Boots Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud - Review

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You may recall that I reviewed a lipstick by Natural Collection and was less than impressed - link
but I really do hate to write off an entire collection based on one product
so I purchased a few other items in the hope of perhaps stumbling upon a star product.
Today I have a blush from the line to put to test!


Much like the aforementioned lipstick this comes packaged in white plastic packaging
unlike said lipstick it does have a transparent screw off lid that rather than cheapen the over all look
it breaks up the white plastic and makes it much more aesthetically pleasing.
The blush most definitely seems much more sturdy than the lipstick
and I do not feel that it will remove itself from the casing any time soon!


Pink Cloud is a light almost dusky pink hue.
It has an ever slight blue undertone and leans cool in pan form.
Yet once I swatched it, it took on a medium dusky pink brown tone...most odd!
None the less it is a pretty shade that should it suit your skin tone
would make a lovely natural every day shade, perfect for work/school etc.
The closest shade dupe wise is Mac Well Dressed in pan form
and swatched on my skin it reminded me more of Mac Mocha.


The formula is not on par with a top end blush it most definitely feels lower end drug store to me
and I don't mean that in a snobbish manner, I'm simply stating what I guess to be the obvious?
Don't get me wrong the powder is well pressed and presented but you do experience fall out.
I found the blush to have a high talcum scent and to feel really chalky and dry.
It blended reasonally well but felt heavy and cakey on my skin so for that reason alone
I do not recommend building this shade up as it will surely cake and look horrid.
The pigmentation is surprisingly okay and would more than suffice on light/medium skin shades
if you have a deep complexion I would recommend testing the shade before purchasing
as I fear it may turn ashen on such skin tones.
In terms of wear Pink Cloud managed around 6 hours before fading which is fairly average.

Product Summary
Round Up - A dusky pink blush that leans slight brown once swatched.
Best For - In terms of skin tone I'd say light-medium and best for a back up type of product.
Pigmentation -  (6/10) Not ground breaking nor is it terrible.
Availability - £1.99 from Boots stores only.

Boots No.7 Metallic Eyes Pencil 03 Blue - Review

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You wouldn't be mistaken for thinking that No.7 has more than a whiff of Nars about it,
They very much look like Nars Larger Than Life pencil liners but with a smaller price tag!
Boots No.7 Metallic Eyes Pencil's retail for £7.75 and Nars Larger Than Life pencils cost £17 each.


So as mentioned  No.7 Metallic Eyes Pencil come presented in black pencil form 
but are closer to a plastic pencil form than thy are to a wooden pencil.
I personally find this kind of pencil easier to sharpen than it's wooden counterparts
as they do so in a smooth and fluid motion and they don't tend to snap as easily.


No.7 Metallic Eyes Pencil's come in a variety of shades - at least three.
I decided to purchase the deep metallic navy blue shade that is 03 Blue.
As I thought it would look lovely on the bottom lash line with a smokey eye
also as I have blue/grey eyes sadly not every shade works quite how I'd like it to,
I personally love green but it does me no favours unless in glided olive form.

Swatched lightly on the left and heavily on the right.

Now as a pretty and high end as the pencil looks sadly that is where the high end comparisons end
as I found the pencil itself to be rather stiff and difficult to work with.
I envisaged the pencil to glide on softly and deliver a silky veil of metallic navy blue pigment.
I found the formula hard even after attempting to warm it with my finger tips,
it pulled and tugged on the delicate eye area and the pigment was rather weak and patchy.
The shade has tiny flecks of silver glitter and wore roughly for around 4hours before fading and smudging.
As a liner it is too firm and lacking in colour pay off to be a stand out product for me,
the only way I found it semi useful was to use a brush and apply the shade as a base for deep eye colours.

I'm hoping that the other shades in the range fair a little better, 
I haven't completely wrote these liners off yet and will explore the other shades at some point.

Product Summary
Round Up - A firm and difficult to use navy blue metallic pencil eye liner.
Best For - I found it to work best as a base rather than liner.
Pigmentation - (5/10) Not as pigmented as I hoped for, middle ground at best.
Availability - Boots and Boots.com £7.75 each - link 





Avon Shine Attract Lipsticks - Review

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One of Avon's newest lipstick lines is that of the Shine Attract variety,
with a broad range of 10 shades and a promise of colour and shine in one
I really liked the idea behind the concept and couldn't wait to road test a few shades!



The packaging is minimalist and sophisticated, I don't often state this about a lipstick that features a transparent cap!
It is slimline in size and looks really modern thanks to the silver tubing.
It is lightweight and well constructed.

What truly interested me about this lipstick line is that each shade is constructed of a colour core
but has a transparent gel surrounding barrier that is actually a moisturising clear gel
that provides the shine factor to each shade not to mention an SPF15.

I was sent three shades and as each shade varied in terms of pigment and finish I felt it was best to do
an individual colour and performance review rather than a post full of broad sweeping statements.
However I would like to say that these shades do not swatch well on the skin at all,
the do not represent the shade in a good light, the magic happens when they are applied to the lips.
Best described these are tinted lip balms with a little kick in terms of pigmentation.



Shade P4 Happy Pink - Pigment (7/10)
Out of all three shades this had the most pigment and really packed a punch in terms of colour pay off.
I would deem Happy Pink a bright blue based pink that can be easily built up to provide a bright cerise pink.
I found Happy Pink to bleed a little and settle a little into my lip creases not something that bothers me personally
but worth mentioning none the less.
This had a  glossy and moisturising finish and was really comfortable to wear.
I achieved around an hour of wear before this shade faded and disappeared from my lips.



Shade P401 Guava (5/10)
I would deem this to be my favourite shade.
Guava is a peach meets brown shade that once applied leans towards the former rather than the latter.
It is a really natural twist on peach and should not look stark on any skin tone due to it being sheer.
Guava  did not bleed but it was not as moisturising nor as glossy as Happy Pink.
Just as with Happy Pink this wore around the hour mark but was comfortable to wear.



Shade P103 Natural Glow (6/10)
I feel this is the middle ground shade out of the three shades in terms of pigmentation,
it gives a little more colour pay off than Guava but less than Happy Pink.
Natural Glow is a pinky brown shade that is neutral is tone.
I found this shade to be the most drying of the bunch and to have very little shine factor.
It wasn't as comfortable to wear but a pretty shade none the less,
as with all the shades this lasted around the hour mark before waning.

So have you tried the Shine Attract Line, if so what shades?

Shine Attract lipsticks retail for £8.50 each but are currently on offer for £5 on Avon Shop UK - link 

The above products were sent for consideration of review.
I was not compensated in any shape or form.
The review expresses my 100% honest opinions.

Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact Review

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I very much deem this as the sister product for Clarins Ever Matte Foundation - link
the foundation does not need a powder to combat shine as it does a wonderful job of doing so
but I do feel best when I set my foundation with a powder product and I can think of no better powder
to do so than this product!


As with the rest of the products I have so far showcased it comes beautifully presented in 
a pale gold solid case with a large mirror inside.
Once again I would like to add that this compact not only looks pleasing but it more than
protects the contents from daily bumps and bangs it may encounter in a handbag.
It also includes a foam like sponge applicator but in all honesty I prefer a large face brush
to apply powder but to each their own.


The concept of Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact is to prevent shine on the skin
but provide a light, fresh and matte finish that does not clog and can be built up to provide
the desired coverage each skin type requires.
At the heart of this formula is the "Skin Detox" concept which works with the skin not against
using mineral pigments to mattify all the while absorbing excess oil and tightening pores.


I was sent shade 03 Transparent Dark which is an olive toned light tan shade
and will best suit skin tones in the range NC/NW 35-40 anything lighter and it will be a matte bronzer
yet anything deeper and it will appear ashen.
I like shade 03 as I can use it lightly to combat shine but build it up in pigment in order to sculpt my face.


I found the powder to be well pressed but silky to the touch, I experienced little fall out 
and failed to notice any scent which is how I like my facial products - scent free!
Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder is a light powder that combats any shine with ease 
but does not leave any residue visually or in sensation.
I used it in conjunction with Clairns Ever Matte foundation and have to admit that it worked wonderfully well
but for reviewing purposes I also tested it with a drug store foundation - Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
and on both occasions the powder combated any shine on my face and left behind a soft velvet finish.
I also found it did a great job of setting and in return prolonging the wear of my foundations
without ever turning cakey on my face regardless of the number of applications.

In summary a wonderful matte face powder that sets make-up and combats shine
without feeling heavy or looking cakey on the skin!

Available from all Clarins stockists from February for £25

The above product was sent for consideration of review.
I was not compensated in shape or form.
All opinions in the above review are mine and 100% honest.


Clarins Ever Matte Foundation - Review

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Clarins Ever Matte Foundation SPF 15 is the item I was most excited from Clarins latest releases.
Is it really odd that foundation excites me? Because it does, it really does haha!
This is a light weight foundation which contains a cocktail of minerals and plant extracts
that deliver all day protection against unwanted shine making it the perfect formula for oily
and combination skin types.


The packaging is sleek and simple with a slight ring of Chanel about it,
the squeeze type bottle is user friendly and as the bottle is soft plastic you need not fret 
about it smashing while in transit or snuggled up at the bottom of your handbag.
I guess the only down side is that you can not fully control how much comes out the spout
but unless it is a jar type product you never really can so I don't see that as a problem.


Clarins Ever Matte Foundation is thick and creamy but not so much so that it smothers the skin,
when applied to the skin it feels light and allows the skin to breathe.
The coverage is medium but completely buildable so should you need extra coverage in a particular area
you can do so without worrying that the foundation will cake.
I have slight acne scarring and enlarged pores and this formula covered such faults with ease
without being too full coverage which my skin does not always appreciate.
As this does have an SPF 15 you will encounter a little flash back when using flash photography
but personally I will not knowingly purchase a foundation that does not have an SPF
as I deem it necessary to protect the skin against environmental damage. 


Shade 109 Wheat is a little too light for my skin tone but not by much,
I would guess that the next shade up would be the ideal colour match.
Wheat is in the medium skin tone range and would suit those who have a light olive undertone,
on my golden toned skin it does look a little ashy but my skin tone does this to any green toned product.
I would estimate shade 109 to be around the MAC NC30 mark perhaps a little darker.


The foundation delivers a matte finish but not one that looks less than natural and overdone,
I found it to work with my natural skin texture yet deliver a matte and shine free finish.
It did not look cakey but delivered a lovely radiant yet matte effect and was extremely comfortable to wear.
As I have oily skin I found this formula perfect, it lasted all day with ease and did not succumb to the oil.
I really enjoyed having a matte complexion that did not require powder touch up's throughout the day.
Once this releases next month I shall be picking up a shade better to my skin tone
as I thoroughly enjoyed testing this product!

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation will launch in February and will cost £24 for 30ml.

The above product/s were sent for consideration of review.
I was not compensated in any shape or form.
All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest as always!







GlossyBox January 2012 Edition - Review

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I was very fortunate to receive my Glossybox at 8am this morning which has given me a few 
hours to test out the products I was unfamiliar with - Eyeko liner and Murad primer
again as fortune would have it I am more than familiar with the majority of the box's contents
so I didn't have to wait a few days to test the products in order to give a review.


Am I alone in saying that I love the shade of the hot pink box?
I know it is a limited edition and they will go back to being pastel pink in due course
but wow the cerise pink box is pretty!


Eyeko - Skinny Liner, Emerald Green - Full Size £9.50
I feel the packaging is a design flaw of some sort the long pointy silver handle had me wincing,
i'm a little scared of loosing an eye or two haha!
That aside the shade is really lovely and has a beautiful shimmer effect.
I found the liner to swatch and apply well, without pulling or tugging on the delicate skin area.
I must mention that I like Eyeko's make over from cute to kitsch!


Clairns Extra Firming Night Cream (sample 15ml) - Full Size 50ml/£48
This is a product that I am familiar with as it is the evening cream that my mother uses
and on more than one occasion I have 'stolen' a drop here and there...haha!
It is a powerful moisturiser that works best on mature skins
but on the occasions that I have used it, it sank in well to my young oily skin
didn't leave a residue behind and generally felt luxurious!

Clairns Extra Firming Day Cream (sample 15ml) - Full Size 50ml/£46.50
Again a product that I have tested through the means of my mother.
As it promises it does deliver an instant dose of moisturisiation and you can feel it tighten the skin.
Just as the night cream best suits more mature skins than I so does this
but that is not to say younger skins can't use it they may just feel it borders 
a little too rich for their tastes and needs.


Fab Gentle Body Wash (sample 56.7g) - Full Size 226.8g/£10
I actually own the full size version of this body wash and I have been trialling it lately
so this sample couldn't have come at a better time really!
It is free from nasty chemicals and parabens, scent free and lives up to the gentle promise.
I found it to soap well and gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of moisture.

**Sorry ladies, some eagle eyed readers (thank you ladies!) have kindly pointed out that
we have in-fact received a moisturiser and not a body wash, I have not tested this as yet
but will report back...thank you :)**


Murad Hybirds Skin Perfecting Primer, Dewy Finish (sample 5ml) - Full Size 30ml/£29
An oil free primer that promises a radiant glow and is powered by light enhancing minerals.
I slicked this on a few hours ago before applying my make-up for the day
and yes I found my make-up to apply a little easier and I fully enjoy the Dewy finish
but in all honesty I have not noticed any radiant glow as of yet haha!
A nice enough sample but not one I will be rushing out to purchase the full size version of.


And as a lovely little extra a custom rock candy by Glossybox,
I can't get over how cute this little sweet is!

So what did you think of this months Glossybox?
Glossybox is a monthly subscription service and costs £10 per month
you can find out more from their website - link 

The above product/s were sent for consideration of review.
I was not compensated in any shape or form.
All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest as always!





My Moo Facebook Cards - Free Offer

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I did not know anything about Moo's Facebook cards until 
Sarah at http://citygirlsfashionbox.blogspot.com/ tweeted about them and the free offer.
Being the curious person that I am, I decided to investigate and a week later here they are.


Basically they are buisness cards but for your Facebook, yes I find that a little odd too.
Yes I have a Facebook "Like Page" for my blog but does it need it's own business card?
In a really short word...no!
So rather than base the cards solely on my Facebook page I incorporated all my blog and
contact details so they are more blog friendly.


I think the Facebook cards are a cute idea but not something I feel I need
but I do think you should take advantage of the free offer - link
but customise them so they are more than just advertising your Facebook,
it is also a great chance to see and feel the quality of Moo Business cards before
committing to placing a large order.

Again you can order 50 free Facebook cards here - link

What do you think useful or just plain gimmicky?








MUA Single Eyeshadow - Shade 20 (Matte) - Review

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This is my first ever venture into matte eyeshadow by MUA,
truth be told I rarely by matte formula eyeshadows I tend to favour metallic finishes.
If you are familiar with the MUA brand then you'll recognize their trademark
black and transparent packaging, which makes light work of spotting the shade housed inside.
Okay it is not the most daring nor is it the most pretty but it is far from ugly.
When evaluating the packaging I do think it is only fair to mention that the product cost £1
and considering the price point it could be so much worse.


MUA Shade 20 is a matte black that is flat and has no signs of glitter nor shimmer.
I feel it has an evident green tone in pan form that doesn't articulate when swatched.
As mentioned this is the first MUA matte eyeshadow I have bought/reviewed
and I have to admit that I am a little disappointed with the swatches.
The matte formula is just as soft but the colour pay off and finish is a little off.
It swatched patchy and chalky which pales in comparrison to the pearl finishes in the same line,
the pigment was also off point and looked weak and grey not a true black.
I tried this shade today without any primer and managed around 4 hours before the shade melted
and succumbed to my oily lids, I do feel this would survive 8hours + with the use of a base
but you will have to battle with the patchy and chalky finish.


A negative point I do have to mention is that I have noticed that the individual shades shatter very easily
this is a combination and fault of the packaging and the formula.
The formula of the individual eyeshadows are softer than those I have encountered in the MUA palettes.
The super soft formula makes light work for blending and application
but it does not fair well if you have a heavy hand or drop the pan.
Again yes the eyeshadow only costs a £1 but if you continuously break them it is still money wasted!
I did find this shade had a substitutional level of fall out, which I find annoying!

Product Summary
Round Up - A chalky green based black.
Best For - Those who have patience to make a chalky shade work.
Pigmentation -(5/10) Not the best shade from MUA
Availability - Most Superdrug stores, Superdrug website - link,
 MUA website - link, £1 for 2g of product