Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask With Pink Clay

To cut a long story short, i was having one of the worst breakouts I've ever had. Something was not agreeing with my skin (or a combination of things) and i was at my wits end until my best friend gave me this.

Good Points

*Quality - you know when you can just tell a product is luxurious and expensive? Well this is so good, it did just that

*The smell - as with other Clarins products this smells fresh, and not too overpowering which is perfect for something thats going to be sitting on your face a while

*It worked - this cleared up my blemishes really well and although it didn't get rid of them all (which i think after one application is a bit too much to expect) it got rid of the majority, and i noticed this the next day

*My skin felt SO soft afterwards - it was not at all drying and my mum even said my skin was like a baby's bum!

*It 'soaked' into my skin - you know sometimes when a face mask just sits on top of your skin? Well i could feel this getting right in there, and i didn't even need to moisturise the next day as the job was already done

*With this being in a tube, you get to decide how much you use - you can layer this depending on what sort of week your skin is having, which saves you money too

*I would recommend this for all skin types as its not drying, but didn't make me oily either, and didn't irritate my skin in the slightest

*It was super easy to wash off - always a bonus when it comes to face masks!

Not So Good Points

*The price - £20.50 for 50ml isn't good value for money. The only thing that would actually stop me from repurchasing this is the price, as i really don't consider it to be purse friendly.

*You need to use quite a lot to actually cover your face - which again makes this an expensive product

*There were very few instructions on the packaging of this product - nothing to tell you how much to use, how often to use etc.

Overall, i believe this to be a high quality, blemish fighting, skin brightening product which i feel privileged to have tried. It was a real treat for me to use this, and although i really DO recommend this product, i will only repurchase this if i have a generous amount of money to spare. Having said that, seen as its coming up to a rather important holiday, this may be going on my christmas list!


Friday, 14 September 2012

Benefit Lemonaid Primer - Review

You can find this here

Good Points

*I LOVE This - This is one of my holy grail products and something i reach for all the time

*Like other Benefit products, it lasts forever. Ive had mine over a year and granted I've hit pan, but I'm nowhere near running out

*No matter what eyeshadow i apply over the top, no matter how expensive or cheap it is, it does not budge ALL day. Whenever i have a dance show, i use this and it stays on ALL night, not matter how much i sweat

*Its compact and has a mirror which means its perfect for travelling

*It makes eyelids sticky, so eyeshadow just sticks onto it and stays there

*The packaging is sturdy, with a sleek design

*It doesn't interfere with the colour of your eyeshadow - I've used primers in the past where its made the eyeshadow look lighter or darker. With this, your eyeshadow transfers exactly the same as it is in the palette.

Not So Good Points

*Cost - £16.50 is a ridiculous amount to spend on a primer in my eyes. But. I. Just. Cant. Help. It.

*Benefit claim you can use this alone to brighten up your eyes - Hell no. When applied eyelids look really pale and yellow, not a good look.

Overall, i can not recommend this product enough, I've already repurchased for when this runs out. Its the perfect base for any eyeshadow, and one of the many reasons why i love Benefit!


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara Review

£11 - here

This is a travel size which actually came with a free gift set, but after using it all i think I'm in a position to give it a review!

Good Points

*I like the packaging, the green stands out in my mascara tin, and unlike lots of other products, the design doesn't rub off

*The brush - i love a plastic brush, i feel like it gets right in there and separates my lashes

*This mascara makes lashes look really full whilst lengthening - definitely one for a night out!

* More often than not, no7 do that brill thing where you get the £5 voucher, which makes this much cheaper!

*I consider this to be a luxury mascara for me, from the price, the packaging, to what it does for my lashes

*Its realllyyyyy black - that might sound silly, but its almost blacker than black, hard to explain, but it really makes eyes stand out!

Not So Good Points

*I HATED this at first - there was far too much product on the brush and it just stuck my lashes together. (Luckily after a few applications this problem stopped completely)

*Cost - £11 is the absolute most i would spend on a mascara, and there are cheaper ones which i love just as much as this one

*Its messy - everytime i use this i have to use a cotton bud or a baby wipe to get rid of the excess mascara above and under my eye. Even when the mascara was practically dried up i had to do this

*It can sometimes clump - you know them days where you're just not having a good mascara day? Or when one eye goes better than the other? Well this mascara can make one eye clump, and the more you try to correct it, the more it clumps.

Overall, this is a really top notch mascara which id definitely recommend. If you're on a budget like me, this is what id call a 'treat mascara'. With cost being a major factor, ill only repurchase this with a £5 voucher, or in some sort of 3 for 2 offer. But that still counts as a repurchase, yey!


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

NOTD - Barry M Fuchsia

No matter how many time i paint my nails, and how many different colours i use, i always come back to 2 things.

Barry M



If you're a follower of my blog you know i love Barry M, and despite the fact i have over 100 nail polishes, Barry M is always the most used. There's just something about their colours, staying power and formula that spells out winner for me.

And seen as the weathers absolutely slowly deteriorating into autumn i thought id brighten up my day, by going for a typically girly wirly pink! 

So there we go :)


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Perfume

You can find this here

Granted this is the empty bottle. But thats the perfect time for a review isn't it?

Good Points

* The scent - this is a sweet, girly scent which can be used for both day and night time

*The scent lasts really well - if I've worn this the day before, when I'm putting my clothes in the washer i can still smell it

*The packing is simple and sweet, and the bottle has a really lovely iridescent tone to it

*Its travel friendly, you can purchase this as small as 30ml, but even the 100ml i had is perfectly handbag/suitcase friendly

*Its economical - yes its not the cheapest, but considering I've had this for so long, I've got a lot of use out of it and its lasted me an age!

Not So Good Points

Its a little outdated - I've had this probably around 5 years, and when someone asks what you're wearing, and you reply 'kylie minogue' it doesn't get the same response as 'marc jacobs' or 'chanel' does it?

*Cost - considering this is a celebrity fragrance which has been released for a considerable number of years, its still £33.33 for 100ml. Yes there are perfumes far more expensive than this, but there are also perfumes for less. Luckily this was a gift, but if i were to be spending that sort of money on a fragrance, id rather pay that little bit more (or the same) and go designer.

Overall, i totally recommend this perfume, and i would possibly repurchase this in the future if it came down in price or was in some sort of offer. If you like sweet girly smells, you'll definitely like this, and its perfect to wear anytime, whether you're at work, going on a date, or a night out!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

FAB Body Moisturiser Review (Glossybox Product)

You can buy this here for £10.27

Well. This is a really hard review to write because i really can't think of that much to say. I was neither wowed or severely disappointed. Rather than write a paragraph which most people will just skip over i thought id set this out a little different and easier to skim over.

Good points:

*This particular size is perfect for travel or to put in your handbag (i sometimes use these as hand creams - they're for your body right?)

*I could wear this then perfume on the top, because this lotion has no scent so there wasn't a clash of smells that i sometimes find with other products

* The formula is really creamy and feels nice applied to the skin

*It soaks in really quickly which is good for people on the go

*Jennifer Aniston is said to use this brand - if its good enough for her!

*Considering its a travel sized product, it lasted me a good few weeks

Not so good points

* Price - although £10.27 isn't going to break the bank, there are other moisturisers which i absolutely love that cost a fraction of this price

*It didn't leave me moisturised for longer than a day

* It didn't moisturise my dry areas, so if you have dry skin i wouldnt recommend this

*The packaging means you theres product left in the bottle even when you can longer get any out - i hate waste!

*There was no scent - this is something i always notice first about a body product, and i have to say i was a little gutted there was no scent!

Overall this is an average product, but i won't be repurchasing this body moisturiser as i think there are far better moisturisers on the market which are a little more purse friendly!

See my FAB Face Cleanser Review here


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

NOTD: Rimmel 60 Seconds Sunny Side

This is the perfect summer shade. Its got tiny flecks of gold which catch the light really well!
It lasted a good 4 days without chipping, and that was without a top coat.
This reminds me of Marilyn Monroe, as something she would wear during the day -  as strange as that sounds!
Overall a very decent polish which i definitely recommend 


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

NYX Nude On Nude Palette

I  couldn't contain my excitement when i found this in TK Maxx for £12.99. I love me a neutral palette, and the fact this came with lip colours was simple a bonus. I find some of the colours to be similar to the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and the MUA Undressed Palette, so i knew i had to get it!  

As you can see some of the colours I've already used ( i couldn't wait to try it before i photographed it for you!

I personally have rarely used lip colours in a palette, because i can't use that same colour to touch up during the day, but i think i may give this a go - i don't like waste!
My first impressions of this palette is that the pigmentation is very good, and although I've only used a couple of colours i am seriously impressed. I can see this becoming a staple product !
You can find this palette here


Sunday, 2 September 2012

August Favourites

Seen as my last months favourites were late, this seems to have come around so quick! A lot of these favourites were things i took on holiday and loved, so without further ado...

Collection 2000 Colour Match Foundation

I got this from Poundland believe it or not! After a week abroad my skin is definitely a few shades darker, but i didn't want to spend much money on a foundation ill only be using for the next couple of months. This is really smooth, and although its dark, its not too dark and like it says on the bottle, it really does blend into your skin colour.

Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious (3.99) Boots - here

This was the only blusher i took on holiday so i used this everyday. Its SO pigmented and it will last me ages as you only need the tiniest amount on your brush. I haven't really used the bottom right shade, but i love all the others - i generally use a little of each on my cheeks everyday for a summery look

No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara in Black (12.50) Boots - here

I took 2 mascaras on holiday, and didn't even use the other one because this is so amazing. It makes my lashes really long and full, its easy to take off, and the brush feels like i gets right in-between each lash.

MAC Plusglass in Ample Pink (17) - here

Ive been wearing this during the day this month, as it seems to just go perfectly with whatever makeup i am wearing, not to mention it smells absolutely gorgeous. Its a subtle nude with a tiny hint of pink, and i always get compliments on this!

17 Ultimate Volume Lipgloss in Butterfly Cake (3.99) Boots - here

I wore this most evenings on holiday, and found its really stunning when the light catches it. Its a pretty pink with a subtle gold shimmer which is what makes it catch the light. It lasted even after a meal, and its in no way sticky - intact it was so smooth i couldn't stop rubbing my lips together!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain (5.99) Boots - here

I LOVE everything about this, the minty smell, the way it feels on my lips, and of course the colour. Its the perfect summer colour, but i will still be using this throughout the autumn as its just too good not to!

Bourjois 1 Second Gel Nail Polish Shade 14 - £5.99
(The false nails are Kiss)

I definitely saved the best til last! It was my birthday on the 1st September, and i luckily found this just in time - this is most definitely my favourite nail polish EVER. I felt like a true disney princess when i put this on