A Level Problems

Hi guys,

Today is the start of the six week countdown until my AS Level exams! It’s pretty scary as these grades will be the basis of my uni application so (like the saddo I am) I’ve been forced to make a ‘revision timetable’ for the first time in my life! It’s going to be pretty intense and unfortunately I won’t be blogging as much for a while, certainly not daily like I do now. Basically I’m trying to say that I’m still here, but will be on a semi-hiatus for a few weeks. 

However I’m super excited for when I get back as by that time it’ll be my one year anniversary of blogging! I’ll be taking a look back at this past year and picking out my fave products, posts and trends, as well as thinking about what the next year will bring beauty-wise. 

Bear with me and I’ll try and post as regularly as I can. And to any of you that that also have exams soon – good luck!

Benefit Roller Lash

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Left: with Roller Lash ———————— Right: without

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH: £19.50

Last month’s Elle brought with it a lovely little surprise – a mini Benefit Roller Lash. I’ve had numerous tubes of both BADgal and They’re Real over the years and loved them both, so I was expecting big things from their new mascara offering. 

It comes with some pretty big claims – Benefit promise that it “hooks, lifts and curls lashes for a look beyond belief” as well as setting that curl for 12 hours. As you can see from the before/after photo above I can’t deny that it’s a great mascara, but the ‘unique selling point’ of this is meant to be it’s ‘curl power’ (their words not mine) which I didn’t really see that much. Their marketing revolves around it and to be honest it didn’t curl my lashes any better or worse than ‘They’re Real’ or ‘BADgal’. Yes, I like the mascara, very much in fact, but personally I don’t feel it has any reason to exist. My favourite thing about it is probably the shape of the brush, as it curves to fit your lash line and gives a good swoopsh (you know what I mean right).

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Overall would I repurchase?

It’s a great mascara, but given the choice I’d still buy They’re Real.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

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BOURJOIS ROUGE EDITION VELVET LIPSTICK in 07 NUDE-IST: £8.99

I have heard so many good things about these from so many people that I just couldn’t resist any longer. Boy am I glad I caved! These really are hands down some of the best lipsticks I have ever used. In fact they may be the best – but I think I’ll have to try a few more shades before I award them that huge claim. 

What makes them so good? 1. The staying power. Even throughout eating and drinking all day they didn’t budge and didn’t need touch ups.  2. The texture. A lipstick that lasts all day isn’t amazingly rare these days, but one that stays soft and doesn’t dry out the lips is. As the name would suggest it really does stay velvety soft.  3. The smudge-proof-iness (defo not a word). Accidentally whack yourself in the face on a daily basis like I do? Yep,*high five*. Seriously if there is something within a mile radius of me at the same height as my face I will hit it. At least I know I won’t leave a lipstick stain on any more glass doors with this. 4. The price. People, this under ten pounds. Under a tenner. What can you actually buy with £10? Half a frappucino? At the current rate of inflation I doubt it’d cover a Freddo, so to be able to bag yourself an incredibly brilliant lipstick with change to boot is pretty darn good.

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Overall would I repurchase?

I’m actually quite scared to go in to Boots at the moment as these are currently on 3 for 2, and I’m having strange premonitions of me going in and picking up every shade. Step away from the makeup stand Chiara. Step away.

Balance Me Radiance Face Mask

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BALANCE ME RADIANCE FACE MASK: £18.00 (for 75ml, 30ml shown)

My current lack of a face exfoliator has left my skin looking a bit drab recently, but I just cannot find one I like. I decided to try and salvage some of the damage with a face mask, but to my happy surprise I found this to be exactly what I needed – the texture is similar to a super-super-light clay mask (that’ll be the kaolin clay), except the addition of tiny flecks of walnut shell make it nicely scrubby. Instead of just slapping it on like I would a normal clay mask, I rub it on in circular motions to give a nice exfoliation and then leave it for the allotted five mins. It doesn’t set (or at least didn’t for me – I applied it in the shower to a damp face) so would be good for drier skins. After rinsing my skin felt stunningly smooth and soft, plus it didn’t make my already rosy face look any redder – success! 

My only teeny tiny gripe is that – I know, I know – it smells a bit like a pond? To be fair to more refined noses that’s probably some dead sea mineral or seaweed or something but to me – nah. Probably not an issue for most but worth mentioning when you’re spending nearly £20.

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Overall would I repurchase?

I think that depends on whether I’ll be able to find a similar mask for less money. If I can’t, then this is a great fail safe and the tube will last me a while.

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

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Left: with Hypnose Star | Right: without mascara

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LANCOME HYPNOSE STAR MASCARA: £22.50

I’m a huge fan of Lancome mascaras in general but Hynose Star has got to be one of my all-time favourites. It curls, it volumises, it lengthens…it’s got everything. Admittedly the brush does take a bit of getting used to at first as it’s an odd flat shape, but it’s well worth mastering if you can. Everyone has their own technique – I find it best to initially apply with the long flat side, then get in to the roots and above the lashes with the brush turned on its edge. This shade is called ‘Black Diamond’ (hence the name Hypnose Star) although if I’m honest I don’t see any particular sparkle or glitter. I don’t mind as it’s such a great mascara anyway but if you’re thinking of buying this because of that I probably wouldn’t bother – it’s just a normal black. 

Although I did really like Hypnose Doll Eyes I always found it so frustrating that it gave me under-eye shadows by lunchtime. I don’t even wear mascara on my bottom lashes but everyday I’d get faint black smudges which just made my sleep deprived bags look a thousand times worse. Thankfully (and I think this is the thing that makes it the best Lancome one for me) Hypnose Star doesn’t do this while somehow being easier to take off at the end of the day. 

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Overall would I repurchase?

Of course!

New In From Bourjois

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BOURJOIS ROUGE EDITION AQUA LAQUE LIPSTICK: £8.99

The ever popular Rouge Edition lipstick range from Bourjois is back, this time with a glossy stain that seems to be very similar to these from YSL! Their sleek packaging has been reinvented in to a lust worthy metallic one, although the sponge doe-foot applicator stays the same. From the swatches I took the formula seems to be as pigmented and moisturising as ever, which is always a plus when a product claims to have a 10 hour wear time. There are eight shades in total and my faves are definitely 05 Red My Lips and 04 Viens Si Tu Roses. Roll on the influx of new Spring beauty releases!

Half Price Ilamasqua Palette

ILLAMASQUA MULTI-FACET PALETTE in SEMBLANCE: £45.00 £22.50

Just a super quick mini post today as I couldn’t resist sharing this bargain! It contains best sellers such as their Cream Pigment in Hollow, Eyebrow Cake in Thunder, Powder Blusher in Hussy as well as some gorgeous powder eyeshadows all for just over £20. 

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm | Make Me Blush

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RIMMEL COLOUR RUSH BALM in 110 MAKE ME BLUSH: £5.99

I have a few of these balm/lipstick hybrids now and the formula is starting to grow on me. These Rimmel ones are pretty good for the low price tag as they last a good hour or so on the lips, unlike some which need topping up every ten minutes *cough* Revlon Lacquer balms *cough*. The pigmentation differs from shade to shade with the lighter colours tending to be the sheerest, although this one packs quite a good punch. Unfortunately this shade is a bit too cool toned for me but if you love a good Barbie/Nicki Minaj candy pop pink then you’ll probably love this.

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Overall would I repurchase? 

I’m sure I’ll be tempted in to buying more from this line as it’s so well priced!

Mani Monday | Orly Mini Treatment Trio

Primetime: Eliminates oil from the nail bed with the aim of making polish last longer. I didn’t find it to be that effective or worth the extra step anyway.

Bonder: A rubberised basecoat that is probably my favourite out of the trio – dries quickly and provides a smooth base for polish.

Polishield: A pretty decent top coat that makes my nails feel like silk and leaves polish shinier for longer.

Overall a pretty decent set for newbies to Orly, or those who have far too many polishes without enough nail care (i.e. me!).