Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Make Up Remover

I was absolutely delighted to get my hands on this lovely product! You might remember this came as part of a free gift that I got in Debenhams. I really needed an eye make up remover so it was great to get this one!

You can see that it has two layers, an oil layer and a water layer. You have to turn the bottle upside down to mix them together before using it. When you shake the bottle, it looks really foamy but it doesn't come out like this. It looks really cool in the bottle!

I just put a small amount on a cotton pad. It has a lovely scent, I can definitely smell rose in it, it reminds me of Turkish Delight! One good swipe with a cotton pad and your entire eye make up is removed. I am serious! Previously I had been using Garnier eye make up remover which I liked, but you can tell the difference with this one, being a high end brand. It is far more effective and I can assure you, you only need to use one little squirt per eye to remove all of your eye make up. It is fab, and hopefully this bottle will last me a long time! I am not sure if I will be able to afford this eye make up remover, but I promise you, it would be worth every penny as it is so good!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Lancome Blush Subtil Palette - Nectar Lace

Lately I have been loving Lancome products. I thought this palette was just absolutely beautiful, and I know it was a little pricey at €38 but I knew I would love it and get a lot of use out of it. I have kind of been looking out for a nice contour kit for a while.

It is quite a petite little palette, very sleek in it's design. It has a nice sized mirror and I noticed it does not come with an applicator. Oh well, more room for the actual products! The contour, blush and highlight are all simply stunning, I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like them.

The contour shade is perfect for me as it is quite light. But what attracted me to this palette mostly is the blush. It is the most beautiful coral colour with gold shimmer. Here are the swatches...

L-R Highlight, Blush, Contour

And here is how it looks on...

I absolutely adore this. It was quite difficult to capture how glowy and shimmery it is. It was especially apparent in the sunlight. I think this is a gorgeous palette to use especially at this time of year. 

This palette only comes in two shades, I believe the other shade had a light pink (matte) blush and a slightly darker contour shade. I thought the Nectar Lace palette was slightly more unique and eye-catching. 

I think I am becoming addicted to Lancome! Let me know what you think of this palette! 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Revlon Baby Stick - Pink Passion

 I kind of have been searching for a while to find a nice cream blush. I thought these looked very cute!
 They come in three shades, the other two shades are more peach/baby pink - colours I normally favour over this deep pink. But hooray for testers - the lighter shades have NO pigmentation whatsoever! I tried this shade Pink Passion, and it is not as cerise pink when applied.
 These Baby Sticks can be used on your cheeks and on your lips. I personally would not like to use them on both, just my preference. The formula has a kind of waxy feel to it.
And this is how it looks on. I put one good swipe over my cheeks and blended out the edges with my fingers. I think it looks really nice, it has quite a soft finish and looks quite natural. I think this is so handy to use as part of my everyday make up, it takes almost no time at all to apply!

However I wouldn't really rate Revlon Baby Sticks too highly. The paler shades do not show up at all, which is a shame as I would have preferred them. It feels a little bit sticky. The tube is a little bit too fat if you want to use on your lips. I don't think I would be repurchasing this one. They are £6.99 each. However, I will use away at this one. It is handy to have.

Has anyone else tried these? What do you think?

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Crazy Polish Lady - Hakuna Matata

I had heard of the Crazy Polish Lady through a few other bloggers. These polishes are hand-made by the lovely Sofia from Portugal. I fell in love when I saw the swatches of "Hakuna Matata" - I also thought the name alone was brilliant! This one is from Sofia's second collection, which are obviously inspired by Disney movies. 

Look how stunning this polish is!

This is a perfect Summer shade. I love the glitter particles throughout the polish. The consistency is really nice and fluid. I used two coats. It also lasted me a good 3/4 days with no chipping. I love this because it is so unique and I have never seen anything like it available in shops. These polishes are brilliant! You can contact Sofia on the Crazy Polish Lady Facebook page or on her blog. The polishes are €6.00 each plus shipping. You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Lancome Hypnose -VS- Hypnose Star

I bought the full sized version of Lancome Hypnose Star, and in addition also got a sample of the original Hypnose. I thought it would be really fun to compare them.
The packaging of all the Lancome mascaras are incredible. They are so sleek and elegant looking. I especially love the Hypnose Star.
 This mascara comes in a beautiful curved tube. I love the glittery end of it, it just looks so glam!
The wand itself is very tapered at the end. One thing I noticed about both these mascaras is that they smell quite odd, kind of reminds me of permanent marker.

The original Hypnose has more plain packaging, but it still looks very elegant. This sample size is so cute, perfect for taking in my handbag!

This wand looks a lot more fuller. It is slightly curved in the middle. Here you can see them side by side -

So, now you can see the difference, lets see how they look on!

This is me with no mascara on at all.

This is Hypnose Star
And this is the original Hypnose
Side by side comparison

To be quite honest I do not see much difference at all. The Hypnose Star was a lot easier to apply, the wand is just so brilliant to work with. The original Hypnose took a few coats before I got the volume that I wanted. The original Hypnose was a lot "dryer" than the Hypnose Star. They are both brilliant mascaras though. 

I think if you are buying any Lancome mascara you cannot really go wrong. I would definitely purchase the full sized original Hypnose, but I am so excited to use my Hypnose Star. Plus the glittery tube looks class! 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Nails Inc- Life's a Peach - Instyle Magazine Freebie

This is the June 2013 issue of InStyle magazine. I don't usually buy these sort of magazines, but I do know sometimes there are some great freebies with them, and this was one that I couldn't pass up. I have always wanted to try a Nails Inc polish! There are three colours to choose from with this magazine, and I chose "Life's a Peach".
This polish is actually a full size bottle worth £11.00. Not bad considering the magazine cost less than £4.00!

I love how this polish looks on. It is quite nice to apply, however I have the same problem with all pale colours in that I tend to brush on too much and it turns gloopy on the nail. I have applied three thin layers here and I am really happy with it! I have been wearing a lot of bright colours lately but I don't really have any neutral/nude shades in my collection. This one may be my new favourite!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Lancome Haul! Sneak Peek

I got a sample of the Teint Idole foundation last week, and I really liked it. As you know, I love budget beauty products and I don't often have the money to buy high end products. But I loved the look of this foundation so much, I thought it would be worth the splurge. I also really wanted to try Lancome Hypnose mascara. Debenhams currently have an offer in which if you buy any two Lancome products, you get an amazing free gift consisting of seven items. So... I went for it!

 Here is my beloved Teint Idole foundation. I chose the shade 03, a little darker for me but I thought it would be perfect for the summer season as I will be wearing fake tan, I don't want a pale face! I adore this so much.
 Each of the Lancome Hypnose mascaras cost £22.00, but I chose Hypnose Star as it came in this little set, with a free miniature Bi-Facil eye make up remover and Le Crayon Khol Noir.

This mascara is just stunning! I love the packing, the glittery tube just looks so glam!

This is the amazing free gift! You get a full sized Bi-Facil, Hydra Zen (15ml), Visionnaire and Genifique (both 5ml), a baby Hypnose mascara, a small Juicy Tube and a cute perfume sample!

I cannot wait to try out all of these products, and I promise more thorough reviews will be coming soon! I don't usually spend this much money and I have never tried Lancome before, but I think the free gift is so generous and it gives me a chance to test high-end products that I would never usually be able to afford! And of course if I do like them and they do work for me, I probably would spend that little bit extra.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing Oil

I have wanted to try a cleansing oil for a long time now. I found this product in Superdrug recently, and I thought why not give it a go. It calls itself a "15 second miracle" cleansing oil. Well, it's not wrong!

I was a bit dubious as it says it is suitable for face and eyes. What I did was apply 2 pumps of oil to my hands, rub my hands together and then onto my face. This stuff is absolutely brilliant for removing eye make up. I tried using the oil on a cotton pad to remove eye make up, but it is nowhere near as effective as using your fingertips. Just make sure you don't get any in your eyes!

Make up literally dissolves within seconds using this. It is fab! I never expected it to be so good. I had only ever used lotion cleansers before, but I have never used anything so quick and so effective for removing make up. My skin even looks a lot more healthy since I started to use it. To be completely honest, it does everything it says it does on the bottle! I couldn't fault it at all, and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Cocoa Brown Night & Day Tan - Exclusive Look

I am so happy to try out this amazing Cocoa Brown Night and Day tan, before it is even released. I am such a fan of the original Cocoa Brown, I was so excited to give this a go.

 Now the idea of this tan is that you can apply it and instantly you will have a beautiful, deep tan for your night out. Instant tan that does not turn blotchy when your skin is in contact with water! The next morning you can have a shower and you will be left with a light, natural glow that can last up to five days. Amazing!

I used the Cocoa Brown mitt to apply this product, and I think this mitt is brilliant. It feels so sturdy to use, I am so used to using the £1 tanning mitts from Primark. This one is much better quality and it is brilliant because it did not stain my hands at all.

 As you can see, this mousse is slightly darker than the original Cocoa Brown. It still has the same lovely scent and feels really soft and easy to apply.

Here is a photo comparison. As much as my right leg has a really deep tan, it still looks like a really natural colour (which I adore!). I cannot believe that I can put this on and go straight out the door! It is amazing! I do not usually wear darker tan but this is nothing that I imagined. It is the most perfect colour and this tan is perfect for those impromptu nights (or days!) out! 

This tan will be out next week! This will be so handy to keep in your bathroom cupboard!