Sunday, 27 January 2013

Little Splurge

Hi loves,

I hope you've all had a fab weekend! So in my last post I told you how I did quite well in a couple of assignments, and the one reason is down to you fabulous people as some of you were involved with my journalism assignment. 

Anyways, because of this I decided to treat myself to a little something, now normally I don't tend to talk about expensive purchases because I don't want to feel like I'm bragging in anyway but recently Louis Vuitton released items from their Spring/Summer 2013 campaign and these items are utterly gorgeous. Not being able to resist I had to get this little beauty to accompany my bags.

This year their Illustre line is simply gorgeous, they have released a handful of bag charms with cute designs from this carousel to a groom version. Each charm comes with one of the iconic backgrounds from the monogram to the damier. I chose the pink carousel however because being the girl that I am, are obsessed with pink and I think the monogram is a statement piece from LV. Owning two monogram bags I felt that this would be the easier to go for, but can see myself placing this on my other which is azur despite it being white.

However how pretty these charms are they do come with a hefty price tag of £130, however being LV I know that this is a piece worth investing in and next week I will be getting the pink side hot stamped with my initials.

Sorry this post was short, just wanted to share with you all this little gem. Do any of you like to splurge on designer items? If so which brands as I'm always on the lookout for different designers.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Benefit High Flyin' Glosses

Hey loves,

If you are a fan of Benefit Cosmetics you will no doubt own at least one of their popular boxed blushers. Personally I adore these blushers and own about 5 of them, so when I heard that they were introducing lipglosses to accompany the blushers I couldn't wait. Now I actually got one while I was in America, but when they released the High Flyin' Glosses set I knew I wanted to get it so I could try the other shades out, and talk about being so cute. 

How cute is the packaging also? I think that is one of the reasons Benefit stand out as much as they do, purely because their packaging draws you in. I got this set for Xmas and have only recently been playing around with the glosses. Now normally I don't always reach for lipglosses, purely because if I'm in a rush I don't tend to pop one in my bag and are a very bad girly and sometimes leave applying my lipstick until I am in the car stuck in traffic - never good.

Onto the set, so you get all six of the glosses in a mini 6.5ml form. You may think this is quite a small amount to receive but I do see this set lasting a little while depending on how many times you choose to wear them. In the set you receive:

Coralista
Dallas
Bella Bamba
Hoola
Sugabomb
Dandelion

I wasn't sure when I got this gift whether I'd actually like all the colours in the set, however when I first swatched them I knew instantly I would and have expressed to my mom that I will soon be re-purchasing the full sizes of them all. 

What is great about these lipglosses is the fact that once applied they are not overly sticky, something you can often find with a gloss. Instead they are very soft and moisturising to the lips, and apply very easily. I love the colour range within the set, you can go from Dallas and Bella Bamba shades that I'd wear on their own for a boost of colour to Hoola and Dandelion which are great for just a subtle glow to the lips or to add shine over a lipstick. They add just the right amount of shine to my lips, and think these are perfect for both day and evening looks. 

I do feel that if you look at each individual shade you can instantly name the blusher it accompanies, and cannot wait to combine the both in looks. The packaging is how you'd expect and is super cute, and being the sad person that I am, really want to team them with their matching blusher. 

I really cannot fault this set, like I have already mentioned I will be buying the full size glosses of these once I finish the smaller ones. Quality of the glosses is fab, and would you expect anything less from Benefit when they have based these off their best selling blushers?

This set retailed (not sure if you can still get it) for £19.50 which means that the glosses are just over £3 each.

Have you tried any of their glosses from this range?

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

YSL Golden Melon Lipstick

Hi loves,

I hope you are all well and those with snow are staying safe if travelling. The past couple days have been rather exciting, I got a couple of marks back yesterday for assignments (one I thought I had failed) and did shockingly well.

Anyways last month I attended Clothes Show, and normally I don't do hauls of what I got their because I knot a lot of people do go and I pretty much get the same as I see on other blogs so tend to do separate reviews a little later. If you have gone before you will know that you can get a lot of bargains and most places do goodie bags where you pay a low amount for a great range of products.

I got a few of those and probably one of my favourite bags was the Daily Mail one, the bag itself was £3 and you got a lot of great products - however shades were not consistent and there was one little gem that was worth the cost of this bag.

YSL Rouge Pur Lipstick in shade 59 Golden Melon

I did a look round on the internet and I believe this is a shade that has now been discontinued and is hard to now get a hold of hence it's low price within the goodie bag. However this did not put me off at all as I think it is a gorgeous shade, and will be perfect for summer nights out. This was part of the Rouge Pur lipstick line from YSL and I only own one other lipstick from this which is Blonde Ingenue which is a gorgeous nude pink made famous by Lana Del Rey but that's another post for another day.

What I love about these lipsticks is the quality of them, they are so smooth to apply and I find as a higher end brand YSL are one of my favourites when it comes to lipsticks. The formula is very creamy so will glide on easily and feels yummy when applied (if that is possible). However because of their creamy consistency it does mean you will have to build the colour to achieve the look you want, saying that though it doesn't bother me being a light shade.

Despite its extremely creamy consistency it does stay well on the lips, I find it can last around 4 hours which I find is quite average for a lipstick but like I said considering it was so creamy I didn't expect it. I do find once applied this reminds me of Nars Orgasm and Sleek Rose Gold so I think it's the lipstick equivalent of those. However I don't know how they'd look combined together whether that would be too much - something I could imagine. 

I think there is just something about the packaging of YSL lipsticks whether it's the square look of these or the round bullets, to me they just scream luxury and absolutely adore the simplicity of the packaging.

My only gripe about this lipstick is that it is now a discontinued shade which means it is extremely hard to get a hold of, and I think the shade would have been one that could have sold well even now. When Spring finally arrives I can see this becoming one of my most used lip products!

Hope you liked, did you go to Clothes Show in December, if so what bargains did you pick up?

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Hi dolls,

I think this is very appropriate - SNOW! I was meant to be in uni first thing for my media law exam, however because of the adverse weather it has meant that it's now postponed until Feb 1 so it means I need to try and remember everything. Anyways, that was the reason I haven't posted much as I've been busy revising and was hoping I could get back to normal now with posts but they may be a few times a week depending on my work schedule.

I know I'm a little late on the hype but I wanted to do a review on Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation, I initially got this as a sample to try out before purchasing it but can say I am absolutely loving it. 


This is the first gel based foundation released by Maybelline, and according to the company it is free of waxes and fillers. I think because of this is one of the reasons I find it such a great foundation to apply.

Like I said I firstly got this as a sample, and have since purchased the full sized. Now normally if you follow my blog you know that I have a love for higher end cosmetics but since my life at the moment involves either being at work or uni I figured that I wanted something cheaper for everyday purposes.

However this has surpassed all of my expectations of a foundation in terms of: quality, feel, lasting power. Maybelline is a drug store brand that I do really like however sometimes forget about and therefore don't own many products from them. So as you do when something is heavily advertised you want to try it, received my sample and was a happy bunny.

Firstly as you know the shade range is different to a lot of products out there, it slightly reminds me of My Face's shading chart. The shades focus upon skin tone rather than just the shades their self, so the 12 shades are divided into three categories, fair skin is placed within the 100 colours, medium skin tones 200 and 300's fall into the dark. Following this it takes into consideration whether you feel that your skin has yellow/pink tones and then you can choose a shade accordingly. 

Further what I really like about this once you have chosen a shade for your foundation there is a matching shade for powder and concealer, which I own also (and will do separate reviews).

For my skin tone I chose shade 115 which I feel has a mixture of yellow and pink tones and matches my skin perfectly. When I apply this with a brush I find it one of the easiest foundations in terms of applications, it not only blends quickly but I find that I'm not spending ages making it look less cakey - a problem I sometimes have. 

Shade range I think is fab, even though there are 12 shades to choose from I do think there is a shade for everyone out there. I was a bit unsure getting the foundation and concealer as I didn't know if they would match as well as the foundation but they match perfectly. Probably one of the best sets I own in terms of colour matching my skin.

The coverage I find is medium, which is brilliant for my skin especially when it's having a bad week - just like it is now thanks to the stress of uni. However despite the heavier coverage it still remains very natural and flawless. The finish is very natural, so if you do have oily skin like myself this is a fab foundation as it leaves your skin very natural with a subtle glow.

In terms of lasting power I have found it between the 6-8 hour mark without powder which is brilliant! I sometimes like to pop a bit of powder on top during if my t-zone gets a bit oily, but that is nothing too major for me to not like the foundation. 

Bottle design is very simple, a glass bottle with a signature black top. Simplistic yet chic I find, and you know what it does the trick and I love a foundation that comes with a pump - it just makes out life easier.

I would go so far as to say with this that it really could rival some of the bigger named premium brands out there, especially for a fraction of the price. This has become my go to foundation for a while now and I have really fallen in love with it. 

This foundation costs £7.99 which is a bargain if you are after a great lasting foundation.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Ultimate Fix

Hi dolls,

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts this week, as many of you will know that I've had a massive journalism assignment due in Friday, but I won't go too much into the stress of that following sleepless nights and lack of Internet minutes before it was due.

Anywhoo, one of the things I really enjoy when I have the time do so is painting my nails. However as you all know when it comes to painting your nails it can take you anywhere from half an hour to longer (including drying time), which can be annoying especially if you want to do nail art and you are constantly waiting on layer after layer.

I had been relying on my China Glaze Fast Forward top coat to help combat the drying time, however do find the smell a little bad when applying. That was when I found out about The Ultimate Fix.













































The Ultimate Fix* via Beauty Narcotix

There is nothing more annoying than just finishing a manicure and you then accidentally mark one or two and have to do those again. Hence why I was so happy to try this product out, The Ultimate Fix claims to dry nail polish in a matter of minutes whilst showing chip free nails.

The Ultimate Fix is a rapid drying spray which can be applied to all levels of polish including base and top coats, and is set to leave nails stronger than before. I put this to the test the other night to not only see how it helped dry my nails but also whether it lived up to the claims of chip free nails.

As I apply my OPI Matte Nail Envy I felt no need to apply this to the base coat as this already dries quite quickly, however I did so on the next few layers of polish. It's recommended that you place the can 15-20cm away from the nails and then spray, I did so and after a minute I thought I'd be a bit cheeky and see if the layer of polish had already began to dry. To my surprise it had, and I'm not just talking dry but added pressure will mark or smudge the nail - I mean bone dry no smudging or marks. I was quite impressed by this as OPI normally recommend 90 seconds per layer for drying time.

This was the case for the rest of the layers which I was really happy about, once complete with top coat I found it took a little longer to dry completely due to the amount of layers but that didn't bother me too much because I had been so happy with the product throughout. 

To see how this combats chipping I purposely chose to add a matte top coat as I know matte is notorious for chipping. However this is how it is holding up after 4 days (including being at work, which is normally the time my nails will chip).

So far I am really impressed with this product, it has really helped saving time when doing my nails. The website states that this can saves over 20 hours drying time and will last between 40-50 manicures/pedicures depending on the usage and layers. 

A 200ml can costs £17, which actually I think is a great price considering the price of the OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting to speed up drying time in half. What is your go to quick dry top coat?

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Friday, 4 January 2013

Top 12 of 2012

Hi dolls,

I know I am a little late with the posting of this as we are now on the 4th Jan , but hey better late than never. Now I was surprised at how hard it was to narrow it down to just 12 products, and I wanted to have a range of items to show that you don't have to always buy the more expensive brands to get some great makeup. 

Now honestly, I have been loving the drugstore brands this year from the Revlon lip butters to Maybelline's Fit Me collection. Onto the top 12:

Some of these have had individual reviews so won't go into too much detail, but I'll pop the link to the reviews underneath.

Sudocrem

I think most people have heard about this little miracle cream, and I think it's great as an overnight fix to reduce the redness and size of spots. You can look a little like a ghost depending on how much you apply but when the tub doesn't cost much looks don't matter once applied because you wake up the next morning with a visible improvement to your skin.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Once again this is another hyped product, and one that lives to its expectations in my opinion. I think this applies foundation flawlessly and due to this it only takes a couple of minutes to properly apply my foundation and have it blended. This comes in the core set which is a fab set for £20 as essentially each brush works out at £5 which is nothing really, you can buy a similar brush on its own but I'm not sure on the quality and have heard it's not as great as this.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

I haven't been using this foundation for long but love it so much that it has made my favourites list, now I don't want to go into too much detail because I plan on doing a full review. However this is a fab foundation, it's medium coverage but I do find it hides blemishes really well and looks fab once applied. It has a great lasting power and I love how light weight it feels on my skin.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

A second newly used product to make the list, now I normally like higher end concealers but this one has quickly become a firm favourite. Once again it's a medium coverage but I find for my skin it works really well and covers any extra areas that need so really well.

Pixi Natural Brow Duo

It was my mom that actually introduced me to this product (thank you), and I did a review on this a little while ago. This is actually my favourite brow product to use as I find it very natural and love the gel side of this as it keeps the hairs in place whilst tinting them slightly.

Review here.

Benefit Porefessional

This one has mixed reviews from bloggers, but I have really grown to love it over the year. I love the velvety texture once applied to the skin, and gives a matte finish which works well on my skin as a primer. I do find it reduces redness slightly, but I don't love it for those qualities - but instead for the smoothness on my skin prior to apply foundation. 

Benefit They're Real

Another much loved product, I am now on my second bottle of this (which included a mini). I just really like the overall look once applied, I find it adds length, thickens the lashes and slightly curls them. However my favourite way to wear this mascara is by curling my lashes first and then popping this on top as I find it applies slightly better.  

Review here.

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick

This collection is simply amazing, I was really excited when the matte collection was launched following my love for her first Rimmel line. The range is fab, I own three already and got 107 not knowing if it would be too dark for my skin tone, that's not the case though as I really love how it looks on and is great for nights out. 

Review here.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

When it came to applying blush I always relied on my trusty Sigma brush until I got my hands on this, it's the perfect shade I find to apply to my cheeks. The tapered styling also means you can apply blush lightly onto the cheeks and then blend it in, so you don't start with bright cheeks that look a little clownish. I didn't know it was possible to fall in love with a brush hehe!

Burt's Bee's Lip Balm

Won't go into too much detail as I have my review of the big set below. However I will just simply say - best balm ever!

Sleek Rose Gold Blush

A great dupe for Benefit, I adore this blush. The colour is gorgeous and perfect all year round, I think in general their blushes are great quality and can rival some of the premium brands. I adore the black packaging as it looks really stylish, however my only gripe is that I have to use my tweezers to open it.

Urban Decay Naked 2

I think every woman and her dog knows about this palette, it's simply amazing. I know when you think £36 for a palette does seem a little pricey but I like to compare it to the price that they charge individually for each eye shadow. The palette is so versatile in terms of colours and looks, I can do a simple everyday look with the shimmers and then change that to a night time but simply adding darker colours.

I hope you enjoyed, and what are your favourites of 2012?

PS. I'd like to say a massive thank you to all you lovely ladies helping me out with my project! I love you all.

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