Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Topshop Lash Catcher

Another Topshop makeup post today! Their latest seasonal collection 'Sisters of the New Moon' Has left me really rather impressed!

Last week I told you about my obsession with the Crystal Lip Tint, this week It's time for the other star of the collection... the Lash Catcher Mascara.

I tried the original Topshop mascara a couple of years back when it was first released and I really loved it so I was expecting this mascara to be good, but it has totally exceeded my expectations.

It has fibres in the formula so builds some serious volume and length. If you like voluminous lashes with a hint of that doll-eyed, slightly clumpy look, then you'll love this!

As with the whole 'Sisters of the New Moon' collection, the packing is whimsical and lovely. The wear is pretty good. It lasts all day on me and doesn't smudge or budge.

It's not cheap at ten pounds but I've found that high street brands are gradually putting their prices up further and further these days so I think it's a fair price to pay for a great mascara. It's definitely up there with my favourite high street options.

Dior Les Violets Hypnotiques

I got the chance to try out Dior's new nail polish collection 'Les Violets Hypnotiques' this week and I thought I'd share a few snaps with you...

The collection consists of three shades that are all... well... purple! However, these 'hypnotic' shades have a little more to them than meets the eye. What appear to be three fairly similar shades in the bottles, they are really rather different.
My pick of the bunch has to by 'Shadow', a deep aubergine shade with a very subtle gold shimmer to it. It's subtle but noticeable. It's this kind of undertone I had hoped Chanel Paradoxal would contain (it didn't!)

I also love 'Orchid' which reminds be of Tom Ford's Black Orchid shade, a deep plum that looks almost red on it's first coat. I think it's a deeply vampy, sexy shade.

My least favourite is 'Poison', a deep purple that dries down to look almost black on the nails.
The quality of the polishes is exceptional. I think they've changed the formulation since I last tried a Dior polish as they now have large, fan brushes and the polish dries with a beautifully shiny, smooth finish.

Are they worth the 17.50 price tag? It's debatable, but they're certainly a nice little luxury if you can justify buying one!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nailed: Topshop Razzmatazz!

I’ve gone for a sparkly number on the nails today! I posted a quick snap of this on Instagram last night and so many people wanted to know what it was, I thought it deserved it’s very own post!
So I’ve kept you all in suspense for the night but I can now let you all know… It’s Razzmatazz, an upcoming shade from Topshop Make-up.

It’s an almost clear, slightly lilac varnish with a base of fine lilac glitter, mixed in with fine holographic glitter and larger holographic hexagonal glitter. The resulting shade leaves you with relative glitter ball nails! It’s not quite silver, not quite lilac, not quite holographic… but a mix of all three. Love it! As always with Holo polishes, it's quite difficult to get a good picture of! I think the two here represent a good mixture of what it looks like in different lights. It looks incredible at night time!
It’s quite sheer so you’ll need three coats to reach opacity, but I actually rather like this because it means you can use it as a glitter top coat too!

You can pick this up in Topshop from the end of March. £6.

NARS Giveaway!

After seeing how much you all love NARS since my 'Best & Worst' NARS products video last week, I thought I'd do a special little giveaway this week featuring… NARS products of course!

NARS do some great little gift sets throughout the year and this week I have one of their new 'Love Rite' sets to give away to one lucky follower.

The set contains travel sizes of some of NARS' bestselling products: Turkish Delight and Greek Holiday lip glosses, Orgasm Illuminator and a mini duo if Desire and Amour Blushes… perfect for travelling or for on-the-go handbag top ups!

The set is worth £39 and is available at SpaceNK.

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is head over to my website and tell me what your have NARS product is!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jo Malone London Blooms

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you'll know I'm a huge fan of Jo Malone. I therefore couldn't resist telling you all about their latest release for spring…

The London Blooms collection is a trio of new fragrances housed in the most beautiful floral print bottles with a cute aubergine-purple bow around the neck. The packaging is quite a departure from the super simple Jo Malone norm, but I think these are simply stunning and will make a beautiful addition to any dressing table (or a fantastic gift for any Jo Malone lover!)
As the name of the collection would suggest, the fragrances are all quite strongly floral. My favourite scent from the collection is White Lilac & Rubarb. It's very unique, sophisticated and clean. I love the inclusion of the sharp, tart scent of rhubarb with the soft florals of lilac and rose. I'm not usually sold on strong florals so the contrast with rhubarb makes it wearable for me.
Peony & Moss is also a lovely scent. Peony is quite a distinctive floral but undoubtedly one of my favourites and I love that it has been paired with a more earthly sent of moss.

Iris and lady Moore is more of a spicy floral and on first spray I adored it, but it dries down into a rather sickly concoction that is just a little too floral for my tastes.

This collection is a floral-lovers dream and all of the scents are really rather unusual. They are limited edition and will be available from March. Sadly they are only producing them in 100ml sizes so they will set you back £72 each… ouch!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lip Lust: Topshop Crystal Lip Tint

It was love at first sight when I clapped eyes on this Lip Tint from Topshop's new 'Sisters of the New Moon' collection last week.
It's clear-neon pink with chunky silver glitter, appropriately named 'Crystal'… undeniably immature, it looks kind of like something you'd have when you were 10, but I think it's so much fun!

Once I got over the initial 'wow' factor and actually tried the product, I was really impressed. It's more of a balm than a lipstick and the glitter doesn't transfer at all onto the lips. It's one of those 'adapt to your lips' products (think Smashbox O Glow) but slightly more neon.

I've only ever tried this type of product as a gloss before and I have to say I much prefer it in lipstick form. It feels like a smooth, norishing balm without being sticky or glossy, and leaves a lovely rosy pink tint to the lips.
Bare lips

Topshop Crystal Lip Tint on the lips

This is by far the most fun lipstick I own, it's such a shame it's limited edition! As per usual, Topshop have hit the nail on the head with the packaging too… I adore the whimsical design of this collection for spring and summer. I got a few other bits and peices from the line that I'm really excited to share with you all, so watch this space!

'Crystal' is available now in Topshop stores and online, priced at £9.

*Addition* To everyone mentioning to L'Oreal Lip Glow... I have both and yes, they are similar but personally I much prefer the packaging and consistency of this (and is had glitter - always a bonus!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nailed: Butter London Disco Biscuit

In case you haven't noticed, I've been obsessing over Butter London polishes for the past few weeks and as soon as I clapped eyes on this polish, it was on the top of my wish list.

I ordered it from a few weeks ago but they actually sold it to me whilst it was not in stock (which I was not too happy about, but their customer service since has been fab, so no complaints there!).
It took two weeks to get to me, but it was definitely worth the wait… I'm in love!

The shade in question is Disco Biscuit, from their new spring collection. It's a super bright fuschia with fine blue glitter. Although it's almost neon in the bottle, the formulation is actually very sheer, with an almost jelly-like consistency and takes three thick coats to achieve opacity.
It looks really glossy on the nails, but the texture of the glitter shows through a little, giving it a really unusual finish.

I was a bit dissapointed by this at first but I've actually grown to really like the finish. It's definitely different to any of my other polishes.
I think this is going to be a staple spring and summer colour for me. It's definitely as gorgeous as I expected and the photos don't really do it justice.

Butter London polishes can be hard to find, but I got mine for £12 at

OK so this is the last nail post about Butter London for a while… I promise! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Revlon Photoready Newness!

Revlon have become somewhat fabled for their foundation. Their Colorstay foundations are undeniably some of the best available on the highstreet, but whenever Photoready crops up, it’s always a bit of a ‘love it or hate it’ product, so I was interested to see that they are expanding their photoready line to incorporate a new ‘Airbrush’ mousse foundation, face primer and eye primer/brightener.

I managed to get my hands on a sample of each last week so I thought I’d give you my two penny’s worth.
First up for the foundation. I’ve never really understood the appeal of mousse foundation and this product has cemented that feeling. The packaging is cheap and rather unappealing (and as it’s Revlon, the price tag doesn’t match at £12.99) I’m always willing to overlook packaging, especially with foundation, but this product really doesn’t have many redeeming factors.

The first pump makes you think that the dispenser may be out of control as it deposits far too much onto your hand, but once you’ve broken the ‘seal’ it actually becomes quite easy to dispense the required amount onto the back of your hand before application.

The consistency is thin (think cappuccino rather than chocolate mousse!) and turns into a liquid when you start to blend it into the skin. Although the pigmentation is pretty good and a little goes a long way, it’s awful to blend, clings to dry patches and tends to sit on your skin rther than blend seemlesly into it like a good foundation should… not a good look.

The most common criticism of the original Photoready has to be the shimmer, and they’ve kept it in there. Love the glitter, or hate the glitter, this foundation really doesn’t have any other redeeming qualities so I’d steer clear if I were you!

OK so the bad news came first… moving on to the Eye Primer + Brightener. This little click up brush pen is a lovely little product. The consistency is light and easily blended so it wont leave your eye area feeling caked in concealer… it definitely brightens up the eye area, but in terms of acting as a primer for colour, I’m not so sure. To me this is more of a concealer and doesn’t act as a base for colour. Don’t stick to the eye area, this is also a great, subtle way to highlight your cheekbones too.

Overall it’s a lovely product and I’d recommend it for those who are looking for ‘no makeup’ makeup. The one downside is the price. I think it’s a little steep at £9.99.

Last but not least, by far the best product of the three is the facial primer. This slightly pink-toned brightening primer leaves your skin looking and feeling beautiful. It’s got a hint of that silicone-y slipperyness, but this disappears in a few seconds to leave your skin looking plumped and mattified.

I’d  compare this to Nubo’s Voile primer (which is over 3x the price for 1/3 of the product!) It’s the best high street primer I’ve used and I’d thoroughly recommend this one. If you’re on the market for a new primer, make sure you check this one out when it hits the shops March. It’s £11.99 and worth every penny if you ask me!

Overall… a mixed bag from the Revlon Photoready line! All three products will be available in Boots nationwide from March.

Petrol Polish: Here Come the Dupes!

Chanel always seem to be the trend setters when it comes to nails, with all the high street brands following suit on the latest sell out shade the next season… Well the influx of petrol polishes a la Chanel ‘Peridot’ have started to hit the shops, so if you missed out on Peridot the first time around (or couldn’t bring yourself to shell out £17.50!) Then here are a couple of alternatives.
One of my favourite brands, Ciate have released ‘Oil Slick’ Priced at £9… What I thought was a bargain until I caught wind of Topshop’s version ‘Hidden Treasure’ for only £6.00!
I’ve tried these three polishes every which way and I can conclude that they are all identical. I especially love to wear this shade with a matte topcoat… simply stunning!
This week I’ve got one Ciate and one Topshop polish to give away to two lucky readers. If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is head over to my website!

Friday, February 17, 2012

My MAC Lipsticks

This post is to accompany my latest YouTube video about my MAC lipstick collection. 
As promised, here is a colour swatch of all the MAC lipsticks I own. I swatched them on white paper so you can see the colours better. If you'd like to see what they look like on the lip then please check out my video!
Left-Right from bottom: Hue, Cute-ster, Viva Glam V, Color Me Coral, Sunsonic, Gel, Pervette, Blooming Lovely, Creme Cup, Speed Dial, Viva Glam Gaga, Saint Germain, Show Orchid, Costa Chic, Quite The Thing, Lady Bug
What do you think should be my next MAC lipstick purchase?!

'Full Repair' Your Hair!

Are you hard on your hair? I know I am... My hair is seriously processed. It's bleached, I'm reluctant to get regular cuts, and I use some form of heat to style it every single day. As much as I know all of the above are bad for the condition of my hair, I'm addicted to the way they make it look and therefore, will most probably continue on this spiral of un-healthy hair treatment (realistically!) for the rest of my life...

Sound familiar? I know a lot of girls are in the same boat these days... the allure of the perfect blow dry, honey hued highlights or super sleek locks is too much for us! So for all those girls out there who simply can't (and won't) lay down their GHD's and give their hair a break...  John Frieda are on a mission to help.

Their latest line, 'Full Repair', is aimed at the style addicts amongst us and claims to leave your hair moistursed, sleek, easily style-able and more importantly... full of body, thanks to nourishing inca inchi oil. Most 'repair' treatments tend to weigh the hair down with heavy conditioners and leave in treatments, but the experts at JF have created a line that will cover you for all aspects of your styling addiction. It sounded too good to be true to me, so I put the line to the test!

As you can see, even though I've recently taken my hair down a notch from super light blonde to a more natural shade, my hair looks a mess when I wake up in the morning. It's dry, damaged and looking a little frazzled (and we haven't even mentioned the face yet - don't go there!)

As I have rather thick hair, I used the products that have been formulated for thicker locks: the Full Body Shampoo, Deep Conditioner, Perfect Ends Deep Infusion Treatment, Style Revival Heat-Activated Spray and the Perfecting Root Lift Foam.

I've had a bit of a love-hate relationship with John Freida products in the past, so I approached with caution when using these.

They all smell amazing... A very fresh, fruity scent.

The finished result was really impressive. Even after drying and curling my hair, the products left it feeling healthy, rejuvenated and smooth, but still feeling super light and like I'd used no styling product at all. I didn't even need my usual serum to smooth it down... perfect!

I'm really excited to see how this performs over a longer period of time as I love the results after only one use - I'd really recommend this line to any fellow style addicts out there!

The Full Repair line is available now, prices start from £5.59

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Collection

Some of you may already know of my love for rose gold… I’m obsessed, and therefore very excited for the upcoming launch of Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold Collection, which hits counters on 20th April.
The collection comprises of two shimmer bricks, four lip glosses and six lipsticks. I must admit I was surprised not to see any eye products in the line up (I think eye shadows and liners would have been divine!) but the collection is stunning none the less.
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at some of the lipglosses last week and they didn’t dissapoint! All four are ‘Rich Colour Glosses’ which, unlike Bobbi’s original lip glosses, are non-sticky and have fabulous pigmentation. The brighter colours are more of a liquid lipstick than a gloss.

Top to bottom: Pink Cocoa, Angel Pink, Pink Gold

The shade that caught my eye first was Pink Gold but after trying them all I actually think this is my least favourite, as the strong gold shimmer isn’t the most flattering choice for the lips.
Left-right: Pink Cocoa, Angel Pink, Pink Gold
Above: Pink Cocoa close up

The surprise star of the collection is actually the colour I would have shyed away from on paper. Pink Cocoa is a slightly mumsy nude brown colour that is made into something special by a subtle (but most definitely noticeable!) pink shimmer. It turns an everyday natural-nude into something really rather eye catching. I think this is by far the star of the collection and will sell out fast!
Above: Rose Gold Shimmer Brick
Above: Wildrose Shimmer Brick

I can’t wait to see the rest of the collection in the flesh, I’m especially excited for the Rose Gold shimmer brick (the name says it all) and Lilac Lipstick (Below far right). 
This is one collection I’d recommend making a beeline for in the beauty halls come April!

Lush Review: The Green Bubbleroon & a little giveaway!

I’m a big macaroon fan, so couldn’t resist popping one of these little beauties into my already-overflowing basket when I was in Lush last week.

I’d never seen the ‘bubbleroons’ before, but this macaroon-inspired bubble bar promised to take me straight back to summer time, along with homemade lemonade and picnic blankets… who could resist?!

In all seriousness, this bubble bar smells wonderful. Fresh, clean and uplifting. It’s based on freshly cut grass and orange flower and leaves your bath water a pleasant pastel green.

The scent isn’t as overpowering as some of Lush’s old faves (The Comforter,I’m looking at you!) so if you’re a bit scared of ‘that’ Lush smell, then this one might be for you.

They are also enriched with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, so they leave your bath feeling silky and your skin feeling nourished.

Another convenient feature of this bubble bar (and all of the ‘bubbleroons’) is that they can be easily divided into two sections, and saved for another bath if you only want to use half at a time (Which I often find more than enough for a lovely bubble bath!)

These are one of my favourite products I’ve tried from Lush and definitely my favourite bubble bar so far, I’d highly recommend trying this one out next time you pay a visit…

The Green Bubbleroon is £3.25 and available now.

This week I have a green bubbleroon, along with a few other Lush goodies to give away! If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is head over to my website! 

Nailed: Butter London Knackered

I've been obsessed with this polish recently. It's 'Knackered' from Butter London's Spring Collection: a pale lavender-green duochrome with flecks of holographic glitter.

I don't think I've ever seen a polish that ticks both the duochrome and holographic boxes for me (both equally my favourite types of nail polish!) so I'm absolutely loving this at the moment. Not only does it look gorgeous, with a subtle hint of glitter, it's seriously chip resistant too… It stayed put (and chip free!) for about 6 days on my nails, when normally I manage to chip them within a couple of days of wear.

Butter London polishes are not the easiest poishes to find, but definitely worth it. This colour is especially original, the only similar shade I've ever seen (which I also own due to my duochrome-obsessiveness!) is Deborah Lippmann's Wicked Game. It's an almost idential colour without the all important holo glitter!

For some reason the glitter (which appears to be very fine) is a little too chunky for the formulation and leaves a slightly uneven finish on the nails. Having said that, it's nothing a good top coat can't fix… this polish has firmly shot up into my all time top 10 - I'm in love!
Butter London knackered is available from, for £12.