Monday 29 April 2013

Rimmel Apocalips

All aboard the late train! Yes I'm about 3 months late on blogging about these little wonders. I remember when these first came out and the massive hype over them caused them to be constantly sold out whenever I tried to get to even look at what colours were available. So when I eventually did I spent what felt like hours at the stand look and swatching all the colours.
In the end I went for 'Big Bang' and 'Celestial'. I chose 'Big Bang' as I love the look of a red lip on a night out but sometimes red lippy can be a bit messy after a cocktail or two. So I thought I would try out these to see what lasting effects they have.
I chose 'Celestial' as I wanted a everyday pink colour I can wear well.. everyday! I have worn 'Celestial' a couple of times and have received compliments so I know this is definitely a winner but have yet to try 'Big Bang' out so I'm excited for my next big night out so I can trial it.

Have you tried these out and if you have what colours did you buy? What are your thoughts on them?

Wednesday 24 April 2013

NOTD: Essie - Bikini So Teeny

A few posts ago I showed you a little Essie haul that I recently did. So when I was getting ready for work and I had to choose a polish to wear, I knew straight away it had to be one of my new Essie. That's where I hit a brick wall, what colour should I choose? That's probably the hardest thing I find about painting my nails, I can never choose what colour and I sit and ponder for ages before finally deciding on one. So being that it's actually been warm this week I went with 'Bikini So Teeny'.

It's the most gorgeous sky blue / periwinkle colour. Perfect for the spring/summer season and definitely one for the fingers and toes. Imagine this on your toes in a pair of sparkly flip flops, amazing right? It has a subtle shimmer in it which is the hardest thing to capture on camera. I always find it hard to describe nail polishes but the word that comes to mind when I look at this is creamy (crazy, I know!). I'm not sure if this shade is still available as it was part of the 2012 Summer Collection but after a quick search it still comes up on the Superdrug website so try on their if all else fails. They cost £7.99 but if your looking for a cheaper alternative then try Barry M's 'Prickly Pear' from their Gelly Hi Shine range as it's the closest I've found so far.

(Please excuse the poor paint job, it has been on my nails for 4 days with no top coat as I need to buy a new one!)

Do you own this colour? Or have you found any similar colours?

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Instagram Update

1/ A countdown to the #BtonBloggerMeet which is on Saturday, I'm too excited to meet all the lovely girls I already know and get to know some new girls.
2/ My mum won the John Freida Luxurious Volume Shampoo, Conditioner and Blow-Dry Spray but as my mum doesn't blow dry her hair she's let me have it!
3/ After seeing someone post a picture on their Instagram (sorry I can't remember who it was) that they found all the American food in their Tesco's, off I went with my mum on the search for it and I found it!!
4/ A little treat to myself for breakfast. My mum made her amazing pancakes and I added maple syrup (the authentic American stuff, Aunt Jamima's, check it out it's amazing!) and strawberrys and it was yummy!

5/ I bought 5 Essie polishes for £15 through Wowcher, which my sister kindly pointed the offer out to me.
6/ We had an event day at work to push summer fragrances and with my yellow scarf and big bun in I felt my inner air hostess come out!
7/ The joys of working within beauty, I won all these goodies!!
8/ I got myself a Lauren's Way Big Bun as the average size donut wasn't sufficient enough for the length of hair I have. But what scares me is they do one bigger than this one!

Monday 22 April 2013

Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Review

At the beginning of the month I was finding that my MAC fluidline was running a bit dry. Lately I've been trying to find cheaper alternatives to my favourite beauty products. This isn't to say I'm not loving my high end products but my bank balance certainly isn't. So on a little shopping trip I thought I would try out a new eye liner. I find pencil liners just don;t have the staying power I need and as we all know eyelids are one of the most oiliest areas so I found that this was also contributing to liner just not staying put. And as much as I love liquid liner when I'm getting ready for work at 3am in the morning I just don't have the patience or time to use liquid. So I thought I would try another gel liner.

Onto the actual product. I picked up the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner and my first thought was I loved that it comes with a brush so your all ready to use it straight away. And i'm actually preferring this product to my MAC fluidline purely for the brush. I am constantly trying to perfect the winged catliner look and almost found it impossible with anything I've tried before until I got hold of this little beauty. I'm not quite sure what it is exactly that makes it so much easier with this product but I tried it out (even at 3am in the morning) and got success. It's obviously not perfect yet but I'm definitely on the road to perfection! It's lasting power is amazing, from applying at 3am to removing my makeup usually about 5pm I've found it's lasted the full 14 hours. Definitely a 10/10 product.

Sunday 21 April 2013

Essie Haul

This week I've been on a bit of a Essie kick but all of these only came to a grand total of £21! What a bargain considering they are £7.99 each from Boots or Superdrug.

The first of my purchases were the two metallic colours on the end. I met up with one of my closest friends and her little baby girl for a good old catch up and some food. Whilst we were on our way to KFC we stopped by the shop that's next door called 'The Original Factory Shop' to have a quick peruse. Whilst searching the beauty section I suddenly came across two baskets full of Essie polishes. And to my surprise they were only £3 each! Now they did only have the two colours I purchased so of course I had to grab both.

 Good As Gold
Blue Rhapsody

Both of these colours come from the 2012 Mirror Metallic Summer Collection and I don't own anything like them and I obviously couldn't turn them down at just £3 each.

The other five polishes I purchased were through a deal on Wowcher. I have never bought anything through any of the deal websites before so it was a first time experience for me. The deal was 5 polishes for £15 which is an amazing offer. These are all from part of the 2012 Summer Collection.

 Cascade Cool

Off The Shoulder 

Fear & Desire

Mojito Madness

Bikini So Teeny

I am so excited that I finally own Bikini So Teeny as when this was released last year I could not get hold of it for love or money and now almost a year later I own it!!

Do you own any of these colours?


I intended to get this post up yesterday as it marked exactly 1 week until the Brighton Blogger Meet which I am soooooo excited for but a few things came up last night and I was unable to get it up in time.

(Photo Courtesy of Laura from LolaandBehold.)

So I just wanted to write a quick brief post about how excited I am for the upcoming bloggers meet. I've met so many lovely girls so far from down these neck of the woods and it's going to be lovely to meet even more. I've read so many posts about the London meet up and the North meet up that its just got me ready and excited for our meetup. I know there has been a bit of controversy about meet ups and goodie bags but for me it's really not about that for me. Yes I'm a human being so of course the chance of a goodie bag is an amazing bonus but I just want to meet with girls and boys who share my interests and obsessions with all things beauty!

I've added a lot of the girls on twitter already so it should be interesting putting a face to the twitter conversations! Look out for a blog post about the meet up after next weekend.

Thursday 18 April 2013

Kiehl's 5 Minute Consultation - My Experience

As I've probably blabbered on about before I work in Duty Free at Gatwick Airport and one upside to being a beauty blogger and a absolute nutter about makeup I get to work with some amazing consultants and amazing brands. I get to try the makeup out and really get to learn about the brands and their products.
Today I had a spare 10 minutes so the lovely lady on our Kiehl's counter Nicky asked me if I wanted to have a 5 minute consultation, of course I said yes! Now if you don't know about Kiehl's consultations they sit with you for 5 minutes to find out about your concerns and then at the end you get to take away 5 samples to try before you buy. Amazing...YES!

They ask you to fill out 6 quick questions so they can see what your concerns are and what will be the best 5 samples to give you to try to correct/help those concerns. They also do this paper test on your forehead and cheek to see how oily or dry your skin is. My outcome is I have a oily forehead and dry cheeks. My concerns were first signs of skin damage and lines and wrinkles. I know i'm only 23 this year but I have definitely noticed some fine lines and they say its best to start early with your anti ageing skincare routine. I also stated that I was unhappy with the texture of my skin and my uneven skin tone. They then ask you what are your eye concerns, mine being fine line and wrinkles again and hydration and comfort. And the last question being do you use a sun screen (I very embarrassingly had to say no I don't!) So what were my suggested samples...

 Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion | 125ml - £24 | 250ml - £34
A oil free, lightweight lotion which helps visibly reduce excess oil on the skins surface. It traps moisture to deeply condition the skin and restore it's moisture balance. Contains vitamin e which helps skin looking fresh all day. Paraben free, oil free and perfume free.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser | 150ml - £15
This is Kiehl's first oil free, quick lathering cleansing foam which thoroughly removes impurities and visibly reduces the excess oil on the skins surface. Enriched with Lemon Fruits Extracts, this non stripping, sulfate free formula leaves skin clean and refreshed without over-drying the skin.
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate | 50ml - £49
This powerful little guy contains 10.5% Vitamin C. It helps reduce the appearance of marionette lines from the corners of the mouth, leading towards the chin. It also improves the appearance of crows feet lines and wrinkles as well as sub-orbital wrinkles in the eye area.

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense | 60ml - £31
This daily ultra light formula intensely moisturizes the skin and utilizes a high level of sun filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XI to provide the skin with effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection. It also helps against the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles.

Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream | 30ml - £23.50
This beautifying BB cream is available in three shades; Light, Medium and Dark. It claims to instantly perfect and visibly corrects the appearance of skin tone irregularities with daily use. It also has a SPF 50.

I am so excited to try these products out and maybe if I like them purchase the full size. I fully recommend going to a Kiehl's counter and getting a 5 minute consultation! Go check out the Kiehls site to find your nearest store/counter and also to see what products they offer.

Have you tried Kiehl's before? What are your thoughts on the brand?

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Tuesday 16 April 2013

Benefit Fake Up Concealer

As mentioned in a couple of my previous posts, last month I got invited along to the Benefit Fake Up Bloggers Event in Brighton. The sole reason we were there was to find out about their latest product which was released on the 31st March, Fake Up Concealer.
It's available in 3 shades Light, Medium and Dark. It comes packaged in a sleek silver tube embossed with pretty pink scrolls and fake up written in a fancy font. Cute isn't it. What makes this different from the endless amount of concealers on the market I hear you ask? Well it's essentially a 2-in-1 product. Around the actual concealer product is a moisturising balm ring which includes skin smoothing and plumping ingredients such as Vitamin E (which we all know helps prevent aging!) and apple seed extract which is used to help brighten dull looking skin.

(Apologies for the state of the Light shade, I've been using it to death since receiving it.)
As we were kindly given all three shades we were also shown how we could use the Dark shade as a contouring product. When I first applied it to my hand at the event I did initially feel it was going to be very tacky but now after using it, its my understanding that this is the moisturising agent in the product and once applied to the face it's not at all sticky. The formula is of a sheer coverage so blends wonderfully and is great for dark circles and brightening under the eye. I have tried this on blemishes but as it's sheer coverage it doesn't do much.

Overall I think this is a fantastic product and great for anyone who suffers with under eye problems such as dark circles.

Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Concealer* retails at £18.50 and is available from any Benefit counter and websites such as Benefit or Boots.

Have you tried it yet?

Monday 15 April 2013

Review: Benefit's World Famous Neutrals: Eyenessa's Most Glamarous Nudes Ever

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Benefit event held in Brighton. Among the wonderful goodies we were kindly given, during a little quiz I bagged myself this little beaut as a prize. I have been using this everyday since getting it and cannot fault it in anyway!

These little kits are available now from any Benefit counter and their website for £23.50. The kit includes two creaseless cream shadows and four new longwear powder shadows.

'Birthday Suit' is a gorgeous brushed chrome colour and 'My Two Cents' is more of a polished copper colour. The four longwear powder shadows are just amazing. 'Call My Buff' as the name suggests is a pale buff colour, 'Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy' is a dark spiced brown shade, 'It's Complicated' is golden peach colour and 'Gilt-y Pleasure' is a golden brown. The colours I've been drawn to the most recently are 'Birthday Suit' for a base, 'Gilt-y Pleasure' all over the lid and 'Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy' in the crease.

One of the main reasons I love this palette so much is the pure fact that I'm a neutral girl through and through so this is perfect for me. There are also two other palettes included in this range so go check them out.

Do you own this palette or one of the other two? Do you love it like me?

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Wednesday 10 April 2013

MUA Haul

When MUA revealed their new products they were launching I was more than excited to buy them and try them out. Look out in a couple of weeks for some review posts on these to see how I got on with them. So here's what I got...

Undress Me Too Palette
MUA Lipstick in Shade 3
Undress Your Skin Flawless Skin Primer
Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

I love MUA just for the fact that you get such decent high quality products for such a low price. I know they are no Mac or Nars but for £1-£6 you get such a good quality products which makes me go running back for new products.

Have you tried out these products yet? What do you make of them?

Sunday 7 April 2013

Product Fail: No7 Cleansing Water

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water

Whether your big on your skincare, a beauty blogger or just into your beauty items you may of realised there has been a big to do recently over cleansing waters or their posh name Micellar Water. I would love to try some high end ones such as the Caudalie Make Up Remover or the ever so famous Bioderma but at the moment my budget just doesn't stretch that far. So I've been on the hunt for a high street friendly version, my first pick was the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water.
I was so excited to try this out as I love nothing more after being up since 2.30am and being at work for 9 hours then to get home and have the simplest option possible to remove my makeup quickly and efficiently. Many of you had tweeted me and raved about this so I had nothing but high hopes. But I was left disappointed after giving it a go for 2 weeks. Although it did remove minimal amount of makeup I felt it really was just moving it around my face. Maybe I wasn't doing something right or there's a certain way to get the best out of it. 
I would give this product a 3/10 and name it a product fail!
It's available from Boots for £9.00.
Let me know how you got on with it and if you love this product why?