31 October 2010

Review: ELF - Therapeutic Conditioning Lip Balm




They say ~ Salvation for parched lips. This innovative balm coats lips with natural nutrients and skin soothers to condition even the most sensitive lips. Infused with Shea Butter and Vitamins A & E for long lasting protection.

I say ~ Well I have to say I am a totally paid up member of the lipsalve addicts club so I know my lip balms. I actually won this one as a prize a while back, but if I hadnt I would have still bought it to try out their range of lip balms. The tube is a little longer and slimmer than an average lipbalm, I feel as if you are getting less product for your money too, as typically lip balms come in a 4g tube. Also with it being an all white stick it does make me feel a little self concious whipping it out in public.

The scent, I got the blackberry creme one and it is a nice light blackberry scent. Once applied to the lips the scent doesnt really linger, it feels really slick on the lips its quite nice though and you feel as if it is offering a theraputic condition. After a couple of minuite though it doesnt go away and feels a little bit greasy and while there isnt a taste its still a little bit too oily. It doesnt really sink in to the lips, just sits on top of them where as you would expect a conditioning one to sink in a sort out flaky dry lips. There is no taste or colour to this lip balm either.

Over all I dont mind this lipbalm but the packaging and scent arent anything special enough to make up for the odd overly greasy feeling left on the lip. And I wouldnt be encouraged to try out another scent.

5/10

£1.50 - 2g
ELF

30 October 2010

Nails: Matte Black Animal Print


Matte Black Animal Print

Nails: Halloween




It is so hard to do on your own hand, especially when your trying to use your non-dominant hand!

Collection 2000 - Hot Looks Hip Hop
ELF - Pearl Polish
ELF - Black Polish
ELF - Punk Purple
Barry M - Nail Effects

29 October 2010

Shopping Trip: October 2010

So somehow I ended up shopping, one of those days where you end up on auto pilot!
  • Sleek - Bad Girl Eyeshadow Palette
  • MUA - Shade 9 Polish
  • Collection 2000 - Hot Looks Polish in Hip Hop
I am hoping that by getting this darker palette it will satisfy my urge for the much more expensive Urban Decay Black Palette! Also since finally laying my hands on the Barry M Nail Effects I discovered that I dont have any nail polishes in a light enough colour to show up. And finally the orange one is purely for Halloween!

Also my dotting tools finally arrived! I got the from eBay and they were £1.30 and that was with p&p

28 October 2010

Review: Schwarzkopf Mystical Violet

So in a fairly recent post I got some hair dye, the Schwarzkopf in Mystical Violet. So this is a little update on how that went...

Before:

And after: 

Having been dyeing my hair for the past 12 years or so I have tried lots of different variations on black with a hint of other colours. This one is with a deep purple which actually is nice and subtle, I was a little bit worried looking at the picture of the woman on the box but luckily it didn't turn out that bright!

I have had my hair this colour now for a month and the dye is still there, as in the shining purple. I still am getting lots of red coming out of my hair when I wash it and I think it will fade out in to a black before long. I don't really mind though because I like having my hair black. My hair is quite thick and is down just past my bra strap (25 inches) and I used a box and a half of this hair dye to do it.

Would I buy it again? Well I might do, it doesn't seem to be worse than any of the other ones I have tried and is actually lasting longer than the cosmo blue one from Schwarzkopf which I have tried at least 10 times over the years.

7.5 / 10
£4.75 - 25ml

26 October 2010

Nails: Bloody Halloween

Trying another Halloween nail, not sure if it looks any good though.
Supposed to be along the lines of blood / vampires.


Ended up going with this look. Used a little sponging technique.
ELF - Dark Red
ELF - Black

25 October 2010

Review: Lush - Smitten Hand Cream



They say ~ Smitten is made with natural oils, calming chamomile and beeswax to protect the hands from extreme weather or nourish them when they need it most. Use it regularly for nice soft mitts.

I say ~ I have a little bit of a soft spot for marzipan and that is exactly what the scent of this product is! First I tried snowcake soap which is a christmas only item and it is amazing as well. This product is available all year round and is really nice and lasts for ages. I did hear though it might be discontinued so be aware of that. So this is a nice cream which is moisturising, it quickly soaks in to the skin and doesnt leave a oily film on my skin. The scent lasts for a couple of hours as well which is always a bonus! It isnt a heavy duty hand cream though so if you have older more drier hands then maybe pick a different product out.

As always keep your black pot because if you collect five of them then you can swap them for a fresh face mask!

8/10

£6.10 - 100g

24 October 2010

Review: Lush - Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar

 

This was a  valentines day 2010 special bubble bar combines the scent of yummy yummy yummy and vanillary. I know I am late at getting around to trying it out but still seemed to be quite nice and scented. I thought it looked quite cute actually a little mushroom, I imagine it could be halved and used in two baths but I just crumbled up the whole thing and used it.



The overall scent was a sweet one, could smell the vanilla more so than the yummy yummy yummy, although I did always find that scent very weak to begin with. As you can see it turned the bath water a watered down red colour, rather than a pink which is what I imagined it would do. I didn't need to moisturise afterwards and the scent lasted a couple of hours.



Don't think I would purchase this again if it were to come out purely because vanillary isn't a fave scent of mine. However for a once a year treat I wouldn't say no! Very nice valentines gift to get from the other half!

7/10


23 October 2010

Nails: Zebra Purple French



Bit of a disaster, could have done better zebra print freehanded!
Base: ELF - Purple Dream / Sally Hansen Hard as Nails - White
Stamping Plate: M57
Stamping Polish: ELF - Black


 

22 October 2010

Nails: Colourful Animal Print


ELF - Punk Purple
ELF - Fluorescent Pink
ELF - Black

Practicing the animal print nails. Still too colourful for me though!

20 October 2010

Review: 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick - New Black



Not such a focused photo but the colour is accurate

Using the lipstick as a stain on the bottom lip


They say ~ 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick provides long lasting, non-drying coverage for your lips that lasts up to 4 hours. Dermatologically tested. Fragrance free.

I say ~ The lipstick does have a scent but its really slight and is just the normal lipstick scent. Its got to be said that the lipstick is really long lasting, I wore it for about 5 hours before it needed a top up. Its nicely moisturising and is very pigmented although using it as a stain you could easily wear it as a day time colour. It is a nice deep burgundy, purple-y, wine colour.

I think it is quite similar to the MAC dark deed or cunning but seeing as I don't own either of these I can't really do a proper comparison.

10/10
£3.49 from Boots

19 October 2010

Review: Lush Bath Sunday Cocktail

Sex Bomb | Star Melt | The Comforter





So after a particularly rubbish day I thought I would attempt to cheer myself up with a Lush cocktail. I always like to use sexbomb as the jasmine scent lingers and makes me smell pretty! The comforter is nice at changing the water colour, making bubbles and I thought I would stick a couple of chunks of star melt in too. I think this was a christmas or easter only item, although it is coming up to christmas and so might be back in the shops. It smells like snow fairy / candy fluff and its really nice and moisturising.

Over all I like this cocktail, very indulgent though. Made the water exceptionally pink as you can see!

9/10

£2.95 - 200g

£3.95 - 200g

18 October 2010

ELF Eye Primer: Standard Vs Mineral pt.1

Again I thought seeing as I had both of these products I would compare them and see how each of them worked in comparison to one another. The two pictures below are just after make up is applied.



I found both of them to be nice and smooth and so they glided on nicely and blended in well to my own skin tone. Both are a thiner consistancy than Urban Decay's Primer Potion. I thought that they both settled in transit but nothing a quick stir of the tube didnt fix. The standard one didnt have a scent where as the mineral one, to me smelt like emulsion paint which was a little odd seeing as you have to stick it so near your eye!
Not sure if you can tell from the photos but I did find that the mineral primer helped the colour of the eyeshadow pop a little more, making it look a more intense smokey colour. The difference however is subtle.

This picture was taken four hours later, as you can see there is creasing on both eyes. It iss clean to see that the mineral primer had helped the eye liner stay on better and it has all but gone on the left eye. The shadow colour is also more intense despite creasing on the right eye.

This one was eight hours later, and I look a mess! Both eyes are hideously creased and the standard primed eye barely even looks like I used a primer. The mineral primed eye looks exceptionally oily as well it has helped the eyeliner stay but not the eyeshadow.

I have to say that both are a bit rubbish, I think I will have to try again testing them both out but using an actual eyeshadow rather than a shadow/smoke pen. That creases awfully bad as it is. I will have to test that out with Urban Decay Primer Potion as well, but that is a different blog all together! Which can be found HERE

17 October 2010

Nails: Spider Web



Trying out a spider web nail look for a halloween party!

ELF Polish - Pearl
ELF Polish - Black

16 October 2010

Review: ELF - Waterproof Eyeliner Pen


Ash // Midnight // Black


They say ~ "Get no smudge, no budge eyeliner that lasts for hours for a fabulous and fresh look of precision. The smooth pen applicator easily glides on color for very fine to bold lines for effortless beauty".
I say ~ Well they clain that its no smudge or budge and I have to agree with that. Once this has dried, and it doesnt take long for that unlike typical paint on eyeliner, it doesnt smudge. I like how you can use it for both thick and thin lines as well.
The only problem I had with these pens was that sometimes one line wasnt pigmented enough and so had to go over the line to get a deep colour. These pens are best stored nib down so that the colour is right there in the tip to use when you want.

Would I recommend it ~ Yeah why not, the colours that I chose were nice and they stayed put and dried quickly! Great for £1.50!

9/10

ELF
£1.50 - 1.8g

15 October 2010

Nails: Black French


Thought that I would attempt something matte, subtle french but all black. Not too bad but a little wonky!

ELF Black Polish
ELF Matte Polish
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