Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice

Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice

Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice

Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice


Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice




Having never tried any Illamasqua products before, I was extremely excited when I won the Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice, a gorgeous and vibrant fuchsia pink with a matte finish. As a huge fan of bright lipsticks, this was definitely a perfect match for me!

Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice is not for the faint hearted; it is very intense and highly pigmented and it needs to be paired with a good lip liner; this stops the lipstick from seeping into fine lines around my lips and mouth.

Staying power of Eurydice is absolutely unbelievable! On a recent (drunken!!!!) night out, I fell asleep in my makeup and awoke the next morning to find the Illamasqua lipstick still pretty much intact! At £19.50, it is definitely a pricier brand, but after trying my first ever Illamasqua product, I would certainly be happy to purchase some more products from them, especially if they’re as long lasting as this beautiful lipstick!

Laura xx

     

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee*

Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee

Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee

Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee

Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee

Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee


Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee

As a coffee addict, I love my Nespresso machine probably more than most of my makeup!!!! So when I was asked whether I would like to try some Beanies The Flavour Co. Instant Coffee* I absolutely jumped at the chance. Upon suggesting three flavours that I liked the sound of, I was over the moon when all three turned up for me to test.

With my crazy latte obsession, I do worry about the amount of calories I am drinking! But Beanies only contain 2 calories per cup (minus the milk which I do tend to like a lot of!). I took all three jars into my office for various colleague to try - including my boss who was intrigued by the gingerbread flavour. There were mixed reviews amongst the flavours, but obviously everyone has different tastes. 

First off, the chocolate orange flavour came at the top of my list. It was very strange; sort of like a hot chocolate type coffee with terry's chocolate orange infused into it! The coffee taste wasn't overly strong which was nice as it didn't overpower the chocolate orange flavour. I loved this one just with hot water and a drop of milk. Other's in my office were not as keen; it was a bit too sweet for them and too overpowering, but I love orange and often use orange essence in cakes and my date bars.

The vanilla was my next favourite and generally, a hit amongst everyone in my office. I especially loved this one as a latte which you can see on the photo above. I've also seen/read that this is great as a vanilla iced latte too. With the currently miserable weather, I haven't had chance to try this out yet.

The gingerbread was my least favourite; it reminded me of alcohol. To me, it tasted like a liqueur coffee! It was quite bitter and has a very strong aftertaste of gingerbread - the 'traditional' christmas gingerbread though. This however, was actually one of the favourites in my office, so it just goes to show how different people's tastes are. This is the one my manager and director decided to try and they were both huge fans of. Fortunately for them, I wasn't a fan so I let them drink the rest! 

I am really interested in trying out some of their other flavours, especially the cinder toffee and winter warmer. I'd also love to see some more flavours from them. Are you a fan of coffee, or flavoured coffee? What other flavours would you love to see?

Laura xx

     

Monday, 17 August 2015

Summer Lip Balm from Jack Black - Intense Therapy Shea Butter with SPF 25

Jack Black - Intense Therapy Shea Butter with SPF 25

I can't even recall where I read about the Jack Black Intense Therapy Shea Butter with SPF 25. Possibly a blog, a website, a magazine... I often read about products before quickly scrambling to place an order; typical beauty hoarder! And having heard so many horrific things about Carmex and Vaseline lately, I decided to invest in some new lip balms from Escentual.

This was the first lipbalm added to my basket, along with the famous Nuxe RĂªve de Miel Honey Lip Balm and Bioderma's Atoderm Moisturising Stick for Damaged and Dehydrated Lips. Actually aimed at men, this lip balm from Jack Black drew me in because of the SPF and that it helps protect against windburn, the sun and other extreme temperatures. My lips are super sensitive to change, so I was excited to test it out.

It is a clear, sort of non-glossy but thick balm. (I must take and upload a photo of the actual product! Naughty blogger...). Being a 'man's product' it doesn't have any real shine or colour to it. It does feel a little bit like vaseline on my lips, although stickier and a lot more nourishing. The scent is subtle and not overpowering which is perfect for me; I hate those fake cherry and mint lip balms.  

The moisturising effects are great, especially because it contains shea butter which is known for it's moisturisation properties. It has also helped to protect my lips from getting burnt because as a fair skinned lady, I have to be careful in the sun. It's not the cheapest of lip balms at £7.25 a tube, but I am impressed with the ingredients and results.

I am really looking forward to putting it to the test in winter, especially as my degree may involve some outside work and lectures. Plus, I love being outdoors. So far, I am really happy with my switch and have quickly thrown my beloved Carmex into a draw, replacing it with Jack Black! It's also lovely to smother on overnight as a deep treatment - I always wake up with super soft lips.

Laura xx


     

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Mini Blog Sale

I am having a small clear out and wondered whether any of the following items would interest any of my readers in the form of a mini blog sale.

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Tom Ford 06 Cheek Brush RRP £62, but it's just not a brush I manage to get on with *super sad face*. Used once with a peach blush. Will wash and sanitise before posting.
£45 posted.






Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects - Used around 3 times. £9 posted.



Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio - Brand New - £5 posted.




Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster - full size 15ml. See photo for usage. £10 posted. SOLD



Bioderma Sensibio Eye - BNIB. RRP £14. £7 posted.


Clarins Crayon Khol in Intense Green - Used once before I realised it's almost identical to a MAC one I own. RRP £17. £8 posted.




Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask 100ml. Used twice times. RRP £23. £12.00 posted.

Laura xx