Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Perfect Purple - MAC Heroine

When I was writing up my MAC lipstick collection post the other day, I realised I still hadn't reviewed one of the more unusual shades in my collection, Heroine.

I bought Heroine about a month ago from a blog sale, it's one of those colours that I'd picked up in store but couldn't quite bring myself to buy. I do love bright lip colours, and I've got a few other more muted purples in my collection but Heroine just seemed a little too bright and intense for me, and I definitely did not want to pay full price for a lipstick that I might never wear out of the house!

Heroine is a true, vivid purple. Not one for the faint-hearted, and on my pale skin it does seem extra bright and intense. Thankfully it doesn't make your teeth look yellow, which I was a bit worried about. It's supposed to be a matte finish but on my lips it feels and looks more like a satin, as there's still a touch of sheen and it's not at all drying. I get about 4-5 hours perfect wear before it starts to fade and needs reapplying.

Heroine is a dream to apply. It's incredibly pigmented and forgiving of any dry patches, and it doesn't bleed or smudge. It does tend to leave the dreaded ring around the edge of your lips after a few hours so definitely keep it handy for touch ups, but it wears well and lasts quite a while before fading.

You can buy MAC Heroine here.

Have you tried Heroine? What do you think to purple lips?


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

My MAC Lipstick Collection

I've been wanting to do a MAC lipstick collection post for ages now, but every time I start to do it another lipstick finds itself on its way to me and I have to wait for it to arrive, so I'm going to do it now whilst I'm trying to not buy any more! I've linked to any reviews that I've done on each lipstick, and just written a brief description of each lipstick by the name. If there's one I haven't yet reviewed that you'd like me to write up, just let me know.

Royal Ball (Cinderella collection) - pale, frosty pink. Review here.
Chatterbox - bright, bubblegum pink with slight blue undertones.
Please Me - medium rosy pink with yellow undertones. Review here.
Costa Chic - pinky coral with a frost finish.
Kinda Sexy - muted peachy brown nude. Review here.
So Chaud - firey orange red, no blue undertones. Review here.

RiRi Woo (RiRi Hearts MAC) - vivid deep red with strong blue undertones. Review here.
RiRi Heaux (RiRi Hearts MAC) - Plum/berry with blue undertones.
Plumful - deep rosy pink with plum. Review here.
Viva Glam Miley Cyrus - vivid fuchsia pink with strong blue undertones. Review here.
Girl About Town - deep fuchsia pink with blue undertones. Review here.
Lady Danger - bright red with strong orange tones. Review here.

RiRi Woo (RiRi Hearts MAC) - as before, I have two! Review here.
Diva - deep burgundy red. Review here.
Viva Glam I - brown toned red.
Just A Bite x2 - deep, berry red with blue undertones. Review here.

Dark Side - burgundy red with brown.
Rebel - rich berry. Review here.
Sweet Succulence - sheer, dark purple. Review here.
Cyber - dark purple.
Heroine - bright, true purple.
Bust Out! (Surf Baby) - lilac toned purple. Review here.

Do you have any suggestions for lipsticks that I should add to my collection?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Bourjois Aqua Laque Liquid Lipsticks - Review

There's been a bit of a buzz around the new Bourjois Aqua Laque lipsticks, but I was searching for reviews of them the other day to help me decide which shades to buy and I really struggled to find any photos of them on the lips. It's a pet hate of mine when a new product gets launched and I can only see arm swatches, so I decided to buy these lipsticks anyway and see how they perform. Please tell me I'm not the only one who hates arm swatches?!

Anyway, on to the product. If you're a regular reader then you'll know I'm a huge fan of the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition liquid lipsticks as they have incredible staying power and pigmentation, so a glossy version was definitely something I wanted to try.

The packaging is the same as the Rouge Velvet Editions, with the only real difference being that the lids are glossy with the colours corresponding to the shade of the lipstick. I love this little touch as it makes it easier to differentiate between the mattes and the Aqua Laques.

The doe-foot applicator is small enough to be precise, and they don't hold too much product which is great, especially because the product is almost a gel-like formula so thin layers work best. The lasting power is nowhere near as good as the Rouge Velvet Editions, but I was expecting that as a glossy finish never does last as long as a matte one. Some shades do last longer than others though, with the darker shades leaving a pretty, subtle stain on the lips.

 02 Brun'Croyable

I've not seen very many people talk about the shade Brun'Croyable, but when I was swatching them in Boots I fell in love with it. A darker, brown-toned pink, I think this is one of the most beautiful shades from the range and it's such an easy colour to wear. As the Aqua Laques apply quite sheer, I'd advise applying one thin layer and then going back in a few minutes later to top it up. Brun'Croyable lasted for about 3 hours on my lips before it needed a touch up. You can see in the photo that it's fairly sheer, but still makes an impact.

07 Fuchsia Perché

I was quite surprised by how pigmented Fuchsia Perché was on the lips. The colour applies very evenly, the above photo shows two coats but even with one the colour was quite intense. With it being such a water-based formula I did find that it wasn't the neatest application and it certainly didn't stay very neat, so I would most likely wear it with a lip liner underneath next time just to stop it smudging. I'll be getting a lot of wear out of Fuchsia Perché this summer as it is such a beautiful summer colour, and the formula feels very hydrating. It does stain though, so when the gloss wears off it will need reapplying to stop any uneven patches.

01 Appechissant

Appechissant immediately stole the show as my favourite from the whole Aqua Laque range. A few shades lighter than my natural lip colour, I was impressed by how pigmented this colour was and how beautiful it looked on. As it's so light, it only lasted about 2 hours before needing a touch up, but there's no need for a mirror so that's not a problem for me. A great choice if you prefer nude, subtle lip colours.

I love how hydrating and soothing the Aqua Laques feel on the lips and I will be getting a lot of wear out of these over the summer months, but I'm not sure they beat my beloved Rouge Velvet Editions. This girl loves a good matte lip!

Have you tried the Bourjois Aqua Laques? What did you think?


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Bedside Beauty Staples

I've been trying to make more of an effort to look after my skin lately. An unfortunate experience with a new face wash has left my face so dry and dehydrated that even the most gentle face wash leaves it feeling tight and parched, so I've been slathering it with my most hard-working moisturisers in an attempt to breathe some life back into it.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse - Buy Here

I mentioned this briefly in my March favourites but it's been sitting happily on top of my bedside table for the past few weeks. I love this oil because it sinks into the skin so quickly and with it being a multi-purpose oil, I can use it for several things without having a product for each task. At nighttime, I'm using it on my hands, the ends of my hair if it's feeling a bit frazzled and any dry patches of skin on my body.

NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm - Buy Here

Another NUXE product! This lip balm is a little too thick and heavy for daytime use, as it doesn't absorb very quickly so I reserve it for just before bed. As I wear a lot of matte lipsticks my lips are often dry and I try to treat them with balms so that my lipsticks don't cling to flaky bits. Reve De Miel might feel a bit thick, but I wake up every morning with smooth, happy lips.

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Lotion - Buy Here

I got this as part of a set from Boots around Christmas, and I've been loving using it these past few weeks. I just apply a small amount on a cotton pad all over my face, concentrating on the drier patches. It makes my skin feel more comfortable, and I feel like my moisturiser works that little bit harder when paired with this. Plus, the lid reminds me of Soft Mints!

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - Buy Here

I have to use this quite sparingly, twice at week at most as if I go overboard it tends to break me out, but when I need a serious moisture boost this is what I reach for every single time. It also smells lovely and soothing, and a thin layer of this all over my face guarantees that I'll wake up with soft, hydrated skin. Pricey, but worth every penny if you're struggling with extremely dry skin.

What are your bedside beauty essentials?

Friday, 10 April 2015

MAC Plumful Lipstick - Review

MAC's Plumful is one of those lipsticks that I picked up every time I was at the MAC counter, didn't think that much of it and put it back down. How mistaken I was.

I love my bold, vivid lipsticks dearly, but some days I just cannot deal with having to baby them all day. I don't feel like I can eat/drink certain things in case I end up with red smears all over my chin, and they need a fair bit of care and reapplication to keep them looking perfect. On the days when all that seems too much, I reach for Plumful.

It's an inoffensive, slightly darker than my lip colour shade of pink, with plum undertones. It makes me look like I've put some thought and effort into carefully choosing a lipstick that day, but really I just swipe it on without a second thought. I hate this phrase, but it really is a my lips, but better kind of colour.

Plumful is a Lustre finish, which isn't one that I usually go for but it feels comfortable and moisturising on the lips, it doesn't cling to any flaky patches if I've been slacking with exfoliating my lips and surprisingly for a Lustre finish, it's quite long-wearing. I get about 2 hours out of it before the shine dulls, but the plum colour stays around for another 2-3 hours before fading evenly into nothing.

Another reason why I have so much love for Plumful is that it's one of the most versatile lipsticks in my collection. I can pair it with a nude lip liner to make my lips look bigger, use it over a purple/berry liner for a more vampy look or wear it alone if I'm in a rush.

Have you tried Plumful? What do you think to it?

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Complete Argan Oil Range - Review

A few weeks ago the lovely people at Bellaella sent me this 12 piece set of the Complete Argan Oil range, and I wanted to share my thoughts on the set with you today. I've been testing out all of the products regularly since I received them, and I feel like now is the right time let you know my opinions.

Firstly, there are so many products in this set! I honestly didn't know where to start, I'd had the Night Repair Serum before last year and loved it so I was already really looking forward to trying out the other products, and they all have the same scent which is absolutely beautiful. It's clean, floral and sweet but without being overpowering or too strong for my sensitive skin.

I don't use face wipes very often, I try to be good and use a proper cleanser and wash off all my make up, but I've been using this after washing off my make up with my normal face wash just to make sure my face is completely clean and ready for my serum/moisturiser. They are quite scented, but as I said it hasn't bothered my skin at all and I have very sensitive skin, and they leave my face feeling soft and soothed. I'll be taking the remainder of these in my travel bag when I visit my family as they are so convenient and don't leave my skin feeling dry or tight.

I love this stuff. I'd had a bottle of it before, sometime last year, and used it religiously until it ran out, so I was really excited to see another bottle of it in this set. I've been struggling with seriously dry and flaky skin recently, a face wash I was testing a few months ago completely ruined my skin so I'm trying to bring it back to life. This serum is incredibly hydrating and I've been using it every night, waking up to soft, hydrated skin without any flaky bits. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out!

I'll be doing a much more in-depth review with before and after photos of the shampoo and conditioner, but I wanted to mention them quickly in this post too. The beautiful scent lingers in hair all day, which I love as you get a waft of it whenever you swish your hair, and although my roots are normal, the ends are very rough and dry so they need all the moisture they can get. The shampoo leaves my hair feeling clean, but not at all weighed down, and the conditioner makes the ends silky smooth and softens my split ends.

I've been using this solely as a hand wash, and it's really nice to have around as it hydrates your hands without having to faff around with a separate hand cream each time you wash your hands. I don't have much to say about it really other than that it smells fab and my hands are very soft, and visitors to my house keep asking where it's from!

Again, body wash isn't something I normally get excited about, although it has to smell good and not make the shower floor into an ice rink (Nivea, I'm looking at you for that one!). This smells divine, and it's made my legs super smooth, ready to expose their paley-whiteness to the world whenever the sun makes an appearance. I would definitely buy this again as it lasts for ages too!

I normally avoid using heat on my hair as I'm too impatient to spend 20 minutes blow drying it and curling takes forever, but for the purpose of this review I've been using and abusing my curling tongs to see how well this spray performs. It doesn't leave any greasy residue or weigh down my hair, and I haven't noticed any extra split ends or damage to my hair so I would most certainly reach for this the next time I attempt to curl it.

As a huge fan of hair oils, this was a welcome addition to my stash. It's a little more heavy duty than the L'Oreal one I was using, but 2-3 drops applied just to the ends of my hair has helped to soften them and after I had my hair cut last week, I haven't had any new split ends appear. I use this 2-3 times a week, it's very similar to the original Moroccanoil in terms of consistency and results.

Well, my hair has had some serious pampering lately! I try not to use too many products on it each time I wash my hair, but this mask has been working wonders on my mane. I've only used it four times, spread out over the past few weeks but it instantly softens my hair and makes it smell gorgeous. I leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off and it's a really lovely mask. If you have dry hair with a 'woolly' texture at the ends (mine is very damaged!) then this will be your new best friend.

Feet freak me out, so I'll keep this short. After hiding my feet in boots for the winter they are feeling a bit neglected and dry, so this pack was very much needed! It softened any dry/rough patches of skin and left my feet looking much smoother and more summer-ready, I just need to find the perfect summery nail polish for them now, any suggestions?

As an avid lover of hand creams, this was one of the first things I tried. I was really impressed by how well both the hand and foot pack worked, my hands felt really hydrated and looked miles better and the effects lasted for well over a week. 

Body moisturising is one of those tasks I'm always trying to avoid, I hate feeling all sticky and bored waiting for it to sink in after a shower so I did delay trying this for a few days. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it was absorbed into my skin, and although it made my skin softer it didn't leave any residue or stickiness. I'll be using this on my legs and arms to get them ready for my holiday!

You can find the 12 piece Argan Oil set over at Bellaella here, be sure to check them out as they have some amazing offers on!

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Budget Dupe For MAC Soar - Maybelline Velvet Beige Lip Liner

You're probably sick of me talking about my new love for lip liners, but this is a really good one, I promise! Maybelline's ColorSensational lip liner in Velvet Beige has swiftly become one of my go-to products for enhancing my lips and reshaping them, knocking MAC's Soar lip liner out the park.

The packaging is nothing to write home about, it does have a little clear plastic lid to protect the tip and I do like how the colour of the packaging matches the shade of the liner, so if you have several of them it's easy to see at a glance the colour you're after.

Velvet Beige is a deep, pinky-brown colour, almost an exact dupe for MAC Soar (review here) and it's that coveted my-lips-but-better shade. As it's a touch darker than my natural lip colour it makes reshaping and lining lips really easy, and the lip liner is incredibly pigmented and long lasting, staying put for a good 6-7 hours, longer with a good lipstick on top.

In comparison to Soar, I think Velvet Beige actually performs best out of the two as it's a tiny bit more pink, so it will flatter paler skintones, and it applies smoother to the lips, whereas I had to reline (is that a word?) my lips, especially the upper lip several times with Soar.

You can buy Maybelline Color Sensational lip liner in Velvet Beige here for £3.99.

Have you tried either Velvet Beige or Soar? What do you think to the Kylie Jenner lip craze?

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