Ginvera BB Cream

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Butter Wouldn't Melt: The Body Shop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

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I've had this little beauty in my stockpile for a month or so, and have been wanting to use it, butr forcing myself to finish other products first.

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The ULTIMATE in Lip Combinations!

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I just have to tell you all about my new ultimate lip combination. This is going to s super quick post, so I won't beat around the bush.

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Hair Heaven: Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review

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Hey everyone,
So I'm back from my New York adventures (I had an amazing time), and have a very exciting little review for you all. I received an email about the Paranormal collection from Illamasqua when I was in NY to say that being a pro member, I could buy the new collection 48 hours before general sale. So, when I got back to the UK- the first thing I did was go online and splash out! (I bought the Paranormal palette, the new gel liner, and the much hyped about Hydra Veil). I just can't help myself sometimes!
The Hydra Veil was the item I was most excited to use, so I have been road testing it for a few weeks and I can say it is seriously wonderful. Firstly, the jar looks so luxurious, and a lot more expensive looking than the £27.00 price tag. It simply has the Illamasqua name on the front, and product name on the bottom- no cluttering up with other unnecessary info. The ingredients list comes in the box if needed.

The inside of the lid has rubber seal, so it keeps the product from drying out, and for an extra measure it has a stopper on the lid as this product would dry out in no time if left undone. Another handy thing, is the scoop which clicks onto the top of the lid. Firstly, absolutely brilliant for travelling but also so you get the right amount of product and don't go over kill, and waste it.
Now let's get down to business.
The texture of the product is like nothing I have seen before in makeup or as far as primers go. When scooping out, it has a jelly like consistency, and then when rubbed in with the fingers, it goes on like a serum. It is pleasant smelling product, without too much of scent- just fresh so it doesn't over power anything you may wear on top of it, or affect a perfume etc. After a few minutes, it returns to it's original state like new. So for those who are worried they will mess it up- don't panic! I guess I'm just easily pleased as this fascinates me so much!
Back to normal!
The product doesn't claim to have any other skin benefits other than to hydrate the skin and give you a flawless base for makeup. When I was testing out Hydra Veil, I decided to wear it under foundation just after I had cleansed. This gave a really lovely long lasting finish to my makeup too. This is perfect for dry and hydrated skin, and I think for more mature skins it would give a super smooth flawless finish. I have combination skin and felt this really performed well and made my skin feel really soft.
I don't doubt that this product will last a long time, as a little goes a long way. It is definitely worth the hype it is getting  and will definitely be in my makeup collection for long time to come.
Once again, Illamasqua hit the nail on the head with innovative ideas and products.
Have you tried Hydra Veil yet? What are your favourite Illamasqua products?
Available from all Illamasqua concessions and www.illamasqua.com  for £27.00
A x

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A La Carte Outliner Review

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Hey Everyone,
 
A few months ago I was invited along to the A La Carte London store for a gander and to try some of their products. I have had heard of the brand before but never tried any of their goodies.
 
All of A La Carte makeup is made in London - which is a rarity nowadays and something to be very proud of. The creator herself Lynne Sanders still works in the lab today creating the makeup that sells in the little boutique in Knightsbridge.
 
The layout of the shop is very simple, with window seats, and a long counter with mirrors so you can try before you buy. The assistant in the shop was very helpful if I wanted to ask any questions, but for the most part just left me to try whatever I wanted.
 
The beauties that caught my eye were without a doubt the Outliners. With the most gorgeous pigment and staying power- these are definitely a more sophisticated version of the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo cream shadows.
 
They are quite a hard product, but there is no need to dig straight in with a brush as a little goes a long way. I definitely recommend using a synthetic brush to apply these gems and also to blend out with (Real Techniques brush without a doubt are amazing when using these).
 
The colours which I couldn't resist were:
 
Dragonfly*: Beautiful aqua/ turquoise that reminds me a tropical seas and holidays. It also has a yellow/gold/green undertone. Think The Little Mermaid.
 
Juniper*: Dark brown with gold/green shimmer. This is a colour I wouldn't usually wear, but I think it's perfect for Christmas and if you wanted a not too dramatic smoky eye without going full on black.
 
Meteor*: Brown with purple/gold undertones. The photos do not do this justice. Such a gorgeous colour for every day use on its own. Again, I think this is a great colour for A/W and a subtle sparkle adds a bit of va va voom.
 
Treacle*: Warm toned yellow gold with a hint of light brown. Definitely a wonderful and fitting name for this product. Perfect for use a base for shadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.
 
 
 
 Top to Bottom: Dragonfly, Juniper, Meteor and Treacle



With Flash
 
Without Flash
 
These colours all blend seamlessly and the pay off is purely stunning. I'm not sure whether the price tag of £25.00 is very purse friendly. I think there is a lot to be taken into account such as the fact everything is made in small batches in London (apart from the eyeliners which I'm told are not made in the UK), it's quite an exclusive brand, and with the Knightsbridge boutique its definitely aimed at people with bigger budgets.
 
The only thing I feel lets A La Carte down, is their catalogue which seems very dated and their packaging is not amazing. These liners come in jars like the MAC Paint Pots with silver cap which is fine, but other products like a palettes are plastic silver, with foam inserts and with a price tag of roughly £56 for 4 shadows, or larger compacts can reach £168 with just 12 shadows £18 per 1.5g shadow - I find it a bit lack lustre. It such a shame as they are on point with everything else.
 
These are without a doubt the pick of the bunch.
 
Have you tried any A La Carte products? Let me know your thoughts!
 
A xx
 
 
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Lip Lusting: L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire by Color Riche

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As I was looking around for new bits in Boots, I came across this little lovely. My boyfriend chose the shade I couldn't decide- The fact that I love Fushia and I am a little quite a bit dramatic totally fits with the Fuschia Drama name.

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L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash

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Mini Rave: Balance Me- Balancing Face Moisturiser

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Rimmel Apocalips Review

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Hey everyone,
I hope you have all enjoyed a very relaxing Christmas and New Year and are all set for the year ahead.
The new year is starting off with a big bang in the beauty world with the introduction of Rimmels new Apocalips lip lacquers. A cross between a lipstick and gloss (yes, I know there's a few about!) these are non sticky and long lasting. They have a lovely finish on them, a hint of gloss and won't dry your lips out. They are not on a stain formula (like YSL glossy stains) but they do have a luxurious feel about them and think the packaging and price point are top notch. The gloss is not sticky and won't get stuck to your hair on a windy day (nightmare!) but gives a lovely shine, and after while dries a little matte (which I think is lovely). I only have 'Apocaliptic' but cannot wait to try Stellar and Big Bang. I'm not the biggest fan of nude lipsticks- it's brights all the way with me! And you can NEVER have enough red and pink in your lippie collection!
As you'll see in the pictures, there is a really even coverage and high pigmentation. Sometimes with drier lips, it can be patchy in the dry areas. This is quite a hydrating formula aswell, and unlike a lot of long wearing lipsticks they won't dry them out. Even after eating the colour was still on too, the staying power is fab.

Another ingenius thing is the well in the doe foot applicator. It gives you the perfect amount of products for application so you don't get it all over the place. The packaging is simple, stylish and they're easy to sling in your bag as they really light so won't weigh your makeup bag down.



Prices for these beauties are £5.99 and will be in stores from 23rd January 2013.
Are you excited about these products?
A x
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Maybelline Baby Lips Review

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