Saturday, 25 May 2013

Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade 016

Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick: £5.49

If you tell me you can go into Boots without testing every single lipstick on the back of your hand, you are so lying. I was doing exactly this, when this little beauty caught my eye! This colour is a dusky but still quite light shade of pink which I think could suit almost anyone. The product applies really well but can be prone to clinging to dry lips. I love teaming this lippie with MAC’s lip conditioner (review here) for a more glossy finish. Using a base product with this lipstick makes it really versatile, and you can really control how bright your finished look is. At a really small price of £5.49, and with so many different colours, I will definitely be picking up some more lipsticks in this range!

What do you think of Kate Moss’ beauty ranges?

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Review

2013 seems to be the year for French skincare, and if I'm honest, I'm very happy indeed! I always wondered why French women looked amazing with virtually no make-up on, and now I know!! La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo has blown up in popularity since the beauty guru Tanya Burr mentioned it's greatness in one of her videos. As someone with oily, spot prone skin I'm always cautious about buying moisturisers or lotions just in case they bring on an onslaught of breakouts or leave me looking shiny and my make-up melting off my face, so when I heard about a miracle elixir that not only mattifies my skin and prevents spots, I just had to investigate!!

What to look for in store. This product retails for £13.00

How the tube looks!! The product itself is just like a white runny cream

With 'duo' in the title, you might be wondering whether you need to use more than one product, this product goes hand-in-hand with thermal water, although you don't necessarily have to use them together, I've used it with and without a thermal water (I use Vichy's Eau Thermale) and results are still fantastic without using one. I use this product in place of a moisturiser both day and night. This little gem works well underneath make-up, and it gives you a great base to work with, and I think it is also great as a nighttime moisturiser too, whenever I put it on, I feel like my skin is having a good old drink and it leaves it feeling nice and refreshed as well as undeniably smooth. It does have a slight scent to it, but nothing overpowering and it fades away pretty quickly (not that I think the scent is bad at all!) and I just think that it is an all round great product!

This comes with a slightly hefty price tag, although I feel it has certainly been worth it. I've had the same bottle for over 2 months and it doesn't look like it will be running out anytime soon, so you get your money's worth in both quality and quantity. If you're looking for a slightly high(er) end product to leaving your skin clear but super smooth, then this is it! This is available in larger Boots stores and online.

What moisturiser do you use?
Know any skincare products which keep your skin nice and clear?
Let us know!

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Essie: Mint Candy Apple

Essie's Mint Candy Apple RRP: £7.99
I have been eyeing this colour up for absolutely months, but have always picked it up, carried it around the shop and then put it back after telling myself £7.99 is too expensive for a nail polish. So finally, Alice put me out of my misery when she put this in as part of my birthday present. I absolutely love the colour, a pale mint green, that in some lights leans more bluey-green. I will certainly be re-applying this time and time again, its such a refreshing colour! This is probably my first dabbling into the world of Essie and I must say my favourite thing is the brush, a thick, fanned brush making application super easy! I am wearing this colour as I type and it has been on for a whole week without chipping, perfect! So, overall my Essie experience has been good, but only a minority of the colours really jump out at me (as the majority are off-white, sigh) so I don't know if I will be rushing out to snap up another colour any time soon!

Do you like Essie? What is your favourite colour?

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Body Shop Lip & Cheek Tint Review

About a month ago my mum went to a Body Shop party and because she spent a certain amount she was gifted this jazzy little product, but as she thought the shade was a little scary, this lovely little thing ended up in my make-up bag instead. As an owner of the well known Benefit's Benetint I was eager to see what other brands offer up as an alternative to the hyped up tint.

What the product looks like, this retails for £10.00

What the product looks like on! I've got it both on my lips and cheeks!

This product comes in what looks like a lip gloss tube, with a doe foot applicator, this means it is super easy to apply and also a great handbag product. On my lips I apply this like I would a lip gloss and I feel it adds a nice rouge to your lips and would be a great quick fix for those in a rush looking for something to add a little extra to their lips. However, the main thing I've been using this product for is a cheek tint. This has a sort of gel consistency (whereas Benetint is very runny!) and although you could easily blend this with your finger (and it does work wonderfully if you do) I like to team this with a synthetic brush (I use the contour brush by Real Techniques, which I have reviewed which you can check out here) and really buff this product into the skin and buff it out. I think this is fab as a cheek colour, I will admit, it looks scary in the tube, but once on, with my rather pale complexion it looks amazing!! This is my go-to cheek colour at the moment if I'm not wanting to contour or in a bit of a hurry. It's a versatile shade and goes well with itself, a nude or even a bright shade or lipstick. It looks really natural on my skin tone, although I'm not so sure on how it would look on someone not as pale as I am.

This is a great 2-in-1 product, and is ideal for holidays/festivals with it's no fuss application and convenient size. It's also almost half the price of Benetint, and in my opinion, better!! When this baby runs out I will for sure be repurchasing as it has been an absolute saviour when I've needed to be ready pronto!!

Have you tried any 2-in-1 tints? What did you think? Let us know!!

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

I have been a committed MAC Studio Fix Fluid wearer for such a long time now, so breaking the mould was hard... but so worth it! Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free foundation has only been in stores for about a year, so I don't actually know anyone else who has tried it yet. There is a wide range of colours, but for those girls out there with vampire white skin, I don't think there is a shade for you, as all the colours are warm toned with more yellow to gold tones in them. I was matched to the colour 'ivory' which is listed as the fifth colour on the colour chart. It is claimed that this product can last "even in extreme heat and humidity all day", and the lady I spoke to said this could last up to a 30 degree heat, which is amazing, although, this foundation does not contain any SPF, which seems silly to me! 

It took about a week or so for my skin to get used to the foundation, but it was worth the wait. The coverage is described as sheer to moderate, but in reality it is more of a moderate finish, it is still really buildable and I am able to swap between a lighter coverage for work, and a fuller coverage for a night out. I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply this and really buff it into the skin, the finish is long-lasting and incredibly matte. As the finish is so matte, dry patches are highlighted, but this can be avoided as long as the skin is prepped well. Usually, by lunchtime oil really starts to show on my t-zone and if I don't blot or use powder and I am usually left with a scaly finish where my foundation has spread. In contrast, with this foundation I was so shocked to see that by lunchtime, it looked exactly the same as in the morning, I was amazed! To really put it to the test for a few days I didn't apply powder throughout the day to see how long it would last, and by the end of an 8 hour shift, admittedly you could see some oil trying to creep through, but nothing that couldn't be touched up. I use a primer and a powder with this foundation to really set it, and I honestly think this is a must have for girls with oily skin.

I really love the simple packaging and the size is perfect so it doesn't bulk out your make-up bag - I would love to see more colours introduced and I will definitely be re-purchasing this! ...and to top it all off, this is one of the cheaper foundations by Clinique priced at £21.50, love, love, love!

What foundation do you use? Are you brand loyal?

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Cleanser Review

I'm a big fan of scrub masks and French skincare, so Vichy's Tri-Activ Cleanser and I are a match made in heaven! This nifty little product can be used as a cleanser, scrub or mask depending on how long you leave it on the skin. I tend to use this product as a mask around 2-3 times a week and put it on 5-10 minutes before hopping into the shower and then washing it off.

I've been using a 50ml sample size, which looks like this. The formula itself is
a light minty green with dark green specks. Full size retails at £11.00

Vichy is a brand which specialise in solutions for problematic skin such as hiding birthmarks or getting rid of acne, so when I tried this product, I was really excited to see the results it would have on my teenage skin. I must admit, the first few times I used this I was disappointed, it left my skin feel slightly rough and dry, but after a few more uses and letting my skin get used to the product, I really liked it! This is a really fab scrub, it gets rid of all your dead skin and clears up your pores, which naturally leads to clearer skin!! It is a versatile product too and can be used in a number of ways depending on how much time you have, which I think is great for those busy guys and gals who need a bit of exfoliation but are strapped for time.

A good all-rounder. Your skin may need to adjust a little like mine did but I do promise the grass is greener on the other side with this product. As I mentioned before Vichy are a brand who specialise in really problematic skin, so I think this product will work well for a wide range of people, from those who want to maintain good skin to those battling with things like acne.

Do you use face masks?
What is your favourite?
Do you use other products from Vichy?

Let us know!!

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Monday, 6 May 2013

L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream

L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream: £9.99

So you think you have just got to grips with your BB Cream? Now you need to get to know your CC Cream!

A CC Cream is a colour correcting product, with all the benefits of the trusted BB Cream, but with added tone correcting qualities. There are already similar concealers and creams on the market, but it seems they are only just creeping into the local drug store. There are plenty of brands releasing their own versions at the moment, but L'Oreal have released 3 different varieties, a green toned cream to tackle redness, a peach toned cream to tackle fatigue and a purple toned cream to tackle dullness. I picked up the anti-redness version as this is the thing I have the most problem with out of the three.

Similar to L’Oreals BB cream, this product has ‘smart pigment capsules’ that activate once the product is worked into the skin. The cream dispenses as a very light, green toned product, but once rubbed into the skin, it turns into a more foundation-like base. The product does leave a very sheer and nude look on the skin and does give very good coverage. I think this product is absolutely ideal for a night out on holiday, its always nicer to have a lighter coverage due to humidity and heat.

The only downfall is that this product only comes in one shade, which is annoying, as this one is a little too dark for my skin tone, so I wouldn't be able to use this as a base product and haven’t been able to test it on that basis.

At £9.99 I don’t think it is a terrible price at all & I would definitely recommend trying it if you have a holiday coming up soon!

Have you tried this range? Are you sold by BB & CC creams?
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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Soap & Glory: Heel Genius Foot Cream

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream: £5.50

This is what I like to call a 'Sunday Night Product', I honestly think that spending a bit of time pampering yourself can really set you up for a good week, so that is why I dedicate Sunday evenings to have a bit of 'me time'! This product is very simple to use, you squeeze a generous amount (this amount could depend on the dryness of your feet) of the cream into your hands and then rub all over your feet, top and bottom and in between your toes, then slip on some cotton socks. This process does leave a lot of excess product on your hands, so make sure you have a towel to hand. All you need to do then, is sleep and let the cream work its magic. This cream leaves my feet feeling so fresh, soft and relaxed once I remove the socks, and the almost minty smell of the cream makes your feet feel really clean, so it doesn't even feel like you've been caked in cream all night.

Will be re-purchasing this at the tiny price of £5.50! Have you tried this product? What foot creams do you use?
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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Review

I got the colour Black/Noir and this product's RRP is £7.99

Maybelline mascaras usually get very good press on the blogosphere, because of the quality and the low price. I've tried quite a few of Maybelline's mascaras, including the Colossal Cat Eyes and very talked about Falsies. When I saw that a The Rocket was released and on offer (when I purchased it), I just couldn't resist!!

The wand is super thick (and very hard to focus on!) with very small rubber bristles
The wand has a large rubber tip with short rubber bristles. This works wonderfully on your bottom lashes, and really separates them, however I had real trouble when applying to the top lashes. The way that the wand grabs your lashes and pulls on them actually hurt my eyes. I tend to 'blink and wiggle' when applying mascara and I have tried tonnes of mascaras and never had this issue, on this fact alone, I know I won't be re-purchasing this mascara, I don't know if it is just me/my technique/my eye shape/the wand that made this happen but either way, even now after about a month or so it still hurts applying this (admittedly not as much as when I originally started using this product). The results you get from this mascara is certainly not worth the pain! I wouldn't say it volumises my lashes all that much, the results aren't all that dramatic so this could be good for a subtle look or work/school.

My eyes with no mascara

My eyes with the product on

As I said before, I unfortunately won't be repurchasing this, but I do think it works particularly well on bottom lashes. The feeling I get whilst applying this may just be exclusive to me, but I wouldn't recommend this mascara, either to veteran mascara appliers or people looking to start using make-up. A rare miss from Maybelline.