Sunday, 29 April 2012

Review: Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss

These lipglosses were part of a giveaway I won from the lovely Nina. Check her blog out here.

Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss. I have two colours:
03 Candy Bar

02 My Favorite Milkshake

These have a rather nifty little applicator which as far as I can tell has been designed to fit perfectly onto your lips.

I like this, it makes the lipgloss a little unique from others that I have tried and makes it easy to apply which is a good thing for me as some wands are too big for my thin top lip.

The colours are not as pigmented as they look in the tube, here they are on my lips:

This is candy bar. On the lips it looks a nice coral like colour with both pink and orange tones in it. I would wear this over a orange toned lipstick. This is possibly my favorite out of the two lipglosses.

This is My favorite milkshake, while I like this the colour is not too noticeable it would be great for a nude makeup look as the gloss itself is not really overpowering or too 'glossy'. It has just the right amount of shine to it!
These did not last especially long on my lips and top ups are needed often which is to be expected from any lipgloss.
The feel of these lipglosses was very creamy and while they are not sticky it is a heavy texture and I was very aware of them on my lips. Im still not a big lipgloss lover so the fact I was constantly thinking 'I have this heavy lipgloss on my lips' was a bit of a put off. Saying that any lipgloss lover would love to own these!
After doing a bit of research online I can see these lipglosses cost around €2.49 and are only available in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and I think the USA however I am sure you can pick them up on ebay cheaply enough.

Nice colours
Just the right amount of shine
Nice applicator
Good Price
Nice packaging

Not as pigmented as in the tube (but can be built up)
Slightly 'heavy' feeling to the gloss
Not easily available in every country
Not as long lasting as I had hoped

I would rate this at 3.5/5 but I dont think I will repurchase as Im not a huge lipgloss fan but I would reccomend to a friend!!

What do you think of thes glosses if you have tried them? Or if you could get hold of them would you buy them? xx

Blogger Tag

Enigmatic Rambles tagged anyone to do this tag, and I love reading her posts so decided to do it too, she has some great nail posts you should check her out! I also tag anyone that might be interested in doing this!

1) What inspired you to start your blog?

I started reading blogs to get inspiration for my growing love of makeup. I also wanted to branch out more and find affordable products people liked, I started to buy more and experiment more and I thought it would be nice to write a blog so I could track where I was going and share my experiences with starting my makeup addiction! It wasnt so much about telling people more giving myself an outlet to talk about it because lets face it, to my boyfriend a mascara is a mascara and he doesnt care what they do and what I think of them, so I needed somewhere to pop it all down!

2) What advice would you give to a beginner blogger?

Only start if it is something you want to do. I look at my blog as a sort of mini makeup diary. Sometimes I have alot to say and will blog alot sometimes I dont feel like writing anything. Dont feel pressured to write something all the time and do it because you want to blog, not get free stuff and money from it.

3) What do you like most about blogging?

I love the creative outlet, I like taking the pictures writing the words and even having a little chuckle to myself when I write it all down. But most of all I like when people talk back to you, theres some really nice people out there and its nice when you all say hello :)

4) What do you dislike most about blogging?

Finding time or inspiration, I have so much to do between work, trying to fit in family, a boyfriend, my boyfriends son and his family that I dont often get time to blog. But that is the only thing I dislike trying to fit it all in!

5) What are your favourite blogs or types of posts to read?

I love reading high street/drugstore makeup reviews. Im always on a budget and I want to know what does the job on a cheap price!! But I do still enjoy reading everything people post whether thats the high end stuff I can only dream of buying or the cheap and cheerful! I also like more personal posts like when people give you a little about their lives, like day in the life posts (although they do work better as videos on youtube!!)

6) What is your personal favourite post you've written?

Erm Im not sure if I have one. I now on reviews include a pro's/con's list at the end as a good way to sum up how I feel on a product. I suppose one of my favorite posts would be my avon mascara review Its my first proper mascara review and I love mascaras, so thats probably why I picked it!!

7) Do people in your personal life support your blog?

I dont think very many people know about it. My partner does although hes never read it, he supports me and is glad that I have something to do in my spare time to stop me getting bored! My dad and a few friends know Im on youtube so I suppose they may have sussed I blog aswell. But everyone is supportive and no one has ever told me its a silly thing to do. I suppose as its a hobby for me I dont care what people think anyway!

8) If you could change anything about blogger (or any other blog platform you use), what would it be?

Templates are so hard to use and Im a complete techno-phobe I have no idea what HTML is let alone how to use it! And how do people get pictures in their backgrounds or where their title goes to make it so individual??!! I need some kind of idiot's guide provided because I do need help in that area!

9) How long does it take you to complete a post?

It depends on the blog post if I have pictures already ect. I find when Im writing it all comes pretty quickly and I can form a post in about half an hour. Maybe a bit longer if its a sudden spur of the moment and I need to get pictures!!

10) How do you deal with hate?

Ive not had any on blogger, but I have on youtube. Well it was more of a troll, He basically said 'who's on drugs? the girl with the bleach blonde hair' I found it funny someone would think Im on drugs and yes my hair is bleached I wanted it that way its really no big dig! I just laugh it off because its not worth bothering about! If someone was to say something to one of my readers or commenters then I would delete their comments straight away you can hate on me, but not on people that talk to me!

11) When/why did you first start reading blogs?

I started reading blogs about a year ago or so.

12) What was the first blog you followed?

I dont know I loved pixiwoo on youtube so it was probably theirs.

13) How many blogs do you follow?

hmmm only 84 on here but theres many more I follow though hello cotton, as I use that to follow blogs more then blogger! I think its over 150 on hello cotton
14) Do you wish you had more followers?

No everyone would like more, but I blog for me, and any followers I gain is just a huge bonus.

15) If you weren't a blogger, what would you do?

Seeing my partner a little more! There are nights where I go 'hmmm I feel like blogging tonight' and with no internet access at his I come home away from him! It sounds mean and doesnt happen alot but he doesnt mind anyway as I do tell him in advance, the phone call usually goes 'are you coming over tonight?' me: 'erm well I want to do my blog things I havnt done it in a while and I really feel like doing some but I will see you afterwards! LOVE YOU' he doesnt mind at all as he knows this is important to me and that we are not joined at the hip! I dont mind when he says he wants to watch football and he doesnt mind when I want to ramble on my blog! :)

If any of you want to do this tag, please feel free, and let me know if you do it and send me links so I can read all of yours!! xx

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Review - Facial Sheet Mask

Its been a while since I last posted anything and that has mostly been to the fact I have started a new job, and not settled down into a routine yet. With this new job came some problems for my skin, I now work in a stockroom, and its dirty and dusty in there and my skin really suffers!!! I decided to completely overhall my skincare routine and have become more intense with it. I also decided to kick start the process of having nice skin again, I would try out a facial sheet. I tried the Refresh  & Revive - IPL mask. It cost a bargain 69p from home bargains!!

 I got this one just in the hope it would appear to give me more radiant looking skin as it became very dull. I must say I was impressed you get a good size mask that covers the whole face, it takes a minute or two to get used to the feel its very soggy but you get used to it. I left it on for 10-15 minutes and once I took it off my skin looked healthier and it had a nice little glow to it! I couldn't be happier with the results! However you do end up looking a bit funny in it!!
I will be buying more of these masks as it did work and made my skin glow, for 69p it is a complete bargain!!

It works (dont expect miracles it is not going to fix bad skin but for a nice radiant glow you can't go wrong with this)
Its super affordable
Easy to use

It feels funny on
Slightly large in the chin area for me

Hope you enjoy this review and if you walk past a home bargains pick one up and try it out

Monday, 9 April 2012

Review - Rimmel Lipstick

 Today Im going to review the Rimmel Longlasting Lipstick in shade 028 - Celeb

 I simply love this colour, Im so into my pink lipsticks at the moment and this is a perfect everday shade while still being a bit bright and fun. The colour goes on smoothly lasts around 3-4 hours not much longer (for a long lasting colour I was hoping for 6ish hours)
 The packaging is ok, nothing special and doesnt draw me to the product like some packaging (I mean HELLOOO that moisture renew packaging is a gorgeous purple much better looking then this)

This at the end of the day is a standard lipstick thats creamy and soft on application. You can get these lipsticks for £4.99 and for the price it is not a bad lipstick I would just like it to last a bit longer, and the styling of the packaging lets it down a bit more. I would give this product a 3/5 and would most likely repurchase for the texture of this lipstick.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review - Carmex

With my new job I work in a stock room and its so dusty! My skin has been suffering and so have my lips. They are uber dry and flaking. My Elf lip balm wasnt cutting it anymore so I decided I would check out the hype around carmex and give it a go. Every one says they last forever so for the £2 odd I paid for it its not a bad deal. I got the pot in the cherry flavour.
I really like this, the taste is nice, it really hydrates my lips and softens the skin. In two days its worked wonders my lips are not dry and flakey and full of dead skin any more so Im glad I picked this up.
If I ever run out of this I will pick it up again because as a sucker for anything that smells of berries I would buy it just to smell it all the time (oddball I know!)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Spring/Summer Skin Care

Its coming up to spring/summer time (hopefully the sun will come back and there will be no more snow) and this means my spring skin care picks get an outing.
First off is the body shop strawberry shower gel, I love berry scents and this smells amazing the strawberry smell is spot on. It lathers really nice, this is a small bottle I got in a gift set and I cant wait to use it all and get a full sized one :)

 Next is my natural high anti-ageing eye cream. I never think you are too young to use anti-ageing skin care. this is creat and keeps them hydrated. I suffer with dry skin around my eyes and this really helps. Its full of natural oils and organic properties so its good for the skin :)
 Another anti ageing product now, so this one is my ponds anti-wrinkle moisturiser. I LOVE THIS. It has helped calm my dry patches and helped calm down the fine lines around my eyes due to my dry skin. As dry skin tends to age faster so this miracle pot is my new go to product.
 My gatineau cleanser comes out as its light and not too harsh on my skin. The other great thing about this is its safe to use around the eye area (which as Ive mentioned above a zillion times I have dry skin)
I cant wait to use these products my skin care doesnt change much during spring/summer but these are some of the things I do switch to. Stay tuned for my makeup picks and my fashion picks :)