Monthly Archives: March 2014

Review & EOTD: L’Oreal Colour Riche Quad Eau de Rose

19 March 2014

loreal eau de roseAhoy there! Today is going to be a quick review as I’m moving flat in a few days and have done no packing whatsoever and the panic is starting to worm its way into my general wellbeing.

From what I remember, L’Oreal Color Riche eyeshadow quad in Eau de Rose is my first foray into L’Oreal eyeshadows. I find that hard to believe, but alas it’s true. This little guy caught my eye as I was looking for a purpley-nudey palette and thought this would do the job. Plus, it’s got one of those handy paint-by-numbers diagrams on the back (which I foolishly forgot to include a photo of) so it’s perfect for those of you who are a bit cack-handed when it comes to smokey eyes.loreal eau de roseThe texture of these shadows is quite soft although I found that as per normal with drugstore brands, the lighter the colour, the more chalky the formula. The lightest colour in this palette isn’t as chalky as certain high-street offenders but it certainly wasn’t as buttery-smooth as the darkest colour. And apart from the dark, rich purple, I found the glitter particles in all the eyeshadows slightly too chunky which resulted in a more glittery, rather than shimmery finish. Nonetheless, the palette was easy enough to work with and although I don’t love it, I have been using the darkest colour a hell of a lot. It works really well on the outer corners as well as along the lower lashline and makes a nice alternative to black, if you’re feeling a bit experimental.loreal eau de roseI will say that on the eyelids, these shadows weren’t as pigmented as I was expecting (but still more so than most drugstore brands) BUT I have seen other reviews where the colour is simply intense. Bear in mind that in my photos, I used no primers or bases so maybe that was my own fault? I apologise for my laziness.

All in all, nothing life-changing but it’s handy to have in your handbag as a day-to-night palette. You won’t get a full day’s wear out of these but they should last an evening out. Be warned of the glitter fall out from the lighter shades too, things might get a little messy.

L’Oreal Color Riche Quad in Eau de Rose is available at Boots for £7.99

Review: Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful CC Superfluid

10 March 2014

soap and glory cc cream review before afterHave you ever walked into Boots, saw something in shiny packaging and had the overwhelming feeling that if you don’t buy it you’re going to keel over and die? That’s what happened to me last week when I saw the new Soap & Glory CC Superfluid. I was mesmerised by words like “LIGHTSCRAMBLING SUPERBLUR MICROMESH” and I had no idea what they meant but I knew I had to have it. I was also heavily influenced by the rave reviews the Make Yourself Youthful range has garnered recently so into the basket it went.soap and glory cc cream reviewsoap and glory cc cream reviewIf you’re wondering what the CC Superfluid actually is, you’ve come to the right place my fair friends.  It’s a tinted CC cream that blurs imperfections, illuminates and evens skin tone, and has the added benefits of SPF 15, vitamin C, antioxidants and glycerin – crikey. It comes in a handy pump with an even handier window so you can see when you’re due a replacement if your heart so desires.

The first time I used this I was taken by surprise and almost ended up with product all over the place but my ninja reflexes caught it in time. This stuff is seriously a runny bunny, perhaps similar in consistency to L’Oreal Eau de Teint if you’re au fait with that slippery customer. However, this questionable consistency simply makes it easier to slap on and I didn’t find any need to faff around with a brush, my fingers did a damn fine job.soap and glory cc cream reviewNow, I don’t want to get ahead of myself as it’s early days but I freakin’ love this wonder-fluid, or superfluid, whatever its damn name is. You’ll see from the before and after photos that it’s nothing like a foundation as it virtually undetectable BUT take a look at the reduced dark circles and the natural glow on the cheeks. You’ll also see it’s enough to cover the various lumpies on my forehead too. Trust me, the photos don’t do this stuff justice.soap and glory cc cream reviewSoap & Glory CC Superfluid isn’t one for those who like a heavy coverage but if you want something light and easy for daytime which evens things out and brighten up your ruddy complexion this is the one. As for wear time, I’m the worst person to ask as I don’t tend to touch up during the day (except for lip products). Probably a combination of ignorance and laziness but I don’t notice my bags rearing their ugly heads throughout the day when I have this on.

Before you get too excited, heed this warning – it only comes in two shades, A Good Light and Nude Peach. HOWEVER. Every cloud… When it comes to drugstore products, you can bet your granny the darkest shade will still be too light for me and I’m by no means the darkest on the block BUT the shade Nude Peach works for me perfectly. This leads me to believe that unless you’re very fair or a bit darker than I am (MAC NC42 for reference) one of these shades will adapt to your skin tone.

Soap & Glory CC Superfluid is available at Boots for £14

Review: Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm

7 March 2014

champneys spa skin super rich cleansing balm.jpgHaving mentioned the Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm in my February favourites, I thought I’d make myself useful and write up a full review. Before buying this wondrous pot of joy, I was a cleansing balm virgin, and after being subjected to constant hype for Emma Hardie and Eve Lom, I began to feel like a lesser human being for not owning a cleansing balm. Although I’m usually a massive money-waster, I didn’t particularly want to spend £40+ on something as useful as a cleanser. After some basic Googling of things like ‘budget cleansing balm’, ‘eve lom dupe’ and ‘I really want a cleansing balm but I’ve spent the dregs of my wages on air-dried beef’, I came across Caroline Hirons’ review of the Champneys version and stormed to Boots to get my filthy mitts on it.champneys spa skin super rich cleansing balm.It comes in a generously large 100ml pot, which for £13 is unheard of in this day in age. It also comes with a muslin cloth, which I haven’t used. In fact, I have never used a muslin cloth which I know makes me dead to some people. Upon opening the pot of cleansing goodness, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was greeted with a delightful yellow solid balm with a slightly grainy texture. Looking at it, it reminded me of Philosophy Microdelivery Peel which I ADORE, but maybe a little less grainy. As for the scent, if you’re into heavy florals, you’ll be all over this like a rat. It’s not over-powering as such, but it’s definitely one for aromatherapy fans and much more of a relaxing evening scent than an invigorating morning one.champneys spa skin super rich cleansing balm
The balm almost immediately starts to melt into a very luxurious oil upon contact with warm flesh. But before you get too excited, I’d highly recommend taking off eye makeup first because those little grains cannot be good for your poor eyeballs. Once that’s done, I like to use my fingers to ‘swirl and scoop’ a bit out (not sure if that’s the official term) onto my dry face and use circular movements to gently exfoliate and cleanse. After a minute or two, I take a hot, damp flannel and hold it against my face for 30 seconds. I go pretty hot with this as I like to feel the full force of the heat – my skin is as resilient as a rhino’s bum so until something catastrophic happens I’ll probably continue with my brazen heat-loving ways. When I’m done, I rinse the flannel with warm water and carefully wipe off the cleanser which reveals perfectly clean and moisturised skin. I finish with a quick splash of warm water as sometimes I find the finish a bit too.moisturising

I’m truly sorry I don’t have any other cleansing balms to compare this to but I did read somewhere that this Champneys cleansing balm is a dupe for the Eve Lom one. I have no idea whether this is true or if it’s mindless slander but what I can say is this is stuff is fabulous, especially if you have dry skin (it could potentially be too rich and dreamy for oily skin). I don’t usually feel the need to moisturise after which is amazing – it really does leave my skin moist, bright and nourished. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the scent but it’s my no means unpleasant – I’m just not big on florals. Definitely a repurchase!

Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm is available from Boots for £13.

February 2014 Favourites

4 March 2014

Happy March pals, we’re on the home straight to summer! It’s been relentlessly wet, cold and windy in the UK for what seems like a decade, meaning I have been forced to hibernate under the duvet for the majority of 2014. Sadly, I just haven’t been bothered with wearing that much makeup. However, my lazy attitude has paved the way for skincare, meaning my skin has been looking fabulous, if I do say so myself. So, on with the February favourites.february beauty favourites

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser (£16.99, Boots)

This has been pretty much the only day cream I’ve used since I bought it a couple of months ago. Just like the rest of the Una Brennan Vitamin C+ range, the best thing about it is the divine smell. If you’re a fan of the Origins GinZing moisturiser, or indeed, the Body Shop Satsuma range, you will love this. It’s so refreshing, it quickly absorbs and brightens my complexion – perfect for the morning.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona (£31, Space.NK)

I bought this last summer, used it a couple of times, realised I was colour-matched incorrectly and relegated it to the drawer of stuff I don’t use. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be Syracuse but over winter I felt sufficiently pale enough to give Barcelona a second chance. Still not exactly right but I’ve fallen in love with it. On the days when I have bothered with foundation this month, this has been the one I’ve slapped on. I’m wearing it in this FOTD – need I say more?

Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser (£14.99, Boots)

I love the juicy, plumpy feeling this gives. Has that retro scent from days of yonder which reminds me of mums. Great pump, easy absorption and all round do-gooder. It glides on beautifully and my mug is still satisfyingly moist in the morning.

Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm (£13, Boots)

I know this might make me look like a scumbag in the eyes of other beauty bloggers but this is the first cleansing balm I’ve ever used. I read Caroline Hirons’ review on this and I was sold. It melts into a glorious oil upon contact with the face and gets rid of all traces of makeup. It is slightly exfoliating so I’d avoid scrubbing this into the eyes – unless you have masochistic tendencies, then be my guest. Read my full review here.

MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner, Malt Chocolate (£1, Superdrug)

I’m usually a bit sceptical of budget eyeliners as they tend to leave agonising shards of debris in my eye. Now, the MUA eyeliners are not exactly creamy but they’re certainly not the worst I’ve tried. This stayed put all day and can be blended slightly. And at oneEnglish pound you’d be mad to overlook these. I’ve been weaning myself off heavy black kohl and have been using this delightful slightly metallic brown during the day instead. The little glitter bits aren’t too over the top, making this acceptable for the office.

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