Thursday, 28 February 2013


redken extreme anti snap

redken anti snap review swatch photo
redken antisnap: £14.30*

Redken Extreme Anti snap is a leave in treatment that is designed to help reduce damaged areas of hair and minimise breakage. I apply a few pumps to towel dried hair before either leaving to dry naturally or blow drying with a hair dryer. The consistency is very watery, but feels very light on application and doesn't weigh the hair down at all. I had my doubts initially about this making my hair greasy, but I actually think it was something else I was using instead. Since adding to my hair routine it has made a noticeable difference to the overall condition of my hair by improving the ammount of hair damage. While also leaving my hair feeling smooth, sleek and easy to style. I've really enjoyed using the whole Redken Extreme range and would highly recommend it for damaged or distressed hair types. I'm definitely going to repurchase this when it runs out as I simply adore it!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 501

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 501 review swatch photo
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 501 review swatch photo
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 501 review swatch photo

I had so many questions about the lip colour I wore in a outfit post a few days ago but I wasn't 100% sure what shade it was. I thought it was a mix of two shades however it clicked to me I'd tested out the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 501 as it was lurking in my "to review" box. I'm surprised it's taken me so long to review the Lip Maestro's as I've had them for months and they are very close to my favourite lip products.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro's are liquid lipsticks with a lovely matte formula. The formula is similar to the Collection Cream Puff's but are super long wearing and come in a larger shade range. Once applied Lip Maestro's are completely opaque and sit on the lips with a velvety feel. They are richly pigmented and apply like a dream thanks to the doe foot applicator. I've worn these for 6 hours plus, which is pretty impressive. Best of all they have no scent or taste which is perfect for fussy girls like me.

While 501 isn't my sort of shade, I do have a few other ones which I prefer. Namely 500, which is the perfect everyday pink shade. 501 is quite a dark pink with sort of berry undertones. I'm surprised I got so many comments on it as I don't actually like it all that much on me! The price tag is super high and it's probably not something I'd pick out for myself as it's a little out of my lipstick price range. The price does reflect the quality and the brand though, I literally cant fault for the formula at all.

Origins GinZing Mascara

Origins GinZing Mascara review swatch photo
Origins GinZing Mascara review swatch photo
Origins GinZing Mascara review swatch photo
Origins GinZing Mascara review swatch photo

The Origins GinZing Mascara has quickly rocketed up the list of my favourite mascara's to possibly take over the likes of Benefit's They're Real and Maybelline False Lash effect. Despite having this a fairly long time I never really gave it the time of day.  Until a few weeks ago on a rummage through my always growing stash I found it and thought I'd give it a whirl.

This mascara coats every lash perfectly, lengthening and flifting as you comb through your eye lashes. I find the formula to be a very true black (grey mascara is a pet hate!) and it really makes my eyes pop. I don't really understand why it makes my eyes feel more brighter and open but it does. My favourite thing about this mascara is that it doesn't leave my lashes looking stiff or crunchy, they feel soft and nourished and conditioned. The mascara is packed full of goodies to condition your lashes without drying them out. I have to admit this doesn't give amazing volume, although it can be built up over time for a full lash look. This is definitely a mascara for people who want lift and length. Origins GinZing Mascara is also formulated without Parabens, Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Synthetic fragrance and Animal ingredients.

Honestly, I think Origins GinZing Mascara is lovely and really unexpected from a brand like Origins. I raved about their skincare for ages but never really considered them as a makeup brand but this has changed my opinion. While I'm not overly keen on the oversized brush, it's just a little too large for my personal taste, but I do find it really helps separate and lift the lashes. The formula is spot on and the length and drama they give my eyes is so different from anything I've tried in a long time. Two big thumbs up from me!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Revlon Photoready Bronzer

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Recently I was given the Revlon Photoready Bronzer in Bronze and Chic  in a goody bag after covering the Revlon Backstage for Antonio Berardi. Even though I'm fairly tanned I never really wear bronzer, however my skin was looking a bit pale and didn't quite match my body so I decided to give this a quick try. I was very pleased with the results!

This has to be one of the best low end bronzer's i've tried ever. It's a beautiful warm toned bronzer that has a lovely matte finish. The shades are pigmented and really smooth and soft. I swirl my brush in the powder to pick up all the colours and tap on the side of the packaging and then apply to my face either to contour my cheeks or as an all over bronze. It gives a really lovely soft bronze glow that isn't too orange or too cool for my skin Also as it has no shimmer in it doesn't look gritty or shiny just brightening and giving the face the right ammount of colour. My only gripe would be the really bulky unnecessary packaging as it's twice as large as it needs to be. Although this is mainly to house the brush that comes with it but the brush itself is not really all that suitable for bronzer application.

On the whole I really love this bronzer and I'm glad I tried it out on a whim. It's been a makeup staple for me ever since I got it and I think it might even sneak into my favourites for this month! I highly recommend checking this out if you're looking for a warm toned well priced bronzer from the drugstore! I cant seem to find it anywhere in the UK quite yet, it might be a recent release or something that's coming up soon so it might be worth keeping an eye out!

marc jacobs lola

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My new recent addition to my perfume collection is Marc Jacobs Lola. I bought it on a whim after my flatmate spirited it in The Perfume Shop and I couldn't get it out of my head. Lola includes notes of pink pepper, pear, ruby red grapefruit, peony, rose, geranium, vanilla, creamy musk and tonka. I find it very rose like at first, very floral with a hint of vanilla. It lasts a good ammount of time on as I find I get whiff's throughout the day without needing to top it up. The bottle itself is really showy-offy, over the top and cutesy. I think its super eye-catching and looks amazing on my dresser, although I can see some people thinking it might be a bit tacky but I personally like it. I personally really love it, I think it's interesting and different perfume and I really like it. I think its fairly safe but I enjoy it!

Sunday, 24 February 2013


L'Oreal CC Creams

L'Oreal CC Creams review swatch photo


CC Creams is the beauty Industries new darling, hailed as the next best thing in colour correcting beautifiers. They have all the benefits of BB creams with with adding tone correcting powers. The L'Oreal CC Creams come in three shades that have been formulated to help reduce redness, revive tired skin and counteract dullness. The magical creams claim to add a veil to the skin as well as boast a variety of skincare benefits.

L'Oreal CC Cream comes in the shades purple (to counteract dullness), green (to counteract redness) and peach (to couneract fatigue). I've tried out the purple one to counteract some of the dullness in my sallow skin tone. When swatched on the back of your hand to it looks super lilac, like its going to make your face look ridiculous. However blended in it adapts to your skin tone and the pigment evens out.The finish is flawless and glowly and does take a lot of sallowness out of my skin. However I don't think I'd wear it alone as it gives very little coverage which isn't to my personal taste. I do think worn under a foundation it would look really lovely.

I'm not sold on BB creams or CC creams or whatever the next double letter fad is going to be. Coloured primers aren't really new in the beauty industry either but it's nice to see something like this going onto the UK highstreet market. At £9.99 a pop they aren't super cheap but might be worth trying out if you have skin tone woes that need correcting.

Saturday, 23 February 2013


backstage at antonio berardi with revlon

backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon
backstage at antonio berardi with revlon

The makeup for the Antonio Berardi show was done by the amazingly talented Gucci Westman. She created a luminous base using a mix of the Revlon Nearly Nude foundation and powder, She then used the new Revlon Skinlights in Pink and the Baby Stick in Pink Passion to create a flawless porcelain base. The main focus for th look was the really bright lip which was a custom blend two lipsticks. A mix of Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Really Red and Super Lustrous in Kiss me Coral, she added a spot of sparkly eyeshadow with a topping of Shine City Lip Gloss in the centre of the lip only. She talked about how glosses can look gloomy and just run off models lips so using a shadow and a dab of gloss in the middle made the look easier to wear. The look was intended to be very flawless and polished without looking over down. The striking lips added a touch of drama to what was a very simple and unintentional look.

For the nails Jenny Longworth blended a custom shade for the show which was a mix of Revlon Red polish and a new Revlon Brilliant Strength over the top. She laid down two coats of the Revlon Red (it's been around for 50 years!) as and then painted over with the Brilliant Strenght (I cant remember the colour!) finished with a super glossy topcoat the nails were classic and the perfect match for the makeup.

I loved the makeup and nails at the Berardi show. They really reflected a simple and beautiful aesthetic without being over done. The flawless base's were to die for with the Skin Lights brightening up the face and giving a gorgeous soft glow. I cant wait to get my hands on that product!

my nail polish collection - reds

red nail polish lacquer review swatch photo
red nail polish lacquer review swatch photo
red nail polish lacquer review swatch photo
red nail polish lacquer review swatch photo
All shades are two coats (from top clockwise): Ciate Dangerous Affair, Mavala Bordeaux*, Max Factor Glossfinity Red Passion*, Estee Lauder Le Smoking*, Rococco VIP*, Nubar Rosso*, Models Own Red Alert, ORLY, Ciate Mistress, Barry M, Nubar Cherry*, Lancome 105M*, 17 Tropical Island, New CID Crepe Suzette*, Ciate Speed Dial, Stargazer 511*, OPI Get Your Glamour On, Eyeko Coral Polish*

Red Nail polish swatches

I've been hassling my good friend Zoe to continue her series on Nail Polish swatches of her huge collection but she hasn't so I'm taking matters into my own hands and starting to swatch my own instead. I literally have about 100-150 polishes in a wide range of colours so I thought it would be nice to do a new series dedicated to swatching them all up on nail wheels. I bought the nail wheels off ebay for a few pounds so over the next coming weeks I shall attempt to get all my polishes swatched and posted on here! As I've got so many I'll probably just give my thoughts on my favourites but each and every polish will be swatched up and included within the post, so match your favourite swatch with the labels below. This is going to be such a mammoth task!

Red's aren't exactly my usual jam. I tend to go for less classic colours, glitters and neutrals (I also have a lot of blue nail polishes I've noticed!) however on the odd occasion I reach for a red I do have a few fail safe ones I tend to go back to. Estee Lauder Le Smoking is a classic true red with neutral undertones. It's a super sophisticated classy nail colour which really warms the skin tone. I also like Nubar Rosso which is a metallic deep shade that is packed full of sparkles but isn't glittery. Out of all the Red Nail polishes I own Max Factor Glossfinity Red Passion is my favourite. It has a gel like finish which dries really nicely and lasts a really long time on my nails without chipping or flaking off. I've had it on for the full 7 days it claims and only really experienced a chip here and there. The colour is a lovely blue toned classic red which would suit a variety of skin tones. My other favourite red polish has to be Eyeko Coral Polish, sadly they don't make this anymore since Eyeko decided to rebrand themselves completely but the colour is lovely. It's a warm toned coral shade which looks amazing against a tan and is perfect for a night out. My polish has just started to get a bit too thick to use unfortunately and these are hard to get hold of! It makes me sad they decided not to continue making these!

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Backstage at Sass and Bide with Cloud Nine

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Backstage at Sass and Bide

At London Fashion Week I was invited backstage at the Sass and Bide show with Cloud Nine. They were doing the hair at the show so asked me to go look at how they were styling the models. Hair was done by Renya Xydis,Renya created a soft, messy bun with a pinky edge to contrast the structured tailoring of the sass & bide WINTERGATE collection. The look epitomises the sass & bide girl with relaxed styling wearable for every woman.

To start she prepped the hair with sea salt spray and dried with a blow dryer. Then The O rollers by Cloud Nine were used all over the head to give maximum volume to the hair. Next the new Cloud Nine Waving wand was used throughout the hair to give large textured curls. This was then left to cool and then shaken out and loosened with fingers. The hair was then swooped up into a loose ponytail and twisted into a textured bun. Sections of the hair were loosened to give extra volume and add to the carefree edge.

Makeup was by MAC and the nails were by ORLY. I didn't get a chance to ask any questions related to these looks backstage as it was all a bit manic with all the press! But I know Charlotte Tilbury did the makeup for the show and the look was fresh and healthy looking with a quirky edge. The nails were a beautiful classic red that was seen all over the Catwalks this season.

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