23 November 2014

New Beauty Bits

It has been a while since I bought some new beauty products so I decided to treat myself to a few things I had been lusting after.

I have loved Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb for a while now and finally it's mine. The fragrance is unlike anything I've tried before. As the name suggests it has a floral scent but isn't too overpowering. It's a unique concoction of orange, jasmine, fressia and rose with a woody base note of patchouli. This smells so lovely I have to force myself to use it everyday instead of saving it for special occasions. I've been after a festive red lipstick for the upcoming party season and the new 'Pure Reds Collection' from L'oreal seemed like the perfect place to look. The new limited edition range consists of four custom-made red shades to suit different skintones. I opted for Julianne Moore's shade which is a slightly pink, orange-y red colour. This has a matte finish and stains your lips well. My fellow blonde friend recently recommended the Bleach London Silver Shampoo. Her hair always looks bright so I look forward to giving this shampoo a go. I absolutely love the Bleach London branding.

What beauty bits have you picked up lately? 

22 November 2014

Eye pads

On a recent trip to TK Maxx I came across the IntensivEye Collagen Under-Eye Pads. Not one to turn down trying something new I thought I'd give them a go. These semi-circle shaped, floppy, pre-moistened cloths are designed to combat puffiness and dark circles. A box contains 5 sachets which each reveal two pads. You simply place one under each eye, sit back and relax for 20 minutes.

Despite the questionable gloopy texture, once removed my under-eye bags are less noticeable. I keep these in the fridge so they have a nice cool, soothing effect. I think these would be great for flights, hangovers or allergies. They didn't do a great deal for my dark circles and they definitely aren't miracles worker but at £4.99 for 5 you can't expect too much.

21 November 2014

Liquid Lipstick Must-Haves

best long lasting lipsticks
Liquid lipsticks are nothing new but I reach for them more during the party season because of their extreme longevity. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, these are long-lasting glosses which provide optimum coverage in just one, quick swipe. Once dried down these usually don't budge. Perfect for mince pie-eating, Christmas-kissing and New Year's Eve-partying.

Barry M Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colour £3.99
You only need a tiny amount of product as a little goes along way. Because of the super pigmentation you really need a mirror to apply these and I found using a lip brush made application easier. The Barry M Loud Mouth Lip Colours are more pigmented than your standard lip gloss; I like to call these lip glosses for grown ups. The staying power is good, they do start to fade after a couple of hours. I'd wear one of these on a night out as they are very loud looking and not for the faint hearted, or for kissing.
A.K.A Lip Gloss £7.00
If you're after a glossy stain that doesn't feel gloopy, look no further. The bud-like applicator makes this quick and easy to apply. The bold colour just needs one coat and lasts around 6-7 hours.
Rimmel Apocalips £5.99
Rimmel can do no wrong when it comes to lip products in my eyes. Apocalips are glossy, opaque tubes of drugstore good-ness. Because of the intense colour pay-off things can get messy so keep a cotton bud to hand. To make this last longer, apply once then blot and repeat. I love the wide range of colours and textures these are available in.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet £8.99
A more creamier, lighter version of Rimmel's take on liquid lipstick. These apply smoothly because of the velvet finish but once dried down they leave a matte stain. The powdery finish doesn't budge at all making this the perfect 'winter date' lipstick as you don't need to worry about touching up and can concentrate fully on that gentleman's beard.
L'oreal Color Riche L'Extraordinaire £8.99
Unlike the usual wax-based lip products this gloss is made using micro-oils infused with pigment. This blend creates incredible shine and softness in just one swipe. It has the intense colour pay-off of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss and the softness of a balm. I love how smoothly this applies without feeling sticky or heavy. Because of it's super shiny finish you do have to reapply after eating or drinking. Great for those who aren't a fan of mattes.

Are you a liquid lipstick lover?

19 November 2014

Is This A Dupe For Bio Oil?

bio oil dupe
Bio Oil is a cult classic beauty product renowned for fading the appearance of stretch marks. Millions of women swear by the product and when something gets that much hype it is inevitable that a cheaper dupe will follow. The Derma V10 Rescue Oil is similar to Bio Oil minus the price tag. It aims to help improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars and blemished skin. I've been trialling both oils to see how they compare to each other. 

Both bottles have an orange colour to them. I would say the Bio Oil has a more pleasant, comforting smell making it better to use in the bath. In terms of texture, there really isn't a great deal of difference. After applying both products separately to different limbs both feel equally as soft. Bio Oil is slightly greasier whereas the Rescue Oil sinks in quicker. However, the Bio Oil did a better job at fading stretch marks. If you're after something to specifically get rid of stretch marks I would opt for Bio Oil but, if you are just looking for an all-round oil give the Rescue Oil a go. 

Rescue Oil is available from Savers, Home Bargains and Poundland. 

P.s Check out my other beauty dupes here

18 November 2014

Body Oils To Get Your Bum As Shiny As Kim's

When Kim Kardashion broke the internet last week everyone was discussing if her bottom was photoshopped but the only question on my mind - 'How did she get her bum so shiny?' I don't aspire for quite the same polished to perfection derriere, which also doubles up as a mirror,  I do welcome a subtle shimmer. I've found four body oils to replicate Kim's gleaming buttocks, just not quite to the same extreme.

Bio Oil  £9.99
The most softening oil I've come across. This cult classic will give your bottom a nice sheen and leave it super soft. It does have a slight greasy texture which is probably a good thing if you're trying to get the Paper Magazine cover look.
Dove Purely Pampering £8.99
An option for those who wish to have a reflective bottom on a budget. The Dove Purely Pampering oils are light-weight, non-greasy and smell divine. The one above has a subtle golden shimmer so you can truly appreciate your buttocks in all it's curvaceous glory.
Jurlique Rose Body Oil £38.00
Probably the least shiniest out of the oils mentioned, nonetheless still a good option. This hydrating oil has a delicate rose scent to stimulate all your senses. Use this as a massage oil all over or just concentrate on your behind for maximum effect.
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil £25.50
The spray pump makes it easier to apply this to the areas where the sun doesn't shine. The velvet texture leaves a subtle sheen - perfect for highlighting your gluteus maximus. The fruity fragrance allows you to also squirt this into your hair if you're feeling extra sassy.

Now your behind is truly gleaming you just need to find a black bin bag to complete the Kim K look.
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