EnvyDerm Lip Treatment & Plumper

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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I hate my thin lips and love trying new products, so when I was asked if I wanted to try the Envyderm lip treatment and plumper combo obvsies I said yes. I'd heard about their eyelash conditioning serum before but didn't know they'd created a conditioning wonder for the lips!

The Intense Lip Renewal Therapy claims to reduce fine lines around the lips, boost fullness, and give you a lovely soft pout. I've been using the lush lip scrub before applying this at nighttime, although it can also be worn under your lipstick or lipgloss. I have actually noticed a difference but to be honest I wasn't taking care of my lips at all beforehand, so I don't know whether to put it down to the product or the fact I'm being a bit more generous with my lip tlc. Either way I'm less chapped nowadays and can actually wear a matte lipstick without it looking all gross and crusty. Oh and it smells gorgeous, sort of coconutty and sweet. It's not the cheapest of products at £28.95, but maybe one to add to your christmas list if your lips are as shoddy as mine.

The Volumising Plumper Lipgloss is definitely my favourite of the two products, probably because I'm impatient and can see results straight away with this. It contains capsaicin, an ingredient found in hot peppers,  which gives your lips a slight irritation and causes them to plump. Sounds scary but it's really more of a tingle than a burn!
It has quite a sticky consistency so will stay put for ages, plus it smells all fresh and minty which is nice and refreshing (if a lipgloss can be refreshing!) on a morning.  There are nine colours to chose from as well as a clear gloss if you're a neutral kind of gal, mine's in "Lola Shimmer" which is a really subtle rosy pink shade, perfect for every day wear. As lip plumpers go it leans towards the higher end price wise at £18.95, but I did notice more of a difference with this than the soap and glory version, so the extra £8.00 is worth it in my opinion!

If you like what you see, you can use the code ENVYBLOG which will give you free delivery on the Jica website until the 30th November.

Waterproof Eye Makeup

Saturday, 15 November 2014

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I know this is probably more of a summer post as the first thing I think of when it comes to waterproof makeup is the beach, a pool, or a holiday in general. But after the treacherous walk to my office today in the middle of a downpour resulted in zombie makeup, I thought I'd go through the waterproof makeup in my collection.

The Good

Benefit They're Real push up liner - I've already done a full review of this little miracle (who hasn't?) but as waterproof eyeliners go, this is incredible. Water won't make it budge, eye makeup remover won't make it budge, nothing short of scouring your own skin (gross) will make it go away. Before you apply this you need to know it's sticking around for the long haul. Perfect for rainy days and days spent by/in the pool. Slight downside to this is that if you go wrong there's no going back, and it's quite easy to make mistakes until you get the hang of the rubber nib.

Mac Liquidlast liner - This is a typical old school style liquid liner and one you need a steady hand for. But once applied it isn't going to run, smudge, or flake. I used this everyday in Mexico and it fought humidity and sea water well. It also made me look better in underwater selfies...yes I am that vain.

The Not-so Good

Benefit BADgal waterproof liner - As much as I love Benefit, I just can't really see what makes this different to my (much cheaper) rimmel kohl eyeliner. It's not that black and it's not that waterproof, in fact it has trouble sticking around during a dry day at the office. It has a sponge tip on one end which is supposed to give you a simple smoky eye, I don't know if I'm applying it completely wrong but instead it gives me a smudgy black eye. In my opinion it's deffs not worth the £15.50 price tag.

Maybelline The Rocket volum express mascara - This doesn't seem to be waterproof? I haven't read the fine print so maybe it's only supposed to be "splash proof", but I wore this on holiday, jumped in the pool, and nothing was left. Not even smudges. It just all came off completely. The brush is a bit bulky with the bristles too close together which does nothing for my lashes,  they don't look longer or thicker at all. To be honest I'm not too sure why I'm still hanging on to it!

Do you have any recommendations for some heavy duty waterproof makeup? I've been peering online and Tarte Cosmetics has a Lights, Camera, Splashes waterproof mascara which I'm tempted to try.

I'm bouncing off the walls again

Sunday, 9 November 2014

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Floral Trousers: Newlook
Shirt: Newlook
Boots: Vagabond
Bag: Michael Kors (for some reason the Grey is £55 off here)

After I'd taken these photos and was sat in my living room all wrapped up in Tom's dressing gown (yes I wear it over my clothes), I realised my button was undone in every single photo. It's the only downside to these gloriously comfortable trousers and one which will no doubt cause embarrassment in the future, the button is sort of back to front in order to keep it hidden but it pops out all the time. Sigh. I do love the print though, and the fake silky material makes it feel like you're wearing pyjamas outside of the house which can only ever be a win. Word of warning for any fellow apple shaped gals though, definitely size up! My usual size was so tight around my stomach that my ovaries were wincing in pain.

Also, I know I mentioned this above but my Michael Kors Selma bag was from Zalando for £55 off it's usual price. I'm not sure if this particular grey shade is last years shade or something but all the other colours are still full priced at £315. Mad.

Hope everyone has had a good weekend, I bought some horrifically gaudy unicorn slippers and watched The Babadook yesterday, god that kid was annoying. I've also been watching this guy on youtube a lot and wishing I could rap.

MeMeMe Cosmetics: Shimmery Delights

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

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MeMeMe Cosmetics were actually at the Fabb event I went to a couple of weeks ago and they oh so generously sent everyone away with some of their products. I'm already a big fan of their Benefit high beam dupe (review here) so was excited to try out their new releases.

Eye Inspire Catwalk Quad in Goddess Eyes

This quad is pretty much everything I want in an eyeshadow. Shimmery, bronze, pigmented, and long wearing. All four colours bend perfectly together to create a gorgeous metallic smokey eye, and with it being a baked product there's no fall out which is my biggest peeve with the naked palettes. The highlight colour stands out as an inner corner highlight but will really "pop" if you wet your brush first - something else I love about baked products.
This is great for travelling and is a steal at £5.00, they've got a few other colour combinations so I'll definitely be having a look at these when I'm next in Superdrug.

Shimmer Stack in Gold

The Shimmer Stacks are highlighters made up of five separate colours and can be used on your face or as eyeshadows. There's three to chose from, Gold, Bronze, and Pink; to be honest I'd say the gold comes off as more champagney but never the less it's a beautiful subtle highlight that gives a warm glow to the skin. I'd definitely recommend swatching these first as the colours look a lot darker in the pan but for £10 you get something similar to a mineralise skin finish and less than half the price.

Another great thing about MeMeMe is that they don't test on animals, so not only are they affordable, they've got a good set of ethics too!

Doing Monochrome For The First Time Ever

Sunday, 2 November 2014

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Skirt: Topshop
Boots: Vagabond
Top: Newlook
Necklace: Forever 21

As the title would suggest, I'm not really a monochrome kinda gal, I'm not sure why as I really like this outfit, barring the fact that the boots make my calves look massive....but they're oh so comfy so I'll overlook the fact I spent £80 to have larger than usual calves. The skirt is the first thing I've bought from Topshop in forever, I know I'm a bit of a hypocrite as I complained about the whole Oxford Street ambience and feeling like an alien in there, but this was purchased from my not so stylish town on a weekday so the experience was a little better. To be honest it's probably the most expensive skirt I own but whenever I do clench my teeth and part with my hard earned cash in topshop, I do tend to find whatever I've bought lasts a heckuva long time.

In non fashion related news about myself, the last two months have been pretty rubbish so I've spent this week being busy and forgetting about them. On Monday I made myself feel very sick from fairground rides, I stupidly went on one of those really high swing chair things and decided at 50ft in the air I wanted off. Not a good idea. I also had a better than expected trip to the cinema to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and afterwards wished I could look like Megan Fox. Then on Friday night I made myself feel very sick again thanks to the below....


Pandora: An Easy Gift Idea

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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I jumped on the Pandora bandwagon quite late really. I actually bought the bracelet along with the pave ball charm last year in New York as a christmas present to myself, and whilst in Mexico I had some pesos left over at the end of the holiday and the heart charm called to me!

They're a good idea if you have family members/boyfriends/husbands that don't really have the foggiest when it comes to Christmas or Birthdays, just subtly direct them to the charms you've been eying up online! I know a lot of people love to build them up to a mammoth charm filled bracelet, but I prefer them to be a bit less busy and the charms are easy to swap around if you're lucky enough to have spares.

The website has actually got a gift ideas section if you're still after that element of surprise, I've just had a nose and there's some gorgeous gift sets on there which give you a bit of a discount if you buy the charms and bracelet together. I'm already eying up the pink rope bracelet.

Pandora are also hosting a pretty awesome competition with  Red Online to win a spa break for you and a friend. All you have to do is nominate a friend who represents one of their essence values - if one of your friends is extra caring, has tonnes of dedication, or always has belief in you, all you have to do is nominate them and tell Red Online why they deserve a spa break. A pretty easy thing to do so I'm definitely going to be entering!

Do you own anything from Pandora?

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout

Monday, 13 October 2014

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I've had these photos on my laptop for yonks (hence the long hair) but for some reason have never actually gotten round to blogging about the greatness that is the Revlon Matte Balms. It wasn't until I used them last week that I thought I best get my blogown and do a post.

So the Revlon Matte balms came out at the beginning of the year and there was major hype about them, in my eyes the hype was justified as these are the only products specified as "matte" that haven't made my lips look all crumbly and gross.

Jumping slightly on the chubby stick bandwagon, Revlon provided us with a matte alternative for those who prefer higher pigmentation and longer staying power. But halt. Not only are the colours vibrant and eye-catching, they also contain Shea, Mango, and coconut butter to keep your lips hydrated along the way. Wins all round.

I reckon the reason I fell surprisingly in love with a matte product was because they're not entirely matte, it actually applies quite creamy but dries to a lovely velvety texture which does an ok job of hiding dry lips!

With the onset of dreary (barlow) weather in the uk I can tell Standout is going to be one of my best buds, the gorgeous deep red colour comes off as a berry tone against my fair skin, and who doesn't love berrys in the winter? Especially if they're in a pie. With custard. And a fire. Mmmmm.