Tuesday, 2 September 2014

REVIEW - The Fragrance Shop 'Discovery Club'

Now, The Fragrance Shop's 'Discovery Box' aint new, I remember when it was released and received very mixed reviews. Some thought paying for samples was ridiculous when you can get them for free on occasion, but some loved how easy it makes finding a new scent. I'm in the latter group - why? I hate fragrance shopping.

Lets face it, shopping for a new fragrance is a pain in the ass. That wall of Boots which stretches on endlessly, the no stop spritz and sniffing until everything smells the same, the refusal to even look at the perfume by that celeb you don't much like, the tiny perfume shops with no samples out so you have to ask for everything you want to test, all the different imagery and branding... Even then, you might by some chance find one you like, spray some on, leave it for a couple hours to see how it works with your body chemistry and boom - you smell of cat pee. Wonderful. That my friend, is why the 'Discovery Box' is an ace idea.

There are four boxes released quarterly each year at £5 each, each containing new releases from top designers and fragrance houses as well as celebs, plus vouchers for £5 off each fragrance. While you could try these in a department store, for me personally I could never commit to buying a full size perfume without giving it a decent test run over at least a week - I'm scent sensitive and indecisive which makes being able to test perfumes for a while at home brilliant for me!

So if you too hate perfume shopping, enjoy perfumes in general and like the idea of testing scents at home, the 'Discovery Box' makes quite a nice little treat and at £5 a quarter it hardly breaks the bank! However, if you can judge whether a scent will work for you or not after a quick sniff, the 'Discovery Box' aint for you.

Product received for PR purposes. All words and opinions 100% my own and 100% honest, as always!

Monday, 1 September 2014

REVIEW - Max Factor 'Skin Luminizer' Foundation

100 years ago Max Factor released 'Greasepaint' (what a charming product name) to help screen sirens achieve that classic look of Hollywood glamour - this was arguably the start of foundation as we know it today. In those 100 years, Max Factor have come a long way - these days working closely with designers for runway shows and reinterpreting trends into make-up we can use day to day at home. Enter their latest foundation, the 'Skin Luminizer'.
'Skin Luminizer' is aimed at those looking to achieve the ever classic 'subtle glow' to their skin - natural looking, fresh and clean. The swirl throughout the foundation contains pearl pigment which acts to brighten the skintone and reflect light, creating a luminous look to the skin. 
I found the coverage to be medium, covering flaws and discoloration with ease. It has a heavier coverage than Bourjois 'Healthy Mix', but lighter than Revlon 'Colourstay', a happy medium. The formula itself is easy to blend and sets to a smudge proof finish within minutes - however, it washes away extremely easily with just water, so it definitely isn't be best suited to oily skin.

The 'pearly pigments' actually seem to be very fine shimmer, verging on glitter, which can only be seen once the foundation has dried down. It's subtle enough not to have a disco ball effect, being finer than the glitz in Revlon 'Photoready', however I do think this makes it better suited to younger skin.

I can't comment on wear time/ comfort of wear unfortunately as the shade I received ('Natural') is very pink toned and therefore unsuitable for my skin colour.

Overall a nice day to day foundation for those of you with dry/ dry-normal/ normal skin who desire a medium coverage and radiant look. I'd advise you don't powder over the top for the maximum glowy effect!

Available from September in six shades, RRP £11.99, 30ml of product.
PR sample. All words and opinions are 100% my own and 100% honest - as always!

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Friday, 29 August 2014

EOTD - Glitzy Pink

Long time no eye make-up looks, amiright?! I actually got super lazy make-up wise after uni and didn't even bother with eyeliner for...two months - what is that about?! Either way, that didn't stop me buying new pretties like the 120 palette, did it? No sir, no it did not!

For this I used -  TFSI, Detrivore white base, 120 hottest pink, 120 palest pink, 120 palest shimmery pink, 120 bright purple, 120 deepest purple, Darling Girl 'Obviously a Wig', Sleek matte black, Essence black liner, Essence glitter liner, Essence mascara.

No full face as I can't help but feel such looks need balancing with styled hair and I honestly could not be bothered tending to that mass of frizzy curls on top of my bonce. However, I wore it with a touch of bronzer, pink peachy blush, warm highlighter and bare lips.

What are your favourite pink/ purple eyeshadows? Have you tried Darling Girl yet?

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

REVIEW - 120 Eyeshadow Palette - The £5.75 Bargain Palette!

Everyone and their momma seems to have a 120 palette - big name Youtubers love them, Instagram make-up legends love 'em, super creative bloggers love 'em...well...everyone does, really. However, it's only recently that I've bought one myself. Why? Because these big palettes remind me of those crappy sets of uselessness you got as a kid - so despite all the hype, it's only now I decided to buy one. Boy, have I been missing out.

The one I purchased has no name, but it's the same as basically every other one out there. It came in a black cardboard sleeve, with two trays separated by clear pieces of film. The packaging itself is super solid, very travel proof.

Now - you know the rest by now, right? I'll keep it short - mega pigmented, easy to blend, best with a base and primer, mainly shimmers, some mattes, mostly blues and greens. I'll shut up now seeing as a picture speaks 1000 words...

Pretty, right? It's worth noting the only editing I did to these are a little corrective brightening and of course adding my water mark - yup, they are in fact that loud and proud.

I also swatched a few favourites for your viewing pleasure...

2nd in remind me of MAC 'Cornflower', 4th is a good dupe for MAC 'Golders Green'.

3rd in is similar to MUFE 120, but brighter and easier to work with. 6th reminds me of MAC 'Cranberry'.

1st is similar to MAC 'Vanilla' pigment, 3rd reminds me of MAC 'Satin Taupe'.

Overall, a great buy if you love colour OR if you want to experiment with colour on the cheap. Make-up beginners and teens would adore this as a gift! I bought it as although I have LOTS of eyeshadow, most are complex shades and sometime you just need something a little simpler and with this palette, you can't really go wrong.

I bought mine here for £5.75 from a UK seller, you can search for a seller closer to you, there are plenty of places to pick up this palette out there!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

REVIEW - Lush 'Love Lettuce' Fresh Face Mask

Want a free Lush face mask? All you have to do to get a free Lush face mask is bring five CLEAN Lush pots into any store, pick your face mask, go to the counter and hand your empty pots over - fantastic! This is a permanent offer, which is fabulous for any Lush junkies and also means those little black pots will get recycled instead of ending up in land fill, win win!
Recently I traded five pots in for 'Love Lettuce', a lavender scented, gray-green pot of goop. The lady in the store told me was best for oily/ combination skin as it helps to moisturise dry areas while controlling sebum production in oily areas, clever, eh? I always ask for advice from the Lush staff - they're the experts after all, always helpful and never pushy. Hands down my favourite shop staff as a company in general.

I wont lie, I was a bit put off seeing as I absolutely loathe the scent of lavender. Seriously. The Summer my Mum decided to plant lavender behind the swing in the garden when I was a kid, I thought she was trying to kill me. That aside, 'Love Lettuce' does have a strong lavender scent, but you don't actually notice it once it's applied (thank God.)

The pot may seem small but a little goes a LONG way. I've used it four times and have barely made a dent. The almond shells give a fantastic scrub as you rub it on, while kaolin sets to work calming down any oily parts and honey and almond oil adds a little moisture to dry areas. Honey is also a great antiseptic, so it could be helping keep blemishes at bay.

After 15 minutes I rinse it off to reveal soft, smooth skin. I then apply a little light moisturiser just to lock in the goodness and my skin is happy as larry.

Overall a simple, fun product ideal for oily - combination skin. I imagine young teens would love this as a special sleep over treat (though at 22, I'm loving it as part of my skincare routine too!)

Trade five empty Lush pots at any store for 'Love Lettuce' or buy it in store or online for the bargain price of £6.25 for 75g of product (seriously, it lasts ages.)

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

REVIEW - Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick

Oh, how I love a good lipstick. Be they a £1 bargain buy or a £19.50 luxe buy, show me a pretty colour and I will make it mine. Show me pretty packing too and my money is gone, poof, done, I'm sold. This Yves Rocher offering is definitely more luxe than my usual purchases, and to be honest, I'm not too sure how I feel.

Just look at the tuuuube. That golden tube - isn't it beautiful? If you're prone to reapplying lipstick through the day, that is one flashy tube you definitely wouldn't be embarrassed to pull out of your bag in public. It's sturdy and the lid clicks into place, ideal for travel.

'Rose Equivoque' is a medium mauve toned berry with subtle gold and pink shimmer and an almost frosted  finish. Both the colour and finish (to me) are somewhat '90s, but in more of a classic beauty than outdated kind of way - if that makes sense?! I think it would look stunning on medium - dark skintones and quite striking with paler skintones. Unfortunately such shades don't work well with my very yellow skin, so this will be a welcome addition to my mum's make-up bag.

The formula itself is smooth and well pigmented, I found it a touch drying due to the finish, but it's nothing a slick of balm underneath can't fix. The 'Grand Rouge' formula also lasts quite well, but obviously wears off with chit chat and tea drinking.

Overall not a bad buy if you're after something a little fancy, enjoy that slightly '90s finish and natural type shades. I actually think it would be a brilliant shade for Autumn/ Winter!

Available for £19.50 usually, although Grand Rouge lipsticks are on sale at the minute for £9.75.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

REVIEW - Lush 'Ahoy There!' Gift Set

Not too long ago my best biatch, Lis, gifted me with Lush 'Ahoy There!' as a well done for finishing uni with a first *fist pump* She said she'd picked it since it's one of the new sets, so it would be a decent thing to review on here - anyone would think she's a blogger herself with that kind of though process! Either way, on to the review...

The packaging is bright and fun, perfectly wrapped for a gift (ideal if, like me, you suck at wrapping presents!) I actually liked the paper so much I saved it to wrap a notebook with - how very secondary school of me! The box is full of packaging peanuts to keep the products safe, and includes a paper slip with product info.

The box contains two products, a soap and a scrub, both of which have quite nautical themes (as you may have guessed by the name of the box!)

First up, 'Sandstone' soap, which has a fresh lemony scent and a fine sandy coating for light exfoliation. It's a fairly big wedge at 120g, so I have chopped it up into smaller chunks to make it more manageable, which also means it will last a heck of a lot longer. I've been using it as both hand and face soap with no complaints from my skin. The sandy layer provides a bit of scrub ideal for daily exfoliation.

'Ocean Salt'. This is the stuff of the Gods. A mix of sea salts for exfoliation perfection, fresh organic lime extracted in vodka of all things for its antibacterial properties, mango butter, avocado butter, coconut oil, lime oil...Need I even say any more?! 'Ocean Salt' is the ideal body and face scrub for those with oily skin which loves to misbehave, it smells incredibly fresh and clean and leave your skin silky smooth. I find it best to apply to dry skin before showering to provide the best results.

All together a fantastic little duo which work perfectly together. Lovers of fresh, citrusy scents would adore this as a gift (or a treat for themselves, perhaps) and I also think it would be fantastic for those with oily or combination skin. At £10.75 it also happens to be a bargain buy...

Buy 'Ahoy There!' from Lush stores and online.

Have you tried either of these products? What's your favourite scrub or soap from Lush?

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