Monday, 20 May 2013

Calvin Klein Lipstick Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick - Orange Too

I am trying to expand my lipstick collection, and as I don’t currently own a corral shade that is exactly what I had set my mind on buying. As usual though, my plans changed when I spotted this Calvin Klein in a local discount shop, and that is what I ended up going home with.
Normally costing around £10, the lipstick (which I purchased in the colour Orange Too) is an orange toned red with a subtle gold shimmer which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it! In the bullet the colour is a dull orange however when worn it is a lot brighter and quite glossy as well. Also, on the subject of the bullet, the shape was a bit different. At first I wasn’t a fan, but its shape actually makes it a lot easier to apply, which is obviously a plus.
The packaging itself is nothing overly fantastic. I normally prefer a cylindrical shape, but it’s not like you wear the packaging so that doesn’t really matter that much. Plus, unusually, the end doesn’t reflect the colour so you have to take the lid off to see the colour. Again this isn’t a massive problem, just something worth mentioning.

For comfort I would give this lipstick full marks, it was easy to apply and didn’t smudge either. I would suggest wearing a balm underneath, but then I would always say that so that’s not really much of a note.
In short, this is not a colour for the faint hearted as it is extremely bright and with its orange undertones it isn’t exactly universally wearable however I really liked it and I think in the summer this is going to look fab! I also really like the texture of the lipstick so overall it’s a great product which I would fully recommend!

Price- 2/5 I paid only £2 for mine which is ridiculously good, but £10 is a different kettle of fish! I think that I could probably find a decent enough dupe for a fraction of the price. However, it can be bought from Amazon at around £3 so I’d definitely recommend looking around there.
Packaging -3/5
Quality- 4/5


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Revlon Photoready foundation

If you’re anything like me and you haven’t yet found your miracle foundation then you may just want to give this a try.

Revlon has always been a brand that has appealed to me, though for a high street brand some of their products can be a bit pricey. However, after being let down by several different foundations I decided to give this a go, and oh my goodness am I glad that I did!
The packaging drew me initially as, unlike other Revlon foundations, this contains a pump which is an essential for hygiene and ease. Secondly, the glass looks upmarket and is very sturdy so ideal for taking with you on holiday without the risk of leakages.
On to the actual product … Firstly I’ll say that until I tried this I had never tried a foundation which matched my skin tone. Revlon to the rescue! This shade is perfect and blends well which means no horrid orange tideline. MIRACLE! There is also no biscuit-y fake tan smell that many other foundations have.

While wearing this foundation it almost feels as if I’m not wearing any make up at all. I was also impressed by its longevity. While due to my oily t-zone I did need to reapply my powder occasionally, my foundation was fine without a top up all day. Again, this was very impressive!

My only small qualm (aside from the price) is that around my nose the foundation sort of ‘bunched up’ and created a thick crease which I had to blend. It also accentuated my pores in the area which looked a bit odd, but nothing a quick blend couldn’t fix.

Overall I am really impressed with this and will absolutely be repurchasing when I run out!

Price- 3/5
Packaging -4/5
Quality- 4/5

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Sk:N Exfoliating Cleanser

After years and years of just cleansing my face with facial wipes and then smoothing over a bit of moisturiser (and suffering with terrible skin as a result) I decided was enough was enough. The facial wipes went in the bin and I haven’t looked back since.

In my search for a perfect cleaner for my oily spot prone skin I turned to good old Boots and trawled for days and days through goodness knows how many different brands. After looking at the reviews which Boots website users were posting I decided on the cleanser that was going to path my way to clearer skin, and that cleanser was this: Sk:N Exfoliating Cleanser with Salicylic acid.

Let me tell you now, at its normal price of £20 I would not have even given this product a second glance. However, Boots had this particular product reduced down to £13…Still a great deal more than I initially intended to spend, but a great decision. I took the plunge. Oh how glad I am that I did!

Sk:N Exfoliating cleanser is great! Firstly, it looks great both in and out of the packaging. The cleanser is sold in a tall blue and white box, very clinical looking. Inside is a tall cylindrical container with a pop up lip, great for pouring out the right amount of product.

The product itself is a clear gel like cleanser with a lovely fresh yet slightly chemical smell, but don’t let this put you off, it is quite a pleasant smell really, or at least I think so.

Now for the effectiveness…let’s just say I adore it. As my first dip into the world of cleansing washes I could not have asked for more! I noticed after my first wash that my skin felt a lot less oily, pores looked smaller and red patches of skin were slightly reduced. I also felt really refreshed. After a few washes with this I started to notice a reduction in the small pimples I had on my forehead, HURRAY! Nothing I had tried before had been even a fraction as effective is such a short amount of time.

A month after purchasing this and my skin is almost free of spots, I haven’t really had a dramatic break out since I started using this and obviously this is a big selling point for me.

All in all I would most definitely recommend this product. I’m still sure whether I would pay £20 pounds for this but if it is on offer again soon I’ll definitely be stocking up. Not to say I have run out, on the contrary I still have loads left, so pretty good value for money considering my initial thought was that you don’t get an overly huge amount of product for the price.

I have been well and truly converted to this sort of cleanser. Will I buy it again? Maybe, but I think it would be interesting to try some other similar products before I dedicate myself to this brand.

Price- 3/5
Packaging -4/5
Quality- 4/5


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Garnier Pure Active Anti Blackhead Deep Pore Wash

Ok so I’ve really been kicking it up a notch in terms of skincare, and while on holiday when I realised I hadn’t got anything in the scrub/facial wash department I hurried out to buy something and this caught my eye. Obviously as I was on holiday I was on a budget and this cost me just £3.32 from TESCO.
Off the bat I’ll say that I love this product. Almost everything about it is perfect, and I don’t say that often. It’s cheap, it’s exfoliating and it gets rid of facial nasties like blackheads and product build-up like a dream! I can’t believe I hadn’t bought it sooner!

The deep pore wash is a bluish tinted transparent gel with small dark blue beads in it. It has an artificial small, but it’s not unpleasant, in fact, I almost like it. It smells almost clay-like. It also contains salicylic acid, which is literally a spot prone skin miracle worker.
I use this mostly in the evenings now that I’m back at home, alternating with my more expensive cleanser from Sk:N and I am so, so pleased with the results! My skin looks fresher and less spotty and oily, and feels tingly clean. I would recommend without a doubt!

Price- 5/5
Packaging -3/5
Quality- 5/5

 (I should probably invest in a more gentle cleanser as both the aforementioned are exfoliating and  the Sk:N exfoliating cleanser contains salicylic acid as well.)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Rimmel London 60 seconds Review – How do you lilac it?

I’ve been excited to try out this sort of pastel shade of purple for a while, but my budget has not allowed until now.

I spotted this Rimmel nail varnish in my local pharmacy and instantly fell in love. I love how it is a very slightly darker shade of purple than the traditional pastel shades I’ve seen around, and the colour is more robust as well.

I love the thick but workable consistency of this product. It was opaque in two coats and dried quickly which is a bonus as I am the worst for lazily forgetting to wait and smudging or pulling the colour away, causing me more trouble. Luckily I encountered none of that here. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it was dry in 60 seconds, maybe closer to 2-3 minutes but still a lot quicker than many other brands.

Overall I love this collection. There is a great selection of colours on offer and they’re really reasonable too at just £3.69. I’ll definitely be stocking up. Plus the OPI-esque names are really cute as well. I’m sold!

I completed this look with Collection 2000 Bedazzled Nail Effects in Tea at the Glitz, another equally cutely named lacquer which is great for parties or as a shiny eye catcher accent on one nail. The only problem with this is the problem I see with every glitter nail varnish…It is HELLISH to get off!  Other than that there is nothing I don’t like, the price of £2.99 is reasonable and, from a distance, over the Rimmel varnish the Nail Effects sort of emulates an eggshell pattern which is very popular of late.
When all is said and done, two very lovely nail varnishes here that I’ll definitely put to good use in the spring months.

Price- 4/5

Packaging -3/5

Quality- 4/5

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Review - Black Cherry

Not since Iron Man 2 have I wanted so much to like something. Unfortunately, just like the terribly flawed sequel to one of the best Marvel films of all time, the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick has fallen short of my expectations.
I first came across this lipstick on line a few months ago when I was looking for a colour that would match that of the newest bond girl Severine's. (I know, that's a bit odd, but if you've seen the film you'll know that she also looked AMAZING and I was trying my best to emulate the look for an awards evening that I was attending.)
I became aware after hours of make up tutorial searching that one lipstick was being frequently guessed it, the aforementioned Revlon lipstick in the shade Black Cherry.
As I said before, I really, really wanted to like this lipstick, but practically as soon as I got it home I noticed flaws that I just could not work with.
Firstly, there is the consistency. This lipstick is SO runny that it was impossible to apply within my lip line! I tried again and again about 6 or 7 times to no avail! Finally I gave up and decided that I would blot it right out and try it as a sort of lip stain. A big mistake. I looked like I had been socked in the jaw. My lips looked puffy and red, and not in a nice natural a drunken make up disaster sort of way. All I'd have to do it smear my mascara a bit and backcomb my hair and I could have been an extra in Skins!
Secondly there is the wear durability. Having given up on making the lipstick look neat I settled for a just OK appearance and moved on. Sigh. Again I was disappointed. It lasted barely fifteen minutes before running down my lips and smearing onto my CHIN!?! And that's before I had even tried to drink anything.
The colour is one thing I (sort of) can't dispute. In the bullet it is a vampy purple, almost black colour (though in the photo it looks sort of sandy brown, I don't know why.. A bit daunting to say the least. However, when applied it is a dark red wine colour. Very sophisticated for a night out but not wearable everyday I wouldn't say. Unfortunately, the colour also often comes out with bits of dark pigment. I have no idea why this is and it looks dreadful. Sigh again.
Finally after about 15 tries I managed to achieve a look that was completely dreadful.
One thing I can say it Revlon's defence is that the formula is certainly glossy, and looks lovely for the first few minutes, but where there is one step in the right direction there are another two askew. This is by no means moisturising and seemed to sap the moisture from my lip balm and my very lips themselves, ANOTHER turn-off.
In short I would not recommend this lipstick, as although I've seen it worn fabulously by other beauty bloggers, I just could not get along with this. Call me cheap but at £7.49 and with Revlon being such a trusted brand I was expecting a lot more. It did come in quite nice packaging though, but the see-through top of the lid was a bit weird.
 Price- 2/5
Packaging -4/5
Quality- 2/5

Monday, 6 May 2013

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick

I was trawling the shops just before my holiday in Cornwall, looking for some last minute beauty bargains when I came across this Kate Moss lipstick from Rimmel, reduced to £2.50 at my local pharmacy! I couldn't believe it and immediately decided upon this shade, no.19.

I am VERY impressed! Shade no.19 is a perfect nude semi matte lip colour with fantastic pigmentation and amazing staying power. It lasted around 3 hours on my lips (which normally dry out insanely fast!). This is perfect for every day wear and quite subtle, but I also wore this on a night out and found that with statement eye make up this is brilliant.  Plus it is a lot easier to wear that many other lipsticks that I have tried, which makes it great to pop into your bag for on the go as well!
I'm sold! I'll definitely be picking up another one of these lipsticks very soon! I'd love to try a darker shade like no.4, a deep purple colour.
Normally priced at £5.49 here at Boots, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick is great, I would definitely recommend!
Price- 5/5
Packaging -4/5
Quality- 4/5