Sunday, 30 August 2009

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush!

Hey Ladies,

A couple of girls on Twitter asked me for a swatch of Illamasqua's Rude Cream Blush & so i thought i'd go one better & do a full review of it!

First of all the swatch



As you can see its a matt pinky coral colour, more on the coral side than pink i'd say and to die for! Even though its a matt shade, because it's a cream blush it gives you the most beautiful sheen on your face with the natural flush of colour which makes your face come alive.

I apply it to my cheeks after i use my foundation with my fingers as its so smooth & easy to blend, unlike my Mac cream blushers which i find more firm to the touch & harder to blend & so i do tend to need a brush to apply them properly, this literally melts onto your finger & blends in no time, so a god send when you're in a rush. Also because i've got oily skin i always set my foundation with a powder which means the dewy finish does get lost slightly and so i apply a little bit over my powder & before you recoil in horror at the thought of a cream over a powder it doesn't cake whatsoever!

What i also love about this blush is how long it lasts on the skin, it really doesn't budge all day which is fantastic for a cream blush & brilliant for me as i never reapply makeup during the day unless i'm trying to impress someone in which case i live by the term 'the more the merrier'. The actual blusher does have an odour, which is kind of a caramel sugary smell which i love but you cant smell it onces its on your cheeks so nothing to worry about.

Its priced at £16.00 for 10g which compared to Mac is the exact same, now as some of you will know i was sent this along with some other Illamasqua products to test out, and whenever this happens i always ask myself would i actually buy this product. Its all well and good loving something that you get for free but to put your money where your mouth is can be a bit of a challenge. Would i buy this? Absolutely.

I really can't recommend this product enough, i reach for it every day over any other blush, i seriously havent worn another blush since i got it and it really is my holy grail blush now as its the perfect shade for me and is so easy to apply. I am going to look into the other shades of this blush at Illamasqua & if i find a better one i think i will have found Narnia (don't tell anyone but i think i'm already there with this one)

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below or email me & i hope you're all having a lovely weekend! & those ladies in the UK enjoy the bank holiday whilst i'm slaving away at work!!

Thanks for reading & i'll see you soon
Nicola!!
xx

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Strangest Lip Balm Ever?!

Hola Ladies!!!

I was perusing the aisles of Space NK in Manchester today & was feeling a little lack luster as nothing was grabbing me & i didn't want to buy anything, i must be ill! Plus they didn't have the Shu Uemura Gel liner that i wanted, the sales assistant didn't know anything about it the rooky!

Anyway i was just about to leave & i spotted these colourful round containers at the counter & discovered this lip balm by EOS. I twisted off the cap & i was fascinated by it, unlike being a pot of lip balm its a stick of balm in a rounded shape! it smells amazing, i got the summer fruit kind which smells of sweets, there was also honeysuckle honeydew & sweet mint varieties.

This is what it looks like!




When i got home i did some searching on the internet for the company, and found that EOS stands for the Evolution Of Smooth and the balm which is called a smooth sphere is 95% organic and petrolatum & paraben free.

Taken from the website!
INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax (cire d'abeille)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol.
*ORGANIC
NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS

I think you would all agree good stuff there! & best of all i love it, it will seriously be gone in a few days because i can't stop applying it! its so different from a balm that you apply with your finger, which is brilliant as i've just had my gel nails put on so cant use one that i have to apply with my finger as it'll go down my nails! ick!
Its really light which is what i like in a lip balm, the main reason i dislike The Body Shop lip butters is because they're so thick i feel like i've got lard on my lips whereas this just makes them feel lovely, so far its very moisturizing & if you want a full review once i've tested it out properly just ask!

You can get it from Space NK for around £5 but its had the VAT reduction deducted so a random price at the moment!!

Hope you're having a lovely week!! & if you've got any questions or requests or anything just holla!!!

love you all & i'll see you soon!
Nicola
xxx

Friday, 14 August 2009

Daniel Sandler Review

Hey Ladies,

Sorry it's been a while i've been uber busy so not had much time for writing but i am ploughing on! (such a hard life i know!)

Anyway a few weeks ago i was looking at the wonderful cosmeticcandy's post about the Daniel Sandler Watercolors you can take a peek here

http://cosmetic-candy.com/?p=1431

& just had to get my hands on some, she's a cretin for making me want stuff!!

So here's what i got!!



We have
Truth Watercolour
Gentle Watercolour
Perfect Canvas in shade 9

Swatches





Basically Watercolours are liquid blushes & when i say liquid they're like water! Initially i got the truth blush and the foundation but they were both the wrong shades. As you can see from the bottom swatch the truth watercolour would never be a blush on me, its a highlighter as its a light peach with shimmer and the foundation which again is the wrong shade but that's my own cockyness of my tan so my own fault! The problem i had with the swatches from where i bought from here -

http://www.heatherwhitemakeup.co.uk/tempstore.html

was that they aren't the best, the truth blush looked a lovely peach shade on the site but in reality is a shimmery highlight & much lighter in person,.

So i emailed them about it because it isnt at all accurate & not what i paid for, they informed me that they are planning to relaunch the site & have more accurate swatches but very kindly offered to send me another one & so i got the Gentle shade as i worked by the logic that the actual product is lighter than the swatch so i went for a darker shade & hey presto i was right & its a lovely matt peachy shade and i'm very impressed with the effect as you need literally a tiny bit as its so pigmented & it lasts all day, i prefer a matt blush as shimmer doesnt seem to work on me so this is great. It's priced at £11 for 15ml, which i think is a good price as it will last a very long time with the tiny amount that you need to use for application!

As for the foundation, even though it is too dark for me i found that once it sunk into my skin it kind of adapted, i dont know if it was supposed to do this or my eyes just got used to the darkness but it was a nice foundation, a more fuller coverage & lasted about 8 hours but is in such a tiny bottle i cant see it lasting a long time if you use it everyday!! It costs £9 for 15ml!

So there you go, i think they have a nice range of products so check them out & let me know how you get on. I am off to London on Thursday for the Body Shop event so make sure you're on twitter as i'm sure a few tweets will be sent when we're there & i'll make sure to snap loads of pics & maybe a vid for you & lots of shopping! (although i have been doing loads recently so should control myself, some show & telling must be done, i'm gonna start taking my laptop to work & doing posts on my lunch break to catch up!)

I hope you're all well & having a lovely Monday!

I shall see you soon & make sure you're all entered into my competition you can do it here
Just make sure you're a subscriber & leave me a comment

Love Love Love (can you tell i've had a lovely relaxing day of shopping so in a loving mood)
Nicola
xxx

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Garnier Hydralock Moisturiser Review

Hey Ladies,

As promised here is my Garnier Hydralock review (but you probably guessed that from the title duh!)

Anyhoo! so here's the product i'm sure you've all seen it before!!



So basically I went into boots a while ago & felt my arms were a little dry so being the cheeky moo i am i 'tested' a bit out!! well i didnt like it, so obviously didn't buy it. Then i saw all the hooplaa on blogs praising it, so seeing it in Superdrug for £1 i thought i'd risk that substantial amount & give it a proper testing out to let you know my thoughts on it!


What They Say
Created for normal to dehydrated skin, it locks in moisture for up to 24 hours and is 2x more moisturising than our classic moisturiser. It intensively hydrates skin. Skin will be left looking beautifully dewy while feeling hydrated and revitalised.

What I Say
Ok so first of all, when I tested it out in Boots i can remember thinking it had no smell! However i must have been suffering from a little anosmia (the inability to smell smells) that day because it does have a smell, and a smell i looovvvee!! It smells exactly like Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream! (which is my favorite moisturiser of all time, its just far too expensive £75 for 50ml's ouch!)
As for what matters, does it actually work? Yes it does, after applying & it sinking in my skin feels moisturised, its the sinking in bit that i know is a problem for people as it does take a while, which is a part of the product as it is said to give a 'dewy' finish which is just the unabsorbed product for me. So you do feel sticky at first but once its in, its in & you're skin feels lovely & soft, I apply it at night so the sticky issue isn't a factor for me, i just wake up attached to my sheets!! & wake up with silky soft skin.
This is a relatively low costing cream & on offer in places at the moment as well and for the money you cant go wrong, but bare in mind, i don't have dry skin at all, i can get away with not moisturising & it having no effect on my skin and so most moisturisers work for me. So the effectiveness of this moisturiser may be different on dryer skins, it is tailored for dry skin & promises to 'visibly transform skin in 1 week' & i have heard its great on dry skins but i cant vouch for this!!

So there you go, that's my review, happy?! :) overall a great moisturiser that i would say results wise are comparable to a body butter but cheaper.

Thanks for reading & i hope you're having a lovely week!!!

Cya Later
Nicola
xxx

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Review

Hey Ladies,

So i've been wanting to try Philip Kingsley Elasticizer for ever, i have used Philip Kingsley shampoo before & loved it, it made my hair squeeky clean & it felt so lightweight whenever i used it & smelt like those old sweets parma violets if anyone remembers them!

Anyway so on to the Elasticizer




They Say

Elasticizer should always form part of your routine to continuously improve or maintain the quality and behaviour of your hair. Extremely broken, damaged hair – whether the result of chemical over processing, physical trauma or poor health, will also improve with concentrated use of Elasticizer

What I Say
This is quite expensive first off at £23.50 for 150ml or £48 for 500ml (taken from hqhair.com) so i decided to buy a little packet of it from ebay for around £4 to test it out before committing to a full size. My first impressions is that it has no smell at all & i was so baffled i sniffed & smelled til i nearly passed out, seriously its smellless! which i love because when you have a hair mask on the smell initially can be bliss but if you've got it on an hour it can be annoying after a while.
So on to the formula its very thick & coats the hair unlike some conditioning treatments which i feel go to nothing dont know if thats a good or a bad thing! And i found a little goes a long way so the tub should last a bit longer than other brands.

You are supposed to wet your hair, apply the elasticizer & leave it on 10 - 15 mins & then shampoo & condition your hair as normal. So i wetted my locks, applied, clingfilmed it & left it on a good hour and a half, mainly because i couldnt be arsed to wash it out!

So the results, i think its a good treatment, my hair felt in really good condition and bouncy & uber soft, there is a new extreme elasticizer which i'm going to be trying out as well so i'll let you know if its any different.

The question i always ask myself with deep conditioning treatments, do the results justify the cost? i'm not sure with this, i am going to try it out a few more times but so far no, i can get similar results from other less expensive products so time will tell.

Thanks for reading & if you've got any questions comments please leave them below!!!

Love Ya!!
Nicola

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Creme Review

Hey ladies,

So i thought i'd do a review of the Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Creme for you all. I got this in the Head to toe starter kit a while ago & been trying it out since.


What they say
Give your needy nails a helping hand. Nourish and moisturise nails and cuticles with this intensive, natural treatment. A touch of lemon oil makes your nails smell incredibly clean, healthy and beautiful, naturally.

What I Say
I love this! It smells amazing, when i'm at my folks in Spain i pick lemons from the orchard & if you smell the top of the lemon where it was attached to the tree the cuticle creme smells exactly like it, so i'm in love with it. Lemon is my favorite smell & taste so this is just my dream.
On to the actual product, it is a lovely product to use it's just a wax texture & melts onto your finger to rub into the cuticles and soaks in almost immediately. The packaging is cute & idea & great for in your handbag to just use on the go & it really does nourish your cuticles, and not only that it's a great lip balm so multifunctional as well!! :)


All in all as you can tell i love this product & can see myself repurchasing it over & over, at around £6 for 7g it doesnt hurt your purse too much as well when you're handing over the cash! I am currently trying the solar oil cuticle oil that i've heard people raving about so if you want a comparison let me know & i shall get it done for you!

Thanks for reading

Lots of love & butterfly kisses (if you dont know what they are, then you've never been truely loved hehe)
Nicola
xxx