Saturday, 21 April 2012

What's In My Joliebox? (April 2012)


hello!

back from Barcelona now (this time last week, we were there - sniff) and had an amazing time! i may write up a holiday summary post so look out for that! my April Joliebox arriving on my doorstop made me smile though - i always love receiving them, it's like Christmas/my birthday every month!

let's take a look at this month's offering:

Balance Me - Daily Essentials Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm


'A daily cleanser containing anti-oxidant Arctic Cloudberry and gently polishing oatmeal. This daily cleanser works to gently polish away dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal.'

First of all, I love it when products say they have this 'enter very exotic cutesy wow sounding ingredient' that claim to have magical properties. I'm not doubting it but reading Arctic Cloudberry has conjured up this tropical fruit waving around a wand that will transform my skin. I'm intrigued! I always love trying out new skincare and I'm obsessed with exfoliating. I just have to get rid of all those pesky dead skin cells *shudders*.  The combination of them both sounds like a winning product to me! I remember going through a phase of cleansing my skin with oatmeal (Bubzbeauty tutorial, anyone) back when I had a bit of eczema on my face - it worked wonders! It made it feel so refreshed and hydrated so I'm excited!

Tropic Skincare - Skin Revive


'Bursting with vitamins and pure plant actives that help to visibly firm and intensely nourish the skin. A facial moisturiser that intensely nourishes for instant skin radiance'

I recognised the brand Tropic Skincare as another product from them was featured in an earlier beauty box, and also the creator is Susan Ma - former contestant from The Apprentice. I love the idea of a product that's mostly packed with vitamins and natural ingredients so am excited to try this out! I love me a dewy glow! Not sure if the 'intensely nourishing' claim will cause havoc on my combination/oily skin though - shall let you know!

Pure Fiji - Exotic Bath and Body Oil


'A multi-tasking nourishing oil that can be used on the body, hair and scalp. Its blend of natural oils promotes the healing, hydration and rejuvenation of the skin's cells for healthier and younger looking skin'

I'm so excited to try this product - I've been reading all the hype around bath oils but wasn't sure where to start looking with so many products available on the market. A multi-tasking product sounds even better. My legs have been so dry recently and my usual body lotions don't seem to be helping it. I'll be slathering this on my hair too to see if it feels silky smooth! It will be wondrous if my hair feels hydrated with it on.

BELLAPIERRE - Black Mascara (Full Size)


'This long lasting mascara instantly creates thicker and fuller lashes. Coating the lashes with a long-lasting, volume-enhancing formula, this mascara will instantly give your lashes a more dramatic look.'

There's always room for a new mascara - I haven't tried this yet but will be interesting to see what it does for my lashes as most mascaras do zilch! I've recently bought the L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara and that has been amazing so far - lots of length to my short stumpy lashes, yay! It's a thick bristle brush so it may work for people with bigger eyes and longer lashes - the packaging is simple. We shall see!

Finally...

KMS California - Freeshape Hot Flex Spray


'A protective heat styling spray for hair that lasts until the next wash'

Big claims! Out of all the products, this has got me the most excited! I absolutely love hair styling products and I can't wait to try this! My hair is long but damaged from all the colour I used to put in it, a hair full of bleached blonde hair results in split ends. It needs a good pampering session and we shall see if this protects the hair AND allows me to style it all voluminous! I'm interested to see what finish it gives, a light one or the hard flaky feel. 

So that's it! I love the products provided in this month's Joliebox and I also love the magazine that now comes with it. It'll be in my bag to read on the train on Monday! I love how it's packed with different features and not the samey same articles on every single page. Looking forward to trying these out and will let you know how I get on!

Meanwhile, I've uploaded a new 'Spring/Summer Fashion' video on my Fashion channel. It's the outfits I wore in Barcelona, have a look if you have time to!


Hope you're having a lovely day, afternoon or evening!


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Small Haul: LUSH and Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation!


hello!

i know, i know... a lot of pictures but don't the Lush products look lovely and amazing and beautiful and magical and... need i go on? Jord was the photographer and between you and me, i think he had a blast taking the pictures of the products ;)! at least it gave him something to do whilst i was running around the shop sniffing this and oohing at that! i just filmed a collective haul two days ago so didn't think it was enough to film a video so voila! a blog post! if you're interested in the video, i'll link it here and embed it at the end of the post!

i don't go into LUSH as often as i would like to, although i think my bank balance would suffer if i did. at least i'd smell nice though! i only went in to look at the solid shampoos and that, i got! i'm going to Barcelona this Friday so instead of lugging around numerous potions and lotions, i was interested to see how this solid shampoo malarkey works! it's meant to last around 40-60 washes depending on how well it's looked after and the equivalent of 2-3 bottles of shampoo - wowee!

don't worry, i sniffed all the different shampoo bars to find the perfect one. i want to whip my hair back and forth in Barcelona and have Spaniards come up to me and go 'AY, CARAMBA! what is that superb scent in your hair?!' to which i'd reply with 'Oh, mis amigos, it's Lush solid shampoo' we'd then dance around and my hair will be swishing around creating a nice whiff for all to smell. with an imagination like that, it's no surprise i do English and Creative Writing at university, eh?

anyway, let's move on to this small haul eh?!
(T-B) Seanik Solid Shampoo, New Solid Shampoo and American Cream Conditioner

the solid shampoos retail for £5 each aside from Godiva (the 3rd picture at the start) which retails for £6 as it has both a shampoo and conditioner within it. for something that's meant to last for 40-60 washes, i didn't think the price was bad at all!

Seanik has seaweed and sea salt in to give body and shine to the hair as well as feeling silky soft. New (the name of the second shampoo bar) was bought for Jord's mum, she was interested in the product as it's meant to stimulate the scalp and maximise hair growth. she has fine hair whereas mine's thick so it will be interesting to see how the products work for both hair types! i haven't tried the products yet so i won't go too into detail about them and if anyone is interested, i'll write a review of how the products work on our hair!

the last product was the American Cream conditioner. it retails for £4.25 for 100ml which is perfect to go in my hand luggage. it smells absolutely AMAZING and the description also made me laugh 'bring all the boys to the yard with this strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner' i'm not going to lie, i was tempted to turn round to Jord and suddenly bust out a few moves whilst singing the song and waving the conditioner around - he wouldn't even be surprised as it'd be such a typical thing for me to do. however, i refrained myself. the Lush lady was just next to me and i don't think she would have been pleased with me!

both products will be amazing for travelling, not just for this holiday but going to and fro from university too! i'm so excited to try this out and will update you after a few tries to see how it works out! OOH, i also bought a little metal tin to put the shampoo in to dry out after i've finished with it. i don't want a smushed up one!

now onto the last bit!


my sister's gone out tonight and wanted me to pick up a new foundation for her. after hearing all the rave reviews, i had to check out Rimmel's latest offering: Wake Me Up foundation. it promises to give radiant skin with an anti-fatigue formula and after applying it on her face, it seems to be true so far! her skin just GLOWED! on a side note, under artificial light, little bits of glitter/shimmer does show up but it's not so noticeable that it's like BOOM DISCO BALL unless you're right up close. it just adds to the glow and doesn't make her look like a Cullen. 

after swatching it on my hand in the shop and discovering that the darkest shade was actually perfect for my skin tone - i had to. i just had to. there was also an offer going on at Superdrug 'spend £9.99 and get the Scandal'eyes mascara for free' my sister would need a new mascara, wouldn't she? the foundation retails for £8.99 so i might as well help her out and purchase one too so she can have a free mascara! oh, just hand me the Sister of the Year award already! i did plan on purchasing the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua at duty-free though - maybe i need to for special occasions. it'd be cheaper than in the shops! someone take my money away.

so that's it!
another rambly post and i applaud you if you've read all of it!

have a good day, afternoon or evening! 
Jord's packing and ironing already so i guess i have to now too!
we're only going for 4 days yet i've planned around 10 outfits. 
TO THE SUITCASE.









Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Review & Comparison: Revlon Lip Butter and L'Oreal Rouge Caresse

(L-R, T-B) Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Macaroon
L'Oreal Paris Rouge Caresse in Aphrodite Scarlet

hello! 

this month has seen the launch of two new high street/drugstore lip products that are both colourful yet lightweight! Boots is currently running a 3 for 2 offer and so i practically ran over there and 5 minutes later, my hands were filled with swatches.

the first lipstick i picked up was (no surprise) one of the Revlon Lip Butters! after camping outside (not really) popping into every Boots i've come across since March, they were finally launched in the UK! despite thinking that i'd pick up at least 7 shades, i was actually a bit disappointed at the shade range. there's a lot to choose from, don't get me wrong but some of them wasn't what i thought it would be. i wanted to try some lighter pinks (mainly either strawberry shortcake or cotton candy) but found them either too pale or too blue/cool-toned. the UK has 14 of the 20 shades available in the US and the one i picked up was Macaroon - an exclusive shade to the UK. 

Revlon Claims:

Buttery balm with beautiful shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips.  Hydrating mango, shead and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%. Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine.

i'd describe Macaroon as a mauvy pink with a red undertone. it's a very good natural colour for the daytime and the red undertone makes it suitable for more formal occasions too. it has a slight gold shimmer running through it and i think it's because of this that makes the formula feel ever so slightly 'gritty'? it may just be the shade i picked. it's hydrating but not to the extent that they're marketing it as. i wouldn't say that it was substantially more moisturising than a typical moisturising lipstick but again, it could just be the shade i picked up. 

i feel like the application is a bit heavier than i was expecting although these may be due to the intense colour pay-off. it is still more lightweight when compared to how lipstick sits on the lips. the pigmentation from these lip butters are incredible and it lasts for around 3-4 hours on me even after eating and drinking. there's no need to have to keep building the product up to achieve the colour in the tube - a quick swipe would do the job! i didn't think it was 'shiny' or made my lips glow but the gold shimmer does translate onto the lips and it's pretty. i do want to pick up a few more shades and eyeing up Sweet Tart, Raspberry Pie and Lollipop! i also love that the lids reflects the shade of the lip butters too - very handy to distinguish each one in a mountain of other lip products!

onto the second lip product!


i picked up a lipstick from the new L'Oreal Rouge Caresse line in the shade Aphrodite Scarlet. this didn't receive as much hype as the lip butters but i think i actually prefer this! it's marketed as a lipbalm/lipstick hybrid too like the lip butters but it's a lot more lightweight upon application. the packaging is sophisticated but think it would look better without the plastic lid but as long as it keeps the product safe, it's all that matters really! 

L'Oreal claims:

A flutter of kissably soft light-weight feeling colour. Its delicate texture glides onto lips creating a veil of colour with a luminous shine. Weightless sensation. Pop of colour. Flutter on your lips. New sensation.

The L'Oreal stand in my Boots resembled a jumble sale - the testers were smushed and the lipsticks that weren't meant to be testers were all used as them so i had a hard time trying to swatch all the shades. i managed to track down a hidden Aphrodite Scarlet though. despite the name, it isn't really scarlet but more of a rosy pink with a very slight lilac undertone? it applies brighter on the lips than when it's swatched on the hand and can be built up for a more intense colour as it applies a lot more sheer than the lip butters. this is definitely more lip balm than lipstick so if you're looking for something that is lighter in application and initially very sheer on the lips - this would be a better choice as you have the option with the level of pigmentation. i feel like there is more shine in this compared to the lip butters and the 'veil of colour' and 'weightless' description is also very fitting. 

(L-R) Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Macaroon 
L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Aphrodite Scarlet

in the pictures above, each product was swatched once on the hand in the first photo and were built up in the second photo. the gold shimmer is more visible in the second photo and in comparison, the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse looks more lightweight too. of course, both products are marketed as a lipbalm/lipstick hybrid and they both fit these claims as they are. they're just both on the opposite ends of the scale. Revlon leans more towards the 'lipbalm weight but applies heavier and pigmented like lipstick' and the L'Oreal as more 'lipbalm with a more pigmented colour than a tint'.

i love both products but think i prefer the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse for daytime wear and a lipstick to quickly apply when i'm on the go and the Revlon Lip Butter for occasions when i want more pigmentation and for the colour to last longer on the lips! both are perfect for spring and summer as although it's as pigmented as a lipstick, it does indeed feel more hydrating and lightweight compared.

phew! that's it!

have you tried either of the products? what are your thoughts on it?

hope you're having a lovely day, afternoon or evening!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

HAPPY: My New Baby (Canon 600D)


hello!

i finally have it! it's mine - my new camera! AHH. words cannot explain how happy i am and i keep wanting to do my happy dance every time i look at it. i've always been into photography and i'm a very creative person. art, photography, creative writing, drama and crafts etc. - i love it all! i studied photography as an AS in college and just one of those annoying people who constantly have some sort of camera glued to their hands. 

i've wanted a DSLR for years but it's only been the last two years that researching into them turned into a (very annoying) obsession. everyone i've been constantly moaning and pining to have all been driven up the wall to the point where my sisters would just go, "OH SHUSH! STOP GOING ON ABOUT THE CAMERA" whenever they hear anything to do with it. pine no more, the Canon 600D is mine!

it's really the only one i have wanted and the vari-angle screen will come in very handy for blogging and filming too! i can't wait to film a video with it and to take outfit posts with it too :) the quality for them both will be a LOT better and i'm excited to share it with you all!

Happy Easter!
hope you're having a lovely day, afternoon or evening and have had lots of Easter eggs!


Friday, 6 April 2012

LOOKBOOK: shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils

top: primark
shorts: h&m
shoes: topshop
sunglasses: betsey johnson

hello!

just a quick post - it's not an amazing outfit but the photos of Bud were too cute not to post up! this was taken last week when the whole of England thought summer had come early. we walked trekked up the hills for an hour with the sun just glaring down at us. it was two days after we saw The Hunger Games so once we walked into the woods, i may have pretended that i was Katniss and attempted to climb trees and throw sticks around. yes, i am turning twenty this year.

off to watch Titanic 3D again and think i'm taking my Harry Potter 3D glasses. preparing myself to weep and have panda eyes after the three hours. i still think there was plenty room for Jack if Rose had just shifted up a little! although i've seen it a million times before, i'm still excited to see it in 3D. i've written an article about the film premieres over at a-shu.co.uk so shall link it here once it's up!

on a completely unrelated note, i've finally broken my converse in so they're now comfy as can be. YES.  Barcelona material? ALSO, i don't know if you've noticed but there's now a 'mini me' on my side bar! Jord created the whole thing on Photoshop for me to use on this blog - i got to choose the outfit and shoes haha. Betsey Johnson sunglasses are the exact shape too and he even included blush and a little DSLR camera dangling from my hand! fingers crossed that will finally happen! actually i'll include the picture on here too - i love it!

hope you're all having a good day, afternoon or evening!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review: Soleil Tan de Chanel (Bronze Universal Bronzing Base)

CHANEL - Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base £29

hello!

this will be a brief (who am i kidding, it's never brief) review on the Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing makeup base. it's finally back in the shops! i spent the whole of summer popping into department stores and at the airport (when i've gone on holiday, i didn't buy a ticket to Gatwick to search for a bronzer) but it's always been sold out. it retails for £29.00 in Boots and Debenhams but could be found cheaper in duty free if you're jetting off on holiday or know someone who is who's kind enough to pick it up for you - it's around £23 at the airport and takes away the -sharp intake of breath- than handing near enough £30 over.

it's a cream-gel bronzer but also a multi-use product as it can be used on its own as a cream bronzer, under foundation to give a warm glow or used in conjunction with foundation a few shades too light to darken it up. there is 30ml of product; i've used this everyday over the past month and it hasn't even made a dent so this will certainly last a long time. it looks a scary orange-toned brown in the pot but it does suit most skin tones depending on how it's applied. for pale skin, you will need a light hand and it can be used as a contour/bronze/facial tanner. my skin gets very dark at this time of the year, but it's still very pigmented if i don't watch how much product's on my brush. i use it as a cream bronzer and contours, and i either use it with the Real Techniques Contour Brush (the whole kit is amazing, definitely recommend it) or the MAC 168. i've found that it works better with a brush made out of synthetic hair as it seems easier to control the amount of product you want on it. it also seems less likely to have brush hairs and general shedding into the bronzer too. 

it gives a very beautiful bronzed and dewy look on the face. as it's a cream product, it doesn't look caked on and gives a very natural finish too. i've got oily skin and sometimes it's a lot easier in summer to use a semi-matte foundation and then a cream bronzer over the top to still have the dewiness. it lasts throughout the day and i haven't found any streakiness or anything. however, i've found that this product does transfer on a particularly hot day, i'm not sure whether it would be solved if i have setting powder over the top but be careful not to hug someone wearing white for too long. unless they like having bronzer on their clothes then by all means, hug away. 

it's definitely worth the money if you're searching for an all-round product to give you a bronzed but natural look. it doesn't cake like powder bronzers and a lot easier to use than liquid bronzers. once i'm more tanned, i'm excited to use it either under foundation or replacing foundation!

so there we have it! i hope this has been somewhat useful and has helped if you were looking to purchase it! it's a lot of money but for the amount of product and the quality of it, it's definitely worth it.

hope you're having a good day, afternoon or evening!



Wednesday, 4 April 2012

LOOKBOOK: i fell in love at the seaside

top: h&m
shorts: primark
shoes: converse
necklace: gift
sunglasses: betsey johnson
bag: ebay
mermaid ring: h&m
lips: Revlon Cherries in the Snow + MAC Tendertone in Hot N' Saucy

hello!

this was taken on Jord's birthday last week! we went for lunch and then a stroll with cookie dough sundae as the weather was so lovely! i had no idea yachts were so expensive though - £80,000+ for one?! wow. may be a silly question but if you had a yacht, what would you name it? i (oh, so cleverly) decided to call mine 'Fin/Finn'. GEDDIT? Finn because it's a real name, and fin like fish in the sea - and the yacht's in the sea? oh, i really am so hilarious, aren't i? (sorry). last Tuesday also saw the start of the junk food ban until Barcelona, no takeaways, snacks or fizzy drinks - but it will be worth it, the things we do for summer.

this was a very lazy day outfit, but the backdrop was too pretty to miss. it's a take on the pastel denim trend, i have some beautiful mint green ones i'm waiting to wear for when it's actually hot (erm, please don't snow in April please). i thought i'd keep the top half very simple and just have bright accessories and pretty bottoms! pastels honestly makes my tummy and heart flutter when spring comes round and it's acceptable to be plastered in it. i really would love a pair of pastel jeans but many changing rooms and shops later, i've got to accept that it just doesn't work on me. pastel blazers and nails it is - hi zara :)

in the woaaah close-up photo at the end, i'm wearing Revlon Cherries in the Snow with MAC's Tendertone in Hot N' Saucy over the top. i wrote a review on the tendertone so here's the link if you're interested! i've really been enjoying wearing bright lips lately and keeping the eyes very simple! a product review on another beautiful product will be up tomorrow :)

i'm off to marvel at the beautiful Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Jord bought me! he saw it on QVC when it was playing on the TV and thought he'd surprise me with it. the sales people on there obviously did a very good job selling the product, even a guy was convinced ;). it's in the shade London Town and i am so excited to play around with it. he was a bit nervous whether he had got the right shade or not and spent ages apparently searching swatches of them! he really is the best :)! magnets + shu = best friends. throw in a nail polish and i'm practically dancing and am very happy. :)

hope you're all having a lovely day, afternoon or evening!
is it snowing where you are?!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

LOOKBOOK: rivers and roads, rivers 'til i reach you

burgundy striped top: topshop
denim shirt: h&m
blazer: h&m
bag: longchamp (le pliage tote)
shorts: h&m
studded slippers: topshop
pearl ring: gift
mermaid ring: h&m
nails: barry m - berry ice cream

hello!

this was taken two weeks ago so it's a bit late, apologies! it was a chilly day hence the layering but i like how it turned out! the patterns and textures work together, and it kept me warm - no penguin waddling for me. the past four outfit of the days were actually part of a 'spring fashion series' video on my YouTube channel! link here, or i'll embed the video at the end of this post if you're interested!

i don't usually wear horizontal striped tops on its own often as i feel it widens the body. wearing a loose denim shirt acts like a jacket and also nods to the nautical trend that comes around every spring/summer. the blazer was an extra layer and smartened it all up! i really do have an unhealthy obsession with this blazer, it's just so lightweight and perfect for wearing over the top of anything! i've been searching for a pastel coloured one though, preferably peach coloured. they have some beautiful ones over at Zara, do i, don't i? oh Zara and my bank account are just the best of friends right now.

not long until Barcelona! i'm so excited! i really ought to try and learn some Spanish, i did study it for a year back in Year 10 but that was five years ago and my brain decided to forget all but two phrases: Hola and me llamo. i'm not sure that's going to take me very far. i'm writing down in a little notebook all
the different places to go - so excited to see Gaudi's work as i love architecture and his work is beautiful!
has anyone been and have any places they'd recommend?! need to go holiday shopping too, oh dear.


   i hope you're all having a lovely day, afternoon or evening!
hasta la vista, baby ;)


Monday, 2 April 2012

Review: MAC Tendertone in Hot N' Saucy


hello!

this post will be a review on the MAC Tendertone lip balms from the recent Cook MAC collection. i know they've been released for a while now, but they're still available in some MAC stores! if you can get your hands on them, definitely do! i've had this for around three weeks now and i absolutely love it.

MAC:

"The next generation lip conditioner that combines the look of a gloss and the conditioning benefits of a 

balm with SPF 12 sun protection. Features a light strawberry-kiwi flavour."

the tendertones have always been a MAC cult product but as it's always limited edition appearing every few years or so, it definitely creates a lot of hype. is it worth the hype? without a doubt, yes. the tendertone lip balms retail for £11 which seem a bit pricey, but for the quality of the product and the scent alone - it's definitely something to treat yourself to. 

there are four different shades available: Tread Gently (a near enough clear balm with lime and gold shimmer running through it), Purring (a sheer peachy coral), Hush, Hush (a bronzey 'nude' with gold shimmer) and Hot N' Saucy (a cherry red). i did try the other three products but found them to have a more sheer application when compared to Hot N' Saucy. the other three can be built up to be more pigmented. it would work better as either a tint on the lips when you're on the go or a gloss over lipstick rather than a standalone product.

as for Hot N' Saucy (not too keen on the name, it's fitting as part of the Cook MAC collection but it's not something i'd wave around telling people 'i've got a bit of hot n' saucy on my lips today!' if you're worried about wearing red, this would be a great product to ease yourself into the colour. it's a flattering shade, brightens up the complexion and a lovely way of introducing colour for spring/summer time. you don't need a mirror to apply this and it's perfect to just shove in your bag to use on the go. your lips are moisturised, protected and has a pretty glossy tint to it! it lasts for around 2-3 hours so it's a product you'd be reapplying frequently throughout the day, but for the moisture and the scent - it's worth it.

speaking of the scent, amazing! it does smell like strawberries and kiwis but it's also very sweet - basically summer in a little bottle. i'm not too keen on the fact that you have to basically stick your finger into it though. it's best to use it with a lip brush; the application is more precise, the colour comes out a lot more pigmented and it's more hygienic. i've worn this as a gloss over Revlon's Cherries in the Snow lipstick a few times and it brightens the colour up and for some reason, the glossiness makes it more day-time appropriate. wearing it on a windy day when you're got long hair is not advised though - splutter. 

i have a few nude and light pink lipsticks that i can't wear once the weather's warmer as it washes me out, wearing this over them creates a nice coral shade so if you have this problem, give it a try! that's it, a long, rave post but i really have enjoyed using this product these past few weeks. it makes a nice change to matte lipsticks. i've been using tinted lip balms and sheer lipsticks a lot more recently too; i finally managed to track down the Revlon Lip Butters and bought one of the new L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks so a review on them will be coming soon!

i hope this post has been helpful :)
hope you're all having a lovely day, afternoon or evening!


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