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27/09/2014

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro.

Remember last Summer when everyone crazy because Baby Lips had finally made their way to the UK? You can see my original review of them here


What www.maybelline.com says:
No more basic lip balm!
8HR Hydration with a neon kick
Electric color pigments in our exclusive lip renew formula
In 6 new tinted shades.

Why you'll love it:
Electric color pigments give your lips a sheer jolt of neon color
Protects and moisturizes for a full 8 hours.
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Quite some time ago I'd read that they'd be releasing the Electro line. I was pretty excited as I love love love Baby Lips. I find they're a lighter lip balm. In the sense that at night I slather a little bit of original Carmex on my lips, but I find it a bit heavy for the daytime. That's where Baby Lips come in.

There are 6 shades in the lineup but for some reason I don't know, only 4 have been released in the UK. The 3 I picked up and an orange shade called Oh Orange. They failed to bring the lime, Minty Sheer and the yellow, Fierce N Tangy. Which I was a little bit disappointed by. The colours are sheer so it seems silly that they wouldn't release them.

The shades I did manage to get my hands on are Strike A Rose - coral pink, Berry Bomb - blue purple and Pink Shock - hot pink.

First up, I love the packaging of these. The neon writing is offset with the black tube which really makes it stand out. Nothing too fancy but I happen to really like it.
All the Baby Lips come with a fruity scent which is pretty inoffensive.

As for the colours, the purple is the sheerest out of the 3, with just the lightest hint of colour. The pinks have quite a bit more colour. When swatched Strike A Rose is quite a nice rosey nude colour, without being too pale. Whilst Pink Shock is a little deeper in colour whilst still being quite a nice, bright pink.
Again, these aren't lip colours they're balms. But they do come with a hint of colour that I do find is buildable.

Overall, I love Baby Lips for the daytime. The great price point means if I happen to misplace it, it's not going to bother me too much. It was nice to have the Electro collection alongside the original 6 we had last year, it's just a shame we didn't get all 6. Hopefully they send some of the other ones our way.
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Price:
£2.99 / 4.4g

Where to buy:
Boots and Superdrug
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26/09/2014

FaceD 3-Luronics Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream.

Eye creams are something I've never really delved into. I always saw them as something for more maturing skin but lack of sleep has always left me with dark under eye circles. Now they're by no means the worst but I know they're there and it can get me down. I've yet to find a concealer that doesn't crease on me so I've been looking for other options.

FaceD are releasing a unique new cream on September 28, that helps to banish dark circles in just half an hour, the Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream*.


What www.lloydspharmacy.com says:
FaceD 3-LURONICS Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream, the first ever treatment to act simultaneously on all major flaws around the eyes, is proven to have an immediate but also lasting effect, banishing dark circles in just 30 minutes as well as reducing sagging and wrinkles in just 56 days.

Part of the best-selling FaceD 3-LURONICS range, the cream will launch in the UK on 28 September available exclusively at LloydsPharmacy.

Used first thing in the morning the cream’s special formula improves microcirculation, which reduces puffiness, leaving your face looking fresh and rested with no need for concealer.

It can also be applied last thing at night as it continues to act on wrinkles and sagging while you sleep for lasting results.
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I will admit that I haven't trialled this cream long enough to see if it lives up to long term claims. But I will say that currently I've been loving it, especially in the morning. It's a very cooling cream so it feels wonderful on puffy, tired, morning eyes.

The cream itself is on the thinner side but it isn't extremely runny, just the right consistency. The first thing I did noticed about this cream is that it's scented. It's not on the level of YSL and my eyes can be quite sensitive but it has no effect on me. Just a word of warning if you have extremely sensitive eyes.
A little bit of this cream goes a long way so I can see this tube lasting quite some time.

As for my dark circles, I do find it's really been helping and it's been making my eyes feel a lot more 'comfortable' in the morning. Which sounds like an odd thing to say but if you suffer from not sleeping well, when you wake up you can be left with dry, uncomfortable eyes and this eye cream helps to combat that.
Overall I'm glad to have this, I just need to remember to use it as I'm not used to using eye creams.

If you've been on the lookout for a new eye cream though, I can definitely recommend this one.

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Price:
£18.99 (£9.49 until October 4) / 15ml

Where to buy:
Lloyds Pharmacy
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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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05/09/2014

Latest In Beauty - The Glamour Beauty Edit.


Two beauty box posts in a row? Oops, that didn't mean to happen but it has. Never mind! I'd also like to apologise in advance, since I've taken a little longer than intended to write about this box, it's no longer available. But all the individual bits and pieces are so I thought I'd still let you know my overall opinions on the Latest In Beauty service and the products.


Latest In Beauty teamed up with Glamour to bring us nine products that they feel are the best in beauty right now. Ranging from the more affordable brands such as Rimmel and Bourjois, along with more high end additions like Illamasqua.

The box cost £16.95 with free delivery but has a total value of a mega £86.15!

I like that you get a little bit of everything in this jam packed box. There's something for your hair, your nails, your body and a few makeup items. It's a really good balance between everything.

I don't think the Illamasqua lipstick is one that would suit my pale skin tone, besides that I think everything else is really wearable.

I'm really glad I picked up this box, it's such a bargain and it's such a shame it's not available now. This is the second collaboration box they've done with Glamour so I'm sure there will be many more. So keep an eye out for those.

I think the LIB boxes are really good value and unlike other beauty boxes, there's no subscription. You can also see what you're getting in your box before you place an order so if it doesn't suit you, just wait to see if something else takes your fancy.

Check them out at www.latestinbeauty.com
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