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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Essie Muchi Review

Essie Muchi

Today I have a short and sweet review of the Essie nail polish, Muchi.  This polish is a gorgeous pale pink shade which is fresh looking but not overpowering.  Since wearing this colour I have had a number of compliments and I think it is a really easy to wear pink which is perfect for Spring. I really love that it gives me a nice pop of colour but at the same time isn't in your face and goes with a whole host of outfits.

I love Essie polishes but I do admit they are a bit hit and miss.  The consistency of this polish is thinner than others I have used such as Bahama Mama which means that it takes three coats before you get an even coverage.  Consequently, this means this polish takes longer to dry.. in fact after twenty minutes it still wasn't quite there but by then I had enough so I got on with what I needed to do and did end up with a few minor dents in it but thankfully nothing major.

Essie Muchi

Having said this, once dry, the staying power of this polish when teamed with base and top coat is brilliant.  So far I have been wearing it for five days and I haven't got one chip.  It is pretty impressive that despite not being careful with my nails at all and doing normal every day tasks such as typing, travelling and washing my hair etc it still looks as good as new.  For me, this definitely makes up for the fact it took an age to dry.. I would much rather be a little more patient and wait a while longer for it to dry if it means I'm going to have a longer wearing varnish at the end of it.

This polish is available from Superdrug for £7.99

What do you think of this polish? What are your recommendations of other Essie shades?

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Monday, 29 April 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Review

Maybelline Color Tattoo

Hello Everyone!

I hope you're all well.  Regular readers of my blog would have noticed that I have already done a review post one of the Maybelline Color Tattoo's (read the review on Pink Gold here) but since, I have bought three more so I decided to do another review of them so I could share the additional shades I bought with you. 

So the new Color Tattoo's I bought are, On and On Bronze, Eternal Gold and Light in Purple:

Maybelline Color Tattoo

These are all really beautiful colours and are very pigmented.  They also look exactly the same on your lid as they do in the pan so you can get a really good idea of the look you're going to get with them.. there aren't any nasty surprises!  You also get loads of product which would take an absolute age to get through so they are great value for money.

The consistency of each colour is soft and creamy but I have found that the application and the amount you can blend them differs.  I have found that Pink Gold and Eternal Gold are slightly harder to work with as they dry a little quicker and do not cover the lid as evenly as Light in Purple and On and On Bronze.  These latter two colours are very blendable and can be applied onto your lid beautifully and quickly with only your fingers.  Pink Gold and Eternal Gold, however, apply a little more patchy.

I've had a play around with all of these colours for a while and I have found that On and On Bronze and Light in Purple are brilliant for all over lid colours or blended into the crease whereas Pink Gold and Eternal Gold look amazing in your inner corner to add an extra flash of colour and lighten your eyes, making them bigger.

The staying power of all three colours is incredible.  Wherever you have applied it on your eye or underneath they stay in place all day without primer and do not crease at all.  I can't quite get over how good they are! The swatches I took for this post, for example weren't impossible to get off but they did take quite a lot of scrubbing when using only water and a little soap.  When using makeup remover they come off pretty easily.

I really like the Maybelline Color Tattoo's and I would even go as far as saying they are comparable to the MAC Paint Pots but of course at a fraction of the price.  I can't wait for more shades to become available in the UK.

The Maybelline Color Tattoo's are available at Superdrug for £4.99 each.

What is your favourite colour tattoo?

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Fashionista Couture Eyeshadow Review

Hello Everyone!

How are you all?

The product we will be looking at  today is a baked eyeshadow called 'Couture' by Fashionista.  This pretty eyeshadow is a shimmery pink with gold undertones when applied but in the pan the pink is broken up by gold, brown and white strips. It also has some very small, sparse flecks of gold glitter.  This eyeshadow is so pretty to look at is it almost disappointing to use it because as soon as you swatch it the stripes pretty much disappear and it just turns into a pink shadow.

This eyeshadow is very well pigmented, blendable and very easy to build up.  In fact, I think it is better to use more of this eyeshadow rather than less because if you use to little it does blend away into nothing.  The complete opposite is true, though if you use a good amount, it gives you lovely even coverage and is nice to use both on your eye lid or crease.

Although the packaging is pretty basic and isn't really anything special if you look a little closer you realise that you can pop out each eyshadow and actually build your own palette (I've seen a four pan available for £5.00 in two different colours). I love that these eyeshadow's are so versatile and the palette is build in such a way that you can easily see the shade name too.  I will definitely be putting one of these together so keep your eyes peeled for a blog post!

Overall, I'm really impressed with this eyeshadow I think it's a really bargain at on £4.00 at Superdrug.  I would love to try some more products by Fashionista.

Rating: 4/5

Have you tried any products from Fashionista? If so, what did you think?

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Tutorial // Beachy Waves with NO Heat

I've been wanting to include tutorial type posts on my blog since I started it but it is a little awkward to do them because it's much easier to show someone how to do it than describe it.  However, today's tutorial is so simple it is something that can be captured in a blog post rather than a video so here are the steps I take to get beachy waves with no heat.

First of all, here's a sneak peak of the products I use to get this look (I have omitted shampoo and conditioner):

Beachy Waves Tutorial products

 Moroccan Oil - This product smells A-mazing and I use it to nourish my hair, make it dry quicker and also leave my hair smooth and shiny. Read the review here.
 James Brown Mousse - This is another lovely smelling product and I use it to add volume to my hair.
 Tony and Guy Sea Salt Spray- I use this product to add texture and body to my hair, this is what creates the beachy waves.

So to create natural looking beachy waves I do the following:

1. Wash my hair
2. Leave my hair to dry in a towel for around 15-20 minutes. I do this so it is still very damp but not soaking wet.
3. I use my Tangle Teezer to brush through my hair.
4. Apply two pumps of Moroccan oil onto my hair, concentrating on the tips upwards (but not the roots).  Note, if you have shorter hair then use less of this product.
5. I use around a golf ball size of mousse starting at the roots and working down.  I first do this standing up and after I put my hair upside down and run any excess I have through it. Remember to shake your mousse really well before you use it!
5. I brush my hair through again with my paddle brush or tangle teezer
6. I then generously spray the sea salt spray evenly, all over my hair
7. Finally, I separate my hair into two sections and plait them reasonably tightly, so basically I've got two bunches/pig tail plaits.  It isn't the best of looks but it doesn't look so well with only one plait.

I then just sit and wait for my hair to dry naturally.  When it is almost there and if I'm feeling impatient I will un-plait it and leave it loose so it dries a bit quicker but only when the majority is dry already otherwise you won't get the beachy waves.

Once my hair is dry, I simply brush it through (if it needs it) and apply some more Moroccan oil (only a tiny bit) to define the waves.

This is what I end up with:

What do you think of this look? Do you think you'll try it?

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Friday, 26 April 2013

Fragrance Friday // Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Review

Fragrance Friday Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy
Hello lovelies!!!

I've decided to start doing a 'fragrance friday' post because I've got lots of perfumes I would love to share with you.  I got this idea from an amazing blog which I'm sure you all would have heard of - Fleur de Force. I may not do a post of this kind every Friday but expect to see them regularly.

Today I will be looking at the second perfume in the Juicy Couture range - Viva La Juicy.  The packaging of this perfume is fun and cute so easily catches you eye.. it would look great on your dresser too!  I love the cut glass top, gold couture 'necklace' and the pop of colour from the hot pink bow. 

As for the smell.. I love it! It is fresh, youthful, flowery and feminine. The notes are wild berries, mandarina, honeysuckle, gardenua, jasmine, amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and praline. These lovely scents make up the perfect girly fragrance for day wear during Spring and Summer. However, it may be a little on the sweet side for some people.

This is a fragrance that I love and have worn regularly this month... I'd say it has definitely been my 'go to' perfume. Unfortunately, I haven't found that it is particularly long wearing, though so you do have to re-apply it later on during the day - after a few hours the scent just completely disappears which is a real shame.

If you want to get this fragrance I would suggest to shop around because the prices vary massively! I bought this 100ml bottle from Cheap Smells for £31.00 (note the price has now gone up to £37.35 as it was on offer when I purchased it).

Do you have this fragrance? What is your favourite perfume?
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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel Review

Today's post is a quick review of the mint and tea tree shower gel by Original Source. 

I'm always drawn to anything with a mint scent because I think it's such a fresh and clean smell.  This shower gel is no exception.  The most powerful scent is by far the mint and when I use it the bathroom and hallway is filled with this gorgeous smell. 

This shower gel is uplifting and is perfect to use in the morning when you need a wake me up. It also cleanses the skin without stripping it's natural moisture and leaves a scent on your skin which lingers for a short time after showering (but not so long you can't use other scented products).

The packaging is sleek and the green tone of the gel perfectly matches the ingredients in this product. This shower gel is also packed with 100% essential oils and amazingly 7927 real mint leaves! I love how this product leaves me feeling clean and refreshed after a shower but I don't find it particularly 'tingly' like it describes on the packaging - not that I find that to be a negative.

This shower gel is available at Superdrug for £1.50.  There are also many other scents in the range including:

- Tea Tree and Lemon
- Lavender and Tea Tree
- Shea Butter and Honey
- Vanilla and Raspberry
- Black Pepper and Chilli
- Cocoa and Vanilla Milk
- Lime

Have you tried any original source shower gels?

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Monday, 22 April 2013

VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder Review

VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder

I have fine hair but a lot of it and I find it can sometimes look flat the day after I have washed it (depending on the shampoo etc I use)  Due to this, I am always on the look out for volumising products and the VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder caught my eye as a quick and easy product to use on the go.

The packaging of this product is a petite but bright pink bottle which instantly makes it stand out on the shelf.  The size of the product is perfect to fit in your handbag but make sure you always have the cap twisted on correctly as the thin powder can easily escape and end up everywhere but on your hair.

VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder

The product itself is a fine, soft, white powder which is rather clever!  It expands when it is shaken because this helps activate the product before you put it onto your hair. You can literally see the difference by just looking at the powder in the bottle before and after shaking.
To apply this product you can either gently shake it directly onto your roots or apply it onto your hands first for a more precision.  I do the former the majority of the time and it works very well.  I seem to say this a lot in my posts but a little bit of this product goes a very long way.  Rather than applying a lot of the product it is more important to get an even coverage and put it where you want.  After application I gently push/fluff my hair into place using my fingers tips and I can literally poof my hair in any direction I want because it grips to the roots. As I'm doing this, the texture of this powder changes.  The only way I can think to describe this is that it transforms into a dry, clear, gelly like substance so even in my brunette hair the white powder doesn't show up at all.  This powder doesn't make your hair greasy but when you touch it you can feel that there is product in it, it's a little tacky but not overly sticky. The smell of this powder is also floral which is lovely and something I wasn't expecting.
 After adding a little hairspray to keep everything in place I have lovely volumised hair for a good few hours.
 This product is a really great alternative to backcombing which can damage your hair so easily.. and it only takes seconds!
This oomph powder is available in one size (7g) at Boots for £4.07.

Have you tried this product? What is your favourite volumising product?

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Review

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Okay, you guessed it, today's write up is on a very well known concealer in the blogging world - the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.

This concealer is available in four shades.  There isn't a wide variety available so you may find it difficult to find one suitable for your skin tone. The shades you can get are:

1 - Fair
2 - Light
3 - Medium
4 - Dark

The shade I use is no.2 light and I find the formulation to be thick, soft and creamy.  I find this concealer is ideal to use around my nose and to cover any blemishes rather than under my eyes because although it covers any dark circles it is a little heavy for my liking.  The Lasting Perfection concealer is very blendable and is easy to work with as it doesn't dry too quickly and isn't cakey.  I find it is best to apply it with your fingers so you warm it slightly rather than with a brush but that really is down to personal preference.. I don't like to apply any concealer with a brush. This product provides medium to full coverage and is buildable so if you have a particular area which needs more coverage you can easily cover it with another layer.  The doe foot applicator also means you can be pretty precise about where you place Lasting Perfection on your skin.

Lasting Perfection concealer claims to conceal flaws, imperfections and blemishes for up to 16 hours; transfer proof and water resistant for full and lasting coverage.  I'm afraid I would disagree with part of this claim.  Yes, this product is very good at concealing flaws etc. but it doesn't last anywhere 16 hours on it's own.  To be fair, the packaging does say 'up to' so it isn't suggesting it doesn't last less than this time.  For the best results use both primer and a setting spray, if you do this your concealer lasts soo much longer! (as well as the rest of your makeup).  However, I don't see this as a negative point because I would never need my concealer to last for 16 hours anyway.

There isn't much to say about the packaging of this product because it is very basic - just a slim line, transparent plastic tube with a black lid.  However, I feel two things should be mentioned.  Firstly, I love that this packaging really shows off the product i.e. you can see the concealer well and get a better idea of the colour and amount of product you are buying.  Secondly, the print does rub off the packaging very quickly which is a downside for the brand because if you like it and want to buy it again but can't remember the brand then you have a problem.  As you can see from the pictures in this post all of the writing on my concealer has completely disappeared and this didn't happen long after purchasing.

The Lasting Perfection Concealer is available from Boots for only £4.19.. bargain!

What is your favourite concealer? What do you think of this concealer if you have tried it?

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Essie Bahama Mama Review

 Essie Bahama Mama

Hello Lovelies!

Today's post is a short and sweet review of Essie's Bahama Mama nail polish.

I love the sleek packaging of these polishes, there's just something about them which draws you in when they are displayed in their crisp, white stand in stores.  Their slim like design and square shape also means they are easy to store but unfortunately do not fit in my Muji drawers *sob*.

 Essie Bahama Mama

The colour of Bahama Mama is a deep berry, plum wine which is gorgeous! To me this colour shouts Autumn but I love it so much I wear it all year round.  The formulation of this polish isn't too thick or thin and after two coats you are left with flawless nails.  The brush is also the perfect size for precise application. As for drying time, it is reasonably quick so it is perfect for people like me who don't like to wait around for ages while your nails dry.  Why is it that as soon as you paint them there's suddenly loads of things you need to do?

I'm a big fan of Essie polishes but the quality seems to vary strangely with the colour.  This particular one is good and when applied with both base and top coat it lasts around a week without chipping.

What do you think of Essie polishes?

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation Review

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Hello Everyone!
There has been a lot of love in the blogosphere for Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation and I was one of the people who loved it when I first used it but since, I have discovered another foundation by Rimmel - Match Perfection, which I actually prefer.
The Match Perfection foundation uses smart-tone technology so the formulation adapts to your skin tone to help you get a flawless finish.  I find it is light - medium coverage and is buildable but may not suitable for anyone who is looking for a full coverage foundation.  It covers small blemishes and redness well but you will need to use a concealer with it.
The finish of this foundation is lovely.  It is neither matte or 'glowly' but is something in between which gives you a natural, slightly dewy look most probably due to the 'Sapphire Radiance' in this product - how nice does that sound?! This foundation is lovely to work with as it doesn't dry to quickly and is easy to blend into your skin whether it be using your finger tips or a brush.  I would describe the formulation as having a medium consistency and it also contains SPF 18.  I find this product gives you good coverage but at the same time looks natural instead of cakey which is exactly what I look for in a foundation - I don't like to look like I've got lots of makeup on.

Despite this, I would maybe avoid this product if you have oily skin as my more oily areas (such as my nose) do get quite shiny throughout the day when using this foundation.  I combat this by using shine control papers and/or powder which works fine but this product is probably best for people who have dry or combination skin (I am the latter). 
This product boasts quite some claim - that is lasts all day and unfortunately I would disagree.  Without primer or setting spray it doesn't last long at all but when teamed with a good primer and setting spray it makes all the difference.

I really like the packaging of this foundation as the glass bottle and sapphire blue lid make it feel and look much more expensive than it is.  The pump also works perfectly for you to control how much product you want to dispense so you get minimal wastage.
The downside of this product is the colour range as it is very small and doesn't cater for people which darker skin tones.  The only shades available are (in light to dark order):
010 Light Porcelain
100 Ivory
101 Classic Ivory
103 True Ivory
200 Soft Beige
201 Classic Beige
303 True Nude
350 Warm Honey
402 Bronze
I have colour 100 ivory and it works very well for my skin tone.  This shade definitely gives me a more natural finish and when compared to the Wake Me Up Foundation as it isn't as orange toned.

This has been my go to foundation for the last month or so and despite the downsides I mentioned above I do think it is a good quality drugstore product. I would definitely repurchased this and have even bought it for my mum to try!

This foundation is available at
Superdrug for £6.99.
Have you tried this foundation? What is your favourite drugstore foundation?

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