29 November 2011

November's Glossybox

Dead sea spa magik bath salts
Nail rock designer nail wraps
Illamasqua freak perfume
Monu revitalising moisturiser
Arbonne FC5 ultra hydrating hand creme

As usual the value of the products exceeds the subscription cost of the box. At first glance, it seemed to lack some of the initial 'wow' factor of previous boxes, however, on closer inspection, I'm actually really pleased with what's been included in my box. The hand cream will be perfect for keeping in my bag, the Illamasqua fragrance is gorgeous and with the exception of the nail wraps, I will be getting lots of use out of everything in this month's box.

What do you think about November's Glossybox? What's your favourite subscription box this month?

PR sample

25 November 2011

NOTD- Orly two hour lunch

A warm toned pink shade with a hint of coral.

Like Orly glam, it's nice and pigmented so only needs one coat. It does take a few minutes to dry, but once it does, the varnish is smooth and glossy.

In the bottle, it looks fairly similar to Eyeko tea rose polish, but swatched next to each other, you can see that Two hour lunch is brighter and has more of a coral finish.

Overall a great nail varnish colour, and one of the few that made it to Australia with me!

Have you tried any Orly polishes? What's your favourite colour?

PR sample from graftons.co.uk

23 November 2011

Oscar de la renta Esprit d'oscar perfume review

It was love at first sight with the bottle of this fragrance - made of clear glass in the shape of a flower, with a blooming floral top, it's eye catching, feminine and looks great on my dressing table.

So what about the actual fragrance? Described as a floral oriental, it contains notes of lemon, bergamont, jasmine, tuberose, musk, heliotrope and tonka bean.

On me, I can't actually smell the citrus top notes, instead it starts of as a light floral. However, very quickly the base notes kick in and turns the fragrance into a strong powdery floral scent.

Personally, I'm not too big a fan of strong powdery scents, but it does work as a grown up fragrance for work. That said, it remind me of Guerlain insolence and Chloe love, both of which are also powdery scents, so if you like those, then definitely give this a sniff.

What type of fragrances do you tend to go for? What's your favourite winter scent?

Disclosure- PR sample from escentual.com

21 November 2011

NOTD- Avon speed dry+ nail enamel in Red wine

As the weather gets colder, I find myself increasingly drawn to darker colours, and this shade from Avon is perfect for Autumn/Winter:

As the name suggests, it's a deep berry red/wine colour which quickly dries to a super glossy finish. The formula is nice and light, so very easy to work with, but it did need 2 coats for an even colour.

Overall, a great choice for sophisicated daytimes nails, and a shade that I'll no doubt get lots of use out of in the coming months.

Do you also change your make up and nails in the Winter? What's your favourite Avon product?

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18 November 2011

Schwarzkopf BC oil miracle finishing treatment review

As much as I loved the VO5 miracle concentrate, the packaging just wasn't secure enough to withstand 2 plane journeys. So it was perfect timing when this little travel friendly sample dropped through my letter box just before I was due to fly:

The oil comes a 2 versions, original for normal hair and light for fine greasy hair. Both make my hair super soft, smooth, shiny and knot free. Like the VO5, a few drops goes a long way and I've no doubt these mini bottles will last me months.

Despite having fine hair I actually preferred the original over the light version. The thicker formula gave me more control when pouring from the bottle and it didn't weigh my hair down at all.

Overall, a great product to have handy and highly recommended, especially if you have dry damaged hair.

Have you tried anything from Schwarzkopf haircare? What's your favourite hair oil?

16 November 2011

17 trio eyeshadow in Broken hearted

Following on from my 17 Sulk NOTD post, I thought I'd show you the matching trio eyeshadow:

If like myself, you found the green nail varnish too daring a colour, then take a look at their Broken hearted eyeshadow trio.

Of the 2, this would definitely be my top choice. Although the green looks rather scary in the pan, it swatches to a gorgeous charcoal colour with only hints of green. The trio also incudes a pretty silver and metallic grey. Finally, all the eyeshadows are smooth, pigmented and shimmery - perfect for creating a dramatic smokey eye.

Do you prefer the nail varnish or the trio eyeshadow? What's your favourite eyeshadow colour?

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14 November 2011

Fashionista make up

Back in July, I posted a picture of their magnetism nail varnish and just before I went travelling, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party so I could find out more about the brand:

As there was so much interest in the nail varnish I'll start with those first. There are 5 shades, and Fashionista have teamed up with pop band The Saturdays.

Each girls has their own colour and athough they are all beautiful, Mollie's purple shade remains my favourite one.

To create this amazing look, simply paint your nails like normal, then whilst it's still wet, hold the magnet over the top to create a ripple effect. Unlike some of the other companies, the varnish and the magnet will be sold separately, with the varnish retailing at £6 and the magnet £3.

Another big concept from them is their custom design palette. They have a range of 49 eyeshadows and 12 blushers, which can be used separately or easily popped out and put into a 4 pan palette. This is very similar to MAC but unique to the high street. Each one retails at £4 but I would recommend buying 4 shades and a empty palette for only £12!

Finally a quick look at the rest of the make up: there'll be a selection of primers, foundations, concealers, powders, eyeliners, mascaras, lipsticks and lipglosses. Prices range from £4 for a kohl liner to £12 for the foundation.

FashionistA make up is available exclusively in Superdrug stores.

Are you a fan of magnetic nail varnish? What do you think about this new brand?
Are you a fan of magnetic nail varnish? What do you think about this new make up range?

11 November 2011

17 fast finish nail polish in Sulk

An eye catching metallic green colour which just screams Christmas!

The varnish was super pigmented and only needed one coat. As a result, it dried very quickly, making the manicure nice and fast.

Personally I'd prefer a more girly colour, but there's no denying it's a gorgeous shade so if you're more adventurous with your nails, then this would be a lovely polish to have in your collection.

Have you tried any of the 17 nail varnishes? What's your favourite manicure colour?

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8 November 2011

Project bathroom update

Project bathroom seems to have slowed down again, but just before I left for Australia I decided to clear out my eye make up, some of which had definitely seen better days! Here's what I managed to use up/cleared out:

Liz Earle Botanical shine shampoo
MAC zoom fast black lash mascara
No 7 exquisite curl mascara
MAXfactor Xperience volumising mascara
Colorsport 24 hour eyeliner
Pantene aqua light shampoo
Batiste dry shampoo in Boho
Batiste dry shampoo in Brit
All for Eve hand cream
Garnier clean&fresh cleansing milk

How are you getting on project bathroom? Do you tend to have regular clear outs?

2 November 2011

The Body Shop eye palette in Golden brown review and swatches

Having discovered the joys of brown eyeshadow, I'm now completely obsessed, and this new limited edition palette from The Body Shop is perfect for creating sultry eyes on the go:

There are 3 powder eyeshadows, which are buttery smooth, pigmented and apply with miminal fallout. It also includes a gold cream, which I find to sheer to use around the eyes, but it does make a lovely highlighter for the cheeks.

The palette also comes with a small brush for on the go application as well as a short brown eyeliner.

The eyeshadows are long lasting, but they do crease a little throughout the day so would benefit from a primer if you had one handy.

It's worth mentioning that the palette will be released as part of the Christmas collection. Because of this, it comes nicely packaged in a presentation box with application instructions, making it a great choice for a present.

Have you tried any of The body shop eyeshadows? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

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