Monday, 29 April 2013

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm- my thoughts

There is a time in your life when something amazing happens. Despite having the world's worst day ever imagined, I came home to this little beauty in my post box. It was love at first application.

Having never ever tried a lip balm like this consistency-wise as it is quite thick, I've always gone for light lip balms to apply through the day, I was quite intrigued to try this out. I was looking for a balm that was nourishing enough to use in my night time skincare routine- and I've found the perfect one. 

The smell is actually amazing. It smells like lemons but not in a artificial and cheap way. The scent is very delicate and I really like it. The balm itself, as I said earlier, is thick in consistency but it does blend evenly when applied to the lips. You only need a tiny bit to nourish your lips amazingly so I can tell this will last for ages as it is quite a big pot!

Now I have wanted this for a very long time and previously I thought that £9.50 was a bit excessive for a lip balm. But now I have it, I can definitely say that I will be repurchasing this when it runs out because it is amazing quality and you get a lot of product for the price. A regular lip balm, for example a Korres Lip butter retails at £8.00 for 6g. Nuxe Reve de Miel is £9.50 for 15g so the value for money is really good.

I apply this before bed and by the time I wake up, my lips are still really nourished and soft. I don't feel the need to use lip balm before every lipstick I apply now, which I had to do before as my lips were quite dry. My lips feel in a much better condition now and I don't know what I'd do without it now- slightly dramatic but you get the point. 

I've been going a bit lip balm mad recently, what are your favourites?

Friday, 26 April 2013

Clinique Even Better foundation

So today I'm going to be sharing my thoughts on a foundation that I had really high hopes for but was left quite disappointed :( This is the result of a combination of an impulsive payday buy and a pushy shop assistant. I'm sure you've all been there- you've read countless positive reviews, seen Tanya Burr use it and look incredible and hear so many people love it.. then you get it home and you hate it. I was expecting really good things from this foundation and whilst it isn't absolutely awful, it's really not brilliant.

The first thing that I noticed that I didn't like about this foundation was the coverage. For a foundation that is marketed as a medium- full coverage foundation, I found the coverage very low. I would say it's a light to medium coverage but not buildable without going cakey. I started using this when my skin was in quite a bad state after having a really bad experience with La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo, so admittedly  I had a lot of blemishes to work with. Once my blemishes had cleared up, it looked better on me and looked quite glowing and radiant but not like I was expecting. If I'm honest, I thought my skin looked the same as any foundation would have on first application- nothing special at all.

The application of this product was also disappointing. I saw Tanya Burr apply this in one of her tutorials and it looked lovely. It blended effortlessly into her skin and she looked glowing. I've tried applying this with a flat top foundation brush, Real Techniques Buffing brush, MAC 130 stippling brush and my fingers and have been really disappointed each time. I can't quite put my finger on what it is about the formula that I don't like, but it just blends horribly and feels almost powdery when blended. Considering this is aimed at all skin types, I definitely do not think anyone with dry skin could wear this. My skin is combination- oily t-zone, normal cheeks and dry between my brows and down the bridge of my nose. It clung to dry patches like nothing else and felt impossible to blend on my nose, which really is not that dry at all. I found that if I used quite a moisturising primer and use it when it hasn't fully sunk in, the dry patch problem isn't a too much of an issue.

I found the best way to apply this product was with my fingers as it is almost impossible to blend with a brush. Not because it is thick- the formula is just like a standard foundation thickness. It just didn't sit right on my skin, it looked as if I had powdered loads before I had even applied any powder. That would be fine of course, if I didn't need any powder because my 'natural oils' would have come through making it look okay, but because my skin is oily in some places- it just separated and looked horrendous. 

Some days I can apply this and it looks really nice- it takes quite a while to get right though. If it is blended too much it can look quite strange and vice verse. The major problem for me though is the lasting power of this foundation. I don't even think it lasted 2 hours on my skin before doing a disappearing act in some parts of my face and separating in others- usually where I've powdered like chin etc. I've tried this with every primer I own and it still ends up in the same mess all over my face- really disappointing.

I really dislike writing negative reviews but lets be honest, if us beauty bloggers weren't honest and didn't share our experiences with our readers, everyone would waste their money on products that were not worth it. I've read quite a lot of good reviews on this foundation so it is definitely worth a try- just make sure you pick up a sample before you buy unlike me! I really wish I picked up a sample instead of impulsively buying it on payday. The never ending quest for the perfect foundation continues.. What is your favourite foundation? And what foundation have you been disappointed with?

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The lazy day face

When my day consists of running errands, a lesson or two and at the moment- a mountain of revision, I like to keep it simple. When I say lazy day, I'm not talking a day in my pjs watching films and eating my body weight in junk food- those days are strictly make-up free. This is my face for days when I get up and just lack the motivation to do a full face of make-up and want to keep it nice and simple..

So I start off with a light, dewy base- Boujois Healthy Mix Serum usually does the job nicely. Other bases I tend to reach for on days like this tend to be Dr Jart+ Waterfuse BB Cream or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I like a light base that can be blended into the skin quickly with my fingers for a fuss free simple base. To finish off the base I like to dab a bit of Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer on my under eye area to banish those pesky dark circles and I'll also dab it on any blemishes or redness.

On days like this I know I won't be wearing make-up for a really long period of time so I skip the powder as I find it only makes my skin look dull anyway. To perk up my skin I add a touch of pink blush to my cheeks with Dainty Doll 'You are my sunshine' being a firm favourite at the moment. It kind of reminds me of Nars Orgasm which I love. I skip the highlighter as the blush gives a touch of highlight in itself. I finish off the face with a little bit of Nars Laguna bronzer to warm my face up a bit as I'm still stupidly pale.#

I keep it super simple on the eyes with just some mascara- I'm still loving Maybelline The Rocket Volume mascara. For a fuss free lip to brighten up my complexion, I love to use one of the Revlon Lip Butters. My favourite shade at the moment is Juicy Papaya. I love these lipstick/balm hybrids as they are fuss-free and add a touch of colour without being over the top.

What make-up do you use for your fuss-free, lazy day face?

Monday, 22 April 2013

Glossybox: April 2013 Pearl Lowe edition

So this month's Glossy Box is definitely a good'un! Recently it seems like Glossy Box have gone off the radar  in the blogging world as the boxes seem to be a bit samey. But this month they have really upped their game and produced a really good box that has been getting plenty of good reviews. I was so impressed with this month's box, especially the packaging- how gorgeous is it??! I've already thrown away my battered gift box that stored my nail polishes and replaced it with this gorgeous box so it's on show in my bedroom. Now on to the goodies that were inside:

A-Derma Intense Repair lip treatment balm (full size)- I was really pleased to see this in here as I'm always on the hunt for new lip balms. I haven't actually ever heard of this brand before but so far I'm impressed. The consistency is quite similar to Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour cream but maybe a little less tacky. It provides a protective film on the lips similar to Vaseline rather than giving a deep moisturise, which means it is perfect for on the go or under lipstick as it sinks in really quickly.

Sleek blush in Flamingo- I love a good pink blush so it was really nice to have this in my box. To be honest, it seems like the boxes have been full of skincare recently so a blush was a nice addition. The shade is a very bright pink and is really lovely with amazing pigmentation. Sleek make-up is really lovely quality (I love the contour kit!) and before this I hadn't got round to picking up a blush so I'm looking forward to trying this out. The size of the sample is really generous also as it is so pigmented you only need a tiny amount.

Nip + Fab Mango Smoothie Dry Skin Fix body butter- Although I really wanted the pistachio scent of this after seeing it in other people's boxes, I'm really glad I had this scent as it's gorgeous. This will be a perfect body butter to take away with me on holiday as the size is ideal and the scent is really summery and fresh.

Yves Rocher So Elixir Purple eau de Parfum- This little bottle is sooo cute! I haven't heard much about this brand before but the scent smells okay. It isn't really the scent I tend to go for usually. I like really sweet and light fragrances whereas this is quite mature. I might see if my Mum likes it, but it might be too heavy for her too as she is similar to me in her scent preferences. The miniature bottle is much better than a tiny vinyl sample though.

Essie polish in Flawless (full size)- This is definitely my favourite item out of the box! I was soo excited when I saw people opening their boxes to find Essie polishes in them. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't getting my hopes up because last month people received Nails Inc polishes and I didn't which was disappointing. I was hoping for the shade 'Cute as a Button' but I actually prefer this shade. It reminds me of the same sort of pink shade as Rimmel Apocolips in Celestial, like a rosy muted pink- which I love. I'm glad I didn't get Sugar Daddy as I already have a few shades which are very similar to it. 

Overall I'm really impressed with this month's Glossy box. Let's hope that next month will be just as good as this one. What did you get in your Glossy box this month?

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A little life update #1

So I've decided that these update posts will be a regular feature on my blog. I'm not saying I will do one every week etc. because I will definitely not stick to it.
1.. Today is my boyfriend's 20th birthday and as it's my brother's birthday next weekend everyone decided to go to out last night for a joint celebration. This is one of my best friends who came over for a few drinks before we went out. It was a really good night and I'm definitely feeling rough today sob.
2.. I treated myself to a few bits from Fragrance Direct and Feel Unique this week. I got a few Dainty Doll blushers, some Essie polishes and the Nuxe lip balm that I have been lusting after forever.
3.. Easter was quite a few weeks ago now so you can tell this post is long overdue.. But this is my gorgeous little diva niece. On Easter Monday we did an easter egg hunt in the garden and she loved it- you wouldn't tell from her grumpy pout in the photo haha.
4.. As my exams start in June, it's time to knuckle down and start some proper revision. King Lear is currently the bane of my existence.
5.. My lovely boyfriend treated me to a new charm for my Pandora bracelet. I've been looking at the little gingerbread man for ages so he knows me too well. I think it's too cute.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

This week I'm wishing for...

Weekend wishlist

Zara Office City bag- H&M Peach dress- Topshop bodycon dress- Topshop lipstick in Tease- Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation- Origins Super Spot Remover- Benefit Fake Up