Wednesday, 13 March 2013

L'oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash Swatches/Review;

Hey all! Today I bring you the L'oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash.

These little beauties are lip stains/glosses, and are a dupe of the YSL Glossy Stain (Did you know L'oreal own YSL?) 

All the colours are very wearable, and would suit almost anyone. I was so excited to see these come out, as I was on my way to buy a YSL Glossy Stain when I saw they were in the UK.

I love the packaging - It's sleek and lightweight. The applicator is a sponge one, in the shape of a tear, yes, just like the glossy stain! It makes these so easy to apply nicely over your lips.

The colour I love the most is Lolita, and the only one I'm not really fond of is Eve as it doesn't really show up. They come in a range of colours  - I have seven to show you;

Lolita (101) - A nude dark plumy pink - The most natural colour.
Romy (102) - A natural pink
Princess (200) - A deep orangey coral red
Bonnie (501) - A dark orangey coral
Juliet (300) - A deep red
Eve (400) - A light Lilac purple
 Milady (402) - A dark purple

Here are the swatches to slow the lovely colours!

(From left to right) 101, 102, 200, 501, 300, 400 and 402 (For the names please see list above)

All the images are in this order.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Top Picks for Spring/Summer '13;

I am currently writing this as it is snowing outside, wishing the weather would be brighter. Here are my top picks for the spring and summer season

1:- Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm - This is a lovely light balm which gives your skin a healthy glow and allows it to breathe. The colour is perfect for my skin now, so maybe nearing the middle to end of summer, the colours may be too light for me, but I hope not.

2:- Clarins Instant Lip Perfector (01) - I'm not someone who likes lip glosses at all, and this really is the perfect gloss for gloss haters! The colour is a beautiful natural pink, which is a lovely day time shade. All the lip perfector colours are very wearable and suit anyone. This is a holy product for me.

3:- Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - You can use this lovely product under foundation, or as a face mask. I use this more as a mask than anything. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, and on the occasion I use it as a pre foundation base, it leaves my skin glowing. I love how wide awake it makes my skin look even after a bad night. This is good to use in winter or summer.

4:- L'oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash - Eeek! I love these. I was literally on my way to pick up YSL's Glossy Stain, while reading Fleur's blog, and she said these were a dupe. I have these in 3 colours, and I have ordered the other 4. I will be using these a lot. I love Loltia and Romy. Check them out.

5:- NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer - This is my go to tinted moisturizer. It is light and very natural, just like the Bobbi Brown Balm, but the colour should last all through the summer. It has an SPF as well like the balm Can you tell I like the fresh natural look yet?

What do you think your spring/Summer staples will be?

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm Review;

Bobbi Brown Tinted balm in Alabaster - £34

 I've been road testing Bobbi Browns tinted balm for a few weeks now, and it's about time I do a full review on this product. This tinted balm is marketed for people with dry skin, and I fully agree with that. If you have oily skin, stay away! 

When first applied it does need time to settle into the skin. When I first used this, it made my skin red, but after it settled in, it did leave a natural tint to my skin. It is very light coverage, so if you want anything more, this isn't for you. I wouldn't advise applying this in layer, because it does feel greasy before it sinks in.

It is a lovely soft balm, that applies nicely over the skin. I do have redness on my cheeks, and sensitive skin - the fragrance of this product may be why my skin gets a bit red after initial application. It has a really plant like smell, so if you aren't fond of smells, I would advise you go smelling first. It does have an SPF 25 which some people love, and some hate. The packaging I'd rather thick and bulky, which I'm not fond of. The glass is thick and feels expensive, but I would rather something more compact and travel friendly. 

As you can see from the picture below, Alabaster is a pretty perfect colour for anyone with a pale complexion. They have a good colour range that would suit most skin types. 

Being marketed as a balm for dry skin, it also says you can use this without using your moisturizer. I find using both is far too much for my skin, so I use one or the other, but I wouldn't use this as my go to skin base, as I need more moisture than the balm gives my skin. It is good to use on ancient off, I do use it a few times in the week, but using it too much doesn't do my skin any good.

Overall, I do really like this product's. It has pros and cons, like any product. I don't think it's worth the expensive price tag. I wouldn't buy this again, though I can see myself using this a lot in spring and summer because of how light it is. 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Perfect Natural Eye Palatte;

Nars Kalahari Duo Eyeshadow - £25

This is a gorgeous eyeshadow duo. It's my go to natural eye color when I want some shimmer. The colors are so wearable and look good on pretty much everyone. I don't wear a lot of eye make up, and when I wear any apart from the basic mascara, I don't overdo it, as my eyes are already big, I don't need much to draw attention to them.

Urban Decay Basic Naked Palatte - £20

This is my daily make up Palatte that has pride of place in my make up bag. I use all the colors in the Palatte. Some people may think it is pointless, but I think it is a great Palatte to have even if you don't wear eye makeup often, it just finished up a look, and it makes your eyes look fresh. I only wore eye shadow about 3 times a month before buying this Palatte now I love putting it on to make my eyes look bright, natural and just polished off. All the colours but Venus are matte, so they're perfect for every day, and Venus is a perfect highlight colour. 

5 Minute Make up

Being a mummy in a hurry sometimes I need to have a 5 minute make up look. Some people may vary their look, maybe swapping concealer for blusher etc... Here's my look;

I start off using Bobbi Brown's Tinted Balm all over my face, next I apply Origins Plantscription Concealer under my eyes, then I apply my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural over my face (sometimes the powder step isn't needed)

Next I use my Miss Sporty Clear Mascara over my 'brows to keep them tame and finally putting E45 Lipcare balm on my lips.

Products used;

- Bobbi Brown's Tinted Balm
- Origins Plantscription Concealer 
-  MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
- Miss Sporty Clear Mascara
- E45 Lipcare balm

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Feature Product #1;

Urban Decays Eyeshadow in Sell Out - £14

This is a gorgeous Champagne coloured shimmer eyeshadow. It is compared regularly to Stila Kitten and MAC Bare Study. I like this more than MAC or Stila's Versions. This blends so easily, and is perfect for an all over base colour, or to used to open, and brighten your eyes. I use this as both.

It blends with little effort like many UD shadows, and is a great everyday shadow, or if you want a natural look with some shimmer. Though you can get Stila in a paint pot, and MAC's Bare Study is a paint pot, I find the shadow versions is a lot more natural, and just easier to work with.

If I don't have my Urban Decay Naked Palate, in my make up bag, I always have this to brighten up my eyes - being a mum of a three month old, I need all the eye brightening I can get!

This is a must multi purpose item for any make up lover! If you prefer to use a shadow to brighten up your eyes than a liner, and it be able to fit snug in a bag this is the product for you.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Recent Beauty Buys;

1):- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B10 - £32 - This product is a re-buy of mine. I'm running out of the one I am currently using, and picked this up with £12 off. I couldn't say no!

2):- Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There (sheen) - £4.99 - I am loving this lipstick. I have a fear of deep and dark colours so this is a perfect everyday colour. I like that its compact and sleek! Will do a full review later.

3):- Marks and Spencers Autograph Perfume in Blush - 10ml £5 - I have everyday since I bought it three days ago. It lasts all day. I know it will be my go to summer scent. You can buy it in 25ml for £8.50 or 100ml for £18.00. I bought the 10ml to keep in my handbag bag.

4):- Clarins Instant Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer - £6 - this is my perfect lip gloss like product because I hate lip gloss. This product really does perfect your lips. This will be gorgeous in summer for a natural look.