Thursday, August 30, 2012

Apivita Eye Patches with Rose

I'm absolutely loving Greek skin care brand Apivita at the moment (for more of a detailed intro to the brand, check out my review of their cucumber face mask here)

The latest product to catch my eye whilst perusing the aisles of M&S last week were the Express Beauty Eye Patches with Rose. These eye patches claim to moisturise and revitalise tired eyes. Perfect for using on or after a long haul flight, or if you've had a long week.

They come in a single use sachet, which I didn't realise was £5 until I'd already queued up to buy it. A little steep I thought, but their products I've tried so far have all been lovely, so I purchased it regardless.

The patches are one sided, and shaped to fit closely under your lower lash line. They aren't exactly 'sticky' but they stay on for the recommended 15 minutes, and feel lovely and soothing during application.

I took a snap before, during and after, so I'll let the pictures do the talking...

After 15 minutes, I took the patches off to reveal an under eye area that looked pretty much unchanged...
Now, I'm never a firm believer in products that show instant results (let's face it, its very rare to find them!) so while I wasn't blown away with the results (the dark circles are still there!) my eyes did feel refreshed and moisturised, and the experience of using the patches was lovely.

These certainly aren't something I would purchase on a regular basis, but I will definitely be repurchasing them for my next long haul flight, and perhaps for any 'girls night in' type pampering sessions in the future.

All in all, a lovely (if not miracle!) product.

Have you ever tried any eye masks? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them, and if you've tried out any other Apivita products!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Clarins 3-Dot Liner

When I first saw this eyeliner I thought it was going to be a total gimmick, but I’ve fallen head-over-heels with it in the past few weeks so I thought it was something I must share with you all!

Clarin’s ‘3 Dot Liner’ isn’t like anything else I’ve seen on the market… (a bit of goggling has proven me wrong on this… there are a few about but no easily accessible ones!) It’s a liquid eyeliner pen with not one, but three points. The idea behind it being that you can draw very fine dots all along your lash line, creating the illusion of much thicker lashes.
As I said above, I thought this was going to be a total gimmick but it actually works a treat! It’s perfect for those who don’t like wearing eyeliner at all, but still want their lashes to look full and luscious… or if you’re a fan of voluminous lashes but no mascara is ever quite enough? This could be your answer!

I’ve been wearing it everyday with my current favourite MAC eyeshadows (Orb, Naked Lunch, Sable & Espresso) and I think it makes the perfect addition to the classic neutral eye. What do you think?

Just Eyeshadow
With 3-Dot Liner
...and Mascara!
It's actually more impactful from a distance, but i didn't take a snap (sorry!), but i hope this gives you an idea of how it works?

I know that some of you will be thinking “OK, this is cool, but why couldn’t I just do this with my normal liquid eyeliner?” True… You could, but it would take you (literally!) three times as long. This is so easy and quick to do, if you like the look I say it’s well worth it!

You can also create some quirky designs by using it length-ways like a traditional liquid liner if you want… fun!

The one downside? It’s limited edition! You can pick this up now, as part of Clarins’ A/W 12 collection. It’s £20, but currently 15% off with free delivery at feelunique too!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fairy Polish

I'm totally in love with this multi-glitter polish from Topshop's latest limited edition collection.

Its called 'Pinch Punch' and it's part of designer Louise Grey's collaboration with the brand, containing a variety of fun colours. My other favourite item from the collection has got to be the duo version of their fabulous creme-powder blusher.

This sheer pink glitter with chunkier silver and gold hexagonal glitter applies quite sheerly with one coat, so you can achieve a pretty, subtle look (which I actually prefer) or you can opt for the more OTT option with two coats (See below - Left: Two coats, Right: One coat)

You can pick this up in Topshop, along with the rest of the collection, now.

Priced at £6

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Vaseline Limited Edition Loveliness!

I'm sure many of you remember the whirl of excitement created by last year's limited edition Crème Brûlée Vaseline Lip Therapy launch? There were rumours and speculation all over the web about what this mysterious flavour could be, and lots of excitement when it was announced (I for one know how much I love Crème Brûlée and judging by the nation's reaction to the flavour, I wasn't alone!)

Well, it is my pleasure to be the one to tell you all that this year the cult lip brand,  is once again bringing some glamour to your beauty routine! Vaseline are creating another Limited Edition lip tin that I can assure you, is even more decadent than last year's. While they aren't ready to reveal the flavour just yet, you can head over to today at 5pm for a chance to purchase one the first 100 tins to roll off the production line!

Vaseline have provided me with a few hints as to what you can expect from the new flavour... can you make any guesses as to what it might be?!
If you can't guess what it is, don't worry, I'll be revealing the flavour on the 5thSeptember when it launch in Selfridges. Until then... I can assure you that you won't want to miss out on this one if you're a Vaseline Lip Therapy fan. It's going to be their most extravagant Limited Edition ever!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fragrance Friday: Viva La Juicy LA FLEUR!

I know, I know... It's actually Saturday, but I thought you'd all forgive me for being a few hours late in posting about this week's fragrance, seeing as it's a seriously good one...

I was out and about in London yesterday and got the chance to have a sneaky peek (and smell!) of Juicy Couture's new addition to their fragrance collection. As a huge 'Viva La Juicy' fan, I was excited to learn that the new scent is not only a spin off of the original best-seller for the brand, but it's also called 'La Fleur'!

Seeing as my name does mean flower 'en francais', Fleur does crop up as a fragrance name every now and again, but none the less I still get excited when I see it emblazoned across a bottle (especially if it so happens to be tied with a pink chiffon ribbon and dripping with golden Juicy Couture charms!)

OK enough gushing... if you can't tell by how sickeningly excited I am to tell you all about this fragrance... I also happen to LOVE the smell.

It's very similar to the original, with a few more floral notes. The main addition being Water Lily, I think it really adds a fresh, summery feel to the scent.

I'm not normally a huge fan of 'Floral' fragrances (see last week's review of Marc Jacobs Dot for more on this). This scent however, is not overpowering in the slightest. To me it doesn't smell that much more floral than the original. It still shares the same floral heart notes of Jasmine, Gardenia and Honeysuckle. It's a light and girly alternative to the original and I'm absolutely in love with it. It seems to last a little longer on my skin than the original too (always a bonus).

I can see this very quickly becoming one of my most worn scents. I love it.

This will be available exclusively from Selfridges from 30th August, and nationwide from 17th September. Available in 40ml, 75ml and 150ml EDT for £34, £46 and £62 respectively.

It's already out in the US so I'm sure some of you will have already tried it. I'd love to hear what you all think!?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Urban Decay Smoked Palette: Review & Swatches

Urban Decay's latest 'must have' eyeshadow palette is called 'smoked'. As the name would suggest, it's the smokey eye's answer to the Naked palette... a selection of 10 shades that will allow you to create a whole range of smokey eyes varying from classic black, right through to more vibrant colours including deep aubergine and metallic emerald.

The packaging is similar to that of last Christmas' 'Emergancy' kit: a soft zip-up layer encasing a sturdy cardboard insert. Personally I'm not a fan of either the material or the bulkiness of the palette. I think the packaging for both of the Naked Palettes is much more convenient and user-friendly.

That aside, the shadows themselves are lovely, as you would expect from the brand.

Smooth and very heavily pigmented. Mushroom, Asphalt and Loaded are particularly lovely in formulation. 
The mattes, as always, are slightly less impressive. but still amongst some of the best available on the market. Urban Decay really do nail it when it comes to eyeshadows. There are no super-glittery, fallout-prone shades in this palette either... very impressed.

The palette comes with a full size 24/7 eyeliner in perversion, a deep matte black. I'm a big fan of these eyeliners already and think it's a great addition to this palette. A black eyeliner is an essential ingredient for a good smokey eye after all!

It also comes with a mini-sized primer potion (in the new packaging - horaay!) so that your shadows last all day and a booklet showing you various different looks that can be created using the palette, and step by step instructions for doing them yourself.

All in all, this palette is an absolute gem for those of you who frwuently sport a smokey eye. If it's your go-to eye look then I'd have to say this palette is a must have. It has everything you need for only £35 and would make a fabulous gift.

Having said that, for me personally... I don't think this palette would get much use. I love my neutrals, and for that reason, the Naked and Naked 2 palettes will remain my go-to Urban Decay palettes. Either way, another very impressive release from Urban Decay. They're certainly on a roll at the moment!

You can purchase the Smoked palette now, £35 from Debenhams.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pink Treat

I'm absolutely loving this lipgloss at the moment.

It's L'Oreal Paris' Glam Shine lipgloss in Pink Treat from the Miss Candy collection: a shimmering pale pink with a touch of iridescent glitter in it.
It looks equally as gorgeous in the bottle with it's candy-striped swirl of two different shades. They mix together when you apply them to create the perfect nude-baby pink gloss. It feels smooth on the lips, and has a distinctive sweet scent which I personally really like. It's actually very similar to YSL's lipglosses, and as YSL is owned by L'Oreal, this is probably a little more than just a similarity (or so I like to think!)
Love it. I've been reaching for this almost every day for the past few weeks.

I love the rose gold details on the bottle too!

You can pick this up now, for £7.65 with free delivery here. Have any of you bought anything from the L'Oreal Miss Candy collection? I loved the Colour Riche

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fragrance Friday: Marc Jacobs Dot

I've been meaning to write a review of Marc Jacobs' latest fragrance release 'Dot' for a few weeks now. A sample bottle arrived on my doorstep over two weeks ago, and I have to admit it's taken me that time just to work out exactly what I think about the scent.

As soon as I saw images of the bottle late last year I knew it was something I wanted to love. As usual with Marc Jacob's fragrances, the bottle is eye-catchingly cute. I couldn't quite work out if it was based on a butterfly or a ladybird (or perhaps a mutant-hybrid of the two!) but it's actually inspired by Marc's love of polka dots. Either way, I think the bottle is instantly loveable.
The scent itself is much less of an instant hit. I liked it on first spray, with fruity top notes of dragon fruit and red berries, but as it dries down it becomes a lot more floral than I expected, with Jasmine and Orange Blossom becoming dominant.

As with Marc Jacobs' other scents, after a while I found it becomes a little sickly. Thinking back to previous releases, I felt the same about Lola and Daisy, but absolutely loved 'Eau Lola' and 'Daisy Eau So Fresh' when they were released. I'm holding out high hopes that they bring out a similar version of Dot because, for me, it's a nice scent, but just a little too floral for my taste. It's an Eau de Parfum so the staying power is good. It lasts a good 4 hours on me.
If you are a fan of Lola and Daisy, or of floral scents in general, I think you'll love this. If like me, you have quite a limited taste when it comes to florals, and prefer the 'fresh' versions... it might be a little OTT for you.

Have any of you tried/bought Dot? What do you think of it?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Urban Decay Naked SKIN Foundation

While Urban Decay are famed for their fabulous eye shadows and primers, I've never heard a peep about their foundations before. I was therefore intrigued to get my hands on their new 'Naked Skin' foundation. 

Here's what Urban Decay have to say about it: 

"Our completely weightless formula blurs imperfections to deliver a flawless finish that looks professionally retouched and feels invisible."

I've given it a thorough road test over the past few days and here's my verdict:
1. The Packaging: While the packaging looks lovely, it's made entirely of plastic. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (it definitely makes it lighter!) but it does feel a little less 'luxurious' than a glass bottle. You get 30ml or 1fl oz. The convenient pump dispenses the perfect amount for my whole face in just one pump.

3. The Shade Selection: It comes in an impressive 18 shades to suit all skin tones. Those with a .5 are neutral/cool tones, and whole numbers are warmer shades. The shade I tried was 4.5.

2. The Formula: It has a traditional liquid foundation consistency. (It has been compared to the YSL Teint Touche Eclat, but having compared them side by side, the YSL is slightly more of a gel texture, has more of a light-reflecting property and a much lower level of coverage). The product has a very strong, powdery scent which I'm not a fan of. While this goes away after a few minutes, it is a little off-putting initially. It is oil free and paraben free which is always nice.

3. Application: It provides medium-high coverage. While one layer would provide the perfect coverage for the daytime, it is very build-able (so perfect if you like a natural look for the day, and more coverage for the evening). Urban Decay have also launched a special brush to apply the foundation with. The 'Optical Blurring' brush is a dense, rounded, synthetic brush that allows you to buff the foundation right into the skin. I personally love this type of brush and it gave a lovely finish when applying the foundation with it.
4. The Finish: It provides a very natural finish. It's not matte, but certainly not dewy. As the name suggests, it does actually look like skin!
5. Wear Time: It didn't look perfect at the end of an 8 hour day, but pretty close to it. Combined with a good primer and a setting spray, this easily lasts all day on my skin.

6. Price: I find Urban Decay's pricing a little hard to get my head around. Some of their products (like the naked palettes at £32 for 12 shades) are fantastic value for money, while others seem to be hugely over-inflated (The custom eyeshadow palette at £84 for 6 shades). This foundation is £27, 27 Euros or $38. I think that is reasonable, but I think it could have been a smidge lower (it's only £1 cheaper than the YSL, which feels like a much more luxurious product)

Overall: I really like this foundation. I'm enjoying using it for everyday makeup and although I don't think it will replace my Shiseido and Dior options at the moment, it is very nice indeed. I don't 100% agree with Urban Decay about it 'feeling invisible', as you can certainly tell you're wearing it, but it does leave you looking a little 'retouched'! Definitely worth a look if you're on the market for a new foundation.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation is available now.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

You might have seen or heard about the latest Clinique mascara to hit the market (they are running lots of ads at the moment that's for sure!

Their High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara joins their seemingly ever-expanding line-up of formulations, and while the packaging is a little different for the brand, I really don't think the product adds anything to their current offerings.

There are some lovely Clinique mascaras available. High Lengths and the original High Impact mascara are particular favourites of mine (each for different reasons obviously!) but when it comes to this new formula, I'm just not convinced.
The tube is fatter than their usual packaging and the plastic wand has lots of very short bristles. It's a really chunky applicator so it makes applying the product much harder than usual and it's much easier to make a mess than with most other mascaras. This is something I could put up with if the results were fantastic, but quite honestly they are nothing to write home about.
I would say this is an utterly average mascara.. it's not awful, but I certainly wouldn't recommend that you buy it over the other Clinique mascaras I mentioned earlier. It leaves a nice, fluttery effect to the lashes, but I think you can buy much better for £17 (or find something equally as good for half the price!) All in all, I was more than a little disappointed by this one... normally I'm all over anything that promises 'extreme' volume, but this just didn't deliver.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Shu Uemura Custom Palettes

I got the chance to go and have a play with Shu Uemura's new custom palettes last week so I thought I'd share my thoughts with you all... I've never tried out any Shu Uemura makeup before so I was keen to take a look at what they had to offer.

The palettes are slim and sleek and come in black or white. They come in three sizes that fit single, duo and quad eyeshadows. The one below is the largest size, fitting four eyeshadows or two blushes.
You then choose your shades, and slide them into the palette. Compared to mac and urban decay's custom palettes, this is really quite neat. 
The finished product looks like just that... a finished product, not something that you've pieced together yourself and I love that. The packaging is very compact, so perfect for your makeup bag.
The eyeshadows that I chose are really lovely in formulation. The cream eyeshadow (on the left) is my favourite, it's a very dry consistency and is perfect to use as a cheek highlighter too. The metallic shadows are beautifully soft and smooth, with minimal fall out, and lovely staying power. I didn't get to try the cheek products but they had some great shades.
Left-right: P101, ME825, ME472, ME996
Overall, I'll definitely be taking a peek a Shu Uemura makeup next time I pass a counter. The major downfall with these palettes is that they don't make a bigger size. Imagine how fabulous they would be if they held two or three rows of shadows!?

The custom palettes are available from Shu Uemura now, each shadow refill is £11 and the palette itself is £10, a total of £54, so they are really quite pricey for what you get, but the quality is very high.

Have you tried any Shu Uemura Makeup? What do you guys think of it?
Woof loves it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Apivita Cucumber Mask

I'm absolutely loving these single-use face mask sachets from Apivita. I got a few in my GlossyBox a few months back, and have since purchased some from Marks & Spencer (where they are £3 for a duo pack)

Apivita is somewhat of a cult Greek brand that has only recently become easily available in the UK. All of their products are formulated using 80-100% natural ingredients, without many of the typical chemical nasties commonly found in modern skincare.
Their 'Express Beauty' masks are super convenient for girls (or guys!) on-the-go, as they come in these handy individual sachets. It's also fun to be able to try out different types of masks without shelling out a fortune for each one.

This Cucumber mask is perfect for my normal-dry skin. It's a thin creme-gel formula so doesn't look as scary as some masks when it's on your face. (Thought let's face it... it still doesn't look great!)
It's very cooling on the skin and leaves your face refreshed, plump and moisturised. Overall I'm a big fan and I will definitely be repurchasing this (and probably some of Apivita's other masks!) in the future. They are especially great for travelling.

You can pick up Apivita products up from Marks & Spencer online, and in their stores with 'Your Beauty' departments (currently only High St Kensington, but these will be in around 100 stores by next summer)