Ever since I saw rumours and then swatches of the newest addition to Revlon family - ColorBurst Matte Balms, I set my heart on these three amazing shades: Mischievous, Unapologetic and Showy. For now, I've decided to go for these three since they range from peach coral, fuchsia and pink, but I may be also lusting after something red - we'll see if I'll cave in eventually. I own few of the original Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balms and I quite like the formula since it's pigmented and easy to apply. However, I am not a fan of the minty scent these balms have and sadly the new additions also got it. Putting the scent aside, I still enjoy these balms although they don't give the perfect matte pout, they will definitely accentuate your lips and give a burst of colour. I also love the matte packaging which comes with it although my OCD has already kicked in to store these separately to avoid any scratches. I know that together with the matte range Revlon has released ColorBurst Lacquer Balms with a high shine finish, but I am not drawn to them in the slightest and have no plans to get anything from that range.
My favourite balm from the ones I got is Showy, described as a blue based bright pink. It reminds me of a more vibrant version of the MAC Up The Amp lipstick which I've reviewed recently. Second place goes to Unapologetic which is a stunning super pinky red shade and I think I will wear it a lot in the summer. It also reminds me of one of my MAC lipsticks - this time it's All Fired Up from the Retro Matte Collection. Mischievous proved to be true to its name and this light orange shade is my biggest disappointment. It is not as pigmented as the other two and it's really hard to apply - I had to use my LUSH Santa's Lip Scrubfollowed with a hint of The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm(which has a very light formula) before applying it and it still looks little patchy.
Did you pick any of the new Revlon releases? Which shade is your favourite?
One of my New Year resolutions is to master the skill of contouring. Last year I promised myself to get acquainted with eyeshadows and it payed off beautifully when I stepped into the world of glitter, eyeshadow palettes and blending. I've bought this Sleek Face Contour Kit in December and it has waited patiently in my make up drawer until recently, when I finally decided to give it a go. It comes in a nice sturdy packaging with a big mirror, which is always a bonus. On the right side is a beautiful highlighter and on the left a bigger-sized matte bronzer. I've bought the kit in the shade Light - so I knew it will suit my skintone perfectly, since I am always wary of getting bronzers which may look too dark on my skin. I also love the attached tips and tricks on how to accentuate your cheekbones and contour your nose. I think it's a great kit for someone starting the contouring adventure, who wants to have it all in a neat little compact and who doesn't want to spend a lot.
What are your contouring tips and tricks? Please let me know!
Another dress from ASOS - what can I say - they fulfil my dress-dreams I guess! With the galaxy print and soft jersey material it seems perfect to style it up with some black accessories like my new New Look jacket and Topshop Alvin boots. I added some gold rings from H&M and a beautiful Gemini necklace from Me and Zena. They always seem to have such quirky and cute jewellery, so my ASOS wishlist is always full of its gems. I recently got one of their rings for Christmas so stay tuned as it will probably make an appearance soon. If you also like Zodiac trend, why not take a little trip to the past and read my Trend Alert post on the subject?
Do you buy products solely as a result from one review your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
I am a sucker for hyped products, so probably the product I'm planning to buy has been already reviewed plenty of times and I will read all the reviews. If it is skincare product I tend to read reviews of people with similar skin type to mine, so I can get a proper advice. Generally, I do a lot of research, especially if the product is on a pricey side.
What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blog?
Have you ever given into bloggers hype? If so, which hype?
I am guilty of giving in into a lot of hypes, but I totally gave into Bourjois Happy Light range and bought foundation, two primers and a concealer as soon as they hit the stores.
Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, which hype?
Every single answer to this question that I've read on other blogs is Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, but I actually got it for Christmas and love it. I've avoided the hype of Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms - I haven't bought a single one and I know they were hugely popular.
Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are some items you buy without checking out a review?
I'd say the ratio is 50:50 and I like to buy some stuff based on the reviews, but also enjoy discovering products on my own.
Last week I've introduced you to a new Garnier Miracle Cream range coming out in February and this week I'll be talking about another new Garnier release - Ultimate Blends*- coming out in March/April. For over seven years Garnier has been developing a range specifically targeted at British women. With the constant weather changes we can go from winter to summer in one day, with a heavy downpour just when you're dashing from the office to get that lunch sandwich. Ultimate Blends range is the answer to all your hair problems and with six blends to choose from I am certain that everyone will find something suitable for the hair needs. Actually, because the range is so diverse you may feel like buying a couple of products and change your shampoo and conditioner depending on your mood or day of the week.
The Sleek Restorer - for dry, frizzy hair to give it into silky sleek feeling - with coconut oil and cocoa butter.
The Silky Smoother - for mid to long hair to give satin silkiness and smooth ends - with vanilla milk and papaya.
The Shine Revitaliser - for normal hair to give shine and bounce - with lemon and green tea.
The Colour Illuminator - for coloured hair to give protection - with argan oil and cranberry.
The Nourishing Repairer - for very dry and damaged hair to give intensive nourishment from root to tip - with avocado oil & shea butter.
The Marvellous Transformer - for dry, lifeless hair to give it glowing shine - with argan and camellia oils.
All of the ranges contain shampoo (RRP £2.79) and conditioner (RRP £2.79) and some have 1 minute treatments (RRP £4.49), dry shampoo (RRP £3.99) and spray-on hair oils (RRP £9.99). The best thing is that they smell incredible! At the press day I literally went sniffing from one bottle to the other and they all smelled so nice - literally good enough to eat, so using the products is a real treat. My personal favourites are The Silky Smoother, The Shine Revitaliser and The Sleek Restorer and as you can see I was kindly gifted with two of them and only need to get one when it'll come out.
MACRebel lipstick is definitely not for the faint-hearted. But if you are not afraid to go out of your comfort zone and choose something bold, that's the perfect lipstick for you. Personally, I absolutely love this dark berry shade with its satin finish and it is my ultimate autumn and winter choice. It's not that hard to pull this off, even if you are fair-skinned like I am, you just need a bit of confidence and a neutral eye make up or an eyeliner flick to finish the look.
As soon as I unwrapped this dress I knew it was meant to be for me! The skater style, floral print with vibrant red and blue colours (our wedding theme was wildflowers!), delicate short sleeves and soft jersey material - everything screams perfection! It's mostly suited for darker and colder months, so I guess I won't have much use of it during summer, but I am happy to save something so cheerful for gloomy winter days. The only issue I have with it is that it is not perfectly finished - the extra print is peeking on the waist and at the bottom of the hem which I find a little frustrating, but I've learnt to live with it. I've paired it up with my trusty Topshop Alvin boots - seriously - what I have been wearing before getting them?
I got very exciting package yesterday filled with the beautiful The Body Shop Spring Trend Collection 2014 releases. Let's start with these limited edition Hair Chalks*. Costing £5 each and coming in Tickle Me Pink - ideal pink to pop on the blonde hair - and Falling For Blue - electric blue suited for brunettes - they are a genius and purse-friendly way to brighten up your hair without commitment of permanent colouring. I'm eager to try these two, maybe not going for ombré look, but rather for single strands, to add some spring playfulness into my mane.
To match your trendy hair, The Body Shop is also releasing complementary shades of best-selling Shimmer Cubes*(£16 each) and Lip Glosses*(£7 each). First shimmer cube - Hot Pink - has four pink shades ranging from fuchsia, coral and champagne and the second - Spring Bronze - has more toned-down colours with espresso, gold and copper hues. They are aimed at blondes and brunettes respectively, but I think you can easily mix and match them all to achieve your desired make up. I recently got Shimmer Cubes in Warm for Christmas and although I haven't had the time to properly review it, I must say that I really enjoy using the cubes. They are very pigmented and glittery, so you may expect some fall-out, but it's easily forgiven thanks to the amazing colour pay-off and complimentary shades.
The lip glosses come in Vanilla and Rose shades and fragrances. They are extremely sparkly and will ensure that your lips glisten throughout the day and night. I am weirdly excited about them, I don't use lip glosses at all (although I've just bought two in the Illamasqua sale - stay tuned for the reviews), but these seems to take me back in time to my school years when I was obsessed with these little tubes of glitter. I think they will not leave my make up bag in the spring.
I'm still undecided about this dress. I thought it would be amazing buy with quirky vibrant print on a grey background which you don't see that often and thicker fabric ideal for winter months. But it seems too long, too baggy and not styled right. Somehow on the photos it looks completely different to my vision and now I'm even thinking whether to keep it or not... Help please!
Liz Earle Radiant Glow Bronzer*is hitting the shelves in April 2014 and together with the two nail polish shades Awakening and Moonlightis part of an exclusive collection which will be available in stores for 6 months. Summer means swapping your favourite shades of blushers for bronzer to enhance your beautiful tanned skin. Here comes this cute bronzer packed with radiance to add warmth to the complexion and create a natural glow. I love how it has four different parts available to use lighter shades for highlighting cheekbones and above the eyebrows and darker shades to contour and give bronzed look. Although it looks very shimmery, fear not, it is very subtle and natural. I am currently wearing it with Vita Liberata fake tan and loving the look.
When attending opening of the new KIKO London store I got my first ever KIKO nail polish and after a long time spending browsing all the beautiful colours, I've settled on this gorgeous shade. Sadly, it has no name, only a number (255), but after checking out the website, I've found out that the proper name is Purple Microglitter. And it truly is! I am completely in love with the effect, the multitude of coloured sparkles and the deep purple backdrop. This effect makes it one of the prettiest nail polishes I own and I think it's the excellent alternative to Chanel Taboo nail polish. The formula is easy to apply and the brush is wide - not like Essie nail polishes but definitely wider than Barry M or Models OWN. I used my Seche Vite top coat to seal the deal and admired my pretty fingertips for a few days.
In February, Garnier is releasing a new range of Miracle Creams: Miracle Skin Cream* for your face and Miracle Eye Cream* for your eyes. Both of them have the same scientific technology behind them and similar ingredients and the only main difference is that the eye cream doesn't have as thick consistency as the face cream since it's for the delicate eye area. Both of them contain seven active ingredients like pro-retinol, Vitamins B3 and B5 and ginger as well as micro-capsules with micro-pigments which means that the cream adjusts to your skin tone. As you can see from the swatch above it blends in beautifully and is wonderful to use as a primer so your foundation stays smooth and perfect throughout the day. I love the fact that it has SPF 20, so helps with the sun exposure. Over time it promises to fight the appearance of all signs of ageing to improve visible skin quality, but I cannot comment on this at the moment since I haven't been using it for that long. The cream also smells really fresh and nice and like it.
PIXI Eye Glow Cube* is a collection of 16 amazing eyeshadows and two eye base powders all encased in a beautiful mint green packaging. You can find everything you can wish for in here from creamy gold, nude, caramel and ancient bronze colours to purple and dark shades, all ready to give you lustrous metallic finish.
What makes this palette unique is the fact that it has the eye base powders which can totally transform your look. Left powder has a matte finish and the one on the right is shimmery and more suited for a night-time look. You can see on the swatches how different does the eyeshadow look depending on which base powder you use and I think it's an excellent idea to have this all in one place. For the swatches I've used the vibrant purple shade - last one in the second row and gunmetal shade which is just underneath it.
As I mentioned before, the eyeshadow selection is great in this palette and it's great that you can achieve even more looks than you think. The only negative thing for me is including two duo applicators which are too big for the drawer and tend to get on the way when you want to open it, so PIXI should either get rid of them, make the drawer a little bit deeper or change the type of applicators. I was struggling a lot when I tried to open it for the first time and was worried that I may shatter some eyeshadows, so I threw applicators away immediately after that.
top - Topshop, skirt- New Look, tights - Primark, shoes - Topshop,
ring - gift, bracelet - Primark,
nails - Essie Fiji
I saw this skirt just after Christmas and even tried it on in store, but with the long queues in store and empty stomach as that time I wasn't in the mood to wait. After few days I ordered it on-line and I am so happy that I did! I saw similar style skirt from Topshop circulating, but it was more expensive than this one - for £17.99 you cannot go wrong with pink and tartan. As you probably know, I am not a huge fan of tartan so it was a little bit of struggle to incorporate this trend into my wardrobe, but with the floral tartan tea dress and this cute pink tartan mini-skirt it's easier for me to stay on top of the fashion. I like the fact that it has pockets and also how it gives 60s vibes, so I teamed it up with a plain black top and tights. I'm wearing my trusty Alvin boots and some old jewellery, especially bracelet seems to be waiting forever to be part of this outfit.
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine N°5 Fuchsia in Excess is another addition to my YSL lipsticks. From the previous reviews of Goyave Sorbetand Fuchsia in Rageyou can see that I tend to go for extreme - vibrant pink, purple and now red. But even though the shades may look scary they are very easy to wear depending on what statement you want to make. As always, the packaging is extremely luxurious and it's a real treat to apply the lipstick before going out. The formula leaves lips nourished and gives a shine - just the perfect amount you may need and there is no need to use a lip gloss afterwards!
jumper - New Look, skirt - New Look, tights - Primark, shoes - Topshop,
rings - H&M
These are my after-Christmas New Look sales picks - a red sequined skirt and a fluffy jumper. I didn't go crazy during the sales since my wardrobe is bursting already, but couldn't resist these two. The jumper is one size only, so I was a little bit afraid that it will swamp me, but I think I pulled it off and I simply love its rosy print and the fact that it is so fluffy. I was after a sequin skirt for a while, but all of them were either extremely expensive or low quality, so I ordered this one with the idea that I can always return it. The gold one was already sold out and there were no other options available. I am still a little bit unsure whether to keep it or not, but I like it a lot in this outfit. How else would you style sequined skirt for everyday look?