Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Plushest Punch

Clinique' Chubby Sticks have always been a favourite of mine since they were released, however the one thing that would always bug me was the lack of pigmentation despite the shade. So when Clinique released a new range of their chubby sticks titled 'Chubby Stick Intense' I couldn't wait to try them out. I've actually had this particular shade for a while now and quickly become a makeup staple for me.

Similarly to the original sticks these are presented in the same crayon style which means that these are a breeze to apply, and with a quick twist of the base you can essentially sharpen your crayon without the need for a sharpener and without wasting any product. 

Chubby Sticks are a must have winter essential for me, as they contain the moisturising properties of the original Chubby Stick providing moisturise to keep your lips smooth in the cold winter conditions. After all no one likes dry and chapped lips.

The intense I find provides similar pigmentation to that of lipsticks, as you can see from the photo Plushest Punch is bright! It's full of pigmentation which means from the first application you only need one swipe of colour to add a pop of colour. However I do like t go over a couple of times just to fill in any gaps and add a little bit of extra colour. I find that the consistency of this is very rich and creamy, which means that it is soft to the lips and glides on evenly and smoothly.

The crayon itself is very easy to apply, and you can quickly fill and line your lips. I think the shape of the crayon helps a lot especially the tip as this makes doing your upper lip a lot easier.

Packaging wise it has took the same style as the original, which can be a bit of a pain when you look at shades as they are all so similar, however I find that this keeps them looking sleek and stylish. The sturdier packaging also means that they are the perfect item to throw around in your bag, and if you're anything like me - throwing a lipstick in your bag as you're leaving the house you won't have to worry with this. 

I find the wear time of this to be around the 4-5 hour mark, and after this the shade wears down to a beautiful stain which then lasts a further couple of hours. You do just have to be careful incase your outer line appears slightly darker than your stain colour as that isn't always a good look. However is easily fixed by blending your lips with your finger. 

There is something I find very safe about Plushest Punch, it's a bold pink that still feels suitable to wear during the day. The shade works well for most occasions and is something I'll pop in my bag if I'm going from day to night. 

At £17 it is at the pricer side of a lip stain, however I think it is completely worth it when you look at the pigmentation and hydration. I find that some lipsticks do not give as much pigmentation as these do, and it's not just with this particular shade, I have swatched others at the Clinique counter and they all possess similar pigmentation. 

Overall I am a massive fan of the Chubby Stick Intense, it's the boost that the originals needed.  I just wish there were more shades available as I think there are only about eight at the moment.


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Butlers Bingo

Playing online bingo isn't necessarily the first thing that would come to mind for something fun to do, however after knowing people who are avid bingo players who not only enjoy playing but have also managed to win lump sums. I figured I'd have nothing to lose by trying it out, and since then I have already told my friends we are heading out to a bingo hall for a fun night out!

So over the past week I chose to take a seat inside the world of virtual bingo halls and clicked on the bingo site From there I had my cards at the ready to play some bingo, in the hope of winning a little something.

Instantly I noticed how simple the layout seemed on the site, everything categorised with its own tab, meaning all you had to do was simply click through to find a choice of bingo games, slots or casino games. 

I couldn't believe how quickly I was sucked into the bingo games, there really is nothing more fun than to watch when you see your cards highlighted and getting closer to the top, with each card going from 5TG to 2TG (5 to go and 2 to go) just hoping that you're numbers are going to be called.

There are a great range of bingo games to play from the classic 90 ball bingo to mirror bingo, one that proved to be a favourite of mine. With the aim of the game to choose one number for example 21 and then when the numbers are called out for you to win you need that number and its mirror counterpart which would be 12. A game I managed to win!

The price of cards are reasonable also, they do seem to change throughout the day but I managed to pay anything from 4p upwards for a card, and depending on the cost per card affected the prize amount that could be won.

The room navigation itself is very easy, with your cards and numbers on display from the right and social chat on the left. I do like that you can buy your cards whilst other games are on, allowing you to prepare for the next game. The chat rooms are really friendly, and as soon as you join you are welcome by the moderator, if there are any questions not only will moderators help but so will other members in the room, you are given game updates and of course congratulated on wins. 

What I really like about the site is that they also offer what they call Casino Bingo, so you have the opportunity to play casino games such as Poker and Scratch Cards. Being an avid fan of Texas Hold 'Em I was enthralled by the poker games, and was something I could easily spend hours playing. 

If you do want to try bingo sites, Butlers Bingo are actually offers new members £10 when you sign up without the need for a deposit - something that I find a great incentive as many places ask for a deposit before you get your bonus. This gives you the opportunity to play a few games of free bingo, and see what you would get for your money. The only difference with this money is that you aren't allowed to win the larger prizes, but it gives you the opportunity to try the site out before depositing money.

I won't say that I have won millions through jackpots but by playing I have managed to win a few bits and bobs here and there, and is a great way to pass an hour whilst having fun and there is the chance to win money - always a bonus!

Have you guys ever tried online bingo sites? What are your thoughts?

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Marks and Spencer Style Board

Marks and Spencers Bonfire Night

Hi lovelies, this isn't a post I'd usually do but need your guys help. I have created this style board to create the perfect Bonfire Night style to win a £200 M&S Gift Card. It's such a great contest and this is definitely an outfit I'd wear out. 

I was hoping to get my mom, James mom and nan Xmas stuff with this I'd appreciate all your guys help! Would really help a lot!

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Monday, 21 October 2013

MAC Prep and Prime Beauty Balm

MAC Prep and Prime Beauty Balm £23

Now this may sound cliche but for me a girl can never have enough BB creams, and despite BB creams not traditionally being used in the colder months I have wanted to go for something a little lighter on my skin and figured this was the best way to do so.

I was lucky enough to come across this little gem whilst visiting Cheshire Oaks' CCO, reduced to £17 I couldn't resist giving it a shot. Knowing how CCO's can sometimes be unpredictable for shades I was lucky enough to spy that they had stocked the Beauty Balm in extra light, which just so happened to be my shade.

What I found surprising about this beauty balm was the fact that it has a rather thick consistency, which means that a little goes a long way. When I say a long way the amount swatched above is enough to cover my face. Normally with the BB creams that I have come across previously they are rather creamy in terms of texture, and runnier (if that makes sense).

Like mentioned before the shade I chose was extra light, which I find works well for my skintone, and I find it's one of those shades that matches my skintone to a tee, as you find with some products no matter how many shades you go for they can sometimes not match 100%. I think this is because according to MAC the product is lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tint, meaning you get a closer match to your natural skintone. 

This product can also be used as a face primer, unfortunately I haven't tried it out as this yet so can't comment on its primer capabilities. However I have found myself being able to get away with this as a light foundation. It still blurs imperfections, evens skin tone and gives a great natural coverage, without looking cakey.

Texture wise it does feel slightly waxy but I believe that is down to its use as a primer, as it should help makeup stick to the primer easier and help prolong your makeup. 

When applying the BB cream I find that it buffs easily in the skin to produce a gorgeous natural dewy look that is perfect for everyday wear. The natural finish is a big plus for me as I normally have one major issue with BB creams, and that is the fact that they tend to apply looking on the oilier side rather than natural or cakey resulting in the need for lots of powder throughout the day. 

The coverage for me is what really makes this BB stand out from others, with a light to buildable medium coverage this cream covers blemishes and redness well whilst brightening the skin with a healthy glow. 

Lasting power I find that this lasts around the 6 hour mark, so whilst it doesn't last as long as normal foundations it still stays in place for a good amount of time. This is without powder or my makeup setting spray, with either of these I find it will then last around 8 hours, for a BB cream I think is fab. 

With an SPF 35 this is a great added bonus, especially in the summer or whilst on holiday. I think as well SPF is important in a product generally, even when it is 0 degrees outside - something I think people tend to forget about.

Packaging wise MAC's Beauty Balm comes in a sleek tube which makes it easy to reduce product waste. The box itself is also very pretty, with a multicoloured glitter pattern it really stands out amongst the traditional packaging of MAC products. 

This product for me was a gamble which has paid off, I think it is fab with multiple uses. It really helps my makeup routine in a morning when I sometimes give myself 10-15 minutes to get ready, which means I can quickly slap this on and know I'll be ready to go. I think that this is a perfect base product for a natural glow.

Have you tried MAC's Beauty Balm before? What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Soap and Glory Hand Food

Soap and Glory Hand Food

I will be the first to admit that I am a little late to the Soap and Glory party, but hey better late than never I suppose. Now I have always looked at Soap and Glory products, due to their gorgeous vintage packaging but never actually gone all out and tried their products until I got the big Christmas set last year.

Despite it's quirky name, I am a fully fledged fan of their Hand Food Hand Cream, for me this is probably one of my favourite creams to use, especially in the colder months. I find that this is perfect from the consistency and the hydrating factors in the cream.

I find that the hand cream is the perfect moisturiser and instantly hydrates the skin, which is perfect for dry winter skin. Despite it's thicker consistency the moisturiser absorbs really quickly and doesn't leave your hands sticky afterwards, surprisingly enough the small amount swatched actually is all I need to cover my hands. Talk about a bonus, meaning this tube will last a good while. 

I love how this feels when applied on the skin, it feels more luxurious than it's price tag, and who can deny something that smells so good? Soap and Glory state that the Hand Cream is scented with their original pink fragrance which is made up of ingredients which include shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow (talk about yummy), and truthfully the scent just makes me want to rub more into my hands. 

Forumla wise like previously mentioned this is on the thicker side, but that's not a bad thing, it sinks into the skin quickly and the formula itself is not greasy. Surprisingly enough the formula is lightweight and leaves your hands feeling really soft and hydrated. 

The 125ml bottle is perfect to fit in your bag to take on the go, however you can get a smaller 50ml which is more travel friendly, but the bigger one works out better value for money. I really wish I had jumped on this bandwagon sooner as I have fallen in love with this hand cream, and for £5 a bottle it really is good value for money.

If you want to try Soap and Glory products I would really recommend popping some of their Christmas gifts sets on your wishlists and Boots are offering these on 3 for 2. I had a look the other day and they have some lovely set, some of which include their newer products.

Have you tried Soap and Glory's Hand Food? What are your thoughts?


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Carmex Moisture Plus Tinted Lip Balms

Carmex Moisture Plus Tinted Lip Balms in Pink and Berry Sheer Tint*

Today I feel really has started off the Autumn season as it seems to have dropped a lot colder, meaning it's not only time to whack the winter clothes out but it's also time to get lip balms at the ready. The colder weather really signifies dry and cracked lips for me, which is not only sore but also a pain in the butt. I am a big fan of tinted lip balms giving a hint of sheer colour tint, whilst moisturising the lips so could not wait to try out Carmex's Moisture Plus Tinted Lip Balms. 

The lip balms come in slim and sleek twist up tubes, similar to a lipstick tube. Being so small these are the perfect size to pop in your bag or clutch as they easily fit and don't take up too much room. In the bullet both look very pigmented which I was quite surprised about, I really think they could pass for lipsticks if you were to place them amongst those.

I love that the lip balms come with a slanted tip which means that applying the balm is very easy and could be done without a mirror. The slanted tips also help to ensure that the balm is applied evenly and glides on quickly. As soon as the balm hits the lips you can feel the moisturising properties which is a major bonus for me. I love that if you are a bit heavy handed it doesn't feel heavy on the lips. 

I don't think that these are as hydrating as the classic Carmex lip balms, but because of their buttery texture I find that they are still quite hydrating. Once applied the pigmentation doesn't apply the same as the bullet, both give a subtle hint of colour which I find is the your lips but better look. I find the sheen given from the Pink Tint is absolutely beautiful and love the overall look of that one in particular.

Now my biggest gripe comes shortly after applying these to my lips, I'm not sure if this is a common problem at all but as soon as I had applied both I began to get a burning feeling in my lips which was a little uncomfortable to say the least. The burning was probably more prominent with the Pink Sheer tint meaning I had to pop it off quite quickly after, whereas the Berry tint soothed down soon after. I was a little upset that the pink one burnt the most as it was probably my favourite out the two when applied on my lips. 

I've never had a problem with Carmex before so not sure why I got this reaction when I applied these, very strange.

I did keep Berry on my lips so that I could test the lasting power of these and found that they only lasted around the hour mark, however despite this my lips still felt really smooth so there wouldn't be a problem with constantly re-applying as this is something I do frequently with lip balm to make sure that my lips are constantly hydrated.

These are priced at £4.49 which is a fab price for the product itself as the Tinted Lip Balms come in a variety of shades, however due to the fact I encountered the strange burning sensation I don't think I'd be buying anymore just to be on the safe side. 

Have you tried these out? What are your thoughts, and have you ever encountered the burning sensation?


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Shiseido Eyelash Curlers

These are actually the first pair of eyelash curlers I have ever purchased and it's safe to say that not only are they my first, but they are also my favourite. I had never really seen the need for purchasing an eyelash curler, but then just before I went to America last year kinda wanted one to see how they worked and figured why not go for a middle range brand and I had heard rave reviews about the Shiseido Eyelash Curlers, so they made their way onto my wishlist.

Now not really having anything to compare these to I can't say how they compare to other brands, but I love using these. I wish I had known, or wanted to try these babies sooner! (Blame my mom) I cannot believe how much of a difference these make to the overall appearance of my lashes, and even more so once I have applied mascara. They definitely help with the wide-eye effect, and I find that this works a charm with my Benefit They're Real Mascara. Literally feel that the two go hand in hand perfectly and help keep my lashes curled all day. 

To use these they are very simple, once you have applied the curler within your lashes and pressed down it doesn't feel weird or irritable. In fact these eyelash curlers are very soft on the lashes, which means that once you release the curler you don't feel that you're ripping your lashes out in the process. 

I find that it only takes around 10-15 seconds on each lash to curl before applying my mascara, which is a really quick process for such gorgeous results. 

Inside the packaging you get an extra rubber pad to replace the one that is already inside the curler once that wears out, it's just a case of remembering where you put it when you need to change the rubber. Luckily enough I kept my box otherwise I know I would have lost the little rubber literally as soon as it entered my room. When it comes to changing the pad I just tend to have a look at it and judge it simply by how worn, battered or grubby it is. 

I have read somewhere (and please correct me wrong) that eyelash curlers are meant to last around a year, but I've been using mine for just over and they are still going strong, producing a lovely curl to the lash. So if anyone can shed some light into the longevity of these it would be greatly appreciated.

They retail at £18 and I think they are worth every penny, especially when you think that I have had them for over a year and use these daily it works out as a great little investment. I think you can get them from department stores like House of Fraser so are really easy to get a hold of. 

Have you guys tried the Shiseido Eyelash Curlers? I'd love to know your thoughts, or if you have a different favourite curler.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Like many others, since trying out the Real Techniques Core Collection it's safe to say that I have been hooked on their brushes ever since. I'm always expanding my collection and I dread to think how many I actually own, but it's safe to say it has been money well spent. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding their Buffing Brush, however it can work out an expensive brush when buying the collection just for that one (luckily enough I have found uses for the others). So they actually released a similar alternative, the Expert Face Brush and naturally I was excited to try this hoping it would be a great alternative.

The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is designed for the application and blending of cream or liquid foundation. I was surprised to see how small the brush was in comparison to the buffing brush, I find that the head is smaller yet a lot denser to touch. The brush itself is slightly rounded and the tapered head means that it is easier to use when applying foundation as it buffs and blends easier for a streak free face. I think this is a really good combination especially when using this brush on those hard to reach areas such as the corners of your nose as you can feel the bristles move to cover every inch of your face. 

When applying foundation I find that this gives a lovely coverage which is definitely build-able, and applies a flawless look in a matter of minutes. Sometimes, but this does depend on this foundation, I find that it is a little streaky and does need the additional buff but again I think that may be down to the foundation. 

The synthetic taklon bristles means that it's a great brush for both cream and liquid products and is super easy to clean, it's really soft to touch and feels so smooth on the skin. One of the best things about the synthetic fibres is that no matter how many times you use  or clean the brush there is minimal fall out, and I've noticed this not only with this brush but others from the range. 

Due to its density I think that this is also a great brush for cream blushers as it applies evenly and really quickly. I am debating picking a second one up purely for this purpose to save using this one for multiple purposes. 

I love the overall casing of the brush, it feels really sturdy and I always find I can get a really good grip when using this. I love range wise how they are all colour co-ordinated to showcase their usage which not only is efficient but looks great when they are all together for a nice colourful mix of brushes in comparison to my Mac and Sigma. 

The best part of all is that this brush only costs £9.99 which is super cheap in comparison to the quality, and would highly recommend buying it as they are currently on buy one get one half price or even if you have a few Boots points lying around. 

Overall I think this brush could really fit into the higher end spectrum and compete with the big boys, it's a brush that I had high expectations for and it met them. For now it has actually replaced my beloved buffing brush for its ease of application and the flawless look it gives.

Have you guys tried the Expert Face Brush? Or are you a fan of the buffing brush?

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