Friday, 29 August 2014

Ultrabond Strip Lash Adhesive



Ultrabond Strip Lash Adhesive* £6.49 - Back in April/May time I was very kindly sent some false eyelashes and this Adhesive from Ultrabond as part of the Ultrabond challenge to keep your lashes on for the duration on a bank holiday. For me it didn't quite work out that long but that was because I got irritated by the feeling of false lashes after around 36 hours, I like to feel quite natural, especially when I'm sleeping. One thing that I didn't want to miss out on though, was telling you all how great the glue actually is. It goes tacky enough to apply your lashes within a few seconds yet doesn't completely set for about a minute after so you can faff around getting them in place really easily. It also dries completely clear so if you're a touch messier like I am then it's not glaringly obvious. I think if you have the patience and can stand wearing false eyelashes for a long period of time then this will totally last you an entire weekend too. I also like this over the small little pots that you get (not namely because I always lose them) but also because you can get a little extra out of this to do any touch ups you may need after the first day or two. I've never had lash adhesive that didn't come with the false lashes themselves and now I always opt for this over the stuff that's included. 

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Nails Inc Portobello Nail Polish

Nails Inc London Portobello Nail Polish £11 - I thought that I would introduce you to my favourite summer and spring nail polish, although I've only got a miniature of this I know for sure that I'll purchase the full size as soon as I run out. At £11 a bottle, it can be a bit of an investment for a nail colour so I like that I've had a mini one to make me fall in love with it before I make such a purchase. I got this in a beauty box last year and reserve it for my most special of summer days. It's a beautiful bright coral colour that looks quite frankly fantastic with a tan and really makes your skin look more bronzed. You need 3 coats really to make it opaque which can be a touch frustrating if you're in a rush but it's mainly because I like my nail colour to be super bold and opaque so I may go a touch overboard. I also like to wear a topcoat with this however if you're sometimes lazy like me then you can get a good 4 days wear out of it, maybe even longer if you're careful. It has a certain fluorescence to it too which I also love as it brightens up even the dullest of spring days.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Hydragel



Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Hydragel £12.50 -  Soap & Glory are a brand that I've primarily associated with bath products and smellies. Only in the past 6 months or so have I come to realise that they actually make really good cosmetics and skincare too, there's so many things of theirs that I'm desperate to try out - the list is endless. So naturally when I was on the hunt for my first ever eye cream I looked to Soap & Glory to see what their offering was, I had heard reasonably good things about this but not enough to really influence my decision. The message on the packaging looked promising enough that it was going to turbo-boost my under eye area and diminish bags and dark circles so I went ahead and popped it in my basket. I had vouchers at the time and so felt a little better about buying something I was slightly unsure of. I didn't have overly high hopes for this as I didn't want to be let down and to be honest, I'm sort of glad I didn't. Admittedly around a month after using this I discovered the Clinique All About Eyes in my stash and after one use of that, switched to it full time. But it did make me realise that this wasn't really doing anything. The Clinique offering immediately made the skin around my eyes feel softer and smoother and the bags were noticeably less visible really quickly. Where I'm not sure that this really did anything, I didn't even nothing my skin being particularly softer either. Maybe I didn't give it enough time - let me know if you've preserved a little longer with it and what results you did see, but I'm fairly impatient and I would have like to see something straight away (even if it was something minor) and definitely have some results after a month. 

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream

Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream* £22.50 - I always seem to be on the hunt for a new day moisturiser, every morning I look through my stash wondering which one to go for that day and I've never found my holy grail. I was sent this along with it's Night Cream partner a few months ago now and admittedly have only used it ad-hoc since. Unfortunately, there's a reason for that. It does what it needs to do and on a no-make-up day it's perfect, however I find if I'm getting ready to either go out or go to work, then this is far too thick and takes too long to sink into my skin. I have a little routine in the morning, I do my skincare, walk into my room and apply my moisturiser, it then has from that moment until I'm dressed and have done my hair, to have soaked in. Although that may sound like a long time it's realistically 10 minutes max, but I still expect my moisturiser to have sinked in and my skin be ready for foundation by that point. This just doesn't, on the mornings that I have given it a go before work I find that I'm dithering around trying to find other things to do whilst my face still feels wet. For the £22.50 price tag I would expect a cream specifically designed for the day to perform a little better. In it's defence it probably is because it's so richly pact with ingredients and as I said earlier, on a no-make-up-day I do like to opt for this as once it's finally soaked in my skin does feel phenomenal. Unfortunately however, I'm always in a rush and my quest for a high performance yet quick drying everyday moisturiser continues...

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick £4.49 -  First up an apology that this is so used and gross looking when I took a photo, I though that I had taken one but can't find it now for the life of me! I just couldn't wait any longer to use this product so had to crack on and enjoy it. I'll start by advising you to swatch these in the shop before you buy them, the colour indicator on the end of the pencil makes this look as though it's a bronze colour however it's much more pewter and lighter once it's swatched onto the hand and possibly even more so once on the lid. This is my new go-to eye product for work as it's so easy to apply it all over my lid and then blend it out with a soft MAC 217 brush to create a simple daytime smokeyish eye look. The colour range is pretty good for these too and there's many more that I'm wanting to add to my collection. When they're first applied they go on really quite shimmery however after a while that does wear off, without a primer they can gather in the crease after a while however it's not a massive issue and it's really noticeable unless you're looking for it. I want to get another one so that I can try blending them together as the formulation is so soft that they blend on their own super well so I can only imagine what they'd be like together. 

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Nourishing Body Oil


L'Oreal Nourishing Body Oil* £7.99 - Hello and Welcome to my favourite product throughout the whole of not just this summer but also last year's too. This oil is my absolute favourite all time body oil, I'd go so far as to say it even tops the Caudalie Divine Oil which everyone knows I have a huge soft spot for. It's a super nourishing oil that dries really quickly yet leaves a beautiful sheen to your skin all day. I get a little bit addicted to this stuff when my legs are out and make sure that I wear it every day. It really enhances a tan and gives you legs that resemble The Saturdays in that the just seem to glow. I've had this for over a year now and nothing compares to this in terms of a body oil. I also like that it's a spray rather than a bottle that you have to pour out as you get a much more even coverage and it also makes the whole process a lot quicker. I put two sprays of this on my calves and two on my thighs and that's all I need to cover my whole leg, quickly rub it in a little, spreading an excess that I end up with on my hands over my wrists or arms and by the time that's all done - it's dried to the point that I don't feel wet. Sure you can tell that it's there and should you cross your legs then you can feel that they are slightly oily - but that is the entire point of the product. The other negative thing I have to say doesn't even apply to this product alone, it's a call to L'Oreal themselves - Please stop making your product names so long, it makes them very hard to blog about or recommend! The full name of this product is "L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Tan Optimiser Nourishing Body Oil" 9 words. Aint nobody got time for that. 

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Sephora Double Duty Exfoliator & Mask



Sephora Double Duty Exfoliator & Mask - I feel a tiny bit mean reviewing and blogging about a product that we can't currently get our mitts on in this country however I felt like I had to tell you about it and hey, it's one of only two Sephora things I own! It's a face mask and exfoliator all in one, or each on it's own if you'd prefer! It feels light and fresh as a mask and the idea is that instead of simply washing it off, you wet your face and scrub it as an exfoliator whilst you remove it. I've tried it as a mask with and without exfoliating afterwards and both ways my skin felt super smooth and renewed. As it says on the tube "have it all"! It wasn't overly expensive though however I can't remember the exact exchange rate as I bought this back in May when I was in Copenhagen and the exchange rate for Krone is a bit crazy. The other thing that I love about this mask is that it doesn't have to be left on for too long, 10 minutes maximum but if you want to leave it on for longer then it doesn't dry out or go gross like some non-clay masks do. I like to have the freedom to wear a mask for as long as I want to as I like to really enjoy my pamper session, and other times I'm in a rush and need something to work super fast. Using this twice a week for four weeks really helped to clear my skin up and make it look brighter and gave me a more even skin tone. The only thing I haven't tried is it as an exfoliator as it's own so I'll have to report back on that one.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Eucerin Purifying Cleanser

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Cleanser* £9.50 - Every now and then my skin feels as though it needs a real good clean, not from dirt or make up, but from all of the products that I put into it. As someone who is fairly new to the whole skincare thing (we're talking only a year) I sometimes feel as though I'm possibly weighing my skin down with all of the lotions and potions that I'm piling on. This cleanser feels as though it strips back my skin (in the nicest possible way) and pulls out all of the product build up, dirt and impurities and "cleanses" my skin from them all. It does sometimes feel a little, sterile? maybe. In that it's very clinical and not particularly luxurious for my skin, however every once in a while I think that's good for us. This is definitely something that you need to have in your stash for when you want to give your skin a real good clear out after a period of heavy product usage!

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Revlon Highlighting Palette

Revlon Highlighting Palette in "Bronze Glow" £8.99 - At the beginning of summer I went a little highlighting crazy and seemed to accumulate a million different ways and means of setting shimmer on my face within days. When I spotted this in the shop I immediately though "Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick" and was like a moth to a flame, within moments it was mine and the travel back from Nottingham was a tough one to not pull over and open this straight away. I've even broken a bloggers oath and used this before I photographed it, I know, and I'm not sorry, I just couldn't resist! A little dusting of this over the tops of my cheekbones and it just me a soft glow that isn't glittery and also adds a teeny hint of colour. I've seen that they also do this in a "Rose Glow" and it looks so beautiful I think it may have just fallen into my online shopping basket *whoops*. I wouldn't say that this is the perfect highlighter as I personally wouldn't put it across my brow bone or down my nose due to the tint of colour within it, however if I'm careful with a fan brush I can just select the lightest colour and will sometimes apply that underneath my brows. To me, it is a Bobbi Brown dupe and at just £8.99 it's a bit of a bargain too, granted there are cheaper highlighters on the High Street but I always find them far too glittery and I end up looking like Barbie whereas this, is far more natural and well worth the few extra pennies.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

NARS Copacabana Illuminator

NARS Copacabana Illuminator £22.50 - I've been meaning to write this blog post for so long now however have kept putting it off in order to blog about newer products, every once in a while I like to talk about something that you've probably all heard of, but it's nice to get someone else's perspective. This to me seemed ridiculously expensive when I first went to buy it and it actually took me a few circuits of Space NK to finally take the plunge. Therefore the first thing that I'll say about it is that, a little goes a really long way, honestly guys, you need the amount that I have on my finger up there to do your cheekbones, down your nose and along your forehead too and then you've got a beautiful pearly glow. Although you can't see it overly well in the second swatch below, when it's on your cheeks and you catch the light in the right way, boy does it look beautiful. I find myself sitting in front of a mirror moving my head around just to watch it light up my face. Another way that I like to use this is mixed in with my MAC face and body foundation, again you only need a tiny amount, mix them both together and apply your foundation as normal for a super dewy and glowing base. It doesn't stop there either, if you've got a tan then you could totally blend this over your collarbone for an extra pop or anywhere else you fancy a subtle shimmer. This is 100% an investment piece that once you've bought, you can't imagine life without. 

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Sleek Contour Kit


Sleek Contour Kit in Light £6.49 - Again I'm going to start off with a word of advice here, swatch this before you buy it. In every other product out there I'm a medium however the medium in this was far, far too dark. I hear all too often that these are in blogsales (mine's in my own!) or are being sold on because even the medium offering is too dark. Light is pretty dark considering its name as I'm pretty tanned and this is just the right colour for me! It's everything that you need to contour in one tiny little kit that has Sleek's uniform matte black packaging that we all know and love. Both colours are super easy to blend, although I will say to have a light hand with the darker side as it can go on a little heavy and go a touch muddy if you apply too much. The highlighting side has a touch of glitter too it but not too much and not enough for me to be disappointed in it. If anything I'd say again, it's a tad too dark as it adds more of a shimmer to my cheek bones than actually highlighting them but overall, for £6.49 it's a great starter kit if you're just getting into contouring and want to experiment a little bit.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation


L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation £9.99 - With a Great British Summer must come a Great British Tan and that inevitably means that none of my foundation's will match my face and I'll end up looking rather silly. I thought that last year I had kitted myself out with my "summer shades" however as soon as late spring rolled around this year, they were already too light and I was looking at even darker options. One of which was the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation which I adore however I always say that I like having a choice of foundation and so of course one was not enough. This was the first foundation that I ever used as a teenager and I absolutely loved it, I switched it up over the years for more expensive offerings and became bit of a foundation snob, even once I had fallen back in love with High Street formulations I snubbed this, I think because I used it for so long I was always desperate to try something new and different. However since that has been dubbed a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, I thought that I'd give it another whirl and I've fallen head over heels in love again. It does give the effect of silk upon the skin and is firmly medium coverage. It's not as dewy as my usual offerings which I sort of like to mix things up a little and it means that I have to wear less powder too, something that's nice for the summer. It also means that it stays put all day. I'm talking all day at work and this stuff doesn't budge unless I'm consciously touching my face (I do do that). I'm not sure why I shut this out for so long, but if you're looking for a high street foundation that gives high end results, I'd definitely give this a whirl. 

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm £8.50 - Every now and then we find ourselves putting our precious skin through harsher conditions than we care to realise, and need a little extra boost to put things back to normal. That could be a number of things such as prolonged sunbathing, going on an aeroplane, moving house or giving your home a good old spring clean, there's so many things that puts our skin under stress and can negatively effect the way that it looks and feels. For my hands, the answer is always the Weleda Skin Food to resolve any harsh treatment, however for the rest of my body, I turn to Eucerin and it's Soothing Skin Balm it feels almost like a gel formula that you apply to the driest areas of your body such as your knees or elbows, I personally like to apply this either at night or if I'm keeping those areas exposed all day, as it can feel a little sticky under clothes. Within one day it calms any irritation from dust or kneeling on carpets (I'm talking to clean skirting boards or move furniture, minds out of gutters ladies!) as I often find that as well as dry skin, it can often go red and itchy too. Of course, it also makes my skin baby-soft again too and gives it an extra-intense boost of hydration. It's also handy if you're into extreme sports, Lee and I are keen bikers, and are partial to racking up the miles round some fairly hairy off-road courses. On those days I like to apply this before we get on as I personally find the thick formula protects my skin on the journey round just incase it's particularly windy or raining, and then again afterwards to restore any moisture that I may have lost on the trip round. TMI moment here, but it's also good for saddlesore afterwards (it is a real thing, I found out the hard way). This isn't a particularly glamorous product but it's definitely one that I recommend keeping in your stash, you never know when you might need it!

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