Thursday, August 29, 2013

Avon Mega Effects Mascara

You may have seen this floating around the beauty blog world, the Avon Mega Effects Mascara!

It is due to be launched in the next catalogue and my Avon rep, knowing how much I love to try new things, gladly gave me the opportunity to try this before it's release.

I had seen pictures of this on instagram and when I opened this with my order, it looked alot different. For some reason, I was expecting it to be massive, but it's size is quite perfect actually.

A pink cap sits snugly over the top of the wand, to protect the wand from pulling out and the wand sits in the bottom tub of the mascara where the product is kept. The bottom is slightly squidgy, i assume for you to release more product when you start running out. Take my advice, DON'T SQUIDGE. I did this and this resulted in toooo much product going on the want, and the way excess isn't brilliant. but after a bit of scraping on the side of the barrel, I managed to get the excess off.

Other than the one issue of excess product, I really like this mascara!  I didn't think i would, i thought it was a gimmick to make you buy it just to try and it will disappear as soon as it arrived, but this really is something to rave about. The whole concept of having a wand along the length of the brush rather than at the end really did confuse me and my first application didn't exactly run smooth (trying to figure out hand angles that worked!) but this is exactly what my lashes needed, something that lifts and curls my lashes during the application by the upward motion you are forced to do with this wand.

With most mascaras I initially HATE the formula, as they are often too wet for me to get the product to do what i want without smudging. I have to say, I love the formula. Ive had no smudging, flaking or fading at all, although while getting used to it, I did manage to paint my eyelid in the stuff! 

I would really recommend you try this for yourself! If you don't have an Avon rep, comment and I will send you the details of mine!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

L'Oreal Colour Riche Confetti Top Coat

I've had my eye on this for a reaaaally long time, with the only thing putting me off being the size of the bottle. It is TINY compared to any other nail polishes and for £1 more, I could get a full size Models Own glitter to add to my collection. 

I popped in to Boots a couple if days ago to see that L'Oreal had an offer on their Colour Riche nail polishes at £3.99, so I decided to see how many points I had a d luckily I had just enough for this! 

It's a completely see through polish, with small black and white flecks that have no shimmer or sparkle to them. 

I don't know why I had put off buying this for so long, because as soon as I put it on my nails, I fell in love! I think it's a really unusual look, more sophisticated than a normal glitter top coat. 

I decided to pair this with Barry M Hi Shine Gelly in Lychee and I love the effect it gives!! It's not super glossy as a top coat, which I actually really like and I have so many other colours I want to pair it with! I hope the bottle doesn't run out too quickly! 

Can you recommend any other glitter top coats I should try?  

Thanks for reading!! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Totally in love with Elf Conditioning Lip Balm's

E.L.F is one of my all time favourite makeup brands, with high quality products for purse friendly prices and so many of their products cannot be found on the high street done by some other brand. I think because E.L.F is based online and spends a lot of time building relationships with their customers, they know exactly what we want, what we don't and come up with products different to anything else on the market.

I know you can get tinted lip balms on the high street, but I don't think anything I've tried matches the pigmentation or the nourishment of this product.

I have this in 2 colours, Mellow Melon and Romantic Rouge and both colours are absolutely gorgeous. Mellow Melon is probably my favourite as it's not normally a colour I buy when I look for lip products, as pink can make me look too washed out sometimes, but this has a way of really brightening my whole face, giving me a really youthful look. Romantic Rouge is also a gorgeous colour, I and reach for this when I'm looking for more of an evening look. 

The moisturisation of this product is incredible and for someone who has incredibly dry lips, this didn't cling or exaggerate any dry patches, and for £3.38 a definite must have! The pot is MASSIVE too, with loads of product which will last a really long time!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You have to go and buy this...

A-ma-zing. It's not often I get so excited over lip products, but this lip cream from Collection 2000 is absolutely amazing and everyone should have one of these in their makeup bag! 

First things first, it tastes like buttercream!  I literally have to stop myself from licking it off whenever I wear it, it tastes and smells soooo good. I hate it when lip products taste like crap, so this is a real bonus. 

When I first tried this product, I really didn't know what to expect. The formula is really creamy, unlike anything I've ever tried out of a tube like this and it glides on like an absolute dream! I've noticed you can also build the colour to give a more dramatic look, but pretty much after one sweep, your lips are covered with a really nice flush of colour. My lips are pretty much always in bad condition, with dry patches but this completely hid any imperfections. 

About 30 seconds after application, you can feel the formula start to dry slightly to produce the matte effect on your lips and even then no exaggeration of dry patches was seen. I love the matte look, but I've found that it really doesn't suit me, but in this particular shade, I find it does. 

I consciously recorded the staying power of this when out for drinks with friends, and it looked like it did on first application after 3 hours. I imagine that it would easily last longer, but I took it off to go to bed! After taking it off, although the product had dried on my lips, they felt nice and moisturised! 

I seriously cannot rave about this product enough! And the best part about it? It's only £2.99!! I have the shade Cotton Candy and they have 3 more shades to choose from. I picked this up from my local Morrisons! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Get NAKED...2

If you are looking for one palette with everything you need for subtle day looks to dramatic evening eyes, this is the one to get. I had been looking at both Naked palettes from Urban Decay for a while and I couldn't justify spending that much money on myself, so to tackle this issue, they both went on my Christmas list and my lovely boyfriend took the decision of which palette to get me. I'm so glad he went for this one! 

The shades range from a pearl shimmer, to a matt taupe and the blackest black I've ever owned! All the colours are super pigmented and I've worn these with and without primer and has great colour pay off and staying power either way, but they will last much longer with a primer to cling too. 

I stay out regularly so I'm always carting my makeup around with me, so the packaging of the palette is great for transport. I've dropped this pallet soooooo many times, my heart beating in my chest when i open it to see if I've brown any shades, but up to now it has taken these batterings on the chin. It also has a HUGE mirror which is brilliant for on the go applications! 

EVERY shade in this pallet is stunning, but I often reach for half baked, a bronze shimmer shade, perfect for brightening the entire eye area. 

Pistol is one of my favourite of the darker shades on the pallet as I find it works well with my blue eyes, but all the colours in the pallet will suit all eye colours, especially brown eyes. 

It comes with a double ended applicator brush, which I must say, is pretty darn good. One side is a flat brush, perfect for packing on lots of colour, while the other end is a super fluffy blending brush which does an amazing job for blending the perfect smokey eye! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

VO5 Give Me Texture Soft Hair Saviour!!

Moaning about having soft hair might sound ridiculous to some, but for me, soft hair really isn't all it's cracked up to be. Styling is an absolute nightmare! Anything other than a simple straight style falls flat within hours, even with half a can of hairspray for support. Hair extensions slide right out and back combing is a complete waste of time! I should be so lucky to get any sort of volume in my hair. 

That was of course until I discovered this.  I have tried a number of volumising products, like the Osis Dust it Powder and the Bed Head Sugar Dust but both of these make you feel like you have coated your roots with glue, are a nightmares to wash out and are just not worth the money. 

VO5 Give Me Texture was definitely an impulse buy as I know that barely any volumising products work in my hair, but I was amazed at the results! For me, this works best on day old hair, but it does work on clean hair too! I spray this directly into my roots to give an instant oomph which stays put for longer, with no nasty smell or powder residue visible. 
If I'm really going for a big hair look, I spray this through my lengths and get plumping! 

The staying power is amazing (for me) too! It can pretty much last a whole day. 
I think I bought it for less than a fiver and it lasts quite a while, so I would definitely reccomend it for the flat haired ladies out there! I'm going to try their Plump it Up dry back combing spray next! 

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

This has to be one of the best, but most difficult to describe hair masks I've used in a long time. I received this in a Glossybox a while ago and I've had a fair few uses out of this 40ml sample size bottle. 

The story behind the Elasticizer is that it's creator, Philip Kingsley made it for Audrey Hepburn who wanted a product that could nourish and care for her hair after all the trauma of styling and colouring it.

I wasn't too excited to use this when it came in my Glossybox, the packaging didn't entice me and the claim of elasticity just confused me, but one pamper Sunday, I thought I'd give it a try. 

You use this pre-shampoo, and a 50p sized amount is more than enough. I use this all over, but focus more on the ends of my hair as these are the most colour damaged, dry bits of my hair. I leave it on for anything from 10 minutes to 20 minutes and wash as condition as normal, but straight from the shower I couldnt see much that this product had done for my hair. That was until I got around to blow drying. 

This is where it gets difficult to describe and you would really have to try it on your own hair to fully understand, but this really did Elasticize my hair! If you have colour treated hair, you will know how brittle and easy it is to snap the ends of your hair, especially when brushing and blow drying, but this product really gave my hair strength, massively reducing breakage and bizzarly enough I really did feel like I had extra length to my hair! It felt nourished, smooth and had reduced the look of my split ends. 

The only down side to this product is the price. For 75mls of product it is £15 - (currently on sale at Feel Unique for £11.25) which I do think is expensive, but to some extent I really do think you get what you pay for, because this is the best hair mask I have ever tried. Ever. 

My sample size was 40mls and although I don't use it as often as I'd like (every week if I could) I've still had about 8 treatments out of it, with about 2/3 left in the bottle too, so it really does last.

Garnier Moisture Match

I'm forever mixing up my skin are routine, with my combination skin going from flakey and dry to an oil slick in a matter of days. 

When the advertising campaigns for the Garnier Moisture Match moisturisers came out, I have to say I was intrigued. 

I know drug stores have an offering of dry skin / normal skin / combi skin moisturisers, but I feel like Garnier have gone the extra mile with their moisture match range. The range consists of 5 creams, each targeting specific skin types. Protect & Glow (yellow tube) for normal skin, Start a Fresh (blue tube) for normal / dry skin, Goodbye Dry (pink tube) for dry to very dry skin, Wake Me Up (orange tube) for dull skin and Shine be Gibe (green tube) for combination / oily skin. The consistencies range from thick creams to gels and I think the range ticks all the skin type boxes! 
I currently own two of the moisturisers from the range, blue for dry skin and pink for very dry. 

I originally picked up the pick bottle when my skin was going through a flakey patch and my regular moisturiser just wasn't up to the task. At £3.99 I saw no harm in giving it a try! After a few days the dry patches had completely disappeared and my skin was soft to the touch. 

I continued to use this as a daily moisturiser but soon realised that although the cream had done wonders for my dry patches, it was just too thick and hydrating to use on my skin on a daily basis. I then purchased the blue bottle for normal to dry skin and I haven't looked back. The formula is perfect for my skin, it sinks in beautifully and has a super fresh scent, making my skin supple and soft and prepped for makeup. 
I do have quite dull skin, so u am contemplating buying their dull skin offering to see if this helps! Over all, on really impressed.

You can buy this range from pretty much everywhere, I find it is often on offer at most supermarkets! At £3.99, why not?! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Handbag Essentials

I'm not often one to carry around a load of cosmetics with me each day, although I am considering upping the amount of makeup I carry as I often look like death by the end of the day. To be honest, I'm just too lazy to touch up my face throughout the day, but I love the confidence that a fresh face of make up gives me. 

In these past few weeks, I've had to carry some essentials as I have been seeing friends more after work, having horrible breakouts and dry patches and the heat melting makeup clean off my face. I'd seriously look like shit if I hadn't had these with me!

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer: I picked this up after every beauty blogger and their mum raved about it! I have to say, I'm not exactly blown away, but I do get some of the hype. This is brightening for the under eye, even on my pale skin as I do suffer with bad dark circles, but I do find it applyies quite cakey. I have bought a new tube of this which I keep in my daily makeup stash and this one is running out and when it does I'm considering buying the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, as i have heard this is moisturising for people who find the Collection one cakey. 
Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipsticks - in Pink Cuddle and Carnation I like to have a couple of options of lip colour on me to perk up my look throughout the day. It's about the only regular bit of makeup touch up I do do. The colours are very similar, with carnation being being my favourite. I think it compliments my pale skin well. (I fancy myself an English Rose!)

Avon SuperExtend Infinitize Mascara - Okay, I hold my hands up. I'm a sucker for special offers and promotions. I picked this up on a whim out of my Avon catalogue on its launch at a reduced price, not needing a new mascara at all. I'd even forgot I'd ordered it until the package landed on my lap and I was pleasantly surprised! The brush itself is slightly curved, with three ball groupings of bristles and a spikey ball on the end of the applicator, much like the Benefit They're real! Mascara. The brush really separates the lashes, giving great length. The formula is good, but I'm never crazy about mascara formulas when a mascara is new, I like it try dry out and then I feel it works better. 

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in Healthy Glow - I keep this little compact in my bag mainly for the huge mirror as for some strange reason I always lose my mirrors. The colours are actually really nice, great for a subtle nude eye but can be built up for a smokey evening look. 

Hair bobbles, Clips & Nail files (pretty self explanatory) I rarely take time styling my hair in the mornings, I enjoy the extra 10 minutes in bed. That often leave me sorting out the birds nest at 10.30 an when I've finally realised how shocking I look! Always handy to have. 

As I said earlier, I'm a sucker for promotions (really I shouldn't be, I work in marketing and know all the tricks...) and although the idea around the compressed cans seemed gimmicky, I still went and purchased. I often pick up minis just to feel like a giant (everyone else does this too right?!) and I can't get over how cute these mini bottles look! But awwing aside, does it work? Is it any different than a bigger bottle? Well this is my second can and at first I wasn't sold with the idea that it has the same amount in it as a bigger can, as mine ran out, FAST. Upon getting my second bottle, I realised, I was over spraying. The spray power on this really does pack a punch, and a little really does go a long way. This one smells amazing too!

Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist - I love this product! I use it for so many reasons, to give my face abit of moisture when it's feeling dry, to freshen up if I'm too hot or to give my face more of a dewy look after I've applied my makeup. This is so refreshing and I love applying it. This doesn't do a great deal for setting my makeup like the ELF mist and set spray, but I see this more as a skin benefit rather than something to set my makeup. I would repurchase this, however there's a few more facial sprays on the market like this that I want to try out first. 

Palmers Cocoa Butter Hand Cream - I've been having big problems with my hands recently with skin cracking, dry cuticles and hard skin, so I had to turn to a heavy duty hand cream. I think this is exactly the same formula as the bigger bottles, a thick, non greasy cream that smells deliciously like chocolate. I wish it was edible. This has done a great job for hydrating the neglected skin on my hands, and will be a savior during the colder months! 

Steam Cream - this is a multi purpose cream, but I've never really figured out what to use it for. The consistency is lighter than a body lotion, but not quite light enough to be used on my face. I kept it in my bag if any dry patches crop up, but I'm just not too sure about it. I received this as a sample in a beauty box, and I don't think I'll repurchase, but I will recycle the tin! 

Sudocrem - this product makes me so nostalgic! Any scrape or cut, I remember my mum pulled this out, slapped it on with a plaster and I was good to go. This month, I've had some serious problems, and getting abit over enthusiastic with some wax strips (ouch) caused me to get burn like scabs on my face (yes, I was waxing there ) this was a life saver, and does up healing time and they were (almost) gone within a couple of days. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My love of cream blush...

If you are like me and find that your makeup has headed south by the end of the day, you need to invest in cream blushes. 

These are a fairly recent revelation of mine and I have to say, I have fallen in love! I have only tried two brands of cream blushes, ELF and Bourjois, but I have swatched a number on the back of my hand when I've been down at the shops, (Max Factor, Stila) and I've been waiting on my bank balance to cheer up before splurging on some more! 

Of the blushes I have, the staying power is amazing! Even in the recent (freak) British summer we have been having, my makeup is staying put for a lot longer than it usually does. The two brands I use are a cream to powder formula, meaning they are creamy to the touch but turn powdery on the skin, not sticky or shiny. Both are really easy to blend, either with your fingers or a buffing brush and sit on my skin really well, sinking in nicely. 

Personally, I use these alone as the colour payoff is phenomenal and a little really does go a long way - but you can set the colour with a powder blush to really make the colours stay put for even longer! 

Both of these brands are reasonably priced if you are just trying out if cream is right for you! I've got my eye on the Stila Convertable Colours, I need to find a way to justify spending £16 on one blusher. I'm sure ill find a way! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Favourite Glitter Top Coat Combo's

At the moment I'm completely obsessed with Models Own Utopia, a lovely pastel lilac shade. I've had so many compliments about this colour and I think it is really flattering, no matter what skin tone. This colour looks amazing on its own, but I love to layer it with a glitter top coat to give the look abit of something different. 
Ibiza Mix is from the Headkandi collab line with Models own and has a beautiful mix of different colour and sized glitters. I think this colour works really well with the lilac, but i have also tried it on nude colours and it works just as well. I've got my eye on a white from the Models Own line to pair this with soon.  I got both Models Own Polishes on a 2 for £8 offer at Boots.

I also have Fuchsia Dazzle which was a freebie from my Avon rep. I've never reached for these Colour Trend Avon polishes, as the packaging looks abit cheap to me and so i thought this would reflect the quality. Boy, i was wrong. The day i put this on, everyone i saw was asking where i had had my nails done! I love getting compliments on my nails, i used to be a biter, and a product that makes me look like I've been to a professional, well, that's always welcome by me!

Avon Cellu Sculpt and tips to reduce cellulite

In recent months I'm slowly but surely becoming more body confident and as the pounds slowly fall off, I'm warming to the idea of getting the old pins out. Before I do, I've been attempting to tackle my cellulite. For some strange reason, I've only looked to Avon for targeted body products, having purchased products for firming and stretch marks too! (Reviews to follow) I don't know if it is down to Avon's reputation or just laziness on my part when I'm down at the shops, but I'm glad I tried it. 

The Avon Cellu sculpt cream aims to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and after using this for a couple of months on my thighs, I have been extremely happy with the results. (No before and after, I'm not that confident yet!!) I wouldn't expect to have no cellulite from just using a cream, but this really has reduced the depth of my thigh dimples and improved the look and feel of my skin. 

I'm not too sure how you would describe the smell of this. It's not chemically as you would expect, but soothing. On application the product is cold, but I think I like it! You can immediately feel the product get to work, feeling your skin tingling and tightening.  This is my second bottle and I will definitely be repurchasing!
Top tips to reduce the appearance of cellulite
1. Drink plenty of water - dehydration can massively exaggerate the appearance of cellulite - drink to keep skin plump. (You will also see improvements in your energy levels and general health too!) 
2. Brush / Massage problem areas - I do this in the shower. It can boost circulation, reduce toxins and help break down fatty deposits that lie beneath the skin. 
3. Exercise -  *sigh* I know this may be obvious, but exercise can massively reduce the appearance of cellulite. (Try squats and lunges to firm up thighs and bum!) 

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