Feb 19, 2014

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Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Mascara Review

Today I’m getting my my mascara hat out and going a little gag over this beauty by Guerlain. What’s really interesting about the Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash mascara is just how narrow the brush is as I’m used to hefty brushes that place a large amount of product on my lashes.

But the skinny brush of part of why this mascara is interesting. It’s less about giving you giant volume and more about letting your lashes stand independently, as the brush is really great at getting every little lash, even those awkward corner ones- coated and luscious looking. Apparently this is all down tot the science and Guerlain waffles on about polymers and oil etc, but really you don’t care about that, you want to know if its worth it.

Well that depends on what look you are going for. I found this great for lash definition and separating, and it gave really nice lengthening results. But for me, as someone who really wants volume overall, this fell a little flat.

$30 from Nordstrom

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Feb 17, 2014

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Doll 10 Cosmetics Irresistible Lip Wardrobe review

Doll No. 10 Cosmetics are a new brand for me and I’ve been enjoying playing with some of their products. The first thing I noticed about them was a *certain* resemblance to Dior, but that’s no bad thing at all, as that’s a quality and look to aspire to.

I was really drawn by the Doll 10 “Irresistible Lip Wardrobe” which comprises of an eight piece gloss and lipstick set, with the lip colors matching the gloss. What’s cool about this is the layering process as they can all be worn separately or blended together to create new and cool effects.  They come in a sleek black which feels solid and look luxurious, and I love that the lipsticks lie in a bed, opening the box and pulling them out is an enjoyable process. They are very wedged in though, but for sheer style this is a win.

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Dec 22, 2013

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Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Straightener REVIEW

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m quite the hair straightener addict and the my beloved GHD‘s are never far away. Can Karmin tempt me to their brand with the promises of  tourmaline ceramic smoothing plates and a pretty design? I had to try it to know for myself…

Design

The Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Straightener came in a lovely box, a smart shape with a snap closure and the content displayed well. In side lay a carry-case/ combo heat mat (that Detached) which  was black with a light white floral overlay, subtle, but not extreme. The straightener came with  two type of lug fittings as well to make it easy to travel with which was a very sweet addition. There was also a  3 years manufacturers warranty include, which never hurts!

I also really liked the 3- metre carry cord as that’s very helpful when you live in plug socket hell. The pink color was also an extra bonus, as it’s bright and fun, and it’s nice to have a pop of color in the morning.

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Oct 27, 2013

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The best brand you’ve never heard of: Image Skincare

Image Skincare Prevention SPF50+Moisturizer in one

Summer is here, and with the sweltering heat and the sweaty pits is an awareness that I need to get protected and stay protected. Leather is so handbags not face, y’know. Image Skincare has been one of my secret loves for years, in part as it’s so damn hard to find a place to get it. First introduced by a London facialist, it is one of those brands that’s generally sold in salons On one hand, that’s good as you’ll be taught how to use it effectively, on the other hand, you look askance as it’s recommended as everyone hates the hard sell- facials are expensive, remember? So, despite Googling for all of 5 minutes I can’t give you a price (sorry) but can link you to their website where you can make enquiries. Annoying, huh?

But so, so worth it.

Basically the Image Skincare Prevention and daily ultimate protection moisturizer SPF 50 is GREAT. It’s lightweight and feels really nice to apply, sinks in quickly, doesn’t make you break out and gives you the kind of glow where people think you’ve been eating well/working out (if only they knew).

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Aug 1, 2013

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Vaseline Aloe Fresh Body Lotion: Smells like summer

I’ve been looking for a new body lotion for a while now and was hoping that Vaseline Aloe Fresh would be the one. It’s summer and I wanted something light, something that absorbed well, and something that made my legs look like they’d been taking lessons from Gisele Bunchden. OK, well I would start with cool and soft at least.

The body lotion was well priced in CVS and stood out amongst the other bland white bottles. I like that you got a nice quantity as well. The initial feeling was refreshing, the light green lotion packed with cucumber and aloe vera extracts (yes, I’ve been getting burnt) and my poor skin drank it in.

On the other hand, it took a really REALLY long time to absorb, and no one likes that awkward morning chicken dance where you jump from one foot to the other. Once absorbed, skin stayed soft and looked fresh and I liked the slight sheen it gave my legs. It didn’t last too long though as mid morning (disclaimer: morning involved a long walk through the park on a hot day) my legs were slick and moisture free again.

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Jul 29, 2013

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Revision Skincare Intellishade SPF45 Matte Foundation promises to suit EVERY skintone

A skincare moisturising foundation that makes you look younger, protects your from the sun AND HAS ONE SHADE THAT WILL SUIT ANYONE? Come on, I wasn’t born yesterday.

That’s exactly what Revision Skincare says it does with the Intellishade Foundation, but I was unsure. To be fair, they say tinted moisturizer rather than full on foundation so that;s a little more wiggle room, but every skintone- hello, it’s a lovely multicolored world.

However, I like a challenge- and LOVE a new foundation, so was happy to try this out. First off, the color is a nice flattering beige, a little orange on the hand, but soon blended into my pale skin- no lines obvious. The coverage was light- sheer, and it had a nice non greasy finish to it. The matte finish was very flattering for this time of year and I loved the fact that it was SPF 45- though they use zinc oxide as one of the main SPF ingredients, to provide UV and UVB protection, there was no white residue and it had a smooth , not chalky feel.

I like that it was non greasy and also surprising clean and efficient to use- no drips or gloopiness from the tube, and the tube design let you know exactly how much you had left to use.

A range of cool ingredients make up the formula- most of which I know, such as Vitamin C, fro brightening, and birch extract for wrinkle reduction.

What about the big question though- does it really suit all skin types? My redheaded friend, and my Asian friend stood up  to try it. (The review was unplanned or more skin colors would be represented.)

So what was the verdict? Both looked dubiously at the products, both shook their head as they put it on.. and both were impressed. Really. Words such as ,”I’d NEVER have picked this up in a store, but now..” and “WTF? No way!” were uttered. The redhead noticed a slightly darker tint to her skin than usual and the Asian noticed no such lines, but loved the moisturizing elements.

Overall: All impressed

I think I’d want a thicker coverage for everyday wear, but for occasions when I don’t want to do much, this is a true gem, that can be shared around.

$44.99 from Amazon

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Jul 15, 2013

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Untired Eye Cream from LP Skin Therapy: REVIEW

I have never been convinced that people need a separate eye cream as well a a good skin cream, but the LP Skin Therapy Eye cream goes someway to changing my mind. Created by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos PhD,  -for those who don’t know her, she’s THE queen of daytime TV skincare, and is a charming charismatic woman, who looks nothing like her 42 years of age. FYI- I have met her in person, and can confirm that she’s every but as fresh looking as the airbrush suggests.

The interesting thing about this eye cream is that it’s slightly tinted, almost a Matt beige color with a couple of luminous particles in it that help brighten the eye area. Ingredients wise it features things such as Alpha Glucose Hesperidin, Fiflow SC and Platinum Matrix-EM. No, I have NO IDEA what that means, and though they helpfully add explainers such as ‘brightening’ etc, I don’t feel that really gives you a good idea of what it does.

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