Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Revlon Parfumerie - scented nail polish review

Revlon Parfumerie scented nail polish
Revlon Parfumerie scented nail polish


I first heard that Revlon were launching the Parfumerie Nail Polishes a few months ago. At first I was baffled by the idea of scented nail polish, but I then I knew that I would have to try it.

I bought 4 different shades based on colours I liked but also based on the scent of each. In the shop there were handy little scratch and sniff leaflets with the display so you can sample the different scents. It is worth pointing out that the scent really appears once the polish is starting to dry - otherwise it still largely smells of nail polish. This means you can't just open the bottle in the shop and smell it to see if you like it.

Monday, 26 May 2014

MAC Monday: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils

As a fan of Chubby Stick style lip balm crayons and pencils, I have been looking forward to the release of the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils. Recently I have found myself wearing balm sticks more and more and they are an especially great product for summer time.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Summer nails: OPI Where did Suzi's Man-Go?



OPI Where did Suzi's Man-Go? nail polish swatch
OPI: Where did Suzi's Man-Go?

I was lucky enough to be invited to a special charity nails event the other night. A friend is fund raising for charity and hosted a wine and nails evening - I didn't have to be asked twice! It was a real treat for me to have my nails done professionally and for once I have immaculately applied nail polish.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara: A review

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara


I first heard about the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara from Estee over at Essie Button. So when a few weeks ago El at The Beauty Isle mentioned that she had just picked it up it aroused my curiosity even more.

Mascara is my favourite make up item, if I could only wear one item of make up then I always choose mascara. I feel like it opens up my eyes, makes them look bigger and brightens my face. I never, ever skip wearing it. However, I never wear it on my lower lashes. I have tried, but I always felt that it looked 'too much' and of course it usually got messy. If I managed not to accidentally smear it on my skin whilst applying it then it would end up smudging and looking dreadful.

Monday, 19 May 2014

MAC Monday: MAC 217 Blending Brush

MAC 217 eyeshadow Blending Brush
MAC 217 Blending Brush

The MAC 217 Blending Brush has to be a make up kit staple for so many people. If you only own one decent brush then this really should be it! I think this must be one of MAC's most cult products and I know that some people actually own several of them.

The MAC 217 Blending Brush can be used to apply or blend eyeshadow or cream eyeshadow. The fibres are densely packed and arranged in an oval shape. The brush has a long wooden handle, feels nice in your hand and is easily controllable.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Tresemme Thermal Creations Style Creator Spray

Tresemme Thermal Creations Style Creator Spray

I have long hair that falls just below my shoulders. I must admit that most of the time I pull it back into a ponytail and really only style it if I am going out for the evening. My hair is quite fine and tends to be a bit fly-away so I try to address this by carefully conditioning it, but if I am not careful conditioner can weigh down my hair making it limp.

I'm not a huge heated tools freak, but I do use my hair drier regularly and occasionally my straighteners and styling wand. Because my hair is highlighted I do have to be careful otherwise this can create a big dry, frizzy fly-away mess.

A few months ago I decided to look for a styling spray. I had a couple of false starts with products that just made my hair feel crispy and then I saw a few bloggers mention Tresemme. I wasn't exactly sure which product they were referring to, but the next time I was in town I picked up the Tresemme Thermal Creations Styling Spray as it seemed to cover all bases.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

To the test - the This Works: Sleep duo

This Works: Sleep duo Breathe in & Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

My husband travels a lot for work. Last weekend whilst unpacking his suitcase he presented me with a little white box that he'd picked up in his hotel room. It was the This Works: Sleep duo. This time I'd struck lucky because I had been looking at the full sized version online just the day before!

This Works: Sleep duo Breathe in & Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

The small white box contains two small tubes with products to help you get a better night's sleep. The first is the This Works: Deep Calm Pillow Spray. The 5ml pump spray contains a fusion of calming oils such as Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile. You simply spray it onto your pillow as you go to bed and the theory is that you get a better night's sleep.

Monday, 5 May 2014

MAC Monday: MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

The MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette is a little compact containing 5 eyeshadows. Greenluxe is the green palette amongst the 6 MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Palettes that came out last summer.

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

The individual shades don't seem to have names, but they range from shimmery champagne shadows to greyish-khaki greens through to browny dark greens. Don't be afraid of it being green, even if you don't normally wear green eyeshadow this could be for you. The greens are warm yellowy brown tones and certainly not blue, cool pastel greens (in case the idea of green eye shadow conjures up an image of 80s horror!).

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette swatches
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette swatches in artifical light
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette swatches in natural light

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Rita Ora for Rimmel - Lose Your Lingerie nail polish review

Rita Ora for Rimmel Lose Your Lingerie nail polish
Rita Ora for Rimmel: Lose Your Lingerie nail polish
I bought this nail polish a couple of weeks ago. I had heard that Rita Ora had done a collaboration with Rimmel and I really liked the look of this pale baby pink nail polish called Lose your Lingerie.

I have always found Rimmel nail polishes to be great products - they apply well, last on the nails and of course are very purse friendly! So I had no qualms about giving this one a go.