Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tinted Lip Balms

30 January 2014

Well, looks like Spring is having a longer snooze and we’re set to be battered by depressing freezing weather. My dry, dry lips have been weeping from the effects of less-than-desirable temperatures and I’ve been giving them some much needed attention. Colourless lip balms are all well and good but I like the excitement of a tint, so here’s my round-up of various pink and red toned lip balms I’ve been hoarding over the past few months.tinted lip balmstinted lip balmsCarmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Sheer Tint
I did a full review on this here, and I am still bumming it. Good colour pay-off, easy application and tantalising tingling – I love this stuff. It has quite a slippery texture which may not be for everyone. It’s not the longest lasting and it gets used up quite quickly but at less than a fiver, I’m not complaining.carmex moisture plus pink
Maybelline Baby Lips Cherry Me
It took me a while but I finally jumped onto the Baby Lips bandwagon. Pleasant enough, and the smell is to die for. Disappointing colour pay-off but does add a little. Can’t help but think these Baby Lips are just glorified Chapsticks. If you’re after an everyday lip balm this does the job, especially if you don’t like the slippery feeling.baby lips cherry me
Blistex Lip Brilliance Blushing
I’ve had this unassuming little guy for ages and always forget to use it. However, it has re-entered my life recently as it ticks all the boxes. Good colour, very moisturising and some delightful subtle sparkle to make things a bit more exciting.
Blistex lip brilliance
Lanolips Lip Ointment Rose
Coming in at over £8, this might seem a bit extravagant for the humble lip balm but if you’re after luxury, this is the one. The tube is a bit of a faff as the lip ointment comes out thick but get your warm fingers involved, and it melts into a silky concoction. I like the colour but it might suit a fairer complexion better. It’s not sticky but it does have that slippery texture, which gives it a nice glossy finish.lanolips rose
Vaseline Lip Balm Paint the Town Red Lip Tint
I adore the smell of this and the colour in the tin is mesmerising. Unfortunately, as the photographic evidence shows, not so mesmerising on the lips. Everyone and his dog has at least one version of a Vaseline pot and in terms of added colour benefits, I can’t see a difference. But it looks so intense in the tin?! Not a lip tint at all but a good no-nonsense lip balm that won’t cause too much upset if you end up losing it despite its limited edition status.vaseline red lip tint

Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss Snow Pink

29 January 2014

Is anyone else really struggling with life at the mo? The festive period was a month ago and I still feel like I’m recovering from the relentless food, drink and forced socialising.

I spent 90% of December sporting a smokey eye so I wanted something neutral yet festive for my lips. I was looking for some inspiration from the gods and saw a photo of Kim Kardashian from a few years ago (before she messed up her face and appeared to feed her arse with Miracle-Gro). She looked flawless but I was bowled over by her lipgloss, a kind of pale pink with gold shimmer…and that’s when I knew.Revlon Snow Pink Lipgloss
I didn’t want to spend money on the MAC or Chantecaille versions so I hurled myself down to Boots and made a bee-line towards the Revlon stand as their lip product releases are never ending. For once, I found what I was looking for in mere seconds. So I took it to the till, paid my £6.99 and left. I WISH. I spent an hour in there and left with a light wallet and a heavy heart.

Anyway the chosen lipgloss was Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink (a pale nude/pink with gold shimmer), and I can confirm, as far as lipglosses go, it is quite delightful. Nice, inoffensive packaging and a sufficient amount of sparkle. It comes with a doe-foot applicator, making it pretty fool-proof to apply. The neutral colour also means you can do this on a wobbly bus with no mirror and not end up looking like a clown (tried and tested).

In terms of staying power, whoever said it lasts a good few hours is a downright liar. When does lipgloss ever last that long? I got maybe 30 minutes’ wear. I didn’t mind reapplying this though as it requires minimal concentration and effort. I didn’t find it to be too sticky either (that accolade goes to Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker) but do be prepared for a hair-stuck-to-lips moment if you experience windy conditions.
Revlon Snow Pink LipglossRevlon Snow Pink Lipgloss
I’m going to be honest and say that although I do like Snow Pink, I think it would look better on fairer complexions. Darker skin means darker lips and certain products just don’t pack as much punch. I’ll be layering this on top of a pink lipstick next time as that could be the answer to all my lipgloss dreams.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink is available at Boots and Superdrug and costs £6.99.

Tag: The Blogger Made Me Buy It

24 January 2014

tag the blogger made me buy it
I don’t normally do these tag blog posts (probably because I didn’t understand them) but I thought the original post on Famous in Japan looked fun. Also because pretty much my entire makeup collection is influenced by other people. So without further ado…

2) Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
As a real life model, I really trust Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends as she gives honest reviews and she is absolutely hilarious. Even if she didn’t talk about makeup I’d read her blog for the sheer entertainment value. Same goes for skincare extrodinare Caroline Hirons, I’d trust everything she says even if she told me to rub sulphuric acid into my eyes. As a “woman of colour” I tend to gravitate towards other WOC bloggers for recommendations on trickier products like foundation. I love Mouldy Fruit, Beauty Crush and Huda Beauty. And for the best swatches, it has to be Temptalia, she tries everything on rather than just swatching it on her hand (which I wish more bloggers would do!).

2) Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
One reviewer can heavily influence me but I’ll always read other reviews before committing.

3) What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and MAC Cranberry eyeshadow.

4) What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
I bought a Lip Butter from Revlon and didn’t love it, but there’s nothing I’ve loathed to the core.

5) Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.
Maybelline Baby Lips, Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paints, Maybelline Colour Tattoos, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser.

6) Have you ever given into blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
Yes, the story of my life! Liz Earle and Baby Lips

7) Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
I haven’t succumbed to Naked 3 yet but my steely hold will soon crumble.

8) Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
I’ll definitely read blogger reviews if I’m in the market for a high end product but my guiltiest pleasure is going into Boots and blindly trying different things out and accidentally-on-purpose dropping them into my basket.

Review: Una Brennan Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask

21 January 2014

una brennan super facialist clay mask reviewI’m currently sitting on the sofa watching EastEnders and getting increasingly frustrated with every single character. How come Cindy managed to get away with stealing Phil’s thousands? She needs to be taught a lesson! Before I give myself an aneurysm, let me get started with today’s post.

I stumbled across the Una Brennan range in Boots a few months ago and I spent quite a while perusing the stand, having great difficulty trying to choose just one product – everything is so nicely packaged so you end up wanting everything. I went with the Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask seeing as I’m on this mad quest to achieve flawless skin. I was drawn to exciting words like kaolin, honey, salicylic acid and avocado oil. At the time of purchase I was actually on the look out for a kaolin-based face mask to help unblock my pores so was pleased to see this. Also, the squeezy tube was a bonus, we don’t want those grubby fingers digging into big old pots do we?
una brennan super facialist clay mask reviewuna brennan super facialist clay mask review
I’m generally a pretty lazy person and don’t bother with face masks as often as I should, especially clay ones. I always find them a massive pain in the bottom to remove and the mere thought of this messy business puts me off. However, I was delighted to find that the Una Brennan clay mask’s consistency was a lot thinner, a bit like a thick moisturiser, with the tiniest little particles mixed through (I’m assuming this is the silt). It’s super easy to apply, and takes mere seconds. The instructions say to leave it on for five minutes but I did 15. I always leave everything on for way longer than suggested, you know, to give it something to aim for. When I’ve had enough, I take hot, damp flannel and wipe it all off (very easily), giving my face a quick rinse to finish off.

The results are pretty good. I’m not great at objectively assessing any change but I genuinely notice my skin being brighter (and temporarily lighter) each time I use it. Even Mr TBL commented on how smooth my face looked (even without being prompted) last time I used this. And I have to admit, I can’t stop touching my face after I’ve had this mask on. It is a little drying but that’s to be expected what with the salicylic acid. If you’ve got oily skin, you’ll love this and its mattifying effect. If you have quite dry skin like me, you’ll want to follow up with a rich moisturiser or just stick to the T-zone.

Overall, a very nice and easy to use face mask that gets rid of any excess oil and helps to unclog pores. I’ve definitely used more effective treatments but for the price, this is a fantastic buy and looks and feels like it should be more expensive. A lovely one for your bathroom shelf,

Una Brennan Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask is £8.99 from Boots.

Evening Cleanse Routine

20 January 2014

I’m ashamed to admit it but up until I had my relatively recent skincare epiphany I was definitely a face wipe type of girl (actually I used baby wipes). I’m going to put this down to sheer laziness. Half the time I wouldn’t even bother, I’d give my face a quick wipe in the morning after my shower. Looking back, I can’t quite believe I used to sink that low. But, that’s all in the past and you’ll be pleased to know I’m now a skincare fanatic.

In this post, I’m sharing my current evening cleansing regime which I’ve pretty much stuck to for around four months. And in that time, I’ve definitely had compliments left, right and centre. I’m putting that down to my fastidious approach to cleaning my face properly and investing in a damn flannel. The products I’ll be mentioning are a few of my favourites but I do change these up now and again.
evening cleanse routine
Whether I’ve worn makeup or not, I follow the exact same routine every night. First, I’ll take my eye makeup off with a bi-phase remover, on a cotton pad, such as the L’Oreal Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. Next, on a fresh cotton pad, I’ll use some kind of micellar water usually Bioderma Solution Micellaire to quickly remove the first layer of makeup off my skin. Then, on dry skin, I’ll massage in my face cleanser. I’ve been using Sanctuary Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash which I absolutely adore, plus it’s safe to use on eyes. Next I’ll grab a flannel, soak it in hot water and place it onto my face until it cools, before polish my face with it, really massaging in the face wash. Rinse and pat dry. To be honest, I’m yet to see the benefits of toner but I was given the Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile for my birthday and have been using it, hoping that one day I’ll see the light. Once dry, I’ll go in with a rich night cream that contains some kind of acid rejuvenating acid. I’ve got pretty dry skin and like my night cream super thick, like Fade Out White Nourishing Night Cream which contains Niacinamide to help even out skin tone. And that’s it!

I have to admit, there are days when all I want to do is take my clothes off and pass out in bed. But, 7am is bad enough without the added feeling of regret. So if you’re still depending on face wipes I highly suggest you chuck them out right now!

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