L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara

2017, August

I was so excited for the Paradise Mascara (£9.99/6.4ml) to finally make it across the pond. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from the US ladies. I snapped the Paradise mascara up as soon as it launched online and I’ve now had a few good weeks to test it. The brush is medium size with traditional type of bristles (as opposed to plastic or rubber bristles) which is my preferred type of mascara wand.


When it comes to mascaras I have worked out a very strict three stage testing process. First of all I it has to be easy and quick to apply. I’ve got no time for mascaras that require several coats to look half decent. I like mascaras that can give me an instant impact – pigment, volume and length, please. In this category the Paradise mascara scores quite well. It won’t give you super dramatic look but for something stronger than natural look it works just fine. The formula sits somewhere in the middle, not too dry, not too wet. It coats lashes well, gives some volume and length but not much curl so more of an everyday mascara for me.

Next I watch how the mascara performs throughout the day – is there any flaking or smudging. I noticed a very minimal flaking with the Paradise mascara. I suspect, however, that it might be due to the fact that I spend the majority of my days with my baby daughter who I am convinced is the most adorable baby in the world so I smile a lot. If you don’t spend your days squinting the flaking shouldn’t be an issue.

Finally – I like mascaras that are easy to remove. The Paradise mascara performed well with all different types of cleansers and make-up removers (I tried micellar water, cream and oil cleansers). Nothing to complain here.

So to sum up – it’s a solid everyday option but then there are so many mascaras that can do the exact same thing. I’d say walk don’t run. It’s a good one to try if you’re up for something new, but I don’t see it as a game-changer.

Have you tried the Paradise mascara?

Real Techniques PowderBleu Brushes

2017, July

When the original Real Techniques brushes hit the shelves it was a bit of a makeup revolution. Great quality, affordable brushes became accessible to everyone. The range has seen some very useful additions and limited addition sets over the years. I own a fair few of the Real Techniques brushes and use them regularly. I know that for me they completely changed the makeup application game.

The new PowderBleu line caught my eye almost instantly. I much prefer powder products to creams so brushes that have been created specifically for application of powders sounded right up my street. I also can’t deny that it was a visual thing for me – I think the combination of the black and the dark blue just looks so luxe.


But do they work? Yes, yes and yes!!! I picked up the Soft Complexion Brush (£22.00) to use for blush and the Soft Finishing Brush (£22.00) to apply highlighter. Both brushes are absolutely fantastic – they pick up powder products so well and they distribute the product on the face very seamlessly. Bristles of the Complexion brush are more densely packed so it’s also great for buffing and blending. I don’t really wear mineral foundation but if I did this would be the brush I would want to use to apply it.

The Finishing brush is the perfect size – not too big and not too small so it applies just the right amount of highlighter. It’s also great for applying powder on-to the under-eye area. I really don’t have anything bad to say about these. I’ve been so impressed that I’m planning on picking up the Soft Powder Brush (£22.00) and the Plush Powder Puff (£12.00) as well.

The line also includes the Soft Shadow Brush (£15.00) and the Soft Kabuki Brush (£25.00) and if they’re anything like the other two brushes that I’ve tried they’ll be amazing.

Have you tried any of the PowderBleu Brushes? What did you think?

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Rodin Billie on the Bike Lipstick and Lipliner

2017, July

Even I’m interested to see how I’ll manage to justify this one. It’s by far my priciest lip-colour purchase. The only other extortionately expensive lipstick I own is Tom Ford’s Lip Colour in Pink Dusk (£40.00) which I bought for my wedding day and it’s a beautiful neutral colour so I can wear it anytime anywhere. Rodin’s offering, however, is a very out there shade. And I’m not even a massive bright lipstick wearer. I totally blame Eva in the City for this purchase. She pretty much has mentioned Linda Rodin and her beauty line in every single video for the last three months.

The backstory aside I’m sure you’re more interested to find out what I think about the actual products. I’ll start with the Luxury Lip Pencil (£25.00) – it’s fairly dry and hard so it takes some effort to draw in the lips. It has a matte finish and despite being such a vibrant colour on it’s own it looks a bit flat. Lip Wardrobe Lipstick (£28.00) on the other hand is a whole different story – the texture is very buttery and creamy. It’s super pigmented and although it doesn’t come up as dark as it looks in the bullet there is still quite a lot of very noticeable blue and violet undertones. Together with the lip-liner it creates incredible depth and dimension. Safe to say I don’t own any lip-colours in this shade (could that serve as a justification?). It makes the lips look shiny, juicy and plump. There is no bleeding outside the lip-line, it’s seriously long lasting and there is a hint of a jasmine like scent to it. I really like the combo. Am I a bright lip convert? – that might take a bit longer but it’s certainly been a very encouraging start.

I feel like I also need to mention the packaging. It’s very simple and clean. This is what I imagine the packaging would look like if Celine had a beauty line. With the lid on the lipstick looks beautiful – like it’s been encased in an intricate piece of crystal. Once you take the lid of, however, it looses some of it’s magic – it’s a bit square and plasticky.

Would I recommend the products? If you love bright lips and have the budget for it you should definitely get these, you won’t be disappointed. They come if five different coulor-ways.

What is your bravest lipstick?

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Summer Lip Favourites

2017, June

Summer has well and truly landed here in the UK which means it’s time for a little make-up reggig. I’m switching up some colour options to make my looks more season appropriate and these are my current lip product favourites:


Sleek True Colour Lipstick in #Amped (£4.99) – a bright light cool toned pink shade that’s perfect for the warmer months. I wouldn’t really brave this colour any other time of the year but with a bit of tan in summer it looks great. It’s a matte formula but it applies very creamy and it isn’t overly drying. It lasts longer than you would expect but I would recommend checking whether it needs a touch-up every now and then especially if you’re having food. It’s a very pigmented and noticeable colour so you really want it to look perfect. And I can’t not mention the packaging – it’s such a cute little thing that will fit the smallest of handbags.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in #Frambourjoise (£8.99) – I love, love, love this shade. It’s a cool toned red with a slight hint of berry. The finish is velvety (as the name would suggest) so it’s a soft look. You only need a thin layer and it wears very comfortably. Unlike the Sleek’s offering this is something I would also wear to work/in an office setting. Yes, it’s a bold look but it’s also very classic and chic. Another reason why this is a great everyday option is the lasting power – this lasts and lasts, I had to rub a cotton pad soaked in micellar water over my lips quite vigorously to get this stuff off at the end of a long day. It’s great if you’ve got a busy day ahead of you and no time for touch-ups.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #08 Pink in Confidence (£26.00) – very different from the bright colours I’ve mentioned above, this is a very light traditional pink. It doesn’t sound like much but it really looks so nice on the lips. It’s not super pigmented so it looks very natural and it gives lips beautiful shine and brightness. And, of course, it’s one of the most beautiful lipstick packagings out there. A real treat that always gives me so much joy to pull it out of my make-up bag.

What are your favourite lip products this summer?

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Top 3 Bronzers

2017, June

I’m not much of a tanner but I do like adding some colour to my cheeks and décolletage especially in the summer months when my chest and shoulders are more exposed. I’m one for a subtle tan look and these are my favourite bronzers for achieving just that.


Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (£32.00/30g) – a bit of a Marmite product, I am strongly in the “love” camp. It’s a very firm cream bronzer so it’s fairly difficult to pick up too much product. It blends out effortlessly and adds beautiful colour to the face. The shade is kind of golden but without any annoying shimmer. Beautiful, beautiful product. So worth the high price tag.

+ I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) which has densely packed medium length bristles to apply and blend this bronzer.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($14.99/) – it’s notoriously hard to get your hands on this product the UK. But if you manage it it’s definitely worth picking up. I have the shade Light Bronzer and it’s a slightly muted cool toned shade. It’s not overly pigmented so agin – not a scary bronzer to use. The powder is so soft and buttery – it applies and blends like a dream. The powder is also quite strongly fragranced. It smells like the sweet coconut holiday scent and it does linger for a while. If you’re not a fan of that particular smell you might want to have sniff before you buy.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder (£36.50/10g) – such an iconic product. It actually took me a while to warm up to this bronzer. It does look a bit orangey in the pan but it doesn’t look too warm on the skin. It’s definitely a dry powder but the pigmentation level is just right. I also didn’t notice any powder fall out with this so it definitely lives up to it’s high quality standard. Again – it’s fragranced. To me it smells like an old school perfume, but thankfully it goes as soon as you put it on your cheeks. There are nine shades available in different finishes. I’ve got shade #01 Clair Brunettes which is the lightest of the matt shades.

+ I use the Kiko’s Face Brush (£16.90) to apply powder bronzers. The brush is huge and super soft. It applies and blends product very evenly and quickly.

What is your favourite bronzing product? Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine xx

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Current Beauty Favourites – June 2017

2017, June

It’s time for the next round of my current beauty favourites. Being such a creature of habit I was very surprised to discover that some new players have actually entered the scene. There’s nothing ground-breaking here and it’s very likely that you have heard of all these products before.


Origins Out of Trouble Mask (£24.00/100ml). I love the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£39.50/150ml) but it just stings so much! Origins offering leaves my skin just as smooth and radiant and there is no discomfort, it feels very soothing and refreshing. 10 minutes of this is all you need to sort out your skin for the rest of the week. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray (£1.99/25ml). I got my hair chopped much shorter a couple of weeks ago and when my hairdresser recommended to a salt spray to style my new cut I was a bit apprehensive because my track record with salt sprays has not been that great. Most of them leave my hair feeling sticky and greasy. My hairdresser mentioned the John Frieda Salt Spray specifically and when I discovered that it also comes in a mini 25ml size bottle I decided to give it a try. I ended up really liking it – it’s very light so it’s hard to over do it, it gives hair some grit and texture yet it still feels fresh and clean. It also has that artificial sweet coconut smell which I actually don’t mind, it’s very holiday like.

Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50) – this has been an absolute game changer for me. I used to use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (£17.00/10ml) before the packaging was updated to include an applicator. I still think it’s a lovely product but I would always end up using way too much (I really should pick up one of the new tubes that come with a doe foot applicator). Nars’ version has always had an applicator and it really makes it so much easier. It delivers an exact amount you need and it helps even the most hopeless of eyeshadows last all day.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk (£24.00) You might have read my post on MACxFleaur de Force collab and I am still absolutely obsessed with that lipstick. However, it was a limited edition item and it’s no longer available to purchase so I thought I’ll include the runner up instead. It’s just as stunning and it’s more permanent-ish. The shade is a no brainer – it’s a slightly pink muted mauve that gives your lips that little bit of pigment. The texture of this seems more creamier than other matte revolution lipsticks that I’ve tried, but the pigment is definitely still there. I have always thought that if you’re going to splurge on a lipstick it should be a shade you can wear every day and the Pillow Talk is just that.

YSL Touche Éclat (£25.50/2.5ml) – if you red my post on the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer you’ll know about my recent struggles with dark under eye circles. I know Touche Éclat is not technically a concealer but that’s what most people I know use it for. I had used it before but I was never that impressed. I picked up a new pen a couple of months ago and it’s been fantastic. I now have this on most days, it’s a great brightening product (I use shade #1). It’s very easy to apply, it lightweight and you can blend it out with fingers. It also never creases on me.

What are some of your current beauty favourites?

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Viseart Minx palette

2017, June

IMG_2044.jpgViseart palette has always been a bit of bucket list beauty item for me. I don’t really use eyeshadows that much to ever be able to justify spending £64 on a palette. The big palettes also look a bit intimidating – I’ve always felt that you have to be a make-up artist to get the full potential out of the 12 shades. A six-pann, on the other hand, seemed a lot more manageable. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down to only one palette since all the shades in the smaller size palettes are so beautifully selected (currently they are available in five colour-ways). In the end I went for the Minx Theory Palette (£36.00) because I’m still very much in-to that rusty eyeshadow trend – it just suits my green eyes so well!

The pigmentation of these is insane! The shades look just as pigmented on your eyelids as they do in the pan. They almost become alive when you dip the brush in the pans and you can see this extra layer of vibrancy. Three out of the six shades look matt but only one of them is a true matt (the top left). The other two are slightly satiny and have this almost duo chromatic sheen. The powders blend beautifully so you don’t have to be worried that the pigmentation will be too intense. The packaging is very light and small and all the pans are removable so you can mix and match your shades. I’m so, so happy that I finally picked this up – it’s absolutely perfect and I can’t recommend it enough. So worth the money!

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette?

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The Ordinary Foundations

2017, June

I finally got a chance to try out The Ordinary foundations and it’s been a bit of a hit and miss.


The Coverage Foundation (£5.90/30ml) – having read some of the early reviews I knew I definitely wanted to try it. This foundation sounded right up my street – highly pigmented yet lightweight foundation that doesn’t crease and has the added benefits of SPF 15. This is available in 21 shades split in several categories so even if you’re placing an online order it will be very easy to find your shade.

First off – I was very impressed with the packaging – the bottles are supper light and dinky and they come with a lockable pump so they’re an absolute dream for traveling. The formula of this is quite liquid and once you’ve had the bottle still for a few hours you will see some pigment separation so you have to give it a good shake before each use.

Unfortunately as soon as I applied the foundation it was clear that it does not work for me. It applied a bit patchy and it made the dry areas on my face very noticeable. It’s definitely not the type of coverage I would expect from a foundation branded as “high coverage”. It’s medium at most. Surprisingly it was a bit dewy on me so I felt I had to set it with a powder (I use NYX High Definition Finishing Powder in Banana £9.00/8g). The foundation settles a bit throughout the day and it actually looks better few hours in than it does on first application. Still – it was a bit of an disappointment.

I wasn’t planning on purchasing The Serum Foundation (£5.70/30ml) but when I placed my order I noticed my shade (1.2N Light Neutral) was available in this so I decided to give it a go. I also thought it would be great to compare the two formulas. I went in not expecting much but I actually ended up liking it more than the Coverage Foundation. The texture of this is very liquid – it’s almost water-like. It applies less patchy and doesn’t cling to dry areas as much but I still felt like I had to blend it a fair bit. Again it’s a light medium finish in terms of coverage. On me it actually looked fairly matt so I didn’t sett it with a powder. In terms of staying power  – I was quite impressed – it held up very well even after eight hours of wear. It comes in the same handy bottle and the shade selection is identical to the Coverage foundation.

All in all they’re not bad products but they’re not that amazing either. The prices are great but are the end results so fantastic that it’s worth waiting four weeks to get your hands on them? Definitely no. If you’re intrigued by the brand (like I am), by all means, give the foundations a go but please don’t fall for the hype (like I did). They’re not the best thing since sliced bread.

Which is your favourite foundation?

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

2017, May

Having no dark under eye circles used to be my thing. Seriously. I never really had a need to use a concealer and whenever I did I was always left a bit disappointed because I could never really see that much of a difference. That was until seven months ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby daughter. When you have a baby the lack of sleep you have to deal with is out of this world. The decline was fast, within days I had dark under eye circles like I’ve never seen before. And the worst part is that it looks like they’re here to stay so now I need all the concealer help I can get.

I haven’t seen a single negative word said about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer so it seemed like a great product to try. But is it really that good?


First off – it’s extremely hard to get your hands on this if you live in the UK. Most of the basic shades are sold out but a new waiting list is open every few months on QVC website HERE. If you don’t want to wait and for a much bigger shade selection Tarte’s website is your best bet – but it’s not cheap. Together with the delivery and tax charges I ended up paying almost £40!!! It’s cheaper than amazon and ebay, though.

The formula of this seems to be based on one of the new generation foundations that are very liquidy and lightweight but deliver extremely good coverage at the same time. The applicator is huge and it deposits quite a lot of product, maybe even a bit more than I would like. The product can be a bit drying (don’t expect any radiance or dewiness from this!) so the best way to apply is with a damp sponge. Since it is a bit drying you don’t have to set it and it doesn’t collect in creases during the day so it’s a great timesaver. In terms of coverage it’s a very decent high to medium coverage concealer. It won’t go as far as covering tattoos but then how often do you actually need a concealer of that strength anyway?

All in all it’s a very good product but there is definitely some room for improvement. On the days when my skin is feeling particularly dry this unfortunately doesn’t work for me so at this stage I’m not sure I would repurchase.

What are your favourite concealers? I would love to hear some recommendations.

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MAC x Fleur De Force Lipstick

2017, May

I was so excited when back in January Fleur announced she was collaborating with MAC to bring out a new lipstick. If you’re familiar with Fleur’s content it probably came as no surprise that she’s picked a neutral shade. It’s more nude than I expected and it’s not really a shade I would have normally picked for myself. There were some early swatch photos available before it went on sale and again I can’t say that I was instantly sold. I did decide to pick it up anyway and boy do I like it! I newer thought a nude lip would suit me but I was so wrong! I am completely obsessed with this lipstick and now I’m kicking myself for not picking up a back-up since it was a limited edition.

It’s what I would call a true nude – there are no noticeable traces of pink, red or orange, it’s more of a light caramel brown. I can see this being a perfect match with a smokey eye or a bronzed up look in the summer. It also works great as an everyday lipstick with minimal makeup. It’s a creamsheen formula but it seems more pigmented and longer lasting than other creamsheen lipsticks I own.

At the time this post goes live this lipstick has been sold out online from all of the official retailers. If there are any left in stores at Selfridges or Brown Thomas or if they pop up on ebay grab one. Or two. That is of course if I don’t beat you to it. Cracking job Fleur, it’s my favourite beauty purchase of the year so far.

Which is your favourite everyday lipstick?

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