Sunday, 22 February 2015

Great Lengths Large Paddle Brush - the hairbrush that changed my life!

OK perhaps a slight exaggeration in the title there! But I have got to say, that this is the best hairbrush I have ever used in my life. Now, I do not have Great Lengths hair extensions myself, however I first spotted this hairbrush in my hairdressers and I could not believe how it literally glided through my wet hair. That had to be a miracle! I went straight home and ordered myself one right away, such was my awe at what this hairbrush could do to my hair. I ordered it from ebay here incase you are interested.

It arrived very quickly and in a fancy little pouch. It's the most expensive hairbrush I have ever bought but it is certainly very well made and of excellent quality. It's good and sturdy and feels quite heavy. The bristles remind me of the old fashioned hairbrushes from Victorian times!

I have really knotty hair, it is terrible! I have dabbled in quite a few hairbrushes targeted at this, namely the Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush. While I liked both brushes at the time, I came to realise that I was losing far too much hair with every brush. And I also needed a detangling spray before even attempting to put a brush near my hair (the Mane n' Tail Detangler is my favourite). The Great Lengths brush requires no effort from me at all. I can glide it through the lengths of my hair with ease. This has never happened me before! And after I have finished brushing my hair, there is hardly any hair in the bristles, compared to the ball of hair I had to pull out of my Wet brush and Tangle Teezer after each brush!

So I just thought I would share my amazing new discovery! If you have tangly hair like me, it may be worthwhile looking into this brush. Yes it is very expensive, but I do not regret my purchase for a second, and cannot go back to using any other hairbrush now!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors *new* Spring 2015 Garden Escape Collection

Here we go, another Clarins lip product review! I was kindly sent three of the new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors to try out, and I have really been enjoying them! (as with all Clarins lip products!)

Left to right, they are "My Pink", "Orange" and "Rosewood". They are all extremely wearable colours though they are pretty sheer. I love the packaging, they look so slim and elegant! They smell incredible too.

The top swatch is "My Pink" which looks like a barely there colour. However when applied, it works with the natural PH in your lips and adapt to a unique shade. How amazing is that!
"Orange" is an absolutely gorgeous shade, I am quite partial to an orange lip and can't wait to rock this one when Spring arrives!
The one which surprised me the most however, was Rosewood! I initially thought this shade would be too dark as it looks a little brown in the tube and when swatched. But when applied it is the most gorgeous and wearable nude lip product I've ever tried! 

These are an absolute delight to wear, they give a subtle hint of colour with a glossy sheen. As I have found with all the Clarins Instant Light lip products, they don't really last that long on me, leading me to re-apply them quite regularly. They do wear off in a natural even fashion though. The formula is so soft and light, and actually I like them a lot more than the original Instant Light Lip Perfectors. The lip balms aren't as sticky and are a lot easier to apply in the twist up tube.

Wearing "My Pink"

Another success for me! I am a huge fan of any Clarins lip product and the Lip Balm Perfectors are no exception. They are just perfect if you want a very subtle hint of colour and gloss on your lips while at the same time they feel very comforting. They are great if you want a low maintenance lip, and who doesn't love that!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors are available now and cost £18.00.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick "Coral Dahlia"

Here is something very exciting! When this little beauty arrived through my letter box I was dosed with the flu and badly in need of a pick me up. Needless to say it definitely did the trick!

Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant* are stunning sheer, glossy lipsticks. I have here the shade "Coral Dahlia" which is a new shade released as part of the Garden Escape Spring collection. When I opened this lipstick, I actually did gasp! The colour is just stunning, a gorgeous coral with very subtle golden shimmer. This is the perfect shade for Spring and Summer!

The lipstick is housed in a really sturdy silver tube. I must admit it looks very glamorous indeed. I am surprised by the weight of the packaging! It feels really solid. Twist up to reveal the gorgeous lipstick. That colour! I just can't get enough of it.

I took a close up of the swatch in the sunlight so you can see the shimmer in there. This lipstick is incredibly glossy, very smooth and creamy and is oh so comfortable to wear. I am a little nervous of wearing bold lipsticks, and I tend to stick to lip glosses or lip crayons (I was obsessed with last year's Clarins Lip Balm Crayons). I never thought that there would be a lipstick with sheer glossy colour like this! It's absolutely perfect and a real novelty for me.

This lipstick has properties of a lip balm too! It feels incredibly moisturising on, which is probably why I felt it so comfortable to wear. It has a wonderful scent too, very sweet and it reminds me of strawberry bon bons! Despite being very soft and creamy, it lasts a decent amount of time too, I had a good couple of hours wear time before I felt like I needed a touch up. It wears away evenly too, it's one of those lip products which doesn't require too much maintenance!

What a brilliant product to introduce a bit of colour into your make up routine for Springtime! I can tell that this will be my favourite lip product this season. It's just the right amount of colour, with the perfect glossy sheen. This lipstick will set you back £19 and there are now 15 shades available, including the new Spring releases "Coral Dahlia" and "Rose Petal", which also looks gorgeous!

Clarins really know how to do lip products! I don't think I have ever been as excited about a lipstick before, honestly! If you get the chance to swatch these at a counter, definitely do & you will see what I mean!

*Product provided for review

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Bobbi Brown Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liner

This little pot is something that I bought with my Christmas vouchers. I used to really love cream eyeshadows, and since doing a huge makeup clear out a few months ago I only have one cream eyeshadow left in my collection! So I wanted to add to it. I wanted something kind of neutral, but sparkly too. I was looking at MAC Paint Pots but they seemed more metallic than sparkly. If there are any nice shades I should check out, do let me know.

Anyway, while browsing I ended up looking at Bobbi Brown eyeshadows, and with "sparkle" in the name, this one caught my eye. I looked at a few reviews and swatches, and finally decided to order the shade "Smokey Topaz".

When it arrived I was a little taken aback by how small the little pot actually is. It contains 4 grams of product (compared to 5g in a MAC paint pot). I know it is called "Shadow and Liner" but to me the design of the pot is more geared towards using it as a liner. I don't intend on doing that (I only use black liner) and I always apply my cream shadows using just my fingers. So the small jar opening is a little disappointing for me.

Swatch time! What I actually really like about this product is that it is very sparkly and not shimmery or glittery. That is exactly what I wanted.
Smokey Topaz is not the colour I expected it to be. I expected it to be more of a bronze but to me it's more like a pewter type shade, but still it is perfect for everyday wear. 
The shadow is very easy to apply. I just use my ring finger and then blend out the edges with a fluffy brush. It definitely is very easy to apply and I have had no problems! Wear time is really good, the Bobbi Brown website states up to 12 hours wear. I definitely got a good 8-10 hours wear time before it started creasing on me (and that was after using a primer as well). 

I think it looks fantastic all over the lid on its own, a bit of eyeliner and plenty of mascara! Sometimes I blend a darker eyeshadow into my crease for a bit of definition. But it's one of those quick, easy to apply eyeshadows for fuss-free make up! Especially in the sun light it looks incredibly sparkly for that little something "extra".

I haven't experimented using this as an eyeliner yet. I'm not sure how it would look to be honest because the shade isn't too deep.  I'm sure it would apply really well though as the texture of this gel is so smooth.

The Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liners cost £20 which honestly is quite expensive for me. There are 5 shades available, and they all look lovely. But I wouldn't mind trying different cream shadows from other brands. If you have any recommendations please let me know (particularly MAC paint pots!).

Do you like the look of this product?

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Favourites

Is it just me or has January been a very long month? I had been feeling a little under the weather (hence the lack of blog posts the last couple of weeks!) but I am now ready to get back into the swing of things! Starting with the products I was reaching most for in January.

1. Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze - I just did a review of this one so I will not go into too much detail why I love this! But basically, it gives me the most beautiful hint of tan which has seen me through the Winter months and I shall be continuing to use it in the Spring/Summer months! I find it so easy and fuss-free to apply, and there isn't too much maintenance involved. So happy with this product!

2. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush - I bought these 2 in Boots a few months ago on a whim…basically because I liked the smell of them! But I have been using away at them both and have completely fell in love. The  body scrub is a little on the gentle side which is absolutely perfect. I use it on wet skin in the shower and it really works a treat (plus the bathroom smells amazing afterwards!). The body cream is just amazing, I love the smooth and light texture of it. It absorbs really well and doesn't leave a horrid sticky feeling. Honestly the Sugar Crush range smells good enough to eat!

3. YSL Baby Doll Mascara* - When I first tried this mascara I actually said "Wow!". It has a great wand with a flexible tip, really great formula (with a light scent). It makes my lashes so long and perfectly separates each one, no clumps here! Plus the packaging looks ultra glam. Definitely reaching for this one a lot more than my regular Lancome mascara!

4. Real Techniques Nic's Picks brush set - Somehow over Christmas I ended up with 3 sets of these brushes! Of all the Real Techniques brushes I own, it is Nic's Picks which really made me stand up and pay attention. They have completely changed the way I apply my make up. The face brushes are fantastic and so soft. The eye brushes are just amazing and great for more precise application.

5. La Roche Posay Nutric Intense Riche - Over the last couple of months I am suffering with terrible dry skin, for the first time in my life and I don't know why! A few weeks ago, after trying what felt like every product under the sun, I was recommended this moisturiser and it has made such a difference. I still get dry patches around my nose but they are definitely getting less and less. Hopefully by the time I finish this jar my skin will be back to normal! I just love taking my make up off and using plenty of this moisturiser. It's very thick but it feels very comforting and nourishing.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturising Stick - The dry skin wasn't just contained to my face, it affected my lips as well! I actually went to the chemist to get the Reve de Miel lip balm that comes in the jar. They didn't have that so I bought this little stick version instead. It has a lovely light, kind of citrusy scent. It is lovely and smooth and glides onto the lips. It doesn't really last as long as I would have expected it to, cue me obsessively re-applying it every half hour! But it really is a saviour for dry lips and has helped me a lot.

Thierry Mugler Angel Perfume* - This has become my signature Winter scent. I wear it every day now! Where perfumes were concerned, I was into fresh/fruity scents only. Angel changed all that. It is oh so unusual, and a completely unique scent in my opinion. It is quite woody and spicy, almost like a masculine scent. I honestly haven't came across a perfume like this before. It is quite a heavy scent, you only really need a spritz or two as it is so strong. I also quite like spraying a bit on my scarf or on my hair. I also love how the bottle is re-fillable! Mine is the limited edition Glamorama bottle which came out at Christmas. (I did a full review of Angel here )

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know what your favourite products were from January!