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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Origins Drink Up Mask

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Origins Drink Up Mask: Origins (£18)

My skin isn't actually dry all over (infact its pretty oily) but sometimes it feels really tight and dehydrated. I often get really dry eyebrows, which sounds really weird but I mentioned that the Caudalie Thirst Quenching Serum had really helped add some much needed moisture back into my face. But it was so small and I'd already purchased another moisture mask. I decided to with the Origins Drink Up mask purely as the rest of my skincare is Origins and I wanted another treatment to go alongside the mask's I already use .

I've been using this Origins Drink Up Mask once or twice a week for the past few weeks and its really helped improve the way my skin feels. My skin just feels fresher, softer and intensely moisturised. My skin literally "drinks up" all the moisture. I found it really balanced out the drier areas of my face without making the oily areas worse. The cream itself is very thick and rich once applied with a natural fruity scent that doesn't smell synthetic at all. I LOVE the smell so much, it sort of like Apricots!

Im sure your all sick of me banging on about Origins products but I can't sing their praises enough. I feel like most of them actually work, and I haven't come across one yet thats not lived up to my expectations or lived up to their claims. You can buy the Origins Drink Up mask in either a 10 minute moisture mask (the one I have) and a overnight treatment. I often leave the mask on for over the recommended 10 minutes as it really doesn't matter how long you leave it on.
Skincare Disclaimer: I personally think skincare is incredibly subjective. I'd never run out and get something on the suggestion of one person. What works for me, may 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 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, 29 June 2012

MAC Reel Sexy

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MAC Reel Sexy: MAC cosmetics (£13.50)

MAC Reel Sexy lipstick has quickly become one of my favourite lipstick shades. I went off corals a lot recently opting for more neutral pinks and peachier pink tones. However when I saw the swatch for Reel Sexy on Temptalia I knew I had to get it. I dragged Emma along to the MAC Shop where I managed to nab the last one (much to her dismay). I didn't actually get around to using it for a good few weeks though as I have a thing about photographing things before using them! Blogger problems! Reel Sexy is a peach-orange with a tiny bit of coral. Its one of the most "orange" lipsticks I own as it doesn't lead incredibly coral, very much a true orange sort of shade. MAC Reel Sexy is an amplified cream lipstick - Which although it's a nice mixture of the pigmentation of MAC Matte and a MAC Creamsheen. I have to admit it isn't really my favourite kind of formula. I find it goes on very streaky and needs a bit of work to look perfect. The best thing about Amplified finishes is that they do last around 6 hours. This was limited edition and got really hard to find so I don't know if its still out!

everyday makeup 11

outfit: here
Face: Hourglass Mineral Veil*, L'oreal Lumi Primer, MAC Face and Body in N3*, MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NW20, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium, Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder Cheeks: Nars Orgasm, Nars Albatross Eyes: Rituals Cheek and Eye in Peach*, L'oreal Superliner Carbon Gloss, Dior New Show Mascara Lips: MAC Overdrive

Thursday, 28 June 2012

VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir Shower Treatment

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V05 Moisture Soak Elixir in Shower Treatment: Boots / Superdrug (£4.29)

Another hair treatment I've recently added to my weekly hair routine is the VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir. I've used the hot oil tubes on and off for years now so when I saw my flatmate had this in the shower I knew I had to go out and get it. Unlike the VO5 hot oil treatments which require you to heat up the tubes under hot water,  the VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir can simply be used as an in shower treatment. I probably use this once a week before I wash my hair while Im in the shower. On the side of the packet there is a little guideline showing you the correct amount to use which is so useful. Although because I have long hair I tend to use about one and a half's worth of the recommended amount of product. I only really apply it to the ends of my hair, working it into the tips which need the most conditioning. I then run it through the rest of my hair and then put all my hair into a bun of top of my head and avoid getting it wet for a minute or so then rinse and wash as normal.

The results are pretty instant, as soon as I start to wash out the oil my hair feels soft and healthier and overall a lot more happier than it was before I stepped in the shower. I really really like this hair treatment and I've actually gone ahead and repurchased this already. It's so convenient and cheap and gives instant gratification. I like both this and the traditional heat up tubes, but this cuts the mess and the waiting around for the tubes to heat up. Highly recommended product from me!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel in Yogi Flow

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel in Yogi Flow: RitualsJohn Lewis (£6.99)

I was first introduced to Rituals in the Glossy Box Christmas box and since then I've been hooked on this Rituals Yogi Flow shower gel. Yogi Flow smells like Rose and Sweet almond oil, Im not a big fan of rose but I think the Almond oil is the predominant scent. The scent is very light and flowery, but nothing too over powering. I absolutely love the formula, it starts off as a gel but soon foams up into the most luxuriously foamy bubbly solution. The shower gel actually quadruples in size! It actually reminds me a bit of shaving foam, which is kinda odd but hey I like it! You do have to be careful as its easy to over pump the product and use way too much. It RRP's £6.50 for 200mls, but I have seen it for less as I paid £3.50 for this particular can as it was on offer. The latter price to me is much more acceptable than the first one around £3 is what I'd normally pay for a shower gel but I dont think I'd splash out as far as £6.50. The smell lingers slightly and leaves my body nice and fresh and moisturised. I'm glad I was introduced to the Rituals brand from a beauty sampling box as I didn't ever think I'd find anything in them that I REALLY really liked enough to repurchase!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

AA Nails Neon Green & Neon Pink

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AA Nails: Neon Pink & Neon Green: American Apparel (£9)

I love American Apparel polishes (see my reviews on L'esprit and Galaxy) so one day I decided to purchase some of the uber bright polishes from the Neon range. I do really love Neon nails, when I go out especially I always do Neon Pink nails no matter what I wear. It's just a tradition! When American Apparel say neon they really mean neon. Boy are they bright! Especially the Neon Green it is like a rave on your nails. Bare in mind my camera never really picks up pink nail polish properly so I wouldn't take my word on the on nail swatch!

Neon pink has now replaced my old love for the Eyeko Punk Polish. Its opaque in two coats, but needs an additional one to even out everything as the brush sort of drags though the product. It has an average drying time but this could be improved depending on the topcoat you use. The colour is a true neon pink, although it's not as bright as some neon pinks I own I'd still class it in the neon category! Compared to Models own Hedonist, which is a bright neon coral pink, this is very blue toned pink and has a much glossier finish.

Neon Green has to be up there in my top five favourite nail polishes of all time. However despite the amazing bright green it is really hard to work with as a nail paint. Initially I applied it directly onto my nails which after three almost four coats it looked amazing. But because there were so many coats the polish got too thick and was taking AGES to dry so I decided to remove it (with the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish remover) and apply a nude base coat (I use Stargazer 504) to see if the colour would apply better. This time I used two coats and it dried down well! It's a shame as I am in love with this shade, although green nails sounds pretty scary I think it looks awesome!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Mint Carmex

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Mint Carmex: Boots / Superdrug (£2.69)*

I've been a massive Carmex fan for years now. It has always my go to lip balm come winter when my lips are a chapped mess. The traditional yellow round pot Carmex has to be the most repurchased beauty product. I think the Carmex taste is either love it or hate it. I personally love it, Its just so fresh and I love the tingly feeling you get when you apply it. The tube versions of Carmex have a different consistency to the pot versions. The tubes are a little less stiff and a little more sticky. I recently was sent this Mint Carmex and up until then I'd never actually tried a flavoured one. The Mint Carmex contains 100% natural peppermint oil along side SPF15. I really like the minty flavour as it adds a bit more of a tingle. It feels just as moisturising as the regular Carmex. The only thing I'd say about the tubes compared to the pots is that a little too much product can come out so you need to be careful not to over apply. Although as Im a bit of a germaphobe it's nice having it in a tube rather than having to stick my finger into the pot! You win some you lose some! At the end of the day I think Carmex is a pretty standard beauty product, it isn't a must have or an complete essential but I really like it and its worth trying out if your on the look out for a new lip balm!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Taaj Himalaya Cleanser

Taaj Himalaya Cleanser via Jolie Box *

I received a travel sized Taaj Himalaya Cleanser Micellar water in a Jolie Box a few months ago and have recently got round to trying it out. I initially thought I wouldn't like it as when I opened it the smell kinda put me off. It's actually really grown on me now and I really can't get enough of it. It's a mix of Rosemary, White Tea and Camomile and it smells so fresh and uplifting. On the skin it feels so soothing, refreshing and really feels like it's purifying the skin. It works well at removing all traces of face makeup although it is average at removing eye makeup. I generally just use Micellar waters on my eyes and then use a makeup wipe or a creamy cleanser to get the rest of the makeup off to do a double cleanse.

I really love Micellar water cleansers and it is always nice to try out a new one. However like with Bioderma I don't think Taaj is a brand thats easy to get hold of in the UK. I could be wrong though! I know you can buy it online from various stores but I prefer things I can just pick up when Im in Boots or Superdrug. My bottle is 100mls which would be around £3-ish worth of product as I've seen the 500ml bottle online for around £17. I've taken this little bottle on holiday with me as it's the perfect size for travelling!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Origins BB Cream

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Origins A Perfect World BB Cream: Origins / Debenhams (£27)*
(worn here with MAC Studio Fix Concealer & MAC Mineralize Skin finish Natural)

I think its pretty obvious that I love Origins. Practically all my skincare is from their brand and everything I've used from them I've really liked. When the press release for the new Origins A Perfect World BB Cream hit my inbox I knew I had to inquire about trying it out. I've recently been getting into lower coverage foundations, as my skin has improved a lot in recent months. I've also given up dairy I really don't need full coverage anymore so most of my foundations are pretty obsolete. Like most beauty bloggers Im always on the search for a new foundation so I thought no harm in trying a new one!

The Origins BB Cream contains White tea, which is supposed to help boost the skins natural defences and fight off the damaging effects of pollution. Origins describe this as both a BB Cream and a tinted moisturiser which is sort of confusing as they are either one or the other. I don't think it's a "true" BB Cream as the coverage is on par with a tinted moisturiser, but is very build able. The consistency is thicker than a tinted moisturiser but not as thick as a foundation. I use about a pea sized ammount and buff it onto my face with my Real Techniques Buffer Brush. I was impressed by the coverage, its very light but its perfect for evening out skin tones and sorting out any redness. You can also build up areas when you use a brush to apply. I still use concealer with this product as it doesn't completely hide the blemishes or under eye circles. I have the lightest shade which is Light, which I think is an OK match, Im not pale pale either so you may struggle finding a good match if your paler than me. It does come in 6 different shades which is pretty rare for a BB Cream.

I wore this BB cream as a foundation during that hot spell we had a few weeks ago as I wanted something lighter on the skin and found it worked well. It has SPF15 in as well which was a huge bonus. Compared to other BB creams I've used I really enjoyed wearing this one, It's very light and doesn't feel like it's sitting on my skin. It really sinks into my face. Despite this being a massive difference from the foundations I normally wear I have been reaching for it a lot and opting for a light base and then concealing the areas I need more coverage. I then add a powder like my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural to add a touch more coverage and give a matte finish. As you can see by my demo photo, when I wear it light this it gives a nice soft base but still some of my flaws (see my chin scarring) comes through. I think it is expensive for a BB cream as most are a lot cheaper. However it does have a lot of skincare benefits built into it which might justify the higher price tag.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Revlon Pink Pout

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Revlon Pink Pout Lipstick: Boots / Supedrug / Ebay (RRP: £7.49)

I've said before in a few posts that the Revlon Matte lipstick formula is my favourite "cheap" lipstick formula and I've done a few reviews on different shades in the past including Pink about it and Really Red. Pink Pout is a very "me" shade, a pale light pink. It has  a blue undertone which on me makes it look very mauvey. I've heard its a dupe for my all time favourite lipstick MAC Please Me, but Please Me is a little less blue toned. I personally think it looks like MAC Snob (one me anyway) much bluer and leads very very purple pink rather than yellow pink of MAC Please Me. Revlon matte lipsticks have a matte, suede like finish to it which makes it full coverage in one swipe. I don't find the formula drying in the slightest and lasts about 5-6 hours on me. I highly recommend trying out the Revlon matte lipsticks! These are the best drugstore lipsticks I've ever tried and are worth the money. Revlon lipsticks are generally cheaper to pick up on ebay than buying them in Boots or Superdrug and colours are often discontinued so if you see a shade you like I'd snap it right up!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

MAC Studio Fix Concealer

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MAC Studio Finish Concealer: MAC Cosmetics (£13.50)

I have no idea why I've never bought this concealer, its one of those things I always think about trying but never actually get around to buying. Probably as I already have two concealers which I really like and use on a regular basis already. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. However I recently hit pan on my Bobbi Brown one and decided to purchase the MAC one as an alternative as it's much cheaper than the Bobbi Brown one, Especially with my MAC Pro Card.

I don't really like MAC Face makeup, I don't think that it is good quality overall and I found all the foundations I've tried just go orange and oxidise on me. I picked up NW20 in the concealer which is around the right shade for my natural skin tone, but possibly a bit too light for when I'm tanned though. The coverage is really good, very full and opaque and hides redness and blemishes well. I really like the coverage it gives me under the eyes but I think it's a touch to dry to use under there. MAC Studio Finish Concealer feels a bit too stiff  but also too creamy to use under the eyes and sinks into fine lines and could possibly look cakey unless you set it properly with a powder. I really like using it on spots and to even out the skin tone on my cheeks which have gotten a bit red recently. I'd say my favourite thing about this product is that its very long lasting, it really does last all day with only minimal touch ups.

Overall I think this is good, but not outstanding. I think that I'll go back to Bobbi Brown once I've used this pot up. By no means is it a bad concealer its just a little too cakey for under my eyes which is where I need something creamy and sinks in rather than something that sits on top of my skin. For the price it's really good, and totally worth investing in if you're looking for items to start a MAC Collection! But there are cheaper and good enough alternatives out there!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Batiste Brit

Batiste Brit: Boots / Superdrug (£2.99)

Batiste Brit is a relatively new offering from my favourite Dry Shampoo Range, Batiste. I got this particular can in a goody bag at the Blogs Boutique event I went to a while ago. Im normally loyal to the Tropical one (although I have used the Batiste XXL volumising one in the past too). Batiste Brit has sweet pleasant fresh smell to it, Pleasant being the totally british way of describing it! I can't put my fingers on the notes but it does smell very British for lack of a better explanation! I really love the packaging for Batiste Brit (The marketing idea for products in 2012 is basically ALL union jackets!) But the fragrance isn't my favourite out of all the dry shampoo's Batitste do!

If you've never used a Dry Shampoo, I'd be inclined to ask what planet you are from! I'd say Dry Shampoo is an essential must have product for everyone! Dry shampoo is my life saver and I really couldn't live without it. If you have long limp hair like me, especially hair thats a bit hard to style after you've washed it this is the product for you. I would normally pop a good spray through my roots to give it a bit of texture and take away some of the just washed freshness. Which in turn makes you hair much easier to style! I don't normally put much emphasis the need to go out and buy things, but GO GET SOME BATISTE NOW (other brands are available!)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer

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L'Oreal Lumi Magic Primer: Boots / Superdrug (£9.99)

I've been using the L'oreal Lumi primer alot recently as I've been leaning towards using more illuminating and brightening primers rather than the purely mattifying. It's supposed to be summer, so I prefer my makeup looking alot fresher and luminous compared to the matte finishes I tend to favour in the winter months. I've said before that my skin tone is fairly dull, I think skin tones like mine (pale and olive) can look a little "dead" sometimes. I've tried things like MAC Strobe liquid in the past but the purpley-blueish tone of Strobe Cream doesn't really suit me. This product doesn't really have shade undertone, although it is very white which leads me to presume this may not work on darker skin tones as it might look a too white rather than illuminating. L'Oreal Lumi Primer isn't' too shimmery or too dramatic. I find gives a subtle soft glow that is flattering rather than making you look shiny or glittery. I've been using L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer over my usual primer (Benefit Porfessional) on the tops of my cheekbones, down my nose and across my forehead. Basically any of the areas that I'd use a powder highlight on (I typically use Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades or Nars Albatross to powder highlight).

Overall I really like this product and have enjoyed it's addition to my daily makeup routine! It's normally on offer in Boots, I think I paid 2 for £14 as I got the L'oreal Lumi Concealer as well. I'd say this is worth trying out if you're looking for a brightening primer, it's not the best at mattifying and keeping oily patches at bay but its great for adding luminosity and smoothing out your base before foundation.

Monday, 18 June 2012

5 holiday ready nail polishes

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Essie Cute as a Button (£7.99), American Apparel Neon Pink (£9), Models Own Hedonist (£5)*, Ciate Headliner (£9) , Nubar Lemon(£8)
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