Go nude with Kate Moss

Kate Moss Nudes Collection

Every blogger and their mum has been on about the Rimmel Kate Nude Collection since it launched and I am a big fan of her regular collection – 107 is pretty much perfection, amirite? So obviously I needed get my hands on a couple and try them for myself.

Now I’m usually more of a bright colour kinda girl, I’m currently rocking MAC Morange as I type, so you can’t really get much brighter. I literally only have one nude shade in my collection and while I like it, I don’t really reach for it that often. But I am always one to try something new, so after browsing the new Kate Nude shades, I  decided why the hell not!

 

Kate Moss Nudes shades

After swatching all of the shades they had in stock, I selected shade 40, as the display said it suits all skin tones, and 45, which suits cool skin tones. Shade 40 is pretty much your typical nude shade, pale with yellow undertones and shade 45 is a blue-toned dusky pink.

I pretty much ran home to photograph them so I could try them on my lips immediately. First of all, I’m loving the packaging, it really helps to distinguish the shade I want as I usually have about 10 lipsticks rolling around in my handbag at any one time.

Swatch - Kate Moss Nudes

Sadly, I’m not a huge lover of shade 40. I’m very pale skinned with fair hair and so this just washes me out. I’m gutted as I’ve seen photos of others wearing it and it looks beautiful on them. I do however love the other shade. The dusky pink hue really makes this a “your lips but better” shade. Plus it is so wearable because it goes with everything. This will be a firm favourite in my lipstick collection from now on.

The durability is similar to the other Kate Moss lipsticks. It is good for a drugstore collection, but not as good as a higher end product. Because it is a lighter shade there is no stain left behind on the lips so I’d need to reapply about three times in the day to prevent it from wearing off completely.

Overall I’m really impressed with the collection and the range of shades available. I’m gutted the lighter shade doesn’t suit me, but that’s life! It’s currently buy one get one half price in Boots, so you may as well try them out yourself!

Have you tried the Kate Nude collection? 

July Must Haves

July favourites

July has completely flown by and I can’t believe it is August already?! I’ve had a pretty busy month, and if you are a regular reader or you follow me on Instagram, you will know I have been trying to balance blogging with, day trips, BBQs, nights out, concerts and busy days at work – no wonder this month has whizzed by! Anyway, today I’m sharing with you my July Must Haves.Continue Reading . . .

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked review

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway hosted by the lovely Yasmina from thejulyjournal.blogspot.co.uk last week and I got my fantastic prize a couple of days ago. I was lucky enough to win a MAC or Urban Decay Rvolution lipstick of my choice, a LUSH giftcard, a Paperchase notepad and a cute ring. As a long time lover of MAC lipsticks, I normally save up my pennies (or empties!) to treat myself to a new shade and I am often reluctant to risk trying another brand. So I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try out something new! Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks are always raved about so I was really excited to give it a go!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked

I decided to go for the shade Naked, because I always go for a bold lip and now winter is on its way, I prefer to go with body eyes and it is rarely I good idea to mix both! Firstly I absolutely adore the packaging, it looks very luxurious and chic with its textured mirrored case so it has taken pride of place in the first row of my acrylic lippy holder. The actual product presentation is superb. The clean, sharp angled edge of the lipstick is enough to make me swoon. It almost looks to good to even use!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked
The shade is a nude pink colour, which I find really flattering on my pale skin. The formula is very creamy, but richly pigmented. I only needed one quick swipe across my lips to see immediate results from the product. I have found that wear time is around the four hour mark. It will easily survive drinking, but needs a little top up after meals. It doesn’t quite have the stain effect that MAC lipsticks can have, but I imagine that a darker or bolder colour would measure up just as well to MAC. 
I am a big fan of this gorgeous shade and I have worn it non-stop since I received it. It is highly likely that when I am feeling a little flush, I may just treat myself to another shade….Catfight, I have my eye on you! You can chose from 20 different shades of the Urban Decay Revolutions lipsticks in Debenhams where they retail for £15.
Have you tried Urban Decay Revolution? Which shade is your favourite?

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