Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bourjois 24H Color Edition Cream to Powder Eyeshadow review

Cream eyeshadow are renowned for their creasing so I was interested in seeing how Bourjois Color Edition 24H Cream to powder texture eyeshadow would perform.

The product aims to give a ultra luminous finish with the eyeshadow setting in a powder format. Available in six shades, taupe, bronze, grey, dusky pink, blue and green the collection provides a simple palette collection suitable for a whole range of events.

For the purpose of the review I am reviewing shade 2- Desir a bronze gold shade. The eyeshadow has a firm silky texture that glided effortlessly onto my eye. The product was easy to apply and after application took on the effect of a powder eyeshadow. Despite having a creamy formulation the eyeshadow didn't crease at all and lasted throughout the day without budging. The colour was a bright gold and had a really nice luminosity that sparkled when the light hit it.

True to its word Bourjois Color Edition 24h eyeshadow changes from cream to powder on application and has amazing luminosity. I give it 4/5

  • Gives a gorgeous glow
  • Doesn't crease
  • Product performs exactly as it claims
  • Perfect for a casual daytime look
  • The little plastic pot is lightweight and easy to carry around
  •  Whilst the eyeshadow physically stays on all day the colour does fade slightly
Get yours for £6.99 at Boots

Monday, 24 March 2014

George Lash Xtend Mascara makes your lashes look false

Many people steer clear of budget brand makeup feeling they won't perform as well as premium brands like Chanel or Dior. This attitude however will have you missing out on many gems that are on the market at under a fiver whose performance far out way more expensive brands.

George's Lash Extend mascara is one of those gems. Priced at only £3.50 this mascara has a dramatic lash impact that you would expect to pay a lot of money for.

Made of plastic, the precision brush was very thin and long and after one layer my lashes were instantly lengthened almost to the same extent as some false lashes.My lashes felt defined and I didn't experience any clumping.

The mascara is long lasting and still stood firm by the end of the day and the only downside I found was it wasn't waterproof.

With a amazing lengthened effect from the first layer and fantastic price tag I cannot recommend this mascara enough. You may not be wearing falsies but this mascara will certainly have people thinking you are.

I give it 5/5

  • At under a fiver this product is a must buy!
  • Provides a dramatic instant lengthening effect
  • Lashes almost look false
  • No clumping
  • The mascara isn't waterproof and did smudge slightly on application
  • Not so great for people who like mascaras with big brushes
Buy it here

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Your weekly beauty deals edit

 Get a free £10 Helen E lipstick

Helen E are offering a fantastic lipstick worth £10 for free in 19 different shades.

To get it all you need to do is like the Helen E facebook page and then enter the unique code you find on the page on Helen E cosmetics.

The offer is only available until 24th March so you need to be quick!

The code is only viewable on a computer. You have to pay £2.50 postage.

Bodyshop £30 Bundle (worth £87!)

Bodyshop have a fantastic deal on at the moment where you can get a fantastic range of Bodyshop products for only £30 with a RRP of £87!

Included in the bnundle are:
  • Coconut Body Butter wroth £13
  • Vitamin E Moisture cream worth £10
  • Peppermint Foot lotion worth £8
  • Eye definer in black worth £8
  • Coconut body scrub worth £13
  • Almond hand cream worth £10
  • Shea Eau De Toilette perfume worth £8.50
  • Ceramic oil burner worth £10
  • Lavender home fragrance oil worth £4
  • Bag for life worth £2.50
Just enter the code COMPBAG at checkout to get the bundle for £30. There is a limited availability with the offer on till 31st March so don't wait around, this will make the perfect Mothers day present. 

Monday, 17 March 2014

Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Smokey Purple Review

Rimmel's Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Smokey Purple has a range of muted purple and pale shades to create a low key smokey eye.

Having tried quite a few of Rimmel's Glam Eyes quads I had quite a lot of expectation for this eyeshadow. My initial thoughts were that some of the shades were quite hard to make visible on the eye, especially shade 2 - the light lilac. I had to apply the colour several times to get a good amount of colour on each eye. This may be intentional however which is why the Smokey eyes final appearance is so light.

To achieve the Smokey eye I followed the guide on the back of the palette, applying shade 2 (lilac) to the inner and outer corner of my eye. I followed this with shade 1 (pink) in the middle of the eye which I accentuated with shade 3 (white) on the brow arch. Finally I blended shade 4 (dark blue) into the outer corner of the eye.

The quad is long lasting and the eyeshadow doesn't crease. For its longevity and versatility I give Smokey Purple 3/5.

  • Versatile, allowing you to combine colours or wear alone
  • Creates a low key smokey eye perfect for wearing to work
  • The shades take a long time to appear visible on the eye

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Avon Perfect Kiss lipstick in Smitten Red Review: The lipstick that will make your lips appear bigger

Unlike Angelina Jolie I don't have a perfect Bee sting pout. There are many lipsticks out there that aim to define your lips or even increase their size with plumping ingredients but often fail to perform. Avon's Perfect Kiss in Smitten Red combines vibrant colour with a moisturising component that left my lips smooth and kissable with a noticeable increase in size. The product comes in smart silver packaging which gives it a more high end look.

Having tried many Avon lipsticks before and being left disappointed with their performance I was fairly skeptic about how this lipstick would perform. The colour glided onto my lips remarkably well and didn't stick like some Avon lipsticks. I loved the colour and how it actually made my small lips seem bigger.

The lipstick has some good staying power and even stayed intact whilst I drank tea. With its great colour, long staying power and of course its ability to make my lips seem bigger I give this lipstick 4/5

  • Vibrant colour
  • Moisturising component
  • Makes small lips appear bigger
  • Has great staying power even whilst drinking
  • Suitable for most skin tones
  • Slightly drying after the first hour or so

Monday, 10 March 2014

Model Co Lengthening Mascara Review: The Perfect Mascara For a Casual Day Time Look

It's inconspicuous in its packaging but this Model Co mascara certainly pulls a punch or two.

The plastic wand is kind to the eyes and doesn't scratch like some mascaras. My lashes were elongated and defined with no clumping.

The mascara doesn't add much volume or thickness to your lashes but it's perfect for a casual daytime look. The product lasted all day and didn't leave any smudges over the course of the day. 

  • Defines lashes with no clumping
  • The soft plastic wand coats all lashes without scratching the delicate skin around your eye
  • Lashes were left lengthened
  • If you like your mascaras to add volume in addition to definition this isn't the mascara for you.

Your Beauty Offers Weekly Edit

Free Treatment worth up to £25 when you buy a Gillette Venus razor
Do you fancy a free pamper treatment? Gillette are currently running a offer in conjunction with Superdrug where you can get a 20 to 30 minute pamper session (massage, facial, manicure) at 500+ salons.

To get your treatment all you need to do is pop into your local Superdrug before March 11th where the Venus ProSkin Sensitive or Venus & Olay razor and blades are currently on offer for £5.48. The razors will be available up to Saturday 31st May but the price will be different.

  • To get the deal simply buy the Venus and Olay Sugarberry razors in Superdrug and keep your receipt
  • Head to Venus Pamper Treats and choose your nearest salon. The site will show all available treatments and locations. You'll need to register your details.
  • Print your unique voucher and call to book quoting "Venus Beauty Treatment". If you don't' quote this you may be charged full price. 
You'll need to bring the voucher and original receipt to the appointment to get the free treatment which must be taken by Friday 1st August 2014. Try to book at least two weeks in advance so all the appointments don't go before you get the chance to book.

25% off Halfpriceperfumes
Grab a real bargain with 25% off Halfpriceperfumes already cheap beauty products. Simply type COSMETICS25 online by 11th March 2014 to get the offer.


Free Model Co Product with Glamour magazine
Glamour Magazine are offering 4 different Model Co products with April's Glamour edition.You could get:
  • 4.2ml Fibre Lashxtend Mascara, RRP £16
  • 1.5g Illusion lip Liner with in-built sharpener, RRP £16
  • 1.2g Black Eyeliner with in-built sharpener, RRP £11
  • 4.2ml Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Striptease or Berry Pink, RRP £12 each
Buy for your favourite product or collect them all for only £2. Glamour is available in all good newsagents. 


Friday, 7 March 2014

Travel in comfort with Halo wipes

Whether you're with the girls for a day of much needed shopping, taking the kids out or even getting ready to paint the town red Halo wipes are the ultimate handbag essential.

With a number of fantastic products designed to meet different needs you won't be left with sticky fingers. The full range includes:
  • Eye make-up remover pads are hypo-allergenic and remove even waterproof mascara. With a fragrance free formula the wipe is gentle on the eye area that is the most sensitive.
  • Handy Hygienic wipes that offer instant hand hygiene with antibacterial protection
  • Deodorant wipes offer effective deodorant protection with a cleansing and refreshing sensation.
  • Moist toilet tissue that offers skin cleansing freshness with a mild chamomile formula
  • Toilet and surface wipes
Established in 1987, Halo Wipes are created by Nice Pak International, the European leaders in the manufacturing and suppliers of wet wipes. The Halo range are designed for women who want to look good and stay fresh whatever the day might hold.

Ranging from £0.99 to £1.99 the products are fantastic value and so small they can fit into the tiniest pocket of your bag.
You can buy these must haves from Tesco, Sainsburys, Superdrug, Spars and Boots. For more information head to Halo Wipes 

  • Halo have a pack of wipes suitable for most situations
  • With their small and compact size they can fit into even the smallest pocket
  • The products have a pleasant fragrance and the wipes are comfortable to use
  • The wipes are in a comfortable price range with products ranging from £0.99 to £1.99

  • None as far as I can see

*These wipes were sent to test as sample.


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Passion Flower Medley Nail Art Makeover Inspired By Boots Beauty

 I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Painting your nails can become more then a much loved past time with creative nail art. Combining a range of colours with a unique look, Passion Flower Medley is a design that will have people giving your nails a second glance. Surprise your friends and family and get them asking, 'did you do that?' with this simple tutorial. To create this look I headed over to Boots who have a fantastic range of Boots beauty products. With nail art you can work with a number of different brands to design the layers of each nail art.

How to Do Tutorial
1. Firstly paint a layer of light blue varnish (Azure Amore) onto your whole nail and leave it to dry.
2. Using a striping brush paint a layer of mid green along the centre of each nail (Mint Bon Bon) so you have two stripes of colour now visible.
3. Grab a dark green/turquoise shade (Peacock) and using a striping brush paint a top layer on each nail. You should now have three colours.
4. Once your stripes are dry get the red nail varnish (Caribbean Coral) and again using a striping brush paint two to three flowers on each nail. Depending on the size of your flowers and how neat you are you can probably fit three flowers on each nail. Leave a small hole for the pollen in the centre.   
5. Using a spotting brush gently put a tiny amount of yellow (Barry M) in the centre of each flower.
6. To complete the look use the spotting tool to apply small dark blue dots (Rimmel Azure) to join up each flower.

For the Passionflower Medley I used:
  • Seventeen Gel Colour in Azure Amore
  • Seventeen Quicker Slicker colour in Peacock
  • Rimmel I love Lasting Finish in Azure
  • Seventeen Gel Colour in Bon Bon
  • Barry M Perfect Textiles in TNP 2
  • Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour in Caribbean Coral
Get your nail supplies at Boots
This shopertunity was sponsored by #Collectivebias

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Keep your cards safe on a night out with the Otterbox Phone Case

When you're out on the town the last thing you want to have to worry about is what you've done with your debit card. The Otterbox is the ultimate hero product for those who want to travel light on a night out using a unique slider pocket to keep your cards safe.

The Otter Box phone case is a unique product that combines robust packaging with a foolproof hideaway for up to 3 cards. The case has a sturdy outside cover with a inner silicone shell. If you're working in a mechanical setting your phone is more likely to keep your phone intact if it was to fall on the floor.

The case comes with a handy front cover however the plastic cut out at the top of the cover doesn't seem to fit the specification of the phone. The instruction sheet that the product came with is very basic and doesn't really explain how to set it up. I don't currently have the Iphone 5C and unfortunately I was sent the wrong case type so I cannot properly demonstrate the product. As the film cover only sits over your phone it won't be able to stop dirt getting between the film and the silicone and potentially damage your screen.

The silicone cover can be a bit of a pain when you're trying to plug in your charger or your earphones but helps in keeping your case clean and any dust out.

This light weight product offers protection and adds real peace of mind to your night out. With storage for card it can potentially hold a few notes safe too avoiding the need for carrying too much when you head out.

There is a case available for both the Iphone and the Android.

To get yours or find out more information head over to Otterbox 

  • Storage for your cards keeping them safe and hidden from view
  • Saves you having to carry lots of items on a night out
  • Protective case for your phone, perfect if you're prone to dropping it!
  • The front cover is pretty flimsy and only lays on top of the phone which offers little protection to items that slip underneath
  • The little silicone inner layer can get in the way of your headphones or charger
*This was sent to me as a free sample.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Awaken your senses with Ted Baker's rose scented beauty set

Ted Baker have come out with a lovely range of beautiful rose scented beauty products. The new range includes a body wash, body spray and hand cream that come in gorgeous pink packaging.

The 50ml Body wash is blended with a mixture of rose, sandalwood and a cheeky twist of raspberry. The rose is quite subtle and I could really detect the raspberry undertone as the dominant scent. The body wash was easy to rub in and lathered up easily. For the rest of the day my skin was left with a pleasant scent that was not too overpowering.

Combining a mixture of rose and elegant sandalwood, Ted Baker's hand cream is infused with Shea butter and a twist of raspberry. During winter the skin on my hand can often be quite dry especially around the knuckles. The cream was absorbed into my skin relatively quickly and didn't leave a sticky sensation after the product had been absorbed. After applying my skin felt really soft with a scent that had quite a dominant rose note. With only a small amount of product needed per hand this 50ml hand cream will last for quite a while.

When you’re out and about it's important to stay fresh. Whilst perfumes are great for making you smell amazing the glass bottles can often be quite bulky, and heavy, taking up needless room in your bag. Ted Baker's body spray has a pleasant rose scent. The bottle is really small and as it's made of plastic is lightweight so will be easy to slip into a pocket in your bag. With a spray top the spray is easy to apply and one or two sprays gives off a pleasant fragrance. The smell is quite light but is good for a quick touch up when you're out and about.

  • The hand cream has a lovely moisturising formula that sinks in quickly into the skin leaving skin soft and smooth
  • With strong raspberry notes the body wash leaves a subtle scent that is not overpowered by the rose
  • The body spray is useful for when you want to fresh up without lugging a bottle of perfume around
  • The only real disadvantage that I can see is that the new Ted Baker range would not appeal to those who dislike floral scents.
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