Thursday, 13 March 2014

Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner

I received this eyeliner in my February Birchbox which I wrote about hereThis was a miniature but I think it's just a perfects size for my make-up bag. The packaging is simple - silver with black text - but I quite like that about it.
I am not normally a huge fan of eyeliner and have never been able to perfect the feline flicks I see & like on so many other people! This eyeliner however, has helped me change this. 

The long thin brush is great for building up liner to a thicker line gradually by using small fine lines. The liner also goes on brilliantly - dark & solid colour from the first stroke but fine enough that a small mistake is easily fixed.

I will definitely be using eyeliner more now that I have this product and can't wait to try some new looks with it. What is your favourite eyeliner & what looks do you use it to create? Have you tried this liner? 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Urbanveda - Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish

I got this Urbanveda facial polish in February's Birchbox which I did a post about here if you'd like to see what other goodies I got. Apart from the one I currently use, I haven't tried many facial scrubs or polishes so I was keen to try this out when I received it in my Birchbox. 
Although quite plain, I like the packaging of this product. Clean, crisp and simple with a cute floral print and a brief sum up of what the product claims to do for your skin. Next up is the scent - what a lovely smelling product! I can't quite pin what the scent is, but it is gorgeous.

The texture is more creamy than I would normally like but this is balanced well by the "grit" of the product. The particles are large enough to be effective but fine enough to avoid being rough on the skin. I definitely found this to be an effective exfoliator that left my skin feeling clean and fresh.

Overall I am really happy with this product and will definitely consider purchasing the full size bottle of this product. Have you tried this facial polish? Or which facial polish do you use/recommend?

Monday, 3 March 2014

B.Pure Micellar Water

I picked this B.Pure Micellar Water up as part of a recent haul during a trip to Glasgow. I didn't intend to buy it but was offered it at the till in Superdrug and, at £2.47, decided to give it a shot. I had never tried a micellar water before and after reading so much about them, I was keen to try one out.
As shown on the bottle, this is what the manufacturers say about the product; Quick and easy 3-in-1 cleanser that dissolves impurities in a single sweep, no water required. Ideal for all skin types even the most sensitive.

I liked how easily this product removed my make-up and how gentle it was on my skin. However, despite making sure all of my make up was removed, it did not feel like it left my skin entirely clean. This was backed up by the breakout that appeared after just a few days use. I'm also not sure a bottle of this size would last very long - just 3 uses has used approximately 20% of the bottle.

 I will continue to use this product on occasion to remove my make up before cleansing & toning but will not rely on it along to clean my skin.

Which micellar waters have you tried? Are you a fan or have you also found they don't leave skin as clean as it could be?

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February Empties

This is my first empties post so I am not yet in the habit of hanging onto everything - I think a good few things may have slipped through the net this month! 
As regular readers of my blog will know, I love baths, so it is no surprise that there are a few bath products in my box of empties this month. The Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt from The Body Shop was part of a Christmas gift and not a scent I would have picked myself. However, I found it lovely for a nice relaxing bath and the product left my skin feeling soft. I only got a few baths out of this tub but I do go a bit OTT with how much I put in so I'm sure you could get a good 5 or 6 if you were more careful. I went on a bit of a Lush spree at the start of the month but out of the 3 products I've used so far, I've only remembered once to hold onto the bag. The one I have kept was from their 'Floating Island' Bath Melt which I really enjoyed using. It dissolved better than some other bath melts I have tried and smelled absolutely divine! It also left my skin feeling very moisturised and smelling great.
I don't think I need to say much about these products - surely the name says it all. The Body Shop's Chocomania Shower Cream and Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub both smelt absolutely delicious. Great for your skin, easy on the pennies and they smell like chocolate. What more could you need!? I will definitely be picking these up again soon.
This Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio in Mordore Chic may not be quite finished, but it has seen better days. I really enjoyed using this palette and loved the colours but I recently won an Urban Decay Naked Palette so it seemed like a good time to get rid of this trio that I have had for more than a year. I have already looked at this trio in a pink shade though and will probably be buying that some time soon. 

These Boots Essentials Eye Make-up Remover Pads are probably not something I'd use again - they were a bit to oily for my liking and left my skin feeling greasy and not particularly clean. I also found they didn't do a great job of removing all of my mascara.

This Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast lip balm is the first lip balm I have finished before loosing/breaking/getting bored of it. It smells great and, as you would expect from Blistex, it leaves my lips feeling very soft too.

Have you tried any of these products? What have been your favourite products this month?

Friday, 28 February 2014

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 5

I can't believe we are already at the last week of the #nailartweeklyproject. Week 5 brings with it the theme 'Glitz and Glam' - you don't have to ask me twice to go for some glam nails! I decided to try out a polish I bought a few weeks ago but haven't used yet - Rimmel 'Precious Stones' in Ruby Crush.

I used Rimmel 'Lasting Finish' in Double Decker Red as a base to ensure a nice bright colour over all. I really liked how the 'Precious Stones' polish went on - it was fairly smooth and the glitter was plentiful so there was no fight to scrape glitter out of the bottle. I didn't love the finished look as much as I'd hoped I would though - I think the silver glitter should perhaps be finer to give more of a shimmer effect rather than such big pieced of glitter. 

I mentioned in my post about week 1 that I was unsure of whether I should take part or not, purely due to lack of skills/experience in nail art, but I am so glad I did. I had great fun coming up with these designs and have included links to these if you'd like to have a look;

I'd also like to thank Danni at Gingerbread Smiles for coming up with this project and organising it. I've really enjoyed seeing everyone else's designs and seen some fab ideas that I can't wait to try myself. 

Have you been for a look at #nailartweeklyproject on Instagram or Twitter yet? I'd definitely recommend you head over for a look! 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Winter Survival Kit for Lips

Now that spring is (hopefully!) just round the corner I thought I'd do a post about some of my winter essentials. Obviously hand creams, moisturiser & hair oils are big part of the winter routine but the most important part for me is keeping my lips soft & healthy. I used to be awful at this as a teen and  would end up with dry cracked lips so I go to serious lengths to avoid this now. This winter I had a lip balm in my hand bag, one on each of my jackets, two on my desk at work and one in my car. Not to mention the countless ones at home! I was determined not to be caught out this winter! So here is a round up of the ones I used regularly and my thoughts on them.
Nivea Creme might seem a bit basic but I swear by it & pop some on my lips every night before bed. It is great  - very cool and soothing on sore lips, sinks in well and by the morning you are guaranteed to have super soft lips.
Coco-Cola Lip Smacker was one I picked up in Primark purely for the flavour, not expecting anything great. This was in a jacket that I don't wear often but I really like the scent and when I have used it it has lasted fairly well. I wouldn't say it makes my lips any softer, but it definitely protects them from the elements and smells fab.

The Apple ChapStick reminds me of sour apple sweeties from when I was wee! It smells just like them! It is quite oily in texture - similar to Vaseline - and I would say it acts as a great barrier but I am not convinced that it helps restore moisture to my lips.

I have nearly finished my Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast and will probably end up repurchasing this one. After trying the above lip balms all out I chose this one for my desk because it ticks all the boxes. It smells great, lasts well and leaves my lips feeling super soft.

Palmers Cocoa Butter lip balm is one of my favourites mainly because it smells incredible! The thick formula means it really feels like it is working and lasts well. I definitely notice a difference after wearing this even for just a few hours.
Sometimes you just can't beat the classics and this is definitely true of Vaseline Lip Therapy. I love the different varieties out there now so picked up these two to try this winter. There isn't really much I can say about these - they last well, protect your lips from the elements and cost next to nothing. The Cocoa Butter one smells delicious and I love the hint of colour from the Rosy Lips one (this one was the other permanent fixture on my desk!) - nice and subtle but enough to brighten my lips up.

Have you tried any of these products? What have been your must have products this winter?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

This Weeks Nails - BarryM Silk & Models Own

BarryM - Silk in 'Mist'
I started this week with another one of the gorgeous silk polishes from BarryM. This time it was the shade 'Mist' - a lovely light blue colour. As with the first BarryM Silk polish I tried, it went on really well with 2 coats providing a smooth opaque colour. I can see these being my favourite polishes for spring!

Models Own - Fruit Pastel in Blueberry Muffin
I then went on to try a polish that I picked up in my recent Models Own haul. I started with the blueberry muffin scented polish - a pale blue polish that, when dry, is meant to smell like blueberry muffin. 

Unfortunately I was really disappointed with this polish. It comes out of the bottle very thick so it is difficult to get even coverage and due to this I ended up with a fairly thick layer of polish. Despite allowing plenty of time for drying, the polish still marked easily so by the time I took this photo less than 24 hours after applying, my nails were full of dents & scratches in the polish. All of this could have been forgiven if my nails had ended up smelling like blueberry muffins as promised, but all I got was the smell of nail polish. 

Have you tried these Models Own scented polishes? How did you find they applied? and was the scent of nail polish replaced by the scent on the bottle?

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 4
I then went on to do my nails for week 4 of the #nailartweeklyproject which I wrote about here. The theme was the month you were born so, as a January baby & a proud Scot, I used Burns night as my inspiration and went for tartan nails.

Have you tried any of these polishes? What colours & designs have you tried out on your nails this week?