Saturday, 31 March 2012

L'Oreal NOTD

Today's post is on a new nail polish I picked up from Boots. It is from the new Colour Riche nails which is L'Oreal first long lasting mini nail collection. The collection contains 41 gel based colours designed by L'Oreal Paris' Colour Creative Director Orrea Light.

I decided to pick this up on the Boots 3 for 2 which is currently running. The choice of shades is great, the cost £4.99 for 5ml bottle which I do think is expensive but if you could get them on 3 for 2 then it is not too bad.

I have previously showed you Ingenuos Rose here and today's post is on Rue Montmartre.
This applied much better than Ingenuous Rose, below you can see the polish with 2 coats applied.

Application is lovely and easy due to the fat fat brush (my favourite type of brush to apply nail polish. Though the consistency can be a little runny so just watch out!

I love the dark grey (which is blue toned) on my nails. It is very much my colour, I love dark moody shades.

What do you think? It certainly isn't a great spring shade but seen as the weather has turned it won't look too bad!

Have you tried any of the shades from the new Color Riche range?


Friday, 30 March 2012

Revlon Charming

Today's post is a quick NOTD featuring Revlon Charming.

Charming appears to be new to the range and part of the 80th anniversary new products.

This is a lovely blue toned lilac creme. It's a lovely spring tome pastel. This applied great and gave a nice finish after 2 coats. But I am not completely happy with the brush. I really like the newer flat/fat brushes as I feel they apply easier. I was a little unhappy with using the thin brush but overall I think the application looked ok.

I picked mine up from Boots for £6.49 but was on 3 for 2.

Are you a Revlon fan? What spring colours are you loving?



Thursday, 29 March 2012

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Treatment

This is a lovely little treat of a product from Liz Earle

We've previsouly tried the Botantical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, which has become our mums favourite products.  Now this is a exact treatment within the range to help tame and smooth your hair.  It's states that is for Frizzy, Coarse or very Dry hair, but it would easily make a nice treatment mask for any hair type.

As with all Liz Earle products, it contains a number of naturally active ingredients,

"including red algae to help enhance the hair’s natural barrier, cotton extract to improve smoothness and sumac wax to smooth and tame even the most unmanageable hair, plus apple and orange extracts to boost shine"

How to use:

After applying shampoo, massage into your hair and leave for around 10mins or 30mins if your hair needs a lot of love! and then rinse.

It leaves my hair silky smooth, which is a definite perk with my hair type (my dad once described the texture like wire wool - charming!).  It's a lovely little treat to use when your hair feels over styled etc.  Overall a great treatment.

Priced at £14.00 for 150mlm - a little goes a long way.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Range

We have previously mentioned and showed you the products available in the new Kleenex Facial Cleansing Range here.
Kleenex have now just launched a campaign to go along with this which focus's on embarrassing things that happen during a woman's day. New research by Kleenex shows that 1 in 6 women admit that when removing their make-up they can name 2 cringe worthy things that have happened that day.

So as Kleenex say's,
'The good news is that whatever’s happened, a problem shared is a problem halved. Not only can you get it off your chest, but you and your mates can have a giggle in the process. So if your friends aren't around to help ease your pain, Kleenex is always there to help wipe away your day. This spring, to mark the launch of its new Facial Cleansing Range, Kleenex is helping to wipe away embarrassing moments up and down the country. And if you share your ‘Wipe Me Away’ moment at or tweet it to @KleenexCleanse, you could win the chance to have it ‘wiped away’ with a personalised gift.'

The products available are:
Kleenex Shine absorbing sheets RRP £2.99 for 50
Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes and Eye Make-up Removal wipes RRP £2.99 for 24
Kleenex Facial Cloths RRP £1.99 for 30
All products are available from most major retailers.

You can also register for a coupon to try the range now on their Facebook page.


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

ELF Eyelid Primer

Don't you just love a bargain product that is actually good!

Today's post is on ELF Eyelid Primer in Champagne.
This retails for £1.50 for 5g of product and comes in a choice of three shades champagne, pearl, and golden. You can also get a Sheer Mineral Eyelid primer for £3.00 for 4.50g. Here is what ELF says about the new eyelid primers,
'Preps your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting and crease-proof eyeshadow. The ultra sheer nude color works to increase eye colour longevity. The lightweight liquid formula quickly absorbs into the skin for comfortable wear.' You can see more here.

This has pale shimmery brown tint (I wish I got pearl or the sheer mineral). I do not feel you would be a fan if you don't like glittery products

As I love my Urban Decay Primer Potion I didn't hold up much hope for this. But I was pleasently surprised, my eyeshadow lasted really well and matched the longevity of my UDPP.

The applicator is a doe foot applicator, the consistency is similar to UDPP though the ELF product dries extremely quickly and becomes difficult to blend. You do really need to blend it out quickly whereas I don't with my UDPP.

The main point of an eyelid primer is to give long lasting eyeshadow and help the colours by giving them a base to pop from. It certainly helps to ensure the colour last but also that the colour pops really really. You really notice a difference in using a primer compared to no primer. The colours also end up look a lot brighter and more pigmented over the primer! Again it rivals my UDPP.

For the price though this certainly rivals my UDPP and recently I have reached for this more than my UDPP. The UDPP my win slightly but the price helps me pick the ELF primer. Though I do think I would get the Sheer Mineral version next time.

Have you tried this Eyelid primer?


Monday, 26 March 2012

L'Oreal Color Riche Nails in 209 Ingenuous Rose

Today's post is on a new nail polish I picked up from Boots. It is from the new Colour Riche nails which is L'Oreal first long lasting mini nail collection. The collection contains 41 gel based colours designed by L'Oreal Paris' Colour Creative Director Orrea Light.

I decided to pick this up on the Boots 3 for 2 which is currently running. The choice of shades is great, the cost £4.99 for 5ml bottle which I do think is expensive but if you could get them on 3 for 2 then it is not too bad.

The colour I choose was 209 Ingenuous Rose which is a neon pink which is not too bright.
I love the colour on my nails as its bright without being over the top for work. Below it is 3 coats, as the polish is quite thin and any less coats the polish looked really patchy.
As you can see below on the close up 3 coats made the finish patchy.
As this is a paler shade then some available I don't mind the finish but I hope the darker shades are more opaque. The application was good due to the brush making it very nice to apply. The brush is wide and flat, which really helps is applying it quick.

I will certainly be checking out some more shades.

Have you tried any from the range?


Saturday, 24 March 2012

Nails Inc Neon Shades

Just a quick post for those nail polish lovers!

Nails Inc have now launched even more colours to there Neon shades.

We have L - R Kensington Park Road (Blue), Portobello (Coral), Holland Park (Purple), Westbourne Grove (Orange), Notting Hill Gate (Pink), and Ladbroke (Green).

Here's what Nails Inc say about them,
'Inject a splash of colour into your wardrobe with a show stopping neon polish. Neons are one of the hottest Spring Summer fashions and here is the easiest way to try this trend! Look out for brand new Ladbroke polish that will transform any outfit. '

Are you a neon nail fan?


Beauty Blog Link Love


Here is today's Beauty Blog Link Love featuring some more great reads. Hope you all enjoy the great weather.

Addicted to Beauty thinks that Dior's Les Violets Hypnotiques nail varnish trio is full of purple passion.

Polish insomniac shows us the Nicole by OPI Target Exclusives for Spring 2012!
So, what did you do this past weekend? Krasey Beauty got her wedding on, and shows you some pictures and a face of the day!

Beauty Info Zone loves the colors that Make Up For Ever keeps coming out with. Even the most unusual shades are beautiful once Make Up For Ever puts their special touch on them.

Makeup Morsels wonders whether she loves or hates roses, and experiences great internal conflict. There's also a lipbalm review somewhere in there.

Looking for (more) uber-girly nail stamping designs? Angela reviews one of the newest Konad plates, m84, at Do Want Makeup.

Are you ready to give at-home Microdermabrasion a try? Pammy Blogs Beauty reviews a great system for home Microdermabrasion by PMD.

At Love Lust & Fairy Dust Jude reviews a course of Genuine Dermaroller Therapy Treatments, the results of which are amazing!

Read about the products which Shivani from Adorable On Your Vanity reaches out for the most.

Do you like Stila? Then get over to Pleasureflush where Anita looks at the lovely palettes Stila is offering this spring!
Searching for the perfect red lipstick? Amy Antoinette has found it with Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Poppy Red.

If powder blusher isn't your thing, Hellcandy urges you to think again! Discover which fool proof powder blusher she's currently LOVING here - and no, it won't have you looking like a clown!

Head over to Handmade Reviews to read the new Sigma Spas Solution Kit Review.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Missha BB Cream No13

Today's post is on Missha Perfect Cover BB cream in No 13 Milky Beige.
Now I wasn't fully aware of BB creams until recently, and for you who don't know what they are here's some more information.
'BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm, is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia, although larger beauty brands are increasingly transferring BB creams to European markets as well.

BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory, regenerative and having a soothing effect. Some are said to have skin whitening or brightening properties. Others are said to be anti-acne or anti-wrinkle, some are intended to even out skin tone, and yet others to lighten blemish scars.'
Most BB creams also contains spf which is a great bonus, Missha has spf 42.

After seeing lots of different BB creams around I decided to try Missha Perfect Cover, after looking at swatches I settled on no 13.
I purchased mine from ebay for around £6.50 with postage for 20ml, you can see options here.

The consistency is very similar to my Liz Earle skin tint, you can see that review here. This is not as moisturising as I expect it to be, I feel Liz Earle is better. It doesn't feel heavy or too greasy which is nice as I had a feeing that could be an issue.

Colour wise the match is great, you can see the swatches below.

I love how this applies to my skin, the colour match and coverage. But oddly I don't think it lasts great. I also don't feel it cover my blemish or dark circles that well either. But maybe I was expecting too much. Though this will be a foundation I repurchase as at the moment I would miss this in my collection.

Here is me wearing it.


Missha BB cream No 13

Collection 2000 concealer in extra fair

ELF radiance blusher in flushed

Lily Lolo blush away

Sleek Storm palette

Clinique Mascara

Benefit lipstick Mod Squad

NYX Lipgloss (no name)

Are you a BB fan?


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Avon Shine Attract Lipstick

Today's post is on Avon Shine Attract lipsticks in Mysterious Mauve (R) and Happy Pink (L). These are available here on Avon, and are currently on offer for £5.00 (save £3.50). Here is what Avon say,
'Coverage that's never sticky, creamy moisture and lustrous colour, deluxe silver packaging. Lasting, full-colour lipstick with an outer gel layer for sumptuous satin shine*. Non-sticky*. Layer up for greater intensity. SPF15.'

As you can see these are basically a clear lip balm/gloss with a lipstick centre. You should still expect the full colour pay off but benefit from moisturised lips without stickiness.

Now I agree with the moisture and non sticky, and the colour pay off is good, as you can see by the one swipe below. I love a tinted lip balm so these should suit me great. But I find them difficult to apply and feel that once I have applied them I really have to rub my lips together to get a nice even coverage. I think it maybe due to the colour all being in the centre. I just don't like the hassle of this. I have a Miss Sporty £1.99 tinted lip balm (good colour pay off ) that I can just swipe and go.

I haven't really seen anyone else mention it so maybe I am being picky. But I had high hopes for these but I really don't seem to reach for them at all.

Have you tried these?


Sunday, 18 March 2012

Round up of the Week


How are you? Hope you have all had a good week?

This week L and myself attend the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in London. As well as being shown the lovely new product we got to meet some lovely bloggers.

As your aware its also Mother's Day today. L is spending the day with our Mum but I am spending the day with my Hubby and Little one. Hubby and the little one know me so well and got me the new MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick. Hope you all enjoyed the day either spoiling your mum or being spoilt!
This week on the blog we have had:
- We have had a post on Foundation for Pale girls.
- NOTD featuring M&S Nail Polish.
- LOTD featuring E.L.F Sweet Salmon.
- Post on Lanolips.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Lovely Lanolips

Well I have finally given in and brought a Lanolips lip balm. Now if you are a regular reader you'll know both L and myself are lip balm addicts. But I have held off buying Lanolips, mainly due to the price. But I had a Boots vouchers so finally gave in.

I just decided to get the Lanolips 101 Ointment but there are colour options available as well. I picked mine up in Boots for £11.22, for a 17.5g tube.
Here is some more information on Lanolips,
'*Multi-Award Winning* Rediscover the magic of lanolin in this heavy-duty, 100% natural ointment like no other. Lanolips 101 Ointment is the purest of pure wonder ointment, made with Lanolips' exclusive 100% Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin.

This ultimate luxuriously creamy ointment contains 100% Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin which literally melts between your fingers. This magical multi-purpose product has multiple uses such as extremely chapped lips, dry cuticles, dry, itchy skin, dry nasal passages and more. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin.'

I had heard lots in the blogging world about these, so was very excited to try mine out.

Now this first appears to be very boring, its not scented and non is just a balm as you can see below. But it is a wonder balm as it says above you can use it for anything. After two days of using it my lips felt amazing! I couldn't believe it, I have also seen people mentioning using it for cuticles and dry patches etc.

Its lovely and thick but non sticky, you only need a tiny amount and it melts into your lips. But...(there is always a but) I find it very difficult to squeeze out of the tube, especially on a cold day. The product is super thick and begins to melt and become more workable once on your fingers or lips. But I do have to give it a good squeeze sometimes to be able to get any out...thank god a little bit goes a long way.

The ingredients of this are also wonderful...its 100% ultra pure grade lanolin. For those who would like some more information on Lanolin, you can see here. Lanolin come from wool- bearing sheep, and is a wax like substance.

The product is also:

  • 100% pure

  • 100% Natural Ingredients

  • 100% Fragrance free

  • 100% colour free

  • Vegetarian & baby friendly

  • Animal cruelty free

On the lips.

I would look at repurchasing, even at the price, as I love what its done for my lips!

Are you a Lanolips fan?


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

E.L.F Sweet Salmon

Today's post is on another great lip product from E.L.F.
Here is what E.L.F say about them,

'Looking for ultra shine without the shimmer? Glossy Gloss is here! Our high shine, pigmented Glossy Gloss delivers a beautiful sheen and a rich tint of color to your pout. Great for wearing alone or over your favorite e.l.f. Cosmetics lipstick, lip pencil, or any lip color for a vivid gloss effect. The Vitamin E infused formula provides intense hydration and moisture, for lip pucker perfection!'

I decided to get Sweet Salmon which is a pale pinky peach shade. The applicator is a brush again on this, I do prefer the doe applicators.

I love the colour as its just a great everyday colour, though it is very similar to a lot of my lipsticks and lipglosses...particularly 17 Beehive etc.

This is not too sticky on the lips, but does have a tacky feel on. Though I prefer E.L.F to MAC lipglosses as they are nowhere near as sticky as MAC. But I know E.L.F can be hit and miss with how sticky they are.

Are you a fan of E.L.F lipglosses?

These retails at £3.50 for 7g and a choice of 10 shades.

You can see our other E.L.F posts here.


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

M&S Nail Polish

I love a bargain nail polish and these are only £3.00 from Marks and Spencer's for 8ml.
I picked up Dark Kingfisher (L) and Blue (R), I know rubbish names!...but pretty colour.

There was around 12 shades I think but I can't remember. These two caught my attention but I would now like to pop back again! The formula is a bit thin so much so you wipe you brush well before applying to your nails or you could end up in a mess. Though the formula is thin, they applied opaque in 2 coats.

Below are swatches with no flash then with a flash (Dark Kingfisher first).

I am really impressed with these for the price and would certainly try some other shades from there range.

Have you tried any Marks and Spencer make-up?


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