Things that smell REALLY GOOD

I understand that this blog post title could be quite ambiguous, what things are you talking about? Well don’t worry, it is nothing untoward, just beauty or skincare products that either smell like you want to eat them, or are the type of products that make you just sit there and sniff them ALL DAY ERRYDAY.

Especially as we move towards Autumn/Winter, I find myself gravitating towards products with comforting scents, such as Vanilla or generally quite sweet smells. Anyone would think this blog post has been sponsored by Soap & Glory, but it really hasn’t. Anyone who is worth knowing knows that their products smell INCREDIBLE and those people are aware of how difficult it is to refrain from smeating (Smell – Eating, I have just made this up).

I have selected a few of my favourite products that suitably tickle the nostrils, and included some pictures below:

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Soap & Glory Smoothie Breakfast Scrub, Soap & Glory Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream, Dove Heat Protect Spray, Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel, Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads, YSL Volupté Sheer Candy

 

1. Soap & Glory Products – 

Smoothie Breakfast Scrub:

Well, where do you start with this company. I first found Soap & Glory via the Smoothie Breakfast Scrub and just fell in love with it. (I have all the products next to me ready to smell and describe – smescribe – so let’s see how this pans out). It smells like REALLY NICE CAKE, and to me it isn’t very ‘Breakfast-y at all). But my god, this smells SO GOOD. It comes in a massive tub so it will last you quite a while! This is a really great body scrub, and it has exfoliating sugars that are just coarse enough to smooth the skin. It also gives you really smooth skin after and is very moisturising, which you don’t usually get from a body scrub.

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 Smoothie Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream

Surprise surprise, another product that smells like cake. This body butter actually smells a bit like actual cake sponge, which might not sound great but it’s like the smell of cake multiplied by infinity, and there is nothing wrong with that. When you use the body butter the smell doesn’t hang around for too long, but the cream itself is brilliant, really moisturising and sinks in nicely. According to the label it contains vanilla and coconut, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual ingredients label stated ‘Victoria Sponge’.

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Clean On Me Clarifying Shower Gel

Slightly different to the two above, this smell does what it says on the pump dispenser. CLEAN. A WHOLE LOTTA CLEAN. This smells absolutely amazing, it’s fresh and zesty, and is brilliant for helping you wake up in the morning. The shower gel is great for clarifying the skin, and lathers up really nicely so you feel like it’s really cleansing. I don’t know if there are any other people out there who hate shower gels that don’t foam up. Impostors.

2. Dove Heat Protect Spray – 

I heard Tanya Burr raving about this spray in one of her monthly favourite youtube videos, and I had just run out of my Tre Semmé Heat Protectant so thought I would give this a go. I cannot tell you how good this smells (which is useful as I am writing a blog post about it). It smells a little bit like a clean powdery baby. I KNOW THAT IS WEIRD but go with it. It’s slightly sweet, but the nicest and most comforting smell. Again, it doesn’t hang around much if you use it on damp hair and then dry it, but it really does smell phenomenal.

3. Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads – 

Now, anyone who uses nail polish remover knows that it stinks. Strong, acetone-y alcoholly smell. So when I found these nail polish remover pads from Boots that I had bought because they are travel size, I was not expecting such a lovely smell. As soon as you open the little black pot, you get hit in the face with a waft of fruity goodness (I swear they should make this a perfume, it smells so good). There are other smells present but I can’t quite work out what they are, go pick some up, they aren’t very expensive and please tell me if you can describe the smell better! Also, very good for removing nail polish. Who’da thunk it.

4. YSL Volupté Sheer Candy – 

Finally, a product that I have reviewed here before, which is really amazing. This YSL lipstick is beautiful, the packaging is beautiful, the satisfying click close is beautiful, but the SMELL. Watermelon, fresh, apple-y smell. I could sniff this all day long, and suitably it is a product you use on your lips…and they happen to be situated right under your nose! It really is amazing, and is a bit of a throw back to summer if you ask me!

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How to Thread Your Own Eyebrows…

This post is going to be a little different to the usual…it’s going to focus on those two little hairy caterpillars that are friends with your eyes. Having big eyebrows are all the rage at the moment (I’m looking at you Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne) but it is important to make sure that they don’t start to take over your face!

In the past I have tried getting mine threaded by a family friend, and the traditional way to thread if you are doing it on someone else is to use your hands to guide the thread and have one end in your mouth to actually create the motion to pull out the hairs. Now obviously you cannot use this method on yourself, so a couple of years ago I took to Youtube and found some really useful videos on how to thread your own eyebrows.

Benefits of threading:

  • Slower and sparser regrowth
  • More precise shaping
  • Once you get used to it it hurts less
  • No cost if you can get your mitts on some string
  • Can get small hairs that tweezers often miss

Now I have put that it hurts less as you get used to it, but I tell no lies, at first man it can sting. I remember when I first got my eyebrows threaded and I looked in the mirror afterwards, I basically had my own eyebrows and then a slightly pink raised pair underneath from where all the hairs had been pulled out!

Saying that, I think learning to do it myself was one of the best things I’ve done, and I now do my sisters’ eyebrows as well and you can really see the difference once it has been done.

As I mentioned there are some good videos on Youtube so you can see it in real time, but unfortunately I can’t find the one that I used (as this was a long time ago). This video by farahdhukai is quite good, I think the only thing I disagree with is the length of the thread that she uses.

The Basic Principle of Threading:

Essentially, you will be using a loop of thread, between two hands. You twist the loop of thread a few times, and you use your hands to move the small twists from one side to another, trapping the hairs and pulling them out as you go. It takes a lot of practice to get it right, so be patient.

Here is what I use to groom/thread my eyebrows. I keep tweezers on stand by as I usually use these around the delicate under eyebrow area.

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Right, here is where I TRY to show you how I thread. For demonstration purposes, white Paper=skin, weird little bits of thread= hairs. Just stay with me, ok?

1. You will need a length of thread.  I have cut how much I usually use and measured it at 64cm.

2. You then want to take each end and tie a couple of knots, to make one loop of thread.

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3. Next, hold the thread between both hands. Use one hand to twist the loop of thread a couple of times. You should end up with the thread looking like this:

4. Here is my mock up of skin with a whole TWO HAIRS. The way to remove the hairs is to look at the direction of growth.

These two hairs and growing to the right, root is on the left. Place your loop of thread around the hair like below:

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Holding the loop of thread taut with both hands, use your right hand and move your finger and thumb apart, while keeping your left hand still. This will move the twists in the loop of thread over the hair, and the hair will become twisted up and pulled out as you move the twists to the left (opposite direction to hair growth).

If I have failed to explain this well, go to Youtube and search for ‘how to thread your own eyebrows’ :).

DISCLAIMER: I am by no means a professional eyebrow threader, this is just my way of doing it and it works for me.

Mini Haul #1!

On the last day of Summer, what could be better than to browse a mini haul and draw a close to the gorgeous summer we have had this year. I’m quite looking forward to Autumn, being able to wrap up in a winter coat, stepping on some crunchy-ass leaves, and enjoying the run up to Christmas!

Below are a few things I have bought recently:

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Starting with something different, the amethyst coloured necklace was from Topshop, and I bought this when I was in London staying with my sister . I love the way the gold chain and lilac stones look together. I quite like that the chain is very thin, and the simple 5 stone design is modern and will go with many outfits. I’ve had a look online and I can’t find a link to it :( but I think it was around £17, and it was bought from the Oxford Circus Topshop. The little gold links between the stones aren’t particularly sturdy, but sometimes to tighten them I’ll grab a pair of tweezers and gently squeeze the rings tighter to make sure they don’t stretch.

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The eyeshadow is a L’oréal Color Riche in ‘Cafe St Germain’, available here (shade 201). This is a perfect everyday shade, and from the look of it I think it would go on really well with a slightly damp brush too. The texture is really silky and velvety, and this shimmery taupe is a great alternative to a neutral cream eyeshadow.

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Now, we move onto the most expensive of the bunch (Benefit, ‘They’re Real’ Mascara £17.55 at Boots). I remember trying this out in a Boots store last year, and a Benefit sales assistant tried this on me. It is really great for lengthening and separating, but man is this hard to remove. I use the Simple Eye Make Up Remover, which is great at removing my usual mascaras such as the Maybelline The Falsies etc. ‘They’re Real’ is not completely unshift-able, but it does require a bit more rubbing and remover than your usual formula mascaras. The brush is really good – a sturdy plastic brush, with a weird spiky ball on the end which is ideal for the outer corner lashes. All in all, although this is good for lengthening, it does not beat my ultimate higher end favourite which is the Benefit ‘Bad Gal Lash’, with it’s mighty fat brush!

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And finally, I watched Tanya Burr’s latest baking video where she made the most SCRUMPTIOUS white and milk chocolate cookies ever…and she was wearing a gorgeous dark purple nail varnish from her own range. It’s called ‘Midnight Sparkles’ and I picked it up from Feel Unique for £3.59. This is a really lovely colour, not the thickest formula but it is still quite easy to build up a strong dark colour. The purple shimmer in it is really subtle, and it’s the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter. Here is a little snap shot (yes it’s instagrammed which is why I look orange):

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Top 5 Haircare Products

Today I thought I’d share my top 5 haircare products (just to mix it up a bit). There are so many beauty bloggers who rave about really high end products, but drug store equivalents are usually pretty good, and all of these products in this post are affordable,  easy to get hold of, and do wonders for my barnet.

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Here is the run down (left to right, click the headers for links):

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1. Phil Smith Argan Oil Transforming Cream

This little tube of wonderfulness was actually free in a magazine, and I have to say it is one of the best things I have ever used. AND it has lasted way longer than it should have. This argan oil cream is perfect to use once you have washed your hair. I use my Tangle Teezer and brush through my hair, smooth a small blob of this between my hands and run it through the mid lengths to ends of my hair. It doesn’t need rinsing out or anything, and you just dry your hair as normal. It smells like summer, coconut and general goodness, and leaves your hair mega soft. Unfortunately I’m not too sure where you can get this now…I’m just hoping mine is like Mary Poppin’s bag and will never end…

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2. The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define & No Frizz…something

I think my sister introduced me to this product, and it’s been a staple in my stash for a very long time. This product is ideal if you tend to straighten your hair a lot (as i do). When you get a few flyways (or the odd perfectly vertical hair in the middle of your head), rub a bit of this between your fingers and use it to smooth them down. This also smells summery and a bit cocoa like, and you only need a tiny bit so it lasts FOR AGES.

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3. L’oréal Studioline Volume Supersizing Spray

This stuff is brilliant! I found this because I was desperately trying to restrain myself from buying the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, which costs a mighty £39! Although the L’Oréal spray probably doesn’t smell as good as the Oribe, it is perfect for adding a bit of texture if you want a more matte hair look. It still smells pretty nice, and in a way acts a little as a dry shampoop (that was on purpose). At a measly THREE POUNDS AND SEVENTY NINE PENCE, I would say try this before you go and part with a chunk of your daily wages on anything too high end.

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4. TreSemmé Heat Protect Mist

I’ve tried quite a few heat protectants, and this is my favourite. There was one utterly atrocious Schwarzkopf spray I once tried and it felt like someone had thrown chewing gum in my hair, but alas, we can’t have it all. This spray is quite water based, and because of this it is easy to brush through, and doesn’t leave your hair feeling sticky or chewing gummy in the slightest. I am a big fan of TreSemmé products generally, and this did not disappoint.

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5. Umberto Gianni Leave In Conditioner

This leave in conditioner is probably my favourite of all. It is a spray, so it’s really easy to use and spray on the mid lengths to ends of your hair. It smells GORGEOUS, and works really well if you leave it in overnight. When you rinse it out you really feel like it has ‘done good’. Tip – if you are going on holiday and want to give your hair a rest from sun damage or chlorine damage, give it a wash and spray this in. Leave it overnight and put your hair into plaits, and the next day you’ll have really wavy, conditioned hair.

ALSO, no hair care post is complete without a little shout out to the best of them all, the humble Tangle Teezer.

Oh Tangle Teezer, you liberate me from Frizzdomhood and Knotsville…AND YOU HAZ GLITTER

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This bank holiday weekend I have given my hair a bit of a rest, with a good old chop to sort the ends out and I’ll be using the leave in condition above to make sure my dip dyed ends don’t get dry. Time to break out the hair pineapple, a cup of tea and youtube! Ahh bank holiday well spent…

 

My Space…

Here is a post on my little dressing table area…this is where I drag myself every morning, and attempt to humanise my face. The results are usually dependent on the time that I get up. Early: Face is deemed viewable by family members, work colleagues and the odd stray dog. On time: Face is suitable to be viewed by strangers. Late: Holy shit, get that face back into bed.

I have the world’s tiniest room, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to have a  dressing table. I found a dressing table that was the perfect size online, from Wren Living, and got it at a steal for £49.00. Unfortunately they don’t sell it anymore (all you small roomed sisters, I’m sorry y’all). Paired with a wooden framed mirror, and some Muji storage, this makes for an understated, compact little dressing table area.

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The beige cover that you see on top of the table I made to make sure that the pure white table top didn’t quickly get foundation smears and marks all over it. I simply bought some fancy fabric, measured the size of the table and sewed the edges together. It goes quite well with the gold, cream and blue theme in my room so I was quite happy with it.

I keep my make up brushes in this Kilner glass jar, which I bought from the range here , and it is the perfect size to hold my little collection at arms reach. (Yes, I know I need to clean them…)

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Moving on to the Muji storage, a few months ago I stalked the product pages on the website and picked up two of these drawers. I actually made a mistake as these are not stackable, therefore I currently struggle to get into the third drawer in my stack because I was too impatient to wait until the compatible drawers were in stock :). This consequently determines what goes in what drawer, which I will go into further in a minute. The drawers I should have bought were these (OH YES THANKS MUJI I CAN SEE THEY ARE IN STOCK NOW. Smug git.) I thought the flip up lid on the ones I bought would be useful, but in all honesty I’ve not really used them like that.

Here is a quick run down of how I use my Muji storage, for all 2 of you readers to take a gander at. Below is the ‘Skin and Blush’ Drawer:

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Next is the ‘Eyes, And The Only Space For My Nars Bronzer’ drawer:

 

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Then, comes the ‘Drawer That I Cannot Get Into, Therefore Holds Things I Rarely Use':

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Aaaaand finally is a ‘Lip and Massive Naked Palette’ drawer:

 

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If anyone (yes 2 readers, I am talking to you) wants a more in depth go through of my drawers (shush it’s not that funny), let me know. I hope this was at least a smidge interesting!

Thanks for reading,

Rosh xxx

Lush Life

I went to Lush and bought a few things! Every 2 – 3 months I like to go and replenish my Lush stash, particularly in the run up to Winter when all you want is a nice hot bath with something that makes lots of bubbles. There are a few things I love about going into Lush: 1. The staff are always so lovely 2. It smells amazing 3. Everything is so nicely laid out and you can pick up and sniff as many things as you want (products, I mean) I picked up a few things, so I can give you the run down here.

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My basket contained:

  • The Comforter Bubble Bar
  • 2 x Avobath
  • You’ve been Mangoed Bath Melt
  • Twilight Bath Bomb

I have had the Comforter Bubble Bar before, and it is such a nice raspberry/blackberry scent (smells a bit like Ribena if I’m honest), and creates lovely bubbles. Sometimes you will feel a few crumbs of the bubble bar at the bottom of the bath, but you can just smush them around to create some more bubbles.

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I had never tried Avobath before, (or as I like to say, ‘Avabath!’) but the smell is gorgeous…it just smells…CLEAN! If you looked up ‘clean’ in a smell-i-dictionary, this is the scent I imagine.  I liked this so much I picked up two, so I’m hoping these bubble up as good as I am expecting.

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The Mango bath melt I have had before, and usually being a fan of more berry scents, this is a refreshing change. You can really smell the mango oils, and it pretty much starts to melt as soon as you hold it! It makes your skin silky smooth and makes your bathroom smell like a tropical paradise (parrots optional).

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Now we come to my favourite of the bunch, and I haven’t even used it yet. This is the Twilight bath bomb, and I CANNOT WAIT to try this out. It smells like bonfire night to me (and it has stars and moons on it!). I think I am going to have to go back and pick up a few more of these for Winter as I can imagine I will get through them quite quickly. This seems like the perfect bath bomb to use before you go to bed, and I am very excited about this one.

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(by the way, anyone who used to love the original Sugababes will remember the song with the same title as this post :))

Magazine Freebies – Ciaté Mini – Ferris Wheel

Hands up who has ever bought a magazine just for the freebie that comes with it? *both my hands and one leg instantly shoots up*

This happens to me regularly, but no more so than when I saw the July issue of Marie Claire (which I have never read before). The reason I bought it was because of the little Ciaté Mini duo that came with it. I think they were available in lilac and a light blue, and I went for the light blue. I’m really glad I did actually, because the colour is really chic and the formula is very nice :).

The duo contained one normal nail polish, and a strange ‘Caviar’ bottle which contained lots of little silver and blue beads. This is meant to be sprinkled over the shade ‘Ferris Wheel’ before it dries, but I’ve been too chicken to try it out because I feel like it will look a bit stupid. Strange, as ‘Ferris Wheel’ looks so grown up and chic, yet this Caviar malarky looks a tad childish.

Here are the oxymoronic duo:

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I used the same process as I did in my ‘Barry M’ post, which resulted in a satisfactory shiny finish (that is until I hung up some trousers and trapped my thumb in the clips – hence ruining the polish. Redoing one nail is not the one.)

The formula of ‘Ferris Wheel’ is quite streaky and wan when you first put it on, but when you let it dry for about a minute and apply a second coat, you can easily build up the colour to a lovely duck egg blue. This looks great with a tan (or genetically brown skin) and is perfect for the heat wave we are currently experiencing in the UK.

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Look at them chubby lil fingers

 

I have used this a couple of times before, and can already see the amount of polish go down :(. So am pretty impressed with this as the first Ciaté polish I have tried. Shame I thought the magazine was crap, but oh well!

UNTIL NEXT WEEK SOMETIME…

What I Put On My Face Erryday

I thought I would do a ‘What I use daily’ post, so I can give you a quick round up of what is on my face most days. When I wake up I usually have pillow creases on my cheeks, so I wash my face and give it a quick dry (most original tip ever) to get it looking normal and un-zombie-like.

What I haven’t pictured is face creams etc so to summarise, I use Nivea Creme, Nivea Q10 Face Cream and the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Eye Cream (all the boring stuff) before make up.

To keep this brief, here is a picture of everything that makes up my every day make…up:

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Top Row: Bourjois Happy Light Foundation in No 54, Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, MAC Mineralise Blush in Dainty, Middle Row: Collection 2000 Concealer in Deep, Soap & Glory Brow Archery in the brown one, Benefit Hoola Bronzer , Bottom Row: Maybelline the Falsies Mascara

 

Starting with skin, I tend to use the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream on days when my skin isn’t too shabby. It is a little light for my liking, but once you have bronzer on it evens out. The Bourjois Happy Light is a good summer foundation, and perfect for when you want more coverage. I use a Real Techniques stippling brush to buff either of these in (there will be a tools picture further down). Then I move onto my eyebrows, and use the waxy pencil end of the Soap & Glory Brow Archery to fill them in, and a bit of eyebrow gel (Collection 2000) to brush through.

Once this is done, it is time for the Collection 2000 concealer, which has the most annoying packaging in the world. Do not use this after a hot shower, because the black text on the tube will just ink up your hands, and I ended up smearing this over my face and trying to work out where the black marks came from. Actually either way I think it would transfer so maybe try to rub off all the ink when you first get one :) hence the naked tube above in the pic. I use the same Real Techniques stippling brush to buff the concealer over any blemishes, and I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to dab it over my dark circles. (I think you can see I like Real Techniques.)

Then I move onto bronzer, and I use the FCUK brush (it doesn’t have a name, it was in a set) to search for non-existent cheekbones. My face is as round as  a penny, so I apply it lightly to avoid looking like a stripy round lollipop. I just do a weird fish smile and apply it to what sticks out.

Then I powder my T zone with the Rimmel Stay Matte, I think it is just the translucent shade. I use the Real Techniques Multitask Brush for this, and then move onto blusher. This is the gorgeous MAC ‘Dainty’ blush that I reviewed here. I just dot this on my cheeks, and brush a light amount on the tip of my nose with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush (strange I know, but it makes my face look a lot more even).  Most people tend to use the Buffing Brush for foundation, but I prefer the stippling brush because the bristles are shorter and you can really work the product into the skin.

Lastly, I curl my eyelashes and use the Maybelline the Falsies mascara on my top and bottom lashes. The spoony curved shaped brush is really good at lifting the eyelashes, and I like this one because the colour is not an ashy black, it stays very black throughout the whole day.

Here is a picture of those millions of brushes I mentioned:

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Hope this is interesting to read! :)

Disappointing Products #1

Let’s ignore the fact that I just had to google ‘Where is the hash on an apple keyboard’. Moving on…

I thought I might start a ‘Disappointing Products’ series, seeing as sometimes you buy things expecting them to be amazing and stay in your make up bag permanently, only to end up being sorely disappointed because they are a big pile of poo.

I have 4 products to review today, and these have been dug out of the murky depths of Roshni’s Make Up Abyss. It’s a dark place.

Here are the blighters:

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Top left: Loréal Paris True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Beige’, Top right: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in ‘Taupe’, Under this: Topshop Grunge Stick in ‘Go-Go’, At bottom: Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’

1. Loréal Paris True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Beige':

I bought this before I found the Bourjois Happy Light (see previous post), and I had heard good things about this foundation. Now, aside from the fact that I bought the complete wrong shade for my face (it’s way too light) what I hate is that it has lots of gold shimmer in it.  Now, I don’t know about you but in the day time I don’t really like the disco ball look, I like my skin to look like skin. Also, it clearly does not match my skin. Now I know it come in different shades, so you are meant to be able to find the right one, but I found it hard to pick one that looked right. All in all, a fail on both levels.

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2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in ‘Taupe':

This one is a tricky one. Simply because, I’m not too sure what I’m meant to do with this. OK I know it’s an eyeliner, to line eyes. I geddit. But this colour is odd because I thought it would be good for the waterline, however when I apply it, it just looks…like my waterline. This might be better for people with a paler skin tone than myself, but I’m still not seeing the benefit personally. Even when applying it at the lash line for example, it doesn’t show up very much, and is just a tad disappointing. More disappointing because I heard such good things about it, but it may just be that is isn’t suited to my skin tone.

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3. Topshop Grunge Stick in ‘Go-Go':

I was really chuffed with this when I bought it, and thought it would look great on a night out. I swatched it in store, and there it looked really nice and had a unique cool feeling when you apply it. The main problem I have with this is the coarse glitter in the formula. If this was a lighter shimmer I think it would be really nice, but it just seems a bit costume make up for me. Even with lots of blending I’m pretty sure I would just end up with lots of greeny silvery glitter all over my face. In principle, it seems like everything I would want from an eye product, but it did not live up to the hype :(.

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4. Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt':

This was probably the biggest disappointment for me, because I LOVE the colour. I don’t think it looks like Yogurt, Nyx, so get better names please. The stick itself is a great easy way to apply eyeshadow, and the consistency is really nice. Spoiler: This does not last very long without creasing. It finds those eye creases and sits in them within about 5 minutes. I have tried this with a spot of primer and it is slightly better, but not what you would want if you are wearing it all day. Another thing, I had to google (I’m not stupid I swear) how the hell do you get more of this product? Turns out it’s not a turny twisty stick, you have to sharpen it. It’s white plastic, WHO HAS A SHARPENER THAT CAN DO THAT. I had visions of hacking away at it with a knife, but obviously that is very dangerous and dumb. But Nyx, sort it ahht.

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Here are swatchety swatches of these blighty blighters:

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That is the round up :) TIL NEXT SUNDAY.

A ‘Match’ Made In Heaven – sorry…

OK I won’t do any more world cup puns. I could, but I won’t.

We are finally experiencing a flash of summer in the UK, and boy do we have to make the most of it. It might be a long time until we see that fiery ball of goodness again! Sorry, I really do mean the sun. So, onto a combination that was engineered by the gods for summertime. The combination I am talking about here is a bold pink lip, and dewy sun kissed skin. The latter for me is in reach, as it is built into my genetics :) (put simply, I am brown).

So first, the bold lip:

I have heard rave reviews about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks, and I have another one here for you to add to the mix. The shade I went for was Olé Flamingo (great name), which is a brilliant fuchsia. With cool blue undertones, it is also great to make teeth look whiter. The formula was surprising, it truly feels like velvet (but not so much it drags as you apply).

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It is easily buildable, and the applicator means that you can get a really clean edge. It has been reviewed to be very long lasting, but what I found useful is that although you want it to stay put, if you apply hastily you can still clean up with a cotton bud around the corners and not end up looking like a lipstick smeared clown.

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The pigment it packs is seriously crazy, but I think I would agree with Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup, that the formula lends itself best to the bold shades rather than the nude, ‘everyday’ hues. This will be my go-to for a summer evening look :).

Now, for the dewy skin:

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I am a big fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Based Foundation (I mix a blob of shade 55 and 56, why don’t they do .5’s?!). However, if you don’t want such heavy coverage for summer Happy Light is a good way to go, I would say. Confusingly, shade 54 is pretty good for me (I think this is the darkest it goes), and it is a lot more fluid and sheer than the Healthy Mix. It blends nicely with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush, and gives a really nice dewy finish. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the strong orange undertone, but I think this would be OK once concealer etc are finished.

I will give an update on this after a week or so of use, so I can let you know how it lasts throughout the day. I am expecting it to wear throughout a hot working day, but for me it will be having strong competition with the Garnier Miracle Skin, which I have been wearing daily and loving. With Miracle Skin, even after work, my skin tone looks even and clear, so Happy Light has a lot to live up to!

If I wear this out, I’ll update this post with a picture so you can see what it looks like :). Happy Summer!

AAAAAAAND here is the update, recently wore this look out for my sister’s birthday:

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