Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Why didn’t you tell me how AMAZING Hoola is?

Okay, the above isn’t actually true. Yes, every beauty blogger and her dog rave about Hoola, and it is the UK's No1 best selling bronzer BUT time and time again I’ve looked at it and thought, it’s a bit meh. I thought it was another of these scenester/overhyped/have-it-to-be-cool kinda products. It always looked too pale to be a bronzer and very flat and boring in the box... how wrong was I!

I was lucky enough the Christmas presents of all Christmas presents – the much sought and highly lusted after Benefit Sweet Spot (see it here). The limited edition palette contains five gorgeous boxed blushers plus the iconic Hoola. And I’ll admit I was the least excited about Hoola, but I’ve ended up using that the most. I now get what everyone else has been getting for years. It’s a brilliant and versatile bronzing and contour powder. It must be almost universally flattering because, not only does everyone seem to love the one-shade powder, it works on me and my sister who’s way lighter than me. As a contour powder, it’s completely foolproof. I suck in the cheeks in an attractive “duck face” and dust the powder (with my Real Techniques Contour Brush) directly below my cheek bones, jaw line, under the tip of my nose and around the temples and hairline and it looks like I’ve been professionally chizzelled. Perfect results every time. It’s not heavy of cakey and it blends so effortlessly. In fact, it barely needs blending at all, it’s that good! It’s great as an all over bronzer too – not as pale as it looks in the box, it actually gives the face a great sunkissed warmth. For me, it’s an ideal winter warmer. It warms without being too orange or over the top. It has zero shimmer, which is what makes it a great contour powder but also what makes it such a natural face powder.

Hoola, now that I have you, you’ll always be in my kit! As soon as it runs out in my Benefit Sweet Spot, I’ll be purchasing a full size box’o’lovliness. RRP £23.50 LookFantastic | Debenhams | House of Fraser

I’d love to know what you all think? Are you Hoola lovers? 


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Nails to Envy

Hats off to OPI. Colour, treatment, they've got it nailed! And now that they've combined the two, I worship at their feet.

We all know the deal with Nail Envy - it's the maximum strength nail treatment, packed with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium, that transforms dry, brittle, peeling, weak, badly bahaving nails .... basically it's kale for nails. I've been using the original formula for years, read all about it here. It's truly helped transform the condition of my tallons. BUT, as someone that loves colour, going through Nail Envy treatment, kinda slows me down. I either have to apply Nail Envy under and over colour, or wait until I've finished a treatment... and for someone with zero patience, that's tough. Cue... Nail Envy Nude, and wait for it, Nail Envy PINK! Colour and treatment in one! OPI, go on your bad selves! The same original strength formula with added colour so you don't have to go bare. Both very cute, very wearable everyday colours.

Nail Envy Nude - I love this nude, it's such an elegant shade. A beautifully creamy beige nude. More or less opaque after two coats (above), then as you add an extra coat every other day (as per the treatment instructions) the colour and coverage intensifies.

Nail Envy Pink  - of the two shades I think I marginally prefer this one... and I'm not normally a pink kinda gal! There's just something about this creamy blue toned pink. It just works. A great everyday shade and very spring/summery.

Nude and Pink Nail Envy's are exclusive to QVC in the UK. This amazing 4 piece wardrobe collection with Nude, Pink, Original Nail Envy plus an Avoplex was a Christmas special, but you can still purchase them seperately on QVC.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Eyeshadow Palette Dreams Are Made Of!

I think I've died and gone to eyeshadow heaven! The pictures don't do it justice, I'm not sure my words can but I'll give it a go...

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Scultping Eyeshadow Palettes* £40 contain five superluxe, not just luxe, SUPERLUXE eye shadows in a sexy and sophisticated navy and gold palette. Let me tell you, choosing just one of these palettes was tough, but after swatching the hell out of them at the Estee Lauder counter, I picked Rebel Metal. Rebel Metal is a perfect medley of earthy toned hues with stunning shimmery finishes. With champagne, gold, coppers and browns, it's universally flattering and work really well with my hazel green eyes. The powders are incredibly plush - smooth, lightweight and creamy, they glide on, melting into the lids with the most intense colour pay off.  The palette does it all - mix and match the shades to create everything from natural, intense or dramatic eye looks, They blend to perfection - even if you're no dab hand with the eyeshadow brush, these formulas are fool proof and look professional every time and the depths of colour are stunning in all lights. Oh, and you can use them wet or dry!

It's been a while since I've checked out what Estee Lauder have got going on. If this palette is anything to go by, I've been missing out! Check out Estee Lauder Make up at Harrods


Friday, 20 February 2015

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Worth The Hype?

For me, Secret Camouflage is one of those products that I’ve wanted for AGES, but never got round to buying. From the minute I started watching Lisa’s (Eldridge, in case you’re not on first name terms) videos, I wanted it. And now I have it... was it worth the hype?

I’ll cut to the chase; it’s completely different to what I expected. The texture is extremely stiff. At room temperature, I’m talking February in Northern England, it’s as stiff as a board. Sweep your brush over the concealer and you get, well, next to nothing. It takes a good rub, preferably with a warm finger to loosen and release the product – similar to a stick foundation but stiffer. Once you have the product loosen, on your hand or face, it does become softer, pliable and easy to work with. You know when you go on holiday and all your make up melts? Well that might actually be a good thing for Secret Cam. Texture surprise aside, once you get used to it and find the best way to work with it, you discover it’s pretty damn amazing!

It’s very, very pigmented. It’s thick, but not cakey, meaning you only need a tiny bit and boy does it pack a punch. I’ve developed what can almost be described as a bindi spot on my forehead. It’s a small red spot, maybe a blood vessel, but it’s very noticeable. This makes it disappear! It’s excellent for the ol’ pin-point concealing. I take a tiny brush (Real Techniques Detailer Brush) take the product from the palette of the back of my hand and dab directly on the spot. Using my finger I then blend the edges. It blends seamlessly, no trace that I’m wearing concealer at all, in fact, it’s kinda magic. The colour match is perfect too. I’m NC25-30 and went with SC-3. There’s a lighter yellow toned shade on one side and a slightly smaller, pink toned shade on the other, allowing you to blend and customise your own perfect shade. Spots, discolorations, even eye bags... Secret Camouflage has quite literally got them covered! It’s as good on larger areas as it is on teeny tiny blemishes. It dries to a natural finish and lasts all day. I can certainly see why it’s a make up artists dream.

It’s certainly not a dab and go concealer. It takes a tad more precision and effort, but if you want bullet proof coverage that lasts all day, this is it! So, to answer my question, is it worth the hype? Hell YES! I’m glad I’ve got this in my kit now. I use it most days on the “bindi” and I would highly recommend it for occasion/bridal makeup.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage £26.50 House of Fraser | Space NK | John Lewis


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Hardest Working, Holy Grailing, Multi Tasking, Skin/Hair/Nail care Wonder

I’m all about the multi-tasker and few products work harder than argan ail. By now I think we all know argan oil is pretty amazing. Loved by make up artists and celebrities the World over - Eva Mendes, aka the woman that snagged Ry-Gos calls it her total skin secret... if it's good enough for Eva!!!. It moisturises, it hydrates, it softens. Use it on the face, body, nails and hair - no wonder they call it liquid gold. BUT Not all argan oils are equal. Don't be fooled by poor imitations, it needs to be 100% pure argan oil to reap the benefits.

The Moroccan Argan Oil £13.99* by the Morroccan Argan Oil Co. has all the hall marks of a top class argan. It has the light golden yellow colour, comes in an amber glass bottle, has a mild nutty aroma and contain only 100% PURE ORGANIC ARGAN OIL. It melts into the skin quickly and effectively leaving skin soft, moisturised and plumped. Packed full of vitamin E, it's one of nature's most effective moisturisers and rich in fatty acids, which helps protect the skin from wrinkling... it's basically an all-round skincare wonder.

Here’s just a few things I use The Morocaan Argan Oil for;

  • Soften cuticles - a couple of drops on the nail bed and massage into cuticles
  • Moiturise patchy, dry skin - rough elbows and knees TACKLED
  • Overnight hair/scalp treatment
  • Massage oil
  • Face serum 
  • Face moisturiser - seriously, add a drop to your moisturiser for stunning radiance 
  • Make up remover

And the list goes on. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and one by my bedside table and I’m always dipping in and out of the stuff.

If you fancy trying The Moroccan Argan Oil take advantage of the 30% off promo code. Enter code NEWYEAR30 until 28th Feb to bag the discount.


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Curl Power! Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

Imagine you’re a mascara on Benefit’s production line. You wouldn’t want to be the one that follows They’reReal, AKA the UK’s no1 best selling mascara, would you? But then you're a Benefit mascara and they’ve been working on you for four years and it turns out, you’re pretty damn good yourself. 

Benefit 'Roller Lash' Mascara is all about the curve – and we’re talking serious, close-your-eyes-and-the-curve, curve! Bin the eyelash curlers because this one does it all. It curls, it lifts, it lengthens and it boosts.

97% said it visibly lifts lashes
87% said it gives long-lasting curl
94% said eyes look more wide open

The skinny, curved “Hook’n’Roll” brush gets right down into the root of the lashes. Laced with mini lash catches, it scoops the lashes and drags them to new heights, fanning, separating and lengthening as it goes. With minimal effort it makes my lashes look inconceivably long and adds some major curl action. And unlike other curve/lengthening mascaras, it doesn’t neglect the volume. It plumps the lashes with jet black, glossy formula and fans them perfectly for a more wide open look. Absolutely no clumping, no smudging. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this mascara, but I am!

Benefit 'Roller Lash' Mascara goes on sale at the end of February. Thanks to Elle Magazine you can bag a sample (or two) this month and if you’re impressed, you can pre-order at QVC advanced order £15.82 RRP £19.50.

p.s please don’t judge the brows in these pictures. They’re going through a major grow back mission and have NOT seen a tweezer this year! 
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