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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

2 true nail polish shade

2 true nail polish shade 16 18 19 14 17 20 15 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 16 18 19 14 17 20 15 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 16 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 18 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 19 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 14 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 17 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 20 review swatch photo
2 true nail polish shade 15 review swatch photo
2 True Nail Polishes: £1.99*

I recently got my hands on some polishes from the Superdrug budget range of 2 True. 2 True is a cheap brand where everything is priced around the £1.99 mark and are 3 for £5.  I've never really paid much attention to the brand before but I have to admit I've been very impressed with the 2 True Nail polishes I was recently sent. Shade 16 is a pretty bright pink, perfect sort of "Barbie Nails" type of shade. Shade 18 is a bright bluey green shade which is very opaque and reminds me of the sea. Shade 19 is a bright plummy mix of purple and pink. Shade 14 is a lovely pale purple which is very similar to Models own Utopia. Shade 17 is a pastel but still bright coral nail polish. Shade 20 is a pretty periwinkle blue, its one of the most opaque shades of the range and you can get away with one coat. Shade 15 is a soft, light pale blue with a hint of cool grey.

At a mere £1.99 these are definitely worth giving a go. They have a nice wide flat brush which makes application effortless and they dry down very quickly. Most of the shades are two coats opaque with a few of the darker colours being opaque in just one coat. I highly recommend the shades of 15, 14 and 17, especially for spring as they are really lovely shades.

Friday, 26 April 2013

estee lauder bronze goddess 2013

estee lauder bronze goddess 2013 fragrance review swatch photo
estee lauder bronze goddess: £45

"SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY", well those were the words that ran though my head when I popped into Boots the other day to enquire about my favourite perfume of all time - Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. The woman told me it wasn't officially on sale until the 1st May but she'd sell it me on the basis I didn't tell anyone... Of course I agreed. Psh, then I go tell all my instagram followers, twitter followers, blog followers, text my friends, tell random people on the tube... Yeah sorry sneaky sales assistant! I just couldn't contain my excitement.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is a beautiful blend of creamy coconut, vanilla, mandarin, amber, lemons and tropical flowers. It's just exquisite. Bronze Goddess reminds me of hot beaches, summer nights, luxury vacations and cocktails. Glamorous and exotic and packed full of excitement. Comforting, energising, uplifting and as I described it last year, Holiday in a bottle. I personally think it smells a little different than last year's version. More creamy and soft, the coconutty notes are a little more subdued bu. The packaging this year has gone full of gold, which although I don't personally love it's not horrible. Last year's ombre effect and glitter bottle and orange tones made it much easier on the eye! I think the fully gold looks a little cheap, even for Estee Lauder.

I've honestly been waiting a whole year to get my hands on this perfume again and I cant be more smug/satisfied that I have it again. It's my favourite perfume of all time. I highly recommend going to and Estee Lauder counter to check it out. Now this launches officially on May 1st on Estee Lauder counters... I'll take 10. I'm honestly going to buy at the very least two more because I love it that much!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

barry m confetti nails

Barry M Confetti Nails in Dolly Mixture Liquorice Marshmallow review swatch photo
review swatch photo
Barry M Confetti Nails in Dolly Mixture review swatch photo
Barry M Confetti Nails in Liquorice review swatch photo
Barry M Confetti Nails in Marshmallow review swatch photo
Barry M Confetti Nails in Dolly Mixture: £3.99*
Barry M Confetti Nails in Liquorice: £3.99*
Barry M Confetti Nails in Marshmallow: £3.99*

Coming soon to a Barry M counter near you are the new Barry M Confetti Nail Polishes! These are very similar to the Nails Inc Feather polishes in which are basically strands suspended in a clear base. All of the colours in this post are three coats without a base. I would recommend using a colour base though! Barry M Confetti Nails in Dolly Mixture is a multicoloured strand polish in yellow, orange, pale blue and white. It looks very much like sweets. Barry M Confetti Nails in Liquorice is a black and white stranded polish which I personally really like. I think the feather or confetti nails effect works well in monochrome. Barry M Confetti Nails in Marshmallow is a soft pink which looks really cute and girly.

I have to admit although I like the effect, I think they are so hard to get off it's not even worth it. It would probably be worth applying a peel-able base to the nail like the Essence Peel Of Base or even PVA Glue. It took me a good hour with scrubbing to remove all the polish from the nails when I used the Nails Inc ones so I presume it's similar. The finish is slightly rough so I'd recommend using a topcoat to seal everything in. In all it's a nice high street dupe to the more expensive Nails Inc polishes, but I cant see them catching on unfortunately! At £3.99 a pop they aren't going to break the bank and really do add a unique, funky texture to the nails!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

dry texturising sprays

dry texturising sprays review swatch photo
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray: £38.00 (shown is travel size)

I'm a huge fan of dry texturising sprays, they are great to get those messy, bed head styles espeically on freshly washed hair styles. These dry shampoo/hairspray hybrids are among my favourite hair products. A life saver for people like me who have pretty limp lifeless flat hair after washing and need something to give it a bit of roughness during styling. It's great for enhancing curled or wavy hair and adding a bit of body into the lengths.

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray is the most expensive item of the bunch. At a whopping 10x more expensive for full size than the VO5 version. It's nice, but not that nice. Definitely not worth it in my opinion. While the hold and the separation are there, and its so light on the hair with no residue. I just don't think there is anything special about this that can justify the huge price tag. Compared to the other dry texturising sprays this does actually last a fairly decent amount of time. VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray is pretty cheap and does a good job of mattifying the hair and adding oomph. Sprayed at the base of the roots and then ruffled out it gives loads of volume and . It doesn't last all that long though and the can even suggests setting the hair with a hairspray to keep the volume. I think the TRESemme Texture Style Devine Definition Spray is also very similar to the VO5 version, I feel they both are the same kind of formula and hold but it's a touch lighter on the hair compared to the VO5 as it leaves a bit less residue.

I do think spending £38 on a full size bottle of texturising spray is a bit loopy, and I dont think I'd reccomend it purely for that reason. I got the travel size which is a slightly more managable £18. While I see why people rave about it I just cant mentally justify something like that for my hair. Go with the lower priced ones but they dont last as long and do need a quick top up and refresh as you go along!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

nude cleansing oil

nude cleansing oil review swatch photo

I think its well documented how much I like the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. It's my favourite makeup remover thanks to it's gentle formula and its ease of use. I went to a Nude event last week so I've been giving the Perfect Cleansing oil a whirl ever since. It's an oil cleanser that melts into the skin and breaks down makeup, applied to dry skin and then emulsifies and then water is added to make a milky cleanser. I then wipe off with a clensing cloth for a refreshed clean face, Personally I tend to double cleanse with another makeup remover so my skin is comptley cleansed. I always find oil a little harder to remove from the skin that other forms of makeup remover. So it is worth going over a few times with the cloth to make sure any residue is gone. The Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil isnt as oily on the skin as other cleansing oils I've tried in the past. I feel like it doesnt sit too much on my skin making it feel congested and blocked up. While It does take all your makeup off but it might be worth using another cleanser (for example Bioderma) to go around the eyes to make sure every last scrap of make up is off. As it can get a bit messy around the eyes! It has a nice natural "Nude" smell to it, which is hard to explain unless you've tried the brand! Overall a nice makeup cleanser, but nice being the operative word. I dont love it like I love my Pure Melt Cleansing Gel but it does a fab job and Im sure I'll be using it up. At £28, its not exactly purse friendly either so I don't know. If you like to cleanse with a oil then try this, if you're indifferent then... maybe try something else!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Tan Bronze Lotion

Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Tan Bronze Lotion review swatch photo

The unexpected sunshine over the weekend called for the first bare legs debut of the season. Needless to say I wasnt prepared. I had planned on fake tanning properly before I went out for my birthday night out but after I got out the shower my legs were sore and red and really in no state for fake tan. I think I had a bit of shaving rash and if I slathered on fake tan it just wouldnt have sat well and just looked patchy. I decided to slap on the Palmers Natural Bronze Tan Lotion which I've had sitting in my to-review box for a while. I thought the cocoa butter would be perfect for my sore legs and give me a touch of colour.

I'm a big fan of the fresh natural scent of cocoa butter and the moisturing properties really work well for my skin. The Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E blend are a perfect match to keep your skin beautiful and soft and highly moisturised. The colour is fairly natural on first application, a bit more colour than I'd imagined actually and more first application color than other gradual tanners. It wasnt dark on the night out, but more colour than my legs had before. A few days later I'm left with a nicely built up, gradual tan. The intensity can be adjusted depending on your own preferences, fair to medium and dark. I used it about four times for a medium tan. It applies well with no streaks or patchiness. One thing I'd note is keep an eye out for your toes and between your fingers, mine were a little orange after application! Definitely make sure you apply lightly on the feet and then wash your hands after use.

In all I really like the Palmers Natural Bronze Tan Lotion. I think it would be a good one for all skin tones because you can control how dark it goes over time. A nice sun-kissed glow with minimal effort and no orange-ness. A great gradual tanner and I think an summer essential.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

everyday makeup #26

llymlrs everyday makeup
Face: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Origins Plantscription Concealer, By Terry Touche Eclat, GOSH Natural Touch Cream Blush in Peachy Rush* Eyes: Laura Mercier, Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes in Ample Amber, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner*, Clinique High Impact Mascara Lips: NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz

Friday, 19 April 2013

tresemme platinum range

tresemme platinum range review swatch photo
Tresemme Platinum Strength  Intense Rescue Shot

I've been using the Tresemme Platinum Range for a few weeks now and I thought I'd share some thoughts on it. The range itself is designed to "Helps reverse the look of up to 2 years of damage."

The Tresemme Platinum Strength Shampoo and Tresemme Platinum Strength  Conditioner are really nice and always leave my hair feeling soft, clean and nourished. The Tresemme Platinum Strength Stay Soft Leave in Conditioner is very nice, reminds me a little of the Redken Anti Snap as I use it in the same way. It just adds a little extra to the hair before drying. Tresemme Platinum Strength Intense rescue shots are ridiculously quick 60 second conditioning treatments that are perfect for quick moisture boosts. I really love the idea of the individual sachets as you know exactly how much to use each time.  These always leave my hair baby soft in just a minute! Although I like those I do personally feel the hero product from the for me range is definitely the Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment. I love the way it makes my hair feel. It's a quick 5 mins mask that really boosts the shine and softness, leaving my hair sleek and easy to manage.

In all I do really like the Tresemme Platinum Strength range. It does a wonderful job at keeping my hair soft and repairing damage. I wouldnt say its really repaired two years worth of damage, but it has done a great job and getting my hair back into a decent manageable condition. I've been a fan of Tresemme haircare for years and I do think I'd actually repurchase this somewhere down the line! Budget friendly and do a grand job. Definitely one worth trying!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

my current base

my current base
kevyn aucion sensual skin enchancer jouer matte moisture tint review swatch photo
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: £29
My current base is a mixture of two very different foundations, blended together to make the perfect base. My skin has gone a bit temperamental recently, with a lot of redness coming up on my cheeks and a few spots creeping up on my forehead. I wanted something with good coverage and a soft luminous but also matte finish. Cue my base duo of the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint and the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is a beautiful light matte tinted moisturiser. The finish is very soft and luminous and it tends to be my go-to base on good skin days. It's easy to apply and brightening while also keeping redness at bay. A lovely everyday foundation. Now in stark contrast the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is an industrial strength, fuller than full coverage foundation. It's very stiff, hard to blend and a nightmare to work with alone. The smallest dot provides absolute full coverage for the whole face. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is best used mixed with something else and I find mixing a small blob in with my Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. The finish is a beautiful luminous, matte medium coverage foundation without any of the cakiness. Popped over my new favourite primer- Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, it's just an absolute dream!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

GOSH Cream Blusher 001 Peachy Rush

GOSH Natural Touch Cream Blusher 001 Peachy Rush review swatch photo
GOSH Natural Touch Cream Blusher 001 Peachy Rush review swatch photo
GOSH Natural Touch Cream Blusher 001 Peachy Rush review swatch photo

My love for cream blushes has blossomed over the past few weeks so I thought I'd give another one a whirl. GOSH Natural Touch Blush on 001 Peachy Rush, a really pretty true coral creamy blusher. It gives a natural soft peachy glow to the face which really brightens the skin and looks very fresh. It has a decent formula which reminds me of the Topshop Cream Blushes as it has a cream to slight powder finish, but it still has a little bit of dewiness. They are very moisturising and I feel that it sinks into my skin and blends beautifully. I don't feel like it lasts that long on my skin as I find in sinks in and loses its colour throughout the day, Probably around 4-5 hours before noticeable fading. To apply I pat it on with a finger, then use a Real Techniques Expert Face brush to blend out to a soft finish.

In all a nice blusher and is perfect for the spring and summer, I've found myself reaching for it a fair few times in the last week or two. At about £7 (I cant find it online, but I have a feeling its that much) you cant really go wrong. It's a good drugstore blusher and perfect for spring. GOSH is stocked in Superdrug.

Bourjois Bronzing Primer

Bourjois Bronzing Primer review swatch photo
Bourjois Bronzing Primer review swatch photo
Bourjois Bronzing Primer: £9.99*

I couldn't make it to the Bourjois Summer launch which was a few weeks ago so I've only just got my hands on the products. The one I was most excited about was their Bronzing range, namely the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. It mattifies and smooths out the face to make a nice base for makeup products. It evens out the skintone by subtly adding a bit of warmth to the face. It claims to be moisturising, non-pore blocking, non-comedogenic, non greasy and non sticky. The last two I agree with as I found it to feel very light and velvety on the skin rather than tacky and wet. It added a light bit of colour to my face before applying makeup.

I was a bit reluctant to use a Bourjoius face product after the last thing I used broke me out really badly. I'm looking at you Bourjois Healthy Mix! However since adding this to my routine I've noticed no skin problems as of yet. It's the same formulation as the Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer but with tanning properties, so I might be able to try that as well if the ingredients are similar. Naturally it draws comparisions with the Clarins Instant Self Tanning Primer, which I've expressed my love for on numerous occasions. I feel the Clarins one has more long term tanning effects and the Bourjois one is more wash off and go. It could also draw comparisons with the hugely more expensive Chanel Bronze Universal, but I would say its better as a makeup base than as a cream bronzer.

I like this primer and it serves as a really nice glowly base under my makeup. The colour isnt hugely noticable but I felt that it did bronze my face a bit before applying makeup. It'll be good for the summer when your face needs a bit more colour (mine never tans) just worn alone with a bit of bronzer. My only problem, the same problem I have with most drugstore products- The smell. Its absolutely horrible, really synthetic and the same sort of scent as their "Chocolate" Bronzers. Scented products generally don't sit well with me! This doesn't launch until June so you will have to wait a bit for it to come out, but overall I really like it and its a nice little drugstore dupe!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow review swatch photo
Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow review swatch photo
Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow review swatch photo

As far as single eyshadows go I never really purchase them, I always opt for palettes or more than one shade because they are generally more usable and cheaper. However on occasions I do have to splash out on singles, they do have to be exceptionally special! This Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow was one of those makeup items I saw and was like "SOLD".  Laura Mercier are probably my favourite brand of the moment. I love the simplicity and natural beauty of their brand.  Their Summer Collection- Folklore is possibly up there with my favourite Summer Collections of all time.

Fire Glow is a stunning coppery shimmery colour. It's a soft, buttery with luminous pearl finish, that is soft and bouncy with excellent colour pay off. The finish can be as metallic and bright if you pack it on, or you can simply use it as a wash of colour all over the lids. I personally like to lightly dust it all over my lid and then get a pencil brush and line the bottom lashes to make my eyes pop. I know coppers are really complimentary on my eye shade so I absolutely adore wearing them., I might actually do a post on my favourite copper eyeshadows as I do wear them so often.

Ever since I bought this Illuminating Eye Colour I've had so many compliments, I can't put into words how much I love it. It's just THE perfect eyeshadow for summer that will compliment tanned skin, brighten the eyes and really give that beautiful summer glow. I think I might even go as far to purchase the other two shades of Illuminating Eye Colour Sun Glow (pale gold with shimmer) and Earth Glow (a deep brown). I just love them. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Did I mention I loved this?

quick reviews #7

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Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control*, Ole Henrikson Truth Serum Collagen Serum*, NYX Cream Shadows, GOSH Giant Sun Powder*, Nip & Fab Glycolatic Fix Treatment Pads*, Collection Cream Puff in Powder Puff 2

Clarin's Body Lift Cellulite Control: While I was never expecting miracles from the Clarins Control Cream I have noticed a little bit more tightness on the skin on my thighs since adding this to my nightly routine. I worry loads about cellulite but I dont have a huge amount, and I hope to keep it that way. I thought I'd give it a while despite not having high hopes. The cream feels really cooling and fresh on the skin, almost a little tingly. It smells a little minty and medicinal too which I really like. Im not into body cream really but I have enjoyed using this one as it feels so fresh and clean rather than sticky and suffocating.

Ole Henrikson Truth Serum Collagen Serum: I love how smooth and soft it makes my skin feel, I feel it really gives my complextion a nice boost whenever I use it. The packaging is very handy and one pump goes a long way. it is very thin, but absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky residue behind. The product has a lot of excellent, good-for-your-skin ingredients and provides a good Vitamin C boost to the skin.

NYX Cream Shadows: I was really underwhelmed by these, although the colours are pretty in the tube! They have very little colour pay off and apply very patchy onto the lids. The formula isn't creamy, more sticky and foamy and just seems to sit on the lids rather than blend. I found myself struggling to smooth them out and make them look good no matter how hard I tried to work with them. They work out okay as a base but the shimmer is so chunky it just flakes off and migrates around the eye area. I wouldnt recommend these at all!

GOSH Giant Sun Powder: I wore this on my legs and arms when I went out at the weekend to give my skin a bit of a glowy boost. I used a large kabuki body brush and buffed it lightly over my fake tan. Overall I really liked it as it wasn't too dark in tone and was very illuminating on the skin. It's not quite a bronzer, but it does have a little colour in it. I think the packaging is way too big, it could be half the size and just as good! Very subtle and would really enhance a natural tan.

Nip & Fab Glycolatic Fix Treatment Pads: These are basically the same as Alpha H Liquid Gold but they come already soaked in the solution. Great for travelling or when I forget cotton pads! They do a great job of chemically exfoliating the skin and leaving you looking fresh faced and boosted in the mornings. I prefer Liquid Gold but this is a nice alternative to it!

Collection Cream Puff in Powder Puff 2: I've reviewed the Cream Puff's from Collection before but I thought I'd purchase another shade as I did genuinely enjoy the formula. However Powder Puff is literally that, it looks like you've taken a powder puff and dabbed powder on your lips. This shade especially 100% one of those concealer lips type products and not even a good one at that. The formula doesnt lend well to the colour of this one. I do think other shades in the Cream Puff range are much nicer so dont completetly disregard them because of this one! They are normally pretty matte shades that wear quite comfortably!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Bourjois Rouge Edition in 19

Bourjois Rouge Edition in 19 review swatch photo

Bourjois Rouge Edition in 19 is a milky peachy pink lipstick. My usual sort of peachy pink with a bit of nude thrown in for good measure. The formula of Rouge Editions is creamy, opaque and full coverage, they have no noticeable scent. I found that this particular shade really clung to any of the drier parts of my lips and made them look quite caked on. The milkiness of the shade made it even more noticeable. It really enhanced any imperfections on the lips. I did exfoliate and try again but I wanted to show how it looked before doing this. It just doesn't sit very nicely!

While I do really like the shade of the lipstick and it ticks all the boxes for the type of lipstick I would normally reach for. The shade just generally didn't work for me, I think its mainly down to the milkier colour and very creamy finish. It's very similar to the Rouge Edition in shade 3 Peche Cosy, but a little milkier and more nude. I find the other shade much more flattering and easier to wear than shade 19. At £7.99 they aren't the cheapest of lipsticks but I do really like the Rouge Editions, I just don't think this is the best shade of the bunch unfortunately!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

wild about beauty safari nights palette

review swatch photo
review swatch photo
review swatch photo


Wild About Beauty a makeup brand by Louise Redknapp and makeup artist Kim Jacob. To summarise the concept behind WAB,  it's all about a natural, fresh glowing look without the use of heavy, caked on makeup.  By going for a uncomplicated and simple to approach to their line of products. The shades are all wearable, natural and would appeal to a wide range of women.

The Safari Nights palette contains an array of gold and bronzed shades that are perfect for a summery glow. Safari Nights contains a lip gloss, an all purpose tint, a sheer blush, two cream eyeshadows, two powder eyeshadows and a ultra dewy stick all housed in a compact slick purple palette. The cream shadows are smooth and sheer, which can be built up to create more intense shades or used as bases. The powder shadows are buttery soft and blend well onto the lid and really pack a punch in the pigment stakes. The Lip gloss in Sasha is a pretty warming nude that enchances my natural lip colour with a hint of brown. I find the formula to be more balmy than sticky and lipgloss-y, which is lovely and not messy within the palette. The powder blush in Kitty gives the face a touch of warmth and is perfect peachy build able bronze shade for contouring. The Ultra Dewy Stick is a really lovely highlighter when used on the tops of the cheekbones and blended out.

In the above photo all the colour cosmetics are from the Safari Nights Palette. I used the Buster Cream Eyeshadow as a creamy base for the Aine Eyeshadow. I then smudged some of the Polly Eyeshadow into the outer corner to give a bit of depth. I added warmth to my face using the Kitty Blush shade as a bronzer as it's a soft peachy sheer shade. I then popped some of the Ultra Dewy Stick in Benny on the apples of the cheek to add a touch more colour to the face. I slicked on the gloss with a lip brush to enhance my lips and finish off the look.

All in all I really like this palette. While a little darker in tone than I'd normally purchase, as I tend to stick to lighter shades, but due to the formulation of the colours within this palette you can create a variety of looks from day to night. I like how versatile and multi use this palette is, a lot of the products are suitable for cheeks, lips and eyes and can be used together in various ways to create different looks. I also like how it mixes a variety of textures with the cream and powder products, I've never seen that executed as well as the Safari Nights Palette. Overall, a very wearable range of sunkissed shades all housed in a easy to transport palette that is suitable for all year round.

Also £4 from the sale of each of these palettes is donated to the Born Free Foundation, which aims to save the lives, stop the suffering and keeps wild animals in the wild.
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