Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Paul and Joe Love Story Collection Full Pigment Lipstick in 306 (Avenue Montaigne), 305 (La vie en rose), 303 (Silk Stockings) and a Limited Edition Natural Refill in 002 (Eros)


Paul and Joe Love Story Collection Full Pigment Lipstick and Cases

As a massive and loyal fan of Paul and Joe beauty I could not say no to their new lipsticks collection. First impression? I absolutely love it!
First of all, I think it is an excellent idea to make the cases and lipstick refills separately. It just makes the whole process of buying more personal, adjustable and makes you think the company really puts a thought into what you as a demanding customer want from the brand. It is absolutely brilliant.
Second, why on earth no one ever thought of that earlier??.. Anyway let's move onto the review.
Paul and Joe Love Story Collection Full Pigment Lipstick and Cases

Paul and Joe Love Story Collection consist of five different cases (all limited edition) and three types of lipsticks: sheer, natural and full coverage. Plus extra six anniversary shades to choose from: two sheer, two natural and two full colour ones. As a massive fan of bold and intense colours I had to choose something from their full coverage selection.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara in Noir Midnight


 Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara in Noir Midnight

Featuring Betty Boop and Daria Werbowy, this mascara offers the new versitale triangular shape of brush for better lengthening and separating lashes and fixing them in a sensual curl. It promises a new formula and new intense colour. Bla, bla. Yes, I never quite believe in what the adverts has to say about mascaras because they all say the same things, which half of them are not quite true in real life after all. I picked Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara only due to the fact that I owned Hypnose Doll Eyes to be precise before and I really, really liked it. So I expected the same things from this one, if not more.
The plastic black case is quite elegant and curvy with Lancôme logo on the top part of the tube. On the bottom of the tube you see little sparkly diamonds printed on the packaging. Very pretty! But as the old saying says… don't judge a book by its cover, haha.
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara in Noir Midnight
Lancôme Hypnose Star is easy to apply; although it does have quite a big brush thanks to its shape it is easy to apply to all lashes (even the little ones hidden in the corners of our eyes). It coated all my lashes with one swipe, which is impressive considering I have very thin and short lashes (one would say I have not even got any). For my complete satisfaction I applied two coats. And because my eyelashes are the way they are the mascara did lengthen and volumised them. The shade is a very deep black I guess people with fair skin or light hair may find it more suitable for a night-time look but I think it gives that extra dimension and wow factor to the lashes.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Paul & Joe Goodies Autumn Love Story 2012: Preview

Paul and Joe Goodies! :)

Exciting times! I received my lovely Paul and Joe goodies! Reviews and photos to follow soon! My little collection consists of:
- Paul & Joe Lipstick case P in 004 (Japanese Flowers) - limited edition
- Paul & Joe Lipstick case P in 005 (My little kitten) - limited edition
- Paul & Joe Lipstick case - limited edition
- Paul & Joe Lipstick Refill - Full Pigment Collection in Avenue montaigne 306
Paul & Joe Lipstick Refill - Full Pigment Collection - Silk stockings 303
Paul & Joe Lipstick Refill - Full Pigment Collection - La vie en rose 305
Paul & Joe Limited Edition 10 yr Anniversary Lipstick Refill - Swallows - Eros 002
Eep! :D A.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Day 7: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin


Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleaneser and Clarins Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin

Hello my beauties! My second update on Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleaneser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin is much more positive than the last one. Remember, after 3 days of using both Clarins Foaming Cleanser and Toner my skin was covered in blemishes. My skin was even worse than before! I was hoping that it was just the first stage of getting rid of all dirt from the surface of my skin and … I was right!
The skin is much more even, smoother and all the blemishes… have gone! It just looks lovely. I love my new skin. It is not 100% free of any blemishes or spots (there are blemishes caused by hormones etc) but my skin condition just improved so much since I started using the two products! I can’t say that the oiliness of my skin has gone nor it improved; my T-zone is very shiny before lunchtime but it may be caused by foundation (?) or primer that is not suitable (I use liquid foundations) although I used different foundations / primers + powder over the 7 day period I haven’t noticed any difference so you probably cannot control your skin oiliness with any product anyway. But I would definitely recommend both Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion!
I use both of them twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.
I will post one more update 4 weeks of continuous using. A. xx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Lancome Purple Rose Collection Blush Highlighter in Moonlight Rose (Limited Edition)


 Lancome Blush Highlighter in Moonlight Rose

I know, I know – purple again! The collection is called Purple Roses but I promise you nothing about this blusher is purple (something for a change, haha). This collection includes Lancome L’Absolu Mat Cashmere (Matte lipglosses) in three shades, Lancome L’Absolu Rouge BX (Matte lipsticks) in three shades, Lancome L’Absolu Nu Lip Stick (Sheer lipsticks) in three shades, Lancome Le Regard Pro: Brow Expertise kit, Lancome Hypnôse Brow Shaper, Lancome Vernis in Love in three shades (I believe), Lancome Le Vernis mattifying topcoat, Lancome Le Crayon Khôl eyeliner in Prune crepuscule and finally, Lancome Blush Highlighter in Moonlight Rose (my favourite thing out of the whole collection!). For some reason, this collection is also called ‘Midnight Roses’ (outside the UK).
This is why I LOVE Autumn/Winter Collections: there is a lot of purple around! And as you “should” know by know, I adore practically every shade of purple.
Lancome Purple Rose Collection Blush Highlighter in Moonlight Rose
The plastic case is very elegant and sleek with Lancome logo in the right bottom corner. To open it you have to push a little button just underneath the top lid. It might be slightly difficult especially if you have long nails like I do. And the embossed rose inside looks so gorgeous!...

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Day 3: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin


Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleaneser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin
Hello girls (and boys)! My first update on Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleaneser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin is not so positive (I wish it was tho!) I know I know it’s only been three days and I should not expect miracles but… my skin actually is being bombarded with blemishes and unevenness. It is worse than it was before I started using both the cleanser and the lotion. But you hear those great stories that when you start using a new product (any cleansing product) that brings out all impurities and dirt onto the surface of your skin first (and hence the blemishes) and then it hopefully will enter the next stage, which is deeply cleaned, smooth and blemishes-free skin. Hopefully the dirt will get picked up from the surface and my new, perfect skin will emerge from underneath. ;)
I will post next update after 7 days and 4 weeks of continuous using, hopefully it will be more positive then! A.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Day 1: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin


Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin
After pretty much careless (when it comes to skin care) summer I decided it is time to invest in a new, decent skin care regime. And it has to be effective. After years of fighting with my oily and prone to blemishes skin I finally want to find something worth investing my money in.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Toning Lotion both for Combination or Oily Skin
I have never tried Clarins before so when I wanted to purchase products from their range I did some research on the internet first, read some reviews and made a decision I will give it a go. At that price point (£17.50 for each, but you can get them 15% cheaper at feelunique.com while they are having a sale) I am expecting decent results.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color Gloss in Rebellious Violet


Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color Gloss in Rebellious Violet
The Violet Underground Collection features five products: Pure Color EyeShadow Palette, Pure Color Velvet Lipstick (in two shades: Violet Crush and Black Cassis), Pure Color Gloss (in 2 shades: Rebellious Violet and Chaotic Currant), Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Black Iris and Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner in Punker Black. All limited edition.
Attention! This review may be seriously biased by the fact that I absolutely LOVE purple (see post below)! I try to be as honest and objective as possible but my feelings are sometimes stronger (sorry!)!
Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color Gloss in Rebellious Violet

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Violet Crush

Estee Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Violet Crush
The Violet Underground Collection features five products: Pure Color EyeShadow Palette, Pure Color Velvet Lipstick (in two shades: Violet Crush and Black Cassis), Pure Color Gloss (in 2 shades: Rebellious Violet and Chaotic Currant), Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Black Iris and Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner in Punker Black. All limited edition.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Violet Crush

Attention! This review may be seriously biased by the fact that I absolutely LOVE purple (see post below)! I try to be as honest and objective as possible but my feelings are sometimes stronger (sorry!)!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color EyeShadow Palette


 Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color EyeShadow Palette
Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color EyeShadow Palette
The Violet Underground Collection features five products: Pure Color EyeShadow Palette, Pure Color Velvet Lipstick (in two shades: Violet Crush and Black Cassis), Pure Color Gloss (in 2 shades: Rebellious Violet and Chaotic Currant), Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Black Iris and Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner in Punker Black. All limited edition.
Estee Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color EyeShadow Palette
This collection I simply COULD-NOT-RESIST. This is the sort of makeup collection you go: ‘ahhh!...’ when you look at it and behave like one of the aliens from Argos advert when they wait for delivery! Literally! Haha (sorry if you are not in the UK and you do not know what I am talking about ;)

Friday, 10 August 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Selected Items Preview Photos


Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Palette in Violet Underground
I received some gorgeous goodies from Estee Lauder Violet Underground collection and just wanted to share some photos with you! I bought Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Palette in Violet Underground, Estee Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Violet Crush and Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Rebellious Violet. Ahhhh! Reviews and more photos to follow soon! A.
Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Palette in Violet Underground

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Sleek Makeup The 2012 Collection i-Divine in Glory


 Sleek Makeup The 2012 Collection i-Divine in Glory
The 2012 Collection features three products: i-Divine Mineral Based Eye shadow Palette in Glory, Blush in Honour and Pout Polish in Pride. All limited edition.
What a great way to celebrate this year’s Olympics! If you not that into sport (like me) but you still feel you should support your team anyway, this collection is the answer!

Monday, 23 July 2012

MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder

MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder

Heavenly Creature collection features four mineralize skinfinish shades: Light Year, Center of the Universe, Star Wonder and Earthshine. All limited edition.
MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder
May I start by saying how much I love MAC mineral skinsfinish products. They look gorgeous on skin, they usually last forever, the smell is addictive (for me anyway) and so on. The only ‘downside’ is that they have no brush included with the product, which would be ideal to make this product bag friendly...

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year


MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year
Heavenly Creature collection features four mineralize skinfinish shades: Light Year, Center of the Universe, Star Wonder and Earthshine. All limited edition.
MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year
May I start by saying how much I love MAC mineral skinsfinish products. They look gorgeous on skin, they usually last forever, the smell is addictive (for me anyway) and so on. The only ‘downside’ is that they have no brush included with the product, which would be ideal to make this product bag friendly. Anyway...

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush in Supernova

MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush in Supernova
 MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush in Supernova

Heavenly Creature collection features four blushers: Ring of Saturn, Solar Ray, Supernova and Stratus. All limited edition.
Supernova is a very bold and intense shade of magenta/reddish pink with a slightly shimmery, golden finish. The packaging is typical for MAC blushers: black and sturdy.

Friday, 6 July 2012

MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eye Shadow in Magnetic Attraction


 MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eyeshadow in Magnetic Attraction 
Heavenly Creature collection features nine eyeshadows: Invincible Light, Neo Nebula, Earthly, Aurora, Bright Moon, Magnetic Attraction, Sky, Water and Universal Appeal. All limited edition.
Magnetic Attraction is a reddish-brown shade with a golden shimmer. The packaging is typical for MAC eyeshadows: black and solid.

MAC Heavenly Creature Collection Selected Items Preview Photos


I received some goodies (eek!) from Mac Heavenly Creature Collection this morning and just wanted to share some photos! I bought MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eyeshadow in Magnetic Attraction, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush in Supernova, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year and MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder. Reviews and more photos to follow soon! A. 

L to R: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eyeshadow in Magnetic Attraction, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush in Supernova, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year

L to R: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eyeshadow in Magnetic Attraction, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder, MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush in Supernova


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Nails Inc in Bluebell for InStyle

Oh, I love free products so much! Thank you InStyle for this gorgeous gift!
Bluebell is beautiful pastel-ish blue with a tiny bit of purple undertones. Love it. I think it is lovely! The packaging is fine; with silver top, which is big and rounded – typical for nails inc products.

The nail polish is quite easy to apply; the texture is very creamy although on the thick side. Two coats is more than enough to achieve opaque finish. The brush is okay, it is not the best one I used but it is not the worst one either.
The finish is shiny and very smooth. It does not take ages to dry. It started chipping after 3 days, but remember I do chip my nails quite easily so you might get better result, especially with a top coat.
 Nails Inc in Bluebell (without flash)
Nails Inc in Bluebell (with flash)
InStyle costs £3.80 and Nails Inc in Bluebell was free with the June copy of the magazine. A.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

L’Oreal Color Riche Nail in Ingenuous Rose


L'Oreal Ingenuous Rose (2 coats)
Ingenuous Rose is a sheer pastel dusty shade of pink. The packaging is quite cute, as it is small and handy. And I love the golden top I think it makes it look more elegant.
Ingenuous Rose is easy to apply, the texture is great and this shade is not streaky at all although it is quite sheer but it is very buildable so you can achieve an opaque finish with two or three coats depending on how much product you apply. The brush itself is great. It’s wide, nicely rounded and it fits the nails just perfect (meaning that you don’t have to put a lot of effort to apply to every corner of you nails).

The finish is very shiny and creamy although it took quite a while to dry completely (maybe because is gel based?). The lasting power is about 3 days with a topcoat but bare in mind I do chip my nails quite easily so some people might get better results.
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Monday, 7 May 2012

L’Oreal Color Riche Nail in Perle De Jade

First of all, I have to say say L’Oreal Color Riche Nails have a beautiful colour range, there is so much to choose from and all shades are very pleasing to the eye. Almost sophisticated I’d say. I rested my eyes on Perle De Jade, Ingenuous Rose and Dating Coral (posts to follow) and decided to go for it as the offer 3 for 2 (Boots) was still on.



Perle De Jade is a pastel blue-ish shade of mint green. The packaging is quite cute, as it is small and handy. And I love the golden top I think it makes it look more elegant.
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Friday, 27 April 2012

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color In Punch Drunk



Punch Drunk is one of seven available shades of High Gloss Lip Color from Urban Decay. I must say I first fell in love with the brand when I bought some of their eye shadows. And now I love it even more for their beautiful Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colors. 
Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk

I chose Punch Drunk as I thought it was a great colour for the summer and it especially would go well with a bit of tan – what we all wish for during the summer months! I would describe it as spicy orange – an orange shade with a hint of red. Punch Drunk is a very bright, completely opaque and shiny lip color with a bit of shimmer in the formula. It’s not as shiny as the title suggests (high gloss) but it’s definitely on the shiner side (more like a shiny lipstick than a lipgloss). It’s very soft and feels creamy when applying to the lips. It’s not as enjoyable as new Revlon Lip Butters (look below – I totally fell for them) but it still feels lovely. The colour pay off is absolutely great (same when it comes to their eye shadows!) and it stays on for quite a while – about 4-6 hours.
I think the closest high-street match I own is Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick in Orange Punch except the fact that it’s slightly lighter and less red. It also isn’t shimmery.
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