Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
I'm currently working on a huge categorised swatch gallery for you lovely lot and in order to do that, I have to swatch like a mad woman. I'm working my way the huge stack of wet 'n' wild palettes I have acquired over the last few weeks and for your viewing I have I Dream Of Greenie.
This is a colour scheme totally out of my comfort zone, in fact i'm not 100% sure to why I bought it? Maybe i'll grow some balls and rock a green eye look in the not so dim and distant future. I dream of Greenie has three co-ordinating green shades each labelled with their intended use so you can create a fuss free eye look, that's not to said that you can't switch it up and apply the shadow where ever you choose.
I have to say that out of my experience with wet 'n' wild palettes that the pigmentation of these shadows are extremely weak. I had to swatch each shadow four to five times to get any colour off and over all found them to be chalky with a lot of fall out. This is a little disappointing as the other palettes I have swatched have been the complete opposite.
For I dream of Greenie I only found one Mac dupe in my stash, that's not to say there is not others out there I just simply don't posses them. The middle shade is a pretty close less glittery version of Mac's Swimming.
Wet 'n' Wild sadly isn't readily available within the UK but you can pick up the palettes on eBay pretty inexpensively.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Pink Grapefruit that is! I've tried a few Hot cloth cleansers sadly not the holy grail Liz Earle one and all have broken me out rather badly, hence why I haven't bought the Liz Earle one. I'm not talking a spot or two, i'm talking a full out blown red rash on covering my face and nasty white heads not pretty!
While in Boots I spotted Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit cream wash and if we are being honest I bought it because it smells so yummy! Not unlike a hot cloth cleanser it is a thick cream that you apply after wetting you face. Now Neutrogena don't suggest how you should remove it but I find a hot flannel really does the trick, again like a hot cloth cleanser).
It removes every little scrap of my make-up with minimum effort and leaves my skin feel peachy soft. Now here is the best bit, it somehow has shrunk my GIGANTIC pores okay so they aren't tiny yet but the improvement has been great!
Honestly if you have had problems with hot cloth cleansers give this a bash you might just be happily surprised!
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
After the success that Topshop Lip Polishes I decided to pop into Topshop and see what else caught my eye. Being the blush slut that I am my roaming eye well um roamed to the blushes and what did I find? A beautiful light peachy coral blush called Head Over Heels and that describes my feelings to the letter.
Head over heels is a cream to powder formula, which i'll admit I wasn't too keen on until I swatched it. Having really odd skin makes cream blushes a bit of a feat when it comes to application but this one was a complete joy to apply to my chipmunk-esque cheeks.
The colour payoff is absolutely amazing I mean one little swipe is all that was needed both to create my swatch and to actually apply. Like I mentioned it is a cream when you first apply it which gives you complete control of application. Let it dry for a few moments and bobs your uncle it has set to a powder finish but don't worry it in no way dries to an ashy powder finish the overall result is somewhat dewy. No face photos today as my skin is completely broken out due to stress haha!
Topshop have really impressed me on the make-up front again, this little wonder costs £6 and really does last all day (even on oil slick skins like myself) and so little of the product is required that this really will last for a long, long while! My only grumble is the white packaging, which doesn't stay white for too long!
Have you found any favourites in the Topshop make up line yet?
Monday, 22 August 2011
I have naturally wavy, thick and generally annoying hair that is a nightmare to straighten. Even after I have styled it straight the next day its back to square one i.e a frizzy mess. I really hate using intense heat on my hair every day so when I was asked to try a treatment that promises to leave my hair straight for three days of course I jumped on board.
John Frida 3 day straight is a spray on treatment that along with keeping your hair straight also acts as a heat protector.Designed to work with your hair straighteners, this weightless spray with heat protection blocks out frizz as you straighten. A revolutionary blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand, sealing in
straight style for up to 3 days or until your next shampoo.Keeps hair glossy, smooth and swinging with body.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Gem's blog sale so I got a really pretty set of products for a few penny's...WIN!
I'll be honest i'm not a fan of the white packaging it collects dirt and fingerprints like nobody's business, think Nars packaging but in white and you'll have the right idea/nightmare. Each polish comes with a handy little mirror in the inside of the lid and each have 3.5g of product.
The formula is super duper, its like a gloss but has all the pigmentation of a top performing lipstick. Now I HATE lipgloss, I hate the feeling on my lips and how everything including the neighbors dog sticks to it. But these I can get on board with, I get to have super glossy lips but not feel like my lips are smeared in yucky honey (another thing on my ever growing hate list). These apply so easily, I quickly popped them on using my finger but a lip brush would work wonders with them too.
Chiffon is a pale bubblegum pink that has fine gold shimmer particles thrown in the mix. In some lights it reflects a blue undertone which helps to make teeth look whiter/brighter. Compared to the other shades this has the least pigmentation and is the sheerest of all three. I think Chiffon is a great shade for everyday wear, it's one of those shades you can throw in a bag and slick on anywhere/everywhere and know it will never look out of place.
Iced Coffee has to be my favourite of all three of the shades as its the type of shade I seem to favor. Iced Coffee is a brown based nude shade that leans slightly pink it has no glitter or shimmer and is incredibly pigmented. Iced Coffee is extremely flattering and reminds me of a darker version of Mac's See Sheer (well on my lips anyways) with extra gloss. If you like nude shades I say check this out.
Coral is well a coral shade, what did you expect haha! It leans more pink than red with a blue under tone and is very pigmented. I don't really do bold lips for everyday wear so I only applied a little and sheered it out on my lips, the swatch on my inner arm is accurate shade wise though! Like Iced Coffee this has no shimmer or glitter but just a high glossy finish.
Apart from the white finger print grabbing packaging I am really impressed with Topshop make up, what about you?
p.s my blogger is being super slow and not displaying my posts until a good few hours after I have posted.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Blistex's latest offering is called Raspberry Lemonade and as you can image it smells rather fruity, it reminds me of Haribo Sweets. It does smell lovely but I don't understand why they have left it so late in the summer to launch? I'm already thinking about Christmas.
Like all Blistex lip balms this soothes and protects, the fruit flavored formula has coconut oil, jojoba and vitamins c and e to make sure your lips are in tip top condition. If you have cracked lips Blistex lip balms do a grand job in healing them.
It is a lovely balm and it slides on with ease, perfect for applying your lipstick on top of too due to it being clear. Like I said its really nice and looks super summery but an earlier launch would have been great!
Does the packaging remind anyone else of Superman?
The above product/s was sent for reviewing purposes, I was in no way compensated for my review. Just because the item/s were not purchased by me does not mean my opinion of said item/s was in any way swayed. 100% honest opinion and review as always!
Yes I know it sounds like something that you roll on your lips to stop them smelling, well its really not. The Body Shop Lip Roll On 100% Natural Oil is a lip treatment, a lip oil if you will.
I basically bought these due to curiosity and the fact The Body Shop was having a sale. After smelling all the available options (I warn you now some are sickly sweet and the mint version smells nothing like mint) I settled on the Rose and Coconut versions as they were the softest in scent. The scent disappears fairly quickly so don't let that put you off.
The lip roll ons are oil that you roll on your lips, i'm sure we have all came across some cheap roll on lip glosses in our time? Well these apply exactly the same way, you roll the silver ball across your lips and a thin veil of product is dispersed.
The oil itself is thin and not to greasy at all, in fact its quite comfortable to wear if that makes any sense. They product also applies clear. If you wear lipstick on top of your normal balm then this isn't the best choice for you as I found the oil makes the lipstick apply very patchy indeed. The best way I found to use these is just before bed as an over night lip treatment.
I didn't find the oils to be healing in any way but they do leave the lips feeling very soft and like I said they are a nice bed time addition or great to pop in a bag as an emergency lip balm. Please say i'm not the only one who has an emergency lip balm?
They are currently on offer in The Body Shop at the moment for £3.
Carmex is and has been my go to lip balm for a long while. I tend to favor the round tubs and only ever buy the Original formula, there's something about the scent that I find comforting. Carmex really does what it says on the tin "It Soothes, It Heals, It Protects" and boy it really does. So when I saw these new Moisture plus balms in my local chemist I just had to pick one up.
I settled on the shade sheer pink but it also comes in a peach tint and plain ol' clear (un-tinted). The moisture plus balms have Vitamin E + Aloe Moisturizing Protection and an SPF 15, so great for all weathers really.
I love the sleek grey packaging, it looks more like a lipstick than a balm! Now the slant tip is a god send it means you can apply your balm without a mirror and not look demented unless you are totally cool with colouring outwith the lines? I could tell you a story about my friend who lives above an old lady that enjoys smearing red lipstick under her eyes but I wont.
Now I know tinted lip balms are nothing new and i'm sure many will draw comparisons to Vaselines Rosy Lips balm but its nothing like it in all honesty. This balm is really pigmented, soft but not so soft that it feels horrid on the lips and the pink colour really does last for a few hours. The colour is pink, bubblegum pink infact and is really wearable. I can see this shade working on the vast majority of people as it is so inoffensive shade wise.
The scent is sweet and somewhat vanilla, don't worry its not sickly sweet. What I will say is that they melt super easy as you can see from my imperfect balm and yes the slight imperfection annoys me more than you will ever know, so keep this out of the sun and heat or you will end up with a sweet vanilla mess.
Have you tried these yet?
Saturday, 13 August 2011
I pop pop blow blow bubblegum, you taste of cherryade.... Bloody love a bit of The Stone Roses especially in the warmer months.
You have no idea how long I have wanted Mac Bubblegum Lipstick everytime I come this close to purchasing it something happens okay nothing happens turns out i'm not that great at getting in quick when it comes to blog sales and I refuse to pay crazy eBay prices. Oh and to add insult to injury at a blogging event a make up artist placed it upon my lips and broke my heart into tiny little pieces.
However the Mac Gods were smiling down on me and I somehow managed to pick this baby up from Sophie is Made up's blog and man I'm one happy little person (I'm not medically a little person, yes i'm 5ft 2 but i'm not medically a dwarf. I've checked!).
Bubblegum is a glaze finish which is just perfect for all us lips gloss phobics as it leaves a high shine finish with no gloopy gloss sticky feeling on the lips. Bubblegum looks like a light purple based pink with gold flecks in the bullet however once swatched it leans a lot more pink which becomes even more apparent once applied to the lips. I'm also happy to report that the gold flecks do not feel like grit in fact you can't even notice them when worn.
Finally owning Bubblegum has squashed any ideas of Mac Up the Amp being anything close to it colour wise. Up the Amp is most definitely a whole lot more purple toned and yeah looks nothing alike. I'd say Up the Amp is the bigger stronger sister of Bubblegum, if you own Up the Amp you could maybe use a really pale lipgloss and attempt to recreate the tone of Bubblegum?
I kinda wish I had swatched my Lavender Whip as I feel they may be close in shade but ah well shoulda woulda coulda and all. I really do love Bubblegum its such a pretty shade and really easy to wear perfect for those days when you want a pink lip but nothing strong. If you see this in any blogsales etc snap it up!
HA! Just because I couldn't resist!