21 April 2012

NOTD: Essie Peach Daiquiri

I've not posted any NOTDs or any photographs of my nails for quite a while and with good reason! After many a month of using acrylics and my nails suffering as a result I decided it was about time I quit the fakes and got my natural nails into better condition. They were peeling, cracked, broken and just plain horrid and it's taken so long for them to grow out! Argh! I have a post on how I've got them into better condition soon but this has been the reason my nails have been in hiding for so long.

This is my newest edition to my ever growing Essie collection, it's called Peach Daiquiri and it's the most beautiful creamy red coral with pink tones to it. It's such a lovely bright colour which will be so perfect for Summer!

It's an easy polish to work with and only takes a couple of coats to deliver the goods, nice shine, great formula. Essie just come out tops for me every time. I will say though, with this polish, give it a good top coat or really let it dry else you will end up with annoying little fabric prints all over your nails!

I buy my polishes from US sellers on eBay because they work out a lot cheaper even with postage and packing on top than buying them over here but if you don't want to wait the 2 or so weeks to received them Boots are selling a collection of their most popular shades for £7.99.

19 April 2012

Review: Topshop Sunbeam - The Pefect Summer Highlight?

I had been lusting over this for a ridiculous amount of time before I finally caved and bought it the other week. It cost me a hefty £13 with delivery from Topshop online which made it pretty pricey for a highlighter but it's such an amazing colour I just had to get it.

It's the most beautiful golden shimmer, not too shimmery, not too gold, just perfect although I will say that it is quite easy to apply too much as this stuff is very pigmented.

I only use this on my cheekbones as a highlight along with my Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade which i then use to highlight the rest of my face (brow bones, down my nose and a tiny bit on my chin) because this is a bit too golden for an all over face highlight for me. Perhaps when I'm more tanned I can get away with using it other places but for now I feel it looks nicest on my cheekbones.

It gives me a lovely golden sun kissed glow to my cheeks which is lovely as I'm not usually one for bronzer because I am quite pale so finding one that is right for my skin tone isn't very easy but this gives me a golden glow without making my skin look tanned, just lovely and glowy.

 The packaging is also super cute with little doodled stars over the lid in what looks like it was drawn with charcoal pencil, so sweet! The rest of the packaging is an off white smooth matt finish which is nice and looks lovely on my shelf!

13 April 2012

Dupe: Topshop Lipstick in Innocent

Now there isn't a great amount of price difference between these two but for people like me who have to order online from Topshop because there are no nearby stores the £4 delivery charge adds a hefty amount to the original £8 so I thought I would show you guys a dupe which is more readily available in places like Boots!

So I will start with the differences which are very few and easily adjusted but the main difference being the texture and finish. The texture of the Topshop lipstick is more creamy and has a sheen whereas the Revlon Matte lipstick is, well, matt! I actually prefer the finish of the Revlon on but if you wanted to add a bit of a sheen you can just apply a bit of Vaseline or other lip balm and they look pretty much identical!

In the photographs of both in the tube the Revlon one looks slightly darker because it's a matt lipstick but on the lips you can hardly tell the difference even when applied side by side it's really just the sheen to the Topshop one that gives it away.

So that's my little dupe! I 100% prefer the Revlon lipstick over the Topshop one, it's just overall nicer to apply and wears better in my opinion but the shades are pretty identical.

12 April 2012

Review: Pearl Drops Party Sparkle Whitening Toothpaste

I'm sure I'm not the only girl on the quest for Hollywood white teeth and I have tried countless whitening toothpastes and my next stop was the Crest Whitening Strips but I came across this on amazon for £2 and thought "why the heck not!?" and I must say I am extremely impressed with the result of this toothpaste!

I have tried other variations of Pearl Drops toothpaste and really liked them but I have never noticed a result quite as good as this after literally one try! As you can tell from the colour swatch photograph above  the different is pretty good after just a quick test brush to check out the taste!

The formula is a lovely aqua colour with a gel like consistency which foams up really nicely to give a really deep clean feel afterwards which is something I really look for in a toothpaste so top marks so far. The taste is a nice spearmint flavour that isn't too strong but at the same time isn't too weak so it still gives that cool fresh feeling afterwards.

The after colour photograph was taken literally after a quick 1 minute brush in the middle of the day for a quick taste test (I hate certain variations of mint flavour so I always test a new toothpaste before I use it properly, please tell me I'm not the only one!?) and the results really surprised me! I wasn't really expecting to be able to see a noticeable difference after using this for a month let alone just once! I have tried many whitening toothpastes before but none have them have really made a difference at all even after using them for months on end so naturally, when I noticed an actual difference after a quick brush I was seriously impressed! So far so good!

Have you tried this toothpaste? What did you think?

10 April 2012

Dupes: MAC Watch Me Simmer

I was lying in bed the other night thinking about lipstick, as you do and came across this dupe for my newest MAC lipstick Watch Me Simmer! It is pretty much identical with the only visual difference being the finish as my dupe for it is Revlon's Matte lipstick in Pink About It.

Now I believe that Pink About It is a limited edition shade but it is pretty easily found on eBay for a few pounds so thought this was worth mentioning!

Both shades are a pretty corally pink colour with the MAC one showing up slightly brighter because of the sheen it has. I think I actually prefer the Revlon lipstick actually, I'm not usually a fan on matt finishes but somehow Revlon seem to make it work for me. If you want a finish that looks the same as MACs creamsheen then adding a bit of lip balm into the mix will give it a nice sheen if matt isn't your thing.

The scents are different too with MAC being a light vanilla scent and the Revlon pretty scentless. I always prefer an un perfumed lipstick over a scented one anyway! They are both pretty highly pigmented with MAC slightly taking the lead because of the creamier formula.

Both are pretty sturdy packaging wise with Watch Me Simmer being slightly more compact but when it comes to lipstick, I'm not overly fussy about what the tube looks like usually. Price wise, seeing as you can pick the Revlon Lipstick up off eBay for a about £3  there is a good £10 difference which is a pretty brilliant saving! I have checked eBay and currently there are plenty available!

8 April 2012

Review: L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick in Fashionista Pink

After the massive hype going on in the blogging world about these little lipsticks I finally caved and bought one in Boots the other day. I had seen people compare them to the Revlon Lip Butters and as you probably know by now, I love the Revlon Lip Butters so it was that which made me buy this really!

The colour is called Fashionista Pink which is a beautiful barely there milky pink which looks lovely swatched on the back of my hand but I was pretty disappointed with the look it gave to my lips. These aren't meant to be very pigmented but it still just didn't look right on my lips. The texture is somewhat similar to the MUA Shade 4 lipstick with it's watery feeling but just not as nice as the MUA one which at 7 times the price, I wasn't expecting.

The shape of the product is quite nice in terms of application but I feel you aren't really getting much product for your money but having said that, the lipstick itself is quite hard she it's not going to go down as fast as other, softer products but it makes it not as nice to apply.

The packaging is nice, it feels nicely weighted and sturdy which I love and the product is easily twisted up and I can't fault it at all but I really don't think it lives up to the hype for me. I will try a couple more shades and perhaps they will change my views but for this shade, I'm not overly impressed but maybe it'll grow on me!

Have you tried these lipsticks? What shades would you recommend I try?

7 April 2012

Review: MUA Lipsticks

All lipsticks in the photographs are in numerical order as follows: 2,3,4,5,6,12
These are probably some of my favourite lipsticks of all time, they are amazing and the fact that they cost just £1 each makes them even more so!

This is just a collection of my favourites and they do have several other shades. The consistency and texture differs between each lipstick so I can't just describe it as a whole but I will do my best to describe the different textures I've come across with this little collection.

All of these lipsticks have a glossy finish, some more so that others. The texture of the glossy none shimmery lipsticks is very smooth and glides onto your lips easily although the lighter the colour the more you have to apply to get a stronger colour pay off which is fair enough really. The more shimmery shades have a slight gritty texture to them and you can really feel the glitter particles on them as you apply it to your lips, this is quote a strange feeling but not off putting. The glitter tends to be very small silver particles which are very pretty and not over the top.

They aren't particularly scented although I would say they have a typical plastic lipstick smell which isn't unpleasant and isn't noticeable after about 5 minutes.

All of these are nice and hydrating and do not dry my lips out in the slightest, the glitter shades are perhaps a little less moisturising but still gentle on the lips. My favourite shade has got to be number 4 which is a beautiful baby pink shade and is probably one of my favourite lipsticks of all time and I am actually contemplating whether to buy another one to keep in my handbag! At £1 you can't really go wrong!

Have you tried MUA lipsticks? What is your favourite shade?

4 April 2012

Review: Soap & Glory Foam Call

If you aren't keen on the signature Soap & Glory scent then grab a bottle of this because it smells nothing like their normal musky fruity scent! This is more of a light fruity almost tropical scent without the muskiness which makes it a lot more refreshing and personally, I love this scent so much more than their original! It's called Frutigo and has a lovely orangey, fig fragrance to it which is a lot more Summery smelling to me! I would even go as far to say it's quite a unisex fragrance which I wouldn't usually have thought I'd like but I do. A lot.

It shares it's Fruitigo scent with Butter Yourself and Pulp Friction for those of you who are wondering! I will definitely be picking those two up for myself because it really is an amazing scent!

Now I don't know about you but when I saw it was called Foam Call I automatically thought it would come out as a foam rather than a liquid which kind of threw me a bit but it does foam up when you start rubbing.

This cost me £6.50 for a whopping 500ml so this is going to last me a while so you really do get your moneys worth which this beauty!

It leaves my skin fragrant and considerably softer than most other body washes I have which is nice and it can be used both in the Bath and Shower which is a massive bonus for people like me who  use both. I love the design as with all Soap & Glory products and particularly love the pump nozzle as it keeps everything that little bit cleaner which is nice.

I will be buying the other 2 Fruitgo fragrance products next time I'm in Boots!

What do you think of this and the new Fruitigo fragrance?

2 April 2012

LUSH: Seanik Shampoo Bar

If you follow me on twitter you might know that I went into my local LUSH the other day and managed to muster up some self control and only buy two things! One of those things was this little blue thing! It's their Seanik Shampoo Bar! This is my first shampoo bar, and I gave it  test run yesterday and I love it so much! Why oh why did I not try these sooner!?

This particular bar contains Sea Salt and Seaweed so it is best suited to oily limp hair I'd say which is pretty much my hair type. I usually go about 3 days between hair washes which isn't too bad but my hair does lean more towards the oily side than the normal side I'd say.

There isn't a great deal of scent to this whether you are smelling it in the tin of on your hair but the closest I can describe it is would be sea air which is a gorgeous light, fresh scent which I love so much! It is summer in shampoo bar form for me!

I think what put me off about these at first was the bar form. For some reason I just didn't expect them to lather very well which doesn't actually determine whether the product is cleaning your hair but it is something I look for in a shampoo nevertheless. I can 100% confirm that this little beauty does in fact lathers amazingly well! I have quite long, think but fine hair so it takes a bit of product to get it clean but I had no problems whatsoever getting this to lather. I would even go as far to say that it was easier to use that regular bottled shampoo because you can distribute the product more easily compared to liquid shampoo by rubbing the bar directly on any part you think you may have missed.

After using this my hair was so so soft! I cannot stress this enough, I have never used a shampoo that has made my hair this soft before! Not only that but it was noticeably more voluminous! Automatic win for me because my hair is pretty limp! I have tried numerous volumising hair products and none have worked this well, not even my beloved Bed Head Superstar, which I have just purchased a salon sized bottle, typical! Although having said that I do really love both shampoos and will most likely be alternating between the two.

This bar cost £5 which is pretty good I think as I can see this lasting rather a while! So that's my little first impressions review of the Seanik Shampoo Bar! I will most definitely be buying a few more bars I should think! Damn my LUSH obsession! Any one else noticed that when you shop in store they always say "see you soon"? It's like they KNOW! Haha!

What's your favourite shampoo bar?