Wednesday, 23 September 2009

REVIEW: Maybelline pulse perfection mascara

first I'll start by apologising, because I've been meaning to do this review for ages, but just haven't got round to it. I've been really busy with school, work, applying for uni etc. etc. etc...

but anyway, moving on... i mentioned in a earlier post that i was sent the new pulse perfection mascara by maybelline to test out, and i did. I've been using it for over a week now and overall have mixed opinions.

what the website says:

Why You'll Love It

It’s our first vibrating mascara. Transforms your lashes to perfection.
  • Patent-pending elastomer brush vibrates 7,000 times per stroke
  • Provides clump-free definition, intense color, and shine
  • Waterproof; also available in washable formula
  • Builds lash volume, length, and adds curl
  • Buildable formula
  • Ideal for All Skin Types
  • Contact lens safe
what do i think:
well to start off with, i was really excited to try the is mascara and was looking forward to seeing how the vibrating wand wound differ from a normal mascara wand.
i noticed that the wand was pretty much exactly the same as the Define-A-Lash wand, which was fine with me especially since i used to love that mascara, but after using the mascara for a couple of days, i felt that there was both pros and cons to the product.

  • the vibrating wand did help to separate the lashes effortlessly
  • the mascara lengthened the lashes
  • I'm a contact lens wearer and it didn't irritate
  • added shine to the lashes

  • i didn't like the feel of the vibration on the eyelid
  • i can see why this mascara is priced at £14.99 , but i do feel this is too steep
  • i think the effect can be achieved with a little more effort using define a lash but at half the price.
  • on some occasions my eyelashes did begin to clump

top: pulse perfection wand... bottom: Define-A-Lash wand

one coat of maybelline pulse perfection mascara

i can see why people love this mascara, and i do think its very good!!... but for me personally think i'v tried mascara that are better for me, for example max factors false lash effect. i would still recommend this product and think you should give it a go if your curious about it like i was.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

BarryM: Nail Paints

while i was in Boots yesterday, i decided to take advantage of the 3 for 2 offer and treated myself to three Barry M nail paints. I've been wanting to try these for age, especially after hearing so many good things about them.

i picked up.....
My thoughts....
Oh my, i can't believe i waited so long to try these! i love them! and at £2.98(and even cheaper due to the 3 for 2 offer) these nail paints are a true bargain. as you may have noticed i am a nails inc. junkie and don't tend to venture out and try other nail brands... don't get me wrong i do still love nails inc., but at £10.50 a bottle it doesn't seem as appealing.

the finish that the Barry M nails paints give is really glossy and looks really expensive. in my opinion, comparable to nails inc. polishes.

another great bonus is the colour range. there's loads of different colour's to try so there's a colour for everyone.

overall the nail paints get a BIG thumbs up from me! and I'm definitely going to buy some more. i wanted to get the raspberry shade, but unfortunately they didn't have it, so i will be sure to pick that up next time i see it.

what nail paints do you love?


Saturday, 12 September 2009

Colour Sensational

today i was delighted received i little parcel in the post. i was really excited because it contained some products for me to try out from Maybelline. i was invited to the blogger's event on the 10th but was unable to make it, so would just like to say a huge thank you to Natalie from Headstream PR for still sending me some products to try out :) THANK YOU!

moving on... i received two colour sensational lipsticks and the new pulse perfection vibrating mascara ( i can't wait to try this out!) just to let you know, this post will be on the lipsticks and I'll do a separate review on the mascara once I've had a chance to try it out.

i was sent the lipstick it two shades, Midnight Plum and Golden Brown, and even though the purple wasn't something i would usually ever think of trying, i was excited to give it a go.

what the website says:

Why You'll Love It
Fall in love with colour, all over again:
- CRISPER COLOUR created by our pigment technology.
- Enriched with honey nectar.

- Discover HI-DEF colour.
- Intensify your lipcolour with our 26 captiving shades.

“I am so impressed with new Color Sensational. The high-definition shades give lips a real crisp colour which is very impactful. It is also easy to apply and gives lips a c
reamy feel.” Fiona Jolly, Maybelline New York's Celebrity Make-Up Artist. .

what do i think?
i have to say, i was really impressed with the texture and feel of these lipsticks. they were really soft and creamy and definitely easy to work with. lipstick can be a difficult product to wear, especially if you have dry lips like me, but these really do moisturise the lips and leave a lovely finish. i liked the fact that the colour intensity was buildable which makes alot of the more vibrant shades more wearable.

first tried Golden Brown, which initially looked really quiet dark for my liking because i'm more of a neutral/pinky lipstick girl, but when applied to the lips, i was pleasantly surprised! like i said, the colour was buildable, so with a little bit applied the colour came through as a lovely neutral shade. definitely something I'll wear i tried the Midnight Plum, and i tired it at full intensity. i did like the look of the colour, but to be perfectly honest i know it's a colour that i just wouldn't wear. i do admire people who would be confident to go out with such a colour on, but i don't think I'm quiet there yet..... i think the tone of the lipstick looked OKAY on me, but i think it would look much better on a deeper skin tone. my mum is quiet a bit darker than i am, and she loves wearing purple's and they really suit her. having said that the texture and feel was amazing. i loved the finish to this lipstick especially. it was so glossy!
haha, what can i say... I'm cool!!

trying this colour has made me decide to aim to be a bit more adventurous with my lip colour, and i definitely want to try out some more of the colour sensational lipsticks.. i really do recommend them. so as well as going on a hunt for popular colour's such as Amber Rose, I'm going to try and find a pillar box red shade.... adventurous i know! this sounds a bit contradictive from me saying I'm not confident enough to wear bright shades, but I've wanted to try a bright red for ages and i WANT to be confident enough to wear it, so if i can find one from this range I'm going to grab it. I've only swatched these two and I'm already in love!

if you have anything on your blog to do with these lipsticks please direct me their, i want to know what you all think :)


Saturday, 5 September 2009

REVIEW: Garnier Pure long lasting shine control moisturiser

i was asked to recommend a product by one of my followers that would help combat shine around the T-zone during the day, so i'm going to do a review on Garnier Pre long lasting shin control moisturiser.

What the packaging says:
is Garnier shine control moisturiser right for me?
Yes, if you skin is combination or greasy and suffers from shine, blemishes and imperfections.

How is it different?
it has a complete and long lasting shine control action: it mattifies the skin, absorbs excess oil and sebum day after day. it hydrates skin and helps to purify it.

How does it work?
it's unique formula contains active ingredients that have been selected for their complementary action: WHITE CLAY for it's oil absorbing properties, ZINC for it's regulating action and an anti-bacterial agent for it's purifying power.
your skin looks beautifully clear with a long lasting mattified look

How do i use it?
Apply Garnier pure long lasting shine control morning and evening to keep your skin fresh and clear.
Gently massage into the skin using light circular movements from the centre of your face outwards. do not apply to the delicate eye contour areas or irritated skin
It's an excellent bas for makeup.

What do i think?
well firstly I'll start by saying that i do agree with alot of what the packaging say, however i cannot comment on if it helps to clear the skin because i don't think i have used the product for long enough.

some additional thoughts to what the packaging says, one being that i think this moisturiser has a lovely texture. it's really light on the face, which is what i like, especially in the morning because i don't what to be putting a thick moisturiser on my face just before i apply makeup. it's consistency is also great, it's not too runny or to thick, it glides onto the face really easily and in my opinion leave the face feeling fresh.

the most important thing is that this product does mattify the skin and is great for you if you suffer from a shiny T-Zone. it's a great alternative to loading your face with powder if you prefer not to wear alot of face makeup, which can be bad for your skin by clogging your pores.

bad points?
i don't really think it's smell is that appealing... it smells a bit like soil :s but you can't smell it once the product has been applied to the skin.
even though my for head and chin area stayed relatively matt after a long day, i did notice a bit of shine around by noise, so I'm not too sure about how long this product last.



Wednesday, 2 September 2009

I think i'v just discovered my HG lip care product!

to be precise it's the Palmer's lip butter that i got today (mentioned in the post below)What does the packaging say?
softens and soothe your dry, chapped lips with this unique, dark chocolate peppermint lip butter. a special formulation of Palmer's 100% cocoa butter, vitamin E and Petrolatum provides ulta moisturisation and a hint of gloss with the delicious scent of dark chocolate and peppermint. this one of a kind lip butter gives you a slight tingle so you know it's working to combat even the driest lips. the addition of peppermint oil freshens the breath naturally.

What do i think?
well i think from the title you can tell that i LOVE IT! it's perfect for the colder months. i tend to get really dry lips and am always constantly applying something to them during the winter. I'm so glad i discovered this because it's so conditioning and makes the lips feels so soft and smooth. if you love other products by Palmer's, I'm pretty sure that you will be a fan of this. what the coco butter does for you skin, this does for you lips.

if you like chocolate chip mint ice cream then you will love this, it's smells just like it, and as the packaging say, when applied you can feel it tingling on the lips.... i think i even prefer this to carmex, so if your looking for something new to get you prepared for the upcoming months in terms of lip care i highly recommend this.



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