Monthly Archives: October 2013

Review: OPI Into the Night

29 October 2013

It was mine and Mr TBL’s anniversary a few weeks ago – 3 years to be exact, but I must say it feels like a decade sometimes, especially when we’re sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea discussing the state of Chicken’s bottom.

Fortunately we managed to steer clear of such unsavoury topics on our anniversary night out. We went to Hakkasan which I can confirm was as delightful as ever. Seeing as we were in the West End and feeling a bit snazzy we strolled down to Aqua Kyoto for a few drinks which started off beautifully but sadly ended up with dreaded eye rolling (me) and the “can we leave now please” (also me) after a clumsy lady knocked my extortionate drink over and didn’t offer to replenish my now empty, smashed glass. We hopped back over to East London, got changed out of our glad rags and headed out for some bad dancing. Or rather, I sat like a cuckold and watched Mr TBL dance badly with some enthusiastic mums.
OPI into the night
Anyway, I painted my nails that afternoon, and uncharacteristically I was feeling a bit matchy-matchy and painted them navy to go with my navy dress I was wearing. It’s by OPI and it’s called Into the Night. I bought this in Hong Kong because of the bargain price (I can’t really remember how much it was but it was definitely bargainous!) and had never actually used it until this night! As you can see it’s absolutely stunning – what took me so long to dig it out?! It’s ever so slightly streaky but it looks so opulent and gorgeous, I’m absolutely willing to forgive that. It lasted a good week or so (with a slick of Seche Vite on top) before I noticed any chipping – definitely one of my new favourites!
OPI into the night
Also, just realised Into the Night was actually part of the limited edition Spiderman set which came out in 2012, and looking at it, I’m pretty sure I picked up Just Spotted the Lizard, also when I was in Hong Kong – will need to take a proper look at my collection to confirm!

You can get OPI Into the Night 15ml here for a juicy £7.95 with free delivery.

Review: Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector Orange/Yellow

27 October 2013

Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector 1
For as long as I can remember, I’ve “suffered” from dark under eye circles, meaning I’m left looking like a distant cousin of the aubergine. They didn’t really bother me too much until I started wearing makeup a little more seriously and I’d notice that when I did my face, I’d be left with grey under eyes that didn’t look particularly appealing. I’d been through so many concealers, as well as those dubious green and purple coloured correctors (I could never find out where my poor dark circles stood in that complementary colours chart). I thought I was destined to be forever lumbered with my chimney-sweep look until I discovered what I was apparently getting all wrong…
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector 1
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector
I’m deducing that this won’t suit every skin tone but I read somewhere that a deep orange corrector is the magic ingredient required before blasting in with any sort of foundation or concealer. As soon as I accepted this piece of information, I was on the hunt for the elusive orange corrector. I was still a bit sceptical about the whole thing so I was looking for a high street brand (although I had discovered that Laura Mercier had one) but it was literally mission impossible. I got bored of traipsing up and down Boots looking for my elusive pot of magic (I could have asked one of the ladies working there but I wasn’t in a right state of mind for chat) so I gave up and went to Space NK where I picked up the Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in the colour Orange/Yellow. They also do a Mauve/Rose version which would probably be best for cooler skin tones.

The perfector itself comes in a tiny pot and as you can probably see, it’s got a very firm texture. I’m trying to think of something that’s similar in texture… Ah, I’d say it’s like a MAC Paint Pot? Quite hard when it’s in the pot then it softens slightly on contact with skin. You’ll probably also be able to see how deeply orange it is which may be a little frightening but I please be reassured by the fact you only need the tiniest bit.

I find the best way to use the Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector is on clean, moisturised skin, using your ring finger (your index finger will be too aggressive). I sort of press it on, gently but firmly, while looking up, making sure I cover up all of the dark circles. When you’ve finished, you’ll be left with a slight orange tone around the eyes depending on how dark your skin is but it is much less orange on your face than it looks in the pot. After I’ve done this, I tend to put on my foundation, or if I decide not to put any on, I’ll put some concealer on in the same colour as the rest of my face.

You can see the difference in the photos – my dark eye circles are virtually undetectable. Please note that the “after” photo was taken with just the Under Eye Perfector BEFORE any concealer or foundation was applied. You can see how much of a difference there is.
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector before after
As for the product itself, I have been using it every day and we have embarked on a passionate love affair. It’s genuinely an enjoyable part of my makeup routine and makes a big difference to how I look and feel. Although I’ll never be able to completely hide my circles, this product practically diminishes all traces of ashiness, giving me the optimum base for concealer application.

Just one more thing to add, if you have much paler skin than I do, this will still work! Mr TBL kindly volunteered to be my pale guinea pig (actually he insisted I “go mad” with my makeup collection for one night only) so I popped a little of the orange perfector then some concealer and it looked great! Really fresh and awake. (I think he liked it a little too much, his first reaction was “Oh, I look more Hollywood”)

Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter costs £18.50 and you can get it here.

Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

26 October 2013

Every so often I hear about a product that seems to get a massive amount of hype. Hype gets me excited. I was after a set of eyelash curlers and after doing some research, it seemed clear that unless you get the Shu Uemura ones, then you needn’t bother. Usually I take such outlandish claims with a pinch of salt but I’d dabbled in a little eyelash curling activity in the past and was always left disappointed and wondering if I was doing it wrong.
shu uemura eyelash curler review
The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is the most expensive I’ve come across – it sells for around £20. Despite living on the dregs of this month’s wages, I had to have them as soon as I calmed down from reading the rave reviews. It comes in a box with a spare pad (the experts say to change the pad after about 6 months and to throw the whole thing away after a year). You can’t buy the spare pads separately so you’re sort of left with no other choice than to turf them out and buy a new set.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of springy action compared to other curlers. The Shu Uemura one is happy enough to kind of hang in the position you leave it in. Not a particularly big deal but I think I prefer the springs.
shu uemura eyelash curler review
Anyway, I found the curler best to use warmed up under a hair dryer first. Then I clamped away. So far I’ve managed to not pinch my eyelids but this is likely to happen soon because I’m clumsy.

As for the results, I think they speak for themselves. They’re very good but I’m not sure if my mind has been blown. Maybe my standards are too high (for once) but I do genuinely like these. I’ve used them every day since I got them. Something has to really impress me to work its way into my morning routine when I’m running late and trying to evenly apply liquid liner and end up with eyelid-print – you know the one?

P.S. Sorry about the shaky photography and messy eyes.
shu uemura eyelash curler review
shu uemura eyelash curler review

Review: Rimmel 3D Plumping Topcoat

25 October 2013

I’ve got a mild case of non-specific Sunday dread so I thought doing a post before bed might cheer me up a little. I recently went into Boots to buy a new topcoat (I ended up with a haul) as all my half-used bottle of Seche Vite have dried up and turned all sad and gloopy. I’m planning on getting myself down to Peckham when I can be bothered as there is a fantastic little-known nail shop that does Seche Vite at bargainous prices.
rimmel 3d topcoat review
Anyway, I spent an unhealthy amount of time in Boots looking at topcoats. I’m sure the security man was following me, I must have one of those shifty faces. In the end I opted for the Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping Topcoat, priced at £4.49. I tried it with the notoriously fast-chipping China Glaze neon polish in Purple Pink – an amazing neon pink that always gets plenty of compliments – to put it to the test.
rimmel 3d topcoat review
rimmel 3d topcoat review
I painted on a layer of the Rimmel topcoat on top of the China Glaze as soon as it dried. Maybe I’m just too used to the Seche Vite but I found this too slow to dry, and it stayed tacky for a good few minutes. Nevertheless, I persevered and added a second coat to get this “3D Plumping” effect they speak of. And to be honest, I didn’t really see it. Once completely dry, it seemed to lose a lot of its gloss too.
rimmel 3d topcoat review
Within a day, my nails were horribly chipped but this was probably down to the China Glaze. I’ve since used the Rimmel 3D Plumping Topcoat with a KIKO nail varnish and it did a much better job. But again, there was a lack of long-lasting gloss.

Pros:

  • Wide brush means each nail only needs one stroke
  • Good consistency
  • Fab packaging

Cons:

  • Not particularly plumping
  • Not fast-drying
  • Doesn’t stay very glossy

Verdict: Fine as a bog-standard topcoat if you’re using a decent nail varnish to begin with. However, if you’re used to Seche Vite, this won’t be a contender. Sadly won’t be repurchasing but will use it as a back-up.

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