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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter

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A recent addition to my ever growing Topshop Makeup collection is the Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon.Unlike the other Topshop Highlighter Sunbeam, Cresent Moon is much softer and peachier which means it would suit a variety of skin tones, specifically paler ones. Topshop Cresent Moon is a creamy pale peachy, golden pink shimmery highlighter which is incredibly flattering. It's velvety smooth, super fine and applies like a dream onto the face. It looks beautiful and really adds a subtle radiance without the use of glitter. I cant rave about this enough as it looks beautiful on the face! For a £10 it's an absolute steal!

introduction: wild about beauty

wild about beauty review swatch photo
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Wild About Beauty Sheer Glow Moisture Tint SPF20, Wild About Beauty Rose Water Illuminating Serum, Wild About Beauty Kajal Pencil Duo in Mauve, Wild About Beauty Ultra Dewy Glow Stick in Benny, Wild About Beauty Mattifying Balm

Natural, flawless makeup

Wild About Beauty is a new makeup brand by Louise Redknapp and makeup artist Kim Jacob. The basic ethos behind the brand is a natural, fresh glowing look without the use of heavy, caked on makeup. I think they are going for a uncomplicated and easy to approach to their line of makeup. I feel they focus a lot on producing products that are packed full of skin loving ingredients rather than being too crazy. The shades are all wearable, natural and would appeal to a wide range of women. I feel they take a refreshing approach to cosmetics as they promise to deliver the highest quality make-up that performs, whilst never compromising on ingredients. Which is refeshing for a cosmetics brand at the moment.

I haven't tried them all out yet, apart from the Mattifying Balm, which is incredible! But I thought I'd do a introduction style post to the brand before going on to review some of the products!

Sheer Glow Moisture Tint SPF20 £22: This is a lightweight tinted moisturiser that contains a host skincare benefits. It has a soft illuminating finish and gives the face a fresh radiant look. This comes in theee shades light, medium and dark.

Rose Water Illuminating Serum £22: A hydrating skin treatment deisgned to boost radiance before applying makeup like a primer. It contains rose water which is rich in anti-aging, regenerates the skin. IUt has soft illumiating pigments in which brightens the complextion

Kajal Pencil Duo in Mauve £13.50:A vitamin E enriched double ended shadow pen which is perfect for taking a look from day to night. One side is a eyeliner and the other is a creamy soft shadow. It's long lasting and creaseproof and can be built up for a more intense look.

Ultra Dewy Glow Stick in Benny £15 A creamy highlighting stick. This contains beeswax and vitamin e to keep its texture moisturing and hydrating. This blends effortlessly into the skin for a bright luminous glow. Availible in two shades Winston & Benny.

Mattifying Balm £20: A lightweight colourlness balm that mattifys the skin leaving it looking smooth and refined. The balm can be used before or after makeup to prevent shine and leave the skin looking flawless from day to night. This makes the perfect makeup base!

All the products are available online at

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

rimmel metal rush nail polishes

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Rimmel Metal Rush Nail Varnish in Purple Reign, Royal Blue, Pearly Queen, Gold Save The Queen (£3.99)*
Metallic Nail Polishes

For Autumn/Winter 2012 Rimmerl have launched a new collection of on trend nail polishes called Metal Rush Nail Polishes. These have "state of the art technology" that means the nail polishes change colour depending on the light they are in. These nail polishes come in four shades and retail for £3.99.

Pearly Queen is a greyish lilac pearly shade with a slight green shimmer going through it. This was the only shade which needed about three coats to be opaque but I think this would look better layered than on it's own. Royal Blue is a mid toned peacock blue which has a shimmery undertone of purple and green. Purple Reign is a plummy purple shade with a slight gold sheen going through it. Finally Gold Save The Queen is a dark gold with a green sheen to it. All the shades change depending on the lighting thanks to the duo-chrome and shimmer going through them.

Metallic polish isn't to my taste, I tend to stick to creme finishes, but I have to admit I've warmed to some of the shades in this collection, Especially Royal Blue. Metallic is a big trend for Autumn/Winter and especially when it comes to nail polish. For the price they are really worth it, they apply smoothly, need two coats and dry very quickly. The brush is short and flat which makes application completely effortless. Cant rave about these enough, an incredibly reasonable on trend addition to the Rimmel range.

Also I have the full set of 4 Metal Rush Polishes to giveaway, To enter all you need to do is fill the form in below! This giveaway will end a week today!

Monday, 29 October 2012

everyday makeup #17

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Face: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, Laura Mercier Silk Creme in Cashew Beige Cheeks: Fashionista Rome Bronzer, Fashionista London Blush Eyes: MAC Groundwork, Pixi Lid Last Shadow in Peach Pave*, Pixi Lash Line Ink, Eyeko Mascara*, Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Warm Brunette Lips: MAC Overdrive Long Wear Lip Cream

Dove Creme Mousse

the following post is Sponsored by Dove
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nourishing body wash

The Dove Creme Mousse Body wash is rich creamy body wash. It has a formula similar to a body cream. It's thick pearlescent crème formula, but it lathers up well to clean the body as well as leaving the skin feeling silky soft and hydrated. After one use it leaves the skin feeling noticeably softer and beautifully nourished, unlike any other body wash I've used before. One of my favourite things about the wash is that it doesn't run or drip in the shower so I don't end up wasting loads of product as it comes out too fast. The Body Wash comes in two varieties in Dove Deeply Nourishing Creme Mousse Body Wash and Dove Brightening Creme Mousse Body Wash. Both variants contain NutriumMoisture technology, which addresses protein and lipid damage to the skin caused by regular shower gels, leaving skin nourished deep down and feeling softer and smoother for longer.

Im a bit lazy when it comes to using things like body creams and just tend to focus on my drier areas. I tend to just do my knees and elbows. However since starting to use the Dove Body Wash it's left my skin ridiculously soft, smooth and hydrated that I didn't feel the need to add extra moisturiser to my dryer areas. I think which is will be great going into A/W, Especially as my skin gets a lot dryer so this is definitely one to try out in the colder months if your in a hurry and don't want to waste time faffing around adding body cream after your morning shower.

Dove Creme Body Wash retails for £3.71 and is available now from all good supermarkets and chemists.

caudalie divine oil

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multipurpose oil

I've been using hair oils religiously for the past year but never considered one that I could use on my body. The press release for Divine Oil popped into my inbox a few months ago, but I never got round to trying it till recently. I have relatively normal skin and although I have been trying I dont moisturise as much as I should. I noticed recently that my knees and elbows were getting very dry and cracked. I've been using this after showering after I've dried myself off, focusing it on my drier areas and massaging in the oils. The oil quickly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. My dry patches healed up quickly and my skin was left soft, moisturised and not sore. You can also use this oil on your face, hair and nails. The smell is very natural and light which is quite uplifting and relaxing. My favourite thing about Divine Oil is that it comes in a spray bottle. I find most body oils to be very, very messy! As it has a spray pump it saves on pouring out too much product, wasting it and over saturating

Overall I really like Caudalie Divine Oil. It's pretty pricey, but I think for a multipurpose oil it's definitely worth the extra money. Like I said Im not big on moisturising, but because I can use it on my cuticles and on my hair I'd be more willing to spend a bit more money on a product like this. It is a cult product and something you might want to consider if you suffer from dryness going into Autumn Winter!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

space nk & drugstore haul

video: space nk & drugstore haul
video: space nk & drugstore haul

My "feel good" haul
Items Mentioned: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, REN T-zone Balancing Day Fluid, REN No 1 Purity Cleanser, Nars x Andy Warhol Satellite of Love Blush, Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Real Sand, Eve Lom Moisuture Mask, Living Proof Frizz Nourishing Styling Creme, Ardell Demi Wispies, Eylure 101's, Eylure Girls Aloud Sarah Eyelashes, VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir, Fashionista Blush in Juicy Apricot
Over the last few days I've picked up a few bits to "make me feel better". I literally walked into Space NK and had a little treat session. I've loved all the REN products I've tried in the past so I decided to pick up a cleanser and a day moisturiser from the range. I'm a bit fan of balmy or oil cleansers and I think the No 1 Purity Cleanser is going to be a winner. The Day Fluid sounds like the perfect item to sort my oily but dry skin out at the moment! I've wanted the Nars blush in Satellite of Love ever since I saw it at a press show and now I've got my mitts on it, So far it hasn't disappointed! It's a subtle shimmery highlighter that really enhances the natural glow of my tanned skin. I find Fashonista stuff really hard to find as most of the stands I find never seem to have all the stock out. However I managed to find my favourite shade- Juicy Apricot was still left on the shelf! That was snapped up and taken to checkout ASAP. The other thing I'm really excited about trying is the Clarins Instant Smooth primer, Kate uses this all the time and I generally trust her judgement products so thought I'd go ahead and test it out for myself!

Friday, 26 October 2012

quick reviews: foundation #1

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Foundations shown from L-R: Illamasqua Skin Base, Estee Lauder Double Wear, MAC Face and Body, YSL Touche Eclat Foundations, Makeup Forever HD

The Foundation diaries

I'm a bit of a foundation addict. I literally have tons and tons of them and I probably like wearing about one of them. My skin tone is really really awkward, Im olive/warm toned but my skin is very pale, especially compared to the tone of my actual body. I've spent my life trying to tell MUA's that I'm OLIVE TONED NOT PINK TONED. Does anyone listen? Nope. Anyway I don't really tend to review foundations all that much on the blog as they are hard to photograph and show what they are really like on. I could use almost any foundation and have them look fine on camera but look completely different in person. Hence why I don't review them much as I find them pretty misleading! However today I'm gonna go through some of the ones I have, likes and dislikes and you could look further into them yourself! I will say before buying any foundation try and get a sample of it before you buy it, most high end counters will give you a sample if you ask. If they don't then that's their loss and don't buy it! Also Just in the interest of not making this post too long I shall do another one next week with some more of my foundations!

Illamasqua Skinbase : I've reviewed this in full here. But it's basically a BB cream for the UK market. It has pretty good build able coverage, with a soft, natural dewy finish. A little goes a long way with this foundation as you really only need a tiny ammount to get flawless coverage. I really like wearing this when I go out as it doesn't have any SPF so it doesn't have any of the dreaded "ghost face". Personally I really like this foundation and I always forget how much I do like it until I use it again, I must add it to my regular rotation of foundations again! I wear shade 8 for reference

Estee Lauder Double Wear : I have to admit Double Wear is my all time favourite foundation. I've used it on and off for years and I've never had too many troubles with it. It doesn't break me out but it's very easy to over apply and make your face feel a bit too cakey. It provides flawless full coverage with a very matte finish. I either wear Ecru or Desert Beige depending on how tan I am!

MAC Face and Body : I hate most MAC face products but this one changed my opinion of the brands foundations. Face and Body is a lightweight, water based, waterproof long lasting sheer coverage foundation. It blends into the skin effortlessly and can be built up in areas that need more coverage. It doesn't contain SPF so is perfect for a night out and looks stunning on camera. The product is also really good value for money at for 50ML. I wear C3 which is the most perfect match I've had with a MAC foundation before!

YSL Touché Éclat Foundation : This has to be the most annoying foundation I've ever tried. I love the flawless natural, dewy, luminous finish but it broke me out like no other foundation I've ever tried before. At first I didn't think it was the foundation breaking me out (or maybe I was trying to convince myself it wasn't!) but I came to my senses and stopped using it. Although I'd stupidly bought a full size at this point which to this day remains unopened! However the colour match was absolutely perfect (Im BD50) and the finish was to die for, but sadly I can't use it at all. I'm absolutely gutted as this would have been my Holy Grail foundation if it didn't break me out as everything about it was spot on!

Makeup Forever HD Foundation : This has to be another of my all time favourite foundations and I really should repurchase it at some point. I've been clinging onto the bottle since I used it up a few months ago for some unknown reason. I was a bit so-so about this at first but it really grew on me towards the end. It looks incredible in photos and I wear it a lot when photographing for my blog. It blurs all imperfections, brighten the skin and cover blemishes with a soft semi matte, glowy finish. I wear 115 which is a good match for my natural face skin tone in terms of paleness but the tone is slightly off as I could do with something a little more yellow.

MAC By Request

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Ones that got away...

I've been a MAC fan for years, I've probably used the brand since I was about 15. Although in recent years I don't really get excited about it, and I wouldn't even go as far as saying its my favourite makeup brand anymore. However when the By Request Collection came out I just had to get my hands on a few things that got away. Candy Yum Yum came out with the quite cute collection last year but it slipped through the net and I missed it. It's a neon, magenta pink with a matte finish, it's almost glowing in it's flouresent brightness. Moxie came out way back in 1999 with the Retro Matte Lipstick collection. It is a pinky-red matte lipstick which is easy to apply and slicks on opaque in one coat. I also purchased Jete eyeshadow which was from the Danse collection back in 2006, I can't say I wanted this at the time but the fact its neutral and shimmery was enough to sell it to me!

The By Requst collection was a great idea, as it was voted for by MAC cosmetic consumers via their Facebook page. There are tons of products that I wish they'd re-release though at some point! Namely Ahoy, There! and Big Bow Lipsticks! I really hope MAC do this sort of thing again at some point in the future as I think its a great way of repromoting those products that go away! I waited years for Lightscapade to be released!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

REN Masks

REN face masks review swatch photo REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask REN Clear Calm Three Clarity Restoring Mask REN Invisble Pore Detoxing Mask
Masks for different skin problems

REN has quickly become my go-to brand when it comes to skincare. REN make prodycts that are free from all skin unfriendly ingrediants, so that includes things like fragrance, petrochemicals that can block pores, sulfate, colours and paragons. I have a few masks by them which I use religiously depending on what skin problems I have at the time. I probably use each one about once a week!

REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30):  Radiance is something my skin lacks completely, most of the time my skin looks dull and always needs a big boost. This mask is packed full of fruit acids that give a gentle but effective facial peel. I find this reduces inflamation and really aids the healing time of my scarring. The tone and overall apperance of my skin improves after just once use and leaves my skin looking glowy, smooth and flawless. I say this one of perfect for blemish prone skin but would suit any skin type that needs a bit of a radiance boost! I think this is my favourite REN mask I own and I can't believe it took me so long to purchase it! I've never looked back!

REN Clear Calm Three Clarity Restoring Mask (£30): This mask is formulated to prevent breakouts before they happen and leave the skin looking clearer and calmer. It's great for decongesting pores and combats the spread of breakout causing bacteria. The sulphur in the mask helps exfoliate and calm inflammation while essential oils within the mask help nourish and soothe the skin. This is defintely a mask for those who really struggle with breakouts. My skin always looks alot clearer and fresher when I use this and is perfect for keeping nasty blemishes at bay and calming already broken out skin. This would be great for those who suffer from painful breakouts as it works wonders at calming down redness.

REN Invisble Pore Detoxing Mask (£18):This mask is perfect for those with noticeably congested skin for example enlarged pores or blackheads. It's perfect for getting that deep cleanse, removing impurities from the skin, reduce excess sebum and dead skin cells. I found this mask really helped me reduce my overall pore size and the ammount of blackheads by drawing all of the yuckiness out of your skin and to the surface.

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Tint Gloss

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Tint Gloss review swatch photo
Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Tint Gloss review swatch photo

Shades: Forever Fushia, Forever Coral, Lasting Pink, Timeless Plum (swatched) and Endless Ruby

Long wearing lip colour

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hour Tint Gloss is a long wearing lip tint with a glossy finish. The stain/gloss hybrid was a trend earlier this year on the lip product scene but are the perfect product for A/W. Following in the foot steps of the YSL Glossy Stains, Maybelline launched their own drugstore version in five colours. The shades in the collection all give a beautiful glossy pout which over time fade out to a soft matte tint. You can of course top up your lips to keep the saturated glossy finish or even blot them after applying if you just wanted a matte "just bitten" style lip tint. Although that would defeat the purpose of actually getting a glossy tint as opposed to your standard lip tint! But it's worth noting they can be used both ways!

The Super Stay Glosses are incredibly long wearing in terms of colour longevity, I wouldn't say the 10 hours they advertise but more around the 6 to 7 hour mark. I have pigmented lips so I find lip stains tend to be a bit of a fail on me as the colour never really shows properly. None the less I was surprised that all of the shades actually had a fairly decent colour pay off and were very similar to their intended colours. All the long wear lip stains have a slight fruity scent which is actually inoffensive for me personally as someone who hates anything scented near their face! These retail for £6.99 which I think is a really good price point. Although there is only five shades in the UK launch of the Maybelline Super Stay Glosses they do have 10 in their USA collection so they may bring over the other shades to expand the collection.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

my blow drying routine

llymlrs hair routine blow dry hair

Products Mentioned: Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme, Wella Professional Luxe Oil, Remington Hair Dryer, Ojon Dry Recovery Moisturising Spritz*, TresSemme Texture Devine Definition Spray*, Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo
How I dry my hair

I dont know if this is even a good idea for a video or not because I can't actually talk about how I blow dry my hair. However I am often asked how I do my usual straight hair style. I'm lucky to be blessed with naturally straight hair, but it takes forever to dry. On average it'll be around 20 minutes. For the sake of this video I left it to air dry a bit before attempting to dry it so it didn't take as long! I don't actually do anything apart from blow dry it roughly with a hair dryer and hope for the best! I wish I could actually blow dry my hair properly but I'm all fingers and thumbs when it comes to using a brush and a hair dryer!

First off I use the Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme, It's my all time favourite hair product and I've raved about it a fair few times. I mainly apply this too the underneath part of my hair, focusing around the roots area to try and give my hair a bit of texture. With it being so fine adding texture is my number 1 concern. I then use a hair oil, for the sake of this video I use a Wella Professional Luxe oil which was absolutely gorgeous. It smelt divine and left my hair feeling really sleek and nourished without leaving a greasy feel to it. I have to admit I was surprised how lightweight it felt once I rubbed it in. I then take my hair dryer and just blow dry until it looks dry! I scrunch my hair as I go along to make give it more texture and volume. Then once my hair's dry I normally spritz a few pumps of the Ojon Spray and then go over it again quickly with the hair dryer. After that I'm done! Sometimes I'll use hairspray or dry shampoo to add a bit more texture into my hair but thats it!

Hope you enjoyed the video and feel free to check out my other videos!

Mariah by OPI Collection

Mariah Carey OPI Collection ss 13 2013 spring summer review swatch photo
Mariah Carey OPI Collection ss 13 2013 spring summer review swatch photo
Mariah Carey OPI Collection ss 13 2013 spring summer stay the night liquid sand review swatch photo
Stay the Night & Anti-Bleak: £11.50*
Shades: A Butterfly Moment, Sprung, Anti-Bleak, Pink yet Lavender. Liquid Sand Polishes: Cant Let Go, The Impossible, Stay the Night, Get Your Number
Mariah for OPI SS13

To be honest I don't really know anything about Mariah Carey, I couldn't even name you one of her songs, But for SS 2013 OPI are collaborating with her for a series of polishes. This collection includes four "Liquid Sand Lacquers". These use a special technology that means they have a textured finish with a matte and reflective sparkle. The finish is sort of a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers. These are to be worn without topcoats or they would loose their finish. In all honesty I think that sounds really weird and I cant say Im a huge fan of the textured nail look and I especially don't like these sand finishes. But I've not heard of anything like this so it could be fairly unique.

I tried an accent nail in Stay the Night. Frankly Im not sold, I think the finish looks gritty and dry and just doesn't look pretty at all. It just looks weird and I can't put my finger on why! It reminds me of granite kitchen work tops or a nail file. It just looks dull and really really bland! What a confusing polish!

I think half the collection is really suiting to spring summer, especial the nudes and the shimmery peach. Like I said I really don't know anything about Mariah or her personal preferences but I really do think the sand finish nail polishes are very strange and to be don't quite fit with what I'd imagine (The Daily Mail seems to tell me she's a big Diva) she'd like! The polish shades are lovely, simple and pretty and work well together. Especially A Butterfly Moment (a creamy light pink with a hint of brown) and Pink yet Lavender (a clear sparkly polish with holographic pink, lilac and silver particles). But how the Liquid Sand ones fit in I really don't know!?

ginvera marvel gel

what is whitening Gel?

I have to admit this is probably one of those products I wasn't going to test without seeing someone else post about it first. Ginvera is a brand that is completely unknown to me, apparently it's popular in Asia and I know pretty much nothing apart from that! Marvel Gel is designed to remove dead skin cells from the face. It reaches deep into the cornified layer of skin so it removes blackheads, reduced pore size and regulate the secretion of oil while aiding the absorption of skincare products. So pretty big claims right there! I personally don't trust anything that says it's going to get rid of my blackheads. Mine are pretty bad, I live in one of the most polluted cities as well as being a bit of a makeup junkie who spent years falling asleep with their makeup on! Despite my best efforts they seem to always come back and Im constantly fighting a losing battle with those darn things!

Green Tea Whitening 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! It leaves my skin feeling super bright, baby smooth and not irritated in the slightest. I find some grainy exfoliators to be way too harsh on my sensitive skin. After one use my pores and blackheads looked less noticeable, Im not joking or exaggerating here folks! I really did see a noticeable difference after using it. As I said I don't really believe things that say they will get rid of blackheads immediately, but this really genuinely did shock me the difference in my skin after a few applications.

I'd put this product in the same sort of category as Alpha H Liquid Gold. It works the same a chemical exfoliator, removing dead skin cells without the harshess of gritty particles. I think if you have sensitive skin this would be a great product to try out as it doesn't cause any irritation.

One thing I would say it is slightly drying so try not to use it too much. Once or twice a week is enough for me and I always make sure to use a extra moisturiser after I've used it. But overall, it's possibly one of the best exfoliatiors I've ever tried. I found my blackheads to be noticeably reduced and while using it they cleared up considerably. I also found it regulated my oily skin by absorbing some of the excess sebum. Like I said I really wouldn't have tried this if I hadn't read a review on a whim, The product is pricey at £20 for 60ml's but I have really enjoyed using this as it lived up to most of it's claims so I would really recommend it!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

products I don't like #1

Rimmel Gel Eyeliner*,  Boots Botantics All Bright Makeup Remover, Bliss Triple Oxygen Energising Mask, Clarisonic Mia, OPI Nothin' Mousie 'bout It
Products that don't work for me...

Generally I like to keep things generally quite positive on this blog rather than focusing on the negatives and products I don't like. I see it as not giving a product coverage rather than a case of "hiding the truth". I just generally think it's better to talk about things I do like rather than ones I don't. Occasionally I will post negative reviews on things I really strongly feel they don't live up to their claims, but on the whole I'll just skip over products I don't like in favour of the ones I do. I see these sorts of videos on Youtube all the time so I thought I'd do some blog post versions! As a bit of a disclaimer Im not saying these products are crap, not worth it and if you like them don't go throwing them away just because I don't like them.

Rimmel Gel Eyeliner (£6.49): It's way too greasy, slick and takes what feels like forever to dry down for my taste. On application was so patchy that I had to dot it on rather than a swipe. I once decided to test it's drying time and waited 10+ minutes and it was still not dry. This has to be the worst and most disappointing eyeliner I've ever tried. I think there are so many better high street gel eyeliners for example the Fashionista Gel Eyeliner works a dream!

Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (£3.99): This used to be my favourite eye makeup remover but it was recently rebranded and reformulated. The new version is terrible, it stings my eyes, leaves a greasy film behind and doesn't really remove makeup all that well. There are definitely much better eye makeup removers on the market than this one and I'd really save your money for something better! Im really sad they changed this product as it was one of my most repurchased items!

Bliss Triple Oxygen Energising Mask (£40): I don't know why I bought this as I hadn't heard anything about the product before I picked it up and it was ridiculously expensive. It's basically a foaming face mask, which feels quite strange at first but I don't think it did anything for my skin at all. It bubbles for about 30 seconds before sliding off the face. I can't see any difference at all after using it, my skin looks the same and I haven't noticed any long term skin benefits. A complete dud!

Clarisonic Mia (£95-£120): I've posted my initial thoughts on this here and then I did a follow up post here a few months later. I don't hate the Clarisonic I just don't think it's worth it the hefty price tag or even as an "investment". I have quite thin, sensitive skin and found it to harsh using it more than once a week.  In the purging phase I was breaking out left, right and centre and there was no signs of it stopping so I gave up completely. I wouldn't recommend buying one personally, but I know this works for a lot of people and I do wish it worked for me!

OPI  Nothin' Mouse About it (£11.50): I wanted to love this polish, I think its so hard to find glitter polishes that contain different shaped glitter so I really had high hopes for this when it came out. While it's not a horrible polish by any means I just don't think it's that good considering the price point. It's a clear jelly with a pinkish tone, micro glitter and then large pink hearts. The hearts are hard to get out of the bottle and because it's so sheer it needs to be layered with another shade to work. The hearts don't sit flat on the nail either which makes them easy to fall/pick off!

OPI Euro Centrale Collection

OPI Euro Centrale Collection s/s spring summer 2013 review swatch photo
OPI Euro Centrale Collection s/s spring summer 2013 review swatch photo
OPI Euro Centrale Collection s/s spring summer 2013 review swatch photo
OPI Euro Centrale Collection s/s spring summer 2013 review swatch photo
Cant find my Czech Book, Suzi's Hungary AGAIN, My Paprika is hotter than yours: £11.50*
Shades:, OPI… Eurso Euro, Suzi's Hungary AGAIN, You're so Budapest, Cant Find my Czechbook, My Paprika is Hotter thank yours, Hands off my Kielbasal, OY-Another Polish Joke, A Womans Prauge-ative, Vant to bite my neck? My Vampire is buff, I saw… U Saw, We Saw… Warsaw
Spring Summer Polishes from OPI

These beautiful polishes are actually part of one of OPI's S/S collections, set to be available early next year. However I just had to show you some of the nail swatches from the Euro Centrale Collection. I popped along to the press event this morning and was wowed with the shade range and of course the signature OPI names! I think my favourite name has to be A Womans Prauge-ative! I cant wait to get my hands on, which is a super glittery combo of blue and violet large glitter particles. I also really like the look of Hands off my Keilbasal which is a creamy nude with a subtle shimmer going through it. Cant find my Czechbook is also another I'm really looking forward to trying out as it's a beautiful fresh bright aqua blue. I have to admit I've never really tried OPI before, I have a few of their polishes (OPI Rainbow connection is possibly one of my all time favourites) so Im looking forward to trying out the brand a bit more!

Monday, 22 October 2012

my new hair

llymlrs hair new look lisa shepherd
llymlrs hair new look lisa shepherd
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Lisa Shepherd Salon London

So a few weeks ago I decided I need a bit of a  refresh. I'd let myself go a bit and I needed to get a few things done to sort myself out and generally feel like me again! I went ahead and booked a hair appointment at the place I got my hair done last time (post here) the Lisa Shepherd Salon in London and decided I needed to ditch the Ombre. Once again I got my hair done by Jason who is amazing and made my hair exactly how I wanted it. My main inspiration was the gorgeous Cara Delevinge, who like me rocks the strong brow look! I didn't want to too blonde, just warmer and more highlighted. It's really hard to show you what it looks like as for some reason it doesn't photograph how it looks in real life. It looks very ginger for some reason, but more caramel in real life! It's still very brown, but with a lot more blonde in it and highlighted rather than solidly brown. There is a tiny bit of Ombre lurking in my hair but thats because my hair was a lot lighter to begin with! Jason painted on my highlights and then gave me another set of ultra fine highlights to warm it up a little bit more.

Anyway, Im very happy with it, although I will probably go lighter again at some point! I need to buy a new brow pencil in a warmer tone to match my hair a bit more as my current one is a shade or two too dark! I personally think it really warms up my skin tone and gives my hair much more dimension. Very happy Lily!

DISCLAIMER: I fully intended to pay to get my hair done at the Lisa Shepherd Salon but they kindly offered to do it for free. I highly recommend the salon and I would have paid for this myself.  For appointments: 24 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JP, Tel: 02074679560

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