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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

barry m jewel britannia

barry m jewel britannia review swarch photo nail polish varnish
barry m jewel britannia: boots / superdrug / barry m (£2.99)

Red, White and Blue

A new addition to my always growing glitter topcoat collection is Barry M Jewel Britannia. A fun, clear based glitter packed full of small particles of silver glitter and then layered with large chunks of red, blue and silver. Brought out as part of the Jubilee and Olympic celebration's here in the UK, it's a limited edition shade so be sure to snap it up soon if you're looking to purchase it as I can't imagine it being around for a whole lot longer. For the purposes of the blog post I've layered it here with Revlon Red and Ciate Snow White (Im sure you can tell which is which!) but it is actually opaque in about three coats so you could go for full on glitter nails or just simply to a full coat accent nail!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Save The Bees with Neal's Yard Remedies

Bee Lovely

Neal’s Yard Remedies has recently launched a new ‘Bee Lovely’ organic beauty product range and have been campaigning to stop the use of deadly neonic pesticides which are killing bees all over the world. This is responsible for the loss of 80% of beehives in the UK. To help save the bee's they need 100,000 UK signatures on their Bee Lovely petition. So far they've made a good start but need help to get more signature by the end of November so we can present it to parliament and request the British government join France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia in banning these powerful pesticides, and help protect the bees. You can help their cause by signing the petition at and promoting the cause via the #beelovely hashtag or following @NYR_Official.
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Monday, 24 September 2012

kate moss matte lipsticks

Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo in shades #110, #101, #111, #113, #107
Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo in shades #110, #101, #111, #113, #107
Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo in shades #110, #101, #111, #113, #107
Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo #110
Kate Moss Lipstick in #110
Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo #101
Kate Moss Lipstick in #101Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo #111
Kate Moss Lipstick in #111Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo #113
Kate Moss Lipstick in #113Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review swatch photo in shades #107
Kate Moss Lipstick in #107

Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks in shades #110, #101, #111, #113, #107*
Drugstore Matte Lipsticks

I'm a huuuuge fan of matte lipsticks. I don't know why but I love the creaminess and the full coverage opaque look on the lips. I know alot of people really worry about them as they tend to emphasise imperfections and dryness on the lips. However the new Kate Moss for Rimmel Matte Lipsticks are unlike the old chalky, stiff and drying lipsticks. They are velvet soft, highly pigmented and apply so smoothly. Opqaue in one swipe they glide on without enhancing imperfections to leave a matte satin finish on the lips. They wear really comfortably and last a good 4 hours before needing reapplication. My only complaint would be their taste, they have that horrible drugstore synthetic fruity taste to them, but it does wear off quickly when worn. My personal favourites are #101 and #113. Although I have to admit #107 really impressed me, I don't really like dark lips but the dark cherry shade would be perfect for autumn winter!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Ojon Rare Blends Oil

Ojon Rare Blends Oil reviews tested
Ojon Rare Blends Oil reviews tested
the most Beautiful Hair Oil in the world 

The Ojon Rare Blend Oil is a mixture of seven natural oils which all work together to repair damaged hair. The Oil provides alot of hydration, increases the hair's shine, protects the hair from heat and enviromental exposure. The oil is made up from a blend of oils which all individually add something to the hair. This has to be the most beautiful hair oil I've ever used! When I was shown it at a meeting i did a a childish fangirl squee as I was just so in awe of it! To use you need to shake the oil up to blend them all but they all separate back into the yellow, clear and red sections after a few minutes as they all have different weights and sit on top of each other.

I love this oil as it's so decadent, nourishing and really works on my hair. I have pretty porous hair that tends to love hair oils but I find it  especially loves this one as it soaks it all up immediately. You really only need a small drop or two added to dry or damp hair. My hair was left feeling really soft, nourished and protected. Recently my hair's been a bit on the frizzy side due to overuse of heat in the past few weeks but Ojon Rare Blend it's really helped calm it down a bit and tame some of my flyways. The fact that it doesn't have a pump niggles me a tiny bit but I can get over that. I really recommend this hair oil as an alternative to Morrocan Oil, if you're looking for a oil in that sort of price range but there are cheaper alternatives to hair oils out there. This should retail for around £29, It's currently Harrods exclusive but should launch everywhere else from October.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Clarins Dark Cherry Rouge Prodige Lipstick

Clarins Dark Cherry Rouge Prodige Lipstick review swatch photo
Clarins Dark Cherry Rouge Prodige Lipstick review swatch photo
Berry Lips

Typically the words "Dark" and "Cherry" send me running for the hills when it comes to makeup. The idea of straying from my bright pink or coral matte lip scares me a tiny bit! However after attending the Clarins A/W Launch I was given a Dark Cherry Rouge Prodige Lipstick. A glamourous dark red lipstick with a creamy lightweight formulation. The pigmentation is exceptional, being completly opaque in one soft swipe. I found this lipstick to be incredibly moisturing and provide a subtle semi glossy finish. It's glossy without being too glossy or slippy on the lips which I actually really love. Much to my surprise I really do like this lipstick on me and it fits so well with the trend for berry lips this Autumn Winter. I thought it looked so dark in the tube but once applied it looks much redder and brighter.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

video: UK Drugstore Gems

Products Mentioned & Review Links: Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir, St Moritz Tanning Lotion, Batiste Brit*, L'Oreal Lumi Primer, Natural Collection Lipstick in Rose Petal, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, L'Oreal Lumi Concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Kleenex Facial Cloths*, Carmex Lip Balm*, NYC Nail Polish in Lights Camera Glitter, Look Beauty Blush in Flirt, Eylure 101's
My Highstreet Favourites

I saw that Kate uploaded a similar video today and it got me thinking about my drugstore/highstreet favourites so I made my own version. I'm generally a high end makeup girl but I really cannot enter Boots or Superdrug without coming out with a bag full of items! I had a good think about it and picked a few of the ones I reach for on a regular basis but it also gave me a bit of time to dig around my makeup collection and rediscover a few other items I've not used in a while but really loved. I'm gonna give them a test again and then possibly do another video based on drugstore recommendations! Feel free to watch this on Youtube for all the details and remember to like and subscribe (:

Monday, 10 September 2012

why do you wear makeup?

Thoughts on Makeup

I saw this tag go around on Youtube a bit after Sammi & Louise did a video on it. So I thought I'd post my thoughts on basic jist tag and then I sort of went off on a tangent! It's basically about your makeup history and how you feel about it!

I started wearing makeup when I was around 14, not religiously but on the odd occasion. I remember buying a few bits and pieces from Boots whenever I had a few pennies but nothing much. I used to wear quite heavy thick black eye makeup when I was around 15, but not really much on the skin as I was lucky and had good skin when I was a teenager. Although used to religiously use Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse if I did! The though of using that now makes me cringe! I started caring a little more about brands and cosmetics as I went into college as I had a job and a more money to spend on cosmetics. Then joining the community obviously played a bit part in becoming a huge consumer of cosmetics and beauty. I think when your around people who look amazing you naturally want to know what products they use to try and capture some of their looks. In my experience most things don't work for me, we are all different therefore I do really take everything I read online about beauty with a pinch of salt, but that doesn't stop me spending hundreds if not thousands on beauty each year.

In the last 3 or so months I've cut the makeup I wear in half. Despite this I've found people seem to comment more on the fact I wear too much makeup despite wearing a hell of a lot less than I used to. Although this is mainly on the internet, as if they'd say it in real life though and I'm gonna be honest here... I don't really look the same without makeup. I look like me, but just not the long lashed, winged liner, heavy brow person I normally am! I genuinely don't feel I look like myself without my signature "look".

I wear makeup pretty much everyday and I hate that I have to apologise for doing that. I don't ostracise people who choose not to wear makeup by saying they should wear more. Mainly because thats just really unnesscery and the bottom line its offensive. So I find it incredibly strange when people are put down for wearing makeup. I wear a make most days, I blog almost everyday so it's just a case of having to put it on. Although I don't wear makeup at home all the time and I'm not so obsessed with it to the point that I won't leave the house without it. But I just prefer spending that 10 or so minutes making myself look and feel better. I don't use it as a "mask", but it's hard to explain how I feel about it without sounding like I'm unhappy with the way I look without it because I'm not at all. I just think what I look like with makeup is what I "look like" not the fresh faced person I wake up as.

The bottom line is I wear makeup because I love it. I find it interesting and engaging and that never ending search for the Holy Grail items excites me. The thing about the beauty industry is that it's infinite, it's constantly changing and adapting and this is what draws me in so much. I love trying new products and testing things out. I might end up with 20 odd foundations and I know I'll want to move onto another one in a few months time but this really makes me excited!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

revlon just bitten kissable lip stains

revlon just bitten kissable lip stain pencil review swatch photo cherish honey rendezvous
revlon just bitten kissable lip stain pencil review swatch photo cherish honey rendezvous
revlon just bitten kissable lip stain pencil review swatch photo cherish honey rendezvous
revlon just bitten kissable lip stain pencil review swatch photo cherish honey rendezvous
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey
revlon just bitten kissable lip stain pencil review swatch photo cherish honey rendezvous
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Cherish
revlon just bitten kissable lip stain pencil review swatch photo cherish honey rendezvous
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Rendezvous

Chubby Stick Dupes

In my quick reviews from last week I mentioned that I wasn't completely sold on the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstains. So, I know I've complained about my dislike for them already but this is basically just a lip swatch post to show how they look once applied to the lips. I hope it helps people if you're looking for which shade to buy! Essentially there is nothing wrong with them in the slightest. They are, like every review that I've seen of these are long wearing, moisturising and really easy to apply. When applied they feel like just like tinted lipbalm and wear very comfortably. I do like that they twist up and you dont have to worry about sharpening them, and I also really like the tingly minty freshness to them. They just personally don't do all that much for me! I can see why people like them but they aren't my cup of tea. I prefer brighter colours and matte finishes compared to the soft glossiness of the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstains. God knows why I bought three, as I bought them all at separate times!

Friday, 7 September 2012

video: august favourites

Origins Out of Trouble MaskBumble and Bumble Texture CremeDiptyque OyedoModels Own UtopiaUrban Outfitters TwinkleEylure 101 EyelashesClarins Beauty Flash Balm*, Denman Backcomb Brush, Avon Super Shock Mascara, Pixi Lash Line Ink*, Inglot Palette Shade Shine 09 & Pearl 606, Illamasqua Androgen Pigment
That time of the month...

Well not that time but you know what I mean! Sorry it's a bit later but my blogging blip knocked me back a weeks! For all the deet's make sure you check the bottom bar of the video on the Youtube page! I didn't really have any new favourites this month, most of the products I've mentioned are ones i've been using for months now and have only just really started to appreciate them!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

quick reviews #5

quick review philosophy microdelivery peel w7 neon nail polishes ren invisible pores mask eylure girls aloud sarah eyelashes babyliss boutique loose waves styler 17 tattoo me eyeliner review swatch photo
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

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel (£59)*: I can't say how long I've wanted to try this product for! The Microdelivery Peel is basically a less harsh - at home chemical peel. First you apply the vitamin c crystals and then the lactic acid and it mixes together to give your face a deep clean. My skin looked incredible after it's first use. Just so smooth, clarified bright and clean that felt baby soft. This is the kind of product that should only be used once a week so I've only tried it once so far, but gosh I'm so happy with it's results! I will be reviewing this in full after I've tried it a few more times. Hefty price tag which is what put me off buying it but if I knew the results I'd have purchased it a long time ago!

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask (£18)*:  I tend to find that clay masks work best on my skin, they are great for clarifying and drawing out all the yuckiness from my face. After using this one my skin feels so fresh and clear with all the oily greasiness and dirt removed. I like using when my skin looks like it's going to breakout or looking a bit congested. Although I do like this mask, but I still find myself reaching for my Origins Clear Improvement a touch more than this one.

Eylure Girls Aloud Sarah Eyelashes (£5.49)*: Long time love for these Girls Aloud Eyelashes. They were amongst the first pair I started wearing when I got into eyelashes and I still use them to this day. A really lovely full, spiky set of lashes that really elongate my eye shape and compliment the cat eye look I normally go for. They have to be good if I keep going back for them over and over again!

W7 Neon Nail Polishes (£2.50)*: W7 Neon Pink was one of my go-to nail polishes for a long time but I used it up and ended up not repurchasing it as they are quite hard to get hold of. I was recently sent the yellow and the pink and my love has been rekindled! I love wearing the Neon Pink on a night out, it's more of a creamy neon pink if that makes sense but looks wonderful with a fake tan! Three Coats opaque but for the price they are outstanding!

17 Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner (£4.99): Fairly new additions to the 17 range as far as I can tell but with claims for lasting up to 48 hours I'm really looking forward to testing this further. We all know about my signature cat flick eyeliner! I can't personally see myself testing it for 48 hours on my eyes but I will try it with a swatch. I know I don't like the applicator already as it's not very pointy, but the formula is smooth, pigmented and very VERY black. Will keep testing this one and report back!

Babyliss Boutique Loose Waves Styler (£29.99)*: Currently my favourite hair styler! It gives me loose waves with minimal effort! I found it quite hard to get to grips with at first but now I find it super easy. Curls my hair in around 5 mintites but I like to curl my hair and then clip it up so the curls have time to set before brushing out to a Kelly Brooke style loose waved hair. Thanks to the extra wide barrel it gives the hair a very old school hollywood glamour inspired look to it! Very elegant, simple and effortless. I did film a tutorial on how to use this today so I'm sure that will be up soon!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

everyday makeup #16

Face: Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup in 2NW2, Cheeks: Clarins Colour Accents Face and Blush Powder*, Fashionista Juicy Apricot* Eyes: Inglot Shine 43 & Pearl 606, Pixi Lash Line Ink*, Benefit Bad Gal Lash, Eylure 101, MAC Espresso for Brows Lips: MAC Please Me lipstick

5 autumn ready nail polishes

seasonal nail polishes
Claire's Accessories Brown (£4), Nubar Blueberry (£9.95)*, Models Own Mushroom (£5)*, Essie Sew Psyched (£7.95), Revlon Vixen (£6)*

Lush Emotional Brilliance Powder

Lush Emotional Brilliance translucent Powder review swatch tested
Lush Emotional Brilliance translucent Powder review swatch tested
Pink Toned

Lush Emotional Brilliance is a simple, translucent, lightweight light reflecting face powder. It's very finely milled and applies easily to the face to give a soft focus natural to glowy finish. Emotional Brilliance Trnaslucent Face Powder has a slight pink tone too it, but once applied you can't see this at all so I think it would suit a variety of skin tones. Rather than being a glittery illuminating powder it simply brings radiance to the skin. I think the packaging is odd, With loose powder products I tend to use large fluffy powder brushes but these simply wont fit into the packaging. I know the Lush makeup range seems to have stuck with the same style of packaging for their range but it simply doesn't make sense with this product.

I do like the Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucenet Powder it leaves my skin shine free and works really well at setting my makeup. It doesn't oxidise on the skin or leave it look chalky and give the skin a white cast. Emotional Brilliance won’t dry the skin out, as it contains lots of softening jojoba oil that allows the pigments to be delivered onto the skin very smoothly, without dryness. Jojoba oil is also exceptionally nourishing for the skin and creates an excellent protective barrier between your face and the elements.

I do generally find loose powders a bit too messy and even more so with this one as the functionality of the packaging isn't there. I think this powder would work best on combination skin as it's very soft and doesn't feel chalky on my dry areas or build up too much on my oiler ones. As it's Lush it's cruelty free, vegan and not tested on animal. In all it's not the best powder I've used and it's not the worst, It hasn't wowed me but I think if your looking for more enviomentally friendly items then this could be for you. It does a good job and is a pretty good product. I think the packaging should be changed a bit though!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

50% off models own

"Like" for Discounts

My favourite nail polish brand, Models Own are holding their usual 50% off sale once they hit a milestone of Facebook likes. This time they are looking to hit a whopping 100,000 likes on their Facebook page by the end of this month. This is just a gentle friendly nudge to say if you haven't liked them already, pleaaaase do it! I know almost every female friend I have on my Facebook seems to have liked the page already but if you haven't already every like helps! The 50% off sale is amazing and I always tend to over indulge come sale time and expand my Models Own Collection!  Especially with the upcoming Mirrorball collection I can see myself spending a hell of a lot with them in the next month! £2.50 for a nail polish is an absolute steal!

topshop lipstick swatches

topshop lipstick whimsical review swatch photo
topshop lipstick pillow talk review swatch photo
topshop lipstick Secret Admirer review swatch photo
topshop lipstick innocent review swatch photo

topshop lipstick in sartorial

Topshop Makeup Swatched

Topshop Lips are one of my favourite ranges of lipsticks on the high street. Normally I wouldn't gravitate towards high street shops makeup offerings as they aren't really all that good. However Topshop Makeup has really made a impact in the cosmetics market. I really like formula of their lipsticks especially so I thought I'd do a round up post of all the ones I've swatched so far.

All of the lipsticks I've tried are creamy and pigmented with a satin-velvety finish. I find they all apply opaque in one or two swipes, I have very pigmented lips and always provide really nice full coverage. My only problems would be the fact I dont really like the taste of them, it's far too synthetic for my liking. Then again I really dont like any scents or tastes in my makeup at all! They retail for £8 each which is quite pricey when you think about it. It's in-between drugstore and low-high end lipstick price (for example MAC lipsticks are around £13) Personally, I can't say I've been let down by any of the ones I've tried in the past, even the ones that don't suit my skin tone as the product itself is very high quality. I currently have 5 shades but I do plan on expanding my collection a bit more with Topshop Idol and Topshop Ohh La La.
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