Saturday, 25 February 2017

REVIEW: L'Oreal False Lash Superstar X-Fiber Mascara

1. No Mascara 2. Step one 3. Step two
I rarely am pulled in by marketing when it comes to mascaras because I generally just don't believe the results, however the L'Oreal False Lash Superstar X-Fibre Mascara I was hook, line and sinker. 

I've typically not gotten along with fibre mascaras previously as I find little specs of the fibres fall down onto my under eye and cheek throughout the day but I have't found this to be an issue with this mascara, perhaps it's due to the fact you apply the base coat.

I am so impressed with this formula, step one would be an amazing mascara on it's own as it manages to lift and lengthen the lashes amazingly, I don't curl my lashes but it looks like I do when I use this mascara. Once you add the second step the fibres add volume and more length, the more coats the more dramatic you can make it. 

I usually only purchase waterproof formulas as my mascara always smudges during the day and don't get me wrong if L'Oreal released a WP version of this I would be running to Boots but I have to say it holds up really well and only begins to smudge under my eyes after 10 hours + of wear so for most days it isn't an issue.

Totally recommend this mascara and at £7.99 a total bargain! (Link)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The La Mer Glossybox February 2017

I just had to share this Limited Edition from Glossybox because it's one for the people out there who have wanted to try the super luxurious brand La Mer but who can't afford/justify the price tag. Glossybox are releasing a limited edition box on the 20th February 2017 worth £118 for £40 (for non subscribers) or £35 to subscribers.

The box contains:

The Cleansing Micellar Water – 30ml
The Treatment Lotion – 5ml
The Eye Concentrate – 3ml
The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum – 5ml
The Moisturizing Cream – 7ml
The Intensive Revitalizing Mask – 15ml

There are some real cult products in there along with their latest offering The Micellar Water so if you ever wanted to try La Mer I think this is the time, I know I'll be purchasing a box (if it doesn't sell out immediately). You can sign up to the wait list so you are notified when it goes on sale (Link)

The only trouble will be if you want to purchases all the full sizes once you try the products ... sorry bank balance!!!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

New In Beauty: February 2017

I don't often do these kind of post, mainly because I like to stick to recommending products I have actually tried but there's a few launches this month that have caught my eye and will end up being future purchases i'm sure.

Estee Lauder ANR Mask – In – Oil - £55.00 for 30ml (Link)
This intrigues me, the last step of my very long skin care routine at night is to apply an oil right before bed over my other products to moisturise my skin as much as possible during the night. This 'Mask-In-Oil' is designed to strengthen, nourish and rebuild the complexion in a night time 'cocoon'. It is supposed to work in conjunction with the ANR for optimum results and it is tempting to try another bottle along side this to really see the pair in action, however the oil should fit into any routine. It's available now and I think the £55 for 30mls of product is a good price for what hopefully will be a great product, once i've got my hands on a bottle I'll likely review with my thoughts.

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo - £26.00 (Link)
The whole concept of this launch I adore, womens issues are currently front page and centre so to name a range and in particular the shades with such empowering titles is something I am right behind, it would have been a great touch for Hourglass to donate some proceedings to a women's charity however and I would have likely bought a few to support that. The lipsticks are a nourishing highly pigmented formula which are designed to be able to top up through the day with the shape of the bullet. There are 20 shades available and I have my eye on 'Lover' which shock horror is an orange toned red and 'Peacemaker' which is a peachy nude (basically the only lip shades I wear!). Available now from retailers of Hourglass plus there's a Space NK code below for you with £15 off a spend of £60.

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation £40 for 30ml (Link)
I am a huge fan of the Armani Luminious Silk foundation, it makes your skin look so pretty however sometimes it just doesn't pack the punch in coverage and staying power that I need for a long day at work so I definitely class it as my weekend base. The new Power Fabric launch from GA will hopefully solve those little woes, the foundation is designed to give a smooth looking complexion with a long-lasting coverage alongside an SPF 25. It's definitely on the pricey side for foundation (and I don't remember the LS costing as much) however as it has more coverage you'll likely use less and therefore the bottle will last longer so I'm happy to part with my pennies.

Jo Malone Myrrh + Tonka £105 for 100ml or £75 for 50ml (Link)
Jo Malone's latest Cologne Intense is a stunning fragrance and right up my street as it contains notes of vanilla, myrrh and tonk a beans which result in a very rich sexy scent. It's actually in the mens section of Selfridges online which I totally get as it's a very masculine smelling unisex fragrance, I personally love deep spicy scents and I guess smelling like a man so I must have a bottle of this. Jo Malone have also launched the 50ml sizes permanently to the Intense Cologne range which would be handy for travel but to me you're best off just spending the £30 extra for double the amount.

Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum £68.00 for 60ml (Link)
I am a big Algenist fan and their new launch is a serum with a texture of a cream, it is designed to break into a serum when you apply it to the skin which i'm intrigued as to what the benefits are of this. The ingredients are supposed to help with the visible signs of ageing and to refine dull uneven skin so you are left with a radiant complexion.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask - Waitlist (Link)
A little bit cheeky of me as this actually launches in March but I am very very intrigued on this one as I don't think i've heard of a dry sheet mask before; this mask is supposed to be an instant pick me up to your complexion by intensely hydrating, lifting, brightening, smoothing and plumping. You apply this dry mask to your face (it has the tampon wings for your ears so it stays put) and as you massage the mask it releases the product which you then leave on your face for 15 minutes, remove it and hey presto you look amazing! Oh and it's reusable up to three times. I must try this and report back because it sounds the prefect pre-event facial prep.

Code for Space NK
£15 off when you spend £60 EXPLORE15

Saturday, 11 February 2017

REVIEW: Stila Aqua Glow Foundation

I have been using Stila cosmetics since I was about 19 and their perfecting concealer was actually the first 'high end' product I purchased for myself (using my student loan!), I don't think i've ever been disappointed by any of their products and since they came back to the market they are releasing some wonderful innovative formulas.

Their latest foundation is Aqua Glow, a featherweight water based formula which provides moisture, radiance and build-able coverage, blurring lines and imperfections for a youthful, luminous effect.

I have to agree with everything Stila claims for this foundation, it gives your skin the most beautiful luminosity with a light coverage which can be built up to a very light medium, it isn't the longest wearing foundation with my slightly oily skin so I tend to save this for my weekend makeup when i'm just pottering about and want to look polished without looking overly done. I would say drier skin types would love this as it doesn't cling to any dry patches and smooths over dehydrated complexions, but normal to oily skins would also get along with it using a touch of powder.

If you like tinted moisturisers and looking for a little more coverage I would highly recommend this foundation or like me if you wear a heavier coverage and want something a little more natural at times this is the base for you.

CultBeauty stock Stila and it's £34.50 for 30mls (Link) their new Metals collection looks divine and if you need a long wearing liquid lipstick Stila's are the top of my list for formula and longevity.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

LookFantastic Runway Ready Beauty Box

I haven't blogged about a beauty box in quite an age (there will be another coming up shortly ... it's not one to miss) but this months LookFantastic box is a bit of a standout for me so thought i'd report on it's content. 

I've been subscribed to the LookFantastic boxes for about a year and although there's the odd duffer overall I have really enjoyed my monthly delivery. February's box is to celebrate Fashion Week by 'discovering the most opulent beauty products with innovative ingredients from the most luxurious on trend brands.' Lets see what's in the box:

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA £4.90 for 30ml  (Link)
A full size moisturiser infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides and Glycerin to help hydrate and plump up the complexion. I have been so impressed with The Ordinary (and have a long list yet to try) so am bound to love this as it offers the ultimate hydration without being oily.

MyVitamins Catwalk Queen £12.99 for 60 capsules (Link)
This is when a beauty box comes in handy for me, they introduce products I probably wouldn't ever consider purchasing and 'beauty vitamins' aren't really something i'm convinced on so it will be good to give these a test. The Catwalk Queen supplements are a blend of vitamins, minerals and extracts to boost the natural appearance of your hair, skin and nails. Only time will tell if I can see a difference.

Borghese Fango Mud Mask in Brilliante £22.55 for 222ml (Link)
I love face masks so this is a lovely addition to the box, I think there's a few variations in different boxes the one I received was the Brilliante version which is a brightening treatment. These come in a big jar normally so it's nice to receive a individual capsule for when i'm away from home to give a try and I would be interested if they do sell these little pods to trial the other masks before committing to the big jar (Although £22.55 for 222ml is very reasonable).

This Works Stress Check Breathe In £16.00 for 8ml (Link)
This mini rollerball is the ultimate handbag addition for when you just need that second of calm in your day, rolling this potion onto your pressure points and then taking a big inhale of the scent will calm even the most stressed soul.

Polaar Icy Magic Roll On (I can't find this online, I think they're re-packaging the range)
This roll on eye cream leaves your eyes wide awake from the cooling the metallic roller ball, the formula de-puffs and helps with water retention in your eye area. I've given this a quick roll and it's so refreshing so definitely one for those mornings when you can't wake up.

Model Co Eye Lites Metallic Shadow (Again I can't find this online)
This is a gorgeous metallic copper eyeshadow, blended it makes the most stunning inner corner highlight or fully opaque is a gorgeous shadow. It claims to wear all night which I will definitely be testing out but for those nights when you want to stand out this is the perfect option.

I think this months box is a great selection of products, ones I would likely not purchase without having tried them first which is the reason I subscribe to beauty boxes. I think LookFantastic may have added the Polaar and Model Co products to the box as they're discontinued but if they're good products it doesn't make a difference to me. You can subscribe to the box from £13.00 per month (Link), I personally opt for the three month option and pay £14.50 per month so i'm not tied into the long commitment and so far have been more than happy with the deliveries so do recommend this subscription.