Friday, 31 January 2014

January Favourites + Giveaway!



The end of the month can only mean one thing - Favourites of course! Check out what I've been loving this month and win some for yourself below. Good luck everyone!


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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Eyeko Skinny Mini Black Liquid Eyeliner



One of the perks you receive when buying from BeautyBay is the chance to upgrade your order to a premium package. By doing this not only is your parcel shipped out faster from the warehouse, but you also receive a deluxe luxury sample too. This comes at a cost of £1.50 but I can never say no. Therefore when I ordered my Beauty Blender Cleanser the other week, I clicked that magic little tick box to upgrade and this little one arrived in the post.



I rarely wear eyeliner these days if I'm honest with you. I used to wear gel liner on my top lash line religiously but stopped at the beginning of university. Before the days of discovering gel liner, I was a huge fan of the L'Oreal Carbon Gloss Liquid Liner as the ink was incredibly black and the applicator was simple and easy to use. I felt like using this product would be reminiscent of those days and may relight my fire and passion for liners again.

I like the simplicity of the felt-tip applicator. There is no problem with dipping the wand back into the pot for more product as it's there ready and waiting for you in theory. The pen is easy to hold and the packaging is quite simple and sleek, which I'm happy with.

From testing the pen out on my hand I could see that the nib is able to create both thick and thin lines which is lovely as I like to be able to choose which look I want to go for that day. Over all things were looking up.



Having said that, as I wore this product over time I certainly noticed some flaws. I like my liners to be jet black but this one seemed slightly dull to me. It was rather hard to get the product out of the pen at times as well. You can't shake it or squeeze it to coax more ink to run through, so I found it frustrating waiting for the pen to work at times. I'm not sure if that's because it's a sample and therefore not as much product was provided?

Another problem I found was that it was hard to layer the product. It seemed to rub off the previous liner every time you went to do any touch-ups which ground my gears a little. In addition, the longevity of the product wasn't fabulous. It started to crack and wear off after a few hours and certainly didn't look too great after my 6-7 hour day. I definitely looked forward to taking it off as it just looked messy and cakey.

In general I wasn't blown away by this liner. I liked the idea of easy application and the nib making it relatively easy to get the thickness you desire but other than that it left me wanting something more - something better. Personally I wouldn't recommend it as I feel that L'Oreal's Carbon Gloss Liquid Liner wins out over this one every time.

Eyeko Skinny Mini Black Liquid Eyeliner - £10 from Beautybay

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Blogger Of The Month - Maddy from Unstitchedd


When I looked back over my blog at the end of last year, I felt like I hadn't raved enough about the blogs that inspire me and that I enjoy reading. There are so many wonderful sites out there where just looking at them makes me want to work harder and achieve more. It varies from ones where I could simply mooch about all day reading the odd rambling, or ones where I feel like my beauty routine and life will be changed forever because of what they said (I'm looking at you here Caroline Hirons). This is why I made it my 2014 goal to rave about one blogger each month who I absolutely adore. I really hope that you will enjoy this new series as much as I'm excited about doing it. I love to discover new gems on the blogosphere so please do leave all your links to your blogs below so that I can have a mooch for February.

To kickstart the new year I have picked the gorgeous Maddy with her simply beautiful blog called Unstitched for January. Honestly, I don't think I even need to give you any reasons why I love her blog so much. Just looking at it will tell you everything you need to know. I could simply stare at it for hours. For me it's like one of those beautiful magazine that you want to put on your coffee table so you can look at it all the time. Her photos are perfectly laid out and always her own. Personally I'm not a fan of bloggers who use photos from other sites as I feel like even taking a rubbish one yourself makes yours so much more unique and original. However Maddy clearly takes the time and effort to compose her images with thought and colour. I would literally like to make a scrap book of inspiration from just her blog as it's everything I would like my blog to grow to and become. It's obvious that she has a brilliant camera which definitely does make a difference. I really want to save for one of my own as I feel like my little pink Fujifilm Finepix Z30 doesn't really cut the mustard sometimes. 

The number of times she posts a month vary but you can tell that a lot of hard work and thought was put into each one. It's much better to have a post that's been perfected rather than rushing to put something up each day just for the sake of it. Sometimes I find it tricky to post every day and have contemplated cutting it back, but I enjoy the constant day to day interaction with all of you too much. When I was jobless after uni it was pretty easy to organise my time but now I've got a job, time to blog comes few and far between. Maybe later in the year I will take a leaf out of Maddy's book and cut it back slightly but until then I'm going to enjoy getting new content out to you each day whilst I feel that I still can.

Over all I think that Maddy has done an incredible job of her blog. She been running Unstitched for just over a year now and it is clearly going from strength to strength. I can't wait to see more from her and enjoy the beautiful pictures as they come. I really hope you stop by her blog and support her as I think you'll absolutely adore it. Give her a comment and tell her I sent you :) That would be awesome!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo



Urgh! I'm so annoyed with myself for not liking this product! Why can't I get it to work for me?! I just don't know.

I've been putting off this review for months and months whilst I've been testing this out, but I just can't get my head around what all the hype is about. Maybe it's because my hair's so thick or maybe it's not meant to be used on 3rd day hair? I honestly don't know! But this stuff makes my locks feel even more weighed down - like i've shoved even more product in at the roots and made the situation 10 times worse.

I heard down the grapevine that this dry shampoo uses starch instead of powder to soak up the oil. Please don't quote me on that as I'm not entirely sure that it's true. However, this new method of oil-soaking is meant to make your hair feel weightless and clean within an instant. Combined with the freshly-washed smell and the transparent look of the product you should be on to a winner.... But no.

Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with the freshly washed scent. That always hits me straight between the eyes every time I use this. I don't understand when people say the scent is subtle because it's definitely not too me. Luckily I really like it though. I love that it's colourless too. There's no problems with trying to scrub out any grey residue sitting on the surface. But when it comes to actually doing the clean-hair bit, me and the Dove Dry Shampoo don't get on. I just feel dirty and even more desperate for a shower than I was before. Whyyyyy?!

Is anyone else out there like me? I don't understand why everyone loves it and yet it makes me feel like i've dunked my hair in lard. Someone help? Otherwise in my opinion this is a steer clear product!

Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo - £4.59 from Tesco

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Plum Jam



I've now tested the second of my three Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks. After loving Nudist so much I had extremely high hopes for this little one!

I wasn't overly sure what colour it would turn out to be. I realise that there is a colour coding stripe on the bottom of the tube which indicates the shade but I didn't feel like this gave me a very accurate idea of what I would be getting. Therefore when I released the lid I was actually quite surprised to find what I did.



This immediately looked like the most amazing lip product and the shade was utterly perfect. A vampy red in the formulation that I already love?! Come at me Gloss Stick!

Having said that, I forgot how sheer these lip glosses can be. Therefore it wasn't quite the punch of colour that I had hoped for. Don't get me wrong, I still really like the sheer tint that it gives and it's obviously a buildable shade. The more times you go over it, the darker it becomes. However I would certainly make a conscious effort to try not to stray from your lip line. Unlike Nudist, this shade seems to stain a little bit and can therefore look quite messy if you don't apply it neatly. It's not like the other subtle pink where you can simply wipe away any mistakes. This one seems to leave a little bit of a red tinge that needs covering up with concealer if you don't want to end up taking your makeup off and redoing it!


Temporary image - computer malfunction meant I lost the quality one :( Will take a new one in the morning with natural light

Over all, it's another fantastic product that I'm sure I'll enjoy using in the months to come.

Oh and by the way, I forgot to mention last time that these products smell amazing!!! It's literally like applying a vanilla cupcake to your lips. If that doesn't make you want to try these, I don't know what will!

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Plum Jam - £8 from Boots

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Along Came Betty Say You Scrub Me Gentle Skin Buffer



I received an Along Came Betty gift set last Christmas which consisted off three products - a shimmering body lotion, bath salts and a skin buffer. Naturally I jumped at the scrub due to my complete obsession with them recently. I wasn't really sure what to expect as I've never tried anything from this brand before. However I was keeping an open mind and ended up getting mixed results.



The first thing I noticed when I opened up this pot was how strong the citrus scent was! I absolutely adore anything remotely citrusy so this immediately struck a high note with me. It smells like a mix between orange and grapefruit - really refreshing and perfect for those morning pick-me-ups!

Immediately after the scent, I noticed how ridiculously runny this product is. To date I've not tried a scrub that's so incredibly thin and watery. Most of them have been considerably thicker, creamier or even gel-like. On the other hand, this one will literally slip through your fingers if you're not careful. It's very easy to lose the product before it even reaches the desired skin. To put this into perspective, I pour this out of the tub... Pour!

The beads are really strange too. They are few and far between which certainly does make for a gentle scrub considering there isn't much scrub action going on. This resembles more of a face scrub with it's tiny mirco-beads rather than a body product. My face is a lot more sensitive and needs more gentle care. However when it comes to my body and specifically my legs, I want something that is going to leave them slippery soft and smooth.

Once applied to the skin it does turn into a slightly milky texture but nothing overly soapy. Unfortunately this meant that I didn't feel very clean afterwards and proceeded to use my shower gel to finish off the job.

This was a neither-here-nor-there product for me. I'm really not fussed with it. It's a small tub so I'll probably use it up within my next week's worth of showers but I wouldn't worry about repurchasing it at all.. And so the scrub hunt continues..

Along Came Betty Say You Scrub Me Gentle Skin Buffer - £3.99 from Tesco

Friday, 24 January 2014

20 Facts About Me

I had a complete brain block with what to film this week. 

After having a little bit of a browse through other beauty guru's videos on Youtube I came across the '20 Facts About Me Tag'. I thought it would be a fun filler video to do, so that you could get to know me a bit more and I could just have a chat :)

I hope you enjoy watching it! Let me know one fun fact about you in the comments below :) 

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

NOTD - W7 Nail Polish in Metallic Mercury


I don't know if it's because I haven't worn nail polish in a while, but there's something which is really drawing me to this colour. I don't have many polishes that are glitter duo-chrome as it's not really to my taste, but this one really catches my eye. It almost looks like a night sky with stars to me - as weird as that sounds. The fine glitter and strong purple shade are made really intriguing by the undertone of gold and green. Every time the light hits it I can't help but look at it because it's so pretty. In fact, this would have been a lovely polish to wear over Christmas and New Years. It's a shame that I'm only discovering it now! Having said that, I still think that this would look lovely for date night or an evening on the town with your best girl friends.

This is the first time I've tried W7 Nail Polish but I really like it. If you like Barry M, I see no reason why you wouldn't like this brand too. The first coat was rather thin and streaky but after the second coat a much more intense colour appeared. Realistically I would do 3 coats of this polish to create that opaque, thick and glossy finish that I love. Having said that, you can certainly get away with two, which is what I'm wearing above.

The brush is reasonably standard. I'm just happy that it seems to be good quality as some cheaper nail polishes can come with brushes that have bristles sticking out everywhere, which creates such an untidy finish. I found this product easy to use so that's a bonus for me. It's cheap and cheerful. Simple.

W7 Nail Polish in Metallic Mercury - £1.99 from Nail Polish Direct

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

In Love With Fashion Blogger Exclusive Discount!


If you haven't already heard of In Love With Fashion, you need to check out their site asap! Some of their new fashion pieces are completely gorgeous! My bank account is silently weeping every single time I type the url into Safari...

I was actually checking out their new releases the day before an email popped up in my inbox with an exclusive blogger discount code! Everything on the website is pretty affordable to start with, but an extra 30% off will never go a miss. If you want to add a few cheeky additions to your wardrobe, definitely type

LFA30

into the discount bar when you check out! The discount code only applies to items that are full price. I'm not quite sure how long the code has left before it expires so get a wriggle on girls!

P.s They do sell colour items too, but you know me by now - love me some monochrome!

Happy shopping!

Monday, 20 January 2014

Beauticology Cherry Candy Cane Body Butter

 

I'll keep this review short and sweet as I've already reviewed this formula twice before. I just wanted to update you with regards to what I thought of the scent and whether the formula differed with the third as it did with the first two.


It's fair to say that this is my least favourite out of the three. I'm not a general lover of cherries to start with. If I had a choice, eating them or smelling them wouldn't be my first pick. Black Forest Gateau is alright but that is where I draw the line. Having said that, the name Cherry Candy Cane made me think of the peppermint red and white striped candy more than a cherry tree. Well, more fool me!

The smell of cherry in this product is overwhelming. In fact, it is so strong that I can't smell any sweet candy cane at all!! I'm really not a fan of it, and what makes it worse is that it's not even a natural cherry scent but a manufactured one like the rest have been. Luckily the Strawberry Swirl version turned out to be really lovely but the other two have lead disappointment. This one more so than Pink Peppermint

Other than that, the formulation is pretty much the same - still more of a gel than anything else and really rather runny! I had to snap this photo very quickly before all the product spilled out onto the side. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. It leads to a quicker absorption rate. All I would say is not to market something as a butter when technically it's not?

Beauticology Set of 3 Body Butters including Strawberry Swirl, Pink Peppermint & Cherry Candy Cane - £4 from Ocado

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Body Polish



I loved the Cranberry Joy Body Polish so much that I ended up making a trip back to The Body Shop to investigate the other scents. From their limited edition Christmas range I figured that Ginger Sparkle would win out by far, but it turned out that this scent was way more appealing. I've grown extremely fond of all things vanilla recently - perfumes, body care, coffee. There's just something so sweet and warming about the fragrance which is exactly what I need in January.

Just like the Cranberry version, the scrub element is extremely gentle. I'm guessing that the exfoliating particles are bits of the Vanilla pod, as the fruit seeds were in the other version. Having said that, Vanilla Bliss is a lot more creamier than the gel-like texture of Cranberry Joy. As you can imagine, this leads to a much more luxurious lather. This polish could even double up as a body wash if you were looking for a gentle exfoliation all over. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and is certainly a product that can be used every day without any issues. As I like to take my showers before bed, it's nice that the fragrance is quite cosy and relaxing. Baring that in mind, I would recommend the Cranberry Body Polish for a morning wash.

As this is limited edition, I definitely recommend you pick it up quickly before it sells out. It's come down to half price which is a complete and utter bargain. A little does go a long way so I can imagine this product lasting me quite a while.

The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Body Polish - £5 from The Body Shop

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L'Eau De Parfum


I should really name this review 'The Perfume You Should Buy Your Girlfriend This Valentine's Day'. Take a hint guys because I believe that almost any girl would absolutely adore this scent. 

It's warm, it's sweet, it's like a cuddle in a bottle. When I've worn this perfume I've had compliments on it from both guys and girls so it's a winner all round. You'll love to smell it and she'll love to wear it and look at it on her vanity!

The bottle is super sleek and stylish. The design looks quite simple but is made unique by the curves and waves in the glass which give it an elegant shape. I really like the cute ribbon detailing too as I feel that it gives off that extra delicate and feminine feel. On the other hand I do find the lid to be slightly bizarre shaped - even a bit chunky for such a sleek bottle. But looking past that, the overall design of it is beautiful.

With regards to the scent itself, I have included the notes below for you to get a better feel for it yourself:

Top Notes - Black Current and Pear
Heart Notes - Iris, Jasmine and Orange Blossom
Base Notes - Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Vanilla and Praline

I know that notes can sometimes be misleading as I often feel like I can't pull out each scent mentioned. However, what I can relate to is someone suggesting a perfume when they like others I like. Some of my favourites are Valentina by Valentino, Miss Dior Cherie by Dior and Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. Each of those fragrances are quite different. However it might be worth throwing it into the mix that if she likes those, she might like this one too!

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L'Eau De Parfum - £41.50 for 30ml from Boots

Friday, 17 January 2014

Haul - Asos, Miss Selfridge, Mac & more!

 

Yes you saw correctly. I have being doing a teeny weeny bit more sale shopping and regular shopping over the last week! This will probably be my last haul for a while now as I'm putting myself on a reasonably strict spending ban! So having said that, I hope you enjoy snooping on what I purchased, and please do excuse my appearance/lack of makeup! Haha!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

L'Oreal Studio Line Boost and Gloss Volume Mousse



I bought this product a few months back when I was having a little shopping splurge online at Superdrug. It caught my eye as I've used a similar product by L'Oreal before. I used to have their Studio Line Hot Volume Mousse, but I believe that they discontinued that a while back. It was absolutely incredible at giving you in-your-face root-lifting volume. In fact I've never discovered anything else like it. That's exactly why I figured I would pick up this Boost and Gloss Volume Mousse in the hope that it would give me the same insane volume of the Hot Volume product, with the gloss and shine that I look for in all my haircare products.



Unfortunately this just doesn't live up to the high hopes and expectations it created.

Although this product does give my hair a really glossy finish, I just don't see much body at all. With their previous mousse, you could physically feel the lift - like someone was holding your hair up from the root! There was instant oomph and volume that was completely unbeatable - almost over the top. Now L'Oreal have produced a very natural boost but it misses the added wow. Perhaps with thinner hair it would create more of an impact but with my thick and heavy locks, it doesn't really shift anything.

However, what it does lack in volume it makes up for in shine. My hair looks healthy and glossy from root to tip. It feels silky smooth, soft and extremely touchable. But honestly, I wouldn't repurchase this just for the shine. I already have other products in my haircare routine that would do just as good of a job.

Over all I just find this to be a bit disappointing. I hate it when brands get rid of something incredible and replace it with something which isn't that great. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Have you tried anything from L'Oreal's revamped Studio Line?

L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Boost and Gloss Volume Mousse - £3.69 from Superdrug

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist



As soon as I saw that Soap and Glory were releasing a gift set of their Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks at Christmas, I hoped that I would arrive on Christmas morning under my tree. Luckily Santa thought I'd been a good girl and I was not left disappointed. But since then I've not touched it! Go figure!

 I was so excited about testing them out, so I have no idea why it's taken me so long to get around to it. In honesty I think I was slightly concerned that they would be a stickier version of the heavenly Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipsticks that I've been addicted too over the last few months. Luckily though, that is not the case.



In essence this product is very much like the Bourjois lip product previously mentioned. The twist up glossy balm element is pretty much the same. Having said that I feel like this shade in particular is proving quite different to Bourjois version. Nudist applies as quite a sheer pink. It definitely has some colour and makes my lips a slightly more pink version of what they naturally are, but over all it's more of a gloss than an opaque colour. I've always found the Bourjois products to be a lot more pigmented which might be why they are marketed as a glossy lipstick rather than a gloss on it's own.

I have yet to try the other colours from my Soap and Glory gift set but on first impressions, these gloss sticks clearly have a place of their very own in the gloss-balm market.



The gloss stick feels very comfortable on the lips throughout the day. It's not one of those products that dries out and leaves your lips feeling like they're peeling off (excuse the beautiful mental image there). It feels hydrating and moisturising up until the next application, of which their will be one. Like any gloss, it will wear off throughout the day so you need to reapply the product. But when it comes in a stick and isn't too pigmented, it's not exactly the world of effort to whack it out of your handbag and pop on a little more. I actually enjoy reaching for it because I love how it looks on.

I'm excited to try the darker shades now and see how pigmented they are and if they perform in the same way. I'm just happy i've tried them out and not pre-concluded that they would never be as good as the Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Lipsticks.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist - £8 from Boots

Monday, 13 January 2014

DiorShow Extase Maximiser Set



There's been a few sale bargains this Christmas and New Year that I haven't been able to pass up. This Dior Mascara was definitely one of them. Teamed up with the DiorShow Maximiser Base Mascara, this set came to £15, down from £23. I definitely call that a saving!

Normally I'm really loyal to high street mascaras. I completely back the saying that if you're going to buy one makeup product thats high street and will stand its ground against high end it's mascara. Having said that, everyone likes to be treated every once in a while and I definitely call this a treat. It's something a little bit more special for that moment when I need a little pick me up.

I originally had my eye on the DiorShow Iconic Overcurl. However I didn't see that in the sale so I ended up grabbing this duo on recommendation from a friend. The Base Mascara was certainly an added perk as I was actually interested in the main contender - the mascara itself.

I've used base mascaras before. You simply apply them before the black coat to give you a more voluminous and lengthened look. Normally they turn your lashes a subtle white to start with but this one stays clear for the most part. You almost feel like you've not applied any product at all. The trick is to not overindulge in it though. It'll be there even though you can't see it. Applying too much will just leave your lashes clogged when you proceed to apply the colour.



Now we have the mascara itself, and what a beauty it is! Excuse the pun.. Literally though, I swear that high end products always create the best packaging. I don't even know what it is but this screams luxury to me. The beautiful silver, or on closer inspection almost gold looking mascara tube has the name Dior frosted all over it. The simplest details of the black print on the bottle leave it looking clean and fabulous.



I had absolutely no idea what the wand would look like and was actually surprised by its spherical appearance. The 4 round balls which create the applicator definitely create intriguing appeal. I know that there are similar wands on the high street but I've never really indulged in trying them. Therefore I had absolutely no idea how best to use this wand to start with. It took some trial and error but I soon realised that getting to the absolute base of the lashes and wiggling upwards achieved the cleanest look.



Though saying that, even this method could sometimes lead to clumping. I'm not too sure if that was because of the base coat or not but there were a few occasion when my lashes looked quite spidery. Luckily I found a way to create the desired look I wanted but I still feel like the mascara is quite clumpy on its own.

When all is said and done, I'm really happy with the over all end product. It holds a curl well, doesn't flake during the day and has absolute minimal smudging. The black pigmentation is great and really makes my eyes pop. Having said that I'm just not sold on this being the best luxury mascara out there. I feel like there might be an easier option which offers me all the volume, length and separation I desire without the clumping and effort to apply. Would I use this product again? Happily. But would I buy another mascara over this one to test out? Definitely.

What's your favourite high end mascara? Let me know in the comments below.

DiorShow Extase Look Mascara - £23 from Boots
DiorShow Maxmiser - £19.55 from Escentual

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Beauticology Strawberry Swirl Body Butter


Today's review is on another beauty product which I received for Christmas last year. As I have already reviewed the Peppermint version and didn't like it very much, I wasn't holding high hopes for this product at all. In fact I nearly didn't test it as I couldn't see why a different scent would make the product better. But it's a very lucky thing that I did. This body butter is far superior than the previous peppermint version. Not only does this one actually smell lovely, but it moisturises the skin a lot better and leaves my legs feeling super smooth and silky soft.


I'm still a bit on the fence with calling it a butter though. This is most definitely more of a gel texture than anything else, but that doesn't bother me. It sinks into the skin nicely and the scent isn't too strong or overpowering. I must add that although the smell of this product is much better than the last, I would definitely note that it still doesn't have a natural scent. You can definitely tell that it's more of a manufactured perfume than an organic one. Having said that, I don't mind so much with this product as it does smell quite lovely over all.

I'm really happy I didn't chicken out of trying this as I really like it. I actually look forward to using it and for me that's definitely a sign that I like something.

P.s If you can find anywhere that actually sells this now, please let me now! I can't find it anywhere so apologies for the lack of buying links.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Christmas & New Year Sales Haul


I haven't really been buying stuff in the sales for a few years now. I simply haven't had the money or the patience to look through messy rails. But this year I managed to battle the crowds and pick up a few bits and pieces I've had my eye on for a while. I even allowed myself to grab a few items that I randomly spotted on my way round. 

I hope you enjoy watching this short haul of what bargains I bought. Let me know if you got anything great in the sales in the comments below :)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

January 2014 Mags - The Best Bits!


Left to Right 

Company Magazine (February Issue)

Cosmopolitan Magazine (February Issue)
Lingerie / Hair Product / Handbag


Elle Magazine (February Issue)
Pore Eraser / Blush / Serum / Face Mask

Glamour Magazine (February Issue)

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack


Last Christmas my parents gifted me a loved Facetime Gift Set by Soap and Glory. The set describes itself as the perfect starter kit for all skin types so I really couldn't go wrong. Normally I don't buy into the products that are suitable for everyone but so far I've really enjoyed what I've tried out. 

The first product I reviewed from the box was the Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm. I compared this to the likes of Dior's Creme De Rose. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about that! I've been testing out this little eye gel too and have come to the conclusion that it's pretty blooming amazing.


At first I was a little confused by the texture of the gel. It felt a lot like the kind of jelly I like to eat. I'm not joking, it literally bounced in the pot when I went to dab my finger in it. The sight of a product do that instantly brought me back a step. I'm usually pretty dubious about putting new products near and around my eyes as it is. My skin can quite sensitive and often reacts to different ingredients. Therefore a bouncy gel certainly rang alarm bells. Having said that, the more I use it the less bouncy it is - thankfully.

It applies more like water than a gel. It's extremely thin and a little goes a seriously long way. I barely have to touch my finger in the pot and I have enough product to treat both eyes. I simply dab this on under my eyes like I would with any other eye cream and let it work its magic.

I don't generally get bags which are too bad if I'm honest. I will often have puffy eyes in the morning from lack of sleep but they are rarely dark. Baring that in mind, for me, this product works wonders. Once I've applied the gel I feel like I'm magically watching my puffy eyes reduce in size. They look a lot more smoothed out and brighter and I love it!

With this product being so good at depuffing, I think its understandable for me to doubt its hydrating qualities. Surely the product can't be a good all rounder - especially considering how thin the gel really is. However that is simply not the case. My under eye area is actually kept well hydrated throughout the day. I don't see any evidence of my concealer looking dry and creased which is the first thing I notice with a bad eye cream. It's simply become my wonder product and has become permanent part of my everyday skincare routine. At the moment I use this in the morning and am finishing off my Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado at night. My eyebags sure can't complain about lack of nourishment, thats for sure!

I think the next product I'll try from the Facetime Gift Set will be their face wipes! Watch this space!

Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack - £9.50 from Boots

Monday, 6 January 2014

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 705 Let's Get Naked



When Rimmel relaunched their Moisture Renew Lipstick line with a new formulation there was a lot of buzz and hype created around it by bloggers and vloggers alike. The most popular shade seemed to be Let's Get Naked, a nude like no other.

Having never tried the original line, I was intrigued as to what the lipsticks would be like in general. A lot of people were saying how much they liked them. Therefore, when the opportune moment came to purchase one with discount, I went ahead picked the shade I'd heard so much about.



The first thing that caught my attention was the purple packaging. I liked it as it was different from all the other lipsticks I own. Having said that, it definitely gave me a high street vibe rather than high-street-acting-more-luxurious vibe which is what brands like Revlon generally give off. Their Lip Butters and Super Lustrous Lipsticks are some of Revlon's products to name a few which feel and look more pricey than they really are.



Having not looked at this in store before I ordered it online, I actually found that the shade was a lot different to what I had originally anticipated. I imagined a very soft and subtle nude pink. What I actually received was quite a punchy pink/peach. I was still very happy with the colour - just startled at the pop it gives off.



With regards to the 'moisture renew' properties, I cease to agree. In my eyes this lipstick is not even remotely moisturising. After I'd worn it for around half an hour my lips already felt dry and uncomfortable. To counteract the problem, I decided to layer a Burts Bees Lip Balm over the top and this seemed to give the lipstick the moisture is really lacked. The product then wore a lot nicer and the colour lasted a fair while too.

But realistically, when a lipstick is marketed with a moisture renew property you shouldn't have to wear lip balm over the top of it for extra comfort. Therefore I definitely won't be buying another product from this line. I am really happy with the colour and the feel of the lipstick with the lip balm, so I will get some use out of it, but I just don't feel like it's worth the hassle of buying another shade when I can't wear it on it's own.

Have you tried anything from this line? What was your reaction?

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 705 Let's Get Naked - £4.49 from Boots

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Debenhams Winter Style Challenge

Debenhams are hosting a blogger competition at the moment where you can win a £500 Debenhams voucher. All you need to do is create two outfits from the selection of items sold on their website. The total of each outfit must not exceed £250. One must be a casual day-to-day fashionable winter look which will keep you warm. The other will be your ultimate party look.

Below I have created two very different outfits. One is rather rockish and monochrome, whereas the other is a lot more girlie and playful. I think both represent me quite well so I really hope you like my picks.

If you want to enter the competition, you can find all the details including the T's and C's here! It closes on the 13th of Jan so be quick! Good luck everyone!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara


When I was in Boots the other day buying my lunch for work a stand of new mascaras caught my eye. At first I wasn't too bothered by it, but then I looked a little closer and realised the mascara was by L'Oreal Paris.

I'm a huge L'Oreal mascara addict as I've found that over the years most of my favourite high street lash products have been from them. There's been Volume Million Lashes, Telescopic and Double Extension to name a few! That's why I instantly snatched this up after realising the brand. There was immediate high hopes and expectations. These were only intensified when I realised it was a Manga mascara. Not being able to really get my hands on Asian products, I got excited that this would be my easy-to-get-hold-of high street dupe for the Majolica Majorca mascara. Having not tested that product I understand that it would probably be difficult to compare, but after reading many reviews I feel like I know what to expect.

We all know that when a new mascara is brought out there is generally a unique selling point attached. Apart from the Manga name of this one, the wand is actually meant to go 360 degrees. Your guess is as good as mine with that though. I had a little play of the clean wand left out to look at when you buy the product and couldn't figure it out myself.



There is a bendy part about half way down the wand which makes the end of the applicator move in different directions under pressure, but I can't understand how that would aid application. I certainly don't feel like it's made the slightest bit of difference to mine, so I guess this is just selling tricks to make it sound more interesting.

Either way, the wand is quite unique. It is tapered off towards the end which reminds me of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara I tried out earlier last year. This makes it incredibly easy to get in and grab the inner lashes. It is nice to use that end to catch any outer lashes that may have been missed as well.

Due to that, I do find that each lash gets a good coat of product. However I find that the product can clump up quite a bit on the wand which leads to clumpy lashes if you aren't careful. This might be a desired look for some but I personally prefer volume, length and separation.



I find that this mascara definitely gives me volume and length but the separation can be a bit of a struggle. My lashes don't look too bad in this photo, baring in mind the fact that I can never get a good photo of mascara. I wouldn't recommend this mascara for girls that like to layer mascara as your lashes could look quite spidery very quickly.

It holds a curl nicely throughout the day and does stay very black which are factors that I like. However it does tend to smudge a little which lets it down. I find it really hard to get into products that cause a fuss. Especially when I already know of others that do a great job are aren't any trouble at all.

I do really like the effect that this mascara gives, though I did think it was going to be a little more special. I would certainly use the tube up but I wouldn't say that it was a must have mascara that I would be repurchasing over and over. But truth be told, without the smudging it might have been.

All in all, this product does require a little work. With effort it can look gorgeous and will stay looking nice throughout the day, so long as you keep your eyes open (pun not intended) for smudges.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What are your thoughts?

L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara - Introductory offer of £5.99 from Superdrug
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