Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express waterproof masacara

Oooh first impressions of this mascara are negative. It gives you nice natural fluttery lashes but no volume. I loved the original Volum' mascaras and excpetionally loved the Collosal one but the plush is the first one from their line that I have tried in a long while. What a disappointment. For me I want volume. If I'm going to put the time and effort into applying mascara I want them to be WOW! I like the packaging. It's the same shape as the other's in the Volum' line but this is a blue with magenta lettering. The wand has a joint in it to allow for easier application when applying. I'm afraid this is a tad gimmicky and in actual fact the wand doesn't move or make application any easier. I like the look of the brush and was attracted to the 'natural' bristles opposed to the plastic comb-esque wands which lots of brands are releasing (ala CoverGirl Lash Blast dupes) which I do not like.   The wand does look 'plush' but unfortunately it only coats the lashes with a very fine amount of mascara. I tried in vain to build it up, Do the zig-zag application, load the product at the tips of my lashes - but to no avail. Short answer is don't waste your time - this does not build. If your after a natural fluttery waterproof mascara then this perfect for you, if you want volume stick to the Collosal mascara, as that definelty volumises well, or try your luck with any of the other's in the Volum' line. I purchased this mascara from Walmart in the US but haven't seen this hit the UK highstreet yet. But I don't think we're missing out on anything at all special so carry on with your day.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012


Hello all the most annoying thing has just recently occured... we are encountering the first flush of real cold weather here in the UK, for months. It has been snowing in places and everything.

As I type my lips are cracked and chapped and sore and feel like they are burning, blotches of dry skin are appearing around my mouth area, my nose is irritated and running and my hands are dry to the bone. I need miracle cures to help solve my problem areas and let me live my life to the full. I have written a few overviews of products, that I heart, which have really come into their own this cold spell. 

As a aside - As I suffer with combination skin I find that aswell as combatting the dry patches I have to deal with my oily T zone too. Check out a few products that help combat bi-polar skin and are comforting and "lush" to use in the first installment of BECAUSE WINTER HATES YOUR FACE

First up is my much beloved Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream. To call it a cream is a bit misleading, as, infact, it is a petroleum jelly with extras. It is highly moisturising and truly does help with dry skin. Be warned though it isn't a cure, you do have to keep applying it, but once applied it lasts a while and really feels like your skin has a protectant layer. I use this on my lips mostly, also aound my nails and on any really dry patches anywhere on my skin. It has a strong herbal scent so you may find it a tad over powering. I know Elizabeth Arden sell a fragrance free 8 hour cream too. I also know this is a firm favourite with many top makeup artists too. I bought this for around £5 on EBay.

Second is my newly acquired The Body Shop Hemp hand protector. It smells like soil and emulates new age incence etc, but it is really geat stuff. It has a clay masque like quality to it but it melts into the skin beautifully and leaves them really moisturised again. I love the paint tube packaging. It is great for throwing in your bag on the go as the twisty lid keeps the product well secured and there is little chance of it shattering or leaking. Love. I bought this in store. I took advantage of a 'buy one get one half price' offer. If your quick to the post you might get this offer too.

Third is my Dermalogica hydrating masque. I used this on the plane and found it was fabulous at keeping my skin hydrated. It is really very good. During the winter it is really a good idea to keep your skin nourished by giving it a weekly treat, at the least. Give yourself a hydrating masque to give your skin a really great deep nourishment.

MORE Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows

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I love the color tattoos - they are a joy to use

See my first experience with them, using on and on bronze, HERE.

But the colour range has never really grabbed me enough to go out and buy them all... Until their Fall 2012 limited Edition range came out a few months ago. It's a stunning collection of fall tones: browns, greens and burnt golds... but despite my greatest efforts I couldn't get hold of them - boo!!
I did get hold of the US only colour Pomegranite punch though, which is tres beautiful and just recently I spied the new edition of pink gold in the Maybelline stand in Boots last week so I had to pounce. So here we are my second and third color tattoos. They are both the same great consistency and are great wearable shades. In the pictures Pomegranite punch is coming out brown, in reality it is a deep plum. Pink Gold is as its pictured: baby pink. Both have flecks of sparkle and shimmer running through them.

On a side note:- It irks me ever so much that pomegranite punch (ie. the US product) is SMALLER than the UK released pink gold. I had already come to terms with the fact that the packaging is different but I was mentally unprepared for the size issue (OCD much??).

Again these are vibrant hues which last all day without (much) creasing. Boots sell them for £4.99 and if your quick - get down to Boots and take advanatge of their 3 for 2 promotion at the moment. Thankyou for stopping by and please follow if you want to keep up with me and my beauty ramblings. All the best, Natalie xoxo.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Hello Real Technique's Blush Brush

I would like to bid a warm welcome to yet another Real Technique's brush into my collection. I guess I'm slowly collecting them all. ("calm down it's not Pokemon")*

It's pink, it's soft, it blends my blush and bronzer and face powder, foundation.. etc etc etc like a dream and in short I love it! It costs £9.99 and as it has synthetic (Taklon) bristles it works well with both cream and powder products.

That's it really - I just wanted to show off about my awesome blusher brush. Check out my opinions on my other Real Technique purchases by clicking the links below. In short I love them and highly reccomend them to everyone who needs makeup brushes.

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* Attack the Block reference.

Monday, 22 October 2012

In-flight Beauty Regime

After taking inspiration from Lisa Eldridge's long haul flight beauty regime video, see below, I too compiled my own long haul in-fight beauty bag when I went a holidaying... I de-potted my face mask, hand cream and moisturiser into 15ml pots and Bioderma into a 100ml bottle. Be warned all liquids have to fit into those measley little plastic bags at the airport so be mindlful of this. I hope this is useful. xoxo

Bioderma Crealine H2O
Dermatologica hydrating face masque
Atrixo Hand cream
tooth paste (not pictured)
No7 protect and perfect eye cream
Olay multi-radiance moisturiser
Paul Mitchell moisture mist hydrating spray
Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream

Cotton pads
Compact mirror

Once the plane had taken off I used bioderma to give my skin an extra clean and then I spritzed my face and my hair with Paul Mitchells hydrating spray. I applied two thin layers of Dermatologica hydrating face mask and applied lots of eyecream and 8hr cream to my lips and cuticals, aswell as hand cream.

Throughout the flight I had the handcream and 8hr cream out on the table to reuse every so often. Half way through the flight I reapplied. When we were and hour to 45 minutes away I usedthe bioderma again aswell as wash my face in the bathroom and cleaned my teeth. Moisturised my skin and reapplied eye cream, 8hr cream and hand cream - and voila!!

On the way home I wasn't so great at keeping up with my beauty regime. I did the first step but asit was a night flight and I was cream crackered and slept (in fits) through out the flight I ended up washing the face mask off at home (eek). But cest la vie.

I definitely think undertaking some sort of beauty regime on long haul flights is a good idea, it gives you something to do aswell as making you feel refreshed and revived on landing (if you keep it up :-))

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Au Thermal Avene very high protection Mineral cream SPF50+ for intolerant skin

First of all, what a mouthful.. Jeez - Facial suncream that's all it is - why the tongue twister? Second of all this won out against Rochy pose facial lotion SPF50, I don't know why, I guess it just looked prettier?? I don't know. But what I do know is I that I wish I bought that one instead.. I will tell you why...

First of all It smells awful, second of all I found it did not blend in very well at all. It is a thick salmon coloured cream which requires exceptional blending ability to make it look natural on the skin. But regardless of how much you buff this in it looks like a pinky-white cast on your face. I prefer my Clinique superblock so much more than this (see review HERE), as that blends into the skin seemlessly. This isn't user friendly at all. It also feels really heavy and sticky on the skin too.

On the positive side - this is a very high skin protectant and protected my skin completely from all the damaging affects of the sun. It's as high as skin protectants go and I did find it was waterproof. It does what it says on the tin so that is all that is really important I guess. But I am sure there are as high protecting facial sun creams which are more user friendly and feel nicer on the skin too. There must be... the search continues.

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Decleor Aroma Sun Expert: soothing after-sun cream

Oooff I'm back!!! Holiday fun and post holiday busy-ness (and illness - boo!!) has kept me from blogging but it has never gone too far from my mind. I have tonnes of hauls and reviews in the pipeline so please follow me and or any of these social network sites on the right if you want to keep up to date... :-)

So Decleor... I love this brand. Everything I have ever used of it has been a hit. I love the bright and clean chic packaging. The tube has a matt finish so it also feel lux. It's just great. I just wish this brand was eaiser to get hold of. Saying that have an extensive stock which, if memory serves, has reasonable postage.

To the product itself... I must say it was a joy to use. I actually lived in my hat and sunglasses on my holiday so I didn't find that my face was particularly tender from the hot sun, but despite that this after-sun soothing cream felt very nourishing and melted into the skin a treat, leaving my skin feeling subtle and refreshed by morning. It is a white runny cream that has a really strong floral scent. I dislike the smell a lot it has to be said but overall it is very nice to use and I dare say I will repurchase when this runs out. I got this for approxiamtely £15 plus p&p. xoxo