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Friday, 31 May 2013

lip balms

lip balm review swatch photo
lip balm review swatch photo
lip balm review swatch photo
lip balm review swatch photo
Mor Lip Macaroon*,  Nuxe Reve De Meil Lip Balm, Carmex Original*, Burts Bee's Lip Balm*, Carmex Lime Lip Balm
Mor Lip Macaroon: I was sent this a while ago and didn't think a whole much about it but then one day I opened it and holy-sweet-jesus IT SMELLS SO GOOD. Literally the nicest smelling lip balm I've ever tried.  Very sweet, almost sickly in scent but smells like an absolute dream. Although these are formulated with mineral oils and I dont think the price tag is justifiable, it just tastes/smells so darn good. They do a nice job of moisturising the lips but I don't think they do anything outstanding and you can get cheaper alternatives (Vaseline is very similar, just doesn't smell as nice!) on the market for much less.

Nuxe Reve De Meil Lip Balm: This has been on the blogger rounds for a while and I bought it a few weeks a go to give it a whirl. I absolutely adore everything about this from the scent, taste, texture and finish. It looks slightly matte on my lips rather than that balmy finish you get with most lip balms. It feels really nourishing and always leaves my lips feeling protected and smooth.

Carmex Original: Carmex always reminds me of my exex boyfriend for some reason but I cant help but love the original formula so much. It's a very love it or hate it type of taste, it's a bit medicinal and hospital-like if you get what I mean. I personally love it and the thick formula protects and hydrates chapped lips quickly and easily.

Burts  Bee's Lip Balm: This bee's wax based lip balm is a best seller, packed with loads of natural ingredients that work together to moisturise and hydrate even the driest of lips. They are 100% natural and contain no nasties!

Carmex Lime Lip Balm: Like the original flavoured carmex but with a lime twist ina  more hygencic tube formula. I am absolutely addicted to this lip balm since I tossed it in an ASOS order a while ago. It tastes really fresh and upflifting. Thick, waxy but balmy texture with a medicinal taste and lime undertone. Soothing and hydrating and makes me lips feel instantly better. This is also SPF 15 so offers some degree of sun protection.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil

Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil review swatch photo
Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil review swatch photo
 Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil review swatch photo

Hourglass has been getting a lot of love in the blogging world and I'm no exception to the rule. I bought the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil on a whim from Space NK a few months atop and I've been hooked ever since. The unique formula is a sort of waxy powder which not only adds colour the brows it also tames them and smooths them down.

I run the brush end through my brows, then the pencil part and then brush through again with the wand end to soften. I'm left with naturally filled in tamed brows. I'll be honest as my brows are actually my eyebrows and I don't really fill them in an awful lot as all I need to do is give them a bit of shape in the front and the ends. It has a unique triangular shape to the pencil which means you can sculpt your brows with broad strokes by using the flat edge, as well as mimic fine hairs by using the pointed edge.

Like with all Hourglass products this comes in at a not so cool £26 but I can see myself repurchasing this in the future. I have the shade soft brunette which is nice but I needed somenthing a touch darker as I feel it can be a little ashy on my brows sometimes! In all this is the best brow pencil I've ever used, it smooths tames and shapes beautifully while leaving a natural barely there filled in finish.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

my desk

desk office space inspiration ikea iMac
desk office space inspiration ikea iMac review
desk office space inspiration ikea iMac review
desk office space inspiration ikea iMac

As you may or may not know, I am a full time blogger. I do blog "professionally" whatever you want to call it. The pro's and cons and the rights and wrongs of this can be discussed at a later date but I thought I'd share "my blogging area" with you guys. Up until about a month ago I've always actually just bloggged sitting on my bed. I wouldn't recommend it as I could feel my back getting worse and worse by the day and it's just not all that of a productive area to work in! I don't think I'd go as far as calling it an office space, my blogging area is just a corner in my bedroom! Nonetheless this small corner is now where I shall now be spending most of my days. I typically work on my blog for around 7 hours a day. I tend to work on three to four posts most days as well as doing all the admin, social networking and editing for the websites. So it does take a fair amount of time and personal motivation to make sure it all gets done.

I recently decided to invest in getting a iMac after my well loved Macbook Air just decided it wasn't powerful enough for me to use on a regular basis. I could see it getting more and more sluggish and the space was dwindling despite my efforts to transfer things over to my hard drive. I couldn't edit on it and the screen just was way to small. I needed something powerful enough to edit videos, store all my files and not lag every 5 seconds. I have the 21.5inch iMac which I bought from the Apple Store. I'm not gonna go as far as saying you need a Mac to be a blogger, because I really don't think you do. I think pretty much any ol' laptop/desktop/ipad/whatever you want to use is suitable. It just depends on your needs! For me I needed something that could process my work quicker and make my workflow much better. Plus, unfortunately for my bank balance I am an Apple snob so I just *HAD* to get a iMac. It's worth noting I started off blogging on a regular laptop, moved to a Apple Macbook and then onto the Macbook Air. Like I said it just depends on you're own personal needs for what type of computer you might need. There really isn't a HUGE difference in them, and as long as it gets the job done it doesn't matter what make it is!

My desk is the Ikea Micke desk in white, It's the smaller one as I wanted one that would fit in the small space I had but still be big enough to put my new iMac on and a few other bits. It took me ages to settle on this one as I knew I wanted a white one but I just worried too much about it getting dirty. When I was looking I also knew I wanted something with a pull out drawer to store all items that I want to review in the next few weeks. I like to keep things close to me so I can look at what I have and what I might fancy posting about. I have a few Glossy Boxes in the drawer to separate products. On the desk I also keep my daily makeup, which I popped in a small Muji Acyrlic Storage unit, a Ikea plant pot which I use to store my makeup brushes and a little fake plant thing which I also got from Ikea to give it a bit of green. I also have a few of the Red Christmast limited edition Glossy Boxes to store extra bits in such as products I want to review, nail swatch wheels and my camera & phone chargers and my external hardrive.

I need to buy a new chair as I just quickly picked this one up from Ikea when I was there. I need one that's going to give me adequate support on my back as I do sit here pretty much all day! If anyone has any recommendations for proper desk chair's I would be really grateful.

I've always dreamt of having a iMac placed on a perfectly white desk. It brings joy to my inner interior designer's heart seeing it sitting there all pretty and perfect. There are a few bits I want to add on to my desk, including some pens and maybe some notebooks to write down notes and stuff. I also want to put some decoration above my desk to make my corner feel a little bit more creative feeling. Oh and I also need to get a mousemat or something as I'm already getting sores on my wrists from where my Magic Mouse drags! I'm so happy with my new workstation and so glad I decided to invest in it. I feel it's already increased my productivity and made me a lot more focused on the things I need to do each day.

Whatever your feelings on full time bloggers. At the end of the day I'm self employed and in turn being self employed is really hard. No more excuses for not being able to get stuff done now Lily!
Let me know what you think of this post and if you'd like to see more behind the scenes stuff on this blog!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

primark blue nail polishes

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review swatch photo
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review swatch photo
review swatch photo
primark nail polishes: £2*

I did a little Primark haul a few days ago and while I was their I picked up a quartet of blue polishes. For lack of a better name I'm just going to refer to them as that as they dont seem to have an offical name or shade names. I'll be talking about the shades from left to right from the bottom image. Nail Polish 1 is a pretty cornflower blue which surprisingly is fairly unique to my collection. It's bluer than other cornflower blues I have. The second shade is a clear glitter with small blue particles and larger navy particles. The third shade is a bright  turquoise green with a blue undertone. It's very similar to Mavala Bamako but a little brighter in tone so if you were looking for a cheap dupe then defintely have a look for this pack. The finial shade is a bright sea blue shade. The finish of all the colour polishes are nice shiney creme finishes, but I would say it's worth topping up with a decent topcoat just to add shine and make them last a bit longer.

At 4 polishes for a mere £2 I cant really find anything to complain about. While the formula isnt the quickest drying the pigmentation is lovely and all (minus the glitter) are opaque in two light coats. You cant really expect too much from a highstreet store's own brand makeup but I do think these are really good. To be fair these polishes are perfect mix and match shades for a holiday and these would make a really nice little gift (just take the £2 sticker off!). I'm very impressed with them in all honesty as £2 is an absolute bargain for what these are and I'd definitely recommend them. My favourite shade is the turquoise as it will look absolutely stunning with a tan!

Friday, 24 May 2013

nars deep throat blush

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review swatch photo
review swatch photo
nars deep throat blush: £21.50

Let's get the school girl titters over the name of this blush out in 3... 2... 1... Now we're done! I decided to pick up Nars Deep Throat. I've never really looked at it much but I saw someone use it in a Youtube video use it and I decided I needed it in my life. Nars Deep Throat is a warm coral with a hint of pink and golden shimmer. It's very similar to theBALM Fray boy which is the only pinky blush i wear on a regular basis. it's not as shiummery as Nars Orgasm and a little more sheeny than shimmery. It's very warming on the face which I found odd because pinks tend to look overly cool on my skintone. I like to use it as a soft barely there type glow rather than packing it on. Like all Nars blushes it's smooth and soft and applies like a dream.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

clinique bottom lash mascara

clinique bottom lash mascara review swatch photo
clinique bottom lash mascara review swatch photo
clinique bottom lash mascara review swatch photo
clinique bottom lash mascara: £11

I've had this little teeny tiny bottom lash mascara for a long time now but I cant believe I've only just got around to reviewing it. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is literally the smallest little wand I've ever used. Designed to be exclusively used on the bottom lashes exclusively the wand coats each and every small bottom lash from root to tip. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is a waterproof mascara that doesn't really do much in the lengthen, thicken, or curl your lashes departments. However I think the small brush is appealing because it's an easy to apply mascara that won't smudge or flake. It lasts all day on my bottom lashes and simply darkens and separates the lower lashes with no clump, and it never flakes off.

While it might be a bit of a faff having a bottom lash mascara, I've loved this and I cant believe I forgot about it for so long. Defintely going back into my daily makeup routine! By no means is this product something you NEED in your routine. If your a mascara loser like me then it's very easy to apply and adds a lot of definition.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

wildcard: illamasqua esp

ILLAMASQUA ESP LIPSTICK review swatch photo
ILLAMASQUA ESP LIPSTICK review swatch photo
ILLAMASQUA ESP LIPSTICK review swatch photo
illamasqua esp lipstick: £16.50*

I bet you'd never thought you'd see me rocking a vivid purple lip? Not exactly a LLYMLRS trademark now is it! But for some reason I've been looking at it longingly all week and thought I might as well at least give it a wear. Thus a new category on my blog has been born. Wildcard. I tend to play it safe with the things I try out on this blog because I know what I like at the end of the day. I turn down things I know I personally won't like because I don't like to waste products. But I've decided it's time to give things a go that are a bit out of my comfort zone! Let's see how it all pans out!

Illamasqua ESP is a bright matte violet lipstick which is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Zoe always tells me about how much she loves Illamasqua Kontrol and how awesome purple lips are but lets face it. I'm hellla girly when it comes to makeup. I'm all about the natural eyes, slick flick of liner and a peachy pink lip. But all in the name of giving it a go, here is me in a purple lip. Makeup is all about experimentation right?

The colour itself is absolutely stunning, a bright purple. The formula is a very old fashioned chalky matte, very similar to another Illamasqua lipstick I recently reviewed. It's quite stiff if I'm being honest but I quite like matte formulas like this. You could probably get away with just patting it on rather than applying straight from the bullet. A gloss on top would also probably make this a little bit easier to wear too. I like the colour on my skintone and it does contrast well with my eyes. While I think it's something I could probably pull off in theory, I cant see it being something I'll be wearing all that often. In a strange way Illamasqua ESP is werable but I can tell you now that it's not going to be it be something that everyone is going to love. Hats off to Illamasqua for always being creative and innovative with their collections. Illamasqua Paranormal is on counters now.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

boss orange woman edp

boss orange edp review swatch photo

The fragrance opens with notes of apple and then the heart notes are described as fruity and floral with notes of white and orange flowers. The base has notes notes of creme brûlée, vanilla and sandalwood. I find the scent quite sweet but not too synthetic. Ive not tried the EDT version of this but the scent is very strong and pure, maybe a little heavier than some perfumes I've tried before. It's fairly creamy and uplifting and in line with it's blurb claiming to capture "A woman of youthful spirit, characterised by charm and passion". To me feel it's a little bit glamorous than youthful, with a bit of a vintage feel to it. I feel would be the kind of scent that would be perfect for spring. Personally I feel it's a bit too floral for summer for my personal tastes, we all know I love Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess! I like the notes of sandalwood and vanilla but I personally don't get many notes of orange or fruitiness. Which I felt were disappointing as I imagined it to be slightly more fruity and less floral. Maybe I shouldn't have read so much into the name. Also I feel like sometimes it can smell just a bit TOO sweet which I didn't like. The packaging is quite nice, it's rose gold which looks very pretty on my desk top (not that that should sway a perfume purchase!) In all I think this might be a bit too heavy for my taste, so I only apply very sparingly. I think that could be because it's an EDP rather than a EDT.  While I do like it I have to use it quite sparingly and only one or two spritz's max!

Monday, 20 May 2013

mavala chilli and spice

mavala summer 2013 Bali Trinidad Cuzco bamako Samarkand Jaipur review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 Bali Trinidad Cuzco bamako Samarkand Jaipur review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 Cuzco review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 Trinidad review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 Samarkand review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 Bali review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 Jaipur review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 bamako review swatch photo
mavala summer 2013 bamako review swatch photo
Mavala Bamako, Jaipur, Trinidad, Bali, Samarkand & Cuzco: £4.50*

I've not really tried much from Mavala before but they stock loads of shades in their collection which are forever growing. I've looked at the polishes before so I was pretty excited to acquire some of the Chilli and Spice Collection. Inspired by travels in "far off lands" forming a collection of vibrant hues which will be perfect for the summer. Mavala nail polishes come in half the size of most typical nail polish sizes at just 5ml. However I quite like this. I know I'll rarely go through a whole nail polish (although I have on Models Own Utopia!) there really is no need for such large polishes. The bottles are quite small but I found the brushes easy to hold and the brush applies the product evenly.

Mavala Bamako is my personal favourite from the bunch and I've actually painted my nails twice in this shade since I got these last week. It's a pretty emerald green with nods to turquoise and blue going through it. Surprisingly I didn't own anything similar to this shade so I was very impressed with it. Mavala Jaipur is a typical bright orange with a creme finish. Mavala Trinidad is a strange shade for a summer collection as it's a darkened muted blue navy shade. It fits well with the overall collection but I'd probably expect something a littler brighter for summer. It is very nautical though so I suppose it fits. Mavala Bali is a bright pink, again kinda stereotypical for a summer collection but it is a lovely shade. Mavala Samarkand is a really lovely purple shade. I've never really got into darker purples as I tend to go for lilacs but there is something about Samarkand that makes me think it would be perfect for a holiday. Finally Malvava Cuzco which is a really nice apple red.

In all I love a few of the shades and like the rest. I think Bamako, Cuzco and Samarkand are my personal stand out shades while the other three in the collection are fairly forgettable. Bamako will definitely be gracing my nails over the next few months as it is a unique and wonderful shade. While you are getting less product than other nail polish brands for the same sort of price I feel it's less wasteful and you are more likely to use a bottle up. You can purchase them from Boots, Debenhams or John Lewis or online and retail for around £4.50.

Friday, 17 May 2013

this or that: radiance primers

radiance primers laura mercier radiance primer makeup ateiler paris eclat primer review swatch photo
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance: £28.00* (mini size shown)

I've been quite into a bit of radiance at the moment. I'm very much into that glow from within look so in comes the radiance primer. I've been testing a few and I've come across two that I thought were very similar so I'd do a "This or That" post on the two. A bit about my skin is quite odd, I have a very olive skin tone but because I'm fairly pale it can often look sallow or lack brightness. Primers often give that soft focus, blurred out look at the skin which really makes a huge difference to the way the skin looks.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance is a a very pretty glowing primer that smooths out the face and provides a flawless base. It has a slight tint to it and provides a natural sheer dewy finish. It clocks in at a whopping £28 for 30 ml so it is on the pricer side. I prefer to use this with alongside a smoothing primer (such as the Clarins Instant Smooth) as I feel it doesn't smooth as much as I like. It's slightly on the watery side I feel which feels nice on the skin but prefer something a little thicker. It does bring a lovely amount of glow to the face and enhances the complexion. It blends seamlessly into the skin and gives a non-glittery, radiant base. I like to mix this with my Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation as well because it blends so well.

Makeup Atelier Paris Eclat Makeup Base is a new brand to me so I've been trailing a fair few of their products out. Make-Up Atelier Paris is a a professional makeup brand. The products are exported globally from France and used by professional make-up artists and consumers all over the world. It's packed full of light enhancing and reflecting pigments to reflect light off the surface of the skin. The Eclat base is very similar in colour to the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer but with more of a pinky, lighter base compared to the peachier Laura Mercier one. It's a little thicker too and less fluid on the face which in turn smoothes out the skin a little more. It can be used before or after makeup to create a radiant, glowy base.

I think they look very similar when used on the face and do a great job of adding radiance and brightness to sallower skin tones. I think i slightly prefer the Makeup Atelier one if I'm being honest because it smooth out the skin a little more than the Laura Mercier. Also the price of the Laura Mercier one is about £10 more than the Makeup Atelier one for the same product!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

everyday makeup #27

LLYMLRS MAKEUP review swatch photo
LLYMLRS MAKEUP review swatch photo
LLYMLRS MAKEUP review swatch photo
LLYMLRS MAKEUP review swatch photo
Face: Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning Primer*, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance*, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, Makeup Ateiler Paris Waterproof Liquid Concealer*, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 03 Naturals Brunettes*, Nars Gina Eyes: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 03 Naturals Brunettes*, Revlon Eyeliner*, Seventeen Back Lash* Lips: Bourjois Rouge Edition in 03
PS: Excuse my overgrown eyebrows, there is method in my madness so if I leave it another week to get threaded then they'll need to be threaded again the day before I go on holiday so they are perfect. LILY MELROSE PROBLEMS.
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