Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March Favourites 2015 featuring MAC, EOS and The Glam Guide

March Favourites 2015
Well another month has passed and we are that much closer to Summer! March has been a month of new products and re-discovery's, so here's the lowdown on everything I've been loving this month.

What have been your top three favourite products for March? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me.
 
  
YSL Manifesto Perfume
Having been an avid fan of YSL Cinema years ago, I recently discovered another offering from YSL called Manifesto. Not only is the bottle exquisite, the smell is stunning, with notes of Sandalwood, Bergamot and Vanilla.
 
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Cleansing balms, have become the new luxury way to cleanse and over the past month, this Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has really changed up my skincare routine for the better. I use it to deep cleanse my skin, after removing my initial layer of make-up. The smell is divine and feels like I'm having a spa night every night!
 
MAC MSF in Light Plus
This is an oldie but a goodie and something I re-discovered again. Not only does the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish set my foundation, it gives the most flawless finish to my skin. I love using it with this Royal & Langnickel Large Powder Brush.
 
Benefit Rockateur Blusher
This blusher is the most gorgeous shade of pink/rose gold and gives my cheeks a beautiful shimmery glow, without the need for a separate blush and highlighter.
 
EOS Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint
My lips have been really dry recently with all the central heating and funny weather we've been having, so a lip balm has been my best friend. I've been particularly loving this Vanilla Mint one from EOS, the mix of the two flavours gives a subtle smell, that really moisturises my lips well.
 
MAC Eyelash Curlers
Another re-discovery for me is my MAC Eyelash Curlers, I had them stored with my make-up brushes and had forgot to use them until now. I now keep them with my mascara's so I remember to use them and boy do they make such a difference at opening up my eyes, such a simple tool, that makes a world of difference.
 
The Body Shop Almond Body Butter
As you know I'm a fan of The Body Shop Body Butters, especially the nut scented ones. This Almond version is unfortunately not in the Body Shop's core line anymore, but now and again they bring it back for half the price. When I can get my hands on it, I stock up as I love the smell of this, plus it moisturises my body like a dream.
 
Morgan Taylor Cinderella Collection in Party at the Palace and Watch Your Step, Sister!
I recently reviewed the Disney Cinderella Collection by Morgan Taylor and oh my all of the colours are beautiful. The ones I fell in love with the most where, Party in the Place, a stunning Mint Green, shot with shimmer and Watch Your Step, Sister, a vibrant, almost neon coral.
Morgan Taylor Party at the Palace
Watch Your Step, Sister
Fleur de Force The Glam Guide
This book is the ultimate glam bible and one I defiantly enjoyed reading, not only for it's content, but for it's beautiful illustrations. As I've mentioned before it's great to see Fleur put all her experience, tips and tricks into one book.
 
My last favourite is Pinterest, as this is the most addictive thing ever! I love the fact you can find anything and everything to inspire you, that you can pin onto your own personal boards for reference, genius!


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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Maybelline Rebel Bouquet Collection Review, Photos and Swatches

Maybelline Rebel Bouquet Collection
Being an avid Maybelline fan, I thought it was about time I ventured into their lipstick range, as I had heard so many people rave about them. A couple of years ago I tried one of the Color Sensational Popsticks in Pink Lollipop, which was more of a tinted lip balm. Although it smelt nice and looked pretty in the packaging, I really didn't rate the formula, it was drying and the colour unattractive on the lips.

The Rebel Bouquet Collection consists of four Color Sensational lipsticks and five Color Show Rebel Bouquet Collection Nail Colours. I managed to grab three out of the four lipsticks, so here's my thoughts.

Do you love the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks, if so what colours do you recommend I try next? Leave a comment down below or tweet me.
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks
Price
These retail for £6.99 each and come in four beautiful shades, including, Peach Poppy, Petal Pink, Power Peony and Ravishing Rose. They are a great price for a decent amount of product, but if your like me and love a bargain, look out for the 3 for 2 offer if you have your eye on more than one shade.

Packaging
The Rebel Bouquet is a condensed collection of the US version of the Rebel Bloom 10 piece lipstick collection. The lids on these lipsticks are disappointing as they don't do the colour inside justice, compared to the US version which have pretty pink lids.

Application
The first thing I noticed upon application was the beautiful coconut smell, which is great to see in a drugstore lipstick. The texture is a smooth, buttery consistency, which glides onto the lips with ease. Each lipstick has great pigmentation in two coats and leaves a semi glossy finish on the lips.
Apart from Ravishing Rose, these three shades are all pastel colours, so if your not a fan of pastel lips then these may not be for you. For me Power Peony is the most wearable colour from the ones I picked up, as it's a deeper, purple based pastel. I also think Ravishing Rose would be another great colour to wear as it's an orange based red.
Maybelline Peach Poppy
 
Maybelline Petal Pink
Petal Pink is a great dupe for MAC's Saint Germain lipstick.
 
Maybelline Power Peony
Longevity
Like most lipsticks, re-application is needed after food, but they do stay on relevantly well through drinking.

Overall Thoughts
Overall I'm really impressed by the formula, price and pigmentation of these lipsticks. The colours are stunning in person and great if you have a tan or like a pastel lip. I also think the lipstick casing would be a lot more eye catching if it had the US packaging and a wider variety of colours, as not all of these are wearable shades for everybody. If you fancy picking up a couple of these shades, I would recommend Power Peony and Ravishing Rose out of the four available.

I award the Maybelline Rebel Bouquet Color Sensational Lipsticks 3.8 out of 5.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water Review and Photos

Simple Micellar Cleansing water
Within the last six months micellar waters have become big business, with drugstore brands finally introducing them to rival the original Bioderma for half the price. So far I have tried the Garnier, Nivea and Loral versions and had recently discovered Simple had also released a version too. Here's my thoughts.
Have you used any drugstore or high end micellar waters, if so what's your favourite? Leave me a comment down below to tweet me.

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Water retails for £4.49 for 200ml and is compatible for all skin types including sensitive skin. This Simple version claims to remove make-up and cleanse, like most micellar waters. Being an avid fan of the Simple wipes, I was keen to try this to see how it compares with the others I had tested.

This Simple version is unscented and easily removed my make-up. I used this with cotton wool pads to remove my initial layer of make-up, before deep cleansing. The only negative for me was it did irritate my eyes a little when removing my eye make-up. Comparing it to the other drugstore versions I have used, the Garnier version is by far the best value for money and defiantly my favourite, it seems to work the best for me.
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Nail of the Day - Essie - Stones 'N' Roses

Essie Stones 'N' Roses
Essie Stones 'N' Roses is a muted crème coral shade, that is part of the 2015 Resort Collection. Although this collection didn't initially catch my eye, Essie do, do the best selection of Coral shades and this was not a shade of coral I had seen before. This pretty polish is ideal for anyone who's not  keen on the brighter corals, as it still screams Spring, but in a very subtle way.

The Essie 2015 Resort comes in four colours including, Stones 'N' Roses, Cocoa Karma, Time for Me Time and Suite Retreat and can be found in Boots and Superdrug.

What's your go to Coral shade for Spring and Summer? Tweet me or leave a comment below.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review and Photos

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
I'm a total sucker for anything new in the makeup world, especially if it has cute packaging and a gimmicky title. Roller Lash is the newest offering from Benefit, released earlier this month, it claims to curl and lift lashes without the use of eyelash curlers. The brush is uniquely designed to catch and elevate your lashes just like a hair rollers would. Here's my thoughts.

Have you tried the new Benefit Roller Lash do you rate it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me.
 
 
Price
Roller Lash retails for £19.50 and can be found in most department stores or online. The price is expensive for a mascara, but considering this is no ordinary mascara from a high end brand, I would expect to pay this sort of price.
 
Packaging
The packaging is really retro and eye catching, reminiscent of all Benefit products. Detailed pictures and stats can also be found on the box, which is great to see, so you know exactly how this mascara can work for you. The mascara itself is simply packaged in coral and black, with a rubber handle, which is excellent for grip when applying the mascara. The brush is rubber and slightly curved with longer bristles on the top and shorter ones on the bottom.
 
Application
The thing I noticed initially when applying this mascara was how it instantly lifted and thickened my lashes, just like a fibre mascara would. The brush grabbed onto every lash to create a long spidery effect. I applied two to three coats, but on reflection I think two coats is more than enough for you to be able to separate your lashes and get the Roller Lash Effect, without the clumps, but this is personal preference.
 
Longevity
I had this on for around 11 hours and the curl stayed exactly where it was. I also had no smudging, flacking or transfer which was great. The only thing I found was the consistency did feel a little sticky on the lashes at the side.

Overall Thoughts
Benefit Roller Lash does exactly what it says on the box, it lifts and curls the lashes without a doubt and an eyelash curler is defiantly not needed. This mascara has great longevity and curl power, but it did feel a little sticky at the corners of my lashes, because of it's consistency. The brush is terrific at catching every lash, although I do advise working relatively quickly to get the results you want before it sets. This mascara reminds me so much of a fibre mascara, creating long, fluttery lashes without the hassle of a two step system.

Overall I really did love the look this mascara gave, however I do think it will take me a couple of goes to get used to the formula. Yet again Benefit have come up trumps with another successful product release.

I award the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara 4.4 out of 5
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