05/06/2015

Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

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I loved Caudalíe for years, this is a truly amazing skincare brand which always delivers (and doesn't test on animals which is a huge bonus!). Their newest addition to the Vinoperfect range and much acclaimed Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* is Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum*.

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This Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is Caudalíe's N°1 anti-dark spot product and has been a cult product for skincare aficionados for many years. This serum has a lightweight milky texture and does a great job at correcting and preventing dark spots, evening out the skin tone and boosting radiance. The high concentration of natural ingredients makes it perfect to counter sunspots, acne marks, scars, and damage, for a brighter, more beautiful complexion. I have only few acne scars, but when using it for a month or so I definitely saw them being reduced and my skin looking more radiant and healthy. Also, because it is so light, it's perfect for summer and this time of the year although it takes 5-10 minutes to sink in properly.

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Caudalíe Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum is an oil-free and hydrating tinted moisturiser which has in-built SPF20 - a massive bonus for the summer! It is described as an "all in one skincare treatment and complexion enhancer" thanks to its pigments which blend with the skin to cover imperfections, redness, blemishes and dark spots. I am a fan of a lighter makeup base in the spring and summer (who isn't?!), so this checks all of my boxes. The only downside is that it currently comes in only two shades - light and medium - so sadly won't be for everyone. I get away with the light shade and mix it with a little bit (a drop or two) of medium when I'm having my fake tan on. I really hope Caudalíe will expand on these, because they are really amazing!

What is your favourite Caudalíe product?

03/06/2015

LUSH Comforter Shower Creme

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Without a doubt, LUSH The Comforter (review) is in my Top 3 LUSH products and No. 1 LUSH scent. This bubble bar has a sweet mixture of blackcurrant, dash of citrus bergamot oil and a sprinkle of cypress oil to calm and tone - it's simply perfection! Because we don't have bath tub in our flat, getting soaked in The Comforter was a rare and much anticipated luxury for me. Alas, no more! In the recently opened new Oxford Circus flagship store, among 214 exclusive new products is one which made my heart flutter - Comforter Shower Creme! Filled with the same gorgeous scent as its bubble bar counterpart and some added sparkle to shine it is my ultimate shower companion from now on. I simply love it and I truly hope LUSH will continue with its production forever!

01/06/2015

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Haircare range

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You might have noticed that Liz Earle haircare range went off the radar in the last year. That's because one of the powerful and natural ingredients Yangu Oil that was one of the main components of Liz Earle Botanical Shine Hair Conditioners and Hair Oil is no longer able to be sustainably sourced, so after much of exploration, testing and research Liz Earle decided upon Kalahari Melon Oil, which gives the same, if not better, high level performance in the Botanical Shine Haircare*. This just shows how much Liz Earle is committed to be a natural and ethical brand that it is!

The revamped range consists of five naturally active products including Botanical Shine Shampoo, Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil and three Botanical Shine Conditioners. The current star ingredient - Kalahari Melon Oil - comes from fair trade women's cooperatives in Namibia. The oil is rich on linoleic acid and omega-6, leaving the hair perfectly nourished, smooth and with a brilliant shine.

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Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo 
This shampoo is for all hair types, so if you are not really sure about it, you can split the cost with your girlfriend or boyfriend. It was dubbed 'Cleanse & Polish for hair' and has nourishing shea butter, natural source vitamin E and gentle naturally derived botanical cleansers to leave hair smooth, clean and soft. I love its botanical scent and how it deeply cleans my hair and scalp. (RRP £10)

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner for normal, dry or damaged and oily hair
This trio of hair conditioners is formulated for everyone's needs. Whether you have normal hair and want to keep it in tip-top condition hydrated and glossy; dry or damaged hair to give extra boost of nourishment and smoothness or oily, dull or lifeless hair and you want to leave it shiny, volumised and full of life - this is something you need to incorporate into your haircare routine! I am using conditioners for normal and dry hair and they're feeling wonderful on my hair and definitely eliminated some of the frizz I've struggled with! (RRP £10 each)

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil
A final step in the haircare regime is this amazing blend of botanicals. It's a sublime hair treatment which feels luxurious and lightweight. I simply apply it to my damp hair and it instantly conditions, protects against heat damage and infuses hair with a luminous natural shine. I simply love it! (RRP £17.25)

Have you tried Liz Earle Botanical Shine Haircare range?

P.S. Don't forget about my  Liz Earle limited edition Cleanse & Polish GIVEAWAY

31/05/2015

My iPhone 6 case

Iconemesis Cat Sims Feathers iPhone 6 Case
Iconemesis Cat Sims Feathers iPhone 6 Case

I recently was contacted by Iconemesis to review one of their iPhone covers. They have very cute designs, including Fifi Lapin drawings, so definitely check them out! Unfortunately the case I really wanted (leopard print - duh!) was not available for iPhone 6, so after having a little cry on the side I've settled on this Cat Sims Feathers iPhone 6 Case*. I think it has a beautiful intricate drawing of feathers, very peaceful and simple, especially if you're not looking for overly flashy phone cover. However, the finish is smooth matt/rubberized plastic and can be quite slippery, so it's definitely something I had to get used to. 

30/05/2015

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito range

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito range, Virgin Mojito Body Splash
The Body Shop Virgin Mojito range, Virgin Mojito Body Splash

You can count on The Body Shop for bringing the best body care limited edition ranges for summer! Their latest collection is Virgin Mojito - full of zesty smells, lime green shades and some exclusive new products! It is simply essential for any happy hour party or to take on holiday. This invigorating collection of zesty body treats will take you from shower to dancefloor with a cool mint-lime fragrance twist. My favourites are Virgin Mojito Body Splash* - lets you splash on the crisp, refreshing scent of lime and fresh mint after the shower to extend the feeling of freshness all day - and Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet* - a twist on last year's Body Sorbets - which I plan to store in the fridge before whipping it out on a hot summer day! Virgin Mojito Body Scrub* is not too harsh and leaves my skin nourished and hydrated - so it will be a definite summertime must-have. I am also planning to get an uber-cool The Big Shake gift set - with a selection of the products from the range all hidden in a premium metal cocktail shaker, perfect to shake up your own refreshing cocktails!

28/05/2015

MAC Toledo Opera lipstick review

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MAC Opera lipstick comes from their spring 2015 Toledo Collection which is a collaboration between MAC and two fashion and illustration designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Everything is encased in a special white packaging, which also has a smooth matte finish which I really like (but I'm afraid it can get dirty quite quickly). Everything is white, black and red with a modern art feel to it. 

I originally didn't plan to buy anything from the collection, so this lipstick was a rather consolation prize that my coveted MAC Mystery Powder from Cinderella Collection was sold out (I still managed to get it though!), but I am so happy that I did! Not only the packaging is totally unique and pretty, but I think this collection is seriously underestimated by bloggers - I barely saw any reviews and I guess the reason is that everyone focused on the Cinderella Collection.

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I am a huge fan of red lipstick (I even wore red lip to my wedding!), so after swatching the shades I instantly knew which one will be mine. Opera is described as a "dark red" and it is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish - so it has all components that make a perfect red lipstick shade for me. I love love love this colour, it's simply perfect for me and the formula is excellent - no tugging, no drying the lips, it's insanely pigmented too - I dare say more that standard MAC lipsticks! The colour lasted on me full six hours - so it's safe to wear throughout the day. I may even get a back-up, because I know I'm able to finish this lipstick in no time.

Have you picked up anything from Toledo Collection?

27/05/2015

Trying Ciaté makeup range

Ciaté makeup range, Patent Pout in Air Kiss, Lip Chalk in Berry-Go-Round and Lip Lustre in Vamp,  Skinny Shadow Stick in Best Dressed, swatches, review, Ciaté, Ciate
Ciaté makeup range, Patent Pout in Air Kiss, Lip Chalk in Berry-Go-Round and Lip Lustre in Vamp,  Skinny Shadow Stick in Best Dressed, swatches, review, Ciaté, Ciate
Ciaté makeup range, Patent Pout in Air Kiss, Lip Chalk in Berry-Go-Round and Lip Lustre in Vamp,  Skinny Shadow Stick in Best Dressed, swatches, review, Ciaté, Ciate

I got to try few bits from the brand new Ciaté makeup range*! Famous for their colourful nail polishes, Ciaté decided to branch out and came with a juicy collection full of wonderful shades and formulas. I have been testing their three lip products and one eyeshadow and I must say I am very impressed. Encased in very cute and cool cardboard boxes is a very nice range which has something for everyone!

Three lip products that I've tried are: Patent Pout in Air Kiss, Lip Chalk in Berry-Go-Round and Lip Lustre in Vamp and all of them deliver slightly different results.

Patent Pout is a creamy and pigmented lip lacquer in a nice light texture which doesn't make you lips too sticky. Air Kiss is a perfect and most flattering nude shade and I know I can safely wear it all day everyday.
Lip Chalk has more drying formula, but it doesn't mean that it dries out your lips. Berry-Go-Round is amazing matte berry/red/pink shade and I simply love it! That's definitely statement lipstick and something you should definitely take on your night out or when you want your lipstick to stay on for extra longer.
Lip Lustre is a high shine lip gloss and this Vamp shade is filled with the most wonderful shimmer and glitter. It's transparent, so I like to put it on top of the lipstick - actually the most flattering pairing is for me to put on aforementioned Lip Chalk in Berry-Go-Round and then follow up with Vamp!

I have also tried Skinny Shadow Stick. This product is absolutely tiny - it will easily fit into your clutch bag and even jeans's pocket! Best Dressed is a very light shade, so I mostly used it in the corner of my eye and blend with other eyeshadows that I have, but it is very decent and reflects the light beautifully. Like I said - it is very tiny - the actual amount of product you get is in the clear top that you see, the rest is a sponge dome brush which is a feature I don't particularly like - I have been struggling to get the product out using it. I'm curious about other darker shades though, so I may pick up few more to compare.

What are your first impressions of Ciaté makeup?