Thursday, 30 August 2012


quick reviews #4

quick review guerlain rose aux joues blush over rose chic pink ginvera marvel gel revlon just bitten stylfile xen tan absolute luxe dark lotion estee lauder double wear
Alot of products I test out don't always make it into full blown reviews so I thought I'll pop regular quick reviews of things I've been trying recently before either expanding into full reviews in the future or letting slip into the backlog of products I test. Do let me know in comments if you'd like to hear more about products or eventual full reviews!
Quick Reviews

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo (£26.55)*: I literally just got these blushes through the post today but really couldn't resist showing them off. I received the shades Over Rose and Chic Pink. Both are gorgeous finely milled super soft pigmented blushes. I'm wearing Chic Pink right now and I simply adore it! Fabulously decadent packaging too, I've never warmed to gold but I really love these for some reason!

Ginvera Marvel Gel (£22)*: Marvel Gel is a strange green liquid gel that is slightly slime like for lack of a better explanation. It is a very gentle exfoliator that doesnt really feel like anything when you apply it onto the face. You rub it into skin gently in small circlular motions (I focus most on my congested areas) and then balls of dead skin sort of form and rub off. It sounds disgusting but it works wonders!

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains (£7.99):I have three shades of these super popular lip stains but I can't say Im sold on any of them. The colours don't really do it for me and I find them overall to be a bit average. They are long lasting and feel very comfortable on the lips and I can see why the hype is pretty big in the blog world, Just can't say these do much for me personally though!

Stylfile (£4.99)*: Invented by some bloke who was on the Apprentice the Stylfile is a S shaped nail file which aims to make filing and shaping the nails alot easier. I don't do anything to my natural nails but I bought some new nails that are way too long for me so have been using these to keep them nicely shaped. Incredibly easy to use and is perfect if you have no idea what you're doing when it comes to shaping your nails!

Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe
(£39.99)*: I won a goody bag full of Xen Tan products at a blogging event a few months ago and finally got around to using it. I can't say I was completely impressed with my first application, I thought it would be so much darker than it came out. Two applications and I was at the tan colour I liked to be, but I really expected a hell of alot more from a premium tanning brand, especially one that claims to be ultra dark! The application was fine and streak free and super simple, I'm gonna keep trying this to see if I get along with it any better! Maybe I just like being really really dark!

Estee Lauder Double Wear (£27.50): I haven't worn this foundation in yonks but after some issues with foundation breaking me out recently, I decided to go back to what I knew worked for me. High coverage, matte long lasting foundation that covers completely. It's quite thick compared to foundations I've been using recently. I know double wear is a very love/hate product but I really enjoy using it as it doesn't break me out and leaves my skin looking perfect and flawless. Also it's worth noting never wear this on a night out, due to the high SPF it makes your face look washed out and is commonly known as "ghost face"! Many a night I've had photos with my face 100 times paler than my body!

38 comments:

  1. i love quick reviews! i'm torn between chubby sticks and the just bitten kiss stains- both seem so similar!

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  2. Just out of interest, why do you say not to wear it on a night out? I'm just curious as thinking of buying it myself as I've head loads of amazing reviews! x

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    1. Probably because it's an SPF foundation, so with flash photography, you end up with the dreaded ghost face :)

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    2. yup! as above! it makes your face look super washed out! i don't know why i thought everyone knew this as thinking about it itdoesnt make sense! i've added it to the post now (:

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  3. Why shouldn't you use Doublewear on a night out?

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    1. Yes I want to know why too?

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    2. because of the high spf. it gives a ghost face (really pale white face) when used with flash photography! basically looks terrible and i wouldn't use it! I always forget not everyone is as nerdy on beauty stuff like as I am and presumed everyone knew that haha!

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  4. I love the revlon balm stains, cherish is my fave but I really want honey! :) x

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  5. The blushes look beautiful!

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  6. love these quick reviews! how come you wouldnt recommend doublewear for a night out? im in need of a good night out foundation for oily skin and was leaning towards trying DW.
    as pretty as those blushes are, £26 is eye-watering! then again, my fave blushes are natural collection at £2 per pot!

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    1. sorry! I thought it was common knowledge that it gave a ghost face (really pale white face) when used with flash photography! basically looks terrible and i wouldn't use it! I always forget not everyone is as nerdy on beauty stuff like as I am! its a good foundation but i wouldn't wear it if your getting your photo taken!

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  7. That Ginvera gel sounds like an interesting product! Those blushes look gorgeous and I really fancy trying, well every other product you mentioned haha xx

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  8. That Ginvera gel sounds so interesting and fantastic... I would love to try it out!! That "S" shaped nail file also sounds hella convenient (for lack of better terminology).

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  9. Those blushes look beautiful will have to check these out! The Ginvera gel sounds really interesting as well X

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  10. I didn't understand the hype over the Revlon lip stains either; they didn't seem to show up much and rubbed off within half an hour of application! The Ginvera Marvel Gel sounds really cool, I'll definitely keep an eye out for it and will hopefully get to give it a try x

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  11. I have the style file and lovveee it. it's just so handy and convenient! has a great story behind it too!xx

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  12. The Style File sounds... interesting. xo

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  13. I feel the same about the balm stains. I understand why they're so popular, but I'm just not wild about them.
    Love the quick reviews by the way! xx
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  14. Ditto on the night out question!! Why not, I considered buying it for this :(

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    1. sorry! I thought it was common knowledge that it gave a ghost face (really pale white face) when used with flash photography! basically looks terrible and i wouldn't use it! I always forget not everyone is as nerdy on beauty stuff like as I am!

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  15. I love the s shaped file! It's so easy to use. It's really long lasting too :) xx

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  16. I might try the nail file - that looks pretty good!

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  17. I got suckered into 3 revlon balm stains as well! The color selection isn't the best and the bright pinks are BRIGHT I wear them to work but not in love with them still not sure how I ended up buying three:P

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  18. I've been wanting to try the stylfile ever since I saw it on The Apprentice a few years ago! Might just treat myself to one now :)
    I'm glad I haven't bought the lip stain, as I was going to but couldn't work out which shade I liked best!
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  19. I really didn't like the s-file. I don't wear false nails so maybe that's why. But I felt it was actually harder to use on my natural nails- than a flat one!
    Daniella x

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  20. The s-file sounds pretty good but I was worried it was a bit gimmicky so have never bothered with it x

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  21. love this kind of posts ! x
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  22. Love quick reviews! I have the S-file, I actually really love it! I don't normally file my normal nails but it's great for fake nails. I kind of want to try out the Just Bitten lip stains but I've heard the actual product dries out quite quickly so I'm not sure!

    Pip x

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  23. I wear double wear and have always tried to get a pump for it because I waste so much just pouring it out. I see you have one in your picture! I've tried the Estee Lauder counters but was told they don't sell them and the MAC ones are too big :( What pump do you use with it? Thanks :) x

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    1. i use a mac one, i just cut the end off so it fit into the bottle!

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  24. Great to hear a different opinion on the revlon lip stains! Enjoyed this post, thanks Lily :)

    xx Veronica

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  25. I'd love to hear more about the Ginvera Marvel Gel. I love testing new products especially exfoliates for my dull skin. It sounds interesting.
    x

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  26. i love these posts it so quick and easy xx

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  27. Aaah all those pale faced pics make sense now, darn you Estee Lauder! (ily still)

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  28. I love your blog, I'm a new follower and really enjoying it :-) x
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  29. I'd love to try out the Estee Lauder Double Wear, hurry up student loan! & it's not much of an issue having a 'ghost face' for me as I'm ridiculously pale anyway & too lazy to attempt to fake tan!

    L x

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    1. oh & I forgot to say... I LOVE your bed covers! :)

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  30. what foundation would you suggest that provides a great coverage but no spf? dw is my fave and no amount of bronzer will cover up that ghost face! haha

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