23 April 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 makeup trends: Orange Lips

Orange lips are usually popular for summer but it seems this year the trend is even BIGGER. Last summer was all about orange nails now it's turn for your lips. What I love about this particular trend is that it really does suit all skintones. Donna Karen's runway rocked a juicy tangerine, Galliano went for a matte red-orange and Peter Pilotto had his models wearing a subtle, washed out shade. Whether you're feeling bold or still on the fence about orange lips, I've got something for you.

Go hard or go home with this gorgeous shade from Rimmel's Moisture Renew range. 'In love with ginger' (pictured above) is a bright, creamy orange-y red which instantly brightens up your face. The formula for this is really smooth and hydrating so perfect if you're prone to dry lips like me. Another bold orange shade I'm loving lately comes from M&S make up brand LOLA. Their new collection of liquid lipsticks have caught my eye. The intense, full coverage formulas aren't for the faint-hearted. The pen applicator makes this lipstick easy to apply. Although this is very creamy and has a semi-matte finish, I'd suggest making sure your lips were in perfect condition before applying. That means a scrub and intensive moisturiser beforehand to avoid the lipstick going patchy. You can see what the shade 'Tangerine' looks like on me here

First timers who aren't to sure about this trend opt for a subtle balm or lipgloss for a little tint. This is a great way to break into the trend. Bourjois lip glosses are easily available at Boots and Superdrug and come in lots of different shades. My top spring shades in the 3D Effect Lip Glosses are 'Coral Idyllic' and 'Orange Juteuse'. Another good option if you're not a fan of gloss are lip pen balms. A lot brands have jumped on this bandwagon such as Rimmel, Seventeen and Max Factor but I still love the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains. The shade pictured above is called 'Rendezvous' and gives lips a gorgeous orange sheen. The minty scent is a pleasant plus and the smooth formula is very hydrating.

Will you be wearing orange lips this summer? 

21 April 2014

Pink Addiction Fragrance Exculisvely For Teenagers

When I was a teenager there was nothing out there perfume-wise targeted towards us. Impulse and Charlie body sprays were as exciting as things got. My first fragrance was actually one I'd borrowed from my Mum and  probably wasn't best suited for my age. Fear not teens of today, I have come across a fragrance that is designed specially for teenage girls. Launched last summer in Harrods, Pink Addiction is a perfume created just for teens.

This idea was thought up of when Nabila, the creator, was shopping for a fragrance for her 13 year old sister but was left disappointed when none of the shops she visited sold a fragrance designed exclusively for teens. As a result Pink Addiction was born! 

The fragrance is a sweet mixture of fruity and floral scents. Initial notes of luscious cranberry and sparkling Winter lemons give this perfume a fruity edge. This combined with bottom notes of snowy patchouli and blond wood results in a sweet but creamy soft scent. Now, this wouldn't be a proper review without the opinion of teen...

I had my intern (14 year old sister) test this out for me because I wanted to get a teens view on the fragrance. At first I deliberately made my sister smell the fragrance before seeing the packaging as I didn't want it to influence her thought on the scent. Here's how Amber got on!

"I like the scent, it's nice and sweet. It also smells quite grown up. I don't really like the packaging it's too for teenagers." At this point I had to remind Amber she was a teenager. "I mean it appeals more to young teenagers like the ones who listen to One Direction or Justin Beiber. I don't like the pink either, I'd prefer it if it looked more simple".This didn't surprise me, I knew the packaging wouldn't go down well with her but bare in mind this comes from a teen who listens to Areosmith and plays a ukulele. "I would wear this perfume and I think my friends would too". 

There you go - a review of a fragrance created exclusively for teens, by a teen. I think it's really refreshing to have a teen fragrance that isn't celebrity endorsed. The perfume industry needs to realise that not every teenager likes One Direction or Justin Beiber. It's so nice to see a fragrance that is simply for teens.

If you like to smell girly and sweet, Pink Addiction* will satisfy that need with an added air of sophistication. Available to purchase from Harrods, Pink Addiction edt retails at £19.95 for 50ml. You also get an adorable pink jute bag with each purchase.

19 April 2014

Packing Advice For Beauty Products

If you're following me on Twitter/Instagram you will know I've been on holiday. Apologies for the obligatory holiday photo's if you have yet to see some proper sunshine where you live. Forever in a blogging frame of mind, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you what beauty products I took away with me, Enjoy!

Confession time, I've got a box full of cute minis either from beauty boxes, added extras from purchases or magazine freebies. I like to save them up for weekends away, festivals or holidays. I always try to stifle an audible 'aawww' when I come across travel sized miniatures, I mean come on just look at how dinky they are, SO CUTE! Here are some products I'm using to make travelling with toiletries that little bit easier.

Slim Sonic Toothbrush £19.99*
I've been an electric toothbrush convert for nearly two years now. This portable sonic toothbrush boasts 22,000 strokes a minute ensuring teeth are cleaned efficiently. The protective cap this comes with is perfect for travelling and keeps the head dry and clean. The best part? It comes in loads of different colours, too much choice!
Living Nature Skin Minis £20.39*
If you want to keep up your skincare routine whilst on holiday but don't want to bring all your hefty, full size products with you this kit would be perfect. Complete with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser in travel -friendly 30ml bottles. It's also a great introduction to the brand if you've not tried Living Nature before.
No7 Lip and Eye Screen £7.00
Don't forget to protect your lips when sun-bathing. The skin on your lips can become dry and chapped if you don't use SPF. The area around your eyes is also prone to dryness. This moisturising stick from No7 is a holiday essential, I keep in on me all day and re-apply when need.
Batiste Dry Shampoo £2.99
Hot weather = sweaty head. I couldn't resist picking up this mini Batiste, look how small it is! Other good beauty buys for travelling include the Ted Baker Body Wash, I have this in full-size so just had to pick up the mini version. Charles Worthington do a big range of travel hair care products to suit different hair types. The range is often on 3 for 2 in Boots too! Body Shop Body Butters are such a cult beauty buy, lucky for us they do them in small versions as well.

What are you tips for toiletry packing? 

13 April 2014

Sensationails Gel Starter Kit Review

Despite Gel nails being a huge beauty trend, I've never had mine professionally done. I've always thought of it as too expensive and I don't particularly enjoy visiting salons! I'm much more of a 'do it yourself' kinda girl when it comes to most beauty related things. If you are too, you're going to love what I have to show you today.

Sensationails is a gel nail kit you can do in the comfort of your own home. The kit comes complete with everything you need to create super glossy and durable gel nails. I found the instructions that came with the kit were really easy to follow. The process can be a little time consuming but when you think the results last around 2 weeks I don't mind spending 30 minutes doing my nails! 

I love the shade 'Raspberry Wine' which has some subtle shimmer to it and looks gorgeous on nails. 14 days after application, they are still going strong as promised. There is a slight chip on my thumb but overall I'm really impressed with the longevity of Sensationails. 

The price tag sounds a little scary (£69.99) but it's reasonable when you think how much you would pay each time at a salon for gel nails. The kit allows for 10 applications so you can assure you'll get your moneys worth. After 10 uses you can purchases an Essentials Kit (£25.00) which contains all the products you'll need,minus the LED LAMP, to create 20 more perfectly polished manicures. 

The only downside to Sensationails is the removal process. Even after following the instructions and leaving them to soak in acetone for 15 minutes, they were still a struggle to get off. It can be a bit damaging on nails so I tend to use this kit every other month or for special occasions and holidays. 

Overall, this kit is a must have if you normally get gel nails done professionally or you're just simply sick of chipped nails. This kit is well worth the price tag plus it's on offer at the minute, hooray! With most things, this does take practise so don't worry if it takes a few goes.

The Sensationails Starter Kit* retails for £69.99 but is currently of offer for £45.00 at Boots here. Let me know if you have any questions at all about this! 

30 March 2014

Natural Spring Makeup Look

Spring; the beauty season of lighter bases, pastel shades and sheer lip colours. I love seeing what new product launches come out this time of year and 2014 did not disappoint. I've particularly been impressed with Rimmel, No7 and Maybelline. Today's post is a make up medley perfect for Spring.

No7 Lovely Lashes Mascara £12.95 
The latest mascara from No7 is enriched with Argan oil to help nourish lashes. Argan oil is in pretty much everything now so why not make up! The formula is very glossy making it impossible to get clumpy lashes. The soft bristle brush creates natural looking lashes whilst conditioning. 

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation £9.99
A lighter base is perfect for spring and they don't come much lighted then this whipped creme from Max Factor. This is like a new and improved version of those mousse foundation we all used to own. The product itself feels amazing on skin, the super soft formula blends seamless and creates a natural semi-matte complexion. 

LOLA makeup Eyeshadow 019* £10.00
Part of Lola's new 'Spirited Away' collection for S/S 14 which is influenced by the mesmerising tones and shades that continually roll across desert skies and sun baked vistas. The eye make up for this spring look is all about echoing shades naturally found on lids. This eyeshadow is the perfect natural shade, it helps to hide redness and brighten the eye area. The soft, blendable formula makes this a joy to use.

Bourjois Effect 3D Max Lip Gloss in Corail Idyllic £7.99
The hottest colours for lips this season is orange. I've gone with a subtle shade for any orange lip newbies out there. I'm not really a fan of lip gloss but this doesn't feel tacky or sticky at all. The ultra-shiny formula also helps to keep lips hydrated - bonus!

No7 Blush Palette £12.00
A gorgeous blend of pinks, reds and white to create a gentle flush of colour. The palette also has a very subtle shimmer which gives cheek a radiant glow. Swirl your brush around to get a pretty mix of all the shades or use each section individually. This is hypo-allergenic making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. 
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