Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara Review

I love a free sample and a while ago one of my friends sent my a Chanel sample via So Post and I got a mini Chanel Mademoiselle fragrance as well as a sample of the Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara. This is actually the first Chanel product I think I’ve tried, the brand in my mind is the creme de la creme of high end and is one of the pricier brands out there so £25 on a mascara is a little steep for me for a product that won’t last long. Despite this line of thinking, I have always wanted to try some Chanel products so I’ve really enjoyed using this for a full week, here’s my thoughts.

I have a deluxe packaging so the packaging is different ot the full size, this cute sample it in a tube that looks like a squeezy tube but is in fact more rigid, I love the iconic monochrome theme with the packaging and it’s so easy to transport. Of course the full size is much more luxe, a weighty looking tube with drop shadows to highlight the dimensions, gold banding and a not so sweet price tag of £25.00.

So what is this mascara aiming to achieve? Boots describes the Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara as the following:

A mascara that focuses on the essential. Length, curl, definition, volume and care: it provides just enough coverage to intensify the expression of the eyes and reveal their every dimension. Application is made easy with the intuitive brush and creamy texture. The longwearing formula does not run. A paraffin wax with elastic properties to lengthen lashes. Two film-forming agents that coat the lashes and define the curve that is created by the movement of the brush. A combination of four waxes with nylon microbeads to thicken lashes. A lupin extract derivative to nourish lashes. Hydrophobic agents to resist humidity, perspiration and sebum. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

When I first opened this tube I noticed the typical mascara smell, this doesn’t seem to have any fragrance but it just has this universal mascara scent. I did also notice that the formula feels very dry to the point where as I was applying this it did lean towards feeling almost crumbly and it was a tad flaky. So, if you do enjoy a very wet feeling mascara then this won’t be you, with this it’s dry all the way.

I was indifferent towards this brush, I do love plastic brushes for separation and length but thick fiber brushes like this one are great for layering on coats for full voluminous lashes. I did feel like the handle was very short which led me to really sitting close to the mirror to work with this, having said that once I curled my lashes I found that this helped to hold the curl and even without curling, this mascara is great for really getting into the roots of your lashes to provide root to tip lift.

I was surprised by this, usually I find that mascaras are either length or volume but this managed to combine both, I had a lot of volume at the roots of my lashes and then that coveted flutteriness at the tips with zero clumps. I did also find that unlike a lot of wet mascaras this didn’t transfer all of my eyelid when applying like usual so great start.

(Before: Naked lashes)

(After: Wearing Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara)

Whoa look at the difference! I really feel like this gives me a full lash effect, I even purposefully avoiding lining my tightline and found that the mascara made that look more defined as well, very very impressed.

Onto the downsides, of course the cost is a factor especially given that mascaras expire within 3-6 months so need to be replaced often. I also found that throughout the day this did run a little at my outer corners leaving behind some minor smudges (though not as bad as my usual smudges). Finally the formula is very dry which is fine but it can be a tad flakey and I do think that if you didn’t use this up one opened it would dry out to the point of being unusuable so it is an everyday mascara.

Aside from that, I’ll admit I’m very impressed, my top mascaras are the Benefit They’re Real and the L’oreal Telescopic and I think this is definitely up there,. In fact I used the L’oreal today and was slightly disappointed at the results after using the Chanel for a week…I’m not sure if I’d repurchase or recommend based on the cost but if you have the cash to spare it’s a decent mascara and definitely one for me for those treat yourself times!

The Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara is available from Boots for £25.00.

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 tried this mascara and what Chanel products that you would recommend! I’ve opened Pandora’s Box now so I can see myself trying more…

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Seventeen Cheek and Lip Stain Gel Tint in Perky Pink Review

Come summertime I love cheek and lip tints, I’ll admit I never really wear them on my lips since they have a tendency to gather at the centre of the lip and to sink into any fine lines but I do love them on the cheeks for a watercolour stain effect that looks so fresh and healthy. I picked this one up from Seventeen a while ago not expecting much but it’s actually really impressed me and I’m now wishing I picked up the coral shade as well. Sadly Seventeen has been discontinued by Boots however, I’d keep your eye out in any wholesale stores since this is fab.

The packaging of this is really cute and quite handy, it’s a small squeezy tube with a lid that actually stays on, I find that with a lot of tube products the lid can mean that they can end up very messy however, this is secure and easy to store. I’m not sure on the price but I recall it being around £3-5 so quite affordable.

Annoyingly I can’t get a product description since this has been discontinued so I’m going to describe it myself. Usually, I find that with liquid blushers they can be tricky to apply, difficult to blend and can often end up looking way too much, sometimes they can also move around the makeup. What I like about tints is that they give you a healthy glow as well as blending seamlessly and being such low maintenance. The lightweight gel texture of this one means that even in summer when makeup is prone to melting off, you don’t need to worry about cakiness of patchiness.

With this product the gel is dispensed from a small hole in a large sponge applicator, I have tried the sponge applicator on my face and I’m pleased to say it’s not scratchy though I do feel like it can move the makeup underneath slightly. I like to simply dot this onto my face directly from the tube and then I use my finger tips to gently blend leaving me with a gorgeous flush to the cheeks. I find that though the texture of this is runny, it’s easier to control than a thicker cream so I find this great for draping as well as I can swipe this upwards to lift and sculpt the face.

When you first apply it, it does look quite scary with this neon finish but as you can see from where it has run on my hand it leaves behind a subtle tint which I think looks absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t notice any particular smell with this one, but I do really like the texture, it is as lightweight as described so it doesn’t settle into the skin instead it just glides over and I don’t find it highlights any texture issues as well as being easy to blend.

So how blendable is this? Well take a look at the swatch above, this is blended out with my fingers and you can detect a faint pink sheen on my skin without it looking heavy or overly pigmented. You can apply this with a stippling brush, sponge, directly or with the fingers, for me, I find the best way is to dot on, gently blend with the fingers and then to apply more as required since it’s so buildable. If you do go OTT, I use the same sponge form my foundation and then just pat over it to take away any harshness, it really is as easy as that. Alternatively, if you want it bolder but don’t want to layer it, you can just apply a powder blusher over the top for a healthy sheen. I particularly like to apply this and then apply a dusting of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Santa Rose over the top and let me tell you it’s a winning combination.

Here;s how it looks on my cheeks without any blusher over the top, so you can really see the healthy glow it gives and how it adds a touch of freshness to my face. I’m wearing the Estee Lauder Doublewear as my foundation here and I like how the tint stops it from looking so flat and masklike.

The two minor downsides I have, firstly this doesn’t look great on the lips. As you can see from the photos above it has settled into the centre of the lips and hasn’t applied an even coating. My other downside is that if you are heavy handed especially with the applicator you can disturb your base, so be sure to use light application methods for this one and to go over areas if needed.

Overall, I love this. I’m a fan of Benetint but I actually find that this is just as good if not better and for so much cheaper. The downside now to this is of course availability, (boo Boots!) but if you spot this anywhere snap it up because it truly is a great product. They did only have this pink shade and a coral but well worth getting if you can find them! I really want the coral shade now!

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, also if you do like tints what are your favourites? I’ll admit I do have my eye on the new Benefit Gogotint…

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Go Wild-er-ness Review

A lot of people rave about the Rimmel London Nail Polishes and as a die hard fan of Barry M polishes, I thought it was worth testing some more from Rimmel to try and find some new favourites. I love nails of all colours and lilac is always a such a spring/summer shade so I had to try Go-Wild-er-ness, especially as I’ve heard lots of good things about it. I’ve been wearing it all of last week and I have to say I’m impressed, here’s why.

I actually really like the packaging of these polishes, though you may not get as much polish as some brands with larger bottles, the small size is easy to store. I also love the flowers on the bottle, it’s a very cute design. This polish is part of the Rita Ora collection and it’s super affordable at only £2.99.

Onto the brush, I didn’t take a picture but I wish I had. For me this is a wider brush which is preferred and I didn’t have any problems with using this however, I noticed a blogger had complained in her review about the uneven brush and when I cleaned all of the polish off I did notice a slight unevenness to it. Personally, I didn’t initially notice this and it did affect application for me .

The shade itself is lovely, it’s a very pale (almost grey) lilac that instantly makes your hands look tanned and is so on trend for spring and summer, it’s a super pretty shade and definitely one I can see myself wearing a lot.

I did have an issue with application though with this as the formula was very sheer and patchy so it took me three coats to get this nice and even which definitely was a pain. Having said that, I did notice that this seemed to dry quickly, though I’m not sure it was within the sixty second claim if I’m honest.

It turns out though that those three coats were worth it, I was left which a beautiful glossy finish which I love and I got three solid days of wear out of this before it started to chip and that was without a top coat as well so it definitely exceeded my expectations for staying power. I also like how the polish stayed glossy all week rather than gradually becoming dull throughout the week like so many polishes do.

Overall, I am impressed with this, yes it’s a bit of a faff but worth it for the beautiful finish and the staying power, I personally would recommend and repurchase this polish and it ended up in my favourites for lasting so long – kind of a good job really since I bought a bunch of these in one go!

The Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish by Rita Ora is available from Superdrug for £2.99.

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May Favourites 2018

What a month May has been, there’s been a hell of a lot of ups and downs this month and it’s actually been very intense for me. It’s also been strange in the fact that at times it’s dragged but then at the same time it’s flown. I have a few things that have made this month much more pleasant for me and I have a good feeling about June so fingers crossed that one is better!

As usual I’m going to start with the beauty favourites, I’ve had a few new discoveries as well as the return of an old favourite. My skin altely has changed into a bit of an oil;y mess, I have combination skin but it’s also leaned towards the drier side yet lately it’s so oily that I’ve had a ton of breakouts. I’ve turned back to La Roche Posay the last couple of months and this month the La Roche Posay Serozinc has been a godsend for mattifying my skin and helping to keep those pesky spots at bay.

Another skincare product I tried this month was the Vichy Mineral 89 Booster, I only has a sample of this but my God has it impressed me. I’ve heard a lot about plumping products but never used anything that has visibly plumped and lifted the skin but this actually managed to do it, I tried it and my skin instantly felt so fresh and hydrated and my face generally looked plumper and healthier, I’m seriously impressed.

Perhaps a few unsurprising favourites are the Jeanne Arthes Amore Mio Forever Perfume and The Body Shop Skin Defence Essence, I reviewed both products near the start of the month and they both impressed me so much that I used them exclusively thorughout the entirety of May. The fragrance is a light, fruity, citrus scent, not my usual but the Amalfi Lemon is so prevalent and reminds me of summer. The essence is great since the weather has been so warm as it has SPF 50 so protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays which is exactly what I need. My other two favourites include the Real Techniques Ultimate Eye Set which has blown me away with the fluffy brushes that make my eye makeup look so much better. I’ll be reviewing the Rimmel London Go Wilderness Polish later in the week but this is a lovely lilac shade that lasts on the nails.

Onto my lifestyle favourites and I’ve been trying to exercise more. My routien is pretty intense at the moment involving a workout six days a week and incorporating weights as well as cardio but I’m feeling much stronger for it (and very sore.) My boyfriend bought me these Opti Neoprene Dumbbells from Argos and they’ve really helped. These are only 3KG as my arms are puny and flabby but I can lift them comfortably and use them in different muscular endurance workouts and they definitely are helping me tone up. Not bad for £14.00!

I’ve also been enjoying something slightly less healthy and that’s Banana Chips which I’ve been taking as part of my work lunch to snack on. The ones from Asda sadly do contain a lot of sugar and fat so they’re not the healthiest but I’m making small changes that I can stick to and they’re much better than cake and a caramel latte and they taste so good plus they fill me so I don’t binge on biscuits mid afternoon.

Finally is a game, I’m a gamer and I’ve been a fan of RPG games for a while, Divinity Original Sin is made by an independent developer so it’s not a gaming powerhouse like EA of Ubisoft, I’m playing this co-op with my boyfriend as a way for us to spend more time together and we are both loving it. If anyone’s interested it’s kind of like the Fable series, I am a mystical mage pummeling monsters with spells so you know…I’m a nerd!

That’s it from me this month, I hope you all had a lovely May and have an even better June. As always, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you have been enjoying this month – feel free to link me to your posts!

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Unicorn Inspired Makeup Tutorial

It’s been absolutely ages since I’ve sat down and created a new makeup look with a specific theme in mind. I also remember when I first started my blog I was so into colours and though I do still love colour I gravitate into more wearable shades for work. I wanted to bring back the colour with a less than wearable look that would be fun to create and reignite my love for colour and it’s worked, I had so much fun creating this and I love the final colour palette, I hope you love it too!

Eyes

I always start my eye makeup with an eye cream as it brightens the eyes, helps to smooth out any texture, hydrates and removes any residue from the night before. My current go-to is the Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream since it’s cheap and cheerful. Next up is eye primer, I like the MUA Pro Base Eye Primer as again it’s affordable and it does the job, this isn’t a smoothing one but it definitely helps eyeshadows adhere to the skin as well as increasing their pigmentation.

As I knew I was going to be using colours I wanted them to pop so the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is great as a base. I just scribble this onto my lids and then use a dense fluffy brush to blend it out. The main shade I used across the lid for this is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic it’s a fantastic lavender with a blue shift, I applied this over the entire lid. Next for the crease I used a deeper purple from my BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Palette, as I was blending this I realised the tone wasn’t distinct enough so I went back in with a more red toned purple to add more dimension and then blended all of the shades together with a fluffy brush.

It hasn’t picked up well on camera but I continued stacking shades, above the crease to the brow bone I used a pale pink from the same BH Cosmetics palette and then went over this later with my highlighter to add a pink pearly sheen. I have hooded eyes and a dry lash line so I find liquid liner hard at the best of times so I skipped that step. Instead I used the Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in Superblack on my tightline and then my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude on my waterline. I decided I wanted some blue on my eyes so I used a mint shadow from the same palette across my lower lash line and then using a thin eyeliner brush I created a wing with this instead.

Once I was done with shadows I added plenty of my L’oreal Telescopic Mascara on my upper and lower lashes before going in with my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I have the new 00 shade which to be honest is almost grey on me, I’ve also found lately that this concealer doesn’t last and it can cake and crease by a damp Beauty Blender dramatically improves how it sits. For my brows I wanted them full but not overly heavy so I used my trusty Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and then the powder in my Sleek Brow Kit to set them.

Face

My skin hasn’t been great lately, I have a lot of redness, pores and a lot of oiliness when I never really used to suffer from that. As a result, I have a lot of painful red spots so I’ve been using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo as a moisturer to ease my skin. Once that’s sorted I move onto my new favourite SPF and Primer in one, it’s the Body Shop Skin Defence Essence with SPF50, it’s so lightweight it sits under makeup perfectly and it makes me feel good using factor 50 and knowing that I’m protecting my skin.

Before foundation I’ve been using illuminators under the skin for added glow, it’s not pictured but since I was using a lot of pink I opted for the Nars Illuminator in Copacabana which I used on my cheekbones, nose, brow bone and cupids bow.

Next is foundation and I picked up the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation again today so decided to use that. It took a bit of getting used to since I’m now a regular user of the Estee Lauder Doublewear, I had to build it up a lot and then let it dry but we got there in the end. Since I wanted this look to be quite fresh and dreamy I decided to skip bronzer and I draped instead using the Benefit Dandelion Blusher on the apples of my cheeks, lifting it up to sculpt my face.

What I love about the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Pink Shimmer is that you can apply it softly for a subtle glow or you can build it up for a super intense wet look highlight. Today I wanted to be gleaming from space so I applied it quite heavily and then used a damp sponge to take away the harsh line-like finish of it. Since I wasn’t using a full coverage foundation I used my No7 Creme Touch Powder which I’m trying to use up on my nose, chin and oily areas.

Lips

I told a bit of a lie earlier, before I start on my makeup I always scrub my lips with the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub and then I add a lip balm. Today my balm of choice was the Vaseline Rosy Lips which is an old favourite, I love the smell and the tint and this reminds me of my mum since she used it. I did want a bright pop on the lips as well so I used my Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa for a punchy pink lip.

Here’s the finished look!

I’m really happy with this, it was super fun to create and it definitely gives me unicorn vibes! If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this look and if you like the unicorn trends.

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Vichy Mineral 89 Serum Review

I love Vichy, in fact Vichy is one of my favourite skincare brands and their serums in particular are simply wonderful. I’ve gone through an entire bottle of the Aqualia Thermal serum and I’ve tried their Idealia range as well so when a sample of the Vichy Mineral 89 Serum was included in a magazine I’d read a few months ago I was extremely excited to try it. I gave this a go last weekend and I was really impressed with the initial results, here’s my thoughts!

This is a sample sachet and it’s pretty cute actually! I like how it has been cut into the shape of the full size bottle, it’s a nice level of detail. Other than that I won’t go into the packaging too much simply because this is a sample, the full size of this product retails for £22.00 for 50ml – that’s one of the things I like about Vichy, I find serums are usually very expensive and Vichy’s are always reasonably priced and high quality.

Straight into the description, here’s how the Vichy Mineral 89 Serum is described on Feel Unique:

Discover a new generation of face moisturizer, combining 15 Mineral Rich Water with Hyaluronic Acid to fortify skin and make it more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue.

Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying And Plumping Daily Booster, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water, delivers a boost of hydration for a vibrant, healthy glow. For the 1st time, a breakthrough moisturizing formula, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and make skin more resistant to visible aging caused by environmental factors combined with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin.

Minéral 89 face moisturizer fortifies and makes skin more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue. Its moisturizing formula boosts hydration to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier. As a result, skin feels more hydrated, plumped, and toned. Day after day, skin radiates with a healthy glow. A lightweight, fast-absorbing 100% transparent face moisturizer. Absorbs quickly into skin leaving it feeling comfortable, softer and hydrated. Non-greasy. Non-sticky. Non-shiny. Fragrance free. Oil-free.

Looking at the ingredients list one of the first ingredients listed is water proving that this is bang on trend with the whole water based skincare that’s going on right now, this also backs up the claims about the thermal water. Unfortunately this does also contain Phenoxyethanol so we do have the presence of alcohol onto this product.

Despite that, this product feels amazing on the skin, it was a light, non greasy serum which Vichy definitely specialises in, the texture felt very similar to the Aqualia Thermale serum. It sunk into the skin quickly and felt incredibly nourishing and hydrating as I was massaging it into the skin.

And the results! Instantly my face looked so much brighter and healthier but the thing I noticed was that my skin definitely looked plumper which is something I’ve never actually seen to this effect from a skincare product that I’ve tried. I actually called my boyfriend into the room to show him because I was that impressed which says a lot!

I feel like this definitely hydrated my skin and my skin didn’t look dull or textured at all so I was very impressed. This didn’t irritate my sensitive skin either, nor did it leave behind a greasy film.

All in all I’m impressed, it’s difficult to say whether the effect would be long term since this is only as sample, I usually find the effects never last for very long however, I did notice a difference with this and it was very pleasant to use, consider me a fan! I would recommend and repurchase this, I’d particularly recommend it to those on the hunt for a plumping skincare product that won’t break the bank.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Serum is available from Feel Unique for £22.00.

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 tried anything from Vichy. I wasn’t a fan of their Normaderm concealer but everything else I’ve loved!

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Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray Review

I love texturising sprays, anything that can make my limp, flat hair look bouncy and full of life is always going to be a winning product in my mind. I’ve been a die hard fan of the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray for a while, but having heard great things about Bumble and Bumble as a brand, I decided to pick this up on a whim, here’s my thoughts.

I really do love the packaging of this, the shade of blue is stunning and I like all of the writing on it, I know packaging doesn’t make a huge difference but I definitely like this. The nozzle is a large button so very easy to press and use and the lid helps to stop this from accidentally been used. Unfortunately, the price is higher on this product coming in at £23.00 from Look Fantastic so not cheap!

The Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray is described as the following on the Look Fantastic website:

Designed to give your hair instant texture and a fuller look and feel, this Thickening Dry Spun Finish by Bumble and bumble comes in the form of a translucent dry spray suitable for all hair types and textures. Containing innovative ingredients to give you salon perfect results, this spray improves brushability with Wheat Proteins whilst working to give unbeatable texture by using Zeolite and Silk Powder. Also with added PVP and VP/VA Copolymers to provide a lasting hold to ensure your lifted style is kept all day and night, this Finishing Spray is a must have.”

Starting with the scent of this, it doesn’t have a particularly lovely fragrance and I’ve noticed people seem to evenly split. The reviews on the Look Fantastic website show some people complaining and others praising it. Personally, I don’t hate the scent but it doesn’t smell particularly nice either which isn’t a deal breaker for me but it’s a nice to have.

The spray itself is very light, unlike other texturising products I’ve tried this doesn’t leave any sort of residue and it doesn’t really add any weight either which is very unusual. There’s no stickiness, no heaviness, no crunchiness, no white cast  – really it does live up to the airy feel it promises.

The texture though is a little underwhelming, when I spray this into my hair I have to ruffle it and it gives me a slight lift and a small amount of piecey texture but it’s very minimal which to me defeats the purpose, I always want lots of texture and lots of volume not really the dramatic boost I was hoping for.

The other disappointing thing for me is the lack of hold, yes you will get a small amount of texture but within an hour my hair is flat again so you have to keep topping up, I’ve not used loads of this but people have commented online saying if you use too much it can make your hair look greasy, I find if I use a lot it makes my hair feel a bit clogged and powdery so again something to bear in mind.

Overall, this is okay. It’s not a terrible product and I will use it up but I expected a lot more from this and for the price I think the results that it delivers are underwhelming. Not a bad one, if natural texture is your thing but if like me, you want lots of oomph then this probably isn’t the product for you, personally I wouldn’t recommend or repurchase this.

The Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray is available from Look Fantastic for £23.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what texturising sprays you love. I’ve heard a lot about Oribe so maybe that’s one to try next? I also love the Charles Worthington one and the Thickening Cream from Living Proof is also a fab product.

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