Wednesday, 24 November 2010

LUSH GOODIES

SOOO my boyfriend came home with a goody bag of Lushes lush lovelies for me the other day and as I'm on a "rent must come before buying makeup and clothes" binge I thought I'd show you what I got. xx

POP IN THE BATH BUBBLE BAR

Bath bombs are fun and all but a bath isn't a bath without BUBBLES!! My all time favourite lush product is the bubble bar, any bubble bar - they're amazing. this one creates the most moisturising bubbles and turns the water blue :-). Now what's not to love??


THE COMFORTER

I can't put my finger on the actual smell of this one but it's sweet. This is another bubble bar and is HUGE! I am yet to use this but am thinking to myself should I use half at a time to be economical or use the entire thing for a maxxxxed out bubble experience. decisions, decisions...


LOVE LETTUCE

Now I was scared of this at first as the last lush face mask broke me out - I used it like the trooper I am and OH MY GOD.... this has broken me out so so so so BAD!!! I tried to pass my sore lumpy chin on as hormones but this cannot be a coincidence - In conclusion I am never using Lush face products again!!!

WICCY MAGIC MUSCLES

And finally I got a massage bar that smells of cloves. This is rather funny as my boyfriends least favourite smell in the world is cloves but as the aroma of the lush shop was so overwhelming he couldn't smell it. I'm excited to use this as I haven't used anything like it before.


That's it - A lil treat which I was very excited about. I have my eye on trying out snow fairy next as I hear good things and apparently it smells divine! xx

Product Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero smudge Curling Mascara


As mine is now bin-worthy I thought I would share my thoughts on this mascara with you. I know I'm not alone in the endless quest for a great mascara so if your interested in this mascara then read on. I hope it is helpful.

Branding & Packaging 5/10
This is pretty swanky looking; navy blue tube, gold rim and Ridged twist lid, complete with gold lettering and french translation definitely represents the high end luxury of the Estee Lauder brand and helps one part with £17.00 much easier. The tube is very petite and thin. Straight away this is a giveaway that it is not very voluminous. the curved wand pops out with no clumps of product, perhaps a gloop right at the end but this can be easily swiped away. As part of the Double Wear product range the mascara is branded as one which will last a long time and will not smudge. Although the luxury of the brand is reflected there's no WOW factor in this packaging. If there wasn't promise of "no smudging" I would not have bought this. 


Formula & application 4/10
The formula always seemed to be rather thick and dried in the tube very quickly. The wand is very small and although great to get to the tiny lashes there is no chance of volume or substantial lengthening here. The wand is also very dense and combined with a thick, quick drying formula it became harder and harder to work with.

Product performance 6/10
I wanted a mascara that wouldn't smudge and that's what I got. There was also a noticeable curl but without volume or length to back it up the results was rather "meh"!! As mentioned before the decrease in formulation quality had a knock on affect on the performance of the product. It remained smudge free till the end but started to flake and fall down. I also got that spider leg lash affect after a month and a half of wearing this and it wasn't fun. At £17 lasting only a month and a half after expecting 6 is a deal breaker. 


Overall 
I would not repurchase. No eyelash "umph", super quick drying formula and eventual flaking were three negatives too many! HOWEVER it did do what it said on the tin - it curled and did not smudge. If you have no other expectations other than this then it may be worth a try. xx

Monday, 22 November 2010

MAC Pallets Overview


I love seeing what MAC eyeshadows other people have and always enjoy these posts so I thought I would do my own... Ooh FYI all palettes cost £11 and the pan shadows are £9. If you want an ordinary eyeshadow then it costs £11.

Enjoy xx

Pallet 1:

Top row from left: coquette, satin taupe, woodwinked, patina, all that glitters.
Middle row from left: club, brown down, sable, wedge, naked lunch.
Bottom row from left: brun, mulch, omega, brule, vanilla

My favourites are Club (possibly my all time favourite), patina and all that glitters (two amazing all over the lid colours). My least is brown down (rubbish colour payoff) and I'm still on the fence with satin taupe and sable (I've hardly used them, I should make an effort to really).

Pallet 2:

I followed a step by step on how to pop the separator out of your pallet and I destroyed it - that prominent black mark is marker covering the scratched bottom.

first row down: typographic, black tied, white frost.
In the corner, top left clockwise: Humid, sumptuous olive, knight divine, yogurt.

My favourites are black tide (for me the sparkles really show up if you pat it on thickly) and Humid (although this is hardly worn it was the first mac shadow I wanted) and my worst shadows are Yogurt and knight divine. I will never EVER wear them so I'm putting them on EBay. Let me know if your interested in them. I'm also on the fence whether to sell sumptuous olive as I don't think I'll ever use that either.

Lots of love xx