.

Crème Sublime is a citrusy hand cream that is moisturising for hours without the greasy finish that many creams can leave. You may have seen my previous review on the body cream version with glitter in it. This is in the same line of products, although this does not have any shimmer at all, thankfully. I don't think that a shimmery hand cream would work very well.

Anyways, that is beside the point. What this hand cream does do, is take the great smell of the body lotion and fuse it with a product that you can use day in day out. Also, with its handy size, it is a great product to throw in your handbag. It won't weigh you down and with the winter months drawing ever closer, a product like this is going to turn into an essential.

The white cream is a medium consistency. It's thick enough that you don't need to use a lot in one go but it also doesn't take forever to sink in. After a minute or two you are good to know and the slippy slidey feeling has disappeared but the moisture lives on.

You can pick it up from Marks and Spencers for around £8 but they also sell it online for a fraction cheaper. The main thing is that it's easy to get your hands on and it's a fuss free product. What more could you want.

Thanks Roger and Gallet - you're a skin saviour :)

Friday, 14 September 2012

My New Moo Blogger Cards!!

 

 


How excited am I?!

I finally decided to take the plunge and make myself some blog business cards and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

First off, I looked around at all the different online business card websites to see which one was the easiest to use, along with being the cheapest. In the end I went with the most expensive but I think that Moo's process of card making, dispatch and delivery is by far superior to anything else I have come across. Yes, you can get dirt cheap cards, but you get what you pay for!

With other sites such as Vistaprint, I had terrible trouble trying to get my images to look right. The image was either too big, too small or out of focus even though I resized them correctly. There was further issues as I couldn't place the image anywhere I wanted on the card and the whole process was very restricting. What I wanted when I set out was a blank canvas to make my card look the way it did in my mind.

I had always favoured Moo cards since I saw Autumn Leaves post on her stunning blogger ones and Seek My Scribbles sent me hers with that gorgeous bird cadge necklace. I wanted mine to look that glossy and professional, so I headed there next.

The site is so simple to use! I had no problems with my images and I could place them where ever I pleased. There were multiple options for fonts and colours and overall the site gave me a happier feel.

An option was offered to purchase 10 free sample cards to try out but I was so confident in this site that I just went straight ahead and ordered them outright. But this is where it gets painful..

The cards are expensive. In fact they are a little bit extortionate in my eyes. I paid around £15 for 50 including delivery. On other sites I could get 250 for as little as £2.99! However, as I said earlier, I really feel that you get what you pay for. With Moo, I received a lovely card holder with filers so I could store other bloggers cards. They were also environmentally friendly as the card holder is recyclable and the cards are made from recycled material - not that you can tell!

Everything down to the customer service was friendly. I received a really cute email from Little Moo saying that my order was successful and my cards were being sent to Big Moo to get printed. Then Little Moo emailed to say that the cards had been dispatched and they arrived the next day!

So yes, they were miles more expensive. But in the end I got what I wanted and I'm really happy. I think the cards look great and I would definitely order from Moo again :) So thanks Moo.com - you made this beauty blogger very happy.
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