Monday, 19 December 2011

Review: MAC Blush in Desert Rose

For the past two or three years I have been loyal to my Nars Dolce Vita blush. It's perfect for my skintone and perfect for everyday. I immediately regretted buying this colour because it's actually quite similar to my Nars blush. In hindsight I think I was wrong. Desert Rose is a lot pinker and fresher and the matte texture makes it perfect for every day. The colour is just bright enough for my skintone and it gives a gorgeous flush.

Because it's matte I find it a lot less pigmented than my Nars blush but in a way I love that. It's hard to overdo it but it's very easy to build up and get the desired effect. I use it just outside the apples of the cheeks so that it sculpts and contours them. I think applying blush on the apples of my cheeks make me look like a clown... -.-

If you're looking for a lovely everyday pink blush then I highly recommend this one! It's very easy to wear and just an all-round great colour. I got mine from Duty Free in Dubai for £15.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Review: L'Oreal Superliner Carbon Gloss


Over the past few months I've fallen into a thick-winged-eyeliner rut. I think it may have been influenced by Adele on the Vogue cover and also Lily. I've always heard this eyeliner being raved about on youtube and so I finally decided to buy it a few months ago.

The brush is amazing. It makes it so easy to apply, I usually apply it on a shaky train at 7.30 in the morning so it's pretty good at it's job. It's very opaque and black and I'm really happy with it. My one complaint is that I think I got an "off" one because after applying one eye the brush is dried out and it's hard to get more product when you dip it back in. I don't know what it is...I bought it from boots and none of them were sealed, maybe mine wasn't shut properly? I'll probably repurchase soon anyway!

I definitely recommend this eyeliner for a mid-budget product but you can get cheaper or more expensive alternatives!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Review: Dove Nourishing Oil Conditioner


My hair has been in awful condition this year. I think it's mainly due to stress from 6th form since I hadn't changed anything majorly in my hair routine. My hair didn't used to be that frizzy and air-drying it led to natural, defined curls. However this past year (or more) after washing it my hair was just a scraggly mess. I put it up in a bun nearly every day and only put it down when I could be bothered to straighten it. In the past few months I've been straightening it a LOT because it's so much less hassle! That is until I picked up this product. I remembered Vivianna raving about it on her blog and I decided to give it a go. It was blissfully cheap (around £2.65 but it's EVEN cheaper at Superdrug) and I didn't have much to lose anyway.

I've always loved Dove products. It's my favourite soap and bodywash and I absolutely love the scent. They need to realease a perfume or something...I'd definitely buy it! Of course I should have known that this product would be a miracle-worker. My hair hasn't felt this healthy in a LONG time. Since it's freezing I blowdry my hair but I only blast it on high for a minute or two. My hair feels clean, soft and best of all NOT THAT MUCH FRIZZ! I actually left the house with my natural hair and it feels so good!

It's very easy to use. Just swap your current conditioner for this! When you squeeze it out it's a cream and yellow striped blob of product which is cute. Rub it in through your hair (I concentrate more on the ends but I apply it all over) and leave it for a minute or more. Then rinse out and you're done! It smells lovely, feels lovely and it's made my hair so much nicer! This is honestly my holy grail product.

p.s. I hope this answers some of your questions about my hair! I always get asked how my hair is so healthy and shiny...NOW YOU KNOW! I've been using this for 3 weeks now. Of course since my hair is black it probably looks a lot healthier than it is on camera...I promise you though, my hair in all those older pictures is lifeless and dead!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Review: Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

RRP: £10.99

I remember buying this a year or more ago and falling in love. I bought it because it was £3 off in Boots and I was hooked. The wand is fat and the bristles are short and stumpy. If you're quite heavy handed this might be quite uncomfortable because the bristles are very hard, even I get a tad too close to stabbing my eye. 

I recently got conjunctivitis so I needed a new mascara. I haven't seen the £3 off offer for this mascara in boots in ages, probably because it's quite a popular one now. So I decided to treat myself and buy it. I think it's quite outrageously priced for a drugstore mascara but then again most of Max Factor is overpriced. Aside from the price, it's a fabulous mascara.

The short but hard bristles really get into the lashes and coat them completely. Your lashes are separated and lengthened and volumised! I would like a bit more length though and would say it's a tad more volumising than lengthening. My friend who has ridiculously long lashes LOVES this mascara because it's one of the few mascaras that separate and define her lashes without clumping them together into a tangled mess.

The formulation is great, maybe a tad on the dry side? Your lashes can still move and they're not hard and set into place, this gives a lovely fluttery effect. I personally love the brush and the packaging! The scent is a bit weird but I don't sniff my lashes anyway so I'm fine in that department. Overall I really enjoy this mascara. I will probably buy a lengthening mascara to go with it though...I'm thinking my long-time favourite: L'Oreal Telescopic! Watch this space...

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Review: Collection 2000 Cream Puff

Shade: Cotton Candy 1
This caught my eye in boots and what stood out to me was that it claimed to give matte lips. I'm not a huge fan of lipgloss, in fact even normal lipsticks irritate me because I hate the feel of them on my lips. I feel like just wiping it off whereas matte formulas really stick to your lips. This was the only one left in the boots I was in so I decided to try this shade.

The shade is brighter than I'd go for but for £2.99 I wasn't going to complain as I just wanted to try this. To keep things simple; I love it. These cream puffs are my life, they are exactly what I love! I'd say this is a mix between a MAC satin finish and matte finish. It's not overly drying and it doesn't stick to the dry flakes on your lips. It almost feels like a primer on your lips and just glides on.

Overall I'm really excited about this! I can't wait to pick up the nude shade for everyday. I pray they make more of these because I can see a huge collection forming. Have any of you tried this yet? What do you think?

p.s. right now they have 2 for £5!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Curly Wurly


I had straightened my hair and then I curled it with a wand. Big mistake! The next morning they had completely dropped and I just had light tousled waves. Oh well! I really need to get a straightener that can curl too!

Show me your curly hair? :)

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Review: Ultimate Brow and Eye Kit

























 I'm a sucker for multi-purpose things. I've been on the lookout for a brow kit for a while and when I saw this in Tesco for a mere £5 I couldn't resist. The three shadows are completely matte and can be used as eyeshadows (perfect for everyday!). It also comes with a brow gel which I love and a little applicator thing which is pretty useless to be frank.

The shadows are good pigmentation, but not amazing. However I'm thankful for this because it avoids me looking like Frida Kahlo when I do my brows. It may be just that I don't press my brush hard enough but I just didn't get HUGE colour pay-off when I used them as shadows (except for the last one, the darkest shade is fab). I of course use the darkest shade to lightly fill in my brows with a small flat brush. Then I brush a swipe of the eyebrow gel and it's done. It immediately neatens up the whole look and it's very quick and easy!

I do think even the dark brown is a little light for me. The end of my brows are quite sparse and I feel like it's obvious that I have a brown blob and then lots of black hair after that. This may just be me being picky since when I did it on my friend she said she loved it and didn't notice a thing (however this could mean I should get my friend's eyes tested...)

Overall I'm enjoying this. It's doing what I want and for a fiver I couldn't resist throwing it in my basket of groceries. I really want to buy a blush next time! People say the blush packaging is dated or tacky but I personally love it! It's chunky and ~clicks when you close and all that jazz. Maybe it's just me?

What have you tried from VIVO?

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Review: Burberry Body Perfume Sample


I mentioned on scheine how impressed I was with my Burberry Body Sample. I only found out about it from Fleurdeforce who shared that Burberry Facebook was giving away 45,000 samples for free! When I heard this I dropped my name and address in and forgot about it. I wasn't expecting much, they wouldn't be too extravagant when they have to give away 45,000 of them away would they?

WRONG. I can't even describe this a sample because I genuinely love the bottle. It's perfect to throw in your handbag or even your wallet! It's so discreet and sleek, I am so happy with it. The scent is described as a "fruity composition that begins with notes of fresh green absinthe, peach and freesia. Roses and iris are in the heart, leaning on the base of sandalwood, cashmerean, musk, amber and vanilla.*" Now I am completely useless at describing scents but I will say that it's a gorgeous scent. It can be a little on the strong side if you like to dowse yourself in perfume and it reminds me of some Arab perfumes. However I love that it smells feminine yet sexy. It almost has a mens-perfume note to it which gives a different twist to all the florals.

Would I buy the full bottle? Probably. However I'm not much of a perfume junkie. I'm still wounded by my Marc Jacobs Daisy running out and want to run out and buy another one of that. When I buy perfumes I like just having one, otherwise I'm faffing around about which one to wear and then stressing about why I'm stressing when it's JUST A BLOODY SCENT! It usually ends with me slapping scented talcum powder all over myself while running out, cursing myself for being late due to trying to pick a perfume. Anyway what I'm trying to say is, if I do buy the full version of Body it will be the only perfume I'd use until it runs out, which is a pretty serious ordeal. I prefer having a ~scent~ rather than throwing on whatever perfume I grab out of my endless trays of bottles on my dressing table. BUT THAT'S JUST ME. I highly recommend running to your nearest perfume place and taking a good sniff, having a good spray and then asking everyone to smell you then comment. If all outcomes are good, what's stopping you?

*scent quote from Fragrantica

Buy from here for £42.99 (30ml) or £54.50 (60ml) or £74.50 (85ml)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Review: MUA eXtreme Curl Mascara

MUA eXtreme Curl Mascara // £2
I really needed a mascara so I thought I'd just drop this in my basket with the MUA Heaven & Earth Palette. I really, really wanted to like this mascara but I can't say I do, YET. I find it very hard to use because it's a strange brush! It's kind of straight and then it suddenly curves in another direction! The main problem is that when you pull the brush out there's a massive blob of product that you have to scrape off. I have trouble actually applying it because of the weird brush and it clumps up my lashes!

The reason I say YET is because some mascaras get better with time. Some need some air to thicken the formula which I think mine definitely needs because it's a very wet formula. I haven't applied it without getting some on my eyelid yet! I'm quite surprised because usually I'm very accepting when it comes to mascara. I have very ~normal lashes which can adapt to any mascara wand/formulation but this just isn't working for me! I don't really need curly lashes anyway so it's my second time using a curly brush, but I'm really not enjoying it!

So that's what I think of it! I think if you have very sparse, straight lashes these will be great for you because they definitely thicken, and they definitely curl! It's just a bit of a hassle getting used to the brush. Let me know if any of you have tried this one out :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Review: MUA Heaven & Earth Palette


I mentioned on my other blog and in a video that I got the MUA Heaven & Earth Palette and some of you asked for reviews so here's my two pence. In simple terms, it's my love. I've wanted the Naked Palette for ages and I think it started at £27 but now it's gone up to £35 (you can still get it here). I think it's definitely worth it but as a student I can't allow myself to spend that much money on eyeshadow. So when I saw Lily's post about this and how she found it better than the Naked palette I immediately tried to get hold of it. I don't have MUA in my local superdrug but I ordered it online and it was dispatched the same day (so impressed!).
**swatches from L-R ,top-bottom**

The pigmentation is fabulous and I love all the colours. All the shades are either shimmery or satin, no matte shades (click here to see) which is a shame but for £4 can you complain? There's a wide selection of colours and I prefer this colour selection over the colours in the Sleek In The Nude palette. These have a good mix and variety of colours to suit your every need!

Honestly this doesn't need anymore to say because for £4 it's incredible. I'm so impressed with it! Of course since it's a cheaper brand the shadows kind of ~crumble when you push your brush in but oh well! As far as I know it's a permanent item, but if not I'm going to buy loads of backups because this is all I'm taking to Uni eyeshadow-wise!

Unfortunately the MUA palette is out-of-stock online! Hopefully it'll come back soon :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

WELCOME

Model's Own Fuzzy Peach & Top Turquoise
Yay for a beauty blog! I love beauty and make-up and I love reading beauty blogs and watching beauty videos! Make-up is just another one of those little time-wasting addictions I have in my life but it's just so enjoyable! There's something really special about buying a new make-up product and trying it out. This blog is to share my experiences, the good and the bad that I have with make-up! I hope you guys enjoy and you all follow :)

One last thing...
I got the Oct Vogue with Adele gracing the cover. She looks stunning and I am in love with her make-up! New everyday eye anyone?

Her hair looks so lush :O
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