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Friday, 30 December 2011

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

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Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara: eyeko/harvey nichols (£15)*

I was sent all the three styles of the Eyeko Brush Mascara but Im reviewing the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara one for the sake of this post. The formula is the same for each mascara I just preferred the brush on this one to the others. The mascara itself is really good, its formula is thick, waxy and really darkly pigmented. Definitely a true black. I don't find it flakey or drying. It lasts a really long time too, I dont find myself having to top up because its gone grey or come off. It takes a bit of work to get off, but nothing too tricky to remove.

The Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara is a really small, thin pointy brush, Which when I opened the package I thought that this was the one of the three Eyeko Brush Mascara styles (Skinny, Curvy & Fat) I'd like the least. But I actually found myself liking it the most. I found it much easier to getting really long, dolly like lashes, especially on my lower lashes. I think chunky brushes make it hard to get right into the smaller lashes on the inner corners . The Skinny Brush makes it easy to apply the product close to the root of the lash without transferring onto you lid. Overall it gives me a really wide eyed Twiggy look which I loved! Really long and spiked out, some may say it could border on spider lashes, but personally I love long lashes!

The product is really good, dont get me wrong. I'd say its worth the money but I personally think the price hike in Eyeko is a bit much. I've been in two minds about actually reviewing the product. On one hand I think its possibly one of my favourite mascaras, but I feel its incredibly over priced and I would never pay that much for it. Its the kind of product I like but wouldnt pay for myself. I think this is maybe because I grew up seeing Eyeko as a cheap, drugstore brand. All the rebranding in the world isn't going to make me feel something else about a brand because the packaging is different and they are sold exclusively in Harvey Nichols. For the price you could buy a true high end mascara, YSL faux clis for example, which I think is fair enough because its a designer brand. The idea of paying £15 for this really puts me off.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer

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collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer: boots/superdrug (£4.19)

This is possibly my all time favourite concealer. I've tried tons over the years from Bobbi Brown to MAC to ELF. None I've really been wowed by though! I tried this initially thanks to the blogasphere, I think most drug store things I buy nowadays are based off what I see online. I just cant trust it! I think I first saw Tanya talking about it and saw more and blogs mention it, Could hardly miss out!

What I like about this Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer is that its really soft and creamy. I find some tend to be too thick which makes it hard to blend or too greasy and sinks into all the lines around my eyes. I like using it mostly under my eyes as it covers my dark circles really well and doesnt feel drying or tight. It has some of the best coverage I've seen on a drugstore concelaer. The packaging is sleek and simple, the doe foot applicator makes it great just to dab a few dots on then blend out with a finger or a brush. I dislike makeup that makes obscure claims like "16 hours wear", It does last really long time, but I highly doubt it would last 16 hours without needing reapplication!

This is the second Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer I've bought since discovering it. I use shade medium which is probably a touch to dark for my natural skin, but fine once I've got my foundation/bronzer etc on. For the price its a absolute steal! I think its nice to have a drugstore product that really does live up to what it claims! A must have if you ask me!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

technic carnival OPI rainbow connection dupe

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technic carnival nail polish: ebay (via moi!) 

I've seen this little dupe for my favourite OPI Rainbow Connection Nail Polish on a few blogs, But I couldnt find it in shops or on ebay so I ended up wholesale buying a few lots so I could have one as a backup (counter productive, I know). Technic Carnival is pretty much exactly the same but much cheaper than the original OPI Rainbow Connection and I think its a bit nicer as its not stuffed full of silver glitter. Great for layering and looks lovely alone too. Its a clear polish jam packed with multi sized and coloured glitter particles!

Anyway Im selling the rest of the lot on ebay for £3 per bottle so feel free to grab one! I've set up a new ebay account just for selling, as previously I just used my Mum's account to buy stuff from and I didnt think it was fair for people to start stalking her feedback. So this is why I currently have no feedback, pinkie promise I'm not a ebay scammer!
EDITED TO ADD: All my ones have now sold, I am going to see if I can source more! As per comments there have been sightings in Body Care & Nail Polish Direct (currently out of stock though)

Monday, 26 December 2011

shu uemura skin purifier

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shu uemura skin purifier cleansing beauty oil premium a/o advanced form 

I really didnt expect to like this hence why I never took photos of it before using it. My golden rule when getting things to review, "its not yours until you've taken a photo of it", I suppose I was given this in a goody bag though so it wasnt really under the same guidelines as "you must review this"... anyway. The idea of putting a oil on my face kinda freaked me out at first. I imagined it leaving a greasy film all over my skin and clogging up my pores. However when I did try the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier I was absolutely stunned! It goes on quite slick straight onto dry skin, and you instantly can feel the makeup starting to melt away. You then apply some water to emulsify the oil and it produces a milky substance, which leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth. It doesnt leave behind and grease or residue.

I've been using the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier as a pre-cleanser recently, Taking my eye makeup off first then the rest of my face makeup then using another cleanser (Dermalogica special cleansing gel) to make sure my face is really clean. I mainly like how it removes all my eye makeup with very little effort. I hate having left over mascara on my eyelashes!

As I was given this I literally have no idea how much it costs, I've done some feeble googling but nothings coming up. I have the 100ml which I cant seem to find a price for. I think its going to be quite pricey though as I've seen similar Shu Umera cleansers for £28. I think I'd buy it again as I do really like the product and would really recommend it. I suppose it would depend on the price though, seeing as I've had this for about a month now and nearly used two thirds of it already so its not really lasting that long. Opened my mind a bit more to oil cleansers, they are still scary but this one has put my mind at rest a little! I'm sure there is cheaper options out there that are this so I'm open for suggestions once I've used this up!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Emerveille

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Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Emerveille: debenhams (£22.50)

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Emerveille is a soft peach with a goldy champagne shimmery sheen. It sort of reminds me of MAC All that Glitters in a different form. The formula is really unique, I've never tried anything like it before. Its a gel like texture that feels like a soft mousse, sort of puffy and cushiony. They have a "bounce back" feel when you touch the product. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre wear really well, around 12 hours without primer, no creasing no fading, it doesnt move and it doesnt smudge. I wear it all over the lid and then in the inner corner and slightly smudged under the eye. I think its absolutely beautiful.

I've never really bought a backup of a eye product before. Eye shadows are the kind of thing that I seem to get bored. A little bit disposable, I have palettes full of MAC shadows I never use (I probably wear Gleam, Paradisco and Expensive Pink the most), so I just don't tend to buy them. After seeing a few comments on the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre on blogs and twitter, I caved in and bought one and I've used it pretty much daily since. Im not at the stage where I really needed a new one, but with alot of Chanel products I like being discontinued at the moment, I just had to get another. I got the backup with a voucher I was given at the Debenhams Press day

Honestly this is my favourite product I've bought in 2011. I can wholeheartedly say I'd buy this again if I ran out again. Its quick and simple to blend out, can be worn alone or as a base under another product. It is expensive, but I really do think its worth the money, Plus its Chanel... which to me is one of those "justifiable" brands! Highly recommended!

Sorry there isnt any photos of it in use, I have very little lid space when I open my eyes and dont really like swatches! But if you look at any of my blog photos where Im not wearing pink eyeshadow,Im wearing this.

Friday, 23 December 2011

joliebox december 2011

opi gold shatter nail laquer, mitchell and peach shower wash, new cid cosmetics i-gloss 
jane iredale 24-karat gold dust, yon-ka vital defense, kusmi detox tea, joliebox concealer brush via Jolie Box *

Late to the party on the Jolie Box, Boudoir Prive's recently rebranded beauty box. Think there were some problems with them being sent out (the mail's fault!) so it was a bit late. Paired with my inablity to take a decent photograph of the contents, You've probably seen it already! So Boudoir Prive have joined up with French Beauty boxes Jolie Box to bring. Smart move I think, as I was starting to think Boudoir Prive were falling behind a bit in the beauty box race!

As for the products, I dont really like shatter polish at all, its a trend that went straight over my head! I have actually tried using it as a non shatter polish, and it does actually work as one soild polish if you dont use a different colour under. The Jane Iredale pigment (?) was something I was excited about after seeing spoilers, but the one I got was in aquamarine. Annyoing because I'd seen so many people with a gorgeous Rose Gold which IS my colour! I really like the new CID lipgloss, its a really pretty peachy pink colour, but the packaging is way too gimmicky! It basically lights up when you open it, which is temporarily blinding! Would be nice if you could turn the light off when you didnt need it! Detox tea smells really nice actually and I cant wait to try it out!

Overall this box isnt to my PERSONAL taste. Looking at it objectively its not a bad box as all the items are "good brands" or full size, plus there is a whopping 7 items this month. I'm probably in her minority here saying it wasn't for me! I always think its risky to go all out on these boxes, leads to heightened expectations (come on we all know about the Glossy/Nars Illuminator thing!) Personally I think having one big/known brand item each month would be easier in the long term.  But yeah I highly reccomend the new rebranding if your up for trying a beauty box. The French boxes brands include Benefit, Laura Mercier, Khiels so it might be a sign of things to come. Looking forward to seeing how it develops!
ADDITONAL DISCLAIMER: I will now be getting all Jolie Boxes for free for review/promotional purposes, Like with Glossy Box I was a subscriber prior and would and have paid for these in the past. You'll always get my honest opinion if something is free or not!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

ELF Studio Cream Eyeshadow in Natural Glow

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I wasnt really sure what I was expecting when I bought the ELF Studio Cream Eyeshadow, I was enchanted by the colour swatch on the website, which isnt anything like the swatch on the website. I've never really tried a Cream Eyeshadow as such. I tried MAC Paint Pots in the past as well as Illusions d'Ombre de Chanel (HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I bought a new one today so I'll review it next week) but they aren't what I'd say is a true cream shadows.

I find the product quite greasy, Therefore it creases like crazy. You cant build up the colour at all, so I find it applies as a sheer glitter grease smear. The textures alot like a paint pot, but more slick and doesnt dry down at all. The colour is a shimmery gold, a little darker than the photos, but once applied the colour is mainly dissapears and its just a shimmer/glitter smudge. The packaging is big and bulky, way too big for the amount of product inside. It feels absolutely huge in my hands I couldnt imagine chucking it in a makeup bag (if I liked it) to take away anywhere. If it was half the size but the same sleek black packaging it would be really nice!

I really wouldn't recommend this product, I really dont think its worth £3.50, reminds me of something you'd find in the £1.50 range in ELF rather than their "higher" branded range. I dont think all ELF products are bad, some are really good (see my ELF bronzer review). But this one is a big miss for me! If it came out something like it looks in the pan and dried down a bit, it would be gorgeous!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

business cards

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Few weeks ago my new business cards dropped through my door, I thought I'd actually do a post on business cards as Im asked a fair bit about them and I can then add this to my FAQ. I first got my business cards for my final show at university, I then went to D&AD to exhibit my work so again needed cards for that. There's always this bit of hoo-haa when business cards mentioned, but I'd go as far as saying don't bother if your not going to events/meetups on a very regular basis. I seldom give mine out to PR's or ~industry~, mainly give them to other bloggers at meet ups or events and people in "real life" who want to see my blog. Its a hell of alot easier to give a card rather than go "ELL ELL WHY EMM ELL ARR ESS DOT COM".

This time decided to get some MOO Minicards, mainly because I got them for free through Klout for being a "Topical Influencer"! Its worth checking your Klout levels if you did want to try and get some free ones! I'm really happy with them and they didnt take too long to arrive with standard shipping, about a week or two. The quality is better than my old cards, which were from Vista Print and cost £20 for 500. MOO ones cost ALOT more expensive though, and the ones I got arent even fullsize cards!

On them I just have my name and my blog and email address. When I get my next batch Im going to add the type horizontally and possibly add a phone number and my twitter @ name. I decided to do them vibrant pink and then keep the hair drawing, I opted to drop my blogs old tagline "I have a blog, ombre hair & wear clothes" as it would come out a bit too small. So it now means I'm free to change my hair colour ;)

Monday, 19 December 2011

LOOK Beauty Make Me Blush in Flirt

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LOOK Beauty Make Me Blush in Flirt: superdrug

LOOK Beauty Make Me Blush in Flirt is a bright shimmery reddish coral, leading more red than the pink side of coral. I find it gives a really bright and fresh coral cheeks, perfect for this time of year! Its a very pigmented product so you need to be careful when applying it. Personally I apply it with a MAC 188 or a Sigma F15 with a light hand and then build the colour up. In the top photo its applied a touch heavier and the second photo with a much lighter touch, which I prefer. Although its quite glittery in the pan I dont find it noticeable on the skin. Big thumbs up from me!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Nailene Ultra Quick Brush on Nail Glue

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Nailene Ultra Quick brush on nail glue is my favourite nail glue, I've mentioned it a few times but I thought I'd do a review to link back to for reference when Im asked. I really like all the Nailene glues, but I prefer the brush version because of its easy application, its much less messier because of the brush and screw cap. I find the regular style of nail glue with the nozzle caps, tend to dry up really quickly and have to throw them away. Nailene Ultra Quick, lives up to its name and really doesn't take that long to dry. I don't have the packaging to hand but I think it claims 3 second drying time, Id say more like 10 seconds. I find the glue lasts well on me, A good 3-4 days before the odd ones pop off. My nails are pretty damanged from years of acrylic nail abuse, so I can really comment on how it affects natural nails. But I would presume any sort nail glue would be damaging if you use it continually. 

I was sent this particular bottle, but I have bought it manymany times in the past. I dont know the price as I can NEVER find them in the shops, hence why they offered to send me some. Please let me know if you know the retail price of the nail glue! I hear Asda/Tescos sell Nailene, and I've bought Nailene glue from Bodycare in the past too. My local Boots and Superdrug dont stock Nailene though so cant comment on their availability in those shops!

Friday, 16 December 2011

revlon really red

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revlon matte lipstick really red 006: boots or superdrug (£7.49) *

I've never really worn red lipstick, all the ones I've tried never look right on my skintone, either leading too cool or too warm on my neutral skin tone. Red lips can also makes me feel a bit too over done as I wear quite dramatic eye makeup. However Revlon Really Red is spot on. The lipstick is a matte true red with slight cherry tone. Its not chalky or drying in the slightest, infact the formula is really rich and has a lovely "suede" like finish, Its one swipe opaque too!

I think this shade would suit a variety of skintones, not just ones like mine. It has great staying power and I honestly got a really long wear out of it without re-applying. I love that it doesnt bleed either, I dont own any lip liners so I was really concerned it would bleed and look terrible. But nope, none at all!

Overall Im really happy with this Revlon Matte lipstick, I wont be swapping my go-to pink lip for it, but least I have a trusty red that I know suits me for those occasions where something more dramatic is needed. I'd highly reccomend this one if your looking for a nice drugstore red, its on the pricey end of drugstore, but AMAZING quality for the money. Im actually going to purchase a few of the other shades in the Revlon Matte range and will report back on those.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Collection 2000 Lock N' Hold lipgloss

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Collection 2000 Lock N' Hold lip gloss in Body Pop*, Rock Steady and Break Dance*: boots or superdrug (£2.99)

These little beauties are another gem from the Collection 2000 range, The Lock n' Hold lip glosses are a mere £2.99 and come in a range of bright and fun colours. I bought Rock Steady when I was searching for a lipgloss to pinken up a orange-y toned nude lipstick I bought that didnt suit me and at £2.99 it was a risk I was willing to take. Body Pop is a bright blue toned pink, Rock Steady is a pink toned nude and Break Dance is a bright coral.

The Collection 2000 Lock N' Hold lip glosses are good strongly coloured glosses, as you can tell from the photos they are good coverage on my pigmented lips. They are all worn alone with no lipstick or liner. Rock Steady is probably the least full coverage, but I do have very dark pink lips, and I much prefer wearing that over a nude lipstick. The glosses themselves arent sticky at all, which is great as I hate tacky lip gloss! In terms of lasting power, surprisingly they do last quite a long time. I wouldn't say the 6 hours promised on the packaging but if you're like me then you'd reapply it quite often! The lipgloss has a slight taste/smell to it but nothing too offensive. The packaging is alright, I think its suits the target market for the brand, the graffiti writing doesnt do it for me at 21. But its not horrible!

I highly recommend these Lock N' Hold lipglosses as they are amazing for the price. I think there are a few more colours, including a lilac one which I might actually purchase soon!

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