Vaseline 'Paint The Town Red' Limited Edition Lip Tint | Review & Swatches

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Hello Ladies! I'm a big lover of Vaseline, I always seem to have one in my bag or on my bedside table. My favourite one for night is the Aloe Vera tin and my favourite one to use throughout the day is the Pink Lips tinted tin. However, Vaseline have recently released a new limited edition 'Paint The Town Red' Lip Tint*, a lovely lip balm with a light hint of red which is perfect for when you want a slight colour in your lip balm. 

At first, I was a little scared of using this as it does look very red in the tin and I don't usually go for bright colours or ever really wear red lipsticks but after trying it and realising that this was only a slight red tint, I was much more comfortable popping it onto my lips without the need to use a mirror. One thing I really love about this is the smell, it smells so yummy like some kind of jelly sweet, I'm not really doing it justice but i really do love the smell of this product and it isn't too sweet like a lot of lip balms. 

This lip tint is perfect for when you want to add a hint of colour on the go and is super moisturising, I can see this being one of the few tins I actually finish! Have you tried the new Vaseline lip tint? I'd love to know your thoughts!

So...? Fragrance Christmas Gift Set | Review & Swatches

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Yes, I did it. I mentioned Christmas. But Christmas is under 2 months away now so for me, it's time to start buying presents and hopefully that way I'll be able to split the cost over two months instead of spending my December rent money on Christmas presents! I was recently contacted by So...? Fragrance to see if I would like to review one of their Christmas gift sets aimed at girls to give to their friends. I thought this would be a good product to share with you all as I know I do have some readers who are still in School, and I'm not sure if this was just my school or not, but when the last day of school rolled around everyone would be exchanging presents and when you have about 15 'best' friends, that is one expensive Christmas! 

So....? Fragrance have targted at this age group specifically and aim to produce good quality, fun products at an accessible price to young girls. I was sent the 'Rock n Roll' fragrance gift set to try out which contains a body spray, lipgloss and perfume which I think is a great combination of little gifts to give to a girl who is maybe just starting out in buying perfume. I know when I was younger I would have never bought any of the perfume's I currently own as they were just too expensive for School and trips to the cinema with my friends. 

The scent is young, sweet and floral and definitely something I would associate with teenage girls and it is surprisingly long lasting. I do quite like the scent for every day wear and have been using it quite a bit recently as I do hate using my expensive perfume's on days when I'm only popping to Sainsburys as it just seems like a bit of a waste. The packaging is not something which I would personally choose for myself as I'm not a big lover of the graffiti design but I've seen a lot of slightly younger girls who are into this kind of thing who I think would love this gift set. 

It also comes with a lipgloss which is something I would have loved while in school. I used to love lipgloss as it was a good place to start with make up as we weren't allowed to wear much to school, so lipgloss was an easy way to be girly. Also, I think the body spray would be perfect for a girls school bag as I always had something similar in my bag at school or in my PE bag. 

I hope this post has given you some idea's on what to get either your daughters friends, friends or maybe even family members such as teenage cousins, etc for Christmas as I think something like this would have been perfect to give to a friend at school when I was a young teenager! 

L'Oreal Collection Privee 'Cheryl's Nude' | Review & Swatches

Monday, 28 October 2013

Hello Ladies! You may have heard me mention on twitter that I'm trying to save up for a new laptop as this one is currently in the process of a slow and painful death, which means bye bye MAC lipsticks and helloo drugstore! While I was browsing the isles of Boots spending ALL of my money I came across the L'Oreal Collection Privee stand and thought it looked interesting. 

I'm a big lover of nude lipsticks for every day wear as I'm not really one for rocking up to work sporting a bright red pout so this whole collection appealed to me. Originally I wanted to look at 'Doutzen's Nude' as I thought that her complexion was the most similar in colour to mine (trust me, that's where the similarities end!) but when I swathed it, it was very light and a very pale pink whereas I was looking for a warmer nude. 

I ended up going for 'Cheryl's Nude' because, as you can see, it's the perfect 'your lips but better' shade and is perfect for every day wear. To me, L'Oreal is towards the high end of drugstore make up so I was expecting a good quality lipstick and that's exactly what I got. The finish of these lipsticks is so similar to the MAC Cremesheen finish that I can't even tell the difference, they leave you with a lovely creamy, moisturising finish and I even think that they last longer than the MAC Cremesheen lipsticks. I almost might be a drugstore convert! 

I also love the packaging of these lipsticks. I feel that one thing the drugstore is lacking in the lipstick department, is good packaging. A lot of drugstore brands tend to settle for the cheap plasticy looking packaging but I love the sleek expensive look of the Collection Privee packaging. I will definitely be going back to check out some of the other shades available and would highly recommend these lipsticks to anyone who loves a good nude lipstick. I've never really tried any L'Oreal make up products before but I have to say, I will be trying some out from now on I'm that impressed. 

New Limited Edition Sleek Make Up | Celestial iDivine and New Mascras

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Hello Lovelies! Recently I've been really loving the Sleek eye shadow palettes. They were reccomended to me in one of the blogger chats, so off I went to Superdrug to get the Oh So Special palette. I was so suprised at the brilliant pigmentation in all 12 eye shadows for only £8 and Celestial is no different. 

The Celestial iDivine Palette* is this winter's limited edition palette by Sleek and I would get your hands on it quick if I were you as it's bound to sell out like all of the other Sleek Limited Edition products I try (and fail) to get my hands on! Celestial brings together iridescent midnight blues and deep purples to create the illusion of the stars and allows you to create glistening night time looks, perfect for the party season! 

Like all Sleek pallette's, Celestial contains 12 pigmented shades, however I found that some of them were much more pigmented than others so you may have to apply some of them with caution as to not apply too much make up! Whenever I post about eye shadows I usually get asked in the comments to include a picture of how I would wear the product and a look which I would create, so I have finally listened to you! Below is a picture of a autumnal purple look I created with the palette, I'd probably wear this on a night out when I can be much more daring with my eye shadow choices but I love the look overall. I made this look completely using this palette, showing that this really is all you need to create an eye look. I'm also wearing the Full Fat Lash mascara in this picture. 

Sleek are also releasing two new mascara's and I was lucky enough to be sent one to test out. I was sent the Full Fat Lash Mascara* which has a ball tip to allow you to build each lash, much like the Benefit They're Real wand. The wand on this mascara is super flexible meaning that it's easy to reach the corners of your eyes, and you can see from the above picture that it really does thicken and lengthen your lashes. What more could you ask for from a mascara which only costs £6.99?

I also love the packaging of both of these products, they're well...sleek haha. They look much more high end than they are and I love the simple black look of all of the skeek products, very similar to some MAC and Nars packaging. 

I'd love to know what you think of me including an eye look in my posts and your thoughts on Sleek products! 

Maybelline Colour Tatto's | Review & Swatches

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having a fab weekend! I feel so much better now that I've been able to take a batch of photos for my blog again. The winter weather really is making it difficult but we had about half an our of sun through the window today so I pounced on it and took photos for a few blog posts I have lined up - hurrah! If any of you have any suggestions on how to stop the winter gloom from ruining my photo's please leave them in the comments below! 

Anyway, Onto the post. I've been wanting to get my hands on one of the MAC Paint Pots for a while now but have always been put off by the price, I just can't justify spending £17 on one of them when there are much cheaper ones available, and I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of one. While I was in Boots I saw that they were having an offer on Maybelline cosmetics so I thought it would be a perfect time to try out the Colour Tattoo's. I'm sure you've all heard of them as every blogger has been raving about them since they were released, but for some reason I had always held back. At the moment they are on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots, so I only actually paid for 2 of them, so if you're thinking of buying them now is a good time to stock up! 

The Maybelline Colour Tattoo's are cream eye shadows, designed to be long lasting which can either be used as a base or on their own. The range now has more colours than when they originally came out but I was a little disappointed that they didn't have a dupe for the 'Bare Study' Paint Pot as this was the one I wanted most from MAC. 

I picked up Pink Gold, Permanent Taupe and On And On Bronze as these were the shades I thought I would get the most use out of. Unfortunately I couldn't test them in store as all of the testers were dried up so I didn't want to pick one of the more daring colours then regret it later. Pink Gold is a lovely pink toned golden colour which will go great with some of my pink or gold eye shadows to add some more dimension to the look or to make my eye shadows more vibrant when used as a base. Permanent Taupe has more of a matte finish and is one which I will definitely be using as a base. It's a very plain colour but I think it will make a great base for my neutral brown eye shadows and would look lovely with some golden glitter shadow on the outer corners and crease. And lastly I picked up On And On Bronze. This is the one I think is most talked about and I can see why. It's such a wearable bronze colour which looks great either on its own during the day time or you can use it as a base when creating a bronze night look. 

Overall I'm very impressed with the Colour Tattoo's as they did act as great eye shadow bases making my eye shadows stand out more and last longer, I just wish there were more in the range! 

MAC Eyeshadow in 'Phloof!' | Review & Swatches

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Whenever I wear eye shadow (almost every day) I like to use a light colour to highlight my inner corners as this really does open up your eyes and completes the overall look, and recently my go to eye shadow for this has been ‘Phloof!’ by MAC.  ‘Phloof!’ is a really pretty cream colour which is perfect for use with a neutral eye as it just blends straight into the browns, taupes and creams which I love to use in my neutral eye looks. I sometimes find that a white eye shadow is just too bright and obvious to use in my inner corner as I want it to look as natural as possible so people think that my eyes are naturally that bright. 

‘Phloof!’ has a ‘frost’ finish meaning that it has an almost metallic shimmery finish which I think is just so pretty, and as most of my eye shadows have this finish, it blends in perfectly with my eye look without being too obvious. I also like to use just a dab of this under the arch of my eyebrow to lift my eyebrows and again, open up my eyes to make them look bigger and brighter. However, I also love to use this eye shadow as a base colour as I find the creamy champagne colour really goes well with golden or neutral eye looks. 

What I really love about MAC eye shadows is how creamy and soft they are to apply and ‘Phloof!’ is no different, it goes on like a dream and stays put all day so you don’t have to lug your whole make up bag around with you, which is always a bonus as I already carry around way too much in my bag!

Sudocrem Skincare Cream | Review

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Hi Ladies! I hope your all having an amazing week! I don't know about you, but in the winter my skin really suffers from the cold weather. There are colds flying around left, right and center at the moment and I often find that blowing my nose causes the edges of my nose to become extremely dry. Also, in general, my skin becomes quite dry during the winter months. 

Sudocrem have recently released a new addition to their line of products in the form of Sudocrem Skincare Cream. Sudocrem is something I always make sure I have in my bathroom cabinet as it's such a handy product to have when you need to treat things like a pesky spot, sunburn or even nappy rash (not that I use it for that - I think it's safe to say I'm past the nappy stage!). But since realizing that a lot of young women and men use Sudocrem to treat spots, they have developed a new cream which comes in this more portable and wash bag friendly tube. 

As far as I can tell, the cream is pretty much the same as the original skincare cream, I was expecting it to be slightly thinner to make it easier to use on your skin but it is still as think. The only thing I would say is that this cream tends to blend into my skin a lot easier than the original cream. I use this handly little tube to treat spots, as a mask when my skin is looking a bit on the dry side. But the main use I've found for it this winter is for treating the sore, dry patches on the side of my nose caused by blowing my nose. This really has been a life saver for me when a cold strikes like it has done lately, and I'm sure this won't be the last time this winter that I will need to use it! 

Time For A Change | Rush Hair Cut & Colour

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Hi Ladies! I was recently asked if I would like to get my hair cut and coloured at House of Rush, Rush Hair's flagship salon in Picadilly. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance, I haven't had my hair cut since November last year after a bit of a disaster at the hairdressers and since, have been a bit scared to go back. 

As soon as I was seated I felt like I was in safe hands and my stylist really seemed like she knew what she was talking about which is always a good start. I brought a picture along with me to show what type of colour I was after and she talked me through the process and that I would need to go a few shades lighter to see the difference. I had never had my hair coloured before so it was nice knowing I was in safe hands and I wasn't going to leave with orange hair!  

As I hadn't had my hair coloured before I opted for a subtle change. You can't really see it in the pictures as the dark weather and my rubbish camera don't make a great team, but the lower parts of my hair now have subtle highlights running through it and I have a few lighter segments at the front of my hair to frame my face. I love my new colour and although it is only a subtle colour change, it has completely changed my look, making it brighter and warmer and just generally making it look like it's in better condition. 

I also had my hair cut while I was there, which is also something I worry about. I find that a lot of hairdressers just do what they want and cut off as much as they want without really listening and I usually leave the hairdressers upset but there were no tears this time! My hairdresser really listened when I said I wanted to keep my hair long, and only cut off about an inch and a half to make my ends seem thicker as they were a bit dead and straggly. I love that my hair is still long but is now in better condition and the ends no longer look like straw! 

I would highly recommend Rush hair salons to anyone wanting to change up their look or even just go for a trim, they really do listen to you and provide excellent customer service. I will definitely be heading back when my hair is in need of another cut. 

OOTD: Paint The Town Red with Vaseline

Hi Girlies! A little while ago I was contacted by Vaseline to see if I would like to take part in their latest blogger challenge. I love taking part in these blogger challenges as they give me some inspiration on what to post, but this one was a little different as it was all about an OOTD, something which I don't usually do. 

Firstly, I apologize for the picture quality, I'm back in London now so I can't use my Mum as a makeshift photographer and self timer just isn't the same. Also, now that the days are getting darker there was just no proper light to take these photos in but I've done my best. 

The idea was to create an outfit that you would wear on a night out which featured something red to go with the launch of the new limited edition red tinted Vaseline. I decided to go for this outfit as it's still dressy enough to wear on a night out but it's a good option if you don't want to get your legs out or wear a dress. The red part of my outfit that I decided to include were my berry colored leggings from Boohoo. They're like disco pants but they're actually leggings, I didn't want to opt for full on red as I find that wearing bright red usually makes me look, well, red and that's never a good look. 

I paired them with a white shirt that I got from Primark that has some little diamante detailing on them and with a matching necklace which I also picked up when I was in Primark. 

As you can probably tell, I'm not the best at OOTD's and they aren't my favourite thing to do but I think when I get a better set up and a half decent camera I may start doing a couple whenever I get dressed up for something. I'd love to know what you think, or if you think I shouldn't bother! I will be doing a full review of the new limited edition Vaseline soon so keep a look out!

Models Own 'Winter Wonderland' Collection

Hi Girlies! I hope you've all had a fab weekend! I've been feeling a bit run down and generally rubbish all week so it has been nice to relax this weekend and do a spot of shopping! I recently won a £10 Boots Gift Card and I decided to treat myself to some new nail varnish. I don't usually buy nail varnish but recently my nail varnish has all gone a bit gloopy and I thought it would be a nice treat to get some new sparkly colours. 

The Models Own 'Winter Wonderland' Collection has 5 shades but seeing as I only had £10 to spend and didn't want to spend a small fortune on nail varnish, I just chose the two I liked the best. It was a hard decision as all of the colours are so pretty and I can't resist anything sparkly! 

The first one I picked up is called 'Pink Fizz', I love that name, it definitely reminds me of Christmas as that's about the only time of year the fizz comes out in our house! It is a beautiful sparkly pink champagne colour and it looks gorgeous either on all of your nails or just as an accent nail. I've been wearing this since I bought it and I absolutely love it. 

Another shade I couldn't resit is 'Snowflakes'. although this is another glittery polish and I have tonnes of them, this one is different to all of the others, so of course I had to have it. It is a clear polish with large chunks of glitter which really does remind me of snowflakes or tinsel. 

The wear time on these nail varnishes are pretty good and all of the colours in the collection are super pretty, I would definitely recommend checking them out next time your in Boots. 

Skinetica | Review & After Pictures

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Hi Ladies! Since starting my blog, I've really been getting into skincare and have been enjoying the benefits that a regular skincare routine has to offer. Long gone are the days of face wipes, and my skin has never thanked me enough. Before I review this product I think it's best I give you a bit of background into my skin type. Currently I have dry sensetive skin, however it can sometimes become oily around my nose. I still class my skin as dry as it is way too dry to be classed as combination, and I find that skincare directed at dry skin works best for me. Also, after having suffered around 7-8 years of terrible acne, I now have sensitive skin as a result of all of the treatments I went through. 

When Skinetica* contacted me asking me if I would like to try one of their acne treatments, I jumped at the chance. I would usually be more careful when choosing an acne treatment as I do find that none of them really live up to their claims and as they are quite toxic (in order to purge the spots), they often dry out my skin more that a product usually would, but after reading so many brilliant things about Skinetica, I jumped at the chance. 

Skinetica claims to contain no harsh chemicals and be non toxic, while clearing up the skin to produce brilliant results with no side effects. Having suffered with acne for so long, I was immediately sucked into these claims as it was exactly what I was looking for - an acne treatment suitable for sensitive skin. Although my first thoughts were 'this is too good to be true', after reading a few rave reviews claiming it was a skin savior, I decided to give it a go. I've tried hundreds of acne treatments over the years, from creams to solutions and many more, but none of them were miracle workers and I was hopeful that this one would be the one. 

Although I am not currently suffering with what you would call acne, I am still prone to spots and breakouts and my skin is never completely clear, although most of the time it mostly is. On first impressions, I loved Skinetica. I just swept it over my skin after cleansing and waited for to air dry like it said on the packaging. It only took a few seconds for it to dry then I could apply my moisturizer and either apply my make up or go to bed. At first, the few spots I had cleared up immediately which I thought was amazing but as skincare does have long term effects I thought it would be best to wait a few weeks then review it and I'm so glad I did. 

After about a week and a half of using the solution, my skin started to get very red, dry and sore to I stopped using Skinetica to see if this made a difference, as my skin is sensitive I wasn't sure if it was just the change in the weather, stress, etc so I wanted to completely make sure. After about a week my skin returned to normal again and I decided to give Skinetica another go. I was shocked to find that my skin reacted terribly when I introduced Skinetica again, it was really sore, red and huge spots started to appear in places where I am not usually affected by spots. 

As an acne sufferer, my skin has the power to completely get me down when it does things like this. Your face is the first thing people see when they look at you and now mine is still dry, flaky, sore, red and now covered in very large red bumps that no amount of make up will cover. I never really feel like going out and I hate it when I can see people staring at the patches on my face. I have now stopped using Skinetica, however most of my normal skincare products are now irritating my skin due to the way Skinetica has left it. I was unsure weather to post this photo as I realize it really is disgusting, but this is what I am having to live with on my face and this was taken a week after \I had stopped using Skinetica. I don't think I would mind so much if I were younger and could get away with saying it was teenage acne, but I am now 20 so when you have skin like this and all of your friends have beautifully clear faces, it is so much more noticeable and I really do not know what to do about it as it has left me feeling so down.

I was really unsure weather to post this as I realize that this product was gifted to me, and I think I will have to deal with a lot of backlash for posting a negative review but I feel like it would be wrong of me to with-hold my thoughts on this as when a product only has brilliant reviews, it is easy to get sucked into the hype like I did. I'm not saying that the brilliant reviews aren't true - far from it. I just think that this product is much more suited to skin which does not react as easily as mine does or is as dry as mine. I think this product would work so much better on someone with oily skin rather than my dry skin. 

In all honesty, I do not think there is a miracle cure for acne prone skin. However, a good skincare routine, a good diet and growing up will all set you on the right path. I've tried ever acne treatment under the sun and nothing has left me with a long term miracle cure - sometimes you really do just have to wait for time to pass to grow out of things, and I think acne is one of those things. If you are struggling with acne, try not to let it get you down. I understand just how horrible it can be but you aren't the only one and we are our own biggest critics - no matter how bad you think it is, it will never be that bad and most people probably won't take a second glance at the problem areas!

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