YSL : Nails Tie Die For

Ok, ok I apologise for that terrible title, but I cannot contain myself after seeing this new quartet of nail lacquers by Yves Saint Laurent. They go by the name of La Laque Couture Tie & Dye top coats and boy am I intrigued.

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What do they do and how does it work? Well apparently they suggest starting by painting your nails with their classic La Laque Couture polish, in a colour which matches one of those above, and then take the La Laque Tie & Dye and paint on top. According to the article I read in the Telegraph Beauty section, “With a new “tri-phase technology that layers iridescent nacrés, colour and high-shine you’ll get a candy like veil which gives a slightly glittery and supremely, eye-catching look,” say the YSL beauty experts”.

Nail art has steadily become more and more popular, and as an avid nail polish fan I’m happy that big brands are catching in onto the trend and coming up with more unique products.

These polishes are currently being sold exclusively at Selfridges and retail for £18, and at the time of writing only the 01 Cool Coat & 04 Ice Coat is available online so you might have to move fast if you want to grab one! If you have it already feel free to leave a link of your blog as  it would be great to see what the effect looks like x

Max Factor Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara : Yay or Nay?

Today came the news that Max Factor have produced a mascara which claims to withstand day to day activities such as sleeping, showering, or even swimming up to three days.

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Apparently flake-resistant, with a ‘PermaHold’ technology which gently bonds to the lash, Max Factor says will create a jet-black finish and acts like a semi-permanent tint. The price to pay for all of this, however, is £18.99 and will be available in Boots. With so many other good brands out there on the market, do we really need something that lasts this long? I personally would hate to have old makeup on, but if you have fair coloured eyelashes I can see some appeal.

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Figs & Rouge : Review

A short time ago I was lucky enough to win a competition in conjunction with Feelunique.com and Figs & Rouge, a relatively new British lip balm brand which led to me receiving their whole collection. As a fan of the brand, I was ecstatic, mainly because my tin of lip balm had melted in my hot car and was no longer usable so I was in desperate need of some more!

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The reason I love this brand and their lip balms so much is the ingredients they use, or to be more precise, the ingredients they don’t use.

The reason I knew about this brand in the first place is because whilst in Boots looking for a petroleum-free balm this winter, Figs & Rouge were the only one that didn’t contain mineral oil/petroleum (they are essentially the same thing, and what Vaseline is made of) in their balms. The latter is actually a byproduct of crude oil production, and provides no moisturisation whatsoever.

The reason why you constantly have to re-apply your chapstick or Vaseline every two minutes? And why your lips are still dry and peeling no matter how many times you put your balm on? The answer is in your balms’ ingredients. I bet mineral oil or petroleum will be a main one listed. This stuff actually coats your lips with a waterproof barrier preventing any moisture going in, and is therefore are useless at curing your dry lip problem. Figs & Rouge however, have raised their standards and have the following in their products which can be seen on their website:

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Application : Their balms are easy to apply just like any other, and smell divine. Lovers of vanilla scents should definitely go for the Coco Vanilla tin. My personal favourites are Pomegranate and Cherry Blossom.

Packaging : Who can ignore these gorgeously packaged gems?  All items have a beautiful vintage design, with the larger tins tins having unique ones reminiscent of different eras such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau, so they would look great on anybodys dressing table. They are hard-wearing too- I have the last two mentioned in regular rotation in my handbags and they have retained their lovely designs.

Verdict? 10/10 I just can’t fault this brand, what’s great is that their balms can be used on dry patches of skin too, and even on cuticles to provide extra moisturisation.

Stockists include Boots and Urban Outfitters. Items retail for approx £3.49 – £4.99

ArtDeco : Dita Von Teese Collaboration

ArtDdeco is a brand that only recently I have stumbled upon. The only thing I’m annoyed about is that I didn’t find it sooner! The overall look and feel of the brand has my name all over it, mostly because the Art Deco era is my favourite in the whole of history. According to BeautyBay.com (from where you can also buy their products) ArtDeco is Germany’s number 1 cosmetics brand. And for what I believe is the third time running, Dita Von Teese has got together with the brand to create the ‘Golden Vintage’ range, which will be special edition.

One thing that will strike any woman, regardless of whether they are into make-up or not, has to the the packaging. Echoing an era gone by, the golden cases and feather designs are enough to win you over.

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The collection consists of ruby reds and dusty rose shades, with a few vampy berry tones and smoky brown to give that glamorous 1940’s look.

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Illamasqua Blush Duo Review – Duo 3 Beg & Bronzerella

For some time I have been eyeing up items from the Illamasqua cosmetics brand, but had never really pushed through with actually buying anything. This is mostly because their price points are a little on the high side for a student, and as an Estee Lauder girl I have been spending most my time at their counters instead. The almost gothic kind of vibe this brand gives off, along with their unusual advertising campaigns are no accident either, as the brand is the baby of Joseph Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and co-founder of Agent Provocateur. Three new blush duos were released not so long ago- Below are colours  Katie & Ambition described as a neutral and candy pink, and Lover & Hussy described as a soft apricot and candy pink illa

The one I bought was Beg & Bronzerella which is described as a dusky rose and copper bronze. I thought this would suit my skin tone best (you can see details of my About section if you are similar and looking for something that would suit you). Illamasqua claims the blush duo’s are highly pigmented, and can be used to shade, brighten, enhance and contour.

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Verdit : Totally in love with this blush as the colour payoff is incredible. Due to the high pigment, the only thing I would advise is to be careful in your application and choice of brush. I’m definitely going to have to buy a new brush so that I can apply this without the colour coming off too strong. A little bit goes a long way and a light hand should do the trick. This applies to the bronzer especially, which can easily double up as an eyeshadow too.

The only drawback I have is the shape of the case. It’s great that it comes with a mirror, but the corners aren’t ideal for throwing in my makeup bag. However I can overlook that due to the quality of the product. Overall rating? 9/10

Lush Lemony Flutter : Review

It’s my first post after the Christmas break and I hope everyone had a lovely time eating their own body weight in food and spending time with loved ones. Today I will be reviewing impulse purchase of the day, cuticle butter Lemony Flutter from Lush.

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I originally had come into the store because I have a couple of dry patches of skin on my lower legs that just would not go away. I became a little frustrated at the number of lotions which contain mineral oil and in some cases palm oil, which is something I don’t want to be associated with. I figured Lush would be the ideal place since its’ products are also cruelty-free.

Whilst looking around I found this cuticle butter seeing as it said it could be used all over the body I thought this would be perfect. I was a bit hesitant as it seemed to be expensive at £6.25 for small pot which can fit in the palm of your hand, but it is definitely worth it.

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Ingredients: The ingredients in this pot are one of the reasons why it’s worth the price, and why it has so many rave reviews on Makeup Alley (which, by the way is an amazing website for beauty product reviews). There is everything from avocado oil, to mango butter and lavender oil.

Application: Another reason is the longevity of this product- a little really does go a long way, because although it is a very thick cream, it almost ‘melts’ when warmed up with your fingers.  The only drawback is that it can be a bit greasy. However, this is a product which contains many oils so this is to be expected.

Verdict? 8/10 This is a fab little product which will be added to my list of permanent items in my makeup bag. Marks are only taken away because I haven’t used the butter long enough to quite see a result on my cuticles, and there are some days when there’s only so much lemon you can take! (warning- it has a super strong lemony scent) but for the most part I enjoy the scent due to being a fan of citrusy scents

Dermablend : Go Beyond The Cover Video

Dermablend is a line of cosmetics by Vichy which provides camouflage foundation for minor to severe skin problems, such as redness, vitiligo, or acne. A while ago they  produced an advert to show how effective their products are, even when it comes to tattoo coverups.

Although this was produced a last year, I wanted to share this video in case anyone hasn’t seen it, as in my opinion it is one of the most effective adverts I have ever seen. (And it may also be because I also have a thing for once circus performer-turned-catwalk model Rick Ginest!) The power of makeup can be unbelievable.