Bourjois - Delice de Soleil

Friday, 19 August 2011
I was recently asked by Zoe (@londonlipgloss on twitter) to review these two products after replying to her blogpost  asking for somebody to review these two products from the Bourjois Summer Collection as they weren't for her. I soon piped up as I love Bourjois  and their infamous chocolate bronzer has been my only bronzer (and the same box) since I started wearing make up. Zoe picked little ol' me and my blog to review them...excited wasn't even the word.

I have had these products for a while now and have used the powder daily and tested the spray, so what did I think?

First off, I love the packaging. The dark brown just looks expensive and with the hint of green in the labelling it reminds me of mint chocolate. The bronzing spray is just like any normal spray can, lightweight and durable. The powder packaging is a little different to anything I have owned before. The lid is only held on by a small "knob" which provides the swivel of the mirror (I shall explain later) this to me doesn't feel as secure as a normal lid but it hasn't broken...yet? The mirror is MASSIVE and I love that I could easily do a full face of makeup in it. I am yet to use the brush, because I don't tend to reapply my makeup during the day I don't have to carry it around with me and use my "proper" brushes when putting it on.  

 Now for this business with the 360 degree mirror. Is it just me or does anyone else not see the point to it? I wouldn't spin the mirror the other way and have the product the other side of the mirror. As I said before though it hasn't affected the packaging or the sturdiness, I just thought it would have.

The product itself is really nice and matches the high quality of all the other Bourjoir products I have tried and used. The shade I have is shade 12 fair/medium skin which is the perfect match for me, even though I use the darker colour of the chocolate bronzer (shade 52). I tried to take pictures of it on my face but my camera just wasn't playing ball :(. The colour is paler than the chocolate bronzer as shown in the picture below.

For me the chocolate bronzer is best for when I am tanned and when I am pale I will use this one. There is a slight shimmer, more so than the chocolate one but this does not transfer fully to the face. There is a nice sheen but nothing glittery at all.

[left: chocolate bronzer, right: Delice de Soleil]

The spray is an aerosol bronzer that washes off. The mist is super fine and does not leave any residue unless you make the mistake I did on my arm the first time I used it (shown below) and then you end up with this grey/black colour, but when used properly from a certain distance you get the most lovely bronzed colour which does not look fake (shown in the bottom picture). I love this product for an all over face spray to match the rest of my body when I have been tanning and my cleanse, tone &leg moisturise has taken colour from my face. This also works as an amazing tan when you have forgotten to tan and don't want your legs to resemble milk bottles.

Both available from Boots and the rest.

Powder - £8.99
Spray - £7.99

Have you tried any of these?



Sleek Pout Paints...

Friday, 12 August 2011
Due to something in work I have been given £30 highstreet vouchers and to my delight I could spend them in superdrug! I hot footed it there the next day because I knew they were on offer 3 for 2.
Then yesterday afternoon I had a play with them and these are the tools that I used...
[baby wipes, empty pot to mix, paintbrushes, the pout paints]
[lava, pinkini, cloud 9]
My reasoning behind these colours was that I think I can make close enough the other colours in the range from the base of these two, although not the dark red or blue which I am hoping to get soon when they have more stock in.
They are comparable to the OCC lip tars as far as I can gather but since I have never owned an OCC lip tar I can't comment. One noteable difference is in the applicator, the Sleek Pout Paint being more precise. 
[lava, cloud 9, pinkini] 
The product itself is really thick but really easy to blend into your lips, if you have the right brush (the brush I used for the white was stiff and horrible hence the picture). These will last FOR AGES, I'm sure you don't need to be told but a little really really goes a long way. Each dot here was too much for my lips. 
Pinkini is amazing, I would happily wear this colour on its own, it is ridiculously pink and I love it.
Popped a picture of just Cloud 9 on my lips for giggles, this would make a great addition to a fancy dress costume maybe? You can see the pink staining of Pinkini that was still left on my lips.
Lava is bright orange and I probably wouldn't wear this on its own but it is great to mix with which I show later on in the post.
I used a pot because if I liked a colour I thought I would try and make up a little batch of it and could keep it air tight in one of the sample pots I had in my ln mineral sample post. 
The first colours I mixed were Pinkini and Cloud 9. Attempting to make a nice pink colour I ended up with...
The brightest barbie pink I have ever put on my lips! Don't think I will be repeating this one again! However I think I had more luck when mixing Lava and Cloud 9 and came up with this...
I love this peach colour so have made a batch of it!
I can't comment on how long they last yet but will update soon..
Have you bought any Pout Paints?

What are you favourite combos?



Estee Lauder - Pure Colour - Long Lasting Lipstick - Fushia Fever

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Whilst purchasing the infamous Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation a few months back this caught my eye and I asked the MUA to put some on my lips. I instantly fell in love with it. The lipstick made my face look really "made up" without me adding anymore makeup to my face. The colour is amazing, highly pigmented, very moisturising and as the name suggests... it lasts AGES, to the point where I was convinced it would never come off. 
I know this seems a ridiculous amount to spend on a lipstick but it was such a lovely colour and I am yet to find a dupe. I don't wear this as an everyday lipstick because it is so "out there" so IF I were to buy another I would go for a more day time.
Would you go for a non-wearable, non-dupeable colour? Or something more "daytime"?


I don't want to post too much about the awful events that are going on at the moment. I really hope that everyone is ok and their possessions etc won't be damaged. Although this is not going to be the case for everyone after seeing the damage that has already been done. If you read this and you have been "rioting" then I hate you. Not that any of the blogger girls would have, you know what I mean..x

Collection 2000 - Cream Puff

Saturday, 6 August 2011

After wanted these since they were released I finally picked them up in Superdrug for £4.99 for the both of them. I got the colours "Cotton Candy 1" and "Fairy Cake 3". Cotton Candy is a lovely pink colour that is great for day or night. Fairy Cake is more of a terracotta based orange, darker than I was expecting, but still wearable all the same. 

The consistency is rather strange, it is a thick creamy lipgloss that you would imagine to feel powdery but it really isn't. I'm going to be so bad at describing these. They are matte in colour and very glossy but for me the way to wear them is over a lip balm otherwise I end up with the white stuff on the edges of my lips, anyone know what I mean?

Do you own any of these?

What did you think?




Friday, 5 August 2011
Recently I sent an email to NARS about the Orgasm illuminator that I received in the very first glossy box. The illuminator that I received had no pigmentation, left me spotty and was generally useless. In the email they replied with they said they had never heard of this before and would send me the new formulated one with an order that I place on the website. 

I sent out a tweet saying that I wanted to know what people recommended and I ended up being persuaded by Kate (Gh0st Parties) to order the blusher in "Gilda". I also ended up with a sample of the "Aqua gel hydrator"
[left my finger over the flash but I like the photo]

[Orgasm Illuminator, Gilda]
Blush - £20.50

Finally I have an illuminator that has pigment to it, really excited to try this out. I'm glad that I have a sample size because I can't see me using it that often.
The blusher, wow it is just beautiful, a really nice matte coral blusher that is so pigmented. I will have this blusher for ages because of that. I can see why NARS blushers live up to the expectations.

What NARS blushers do you have?



I have been on a filming mission today and have added new videos to my youtube channel - click the button above :)

Review .. My thoughts on Myscara...

Thursday, 4 August 2011

I was recently given the chance to have "Myscara" done in the salon that has opened where I work. I have never had any treatments on my eyelashes, nor have I even worn false eyelashes so I was a bit cautious. After a little google I found that Myscara was relatively new, having only been "born" in 2009 (the Myscara - not me). 

Myscara is a safe eyelash coating that can only be applied professionally. The overall effect is that to traditional mascara but will last weeks without budging. You can get up to 3 weeks wear from it.

The treatment time is guessed at 30mins, but I was in there for 1 hour. Not sure why there was such a vast difference. The recommended price is around £40 but I have seen it in places for a lot less. 

The treatment itself consisted of having a pad underneath my lower lashes and then my upper lashes taped to my eyelid, this didn't hurt and wasn't uncomfortable as you have your eyes closed the whole time. As the glue is applied the lashes need to be separated and sometimes this can hurt a tiny bit if the glue has started to dry already. For the top lashes they were first curled with a heated eyelash curler and then the same process was repeated, with the pad now on top of my lower lashes to keep them separated. As soon as they were dry I was ready to go.

You are told that there is no water allowed to go near your lashes for 2hours after the treatment. No swimming or gymming for 48hours. No sauna or steam room at all and to be very gentle when around the eye area. Another point to make is that to remove eye makeup you need to use an OIL FREE eye makeup remover as oil based ones will ruin the Myscara.

Here are some before and after pictures:










Overall there is a difference when the myscara has been done, for me it's like having one coat of mascara on my lashes. I prefer to use more mascara than this so I have been wearing mascara on the top lashes on top of the Myscara. However this is a GOD SEND for bottom lashes, because there is no smudging at all I don't have to worry about panda eyes. Plus I can go swimming and not have to worry about having no mascara on and looking not as groomed, and again not have to worry about whether the waterproof mascara I had applied will hold up.

I would definatly have Myscara done again for holiday because there is more of a "mascara" look with Myscara than there is with just an eyelash tint. If I could afford it I would have it all the time on my bottom lashes.

What do you think?