13/09/2014

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick - Rosepout.

Every now and then something comes along that us bloggers go a bit crazy for. During the Summer Illamasqua released a range of 7 nude additions to their Glamore lipstick lineup.

With a range of colours, you're sure to find one that suits the kind of nude you like and compliments your skin tone.

There are 3 colour categories that the lipsticks fall into. First up we have the coral nudes. Minx - warm rose and Cherub - warm coral. Next we have the rosy nudes. Rosepout - neutral pink brown and Starkers - a soft flesh pink. Last but by no means least we have the earth rose nudes. Tease - pink beige, Naked - creamy nude and Buff - fudge brown.


What www.illamasqua.com says:
The perfect nude lipstick is a make-up bag necessity. Glamore Lipstick in Naked is a colour intense nude lipstick with a long lasting satin finish. Ideal for a more hydrated comfort finish. Don't cover your beauty - go nude and let it show!

While Glamore Nudes will suit every skin tone, if you need a little guidance, try our nude shade selector and find out how to look good in the nude.
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Usually, being so pale, I'd go for the lightest nude they have. But since I have quite a few in my collection I thought I'd opt for something a little more out of my comfort zone, so to speak. I know these sorts of colours are quite safe for some people but I generally prefer a bolder lip colour.

I've had quite a few Illamasqua lipsticks in the past and never quite been able to get on with them. They're very matte, more so than any other matte lipstick that I've tried. With that in mind, your lips have to be in tip top condition and you need to put a little more work into the application as they're quite dry.

This was my first delve into the not so new Glamore formula. A satin finish that still packs a punch as far as pigment and longevity is concerned. Being that Illamasqua describe it as a satin, I was quite expecting it to be similar in finish to that of M.A.C. Boy, was I wrong!
The Glamore finish glides over the lips easily, without any effort at all. Leaving full coverage behind on just the first swipe. They're not at all drying so they're easy to apply and they feel extremely comfortable on the lips.

It wears for a number of hours (I haven't counted but I know it's a fair amount of time, sorry!). After a little while the glossiness simmers down to a more matte/satin finish but still isn't at all drying or uncomfortable. I find it only starts to wear off in the middle of the lips through eating and drinking. But it stays put when not doing so.

I really love this lipstick. The shade is not the usual one I'd go for but it's a 'my lips but better' shade and I really do adore it for those days where I don't want a lot of heavy looking makeup.
I'm a total convert to the Illamasqua Glamore formula, which is making me eye up a couple of other shades. Hopefully they release some more daring colours with this finish.
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Price:
£18.50 / 4g

Where to buy:
Online and selected department stores
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11/09/2014

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser - Pampering Honey.

Classing myself as beauty blogger, I probably shouldn't admit to this but I hate moisturising after having a shower or bath. I just hate the whole routine of drying myself, applying moisturiser and feeling like I'm waiting forever for it to dry.

Last year saw everyone going crazy for the Vaseline Spray & Go but that really didn't appeal to me. You still have to rub it in and wait for it to dry.

I recently came across the Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser, again this came out last year but it only really caught my attention recently.


What www.boots.com says:
Quickly absorbed by wet skin. The caring formula leaves you with a silky soft skin feeling when stepping out the shower. There is no need to apply an additional body lotion afterwards.

Suitable for use after shaving and hair removal.

Skin compatibility dermatologically proven.

Free of artificial colours and silicons.
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Right off the bat I'm going to say I love this product!

It's so easy to use. Whilst in the shower apply your choice of shower gel and rinse off, then go right in with this. Applying like you would a shower gel, it doesn't lather up but you just massage in and rinse off.

On first use of this I was tempted to use this on half my body only, to really see if I could see a difference. But I can get quite dry skin so I opted out of that one. I had however, been shaving before and my legs always get really dry when doing so. I used this after and I couldn't believe how silky smooth they were.

I opted for the honey scent as I don't like cocoa butter and I thought the original would be a bit plain. The scent is very subtle but it's a nice and inoffensive.

If you tend to skip moisturising after a shower, this is definitely the one for you. It's an extra step in the shower, granted. But you don't have to stand about waiting for it to sink in before you can get dressed, just wash off and dry as normal. Perfect! Definitely something I plan on repurchasing for quite some time.
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Price:
£3.56 / 250ml

Where to buy:
Boots, Sainsburys and Superdrug
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09/09/2014

Kiko Roller Scent - Coral.

Kiko is a brand that I've wanted to try for a while but I didn't realise there was a store close to me. On a recent trip to Guildford I let out a bit of an internal squeal over the fact they have a Kiko store in one of the shopping centres. 

I spent a fair bit of time having a look at all the generously priced products. I was really surprised at the price vs quality.

I picked up a few things from the summer collection, one of them being this roller scent. Since it's taken me a while to write about this, what a bad blogger! It's only available in the set of 3 here but it's a bargain price in the sale. Since writing, it's unfortunately sold out.


This was my favourite scent out of all of them. I love anything coconut scented. It's a really fresh summery scent and with the addition of frangipani, it stops it being overly sweet. I'm not the best at describing scents but it's so lovely, I wish it wasn't limited edition. Kiko describe Coral as a romantic fragrance with enveloping notes of frangipani and coconut.

Roller balls are something that are quite a rarity nowadays. The first and last time I had a roller ball perfume was when I was at the end of my primary school years, so quite some time ago now! I do think they're the perfect size for carrying in your handbag so it's a shame they're not more readily available. This one even comes in a pink velvet drawstring pouch, which makes carrying it in your bag that little bit safer.

If you fancy checking it out definitely head to the website or see if you can pick up the single version from your local Kiko store.
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07/09/2014

Kringle Candle - Honeydew Melon.

I will hold my hands up right now and admit I'm a complete candle snob. There's nothing more frustrating than inhaling the scent of a candle, then actually burning and realising it doesn't actually release any fragrance.

Yankee Candle is my ultimate favourite. But Kringle have always piqued my interest with the delicious sounding scents. Even more so when I found out that the creator of Kringle, is the son of the man behind Yankee Candle. Though the brands come from the same family, they are not affiliated in anyway.


What www.kringlecandle.co.uk says:
These melons slowly sip up the sun, becoming sweet as bee-gathered honey in the process. Honeydew Melon will fill your rooms with a succulent, cool fruit aroma that’s truly like no other.
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I love all things melon. I love eating them, I love the scent but it's really unusual to find things that are purely melon scented. When I came across this on sale at my local garden centre I knew it was about time I tried a Kringle candle.

I believe this actually one of the scents Kringle are unfortunately retiring. The large jars are currently on sale on their online shop for £12.50, just a little more than I paid.

I'm currently burning it as I write this post and have been lighting it most nights for the past fortnight. One of the one plus points of the nights drawing in earlier is snuggling up in candlelight and a room delightful scented.

Like you would expect, Honeydew Melon has a clean, fresh, fruity scent with a subtle sweetness. Even when I've not been burning it I've left the lid off and I get a hint of fragrance every now and then, it's really very lovely.

Kringle large single wick jars have an average burn time of 130 hours. Yankee large jars have an average of 150, so they're quite similar in burn time and price. I trim the wick before each use and it gives a really clean burn.

Overall I'm really pleased with this candle and it's made me want to venture into some of their other scents. They all sound so delicious.
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Price:
£9.99 (usually £19.99)

Where to buy:
www.kringlecandle.co.uk
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