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Monday, 31 October 2011

MAC Please Me Lipstick

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Possibly my all time favourite lipstick! A beautiful matte mid toned pink, which I wear alot on my other blog.  If you ever see me wearing something matte and pink its normally this lipstick. I got my second tube when I did a Back to MAC when I was in London earlier in the week. I think alot of people are funny about Matte lipstick finishes, as they can settle into lines and dry bits on your lips. Personally I think the Matte formulation of lipsticks from MAC tend to be wonderfully pigmented and smooth, I find Please Me to be really full coverage on my pigmented lips too, I think it looks alot different on thelips than it does in the tube, it draws far pinker on me.  But this could be because of the colour of my lips, as they are very pink already! Please Me tends to wear on me for about 5-6 hours, and has a lovely vanilla taste! Highly reccomended!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

models own rainbow nail polishes giveaway

Red Alert, Fuzzy Peach, Lemon Meringue, Jade Stone, Feelin' Blue, Purple Poppy, Pink Blush & 3-1 Topcoat 
all Models Own 

I bought these to giveaway during the Models Own 50% sale, and after a few battles with customer service I've finally decided to give them away. Basically two of the colours have separated, and I've been sent the same polishes twice and still separated. I have been reassured that you can shake them back together (which does work) and because they are all sealed, once you get them and open them yourself you can probably mix them a bit in their bottles. I have tried to sort it out, but it must be a generic flaw with some of the Models Own Polishes.

Regardless, I'm giving away 7 colours in a rainbow of shades and a topcoat to seal it all in! I love Models Own because of their amazing colour range and their super quick drying times. I use their colours at on my blog so I naturally though giving people the chance to win some would be a good idea! I picked some of my favourite shades (Purple Poppy & Jade Stone) to include in the giveaway!
- Giveaway ends on Midnight 15th November (GMT)
- Open to anyone and everyone! (+ International Readers!)
- There will be ONE winner!
- The Prize is 8 Models Own Nail Varnishes
- Winner will be chosen using
- You must be a follower of this blog or my other blog!
- To enter all you need to do is comment below
- Leave your email or blog link so I can get in contact with you!
- Extra Entry: Tweet "win a rainbow of models own nail polishes from @llymlrs #rainbownails"
- Or just use the #rainbownails hashtag so I can keep track!

Friday, 28 October 2011

H&M Rust Nail Polish

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H&M rust Nail Polish: H&M (99p) 
white dots: ebay nail art pens (review here

Saw this when I was checking out a few weeks ago in H&M. I've never tried their polishes before but I thought the colour was really unusual and I didnt own anything like it previously so I thought it was worth trying out! I know things like this are generally put at the checkout to entice you into spending that little bit extra, and obviously it works. But I really like the nail polish, it took two coats to be opaque and had a pretty average drying time. The colour is unlike any nail polish I've seen before, a strange warm dark muted orange, definitely rusty but not brown. I think its gorgeous! Plus I really like the bottle too, just has a really nice feel it it and I love the font! Bit of a nerdy thing but oh well! Perfect colour for autumn winter!

Monday, 24 October 2011

MUA Nail PolIsh Shade 23

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MUA Nail Varnish Shade 23: Superdrug (£1)

I dont really know much about MUA as a brand, my usual beauty snobbery makes me ignore all the cheapy stuff. However my local MUA stand is right by the door of Superdrug, so I spotted this khaki shade as soon as I walked in. I'd been looking for khaki colour polish since that Les Khakis de Chanel collection from last year (god doesnt time fly!). But I know its not a colour I'd wear often as I tend to wear pink nails!

The bottles quite small and the packaging isnt horrendous, but the label isnt stuck on straight and its all bubbly. Which made it really hard to photograph the packaging, but I'll look past that as its only a quid. The brush is small, which I think makes it feel hard to work with, But its not unusable and doesnt make it streaky. It needed two coats and had a pretty average drying time, no different from most highstreet brands (for example Barry M). Cant say how long the wear time is as I've been using Seche Vite over it and I generally change my nails every few days! It fills my need for a khaki colour in my nail polish collection and is hardly expensive for a polish I'd probably not wear that often. I'll file this under, not bad for a quid!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Benefit Tan About Town

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After a Twitter heads up from Jennifer, I decided to purchase this Benefit Tan About Town kit. The gift set contains three Benefit miniatures which include Some Kind of Gorgeous Foundation (medium, 1.8g), Hoola Bronzer (3g) and a miniature Bad Gal Lash (4g). The thing that really drew me to it was the Hoola bronzer. I've always had my eye on Hoola but never wanted to commit to full size (11g and costs £23.50, so the miniature is about a quarter of the full size). Benefit to me comes across a bit gimmicky to me so I tend to avoid it.

Hoola Bronzer: The packaging of the miniature is just a plastic tray type thing so it wouldn't be suitable to travel. But the product itself is lovely. Its a matte medium brown shade with no shimmer at all which is perfect for contouring. It doesnt come up orange on my skin nor does it make it look too muddy. Very natural and flattering. I dont think I'd buy full size still after trying it out, Its a good product but fairly overpriced.

Some kind of Gorgeous: A Cream to Powder finish foundation/concealer sample. The miniature packaging is about the same size of a MAC eyeshadow. It doesnt feel dry or cakey on my oily skin. The coverage is sort of light/medium, which isn't to my taste. I dont completely rate this product but Im sure it might appeal to others who prefer lower coverage/have better skin than me! Also bare in mind in this kit it only comes in one shade, medium, which I found was alright for my skin tone personally, but I think if you were fairer it might not be suitable.

BADgal Lash: I've bought this full size before and have really enjoyed it, very black pigmented mascara with a large chunky wand. I know alot of people will be put off by the massive wand, but I really like big chunky mascara wands. However I love the way it makes my lashes really long and full. But if you apply too much you can get spider eyes, but I quite like that look so hey ho! Personally feel BADgal Lash is one of Benefit's best products.

Overall I think Benefit Tan About Town gift set would be perfect if you are doing a Secret Santa at work or want a cute little beauty gift from a brand name and didn't wanna pay the earth. Or would be suitable for someone like me who wanted to try the products out before committing to full size, as I do think Benefit can be a touch overpriced and hit and miss in terms of quality. As for value for money the gift set itself is very worth it, It retails at £9 or £8.10 with student discount or you could just wait for the inevitable 20% off Asos codes that float around, They also sell it on the Benefit website.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser

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The Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser is actually a really good product. It comes in a box, then the product is contained in a large tube and comes with one muslin cloth to exfoliate the face with. The smell is alot different from the the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, more of a vanilla/cocoa butter type of scent. However the texture is almost identical, very thick and creamy. Its left my skin feeling fresh, radiant and really clean, very similar to the Liz Earle version. I use it to take off all my makeup before I go to bed. I felt it wasn't really suitable for removing eye makeup, although it does actually work at taking off eye makeup and mascara. I felt it started to irritate them a bit if I left it on too long, Unlike Liz Earle which didn't give me any irritation at all. When using this product I didn't experience any skin problems and it didn't break me out. Generally found it to give the same results on the skin as Cleanse and Polish.

At the end of the day I do prefer the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I feel it just does its job better, feels like a nicer product, smells nicer and has the better packaging. The only problem is the price tag, Its £13.50 for the starter kit which includes two muslin clothes and a little bag. Where as this Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser is £3.99 and comes with one muslin cloth. I'd recommend the Superdrug version if your on a budget, wanting something thats cheap and cheerful or are looking to try a Hot Cloth Cleanser without splashing out. Its definitely a very similar product in my opinion and works just as well.

My review of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

(My skin for reference: I have oily/combo skin, relatively good skin in terms of breakouts and spots, slight scarring on my chin. I have a very uneven olive and warm toned skin with very pink toned cheeks. Im a MAC NW15 without tan and generally wear foundation this colour then bronze up with bronzer if needed!)
NOTE: I don't know why on Superdrug Online it says its £5.99, I checked in store today and it definitely was labelled £3.99.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Boudoir Prive October 2011

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Cetuem Illuminating Mask & Creme de Lite, Korres Quince Body Butter, Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme, Memo Paris Les Echappees, Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve, Studio Makeup Liner Style Pen Black

I love the Studio Makeup eyeliner, Eyeliner is my thing so I'm sure I'll get use out of that! Great choice for them to put black in rather than a "out there" colour as its pretty much a universally used colour. Cetuem IIlluminating mask and Creme de Lite intrigues me and Im looking forward to trying them out. The Korres Quince body butter smells DIVINE, I dont even know what Quince is but I love it! Im pretty sure its a full size product as well, which is about a fiver full size.

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme seems interesting too, Its a pre-shampoo hair "thing" from the photo it looks like a oil but in the sample bottle it looks more like a gritty paste. The Rose & Co salve is perfect for this time of year when it goes chilly and things start getting chapped, I dont really like Rose scented things, so I think I'll be passing it on. Useful product though! Perfume isnt my thing, so it will go with the rest of my samples to go to Give and Makeup.

Honestly, I was thinking of unsubscribing to Boudoir Prive and keeping Glossy Box and Feel Unique. Although I prefer the luxe element of the box. ie: unknown, foreign, new and expensive brands. I just feel like its not "right" for me, but at the same time I wasnt so thrilled with Glossy Box this month. Out of all the sample boxes I got this month I prefer the Feel Unique Beauty Box one. Its the cheapest and most "reliable". But as we all know these beauty boxes are wholly unreliable! Next month I'm definitely cutting down boxes. Now I have to decide which!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Ardell Demi Wispies

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 Ardell Demi Wispies : Boots £5.11 *

I've never tried Ardell Eyelashes before, I normally just opt for Eylure purely because of the routine. Also I normally choose a dark and spikey eyelash style, think the Girls Aloud Sarah eyelashes. However Im really impressed by these Ardell ones. They feel really fluttery and light, which give a really soft, girly doll like feel to the eyes. I think these would be perfect for daily wear if you have short lashes and want something a little dramatic yet still natural looking. They look quite scary in the packaging but relatively safe appplied to the eyes.

The main reason I like these is they really dont feel like your wearing lashes at all, They aren't heavy and because they are human hair when they are applied the Ardell Lashes just feel like normal eyelashes. I don't really like the glue packaging as it isn't reusable unlike the little vials you get with Eylure lashes, Although the actual lashes come in a little plastic box which makes storing them for reuse really easy.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Glossy Box October 2011

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Dermalogica Age Smart Multi Vitamin Thermafoliant, Dermalogica Age Smart Muilti-Vitamin Power Recover Masque, Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Baby Doll, Stila Smudge Stick in Moray, Robert Piguet Perfumes, Dermalogica Agesmart Renwal Lip Complex, Dermalogica bag
via Glossy Box 

After my usual casual rage towards my terrible postman I finally got my hands on this months Glossy Box. Already read the spoilers so I knew what was coming! I do like the products in this month Box. I desperately want to try Dermalogica after getting some amazing stuff last year at Fashion Week. Not quite sure I need Anti-Age stuff at the age of 21, but I'll roll with it. The nail polish is a nice colour, I dont own any baby pinks so its one for the collection. Im excited about the Stila Smudge stick as I know alot of US gurus rave about them online, would have preferred a gold, bronze or black one. But again I'll roll with it.

I didnt really like the fact it was three (well four including the pouch) of the same brand, I think variety is key to these sorts of boxes. But I think that's why I loved last months box so much lots of different products for different uses. Compared to Septembers Glossy Box its a little bit "meh". However, Overall I do like this months box, I'll be using all of it (apart from the perfumes which are going to MMMYMLRS). Its not that exciting this month, but it pretty good in terms of products that I'd get a use out of.

I cant help but think I have enough physical boxes by now. Im not one really to worry about the environment, I try my best to be green but the amount of hairspray I use probably doesn't help. But do I really need anymore pink boxes in my bedroom! I have 6, as well as 2 Boudoir Prive ones. I know people say they can use them for other things but I'm just sayin'. I do love the packaging of Glossy Boxes, don't get me wrong and I'm probably being pernickety. I just think there is only so many pink boxes a girl can need. Sometimes wish these beauty boxes didn't have all that excess packaging!

Monday, 17 October 2011

L'oreal Superliner Carbon Gloss

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Yes, another eyeliner review! But its my thing right? I'm a pro when it comes to doing flicked cat eyes as I've probably worn my eye makeup the same since I was 16. So I really find it baffling when people struggle with applying eyeliner!

L'oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss is probably my favourite "drugstore" liquid eyeliners. I've been using since I was about 15. In my local Boots years ago they reduced them heavily which freaked me out as I thought they might be discontinuing them and I ended up buying 6! Im very loyal to products I really do like and its been one of my go-to, must have and repurchased products I've ever tried. For some reason over the last year I stopped using it, So when there was 3 for 2 on makeup in Boots a while ago I repurchased it.

I love the applicator on this eyeliner, its really long, soft and spongy so it makes it so easy to do a flick, the pointed tip means you can get a nice thin flick at the end. But because its flimsy you can apply various pressure to get a thick or a thin line. Its very black and glossy too, one of the blackest drug store eyeliner I've bought. I find it does fade a little over the course of the day, but it can be fixed my a quick reapplication. My only gripe with this eyeliner is that the first sign on wetness or rubbing and its gone. I do have sensitive eyes so occasionally they get a bit watery, so I find wearing this can be a bit risky!

Id say this is a good one for beginners, it set me onto the path of winged eyeliner-ness! I know there is a bit of a knack to getting it right but its worth it because I think there is nothing more classic than a neutral eye with a flick of liner!
I typically wear liquid eyeliner with a long sponge tip applicator. My "Holy Grail"  is Illamasqua Precision Ink. Qualities I look for in eyeliner are really opaque dark black eyeliner that doesn't fade or go grey as its worn, water resistant, smudge proof, quick drying and non-irritable on sensitive eyes

Thursday, 13 October 2011

diamante accent nail

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nail gems: ebay 

Seen accent nails floating around for a while now, Mainly a different coloured polish or a sparkly nail. Naturally I wanted to take it a step further. While watching Fresh Meat on Channel 4 I thought I'd add some nail gems for a accent nail. I started off using Seche Vite to put them on, but it dries too quickly so you have to keep applying it as you go along. I found using the Models own topcoat then applying the gems worked much better, as its tackier and takes a bit longer to dry so you have more time to work with when applying the gems. I used tweezers to put them on, its a little fiddly but it really doesnt take that long! Followed with a thick coat of Seche Vite to seal it all in, perfect blinged nails!

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