28 April 2011

April Favourites Video! :)

This month's favourites :)

Products mentioned:
- Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo
- Matrix Biolage Fortetherapie Conditioner
- Maybelline Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
- Cacharel Amor Amor Perfume
- Rimmel Lycra Pro Nailpolishes (Ultra Violet, Aqua Cool, Urban Purple)
- Barry M Nailpaints (Blue Moon, Peach Melba)
- MAC Blush in Style
- NARS Orgasm blush
- Eyeko Fat Balm in Toffee
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop
- CANMAKE Gokubuto Mascara
- Sleek Sunset Palette
- NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Taiga

Hope you guys had a great April! I finally finished and submitted my dissertation today so mine has been very monotonous until today lol. I'm off to a BBQ/piss-up tomorrow for the Royal Wedding so very excited! :) Did you know Kate is doing her own make-up? That's some brave stuff right there. Definitely deserve to be a princess ;)

What has been some of your April favourites? :) (or link me to your posts/videos!)

Just a quick, beautiful pictures that my parents sent me of the cherry blossoms in Japan atm :)

I miss it! :(

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27 April 2011

FOTD: 04.27.11 - GSpot Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Lustrus

I knowwwww, what a provocative name for a company! ;P Is it more scandalous than the infamous NARS blushes? Maybe, maybe not - it's short for GlamSpot, as I learnt later on. But let me tell you, I am much more content searching 'NARS Orgasm' on Google than I was 'GSpot'.. Word of advice, use 'Gspot Cosmetics'.. yeah.

Anyway. FOTD using this lipstick and my new ELF Studio blush in Berry Merry - both of which I acquired in a recent swap using MakeUp Alley:

Products Used:
Eyes - 28 Neutral Palette
Cheeks - ELF Studio Blush in Berry Merry
Lipstick - GSpot Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Lustrus
Gloss - Maybelline MNY Lipgloss

I'm actually really impressed with the lipstick - it's completely matte, extremely pigmented and incredibly long-lasting. At £9.50 a pop, it's a bit cheaper than MAC but I have a feeling in terms of quality, it's pretty high up there. It smells like raspberry too.. Or is it a residue of my lindzer biscuit from Costa? Lol, we will see, as I'm tempted to try out some more, especially from their Gloss Lipstick line. The packaging is also very nice, it's a matte plastic which is kinda rubbery but not as much as the NARS packaging. Also has the imprint of the brand logo:

As for the blush - it's a good colour, and I like that it's relatively sheer so you don't have to concentrate so hard on what you are doing. This along with the packaging is my favourite part about ELF blushes!

Have any of you tried GSpot Cosmetics?

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25 April 2011

Review: Sigma Miss Taylor Kabuki

A few weeks ago, Sigma sent me their Miss Taylor Kabuki brush as part of the Sigma Affiliates Programme. Since it's starting to get warmer and powdering is becoming more of a necessity, and with the holiday season coming up, I thought this might be a good time to review this baby :)

This brush retails on Sigma's website at $25 which works out at about £15 without the shipping. I've always found Sigma's shipping services to be really good, and even to the UK most parcels only take about a week, which is always a plus that doesn't put me off ordering from abroad :)

In terms of the product, it's basically the F80 in a purple tin. I love several things about this, but the packaging is something I'm a bit mixed about. I think the tin is a little bit cheap-feeling for £15, but the metallic purple is very flashy and nice. I also love how the casing functions. If you see the little bit sticking out at the bottom of the bristles, that actually comes up to cover up the bristles, therefore protecting them and making it really easy to put the lid back on.

L: Miss Taylor Kabuki, R: F80
As for the actual brush, it is almost exactly like the F80 in terms of the size, but it's just a little bit wider and also a little bit lighter. I feel like the bristles are thinner and it's not as densely packed, which I was really pleased about. It's a LOT easier to swirl than the F80, in that it doesn't drag on your skin and powder application is a lot nicer which I think is a must with a travel brush. With the F80, powder application was a bit too heavy for my liking. With the Miss Taylor Kabuki, I felt it wasn't as cakey and a lot more 'dusting'-like, which is what I prefer.

This also means that other powder products like blushes and bronzers work as well, which really did make this an excellent brush to have when I was away for a weekend, or just in my purse. Although the flat top was a bit difficult for bronzer/blusher, it was still do-able.

For size, it's not too big and would fit in most make-up bags. The lid is very secure so you can even throw it in your bag and you wont have the fear of the lid falling off and crushing the bristles.

L: Miss Taylor Kabuki R: F80

If I had to choose between this Miss Taylor (flat top) or Miss Audrey (round top), I think they both have pros and cons. Miss Taylor can be used for all absolutely anything, but I think powder, blush and bronzer may be better with Miss Audrey's round top. However, I think liquid foundation/blending out concealer is easier with a flat top. Miss Audrey is probably better for the purse and for touch-ups during the day, but Miss Taylor would be more universal cuz you could use it on weekends away and holidays for liquid foundation/concealer. Although I suppose you could use a round top for liquid foundation - it depends on what you need it for!

I was actually quite afraid to wash this, but I found that filling in the sink, and dipping the ends in the water was the best way to do it. Because there's a gap between the tin and the bristles, it's easy for water to get down there and near the roots of the bristles, so I made sure that the brush was always facing down - wasn't as hard as I thought :)

Overall, I'm impressed with this brush, as it's really well built, multi-purpose and it's really handy to have. I can see myself always having it in my make-up bag from now on, it's just so handy :)

The only downside, again, is the packaging which I think feels a bit cheap, so really the only concern is price - and that's the reason why I never bought it myself. However, if you can afford it, I say go for it - it's an incredibly handy brush to have, and it'd be very hard to go wrong with this! :)

Have you got one of the travel kabukis? Any other lusts from Sigma? :)

I'm hoping for the Travel Set in Nice for my holiday this year!

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24 April 2011

Mentions of the Week #5

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate! The boy and I are cooped up in our flat doing work.. nothing special about today, lame :(

Anyway, haven't done one of these in ages! I kinda lost track of the days when holidays started lol. But it's back! :)

Next Men's Golden Sunglasses - £13

I have such a large head and such a small nose that most sunglasses don't fit me at all - in fact, these aren't perfect either but I figured they were as close as they were going to get, and I genuinely do love them! :) I really wanted green ones hehe.

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Taiga - £23.50

A bit obvious I suppose, but I've been wearing the green colour all over my lid and because it's sheer, it's really great for day time. I love it, it's a quick morning fix! :)

I don't have any! :( I've been really struggling finding the perfect nude and perfect pink lips because my skin is so tan now - so I am on the major lookout for new lip products that I'm hoping to get for my 21st. Wishlist will be up soon :)

NARS Orgasm Blush - £20.50

I really do like this blush, it gives a really natural finish to my skin! That being said, unless its really nicely placed it can look like a bad flush, so I've been relearning and watching shedloads of blush videos from the likes of TiffanyD (my favourite!) and Tanya Burr.

MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Medium Dark - £20

 I got this in a blogsale so I only paid half price for it, but it's something that I've been trying out this week. So far it's average, not amazing, but I hope to have a review of it soon :) This comes from a person that's never really used a tinted moisturizer so I think it's fair enough that I'm like, "WHERE'S THE COLOUR?!" every morning..


Soap&Glory Big Make-Up Bag - £10.21

I've been going on a bit of a make-up bag hunt since a late night Twitter conversation with 25FLONDON, and this is one of the bags that I'm thinking I might get myself with my Boots points. The travel make-up bag I have now is kinda too big, and completely squishes my brushes so this one looks long enough to fix that (even if I'm looking into getting travel brushes :P), and it's cute! This is another one I have my eyes on:

MAC SoftSac Small Makeup Bag - £16

I kind of want something small and sleek for my bag - I have a black Dior imitation which is doing fine right now, so I probably wont get this for a while but.. it's fun to dream :)

What has been your stand-out product this week? :) What are you up to for Easter Sunday?

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23 April 2011

My Spring Scent - Cacharel Amor Amor :)

One of my go-to spring scents is this perfume, Amor Amor by Cacharel. I know close to 0 about perfumes - until a few months ago, I didn't realise that there was a difference between summer and winter perfumes, and day and night perfumes.. lol, whoops.

Anyway, one of my best friends is a LOT more savvy and got me this for my birthday (which is in May, so it was the perfect season - hence, more savvy than me LOL) and it was love at first.. sniff? :P

To me, the smell is very floral but fresh and kind of like a rose scent. I know absolutely nothing about tones, so I checked on the Debenham's website and this is what they describe it as:

"..a sparkling fruity floral blend that celebrates love, newly found or rediscovered, passionate. Impulsive. Electric. Notes include mandarin, blackcurrant, melati blossom, Lily of the valley, white musk and grey amber." 

HAHAHA no rose. Anyway, to a perfume noob like me, this is like jibberish, but I absolutely love it as a spring/summer time smell because it's floral but not too sweet and cloggy - I find it just right for a spring scent. Would definitely recommend checking it out if you're on the look out for something floral but fresh :)

The packaging is also super cute. Mine is 30mL and the size of a MAC lipstick - so it's perfect for on the go, and even if it doesn't have a lid, I've never had an issue with it spraying it's that sturdy. You can't see it from the pic but behind the little tube is a rose print as well :) CUUUUUTE.

What are your go-to Spring/Summer scents? :)

I love Gucci Envy Me all year round, but I'm also on the look out for a non-floral fresh scent, and so far have my eyes on Davidoff Cool Water Woman - any other suggestions? :)

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22 April 2011

I Miss You, Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.

I know the title is very.. romanticised, but this is actually a review, hehe. I'm sure you guys have all read reviews of this Hot Cloth Cleanser, and to make mine a bit different from everyone else's reviews, I waited until I finished it up, and went back to the cleanser that I used to use to really figure out the difference that this product makes. Here's what I came up with:

1) It STRIPS the dirt on your face - you really feel like all the grime and dead skin is off your face, but it's not done so in a drying and stinging way, but in a very natural way by exfoliating your face with a muslin cloth. It doesn't feel like there's some chemical reactions going on on your face, and it doesn't feel intrusive at all. Since I've gone back to my old face wash, my face never feels completely clean and smooth.

2) It makes your moisturizer sink it a lot better. It must be the fact that the layer of dead skin cells are gone, as my face drinks up the moisturizer, and in the morning, my face is supple. Now that I've gone back to my face wash, I feel a bit greasy in the morning, like with moisturizer residue on my face, rather than plumpy and young.

3) It's SUCH an easy routine. No drippy watery face in between getting product on your hands and lathering it up, because you just massage it directly on to your face.

4) It calms down your skin in every which way - I used to have normal/combination skin, but during the time I used this product I felt like I just had normal skin. Now that I'm going back to my old face wash, I'm feeling the oily patches come back. I'm also experiencing a lot more pimples and redness than I did when I used the Hot Cloth Cleanser at this time of the month (sorry for TMI).

5) My skin was literally 'polished'. It was so so so smooth - smoother than when I used my St. Ives Apricot Scrub! I miss it! :( This obviously makes the make-up go on so much nicer as well.

Admittedly, this cleanser didn't work on me straight away. I only started seeing the miracle results after 1 month (although people around me started to see the difference after the first use!), so for those who used it a few times and wasn't amazed, I urge you to keep trying, even if it's so you can use it up. Also, do NOT be stingy with this product, unless you can see the opaqueness on your skin, you aren't using enough! It makes a big difference in the results - trust me, I was stingy at first :P

Also, I didn't like using it as a make-up remover. I know it says it can be used to remove make-up but I just thought it was a waste of product, it made the muslin cloth unnecessarily dirty, and it just wasn't great at removing waterproof mascara and eyeliner in between my lashes. £1 baby wipes and oil-based eye make-up remover can take care of that :)

The main thing I didn't like was the packaging - it's so beautiful and elegant, but you can't twist open the pump, which means even when you think you're done there's still loads of product in there that just can't be sucked up with the pump. It's not the cheapest of products so I wish there was a way to use every last drop!

But yes, I deeply miss my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. These 2 points are things that I am more than willing to ignore because the product itself is amazing - 10/10 for sure! Also, the company has so many environmental and other ethical incentives that earns them mega brownie points from me :)

I'm a P&P hater so I was going to wait until I got myself to London or Manchester to repurchase, but I have a strong feeling that I wont be able to wait that long!

Who else is a Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser lover? Has it NOT worked for anyone?


P.S. All my non-single ladies! Keep an eye out for the Man Review of the Men's Hot Cloth Cleanser - the boy is currently using the man version, and will be sharing his thoughts hopefully in a couple of weeks :)

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21 April 2011

Review: Matrix Biolage Fortetherapie Conditioner

So I'm back to reviewing products, as I've been finishing and using lots of products that I've hoarded over time :) One of my favourites has been this conditioner from Matrix, the Biolage Fortetherapie Strengthening Conditioner.

It comes in a 250mL tube, and sells for about £8.75 in salons, and £8.10 at CheapSmells. As far as I'm aware, it's not available in drugstores.

Just as a starting point, my hair is super damaged. It's permed, coloured and it's quite long, and it has a tendency to tangle at the nape of my neck. It's as damaged as it can be without bleaching it really! So if it works on me - it's good stuff.

First things first, I'll admit that the lid is a bit hard to open, especially with wet hands. That being said, the rest of the packaging's great and I have no complaints.

The formula is gorgeous! It's very light, and almost like a gel consistency. It's white and smells kind of like coconut, but not as strong - it's mixed with something that waters down that thickness of a coconut scent. It's a very natural smell though, and I personally don't find it offensive at all.

The way I use this, is that I wash my hair with my shampoo (which isn't from Matrix actually!) and then apply a generous amount of this all over my hair and then tie it up with a hairtie. I then leave it in while I do the rest of my showering business and wash it out in the end.

And oh. my. god, my hair feels like SILK when I wash it out. It's not that heavy, creamy kind of moisturized but it's that clean, light, soft kind of moisturized. It also leaves a really natural gloss, and leaves my hair really healthy-feeling and bouncy - full of life! (Queue cheese). In fact, it's better than any drugstore mask I've tried.

I also don't find the split ends coming back as quickly after I got my hair cut - I really do feel like my hair is strengthened! Also, I shed a lot less using this conditioner. This has changed my hair completely, and has actually made me believe that hair products actually do something and can make a difference! :)

Now I know that £8.10 can seem a lot to spend on a tube that is going to run out in a few months, but I got a tip from a hairdresser, who told me that it's a myth that your conditioner and shampoo have to match. She said that she always buys cheapo shampoo and invests in a really good conditioner. I took her advice, and have not regretted it - I mean, shampoo's just meant to wash your hair right? Why spend fortunes on that? It makes this £8.10 seem a lot more feasible and a lot more efficiently used if you know what I mean :)

For those of you who have sensitive scalps etc., I have no idea about ingredients, so I've taken a picture here so you can double check :) (Although Matrix do a range for those with sensitive scalps!)

If you don't have weak hair as a problem, Matrix actually has quite a wide range of products for different issues with hair. You can check them out here. They have stuff for troubled scalp, for dry hair, for coloured hair, for sensitive hair, and for volume. Impressive range ey, I was a bit surprised lol. I'd love to try the Hydratherapie some time actually!

I'm pretty sure I'll be repurchasing this, as I don't have anything else I want to try or think will do a better job than this at the moment. I used to want to try Redken stuff, but honestly I can't imagine myself being more satisfied with a conditioner, and I'm just a bit wary about the pricing of Redken and I much prefer the calmer looking packaging of Matrix. I give this a 10/10!

Have you tried any Matrix products? What hair products do you swear by? :)

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19 April 2011

The Big O.

I've finally done it girls. I've got one of the biggest cult items on YouTube/Blogger - the NARS Orgasm blush :)

When I first saw it I was surprised at how bold and bright it was! I'd heard that it was an everyday blush, so I was thinking it would be something more tame.. yeah, no.

Not the best picture, especially cuz I'm not wearing proper foundation in this picture (a third year student in the period before deadlines and exams usually doesn't..) so I didn't have as smooth of a canvas as I usually do, but I really really liked the colour! :)

Sure there's a bit of a gold sheen that everyone that doesn't like Orgasm (who doesn't? Har har har, bad joke) freak out about, but I don't see it being any more frostier than the Frost blushes from MAC, like one of my faves, Style.

I'm really excited to try this out over time, and see if I'm in the O-camp or the Deep Throat-camp - or both?! :) EEP I'M SO EXCITED, I feel like a proper blogger/YouTuber now that I have a cult product hahaha -lame person right here-.

Are you an NARS Orgasm hater or lover? What are your favourite cult products? :)

I think I may be a lover :P


P.S. Quick question to those of you who have bought a NARS product recently - do you find the 'NARS' on the front is bigger and the edges are squared as opposed to rounded? Mine is, do companies change these kinds of things a lot? :/ I bought this Orgasm from ASOS so I'm assuming it's genuine..
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18 April 2011

Spring Nails! - Rimmel Lycra Pro Aqua Cool :)

I'm back with another nail post - yaaaaay :). So if you haven't seen my haul post from the other day (here), I picked up some of the new Rimmel Lycra Pro Professional Finish nailpolishes! I tried one out last night and fell in LOOOOOVE, as I do with most Rimmel polishes, so I thought I'd show you guys :)

Here I've got Rimmel's Lycra Pro Professional Finish in 420 Aqua Cool, which is like a cobalt blue (which I usually hate, but how lovely is it for a Spring-time nail colour?), and Rimmel's 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 405 Rose Libertine, which is like a warm milky mid-tone pink :)

I absolutely ADORE the new Lycra Pro, and have always loved the 60 Seconds one. They both have the same wide brush that makes application so easy, the formulation for both are just the right consistency - not too runny, not too thick, and they both dry quite quickly (quick enough for my patience standards, which is quite impressive really) and finish with a natural gloss.

However, the Lycra Pro in Aqua Cool (not sure about the other colours) was a bit sheerer than 60 Seconds, although 3 layers did the trick :) I couldn't tell you about the 10 day lasting claim, but we'll see! They did increase the amount from 8mL to 12mL as you can see from the bottle sizes - I don't know why, but fine with me! :P

I would definitely recommend checking the new Lycra Pro out, they have very unique colours such as the one above. I think this one was the most unique out of them all, but they also did have one which looked like a very close dupe to Barry M's Dusky Mauve. But because I love this formula and brush so much more, I can see myself getting the Rimmel one rather than the Barry M ones. Also, these are on offer at the moment at Superdrug for 3 for 2 (which works out at about £9) so there's my tip for the day ;)

Have you tried any Rimmel polishes? What are your recent nailpolish loving guys? :)

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15 April 2011

I'm On A Haircare Kick!

A week ago I got my hair cut for the first time in a while, and I had lots of layers put in to boost my volume and to get rid of my insanely dry ends. Determined to make a new start and really take care of my hair, I've invested in some products I usually wouldn't have, and have stuck to this routine to keep my hair soft, bouncy, moisturized and shiny.

Here are the products I use:

Tresemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo
I bought this after reading Roseanne's post, because her hair ALWAYS looks so nice, shiny and smooth. It was on offer at Boots so I snatched it up, and so far I love it except for the fact that at 900mL it's so heavy and I feel like it'll slip in my hands and hit my toes in the shower :P It's usually about £5.50 I think!

Matrix Biolage Fortetherapie Strengthening Conditioner
I was told by a hair dresser a month or so ago that it's better to invest in a high-end conditioner, and that it's a myth that your shampoo must match your conditioner. She said that she buys cheapo shampoos, but always buys good quality conditioner. I took her advice - have NOT looked back. This conditioner is simply amazing. Left in for a couple of minutes, it works MIRACLES - definitely deserves more attention in the beauty community! I work this into my hair with a wide toothed comb. Cheapsmells stocks the conditioner for about £8.10 :)

Umberto Giannini Mask
I bought this after reading through many hair mask tubs in Boots, and after trying it once I can feel a big difference in how soft my hair is, in addition to what the rest of the products had been doing until I used this. I got this for about £5.60, Leanne has a proper review on it here.

Asience Hair Treatment Oil
This was bought in Japan, and I'm almost tempted to ask my Mom to buy me another bottle and bring it over when she visits. It works so well in damp hair, and helps to keep my ends very soft.

Now it's hard to distinguish whether one product among the 4 is doing all the work, or if the 4 combined are a match made in heaven, but either way it's working. My hair is bouncy, smooth, supple, untangled and softer than it's ever been. I LOVE running my fingers through my hair, I can only describe it as finally feeling some life in my hair! :P The bounciness is addictive!

I'm almost out of my hair oil, and am thinking of switching to Lee Stafford's Arganoil - has anyone tried that or have any other suggestions? :)

What are your hair miracle products/routine? :)

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14 April 2011

A Blogger-tastic Day & Haul :)

On a random day a couple of months ago, George and I found out that I live in her hometown, basically. And so we met up, and after a drink we decided to shop a bit and this phrased pretty much summed it up:

"I wouldn't have bought this if I were alone!"

Fair enough, lol. I ended up with many lovely things:

Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polishes in Aqua Cool, Urban Purple and Ultra Violet
Umberto Giannini Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask
Barry M Nail Paints in Peach Melba and Blue Moon
Sleek Pout Polish in Sugar May from the Avoir la Peche Collection
(& an un-pictured 1kg dumbell)

Barry M Nail Paints (not the Crackle polishes!) are 2 for £4.99 and the Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polishes are 3 for 2 for about £9, both in Superdrug :) Bar. Gain.

I think one of the best parts of the day (besides meeting her in general, of course lol) was freaking out in the Superdrug after finding out that the Superdrug in the little town FINALLY stocks Sleek, MUA and Accessorize - what a sight that must've been.

Alongside walking out of House of Fraser with a perfume lid in hand (by accident), leaving the store and forgetting the purchases, and sticking Jimmy Choo's perfume sample up one's nose, I had an amazing day and it was so much fun to hang out with someone who had the same hobby as me! :)

Will be writing up posts on the products, but until then check out George's lovely blog :)

Any of you tried the Rimmel Lycra Pro or the Umberto Giannini Mask?
I'm excited to try them!

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13 April 2011

Review: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo & Conditioner

I bought these about 2 months ago when they were on offer from Superdrug, and I'd never tried any Aussie stuff before (except for the hairspray) primarily for the price, so it was a good opportunity for me to try them out. I've used them up now, so here's what I think about them :)

The first thing I love about these is that the conditioner is smaller. I always, without fail, have conditioner left over so this was a major plus in my books. The packaging itself is good, and you can take off the purple bit to get the last drops at the end which was useful. But as you can see, the ink on the shampoo melted when I was in the shower so I had a few times where I got out of the shower and I had little purple letters on my fingers.. lol not nice. However, the opening is easy to use even with wet hands, and the look of them is super cute and unique :)

The formulas are very very light compared to other shampoos and conditioners. The conditioner especially is like somewhere between a cream and gel. They are both very hard to spread and literally sits where you put them, so you really have to use a lot to cover your hair, which isn't great considering you don't get a lot of product in the first place and it's not the cheapest of drugstore brands. But the 2 did last me for 2 months which was a good amount of time before I felt I wanted to try something else.

Despite all this, the actual results were pretty good. Considering the fact that I have permed and dyed hair, the 2 kept my hair healthy - I wouldn't go so far as to say moisturized, because unless I used a hair oil afterwards my hair would tangle quite badly, and they didn't feel extra soft or supple. I did feel that they made my hair a lot lighter which was a relief. However, I also felt that the conditioner doesn't do too much unless you leave it in for a couple of minutes, so I always tied my hair up after I applied it, and washed my body before I washed it all out.

So all in all, they were a bit tedious, but at the same time, the results were satisfactory. It might be better for people who have "kind of" dry hair, because I have really dry hair. I'd probably rate the two at about 6.5/10, and I would repurchase if they were on offer, but otherwise I'm still on the lookout for the HG shampoo/conditioner :)

Have you tried any of the Aussie haircare range? Which ones are your fave?

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8 April 2011

Bright Pink Lips #2! - Revlon Pink Pop

My craving for bright lips has certainly not died yet, but I haven't been able to get a hold of any because of my Project Pan. Then I discovered the wonder that is Make Up Alley's Swap system - it's amazing. Basically, you put up a list of what you have that you don't want, then put up a wishlist of what you do want, and look for people who want to swap stuff with you :)

The first swap I did was for this baby - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop.

I've been wanting one of these for ages, since one of my friends got one and said how amazing it was. At that point I would've gotten the nude one but the blogosphere has changed me so much, that this one was the one I wanted the most :)

The formula is gorgeous - it's very pigmented as you can see and not sticky at all. It's relatively long-lasting and very very juiceylicious! Overall VERY impressed with my first ever Revlon lip product!

The thing I like about the swap is that now that I've traded, I'll probably use this lipgloss so much more than what I traded for :)

But back to the lipgloss.. this will definitely be one of my staples for the warm weather - it's just so bright, pretty, juicey and wearable. Also, doe-foot applicators are probably my favourite cuz they're very easy to use.

Do you have any of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses? :) What do you think will be your Spring lipgloss?

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7 April 2011

Love at First Sight! Essie - Body Language :)

I've got my first ever Essie - and it was one of those 'love at first sight' products when I received it! :) Hadn't had those in ages, so I was excited from the get-go. I've heard so much about Essie and honestly I just wanted to try it out to see if I'd like it, and see if it'd compare to my love for OPIs.

 I've been looking for a really really light grey-ish taupe colour for a while, and I was ecstatic when I saw this online - it was just a coincidence that it was from Essie:

Essie - Body Language

It's so frustrating that the picture doesn't do it justice :( It's like a extremely light taupe, and against my warm-toned skin it brings out a bit more of the purple-ish tint which I looooove. This is exactly what I was looking for, as a perfect Spring nude. I didn't want a pastel pink or peach - I wanted something stranger, but light enough to be Spring-ey :) It feels SO good to have got it right on the first buy! (Sorry for the messy application.. lol)

This picture is a bit more accurate :)

In terms of the formulation though, I wasn't a fan. The brush I found was a bit thin, but I could live with that because the consistency was quite watery, and so the liquid kind of spread on its own beyond the brush. However, it was also kind of streaky and even after 3 coats I wasn't sure if it was completely even throughout the whole nail. In addition, the drying time was no where near as short as OPI.

So while the colour is to die for, and I'm pretty sure I couldn't have found a more perfect colour from any brand, that would be the only reason why I'd buy from Essie again. I've heard that they have a new formula out in the States, and the packaging is a little bit different, so I'll probably try them again when I see some of those on eBay :)

Do you have any polishes from Essie? Which one's are your favourite?

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5 April 2011

FOTD: 04.05.11 - NARS Taiga, I Made It Work! :)

I know I JUST did a post on this duo yesterday (which you can find here), but after writing that, I was determined to make it work. And this is what I came up with:

Products Used:
- Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
- NARS Taiga Eyeshadow
- Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
- Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Black
- Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Black

- ELF Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
- Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in Medium Matte
- ELF Complexion Perfection Powder

- MAC Creme Cup

It seems kind of obvious now that I think about it, but I started off by putting the darker colour of the duo all over the lid, then patting the lighter colour lightly on top in the inner 2/3 of the lid - it now makes sense and works perfectly that the colours are relatively sheer!

I then applied another layer of the darker colour in the crease to darken it, and blended it out towards the socket. Then I used the lighter colour to highlight my brow bone. This helped the flatness that I experienced when I didn't mix the two colours and used the lighter colour for both the highlight and the all over lid colour.

Although the picture doesn't do justice to the colours (and it's a lot darker in real life), I still would maintain that the colours lose their warmth on my skin. There is no hint of the yellow in either colours when I apply them - it looks more of like an off-white and a dark forest green grey on me. 

Here's the 2 colours if you forgot what they look like :)

I think if I had the choice of using a colour outside of this quad, I'd use something like MAC's Mulch for the outer corner and something like a matte beige to blend out the green. I think this would bring back some warmth in the look. Will continue to experiment :)
So the duo wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but I really like it. I can see myself wearing this a lot more in the autumn and the winter, and on nights out as well :)
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4 April 2011

Ahhh NARS Eyeshadow Duo in TAIGA!!! :)

I'm not quite sure why I'm freaking out in the title, but NARS eyeshadow duos were never something I thought I could afford. At £23.50, they're a bit of a luxury item! But thanks to Groupon's voucher worth £20 that you could buy for £9, I got this duo for a mere £12.50. I do partly blame Roseanne for this, cuz she has a signature look with the duo Cordura, and I quite liked the idea of having a signature look too.. LOL :P

This is the NARS e/s duo in Taiga that I have been so excited about and you would be well aware of it if you follow me on Twitter. The lighter colour is like a yellow-based cream colour with small glitters, and the darker colour (which gave me the googly eyes whilst searching swatches) is like a pewter khaki brownish colour with very small gold glitters. Now I'd gotten the impression that NARS e/s duos are very much hit or miss, so I wasn't extremely surprised when they weren't the most pigmented:

However, when I applied them with my brush they were a lot easier to work with and a bit more pigmented than the swatches above. They blend like a dream, and while they are relatively sheer, the consistency is very smooth and it's very much buildable. I would've liked the darker colour to be khaki-er, but the colour itself is very very pretty, and the lighter one is great as a highlighter as well as an all over lid colour.

That being said, I'm really glad I didn't pay £23.50 for this because I think I would've regretted it.

Firstly, I've realised that duos may not be the best form of palettes for the purpose of on-the-go touch-ups that I'd wanted by buying this, because they aren't no-brainers like quads (lightest colour on browbone, next darkest colour on lid etc., etc.,) The problem with duos is that if you try and make the lighter colour a highlighter and the lid colour, your look becomes quite flat. I didn't think ahead about this, but that's the lesson learnt! This is something I have to experiment more with, which is actually an exciting challenge in itself that I'm quite looking forward to :) It'd be great if I could learn to make this work! :)

Secondly, I prefer pigmented eyeshadows. Sheer ones have their benefits of looking more natural, they often times also have less fall out and it makes correcting mistakes a lot easier. But I personally prefer pigmented eyeshadows.

The third reason, which is more of a personal reason, is that the two colours appear a lot cooler against my skintone. I wished they'd transfer directly on to my skin as they are in the pan.. but sadly not :(

I will give it credit for its staying power, as I wore it on an incredibly active 6 hour day working with children and it managed to stay in place for a good 5 hours of it.

I'm not disappointed, but I would've been if I'd paid the full price. There are a few other duos with beautiful usable colours, but they would be things that I'd treat myself to if any other discounts like the Groupon one came along. I'm sure other colours have different formulas, and that some are more pigmented than Taiga - in which case I'd rather check in-store before splurging £23.50!

So yes, overall quite happy with my purchase, my new experience and the challenge of creating a good look with just this duo. But, I wouldn't have been quite so enthusiastic if I'd paid the full price. I'd suggest trying on the NARS duos before buying them if you're paying the £23.50 :)

Do you have any NARS e/s duos? What are your feelings about them, or duos in general?

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3 April 2011

EPIPHANY! The Perfect Spring Foundation Application :)

A few days ago, I was in a rush for the first time in ages and I couldn't be bothered with liquid foundation so I grabbed my favourite powder the MAC MSF (which I haven't used in ages thanks to P15P) and my MAC 109.. and had an epiphany!

Step 1: Wash face with Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish - this gives you the smoothest base/skin, and over time will get rid of minor scars and redness.

Step 2: Moisturize - I use Botanic's Day Shift Cream, as this is very hydrating and meant for dry skin (I have combo skin). Try and use one that isn't mattifying, or one that takes a bit longer to sink in to your skin.

Step 3: Load the MAC 109 with the MAC MSF, and swirl on your face in sections. Combined with the smooth palette of a face from Liz Earle's cleanser and the hydration from the moisturizer, it creates a light-medium coverage with an incredibly flawless finish.

This has made me realise how clogged and full-on liquid foundation can feel without us knowing because we use it all the time. I love love love this combo because it's so light, and it gives me a very natural effect, and both of these are perfect for the light sunshine-y weather we've been having here in the UK. What a breather!

All 3 products are quite popular, so I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people have all 3, but maybe it's worth a try with substitutes too! Obviously what works for me doesn't work for everyone, but I'd still recommend giving it a shot :)

What do you do for a lighter but equally good foundation routine? Or what do you do for your face when you're in a rush? :)

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1 April 2011

What Did I Get in March? :)

Third month down of my Project Pan, and I've got a total of 7/15 products! Not too bad, but not amazing either, but my mascara is on the verge of drying out, I can hardly hold my eyeliner and my concealer is starting to dry out as well as I had to depot it to get use of all the product. Hopefully by the end of April, I'll be more than 2/3 of the way! :)

Anyway, here are the things I treated myself to this month:

* MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in Cyndi (£13.50)
* MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch (£9.50)
* MAC MSF in So Ceylon (Yummy Mummy's Blogsale!)

L to R: So Ceylon, Naked Lunch, Cyndi.

Cyndi is an incredibly wearable cherry red, due to its sheer nature. Not sure if it's still available, it's worth a check in MAC stores and Debenhams. If you've been toying with the idea - just go for it. I was toying with it for months, and do not regret it :)

Naked Lunch I've raved about forever now, so I wont bore you. Here's my post on it :)

I've developed an addiction for MSFs, and So Ceylon is my first bronze one - most definitely influenced by TiffanyD - I love her! :) I was hoping it'd be a great all over the face bronzer, but it's kind of a pinky bronze so it works amazingly as a blush/contour. I haven't used it a lot to be honest because I've been trying to use the bronzer for my Project Pan, but I imagine I'll be reaching for it a lot in the summer :) So Ceylon is a bit similar, but a lot less coppery than my Hard Candy Bombshell. Still on the look out for a more yellow-toned bronze MSFs (lemme know of any blogsales! :P), but so glad I got this it is simply gorgeous and I can't wait to use it!

What have you gotten this month that you have been in love with? :)

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