Tuesday, 29 October 2013

got2b Beach Matt Mermaid Look Texturizing Salt Spray

This was always going to be a either a hit or miss product, but I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was. Now don’t take my word completely as I’m sure it works amazingly on some people’s hair, but my hair didn’t do anything like the product claims.

I picked it up from boots shortly before going on holiday thinking it would be a great no hassle product that would slightly tame my hair into looking acceptable after a day at the pool. The cashier said that it was amazing and that she loved the stuff, so you can imagine my disappointment when I spayed it in my hair and it looked dreadful! I got nothing in the way of beachy mermaid waves; instead I got matted, heavy, sticky hair. I have pretty average hair, not overly thick, but not thin so I tried multiple ways to get the desired look. I even tried straightening my hair before spraying the product, but nothing worked.  It made my hair feel disgusting and whenever I had used it, I wanted to wash it out right away. 



Despite this, it does smell great with a summery, citrus, salty scent that is pleasant and it does come in an attractive bottle. I just think a quick hair curl would have been a much nicer way to get this look. At £3.99 it was not too expensive, but I expected so much more from this product.  

Have you tried the got2b beach matt mermaid look texturizing salt spray? Did you get mermaid waves?
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H

This is my favourite foundation! I had been looking for a new foundation and was constantly getting samples as I didn’t just want to splash out when I wasn’t sure. So when this came out, and they were advertising samples, my Mum insisted that I should get a sample (she went and got one too). As soon as I applied this too my face I was hooked. With a majority of drugstore foundations I have issues with caking particularly in my t-zone. There is no story like that with this.


The formula applies smoothly all over the face and does a great job at covering even some of the biggest blemishes (concealer as well would be advised though).  It is slightly fragranced, but this is nice, it does however get stronger the closer you get to finishing the bottle. However it’s not a scent that lingers after application. My skin looks flawless when I use this and really boosts my confidence as it would with anyone. The product also protects the skin from the sun as it contains SPF 15. Retailing at £27.50 (30ml) it’s not the cheapest of products, but I do believe it is worth every penny and it lasts a long time.

The colour range is good with 18 shades to choose from, catering for a vast majority of skin tones.  I use shade 010 which the lancôme site stated is their 2nd most popular colour.


As for the 24 hour claim, I wouldn’t say it does last 24 hours, but how many times do you need to wear make up for that length of time anyway. At the 12-14 hour mark it does wear off a bit and if there is any form of sweaty face (eww) this foundation will wear off earlier, but it’s nothing so serious a quick touch up will not fix.

I have on multiple times recommended this and would again to anyone. 



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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover

Only once before have I had an eye make-up remover, and that was a gift. I started to feel the need to purchase one when I started using waterproof mascara, which my usual make-up removing wipes were unable to budge. I went to boots and hit the No 7 Counter looking for the one that was gifted to me almost 5 years ago. I couldn’t find the exact one but, spotted the No 7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up remover and at £8.50 (100ml) was not too bad of a price.

Not Mixed Product
The product is a dual layer formula which needs to be mixed before use and then applied to a cotton wool pad before taking the eye make-up off. This is the problem. After mixing the two layers you then have to take the lid off before applying to the pad. In that short time the product has already separated, a simple pump dispenser would have sorted this packaging error out.
Mixed Product
Despite this it does do remarkably well at removing my eye make-up. It removes all my eye make-up leaving a clean conditioned eye with no chance of any form of panda eyes in the morning! Another small issue with this product is that it is very oily, I feel the need to wash my face thoroughly after using this to ensure no acne breakouts, thus making it a double job! 

Overall it is a good product but, with some issues. I will continue to use it although I will then look for a different product that does the job a bit better.

What do you think of the No 7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up remover? Would you suggest any others?

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Urban Decay Naked Palette

The Naked Palette by Urban Decay came out almost 3 years ago. I have been eying it, and the Naked 2 Palette, up since then although I could not justify spending the £37 on some eye shadows. So this was easily one of my biggest impulse buys I have ever had! I went into Debenhams looking for a nail varnish gift for my sister and got drawn in by Urban Decay… and before I knew it I was at the register paying for the Naked palette and I must say I have not had one regret since!


For £37 you get 12 (1.3g) shadows, a shadow brush and a primer potion (in sample size 3.7ml). This does come out as very good value for money, compared to the price of singular shadows. There are a mixture of matt and shimmer shadows, mostly in neutral brown colours, but also a couple of deep purples, a blue and of course a smoky black.

Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

The colours are all extremely pigmented with minimal fallout with Darkhorse having the most fallout. The blend of shimmers and matts give a whole host of different looks that can be created with this pallet, ranging from a simple sophisticated look, to a dramatic dark smoky eye. My favourite combination is to use Virgin, in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone, followed by Half Baked for the first quarter, Smog for the middle and a tiny bit of Darkhorse in the outer quarter and crease to give a nice look suitable for any occasion.


Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
 Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked. 
 Left to right - Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

The packaging is awesome as it comes in a foldaway magnetised box so there is no chance of it breaking or the shadows being damaged in transit (although the box does get a bit battered and doesn’t look new for long). It has a section to keep the brush and has a mirror for those days when you are in a rush and have to finish your make up on the go!

 Left to right - Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

This pallet is perfect for people who want to upgrade their make-up to include some higher end products. It is also perfect for people starting to explore make up as it gives so many options for what is really a reasonable price.

Have you got the Naked pallet? What is your favourite shadow combination?



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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Dr Nick Lowe Anti Blemish Oil Control Day Cream

To coincide with the arrival of a new pot of my all-time favourite face cream I thought I would write a blog to tell you how much I love it and why. So what cream am I talking about? The Dr Nick Lowe Anti Blemish Oil Control Day Cream of course!


When I first used this product years ago I noticed straight away how it didn't leave my skin feeling sticky and wet, but it gave my skin a much needed relief from the harsh acne products that can seriously dry your skin out. I have been using it ever since and am just as in love with it as I was back when a 15 year old me used it for the first time.

The product is spot on in its claims to strengthen, tighten and refine skin's texture whilst helping to prevent breakouts and blemishes. Since using it my pores have become smaller and tighter reducing the appearance of scars and red marks on my face and neck. The oil control element of this face cream helps prevent breakouts. This has been particularly evident in my early twenties, but even when my skin was more acne prone in my teen years I noticed a considerable reduction in my breakouts. 


The cream has a slight smell, but not off-putting, similar to talcum powder, it is easily gotten used to and does not linger on the skin after application. I apply this moisturiser every morning to a dry cleansed face and then continue with any make up once it has absorbed into my skin which takes a matter of seconds. 


I purchased my new pot from feelunique.com for £17 for 50ml which does make it a bit pricey but believe me it is worth every penny. I did have trouble finding somewhere to purchase a replacement this time as I have normally been able to find it in larger Boots stores for £15.49, but they appear to no longer stock it at many stores and even online it is constantly out of stock. Despite this, if you can get your hands on it I would, and have, recommend it to everyone in the market to switch up or try a new daily face cream. 
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