Monday, 28 November 2011

Product Review: Clinique lash doubling mascara

Hello and welcome to my second mascara product review (Check out my Estee Lauder double wear zero smudge curling mascara: product review HERE). I think that mascara's are the hardest products to buy as you can't test them and they are rather expensive so here we are. I swear to make a review for all my mascaras I use in the future. I've already bought my backup - Revlon's grow luscious Mascara so that will be coming your way in the coming months... And on to the product in question: Clinique lash doubling mascara. I bought this on the back of a makeup tutorial that Nicola from Pixiwoo did inwhich she used this mascara. It looked amazing on her. Her lashes looked so full and long. I just had to get it.


Clinique mascara's are around £17 so on retrospect bloody expensive but is what you expect to pay for a high end mascara unfortunately. In fact they go up to £25 plus for some brands. The packaging is a plain and simple tube with a silver twist lids with a C embossed on the top. I particularly like the shimmery icy blue packaging - it looks rather chic in my makeup bag. I love the wand - The domed head is presumably designed to reach the shorter corner lashes easily which is a plus. It is made from bristles opposed to the awful plastic wands which clump my eyelashes together. Plus the product is rather wet. Which I see as a positive. The wetter the product is the longer it can last :-). Also wetter formulations don't clump your lashes or be prone to flaking as much as dryer formulations.


In terms of its performance. I find these things so subjective. Personal preference varies so much - check Makeup Alley out for a range of views - I'll show you in pictures and let you make up your own mind (take note that this mascara is probably 6 months old now). My lashes are rather short to begin to with and I get oily around my eyes, during the day, so that may impact on quality of the results.

no mascara

one/two coats

Lots of Coats

My BIG PEEVE with this mascara is that too much product gets on the brush due to a highly rubbish "stopper" that in turn create "spider leg" splodges on your lashes. This has annoyed me to the max whenever I have used this and puts me off ever buying it again. The only way forward is to wipe the brush every time it is used, which takes the majority of product off causing a less voluminous lash and wasting tonnes of product. For the most part I have to just brave it and deal with the splodge factor afterwards.

Overall it would be a great product if the stopper was better but as it is it's too much hassle. But hopefully mine was a dodgy tube. It's a shame as it makes my lashes nice and fluttery, which builds to an overall decent voluminous affect. Performance-wise it smudges. But most mascaras smudge on me to be honest.

I hope this has been helpful xxx

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

China Glaze: let it snow

I had an epiphany. GLITTER. Christmas is all about GLITTER. I need glitter. for  Christmas. It's happening. I tweeted such : this christmas its all about glitter nails and im getting started early - excited

One day, a few days later... I read Makeup savy Tweet that she had just received Christmas china glaze polishes in the post. So Like a bat out of hell, as fast as the speed of light. I googled and discovered allyoudesire's amazing blog showcasing the polishes beautifully LINK. My mind was set. I needed Ring in the red, Blue years eve, Tinsel town and most importantly and especially Twinkle lights in my life...And.. after much deliberation... Glittering garland ASAP. After scouring the internet for the best deals I bought from beautyzone2007 off EBay LINK. They were such a bargain as they amount to around £5 each including p&p - score!! 16 days later (boo) and they finally came!! Strike a pose christmassy ladies. Enjoy xx

L-R:- Glittering Garland, Ring in the Red, Twinkle Lights, Tinsel Town and Blues Years Eve



Glittering Garland and Blues Years Eve are shimmery cream polishes that apply like a dream. One/two coats and your good to go! Ring in the Red and Tinsel Town both contain flecks of small and large glitter suspended in a coloured gel. Tinsel Town's glitter are chunkier which creates greater opacity in only one/two coats and shimmers on the nails. Ring in the Red requires a few more coats for the same opacity and truly SPARKLES on the nails! The glitter just dances about like a dream and is oh so beautiful. 

And finally we have Twinkle Lights - the polish that has been described as Christmas in a bottle! It's comprised of: flecks of gold, red and green glitter suspended in a clear gel base - opacity in three coats.  I was a little disappointed by this in real life but once on the nails this is sparkly Christmas magic and along with Ring in the Red will be my holiday season go to. 

Which polishes do you like the look of best? picked any up from the Let it Snow Collection??

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Giving-in to the hype: Liz Earle cleanse and polish




Can this be the holy grail of the skin care world?? I have heard nothing bad about this stuff in the beauty community and all seem to agree on the fact that it is amazing... a real treat for the skin.

I have already bought and finished off the Boots cleanse and polish counter part and have to say I really liked it. All comparison posts I have read proclaim Liz Earle the victor. Although I remember one blogger saying it isn't as creamy and thick as the Boots. Nether the less I made a choice... lets go with the hype and see where it gets me.

I bought the 200ml tube, as I couldn't find any steals on Ebay and the like for the 100ml, and I essentially got £5 off it so that is how I'm justifying the expense. Anyway to the spoils... I'm expecting god like results from this: no joke. I hope I'm not disappointed.

This is what Liz Earle Say: 
We only make one cleanser because this formulation is the ultimate in concentrated yet gentle cleansing power and works on every age and skin type.
Our plant based cleanser has a two-phase action, phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up, even stubborn mascara.
Phase two is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.
Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, clearer skin.

First impressions: 21st October 2011

Firstly I disagree with that nameless blogger: I find this as creamy and thick as the Boots counterpart. Second, what first caught me was its menthol smell and that it gives a refreshing, cooling sensation; which altogether reminded me of Vicks Rub. I'm guessing that's the eucalyptus. It definately revitalises the skin. First impressions therefore are positive and I have been looking forward to washing my face morning and night. This is the perfect time to see how great the effects are for smoother and clearer skin because I am dealing with a few blemishes at present AND dry sore skin around my mouth - thankyou central heating. Is Liz Earle good enough to counteract both at the same time? Time will tell.

2 weeks later: 3rd November 2011

After using Liz Earle for two weeks I can safely say that I love this. My dry skin is gone and the tightness that I felt due to the change in weather is also gone. I found that new blemishes that have come up in the past few weeks dried up straight away! My skin feels much softer and radiant now. Definitely reccomend this!! All should try this out.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Top Tips on Bleaching your Hair.

Hi all. This week has been beauty maintenance week and that means the dreaded 3 month bleaching session. My roots start showing after a month and a half but I push it. Plus at the same time my hairs growing out so I guess I like the Debbie Harry messy-chic look. So if you fancy going on the uber blond side and dousing your head with chemicals in the name of "getting the look" read on...

Top Tip One
Really don't do it yourself as the chances of missing bits is very likely and no one likes the patchy look.

Top Tip Two
Don't wash your hair for as long as you can stand it before bleaching. Salons recommend 3-4 days minimum. This is healthier for your scalp.

Top Tip Three
Unless you like the yellow, Swedish pornstar, look use a toner over the top. This will quickly get rid of any yellow tones in your hair. If you let a professional do this they will do tone your hair for you.

This is what happens when tip 1 and 3 are not adhered to!!!

Top Tip Four
When your hair grows out only bleach the roots. Doing the whole head is unnecessary and will really destroy your hair.

Top Tip Five
Consider highlights if you have longer hair as they will give your hair so much more dimension. It is also better for your hair and scalp, and in my personal oppinion looks so much nicer.

Top Tip Six
Use a silverising shampoo at least twice a week to prevent your hair going brassy. Use more and you can get really white/silver results. I love this personally.


Top Tip Seven
It is very important to keep your hair deeply conditioned so use deep replenishing conditioner and overnight haircare oils etc to keep it looking healthy.

Top Tip Eight 
Keep your hair looking its best by getting your ends cuts regularily.

Top Tip Nine
Use a good conditioner that is specifically for damaged hair. Yes bleaching your hair is probably the worst thing you can do to it.

Top Tip Ten
Be mindful that it will REALLY damage your hair...

To recap: keep up with the maintance by getting it cut regularily and keeping it moisturised and nourished. Plus only bleach the roots and if possible get the professionals to do it.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

SMACKDOWN!! Gel Moisturisers.

In the red corner with a volume of 125ml, costing £28.50 Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel!! 


And in the blue corner with a volume of 50ml, costing £33. Clarins HydroQuench cooling 
cream-gel!!


In my opinion Clinique is be the starting brand for beauty lovers breaking into the premium market whereas Clarins appears to be a more established brand for the more mature woman. Clarins also is around the same pricing as Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden. Clinique is definitely cheaper and this shows in their packaging. For the most part it is plastic whereas Clarins packaging exudes a high end luxury. Clarins is £4.50 more expensive for 75ml less than the Clinique but looks so much better. Much more weighty and is a beautiful blue frosted glass jar with a golden rimmed twist-off lid. It's perhaps less hygenic than the Clinique as you have to scoop the product with your fingers. The clinique comes in a clear plastic bottle with a silver lid and pump. This is great until you get the end and most your morning is spent scooping product from around the edges. The Clinique also comes in a 50ml sqeezy tube and that retails for £16.50.



The Clarins is much thicker in consistency, smells faintly of flowers and takes a minute or two to soak into the skin. It is much harder to blend than Clinique, as that melts into the skin straight away. Clinique has a very light formulation and smells faintly chemical but this is mostly undetectable. Clinique leaves your skin feeling so soft and supple. I mention this as most moisturisers on me leave my skin feeling all sticky and gross rather than mm... soft and supple?. The Clarins unfortunately leaves a slight tacky feeling on the skin which dissipates eventually. Unfortunately it can leave the skin a tad greasy, for me, in the T zone. It does "do what it says on the tin" though - it comes into its own when it is warm as it truly has a lovely cooling affect on the skin and feels almost refreshing on a hot and sticky nights.

On another note: Clinique lasts twice as long as it has a use by date of 24 months opposed to Clarins' 12 months. I assume this is due to the product being fully exposed to the air, having a screw off lid, or has less preservatives, which on the cuff could be an indicator that Clarins is better for the skin than Clinique?
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In conclusion  Clarins is down for the count and Clinique is the victor. This was always going to be a tough fight between a rooky and a heavy weight champion. Clinique remains my Holy Grail (check out my other posts on this: Products of greatness and summer 2011 beauty favourites). That is not to say Clarins is not a great moisturiser on it's own merit. I just don't get the love factor with this and in all honesty will not repurchase; but I don't dislike it by any means (Check out what other Clarins goodies I purchased this summer: Clarins Haul).

I hope you have found this useful. And if you've tried both of these, what is your favourite?? xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

x CHANEL DARLING x

super excited about this...Back story is I have wanted Mat Lumiere for the longest time but I can't get the right shade (14 ivory) in this country. My boyfriend went to America last week so I asked him to pick it up for me. And in a cheeky mood I kinda asked for 75 Dragon Rouge Allure Laque and 85 Mirifique Illusion d'ombre aswell... I really am so excited and just can't hide it... feast your eyes guys xx

First impressions: Illusion d'ombre in 85 Mirifique is very very sparkly cream eyeshadow and due to the amount of sparkle can look like a gunmetal colour. It is also very pigmented. Did I mention it's sparkly. I find sparkle all over my face when I use this. It has a really gorgeous buttery consistency and applies very smoothly however there can be cake-age if you put on too much. I really want a navy blue one just like this!







First impressions: Mat Lumiere 14 Ivory is gorgeous on the skin, Truely lovely. I use 2 pumps and then blend with my fingers. It really is such a dream to apply and in my opinion kicks Estee Lauders Double Wear's butt. Where other foundations cake, gloop, streak or stick to dry spots this does not and makes your skin look immaculate. Negatives?, which unfortunately there are, the smell of this makes me nauseous but I did not notice when applying and you can't smell it when its on so this is no big unless you spend your time sniffing the pump. Also it's very much on the yellow toned side. As I'm cool toned anyway this isn't bad for me, but for warmer toned skins out there be warned. I'd say 14 ivory is best for NC20 skin, perhaps a tad darker.





First Impressions: Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon. Wow the perfect red. It's a dark blue toned red which I can't describe as anything else other than the colour of blood. Definitely a staple for those of you who want to rock the 40's trend this fall. The tube is uber chic black glass yet is much smaller and dumpier than I thought.it would be. Alot of product comes out on this one and the doe foot applicator isn't very precise. Therefore I reccomend you swipe colour on your bottom lip and blend out with a brush. The result is uber glamorous glossy lips. Personally I get too paranoid of bleeding or an  incident resulting in red being swiped across my cheek so I need to dab my lips with tissue. This results in a beautiful red stain. Gorgeous but I reccomend a lipstick to do the job. It would be so much easier.





Wednesday, 24 August 2011

going going GONE


It's so annoying when your best loved beauty products are on their last legs - all at once!!!. This is the time for new beginnings or a frantic rush to repurchase.

SKIN CARE



First it's my Bioderma cleanser. Advocated by Lisa Eldridge amongst others, I had to go out and get this. This has a slight scent to it but essentially this is as close to water as products get. I find it's very gentle on the skin leaving it silky smooth yet refreshed. I don't believe it is the wonder product people make out it is as I find it a chore sometimes to get stubborn mascara etc away but its pretty darn close and the best makeup remover/cleanser I've used. I will definitely repurchase this.  9/10

Second It's my No7 cleanse and polish. It's a very thick creamy product which applies onto dry skin and you remove it via a wet muslin cloth. I loved this most in the winter as I found it helped with my bi-polar skin (check out my post about it and other winter wonders in my post BECAUSE WINTER HATES YOUR FACE). I like this product alot but... and it's a big buttt. I only purchased this on the back of the product hype of Liz Earle's Cleanse and polish and with a £5 discount No7 voucher so i'm sad to say this was only purchased as a cheap alternative. I've read comparison reviews and Liz Earle always comes out on top, as it was the product I originally wanted to try I've decided that that is what I'll replace it with. sorry No7 your still a great nourishing product and a pleasure to use. 8/10

Thirds is my dramatically different moisturizing gel. At the moment I am scooping the goods from around the pot as there is no longer enough to pump it out. I have already bought a Clarins gel moisturiser to replace this with as it caught my eye a while back. I don't like this as much so far as it isn't as easily blended into the skin, but we'll see how it goes. Clinique gel moisturizer never fear you'll be on my christmas list. 10/10 A******* Holy Grail stauts over here!!!


BODY
Forth is St Ives body scrub. Like it's facial scrub counter part this is awesome. it smells lush and is just a great, enjoyable product to use. It is definitely on Parr with my other fave - Body Shops coconut scrub but is less than half the price. They have changed the packaging as well so that is reason enough to go out and buy it again. 10/10


HAIR



Fifth is my John Freida Sheer Blonde shampoo and conditioner. I find myself buying this every other time I purchase shampoo so I do like it. Definitely one to try. I've been brunette and red as well and loved the Brilliant Brunette range so much and so much more than the blond counterpart but I HATED the radiant red range. It was so awful and did nothing to radiate your red rather how to coat your hair in residue. Not recommended! Back to the blonde and the product under the spotlight - will I repurchase?? eventually again yes, but not this time around, I want to shake it up a bit. 6/10

Sixth is John Freida Hair serum thermal protection in transform. There's three daily serums and one night serum available and this deals with fine and flyaway hair and protects against damage and frizz. This was great last year when I had longer hair and highlights as my hair is so fine and lifeless that this was a god send. However since I have been bleaching my whole head and cutting my hair pixi short this just isn't cutting it. I need a serum which really moisturises my damaged hair. So the search continues... verdict for bleached hair 4/10. Long fine hair 9/10

Seventh and last we have Tresemme thermal recovery intense repair and rehydration treatment. This is haauuuggee!! and has lasted me at least a year and a half. It smells great and is really cheap. Tresemme products in general are great for bargains. This is definitely a lovely deep conditioner. I use this after my silverising shampoo to inject that luster back into my hair. Will I repurchase?? Maby but there's so much choice on the shelves that I'm going to try something else first. 8/10

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

PINK SPARKLE


Presenting StarGazer polish in 169. I bought this a few months ago after seeing my friends neon nails which I fell in love with. As she did not know the name of the polish (I now know it's china glaze: POOL PARTY FYI) I had to scour the shops on instincts and the closest colour I could get was a glitter polish. It's rather opaque as along with the glitter there's a neon pink base colour. Two coats and your good to go. I got this for £2.50 at New Look. It's coming up orange toned in the pictures but it's really a bright barbie pink. Check out the sparkle... Enjoy xx





Monday, 22 August 2011

Summer 2011 beauty favourites





Hello and welcome to my top picks summer 2011. Enjoy xx




CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZING GEL
number one all the way - this melts into the skin leaving it soft and supple, not tacky or greasy. Great for oily to combination skins and for the hot weather. I love how there is no overpowering scent as is 100% fragrance free - it's oil free too and says "works to improve texture and condition!"


DIOR MATTE BRONZER
Perhaps it's the luxury of using DIOR that is making me actually enjoy putting this on. The whole process is so enjoyable I can't explain it. Results are - I'm an orange mess no doubt but I don't care.. I need More - I need More. As to the product itself, as bronzers go..? It has an SPF of 20 and lasts all day so is a great summer product. It's definately buildable and is a great colour for my pale skin. I definitely reccomend.


CLARINS LIP PERFECTOR
I've already done a product review on this (LINK) and gave it ten out of ten. This is a daily go to. It smells of caramel and feels gorgeous on the lips. Love Love Love. hold the phone though.. This is on the brink of being finished - a replacement I think is on its way.

BODYSHOP HIGHLIGHTER
I fell in love with this as soon as I got it. It has an OK coverage however had become a daily essentual. It subtley gives an illumination to the skin and gives dimension to the face. I apply this under the eyes, on my cheek bones, sides of my nose, my brow bone and the "triangle" area!! It really is a beautiful product and I was very upset when it ran out a few weeks ago. Never fear it was soon replaced.


BENEFIT INSTANT BROW PENCIL
My only issue with this, is that it's going down too quickly, because it's so soft. It acts as a filler and tamer in one as it is a wax like texture. I have it in fair and I really love it. The spoily at end is great aswell.


MAC STUDIO FINISH CONCEALER
this is the best concealer I have come across. It covers amazingly well. As it is quite thick I feel like you need to learn how to use it if you know what I mean. I find it works best once you warm the product up with your hand also a little goes a long way. Too much and it can go too cakey. Also as the product is very thick you need to have the right colour - I had NC15 and it was far too light and unusable for the most part. NC20 is much better.



OLAY COMPLETE CARE RADIANT GLOW DAY FLUID
This smells gorgeous, melts into the skin and gives you a glow. has an SPF of 15 and is just - in summary - lovely. This one is for normal to oily skin. This also comes in a cream formula for dry/normal I assume. it retails at £7.99. I must really try more Olay products because I always hear good things.

BIODERMA CLEANSER
This has to be the best cleanser/makeup remover I've ever owned. Almost scent free and is as close to water as products get. This feels lovely on the skin leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed. A favourite with makeup artists. Downside? This isn't readily available in the UK. I have to get mine off Ebay.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

grey nails - chic?

Revlon smoky canvas 


or eek!! I want to start off by saying I think they look chic in editorials, in the polish bottle, on the internet on others' fingernails... But on me?? At first I did not like at all. Especially when I added a matte top coat giving my nails an effect reminiscent of concrete. Neither did anybody else I found. Responses varied from "ugh" to "it's grey!!!" Perhaps it's because i'm still in a summer loving kinda mood or am obsessed with neon brights at the moment but grey just wasn't working for me, no matter how many times I chanted to myself that it was chic and cool and fashionable.


By the time I got round to taking a picture of my nails the matte top coat had worn off and with a sheen the grey nails don't look too bad... I wouldn't say I'm in love with grey nails yet but they look quite cool. I'll give smoky canvas another try when the weather turns but leave the matte coat off. xx




Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Haul and first impressions: Clarins skincare..

Walking through Debenhams I spied a very special Clarins promotion. buy two products (one being skincare) and get a bag and four mini products from a choice of four sets free.. Plus you ALSO get a body lotion and perfume free with the purchase of a third product. I don't normally go for these promotions as I'm not one to buy expensive products for the sake of it but I have been after the Clarins cream gel moisturiser for ages and "need" to repurchase another lip perfector so I decided to buy them today.. I decided to get the set consisting of a mini lip perfector, beauty flash balm, Vital Light Day cream and exfoliating cream.


Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 (peach), 12ml
and mini Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 (pink), 5ml
Check out my review HERE. This is my favorite lip product ever! They now have gold lids!!

HydraQuench Cooling Cream-Gel
Normal to Combination Skin or Hot Climates, 50ml
Now this feels very heavy and luxurious. I love the frosted blue glass container. The cream-gel is light peach and smells faintly of roses. This doesn't melt into my skin as definitively as my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing gel, as this is slightly thicker in consistency. It doesn't take long to sink into the skin though, leaving your face feeling soft and supple.



Gentle Refiner 
Exfoliating cream with microbeads, 15ml
This exfoliater feels substanial yet "gentle" on the skin. This gives a real deep down clean leaving my skin feeling supple and refreshed. It has that perfume-y clinical scent that puts me off slightly but overall this is a very nice exfoliant.

Vital Light Day
Illuminating anti-ageing comfort cream, 15ml
At 23 the years are starting to show so this is a handy product to try out - however it is rather thick in consistency  and is so illuminating my face and in particular my T-zone feels like an oil slick. I imagine that it will be best put to use in the colder months when certain areas of my skin require a bit more moisture. It has a cucumber-y clinically smell., which i'm not a fan of but it's not as offensive as the Gentle Refiner.

Beauty Flash Balm, 15ml
This promises to brighten and tighten... It can be used with a moisturiser but doesn't need to be and can also be used as a face mask.... It smells of nappy bags though  (bit harsh probably like talcum powder and babies lol). It is rather thick but goes on very nicely.


Friday, 5 August 2011

Sigma Brush Haul

My frivolity came to a head about six weeks ago now (this post is a long, LONG, time coming!) when I ordered £80 worth of Sigma brushes online (after a 10% discount from TiffanyD on Youtube -  check out her channel HERE). For any of you readers who have stumbled across my blog and think - what a t***!! Honestly decent brushes are really expensive OK!!! For all you beauty readers you know that Sigma brushes are good quality for a fraction of MAC prices and know that I did well for 13 brushes, a holder and a "freebie" travel size blender brush.

To the UK shipping costs $22, however they strongly suggest that you get the $44 option. In my opinion "don't bother". These brushes came to me in 7 days although the website scares you with a 2 month plus waiting time.




I bought Sigma's travel pink kit last year but I have been  wanting some normal sized ones.. Ideally I would buy more MAC brushes but I would only be able to get one or two once a month as they are substantially more expensive so instant gratification triumphed!




I opted for the "Make Me Classy" Make me up set, in which you get 12 brushes in a 'durable and multifunctional container' (see website HERE). On retrospect, although the containers look rather swanky on my vanity table, I can't help but think that I should have bought the brushes separately (for $20 cheaper) and buy my own brush holders. I think that the container is too bulky to actually be used as a travel item. But I am yet to travel anywhere so we'll see.. Or buy the roll instead for the same price?? It's done now so lets move on... :-/

I also bought the tapered face F25 brush. I have wanted the MAC equivalent for months but it was just too expensive at £35 and I could never part with the cash. $19 or (£11.36) is much easier to part with. xx