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Saturday, 31 March 2012

models own ibiza mix

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Models Own Ibiza Mix: Boots/Models Own (£5)*

The Models Own x Hed Kandi range caught my eye as soon as the press release dropped into my inbox. I painted mine almost immediately with the bright neon coral shade from the collection called Hedonist, but my housemate stepped in to model Ibiza Mix for me. The Models Own and Hed Kandi range reflects the spirit of Ibiza and all things summery. Ibiza Mix nail polish is a fun shade full of multi coloured glitter (pinks, blues, greens and golds) which I think reflect the colour of the sea and the sun all suspended in a clear polish. Im surprised Models Own haven't released their own version of OPI's Rainbow connection yet, but this is similar but with more blues and golds rather than multi coloured rainbow. I'd love to see more of these clear glitter nail polishes from Models Own. I highly recommend this shade as its fun and unique and great for layering! I can't wait to use it!
These haven't launched online yet but should be in some stores that stock Models Own.

Friday, 30 March 2012

ELF Studio Blush in gotta glow

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wearing the balm frat boy with elf studio blush to make it shimmery 
ELF Studio Blush in Gotta Glow: £3.50 (E.L.F)

Ive seen this a few times on the ELF website but havent got round to purhcasing it so on one of their free shipping things I decided to buy it. Kates been raving about the Nars Albatross highlighter for a while and I've read before this was a dupe yolks ago so I went ahead and got it. I really like the fresh shimmery highlighted look at the moment- perfect for the super summery weather we are having at the moment!

ELF Blush is Gotta Glow is a ivory, gold toned yellowish powder that gives a subtle highlight and glow to the cheeks. It doesn't look ashy on my skin which I really like as I think white looks really stark on my warm toned tanned skin! It feels slightly chalky to the touch, but the shimmer translates well onto the cheeks without looking powdery. Its quite sparkly, but I'd presume if you're looking for a highlighter then a shimmer is to be expected. Its good for applying on top of matte blushes to give a soft shimmery look or just to give a summer glow to your makeup.

Overall I think it is a OK product, It does the job well and for the price you really can't complain all that much. However I do prefer the Collection 2000 way to glow shimmer shades as a highlighter than this. It's just a nicer tone on my skin. But, It's an okay dupe for Nars Albatross but obviously not the same quality.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

things i like #4

nail polish: models own ibiza mix, satchel: cambridge satchel
dress: topshop, kitty shoes: ebay watch: micheal kors

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes

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Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes: Superdrug (£2.99)

Kate posted on Twitter that she wanted some makeup removing wipes so I mentioned I'd been using the Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes so decided I'd just quickly review them for here! To take my makeup off I normally use facial oils, I've never really enjoyed using makeup wipes. Most of them dry my skin out and leave it super tight and uncomfortable. Generally I find makeup wipes to be really convenient and "quick", just not that great for my skin. In my Company Magazine Goodybag I got a packet of them and took them to Cardiff with me because I was going to stay at a friends house and didn't want to take my whole face routine.

I like the Kleenex Facial Wipes because they are really gentle on the face. I don't feel like I need to really scrub to get my face makeup off. I do use na extra eye makeup remover (Bioderma) to remove my eye makeup as I don't think they are intended for eye use. However they do a decent job of the rest of my face. The texture of the wipes are unlike any wipes I've tried in the past. They are slightly quilted and feel really durable, they remind me a bit of toilet paper in a weird way but thicker. They are super soft and dont irrirate the skin, with a light fresh scent to them. I really like that feel moist without being too wet if you get what I mean!

And to quote Kate "think i'll go with kleenex - if they can take off @llymlrs makeup then they must be industrial strength ;)" Maybe not industrial strength but they do a good job and the price is really reasonable for a facial wipe.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

everyday makeup 004

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Eyes- MAC Gleam, MAC Expensive Pink, MAC Espresso for Brows, Loreal Super liner Carbon Gloss, YSL Faux Clis, Ebay Eyelashes Face- MUFE HD Foudnation mixed with Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover in Creamy Tan, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus, 17 Instant Glow Bronzing Powder in Medium, Look Beauty Blush in Flirt, Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Way to Glow, Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake Tan: St Moritz Dark Mousse

Monday, 26 March 2012

john frieda full repair shampoo and conditioner

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john frieda full repair shampoo and conditioner: boots/superdrug (£5.69 each) *

In my eyes, Shampoo and Conditioner fall into two categories. The ones I like, and the one I don't like. Im not really big on hair products, I am trying to improve my hair care routine but it really doesn't appeal to me that much. To briefly explain my history with hair washing products, Im not brand loyal in the slightest. I tend to buy whatever is on offer in Boots or Superdrug, ones that are fragrance free (Im allergic to most highly scented hair products, especially Herbal Essences) and where possible volumizing ones. Also I despite having dryer ends don't generally use Conditioner. This is mainly because it weighs my fine hair down and I use Morroccan Oil or treatments to give my the hair moisture.

I really like the smell of the John Frieda Shampoo and Conditoner duo, its fresh and light. Im not allergic to it either, which is always a plus side! The product comes in bright red packaging and although I was skeptical about the squeeze tubes at first, they are really easy to use and perfect for the shower. The John Fredia Full Repair Shampoo is light and it really feels really clarifying and my hair is left really clean and soft. I've recently been testing a lot of products on my hair which can build up if I don't use a good shampoo to get rid of the build up. Like I said before I don't tend to use Conditioner, However the John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner is incredibly lightweight and I find it doesn't weigh my hair down at all. I have quite dry ends (thanks Ombre!) then the rest of my hair is normal but I have fine hair so products can leave it looking greasy if I use too much. I actually really enjoyed trying out the Full Repair Conditioner and I would probably buy it again.

I think if you have dry or damaged hair then the John Frieda Full Repair range is for you. It might be too much for people with oiler to normal hair. Its very lightweight range even though its moisturising which means its great for dryer/damaged hair. With mine being a mix of the two I found it perfect mix of moisturising without being too heavy. I can see myself purchasing this again as I've really enjoyed trying them out.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

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Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake: Superdrug/Boots (£7.99)

I was pretty indifferent when the Revlon Lip butters came out, and then I was even more indifferent when they came out in the UK. But like most drugstore products, I get wrapped up in blogging hype and simply just have to be apart of it. I knew from the outset they aren't my type of lip product. I wear full  coverage matte lipsticks most of the time, and this is a sheer shimmery lipstick. My lips are really pigmented so most sheer products don't show up on me. Regardless I gave into the hype and picked this up from Superdrug (the one by Marble Arch Tube/Primark on Oxford Street)

The colour of Strawberry Shortcake is a warmish pink toned lipstick in the tube, I think it comes out a lot paler on me than it does in the tube. More of a light milky barbie pink, which I don't think suits me all that much. I think it looks a touch too purple/blue on my pigmented lips. Im not 100% sure if I like it. The conistancy is creamy and slicks onto the lips incredibly easily. Its a very moisturising formula which feels comfortable on the lips. Its perfect for a daytime lipstick as it is so subtle and easy to wear. The formula doesn't wear that well though. Id say between 2-3 hours before needing reapplication, which is very poor, but average for most sheer lipbalms/lipsticks.

I was actually surprised with the price point, at nearly £8 I think thats pretty steep. Revlon is one of the higher priced drugstore brands but I do think thats quite high for a lipbalm/lipstick hybrid. Maybe its just because the product doesn't specifically appeal to me and being so nonchalant about the product probably didn't help. I do think its a good product and does live up to my expectations. If you were looking for a moisturising sheer lipstick then go for it. It is a nice product, but personally Im not blown away with my experience with it!

Friday, 23 March 2012

5 nail polishes for spring

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Topshop Nails in Indian Summer (£5)*, Models Own Nail Polish in Lilac Dream (£5)*, Models Own Slate Green (£5)*, Maybelline Forever Strong in Ceramnic B lue (£4.09)*, Barry M Peach Melba (£2.95)*

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour in Coral

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ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour: ELF (£3.50)

I was expecting a really different shade from this one after looking at the ELF swatches. I always think they are way off but in the photo this one looks like a bright pink coral similar to Topshop Coy Lipstick or even Nars Bolereo. Its a different coral to what I'd personally call a coral. While it is a corally colour,  in my mind I see more pinky corals, Where as this is much more of a creamy nude peachy coral. On me, It actually reminds me a little of MAC Shy Girl without the creaminess and less nude. I am quite tanned at the moment which is probably why its looking more nude on me than it would someone a bit paler.

The ELF Matte Lip Colours are packaged like chunky lip liners, they come it twist up applicators and have a pencil sharpener in the bottom. The packaging is sleek and simple which is ok, they do feel a bit on the cheap side though. The Matte Lip Colour apply easily, although they do drag a little because the formula is matte and stiff. The coverage is very good and I'd say its a pigmented product, My natural lips are very dark and it makes them look a lot lighter.

Like all matte lipsticks its probably not suitable for anyone with dry lips as it will highlight any imperfections or lines. Despite this I think it's a pretty good product actually, Its not one for everybody though as I can see a lot of people not liking it. But if you're a matte lipstick lover with smooth lips I'd recommend trying this out!

Monday, 19 March 2012

rimmel wake me up foundation

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Rimmel Wake me Up Foundation: boots/superdrug/savers (£8.99)*

I cannot remember the time I used a drug store foundation. I actually used to quite like the Revlon Colour Stay and the Photoready but I'm loyal to Estee Lauder when it comes to foundation so I don't tend to stray from their core foundations. Rimmel Wake Me up is one of those "sparkly" foundations. Light reflecting particles that are supposed to make you look flawless with tricks of the light and give your radiant and awake glow. I do think it lives up to these claims. On the skin it looks fresh and glowy with all my pores and imperfections blurred out. The glitter that seems to be very prominent when you look at the packaging is not noticeable at all on the skin, and you don't end up with Edward Cullen glitter ball face.

When applied it feels a touch heavy, Like I can feel it on my skin. It doesn't look heavy though, the finish is very natural leading slightly too dewey for my personal tastes but I do powder it down to a matte finish. The product itself feels very thick and heavy when pumped onto the back of my hand, almost gel like. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation also has a light fresh scent to it, Which personally I don't love. I don't like the idea of using fragranced products on my face as generally it makes me break out.

I used two pumps for my whole face and to give the coverage I like (medium to full) as well as using concealer and a powder. However I don't think that makes it bad product because I do this regardless of what foundation I use. I've been using my Real Techniques Buffer brush to apply which makes it apply smooth and streak free to the face. The coverage is different depending on how many pumps you apply though, I do find it covers all my redness, scars and blemishes well.

Overall I do really like this foundation which surprised me. Its not the best foundation since sliced bread and I doubt it will be replacing my MUFE HD or Estee Lauder Double Wear, but I do really like it and I have been reaching for it on regular rotation. For a high street offering its one of the best I've ever tried in a very long time. I haven't experienced any skin problems like breakouts or dryness. I major things don't like is the scent, the fact that its not oil-free and oiler skinned girls (like me) really need to use a powder (Rimmel Stay Matte perhaps?) to keep you matte. But its good for a foundation that retails at £8.99. Its definitely one to try if your looking for a new foundation and don't want to splash out. I'm not converted to drugstore makeup just yet but I know for sure I'll be using this one up!

Friday, 16 March 2012

everyday makeup 003

Eyes: Chanel Illusions d'Ombre in Emmerveille, MAC All That Glitters, MAC Honey Lust, MAC Superslick Liquid Liner, Makeup Forever Smokey Lash, MAC Espresso for Brows, Face: Benefit The Porfessional, Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup, Benefit Erase Paste, Collection 2000 Illuminating Concealer, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus, Look Beauty Blush in Flirt, Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Way to Glow Lips: Barry M 155 Pretty Pink

Thursday, 15 March 2012

tresemme liquid gold

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TreSemme Liquid Gold: boots/superdrug (£6.99) *

I tried my holy grail of all hair products, Morrocan Oil a few months ago and ever since I've become more and more interested in all things oil related. I champion them as being responsible for completely transforming my hair from a dry unmanageable mess to something I'm semi-happy with it! I went to a Unilever event recently where they showcased their upcoming products and this was one that really stood out to me. A budget friendly hair oil treatment available on the high street.

Tresemme Liquid Gold is a hair oil treatment that aims to restore the hair if it's been damaged. These sorts of products are great for dry, damaged, coloured or bleached hair. I apply it after I've washed my hair and before I dry it, I focus about two to three pumps the product on the ends of the hair and then run the excess throughout the rest. It leaves my hair feeling sleek, super soft and so easy to manage and style. I feel like it adds to excess weight to hair so I can still achieve a lot of volume without my hair being weighed down. The product itself is non greasy, very lightweight and it leaves no residue in the hair. The Liquid Gold is infused with Argan Oil which is full of nourishing Vitamin E which leaves the hair super soft and shiny. I really like the smell of the Tresemme Liquid Gold as well, its smells really sweet and fresh scent to it. Im no good at describing scents but it smells very luxurious and expensive, that sort of hair salon-y smell if you know what I mean!

Im running really low on Morrocan Oil so this will be replacing it for the time being. It works just as well and I feel it does the same thing to my hair. Although when I was drying my hair I felt it took a lot longer to dry when I used the Tresemme Liquid Gold compared to Moroccan Oil which was the only fault I found using the product. The price tag is a lot more purse friendly, at £6.99 for 75ml compared to the £30 odd for Morrocan Oil. I say go for this product if you're looking for a budget alternative to Morrocan Oil. I don't think it's the same product or a dupe, and I find Moroccan Oil to be better at multi-use styling. However the Tresemme is a firm second in my hair oil hierarchy. I do think Moroccan Oil is as good as everyone says it is, I know not everyone can afford the high price tag. This is a great alternative and I'd 100% recommend this.
This hasn't been released yet, but should be out soon! The price may be different from what stated here, but I know its around this price!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

MAC Cleanse Off Oil

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MAC Cleanse Off Oil: MAC (£7 30ml or £16 150ml)*

I love makeup, but I really, REALLY hate taking it off. I find it so much effort to get every scrap off before I go to bed, I always seem to have something left no matter what I do. I raved about Shu Uemuras Cleanse Off oil a few months ago, which always took everything off in one step. I recently ran out and the price tag made me want to cry I always ponder over it as I walk past the counter in Selfridges but can never make the commitment for another bottle. I decided to pick up a Mini MAC Cleanse Off oil as I wanted to try a new oil based cleanser and it was the only one I could think of. I think on the whole I prefer oil based cleansers to take my makeup off, I feel like my face is cleaner and fresher without any dryness or tightness. I decided to get the MAC one as I have a Pro card so it was only about £4 so was worth it just to test out.

MAC Cleanse Off Oil is a really easy to use product, perfect for lazy girls like me who hate taking their makeup off before bed. Its really gentle and works well at getting makeup off with very minimal effort. It feels very luxurious on the skin, You apply it to dry skin and use 5-6 pumps (from the mini bottle, I presume the big bottle will have less pumps) then leave for 30 seconds, splash on some water to emulsify the oil and then buff my facewith a cloth. I have used this on my eyes but I don't think it works that well. I get "foggy eyes" which freaks me out a bit, and however it does remove most of my eye makeup (I wear a lot, if you haven't noticed!). I do feel like I still have to go over it with a wipe or cotton pad of Bioderma to get the last bit of my panda eyes off. Regardless it does take off all my face makeup off with very little effort.

Cleanse Off Oil is good, and Id say its worth the the price tag and it does do it's job very well. But I just don't love it, it does what its supposed to do but just doesn't compare to my beloved Shu Umera. Maybe if I tried them the opposite way round I may have liked it more.The Mini (30ml) is £7 and the full size is around £16 (150ml).
Does anyone have any other recommendations for cleansing oils? Or should I cave in and get another bottle of Shu Uemura?

Monday, 12 March 2012

mac impassioned lipstick

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mac impassioned lipstick: MAC (£13.50)*

MAC Impassioned Lipstick is described by MAC as a "Amped up Fushia" with a Amplified Cream finish. I'd describe it as a watermelon pink, its very very bright pink with a coral/orange tinge to it. Before I caved and bought the Viva Glam Nicki lipstick, I would have said it was the brightest lipstick I owned as it has a almost neon quality to it. However I'd say Nicki is similar but much lighter than Impassioned. In all my MAC lovin' years I've not actually tried a Amplified finish. I think its a pretty good formula, Its opaque and creamy without being drying. The colour is very intense, which to me suggests the formula is for the more bright and pigmented lipsticks in the MAC range. Like all MAC Lipsticks it has the usual unoffencive vanilla scent. Once again Im not disappointed by a MAC Lipstick, I didn't need this shade but I do love it!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades Way To Glow

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 Collection 2000 shimmer shades in way to glow: boots (£4.19)*

The Collection 2000 shimmer shades in way to glow is a multi purpose highlighter and bronzer in one compact with the aim to give a "subtle glow" to the face.  There are four individual colours a champagne, a rosy pink, a golden bronze and a pinky brown shade. The shades are all shimmery and soft and easy to blend onto the skin. I wouldn't say they are very pigmented but they do provide a subtle glow of colour rather than a massive amount of pigmentation. However I think this is the intention of the product, as they give a glowy finish. They are shimmery with a bit of glitter but its very finely milled and not chunky at all.

The packaging is a bit cheap and cheerful, I dont think its that bad as it could have been alot worse. I much prefer sleeker packaging but it feels quite sturdy and doesnt feel like its going to break.  The shades are pressed firmly into the pan but soft to the touch. I've been using the Collection 2000 shimmer shades individual colours for both eyes and cheeks. Swirling all the colours together with a big brush for a all over sweep of colour works really nicely in giving a warm glow. I think my preferred method using it as a cheek highlight using a rounded contour brush. I either use the shimmering rosy pink or the champagne colour on the tops of my cheekbones and under my brows to highlight and lift areas after contouring or on top of matte blushes. In the example photo Im wearing it on the tops of my cheekbones to enhance the matte blusher's colour.

They retail for £4.19 which I think is a really good price for a highlighting and bronzing product, I'd recommend this, especially for the summer months ahead! There is also another palette in the Shimmer Shade range called "Blushalicious" which actually looks really nice, which I may get as well! I can't wait to wear more glowy products!

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