Monday, 28 July 2014

Love Me Beauty Box July 2014

Another month means the arrival of a new Love Me Beauty Box - very exciting! After some ummming and ahhhing about which menu to choose, I eventually decided to go for Menu 2, which contains the following...

Swatches - Top to Bottom: Ofra Eyeshadow, So Susan Dual Brow Powder, Ofra Liquid Lipstick
Lashem Lash Enhancing Serum 2ml (sample size, worth £22.86)
Give your natural lashes a chance to make an appearance with this lash enhancing serum that nourishes and conditions. Results have found longer looking lashes within 2 weeks.

I can't believe how much this tiny sample is worth! I'm hoping that means it's a high quality product that delivers on its promises. The lashes on my left eye seem to be a lot weaker and as a result more sparse, so I'm looking forward to trying this.

Ofra Pressed Eyeshadow in "Bliss" (full size, worth £8.80)
From the "Diamonds are Forever" palette collection, it has a vibrant shimmer colour that makes eyes sparkle like diamonds! 

I haven't heard of this brand before and a quick google shows they're based in America. I love this shade - it reminds me of MAC All That Glitters, but more metallic, so it's right up my street. I also love how the eyeshadow pops up to review a little mirror underneath.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in "Hollywood" (full size, worth £11.60)
As well as being creamy and soft in texture, this liquid lipstick is moisturising on the lips and creates a long lasting lipstick effect for up to five hours.

Hollywood is a stunning vibrant fuschia pink, which has a creamy formula and dries to a matt finish. The colour is way too bright for me though, so I will passing it onto a friend.

So Susan Flutter Mascara (full size, worth £14.95)
This intense carbon black mascara is formulated with hyaluronic spheres to help you achieve the darkest, curviest lashes possible.

This is another new brand to me, which also appears to be USA based. I adore the gold packaging of this mascara with the little hummingbird sketch on the lid. Having the curviest lashes possible sounds pretty fantastic to me, so can't wait to try this product.

So Susan Dual Brow Powder (full size, worth £11.95)
Create perfectly defined brows with this smudge proof, dual shade compact. Infused with Aloe Extract and Carrot Seed Oil to nourish and rejuvenate the sensitive skin around the eyes.

Again I love the packaging of this compact, which comes complete with a mirror in the lid and a mini angled brow brush. I think the lighter shade is a little too orange toned for my brows, however I will be giving the darker colour a try.

The Teashed 4am Tea - Pack of 20 Whole Leaf White Tea Silky Pyramid Teabags (worth £3.50)
A white tea, which is naturally low in caffeine, meaning that if you drink it at 4am you will still be able to sleep. It is also reputed to be great for your skin and full of anti-oxidants.

A tea that I can drink at any time of the day that's good for my skin? Yes please! I adore tea, so although some people won't want to see this in a beauty box, I'm really pleased to have this.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion 200ml (full size, worth £15.95)
The embracing, intensively caring lotion energises the body, mind and spirit and leaves behind a skin that feels strengthened and protected. It contains pure plant oils derived from sun-ripened seeds and fruits, which are full of energy and active ingredients.

Apparently this is a bonus product with the first 400 boxes ordered, which is such so generous! I'm getting a little better with using body lotion and I love how it contains lots of natural ingredients, so I will make sure I nourish my body with this!

This box costs £10.00 plus postage yet is worth a whopping £89.61!!! Even without the bonus product there is still a huge amount of value to this box and it's great way to try some overseas brands, so I highly recommend seeing if you can get your hands on one. Click here to go to the Love Me Beauty website.

What do you think of this month's Love Me Beauty Box?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review and Swatches: Rodial Glamsticks in Psycho, Blow and Revenge

I was a little late to the tinted lip butter party back when Revlon launched their popular range, however when I did join, I loved having a product that combined the hydrating qualities of a balm and the pigmentation of a lipstick. Therefore I had a high hopes when I tried the Rodial Glamsticks, which are described as "nourishing, tinted lip butters enriched with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter to hydrate and protect, and infused with a light coconut flavour". They also contain hyaluronic acid spheres to provide a plumping effect. I have the shades Psycho (a light, pink toned red), Blow (a bright, lilac toned pink) and Revenge (a dusky pink).

Top to Bottom: Psycho, Blow, Revenge

The Rodial Glamsticks come in gorgeous packaging - clear, square and very modern. The lip butters twist up out of their silver bullets with rounded ends, which I much prefer as it means you don't have to wear down a square or diagonal end to make them more comfortable to apply. I'm really impressed with the formula of these - they're soft, creamy and moisturising on the lips. There is also a noticeable plumping effect when applied, although to be honest it's not really something I look to achieve from lip products. All the colours are very pigmented, meaning that you only need to swipe the Glamsticks once across the lips for a subtly glossy sheen of beautiful colour. My personal favourite is Revenge, which is a very "me" colour and seems to suit my pale skin down to the ground.

Being more of a balm formula, the weartime isn't very long - the colour lasts 1-2 hours at most, especially if eating and/or drinking. However I've loved using these and have been reaching for them on an almost daily basis. To add the Rodial Glamsticks to your collection won't come cheap - they're £25.00 each, so are very much a high end purchase. It's personally more than I would like to spend on a lip product, but I can't deny that these are just lovely. If a plumping effect is one of the key things you look for then the Rodial Glamsticks will be a worthwhile investment, as this is not something the cheaper Revlon lip butters will provide.

You can check out the full range of the Glamsticks on the Rodial website here. 

Are you a fan of tinted lip butters? Would you splurge on a Rodial Glamstick for your collection?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains PR samples. This does not affect my opinion of the products.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

5 Budget Concealers From The High Street Under £10.00

I absolutely love concealer and am always on the hunt for the next best one to cover my darkening circles and my seemingly never-ending cycle of spots and scars. I am partial to a bargain from the high street (I blame the Boots 3 for 2) and am starting to grow a little collection, which I thought I'd share with you today - all of which are from the high street and will give you change from a tenner.

The Highlighting One - L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer - £8.49
Often touted as a dupe for YSL Touche Eclat, this is the one to use to brighten any darkness round the eyes or highlight areas like the cupid's bow and brow bone. I personally use it just on my dark circles to help me look more awake. The thin formula makes it ideal for layering either under or over a heavier duty concealer, as well as any touch ups throughout the day. I pay special attention to the inner corner of my eye and directly under the lashline, as I find these are my darkest spots.

The Heavy Duty One for Eyes - Seventeen Phwoarr Paint - £5.49
This cream concealer is designed to "wage war" under the eyes and with its thick formula and orange tone (to counteract the blue tones in dark circles), it really does the job. It reminds me a bit of Benefit's Boi-ing concealer in these respects, plus they both come in a little round pot - although the Seventeen one has the added extra of a mirror in the lid. The formula isn't great on dry skin though and really accentuates it - so use a good eye cream or primer first!

The Light Duty One for Eyes - Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream - £7.99
Bourjois' CC Eye Cream combines the hydrating qualities of an eye cream and illuminating and camoflaging of a concealer. It has the creamiest, most hydrating formula I've tried but is quite light, which gives a really natural finish, making it in my opinion an ideal concealer for summer. This does mean it isn't the most heavy duty coverage wise, so for extra dark circles a highlighting or correcting concealer is needed too. It also has a unique silicone applicator, which makes it easy to apply and the formula blends like a dream.

The Conceal-It-All One - Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.19
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a blogger favourite and was an obvious choice to include in this post as it's great for concealing everything! I think this is due to the formula - thick and creamy, it provides fantastic high coverage for spots and dark circles but blends with ease. I tend to use this mostly for concealing those really red, angry spots, as nothing else gives me the same coverage.

The Favourite One - Seventeen 18 Hour Stay Time Concealer - £4.49
As you can tell from the title, this is my favourite budget, high street concealer of all the ones I own. It's quite comparable to the Collection Lasting Perfection, apart from the formula is a little thinner. This means it doesn't provide quite as much coverage, but it's still great for both spots and dark circles, it just gives a slightly more natural finish. The shade I use (Extra Fair) is also the best shade match I've found for my pale skin so is easier to blend - the Collection version in the lightest shade is a little more orange toned.

What are your favourite budget, high street concealers? Are there any others that you'd recommend I try?

Beauty Bird xx


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Summer Evening Pamper

Now it's summer, my evening pamper routine has changed. Instead of soaking in a hot bath of bubbles with a face mask, it's all about a lukewarm shower and sorting out the skin on my body.

Once I'm in the shower, after cleansing it's all about the scrubs! I'm trying to work my way through my big stash and the one I'm currently using is The Body Shop Chocomania Body Scrub. It has a sweet, chocolate scent and the grains are small and concentrated, so you get a decent exfoliate (I hate body scrubs that are too soft and sparse - I like them really scrubby). This preps my skin for my gradual tanning lotion later. I'll then sit on the edge of the bath and give my feet a good scrub too using the Organic Surge Gardeners Hand Scrub*, which isn't just for hands! My feet get really dry and horrible in the summer and with it's olive stones, I feel like this scrub really gets into the contours of my feet.

If I'm washing my hair I'll pop on the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, which is just the best hair mask ever. My coloured hair can easily go dry and frizzy in the warm weather and this product makes me feel like I've had my hair washed at a salon. It leaves my hair feeling nourished and soft, plus it smells amazing! Macadamia products aren't cheap, but I picked up this 250ml tub from Beauty Bay on sale at around 25% off. (Note - the sale is still on so pick one up while you can!)

Out of the shower I apply the Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion Sun-Kissed Look in Light on my body (not my face), which is basically a gradual tanning moisturiser. I don't use this every day, but about 3 times a week just to take the edge off my pasty skin - especially my legs! It's builds up a lovely, subtle colour very gradually, so it looks nice and natural. The apricot scent is lush too!

Finally, it's all about getting some colour on my nails - both my toes and hands. I love my pastels but I love my brights too, so I just go with whatever I feel like at the time. Some of the polishes I love for summer especially are the Rimmel Salon Pro in Cocktail Passion and Peppermint, Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Color on Uptown Blue, Barry M Peach Melba and anything from the Models Own Fruit Pastel range.

Do you change your pamper routine for summer? What products do you use for a summer evening pamper?

Beauty Bird xx


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Review: Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora

You know when you hear a LOT about a brand you've personally never tried, then get really excited when you finally own a product from that brand? Well this is what happened with the Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora - my first ever Illamasqua product!! When I opened up the package I did take a moment to admire the quirky, black packaging so synonymous with Illamasqua before getting to the highlighter inside.

The Gleam Highlighter is a cream highlighter containing "lustrous pearl pigments" to create a light reflecting glow on the cheekbones, browbones, cupids bow and inner corners of the eyes. The shade Aurora is described as an iridescent champagne (there is also a Supernatural shade, which is described as a warm bronze). Whichever shade you buy, the Gleam Highlighter costs £20.00.

This is one of those products that you almost don't want to use as it's just looks so pretty in the compact. The champagne shade leans more towards gold than nude, however the gold tone is more subtle once blended, leaving a light glow with some very fine shimmer. Although solid in the packaging, when you apply the formula it is so creamy that it is a dream to apply and blend with fingers, though it does dry quickly so I wouldn't recommend being hasty with blending this one! I tend to use it just on my cheekbones to bring some radiance to that area of my face. In terms of wear time, the Gleam Highlighter begins to fade after about 5 hours, which isn't much different to what I get from my No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter. I have only ever used two highlighters so I don't know whether this is an average sort of wear time, but of course my oily/combo skin may play a part in this. 

All in all, the Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora is a beautiful, good quality glow-giver. For the price it would be nice to have a longer wear time, but you get a good amount of product in the compact and I don't use much, so it should last for ages. You can find the Gleam Highlighter on the Illamasqua website here.

Have you tried the Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora? Which Illamasqua products do you love?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.