Wednesday, 30 March 2011

March Favourites!!

I know I know, I'm a little ahead of myself this month with this post! My laptops going on holiday tomorrow with the boyfriend so I won't have it again until the weekend, so I'm all organized and am getting this up now. If only I could be this organized in the other areas of my life. Like usual I have chosen 5 items that are either new or have got a lot of love in the past month. It was far too tempting to put in three neutral coloured palettes here, in the end I opted for two with the 17 Vintage Love Metallic Nudes missing out on a place in my favourites. If you wanted to see a review for this product, it can be found here.


Drumroll.... This months favourites are the Urban Decay Naked Palette, Sleek Paraguaya Palette, Maybelline Pure Mineral Blush in Quartz Peach, The Body Shop Honey and Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask and Yes to Carrots Moisturizing Hand Cream.


Urban Decay Naked Palette 
Need I really say more, the shadows are amazing in colour and quality and it now comes with a shadow brush instead or adding another black eyeliner to the stash. If I had to pick three favourite shades from the palette, they'd have to be Virgin, Sin and Darkhorse. And the packaging, wow! This is gonna be a favourite for a while. I have used this palette in a smokey eye on a recent FOTD, which can be found here. I'm hoping to get full swatches up in the not too distant future.


Sleek Paraguaya Palette
This is from the Avoir la Peche collection and is limited edition. I had a look in my local Superdrug today and they did have some it, so you might not be too late if you wanted to get your hands on this. This palettes very used as you can see from the photo, it has a lot of matte shades in it, which are otherwise kind of lacking in my collection. For a review and swatches of this palette click here and for  FOTD using the palette click here.


Maybelline Pure Mineral Blush in 40 - Quartz Peach
I've had this for aaaages but with the coral spring trends I've been using this a lot more and rediscovering how much I like it. I like to swirl by brush in the lid before applying to get a more even coverage. The colour is a pinky peach with added shimmer. Shimmers not usually my thing in a blush but I've got an exception going on here.


The Body Shop Honey and Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask
 I find The Body Shop skincare can be a bit hit and miss for me, but this ones a hit! Love the stuff, smells good, feels lovely on the skin and my face feels smooth as a babys bottom after using it. I won't go into much more detail about this here except that its for Dry/Normal skin and costs £8. If you wanted to read my full review, it can be found here.


Yes to Carrots Moisturizing Hand Cream
Yes to Carrots! An awesome brand name. That aside, I've only had this a couple of weeks but it is becoming my favourite hand cream. It has industrial strength, seriously. I work in a kitchen so after a shift my hands are as dry as anything and this sorts them right out. And a bonus it smells really good.



So thats what I've been loving this month, what have you been loving, anything listed here? H :)

Accessorize Volumising Mascara Review

The last mascara I reviewed (Miss Sporty Pump Up Lash Mscara) wasn't that great, luckily this one fairs a lot better. Accessorize is a fairly new in the world of make-up but so far in my experience seems to have lots of things going for it. Especially their merged blushers/eyeshadows. I think their awesome. Accessorize is available from Superdrug with this mascara costing £5. If you get down there at the moment theres an offer on that gets you a free eyeliner with any Accessorize mascara. Although to be honest the eyeliner I got I really didn't rate (the one with the smudger on it).


The packagings pretty cute, covered in animal print and with pink roses. Think girly with a wild side. The shade I got is 'Jet Black' - it's not jet black, yes it's black but not one of those deep deep blacks.

For me this mascara definitely works best as a natural look mascara, and for that, it really works well. 


The brush itself is the bristle kind and as you probably can't see it's not one of the fibrey style formulas. The main thing this brush has going for it is that it doesn't pull out loads of excess mascara with it, but gives just the right amount, so no gloops on the end of the brush. It also works really well at separating the lashes.

No Mascara






Accessorize Volumising Mascara
It's not wow as a mascara, not much added length, a bit of added volume and blackening of the lashes. But what this mascara has going for it is its a really good natural looking mascara, for the subtle make-up days. And actually I do really like it.

The Good - Good for natural make-up, cheap, wears well through the day, not a nightmare to remove, separates lashes nicely

The Not so Good - Not for a dramatic look, not particularly volumizing.

Would I buy it again? For the £5 price tag and its wear-ability in natural looks, yes I probably would.

Overall don't buy this and expect your lashes to look like falsies or anything but if your down with it being a more natural look mascara then go for it! Thanks for reading my post, H :)

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

I love... Strawberries and Milkshake Glossy Lip Balm Review

Mmmm strawberry milkshake, definitely a summers drink, shame about the dull weather today. But I have this lip balm to show you instead. I got this lip balm from Superdrug and it cost £1.01, yup a penny, odd price.

I love... as a line/brand does body butters, shower gels etc at bargain prices, with other scents including blueberry, raspberry & blackberry and vanilla & ice-cream.


Packaging is pretty basic and in a plastic pot, but I guess it does the job. I love... have a website which lists other products and scents which I didn't see in my local superdrug, so if your interested their website is here. It also states that the products are available from Morrisons.


I don't find that this lip balm really has any effect on the softness of my lips, but saying that it doesn't dry them out either. 



The formulas feels smooth on the lips. And does give a subtle shine, alright for us girls, but maybe not the lipbalm to lend your boyfriend... apart from the fact it's pink. The pink colour doesn't show through on the lips at all, you just see your natural lip colour. There is one thing however that I'm not a fan of with this product... it has a taste to it and it's not the strawberry sweets one though, it's not something I like.



The Good - Cheap, smells nice, looks good on the lips, 15g product.

The Not so Good - Strange taste in your mouth whilst wearing, awkward pot to get your finger in.

Will I buy it again? To be honest, probably not, yes it's cheap and smells nice but I don't find it does much for my lips and leaves a funny taste in my mouth. I might try out one of their shower gels oneday though as a moisturizing shower gel isn't so important to me as the smell. 

Thanks for reading my post, I hope that you found it helpful/interesting but if you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask, Thanks again, H :)

Monday, 28 March 2011

MakeUp Academy Eye Shadow Swatches

By no means have I got the whole collection of these, but I do have six and thought that would be enough to put up a swatch post dedicated to them. MakeUp Academy is a budget drugstore brand available from Superdrug with all their products priced at £1. I actually got these in an after christmas sale and payed £1.98 for the lot. And actually their not bad, if your a regular follower of my blog you might remember that one of them appeared in my February favourites.

By no means are they as good as Urban Decay, Sleek etc but for the price they a definitely worth a go, as some of the colours are beautiful.


They don't stack they have rounded tops!

Clockwise from Top: 5, 6, 7
L-R: 7, 5, 6
7
dark pearly forest green, probably the best pigmentation of the bunch.

5
A pale yellow green, also with a pearl finish - infact all the shades have a pearl finish, their the pearl ones....

6
This ones an aqua green, again colour payoffs reasonable.

Clockwise from Top: 9, 13, 4
L-R: 13, 9, 4

13
This shades pretty unique in my collection, it's a black with a bright purple duotone, which is kind of visible in the swatch above

9
A pale violet purple with a slight blue duochrome, I have a few shades very similar to this so might do a comparison thread at some point.

4
A pale pink with purple undertones, I really like this one as a highlight on my eyes as well as my cheeks as it's pretty sheer (the swatch is built up)

So apart from shade 13 their not particularly unique shades but if your starting out in the world of make-up I would definitely say these are a good option due to the value and colour range available. I do use them but if I'm going to be honest if I have similar colours I tend to go with the alternate brand.

I hope you found my swatches helpful and have a look around my blog, thanks for reading, I'll speak to you again soon H :)

Sunday, 27 March 2011

My current haircare!

As some of you may know I have dreadlocks, so this may be a little different to the standard haircare posts. And contrary to what seems like popular belief you can wash them. This post is just about the shampoos I use and why. I might do another post in the future of the other products I use on my dreadlocks and how i care for them, depends how well this post down I think.


I use these two products as their both natural and have similar smells so I don't have any strange smell concoctions going on in my hair. I use the Lush Grass shower gel on my fringe which is 'normal' hair, yeah I know it's a shower gel but it actually keeps my fringe pretty soft and matches the scent of my dread shampoo so is perfect for me. The bar of what looks like soap on the right is a Knotty Boy All Purpose Soap Bar in the fresh cut grass scent, which is the shampoo I use for my dreads.


Knotty Boy All Purpose Soap Bar
This bar cost me around £8 6 months ago, but the website I got it from appears not to exist anymore. They are still available from Amazon for £8.99. It contains hempseed oil which is good for the scalp and the bar is 100% natural ingredients wise. My boyfriend uses a liquid dread shampoo, can't remember what it's called off-hand but I prefer this stuff because it smells nicer. I also finds that it feels nicer in my dreads than the liquis stuff, it works really well at holding them together and making them feel nice and tight.

Lush Grass Shower Gel (250g)
A bottle this size cost me £8.95 so similar in price to my dread shampoo. It has also lasted ages, literally since last summer and still going strong. It probably helps that I only use a tiny amount every couple of days. It smells just like its called, Grass. Lovely and fresh, I love the smell of the stuff in my hair. It's also one for the boys as well, a very unisex scent.



I hope you liked this post as a bit of a change from the reviews and looks, I'm trying to mix it up a bit at the moment and maybe add a bit more character to my blog. Thanks for reading, I hope you found this post interesting, should I do more posts like this in future? Thanks, H :)

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Sleek Paraguaya Palette Review and Swatches

This limited edition palette is part of the Avoir la Peche Collection which is currently available at Superdrug and online at Sleeks website. It costs £6.49 and comes with 12 x 1.1g of shadow. Boring stuff over with I can get into the more exciting things. The palettes made up peaches, oranges, some with pink tones and some darker and lighter shades to be used as highlight/crease colours. So a good all rounder. Looking at the promo pictures I wasn't sure about it to be honest especially seeing as I'm cool toned and those kind of colours don't always suit me. But after seeing it in real life and having a play with it at home I actually really like it. 



Like the more recent palettes this comes in a cute cardboard box, this one with a hot pink inside and pretty flowers on the outside. The palette contains 4 shimmers and 8 mattes, scroll on down for individual colour descriptions, swatches and close-ups.

TL: Parfait, TR: Blush, BL: Bellini, BR: Redstone.
L-R: Parfait, Blush, Bellini, Redstone
Parfait - This is a nude shimmer similar to Urban Decays but paler and slightly pinker. This shade makes a good highlight.

Blush - This is a matte peachy pink, pretty pale with good pigmentation. I like this as a blush, but I have to use my fingers to apply as theres no chance of getting a blush brush in these pans.

Bellini - This is another shimmery shade that makes a good highlighter, barely visible on the swatch, this is a yellowy cream colour, almost pale gold.

Redstone - Another matte, this has got more brown in it than the other peaches. I really like this as lid colour and think it suites my cool toned skin well.

TL: Cameo, TR: Persian Orange, BL: Persimmon, BR: Tangelo
L-R: Cameo, Persian Orange, Persimmon, Tangelo.
Cameo - Another matte pinky peach, but darker than Blush, this also makes a really good blush colour.

Persian Orange - This is a shimmery orange shade with no distinct duotones. I think that this shade would more suite those with a tan than people with pale skin like me.

Persimmon - This is more orange than cameo, hitting the spot between a coral and an orange. Again a matte shade and also a shade that would make a good blush on the braver among us.

Tangelo - This is a true matte orange. The brightest matte in the palette. Its not as bright as the orange in the acid palette and leans slightly browner.

TL: Peach Gold, TR: Sandstone, BL: Bittersweet, BR: Stone
L-R: Peach Gold, Sandstone, Bittersweet, Stone
Peach Gold - For me this is the wow colour of the palette, intensely pigmented and also shimmery. It has a slight gold duotone to it, with the base colour being similar to Tangelo.

Sandstone - As you can see this is very similar to my skin tone, so for me its ace at blending out my eyeshadow. Its a matte pale off white colour, but lacks pigmentation.

Bittersweet - A matte grey with no blue undertones, for me not quite dark enough to be used in the crease with the other colours in this palette.

Stone - It's not a black! Instead sleek have mixed it all up and given us a matte dark grey/brown. It makes a welcomed change, I have about 7 matte blacks! However it is a little chalky as you can see from the swatch.


The Good - Usability, value, pigmentation, named!, big lid in mirror, highlight/crease colours, mattes with one exception are well pigmented, some good blush colours.

The Not so Good - Limited edition, Sandstone not very pigmented, Stone a little chalky.

Would I buy it again? I'm not going to buy a back-up palette, mainly because I have enough eyeshadows to use without hoarding backups. But I am still an avid sleek fan and will continue to buy their palettes.

I think Sleek are bang on with this palette the quality has improved as well as the outside packaging (yes I did keep it!) and to put it straight I can't wait to see what they come out with next. As always thanks very much for reading my blog, if you missed my review of the rest of this collection it can be found here. I really appreciate you looking around and hope you come back again, H :)

Who thinks Sleek should do a Blush palette?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Grab a Bargain! The Body Shop - Anniversary Collections for £19.76

The Body Shop is celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year, so to celebrate they are selling 4 different sets of some of their most popular products for £19.76 (The first shop opened in 1976). I think this is a lovely idea and I'm pleased they have lasted this long. Some of my favourite products have been the body butters especially the brazil nut one and the lip butters as well as their foundation and face powder which I use everytime I wear foundation. This is an online offer only and lasts till 4pm THIS Friday or until stocks last. It might also be worth noting here that you get free delivery on orders over £20, which is an extra 24p, so buying something very cheap may work out cheaper than paying delivery costs.

Anniversary Coconut Collection with Hemp Hand Protector
Worth £51.00
Coconut Soap
Bath Gloves
Coconut Bath Shower Gel/Cream 250ml
Coconut Foaming Bath 400ml
Hemp Hand Protector 100ml
Coconut Body Butter 200ml
Coconut Shimmer Body Butter 200ml

Anniversary Shea Collection with Hemp Hand Protector
Worth £51.00
Bath Gloves
Shea Lip Butter 10ml
Shea Whip Body Lotion 250ml
Hemp Hand Protector 100ml
Shea Body Butter 200ml
Shea Body Scrub 200ml

Anniversary Vitamin E Collection 
Worth £49.00
Facial Buffer Sponge
Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash 100ml
Vitamin E Moisture Cream 50ml
Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream 50ml
Vitamin E Moisture Serum 30ml
Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream 50ml

Anniversary Satsuma Collection with Hemp Hand Protector and Foot Protector
Worth £48.50
Born Lippy Satsuma Lip Balm
Satsuma Soap
Bath Gloves
Satsuma Shower Gel/cream 250ml
Satsuma Body Polish 200ml
Hemp Hand Protector 100ml
Hemp Foot Protector 100ml

The Shea and Vitamin E Collections are appealing to me the most, in reality I probably won't but either as I have so many body products to use as it is without buying more!

Disclaimer - All information is from thebodyshop.co.uk, where the collections can be brought.

Sleek Sugar May Pout Polish Review and Swatches

This limited edition Pout Polish from Sleek belongs to the Avoir la Peche collection that was released last week. If you have any experience with the limited edition Sleek palettes you'll know how difficult these are to get hold of in Superdrug. Luckily theres the option to order online from Sleeks website, this pout polish cost me £4.29 and has 10g of product which is pretty reasonable


It comes in the same style plastic packaging as the other pout polishes, but this one has some cute flowers and the collection name on it as well. In real life the product looks much more orange than on Sleeks website, so if you buy it online remember it's not that pink.


A very corally colour, right on trend for this spring. I'm loving their new collection idea of products that go together, makes planning my make-up very easy! This does have a scent to it, which I am well informed to be jojoba (I am awful at describing scents), but it's the same as the Scandalous Pout Polish.


The consistency is really smooth and easy to apply, but more sheer than the Scandalous colour, so acting more like a tinted lip balm. In the pot it's pretty solid, but melts really well when you swirl your finger in there. If you were away in a hot place or left this by the radiator it might melt, but I haven't given it a go to see 'cause I like the product to much to do that to it!

Bare Lips

With Sugar May Pout Polish

This photo shows a pretty heavy application to the lips, you can see how sheer the colour is. But it does leave a nice sheen to the lips and gives a good moisturization. One flaw with it though is that it only lasts about an hour on the lips - and thats without eating/drinking.

The Good - Smell, moisturization, pretty/practical packaging, lots of product (10g)

The Not so Good - Limited edition, doesn't last long on the lips, quite sheer - but this may be your thing.

Would I buy it again? I won't be getting a back-up of this shade as I don't see it as anything special, but Pout Polishes generally I probably will when one catches my eye. This one is my second already.

Sorry this was my first post in a while, I've been working a lot, and am have not worn eye make-up for a few days due to some issues, but tomorrow I'm hoping to be able to wear some and get back to trying some of the goodies I purchased last week. I'm feeling some bright spring FOTD's coming up! Thanks for reading my post, I hoped you enjoyed reading it and the rest of my blog. H :)

Sunday, 20 March 2011

FOTD: Sleek Avoir la Peche


I know I've done a lot of posts on this collection recently, I'm just really embracing it and loving the collection. If it's not quite your thing I have looks, swatches and reviews from different brands coming this week, so hold on in there! My swatches for the collection can be found here.








PRODUCTS USED
Face 
The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation in shade 01
The Body Shop Pressed Face Powder in shade 01
Bourjois Correcting Concealer in Dark Radiance
Accessorize Merged Blusher in 01 - Bomshell
Sleek Paraguaya Palette - Persimmon (apples of cheeks)

Eyes
ELF Eyelid Primer
Sleek Paraguaya Palette Redstone (lid)
Sleek Paraguaya Palette Peach Gold (crease)
Sleek Paraguaya Palette Stone (outer corner)
Sleek Paraguaya Palette Bellini (highlight)
Sleek Inkpot in Dominatrix
Accessorize Volumising Mascara in Jet Black

Lips
Sleek Pout Polish in Sugar May

If like me you couldn't get your hands on the Pan Tao blush then some of the oranges in the Paraguaya plaette make a good blush such as Persimmon and Tangelo if you like mattes or Persimmon Orange and Peach Gold if your more of a shimmer girl. 

Thanks for reading my blog post, I know it was short, sorry guys. Soon I should be back to my blog happy self as term ends soon and I'll have much more time to create looks and write reviews, which I look forward too. I can feel some dramatic looks coming on in the next few weeks. Anyway, thanks again, H :)

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Accessorize Merged Shadow Swatch/Review - Molten Copper + Gun Metal

I've had these eyeshadows for a while now, I've taken my time on getting the review. I currently only have two of the merged eyeshadows - Molten Copper and Gun Metal, I also have one of their normal eye shadows which I have reviewed here. In my experience I have found the mereged eye shadows to be more pigmented and you also get more product with them (3g compared to 2.5g) but both a very good amount.

L-R: Molten Copper - Gun Metal
Both of these come in clear clip shut pots. Which have rounded tops so you can't stack them... booo! I prefer the packaging of the regular Accessorize shadows but these are a better product so are forgiven. These are available at Superdrug and Accessorize for £4.50 for a massive 3g.

Molten Copper
Gun Metal

Both shadows are slightly shimmery and well pigmented. Not quite Sleek but still impressive for the price. I haven't found that they fade throughout the day but they do tend to crease a bit earlier in the day than some more expensive brands. But they do last well into the afternoon after if applied in the morning. Just make sure you use a primer.

Molten Copper - This is a warm based copper with gold glitter in it (not loads though). It also has gold veins running through it which are a pretty true gold.

Gun Metal - What can I say? It's Gunmetal coloured?! It has no glitter in it, and can have a small amount of fallout, I find it fairly similar colour wise to No7's Comet eyeshadow without the glitter. But this has pale silver veins running through it as well.

L-R: GM + Primer, GM skin, MC + Primer, MC Skin
The main ingredient in these is Mica so your definitely getting good value for your hard earned cash here. The regular eyeshadows list talc as the main ingredient and mica as the second, which helps to illustrate the difference between the two types of shadow that Accessorize do. As you can see from the swatches the shadows are much more intense when used over a primer, and as they can have a tendency to crease as well I suggest that these eyeshadows are used with a good primer.

The Good - Value, cheap, pigmentation, pretty colours.

The Not so Good - Packaging, can crease if you have oily lids (use a good primer), not a very varied range.

Would I buy again? Yup :) I've really got into their range actually and picked up a few new bits the other day which I'm trying out at the moment ready to review. I also have my eye on their palest bronzer it looks like it would make a good cheek highlight as it's really pale.

This will probably be my last post for today as it's pizza time! I hope you all have something equally as yummy for dinner and have a good evening. Thanks for reading :)

FOTD - Black and Pink

Well not actually black but definitely a deep smokey look going on. I pulled out my Urban Decay Naked palette and created this smokey look with a pink twist to brighten up my day. I quite like a bold lip to go with smokey eyes, not to put the lips to shame. I've included a couple of things I'm currently trying out to review in the coming weeks but if theres anything here that you want reviewed just leave a comment and I'll get around to doing one for you :)





Lots of pictures!

PRODUCTS USED
Face
The Body Shop Oil Free Balancing Foundation in shade 01
The Body Shop Pressed Face Powder in shade 01
17 Photo Flawless Skin Primer
Bourjois Correcting Concealer in Dark Radiance
ELF Natural Radiance Blusher in Glow

Eyes
ELF Eyelid Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Gunmetal (lid)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Creep (crease)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Virgin (highlight)
17 Eyeliner in Onyx (blended with the smudger or the Accessorize eyeliner)
Accessorize Volumising Mascara in Jet Black

Lips
I love... strawberries and milkshake glossy lip balm
Barry M Lip Pencil in Fuchsia (all over lip)

I quite like the combinations in this look, it would probably suit a casual night out as well as a day at uni. Also this shade of pink tends to be more suited to cool skin tones, but if you have a warm skintone try an orange based red with this look.

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