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Friday, 31 October 2014

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Review

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Parfait

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Parfait

Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine range is an interesting one - not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss. These 'lipshines' sit somewhere half way in between the two, which means they're hydrating for your lips but far from sticky. They're perfect for finishing off and enhancing a simple, everyday makeup look and giving your natural lips are bit more summin' summin'. However as the pigmentation is so minimal, you get the staying power of a gloss. So yes, you'll be constantly reapplying throughout the day. But what I really love about these is the fact they're a stick and not a wand or tube of gloss, meaning that reapplying is a doddle without any sticky messes. They also last a decent amount of time, which is definitely something I want to hear if I've got to fork out £25 for every new one.

Unfortunately the colour I'm wearing, 'Parfait', was part of a limited edition collection and is no longer available, but you can see the sheer effect of the lipshine in all its glory. It's a shame because the gold shimmery tones of 'Parfait' catch the light beautifully and really jazz up your natural lips. 'Boy' is a permanent shade that's a very similar soft pink and still available to buy now.

Have you tried Rouge Coco Shine? What did you think of the formulation?

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment Concealer


After the glowing review of Soap & Glory's face powder I put up the other day, I thought I'd share with you all why I thought some of their products could be a little 'hit-and-miss'. On that same whim in Boots where I picked up Glow All Out, I also went for their under eye concealer called Trick and Treatment. I hadn't seen any reviews on this before buying, but decided to give it a go. It comes in one shade only (Bright On), which is something I'm normally wary of when it comes to buying makeup for skin.

The yellow tone of the concealer should make it ideal for hiding dark circles, but unfortunately the reason I didn't get on with this was because of how watery the consistency is. If I've got big bags to hide, I want big coverage to do that for me. Even applying layer after layer, the coverage doesn't seem to build and I end up smearing it all over my face trying to pat it in.

Now having said this, I'm someone who wants a thick concealer under my eyes to hide as much as I can. If you're blessed enough to have minor dark circles or want a more natural look then this product is ideal; it contains light reflecting pigments that brighten up your eyes and the yellow tone counteracts minor dark purple circles. And it goes without saying that - because it's Soap & Glory - it's got adorable packaging.

So overall I wasn't too impressed with this one, but that's not to say I'm not a huge fan of some of their other products. Have you tried Trick or Treatment or any other Soap & Glory makeup? What did you think?


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Monday, 27 October 2014

Food Review: Boss Burgers, Leeds

Boss Burgers Leeds
Boss Burgers Leeds
Boss Burgers Leeds

Once again I thought I'd branch out from beauty and write about something close to my heart, home and stomach - food

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Soap & Glory Glow All Out Face Powder

Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder
Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder

I'm a big shimmer and highlighter fan, so a while back I picked this powder up on a whim in Boots. I normally find Soap & Glory makeup products to be fairly hit-or-miss, but the fact I've hit the pan should be enough to prove to you that this face powder quickly became one of the firm favourites in my makeup bag. 

Its peachy rose-gold tone gives a touch of warmth to my very pale face, making me look a bit less zombie and a bit more human. It's very subtle (I've put a lot on my arm for that swatch), so can be used everyday on whichever parts of your face you want to draw attention to. I like to lightly sweep it over my cheekbones, forehead and down the centre of my nose using the Real Techniques blush brush. I find powder highlighters much more straightforward to apply than cream/liquid ones because they're easy to build up and there's no worry about applying them over other powders.

Have you tried Glow All Out before? What's your favourite highlighter?




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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My Simple 3-Step Nightly Cleansing Routine

St Ives Blemish Fighting Scrub L'Oreal Eye Makeup Remover Estee Lauder Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher

I used to be the type that changed cleansers every day, using 'this product' to combat oiliness, 'that product' to prevent dry patches, and adding some toner and a serum to round the whole thing off. Needless to say, my skin had no idea what was going on and it would repay me with extremely combination skin and quite a collection of spots.

When I went back to university this year I told myself I had to cut down on the things I was taking and I could only use one cleanser until it ran out. I don't think I've ever used up an entire bottle of cleanser before - ever. The one I went for was one I'd never tried before, and it was St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub (£4.29). This gamble seriously paid off because it ticks all of the boxes - natural exfoliators remove all dry patches, salicylic acid targets spots and I find it gentle enough to use every day (although on the packaging it says to use 3/4 times a week).

However it obviously won't take all of that eye makeup off, so before the scrub I use L'Oréal's Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (£4.99) with a cotton pad to remove every trace of mascara. It's quite an oily remover, which I know some people dislike, but I find it effective and non-drying. This is a product that I've been using for years and I haven't felt the need to turn to any other because it does its job so well for a very good price.

Finally, I use my saving grace - Estée Lauder's Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (£58 for 50ml). At first I didn't really get on with this stuff, and that was probably because I was using it irregularly, combined with many other products. Now it is the only product I use after cleansing and I have the smoothest skin I've had in years. All spots and large pores - gone. Because I have oily skin this replaces my moisturiser in the routine, but if you need some extra moisture then you can slap some on after applying this serum.

Since cutting down to just 3 products in the last couple of months, my skin feels much healthier and looks much clearer than it has before. It's tempting to want to switch up cleansers/moisturisers/serums all the time in search of a miracle product that will totally transform your skin, but I can now say that (from my experience) that is probably the worst thing you can do for it.

How many products are in your nightly routine? Does your skin get better or worse when you change up products every day?

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

TV Review: Face Off


TV Review Face Off

TV, movies and makeup are just about all of my favourite things. So what if I told you that there's a TV show out there that is all about movie makeup? If you're anything like me then you know you're gonna be hooked without even watching a trailer.
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Affordable Nude Lip


Affordable Nude Lip
Affordable Nude Lip

I love a good nude (...lip, of course) and L'Oréal have really got this nude collection down. Firstly, I love the gold and black packaging and the tiny signatures are a nice touch. Secondly, I have very dry lips so I always need a lipstick that is packed full of moisture, and these definitely are. It almost feels like wearing a balm. It's a fairly sheer formula so it's great for lazy everyday wear, or if you fancy going for a heavy eye look. I'll warn you that some people really hate the scent, which is very sweet, but I'm actually a fan. Each to their own!

Being as pale as I am, I opted for Julianne Moore's pinky toned colour, which I found to my delight is an almost exact match with everyone's favourite Rimmel lip liner. The lip liner subtly cleans up those edges of your lips without making you look like Kylie Jenner. Together they create a great, simple nude that won't dry out your lips or take you into your overdraft.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Maybelline Forever Strong Gel Nail Colour


Maybelline Forever Strong Gel Nail Colour Midnight Red
(£4.49)

Maybelline nail colours always impress me, both for their colour range and quality. The Forever Strong Super Stay collection has dozens of colours that all do exactly as they say they do - stay put. Even without a base coat or top coat, I find these polishes can last a day or two with no chips to be seen. Use a top coat and you're laughing, because those tips won't chip for days. 

The wide-angled brush and gel-like formula make applying the polish a doddle, and many of the colours are so opaque that only one coat is needed. Yep, that's only one coat of polish on my fingers, if you can believe it! Midnight Red is a lovely autumnal shade that will be seeing me through these chilly October days. If I haven't made it obvious by now, I strongly recommend you get one of these nail polishes!
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Now Playing / 1


Time for a little self-indulgent post now... I thought I'd share the music I've been listening to on non-stop repeat lately. This is a slightly depressing round up of music I'll admit, but it's been cold and hasn't stopped raining for the last week and that's evidently influencing my music taste. Embrace it.

This one's off Ben Howard's new album, which has yet to drop, but believe me I'll be the first to get my hands on it when it does. This one's particularly great (those vocal harmonies in the chorus are literally 'mmmm'), but what else can you expect from the king of acoustic?

I saw CARIBOU at Bestival this summer and he was absolutely phenomenal. I've never seen a crowd so silent and still, completely entranced by the music. This track might seem a little repetitive at first, but part of its magic is its simplicity.
This is probably the most upbeat off the list. Chet Faker has a unique, drawly voice that I absolutely love - and the riff/clap combo at the beginning is impossible not to nod your head along to.

The first time I'd ever heard of James Bay was when he played the Radio 1 Live Lounge this September, and when I did I immediately bought his EP. He has a voice that melts in your ears, and a mane of hair so impressive that I'm almost jealous. Be warned - this song is particularly emotional.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Favourite Scent

Jo Malone peony and blush suede cologne perfume
(30ml £40, 100ml £82)

For me, Jo Malone is the reigning queen of creating simple, sophisticated and elegant scents. The timeless packaging can sit on anyone's shelf, while the 30ml bottle is the perfect size for throwing into a bag when on the move. The range of scents available is impressive. They even recommend 'layering' them in a create-your-own fashion, although I'm yet to give this a go and quite frankly I probably won't until I'm no longer a loan-riddled student.

Peony & Blush Suede is a floral scent with a hint of apple, rose and honey, balanced in a way that isn't too sweet or overwhelming. It is fresh and light, and reminds me of a bouquet of freshly cut peonies. What I love most of all about Jo Malone perfumes is the way they are simultaneously delicate and long lasting. A few spritzes in the morning and the scent is still pleasantly lingering by the evening, without making anyone choke and cough along the way. I won't try and pretend they're not pricey, but I was given the 30ml as a Christmas present last year and it still hasn't run out (and I use it most days).

It will be very, very difficult for any other perfume out there to knock this one off the top of my favourites, but I welcome them to try. 

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I Got a Camera!


You might have noticed that I blog pretty randomly, occasionally posting every day and then going for several months straight without a peep. This is because I've never had my own camera and I've always borrowed my dad's, which is a pretty non-user-friendly Nikon DSLR that I could only use when I wasn't at university. Seeing as I'm at university (200 miles away from home) for most of the year, this has been a tad unhelpful for blogging. I'm someone who thinks good photography is absolutely key for a good blog, so the fact there was rarely a camera available to me meant I didn't blog as much as I wanted to.

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

L'oread So Couture: A New Favourite Mascara

L'Oréal So Couture Mascara review
L'Oréal So Couture Mascara review

I have always been a huge fan of L'Oréal mascaras, so as soon as their new So Couture Mascara (£10.99) one dropped I couldn't wait to try it. The name might be a bit tacky (it's better than Miss Manga though, right?), but this mascara is probably the best one I've tried - not only by L'Oréal, but ever. 

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Review

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Parfait

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Parfait

Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine range is an interesting one - not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss. These 'lipshines' sit somewhere half way in between the two, which means they're hydrating for your lips but far from sticky. They're perfect for finishing off and enhancing a simple, everyday makeup look and giving your natural lips are bit more summin' summin'. However as the pigmentation is so minimal, you get the staying power of a gloss. So yes, you'll be constantly reapplying throughout the day. But what I really love about these is the fact they're a stick and not a wand or tube of gloss, meaning that reapplying is a doddle without any sticky messes. They also last a decent amount of time, which is definitely something I want to hear if I've got to fork out £25 for every new one.

Unfortunately the colour I'm wearing, 'Parfait', was part of a limited edition collection and is no longer available, but you can see the sheer effect of the lipshine in all its glory. It's a shame because the gold shimmery tones of 'Parfait' catch the light beautifully and really jazz up your natural lips. 'Boy' is a permanent shade that's a very similar soft pink and still available to buy now.

Have you tried Rouge Coco Shine? What did you think of the formulation?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment Concealer


After the glowing review of Soap & Glory's face powder I put up the other day, I thought I'd share with you all why I thought some of their products could be a little 'hit-and-miss'. On that same whim in Boots where I picked up Glow All Out, I also went for their under eye concealer called Trick and Treatment. I hadn't seen any reviews on this before buying, but decided to give it a go. It comes in one shade only (Bright On), which is something I'm normally wary of when it comes to buying makeup for skin.

The yellow tone of the concealer should make it ideal for hiding dark circles, but unfortunately the reason I didn't get on with this was because of how watery the consistency is. If I've got big bags to hide, I want big coverage to do that for me. Even applying layer after layer, the coverage doesn't seem to build and I end up smearing it all over my face trying to pat it in.

Now having said this, I'm someone who wants a thick concealer under my eyes to hide as much as I can. If you're blessed enough to have minor dark circles or want a more natural look then this product is ideal; it contains light reflecting pigments that brighten up your eyes and the yellow tone counteracts minor dark purple circles. And it goes without saying that - because it's Soap & Glory - it's got adorable packaging.

So overall I wasn't too impressed with this one, but that's not to say I'm not a huge fan of some of their other products. Have you tried Trick or Treatment or any other Soap & Glory makeup? What did you think?


Monday, 27 October 2014

Food Review: Boss Burgers, Leeds

Boss Burgers Leeds
Boss Burgers Leeds
Boss Burgers Leeds

Once again I thought I'd branch out from beauty and write about something close to my heart, home and stomach - food

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Soap & Glory Glow All Out Face Powder

Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder
Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder

I'm a big shimmer and highlighter fan, so a while back I picked this powder up on a whim in Boots. I normally find Soap & Glory makeup products to be fairly hit-or-miss, but the fact I've hit the pan should be enough to prove to you that this face powder quickly became one of the firm favourites in my makeup bag. 

Its peachy rose-gold tone gives a touch of warmth to my very pale face, making me look a bit less zombie and a bit more human. It's very subtle (I've put a lot on my arm for that swatch), so can be used everyday on whichever parts of your face you want to draw attention to. I like to lightly sweep it over my cheekbones, forehead and down the centre of my nose using the Real Techniques blush brush. I find powder highlighters much more straightforward to apply than cream/liquid ones because they're easy to build up and there's no worry about applying them over other powders.

Have you tried Glow All Out before? What's your favourite highlighter?




Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My Simple 3-Step Nightly Cleansing Routine

St Ives Blemish Fighting Scrub L'Oreal Eye Makeup Remover Estee Lauder Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher

I used to be the type that changed cleansers every day, using 'this product' to combat oiliness, 'that product' to prevent dry patches, and adding some toner and a serum to round the whole thing off. Needless to say, my skin had no idea what was going on and it would repay me with extremely combination skin and quite a collection of spots.

When I went back to university this year I told myself I had to cut down on the things I was taking and I could only use one cleanser until it ran out. I don't think I've ever used up an entire bottle of cleanser before - ever. The one I went for was one I'd never tried before, and it was St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub (£4.29). This gamble seriously paid off because it ticks all of the boxes - natural exfoliators remove all dry patches, salicylic acid targets spots and I find it gentle enough to use every day (although on the packaging it says to use 3/4 times a week).

However it obviously won't take all of that eye makeup off, so before the scrub I use L'Oréal's Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (£4.99) with a cotton pad to remove every trace of mascara. It's quite an oily remover, which I know some people dislike, but I find it effective and non-drying. This is a product that I've been using for years and I haven't felt the need to turn to any other because it does its job so well for a very good price.

Finally, I use my saving grace - Estée Lauder's Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (£58 for 50ml). At first I didn't really get on with this stuff, and that was probably because I was using it irregularly, combined with many other products. Now it is the only product I use after cleansing and I have the smoothest skin I've had in years. All spots and large pores - gone. Because I have oily skin this replaces my moisturiser in the routine, but if you need some extra moisture then you can slap some on after applying this serum.

Since cutting down to just 3 products in the last couple of months, my skin feels much healthier and looks much clearer than it has before. It's tempting to want to switch up cleansers/moisturisers/serums all the time in search of a miracle product that will totally transform your skin, but I can now say that (from my experience) that is probably the worst thing you can do for it.

How many products are in your nightly routine? Does your skin get better or worse when you change up products every day?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

TV Review: Face Off


TV Review Face Off

TV, movies and makeup are just about all of my favourite things. So what if I told you that there's a TV show out there that is all about movie makeup? If you're anything like me then you know you're gonna be hooked without even watching a trailer.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Affordable Nude Lip


Affordable Nude Lip
Affordable Nude Lip

I love a good nude (...lip, of course) and L'Oréal have really got this nude collection down. Firstly, I love the gold and black packaging and the tiny signatures are a nice touch. Secondly, I have very dry lips so I always need a lipstick that is packed full of moisture, and these definitely are. It almost feels like wearing a balm. It's a fairly sheer formula so it's great for lazy everyday wear, or if you fancy going for a heavy eye look. I'll warn you that some people really hate the scent, which is very sweet, but I'm actually a fan. Each to their own!

Being as pale as I am, I opted for Julianne Moore's pinky toned colour, which I found to my delight is an almost exact match with everyone's favourite Rimmel lip liner. The lip liner subtly cleans up those edges of your lips without making you look like Kylie Jenner. Together they create a great, simple nude that won't dry out your lips or take you into your overdraft.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Maybelline Forever Strong Gel Nail Colour


Maybelline Forever Strong Gel Nail Colour Midnight Red
(£4.49)

Maybelline nail colours always impress me, both for their colour range and quality. The Forever Strong Super Stay collection has dozens of colours that all do exactly as they say they do - stay put. Even without a base coat or top coat, I find these polishes can last a day or two with no chips to be seen. Use a top coat and you're laughing, because those tips won't chip for days. 

The wide-angled brush and gel-like formula make applying the polish a doddle, and many of the colours are so opaque that only one coat is needed. Yep, that's only one coat of polish on my fingers, if you can believe it! Midnight Red is a lovely autumnal shade that will be seeing me through these chilly October days. If I haven't made it obvious by now, I strongly recommend you get one of these nail polishes!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Now Playing / 1


Time for a little self-indulgent post now... I thought I'd share the music I've been listening to on non-stop repeat lately. This is a slightly depressing round up of music I'll admit, but it's been cold and hasn't stopped raining for the last week and that's evidently influencing my music taste. Embrace it.

This one's off Ben Howard's new album, which has yet to drop, but believe me I'll be the first to get my hands on it when it does. This one's particularly great (those vocal harmonies in the chorus are literally 'mmmm'), but what else can you expect from the king of acoustic?

I saw CARIBOU at Bestival this summer and he was absolutely phenomenal. I've never seen a crowd so silent and still, completely entranced by the music. This track might seem a little repetitive at first, but part of its magic is its simplicity.
This is probably the most upbeat off the list. Chet Faker has a unique, drawly voice that I absolutely love - and the riff/clap combo at the beginning is impossible not to nod your head along to.

The first time I'd ever heard of James Bay was when he played the Radio 1 Live Lounge this September, and when I did I immediately bought his EP. He has a voice that melts in your ears, and a mane of hair so impressive that I'm almost jealous. Be warned - this song is particularly emotional.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Favourite Scent

Jo Malone peony and blush suede cologne perfume
(30ml £40, 100ml £82)

For me, Jo Malone is the reigning queen of creating simple, sophisticated and elegant scents. The timeless packaging can sit on anyone's shelf, while the 30ml bottle is the perfect size for throwing into a bag when on the move. The range of scents available is impressive. They even recommend 'layering' them in a create-your-own fashion, although I'm yet to give this a go and quite frankly I probably won't until I'm no longer a loan-riddled student.

Peony & Blush Suede is a floral scent with a hint of apple, rose and honey, balanced in a way that isn't too sweet or overwhelming. It is fresh and light, and reminds me of a bouquet of freshly cut peonies. What I love most of all about Jo Malone perfumes is the way they are simultaneously delicate and long lasting. A few spritzes in the morning and the scent is still pleasantly lingering by the evening, without making anyone choke and cough along the way. I won't try and pretend they're not pricey, but I was given the 30ml as a Christmas present last year and it still hasn't run out (and I use it most days).

It will be very, very difficult for any other perfume out there to knock this one off the top of my favourites, but I welcome them to try. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I Got a Camera!


You might have noticed that I blog pretty randomly, occasionally posting every day and then going for several months straight without a peep. This is because I've never had my own camera and I've always borrowed my dad's, which is a pretty non-user-friendly Nikon DSLR that I could only use when I wasn't at university. Seeing as I'm at university (200 miles away from home) for most of the year, this has been a tad unhelpful for blogging. I'm someone who thinks good photography is absolutely key for a good blog, so the fact there was rarely a camera available to me meant I didn't blog as much as I wanted to.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

L'oread So Couture: A New Favourite Mascara

L'Oréal So Couture Mascara review
L'Oréal So Couture Mascara review

I have always been a huge fan of L'Oréal mascaras, so as soon as their new So Couture Mascara (£10.99) one dropped I couldn't wait to try it. The name might be a bit tacky (it's better than Miss Manga though, right?), but this mascara is probably the best one I've tried - not only by L'Oréal, but ever. 

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