Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Cleansing Milk Blind Trial With Escentual.com



Two years ago I took part in a blind trial of Micellar Waters in association with Escentual.com which was great fun so when I heard they were looking for people to take part in a blind Cleansing Milk trial I applied to get involved. 

Those taking part have been sent 7 cleansing milks to try and I am just over half way through the trial now and enjoying trying out these cleansers without a clue which brand they are from. 

The brands involved this time around are (in no particular order)

Guerlain
Caudalie 
Clarins
La Roche-Posay
Vichy
Nuxe
Eucerin

I cannot wait to give my opinion and then see the results of this trial (did I agree with the others taking part?) and to, of course, find out which brand was my fave and which milk belongs to which brand. 

Exciting times!

Monday, 2 March 2015

007 For Women Eau De Parfum Review


Over the weekend I have been wearing the new fragrance from the 007 brand - 007 For Women Eau De Parfum. 

They say

007 for Women is a fragrance that captures the heady power of the iconic women found in Bond's seductive and daring world. The fragrance is 'dangerously seductive' itself, with a unique mix of ingredients that blend signature femininity with a sense of mystery, this is a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance.

It's appeal lies in its rich, strong and tenacious character, projecting a sense of effortless elegance and sophistication as well as the dream of escaping to another world.

Fragrance Family
Oriental

Fragrance Notes
Top Notes: Black Pepper, Rose Milk
Heart Notes: Blackberry, White Floral jasmine
Base Notes: Black Vanilla, White musk, Cedarwood

Also includes Bergamot and Soft Gardenia

My thoughts 

I was drawn into this fragrance from the very first spray and have to say I really love it. It is spicy yet wonderfully fresh, light and sweet. It sounds like a mix of everything - floral, spice, fruit  and gourmand. Cleverly it is the kind of fragrance that transcends traditional fragrance families by containing notes that features in each of those families,. Where you may be drawn to one, this surprises the senses. I find it light enough to wear during the day but nice enough to take you into evening. It is feminine but the black bottle denotes a women who is incredibly sure of herself and confident. I adore the notes of rose, pepper and sweet vanilla, blended with woody tones, fruit and flowers. To sum up - feminine, sensual and soft.

Quite simply gorgeous and surprisingly incredibly good value.

007 For Women EDP 30ml costs £25

*Sample

Friday, 27 February 2015

Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Volumising Mascara Review



It's the final day of Mascara Week on BeautySwot.com and where yesterday I was reviewing a golden oldie, today I am reviewing a brand new mascara. Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Volumising Mascara (to give it its full name!)

Max Factor say



Deliver the finishing touch to a striking make up look with instant length, volume and intensity.

  • The instant impact wand captures, lengthens, volumises and intensifies each lash from root to tip.
  • The instant impact wand has short bristles, making it easier to reach every lash, which allows maximum contact between mascara formula and lash for instant volume. Whereas bigger brushes have longer bristles, which get in the way and make it difficult to coat each lash.
  • The inside out wand combs through every lash from root to tip, coating them with our carbon black fibre formula containing volumising particles, which make your lashes appear thicker and in turn, darker and more intense.
  • In addition to volumising particles, the innovative formula in our 3-in-1 mascara contains lash extending carbon-black fibres for thicker, longer and more intense lashes.
Containing volumising prills which form spherical wax particles to make lashes appear fuller and 30,000 black carbon fibres this new mascara really volumises, lengthens and darkens lashes in a quick application.

My thoughts 

I have long been a fan of Max Factor as a brand, I have liked quite a few of the mascaras - they seem to love my lashes! So of course I was keen to try this new release, especially when it promises to do so much.

As you can from the pics above the wand is smallish, thin and the bristles are quite short compared to some other mascaras. The wand is also narrower at the base but widens at the end.

I followed an application tip from Max Factor Make Up Artist Caroline Barnes - To achieve fanned out lashes use the wand in stages. First pull the inner lashes towards the nose, then pull the central lashes upwards and finally the outer lashes towards the temple.

I liked this mascara although I am still baffled by its design.... the thinner, smaller wand does aid application and it does lengthen beautifully. The rich black shade stands out much more in real life than captured in the photo below and lashes are really defined. Volume wise Caroline Barnes recommends using the mascara in your usual way,  I will try that next time but it doesn't do a bad job at all with the fanning out method.

However.. the biggest downfall of this mascara is that just two hours after application it started to flake, in fact I think you can see evidence of this in the after photo. This was disappointing as the Max Factor mascaras I have used previously haven't done this. I wonder if this is the carbon fibre that are present in this version?

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After 


Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Mascara £10.99 

*PR Sample

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lancome Hypnose Mascara Review



Day 4 of Mascara Week on BeautySwot.com sees me reviewing Lancome Hypnose Volume mascara. This is a mascara that was launched way back in 2004, although there have been a few spin offs, the original is still being sold as its classic formula is one that has clearly stood the test of time

Lancome say 





Turn up the look of volume of your lashes with Hypnôse!

Build up to 6 times more volume without clumping. The PowerFull™ Brush helps deliver volume that you control. Glides through for lash separation and even application from base to tip.

Benefits : made to measure volume, smudge proof, ultra-light

How to apply Hypnôse Mascara
Apply to lashes from the base to the tips. Use a zigzag movement to add thickness and separation.

My thoughts 

This is a sample sized mascara that was part of a GWP but the brush is exactly the same as if you were purchasing the full size version.

I really love this mascara, it provides lashes with a good rich black colour, it super lengthen the lashes and makes them look altogether luscious and plentiful. The brush is more like a traditional style of brush and it allows you to reach in and pick up every single lash with no mess. I like the fact that you can apply over and over if necessary and lashes are still soft to the touch.  As you can see from the after pic lashes are also completely clump free and I do not feel like I am wearing any mascara.

For real impact I have to say I love this mascara.

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After 




Lancome Hypnose Mascara costs £22.50 and is available in black and brown.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review


Day 3 of Mascara Week on BeautySwot.com sees me reviewing the brand new mascara from Benefit - Roller Lash. 

The one pictured above was a special sample sized mascara that was given away with the March issue of Elle Magazine. Unusually it was given away before it hit the shelves!

Well I couldn't resist trying this new mascara out and so I promptly went to buy the magazine. The packaging on the sample version is slightly different from the actual full sized mascara. The lid on that one has a hair roller design.



Benefit say

Why we love it!

It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.

Curl Power!
97% said it visibly lifts lashes*
87% said it gives long-lasting curl*
94% said eyes look more wide open*
*consumer panel survey on 31 women after 4 weeks

How to apply
Gently wiggle the wand from base of lashes to tip. Repeat across your lashline, making sure to catch every lash.

Easy-to-remove
Contains Provitamin B5 and Serin, ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits
Water-resistant
Ink black
Satin finish


My thoughts 

Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara is one that has really split opinion, it seems to be one that you either love or hate. I personally LOVE it. I have so many comments asking me if I am wearing false lashes when I wear it so I give it a major thumbs up.

However whilst I like this mascara, I just like it. I don't think I would be tempted to shell out almost £20 for it as I don't think the after warrants the price tag (on my lashes).

There is no doubt it does what it claims, it does lift and curl the lashes but I would have liked to have seen a bit more thickening properties for me to have given it 10/10. It does also add pretty decent length as you can see in the pics below. The design of the wand means that application does get quite messy which is a bit of a pain.

However it does also get extra points for its staying power, the curl holds all day. It also doesn't smudge or flake.

Have you tried this mascara?

Before 



After 



Benefit Roller Lash Mascara £19.50

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté Mask Review


This winter my usual scalp psoriasis has flared up and made its way onto my face, appearing in patches. When this happened last year I was told not to use a deep cleansing/exfoliating mask and so I avoided doing so until things improved. This year has been no different. However, I felt like my face was missing a moisture boost/pamper and so I have been using Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté Mask which has really helped plump up my skin, softened and brightened it and restored its glow after use.

Nuxe say 

24 hour soothing and rehydrating fresh mask. De-thirsts, relaxes. Face and Eye Contour. Suitable for all skin types.

A source of well-being and immediate freshness, this moisturising mask with Plant Milks and White Blossom provides intensive moisturisation even for the driest skins. A rescue treatment, it provides intensive relief, instantly soothing skin discomfort. Hydrates and soothes for 24 hours, leaving skin radiant.

My thoughts  

As I said my face has patches of dry psoriasis and I didn't want to irritate it or aggravate it. This mask is creamy, just like a face cream but it feels cooling and refreshing and extremely gentle to use. It has the most wonderful fresh, floral scent. It contains 8 plant milks, aloe Vera Sap and Salicornia. It is enriched with Almond and Orange White Flowers and it intensely soothes skin bearing any discomfort such as stinging, redness or sensations of heat. 

To use - Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes, either wipe off with a toner or massage in the excess.

Results - skin feels softer and looks instantly more radiant, ready for the rest of your skincare regime and makeup application.

Top marks from me.

Nuxe Crème Fraiche de Beauté Mask 50ml £18.50

*This product was in October's Glossybox

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara Review


Day 2 of Mascara Week and I am reviewing L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara. Now the original Volume Million Lashes is one of my favourite mascaras so I had high hopes for this one.

L'Oreal say 

Volume Million Lashes dresses your lashes in a liquid black silk for lash by lash definition.

• Refined volume
• No clumps
• No stiff lashes

The Couture brush has been tailored by experts to coat every lash without clumps. Its extra soft & small bristles gently thicken the look of each lash while its rigid wand enables you to spread the formula evenly from root to tip.



My thoughts 

This mascara came as part of a gift with purchase when I bought two L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks. 

My lashes seem to like the rubber type of wands and the shorter bristles. I find this wand really easy to use and it certainly grips every single lash which you will see from the after photo later. The mascara coats my lashes with a wonderfully rich and dark black colour. I have reasonably dark lashes already so I chose the 'Extra Black' version for real impact and it doesn't disappoint. As the name suggests it gives fantastic volume to the lashes and fans them out. The only thing it doesn't really do is curl the lashes. That isn't something that bothers me too much as I really like the result and the definition that this mascara gives.

As for wear I don't find it smudges or flakes at all through the day.

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After 



I would buy this again most definitely.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara costs £10.99

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