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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

L'Oréal Lumi Magique Vs Le Blanc De Chanel

For the past 2 years or so I have been using Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuinating Base.  It is super gorgeous but also super expensive.  Recently I purchased L'Orèal Lumi Magique Base Primer and I think it is a pretty close dupe at a fraction of the price.


The left swatch is Chanel and the right is L'Oréal.   The Chanel Base is a crisp white shade whilst the L'oréal is slightly more pearlescent with a tiny bit more shine.  When blended into the skin leave a beautiful dewy glow.

When blended you are left with a dewy glow.  Half the hand has L'Oréal and the other Chanel but you wouldn't be able to tell the difference if I hadn't pointed this out. 

I prefer the packaging of the L'oréal Lumi Magique over the Chanel because it has a sleek container and pump head which makes application easier, whereas the Chanel bottle is a little clumsy with its massive head, it makes it near impossible to pour the littlest bit out.  It does however come with an applicator but if you are anything like me, this will be lost fairly soon after purchasing. I personally dip a foundation brush into and then apply. I find that easier.

They both have similar fragrances they smell quite fruity. They are both extremely soft and velvety in texture.

These products can also be added to foundation to lighten it slightly if needed

And there is absolutely no argument that they both leave your skin beautifully finished and prepped for your foundation.  I would with both, apply a moisturiser first.

As previously mentioned the biggest difference between these is the price, Chanel retails at a hefty £31+ depending on where you purchase it and the L'Oréal retails at £10 for effectively a perfect dupe.

Although I love the Chanel I have to admit it is more for the name, I don't think I will be repurchasing Le Blanc Chanel in the future- not when L'Oréal is so much cheaper and the same quality.

What are your thoughts, have you tried either or both of these?  xx


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Vita Coco - Hydrate Naturally

'Hydrate naturally,Never from concentrate,All natural,Bursting with naturally occurring electrolytes, More potassium than a banana (don't tell the monkeys ) potassium, helps keep your body properly hydrated, No fat and cholesterol, Hydrate and feel good feel really good, Gluten and dairy free, No added yeast, Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, Natural coconut water'
I know this is completely unrelated to my blog but I just wanted to take 5 minutes to talk about 

This was a product that I desperately wanted to love, but just wasn't taken with it at all.  

I have read so many great reviews about how fantastic this product is and feel let down.  I love coconut so assumed I would love this, to say it tasted like drain water is maybe a little harsh, but wasn't to my palette.  I'm not sure, perhaps mine was off. 

I haven't completely written this product off, I will try one of their fruit blends and see if they appeal to me more.  

Have you tried this, what are your thoughts? 

Available at Tesco Stores


Monday, 25 March 2013

John Frieda Product Review*

I don't think I have ever reviewed hair products before but when I was asked to review John Frieda  recently I jumped at the chance. 

John Frieda happen to be my favourite brand of hair care, the range have a wide selection suitable for all hair types.  

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John Frieda Products reviewed
Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner
Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo & Conditioner
Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight
Frizz Ease Firm Hold Hairspray

To give you a bit of a back ground to my hair, I'm now a brunette again after over 2 years of bleaching.    The bleaching left my hair in a serious state of disrepair and recently I had to have around 7 inches chopped off to try to get it back to a more healthy state.  I also have very fine hair and it is prone to frizz and static which drives me mad.    

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner

'brings out rich multi-dimensional tones & shine'

Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner is always the first into the trolley when I'm buying my hair care products, I can say that these are my Holy Grail.  The velvety texture shampoos into the hair easily and leaves my hair feeling nourished and shiny.  Where many shampoos fade my hair colour within 2-3 washes, Brilliant Brunette helps lock my colour in for longer. My hair colour lasts a good 6 weeks before I have to re dye.  

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo & Conditioner

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When I was a 'blonde' I frequently used a purple shampoo to keep my colour from going a rusty/brassy shade, however, I never used the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew range unfortunately.   I decided to ask my sister Kristy to give it ago but was informed that she is already an avid user of the sheer blonde colour renew collection.  We are sisters but our hair is so different, in fact, we are complete opposites.   Where I have fine brunette hair,  Kristy has thick voluptuous stunning natural almost natural blonde hair.  

Kristy's Thoughts

'My hair felt nourished and soft, my highlights were really glossy, adding a lovely shine and it smells amazing, there is always a renewed vibrancy after using this and it keeps the brassy tones at bay' 

John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight & Firm Hold Hairspray

Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight is for predominantly curly hair so I didn't immediately think that this would be any use for my hair.  However, I gave it a go and was instantly pleased with the results.  

As previously mentioned I have very fine, whispy, fly away hair and is always full of static.  In the mornings when I wake it is very wavy and can look pretty scary.  I used this the other day - after a brief towel dry - I sprayed this 3-4 times over my hair, combing it in evenly.  The amount you use is down to how thick and how long your hair is.  

The formula is heat activated so I continued by blow drying and then used my straightners to style.  Amazing results - there was no static and my hair felt lovely.  The following morning my hair was more or less straight, I only needed to touch up with the straightners a little and it was still static free. 

After tonging my hair into my preferred style (I like to have it straight with a few wavy bits), I used the Firm Hold Hairspray to keep it in place - It smells of apples!  It kept the wavy bits in place all day.  

Have you tried any of these?  What do you think of this range?


*these products were sent to me for review and as always my opinions are truthful and my own. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Korres Wish List

I don't often write a weekend wish list but I have been spending a great deal of time lusting after things on the Korres website recently, and thought I would share a couple of my future wants with you.

Korres Nail Colour - Orange & Navy Blue
I have a thing for Navy and Orange colours just now so these look like they would be perfect for my collection.  I have bought a few pieces of coral coloured clothing recently so they would match well with these shades.

Korres Shower gel
I recently received a Korres shower gel in my February Birchbox and I fell in love with it, I think it was Guava and it was just lovely.  Unfortunately I am not in the habit of using my shower gels or shampoos sparingly I always use far too much.  I would very much like to try this one in Mango - one of my favourite scents which is up there with peach melba.

Korres Fig Body Scrub
I have an addiction to body scrubs, I have many and always on the look out for something new.  There is something about Fig scented products I just can't resist.

Korres Concealer
This concealer is meant to be awesome to combat dark circles - so would like to test drive this.

Last but not least Korres Lip Gloss in Cherry - Instantly attracted to this product because Cherries are my favourite fruit and I can't get enough of deep red lip sticks/glosses so would love to add this to my make up bag.

Just a short post today but wanted to share my thoughts on these beauties.

Are any of you a fan of Korres? Do you own any of the above? - Please leave me links to any Korres reviews you have done.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend babies and I'll be dotting around on twitter as usual if you want to say hi.


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Butter London - Slapper

Butter London Nail Lacquers are one of the best brands of varnishes I have ever tried.  I love their creamy texture.  One coat of the thicker varnishes is normally enough but no more than two.  The staying power is really great too, it is important to take the time to apply your top coat to make the most out of your manicure.

This shade is 'Slapper' I don't really like the name, it makes me cringe a bit - but the colour is delightful.   A rich teal green and is brighter in real life, although I like these pictures I still feel they don't do justice to the colour.

I really want to try 'Trout Pout' next, it is a gorgeous coral/peachy colour.

I recently held a Butter London giveaway and Katie Atkinson & Natalie Peploe were the lucky winners, they chose 'Billy no Mates' and Fairy Cake between them, so i'm looking forward to their reviews ;-)

These little beauts cost £13 and worth every penny.

What do you think of this shade?  Is it too bright, what shades of polish to you prefer?


Friday, 22 March 2013

L'Oréal Nude Magique CC Cream Anti-red

Colour Correcting creams seem to be the new big thing in the beauty world (and I don't even think they are new), very similar to BB creams they have the added benefit of tone correctors in the form of smart pigment capsules.  

I am wary when it comes to BB creams, in fact there isn't one that i've liked so far, so when I came across L'oréal's range of Nude Magique CC Creams I was very sceptical. 

The Nude Magique CC Creams come in 3 varieties - Green for Anti Redness, Purple to fight dullness and Peach to fight the signs of fatigue on your skin.  

I chose to buy Green as my skin is prone to Rosacea on my cheeks and round the corners of my nose which sometimes foundations can't cover.  

As you can see from the swatches above the formula is a yucky green shade but as soon as you start to blend it into your skin it transforms into a foundation and gives build-able light weight coverage.  The emulsion neutralised any of the redness leaving a fresh faced glow.  

I was really surprised with the amount of coverage I got from this, I stippled it on as I would with my normal foundation, blending it in with a blending sponge too.  I moisturised before hand because when I initially tried it without I felt it was a bit dry, however by adding moisturiser before hand cleared this issue up.  

In the photo above I am wearing no concealer or my usual touche éclat.    I have a light dusting of loose powder and a tiny amount of blush and feel that I have achieved a really natural look for daily wear.  In fact a friend of mine I showed the photo to would have thought I had foundation on.  It didn't have that effect with previous BB's I have tried.  

 The L'Oréal website are giving away small samples I believe and you get to pick the colour you would like to try, you can visit here

I bought mine from Tescos, but you can purchase it in any drug store.  It retails at £9.99.  Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on a wide range of products.   I'd quite like to try the Peach too. 


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Stila Brighten and Correct Concealer

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Stila Brighten & Correct Concealer - Shade 'Tone'

Slowly working through my 'stash' to review I came across Stila Brighten & Correct Concealer.

I was initially drawn to this pen because of the zebra swirls in the tube, which I think is really pretty.  one of the shades is for brightening and one is for concealing.  It comes in 5 shades, Deep, Tone, Tan, Fair and Medium.

It comes packaged in the same style as the lip glazes with the twisty function, this helps keep mess to a minimum and you can control the amount of product you need easily.

I think this product works well at covering the dark circles under the eyes and actually prefer it to Erase Paste by Benefit.

I don't think it works that great when it comes to 'brightening' because in my opinion the correcting concealer which is the darker shade drowns out the highlighter a bit.  In saying this i'm using it to hide the under eye bags I have other highlighters.

This pen is £18 and you can purchase it here. 

Overall i'd give this a 8 out of 10.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Along Came Betty the Big Headband review

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I have been desperate for a new make up head band for ages, you should see the state of my 'once white' old, plain, boring one.   When I spotted this head band by 'Along Came Betty' earlier I just had to have it.

Not only does it do the job of keeping your hair out of your face, it is stylish, not too tight,  has a gigantic bow and to top it off is bright pink!! What's not to like?

I think the pictures speak for themselves and for £3 i'm more than happy.  My sister got one too.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the 'Along Came Betty' range, basically they are a bit of a 'dupe' for Soap & Glory, with similar colours they try to copy the vintage style.   Well why not!?

The Along Came Betty range can be found at most large Tesco Stores.

Gatineau Paris Skin Care Review

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 '80 years ago Jeanne Gatineau, a renowned beauty therapist, set out to improve the appearance of women's skins.  She formulated a highly sophisticated range of products using pioneering research in collaboration with experience dermatologist and bio-chemists'

Recently I was lucky enough to receive some samples from Gatineau Paris a skin care range I have to admit I was not familiar before.  However, I am really impressed with a couple of the products I got to try.

AquaMemory Moisture Replenish Mask
If you are like me and suffer with dehydrated skin on a regular basis then AquaMemory will change your life.  This light gel mask injects extra moisture into your skin leaving it feeling squeaky clean, firmer and healthy, it is really good at unclogging the pores and leaving you feeling fresh.  Apply a thin layer over the skin, leave it to work for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water, 2-3 times a week.

Age Benefit Anti Age-ing Hand Cream
This product is designed to improve the condition of the skin, whilst helping your hands to look younger.  I have never really thought of my hands ageing yet, however approaching 30 (I know this isn't old before I get into trouble), I am becoming aware of the importance of complete body skin care,  so I thought I would give this ago.  It really did make my hands feel softer and less dry though I did feel that it took a while for the product to absorb into my skin.

I have been using this daily morning and night (when I haven't forgotten) for the last 3 weeks and I do feel a difference in the texture of my skin, my hands are definitely a lot softer.  I suppose I would have to be using it for around 5 years to see if it helps them look younger.. sound like a challenge?

Mélatongénine AOX Probiotics Advanced Rejuvenating Cream
This rejuvenating cream helps reverse the first signs of ageing.  It is full of antioxidants and probiotics which protect the skin on a daily basis.  It is very good for stressed and tired skin.  I found it extremely hydrating and unlike the hand cream not at all greasy, the product absorbs well.  I have been using this as a night cream, but it is actually for daily wear.

Out of the products I received these were my favourites and I am going to keep them in my skin care regime.  My skin feels healthy and the presence of dry patches have definitely disappeared and my skin feels firmer altogether.   You can buy Gatineau products through QVC's skincare range and will find detailed review on all of the Gatineau there regularly.

Have you tried the Gatineau range before? Let me know what you think.


*these were sent to me to sample and my opinions are truthful and my own


Monday, 18 March 2013

Too Faced Matte Eye Palette

I am definitely a lover of a matte eyeshadow look over shimmery shadow.  I think matte eyeshadows create an elegant day wear look.

Too Faced Matte Eye would make a perfect edition to your make up bag. There are no shimmery colours here.   

The packaging is absolutely beautiful and the Matte Eye collection contains 3 large base shadows and 6 further smaller eyeshadow shades.  

Each eye shadow in the matte eye collection has a velvety texture and are extremely soft and they blend together really well.  This set comes with step by step lesson cards to help you create different looks with each row of the colours available, of course you don't need to follow these, you can have a play around and create your own style but they are there as a structure for you to follow.   

For the perfect Day look:-  'Sweep Tufted Suede from brow to lashes, press Chinchilla on to the lid and around the tear duct and to finish use Coffee Bean to line upper & Lower lash lines.  Smudge into a smokey line.  

Unfortunately the lighting was quite bad and you can't really make out Fresh linen or Velveteen Bunny but Fresh Linen is white and Velveteen Bunny is white with a hint of pink

Jerrord Blandino says 'The modern way to wear matte is to keep it soft, sophisticated and a little sexy. My Matte Eye kit combines teh best of both warm and cool tones in easy to wear sueded neutrals.  It will have you looking polished and pretty in a flash, without the flash.  

I adore each of the colours in this palette and they are definitely not too powdery.  I would say that it is a pity you don't get an applicator with it but that is my only negative.

You can purchase this palette in your local Boots or online for £26.00 and I would definitely recommend priming your eyelid before hand to have longer lasting wear, I can also recommend their Shadow Insurance Primer, i'm currently out of it but it is as good as the Urban Decay version.  

I am also dying to try their 'Neutral at Night' palette, it is definitely on top of the wish list.


Friday, 15 March 2013

Red Nose Day and a Spending Confession

Happy Red Nose Day everyone!  I am sure you will agree with me that Comic Relief is such a worth while cause, poverty is on our doorstop but the majority of us don't witness this daily and I feel that Comic Relief does such a good job each year reminding us that it is closer to home than we think.

Over the past 10 weeks I have been on a spending ban as part of the 100 day spending ban challenge and when I think back to how much money I spend on cosmetics weekly, daily, annually it is actually quite scary.  I know I will never stop while I have the means to do so but I will try and curb it in the future.     In the meantime, I don't know if you remember but back at the start of the challenge I mentioned I was putting £10 aside each week so I could have a big splurge in April, I have £100.00 at the moment and I am going to donate half of it tonight for Comic Relief, it is a far better cause to go to  than feed my shopping addiction, but also because last week, I was naughty and bought 3 little pieces of makeup on a certain Miss Makeup Magpies Blog Sale, however, it isn't a huge cheat as I had run out of concealer but I just couldn't turn away from the bargain Stilla Lip Gloss she had there.

So, I confess.

In my defence though, I haven't bought a single magazine this year.  Nor have I had my hair done.  :-)  But I am nevertheless guilty as charged.  Back on track now though.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Stila Lip Glaze Review

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I love red and coral lip colours and like these equally as much as the other.
They smell delicious  

If you have read any of my 'meet the blogger tags' you will know by now that I am more of a lip stick than a lip gloss gal, if you didn't know, then you do now :-).  In saying this Stila Lip Glazes are the exception to the rule. . . I adore a Stila lip glaze.  

Stila lip glazes come packaged in these very clean pen like plastic tubes, with turn nozzles at the bottom which brings the glaze to the small lip brush at the top.  I particularly like this packaging as it keeps mess to a minimum.  No fuss no bother, turn apply and go!    It is easy to pick out your favourite glaze as the colour it is clearly visible.  

The consistency of the glaze is quite thick and a little sticky but this doesn't put me off, it applies easily and isn't overly tacky.  I also find it very durable - only topping up every couple of hours - unless i've had any refreshments.  They smell absolutely divine. 

I bought these colours, Jingle and Holly,  from Miss Makeup Magpies blog sale because I believe they are exclusive to the 'All is bright Glaze set' and aren't available for individual sale.  

I noticed on the Stila Website that the complete All is Bright Glaze set is now reduced to £12.95 and contains 8 different shades at 1.5ml each. This set is worth £75, If you fancy checking it out you can do here.  

Stila has a wide selection of individual glazes in tones of  other colours  retailing at £15 each for 2.5 mls, there is a colour for everyone.

What is your favourite Stila product?  

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