Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Lush's Popcorn Lib Scrub Review

Lush are well known for their animal and eco friendly approach to make-up, hair and skin care, and are passionate about animal welfare not only in their products but other brands' too, leading to the ban of animal tested products on cosmetics within the EU (well done, guys!!) Most of their products look good enough to eat, so I decided to pick up one that actually is, in the form of one of their Lip Scrubs!

What to look for in store! This and all the other lip scrubs from Lush retail
at £5.25

What the product looks like!

The Popcorn flavour was originally made for seasonal release at Christmas time, but it has been so popular it's landed itself a place in the permanent collection! With the weather in the UK being so temperamental at the moment (well, it always is) my lips always seem to take a bit of a battering! I've found with this product that if you eat too much (you will be tempted to, believe me!) you do feel a tad queezy because let's face it, there is a lot of sugar salt in this wee tub. But once you've found the right amount to use for you, giving it a good rub and licking off the delicious excess is a breeze! like leaves your lips looking and feeling super soft and tasting delicious. I tend to follow up with a balm afterwards to prolong that smooth feeling, but it will work fine on it's own. What I will say about this product is, that once you've started using it, you'll find it hard to stop! I think this is the type of thing that once you've used it, you can never look back, which could be taken either way, but I like the way my lips feel after using this so in my book this is a good thing!!

Although this pot is small, it will last a lifetime (that is a slight exaggeration, but it will last you a long time for sure) It's aso super sweet and yummy and effective. I'm slightly embarrassed to say that after food if I've wanted a dessert, I've merrily substituted this little fella in, it's so delicious!! After this beauty has gone, I plan to get the Mint Julips flavour which I think will work fabulously in a nighttime routine!!

What's your favourite Lush product?!
Have you tried any of the lip scrubs? What did you think?!

Let us know!

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Essie's 'Wicked' Nail Varnish Review

Working as a barista means I don't usually get the opportunity to paint my nails and reap the rewards for very long, however I saw BeautyCrush mention this shade on her channel and I just had to have it. I also don't usually invest in nail varnishes but I thought I would take the plunge and spend £7.99 on this divine colour. I feel it is super similar to Chanel's Rouge Noir which I've worn before and loved.

A 13.5ml bottle retails at £7.99

A close up to show the shade number which is 49

Whilst applying this nail varnish, I instantly noticed the difference in quality compared to the drugstore polishes I'm used to using, the consistency and the brush made the product sort of glide on and within two coats it was nice and opaque. I also noticed it dried fairly quickly which is fantastic because another big reason I don't paint my nails very often is I find it hard to sit and let them dry and it usually ends up a fluffy molten mush on the end of my nails and that's hardly a good look, but I didn't get that with this at all, as soon as I did the light touch with my finger (which usually leaves a fingerprint...) I found to my surprise I was good to go and carry on with my day. The colour itself is a blacky browny purpley colour and is perfect to help express your inner vamp. I think it looks nice and elegant on my pale child-like hands and has just the right amount of shine to it. Currently I don't have a base/top coat (maybe I should invest in Nails Inc.'s Kensington Caviar like Emma did!) so I've just seen how the long this polish lasts without the aid of a top coat, and I have to say it fairs very well indeed! With some drugstore nail varnishes I find that within a day or so the majority of it has flaked off, but after the best part of week I've only just seen it to start to chip away, although if I'm honest, I feel that with this colour you can get away with it looking slightly chipped for a slightly less clean cut look.

I used 2 coats on my nails here. Look how the shade changes in different lighting!

From a girl whose nail varnish collection is red, black and reddy black, I'm loving this colour. Is it red? Is it black? Is it brown? Even now I couldn't tell you, but I can tell you this will be frequenting my nails very often indeed. Am I going to rush out and buy Essie's entire collection now? No probably not (have you seen how many shades of off white they do? Ridiculous.) BUT I think I will be shelling out for a few more shades (and from my previous statement, that will be a red and a black.) because I've found that with Essie you're certainly paying for what you get, and that is a good quality nail varnish. Glossybox this month are featuring a full sized Essie polish within their box, so if you're feeling adventurous you could snap that up with four other beauty samples. Check out Emma's review of this month's box here!!

Have you tried any of Essie's many shades?
What's your favourite? Let us know!!

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Glossy Box April 2013

Model Co Cheek & Lip Tint Swatch!

So, it’s that time of the month again!

This month’s box was designed by Pearl Lowe and is a lovely floral pattern; I have already recycled it to hold all the most used products on my dresser! There was quite a good selection of products in this month’s box which I felt were all very summer based, just what you want with all this lovely weather we are having!

The smell of this product is probably the best thing about it, a very over powering coconut smell that reminds me of putting on after-sun on holiday, lovely! A light formula, but quite oily on application, so not for me on this basis!

This looks like it could be an amazing little holiday product for somebody out there, a tinted moisturiser with SPF, so simple for a day in the sun – but yet again, way too oily for me!

To be perfectly honest, I have not really divulged into the world of cheek & lip products, but this has put me off even more! Can you remember that thick lip gloss that you used to get in Sugar or Mizz magazine when you were younger? Here it is, re-packaged! This is the only thing I could compare it to, as you can see the product is SO thick it is just impossible to work with! …also the stain it leaves is as if you have squashed a blackberry into your skin. 0/10.

I love it when Glossybox give a decent sized perfume sample, in a cute little bottle that you can actually get a few wears out of! This scent is super strong, and maybe more of a mature smell, but I love it all the same!

Last but definitely not least is the full size Essie nail varnish. Glossybox described this as their star product this month, and I certainly agree! Both me and Alice have been dying to try this brand out and here is my chance!  A pastel, summery and long-lasting colour, I love it!

If you are still debating with the thought of subscribing to Glossybox, then boxes like this one should be a reason why you want to, full-size products from well-known names, plus it always feel like I’m getting the products for free!

What did you get in your box?

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Bioderma Crealine H20 Review

Like William the Conquer in 1066, the almighty French brand that is Bioderma is hitting our shores this spring, so instead of making a 70 metre long tapestry to celebrate I though I'd review the famed, and loved Crealine H20 make-up remover!

What the bottle looks like. The product looks just like water!

When my parents told me they were setting off for a romantic getaway to Paris, I begged them to pick me up a bottle of this beloved beauty staple. Although already available on websites such as amazon, the price tag in it's native country is a fraction of the price (my parents paid around 15€ for a 500ml bottle, thanks parents!!) and I have used it more or less everyday since. This product feels like water, smells of nothing, but gets all of your make-up off. I mean all of it. It is only since using Bioderma that I have realised how I never really used to get all my make-up off, and now my skin is much clearer than it used to be. This stuff is great for both eye and face make-up, getting rid of all traces, it leaves your face feeling nice and refreshed which is something I love after a day (or night) with a face full of make-up (rubbing my eyes after a day of not being able to is the best feeling in the world!) As I mentioned before I've been using this every day (somedays more than once!) for over a month and I've barely used any, and can see this bottle alone lasting me around 6 months, which I think is fantastic for a make-up remover (that works out to 2.50€ a month!!) which I think is very reasonable indeed! (Although I believe the conversion rate is a little whacky with the 250ml bottles pricing at around £10) I guess if I had to say was a flaw with the product it's the size of the bottle meaning it's a bit of a pain to travel with, although I know you can get a range of sizes to suit every situation so I just need to get me a travel sized one!!

I think this product is a must-have staple for every single girl, especially those having issues with clogged up skin. I got the standard formulation, but I've heard the Sebium formulation is better tailored to oily skin, so who knows maybe I'll be even more impressed when I finish up this bottle and try out that one! I'm sure shops will have scenes like those from the Battle of Hastings fighting to get their hands on this cult product, and I won't blame you for battling for your own bottle, and with other products from the brand on my very long 'to buy' list such as the Sebium cleasing gel, I may well be joining you! Bioderma should be available in leading pharmacies soon and is available on Escentual.com now.

Have you tried out Bioderma before?
Found any similar products?
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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Nails Inc: Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat: £12.00

This is the kind of purchase that would make my Mother say "...because you obviously don't have enough of this product already!". Okay, so £12.00 maybe is a bit excessive for a nail varnish, but I was feeling sorry for myself and no-one was there to stop me!

So, it looks, smells and applies like a normal top coat, so, what is all the fuss about? I was amazed at how fast this top coat dried, so yes it does live up to the name. Once dry it leaves a real high-shine finish, exactly like the outcome of an acrylic manicure. This top coat actually stays glossy, which is amazing as I have never found another top coat that stays glossy throughout wearing it, unless of course, I go and see the lovely ladies at the nail bar. This top coat really does last and I think  it is definitely the most chip resistant one I have tried.

I wouldn't say that you are at a major loss if you don't purchase this product, but if you can get your hands on it then it really is worth the money & I honestly can see the difference from other drug store top coats I have been using in the past.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

MUA Undress Me Too Palette

I have swatched in the same layout as the palette!
I used 'Devotion' all over the eye and 'Obsessed' in the outer v of the eye

I don't even know where to begin with this product, the 'Undress Me Too' palette is the follow up to last year's very successful 'Undressed Palette' and for all MUA lovers out there the first thing to notice is the change in packaging, a bright white case makes a nice change. Secondly, I think this is the first MUA palette where the shades have individual names rather than numbers, which in my opinion adds a more expensive feel to the product.

So, across the blogsphere this has been described as a Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette dupe, and although I have not actually used either of the Naked palettes (although I would love to!) I would say that it looks pretty similar! Both palettes have 12 shades, each nearly identical, the Undress Me Too Palette includes:

Naked; a matte cream shade
Devotion; a very pigmented, metallic gold
Shy; a shimmery cream shade
Fiery; a warm, metallic copper
Lavish; a very light brown, matte in formula, and personally reminds me of a mocha colour
Dreamy; a metallic, dark golden brown
Tranquil; a metallic, light golden brown
Exposed; a metallic, silvery grey
Reveal; a light, shimmery grey/silver, the finish reminds me of a pearl colour
Wink; a dark, bronze metallic
Obsessed; a deep, chocolate brown with a slight shimmer finish
Corrupt; a matte black shade

I think this palette has a perfect range of matte, shimmer and metallic shadows that are super pigmented. The colour range is perfect, including neutral colours and creams for day time looks and base colours & then also including darker, smoldering colours for night time looks. There is hardly any fall-out with these shadows, they are of a soft, smooth consistency and do not crumble. The consistency makes the colours so easy to blend with a brush (or your fingers), meaning application isn't fiddly or time consuming! These shadows are really wearable, I get at least 8 hours + wear and once they are on there is no need to touch up or re-apply, just what you need on a night out!

At an absolute bargain price of £4.00 and being available online and in selected Superdrug stores, this is definitely a must have product! ...yes, that is a saving of £32 if you are not sure whether to buy Undress Me Too or Naked 2. A no brainer.

Have you tried any of the MUA palettes?
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Saturday, 13 April 2013

MAC Brow Set in 'Clear'

MAC Brow Set in 'Clear': £12.50

So, last year I purchased MAC's Brow Set in the colour 'Show-Off' as it was recommended to me to help take the harshness of the colour of my eyebrow pencil away, so that my eyebrows weren't a thick brown compared to my red hair. I used the product until I was scraping the sides of the tube, I loved it! Now, a year on, and with very different eyebrows with very different needs, I thought I would give the 'Clear' Brow Set a try, as I have a lot of natural brow hair (its not just pencil anymore!) that is quite long and does fall out of place. That could sound really silly to somebody who doesn't have a religious brow routine, but as the lovely man in MAC told me, this really is like hairspray for your brows!

Once you have applied your desired make-up to your brows, you simply sweep the mascara-like wand over your brows, make sure the hairs are where you want them... and voila! This product literally lasts until you take it off, and it is not obvious that you are wearing it at all. I have found similar products can leave white residue through the eyebrow, but there is no signs of this with MAC Brow Set.

10/10 from me in both the clear and coloured formats and if you are thinking "...but isn't it just a clear mascara?", I can tell you, you are so wrong.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Vo5 'Give Me Texture': Dry Texturising Spray

Vo5 Dry Texturising Spray: £3.49

My hair is naturally very straight, leading to it sometimes being very limp and flat, I am super jealous of girls with natural waves in their hair (cough cough.. Alice). It may sound odd, but to get a decent style out of my hair e.g. for a night out, it needs to be dirty, and even then I will use volumising and texturising products to help me along the way.

This is where Vo5's Dry Texturising Spray comes in. I spray this product through the ends of my hair and then scrunch it in my hands to get a wavy effect, I also spray at the roots to help add some volume. I absolutely love how simple this product is to use, and how quickly it works. Before I found this spray, I used dry shampoo to add some texture to my hair, which does leave residue. Vo5's Texturising Spray is a really light spray, leaving a lot less build-up in the hair and it doesn't weigh the roots down, as too much dry shampoo can sometimes do! This product is also good for holding in curls, as sometimes hairspray can be too heavy for this and stick the curls together. 

The main reason I actually bought this product, is the fact that it is in an aerosol spray can, rather than a spritz bottle that all other texturising/sea salt sprays seem to come in. I do love the idea of these more water based kinds of sea salt spray's, and the effect they give, but I don't feel that it is a quick process as they usually need to be teamed with a blow-dry for a decent outcome, and if I am honest, when it comes to my hair I am looking for something quick and easy! Overall, the only thing I dislike about this product is that the smell is really chemical and manufactured, but at £3.49 a bottle, this is not a huge problem. Will definitely be re-purchasing!

Have you tried any other products from this range?

Monday, 8 April 2013

Soap & Glory Scrub 'em And Leave 'em Product Review

I think Soap & Glory rarely go wrong, and I do love a good body scrub so trying Scrub 'em and Leave 'em seemed like a no brainer!!

What the tub looks like, this product's RRP is £7.50
Almost all gone!! I'll be sad to see this go!
A bit more of a close up of this sugary pink goodness
I tend to use a scrub 2-3 times a week, and I try to use one before shaving my legs. This one is perfect to use before shaving as it buffs away any dead bits of skin and really preps your skin before you shave. I've also found that this product is fab to use in a uni halls environment. Halls showers are gross and small at the best of times and it is hard to have a luxurious experience in them. This scrub is quick and easy to apply and once in the shower it lathers slightly so you can on buffing to get optimum results . It leaves your skin feeling like new skin, all fresh and lovely!! The scent of this scrub also compliments Soap & Glory's 'Clean On Me' shower gel and 'The Righteous Butter' body butter, a serious triple threat of products!!

I would seriously recommend this scrub! It gives me everything I want and more, I also love that it compliments other products by S&G fabulously, keeping my soft and smelling amazing! I have recently acquired the Sugar Crush Scrub by S&G, which smells divine, but has a very hard act to follow!!

Have you tried any of the scrubs by S&G?
Let us know what you think!!



Saturday, 6 April 2013

Barry M Textured Nail Effects Polish

(Excuse the messy painting!)
From L-R: Kingsland Road, Atlantic Road, Ridley Road
Barry M Textured Nail Polish: £3.99

I have recently left my job in a cafe, meaning I am now allowed to wear nail polish to work, so I am taking full advantage of this by constantly changing my nail colour throughout the week, so when I seen a new 'effects' nail polish I knew this was for me!

This range of polish comes in four colours. Atlantic Road which is a soft, pastel blue. Kingsland Road which is a subtle, soft peach. Ridley Road which is a bright (but not too bright) mint green and Station Road which is a bright, summery yellow which I didn't actually purchase as it is not my cup of tea! All three that I have tried become opaque with two coats and the finish reminds me of dried sand, although that may not sound very appealing, I have fallen in love with this new nail effect. All four colours are pastel shades which are perfect for summer and by just touching my nails it reminds me of being on a beach! Just the thought of it is enough to put a smile on my face during our delightful English weather. I honestly think longevity would depend on your personal nail care, I can start to see signs of wear after 2 or 3 days, as the gritty texture starts to smooth down and the tips of my nails start to chip. The only downfall with this polish is that removing it with nail varnish remover is as hard as removing a glitter polish!

There are other similar products on the market, from brands such as OPI or for example Nails Inc's Concrete Effect, but I feel that Barry M have done an excellent job on bringing us an affordable drug-store version, so there is definately no need to splash out!

Have you tried this range?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Benefit: The POREfessional

The POREfessional: £23.50

Ever since I can remember there has been a massive buzz surrounding this product, which must be the reason it was voted the UK's #1 Best Selling Primer in 2012. Retailing at £23.50 I was very reluctant to buy this on such a tight budget at the time, so I waited to purchase it at duty free. It is safe to say I have never looked back since purchasing and I literally have nothing bad to say about it. A tube lasts me around 7 months, so you really get your moneys worth and I would not think twice about spending £23.50 on it now. 

The product is of a very light and creamy texture which makes application effortless and it does not feel heavy on the skin. I rub the product in with my fingertips over my t-zone before make-up, to mattify any oily areas. This product is really long lasting and you can definitely see the effects throughout the day. I can really see the difference in my skin when I don't use this product. Do not be put off by the skin coloured format, this primer adds absolutely no colour to the skin. Also, if an oily skin breakout has caught you off guard, it is so easy to just dab this on top of your make-up to tackle shine! Not only is this an absolute wonder product, but it comes in an adorable little box, with a cute little guidance booklet!

I could sing this products praises all day long, but I'd love to hear what primers you are using?