Friday, 29 March 2013

MUA Nail Constellation


MUA Nail Constellation: £3.00

'Caviar Nail' products are a big thing at the moment across a wide range of brands, but MUA Nail Constellation has been my first dabbling! MUA are well known for their high quality products at low prices and retailing at £3.00, you cannot go wrong with this. The product comes in a small plastic bottle with a removable white tip. You first apply your desired base colour & then whilst wet you literally pour the small beads onto the nail, then press lightly to set them into the polish. I foolishly attempted this whilst sat in bed, so let this be a warning to you that application of this product is messy! I applied a clear nail varnish on top hoping this would help secure the product, and i got about 2 days wear out of this - although I do think this would depend on the person and their personal nail care. The idea of this product is so good and the effect it gives is absolutely lovely, although I think I will be saving this for special occasions as I do not feel it is suitable for everyday wear!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

MAC Lipstick Review: Rebel

If there is one piece of make-up I'm always happy to shell out on, it's lipsticks. And whilst at a recent trip to MAC I wanted pick up a new shade, and Rebel was the one that caught my eye! This satin finish lippy is for sure considered a cult shade and a must-have in your lipstick collection (the youtube sensation Tanya Burr is currently raving about this lipstick!), so I have merrily welcomed it into mine!

Rebel is one of MAC's satin finish lipsticks, and retails at £14.00
The colour of the bullet
A swatch of the colour
Rebel has the signature MAC lipstick scent which to me is just so yummy!! You can really build the colour up with this shade, it looks great rubbed into the lip and used as a stain, or as a full on colour, I think this lippy is really versatile and can be used with a variety of different looks. Purple lips have been a big trend throughout A/W '12 but I honestly think as a lot of trends in S/S are a homage to the nineties  that the dark lip is here to stay!!

What the lippy looks like on

This is a very good investment for those a little bit more daring with their choice of lip colour, I think it could suit a wide variety of skin tones and there certainly is a reason why it is revered as a cut lipstick. I wear/talk about this lipstick so much, even my boyfriend knows the name of it, so if that doesn't say something about it, I don't know what will! So, go on, be bold, be brave, be a... rebel?


What do you guys think of this shade?
What's your favourite MAC lipstick?!

Alice
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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Back to Mac Program


So, anybody who says they don't love a freebie, is a liar! MAC currently run a program called 'Back to MAC', the concept is that you bring back six of your empties and in return you get a free lipstick of your choice, simples! The Viva Glam ranges are not available in this offer, which is understandable as these are charity products. The packaging you return is sent off to waste management companies to recycle through energy recovery, so, you can look beautiful whilst saving the planet! There are limits on the packaging that is returnable, for example lipstick bullets, foundation bottles and powder cases are all acceptable, but the cardboard or cellophane it came in is not. This is literally a win-win situation and it makes me eager to buy more products!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

BirchBox UK March Box Review

Three months into the BirchBox's takeover of JolieBox in the UK, they have established themselves and are going full steam ahead. This box's theme is 'Role Models' (a nod towards Mother's Day) and is bursting with make-up and beauty goodies as well as a couple extras and magazine brimming with 'how-to's, articles and generally what the company are up to this month!!

The look of this month's box, BirchBoxes retail at £12.95 including postage and packaging.

All the goodies!!

As a big eyeliner wearer, when I saw this on their Facebook page, I knew I wanted this product in my box, and luckily I did!! I was curious about how good quality the built in brush would be, and I was pleasantly surprised! The formula is creamy and super easy to apply and pretty long lasting!! (I don't know how waterproof the baby actually is, but I will have to find out!) A big thumbs up for this nifty little product!!
I received the colour black. You can purchase this along with the purple
version on BirchBox.co.uk for £24.50
What the product and the brush look like when assembled
What the eyeliner looks like on!

What I can only describe as a 'businesswoman scent'. This fragrance describes itself as a spontaneous yet elegant has notes of bergamot, rose and even leather, is a nice subtle scent for the more mature woman. I do like the smell, however I don't really think it suits me, but maybe it will in 15 years time

A 50ml bottle of this fragrance retails for £65.00


I haven't actually got round to trying this product out yet, it smells very heavily of rose (so if that's your thing - great! If not - not so great) and it does have a really smooth, moisturizing consistency! I look forward to trying this one!


The RMK Cleansing Balm in full-size (100g) retails for £29.00
                  


This product is nice and soothing on the skin, and has a subtle scent that wouldn't really conflict with any other scented products but also could be worn on it's own. In 2012 it seems the world discovered oils and this beauty is no different and contains Argan Oil, whether that sells you or not, I don't know.

The RRP of a 200ml bottle is £26.50


Selling itself as Japan's secret to soft skin (complete with a weird little leaflet explaining a not so believable history of the product's rise to fame) it says you can apply this product to any part of your skin (and inclduing lips) but I can tell you for free it does not taste nice. I'm not someone who suffers from particularly dry skin and if I'm honest I haven't noticed that much of a difference to my skin, but maybe it would benefit someone else who did. I honestly don't know how I feel about this product, sure it left my skin feeling soft but I don't think it works better than other products on the market.

The RRP of a 70g tub is £19.50

-6 Beauty Extra! Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask 3.5ml and 7ml
I was quite surprised to see this as an extra in this month's box as a few months back I received this as an item in GlossyBox! This product you're supposed to use 12 times in a space of 4 weeks (you are given one use) to turn back the clock and make yourself look more radiant and get rid of those fine lines. I'm assuming this product is targeted towards the more mature lady, still being a teenager (only just) means that anti-ageing products are not on the top of my list, but if this product does what it says on the tin and brightens up my skin, I can hardly complain!! Looking forward to using this in the near future!

The full-size set of this treatment costs £27.50


-7 Lifestyle Extra! Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles 50g
I love and I hate BirchBox for including these in the box! I inhaled them in seconds!! Very tasty, ut maybe not so good with Easter inching closer and closer...

I'm not even sorry how fast these went...


Overall I would say this month's box was a really good success! The sample sizes were relatively big and getting two extras is always an added bonus! Not only were the products good, but the magazine is well thought out and has surprisingly good content within!! Great work, BirchBox! Keep it up!!

Alice
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Topshop Eye Crayons

L-R: GOLD DIGGER & RUST
TOPSHOP EYE CRAYONS: £6.50

Every girl is always looking for a quick and easy way to apply make-up, so I thought I would give these little beauties a go! 

I picked up the Topshop Eye Crayons in 'Gold Digger' which is a antique gold and 'Rust' which is more of a copper. I love a gold eye shadow, mainly as it compliments my blue eyes, but more importantly as it is such an easy day-to-night colour! These shadows apply really easily and are really thick, meaning they are super pigmented and last without creasing. The only downfall of the thickness of the product is that it makes it harder to blend the colour. A blending brush does not work with this product whatsoever, and it needs a good vigorous rub with your finger tips to get it moving, which can be potentially quite messy!

This product is not self sharpening, which is what I expected, but nothing a chunky sharpener can't handle, I use The Body Shop's Large Pencil Sharpener! Overall, I love love love this product and will definitely be purchasing more colours!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Glossy Box March 2013


so as usual my Glossybox this month was no let down, with one full size product and products from well known brands. This months theme was 'City Chic' and to keep with the theme a small city guide was included! 'My little travelling book' is filled with recommended city breaks and details of popular sights, bars, shops & restaurants which has definitely got me looking forward to summer!

So, this months goodies included:

- A vial of Juicy Couture: Couture La La - 1.5ml
This is an addition to the Juicy Couture collection that I have not sampled before, but it is absolutely lovely! This fragrance has a very fierce, feminine and floral scent and will be perfect for spring/summer. I have to say I will definitely be looking at this when I browse the duty free shelves this holiday season!
  
This product seems to be described as an all purpose balm, I tested this on the dry skin on my hands and it left my hands feeling moisturised although they also felt very greasy and looked extremely shiny. This balm is a bright orange colour and squeezes out of the tube in the consistency of Vaseline but as thick as toothpaste. The Glossybox booklet states this could be used to shape brows and I think this would be a good purpose for it due to the consistency, no one wants an unruly brow!

Now I must admit when I was younger, this hairspray was the only product that was strong enough to keep my HUGE emo fringe in place... so I will be the first to recommend it! It does not smell cheap or leave residue or build up in the hair, it holds your hair in place for ages, but is very easy to brush out when needed - a stress free and affordable drug store buy!

I have sampled products from Jelly Pong Pong before, and I really feel they are one of those smaller brands that produces top quality products, but does not get half the recognition it deserves! This product comes in a 'chubby stick' format and application is so simple, this product leaves a really silky and moisturising finish on the lips with long lasting effects, I would love to see new colours being released!

Nails Inc is becoming more and more of a house hold name although I feel the products may be out of some peoples price range at £11 a bottle. This colour is a lovely dusky pink and is opaque after two coats. I did not need to use a top coat with this as the nail polish itself has a glossy finish. This polish dries so quickly, so would be ideal for those in a hurry!

What made this box even more delightful is that it was completely free of charge as I had enough Glossydots to redeem! What products did you receive? 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Soap & Glory: Endless Glove

Soap & Glory Endless Glove: £6.50

I am a massive fan of Soap & Glory, so when I was gifted a product that I had never heard of before, I was keen to try it out! Endless Glove is described as a 'deep moisture hand mask', as it is a lot thicker than a normal hand cream. This product does not feel at all greasy and for people who suffer with really dry skin, would be ideal as just an every day hand cream. The idea is to apply a generous amount over the hands, and then slip the cotton gloves on to allow the product to soak in slowly, preferably over night - a similar routine that is used for Soap & Glory's Heel Genius foot cream. Come morning your hands are left feeling super soft and smelling gorgeous, with rough skin and dry cuticles a thing of the past! 

I do feel that this product may be out of some peoples price range for what it is, but I think it is definitely worth the money as I could not fault it at all and I can see it lasting me a long time, as I will only use it as one of those Sunday night pamper products! The gloves pictured above were part of a set, but I have also picked up a similar pair from Marks & Spencer's new beauty department for the reasonable price of £3.00.

Endless Glove has been a saviour during all this cold weather, what hand creams are you using?