21 November 2014

Liquid Lipstick Must-Haves

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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?

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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.

17 November 2014

Favourite Drugstore Mascaras

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I'm not one for splashing out on beauty products. If I want to purchase something highend I'll usually save up my Boots points or wait until Christmas. Mascara is one of the beauty products I think you don't have to spend a fortune on. Most drugstore mascaras are under a tenner and there are so many to choose from, almost too many. I've tested out a lot of them and these are my current top 3 drugstore mascaras.

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde £9.99
I typically prefer a bristle style brush like this one. The wide wand is coated in little balls which are designed to 'envelop each lash'. Unlike with other mascaras I've tried I feel like I don't need to layer this with another mascara on top. This alone creates enough impact, it's great at volumising, separating and lengthening lashes. But volume is 1 second? More like 10-20.
Collection Big Fake Curves £4.99
As you can tell by the photo this has a big brush. I think those with small eyes/lashes would have trouble with the size. This mascara is really good at curling lashes, I can get away with not using eyelash curlers and that's saying something! I've had a few people asking me if I have falsies on whilst wearing this. I'd recommend this if you're on a budget.
No7 Stay Perfect £12.95
Not that I suggest you sleep in makeup but if you do - make it this mascara. It's life-proof formula means it doesn't smudge or flake and it's waterproof. Perfect for all nighters, gym sessions, holidays or watching sad films. Unlike other mascaras this comes off in small tubes which seems a little strange at first but makes the process a whole lot easier.

What's you favourite mascara? Are you a highstreet or highend kinda girl? 

16 November 2014

Current Haircare Staples

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I'm quite lazy when it comes to my hair. I'm a little ashamed to admit that some days I go without even putting a brush through it. I know, I know not very 'beauty blogger' of me. I like the 'effortless', bed head look and these are the products I've been reaching for lately to achieve it.

The Wet Brush
I need a good hair brush that can handle my thick, tangled hair. My hair likes to have a little tantrum after washing as it get's all knotty and unmanageable. To avoid damaging it further I'll use the Wet Brush whilst my hair is still damp as it is specially designed to use on wet hair. The gentle brush glides through with ease making the time-consuming process a lot quicker.
Dove Leave in Conditioner
My hair is naturally quite dry and bleaching the ends doesn't help. I need all the aid I can get to add moisture to my locks so I like to spray this into my hair after every wash. Sometimes if the ends of my hair are particularly dry I'll spray this onto dry hair for a quick fix. Like with all Dove products I love how fresh and clean this smells. The fine mist doesn't weigh hair down and works for all hair types.
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil
When my hair needs extra nourishment I'll reach for an oil. This dry oil is my must-have treatment for sorting out my frizzy hair. It always leaves hair looking glossier and feeling softer. This big bottle is going to last me ages but I'd definitely repurchase.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Even if my hair isn't greasy sometimes I'll just want a bit of texture. A few spritzes of this onto my roots, a little massaging in and I'm good to go.

On my haircare wishlist right now is a silver shampoo, let me know which ones you recommend! 
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