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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Lip Coll

Honestly gals & guys, I didn’t know what to write a post about this week because usually I have many new products I’ve been loving. Unfortunately, I’ve had a lot of disappointing buys lately – Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quads, PUR Minerals soul mattes – all not what I was hoping for.

However, I have been trying to use more of my bright and bold lipsticks lately, and the ones I’ve been loving the most are my Chanel ones. I have 4 remaining of the 6 I had, and the pictures above are from the video I did some time back. You can watch it here – Chanel Lipstick Collection

Not only is it a really luxurious feeling package and one of those click closures, but its a matte that is not too drying (though certainly not moisturising) and a lipstick that stays put and doesn’t disappear from the inner lip out.

I also love these chanel lipsticks for how unique the colours are. Pictured above are top left – 37 L’Exuberante, Top right – 40 La Sensualle, Bottom Left – 44 La Diva (almost like MAC Candy Yum Yum but a bit less in your face), and Bottom Right – 45 L’Adoree (unfortunately this one is LE). I’m going to investigate new colours next visit to a chanel counter. If you have been looking for a brighter colour but like me can be a bit clumsy with lipstick, these are for you!

 

WunderBrow 1 Step Brow Gel Review

 

 

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I saw this on the Boots website when I was browsing new products, and I was immediately intrigued – I have got most of my outer brow, but the inner part has been victim to the over plucking us ladies were prone to in our younger years.

I literally have just one or two hairs on the inner part, so when I read that this is specifically designed to stick to skin, and is “semi permanent” and only comes off when you use remover, I added to my basket. Actually first I pondered a while over the colour as it doesn’t give you much help in choosing quite honestly.

I often find brunette to be too dark for me – I didn’t want Auburn as it looked too red, but the blonde looked way too light, so I took a chance and went for brunette after all. If you have dark brown hair, I would suggest going for the one in black/brown, as this brunette one is in my opinion a mid brown.

The first problem I had was application – if you use the lip gloss type applicator its great on thick parts of your brow and parts that have hair already, i.e. great for filling in and setting your brows in place, but you can’t be precise with it and create a defined look. Since I have no hairs, I do need to be precise and define, so I took my Louise Young LY37 brush that I usually use with my brow pomades and tried that. Definitely easier but it was very thin and too several applications to build up the colour I needed. I found the best way was to press the colour on rather than stroke it on as I usually would.

Now for longevity, as it claims to say put no matter what. I didn’t find that – I was getting hot & flustered during housework and wiped my forehead, only to realise later that it completely wiped one inner brow off! I found that the stuff adhered very well to the hairs and I actually had to rub quite hard to get that bit off, but the bit on skin came off easier than my Lancome brow cream and my Anastasia brow powder.

Conclusion? If I had thin sparse brows, this might work, but because I have literally none on the inner part, its no good for me and not worth the effort it takes to get a nice brow.

MAC Upward lash mascara review

MAC Upward LashI’ve got quite a few mascaras waiting to be used and/or tested, but when I saw that this new MAC mascara had a tiny brush I was drawn to it. I decided to be sensible and check a review so I looked one up on my iPhone in the store. It wasn’t a great review but you know what, I ignored it and bought it anyway lol, why do I even bother reading reviews!

I love it so far, and have been using it for about a week. I’ve already filmed a review raving about it, but realise now that the one thing I didn’t talk about in that video was removal – its not easy to remove, but not difficult. Not sure if that’s too wishy washy for you, but I mean there are some waterproof mascaras that I feel like damage my lashes getting it off which is why I go for non waterproof 99% of the time, even though I want them to be pretty much waterproof haha. This one does everything I want it to – a bit of volume, a bit of length, a good set of lashes in one coat but it is build able (although they do go quite dry quite quickly). It doesn’t flake or smudge, and it stays put all day. I just checked in the mirror and its still the same as when I applied it at 6.30am today and its now 5pm.

Will you be trying it?

Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation Review

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 12.58.31I ordered this from Sephora because I felt like the beauty world “owed” me a foundation. Silly I know, but I had got excited about and bought the Too Faced born this way one, and the Nars all day luminous one, but neither of them worked for me and were more for dry skin girls I felt. This one sounded ideal – very pigmented but fluid. This is the description from the website:

“Foundation coverage that lasts all day long. Get 24-hour wear and flawless coverage in an instant with this ultra-lightweight foundation concentrate. Featuring a revolutionary oil-free formula that contains twice as much pigment as a leading full-coverage foundation, it’s infused with innovative ingredients that completely cover with spot-on perfection. It’s enriched with Marc Jacobs’ patented golden pigments that are wrapped in lecithin—an ingredient that’s biochemically similar to skin—for immediate, effortless blending and a smooth, soft matte finish. This foundation has a one-of-a-kind dot applicator that allows for custom coverage. Just shake, dot, and blend for perfectly-matte coverage”

I agree with a lot of the above so far, but not all. I’ve worn the foundation about 6 or 7 times, and it does last all day and is very pigmented. I can’t say that I agree with the effortless blending – it seems to dry super fast and doesn’t spread very easily – I feel like this would be best used immediately after your moisturiser and without primer, which sounds counterintuitive if you have oily skin I know. It IS a smooth soft matte finish but again with the custom coverage claim, I’m not sure – I have found it very hard to get anything but a full coverage with the foundation as its so so pigmented and not easy to blend which means you can’t just for example put one dot on your nose, chin & forehead as it wouldn’t cover the outside of your face. Hope that makes sense! I will be doing a video review of this foundation which should explain it better.

It sounds like I don’t like the foundation, but I honestly do. I know that I just need to perfect my application technique. This morning I tried with a beauty blender, which does help with making it look less cakey. The colour I chose is 28 Bisque Taupe and its a bit too dark for unfortunately. I have ordered the colour 2 shades lighter so hopefully that will be a better match. They offer 22 colours with tones of peach, pink, yellow and neutral.

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit‏

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I bought the nude version of this little quad first and loved it, then realised there was a purple version and instantly it went into my basket. They are fab and I highly recommend them!

I’m going to do a tutorial with one of them, most likely the purple one but for £8.99 and also currently being 3 for 2 on Max Factor in boots, you can’t go wrong. There are 6 different versions to try – Golds, Blue & Silver, Nudes, Purple, Greens, and Greys. The pigmentation on both quads is fantastic with no “dud” shadow as can sometimes be the case. They blend beautifully and are the buttery creamy texture you would expect in a higher end shadow like the Lorac pro palette. The only small negative I noticed, and its only a tiny gripe, is that if you blend too much, they can disappear.

If you are going to buy 3 quads using the offer, I’d recommend the “Opulent nudes”, “Lavish lilacs” and “Sumptious gold”.

Diorskin Forever Foundation Review

Diorskin Forever

I bought the Dior star foundation and just didn’t understand the hype. My oily skin did not like it at all. It felt greasy and looked weird, and unfortunately for us in the UK, we can’t take things back for a refund unless they are faulty. When I mentioned to a Dior lady that I hadn’t liked it, she confessed that she didn’t either, and said the diorskin forever was the one for me. I didn’t buy it at that point as she gave me a sample albeit a tiny few drops that were left in the bottle.

When I did go to try it out, there wasn’t really enough for me to use, but from the little I did try it reminded me of the YSL fusion ink but a tad bit thicker. A nice thin liquid, but with really great coverage. I was pretty much sold from that point and knew I would buy it at some point, and the colours are so pretty – very neutral with no crazy orange or overly pinky tones. I’m quite proud of how long I waited to actually buy it, but with the disappointment of not getting on with either the Too Faced born this way or the Nars all day luminous, I made up my mind to buy it at the airport in London. That was nearly 2 weeks ago and I’ve worn it every single day since!

I LOVE this foundation, as much as I love my YSL fusion ink, and as much as I love my Lancome teint idole ultra. In fact I’d say it’s they are the mummy and daddy and had a baby lol. It feels beautiful on the skin, not heavy or cakey, not too thick but with plenty of coverage, not greasy but still moisturising, matte but not flat. I honestly can’t find anything bad to say about it and that’s not like me!

Its £32.50 so not cheap, but I love it so much I’ve bought a second bottle in a lighter colour so I can use it self tanned or not. The most amazing thing for me is how long it lasted – ages and ages! All day from 6am to 7pm when I took it off, it honestly looked hardly any different at 7pm. Normally my foundation will have disappeared completely from my chin, nose and forehead. Not this one, forever is a great name for it.

Ok, so I love it, you get the message, and I know a few of you over on you tube have told me you love it too. Not sure about my dry skin girls, but if you are normal or oily/combo, I highly recommend it.

Flash Power Mop VS Vax Steam Mop‏

Flash Mop

I didn’t envisage I’d be doing household type blogs on this my beauty blog, but I feel I need to tell you about the flash mop, it’s that good! I love a gadget and off  the top of my head I have the Vax carpet cleaner (love), Nutribullet (unsure), Homedics massage cushion (amazing), and I recently bought the Vax steam mop. I wasn’t impressed at all with the steam mop. Well, that’s not strictly true – at first I was totally in love – so easy to clean the floor without bending down (I previously just used wipes on my hands and knees), and quick to heat up. I did notice though that it seemed to just be pushing dirt around as opposed to removing it. I changed tact and on cleaning day I first cleaned the edges of each room with my wipes to remove most of the dust and any crumbs etc, then used the steam mop. Still I could see that it was pushing dirt around and it seemed to leave stripes where I had cleaned, and even worse didn’t get every mark off the floor. The Vax steam mop is now up for sale on my work notice board.

When I initially bought the steam mop, my best friend told me she’d not heard great things about them and swore by her Flash mop, so when I realised the steam one wasn’t for me, I headed to amazon to see about getting the flash mop. I was pleasantly surprised that it was only £18 for the mop & some solution and disposable cleaning pads. I’ve used it twice and I adore it! Now, I could be still in the honeymoon phase I accept that, but I really don’t think so – it’s just like my tried and tested floor wipes method except I don’t have to bend down! It is battery operated and you simply press the button to squirt some solution on the floor and then wipe. Simples.

The downside is the price of refilling the solution and cleaning pads (that look like giant sanitary pads by the way, just saying) but I don’t know how bad that will be until I figure out how long the solution lasts.

What do you use to clean the floor? Is that the most boring question you’ve been asked today lol, or like me do you like cleaning and cleaning products?!

John Frieda 7 Day In Shower Volume Treatment

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If you watch me on You Tube, you’ll know I’ve been a little bit obsessed with getting some volume in my hair, to the point even where I’ve had it all chopped off lol. 8 inches I had cut off! Anyhoo, which of us ladies isn’t looking for voluminous hair right? So, when I saw this innovative product, I knew I had to give it a go.

There are 2 unique things about this product –A.  it is an “in-shower” treatment, that is to say that it rinses out and B. It is said to last through 2-3 washes. I wanted to make sure I got the most trusted result possible, so I used the shampoo & conditioner from the same range, and used no other volumising products after my first wash. I recorded the video review this morning and as I said in that, there is a definite increase in Ooomph, but nothing dramatic.

Still, for me having lots of thick heavy hair, that’s a pretty good achievement and to be honest I had expected that either I’d have some volume but also some stickiness, or I’d have nothing. This didn’t leave any sticky feeling at all, in fact I wouldn’t have known I’d used any other product but my hair just felt a little bit more bouncy.

The way you use this is just like putting on an extra conditioner but you use it only at the roots and mid lengths, then leave it for 3-5 minutes. I rinsed out my conditioner and towel dried my hair, then left the product on for 5 minutes. The next time I washed my hair, I did use volumising products (the Queen for a day by Tigi) but the 3rdand final hair wash I didn’t use anything and that takes me to today where I can still feel a little something extra at my roots. I did use either my babyliss big hair to blow dry at the end or my Velcro rollers with some hairspray.

So, I don’t have anything negative to say about this, which isn’t really like me! I’ve got a feeling that if you have fine or thin hair, you’ll get an even better result than I did – do let me know :0) I got this on the 3 for 2 deal in Boots on haircare, but the product on its own is £9.99 and will last you about 8 weeks depending on how often you wash your hair (you leave 2 to 3 washes between treatments).

Stila stay all day precision glide brow pencil review‏

Stila BrowI went shopping on Monday to Marks & Spencer with a plan to buy one Stila brow product, the felt tip type brow pen. Instead I came away with 4! To be fair to myself, 2 of them are the same product (the gel in a tube) but just different colours, so I bought those plus the felt pen, and this pencil. I used it this morning and have had it on all day and can report back :0)

 The price is £16 in Marks & Spencer and you have a choice of 5 colours. It wasn’t easy for me to choose the correct colour for me simply because although there were tester pencils out, they had all dried out so much that I could barely get a swatch. With them being fairly new that does make me wonder if the pencil will dry out before I’ve finished using it, particularly as I switch products regularly so it will sit in my drawer some of the time. The packaging is nice and is very similar to the Anastasia brow wiz and it is about the same size of pencil. i.e. very thin which makes it easy to be precise. The spooly is also identical – who knows, perhaps they were intentionally trying to dupe it so us in the UK had an option!

I should say that I have very sparse brows on the inner part of my brow – I have to draw in hairs or it looks very odd. The rest of my brows somehow got away unscathed in the “pluck till there is one thin line” era lol.

I loved how this applied today – it was creamy enough that I didn’t have to press too hard to get colour, but firm enough that I didn’t use up half the pencil in one go (like with MAC brow pencil!). I wondered if it would last all day, especially with me constantly touching my face and eyes (a bad habit I know), but it has lasted perfectly. I can’t say I did the best job of making my brows look natural this morning, but this is more user error than the product itself – I’m more used to using a gel or powder because I feel like you can easily get a natural result. I should also add that on top of the pencil I lightly used the Diago Dalla Palma brow powder simply because it was also new and the temptation was too much!

Stila Brow Pencil Auburn

What is your favourite type of brow product?

Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Balm

Lip BalmI’m a sucker for a nice lip balm, but have struggled to find one that works well when my lips are super dry. I did a whole video comparing about 14 different lip balms and ingredients as I was on a mission to find a new super ingredient that would work for me. I didn’t find it!

Every time I mention lip balm or dry lips, someone mentions the Paulas choice Lip & Body treatment balm, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put in an order for only that. When I decided to buy the SPF45 day lotion (also a great product), I added on the lip balm.

My lips haven’t been uber dry lately so I hadn’t been able to test out its efficacy, until today that is. Last night I decided to put a salicylic acid cream on my face, and clearly got it too close to my lips as I woke up with very dry and sore lips. As I started my makeup I loaded them with the Nivea lip balm that’s always in my makeup bag but reapplied about 3 times within half hour as it just didn’t feel like it was doing anything. I then switched to the PC one and immediately felt relief and after a couple of applications, my lips already feel like they are on their way back to normal.

I do find it ironic that Paulas choice regularly talk about things in jars not being great, and a lip balm in a pot isn’t my favourite – I prefer a tube myself. It just feels a bit icky to keep dipping my finger in and lets be honest, we are not going to wash our hands before we use it every single time.

It’s £12 but you get a really big 14g pot that will last a while and this is a definite repurchase for me.