Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Barry M Mint Madness

Hi Everyone,

I have a review on the new Barry M nail paints! I have been desperately trying to find these, according to my local Superdrug they don't exist :/ But Ive finally found them, I was going to get other colours (Gelly Hi-Shine in Lychee) but they were sold out and I didn't fancy any of the others at the moment.
I got one of the new Spring Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints and one of the new Textured Effect Nail Paints, Which I couldn't wait to try! I got both in a mint colour, as my first ever Barry M Nail Paint was in Mint Green and has to be my all time favourite!
Firstly is the Gelly Hi-Shine in Greenberry, This is part of the new spring range of Gelly Hi-Shine's. There are three other colours in this range called Lychee (Grey-Nude), Dragon Fruit (Pink with a slight shimmer) and Papaya (Peachy Coral). These dry to a very shiny, "Just had a Salon Gel manicure", Finnish. People do say you can do it in just one coat, but I had to apply Greenberry in two coats as just one was too streaky.

Lastly is the polish Ive been most excited for, Ridley Road Textured Effect Nail Paint! All of these Nail Paints are named after roads which the creator of Barry M (Barry Mero) set up stalls on. The other three shades in the range include Atlantic Road (Bright Blue), Kingsland Road ( Pale Pink) and Station Road (Bright Yellow with Shimmer), These are all very similar to colours from the Ice-Cream Nail Paint range.

These Remind me of the O.P.I Liquid Sand Polishes in texture, they dry very quickly and Ridley Road needed two coats , maybe three depending how you wanted the finish to be. The finish is kind of matte but reflects the light well. 

I found both polishes were very quick and easy to remove, I cant wait to get a hold of the other colours in both ranges! 
You can get both ranges here; Gelly Hi-Shine and Textured Effect

Have you tried the Gelly Hi-Shine or Textured Effect Nail Paints, What did you think? Which effect is your favourite?

Eloise x

Monday, 25 February 2013

MUA Undress Review

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a post I've been desperate to get up for days, but I just couldn't get a hold of the Undress Me Too palette, but I have today! So here's a review on both the Undress Me Too palette and Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter! Both in their brand new white packaging!

Firstly is the Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, this does remind me of the design of the MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finishes crossed with the MAC Mineralise Skin Finishes, which are very hard to get a hold of! My IPhone camera kinda picks it up as a orange colour when in fact it is pink, when swatched it did scare me a bit but once blended out its a very pale pink shimmer, which looks great on the cheekbones and temple.

Next is a very wanted and popular product, its the Undress Me Too palette which is very similar to the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, sadly I don't have the Naked 2 palette so I cant compare.
This palette Contains three matte Shades and nine shimmer shades, Practically identical to Naked 2, The matte shades are a little chalky, but are quite pigmented, the black shade being the most pigmented. The shimmer shades of the palette are very creamy and easy to work with, they can be built up very well and are extremely pigmented.

Top Row: Naked (Matte), Devotion, Shy
Second Row: Fiery, Lavish, Dreamy
Third Row: Tranquil, Exposed (Matte), Reveal
Bottom Row: Wink, Obsessed, Corrupt (Matte)

(Swatched Left to Right Top Half): Naked (Matte), Devotion, Shy, Fiery, Lavish, Dreamy
(Swatched Left to right Bottom Half): Tranquil, Exposed (Matte), Reveal, Wink, Obsessed, Corrupt (Matte)
(Swatched Bottom to Top Right Side): Undress Your Skin Highlighter; Heavily Swatched, Lightly Swatched, Blended

I'm in love with this new palette and saves me quite a bit of money as much as I want the Naked 2 Palette, I think I may have to pick up a few other pieces from the Undress Me Range!

You can Get them here: Undress Me Too Palette , Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Have you tried any bits from the new Undress Me Range? What do you think about the Undress Me Too Palette?

Eloise x


Saturday, 16 February 2013

F.O.T.D and N.O.T.D: Valentines Edition

Hi Everyone, 

Today is a bit of a different post, this is my first Face of the Day and Mini Nails of the day post, Inspired by Valentines Day and for a dinner I went to with Mary and some other friends for a Non Valentines "Valentines Day" Dinner the day after Valentines Day (Confusing, I know) and this is what I used.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 
Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation in 103 Ivory
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Bourjois Mineral Radiance Pressed Powder in 02 Vanilla
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

I used the Clarins Flash Balm under the Skin Illusion Foundation and both together they create a amazing finish to the skin and it lasts extremely well, I had it on for around 5 hours before I took it off and I didn't see much difference. I then used My favourite concealer, Lasting Perfection, To just add that slightly more coverage to the areas I needed. Finally setting with the Bourjois Radiance Powder and adding a bit of MUA Shimmer Highlighter (Review Coming Soon) to my cheek bones, then that was my base and cheeks done!

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black
Illamasqua Eyeshadow in Lestat

MAC Eyeshadow in Omega
MAC Eyeshadow in Vanilla
I used Mac Soft Ochre as a base and then added Mac Naked Lunch all over the lid and a tiny bit up to the crease, I then added a slight line with ELF Cream Eyeliner really close to the lash line to add a bit more volume and went over it with Illamasqua Lestat to soften, then ran a little under my eyes. I didn't use the Lashes unfortunately as I ran out of time, but I did curl my lashes, I didn't need any mascara as I had already had them tinted.

For my brows I softly added a bit of Mac Omega in the areas needed, Then placed Vanilla on my brow bone.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo

Barry M Nail Paint in Pink Flamingo
O.P.I Nail Varnish in Pink Yet Lavender
O.P.I Nail Varnish in Nothin' Mousie 'Bout It

Then to complete the look for lips I just used NYX San Paulo all over the lips by its self.

For my nails I used two coats of Barry M Pink Flamingo, Then just on my ring fingers I used a coat of O.P.I Pink Yet Lavender (Not pictured as it was a last minute thing, sorry), Then added a coat of O.P.I Nothin' Mousie 'Bout it over the top, dotting on the little hearts! 

There's the finished looks, Hopefully next time I'll remember to add a close up of the make up, I was just too tired when I got back, sorry. I hope everyone had a nice Valentines Day or Non Valentines "Valentines Day" in this case.

Have you tried any of these products? How do you like them? What did you choose as your Valentines Day look?

Eloise x


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Killer Colours Firewater

Hi Everyone,

I Thought id review a polish that I'm not sure gets talked about a lot compared to other nail brands, This is Firewater by Killer Colours. I picked this up at the Clothes Show Live at the start of December, Kinda recognising the name but the poster of Millie Mackintosh drew me in!
 I knew Millie Mackintosh is a big fan of these Nail Polishes and I love Milly so I just had to give them a try. Charlotte Tilbury is also a fan!
I only picked up the one from the very small stand at the Clothes Show, I wasn't too sure what to expect, I have since found out though that Killer Colours only release small collections one at a time, These Collections tie into the current fashion trends and statements of the season, Quite a clever idea I think!
Firewater is a deep Raspberry/ Red Wine shade, Which I think is always a classic during the winter months, Its inspired by the A/W 2012 Catwalks of names such as Gucci, DKNY and Viktor and Rolf.
It is extremely Glossy and Killer Colours add no Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde aka the Big 3! I found this shade was extremely pigmented just after one coat, I wasn't going to add a second at first. I found it also dried quite quickly and the brush isn't too big or too thin.
However I do have a lot of similar shades so I thought id compare them:

Swatches (Left to Right:) Killer Colours Firewater (One Coat), Killer Colours Firewater (Two Coats), Nails Inc Victoria (Two Coats), Barry M Red Wine (Two Coats), Barry M Red Black (Two Coats).
The closest match I could find is Barry M Red Black at a 3rd of the price at £2.99, It still isn't a exact match to Firewater though.
Nails Inc Victoria is also very similar but a bit more expensive at £11.
Killer Colours can be found here and Retail for £9, Which I think is rather good!
Have you tried Killer Colours? Do you love them too?
Eloise x

Monday, 11 February 2013

Feburary GlossyBox

Hi Everyone,

I got home today to find this months Glossybox sitting on the table, I hadn't heard much about this one as I usually do with others, Sadly unlike last months blog I don't have any favourites to add to this post as with all my college work I just haven't had any spare time to road test anything, sorry!

This months box is their Valentines Day box, when I first opened the box i instantly fell in love with this months box design, I think its my favourite so far, I just love that big pink printed bow!
I have to admit when I first opened inside the box It didn't wow me, I was excited about the Miners lipstick though as I hear so much about them and haven't gotten to try anything from them yet. I do love the big heart lolly inside too though!
1) Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow (£14.95 for 2.5g) This is in the shade intelligence (a shimmery brown shade with gold, silver, pink and a slight blue glitter I think), Ive never heard of the brand before, but I'm looking forward to giving this a try.
2) Anatomicals You Need a Blooming Shower! Body Cleanser (£5 for 300ml) The first thing that jumped out at me was the name, It made me laugh and is also quite clever too, as its a rose and jasmine scented product which I think ties into Valentines Day quite well.
3) Sassoon Salon Professional Spray Shine (£14.95 for 250ml) I'm a bit picky about my hair being shiny, its quite hard with blonde hair to make it shine in a healthy way. Ive had a quick spritz of it and I'll have to try it a lot more first, the scent reminds me of pears and apples though which I love.
4) Me Me Me Cosmetics FatCat Lengthening Mascara (£7.99 for 8ml) This is in Ultra Black, It says it will add extra volume and lengthen the lashes, which is what I look for. I kinda have a love hate relationship with mascara, Ive not found one yet that doesn't end up pulling out my lashes, Hopefully this may be one that works once i get round to using it. I love the packaging of this too!
5) Miners Cosmetics Lip Colour (£3.99 for 4g) At first I was really excited about this Lipstick, Then I looked at the shade, Dreamer, Which is a purple pink frost packed with little bits of glitter, I cant stand glitter in lipsticks! I think I'll have to wait and see if i fall in love with this one.
Swatches (Left to Right:) Micabella Eyeshadow in Intelligence (Blended), Micabella Eyeshadow in Intelligence, Miners Lipstick in Dreamer.

Im not completly won over by this box but I do quite like most of the products, sorry theres no favourites from last months Box, Hopefully I'll have enough time to road test these over the holidays though. Have a nice valentines day!

Have you got this months Glossy Box? If so what do you think about it? Have you already tried any of these products? what do you think?

Eloise x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

January Beauty Favourites

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the late post, I was hoping to get this up on Saturday but Ive been so busy with College work its had to take a bit of a back seat. This months favourites aren't really as big as last months, as most of lasts months are still firm favourites now, but these are a few extras Ive found this month... 

 Firstly is MAC Face and Body Foundation in NW20, this is too dark for me in the winter, but a few drops mixed with my Match Perfection foundation and its perfect, I find it drys and looks just that little bit better and lasts longer on my skin.

Also for my skin Ive been using the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, I use a lot of Clarins Skincare and this is one Ive added to the long list. Ive really noticed a difference in my skin during these colder months and this has helped a lot with trying to keep my skin moisturised through out the day, it feels so cooling on the skin and acts for a brilliant base before moisturiser.

Ive switched around what Ive been using for my brows this month, Ive started using MAC Omega Eyeshadow, Ive always disliked brow pencils as Ive always found the affect well not natural, but with Omega I find it does look so much more natural and it works brilliantly with my blonde hair.

Ive never really given into the hype of MAC Vanilla, but now I have and I'm not sure why I didn't before, I always thought it would come out really pigmented and not look very natural, but its perfect to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner.

Lastly ive been loving the Rimmel Stay Glossy in Orange your life, I have to admit at first I didnt like it, I thought it would come out orange and I'd hate it. But these lip glosses are brillaint, Its verey sheer but I love that slight tint it gives to the lips. I love the scent to them, Some people may not though as it is a very factory produced scent, Theyre not sticky and feel brilliant on the lips. I think im going to have to pick up some more.

(Swatches Left to Right) Rimmel Orange Your life, MAC Face and Body NW20, MAC Omega.                 
I did try to swatch Vanilla but my IPhone camera just wouldnt pick it up sorry.

So what are your favourites this month? Have you tried any of these products? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Eloise x

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