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Monday, 27 February 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki

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 MAC Viva Glam Nicki: mac cosmetics (£13.50) 

Im sure you'll be hearing alot about this over the next few weeks as its literally just been on pre-sale in the UK. But I've been waiting patiently for the release of MAC Viva Glam Nicki from the moment I read the press release about the collaboration on Temptalia. It came this morning and I literally swiped it on my lips as soon as I opened the box, From the initial shade description sounded too perfect to be true, and boy was I happy when it came. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is a bright mid toned pink with a yellow undertone. The yellow undertone means it does look more coral toned than your average bright pink lipstick. It's nice to see a pink thats not blue toned, Having warm toned skin I find it hard to find suitable pink lipsticks that flatter me. The finish is satin, although unlike alot of MAC satin lipsticks I found this to be much creamier than most, still full coverage in one swipe just not as semi-matte as I'd have hoped! As with all MAC Viva Glam lipsticks 100% of the proceeds (that's every penny from the sale) goes towards the MAC Aids fund. Its so refreshing to see a company give all of the money to charity from sales of a product rather than just a percentage. I'm going to be buying another tube of this as I know I'll be wearing it alot, plus its the same as donating to a charity and getting more than just a lipstick in return!
To my knowledge I don't think its actually on general sale yet, I bought mine during the presale using a code someone generously sent me!

Friday, 24 February 2012

mua lip balm in great lips and hot lips

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mua lip balm in great lips(nude) and hot lips(pink): superdrug (£2)* 
(will add lip swatches when i get home!)

Another product from the MUA and Love Hearts range, this time the Im reviewing the MUA Lip Balms. I have two shades, Great Lips and Hot Lips. Great Lips is a peachy toned, almost nude shade. However on my (pigmented) lips it doesnt give any colour. It would probably work well over a nude lipstick for a glossy finish but gives very poor colour on darker lips. Hot Lips is a blue toned mid to dark pinky-red, It probably leans more pink in the pan. On my lips its a juicy dark pink, but like I mentioned before my lips are quite pigmented so the colour may differ depending on your natural lip shade. Its not a colour I would go for as its a bit dark but it is very flattering and gives a lovely juicy pout.

The packaging is nice, its cutesy and fits MUA's target audience (I'm guessing younger girls, 12-17 mainly because of the price point). Personally I don't like lip balms in a dippy pot like this, I don't like putting my finger in products as its unhygienic. You could use a lip brush though if your as fussy as me! However that is not much of a issue though if you aren't as picky as me! My only major issu is that they have a very synthetic vanilla smell to them. I'm really funny about the way a product smells and tastes on the lips.

Overall the MUA Love Heart Lip Balms are OK. They obviously aren't intended to be something that is super pigmented and for the price I think its acceptable for them not to be opaque. A pretty average lip balm but the packaging is cute, but not something I'd choose. The formula is sheer, but build-able, It feels very smooth and non sticky. They wear around a hour or so before needing reapplication.I think they would be best used over a lipstick as a gloss, but without something underneath its barely noticeable. They are pretty fun though and some of the other shades in the range like Sweet Kiss and Sugar Lips look very pretty in the pan, but I highly doubt they'd be pigmented either.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tresemme Heat Defence Serum

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Tresemme Heat Defence Serum: (£4.38)* 

Personally, I've never seen the importance of using a heat protector, I'm one of those people that tends to just dry and style their hair using heat and not think about the damage. I actually rarely use any styling products on my hair apart from Morrocan Oil and a tiny bit of hair spray. I always feel like too many products weigh down my long and fine hair and can leave it looking flat and greasy. However Recently I've been much more open to trying out haircare products,and been surprised at the incredible difference in my hair since updating my "hair care routine".

Tresemme Heat Defence Serum claims to protect hair up to 230C, smooth and fight frizz, help damaged hair from previous heat styling as well as seal in shine. I use a Babyliss Conical Wand on 220C (the highest heat) normally to style my hair so this product is perfect for it. Last week I had a massive hair disaster with my hair dryer which resulted in my hair looking like a dry, frizzy, unmanageable mess. I've noticed if I dont dry my hair properly using a hair dryer attachment and a rounded brush it looks terrible. So to try and counteract this, I dampened it a bit and added a few pumps of the Tresemme Heat Defence Serum and then blow dried it straight using a round brush. The Heat Defence Serum smoothed out all my flyaways and ends, and left my hair looked so soft and shiny without weighed down. I've never used a heat protectant or a hair serum before so I dont have the prior knowledge to compare this to another product. However I've really enjoyed using it and probably will keep this in my hair routine for the time being. Its not done anything bad to my hair so far! I tend to apply this to the ends and mid lengths of my hair while its wet before I dry it. I have also tried using it as a serum to add shine after I've styled it, which worked well at keeping my hair sleek.
Tresemme Heat Defence is £4.38 and you can purchase it from Boots, Superdrug and all major Supermarkets

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup

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Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup: John Lewis (£27)*

A few weeks ago I was invited along to Estee Lauder HQ for a event to launch their new foundation, Invisible Fluid Makeup. I generally wear Estee Lauder foundations because I know they work well on me and give the kind of coverage I like. I've been using Double Wear for as long as I can remember and I've also used (and liked) Double Wear Light and Maximum Coverage. As a full coverage girl I wasn't sure how I'd feel about even trying this one, I was worried.

Invisible Fluid Makeup is unlike any of foundations I've tried out in the past. It has a very "runny" and wet texture, and really needs a good shake before application to get the ingredients mixed up as it doesn't contain anything to hold it all together. Also it doesn't contain any SPF, which is a godsend as this means you don't get the dreaded ghost face in night out photos! I find the finish to be not cakey in the slightest! It feels very light, as if you arent wearing a foundation at all. Personally I think it dries very matte and luminous, its not dewy but does have a very "glowy" feel to it. This is because it does have light reflecting particles which can even out the skintone and give a fresh glow. Invisible Fluid Makeup Foundation is incredibly easy to blend, It is a "apply and go" foundation- It needs very little work to look good. I've been using a Real Techniques Buffer Brush to apply this all over the face then stippling it in the areas I need more coverage.

I find the coverage very adaptable, For instance I've seen alot of people say "If you like Double Wear this isnt for you" and I have to completely disagree. I love Double Wear's matte and full finish, but find it cakey and unwearable if I apply too much. Invisible Fluid Makeup can be applied lightly or layered for a fuller effect. Either that or I'm applying more than I should, but I find 2p piece sized blob (its runny remember!) enough to give me great coverage that I like without the heaviness of Double Wear. Im not saying its like double wear, because its NOTHING like it, the coverage isnt the same or comparable. It is light to medium, buildable coverage, but its not light as in sheer.

Talking to a lady from Estee Lauder, she showed us how the foundation has pigments that help the foundation adapt more to your skintone. Picking a shade would be quite easy and there is a little leeway if is wrong. Id say 2W2N is a pretty good match for me, its yellower than I'd normally pick but it does blend down into the right shade and doesn't look unnatural or odd! There are 16 shades in this foundation launch, which is odd for a foundation that claims to be adaptable, but I do think the shade range is pretty good and there are some darker and paler tones in there.

Would I buy this? 100%! I would never have probably never have picked it out myself though, the name suggests alot lower coverage than it actually is. However I think the coverage is amazing and adaptable, I'm still using concealer under my eyes and on spots alongside this, but I tend to put concealer on even if I use Double Wear. I've been using it every day for the past few weeks and I've had alot of compliments on my skin. I can see myself continuing to use this until another foundation inevitably comes along. Im a bit of a foundation tart!
(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 but with very pink toned cheeks. Im a MAC NW/NC15 without tan and generally wear foundation this colour then darken/bronze up with bronzer!)

Monday, 20 February 2012

LFW via Instagram

LFW Panic Buying, My favourite nail combo, Glasses, First Show of the Season, Waiting for shows to start, Corrie Nielson, A Mullberry Pug Model, My outfit, Gem's Collar, Zoe Jordan, Paperself, Somerset House at night, Jameela Jamil, Stalker photo of Susie Bubble (who I did speak to eventually!), Bloggers Gonna Blog, Byron Burger, More Shows, Day Two, Breakfast via Clothing at Tesco, First show of day two, Jen's Dress, Glam Blogger Suite, MAC Makeover, Topshop Tee's, Emma's Litas, Topshop, Kate looking cute, My faves, Moar MAC, I want Litas.

Honestly, I hardly took any real photos during fashion week. Im not a photography expert and my little 500D compared to the massive cameras the professionals have at LFW! So here are my instagram snaps! I did take some proper photographs but I haven't started going through them yet!

This year I finally graduated into getting seating tickets, But as per usual Me and Gem and Jen did the wait around and hope you'll get let in trick. Felder and Felder was my favourite show I went to, same as last season. I just really like their approach to shapes and materials and especially colour. I loved their use of texture and contrasting materials and a earthy colour pallette. The mixed metallics, knits and silks were just dreamy. Their collection was really wearable too, unlike alot of stuff I saw at Fashion week it was just a nice well rounded collection of pieces.

LFW as always, was a tiring but awesome time, I sacked off shows on Sunday and Monday because I only had a few invites and it just didnt seem worth all the faff and waiting around. Fashion Week is amazing, but probably not as glamorous as people like to think it is- Especially if you don't have show tickets or you're not a journalist. The usual Fashion Week blogger snobbery annoyed me to no end! Either way I got to spend time with some of my favourite people and see a bunch of stylish ones too!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer: Feel Unique (full size:£22.50)

I first tried a Philip Kingsley Elasticizer after getting it in a beauty box a few months ago and instantly fell in love and then another came in the last Feel Unique Box a last wee. Up until around August last year I never really looked after my hair, despite what it might look like in photos it was really dry, coarse and matted. Anything I tried to do to it would just leave it looking either too greasy or dry it out. I also suffer from a sensitive scalp so most scented hair treatments I cant us, Im looking at you Herbal Essences.

The Elasticizer is a "pre-shampoo" treatment, I was sceptical about this as I'd never heard of a pre shampoo treatment, Ive only ever used or heard of after conditioning treatments. 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. My hair is normal to dry, Its much dryer at the ends as I've used bleach on it to get it to Ombre. I also use Morrocan Oil daily, but I like to make sure I use a deep hair treatment at least once a week. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer leaves my hair so soft, smooth and sleek, to the point where it actually doesn't feel like my own hair! I tend to use it only on the Ombre part of my hair as the rest of it doesnt need it (and it doesnt waste product too!) and the results are amazing. My hair feels fluffy but also really easy to manage.

I still haven't but the bullet and purchased a full size Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. I do prefer the packaging of the smaller sized one though (although if I could afford it I'd buy the grandaddy of them all!), I don't think having a tub is a good idea as personally I tend to apply more product than I'd need and I don't think "double dipping" is very hygienic! At £22.50 its obviously not going to be everyone's cup of tea, I'd highly recommend it if you had bleached or damaged hair and really needed something to give moisture and softness back to the hair.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

MUA U ROK nail polish

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MUA U ROK nail polish: superdrug (£2)

Normally I wouldn't review something so quickly after trying it, but I've been wearing this shade for three days now and had a few requests to review it so I thought I'd do one anyway! MUA U ROK is part of a collaboration of shades brought out by MUA  and Love Hearts. All the colours are inspired by Love Hearts Sweets and come in a lovely range of pastels and summery shades.

MUA U ROK nail polish is a subdued but also bright purple, with a hint of a pale pastel lilac. I think it looks different in the packaging as to how it looks on the nails,  However the does photo makes it look quite lavender but its slightly darker in real life. The colour is very true to the nail swatches though! I'd say U ROK is quite a unique shade as I don't actually own a similar colour in my  vast nail polish collection. It applies so-so, Its okay, but it can be quite streaky as the brush is small and hard to work with. I find it's opaque in two coats which can even out the streaks a bit. After two days without a topcoat I experienced quite a bit of tip wear. I didnt apply a topcoat for some reason, I wouldn't normally not wear a topcoat over any polish, I was just to lazy to go find one! Bear in mind I do wear fake nails and I spend 99% of my day on my laptop which could have added to enhanced tip wear!

I've tried other MUA nail polishes in the past and have overall found them OK, not amazing but I do think for a cheap nail polish its understandable, and you know its not going to be the best nail polish ever. Id definitely recommend wearing a top coat over it if you did purchase U ROK or other polishes from MUA's range. I'm currently using Seche Vite as a topcoat which is really good. Overall this shade is really pretty and unique and will look lovely come summer! Im not sure if this is in the shops yet or not, but I'd presume its out soon!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

occ lip tar in anime

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OCC Lip tar in Anime: Love Makeup (£8.99)

You know when you buy a product and it completely lives up to your expectations and more? This is one of them! The OCC liptars are one of those products I've been meaning to try for ages. They are one of those Youtube Guru cult products that they always seem to rave about but because they arent readily available I tend to not think about purchasing them. I bought two at IMATS after being hypnotized by the huge shade range. I chose two fairly "normal shades", but OCC has a whopping 36 shades ranging from white to orange to bright blue. They can be mixed to create a plethora of different lip colours.

Anime Lip Tar is described as a"seriously neon pink" and its truly that. Bright, shocking and full on, perfect for a night out or a big statement lip. The formula of a OCC Lip Tar is very smooth and pigmented, they leave a semi matte, but also has a nice sheen finish on the lips. They have a sort of satin feel to wear on the lips. OCC Lip Tars are mint scented, which is non offensive if your sensitive to scented products (like me!). OCC Lip Tar in Anime isn't drying, but I found when I wore it for a whole day my lips did start to feel a toucht dryer, but nothing that a dab of lip balm couldn't sort out. Anime did bleed slightly, but this could be rectified with a lip liner (I used a cheap one from NYX in Dolly Pink). You do really need the tiniest dot to cover your whole lips, Using a lip brush really helps with precise application. If you apply too much it can feel a bit tacky, so less is definitely more in this case! I found Anime did stain my lips a bit but came straight off with makeup remover.

These come highly recommended by me and I will certainly be purchasing a few more in the future. At £8.99 they are on the pricey side, However I think they are 100% worth investing in. They are miles ahead of the Sleek Pout Paints, which personally I dont even think they are comparable (I thought were terrible). They provide opaque long wearing coverage without drying. 10/10 from me!

Monday, 13 February 2012

forever 21 x llymlrs

yup im wearing shoes 2 sizes to big for me, thats what happens at shoots apparently!
“We are celebrating a fresh injection of fashion at Forever 21, showcasing all the latest trends from pastels to retro sixties, distressed jeans to 1920’s glamour. Kicking off from 4pm, we will have four of the UK’s most talented fashion bloggers demonstrating how to wear this season’s hottest trends. Bring your friends and come down for an evening of late night shopping and fashion inspiration!”
A while ago I mentioned I was doing a photoshoot for Forever 21, And Im glad I can finally let you all know that on Thursday 16th February I'm going to be in store doing some promotional work them. I'll be at the Oxford Street Store branch, I'll be around from midday onwards doing various bits and pieces, but in short I'll be attempting to give some sort of sartorial (not satirical as so kindly pointed out!) advice and possibly making a fool of myself. The in store event starts at 4 and goes on till around 7:30, You're more than welcome to come along and say hi! I dont want it to be all "meet and greet" so its totally informal! Me and the other bloggers will all be on the shop floor, having a good nose around Forever 21, so just come along for a bit of a chat!

Im really excited to be working professionally with Forever 21, They are one of those really cool and funky brands that I'd like to get involved with. I was so flattered to have been asked to work with them! Im really nervous about it but fingers crossed it goes well (:

things ive done #6

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Starbucks and Muppets lovin' wih Victoria, Ugly boots from Tesco, Jewellery from Black Tied, Taking advantage of my Pro Card, New Primark Shoes, Asos future Stylist Preview, Glossy Box adverts on the Northern Line, MUA x Love Heart preview, Yummy Cupcakes from MUA (I only had one! So much will power!), Wagamamas with Michelle and Emma, £2 MUA Glosses, Estee Lauder HQ(!!) and modelling the new Invisible Liquid foundation! Finally filing and sorting my inbox of thousands down to 0, Trying Advance Night Repair for the first time, LFW Invites, Trying the Enrapture Totem Styler for the first time, Getting ready to leave the house, Stella McCartneys new perfume, My fave on the go sandwich, My favourite product of the moment in Phillip Kingsley Elasticizier, Super creative packaging on Four Reasons hair care, Going out again, Me and my Beautiful Flatmate, Hangover Sunday times!

Friday, 10 February 2012

mac mineralize skin finish natural

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural: £20.50

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural is one of my all time favourite face products, Id probably go as far and say its Holy Grail material! I started using these about 3 years ago and bought religously it ever since. I've never used another powder I've liked as much. I've Back to MAC'ed so many of these its actually a little embarrassing going in with 6 empties purely of a face powder! MAC MSF's are finely milled domed powders which give a natural-matte finish. They can be used all over the face as a low coverage foundation or to mattify the skin throughout the day.

When I apply my make up in the morning I use this with a MAC 182 buffer brush (round topped kabuki) buffed in all over the face, I then spray it with MAC Fix+ to make it look less powdery. The Fix+ makes it look like it has more of a creamy/luminous finish and not as powdery. Also use this to top up during the day, but use a fluffy brush like a MAC 134 to mattify my t-zone. I wear Medium Plus as a all over powder, but I also use this in Dark as a Matt Bronzer. I like the darker powder as a bronzer as its matte and warm toned and blends really naturally with my regular face powder.

I find it gives good light coverage, sets my make up well and mattifys my skin. I do think it can look cakey if you apply too much, hence why I always spritz with Fix + and then use a fluffy brush to top up rather than a dense one so not to apply too much product. It gives a natural-glowy matte finish which looks gorgeous. I highly doubt I'll be buying anything other than this in the future! Its pricey at £20.50,although I have no problems paying that for this product as I think its worth it! Highly Highly! reccomend this product!

Bourjois Boutique

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To coincide with the start of London Fashion week, Boujois are launching their first ever pop up shop! Between the 16th and 20th February, A Bourjois Boutique is popping up in Shorditch above the Beach Blanket Babylon Restaurant. Its a pop up store with a difference, offering all Bourjois cosmetics with heavily discounted price tags, as well as playing host to lots of limited edition products. There will be a team of pro make up artists, manicurists, hair stylists as well as Zarina Liew offering personalised drawings to anyone who comes along. Its also the site of a new T4 show, which will be showing all the behind the scenes, news and information about London Fashion Week.

Its all free and anyone can pop along to check it out, munch macaroons and watch live streaming of all London Fashion Week Shows. Bourjois are giving away hundreds of goody bags to those who visit the shop as well as tons of amazing prizes to be won daily. Make sure you follow them on Twitter for updates @Bourjois_UK. I'll be heading along one day (not sure which yet, whichever day I have a few shows!) so hopefully see some of you there!
They have two competitions currently running on Facebook, as well as a £2 off any purchase voucher. The competitions are My Boujois Look & Bourjois Belle. And if you like their page and leave a comment on this post you will be entered into a prize draw to win a lovely Bourjois goodybag!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

feel unique box february 2012

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Decleor Phytopeel Face Peel Cream, Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer, Nuze Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Use Dry Oil, Elemis 
Lime and Ginger Hand and Body Wash, Leighton Denny High performance colour 
Via: Feel Unique 

RIP Feel Unique Beauty Box, They announced today that this would be their last beauty box. I wasn't sure if I was actually getting this box as it wasn't showing up in my account, but it turned up on my door step this morning. I'm actually kinda saddened as I think Feel Unique was my favourite of all the beauty boxes on the market. I think it says alot that I got two for free but still kept paying for the Feel Unique Box. I always felt their products were the most consistent, ones that I'd actually like to use from brands I like/brands I'd like to try, This box was no different.

I actually have a review of the Phillip Kingsley Elastizier coming up in the next week as its one of my favourite hair products. Its a pre-shampoo treatment that makes your hair so soft and nourished, It makes my hair so sleek and easy to manage. I've also tried the The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil before from a preview beauty box, this one is great for the tips of your hair, especially if you have Ombre hair like me and the ends get a bit dry! I also use it on my cuticles as its great as a all round body oil. The Decleor Face Peel sounds interesting, I have a Clarisonic which I use for exfoliation, but I already like alot of other Decleor products so I hope I'll like this too. The Leighton Denny nail polish in Viva la Diva is a beautiful rich creamy red, I dont own any red polishes so its a nice addition. I quite like the Elemis body wash, I've not tried it yet but its got a lovely fresh exotic smell to it, a little bit musky but I'm very interested in trying it.

Like I said, I'm sad that this is the last one. Feel Unique did say in their email they are putting together something bigger and better to replace this service. But it will be missed by me for sure until their new service comes out. Maybe they have realised its time to get out the beauty box game before its too late!
For my opinion on which beauty box I reccomend see this post

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