Wednesday, 28 April 2010

E.L.F. Order

After reading about a free delivery code on *Peonies and lilies* I couldn't resist placing another order with ELF. This was my third order - I've been really impressed with all the products I've purchased in the past and as the products are £1.50 for the standard line and £3.50 for the Studio or Mineral products they're a guilt-free treat too.
















I'd been wanting a Kabuki brush for ages and the ELF one seemed like it was worth a try for £3.50. The brush is larger than I thought it'd be - I've pictured it next to the All Over Colour Stick for comparison. The bristles aren't as soft as some of the higher end brushes (I've tried Bare Minerals' Kabukis and a Mac one in store make-overs) but the brush is good quality and the bristles are densely packed. I used it this morning to apply my Mac MSF bronzer and was really impressed - the brush picks up a nice amount of product without "disturbing" the product at all (I hate it how some brushes turn a nice blusher or powder into a complete mess and in so doing waste lots of the product) and gave a nice even application - a few sweeps and I was done!

















I've yet to try the mascara but the brush looks great - I like small brushes as I find they give me much more control. This one looks similar to 17 and the Body Shop's defining mascaras. I'll do a proper review once I've given it a few tries.
















After hearing me rave about some of my ELF products, my mother wanted in on ELF too! She liked the sound of the All Over Colour sticks so I ordered her one in Golden Peach (I have Pink Lemonade) which looks like a nice summer-y shade and should suit most skin tones. I really like the smell of the All Over Colour sticks - normally I hate scented cosmetics but these smell lovely! My mum also wanted a new lipstick so we chose a Mineral Lipstick in "Nicely Nude" - I'm really impressed with Natural Nymph but think that Nicely Nude is a better choice for my mum as it's less of a skin-toned nude and is much warmer.




















I'll let you know what she thinks of the products!

Did you take advantage of the free delivery code? I'd love to know which ELF products you've loved lately!
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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Review: Johnson's 3 in 1 Eye Make-Up Remover

In my continuing quest to find the perfect eye make-up remover, I picked up a bottle of Johnson's 3 in 1 Eye Make-Up Remover while doing some food shopping with my mum. It was only £3.05 and so slippped unnoticed into the shopping trolley!





















Johnson's say:

Make sure you are taking proper care of the skin around your eyes with JOHNSON’S® 3in1 Eye Make-up Remover Lotion. The two layers blend together to work in 3 ways for beautifully clean skin. Gently removes all eye make-up, even waterproof mascara, conditions lashes and cares for the delicate eye area in one go. Whist the lotion is tough on eye make-up; it is suitable for use on the most sensitive skin thanks to its gentle, fragrance-free formula.

What do I think?

The 2 layer liquid formula is similar to that of the Clinique, Botanics and No 7 eye make-up removers that I've used in the past. This one is not as oily as Botanics and does a good job at quickly removing the several coats of mascara that I apply to my lashes on a daily basis. I only needed to use one cotton pad for each eye and didn't wake up with panda eyes in the morning. As you'd expect from a Johnson's product, the formula is very gentle and it doesn't sting my eyes like the budget Superdrug one can.

But...

The biggest let-down of this product, for me, is the packaging. It's very flimsy and I seem to spill it every time I use it! The bottle and top would definitely not withstand travelling - I'd be really worried about the product leaking over everything in my suitcase. However, for using at home, this is a great bargain and I'll definitely re-purchase it!

LilyLipstick rating:

4/5 - great price, fantastic product - shame about the flimsy packaging but for an everyday eye make-up remover it's great!

Have you tried this product? What's your favourite eye make-up remover?
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Thursday, 22 April 2010

NOTD: Mint Choc Chip

Having seen 17's new nail colour "Mint Choc Chip" on a few blogs I set about trying to track a bottle down. After visiting three Boots stores in London over the past couple of weeks I couldn't find it anywhere (nor could I find Revlon's mint nail polish). I'd almost forgotton about it until I popped into Boots today during a study break and they had the whole new range! All the colours are gorgeous but I restrained myself to just getting the one! Mint Choc Chip was £2.99 - what a bargain!

Application:

The bottle is quite small but as it always takes me forever to use a nail polish up then this isn't a problem. It's quite an on trend colour so I imagine I'll use it a lot this summer and then switch back to my darker shades for winter.

The brush is quite thick and short which makes application really easy - some of my nails were covered in just one stroke.

Formula:

The first coat went on quite streaky but two coats and a covering of Seche Vite and it looks great - far more pigmented than I expected.

I'll let you know how long it lasts!

Here it is on my nails (which seem to be growing now - yay!) Sally Hansen's Strong Nails now has really helped them not to break or peel.





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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Bicester Purchases & FOTD

I've been super-busy with revison so blogging has slightly taken a backseat at the moment. I've not really been out that much lately so haven't had many interesting FOTD/OOTD either - I cannot wait for my exams to be over and I'm pretty sure that one of the first things I'll do is get straight back into blogging!

I had a lovely day out at Bicester Village last weekend with my parents. I purchased a pair of Alexander McQueen sunglasses (reduced from £160 to £100) which I'm so pleased with. After his tragic death I'm not sure what will happen to the brand so it's nice to own something from the label and I know that I'll be wearing these sunglasses all the time during the (hopefully) sunny weather to come.

I also picked up a Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in the Cosmetics Company Outlet. I paied £13.20 for it which felt like a bargain! I chose the shade "Redhead" as I'm very pale and most bronzers are far too dark for my skin. This gives a lovely light tan effect and can be built up for a more dramatic look. I really like Mac's Mineralize products and this was something I'd been wanting for a while to add to my rather small collection of an eyeshadow and a blusher.















And here's my bronze-y FOTD:





















Products used:

No 7 Instant Radiance Conealer
17 Pressed Powder
Redhead MSF as a blushers/bronzer
Redhead MSF as an eyeshadow with the beige from my No 7 pallette over the top
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips


And the sunglasses:

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Monday, 12 April 2010

Stuck in a make-up rut? Don't be!

One of my favourite things about beauty blogging is seeing the looks that other bloggers create - it's so inspiring and there are a lot of very talented girls out there! With my own make-up, however, I find that it's really easy to fall into a routine of applying exactly the same products every single day. I know what suits me after a fair few years of experimenting (gothic black eyeliner, sticky pink lipglosses, green mascara, anyone? Thought not!) and know that pinkly blusher, bronze eyeshadows, lashings of black mascara and neutral lips is always a good look for me. But...sometimes a girl needs a change so I thought I'd show you some recent looks I've been experimenting with - let me know what you think!

Pink and Black Eyes






















This look was slightly 80s inspired - I'm loving the new series of Ashes to Ashes and DI Drake always looks amazing so I thought I'd give this look a try.

On my eyes I used:

ELF All Over Colour Stick in Pink Lemondade all over my lips
The pale and medium pink shades from my No 7 Palette (See the palette here)
Agnes B black khol pencil along upper and lower lashline
Maybelline Volum' Express mascara


Flicky Liner

















For this look I concentrated on my lashes and the liner. I rarely use black liquid liner as it can look quite harsh against my pale skin but I really like the effect it gives.

I used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
The silver shadow from my No 7 Palette
L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

I had fallen slightly out fo love with Voluminous but when I have the time to apply it properly it does give really dark, thick lashes.


And finally....a change for my hair too!

I have naturally straight hair so most days (actually, pretty much EVERY day) I just wear it down with the front clipped back with kirby grips. I cannot stand hair in my face so have to clip it back or it just annoys me - I have so much admiration for girls with fringes!
























For this look, I prepped my bair with Mark Hill Heat Protection Spray (see the review below) and curled my hair using GHDs (I'm home from university for Easter so it's great being able to raid my mum's beauty supplies!). I finished my separating the curls, lightly backcombing the roots and crown and spraying with GHD Salt Spray to give a matte, textured look. The curls lasted all day and I'll definitely be trying this look out again as it made a nice change from straight hair and felt nice and summery too.

What new make-up looks have you tried out lately?
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Thursday, 8 April 2010

New Product Round-up!

Hi everyone,
I've been a bit absent from my blog lately - I have my final year university exams coming up so most of my time has been devoted to revising, hence the lack of outfit/make-up posts!

I thought I'd show you some of the new products I've bought lately (not many, I'm trying my best to use what I have):
















Top row -

Mark Hill Heat Protection Spray

My old heat protection spray ran out ages ago - finally got round to buying a new one! I usually get the travel-sided versions of hair products as it takes me a long time to use them up and it's a great way to decide whether you actually like a product rather than buying the full sized and being stuck with it if you don't like it! I've been using this spray each time I've dried my hair and I really like it - for me, the best feature of this product is that it has no/very little fragrance. Unlike other heat protection sprays I've used this don't have any styling properties such as shine or increased hold so it's also great to use along with other styling products. It's very light and doesn't leave my hair feeling weighed down which is also great.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Scrub

I bought this after trying, and loving, a sample sachet of it in Glamour magazine. This scrub really does leave my skin feeling invigorated and tingly and so really, really clean! I use it once per week as it is formulated for oiler skins than mine but I can imagine I'll use it more as the weather gets hotter and my skin gets oiler. It really does live up to its promises and I'd definitely recommend this - it was a bargain too at £3.49 - Boots had a special offer on when I went to buy it!

Rimmel Renew and Lift Powder

Face poweder is an essential for me - it's the only face make-up I wear so as soon as I hit pan on the powder I'm currently using, I buy a new one! I decided to make a change from my usual 17 pressed poweder and was seduced by the pretty packaging of this Rimmel product. There's a mirror and a sponge underneath the powder so it's an improvement on their previous powder offerings which in my opinion had rather cheap-looking packaging and no mirror so not ideal for on-the-go touch-ups. I haven't started using this yet but I'll let you know what I think of it when I do!

17 Lash Defining Mascara


I'm currently using L'Oreal Voluminous but haven't been getting on with it too well - the brush is quite big and no matter how hard I try I can't seem to apply it without getting mascara on my eyelids! I settled on this 17 Mascara and I much prefer it - the brush is a plastic type and its much smaller then the Voluminous brush so no mess! I have to apply a few coats of this to get the look I want but it doesn't flake or smudge at all and is easy to remove.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

After reading about this on many, many blogs I just had to get one for myself and see if it lived up to the hype. Firstly, I love the packging and the shape of the product (although minus points for not being able to see how much is left or being able to get to all the product with the wand). My first thoughts were that the product was very watery - it's a much thinner consistency then No 7's eye primer or Clinque's Touch Base. I have to say that at first I wasn't convinced that this would work as a base for eyeshadow...the product itself is lightly tinted but when applied to my eye lids it was invisible. I applied my eyeshadow as normal, using shades from my No 7 palette - the primer definitely made a difference - the colours stood out far more than on bare lids and by the end of the day the blending still looked perfect and the shadow hadn't settled in my crease at all! After a not so great first impression, I'm hooked on UDPP - it's amazing!


What new products have you loved lately?
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