Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

I haven't tried one of L'Oreal's Telescopic mascaras in quite some time. I loved the original and remember it being one of my favourite makeup items way back when I started making YouTube videos in 2009. When I was in the states this month, I got my hands on the newest version of the classic telescopic: Telescopic Shocking Extensions.

This new formula claims to be 'liquid extensions in a bottle' for a 'new generation of lash length'. It also claims to be 'clump free, flake free and smudge free'. I put it to the test.

The packaging is very similar to the original, just a different colour, and the brush is similar too: a rubber brush, long and narrow with a lot of bristles (apparently 200 to be exact!) Application is easy, as the brush is long and thin, it isn't a messy mascara to apply and coats the lashes easily.

The results are really impressive. I found it gave my lashes a huge boost in length and a very decent amount of volume too. It's a great 'best of both worlds' mascara, as some lengthening ones don't give any volume at all and some volumising ones add limited length.

It stayed on my lashes all day and wasn't a pain to remove in the evening. Overall, I was really impressed with this and would definitely repurchase it in the future. As I said, it's been a while since I tried the original, but thinking back, I think this version does perform ever-so slightly better.

You can pick this up now in the US, where it is around the $9.95 mark (depending on where you buy it) I'm not sure about UK availability, but if anyone knows then please feel free to let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Best Blue...

I've been searching for the perfect bright blue nail polish forever. For some reason, whenever I see colours like this, they are a crackle finish, or a crappy formula... but I finally got my mitts on Illamasqua's Cameo, and I'm totally in love with it.
It's such a gorgeous, creamy formula and the colour is, in my opinion, the perfect bright blue. I've been wearing it this week and have had so many compliments. No chips so far either (3 days in).

You can pick this up now for £14.50. Pricey, but in my opinion worth it. Keep an eye out on the blog over the next couple of weeks for more bits and pieces from Illamasqua.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pistachio Goodness

Thank you GlossyBox! This little gem arrived in my box this month and I'm totally in love with it. Finally, a cheaper dupe for Laura Mercier's gorgeous Creme de Pistache Body Souffle
Nip + Fab's Pistachio Sundae body butter is rich and nourishing and smells amazing. It doesn't have the same whipped souffle texture as the Laura Mercier, but personally I prefer this richer formula. What's even better... it's only £8.49 for 200ml, compared to £42.50 for 300ml for the Laura Mercier alternative. 
They also have some other gorgeous sounding scents, so I'll definitely be checking out more products from the brand in the future as I'm a big, big fan of this. 

You can pick up Nip + Fab's Pistachio Souffle for £8.49 from LookFantastic.com (The brand is also currently 3 for 2! Woohoo!)

Monday, April 22, 2013

My $2 Lipstick Obsession

I'm sorry for the lack of activity on the blog this week guys. If you don't follow me on Twitter or YouTube, you might not know that my little dog Woof passed away last weekend, so I took a little time off, but I'm back this week with lots of gorgeous new beauty bits to share with you! A massive thanks to those of you who sent me a lovely message via Twitter, YouTube or email. Your support means the world to me.

Anyway... back to the products in question...

I picked up a couple of these Wet n' Wild Mega Last lipsticks in New York last week on the recommendation of my friend Tati from GlamLifeGuru
I snapped up two different shades: Just Peachy (903C) and Cherry Picking (965). The first was again a recommendation from Tati, but the second I just couldn't resist as this type of red-pink shade is my ultimate favourite type of colour when it comes to brights.
Sadly, we don't have Wet n' Wild in the UK, but these products are super cheap, coming in at $1.99 each (Around £1.25!) For this price, I was astounded by the performance of the products. The formulation is quite thick, highly pigmented, and ever so slightly dry. If you suffer from dry lips, these products might not be for you as they can be a little drying, but for me, the texture of the lipstick helped the colour to stay on for hours. I would recommend popping a balm on before you apply, or a little gloss over the top, and these lipsticks will last you all day with just a few top-ups o keep the colour even.
The packaging isn't out-of-this-world, but for $2 you wouldn't expect it to be. The only downside I discovered to these lipsticks was the shape of the bullet. Because they are flat-topped lipsticks, they can be a little tricky to apply straight out of the tube, so if you want a perfect bright lip, I would definitely recommend using a lip brush with these.
Overall, I was utterly impressed with these and I'll definitely be checking out more shades when I'm next in the US.

Have any of you tried Wet n' Wild products? What are your favourites from the brand?

Friday, April 12, 2013

My Many Faces: The YouTuber

If you didn’t already know, last year the beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow became the creative inspiration for  Max Factor. The ‘Many Faces’ campaign showcased different looks from all of her different roles in life including Writer, Rockstar’s Wife and Business Woman.

Last month, Max Factor challenged me to do the same using their makeup line. They invited me along to meet one of their makeup artists Caroline Barnes, get to know the Max Factor line a bit better and to talk through the three looks that I wanted to create to represent my three roles.

Today it’s time to share my second ‘face’ with you all.

The YouTuber

Being a ‘YouTuber’ is surprisingly different to being a ‘Blogger’. Yes, you’re essentially doing the same thing via a different medium, but putting yourself ‘out there’ by presenting your own videos on YouTube is a lot more scary. I therefore tend to up the ante when it comes to my look, I go for a higher coverage base, and experiment with colours a bit more to make it more visually dynamic for my viewers. Making videos often pushes me out of my comfort zone with makeup, and out of that neutral makeup rut that is easy to fall in to on a day-to-day basis.
Caroline and I came up with the above look to represent the YouTube role in my life. I knew I wanted a bolder lip, and I love deep berry tones, so Caroline recommended the Max Factor Colour Elixir lipstick in Mulberry. She recommended buffing this into the lips to create a stain, then use the new Giant Lip Pencil in Passionate Red over the top to give a lovely glossy finish.
We kept the eyes neutral with a slightly smudgey, smokey look to them by using my favourite Max Factor product: the Liquid Effect eyeliner in Black Fire. Caroline recommended using this wet to get the best performance, dipping it in a little water before use. We finished the look with lashings of False Lash Effect mascara in black.

For nails we went a little matchy, but I just love this berry colour (Glossfinity in Burgundy Crush) the picture below is one coat too... pretty impressive!
What do you think of the look that we created? Check out my first look here, and keep an eye out for my final ‘Many Faces’ look, which will be posted on here in three weeks time. 
*This post is sponsored by Max Factor

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Perfect Addition to My Makeup Bag for Spring!

Until recently I had overlooked Aveda's makeup line. I've been a fan of their hair products for years but the makeup never really caught my eye until I spotted this little gem...
If you aren't familiar with Aveda's makeup range, it all comes in reusable packaging, which you buy separately and fill with colours of your choice. 
This cute compact caught my eye, as it's a really unusual combo of lipstick and powder. The two colours I filled it with are part of Aveda's 2013 Spring collection 'Art of Nature', and to me make the perfect addition to my makeup bag for Spring.
Both pretty coral tones, they complement each other perfectly.
The blush has three colours so can be used in different variations to create more dramatic looks, and the top shade works really well as a highlighter too!
This is definitely my favourite Spring addition to my makeup collection. Blush in Hibiscus - £21, Lipstick in Melochia Bloom - £12, and Essentials Environmental Palette - £11.

All available now from Aveda counters worldwide.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

YSL Touche Eclat Limited Edition 2013

Calling all Touche Eclat devotees out there... The 2013 limited edition Touche Eclat 'Collector' has hit the shops and it's honestly the most gorgeous one they've made to date. 

Covered in tiny little droplets that almost look like rain, the design was inspired by a couture YSL evening dress from the 1960's. I think it's simply adorable. It's also the same price as the original Touche Eclat too, so if you need a refill anytime soon, then why not choose this gorgeous version of the cult classic highlighter?
The Touche Eclat Collector 2013 is available from YSL counters now, and online at yslbeauty.co.uk, priced at £25.