Ten Lipsticks Under Ten Pounds

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I love lipstick and I have a rather large collection featuring both high and low end brands in an array of shades. I love lip butters, crayons, glosses, balms, lacquers and stains but it’s lipstick that truly holds a place in my heart and so I thought I’d pick ten of my favourites to share with you. Better yet they’re all under ten pounds.
top ten lipsticks

Number One: Barry M Genie Lipstick £4.49 (here)
Colour:
Hot Pink
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When I think of Barry M I have to admit the first thing that springs to mind for me is their excellent range of nail polish, however I picked up the Barry M Genie Lipstick on a whim and I actually really like it. I expected this to be very dry but this is surprisingly moisturising, it has an apple scent and despite the green colour of the lipstick it alters to your lips to create your own bespoke shade of pink. This may seem gimmicky but the retro packaging isn’t the only thing I’ve fallen in love with, the formula is awesome too.

Number Two: Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in No 7 Natural Beauty £2.30 (here)
Colour: Neutral Pink
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I’ve loved this lipstick for the longest time and it seems that Amelia Liana has recently discovered it for herself as well. This is has a creamy formula that just glides onto the lips without dragging or clinging to any dry patches. It’s a lovely shade that just adds a subtle pigment to your lips which I just love. For those MAC lovers out there, my research shows that this appears to be a dupe of MAC Syrup.

Number Three: L’oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Plum Passion £8.19 (here)
Colour: Deep Raspberry Pink
l'oreal plum passion
I’m not the biggest fan of this formula to be completely honest, I found that after a few uses it seemed to be quite drying and annoyingly it’s loose in the bullet as well, but, having said that, I adore the colour of this lipstick. It’s a deep fuschia pink that looks amazing in the colder seasons. I can wear it alone of I can apply my Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Gloss in Stellar Berry over the top if I feel like some extra shine.

Number Four: MUA Lipstick in Shade 1 £1.00 (here)
Colour: Dark Red
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I find that this is great for those who want to try out red shades but aren’t necessarily comfort with the bright crimson shades that most brands seem to offer. This has a satiny finish that sits comfortably on the lips and adds a touch of glamour to any outfit.

Number Five: Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red £1.99 (here)
Colour: Bright Red
Cherry Red
If you are perfectly comfortable in wearing a bright red lip then this is a lipstick that I would definitely recommend. This does have a satin finish making it a very moisturising formula but when paired with a red lip liner this stays on for ages and doesn’t feather, smudge or bleed. I do have a matte red by Illamasqua in the shade Sangers which is lovely but the shade of this is pretty much identical.

Number Six: Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Pink Mallow £1.99 (here)
Colour: Pale Peachy Pink
This is one lipstick that has become a cult favourite in the beauty world for Natural Collection lovers and with good reason. This is again very moisturising but the colour is a really lovely peachy pink, light enough for spring but with enough warm undertones to prevent it from being a “granny lipstick.”

Number Seven: No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Classic Rose £9.95 (here)
Colour:
Classic Rose Pink
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This is only just within the ten pounds mark but this is probably the most luxurious formula out of all of these lipsticks. Again this glides onto the lips adding a lovely dusky rose shade that’s not too dissimilar from the Essence Lipstick I mentioned earlier. This is really soft and smooth and feels much more expensive and indulgent than in actually is in terms of price.

Number Eight: Rimmel London Moisture Shine Lipstick in Plumful £6.49 (here)
Colour:
Brick red.
plumful
Sadly this shade is no longer available in high street stores however it is widely available online and in wholesale stores and I love the range so much that I just have to mention it. So the shade of this is a deep brick red with leaning more towards the brown side which is great for a vampy look. In terms of the formula this is great, it is hydrating, it’s smooth and silky on the lips and doesn’t drag or feather everywhere. Just talking about this is making me want to dig this out of my stash.

Number Nine: Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive £4.79 (here)
Colour:
Peach Nude
This is a sheerer lipstick so if you love the bold shades and hate the nudes then this isn’t for you, but I find this is a great low maintenance lipstick that fades evenly and coats my lips in a sheer peach colour. This is more sheer and less creamy than a MAC formula but this does make a good alternative to MAC’s Pure Zen Lipstick.

Number Ten: Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle £4.79 (here)
Colour:
Pink Nude
This is very similar to Beehive, so much that if it wasn’t so budget friendly I wouldn’t own both shades. This is another sheer nude colour however this is more pink toned which is great if you find that warm tones wash you out or make you look ill. Again this is very hydrating and creamy and great if you don’t have time to regularly top up your lipstick throughout the day.

So there we have it, my ten lipsticks under ten pounds and I can happily recommend each one of them. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments some of your favourite lipsticks that are under ten pounds.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

What’s on my wishlist #1

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I’m not going to deny it my wishlist is huge BUT I like having something to work towards and watching an abudance of beauty vlogs and reading an army of beauty blogs just makes me want so many more things. So I thought it would be fun to share with you ten things on my wishlist that I think look great so you guys can want them too!
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1) Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil in Raspberry £18.00 (clarins.co.uk)
I love using treatments and oils on my hair and face so the idea of one on my lips quite frankly excites me. Seeing as I’d be paying £18.00 why not go the whole hog and get the pink version to add a tint to my lips as well? #Beautybloggerlogic.

2) Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara £13.00 (boots.com)
For some unknown reason I missed the magazine that gave one of these away as a freebie and I have been curling up in the fetal position on the floor of my shower crying ever since. I jest, but I do really like the sound of this. I never apply mascara to my bottom lashes because I know that it will inevitably, run and smudge leaving me looking like I’ve had a fight with a tub of tar but this sounds like a great solution.

3) Japonesque Precision Eyelash Definer Comb £6.50 (beautybay.com)
I hate those cheap plastic eyelash combs that come on the end of doe foot applicators and quite frankly they wouldn’t even be good enough to brush through my boyfriend’s toe hair. BUT, having said that this Japonesque comb is made of metal to really get to the root of your lashes and for someone who has eyelashes that criss-cross and grow whichever way they fancy this would be a useful tool to own.

4) Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black £7.99 (boots.com)
I’ve recently been trying out gel and felt tip liners or should I say I’ve given up on them. After dud and after dud (and I’m looking at YOU Eyeko and Collection) I thought that all hope was lost, until some  several bright sparks commented on how this eyeliner is a dupe for the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner which is roughly triple the price. Need I say more? No I don’t think I do.

5) MUA Peel Off Base Coat £1.00 (muastore.com)
So I need a base coat and I’m a student therefore I’m going to live up to the stigma and stereotype of being a student and opt for the cheapest one available because that’s what we do right? (Please ignore the fact that only two months ago I spent over £70 on two Urban Decay palettes that is not relevant here.) This MUA base coat sounds great, you plonk your nail polish on the top and when it chips peel off the base coat to prevent damage to the nails and to inevitably save cash on nail polish remover. This my friends is an investment.

6) Nuxe Rev De Miel Lip Balm £9.50 (marksandspencer.com)
A girl can never have too many lips balms… Okay that’s a lie right there I have over seven and that’s bordering on ridiculous, however my materialistic, beauty hoarding, lip balm loving self disagrees and this one looks like a cute little pot of luxury.

7) Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk £5.00 (cutecosmetics.co.uk)
I think I’m lactose intolerant so I need this in my collection just for the irony, and of course the fact that this is a cult product that everyone is raving about. I have pretty much every colour of these on my wishlist however Milk is definitely the one I really want to try on the inner corners of my eyes.

8) Soap and Glory Solar Powder £11.00 (soapandglory.com)
I really take bronzer for granted and it’s something I could live without so why I feel the need to buy another one when I have four at the moment I cannot fathom, but I do and this one looks rather appealing. Being pale as a ghost most bronzers make me look more than a little tangoed so this one seems quite a decent option.

9) Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten £13.00 (boots.com)
So I wanted this for ages, and I went to Boots, and I swatched it, and I fell in love even more, and I had the cash to buy it. So what did I do? I walked away and didn’t buy it. What. A. Fool. I still want this and swatching it just made me want it even more so maybe next time I’ll actually take it to the till.

10) The Balm Frat Boy Blusher £15.50 (feelunique.com)
I have no idea why but I’m really having to concentrate on not typing “Fat Boy.” Nevertheless fat or slim this is a really nice coral toned blush and the fact that my Mum took my only matte coral blush can only mean one thing. I get to buy another. #Beautybloggerlogic.

If you made it to the end of this post and managed to tolerate my incessant rambling then you deserve one of these items. Nevertheless I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you could only pick one of these items which one would you choose?

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Studio London Makeup Brush Collection

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Up until Christmas the only makeup brushes that I owned and treasured were my beloved Real Techniques Core Collection, a cheap powder brush, an Avon Concealer Brush and a Seventeen Blusher Brush so I was over the moon when my friend Neelofar bought me the Studio London Makeup Brush Collection. Not only are these brushes super soft, (I’m having a love affair with the powder brush) but they’re so versatile, so here’s my review.
studio london box
(I do not own this photo copyright and credit goes to rightful owners)

So here is the box of the brushes (I’ve thrown my box) and not only is the packaging gorgeous. I love the minimalist black and white with the inky splodges, but it houses five beautiful brushes. This isn’t available in stores at the moment but from research I believe that this was priced at £7.50 from Superdrug which is really budget friendly.
studio london brushes
The brushes have firm plastic handles and are incredibly soft, better yet these don’t shed or scratch my skin which is what I usually end up griping about. Within this set I got: a powder brush, an eyeliner brush, an angled lip brush, a precision eye shadow brush, a blending eyeshadow brush and a powder brush (or as it says on the box blush!).

Powder Brush
powder brush
First up is the powder brush, this is my absolute favourite because it’s softer than all of the makeup brushes Ihave ever tried. This is wide and dense enough to pick up product but not so dense that it has no flexibility. I actually use this as a blusher brush because my Seventeen Blusher Brush is scratchy and sheds like crazy. I absolutely love this.
Angled Lip Brush
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This isn’t soft like the powder brush but I believe that once I’ve washed it, it will be. This angled of this is great for precision and the hollow centre of the brush prevents it from being too dense and less flexible. The only think I wish that was this was a little smaller because I don’t have huge lips, however I prefer this over my No7 Lip Brush.
Eyeliner Brush
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I haven’t given this a full go yet as I don’t have a gel liner but from trying it with eyeshadow it’s pretty decent. It needs a wash to soften it up but it seems sturdy which is what I want from an eyeliner brush so I’m looking forward to giving this a go.
Blending Eye shadow Brush
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So here is the blending eyeshadow brush, I do like this because the tapered white tip is incredibly soft, and rather than being very stiff it does rotate. The slight stiffness is a pro because it means it’s not going to splay but if I could change one thing I would make it slightly fluffier. I personally find this on par with the Urban Decay brush I got in my Naked 2 Palette.
Precision Eyeshadow Brush
precision eye brush
The final brush is the precision eyeshadow brush and if I’m completely honest this is my least favourite. It is soft and flexible but the brush itself is too wide to be precise in my opinion and it’s completely round all the way around with a dome top meaning that this isn’t great for nooks and crannies.

Overall I’m impressed with this brush set and I’ve been getting a lot of use out of it, I’d definitely recommend it and I’m so grateful to my friend for buying me this, it’s a truly lovely gift so thanks Neela!

The Studio London Makeup Up Brush Collection is available on Amazon and Ebay and in selected Superdrug stores.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, do you have any great budget brushes? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Mica Beauty (formerly Micabella) Cosmetics Jewels Hand and Body Lotion Review

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I hate salesmen or should I say I hate the job of a salesman. Naturally it’s not their fault and they’re getting paid to do a job, but there is nothing more I dislike when shopping wheen a salesman gets in my face when I’m carrying eight bags and will not p**s off and stop making me feel guilty until I buy something or take a free sample.

A funny anecdote here was when me and my friend Rachel (over at sensescentcentral.wordpress.com) were shopping in Meadowhall for Christmas. We got cornered by a salesman I took the sample of his hand cream and poor Rachel had her nails filed, told him she hated them and then screamed and accused him of trying to take her hand off (if you’re reading this Rachel then you are an IDIOT). I’m digressing but at least from the whole experience I got a free sample of the Mica Beauty (formerly known as Micabella) Cosmetics Jewel Hand and Body Lotion.
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So here is the sample of the product and for a sample it’s actually really cute. I love the jewel shape and design of the packaging, the logo and the writing, it’s elegant and pretty. This claims to be a hand and body lotion but I just used this on my hands to see how it worked. The full size of this is the Mica Beauty Jewels Line The Diamond Collection: Mademoiselle Hand and Body Lotion (ugh another long winded name) and is priced at a whopping £40.00.

In terms of the texture of the product it was of course a white cream, however it had a really greasy feel to it like glycerin which I really disliked, as opposed to leaving my hands soft my hands actually felt drier an hour later and initially after applying the product my hands felt sweaty and clammy. Gross.

The smell of this was awful, very chemically but the brand had tried to cover it up with a scent. Unfortunately the “scent” of this product smelled cheap and nasty like cheap washing up liquid which again is just nasty.

Honestly? This product didn’t do it for me, I’d much rather repurchase my L’Occitane Almond Milk Hand Cream which is far nicer, better quality and is cheaper too.

Sorry Mica Beauty but this product just doesn’t do it for me.

The Mica Beauty Jewels Line The Diamond Collection: Mademoiselle Hand and Body Lotion is available here for £40.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have ever had a bad experience with a salesman and what the best and worst hand creams you have tried are.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

 

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing

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There’s a huge hype about the Rimmel London Scandaleyes range in the bloggersphere and I’ve already tried and reviewed the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl in Nude (which I love by the way) and another item I picked up was the Rimmel London Scandaeyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing, a beautifully creamy eye crayon that is amazing as a base or on its own. As usual here’s my thoughts.
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So this is the shadow stick in question and as you can see mine is well loved and has been sharpened a few times (note this actually fits the large hole in a sharpener without problems!) the packaging is simply a crayon with a lid and I love the black and silver teamed with the colour of the product at the bottom of the crayon, simple yet effective. The price of one of these beauties is £4.49 which is more than reasonable for an excellent quality product.

The texture of this is super creamy without being slippy. I can apply this on it’s own to my lids without it creasing or I can apply other shadows over the top. I personally like to use this under the brow bone or along my lower lash line when I’m wearing other neutral shadows and it works beautifully. It’s very versatile and can be used as a shadow, eyeliner or brow highlight which is great for me as I love multi functional products.

In terms of the colour this is a brown with a champagney tint to it, this is metallic and looks really pretty without being too heavy or too in your face. I’ve inserted a photo below of swatches from other well known eyeshadows and products so you can see this is a dupe or an alternative for many other brands.
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The swatch at the top left hand corner is this product and as you can see this shade is comparable to other eyeshadows by Urban Decay, Maybelline, Inglot, L’oreal, MAC and By Terry to name a few.

Overall I adore this and I will be picking more up from the range, I have tried one from the Rimmel Kate range (review coming soon) which is pants in comparison but this one from the Scandaleyes range is stunning and I can’t wait to try more, Bulletproof Beige and Bad Bronze are also quite popular and I’d highly recommend these crayons.

The Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks (including this shade) are available here for £4.49.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this or any of the other eyeshadows swatched and what your thoughts are.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Essence Blush Up! Powder Blush in Heatwave Review

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I vividly remember the day that Essence beauty came to the UK, only days after the launch in Wilkos and after reading a montage of great reviews I rushed out and purchased some products, then a few months later went and grabbed some more. One of the products that I fell for big style was the Essence Blush Up! Powder Blush in Heatwave. A gradient style blusher that was (and still is) unlike any other blusher that I have owned or tried and that’s big words coming from me. Here’s my thoughts.
essence blush up powder blush
So this is the product, my packaging is a little dirty (say hello to the big splodge of kohl) but I like to say that it’s well love. The plastic packaging is clear with silver writing but I think that the gradient blusher speaks for, and advertises itself. The product is priced at a mere £3.50.
essece blush swatch
Rather than a swatch or the product on my face (it’s very dark out and my camera is washing out the colour) I thought I’d show you the product on the brush so you can see it mixed together. The colour is a bright orange and hot pink gradient in the pan, which when swirled together oon a brush creates a summery fusion of colour.

In terms of the product, this product is pigmented yet blends well and feels incredibly soft and silky on the skin, it lasts all day when I apply it to the apples of my cheeks with my blusher brush.

I think what I really love (aside from the packaging and soft texture) is the colour, this isn’t an orange or a pink or a coral, to me it’s a unique colour in it’s own right and it’s nothing like any of the blushers I own making it really unique.

I love this and am incredibly impressed, Essence have also released a pink version of this which I’m not too fussed about because it looks as if it would be similar to Benefit’s Hervana which I recently bought, but I do love this orange toned blusher.

I love this and although I have at least fifteen other blushers (I counted) I would repurchase this as it’s so different. I would definitely recommend.

The Essence Blush Up! Powder Blush in Heatwave is available here for £3.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have or would try this.

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Love x
Nina

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

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Whether I like to admit it or not I definitely have a tendency to be lazy. When I need to gets stuff done such as uni deadlines I always meet them but I do always put things such as tidying the house on a backburner so I thought it would be both amusing and appropriate to do the Procrastating Beauty Blogger Tag especially as all my final deadlines are coming up.

Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
I’m trying to think but I’m not sure I keep on top of skincare, makeup, hair and body care I suppose it has to be face masks and especially face scrubs. It’s just finding the time to wait half an hour with them on.

Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
I’d like to say yes and I do try to wash them but I know that I don’t wash them as much as I should. (Don’t tell anyone though!)

How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I’m pretty good with nail polish but it depends, on my toenails I’ll let it chip as much as it wants whereas on my fingernails I’ll usually paint my nails at least once a week and use a top coat. At the moment I’ve bitten my nails too much and the skin around them is sore so I’ll be leaving them a while. Thankfull I have a pale nail polish on (Essie’s Muchi Muchi) so it doesn’t look too terrible.

How long will you put off buying/replacing a product even if you really need it?
If I need a product I’ll buy it as soon as I can afford to but usually I have backups of different products to try, so most of the time I’ll just switch onto something else. If I really hate the other products I have then I will go and replace my favourite if I really need to.

What’s your worst beauty habit?
I don’t think there’s anything that is particular terrible in terms of beauty but there are things I want to improve on. Biting my nails is up there, I managed to grow them myself with sheer willpower but this past week has been so stressful with deadlines that I did bite them. I know I should wash my makeup brushes more but I’m pretty vigilant when it comes to things like skincare and hygiene so there’s nothing there that’s a major beauty sin.

When going somewhere do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
If I’m going out then I will allocate time to get ready usually more than I need so I’m not too bad for this. If I get up late or something I know that I can get ready in half an hour and if worst comes to worst and I’m in a major rush I’ll just change my regime for example rather than straightening and styling my hair I’ll wear it in a messy bun or ponytail.

Can you commit to a spending ban?
I’m a student so yes I can and I do most of the time, I’m usually the one that ends of lending other people money because I won’t spend it until I start the next week (I allocate myself a weekly budget) or if it’s a big splurge then I won’t do it until I get paid. I’m usually skint simply because of helping others.

How organized is your makeup and nail polish collection?
I’d say quite organised I have a huge metal rack for perfume, skincare and haircare and then books and things and most of my makeup is in a filing cabinet which I’ve sectioned, the only things I’m bad with is bulkier items where I just haven’t come up with a storage solution yet. I think my hair straighteners (which I leave unplugged) have taken up a permanent residence on my bedroom floor, but hey I never said I was perfect!

On a side note I popped my first ever spot today, never in all f my twenty years of life had I done this before and it was the single most horrifying and gross moment ever. I can watch gory films and heart surgery on Grey’s Anatomy and all that jazz without being bothered but that just freaked me, how is it that people enjoy it!

So that is it for this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button, let me know in the comments some of your answers to this tag and what your laziest beauty sin is.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Avon Nail Experts Mira-cuticle Vanishing Complex Review

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Although I regularly paint my nails, because they’re so small and bitten I’ve never really bothered with the whole manicure jazz. Having said that when my mum gave me the Avon Nail Experts Mira-Cuticle Vanishing Complex to try I was intrigued, with it having claimed to reduce, minimize, restore and vanish cuticles I was eager to see what effect it would have.
avon nail experts vanishing complex
So here is the product which comes in a black box with white writing. First of all let’s talk about the name. From here on I’m just going to refer to it as “the product” because quite frankly typing out an eight word product name is a pain. Dear Avon, there’s a saying which goes “less is more”, this definitely applies in this case, long names are overrated, a pain in the ass to remember and just silly so I’m not a fan of that. The product itself looks quite bland, bog standard white tubing with black writing and  a screw off lid it’s plain, boring and just doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’m not sure on the price of this product as it has now been discontinued but I’ve seen it on Ebay and Amazon for aroudn £6.50 although I’m sure that Avon will have charged a lot more.

The product squeezes out of the tube as a white cream, I never bother with things like cuticle nippers because a) they look scary and difficult to use and b) I’ve heard and read that they’re not good for you. I can imagine that by cutting and slicing your cuticles your pretty much asking for an infection, so this did seem like a great alternative.

I usually gently push my cuticles back with a cuticle pusher or an orange stick but I applied this cream first to see if it would help. This literally did nothing other than make my nails and cuticles slimy and slippy. This definitely didn’t melt away my cuticles which I had expected, it didn’t soften them or prevent them from growing up my nails or anything. To be honest it seemed pretty pointless.

The smell was just plain and to me smelled like unfragranced cream so nothing too exciting, the packaging was dull and the product did nothing for me. Overall I don’t hate this I just found it rather anticlimatic, I wouldn’t repurchase and judging from the slight change in smell I believe this has or is close to its expiry date so I’ll be binning this and I won’t be repurchasing.

The Avon (oh for god sake I can’t type out that name again) Cuticle Cream is available here for £7.60 including postage.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have tried this product and what your verdict is on longwinded names for beauty products do you rate them or hate them?

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Makeup Tutorial

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I love art, and I did it as a GCSE and got an A. One of my favourite movements to study was the Pop Art Movement, in particular artwork by Roy Lichtenstein. Today I’ve put together a tutorial for you, so you can use this art inspired makeup look as a fancy dress costume.

The Inspiration
I wanted to share with you, what pop art really looks like just in case some of you have not come across it before. It’s similar to comic book art and the artist Roy Lichtenstein used pixelated dots, far away from the image it appears standard but close up it is made of pixels. Here is some of his artwork, these photos are taken from Google all copyright and credit goes to rightful owners.
famous pop art

The Tutorial
Onto the tutorial now, and I drew my inspiration from these images.

Eye Makeup
The first thing I did was to start the eye makeup. First of all I used my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl in Black to line my upper lash line and tightline. I then applied lashings of my Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara before applying my Revlon Beyond Natural Double Wink Eyelashes. Next I applied my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl in Nude to my waterline. To create the tear drop I took my GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Sky High to create the wavy shape of tears and a tear drop and then coloured them in. I then used my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl in Black to outline these before using my Sleek Brow Kit in Dark to create really bold brows.
just eyes

Face Makeup
Up next was face and I started my applying my Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory to my entire face before adding my Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation in Ivory to get a matte finish. Next I took the same black eyeliner I used earlier and I outlined my face and drew in the planes so down my nose and around my nostrils, my cheekbones and jaw and chin. I then took my Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair to apply dots across my entire face. I didn’t blend these in as I wanted these to look like pixels.
* Note Don’t blend any of this, the minute you blend everything will smear it’s supposed to be applied like this and left.
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Lip Makeup
For my lips I wanted them to be matte red however I also wanted to create the illusion of shine where the light is bouncing off them. I used my Moonlove Lip Liner in Scarlet by Pantina Cosmetics to outline my lips, then I drew in a shine mark and coloured in my lips around the mark. I then applied my Illamasqua Lipstick in Sangers onto my lips leaving the white space blank.
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Chest and Neck Makeup
The final part to this was creating a “Pow” exclamation on my neck. I did this my using the same red lip liner to draw out the shape and the letters. I then used a yellow eyeshadow from my Beauty UK Eyeshadow Palette in Soho to fill in the letters, before using the same black kohl mentioned earlier to outline.
pow

As a finishing touch I created a thought bubble by cutting some white card into a cloud shape and writing on it. I then used tape to secure this to a headband.

Final Look
final 1

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this tutorial and if you would like me to do any particular looks please let me know!

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Vichy Idealia Life Serum Skin Idealizer Serum Review

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Back in February I wrote my first post about Vichy Skincare after getting to sample their Eye Contour Cream (read about it here) and they did send me another sample of the Idealia Life Serum. After trying the eye cream and being quite impressed with it, I’ve been looking forward to trying this serum, here’s my thoughts.
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So this is the little sachet of the product, I have to say I’m in love with the packaging of the full sized product. Think of a baby pink glass bottle, teamed with a silver lid and that’s what we have. The full sized version of this product is priced at £29.50 sitting comfortably in the middle of the typical price range for a serum.

The idea of this product is similar to that of a primer, this is a paraben free product and claims to improve the tone and texture of your skin whilst reducing pores. The idea behind this is that on a daily basis our skin is affected by sun exposure, pollution and if you’re me cigarette smoke. All of these factors can take a toll on our skin making it look dull and lack-lustre.

The product description is as follows:
Clinically proven efficacy on skin exposed to daily excesses: overstressed, pollution, uv overexposed, unbalanced diet. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Enriched with a unique combination of LR2412+LHA molecules, the formula helps transform the appearance of skin quality, affected by our environment and regular excesses: fatigue, stress, overexposure to the sun, pollution, cigarette smoke or an unbalanced diet.
Instantly, complexion looks radiant and fresh, with a more even tone. Pores appear tightened and skin texture feels refined. Facial features look rested and skin looks younger and healthier.
Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control.

- Hypoallergenic
- With soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water
- Non-comedogenic
- Paraben-free
Can be used on its own or under your daily moisturiser.

To really test this product I have applied it to a freshly cleansed face without adding moisturiser onto the top. The product is lightly fragranced it smells really fresh and clean but thankfully doesn’t irritate my skin. The texture is a white runny lightweight cream that just sinks into the skin and feels really lovely and refreshing.
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Before
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After

You may not be able to see much difference in the photos but from careful observing on my face I can note the following:
*My face feels refreshed and the texture is much smoother and much more even.
* Although my pores are not 100% gone, there is a dramatic reduction in the size and visibility of them.
*My redness has gone down and my spots and blemishes appear more blurred.

Overall I’m impressed, I think that this does work on my skin and has instant results, I would definitely consider buying the full size of this when I get paid.

The Vichy Idealia Life Serum is available here for £29.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you can see a difference to my face and if you have tried any Vichy products before.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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