Friday, 19 December 2014

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Ultra Black

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Ultra Black

Every so often I come across a product that I instantly fall in love with and this time it's from Bourjois, their Volume 1 Seconde Mascara. I was sent the original a while back but I sadly lost the sample and it seemed that every time I tried to repurchase it, it was sold out. Last month I finally got hold of one of them and couldn't believe how fabulous my lashes looked after one coat. I have both the original black and the newer intense black version, I prefer this ultra black version purely for that slight darker lash look.

It is one of those mascara that give you perfect full looking lashes after one application. Though you do need to let it dry out a bit to get the most from it. It has a comb wand which I prefer, as I find they tend to separate my lashes better than 'brush' wands do. You really do only need one coat but for me there is no such thing as too much mascara, I apply about 3 coats until my lashes are plumped up and looking delightfully false (but not overly so). The black colour helps create that full looking lash, you don't need to apply liner to the lash line to help give the illusion of longer fuller lashes this does it all for you. The formula is really good, I don't find my lashes 'drop' during the day or give any fall out, nor does it smudge on me. I can't stand a mascara that smudges on my brow bone or underneath my eye. Despite the fact it stays on well it isn't a hassle to remover, I use Floracil from Gatineau and one cotton wool pad per eye removers all my eye make-up easily - no lash loss.

For £9.99 you really can't beat this mascara, yes there are high end brands that do fab mascara's but at this price range it gets a thumbs up from me. If you can find a tube then I recommend giving it a whirl. 
You can buy it from Boots for £9.99 (they also currently have a 3 for 2 offer on Bourjois products).

What mascara are you loving right now? 
Or are you a fan of this Bourjois gem?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Gift - bareMinerals Lasting Line Collection

BareMinerals is still one of my favourite makeup brands, I really love their ready eye shadow quads and their loose eye liners. This is a lovely set of their Lasting Line eye liners, it has every colour a beauty lover could want, from neutrals to some pops of colour. The formula is really creamy and soft, they have infused them with a 'nourishing blend of minerals and vitamin C'. The softness of the pencil means you can blend them easily, so whether you want a smokey finish or to create a precise line you can achieve both with one liner. If you have a little time and a good blending brush, I did a really soft smokey eye for daytime, using 'Stay Golden' & 'Eternal Bronze' which looked gorgeous together. They lasted well on my eyes too, I've worn a few colours recently and they have stayed put all day without moving or smudging. The twist up pencil design has a smudger at the end and underneath that is a sharpener to use if you want a precise line. I'm seriously impressed with these beautiful shades, for me my favourites are True Blue, Steadfast Slate & Constant Copper (which are the last 3 shades on the swatches). For me there is something about Bare Mineral's eye products that I always enjoy using, the Lasting Liner collection is no different. 

This collection is great value for money as normally each pencil would usually be £14.00, in this kit you get these 10 shades for £42.48 that works out at £4.24 each! 

Treat someone this Christmas to the bareMinerals 10 Piece Day & Night Delights Lasting Line Collection is £42.48 from QVC UK here!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Gifts - Avon Luck for Her EDP

Avon Luck for Her Eau De Parfum
Choosing a fragrance for someone as a Christmas present is quite a tricky challenge, so I thought I'd share a few of my picks that would make great gifts starting with this one. Avon Luck for Her Eau De Parfum is a lovely sparkling fragrance that would seduce anyone, with notes of sparkling citrus, red berries blended with warm inviting sandalwood and creamy white florals to create a scent that will have the man in your life telling you how amazing you smell. Not only did my partner adore this scent on me, he said from a guy's point of view it was a lovely scent that definitely invites you in. But even my friends and a lady on the tube even asked what perfume as was wearing, it really is a scent that draws people in. They were all surprised when I said it was Avon Luck for Her, but pleasantly so as it meant they could put it on their lists and know it wouldn't break the bank. It is the type of perfume that works well from day to night, whether you wear it around the house to add a touch of glamour or to a evening party it will last for hours. The elegant packaging with it's bow topped bottle will look chic being pulled out of your handbag or left on a vanity table. 

Get someone you love a bottle this Christmas from Avon, price £9.00 here!

Christmas Gifts - L'Occitane Relaxing Lavender Collection

L'Occitane Relaxing Lavender Collection

L'Occitane always do great gift boxes for Christmas and this year my favourite has to be the Relaxing Lavender Collection. It can be a busy and stressful time for each of us and taking some time to pamper and relax is key to make it through the festive period. This set has everything you need to have a relaxing bathing experience, that is indulgent and soothing to the senses. The collection has been put together to include the perfect products to unwind with. In the collection you receive:
• 500ml Lavender Foaming Bath 
• 150g Lavender Lavender Scented Candle 
• 30ml Lavender Hand Cream 
• 35g Lavender Perfumed Sachet 
• 75ml Organic Lavender Body Lotion 
• 100g Lavender Bonne Mere Soap.
Take an evening to pour in some of the Lavender Foaming Bath to hot running water, light the candle and escape from the day for just a little time. Then you can make sure you are fully relaxed by massaging in the body lotion and hand cream. Take a few seconds to inhale the essential oils, it will really help to relax the mind as well as body. I am a bit picky with Lavender scents as more often than not they don't have a true lavender smell, but over the years I have always gone to L'Occitane for their lavender range. Come into my home and from the soaps to candles, I adore the range. 
Whether it's a gift for yourself (who says we can't treat ourselves too?) or a gift for someone you know who needs to de-stress and unwind, you can't go wrong with these products. Plus with the fabulous printed box, you can recycle afterwards and use it for storing other delicious goodies. 
Priced £45.00 from L'Occitane here

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Laura Geller Baked Blusher

Laura Geller is one of my favourite make-up brands right now and with each new product I try, I seem to find another product, shade, texture that I like. The baked blushers from Laura Geller have been the only blushers I have used for a couple of months now, the pigmentation pay off is brilliant and they glide on with a creamy feel so they are easy to blend and build up colour if you want. Much like the other baked products they start off their journey as a cream mousse and then are baked for 24 hours in Italy, the result is a baked powder that somehow doesn’t feel or look like a powder. Her baked range are renowned for being incredibly soft and creamy once applied to the skin, the Balance 'n' Brighten foundation is a dream. I find on me they last pretty well, I do top it up a little late afternoon but unless you were doing something in the evening I don’t think you would need too. So far I have 6 colours and I can see myself adding to this, these have to be in my top 3 favourite blushers. 

This colour is Lychee Rose and is £24.00 from QVC UK here!

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat

I have never had great nails, after using nail extensions as a young teen they never seemed to recover. We all have things we wished we could change and for me my nails were one of them. I have spent years buying every nail treatment out there that would claim to give you healthy strong nails and none seemed to ever really work. A couple of months ago I came across Perfect Formula on QVC and decided to give it a go. I wanted to test their claims of it being like "a suit of armor for your nails". And WOW! After just one coat the Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat had made my nails brighter, the tips whiter and felt a lot stronger. It gave my nails an instant strength and a pretty rosy pink tint. It certainly was an impressive start for the products claims, after a month of using Pink Gel Coat once a week under my nail colours my nails were finally starting to grow and become stronger. No longer did it seem I was repairing splits and breaks in my nails on a daily basis. 
Pink Gel Coat is formulated to fix any nail concern from thin nails, to soft & weak or dry & brittle nails, as well as disguising discolouration thanks to the pink tint. The protein rich gel really packs a punch for me, I haven't used another brand in months as in one bottle I have something that keeps my nails healthy and strong, whilst looking great even without colour on. Perfect Formula also have a range of coloured nail polishes which have the same great formula and benefits as the Pink Gel Coat, just with the added bonus of being a colour too, they are your treatment, base coat, colour and top coat all in one bottle. 
If you are hiding away your nails under extensions I cannot recommend Pink Gel Coat enough. I bought my first bottle from QVC who offer a 30 money back policy. My nails were greatly improved with 30 days so give it a go and if after a month it doesn't work for you at least you can get your money back,

If you want fabulous nails too grab a bottle from QVC UK here £25.50 for a duo of the Pink Gel Coat.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Stocking Filler Gifts - L'Occitane Magic Key

The  L'Occitane Magic Key is a perfect stocking filler gift for anyone who is a fan of L'Occitane hand creams. It makes a big difference in being able to squeeze every last bit of the cream from the brands famous metallic tubes. I certainly don't know why I haven't gotten one before now, you don't realise how much is left over in there without this magic key.

Priced at £6.00 for one, get it for someones stocking from L'Occitane here!

It is also part of another fantastic Christmas gift set from L'Occitane in their The Secret to Beautiful Hands set, which has a magic key, hand scrub, hand cream and cuticle oil.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Winter Handbag Essential - Lavender Purifying Hand Gel

Lavender Purifying Hand Gel is an essential for handbags in winter, with it being flu season it's important to keep your hands clean and germ free. This relaxing scent tube cleanses your hands without any need for water or soap.  I always carry around a tube it's convenient to be able to keep my hands clean and smelling nice anywhere, anytime.  Pop one in your handbag for any need to get clean hands on the go. Unlike some cheaper hand gels that leave my hands feels tight and dry this doesn't, they are left fresh and clean. Paired with one of my favourite L'Occitane hand creams, Lavender and Rose are my faves, my hands are in fab condition during these colder months. 

Priced at £8,00 for 50ml, you can purchase your own tube from L'Occitane here!