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Saturday, 30 March 2013

New Lipstick on the Scene


I have only very recently become a lipstick fan. I was always more of a 'slick of vaseline and you're good to go' girl but I have been lured!

A couple of years ago, my Nana bought me a lipstick for Christmas (I know it has probably expired, oops but I love it too much to part with) and it was promptly thrown in a draw, never to be looked at again. Until one night I was going out and fancied a lick of colour, I pulled out the lipstick (which was Bourjois Sweet Kiss) and never looked back.

Sweet Kiss
I will admit to never putting much pressure on this lipstick and always diluting the colour down with vaseline at first but I slowly became more confident. This was when my eye began to stray to new shades and I spotted the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks. Fuschia Graffiti 07 immediately caught my eye, and my room mate can vouch for me when I say that every time we went to town, I would drag her into Superdrug to drool over it.

Fuchsia Graffiti

Finally after about a month of swatching my hand every time I was in a mile vicinity of this lipstick, I have it in my possession and it has quite overshadowed my beloved first. I'm sorry!
What are your lipstick favourites? Recommendations most welcome!

Review of both lipsticks and comparisons to come

Monday, 18 March 2013

Good Things Skincare Range


Recently I have been getting quite bored with my skincare regime and I was itching to try something new. Seeing how much I loved the Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity (review here), I thought I would see if I could try more of their skin range.
To my disappointment they don't do a full skin range (missing toner; which I like to use) but they did do moisturiser. I toyed with the idea of buying it, until I came to my senses, remembered I was a student and most importantly that my mum would kill me if she found out I spent £12 on a moisturiser!

In Boots and newly on the hunt, I ran around manically until I came across the Good Things range. I will admit I was drawn by the pretty packaging at first, but the pricing and the fact they were in the 3 for 2 section didn't hurt either.
Good Things is a range that is aimed at young skin and uses 'superfruit beauty boosters' in their formulations. It is also suitable for vegan and vegetarians and free of all the nasty stuff, which is parabens, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulphate and animal ingredients, if you're interested ;)

Seeing as I already have a face wash that I love, I ended up picking up the Face the Day SPF 15 Moisturiser (with Goji Berry and Papaya), the Deep Pore Anti- Blemish Cleanser (with Fig and Wild Strawberry) and the Bright Eyes Eye Cream (with Raspberry and Lychee). I needed both of the former as I was running out but I was interested in the eye cream as I have never used one before.

 I've only used them twice but so far, so good. I'm really hoping that they calm my prone-to-breakout skin and make it look more bright, as winter has really dulled my skin and dried it out.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Gelly Hi- Shine Nail Paint By Barry M


If there's is a beauty blogger that hasn't got a blog post about these nail paints, I'd be surprised! These paints have been spoken about for quite a while now so I thought I'd give my take on them.

I actually got the two of these Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints, for Christmas. I've turned into a bit of a nail fanatic and these got me super excited. These paints are designed to provide an extra glossy finish, mimicking the look of gel nails.
Left: Pomegranate Right: Satsuma
I've got to admit I tried these polishes soon after I got them and hadn't given them a second look until I saw a few more blog posts on them. When I tried them the first time, I found them too gloopy to handle, they stained my nails, were hard to take off. I was not impressed to say the least.

However seeing all these posts who were screaming their praises, I thought Id give them a chance to redeem themselves and by gosh, they have. This time I used a base coat to stop the staining, I could actually handle the gloopiness and the intended gel finish worked! I'm not sure if you can tell in the above picture, but I was really happy with the outcome.

As the name says, they're hi shine so no need for a top coat (I would advise no scrimping on the base coat though) which I love, easier the better! Apply one coat for an opaque hi shine colour, two for the gel coat finish. They retail at £3.99 which I think is so affordable for what you're getting and the colour range is good as well, after recently releasing some pastel colours.

I'm just sorry for the couple of months I spent not using these polishes!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity review


When Soap and Glory added make up and extended skin care to the their range, I became increasingly interested. I love Soap and Glory as I feel they have some of the best smelling products on the market. They're lovely, fresh and clean smelling.

I have reviewed an eye shadow palette of theirs here and I'm reviewing part of their skin care range today. I was lucky enough to be given some Face Soap and Clarity for Christmas from a friend. This face wash is a fruity smelling face wash with small pink exfoliating beads suspended in it, to make your face extra clean!
Me and my skin have been absolutely loving it!

As usual, S&G didn't disappoint on the smell. This face wash claims to have "Superfruit Plum" in it and I don't know if this really attributes to the smell but it's lush anyway! I love love love the packaging that Soap and Glory have, from their retro look to the quirky sayings on them. I recently found out that consumers send in the pictures for the packaging, so if you have an old retro snap of your nan to send in, you could see her face on millions of bottles!!

Anyway, I can't pinpoint exactly what ingredient my skin likes in this product but it's definitely been benefiting from it. My skin has cleared up, I have less blemishes and my skin seems a lot brighter.

The retail price is £6.99 which isn't exactly expensive but more than I would pay for the average face wash. I do feel S&G have been cheeky in making their new ranges as expensive for being new on the market with them but, c'est la vie. Saying that, for how much my skin has benefited I do think this wash is worth repurchasing.

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