Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick: Cappuccino

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Along with this shades 'totally twig' and 'rose creme' this is another one of my Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick/Lip colours. I haven't had this shade for very long but it is becoming one of my favourites. I didn't know whether to buy this shade as I could not find any swatches online so I didn't know if this was going to be too nude for me but this shade is gorgeous. Firstly, the packaging is great as it is sleek, light weight and great for travelling. Secondly this lipstick applies so incredibly smoothly, it glides onto my lips with ease and it feel like a glossy lip balm on application. Click here for my review and swatches of the shade 'totally twig'!
I am really glad that I took the plunge and bought this shade even though I didn't really know what it would look like as I have accidentally stumbled upon the best nude lipstick I have ever tried. I find that as I am fairly pale most nude lipstick wash me out even more and make my lips look 'dead' but this shade makes my lips look fuller, glossy, even and it removes the red/pink tone to my lips and replaces it with a gorgeous healthy peachy beige. This shade is the perfect nude for me and it does not wash me out at all - it is quite like a lip colour Angelina Jolie is seen wearing - nude but defining, flattering and sophisticated. The wear and longveity of this lipstick is not as good as the shade 'totally twig' as this shade only lasts for about five hours on me which I think is still really good. This product also wears off really nicely and it does not look patchy - although this shade can highlight dryness/flakiness very slightly.

Overall, the packaging is great, the application is fantastic, the shade is amazing, the wear is great and this product is usually on offer too (full price is £7)! An amazing product again from Avon.


Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick: Totally Twig

Monday, July 30, 2012
I have three Avon Extra lasting Lipsticks and this shade 'totally twig' is the first one I bought and I was hooked from there! Firstly, the packaging of these lipsticks is really nice, sleek and lightweight - great for travelling. There are also many shades from nudes and pink to brights and dark shades. I have three fairly neutral shades including: totally twig (rosy brown), rose creme (bright rose pink) and Cappuccino (beige, peach nude).
The application of this lipstick is fantastic, it has a really smooth silky texture which makes it glide onto my lips with amazing ease. This product is also really quite pigmented, I only need one swipe on my lips for amazing pigmentation and colour pay off.
Now, the shade, I would describe this shade as a gorgeous rosy brown. I love rosy brown lipsticks, they are the shades that I gravitate towards so I have quite a lot of the same in my (fairly large, but not large enough) lipstick collection. The shade is great for everyday and while I am wearing it I am not worrying if it is on my teeth or if it has worn off horribly as this product lasts for quite a while on me. I can wear this lipstick comfortably all day but after about six hours the lipsticks is just a tint on my lips. This lipstick wears off my lips really nicely, it does not leave my lips looking patchy and it is slightly glossy. The only minor negative for this product is that it can highlight lines/flakiness slightly and the full price of this lipstick is a little bit high (£7) but it is always on offer (and available on eBay).

Overall, the packaging is great, the application is fantastic and easy, the shade is gorgeous and the longevity/wear is great - just as good as my MAC lipsticks! A fantastic product from Avon!

July Empties: Skincare

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Here are some of the skincare products I have used up this month including a couple of make up removers and toners. So here goes...

Firstly, the make up removers that I have used up this month. One of the best make up removers I have ever used - the Nivea Daily Essentials Extra Gentle Make Up Remover (£3.59, 125ml). I have already posted a product rave product about this make up remover as it is amazing (link here to my full review). Another make up remover that I have used up this month is the Clinique Take The Day Off Remover (£16, 125ml). I hate this Clinique make up remover just because it leaves my skin feeling horrible, greasy, oily and not clean! I much prefer the Nivea make up remover or even better my Vichy Calming Micellar Solution. Overall, a disappointing product from Clinique - not recommended. The final make up remover I have used up is the Lush 9 to 5 lotion (£9.25, 240g)  - it is a cleansing lotion but I use it as a make up remover but I use my cleanser. This product smells nice, it works well, it is very gentle, it is easy to use/remove and it contains natural ingredients. Although this product can make my skin feel quite tacky and not clean - bit it comes in very handy when I dye my hair at home as it removes dye from the skin really well.

I have also used up a couple of toners this month and unfortunately both of them where disappointing. The first toner is the Biotherm Biosource Softening Toner (£15.32, 200ml). This toner, for me, worked fairly well although in comparison to my Lush Eau Roma water this product was very average. It smells really strongly which I don't like and it was an average product. The second toner I have used up is the Boots Simply Sensitive Gently Refreshing Toner (£1.32, 200ml). A fantastic price and a great product - it works well as a toner and it does not irritate my skin - recommended. Also a sample moisturiser I have used up this month is the Clarins HydraQuench Cream (£33, 50ml) which works well but it can irritate my skin (even though I don't have eczema anymore and my skin is not where neat as sensitive).

July Empties: Bath & Body Products

Saturday, July 28, 2012
I have actually used up quite a lot of bath and body products this month - I have been on a shopping my stash kick (using up products I have had for a while)! So here goes...

I have had this body spray for a while and I did really like it when I first started using it but after I had worked my way through a 1/3 of the bottle I became fully aware of how awful this product was. The scent when sprayed initially is really floral, sweet and a bit like hairspray and the scent is very strong to start with. Then after about a minute the scent is hardly noticeable on me! Not recommended.

I have used up three body lotions this month (my personal best) and the first is the Body Shop's Cocoa Butter Hand and Body cream (£8, 250ml). I have a love/hate relationship with this product as it smells amazing! It smells almost exactly like the Lush Easter special bath bomb called 'donkey oaty'. It smells like chocolate to me and it has a smooth texture. Although when used as a hand cream this product makes my skin feel greasy and waxy at the same time - it is horrible as a hand cream. But as a body moisturiser this product is quite good as it sinks in fairly quickly and it leaves my skin hydrated. Another body moisturiser I have used up is the Dove Beauty Body Moisturiser which I received in a set this Christmas but I cannot find this product online. This moisturiser does not smell like original Dove products, it smells like sunscreen, which is quite disappointing as I love the smell of Dove products. Overall a nice, average moisturiser from Dove. The last moisturiser I have used up is The Sanctuary Spa Hand cream (£5.50, 75ml). I really liked this product as it: smells nice, it has a smooth silky texture and it absorbs fairly quickly but I did find that using this product was quite a chore and it became a never ending bottle! Overall a nice hand cream but there are better ones out there (such as L'Occitane hand cream and the Soap & Glory hand Food).

Another two product from the Body Shop now and unfortunately they where awful products, in my opinion. Firstly, the Body Shop Strawberry Body Scrub/Polish (£9, 200ml). I love the scent of this product but that is really the only good thing I can say about this product. The little seeds in the scrub do not exfoliate my skin but they get stuck in my bath scrunchie and the product didn't clean my skin as well as I wanted it to. Overall, a nice scent but that's it - not recommended. Another disappointing Body Shop product is the Body Shop Earth Lovers Shower Gel in the scent Fig and Rosemary (£5, 250ml). Firstly, the scent sounds really nice but to me this product just smells of orange juice, grass and kiwi fruit! The consistency of this product is so thin, it is just like water and the scent doesn't last on me. Overall, an awful shower gel and definitely not worth the money. Not recommended.

July Empties: Candles!

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Due to the horrible, rainy weather in Manchester (well all over the UK really) I have been inside for most of the month; writing reviews, blog posts and researching topics for my upcoming dissertation, so I have been burning a lot of candles this month. 
Firstly, a disappointing candle and a purchase that I regret - Yankee Candle Sweet Pea sampler. I bought this candle a while ago from ASDA as it was only £1 and I had never seen Yankee Candle in ASDA before. I have this candle in the small jar form as well as I am quite disappointed by this candle. Firstly, the scent is really musky but it is a fresh, floral musky scent - which sounds quite nice but for me this scent smells like cheap car air freshener/cleaning products! Not recommended. 

The second set of candles I have used up this month are from Sanctuary Spa - a brand that I really like and I have tried many of their products but these are the first candles I have tried of theirs. I a disappointed by these candles, although the box they come in is gorgeous! The candle are minis and look really cute (I am a sucker for any product that is miniature!) Although the candles look nice and smell nice in their glass jars; they do not smell of anything really when they are burning/melting, which is really disappointing. Not recommended. 
Some more candles! Yes, although these ones are definitely not as disappointing as the previous ones. Firstly, I have two empty candles from Slatkin & co (aka. Bath and Body Works). Anyone who is anyone in the candle loving world will know about Yankee candle and Bath and Body Works candles. I really like Yankee Candle (and now Kringle candles) but I adore Bath and Body Works candles; although they are hard to find in the UK unfortunately. I have.  the scents 'hot buttered run (how gorgeous does that sound) and 'oatmeal raisin cookie'. Both sound gorgeous and they are! They both smell like their description, they both last a fairly long time, they come in their own pots so they are not messy and they burn almost to the bottom of the container. Highly recommended.

Another candles that I have used up this month include: a really nice candle from Bomb Cosmetics in the scent 'Flower Power'. Flower Power is a sweet powdery floral scent (as the name would suggest) and the scent is fairly strong. I have tried about five or so candles from Bomb Cosmetics and I would recommend them but they are prone to scent inconsistencies (the scent strength is not consistent/even through out the candle). I buy my Bomb Cosmetic candles from eBay.co.uk as they are really cheap (eg: £3.99 or £4.99). 

Two Yankee Candles now which include: 'Lilac Blossoms' which is a gorgeous floral candle and my favourite thing about this candle is that the scent is fairly strong and the scent is very authentic - it is not a fake scent at all. It smells like Lilacs/flowers in the high of summer - it is gorgeous but I can't help thinking that people with hay fever will not like this candle. Recommended. 

And finally, the Yankee Candle from the World Journeys range in the scent 'Danish butter cookie' (aka. the most amazing candle in the world). I adore the scent of this candle it is just amazing, the scent is really quite strong, the scent travels really far and scent almost the whole house. Although this candle is not that widely available and  the wick broke so I can't burn it anymore so about 1/2cm is wasted. I highly recommend this candle. Link to my full review here

Also since buying a wax tart burner and a pack of wax tarts from Kringle candle I have used up quite a few unscented tea lights and the wax tarts in the scents: bakers vanilla (gorgeous), Maple Sugar (also gorgeous) and Kringle cookie, which is nice but it just smells like cinnamon to me.

Going For Gold!

Friday, July 27, 2012
This is the first nail of the day post of mine and it is obviously an Olympic nail polish themed post! The products I used include: 

Firstly, I painted my nails with the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish in the shade 'Beige Distinction' which is one of the new polishes for spring/summer. Wait for this polish to dry - I waited longer than I normally would, so that the stickers don't pull the polish off. I then applied the Kiko French Manicure Sticker Guides to the tips of my nails but do not press them to hard as they may stick to the base polish and pull some of it off. I then applied the Nailgirls London Polish in the shade Gold. I removed the stickers before the gold polished dried so that they would be easier to remove. The let the gold polish dry fully, then apply your top coat!
I love this nail polish look! It looks sleek and sophisticated because of the gorgeous nude shade from Bourjois but it is a bit more interesting because of the shimmery molten gold tips. My sophisticated but fun Olympic nails! 

Happy Olympics Everyone! x

Massive Kiko Cosmetics Sale Haul!

Friday, July 27, 2012
I absolutely adore Kiko Cosmetics product since I went in one of their stores in Taormina, Sicily and they now ship to the UK! I have made one order online with Kiko Cosmetics before and this is my second order - and it's a big one! My order items totalled: 18 (including the one free sample they included). I bought three smart lipsticks, one creamy lip pencil, one original lip pencil, three nail polishes, one lipstick duo, one single eyeshadow, one all over light powder, one concealer, two long wear eyeshadow sticks, one sun protection lipgloss, one pack of nail stickers/guides and one make up bag...I also received a free anti-age kit (which contained four skincare samples).
I did buy quite a few lip products (like I need more lip products!). I bought:
I love all of the lip products I bought, in particular the Creamy Lip Pencil in the shade 401 which is a gorgeous rosy pink shade (with brown undertones). There will be a full review with swatches of the three Smart Lipstick soon. 
I also purchased two of the long lasting eyeshadow sticks (for £4.90 each) which I have been wanting to purchase for ages - I bought two and they where not on in the sale section of the website but they where on offer. I bought the shades: 04 and 06 and I love both shades! These eyeshadow sticks are so creamy, easy to apply/blend and they look great on the lids. 
I also purchased a single eyeshadow in the shade 122 which is a gorgeous matte grey brown - it is a great shade for my eyebrows as it is has a matte finish and it is ashy. This shade is also great as an all over the lid shade and crease/socket shade.
I purchased a couple of face/base products including a concealer - the Kiko Skin Evolution Concealer in the shade 01 which is a good match for my skin and it applies really smoothly and it feels creamy on the skin. This concealer has great coverage although it can sometimes highlight dryness. It is a great concealer overall and it was only £3.80.
The second face product I purchased is a highlighter in the shade '03 Gold' which is a gorgeous gold shade which looks really nice as a highlight on my pale skin. I wasn't sure whether this shade would work with my pale skin but it is fantastic. This shade and the finish on the skin is really similar to the benefit 'whats up' highlighter! I love this product - highly recommended and it was only £5.20!
The last couple of products I purchased included three nail polishes in the shade: 217, 303 and 366 and they where only £1.50! The last two items I bought include: the Pochette Beauty compact clutch for £3 and a pack of nail guide stickers for £1.90.

Glossy Box: July 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012
I received my July Glossy Box yesterday and it arrived via Hermes (although I find that the courier keeps switching between Royal Mail and Hermes). I read one blog post (the sunday girl's blog post) of what she received in her July Glossy Box and she received a HD Brows kit - which I wanted but sadly I didn't receive that in my Gloss Box but I do like the items that I received overall. 
I received: 
*Trio of Elizabeth Arden skincare (3 x 2ml samples)
*Londoner SE1 fragrance (2ml)
*Monu Eye gel (20ml)
*Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting (15ml)
*Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Use Dry Oil (10m)
*Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist (100ml)
Firstly, the fragrance sample I received. The brand is called 'BEX London' and the fragrance is named 'Londoner SE1'. It is a eau de toilette, which is not as long lasting as an eau de parfum. This fragrance smells like all of my dads aftershaves mixed together - it is far too musky and masculine for me! I will be giving this sample to my dad and the fragrance only lasted a couple of hours on me, which is quite disappointing. 
Nuxe Multi Use Dry Oil and Monu Eye Gel
I have wanted to try the Nuxe dry oil for a while now so I am glad that it came in my Glossy Box and I will be taking this oil with me on holiday next month. The bottle is gorgeous and cute (I am a sucker for anything miniature beauty products) and the oil smells really nice too. I also received an eye gel from a brand called 'Monu' which is a brand I have heard of and it has been featured in various magazines. I like eye gels, over cream eye moisturisers and this one feels nice on my skin - I have only tried this on the back of my hand as I only received this Glossy Box yesterday. 
I have tried one Paul Mitchell product in a Glossy Box before and I think it was a relaxing balm and it was awful so when I saw another Paul Mitchell product I wasn't very happy. I have tried this moisturising hair mist a couple of times and it is fairly nice and it does make my hair feel less dry and it makes my hair feel smoother. Overall, a nice and effective Paul Mitchell product. I also received a trio of Elizabeth Arden Skincare Samples from the Visible Difference line. I have dry skin and sensitive skin so these products (that are gentle and hydrating) are great for my skin type. I haven't tried these samples yet but they look good and I will post an 'initial impressions' post on these when I have tried them. 
Lastly, I received a 'Lip Frosting in the shade/flavour: Irish cream Pavlova'. I have bought a couple of Jelly Pong Pong products before, from Asos and they are really nice. This product is a lip gloss and it can be used on the cheeks as well. I have used this on my lips a couple of times now and it looks gorgeous! This shade leaves my lips with a gorgeous shiny, luscious pink sheen and it is quite pigmented. It smells/tastes really nice, it makes my lips looks fuller and it is a great travel size. Although as with most lip glosses my hair does stick to it and it doesn't last long on me. 
What did you received in your July Gloss Box? x

Product Rave & Review: Nivea Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I have been using this make up remover for about a month or so and it has just ran out (it will be featured in my July empties post) and I had to make a separate post on this product. I bought this make up remover as it was cheap but this find turned out to be rather amazing. This product is scented and the first time I used it, it did irritate my skin very slightly. Although, it does not irritate my skin at all now and it works fantastically at removing all of my make up, including my: waterproof mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, concealer, highlighter, contour, brow products and it is amazing at removing the new Revlon Kissable Balm Stains! Overall, an amazing, cheap make up remover - although I do prefer the Vichy Calming Micellar Solution now but this product is almost just as great and it is really cheap! Highly recommended, although if you have very sensitive skin I would advise caution with this product. 

Mini Nars Haul!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I received an email from Nars Cosmetics last week and it was advertising their new website - and there was a free delivery promotion going on. Also at the bottom of the email there was a code for either a free mini Nars Laguna Bronzer or a free mini Nars Orgasm Blush - I had to make an order just for the mini bronzer! As well as the mini Laguna bronzer I bought the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade: Dolce Vita.
Dolce Vita is the first (and certainly not the last) Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil I have. The shade Dolce Vita is described as a 'dusky rose'. I would say that the description is really accurate, although this shade can look a bit red in some lightings. I have had this product now for a week or so and I love it! It applies so smoothly, it is matte but it is not drying and the shade is natural, gorgeous and surprisingly long lasting! Highly recommended.
This is the only Nars bronzer I have and it is a dinky mini size so I will be taking this on holiday with me next month. I have only used this product a few times and I really like it so far. It applies really smoothly, it blends well and it is a nice shade - although it it slightly orange on my pale skin.  

Boots Skincare Haul: Vichy & Boots Botanics

Monday, July 23, 2012
I have been wanting to try a micellar make up remover for a while now but I didn't want to buy the Bioderma micellar solution as everyone has it and it is not that cheap in as I would have to order it from France. So I bought the 'Vichy 3 in 1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution'. I also noticed that on the boots website that the 'Boots Botanics' skincare brand have gone through a re-branding process and all of the product are new or have new packaging. The Boots Botanics new range where on offer (1/3 off I think) so I picked up the 'Botanics Skin Relief Ultra Calm Serum' and the 'Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm'. 
Firstly, the Vichy Micellar Water. I have been using this product almost everyday since I received it in the post (about a week or so now). I usually wear foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, brow products and a lipstick or lip stain and this micellar water removes all of my make up (even the waterproof cosmetics) so quickly and easily. I have tried quite a few make up removers and they usually leave my skin feeling greasy and not very clean at all. But this product removes all of my makeup so easily and it does not make my skin feel greasy/oily/heavy at all - it makes my skin look and feel really clean and fresh! Highly recommended
As well as the Vichy Micellar Water, this product is another great find for me. I have only tried the 'Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum' and the 'Lush Full Of Grace Serum' before. I love the Caudalie SOS Serum but it is really expensive and I didn't like the Lush Serum. I adore this serum! Firstly, I love the packaging. Secondly, the product does have a scent to it (it smells similar to the Caudalie SOS Serum) but it does not irritate my skin at all. This serum glides onto my skin so smoothly, it makes my skin very smooth/soft and it calms, soothes and hydrates my skin. I have been using this product twice a day since I received it and I am going to have to buy another while it is on offer. Highly recommended
Lastly, the 'Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm'. This is the first cleansing balm I have tried and I really like it. I have only used this product two/three times and it is a little bit strange to use at first. To use you just: get some of the balm on your hands (it has a oily feeling on the skin) and smooth it over the skin. Then you wet the muslin cloth (warm water) that comes with the balm and press it onto the skin. Then use circular motions to remove the balm. The balm is easy to use and it makes my skin feel smooth, soft and hydrated but not greasy. This product does not irritate my skin. Recommended

Jolie Box: July 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012
I was a bit surprised to find that my July Jolie Box arrived today, as it was quite late last month and I haven't received a dispatch email but I am very happy with the delivery for this months box. My Jolie Box was delivered by Royal Mail. This months box was not printed, like the birthday box and it still has the Jolie Box drawstring bag. There are seven items in this Jolie Box! The items I received include: Etat Pur Express Purifying Mask (50ml), Jane Iredale Tantasia Face and Body Self Tanner (about 10ml), two NailGirls London Nail Polishes (I received the shades: Gold and Bronze). I also received two Jolie Box toe separators. And because last months box was late the wonderful people at Jolie Box have included a surprise 'special extra'! The special extra that I received was the KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray (30ml). I am quite happy that I received this as a free gift as I have heard a lot of good things about it and I was going to buy the full size bottle but I don't have to now! 
Overall, I am very impressed with the products. I am excited to use all of the products especially the Hot Flex Spray, the Sweet Almond Mint Conditioner (it does smell really quite nice!) and the Etat mask as it sounds like a nice clarifying, purifying mask. The Etat product is one of two that you could get - the other Etat product is the Etat Pur Salicylic Acid 300. Also I have already tried both of the nail polishes and they are fantastic!
I have a love hate relationship with nail polish, as I like painting my nails and I like the shades but I hate it when the polish applies streaky and this one does. It is quite streaky when it applies but once the polish is dry it does not look streaky or patchy at all! The polish also dries really quickly, within five minutes which is fantastic. The shades are gorgeous, especially the bronze shade although the gold is surprisingly nice too. So far I am very impressed with the shades, dry time and appearance of the polishes on my nails. 
Another product that I am excited to use is the Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner, especially as it is suitable for face and body (so you don't need two separate products). The shade looks really orange on my skin but when blended it disappears and leaves a slight tan and the shimmer is hardly noticeable - it just makes my skin look glowing slightly. 

I am very impressed with the July Jolie Box and the free special extra (mine is the hot flex spray that I wanted to try) is a great addition. 

What do you think of the July Jolie Box? x

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain: '01 Honey'

Thursday, July 19, 2012
As many of you may know the new Revlon Kissable Balm Stains have arrived in the UK. I bought two from Boots.com (about a week ago) and I bought one from Superdrug (again, about a week ago now). I bought the shades: Honey, Romantic and Crush. I bought two shades (romantic and crush) from Boots as they where the only two I wanted and they don't stock the shade 'Honey'. I had to buy 'Honey' from Superdrug and this shade I wanted most. 

Packaging and Formula
Firstly, I love the packaging. The balm stain comes as a large crayon - like the Clinique Chubby Sticks and these are a cheap high street rip off of the Chubby Sticks. I do really like the packaging as it makes the product really easy and quick to use. I also like solid formula of this product, as usually lip stains are gel or liquid formulas but this is a solid stick. The solid formula makes this product incredibly easy to work with and the crayon shape of this product makes it easy to apply and keep within the edges of the lips. 


Shade 
This shade is just gorgeous but do be aware that the shade when swatched on the skin or in the tube will not be the same as the shade when applied to the lips. I find that when swatched this product is a nude rosy pink and when it is on my lips the shade is a rosy pink with mauve undertones (and it is a little bit darker and brighter on my lips, compared to when it is swatched on the skin). I love the shade but when looking at other swatches and reviews online before I bought this product it did look a bit different on everyone so your natural lip colour does affect how this shade will look on your lips. This shade is fairly natural/neutral and it is a gorgeous everyday shade. Honey is my favourite shade by far and I will be buying another one! The shade does look slightly darker in person than it does in the photographs. 


Application, Finish and Longevity
The application of this product is gorgeous! It has a really smooth, slightly glossy texture so it glides onto my lips incredibly easily. The application is also made easier by the crayon shape of the product, it allows me to precisely apply the balm stain. I swipe the product over my lips a couple of times to get a good colour pay off. This product leaves my lips looking even, slightly glossy with a rosy pink (with mauve undertones) stain. I adore the finish of this product although I find that this product can sink into lines in my lips (only very, very slightly) so I make sure that my lips have a layer of lip balm on them before I use this product. The two darker shades I have sink into the lines of my lips a lot more than this one does. After an hour or so of this shade being on my lips the colour is basically the same as when I applied it. Then after about five hours (with eating and drinking) the shade has faded slightly and it turns very slightly red over time, on me. By the end of the day (seven/eight hours) there is a slight rosy mauve tint still on my lips. I have read that some people find these balm stains drying but I find that if I apply a layer of lip balm before I apply this product then my lips will not feel dry for most of the day (if they do get a bit dry I just apply a small amount of lip balm on top of the stain). 

Positives

*Easy to apply and remove (I just use my Nivea gentle eye make up remover and it removes nearly all of the stain with ease!)
*Gorgeous rosy pink (with mauve undertones)
*Application is so quick, easy and fuss free
*Great price when on offer 
*Smooth, slightly glossy texture
*Lasts nearly all day on me 
*Not really drying on me, if I apply a layer of lip balm before application
*Leaves my lips with a gorgeous pink stain, makes my lips feel smooth and glossy 

Negatives

*Full price is a little bit expensive for high street makeup in my opinion
*Can sink into lines in the lips very, very slightly (this is mostly with the darker shades through, not really this shade)

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation: Initial Impressions

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I received this free sample with a Feelunique order last week in the shade BR30 (code for sample: ILOVEYSL). I have used this sample for my foundation for two days now and I still have enough for the next couple of days. The shade does not match my skin tone as it is a bit too dark and I think my shade would be BR10 or BR20. The 'BR' means that the shade is pink toned which is why it is right for me as my skin has pink undertones. 

Application

The application of this foundation is one of the best things about this product! The application is just gorgeous, it glides onto my skin so smoothly and effortlessly. The smooth, silky texture of this product makes it really nice, easy and quick to apply. I have tried applying this foundation with my finger tips (as suggested) and it works fantastically. I have also used this foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (aka. the best foundation brush ever!) and it also works really well with this product. This is one of the very few foundations I have tried that don't streak at all when applied with a foundation brush. Overall, the application is so easy and just amazing! 5/5. 

Results and Finish

This foundation has light to buildable coverage, in my opinion and I do need a bit more coverage but I just use concealer under my eyes and on my minor blemishes. After I have applied this foundation my skin just looks even, fresh, healthy, radiant and luminous without looking greasy at all. The finish of this foundation is gorgeous, it has a satin finish in my opinion and it is not matte and it is not dewy. The gorgeous, skin like finish of this foundation is like nothing I have ever experienced. Overall, this product evens out my skin tone and it makes the texture of my skin look smoother and even. The luminosity created by this foundation makes my skin look very fresh, healthy and radiant without looking oily. The finish of this product is the 'lit from within' finish, in my opinion. Although if you have very oily skin or if you like full coverage foundations this may not be the product for you. 5/5. 

Overall

Amazing application. Gorgeous natural, luminous finish. Feels light and comfortable on the skin and it lasts well throughout the day on me (when set with a small amount of pressed powder). I think I am going to have to buy the full size product in the shade BR20 or BR10 soon. Highly recommened. 

Disappointing Products #1

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hair Products 

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner (£2.26, 180ml). I love Dove products, it is one of my favourite body product brands (along with Lush) but this product was horrible! Firstly, this conditioner does not smell like most Dove products and it does not condition my hair! Another hair product that I was disappointed by is the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment Mask (£7.99, 200ml). I have tried quite a lot of Lee Stafford products in the past and they have been great but this product was not. I know this product is meant for hair growth (which it doesn't help with, for me anyway) but it doesn't nourish, condition or detangle my hair at all! 

Skincare and Make-up Remover

Firstly, a product from Lush that I am fairly disappointed with; the Lush Full Of Grace Face Serum (£7.96, 20g). This serum is in a solid bar form and it melts easily onto the hands but it is difficult to apply to the face and I end up pulling my skin (not good, as pulling the skin causes pre-mature wrinkles). Also the scent is not very nice, the serum doesn't really do anything, the bar can get bits stuck to it and I don't think it would be good at all if you live in a hot country as it will probably melt completely. Now the make-up remover that I am disappointed with is: Clinique Take The Day Off Make Up remover (£16, 125ml). This product does remove my make up quite well, even my waterproof mascara but it makes my skin feel so greasy and I can't stand that aspect of this product - also it is quite expensive but I received this travel size as part of a free gift.

Fragrance

Yves Rocher Peach Eau de Toilette (£5, 20ml); I bought this product in a Yves Rocher haul a couple of months ago and it is the first fragrance that I have tried from Yves Rocher (on a side note I just love this brand). The scent is gorgeous, it is very fresh and it smells fairly authentic/real. Although the scent only lasts for about an one/two hours maximum on my skin. So I have been using this product as a uplifting/linen spray as the scent is very uplifting and fresh. Overall, a fantastic product but the longevity is very poor. The next fragrance product is the River island Perfect eau de toilette (£7, 200ml). I do like this scent on the whole but it can smell quite hairspray like and it is initially very strong and then the scent just disappears. 

Cosmetics 

I have a three of ELF products in this disappointing post and I do find ELF (eyeslipsface) products to be very hit and miss - although some ELF products are fantastic. Firstly, the ELF eyelid primer (£1.50, 4.81g). It is shimmery, it does not keep my eye shadows from creasing and it feels a bit greasy on the skin. The second disappointing ELF product is one of the new Primer Eyeshadows (£1.50, 6ml). I have the shade 'coco loco' and the shade is gorgeous and this product has a nice smooth texture. Although it is difficult to apply, it applies really quite patchy, it creases after about two hours and it is very difficult to work with (to apply/blend) - full review and swatches coming soon. The last ELF product that I am disappointed with is the Studio HD Under Eye Setting Powder (I don't think this is available anymore, even though I bought it quite recently). This product does not do anything more than a normal pressed powder. The powder is loose which makes it annoying to use and it is shimmery!

The last two products in this post are from Lipsmackers and Rimmel. The lipsmackers coca cola version is quite nice, it tastes nice but it irritates my lips and it is glossy but not very hydrating. The Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara (£8.19). Firstly, I love the packaging! Although the bristles on the wand are quite spaced out (in comparison to my other mascaras) and the wand has far too much product on it. The wand has so much mascara on it that I have to wipe the wand on paper to get most of the product off so I can use this mascara.

Very Random Collective Haul

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Goldwell Scalp Foam Shampoo (£6.45, 250ml) and free travel set
I purchased this shampoo from cheapsmells.co.uk (a great site for bargains - they have Essie nail polishes on now for only £4.95!). I bought it as there was an offer/code going around for a free travel set with any Goldwell purchase (code: volumefree), the code many not work anymore. I have tried this shampoo once and I really like it; it is really unusual using a foam shampoo, it is like using a foam shower gel. The free travel set is great, it has a shampoo, treatment, mousse and hairspray included. 

Kringle American Flag Burner (£4) and Wax Tarts/Potpourri (set of 15 for £15) 
I have only tried one item from Kringle Candle before; the lavender tea lights; which quite very disappointing but I wanted to try the brand again. Also I wanted to try wax tarts/potpourri so I had to get a burner. I bought the American flag ceramic burner as it was really cute and it was only £4. I also bought the pack of 15 wax tarts/potpourri in the food/spice scents (links to both products above). Kringle candle are having a offer on now where if you spend £5 you get a free wax tart - I spent £19 (£21.50 with shipping) so I received three free wax tarts! The free wax tarts I received where in the scents: beachside, balsam fir and another maple sugar. The scents that I am most excited to use include: hot chocolate (yes, they make a hot chocolate scented candle!), pancake breakfast, creme brulee and bakers vanilla. I have only tried the scent 'maple sugar' so far and it is gorgeous! Overall I love the American flag burner, the scents sound gorgeous and the maple sugar wax tart is quite strongly scented and the scent lasts for about six to eight hours. 


Body Shop, Vo5, Riverisland, Le Edge, AmericanSoda and Transformulas Teeth Whitening


Firstly, the body shop, as they where having a sale I bought a couple of things (like I need anymore body shop products, but it was on sale...that's my excuse for this haul!). I bought the spiced vanilla hand cream and the spiced vanilla 200ml body scrub. Both products are from the Christmas line and I have only tried the hand cream so far but I am not overly keen on the scent. The scent is that of vanilla and spices but it does smell quite musky which is what puts me off the scent slightly. The hand cream overall is fantastic though and the scent is growing on me. The hand cream was only £1 and the large 200ml body scrub was £3. 


Secondly, teeth whitening...I saw the Transformulas Teeth Whitening kit on brandalley.co.uk and it was only £10 (£13/14 with delivery costs) so it wasn't a big loss if it didn't work. I have only used this once and it was really easy to use although the whitening gel comes in a tube with an applicator (like a lip gloss) and the gel can come out of the tube when you try and close the lid - so some of the gel gets wasted (a full review of this product will appear in the next month or so, so I can give it a fair test). 


Another product I bought is a strange device called 'Le Edge'. I saw this first on youtube and then on hqhair.com (free UK delivery). Basically what it is, is an exfoliator but it looks like one of those plastic blade less razors from Veet. It has a plastic handle and a small strip of metal on the top and you just gentle run it along the skin (on legs, arms, chest etc) and it exfoliates the skin. It is very strange to use and it doesn't look like it is doing anything but it does leave my skin really smooth. This product was quite expensive at £20 (but I had a code so I only paid £17). I don't think it will replace my body scrubs or my body brush. A full review of this product will appear soon, so stay tuned! Link here.


Next, American Soda (a British company, based in Manchester, where I live!) import American foods and they have a fantastic website. I have ordered a few times from americansoda.co.uk before and a couple of weeks ago they had a free delivery day, so I had to get some American goodies! This company does ship through out Europe, as far as I am aware. I bought the red velvet cupcake bites (which I really like) and the Rice a Roni broccoli au gratin (which I have bought numerous times now and I love it!). I would definitely recommend this site and definitely the Rice a Roni product. 


The last couple of things I bought where from Riverisland and Superdrug. I bought the new Riverisland 'Summer Chic' eau de toilette for £8. I love the original 'Chic' perfume from Riverisland but it didn't last long on me. The 'Summer Chic' scent smells floral and sweet but musky as well. I do not like this scent as much as the original and it can smell quite hairspray like at times. I would recommend buying the original and not this one. The last item in this haul is a Vo5 'give me moisture' shampoo and I bought it as it was only £1.99 at Superdrug

Kiko Lipstick Swatches #1

Sunday, July 15, 2012
I have been in love with the Italian cosmetics brand 'Kiko' since I went into one of their stores in Taormina, Sicily and I ended up spending 40€ in the store. Now Kiko has finally expanded and opened an online store which ships to the UK, which is amazing! I went a big crazy and bought quite a few things and here are the three lipsticks I purchased. 


^Kiko Smart Lipstick Shade: 14^
Shade 14 is, in my opinion, a rosy bronze shade in the tube and when swatched on the skin it is a rosy bronze shade - it looks really nice when it is swatched. This shade is a bit darker than it looks in the photographs. This shade isn't the most pigmented and it has fairly large shimmer in it which can be felt on the lips. This shade is quite nice but the large amount of shimmer in this shade makes it look really quite metallic on the lips, which I don't like. This shade wears quite well although the shimmer tends to stay on my lips longer than the colour and it can highlight dryness. Overall: 3/5. 


^Kiko Smart Lipstick Shade: 96^
Shade 96 looks like a gorgeous beige, rosy nude in the tube and when swatched on the skin it looks like a rosy nude. The shade looks more pink/darker in real life than the photographs. Shade 96 is similar to shade 14 but this one does not have any shimmer; so it applies really smoothly to the lips. The application of this shade is great and the pigmentation is fantastic. Although this shade on me looks very pale and it is too pale for me to wear. If you a a fan of really nude/concealer lips, then you will like this shade. This shade can highlight dryness slightly. Overall: 3/5. 


^Kiko Smart Lipstick Shade: 84^
Lastly shade 84 which is my favourite shade! This shade is a gorgeous bright cherry red. This shade looks brighter on the lips than it does in the tube. This shade is gorgeous and it is quite neutral toned so it does not make my teeth look yellow or whiter. This lipstick applies so smoothly and it is really pigmented; it is one of the most pigmented lipsticks I own. This shade looks quite matte but it is not drying, it is comfortable to wear and it doesn't highlight dryness at all. The longevity is really quite good too, for a red lipstick. Overall, 5/5. 

Body Shop Sheer Lipstick: '03 Sheer Watermelon'

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I bought this product in the recent body shop sale and I did mainly buy it as it was only £2! But I do quite like this lip product. There was only one shade to choose from, as this product was a sale item, and the shade is ’03 sheer watermelon’ which sounds nice but I don’t really like orangey shades for lip colour. Nevertheless this shade is really nice, it is an orange/coral colour which has a lot of fine shimmer in it which looks like a metallic sheen on the lips – so if you use too much you could end up looking like a 80’s throw back which is not a good look (unless you are going to a fancy dress or Halloween party). The lip colour glides onto the lips really nicely and it sherbet, mixed with that old fashion cosmetic scent. I think this shade is really nice but I think it would look gorgeous on individuals with tanned or olive skin tones. It applies really nicely, it is fairly pigmented (so the name sheer lip colour is not very accurate) and it feels nice on the lips; it does not feel heavy or gritty. The longevity is not fantastic and it does transfer; this product lasts for about six hours on me if I don’t eat in that time. But with eating/drinking this product lasts for about three hours at the most. Also when the colour has faded the shimmer does stay on the lips to an extent. Overall, I like this product but I would only buy it if it was on sale. A bargain at £2 but it is not amazing! 3/5 stars for this lip colour. 

A week in Photographs!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Yes, I know there are nine photographs but I couldn't not put all of these photographs in this post. My week has been filled with coffee, rain, coffee, rain, magazines, Costco cookies (aka. heaven), magazine freebie hunting and new make up launches!

Firstly, this Topshop mug - the one that looks like a toadstool mushroom...it is adorable! I bought it from Topshop a month or so ago and I love it; the lid can be used to cover the mug or as a coaster. Although the mug is fairly heavy and priced at £9 it is not the cheapest but it is so cute. I have been drinking quite a lot of coffee this week so while in ASDA the other day I saw some latte glasses (top left) and I love them! They look great, in my opinion but they do only just hold 250ml; although they were only £2. 

Another thing I have been loving this week is the tidal wave of new make up launches!

Revlon have released their new kissable balm stains this week (they are now available in boots for £7.99 and Superdrug for £5.99, which is an introductory offer). Revlon have also recently launched their 'PhotoReady' range which includes: a pressed powder, concealer, primer, foundation and blushes. I bought the Revlon PhotoReady concealer stick and I really like it so far. Although on my dry skin it can look a little bit cakey. Also Revlon have released their colorstay eyeshadow quads and I have a quad called 'addiction' and I am not that impressed with it - review coming soon. 

Bourjois have launched their spring/summer collection recently which included new nail polishes, the colorissimo lip palette and the Quintet eyeshadow palette. I have one of the 1 second new nail polishes (the shades are new and the formula is now a gel) and the shade I have is 'beige distinction' which is divine! I love the Bourjois 1 second polishes as they are incredibly easy to use and they dry fairly quickly, although the longevity is not amazing. 

Avon have released a couple of new items recently including the Chromes eyeliners; I have one in the shade 'Mocha Flash' - link here to my review/swatches

Real techniques have three new brushes out; the fine liner brush, the setting brush and the expert face brush - I have the expert face brush and I adore it! 

ELF (eyeslipsface) have a couple of new products out too; one of which is the primer eye shadows and I have one in the shade 'Coco Loco' and I really don't like it - review coming soon! 

And most recently YSL have released their new Touche Eclat foundation! I have a sample of it from a recent Feel Unique order (code: ILOVEYSL) and I will have an initial impressions post shortly. phew. 

I have been loving the freebies in magazine recently! Glamour magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Instyle, Red and Marie Claire have freebies in this month. I bought a few and I was a bit disappointed with Instyle as they show that the freebies are the Armani eyes to kill mascara and the Shiseido cleanser but you have to take the magazine to a counter to get the freebies! 

Then the biggest feature of the week: rain! In England it rains a lot (well in Manchester it does) but this week it has been almost non stop rain which has caused major flooding all over the country. I cannot wait for my holiday in August!