31 May 2012

Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers


These fabulous little metal things are a million percent my new holy grail eyelash curlers! I cannot fault them at all! In the past I've not been too fussed about what eyelash curlers I had and usually ended up buying the cheap ones from H&M and didn't think much more about it.

After seeing many many bloggers raving about these little beauties I finally gave in and bought them off Buyapowa so I saved quite a bit of money so the guilt of spending so much on eyelash curlers was slightly lessened haha! But now I have been using these for a couple of months now I can say that I would have been more than happy buying these at full price because these are the Mother of all curlers! I love them!

They feel quite a bit stiffer than the cheaper curlers I've tried so that took a bit of  getting used to and a 2 handed attempt but my gosh do they curl my lashes! I think these are part of the reason I can get my super straight lashes to stay curled all day without using waterproof mascara (video and post coming soon on that!) and I cannot see my make up routine ever not including these!

30 May 2012

Essie: Vanity Fairest


I have said it before and I will say it again - I love Essie! Definitely my favourite nail polish brand ever! I adore every polish I own by them and this isn't an exception.

You may have seen this already if you follow me on Instagram but it's such a beautiful shade that I felt it deserved a whole post of its own!

It;s a very sheer pinky colour which builds up easily for a more opaque look although it will need a good 7 coats to be totally opaque I should imagine and I'm not really prepared to apply that many haha! The photo about is 4 coats but they do dry easily and I was able to do things after only 10 minutes drying time which is quite fast for me!

There is a beautiful shimmer to this polish which I totally adore, it's the perfect silvery pink shimmer with just the right amount throughout and just makes the polish look so much more beautiful. I will say this though, tiny little bubble appeared on certain nails. I'm not sure whether I should have left them to dry between coats a little bit longer or maybe I applied a slightly thicker coat, I don't know but it was worth mentioning. It's not really noticeable as you can tell from the photograph but in certain  lights if you look closely you can see the bubbles. It's not enough to put me off using this though and this is easily a favourite now!

29 May 2012

LUSH: Big

Since I tried the Seanik shampoo bar I have been a real LUSH shampoo convert! I have tried a few shampoos from LUSH before but these two have been my favourites. So before I go off on one and gush over how amazing their Seanik bar is I shall get back on track and tell you how amazing their Big shampoo is!

I was a bit wary of using shampoo with so much sea slat in it thinking my hair would just dry out and frizz up like no end but I am pleased to say I was very wrong! This makes my hair so unbelievably soft! It cleans so impeccably well and lathers like a dream, oh how it lathers! I used about a 50p sized amount which was more than enough for my hair which falls just above my bum so a little goes a long way with this! The lather is like no other! It is the creamiest feeling softest, biggest lather I have ever encountered with a shampoo before and I am in love!

The grains of salt are pretty hefty and I was expecting them to be a bit scratchy but again, wrong! They really help make my scalp and hair feel squeaky clean! I even skipped a conditioner and my hair is still super soft and shiny!

The scent is quite strong at first but it does go once your hair has dried. It quite an odd scent to describe but to me is smells like orange blossom and the ocean. I'm not overly keen on it but I don't hate it either, I can see it growing on me though! As for volume, my hair was bigger even when wet! I have quite flat hair and the length of it make it appear even flatter but this adds some much needed oomph!

This is just a bit over £10 which is pretty average for LUSH and I will definitely re purchase! If you are looking for a cheaper version of this then check out Seanik! They do smell different though, Big smells both ocean and floral whereas Seanik just has the ocean scent about it. This is definitely up there in my top shampoos!


28 May 2012

Top 5: Beauty Box Products


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Nuxe Multi Use Dry Oil
Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum
Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream
Figs & Rouge Balm

I always tend to do posts and videos about my first impressions when it comes to beauty boxes with the occasional product sneaking into my skincare or make up routine and then a new box appearing with new bits to try. I thought it would be good to actually stop for a minute or two and have a look at the products I've really loved from the boxes I've received in the past.

So first of all we have an oil! I'm not overly keen on oils as they are always a bit too oily for my liking but I've been using this post manicure on my cuticles and have been loving it! It makes them look perfect and moisturises so well without being too greasy. I have the version with the shimmer but once this is used up I will re purchase the one without the shimmer purely because i don't need the shimmer on my cuticles! As you can see I've made it sit so the shimmer sinks to the bottom. Haha! It has a light scent which is almost floral(?) which is pleasant but not really noticeable.

Next we have the surprising perfume sample! Now I usually turn my nose up at 90% of perfume samples in beauty boxes and have never really liked any I've received before but this scent from Lolita Lempicka is beautiful! Lovely and feminine and perfect for summer, it has notes of raspberry, musk and violet which is amazing! The packaging reminds me of fairy tales which maks me love it even more! Thanks Glossybox!

There has been a lot of hype over this serum from Caudalie and rightly deserved! This serum is lovely, it has a gorgeous grape scent to it (that'll be the grape water haha) and my skin just drinks this stuff up! I get quite dry patches on my nose and I have been using this when my skin is really struggling and it's sorted the next day! Amazing stuff although it did seem to make me break out a little if it got onto my cheeks for some reason.

I think if I remember rightly this came in the Valentines GlossyBox and it didn't really excite me much but I used the day version of it and loved it and slapped a bit of this night cream on when my skin went through a bit of a stroppy phase when it was so dry it was peeling and this cleared it up in a night so top marks from me on this one!  It has quite a weird scent to it which I can't quite put my finger on but it's not un pleasant and it isn't really noticeable when it's sunk it. The texture is lovely, thick and creamy like a night cream should be and I have been really loving this when my skin needs a bit of a moisture boost. As for the firming properties by skin felt "juicier" and more plump after using this but as of yet I have no wrinkles to test it on.

Last but not least we have a Figs & Rouge balm! I'm sure everybody has seen/heard about these and you can pick them up from Boots for under £4. The one I have is rose scented which is beautiful! I really love most rose scented products and this has the most natural smelling rose I have ever inhaled from anything other than an actual rose! The texture is pretty surprising too! I was expecting quite a hard substance but it's actually really quite soft, a bit like putty but once applied it is lovely and balmy. It's beautifully moisturising and can be used pretty much anywhere!

So those are my top 5 beauty box products so far! There are a few others I have really loved but I have spoken about them quite a bit before so didn't want to repeat myself here!


* All products are from GlossyBox with the expetion of the Nuxe Multi Oil which came from the last Feel Unique Box


27 May 2012

Sunday Post #6: Essie Haul


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Funny Face - a bright fuchsia pink
Lovie Dovie - a creamy medium pink
Vanity Fairest - a sheer wash of baby pink

With Superdrug and their 3 for 2 offer at the moment this purchase was bound to happen! It's my first purchase from their new diffusion line, I usually buy my Essie polishes from US sellers on eBay as it works out a lot cheaper but it worked out pretty good with the the offer so I thought "why the heck not!?" The first two I have wanted for a while and the last was instead of Ballet Slippers as it sold out literally as I was placing my order :(

The diffusion line polishes have a wider brush than regular Essies which makes application a tonne quicker and easier! The formula is amazing, as ever and the colours are beautiful. I'm sure these little beauties will be popping up in NOTDs very soon!

What shades are on your wishlist?


26 May 2012

REVIEW // MAC SHY GIRL


This is the first MAC creamsheen that I've really loved the texture of! Strange I know but this one just feels a lot more slippy and less heavy making the application a huge amount more pleasing. It's more velvety in texture and has a more glossy sheen to it.

The shade is a beautiful peachy nude with a golden shimmer throughout although it looks nearly silver in the tube, it really is a "my lips but better" kind of lipstick for me but with an added shimmer which is lovely, especially for the summer.

As with all MACs lipsticks it has a sweet, vanilla scent which is light but you can smell it on your lips. I prefer lipsticks to have no scent or very little and MACs are slightly more scented than I would like but hey ho!

I really love this lipstick and can see it being worn a lot! It's a really effortless lipstick that adds such a nice addition to pretty much any make up look!



25 May 2012

Review: Burt's Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Cream



When I gave this a whiff in the jar is smelt bloody amazing! Seriously seriously amazing, like a banana split,  and I cannot stress how disappointed I was when I tried this out only to find the smell did not transfer onto my skin at all! Just left me with a weird beeswax scent (which is all well and good if you like the smell of beeswax).

I used this to moisturise my cuticles and my goodness it moisturises alright! I left it on for 3 minutes tops before I couldn't stand the smell any longer and they were so moisturised and smooth it was unbelievable! They looked like I'd just had an expensive manicure cuticle wise! So its moisturising qualities I cannot fault, but the smell...Eww. I washed my hands about a million times with various soaps from LUSH to try and rid my hands of the smell to no avail although I will point out my cuticles were still looking nice after said million hand washes.

I love this but wish the banana scent would stick further than the jar!


Gee x

24 May 2012

Review: philosophy purity



 I have been really loving this cleanser for the past couple of weeks! I have been using it with my Clarisonic Mia and the consistency is pretty much spot on for me with is creating a slight foam without being over the top which makes my face feel lovely and clean.

I have given a brief description in a recent video but I thought this really deserved a review all of its own!
I was quite afraid of purchasing this after reading a comment online about it smelling like lemon pledge but I can 100% confirm it doesn't smell like that at all! It does have a slight lemony smell and if you really take a strong nose in bottle kind of sniff then it has an ever so slight chemical smell but not enough to put me off using it however I'm not a massive fan of the scent as I'm not a big lover of lemon but hey ho!

The consistency is quite creamy but slippy and takes a bit to foam it up which is a huge plus with a Clarisonic as you avoid the foam up the nose scenario which is always a good thing.

It leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped although it does feel a tiny bit tight after my face has dried so if you have very dry skin then maybe this wouldn't be for you but you oily/combo skin types this is definitely worth a go!

You can pick this up from Boots although my local store didn't stock it but it is available online. This bottle costs £18 for £236.6ml but you can by a smaller travel sized bottle for about £8.

23 May 2012

Review: Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Apricot Shimmer


I had been debating whether or not to get this for a while now and by that I mean trying to decide whether £16 for what's essentially a lip balm is really acceptable! haha! I can tell you now that it is! I wasn't really expecting it to be much different to any other lip balm I've tried before but it really is!

I got the shade number 2 which is also called Apricot Shimmer but I don't notice any shimmer to the gloss really but it is an apricot sort of shade but it doesn't really transfer a lot on the lips really but my goodness! They didn't lie when they called it a lip perfector!

The consistency is the most amazing balmy texture which is super light, feels so lovely and has a gorgeous light toffee scent to it! It really makes my lips look perfect! I don't know how they do it but the balm really does some how make my lips look amazing and I love it! It's my go to lip product at the moment because I'm going through quite an anti lipstick phase and favouring lighter, balmy glosses and this is by far the best I've ever tried an it's definitely worth the price tag! In fact, I'm just about to buy the pink version!

21 May 2012

NOTD: Boots Natural Collection - Pink Shimmer


I love this shade so much and for £1.99 I love it even more! It's from good old Boots Natural Collection, everything I've tried from this range I've loved and with most of the products being under £2 the whole collection is a steal! 

This polish is called Pink Shimmer which is a beautiful lilacy light pink colour with silver glitter through out. It's such a lovely, girly shade which is nice and subtle for those days where you want a bit of sparkle without it being over the top. The pink base has quite a gel feel when applying with an ever so slight shimmer which makes it even more pretty. I would compare the actual base pink to be quite similar to Essie's Neo Whimsical but with shimmer which is another favourite of mine.

This polish is pretty easy to work with, it dries reasonably quickly and isn't streaky. The photo above I have applied 3 coats but you could probably get away with 2. For under £2 I was very very impressed with this polish and I will certainly be buying more to add to my collection!



20 May 2012

The Sunday Post #5: Weekend Brush Wash


I'm a bit on a neat freak, everything has it's place and everything is better when it's squeaky clean and this includes my make up brushes. I clean my brushes about once a week, eye brushes more if I'm using them for a lot of different colours which doesn't happen a lot but there is nothing worse than messing up your eyeshadow with a dirty brush!

There are numerous methods for cleaning your make up brushes out there and mine isn't anything special but I thought I'd share it anyway!

So, first of all I just take my brush and wet it with cold water and swirl it about a bit to make sure I get all the bristles. Now, the next step depends on how filthy the brush is, If it is particularly dirty I take Dr Bronner's Magic Soap (I use the Eucalyptus kind) and squirt a few drops into my palm. I them take the wet brush and swirl it around in the soap, lather it up and rinse. This stuff really is magic it terms of brush cleaning! I cannot fault it at all! It's gets literally everything off my brushes from gel eyeliner to foundation, it's really brilliant stuff!

Next, once I've rinsed of the soap I then take the brush and swirl it in my Savon De Marcielle Olive to give it a double cleanse and to condition it. I then flick the brush so it's not dripping wet, re shape it and the place it on a flannel to dry overnight and voila! If the brush isn't particularly dirty I will skip the Dr Bronner's and just give it a swirl in the Savon De Marceille Olive.

Both of these products are amazing and I can't see myself using anything else! The Savon De Marceille Olive was about £3 off eBay and the Dr Bronners Soap is £5.95 for a full sized bottle (mine is a sample from a beauty box).



19 May 2012

NOTD: Boots 17 Lasting Fix - Spring Petal



This is such a beautiful colour! I am actually in love! It's an amazing corally pink which is what I was drawn to initially, I love a good coral! It's called Spring Petal and is from the Boots 17 collection. I love all of Boots collections, the quality is always brilliant and the prices are usually pretty great too!

This is a great little polish, the formula is good and easy to apply, not streaky at all and the brush is a good size too. The shine is amazing and looks almost gel like! There is a stunning purple shimmer throughout which is so pretty I could scream.

This really is a perfect Spring/Summer polish and will look even more amazing with a tan! I believe this cost £2.99 which is pretty average for a drugstore polish and it really is a steal as the formula is nicer than a lot of the high end brands!

18 May 2012

Discovering Old Favourites


Don't you just love it when you rifle through your make up and find some old bits that you fall in love with? I certainly do! So I found a box full of make up that I'd half sorted through and must have forgotten about and came across a few blushes that I haven't used in a while!

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Barry M Rose
Bourjois Rose D'Or
Natural Collection Peach Melba

The Barry M blush is one I've had for well over a year now, used a few times and really liked it but then somehow forgot about it?! It's a lovely bright pink blush which is quite heavily pigmented but with light application it's such a beautiful colour on the cheeks. It's quote a bit brighter than I usually go but just a light sweep really looks nice against my skin tone.

The Bourjois blush I've had even longer and never used before for some reason unknown to me! It's quite similar to NARS Orgasm but with a brighter pink base colour which I prefer a lot more than Orgasm. It's has a lovely powdery perfumey scent to it which I love too! This had been my go to blush pretty much all week!

Last but not least is Natural Collections Peach Melba which I wore religiously every day not long ago but for the past few weeks it's just sat in my face box untouched! I love this blush and have raved about it many a time before. It's a gorgeous peachy shade which looks so natural on my cheeks and for £1.99 you can't go wrong.

16 May 2012

NOTD: Essie - Expose Your Toes


This is my latest edition to me collection of Essie polishes and is definitely going to be a favourite! It's a beautiful creamy, baby pink with a very subtle silvery white shimmer. You can only see the shimmer if you look very very closely but it adds such a nice dimension to the colour in a subtle way making it a lot more interesting than a flat pink polish.

It's pretty easy to work with and 2 coats is enough for me but it definitely needs more than 1 coat as the first is quite streaky to begin with which is pretty average for light colours for me at least.

This shade is just such a lovely girly one which will look great on anyone!

15 May 2012

Top 5: Nude Lipsticks


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I've always been a pink or nude kinda girl when it comes to my lips, I love colour but I don't think it really suits me so I do tend to stick to the lighter shades most days. I'm going through a nude phase at the moment so thought I'd share my favourites with you all!

Revlon Sugar Frosting - This has been sat out on my make up shelf for a good week or so now because I've literally been wearing it most days! I love how it feels, how it looks, everything about it! It hasn't got a colour as such, it's more of a glossy shimmer that adds amazing dimension to my lips!

17 Mirror Shine Beehive - This is a beautiful peachy nude with the most pretty gloss to it! It's probably the glossiest lipstick I own and feels more like a gloss than a lipstick which I love. It isn't sticky at all and feels amazing on the lips. It's quite similar to MAC Hue but with a tonne more gloss!

MAC Hue - This is probably my favourite nude lipstick of all time! It's the perfect colour for me! It's a light peachy nude with a very subtle shimmer which adds a beautiful dimension into the mix. It's a glaze formula so it's quite sheer and has a sheen which I much prefer to MACs creamsheen because it doesn't feel as heavy on the lips.

MAC Shy Girl - This is probably my favourite creamsheen from MAC, I'm not overly keep on creamsheens so that's saying something! It feels a lot less thick than other creamsheens I own which I'm pleased about because the colour is beautiful. It's a golden, peachy nude which is basically my lips but with a gold shimmer so it's very wearable.

Topshop Coy - Now this is probably my favourite pastel peachy lip ever! The formula is pants and it's way to drying to wear on its own so a balm as a base is a must but the colour of this is so so beautiful it gets away with having such a horrible formula! Haha!

I have put links to posts where I'm wearing each of these lipsticks in the list above to save piling this post with a million photos!

14 May 2012

Dupe: MAC Shy Girl



I think this is the closest dupe I've found so far for a MAC lipstick! They are pretty much identicle and the price difference is a good £10 which is a great saving!

The dupe I have found for Shy Girl is NYX Pumpkin Pie. I have loved NYX lipsticks ever since I bought my first one a few months ago and spotted this one on eBay the other week.

MAC Shy Girl is a peachy nude with golden shimmer and NYX Pumpkin Pie is the spitting image with the only different being a slightly more slippy, easier to apply formula and a purpley shimmer as opposed to a golden one. The different in the shimmer make the NYX lipstick ever so slightly pinker than Shy Girl but defnintely not enough difference to notice really, as you can tell from the photographs above.

So that my little dupe for Shy Girl! More dupes to come soon!

13 May 2012

The Sunday Post #4 : Current Candle Favourites


So here is another little instalment to my bedroom peeks posts that seem to be popping up here lately! Hope you guys are enjoying reading them as much as I like writing them!

So today I thought I would show you all these two little things! They are both Yankee Candles as you can see and they are in Christmas Cookie - the most amazing vanillary sweet scent ever! and Clean Cotton - a lovely fresh clean scent. As you can also see I have the little sampler sizes of both in some sweet little pink holders, I have stuck the name sticker which originally came on the candles onto the front of the glass so I know what's what, I think ahead these days because even though Eloise is 2 I still suffer with baby brain, haha!

If any of you are wondering why there are flowers on top, before you go thinking I'm mad, they're on there to keep the scent in the candle and therefore last longer. That's my theory anyway, it also stops the scent mixing as they are both quite distinct scents that smell a tad odd together but great separately. I obviously make sure the candle is completely out and the wick cold before putting the flowers on for those of you safety conscious!

So this is my little candle corner at the moment, it changes regularly as I have quite a large love for candles and have my eye on a Neom one next!

Do you share my love for candles? What's your favourite?


12 May 2012

Clarisonic Mia: First Impressions


If you follow me on twitter you might have seen that I finally got a Clarisonic Mia as a gift from my daughter! I say from my daughter, she's 2 so she didn't actually buy it herself but she chose it because she's the best and Mummy forked out the cash. I have a sensitive brush head on mine because it has become apparent that I do in fact have quite sensitive skin when it comes to cleansing and figured if I felt I wanted the normal brush head I could buy that after 4 months when I have to replace the brush anyway and the sensitive brush wouldn't be as much of a shock to my skin initially and so far so good!

When I first used it I was quite surprised at how gentle is it, I don't know why but I was expecting it to be quite a bit harsher on the skin but it really is quite nice! Each time you press the button it gives you a 60 second cycle which is just the right amount of time if you ask me, near the end my skin does feel as though it's been brushed with a giant tooth brush and is verging on feeling a tiny bit sore at first but this doesn't last long and is getting less and less apparent the more I've been using it but it may be worth getting the delicate brush if you have very sensitive skin.

I have tried a few different cleansers with it so far which I will be doing a little post on soon so keep your eyes peeled if you're interested! I'm thinking of trying a bunch and recording my thoughts to help you guys out if you're thinking of getting a Clarisonic as I do feel a bit overwhelmed as to which cleansers to try! Haha!

As for my skin, I started using this when it was having a bit of a freak out and had quite a few little blemishes which was annoying but I really think this has helped clear them up a lot faster than they would usually disappear so I'm really impressed! My pores look slightly more refined and my skin is smoother already. No massive changes yet but my skin definitely looks and feels a lot better than it was before!




11 May 2012

Make Up: What I'm Reaching For


I tend to go through phases with my make up routine, I will use something religiously for weeks then go off it and it's left un touched in my make up drawer for months. I'm going through a bit of a phase currently so I though I'd show you guys what I've been loving! So these are the bits I have been reaching for recently-

Skin79 BB Cream - Now this has got to be my Holy Grail product in terms of a base, it's perfect in every way and my skin love it! It's literally the only face product that hasn't clogged my pores up or made me break out. I love this stuff!

No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara Brown/Black - This is a bit of a re discovery for me, I used to love this but went off it when I fell in love with L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof and it's curl holding ability but that is proving to be a pain in the bum to get off recently for some reason so I have reverted back to this beauty and un earthed a little trick to help straight lashes stay curled for longer without having to use waterproof mascara! Hallelujah! Let me know if you guys want a little post on that!

Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade in It's Peachy - I have been reaching for this for months now and I adore it! It's perfect for highlighting and doesn't look over done at all. Yes I know it's broken to absolute buggery. RIP highlighter.

Bourjois Blush in Rose D'Or - I love love love this blush! I've had it for an age but never really reached for it but I tried it the other week and I'm in love! I've bought another shade too and love that too. This one is quite similar to NARS Orgasm with it's golden tones but it's slightly more pink which I love. It also smells divine!

Rimmel Eyeshadow Duo in Walnut Pearls - Another re discovery, I must have had this years and never used it! It's such a beautiful eyeshadow and the colours are so natural looking which I love with eyeshadow as long gone are the days of bright eyeshadow for me I feel. The darker shade is quite similar to Naked by Urban Decay and the lighter similar to Virgin but without so much shimmer which just so happen to be my favourite shades of the Naked palette.

Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting - This has been my go to lip product literally everyday for about a week now, I love how natural it looks and how the shimmer adds such a lovely dimension to my lips. 

Essie Expose Your Toes - This is actually relatively new but I loved it so much and have worn it since I got it! It's such a natural light pink which gorgeous subtle shimmer throughout. The shimmer isn't detectable unless you look super closely but it just makes the polish look so much more amazing.



10 May 2012

Review: Real Techniques Setting Brush



I bought this on a whim the other day, not knowing really what to expect because I haven't actually read any reviews on this brush!

It's another Real Techniques brush, I am seriously in love with the brushes I have had and my eye on the Core Collection for ages! This brush is their Setting Brush which is a new addition to their collection and the idea behind it is for applying highlighter and other powders in a more controlled way and I have to agree with that!

I have been using their Blush Brush for my highlighter which does the job but sometimes I feel it's a little too large and I've been pinching it to create more control over the application and that is where this beauty comes in! I am never going back to using big brushes for my highlighter! The brush itself is tapered, similar to the Blush Brush only smaller! It gives such a great level of control over my highlighting step, it is so much easier to place the powder on the areas I want to highlight rather than ending up with it all over my face! The base isn't widened like the other, large brushes I have from their collection so it fits a lot better in my brush pot.

Since using this brush my face make up has looked a whole lot better! More polished and defined with less product being used for highlighting so there is a huge list of pros for switching to this brush!

I was quite surprised at how small the brush was compared to others I have used for highlighting but now I can really see the logic behind it! I absolutely love this brush and for £6.99 it's a lot more affordable than others on the market!



8 May 2012

Review: Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover



I will start by saying this stuff is amazing, I don't think I will be buying any other nail polish remover ever! It's basically a little pink pot filled with sponge and nail polish remover but my gosh it's brilliant!

It claims to remove the polish off of one nail in 1 second which I think is just a touch ambitious, 3 seconds is closer than the truth which is still pretty damn great! The idea is, you pop your finger into the hole in the foam and twist! Voila! Clean nails!

It also says it smells like Red Fruit and Vanilla which is also a little bend to the truth as the classic nail polish remover smell is still pretty evident sadly. However, once I've washed my hands I can smell a sweet scent on my fingers which is nice although I'm not quite sure I'd call it Red Fruit or Vanilla but it's reasonably pleasant all the same. It also contains Sweet Almond Oil which you can definitely feel after using this, even after washing your hands. It creates a sort of moisturising film over my nails for a bit which is great as most other removers I've tried strip my nails and dry them out quite badly.

It cost me just under a fiver from Boots which is a pretty good price if you ask me. The packaging is nice and looks lovely and girly! A lot nicer than others out there that's for sure! I will definitely re purchase this once it runs out!



7 May 2012

Dupe: MAC Hue


Now this isn't an exact dupe but it's too close not to share! As you can see from the swatches on my hand above they look quite different but on the lips they are nearly identical. Bare is ever so slightly darker than Hue and the lip swatches are in different light so that is making them look more different than they actually are. In real life, it'd be quite hard to tell them apart.

Now obviously with the MAC lipstick being 13 times the price of the MUA one, it's nicer in terms of smell, quality and packaging design but the MUA one at a pound is flipping great!

The only real differences in terms of appearance is that the MUA lipstick is more of a flat colour where as MAC Hue is a glaze so has an ever so slight shimmer making the colour have more dimension. Having said this the MUA Bare has got a glossy sheen to it but as it contains no shimmer the body to the colour isn't as nice as Hue but that's just me being very very picky!

I've got a few other dupes I've found in the process of sorting out all of my lipsticks which I'm thinking of showing in just one post rather than a bunch of separate ones, what do you think?



6 May 2012

The Sunday Post #3: Pamper Session!


So what's the weekend without a little pamper session? Well, not a weekend I say! Since having my daughter me time has been dramatically cut to the extent it's none existent, my baths these days consist of me sticking my head over the side whilst running after a 2 year old who thinks it's fun to pinch my shampoo/conditioner/etc and leg it laughing and hiding said shampoo/conditioner/etc in random drawers and various other places they do not belong but yesterday I managed to squeeze in a nice little pamper session whilst the little one was having her nap.

Products above

Soap & Glory Flake Away
L'Occitane Shower Oil
LUSH Creamy Candy Bubble 
Venus Proskin Razor
Tweezerman Mini Tweezers
First Aid Beauty Body Moisturizer


First I crumbled some Creamy Candy under the tap whilst the bath is running which creates a HUGE mountain of amazing sweetie smelling bubbles! I love Creamy Candy, it's probably my most repurchases Bubble Bar. It usually lasts me a good 3 or 4 baths which id pretty reasonable, it's got bits of cocoa butter which melt on the surface of the water too which are so so moisturising! 

The Soap & Glory Flake Away I use as a little prep for my legs prior to shaving, it just smooths them over and makes shaving a whole lot more effective. I also use the L'Occitane Shower Oil as a shaving cream too as it makes a wonderfully slippy surface which not only gives a cleaner shave it also moisturises and protects as you go which is great in my opinion! I've used many many things as shaving creams but nothing has been as good as this. I also use it all over my body because the smell is so so amazing, like bakewell tarts, mmmmmm! Not overly sweet though, just a lovely hint of beautiful almond amazingness!

The First Aid Beauty Moisturizer is something I've raved about many, many a time before. It's just such a brilliant moisturiser, it isn't scented, it absorbs quickly, doesn't leave a slimy feeling behind and is just generally bloody amazing! I will keep repurchasing this for sure!

I have only just purchased the Tweezerman Tweezers as I was quite happy with my Bourjois ones but I am so glad I bit the bullet with these beauts! Review coming soon!

The razor I bought from Asda as it was reduced and it's okay, I perhaps have another use out of it just about and it worked well, the gel strips added a nice lubrication to my legs which gave a better shave and didn't irritate my skin but I don't think I would want to pay the £9.99 (which includes a shower pod, 1 cartridge and 1 razor handle) for just 1 or 2 uses. I did like it, I usually go for Venus razors though as they are good and tend to have pretty great offers on them in places like Boots, Asda, Superdrug, etc so they work out better value for money then.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!



3 May 2012

Review: OPI Nail Envy - Matte


I've abused my nails in the past with acrylics, I didn't really let them have a break and my nails were suffering to say the least! They were peeling like made and any polish I put on peeled off within a day so I kept going back to acrylics and the vicious circle goes on but a couple of months ago now I said goodbye to falsies for good and let my nails have a good air. They split and broke so easily so in desperation I trawled blog after blog and came across this little beauty several times so bit the bullet and purchased it!

I've been using this for over a month now and at first I didn't notice a great deal of difference to my nails but loved it as a base for my regular polish and continued using it anyway. Now a month along the line I have nails! They're noticeably stronger, look healthier than they did before I used acrylics and just generally look like nails and not horrible flaky grossness that they were only a month ago!

I am obviously aware that nails grow so that will have contributed to the overall improvement on their condition but also I really feel Nail Envy helped a massive amount! Before I used this my nails would break at the slightest pressure and baby car seats for example are not a nails best friend so most days I ended up with broken, short nails but when I was wearing this I did notice the difference in the strength of my nail and it helped my nails stop peeling further.

I do still have little bits on the ends of my nail that are still made of the acrylic damaged bits but they haven't split up into the new, healthy nail thanks to this polish.

I have the matte version purely because it was the first one I could get my paws on and I think it was cheaper too so it worked out great! It's not completely matte, it has a sheen of a natural nail which I personally prefer, especially when I'm applying coloured polish over the top I just think the finish makes the polish apply better. This is getting quite a touch longer than I first anticipated so I will wrap things up now! So that condensed - If you have weak, flaky abused nails, buy this. It's brilliant.



2 May 2012

Review: MAC Lipstick in Hue



I adore this lipstick! It's got to be the perfect peachy pink nude I've ever had and I have no idea why it's taken me so long to purchase it! I've been umming and ahhing about it for months now but finally bit the bullet the other week and I'm in love!

It's a Glaze formula which is exactly that, a glaze! It's sheer with a glossy sheen and a lovely wash of colour. I think I prefer their Glaze finish more than their Creamsheen actually! It just feels a lot nicer on my lips and less "cakey".

It's slightly scented, like all MAC lipsticks, with a soft vanilla scent which is noticeable but not overpowering which I'm pleased about because if you've read my blog for a while you'll know I'm not overly keen on scented products on my lips!

It's a beautiful nude with tones of peach and pink which leave enough colour to the lip to notice but not enough so that it wash my lips out. It's such a perfect everyday lip colour that looks natural but polished.It has an ever so slight shimmer appearance to it being a Glaze which doesn't transfer to the lips but leaves lovely dimension to the colour rather than leaving them a flat colour.

I have not stopped wearing this since I got it I just love it so much! I can see this fast becoming my go to lipstick!



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