The budget eye liners that are making my peepers pop

Rimmel eyeliners

So I was wondering around my local boots a couple of weeks ago and I just so happened to find myself standing in front of the Rimmel stand. I wanted to pick up a cheap liquid liner as I had just used up the last of my Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner sample. Of course I couldn’t just walk away with one teeny eye liner…so I got three (oops!) I treated myself to the waterproof Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude and the Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle.

I tested out the Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner first, I really like the felt applicator. It has a tapered tip so is perfect whether you want a thin natural line or a thicker flick (see photo below). I found the liner easy to apply, but it was strange as I have been using gel liner for years so I found it very wet in comparison! I was able to create a reasonably accurate wing and it was fairly black. I did have to go over my line slightly in places but I am just quite fussy! Overall for the price, it is a pretty nifty little thing and I would pick it up again for that price. So if you are after a budget eyeliner this may well be perfect for you.

Next I tried out the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner. I picked this up in the shade Nude, because I read a sneaky top tip that using a little bit of nude liner on your waterline brightens your eyes when you are tired and makes them look larger without being over the top. I had heard this tip before as a teenager, but with white eyeliner – this is seriously not a good look , it is far too obvious and doesn’t look natural! The product is very creamy and glides on beautifully. I really love the formula and I would definitely pick up other shades.

Lastly I tried out the Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle last weekend. I applied it to my upper lash line and then used the smudger to blend the colour upwards and outwards slightly to make my look slightly less dramatic. I love the effect and it was perfect to add a little bit of colour to a miserable autumn day.

Rimmel eyeliners swatches

These three Rimmel eyeliners have done the job for me and I would be more than happy to repurchase all of them. My favourite of the three is the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner purely because the formula is so creamy and fab. I think I will be adding a couple more shades to my wishlist! So if you are looking for some budget eyeliners to add to your collection, I recommend these little beauties. You can buy all three from Boots for £4.99 for the pencils and £5.29 for the liquid liner – bargain!

Have you tried these Rimmel eye liners? What are your favourite budget liners?  

How Vichy Dermablend foundation has improved my confidence

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I am usually quite reluctant to try out new foundations, I have been using MAC Studio Fix Fluid for years now as I love the buildable coverage. However I do find that for me, it can slightly exacerbate oil production and I regularly have to blot to avoid looking greasier than a chip pan. Whilst I have found some products that help reduce this, namely La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat moisturiser – I felt like an improvement could be made. So after reading lots of reviews I decided to try out Vichy Dermablend foundation.

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I know that I am a MAC NC15 so I used Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix to work out which shade I needed. If you have not used this tool before it is amazing. You can find hundreds of products on there so it really makes changing foundation easy as pie. So relying on the matrix I went with shade 15 Opal and I was pretty worried that it would be too dark. When I opened the tube I squeezed a tiny amount on the back of my hand and I was a little scared I’d look tangoed, but once I applied it to my face it blended in seamlessly and it is truly the perfect shade for me! I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff in the foundation and I have to say it applies like a dream.

I worked in thin layers and built up the product on areas that needed a little more attention. I found that it was so high coverage that I could use it like a concealer. I switched to my Royal and Langnickel concealer brush and applied a small amount around my eye area and it really improved the appearance of my awful dark circles. The product is quite creamy but has quite a matte finish – I felt like I didn’t need to use as much powder to set it.

If you have read some of my other reviews, you will know that I have previously suffered from bad skin, whilst my complexion has improved a lot over the last six months or so, I still struggle sometimes with my chin area. So the real test for this foundation was if it could conceal the redness and blemishes that I suffer from. I decided the best way to do this was to take before and after photos to see if the coverage is really all it has been cracked up to be. Now I feel a bit self-conscious about these photos as it is not something that I really want the world to see, but if it helps someone else with skin that isn’t perfect then that’s fine by me.

Before

No Make up - blemishes and redness on chin area
Please excuse the towel!!

After

Vichy Dermablend foundation after photo

As you can see in the after photo, the redness, pores and blemishes are much less visible and my skin tone looks even. I was thrilled with the result and I think that the level of coverage is great. I have worn this almost every day now since I bought it and my make up still looks good after a long say of work, my skin is less oily that it was before and I feel more confident. So in my books this is a winner and I will definitely repurchase when I run out.

If you are tempted to give Vichy Dermablend foundation a try, you can purchase it from Boots for £16 or from Feel Unique for £17.

Have you tried Vichy Dermablend before? What foundations to you recommend for high coverage?

Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette review

Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette
I recently treated myself to the Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette whilst on a cheeky little shopping trip with my sister. I have been after one of their palettes for a long time and I simply fell in love with the gorgeous metallic shades and I know this palette will be a firm favourite through the autumn and winter, especially with Halloween and Christmas parties on the horizon.

The Storm palette contains 12 gorgeous shades, with 3 mattes and 9 metallics with beautiful shimmer particles. The shades are perfect for all occasions with the top row great for everyday looks and the bottom row perfect for creating a bold evening look.

Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette
The shadows are highly pigmented considering the price point and I think the colour pay-off is fantastic. I haven’t experienced any creasing and I’ve found them to be very long wearing which is great for nights out and us girls who are always on the go. My particular favourites are the metallic green (Storm Cloud) and blue (Electric Storm) which can be used for a great twist on the classic smokey eye.

Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette

The palette comes with a sponge applicator, which personally I hate! Each to their own though! I have been applying the shadows with my Royal and Langnickel brush set and I’ve found them really easy to blend out. However, I have experienced a little bit of fall out during the application, so I tend to do my eyes before by base when using these shades.

I really love how pigmented and beautiful these shades look so I’d really recommend the Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette for those who love their metallics. You can get yours from the Sleek website or from Superdrug for just £7.99 which I think for the quality, is a bargain!

Have you tried any of the Sleek palettes before?

Nivea Daily Essentials Mini Haul

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, Express Hydration Primer

A couple of weeks ago I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up a new oil-based eye makeup remover to remove my NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara that I bought at Olympia Beauty more efficiently. Being a little bit strapped for cash right now I wanted something low end but still a decent brand so I ended up browsing the Nivea shelves. When I saw that Boots are currently doing a 3 for 2 deal on their skincare ranges I decided to try out a few other products too! I ended up buying the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and Express Hydration Primer.


Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover

I have always found that oil-based make-up removers are great for dealing with tough and pigmented cosmetics such as mascara and liquid/gel eye liners. Unlike other products that I have tried, just a few swipes will remove heavy duty makeup and leave your skin refreshed and nourished. I do really get on with the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, it removes all traces of my eye make-up with just a couple of cotton pads whereas before it took about 4 cotton pads per eye!! I love the actual composition of the product as the densities of the liquid and the oil are different they separate which is pretty cool looking (inner geek alert!). The formula is suitable for all skin types, and I found that even with my skin verging on the oily side, the use of oil on my face didn’t break me out or leave my skin feeling greasy. My only complaint is that it does sting if you get it in your eye so it isn’t as gentle as I’d like it to be, but seeing as it isn’t a fancy high-end skincare product, I can get over this! I liked this product as it does the job well and for just £3.59 it is a bargain, and I recommend it to beauty lovers on a budget.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

When the weather gets cooler and the seasons turn I often find that my skin gets a lot drier due to the cold air outside and the use of central heating. To combat my dry areas of skin I switch my normal moisturiser with a night cream as I find that the intense moisturisation banishes my dry skin and makes my makeup look much nicer and not at all flaky! I had never tried out the Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream before, but as it was in the 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

The cream is very thick and heavy and so it does take a while to sink in. I’m impatient when I have to get ready for work at 5.30am and don’t like to wait around for my moisturiser to absorb so unfortunately I found that my foundation slicked across my face and looked horrible the first time I used this! Not good. However if you have the patience to let it sink in, it is wonderfully hydrating and a good base for your make-up. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with oily skin though. I have combination skin, so I only use this cream on days when my skin is starting to look or feel dry, and I never apply it on oil prone areas such as my forehead. I also do use this cream for its intended purpose as a night cream, and I think that it is very nourishing and hydrating. Given the whole night to soak into the skin, I found that I woke up with refreshed looking skin that did feel softer and it has helped to banish dry areas.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Now I am going to admit something … I have never used a primer before. Its not that I couldn’t be bothered, I just didn’t know what to pick. I have read countless reviews, but I have been reluctant to buy one in case it doesn’t work for me and it is a waste of money. So as the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer was in the Boots 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go and dip my toes into the world of primers. I was surprised at how thin this product is. Usually the primers that I have swatched at various beauty counters have had a thicker consistency. I have to admit that I don’t think this primer is all that. It is okay, but I didn’t really notice much of a difference in the appearance of my make up. If anything I would say that this is essentially a thin mosturising lotion. While it is good for those with oily skin, I don’t think that this helped the dry areas of my skin.

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

It is hard because I don’t have any other experience of primers that I can compare this product to, but I’m sure that Beauty Bloggers would not rave about them if all primers were similar to this product. Personally out of the three products from the Daily Essentials range, this would be the one that I would drop.

I do really like the Eye Make-Up Remover and the Night Cream though and I am sure that I will repurchase them in the future. You can get hold of all of these Nivea products from Boots, where the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream is £4.35, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover is £3.59 and Express Hydration Primer is £4.99.

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo by Eyestudio

Beauty Bloggers have gone mad for the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo eyeshadows since their release and I have been dying to get my hands on some! This weekend I finally took the plunge and indulged myself in a couple of the gorgeous shades on offer as Boots are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on Maybeline products. I had my heart set on purchasing ‘Metallic Pomegranate’, ‘Everlasting Navy’ and ‘Pink Gold’. However, ‘Pink Gold’ was completely out of stock…so I settled on a different well hyped product in the beauty blogging world… Babylips, and that is a review for another day!!

These lovely little eyeshadows really remind me of the MAC Paintpots, and considering they only cost £4.99 each (or cheaper if they are on offer!) it is a great cheaper alternative for anyone who is strapped for cash.

I love that the shadows are very buildable, allowing just a gentle swipe of colour, or something really dramatic. I like to use mine as a base and then blend other shades into it. I think that ‘Everlasting Navy’ is the perfect foundation for a blue smokey eye and it has become a go to product.

I have also used them as eyeliners, and I have to say that they are wonderful as they add a gorgeous splash of colour and they last all day without smudging or creasing. Perfect for girls who are always on the go.

I apply the cream shadow with my fingers, and gently swipe it onto my eyelids using a small amount at a time. I did find that it sets quite quickly so I wouldn’t hang around too much before blending the cream outwards.

As you can see, these colours are both very pigmented, and it really doesn’t take a lot of product to get a strong colour. They are both quite shimmery as well which I love for a night out to create a dramatic look with a girly edge.

For just £4.99 I think that the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo is a steal and I will definitely be investing in more colours. You can get yours now from Boots, who are offering 3 for 2 of Maybelline Products or Superdrug who are offering buy one get one half price.

Original Sugar Nail Art Review*

Image of Original Sugar Nail Art Products

You may remember my post in September about my visit to Olympia Beauty, here I met a lovely lady called Rebecca, who is not only one of the UK’s leading nail artist, but also works for nail art brand Original Sugar. Rebecca was kind enough to let me sample a few of the Original Sugar hero products so I could tell you all about them.

Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’

The Velveteen Range consists of four different seasonal colour collections, which is great if you like to swap your nail colours to match the  season. I tried out Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’ and I was excited to try out this product as I had seen similar products in the shops but always thought that I would just make a mess of it! However this was so simple to apply and it is a really easy nail art look for every nail or even just statement nails if you want to mix up your textures.
To apply the Velveteen, I firstly used a base coat, then applied a black nail polish (I used Barry M in ‘Black’) to make sure there was a good depth of colour. While the polish was drying I poured some of the Velveteen into a small plastic bag ready for dipping! I then coated my nails in a layer of top coat and immediately dipped my nail into the bag. I gave it a little shake around to make sure all of my nail was coated. When I removed my finger from the bag it looked a little messy, but this was easily solved by wiping the skin around the nail with a damp piece of kitchen towel to remove the fluffy Velveteen that had settled there.
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen nail swatch
I think that the Velveteen is a really good way to add some texture into your nail art and would look great either on all nails of as a statement nail to contrast a high shine black polish. I think Velveteen works particularly well for this time of the year as it looks quite cosy and comforting, perfect for Autumn!
When I first saw the bottle of Foil I wasn’t very impressed as I imagined it to be like putting kitchen foil on your nails.. However when I actually took a piece of it out of the bottle I realised I was very much mistaken! This is not at all like kitchen foil, but instead more like silver leaf. It is very thin, soft and delicate. There is many different ways to incorporate the foil into your nail art, but I chose to tear some into tiny pieces to create a delicate pattern on top of black polish.
As with the Velveteen, I applied a base coat and two coats of black polish, then a layer of top coat to place the pieces of foil into. I used some tweezers to tear up the foil into tiny pieces and carefully apply them to the nail using very little pressure to add them to the top coat layer. When I was happy with the design I added another layer of topcoat to seal the foils in.
Image of Original Sugar's Silver Foil
I thought that this was going to be my least favourite of the four products, but actually this was my favourite in the end, and I will definitely be using this again in my nail art projects. I think that this looks like a silver leopard print pattern, or similar to rhinestones. It was really easy to apply so I think that this is a great product for a newcomer to nail art to try. I really recommend this lovely product, especially as it comes in ‘Gold’ and ‘Bronze’ too!
I have tried caviar nail art beads before and the think that used to really frustrate me is that they are not colour safe so you can’t apply a topcoat to keep them firmly in place and prevent them all falling off in less than 24 hours! The last time I used a product like this I ended up having to wash my hair wearing plastic gloves as my hair snagged painfully in between the beads (ouch!). I vowed never again…until I met Rebecca, and she told me that the Original Sugar Bullionaire beads are much better, and for two very simple reasons: they are smaller and so they look more delicate, and lastly, but most importantly they are made of glass which contains the colour on the inside thus you can put as much top coat as you please on them and they are completely colour-safe! Hallelujah! 
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads
To apply Bullionaire, once again I used a base coat, followed by two layers of a nail polish in a similar colour, I used No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in ‘Foxglove’. While the nail polish was still wet and with a plate underneath my hand ready to catch the mess, I gently poured the Bullionaire beads over the nail and then lightly pressed them down to secure them. Make sure your whole nail is covered and there are no beads hanging of the edges of your nails. You can then cover the beads with a layer of topcoat to make your mani last longer.
I loved the colour of these Bullionaire beads and I am so impressed that they are colour-safe so your mani will last a lot longer than other caviar bead products. There are ten gorgeous fruit inspired colours on offer so you are guaranteed to find one to match your outfit. Perfect!
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads Nail Swatch
I am a big fan of anything glittery so I was very excited when I saw the bottle of Confetti! The colour ‘RSVP’ is a bright red which instantly made me think that this is the perfect nail art product for Christmas nails! The Confetti range is available in four other colours, ‘Big Day‘ a white glitter, ‘Celebration, a gold glitter, ‘Hangover‘ a blue glitter, and ‘25th‘ a silver glitter. All of which wold be the perfect accessory to add a touch of sparkle to your outfit for a special event.
Image of Original Sugar's Nail Confetti
Now I didn’t do a great job of applying the Confetti to my nails… in fact I made a bit of a mess with it! But next time I think it will be easier to apply. You apply it in the same way as the Bullionaire beads, but the glitter sometimes overlaps onto the skin as they are quite chunky pieces! As I was pressing the glitter into my nail polish I didnt notice these pieces until after it was firmly set in place.. woops! So next time I use Confetti I will be sure to check the glitter looks neatly position before pressing it into place.
The only this I didn’t like about Confetti is that unfortunately it isn’t color-safe and you can see in the image below that the red has come off some of the glitter flecks. However I would probably use Confetti for a night out where I was just wearing it for that night, so I wouldn’t really need to use a top coat on the product anyway!
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen, Foil, Bullionaire and Confetti Swatches
Overall I really liked these lovely nail art products from Original Sugar so I would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of nail art and wants to try using some textures on their nails to create an interesting look this season. I think they will be a fantastic compliment to any outfit with the upcoming Christmas Party season, and they would also make great stocking fillers. (I really need to stop thinking about Christmas now!)
If you want to try out these lovely Original Sugar products you can purchase them from their website, where Velveteen retails for £4.95-£5.95, Foil for £3.50, Bullionaire is £5.95 and Confetti is £3.95. Each bottle will arrive inside a lovely little Organza bag. You can also find plenty of information on the website to learn how to apply these products to your own nails and follow step-by-step guides to create some amazing nail art.
What do you think of the Original Sugar Nail Art products? Which is your favourite? How would you wear them?

*PR Sample

My Olympia Beauty Haul!

I am currently interning at a beauty PR agency based in London which has a lot of perks, most recently I was very lucky to receive some tickets to go to Olympia Beauty. For those of you that might not know about it, Olympia Beauty is a trade beauty event at Kensington Olympia in London. Loads of beauty companies have stands there and are offering their products at great discounts and there are even some free samples to try on the day. There is also a range of seminars given from beauty professionals on a wide range of topics over the two days.

So on Sunday myself and Amy from The Calendar Girl, headed to Olympia to catch some beauty bargains. As there was so many great discounts I just HAD to have a little bit of a splurge and treat myself to a few goodies, which I would like to share with you all now.
One of the first stands I visited was NYX, I had never tried out their products before so seeing as there were fantastic discounts on their makeup I just had to try out a few of the products! I bought myself a NYX LSS Round Lipstick in ‘Black Cherry, which is a gorgeous deep berry shade and perfectly on trend for A/W13. . The formula is mineral based and I found it really hydrating and intensely pigmented. Because of the creamy texture, I felt that it applied almost too easily and I had to blot my lips as I think I looked like a little girl who had been playing with mummy’s make up! I would apply using a lip brush next time to make sure I had an even coating. I found I had to reapply after eating though. I would highly recommend this lipstick as a cheap alternative to MAC as I think that the product was great quality for the price. At Olympia, I paid just £3 for this gem! However you can still get hold of yours at a great budget price of £4 from the NYX website where there are 124 shades on offer. I will definitely be investing in more….
I have been desperately looking for a good mascara that really does lengthen my lashes. I decided to pick up the Pin-Up Tease mascara, which is part of the Boudoir Collection, as it has the curved wand which I really get on with as I find it so much easier to apply because it separates and lengthens the lashes in the right direction. The wand is also a plastic comb rather than bristles. I find that plastic combs really work to separate and lengthen my lashes, where bristles just push against them and make them clump together. I tried this mascara out over the last two days and I am already in love. My lashes looked amazingly long I had to go and show my sister! I really recommend this and I will definitely be repurchasing. I bought the Pin-Up Tease Mascara for £5, but you can purchase it too from the NYX website for just a little bit more, at £6.50, which I think is a real bargain.
Image of Sleep-In Rollers
I have had my eye on these babies for ages now after a friend of mine got some and raved non-stop about how wonderful they are! They had a great show discount and were selling the original set for just £10, so I decided to splash out and give them a go myself. I have read a lot of mixed reviews from bloggers, some who think these rollers are the best thing since sliced bread and others who despise them, but I like to try things our myself before I have an opinion on the product. The set comes with 20 rollers, a small velvet bag of long bobby pins and an instruction/promotional DVD. I have to say I thought that the DVD was a load of rubbish, I find Hollie Wakeham really quite irritating! But it was fairly informative so I had a good idea how to put these rollers in. I decided to part blow dry my hair so it was still damp to achieve more of a curl/bounce. I have to admit I struggled putting the rollers in at first, as they seemed to be very loose and I didn’t think they would stay in all night. After a few attempts I managed to get the rollers in a little better and secured the hair to the roller with a bobby pin. 
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl wearing Sleep-In Rollers
Now, while these rollers are marketed as rollers you can sleep in, that does not mean they are comfortable… I have never tried plastic rollers but I can assume the Sleep-in Rollers are comfier, but don’t expect it to be amazing! They are quite squishy and made of foam so that helped with comfort, but it was the velcro that irritated me more than anything. It was really scratchy on the delicate skin around my ears, neck and scalp (basically everywhere then!) so I found that a little bit uncomfortable. I did sleep the whole night and only woke up a couple of times, so I am really surprised I didn’t pull them out in the night in a fit of anger! I would use them again to sleep in, as I have heard they get squishier with more use. However if you want to avoid discomfort I would suggest putting them in first thing in the morning after washing your hair and letting them set throughout the day.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
Oh dear!
So when it comes to taking the rollers out, it is much easier than putting them in. You simple have to pull out the bobby pins and gently unroll the roller leaving you with big bouncy hair. When I had removed all the rollers, I was a little frightened with the results! My hair was VERY big and slightly too voluminous for my liking and hair cut. I carefully used my GHDs to style my hair how I wanted it, and it was a big improvement. I really liked how it turned out in the end and I think it was worth the slight discomfort so I will definitely be reusing the Sleep-In Rollers. You can get your hands on the Sleep-In Rollers from their website where they retail for £24.95 a set.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
much better!
Image of Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System
While wondering around the show, I was beckoned over by a lady to sample an interesting hair removal product, the Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System. She asked me to hold out my arm and she buffed a small area with the tool for a few seconds in circular motions and then asked me to feel my skin. It was so smooth and completely hairless. So naturally she assured me that it could be used on ANY hair on the body. Of course I was very interested as shaving is annoying because regrowth is so fast and waxing and epilation is painful! They were running a special show deal where it was buy one kit get one free, so I split it with Amy, meaning we paid just £10 each for our kits. The system works as the pads contain micro-crystals that when rubbed against the skin in circular motions gently buffs away the hair. It does leave the skin quite dry, but not rough, so I would recommend using a body butter on the legs afterwards to re-hydrate the skin
I tried it out on my legs when I got home and it took a while for me to cover both legs, but it was lovely and smooth. However by the time I woke up, I could feel slight stubble coming through. I think that the kit is great for finer hairs such as on the arms where they tested it on us, but for coarser, fast growing hair, it might not be worth the money and effort. I was assured that a kit would last a year as it contains two size pads the larger for legs and underarms and the smaller for the face or smaller areas of hair, as well as 4 replacement pads for each size. I found the kit is great for fine slow growing hair but for leg hair it is no better than shaving. I don’t think that I would repurchase the kit, but I will definitely be giving it a go on fine hairs like the upper lip!! If you want to try the kit out for yourself you can get one from the Melody Claire website where they retail for £19.99 each.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl at Olympia Beauty
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my post about Olympia Beauty! Did you go this year? Have you ever been to a beauty trade show? Have you tried any of these products before?

Laura

Beauty UK’s Posh Pout Lip Crayons

Image of Beauty UK's Posh Pout Lip Crayons
L-R Corally Correct, How Nude!, Power to the Purple,
Would I Lilac To You, Big Pinkin and Sugar Plum Fairy

I was recently given a couple of the new Beauty UK Posh Pout Lip Crayons to try out. Now I am a big lover of lipsticks/crayons/balms/lip glosses, and generally my rule is the bolder the better! I love wearing bright lips, particularly in the winter months when everything is so dull and drab, I just have to get some colour out there! So luckily for me, this whole range is bright and colourful and so it is completely up my street.

I picked out two crayons in ‘Corally Correct’, a lovely citrus coral shade and ‘Power to the Purple’ which is a plum/burgundy colour and both are perfect for Autumn/Winter. I did really love ‘Big Pinkin’ which is so pink and very Barbie-like, but it is similar to a Topshop Lip Crayon I already own. Also, I think ‘Would I Lilac To You’ is also a beautiful shade but I’m not sure if I could pull off that pale parma violet hue, both of these shades felt a little bit Nicki Minaj to me, so I thought it might be better to stay away!

I wore ‘Corally Correct’ when I went out to dinner last weekend, and I have to say that it is very pigmented and bold for such a budget buy. In fact when I swatched all of the colours they all had great pigment and are not at all sheer like some other lip crayons I have tried.

However I do have one criticism, and that is they are quite drying so if your lips are at all chapped I would give them a miss. I have worn the crayons over the top of a lip balm and found it much less matte and drying, so they are still very wearable!

Overall for just £2.99 I think it is a great buy, I wouldn’t expect these crayons to be amazing quality, but for such a low price, I think the boldness and amount of pigment cannot be flawed. So if you have a few pounds lying around and fancy trying out some new lip shades without financial risk I think these Posh Pout Lip Crayons are a great place to start. You can get your own from the Beauty UK stand at Superdrug or online from their website, and there six gorgeous shades to chose from. Superdrug are currently running a 3 for 2 promotion on Beauty UK cosmetics until Tuesday 24th September.

Laura 

September Must-Haves

Collage of Must Have Girl's September Must Haves
There are so many things on my wish list this month, but unfortunately I am pretty strapped for cash right now so they are going to have to remain wishes… but a girl can dream right? I thought I would show you just a few of the things that I am lusting after this month.

I absolutely love this dress! Ever since the new Great Gatsby film came out earlier this year, I have been obsessing about anything remotely 1920s, and this flapper dress is beautiful. I love the intricate Art Deco style bead work and the scalloped hemline, it creates a new (or old!) take on the LBD. For £95 it is a little bit pricey, but it is so pretty that I think it is well worth the money.
I have been on the lookout for a new concealer for ages, I often find it difficult to find a balance between price and coverage as I am on a tight budget at the moment. However, I swatched this in Boots on Monday, and for such a low price, I thought that it had a very nice level of coverage. The concealer is a cream texture that is very pigmented, so on application to the skin it covers any blemishes. I have freckles on my hands, and the concealer completely covered them, so I imagine that it would work wonders on dark under eye circles and spots. I think this is great value for money and I would have definitely bought it there and then if they had ‘fair‘ in stock.
I am a huuuuge fan of MAC lipsticks and I have been lusting over this gorgeous pinky/purple hue for a while now. The lipstick is very blue toned, so I think that this is a great colour to liven up darker Autumn/Winter outfits. These lipsticks have great pigment, last for hours and are very moisturising on the lips, so I know that this will be worth it I have just had my birthday and was kindly given a MAC voucher, so I think this shade will have to be one of my purchases!
I have been after a new pair of winter boots for the last couple of weeks, and I have been trying to find some Chelsea Boots, but I just haven’t found the perfect comfy pair yet. So in the meantime I have found this lovely pair from Topshop which I think would be great to go with most Autumn and Winter outfits. I love suede, but I always worry about ruining it if I get caught in the rain, so I think I will probably end up opting for a leather pair, but I still love these boots too… decisions!!
I have been after a new bag for a few months, but I have been biding my time hoping I land my dream job so I can treat myself to a nice designer number…but sadly that hasn’t happened yet, so I am going to go for the next best thing: Zara. I love Zara bags, I always think they look a lot more expensive than they actually are. I really like the boxy look of this bag and think it would be perfect to team with any outfit this Autumn, and for only £29.99, I think this is a steal!
So those were my September Must-Haves, now I just have to get my hands on them….
What do you think of my choices? What are your September Must-Haves?
Laura