Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara

Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to packaging I am a sucker for anything that looks cute, and this is most certainly the reason I was drawn to Alber Elbaz's range for Lancome. This limited edition collection made up of some of Lancome's best selling items really stands out within the brands range for its cute yet quirky illustrations. With being a fan of their Hypnose Star mascara (in the end, originally was in two minds about this but it grew on me) I couldn't wait to put their much talked about 'holy grail' Doll Eyes to the test.

I can safely say that I was not disappointed with this product, from as soon as I popped this on I couldn't believe how easy application was. Sometimes you can buy a mascara and know you are going to have a battle on your hands to get the look you want, whether it be having to apply 20 coats or suffering from clumpy lashes and then have the fun task of trying to separate your lashes - never fun first thing in a morning.

What I did notice straight away was how light the formula was on the lashes due to its semi-dry formula, meaning no matter how many coats I apply the mascara still always feels light and fresh on my lashes.

Straight away you can see a difference in length, I find that the mascara coats the lashes perfectly to give the appearance of longer and fuller lashes. Probably the thing I love most about this is the fact that it lifts and curls the lashes once applied, which means there is no need to whip out the handy lash curler. The mascara isn't called Doll Eyes for nothing either, I find that it definitely opens your eyes more giving a wide-eye effect.

I love the wands tapered shape as this makes it really easy to apply and ensuring that you are able to pop product onto all your lashes which helps for a fuller look. Because it is tapered to fine point it makes it easier to apply the mascara to the inner corners of your eye, without the risk of poking your eye out. When you apply the mascara - no matter how many coats - you find that the brush helps to separate the lashes ruining the risk of clogged or spider lashes which is a big bonus.

The only downside to this product that people may not like is that the mascara itself is heavily scented, so not the best for those with sensitive eyes as it could cause irritation. After a bit of research I've found that the mascara is rose scented, which I'm not sure there is the need for really as I'm not going to be sniffing my mascara, perfume yes.

I find that this stays on really well throughout the day with minimal fall out, I think however this is due to the formula of the mascara. At the end of the day it wipes off easily also, whether I am cleaning my eyes with a makeup wipe or proper eye makeup remover. 

Price wise this actually retails slightly more than the original Doll Eyes Mascara, which I'd put down to it being limited edition. The mascara itself is priced at £23 which as much as I love this mascara I just personally feel that it is a lot to spend in comparison to some of my other favourites, I would probably consider getting this as one of the gift sets that they do or even the value double set but not as a one off unfortunately.  

What do you think of Lancome's Doll Eyes Mascara? Or any other of their mascaras I'd love to know your thoughts!


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray

Anyone with oily skin will know getting to keep makeup in place can often be a difficult task, which means that makeup is prone to slide off more easily leaving you with that shiny/oily look. Which let's admit never looks good on anyone unfortunately. 

This is a product that I had actually purchased when I went to America last year with not knowing whether it was something I could justify the price on at the time, I figured buy in Sephora and save a few dollar at the same time and take it from there really. When I purchased the Naked foundation the sales assistant had asked if I had ever used their setting sprays to which I replied that I hadn't and she expressed how the De-Slick was great for oily skin so she popped it on but I find you can never tell how good a product is after one use so it made its way onto my holiday wishlist. 

At first I found the application a little weird, purely from the idea of spraying the mist in your face (caused a couple of flinches) and then was a little worried about the idea of the spray being on my face once I had applied my make-up as you do worry that it will just remove all the makeup you have spent time applying. However its really simple to use, just spray the mist roughly 30cm away after your makeup application to set your makeup and provide a matte finish. Once you have got over the dampness of the spray it settles in really quickly leaving your face good to go and more importantly oil free. 

I find that this really does help my oil prone skin, I will admit depending on what products I have used on my face will provide different results, for example when I am in a rush I will just pop a bit of foundation on with the spray and it doesn't always work the same compared to when I have applied power in terms of lasting power - but I did expect this. However no matter what foundation/powder you apply the spray does allow your skin to remain matte even in the warmest of conditions. I love how lightweight this feels on my skin, it doesn't clog pores and just like a lot of Urban Decay products remains naked (see what I did there) on the skin. 

Urban Decay claim that their De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray keeps your makeup in tact and oil free for up to 16 hours whilst providing a light matte finish. In terms of lasting power I have found this lasts around the 10-12 hour mark, unfortunately not the 16 hours claimed by Urban Decay and only prolongs my makeup for a couple of additional hours. However I don't mind the fact that it doesn't quite reach the 16 hours as it's quite rare that I have my makeup on for that long. 

The 118ml spray retails for £19.50 so while this may seem a bit expensive this lasts forever as you only ever tend to use around 2-3 sprays to set your makeup in place. Urban Decay now also do a 30ml travel size for £9 which I think is a great way to test the product before committing to the bigger bottle. 

Overall I think that this is a fabulous product that has helped in the oiliest situation and I love how matte this makes my skin. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with oil prone skin to help combat problem areas and if you are after something that provides a little more mattifying power than powders this is definitely something to invest in. 

What do you think of the Urban Decay sprays?


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Top 5 Autumn/Fall Lipsticks

Top 5 lipsticks: LtoR (Swatches) Revlon Berry Smoothie, Kate Moss by Rimmel 08, Soap & Glory Pom Pop, Mac Up The Amp and Kate Moss by Rimmel 107

I've jumped on the bandwagon with my top five Autumn/Fall lipsticks, however with good reason. Now this time of year a part of me would always quiver inside with the thought of darker lips and experimenting more with colour. I have always been the girl who'd never venture from safe shades and would prefer more natural and pink shades, just to be safe. I blame my skintone if I'm being honest because every time I'd be cautious of different colours incase I had the misfortune of drawing the colour out of my face and just never knowing what darker shades would suit.

However over the past few months I have experimented a lot more with colour choosing to be different with the shades that I was picking, no more cautiously looking over the darker reds and purples until I got to my safe pinks. Now I know a few of these shades are popular amongst a lot of people but were a risk for me with never venturing into these types of colours. Admittedly I'm glad I have, because not only do I feel more comfortable choosing different shades but more importantly I feel more comfortable wearing them out which is a big bonus personally.

Anyways onto my top shades.

Revlon Berry Smoothie

Now I think it's essential to have a Lip Butter in my top five shades, I own quite a few of these and constantly wanting more. I think these are important to use in the colder months purely because it contains the texture and moisturising qualities a balm, as well as the colour of a lipstick. This means that when your lips start to dry up (which mine have already started doing) these are great to pop on to moisturise the lips to prevent dry and sore lips. 

I find that this is quite a natural shade, kind of like your lip shade but better and I like to mix it up during the Autumn with natural and darker shades. Once on it's a little darker without being too overpowering which makes this a perfect Autumn shade for everyday purposes. 

Kate Moss by Rimmel 08

Now I have been hooked on the Kate Moss collection for Rimmel ever since they launched and my collection has been ever growing since. 08 I find is a beautiful mauve which again is a perfect everyday shade that looks good without being too overpowering and for me personally I find it warms up my complexion a little. The formula is a creamy which means its really easy to apply and find that the formula doesn't dry the lips at all, a formula must have for the colder months.

Soap and Glory Pom Pom

This is a lipstick that I absolutely adore yet don't use enough, Pom Pom is a deeper reddish pink with purple undertones. It's the first Soap and Glory lipstick that I tried out and were amazed by the quality, I adore the velvety texture that this has and find that despite the matte finish it doesn't cling to any dry patches of feel drying on the lips. 

I think this is the perfect shade for those who don't quite want to venture into a red lip but still want something a little bolder, that will stand out. I do think this is quite a vampy shade which makes it a perfect Autumn colour. 

Mac Up The Amp

Now when I first got this I didn't know whether I had made a massive mistake or a risk that paid off, I got this applied on the Mac counter to make sure it suited and were surprised at how well it suited my skintone. If I had looked at this the same time last year the thought of owning a purple lipstick would have terrified me, but now I'm learning to experiment more and are already eyeing up 'Rebel'.

Up The Amp is a bold plum shade, which is a fabulous colour for those who want to take a risk with their look and change it up a bit. The lipstick is an amplified cremesheen which means that one it will provide a good solid colour whilst also giving a creamy formula that is easy to apply and doesn't dry the lips. Personally I think that a purple shade is a must have Autumn colour for every collection.

Kate Moss by Rimmel 107

This probably is the must have shade for any Autumn collection, one of the most talked about Kate Moss lipsticks 107 is a beautiful bold red matte. I had spent a good while toying with the idea of this shade and even after purchasing it I wasn't sure that this was a shade for me having never seeing eye to eye with red lipsticks. 107 is a gorgeous deep berry which I find is such a great versatile shade as it suits virtually any skintone and looks great for both day and night. 

Despite this being a matte formula it's another lipstick that I find hydrating on the lips, which means I won't worry whilst wearing this that my lips will end up a sore mess. The lipstick itself has a velvet feel to it and glides on really easy and effortlessly. 

So there we have it, these are my top choices for Autumn/Fall lipsticks, I'd love to know what you're favourite shades are for this time of the year?


Thursday, 12 September 2013

TAG Heuer Official Sponsors of Rush

Luxury watch brand TAG Heuer, the Official Timekeeper of Ferrari throughout the 1970's have partnered with two-time Academy Award winning director Ron Howard and Academy Award winning writer Peter Morgan, makers of the highly anticipated Rush to accurately recreate the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula One racing.

The film tells the story of British racing driver James Hunt and his rival Niki Lauda as both men struggle to attain the 1976 World Championship following a nearly fatal crash.

The Swiss watchmaker originally known as Heuer agreed to become the world's first non-automotive endorsement for Formula One, after associating themselves with Jo Siffert in 1968. Following the successful collaboration, the brands legacy was cemented within the motor racing industry when they equipped Ferrari drivers with an efficient electronics timekeeping system to use for their races.

Throughout the film, the iconic Heuer colours and logo appear on the overalls of Niki Lauda, Clay Regazzoni and the Scuderia Ferrari crew.

During the 1970's man of the wristwatches produced by Heuer were proudly worn by Ferrari drivers, a detail that remains in the Rush screen adaptation. The iconic Heuer Silverstone named after the British motor racing circuit and the Heuer Carrera, named after the Carrera Panamericana Mexico Road Race, can be spotted throughout the film on its key characters. Since filming both vintage pieces were returned to display cases at TAG Heuer's 360 degree Museum in La-Chaux-des-Fonds in Switzerland. 

Since the 1970's Jack Heuer globalised the famous brand after persuading Enzo Ferrari to feature the watchmakers logo on the cockpit of his Formula One cars. In 1985 the brand became TAG Heuer and have been a proud partner of the McLaren team in Formula One. The Brand currently hold the record for the longest standing sports watch brand sponsorship in history, and since then have sponsored F1 racing legends including Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. 

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Handmade Soap Company

The Handmade Soap Company was originally founded in 2009 by Donagh Quigley and Gemma McGowan. The story behind the founding of the company is something that I find personally interesting, whilst on a road trip in Australia the couple visited a vibrant cottage industry that were selling handmade soaps which were a rarity at that time in Ireland. Founder Donagh, suffered from psoriasis so had never found a product that suited his skin, and from then the Handmade Soap Company was born.

I love the history behind this company, because I'm sure you have been in the situation where you have tried a soap product to find that it has caused irritation on the skin, truly annoying I know. A couple of summers ago I found myself in the same situation where a body lotion was causing horrible red patches on my neck, the areas were extremely itchy and embarrassing as it was something that I couldn't hide. Since then I am really careful with the items that I use on my skin.

The lovely folks over at the Handmade Soap Company sent me a few of their goodies to try and I was completely blown away by these. As all products are 100% natural, and free from parabens and petrochemicals I knew they'd be good to my skin. They not only offer the more traditional soaps, butters and lotions but they also offer a shaving range for both men and women, and a range aimed at gardeners to protect and moisturise their hands.

Now I will admit I am a sucker for cute packaging so when I saw these I fell in love instantly, I love the  colourful vintage feel to each piece. Depending on the fragrance will depend on the colour product you receive, as you can pink represents the grapefruit inspired range which is actually my favourite from the collection. Purple represents the lavender and rosemary range whilst green represents the cedar wood and lemongrass range.

If you saw my last skincare post you will have realised that I had a new favourite body lotion and will admit this pretty much reaches the same bar. Enriched with grapefruit and may chang this is gorgeously scented, and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturised. I love applying this once getting out the shower, it's light to apply and absorbs really quickly so I don't have to worry about standing around waiting for it to dry. I love the addition of the pump, just makes application a lot easier.

The body lotion retails at £15.95 which for me is a tad pricey but I will admit you do pay for quality, and quality is something you get with this product.

I am an avid fan of a good hand cream so this was probably one one of the products I was most excited to try, and must admit it was love at first smell. With Aloe Vera and golden Jojoba oil this smells and feels refreshing to the skin when applied, despite its thick consistency it sinks in to the skin quickly without leaving an oily residue leaving you to continue with whatever tasks you may be doing. Once applied the cream leaves a gorgeous citrus scent which isn't overpowering but instead reinforces this fresh feel. Due to the thick consistency of this product a little goes a long way which means that the jar will last a while, at first I thought the jar would become a gripe for me but then realised its a great way to make sure you use every last drop of the product. The only problem is that the glass jar isn't the most practical packaging to throw into your bag however that is something minor.

The hand cream retails for £11.95 which I have to admit I prefer to a lot of the hand creams I own, and I will quite happily keep this on my night dresser to apply daily.

The Grapefruit and Irish Moss soap is the brands best selling soap, and I can see why. It not only looks lovely (may I add loving the chunks ) but feels and smells amazing. The waxy texture of this means that when lathered onto the skin it is very moisturising and leaves a gorgeous smell on the skin afterwards. Soaps are often known for their drying properties however I find that this is the opposite, it leaves the skin feeling very smooth and I find that it doesn't irritate my skin at all which is a big bonus for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin.

The soap retails for £4.50 which I think is quite reasonable because you can spend similar amounts in Lush, and for me it's worth every penny.

Now I will admit when it comes to shower gels I am normally a happy girl with just stealing my moms Radox, but wow this has stopped my thieving ways (I can hear my mom rejoice), the shower gel is perfectly PH balanced which means that it will rehydrate and revive the skin, whilst the grapefruit and may chang awakens the senses. Never used a shower gel in a pump form before, but not complaining as it makes life easy once applying it to my puff, literally a couple of pumps is all you need max. You may think you need a lot because it's a formula that doesn't lather much however because of the natural ingredients you don't expect a lot of lather. For me this isn't really an issue as I can gather by the scent whether it has applied on my skin or not. Like I have mentioned about all the other products this leaves a lovely scent on this skin and can still be smelt a few hours after your shower.

The shower gel retails at £9.95 which for a girl that has always used Radox and lower end products is personally quite expensive. However it is a really lovely product so would consider as a splurge buy.

Overall I've really been impressed by this range and cannot explain how much I have fallen for the natural range that is the Handmade Soap Company. I just wish they were more accessible in shops, I know that Bloomsbury, Fenwicks and Reeds Pharmacy's stock the range but unfortunately have none of those round by me.

Have you heard of this range before? What are your thoughts?


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck Perfume

Enchanted Wonderstruck 30ml by Taylor Swift £19.00

So last year I did a little review on Taylor Swift's first fragrance Wonderstruck, and I knew there were rumours of this fragrance being released so couldn't wait to get my hands on it. So I don't know why it took me so long to get my hands on it, however glad that I finally did. Named after one of my favourite Taylor Swift's songs 'Enchanted' I couldn't wait to try it out. 

Enchanted Wonderstruck is the next chapter of Taylor Swift's best selling range, and this scent describes the feeling of being completely enamoured enchanted, when you know a little more about that someone and still feel that strong connection. 

As always the packaging is just gorgeous, I really wish I had got the bigger size purely because of the adorable charms that are included but I can always get a new one when this runs out. Everything from the patterned lid to holographic glittered bottle is just cute. Once again if you get a bottle with the charms on, all of them have been chosen by Taylor herself reflecting her style. 

Just like Wonderstruck, this perfume scent is very floral orientated with blends of wild berries and sugar-glazed petals, the scent itself is very lightweight which means it's perfect for everyday occasions without being too overpowering. Lasting power wise, that is something that really shocked me with this perfume, as Wonderstruck did not have the best. Today I applied at 12 with only a couple of spritz and I can still smell subtle hints of the perfume on my wrists which is nice and expected of an Eau de Parfum. I know with celebrity perfumes they sometimes get a stigma of not being very good so it's impressive to see a fragrance last so long. 

In comparison to Wonderstruck however I do find that Enchanted Wonderstruck is kinda like the sexy older sister with a muskier smell when compared, so ideally this makes a great day to night perfume, I think that this may be to combat the younger smell that Wonderstruck had. 

Price wise is very similarly priced to Wonderstruck, and will not break the bank. I got the smallest 30ml bottle which retailed at £19 so really not that expensive for an everyday fragrance. Depending on size the prices will range from £18 - £38.

Overall I think that this fragrance is better than the original with better staying power and a gorgeous older scent and still gives the impression of a fairytale and perfect for those who are after something a little lighter and fresh. 

Have you tried this before? What are your thoughts?

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