Thursday, 31 March 2011

A little bit of YSL...

YSL Volum Effet Faux Cils in Black

I bought this on a whim as Feel Unique were selling it for a decent price (though if this
is anything to go by, I reckon that has stopped now) and I'd wanted it for a while but, as ever with YSL stuff, found the cost a little prohibitive. I'm SO glad I indulged, this mascara is amazing - in conjunction with using RapidLash I actually have lashes that look a decent length (and touch the skin at the top of my eyebrows) as well as them looking really black and full, woo-hoo! As well as my eyelashes remaining soft and not crispy-looking. I think this may well be my ultimate mascara, I even like the brush.

It has a light perfumed smell and the packaging is ultra luxe too, all very gold and swanky looking. I've heard some complaints that it dries up in the tube pretty quickly, but I've had it about a month now and no changes so far, I'll update if that happens though.

YSL Lip Twins Lip Duo Satin/Shine Lipstick - 9 Fuchsia Orange

This also has rather fancy packaging, it wasn't what I was expecting when I ordered this online! It's basically two blocks of lipbalm/gloss in a tube that you can turn around (I'm not explaining this well at all) to show the colours. The middle pulls out as a brush.

I like the colours - they're well pigmented too - and the packaging is sublime but to be honest the actual product itself is nothing absolutely amazing to me, it just seems a bit like a standard lip balm/gloss type thing (though a very nice one) with a brush. It's a very pretty and wearable addition to my make up bag though, and I don't regret purchasing it.

In other YSL news, I was getting my eyebrows done and the beauty therapist said she liked my lipstick and made me show her what it was so she could write down the shade number and buy it. Of course it was my rather lovely YSL Rouge Volupte in Opera Rose and sad to say I felt a little bit proud showing it off!

Monday, 28 March 2011

RapidLash Update - Week 8

Nearly at the end of the recommended 8-10 weeks of use of RapidLash and I'm still really happy with the results - not much of a change from Week 6 but I don't really mind as I'm pleased with how much better my eyelashes look (especially compared to the first pic I took when I started reviewing this product). I'm struggling to show it in the pics but they're actually a bit longer than they look here as I can see the ends are very fine and look quite light - when I've got mascara on they look so good!

After 8 weeks of using RapidLash

What my eyelashes looked like before I started using RapidLash

What my eyelashes normally look like with mascara on

What my eyelashes now look like with mascara on (YSL Volume Effect Mascara)

Seeing the results like that, I'm even more pleased. I'm definately going to continue using it as RapidLash recommend that you should use it 2-3 times per week to maintain the growth and I've got into a nice little routine at night with it (to the point where if I forget to apply it I'll actually get up out of bed to apply it...normally this isn't the case, once I'm in bed, that's it!).

I was thinking about the fact it costs £40 per tube too, each tube has a 3 month supply in it (probably more if you're just using it just 2-3 times a week for maintenance instead of every night), so that's about £13 a month. When you think about the fact I was getting lash extensions that are £80 initially then about £40 every 6 weeks at one point or even the fact that I buy false lashes, lash primer, countless different mascaras etc, it actually doesn't work out that bad...about £3.25 a week, just a bit less than a Cafe Nero vanilla frappe milkshake with cream (my fave!). Can you tell I'm trying to justify it?!

P.S. Speaking of yummy stuff, if you like chocolate, you might want to enter my Hotel Chocolat Giveaway here?

Friday, 18 March 2011

Some more Topshop Sandstorm Collection make up...

I was so impressed by the Topshop make up I reviewed here , that I got some more from the range (ahem).

The items I got were:
  • Creme Lipcolour in Tawny
  • Nail Duo in Zealous
  • Lipgloss Stick in Ablaze
  • Lipgloss Stick in Glisten
Creme Lipcolour in Tawny
This is very different to the colours I usually wear but is certainly very wearable. It's a warm beige toned nude that actually looks good on me, and doesn't make me look like I've got foundation lips. I initially wasn't sure if I liked it as it is quite a bit away from my comfort zone but I've been told it's pretty on me. As with Daze, I think the formula is absolutely lovely and it has a gorgeous vanilla scent.

Nail Duo in Zealous
Same as my previous review - the metallic is the winner here for me (I also like the pink a lot though, it's blue based) - the formulation is very easy to work with, opacity is good and colour is nice and strong with 3 coats.

Lipgloss Stick in Glisten and Ablaze
These were a total whim because I liked the colours, both are quite sheer and glossy compared to the colour in the tube. Glisten is a dark pink (almost plum) and Ablaze is a very wearable light coral/orange - much better than the Barry M lipstick I tried last week to try and get the spring/summer orange lip look. These also have the same very nice vanilla scent. The wear on them isn't really long lasting, but they're a lipgloss...they're never going to last days on end. I've pretty much been wearing these since I got them.

High five, Topshop! I'd initially thought that their make up range wouldn't be so great but I've been proven wrong, even the packaging is nice. I've also heard good things about the cream blush and the highlighter from their main collection - I will be avoiding Topshop for some time now as I'm coveting a dress and some shoes from there as well and I MUST NOT SPEND.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Sedbergh Soap Company - 100% natural Lemongrass Soap

I was recently sent some gorgeous soaps to try by Sedbergh Soap.

As someone who has suffered from psoriasis in the past (I still get the odd patch if I'm stressed or run down) and skin which tends to react to certain chemicals, I'm probably not as careful as I should be when choosing products. Sedbergh Soap produce a range of soaps and bath products that contain no chemicals that irritate the skin, no sodium chloride, no blended essentail oils and no herbal extracts - the company began when its founder, Dorthe M Pratt, was looking for products that didn't exacerbate her severe eczema. They also contain 100% natural ingredients, are 70%-89.9% organic, use recyclable packaging and grow a lot of their ingredients themselves.

The bar that I tried was their best seller, Lemongrass. Priced at £4.25 and containing pure essential oil and dried lemongrass, this smells absolutely gorgeous, really citrusy and fresh. In terms of lathering, it works well too. Just goes to show you don't need all these chemicals and that just because a product is catering for very sensitive skin or contains natural ingredients, there doesn't have to be a compromise on effectiveness.

I'd recommend these products for anyone who has sensitive skin or likes to know exactly what's in their products and where it came from - actually, for anyone who just wants a guilt free treat! I've passed their details on to a woman I work with who is big into her natural/chemical free products (remember the organic fake tan I reviewed a while ago? That came from her.). The soap I tried was just lovely all round and I'll definately be looking to try out some more things.

Sedbergh Soap is available from the Sedbergh Soap website, which also has much more information about their ingredients and history, as well as details of stockists and customer testimonials. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter at

Monday, 14 March 2011

RapidLash Update - Week 6

I genuinely feel like I can see a difference in my lashes now - to me they look slightly longer and thicker, in much better condition and I'm losing less lashes. I'm really pleased with the results so far, and also a little bit concerned as this now means that I'll want to keep using it at the cost of £40 every 8-10 weeks..argh.

This is what they look like now (look at that long lash in the middle, eek!!):

And this was what they looked like 6 weeks ago before I started using RapidLash:

What do you think? Any longer/thicker? Or is it just wishful thinking on my part?

I wonder if this is as long as they get or if they'll get any longer? They probably just get to the end of their hair cycle, drop out and it all starts again. It probably sounds daft (especially to those of you with long lashes) but I'm really pleased with these, I've been cursed with short lashes forever!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Models Own Polishes and Nail Art Pen

L-R: Sophie's Pink, Nude Beige, Pastel Pink, Mystic Mauve, Juicy Jules

My favourites out of these are Nude Beige, Juicy Jules and Mystic Mauve. I absolutely love Nude Beige and it's one of the only nude colours I've found that I like on my nails, Juicy Jules is a gorgeous holo glitter (probably better layered) and Mystic Mauve is just a lovely metallic lilac. The pinks are nice too but I've got ones like them in my collection already!

As ever, application and length of wear was really good. Models Own polishes are brilliant, especially for the price of them. Good to see they're more readily available in Boots and River Island now too.

I also picked up the Models Own/WAH Nails Nail Art Pen in Black, mainly to make doing half moon designs and stripes easier. The pen has a thin liner brush as well as a very fine tip for doing nail art.

Very easy to use with a bit of a practice (something I think I need more of if the pic below is anything to go by) and the possibilities are endless, just have a look at some of the designs WAH Nails produce! They're only available in black and white at the moment but would be good to see them in a wider variety of colours.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Barry M Lip Paint - 54 Peach

Orange lips are apparently going to be big news this spring/summer - is it just me or do they say that orange lips are "in" every summer? As I quite like the orange lip look I had a look round for a not-too-expensive orange lipstick in case I never actually bother wearing it.

There weren't THAT many around on the high street that weren't frosted or a dark orange/nearly red, which wasn't what I wanted. I ended up buying Barry M 54 Peach. Needless to say it doesn't suit me, it's a bit too light and chalky, plus I think I need a bit of a tan before I can get away with the orange lip look!

As I said, I think this would look better on darker skin than mine. I think once I get a tan and summer comes around I'm going to try an orange gloss out rather than a lipstick, I had a great one from 17 when I was about 13 that would have been ideal but I'm fairly sure they won't make that now - it's nearly 13 years ago! :-) I think this gloss would be nice though - Paul & Joe Lipgloss in Tangerine:

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers (at last!)

I've wanted this for ages now - to say I was a little excited when I saw Deborah Lippmann polishes in House of Fraser (Manchester Deansgate store in case you were wondering) would be a massive understatement.It's a dark grey with red multi-sized glitter suspended in it. Dark colour, red glitter, multi glitter - amazing!

Application was good, wear time good. Overall very pleased. Weirdly though I don't love this quite as much as I thought I would, I much prefer Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance which is similar but with purple glitter. It's also quite similar to Eyeko Vampira which has the same colours but not the larger glitter (much cheaper though!).

Saying this, Deborah Lippmann polishes are still unique and lovely polishes that are great for a special treat. You can also nab them on the House of Fraser website, I'd order them with some other stuff though as the delivery is a bit OTT for one nail varnish. I wonder if these will be included when HOF have their 25% off days? One can only hope...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

No 7 Exquisite Curl Mascara

I know you've probably seen this on loads of other blogs, but I've been testing this out thoroughly and I'm really impressed! You might remember how short my lashes actually are from this post here, well this is what my lashes look like with this mascara on:

Much longer, black and actually with some curl to them (my lashes aren't really long enough to curl whatever I do) - I think this would be even more amazing on someone with alright lashes to start with. The brush is really easy to use and I like the packaging too, I'd happily buy this again though I do feel it's maybe a tad expensive at £13 as I don't consider No 7 a proper luxury brand like YSL or Chanel, and I managed to pick up YSL Faux Cils recently for about £15.95.

It's available from Boots and is priced at £13 - Boots are giving away those No 7/Ruby and Millie £5 off vouchers at the moment though, and No7 is offering a free eye pallette AND it's in the 3 for 2 on the Boots website so you can't probably work out a way of getting it cheaper.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Topshop Sandstorm Collection - Creme Lipcolour in Daze and Nails Duo in Wilderness

Creme Lipcolour in Daze
The texture of this creme lipcolour was just that - really creamy and satiny, I loved the finish of it, it feels a lot more expensive than it is (£7.50). It was really different to a standard lipgloss, which was what I was expecting, the colour is nice too, a muted baby pink that gave good opaque coverage - it reminds me a little of MAC Speed Dial in terms of colour and finish. It also has that yummy vanilla smell/taste that I'd usually associate with MAC lipsticks. Will definately be wearing this in spring!

Nail Duo in Wilderness

I was also nicely surprised by these polishes - the brushes and formulation were really easy to work with and two coats just about gave opaque coverage (3 is probably a bit safer). The silver was by far my favourite - it looks gorgeous, the glitter is dense and doesn't feel rough or gritty, it actually looks quite a lot like Minx when it's on every finger. I liked the green/blue too but I tend not to wear this type of colour, it doesn't suit me. At £9 for the nail duos, I think they're priced well too as there's 6ml in each bottle.

This is the first time I've tried any of the Topshop make up range and I'll definately be trying more, I like the look of the other nail duo (Zealous) and lip creme (Tawny) in the Sandstorm collection (there's loads of stuff that would look amazing with a tan!) and I might even investigate the main line. :-)


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