Saturday, 31 August 2013
Monday, 26 August 2013
Saturday, 24 August 2013
Thursday, 22 August 2013
You've probably read 10 million reviews on this mascara, and truth be told this review was supposed to go up months ago, but bare with me! I've read nothing but positive comments on this mascara, and yet I manage to find more negatives than positives. I first bought the miniature size back in February in the middle of the hype phase. It just didn't do what I wanted it to do and so being influenced by so many positive reviews, I bought another when they did a magazine offer in the hopes that the first one was a dud. I wish I'd have waited for the magazine offer the first time round as I've wasted double the amount of money I usually spend on my regular mascara.
Now I don't know whether I've just got the most un-cooperative eyelashes ever, or if this mascara really isn't worth the hype. I'll agree that it is one of the blackest mascaras I've tried and the brush is quite good for separating lashes. Other than that I hate it! The brush is also very rubber-ised and harsh on sensitive eyes, I cringed every time I went to apply it! I hate the 'ball' on the end of the brush as it unevenly deposits the mascara on the lower lashes. I find the formula quite flaky at times and it requires a lot of layering to achieve any kind of 'dramatic' look. Flaky + layers = an absolute nightmare, as many beauty bloggers will know.
In terms of achieving a 'false lash effect' I'd say no way! Is it worth £18.50? - no! I'll definitely be sticking to my all time fave, Maybelline Falsies from now on!
What were your thoughts on this 'hyped' mascara?
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Monday, 19 August 2013
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Saturday, 17 August 2013
When I originally posted my review of Nars Laguna Bronzer weeks ago I said I'd do a comparison post with the Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzer aka good old 'chocolate bronzer' for those who were hesitant to pay just short of £30 for a bronzer. It's been weeks in the making but I'vefinally got the chance to write this post up! Excuse the photos, like I said this post has been sitting in a file for months, my photography has come on leaps and bounds since then - or so I'd hope.
In the pan, the bronzers look worlds apart. For me, formula is what sets the two apart. Nars Laguna is a very soft formula making it a lot easier to blend and contour with. Bourjois Delice de Poudre is much much harder and takes a bit of working at to get any pay off. I know a few bloggers don't share the same views as me on the Bourjois bronzer and for a while I did think I had a dud product, but I have spoken with other bloggers who experience the same problems as I do. My biggest problem is that Delice de Poudre has a 'layer' on top which makes the formula really hard, once you've scratched away the layer the powder is much softer and fine. The 'layer' of god knows what does reappear though. I can only image its some kind of oil separating from the pigments. You can see in the photo above where I've had to work at the pan to get any pay off at all.
Swatched, the differences in shade and formula are still apparent. Delice de Poudre is much more red-toned whereas Nars is more yellow toned. Laguna does have shimmer running through it, but no so much tat you look like a disco ball - think 'glow' rather than glitter. Delice de Poudre is a matte formula making it a great shade for contouring. However, has you can see below, where Nars is L and Bourjois is R, when blended down the shades are very very similar. And so, although I would choose Nars Laguna hands down on formula, shade and use, Bourjois Delice de Poudre is the perfect alternative for those who don't wish to invest too much money in to their makeup. I'm not under any kind of spell that makes me believe £30 for a bronzer is affordable.
Have you found any good dupes for a high end product?
Friday, 16 August 2013
I realised a little while ago that it truly has been ages since I posted a wishlist post for you guys. It's sort of like a pre-haul before the haul itself! You can get the general trend of what I'll be wearing in the upcoming season - lots of tartans and check prints and lots and lots of black! I've fallen head over heels from the red tartan skirt from New Look and likewise with check button up tunic from H&M which I think would look lovely belted with tights, a grey knit cardi and a leather jacket thrown on top! I've wanted a flute skirt ever since I saw Lucy Meck wearing a blue flute dress from Three Floor Fashion, and the off shoulder bodycon dress I think would be beautiful with bold red lips and shiny curled hair for the festive season. I'm looking to expand my MUJI storage to my nail polish too and I think I may have found the perfect piece. Lastly, Who can deny the beauty and intense pigmentation of the new Collection Eyeshadow Pencils? I want every shade!
What are you lusting for this upcoming season?
Thursday, 15 August 2013
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Go to Template > Edit HTML and use CTRL+F to find the code
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Press Enter and notice the word 'true' in the middle of the line. Change 'true' to 'false' and save!
Now go to edit the Attribution gadget and notice there is now a 'remove' button. Click and remove!
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Admittedly I was never a massive eyeliner fan. Having worn glasses for years, my eyes are very tiny and squinty and well, my vision isn't exactly tip-top enough to be applying eyeliner like a pro. I'm sure some of you will know the feeling of being *bullied* in to buying things you don't need by MAC artists who spend their time piling makeup on to your face after merely eyeing a product up. I'm not slagging MAC artists off, in fact I love what they do. I love this one in particular for making me buying this eyeliner!
Despite having never worn eyeliner on a regular basis, I have a few in my collection. I can confirm that MAC's Kohl Power Eye Pencil in 'Feline' is the blackest black of all I've seen. The formula is very soft and doesn't tug on the eyes at all. It applies to the waterline like a dream. I usually wear this in my tightline (for reasons I'll get on to in a sec) however you do tend to get transfer on the waterline after a while. I'm not sure if this is because I have particularly watery eyes, blink far too often or whether its down to the incredibly smudgy nature of this eyeliner.
As you can see in the swatch, it smudges out so easily but doesn't lose too much colour. Depending on what you look for in an eyeliner, this could either be a dream or a nightmare. For me, I enjoy using the dark pigmentation to enhance my waterline (being careful not to transfer), smudge out a smokey eye or darken the shade of an existing eyeliner by applying it on top. Overall I'm glad I bought this, I just wish it wasn't as high maintenance.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
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Thursday, 1 August 2013
Its no secret to you all that Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf is my favourite perfume EVER! I've used it for years and got through a fair amount of bottles of the stuff. Despite finding my perfect scent I still continue to be a bit of a perfume addict. I buy a couple every year and not a day goes by that I'm not wearing anything.
When in search of a new perfume to change up your scent what do you do? that's right, go for the one perfume that is probably the closest to a replica of Flowerbomb. Everything about Jimmy Choo reminds me of Flowerbomb. The bottle is a murano glass inspired angular sphere - quite like the original Flowerbomb bottle. The scent, a sickly sweet floral - just like Flowerbomb. Jimmy Choo contains notes of fruit, florals and wood. At first the scent wears as a very sweet fruity floral, but dries down to a woody scent. It's pretty long lasting for a floral/fruit but not so much so that it matches the strength of Flowerbomb. It's not the most subtle of scents, but you could get away with wearing this as an everyday scent, provided you use a light hand. Although a lovely scent and a cheaper alternative to my favourite, I would only ever repurchase in a small size. For me, its just too similar to Flowerbomb to spend so much money buying large sizes of both. If you're fond of sweet, floral, fruit scents but find Flowerbomb just too overpowering, Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo may be a cheaper, slightly more subtle alternative.
Have you tried either Flowerbomb or Jimmy Choo?
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