Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick #362 – Cinnamon Bronze

So this isn’t exactly a review – I love this lipstick, great staying power, nice formula – enough said, right? I just wanted to say how much I love the colour of this particular lippy, especially right now in winter. I’m really sorry I don’t have an actual swatch for this. I still utterly fail on the camera front because I moved house since I last saw my battery charger, and…yeah. Never seen again. I need to buy a new one on eBay or something, that might be a plan, no?!

Until then, here’s the lipstick in this particular shade, which is Cinnamon Bronze:

A tube of red lipstick

image from amazon.com

As you can (hopefully!) see, this is a beautiful warm, almost orangey red colour, but not too in-your-face brick red. The winter is a great time to play around with red lips, I think – before Christmas, of course it looks festive, and after – well, it still looks kind of winter-fashion-y, and can brighten up your face when the weather is dull and depressing! This colour looks pretty sophisticated and grownup; I think my mother had one like it when I was young, which might be why I like it so much!

However, I’m not a fan of the lipliner-to-heck look, especially not with a red. Of course, if you’re going somewhere very formal, you want to look polished and perfect, but for everyday I feel that red needs to look a little more casual than that. That’s why I love this slightly more natural shade; it’s still striking if you wear it strongly, but you can also play it down.

What I love to do with this – and another comparable lipstick, which I’ll also be posting about – is to warm up the lipstick on my ring finger, and then pat it on my lips gently like that. It’s still certainly possibly to build up the colour this way, but I like to add a little more to the centre of my lips and a little less on the outer edges, to make it look more natural and casual. I tend to always pat the colour on, rather than ever rubbing it in, though that’s just my method. I find that doing it this way seems to really help it stain the lips, too, meaning that even as it wears off it’ll still look pretty. Often I’ll have applied a tiny bit of lipbalm first; not enough to interfere with the lipstick application, but enough to protect my lips in the wintry weather!

I usually do this either with a thin flick of black eyeliner, or my secret combination of Guerlain rose/gold eyeshadow and just tightline my eyes. (It’s not really a secret – it’s just that the eyeshadows may be discontinued now! I have a gorgeous little Guerlain palette from a few years ago.) I maintain that even if your red lipstick is natural, it’s still a good idea to go easy on the rest of the makeup. I might not wear blusher at all as I’m so pale; I think it looks more striking without on my white white face. If I were to stick some on, it’d probably be a bit of Georgia by Benefit. It’s very subtle and peachy so it won’t clash.

So, there you are! Just wanted to spread the word about this lipstick shade – I really think it’d suit most skintones, and it’s really versatile. Yay for red lips!

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January 29, 2012

Storytime – Deodorant Awkwardness

It’s pretty late, and I’m still awake and a little bored, so I am writing about the first thing that comes to mind – weirdly enough, this is my deodorant. Don’t ask.

Anyway, the reason I thought of it was that I had a job interview yesterday and in the morning I started freaking out because I remembered – I bought my deodorant, a brand I haven’t used before, in Poundland because I am classy like that. Nothing wrong with that – except that it had been put in the wrong section, and I didn’t recognise the packaging, and basically I bought gent’s deodorant and I smell like a big ol’ man. A fairly fragrant man, but still. Didn’t really want the interviewer to think I’d either a) had a one-night stand the night before or b) was stupid enough to buy men’s deodorant…

So I was running around my flat wearing half a suit and half a towel, with no makeup on and begging my flatmate for some Dove.

I just thought I’d tell you that. It’s very late; my judgement is impaired! The moral of the story is, if your deodorant can is blue, don’t assume it’s just ‘fresh’. It might be fresh and testosterone-y.

January 28, 2012

Review: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

image from cetaphil.co.uk

Hmm, this image has turned out a bit off-centre and funny. Sorry about that! Anyway, this cleanser was mentioned by someone (I can’t remember who) on YouTube quite a while back now, and I was having a hellish time of it with my skin (the stress of exam season!) so I thought I’d be better off using something that it’d be basically impossible to have problems with.

At first, I wasn’t a major fan of the texture of this cleanser. It seems creamy, though it’s more of a thick gel; pretty hard to describe, actually. It says you can use it without water, but I’m not into doing that anyway – certainly not with something like this, where it seems to leave a film on the skin if you don’t wash your face too thoroughly afterwards. I usually double-cleanse my skin gently; once to take off makeup, with this stuff, and then once with a different cleanser to actually cleanse or treat the skin. So I basically use this as a makeup remover.
I like to use it this way because it won’t hurt my eyes, and I can use my fingers to rub it over the lids etc. and then use my flannel to wash it off – doing it this way not only means I don’t end up scrubbing at my eyes, as it all comes off easily, but it also saves loads of money in eye makeup remover and cotton wool! Yay!

Basically, I now love this stuff, and I’m about to buy another bottle of it. I use it almost every day to take off all my makeup easily and gently, and I don’t have to worry that it’ll ever irritate my eyes or skin. Definite holy grail product! (Oh yes, I said it!)

January 26, 2012

Review: Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Orange pot of eye cream

image from instyle.com

I should just mention straight away that I am totally in love with Origins. However, I didn’t think that this eye cream was for me at first – I’m very glad I tried it again, though!
Origins are lovely for many reasons, but one of my top favourite things about any brand is if they give you good samples without you having to cadge them out of the counter lady. Origins showered me with lovely things when I bought my Night-a-Mins cream, one of which was a little baby tube of GinZing.

Now, this eye cream is not going to massively hydrate dry skin, or fight wrinkles except in a generic moisturiser way. But what it does do fantastically well is brighten up the eye area and really help deal with pesky dark circles, which torment me every day! It’s one of those eye creams where you put it on, look away for 2 minutes, look back in the mirror and are literally surprised every time by how well it’s worked. It sinks into the skin very quickly (good for the morning rush!) and is just generally gorgeous.

It apparently contains coffee extracts, according to the fun Ingredient Finder on the Origins website (just click the image at the top of this post, then look for the Ingredients tab at the top of the page) – apparently contributing to the cream’s antioxidant properties. As Origins ingredients are always lovely and mostly natural, yet their products really work, I’m sure there’s something to it!

Love this eye cream, and seriously considering splurging the £21 it costs – eek!

5 stars! 😀

5 stars

image from Google Images

January 25, 2012

Review: Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Mask

Green tub of hair mask

image from amazon.com

Weirdly, for someone with hair as long as mine, I hardly ever use hair masks. In fact, I’ve only ever owned one before, and I’m not even sure that it counts – it was an Aussie treatment. So I decided to give this one a try, as it was stupidly cheap in Boots. Hooray!

I already know and love the green Herbal Essences range; I like the smell, and I like the products, though of course they are fairly middle-of-the-road. I was pleased with how much product there is in this tub – 200ml, and as they were half price, I got 400ml for the price of one. After my experience with the comparable Aussie product, I was expecting to use this stuff up extremely quickly; however, even with my waist-length hair, and after a few uses, I have most of the first tub still to get through. Good value!

Now, how well does it actually work? My hair definitely felt healthier, moisturised (but not oily) and shinier after using this mask, which of course is great! However, I wouldn’t say that the effect was any more pronounced than if I’d used the conditioner from this range in the same way as the mask – just using a big dollop and leaving it on for longer than usual. In fact, I suspected more than once that this stuff is basically the same as the Dazzling Shine conditioner, repackaged. *GASP* – a conspiracy!
I’m sure it isn’t the same stuff, but I think that’ll give you an idea of how effective it is. It does work, and it’s nice to use, but it’s not going to work any miracles that your conditioner can’t also achieve.

3 stars! 🙂

3 stars

image from Google Images

January 24, 2012

Review: e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner

Dark square bottle of liquid

image from eyeslipsface.com

I bought this in e.l.f.’s sale recently, as I am really shockingly bad at cleaning my brushes. I don’t reuse dirty ones – I just leave them for ages until I can be bothered to do it. So this looked like it might help me out!
To use this stuff, you spray the brush a few times, and then wipe it onto a clean tissue. I was actually very surprised at how efficient this cleaner is at removing makeup from brushes; I wasn’t really expecting it to do much. However, the brushes (while not completely brand-new clean) are still definitely reusable, and feel very soft, as they do when they’ve just been given a proper deep clean. They are also left with a pleasant smell, which makes me happy.

There isn’t a huge amount to say about this other than that – it works, and I’d buy it again. It’s not quite as hygenic as properly cleaning your brushes though – it’s only a quick fix. The bottle isn’t very good quality, and getting it out of the little box it came in, I spilt some on my hands without even really knowing how I did it.

4 stars! 🙂

4 stars

image from Google Images

January 24, 2012

Review: Neal’s Yard Remedies Power Berry Daily Moisture

Blue pump bottle of moisturiser

image from nealsyardremedies.com

OK, so here it is. I actually have the tube of this product and not the pump, but as I’d be a fan of either packaging I didn’t think it’d matter too much. I think the tube is just less expensive, as it’ll hold less product. Either way, it’s hygenic. I love the trademark deep blue Neal’s Yard bottles, though they’re now plastic; I remember back in the day when they were gorgeous heavy glass that you could use as candleholders when you’d finished the stuff inside! Still, at least this way they’ll bounce (a bit!) if, like me, you’re prone to chucking things around by accident.

The stuff inside is absolutely wonderful, I have to say. I have actually used this moisturiser before, but it was so long ago, and my skin has changed so much since then, I didn’t want to write a review on it until I’d tried it again. It smells very ‘natural’, of course, coming from Neal’s Yard – so if you’re not a fan of those kinds of scents, this might annoy you a bit. However, I can’t smell it on my skin after a minute or two, so it shouldn’t be too offensive.
The texture of the cream is fairly light, though it definitely moisturises very well. It sinks into my skin pretty quickly, though I would give the recommended 5 minutes before applying makeup, and leaves my face with a slightly matte finish, though feeling incredibly soft and plump. (I love the word plump!)
This cream has absolutely never resulted in any kind of breakouts or spots, and definitely helps to protect my skin a little against the winter air, despite feeling lightweight. I would actually say that it makes my skin better, and if I was worried about potential breakouts, I’d keep using this as part of my efforts to keep them away!

The label has some writing on it, telling you about the cream, which I actually like. Here’s what it says:

Boosts radiance and protects YOUTHFUL SKIN.
Antioxidant-rich acai, bilberry and goji berry, in a lightweight lotion, help fight the effects of free radicals for brighter, dewy-looking skin.

Fairtrade provides a better deal for producers in developing countries. (I’m definitely a big fan of that last part, too!)

Speaking of Fairtrade and such good things, the ingredients in the cream are certified organic, too. If you want to see the list of ingredients, click the picture of the cream at the top of this post, and it’ll take you to the product page on the Neal’s Yard Remedies website. At the bottom, there’s a box with an ‘Ingredients’ tab.

I love this moisturiser, and if only it weren’t so expensive (£22.50 for 100ml) I would say I’d keep repurchasing again and again. Highly recommended!

5 stars! 😀

from Google Images

January 24, 2012

Product Alert! – I Love MUJI

Ok, so I guess I might be a little late on the scene with these. But I really love using them, so I thought I’d mention it!

What I’m talking about are the DIY face masks from MUJI. You get a little packet of 5 white flat cylinders, which act in the same way as those ‘magic’ face cloths you can get for kids – they’re dried out and compressed hugely, so that when you drop them into water, they expand suddenly.
These are compressed cloth facemasks – like the ones you get in a packet, soaked in the actual mask essence, but without anything on them already. You might think that’s a bit of a waste of time, but I think it’s great; depending on what my skin needs, I can use a toner or lotion of my choice, or mix up some exciting concoction from scratch and soak them in it. They absorb a LOT, which is pretty fun to watch. (Or maybe I’m just really easily entertained…)

I just love the fact that I can use a whole range of different skincare products, but only spend a few pounds buying the masks, rather than having to shell out even more money on a seperate mask product. I am a great believer in using ordinary skincare in the way you’d use a mask; I’ve found that it usually works at least as well, if not better.

This is what they look like, both compressed and laid out flat, and the picture is a link:

Compressed and flattened out paper facemasks

image from outblush.com

I love these! I use them quite often. Another way I have tried using them is by applying a particular cleanser that I want to use as a mask directly to the skin, and then soaking the MUJI mask in warm water and laying it over the top. This means that the cleanser underneath stays moist; when I used it with LUSH Herbalism, this was a definite plus, or I’d end up with bits of green stuff all over the place!

January 24, 2012

It’s Been A While

So I haven’t posted since New Year. Hey, at least it’s still this month, right..? Truth is, I didn’t have the best time for most of January, and blogging wasn’t the first thing on my mind. However, now I’m going to man up (GRR ^_^) and post a few things. I have a few bits and bobs to chat about now, so I’ll make a belated New Year’s resolution to blog more.

Hooray! *party poppers*

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