Wednesday, 17 December 2014

INM Northern Lights Hologram Top Coats

INM Gold top coat* - link | INM Silver top coat* - link

There's nothing better than a sparkly nail for the festive season. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the beautiful Topshop glitter polishes I picked up today. I love pairing a dark nail with glittery top coats and these INM polishes from Jica are different from any normal glitter polishes.

I like how the glitter in these are very fine and therefore can we worn subtly or built up for a more sparkly finish. The particles are also holographic so in different lighting, they look different colours and really shine. In the swatches, the gold bottle was just one coat and the silver bottle was with two coats so you can see the difference in subtly. 

Wear wise, they lasted pretty well on my nails and because it is fine glitter, it meant the dreaded task of removing it was really easy, no faffing around with these. Once dry, they left a really lovely glossy shine for about 3 days which is pretty good!

 What's your favourite festive glitter polish?
*PR sample

Monday, 15 December 2014

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Duo Bronzing Powder & Highlighter

When I worked in Boots about 5 years ago, the bronzing powder on it's own was available and I aways looked at it but never really took much notice of what it was and why it was needed. Fast forward 5 years and this beauty obsessed girl now needs to try everything available. The bronzer on it's own never really appealed to me but when I heard about the Bourjois Délice de Poudre Duo Bronzing Powder & Highlighter I really wanted to give it a go. I'd heard it was pretty amazing and wanted to test it out for myself. 

I wasn't a big fan of the cardboard packaging but it has grown on me now. I do like how small and compact it is, it's fits into my muji drawers perfectly, but I can't help thinking that it could still be made a bit smaller. The powder was embossed with their logo which I though was a nice touch but that's worn off now as I have used it so much.

Both of the powders are buttery soft, they feel so smooth to touch and apply beautifully. They don't apply patchy or streaky, blend into the skin seamlessly and the wear time for me is all day long. The bronzing side of the duo is the perfect tone for my pale skin. There isn't any ashy greyness to it and also doesn't appear orange either. The highlighter is the perfect highlighting shade in my opinion. It's just enough to create a soft uplifting glow without making you appear like a disco ball or look oily. It's my most used highlighter now, even if I've used a different bronzer that day, I still use this highlighter on my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and also my cupids bow.

It does say it's infused with a chocolatey scent but I can't really smell that. It smells lovely don't get me wrong but I can't pick up on the chocolate. For £7.99 I think you're getting a complete bargain, two products in one that are brilliant and will last a really long time is just so worth it.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on it?

Friday, 12 December 2014

Ted Baker London Beau Box

Ted Baker London Beau Box - £10.00 | link

I can't believe just how quickly Christmas has come round this year. One minute it was Halloween and now it's just 12 days until Christmas, it's crazy! As you probably may know, this year I didn't post any gift guides. Usually I do and they go down quite well but I kept seeing them pop up everywhere on everyones blogs and I didn't really have the time to gather my thoughts together and pop up my own gift guides this year. However, Brent surprised me with this lovely little box of goodies and I wanted to share it with you while it's still available.

The Ted Baker London Beau Box is available from Boots and the cute little box contains 4 miniature products. A 50ml body wash, 50ml bath foam, body soufflé and 50ml body spray. The products are scented with a blend of rose, sandalwood and raspberry which creates a really sweet and refreshing fragrance and reminds me of how a Jo Malone scent would smell. Although I haven't used the bath products yet, I've already used nearly a quarter of the body spray as it just smells amazing and the dinky size is perfect for carrying around in my handbag.

I'm not going to write this post without mentioning the gorgeous pastel coloured box that the products come in. As soon as I saw it I knew I couldn't throw it away, Brent said that I preferred the box to what was actually inside, haha. With the lovely colours and the orange bow, it's just so pretty and so now it sits proudly on my tallboy holding all my skincare products.

If you still have someone in your family or a friend that you need to buy for and are struggling, I definitely recommend this set. You can't go wrong with bath products and the scent is so lovely! Can't forget about the pretty box either! For just £10.00, it's a steal!

Have you tried any Ted Baker bath products before?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Disappointing Products #5

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo Uplifting Volume - This does smell amazing, so refreshing and cirtusy however it just doesn't do anything for my hair. I have to spray a lot to make my hair feel a teeny bit better but I do love how the scent makes my hair smell super fresh and clean. I also found that it didn't leave any white marks in my hair which is great but I feel that as a dry shampoo it doesn't cut it.

Lush Ambrosia Shaving Cream - I bought this on a whim as it sounded amazing. I do love how smooth it makes my legs feel and whenever I use this I never have the post-shaving rash issue which is what I bought it for. However, this clogs up a razor like nothing I have ever tried. It's awful and I easily use two brand new razors every time I use this shaving cream. I tried using the bare minimum to shave with and it did help but it still clogs the razor up. It's a shame because on the reviews on Lush's website, people said how it doesn't do it but for me it's a nightmare. I will continue to use it but I won't be repurchasing it.

CoLab Dy Shampoo New York  - Another beauty product that's recently been launched by another YouTuber. Ruth Crilly aka: A Model Recommends, is behind the CoLab Dry Shampoo range. She released 5 different scented dry shampoos but I chose New York as it does smell fabulously fruity and fresh. I didn't need another dry shampoo but when I kept hearing her say how it guarantee's no white marks I just had to try it. On first use after vigorously shaking it, I applied one spray from a long way away and immediately resembled Cruella De Vil with white residue everywhere. I've used it a few times and I've tried to like it but when it does apply normal without the white marks, my hair feels greasier than before I started. It leaves my locks feeling slimy and lifeless, but does smell amazing. I really don't recommend this as a dry shampoo.

Which products have left you disappointed recently?

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner

I used to be a huge fan of Benefit, I was once on a mission to collect all their boxed blushers but my addiction seems to have worn off a bit now. Saying that, when I first heard about the They're Real! Push-Up Liner I just had to try it. It sounded perfect for me and my cack-handedness that is eyeliner application. The slanted tip is meant for easy application and the gel formula is supposed to be super long wearing, so long wearing that the They're Real! Remover is the only thing that removes it. This eyeliner appeared on so many beauty blogs, it was popping up everywhere and I was thrilled when the travel size was available in last month's Elle magazine. I didn't fancy splashing £18.50 on one eyeliner so this was the perfect way to see if it was worth the hype and to see if I wanted to splash the cash on the full size. 

The packaging for the travel size is really small, as I said on my Instagram photo, it's like it was made for a borrower - hands up who saw the 90's movie! It took me a while to actually work out what I had to do as the full size requires you to twist the base of the pen whilst for the mini, you have to just squeeze the nib. 

I heard a lot of mixed reviews on this fancy eyeliner, some raved about it some people liked it and others hated it. I am in the middle. On first application I was so impressed, it looked amazing, it was super easy to apply and for once, I actually managed to rock a matching cute cat eye.

Now, every day since the first use, the product has become more dry and flaky and it's near impossible to apply it anymore. As you can see in the picture above, the line is patchy and slightly lumpy. I was having to apply several layers to some areas as it was just drying and flaking straight off. I also found that you loose a lot of product. Once I squeeze the product out, I couldn't just apply it straight to my lid as it just clumped up and fell off in a lump, I had to wipe it on my hand first and them keep dabbing it in, which is essentially what you do for a gel liner, so that fact you have to still do this completely defeats the point of having it in easy pen form.

Now I'm not going to be a complete moaning mini, the colour is super black and intense and it looked fab. Longevity was also fantastic, it stayed put all day without smudging or transferring which I was super thrilled about. Removing the product was easy, I just used my Gariner Express 2-in-1 Eye Make-Up Remover which removes everything, there's no need to charge for a separate remover.

I heard that this was the first on the market for it's kind, however I discovered the Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner before this one came on the market. I picked it up recently and I can't wait to compare to see if it's better, I've heard it's the Benefit dupe but I really hope the formula is better for that one.

I think it's pretty obvious I won't be buying this in full size, I'm so glad i tried this mini size out first. I managed to get about 5-6 uses out of it before it fully dried up which isn't too bad, at least I got to test the product and didn't waste my money.

Have you tried the Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner? Did you like it?


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