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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Rimmel Provocalips

Now I am a girl who loves a long staying lip product. I hate reapplying, and dislike having to worry if I have lipstick all over my face. Enter Rimmel Provocalips, the more long lasting cousin to the Apocalips.

Firstly, I have to admit I wasn't that big a fan of the Apocalips. For me, the colour didn't last long enough, they tended to bleed, and somehow they always seemed to end up on my teeth.

The Provocalips on the other hand, last through eating, drinking, (and yes they even live up to their 'kiss proof' claim).  With these ones you apply the colour, let it dry, then apply a clear gloss that locks in the colour and adds shine. I don't really like having to faff around with multiple steps, but the fact that this extra step allows the product to last for hours more, is enough for me to let it slide.

I have a few problems though... As a matte lip lover, the glossiness of these (especially with the bright colour -Little Minx - that I chose) was slightly off putting. Also the gloss layer is also quite sticky throughout the day. And as other bloggers have mentioned, these are hard to get off your lips at the end of the day, (but I guess that's what you expect with a supposed 16 hour formula).

The shade range of these is quite good, with a few nudes, a few pinks, and a few reds. I'd definitely be interested to try more, because even though there are a few small problems, the lasting power has definitely won me over.

Have you tried these? Which shade should I try next?

Beth. x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Topshop Concealer Palette

I ordered the Topshop Concealer Palette on a whim, as a way of avoiding the ridiculous shipping costs on the website... I was glad I made this decision, because I have been quite impressed with it!

I hadn't really tried any Topshop cosmetics until this palette, but I've heard so many good things, and I was not disappointed.

The palette comes in compact, silver mirror-like packaging, which looks pretty to begin with... But does get fingerprints and scratches on it easily.  However the product inside the packaging is really good. There are four sections in the palette, (which come with handy instructions of how to use them).

The first section is a colour correcting concealer, which you layer under the other two concealers, depending on what tones you wish to conceal. As a colour correcter it works really well, however it's not as creamy as I would like.

The second section is an under eye concealer. It's slightly lighter than the other highlighter, to allow for highlighting.  It's quite creamy, and conceals under the eye quite well without the colour correcter. I found that if I layered the colour correcter and the concealer, things got a bit cakey, and creased very easily, but that could just be my sleep-deprived skin. It works to conceal and correct colour just by itself; it does crease a bit, but again, I think I have more bags/creases under my eye than the normal person.

The third section is a blemish concealer.  It's slightly darker than the under eye concealer, but just as creamy.  It covers blemishes really well, and if your foundation rubs off during the day, it doesn't look too bad blended out to fix patchy bits either!

The fourth section is a setting powder, which is a handy addition to have when you're on the go.

The sponge applicator that comes with the palette I found wasn't useful for application of any of the products in the compact. I found it much easier to apply and blend the concealers with my finger and use a small fluffy brush to apply the setting powder.

Overall, a really good concealer palette, that is perfect and compact to take on the go. At about $22 Australian, it's fairly reasonably priced, so definitely worth a look!

Have you tried and Topshop make-up? What should I try next?

Beth. x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Zoella Beauty

Zoella is one of the biggest YouTube commodities around at the moment, with more than 5 million subscribers, this fun-loving, girl-next-door reaches people from all over the world. Like many other vloggers, Zoe has ventured into the land of merchandising, releasing her own range of bath and body products, (aptly named Zoella Beauty), and it has been going from strength to strength, which isn't surprising with her millions of fans (including myself) wanting to get their hands on these beautiful products.

Now to the products... The Zoella Beauty range is available in Superdrug in the UK, and FeelUnique (for us overseas beauty lovers). The packaging of all of the products is beautiful, (and very much fitting with the Zoella brand), and very affordable too! (All of the products are less than $18 AUD).

I picked up the Zoella Beauty Eyes Beauty Bag, the Fizz Bar, the Soak Opera Bath Soak and Shower Cream and the Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion. I also desperately wanted to try the body mist, but sadly it can't be shipped overseas.

My favourite product out of the lot is the Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion. First of all, the name is incredibly cute, but the product itself is really good too! The smell is to die for, and it sinks into the skin really quickly, moisturises well, and doesn't leave any stickiness at all.

The beauty bag has just enough space for all the beauty/skin products you'll need for a night away, and can fit make-up brushes too, (if you don't have too much other stuff in there).

The fizz bar, does what is says on the package and fizzes away. It leaves the water in your bath nice and silky, but doesn't add any colour or bubbles... It does smell glorious though! (Just like the body lotion and the bath cream).

I always use the fizz bar with the bath soak, as the bath soak adds bubbles into the mix. Again, this product smells glorious, in a subtle, girly way, that doesn't overpower you.  The only problem is that the bubbles don't last that long, (but if you're just having a relatively quick bath, then you won't have a problem).

Overall, I really enjoy the range, and I'm looking forward to new additions in the future! It's well worth a look, if you want to pamper yourself.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Beth. x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Lush festive loving.

Normally I'm not that big a Lush fan... I have super, super sensitive skin, so a lot of the products don't agree with me.  However, at Christmas time I can't resist popping into a Lush store to pick up a few (or many) of the festive bath bombs! Bath bombs don't seem to upset my skin (yay!), and the Christmassy scents make me incredibly happy.

This year I picked up four different types of bath bombs to try out.

First of all I got "Cinders." This one is my all time favourite Lush bath bomb, and I bought three of these, so it will hopefully last me a while! This bath bomb smells like cinnamon, and has popping candy in it, to make your bath fizz.

Next I picked up the "Luxury Lush Pud" bath bomb. This one looks amazing both on your shelf and in your bath. It smells like lavender and ylang ylang, and is supposed to be super calming.

Another one from the festive range, "Dashing Santa" made it into my basket.  This one is the cutest of the bunch, and smells like citrus.

And finally I picked up the "Honey Bee" bath bomb. This one has a yellow and grey stripe, (hence the name), and smells like honey or caramel. It also contains Moroccan rhassoul mud to deep cleanse and soften your skin, so you get a spa-like treatment for a fraction of the cost! 

Have you tried any of Lush's festive range? What is your favourite?

Beth. x