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Saturday, 30 March 2013

clinique high impact extreme volume mascara

clinique high impact extreme volume mascara review swatch photo

Holy, Moly. I think I've reached new levels of love with the Clinique High Impact Mascara Extreme Volume. I don't throw the word holy grail around lightly (although I may have said last month I loved the Origins Ginzing Mascara a lot, oops!). Also while I know I mentioned in my Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes post that I'd never really used anything from Clinique. The two items have rocketed up my list of favourite products and have completely changed my mind on the brand.

With the  Clinique High Impact Mascara Extreme Volume my lashes look really dramatic, defined and lengthened. Everything I'd expect a mascara to do and so much more. I do think it can get a little clumpy as the brush does bring out a fair bit of product. However I find combing through a few times with the brush and then going over the lashes with the rounded end part separates the lashes and removes some of the excess. The brush itself is plastic bristles with slightly rounded tip at the end (similar to ball on the Givenchy Phenomen'eyes Mascara or Benefit They're Real) which is perfect for separating the lashes out and getting right to the inner corners. I can see some people saying that  the Clinique High Impact Mascara Extreme Volume brush quite large to work with but I found it very easy once I got used to it. The colour doesn't fade or flake off during the day which makes me really happy. I hate it when mascaras flake off and irriate the eyes! It's quite a wet formulation which might not be everyones cup of tea some people but I like it because I feel it coats the lashes better and product applies easier. It does take longer to dry than some mascara's I've tested but only a few seconds more.

So in conclusion, I will 100% be repurchasing this when it runs out. I don't think I've ever enjoyed using a mascara so much (yes, you've heard that before, but honestly this time!) While I can see why this might be a bit too much for a "day mascara" on some people. I think perfect for me all the time and suits "my look" to a tee. Basically it's super lengthening, black, pigmented, non-flakey, non-drying, volumising and is very easy to remove. Either a cotton pad of Bioderma or my favourite Clarins Cleanser does the trick no problem!

Friday, 29 March 2013

speckled nails

lush lacquer salt n peppa swatch photo review
lush lacquer salt n peppa swatch photo review

I'd painted my nails with the new Bourjous spring collection called Rendez-vous Paris (more on that later) and I felt it was lacking something. I was rummaging round trying to find my L'Oreal Confetti topcoat but I decided to go "Indie" and use Salt N' Peppa by Lush Lacquer. Its very similar to the L'Oreal Confetti Topcoat in the sense its a clear polish packed full of matte black and white particles but it also contains larger and smaller sized pieces as well as black and white strands. I like both polishes and they do give a similar effect but I think it's always important to support indie business as well as the big ones! Speckled nails are huge at the moment and the effect kinda looks like Mini eggs! How Seasonal of me!

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer in Sunny Pink

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer in Sunny Pink review swatch photo

A product that's recently caught my eye from Guerlain is the Guerlain Terracotta Blush in Sunny Pink. A beautfiul shimmery fluid blusher that is the perfect additon to any spring or summer makeup bag. It leave a fresh, multidimensional glow to the face. It's very natural, dewy and subtle while adding a sunny pop of colour to the cheeks. The shimmer is very noticeable when swatched or applied with lightly with fingers, but I found when I applied it with a brush it didn't look as shimmery but there was some noticeable gold undertones. The colour itself is a warm pink shade, very similar to the infamous Nars Orgasm with less chunky gold shimmer. It's quite a pigmented shade of blush but with a light hand or a stippling brush you can adjust the coverage. The shade is definitely build-able, from a soft flush of colour to a brighter pop of pink. This can be used on the cheekbones and a blush, on prominent areas if the face to sculpt the face or on the eyelids to brighten up the eyes. The pump bottle makes it very easy to get product out with minimal wastage. You can get a really precise ammount out with very little effort.

I don't think it would suit darker skin tones but light to mid tones and especially tanned skin in the summer time. It has a really delicate finish which brings a sort of inner glow-slightly flushed look to the skin. A great multipurpose product which is perfect for the beach. Guerlain is on the pricier side but this is a nice spring summer transitional product.  The Guerlain Terracotta Blushes come in two shades Sunny Pink perfect for blondes to brighten the skin natural pink tones and Spicy Coral which is designed for brunettes to echo the spicier shades of their tans. I'd love to give the other shade a whirl as Im a mixture of both blonde and brunette at the moment!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

OPI Lights of Emerald City

OPI Lights of Emerald City review swatch photo

I was really excited when I saw the swatches online (namely the Polishaholic's) for the Disneys Oz The Great and Powerful Collection for OPI. I knew that Lights Of Emerald City was the shade that stood out to me those most. In fact I think I told my housemate and I quote "THIS NAIL POLISH IS SO ME!". It's a clear polished packed full of large matte square glitter and smaller iridescent square glitter particles which shimmer both gold and silver. It's super girly, sugar fairy princess topcoat for nails.

While the glitter is spot on for what I like, I think it's so unique and very indie polish inspired. I think  It's difficult to work with, its easy to get out the smaller flakes but the square particles are a little harder to fish out. It's more of a chore than impossible to work with… The larger bits tend to drag along the nail and settle at the tip of the nail so you have to blob them on, but then in turn it's adding more liquid to the nail making it have a longer dry down time.

I feel the same about this OPI polish as I felt about the OPI Nothin' Mouse about it Polish. While unique and really different, It just takes a ridiculous ammount of time to dry when layered over other polishes. I love the way it looks but I just feel so underwelmed by it's dry down time and difficulty to apply. Lights Of Emerlad City is my stand out shade from the whole OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection, but I just wish it dried better and wasn't such a faff to apply. I just find it just annoying for a premium polish to take forever to dry. I bought this from Amazon for  £8.49 including postage which I didn't think was too bad. It's still in my acceptable nail polish price bracket!

PS. It's layered over Topshop Head Over Heels*

YSL Glossy Stain in 27

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain 27 review swatch photo
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain 27 review swatch photo

I've never tried a YSL Glossy Stain before so when I was offered to try the peachy pink perfection which is their YSL Glossy Stain 27 Peche Cerra-Colla I jumped at the chance. It's a fairly milky and sheer shade and I felt on first swipe it looked a touch patchy, but after another layer it evened out and looked lovely. In the tube it looked like a creamy pale peachy pink, but it looks more like a true coral on my lips. While I was sceptical at first how a peachy pink lip stain would look on my super pigmented lips the colour did actually show up on me. This YSL Glossy Stain is the only paler lip tint I've tried that actually adds a bit of colour my to my lips. It's not super pigmented by any stretch of the imagination, it just sort of oranges up my natural lip tone. I really like the luxe YSL packaging and the doe foot applicator picks up and applies product beautifully. The product itself is a very thin, gel like fluid that applies with ease to the lips and then sort of sinks in. The more product you apply the thicker it feels. The gloss lasts a few hours on my lips and then fades down to a tint.

I do like this Glossy Stain, it's the perfect throw on and go type of colour, I've had it in my bag for the past few days and I've been finding myself reaching for it almost daily. While I think it's pricey it is nice and after my last few experiences with YSL cosmetics have been pretty dire (I'm looking at you unopened YSL Touché Éclat foundation) it's restored my faith a little bit!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

march favourites

march favourites review swatch photo
march favourites review swatch photo

Product Review Links: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment*, Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Ample Amber,Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner*, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner, Pepta-bright*, Nars Gina BlushBourjois Rouge Edition in 03

My base of this choice for the past month has been the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. The perfect mix of light tinted moisturiser with enough coverage for day wear. It's glowy and luminous without being dewy or wet looking. Nars Gina has been my go-to blush since I bought it, I don't think a single day as gone by since I purchased it. It's the perfect peachy pink, finely milled, brightening on the face and very flattering. Lipstick was of the usual peachy pink variety in the form of the Bourjois Rouge Edition is 03. It's a smooth, one swipe opaque, non scented drug store lipstick which comes in 18 different colours so there is going to be something for everyone!  My mascara drawer has been well and truely cleared out thanks to my discovery of the Clinique High Impact Mascara, dear god my lashes have never ever looked so amazing. Lengthening and volumising without being heavy to dry. I totally think it's holy grail material! I've also been loving the Clinique Chubby Stick in Ample Amber, the perfect everyday shade that can be layered for more colour. Swipe and go. So simple. Skincare loves came in the form of Pepta-Bright and Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner. Both designed to boost radiance and fade scarring and the duo have been working wonders on my scarred skin. The only new hair product I've tried recently thats wowed me is the Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditoning Treatment, an amazing restorative mask that not only works but is super cheap.

Watch on Youtube for all the information about things I'm wearing and for the full details on shopping links! Above links are all to full reviews of products mentioned! Hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

real techniques face brushes

real techniques brushes review swatch photo
real techniques brushes face setting review swatch photo
real techniques brushes blush buffing review swatch photo
real techniques brushes review swatch photo
Real Techniques Buffing Brush: £21.99* (part of core collection)

I realised when washing my makeup brushes at the weekend that pretty much all the brushes I use are the Real Techniques Brushes. I thought I'd do a little talk through of them all as I think I've only ever posted about the Buffing Brush in the past. As Im sure most people are aware Real Techniques is a makeup brush brand by the amazingly talented Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo.  Real Techniques brushes are all make with synthetic hair which makes them 100% cruelty-free. The soft fibres help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light — from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. All the brushes are colour coded according to what they are to be used for Yellow is for Base, Purple is for eyes and Pink is for setting. However I don't always use the brushes in the way they are intended to be used a they are so versatile and adaptable.

Real Techniques Face Brush: This is a recent addition to my collection and so far I've been using it as either a foundation brush or for cream blush. It's quite a rounded stubby wide shaped brush with makes buffing and blended effortless. I like to pop cream blush onto the tops of my cheeks and use light up and down strokes to blend out the edges.

Real Techniques Setting Brush: This is a small fluffy brush which is about the same size as an eye brush. I tend to use this brush with a fine loose powder either under my eyes to set concealer or on the bridge of my nose and tops of the cheeks to highlight. Sometimes I'll use this "all over my face" to powder oiler areas as it doesn't pick up too much product which stops my face looking to cakey. I don't think this is an essential brush but it is nice to have.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I'd initially bought this to use as an all over powder brush and used it like that for a while before starting to use it soley as a bronzing brush. It works well for both, but I don't I personally like using it as a blush brush like it's designed for. I find it a bit too big to apply blush with as it's quite a large brush for the cheek area, especially as I like to apply my blush to my apples. So typically I like to swirl it in bronzer and apply it using the "3B" method  and blend out. It leaves a lovely soft finish  and doesn't pick up too much powder so you can always apply more if desired.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush: This is definitely the stand out brush from the Real Techniques Range, but unfortunately it only comes in the Core Collection of 4 brushes. It's a shame this doesn't come sold individually. It's been THE only foundation brush I've used sine I got this at IMATS last year. It's a flat topped kabuki style brush which blends liquid foundation flawlessly and effortlessly into the skin. It leaves a dreamy, smooth airbrushed finish with minimal effort. This is a MUST HAVE for beginners.

Real Techniques Powder Brush: I found this brush to be one of the best all over powder brushes I've used. The bristles are packed tight so it picks up the right ammount of product and makes it really easy to buff into the face.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush: I bought this purely with the intention of using it for cream blush as I didn't own anything similar. It's a kabuki style duo fibre stippling brush. I do like using it for cream blush because you can stipple it onto a cheek and then blend out with a finger or use the brush. But I found when using the brush it could look a little patchy. I didn't like using it for foundation as I found the finish wasn't as flawless as what the Real Techniques Buffing Brush would give me. I cant say I love this brush but it's alright!

So there is a quick overview of some Real Techniques brushes! I highly recommend most of them, some of them are a bit take it or leave it but I wholeheartedly recommend either the Expert Face Brush or the Buffing Brush. They are amazing brushes that give a flawless base, which I think is the key to any makeup look.

Also, If you're looking for a deal on Real Techniques brushes I highly recommend getting them from a website called iHerb. If you buy all the brushes I mention in this post (including the 4 brush Core Collection) you can get them for £43.50 including express shipping to the UK. Remember to the code LDT423 for 10% off at checkout too. In the UK all these brushes would cost you £76! Thats a saving of over £30! I wish I'd known of this before I bought all my brushes in Boots! I might actually stock up on some more as I use them so much! (Offer via VIPXO)

Have you tried any Real Techniques Brushes? What are your thoughts?

maybelline pow green nail polish

maybelline colour show pow green nail polish review swatch photo

The new-ish nail line from Maybelline has been on my radar for a while, and I decided to get a shade to test out when I was in Boots a few days ago. The Colour Show range contains a whopping 40 shades to choose from I had to have a bit of a think. Finally, I settled upon Pow Green. A bright lime green creme finish polish. I don't know why I picked it, I felt at the time that it was pretty unique. I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head like it. It's very much a yellow/neon/bright green with a slight dirty undertone to it. One of the things I liked about the polish is that the brush is really wide which mades application super easy. Completely effortless. The formula is nice neither too thick or too thin. It dries in an average time, but nothing too spectacular. It's two coats opaque, but a third evens it out but it's a touch streaky still. At 2.99 and a huge selection of shades to choose from these are definitely a drugstore item worth trying out. They arent incredible, but they aren't bad either. Pow Green is a stand out shade in the range for me and although the colour is quite strange, it's a nice spring colour!

Monday, 25 March 2013

indeed labs: hydraluron & pepta-bright

indeed labs: hydraluron & pepta-brightreview swatch photo

Indeed Labs are one of those no frills, no fancy packaging and no sparkles types of brand. Ones sell themselves on being designed to work. They have a minimalistic approach to packaging and branding, which might be a little underwhelming for those used to the fancy smancy approach but there is no denying their products actually do what they claim. I've been using two products religiously recently and noticed a huge improvement in my skin's overall tone and appearance.

Hydraluron has been on my radar for months and I did religiously use it a few months ago but it got lost in my skincare shuffle somewhere along the line and it got forgotten about. Hydraurlon is a serum that's packed full of Hydralyroic Acid, This appears naturally in the skin but as you age your skin starts to produce less. However adding more to the skin can it helps the it retain more moisture, thus resulting in younger, plumper and more youthful skin. I've found it the perfect serum for dehydrated skin types that need a little something extra to help skin retain moisture. Overtime my skin has become softer, plumper and more hydrated. I really enjoy using this as my oily but dehydrated skin held on to more moisture and make my skin look much better.

Pepta-bright is described as an "intense brightening treatment" which I've been testing for a few weeks to test it's claims about fading scarring, pigmentation and skins luminosity. I can confirm so far so good. It's also helped restore luminosity and radiance to my skin which is generally very sallow and dull looking. I think my skin tone is definitely a lot more even since adding this to my routine. I hardly have any redness or uneven parts on my skin and overall my face looks a lot nicer without makeup. I have noticed some of my scarring starting to fade but nothing too drastic as of yet. But I have only been using it properly for the last two and a bit weeks but honestly it's changed my skin more than I could actually explain.

As far as skincare routine goes I use these two morning and night religiously. I normally use Pepta-Bright first, then Hydraluron, then La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and then follow up with a moisturiser. I don't currently have a favourite moisturiser so any suggestions would be greatly received! Might be skincare overkill with all these products but it's done nothing but good things so far.

While on the pricer side of skincare I honestly couldn't live without the two. I've almost squeezed out my final blobs of Hydraluron and I'm 100% going to purchase it again in the next few days. I whole heartedly recommend the two if you're looking for a radiance booster or a moisture booster. Plus, Caroline Hirons has raved about the two and thats enough to sell something to me. My exact words to Zoe are "well… if Caroline raves about it, IT MUST BE GOOD."

diptyque tubereuse candle

diptyque tuberose candle review swatch photo

I recently went into Liberty via the sweets/chocolate entrance and boy was that a mistake. I stumbled into what I always refer to as the Diptyque Corridor. It's a really lovely part of the shop (lets face it all of Liberty is GORGEOUS) with all the Diptyque products laid out all lovely and nice. After some deliberation I decided on this full size Diptyque Tubereuse Candle, which was a whopping £40. I don't think I've ever done anything and instantly thought "Lily, You officially have more money than sense". Dropping what I'd normally quaff at on a dress on a candle that's going to give me 60 hours of room scent and be gone. Gosh Im a idiot.

Anyway, It's done now. I've bought it and started burning it, So I'll review it. Diptyque Tubereuse is basically a Tuberose based candle. Tuberose is a gorgeous strong, sweet, exotic, dark, sexy type of scent. It has that "creamy white" floral elements with an almost "dirty" sort of note to it. I can even put my finger on how I'm trying to describe it as dirty, a little bit old… fuddy duddy. Warm and Sexy. Think along the same lines as Jasmine or Gardenia, but a little sharper on the nostrils. To me I find Tuberose comforting and uplifting at the same time, It's absolutely intoxicating and heavenly. I don't normally like such floral scents but something about it just screams sophisticated, sexy and elegance to me.

I realised after a while why it appealed so me so much in the store as the sent was so familiar. My ex-boyfriend Dad used to make handmade candles and hand/body products and I remembered that his house used to always smell like that. His Tuberose Candle was always my favourite and I was given some one Christmas and loved it. Now, we split up two and a bit years ago now, but as soon as I started burning it brought the smell of his house back. The throw of Diptyque candles really impressed me as well. It filled my large bedroom with a really amazing scent which lingered even once the candle had been blown out. I did take care with the candle as I didn't want to waste it so read into the best ways to burn a candle.

Do I think I'll be buying a new Diptyque Candle in a hurry? Oh Hell No. I'm not that frivolous. It's nice but not THAT nice. If I'm totally honest I cant see the appeal of Luxe candles, they smell good but how do you justify something that just makes something smell good. Although I suppose the same principle applies to perfume… I do like to have a scented candle in my room sometimes, but when I do in future I think I'll be sticking to my reasonably priced candles. While I think Dipqtque candles, although frivolous and ridiculously expensive are lovely overall… just… yeah… more money than sense. *mutters*

Sunday, 24 March 2013

bioderma sebium pore refiner

bioderma sebium pore refiner review swatch photo

Today I'll be introducing you to another Bioderma produce that definitely isn't as well known as some of it's more popular products, I'm looking at you Bioderma Sensibio H2O. I've been using this Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner daily since I went along to the launch event of Bioderma in the UK and it's quickly worked it's way up my list of favourite products this month.

The Bioderma Pore Refiner has worked absolute wonders on my pore size and really made a noticeable difference between how my skin. I've been using it in replacement of my usual Primer (Clarins Instant Smooth) and I've noticed how lovely smooth and refined my skin looks. The product leaves a matte, flawless base for applying makeup on top of. The texture is smooth and silky with a slight fragrance which is pretty inoffensive. The solution itself is really thin, silky white cream that disappears instantly into the skin. The most telling thing about this is that it hasn't broken my out at all. I find so many products break me out these days I struggle testing out new foundation/skin things. I tend to steer away from fragranced products but this hasn't effected my skin at all. It's so silicone based either, I have a sneaky suspicion that Im allergic to them!

Overall my pores are smoothed and look much less noticeable. As it's not really classed as a primer it doesn't reduce oil completely (it does a moderately good job but I do need a bit of powder after a few hours), it's been an absolute dream to use and I can safely say this is one of my firm favourites this month. I have to do a little jump with joy as it leaves my skin looking oh so perfect. The beauty of the Sebium range from Bioderma is aimed towards those with combination/oily skin.
You can read my report on Bioderma and it's UK Launch & Stockists here.

product directory

ETC LLYMLRS Product Directory review swatch photo

I've had loads of requests recently to do a big product directory of the products I've swatched, reviewed and talked about on the blog. A fair few bloggers (for example my head babe Kate) have started doing these and I find them super helpful so I took a few hours (well it was about 5 hours if I'm being honest) to do the same. I went back through the archives and gathered all the links together in one handy page.

As you can imagine things easily get lost in the shuffle as this blog moves so quickly as I post multiple times a day. So its easy to loose posts you might want to refer back to. So the plan is to make it a bit easier for all. All the product links are alphabetically ordered… well almost, I've still got to do a final check or two and For the most part they are in brand order too. I've also added a search bar to the sidebar so you can find specific things if you cant find the post you want to reference. Also remember to check the tags in the sidebar for specific product reviews like foundation, cheeks or mascara.

Hopefully this will enhance your experiences on ETCLLYMLRS and make things a little bit easier to find! Any feedback on this would be great! If you do have any suggestions or thoughts to make the blog better please do leave them in the comments. Feedback and suggestions are always appreciated, I honestly don't mind constructive criticism when it comes to blog design and usability as you're the ones who have to view it!
You can access the Product Directory here

Saturday, 23 March 2013

clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber

clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber review swatch photo
clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber review swatch photo
clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber review swatch photo

Clinique launched Chubby Stick for Eyes a few months ago and I've only just got around to getting my mitts on one. If I'm being honest they sort of passed me by for a bit, Clinique isn't really a brand I tend to buy from. It doesn't appeal to me that much for some reason so I never really go over to a counter. After a few key blog post's I was enabled and marched myself over to my nearest Clinique counter. From swatches and my usual gravitations towards warm tones and neutrals, I was lemming towards two shades: Bountiful Beige and Ample Amber. Unfortunately they didn't have the beige one in stock (a pretty brightening golden beige shade) so I settled upon Ample Amber and galloped back home to apply it ASAP.

Ample Amber is a super pretty gold/peach/amber shade with a slight shimmer running through it. Those familiar with MAC All That Glitters it is along those lines but with a touch more warmth. As a bluey-green eyed girl the colour compliments my eyes really well and really makes them pop. The shadow stick has an unique rounded tip, this makes applications super easy and completely fool proof.  Chubby Sticks for Eyes are perfect for beginners as they really require very little skill to apply. Swipe, Blend and done. Ample Amber provided a wonderful wash of colour on the lid which I simply blended out with a finger to soften the edge. Although shadow takes a few seconds to set (which is good as it gives time to blend!) it lasted all day on my lids. I found that it slightly creases after about 4 hours it wasn't all that noticeable. For you oilier lidded gals it might be worth using an eye primer or setting with a similar eyeshadow on top. My only gripe is the fact that the rounded edge does make it a bit harder to line the lower lash line (although not impossible) and get product right into the lash line, but using a brush could make this easier. But that's extra faff for such an easy product!

So in all, Chubby Sticks for Eyes are so simple & so quick. Initially something I thought I could live without, but once I got my paws on it I've got it I've worn it every single day. 100% wholeheartedly recommend this shade of Chubby Stick for Eyes if you're looking for an easy go-to eye. Ample Amber will suit most complexions from light to dark, warm to cool toned as it's a really universal shade. Definitely my personally recommended shade from the range. At £16 a pop these don't come cheap but the way the highstreet practically jumped all over the Chubby Stick for Lips trend Im sure some low end dupes will be out in due course!

and other stories moire green nail polish

and other stories moire green nail polish review swatch photo

After seeing a few blog posts already (namely MegJen's) on the And Other Stories beauty department I decided to pop in on the way to my hair appointment. And Other Stories is a brand new store from the makers of H&M and COS and sits price wise somewhere between the two. The simplicity of COS with a lower price tag. I haven't had a chance to look at the clothes yet as I went in with the intention of looking at the beauty things first.

I picked up the nail polish in Moire Green, it's a beautiful soft pale green with a slight shimmer going through it. I don't normally like Shimmer finishes but it is fairly unnoticeable once applied.I chose Moire Green because I don't actually own anything similar to this and it's going to be the perfect creamy spring shade. Formula is slightly streaky but after three coats it does dry to an opaque finish. The brush is very wide (a bit similar to the Essie Diffusion Line nail polishes) which makes polish application absolutely effortless. One stripe per coat and you're done.

At £5 a pop, I put it in the same sort of range as Models Own in terms of nail polish quality. It's a good price for a nail polish and I would definitely buy from the range again. And Other Stories have some really unique shades on offer so it's worth taking a good look through their swatches. The Beauty Range reminds me a little of Topshop Makeup but slightly more luxe feeling, a little bit more grown up.

London's & Other Stories store is 256-258 Regent Street (close to Oxford Circus)

Friday, 22 March 2013

my new hair

llymlrs blonde hair headmasters mayfair
lily melrose hair
blonde girl hair
 hair routine

Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner*, Redken Extreme Anti Snap*, Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment, Wella SP Luxe Oil*, Bumble & Bumble Texture Creme, L'Oreal Elnett Spray in Curls, Ojon Revitalising Flexible Hair Spray
So I popped along to the Headmasters Mayfair salon yesterday to go get my hair done. They kindly offered me a cut and colour so I couldn't turn that down. I hate getting my hair done, so Im always nervous going to a new Salon. But the Headmasters Mayfair salon is really large, spacious and a reply nice space. Ollie Blackerby, Head Art Director at Headmasters was on hand to do my hair, he listened to exactly what I wanted. I basically asked for Cara Delevigne hair, Surprise Surprise, but its pretty much what I always do. I got a head of tiny highlights and then had the rest painted on using a technique called Balayage. Balayage is painted on highlights so they are softer and more blended than traditional ones. Then I had a toner put on my hair and then it was blow dried. I also had it trimmed a bit and shaped around my face. I'm really happy with the final look as it's exactly what I wanted. It's less brown than it was and almost definitely in the blonde camp.  I feel my hair looks much fresher and the perfect brightening shade for spring. Big Thank You to Headmasters for the hair appointment

I really like the salon and I would recommend going there. The Mayfair one is easy to get to as it's a short walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station. Headmasters are a chain salon but I really enjoyed my experience there. My flatmate got her hair cut at the Balham salon recently and was very happy with the price (Headmasters always have some amazing deals on! Check them out here!)

As for products I use pretty much the same as the ones I showed in this video I made a few months ago. Recent additions include the Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner, a super nourishing duo designed for dry or damaged hair. It leaves my hair looking and feeling super soft and easy to manage. I've also been adoring the Redken Anti Snap which is also part of the Extreme range from Redken. It's a protein treatment that is applied to wet hair and then blow dried. My hair is always looking so sleek and manageable when I use this. The Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment is my mask of choice at the moment as it does a wonderful job of keeping my hair feeling soft. I was surprised how good this was for such a cheap drugstore hair mask. The Wella Luxe Oil is still a firm favourite in my routine as it's so light and smells SO good! For styling I use Bumble & Bumble Texture creme to the L'Oreal Heat Styling spray in curls to give my hair a bit of texture and hold. Lastly I've been looking the Ojon Revitalising Flexible Hair Spray. Another product that smells absolutely amazing. It's a really light hold spray which is perfect for adding texture without it being too heavy or crispy Headmasters Mayfair, 11 -12 Hanover StreetLondon, W1S 1YQ. Tel: 0345 459 7719.

outer peace facial @ aveda institute london

aveda institute out of trouble review swatch photo
Aveda Outer Peace Facial: £83*

A few weeks ago I went along to the Aveda Institute to have a post fashion week facial and destress a bit. I won't go into detail about what happened that morning, but I basically ended up arriving half sobbing, one quarter not quite sure whats going on and a quarter wanting to crawl back home to bed. However despite my emotional unstability I went and I'm really happy I didn't flake.

The Aveda Institute is a huge building just off Shaftsbury Avenue/High Holburn. It's a spa, salon and a shop all rolled into one. It offers hair styling, colour treatments, massages, waxing, brows, manicures…basically anything you could imagine a spa offering they do it. I was taken down to a room in the Spa area and I stripped, got on the bed and took a deep breath and tried to focus on my facial. I've had one before so I sort of new what to expect, but every facial is different I find. The room was warm, relaxing and really nicely decorated along with being very was clean and beautiful.  I was booked in for an Outer Peace Facial which is a deep cleansing and extraction type facial. My therapist (who may I add was lovely and really sympathetic when I started sobbing during the facial!) asked me lots of questions related to my skin and how I felt about it so she could work out what was best for me. While my skin has changed recently and isn't as breakout prone or as oily as it once was, my biggest skin complaint is my black heads and my scarring. I have a huge congested area on my chin as well as my nose. I mentioned the scarring on the left side of my face because it is fairly noticeable, but in the end we decided to focus on extraction as that's something that could easily be worked on. She also gave me advice about how best to calm my scarring and regenerate my skin despite this not being the focus of the facial.  The Outer Peace facial is basically a steaming and extremely cleansing facial designed to decongest the skin. In all it took about an hour for completion and after my skin was beautifully cleanse and so smooth feeling. I was worried my sin might breakout after because of the "purging" part, but I only ended up with one tiny little spot that wasn't worth sweating about!

I highly recommend the Aveda Institute and would wholeheartedly recommend the facial I received. My skin was noticeably clearer and less congested and I can see how this would improve blackheads over time. From one visit I noticed a difference, but I think its the type of thing you need a few treatments to give it's full effect. The spa itself is clean, calming and relaxing. The staff are professional and helpful and really listen and advise you on the best way to look after yourself. It's an amazing place and pretty different for something so central London based. I've actually gone and booked myself in for a massage in a week's time to unwind a bit more as I liked it so much. I really enjoyed my Aveda Institute experience and would definitely recommend checking it out.
You can view the Salon Services Menu here. Aveda Insitute 174 High Holborn,Covent Garden, London.WC1V 7AA. For Bookings Tel: 020 7759 7355 or via Email: 

Thursday, 21 March 2013

spring makeup

spring makeup review swatch photo
I don't change my makeup often, I think it's very obvious I like a matte lip, a flick of liner and a touch of glow on the eyes. For spring I've opted to keep my signature look, but I've shaken my makeup routine up a little to reflect my interpretation of spring time makeup. As always this is just my take on Spring makeup, I'd love to know how you adapt your makeup routine for springtime!

For my base in the Spring time I like it too look natural, fresh and illuminating. I don't really like the dewey finish so I've been lemming towards to Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in the shade Nude. This is a one of a kind matte tinted moisturiser that leaves my skin looking flawless, evened out and natural. It's so light on the skin it feels like you aren't wearing anything at all. I love the brightening and glowy finish it gives to the skin. It just feels fresh without being dewy which is right up my street.To conceal my under eye bags (which are really bad at the moment) I recently purchased the By Terry Touche Veloutte in Shade 2. This is an absolute dream to use and really illuminates my under eye area while neutralising any darkness. For my cheeks I've been religiously using a recent Nars addition which is the Nars blush in Gina. It's a beautiful true coral peach powder blush that pops the cheeks and brings loads of warmth and freshness to the skin. It's something I'd highly recommend checking out if you're in the market for a new go-to blush. So easy to wear and such a beautiful shade.

While I like to keep my brows groomed at all times, but I've stopped filling them in as dark recently and been opting towards brow gels to set the hair in place. To do this I just use a clear mascara like the Natural Collection Clear Mascara which retails for the bargain price of £1.99. While not the best clear brow gel I've used the cheapness makes up for it! For lips I've been loving corals, peaches and nudes. My pick is probably the Sleek Makeup Lipstick in Peaches and Cream. Which funny enough I've had  had this for ages but never reached for it until recently. It's a punchy coral shade with a creamy opaque finish. Comfortable to wear, bright enough to be worn day or night this is a really multi use shade.

What sort of makeup do you tend to go towards in the spring? Is it a whole makeup shakeup or like me, do you adapt your usual look for a new season with some new products?

Redken Extreme

Redken Extreme shampoo conditioner review swatch photo

Redken is a brand I always hear about but one I'd never really tried before. I was recently sent the Redken Extreme range to play with and jumped at the chance to wash my unruly mane with it. The Redken Extreme range is aimed at people who have dry, distressed or damaged hair. Although my hair can look dry sometimes, overall it's actually in alright condition despite years of abuse and lots of lightening especially on the ends. I try to use shampoos that don't weigh my hair down but also give it the much needed nourishment to stop it from drying out. I've been using the Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner religiously for a while and I've really enjoyed it. In fact I've actually already used it up and I'm considering getting another set. Since adding it into my routine my hair has been left feeling soft, nourished and instantly smoother from first use. Over time I think it's helped heal my hair a little and it doesn't feel as dry as it used to. Like I mentioned I reckon I would definitely repurchase all of the Redken Extreme range, including Redken Anti Snap which I reviewed already. I've really like how soft and nourished it left my hair feeling not just after use but how it's improved my hair overtime. It's also a lot cheaper than the usual shampoo and conditioner duo I use which is the Ojon Dry Recovery duo so I think it's definitely worth a shot! Feel unique often have deals on the Redken range so it's worth keeping tabs on!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

illamasqua immodest lipstick

illamasqua immodesty lipstick review swatch photo
illamasqua immodesty lipstick review swatch photo

Illamasqua Immodest is a bright neon blue based cool toned pink.  Surprisingly I don't hate it on me as I find blue tones really difficult to pull off, It's a very wearable shade for such a bright neon pink. The lipstick formula is a true old fashioned matte lipstick. By that I mean the very chalky, almost a little difficult to wear. A quick swipe of this on the lips can enhance any dryness or imprecations, So I would suggest prepping the lips with a scrub and balm before application. I personally didn't find the lipstick itself was that drying on the lips though despite it's chalky matte finish. Immodest is fairly comfortable and doesn't feel slippy or tight, and doesn't pull or tug on the lips either which is lovely. Overall I really love this lipstick and I really didn't expect to at all. Although the matte finish which can be slightly hard to get used to on someone with dry or chapped lip, It is of exceptional quality and I highly recommend checking it out. I'm very happy with my first foray into the world of Illamasqua Lipsticks!
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