Monday, 25 May 2015

An Oil That Rivals My Favourite

I've been using the Keihls Midnight Recovery Oil for a few years now and safe to say it's probably my all time favourite. Recently though, I've found myself gravitating to the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil instead, and hears why...

I can really see a different in the morning, even more so than when I use the Keihls concentrate. My skin looks radiant, plump and extra glowy which is what it promises and it feels soft. The formula is quite watery so you only need a pump or two to cover your face, and I feel like with some dryer oils you need loads to feel like it's going to coat your whole face. It contains vitamins A and C which all help to brighten the skin and helps boost healthy collagen production which in turn makes your skin firmer. Vitamin A is also great for anti-aging - not that I need that just yet but its all about prevention right? - so try this one out if you want your skin looking and feeling younger and fresher.

The smell is my only issue with this, its quite a strong lemony scent which smells like those boiled sweets you can buy...not a fan, but some may love it. I only have mini size that I was sent in a beauty box, but will I repurchase? Probably, even thought the price is nearing £50 for the full size, I know oils last a long ass time, so it's worth it right guys?..


Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Sunday Post: Spring Lips

This sunday I thought I would run through some of the lip products I've been reaching for a lot this spring. As you will be able to see, I love a good tinted lip balm. They're easy, subtle, moisturising and great to use everyday. So we'll start with those shall we?

Coral wise, I've been loving the Fresh Sugar Coral Tinted Lip Treatment which I have had and used for a couple of years now. These smell amazing and feel so soft and buttery on the lips. The shade I have is Coral, but I find it's more on the red side which I do like, and for a tinted balm these do pack a punch. Another one which is a similar shade is the Clarins Instant Lip Perfecter Balm in 05 Red. This is very similar to the Fresh one so if you can't get hold of Fresh products, try this. I can never get over the smell of these and I'm constantly shoving them in peoples faces shouting "smell this smell this", needless to say its dreamy. I also have this in 01 Rose which is basically a lip balm with a very slight pinky colour pay off. This one definitely isn't as pigmented but I love it over the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat to give my lips glossy finish and add some extra moisture. I also picked up another one of the Kiko Ultra Glossy Lipsticks as I loved the coral one so much! The shade Pearly Watermelon caught my eye and I love that it's a great everyday pink shade. It's definitely more pigmented than the Clarins 01 Rose, and is more of a watermelon pink as the name would suggest. 

For lipsticks there has been a couple that have made it back into my everyday stash. The first being MAC's Vegas Volt which I fall in love with every summer. It's a gorgeous coral orange and the one that got me hooked on coral lipsticks. It is moisturising and also has good colour pay off, as all MAC lipsticks do. On the more matte side I've been into the Revlon Matte Balm in Unapologetic which was all the rage last summer. It's a bright matte raspberry, fuchsia pink which looks gorgeous with simple eyes and fresh, dewy skin. Even though these are matte, I don't find them too drying but I would go in with a balm beforehand and they have great lasting power. The only thing I'm not so keen on is the smell, it's a very artificial mint scent which some may like but I find it way too overpowering. 


Friday, 22 May 2015

My Top Mascara Buys

I really love having nice long, defined lashes, they complete a look and is an essential on every occasion I wear makeup. There are so many different brands that all seem to have something to offer, so today I'm going to whittle down my top four, so if you're in the mascara market, you know what to look out for. Mascara differs for everyone, some go for length, some for volume, some love wet formulas and others get on better with ones slightly dryer. Me, I'm like a bit of everything, but nothing too wet. Shall I carry on with the innuendos?

L'Oreal and MAX Factor rock when it comes to mascaras - in my opinion - they seem to cater for everyone and the ones I love give me defined, long and thick lashes. From L'oreal there are two that I adore, Miss Manga and Telescopic. The former has a tapered wand which grips every lash and adds great length and volume. They have come out with a few different formulations of this, but the original is my favourite. Telescopic has been one I've had and loved for years. I started out with the one in the blue tube which sadly got discontented, so I had to widen my search and go for false lash effect version. Needless to say I love it just as much, it's just not waterproof! It is very black and has one if those plastic wands with shorter bristles which is great. It builds the lashes up beautifully but still leaves them looking natural and fluttery, perrrrfect for everyday! 

The MAX Factor False Lash Effect is another one I reach for regularly. I actually have this in brown/black which is a nice change and even more wearable day to day. This is another plastic wanded number as works wonders for volumising. I wonder if I can say wand anymore times? If you're on the hunt for something thats going to add drama, yet separation, this is one to try. It's also worth noting I'm not into the spider lash look, so all these mascaras are great for separating. 

If your budget is a bit higher, head over to Benefit and pick up their They're Real Mascara. I've always had a bit of a love affair with Benefit mascaras. Ever since I picked the Bad Gal Lash in blue - yes blue, what was I thinking? I was about 15 okay... - I always love to see what else they have to offer. They're Real was a massive launch, but what Benefit mascara wasn't, and the hype was real people. If you haven't tried it, do. It will give length, definition, volume and I always seem to get compliments saying my lashes look so long when I use it. 


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Disappointing Products

I don't like to be too negative around these parts, however I feel it's appropriate every now and then to chat about the products that didn't really float my boat. This isn't to say I dislike the brand or that these won't work for you as every one is different, but here's my opinion on a few things I won't be repurchasing.

Lets get makeup out the way first and there are two lip products that I really wasn't a fan of. The first is from Bourjois which is a brand I love and this is one of there Velvet Rouge Edition Lipsticks which I also like, just not this particular one. I have the shade Grand Cru which I've heard isn't the best one anyway...the colour itself is actually really nice, a deep burgundy shade. Application wise, it sucks. Its really drying, goes very patchy and I find it hard to get a good even coat without loading a tonne of product on the lips, which then feels uncomfortable. Not a great one from Bourjois, but the other shades in the line are nice. Next is the Maybelline Super Stay14 Hour Lipstick in Stay With Me Coral which is another one that looks beautiful in the tube, but makes the lips so dry it's impossible to wear. It drags on the lips when trying to apply it, and although some may like that is means it will stay all day, there are other ones that last but feel more comfortable on the lips.

A mascara now, and I knew as soon as I opened this is wasn't going to be for me. I picked this up in a Soap & Glory set, otherwise I don't think I would have ever tried it. Their Thick and Fast Mascara has a fatter than fat wand which I find very hard to manoeuvre. I don't find it grips the lashes at all, making it hard to achieve fuller looking lashes and the formula is very wet which means it gets everywhere when you're trying to apply it. There are so many other great mascara formulas in the drugstore that I wouldn't recommend you trying this out.

The Colab Extra Volume Dry Shampoo was something I was surprised I didn't get on with as I love the original formula so much. The idea of this is that it's a dry shampoo but gives your hair a lot more volume. When I first used this it left my hair so chalky and my roots felt like they were all clumped together and had no movement at all. Second time around I thought maybe I didn't shake it well enough, so I shook the hell out of it, and the same thing happened. It felt horrible in the hair and after brushing it through, I still felt like I needed to wash my hair as it felt so gross. The original is great so I would recommend that, but this version I really wouldn't pick up again.

Another one where I loved the original but failed with bringing out a second version is the Original Source Blood Orange Daily Scrub. This wasn't expensive at all so I'm not too bothered this didn't work for me, but for the sake of the smell, I keep using it just so I don't have it laying around. It smells amazing and is perfect to rejuvenate your body in the morning, but the idea of it being a scrub went over my head completely. It has those scrubby bead things, but very little of them that they do nothing anyway. It doesn't lather well either and just kind of falls off your body after slapping it on, so I find half the product gathering at the bottom of my shower. I think the original shower gels are so much better as they lather up well and actually feel like they are cleaning the skin, so those I would try.


Monday, 18 May 2015

A Dupe For That Perfect Nude

As much as I love my high-end lipsticks, there's nothing more satisfying than finding a pretty exact dupe for half the price... am I right? After owning both these two lipsticks for a good amount of time, it's only just occurred to me that they are basically the same, so here's the lowdown.

MAC's Patisserie lipstick is my all time favourite nude and I wear it all the time, for me, it's the perfect my lips but better shade which can be paired with any look. It has a nice sheen to it, so doesn't look flat on the lips and the formula is very moisturising. Colour wise, it's a pinky beige which I think compliments many skin tones. If you go in with a pinky nude liner beforehand and add this to the centre of your lips, it looks stunning! MAC lipsticks seem to be going up in price every hour - £15.50 now to be exact - they are still worth it in my eyes and I will always be searching the counters for more.

To rival that, we have one of the Topshop Lip Bullets which also have great colour pay off and feel creamy on the lips. This one is called Tamed and is slightly more pink and opaque but as you can see from the two swatches, you can barely tell them apart (Tamed is bottom one...I think). If you've been hearing about Patisserie for a while and not sure if it will suit you, go for the Topshop one! Both of these I would highly recommend as great everyday shades and depending on your budget, definitely try one of these out.