Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Trying some of my recent purchases #2

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about some products I'd recently bought but not got round to trying. Well there are plenty more products where they came from so I've decided I'm probably going to make this a regular post. Hopefully it will encourage me to take photos of my products and then actually use them! I hate using products without photographing them first so my laziness in not photographing things leads to many, many, many unused products sitting in my collection.

This time I picked out five products to try. Starting with an item I bought back in July so not quite as recent as most of the things but still unused! It's the Look Beauty Fresh Cheeks cream blush in the shade Guava. I originally bought this because I really liked the shade. It's a toned down, quite natural, peach shade. You only need to swirl the brush round in the pan a little to pick up the product and I think it gives a nice colour to the cheeks with a dewy finish. One of the other items I tried was the brush I applied this blush with, the EcoTools Tapered Blush brush. This is such a lovely brush to use. It's really soft and I love the shape, it applies blush perfectly to the apples of the cheeks and makes easy work of blending the product out.

Over the past few months I've picked up some of the Maybelline Color Tattoos and the first one I've tried is the Pink Gold shade. This is a lovely colour that leans more on the pink side but has a metallic, shimmery finish from the gold. The creamy texture is light and easy to blend on to the eyelids with your finger. I really like this so I'm looking forward to trying my other shades.

Another older purchase, back in July was the e.l.f. Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in the shade Light/Ivory. This is a dual ended pencil with one coloured end for filling in brows and a light side for under the brow to give a lifting effect. I wasn't really that keen on this product. The filler end is ok, it's quite a good match for my brows as it's not too warm toned like most brow products but the lifter end is a waste of time. I thought it would be an illuminating product but it looks like a crayon concealer in a shade that is too dark (and orange) for my skin. I could just about blend this in to my skin but it seemed pointless as it gave no lifting effect, or any other effect for that matter.

The final product I tried is the limited edition MAC RiRi Woo lipstick (you can enter my giveaway to win this and more here). I bought this in the beautiful rose gold packaging from the 'Fall' collection but it's been available in other packaging previously and in some white and rose gold packaging for the upcoming 'Holiday' collection. See The Sunday Girl's blog for more information on that collection. RiRi Woo is a cool toned dark red shade in the Retro Matte finish. I wasn't sure how I was going to get on with this type of finish but I actually think it's really nice. I've been exfoliating my lips recently with my Lush Santa's Lip Scrub (post on that here) so when I applied this lipstick, it gave an even finish with no imperfections on display. The application of this product isn't the easiest as you have to drag it across the lips quite a few times to get the right level of pigmentation and it can be hard to make it look neat but if you are patient, I think it's worth the wait. It's such a nice colour that I think goes well with my pale skin and the texture feels really comfortable on the lips. I think it would stay on for ages too.

I'm quite happy with this selection of products since there is only one not-so-good item. I'm looking forward to putting these products together with other things to see how they look too. I need to keep revisiting the stash!

Have you tried any of these products?
What products have impressed or disappointed you recently?

Monday, 28 October 2013

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Fuchsia Clandestin

Today I've got a luxurious item to show you! I'd been saving up my Boots Advantage Card points as I like to spend them on something expensive that I wouldn't normally buy. I was torn between a Yves Saint Laurent lipstick or a Chanel lipstick. After many recommendations of a YSL lipstick, I went with one of those.

Once at the YSL counter, it was very difficult to narrow down my choice to just one lipstick but I managed to decide on a Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in a limited edition shade from the Rebel Nudes collection.

The most striking thing about this product is the amazing gold packaging that screams luxury. I don't know if it's just me but I think using something like this makes you feel really special so it's nice if you are able to buy something like this every once in a while. 

The shade I bought is called Fuchsia Clandestin and it's a beautiful combination of red and pink. I think it's a colour that will look great all year round. One swipe of the lipstick is all it takes for a strong pigmented look and I found this very easy to apply neatly without having to line the lips beforehand. It has a moisturising feel on the lips and a satin finish. I haven't given this product a full road test so I can't comment too much on the longevity but when I tried to remove this lipstick after taking my photos, it was quite hard to get off! It reminded me of a lip stain so I reckon this would last a fair few hours before needing another application.

I'm really glad I bought this and I'm tempted to pick up another of these lipsticks or maybe a Rouge Volupté Shine next time I've got some points to spend!

Have you tried any YSL lipsticks?
What do you like spending your Boots points on?

Sunday, 27 October 2013

L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine Balmy Gloss

Up until now, L'Oréal Paris didn't have a chunky lip crayon style product in their range unlike most other brands these days. I've seen this Glam Shine Balmy Gloss range sneak up on a handful of blogs lately but there hasn't been any advertising regarding this product so I'd been looking forward to spotting it in the shops myself. The last few times I've been in Boots, I've only seen an orange shade with no testers. I decided to look in Superdrug and managed to find the full range of six in there, still with no testers but I knew I was going to pick the colours I most liked the look of anyway. Since there was a 3 for 2 deal on, I narrowed my choices to three and I chose Sin for Peach (912), Dare the Dragonfruit (913) and Fall for Watermelon (914). 

L-R: Sin for Peach, Fall for Watermelon, Dare the Dragonfruit

I quite like the range of colours and £6.99 is the average price for this type of product from a drugstore brand so I was happy to pay that. First of all, I thought I'd mention that there is no added scent to this product so if you're not a fan of a minty or vanilla scent, this may be suitable for you. 

L-R: Sin for Peach, Fall for Watermelon, Dare for Dragonfruit

The application of this product is an absolute dream. They aren't lying when they use the words 'shine' and 'gloss'. These glide on so easily with a butter-like texture and melt on to the lips. They feel really balmy, as it says in the name, and they don't feel sticky or overly wet. You can apply them sheerly or if you fancy a bolder look, keep swiping over the lips to build up the intensity.

The shades I have, all have an element of shimmer to them with the Fall for Watermelon shade having the least and looks like a juicy pinky-red colour. The Dare the Dragonfruit shade has a lot of shimmer in several tones such as blue, green and purple with a berry shade as the main base colour. This looks really pretty but it's more of a night time product for that reason. Sin for Peach is a nude pink sort of shade that is fairly natural with a slight pink and silver shimmer to it. It's definitely wearable for the daytime though. 

Lip swatches from top to bottom - Sin for Peach, Fall for Watermelon and Dare for Dragonfruit:

I'm really impressed with this product and I love the finish and balmy texture. I'm quite tempted to swatch the others when I see some testers in store as it wouldn't hurt to add a few more to the collection! All of the shades are available on the Boots website here if you fancy a little sneaky online purchase.

Have you bought any of these Glam Shine Balmy Glosses?
Which is your favourite lip crayon style product?

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Lush Santa's Lip Scrub

A few weeks ago I picked up some items from the Lush Christmas collection. If you haven't seen this collection yet, you should get yourself to your nearest store or check it out online because they have some fabulous things.

One of the items I picked up was the Santa's Lip Scrub for £5.50. This is a great exfoliator, primarily made up of sugar, to buff away the dead skin from your lips and reveal super soft, flake-free lips. Lush do a few different lip scrubs available all year round and I've tried the Bubblegum and Popcorn ones so I knew they were delicious and very effective.

This is bright red in colour and it has Santa in the name. It is a must have just for those reasons but when you smell it, oh my, it's so good. It's cola scented and it reminds me of cola ice pops! I can't stop sniffing it now whilst writing this post! On closer inspection you will notice as well as the regular sugar scrub, there are additional little hearts which make this even more cute!

Another good thing about Lush lip scrubs is that they are edible! I'm not suggesting you get a spoon and tuck in but licking it off your lips after you've finished scrubbing is rather nice!

These scrubs are perfect for this time of year when the cold weather dries your lips out. If you use this once or twice a week, you can keep on top of this and ensure your lips are always in perfect condition, ready to apply a gorgeous lippie without it highlighting any imperfections!

Have you tried a lip scrub?
Which one is your favourite?

P.S. I've got a giveaway on at the moment where you can win your own Santa's Lip Scrub plus some other fab prizes. Check that out here if you're intestered.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Range

A few months ago, a new skincare range called 'Skin Perfection' by L'Oreal Paris was released. With promises to pixel perfect your skin and the beautiful Cheryl Cole on the adverts, my interested was sparked. I'm normally a bit of a snob when it comes to skincare so I don't tend to look at drugstore brands but I've been really impressed by the L'Oreal Paris Micellar Water, preferring it to the more expensive, raved about Bioderma version.

When I started seeing this new range on the shelves in Boots, I was immediately drawn to the metallic pink packaging and began sampling the products. On first impressions I really liked the look of the BB cream because of its silky smooth texture and good colour match for my skin. The eye cream and serum also looked fab. After multiple trips to Boots swatching these products I walked away with the Awakening + Correcting Eye Cream (£12.99 Boots).

The whole Skin Perfection range is designed for women in their 20s up to mid 30s where ageing isn't usually the issue but imperfections are. The products contain a new complex called 'PERLINE-P' which is used to perfect skin quality by improving pores, texture and tone. 

The Awakening + Correcting Eye Cream has a tinted formula that contains Caffeine and Vitamin Cg to help conceal dark circles, reduce eye bags and smooth fine lines.  I have really bad dark circles but I don't really have eye bags or wrinkles. I've bought so many eye creams in the past I wasn't expecting this to correct my dark circles either but I really liked the texture of it. It leaves a really smooth, hydrated feeling to the eye area that is long lasting and creates a great base for my concealer. As expected, this product hasn't helped with dark circles but I really like this product as I often spend over £20 on an eye cream and this is such a great formula for half the price. It's good that it comes in a tube rather than a pot as you can keep the contents clean and germ free. I don't really notice the tinted effect as it's really light and my dark circles are bad.

A few weeks after my eye cream purchase, a wonderful pink package came through the post containing the Correcting Day Moisturiser* and the Advanced Correcting Serum* so I was very chuffed to see these since I had really wanted more items from the range. Now that I've been using these products for around 6 weeks, I thought it was a good chance to talk about them. You'll notice that my photos show the used products as I was desperate to use them before I got the chance to photograph them!

Starting with the Advanced Correcting Serum (£16.99 Boots) which I apply after cleansing and toning my face in the morning. It comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a pump for easy dispensing. I'd describe the texture of the product as a milky lotion that turns transparent when massaging into the skin. It feels very light on the skin and doesn't leave a greasy finish but it adds a good dose of hydration along with a silky smooth finish to the skin.

I then apply the Correcting Day Moisturiser (£14.99 Boots) on top of the serum. This comes in a sturdy thick glass jar and the consistency feels quite thick to the touch but it's a gel cream formula that feels cooling on application. Despite the thickness of the product, on massaging into the skin it quickly sinks in leaving a deeply moisturised feeling to the skin that doesn't feel wet/greasy. It's such an amazing texture, I love the way my skin just drinks it up so fast leaving a gorgeous, velvet feeling. Just for the formulation of these products alone, my Origins regime was instantly discarded!

The main skin benefits of these two products are refined skin texture, tightened pores and an even, perfected skin tone. I've already mentioned the texture when describing these products and that is a feeling that lasts all day. These have been doing wonders for my dehydrated skin, even as the weather has gotten colder in the UK. I have fairly large pores on my forehead and across the tops of my cheeks and I really have noticed a difference in the size of them whilst using these products. I have two particularly large pores that always look smaller after applying these products and most of the other ones seem to have reduced in size. I think this benefit is something that is quite short term, like I have to keep applying these products every day to keep my skin this way otherwise the pores will start to look larger again. This is fine though because I absolutely love using these. 

Finally with regards to the even, perfected skin tone, I have quite a few spot scars on my chin and usually get a few new spots there once a month. I also tend to have other areas of redness showing through my super pale skin around my nose. I'd say I've definitely noticed an improvement in my skin tone as it looks clearer and my scars are starting to fade too. Another great thing about these products is that they haven't caused any breakouts either and I think the number of new spots has been fewer than usual so I'm definitely seeing fab results with using these products. I'm not saying my skin is now 'pixel perfect' but it's certainly better than before I used these products so I'm happy to continue using them and I'm so grateful that I received them to try out. I would 100% recommend all of these products and I'm interested in trying more from the range. 

Have you tried anything from this range?
What skincare have you been loving recently?

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Trying some of my recent purchases

Over the last month or so I've bought a lot of new products that I haven't got round to trying yet. Tonight I decided to pick out a few and see what they are like.

Since picking up a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade Let's Skate a few months ago, I've been wanting to try another more natural shade so I eventually bought Vintage Selection. It's a shimmering champagne-peach shade that is very wearable. It has a very creamy, smooth texture that is easy to apply to your eyelids with your fingers. I'm really glad I bought this as I love it and I'll definitely get a lot of use out of it.

Apart from some Pout Polishes, Pout Paints and a blush palette, I don't have much from Sleek MakeUP despite loving the look of lots of their products. When they launched their Romance Collection I decided to pick up the eyeshadow palette and the blush. I ordered these online and I was quite surprised when I first opened the blush as it's a rather dark brownish colour with silver shimmer running through it. The website describes the Antique shade as a dusky rose and it certainly looks a lot more pink in their photo! I wasn't convinced it would go with my pale skin but you can easily add a little colour to the cheeks and build up the intensity as desired. I think this is really nice for adding a bit of warmth to my complexion and I like the glow you get from the shimmer. I would say this is more of a night time product because of the silver shimmer. I'd really like to look at more of their blushers after trying this one.

I was really excited to try the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks after reading about their relaunch on several of my favourite blogs. It looks like they have lots of fab colours that I need to check out. Since I was on the market for a plum shade similar to MAC Rebel, I thought I'd give Glam Plum Fulham a go. I really like the formula of this lipstick. It's so pigmented and it glides on really smoothly, leaving your lips feeling hydrated. I love the colour of this too and it's perfect for Autumn/Winter. Not bad for £6.49 (Boots) if you are looking for a MAC Rebel dupe on the cheap. 

Initially when I started taking photos for this post, I'd only selected the MAC Paint Pot, Sleek Blush and Rimmel lipstick as my new items to try but then I remembered I'd bought the Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer so I decided to pop that on before my foundation. I haven't really tried many primers, preferring not to spend much money on what I see as a boring step in my routine but I'm really glad I saw this on offer for £6.99 in Superdrug. Bourjois have brought out some excellent products lately and this certainly doesn't disappoint. It's a pink coloured liquid that glides on to your skin with a colourless finish and I didn't particularly notice any illuminating effect straight away but once I added my MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation over the top I was blown away. I had to use far less foundation and it just glided on to the skin really easily and I felt like it improved the coverage of the foundation. My skin looked so good and it had a radiant finish. I love it!

What products have you discovered lately?
Let me know whether you've found something great or maybe something you wish you hadn't bothered purchasing!

P.S - If you like the look of the MAC Paint Pot and Rimmel lipstick you might want to check out my giveaway where you can win your own.

Monday, 7 October 2013

GIVEAWAY ENDED: My (almost) 500 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway

As I've been approaching 500 Bloglovin followers, I decided I wanted to hold a giveaway to thank everyone for taking the time to read my blog. It really means so much that people like reading it. 

I'm currently up to 496 Bloglovin followers so this giveaway is a little premature but I'm really impatient when it comes to waiting to give people gifts as I get so excited! Once I'd finished buying these prizes today, I decided I couldn't hold off any longer!

The prizes are things I've been wanting to try myself so I bought duplicates of everything! The ones shown in this photo are my own versions, the winner's versions will be unopened.

The prize for one lucky winner chosen at random:

Lush Santa's Lip Scrub - from the newly launched Christmas collection. It has tiny edible hearts as well as the usual sugar scrub and it's cola scent smells heavenly.

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick - a gorgeous dark red matte lipstick from the mostly sold out Limited Edition collection! This is my first MAC matte lipstick so I'm looking forward to trying mine.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection - this is a gorgeous cream eyeshadow/base in a champagne kind of shade or as MAC describe it, a 'frosted dirty peach'. I've had my eye on this shade for ages so decided to take the plunge.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Glam Plum Fulham - from the recently relaunched range in a perfect for Autumn plummy shade.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask (50ml size) - a bloggers favourite for clearing out those clogged pores.

  • This is a UK giveaway only.
  • The giveaway will run for 1 month and the winner will be picked at random using Rafflecopter.
  • The winner will receive email notification as soon as the giveaway ends so that I can request their postal details and the prize will be sent out First Class Signed For delivery.

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