Sunday, 31 May 2015

Skinn By Dimitri Hylighten Dark Circle and Puffiness Treatment

Of all the skincare brands on offer at TVSN, Skinn is the one that I often can't resist. Dimitri is so passionate about his products, that it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement of his demonstrations. 

As you have probably noticed, I have very dark circles. I can't count how many people have asked if I have a black eye, it's never been a nasty comment, but it's so frustrating. I am always on the look out for the miracle product that will work in this area. Ok, so I'm not expecting to see them go, but to see a lightening in the circles would be amazing. 

Skinn Hylighten Dark Circle and Puffiness Treatment certainly had a name that suited my problem (well, one of them!)

Taken from Skinn Cosmetics website "This super concentrated formula contains maximum levels Haloxyl, the only patented ingredient scientifically proven to diminish puffiness and under-eye dark circles caused by stress, fatigue- even genetics. Hylighten combats the 3 known elements that cause under-eye dark circles, by slowly breaking them down and allowing them to synthesize within the skin. A truly revolutionary skin care product that delivers what it promises"

Huge, huge claims that I have seen before, and after so many disappointing lack of results, I now am skeptical. But, I figured that it couldn't hurt to try, even if it was to rule out another product.

The product comes in  a 7ml tube. The packaging is simple to cut down on cost, oh yes, I much prefer a product that works, rather than one that just looks pretty.

Under the black screw top lid is a roller ball.

This eye product is a serum.

Application is simple, with lid removed, I roll the metal ball applicator gently over my under eye area. I go both ways a couple of times.

The serum is very light and is absorbed rather quickly, so an easy step to add to my current skin care routine. 

I just love the cooling effect the roller ball gives to the eye area, it is so soothing, plus works to help reduce puffiness.

To be honest, I am yet to see a change in my dark circles, but I'm willing to give this product a chance. I have only recently gone from using once a day, to twice daily. Hopefully, it may be what I need to get faster results. I know it takes time, but I get so impatient. I am determined to at least finish this tube, and will definitely let you know how I go, with my final thoughts of products in each empties post that I do. Mind you, if it works, you will hear me screaming its praises from the roof top, anyway.

What's your favourite eye product?

Friday, 29 May 2015

House of Beauty Depechegurl Lip Trio

I seem to be on a lip product binge, especially brights or deep colours. These I have often shied away from for fear of ending up with messy, smudged lips. But, I was slowly worn down by the many images I saw of women wearing some amazing colours. I didn't want to feel left out any longer!

If you can relate, online seller, House of Beauty have such an array of lip shades, you'll be in a world of temptation. This is not my first purchase, I went into the brand more here, and posted my lip swatches here.

I really couldn't resist (story of my life!) the Depeche Gurl collection that I had spotted on Instagram. It's no longer available as a set, but the shades can be bought individually.

Ethereal- A pale nude with pinkish grey undertone.

Revenge- Red.

Gothica- Deep burgundy.

I adore "Revenge". My lips aren't in the best condition to be wearing "Ethereal", but it is a lovely pale shade. "Gothica" is such a gorgeous dark lipstick, but my lack of skill when it comes to application doesn't really do it justice.

I'm enjoying playing with various colours on my lips. House of Beauty are releasing many new lip shades and I can feel another order happening soon...

Thursday, 28 May 2015

"Lanvin Me" by Lanvin

Description- "Top notes from Lanvin Me introduce delicate floral notes supported and sweetened by fruity zest of blueberry combined with licorice in the heart. Seductive hues are offered by intense tuberose complimenting sweet-fruity passions rounded on the fascinating base."

Just bear with me while I take in this lovely fragrance.... ok, I'm back. Blueberries and licorice, mmm, what a combination. But, before you think gourmand, this perfume is not. It wasn't until I read the description that I knew licorice was even a note in this blend. I can detect now that I know, but it adds depth and density, rather than a sweet obvious stand out addition. I believe it actually creates a masculine side to this fragrance.

There's warmth and heady florals, just intensified with the tart fruitiness of blueberries. 

"Lanvin Me" is no wallflower, she's sexy and bold. Forget a silk negligee, this scent is all raunchy lingerie! Oh and she might be carrying a whip, too!

I'm disappointed that I only have the tiniest bit left in my sample!

What's your latest perfume love?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Smoky Eye Look

I love the classic smoky eye look. I don't often create one myself, but when I put a sample of Mon Ennui "Oil Slick" aside to use, I knew that I had to create a smoky eye with it. Unfortunately it is no longer available, so I won't go into detail of the actual eye shadow.

I also used
88 Warm palette
YBF Universal Brow Pencil
Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara

The blackened teal duo chrome really gives the look a little something extra special. Well, I know how I'll be finishing this little plastic baggie of eye shadow. I can't see myself getting sick of this look in a hurry!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid

I wish I could credit the blogger who raved about Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, it was because of her that I was convinced to grab myself a tube, and unfortunately, I seriously can't remember what blog I was reading.

With a Lanolin base, the Lip Aid also contains organic lemon oil. This ingredient gently exfoliates the lips without the need for any harsh physical exfoliating ingredient. The medical grade lanolin in this product not only gives a gloss finish, it also hydrates and softens lips.

The balm comes in a 12.5 tube, with screw top lid.

Under the lid is a doe foot head with small hole, so you can squeeze the tube, as you apply to the lips.

Not as solid as a balm, but still quite thick.

I get terribly dry lips. I often have to resort to just wear a lip balm, because lipstick just does not look good on chapped lips.

Even the more hydrating balm needs constant reapplication, and they still don't always leave me with the soft, smooth lips that I long for.

Now, I have known about lip scrubs for some time now, and yes I have tried one for myself. But, I just found it rather harsh, with my lips feeling sore after using. I did not like the fact that my lips felt raw. 

The fact that this balm is a chemical exfoliator appealed to me, which led me to a purchase of Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, thanks to that wonderful blogger. 

I use this before bed (when I remember!). So smooth and hydrating to use. Oh, and the smell and taste of tangy, sweet lemony flavour..yummmmm!

When I wake up, my lips don't feel so dry and tight. I love that not only are they gently being exfoliated, but also cared for with the hydration lanolin offers.

Don't get me wrong, I still need lip balm throughout the day, but I'm not forever pulling or biting dead skin off of my lips, as gross as that sounds! 

I believe my lips would be even more improved if I was more constant with nightly application, certainly something I need to work on.

What an amazing lip treatment. 

I would now really like to also try a lip mask. Have you used one? If so, can you recommend a lip mask to me?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts

Makeup Revolution releases so many new products, I'm always keen to see their next. Especially if it's a dupe of something that I have been lusting after, but not willing to part with the $$$. The Blushing Hearts from the I Love Makeup range looks very similar to a blush from another well known brand, as you will see...

 Hmmm, channeling Too Faced perhaps??? Lol. I adore the cute packaging!

The 3 shades included in each compact can be blended together.

I adore the flush of radiant, soft colour that these blushes give. Not shimmery, but more of a sheen. I think the blushes are very flattering, providing that often coveted youthful glow. As you can see from the above photos, the blushes do not detract from a bold lip, but can also work well as a feature.

I can't comment on whether they perform as well as Too Faced, but for a fraction of the price these blushes are easy to apply, beautiful to use and last throughout wear.

I love dupes! How about you? Are you happy to own a dupe, or must it be the real deal? :)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Lolita Lempicka "Eau de Midnight"

This is the 2013 version of midnight. Just to let you know from reading reviews, the general consensus is that the midnight variations smell quite similar. The only other Lolita Lempicka perfume that I have tried is "Pink Sugar". It was way too cloyingly sweet for my liking, and that's saying a lot coming from a person who likes a gourmand perfume.

Description- "A spicy intense scent from Lolita Lempicka, this has a resonate, attention getting essence that remains subtle enough for casual occasions. Midnight has a rich, complex construction that combines notes of aniseed, vanilla, myrrh, ivy, amarena, iris, jasmine and violet with additional notes of musk, vetiver, benzoin and tonka bean."

Upon application, I get a very sweet aniseed, vanilla..very very sweet. 

What I do find with this fragrance, is that throughout wear, it develops a musky floral depth that gives it a sophisticated, yet sexy edge.

The problem I have is I just don't know if I like this perfume. It is nice, but a little on the sweet side, even for my tastes, but I adore the bottle............hmmm.

What do you like in a perfume?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Luscious Lashes and Fuller Brows.

Did I get your attention with the blog post title? We all want beautiful long lashes and fuller brows. For those that already have those attributes, I hate you. Just kidding... but I am envious! In an attempt to try and get my own, I have been using Castor Oil. Thank you Basmah (Lace and Lattes), your helpful post on the benefits of this oil on the lashes got me needing it in my life too!

I purchased Healthy Aim Castor Oil from ebay. It's not really the brand that matters, but I was looking for cold-pressed and natural which is important.

Taken from the Healthy Aim website- "Castor oil is a perfect skin care product that is naturally rich in antioxidants and is very effective as a deep conditioner to heal both skin and hair. Castor oil is a very soothing oil, often used in lip balm and other beauty products."

 The oil is packaged in an amber bottle, with simple screw top lid.

The oil is thick, like really thick, almost a sticky texture.

Rather than a lengthy review, especially never using any other castor oil before, I just thought I would share with you how I use it instead. It's so simple that it fits easily into my morning and evening routines.

While waiting for my eye cream to absorb, I apply the oil to my brows first. Using a cotton bud, I dip an end into the mouth of the bottle, I smooth the oil across the entire brow, concentrating the product more in the sparse areas at the beginning of my brows. Next, I dip the bud into the oil again, but this time I gently scrape the excess off as I take the cotton bud out. I shut my eye, then run the cotton bud along the top of my lashline, right wear my lashes begin. This allows the oil to be applied to the upper and lower lashes. No hassles and so quick. I have always ensured that I don't apply too much to my lashline. Castor oil is totally fine if it enters the eye, but it causes blurry vision for a while.


Using for almost a month.

Granted, there's not a massive difference, I can see a little lengthening and more volume to my lashes, and more fullness in my brows, or is it wishful thinking? I am more than happy to continue treating my lashes and brows with castor oil, hopefully it will be all worth the "effort".

Would you try castor oil on your lashes/brows?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mirenesse Studio Magic BB Pore Powder

I received Mirenesse Studio Magic BB Pore Powder through the VIP program when I was a member. It was a product that sounded wonderful, and I was looking forward to using it. Of course, at the time I was determined to get through some other finishing powders that I had before diving into this one.

Taken from the Mirenesse website- "...This super-sheer powder is completely undetectable on the skin and seals foundation, concealers or even just primers to create porcelain looking skin. Created with revolutionary Light SetTM Technology to diffuse both artificial and natural light, skin will be left lineless, poreless and flawless in any light, making it ideal for both everyday wear and special occasions and even photographic work.
Moisturising Vitamin E and soothing BB mineral pigments work together to calm and rejuvenate red or blemished skin, while natural silica works to absorb excess oils, restoring the skin's natural moisture balance and instantly minimize pores and fine lines."

 The 5.5g of product comes in a jar complete with sifter and powder puff. The cute packaging didn't disappoint.

The powder is very finely milled. Like talcum powder to the touch.

I opted for a brush to apply the BB powder, rather than the included powder puff, just my personal preference.

The first thing I noticed was the smell. It's not offensive in any way, but the fragrance is just wrong to me for some reason. Thankfully, it disappears after application.

Another thing to note is just how easy it is to overload the brush because it's a loose powder rather than pressed. I've used loose powders for some times, and still found that I had to be careful to make sure to tap any excess off the brush, I didn't want any Nicole Kidman white powder mishaps!

Now to the good parts. I love the way that this powder blurs my imperfections to give a photoshopped finish. However, it doesn't leave my face looking flat or washed out. The powder doesn't add colour, so allows the foundation's true shade to remain.

What really impressed me is the longevity. It really helps to maintain the look of my foundation throughout wear, without touch ups and no patchiness.

Thanks to its mattifying properties I don't experience the foundation sliding around on my oily forehead. Yet it doesn't feel like it is drying on my face, either.

It doesn't cake, or settle into lines, which with my under eye area, this is a very important point for me!

I really do like this BB Pore Powder, it's just that scent, ugh!

What is a product that you've liked, but been put off by the smell?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Nail Color "Firefly"

Sally Hansen really have such a broad range when it comes to nail polish. I have quite a few from this brand of nail polishes in my collection. I always check out the displays in store. Many times succumbing to a shade that catches my eye.

 "Firefly" is a copper to bronze.

This colour shifting shade is a great polish for Autumn. I love the warmth of this colour and the metallic finish. 

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Palette Appreciation- Sleek "Lagoon"

Yes, I figured it was time to give another palette some attention. The "Lagoon" palette from Sleek was another gift I received from Ash from The Beauty Collection as part of a Blogger Kris Kringle. This was one of the palettes I had been lusting after from the UK online store. Great products, affordable prices!

Look at those gorgeous shades, all swatched on bare skin using my finger.

I must say that the shimmery shades swatch beautifully. The mattes are not chalky. I found the eye shadows are good to use, easy to apply and blend well. Let's check out some looks that I created using this beautiful palette.

The first shade I wanted to try on my lids was the shimmery neutral colour. I added a purple crease for a little fun.

I used the pale pink in the inner lid, then the coral matte in the centre. It turned out more pink than coral. 

More of a softer look here with the lilac and then I used that matte purple to line.

Isn't that aqua so pretty!

This is one of my favourite eye looks. The silver and charcoal makes for such a glam eotd.

Of course my palette appreciation post wouldn't be complete without a colourful look!

Just like the other Sleek palettes I have, "Lagoon" certainly didn't disappoint. The hardest part was deciding what colours to use!

Do you have any Sleek products in your collection?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Calvin Klein "Sheer Beauty"

"Sheer Beauty" is actually the first CK perfume that I have tried.

 Description- "The composition is floral-fruity, opening with notes of begamot, red berries and peach bellini. The perfume's core includes flowers of peony, pink lily and jasmine. The base is velvety due to accords of sandalwood, musk and vanilla blossom."

This perfume begins with a burst of tart, juicy, fruit with creamy florals. Very feminine and fresh. The sandalwood and musk manage to ground this perfume, just before it becomes quite close to the skin. 

A simple blend that's perfect for Spring and Summer. Great for any occasion. It doesn't have the best longevity, but an added spritz on the clothes ensures a gentle fragrance that will stay with you.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Nails of the Day

Just a quick mani post to show you today.

I haven't got a photo, but I used Maybelline Express Dry Nail Enamel in "Tasseled Taupe". I just love this warm brown. The gold shimmer hives it a golden glow. The design was created using a nail foil. It didn't transfer as well as other full coloured foils, but I was still content with the finished result.

Well, that was short and sweet! I hope you have a wonderful day :)