Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Top 12 Best Lipstick Packaging

1) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick £25 Currently £22.50 House Of Fraser
    This design is distinctive and decadent reminding me of the french palace of Louis X1V: French, luxurious, gilded & a touch excessive.  

2) Peripera My Color Lips £12.90 Yes Style

     Similar to Dior's Addict lipstick design but more feminine with a dreamy ethereal feel to it.

3) Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Lipstick £20 Currently £18 House Of Fraser
    I love this classic retro design it oozes class and sophistication
4) Etude House Princess Etoinette Crystal Shine Lipstick  £16.90 Yes Style
A cheaper alternative to YSL and more feminine. If YSL is Lois X1V then this is definitely Marie Antoinette. A simpler design but the gold decoration lends it a palace of Versailles look it to.

5) Guerlain Rouge G Le Brillant Lipstick £31.50 Currently £21.35 House Of Fraser
I love this sleek, classic yet futuristic design.

6) Your Best Friend Royalty Collectible Pewter Lipstick $28.80 ybf beauty
This bejeweled and intricate design is fit for a queen. This reminds me of ornate Victorian design.

7) Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick £22 Currently £19.80 House Of Fraser
The black and silver design looks very art deco and the added ribbon makes it look extra special.

8) Dior Addict Lipstick £24 Currently £21.60 House Of Fraser
This simple design is timeless and elegant.

9) Besame Noir Red £27.76 Coco Beau $22 Beseme
This vintage lipstick design looks like a collectors edition especially as it also comes in a red velvet bag.

10) Smashbox Santigolden Age Be Legendary Ring £39 Smashbox
I had to include this because it's so unusual! It looks like a ring with magical powers that could transport you to another world or give you extraordinary powers!

11) Kat Von Dee Painted Love Lipstick $19 Sephora
A floral design that's miles away chintzy or pink and I like the fact you can see the lipstick colour at the bottom.  

12) Paul and Joe Racehorse Lipstick CS £7 Beauty Bay
There have been many animal themed lipstick cases from Paul and Joe and this is the latest, I love the detail and colours used. 

Monday, 26 May 2014

TRESemme Split Remedy Conditioners Review

Both of these Split Remedy conditioners promise 'to repair split ends by up to 80% after just three uses.' So armed with 10ml samples I tested this claim. I used TRESemme Split Remedy Conditioner four times over two weeks. A month later I used the TRESemme Split Remedy Leave -In- Treatment four times over two weeks. My hair is straight, long (almost down to my elbow) and thick. At the moment I wash my hair and blow dry about 2-3 times a week, don't use any other products or heat on my hair and I haven't had a cut for about 5 months..whoops!
I was very impressed with TRESemme Split Remedy Conditioner, (white bottle) this did what my usual conditioner does but more; there seemed a big reduction in split ends, I would say about about 70% -75% less, this was noticeable even after the first use! I usually only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair because I have hair that gets greasy at the roots but dry at the ends. Since this targets split ends, I applied to the middle to end of my hair. This is a lightweight conditioner than felt no different than my normal conditioner (Patene Classic Care.) After using my hair was softer, smoother, nourished and looking healthy without any frizz. This also smells absolutely divine! From reading reviews on Boots and MakeupAlley this product is like Marmite you either love it or hate it! From what I've read this doesn't perform as well on curly hair and continued use can cause build up and heaviness from the silcones ingredients (Dimethicone and Amodmethicone) so I'd recommend using this as an occasional treatment (maybe once a week or every other week) and rotating it with more 'standard' conditioners.

Does it really repair split ends? Well both conditioners contain PEC Technology (PolyElectrolyte Complex*) so instead of just coating the outside of the hair like standard conditioners do,  the PCT molecules can go into the split ends of the hair and create bridges across the open end of the split. When your hair dries, water evaporates and the contraction pulls the split ends back together Once the PCTs are dry they bind the split end closed-easy! So they do repair split ends, but to get rid of 100% of split ends permanently a trim is probably needed. Apparently PECs are heat activated so you will get the best results by blow drying.

I was less impressed with the results from TRESemme Split Remedy leave in treatment.  This is the first time I've used a leave-in conditioner treatment (which has a more subtle smell.) which I applied and combed through the mid length and ends of hair. I used this with a hair drier and without leaving my hair to air dry, and got the same results.  I found it good at good at dangling and smoothing my hair. However it left the ends of my hair feeling very dry, so I won't be purchasing  this.

*PCT Complexs has a negatively charged ion (PVM/MA copolymer) and a positively charged ion (Polyquaternium -28) Both positive and negative charges together produce a single complex with the special ability to stick to damaged hairs and to itself.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion Review

Garnier Oil Beauty Body Lotion contains four oils: Argan, Macadamia, Almond and Rose as well as Shea 
 butter. It is marketed as a lotion that 'nourishes like an oil and absorbs like a cream' which explains the texture -very soft slightly melted butter in a pastel yellow colour. It combines the rich hydration of oils but without the mess or heaviness of oils, but with the ability to absorb quickly and easily into the skin.

Garnier claims this lotion will 'prevent skin feeling dry. Your skin will feel softer and silky smooth.. and more visibly radiant.'  According to their study, clinical scoring found after a week dryness was decreased by 53% in 41 people. A consumer test on 41 people reported that after one week 95% agreed that their skin was noticeably smooth. Out of the 41 people 78% noticed a visible difference to their skin which Garnier uses to support the lotion's claim of a radiant finish. Skin radiance seems to me very subjective and just skin care jargon, do they mean healthy? Glowing? Better? How?

Anyway using a sample I tested this lotion for a week, applying every day on both my arms.   
At the end of 7 days my skin definitively feels softer and smoother and it has made a difference to my super dry elbows, they are still a little dry but the lotion has made a difference in the 7 days which hasn't happened with other lotions I've tried previously. 

Its other claims are 'fast absorbing, non-greasy, non-sticky and dermatology tested.'After applying my hands weren't very greasy and any lotion left over was quickly absorbed, it didn't feel like I had to wash it off my hands immediately. The lotion is definitely non sticky which is more comfortable to apply and wear. It has a subtle fragrance, which to me smells like sweet cocoa butter (not chocolate)  but personally I don't like, however it is very subtle so you can wear other fragrances and it wouldn't interfere. However it does contain mineral oil/petroleum which may be a problem for some people but is paraben free.

I feel that this lotion brings the best of oils and lotions together and is a great product that is also fairly good value for money, currently it's on offer in Boots for £3.33. If you want a hydrating rich moisturiser that's also light this is it! 

Monday, 12 May 2014

6 Ways to make your eye make up last longer

1) Use an eye shadow primer

    These guys keep eye shadows locked down all day. Here are the most popular ones. My fave is
    E.LF's Mineral Primer.

(Top Left image from Urban Decay,Top Right image from Eyes Lips
Bottom Left image from, Bottom right image from NYX )


2) Use waterproof liner so that it won't smudge or budge

I recommend Make Up Atelier Paris Gel eye liners for high end because they do not budge at all, I mean nada. I've also heard Make Up For Ever Aqua liners are brilliant too (image from Sephora.)  For low end I recommend Maybelline Gel liners and Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl pencil (it's waterproof and has a nifty pencil sharpener in the lid.)

3) Go over eye liner with eye shadow (in the same colour) to set the liner. 
Use an angled brush to do this or a flat edged eye liner brush e.g.Mac 212 or 266. (This principle is similar to using setting powder to set your foundation) This has the added bonus of enhancing and correcting the original liner.

                                          Nikki Smith

4) Heat up your eyelash curler.

                  Nikki Smith

For metal lash curlers only- gently warm up the metal head of the lash curler with a hair dryer. Be sure to test the temperature against your arm or back of your hand before using it. Place on your lash line and hold for 20 seconds. If you are serious about curling lases there are also heated ones available

5) Use gel liner to anchor the base of the eyelashes in a lift position and keep the curl for longer.

              Nikki Smith

 Get hold of an eyeslash curler. Run gel liner across the rubber pad. Leave for 20 seconds to become tacky. Finally curl your lashes right at the base of the lash, hold for 20-50 seconds.( It is recommended to start with 20 seconds first and see what effect you get (to prevent pulling your eyelashes out.) This is a tip from Goss Make Up artist. I've explained this technique as best as I can but you can also see Goss 's Tutorial HERE

6) Use a waterproof mascara because it will hold lash curl.

L-R (LancĂ´me Definicils Waterproof Mascara Here,  Max Factor 2000 Calories Waterproof Mascara Here, Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara Here, Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara Waterproof Here.)


Saturday, 10 May 2014

History of Lipstick Part 2: 1920s-1950s (America & UK.)


Heat from the lights on film sets caused lip pomade to run and it was Max Factor who solved this problem by using greasepaint foundation around the mouth, covering the lip outline and then pressing two thumbs prints of pomade on the upper lip and two upside down thumb prints on the lower lip. Finally he used a brush to draw in the corners and contours. He eventually renamed his products 'make up' rather than cosmetics, thus the term 'make up' once reserved for theatre was suddenly used by everyone as other companies followed his lead. Showbiz once disproved of , was now glamorous and Hollywood set a standard to aspire to. Maybelline had created kiss proof lipstick and by 1929 Elizabeth Arden was a household name Although lipstick was fashionable it was still uncomfortable to wear as the soap base made it very thick.            

Top Left: Actress Evelyn Brent models the 1920s lip Shape Bains News Service Source                         

Bottom Left: Clara Bow popularised the 1920's lip Shape Bains News Service Source

Right: Elizabeth Arden Alan Fisher New York World Telegram Source


As the roaring twenties was replaced by the Great depression, it's influence was felt in make up trends: lipstick went from carefree flirtation to a restrictive perfectionist ideal. Perhaps imposing perfection in this imperfect world. Lips were angular and severe, aided by new products- lip liner and lip stencils. Stars Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo popularised this look. Technicolor films meant that women could now see on screen and shop for the actual lipstick colour as well as applying the right lip shape. Perfume was now added to lipstick. Another advancement saw Helena Rubenstein showing the first clinical lipsticks advertisements featuring sun protectors.
Make up was one of the very few industries that came out of the depression richer than ever before. Women flocked to beauty salons, seeking respite from the dreary monotonous world. This phenomenon was coined 'The lipstick Effect' where women spend relatively more money on beauty products during economic recessions, in particular more lipstick. The theory is that the consumer attempts to make themselves feel better through a small, indulgent buy.

Left: Actress Marlene Dietrich copyright DarlingLiz Some Rights Reserved changes made Source

Top Right: Actress Marlene Dietrich, owned by Dennis Amis Some Rights Reserved Changes made Source

Bottom Right: Actress Greta Garbo in the fillm Inspiration (1931 )Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Source

 In America, make up was seen as important for good morale during WW2. The US director of
Economic Stabilisation instructed factory dressing rooms to be stocked with lipstick to improve work productivity. Tangee, a leading make up company ran a 'War women and Lipstick' campaign' stating 'If a symbol were needed...of this courage and strength- I would choose lipstick.....A woman's lipstick is an instrument of personal morale that helps her to conceal heartbreak or sorrow, gives her self confidence when it's badly needed.' Women hung onto their lipsticks and savoured their use for nights out only. Adverts warned women to buy sparingly. Lipsticks were cited as the most missed of the shortages in the war. Nurses evacuated by submarines always escaped carrying their lipsticks.

Unfortunately for women in the UK, lipstick production ground to a halt. The only way to obtain it was on the black market, buying secretly from bootleggers.

                                                                                            Woman Aircraft worker, California  USA 1942                                                                                                                              David Bransbury Source

Left: Marilyn Monroe TV Radio Mirror Macfadden Publications Source
Right: Hazel Bishop Lipstick Advert Joe Haupt Some Rights Reserved Source

The end of war signalled a change in lipstick fashion, lips were now made to look fuller and seductive symbolising good health and encouraging reproduction and re-population. Make up trends of bright red and plum drew attention to the lips. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were engaged in a battle of whose lips could be the most over the top. Everyone wanted Marilyn Monroe's pout. Incidentally movie bosses deemed Marilyn's chin too prominent and that this 'defect' was more noticeable when her lips were closed. They instructed her to always have a slightly parted mouth.
The 50's gave birth to 'teenagers' and make up advertisers now targeted girls as well as women, creating lipstick names such as 'Milkmaid pink' to appeal to them.
Finally American chemist Hazel Bishop developed the first lipstick that did not smudge and that lasted longer. Hooray!

History of Lipstick: Part 1 Women's attitude to Lipstick

 Keith Schengili-Roberts, changes made Source  Alan Cleaver, changes made Source, United states domain, Source  Moonik changes made Source                                                                                                                                                
Despite the fact that various forms of lip colour had been worn since Ancient Egypt (by both women and men) the older generation grew up with the idea that lipstick was either only for the stage or for prostitutes. However the next generation were beginning to think differently. Lipstick was adopted by the suffragette movement and became a symbol of women's emancipation. At the New York Suffragette rally in 1912 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman among other women wore lipstick as a symbol of independence from men.

The suffragette movement also coincided with an advance in cosmetics which saw Guerlain forming lip colour into a stick in 1912. This popularised lipstick making it more convenient and more accessible, way beyond the theatre and back rooms.

Increase in factories and populated cities also caused pollution to spread. Make up was being touted as a mask that could protect the face from all the dirt. Cosmetic advertising portrayed the mouth as an innocent hole sucking in germs and that cosmetic products such as lipstick could protect against this.

Applying lipstick was still a messy process until in 1915 Maurice Levy of the Scovil Manufacturing Company in Waterbury invented a metal case that was influenced by the shape of a bullet to contain this lip stick. Called 'Levy Tubes' they were two inches long with a plain dipped nickel finish with a lever on the side to move lipstick up the barrel. Since these tubes could be mass produced this new product was affordable to those in work as well as richer women in society. Some lipstick samples today resemble the original tubes albeit made from plastic.

     Changes made Source

Later the lever was replaced by a screw thread inside that pushed the lipstick up.

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