Friday, 29 August 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Review

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet  Lipstick Frambourjoise £8.99 - Link

I have to admit I'm always a little excited when it comes to new releases, and since the release of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks I had heard so many positive comments it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on them. Personally for me I find them to be the best of the highstreet, and offer products that could honestly rival more luxury brands. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks are a liquid lipstick which gives your lips bold, matte and long-lasting colour with a 24 hour hold. According to Bourjois these lipsticks are lightweight and non-drying leaving a velvety texture that doesn't smudge during the day. Enriched with evanescent oils to help provide a soft feel, without drying your lips - which for a matte lipstick that is perfect. 

I found it so hard to choose a colour as I was torn between all of them, however settled on a couple of colours which included Frambourjoise. Frambourjois is a stunning bright pink with subtle hint of red, as is perfect if you want to venture into shades of red but are unsure of where to start. I find that even though this is very vibrant I find that this shade is also very wearable, and makes a great day to night shade. 

When applying, I find that this glides on quite glossy but then settles into a matte finish within minutes. I think this is to give you more time completing your application. In terms of formula, it's very light weight and velvety which glides onto the lips when applied with the doe-foot applicator easily. If you don't want something as vibrant you can dab this on your lips with your fingertips for a day time friendly shade. 

For a matte finish I find that this isn't drying at all, and this is the reason I have included the swatch photo above. I purposely popped this on whilst my lips were quite dry as matte formulas have a tendency to pick up on dry skin and really make it stand out. However if you look at my lips you can see that this doesn't cling to the dry skin and doesn't really look that bad. 

Does it stay on your lips for 24 hours? I can't answer that claim as let's be honest who would need to wear this for 24 hours? However with saying that, this shade in particular does not budge, I put it through the food and drink tests but it stayed put and remained as vibrant as the moment it was applied. I find that I can rub my lips and a little bit of colour comes off but you wouldn't tell when looking at my lips as the colour doesn't run or disappear, making it very durable!

Packaging wise, I adore the clear housing and the casing leaves them looking more like lip glosses rather than traditional stick lipsticks. I like the different coloured applicator tips so that you can easily distinguish the colours in your collection. I find that the packaging is simple with the Bourjois logo embossed on the back, but this gives the bottle a really high end feel to it. 

For £8.99 I really don't think you can go wrong. I know quite a few shops are currently offering 3 for 2 offers on Bourjois, whether you purchase these in that offer or on their own, they are a great little investment to pop into your makeup bag. 

Overall I have fallen head over heels in love with these lipsticks, and do live up to the hype that surrounds them currently. I have tried variations of these liquid matte lipsticks such as Sleek and Collection, but find the Bourjois ones to be the best so far. If you are after something that is vibrant and long lasting you have a winner here, and I can't wait to pick up more shades!

Have you tried Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks? I'd love to know your thoughts and favourite colours!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Kitsch Hair Ties Dupe

Tiger Hair Ties £1 - Link

Now I'm sure we've all been there, at the time we thought it was a good idea to scrape our hair back into an up-do, and a couple of hours later you're ready to pop your hair down. That is until you realise that you've fell victim to a kinked hairdo, meaning that you need to fix this quickly. I'll admit I'll do it whilst I'm at work and then when I'm ready to do stuff afterwards and take my hair down, I'm unable to as I have a lovely visible kink that wants to ruin my hair. 

I've noticed as of recently Kitsch hair ties are popping up everywhere, the gimmick? They are supposed to be gentle on your hair, resulting in no breakage or pulling. Do they work? Indeed they do, but my only gripe is a pack can cost quite a hefty amount for something which is essentially a bobble.

However I was shocked to discover that Tiger (if you haven't heard of it before, think Ikea just more random, quirky and less furniture) were selling what seemed to be a dupe for the Kitsch hair ties. So of course these caught my attention and I was shocked to discover that a 3 pack only cost £1 - so naturally I had to try them. 

Firstly they come with a really cute floral pattern, which means that when worn on the wrist they'll make a cute accessory. Do they work as well at Kitsch? As a matter of fact they do, I can pop one in my hair and find that it helps leave my hair kink free all day. The only thing I have noticed is that they aren't as elastic as Kitsch (if that makes sense) meaning they aren't as tight, but they still manage to keep my hair up. 

Overall I think that if you want to try Kitsch bands, but don't want to fork out the cost for them, these are a fabulous dupe that costs a fraction of the price. Literally about 33p for each band, and who can resist a hair tie that looks so pretty!

Have you jumped on the Kitsch bandwagon? Or do you have any cheaper alternatives for these, I'd love to know!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Beach Wishlist with George

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The bank holiday weekend is here again, and for me this means making the most of the summer before we lose it for good. So here's a little wishlist featuring some fabulous items from George that will leave you prepared for the last stretch of the summer. If you have never ventured into the George section at Asda I'd highly recommend you do so, I am a big fan of their clothes especially their G21 range and for the price they offer a great selection of fashionable clothes and accessories. 

Round Sunglasses I really adore these round sunglasses, I have noticed how popular this style has become recently. With normally opting for a wayfarer style I would love to try something new, I may end up looking like John Lennon but I don't care. 

Floral Kaftan I really love kaftans, and I think this makes the perfect beach accessory for covering up. The print is gorgeous and I love the addition of the fringe detailing on the bottom. As I'm not the most body confident person in the world, this kaftan is perfect for hiding any imperfections over my swimsuit. 

Ombre Flower Hair Clip I haven't worn flower hair clips in years, but after spotting this I fell in love straight away. I love the ombre effect and this is so bright and tropical it really does remind me of being in foreign countries tanning myself on tropical beaches. 

Plait Flip Flops Flip flops are on of these necessity items when it comes to heading to the beach, and the one thing I find myself buying many pairs of. I honestly couldn't choose between the beige/gold pair and the pink Plait Flip Flops. I love the plait design of these, and look really comfortable for not only walking on the beach or pool but even a spot of shopping on those warmer days.

High Waist Leopard Print Bikini High waisted bikinis are something I have adored for ages, I love the design of these, and help to hide any body imperfections you may have. For me when it comes to bikinis this is one of the styles that I would definitely have a look at. I think the bow detailing on the bikini top is really pretty, and can tell that the top would provide really good support for the boobs!

Tropical Tankini Tankini's are my other go to bikini style, and I love the bold print of this one in particular. The black side panel is perfect as it reminds me of those silhouette effect dresses that were all the rage a couple of years ago, meaning that this would be quite slimming teamed with the routing over your stomach. 

Coloured Chain Necklace For me a beach wishlist is not complete without jewellery, and after spotting this coloured chain necklace I knew this was perfect. The combination of colours makes a great accessory and I think would match either pair of flip flops perfectly. 

There we have it, there's my beach wishlist. I'd love to know what your go to items are for a day at the beach.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Rimmel Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara

Rimmel Kate Rockin' Curves Mascara £7.49 - Link

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Kate Moss range for Rimmel, so when she extended her impressive collection I couldn't wait to try out the new products. Whilst on the hunt for a budget friendly mascara I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone with the Rimmel Kate Rockin' Curve mascara. 

The Rockin' Curves mascara is the first to be created by Kate Moss, and features a broken heart-shaped brush which is designed to twist and curve to hug the lash line whilst reaching those hard to reach inner lashes. The mascara is designed to leave your lashes looking bigger, bolder and gorgeously curled. 

When I popped the first coat on I noticed how it visibly coated my lashes to give the impression of longer lashes - which for me is always a good thing! On the second and third coats I noticed that the mascara was curling and lifting my lashes whilst adding volume. After several coats I found the mascara giving the look I craved, which is fuller and longer lashes. On a random note I have to say this is probably one of the blackest mascaras I have owned, and is just as tough as the They're Real mascara to remove. 

The wand itself I find to be quite strange, when I opened it I had a serious WTF moment and to be honest it does take a little getting used to due to the shape of the brush as I found myself poking the wand in my eye a few times. With saying that I find that once you get used to it the brush is quite good at applying mascara, meaning that you can reach right into the corner of your eye and applies to the lower lashes easily.

However the problems with this mascara started after application, I find that the formula is quite dry which means that your lashes can sometimes look quite flaky and it's not always the easiest mascara to apply. Within minutes of application I find that this smudges really easily, and I end up looking more like a panda than anything else. So if you do plan on wearing it I'd definitely advise keeping a mirror close by, as I end up rubbing my eyes and my mom will say to me have you seen your face - major oops moment!

Overall this is an ok mascara, it has both positives and negatives, but for me personally the negatives outweigh the positives. For a mascara costing £7.49 I was honestly a little disappointed and my hunt for the perfect drugstore mascara continues - so do let me know what your favourite mascara is!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set

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Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set - £53.50

So it's official, I finally caved and got my hands on the gorgeous Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury set. As a fan of makeup brushes I knew that I needed to one day own these in my collection. Technically James bought them for me as an early anniversary present (what a babe!). 

The Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Set contains 8 essential brushes for your daily brush set, which are perfect for when on the go. The set contains both high quality natural hair and synthetic taklon bristles, which means that they are perfect to use with cream and powder based products. Did I mention they come encased in a gorgeous travel clutch - which is a shame to just use for makeup. 

Honestly these types of sets are my favourite, as I love how basic they are, yet completely usable. Inspired by the dazzling explosion of pink and gold these stunning brushes are a rose gold lovers dream. This set really stands out amongst my other makeup brushes, purely for the fact that they look really pretty on my dresser. 

In the set you get 5 face brushes which include the: 106 Powder brush, which is designed for applying loose and pressed powder. The 102 Silk Finish brush which is used to apply and blend foundation, and has quickly become my favourite brush from the set. The 110 Face Shape brush is perfect for contouring the face shape with both cream and powder products. The 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek brush is design for applying powder blush, and finally the 142 Concealer Buffer does what it says on the tin: applies and blends concealer. 

The three eye brushes in the set include the 227 Soft Definer (a great MAC dupe) which is designed to softly blend and smooth eyeshadow. The 231 Petit Crease brush, which is perfect for accentuating and blending in the crease, and lastly the 317 Wing Liner brush which is great for creating the perfect wing and detailed eyeliner.

These brushes are perfection, there aren't any in the set that I dislike and the stand out brush for me personally has to be the 102 Silk Finish brush which has knocked the RT Buffing Brush out of the ball park (sorry RT's). There are a couple where I question their original use such as the 110 Face Shape Brush, as it's a little small for contouring so when I do use this it's literally used for my bronzer line and that's about it. The 227 is perfect for blending eyeshadow and has been compared to MAC's 217 and I can see why - this is a great dupe for a fraction of the price. 

Overall I will start with the obvious, this brushes are stunning! The combination of rose gold ferrules and matte handles create a beautiful collection that will take pride of place. I purchased the set off Love Makeup for £53.50 which may sound a little steep but when you consider the fact that you get 8 brushes and 2 bags this works out as a steal. I really would recommend these as a great starter set for your makeup collection as they not only look stunning but work a dream. 

Have you tried Zoeva brushes yet? I'd love to know what you think!