Wednesday, 28 August 2013

High Street Chubby Stick Dupes

This year has seen the realise of the faux chubby stick from a fair few different high street brands, as well as some higher end brands giving it a go too. A summer favourite, these are fuss free lip products which keeps your lips hydrated and add a pop of colour at the same time. Colder months usually welcome bolder and darker lip products, but before you banish them to the depths of your collection just yet, think again. On the A/W catwalks of the likes of Prada, autumnal colours are being used, like berries and deep reds, but instead of a bold, precise look, it's more of a stained look, which is where these summer hits can come in handy. I want to share with you some of the glossy stain balms I own from a range of brands and let you know what I think!!

L-R: Revlon, Bourjois, Jelly Pong Pong, Soap & Glory, LAQA&Co and

T-B: Revlon, Bourjois, Jelly Pong Pong, Soap & Glory, LAQA&Co and

The first dupe that I got, and as you can see all the writing has worn off, so that was a while ago. This product smells heavily of mint, which maybe would put some people off, but hey, if you've left your gum at home, this product doubles up for you!! This has fairly good colour pay off and wears off nice and evenly. I quite like the shade, but if you feel it's too dark for you, they have 7 colours in the range including nudes, brights and darks to suit a wide range of bases.

The newest edition to the faux chubby family. This is one that boasts the most quality, claiming to be waterproof, wear for 10 hours and an SPF of 15. I don't think it is waterproof or wears for 10 hours, but I do think it wears well, and for a fair amount of time too. The product is very pigmented and for the price I think it's great! At the moment they are only 4 shades available but with the popularity of the product I think they shall be adding some to the collection soon (fingers crossed!)

I received this dupe months ago in a beauty box, and is on the sheerer side of things. No matter how much you build this product up, you're not going to get the bright pink colour like the bullet of this product. I definitely think this is more of a tinted lip balm in comparison with the other dupes I own, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I tend to keep this in my coat pocket and if I feel I want to add a little something, I can!

This out of all the products is the one I use the most. I don't know whether it's because of the colour, the formula or a mixture of the two. This is an ideal 'your lips but more' colour, it wears fantastically, smells delicious and just makes your lips look amazing!! This guy gets a massive thumbs up from me, I definitely need to invest in the 4 other shades available!!

Naturally I have quite dark lips, which never really work out with light, babyish pink colours, which unfortunately is what this tone is. It makes my teeth look kinda yellow and I find the colour isn't as easily evenly distributed over my lips unlike the others which is a bit annoying (a bit of finger smudging and you are good to go), again I don't know whether this is because of the colour on my lips or the formula itself. There's a total of 5 colours to choose from, which are all darker than this which may be better suited to me.

Last but not least, another beauty box find, this is the only one which doesn't follow the others with screw-up packaging, and despite the look of it, you need a sharpener. This shade has a tiny bit of glitter in it, and is a lot more pinky than what the bullet of the product might suggest. Don't get me wrong, I do like this dupe, but with other even cheaper alternatives on the market, which are the same, if not better, I think I would rather repurchase them or the Clinique original, which is cheaper!!

If I were to recommend one, I think it would be the Soap & Glory dupe, although I haven't tried a brightly coloured one as of yet nor have I tried the original, Clinique Chubby Stick, so I may have to invest in one out those too. I think these are great for days when you really can't be bothered with it all, and just want something quick and easy!

Do you own any of these?
Which one is your favourite?

Let us know!!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Viva La Juicy Noir Review

As I mentioned in last week's post, I had indeed already purchased the full size perfume that was sent to me in my Glossybox. I rarely invest a good amount of money into perfumes (I'm quite a fan of both CK One and CK IN2U both of which can be found around the £20 mark) but I thought as a birthday treat to myself I would spend a good amount of money on a more high end perfume. I tend to lean towards either fresh or sweet scents, fresh for the day and sweeter for the evening, but I wanted to get something that would work well for both, and as this was a new release a lot of incentives were being added in with purchasing Viva la Juicy Noir (I managed to snap this up whilst Boots were offering 10 pounds worth of points.) Others in the shortlist were Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood and YSL's Manifesto, I found all of these scents something I feel I could wear at whatever time, and similarly sweet.

A 50ml size retails at £47.00

What the bottle looks like!

I've never owned the original Viva la Juicy (nor the La Fleur blend within the VLJ range) but have known those that have, and they do smell similar, but different enough that it justifies having two perfumes. Both perfumes contain berry, honeysuckle and sandalwood aromas. However Viva la Juicy contains more floral notes of jasmine and gardenia whereas Noir goes down a more gourmand route. Now, I could sit here and list the scents within both, but truth be told I can't pick out all of these things in smelling either perfumes, but maybe a more trained nose could. Either way, I really do like this scent, and it lingers on the skin and wears well it's a winner for me!

The bottle although never the most important part about a fragrance, is something to mention as everybody loves a nice bit of packaging and this is that too. The bottle looks similar to the mother fragrance but the bottle itself is pink and opaque (I'm sure this will annoy me towards the end of the bottle when I can't see how much is left) but this does look nice and girly on any dresser whilst having a bit of attitude with a black bow and large crystal lid, I like Juicy Couture as a brand and own a few pieces of their jewellery and this bottle very much fits in with the rest of this brand, so if you like Juicy usually, you'll like this too.

All in all I obviously like this fragrance, I trawled the perfume section and had my nose burning from smelling every fragrance, which hey, when you're in an airport you know you do too, but after umming and ahhing this is the one I was happy to spend the money on.

Have you smelt this fragrance?
Own any other Juicy perfumes?

Let us know down in the comments!!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

My August Beauty Boxes

Well, it's that time of month again, beauty boxes are being delivered left and right and I thought I'd share the contents of both my Glossybox and my Birchbox and what I think of it all!! Both boxes have a theme this month, Glossybox's is 'High Flyers' and Birchbox teamed up with magazine InStyle.

Glossybox's monthly subscription is £12.95 including P+P

BirchBox's monthly subscription also comes in at £12.95 including P+P

So, Glossybox's theme this month is 'High-flyers' which is very appropriate for the time of year, but also a very similar theme to BirchBox last month. Either way, these products are supposed to help you whilst up in the air or away on your travels. The places the companies featured are also listed, although I have two products from the USA, so it makes me feel less like they scoured the earth looking for the best products suited for the cabin and for the foreign climes, which I think was the idea. Anyway - onto the products!!

The contents of my Glossybox!!
Juicy Couture's 'Viva La Juicy Noir' £47.00 for 50ml
Receiving this product is a little annoying as I already own the full size, but then again I guess I'd rather get a perfume sample of a perfume I like so much I've already bought it than one I know I'd never wear! Obviously I love the smell of this, it's a great perfume for both day and night, it's definitely on the sweeter side of perfumes - expect a full review from me in the coming weeks!

Emite Eyelasher Curlers £20
I really like when beauty boxes include products which will last longer than a sample, like brushes, mirrors and in this case eyelash curlers. I do own a pair or two of these, but I always forget I have them and some people swear by the transformation they make to the appearance of your eyes so I think this is a great chance for me to give them a whirl!!

Philosophy's Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser £17.50 for 240ml
Philosophy is a brand I've always wanted to try out but have always been put off by the price of their products. I haven't actually tried this out yet but I do like the idea of a one stop shop for taking all your make up off and getting rid of the dirt and grime of the day. I think a product like this would be ideal for the plane or whilst you're away as you don't want to be taking loads of lotions and potions and all the recycled air within a plane cabin can clog your skin up in no time! Glossybox also have a subscriber's offer with this product, you can get five pounds of a full size at a Debenhams counter if you take along with you the voucher included, score!

Jelly Pong Pong's 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner in Plum £10.50
Jelly Pong Pong is a brand which frequents both in Glossy and Birch, so through both my subscriptions I've gotten to know the brand quite well, although I haven't seen it in any shops. This isn't necessarily a colour I would pick out for myself, although it does work well as both a liner and a shadow, as it blends out really easily, and works great as either product.

Oceane's Make-up Remover Pen Not Available in the UK

Although I haven't tried this specific brand of make-up remover pen, I've tried others and can only assume the same faults come with this brands' version too. I love the idea of these, it easily fits in your make-up bag, and if that cat eye of yours goes a bit funny, you can sort it out no probs with the aid of this little beauty. The idea of it is great, but after one use of removing that carbon black eyeliner of bright red lipstick, you can't use it again, or you could try, and leave yourself with questionable smears all over your face. I think this is something I'll save for more special occasions, or when space is truly at a premium, and stick to a cotton bud and my trusty Bioderma until then. 


Onto BirchBox and what came in it this month. As I mentioned, Birch have teamed up with InStyle magazine and offer a reduced subscription to all BirchBox subcribers, which I think is a nice little perk if you're a fan of the magazine! It also came with a lifestyle extra in the form of a wee pack of flavoured popcorn (mine was a spicy tomato flavour, which I enjoyed very much!) but my problem is in the excitemnt of opening my boxes I ate them without thinking you guys might want to see them!! Whoops!! All full size products from this box can be purchased full size on their online shop

What I received in my BirchBox!! This also came with a pack of popcorn
which I devoured before I could photograph it - whoops!!

Bluemandarines' SkinLife Energetic Cellular Cream Full Size £35.00
This Moisturiser is supposed to bright up skin and refresh your skin, and claims to do an all manner of other skin voodoo with protecting stem cells amongst other things. This product has a rather large price tag attached to it, but I'll have to give this product a serious whirl before investing in it.

Motibel.lo's Gold Oil Essence Full Size £22.50

Oils, oils, oils, the oil is here to stay, whether that be an all-purpose, a body, or in the case of this, a hair oil. I personally like hair oils, the ones I've tried, when used sparingly have made a real difference to the texture and the resilience of my hair, and hopefully this one will do the same.

Gerda Spillmann's Hydro Pearls Full Size £30.00

Gerda Spillmann is another brand I've learnt of through the beauty box world, and I suppose I could take it or leave it really. I've found none of their products particularly groundbreaking, especially for the price attached to them, and I feel this primer is the same, I think it's nothing special, and definitely not £30 special.

LAQA & Co. Lip Pencil in Wolfman Full Size £14.00

LAQA & Co are a brand I've always browsed over but never taken the plunge and bought anything from them. The colour I received is a bit light for me as I have quite dark lips, but I'm going to make it work, both the texture and pigmentation are nice!!

Molton Brown's Ylang Ylang Body Wash Full Size £18.00 
A very nice body wash, very decadent, and it smells very nice too, although I could never justify spending almost £20 on a shower gel.

BirchBox Gel Mask £10.00
Birchbox every now and again include one of their own products, and this month it is a gel mask. I quite like this extra as everyone will be able to use it and all you need is a fridge! Nice and cooling and great for a pamper night in.

So! That's what I got and what I thought. I got some really nice products in these boxes, I'm particularly chuffed with the eyelash curlers! I'd love to know which box/products you like, if you're subbed to either box or got different things to me!! Let me know down in the comments!!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash Review

With a hot and sticky August ahead of us, I thought I'd review a product which aims to keep us fresh and clean, the humble face wash. This one in particular either has had a range of reviews, so I thought I'd share my experience!!

A 200ml bottle retails for £3.29

Neutrogena is a well known, easy to get hold of, drugstore brand. It's also super cheap, and if you're a frequent visitor to Boots, it usually has some sort of offer on to make it extremely affordable. I've been experimenting with more high end skin brands recently but thought that I should give a drugstore brand a whirl. My skin isn't particularly sensitive to anything, and I also have oily/combination, and blemish prone skin, which made this particular wash stand out to me. I liked the idea of a pump dispenser, as it stays nice and sanitary and you get a nice amount in one to two pumps. This product has a gel like consistency and when work into a damp face makes a nice lather, but not too much that you're overwhelmed by bubbles. It's quick, it's simple and easy to wash off. The grapefruit scent is nice, but doesn't linger at all, which I like. It leaves your face feeling cleansed, a little firmer yet still quite soft, this is definitely gentle enough to be used twice a day like advised (I have even used it three times, and my skin hasn't been dried out by it.) Is my skin completely blemish free? No, I still get a few troublesome spots now and again, but I do think using this on a daily basis, has helped. Taking the time (which is all of five minutes) of washing my face with a wash when I clean my teeth both morning and night has improved my complexion, and I think using a wash designed to tackle the issues I have with my skin. 

I would recommend you trying it out this wash, it is a steal at £3.29 (or even less if there is an offer on!) and think it would help out those tackling blemishes and oily skin. This isn't an absolute miracle worker, I think if you suffer from things like acne or rosacea you'll need something a bit more powerful, but for those with average teenage skin worries, I think this is a great place to start!

Do you have a favourite face wash?
Have you tried anything from Neutrogena?
If so what do you think?!

Let us know in the comments!!