Wednesday 28 July 2010

Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss and L'Oreal Glam Shine

Don't you just love coming across items you had no idea you owned or long forgotten about in drawers, cupboards and tossed aside handbags?
I recently found a divine gloss from Victoria's Secret that must have been given to me as a gift from my parent's last trip to the US.

It is called Mochaboom and if ever there was a need for scratch and sniff screens this would be it, as I don't think I can adequately describe the smell of it which is utterly sublime. A chocolatey and sweet coffee mix, it is just so dreamy and comes out a thick, sticky consistency in  a creamy pearl colour. Probably not great for a windy day but it does look great on its own or over a lipstick
What do you think ?

Sadly, I have looked on the Victoria's Secret website and it seems they no longer do this particular one but if you are in America I would take a trip into their stores and see what they are currently offering as I think they are really rather nice @ $7 each.

On a happier note L'Oreal are still doing my favourite lip gloss range Glam Shine

They describe it as liquid shine for dazzling lips. I love them because they come in a cute bottle, have a handy,soft applicator wand and are not as sticky as other glosses can be and best of all create a wonderful pout and a slight shimmer.  There are 17 colours in the range, here I am wearing two of my favourite colours although truth be known I wouldn't mind a few more!

The colours I am wearing are 308 Ameythyst Strass and 405 Crystal Nude Glow. They are priced currently at £4.99 in Boots - usual price £6.99.

Monday 26 July 2010

Umi Peach and Macadamia Nut Sugar Scrub

Waitrose have created a few own brand ranges and one of them is the Umi range.  The Waitrose website describes it as a range of exquisite toiletries. Umi combines natural, uplifting ingredients from food, plants and flowers in unique ways to indulge the body and ease the mind. With seductive aromas and sensual textures, this is a contemporary approach to beauty that satisfies the senses. Umi: luxury to inspire your soul.
I am always drawn to lush sounding products, particularly beauty and skincare with food in the description, so this very much appealed.  I recently tried the Peach and Macadamia Sugar Scrub from the range which promises rejuvenation.

It essentially looks like a jar of brown sugar grains and feels like it too but when I rubbed it into my wet skin, it went very slightly foamy and white and then slowly dissolved. 

It successfully removed any bumpy skin I had and left my body feeling silky soft and very smooth. I almost drifted away imagining I was having a spa treatment.  My bathroom was emitting the gorgeous scent so much so that when my husband walked past he asked me what that nice smell was.  I am not sure I was rejuvenated though..

I am looking forward to trying some more products from the range and if I can find a Waitrose that stocks the Umi Spa range featuring even more luscious sounding products then they will be finding their way into my shopping basket too!

All in all, a very nice sugar scrub costing £5 for 200g

Saturday 24 July 2010

Dove Summer Glow v Garnier Summer Body

I am not a fan of gaining colour from sitting in the sun as I seem to get headaches from it, and with a toddler I wouldn't really have time as I spend most of my time running after him anyway. However, I do like to have a nice sunkissed and all over glowy appearance in the summer. With this mind I purchased both these products to see what could be achieved and how they compare as they are competing in the same market.

I am pretty fair skinned but do tan quite easily due to my mixed heritage. Also my skin has a yellow tone to it, I chose to buy the fair to normal in Dove and the light sun-kissed from Garnier. Starting with my sugar scrub  to exfoliate and prepare the body (review coming soon), I then moisturised my elbows, knees and ankles to avoid those tell tale fake tan signs...

First of all I tried the Garnier Summer Body - This is a 12 hour daily moisturiser with a hint of tan that builds up to a natural sun-kissed glow - It goes on nicely and is quickly absorbed, by the next day I noticed a very subtle tan and by day 3 I had a lovely natural honey colour which was exactly what it said it would do - I did like it but the one thing that put me off was the scent, It was quite strong and seemed to last, not really to my taste.

A few days later and starting on a blank canvas, having prepared my skin I looked forward to trying Dove Summer Glow, again this is a Dove moisturiser with a hint of self tanning agent to gradually build a natural summer glow.  This says to use for 5 days to see best results but I used it to day 3 for the purposes of this review and comparison.  It went on very nicely as a moisturiser and dried quickly. I would say that this one gives a stronger colour, again very natural and sun-kissed but looking like I had spent a few days abroad.

In summary, both will give a natural sun kissed glow but my preference was for the Dove version as I preferred its scent which wasn't as overpowering as the Garnier.

Wednesday 21 July 2010

Chanel Vitalumière Liquid Foundation

Now I know this isn't the cheapest of foundations and I will be recommending some others as well in the next few weeks, BUT I have tried lots and lots of foundations in my time and this is the one I return to. When I wear this, it is the one to get me compliments, countless people have asked me what I use so I think I can happily recommend this.  It is suitable for younger and more maturer skins alike.

Chanel Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Liquid Foundation comes in a bottle with a pump action which dispenses the foundation with no mess. One or two pumps are all you will need. It glides on easily, is light, gives excellent, even, coverage which is adaptable and is great for day or evening. I find it gives a nice dewy finish and is really moisturising. It illuminates the skin and I love the way in photos I have a completely flawless look even if I am having a bad skin day - Have you noticed I seem to prefer this to a dry matte look?

Chanel Vitalumière is priced at £31 for 30 mls and is available to purchase at Chanel counters in dept stores and good chemists.

Monday 19 July 2010

"that gal" face brightening primer - benefit

My latest must have make-up bag staple is the rather wonderful that gal brightening face primer from Benefit.

I have always been of the opinion that a primer was just an invention of the make-up companies to get more money out of me without actually doing much at all....Not any more - this product rocks and for the last week I have refused to go out of the house unless I am wearing it!

The primer claims to take your complexion from dull to darling! Promising that if you smooth it on you will get the look of brighter,smoother skin. It can be worn alone or under make-up.

It comes in a rather nicely packaged tube, that you twist up and the product comes through holes. 2 twists and I had enough to smooth onto my face, it smells like bubblegum and is pink and shimmery. It instantly smoothed and hid my pores and gave a nice gleam to my face and as promised brightened it. Once my make up was on, I had a very healthy glow and beautifully highlighted cheeks and loved the way I looked.

£20.50 from benefit stores and stockists

Friday 16 July 2010

Laura Mercier Body Soufflé Crème Brûlée

Every woman loves a bit of pampering and indulgence once in a while....
I was bought this after I gave birth to Aaron and fell in love with it immediately. The packaging is exquisite, it smells amazing, I feel good enough to eat!
It has a gorgeous thick texture and goes on without leaving your skin greasy. I found my skin felt moisturised for hours and the scent remained but didn't overpower. Plus it looks fab on your bathroom shelf.
I feel a million dollars if I apply after my shower but at £42 a jar I save this for once a week.
If crème brûlée is not your thing, head down to your local Laura Mercier counter to try out the others in the range  - crème de pistache and almond coconut milk mmmmm and they are also available as hand creams.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

essie nail polish: ballet slippers

Ballet slippers - What does this evoke for you?

For me, it evokes fond memories of my ballet classes aged 5.  Pliés, twirls and toe pointing in my gorgeous soft pink ballet shoes whilst the gentle classical music plays..... So I simply had to get my hands on this best seller from essie.

I have small hands and consequently I am not too keen on drawing attention to them with bright red polish or similar unless it's a special occasion. So I have been on the look out for just this kind of flattering product. Generally I have found the polishes to be too light, too pink or too translucent.

Ballet slippers is just perfect for everyday unobtrusive pretty nails when you don't really want to go au naturale. I think it complements my skin tone quite nicely, is glossy and with 2 coats matches the colour in the pot well. 

Now, I just wonder if they are going to be bringing out a nail polish called tap shoes ......

Saturday 10 July 2010

RIMMEL LONDON 100% Waterproof Mascara

The hottest day of the year so far, pollen levels very high and my hay-fever at its worst, I was going to be on the tube and had an half hour walk each end. What better day to try out a waterproof mascara and put it through its paces....?

Well application was easy, it's a nice enough wand and within seconds I had long fluttery lashes, impressive for a waterproof and it was a good black colour, so it passed my first test.
As usual and invoking sod's law, as soon as I had finished applying my make-up, my nose started to itch and the streaming watery eyes began, great what a waste of lovely make-up. My eyes did not stop watering for the next 3 hours and I was constantly dabbing at them, and yet my tissue was clear. I didn't look in a mirror for over 2 hours, so you can imagine my relief when I got home, looked in the mirror and saw the same lovely eyes I had left the house with and not the panda eyes I was expecting...

I have no hesitation in recommending this mascara and at £4.99 from Superdrug it's a steal.

Wednesday 7 July 2010

Dermalogica Clean Start Ready,Set,Scrub!

After I had my child Aaron, I found that my beauty routine went out of the window due to lack of time. At first I seemed to have got away with it but within a few months I noticed that my skin had lost its sparkle, was dull, flaky and my pores large. My skin was literally crying out for attention. This didn't do much for my confidence and even my favourite foundation couldn't wave its magic wand. I knew I had to take action to return it to its former glory.

I know that face scrubs/masks are ideal for this and when I picked up the Clean Start Kit it contained a mask that I was itching to try to see if I would get instant results. This product is aimed at the Dermalogica youth market and at 33 I wasn't sure whether to use it but I am so glad I did as it gave instant results which has made me go out and purchase the full size product.

In just 5-7 minutes this mask/scrub cleans the pores, and smooths the skin making it softer and brighter. You apply a thin layer, let it set, wet your fingertips, and massage it over the skin and then rinse off with warm water. I use it twice a week and it's made such a difference.

Dermalogica Clean Start Ready,Set,Scrub! costs £14.30 for 75ml


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