Monday, 29 October 2012

Don’t just Volumise, Millionise!

King of lashes L’oreal has done it again with the latest edition to their mascara empire.... Volume Million Lashes Excess

I was planning to give this one a miss. I mean, how many mascaras does a girl need? Plus I'm still in love with their Mega Volume Colleagen and False Lash Telescopic mascaras, as well as Benefit’s They’re real (still number one in my eyes... just!) but then Boots have had their 3 for 2 on EVERYTHING and before I know it I’m at the till with a basket full of cosmetics.
Firstly, it looks the part; I love the luxe red and gold packaging. It’s Christmassy and certainly stands out from the crowds. The next thing I noticed was the wand. It’s the bendy rubbery type, which I’m not a huge fan of – I find them fiddly and wobbly, but I concede they give good results.

The head is much slimmer than the original version of this mascara, making it great for getting deep into the root of the lash, as well as the tricky inner corners. The elastomer applicator is ultra flexible with both long and short bristles to coat each lash evenly from root to tip and the excess wiper removes excess mascara. I’ve got to admit, on my first go, I wasn’t sure about the excess wiper, I found myself wanting MORE product on the brush. Turns out I was just being greedy because the brush was coated with just the right amount of formula to achieve maxed up volume with no overload and no clumps. The unique gel texture formula isn’t too wet or dry and gives enough time to play before drying... this is important for me because I like to play around with the lashes and recoat until I feel like they’re all in their place. I haven't lashed to the max on the photos, but don't be fooled, it layers like a dream and can be built up to full false lash effect IF you want it.

I love the results! It doesn’t try to be everything, just a true volumising mascara. I loved Telescopic Mascara, but found that one to be more about the length and separation. This one gives quick and easy volume.

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Bargain Beauty Buy Everyone Should Own

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I first bought one of these concealers for my sister over a year ago, simply because it was good quality and cheap. I’ve since discovered that it’s a cult product amongst beauty bloggers, and I can see why!
What they say...
" For girls on the go, Lasting Perfection Concealer will take you from dawn to dusk and back again, with no need for reapplication.  The ultimate wear concealer promises to conceal flaws, imperfections and blemishes again, for up to 16 hours.  This skin perfecting, oil free product is also transfer proof and water resistant for full and long lasting coverage.  It provides beautiful, blemish-free skin for every waking hour.”
It’s such an effective concealer for covering spots, blemishes and imperfections. It’s thick, but not cakey and has great opacity. It’s applies like a dream whether you need just a tiny dab on a little spot or you’re spreading it over a larger area. I know a lot of people use it under their eyes, I found it a bit too heavy for that, but if you’ve got heavy duty bags, this could be your saviour. I use it on blemishes, red patches and along the pesky ref crooks of my nose. It blends perfectly and doesn’t dry out. It claims to last for 16 hours, let’s face it, I’m rarely awake that long but I can vouch for a good 8-10 hours.

Available in four shades Fair, Light, Medium and Deep. I bought medium which was a good match for my medium, olivey skin tone (I’m NC30 if that helps).

This product really is such a gem. Long lasting, effective and a bargain to boot. Anyone looking for a concealer solution should try this first before they waste money on much more expensive alternatives.
Collection 2000 - Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer £4.19 at Boots and Superdrug

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Salon Manicure in 1 Simple Step?

It’s a while since a product I received in my Glossybox got its own post, mostly because they’ve been sending a lot of crap lately (sorry, it’s true) but this one’s more than good enough to make the cut.

This is my very first Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish. I’ve seen them in Boots but I’ve never been tempted to buy one. They don’t quite have the kudos of, say Essie or OPI, and it’s they’re not renowned for fashion forward shades, but who cares because the quality is fantastic and the results long lasting.
It claims to be 5 Steps in 1 Bottle: Base Coat, Strengtheners, Growth Treatment, Colour and Top Coat. It includes patented Vita-Care Technology for advanced wear, more shine and nourishing care.
I put it to the test on Saturday night as I was literally running out the door. I didn’t have time for my usual file, avolplex cuticle oil, nail envy, base coat, polish and topcoat. Instead I slapped on one coat of the Complete Salon Manicure polish to my brittle, peeling nails and hoped for the best. And guess what, it did exactly what it claimed. Firstly application was super quick and easy. The brush is wide and flat with rounded edges that “cupped” my nails perfectly. It really was 1,2,3,4,5 done, 1,2,3,4,5 done. It’s very opaque and yielded decent coverage from one coat... just as well! I added a second coat the next day for maximum results. The polish dried very quickly and texture reminded me of gel-like polishes – a bit thicker and stronger than the usual. I can honestly say the results were just as good as when I used treatment and base and top coats. Glossybox sent me shade 520 Shrimply Devine. It’s a pumped up milky flamingo pink. There’s no shimmer and it dried to a gel/gloss finish. I’ve been wearing it for four days now and it’s still going strong.

Sorry about the picture quality, it's tough taking decent pics in this constant darkness. Anyway, I would happily purchase another and will be eyeing up the darker shades for winter. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes retail for £6.99 in Boots but shop around because you’ll normally find them discounted.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

1st Birthday Giveway

To celebrate Beauty and le Chic's first birthday I wanted to giveaway one of my favourite products. Samantha Chapman's Real Techniques brushes have been the beauty success story of the year. They've been flying off the shelves since they hit Boots stores back in March, becoming an instant cult classic. This blush brush is the jewel in the crown and it could be yours if you enter my Birthday Giveaway. The brush is hand cut to contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high definition results. The bristles are super soft, it's simply a pleasure to use.

And don't worry if you already have one, I have two! One for blush and one for powder. It's easy to enter, all you have to do is follow me via Google Friends Connect (links on the right). New and existing followers welcome. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post "enter me etc" you know the drill and don't forget to include GFC username.

The boring stuff... One entry per person, open internationally, closing date Wednesday 31st October 2012 23:59 gmt. Winners will be chosen randomly by and will receive a brand new, boxed and unopened Real Techniques Blush Brush.

Thanks for following me, and here's to the next year!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

What's in the box? UK Glossybox October 2012

Now this is a Glossybox worth getting excited about!

After a couple of poor months, finally a Glossybox I'm impressed with. The first thing I noticed when this landed on the doormat this morning was its weight, I knew it must be packed full of goodies, and it is...

It's all about Beauty DIY with indulgent products to create the ultimate home spa - scrub, moisturise, polish and prime! 

Anatomicals - Don't just clean it woman, scrub it! 75ml
A pink grapefruit body scrub that buffs with a bravura sense of charm and wit. Sounds good! Love the packaging and the scent. I know it's not exactly "luxurious" but I can't wait to try it. 200ml £3.49.

Yves Rocher France - Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturiser Hydra Vegal Full Size 30ml
Provides deep and lasting moisture and immediately smoothes wrinkles. I was most excited about seeing this, I've heard good things about Yves Rocher and it's a full sizer. I   slapped it straight on and my skin feels super soft already. 30ml £18.

Skinetica Anti-Blemish Solution 
A unique solution for clearing skin blemishes, showing results in 2-3 days. Never heard of this, looked at the ingredients, umm, not sure? This is a sample size, approx 15ml. 100ml £6.99.

Green People Organic Self Tan 20ml
Achieve a healthy, natural looking tan without harmful sun exposure. Quick drying, non-greasy and no biscuit smell. It's not the first Green People product glossy have sent me, but I was happy with the last one so I'll look forward to giving this a go, plus I am definitely on the pasty side right now. 200ml £18.95. 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Full Size 14.7ml
5 steps of a manicure in 1 bottle! I received 520 Shrimply Divine. I'm always excited to see a nail polish and this colour is sooo me! 14.7ml £6.99.

So there we go. A good mix of products this month, both full and sample size and not a stingy sachets in sight! I think Glossy have finally pulled it out of the, er, box!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

OMG It's MAC Christmas Collection 2012

Now I don’t say this very often, but OMG! when I first saw the photos of MAC’s 2012 Limited Edition Holiday (that’s Christmas to us Brits) range, I nearly hyperventilated.
The collection is huge and features a stack of drool worthy products including lip combos, face palettes, mini glosses and gorgeous little brush bags, of course! Details are sketchy at this point but the packaging is super luxe with bows and leopard print galore. Here’s a teaser....

I'm desperate to get my hands on the brush kits! MAC's Holiday collection is expected to hit the UK in November, watch this space! 

UPDATE 29/10/12: They're online now so expect to see them in stores this week!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Calling all Wannabe Bond Girls

I’ve finally found a legitimate reason to feature Daniel Craig on my blog...

To celebrate 50 years since Ian Fleming’s iconic character was created and coincide with the release of the eagerly anticipated “Skyfall”, OPI has launched the ‘Skyfall Collection’, 12 absolutely dazzling nail polishes, each named after a well-known Bond flick.
I’ve been trying not to get “sucked in” to every new beauty launch, but these nail polishes are as irresistible as Bond himself.

GoldenEye, a striking yellow gold with gold and orange speckles
The Spy Who Loved Me, a romantic red
Die Another Day, is a bright apple red with shimmer
Casino Royal, a royally gorgeous sultry shade of purple
You Only Live Twice, a fuchsia red with glass flecked finish
Skyfall, a rich, dark shade of purple plum,
Moonraker, Silver metallic with strong blue undertones
Tomorrow Never Dies, an ink blue purple with shimmer.
The Living Daylights, multi-coloured varnish with bronze, gold, silver and teal hexagonal glitter in a clear base
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a royally wonderful hazy green pewter with golden green and blue glass flecks
Live and Let Die, a blackened green with fine gold and emerald flecks
The World is Not Enough, a fantastically eye-catching shade of rosy silver with pink, green and copper particles

And as if that’s not enough there’s also an 18K Real Gold Shatter Top Coat aptly named ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’... drool!

Check out the collection on £11.00 each. The man with the Golden Gun will set you back £29.99 

Sucked in too?

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Tired of chipped Nails? Try Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel

I’m a big fan of Revlon nail enamel so I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to try their Colorstay gel-like collection. Actually, it’s probably because I’m cheap and have been waiting for them to be on offer. Fortunately a lovely friend of mine got me TWO pots over the summer and I LOVE them!
Colorstay nail colour formula is fortified with unique ingredients that provide high impact colour and gel-like shine in a fashion forward range of shades and finishes. This technology is based on a unique combination of resin and high molecular weight polymers designed to provide flexible, shatterproof colour with excellent retention and gloss. Unlike at-home gel kits, there’s no need to invest in a UV light kit to set your polish. Revlon’s ColorStay dries like normal nail varnish and can be removed effortlessly with nail varnish remover.
Buttercup is a creamy pale yellow with a pretty crème finish. You might not think yellow nails are very wearable, but this one is. It’s not too bright or in your face, it’s a perfect spring/summer shade but I’m breaking the rules and rocking it into winter.

Cafe pink is a very soft baby pink. As soon as I saw it I knew it’d be a hit for me. It’s very pretty and a great everyday shade. I loved it on its own but would imagine it’d work very well with a glitter top coat. Sorry I don’t have a great picture of it in action, but when I instagram’d it in September it got lots of love.

The brush is wide and flat making application very quick and easy. Both take 2-3 thin coats to achieve an even opaque coverage, I’d imagine the darker shades would only require 1-2.
So can it last 11 days? I’m afraid I can’t tell you, I usually get bored after a few days, but I wore cafe pink for 6 days straight, there was some fading but no chipping and it still had plenty of life in it. I did notice a difference between this gel-like formula and traditional polishes. The consistency is slightly thicker and stronger looking and it’s definitely long lasting.
Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel available in 28 shades from Boots £7.99 and they ARE included in the current 3 for 2 promo.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Beauty Saviour: MAC Blot Powder

We all like to shine, but there’s a fine line between shining and looking like an oil slick. This is one of my biggest beauty problems because I love the dewy look. I have dry skin and can get away with a lot of cream products – primer, foundation, highlighters, cream blush but as the day goes on, my face gets shinier and shinier.
I’ve tried many powders but most look cakey, matte and well, too powdery. I’ve been using MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which is a lovely finely milled powder that sets foundation very well, but it doesn’t really absorb the shine. I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for with MAC’s Blot Pressed powder.
It’s a unique pressed powder designed primarily to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture. BlotPowder contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oils and reduce shine on the skin's surface. There’s no caking, it’s not matte or powdery and it’s ideal for touch ups. The mirrored compact has a handy little puff, which is great to use on the go but I prefer to use a powder. It comes in six shades, light to dark deep. I ordered Medium Dark and was shocked by how light it looked in the pan, fear not, on the face it’s virtually colourless.

(L) Mineralize SFN Medium Plus (R) Blot Powder Medium Dark

I tend to use a little in the morning to “set” my foundation, but it’s the afternoon that this proves to be a star. The dreaded shine creeps in around 2pm and this stops it in its tracks. I brush it into the T-zone and my makeup looks freshened and the shine is reduced, but not completely dulled out, like I said, we all like to shine!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Magazine Freebie Frenzie

Ladies, prepare to leg it down to your nearest newsagent because today is an amazing day for magazine freebies.

Instyle Magazine

Pick up a copy of November's Instyle Magazine if you 
fancy some Benefit beauties. Choose from the iconic Benetint, the very pretty ChaCha tint or the gorgeous Sun Beam highlighter. The magazine costs £3.80 and the freebies are worth between £6 and £8. They're very small (a diddy 4ml) but it's a great handbag size and they're the sort of products that last a long time anyway. I opted for Sun Beam, I already have the tints, and if truth be told, they're not really my thing... but boy do I love a highlighter! Plus there's a voucher inside for a free Bad Gal Mascara, enough said!

Marie Claire Magazine

First of all, how good does Taylor Swift look on the front on November's Marie Claire? I think I need to recreate her make up! Pick up a copy and you'll receive one of four L'Occitane Hand Creams. Choose from Shea Butter, Date Bouquet, Rose Petals and Mango Flowers. The cover price is £3.70 and the hand creams are worth £8, decent deal if you love L'Occitane Hand Creams! They're one of my favourites and this size is ideal for handbags and desks. I chose the original Shea Butter, but I'll be picking up a Date Bouquet... IF I can find one. And, for a little Brucie Bonus there's an extra free gift in the form of a 50ml Dove hair therapy condition.

Easy Living Magazine

I can't say this is a Magazine that's ever frequented my coffee table, but if they give away freebie like this one, that'll all change. A girl can never have enough hand creams and I adore Cow Shed and their very cheeky names. With this month's magazine £3.70 (with the lovely Lucy Liu on the cover, remember her!) you can bag a Cow Pat or a Cow Slip! These 50ml creams, infused with essential oils, smell great and get the job done in a jiffy. I've just had a really quick flick through the pages and it looks like a great read!

I suppose I've had worse mornings 

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