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Sunday, 30 December 2012

best of 2012: lips

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Topshop Powder Room Lip Stick, Illamasqua Androgen Pigment, MAC Hue, Topshop Whimsical, MAC Overtime Longwear Lipstick
Topshop Powder Room Lip Stick: I've been a huge fan of the Topshop Lip Sticks this year. Powder Room turned out to be my favourite one, It's a pale-but bright neutral pinky tone with some peachiness going through it. It's definitely not one for dry lips, this clings to every dry patch and accentuates any imperfections. However a good lip scrub and a bit of prep before applying really does make this much easier to apply. I love the chalkiness for some reason, it's a kinda old fashioned matte finish.

Illamasqua Androgen Pigment: Androgen is super pigmented bright pink coral with can look flouresent worn opaque or a sheer wearable peach when sheered out. The texture of this one is really odd, in the pan it's sort of stiff and clay like with very little slip. One applied it warms up slightly and sits quite comfortably on the lips.

MAC Hue Lipstick: My go-to nude lipstick. Hue is a pale pink, almost milky nude shade in the MAC Glaze formula. I'm not a huge fan of glossy lips, but the formula works on me because matte nudes can leave me looking a little corpse like! I've actually ran out of this lipstick and really need to purchase it again! The one pictured is my flatmates!

Topshop Whimsical: This is my current go-to lipstick. It's just the most perfect true peach lipstick I've ever bought. It's perfect for nights out or day wear. It's really brightening and flattering on my skin tone and lasts a decent ammount of time on the lips. It has a soft satin like finish which is comfortable and easy to wear.

MAC Overtime Longwear Lipstick: For the longest time I thought this lipstick was called Overdrive and only in the past week I've realised it's called OverTIME. Oops! This has a semi glossy neutral pink with a long wear time. Good for nights out or when your going out for food. It really does last impeccably well on the lips.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

best of 2012: skincare

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Full Reviews: Origins Out of Trouble Mask, Origns Make A Difference Cream, Ren Glycolatic PeelAlpha H Liquid Gold, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
Origins Clear Improvement Mask: I love this mask for those days where my skin looks really congested and it's about to breakout. It works wonders at drawing out all the impurities from under the skin and briging it all to the surface. Packed full of White Clay and Charcoal this mask feels really medicinal and you can feel it working as it hardens. It by no means is a "one night wonder", your spots don't disappear the next day, but I can definitely see the difference after using this.

Origins Make A Difference Cream: While my skin isn't dry it can get really dehydrated. Oily skin suffers can often get dehydrated skin because most moisturisers for oily skin dry the skin out. But then I find creams designed for dry skin form a layer on my skin leaving it feeling over saturated and greasy. This cream sinks beautifully into my skin leaving my face feeling plumped, even and correctly balanced. It has a lovely cooling feeling on the face too which is perfect when my skin is feeling angry and inflamed.

REN Glycolatic Peel: I tried a few REN masks this year but this radiance boosting one has to be my favourite. My skin can look fairly sallow which is down to the fact I have a pale olive skin tone naturally so I'm always looking for products to give me radiance. This has worked wonders on reducing my scarring while leaving my skin smooth and clear. The fruity acids are a nice gentle exfoliator for the skin.

Alpha H Liquid Peel: Believe the hype. Alpha H liquid gold was a cult beauty product that really got big in the blogging world recently and I was skeptical of all the hype. Chemical exfoliators were a new concept to me, the idea of putting something on my face like that terrified me. However once I'd used it once I knew it was one for me! It helped clear up a large ammount of my hyper pigmentation and my scarring. I also feel it speeds up the healing time of my breakouts while also helping make my skin look radiant, glowing and tight. It's hard to explain how it makes my skin look after I've used it without trying it out for yourself.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: A recent addition to my skincare routine but I have to say it's one of the best skincare products I've ever tried. I suffer a lot from hormonal and dairy based breakouts (I just cant resist that damn cheese!) and this has been my go-to product to clear it up. I use this twice daily all over my face before makeup. As well as aiding the healing time of breakouts, the overall texture of my skin has vastly improved and it's really reduced my pore size too which is an added bonus. I've even gone as far to buy a backup of this already as I adore it so much. It's hardly the most luxe skincare item I own but it does the job for sure!

Friday, 28 December 2012

best of 2012: face

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Full Review Links: Look Beauty Blush in Flirt, MAC Style BlushLaura Mercier Silk Creme, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Clarins Instant Smooth Primer

Look Beauty Blush in Flirt: This was the blush I wore for the first half of the year without fail. It's a beautiful bright coral blush with a tiny bit of shimmer going through. While the quality isn't spot on, its pretty fair for the price and the colour makes up for it. It's really pigmented, but a light hand gives a wonderful flattering pop of colour to my cheeks. I've been impressed with the Look Beauty range, it's got a wide range of affordable and wearable cosmetics for a decent price. I've shunned this a lot recently in favour of the next blush but I had to include it as I've worn it so much in the past year. I even had to repurchase it earlier in the year as I used it so often!

MAC Style: I've worn this blush pretty much daily for the last month or so. Although I have two palettes full of MAC blushes I rarely wear them. I just simply went off them for a while in favour of other brands. However I'm glad my flatmate enabled me to buy this, and since then I haven't looked back. I cant rave about it enough, It's just the perfect warming and brightening peach tone for my olive skin and the shot of gold glitter through it gives it a nice glowy edge. It gives me a fresh looking cheeks without being too bright, clown-like or over the top. I'm just totally and utterly in love with this shade! Although it's the same sort of tone as the Look Beauty Blush it's definitely not as pigmented or as dark coral on the skin, much softer, natural and paler with more peach tones. I think this is perfect for loads of skin tones and I think it's definitely something I can see myself wearing for a long, long time!

Laura Mercier Silk Creme: My foundation of choice is the Laura Mercier Silk Creme. A foundation I used to think I hated, as I found it stiff, cakey and unblendable. However Kate enabled me to repurchase and WOWZA, what a change in opinion. I only bought it about two months ago but it's quickly climbed the ranks to be my favourite product of the year! Its super pigmented and you don't need a lot to give soft, medium, luminous coverage. It doesn't break me out, look cakey or slide off my face. I just love it! Holy grail isn't a word I throw around a lot but this has to be close to it. I just love the way it makes my face look, so natural, fresh and clear. I wear the shade Cashew Beige when Im tanned and Sand Beige when Im paler. I don't think I would have given this a second thought if it wasn't for Kate!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: This was featured in last year's favourite post too! Super cheap, does exactly what it says on the packaging. I can see why it's got so much hype around it as it's got great coverage, it is long lasting, easy to apply and easy to blend all for under a fiver. I've tried countless high end concealers but always come back to this bad boy! I use this under my eyes on a daily basis and have probably gone through at least 3-4 tubes this year! Definitely a drugstore must have.

Clarins Instant Smooth Primer: Instant Smooth creates a really lovely flawless base by smoothing over the pores, blurring imperfections all to give a nice flawless look. Perfect for combination skin this primer doesn't enhance my drier areas and keeps the more oily areas matte. It leaves my skin looking gloriously smooth and keeps my makeup in place all day. I love this primer and it's only recently edged over my old favourite which was Benefit The Porefessional.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

best of 2012: hair

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Full Reviews: Phillip Kingsley Elasticiser, Morrocan Oil, Bumble &Bumble Texturising Creme, Ojon Dry Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner, Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir

Phillip Kingsley Elasticiser:  My go-to hair mask this year was always the Phillip Kingsley Elasticiser. Nothing left my hair feeling softer or smoother after just one treatment. I was introduced to it through a beauty box (so they are good for something!) and I've been a loyal repurchaser since. The Elasticizer is a "pre-shampoo" treatment, You apply the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer to dry hair in sections and then leave for 10-20 minutes before washing and blow drying as normal.

Morrocan Oil: All imitations don't live up to the Original and the best. Morrocan Oil transformed my dry, brittle ombre into something that was easy to manage, easy to style and most importantly really reduced my split ends. Hair oil's were a huge addition to my usual hair routine in 2012, and I cant see me getting rid of this step anytime soon!

Bumble & Bumble Texturising Creme: My hair is fine but I have a lot of is, this product works wonders at prepping my hair before styling leaving my hair texturised and volumised. It's really helped my hair in terms of being able to style it how I like it in on the days that I wash my hair! I especially like using this when I wear my hair straight because it adds to the natural beachy, bedhead look without the use of hairspray and volumising sprays which I try not to use unless I wear my hair curly.

Ojon Dry Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner: Best shampoo and conditioner combination I've ever used. Hands down, the best shampoo and conditioner for my normal hair with dry ends. It's another product that I've been a loyal repurchaser of since it came into my life about 6 months ago. I especially love the conditioner as I can feel it working as soon as I pop it onto my hair. It almost feels warming on application, my ends feel softer, smoother and completely nourished. I love how soft, smooth and manageable my hair is left. The hefty price tag puts me off but I constantly go back to it whenever my hair is in dire need of a boost!

Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir: The only drugstore item I'm featuring in my hair Top 5 is the Moisture Soak Elixir in shower treatment. I use this 1-2 times a week because it works wonders on smoothing down my ends and adding moisture in my hair. I've used th vo5 Hot shots before but I always found them too be way too messy for regualr use, this however cuts out all the heating and messing around. Also, considering it's a mere £4.49 it's an absolute bargain!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

best of 2012: etc

NOTE: For the last week of the year I'll be showing off and sharing some of my top 5 products from 2012. Including hair, nails, face, misc, eyes, lips and skin. Feel free to let me know your favourite products from each category. 
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Rapid Lash, Eylue 101's, Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Fel, Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe,  Gilette Venus Pro Skin

My Favourite Products of 2012

Rapid Lash: I actually mentioned this in last year's best eye products of 2011, but I've decided to include it under a miscellaneous category this time. I dabbled with eyelash extensions earlier in the year, and although I loved them they ended up drying my lashes out with many of them falling out. I was left with little stubby lashes and no idea what to do about them. This has once again helped with the condition on my lashes which in turn has made them grow longer. Big love for Rapid Lash and although it's pricey it's something I continuously go back to whenever my lashes get into bad condition.

Eylure 101's: I think these have been my favourite eyelashes of 2012. It was a toss up between my other favourites which are the Ardell Demi Wispies. The 101's are the perfect every occasion lash, they are short and curved which adds soft volume to the eyes that doesn't look unnatural or too much. Although I hardly wear lashes these days I do opt for these on a regular basis whenever something special comes up or when Im filming videos for my Youtube Channel.

Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Gel: This was another toss up item, I couldn't decide between the Original Source Mint and Walnut Shower Scrub and this but in the end I went with this one. I was introduced to these via a Glossy Box and since then it's been something I've regular purchased. I love the scent of the sweet almond oil and the shower foam style foaming action means it gives a really luxurious wash. I tend to buy this when I see a deal on as £6.50 is pricey for a shower gel but it's one of those things I shouldnt like as much as I do!

Xen Tan Dark Lotion: I wasn't sure about Dark Lotion when I first tried it but it's completely grown on me. My favourite expensive tanner that gives a beautiful golden glow without pulling too orange on my skin tone. It smells gorgeous and doesn't dry my skin out meaning my skin feeling silky soft and beautifully tanned. I cant rave enough about how much I love this fake tan, I even went as far as paying the hefty price tag to repurchase it after I won some earlier in the year in a goody bag!

Gilette Venus Pro Skin Razors: My least favourite beauty product to buy but I've been loyal to these razors most of the year. They provide good on the go no-fuss shaving. It's a really comfortable razor which easy to use and quick at removing hair. I like the disposables as well as the regular Pro Skin ones. A boring one to include in my favourite products of 2012, but my hair grow so ridiculously quickly it's been a life safer! I almost forgot to take a razor on holiday earlier in the year and that would be been a disaster!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

benefit she's so jet set

benefit she's so jet set review swatch photo
benefit she's so jet set review swatch photo
benefit she's so jet set review swatch photo
benefit she's so jet set review swatch photo
benefit she's so jet set review swatch photo
benefit holiday 2012

I went to a Benefit event a few weeks ago and I won the "She's so Jet Set" kit when they held a little Christmas quiz. Perfect for travel or the holiday season She's so Jet Set an affordable and useable little kit. I love the theme of the product and the name, I often pass Benefit off as gimmicky but this set contains everything you could need for a variety of looks. The set includes a mini Porefessional, 4 Eyshadows, a cheek colour, a mini lipgloss in "Life on the A List", a mini They're Real mascara and a mini blush and eyeshadow applicator.

The eyeshadows are a wearable and pigmented neutral foursome that can be used in a variety of ways. They are all safe, wearable colours which apply smoothly and compliment most eye colours. I really like the glow the face powder gives the face, It's very subtle but looks very fresh and brightening. One half of the blush is perfect for highlighting and the second part is a mid toned coral which looks lovely on the apples of the cheeks. The lipgloss is in the shade "Life on the A List" which is a sheer peacy nude colour, It reminds me a bit of Nars Turkish Delight. I'm a recent convert to They're Real mascara, it has to be one of my favourites of all time mascaras I've tried. Nothing has given my lashes length and volume like this baby! A full review is coming as soon as I get it up! I've also been a huge fan of Benefit's the Porefessional for a long, long time and I really do love it. It is perfect for prepping the skin for makeup and evening out the skin.

She's so Jet set would make the perfect last minuite gift idea as you can purchase it at anywhere Benefit is sold. You get a variety of products and they are all good quality. You get to try out some of Benefit's best sellers too, which are handy to test out before you commit to full sizes. While I do like the packaging it's not the most easily transportable kit despite what it is name might suggest as it is on the bulky side. I always think the Benefit cardboard packaging is annoying as it gets ruined so quickly.

Friday, 21 December 2012

giveaway- #ghdpartyhair

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A few weeks ago I was invited along to a ghd Masterclass at their new studios on Dean Street. I was set the task of creating a party hairstyle and they filmed it. I've done shoots like this before with brands but I felt totally comfortable and completely at ease while creating my take on a textured faux bob. I wanted to do something that was different to my usual hair style but also use some of the tips I was taught during my ghd styling masterclass. Although I feel incredibly cringe worthy seeing myself on camera when even more so when someone else has filmed it (Check my concentrating face!), I really like how the final look came out. It's my signature messy bedhead, with a twist!

To create the look I was kindly given a set of the ghd metallic stylers in gold. But I've been given another pair to give away to you guys! All you have to do is post a picture on Twitter or Instagram of your party hair, tagging me (@llymlrs) as well as mentioning the hashtag #ghdpartyhair. This giveaway will be running until Jaunary 4th so it gives you plenty of time to show off either your Christmas or New Year Hair do's or even just a look from the past you've loved and want to show off!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

models own freak out

 models own freak out nail polish review swatch photo
 models own freak out nail polish review swatch photo

Disco Disco!

I've been experimenting more with darker colours on my nails recently so I thought I'd show you this glitter combination that I did a few days ago. All I know about the navy polish is that it's by ORLY as I got them done at the nail salon. However while I was sitting there getting my nails done, next to a lady getting a pedicure that nearly made me walk out (I did in the end!), All I could think about was topping it off with Models Own Freak Out.Freakout is a clear polish packed full of flakes, glitter and all sorts of wondrous shiny bits and bobs in purple, blue and teal shades. I thought this would be one of my least favourite shades from the Models Disco Ball Collection, but I actually really like it, especially layered over the navy!

everyday makeup #20

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Face: Clarin's Instant Smooth Primer, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundtion in Sand Beige, Clarins Face Accents Powder*, MAC Style Blush Eyes: MAC All That Glitters, MAC Mythology, Pixi Lash Line Ink, Benefit They're Real Mascara* Lips: Topshop Saint mixed with MAC Hue

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

products i've used up #5

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Products Mentioned & Review Links: LUSH Big Shampoo, Origins Clear Improvement Mask, Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir, Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser, Original Source Mint and Walnut Shower Gel, Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder, MAC Moisture Cover Concealer, Pixi Lash Line Ink

I feel like Im constantly doing empties videos at the moment but honestly I've just been trying to use up what I have rather than keep buying more and more stuff I don't need. Hope you enjoy the video above and read below for more information that I might not have mentioned within the video! All information about what Im wearing and that jazz is in the bottom bar of the video, and please subscribe if you liked it (:

LUSH Big Shampoo (£11.50): I adore this shampoo as it's great for clarifying the hair as well as adding volume and shine. Sea salt is such a strange thing to put on your hair but it does honestly really work amazingly well! One tub lasts me around 4-5 washes which is not that much considering the hefty price tag. I probably only use it once a week max, but it's a nice addition to my usual haircare routine!

Origins Clear Improvement Mask (£19): My favourite deep cleaning mask! Packed full of white clay and charcoal this mask gets right down into the pores and gets all the gunk out. Perfect for congested or breakout prone skin to combat the skincare issues that cause bad skin. I love to have a good pamper at the weekends so this is perfect just to lie back and let it work. It goes quite hard after it's been on for a while which I like as it feels like all the pores are being cleansed and my

Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir (£4.49): I always rave about this hair mask. I use it 2-3 times a week at the moment as it's so quick, easy and cheap. For the price you cant really go that wrong! I use this as a pre washing treatment and apply it while in the shower. It takes one minute and leaves the hair feeling smoother, softer and nourished. Over time I've seen this really improve the manageability of my hair.

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser (£5.99): I remember hearing about this cleanser earlier in the year but I only managed to get hold of it agyer the rebrand and reformulation. I cant compare it to the original but personally I really like this one. It removes my makeup effortlessly without the need to go in with a micellar water to get the excess off. I can even use it on my super sensitive eyes. Balms are perfect for the winter months as they stop the skin from drying out from harsher gel or foaming cleansers. I'm a real covert to balm cleansing though! It's also 97% organic.

Original Source Mint and Walnut Shower Gel (£2.99): A uplifting and invigorating shower gel for those cold winter mornings. I buy this all the time as I really like the way it smells so strongly and goes slightly tingly on the skin. These are normally on offer for £1 or 3 for 2 so I tend to stock up whenever they are cheap! The walnuts don't really scrub all that much but they do add a nice roughness to the shower gel.

Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder (£29): I bought this probably about two years ago and have probably used it less than a handful of times. It just made my skin look cakey and ashy, which for a supposedly translucent powder just isn't right. It's very expensive for what it is too! I currently use the Laura Mercier Mineral powder to set my foundation which I absolutely love! I see so many bloggers rave about this setting powder but I just couldn't for the life of me work out why it looked so weird on me. It did control my oil and set my makeup but it just threw my colouring off completely.

MAC Moisture Cover Concealer (£14): Im a bit indifferent to this, It was okay but tended to get more and more orange as I wore it. NW20 isn't my shade (for when i'm pale or tanned) so it always looked a bit stark and cakey on my face. It does cover up redness and under eye circle well though! I would recommend the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer over this though as it's very cheap and works just as well if not better!

Pixi Lash Line Ink (£12): My favourite eyeliner of all time which has even taken over my love for Loreal Superliner Carbon Gloss. It's super pigmented, smooth, deep black and long lasting. I find it doesn't budge or migrate throughout the day. A perfect liner for those who are just getting into doing liquid eyeliner as the nib is long and precise.

Spa Find Dreamy Candle Collection

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This is part of a series of gift ideas. For more on gift guides, gift ideas and christmas gift reviews check here

Spa Find Dreamy Candle Collection: £22*

…andddd relaxx

The Dreamy Candle collection from Spa Find is the perfect relaxation gift for Christmas. The gift set includes Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Shampoo, Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Scalp Mud, Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Salt Brushing Sachet, Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Bath Shower Gel, Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Body Lotion, Spa Find White Luxury Pumpkin Wash Puff. As I've been having a bit of a tough time recently I decided to indulge and test this out. My favourite part of this is the candle, it's super relaxing and really helps calm the mind, destress and relax. The overwhelming scent of the range is lavender, which I absolutely adore. I find it calming and the perfect scent to chill out with.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

LUSH Big Shampoo & Conditioner

Big Shampoo & Conditioner review swatch photo
Big Shampoo & Conditioner review swatch photo
Big Shampoo & Conditioner review swatch photo
Big Shampoo & Conditioner review swatch photo
sea salt hair care

I've been using LUSH Big Shampoo on and off for years now. I would go as far as to say it's one of my top 3 shampoo's. It's a really lovely volumising and texturising conditioner that leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean and clarified. I've always thought it was odd that a salt product can leave my hair feeling soft and bouncy without making it feel coarse and unmanageable. It's quite hard to get to grips with initially but I find mixing it with water and then applying it to the hair makes it feel less coarse on application.

A recent addition to the LUSH hair care line is the Big Solid Conditioner. This is sort of like a soap, but packed full of sea salt based with seaweed, coconut oil, jojoba, and lemon and lime juice. I just cant seem to get this to work for me unfortunately. I've seen a lot of positive reviews on it but I cant seem to get it to a manageable consistency that will actually work through my hair. I've tried warming it between my pa;ms and working it in as well as adding it gradually. But nothing seems to work.I do really like the scent, which is actually a bit different to the Original Big Shampoo as it's more coconutty.

I would really recommend the Big Shampoo but not so much the Conditioner. Unless anyone has any hints on how to get it to work for me? Im willing to give it a try as I loved the Shampoo so much! Help!?

Monday, 17 December 2012

Ciate Sequin Nails

Ciate Sequin Nails review swatch photo
Ciate Sequin Nails review swatch photo
Ciate Sequin Nails review swatch photo
Ciate Sequin Nails review swatch photo
Ciate Sequin Nails review swatch photo


I think it's safe to say that I absolutely love nail glitter. When I heard that Ciate were launching a Sequin Manicure set I knew I just had to make a mental note to get one. I have the shade Tutu which is a fancy blend of golds,purples and pinks.

The Sequin Nails set comes with a nail polish called "sequin grip" (I'm not sure if this is actually different from a regular clear polish, a pot of glitter and a small black brush. All you do is paint the nails as normal, add the Sequin grip and then dip the nail into the glitter. Press the glitter onto the nail and then brish away any excess with the brush provided. It does take around 15-20 mins for the glitter to set on the nail but after that it doesn't tend to budge. I have to admit sequin nails are SO messy. Literally the messiest nail product I've ever used. I've been finding flakes of glitter all my bedroom for the past week and it's really driving me a bit crazy. I think the effect is really pretty and defitnely see it as something I'd wear myself. It looks wonderful as an accent nail, but I think doing them all might look a bit OTT. Like Cavair Nails I'd say this is a one or two nights max type polish. It doesnt last particularly long but it's fairly simple to top up if you want to prolong your manicure.

Retailling for £14 I don't think it's that expensive, Obviously its the kind of thing you can probably DIY it if you were more creative than I am. I think this would make a perfect gift for a nail junkie or someone who likes being creative. It's fun and perfect for the party season. Ciate Sequin Nails are available from ASOS.

aromatherapy associates little treat

aromatherapy associates little treat review swatch photo
aromatherapy associates little treat review swatch photo
aromatherapy associates little treat review swatch photo
This is part of a series of gift ideas. For more on gift guides, gift ideas and christmas gift reviews check here

bath time luxe

Just a quick last minute stocking stuffer from Aromatherapy Associates. It's a bath and shower oil  that comes in a little presentation box than can be hung on the Christmas Tree. I found the scent to be quite heavy due to the type of notes included, notes of geranium, ylang ylang, patchouli and sandalwood this Aromatheraphy Associates little treat is the perfect bath oil to get you in the Chrsitmas spirit. The little bottle contains enough product for three bath experiences, which is just enough to experience the brand and take a few relaxing baths. It's pricey and on the luxe side but it would be a great gift for anyone who likes to pamper themselves at home.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

topshop hedonist lip stick

topshop hedonist lip stick review swatch photo
topshop hedonist lip stick review swatch photo
red lip
I went into Topshop in Oxford Circus to take a look at the makeup counters and ended up coming out with Hedonist Lip Stick. Topshop Lip Stick in Hedonist is a neutral toned orange red matte lip colour. I love how it's not too red and not too orange and suits my skin tone perfectly. I don't really own any lip colours in a orangey tone so it's a welcome addition to my collection. I find the Topshop Lip Sticks to be long lasting, pigmented and creamy. Although be careful if your lips are a bit dry as these can cling to any dry patches. If you take a look at my dry lip routine it might help you prep your lips for something like this!

Topshop has also released some more of their Lip Sticks recently in the shades Royal, Suspect, Secret Party, Arcade and On the Cards.  I noticed when I was swatching the other shades from this release that they all had different formulas compared to the original Lip crayons. Some of the finishes were sparkly, glossy or creamy which was strange as all the pencils I own from Topshop are very matte/chalky finishes. I'm going to have to purchase them I think to investigate them further!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer review swatch photo
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer review swatch photo
fit me

I sing the praises for my favourite drugstore concealer the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer all the time. However my local Boots doesnt stock Collection so one day on a regular Boots binge I picked up the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to test out. I have the shade 220, which I think is a touch too light but blended all in with my foundation it fits quite well. The concealer feels light on the skin and has a sort of gel like feeling when applied and leaves a fresh natural finish on the skin. Fit Me Concealer provides good coverage but it's not particularly full coverage. I'd personally class it as more of a medium coverage concealer. It is ideal for use under the eyes as it brightens as well as neutralises my dark circles. I only use this under my eyes as I prefer the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer for blemishes, but I cant see why it wouldn't work on redness or spots. It has the perfect consitency for blending into the skin, I tend to dot it on and then pat lightly into the under eye area.

I think if you're looking for something with high coverage for use on blemishes or spots go for the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, but if you're looking for something to brighten and illuminate the under eye area while still offering adequate coverage I'd recommend trying out the Fit Me concealer. I'm really interested in trying out the Fit Me range after trying this, I hear the powder is pretty good so I think that's next on my list!
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