Thursday, 21 March 2013

L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash Review

Another review and this time it's lip gloss/stain! 

THE dupe for YSL's glossy stains! Now, i don't own a YSL glossy stain and in fact i don't own any YSL products which is slightly shameful i feel but it's not really in my price range! And...when the drugstore brands are bringing out dupes at 1/4 of the price, i feel it's slightly justifiable!  So... i popped down to my local Superdrug (I feel like they know and recognise me now because i go in there so often!) and browsed through the somewhat small collection of the L'Oreal Stains.  There weren't really any colours that made me go wow but i liked 103 Marilyn which is a pink...not that i needed another pink lip product but i bought it just so i could review it for this blog! :) 

In the tube (?) it looks quite a bright block pink but when applied to the lips it is quite subtle and would need a few layers for it too look like it does in the tube.  

When i first applied it, it was quite watery and cold which is something i had never experienced before when using a lip product so it was a bit strange for me.  There was barely any colour there and i think it meant to be a product that you build up depending on how much gloss and colour you want. 

One layer

I have to say my first impression wasn't great but i kept going with it.  After applying two more layers, waiting in between each application until dry, i was much happier with it! The colour was nice and very wearable for a day-to-day basis.  

Two layers

I really liked the packaging.  It comes in a sophisticated rose gold tube and looks expensive.  I like the shape because it is different from any of the other lip products i own! Thumps up to the L'Oreal brand and packaging team!  

Overall, I do like the product.  However, it has made me want to try the YSL version even more just so i can compare the two! 

L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash £7.99

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Sarah xxx

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

First Impression | Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

I was on the market for a drugstore foundation because i usually tend to buy more expensive foundations just because i think it is the most important part of your make-up and I want to make sure i am getting the best i can (which usually means forking out a some of money!).  Well, i wanted to see what the drugstores had to offer and see how they compare.  I picked up the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation because i've read a few good reviews and it looked like it would suit my skin type.

I thought that it would be a nice idea to do a 'First Impression' blog post and may continue to make these posts as a series as i quite like the idea that I try it and then you read it and sort of try it at the same time.  We are both experiencing something new (I dunno where i'm going with this but just go with it!)  

Anyway enough with the rambling and onto the F.I review!

I chose the lightest colour - 100 Ivory because it matched my skin the best - TOP TIP - always test on the face in drugstores and not on back of hand when choosing a foundation!

First Impression - I am writing this just after applying the foundation....

The foundation is said to 'visibly reawaken and illuminate skin with a radiant glow and a flawless natural-looking finish'.  It has anti-fatigue properties and is said to moisturise.  I think this is a fabulous summary of the foundation! The foundation applies and blends lovely and has a really pleasant floral scent to it.  I had no problems with any allergic reaction which can happen when i use cheaper products! (Such fussy skin!) It is not a thick foundation, probably a medium coverage.  You don't need a lot of the product to cover the whole face which adds to the value for money aspect!

It comes in a nice and sturdy glass bottle (makes it feel more expensive!) and YES! a pump, albeit a cruddy cheap plastic pump but a pump nonetheless.  I think it is the first drugstore foundation I've seen with a pump! Rimmel: Vive la revolution! :) I like the packaging, with a bright orange lid, it stands out on my dressing table! 

I also bought the matching concealer which i have also heard good things about and liked that just as much! :-)

Overall and on a first impression, i am really happy with this foundation and will very happily use it again!  Thank you Rimmel for making me believe that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good quality products! :)

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer £5.49
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Sarah xxx

P.S. Sorry if i said drugstore loads of times....i couldn't think of a British equivalent for the word! :) And...sorry for the state of my nails in some of the photos! :(

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Radiance) Review

Review Time!

I bought Laura's secrets volume 4 from Harrods a couple of months ago because i had a gift voucher! The kit came with a foundation primer, a tinted moisturiser, the bonne mine trio and bronzing pressed powder.  I mainly bought it for the primer! I have been using it for a time now so thought i would do a review!

This is the primer on its own - aka no foundation on top of it.
You could wear this on its own.  It does give a nice glow to the face so it's possible!  It acts as a primer so maximises the length of time your make-up stays on for.

Primer on its own
Looking a bit pale here!

The pictures below are with Dr Jart+ Regenerating BB cream, a bit of mascara and a bit of eye shadow and blush.

It really does help to create a flawless finish which i am sure everybody looks for!

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Sarah xxx

Sunday, 17 March 2013


Products I've Used Up!

Here they are in all their 'very difficult to balance' glory!

I'm going to list them and do a mini-review of each product!

1. Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover 

So, this product claims that it removes nail polish in one second.  This is not the case.  It is more like 'wiggle your finger around for 7-10 seconds' kind of time!  Nevertheless , it does make removing nail polish a lot easier.  I can't say i am a big fan of the smell but it's not worse than any other nail polish remover i've tried.  I haven't repurchased it simply because it's expensive for a nail varnish remover and i have a couple to use up around the house.

2.  Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for dry/sensitive skin

It is a good moisturiser, not a 'wow i am going to use this for the rest of my life moisturiser!'  I like the texture and found that using at night worked better than in the day because it is quite thick and takes a bit of time to absorb into the skin. As the title says, i've used it all up but probably won't repurchase. 

3. Soap and Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub

I really like this body scrub.  It's not too abrasive on the skin so is suitable for my sensitive skin.  It turns into a foam when you rub in which is different.  It makes my skin nice and smooth and i like the smell - so overall, Soap and Glory have done well again! :)

4. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer

I bought this in the colour 010 Ivory which is a really good match for my skin.  It is a concealer and highlighter in one. I really liked this product.  It applied and blended nicely so ticked the boxes! It is also a lot less drying than Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection concealer which is something i don't like about it. I do find however, that it needs re-applying quite often or a lot of powder to set it! 
I will definitely repurchase this though!

5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

This is becoming my 'holy grail' product.  I can't say hardly any bad things about it! I use it at night because i find that when i apply make-up, particularly when blending foundation, it comes off as if my skin is peeling (how lovely!) and just looks awful, so i use it at night!  When i wake-up in the morning, any blemishes or spots are reduced, at least the redness, which is amazing i think! It is a bit like a creamy serum.  I has quite a strong smell so i was a bit worried for my poor sensitive skin but no problems at all, apart from when i had a cold and the area around my nose was sore and i applied this on top of it and it started stinging really badly! Whoops! Anyway, i have already repurchased it! :)

6. Bumble and Bumble Straight Shampoo and Conditioner

I received this for Christmas and have only just finished them (still have some conditioner left but i am sure i will use it up!) so they've lasted really well.  I really enjoyed using this pair.  Loved the smell, it wasn't too thick, didn't leave my hair greasy or feeling heavy and left my hair nice and soft! I wouldn't say it made my hair straighter but i don't have curly or majorly frizzy hair! Would definitely consider buying more B&B products if they weren't so expensive!

7. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I've said this before and i'll say it again- one of the best cleanser's in the world! I love this cleanser! It's so gentle and soothing yet takes off make-up so easily! Love the smell, the creamy formula and the muslin cloths that come with it! I've repurchased it for my sister to try but i decided to go over to the dark side and try the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm (which i am very much enjoying!).  Cannot recommend this product enough!

8.  Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette

This is my favourite perfume ever! I love the fresh, florally scent.  It has become 'my scent' - (so strange) - but anyone who knows me would recognise me and associate me with the smell of this perfume! I think i am on my 4th bottle of the stuff! Unfortunately, it has gone up in price considerably since the last time i bought it - probably about 6 months ago...where it was about £40 and now for 100ml, £72!!! I very kindly asked my mum to pick up a bottle at the airport where it is cheaper - i think she got it for £60! But still, very expensive!! I don't think i can go without it!!

So there they are...the products i have used up recently!

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Sarah xxx

Sunday, 3 March 2013


Sunday should be renamed Nailday!

So here it is, today's NOTD:

I filed, buffed etc. Then applied a base coat (Essie Grow Stronger).  Then i put two coats of Essie 'Lilacism' on the nail! It's a pastel purple.  It's a bit summery but i don't care! :) I have rediscovered my love for Seche Vite again so am using this all the time! Will put another coat of Seche Vite on in two days!

Thanks for reading! Have a nice Sunday! I am looking forward to a lovely roast! :)

Blog soon!

Sarah xxx