Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Make-up: Goodbye sunshine...hello lipstick!

Now call me a summer kill joy but I was secretly pleased the temperature dropped today so I could enjoy the glorious combination of Revlon's Cherries In The Snow and Barry M's number 3 lip pencil.

I just can't deal with full lipstick in hot weather. I don't know if it's the increased liquid intake (ie. G&T!) or the threat of the dreaded sweaty upper lip but it just feels like too high maintenance...and that's coming from me!

This photo (taken with rubbish iPhone camera) really doesn't do the lipstick justice. It is the perfect cherry red as the name suggests. Much easier to wear than a true red like Mac's Russian Red, especially if you have a typical English rose complexion or you're a redhead like me...insert gratuitous lipstick wearing photo

Have you found your perfect red?Which make up item(s) do you skip in hot weather?

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Monday, 24 May 2010

Product Review: Loreal Perfect Clean Foaming Gel Wash

I recently bought the new(ish) Loreal Perfect Clean foaming gel wash after watching makeupbytiffanyd's drug store skincare video (although the packaging is different in the US).

I went for the 'refreshing' variety and it was indeed refreshing! I think this was partly due to the scrublet that came with it, which is basically a soft, white rubber scrubby thing (!) that gets a nice lather going.

Initial thoughts on this were great. I'd been getting a lot of breakouts on my chin and this totally cleared them up...however after a few weeks of use this made the skin around my nose dry and cracked. This is really unusual for my generally combination skin. Must be due to the acne-clearing ingredient, salicylic acid. Great for spot clearing but not great if the rest
of your skin is normal/dry.

Think I'll stick to my beloved Avene for now....still using the scrublet though as the old muslin cloths were getting hard to cart around whilst travelling.

Have you tried these face washes? What are your thoughts?

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this review. All opinions are my own and I bought the item(s) with my own hard-earned dosh!

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Saturday, 22 May 2010

Product Review: Collection 2000 Big Fake Mascara & FREE Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner

Boots recently had an offer to get a free Collection 2000 fast stroke eyeliner with their new Big Fake false lash effect mascara so I thought I'd give them both a try.

I'm a big Rimmel liquid liner fan but after seeing that this also had a sponge tip I was confident I could get the same effect with this...how wrong I was! The nib is hard and scratchy and the resulting line was patchy :(

I wish I could report better things about the mascara but, similar to Benefit's Bad Gal Lash, it has a huge brush that doesn't separate my lashes enough. It's ok with a stroke of Rimmel's Glamour'eyes to separate afterwards but I wouldn't repurchase.

One good thing about these two products is that they were only around £2.99 for both so at least I'm not out of pocket!

Really want to try Loreal's Million Lashes next. Has anyone tried this? What do you think?


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