Friday, 18 August 2017

4 Beauty Products That I Don't Get The Hype







I realise that for some people, some of the products on the list below might be someone's Holy Grail/ Ride or Die / Couldn't Live Without On A Desert Island Especially if Bradley Cooper Was There Product which is fine. Don't stop. While I love the brands below and have bought other products from them that I love to death these were the ones I didn't like enough. 

Stila Lip Glaze
These are one of Stila's bestsellers and were included in Harper's Bazaar's Beauty Hot 100. I have this in Raspberry and the colour is really vibrant and the taste isn't too bad, I'd describe it as a mixture between raspberry ice cream and cherry drop sweets.

The reason why I dislike these Stila lipglazes is because the formula is too thick and too sticky. I know the stickiness helps to make them more long wearing but my lips almost stick together when I talk and it is just a sticky mess if it comes in contact with your hair (e.g. on a windy day.) I am also not a fan of the packaging. You have to twist the end so that it clicks and dispenses the product. This is supposed to give you the right amount of product, Stila tells you to " Twist the pen until it clicks 10 or more times until the glaze appears on the brush. For top-ups just click a few times." Ten clicks is actually a bit of a faff and I find it annoying. I remember Ruby and Millie had similar packaging for their lip glosses as well. Another complaint is that you get so little product just 2.4ml for such a high price of £15. These are so overpriced in my opinion.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint
Bentint is a rose tinted liquid cheek and lip stain. It is one of Benefit Cosmetic's bestsellers and was originally made for an exotic dancer in the 1970's. This gives a natural looking flush on the cheeks and a pink colour to the lips but actually it isn't very pigmented. Benefit claim this is long wearing but it doesn't last all day and on the lips it doesn't last long after a drink or snack. In fact you could say that it doesn't really stain anything.The fact that it's not very pigmented or long lasting made me feel really underwhelmed by such a cult product. I think that this is incredibly overpriced at £25.50  for a product that doesn't even live up to it's claims. 

Nars Blush in Orgasm 
This is a nice blush but it's a bit over-rated. I'd describe the colour as mid pink with gold shimmer. The colour would suit many skin tones. It's also long wearing. My main gripe is that this has a lot of gold glitter in it so it can get really sparkly. I think I would rather spend my money on a dupe where the gold is more of a gleam rather than sparkly glitter.

Nuxe Huille Prodigieuse
This is the number one dry oil in French pharmacies and a global hit. Nuxe Huille Prodigieuse
does have a lot of good ingredients- it contains vitamin E as well as tsubaki oil, almond oil, camellia oil, borage oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil and argan oil. It is free from mineral oil and silicones. I like the fact that because it's a dry oil it is not as messy and it drys fairly quickly.

My main problem with this product is that it's so strongly scented it's basically an oily perfume. Because of this it reduces the amount of ways I can use this "multi-purpose" dry oil on my sensitive skin. It is too strongly perfumed to go anywhere near my face. I have used it on my elbows which has moisturised the dry skin and made it soft, but it doesn't beat the powers of The Body Shop Mango Body Butter which leaves my elbows soft and moisturised 24 hours later without having to top it up with more product. I have used this to try and massage my finger joints when I was suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury but found that I needed something thicker like a cream. For a shoulder massage this could work. On my hair I used this as a 10 minute hair mask before I washed my hair. It made the lengths and ends of my hair softer but they still felt dry. If it was fragrance-free or less fragranced it would be more useful. I do like the smell of magnolia and vanilla but it's overpowering and the scent verges on traditional granny perfume. Putting oil in a glass bottle is also not that practical in a bathroom environment either. 

Let me know what products had that didn't live up to the hype?






Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Rodial XXL Lip Liner & Smokey Eye Liners Review


I think 'how to create a smoky eye' is one of the most popular questions typed into Google and Rodial Smokey Eye Pens make it a really simple and easy thing to do. Although Rodial calls these pens, they are in fact pencils (not a felt tip pen liner.) You just draw along the lash-line and smudge the line upwards and out to create the smoke effect. Voila! Then reapply along the lash line for definition. These pens are creamy, they don't tug but glide on and are easy to smudge/work with. They're not as creamy as Urban Decays Perversion but on par with Rimmel's soft kohl pencil liner. I used the brush that comes with the Maybelline gel liners to help smoke out the liner. They are safe to use on the waterline so after you've smoked out the upper lid you can finish the look by applying the pen to the waterline and lower lash line.

Rodial says that their Smokey Eye Pens offers 'super-rich pigment and gel-effect definition...This long-lasting soft formula easily blends for a build-able smokey eye effect with all day hold.' I think their description is pretty much spot on apart from the 'gel effect.' The smokey eye pens are a little reflective like a gel liner but often it looks like pencil on the eyes rather than gel liner. I also found that the black smoky eye looked better than the brown one. I don't know if it's because black smoky eyes are more of a classic look. When it came to sharpening them I used a pencil sharpener as Rodial's website suggests but I soon discovered that you can twist the end of the pencil to get more product, which is much better as then you're not wasting any product. The only thing I'd want to change is having a colour indicator at the top of the pens so I can tell them apart quickly and easily when I store them in a pot without having to take them out in order to read what shade it is.

I really like Rodial's Smokey Eye Pens and I feel that they're not just a gimmick, they're actually really useful to create a smoky eye fast, even with minimal makeup skills. Another bonus is that they're safe to use on the waterline as well.




Rodial XXL Lip Liner in Nude

Rodial describes their XXL lip liner as a 'creamy, soft formula. This tinted lip liner glides effortlessly on, creating the illusion of fuller, more defined lips. Offering high coverage and excellent colour payoff with long-lasting, waterproof and anti-feathering wear, this formula will stay put.'

Nude is a light pink matte shade that looks fairly natural when lining the lips. It's actually a rosy pink colour that is a bit lighter than my natural lip colour. It was excellent at outlining my lips making them look bigger but it dragged and tugged when I tried to colour my lips in. Rodial and some other reviews I read describe the lip liner as creamy, but I don't find it to be so. Compared to the eye pens which are smooth, creamy and soft this is the opposite, being dry and hard which is such a shame. It does not glide on either. The light rose pink shows up well on my lips but the hard, dry pencil affects how much coverage and how much pigment you can get out of it. It's almost, but not quite waterproof in that it hardly transfers much on cups and glasses. It depends on what you're snacking on but it generally lasts through a snack. It does need to be reapplied after a meal though. It's pretty long lasting for a lip liner. I don't really have a problem with lipstick fethering but it wasn't that great at keeping my lip gloss in place. It does twist up from the bottom but mine doesn't seem to work so I have been sharpening it instead. Unlike the Smokey Eye Pens it has a colour indicator at the top so you can see what colour it is at a glance.

The XXL part alludes to a plumping complex consisting of  a Vegetal Filling Spheres and Hyaluronic Acid to make lips appear smoothed and plumped with long-lasting hydration. However this definitely does not hydrate lips and I didn't notice a plumping or smoothing effect. Rodial's XXL Lip liner is £19 and I feel that the poor performance does not justify the expensive, luxury price. There are better lip liners out there for a much cheaper price.

Overall the eye liners are worth it, especially you struggle to do smoky eyes or are often tight on time because using Rodial's smokey eye pens are quick and easy. (However If  you were on a budget you could experiment with other creamy eye liners to see if you can get the same effect.)  While I love me some brown eye liner I think that going with the black Smokey Eye Pen is better for a creating a smoky eye. Personally I don't feel that Rodial's XXL Lip Liner is worth buying. How can you market a lip liner that's so dry as hydrating? The hyaluronic acid which is known for it's moisturising properties is lost in this product, they need much more of it to make it hydrating. Don't fall for the plumping effect either.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pens £17 Online here
Rodial XXL Lip Liners £19  Online here





Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pantene & TRESemme Hair Conditioners For Fine Hair

I've decided to review these products together as I think they would suit those with fine hair or curly hair that often get weighed down by hair conditioners.

I picked up Pantene's In-shower Foam Conditioner in Superdrug when I saw it on sale for 50p and decided to give it a go. The benefit of foam conditioners is that it won't weigh down fine hair like some traditional conditioners can do. There are four in-shower foam conditioners in the range: Smooth and Sleek, Sheer Volume, Colour Protect and Repair and Protect. I bought the Repair and Protect without realising it was specifically for fine and damaged hair. It promises "air-light conditioning without the weight." It is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free but it does contain parabens (Methyparaben and Propylparaben.) To use it you apply a palm sized amount and run it through the hair from the roots to the tips. You wait until it's absorbed into the hair and then wash it out. The light foam texture is like egg white whipped meringue or hair mousse and felt as light as air in the palm. It has a floral/marine fresh scent which smells really nice.

I have thick hair so I'm probably not the ideal candidate for this particular Pantene in-Shower Foam Conditioner for fine and damaged hair, but I did come across some very positive reviews by people who had thick hair and loved it. I found this easy to use, you could see the foam disappearing as it absorbed into the hair and there were no problems washing it out. It was great at de-tangling my hair in the shower or when I combed my hair afterwards. My hair was softer but it didn't feel that it was very hydrating or nourished. In fact my hair ended up quite frizzy both when I used a hairdryer or air dried my hair.

When comparing it to Pantene's 'regular' hair conditioner from the Repair and Protect range, I found that there wasn't that much difference between them. Both conditioners de-tangled my hair well and made my hair softer. However the in- shower foam conditioner did make my hair frizzy on top. When I used the foam conditioner I ended up using a lot more than my 'regular' conditioner.  Neither of the hair conditioners felt they were nourishing enough to 'repair and protect' my hair. Pantene's Smooth and Sleek shampoo range seems to work better for me- my hair feels moisturised and doesn't frizz my hair as much when I use it.

I may try the Smooth and Sleek in-Shower Foam Hair Conditioner from the range as it might be better suited to me. If you have dry or over processed hair you will need something else that's much more nourishing. If you have dyed hair go for the Colour Protect. Those with fine hair would benefit most from this Pantene's In-Shower Foam Conditioner, so it's worth checking out if you fall into this group.


TRESemme Beauty-full Volume Expert Pre-Wash Conditioner & Shampoo

The principle behind TRESemme's Beauty-full Volume Expert Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo is co-washing or reverse hair washing. This is where you apply conditioner first followed by shampoo. Tresemme's Beauty-full Volume Expert Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo are supposed to prevent flat, lifeless fine hair that is weighed down by traditional hair conditioners. It's also good for those with curly hair. The Pre-wash conditioner contains 'fleximax volumisers' to give hair 'bounce' and 'fibre polishing actives' that 'binds to the hair cuticle..leaving it smoothed and polished.' This conditioner does contain silicones (Dimethicone and Amodimethicone) as most conditioners do, however according to this pre wash conditioner it shouldn't have all the problems that regular conditioner can have (hair that is weighed down and flat.) It does contain two preservatives MCI and MI that can cause skin problems which isn't the greatest thing to have in the ingredients. Tresemme's Beauty-full volume Expert Pre-wash shampoo also has 'fleximax volumisers' to help 'control static, infusing your hair with volume.' You should apply the conditioner first along the length of the hair. Then leave on for 1 minute and wash thoroughly. Then you apply the shampoo. 

I absolutely love the smell of this shampoo and conditioner, it's perfumed and fresh but not overwhelming. You can smell the scent the day you wash your hair but after that it fades. Initially I used a lot of conditioner because I wondered why it wasn't lathering up- before I realised that it was conditioner so it won't lather-silly me! I found that this shampoo and conditioner doesn't control oil very well. My hair looked greasy the next day (day 2) and on day 3 my hair looked flat which is the opposite of what it claims to do. I'm not sure if co-washing works for me or if it's these products, but I suspect it's co-washing as my hair type is completely different from the one it benefits most. Instead of fine or curly hair I have thick, straight hair where volume or static isn't really a problem but I do get oily roots. Because it didn't work well for me I won't be buying it. However if you have curly or fine hair that doesn't get greasy quickly I still think TRESemme Beauty-full volume shampoo and conditioner are worth trying out.

Let me know about your experiences of Co-Washing. Has it worked for you? 

Monday, 7 August 2017

13 Spring / Summer 2017 Makeup Trends

1. 80's VIBES

Left Marc Jacobs Others. Centre Louis Vuitton Rex Right Kenzo Rex
Spring Summer 2017 took on the 80's in a big way. The makeup from Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Kenzo stood out the most. Makeup at Louis Vuitton seemed to be channeling 80's singer Boy George with lots of liner and bright colours. Marc Jacobs used pastel dreadlocks for his 80's Club Kids, which caused controversy for appropriating dreadlocks from the Rastafarian culture. Nars did the makeup for Marc Jacobs and he used gloss in various pastel shades to complement rather compete with the dreads each model wore. He added brown false lashes and clear lip gloss. At Kenzo, makeup artist Lynsey Alexander used MAC's Lip Pencil in Ruby Woo and MAC's Retro Matte Lipstick and Liquid Colour for her 'Glamazon' look. 


2. THE NATURAL LOOK
Left Burberry Imaxtree,Centre Michael Kors Indigital Right Lanvin Indigital 
Lanvin won praise for doing the  'No Makeup Make up look' so well. Foundation and contour were expertly blended so they remained completely undetected on the models. Burberry makeup artist Wendy Rowe applied Burberry's liquid lip velvet in Fawn Rose on models and made sure the skin was matte. At Michael Kors makeup artist Dick Page kept the look soft but natural- matte skin, groomed brows and no mascara. In some cases he even skipped lipstick and blush.  

3. DEWY SKIN


Left Givenchy Indigtal.Centre Prada Getty Images Right Anna Hindmarch Getty Images   
Givenchy has certainly mastered the art of fresh looking skin that has a no foundation feel to it. Over at Anna Hindmarch makeup artist Val Garland wanted models to have 'reflective faces...very beautiful and pure like they had  gone on a spaceship.' She used Elizabeth Arden's Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face. The rest of the makeup was kept to a minimum to highlight the skin. She added cream liner on the waterline, gloss on the lips and skipped false lashes. Pat Mcgrath did the makeup at Prada, where she groomed brows, subtlety defined the eyes and made sure skin looked flawless. 

4. DRAPING BLUSH


Left Kenzo Rex Centre Chanel Right Adam Selman Spencer C. Amonwatvorakul
The draping technique involves blush being applied from the cheekbone all the way up to the brow and temples. This was most obvious at Kenzo but at Chanel the blusher was softer and more wearable.  The trend was also seen at Adam Selman where pink blush was draped on both darker and lighter models. 


5. BRONZED SKIN

Left Philosophy Getty Images Centre Blumarine Getty Images Right Wang Imaxtree
Bronzed models are a given at the spring/summer fashion shows. At Philosophy, Tom Pecheux was inspired by the '80's film Blue Lagoon. The bronzed skin and a slightly 'damaged smoky eye' were to make the girls look like they've 'been on an island for several days.' He stippled MAC's Face and Body Lotion in Million Dollar Bling over the nose, cheeks and eyes to achieve a sun kissed look. Then he added some freckles with MAC's Penultimate Brow Marker. He applied MAC's Teddy Pencil on the lower lash line, MAC's Clear Brow Set and finally some of MAC's Lip Conditioner. At Blumarine cheeks were bronzed and highlighted. At Alexander Wang, makeup artist Diane Kendal wanted to create 'a surfer girl nude look,' with matte bronze skin, sunkissed light brows and pale lips.

6. GLITTER LIPS

Left Maison Margiela Getty Images Centre DKNY Getty Images  Right Fendi Getty Images
At DKNY Pat McGrath used her Lust 004 Lipstick Kit in Bloodwine on the lips and left skin and eyes natural so that they didn't take the focus away from the lips. McGrath also did the make up for Maison Margiel with blue and silver lipstick topped in glitter. Glitter lips continued at Fendi, they were covered in chunky pink glitter to capture the look of a cartoon anime character.

7. Red Lips

Left Roksanda Rex Features Centre Valli Right- Right Mary Katrantzou Indigital
Lips were red at Roksanda to match the 90's inspired SS17 sporty/boyish clothing collection. Over at Giambattista Valli, makeup artist Val Garland used MAC's Retro Matte Liquid lipstick in Feels So Grand as well as MAC's Velvetease Lip Pencil in Just Add Romance. Afterwards she used a soft, fluffy brush for a softer, undone lip. Skin was kept matte and a nude eyeliner was used on the water line. MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks  were also used at Mary Katrantzou in fuchsia, orange and red shades.

8. SMUDGY BLACK GLOSSY EYES


Left Baja East Getty Images. Centre Balmain Getty Images Right Altruzarra Kerastase


At Baja East makeup artist Dianne Kendal wanted to create an 'urban beach girl look.' She buffed MAC kajal crayon around the eyes and used MAC's Mixing Medium in Shine.

Oliver Roustering, the creative director of Balmain wanted the girls 'to look like they had just come of the beach- sweaty and sexy with a bit of a tan.' Pecheux seems to have interpreted this as a sexy, smoky look instead. He blended MAC's Eye Pencil in Teddy into the lower lash line and used black eyeliner on the upper lash line before using it to shade the entire eyelid and applying gloss. He used eye liner in place of eye shadow because it works better with eye gloss. Cheeks were contoured and highlighted as well.

For Altruzzara, Pecheux used MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation. Instead of traditional bronzer he used MAC's Glitter in Reflect Bronze. For the eyes he used black kohl liner in the waterline and lash line. Then he used MAC's Studio Orange Eye Gloss all over the lid and used a cotton bud to smudge the liner on the lower lash line for a  greasy, worn in look. He applied MAC's Mineralised Skin Finish for a glowing complexion.  Finally he added mascara to the roots of the lashes and some lip balm on the lips.


9. WINGED EYE LINER

Left  Moschino Getty Images Centre Elie Saab Getty Images Right Fendi Sony Vandevelde /Indigital

In contrast to the natural look was the glamorous, definitely wearing makeup look.  At Moschino, makeup artist Tom Pecheux went for the '90's supermodel look that he created originally on Cindy Crawford and Linda Evanglista. It was a very made up look using neutral colours. He teamed flawless foundation, four different shades of brown eye shadow, false lashes, drawn on brows and MAC's lip pencil in Spice on the lips. At Elie Saab a small angled brush was dipped in MAC's Pro Longwear Fluidline in Black Track to draw on a small half flick for a elongated kitten eye look. Then gold glitter was applied. Girls at Fendi also wore a bold, disjointed cat eye where the inner and outer corners had been lined while the middle of each lid were left bare. 

10. GRAPHIC EYE SHADOW AND LINER

Left Salvatore Getty Images centre Victoria Beckham Getty Images

At Salvatore, the graphic eye was created by applying MAC's Paintstick in Genuine Orange  in a thick line above the crease and MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Next Up Neon added on top  ''to amplify the colour and add shine. Brows were filled in using MAC's Eyebrow Eye pencil in Stud and set with MAC's Brun eye shadow. Over at Victoria Beckham, Pat McGrath used her finger to swipe a blue flash across the eyelids (from Beckham's Estee Lauder collection.) For Cividini neon coral was striped across the eye accompanied by copper glitter.

11. BURGUNDY AND PINK EYES


Left Anna Sui Getty Images Centre  Tadash Shoji Getty Images Right Topshop Unique Imaxtree
Makeup artist Pat Mcgrath working for Anna Sui, used a port wine shade around the eyes and taupe lipstick on the lips. It was a sort of mash up of 1960's, folk, rock chic and a cowgirl look.  The 80's vibes led Topshop Unique to create an 'Eighties powerlook with a soft and sexy finish.' Permed hair was teamed with russet brown lids using Topshop Beauty Colour Wand in Angels mixed with Temptation lipisick  up to the brow bone. Then vaseline was layered on top. Topshop's Beauty Glow Stick in Play up was used as a glossy highlighter on the nose, cheeks and cupids bow. While at Tadash Shoji pink shadow was daubed across the eye lids.

12. BOLD COLOUR EYES 


 Left Byblos Imaxtree/Matteo Scarpellini  Centre Vivetta Getty Images Right Jill Sandler Getty Images

Bright colours such as blue, purple and pink were a common trend. At Byblos models wore blue, teal or yellow from lid to brow bone and at Vivetta models wore candy floss pink eyeshadow. Ombre eyes were seen at Jill Stuar  using icy blue and salmon pink shades.  


13. A POP OF NEON 

Left Proenza Schouler Getty Images Centre Max Mara Getty Images Right Ackerman Getty Images


Working for Proenza Schouler, Diane Kendal took the unusual step of painting sunflower yellow and white pigment onto models' ear lobes to highlight the statement earrings. While at Max Mara, Pecheux took bright colours all the way from edge of the eyes to the temple. He  used a minimal amount of pigment to make sure that the brush strokes were clearly visible. Lynsey Alexander described the make up at Haider Ackermann as 'slightly punk inspired but with a ballerina edge.' To create the birds of paradise eyeliner she mixed yellow pigment with a white cream liner. Afterwards she used a cotton bud dipped in cleansing water to clean up the look. The skin was kept matte apart form highlighter on the cheekbones for 'bounce.'

Which trend is your favourite and will you be trying any of these out? 



Friday, 4 August 2017

Bourjois Le Smoky Palette & Rouge Edition Lipstick Review





If you like shimmer and glitter this Bourjois palette will be right up your alley. I love, love the design of this Boujois Le Smoky palette, it has eight shades, a cool swivel mirror and is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand.

Eye Shadows (from left to right)
White Pearl shade- Lasts the longest on my lids.
Silver Pearl shade- Lasts the longest on my lids.
Dark Grey with silver glitter shade- silver glitter is quite subtle.
Dark Blue Grey Matte shade
Dark blue/Indigo with blue glitter shade
Dark Purple with lilac and gold glitter shade
Black with Gold glitter shade- Has the most glitter & the glitter will always show up
Black Matte shade.

In my swatches they tend to all look grey-black, some with glitter and some without. But when I used a wet flat brush they look like jewels on my eye lids. The white and silver shades weren't as easy to swatch but applying them to the eye was just as easy as using the other shades.


BOURJOIS LE SMOKY PALETTE PROS 

  • The colours can easily create a smoky eye.
  • You can definitely see the glitter on the eyelid when using a (wet) flat eye shadow brush but unfortunately they don't swatch as well in photos.
  • One of the claims this product makes is being long wearing for up to 12 hours. The satin eye shadows are definitely long wearing and hold up 9 hours easily without primer. By 12 hours it's still on but because of my oily eye lids doesn't it look perfect and needs retouching. If you don't have oily eyelids this will probably last 12 hours even without primer. 
  • The palette contains different finishes- four glitter shades, two pearl/shimmer shades and two matte shades.
  • The eye shadows are soft.
  • The palette is compact and comes with a mirror. I love the swivel design and picture of the girl on the top.
  • Price is reasonable.
BOURJOIS LE SMOKY PALETTE CONS

  • The shadows look too similar- the dark blue glitter is almost indigo and looks very similar to the purple glitter. There's also not much colour difference between the dark grey and glitter grey.
  • The glitter shades don't wear as well as the satin colours. They fade into a dark grey shadow but the glitter still remains on the lid. I would recommend using a primer to keep the original colour and tomake sure the glitter stays on your lids to limit any fall out /glitter migration while wearing them.
  • There are no mid range colours between light silver and dark grey/blue such as a light grey, a pink or a light gold.
  • The shadows are blendable but can be blended too much and end up looking like it's all one colour, especially as some of the shades are similar anyway.
  • Sometimes you get some fall out from the glitter eye shadows. 

I find that good glitter eye shadows are hard to find and they tend to be more expensive. I'm not talking pigments but pressed glitter shadows that actually show up even after you've used the top layer of the shadow. This does have a narrow shade range compared to palettes like Urban Decay's Smoked or Urban Decay Naked Smoky which can limit the types of look you can do (there are no bright greens, burgundies, brown, pinks or light gold shades.) However this palette has 8 shades not 10 or 12 so there will be some colours left out and the Bourjois palette has a much cheaper price point (£11.99). The shadows do work well together but I do wish they had more variety. On the whole this is a neat little palette you can pop into your handbag and would be useful for festivals or parties or anyone who loves glitters and smoky eyes.

Available at  Feel Unique £11.99  and Superdrug £11.99


Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick In Rouge Jet Set (13)

Bourjois Rogue Edition lipstick in Rouge Jet Set 13 is a warm red. Initially I thought it would be too warm for me but it actually looks pretty good on. The finish is satin/glossy. Bourjois has added orchid blossom extract to these lipsticks to ensure that your lips feel hydrated and smooth for up to 10 hours. This lipstick is very moisturising with lots of slip and it feels comfortable to wear.

The shade indicator at the top is pretty accurate match to the shade inside. The lipstick case is oblong shaped to match the rest of their lip products (apart from the lip crayons.) I love the fact that Bourjois have their name imprinted on the bullet as it makes it feel more luxurious. The lipstick smells slightly perfumed, perhaps orchid scented? The smell is really subtle. It also tastes slightly scented and sweet but again it's very subtle.

It will transfer onto cups and glasses. However for such an emollient lipstick it stays put during snacking which surprised me. You do need to reapply if you're eating a full meal though. I can't go 10 hours without eating a proper meal so I can't really test the 10 hours hydrating claim but my lips always feel hydrated and comfortable when I wear this and afterwards my lips feels smooth. If you want to give liquid matte lips a break then this is the perfect lipstick to reach for.

Superdrug £7.99 



Sunday, 30 July 2017

Rodial Glamolash XLL Mascara Review



Rodial Glamolash XXL Black Mascara was free with the August issue of Red Magazine! Rodial claim that this mascara is an intense black, long wearing formula that makes sure eyelashes are 'maximised from day to night' and gives them 'supercharged volume.' This mascara contains carnauba wax to bind the mascara to the lashes and prevent clumping. The beeswax helps to condition the lashes while soluble collagen makes them look shiny and thick. Due to the the beeswax this mascara isn't vegan.

Rodial Glamolash XXL mascara comes in a matte black thick tube which is different but a bit clunky, it doesn't exactly scream luxury to me as a £24 mascara should.



The  mascara has a natural cone shaped bristle brush. It definitely makes your eye lashes look longer and as you can see from the photos it makes eyelashes look thicker too. It gives volume although it does have a tendency to clump lashes together despite the carnauba wax. You may need to get rid of excess mascara on the brush or use a lash comb afterwards.  It's quite a wet formula and it's long wearing and doesn't flake. Although by the second coat it begins to look a bit spidery. The best way is to add another coat while it's still wet. One coat is good for a natural, daytime look and two coats is more dramatic for the evening.  It can hold a curl but it's not as good as Bourjois Glam mascara (my Holy Grail.) I can wear Rodial's Glamolash XXL mascara with my contacts without any problems. It does have a slight chemical scent which doesn't affect me and won't interfere when applying, it's just that mascaras don't usually smell of anything but I noticed this does. This mascara is also fairly easy to remove.

























This mascara is great for giving longer looking and thicker eyelashes! However I do wish that the brush was better at separating the lashes so that they didn't clump together. My other reservation is the price. It is more expensive than mascaras from a lot of high end brands such as MAC, Too Faced, Laura Mercier and Benefit to name a few. (I know price is relative as I've just spotted Chantecaille mascara for £62!) However I can't see myself buying this in the future simply because I know that there are cheaper drugstore brands that give the same results for less money. But if you have the money and want to splash the cash then go for it!

Let me know which are your favourite mascaras.

Friday, 28 July 2017

W7 Cosmetics Chunky Lips in Spontaneous Review

W7 Cosmetics Chuncky lips
I picked this up in Poundworld and thought i'd give it ago. I think the appeal for lip crayons will never really die down simply because they're so easy to use, travel well, are fairly moisturising while being less intimidating for those getting into makeup or lipsticks.  There are 6 shades that are various shades of bright pink. I chose this one because it looked more coral than pink.

W7 describes this crayon as a "soft balm" that is" highly pigmented and creamy."  They claim your lips should feel moisturised but without a "heavy or sticky feeling." The nib is really soft and it just glides on the lips. It also feels fairly moisturising without being at all sticky. However it is not as moisturisng and soothing as Clinque's Chubby Sticks.  It doesn't really have a taste or smell which is good if you are sensitive to scent. It lasts for a good 5 hours without eating or drinking. It does transfer onto cups and glasses and you'll need to re apply after meals. It won't be perfect but it will generally survive a snack.

While some lip crayon balms are more balm than colour, this really packs a punch. The colour is a bright, coral-pink  neon! NEON!  I think you can only get away with neon lips in the summer or maybe at a festival but even so, it's a bit too garish for me. I couldn't get my camera to show a colour accurate swatch on the lips but you can see it here or from my iphone instagram shot here.   For a bright, pigmented, non sticky, lip crayon this does deliver especially for the price point. Personally the colour Spontaneous isn't really me. But If you love pink, or looking for a bright summer lips and are on a budget, then it may be worth checking out in your local Poundworld. or online at  W7 Cosmetics here  (£4.95)

W7 Cosmetics chunky lips in spontaneous review

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Best Places To Buy Beauty Products Online & Current Sales























When I started to make this list I noticed a lot of websites were having a sale and so I decided to include this information and their sale codes. I'm not affiliated with any of these brands or websites and I don't earn anything if you click on any links. I just thought it would be a helpful list to put together. The link to each website is in the website name. Unless stated otherwise they all ship internationally. Just call me a beauty spender enabler!

BEST VALUE & THE ONLINE SHOPS I USE THE MOST  

Fragrance Direct
Sells much more than just perfumes, they also sell skincare and makeup as well. This was my go-to shop for nail polish as you could always find a bargain! It has smartened up recently as it now sells MAC and Nars alongside Technic, Rimmel and W7. They currently have an 80% off sale. If it's your first order you can get 5% off. Spend £20 for free UK Delivery with Code FREEDEL20. Accepts Paypal.

ASOS
As well as getting a new outfit you can also buy makeup, hair and skincare at ASOS. If you use ASOS a lot then it may be worth signing up for premier delivery where you pay £9.95 for a year's unlimited next day delivery. Online are exclusive Benefit Cosmetics gift sets. To check out the ASOS Sale click here. The Anna Sui multi glitter would be perfect for festivals don't you think?! Student discount available.

Feelunique
I have a lot of love for Feel Unique! They seem to have the lowest prices. Feel Unique also offer a 'try me sample' if you buy a bottle of perfume. This means you can trial the scent first without having to open the bottle. If you don't like it you can return the full sized bottle for a refund. They also have a 'Pick and Mix' sample selection. You can chose 5 samples for free each month and just pay £3.95 P&P. They will then give you a voucher code for £3.95 to spend on their website so it's kinda like a free beauty box. If you spend £30 or more you can also chose 2 free samples with your order. Feel Unique's loyalty scheme called 'My Feelunique Platinum.' This includes 10% off your favourite products for LIFE! You also get 20% off on your birthday. They will also reward you with money off vouchers too. Feel unique Offers 10% off student discount with Unidays.  At the moment you can get  10% off on top of the sales using Code SALEPERK (ends midnight 24th July.) Other offers are 3 for 2 , under £10 and 50% off. Below are my sale picks that are 50% off.  Accepts Paypal.




























                      

OFTEN OVERLOOKED 


HQ Hair
HQ hair also sells makeup and I feel that they don't get as much love as other websites. They tend to get overlooked by beauty lovers which is a real shame as they do have some really great offers. I guess the upside is that you can always get your hands on a product as they don't sell out as quickly as ASOS and other online shops. For 20% Off use Code GLOW. Offers student discount with Unidays (15% off) Accepts Paypal.

QVC
QVC does have a bit of a cheesy, old fashioned and uncool reputation. However there are six good reasons to shop with them. Tarte Cosmetics are exclusive to QVC UK, short of buying a plane ticket or using ebay you can't get Tarte anywhere else! You can also pay in installments. They have a 30 Day Money back guarantee 'for every item, every time' I'm assuming this covers cosmetics (in the UK cosmetics are generally non-returnable.) They beat Marks and Spencer and Virgin to the 5th most trusted brand for their 24/7 customer care. You can also read product reviews posted by other customers. Finally there's a video showing you how to use the products. If you want a laugh then watch the infamous Apprentice scene where Simon has to sell on QVC! They also stock  Mally, Laura Geller, Gatineau, Erborian and Philip Kingsley. Click here for their sale. Ships to Europe & UK

Beauty Chamber 
Sells Morphe brushes, LA Girl, The Balm, Hylamide, The Ordinary. Click here for the Sale. I've spotted the Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection is down to £28 (normally £48) here go, go, go!

Selfridges 
The new in section is worth checking out especially because Selfridges seem to be ahead of the pack when it comes to releasing new beauty products. Also keep an eye out for their exclusive offers. They sell some Korean brands too such as Toly Moly, Too Cool For School, Missha, Dr Jart+, Skin79 and Oh K. Selfridges have their own range of products as well. Items on sale: GHD, £20 off.




LOYALTY CARDS & SCHEMES

Debenhams
With Debenhams's Beauty Card for every £1 you spend you earn 3 points. Save up to 500 points and you have £5 to spend. You can spend it on fragrance, beauty (including electrical) and beauty services, like having your eyebrows threaded. The beauty card also gets you free standard delivery and a free Benefit brow wax on your birthday! Debenhams have recently added US Brands Kat Von D and Make Up For Ever and I can't wait to try some of their products! There is an 'up to 50% sale' in beauty and fragrance at the moment as well as 10% off selected Lancome skincare. Free standard delivery on orders over £40.

Space NK
Space NK sells luxury skincare and makeup including By Terry, Sisley, Becca, Eve Lom, Jurlique, Kevyn Aucoin, Hourglass and Emma Hardie. Using their 'N.dulge' card for every £1 you spend you get 1 point. Reach 100 points you you will get £5 reward to spend. You will also receive a special birthday gift, advance access to sales and try new products to preview. Click here for the sale. Free Standard delivery on orders over £40. I think shipping is UK only. There is also a USA site.

Boots
Using Boots's Advantage Card you get 4 points for every £1 you spend. 1 point = 1p.  There is also a free magazine, offers and exclusive events and double points events. You're not limited to buying just beauty products. Boots sells Liz Earle, NYX, Soap and Glory, Natural Collection, 17 and Boots No. 7. Spend £45 for free Delivery.

Escentual
Although I have used Escentual before I didn't realise they have a loyalty points scheme. You get ' 2 pretty pennies' for every £1 you spend. You can then use these points to buy something from the site. Compared to Boots and Debenhams the points per pound is quite low but the upside is that you don't have to save points up to reach a certain threshold level in order to actually use the points. The 'free from' category on the sidebar makes it easy to buy skincare if you have an allergy or are avoiding ingredients like alcohol, without having to look up each product individually. Ships Worldwide at a reasonable price (£4.95- £7.95) Free UK Delivery over £30. Accepts Paypal. If you're into French skincare then you're in luck as they currently have Up to 1/3 Off . There's also this Dior Backstage Pro Eye Revive Palette for only £20.25!!!!  Ends Monday 31st July.

ASIAN BEAUTY 

P2BUS
The P2BUS website seems to be the nucleus of all things Asian- they have tons of Asian skincare and makeup brands. The website is bright with cartoon pictures of their products. However their prices are probably more expensive than ebay and Amazon. Here is a link to their sale page. They do have a reward system that you can save points and use them to buy a few selected items but I feel that this is a bit vague on the website as to how many points there are in a £1. They accept Paypal.  Free worldwide shipping.

Buttermilk
Buttermilk is based in the UK and sells Korean and Japanese skincare. Brands include Missha, Wish Formula, Tony Moly, Etude house and Klaires.  At the moment they have lots of masks on sale here as well as Missha's magic cushion foundation. 10% off with Code NEW CUSTOMER. Free Delivery over £50 and some samples.

 ORGANIC BEAUTY

Naturisimo
This is the like the greener version of ASOS with "clean beauty" organic skincare and makeup sold alongside clothes, bags, jewellery and stationary. The emphasis is on health and wellness as they also sell food, supplements and massage oils etc. Their sale is up to 50% off here. Brands include This Works, Jurlique, EOS, Burts Bees. The Bellapierre Eye Candy Set is now £36 a saving of £80. Free Delivery worldwide.

Love Lula 
Sells organic makeup, skincare and fragrance including  Zoya, Ecotools, Antipodes, Triology. If you're vegan Love Lula has your back with a good section of vegan products too. They offer free worldwide delivery on orders over £10 (the minimum spend is actually quite low.) They also have a loyalty reward scheme. For every £1 spent you will earn 1 point. Each point is worth 10p. If you spent £50 you would earn £5 in points. Love Lula has their own organic beauty box subscription service which you can read more here. Currently they have a sale on including Green People, Welda, Dr Hauschka and the Living Nature Revive Exfoilant has been knocked down to £18.42 (£10 off.)
If you spend £60 or more you get a July Love Lula beauty box free with code FREE BOX.. If you spend over £10 you can choose five or more samples with your order. Samples are priced from 50p - £5.



Friday, 21 July 2017

12 Tips When Packing For A Holiday

Hey it's summer time! The British summer weather hasn't actually been too bad so far. But if you are jetting off to another part of the globe or having a staycation I hope the following tips will be useful to you!

1. Roll up your clothes instead of folding them. This will keep them crease free as well as saving space in your suitcase.

2. Use packing cubes to organise your luggage. These are fabric boxes that you can use to compartmentalise your luggage and allow you to fit more into your suitcase. Each one can act as a 'drawer' so you can keep underwear in one, shoes in another and a different bag for electrical items. You can separate clean and dirty clothes and wet from dry clothes. Organising your luggage this way makes it much easier to lay your hands on whatever you need without hunting through your entire suitcase. You can find a set of 4 for £5 at Ikea and some patterned ones on Amazon here (£8.99.) A stylish alternative are these designated labelled bags by Kate Spade. There's a 'To Wash' bag for dirty laundry and a 'To wear' bag which could hold a complete outfit or underwear. The bag labelled  'The perfect pair' holds shoes and the 'Bits and Bobs' bag could hold jewellery. (This tip is courtesy of Ellis Tuesday's Blog post here. )

3. Alternatively you can use zip loc bags or sandwich bags to divide up your luggage, this has the advantage of being transparent so you can see what's inside. You can also flatten them to get rid of excess air so they take up less space. You can group them by underwear- socks in one, pants in another, bag all your electric chargers together or use each one to store a baby's or toddler's outfit. I found these at Lakeland:  Lakeland Packmate 4 travel bag set for £9.99 and 24 freezer bags for £4.79. If you don't have any spare bags you can use a hotel shower cap over the heels/soles of shoes so that the rest of your luggage stays clean.

4. Pack your clothes inside out to avoid sunscreen stains.

5. Pack socks or sunscreen inside shoes to save space.

6. To prevent any messy leaks, bag each cosmetic bottle separately or place a square of cling film over the bottle opening but underneath the cap and tighten.

7. If you go away a lot it may be worth having a ready packed wash bag full of toiletries on standby so you can just grab it and chuck into your suitcase. Superdrug and Boots have a miniature toiletries section or you can fill it with samples from magazines and beauty subscription boxes.

8. If you're taking a plane then buying a transparent makeup bag and wash bag that meets security guidelines will make your life easier. BAA standards stipulate transparent bags must be resealable and can measure up to 20cm x 20cm max. This basic bag from Superdrug is cheap at £2.99 and fits the bill, alternatively this Ted Baker bag and this Marks and Spencers 3 bag set will do as well.

9. Put anything breakable such as perfume bottles, souvenirs etc. inside a sock to protect them.

10.  Make sure your bag stands out to make it quicker and easier to spot it on the luggage carousel. Customise it by tying a coloured ribbon, scarf, key ring or tape bright duct tape to the handles or zip ends You can also use duct tape to decorate your case with your initials, name or a create a nice pattern. You can buy bright luggage straps, add travel stickers or patches to sew or pin on to soft luggage. Another option would be buying a distinctive luggage tag in neon or in an animal shape. Or you can go wild with fabric paint or spray paint stencil designs on to hard shell luggage.

11. Alternatively invest in some pretty luggage. Make sure it's colourful or distinctively patterned. Look for one with four wheels if possible as they are much easier to move and travel with. TK Maxx and Debenhams have affordable brightly coloured and patterned luggage. Or you can treat yourself to branded luggage from Amara here. I love the Ted Baker ones. You can also choose a photo to personalise your case with the Personalised luggage website here.

12. Invest in lightweight luggage to get the most from baggage weight restrictions. 
Don't forget that the actual suitcase weight will contribute to how much you can take with you weight wise. Check the restrictions for each airline here. Tesco, Bags Etc and Matalan sell IT Luggage Worlds's Lightest Suitcases which are made with a fibre glass frame. They are available in small (37L capacity), medium (63L) and large (92L) with two and four wheels, ranging from £30-45.  Antler also stock some lightweight suitcase ranges.

Straw hat and pink suitcase photo credit: Kirsty Andrews #018/365 via photopin (license) Changes Made
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