31 March 2012

Monthly Favourites: March!



This month I have rather a large collection of favourites it seems! Some of them I have loved for ages and some are pretty new to me but I have a wide collection of various bits and bobs this month!

Products:

Soap & Glory Hand Food
Bioderma H2O
Tangle Teezer
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash
Soap & Glory Flake Away
LUSH Seanik Shampoo Bar
Vaseline Creme Brulee
Essie Nail Polish in Neo Whimsicle and Lilacism
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Topshop Lipstick in Coy
Skin79 BB CReam
OPI Matte Nail Envy
Revlon Lip Butters in Lollipop, Gumdrop, Stratwberry Shortcake, Sweet Tart, Sugar Frosting, Cotton Candy
Aqua Necklace from Matalan




30 March 2012

Review: Topshop Coy


I love love love the colour of this Topshop lipstick! It's the perfect pinky peach colour which will be so perfect for the Summer! I have wanted this for so so long and finally gave in last week and I cannot describe how excited I was when my sister handed me a little topshop package that had been sitting in the hall!

It's more of a lip pencil that a lipstick as it comes in a pencil form as you can see in the above photographs which I'm not overly keen on because I am not a huge fan of the way a pencil applies in comparison to a standard lipstick but the amazing colour makes up for that.

The formula of this alone is pretty horrible I must admit, it's so drying and highlights every flaw possible on your lips but add a touch of Vaseline into the mix and you have the most perfect formula ever! What I do is exfoliate my lips then apply a bit of Vaseline and leave to sink in for a couple of minutes then pat it off slightly with my finger and apply the colour and this way I feel in actually improves the overall look of this product. It give a slight more flattering sheen to the lips rather than a matte, dry appearance.

This has no scent whatsoever which is pleasant surprise after the Mr Muscle situation I had with my first Topshop Make Up purchase (see here)!

I am totally in love with this lipstick and have my eye on a few other colours which I shall be buying pretty soon I imagine so expect a couple more reviews on the other shades! I can see this becoming a firm favourite for mine for the coming months!

What do you think of Topshop make up? What's your favourite product?



28 March 2012

Review: Revlon Lip Butters in Gumdrop, Sugar Frosting & Cotton Candy

Top-Bottom: Cotton Candy, Gumdrop, Sugar Frosting

So this is my second post on my three latest editions to my little Revlon Lip Butter family! The shades I have this time are:

Cotton Candy: The most beautiful sheer medium pink with golden shimmer. This reminds me of NARS Orgasm so much! It is the most gorgeous colour I've ever seen! The golden tint is quite subtle but it catches the light beautifully.

Gumdrop: A stunning lilac shade which is amazingly buildable. It's an amazing creamy purple with very subtle flecks of silver and pink shimmer.

Sugar Frosting: A lovely sheer, barley there golden pink shade which doesn't give a great amount of pigment to the lips, more a shimmer. This is perfect for an every day colour of to tone down another lipstick.

I adore Revlon Lip Butters and if you haven't tried them I urge you to! They are the perfect lip product for me and I find myself grabbing one of these everyday now! They are the middle ground in between a lip balm and a lipstick giving the moisture and feel of a balm but the pigment of a sheer lipstick. Some of the darker colours I own are actually more pigmented than several lipsticks I have!

Gumdrop isn't one of the shade available in the UK so if you are wanting this shade have a look on eBay because there are a lot of US sellers selling them cheaper (inc postage) than they are over here! I am keeping my eye out for Creamsicle next!




27 March 2012

Review: MUA Lipstick in Shade 4


This is fast becoming one of my all time favourite lipsticks and I have included it in previous Monthly Favourite posts but thought it was about time I wrote a whole post dedicated to this little lipstick!

It's by Make Up Academy which is available in Superdrug and it costs an amazing £1! It's a beautiful cool toned baby pink with the most amazing application and texture, it feels like water on your lips but gives a lovely glossy colour to the lips. It's such a pretty girly colour which is perfect for an everyday lip colour and for £1 it's definitely not going to break the bank!

These lipsticks are only numbered and this is shade 4, the only thing I don't particularly like about them is that they aren't named. I tend to prefer a coloured product to have a specific name as I'm more likely to remember it that I would just a number.

I have several other MUA lipsticks and this is by far my favourite! I am putting together a post about all of the ones I have with swatches, etc which should be up soon if you are interested in seeing more of these beauties!



26 March 2012

Review: TAAJ Make-Up Remover


I have a huge love, hate relationship with this product and I'm so sad that I have going to have to give in and stop using it because my skin just isn't happy.

This claims to be suitable for all skin types which is a bit of a fib I think because I do not class my skin as dry or sensitive, it's more oily/combo than anything and this stuff dries my face out like no end! My eyelids are so dry they are rough!!

Other than that massive slight issue I really love this as a make up remover! It's brilliant! Removes everything (minus waterproof mascara) completely and leaves my face feeling super clean. It breaks down the make up rather than smearing it over your face which is a huge plus for people who suffer with clogged pores BUT after literally seconds my face is as dry as a bone! My skin will flake and the skin around my eyes will be sore and rough. I can avoid this happening by applying a heavy moisturiser immediately after but I'm not comfortable with using something that requires me to slather my face in tonnes of moisturiser literally immediately after to avoid my face looking like a flaky mess.

So overall this product lives up to its claims to remove make up but not its suitability claims which is a shame because had this not been so drying, I would have re purchased. It's around £17 for a full sized bottle which is slightly over priced for what is essentially posh water. Think I'm going to stick with my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Bioderma!



25 March 2012

Week In Photos: #002

My ever growing collection of Revlon Lip Butters! // Early Learning Centre delivery consisting of amazing crazy paint brushes and other painty goodness // LUSH Seanik Shampoo Bar // Painting with said crazy painters // Pretty flowers <3 // Thackery Binx! // Mummy and Baby hands <3 // Boots haul! // FOTD


This week has been full of arty crafty activities and walks around the headlands with my Ellie Belly. She is thoroughly enjoying the lovely weather! She has also been bought a massive climbing frame with monkey bars and an amazing little high up den part to it which will be amazing for her soon! You can get all sorts of amazing add ons to it like rope climbers, slides, basket ball hoop, a cover for the little den platform! I think I am slightly more excited about it than her!

I'm sure everyone is aware that it was Mothers Day last Sunday and I received a gorgeous little cat card with a beautiful artwork inside from my Eloise <3 She also bought me and my Mum some lovely flowers. I can't believe it was my second Mother's Day! Where has the time gone!?

I also went on a couple of short shopping trips and bought rather a great deal of skincare products and make up! I have no self control with that sort of thing! I also bought a few more Lip Butters, I am forming a large obsession with those little beauties! They are the perfect lip product ever! Post, video and swatches of my newest ones coming soon!

Hope you have all had a fantastic week!



24 March 2012

FOTD: The Sun Has Got His Hat On...Or Rather I Have!


Make-Up I'm Wearing:

Skin79 BB Cream
Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade in It's Peachy!
Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Rimmel Soft Khol in Jet Black
Benefit Brows a-go-go Pallette
Vaseline Creme Brulee
Topshop Coy

Clothes I'm Wearing:

Hat: Matalan
Shirt: Primark (old)

Hair:

Hair washed using LUSH Seanik Shampoo Bar and
 Dove Express Treatment Conditioner on the ends then left to dry naturally.

Gee x


21 March 2012

REVIEW // LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is by far the best skin care product I have ever tried. No I'm not exaggerating. It has been a firm favourite for 6 years now and I honestly don't see myself going back to anything else.

So I'm sure you can guess by my opening sentence that this is going to be oh hell of a positive review and I can tell you that you are in fact very correct in thinking so. I'm not sure whether I can put in to words how much I love this cleanser but I will try.

My first venture into this cleanser was with a tiny sample sized tube about many years ago. My skin doesn't tend to agree with many products, either they make my skin too dry or they make me break out so I never hold out much hope when it comes to trying new skincare products. I ordered a small 30ml travel sized tube of this to try out and oh my Christ! My skin has never loved me so much in my life! I even featured it in my Holy Grail Cleansers of 2013 and My Favourite Blogger Hypes.

I wasn't keen on the smell at first, it has quite a strong natural plant smell but as I've got used to it I have grown to actually love it, it's really fresh and clean smelling without overpowering perfumes which is perfect for me. I started off by using the 30ml tube which lasted me a little over two weeks using it to take full make up off at night and cleanse in the morning which is pretty good for a little tube! I then bit the bullet and bought the 100ml pump version and the consistency of the pump seems a lot firmer than the tube did which I think I prefer although I'm not entirely sure why they differ at all but the product still works just as well! I have since then gone on to buy many, many tubes and even got my Mum into it too.

All you do with this is squirt some onto your hand, (about one full squirt will do my entire face with full make up) massage it into your face in circular motions leaving your eye make up until last to avoid smearing it all over your face, run the muslin cloth under hand hot water and wipe your face like you would a make up wipe and you're done! Wash your cloth out and leave to dry.

The consistency is very creamy and soothing so it's perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin, when I've had horrific skin at each end of the spectrum this has helped immensely and I can always rely on it to get me out of a crappy skin rut. I'm also partial to using it as a mask, I just whack it on my skin whilst I'm in the bath and leave it for 5-10 minutes and it helps with any break outs or dullness I might have.

I cannot see myself using anything else ever again it's that great! My skin looks SO much better since using this, it's truly amazing. It retails at £13.75 for a 100ml pump which is a bit expensive compared to a lot of other cleansers but it really is worth every penny. My last purchase was the 200ml Tube which is £26 and it's lasted nearly 2 years. It's suitable for all skin types and is basically just amazing.




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Review: Soap & Glory Flake Away


I have been using this for a while now and really thought it was about time I wrote the review it deserved!

This has got to be one of the best exfoliators I've used in a long long time, if not ever! It contains Shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar which work together to give you amazingly polished but moisturised skin. The scent is pretty but I'm not overly keen on it as it does linger for a long time after use which I don't really like with sweet, musky fruity scents but if you like the classic Soap & Glory scent you'll love it!

Now, sometimes with exfoliators they can leave my skin feeling quite sore and dry but this is so amazingly moisturising! My skin is so so soft after using it which I was really surprised about as it is quite a abrasive looking scrub. It is quite tricky to wash off compared to other body products and if you miss a bit it will leave that part of your skin quite slimy and heavily scented.

Overall I really like it and would really recommend this, it is honestly the best exfoliator I've tried in terms of effect, I'm just not overly keen on the scent but it is growing on me!



19 March 2012

Review: Skin79 BB Cream




This is the first proper BB cream I have tried and I have to say, I am in love! I think it may even have pushed my Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation off top! Or any foundation for that matter!

The consistency is quite similar to a tinted moisturiser but it does have a lot more coverage although I would still class it as a light just approaching medium coverage and if you have quite a lot of blemishes on your face you may find you want to use a concealer over the top. It feels so so nice to apply with a slightly thicker texture than a standard moisturiser but it even out my skin tone and minimises any pores and my skin looks so fresh with this on. The texture doesn't cake at all and really sinks into my skin and gives it a lovely natural look which I love!

It comes in the most gorgeous little hot pink bottle with a pump nozzle which I also love as it makes it super easy to control how much product you squeeze out. The actually BB Cream looks a medium beige colour with a greyish tone at first which looks a little scary but I assure you, once you have applied it to your skin it adapts to your natural skin tone and there is not even a hint of grey! My skin is pretty fair and I tend to go for the lightest shade in most foundations but this is perfect. It is so easy to work with and glides on just like a thick moisturiser but sinks in quickly and doesn't leave my face shiny. Because of the consistency if you end up applying too little or too much it's easily sorted by either applying more or massaging it in a bit more as it really sinks in to your skin rather that just sit on to and clog your pores like a foundation so if you suffer from blemishes or product related breakouts it's really worth giving this a try and it really doesn't clog at all.

As for its lasting ability as I sit here I have had this on for a good 11 hours and it's still near enough perfect which can't be said for most of the other face makeup I've tried in the past.

I was a bit apprehensive of BB Creams at first as I was just expecting them to be like tinted moisturiser which majorly put me off because I just haven't go on with the tinted moisturisers I've tried in the past but I am so glad I decided to give it a shot! I really think this is better than foundation for me and I honestly don't think I will go back to foundation! My skin has been so so much better since switching and my complexion is so much more even and I've had hardly any blemishes and the only times I've had some are because my daughter has wiped her greasy little mits on my face haha! So if you are umming and ahhing about trying a BB Cream I urge you to buy this! It cost me £10 off eBay and it's the best £10 I've ever spent!

If you want to have a better idea of the coverage it gives and the overall look of this on my skin then have a little look at my Youtube Channel, I list what make up I'm wearing in the description box and 99% of my videos I am wearing this BB Cream!I will stop raving now because this has turned into quite an essay so to sum the entire post up: BUY THIS BB CREAM! Haha!



Review: Chanel Rouge Coco in Rose Dentelle




I love this lipstick, the shade is Rose Dentelle and it's quite similar to my natural lip colour so gives a nice colour without looking too much for an everyday look. It's got quite a creamy texture and although it is hydrating, it doesn't feel like a typical hydrating lipstick when wearing it. It doesn't make your lips dry or feel tight, don't get me wrong but the finish is almost satin so it has a feel nearer to matt lipstick which is quite strange.

The colour is a nice rosy pink with just a hint of peach I think which makes for a nice natural lipstick which would suit fair to medium skin types. It applies smoothly and doesn't have a scent which is nice because I don't always enjoy having scented products on my lips. The packaging is typical, gorgeous Chanel which always look amazing.

The pigmentation is good quality as expected with Chanel and good colour pay off is achievable with very little product. These lipsticks retail at around £23 so it's more of a luxury product rather than an affordable one but the quality and design speak for themselves!

Have your tried Chanel lipstick? What did you think?





18 March 2012

Spring: My Top 10 Lip Colours for Spring!


 Products Mentioned (in order of the above photograph):

Revlon Lip Gloss in Pink Pop
Lord and Berry Lipstick in 60s Pink
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout


Revlon Lip Butters: I won't go into detail here because I have already reviewed these colours, if you are interested in ready/watching my review see here. These three shades are so versatile and are so perfect for spring! Lollipop is a beautiful dark berry pink with blue undertones that is the most perfect lip colour when you are feeling for confident. Sweet tart is a beautiful medium pink with is a little lighter that the Lollipop so great for when you don't feel as brave but want a nice pop of colour. Last but not least Strawberry Shortcake which is a gorgeous muted baby pink which is perfect for an every day lip colour.

MAC Watch Me Simmer: This is such a pretty coral colour and is basically spring in a tube for me! The formula is amazing and beautiful to apply, the pigmentation is out of this world! 

Revlon Lip Gloss in Pink Pop: This is a perfect girly sheer pink for a lovely wash of colour on its own to teamed with another lipstick to create a custom shade, I particularly like to team it with Barry M's 147 for a really pretty peachy coral colour.

Barry M 147: This is a peachy pink colour with amazing pigmentation and a matt/satin finish. This is a very strong colour and I like to tone it down with Revlon's Pink Pop on days where I don't want such a bright lip colour. This is my favourite Spring/Summer colour so far and I can see myself wearing this combo a lot! Review here.

Lord and Berry 60s Pink: This is such a pretty bright almost bubblegum pink colour which is so perfect for the Spring and really helps brighten up your make up. I like the finish of this lipstick, it is somewhere between a glossy and satin finish which is really beautiful.

MUA Lipstick in Shade 4: This is a very sheer baby pink colour that applies like a dream! It is almost like applying water to your lips (obviously without it running everywhere but you get the idea) it is so hydrating and glossy. Quite similar to the Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake but more glossy and more sheer.

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout: This is a light muted pink with a purple/mauve undertone to it. I always get compliments when I wear this! The matte finish means you need flawless lips to be able to pull this off so a lip scrub and balm beforehand is a must but it really is a beautiful colour. Review here.

Topshop Lipstick in Innocent: This is pretty similar to Revlon's Pink Pout only the finish is more glossy and it is slightly less muted. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this lipstick, I love the colour and application but I hate the smell!


So those are my favourite for the coming Spring! What are yours?






Week In Photos: #001

Mini stock up on sweeties // New sweater from Forever 21 // Revlon Lip Butters // Finished Cbeebies Birthday Card for Eloise // Pretty Daffodil // Little tootsies // Me pulling stupid faces // Puffy Painting with Ellie // My top 10 lip colours for Spring sneak peek!


I thought I'd try something different this week, I usually post a Sunday Portrait but I was getting a little bored with those so thought it'd make a nice change to post my week in photos so here it is! A random bunch of snaps from this week.

This week has been pretty productive in terms of making changes, if you don't already know I suffer from Agoraphobia, Anxiety and Panic Disorder and going out is something that creates a lot of worry for me. I have suffered from Anxiety most of my life but the Agoraphobia I have only had for a few years and that's a few years too long in my books so this week I made a couple of mini breakthroughs! Firstly I went to a little village shop and spent over £10 on junk food and a scratch card (I didn't win, boo! Haha!) and secondly I went shopping in a little outdoor centre near me and went to NEXT, Boots and Pets at Home to be precise. I bought Baby Wipes, Natural Collection Blush and Lip Gloss in Boots and Rabbit Food in Pets at Home to be even more precise but that basically meant I had to stand in line twice. now that probably doesn't sound like a big deal but standing in line to me is a MASSIVE deal. I hate it. It makes me panic and my breathing goes mental and I feel like I'm going to pass out but I did it. Twice. Still find myself waiting to be knocked down again though but oh well!

Have been doing lots of arty crafty things with Ellie this week, she really enjoys drawing and painting at the moment so I try and do as many fun activities with her as I can! 

I have rather a few videos and posts lined up for the coming weeks so if you have any requests please do let me know! I have a What's In My Bag video and post coming up soon along with my Top 10 Lip Colours For Spring (which is also a video and a blog post) my new high street teeth whitening find which I don't think I will ever go back from and a few tag videos! Really enjoying this Youtube lark! If you beautiful people have any questions you want me to answer I shall write them all down and do a video answering them, I love answering random questions haha! It's like being 15 again on myspace!

I will stop rambling now and let you all get on with whatever you were doing beforehand! Thank you all for reading my blog/watching my videos and leaving lovely comments! You're all wonderful!


Gee x

 

17 March 2012

Weekend Wishlist: #008


001 I have wanted this Topshop highlighter for so so long now and I think it is about time I just give in and buy it! It looks so amazing on everyone I've seen so far and i just basically need it in my life!

002 Same with this blush really! It's such a gorgeous colour and I love it so much! I have numerous other blushers but a girl can never have too many, right?

003 This looks like such a perfect peachy coral shade for the Spring and Summer and I and going to buy this next week, I have to! I have never seen a shade as perfect as this, it just looks like summer in a bottle to me! 

004 I am a massive convert on the BB Cream front, if you watch any of my videos you will see "Skin79 BB Cream" in the description box list of the make up I'm wearing and I don't think I will ever turn to foundation again! The difference in my skin is AMAZING since switching to BB Cream and I cannot wait to try some other brands!

005 This little dress is so gorgeous! I saw it in store the other day but they didn't have Eloise's size! This will be perfect for her to wear to my cousins wedding in April or her birthday (or even both!?). I have only just had a delivery from NEXT today so I'm going to order this next week if they have size 12-18 months in stock. They also have some gorgeous sandals for toddlers which I had a look at in store as well but naturally they didn't have Ellie's size but I have spotted some cute little shoes that will match the yellow in the centre of the flowers. 

006 I have heard very goo things about this cuticle oil and my cuticles are in serious need of some pampering! This is cranberry scented which sound so nice! I also love the little bottle it comes in! I'm a massive sucker for nice packaging!

007 I have seen swatches of this Tendertone and it looks so so subtle and pretty, perfect for under and over lipsticks but I really can't decide between Tread Gently and Hush Hush! Somebody help be choose!

008 I saw this in a photo Models Own posted on facebook and usually I'm not a fan of these Beetlejuice polishes but this one really caught my eye! Unlike most of the other this one looks lovely and girly which was what drew me to it! Definitely going to be grabbing this when I see it!

009 I love this shampoo! I ran out a while ago now and have just been using my Bed Head Superstar but I want something a bit more clarifying sometimes and have been wishing I had some of this as off to LUSH I shall be going!

010 I seem to be including an Essie polish every week! What can I say? I love Essie polishes so much, I think I would go as far as to say they are my favourite. This polish is a gorgeous creamy milky pink and I love it so much!

011 Last but not least, LUSH Happy Blooming! I love love love the scent of this bath melt! It smells just like cherry yogurts to me and I just love everything about it! I have one hell of a list of stuff I want from LUSH so expect a haul pretty soon! 



16 March 2012

Review: Topshop Lipstick in Innocent



After reading many a review raving about the Topshop lipsticks I was really excited when I finally bought one and must admit, I was expecting it to be amazing. I think I'm probably about the only person in the world who doesn't really like these! I love the colour and the pigmentation is good although the texture picks up every flaw on your lips so exfoliating before hand and a good base is a must but I really cannot stand the smell!

The scent is quite difficult to describe, I want to say it smells citrusy but not a nice zingy citrus, I'm talking bathroom cleaner citrus which really does not float my boat in the slightest! I only own one topshop lipstick so I'm not sure if the scents differ at all (if you have a different shade to compare, let me know if they smell the same please!) so this put a real downer on this product.

The actual colour is a pretty baby pink and is called Innocent which fits it perfectly I think.  It's such a pretty girly girl shade.

The packaging is lovely, the casing is made of metal so is very sturdy and the design is so nice and unique, right up my street in that department. I'm so disappointed with the smell of this and I'm not even sure I can disguise it buy putting a scented gloss over the top.

These retail at about £8 which is pretty average for a lipstick and if it weren't for the smell I would definitely re purchase because the formula is quite nice but I don't really enjoy my lips smelling like Mr Muscle.Sorry Topshop, maybe it's just me?

What do you think of Topshop Lipsticks? Do you think they live up to the hype? 





15 March 2012

Review: Joliebox February 2012



I'm a bit late posting this but I wanted to give a few of these a try before posting as I usually just post about my first impressions so I thought it would make a nice change to be able to write a bit more detail about a few of these.

TAAJ Himalaya Micellar Water

I love this as a make up remover, it's probably the best I've tried although it's not so great with waterproof mascara. Having said this I have quite a love hate relationship with this cleanser. The initial effects are brilliant, it cleanses my face like no other and my skin really feels clean and make up/dirt free which is hard to find! But, and this is a massive but, after the moisture has evaporated from my face (after a minute or so) my skin feel so tight and dry, it even started flaking within minutes of using this so its claim for being suitable for all skin types is a bit on an exaggeration I think as my skin is not overly dry or sensitive so I was a bit disappointed by that. After playing around with it for a few days I've found that if I apply a heavy moisturiser immediately after it's okay and I think I will purchase this when my sample bottle runs out.

Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink

Now this little thing is so amazing! At first when I swatched it on my hand it was just a clear glossy looking shade and I didn't think much of it but once it had "developed" on my skin it turns into the most beautiful pink colour. It adjusts colour to suit your mood and temperature which I think is pretty fun!

Lavera Hand Cream

I love the smell of this and have been using it quite a lot since I received this box! It smells so pretty and feminine without being in your face or too "cream" smelling. It smells more like a perfume scent than a moisturiser scent which is nice. It is quite moisturising although not as good as others I have tried but I might just re purchase this for the scent!

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque

I haven't actually tried this yet but I am really looking forward to using it as I have heard many a great thing about this brand. I will be reviewing this separately pretty soon if anyone is interested!

RMK Cleansing Oil

Another one I haven't yet tried, I have so many cleansers I'm trying out at the moment and my skin is behaving and this being an oil makes me a bit apprehensive about using it! It's quite a small sample so I'm not sure I will be able to review it properly as I like to use it for at least a few weeks but we'll see!

Last but not least we got a little JolieBox brush which is a sweet touch, the bristles are pretty good quality and I will most likely be using it at some point.

Overall I wasn't very excited about these at first but as I've tried them I'm actually pretty impressed! The brands (except Macadamia) I had never heard of before and I love trying completely new things so this has ended up being a winner for me!

What did you think of this months box?



Review: MAC Shop Collection: Watch Me Simmer



I am seriously loving this lipstick! It is the most beautiful creamy pinky coral shade which is just perfect for Spring!

The formula of MACs lipstick is like no other, they are so incredibly creamy and the pigmentation is always spot on. The staying power of this particular shade is nothing short of amazing! I am sat here writing this after wearing it for 5 hours having eaten and drank and it still hasn't budged! Of course it isn't as creamy feeling on the lips which is fair enough after 5 hours of wear but the colour is still there! In fact, I still have a stained patch on my hand from where I swatched it yesterday!?

The scent of MACs lipsticks is gorgeous, a lovely light vanilla scent which is delicious! I'm not usually one for liking scented things on my face but this really isn't overpowering and only lasts a few minutes. The finish of this lipstick is quite matte but it does have a slight sheen so I want to say it has a satin finish.

This shade is from MACs Shop Collection and retails at £13.50 which is a bit pricey for a lipstick but if I think that I've spent double that on higher end lipsticks that are nowhere near as good as these!

What do you think of MACs Shop Collection?



14 March 2012

GlossyBox: The Harrods Edition




I have a bit of a love hate relationship with beauty boxes lately, I am getting into a habit of really not liking the contents at first and then as I start trying them out I love everything and I'm really hoping that's how this box pans out because I really wasn't too impressed at first! I can never be pleased it seems!

I think it was the hype around this box that really wound me up to unreadable levels of excitement that I ended up not being too enthralled by the contents. Although having said that, as the day has gone on I am warming to a few of the products and I must admit, I kind of like being a bit "meh" with the different products at first because then when I find out they're good it makes it seem even better if you get what I'm saying? Yeh me neither.

The box is a glossy white colour with a green Harrods logo covered ribbon which is lovely. I'm not a big fan of the glossy finish boxes, I much prefer the matt finish ones because I think they look more sophisticated whereas the gloss finish makes it look a bit tacky and the squeaking when I take the lid off really grates on me! haha!

Contents:

Versache - Vanitas Versache Eau De Parfum:

A luxurious scent from the House of Versache. Vanitas is a rich and voluptuous fragrance with notes of tiare flower, lime and freesia.

This smells so lovely and feminine which is right up my street! I love Versache Red Jeans which was one of my very first perfumes ever and still remains of of my favourites and this is quite similar to that scent which makes in a winner in my books. It comes in a cute little miniature bottle with a stopper on the top which means it probably wont last long before I spill it which is sad but overall it's a really nice light scent which I would make a perfect summer fragrance.

Bliss - Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter:


Deeply Moisturising, skin softening naturally rejuvenating body butter in mouth watering blood orange and white pepper.

This really smells like oranges and pepper which is quite strange really! On first smell you get the oranges and then the pepper which knocks you back a bit! I love the bright turquoise colour tube and the simple yet eye catching design. 
 
Revive - Intensite Creme Lustre SPF30:

An intensive, firming moisturiser that helps to reduce the appearance of sagging skin.

I seem to be getting rather a lot of anti ageing products in my beauty boxes which I don't really use as I'm only just 21! But this looks interesting and might be good for under my eyes perhaps? It's just a basic white cream consistency in a little screw topped pot nothing exciting but interesting all the same.
 
Lancome Juicy Tube in Toffe R 'n' B 93:

Ultra shiny hydrating lipgloss.

I can't stop smelling this! I really love that Lancome Juicy Tubes really smell like what they're supposed to and don't have that horrible artificial smell to them that some scented glosses have. This one smells just like toffee yogurt, you know, that ones that come with the crunchy chocolate bits in the corners? I love them! I don't think I would be able to tell the difference if I smelled them side by side blindfolded! That's how realistic the scents are with these! This shade is called Toffee R 'n' B 93 which is a nude brown colour with gold shimmer throughout it. A really pretty universal shade!

Clarins - Extra Firming Body Cream:


A formula rich in regenerating and firming plant extracts which restore the skin's youthful density and elasticity.

I love a Clarins sample and is this is as good as other products I've tried then I will be a happy bunny! Another anti ageing product though which is quite off putting for me as I'm not what I would consider old! haha! I will give it a try though.

So overall I wasn't particularly thrilled with the contents but as I explained earlier, I psyke myself up and then nothing lives up to the hype which is a bit rubbish but the proof is in the pudding...Or the product in this case. Not that I'm complaining about GlossyBox, I signed up for 5 surprise samples and that's what I got, GlossyBox always delivers in that aspect and there are always one or two things I end up loving as with all the beauty boxes I get! I will let you know how I get on with them and perhaps do one big review post of them all instead of lots of separate ones? Perhaps even just a video? Let me know which you would prefer!



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