Monday, 30 September 2013

Bruce Bogtrotter

Hi Guys!! Emma and I have decided to branch out a little with our posts with throwing fashion into the mix as well as sharing a bit more of ourselves on the blog. We've added our Twitter and Instagram links to our main page, which we'd love for you to have a snoop on, as well as our Facebook Page link. Every other Monday, one of us will post a wee update of our goings on to keep all of you updated! Thank you for continuing to support our blog, it means so much to both of us!


  
  
  


Right at the end of August I was invited to my Boyfriend's Sister's wedding, the weather behaved itself and the whole thing was just so beautiful! I cannot begin to describe how beautiful her dress was! Then when September rolled around it was my Brother's birthday which we celebrated with the most chocolatey of chocolate cakes imaginable!! Other amazing highlights were finding my Alexander McQueen ring which I haven't seen in 3 years, seeing Paramore (they were so good I just can't even) and my Boyfriend surprising me with a bouquet of flowers!!

I hope September has treated you well and I look forward to bigger and brighter things on this wee site, see you on Wednesday with another review!!








Saturday, 28 September 2013

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution


After the big buzz around BioDerma, I think nearly every cosmetic company released their own Micellar solution, and I have been eager to try a few out after the success of BioDerma (see Alice's review here)

La Roche-Posay is always a brand that catches my eye, and keeping with the French skincare theme I thought I would try this solution out. At first I was really pleased with the results, I manage to remove all my make-up in two cotton pads, and this works really well at removing mascara, I just hold the cotton pad over my eye for a few seconds to loosen the product and it comes off with ease. This solution does not leave any residue on the face and did not bring up any redness during or after removal of my make-up. My skin felt soft post-make up removal and this solution is overall not drying on the skin (although you couldn't skip moisturising completely).

So, this solution sounds like an absolute dream, right? Wrong. After time (when I was about half way down the bottle), I started becoming very break-out prone, mainly on my chin. I continued use thus the breakouts continued. I swapped to MAC make-up wipes (review here) and my skin cleared up. Keen to give the product a second chance, I did, and right on cue, my chin break-out is back.

I was so so so gutted that this product did not work out for me in the end, it is actually perfect in every other way, and comes at a good price of £11.50.

What has your experience been with this Micellar Solution? Let us know!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Avon Advanced Techniques Morroccan Argan Hair Oil Review

Avon, a well known household name, is always a beauty brand I've overlooked until recently. Here in the UK they operate either online or through reps which is what I've been doing. Although mainly known for their beauty products, I was intrigued by their Advanced Techniques hair oil. Not only was the price good (at the time of me writing this, Avon are selling it for just £2.99 - which is unreal!) but also had great claims at leaving your hair feeling smooth yet weightless, so I just had to try it out!!


This product's RRP is £5.50

It comes in a 30ml bottle with a pump


I ombre my hair, so to keep my length and colour I really need to take care of my ends, and I have to say along with regular conditioning, this works wonders! A pump or two ran through damp hair leaves my hair both feeling and looking a lot healthier. Although I don't suffer from manic frizz I feel my hair looks far less wispy and in general more sleek. As colder climes are creeping in and I turn to more heat styling, this along with some heat protectant should keep my hair in good condition. The oil itself is a thick enough consistency to make a difference to the hair but light enough so it doesn't weigh the hair down or make it look greasy at all. I haven't tried this product on my hair dry, simply because I don't think my hair needs it, although if you do suffer from particularly frizzy hair I'm sure this will help you in your daily frizz taming struggle.


After using this oil, I can't see why anyone wouldn't try it in their hair, with the usual price of this item being a little over a fiver and the size going a fairly long way, I think this will suit a very wide range of budgets, and the results are worth the price and then some. It is now definitely a staple in my haircare routine, and has made me sit up and pay attention to the brand!!

Have you got a favourite hair oil?
Any tips on keeping your hair nice and healthy?

Share with us in the comments!!






Wednesday, 18 September 2013

St Ives Apricot Scrub Review

St Ives claims to be Britain's number one scrub brand, and as a lover of scrubs I was surprised to say I had never tried one. The apricot scrub particularly called to me, as I am on a personal mission of 'if I can't be a teenager anymore then at least I don't want the skin of one,' and this contains salicylic acid and is formulated to combat blemishes and oily skin, of which I am the not so proud owner of both. This is also a high street product, reasonably priced and I find often on sale in Boots. With a lot of boxes being ticked I decided to try this famed scrub out.

What the product looks like: A 150ml bottle retails for £4.29

The consistency of the product. I'm wearing Barry M's GHS in Blood Orange



The first thing that really struck whilst trying out this product is how coarse the formula is. The 'bits' in this are incredibly gritty and very abrasive. I don't suffer from sensitive skin, but I wouldn't use this as much as 3-4 times a week which is suggested on the bottle simply because I could feel making my skin feeling sore when I used it excessively, also if you have blemishes and irritated skin, such a coarse scrub could irritate it even more. I would recommend using it 1-2 times a week, as it does clear out the cobwebs and leave my skin feeling clean, soft and to my surprised not dry at all. I think that it helps get rid of your old blemishes and if they've left any dry skin.

If you've got oily skin, and suffer from sporadic break outs, be them hormonal or otherwise, this would be a good product to keep them at bay, but if you're who has really problematic or cystic acne, you'll need something a bit more 'specialist' and I think could irritate and inflame painful spots, which will lead to just more redness. This scrub is not a gentle one (although St Ives do have a more gentle formula for sensitive skin) but can get the job done if you want to avoid breakouts.

Have you tried any St Ives products?
Do you have a favourite scrub?

Let us know in the comments!!





Saturday, 14 September 2013

Beauty Blender Pure Airport Kit

 
So every review I read about The Beauty Blender is usually, in a nut shell, someone stating how this is their holy grail and the best thing since sliced bread. I never usually stray away from my trusted Real Techniques brushes, and truth be told, The Beauty Blender is not a reason to make me.
 
For base make-up, I use the larger end of The Beauty Blender and stipple the product onto my face whilst slowly blending it in. The Beauty Blender gives a very good finish to base make-up, with no brush marks or streaks, and if you love a thick base then this is a really good applicator to use. On the other hand, I like to really buff my base products into my skin as to avoid a dewy finish, and I feel you can't really achieve this with The Beauty Blender.
 
Now, don't think this is a bad review, whilst I would not go to this product for base application, I would definitely consider this when applying powders, specifically under-eye powders. When testing out Ben Nye's Banana Powder this is the applicator I used, and I loved the finished look. I use the pointy end of The Beauty Blender and press the powder into the skin and am able to get a really thick coverage and set under-eye products perfectly. The shape of The Beauty Blender is perfect for this area of the face and just makes your make-up routine so quick and easy!
 
Cleaning this product is super easy, the set I purchased came with a bar of soap to clean the product. You simply just wet the applicator under the tap, rub a bit of soap in and then rinse. I then just leave it to dry over night with the rest of my brushes!
 
The Beauty Blender is extremely pricey, depending on what set you buy, but I wouldn't be put off by this as there are 100's of amazing reviews out there, I think you should really think about how you like to apply your make-up and what finish you like to achieve, because I thought I didn't like this applicator to start with, then I realised how versatile it is and found other ways to use it and learned to love it!
 
Have you tried The Beauty Blender?
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Glossybox September 2013 First Impressions

After a tiring night at work, to my joy my September edition of Glossybox had arrived and I couldn't wait to play with my new treats. This month's theme is London, with a very patriotic box to boot! With LFW starting this Friday the theme works wonderfully as all eyes with be on the Capital.

The look of this month's box. Glossyboxes retail for £12.95 including P+P

GB Include a product card listing the products, full size value and how
to use them, as well as a magazine tying in the theme of the box

The products I received! This month I got products from Eylure, Dr. Lipp,
Elizabeth Arden, Toni & Guy and Be A Bombshell.

Swatches of the Be A Bombshell eyeliner I received.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Onyx Eyeliner Full Size $14 for 3g
This eyeliner is a liquid felt tip style, and is on the chunkier style of things. I would definitely consider this a good liner for beginners, the product is fairly well pigmented, and the tip itself is quite firm so easy to control, my only issue with this eyeliner (and indeed others which are similar) the tip tends to become less firm and the product can dry up quickly - I hope that doesn't happen with this one!

Elizabeth Arden 'Untold' Eau de Parfum £31.50 for 30ml
Described as a 'modern floral fragrance' which I feel is bang on the money, this fragrance could suit a wide range of women. I feel it is a sophisticated scent, but definitely something I, at the ripe old age of 20, could wear. I don't know if I'd splurge on the full size of this perfume (after all, I've just gotten Viva La Juicy Noir) but I will merrily use this sample up.

Eylure Pre-Glued Lashes £5.06 for one set
I think this is a fairly good idea, I, as a complete lash noob never know how long to wait, how much glue to put on and just end up ripping them off and going false lashless. I'm excited to have a go with these and hopefully hone those lash applying skills.

Toni & Guy Classic Shine & Gloss Serum £7.19 for 30ml
As a big T&G user, I'm surprised to say that I've never tried this product, or indeed much of their 'classic' collection. I think this will be a nice little treat for the ends of my hair

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm For Lips £11.50 for 15ml
This product I think I was the most excited to try out, I've heard so much hype! I tried this out on my lips and it was very thick, and felt very nourishing! I'll have to give it a few more goes before taking the plunge to buying the full size!

Overall I'm quite a fan of this month's box, all these products I know I will use up so I'm definitely getting my money's worth, in the magazine it talks of AW13 trends ahead of SS14 hitting the catwalk this weekend, also gives you a few money-off offers (including HD Brows which I am so snapping up!)

Are you a GB subscriber?
Any products tickle your fancy in this month's box?
Excited for London Fashion Week?!

Let us know down in the comments!!



Thursday, 5 September 2013

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara Review

Mascara. The number one bought cosmetic, and something seen as more or less an essential to most women, I can safely say I am accumulating a fair few. When scanning my local Boots aisles, this one caught my eye. Not only does it look like it belongs to a unicorn, but it also boasts lash strengthening properties, with Revlon being one of my favourite high street beauty brands, and when thinking about it never having tried a Revlon mascara, it found itself in my possession and being put to the test.

What the product looks like, this product retails for £7.99

A close-up of the wand
The brush is a traditional 'hairy' type brush, but has three sections where the bristles are longer, making it easy to grab the lash and build up the product. I really like the brush, I tend to to get on with this type a little better and I like how you can really get in there at the roots to get really big a voluminous lashes. An issue I do have with this product is way too much product is on the brush, I understand the more and more I use this, it will become less of a problem but I do find it a real pain having to scrape off the majority of product so I can avoid looking like a panda from the get go. If you're a eyelash curling type of girl, then this is a great drugstore mascara to consider, as I found even through a hard days graft my eyelashes were still curled and holding up like a dream. In general this is a great mascara for your top lashes, but with the bottom ones is where my main gripe lies with this product. On me it flaked down to my socket bone and wore off making me look quite worn out and tired and my make up all smudgy. When I switched out my mascara on the bottom lashes to another bottom lash mascara, I found these problems largely reduced, I guess it is just up to you whether you can be bothered with two mascaras or not.

On the left eye I have curled my top lashes and used Revlon's Lash Potion
on both my top lashes and my right eye has no product on whatsoever

My daily eye look using Revlon's Lash Potion on both top and bottom
lashes.


I would definitely recommend this this mascara, as I do really like it, but it does have it's faults. If you have a mascara you particularly like on your bottom lashes, or maybe like the look of no mascara on the bottom, then snap this up super quick, but if you're a one mascara at a time type of girl, and work in a hot and sweaty environment like me, then I would be cautious with this one, I'm toying with the idea of picking up the waterproof version of this as I love the way it looks!!

What is your favourite mascara?!
Do you have a high street favourite?

Let us know in the comments!!





Monday, 2 September 2013

MAC Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer



This little MAC Prep + Prime gem is designed to reduce the look of puffy eyes and under-eye shadows whilst priming the under eye area. I use a normal primer all over my face, avoiding the eye area and then apply this solely under/around the eyes, one pump is more than enough for both eyes. I let the product settle for a minute or so, as I think it helps give a better finished look. This primer is scentless & a very pale pink in colour.

I have tested this primer out with a liquid concealer and then with more creamy concealers and I would say this only really gives good results with a thinner, liquid concealer (I have been using Collection 2000's Illuminating Touch Concealer). When applying this concealer on top of this primer I can feel that there is actually a base product there, and there is some drag when applying and overall the primer creates a good base and helps reduce creasing and separating of my concealer. Honestly, I think with a thicker concealer, this product does not work well and I can never see amazing results.

With regard to puffy eyes, I do not actually suffer from this problem, so cannot comment. In contrast, I do suffer from under-eye shadows, so can tell you that this does help reduce those darker under eye areas, not by masking, but by generally brightening. This product gives purely cosmetic effects, and doesn't help tackle these problems over time.

This product has lasted me months, and therefore I could justify a repurchase at the price of £22.00 because it goes such a long way, although, I will not be rushing out to buy this again as it wasn't necessarily a miracle worker! 

Do you have a favourite Prep + Prime product?
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