Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral - Review

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Yet another new product to hit the shelves and sadly again not those in the U.K
is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes available in 10 shades
that promise a natural yet buildable flush of colour due to it's revolutionary gel formula.
It it aims to apply like a cream blush and dry to a powder finish... intriguing non?


As mentioned these are not readily available in the UK so I bought a few from eBay,
when they arrived I was a little shocked by how small and flimsy they feel.
These are not well packaged and feel a little cheap to me.
I also have little faith that the compact would survive a drop or three 
but as always I shall not judge the product on it's encasing but on how it preforms.


Candy Coral is the last shade I have and the last I shall purchase from the line,
as generally speaking the formula of these blushes is pretty poor
and heavily relies on the bounce gimmick!
That being said Candy Coral is a pretty enough true coral shade
both swatched and in pan form, it has moderate pigmentation
and is nice shade for the spring/summer.
I feel this shade is bright and pigmented enough to be worn on all skin tones.


The formula of these takes a little getting used to at first.
Initially I did not realise these are sheer blushes that you can build if you so wish
so I was digging away and have all but ruined my Coffee Cake blush by doing so.
These have a sponge like feeling and do bounce back somewhat if you prod with your finger.
They apply best once warmed so do pat it with your fingertips before applying.
I don't really feel like these do have a gel sensation they feel more like a harder cream blush
but once applied they do live up to the powder aspect.
Pigmentation wise these are not great unless build up but they are meant to be sheer so that explains that!
You could also use these as a base to apply a powder blush on top off to give more colour intensiveness. 
In terms of wear they wore a little shy of 8 hours so fairly average but they do feel light weight on the skin,
wear comfortably and would be a great product for the warmer weather.


Having tested all three shades I can conclude that these are more gimmicky than practical,
they crumble if you are heavy handed and really nothing special in terms of colour,
pigment and formula.


Product Summary

Round Up - A hard cream blush that applies sheer and dries to a powder finish.
Best For - A light flush of colour, would be a great addition for the warmer weather.
Pigmentation - (6/10) Each shade is sheer so they are not meant to be pigmented.
Availability - Not yet in the U.K I bought mine from eBay - link

Clinique 3-Step Skin Care - First Impressions

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Recently I was invited along to Clinique to be custom fit to a skin care regime for my skin type,
it is no secret that I have oily skin but parts of my face are also normal 
but through in the occasional dry patch on my forehead and you have combination skin at it's finest.


The consultant was great she spent a good 15 minutes explaining my skin type,
looking at it under a magnifying mirror to make sure no aspect was over looked
and going into great detail about not only my skin but also what I should be doing
and using to take proper care of it each season.
Clinique divide skins into various categories and I have Type 2 skin,
it is difficult to guess so I really do recommend trotting along to your local counter.
In my experience they are a friendly and educative bunch so don't be shy.
I don't know about you but I really enjoy when a consultant educates me fully
rather than trying to ram products into my basket, so kudos to Clinique!


I was sent my skin care regime which includes three steps hence the name - 3 step skin care.
As mentioned I have skin type 2 and fall into the combination category rather than dry type.
My regime includes a mild liquid cleanser, a clarifying lotion and a moisturiser.
Now I have only began using these products today and although my face does feel fully cleansed,
soft and the moisturiser soaked in immediately...so far so good!
All products are allergy tested, 100% fragrance free so great for super sensitive skin.
I of course need longer to gauge just how well it works so much like the Sonicleanse - link
I will do a series of updates that will actually coincide with the Soniclease as I am using both together.
So my first update will be in a week's time, keep your eyes peeled!

Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care routine?
You can purchase a 3-Step Skin Care starter kit for £20 from Clinique counters 
and via their online store - link




Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale - Review

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Yet another new product to hit the shelves and sadly again not those in the U.K
is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes available in 10 shades
that promise a natural yet buildable flush of colour due to it's revolutionary gel formula.
It it aims to apply like a cream blush and dry to a powder finish... intriguing non?


As mentioned these are not readily available in the UK so I bought a few from eBay,
when they arrived I was a little shocked by how small and flimsy they feel.
These are not well packaged and feel a little cheap to me.
I also have little faith that the compact would survive a drop or three 
but as always I shall not judge the product on it's encasing but on how it preforms.


Hot Tamale is a bright red shade in pan form
and even in the pan you can see the bright blue undertone.
When applied it is less intense and borders on the coral side of red.
I bought Hot Tamale on a whim as I never use red tones
and I thought it would be nice to switch it up a little.
This shade should show up on most skin tones
as it is slightly more pigmented than its sister shade Coffee Cake.


The formula of these takes a little getting used to at first.
Initially I did not realise these are sheer blushes that you can build if you so wish
so I was digging away and have all but ruined my Coffee Cake blush by doing so.
These have a sponge like feeling and do bounce back somewhat if you prod with your finger.
They apply best once warmed so do pat it with your fingertips before applying.
I don't really feel like these do have a gel sensation they feel more like a harder cream blush
but once applied they do live up to the powder aspect.
Pigmentation wise these are not great unless build up but they are meant to be sheer so that explains that!
You could also use these as a base to apply a powder blush on top off to give more colour intensiveness. 
In terms of wear they wore a little shy of 8 hours so fairly average but they do feel light weight on the skin,
wear comfortably and would be a great product for the warmer weather.


Product Summary

Round Up - A hard cream blush that applies sheer and dries to a powder finish.
Best For - A light flush of colour, would be a great addition for the warmer weather.
Pigmentation - (6/10) Each shade is sheer so they are not meant to be pigmented.
Availability - Not yet in the U.K I bought mine from eBay - link

Dreamy...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Dreamy...
and this polish really is the epitome of the word Dreamy!
Revlon Dreamy is the most perfect blend of blue, grey and lilac.
It is the shade of my dreams...see what I did there? I know so witty haha!
Anyway the polish applies really well and is opaque after two coats
but in all honesty I would apply 40 coats for this beautiful shade!
I think Models Own Beth's Blue may be similar but as I don't own it,
it is a mere stab in the dark.


I am having a bit of a blue/nautical moment
and while walking past Primarni yesterday I spotted these little boat shoes,
for £6 I thought it was too good an offer to pass up.
I love Spring as it brings all things nautical most years
and deep down I think I am a sailor haha!

P.S The flash of my camera is out of control at the moment
and has completely bleached this set of images...sorry!

Revlon Dreamy is a new shade for S/S and is currently on offer with a few other new shades
in both Boots and Superdrug - 2 for £10!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake - Review

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Yet another new product to hit the shelves and sadly again not those in the U.K
is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes available in 10 shades
that promise a natural yet buildable flush of colour due to it's revolutionary gel formula.
It it aims to apply like a cream blush and dry to a powder finish... intriguing non?


As mentioned these are not readily available in the UK so I bought a few from eBay,
when they arrived I was a little shocked by how small and flimsy they feel.
These are not well packaged and feel a little cheap to me.
I also have little faith that the compact would survive a drop or three 
but as always I shall not judge the product on it's encasing but on how it preforms.


The first shade I have to share is called Coffee Cake which is not a rich brown
but more a golden tan shade that almost borders on peach.
It has a light rose gold sheen when swatched/applied and is generally a light tan shade.
On pale skins this would be a pretty bronzer type shade
but on medium-deep tones this will be a highlight.


The formula of these takes a little getting used to at first.
Initially I did not realise these are sheer blushes that you can build if you so wish
so I was digging away and have all but ruined my Coffee Cake blush by doing so.
These have a sponge like feeling and do bounce back somewhat if you prod with your finger.
They apply best once warmed so do pat it with your fingertips before applying.
I don't really feel like these do have a gel sensation they feel more like a harder cream blush
but once applied they do live up to the powder aspect.
Pigmentation wise these are not great unless build up but they are meant to be sheer so that explains that!
You could also use these as a base to apply a powder blush on top off to give more colour intensiveness. 
In terms of wear they wore a little shy of 8 hours so fairly average but they do feel light weight on the skin,
wear comfortably and would be a great product for the warmer weather.

Product Summary
Round Up - A hard cream blush that applies sheer and dries to a powder finish.
Best For - A light flush of colour, would be a great addition for the warmer weather.
Pigmentation - (6/10) Each shade is sheer so they are not meant to be pigmented.
Availability - Not yet in the U.K I bought mine from eBay - link


What's In My Bag!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


This post has been a long time coming,
I honestly keep meaning to snap the contents of my ever bulging bag
but forget and tend to focus on reviewing products but here it is in it's messy glory!


My go to suits everything bag is by French Connection and is a few years old,
it was fairly pricey at the time but still looks as good as the day I bought it
and it has been around the world with me to boot!


So a quick run down of what and why it is in the patent bottomless pit
- Make-Up pretty self explanatory really
- Random chunks of jewellery, I often wear too much jewellery and through out the day remove it!
- Hair band and kirby grips for when my hair is too much and all I want to do is tie it up.
- Bonjela my wisdom teeth are slowly and painfully breaking through.
- Denman hair brush to tame the beast.
- Deodorant, hairspray, dry shampoo, perfume and carmex lip balm for on the go touch ups!
- Purse, keys and passport all contained in my monster of a purse.
- Capri Sun drink, milky way snack and Juicy fruit gum...a girl's gotta eat!
- Wet wipes for cleaning surfaces and myself haha!
- Body Butter I use this as an on the go hand cream.
- Umbrella...hello it is Scotland!
- Nail polish as little chips really irritate the life out of me.
*Not shown phone and I-pod*

So there we have it my life contents on the go!

Rose Gold!

Monday, February 27, 2012


Rose Gold is my recent obsession, there is something slightly more special about it
than typical gold for me and I actively seek out Rose Gold polishes, jewellery...
anything for that matter haha!


My recent find is a dinky little bottle of polish from Max Factor,
the shade name is 03 Red Bronze so it is ever so slightly deeper in tone than most Rose Gold hues.
The polish applies well, two coats and it is opaque with a lovely metallic finish.
What I like best is the small bottle, great for popping in a bag for travel
and for us polish addicts that get bored with a colour quickly and never fully use up a bottle!


While I'm flapping my gums about a Rose Gold polish I thought I'd share my pretty new necklace - link,
it ticks a few boxes for me as it is delicate yet a statement piece with a slight unique edge
and it is of course the obligatory Rose Gold Shade.

Max Factor Red Bronze Mini Nail Polish costs £3.99 and is available from Superdrug - link
The necklace costs £10 and is available from Fashion Union - link