Saturday, 18 May 2013

Wantworthy - the latest wishlist trend?

So you all remember Fantasy Shopper and the hype that surrounded it, the ability to 'buy' items of your choosing from all of your favourite shops and make outfits with them. I remember wishing I could add stuff from any site, and have everything organised into events, or summer/winter wardrobes.

Wantworthy gives you the opportunity to do just this! All you have to do is sign up then add a 'WANT' button to your bookmark bar, then every time you see something you like you click the button. Wantworthy then adds this to your virtual wishlist and cleverly detects the price, description, picture and category of item (dress, shoes, denim etc..).

Then on your list at Wantworthy you can see the items you want organised by store, category or group.

I really do think that this is a brilliant way of categorising the things on your wishlist. I'm in process of  creating a 'Uni Wardrobe' list of things I'd like to take with me in September, but I've also started a beauty wishlist and a hypothetical 'I'M REALLY RICH' list!

Hope you all enjoy using the site, and make sure to send me your Wantworthy lists- I'd love to see the things your little hearts desire!


Thursday, 16 May 2013

My adventures into SLS and silicone free hair products!

I officially renounce my SLS and silicone stuffed hair care!

There, I said it. It's blog official now so I can't go back on my word. The more I read about how damaging these nasties are for my hair, the less willing I am to use them. I looked into the no-poo method, but I've decided to ease myself slowly into this way of life by starting on a low-poo program.

I've recently had my hair cut from very long and ridiculously dead to rather short but super healthy, so I'm looking to grow it back out in as good condition as possible.

From now on I'll be using shampoos and conditioners with no:
-Sodium Laurel Suphate

I'll be starting my adventures with the Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo, along with the Body Shop Rainforest Volume Conditioner. I'm hoping that these will help me escape the dull hair, itchy scalp and frizz that I've come to attribute to SLS laden products.

I'll update soon with how I get on - wish me luck! Also does anyone else have any recommendations of products I could use that you've got along well with, I'm all ears!


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

New make-up storage system.

Foundation - Samples
Skincare - Eyes
Blush, bronzer, highlighter, powder - Lips

Just a heads up that these three drawer units are only £4.99 in ALDI at the moment, they're perfect for make-up storage! I was worried that the drawers wouldn't be tall enough to fit my foundations, but they fit perfectly. They're even big enough to stand my huge 200ml Clinique Dramatically Different Moisture Lotion.

Although they're not the prettiest storage method, they're functional and I love that you can see inside each compartment. Definite recommendation!


Foundation for pale skin - Part 1 (with swatches and mini reviews)

Foundation, the ultimate base product. I've been searching for years for one which suits my ridiculously pale complexion. I've always found this type of post really useful, seeing which brands make products which will fit me!

As you see I've developed quite the collection, with prices ranging from about £4 to around £28. This year I've vowed to actually finish some products rather than getting bored and buying new things!

So, here's part 1 of this foundation journey, featuring MUA, Revlon, Rimmel, 17, Clinique and Elf.

(Swatches in corresponding order to the line up below)

MUA BB Cream in Light:
Greasy feeling and doesn't seem to sink in, no matter how much you buff it in. Colour is pretty good though, just a bit yellow.

ELF Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain:
Orange and oxidates even deeper! Also made me break out.

17 Sheer Moisture in Light:
Colour suits my summer skin, and buffed in nicely. Gave a natural glow. I just wish it had a higher SPF than 12 so it could be my go to summer product.

Rimmel Stay Matte in 100 Ivory:
Nice neutral tone rather than pink or yellow, which is quite hard to find in drugstore foundations. Fair coverage but it felt clogging and quite heavy.

Clinique Redness Solutions in 01 Alabaster:
Heavy and dark. Slid around my face all day, even though it claims to be oil free.

Revlon Photoready in 002 Vanilla:
Good colour, good coverage and good lasting power - so why must it be packed full of annoying glitter?!

Revlon Colourstay in 110 Ivory:
The best colour so far - it's just a shame it's so heavy and clogging. Wearable when mixed with some MAC Fix+, but it just can't compare to Doublewear in terms of lasting power.

Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring Benefit, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Bare Minerals and Maybelline!

Have you pale skinned beauties found any perfect foundations, either drugstore or high-end? let me know!


Monday, 13 August 2012

MUA and Collection Haul

I might have done a teensy bit of shopping, oops! Forever 21 and Primark haul is on it's way!
I was drawn in by the 25% off and free delivery MUA offer and picked up these bits. I also had one of those Boots Advantage Machine vouchers so I got 100 extra points when I bought the Collection mascara.
MUA Undressed Palette - £4


MUA BB Cream - £4

MUA Lipsticks in 'Juicy' and 'Nectar' - £1 each

I'm loving the MUA bits so far, especially the BB cream- the shade is so perfectly light! The mascara was a total let down however, it didn't seem to make the blindest bit of difference to my blonde lashes!

I'll post a full review of the BB Cream soon, because that seems to be less reviewed than the palette!

Eeeek, is anyone else getting any results on Thursday? I get my A/S level results and I'm crazy nervous! Let me know!

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

REN Glycolactive Skin Renewal Peel Mask Review

Wow. Simply wow. This mask really does work wonders. Since I started using it every other day a couple of weeks ago I have noticed a drastic improvement to my skin's tone and general condition. It has calmed breakouts and cured my British 'summer' dullness.

You are advised to spread a generous amount all over your face, but I've just been using it on my T-Zone as the rest of face has been doing pretty well recently. It has a nice thick consistency and tingles slightly when applied, which really gives you the impression that it's doing it's job.

Unlike other masks I've applied in the past, this gives instant results. As soon as I wash it off (I've taken to exfoliating it off with a REN muslin cloth) I am amazed by my skin.

I've never been one to skip foundation, but recently I genuinely haven't needed it thanks to this mask. I realise this seems like such a gushing review, I just can't find a negative about this mask.

One thing I do have to add though, is that this costs £30 for 50ml. I know that this isn't astronomical, and you do only need the smallest amount to cover your T-Zone- but I'll definitely be eeking out this 15ml sample tube.

Revlon Just Bitten- Lipstain and Balm Review

 Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, I'm certain you'll have heard of Revlon's newest offerings of lip stains. Both these stain and balm duos and the kissable balm stains have been sweeping the beauty blogs both in the UK and in the USA.

Today I'll be reviewing the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm in the colourway 'Flame'. I initially wanted to get 'Passion' but all of the ones in Boots had been open so I plumped for this equally stunning colour. 'Flame' lives up to it's name as a fiery red with undertones of orange, something which at first I thought would overwhelm my pale complexion. I was relieved to find it actually comes across as an elegant deep red.

The stain element of this product is unbelievable. I apply this at around 8AM and it's still going strong at 6PM. It has usually faded by 11PM, but I was incredulous to find that one day where I didn't remove my makeup (oops!) it was still there! 24 whole hours of wear! Crazy! On that note though, that means that if you make a mistake with the felt tip style applicator, it's pretty darn hard to remove.

We have a dual ended product here, with the felt tip applicator on one end (the lipstain) and the clear balm on the other. I have to say that I find the balm pretty useless. It's meant to deliver the moisture so over dragged from your lips when you apply a stain, but I find that it just gives a very short lived shine. I found that the stain lasted just as long without it, and I just applied a swoop of clear Vaseline if I wanted a really glossy effect. The balm also feels rather delicate in it's tube, as though it could snap off with the tiniest bit too much pressure.

Personally I love the matte lip effect, but if this isn't for you then you might want to try the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains. These give a nice glossy and longlasting flush of colour, but in swatching I found the colours to be less intense than these stains.

Overall I love this stain. I'll definitely be going back to find it in the 'Passion' colour (a bright Barbie style pink). I find it incredible how long it lasts and how intense the pigment is. Well done Revlon!