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5 May 2012

Hi Dolls, Longtime no blog.

What with dissertation writing and working full time, life has been pretty busy over the past few weeks.

Ok, So today I'm going to review the Calvin Klein Lip glosses from the Delicious Pout range.

These glosses are retailed at £11, however you can buy the much cheaper online.

Shades L -> R...  Breathless, Burst & Sparkle.


I'm not sure if I mentioned in an earlier post that since January I have been taking Roaccutane so consequently my lips have been extremely dry and yearning for moisture.

The fruity fragrances all smell very yummy, however the packaging is a little flimsy and it can be difficult to get the cap off if you don't realise you just pull it.

The product itself does not put alot of pigment on the lip which is great effect with a heavy smokey eye, but be warned this is a very sticky gloss and has minimal staying power once on the lips.


Now time for posing piccies :D

Breathless.
Burst
Sparkle
Despite not offering any moisturising properties I did find it was quite a comforting gloss to wear.

If you like juicy tubes then this should be on your wishlist.

Thanks for reading :)
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26 April 2012

Hi there guys, long time no blog.

Just thought I'd upload a little post to share with you what I've been purchasing recently....

After watching Welcome to the Rileys & developing Olympic Fever I purchased these for £12 from the glorious Metro Centre :D



Since seeing the piccie on the left which had typically sold out on Etsy, I've managed to hunt a similar (ish) pair out for £6 again from the Metro Centre


Not my first perfume choice, but I found myself caught short when I was away for the weekend and as I panic bought Katie Price's fragrances.

Left: Precious Love. Right: Stunning
The fragrance on the Left is a fruity and florally scent (£12) where as the pink scent on the right is an extremely strong sweet scent (£10). I must admit, neither are on my re-purchase list as I wasn't very impressed with her scents.



However, OPI have made it into my best purchase of the month.

Diva of Geneva
This polish is a beautiful reddy purpley shade, Definitely one of my fave shades for this year.

Hope your all well

xx


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15 April 2012

Lash Perfect Eyelashes

Having had semi-permanent lashes in the past, mainly 3D and Nouveau, I decided to try this brand.

At prices ranging from £120-£220 in Lash Bar Carnaby Street, I opted for the extra volume lashes to give me some va va voom.




The procedure involves sitting on a comfortable beauty couch and having little collagen infused sticky pads placed under my lower lashes. My lower lashes were then taped to the pads to prevent my lower eyelashes being accidentally glued to the top lashes.

I then laid there for almost two hours whilst the Eyelash guru tediously stuck each lash onto my natural lashes individually.

In comparison to my experience of Nouveau lash application at Champneys spa, this was much more pleasurable. The pads at Champneys stung constantly despite being moved and the lashes were stuck together when I sat up and looked into the mirror. At Lash Bar there was enough time allocated and the lashes looked fab once completed.


 
See THIS LINK for more information on these lashes :)
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10 April 2012

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Cuticle and Nail Refiner

£6.70 for 15mls


I personally find Sally Hansen products a little hit and miss. The idea of this cream is that it has micro-diamond powder and natural pumice which gives it a grainy exfoliating texture, as well as shea butter and ceramides to moisturise.

You apply a dab of the product to each nail and rub, rub, rub for 60 seconds and rinse off, then pat dry.


After taking of polish / nail wraps I find this scrubby cream can take off any discolouration or gluey gunk that is stuck to the nail. It does temporarily leave the nail looking brighter and healthier, however I don't imagine this product would work on severely stained nails.

This once a week treatment is very easy to use and it did improve the look of my nails. I shall continue to use it until it runs out.

Any other recommendations to help my hydrated cuticles greatly appreciated???
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7 April 2012

Hi there guys, Hope everyone is set to enjoy an extra long weekend off work... Happy Easter!

Well normally as the sunshine comes out I would book into the salon to get some highlights but this springtime I have gone darker to see if I can rock the raven beauty look  :)

Before
After
Admittedly, it may be a little high maintenance and take a little more fake tan to stop me looking washed out, but overall I'm happy with the results.

Has anyone else been sporting a new look recently??
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5 April 2012

Deluxe 20" (160g) Clip In Remy Hair Extensions.
£74 + 2.99 Standard P&P

After being subscribed to Imogen on YT for quite a while now, I thought I would give her hair extensions a trial. I bought them here... foxylocks extensions

OK, so Imogen's site claims that these extensions are one of the thickest sets on the market which transform flat, lifeless hair into voluminous, long gorgeous locks. Well who doesn't want that right???

I have long hair, when straight it sits just at the bottom of my ribcage. It is however fine but there is a lot of it, so I wanted the extensions to just give me a little oomph :)

As modelled here perfectly by my friend  :)


I bought them in N#2, which is almost a perfect match when my hair is at it's natural shade, which is dark brown. I thought it was great that her site offers an exchange if you order the wrong colour.


My Natural Hair & Colour
The Hair Extensions

As these sets are remy/remi hair (cuticle correct) real hair, I treat these extensions like my real hair, I use my protective heat sprays prior to curling or straightening and wash them gently with my usual shampoo and conditioner to prevent build up of products. I've found through trial and error that Clairol Nice'N easy step 3 is the best. It's around £1-£1.50 for a small tube.

Also comes in red and blonde shades :)
I have also been using Boots Hi-Shine Conditioner which is around £1 per sachet. It has left my hair extensions smelling great but I much prefer the conditioning effects from the Clairol Conditioner.



The clips are quite sturdy and grip well, however the weight of the extensions does tend to give me scalp ache by the end of the day. I imagine that it is the same for any extensions of this weight.

I haven't had to much of an issue with shedding, the stitching does seem to secure the hair to the band quite nicely.

And... Voila!!!

As always, thanks for reading. Feel free to comment on any extensions you can recommend or helpful hints/tips in caring for my extensions.

Em x
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3 April 2012

L'EAU D'ISSEY FLORALE

£ 47.50 for 50mls

Admittedly, having never have had an Issey Miyake perfume in the past, I thought I'd try this scent as I'd read so many great reviews on it. 

I tend to gravitate towards sweet and rose smelling perfumes such as Flowerbomb, and on first sniff this perfume ticked all my boxes.

It has a very strong initial smell of rose and floral topnotes, I can also smell citrus notes due to it containing mandarin and orange flowers. After a few minutes on my skin it then settles into the slight woody and musky base notes. The base notes have a real staying power, I can even smell it on my skin upto 3 hours after application.


In the bottle the scent smells like an ideal daytime, spring / summer scent. A very simple and light product that did seem to earn me a lot of compliments.

All that being said, I will not be re-purchasing this perfume as I don't think it settles on my skin very well and ends up being a bitter-tartish smell with musky undertones that just seems to linger for hours and I just don't think it deserves the hefty price tag.



Thanks for reading x
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1 April 2012

Always a sucker for a free sample to try out I bought the March ELLE magazine that was giving away Soap & Glory's Mascara, aptly called 'Thick and Fast'





This post has taken a while to actually upload, but finally here it is :)



I naturally am blessed with fairly long and curly eyelashes, So bearing this in mind I like a mascara to give a va va voom factor and accentuate my lashes whilst giving extra volume.

Admittedly I have never really used Soap & Glory's products as they have never really appealed to me, but work colleagues are often raving about their products so I thought I may as well try it rather than putting it straight in the bin.


The (magic) wand is huge, with lots of natural bristles. It does take a bit of getting used to, the first time I used it I somehow managed to get it on my nose and cheek :)




I find the brush is too big to use on lower lashes despite using the smallest bristles and holding the wand vertically.




This product does give the volume I crave for and provides extra length, but if you want curl then this possibly wont deliver. It did not flake off after 12 hours at work, the colour is a great dark black. Soap & Glory claim that the product contains technology to provide a false lash effect, leaving no flaking or clumps behind but I did find it occasionally clumped on applications and is prone to leaving a messy finish.


Finally, EOTD...

cue: wide eyed stare photo :)

Thanks for reading :)
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28 March 2012

Well lately I have been embracing the much needed sunshine we have had in the UK, finding myself reaching for citrusy scents and getting the shimmery moisturisers in preparation to bare my pins, so where better to start than Lush?  :)

Clockwise: Sandstone, Sea Veg, Black Stockings,
Shimmy Shimmy & Honey I Washed The Kids.

 First Up, the Soap Stack (£5.75)

Since the days of boring soaps that dried out your skin and were only loved by grannies everywhere, I have been an avid shower gel user. Lush however have come up with the answer and given soaps a new lease of life so I decided to give soaps another try.


These soaps perfectly compliment one another, I find that the zesty scent of Sandstone is great to use in my morning shower, containing a layer of sand to exfoliate skin. Lush says "Inspired by babes on the beaches of Brazil who mix sand with tanning oil to make their backsides as smooth as silk."
I must admit the exfoliating properties are great for everyday usage, but I didn't find it adequate for when I wanted to fake tan. I also didn't find that this soap had any moisturising properties, however that fantastic summer scent makes it a winner with me. Some bloggers have found this soap very messy leaving sand in the bottom of their baths, however I used a shower and had no trouble with the grains of sand draining away.


Sandstone

Ok, next up from this little duo is Sea Vegetable which is not as strong smelling as the sandstone but does however have a pleasant mild scent of the ocean. This one contains Seaweed, Sea Salt, Lavender and Lime. I find an uplifting scent like Lime combined with the calming scent of Lavender a strange combo, but it seems to work. Probably better for a bath rather than a shower to get the most out of this soap.

Sea Vegetable
Next up: Honey I Washed The Kids (£5.59 for my piece in piccie below)

This extremely sweet honey & caramel scented soap has been admired by bloggers world wide, not only for leaving skin smelling divine but it's amazing moisturising properties so I've finally decided to try it for myself. This soap contains softening honey properties, cooling aloe vera and uplifting sweet orange oil. A lovely combo for sore sunburned skin. Having tried this soap, I can certainly see why it is on Lush's best seller list, well worth a try :)

Honey I Washed The Kids

Now time to add the shimmer...

Shimmy Shimmy £4

This bar melts at body temperature and leaves an iridescent gold layer on skin. Great idea to highlight certain ares of your body i.e. shoulders, arms, chest etc.


I once bought a glittery bug in various colours from Lush and I think this is the re-vamped version. This product contains cocoa butter, clary sage oil, shea butter and lavender oil which probably explains the greasy feel it leaves on my skin. It smells like a caramelly, marshmallowy chocolate to me which I have to say, I'm not overly keen on. It rubs off onto clothes easily and doesn't absorb into skin.

Black Stockings £7.50

This solid tint is the darker version of silk stockings, I use this when I have fake tanned and just need a little shimmery pop to my pins.


If you are pale then this is not the tint for you. It also takes a little rubbing to get it to blend in, however it does give great coverage and evens out skin tone. The cocoa butter, shea butter, cinnamon leaf oil, sweet orange oil and pimento berry oil give this bar it's moisturising properties. It is less greasy than the shimmy shimmy, however it will smear onto light coloured clothes in hot weather. This didn't hold up in a warm flat on a sunny day as you can see below...

Have a sparkalicious day :)
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21 March 2012

"Ageless Luxury" Hydration Gold
£27.50 for 15 mls


Having already sampled a free sample sachet of this product that came with my Eye Lift and liked the results, I went on to buy this creme, you can find the larger 30ml version here -->  feel unique

Ok, so Transformulas say that this creme provides Anti-Ageing, Line Filling Hydrating Recovery Creme with Gold Powder. Drench your skin in 23 carat luxury.

I like the packaging of this product. The box is crammed full of facts and application tips. The bottle itself has an easy to use screw top. I like the fact you can see how much product is left in the bottle and don't have to keep guessing.




The product firstly boasts to prevent the build up of toxic substances, which then reduces the damage of free radicals and nourish your skin with vitamins as well as soften, hydrate and regenerate your skin.


The shimmering of the 23 carat gold dust gives a radiant glow, however it can look intimidating on the finger tips once it's blended it looks soft and sheer. I can see how it would work well as a highlighter however I blend it into the whole of my face.



I'm not convinced that I automatically appear toned and have my fine lines filled, but the shimmering effect gives the illusion of such. My skin did feel less tight and I find that occasionally I will wear this without foundation sweeped across the face which compliments my tan.

Without Flash
With Flash


Has anyone had any experience with Transformulas Brand that they'd like to share?

Have a sparkalicious day xx
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15 March 2012

Tisty Tosty Ballistic
£3.10

A beautiful blend of rose absolute, geranium, jasmine, lemon oil and orris makes this fizzy bathbomb top of my favourites list.

Left - Amandopondo & Right - Titsy Totsy
However I'm not convinced that this ballistic will have the love of my life running towards me with open arms, the seven rose buds are a nice touch and the smell that filled my bathroom was divine. Definitely on my re-purchase list.


I also paired my Titsy Totsy ballistic with ...

Amandopondo
£2.65


Another wonderful rose absolute and lemon mixture that makes this bubble bar heavenly and leaves you feeling moisturised and smelling divine. I found that half of the bar gives the same result as a full one. The only con being it doesn't completely dissolve, so be prepared to be sitting in a bath with bits on the bottom :)

Let me know if you have found any great bath products lately, feel free to comment :)
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29 February 2012

Hello fellow bloggers and beauty product lovers. Lately I have been sporting some of the latest nail wraps and I thought I'd share with you my experience on my first attempt to use this type of product.



I bought these nail wraps from the eBay seller Kozmetix2010 for £3.50 with free P&P, so it's a great bargain to use for a first attempt before moving on to the more expensive brands  :)



As you can see, I haven't yet perfected my technique but I have to admit they were easy to apply.

I just stuck them on and filed them down.



I also bought some orange sticks that really helped seal the edges.

£1 @ Sainsburys

The wraps did stay intact for the majority of my night out, but did start to peel at the corners at the end of the night. They easily peeled off and did not leave any adhesive on my nail or damage the nail.

If you have been thinking of trying nail wraps then I would definitely recommend you give them a try :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Em xx
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