Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Pencil in Pink Spark

This Caviar Stick Eye Pencil is the first makeup product from Laura Mercier that I've tried, what a great place to start! The Caviar Stick Eye Pencils from Laura Mercier, are stunning cream eyeshadows, which comes in stick form. The shade, Pink Spark, is a limited edition colour from volume five of the secrets collection, which is available in House of Fraser. Pink Spark is a beautiful 'everyday' shade, it's a light pink with shimmer running through it, which makes it handy for lots of different occasions. I've been enjoying wearing it to work!

The Caviar Stick Eye Pencil glides onto your eyelid, which is fabulous as there is nothing worse than a cream shadow which drags on your eyes. I apply it straight from the pencil, the applicator is a good size. It's not too small and fiddly that you need to spend all day applying it, but it's also not too big that you end up getting product everywhere. I blend it out with my fingers and then it sets and doesn't budge. It's really pigmented and a little bit goes a long way! It's so easy to use and it's a great product for travelling as you don't need any extra tools or brushes! This will definitely be coming with me on holiday!

I've spent quite some time looking at the other caviar shades online, they are all so beautiful. It's hard to pick just one to buy next! They retail for £20.50 each, so they are definitely a high-end pricey item, so I'll have to put a lot of thought into it before I invest in anymore.

Have you tried any eye products from Laura Mercier?

Monday, 1 September 2014

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Bronze Gold (030), £8.99

I've always had a bit of a thing for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, they looks so beautiful. But oh my, they are expensive, I don't think I can justify buying one anytime soon! Equally as pretty is this Highlighting Palette in Bronze Gold from Revlon. This little palette got fantastic reviews from beauty bloggers worldwide when it was first released, so I naturally had to try it out. 

It's another Revlon product that I've fallen in love with! It comes packaged in a beautiful black box which is just sleek and simple, with the Revlon logo on the top. The product itself is not hugely pigmented, you'd have to try very hard to apply too much of this product. It's also not as glittery as you might expect from looking at it. It's just a very subtle shade which is lovely to wear. It adds a lovely shine and glow to your cheeks without making you look like a glitterball. It's a very fine milled powder formulation, which means it's very lightweight and lovely to wear! It's been lovely to wear when it's been really hot in the UK! 

I definitely have my eye on the Rose Gold version of this palette, it looks like it would be a perfect shade to bridge the gap between summer and autumn. I definitely recommend checking this out when you're next out shopping. See if you can resist it and leave it behind! 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara, £7.49

If there is one thing I like trying out, it's mascara! The Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara was released earlier this year and is Kate Moss' first mascara for Rimmel London. I actually bought this when it was first released and it's been waiting in my stash ever since. Kate's mascara has the 'broken heart-shaped' brush which Rimmel claims matches the natural lash line to get every lash covered. You can probably tell from the picture, but the brush is pretty large, it's potentially the biggest mascara wand I've ever used.

When I first tried the Kate Rockin’ Curves Mascara I really wasn't impressed. The formula was very, very wet which paired with the new brush was a complete disaster for me. It was so messy to use and I just wasn't getting the results I wanted. I've now had it open for around 2 weeks and now the formula has tried out it's a lot easier to use. 

The brush is pretty impressive, it really does grab every single eyelash. The mascara itself is jet black which gives a really dramatic look to your lashes. Rimmel claim that the mascara gives your lashes all they need in one clean stroke. However, I'm not sure that I really agree, although you can pick up every lash, I don't think you get enough lift and volume in one stroke. One thing I will say is that this mascara smudges a fair bit, if you struggle when you don't use a waterproof formula, this isn't for you!

I really like this mascara, but it's definitely not my favourite of all-time! I naturally have quite long lashes, but what I really crave is volume. This mascara gives a bit of volume, but mainly length. However, if you prefer length over volume you should definitely check this out, it's fantastic!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

August has been one hell of a busy month, it's probably the first this year that hasn't 'flown by'. We've been insanely busy at work and it time! However, another month has passed, so it's time for another set of monthly favourites! 

Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, £4.59

Whilst I was travelling with work earlier this month, I forgot to take dry shampoo. So I found myself hunting for the nearest Boots to stock up. I noticed the Dove Dry Shampoo on the shelf and I knew it was coming home with me. This has had some rave reviews and it's a truly a product that lives up to the hype! It's got such an incredible formula which leaves no residue in the hair and it smells fantastic!

Essie Avenue Maintain

I came across this colour when I was packing to go away and it hasn't left my nails since. Essie describe it as 'a lovely parisian blue' - all I know is it's a stunning blue shade which is perfect for sunny days!

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer, £13

I recently dedicated a whole blog post to this beautiful bronzer from The Body Shop, so I won't go on to long about it! It's just beautiful and it's another product that deserves all the hype it gets. It's so easy to use - even a bronzer novice like me can make it work!

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia, £40

This is by far the most expensive item in my favourites this month, but I've been reaching for it loads in this heat! Jo Malone actually say this is the scent of autumn, but for me the scent just screams summer! It's fruity, it's floral, it's light, it's just perfection! 

What are your favourites this month?

Friday, 29 August 2014

There are so many new releases, I think every single day I hear about another new product that I want to try! I'm creating quite a wish list of items. So I thought I'd get them out of my system and share them with you! 

Sandy Nude Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown
There is something about Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palettes, I just fall in love with them all. The Sandy Nude Eye palette looks stunning, every single shade is lovely and it would be perfect all year long. I love that it's got two levels, which hopefully makes it nice and compact. This one retails for £49, which is a lot of money, so why is it still tempting me no-end?!

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Blusher
Ever since trying the No7 Pop & Go blushers, I'm obsessed with trying similar products. I've tried a few makeup items from Soap and Glory and I've never been disappointed, so I'd love to try something from them. These Sexy Mother Blusher's come in so many nice shades, it would be hard to choose.

Coconut Hand Cream from The Body Shop
I'm a huge fan of the coconut scent from The Body Shop! So when I heard that they were launching hand creams in lots of new scents I was really happy. These are only £3.50 so I think I'll be trying this sooner rather than later!

Wild Argan Oil Solid Body Shop
This solid Argan Oil from The Body Shop is getting some rave reviews. I love oils as they have so many uses. It's a completely new idea, so I think it would be fantastic! Especially for travel as you wouldn't be scared of it leaking everywhere.

Autumn Trio from Nails Inc 
Am I the only one totally in love which the new bottles from Nails Inc? They are such a beautiful shape, I know it's totally shallow, but I love them! They have some beautiful colours too, I love this Autumn Trio, there's not a dud shade!

What are you wishing for at the moment? Do you feel a haul coming soon?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Models Own Fuzzy Peach, £4.99

Fuzzy Peach is from Models Own's Ice Cream Sundae Collection. Although this Models Own polish is called 'peach' it's not at all a peach shade. It's easy to see that it's much more a orangey hue. That being said 'Fuzzy Peach' is the first orange shade of nail polish I own. Which is incredible as I own a lot of nail polishes! It's not really a colour I ever look to wear, so it's taken me a long time to get around to testing this. 

I'm not normally a fan of Models Own's formulation on standard polishes. As you can see by the swatch below, that one coat of this formula is very streaky. However, this polish actually corrects itself and with two coats it gets a beautiful opaque polish with a glossy finish.

This colour isn't for everybody, but if it tickles your fancy, you can pick it up from the Models Own website!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Whilst normally I'm pretty happy to be finishing up products, this month has seen the end of a lot of favourites. I'm gutted that some of these products have been finished up! Does this mean it's okay to go shopping?

Aussie Dual Personality Curl Definition Serum

I've raved about this product a LOT and I just love it! I've had permed hair for 9 months or so now and this is the first product I've found that I adore. It does everything it claims and transforms frizz into beautiful curls. The best bit? It's super cheap, retailing for just over £5. 
Repurchase? I think it's obvious that I love this product, I replaced it instantly and I thinking of picking up a spare for emergencies.

Dove Maximum Protection

I've tried both the Sure and Dove versions of these deodrants, at first I wasn't sure I could notice a difference between them. However, after picking up the Sure version by mistake, I definitely prefer the Dove one. It's just a lot easier to use, it's not sticky and it's just fantastic. I know £5 is quite a lot of deodrant but I think it's worth it. 
Repurchase? Yes!

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck

I love this perfume and I'm so sad that I've come to the end of it! It's just a lovely light, playful scent that I love wearing all year round. I'm already looking to replace this as it's just the best 'everyday' scent. It's really well priced too, you can pick up 100ml for around £20! 
Repurchase? Definitely! I'm already looking for a good deal!

Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

I had a sample of this dry shampoo from a beauty box, so I just used it when I ran out of my other dry shampoo recently. It's really likeable actually! It has a lovely scent and absorbs the oil in your hair without a residue. 
Repurchase? I would repurchase in the future, I have a few other dry shampoo products to try first though!

Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Clarifying Shampoo

Chris and I are both big fans of this shampoo! It's the best clarifying shampoo I've tried and it's a tiny £1.99. 
Repurchase? It will definitely be making it's way back into our bathroom as soon as possible! 

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo

I've spent a long, long time repurchasing this dry shampoo. It's a great product to have to hand as it just does the job. However, I think this will be my last can, I've found other dry shampoos that are much better to use!
Repurchase? Maybe I'll change my mind in the future, but right now, this is it!

Aussie Dual Personality Hairspray

Aussie Dual Personality Hairspray is my go-to hairspray. We just have a mutual love for each other, it's just perfect! I always feel sad when I finish a can of this and I always try to replace it as soon as possible! I just can't live without it!
Repurchase? Yes I already have and I think I always will!

That's it for my empties this month! What products do you always regret finishing?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter, £7.99

When Bourjois released new versions of the their cult 'chocolate bronzer' I was pretty excited to try them out. The bronzers from Bourjois are totally new to me, I have never tried the original ones in the past. Something about the Bronzing Powder & Highlighter was really exciting to me. I love contouring sets, they are super handy for travelling and you get two products in one palette.

As you can see from the picture the Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter is half a matte bronzer and half a shimmering highlighter. It's designed to provide the perfect contouring solution. The duo comes in a cardboard sleeve which closes with a magnet! It's not the most luxurious packaging in the world, but it is functional, it's never opened in my makeup bag or been damaged. The Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter has the famous 'chocolate' scent, which lots of people love. I'm not really a fan of the scent, I don't hate it, but it's quite weird having a fragranced product on your face. I am however a big fan of the formulation of this little duo. The bronzer is a great colour for my pale skin and it's not hugely pigmented, which means you can build up the colour slowly. The highlighter has a softer formulation and adds a really nice glow and shimmer to your cheekbones. Pair with a lovely coral blusher and you have a perfect summer look!

The Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter retails for £7.99 and you can pick it up from lots of different places, including ASOS and Superdrug.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Topping Lane by Nails Inc, £11 or £8.25 from Look Fantastic

Nails Inc are definitely innovative when it comes to nail polish ideas, they tend to keep people on their toes about what is coming next. Which leaves other brands imitating their decisions and being second to release products. When they released the Sprinkles Collection in 2012, it was unlike something we'd ever seen before.

For today's NOTD I'm doing a quick review of Nails Inc's Topping Lane, which is one of their 'Sprinkles' collection. Topping Lane is a pink polish which has purple, blue and silver glitter inside. The glitter is fairly chunky so it's definitely not a subtle look! The bonus of this polish is that you can get a look that would normally take 2-3 polishes to create, all in one bottle. The disadvantage, is that it's quite hard to use in my opinion! You don't seem to get good coverage of colour equally dispersed with the glitter. So if you're a bit of a perfectionist, it takes some work to get right.

Although this was part of the limited edition range released, it's still around at certain retailers, so if you like it, keep an eye out for it! 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Brow This Way by Rimmel London, £3.99

Whenever I write about this product, I find myself singing RUN-DMC. That aside, Brow This Way is a brand new eyebrow release from Rimmel London. It's dubbed to be a 'eyebrow gel'. I picked it up on a whim from Superdrug when I popped in for essentials a couple of weeks ago. I'm so glad I did because it's fantastic!

The world has gone eyebrow crazy recently, there are a lot of new eyeshadow products hitting the market. So there is a lot to choose from! Rimmel's Brow This Way, comes in four shades, blonde, medium brown, dark brown and clear. I went for medium brown, as I just felt like this would be the closest match for my eyebrows. The brush is bigger than Benefit's Gimme Brow, but ever so slightly smaller than Maybelline's Brow Drama. The style of the brush is very similar to Benefit's which makes it really easy to use.

The brow gel is really easy to use, you just sweep it through the brows and the mess it creates is practically zero! I've not had any application mishaps from this so far. The formula is very lightweight, it's not sticky and it's not clumpy. It doesn't make your brows feel hard or crispy either, the formula is just dreamy! 

I cannot get over how cheap this product is, it's completely and utterly worth the price tag! Well done Rimmel! 
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