Monday, 29 April 2013

Mascara Monday - Clinique High Impact Optimal.

Hi ladies

I have had this mini size of the Clinique High Impact Optimal Mascara in my drawer for quite a while so as it was a mini size I took it to India with me to save some space. I managed to get this when the Clinique counter in Boots did the whole 'exchange an empty mascara for a new one' offer. The full size retails for £16 for 8g of product and I believe this is the one mostly referred to as just 'High Impact' (correct me if I'm wrong).

The packaging is a mix of black and dark green.

The Clinique website says that the brush and formula have been designed for thickening and separating. I haven't used a bristled brush for a long time (if ever) as it seems the past few mascara's I have reviewed have had a plastic brush which I hear are better for shorter lashes like mine. They have all been from inexpensive brands so I'm not sure if there's a pattern there.

I immediately disliked the mascara when I first used it. It made my lashes so clumpy and spidery as you can see above. Building up the coats just made it look worse! I did try it again and again to see if I could make it work and I'm happy to say it did get a bit better.

This is a very flattering angle for the mascara (believe me it didn't look this amazing) but this angle shows you clearly the lengthening properties. Although this mascara claims to separate and volumise I would say it doesn't do that very well but it does do a good job of lengthening. However, it takes a lot of effort to make it work for me and if I'm not careful it can easily look spidery which isn't a look I'm really into. This mascara in my opinion is only good for those that want a natural look because you can achieve that with a quick coat without trying to build up layers.

Maybe I'll like it more as it dries out or maybe I'm using it wrong (standard blogger response) but if anything changes I'll be sure to edit the post.

EDIT: I have continued to use it and have found that I can achieve the 'High Impact' the mascara claims. It really lengthens which isn't an edit as I mentioned it above (might be to do with the bristled brush catching all the lashes). Although it still clumps due to the thick formula, it means you can build up the 'intensity' quickly and I like it more since this review. However, I still wouldn't purchase it as I don't like to pay high end prices. (In hindsight seems a pointless edit but I feel bad when I don't think a review is as accurate as possible).

Here is the mascara built up to High Impact
Till next time...Toodles! :)

Friday, 26 April 2013

Queen of the Hive Lip Balm.

Hi ladies

Today we have a very quick post. I was sat here rubbing my lips together after applying this lip balm and realised I haven't spoken about it yet. I was sent this balm and this retails for £3.99 at John Bell & Croyden .

The main ingredient of this lip balm is Manuka beeswax and we all know how much the benefits of Manuka are being raved about nowadays. It is rich in nutrients, contains Vitamin A and has anti-bacterial benefits.

The other ingredients in this natural lip balm include shea butter, olive oil, cocoa butter, peppermint and rosemary essential oils to further nourish and soothe the lips. It is free from petroleum, mineral oils, parabens and artificial colours so that gets a thumbs up!

You can really smell the cocoa and peppermint mix when you first get the balm. To me it smells like After Eights because of the mint chocolate scent. I wasn't the biggest fan at first because it was quite solid and I felt it really dragged on my lips but with use I have grown to like it. It takes a few swipes to make it melt into your lips but once you're done, it leaves your lips really smooth and you can't help but rub them together.

There is also a Bee Venom Face Mask by this range which sounds interesting but is priced at £52 for 50ml so sliiightly out of my price range.

What was your favourite lip balm to tackle those dry, flakey lips this past winter?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Something a little different - Clothes Haul!

Hi ladies

I don't think I have ever done a post on clothes I have bought on my blog. I don't have a stylish bone in my body and I'm not really into fashion, preferring make up and all things beauty but thought I would show you what I bought yesterday.


Dipped Hem Tshirts and dresses seem to be all the rage at the moment. I picked up the plain black one (£4) and these nautical inspired blue and white striped one (£5). They are extremely lightweight and sheer so I'd wear a top underneath. I think they are a comfortable casual and comfortable addition to my cupboard and the black one can be livened up with coloured accessories.

I really liked the print of this sheer top. I quite like the whole tucking a loose fitting top into a bodycon skirt style. It's casual enough to not look OTT while looking slightly dressy too. I picked this up for £6.


I am a fan of H&M for basic items. I picked up a back up of a plain black stretchy bodycon skirt as the one I've been using has gotten slightly out of shape. This cost me £4.

New Look

I picked up this maxi chiffon finish skirt for £14.99. It's another staple item that I hope I get lots of use out this Spring and Summer. I'm more of a casual jeans girl so this is a bit out of my comfort zone but it's black so hopefully that'll help. It's comfortable and most importantly not sheer or see through.

This denim looking shirt was on offer for £10 down from £15 for a limited time. I bought it to chuck on top when wearing the black skirt and it's a really soft and comfortable cotton blouse.

Lastly I decided to channel my inner 90s kid and get a denim jacket. It's been so many years since I last wore one and it seems to be coming back into 'fashion'. I went for a light wash denim to contrast with the black skirt. I bought this for £17.99 which I thought was a decent price.

That's my haul. Do you like reading these clothes hauls or are you beauty through and through?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Foundation Friday - GOSH BB cream & BB Skin Perfecting Kit.

Hi ladies

It's been a while since I last did a Foundation Friday post and although technically this isn't a foundation it's  a base product. I thought I would also discuss it's sister product, the concealer and highlighter kit while I was at it. I received both of these from the lovely people at GOSH when I swung by the preview of their S/S 2013 collection. I didn't want too many GOSH posts one after the other but I wanted to get this post up while both products were still on offer in Superdrug. These usually retail for £9.99 but currently you can grab them for £7.99.

BB cream - warm beige 03.
The BB cream shade that matches my skintone is warm beige 03. The BB cream has an impressive shade selection at 5 shades (considering most BB creams have a one shade fits all approach) and caters for women of colour.

GOSH BB cream warm beige swatch

To sum up, I am a big fan of this BB cream. As I've said many a time, I have dry skin and this BB cream has some great moisturising properties that helps me combat those pesky flakes I usually get when applying foundation. It is very runny (I believe it is water based) and so I give it a bit of a shake before use. It provides decent coverage, feels lightweight on the skin and has SPF15 so I would recommend it for daily use and especially for those with dry skin.

BB Skin Perfecting Kit - Medium.

GOSH BB skin perfecting kit medium swatch

GOSH BB skin perfecting kit light swatch
These are the swatches for the Skin Perfecting Kit in Light.

Unfortunately this concealer and highlighting duo only come in two shades and I use the darker of the two. There is a lighter yellow based concealer that matches my skintone well, a darker salmon based concealer and lastly a highlighter to apply on the cheekbones and anywhere else you like. I first use the peachy concealer under my eyes to correct the colour and then the lighter concealer to brighten it up. The highlighter is quite dark for my skintone and it is a very subtle golden highlight. It would probably look better on darker skintones and isn't the sort of highlighter I would use. This doesn't provide enough coverage for me personally and I don't find it best suited to my dry skin but would be good for those with normal/combination skin that don't need a heavy duty concealer.

To sum up, I am a bit fan of the GOSH BB cream and find it great for dry skin. Have you tried it yet?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

GOSH S/S 2013 Nail Lacquer swatches.

Hi ladies

Before I went swanning off to India, I was lucky enough to attend a Gosh event and I blogged about the goodies we received. As part of the S/S 2013 collection we were given these gorgeous nail polishes/lacquers and it couldn't have come at a better time for someone who is trying to fight a nail biting habit. Talk about motivation! I just want to say I'm a complete noob at applying nail polish so this was quite the battle but practise makes perfect and all that. Get ready for a serious photo overload! These retail for £4.99 for 8ml and are available to buy now from Superdrug.

A pretty small and easy to use brush.
Gosh 621 High School Flirt nail polish
621 High School Flirt - A milky nude.
Gosh 620 Tropicana nail polish
620 Tropicana - Bright coral-ly red.
Gosh 622 Venus nail polish
622 Venus - Sky/Tiffany blue.                       
Gosh 618 Tilted Blue nail polish
618 Tilted Blue - Midnight blue.
Gosh 619 Girls On Film nail polish
619 Girls On Film - Glitter polish with
a purple undertone.
Gosh 623 Greed nail polish
623 Greed - Chunky gold glitter.
Gosh Tropicana Venus Tilted Blue Girls on Film Greed nail polish swatches

Other than the glitter polishes, this is the result of only one coat without a base or top coat. I should add though that I learnt how thin the coats should be quite a few colours in so High School Flirt, Tropicana and Venus are fairly heavy one coaters if that makes sense? I don't have much to compare these polishes too but for what it's worth I like the formula and the brush doesn't make it a harder job than I already find polish application so win win!

I have lots of GOSH goodies to share with you but I figured the polishes should get their own post as there are so many photos! The Superdrug website currently has a 'save up to £3' offer on some of the GOSH brand (although this doesn't include the polishes).

Will you be picking up any of these polishes?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips - Cherry Kiss.

Hi ladies

As you know from my last post I picked up some Maybelline Baby Lips while in India. I only picked up the Cherry Kiss shade for myself and so that is the only one I can swatch and review from the selection below. They cost 150 rupees which translates to around just under £1.90.

Maybelline baby lips Coral Flush Rose Addict Pink Lolita & Cherry Kiss

Each balm came with a keyring holder with the words 'pucker up baby' and that's what you can see above the balms. Ooooerrr. They had 4 shades in the shop I went to and they were Coral Flush, Rose Addict, Pink Lolita & Cherry Kiss. They all contain SPF 16.

If you have a few shades, it is useful that the colour of the packaging is different and I like the fun font they chose. These particular Baby Lips from India seem to be in different packaging than the other ones I have seen.

Maybelline baby lips cherry kiss swatch

I chose Cherry Kiss because I thought it would be the most pigmented of the choices available and that is what I'd need in order for it to show up on my pigmented lips. It leaves a very subtle reddish tint to my lips whilst having a slight pinky tinge to it. I would say Translucent, as stated on the packaging, is a good description. They aren't pigmented by any stretch of the imagination but I'm shocked and happy it even shows up on my lips.

I wiped it off on a white tissue to show you more accurately that it is fairly pigmented and for those with fairer skin or less pigmented lips it'll be even more visible than the hand swatch above.

In short, I had high expectations of the product and I wasn't disappointed like I usually am with hyped products. It has a moisturising balmy texture, gorgeous fruity scent (I'm not sure if this changes according to the different shades) and enough pigment to show up on my lips after a bit of building up. The SPF was also helpful in the Indian heat.

I was considering doing a comparison with the Miss Sporty balms which are available in Superdrug because Grace from allthatslap informs me it'll be a long time before these hit the UK (we're talking 2014) that's if they ever do!?

Edit: my insider source i.e.. Grace informs me that these will be hitting the UK in August. 3 months peeps!

Have you managed to get your hands on these? What do you think?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Yooohoooo I'm back - Teeny India 'haul'.

Hi ladies

I am back from 'Mera Bharat Mahan' (Ain't gonna lie, I laughed to myself typing that). I had an amazing time exploring the country, getting to know my family and enjoying the 36 degree heat (I'll be honest I appreciated  the heat more once I got back to fareeezing Blighty). I really didn't buy many beauty products but I thought I would share what little I did buy. I understand you can't buy most of these products here so I won't be doing separate reviews (I might do for the Baby Lips in the hope it'll hit the UK at some point) and instead of photo overload, teasing you with the products, I just popped in a few grids.

I won't be talking about the Baby Lips in this post and I should add I only bought myself the one shade, the rest are for other people - Nice control Mez!

 Maybelline ClearGlow Bright Benefit Cream - 01 Nude

Maybelline clearglow BB Bright Benefit cream
Maybelline clearglow BB Bright Benefit cream swatch

I got this BB cream for the bargain price of 199 rupees which is just under £2.50. There are 3 shades and weirdly enough 01 Nude is the darkest of the three. Upon application it is a bit light for me but after a bit of blending it seems to match. It evens out the skintone and is a nice everyday product (if unlike me you are so inclined to wear something everyday).

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal

This twist up Kajal cost just over £2 and the bright yellow packaging instantly reminded me of the colossal mascara I have previously reviewed on my blog. I remember there being some sort of offer that pushed me to purchase this and I'm glad I did.

Maybelline colossal kajal black swatch
It is soft, creamy, pigmented and very long lasting. The bottom left picture was after I rubbed the swatch (I let it set for around a minute) and the bottom right is the remains of the swatch the next morning despite having washed the dishes and lightly rubbing off with water. Not bad at all.

Colorama Cremoso Nail Polish in Nude
Colorama cremoso nail polish nude swatch

I got this Maybelline nail polish for free after purchasing the kajal (it doesn't say Maybelline on the packaging but a quick google told me Colorama is a range within the brand). It usually retails for 100 rupees which is approximately £1.20. It is a gorgeous creamy pink which I really like and is different from the few other bright polish shades I have.

So that was all I brought back with me. Whilst there I bought a Lux soap which was very creamy and a nice exfoliating facewash from the brand Lotus I believe. I wanted to try more Indian skincare but it just never ended up happening.

I'm not sure why I was so shocked to see all these brands. India definitely has changed since I was last there.

Hope you're all doing well. It's been a long time since I last blogged but hopefully a little normality should return to my blog now I'm back.

Till next time...Toodles! :)