Monday, 30 April 2012


Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

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Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner: Boots/Superdrug (£6.49)*

Personally, Im not one to talk negatively about a product, If I think somethings bad I simply won't give it the coverage on my blog rather than trash an item completely. Then again I do think there are those times when a product disappoints you so much you just have to say something about it because it was just that bad. So hey! Here goes… the Rimmel Waterproof Gel eyeliner is possibly the worst gel liner I've ever used.

Its greasy, slick and takes what feels like forever to dry down. To me a good gel eyeliner should be a true black, good staying power, pigmented and quick drying with either a shiney or a matte finish. At first the application was so patchy I didnt actually think I'd be able to get a constant line along my upper lashes. I ended up having to dot it on rather than a swipe. Once applied the Rimmel Gel liner felt tacky so I left it for a few seconds to dry down before opening my eye. As soon as I opened my eye it transferred onto my lid and it looked terrible and ruined my eye makeup. To test it I decided to wait to see how long it would take to actually dry and I was looking at 10+ minutes and it was still a touch too wet. It came straight off and I used a different liner while the product headed straight for the bin. Considering I do my makeup in about 10 minutes normally waiting that long for my liner was a complete no-no.

The thing is the gel liner itself looks like it would be lovely pigmented black colour, In the pot and swatched it looks like it will be a shiny true black with a slightly shiny finish. But this isn't how it is, There is something about the formula that just isn't right. The product feels like a gel, where as I think most "gel liners" have a more creamy constancy than a gel one. Paired with the brush that is concealed in the lid of the product, I feel like it just sticks to the end of the brush rather than actually apply to the skin. I had a inkling the brush is applying way too much product hence why it's taking forever to dry, but then I tried using a normal liner brush (Sigma E05) but it still didn't apply as I expected it to. The brush that comes with the product is really stiff and pointy, and I also thing little to short to actually use comfortably. I personally think if Rimmel want to include a brush with their gel liner that it should apply the product well.

Overall I just think its a naff product and to be honest if I'd bought this product I'd have been highly disappointed. I can't believe they actually released something like this as its by far the worst drugstore eyeliner I've ever tried. I have no idea if it is actually waterproof as I couldn't even wear it long enough to test it out! As far as drugstore gel eyeliners I'd highly reccomend the Fashionista Gel Eyeliner which is actually one of my favourite liners I've ever tried.

I don't normally leave open ended questions on my blog posts but has anyone actually tried this? I'd love to know other peoples thoughts on it!


Sunday, 29 April 2012


mac style blush

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MAC Style Blush: MAC Cosmetics (£14.50) 

I don't really have many MAC Blushes. I don't know why, I just think they all look very similar, and I tend to just wear the same two (The Balm Frat Boy and Look Beauty Blush in Flirt) most of the time! I was getting a bit bored of my usual bright cheeks so wanted something sheerer, glowier and something that looks very fresh and flattering. MAC Style is a really fresh peachy coral with a shot of gold shimmer going through.. On my skin tone it's  a super flattering glowing peach, thats a combination of a highlighter and a cheek colour. It really freshens up my face and gives me a lovely sunkissed glow. It's quite shimmery as its a Frost finish, but its fairly build able so you can use it to add a soft pop of colour or build it up to a brighter colour! I don't throw the word "Holy Grail" around a lot, but this is a really lovely blush on me (even if I do say myself!). MAC Style has to be one of my favourites I've tried recently It has been added to my everyday makeup rotation box. I can't wait to wear this in the summer!


Friday, 27 April 2012


Origins Mega-Bright Serum

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Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Serum: Origins/ Debenhams (£46)*

The Origins Mega Bright Serum was created by Dr Andrew Weil for Origins with the intention of being a product that even out skintones and add brightness to duller skin. I've mentioned before but I have pale olive toned skin with very pink cheeks, I don't have Rosacea or hyper pigmententation, just a very uneven odd skin tone! I also have a bit of scarring from a nasty spot squeezing habit as a teenager. This has left some darker patches on my face even after applying concealer and foundation.

The product applies very smoothly and glides onto the skin with ease. It leaves the skin feeling soft and plumper, it feels hydrated without being over saturated. It doesn't smell particularly strong, it has a light fresh smell but I can't put my finger on the exact notes. The smell is very inoffensive though. I have a feeling their might be some illuminating pigments in the product as my face looks brighter after application, but not shimmery. I was really skeptical if a serum could actually improve my skintone, but I think it has evened out considerably since receiving this about three weeks ago. Obviously thats not enough time to say for sure if its a big thumbs up or not, but so far so good. It's also helped reduce the darkness of scarring from previous blemishes as well as bring alot of brightness back to my face.

Im sure alot of people are going to look at the price and cringe a little bit. Its VERY. VERY. expensive, I don't know the likelihood of me actually purchasing this for myself (this was a PR sample!).  I've been using Mega Bright as my day serum opting for Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair in the evenings, before applying my Origins Zero Oil Moisturiser. I think it could be more of a product aimed at older women, rather than someone my age but it is part of my current skincare routine and I'm very satisfied with it's results so far.
Skincare Disclaimer: I personally think skincare is incredibly subjective, I'd never run out and buy something on the recommendation of one person. What works for me, might not work for you. I personally don't feel comfortable recommending skincare products, so all reviews are based on my own experiences with the product mentioned. Remember to always look up other reviews and make sure you reference the reviewers skin type. My skin is Oily-Combination, I don't tend to get breakouts but when I do they are on my chin. Also cutting out dairy from my diet has also improved my skin of late.


Glossy Box April 2012: The Natural Box


Caudalie Vinosourse SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum, Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Lip Liner,
 Monu Professional Skincare Hand and Nail Cream, Figs and Rouge Lip Balm, Phillip B Styling Gel
Glossy Box (£12.50)*
My April 2012 Glossy Box came through yesterday, It feels like ages since I got the infamous Harrods one so was quite exciting when it did come in the post. The novelty of beauty boxes has worn off for me now and Im a bit nonchalant when it comes to getting them. But, for a change I was pretty happy when I saw who the package was from. The theme for the April Glossy Box is "The Natural Box". Its nice to see another themed box. I do think these go down well and give a bit more consistency to the sampling scene.

Caudalie Serum looks good and I've used it a few times since I got this box. I love most of the Caudalie products I've tried in the past and my skin has felt dryer in the evenings  recently so the ultra hydrating properties are much needed. I got the Inika Comsetics lip liner in a shimmery reddish colour, I can't see a colour name but I may be missing it! It's not to my personal taste and I don't like lipliners but it seems like a OK product, The Monu hand and nail cream will, like most hand creams in these sorts of boxes, might be badly received. I'm not a hand cream fan, but I'll just pass it on. I already have this Figs and Rouge lip balm which I didn't really like in the first place, so again thats going to be passed on to someone I know. The Phillip B styling gel is another product I probably won't use, the idea of a gel on my long hair doesn't sit well with me. All I can think of is really slicked back greased up hair!

Overall, I really didn't get blown away by the box. I don't know if all the contents in the box are the same for all subscribers, they typically vary quite a bit from Glossy Box. For a Eco box I didn't really see the theme coming through that strongly with the products. I felt it could have been pushed in another direction, different brands, or at least had more focus on organic and natural stuff. Nothing to me screamed natural or organic, despite the products being natural... I just can't explain what I mean really! They just aren't the things that spring to mind when someone says natural or organic. As far as Im aware the styling gel isn't eco, It feels like it was just thrown in there as a extra. The biodegradable box is a nice touch, but I still just think its all wastage at the end of the day. Are their other boxes not recyclable? I think as a company that obviously has a fair few subscribers they should have a bit more of a responsibility to keeping things as green as they can and having fully recyclable boxes. I do reuse my Glossy Boxes but I think there is so much wasted packaging!

I know it's Glossy Boxes 1 year anniversary box next month and Im sure they will be promising big things! But I don't know how I really feel about these sorts of boxes in the long term. Im still on the fence if they are worth it or not! I will write another post on my feelings soon!


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


topshop lipstick in whimsical

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I saw this on the Topshop website a few days ago and made a mental note to swatch it when I went into Topshop. From the photos I knew it would be right up my street, anything coral pink and I'm like a magpie! Topshop Whimsical is a coral toned pinky nude lipstick with a matte full coverage finish. It's the perfect addition to my (always) growing coral lipstick collection. I like this one as the formula is less stiff and chalky than other lipsticks in the same colour family (see Nars Bolero, Barry M 147 and Topshop Coy). The finish is very creamy and semi matte: similar to the MAC Creamsheens. Its more of a creamy formula than a matte one though (Topshop state they are matte) which is a shame as overall I do prefer my lipsticks matte. However it isn't really a problem, it's a beautiful colour and applies well for a low end lipstick. Thumbs up from me!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012


Origins Zero Oil Free Lotion

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Origins Zero Oil Free Lotion: Origins/ Debenhams (£22)*

Origins Zero Oil Free Lotion is a moisturiser is the same Saw Palmetto and Mint formula as the Origins Zero Oil Cleanser. The mint gives the moisturiser a nice fresh, clean feeling which leaves the face feeling cool and soothed.The moistuizer feels light on the skin and sinks in very quickly. My skin feels soft and fresh but not over moisturized. With some moisturizers I've tried in the past they tend to just sit on my skin and leave my face feeling slick and oily. I feel like it gives just the right amount of moisture into my face so it doesn't feel clogged or for lack of a better word, over hydrated! I wouldn't say its "zero oil" producing as I do get oily patches around the centre of my face throughout the day. However I do think since I started using the Zero Oil range from Origins that my skin has been considerably less oily than before. I use the Zero Oil moisturiser in the morning before I apply my makeup as well as in the evening after I've taken my makeup off.

The only big negative I'd say with this product is the price, I do think £22 for such a small tube is quite alot of money. However I think I would buy this myself in the future as the whole Origins skincare routine has really been working for me. Im not one to really be bothered by the price of skincare as I do think if you find something that works for you and you're happy with it then its worth shelling out the extra money. Skincare is something I'd personally be happy splurging on!
Skincare Disclaimer: I personally think skincare is incredibly subjective, I'd never run out and buy something on the recommendation of one person. What works for me, might not work for you. I personally don't feel comfortable recommending skincare products, so all reviews are based on my own experiences with the product mentioned. Remember to always look up other reviews and make sure you reference the reviewers skin type. My skin is Oily-Combination, I don't tend to get breakouts but when I do they are on my chin. Also cutting out dairy from my diet has also improved my skin of late.




Monday, 23 April 2012


Origins Super Spot Remover

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Origins Super Spot Remover: Origins/ Debenhams (£12)

Origins Super Spot remover is a blemish treatment gel. The product is packed full of Salicylic Acid which is great for calming breakouts and reducing redness.  I've used products like this before, especially ones in my teenage years (tea tree zit zappers anyone?) but never ones that I actually felt worked. The Super Spot Remover however has helped calm spots and reduced the size and redness overnight. Especially the horrible under the skin bumps that don't come to a head that are just sore and uncomfortable. It does sting a little upon application, especially when you apply it to broken skin.  Im presuming this is the Salicylic acid, but it's not painful and subsides very quickly.

By no means is this a miracle product. You don't just wake up in the morning spot free, but I would say there is a very noticeable difference after its been applied. The bottle is TINY but you only need a very small dab of product on each spot. I use a cotton bud per spot to apply the product so Im not spreading infection around the face. I typically apply this after I've cleansed my face in the evening and before I put my moisturiser on.
Skincare Disclaimer: I personally think skincare is incredibly subjective, I'd never run out and buy something on the recommendation of one person. What works for me, might not work for you. Remember to always look up other reviews and make sure you reference the reviewers skin type. My skin is Oily-Combination, I don't tend to get breakouts but when I do they are on my chin. Also cutting out dairy from my diet has also improved my skin of late.



Sunday, 22 April 2012


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Perfume: Estee Lauder (£40)*
Top Notes: Cassis, Mandarin, Lemon Leaves Middles Notes: Jasmine Samabac, Muguet, Peony, Bottom Notes: Creamy Vanilla, Amberwoodd, Patchouli, Musk
Bronze Goddess Capri is Estee Lauder's new scent for 2012. Inspired by the beauty of the Isle of Capri, the perfume has a warm summery citrus floral smell. I absolutely adore the scent, its warm and fresh and reminds me of being on holiday. The packaging is sleek, simple and "very Estee Lauder" but with a fun blue-green ombré twist! I've never tried a Estee Lauder Perfume before but after sniffing Bronze Goddess Capri it's completely changed my look on their scents. The Original Bronze Goddess fragrance is on my list of things to buy soon as that's absolutely gorgeous too. I highly recommend sniffing them both out! (pun intended!) The Bronze Goddess collection is currently exclusive to House of Fraser till the end of the month and then its rolled out in most department stores!


Saturday, 21 April 2012


Origins Zero Oil cleanser

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Origins Zero Oil cleanser: OriginsDebenhams (£16)*

Origins Zero Oil cleanser is a deep pore cleanser with saw palmetto and mint. The cleanser claims to reduce excess oil production, soothe and calm troubled skin and unclog pores. The smell is fresh and invigorating which I love using, especially in the morning as it makes my skin feel much more awake and fresh. Origins skincare isn't packed with nasty chemicals either so the products are very natural, plus they aren't tested on animals either. This face wash also contains salicylic acid, which is great for reducing pore size and helping reduce blackheads

Since using this cleanser twice a day my skin has improved alot. My face feels very clean and bright after using it without feeling tight or stripped. I haven't had any break outs since adding this to my skincare routine. I was skeptical about the oil control properties of the Origins Zero Oil Cleanser, However I really do think it has helped keep my oily skin at bay. I have combination skin which is oilier towards the t-zone and dryer towards the outside of my face. It doesn't always get super oily, but I think its alot less than it was.The Zero Oil cleanser foams up really nicely as you add water and washes off with ease. I love the minty-ness of the wash as it's cooling and tingles slightly on application which feels very nice.
Skincare Disclaimer: I personally think skincare is incredibly subjective, I'd never run out and buy something on the recommendation of one person. What works for me, might not work for you. Remember to always look up other reviews and make sure you reference the reviewers skin type. My skin is Oily-Combination, I don't tend to get breakouts but when I do they are on my chin. Also cutting out dairy from my diet has also improved my skin of late.

Friday, 20 April 2012


Models Own Balearic Cool

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Models Own Balearic Cool: Boots/Models Own (£5)

One day I will stop banging on about how much I like the Models Own x Hed Kandi collaboration, but for now you'll just have the put up with it! The next big love in my collection is Models Own Balearic Cool. Balearic Cool is a bright, light fresh turquoise blue colour. I wouldn't say it's a neon blue, its very bright but compared to Hedonist and Beach Party in the collection is not as neon.

Out of all the Models Own nail polishes I've tried in the past this has to be the worst one formula wise. The formula is very thin and watery, which is a strange as I've never really experienced another Models Own polish to be like this (trust me, I have alot!) To get true opacity I did three coats, then another coat the day after as I still felt it was a bit patchy. I don't know if its intended to be sheerer or not, but Id presume it would be a full coverage cream finish like the majority of colours in the Models Own Range.

Despite the bit of extra effort you need to put in to make this polish work, I adore the colour and I do like the final result. I don't have many blue polishes in my collection, I have a few old blues from Barry M which don't even compare to this one. I love the freshness and the coolness it gives to my nails, its perfect for summer!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


origins out of trouble mask

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Origins Out of Trouble Mask: selfridges/origins (£19)

I've had a bit of trouble with my skin recently, Its been breaking out like crazy ever since I started using the Clairosnic and then moving to London (aka pollution central) hasn't really helped it either. My skincare routine has improved tenfold since I started blogging, I used to not even bother taking my makeup before bed and just used to shamefully fall asleep with it on. Skip forward a few years and I now cleanse, tone and moisturise on a regular basis as well as try tons of lotions and potions that are supposed to improve my skin. I swear my skin was better before I started faffing around with it, but you know! I went to the Origins counter at Selfridges a few weeks ago and picked up the Out of Trouble Mask. The lady was patient with me and explained which of their stock would help my skin best and the pro's and cons of each product. I actually had a wonderful experience at the Origins counter in Selfridges, so thanks to the Lady who served me as she was so helpful and didn't push the hard sell.

Origins Out of Trouble mask is a smooth cream facial mask, The product glides onto the skin with ease, it feels slightly tingly on the skin but soon calms down. It feels very soothing and therapeutic as its sulfur/zinc oxide/camphor based product, and it really does have a strong camphor smell. This actually  doesn't personally bother me too much but it is very prominent. I use the Out of Trouble once a week after I've cleansed and exfoliated my skin, or every few days on the affected area when I do get a breakout. The mask dries up the area, mattifys my skin, makes my skin feel softer and brighter and calms any redness. I can see a big difference in the way my skin looks after using it. It by no means is a "one night wonder", your spots don't disappear the next day, but I can definitely see the difference after using this. I think this is the only mask I've tried that actually did something beneficial to my skin.

Since adding this to my skincare routine my skin has calmed down alot and breakouts been much less frequent. Infact, currently my whole skincare routine is Origins and I can honestly say do really like my skin at the moment. Its not cheap, but a little goes a long way and I personally think skincare is something worth splashing out on. I can't really rave about it enough to be honest!
Skincare Disclaimer: I personally think skincare is incredibly subjective, I'd never run out and buy something on the recommendation of one person. What works for me, might not work for you. Remember to always look up other reviews and make sure you reference the reviewers skin type. My skin is Oily-Combination, I don't tend to get breakouts but when I do they are on my chin. Also cutting out dairy from my diet has also improved my skin of late.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Dating Coral

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L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Dating Coral: Boots/Superdrug (£7.99)

Around the same time the Revlon Lip Butter hype came out L'Oreal somewhat quietly released their own answer to the hybrid lipstick trend releasing the Rouge Caresse's. Although I did like the Revlon Lip Butters, there was something about them that I didn't like at the same time. L'Oreal Rouge Caresse's feel very light weight, smooth and pigmented. They are a mix of lip balm and lipstick with quite alot of colour but still very sheer. Rouge Caresse's however very build-able so you can get different coverage depending on how much of the product you I apply. The formula actually reminds me of MAC Glaze's, very slippy and glossy but still giving even coverage. They aren't particularly long wearing because they are very balmy, but they are fool proof when applying so you don't need to worry about being precise on reapplication.

Dating Coral is a warm coral with soft orange undertones. In the bullet it looks very reddish coral, but on application it is more orange. I think it looks very pretty on the lips, with one swipe I found it to be too sheer for my pigmented lips. I found I did have to apply it a fair few times to get the colour in the photographs. However it doesn't feel sticky or tacky and the product doesn't build up uncomfortably on the lips.

Personally I prefer these to the Revlon Lip Butters, I don't know why I like these more though. Maybe I just prefer the shades I have in the Rouge Caresses's to the Lip Butters. I do think the products are very similar but I just find the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse's to be more pigmented, more moisturising and have better overall pay off. Im surprised I like these sheerer glossier products at the moment as I've always been a full coverage matte or satin finish kinda girl!

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