Thursday, 28 February 2013

Stila Convertible Color in Petunia

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stila color convertible petunia
stila color convertible petunia
stila color convertible petunia
stila color convertible petunia

It was only a matter of time, since I was left revelling in the beauty of Stila's Convertible Color in Gerbera, that I would be adding another shade to my collection. Welcome Petunia - a gorgeous, bright rosy-pink which is wonderfully warm and flattering for the cheeks and lips. I just love the formulation and versatility of these products, so easy to pop on your cheeks for that just-pinched flush of colour or great to dab onto your lips for when you're on the go.

stila convertible color petunia
stila convertible color petunia

Petunia is extremely pigmented so you only need a smidgeon and a delicate finger to blend it out, from the apple of your cheeks along your cheekbone. The consistency of Stila's Convertible Colors is slightly tacky and it does take a while to get use to their stickiness, but once on the skin it gives your cheeks a lovely radiance and glow which you don't expect when you see the product in the palette. I am officially hooked and am already on the scout for the next shade to add to my blooming cream blusher stash!

The Stila Convertible Colors are £16 and are available from Space NK and Selfridges. Are you a fan?

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Philips VisaPure facial cleansing brush

Philips VisaPure
Philips VisaPure
Philips VisaPure
Philips VisaPure

The Philips VisaPure* £150 (replacement brush heads £7.99)
available from Boots 

It has been a long time coming, but there may now be something on the market to rival the cult cleansing system, the Clarisonic, which has been hogging the sonic-system limelight for years now. This month sees the release of the Philips VisaPure - an electronic skin cleansing device that massages skin to remove make up, dirt and impurities. Ten times more effective than manual cleansing, and gentle enough to use every day, it is an easy addition to any woman's skincare routine with two different brushes to suit your skin type, normal and sensitive. The VisaPure vibrates and rotates gently to cleanse away dead skin cells; deeply cleansing and stimulating the skin leaving it looking healthy and radiant.

The VisaPure has two different speed settings, gentle cleansing or deep cleansing, and operates for a minute at a time, pausing every 20 seconds to prompt you to move onto a different skin zone. Despite the mere 60 second commitment, I have only been using the VisaPure three to four times a week and sticking to my normal skincare routine for the rest of the time. I think this device is really effective at thoroughly cleansing the skin and makes the removal of hours-old makeup at the end of the day, an effortless dream. I have been using it alongside Nude's Purify Cleansing Wash, finished off with their ProGenius Oil and my skin is currently very happy! Skin feels soft and squeaky clean afterwards and I have noticed subtle improvements in the appearance of my skin especially around my chin and nose area.

I already own a Clarisonic so it was interesting to draw a comparison and see how this new model fared against it better-known predecessor. Aesthetically, I much prefer the sleek, modern look of the VisaPure and think it would be much more convenient to sling in your makeup bag for a night away. The brush head of the VisaPure is a little smaller than the Clarisonic which I actually prefer as I feel you can focus it more specifically on troublesome areas. Price-wise, it is almost identical to the classic, sandwiched in between the smaller-sized Mia and the multi-tasking Clarisonic Plus. But the clincher might be the price of the replacement brushes for the VisaPure which are a third of the price compared to the hefty £21 for the Clarisonic brushes. That makes the VisaPure a winner in my eyes!

Is this something that you would consider adding to your skincare routine?

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadows

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Wearing Golden Girl in the inner corner | Berry Cute all over the lid | Grape Expectations blended into the crease

To welcome in Spring Summer with a punch of colour, The Body Shop have released 30 single fashion-forward eyeshadows in a rainbow of hues, from shocking brights to soft metallics and everything in between. The new Colour Crush range offers us a selection of cute, compact eyeshadows that can been worn alone or beautifully blended together with their silky formulation and buildable intensity. I love the finish of these eyeshadows, varying from iridescent and pearly to bold and matte and can be used wet or dry making them incredibly fun and versatile. Each Colour Crush eyeshadow is enriched with a special blend of Brazil nut oil, honey and organic coconut oil which makes them glide on seamlessly and leaves you with a smooth, even finish.

I am wearing three of my favourite shades above and think they compliment each other really well. Golden Girl is an amazing highlighting colour for the inner corners and even under the brow bone, and Grape Expectations is the perfect shimmering berry-purple. The Body Shop's new colour crush eyeshadows are out now and retail at £7 each. Which shade is your favourite?

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Monday, 25 February 2013

Nivea Stress Protect Challenge #3 - the morning mad dash

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You may remember that last month I embarked on the Nivea Stress Protect challenge, enduring a number of 'stressful' situations to see how this new product fares against stress-induced sweating. The first two challenges were literally no sweat when up against the new Nivea Stress Protect anti-perspirant deodorant so I am here again testing its effectiveness during those frantic, sometimes stressful, moments whilst I make a mad dash to get out the house in the mornings.

The snooze button is my best friend and worst enemy and will always be my downfall when it comes to allowing me enough time to prep, preen and pamper myself for the day ahead. Therefore I have strategically mastered the five minute makeup routine for situations when time is of the essence and my stress-levels are rising. I have been religiously using the Nivea deodorant every morning and it seems to keeping any stress-sweating at bay whilst I frantically flit between rooms, fling clothes frantically out of the wardrobe and fake a fresh face ready to start my day! So I think that's 3-0 to the deo!

Have you tried any of the products from the Nivea Stress Protect range?


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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Dip dye jumper

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outfit dip dye jumper
outfit dip dye jumper
outfit dip dye jumper
outfit dip dye jumper

Jumper* | Missguided
Disco pants | Glamorous
Converse | Sole Trader

A very casual outfit for a very lazy Sunday. This top from Missguided is one of those useful 'transistional' pieces that is so easy to sling on with jeans or a skater skirt for dressed down days when the weather starts to feel a little brighter. I love the 3/4 length sleeves and slash neckline, so much so that I think the mint green one may have to be purchased as well. Today was mainly spent pouring over the papers with a steaming mug of earl grey in hand, re-watching series one of Homeland (I'm hooked all over again!) and trying to forget that it is Monday tomorrow. Again. Why do the weekends always go by so fast? Let me know what you have been up to and if you are a fan of the dip dye jumper?

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Aussie Miracle Shine range, 4 weeks later

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four weeks later

Rewind four weeks ago and you will remember me introducing you to the new haircare collection from Aussie - the Miracle Shine range which is empowered with Australian Ginseng extract and Pearl powder to reignites your hair's shine and radiance. Blonde hair is always a tricky customer when it comes to getting an unrivalled natural lustre so I was excited to see how these new products on the block fared with my mop of bleached locks.

I said it in my first post, and I'll say it again, these products smell amazing if you enjoy your sickly sweet and fruity scents. The shampoo and conditioner are rich and creamy and left my hair feeling soft and tangle-free. But the real gem from this new range is definitely the 3 Minute Miracle Shine deep treatment which just gives your hair that extra boost of nourishment and care. Despite a slight colour change over the four weeks, I cannot say that I noticed a massive improvement in my hair's shine but I did thoroughly enjoy using the range and felt that it really pampered and conditioned my hair. I'd like to think that my natural shine is definitely still there (and maybe enhanced a little) but I feel it is those less obvious qualities that have improved over the last four weeks. My hair feels soft, the ends are less ragged and it seems a lot more manageable when I start the onerous task of blow-drying it.

The Aussie Miracle Shine range is available from Boots and Superdrug, from as little as £3.99. Do let me know if you have tried this range and whether you were left revelling in shine and radiance?


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Thursday, 21 February 2013

MAC Archie's Girls - Girl Next Door lipstick

MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick
MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick
MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick
MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick
MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick
MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick
MAC Archie's Girls Girl next door lipstick

MAC Girl Next Door from the Archie's Girls collection £15.50
Sold out MAC online but available here... Selfridges

So as I was cruising the new MAC Archie's Girls collection in Selfridges at the weekend, it was only inevitable that one of the limited edition lipsticks would slip into my bag - and so I walked away with Girl Next Door, part of the Betty collection. I was toying between this pale pink number and Betty Bright, a gorgeous bright peachy-coral, but I figured this one was closest to a shade I don't already own!

Described as a vivid blue pink, Girl Next Door is a very pretty, yet very pale pink shade with a white shimmer. Being a lustre finish, it makes the colour payoff sheerer and more wearable than say a satin or cremesheen, yet it still won't be a lipstick that suits everybody. I am not even convinced with the colour myself but I like the soft, glossy finish and the fact you could layer it over a brighter lipstick to mute the colour down. And, well, the packaging is pretty cute too!

Did you indulge in anything from the new collection today?

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Flatter Me face powder

MAC Archie's Girls Flatter Me face powder
MAC Archie's Girls Flatter Me face powder
MAC Archie's Girls Flatter Me face powder
MAC Archie's Girls Flatter Me face powder
MAC Archie's Girls Flatter Me face powder
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Foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum | Lipstick, MAC Costa Chic 


MAC Archie's Girls 'Flatter Me' Pearlmatte face powder £21.50
Exclusively available from Selfridges (at the moment!)

I can't remember the last time I properly indulged in a new MAC collection. I glanced at the Marilyn Monroe release and got semi-excited by the new viva glam lipsticks, but I have been fairly reserved and indifferent for some time now. That was until I spotted the new Archie's Girls collection in Selfridges the other day and by soul was sold! And consequently, as a little Valentine's treat, I was spoilt with a few much needed makeup necessities including this pearlmatte face powder from the new range. I mean, what says I love you more than a pink heart-embossed blusher?!

The Flatter Me face powder is as pretty on the face as it is in the compact. The base powder is a gorgeous, pearly-pink iridescent shade embossed with cute coral-toned hearts that create a beautiful shimmery colour once swirled together. It is a little similar to Benefit's Coralista or MAC's Style blush, but slightly more warming and less golden on your complexion. The texture is silky and smooth and give your cheeks a luminous flush of colour and radiance. It is one of the clever little products that could easily be used solely as a highlighter with a soft application or purely as a blusher if you singled out the coral hearts but I much prefer the swirl-it-all-together method and adore the finish it gives. Clearly inspired by my coral cheeks I decided to unearth my Costa Chic lipstick from MAC which is the best coral lipstick and one of my all time favourites! It seemed like the obvious combination!

Have you been tempted by the new MAC Archie's Girls collection?

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Sleek Mirrored Pink blush

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sleek mirrored pink blush
sleek mirrored pink blush
sleek mirrored pink blush
sleek mirrored pink blush
sleek mirrored pink blush
sleek mirrored pink blush

Sleek's Mirrored Pink blush* £4.49
(launches 13th March) available in Superdrug and online

It's a true story that one of my all time favourite cheek products is Sleek's Rose Gold blusher. It is an absolute beauty but I think we may now have a new contender on our hands with the latest release from Sleek's Spring Summer Aqua collection which sees a fresh, new palette, blusher and nail set. Inspired by an aquatic colour spectrum of glistening ocean hues and shimmering radiance, it is definitely a collection worth a look if you like your bright, bold shades. Think shell-like creams, mermaid blues and sea-green emeralds with an iridescent finish.

The blush from the new collection - Mirrored Pink, is a gleaming pink shade with a lustrous silver shine running through it. Like with all Sleek's powdered products, the pigmentation is very strong so you only need a small amount and a delicate hand to get a lovely flush to your face. I love the silky consistency and the silver shimmer that really highlights your cheekbones and gives you such a luminous finish. It's pink, incredibly pretty and for £4.49, you can't really go wrong!

Will you be diving into the new Aqua collection from Sleek?

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick, Fuchsia in Excess

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Shirt, Romwe | Necklace, H&M

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in No.5 Fuchsia in Excess* £23.50
available online

Glossy, irresistible and deceivingly pigmented - introducing the new Rouge Volupte Shine collection from YSL. This new range includes 19 seductive shades that boast a creamy, balm-like texture with an ultra glossy finish and a mouth-watering, mango scent which makes them a joy to wear and apply. As we step into Spring, everybody everywhere is emphasising the trend of dewy skin and fresh, radiant cheeks and this mode has now transcended onto the lips as well. The YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks leave your lips with a lustrous, wet-look shine that instantly brightens your look with a slick of vibrancy and brilliance. The range is divided into five colour ways - your beiges, corals, reds, pinks and purples, with varying shades and scales of vividness nestled within each. Some of the lipsticks are playfully soft and subtle whereas others are bold and daring, but all offer a high level of lip care leaving them plump and moisturised.

I have been wearing No.5 Fuchsia in Excess which sits neatly in the purple category and it really is a beautiful lipstick. Unlike the formula of the original YSL Rouge Voluptes, these are neither slippery or overly-creamy but are in fact nourishing, glossy and gives your lips a stain of colour that actually stays put! Fuchsia in Excess is an unashamed hot pink with a slight tint of red and purple running through it making it a flattering, unique colour with a long-lasting glossy finish. I am definitely keen to check out some of their softer shades too, in particular the nudes and the corals which are always perfect for subdued makeup during the Summer months.

Will you be checking out this new collection from YSL?

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