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...