Wednesday, 27 August 2014

REVIEW: Lancôme Grandiose- Best Mascara Ever?

Hey everyone! Hope you're well and sorry it's been a little while. I've been so busy!
Whilst I have been away though, I've welcomed a new love into my life...I literally have found the best mascara ever. Lancôme
's Grandiose Mascara.
I would go as far as to say that it is my holy grail mascara, and that's saying a lot.
I'm sure we are all guilty of using the mascara living in the bottom of our bags...the dried out flaky one circa 2013 (I'm looking at you Benefit's They're Real) because we just couldn't let them go. But if we're going to spend money on a new mascara, it needs to be good...

The mascara itself is from my favourite mascara brand Lancôme, who have previously won me over with their Hypnose line: Doll Eyes, Drama, Star, I couldn't wait to try this one.

Grandiose is their new 'reinvention' of mascara, with a 'patent-pending' Swan Neck. This is designed to create full, even, fanned out lashes from corner to corner, adapting to all different eye shapes. It claims to capture even the tiniest inner corner lashes and creates a wide angled fan effect on the lashes, with the brush designed to follow the eye's natural shape, and the wand angled to follow the cheekbone and facial contours. Ooer.

So here's why I love it:The bottle is GORGEOUS, like literally can we appreciate the glass and the flower? It's definitely elegant and looks great on your dressing table. But then there's the wand. My Mum actually asked the woman at the counter 'is the wand meant to look like that?!' because we've never seen one like this before. The woman at the counter told us that it's great because the mascara doesn't dry out easily, which is all to do with the movement of air that gets inside the tube when you remove the wand (and why they say you shouldn't ever pump your mascara or it'll dry out super quickly). So this mascara is actually lasting me so much longer than others. Every time you unscrew the bottle, it mixes the formula too so it won't be clumpy and stays fresh.
The shape of the wand means that when you apply the mascara crossing over your face, you don't smudge any on your nose. 
They really have thought of everything with the design of this mascara it would seem.
I've found the design of the wand means it does actually get every single lash and I've noticed it's especially good on my bottom lashes as it gets to them all without smudging the underneath of my eye. The wand really separates and lengthens the lashes and when you apply a second coat it adds a lot of volume as it's very buildable.
The mascara itself is made from the blackest pigment possible to give you an intense dark eye in just one coat, and the formula is said to be 'innovative' containing Lancôme's exclusive 'Rose-Cell Extract' which condition your lashes, giving them some TLC and helping them grow longer. 

Lastly, I have to mention the staying power of this mascara. It's easier to get off than Benefit's They're Real, but lasts ALL DAY (and night) with no flakiness.

Fundamentally I love this mascara, and I would compare the overall effect and staying power to that of Benefit's They're Real, but it doesn't dry out nearly as quickly and it is easier to remove. It's by far the best mascara I think I've ever tried.
It's definitely not cheap at £24.50 but the staying power and long-lasting formula means it is worth it, but I won't be purchasing this again until payday or my student loan comes in!

'Captivating, eyes are simply Grandiose.' - Lancôme.

Excuse the poor quality of these photos! Better camera coming soon :)

You can buy it from Boots here and also read instructions on 'how to use' haha (cute).

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Body Shop Haul

I love The Body Shop. Always have done since I was addicted to their Body Butters, Colour Crush lipsticks, and Hemp Hand Cream! I love how their make-up isn't tested on animals and for me the products are a nice bridge between drugstore and high-end.
It's 3 for 2 at the moment in there, so I went a little crazy! I did actually pick up 2 bottles of the Instablur primer as well, but I'm going to do a separate post on that as I didn't get on with it at all (how annoying I bought 2 bottles...)

The four products I've bought and love are: All-In-One Blush in 01 Macaroon, All-In-One BB Cream in 02, Honeycomb Bronzer in 03, and Lightening Touch in 03

Macaroon Blush (01). I first read about this blush on EmTalks' blog where she says it is her favourite blush and used in her everyday makeup routine. I'm so not a blush girl myself, I'm all about bronzer. However, I wanted to try this a lot and I took the plunge and I love it! I now use it every day on the apple of my cheeks and blend it into my bronzer.
The Honeycomb Bronzer (03) was something I originally went to pick up in a search for a replacement of my Benefit Hoola (which I do love but it's expensive and running out!). This bronzer comes in 4 different shades so I had to swatch a few but I decided 03 was the most similar to Hoola and would create the nicest contour look with my skintone. You can see I've used this but brand new it has a full honeycomb pattern to it which is really pretty. It's actually so nice to use as a contour as well as an overall face bronzer, and doesn't apply too much product at once- but not too little either. Very buildable and lasts a good amount of time, plus I love the fact it comes with quite a large mirror and it's over £10 cheaper than Hoola.
The Lightening Touch Touche Lumiere (03) In the shop this is labelled as a 'cult product' so I really wanted to try it. I've been after the YSL Touche Eclait or the Mac Prep+Prime highlighter pen in Light Boost for ages, but thought this could be a cheaper dupe. Adding this on top of a creamy undereye concealer (like Collection's) in a downward triangle shape further rids any bags and illuminates the area leaving you with glowy skin that looks like Kimmy K. 
All-In-One BB Cream (02) I genuinely love this, it feels so much lighter and makes my skin look more glowy and fresh than any other BB cream I've tried. It's quite a weird product considering it comes out looking like a white/greyish cream but when you rub it in, the tiny particles in it break down and it colour matches exactly to your skin tone. I thought I'd be the shade 03 but when I tried the tester it came out a bit orangey whereas 02 was more subtle! Love this for good skin days and it's perfect for summer.

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Raiding a Friend's Makeup Bag: Hannah's Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone!
Today I'm sat with my friend Hannah, who is also a make-up junkie/lover. When we see each other we love to have a big old sleepover and catch up and compare what product's we've both been loving. I asked Hannah to pick out her favourite 'must have' products from her make-up collection, and thought this would make a nice blog post. This is what she chose...
Left to right: L'Oreal Superliner in black, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, Benefit's They're Real, Mac Lipstick in 'Chatterbox', Benefit's Porefessional Primer, Burts Bees Lipbalm + Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. 
The lovely Hannah Bourne!
So as you can see, a lot of these products are well used, but hopefully this just shows they're loved. A lot of these products are also cult classics and favourites of many bloggers and readers, so I won't go into too much detail- just a brief summary of why she loves them.

L'Oreal Super Liner. This liquid eyeliner is a favourite of both of ours actually, even though Hannah wasn't sure about it at first. She was used to using a pen-liner before but now she loves the precision you can get with this (and I agree). It's not a flimsy nib like many other liquid eyeliners. It's only around the £6.99 mark which is so much cheaper than the 'They're Real Push Up' liner which Benefit have released. I do really want to try that liner, but am yet to decide if it's worth the hype because at £18.50, it's super expensive, and plus I can't see how I'd love it more than this! I don't go a day without wearing it and am obsessed with winged eyeliner on the top lid.

Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer. You all know about this concealer. Light and creamy and amazing for undereye circles at only around the £4 mark, it's an absolute bargain and has been beauty bloggers favourite for years. It's said to be a dupe of the Nars concealer (which I reeeally want to try!)
I don't think this does stay on for the promised '16 hours' but it does cover our under eye bags and provides some luminosity. 

Benefit They're Real Mascara.This mascara is our absolute favourite, but at £19.50 a tube it's also not cheap at all, and we both find it dries out so quickly! 
However, a little trick I have discovered with any drying mascara is to run a sink full of hot/very warm water and put your mascaras in it for a while. I'm not sure how long you probably need to leave it but long enough for the water to warm up the inside of the mascara tube and moisten it up again. This really works and adds life to this mascara!

MAC 'Chatterbox' Amplified lipstick is Hannah's go-to lipstick, and she says she wears this pretty much every night out but also sometimes in the day too. It's a lovely strong pink colour which looks amazing both with a tan and without. It's chic and barbie-esque which looks amazing for spring/summer paired with navy colours especially. I'm definitely going to be borrowing this when we go out together next!

The Lush lip scrub is amazing to use before you apply lipstick to make your lips really soft and 'prime' them 'ensuring your makeup glides on and stays on'. It also tastes great too, as does the Mint version Lush sell. According to Hannah, the Burt's Bees is the best lipbalm she's ever come across, with it leaving her lips soft and hydrated for ages (much better than Vaseline). Together she calls them the 'dream team'. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer. Finally we have this primer and Hannah swears by. I do like this product but don't know if it's better than other cheaper alternatives on the market, as it is £24.50. Hannah insists it keeps her makeup on longer than any other primer and it doesn't break either of us out though (which is very important- *cough Body Shop Instablur*) and is a lovely consistency.I have 'normal/combination' skin and Hannah has oily skin and this works great on both of us so I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't tied down on a budget! I'm going to try and get her to get the Body Shop Tea Tree primer next time as I think this would be perfect for oily skin and I've heard so many good things. 

So thanks for reading and hope you found this informative! I love all these products too. My upcoming blogposts will involve disappointing products and ones to avoid in my opinion, I'll be going through my current favourite items, and I'm going to do a 'what's in my make-up bag' (although that will be a very long one ha!) Let me know if there's anything you guys want to particularly see, and remember to please subscribe on Bloglovin to not miss a post! 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

SKINCARE REVIEW- Liz Earle Daily Essentials Kit

A few weeks ago now, I decided that I really needed to up my skincare game. For years and years I've been using just make-up wipes at night to remove my make up and sometimes I've also used the skincare bargain which is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution which I love.

But as I'm 21 in a few months I decided I wanted some 'grown-up' skincare products. While I am lucky to have normal (rather than oily or dry) skin which doesn't suffer with a lot of break outs, I do think it often looks a bit dull and lifeless, and goes dry throughout the day.
As I've been working full-time recently, when I went to London I decided to splurge on the highly raved about Liz Earle skincare range. I knew I wanted the Cleanse and Polish (at around £13/£14) but I didn't know the lovely saleswoman in the John Lewis Westfield store would convince me that my life wouldn't be the same unless I got the entire set...

This entire collection was £47.25 from John Lewis and in this you get: 2 Muslin Cloths, Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Skin Repair Moisturiser (suited for your skin type; normal/combination, dry/sensitive, combination/oily) and as a free 'gift' you also receive the Botanical Shine shampoo and conditioner. All 100% natural.

This product is the most well known in the set, often been deemed 'the best' skincare cleanser around. Huge statement. It is very famous though, and I can definitely see why. It contains all natural ingredients and no chemicals (what Liz Earle skincare range bases itself on) so it's very unlikely to irritate even the most sensitive of skins.

It contains eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary, cocoa butter, chamomile etc which are all very kind to the skin and softens it amazingly, as well as soothing any redness and making your skin smell amazing. 

The cleanser itself is really creamy and moisturising without feeling greasy. I personally remove my makeup with the Simple Radiance Wipes first to remove the majority of my make up and prolong the use of my cloths. Then, I apply the cleanser to dry skin (which I did find an odd concept at first), then rinse the muslin cloth (a natural exfoliant) in warm water, and 'polish' my skin. This clears out pores and dead skin cells, leaving it soft and more full of life. It definitely feels like I'm giving my skin a treat when I use this!

The next step after you've used the cloth & cleanser, is to apply the Skin Boost Tonic just using a cotton wool pad. I actually love using this first thing in the morning to wake my skin up, as it leaves it so refreshed. This smells like flowers, probably due to the 'rose-scented' thing, but it means it definitely smells of all things natural and fresh. The Aloe Vera in it is also very soothing and helps tone and reduce the appearance of pores without drying skin out- like some other toners do, that often contain alcohol. 

Lastly, we have the 'Skin Repair Moisturiser'. This is rich and creamy and I just love it. I don't use this in the morning because I use a lighter moisturiser with an SPF, but it's perfect for overnight as I've read using moisturisers with an SPF in overnight isn't great for your skin.
I also love how it contains Vitimum E as this is anti-aging and adds radiance. I apply this after using the cleanser and tonic, in an upward circular motion to 'plump' up my skin. 
I do want to try other skincare products like the Estee Lauder range, but for my first high-end skincare purchase I am impressed and feel so pampered when I use it every night! You're meant to use this in the mornings too but like I said, I just use the tonic when my skins a bit lifeless. 

While it hasn't cleared up my skin, it's left it radiant, softer and smelling lovely, and I also think my foundation is looking nicer and more flawless with this due to how healthy my skin is underneath now.

All the infomation can be found at and can be bought here :)

This is definitely the 2039494898th review of this on the internet but I just love it and had to write about it.
 Let me know if you swear by any skincare products or if you've tried this!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

REVIEW: The Glamour Beauty Edit: Latest In Beauty

Hey everyone! First of all so sorry about the lateness of my blog posts, I've been so busy with my job this past week and worked evenings too so haven't had a real spare moment! I've finished work now though for the rest of summer so regular blogs shall now continue.
I also was trying to get some really good photos for this post but my iPhone doesn't allow that, so again I apologise! Tomorrow I'm actually going to go look at DSLR's with my Dad in the hope I can get one for my 21st in a few months eeek :) Anyway, onto the review...

I was sooo excited when this Latest In Beauty, Glamour Beauty Edit box arrived! I'd placed a cheeky order after reading about this box on various blogs as I couldn't resist. 

There are plenty of beauty boxes around and the idea is you pay a certain amount a month (usually between £10-£15) and a box of beauty goodies will arrive full of some high-end products in smaller sizes and lots of samples, etc. Some of them are really hit and miss but that's the chance you take and it is quite exciting not knowing exactly what you'll recieve. You would usually be paying around £10 a month + P+P for a box like Glossybox or Birchbox but I've never actually taken the plunge as financially I couldn't justify it...but this box was different.

Can we literally take a second to appreciate how much is packed in that little box?! The Beauty Director of Glamour Mag, Alessandra Steinherr, went and picked the 9 products she is obsessing over this summer, and I have to say I love basically every single product. The entire contents of this box is worth £86.15 and this costs £16.95 with free P+P. While that may sound steep compared to other boxes, the Illamasqua lipstick in this box retails at £18.50 alone so you've already got a bargain!

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick Firstly, we have the Illamasqua Lipstick in the shade 'Naked' but in your box you could receive one of seven nude shades. I was  SO excited to receive this as this new collection of lipsticks has been raved about and highly anticipated in the blogasphere. I was very impressed with how creamy and amazingly pigmented this was and I personally was so happy with this colour as a corally/warm toned nude. The photo above-right shows this lipstick to be almost orange but as you can see from the swatch, it's not like that when applied! The guidance with this product is it's best when applied with a brush which is probably due to how pigmented and creamy it is. 5 stars!

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector Next in the box is the Rimmel 'Instant Tan BB Skin Perfection' in the shade Light Matte. As a wash-off fake tan designed for up to 24 hours of wear as well as a 9 in 1 product, it's claiming a lot! I wasn't as excited about this product as others in the box as I thought 'meh, Rimmel', but it's a lovely moisturising matte colour which actually smells amazing!? Not like biscuits like other fake tans. It also did make my skin look pretty flawless and I love having a more tanned face, as my body always stays more tanned than my face and i'm sure this is the case with most people. All in all I'll be repurchasing this instead of my instant Fake Bake stuff for sure!

You also receive a fake tanning mitt in the box which you can use to apply this or any fake-tan you have. It's pretty standard so didn't feel the need to write it's own mini section on it :)

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 30, 100ml This suncream is actually really nice in terms of making your skin really moisturised and radiant. Nothing else more to say about this but it smells lovely and applies nicely, also it's one of my favourite sun protection brands and worth £6.99 so 100ml of this was a nice addition to this summer-themed box.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail LacquerHope you can't tell I'm trying to hide my shameful nails in these photos! Really need them done soon. Anyway, this nail vanish was a BIT of a disappoint to me as I love red nail polish and in the box you could receive either red or this baby pink shade, however, the brand Crabtree and Evelyn is famous and quite expensive so this will be a nice quality nail vanish and a very pretty summer shade. It also claims to be non-toxic and shock resistant (plus I didn't really need another red in my vanish collection anyway...)

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil  Firstly I'm going to have to say I am very afraid of face oils, I keep thinking I'm going to break out! I have combination skin anyway but this product is meant to be amazing to provide hydration to the skin and apparently won't break you out...(I'm still skeptical). The size of this product is small and cute anyway so would be perfect for travelling and I thought if you had a long flight it could be amazing to save your skin from getting dried out and dull as can happen on planes. This is an example of why I love beauty boxes though- I could end up absolutely adoring this product and it's something I would have never gone out and purchased myself.

Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip, 90ml You receive a full sized TonI and Guy hair product in this box which I think is amazing and I was really excited to try this. As you might know, I'm always on the hunt for products which will give my hair volume and look like it's been professionally blow dried, so this product seems perfect! I've only used this once as like i've mentioned in my Hair Growth post, I am trying to restrict all heat on my hair including blow-drying unless I'm going out or it's an occasion. I do really like it though and it's given me shiny hair with some body. 

Bourjois Little Cream Blush I thought this blush was really cute, and I'm not really a blusher girl. Having owned only one cream-blush before I don't know why I don't have more because when I tried this I found it left a really subtle pretty colour on my cheeks which blended really easily! I got the shade 3 but you could have received one of three shades, ranging from peachy toned to pink.

Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes: Alright, so here I am saving my favourite until last! I had the biggest smile on my face when I saw you got the full sized product of this in the box. It's worth £20.00 if you buy it by itself so the fact it's included in this box is amazing. It claims to provide you with the length of false lashes, with manufacturers stating: 'Magnifibres is the perfect solution for those who love long, big, captivating eye lashes but don't like the hassle of false lashes'. All you need to do is apply your first coat of mascara, then apply this which adds fibres to your lashes, and then apply some more mascara. It's actually really good- I'm not blown away, but it does make a difference and giiirl you know I love my lashes to be bigger as I think it instantly makes a face more attractive and feminine.

All in all I think this is an amazing deal and the best beauty box around. I'll definitely be looking out for more of these. Let me know what you think and if you've got this box or are tempted to get it! Get yours from the Latest In Beauty site here

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